At times, life can seem to be overwhelming— to constantly be throwing challenges and trials our way. The “Peace in the Storm” shoot from our last issue highlighted this in such a beautiful way. With each trial that presents itself, I am so thankful that we can overcome what we thought was impossible when faith is put into action. I’ve personally learned how critical it is to start each day being still, listening, learning and focusing on truth instead of what things may look like around us.
Whether you are coming out of or going into any type of storm in life, you will approach a crossroads. This issue, Crossroads, brings to light the huge life transitions that we all experience.
Recently, I was talking to one of my best friends, photographer Kaylynn Clark, about how we both have gone through profound change since the death of my husband, Amelie G founder Edmund Kee. We both take life in general more seriously— this is expressed in many ways inwardly, and even outwardly through our wardrobes. I very much identify with the strength and beauty of Ashley Austin’s designs, featured in the “Riveter” editorial this issue. Writer Dean Merceron expands on this in his piece on the history of women evolving into more masculine apparel.
In “Réveiller” you’ll see the way designer Pedram Pasha Taheri uses a striking mix of feminine and strong lines in a surprising but perfect harmony. This particular piece captures a breathtaking transition from frigid and frozen to breaking free, thawing out, and finally becoming warm and at peace.
This evolution reminds me so much of my own life. At times, I felt frozen by all of the things around me, it felt like far too much for one person to take on. But I was able to break free by having faith, focusing on truth, and securing peace with the knowledge that God is always faithful no matter the storm. As I see it, at the crossroad of any situation, we have two choices: have faith and be refined through these trials, coming out stronger in the end; or choose to focus on how impossible something appears, causing us to give up or freeze up. I challenge all of you to choose faith over freezing.
I’m not the only member of our team who has been through an intense transition this year. The Amelie G team has been on a journey together with some large crossroads. They, too, have undoubtedly been refined and have each become stronger for it. Otylia Finley Benson has continued to stay positive and passionate regardless of change, not only writing but leading our other writers, and always being present for styling and photo shoots. Lana Hunt has gone from styling and writing to also organizing shoots and designing her own line. Banks Farley, one of our writers, is now in charge of our social media efforts, helping local designers get much-needed publicity. Jack Hatty, once our intern, is now our graphic designer. Lianna Patch is one of our staff writers, our copy editor, and now web editor of AmelieGMag.com. Paul Saputo is taking Amelie G to the next level through our website, while going the extra mile to create strong support for local designers.
As I reflect back on the crossroads of the past year, both personally and professionally, I am even more grateful to have such a continually amazing team.
Nothing is what I thought it would be; yet it is better than I could have imagined.
The history of the necktie is as rich and colorful as the patterns that adorn them. Designers, actors and royalty in the 1920s and 1930s left a distinctive stamp on the tie that gives the modern man the opportunity