Posted on October 14, 2016 by Kristin Kelly
When you've got a name like Georgia Rae, you can't not be cool. Musician, photographer, pug-owner, and song-writer, we think Georgia (aka "Gigi") has it covered. Equal parts grit and grace, Gigi is the epitome of cool. She's a dress-and-sneakers kind of girl with an old soul vibe. Midway through our Ode photoshoot, she tuned a borrowed guitar in a clearing in the Montague Sandplains and played a song she'd written about chains and meadows and skies and memories. It's the kind of song that sticks with you. Come hear Georgia Rae perform at Ode Friday, October 14th, 6-8pm. We'll be sipping cider and celebrating the Fall.
What song sounds like Fall to you?
Nico’s “These Days” definitely conjures a certain autumnal feeling for me. Also, maybe more obviously, the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin”.
Tell us about your pug.
I found Helo in L.A. in the summer of 2012 at a rescue out of a journalist/animal-lover’s cottage in the suburbs. I had been looking for a pug for a while, and knew I wanted to rescue one. I was heading to L.A. on a cross-country trip and realized while in Denver that I hadn’t exhausted the West Coast’s rescue resources yet. It was instant love when I walked into the cottage. As a small herd of black pug puppies ran out to greet me, Helo came trotting out behind, grinning and upright. He rode all the way back across the country in the car with me, wheezing and snorting (as a pug is oft to do in the hottest days of summer). One day into the trip back, we had a nasty run-in with a junkyard dog, but it only brought us closer. Today he’s seven years old and still enjoys short walks, long car rides, and anything remotely edible.
Best musical performance you’ve ever seen?
I’ve seen so many great shows in basements, rock halls and larger venues, but if I were to choose one within this year, I’d have to say seeing Wilco at Mountain Jam was pretty insane. It was one of those pinch-me moments where I couldn’t believe I was finally seeing the band I’ve sung to.
When you record your first album (soon, please!), what do imagine on the cover?
I actually did write and record an album in high school for my senior project with a slew of great local musicians including June Millington, Jim Armeni, and Penny Schultz. I recorded it with June at the Institute for the Musical Arts in Goshen. Because I was a 17-year-old girl, I naturally chose to have my face by the cover. I’d rethink that method now. I think for my next album, which would no doubt be with a full band, would have a cover that invoices whatever imagery is around me when we record it. Whether that’s a photograph, or a collage, or a drawing from a friend is very much in the air.
Describe your style. Any favorite pieces you like wearing during sweater weather?
My style is a little random, and entirely dependent on the season, weather, and my mood. Sometimes, a simple t-shirt, jeans, and trucker hat with Converse, and other times, I go all out. Whatever I wear, though, it’s always for me. In sweater weather, I typically like to wear big, wrap-around scarves and tall boots and/or leg warmers, for their practicality and look. And chunky sweaters. I’m pretty much always kind of trying to look like Katniss in District 12.
Along with being a musician, you’re a photographer too. What's your favorite photograph you’ve taken?
My aim is to capture real moments with people. I also love taking pictures of animals. Some of my favorite photographers include Dave Heath, Sara Saudkova, Man Ray, and Jason Houston.
What’s on your most played list?
Whitney’s new album, "Light Upon the Lake", has me completely captured.
And lastly, a very important question: what are you going to be for Halloween?
Princess Buttercup (if I can find the dress in time) or a fox are the current ideas. But I usually have a costume plan, then seconds before going out Halloween night, I scramble to find something else ‘cause my current costume has become boring to me.
Chattman Photography | Makeup by Jenessa | Styling by Kristin / Ode
Posted on September 07, 2016 by Kristin Kelly
Thea Price-Eckles will be mixing her signature cocktails and selling her handmade home goods
Friday, September 9th, 6-8pm at Ode.
Meet Thea Price-Eckles: woodworker, wordsmith, and mixologist. Beverage manager and creative partner at Brassica, a French/American style restaurant in Jamaica Plains, Thea is the thinker behind the "thoughtful cocktail". When she's not muddling locally sourced drinks (we hear she has quite an herb garden), she's in her workshop hand-carving homegoods or building furniture from scratch. When she has a rare spare moment, you may find Thea planning her next solo-adventure, this time to Morocco. Or she's reading Syliva Plath. Or riding a motorbike through the woods. Or teaching us a thing or two about a thing or two. You need to read this interview!
Perfect fall cocktail…how do we make it?
Fall, my favorite season for one reason aside from boots: it just seems more appropriate to drink stirred brown drinks in Fall than it does in summer, which suits me because my palette definetely prefers spirit forward stirred drinks rather than the fruity refreshing drinks of summer. I would make an Apple Brandy Oaxacan Old Fashioned, recipe below:
1.5 oz Apple Brandy (Lairds Bonded Applejack, if you can find it)
1.5 oz Mezcal
.5 oz maple syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash Jerry Thomas Bitters
Fresh Orange peel
Stir all ingredients except orange peel until well chilled, and strain over a king cube or into a chilled
glass—garnish with orange peel by bending the peel to get all the oils out. Wrap a cozy scarf around your shoulders and sip slowly.
