Pink & Yellow

Hi hi!

It is a cold, windy weekend with even a thunderstorm warning that came through…exciting!! Fortunately I was able to watch the rain and wind through the comfort of a Starbucks window…

My ensemble today consists of two colors that I think work magically well together! Pink and yellow!

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New crown ring on the left is a gift from my sis!!!

I love these groovy bell-sleeves: it’s a mesh top from Forever 21 with a pink H&M cardigan over it. The skirt is also from Forever 21. ❤️

It was a productive past week and I made some new Valentine’s Day themed rings for my Etsy shop!! It has been way too long since I made anything new and I’m happy with the outcome. 😃 Cute, no?

I also spent a lot of time on my newest illustration, and I think it turned out great for my first religious-themed piece. I’ve always loved the Virgin Mary, so I knew it was something I wanted to depict artistically eventually.

It also helped that I’ve been reliving the Smashing Pumpkins concert I attended in November by watching the videos I recorded of it, and the backdrops when they sang “Mayonaise” have always stuck with me. So I did my own take on the Virgin Mary.

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Shoutout to the last beautiful backdrop they had up at the end of the song, which I (sadly) didn’t get a photo of on my own phone! Some memories stir the soul and this concert definitely did that for me.

And then my Friday night was made when I was sitting at Starbucks perusing YouTube and saw that Ghost just performed live on a French television show…


And as if that weren’t awesome enough, it followed with an interview of the lead singer completely unmasked, for once.

HIS EYES. ❤️ I’M DYING.

Bye!

January Friend

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Hi!! 💙 I hope you are having a great start to your new year, 2019! ⭐️

Did you all enjoy your New Year’s? I really did; I had a little New Year’s Eve party with my mom and sister at home. We had cheese and crackers with a bottle of root beer, and watched the Rockin’ New Year’s Eve countdown. 🎉 Fun fun fun…

Here are two outfits from last week!

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I really love exploring the world of colors, and what pairs with them. I remember how much I enjoyed taking Color Theory in college. I could easily spend an hour browsing color palettes on Pinterest, getting ideas for outfits. 💜

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I really don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I have started a tradition where I pick out three books to launch the start of the year! And the above book is my first and current read to start off 2019: The Cistercian World: Monastic Writings of the Twelfth Century.

I didn’t know what to expect with this, but I wanted to immerse myself in something that was, hopefully, profoundly spiritual. And boy is that what I got. It’s actually becoming one of my favorite books.

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The book is a collection of writings penned by monks, and it’s actually very easy to understand, which surprised me. It’s mostly their thoughts on spirituality and their personal experiences in a monastery. I feel like this book is a gem, like I found it nine centuries later hidden in a tree or something, and I’m getting to see a glimpse inside their world and their thoughts—like a secret friendship.

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I wandered around Barnes & Noble a few nights ago, sipping a hot peppermint mocha from the café and perusing the aisles. You wouldn’t believe my surprise when I came across a book for beginning Norwegian!!!

I was so surprised to have found it that I had to get it; I actually plan to study Norwegian after I finish my Swedish course, so it’ll be of good use. The nice thing is that both  languages have strong similarities, so I already recognized a lot of Norwegian words.

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My newest illustration: Coffee with Friends. This wonderfully weird gal has insects, a rat, and a plant that is apparently alive and drinks coffee too as her friends. Cute, no? 💜

See ya next time!!!

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Coolest Cat in Town

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Am I the coolest cat in town? Heck no. But I feel like I am in these shoes!

I was told by an older gentleman the other day that “all the coolest girls in high school wore saddle shoes” (he experienced high school in the 1950’s) so needless to say I was feeling pretty cool wearing these gems!

I’ve wanted saddle shoes for who knows how long now. It’s like the Christmas present you always wanted but never received. I bought these from BAIT footwear;  pretty much where I go to buy all of my shoes. It’s a dream come true!!! ♥️

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I ended up wearing a lot of butterfly clips this past week, I noticed. Butterfly mood, I suppose? I made a new pair this past week, which you’ll see in the next outfit a little ways down (also, above picture: big (messy) hair, don’t care)…

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My skirt! I’m loving the vintage look of it; I bought it at Forever 21 this past week! I was so shocked to see that there’s a massive selection of 1970’s-style clothing, currently. If you love vintage-inspired clothing: GO. NOWWWWW.

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Fun fact: I spilled part of a Maple Pecan Latte on this second featured outfit. And these photos were taken post-spill!!! So it turns out, it wiped off easily without any stains, somehow. Lucky me. Lucky CLUMSY me, I might add…but realistically, it was a minor spill. More funny than anything!

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New monarch butterfly hair clips I made!!! Aren’t they darling? They’re appliques from JOANN Fabric. I simply glued alligator clips to the back, and there you have it!

