Begin each day in gratitude and with a cup of something that makes you happy. Home is where we create the atmosphere that kicks off and ends our day. Because this is something always important to me, this pandemic has inspired me to focus on these elements of simple comforts. I look forward to bringing you more of these simple things. If you work from home as a lot of us are doing – these things also work for your home office.
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Brows are out of control..I’m trying not to gain the weight I took off the past year and as always keeping a positive outlook in the midst of it. I have a daily routine working out for a bit, dancing, jumping jacks, jump rope.. in lieu of my morning jogs pre-Covid19. There’s still a bit of business to deal with here and there but nothing like before – and I don’t mind that to be honest. Even with balance in my life throughout my career, I’ve been working since I was a teenager or waiting to get to work, or grinding, trying to make things happen. Right now – it’s cool to just be taking all of the pressure off myself, I’ll expound in another blog post.
Eating healthy is a lifestyle but like anyone sometimes I fall off. Getting dressed and putting on a splash of light makeup most days keeps me motivated – while there are days of black sweats as seen here and taking naps under incoming warm breeze after reading a few chapters in a favorite book. Being home sporting a crop top on a hot day which I’d never wear in public – leaving that to the 20 and 30 somethings..just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
Here’s wishing you all the best as well all get through this in our own way.
Rest in peace to legendary photographer Victor Skrebneski who passed away at the age of 90 years. He leaves behind an indelible archive of iconic images from launching the career of supermodel Cindy Crawford, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Iman, Bette Davis, Orson Welles Andy Warhol among so many others.
A few of my favorites with Ms. Ross –
I had to honor to work with him for an unprecedented 16 pages for the 1995 Saks Fifth Avenue Fall Catalog. Here are a few of the images, thank you Mr. Skrebneski – Rest Well.
Performed at private event by invitation only – The Bass Museum:: ‘Better Nights’ Mickalene Thomas’ immersive art experience. The exhibition is an installation, performance space and bar that functions as an experience, a moment, a time, and a place. Including a series of five geometric-patterned mirror works and two collages by the artist, the exhibition features a selection of painting, photography and video by other emerging and prominent artists curated by Thomas.
Description of Event and Artist.
Jody Watley – Exterior Bass Museum. Art Basel 2019. Mickalene Thomas Better Nights Exhibition.
Back in 2013 -Art Basel Switzerland: Better Nights was with Solange Knowles – so this definitely going to be a high quality and unique experience and super cool to be asked. I’m often told how much there are elements her her look and out of the box approach reminds some music fans of me.
It was really difficult to capture the exhibition and do it justice on a phone and so I recommend looking at the professional images.
As always, I’m giving just a glimpse into some of the behind the scenes.
Meeting Mickalene Thomas at soundcheck and have a chance to talk about her process in creating the installation – which took a year and a half start to finish.
With my rhythm section band chilling in green room, impromptu rehearsal of the special arrangement we were doing of ‘Still A Thrill.’
With with fellas: SRL (Nate Allen Smith, John Gregory) Kerry Griffin, Naz Chambi, Wallace Butts Keith Eaddy Roland Hamilton.
I’ve had many styles and looks over the years..no doubt my solo debut looks from the late 80’s are what many emulated back then and continue to with variations of it present day. My thing was black girls, Latin girls and other ethnicities could be edgy, funky and different too. Before it was a thing, vintage or thrift store pieces have always played a role in my personal style and pairing high end pieces with those others may consider as bargain bin. Sunglasses have also always been a staple in my wardrobe, not to mention the signature jumbo hoop earrings. In my in progress memoirs, I cover the politics of being a black girl who didn’t fit the box for the many in R&B, radio (why is she dressed like that?) and media and with some fans. It’s an interesting subject to reflect upon and to have pushed past and in my own way, broken through some of those obstacles.
Fast forward to 2019 and moving into the new decade it’s a good idea to continue to repurpose clothes, mend, buy second hand – it’s good for the environment and your wallet. Always donate, consign, mix it up and be you.