NEW YORK STORIES

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THAT ONE TIME I WALKED IN A MUSEUM AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN LIFE REALIZED, THAT I ACTUALLY KNEW SOMETHING…


My mom and my grandma are two of the women that most inspire me. I know that sounds cliché and most people tend to feel this way about their own, but I can’t deny it’s true. The reason might be the fact that both of this women have had their fair share of obstacles in life, but despite those difficulties I find it mesmerizing how they’ve managed to become the strong, independent, wise women that they are.
Now let me make a remark on the WISE aspect. WISDOM, as many WISE men say, will take you far. But I’m not talking, and most certainly they are not referring either to being the MVP regarding the Pythagorean Theorem or quantum physics, which I’m not saying are not important for some to know, but I feel like wisdom is much more about knowing many things regarding many subjects.

For example, wisdom can be knowing of matters of the heart through experience or a life as a witness. It is knowing how to behave in a social environment, set a table, be a great host, use a full set of cutlery, knowing the different purposes of every cup and glass and what sort of wine to pair with every course. Wisdom is quoting authors or doing references to read books. It is knowing about art, literature, music, people and history and using all that knowledge to understand and better perceive the world around us. It is knowing how to unfold among others gracefully and it is too knowing how to cope with said wisdom. 
A wise person doesn’t need to brag about what he or she knows, they learn for themselves, for the pleasure of being able to know a little about everything. And they accept that there are things that can’t be learned because only age can teach them. Wisdom is also knowing when to stop, when to back off, when to let go, when to turn the page and keep moving forwards.

All those aspects are for the the pinnacle of wisdom, and I can easily pin them on those two women in my family. Sometimes, when I used to spend weekends at my grandma’s we would lay down in bed on Sundays just to talk…. And I would learn so much and feel so little because I knew nothing.
And so years have gone by and I have tried my best to learn a bit about everything hoping to be one day what my Grammy was to me: A long legged encyclopaedia. JUST KIDDING. I really just want to resemble her and feed my curiosity; and because of that I’ve read, I’ve studied, I’ve wondered and analysed hoping to do so. Thing is, this sort of wisdom is not like learning for a test, were there are specific questions to be answered. This  sort of facts randomly pop into your head.

But now I’ll guess you’ll be wondering why I’m telling you all this. Well, New York if anything is a place to learn. A vast majority of touristic hotspots are museums and as a sucker fot those I obviously intended to spend a few hours roaming around them.  On my  first day in the city I decided to go to the Museum of Modern Art, better known as the MOMA. It had been ages since the last time and I remembered little of what I had seen. So, I bought a ticket, eagerly walked in and as soon as I did I saw a Rothko. A Mark-freacking- ROTHKO ladies and gentlemen. And why was I saw excited? Well, it was not precisely the 3 colored stripes on the canvas that made me sigh, but the simple fact that I saw it and KNEW IT WAS A ROTHKO. Then I made a turn and guess what I found? A POLLOCK! Without getting closer to read the description. Then I stumbled across a MONDRIAN and a MATISSE and even Warhol made an appearance. And I just could not get over my excitement. For years and years I was used to having my mom or grandma pointing out artists and their stories while we walked down a museum and for the first time I realized I wasn’t like Jon snow, because I actually knew something. The effort paid off and I actually learned a lot at as well, unlike other times. I feel that our parents take us to this places to create a habit or a curiosity, because it is until you get a little older that you actually start soaking up on everything that a museum has to offer.
SO, that’s the tale on how I somehow realized that little by little I’m learning. And becoming who I’ve always wanted to be… So I guess, that if it gets easier regarding knowledge at the museum, it’ll get easier in life and maybe someday someone will be able to ask me questions to which I will know the answers. 

R.Woodworth

Let go

How do you know it's over?
Maybe when you feel more in love with your memories than the person standing in front of you
So you let go.

You let go. 
You let go without a thought or a word. 
You let go. 
You let go of the fear.
You let go of the judgments.
You let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around your head. You let go of the committee of indecision within you. 
You let go of all the "right" reasons. 
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, you just let go.
You don't ask anyone for advice. You don't read a book on how to let go. You don't search scriptures. You just let go. You let go of all of the memories that held you back. 
You let go of all the anxiety that kept you from moving forward. 
You let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right. 
You don't promise to let go. 
You don't journal about it. You don't write the project date in your Day-Timer. 
You made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. You don't check the weather report or read your daily horoscope looking for guidance.
You just let go. 
You stop analyzing whether you should let go. You don't call your friends to discuss the matter. 
You don't do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. 
You don't utter one word. You  just let go. 
No one thankes you nor praises you for it. No one notices a thing.
There is no effort and no struggle. It isn't good and it isn't bad. It is what it is, and it is just that. 
In the space of letting go, you just let it all be.
A small smile comes over your face and that is it.
You've let go.

R.Woodworth




Tonic & Astringent

Hey beauties! It's beauty wednesday again and today I come to you with 2 new recipes for this hot months.
The first one is an astringent like the ones men use aftershave, us girls can use it to prevent buried hair in legs and arms.

The second one is just a tonic to refresh your skin after washing your face. 

Mint Astringent
This product works well with all skin types.
You need:
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup of vodka
1/2 cup of witch hazel water
Use a mortar and pestle to crush the mint wellCombine all ingredients in a container with a tight lid and let stand for 2 weeks in a the fridgeShake daily.
After this timestrain the liquid and store it in a new container.
Apply with a cotton ball. Avoid contact with eyes.
The mixture will last for 5 months.

