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Artist Interview / Featured Look

Desha Peacock: Life-Stylist and Author

March 14, 2018


                                                           
Desha Peacock is as interesting, colorful, and creative as her name. She has the look-you-straight-in-the-eye confidence and clarity of a successful entrepreneur (which she is), complimented by that certain glow that comes from an inner peace with one's self. Basically, if you're looking for someone to guide you to realize the life you wish for, she's your gal. Author, Life-Stylist, and Working Creative, Desha Peacock posesses the perfect mix of wisdom and werewithal to lead one down that maybe-not-so-unatainable path. We can't be more excited to spend two guided hours at Ode with Desha for a Vision-boarding workshop this coming Thursday, March 22nd, from 6-8pm. Call or stop by Ode to sign up!


You are a practicer and proponent of oil therapy. What scents inspire or heal you?
I love to use citrus essential oils to lift and brighten my mood, especially during the long cold winter. I love lemon, wild orange and grapefruit. I also diffuse oils to help me stay focused while I'm doing my creative work. Lemon is also great for that.  I use frankincense when meditating because it's earthy ancient scent has been used for thousands of years to help open the heart and spirit. At night, I'll often diffuse cedar wood, ylang ylang and Balance (a doTERRA blend) to help my mind and body relax before bed. And I can't forget Jasmine. It's luscious scent is pure LOVE.


                                                          
What is a good starting point or step for realizing the life you want to live. 
The first step is you have to be open and brave enough to dream. Admitting the dream to yourself can be a very hard thing to do. Then it's all about taking inspiration actions and being persistent. 

You've been leading retreats to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the past 4 yrs. What about that place speaks to you?
When I was in college I met a beautiful woman who told me I would love San Miguel de Allende. I remembered that. Twenty years later I quit my job, pulled my daughter out school for a month, and we went to check it out. The minute I arrived I felt it. I've been back every year since. It's my soul place. 

                                                                                           "San Miguel"  

What is your signature style?
Eclectic with a bit of cowgirl. 

What makes you dance?
My husband. He's so fun on the dance floor. 

Whose art/life/philosophy inspires you?
I'm inspired by anyone who goes for their big dream, especially when it's a creative endeavor. I think the starving artist myth is on its way out now that we have a global platform with the internet.  I am so grateful for those first women I saw online building a virtual business. It's really hard to create something that you can't envision. When I saw role models like Marie Forleo (founder of B-School) Holly Becker (Decor.8) and Justina Blakeney (social media master + designer) I knew I could do it too. 

Describe the work you do in 3 or fewer sentences. 
I'm a multi-passionate entrepreneur and the founder of Sweet Spot Style. I work with clients 1-1 to help creative lady bosses think bigger and grow their online presence. I do this through 1-1 lifeSTYLE design coaching and via my annual retreats to San Miguel de Allende. I also write home decor books and love Instagram! 
Freebie: Want to learn how Desha uses Instagram to grow her biz? Get her 10 FREE tips to Grow Your Brand on Instagram here.


                                                               
Best thing anyone has said to you?
I'm usually a pretty confident person but when I started doing lux boho retreats (and charging more), I had a moment of fear, "what if it's not good enough?" My mother said the best thing to me. She said, "Desha, just be yourself."

Last good book you've read?
Heart Spring Mountain by Robin MacArthur. It's a brilliant novel set in New England, by a supremely talented Vermont native. 

What do you look forward to?
I am driven by endless possibilities. I look forward to personal growth and insight. I look forward to complete financial freedom. I look forward to inspiring women and spreading the message that yes you can do creative work you love and get paid well for it. I look forward to my annual retreats in Mexico. I look forward to watching my daughter grow into a strong, confident, healthy, creative and amazing young lady. I look forward to dipping my feet in the ocean, face to the sun. 


                                                                       All Photos by: Tara Whitney
 

Designer Feature / Inspiration

Meet Jen Lorang of Alchemilla Jewelry

March 1, 2018

What better way to begin International Women’s Month than to feature Jen Lorang, human rights activist and designer/owner of Alchemilla Jewelry. Her collection is handmade in Oakland, CA, where she employs a small team of proudly queer women to create the beauty that is Alchemilla. 



Not only is the line a crowd favorite at Ode, but it's a brand that uses its platform to help reshape the social perspective. Her models gracefully traverse all spectrums of gender, color, and age. She donates to those who ask, and 10% of online sales goes to local Black Lives Matter organizers.



Lorang’s mission is to “create a strong femme aesthetic that celebrates community and collaboration rather than one that tells you to compete or compare yourself to other women or that you have to be skinny, rich, white, binary, etc, in order to thrive in this world.” 



