Here is my new favorite outfit! I love this Rachel Zoe top so much – I bought it in white too! And adding spandex to jeans is the most brilliant concept the fashion world has ever known. These 7 For All Mankind cropped ankle jeans are so spectacular. They totally move with me like a second skin. My most recent purchase. Lately, every time I buy something, I say to myself – okay, after this you don’t really need anything else. LOL! Needless to say, that thought is fleeting.
I also recently acquired these BCBGMaxAzria silk velvet cargo pants in teal – one of the major colors this season. They are amazing in every way! Soft, elastic waist, cropped so that they did not need hemming… OMG! Love!!! <3
And the Sloan fit pant from Banana Republic – I bought them in both garnet and charcoal. The red ones were on some ridiculous sale because they were the last pair and happened to be in my size. I think they ended up being only $20!
Here are the rest of my #ootd pics since school resumed. Some are weekend shots. I really love all my Rachel Zoe tops. The fabrication is top notch. I buy them on-line as no stores in Syracuse, New York carry her. Same goes for Trina Turk. Actually, shopping on-line is the way I prefer acquiring my wardrobe. Sometimes I try on BCBG and other stuff while at Lord & Taylor. I spent a couple hours in there trying on jeans last week so that I could ascertain my size and the best fit. Turns out I am a standard size 2 across the board in Hudson, Joe’s Jeans and 7 For All Mankind (0 in Banana and XS or XXS in BCBG depending on the cut). Yes!!!!! And…I love it when something comes in the mail and it is a perfect fit. It is just like magic! Because, of course, fashion is magical.
Worth is an amazing luxury clothing line, which is sold via their website, www.worthnewyork.com and through individual stylists. The Worth collection is in town until August 3, 2017. It will eventually make its way back, adding the holiday collection in October. I visited the salon on E. Seneca Street in Manlius, New York today with my friend Jackie Terribile, the Small Town Stylist.
The clothing is truly magnificent. Exquisite fabrics – the finest silks, cashmeres and buttery soft leathers and suedes. OMG, everything is as light as a feather, and fits true to size.
Each item from the collection is available to view in limited sizes and from there orders are taken. It is a collection definitely worth seeing, feeling, touching and wearing. The quality inside and out is just the best – everything so beautifully finished with attention to the tiniest details. Love, love, loved it! <3
If you visit the website to shop, you will find opportunities to join the team. You can find a stylist in your area or become one. These clothes are in the realm of direct sales and not available in stores. Naturally, seeing the merchandise in person is best because the camera doesn’t always do justice to perfection. I am still intoxicated by the gorgeousness of those leather jackets. I am in some sort of fashion heaven right now….
These Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots are in heavy rotation right now. They are 2 1/2″ heel – over the knee boots in both blue and black suede. I couldn’t decide which color to get, and you know that meant I had to have both of them. So comfortable, so amazing! They go with everything in my closet. It is incredible how a new item makes everything else that’s old appear fresh again. Karl Lagerfeld Paris definitely gets the Tashionista seal of approval. <3 <3 <3
We had a snow day today, so… I’m playing catch up on blogging. Here are my most recent outfits of the day. I got paint on my new Free People tunic top and on something else – spent the day doing laundry and tidying/organizing my closet. A lot of re-runs this post. I went heavy on the leggings in order to go hiking right after school before it got too dark. Along with this snowmegeddon thing, the time change screwed with my perfect world. But then again, I only have to work one day this week – tomorrow. That is, if this snow actually lets up. Crazy! What am I gonna wear? Lol, decisions, decisions.
I allowed myself to fall into the trap of disappointment once again, an energy that I would gladly trade for anything else in the world, lol. The problem always lies when I forget to stay present, when I imagine a particular future then become attached to it to the point that when it doesn’t manifest I have this wonky misery. Like, I bring it on myself, and can even make myself sick over it until finally I arrive at the place I belong, in the present moment (yes!) where nothing has really changed at all.
This funk doesn’t happen often. I am usually so la-la-la positive, so when I fall out of that, I fall kind of hard. Like migraine headache hard. But I take solace in aesthetics. In the beauty of the world – the love I have for friends, family and pets; the incredible feeling I have when I hike around Green Lakes; the delight I take in listening to live local bands (I am a first-class groupie!); the exquisite artwork my students are creating; the smell of beeswax when I am working on encaustic paintings; the satisfaction of seeing my own art on the walls of a restaurant; and, of course, fashion.
I just love fashion. It’s fun to put myself together for work, to put my best stilettoed foot forward. I wore a lot of skirts and dresses in the past two weeks. The weather in Syracuse, New York has been magnificent!
