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The worn, vintage and unfinished look of ‘rough luxe’ is more than just the masculine side of shabby chic. It creates the kind of authenticity that is unscripted history in physical form. It reinvents the past by redefining luxury today. Here design rejects minimalism and extravagance and celebrates imperfection. It is the embodiment of real at a time when the unexpected and the surprising is valued higher than pristine and probable. Design elements are washed and worn with history, reminding us of bygone times with an industrial look into the future. Fabrics are distressed over immaculate furnishings, painted walls are faded like expressionist fine art, and perfectly torn wallpaper shows the multiple years of its story. ROUGH LUXE DESIGN features the most exclusive list of interior designers, furniture purveyors, industrial designers, and trend-setting entrepreneurs responsible for bringing “rough luxury” into the cultural consciousness. This beautifully illustrated book showcases the best examples of how the masterful staging of raw imperfection can fulfill the desire for a luxury design.
Posted by patrick robinson 05.15.13 | News | Leave a Comment
Between my chickens and my garden I’ve truly embraced Local food. Last night’s dinner was Asparagus I planted 4 years ago and poached eggs from my coop. If your planting your 1st or yearly garden read below and visit my favorite seed supplier… Seeds Of Change.
Seeds of Change® was founded in 1989 with a revolutionary mission: to make organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers, while preserving rare heirloom and traditional seed varieties, and promoting sustainable organic agricultural practices.
Today, nearly a quarter century later, we continue to pursue this mission while expanding it to include a range of certified organic foods and chocolates. Our line of Certified Organic Rice & Grain Blends, Simmer Sauces, Pasta Sauces, Salad Dressings, and Chocolate Bars were inspired by the notion that great taste and sustainability go hand in hand.
We are excited by the growing popularity and interest in organic gardening and farming, and are proud of the role we play in providing the products and information you need to adopt a healthy organic lifestyle. From the seed to the harvest to the plate everything is connected and our choices do matter. We thank you for joining us in the pursuit of a safe and sustainable future for our families, our communities and our beautiful mother earth.
Posted by patrick robinson 05.08.13 | News | Leave a Comment
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I’ve been running around lately with a knot in my stomach. Everything seems to need to happen today…PASKHO production, Armani Exchange work load, raise cash from investors, building PASKHO’s web site, home life( and moving my home), marathon training, and – and – well you get it. And then I came across my favorite thinker…Martha Beck. If you don’t know her - you need too. Read the below and check out her daily Blog.
Command your time…Insight from Martha
It’s springtime in the forest of Central California where I live, and everything seems to be happening at once. Wildflowers have blossomed in every field, like blue and yellow and pink paint poured over the green landscape. The wild turkeys are mating up a storm—bird porn wherever you look. My calendar seems to be experiencing the same riotous growth as everything else. My schedule is so packed with joyful and astonishing treats that there is barely an unscheduled moment left. Frankly, it’s terrifying.
I have always had a troubled relationship with time. I don’t like the way it passes, taking every material form along with it. I don’t like the way it pushes me, requiring that I put aside one joyful or necessary action to perform another. I don’t like the way it tires my body, and I fully resent the fact that it means I will not be a concert pianist, a circus acrobat, a wild animal tracker, and a neuroscientist during this lifetime.
Speaking of neuroscientists, I’ve been prepping for a workshop with 15 medical doctors who are frustrated with the way medicine is constructed by our culture. Led by the inimitable Lissa Rankin, MD, these brilliant physicians are coming here to begin forming new ideas about how they can run their lives and careers. As I read the entry forms for this corps of doctors, I am astonished and appalled by the brutal way their training has taught them to deal with their time. All of them crush more activity into an hour than most people do all day. But what gets crushed includes activities such as being present with the person who is dying, or eating a nutritious meal leisurely, or assuming an easy, relaxed pace as they open a human body and tinker with the mechanisms inside. How ironic those our culture considers healers of the body are forced to drive themselves without enough sleep, food, or play to keep their own bodies healthy. As we say in my coaching system, how can you give what you cannot live?
But whether or not you are a medical doctor, the tyranny of time very likely dominates your life. Our clocks, our calendars, our associations drive us like overburdened pack mules from one hurried task to another. Right now, if I let myself worry about the amount of work I think I must do this very day, I will topple off the tightrope of inner peace and into a full-on panic. I suspect the same may be true of you—if not today, then soon. One of the most essential tasks for living a life of purpose and joy is to command your time, rather than let it command you.
