ELIZABETH COLLING trained as a pastry chef in PARIS &
has been a FOOD EDITOR at MARTHA STEWART for 4 years -
simply put, she is DELICIOUS – lucky for us she has left the BIG APPLE
& relocated in my beautiful back yard (aka: SANTA BARBARA) – she is
hosting a lovely intimate chocolate boutique/pop up shop just in time for

-VALENTINE’S DAY -

you can sample scrumptious chocolate confections yourself or
bring a little sweetness home for the one your love – an array of
mouthwatering delights will be available on

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th &
THURSDAY, FEBRAURY 14th

at

MAISON K
1159 COAST VILLAGE RD
MONTECITO CA 93108

- run do not walk as i plan to eat most of her confections myself -
if you want to be sure there is something sweet waiting for you,
you may pre-order & reserve your confections by contacting
ELIZABETH COLLING directly at
ELIZABETH.COLLING(AT)GMAIL(DOT)COM
& she will accommodate advance orders
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here are some of the CONFECTIONS that will
be available at ELIZABETH’s boutique

-TRIPLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
-HOMEMADE OREOS
-DARK CHOCOLATE CARAMELS
WITH FLEUR DE SEL
-ARTISAN HOT CHOCOLATE WITH
HOMEMADE HEART MARSHMALLOWS
-VALRHONA CHOCOLATE TART FOR 2
-HOMEMADE HOT FUDGE SAUCE

to see some of her beautiful creations stop by SNIPPET & INK today

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A LOVELY WORKSHOP 2013
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is coming to GEORGIA – the workshop this year will be hosted at
the amazing 5 star SEA ISLAND RESORT in SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA
i’m happy to share that VELVET RAPTOR & ARTIFACT UPRISING will
be sponsoring the LOVELY SOUTHERN WORKSHOP & attendees  will
each receive books from both beautiful companies – my dear friend & amazing
artist LEAH MACDONALD will be conducting an intimate ENCAUSTIC class
during the workshop – many more collaborators to be announced & many
details & surprises along the way – this workshop is will include
education & guidance on….

NATURAL LIGHT & PHOTOGRAPHY & BUSINESS & ART &
STYLING & BRANDING & PRESENTATION & SO MUCH MORE

there will be a fantastic welcome reception on a BOAT
monday April 1st (this is not a joke;) & the workshop will be three full days
tuesday-APRIL 2nd & wednesday – APRIL 3rd & thursday – APRIL 4th

the fee is $3500 per person / digital & film shooters are welcome
& the workshop is open to photographers at all experience levels
space is limited – if you want to be part of this workshop please email

TIFFANY (AT) ELIZABETHMESSINA (DOT) COM

wishing everyone a LOVELY & LUMINOUS day…xoxo

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(tiffany will answer any questions & provide registration forms upon request)

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i am truly thrilled to have shot the cover of the new issue of MUNALUCHI BRIDE – not only is it a beautiful magazine with pages of inspiration & loveliness – MUNALUCHI BRIDE is also stunning celebration of woman of color – this is especially close to my heart, because the woman the grace the pages of MUNALUCHI BRIDE could be my daughters – my hope is that other magazines follow suit – that diversity will be seen on a regular basis on the covers of mainstream magazines all over the world – from fashion to news to bridal – lets make this dream a reality – wishing everyone blessings – xoxo

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to see some incredible exclusive images of this cover shoot
you must spend some time on the WEDDING CHICKS todday -
they will be sharing images ALL DAY LONG from this shoot -
also be sure to check out INSPIRED BY THIS too – they are doing
a beautiful feature today too –  the beautiful dress is by the talented
CLAIRE PETTIBONE – hair & makeup by ERIN SKIPLEY – florals
by DOLCE DESIGNS – the location was at one of my favorite places
on earth (& my dream home) THE VILLA AT SUNSTONE WINERY

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THE HUFFINGTON POST

 

Dear President Obama,

I have sat down to write this letter dozens of times and always end up a bit tongue-tied. Please bear with me as I attempt to explain myself. Nine years ago I watched the image on a sonogram and heard the words from my doctor: “It’s a boy.” In that moment, my first emotion was fear. How was I going to raise a man? It seemed daunting, but perhaps nervousness is not uncommon for mothers of sons to experience. I also felt extremely aware that as a Caucasian woman having a son with a man of African American descent, my son would undoubtedly face issues in his life I would never fully understand … deep breaths …

Truth be told, I was unprepared for the powerful love I felt when I held him for the first time. He was perfection, the way all newborns are. He was mine and any hesitation or fear about mothering this little tiny man was replaced with adoration and love. I am blessed to have a loving husband by my side who is also a wonderful father. Our son (and two other daughters) have been lucky to grow up loving two parents of different ethnic backgrounds. And yet there has always been the element of the unknown. Neither my husband nor myself would ever be able to entirely comprehend what it felt like to grow up bi-racial child in a world that is not always embracing of things and people that are different. I was faced with trying to figure out how to prepare my son for issues that he may face in his life due to his ethnicity that I had no firsthand experience with.

The election in 2008 had a profound effect on our family. As you pursued your dreams and became the nominee for president, there was a shift in the air. I was overwhelmed with the implications your success had for my children’s lives, particularly for my son. We watched the debates leading up to the election as a family. I lined up three small chairs and made the kids popcorn (admittedly, a bit of a bribe for them to sit and watch something they did not really understand). I explained that although they may not understand what they were watching, it would have an important impact on their lives, regardless of the outcome of the election.

We were watching history unfold, a story that had a direct impact on our children. I felt this was especially true for my son because he could see himself in your face.

He was 5-years-old at the time you were elected president. And although I realize you were in the midst of pursing your dreams, you inadvertently simultaneously changed my son’s life. Quite frankly, I believe you changed the lives of sons across the world. This, Mr. President, is no small thing. My son could see himself in you, the leader of our country, something no child of color had been able to do in America prior to your presidency. He was at an age when he had just become aware that my skin did not look like his. You gave my son in this moment something I could not.

My son is vibrant and funny, an incredible athlete, a well-balanced mix of tenderness and independence. I’ve loved him and raised him to the best of my ability. You gave him something that I could not, the possibility that he could actually be anything he wanted. This is a concept that far surpasses any political orientation; it is not a Republican or Democratic concern, it is purely an acknowledgement of what all mothers want for their sons — an opportunity to pursue their dreams, to be anything they want to be. Mothers of mixed-race children are often confronted with the limitations that subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle prejudices can bring.

As a photographer, I felt compelled to share visually in some way, the impact you and your political success had on my son’s life. I think perhaps this image says it, far better than my words could ever convey. I do not know where his dreams will take him, but I do know that the path you carved in your life will benefit him as he grows as a man, in ways he will probably never fully understand. I realize the possibility of my son and/or myself meeting you personally is quite unlikely. So I wanted to take this opportunity to share my gratitude.

Thank you on behalf of all mothers of mixed-race children for making the words “You can do anything you want in life” feel like the truth. You have changed the lives of children across the globe and that, Mr. President, is a wonderful gift. And more personally thank you on behalf of my son … thank you.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Messina

 LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT ORIGINALLY
PUBLISHED ON THE HUFFINGTON POST

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 ”I have a dream that my four little children will one
day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the
color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

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