Athena Magazine

Fashion, lifestyle, passions

Get the skinny on seriously organic beauty products September 13, 2009

skinnyThis online store is owned by the wife of a colleague. She’s a sculptor-turned-organic beauty guru, after creating an allergen-free soap for a relative. In other word, girl genius:

Our hand-crafted all-natural Organic Bath and Body products are truly unsurpassed. skinnyskinny’s line now includes organic soap, bath salts, lip balm and body oils and more. Our nutrient-rich and incredibly gentle products work so well because we use really great ingredients (extra-virgin olive oil, unrefined butters, and pure essential oils). Try these luxurious products for yourself to see what a difference this makes.

See more skinnyskinny

 

Kindred spirit: UK’s glitterBALL magazine August 26, 2009

glitterballLook, Athena has a new amazing friend and kindred spirit in glitterBall magazine:

I like your blog, I think it’s cool.

I’m a third year Journalism student at Sunderland University, UK and
glitterBALL magazine is my online magazine for art, fashion, music, photography, travel, make up and much more.

If you would like to read it, it is online at:

http://tiny.cc/4eMkQ

In the issue:

ISLE OF WIGHT REVIEW
OASIS REVIEW
THE CHARLATANS REVIEW
SUMMER FASHION
*NEW COLUMN* FASHION ADDICT
PHOTOGRAPHY FROM LISBON
*NEW COLUMN* THE BACKPACKER
GEM BOWLES PHOTOGRAPHY
ISOLATED ATOMS INTERVIEW
REMODEL INTERVIEW
LAURENT CHARBONNIER AMTM INTERVIEW
KICKING CAFFEINE
CAMILLA BELLE STYLE INSPIRATION
BEAUTY TIPS
HOT FASHION ITEMS
and much more

 

Free Wordless Music: 200 Electric Guitars at Lincoln Center Out of Doors August 8, 2009

rhys_chathamFree tonight at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors series. My friend Joe is Guitarist #133 (soprano), a shredder among shredders. His recommendation: “Bring earplugs.”

Wordless Music:
Liquid Liquid
Rhys Chatham: A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars

For club-music mavens, the return of New York’s seminal breakbeat artistes Liquid Liquid is a reminder that in the beginning freestyle dancers romped and stomped to the rhythms of percussionists. Two hundred electric guitars and basses line the park and plug in for the world premiere of Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars.

WHEN:
Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

WHERE:
Damrosch Park Bandshell

MORE INFORMATION:
Presented in collaboration with Wordless Music. Commissioned by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Learn more … 

 

Is there a manuscript up there on your shelf? August 5, 2009

typewriterAnderbo.com wants to post ONE unpublished entire novel by Dec.1/09 for at least the following 6 months. Send the FIRST 30 PAGES (10,000 words) of your e-manuscript and within 60 days you’ll hear if Anderbo wants to see more. NO READING FEE; all literary rights remain with the author. No submissions after Sept.1. Anderbo will pay $300 to the author upon winning novel’s posting. http://www.anderbo.com/guidelines.html

 

Chasing Dash Snow July 22, 2009

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dashAt 25, he is a growing downtown legend, a graffiti writer turned artist with a beautiful face and a De Menil pedigree, elusive even to the two friends who created his myth. What happens if he’s caught? Read more …

 

Special $12 price for Mother the Play July 21, 2009

motherThere’s a Facebook special ticket price of $12 for friends of Mother the Play!

Use promo code FBOOK12 when purchasing tickets online at http://www.mothertheplay.com. The space for the promo code is at the lower-right corner under the seating diagram.

See you at the show!

 

Valentino movie takes Midwest by storm, still going strong July 19, 2009

A wonderful note about the success of the Valentino movie, but what touched me was that it opened in both Columbia, Mo., and Des Moines, Iowa, two small Midwestern cities I once inhabited. Brava, Columbia and Des Moines!

valentinoDear Friends & Fans,

After a very strong first weekend in CANADA, we are happy to announce that we’re adding more screens in TORONTO (now also at AMC Winston Churchill and AMC Kennedy Commons) and MONTREAL (now also at Cinema Fortune Cavendish). Check the full listing of all 7 theaters on our website.

In the U.S., while still going strong in NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES after almost 4 months, Valentino continues to fill art houses around the country: This week WILTON, NH, and COLUMBIA, MO, are added to the list. And IOWANS, who so boldly embraced gay marriage a few months ago, can rush to the Varsity Theater in DES MOINES to learn a few lessons about longevity in relationships from the Italian couturier!

And that’s not all! We have a great program for the rest of the summer, which includes engagements in LAS VEGAS, MARTHA’S VINEYARD, THE VILLAGES in FLORIDA, ORLANDO, ESTERO, TEMPE, SACO, ELLSWORTH and return engagements to PALM SPRINGS and CHICAGO. See the list of all upcoming cities below or at http://www.valentinomovie.com.

Have a great weekend!

