Month: January 2016

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016| Imaginarium 

Not to sound cliché but Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 Imaginarium was more than I could have imagined! (Lol) As I walked into the Vivaldi Stone Boutique, the first thing I thought was, “Why didn’t I know about this space before tonight?!?!?” It looked like a museum exhibit dedicated to beautifully curated natural stone slabs. It’s still hard to believe that it’s primarily a show room and not a social venue.

DJ FXBOX OLMOS kept the grooves and tunes flowing the entire evening. Art for the evening was provided by Jammie Hawkins, Mark Deleon, and Justin Pelke. The fashion forward host Shawn Flowers and hilarious Chris Thomas interacted so well with the crowd. They kept us laughing and smiling the whole time and made us apart of the night via an impromptu dance party.

The live performances by Fenyx Aerial, Stella Marie Manalo, Toki Singh, and Son Kiss’d set us all on fire! Vintage collector and stylist Heather Petrey sent unique combos down the runway that showed her eclectic style. The modern romantic pieces from Of Myth + Muse by Emelia Natalicchio left us wondering how quickly her pieces would be available to take home. (Ha ha!) Glove designer Damari Rubio of Damari & CO., Jewelry designer Michelle Yue of Shopnonhuman, and fashion designer André Redou came together for a special collaboration that will never be forgotten.

As the night was coming to a close, I couldn’t get over the budding excitement for Kaleidoscope 2017. I know Pamela Andino and the entire Kaleidoscope team has something even more extraordinary up their sleeves. Journey through the experience yourself by checking out the photos. Don’t be shy, leave a comment if something catches you eye! 🙂 Enjoy!

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Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 | Jet Set

The phrase Jet Set can be described as an international social group of affluent people who travel the world to participate in social activities sometimes unavailable to ordinary people. Pamela Andino of Ubertina Productions pulled this theme off without a hitch.

Jet Set was the theme for Night 2 of Kaleidoscope Houston 2016. Guests arrived at La Mansion to the tunes of GenerAsian Radio. Hosts for the evening Chyna Wheatly and John Newinn only added to the international vibes. The eclectic attire worn by guests was pleasing to the eye and helped bring the Jet Set feel to life.

The nontraditional runway definitely peaked everyone’s attention and made us all feel like we were going on a adventure and having a unique experience. The runway was blazed by the classic designs of Steven Guthrie , the very sexy swim wear designed by Jessica Lombana, and the couture Meru Merus collection by Umair Khan.

The bilingual spoken word poetry by Christopher Polanco, dance performances by Culturally Yours & Son Kiss’d Dance company, as well as the flaming special performance by Saturn Hoops gave us all an authentic jet set experience. The opportunity to see such extraordinary culturally diverse performances and designs left me feeling so appreciative that I live in such a big melting pot. Take the journey with us through the photos and feel free to leave a comment 🙂 Enjoy!

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Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 | Urbanity

Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 kicked of its first night with Urbanity. I know there were things slated to happen but what actually happen was so much more than I could have imagined. I will start by saying that the energy in the mansion was one you had to experience. DJ Nando kept our bodies moving with the best hip hop tunes. So many creatives in one space supporting one another was just the tip of the iceberg. Every time I turned my head there was something amazing happening.

Host of the evening Omar Castillo was comedic and kept the evening flowing. For starters The Traveling Live Art Canvas was a real treat. I watched it change constantly through out the evening as many of the event guests put their stamp on it. Jammie of Jammie’ Art also live etched Houston’s own Bun B through out the evening. The Urban Movement team looked like super heroes as they performed parkour.

Each of the performing artists were so full of energy. The MadMen Crew took the floor to perform a few songs including a new Houston anthem. Raj the Rapper, who is also the founder of Houston Diaper Bank, performed a mix of inspirational and feel good songs. Tobe Nwigwe of Team GINI performed both spoken word as well as inspiring rap songs that are meant to keep us conscience.

Everyone was astounded with the dance performances of the evening. Brenden Winkfield tap danced with a live drummer for an impromptu jam session. Bgirls Femme Fatale Cru showed off their Bgirl skills as they stormed the runway for Swinn. As the runway show continued, beautifully designed pieces created by Art Institute of Houston emerging artists Wilbert, Keosha, and Kim stunned onlookers. The consensus in the room was “there’s no way these are student designs! They are so amazing!” Shayne Salinas of Kooth Brand made us all remember that you can and should look good while your working hard. If you missed Kaleidoscope Houston 2016, make sure you’re in the house next year!

