PHOTO DIARY: ‘HALO’ PAINTING PATIENT PROGRESS…UNDONE.

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BEER BABES & BBQ: The ‘Bronx Ale House’

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A bang for your buck in the Bronx! With a seasoned chef in the kitchen and 16 Beers on tap, a variety of 28 different bottled beers and a cask, the Bronx Ale House is bringing a Manhattan vibe uptown without losing its individualism and personal swagger. Known by the locals as the number one hotspot for, “home run out of the ballpark”, brunches. This location is a rising star. Every Tuesday they are serving up barbecued greatness. But get there early because its a get it while its hot special! And because you may never want to leave, now you can take the “Good times” home with a Growler to go!!! (A bottled made specially to contain beer.) Hello! What are you doing sitting down! Oh, the game is on??? They have about six huge flat screens. So no matter where you’re standing in the bar, theres no way your going to miss the winning touchdown or grand slam! Check-out their website for a list of the rotating beer menu, and if your a foodie, their mouth watering kitchen menu. Bronxalehouse.com

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Also find them and then ‘LIKE’ them on Facebook for Daily Specials, awesome Events, updates and more! If your more of a twitter junkie follow them @BRONXALEHOUSE. “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.” CHEERS!

PHOTO DIARY: SIDEWALK PAINT



PHOTO DIARY: SIDEWALK PAINT



‘Rock-out those Kicks’ W/ PoshPirate DIY

I love taking something old and breathing new life into it. ‘Rock-out those Kicks’, is a DIY tutorial on how to take an old pair of sneakers and make them new! This creative concept can be applied to ANY type of shoe, boot or sneaker. Have fun with it! If you don’t like the results try, try again. Paint over what you don’t like. Whatever you do, just don’t be afraid to try something different. If they’re old chances are you were going to toss them anyway. Challenge yourself and you just might be surprised at the results.

SOUL-TRAVELER: “Halo” Painting’s poetic dedication titled, “I am”.

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This picture was taken in 2006, the same year I wrote this piece titled, “I am”.

Soul Traveler is the second blog that I’m working on consisting of my written creative works. This is me behind the smiles and the pints of Guiness. Cheers!

I am a Womyn with words. I dance because it allows me the key to free my hidden inhibitions… they remind me that I’m perfectly imperfect… This reminds me to breath.

I am a Womyn with passions. I write songs of my soul that dance and paint color in the eyes of poetic masters that gesture, “I too am great.” They suggest by their legacy that a dreamer dreams and that dreams flourish.

I am a Womyn with Intellect. A devote student of life and lives. In my eyes I see humanity a beautiful monster like a little girl with Shirley Temple curls screaming at the very top of her lungs……… Wouldn’t you say this too?

I am pensive, lost in thoughts of observations. No box to confine my heart. Instead there is a box that exposes it….. That box being the earth with the dirt and the air and the trees and the birds in the sky that keep me nailed to my knees because I worship her beauty that reminds me of me.

I am an Artist, a master of canvases real and imagined. I draw surreal dreams; I write of erotic adventures that I play over and over and over again in the auditorium of my secret domain where my lust it thrive…because I am a sexual creature.

I am fun crazy deep true to me free. Alive. I am all of these things and more..

I am a Womyn. I stand for what I believe in. Equality. I am more than just a pretty face painted over with mauve shadow and Fuscia lips. Shit I am a Womyn that to me means that I am powerful…in many ways. I embrace love. I live my femininity. I am independent and free to define my true idenity. I am a Womyn. I have talents, ideas and a vision for a world that I can say I help create…everyday. I am a womyn. Sometimes loud, aggressive, Latin and Proud.. I am a Womyn who lives, who reads, who sees a world in progress. I am a Womyn who is me.

By Natalie Olivo AKA Zen Stiles

Headphones Blaring: Lupe Fiasco – Around my way (Consciousness)

In an era where rappers are infiltrating the minds of our youth with deteriorating messages of illusion, Lupe Fiasco, stands out as a pillar of strength and consciousness to the children of our inner cities. The world is ours for the taking. Hip Hop ISN’T dead and Lupe proves Hip Hop isn’t going down without a fight, so long as he is on the front lines, raising the flag of lyrical excellence.

