Sunday, August 23, 2009

When It's Best To Go Naked

Great Minds Say When Possible, Leave Off The Sauce
This time of year my husband is scouring the local farmers markets looking for the "perfect" tomato. I look for the perfect ear of corn. For us its not about the looks, but a flavor so delicious that it can be enjoyed naked. To Aristotle, "perfect" meant "complete" ("nothing to add or subtract"). Da Vinci believed that "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" Contemporary wisdom advocates K.I.S.S. which stands for keep it simple stupid!

"Perfectly Simple" and "Simply Perfect" are nice phrases but...
are more common than things that fit the description. That's why we spend billions of dollar a year on the "sauces" of life. Fragrant basil leaves and a sparky vinaigrette can make a flavorful dish out of bland tomatoes, and we all know that a generous slathering of butter and salt can make for something tasty on a cob. And we have cooked up plenty of ways to sauce up the imperfections in ourselves....

Perfectionism can breed despair..or make up and accessories!
While I still haven't mastered the art of makeup beyond the essential lipstick and blush, I got so good at accessories that I was able to make a career out of it! This is in part thanks to some artistic genes from my mother's side of the family..but more credit is due to the big nose, frizzy hair and the flat chest I got from my father's side...the parts that I felt needed a lot of "sauce"
When ironing my hair failed to deliver consistent results, I took to wearing scarves artfully tied on my head. More dramatic earrings overwhelmed my dramatic nose, and dressing up became the canvas of my self esteem. No surprise then that I became a successful jewelry and accessories designer, and today, am confident enough to go out in the fashionable West Village to walk my dog barely camouflaging my night shirt with my keys as my only accessory.

What would Albert do?
Albert Einstein's stated that "everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler"
I have spent this summer with the help of three super smart interns, a brilliant colleague from FIT and my talented and supportive husband and son, and several new manufacturerers working on "simplifying" my Aromawear products and services. I have experienced over and over again that the simpler you want to make something, the more perfect it needs to be. Alas creating the perfect design; finding the perfect manufacturer; writing the perfect instructions or creating the perfect web page is as challenging as finding that perfect tomato. I think Albert would recommend a simple sauce.

1 comment:

  1. A sweet connection into my world of embellishment! The sincerity and truth you share about yourself is inspiring and gently offered my heart a giggle. Thanks for the authenticity Cathy... refreshing indeed.

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