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Early Harvest

By Laura E. Alvarez

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Clothes Story, here! It’s an early harvest for Fall style. People. If you are not back to school this Fall, then you still need to dress for the harvest. The harvest? Yes, you don’t just get a fresh start if you are starting classes again. You get a fresh start with the harvest. It’s harvest time all over the world this Fall. You planted those little precious seeds last spring, you watered them all summer and watched them grow beautifully. Soon, it’s going to be time to harvest those projects.  Just remember to have a nice bon fire later on where you clear your space of all the old remnants that are left from your process of creation. Yes, you get to do that, too! So many reasons for feasting.

So feast your eyes on this harvest-ready ensemble. Sun drenched scene in late summer: dry leaves on the ground, bright sky, faded wood, chaparral by the sea.

Jeans by Levi’s (wabi sabi by me). T shirt by Giant Robot. Jeans by Levi’s (Wabi Sabi alterations by me). Belt by Patagonia. Shoes by Doc Marten, part of the Pendleton Collection.

 


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The Update

by Laura E. Alvarez

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Remember Give Yourself a Present? This is way-over-the-top Give Yourself a Present. This is double saturated, spilling over, crack the sides from rich abundance Give Yourself a Present. It’s called…

The Update.

Yes, The Update is what is invented when you are off the grid. It is what happens when you are above the ocean fog, surrounded by an organic farm, oak trees, lounging in a dream of a house, far, far above and away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. It is a happening. It is an action. A situation. But you don’t have to travel miles and miles to enjoy The Update. I traveled miles and miles to bring it back to you. Now you can initiate an Update session of your own in your very own condo or picnic blanket or wherever you are dining.

I hope you can see from the above photo documentation that the instructions are very simple. First, create an elegant edible concoction of your own choosing. Something with a bit of flourish. Now, along the way, as you enjoy your delectable treat, your in-home chef (that might be you) must “update” the dish at least two different times (at least two) so that the whole visual experience… or journey, shall we say, is completely and utterly intoxicating. It’s taking things to the next level, and now that I have finally watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I finally understand the distance to which humans will go with the symphony that is dining. So much love in it. So much. And to leave you with another mind blower, because of Jiro, I discovered the world of photographing food at Noma, known as the “best restaurant in the world.” I’m just catching up. I haven’t tried it, but when you see what the food looks like, you might wonder, “But what if they Updated it?!”

 

Thanks to home chef and primo (cousin), Ben Korman for the Update, one of his many genius weekend inventions.