The Roaring Twenties

#rachelzoe #joesjeans #marcjacobs

This is how I began the Roaring Twenties. Shimmer-shammer in the form of this magnificent Rachel Zoe top, silver leather Marc Jacobs sandals with rhinestone heels (!) and lamb leather jeans (possibly my favorite item in my closet, as I keep them in heavy rotation and they go with EVERYTHING)!

The theme for this decade is sparkle, shine and animal prints/hides. I am really not keen on the safari look, although that cheetah thing was huge in Wonder Woman 1984. Those pumps look amazing on Gal Gadot (but what doesn’t?)

On second thought, maybe I will add some WW flair (and all it encompasses) to my 2021 wardrobe. <3

Colorburst

#amicale #kesnyc #theory #coach #ragandbone
Karen Tashkovski, Princess, 2017, encaustic on masonite, 8″ x 10″ (mounted on chalkboard), $111
#kesnyc #tashkovski #allsaints #joesjeans #ragandbone

Although I was in all black yesterday (above), I’m making a conscious decision to add color to my wardrobe. Color looks better in #ootd pictures. Color is just fun. I color coordinate my walk-in closet – this makes it easier to notice items bought separately and even years apart that end up looking amazing together.

#kesnyc #blackbrown1826 #vince #tashkovski #ragandbone

This Black Brown 1826 cashmere sweater (above) is something I often wear around the house over my pajamas. It is a thick 4-ply cashmere – very cozy and soft. The sleeves had frayed but I loved it so much, I didn’t want to get rid of it. I brought it to DeWitt Cleaners, recently, because I spilled yogurt on it and when I picked it up, it was not only pristine, but someone had magically mended it as well! The yarns of the sleeves were somehow stitched together (crochet hook?) and now it looks great with the most expensive skirt in my wardrobe!

$75 – ITALIAN
#kesnyc #theory #tashkovski #360cashmere #bcbgmaxazria #marcjacobs

This outfit (above) was inspired by one of my encaustic angel paintings, currently located on my bedroom dresser. I have had these silk velvet pants for a while. Paired with Marc Jacobs combat-style boots and the double sweater look, it felt super comfy on that cold day. We are in school on Wednesdays while the students are at home. #officehours

Confidante, 2017, encaustic on masonite, 8″ x 10″ (mounted on 11″ x 14″ chalkboard), $111
#amicale #kesnyc #warnerbros #anntaylor #coach #ragandbone

I rarely wear red – then this Coach leather skirt came along and now I’m singing red’s praises! Absolutely in love with the length. I paired it with an old Ann Taylor cashmere sweater from when the Ann Taylor store was on the second floor of the mall. (Does that store still exist? – IDK)

Royal Gamer, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125
#kesnyc #bcbgmaxazria #sorel
Karen Tashkovski, “Geisha”, 2019, 8″ x 8″, encaustic & collage, $250
#kesnyc #tashkovski #saksfifthavenue #rebeccataylor #frame #rebeccaminkoff

The monochromatic look was the rage at the 2021 Inauguration. It looked a bit like a circa 1980s rainbow wedding to me but fashion instagrammers didn’t agree. They loved that parade. I am not a purple head-to-toe fan either, lol. But blue? Yes!

One color works best when it is a blend of textures while allowing the hues to vary. Here (above) a new cashmere sweater with my tissue thin Rebecca Taylor summer denim dress, a navy silk mask and Frame cropped jeans. Boots, kind of, match my hair.

NFS . – MONKEES #2
#kesnyc #rebeccataylor #karllagerfeldparis

Sometimes I throw on my hat or earmuffs for the #ootd picture and sometimes I wear them most of the day when I am not in the classrooms. There is a lot less moving around these days due to all the Covid restrictions and such, and it just feels a lot colder at work. Hence the double sweater business too.

“SECRET”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
#aquacashmere #talithacollection #tashkovski #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

The fist time I wore this silk Talitha Collection top (above), I was at the Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan concert at the Ampitheater. It was something like ninety degrees in the shade that July day! For a January school day, I threw it on over a thick cashmere turtleneck.

And, P.S., every color in the rainbow looks great paired with these lambskin leather jeans (Joe’s Jeans!)

