I spent a busy two weeks since Jazz Fest, and the release of my Spring collection, making deliveries and getting ready for a month away from home. My journey began with packing a tight and tiny suitcase at The Beauty Shop after doing a magazine interview over the phone and shipping new designs to Anthropologie.
After just an hour of sleep, a 6:00am flight out of Nola brought me to the big apple for just 24 amazing hours with good friend and New Orleanian, Rosemary. We walked around SoHo, spent some Internet time at the Vbar and I napped a bit at her apartment. Nighttime was NYC style with a stylist friend doing our hair before going out to a superb New Orleans style performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where we saw my friend Jonathan Batiste take the stage with Henry Butler and Ellis Marsalis. The soaring fish-eye window of the venue was like a silent submarine ride with the city going by to the tune of "The Very Thought of You". Time stopped for a moment and I forgot about my fatigue and the anxiety of preparing for a big trip and running a business and being an artist. I was just happy to be encapsulated in that moment, in the big bright city, on my way from one place to another far away. Late night nosh at The Meatball Shop and a few hours sleep and a short cab ride and here I sit at the airport. About to board the plane to South Africa. More news from my journey to come as wifi allows. Stay tuned. And stay inspired.