Meet this powerfully beautiful woman and shop her equally-as-stunning collection this Friday, March 2nd,  6-8PM, at Ode. Hope to see you there! If you can't make it for the reception, the collection will be around all weekend and into next week.

Artist Interview

Victoria Accardi

February 1, 2018

Remember the vibrant rainbow in Ode's window at last year's Auction for Action? Victoria painted that. Or the multi-colored triangle lemon cookies on display? Victoria made those. Oh, and that blooming hand-painted garden hanging on our wall last fall? That, too, was Victoria. Whether she's painting, cooking, dancing bachata, dressing a window, or donning her signature striped pants, Victoria Accardi brings a distinct joie de vivre and play to her creativity. But there is also undeniable intensity and intentionality to all she does. On life as a professional painter, she says, "I don't always love it. It's hard work. But I have to do it. I can't not paint." And the world gets to thank her for that. Currently, Victoria's work is represented by The Gallery at Somes Sound. She will be teaching Ode's first art workshop, Flowers in February, an ink watercolor exploration, this Thursday, from 6-8pm. Please call or stop by to sign up, as there are limited spaces.

What inspires you to make art?
I am inspired by contrast and contradiction; things that are not initially perceived as or considered beautiful. I want to point out the serenity in a chaotic urban landscape, the romance of a neon-lit laundromat, the isolation of a crowded street. I am interested in eliciting common and relatable emotions in unlikely and overlooked settings. 

What do you do/wear/listen to when you paint?
I favor very old, broken-in denim, soft t-shirts, and a blue and white pinstripe Brooks Brothers button-down that I stole from my Dad as a teenager.


Bushwick" 26x36" Oil on canvas 2016 (Victoria Accardi)

What’s the best mistake you’ve made artistically?
I am a big proponent of the “learn by doing” method; my approach to learning any new medium (or anything at all) is very hands-on. The ignorance of any “rules” allows me to make mistakes that teach me so much about that particular medium. A perfect example is this technique of ink watercolors. I stumbled upon this because I did not bother to read the ink label and learn that ink is not water soluble, and the reactive properties turned out to yield really beautiful results when mixed with water. Just to be clear, this is not a technique I pioneered – I just came upon it by accident.

Describe the perfect day in your New York.
There is a very specific scent that the breeze carries in New York City in the late Spring. Growing up I referred to it as “the almost-Summer smell". I think it may be indescribable and possibly undetectable to anyone who didn’t grow up in the city. But there is nothing better than being in New York city as the pear and gingko trees are blooming and getting hit with a warm breeze filled with the smell of almost-Summer. It is only present for a few days usually in May. On these days I like to walk across one of the bridges and people-watch, ideally ending up in Brooklyn drinking rosé with some friends.

What makes you dance?
Almost anything:
-When a car driving by is bumping the song of the summer.
-When I am in Trader Joe’s with my best friend and Jessie’s Girl starts playing.
-When I need to embarrass my brothers.
-When something good happens and there isn’t even any music playing.
-Literally anytime there is Salsa or Bachata music playing.

What’s your favorite food?
CHEESE.

If your style was an animal, what would it be, and what kind of sound would it make?
If my style were an animal it would be a bird of paradise, and it would laugh.

Favorite color of paint? Least favorite color?
My favorite color to paint is and has always been red. Usually a bright red with shades of Alizarine and Quinacridone glazed over it. My least favorite color to paint with is yellow, the pigments are weak and frustrating to modulate. 

Last time you belly-laughed:
Last night, facetiming my best friend who can always make me laugh until I cry. 

What 3 women have inspired you this past year?
My mom, who got her undergraduate degree from Smith this year at age 46 and is already onto her masters. She is a nerd-Goddess. 

My 16-year-old cousin Magdala, who is attending catholic school in rural Pennsylvania among very close-minded peers. She does not let anyone dissuade her from standing up for what she believes in and advocating for human rights with eloquence, bravery, and grace. She is a social justice warrior. 

The owner of Ode Boutique Kristin, whose leadership style is one of encouragement and mutual respect. She has shown me what can be achieved when women support women. Working with the incredible group of women here at Ode is unbelievably inspiring.

Inspiration

From Ode to You: A Letter

January 20, 2018



Window Design

Women’s March Window

January 18, 2018

Our latest window went up yesterday featuring Women’s March posters by Kimothy Joy and Victoria Accardi. Along with Shepard Fairey, Ernesto Yerena, and Jessica Sabogal from Amplifer Foundation’s, We The People project. We stand with all Women marching this weekend and look forward to bringing you projects and events that will expand on the four tenants of Ode - Fashion, Art, Beauty, and Heart.