Splattered Paint: Beyonce Soundtrack- ‘Halo’ (Painting)

This is a painting inspired by femininity, power, sensuality and women who have harnessed there own personal greatness. The name of the painting is ‘Halo’. This painting pays homage to the warrior spirit in every woman. We at times lose sight of the great honor it is to have been created a woman. Ladies rise up and claim your Halos.

Halo- An atmoshere or quality of glory, magesty, sanctity.  

Intervention: The Lost Identity of Fashion.

Fashion– 1. Something, such as a garment, that is in the current mode. 2. Manner or mode; way. Ex: Set the table in this fashion. 3. A personal, often idiosyncratic manner. 4. To give shape or form to.

Fashion conscious or not. “In to it” or “not into it”. Rich or poor…Fashion is into you. 

From tribal markings and garbs worn in the deepest jungles in Africa to Milan’s concrete catwalks in Europe, personal expression through what we wear will always strive and given the option we will always prefer to do it “in style.” Though we are MUCH deeper than just what we wear, presentation will always be a platform for first impressions. Unfortunately because of this Fashion has been prostituted. Advertisers are her pimp and the consumer is her ‘John’. Instead of street corners they put her on catwalks and in magazines. Instead of cheap fabrics, cigarette smoking and troubled women, they use expensive campaigns, crafty marketing ploys and celebrities. We have been seduced for far too long. This is an intervention.

Its a beautiful sunny day outside, I’ve got my cafe Bustelo brewing and I run across an article in ‘New York magazine’ via my Blackberry titled, ‘The High Price of Fashion.’, written by Josh Patner, who is great writer by the way. Reading this article got the wheels in my head spinning. Why is it that whether making $100,000 a year or $30,000 a year, people are buying into the illusion that wearing high end fashion defines their value? Could it be that they are believing in the lie of misused industry terminology or are they falling for media mind control?

Mode- A particular form, variety or manner: a mode of expression.

The words Fashion, Trend, Mode, Style and Luxury have all been redefined by advertisers and those in the industry to influence the consumers belief system, thus, influencing their purchases. We have adopted this lie that has led us to believe  that the words “Fashion” and “Trend” are synonymous.  They’re not. FASHION is our manner of doing something, meaning it could be anything you want it to be. That is why designers have one of the best jobs. They get to create “THEIR” fashion and then watch millions of others take it for their own hence creating a TREND. There’s nothing wrong with wanting the latest neon green skinny jean but harness your own swagger and don’t feel like you’ve got to spend large amounts of money to be relevant or current. Advertisers target what I like to call the confused consumer. The consumer that allows the advertiser to do the thinking while they do the spending. These people will base most of their purchases on what popular culture is presently pushing. Which From the beginning of time it’s been luxury and the idea that if you possess this item you are some how apart of a Lifestlye that makes you important. The physical manifestations of what people view as luxurious may change but the idea that people crave it will always remain.

“How can I say this Abercrombie sweater is luxury?” asks Sam Shahid, who developed the company’s image. “It’s easy. You put the word on there. You tell them it’s luxury. Luxury is the best you can buy. Luxury touches you…” We believe in the lie because “if you build it they will come.” and advertisers have built an empire of subliminal messages that keep the consumer running back for more. Robert Duffy, president of Marc Jacobs International, says, “Luxury is something you don’t need, it’s something you want. The bag of potato chips I ate for lunch today was a luxury.”

I shop in major department stores, boutiques, thrift stores, flea markets or what some may consider the “hood stores” in my Bronx neighborhood. We as individuals should be inclined towards anything that speaks to our souls or simply to our own tastes. If it’s a $7,000 dollar dress and you’ve got it to spare, by all means indulge; if it’s a $10 dollar purse from a street vendor even better. The point is being conscious of what drives your purchasing power. Don’t be a robot. Fashion is what YOU are wearing, NOT what everyone else is wearing.. Your style should be as unique and distinct as your fingerprint. So next time you see that awesome pair of “no name pants” BUY THEM if you feel so inclined to do so! Who gives a shit about what people think. If you rock it right it’s always going to be “A Do”. If Fashion were all about trends, then I would consider her a hypocrite. One moment white after labor day is considered “Unthinkable”, the next season because its in the latest fashion publication, its a “must try trend”. Give me a break. Fashion is the face I create. Its true that “Fashions fade but style is eternal” (-Yves st. Laurent) Still I believe that fashion is what we choose it to be and style is how we wear what WE choose to be.

