About


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+ My name is Jessie Askinazi +

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I’m a creative birdie who spends her time shaking things up in communications and the arts!

I do lots of fun stuff like:

+Photography. 
+Journalism.
+Art/Philanthropy Event Production and Programming.
+PR & Marketing.
+Brand Consultation.
+Project Management.
+Social Media.
+Copywriting.
+Art/Creative Direction.
+Poetry.
+Acting.
+Blogging. (Duh)

Read more on my work: HERE

 

Welcome to Morning Passages! 

My blog began as a way for me to chronicle inspiration, and act as a curator and collector. I decided to share my beloved, found visuals that made me go googly-eyed on an open forum- where they could be organized and embraced by the world! I began to really enjoy crafting little tell-tales, and soon enough, I was receiving kind words of admiration from friends and strangers across the galaxy (and possibly beyond). As my blog seemed to be influencing others in a positive way, I decided to spend more time on it as a project. It brings me great joy to explore and expose craftsmanship and ideas by all walks of life, and to help talented babes along their journeys. I’m also extremely passionate and obsessive about the things I adore.

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As you will probably notice, I’m mostly interested in concepts that provoke imagination. I view clothing and objects as artifacts with a history. I’ve always been a bit off-the-cuff, hopping along to the beat of my own drum! As our society thrives off routine, monotony, tired ideals and stifles boundary-breaking, it’s important for me to use Morning Passages as a vehicle to keep youthful curiosity ignited! Here you will find treasures in the areas of fashion, style, design, kawaii, lifestyle, photography, visual art, literature, music, film, subcultures, health + wellness, feminism, interiors, holistic living, etc. I love design + style inspired by travel, contemporary folk, nature, kitsch, futurism, and the 90′s. 
   
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I was born in Long Island, New York and am a Romaniote Jew- which means I have Mediterranean roots and a lot of anxiety. I grew up in South Florida near Ft. Lauderdale/Miami. In 2004, I moved to New York City to study Performing Arts. It was always a dream of mine to live in NYC due to the various cultures, deep focus on the arts, eccentric fashions, bohemian attitude, and colorful personalities. I lived in Queens, the West Village, Chelsea, Williamsburg, and Bushwick–and had many incredible opportunities. I’ve also lived in Los Angeles for a few years, which is one of the most diverse and wonderful cities. LA is home to so many different ethnicities, and can offer basically anything you’re in the mood for: whether it’s the beach, downtown, parks, urban areas, hipster villages, the desert, bourgeoise opulence, international neighborhoods- you name it.

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These are a few of my fav-o-rite things:

nature, rainbows, surrealism, psychedelia, stylized horror, kawaii, the cosmos, kitsch, Japanese folk textiles (indigo-dyed cotton, linen, hemp), chambray, drag queens, the new wave, old-school sci-fi, witches, the occult, mysticism, early computer graphics, 90′s style, mary-janes, tea, analogue photography, kundalini yoga, mod, the atomic age, sushi, Victorian houses, Afro-futurism, patisseries, ceramics, French artisans, Halloween, fleamarkets, goats, Korean spas, swimming, and so very much more!!!

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I’ve been extremely fascinated by style and fashion design since I was a little girl. I loved how you can create your own universe or version of truth, and mend various forms of artistry together. I was also never really interested in common standards of “femininity” or what it means to “be pretty.” I love being a woman, and owning my femininity (girl power!), but I like to expand on what that means. I was more interested in bold statements that evoke individuality. When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a fashion coordinator- who designed all the looks for runway shows. I’d watch Madonna videos and drool over the colors and patterns on “Jem & The Holograms”. When “Clueless” came out, I wore knee highs and red leather jackets to school, and I wanted to be best friends with Clarissa Darling from “Clarissa Explains it All.” Some of my other style icons include: Fran Fine from “The Nanny”, fashion editor Lynn Yaeger, Edina Monsoon from “Ab Fab”, Björk, Iris Apfel, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, silent sirens like Clara Bow/Theda Bara/Louise Brooks, Lisa Bonet, Peggy Moffitt, Veruschka, Nina Hagen, Rihanna, Blitz Kids, and all the drag queens and club kids from downtown NYC (especially during the Limelight). In my daily life, I like to take inspiration from rural, industrious Japanese craftswomen.

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Favorite designers include: Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garcons, Undercover, Hussein Chalayan, Maison Martin Margiela, Issey Miyake, Junya Watanabe, Pierre Cardin, Courreges, Paco Rabanne, Rudi Geinreich, Yohji Yamamoto, Viktor & Rolf, Moschino, Christian Lacroix, Meadham Kirchhoff, John Galliano, Miu Miu, Balenciaga, and the designers from Central Saint Martins. Lately, I love LA shops that sell contemporary folk clothing such as Individual Medley, General Store, Mr. Larkin, New High Mart, and The Dreslyn.

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This is Mortimer! AKA Morty, Peeg, Baba… He is a 3.5 lb teacup chihuahua from Beverly Hills. I hear they made a movie about him? Mort is my son and my best friend. He became mine when he was an even tinier pup in 2007. He’s been through it all with me, and he fills me with love on the daily. His likes include: poultry, ice pops, playing fetch, licking compulsively, burrowing under blankets, snuggling in any and all nooks of the body, and sunbathing.

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Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet!

Please email me by clicking on CONTACT at the top of the page if you’re interested in my consulting services, writing, photography, placing an ad, or sponsoring Morning Passages [or if you just want to say hi :]