In with the Fruit Peels when I Die

We’re here and gone.  We’re in and out.

The swell of the waves makes my thighs quiver and my lower body feels sensations taking in the movement of the sea.  The Shangri-La thrusts above the headland.

A deep pink geranium sits pretty in the black cast iron urn near my feet silently dropping her petals as she too admires the whitecaps. A dainty sophisticate, the geranium has an oriental lily pad leaf anchoring an English flower and bud with small petals, fanning out a saturated hue against clouds swollen with shadows leaning along the sky in layers.

The icy wind is bending tree branches and whirring the stalks of shrubs into a frenzy. The Seawalkers keep their collars up and kleenex under their noses as they brace their steps for the next burst of cold air breaking over them.  Long scarves twirl and leap outward in a scatter-brained dance.

The train tracks creak, dogs yip and howl.

My feet are cold, as is my tea, and yet it is mesmerizing to sit in the midst of it all.  A lone gull is being blown blocks out of his way by the next forceful blow of the wind.  He’s drawn across roof and tree tops and sent soaring away from the water toward the hard blue mountains.

A steady grumble makes its way through the leaky windows and the canvas awnings flap furiously against the current.

Without warning leaves are blown inside out revealing their naked light side.  The logs sitting atop the giant granite boulders lining the walk thunk, thunk, in repetition.  All is divine as blue sky and tips of sunlight foreshadow a heavenly day.

Now the sun comes out to spoil me warming my bare feet resting on the tile floor.  The rays are blinding as they reflect off the water and the surface of the sea glitters in madcap fashion. Sunlight is pulled back and in ten breaths I see only a glare as the seagulls wail mournfully.  The sun is back, in the completion of a sentence, playing hide and seek with me.  I have to squint hard against it.

More people are out walking now.  The path becomes a medley of color:  mauve, red, blue, pink, white, gold, black, navy, tan:  the colors of our clothing, our cars, and our floral arrangements.

The walk has emptied, my tea is drained, I leave the solarium in peace having read a few more pages from Louise Erdrich’s book, “The Blue Jay’s Dance.”  A Birth Year.  Exquisite, lyrical prose by a Best-Selling Author, Mother, Observer of Nature and Poet.  These little vignettes are “unpredictable and unforgettable.”  The mundane of everyday life is rendered marvelous!

Once back in the kitchen I look out and see the arbutus tree waving wildly in the wind. My concern is for the crow who built her nest in a strong fork of one of the branches.  I can see vaguely through the blossoms that she’s home by a small glimpse of her shiny black feathers.  The tree  is caught up in a baby hurricane and I think of the bird mother having morning sickness in the dizzying gale. If the eggs aren’t scrambled by the time the wind ceases the birdlings will be born remembering this psychedelic drama in their incubation. All day I fret over whether the nest will weather the storm.

I had watched the nest being built and the crow had a mate helping to weave each thoughtfully chosen strand of material into a new home. Many trips were made carrying puffs of something white and fluffy. Normally the nest rests in utopia almost hidden by the thick and lavish white flowers and green leaves of the arbutus tree; a floral-lined loft.  By sunset the scene turned calm, the five-hour power outage was repaired, and I had the kettle back on. I was extremely grateful for electricity, a safe nest, and all the energetic forces of Mother Nature purifying the air we breathe.  The electric heat is back on, the fridge is cold again, and the food didn’t spoil.  So what if the computer wouldn’t work, I got this written anyway… by hand and heart.

Crow Nursery constructed in the boughs of the red-trunked Arbutus Tree

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

“Look so Good it Feels Dangerous to Go Out!”

Now over the fashion firsts and faux-pas, from the Oscars and Fashion Week in Vancouver, spring arrives dressed in sunny elements and cherry blossoms.

Jasjit Rai - Fashion Stylist
Jasjit Rai in Evening Attire

Jasjit and I met at Artigiano; a barrista’s dream in downtown Vancouver.  While the long Olympic line-ups filled Granville Street outside she and I sat at a small round table inside amid the hubbub: excited talk and laughter, ringing phones and passers-by.  We moved smoothly into an hour of discussion regarding fashion.  Once settled I asked Jasjit to tell me about her new business centered on:   Fashion Styling and Self-Expression.