Patner, goes on to say and I quote, “…perhaps one reason the dress costs $2,300 is because that’s what shoppers want to pay for it. Some people’s search for identity goes no further than wanting that expensive bag on that movie star in that issue of InStyle. Shoppers who have to imitate Kate Moss to express themselves are a retailer’s dream; they’ll pay any price if you clock them wearing that Dior Saddle bag.” Hopefully this is not the whole truth. I’d like to believe that the real lovers of fashion buy these items simply because of their amazing craftsmanship and design, and not because they are giving into the amazing mind fuck of institutionalization.

By Natalie olivo

Trend- 1. The general direction in which something tends to move. 2. A general tendency or inclination 3. current mode

Model Diaries: Twiggy, The Worlds First Super Model.

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When I was a little girl my dream was to become the next Nikki Taylor or Claudia Schiffer. Every month my mother would buy me the latest Vogue and Elle magazines so that I could observe the style and poses of the times. Her dream for me was to one day see me gracing the cover of one of those legendary periodicals. It was during that impressionable period of my life that I fell in love with everything Fashion and beauty related… especially the industries leading ladies!

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Aspiring young artist in the music industry have the likes of Chaka Khan, Gladys night and the late Whitney Houston to emulate and young starlets have Audrey Hepburn, Jean Simmons and Meryl Streep. In the modeling industry, just to name a few, they have Cindy Crawford, Iman, Linda Evangelista, Jean Shrimpton and 60’s Fashion icon Twiggy. Without knowing anything about these women on a personal level I wanted to be just like them. I would stay up all night and imagine how it would be to travel the world, having all eyes gaze upon my beauty and admire my impeccable sense of style.

These days, the only eyes that admire my beauty and impeccable sense of style are those of my fiancĂ©e and maybe some passers-by on this road of life, but I’ll never forget the women that help infuse me with fierce confidence, pride in my womanhood and a great appreciation for style that never fades. This is for you ladies.

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For my first installment of  ‘Model Diaries’ I will be highlighting 60’s Fashion and beauty icon Twiggy! Some would argue that it was because of she that the term ‘Super model’ was invented.

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Lesley Hornby, known as the first woman in the existence of modeling to don the title ‘Super Model’, became a house hold name by the age of sixteen. Except… it wasn’t the Name Lesley Hornby that turned hippie heads, it was the globally known ‘Twiggy’. A nickname she acquired due to her lanky teenage frame. While other girls her age were obsessing over boys and what to wear for prom, Twiggy was rocking designer threads on the cover of almost every fashion magazine in circulation during that time. And instead of worrying about being voted valedictorian she was too busy being recognized as ‘British Woman of the Year’ in 1966 at the tender age of seventeen. She was an international Phenomenon. Her work ethic was impeccable and though she was thought to be flighty, it only added to her charm.

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The relentless model went on to a successful music career in 67′ climbing the charts to 17 in the UK with her hit ‘Here I go again’.  Through the course of her career music would play a huge role, as would a budding acting career that would later win her two Golden Globes, one of those being for ‘New female star of the Year’. In 2005 she joined the judges panel on ‘Americas Next Top Model’.  This beast of a woman has done it all! Modeling, singing, theater, TV, movies, books and a ton of humanitarian work. Her list of accomplishment is endless and she’s still not done. She is a power house of a woman.

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I remember it like it was yesterday, doing pretend photo shoots with my mom thinking “one day I’m going to be a ‘Super Model!” I laugh now, as my dreams have surpassed those of my youth, but still, I remember seeing beyond the glossy pages and observing not just beautiful women but dreamers just like myself… confident, fearless, smart and fierce modern-day goddesses that I looked up to with the most innocent eyes. I saw that they had presence and they appeared to be “in control” of their lives. Today I have a different understanding regarding the reality of the business. Still, I will always smile when I think about that little girl flipping through the pages of the september issue happy as can be. Riding my ambition with training wheels.

