The Art of Self Portraits feat. Goia Boutique | GCeeStyle

You know that stereotype: Fashion Blogger + Photographer Boyfriend? I, yes I, am that stereotype. My boyfriend, Darien, has been my personal photographer for the past 8 years. We’ve both grown a lot in that time creatively; picked up on each others aesthetic & learned how to compliment them. I have to admit, it’s a true blessing.

But our day jobs don’t always align with each other – on days when he’s gone & I need to get work done, I shoot alone. & I don’t mind it either.untitled (6 of 7)It’s a bit of a challenge, especially since I do NOT have a Cannon remote to take pictures while posing. Still, I typically have a lot of fun doing it and have thought about doing self portraits more often just to see what I can create. A typical, solo shoot consists of me, a stool to help focus my camera [I do shoot in RAW manual] & a quick sprint to get into position and pose. By the end, I’m usually sweating like I finished a full workout.

Here are a series of shots I took for the Etsy Shop Goia Boutique featuring their handmade headband. Paisley print is a classic – adding the print to an accessory such as a headband is such a lovely, unexpected twist. I paired the headband with a thrifted green button top. I wanted to make the headband pop and using a contrasting color really draws the eyes to my upper half. To play up the feminine vibe, I buttoned the top just enough to create an off-the-shoulder situation. I’m really happy with the combo of these two. Very fem and girly. 

I tied the look together with my Super High Rise Skinnies from Urban Outfitters, which was also thrifted. I threw on my thick brown belt, again thrifted, & tied the whole look together with my H&M black Platform booties.untitled (4 of 7)untitled (2 of 7)untitled (7 of 7)untitled (1 of 7)Thank you, Goia Boutique, for sending over this headband. I love the color, pattern and my favorite thing: it’s handmade! The quality is superb and I can see this being an accessory that both my little and I can rock. My little is 4 years old & she’s already claimed ownership of the headband. ūüėÖ ūüôÉ *Photos to come soon.

I’m thinking of maybe filming a video showing a little behind the scenes action of what I do when shooting my self portraits/creating content in general. Please let me know if it’s something you’d like to see!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

GC xo

Creative Corner |Benefits of Having a Creative Space

“Art is where Work meets Love.”

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The arts have always been a part of my identity – I’ve quickly learned that if I am not regularly creating, I am not a happy gal. Everyday life starts feeling empty. There’s real magic in physically putting something together: it being an outfit, a painting, jewelry, film/videos, etc. I can’t fully explain this magic (except in my creative pieces, of course).

I know there are other creatives who understand: it’s a part of them that needs to be released. Be brought into the world. A piece of their mind, really. Them. 

Having a dedicated place in your home – or [ideally] a separate room altogether – is such a necessity when it comes to channeling that creative energy. In NYC, I had a small studio in my laundry room. Yes, my laundry room. It wasn’t a big space but it was my space. 1.5 years later, I now have an entire Den to use as an office/studio space. I am beyond thankful for the size; both Darien and I can share it while still having enough room for us both to venture off in our own creative worlds. I have so much planned on how it’ll be organize to make use of it’s full potential. Right now, we’re currently in the early stages of it’s life but I’m stoked to see it grow and develop as both Darien and I develop in the coming months.

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The five benefits I’ve gain from having my own creative corner:

  1. Being able to leave a project mid-way, & then return later to pick-up exactly where you left off. This is probably my favorite thing, especially as someone who creates jewelry and is constantly designing. If I feel like I’m in a rut, I can stop, take a break & come back once I’m fully caffeinated and ready to take on the artist block.
  2. Separating work from home. I do work a 9-5 four days a week and am a house wife/mama – that leaves me with one weekday where I’m able to sit in my office, and be in complete ‘work’ mode. As someone who enjoys creating and hustles part-time, having a space where I’m able to separate from home duties helps greatly with motivation and focus.
  3. The Escape Room. My office/studio space is my escape room – whenever I’m feeling the need to create & release any kind of stress or tension, it’s my go to location. Even if it’s not related to my Blog/YouTube or jewelry designs, it’s a place that promotes positivity no matter the medium the feelings create.
  4. Motivation for the kid(s). I’m a mother of one and she follows me EVERYWHERE. Putting that in capitalization is still an understatement to her obsession with me. I’m fully aware that it comes with the territory of being a mama, but I want her to follow and be motivated by my good habits. The hard work and dedication my office/studio room gives me is something I want her to see and embrace in her own way. She’s already a little artist – I want her to feel just as comfortable as her father and I in that space.
  5. Organization & Tidiness. Nothing makes me happier than having a space that’s organized – for the most part. Going back to point 1 – leaving work undone to return to later isn’t necessarily keeping your space tidy, but it does help with keeping you slightly organized. I mean that in the sense of you knowing what project you’re currently working on & where things are. If you have paperwork attached with your art (small business?), it’s also a great place to keep important paperwork together and safe.

