Year: 2015

I am Grateful: Thank You 2015

I hear and see everyone talking about their plans for NYE 2016. I see blog posts and posts to social media about how people are going to bring in the new year with a bang! I am happy for them. However, unlike everyone around me, I had no interest in going out for the New Year. I was not without choices. I was invited to a few gatherings, but for a little over a month now I have had no interest in doing any of the usual, expected things people do. Last year, I spent the New Year in San Francisco with my close friend. It was exciting, and I loved it. In fact, had I not of gone, I would not have come up with the idea to pursue my graduate degree at a school in San Francisco, which was also part of my reason for starting this blog. So perhaps, I would not have had a blog at all. Perhaps it was the Universe’s grand design. That was last year. This evening, I …

Black Faces: Why I Surround Myself with Black Faces in Fashion and Beauty

When I was a little girl fashion was one of many escapes from my reality. Catalogs and magazines were the fodder on which my dreams were built. I could sit for hours upon hours looking at the same garments again and again, imagining how I would have styled them. I learned about brands and labels through magazine articles, and what would be the latest and greatest. Studying the drape of a dress, the hem of a skirt, or the silhouette of a blouse; I taught myself how to sketch out the outfits that lived in my head. I kept countless notebooks and sketchpads of my illustrations. I learned about the fit of a garment, the terminology, the difference between an “A”-line versus a full, circle skirt. Or why a sheath dressed worked better on my sister’s athletic build instead of my pear-shaped physique. Eventually, I designed my own prom dress, as well as dresses for several of my friends in high school. Fashion, catalogs, magazines… these were my windows to escape my reality. I once harbored …

Pastel Promises: Pantone’s Spring/Summer 2016 Colors

If you have not heard then you will very soon. Pantone, the leading authority on all things color and color related has announced the color of the year for 2016. This in of its self is not news at all. This has been going on for decades, and it really only matters to those who care about fashion, trends, influences, décor, furnishings, design, and the like. No, the big news this year is that instead of only one color being chosen there were two! Those colors being a classically romantic pink called Rose Quartz and a tranquility inspiring blue called Serenity. Without all the fluff we are looking at pink and baby blue… no this is not a baby shower we are planning. When I decided to share this information with my sister, she replied with, “Oh, so we are going back to basics,” and I realized she had a point. Unless our parents insisted on battling the status quo, the majority of us were either bathed in blue or plastered in pink for the beginning of our …

31 Years: This is for the Late Bloomers

This will be a short post. I just wanted to share how excited I am about a major step I have taken towards a new goal I have set for myself. It has been in the planning stages for some time. Now that I have thought it over, thoroughly, and mapped out – to the best of my abilities – the details of what it is I want to do; I have begun to take steps in the direction I have set for myself. I am both excited and terrified! Giddy and nervous! Thrilled and anxious. Its not that I think I cannot handle it, its just that any new endeavor comes with a healthy amount of fear. Yes, I said a healthy amount. If there was no fear, then I think we would run recklessly into our desires head-on with unbridled abandon. And that can have its strength to a degree, but it never hurts to step ever so lightly into the unkown. Especially when it has taken you so long to finally figure out …

Being Alone Heals Me: An Introvert

  “I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.” -Audrey Hepburn Yesterday afternoon, I spent approximately three (3) hours barely saying a word to anyone. I clocked out from work, and made my way to Little Tokyo on the other side of downtown L.A. I was in desperate need of an afternoon absolutely alone. Lately, my weekends have been full. I would think that most people prefer busy, fun-filled weekends. Weekends brimming with events, gatherings, parties, dates, visits, so on and so forth… and it can be thrilling and some how fulfilling to know that people desire to spend time with you. I wrote a post once on the importance of using time in the way you see fit. Its a precious commodity, and I have always felt one should appreciate whenever someone takes time for you. But, you see, by nature I am an introvert. That is usually interpreted as someone who is antisocial, aloof, …