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I truly enjoy working on the house and have been known to be pretty handy - doing finishing work, electric, painting, sanding, etc. There is something about the satisfaction of actually making a thing, working on a object. In the case of the garden, it's also seeing how your work helps plants grow better.

I like the concept Zara has of demo fashion - go out quickly with a short inventory run. It's fun to get the one or two items that are hot at the moment to renew or dress up what you already have and not feel bad if you don't wear them for years. H&M used to have better quality in a similar way; they have gone the more mass route now.

What great thoughts. Actually spent a couple recent weekends in the garden, planting, pruning, editing for structure and form. After spending a week immersed in technology working with my hands is always refreshing. As the weather turns, focus will head inside to do the same. Reminds me of what it means to live and experience the tactile world. Virtual only goes so far.

I first experienced Zara this June when in NYC after a recommendation by a colleague. Had not seen (until now) their intro into an online U.S. store and as a closet photographer, love this collection of images. What a great way to reach out to a new audience in a fresh, simple manner.

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