What is LifeStyle Design?

 

 I arrived at LifeStyle Design, through a series of projects in Graduate School after years of studying various therapuetic modalities personally and porfessionally. Over time it has developed into a comrehensive and specialized set of change-based facilitation approaches founded in artisitc processes. The personal and professional development that have occured in the process have been utterly transformative in every sphere of my life. My mission is to support the transmission of this process out of myself into the lives of others by helping them design objects, experiences, and systems of sustainable growth. 

 

As a concept and practice, LifeStyle Design, is a culmination of my passion for the arts and education coupled with my professional and personal development in the Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, and other therapuetic modalities. Essentially, it is the culmination of health, healing, purpose, and a desire to put this work in service to a greater good. My discovery of and identification with the term 'lifestyle designer' happened in my second year of Graduate studies in the Arts and Consciousness program at JFK University in Berkeley, CA (2014) and continues to evolve with each new client, project, and community collaboration. 

 

This unique approach is founded in conscious engagment in and commitiment to a cyclical rotation of key creative and mindfulness practices, coupled with the belief that every aspect of our lives is an art form filled with limitless potential for learning, beauty, and meaning-making. It is based in the idea that by aligning with the creative genius of our inner children, through supported access to symbolic, intentional, and communal activity, we can align with the natural cycles that compose our lives to find precious healing, learning, and relationship building in the process. A single moment can seed tremendous change. Through simple kindness to ourselves and others, guided mindfulness, and authentic creative inquiry, we can actively support essential and necessary life change. We can choose to boldly embody the creative, adaptive people we need to be to meet life's inevitable shifts with consciousness, creativity, and vitality. 

 

LifeStyle Design is the choice to live life as creatively, consciously, and resourcefully as possible. It is the belief that all living things, as part of a larger whole, are interconnected... that our choices are rooted in this knowing and the impact of our decisions matter. 

Fab Frida Up-cycled T-Shirt Tunic

Fab Frida Up-cycled T-Shirt Tunic

$44.00Price

This FRIDA top is the last in a mini collection of five up-cycled t-shrits turned tunics. Each one was made with a different patterned fabric in the back to contrast and compliment the image on the front.

 

Small details like lace inset shoulder stripes and a high-low flowly fit are unique to this last creation of the collection (until I can return to Mexcio and get more). 

 

Details:

one-of-a-kind

size: (L)uminous/ (XL)uminous // US 12-16

material: heavy cotton blend, lots of movement, very soft , no pilling

measurements:

length: 27" (from shoulder to base of front) and  30" (from shoulder to base of the back)

bust:  32" (measures 16" from armpit to armpit)

shoulders: 20" across from top of each shoulder.

waist: up to 30" across hips when opened for a total circumfiruance of 60"

(For Context: I am 5'10" and a US size 8/10 in this photo, and yes, I am wearing shorts ;))

care instructions: Machine wash, gentle cycle. Hang to dry or light tumble machine dry (with minimal shrinkage). 

shipping: Garment is shipped USPS with tracking number (upon request). Please allow 10-14 days for arrival. (Often it arrives sooner if you live in the US.)

storage: Clothing is stored in temperature controlled space inside a garment bag, unworn unitl purchase. It is freshly washed prior to shipping.

COVID: I purposely don't wear these garments while modeling to respect current health considerations, but hold them up to give you an idea of fit.

 

STORY/ Inspiration:

 

When I make clothes, I can feel when they have a home to go to. There's a feeling of something almost preverbal, primal, powerful; a rawness and also a deep connection to lineage. I feel a deep sense of gratitude for my ancestry (my grandmother taught me to sew) and a grace amidst the grittiness of this modern paced life. The feeling of slowing down to tansform literal scraps from our lives into whole pieces that serve the slow daily unfolidng of a rich and powerful tapestry of life. These garments symbolize our interconnectednss as whole and our uniqueness as an important part of that whole. Sometimes it takes a while, but each piece seems to land with its rightful person as they naviage their unique journey of a universal search for meaning.

 

This tunic:

Frida Kahlo has always been one of my all time favorite artists. Her incredible paintings and courageous life are a deep source of inspiration. Wearing her work helps me channel her courage and talent, no matter my activity.

 

Every time I go to Mexico, I make a point to look for nods to her. They are everywhere. I bought this and many other Frida t-shirts from local street vendors during my travels to Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and San Miguel de Allende. (Can you tell I love Mexico?!) It feels important to support the local entrepreneurs there and gives me a chance to exercise my creativity in honor of this amazing latina artist. What an icon.