Urbanity was the best way to start Kaleidoscope Houston 2016! Check back soon for Jet Set and Imaginarium! Enjoy!

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DIY | Easy T-Shirt Pillows

I will be the first to say that it’s hard for me to get rid of things sometimes (all the time). I may no longer want it for its intended purpose but I can find tons of other ways to use the same item.

In this case, I took clothing that I was done wearing and turned them into pillows for my son’s room. He has a black and white themed bedroom and I had some black and white items that were headed to Goodwill. You know what that means?!?!?! DIY PROJECT!!!!! I’ve even included pictures of me wearing the items just for fun. (Ha ha)

My friend that has a sewing machine sewed 3 sides, and I hand stitched the 4th side after inserting the cushion. You could easily hand stitch all the sides, use iron on tape, or my personal favorite, a hot glue gun. In this DIY project, the fabric was free, the cusions were about $6 each at Wal-Mart and it was fast and easy to do. Grant loves the soft feel of the cotton and I love that he has unique throw pillows with mixed prints for his big boy room. Enjoy!

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Previously a tank top.

 

I worked around the house in the tank and my painters pants.

 

Previously a shirt.

 

 

6 months pregnant with Grant around Christmas of 2012

 

Still wearing the shirt after Grant was born

 

Previously a dress.

 

Way before Grant was born.

  
  
  

Tapered Progress 

Happy Friday all! I hope this week was amazing for everyone. On Fridays we all celebrate the progress that we’ve made by making it to the end of a work week. I thought I’d share some progress pictures of my current hair goal which is a tapered afro. The time span has been from November up until now. Check it out and leave comments about your current hair goals. Enjoy!

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Most recent, I’m almost there!

How to Make a TeePee

Once I was sure about the direction I wanted to go in for Grant’s room, I started organizing my projects. Up first on the list was this DIY play teepee. I wanted something unique and whimsical in his room that would give him a place to read or just hide out. Most of the teepee’s for sale in various places either cost more than I wanted to pay ($60-$100) or were way too large for the space. Since I was working with a limited amount of space, I knew it would have to be smaller than the teepee’s I researched online. I gathered my materials mostly from Home Depot and Hobby Lobby and took a full day to knock it out. (Just so we are clear, a full day in this case included a late start, a two hour lunch break, a nap and two glasses of wine) 🙂

This teepee is easy to make, fun, unique and can be easily moved to other rooms or even outside with out falling apart. There is no right or wrong way to put this together. Just try your best to make it sturdy. This is definitely a DIY you’ll want to try. (Steps are detailed on each photo for easy reading) Enjoy!

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Materials

  1. 1 inch pvc pipes (4) $16
  2. 2 yards of plain yellow fabric $10
  3. 1 yard of Tribal patterned fabric $5
  4. Yellow Poly Rope
  5. Drill
  6. Hot glue gun/spray adhesive/needle and thread (just one of these)
  7. Pins (for draping)

 

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ArtOnIt Makeup By Sergio Escalona

 

The man behind the make up, Sergio Escalona, a brilliant free spirit with a plethora of ideas. The first time I visited L’atelier De ArtOnIt is was full of supporters as Sergio and artist Elizabeth Hinson Wolever launched the Winter 2015|Spring 2016 collection. This time around I was able to get them all to myself for great conversation and an “outside of the box” personalized makeup session with Sergio. I adore how Elizabeth got her inspiration to design the Les Chats de Ballet Noel compact. Check it out❤️

The Story: Most of my inspiration for “Les Chats de Ballet Noel” comes from memories of my childhood. Ever since the first time I watched professional ballerinas dance in The Nutcracker, I wanted to do the same. I fell in love with the music, magical scenery, and costumes. My best friend and I auditioned with the Houston Ballet Academy as young children, and were both accepted. After auditioning for The Nutcracker and not making it, I was disappointed, but quickly got over it and turned my energy toward art and music. I still love ballet, and have a huge nutcracker collection, but art is now my true passion! The holidays always remind me of wanting to be in the Nutcracker as a child, and the music reminds me of practicing in the ballet studio with my dear best friend. Last holiday season I created “Les Chats de Ballet Noel” as I was listening to music from The Nutcracker. Of course I had to make the main subject my cat character, inspired by my cat Einstein, and I’m supposed to be the cat in the middle that is turning the wrong direction! Meow! ~EHW

Located at 3000 Sage near the Galleria, L’atelier De ArtOnIt is a beautiful, bright, clean, inviting space. Quite frankly it was hard to leave. It would have been so easy to hang around there all day. Sergio even showed us an awesome painting that he has been working on. If I’m working creatively on something, having the right space, light, and energy makes or breaks my level of productivity. It’s no wonder that Sergio can create amazing makeup looks and paintings there.