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Dios te Bendiga

Spotlight on Alexander Wang.

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Alexander Wang Coat/Photo Credit: Marie Claire

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Alexander Wang is the creator of the coveted Rocco duffle bag, as seen on celebs such as Rhianna and Ashley Olsen. Here are a few of my most desirables from the Wang collections new and old.

Alexander Wang Rocco Duffle Bag

I LOVE this bag! The Alexander Wang Rocco Duffle Bag!

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There are many renditions of the Rocco Duffle bag.

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 Below are my favorite Alexander Wang coats, I also LOVE the fur sleeved beauty on the Model above.

Alexander Wang Aviator Tailcoat

Alexander Wang Aviator Tailcoat (Rear view)

This is the Alexander Wang Aviator tailcoat with a mink collar. (Above)

Alexander Wang Zip-up

Alexander Wang Coat

((( These below are INSANE! )))

Alexander Wang multi-strap boot

I MUST own these! Look at the hardware on those straps!

Alexander Wang Sock Boot

Alexander Wang Loafer with tassel Metallic mirror

Alexander Wang Spring 2012 Shoe

Alexander Wang Peep-toe Double Zipper Ankle Boot

Alexander Wang Sneakers 2012

I imagine myself in this dress on a date wearing large diamond studs and studded chunky heels in blush ostrich leather. I would throw on a deep purple leather waist belt and have my hair up in a double french twist. Last but not least I would pair it with a bold neon clutch and a fur stole. Attire fit for a princess.

Alexander Wang Dress

PoshPirate.com signing out…. Enjoy the 54th Annual Grammy Awards! 

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Beware the Evil Eye: Alexa Chung Nail Tutorial


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I LOVE fashion forward women! These ladies possess an unparalleled uniqueness that has no limits and crosses all boundaries. Their creative expression comes from a place deep within their, ‘Pollack painted’, souls. A secret garden of beautiful chaos. They share this giftedness with the world through an amazing sense of personal style.

Alexa Chung is one of these women. She is a model, TV personality, print journalist and a TREND SETTER, which brings me to this tutorial inspired by her ‘Evil eye’ nails that I spotted in the newest vogue magazine. ‘Evil eye’ charms are said to ward off envy and ill intent projected onto its victims through a glare that is otherwise known as “The Evil eye”.

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 Personally… I just really enjoyed the look.

LET’S BEGIN!

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STEP 1. You will need a nail file to even out the nails. Black,White, and blue nail art paint and a nude polish. The Nail art paint Im using is from ‘Kiss’. I found them at my local beauty supply store for $1.99  each! The Nude polish is from ‘Essie’.

If you want to get creative and give this look a more personal touch why don’t you try switching the blue nail color for something that better compliments your taste. I’d like to try an orange or maybe a pink eye. No pun intended lol. Keep polish brush clean of excess paint and do the hand that is most difficult for you to paint first.

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STEP 2. Once you’ve filed your nails evenly  and have shaped them to your liking, coat  nails twice with the Nude polish and let dry completely. 

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STEP 3. White nail art paint: Create football shapes onto each nail. You can also try doing just ‘the ring’ finger or every other nail. 

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STEP 4. Blue nail art paint: Paint these half circles to create the iris’. Make sure you leave some white in the center and don’t  worry about small imperfections. Expect that not all your eyes will look alike.

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STEP 5. This is where you MUST have a steady hand. Also, you are going to need just a little bit of guts. Especially, when your doing the hand that seems most awkward to paint. Trust in your technique and go with it. Make sure while you’re applying the black detail you keep the paint brush clean of excess paint to avoid a mess. It will drip periodically so be aware. It may make you feel more confident to test the lines thickness on a scrap piece of paper before painting the actual nail. 

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Should look something like this.

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STEP 6. Once you’ve detailed all the eyes, seal the design in with a clear coat of polish. Hope you love your nail art as much as I love mine!

……..AND THATS ALL FOLKS!

