Tuesday, August 25

Moven on up

Hey guys! I am moving studios here this week! I can't believe its actually happening, I have been wanting to move for a couple of years and I only finally was ready to harass my land lords the correct amount to get them to pay attention to me. read: I was an pain in their asses and they are glad to be finally rid of me. THATS how you get a new awesome place in a hot market.

Remember when I moved into my very first studio? Well the trees outside of my window have basically doubled in size, and they block a lot of my light. I needed a very sunny spot with a little more room and I finally found it. I move on Friday and I am just wishing I could beam myself to Friday evening already.

Anyway! enter "studiosale20" at checkout to get 20% off of anything in my store guys. Valid a few days only.

Here are a few more photos for prosperity.

Friday, July 31

New Paintings, I have been working so much

I am on a freak streak about painting right now. My goal is to move as few empty canvases as possible to my new place. Lets see how this goes!

48x48 Believe So. I love a masculine, messy painting man.

48x48 Sway Her, Ink, soft pastel, acrylic and graphite on silk dupioni. Remember the curtains I had in my living room? Thats one of them right there.

Adolphus, 36x72. Can I tell you I am loving this size so much, its a great shape. You can go horizontal or vertically, so great potential for moving around your home. I always consider that when I buy art, it has to be something so interesting to me that I would want to hang it anywhere.

Agean 36x72. These two are so in love. They just have to be together all the time.

 Three Hundred and Fifty Years 30x36. 

Who Wouldn't? 40x50. 

Mr. Blue Sky 36x48

Turn and Slide 30x33

Neutron 30x33

Tuesday, July 21

Packing for a vacay

I usually beat myself up for not knowing what to pack when I travel. Then it hit me! When I travel I usually spend the whole day walking, climbing, moving from mode of transportation and so on. At home I just don't live like that! I drive mostly, and as much as I wish that weren't the case, I live in a driving city so there isn't much I can do about that. Also I paint for a living, and go to the gym so I tend to wear work out clothes and painting clothes. Then when its time to be social I wear fancier clothing, and now that I am OWNING myself, I admit, quirky clothing. Not necessarily the ideal threads for traveling in that maybe they don't pack well, wrinkle too much, shouldn't be washed in a sink, tear easily or what not. You get it right? Let pack together for a sec.

So since I tend to usually travel to Europe lately, although South America is on the radar for shizz. Anyway, and I used to live in Spain I try to not look American when I travel. It always works, last time we went to Spain people kept asking us for directions in Spanish, it was nice. It helps that O and I look like we could be from anywhere, so we tend to blend in. Its genetic, we are both super blended.

Rules for packing:

1. Nothing that wrinkles or has to be ironed.
2. Pieces that layer and everything has to coordinate with everything else.
3. Shoes MUST be comfy enough to wear all day long, and the criteria for that differ from foot to foot. For me it means low heal, soft bed, foot stays in shoe (no mules, I slip out of those).
4. Least amount of items as possible.
5. Must bring something fancy, like if you spontaneously dress up and go somewhere awesome you look just as amazing as you would at home. 
6. Look like a local, no matter what.

1. I like to pack dresses made with a knit, stretchy fabric. Don't for for 100% cotton if the dress is body conscious because then it will just stretch out and hang around your body all miss-shapen after you get up from having lunch at a cafe or something. Plus if you have to wash it in the sink it will wrinkle more. I happen to think that these style of dresses flatter everyone. So what if you have a pooch, its a sexy feminine thing! So what if your hips are large, or your bottom, thats the way you were made so embrace it.

Above dress. I really like this dress b/c you could dress it up, but wear it with sandals and you are just a comfy tourist baby. You may notice that I like things past the knee, its just to me that length is very flattering, I don't like short things but any of these could be shorter if thats your thing. But any longer, including maxi and you are just carrying around too much fabric. Also I usually size down in this style dress b/c of fabric stretching.

Also in the no wrinkle category your favorite jeans, naturally. Mine are black madewell straight leg jeans that I cut holes into so that when I bend my legs at the knee there is plenty of give. I HATE feeling constricted. I like the wide leg trend though, so I am going to pack my favorite Rachel Comey jeans, but these from Madewell are great too.

Of course now you need a breezy, sexy top for layering over a cami or for wearing open backed at night. My favorite one, naturally.

Now depending on my time of the month, I can't go bra-less. I need to support my ladies when they blow up to double their normal size and hurt like crazy and weight a million pounds. So I would wear this puppy b/c its cute peaking out behind, or in front. 

Moving on. Layers. You need a jacket/sweater or both. I am going to be traveling in Sept/October when the wind picks up, and it can be chilly in the evenings so I want to be prepared. Its not boot weather, but being cold when you are away from home is the pits, so lets be prepared shall we?

You can't go wrong with something from Zara. Always a great place to get a jacket.
Maybe you like to sear a scarf/shawl b/c you can wad it up and put it in your bag, or tie it to your bag b/c it isn't heavy! Here are some vintage options. 1/ 2/3/

Another good layering option is a tank top to wear under anything at night if its cold, O taught me that and it really works. Also you may want a long sleeved top that can be worn open, or tied up too.

Shoes. These are my favorite right now because the heal is a great hight, they are cute and the foot bed is super super soft, as are all of the Sofft brand shoes. I love them, just wish they were a bit chicer. Camper is another great brand, as is Fly London.

Just wear some funky socks if you are pairing these short boots with cropped or ankle pants and you look like you did it on purpose.

I like to hide money and id on my person, like in my boots, in my bra or wear a money bag b/c I am always prepared to have my bag ripped off of me, or have my pocket picked. Its just smart to have a black up plan. I also memorized my cc number and details, juuuuuust in case. So after all of that I like to wear a bag that is easy to get to for me, but also easy to layer under a jacket, or to even wear under my top or threaded into my clothes some other way. Yup, I am a boy scout.

