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Hello, world! ❤

I write to you today on this beautiful Tuesday, enjoying the unseasonably cool day here where it’s only 80 degrees right now! Remarkable!

My outfit today is fancier than usual, so I took some shots of it early this morning.

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The early morning light created a really pretty lighting concept. I don’t wear pearls typically, so it was nice for a change and it really dressed up the outfit – especially with the black bow belt!

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I look like I’m about to fight someone…?

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I really like this outfit! Black and white aren’t usually colors I wear together, but I really like the pairing and it creates a beautiful contrast that really catches the eye.

As you can see, I have my delicious iced mocha from Starbucks and a scenic view to boot as I write this post. I can’t get over how beautiful the weather is today, so I’m trying to soak it up while I can. 🙂

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So long! 😛

I hope everyone is enjoying their Tuesday! ❤

 

Contemporary Art Spotlight: Kabul Art Project

Good afternoon and happy Monday! I’m happy to say that I did, in fact, have the relaxing weekend I hoped for. I hope everyone reading had a refreshing and relaxing weekend and is ready to take on the new week ahead! ❤

For this blog post, I wanted to write about an Art Project I’m very interested in – and that is, the Kabul Art Project

“As recently as twelve years ago, each artistic work was prohibited by the Taliban under penalty of death. And even today artists find themselves in dangerous situations caused by their work and find little acceptance and support…Kabul Art Project supports and promotes Contemporary Afghan Art across the borders. On exhibitions, through sales of original art and online promotion the Artists are able to show an image of Afghanistan, that had been unknown to most people.” – kabulartproject.com

I recently learned about Kabul Art Project when I came across a video on YouTube about Shamsia Hassani, who is the first female graffiti artist and first 3D street art artist of Afghanistan. A lot of her art depicts women in burqas in symbolic shapes, which I find to be beautifully expressive with a modern edge.

What’s amazing to me is that we are able to see artwork that depicts a part of the world that most of us know little about and would not be able to see otherwise. For me personally, I think it’s important to see life through the eyes of others who have experienced much different circumstances.

If you’re interested, you can check out the work of each artist who is part of Kabul Art Project here. All of their artwork is amazing and tells a unique story of their own, with commentary by the artist! They also accept donations, which contributes to framing artwork and keeping their website up.

I believe in the power of hope, and a project such as this exudes just that. ❤ I wanted to share! Have a lovely Monday!

 

Roses & Lace

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What an EVENTFUL WEEK.

It just flew by. I blinked, and it was gone. So I’ll finish the week off with a simple outfit post!

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I typically wear light-colored clothes, so this is a nice change of pace. I love the little rose details and the feminine lace. Although it’s kind of too hot to be wearing right now!! I thought, Why am I wearing long sleeves on a 99 degree day? 

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Staring off into the horizon…actually I was watching two repairmen walking on the roof across the street, fixing someone’s air conditioner.

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And there we have it, peeps! I think I bought this dress at Forever 21. I love belts, don’t you? I think a belt really pulls an outfit together. I tend to always go for a brown belt.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! I plan to relax, as it feels like I’ve been in go-go-go mode this past week, doing a million things at once. Its’ important to stop and relax, and it’s okay to not do anything sometimes! 🙂

Enjoy your weekend! ❤

 

 

 

Super Exciting News!

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So hard to control my excitement right now!!!

Quick recap: My Etsy shop, PinkBopp, is a jewelry-centered shop where I make statement rings and necklaces. However, as of today, I’ve officially expanded my shop to include coffee mugs and – soon – greeting cards featuring my artwork!

I’m ridiculously happy about this because I’m finally getting my artwork out there! I’ve always wanted to showcase my art in a unique way, I just never really sat down to figure out how. I have my BFA in Graphic Design/Illustration, and I feel like I’m finally utilizing it to its true creative potential in my own little way!

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Watermark not included on the actual mug! 😉

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I love the fact that it’s two-toned! Pink is definitely the color I use most in my work, so I’m happy it was an option.

I’d like to take a moment to make a shout-out to Zazzle! If you’ve ever wanted to print your own custom mugs, greeting cards, business cards, clothing, accessories, you name it, for a very decent price, then Zazzle is your place to go! It’s seriously my new best friend, haha! It’s a very user-friendly website and makes it simple to get your artwork out there, or to print anything custom. I seriously am so thankful I discovered the website and now have them as a production partner on Etsy!