We decided on doing a dual look to play around with both palettes that Elizabeth selected and designed. It was a fun idea that enabled us to see the color combinations and possibilities of both palettes. Plus, how often do you get to have two different looks on your face. Lol So many people asked me questions, gave me smiles, and great feedback on both looks as I went about my day as “two face”. Check out all the fun we had! Enjoy!

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OOTD | Olive+Stripes

This OOTD includes two of my all-time must haves: Black and white horizontal stripes and COMFORT! Black and white will forever and always be classic and chic. Comfort for me is nonnegotiable. There is nothing worse than putting on a garment then having to pull and tug at it. The entire time you are in something less than comfy, you’re wondering if it still looks right and probably can’t wait to take it off. It’s best to just avoid uncomfortable garments to begin with.

I adore this olive thermal midi length skirt because it makes wearing a skirt when it’s 30-40 degrees outside more cozy. Pair it with a brown/black over the knee boot and you’ll be warm all day. Top it off with another classic piece (moto jacket) and you’re ready to run out of the house. I’m all about quick,easy, and fuss free clothing and this was super easy to put together. Enjoy!

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Shirt- Target

Skirt- Forever 21

Boots- Guess

Creative Minds

It’s finally beginning and I’m beyond excited about it! My new creative minds series is being kicked of by one of the most entertaining and authentic people I know! My sister and travel contributor for AuthenticallyB.com is amazing and you’re going to love her!

If you would like to know more about what this new series entails check out this link for a more detailed description. New Series Coming to A+B in January 2016:Creative Minds

Enjoy!

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Creative Minds: Ashleigh the Wanderlust

Let me start by saying some creatives can NOT be tamed! I enjoy meeting people with wild hearts and it’s even more of a pleasure when you get to know a free spirit. My sister is the epitome of what I just described so a traditional “interview” for my creative minds series just didn’t happen. Lol However, she did do her magic and give some wonderful insight about who she is. Enjoy!

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What am I passionate about?
Oh that’s simple! Traveling, books, photography, food, writing, Supernatural, Dr. Who, Sherlock(on every aspect the RDJ movies, CBS Elementary, BBC Sherlock and of course the source Sir Arthur Conan Doyle series).

How do I travel?
I usually pick a place with the most affordable airfare and build around it. I’m a backpacker, so I pack lightly. You know, no wheels, on my back. How much do I really wish to carry as I run(upstairs, crossing the street and my personal favorite through the airport)? I stay in hostels and load up on the complimentary breakfast. I eat with locals, seriously always follow the locals!! I take public transportation and walk A LOT(it’s kinda off sets my love for food hahaha). Most importantly, I save the word “no” for dire situations. If I’m offered food, drinks, an invitation, the answer is “YES!” Why? Because I have comfort at home and I do not travel for comfort. I travel for the love of the unknown. I travel to sit next to strangers and listen as they speak to me. I travel to learn new words and phrases, in a language I don’t speak. I travel to trust myself and humanity.

Reading?
“Reading gives us someplaces to go when we have to stay where we are.” -Mason Cooley
I’m quite keen on all genres

Where does my photography inspiration come from?
Family. My family means everything to me. I enjoy focusing on candid moments between love ones. When I do a shoot, I like for everyone to carry on as if I’m not there. I typically get the absolute best shots from children. They tend to easily forget about my presence and I’m able to capture their exuberance.

Food?
Everything, I will try a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g ☺ How else will I know what I’m fond of?

What am I writing?
Mostly my own thoughts in my journal. Recently I’ve taken on the role of travel contributor on AuthenticallyB.com blog. You can find me in the travel section.

Am I a fangirl?
OF COURSE! I didn’t choose fangirling, fangirling chose me. Honestly I am unfaithful to all fandoms. There’s Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, Star Wars, LOTR. I mean just to name a few more hahaha.

What’s next for me?
You know, in a perfect world I would be a travel writer and photographer. I would also volunteer at schools and orphanages as a way to give back. All of this in hopes of perhaps, spreading my love of the camera, and overall eccentric nature with others.

