New Full Moon Mix here! This one has been percolatin’ for a while since our big full moon last week, but I was on the road, so I just got the chance to publish it now. I was on a road trip out in West Texas with my family– many, many hours in the car, in the desert, listening to tunes, discovering new stuff! This one really spans the folk / funk spectrum but I like a little of bit of everything, anything that has a good beat, some soul, something to say. As we begin a new season I’d like to wish ALL GOOD THINGS to ALL OF YOU… in the words of the Rolling Stones song “Heaven” (covered in this mix by Kasper Bjorke)….
“Senses be praised, senses be praised /// You’re my saving grace, saving grace /// Nothing will harm you, nothing will stand in your way /// Nothing will stop you and nothing will stand in your way, no one will harm you, and no one will stand in your way /// No one will bar you and nothing will stand in your way …”
Iceland never disappoints! I was there last month for work for 3 days (!!!). Not enough time for a hot springs soak, BUT I had LOTS of time on the road to take in the expansive emptiness- sculptural mountains, mossy, endless horizons, and clear, icy water.
East coasters! Remember, it’s only a 5 hour flight from New York. A relatively short trip to experience something so OTHER, something that feels so very FAR away.
Oh Venice, you are a rare gem! The strange green color of the lagoon, the fact that all cars and bicycles are replaced by boats and pedestrians, the delicious daily cicchetti and lo spritz. If you can get away from all the tourists (even though you are one), Venice will take your breath away. I was in Italy last month for work and spent four fast and furious days in Venezia, a floating and often flooded city. About fifteen years ago, I was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, so this trip was a real moment of nostalgia for me. There is nothing like roaming around, endlessly walking the maze of the city. Every crumbling corner is beautiful to look at and basically nothing has changed since I lived there over a decade ago.
This quick trip’s highlights were a night time walk to my favorite street, Fondamenta Misericordia (my old neighborhood), where you can find all the locals and young college students hanging out by the canal, eating and drinking, and listening to live jazz.
I also really enjoyed going to the Roberta di Camerino showroom, once the brand’s factory, housed behind a gorgeous wooden door on a hidden street. Roberta (whose real name was Giuliana) was a fashion designer ahead of her time, who’s signature was trompe l’oeil velvet handbags. Her vintage pieces are now collector’s items, but the house has been revived and new collections are being produced.
My favorite meals were at Osteria alla Vedova and another spot where all the gondoliers used to eat (can’t find it online- Venice is full of secrets, ask a local) where I ate all the city’s specialties like fluffy risotti and squid ink pasta. It was delicious AND turned my lips purple. I think the best way to do Venice is just get lost and explore, and bring extra socks, because it floods often, especially on the full moon! So magical.
It’s not the Full Moon or even the New Moon, which was in Aquarius last week, but I thought I’d share some tunes anyways. Some sounds to counteract the cold and celebrate a SLIGHTLY longer day! We are on the upside people! Enjoy… xoxo
The “Just Because….” Mix
What a year! I hope it was beautiful and exciting, full of health, love, and good luck for all of you!
I am working on some really fun new projects that I can’t wait to unveil in the New Year… until then I’m gearing up for some time with family and friends in the South West and the West Coast.
For the next couple days, you can order last minute deals at www.shopwaxandcruz.com– I had a such a good time making all these products and they each have an origin and story somewhere in the world.
Excited to make space for new, artisanal pieces in 2015!
Happy Holidays to All of You! Love Before All Y’all!!
Here are some snapshots from a work trip to Corfu a couple weeks ago. The island was rocky and textural, but really lush and humid. The food, as is typical in Greece, is to die for. If you don’t eat bread and cheese you will tortured every time you sit down to a meal by fluffy, fried confections, and salty white frommage. It was pretty decadent, but balanced out by simple, fresh grilled fish and local olive oil. I could eat like this every day- no complaints.