Fantasy Fashion Week All-star Lineup! Giants Win the Super Bowl XLVI!!

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Football season has just ended but in the world of Fashion, designers everywhere are saying “LET THE GAMES BEGIN!”, as tomorrow (Feb 9, 2012) New York Fashion Week kicks off eight days of 2012 Fall Fashion!  Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson, Vera Wang, Gabriela Perezutti, Charlotte Ronson and Tory Burch are just a few of the names bedazzling this week’s roster. So I’ve decided to have a little fun and play mad scientist! (((Smiles)))

In the spirit of my NY Giants winning the Super Bowl ((Go Blue!)), instead of a fantasy football all-star lineup, I have decided to create my own Fantasy Fashion Week all-star lineup! Considering the array of heavy hitters that there were to choose from, I was surprised that I was able to narrow it down to a squad of eleven.

Why such an odd number you ask? Well for those of you who don’t know. Eleven is the max amount of players that can be on the field from one team at any given time. AAAAND back to the clothes… Okay, to begin with we have: (*Click on Designers name to view full collections)

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1. TORY BURCH 

I took Tory Burch as my ‘Defensive end’ because her designs never cross the line of scrimmage. This image is from her Fall 2011 line and even though “it’s sooo last season.” (Give me a break ladies…curved lip) I’ll take it in a size 2 please!

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2. STÉPHANE ROLLAND

I would venture to call StĂ©phane Rolland the Bryan Cox of Fashion… Cox was one of the most fierce linebackers in the game. According to critics “He played as if the opposition was taking food off his family’s table, or someone was trying to harm his children.” Thats the same intensity and passion Rolland puts into each and every one of his designs.

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3. VALENTINO

Valentino is my all-star ‘Line Backer’! He is insanely versatile and provides fashionistas, of all walks of life, with pieces for any situation! From everyday wear and cocktail dresses to Red Carpet gowns and Haute Couture. He is timeless with reason.

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4. ON AURA TOUT VU

Have you ever seen Deion Sanders “Must Be The Money” video? That type of flamboyancy comes to mind when I think of this designer. He exudes CONFIDENCE like no other. They keep you coming back for more!

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5. DEREK LAM

He’s my ‘Safety’. His designs lean more towards the simpler side, but are crucial to the game. I love his twist on classic pieces.

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6. BURBERRY PRORSUM

‘Kicker’ for sure. Burberry is dependable and hits the target every time. I love its every day wear air. When I see their pieces I see practicality and high fashion that anyone can wear… paired perfectly. I personally feel like Burberry is not often given the praise that it deserves.

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7.GUCCI

Gucci… Gucci.. Gucci. Cruz… Cruz.. Cruz. Both attention grabbers. Both will take you further in the game. Both are Trail blazers. Both are at the top of their game. And off topic but “Ladies is pimp too.” lol

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8. FENDI

Fendi is my ‘Defensive Tackle’ stopping all of the fashion world in their tracks. Aggressive. Focused and a beast of a brand. One of my all time favorite brands.

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9. ANTHONY VACCARELLO 

He is the rebel seamster! Talk about originality. He is the Terry Bradshaw of Fashion design. “Bradshaw had a powerful – albeit at times erratic – arm and called his own plays throughout his football career.” A claim that can also be made of Vaccarello.

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10. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Warren Sapp is said to have been “a leader by force and a favorite until he retired.” Alexander McQueen will always be remembered, favored and ahead of the pack.

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11. DOLCE & GABBANA

And now for my most valuable player! My very own Eli Manning. My dream Team! Are you still reading this blog?? No… Go! Click on the link. Check out their Fall 2011 collection. And if it is any reflection of whats to come prepared to be enamored.

The above mentioned football players were NOT all NY Giants, BUT in my fantasy lineup they were all NFL All-stars! Most of the collections featured in this blog were 2011 collections.

Check out the Mercedes Fashion Week website for more information!

Empire Beauty: It’s a Bird… It’s a plane… No its Comic-Con 2011!