Karen Tashkovski, “Shibori”, 2019, 8″ x 8″, encaustic & collage, $250
#kesnyc #joie #bcbgmaxazria #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

Finally and full circle, dresses over pants is a fun look – the dresses become tunics/jackets and I get to wear them through the winter and still manage to stay warm. Thank you, Joie and AllSaints, for the leathaaaaaaaa! <3

#kesnyc #tashkovski #allsaints #joesjeans #ragandbone

The Aphrodisiac

“$ EVER”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“LUXE”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“FIND”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″

I created this series of twenty-four paintings, Talisman, in 2008. It is a love story: layered, filled with treasure, sparkle within dust, games and prizes, secrets and lies.

I experimented with varnish for the first time. Experimented with the permanence as well. The chalk was meant to fade with the years. It’s been thirteen years now and I admire the patina of these old friends. Yesterday I did an internet search for a solution to save that dust from settling further and the win-win came in the form of Pantene hair spray, believe it or not. So now, these paintings are fixed in time.

And the funny thing is, upon reflection, they bring me back to a place where I thought I had nothing, but in fact, I had it all. All the answers to all of my questions. I just did not know it then, which made life seem so confusing.

This game of life is a puzzle but if you take the time to look, listen and feel with your heart, you will resonate with all of it.

“CHARM”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“MAGIC”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″

The paintings are 18″ x 24″. Oil paint and chalkboard paint. Found objects, games pieces, fabric.

They work best on a wall in multiples. That’s usually the way it goes with my artwork. If you like it, you really can’t get enough and you just want more.

They hold the narrative and that is a powerful aphrodisiac. <3

“TIC TOK”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“SHADOW”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“SHIELD”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“THYME”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“COIN”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“DOMINO”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“PRIZE”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“SECRET”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“LUCK”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“XOXO”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“LIBERTY”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“PRESTO”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“HEART”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“NINE GIFTS”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“VOW”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“PERFECT FIT”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“WIN-WIN”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
“CREST”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″

Skirts with Boots

#kesnyc #theory #bcbgmaxazria #ragandbone #tashkovski
#kesnyc #theory #saksfifthavenue #frame #rebeccaminkoff
#kesnyc #freepeople #rachelzoe #tashkovski #ragandbone

2021 is about skirt length. The maxi for day is popular with the teacher crowd. Instagram fans seem to prefer the mini on me. The midi is the most comfortable for sitting during Zoom meetings. And my new Coach leather skirt, knee length, is my favorite go-to. It is perfection!

#kesnyc #bcbgmaxazria #360cashmere #sorel
#amicale #kesnyc #warnerbros #anntaylor #coach #ragandbone

I love the new proportion. Boots with skirts is my look. And I am loving Rag & Bone right now. Their lug sole is genius. I am truly a fan of the almond toe.

#kesnyc #rachelzoe #saksfifthavenue #tashkovski #rebeccaminkoff
#bcbgmaxazria #equipment #tashkovski #rebeccaminkoff
#kesnyc #rebeccataylor #karllagerfeldparis
#kesnyc #360cashmere #freepeople #ragandbone
#kesnyc #theory #frame #rebeccaminkoff

Soflea Sophie

My sister owns two businesses: Syracuse Yoga (6181 Thompson Road, Suite 803, Syracuse, New York 13206) and Soflea, a small store operating in the basement of Wildflowers (217 S. Salina Street, Syracuse, New York 13203).

Sophia Tashkovski is part of the McCarthy Mercantile. Her collection of flea-market finds and antiques includes her signature horseshoes, brass trays, statuettes and wicker baskets, as well as furniture and rugs.

Items are one-of-a-kind gems and so, there are always new finds to covet, which always makes the shopping experience a fun adventure.

Hours of operation: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. It’s open today!!! (you’re welcome <3) Enter Wildflowers then head to the basement where the collective of shoppes is housed.

Golden

#kesnyc #equipment #tashkovski #bcbgmaxazria #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #theory #tashkovski #vince #ragandbone
#kesnyc #aquacashmere #tashkovski #vince #ragandbone

I guess you could say I am in a golden fashion mood lately – meaning I am really into golds, butter yellows, creams and caramel colors while still doing the occasional black Monday looks.

