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July 5th, 2013
Sometimes I get lost…not the good lost where you end up on the corner of Shell and Happy Lane….which actually do exist about 16 miles south of my house….and as beautiful as Southern California is, it sure does a number to my midwestern mind sometimes.
So I get lost on Negative Street and WTF Just Happened Place…and then I take a turn! And I find myself somewhere between the sunset and the skateboards and the cure is there. And there she is and it’s all about finding my gratitude again. That’s happy soup. Gratuity. Because I’m American and spoiled with so much good stuff so much of the time I forget that I am so lucky!
So if you catch me on a gratitude journal day, it’s probably because I’m trying to reel it back in, through the many different spinning orbs that web has been spun upon – with from being an entrepreneur to being a model to being a human.
Today, I’m taking some time to give some thanks.
I find LA is a challenging place to be based.
I was told yesterday that I would be perfect with some boobs and an ass….so here’s what I’m grateful for today. Besides never leaving my happy home by the beach for a “scene” party.Let’s start with my real boobs.
They may be small but they’re f*cking awesome. So middle fingers up to anyone who tells me ever again that a boob job would make me any better than I am right now because it is simply NOT true. I’m awesome. And so are my little boobs. And I love them.
So, firstly, I am grateful for my boobs.
I am grateful for Hammocks. This is top of my list for happy places.
I am grateful for my childhood.
I had an upbringing filled with all the abundance and then some in every physical and non-physical thing that a child can possibly need to develop normally so if people wonder why I’m so strange it’s not that.
I had the coolest house on a lake which is where the mermaid in me came to love all she was blessed with and then some. My dad designed this house with a B built into the left side of it there for our last name Bickerstaff. I had a princess room. I think for a few years I actually thought I was going to grow up and marry a prince….wait I think I still have that mindset…. … …yep still there. Harry??
I am grateful for my girlfriends.
I never thought I would end up loved by so many beautiful souls in the form of bombshell seastars. (Mermaid lingo for sisters 😉 Thanks P. Chan – Seastar original.
I had a hard time in high school with girls and being accepted for being myself, which was unwavering to a fault.
These girls are a piece of the stellar galactic pack I’ve connected with on my many soul fishing trips around the world and I love them all with my everthing. They make me who I am and they remind me of who I want to be and I miss the ones who aren’t where I am – all the time.
I hope I have a family one day so that my children can be surrounded by about 15 of the most amazing aunties on Earth.
I am grateful for my record collection
…and the art on them….and the music inside! They’re so freaking cool. They say the loudest things I’m quietly eager for when I cannot find words I am searching for.
I am grateful for my mom.
I am grateful for everything about her even her 100% Italian ways she has conditioned into me no matter how crazy expressive they may be.
I wouldn’t be alive without her….well duh but I think she’s a reason to breathe.
My greatest goal is to live close to her again as soon as humanly possible….which will be in 5 days for the next month! I cannot wait! Mermaids Unite!
She made me think from a very young age that it was totally normal to wear bikinis all day long around the house and also in your yellow corvette to pick us up from school and to act like the chickens she was making for dinner were having conversations to each other puppet style (still in a bikini cooking)….yeah see what I’m dealing with here people? Sheer fun.
That’s gotta be why I am so fun oriented; because my normal standard was built on freedom, fashion, and fast cars.
I am grateful for a little recognition for my efforts.
I think it’s the first person who said to me “you should have won” all the way to the ninty fifth thousanth. I think it’s the person who likes a photo on a social media page that I posted. I think it’s the person who compliments my pineapple shorts. I think it’s you for coming here and reading this. I think it’s the way a person looks into your eyes when they talk. I think it’s the reason I keep moving forward on this path I chose. I think I might be doing something right and I think that it’s these moments that keep me hoping for something bigger while knowing that what I’ve done was good enough to be happy with the person I am right now. And now. And now….
I am grateful for this ex-boyfriend.
We never stopped having love for each other even though our lives moved us apart. He is still a good friend and I can’t say that for any of the other ex’s.
He showed me in genuine truth no matter what the cost, in written word, in actions, in silence, in embrace that I am good enough to be loved and will be again, someday, for all my days.
I love the love he gave me and looking back it was one of the luckiest things I’ve been blessed.
He is a good guy and reminds me that they do exist.
I am grateful for my company, Paradisiac Swimwear!
I get to express myself through fashion design for my career.