Perfect size, its low profile with a snap so even if you say take it on a roller coaster it won't spill all of your stuff all over the place. Thick strap (as opposed to a cord or chain, way comfier) and its chic too! You could wear this with a fancy dress and still look balls.

Speaking of dressing up. This is the dress that I bought to wear to the wedding in Greece. Now, its kind of basic so how will we make it special? I haven't actually decided, if my hair were longer I would go full Spanish and do red lips, pulled back hair, large earrings and a black fringy flamenco shawl.

Fancy comfy shoes to wear all night! That I still haven't found, bummer.

P.S. I chose it b/c it doesn't need any special under garments, it doesn't wrinkle, it is very stretchy and comfy for dancing and its sexy.

Oh, lets not forget about a swim suit! I have two, these below:
A sportier one, that won't come off if I get super physical, and a fun one that is more boobs pooping outable.

You need a hat, sunglasses and a coverup too.

I have to manage to put everything for my two weeks, plus my TWO pillows in one small carry on, meaning they can't make me check it when I board. So something like this:

Greece is the word

Blogging is dying isn't it? Unless you have a "professional" blog. I prefer instagraming now-a-days and also who has the patience to get onto a computer to make a comment? Thats how I know no one will comment here :( But at least we can still chat on instagram right? I wonder what will come after, like looking on instagram will take too long or something. Hm.

Anyway, I am planning a trip to Greece for September, to travel with friends and go to another friend's wedding in Santorini! I am so excited, although I am very sad about leaving Alia at grandma's for two weeks. TWO WEEKS!! without my sweet, giggly, cuddly, playful baby. Oh boy I am getting tight in the chest just thinking about it! Wanna see the airbnb we booked for Crete? Sure you do.

We are getting to travel with dear friends who moved to DC last year. They used to live just a few houses down. Tear. We miss them so much, but its like they never moved in our hearts, so we just can't wait to hang out together, talk about everything and laugh together. Is there anything better than being with kindred spirits? Nope.

Tuesday, June 9

On Etsy right now

Remember when you had to explain to people what Etsy is? ahahhahah, those were the days right?

Here are a few things that I am favoriting, thats a word right?

This belt is so pretty, and I have a few dresses that would look so killer with it. Full honesty here: I bought it, and I will let you know how awesome it is when it arrives. Ok?

How beautiful is this rug? Great colors, and so hardy. I love imperfect rugs like this one.

Perfect ottoman/ pouf. I need something for Alias room for when she is crying at night and needs to be cuddled back to sleep. I am just not comfortable unless I have my feet up, its just my thang.

How cool are these earrings! Once Alia is old enough to understand that ripping things out of or off of my head is not cool, I can wear stuff like this again!

Tuesday, April 21

Life with 7 month old Alia Mercedes

O and I are having a blast being parents. My favorite parts are the snuggling, her laughing, watching her learn new things (like how to rip the glasses off of my face faster than I can deal with quite frankly), and seeing how much our families love her and enjoy her. I honestly like her company, just chilling together feels really nice. I talk to her all the time and she just stares at me. She isn't particularly babbly or laughy or physical for her age. I sometimes think that maybe she is behind because she is so mellow and chill that maybe its bad that she isn't learning things fast enough but that lasts for a nano second because I know she is just going at her own pace and like I always say its not like she is going to be the only kid in College who can't crawl.

For Easter this year we just hung out in the back yard, no traveling to families house. I did put her in a super cute bunny romper though. Her face looks so different in this photo, she is developing so fast. She loves to be outside, and its good for her to touch and lay in the grass so we go out there and she just chills out. 

Her sweet smile and giggle melt me. She is so happy.

O took this picture of us just chilling again in the back yard. We make a point to spend Saturdays together as a family doing no work at all, just enjoying the weather, and each other. 

I took this photo this morning when we were laying around in bed together. I let her sit up with me sitting indian style so that if she falls over I can just prop her right back up. Sometimes she just wants to cuddle and hold her favorite toy stuffed rat.

I don't know how she can hold her head up with those cheeks!! 

We have a nanny that can take her five days a week, and she can hang out with her little friends there who she loves to see and who love to see her. This past week I kept her with me four out of the five days because I missed her too much. Sometimes when I have work to do that isn't painting, for example if I have to run a lot of errands or have meetings I just take her with me so we can spend time together on an adventure. I try to throw in lunch with my aunt, or mom or a friend in there too.

She is so easy going, just loves observing and listening and doesn't complain. I am feeding her all kinds of yummy things like apples, bananas, avocados, chicken, roasted carrots and squash, eggs and pork too. She is learning how to hold and use a sippy cup and she learned recently that if we put her down on the ground she can just roll her sweet cubby little body around to get where she wants to go: namely to my art supplies, or the dogs. She is just fascinated with them and even sort of understands petting them, although it turns into "let me see if I can pull this ear off and eat it" sometimes so I don't let her do that.

I really try to have as much mental space as possible when I paint, so she has to be napping, or engrossed in something if I am feeling very confident about a painting. Mostly though I head to the studio to work when she is at the nanny. I can already see that I am going to enjoy having a studio at home so much. We are going to build in the backyard and I hope that when we do that I can spend time with her in there and teach her how to create. Of course O wants her to be a musician and I can already see him teaching her to compose electronic music at a very young age. He is so proud of her and adores her. The feeling is mutual, she grins and kicks her chubby legs as soon as she sees him and reaches out for him. I am so grateful that she has such a loving, doting father in her life.

Basically we are very contented, and very happy and loving every second of having Alia in our lives.

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