…the Wax + Cruz Vision Quest Duffel! She is perfect as a carry-on, for weekend getaways, for beach days, or for trips to the gym. As always, made in the USA of imported fabrics. A perfect travel companion– mine has already been to Tulum, Texas, Puerto Rico, Cali, and Corfu! No wear and tear yet and lots of admirers along the way…seen here with her close relative, The Nevelson cap. Both can be found in the shop! AND we are now on Instagram, follow us! Our handle is waxandcruz. xoxo
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The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Mar-fa! You know the song right?
I took a quick road trip to the strange paradise of West Texas recently and it was just what the doctor ordered. Sometimes you just need some space, breathing room if you will- and Marfa and the surrounding landscape offer nothing but. While there are a thousand things to explore in the Trans Pecos (from the majestic Big Bend National Park and the eccentric ghost-town of Terlingua, to star parties at McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis) these three days were a strict “make no plans” kind of vacay.
I loaded up a borrowed Jeep with a bicycle and some firecrackers bought roadside on a Texas highway and headed out to meet an old friend for a couple days of catching up, breathing fresh air, and simply hanging out.
Basically, there’s not much to do (which is lovely when you live in New York or any other busy metropolis). In Marfa, you can go hiking about an hour out of town, you can have a beer at a local honkey tonk like the Lost Horse Saloon, you can play pool at said local honkey tonk, and you can eat at one of a few local spots (try Future/ Food Shark, the Pizza Foundation, Cochineal, or Maiya’s). By day, there is a killer book store, Marfa Book Company, a couple of perfectly curated shops (Tienda M, Freda, Cast and Crew, and the El Cosmico Provision Company) and some art galleries to peruse. Ballroom Marfa and The Wrong Store are good places to start.
There is also The Chinati Foundation, Donald Judd’s mecca for the minimal, which put Marfa on the map of contemporary art consciousness. Judd founded the art scene in Marfa in the 70’s when he bought up half the town to house and create his large architectural sculptures. He brought the works of his contemporaries, heavy hitters like Dan Flavin and John Chamberlain, to the party and voila`, something special was born in American culture.
My favorite thing however, is chatting with locals and being ever surprised by their ingenuity, taste-level, and the moxie it takes to live so far from all the conveniences of a big city. They have found an oasis of creativity and community and everyone seems to be working on something personal, whether it be an art project or launching a small business.
After riding bikes, or walking around town, my friends and I convened for a cold beer around the fire on the patio of Marfa’s airstream and teepee resort, El Cosmico, and laughed about crossing paths with the same people three of four times throughout the day, because yes, Marfa is truly a small town.
When we looked up we could see a twinkling band of stars in the cold, clear desert sky. It was quiet. It was quality time with loved ones!
The next day on my way out of town, I decided to take the long way home, just to savor the nothingness and openness of my short stay. Slowly, the open landscape bled back into the small towns of Texas and finally to a well lit skyline.
On a side note, check out these beautiful candid images from the set of “Giant” which was filmed in Marfa in 1956. I love the style. Liz, James, and Rock look so glamorous yet utilitarian and natural in the landscape.
I’ve had my eye on Harper Poe’s textile line, Proud Mary, for quite some time. When I read her philosophy, I knew I had discovered a kindred spirit! Harper is a fellow textiles enthusiast, a curious and passionate traveler, and a smart business woman. I reached out to her to see if she would be interested in doing a Wax + Cruz collaboration and luckily she said yes! The Proud Mary/ Wax + Cruz Cap is here and it will make jeans and a t-shirt look like a million bucks. It is made of fair trade, hand-loomed Guatemalan cotton and denim, and was assembled here in the USA. Read below to hear what Harper has to say about her inspiring line and check out the “Proud Mary”/ Wax + Cruz beauty below!
W + C: Tell us where you are from and how Proudmary came to be.
In honor of the big, beautiful full moon a couple days ago, my time in southwest Texas this past weekend, and my recent viewing of Terrence Malick’s Badlands…
My “The West is Best, Baby” mix!! A spacious and sometimes psychedelic soundtrack to the Western in my mind. Enjoy!