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! ♥

Me and a Paint Brush…

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Ahoy! 🙂

As you can see, I did some art shopping! I needed some new small canvas’ and specific acrylic paint for my next creation. I hope it turns out the way I envision it…fingers crossed!

I love the feeling of excitement before creating something new. You really have no idea how it will turn out, no?

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But that’s the beauty of it…not knowing how something will turn out is intriguing. ♥

Today’s ensemble is simply pink, with butterfly accents. Sometimes I’m not sure what to wear, so I stick with certain things I know I love, such as pink, and my butterfly headband that seems to go with anything when I don’t know which headband to wear!

Today was super busy, and I plan to share more about the neat event happening next Thursday! I’ll save it for next week though, and I’m really looking forward to sharing it.

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I made some new jewelry this week…and it’s part of a little series I started, where I make jewelry inspired by a particular place in the world:

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I have here, “Dreaming of Dubai” and “Swedish Summer”.

Dubai, UAE is a place I’ve always found to be mysteriously beautiful. I love the desert and the idea of a large city where the desert meets the sea is quite enchanting. With that in mind, I decorated the first ring with lots of beige and gold accents!

The second ring is a lot of fun and is inspired by the Midsummer festival in Sweden. I topped it off with a pretty pink Dala horse. ♥

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Speaking of places in the world…I recently discovered that there is a country called Azerbaijan.

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It popped up in my international viewers list on WordPress last week. As a geography nerd, I had never heard of it. So of course I thought, there’s a country I haven’t heard of? NO WAY! 

I watched a few travel vlogs on Youtube about it. Fascinating! I really like the fact that I’ve never lost my fascination with different countries. In elementary school, I kept a world map in my binder and would browse through it at school, imagining what the countries looked like.

Then sometimes at recess (when I wasn’t in the library looking at books, LOL) I remember having a friend and we would play out on the grass, pretending we were in a different place in the world and pointing with admiration at imaginary buildings.

I wonder if the recess staff thought we were nuts? 🙂 Perhaps, but…

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Great quote, and sooo true! Imagination has played a huge role in my life and also in my creative works. ♥

So for tonight, it’ll be me and my paint brush. For fellow artists and crafters out there, keep on creating and I hope you keep your imagination alive and active. 🙂

See you next time!!!

Triple Scoop

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Heeeeeeey! (Me, pointing out the fact that my headband matches the roses.)

Welcome to everyone reading! This is a “triple scoop” post…as in, featuring three outfits. The ice cream reference will make sense later, promise!

It’s been a really good week and I wore some fun outfits, so I figured I’d feature them all in one, since I have an exciting post coming up on Saturday. 🙂

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Red! Well, burgundy-red. This is one of my all-time favorite dresses…it’s perfect for summer and very casual. I’ve had this for years! I think it’s from Forever 21, and it’s lasted for so long.

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I’ve mentioned before that I don’t wear red all that often, but when I do, I realize that it’s a nice color!

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Next up, I wore an outfit I really really loved that was a combination of dusty rose pink and pastel blue. Love this look!!! I told my sister the colors made me think of the Care Bears. Hahaha…

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My sandals are baaaack. It’s been in the 90’s here so, I figured it was time to bring out the open-toe shoes again! These are my favorite summer shoes. ♥

Aside from feeling like one of the Care Bears, it also reminded me of a carnival…like I needed to be eating cotton candy.

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This is where the ICE CREAM comes in…

I mentioned in my last post that I bought a new pin from the super cute Etsy shop, The Tote Trove, where I have bought many a pin in my past, and this one I am very happy to add to my collection!!!

Ice cream, folks…an instant winner and perfect for summer.  🙂 My eye immediately was drawn to the mint chocolate chip one since that’s my favorite flavor ever…

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It makes me want to pay a visit to my local Baskin Robbins. It’s been at least a year or so since I’ve had mint chocolate chip ice cream. Whaaaaaat!

Lastly, I’d like to show some of my art I’ve done this past week. I’ve been in a drawing mood, so here we go:

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I really love this one. ♥ The second drawing I did, I’ll show you the process I go through, since I’ve never shared that before!

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I always draw on the back of some paper within reach. It’s not always in a sketchbook, since I don’t carry one with me, typically. I draw out the main idea and make sure to draw the lines a bit dark, which will help later once I transfer it into Photoshop.

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In Photoshop is where the magic happens!!! I then start to add color…

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Aaaaaand the final outcome!!! I love to use a mix of traditional drawing and Photoshop. In this piece, I aimed to capture the essence of a fashionable free spirit. ♥

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed my little behind-the-scenes of my art. Haha!

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I’m really excited for the weekend (as you can see from my Bitmoji above) because I’m going on a road trip for the day! I haven’t been out of town in awhile. I’ll save where I’m going until the next blog post…it’s a surprise! I’ve wanted to go to this place for a looooong time.

See you soon! ♥