Have a benefit not on the list? Please feel free to share them down below – I would love to know some of your benefits and incorporate them into my current space. Where do you have your creative corner? Remember, it’s never about size – your creative corner can be anywhere in your home. As long as it’s a place where you’re able to freely create, it is your creative corner.

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Button-Down Top: H&M
  • Tube Tob: Thrifted Scarf
  • Belt: Urban Outfitters
  • Shorts: American Eagle
  • Socks: Target
  • Shoes: Vans

As always, thank you for visiting my page. I hope you have a killer week.

Until the next post,

GC xo

The Garden of a Latina | Portraits

‚ÄúI am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē¬†Frida Kahlo

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The universe has a weird way of working: I am a believer that the timing of things are all due to the ‘most high’ (whatever or whoever you associate that with) and in a way, are pre-planned. The Universe already has the ending result staged for you – it all depends on your actions and whether or not you accept the opportunities & challenges that come your way. Patience holds a huge part in finding the route to your successes – and moving to Florida has really instilled that in me.

Moving from the heart of the Big Apple to suburban FL has shown me a different side to life – the main lesson has been putting more energy and time into my foundation. Being the mama, I have to really nurture and love my family whenever it’s needed and that means sometimes putting side projects to a pause. I’m learning to embrace the pause while still finding the motivation to continue making the time.

Through local connections I’ve made, I was introduced to a fellow Latina, Yanitza¬†Ninett, who also recently moved to Florida from Puerto Rico and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. It was a real pleasure working with someone who’s vision perfectly aligns with your own. It was real inspiration – and it happened at a time when my inspiration hasn’t been fully there. This was something I needed and I’m beyond excited to work with her again.

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I’ve been searching for my motivation and doing this shoot gave me exactly that.

Be sure to check out Yanitza’s IG page – she has real drive when it comes to photography! Her work is amazing – she specializes in portrait photography, but has experience in weddings, family sessions/maternity and is now branching out into commercial.

Please let me know which shot is your favorite!

 

Thank you for stopping by. Sending my love, forever & always:

GC xo

GLO’ UP. | January 2017 Collage

Happy Hump Day:

The first half of 2016 was filled with monthly collages. I simply love how they gave me a burst of inspiration! I am one who is always inspired by everything I encounter, however, I find that it’s always nice to refine that constant inspiration onto one board.

Pinterest is a perfect way to have a mess-free board.*

I wanted to get back into the flow of making collages:

Welcome, Twenty Seventeen.

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January 2017: GLO’ UP.¬†

When was the last time you made a collage? Do you think they’re a great outlet for your inspiration? I would love to know your thoughts!

I’ll catch ya on my next post,

‘Till next time,

GC xo

 

Parsons x Teen Vogue: Production Standards Assignment

Happy Sunday:

In my last post, I explained what it would cost to produce an accessory I made both at a whole sale and handmade price. The results showed that the profit would increase almost double once you produced something at whole sale.

In this assignment, Parsons x Teen Vogue wanted us to really understand how the quality decreases once a piece of clothing is made at wholesale by requesting that we go into a retail store and try on the same item in different materials to notice the differences between how they are made.

I decided to go to American Eagle since they are well known for their denim. I decided to try on a 4 pairs of Jeggings and 2 pairs of their Vintage High-Rise denim.

Depending on the material, I immediately noticed that some denim fit me well, while others were a bit too small.

Every pair of pants I tried on was a size 4.
Here are my results.

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The 2 denim pair fit me perfectly. I have no complains about them at all. The red suede definitely fit me the best, though. They were a bit more stretch and felt snug in all the right places. The tan suede pants were definitely the tightest out of the four. I had trouble buttoning that one up.

Vintage High-Rise:

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I was completely surprised by the fact that the second pair of high-rise wouldn’t even button. As far as the denim material goes, both were pretty similar.

