Journal Entry No. 13: WTF!!! This Was NOT My Miami Beach! — Omnia Caelum… Poetry, Art, Music

This is Florida under the guidance of GOP Governor Ron DeSantis. He refuses to set any mandates for Florida. We are approaching 34,000 dead from Covid. DeSantis is in Plant City Fla with wife this week tasting strawberries. They are not wearing masks but they were first in line with Trump for the vaccine. R. Hunter

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Journal Entry No. 13: WTF!!! This Was NOT My Miami Beach! — Omnia Caelum… Poetry, Art, Music

In A Dark Time

The autumn leaves fall.
Late October London is covered in hues of orange and purple.
In my solitude by the river I daydream that I am
an adolescent reptile escaped from Kafka’s Die Verwanlung,
Laid back in the sun.

My nostrils absorb the scent of cologne
Perhaps later, for now I am content to observe.
To my advantage I know all about these men
While they know so little of me.

Thinking of you
Dying just a little, dead and dying all hope of
A dream never realized
I imagine my earthly body padded sat beside yours on a grassy knoll
to breathe in the scent of lilac and the mossy green River Delta.

later, in the dark I am nude but for a shadow across my torso.
You are so near and to resist this burning desire
I distract my mind with Roethke’s “In A Dark Time”.


In your arms I sway like a young birch in a summer tempest.
I am reminded of when we gave away what we had already lost.
We hold each other now, knowing love has died and we with it.

art by Fabian Perez

An Evening with Picasso-esque

I’m breathless, so much is happening with the AGM’S! They are absolutely gorgeous in their Picasso-esque, Resa has created masterpieces to adorn these gorgeous gals! Imagine my horror to witness the metamorphosis of our darling Shey (secretly, I always felt she had a bit of goth girl going on). Even so she is beautiful but we can’t leave her in the dark. Hang on dear Shey One Eye is working on your extrication in time for the Manchester blow out! I nearly died when RR arrived in her Van Gogh-esque but adored the version of Argentina.
Dearest Resa , this is such a stunning creation. I adore it dahling!

Art Gowns

“Dahlings! Welcome to An Evening with Picasso-esque“.

“Rene Rosso here, and I’m thrilled to announce that this Art Gowns show is being broadcast across the globe. So, without further ado, let me hand the mike over to our esteemed Art Director, Rebecca Budd.”

“Welcome, welcome! Tonight, we are on  fascinating journey through the esque-art of Picasso. So, let’s not waste anytime, and bring on the Art Gowns Models!”

“First out on the catwalk is Gigi. Gigi and her gown sure know how to make a point!”

“Next out is AGM Shey. Shey showers us with a fun kooky rendition of romance.”

“Marina is a show stopper in this cubist creation.”

“Our darling Dale takes on a dozen dimensions in this daring design.”

“Holly is a dream in this flowing full length frock with matching hair.”

Tired of her Picasso-esque gown, Ms. Rosso did an unexpected costume change into a

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Resa and The Cheetah Girls

Publicado por Gemma Mondéjar : SECRETOS DE VESTUARIO: DETRÁS DE ‘THE CHEETAH GIRLS’

In January I discovered that our amazing Fashionista Resa McConaghy was soon to be interviewed by Gemma Mondéjar with the fabulous “Escribe La Moda”. To my delight the interview has taken place and can be read it in its entirety below. I apologize for not including the Spanish version of the interview but I was pressed for space. Read it all you Resa McConaghy fans and enjoy! Congratulations dear Resa, you are fantastic.

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Cause we are sisters, we stand together… It’s hard to read it without singing it, isn’t it? This is not the first time we talk about Disney productions (nor will it be the last), but the occasion deserves it. Aesthetically, Disney Channel movies are very well crafted, although we have to admit that there is one that stands out from all the others: ‘The Cheetah Girls’.

Let’s face it, ‘The Cheetah Girls’ is the wonderful culprit that many of us are in love with animal print and it’s no wonder. Those of you who grew up watching this movie, already know what I’m referring to:

We could spend hours talking about how spectacular the outfits of Galleria (Raven-Symoné), Chanel (Adrienne Bailon), Aqua (Kiely Williams) and Dorinda (Sabrina Bryan) were, but I think it’s much better to know firsthand how these looks were created. To that end, I had the pleasure of talking to Resa McConaghy, the costume designer for ‘The Cheetah Girls’.Resa McConaghy was in charge of creating true works of art for this film, but it was not the only one. ‘The Good Witch’s Destiny’, ‘The Good Witch’s Charm’, ‘The Best Laid Plans’, ‘True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet’, ‘Hendrix’, ‘Keep the Faith, Baby’, ‘Sensitive Skin’ and ‘Michael: Every Day’, are some of the productions that can be found in the artist’s portfolio. 

The designer continues: “Third were the actors’ visions of their character. The girls were all very thrilled, filled with ideas and they were very inspiring to me. Not only did I have fittings with each girl individually, but we had group presentations and brain storming. Fourth, I had to keep them young looking. They are aMer all young teens. Yet, the girls themselves were already fairly sophisticated. For this purpose I used lots of colour, and lots of fun in styling“.