“What is the difference between good style and trash?
Darling, I have no idea!” -Joan Collins

The Valentino Team

 

Ya gotta love a gal with an accordian June 14, 2009

pezDiscover the amazing music of Milwaukee-based Pezzettino, singer-songwriter, Margaret Stutt.  Trained in classical piano at the local convent and self-taught on her father’s accordion, she began writing her own material in 2008.  That year she self-released her debut album, “Because I Have No Control …” and launched herself into the touring circuit.  Just six months later, Pezzettino released her sophomore album, “Lion.” Listen to Pezzettino’s music here.

 

Indie Jewelry Designs: Oceano Seaglass January 27, 2009

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham – Designer of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry and Manager of the Reclaimed to Fame Market.

Oceano Seaglass Jewelry

Oceano Seaglass Jewelry

Today’s featured merchant interview is with Christine Gable Epstein of Oceano Seaglass Jewelry.   Christine’s jewelry is available at www.oceanoseaglass.1000markets.com.

Genuine sea glass started out as broken bottles and glass and is naturally recycled by the movement of the sea and sand.  It has a natural frosted beauty of its own.  Christine, who lives in Puerto Rico, uses those beautiful sea gems to create lovely one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry.

I asked Christine how she found inspiration for her jewelry.

“When my sisters and I were little, our grandmother used to make clothes for our dolls.  Together we would comb through fabric scraps, lace, rick-rack and odd buttons, out of which would come marvelous little dresses.  The magic of “from nothing into something” really made an impression on me, and instilled a life-long lust for art supplies!  Is there a better day than when your supply order comes?  That little carton, so full of possibilities!  Here in Puerto Rico, I get to hunt and gather seaglass.   I love every part of the process: the excitement of finding a perfect piece, washing the salt and sand away, laying it in the sun to dry, sorting the shapes, and matching the colors.    This handling of the seaglass IS the design process for me, when each found piece presents its gemlike qualities and I develop ideas about the type of finished piece it will become.

I live 500 yards from the ocean, and every free minute is spent there—in the water, watching my daughter surf, beach combing and walking our dogs. I also tend a little organic veggie patch with tomatoes, squash, herbs, and sugar cane. And since I’m not a native speaker, I’m always working to improve my Spanish-language skills.”

When you stop by her shop, you’ll see what a fabulous photographer she is, which makes her shop all the more attractive. Christine shares some photography advice for other merchants.

“Photographing seaglass is a bit of a puzzle.   Capturing that magical translucence, but not washing out the delicate coloration and subtle texture is very important.  Having been a stylist in New York, I really love shooting the photos, almost as much as making the jewelry!  My advice to anyone who sells online is to take loads and loads of photos so you are assured of a few great shots—that’s what the pros do.  A fabulous picture is really the most powerful selling tool we all have.”

Being a part of the Reclaimed to Fame Market, Christine is a strong believer in recycling, as are her neighbors in Puerto Rico.

“We live off the beaten path in a small fishing village. In our neighborhood, nothing goes to waste.  If you prop up anything marginally useful next to your garbage can at 6am, it will always be gone by 9am.  Very little gets ‘trashed’.

A lot of things in our daily life get reused for other purposes.  All of our newspaper is shredded for mulch or laid down thickly as a weed blocker in the garden.  Any plastic container not used for collecting my beach-finds is cut to make protective collars for vegetable seedlings.  I really admire the recycling I see all around us here.  It’s borne from a spirit of resourcefulness and inventive reuse.”

All artists have a creative process and here is Christine’s.

“It seems natural that I would wind up designing and making jewelry.  I’ve always been interested in fashion, and my art school training serves me well in terms of working with color and design.  Coming from a family of seamstresses also means that I have a love of anything tactile and a yen to do something useful with my hands.  These things all contribute to the way that I think about and handle my materials.

Part of my process is built around awareness for the safeguarding of the environment.  Oceano jewelry is handmade from recycled material because I want to unite my need to create with my views and beliefs.  While I’m creating jewelry, I also keep in mind the notion that I am making tiny pieces of kinetic sculpture that interact with and respond to the wearer.

Adornment has been around since the beginning of human existence and it’s a reflection of the customs and societies in which it is worn.  Choosing to wear something artisan-made and ecologically responsible helps you look good and feel good. And don’t we all need a dash of sparkle now and again?”

Stop by Oceano Seaglass to see what Christine has available there. And also check out her blog at http://www.oceanoseaglass.blogspot.com.

 

Best Picture: Burn After Reading January 14, 2009

burn_Now that Oscar season is upon us, I have to cast my vote for Best Picture. Basically, the Coen Brothers are just about the only people who could drag me into a movie theater. But when you throw in Frances McDormand and a movie shot in my neighborhood, that just takes the cake. For weeks we endured lousy parking while Brad and George and John cavorted in Brooklyn. Even that suffering didn’t dim my ardor. The brilliant Burn After Reading has won my nomination, although I doubt it’s even a contender. Each actor is just tremendous. I caught it on a hotel room movie system, and it’s opening in the Czech Republic next week. So if you happen to be in Prague ….  Get the facts on Burn After Reading here.

P.S. I stood next to Frances last fall at a Riverside Park stoplight while she ran in place, and I didn’t even bug her—mighty big of me since I think that she’s just about the best actor ever and also a friend of a friend. Of course, my walking buddy couldn’t resist blurting, “Hey, that’s Frances McDormand!” Argh!