Life is a fun dream, isn’t it? Even the perceived bad is really good in disguise and it allows me to have faith in the knowledge that whatever happens is for the best. The universe is my best friend and ultimately, my life is a romantic comedy. Thank you, Almighty, for putting me in situations that bring me closer to my wishes/prayers/dreams every day. I trust you. <3
I am back to work and school! It is fun getting dressed up, not so fun going into a building with no air conditioning, but I adjusted to it within days. And today – it actually felt cold in here!
I spent the summer in exercise clothes, bikinis and shorts. I hiked seven miles a day and did pilates twice a week or so. Working on fitting teaching into my exercise schedule, lol.
As for artwork, I took down my art show at the Sullivan Library in Chittenango, New York, and I plan to exhibit the Talisman paintings in October at the Half Moon Bakery and Bistro in Jamesville, New York. Eight paintings are still on display in the Lawrence Pavilion at Summit Medical Group in New Jersey. They will be there until January, I think, unless the show gets extended.
Penny Santy is showing her paintings in the Chittenango Middle School library! She will give a presentation about them on November 15, 2016. I am planning to do some projects based on her work. Four classes will be doing oil pastels or paintings of cows and bulls as part of my SLO tests.
In addition, I’m planning lessons on George Rodrigue, Jasper Johns, Keith Haring, Wolf Kahn, Japanese wood block prints and Greek mythology. So fun!
I have a BFA in Fashion Design, as well as in Studio Arts from Syracuse University. I used to imagine being on the cover of WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) as a fashion designer. All the headlines that would work. Like TASH SPELLS CASH or if I was designing bathing suits, TASH MAKES A SPLASH. There was TASH IS A SMASH, and, lol, if I put out a bad collection, TASH MAKES TRASH.
Being a fashion designer has never stopped being one of my deepest desires. And now… I am!
www.redbubble.com has added new merchandise to include dresses, skirts, scarves, leggings and chiffon tops! I spent about five hours last night updating my work. I have several watercolor paintings on the site. You can purchase all sorts of items designed with my original paintings’ images on them – phone cases, satchels, stickers, mugs….and now all of these clothes!
The quality of the image on the merchandise is really outstanding. And there is a quick turn-around time. Items are usually shipped within a week! Right now they are offering a 20% off sale on all goods and in addition, the scarves are on a special sale.
I am sooooo excited about this! This is a sample of the abundant choices in the Karen Tashkovski – Visual Artist line. I will link each picture to its page on the site for easy access.
Here I am, officially home from the last day of school. I will be heading over to the Sullivan Library in Chittenango, New York in a bit to install my annual summer art show. It will hang through August 2016!
I have many plans for my summer – travel, parties and lots of art shows. I thought last summer was my best ever, so I am really looking forward to all the fun and surprises in store for me in the next two months. I don’t know why I am certain it will be even better, lol, but I get the feeling that my life is getting better and better every minute…because it is!
Here are my final outfits of the day (#ootd) from the past couple of weeks. No more outfit pics for a while since I will be living in Champion sports gear and Trina Turk bikinis, although I just received my new Trina Turk top and am dying to wear it. Lord & Taylor had a CRAZY sale on-line – 30% off almost everything plus an additional 15% off on top!
I just bought this phone case for my Samsung Galaxy 6! They finally added cases for my phone at http://www.redbubble.com! So excited. The quality of the case is outstanding. The color is so accurate. It is really so amazing to have my artwork on products!
This is my painting Blue Star. It is a 10″ x 7″ watercolor. It’s one of my favorites because it is a perfect representation of how my hand moves. I am not normally a blue person – I decorate my home in neutrals with greens and reds, but I do wear a lot of navy blue, at least lately – not as extreme as Diana Vreeland, but enough (to matchy-match my phone).
It is so sleek now. Before I had this leather wallet thingy on the cell phone, which carried my license and stuff, so it was convenient but very bulky.
I received another email that I’ve sold another product on redbubble! I am on my way to actually getting a check from them. You have to sell tons in order for it to add up. If you are interested, find your favorite here.
I have not been to any other art receptions/shows since the one at the View and I’m waiting for the curator to send me pictures from the art exhibit in New Jersey. I will post them as soon as I can. I cannot get down there until at least the end of next month. That is when school is out for the summer! I think there are twenty-three school days left. Yes, exactly that.
OMG, I cannot stop checking my phone. I am obsessed. I think I have been on Facebook and Instagram every five minutes today, like a total nerd. I am sure I will adjust to this newness unless…. Should I buy more cases? It was hard to decide which one to pick. Yeah, that would be cool to have phone cases that match each #ootd.