 Cucumber Tonic
Prepare this to revitalize your skin after a night out or a long flight.
You need:
1 medium cucumber
tablespoons of witch hazel water or purified water.
Peel the cucumberRemove the seeds and cut into cubes. Grind it in a blender along with the waterUse a cotton swab to apply it on your face.

Happy pampering!
                                                                                                                                       R.Woodworth

FG: Butcher & Sons

Last weekend I met with a few friends from New York in the city to go to the Modern Art Museum and catch an eye on the Balenciaga exhibit. Afterwards we were STARVING so we decided to head out for a generous and hearty meal near by at Polanquito. Walking on the weekend along Reforma Avenue is a delight, and the atmosphere near Lincoln park is perfect to leisurely enjoy the day in the company of friends and maybe a good dessert to follow.
If you like rock this place is for you. Dean, Hendrix, Morrison... those are just the burger names. Prosciutto with avocado, a classic one with american cheese, vegetarian version with a goat cheese patty and portobello as buns or the Morrison made out of Blue cheese and confit onions and pickles or goat cheese and portonello are the perfect match for some sweet potato fries, onion rings and a cookie&cream milkshake. Too much? Well, I am a true believer in the rule that says, that if you are gonna indulge, you should do it right.
I love the Polanco location, like everybody else, so I should warn you that specially on the weekends you should arrive early to be able to catch a table or al least don't wait that much. Nevertheless you cand find them at La Roma or Pedregal as well.
So, if you are ever wondering around midtown in the city and crave a good burger... By all means don't doubt to go into this place.
R.Woodworth

Manus x Machina


Have you ever witness something so beautiful that tears rolled down your cheeks because of the excitment. Well, I cried a little during my recent visit to the MET. 

Manus x Machina, the newest exhibit from the Anna Wintour Costume Intitute,
is structured around the métiers or trades, of dressmaking outlined in the Encyclopedie, one of the most provocative publications of the French Enlightenment. It placed these trades on the same level as the arts and sciences, which had been regarded as the noblest forms of scholarly activity since Greek antiquity. The elevantion of these and other métiers served as an incendiary challenge to established prejudices against manual labor, biases that the authors sought to refute by showing the creativity and complexity such work involved. In fact, the Encyclopédie, detailing as it does the skills and tools requisite for these arts, provides an erstwhile articulation of the exhibition's theme - manus x machina, hand x machine. 

The first suit starting on the left is a classic Chanel tweed suit. The next three samples are made out of 3D printed "tweed" from the Chanel FW 2015 collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld.
The interesting about this pieces isn't just the material or execution, but the fact that couture can be made now with a machine. There's a new way to create perfectly tailored suits just by printing them. GENIUS!

The "métiers" or "arts"  defined in the Encyclopedie remain central to the haute couture today, and provide the organizing principles of this exhibition.
Embroidery, featherwork, lacework, leatherwork and artificial flowers as well as the traditional divisions of a couture house are explored througout the entire display which consists of 170 pieces, and superimposes creations of designers who mostly use technological resources like Nicholas Ghesquiere, Issey Miyake, Karl Lagerfeld and Iris van Herpen. antagonistic to those like Prada, Saint Laurent, Cristobal Balenciaga and Dior who focus on manual labor.


Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen


Burtons created the scale-type pagé with little feathers made out of metall which were cut, carved and shaped by hand

The main goal is to achieve that spectator is able to see the evolution of the industry starting from the sewing machine to new technologies such as laser cutting, computer modeling, ultrasonic welding and 3D printing.
In essence, the exhibition unfolds as a contemporary adaptation of the Encyclopedie and tries to make the viewer reflect about the new processes that challenge traditions,

Today, making a garment using technology can result in a process equally or even more challenging than the one made entirely by hand.
Yuxtaposition in white. White dresses against a solely computer designed and then 3D printed ensamble by Iris Harpen

As mentioned by Andrew Bolton himself, the curator of this magnificent display:
"I wanted to challenge the assumption hand in front of the machine. You always think that the hand is representative of superiority or luxury, the machine is lower. However, sometimes a garment produced by a machine carries a much slower and more complex process. "

This is not one of my fondest creatins, but the work involved it's exquisite. The garnment in the right is a faux fur coat that was covered in different shades of green painting to create an ombré pattern. However, the painting was mixed with aluminium powder so that before the painting could set, the designer hold a magnet and the fibers would go up and create different patterns following the movement of the magnet. Once the painting was dry, you could appreciate the work.

The work on this Balenciaga coat is SUBLIME. Inspired in Butterflies and the overlapping of it's colored scales that create the intrincate patternson their wings. The designer chose thousands of feathers, each one of a SINGLE color to then apply them one by one to create a multicolored kaleidoscope. Each feather has just one color, so, to create this... The pattern had to be planned carefully.
This pieces were very complex to make according to their designer Nicholas Guesquiere. The cellulois sequins wee cut into strips by laser, then machine glued onto tulle. When the fabric came back from the factory, he didn´t like it, but as he began to fold and drape, bubbles bgan to form, and the sequins took on the shape of a croissant... Because the sequins were too shiny, they spray-painted them- by hand- to createshadows and make them look more dimmensional and imperfect.


This wonderful dress is completely made out of leather flowers sculpted with heat and cut by laser. Designed by Maria Grazia Chiusi and Pier Paolo Piccoli head designers at Valentino.

Among the many factors that inspired the creation of this exhibit, is the understanding that there is no competition between these two different types of manufactoring, which today complement each other and constitute the DNA of modern fashion.

If you are planning to go to NYC soon, you must check it out.

R. Woodworth