Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Domestic Violence Awareness

I am taking this Valentine's Day to talk about something important. To raise awareness for Domestic Violence.
Not all domestic violence/abuse is equal. It can take many forms and severity, yet it should never be taken lightly. It is not a competition on who is stronger and who can withstand the most pain. Abuse hides behind closed doors and fake smiles and sometimes you never know what someone is dealing with on the inside. It's not easy to get away from or leave, some people even risk their lives and may die trying to get away. Its hard to talk about, its hard to relive it, especially when you're afraid that no one will believe you or take you seriously. With it comes the dangerous threats, sleepless nights, depression, isolation, and being afraid for your life. Both men & women may be victim of domestic violence and both men and women can be abusers. In my short life, I have been victim of it twice by two different people. The first time they get away and you say to yourself "i'll never let this happen again", and then you fall into it again. It doesn't get easier, but you do get braver. Twice I have felt like I was losing my life, and twice I have had to crawl my way back.
You're never alone, there's always another option than to live your life terrified. Taking back your life is just as terrifying and it takes every ounce of strength to get through. Going day to day being miserable, constantly being in survival mode, to giving in, calling the cops, facing the possibility of losing everything, having to change your life, getting away, going to court, telling all your family and friends, going to counseling, and dealing with the PTSD of the pain and suffering another human has brought on to you. Its not something anyone should ever have to deal with. But we do. Millions of people do everyday. And its something that you think about constantly.
So to help spread Domestic Violence Awareness, I am opening up to my fellow survivors. I have created these 14 illustrations to encourage others to speak up and to show them that there is happiness on the other side. The sun will shine again, the flowers will bloom, and you can escape from hell and take your life back.
If you'd like to purchase one of these art pieces, you can do so here. As of now, there are only 14 in circulation, but I may make more.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fashion Challenge: Camouflage

Images found on Pinterest 

This is the first in my series of "Fashion Challenges" where I take items that I wouldn't normally wear and are a bit different and style them in a way that can be versatile. Camouflage was the first to come to mind when thinking of a challenging item of clothing to style. A few years ago, my friend was planning her wedding and wanted a classy style but with the use of camouflage. What? To me, that was a complete oxymoron. Camouflage in these parts is worn exclusively by hunters, "rednecks", and country people who don't actually hunt. It's considered tacky and not a legitimate pattern to wear in fashion. 

I remember back in high school having a pair of slip on flats that were a bit camo-like and I was able to pair them with several things. There was a point in time where I went through an olive green phase and so I'm channeling that into this post. While decorating my friend's wedding, I decided to mix and match bronze, copper, and gold metallic with shades of rust, pumpkin, and cream. It turned out to be a classy affair even with the use of hunter's camo. 

Below are some outfits styled using camouflage but in a more stylistic way. Mix and match it with other prints like leopard, polka-dots, floral, and stripes. Think of it as a neutral and pair it with warm shades of yellows, pinks, and oranges. My favorite pairing is the olive green with either a hot pink or a bright violet purple. Feel free to experiment and add your own twist.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Light Olive Skin - Part 1

Having light olive skin has been a challenge of mine for a while now. Most ladies with olive tones typically have darker skin, but not me! Having dark hair, dark eyes, and light skin puts me under the "deep autumn" category, but having olive skin minimizes the color options even more. Most of the cosmetic companies cater to porcelain, ivory, and dark skin colors which only really give the option of pink or yellow undertones for makeup. "Warm" makeup looks too yellow/orange and "cool" makeup looks too pink. I've opted for the no-foundation look but I still want options for eye shadow, nail polish, and lip color. 

This segment is focusing on my favorite warm shades for color and neutrals. Apply this palette to clothing, accessories, makeup, etc.

Neutrals such as champagne golds, pewter, gold, taupe, bronze, antique gold, chocolate, and warm gray

Not all warm colors are warm based, so opt for more coral shades, citrus shades, peaches, rosy pinks, strawberry red, orange reds, blood orange, and sunflower yellows.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Chartreuse / dark pink / emerald green / green marble / salmon stripe / coral / black / lace / avocado green / mint green / orange

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Lightning bolts/leopard print/stars/music/sequins/glitter/black cats/stripes/bold graphic prints 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Kitchen: Inspiration

Retro/Tropical kitchen inspired by Cuba & the Caribbean 

Shades of blue/checkered floor/vintage Cuba art/dark walnut finish/light turquoise/palm leaves/cigars/vintage leather

Friday, July 15, 2016

Dining Room: Inspiration

Dining room with Jazz and music inspiration

B&W prints, Jazz, abstract,  coral, jewel tones, textures, diamonds, floral, bold pieces

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Living Room: Inspiration

Living room with tropical/southwestern influences 

Coral & blush walls/coral printed curtains/Havana blue/gold/leather/wood/blues/cactus/western posters/cowboy/b&w

Friday, May 13, 2016

Marbled Necklace

When making the plan for my Print All Over Me collaboration photoshoot, the jewelry was pretty much straightforward. Any daisy, swirly, funky looking jewelry would be welcome. I brainstormed an idea to make a marbled necklace, how was the question, though. My first plan was to buy large unfinished wooden beads and string a whole chunk together, until I came across this vintage necklace. The beads were colored, but faded and not quite what I was looking for. But the frame and the gold! It was perfect otherwise, so it was a great foundation for my experiment. I just disconnected the beads from the chain and attached each one to a wooden skewer. Then I used nail polish in my color scheme for the collaboration in the same fashion that you would marble your nails. Slowly pouring bits of color into a cup of water and swirled around to make a marbled effect. The colors turned out perfect and looks magical with the gold circle chain! 
Also featuring my "Rubellite: Raspberry Pink" color swatch used in the project! 
Marbled Necklace DIY