And since we cannot all walk around naked all day long, what better way to express ourselves everday through what we wear?! And what better to wear than swimwear at a beach or a pool or the paradise of your desire!
We all work so hard for those little moments in paradise and that is why we are ALL paradisiacs and my hope for PARADISIAC is that we mer-people will all unite and stand up tall for the good life, the good way, and the good eyes.
Happy Friday! Love yas. Thanks for stopping by!
Mermaid Mel Rose
I went to Italy for my childhood best friends wedding. To say this is an old friend is an understatement. We did everything together growing up. Our parents met at a neighborhood party when they were pregnant with our older sisters. We spent our summers dreaming about who we would marry (besides Patrick Swayze) and melting over and over to the movie Dirty Dancing. I think I was almost as nervous as she was for this day to come. I had the honor of designing her dress and it was one of the best days of my life as a best friend, admirer of lovers, and designer. This was the reason my globe trot was set in motion.
I was really looking forward to this wedding because besides making the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses, I actually haven’t been to Italy since I was 18 even though I lived in Europe for almost five years! I couldn’t wait to celebrate her beautiful love and see her true love in his hometown and meet his family. In love it is always telling to see one in their own element, so this was a real treat.
Her dress was made entirely of silk satin and silk chiffon. Her shirt was lined with French lace from my favorite fabric shop of all times, Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. I went to San Francisco twice for fittings for this dress. It was such a special process. Almost the entire dress is hand beaded with butterflies and daisies; symbols of her life.
He was perfect and she was divine.
The absolute coolest feature of the dress was her husbands name is beaded onto the side where he would be standing next to her in church so when he would look down he would see his name. Not many people can claim to have their husbands names on their dresses and I may make this my signature for the future. On the first wedding dress I ever made, I made the mistake of sewing the belt on a straight grain, which means there was no stretch to it. It was a secret blessing because that dress, also heavily beaded, was held up because of that sturdy belt. But I had to sew her into it as she hadn’t tried it on before the wedding (Crazy college days and a very trusting best friend there). Her husband thought it was actually the best part of the dress that he had to rip her literally out of it after the wedding. So as my custom wedding dress designer profession goes on cool new ideas are emerging with each dress (I also made my sisters dress)….I must go ice my hands as they are still numb from finishing the veil just in time for Kristi to walk down the aisle!
Kristi and Ciro got married in his home town of Ercolano and the reception was held at one of the coolest places I’ve ever stayed. It was right on the water in Vico Equense at Hotel Sporting. At night all the rooms are situated on the waterside and as you fall asleep (if you’re sleeping not staying up to finish a dress of course) you sleep to the sound of waves crashing into the rocks. The reception was gorgeous and the 5 course dinner was fabulous.
The night was finished off with a set of beautiful first dances, a game of limbo, a good circle hug dance, and a lot of hugging and crying.
The next day, all the out of towners from America traveled for a 3 day stay in the beautiful land of Positano.
This gorgeous town is situated just on the Amalfi Coast in the Campania Region of Ialy. It is now one of my favorite places on Earth. It sits in the enclave of the hills which lead down to the beautiful coastline. John Steinbeck wrote about Positano in Harper’s Bazzar in 1954 “It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”
We stayed at the Hotel Eden Roc. I would like to say nice things about them but they ruined my favorite Ferragamo Silk Shirt and didn’t offer anything besides to take off the dry cleaning bill…which was about $950 shy of a real apology. So while I would say a day at the pool here and a meal on the roof are nice…I won’t go back. The only negative of this entire journey indubitably.
We ate so many wonderful meals in Positano. I actually started eating pasta for starters and entrees. I think I actually hit 9 meals in a row that included pasta and several were breakfast! But I am half Italian so I think it’s just a sign that I am true to my roots! We ate at Le Tre Sorelle the first night which means The Three Sisters. It was a beautiful choice at the bottom of the hill at the coastline and the food was amazing. It was even more special that besides her real sister she had 3 of her lifelong soul sisters there by her side.
The next day we got lucky and gifted one gorgeous day of sun down on the beach and I was happy to lay on the beach in Positano in one of my own Paradisiac bikini designs….especially since Positano is the home to the invention of the bikini!
After the Positano experience I spent one night in Ischia which is a very special and mellow island that offers lots of healing services including mineral baths and massages and such. I will surely be going back someday since I plan to see Capri and ran out of time on this trip.
Overall, my return to Italy after 10 years away left me craving more and I will have to go back soon.
Off to Londontown next!