Posts Tagged 'Asheville'

pilates training

After a week of computer related problems and time at the computer doctor, I have my laptop back now, along with all of my recent photos.  The computer is on it’s last legs for sure, but I will try to eek out a few more months of hobbling along at sloooowww speeds and an if-y power cord.

In other news….

In case you didn’t know, one of my hats these days is pilates instructor in training, and it will be a summer full!  I am so insanely lucky to be doing all my training at Jennifer Gianni’s Fusion Pilates, have a look at her studio!

Not a bad place to hang out, huh?  I’ve been teaching a few times a week and will finish up my course work by the end of the summer.  Last weekend we had an incredible class and learned lots of advanced moves on the Reformer.  I took my first teacher training class last august, so all in all, it will have taken me about a year.  It is such a joy to keep learning and being a student and filling my brain with anatomy and movement – I just can’t get enough!  And then to be able to jump right in and teach in this amazing facility, well, I’m just too lucky.  I’ll keep updating here as I continue my path towards the final certification, and hopefully remember to bring my camera to the next training weekend in july to get some good action shots!

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Short Street Cakes

West Asheville just got sweeter! Short Street Cakes opened this spring, and to try it out, I took my sister and her 2 cuties out for cupcakes to have a birthday tea party.  We all put on our Hazel Anne finery, and had such a fancy time!  And the best part? If you call ahead by just one day, Jodi will make ANYTHING on the menu gluten free!! Since 4 of the 7 of us have Celiac Disease, gluten free cupcakes that you can buy from a bakery are just a total phenomenon.  What a treat.  Have a look:

Declan in his surfer shirt - his fanciest thing!

Declan in his surfer shirt - his fanciest thing! My sis, Kathleen, has on the orange wrap skirt and cotton T in the back, Ruby wears a favorite pull-on skirt I made years ago, and keeps getting passed down.

Gluten free white chocolate rasberry - perfect

Gluten free white chocolate rasberry - perfect

Chocolate!!

Chocolate!!

Chocolate berry ganache, and a very cool vintage tablecloth

Chocolate berry ganache, and a very cool vintage tablecloth

finger lickin'

finger lickin'

Bliss!

Bliss!

So if you find yourself here in 28806, swing into this shop for a pick me up.  It was a great way to celebrate Ruby and Anja’s birthdays while they were in town.  Everyone loves a tea party!

Whose birthday is next? Can I take you out for a cupcake?

Hatch Fest

From April 15-19, here in Asheville, we had the most amazing, inspiring festival of arts! I wanted to write about it right away, but I took in so much information, that I wanted to process everything so I could figure out what to say about it.  Frankly, I’m still not sure exactly what to say, I know I’ll be thinking about for some time.

The Hatch festival was started in Bozeman, Montana, and this is the first year it has also been held in Asheville.  Essentially it is 4 days of panels, films, music, workshops, and fashion.  The local artists worked so hard organizing, and it paid off!

The first talk that I went to was given by Mary Gehlhar, a fashionista extraordinaire from NYC.  She has written the fashion designer’s bible (follow the link) and is a mentor to so, so many new fashion talents.  I learned more from her in 1 hour than from anything previous.  She spoke about having a strong brand identity and being true to your own style.  Always good advice, of course, but hearing it directly related to fashion was exciting and inspiring.  It gave me confidence to try some things related to Hazel Anne that I have been a bit reluctant to do in the past.

Then, I went to a panel discussion by all of the mentors and some local industry insiders, as well.  They were Mary Gehlhar, Elisa Jimenez – artist and designer (also of Project Runway fame), Yoshiko Wada, Kathleen Lewis (LOCAL manufacturer for small lines!), and the owner of Oriole Mills, another local fabric manufacturer.  What a group of talent! They spoke about slow-design, which I am really into.  For me, slow design is about being conscious not only of your finished product, but being conscious of the whole process of designing and sewing and distributing.  It’s about being a responsible consumer and creator, and I can really relate to that.  It’s nice to know that even the big whigs can think this way.

Elisa Jimenez also had a workshop Saturday afternoon about many things, but mostly about guerilla marketing, and creating your own venues for getting your work out there and seen.  We had to break into groups and create a “show” in 10 minutes – which was to prove that it can be done by us, and that we don’t need a lot of money to pull of a fancy, exciting show of our clothing.

Can you imagine how exciting this was for me?! We in Asheville were so lucky to have this event in our backyard, and I feel so inspired!

Can’t wait until next April!

Now, back to work…