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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
It’s summertime and while some of us are happily headed off for a relaxing vacation at a five-star resort, the rest of us continue to look for ways to manage the stress of our daily routines. So, we decided to take matters into our own hands and up the relaxation factor here at home. For inspiration, we turned to San Francisco soft goods and prop stylist Allegra Hsiao aka Allie. As a professional photo stylist, Allie is in the business of creating a variety of Zen-like spaces such as those featured in Dwell Magazine and for clients like West Elm and Pottery Barn.
While the job of a stylist may sound glamorous, one of its challenges is managing props for various photo shoots. A self-admitted spa junkie, Allie recently took it upon herself to improve her life by incorporating more of a spa-vibe at home. “As a stylist, I realize how important personal spaces are to each individual. The past few months, I've been trying to bring that level of ‘serenity’ into my own personal spaces – to make them places that are a reflection of me and how I want to live.”
Allie assures us her styling tricks are neither time consuming nor expensive. She believes that we too can turn our personal spaces into sanctuaries. Here are a few of her ‘little life hacks’ for serenity:
Leave a few bars of scented soap that come wrapped in paper in your car. (She uses Ebb & Flow.) Every time you go for a drive, your car will smell amazing. Next, invest in an aromatherapy diffuser to make your home smell like a spa. Allie recommends the SpaRoom Glass Ultrasonic Marblemist Diffusing Mister. Plus, it lasts through your entire sleep cycle.
Trick your conscious brain into letting go of the stress of the outside world by listening to sleep sounds like rain, Tibetan bowls and chimes or even crickets.
Rethink your relationship to your belongings. Allie took a cue from Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Even something as simple as refolding clothes the "Marie Kondo" way can make your clothes feel like special little packages.
Stay organized by carrying a little zippered pouch with a hook. You can find one on Sierra Trading Post for under $10. This little bag will be your best friend on a flight. Instead of trying to squish all of your things into the tiny seat-back pocket, simply take the pre-packed pouch and hook it onto the edge of the seat-back pocket. Easy.
It’s that simple. When you smile, your body releases endorphins and serotonin, easing pain and acting as an anti-depressant. In turn, make someone else smile everyday. If you think something nice about someone, say it to them. Why keep it to yourself! Studies show the act of giving is an incredible source of inner happiness.
To learn more about Allie and her inspirational styling tricks, visit www.sallyreps.com or www.allegrahsiao.com. Be well.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
|Tractor Man Pigmented archival cotton paper prints, Signed Edition of 25, 42" x 58", framed|
Smoking Girl Pigmented archival cotton paper prints, |
Signed Edition of 25, 51" x42", framed
Sainsbury’s fascination with Americana started in his youth, when he vacationed on the California Coast and most certainly continued while on location over the years in the States. Then in 2014, the pursuit of his Western-Americana fine art photography project, in part, prompted a move for his family from London to the artist’s haven of Carmel on California’s Central Coast. Soon after, Sainsbury made a fortuitous connection with Peter Pedrazzi (of the Pedrazzi Family Ranch in Salinas) that afforded this Englishman access to his muse: The American cowboy. “The reality is that unless you’re taken in, unless you are a part of the ranch and all the family involved, you’re an outsider and you’ll never have a way to experience this world and the real people in it,” says Sainsbury.
This fall, Sainsbury’s exhibition of fine art photography will debut at the Winfield Art Gallery in Carmel. His take on the American West is a confluence of carefully-crafted photography, an eye for pop art and a passion for his new home — in addition to a lot of hard work.
“Grant has created a body of work that is new and fresh,” says artist and gallery owner, Chris Winfield who represents Sainsbury. “His work is western with a ‘rock-n-roll’ vibe; clean images in high key with an incredible blast of color. Moving into his own work, his photographs carry a lot of energy, and those who know his high-fashion, high-style perspective will recognize that he’s still in his game.”
|Cow Pigmented archival cotton paper prints, Signed Edition of 25, framed|
The Opening Reception for Grant Sainsbury’s Exhibition of Fine Art Photography is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on September 3, 2016. Contact the Winfield Art Gallery for more information. Visit www.sallyreps.com to view Grant’s commercial photography.