As we have already mentioned, accessories were a very important part of the cheetahs’ wardrobe. Not only because they gave personality to each character, but also because they made the looks even more unique: “Accessories were very important. The first accessories I bought for the girls were in Soho, New York City. Each Cheetah girl had a special touch. I remember Aqua loved hearts. I recall one day Kiely came to me with a sparkly heart she bought, and asked if Aqua could wear hearts. Being from Texas, she wore faux cowboy boots. Galleria, being the leader of the group wore stars. She had a great Star buckle, star necklaces and earrings. Chanel was more anything goes, as she was the shopper. She liked big hoops and big rings. Dorinda was from a poor family. She was styled in a fun young biker look. She had a lot of cuffs and belts with studs or chain like feel“, the designer tells us. 

he outfits worn by the protagonists in their day-to-day scenes are a real wonder, but the looks from their performances are completely iconic. If you have noticed, in each performance there is a common aesthetic thread, something that makes them all wear the same style but adapted to the personality and taste of each one, which is what makes these looks so special. This fact leads us to an inevitable question: Were these outfits created especially for them? Resa’s answer is clear: “Yes!”. Pay attention to the details that the artist gives us about each performance:

TOGETHER WE CAN

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Cinderella

“I designed each outfit especially for each Cheetah. Of course I worked very closely with the girls to ensure their characters remained true. The outfits were made in our studio. The Cheetah print was bought on Canal Street, New York City. Of course the boots were bought, as well as the stockings. They were bought in Toronto. All of the accessories were made in our studio”.Girl Power”This was a mix’n’match styling and building job. Chanel’s skirt and head piece were custom made, Galleria’s jacket is a Versace. It was so cool, that I couldn’t resist putting out the money. I added the sparkly ‘Cheetah Girls’ to the top under it, and her sash was made in our studio. Aqua’s skirt and sash were custom made. Dorinda’s outfit was entirely made especially for her, except the motorcycle boots”.https://www.youtube.com/embed/V9IKHFHA9DA

Cheetah Sisters

Believe it or not, it’s been 18 years since the film was released, which brings us to the last question: What trends would the cheetahs follow if the film were shot in the present day? “I would go more with sustainable fashion trends. It’s one of the ways we can help our planet for the future. So, this would mean as many fabrics as possible that are without  synthetics. We like to think that we are recycling when we donate our old clothes to charities, or put them in a shop’s bin for repurposing. It’s not working out very well. Of course the ideals of this idea could not overrun the look of the Cheetah Girls. Yet, it would be fabulous to leading the way to a greener future. After all, I always saw the Cheetahs as youth cultural leaders. I would also use paint. I would paint Cheetah print and other designs on some of the clothes, make art out of them. I would make it so cool, that the pieces could be cut up, framed and become art you could hang on a wall”, Resa explains.

Knowing how some of the outfits that have been a reference for a whole generation were created is something indescribable. The fans of this film and of Resa’s incredible work will agree with me when I say that the costumes in this production are not unique, it is unrepeatable. The cheetah girls would not have been the same, nor would they have reached the soul of so many people without those outfits so original and full of personality that helped many of us to find our identity and get out of our comfort zone. Undoubtedly, and although we will continue to talk about the costumes of some more Disney productions, there is (and will never be) a wardrobe as iconic as the one Resa McConaghy gave us.

Dust of Stars

A kingdom of sand castles

feathered sea oats and

wispy clouds

we are the wild rose

etched in the sand.

The scent of Jacaranda

still hangs in the air

a stem from a wine glass

wedged between shells

When we are apart my heart

is the wing beat of birds

the dust of supernovas

falling to earth

where the sea meets the sky

and we are the thread.

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Rough Waters by Gustav Klimt

Prairie Crocus

Gorgeous poetry by Dennis Cardiff

Dennis Cardiff

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After the snow moves north
the prairie crocus,
native anemone,
ears of the earth
listens
for the rustle of summer.

Gently she sways
to moments of truth.
In her petals
the purple-blue mist
of far distant mountains;
a small golden sun
close to her heart.

Eternity
folds close around her,
warms her
from the cold winds
of spring.

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the Sad Cafe (V)

The room is stifling with

deflowered souls.

The sad cafe tends to its ghosts

but we are more than grateful to forget.

There are no secrets among these

desolate lovers disfigured by life.

We inhale circlets of smoke

that linger in the air and taste lips

dripping desire.

The night arches its back

to drunken angels so we dance

beneath stars that meet us halfway.

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“Knowing” by Andrew Atroshenko

we had wings

Then , wisdom grew from fruit

We were winged and freedom

was etched on the soles of our feet

We knew nurturing green earth

and deep blue ocean fed skies

The pathways of earth and heaven

were known not charted

We stepped naked into the blazing sun

bared ourselves to golden rivers and

awesome tidal thunder

scattered like stardust

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Tender Places

The small lake shimmers with light

reeds rustle beneath

the feet of a fawn

leaning forward her pink tongue

curls backward

spattering the sweetness of life

into her nose and eyes

spotted ears pull sideways

heeding the sigh of the forest

the breath of a breeze

the kiss of sunlight transforms

autumn gold to green

beyond the edge of the wood

fall collides with spring

in  tender places of the wild

Do No Harm

image © Joan Eger

The Woman in the Mirror

is A child that looks out

from eyes that weep diamonds

or liquid fire spills from the curve of her lip

burns trails down her cheeks

those voices inside roll in on waves

of ocean-like silence from the pit of her belly

(is that possible?)

cold clouds rain down from some god-forsaken

depth that like the tender touch of heartbreak

pleads come and rest.

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