Your cat's name is Breakfast and your dog’s name is Portabella. What would you name a pet horse?
It is in my grand life scheme to have horses! Who knows what I'll actually name it, but right now, I'd name my horse Mirepoix.
Describe your current style, including influences or inspirations
(and the names of the lipstick you’ve been donning).
I would describe my current style as "chameleon", but I'm usually going down one of two roads. Fork in the road A: Getting things done look, incidentally inspired by Lara Croft. Boots, shorts, braided pony tail, black tank top, denim jacket, K/ller necklace, tape measure, and utility knife. Burgundy lipstick (Obsessive Compulsive cosmetics Lip Tar in Black Dahlia—yes I wear lipstick in the woodshop). Fork in the road B: I got a day off and I'm not going in the shop look, inspired by my grandmother Judy. Florals, a long prairie skirt, crop top, platforms, long necklace, bright pink lipstick (Tarte: Surfer Girl. It's amazing).
What’s in your perfect‐picnic basket. Where and with whom do you go, and what do you wear?
Pic-nic basket: A pint of Fomu coconut ice cream, 2 spoons, a flask full of negronis. Where: Lars Anderson Park in Jamaica Plain, the best sunset observatory in Boston. Who: My partner in life, crime and business, Philip and our dog Portabella. Outfit: Hooded cashmere bodysuit. This doesn't exist yet, where can I get one?
Is art a necessity?
We don't have to declare it one for it to be, it's done that to itself. Could plants procreate without flowers? You can see necessities as art if you choose to, and I highly recommend that everyone does.
You dabble in a lot of languages. What’s your favorite word from each of the languages you speak.
I have a lot of favorite Arabic words, I love the sound of that language. Tu'burni is an arabic word that doesn't really have a translation in English, but it literally translates as "you bury me" and it is an expression of deep affection (the idea being that you hope you die before the person you are saying it to so you don't have to live without them). Also, Mish Mish, it means apricot, and it's a good word. French….je ne sais pas ce que...
Give us a line from the last thing you’ve written.
"I've been trying to practice sleeping with my back to the monster. I lay on her belly up and we both rumble. She cradles me like a rock in her slingshot, my muscles rigid."
Favorite piece of clothing and the story behind it:
A yellow and blue jacket that I bought from a fashion designer in Cairo. It's inspired by a traditional Egyptain jacket and is a beautiful yellow with blue collar and cuffs. It has a drawstring around the waist band and it's just so unique and flattering and versatile. I feel so lucky to have it. The woman I bought it from I met at a wedding, she was wearing an amazing ruffle-y silk scarf and I asked her how I could get one like it. This led to me coming to her studio to pick through her creations. I got a robe, the jacket and of course the silk scarf. All three are extremely specially to me.
What should we order at Brassica?
Our menu changes very often with the availability of produce, but you can always come in and get a Tobacco Farm cocktail and Octopus Tagliatelle, which are my two favorite items and represent what we do very well.
Wood, words, or wardrobe?
A wooden wardrobe that exists only in words.
CHATTMAN PHOTOGRAPHY | Hair and Makeup by Kiki | Styling by Kristin/Ode
Posted on June 30, 2016 by Kristin Kelly
Even a classic needs an update from time to time. After almost 6 years in business, we decided that our "Ode bag" needed a new outfit...and who better to design it than Kim Rosen, owner and artist behind FAYCE Textiles, intricately and organicaly rendered, hand-drawn fabrics, pillows, and wall hangings. Not only was she the LOVELIEST person in the world to work with, but she just "gets it": how to keep things simple, but interesting. Thank you, Kim, for our new bag! These limited edition Ode bags are available now! Some thoughts from Kim Rosen:
What was your experience like designing the new Ode bag?
I loved designing the Ode bag! One of my favorite challenges of any project is to try and capture the essence of a brand through design. Because I love the aesthetic of Ode, working with the ladies of Ode was almost too easy, our visions blended perfectly.
Limited-edition Ode bag, designed by Kim Rosen!!!
What’s in your bag?
A water bottle, small sketchbook, probably 2-5 pens or pencils, hand lotion and lip balm.
What’s your spirit shape or design?
I would say Line is my spirit shape. Everything I do starts and ends with a drawn line or series of lines. It’s the form that just seems to naturally flow.
To what or whom would you write an ode?
Hmm.. I would write an ode to the birds for reminding me to slow down a bit, to listen and watch and just enjoy the small things that are happening all around me every day.
What do you do to create and curate home?
I often start with a mood that I’d like to capture and then try to find pieces old or new that fit that mood. I have several family heirlooms that I cherish and I try to collect artwork from people I know as much as I can. A good amount of sentiment mixed in with modern and vintage pieces is how I curate my home.