When it comes to producing one item in multiples, factories are given a specific measurement for the seam allowance that allows them to go a bit over or under when physically creating the pieces. This is why quality decreases once you make in whole sale, because factories are given more room for error. Two pieces will never be made nor fir the same.

This assignment has given me more of an appreciation for quality – there’s a better chance it’ll last you a longer.

Thank you for stopping by, always!

‘Till next time,

GC xo

Denim Diary: Vintage Maxi Dress.

Happy Wednesday:

I am a Flea Queen.

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I still can’t believe I managed to snag up this Vintage Denim Maxi Dress for only 3 bucks! It was the inspiration behind my month long denim outfits – of course, it was only natural that I save the best ensemble for last.

Embracing the chic Alexa Chung vibes from this dress was a bit scary, I don’t ever really consider myself chic, but when I was walking around flaunting this dress, I felt amazing. I’m always impressed when a piece of clothing ups my mood significantly – it’s a reminder of the true power that fashion carry and the reason why I dedicate so much of my time too styling.

Fashion is love. Fashion is life.

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To keep up with the chic, vintage vibes, I decided to add my Old Navy mules – I am a little sadden though because they definitely left a blister on my toe. In their defense, they are a half size too small. Y’all know I’m obsessed with my chocker scarves, so of course I used it as simple pop of color & topped off the look with my pink Fringe cross body.

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Outfit Details:

Dress: Flea Market

Shoes: Old Navy

Scarf: Gift | Mom

Bag: Urban Outfitters

 

What do you think of my outfit? How would you style a Denim Maxi Dress?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till next time,

GC xo

 

Life Update:

This denim filled month was supposed to be over last week of June, but things on my end have gotten a bit wonky again! I am about to start job 2 in a few weeks and weirdly, feel this urge to clean up my home life to better fit my new lifestyle. Things have been on a constant roll of change and I am seriously blessed. I just need a few more weeks to get in the hang of things – no worries though! I WILL be coming back stronger than ever.

I’m also in the works of taking my blog to the next step by self hosting. That should be ready and done by the time I come back. Oh & another reason I need a break? I have a vending event at a local Flea on June 22nd. I REALLY need to put more of my time and energy there & in order to do that, I need to take a break from the Blogging & YouTube.

I definitely don’t mind the breather: I need to get my life in order to properly give my platforms lots of love.

Sending all of my love your way! I hope you had a fantastic 4th of July weekend. I’ll catch you soon.

Peace. Love. Harmony.

Lived In.

Happy Wednesday:

I’m a huge sucker for oversized tees.

Maybe it’s the super laid back vibe they give off, or maybe it’s the fact that they literally feel like you’re wearing your jammies¬†– or it could be both. Nonetheless, I’m obsessed with this super, duper, totally relaxed, casual trend.

I’ve been caught wearing my oversized tee with heels – adding heels gives the overly slouchy top a more feminine feel.

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But for today’s post, I wanted to really play around with the roughed up, lived-in look.

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Sublime is definitely one of my favorite bands of all time – whenever I listen to them, I am automatically put in a good mood. When I saw this tee at my job during an overnight shift, I just knew it would be the perfect slouchy band tee.

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To give this top some edge, I added my HUF socks. There are many reasons why I love my HUF socks, but the main reason? They always add the perfect amount of honest sass to my outfits. For that true Urban, New York look, I threw on my Timberland boots. I swear¬† I always feel like I can kick ass when rocking ’em.

To cover up on this breezy, summer night, I completed the look with a semi-oversized denim jacket. It’s a true essential in my closet.

There’s only one more outfit left in my June Denim Diary series. I hope you’ve been enjoying my denim inspired looks! This next one is definitely my favorite look!¬†

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Top: Old Navy

Jacket: Gap | Thrifted

Socks: HUF

Boots: Timberlands

 

How do you style your oversized tee?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till next time,

GC xo

May’s Collage & Wishlist | 2016

Happy Monday:

And I’m¬†back at it again with another monthly Collage & Wishlist.

This type of post is definitely becoming one of my faves Рrecycling old magazines in an inspirational way keeps my creative drive going. Make it a plan to invite all of your closest gal pals & have a mood board party! Worth. Your. Time. Trust me.

 

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This months collage is a hybrid between wordspiration and denim daze. Denim is my current go-to fabric and I am sensing a bit of foreshadowing action happening in this months collage.¬†I have been denim obsessed as of late and cannot wait to share some funky denim ensembles I’ve been planning.