This will require that you steel yourself for enormous disapproval. Yesterday, I was torn between the conflicting demands of a friend who needed support and an appointment at an unknown destination. I left myself just enough time to get to the interview, but since it was at an unfamiliar location and I have the navigational skills of a cashew, I was late. The interviewer at the studio was not amused. He was testy and frustrated, as I would have been in his place. As I apologized, I realized I was facing a choice: beat myself up for misusing my time, or hold fast to my decision to be present for my friend and allow the interviewer his anger without changing my commitment to scheduling myself in the way that feels most soulful and authentic to me.
For a while I chose door #1. I got out my patented self-flagellation whip (no, it’s not real, you perv, it’s a metaphor) and told myself that somehow, next time, I would have to be less emotional, more professional, in my scheduling choices. Just as everyone has always predicted, I went straight to hell. Fortunately, I left right away. By the time I got home, I had reconnected myself to what is true for me at the deepest level. That is that no professional obligation is remotely as significant as one moment that bonds two human hearts and lives. I turned on a Bob Marley song and bellowed along at the top of my voice—”Don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing’s gonna be all right”—and it was.
This little story sums up all the steps to taking command of your own time. One: Set your schedule according to your deepest priorities. Two: When others object to this scheduling, respectfully decline to give a crap. Three: When you receive negative feedback for your scheduling choices, allow any feelings you may have; then sing and dance to Bob Marley until the bad feelings go away. (You may substitute Bach or ABBA or Usher for Bob Marley, although I would suggest that you avoid Enya as this could put you into an irreversible trance.)
This process is not for the faint of heart. It scares the willies out of me. But when I do it, something miraculous occurs. Time—which physicists know to be elastic—begins to bend and stretch for me. Tasks I thought would occupy hours get done in minutes. Helpers show up out of nowhere to help things go more quickly. And the things I do become so interesting that the timekeeper in my head stops altogether. Running your life by your heart, rather than your schedule, is the only method I know that is efficient enough to help us get everything done that we need to do.
I’ll tell you what it’s time to do right now. It’s time to set your schedule in order so that you don’t look back on the day of your death and wonder why you never really lived. It’s time to ignore the opinions of those who think your life should be all about their cause, their rules, their agenda, and not your soul’s desire. It’s time to stop flagellating and start dancing. If you wish to argue about this, I must respectfully decline. I simply do not have the time.
Posted by patrick robinson 05.02.13 | News | Leave a Comment
Succeeded by transforming habits. I’ve been listening to The Power of Habit on my long runs -Getting ready for the Brooklyn half in a few weeks.
This audio book from New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.
Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.
At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.
Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
Posted by patrick robinson 04.29.13 | News | Leave a Comment
I bare foot run in my FiveFingers which has changed the shape of my body and mind.
This is the one to get…
Optimize your outdoor performance. Building on the success and versatility of the KSO and KSO Trek, FiveFingers presents the TrekSport for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s designed with rugged, high-performance materials to help maximize your outdoor experience. They used abrasion-resistant Coconut Active Carbon in the upper for natural breathability, 4mm EVA in the midsole for plating protection, and added a lightly cleated 4mm Vibram® performance rubber outsole for extra traction on a variety of terrain.
Posted by patrick robinson 04.25.13 | News | Leave a Comment
I’m transforming a 2 acre meadow with Wildflowers for a ever-changing landscape of color at my Upstate NY house over this summer. I think the use of light in the form of color can balance “energy” wherever a person’s body be lacking, whether it be on physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental levels.
How does color make you feel?
Posted by patrick robinson 04.19.13 | News | Leave a Comment
Very interesting book that I’m reading about freedom/ life. What caught me was the below thought from the back cover
“The most important things that each person must learn no one can teach her. Once she accepts this disappointment, she will be able to stop depending on the therapist, the guru who turns out to be just another struggling human being.”
Posted by patrick robinson 04.16.13 | News | Leave a Comment
I’m a urban bike rider year around in NYC. Been drooling over this bike for months.
What Budnitz says about it
Introducing Model No.3 Honey Edition, our ultimate all-around city bicycle with special honey and creme components.
Created by Paul Budnitz as a very fast bicycle ideal for all conditions of daily riding, Model No.3 Honey Edition features German-made 2-inch creme tires paired with a UK-made Brooks honey-leather titanium-rail saddle and matching leather grips.
The split-tube cantilever frame is lightweight, beautiful, responsive, and engineered to absorb road shock. This bicycle’s geometry is aggressive enough so that the rider has real power behind the pedals without sacrificing elegance or comfort. Big 29-inch wheels that fly comfortably over city streets and dirt roads.