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Can you tell how excited I am? LOL!

Have a Fantastic Thursday! ❤

 

 

Pretty Little Cupcakes

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This is another DIY headband post with an outfit of the day…I know, I know…I’ve been making a LOT of headbands lately!

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I’ve wanted a cupcake headband for a long time, just because I thought it’d be cute and I’m all about the cute things. ❤ I made this using buttons I bought at Joann’s for only $2.99! There are more cupcake buttons that came in the packet, and I turned them into a ring.

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Very fun accessories that are ultra sweet and add some quirkiness!

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Pink and purple just feels right to go along with the cupcake headband, don’t you think?

Well folks, I hope you’re doing great this mid-week! Apart from working, I’ve just been making stuff, brainstorming new creative ideas and enjoying life. 🙂

Until next time!

Have a Beautiful Day! ❤

 

Cupcake photo courtesy of LoveThisPic.

 

DIY Statement Headbands

And a new week begins! I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend and you’re well-rested. ❤

I notice that many headbands have the metal base, and that will give me a headache within five minutes of putting it on. So, I have to pass on many cute headbands because I don’t want to wear something that’s going to hurt my head.

That’s why I’ve been on a roll making my own headbands that are pain-free! I make them on fabric headbands, which don’t hurt. These aren’t in my Etsy shop or anything; I just make them for myself to wear.

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Some days I just want to be a mermaid, honestly. Taking some seashell buttons I bought at Joann’s, and some little flower buttons, I glued them onto the headband.

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Et voilà! I can feel like an inland California mermaid whenever I feel like it. (I think Tracy’s blog post on The Tote Trove with mermaid-inspired fashion is what got me thinking about mermaids).

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Since the sunlight makes seeing the details on the ring difficult, here’s a picture of the seashell ring I made a few months ago! Probably my favorite statement ring I’ve ever made.

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This is off-topic, but this shirt!!! I have to explain what I did. Originally, it was a T-shirt shape. Saturday night I couldn’t sleep, so I was looking through my clothes and decided to try altering the shirt. I took scissors to it and thought, Let’s see how this goes, which is typically how I think when it comes to altering clothing, hahaaa! It was a success and I re-made it into a flirty, off-the-shoulder top. ❤

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For this headband, I used some unusual pieces! The small flowers were actually old rings that were wearing down (I removed the ring backs), and the large, colorful flowers are earrings my mom wore in the 80’s. I don’t wear earrings, so I included them on the headband to really make it pop.

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I really love how this headband turned out! I’m getting into bolder headbands, and this one is one of my favorites so far. Headbands can really perk up an outfit, very easily. 🙂

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This is what I used for the glue! It holds really well. Just make sure to let it dry overnight, and it doesn’t budge. I use this for making jewelry, as well. Good stuff!

I hope you enjoyed reading! I love to make my own stuff if I’m able to because it truly feels original and one-of-a-kind. Good luck and have fun making your own DIY projects! The sky’s the limit. 😉

Enjoy your Monday! ❤

 

 

 

 

Art Hop Night!

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Once a month, my artist friend and I go to Art Hop. It’s downtown, and really a lot of fun! You get to see a lot of people and chat with artists who display their beautiful work. There’s so much variety that it’s impossible to not be in awe!

I went with a bright colored outfit, of course. The daisy headband always adds a splash of fun. ❤

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This was unexpected. That is rain, as you can see. Although I knew there was a chance of rain this week, the probability is always low here, especially in the summer! But, what do you know – it happened.  ❤

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Really loved this exhibit, because it had that very 60’s pop culture/space age vibe going on! So cool. There were so many amazing art exhibits, both inside the galleries and on the street. It always inspires me to keep creating my own art, as well. ❤

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We stopped by this coffee shop downtown called The Brew. It’s small and very cute, with a personable atmosphere. I had an iced raspberry mocha. Sooooo good, and the raspberry wasn’t overpowering at all – a nice hint that really complimented the mocha.

Overall, it was a very fun night and I look forward to next month’s show!

While we’re on the subject of art, I wanted to share some of my own, as I’m in the process of getting my art portfolio together…

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Really?

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Coffee & Croissant Time!

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Feminine Hues

Folks, I’m not used to doing abstract art as pictured above, because I love going into details. However! It’s a lot more fun than I thought. Getting messy with colors and creating a paired art piece was a fun concept. 🙂

Have a happy Friday! ❤