There is a devastating virus that has been limiting progress, restricting freedoms and fatally suffocating people long before Covid-19. This virus is highly resistant, stubborn, defensive and offensive. It too can be passed through families and spread between friends and throughout communities. For centuries and centuries, generations after generations have not been able to overcome this disease.
It is the ever present social disease of racism. It remains in existence because we have yet to successfully wash hands and minds clean of disdain, disregard, and denial.
The only cure is awareness, education, compassion, empathy, and ACTION.
As the corona virus made an unimaginable impact on cities around the world, it also incited debates about whether or not it was a real threat, whether or not it was being exaggerated and whose fault was it anyways. After months of fatalities proved at the very least, this is a real problem that needs to be addressed some people continued to doubt the reality...
Today marks 7 years since the official opening of La Mistinguette Studios, May 18th 2013.
This past week I’ve heard La Mistinguette Studios be described by professionals that have been working here over the past 2 to 5 years as, “magical”, as the place where “I’ve found all my best friends”, as a place that “was supportive and made me feel safe” and was “the reason I could build my business”.
I certainly hoped and liked to imagine each of the professionals who called La Mistinguette Studios home to their business, really liked working from here. But hearing just how much they have loved this work space and knowing it has provided exactly what It was intended to, has filled my heart so much. I am very grateful to have been able to see my vision for a unique workspace become a reality, and even more grateful for the community that has developed as a result.
Although I do hope for a return to a rather “normal” level of worry regarding health, safety, and financial concerns of day-to-day life, I somehow find myself cringing when I hear people wanting things to go “back to normal”. My personal experiences with COVID-19 thus far can be considered mild compared to those whose experiences are the basis for such heightened fears. Nonetheless “back to normal” feels overwhelmingly like it would be a return to somewhat blindly moving through life. Back to a full schedule of “non-essential” to-do lists. Back to being on-the-go, a hard-pressed busy-bee, and all the other hyphenated and non-hyphenated descriptions of the daily-grind in a big city. Back to merely existing in our routines, not consciously and thoughtfully living.
“Back to normal” would mean not having been essentially forced to evaluate and reevaluate, well, everything. Truly appreciate our interconnectedness, our impact on the world and each other, recognizing the...
If there was ever a time to practice being present, it is now.
There is a lot of uncertainty at this time.
Uncertainty about how life will change in the coming weeks and months, about what this will ultimately mean financially, and how this will affect the health of our friends and family, our clients (whom are also our friends and family), our-selves, our community, our city, state, country and the whole wide world actually.
With our wellness collectively as the very most important concern, we respect and agree with the decision to close our doors temporarily and have done so since Thursday last week.
As soon as it is considered safe to re-open, we will make sure to update you here.
Meanwhile, although for many of us, our livelihoods are being brought to a halt and we are navigating through the repercussions of that, little matters more than the health of the people we love and care about. Both of which are resulting in, whether apparent or underlying, a fairly co...
"The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always take your time." Junot Diaz
Creating the collage a La Mistinguette Studios is likely the longest time I've spent working on an art project. Not only have I been adding magazine clippings every couple of months for 7 years but some of the images I had already collected and have held onto long before that. It isnt taking so many years due to a lack of content. On the contrary, I have a large pile waiting to be added to the walls but I add only approximately 3-5 images when the time feels right to do so. I'd be lying if I said I was this patient with all of my projects big or small. I'm nonetheless very connected to this project and at no time feel like I'm putting it on the back burner and procrastinating or postponing its completion. Instead, I am enjoying the process of watching it slowly develop. And for that reason it's a nice reminder that some things just require or take more time than othe...
Although a very small gesture, sometimes argued too small, its a positive impactful gesture nonetheless. One that is intended to strengthen the confidence and sense of safety of members of our community; fellow HUMANS. Without having to say a word, the safety pin symbolizes solidarity in the resistance of hate. Wearing a safety pin, or this very cute safety pin on a button by Mia X Marks the Spot, expresses the commitment to stand up to negativity, discrimination and prejudice, and stand by any individuals experiencing it. Make the statement that you will not tolerate the intolerant and will act as an ambassador for safety.
Mia X Marks the spot is known for her amazing handcrafted herbal tea blends but ACTIVIST Body Health & Nourishment Tea is exceptionally unique and purposeful. It's not only reiki infused with intention, it's purchase results in the donation (from a portion of the profit) to benefit organizations that serve underprivileged communities, at risk youth, women in need, and LGBTQ.
The lighting in the hallway, the aesthetic of the light fixtures and the design they create on the walls, sets a romantic vibe that fills my heart by their artistry and elegance. I loved these vintage chandeliers at first sight, but I had no idea just how much beauty and class they would exhibit. A "romantic vibe" is probably not what you expect of your go to wellness and beauty destination. However I find it rather appropriate for the place you build upon and show yourself love, and the place where we provide our passions; our crafts and services from the heart, that make you feel and look good.