Includes handmade Budnitz titanium riser handlebar, titanium seatpost, seatpost clamp, and badges. Comes standard with race-quality components from Chris King, Thomson, Velocity, and Sugino are standard. A special Titanium component upgrade is available as well.
The carbon belt drive is lightweight, silent, and requires no grease — so you won’t get your pants dirty. Your choice of single speed or a clean & quiet Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal transmission. Internal cable routing and Yokozuna housing simplify the look of the frame and protect cables from the elements.
Includes our lifetime theft replacement policy at no extra cost.
If you are looking for a versatile bicycle to use every day under varying conditions, Model No.3 is an excellent choice.
Posted by patrick robinson 04.15.13 | News | Leave a Comment
A cookbook and wine guide celebrating the regional traditions and exciting innovations of modern Italian cooking, from San Francisco’s SPQR restaurant.
The Roman Empire was famous for its network of roads. By following the path of these thoroughfares, Shelley Lindgren, wine director and co-owner of the acclaimed San Francisco restaurants A16 and SPQR, and executive chef of SPQR, Matthew Accarrino, explore Central and Northern Italy’s local cuisines and artisanal wines.
Throughout each of the eight featured regions, Accarrino offers not only a modern version of Italian cooking, but also his own take on these constantly evolving regional specialties. Recipes like Fried Rabbit Livers with Pickled Vegetables and Spicy Mayonnaise and Fontina and Mushroom Tortelli with Black Truffle Fonduta are elevated and thoughtful, reflecting Accarrino’s extensive knowledge of traditional Italian food, but also his focus on precision and technique. In addition to recipes, Accarrino elucidates basic kitchen skills like small animal butchery and pasta making, as well as newer techniques like sous vide—all of which are prodigiously illustrated with step-by-step photos.
Shelley Lindgren’s uniquely informed essays on the wines and winemakers of each region reveal the most interesting Italian wines, highlighting overlooked and little-known grapes and producers—and explaining how each reflects the region’s unique history, cultural influences, climate, and terrain. Lindgren, one of the foremost authorities on Italian wine, shares her deep and unparalleled knowledge of Italian wine and winemakers through producer profiles, wine recommendations, and personal observations, making this a necessary addition to any wine-lover’s library.
Brimming with both discovery and tradition, SPQR delivers the best of modern Italian food rooted in the regions, flavors, and history of Italy.
Posted by patrick robinson 04.13.13 | Instagramin' News | Leave a Comment
This is the most interesting magazine that I have come across in a while…
From the magazine
“We’re Modern Farmer. We’re a print quarterly and website devoted to the world of agriculture, based in Hudson, NY. Founded by a former New York Times and Monocle editor, we want to talk to people who care about where their food comes from. Starting April 16, you’ll be able to pick up copies at Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble, Tractor Supply Co. and more “– or pick up a subscription to Modern Farmer here.
Posted by patrick robinson 04.11.13 | News | Leave a Comment
Only one week left for my Kickstarter campaign! The overwhelming support for the clothing line has truly been amazing.
Don’t forget – you will get a FREE Original PASKHO Sketch by pledging any amount on Kickstarter or if you get your friends, neighbors, in-laws and or work mates to pledge. Just email me who you got to pledge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tory Burch has been amazing supporter of mine through this journey. Check out my interview on the Tory Burch blog here.
Only 70 more hours to go – let’s do this!
Posted by patrick robinson 04.09.13 | News | Leave a Comment
Think about this. Constantin Brancusi saw the marvelous in everything with a blend of simplicity and pure awareness. He let awareness be the answer to his creativity. I think awareness is being open to the answers that are constantly being presented to us. It’s a place where my vision expands and I no longer feel stuck. It’s where as if by magic, unseen forces come to your aid to solve anything.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art currently has the largest collection of Brancusi sculptures in the United States.
Posted by patrick robinson 04.08.13 | News | Leave a Comment
I’m signing up to run the Brooklyn half again next week…
Written by a great runner…not me.
“The music of a marathon is a powerful strain, one of those tunes of glory. It asks us to forsake pleasures, to discipline the body, to find courage, to renew faith and to become one’s own person, utterly and completely.”
Posted by patrick robinson 04.05.13 | News | Leave a Comment
7 days to go on Kickstarter http://t.co/ageUD2IXWN for @PASKHO. Getting ready for a blogger breakfast
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