“Style is more lasting than fashion,” Jasjit tells me, “It is like your personal signature.”

One of her services is:  the Wardrobe Audit. It begins with a Needs Assessment.

The assessment is to find out the purpose of the client’s requirements.  Jasjit will ask questions such as:

“What makes you feel good?” She receives inspirations for the client by their answers.

Once the assessment is completed, the client is ready for their Wardrobe Cleanse.

I ask Jasjit, “How does energy get blocked into our clothing… do clothes have memory?”

“Who we are gets poured into our clothing; over time there is more of ‘Me’ in it,” Jasjit replies. “Clothes become drenched with who we were at a certain time.”

The clothing continues to contain the consciousness of the wearer and how they expressed themselves.  The person has moved on but the clothing hasn’t.

Once in awhile Jasjit knows from body language she will have a tug-of-war on her hands: the person holds tightly to the article. If it’s not too invasive Jasjit considers letting it ‘blend’ with other items that may fit together.

I ask, “Is it a sentimental clutch or a crutch?” Jasjit checks their body language to help her decide on the answer to this question as she works.  She states, “Again, it goes back to the clothing containing the chi, or energy, of the wearer.”

Part of the cleansing includes tips and tricks to update:

There are classic items that every wardrobe needs along with the fun and more frivolous buys that add variety and style to an outfit.

Jasjit has helped clients pull armloads of $20 stylish blouses from sale sources.  At this price I ask if she considers these, “wash or toss!”

When the person does not know “what works,” Jasjit will create a Personal Look Book for them in which she will email images to take shopping with them.

Jasjit wants to bring out the best in everyone and not only is she successful in doing so, but her clients enjoy the process of discovery about their true aesthetic, unveiling who they are now at this point in life.

Bringing out a client’s true energy or true self is the special gift that Jasjit has committed to each individual she works with.

I asked why women hang on to clothing that no longers suits their look or fits their lifestyle. Jasjit calls this, fear of the unknown, or “clinging.”  The client’s inner voice defends the past; “I knew that part of me.” and the new identity could feel risky.

Jasjit told me she was able to release the inner self of a client by taking an architectural approach to their wardrobe. Once the timeless proportions, and beautiful lines of the garments were gracing this woman, Jasjit was filled with joy to bring out what she saw as this person’s “grandeur.”

I wanted to speak person to person with Jasjit because her clients have extolled her virtues in testimonials:

"Elaine"

“I look so good, it feels dangerous to go out! Thanks so much.  Line up the clients, I can see them fighting their way to your door.” Elaine  – Musician

"Rebecca"

“I really felt like I was stuck in a style rut.  I was defaulting to what was easy and comfortable, but not really thinking about how to put an outfit together that looked polished.  My business is fairly casual, so I was dressing accordingly.  But Jasjit talked about the possibility of attracting a higher-paying category of client, and I may be more attractive to that kind of person if I dressed in a more professional, upscale way.  I now feel like my wardrobe reflects ‘Rebecca Coleman, Marketing Professional.’  My wardrobe is an investment in my business and therefore, myself.  And I’m worth it!” Rebecca  –  Media Consultant

"Sulia"
"Sulia" - Versatility of Ties

“I have successfully worn the jean jacket, the dark grey trench coat, the short jacket with fluffy sleeves, the black pants, the reddish wrap around top, and of course, the knitted top.  I am happy wearing every one of these pieces.  They feel like they are really me; just different facets of me.  THANK YOU!”  Sulia

“I am extremely intrigued at your smouldering affair with ties.  Given that I consider your taste and style as being on the level of goddess… the thought of speaking in ties – to the extent that my name came up… is something of a knighthood.”  Rory (“A Guy” BTW)  – Musician

Choose a new look, cleanse your wardrobe, or enjoy the benefits of shopping with your own personal stylist.  Jasjit works to fit your needs and your budget, by incorporating elements of the current season along with your lifestyle to create a more stylish and confident you. Book a free initial assessment at 604-644-9362 or info@joiworks.com

Contact information is at this link to Jasjit Rai’s Blog where you can read more about her as well as exciting up-dates on fashion and styling: http://joiworks.wordpress.com/

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets