Month: October 2015

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, …

Subtle Hues: Styling With a Fall Color Palette

Seasons come and seasons go, and Summer in Los Angeles looks like it is finally making an exit. Autumn/Fall is finally here! When it comes to style and fashion, it is hands down my favorite time of the year. Styling outfits requires a little extra effort. This time of year one dresses in layers, and this requires having an eye for mixing colors, patterns, and prints in interesting ways. I am not the sort of woman who automatically defaults to black when the weather cools down. I love color, and insist on choosing color when making clothing purchases. Recently, a friend of mine asked for advice about shopping. Specifically, she asked how do I decide on what colors to buy when picking out my clothes? Considering that my friend is not a big shopper and she is just coming into her own sense of style; this was a legitimate question. Luckily, I already had an answer. I taught her my rules for shopping. They are not so much rules as they are guidelines. This means they can always be …

Seeing

Your ignorance astounds me. Don’t you know that for me to love you was to have the world at your feet? To be made a king, for I am as a queen? But you lacked clarity. You could only look at me, you could not truly see me for all the woman I am. Your vision was too blinded by the superficiality of the world. You were woefully unaware of the strength of my affection for you. An affection that would have supported you through any challenges life has to offer. It would have been your greatest ally. Your steadfast confidante. Your shield from torrential rains, and your foundation when you shine. It is a shame what a lack of true vision can bring; because now… now, you will have to settle for being a pauper, when you could have been as a king. Because in the end, you could only look, but not see. — The catharsis continues. The first draft of this was written 5 years ago. Stumbled across it recently, so I thought I would clean it up and share. The best …

In Love with Love

I was going through old photos of my trip to Paris, France this past May, when I came across this picture taken while I was at the Louvre. Its a sculpture of Eros and Psyche in an embrace. This was my favorite of all the Greek myths when I was a little girl. I memorized it. I even wrote a short-story, modern day version of if for my final project in college when I took a course on children’s literature. I remember being in that museum, with hundreds of works of art to see, but only had eyes for this one sculpture. I must have spent 20 minutes at least, just admiring it, snapping pictures of it, and adoring every angle of it. I circled the sculpture several times, trying to commit every detail to memory as I captured them on camera. My favorite thing about this piece is that it is depicting the final resolution to the climax of the story! After proving her love and devotion, and owning up to her mistake, Psyche is forgiven by Eros, who …

Excuse the Mess

Darling Afflatus is going through a few appearance changes! Its autumn, and I feel its time the color scheme changes along with the season. So, I’m playing around with the colors, buttons, fonts and header for the next few days. As of right now, I’m trying to hold on to the theme I have. But I am seriously considering going for a new theme/layout altogether… maybe something minimal? Hmmm, which way do you think I should go? Anyway, if things start to look a little weird around here, that’s just me playing with the colors and layout. I’ll still be writing and posting, so just try to overlook any oddities you may come across. And if you have any ideas or suggestions, send them this way! Until later… may we all be sweetly inspired!