We visit jewellery designer and Lynn & Lawrence Co-Founder Jessica Barensfeld at her holiday home in Sag Harbor, where she and her family will spend most of the winter. Jessica explains this wild and exposed coastal environment awakens her senses and encourages her to marvell at the details. A concept, we believe the holiday season is all about...
— My Acupuncturist tells me there's a lot to say about how you feel emotionally and physically in certain types of weather. We are curious to know why you have chosen to escape to the beach for winter, and what this exposed environment serves you.
When you leave an urban setting you really begin to notice the environment’s cycles, and I’ve come to really appreciate the winter part of this cycle. Part of our pull to leave the city was to be closer to nature and be able to observe and absorb while we are here. Watching the autumn landscape transition from a lush green to a rainbow palleteis (classically) awesome, but the transformation into winter is equally as stunning, though more understated. Almost all of the animals, bugs and birds disappear during winter and the landscape’s brightness becomes very muted, crisp, and vacated. Watery blues and peaches wash the sky over a very low sun.
Witnessing our first snow out here was hypnotic. The night was so cold and quiet, and the snowflakes were large and heavy; you could almost see the crystal patterns in them from afar. We have tea lights hanging outside over one of the trees and their lights twinkled all over the perfectly white and glittery snow. Walking on it the next morning, the snow made a lovely crunchy noise and the whole experience felt very emotional and nostalgic. One winter’s day, I went on a trail walk to collect pine cones and red berry sprigs - I was so happy listening and looking around on my own, enjoying the seasonal scents and taking in the whole experience. As a collector by nature, I’m well into a good collection of driftwood and attractive shells.
Another benefit of living in Sag Harbor is time is slower out here, it’s a phenomenon and it’s incredible, but it’s totally true.
— In what ways will you practice self care while on holiday?
For every glass of wine I have one equal or greater sized glass of water.
— In what ways will you practice indulgence?
Chocolate, mulled wine, egg nog, hot toddy’s....
— Do you and your family practice any traditions passed down from your own?
My family is big into games, noise, wine, chatter and laughter, we hope to pass all of this down. I think saying grace from time to time, especially when everyone is together, is also nice.
— What would you say the conceptual thread is between your various creative projects?
— What has been the biggest thing you have learnt this year?
Taking a risk is a great idea. Follow through with something you feel passionate about, even if it seems risky. One way or another it will only teach you more about yourself.
— What will be your mantra for 2018?
Manifest destiny! I totally believe in it as a possible and positive principle. Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you are right. I was talking about this today with Jen and love that she is writing her destiny down on paper. That is my goal for 2018, to take it the next step by recording it onto paper - all my goals, hopes and dreams, in the pursuit of happiness and fulfillment for myself and family.