Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hello Everyone.  Nice to see you are all back this week!

I want to send out my deepest condolences to the victims and the families of the horrific shooting in Santa Barbara.  It is a tragedy that these type of events have become the norm in this country!

Do we need stricter gun laws?  Is this Hollywood, music, and pop culture to blame?  The over saturation of guns, violence, sex in movies, television, video games and music has become the norm, but why are we the only country acting this way?  Clearly other countries have access to this same type of entertainment, so what's the deal?  

I'm not going to answer those questions because I think there is a bigger problem that needs to be addressed right now.  The issue is with some of the men who are agreeing and taking the side of the shooter - that if women stopped playing hard to get.  If only they gave men a chance and stopped being so prudish.  Really?  Women have the right to say NO to whomever they want.  And they shouldn't be ridiculed for that!

Now I don't pretend to relate, but I can only imagine how it feels to be a women.  Being afraid to walk home alone at night.  Always having to look over your shoulder.  Keeping the car/house keys in hand while walking to your car/house and using it as a weapon if need be.  The anxiety of having to walk through a group of men wondering if your going to be talked down to in a derogatory way.  The list goes on and on and on.  When will this war on women stop?!  Women being rapped in this day and age is more prevalent then ever.  I pray for this madness to stop, but praying is only one part of the equation.  

The good news is, some of us men care for you deeply and will stand up for you and with you until this mindset and madness has been eradicated from our society.  Ladies when you stand up, I will stand up with you, Simonton Say's!

Till next time.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Don't sweat the big stuff!!!

Hello Everyone!  

This is a very special blog this week.

Some of you are aware that I have a godson, Philip.  It is with great sadness that I tell everyone that he suffered a heartbreaking loss last Tuesday.  His 14 year old Shar Pei, Sugar, passed away and I am sure some of you animal lovers can relate.  They are family members and we love them dearly.  I want to take a moment to express my condolences and to let Philip know my thoughts and prayers are with him during this time of grievance.

Before I share with you a little part of my conversation with Philip, I would like to say that you have never truly lived until you have opened your heart to an animal.  During a time of death we all begin to look within and think about our own mortality, don't we?  It's a part of life and still we get caught up in the whirlwind of our daily lives.  Philip said that Sugar left such a profound impression on his heart and soul, and that when she left a piece of him went as well and that he didn't want it back - he'll reclaim what he lost when they meet again - and that losing her made him realize how precious life is.  That it could be taken away in the blink of an eye.  He doesn't want to sweat the big stuff anymore.  It's the small stuff that counts.

My dear friends, we tend to lose perspective and focus on the things that are not important.  Let's all make it a point to cherish the small, significant things.  Like a breeze blowing through the trees, watching a sunset on the beach, a squirrel running on the ground searching for food, or the first steps of your baby boy or girl.  Whatever it is, let's remember to enjoy what really matters and leave all external problems up to the dear divine, Simonton Say's.

Until next time.

Love your designer friend,


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I'm feeling inspired, what about you???

Hello Everyone!!!  

It's so good to be back with all of you!  Let's not waste any time, shall we?

Spring is back in NYC and it just does something to me.  The weather is inspiring and I'm bursting with creativity.  It just amazes me how the ideas continue to flow out onto my sketch pad after all these years (the good Lord never let's me down!).  This always seems to happen when the sun is setting and the warm, fresh breeze emerges from the powder blue skies and captivates my very being. 

Everything and anything seems possible and I'm ready to overcome whatever obstacle gets in my way!

I always reminisce back to when my brother and I were kids and my mother would dress us up as if we were twins (even though we weren't) and take us to Coney Island.  This time of year, like clock work, brings me back to my childhood when it seemed that the world and anything I wanted was right there in front of me - all I had to do was reach out and GRAB it.

Has there been something you've been putting off?  Something that you've been wanting to do for a long time and have been procrastinating for whatever reason?  Maybe its joining the gym, or signing up for pilates or yoga.  It could be as simple as reading a great book or as hard as reaching out to an estranged family member.  Whatever it is, take that leap and push forward.  No thinking required.  When we think we begin to find excuses, many excuses, not to…it's just not going to work this time.

Life is too, too short to make excuses!  It's time to get inspired and act on it.  It's now or never, Simonton Say's.

Till next time.