“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.”
― Frida Kahlo
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
But for today’s post, I wanted to really play around with the roughed up, lived-in look.
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.
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!
And I’m back at it again with another monthly Collage & Wishlist.
This type of post is definitely becoming one of my faves – recycling 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.
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.
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!
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 – and I am so glad I did!
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 – now known as East Williamsburg – brings 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.
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.
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.
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.
I know this post is a bit different compared to my usual material, but I really wanted to share my experiences as a first time, table vendor.
Before I started this blog, roughly 3 months ago, I spent a lot of my free time working on both my Youtube channel [I still do upload videos, once a week] & my Etsy shop. I’ve been making jewelry & soap for almost a year now, though, my Etsy shop has only been up and running since May. I filmed a video all about ‘How to Start a Successful Jewelry Business’ which you can watch HERE; I still stand by everything I said in that video, but two tips I would add from recent experiences:  go out & mingle with other artists and  seriously look into spending an afternoon at a flea market or event with a vendor table. Last week I had two events, Tuesday, September 1st & Friday, September 4th, in which I had the honor of having a table selling a bunch of my handmade goodies:
Plasmaville: Hosted by Plasma Slug
Plasmaville was definitely an experience on its own, especially as an attendee. The event took place in a large, open, grassy field, holding the oldest home in New York City [built in 1709], called the Onderdonk House; it’s located between Bushwhick, Brooklyn & Ridgewood, Queens. For more information on the history of the house & field, click HERE. If you’re in the NYC area, I recommend checking out this house. It’s open for touring on Saturdays, 1-5 P.M. with a 3 dollar suggested donation.
The photo above was located at the far end of the field – it was closed off with yellow tape during the beginning portion of this event. There were tons of Plasma toys hidden, waiting to be found by both kids & adults via scavenger hunt. This was just one of the many dope activities that were offered at Plasmaville.
Kids were given an entire area, in the middle of the field, to do all things arts & crafts related. This was, by far, my favorite part of this event. Giving children the opportunity to be creative & use their imagination is something I admire & appreciate. Throughout the entire event, the chairs were continuously filled with attendees – I even peeped a few adults head over there to color, too!
Face painting was also offered, kids & adults alike were being covered in Plasma Slugs.
Through my vendor’s eye: I really do recommend, to anyone, who not only has a business made up of handmade goodies, but if you blog, or do anything via internet – get yourself involved with other artists & creators. This is something I’m personally still working on and I will forever be thankful to both Plasma Slug & the creators of the PBK Art Collective for giving me the opportunity to experience this.
I didn’t have proper business cards for both events, I foolishly ordered them a few days too late; this is definitely something I wish I put more thought into and will be prepared with for future events. Being really familiar with your products is another key component to selling goodies. People love handmade things, but they are more likely to buy your goodies if you speak about your products with honesty & confidence.
I met so many amazing people who bought a few of my soaps & jewelry pieces; but one customer in particular left a mark in my little ol’ heart. Her name was Sophia, and she was my youngest customer. She was between the ages of 4-6. She came over to my table, glanced at everything, asked a ton of questions, then finally saw the only 12k Gold-wrapped Quartz crystal necklace I had. She immediately asked her father to buy it for her, which he did. I put the necklace on Sophia & started telling her all about the meaning & powers behind the Quartz, and I swear, her smile & excitement is something I won’t ever forget. Moments like this, something that I would never be able to experience via internet through my Etsy shop, made me realize that physically interacting with people is a necessity. Sitting behind a computer screen is nothing compared to being face-to-face with your customers, and I am excited to take on the challenge of exploring more flea markets in my neighborhood.
If you don’t already, be sure to follow Plasma Slug on Instagram. He’s defineitly changing the art game & I wish him all the success in the world.
Poor Brown Kids Art Collective Presents the Apartment Series Pt. 2: Portraits
*Photos with artwork aren’t edited; I didn’t want to manipulate them anymore than they already are.
The PBK Art Collective was a completely different experience. This event had more of a gallery style setting – definitely not your typical art gallery, though. What the Poor Brown Kids are doing with this is revolutionary: one of the founders, Nik Antonio, uses one of the apartments from the building his father owns in Brooklyn to host these galleries. This one in particular is the second installment, & again, this is something I can totally see changing the art game. What I love most about the PBK Art Collective is the fact that they only accept artwork from people of color.
So many people came through; I would definitely say that the night was a total success.
Here are a few of my favorites pieces:
I love the rawness of the location – it’s a key component to the overall experience of this show. You walk into this apartment & see art work hung up, everywhere. Such a chill vibe. The PBK are innovative & I can’t wait to see what the next installment holds.
I’m super stoked to annouce that the PBK Art Collective are interested in having me again, at the next installment.
I want to, again, thank both Plasma Slug & the PBK crew for the amazing experiences last week. I’ve learned so much about myself, my business & where I want to head next with my brand; I couldn’t have asked for a better reward.
Key Tips I’ve Learned:
Have a proper, non-misleading business card.
Be ready to answer questions.
Be knowledgeable & honest about your products.
Be friendly, make eye-contact & don’t forget to smile.
Make your table set-up aesthetically pleasing.
Change products out to give customers something ‘new’ to look at.
Surround yourself with people who truly support your work.
Ask friends & family to help.
Enjoy your time & always have fun!
“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.” Peter McWilliams