 

This past week, I finished up some artwork I’ve been working on. It’s actually a follow-up to a first illustration I did:

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“Luna Sea”

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“Starla (Luna Sea, Part II)”

My friend pointed out that these works had Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness vibes, and to keep the vibe going, I named the second closeup artwork of the mermaid “Starla”, which is also a Smashing Pumpkins song.

All in all, I’m super happy with how these two pieces turned out, and within the next month I’ll be selling 5 x 7 prints on Etsy of nine different illustrations I’ve made! Super excited!!!

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Last night (Friday night), I felt like watching a movie. I wanted something from way back when, and I remembered I have quite a selection of films from the 1920’s-1930’s. I have a soft spot for films from that time.

This is Smart Money, 1931. It’s a gangster film! I should probably point out I also have a liking for the adorable and strikingly handsome James Cagney, whose charm stands the test of time in my opinion. 😍

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I don’t know what it is, but I just really love old films like this. I love the styles of the time, the way people talked…it’s all so different and feels refreshing for me. Really loved Edward G. Robinson giving off those Al Capone vibes.

And that’s a wrap! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. 🙂 I sure am!

See ya next time!

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Tonight, Tonight

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Oh my gosh.

Where do I even begin this?!?!

*deeeeep breath* I’m getting overly excited here. First off! As you know from my last blog post, I mentioned this one will be all about the Smashing Pumpkins concert I went to in the Bay Area!!!

Let’s address my outfit first, before I dive into the real fun!

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I went for a whimsical look, inspired by the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness album aesthetic. Here’s a closer look at my accessories:

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Overall, I reeeeeally love how my outfit turned out! ♥ The dress is a 1960’s nightgown, altered into a dress for day wear.

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So!!! My friend and I arrived at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. The venue was huge! Oakland is right next to San Francisco, in case you’re unfamiliar with the city.

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SHOWTIME!!!

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A brief background: The tour, Shiny and Oh So Bright, featured their original songs from the 90’s. It went through songs from Gish (1991) through Machina/The Machines of God (2000). Thus, it was one gigantic wave of nostalgia! The entire audience was so into it…the energy was amazing there.

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Besides the amazing music, the other thing that completely fascinated me with this concert were the VISUALS.

This was not just a concert. It was pure art, in every way. Billy Corgan’s artistry goes above and beyond. Throughout the duration of the concert, the backdrop visuals told a story that corresponded with the sequence of the songs played.

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They played some real gems during this show, and secretly I had hoped beforehand, Pleeeease play ‘Porcelina of the Vast Oceans’. I didn’t want to get my hopes up but…they did!!! You should have seen the place; it totally erupted in happy shouting once those first few sounds of the guitar opened and the lighting turned blue. EPIC!

AND JUST WHEN I LEAST EXPECTED IT…they played The Beginning is the End is the Beginning.

I involuntarily squealed much like a child, not believing my ears…they’re really playing this gem?!?!! The song from Batman and Robin that I literally played on repeat when I was 10 years old?!?!?! 

Towards the end of the concert, they played the even more anticipated songs, such as Tonight, Tonight and 1979.

I had a feeling it would hit me at some point, and it did; when Tonight, Tonight broke out, I felt my eyes get watery. The night suddenly felt overwhelmingly amazing and memorable; this was the first band I got into as a child, you see. It all started when my babysitter’s grunge-loving son, in his baggy ripped jeans and flannel plaid shirts, would invite his friends over and put on Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

I was what – maybe 8 or 9 back then? And here I am now at age 30, finally seeing them live. I’ll always remember this night. ♥

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On the way out of Oakland, I realized how much I really do love the Bay Area. It has been so long since I’d been there. The one thing I oddly love the most about it is the fog. It looked so beautifully dark and eerie, seeing the lights of San Francisco reflect on the clouds above. ♥

I hope you enjoyed this post – see you next time!

Artsy McFartsy

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Hiii!

What a week it’s been. First off, I’ve been staying at my sister’s house this week, because they’re doing asphalt reconstruction where I live. It’s just easier than trying to find parking elsewhere.

So! Monday, I started the day off super early and went to my favorite coffeeshop, Yellow Mug. I was there at like 7 a.m., much before work, because the construction started at that time and I needed to head out of my neighborhood.

It was nice being out and about so early. Everything is so still. I read quite a bit before work while I was there…I have BEEN READING A LOT…

Hey, did you notice that piece of TAPE holding together a torn edge on the book cover, pictured above? The book looked pristinely new not too long ago, and I really tried to keep it looking nice and neat. I keep it in my purse so it gets nudged around a lot, I’ve accidentally slept on it (more than once), and my sister’s cat tried to eat it. All in all, a few dirt smudges and a slightly torn edge isn’t all that bad considering it survived all of that.