Find Mischief,

Chris Signature

 Small work sample from Ashleigh the Wanderlust

 

 

Toddler Room Inspiration

Once I got the bones of Grant’s room corrected, I starting building my Pinterest inspiration board for his décor. Not only was Grant going from baby to toddler, but we were going through a transition of buying our first home. Of course this meant we were super excited to really have a place to call our own.

I have grown very fond of minimalist colors like gray, black, and white because of its understated elegance. I think using a basic color scheme will make future transitions easier as well. I searched around for the perfect pop of color for quite a while before I found it. I tried to think of a color that matched Grant’s personality and finally came up with yellow as the accent color for his room. I mean, what’s more vibrant and loud than Grant and the color yellow?!?!? Ha ha.

This collage contains most of my pins from his room board. Having this helped me to stay focused and DIY with things I already had. This kept the budget low while yielding the same aesthetic results.

If you or your little one is going through a transition, (baby to toddler or toddler to school age) it may be time to start thinking about adjusting the space to match the growth. Begin with collecting inspiration and go from there. If you start with the right base and get creative with things you already have you can keep your $wallet$ intact in the process.

Enjoy!

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Modern Cottage|Grant’s Room

Our cottage was built in 1929 with 1 bedroom, 1 living area, 1 bathroom,and the kitchen. Somewhere along the line the previous owners added an addition(2nd bedroom) and a detached single car garage to the house. The second bedroom is now our son Grant’s room. Since our total space is about 891 square feet we decided that using one continuous color through out the house would make a big difference in making the space feel open.

Grant’s room was being used as a dining area previously and needed lots of love because of the salmon colored walls and horrible pink tile. The first order of business was to paint the walls. After looking at paint chips for days we finally got some samples and tested them in the house. (Boy was that exciting!!!!) We chose a beautiful Behr Marquee Natural Gray paint in the perfect tone. It wasn’t too dark or too light, and most importantly, not too brown. (I hated the idea of having any brown/tan paint in the house at ALL!) Behr Marquee paint is a bit pricey but it saves you some time, energy, and mental anguish by knowing that all you need is ONE coat. That was important to us because every room in our house needed to be painted.

Next, I tackled the floors.The rest of the house has hard wood floors that we refinished. The tough part was finding flooring to match the original refinished hardwood in the rest of the house. We ended up finding a really good deal on laminate floors in the perfect color at Lumber Liquidators. I was able to put down the floors by myself over a few days but I must admit, the first day was the toughest because I wasn’t prepared. If you ever plan on putting down floors start by taking an entire day to just watch installation videos on youtube. (seriously,Lol) Also, be sure to get a complete kit with spacers, rubber mallet, etc. Have the proper tools to cut boards with as well. I found that a circular saw worked much better than a jig saw in this case. Never the less, I got it done.

Another important note is to remember that if you are using a flooring product that goes over existing floors, it will affect the doors. I wanted the flooring to go inside of the closet as well so I had to remove the doors while I was installing the floors. Before reinstalling the doors, I had to trim some length from the bottom of the closet doors so they would fit the new space.

It was a ton of hard work but we saved some serious $money$ by doing it ourselves. After completing this project I felt like I could take on the world! I hope this will inspire and encourage you to spruce up your living space however you see fit. Just know in your heart that if I can, YOU can D.I.Y. (Do it yourself )

Enjoy!

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Gray Paint-Behr Marque Natural Gray Semi Gloss

Floors-Lumber Liquidators Dream Home Chrisma African Rosewood

 

Exclusive BTS from Kaleidoscope Houston 

Kaleidoscope Houston is a multifaceted 3 day event showcasing art, music,film, and fashion. The venues are amazing and the creative vibes going into the show are even better! The first night is Urbanity, followed by Jet-Set, concluded by Imaginarium.

What is so very special about Kaleidoscope Houston is that all of the talent involved are local creatives with international flare. Every single night you can expect art exhibits, dancing, live art, silent auction, pop-up retail shops, musical performances as well as runway shows.

You get the best value with a 3 day pass but if you have a hectic schedule and can only make it out 1 or 2 nights you will not be disappointed. It’s going to be an event like non other. Here are some bts (behind the scene) photos of some of the creatives shooting some Kaleidoscope Houston promo videos. Be on the look out for them soon. Enjoy!

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