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On the Road: Discovering Asheville & the Local Designer Scene

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[[ Travel details: Monday July 6th marked our first day of driving.  Of course, with all the things I saved for last-minute, we didn’t leave until 8pm.  So that meant driving through the night.  Joel is my driving-hero, so I slept while he drove until about 2am when I imagine he was on the verge of passing out behind the wheel before waking me up.  So from 2-4am, I drove through the nearly-empty highway cutting through Atlanta and up into … Read the rest

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Roadtrip Details: Unfolding

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From early July- early September,

ShockT will be crossing the country!  (Well, looping, technically…)

 

Here’s where we’ll be scoping out cities!  –>

Asheville, NC

Baltimore, MD

New York City

Boston, MA

Burlington, VT

Ithaca, NY

Columbus, OH

Chicago, IL

Iowa City

Denver/Boulder, CO

Salt Lake City, UT

(Yellowstone!)

Portland, OR

Eugene & Bend, OR

Eureka, CA  (Mt. Shasta)

San Francisco, CA

Santa Barbara, CA

San Diego, CA

Joshua Tree

(Grand Canyon!)

Sedona, AZ

Santa Fe, NM

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Tuning In

7ChakrasTriple(drawn by Courtney Graham, 2011.  The 7 Chakras, drawn according to the traditional representation of each energy center, including sanskrit symbols for their respective sounds: LAM; VAM; RAM; YAM; HAM; AUM/OM)

 

 

I’ve been diving in deep to chakra research.  Understanding chakras= can be a valuable tool in better understanding your self, and in exploring ways to address challenges, ailments, and behavior patterns that can be detrimental to achieving joy & peace.

 

I am reading the book EASTERN Read the rest

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Letting Go & Going Forth

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(the essence of adventure: photos from a hiking trip I did with a NOLS group in New Zealand, spring 2006.)

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A theme that has been surfacing in my life lately: Letting Go.

 

Consider this–

If you went through your closet and your drawers and pulled everything out, and made two piles– one contains items worn within the last year, the second, everything else– how big would each pile be? Can you make your favorite pile … Read the rest

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Mother’s Day Sale!

 To Mom:

Where do I begin?  

My mother has played such a huge role in my life, it’s impossible to find the words to express my gratitude.  

She’s shown me how to be a supportive friend, a caring sister, a loving daughter, and a joyful human being.

Her energy always amazes me– when I feel like crumpling onto the couch, she powers through to get. it. done.  

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Roadtripper Returns

(…Is this real-life?

Sometimes summertime makes me wonder…)

Hello, dear fellow dwellers of this earth planet, and WELCOME, to this over-due edition of Where in the World is ShockT Designs?!

I have just returned to home-base in St. Pete, FL, after a 4-week roadtrip/camping adventure that brought me through highways and backroads and big cities and small towns up and down the east coast, from Pinellas County to Lincolnville, Maine.  (The above photo was taken atop a mountain in Acadia

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Fashion Design & Yoga

For me, being a yoga instructor is a form of self-expression that allows me to connect with others. I’ve learned more and more that teaching is itself an art form. My decision to become a designer was a calling that came from a similar place of my teaching, rather than a desire to enter the fashion industry. I wanted to connect with people, with those who hold similar values and views of life, and who want to find ways to … Read the rest

Organic Bamboo-Happy

Here at ShockT, we are proud not only of our original hand-drawn designs and our flattering style, but we’re also totally in love with our fabrics. All of our shirts are made with organic and domestic material – that means no chemicals and no unnecessary amounts of energy spent on transportation. It also means that we guarantee every ShockT will have a soft, natural, comfortable look and feel. Because we have organic and sustainable tees, you don’t have to worry … Read the rest

Black and Blue

This piece of art to wear is definitely one of my favorite items of Shock T trip art. Fashion art can be either simple or complex, and this piece of wearable art certainly shows the complex side of it. It was originally designed to be the image that was first seen by visitors to the Shock T website, until we re-thought the organization of the site. In fact, it was somewhat of a shame to have this, one of the … Read the rest

Yoga Hanuman

Hanuman – any guesses for what that means? If you cheated and looked at the corresponding fashion art for this blog you will know that is means monkey. Well, it most probably means monkey, unless the Shock T artist decided to give a very deceptive label for this piece of wearable art. Something tells me that was not her intention (she’s too busy designing trip art for any such nonsense), so we can settle on the fact that Hanuman means … Read the rest