Favorite pattern in nature:
Phragmites, for their organic yet structured form. The clusters of phragmites on the side of the road or in a field are beautiful in every season. Their long, thin stems hold the weight of their big plumes that blow in the wind and remind me of warm summer days even in cold weather.
Posted on May 13, 2016 by Kristin Kelly
The name Shana has many meanings and stories of origin. In Hindi, it means intelligent. In Yiddish, it means beautiful. In Hebrew, the word is akin to "rose". Enchanted and refined are among other definitions. Somehow, all possibilities seem perfectly fitting to describe both Shana Gulati and her eponymous collection of fine jewelry. Lawyer-turned-designer who splits time between New York and India, Shana is the embodiment of a self-made adventurer, something we always aspire to. We are so lucky and excited to have Shana and her hand-crafted collection here at Ode on Friday, May 13th, from 6-8pm. Join us for cocktails and some seriously drool-worthy jewelry...or, as we call it: "drool"ery.
What inspires you?
Everything and anything inspires me. My ideas come usually from both my daily life living in NYC and my travels, from the trinkets I’ve picked up to the day to day things I’ve seen. Having the luxury of living in one of the most amazing, diverse, fashion forward, creative, free spirited, individualistic cities in the world paired with having been born into one of the most colorful and beautiful cultures that physically thrives in a visually stimulating manner (INDIA!!!), it’s hard not to be inspired all the time. So it’s a blend of my everyday and my gift of being handed a culture that is nothing less than amazing and a creative force.
How do you name your collections?
That’s the million dollar question… So far they have been named after my niece; the word for love in Hindi; where I was for my 40th … it’s really just about where I am physically and mentally with how the collections came to be. The latest collection is going to be called Zazvata, which derives its root from Urdu to mean continuity. The reason I chose this word is that this particular collection is taking what I have already created and adding to it, to continue the creativity behind each piece to create something new and unique in its own right.
What are your favorite places to go in India?
To this day I have been very quick in my trips, as they really have to be focused around work so it would have to be Jaipur. One of my favorite things to do is to make sure to go to the garden to take in the scent of jasmine in the early morning before the day becomes insane and chaotic. I have made myself a promise that I will visit Sikkim (the city I was born in while my Dad was an officer in the Indian Army) and Ladakh in the Himachal region.
Photo credit: Steve McCurry
If you were one accessory, what would you be and what would you look like?
A big glorious ring for sure!!! My thinking is that what can’t an accessory do for a woman! It can change her mood; it can give the outfit a whole new look; it can be the centerpiece of what she’s wearing; it can be that one piece that catches your eye! Accessories, especially jewelry (because by nature it is feminine) can just make a girl feel that extra whatever she wants to feel. Be it sexy, be it bold and different, be it subtle and understated, be it chic, or be it casual, or just unique without having to say a word. Accessories tend to be conversation starters too! They are a way to connect, a way to stand out, a way to make one feel just a little extra special.
What does your Spring in New York look like?
My spring in New York seems to be different year to year, it’s a lot of travel, it’s a lot of work to be honest as the Fall collection is underway so it usually involves a trip to India. It’s a time to be creative and super assertive to get out a new collection!
How did your life change going from a lawyer to a jewelry designer? How did your wardrobe change?
How hasn’t it changed for me… I used to think so many doors not opening for me in law was a sign that it was a reflection on me. Turns out it was for a bigger reason than I could have imagined at that point in time. It forced me to find a passion and a path that I never knew existed within me and one that would bring me so much happiness and love for both India and the team of people I have pulled together to make it all happen. It’s actually a little family I have built, which would have never happened had I not embarked on a road I didn’t even know existed. My life is not only richer and fuller, but it’s got purpose and meaning in what I do because it’s not just jewelry that we are creating, it’s livelihoods that are being supported, it’s giving back in a way to a country that gave me so much.
What compels you to design jewelry?
Designing jewelry because it involves so many things in life I love. It allows me to be creative, free spirited, colorful (figuratively and literally), it allows me to have a lasting connection with the two places in the world that have help mold me into who I am (New York and my Indian heritage), it allows me to help make a woman, no matter from what walk of life, to feel feminine, like a princess or like a rock star or like an elegant lady or like a young fun girly girl or whomever or whatever she wants to channel by wearing one of my pieces. Jewelry design is my outlet but it allows my connectivity to other women in helping them just love something that’s only theirs.
When the sun is out, what song do you play?
It’s not going to be a particular song, but it will be something that will be energetic and get me going!
What is your spirit stone?
Is there any advice you can offer to an artist starting a business?
Yes, do not focus on the doors that have closed, focus on the ones that are slightly ajar and that you can push your way through, because you can and you will. It’s daunting to think about the whole picture in the near future, so don’t. Just focus on that moment.
Posted on April 27, 2016 by Kristin Kelly
Handmade and buttery-soft, the bucket bag from Stela 9 is a must-have.