I’ve also been obsessed with inspirational quotes. I recently found this Instagram dedicated to quality quotes and I swear it has enhanced my daily perspective to pure positivity. Even on my off days, these quotes inspire me to be grateful and to always feel blessed regardless of my struggles. The page is called @thegoodquote and I recommend everyone give them a follow.

 

Summer Daze.

 

 

My Wishlist is relatively simple this month. The minimal vibes have been getting stronger as I’ve been getting older. It’s just a way of life, I think. I’m totally in love with this romper – it reminds me that I still need to invest in the perfect romper this summer season. To¬†highlight the delicate black print on the romper, I decided to add black accessories. Cool summer nights need a romper like this to breeze through.

What’s been your inspiration as of late? Is there anything on your current Wishlist? Leave me a comment and let me know down below!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till Wednesday,

GC xo

Open Journal | Tranquility : BK Blizzard

Happy Friday:

This week’s video is definitely something I recently started on my channel¬†– I love watching Open Journals, so I’ve been experimenting with this style¬†of video¬†a few different¬†ways.

The first one I did, Open Journal | Love, was more poem based, with footage of different moments I experienced last summer. This open journal, which is my second, is definitely more visual based.

 After blizzard Jonas hit NYC mid-January, Darien and I decided to explore Brooklyn & I was completely mesmerized by the calm state the city was in. I brought my camera incase we saw anything wicked Рand I am so glad I did!

Here is my Open Journal | Tranquility:

Do you enjoy watching personal videos from me?

Thank you so much for stopping by;

¬†‘Till next week,

GC xo

Slug City.

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Happy Wednesday:

I have a love/hate relationship with New York City. 

As a born, & raised,¬†New Yorker, I can’t help but love this concrete jungle. I’m always bringing up the¬†idea of moving to another state where suburban life is the norm, but as soon as I imagine it¬†being my reality, I can’t help but feeling scared, and nervous. The city life is my life – it’s all I know.¬†

But with the serious issue of gentrification currently happening in the city, this home doesn’t really feel like my home anymore. Brooklyn is my hometown, and though, historically speaking, gentrification has happened here before, experiencing¬†the change that my neighborhood is currently struggling with – Brooklyn is literally a mini-Manhattan now – is the worst feeling in the world. Local bodegas are being replaced with coffee shops, and beautiful homes, with classic, New York architecture are being replaced with huge condos, filling up the neighborhood with baby skyscrapers. It’s insane.

The moment they built a Starbucks down the block from my house, was the moment I realized gentrification won. 

There are still a few places in Brooklyn that completely captures my feelings of home; this location, a train yard in Bushwick Рnow known as East Williamsburg Рbrings me complete comfort and bliss. My boyfriend introduced me to this yard a few years back, and it has since become one of my favorite places to spend my down time.

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It isn’t the most safe place, though – I’ll be honest. My boyfriend has told me some wild stories of violence, sex and drugs taking place¬†here. But, as weird as this may sound, growing up in the projects of East New York, Brooklyn, that is home. It’s rawness brings me feelings of familiarity. Those are¬†qualities¬†of my New York,¬†the New York I grew up knowing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for living a safer lifestye, but I can’t deny that there is a culture dying due to gentrification. It’s a hard adjusment when all you’ve known and who you’ve known*, disappears.

*Blame the increase in rent; the average New Yorker needs to make 26$ an hour to afford a 2 bedroom apartment.

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This tee, which I mention in my September Favorite’s post, was given to my boyfriend by a local graffiti artist who I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I really wanted to style this tee because it’s a color that I normally wouldn’t gravitate towards. My boyfriend still hasn’t worn this tee for that reason – we genuinely¬†like to stick to our dark colors. Either way, I was up for that challenge, and immediately thought of this location as the perfect environment to style it.

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I wanted this look to be relatively casual – with the basic jeans & tee combo. I threw on this specific flannel because the yellow, vertical lines in it matched perfectly with the tee. For shoes, I added my lace-up booties because they have been my latest obsession, and, because I love adding a bit of boho into my everyday life, I topped off the outfit with my black Brandy Melville fringe cross body.

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Flannel: Vintage

Tee: Plasma Slug

Booties: Amazon

Bag: Brandy Melville

Denim: American Eagle

Earrings: DeadGypsie

Kudos to Oscar Rivera for editing these photos.*

Thank you so much for reading.

‘Till Firday,

GC xo