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My sister’s house is quite picturesque! I’ve enjoyed staying here, and it’s felt like a little vacation in a sense – not being at my own place, not doing my usual routine (aside from work), having a different view and what not…

Tonight was a special night because I displayed some of my art at Art Hop! I’ve been looking forward to it because I bought frames for my illustrations, and a new canvas print.

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This was my outfit for the day! A pink and blue floral ensemble.

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It was a hot summer evening at Art Hop, but luckily I had some shade. The new frames totally matched my tablecloth!!!

I love Art Hop; I love displaying my own work and seeing the work of others. Self-expression has always been and will always be my loyal companion in life, and I love to see how others choose to express themselves creatively. ♥

I had two customers: both little girls, around 8 years old. They had their own booth! We traded art; they each took one of my art pieces, and I took one of theirs. This was their art I brought home:

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An ice cream cone and a dropped ice cream cone. This is a great two-piece art set and in all actuality, represents me quite well because I drop things all the time, and I love ice cream. PERFECT!!!!

I love that the two little girls were so artistic and involved at such a young age! I hope they never lose their love for art and it continues on throughout their lives.

Another reason I love displaying at Art Hop? It keeps me growing artistically.

I always think when I’m out there, as I sit at my display table, “What should I create next? What do I want to bring to life from the depths of my imagination?” 

The great thing about imagination, is that it’s endless. ♥

See ya! 🙂

In Living Color

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Hello and welcome!!! ♥

Today I wanted to do an outfit post and talk about art…not my art, though! Sit back and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

I wore this outfit yesterday, on Friday. I decided to be all super colorful and this is a new headband I recently made!

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Love the choker as a finishing touch!!! Subtle enough to coordinate perfectly with the colorful headband. You know me; I love chokers.

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All in all, I give the headband a THUMBS UP. It’ll go great with a neutral-toned outfit that needs a pop of color. I’m sure I will be wearing this one a lot.

Moving along to the topic of art!!! Towards the end of this past week, I started thinking about art that really stuck out in my memory back when I was studying it in college. I had to take many, many art history classes so, I was fortunate to learn about artwork from the caveman days to present.

Renaissance art has always been one of my top favorites. There’s just something ethereally beautiful and almost otherworldly about it.

Thursday evening I sat with my laptop, sipping Starbucks coffee and perusing the vast ocean that is Google image search. I was trying to find my favorite artwork from the time period, which took a while because I didn’t know the names, only photographic memory. Typing things like ‘Renaissance unicorn art’ and ‘Renaissance portrait of a lady‘ sounds like too broad of terms to successfully find them, but it turns out, I found them all!

So just for fun, I’d like to share my favorite art from this time period:

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Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni (1488). Domenico Ghirlandaio. (This one is my absolute favorite!!!) 

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Margaret of Austria (1490). Jean Hey.

I love how you can tell her gown is velvet. The texture captured here is remarkable.

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The Lady and the Unicorn. One of six tapestries, circa 1500.

I actually had a T-shirt when I was in 5th or 6th grade that had The Lady and the Unicorn screenprinted on it.

Renaissance art definitely brings me a sense of inner peace whenever I look at it. Do you have a certain artwork or time period of art that is your favorite?

Hope you enjoyed reading! See ya! ♥

 

Passion for Fashion

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Hi there!!!

Hope everyone had a good week! I definitely did, and I have some cool creations I made this past week to share. I’ve been on a roll! ♥

In my last post, I mentioned I bought some new art supplies and was ready to make a painting. Here’s how it turned out:

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Caspian Sea. Acrylic on canvas.

I looooooove how it turned out! As you can see, it goes along with my current trend of creating things inspired by different places in the world. The colors and the texture is what I love most. For some reason, I’ve always been drawn to the Caspian Sea. No idea why, but it’s been a fascination since I was really young. I’m glad to have captured it in a painting!

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For today’s outfit!!! I brought out my favorite romper and wore some pink accents to make it pop. However, there’s a very special accessory to this outfit!

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The BELT. I made it!

I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I feel really good knowing I made it myself entirely! It’s simply made out of ribbon (which means it’s flimsy with no weight to it, but I don’t mind because it fits just like a solid belt would).

The buckle charm I made, which is the same style I’ve made rings and a pin for my laptop bag. I glued a magnetic clasp to the ends of the ribbon, which is how I fasten it. The ribbon and magnetic clasp, I purchased at JOANN fabric.

And there you have it! It was so simple to make. I plan on making more to wear!!! ♥

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Oh yeah, AND I’M GOING TO SEE GHOST IN NOVEMBER.

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I bought my ticket a few days ago. This will be my second time seeing them! I’ll be going to San Jose for the concert, and what timing because it’ll be twelve days before my birthday. Happy freakin’ birthday to me…SO EXCITED!

I still have the Smashing Pumpkins concert to look forward to, coming up in August! What a lineup I have going on this year!

 

Hope you enjoyed reading! See ya! ♥