I’m thinking it may be because my hair is blonde now – IDK. Although, I’m feeling the desire for change again. Saw a picture in a magazine of someone with my dream hair and realized it was my old look. Right now I don’t truly feel like me. I mean I don’t feel like I am being true to my authentic self.

#kesnyc #freepeople #tashkovski #rebeccaminkoff
#kesnyc #joie #bcbgmaxazria #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

Maybe it has something to do with wearing masks all the time. It’s a metaphor for hiding yourself from the world, isn’t it (insert Billy Joel’s The Stranger here). I keep making excuses to myself about why I haven’t been painting or writing much. Why I haven’t been blogging about art events either.

Some of those excuses have to do with the pandemic, with the time it is taking to complete the renovations on my house, with my frustration with myself in regard to my faith, belief system and pursuit of happiness. Who am I?

Everything is a work in progress including ourselves as individuals. Will it ever be finished? Will we ever achieve the ultimate self-actualization? I’m going with no…(it’s the journey, it’s the journey, infinity).

#kesnyc #tashkovski #aquacashmere #ullajohnson #trinaturk #ragandbone
#kesnyc #360cashmere #tashkovski #ragandbone #marcjacobs

Fashion is the only thing right now that I feel like I can count on – the luxurious comfort of enjoying cashmere, leather and silk on my skin. I appreciate having someplace to go where I can wear clothes that may or may not reflect the lifestyle I have in the now.

I am in love with Vince, Theory, Rag & Bone…. My Vince lamb leather skirt is in heavy rotation, currently. It is like butttttaaaahhhhh!

#kesnyc #theory #trinaturk #tashkovski #ragandbone

I look forward to the time (the actual day and moment) when I can set up my jewelry shop, both on-line and on my back porch where one side will be jewelry and the other side will be my encaustic art studio.

I have visions of new paintings based on the instructions I gave for my students’ peace posters, as well as work that piggy-backs on the past – hearts, fans, horseshoes and other familiar motifs.

I am contemplating creating a viral holiday, called Positivity Day or Creation Day or Art Appreciation Day, where friends gather in party form (parades would work too) to simply celebrate one another’s talents, as its primary goal/function.

The dream is to have it all – the art, the fashion, the writing, the celebration – that creative life is the golden dream.

That’s what’s authentic. <3

#kesnyc mask #rebeccataylor top #vince skirt #joie sandals #tashkovski bracelet
#kesnyc mask #equipment dress #bcbgeneration sandals
#kesnyc #allsaints #ragandbone
#kesnyc #joie #bcbgmaxazria #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #theory #milly #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

Thankful

#kesnyc #aquacashmere #tashkovski #vince #ragandbone
#kesnyc #theory #tashkovski #bcbgmaxazria #rebeccaminkoff
#kesnyc #michelledarinjewelry #theory #freepeople #rebeccaminkoff

I know – I have a lot of sweaters. I keep them in two cedar chests. Pullovers in one, cardigans in the other. I am in love with Theory right now. The cashmere is luxurious!

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for on-line shopping. And of course, for all the wonderful people in my life including you. I feel incredibly blessed – thank you, thank you, thank you! <3

#kesnyc #theory #trinaturk #karllagerfeldparis
#kesnyc #ullajohnson #aquacashmere #tashkovski #trinaturk #ragandbone
#kesnyc #360cashmere #tashkovski #ragandbone #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #cbybloomingdales #freepeople #rebeccaminkoff
#kesnyc #allsaints #ragandbone

1ST QUARTER WRAP UP

#kesnyc #cinqasept #ragandbone
#kesnyc #theory #milly #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

Friday was the end of the marking period. Today we began the new one with an art pre-test for 8th graders and a video for 7th graders.

#kesnyc #daydreamerforfreepeople #bcbgmaxazria #trina turk #rebeccaminkoff
#kesnyc #equipment #joie
#kesnyc #bcbgmaxazria
#kesnyc #kobihalperin #allsaints #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #theory #remainbirgerchristensen #ninewest
#kesnyc #halston #bcbgmaxazria #joesjeans #bcbgeneration
#kesnyc #joie #bcbgmaxazria #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #freepeople #360cashmere #7forallmankind #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #theory #bananarepublic #tashkovski #ragandbone

quilts x infinity