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    IMAGINATION, Life of Josie M.

    Prompt: Write about a kiss.

    Life of Josie M.

    Life moved around us as if set on fast forward, while we both seemed frozen in place. I sat alone facing him trying to gather the thoughts, feelings and emotions rushing through me into what needed to be the perfect combination of words to speak to the most wonderful man I had ever met.

    The room was now empty. Even though other people’s departure seemed sudden, I knew hours had past while we both sat starring at each other.  I remember, I couldn’t move any part of my body for what seemed like an eternity. Finally, I closed my eyes, tried to regulate my breathing with a long, deep inhale and dug down to muster every last ounce of courage and strength I had left within my now shaking body.

    I knew I would never forget this kiss. I knew I had only one chance to make this kiss encompass an entire lifetime.  I stood up and walked over to him.

    I whispered the words which had been cycling through my head all day and which, by no means, were the perfect combination to fully convey what I had been thinking and feeling for days – for years.

    After saying my unbearable goodbye, I lent over my father’s lifeless body and kissed his forehead trying to remember his face I would never see again.



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    Life of Josie M.

    “By the sea, beneath the yellow and sagging moon…” Walt Whitman

    Walt Whitman Yellow Moon

    A single girl stood contemplating her life while the ocean beneath her crashed at her feet.
    The wind through her hair was like the myriad of thoughts wafting through her mind.
    The smell of the salt air was calming; she had missed the smell of home.
    The subtle chill of the night air was a harsh reminder of the unknown.
    Would sunrise bring enlightenment or more moonlight alone?

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    Film, Graphic Design, STYLE

    L’Odyssée de Cartier, Je t’aime!

    For precisely 3.5 minutes, I stood captivated, frozen in place,  in hot rollers and underwear by what I was viewing on TV. I scrambled to figure out if what I was viewing was a The Today Show segment, an official commercial or if one of my cats had tried to eat the remote again and inadvertently changed the channel to the SyFy Network.

    L’Odyssée de Cartier, Je t’aime!

    L’Odyssée de Cartier, Je t’aime!

    I was viewing stunning, out-of-this world cinematography — breathtaking landscapes, magical creatures, a gorgeous [non-CGI!] panther and, exquisite, exquisite jewelry — CARTIER jewelry, in fact — I’d know those pieces anywhere.

    After a full, audible gasp at the realization I was watching art, storytelling, and cinema — marketing at its’ purest — and that my hair was going to burn off if I didn’t get the hot rollers out, I finished getting dressed and rushed to scour the internet to find the who, what, when, where and how for this Cartier masterpiece.

    Rumored to have cost some $4 million Euros [$5.2 million USD], Cartier produced L’Odyssée de Cartier to commemorate their 165th anniversary. Filming on location and on elaborate sets  in Prague, Italy, France and Spain, to name a few, three panthers and handfuls of handlers, and a symphony recording at Abbey Road — the details of L’Odyssée kept getting more delicious the deeper I dug.

    Directed by Bruno Aveillan with music composed by Pierre Adenot, this duo set out to create a “subtle metaphor of Cartier’s elegance, free-spirit and independence” [as stated in L’Odyssée de Cartier’s Extras] through Cartier’s iconic symbol, the panther.

    Cartier's Jeanne Toussaint

    Cartier’s Jeanne Toussaint

    Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s first female director of design and nicknamed “The Panther,” re-envisioned Cartier’s traditional art deco aesthetic into the exotic — the Panthere de Cartier Collection.  During the 1930s, the diamond-and-onyx encrusted panther symbolized freedom and boldness with exotic undertones at a time when women were still expected to wear “polite” pearls and concede their right to vote in many parts of the world.

    L’Odyssée de Cartier’s musical score drips with the sensuality of Toussaint’s panther — exotic, feminine, sexy — while each object in each scene has brilliant and intentional meaning.

    Cartier's Panthere Bracelet

    Cartier’s Panthere Bracelet

    From Cartier’s first store in Paris, to Toussaint’s legendary diamond-and-onyx panther, to Trinity rings, to the wedding-ring-every-girl-dreams-of, to the rolling Love bracelets on the mountain top, to Alberto Santos Dumont’s airplane [the namesake of the timeless Santos men’s timepiece] to Shalom Harlow  wearing Chinese designer Yiqing Yinwith’s  striking gown in Cartier red, to finishing…*second audible gasp*…finishing with the pièce de résistance…the 784-diamond, 91-onyx, emerald-eyed panther that houses the 51.58-carat divine green beryl gemstone.

    Final audible gasp. I’ve died and gone to marketing heaven. L’Odyssée de Cartier, Je t’aime!

     



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