 

Every year thousands of comic book  and video game lovers gather for a magical event that ushers the attendees into a world of fantasy and artistic mastery. COMIC-CON!!! They poured in by the minute, onto the Jacob Javits center’s show room floor, with their amazing costumes and comic books, hoping to catch a glimpse of Marvels Stan Lee, Pin-up queen Olivia  (My favorite modern-day pin-up artist) or Jose Marzan Jr. who is one of the artist for Y: The last man (A MUST READ SERIES!!!!) It was INSANITY!

This was a three day event, full of professional panel discussions, comic and video game unveilings, autograph signings and vendor booths. The third and final day, all children 12 and under were FREE! (Though, be aware they do ask for proof of age for children on Kids day.) And Just a heads up, the food options aren’t that broad or satisfying in MY opinion. On top of that, it’s a lil pricey considering the quality. I would suggest eating before or after you attend. Another option is to bring your own food. You have to conceal it though when you first go in cause they will ask you to discard any outside food. But hey, like they say, out of sight out of mind.

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Costumes are a HUGE part of the Comic-con experience. I definitely want to go dressed up next year! Hmmm Wonder woman maybe?

Pin-up artist Olivia and I! I acted like a groupie lolol I completely admire this woman and LOVE her work. I believe more women need to embrace each other and appreciate each others beauty inside and out. This womans work does just that! This isn’t like skimming through dirty mags, behind a black curtain, full of women who have daddy issues. Her work captures the essence of a woman in such a dynamic way. Sensuality, femininity and confidence; these leap from her paintings. Do I feel like this type of work is objectifying? NO. I appreciate it like I appreciate a beautiful sunrise or a Pre-Ralphaelite

Ro, Z and I. I love these guys to death! Goodtimes with great people big and tiny! Lol

We brought a MARVEL Encyclopedia and had all the comic artists sign it! Some even went the extra mile and drew some classics like Spiderman, Black Cat and Batman (Yes, I’m well aware that Batman is a DC character but who cares the drawings were AWESOME!)

This event was full of memorabilia like this old school Shera toy that I owned as a child. They had Vintage comic books and Pin-up magazines, toys, posters, pins, apparel and tons of free giveaways….basically EVERTHING related to the culture! I recommend bringing cash cause the ATM lines were incredibly looooong.

Original work. This is an actual painting! Not a print.

COMIC-CON was definitely an experience and actually they do this in various other cities around the country! visit this Link to plan for next year!

 Pooped after a long day…. Ciao I will update this post soon with some of my Comic-con purchases… Stay tuned XOXOX

Street Love: Hani Street Art

Hani Shihada is New York City’s sidewalk art extraordinaire! He’s been bedazzling sidewalks in Europe and NYC for over 25 years. Homeboy is MARVELOUS! He began sharing his talents on sidewalks while studying art in Rome during the 70’s. He also studied in Spain as well! His life is an artists dream. His work has been featured in movies, commercial, clubs, news articles, ads…so on and so forth! He’s got  the skillz to pay the billz. He works in various mediums, and even does sculptures. The pastel chalks he uses to create his street masterpieces are all custom-made by the man himself! I’ve followed this artist for a few years now. So, I’m sure you could imagine my excitement when I bumped into Hani wrapping up his latest work!

Photocredit goes to www.brainwood.blogspot.com

I have more photos I took with my Blackberry coming! I was super excited to find that he was extremely personable. We spoke about sharing art and how we are all connected. Here are a few other pieces of his I love!

My fellow Latina! Sonia Sotomayor! Photo By Ed Yourdon

Micheal Jackson!

How Bananas is this!!

Yes this is 3D street art! The illusion of his work is insane! God I love NY!

It’s crazy that this is a chalked flat drawing, but because of the skills that this man possesses, he is able to creat such a believable illusion!

Visit his website if you seek to be awed further!

Perseverence.

 

Nobody ever said that life would be easy. In the end anything worth having was worth fighting for. Never be intimidated by the 12 rounds it may take you to finally grasp your dreams or reach your goals, large or small. Trust in yourself and have faith in your threshold for adversity. The BEST is yet to come! Choice chases change. So stop the bitchin’! You may have heard this once or twice but quitters never win!

Perseverance- Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

 Going out Guns blazing.

It is the growling man who lives a dog’s life.”Coleman Cox