Looking at: Russh Magazine

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December is about editing for me.  I let go of stacks of papers, clothes, make-up, notes, things I have accumulated over the year but never did anything with, etc....  I will edit my painting supplies, I will organize my photography library and tidy up my growing-too-fast-too keep-up Evernote (that will take the longest).  I look forward to doing this "letting go" exercise because I will feel fresh and lighter when it is complete.   Which exactly what I felt when I saw this Russh Magazine editorial.

You can see the full story "Temptation" here.  I love the beautiful light and the overall stylish simplicity. In place of fuss and adornment is soothing light, beautiful neutral palette clothing against glowing skin, a great haircut and just the right touch of make-up.  It set me on the right path as I gather new essentials for 2015.


Credits:  As seen in Russh Magazine/Jan 15. Photographs by Ward Ivan Rafik


A few smiles: Santa Barbara

A sunny afternoon in Santa Barbara calls for a stroll in one of their beautiful historic sites...The old mission or even just City Hall (pictured here).  It's worth the time to go to the top of the clock tower for the view of this Spanish style influenced town.  Then you can head down the the beach for a refreshing sunset/moonrise walk, then up to the San Ysidro Ranch for a cozy dinner (fireside at Plow & Angel) or just have a lovely cocktail. That trio is a winner. 

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Naomi Yamada_Santa Barbara City Hall

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Malibu Pier by Naomi Yamada
Malibu Farm sign by Naomi Yamada

Over the weekend I took some time to watch the beautiful Fall/Winter California sunsets - they really are magical. Also, strolled on the pier, had an outstanding meal at Nikita (everything was delicious and the view could not be beat - and the interior design was stellar too).  Also, watched Bruce Weber mentor some young photographers and took care of my houseplants. All special and ordinary at the same time.



Yakira Rona photographed by Naomi Yamada
Jewelry illustrations by Naomi Yamada

What makes her smile, touch her heart or she just loves: 


Designing and making her jewelry line.  

Yakira is masterful at creating beautiful distinct high quality jewelry inspired by nature.  Her approach integrates the beautiful interplay between the yin and the yang - the ebb and flow. It is in the richness of life's dualities that is the seed for most of her design idea.  Designing is second nature, it is a way of expressing and communicating.


The various hues, their vibrancy and the way they play off one another all add a different dimensions and feeling.  Color brings a freshness and can capture emotion in an instant. 


Yakira is one of those people with a natural knack for gathering people together for no other reason than to laugh and simply hang out.  It's the moments shared with friends that can bring all sorts of discoveries and special bonds. Her circle of friends are full of other creatives and they love to gather to inspire one another and hold themselves accountable to one another for creative ideas and goals they are working toward.  A loving creative circle of friends is key.


Taking care of animals is second nature to her.  She somehow finds herself fostering, adopting and looking after many animal friends.  There is so much beauty there. the grace and energy that are innate to animals.  Felines are a favorite, you will often find her posting fun photos for #caturday (AKA  Saturday ) and one of the big hits of her jewelry line is her meow necklace.

Nature / flowers 

A token of the natural world that adds beauty to daily life.... and of course the more colorful the more fun!  Peonies are a particular love since they are only around for a couple months out of the year - there is something extra special in that rarity. Flowers are representative of their season and are so beautiful they are a must to have around in the home and studio.  They can change the whole vibe of a room and they happen to be so beautiful and smell amazing. 

For more on Yakira's designs visit:  yakirarona.com  // instagram @yakirarona