Mood Board: July 2016 Wants

  I need a huge change.  I have a list of things I want to do, career wise, travel, love life, creating, etc. I have so much on my plate, sometime even something as simple as walking into an apartment that doesn’t feel  like “home”  can be a bummer.  I want to be able to walk into a space that not only reflects my personality, but inspires me to create and grow. I need a refresher,. Though my goal living space is huge artistic loft (which I’m no where close  to) a girl can still dream. I’ve been slowly throwing away a lot of materialistic crap, that are just taking up space. it doesn’t need to be there, so out to the trash it goes. I try to tell myself, everything I own has a home, and though staying tidy ism’t always  easy ( many artistic persons are messy) I think I’m slowly getting better.

I love white furniture, it gives the illusion of more open space. I have a quirk for funky furniture, because you still need that one piece to stand out, and scream “look at me!” A closet organized is a women’s fantasy come true, I just adore all the  little storage boxes  pictured above. (Remind me to buy some of those) and I would forever have a love for succulents and cacti. I would really love to have my own mini garden Right now it doesn’t seem like the best thing to do, since i barely have any windows or outdoor space, but soon.. I’ll make it happen. For now, I’ll just have to swoon every time I pass a flower shop.

This mood board is in influencing me to get to work,  not only to keep saving up for my dream spot, but to make the same you’re currently in, your own. A safe haven.

Graffiti, Gay Icecream & Sneaky Cervezas

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Chinatown of course.2

I headed with Q to meet with Misha, we were headed to Canal Street to see artists paint in a lot and I knew this neighborhood a little too well.

See, my step-father( father to me, I don’t see him any other way ♥ ) had worked in this parking lot for 26 years, so ever since I was little, I would always be running around the lot with my other siblings.

My mother used to work in the Bakery that was close to the lot, so sometimes I would help her wait the tables. I used to like it, I felt like a grown up.

Not to mention there was this cute older italian boy who used to work in the actual kitchen, but of course he used to see me as a little sister type.

Hey, I was a little kid and all I knew was, that he was pretty.

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My father is so upset that this parking lot is closed after all these years.

So when I saw the posting that there would be new artwork, I couldn’t resist but to go.

Of course, when I found it was a little too late, but better than never.4

Q, Misha and I arrived as soon as all the artists where finished, we said hello and introduced ourselves to the people that were still there.

Who were sweethearts by the way!5

They greeted us with beers and let us take our pictures with no hassle.6

Though I didn’t get the name of all the artists, I already knew Meres was a part of it, due the light bulbs with faces and Mishka of course, did his thing.7

We  bumped into this awesome piece right across the street next to the church.8

After all the graffiti, we headed to Burger King for some grub and made our way in to a Halloween Shop.

I saw a Mario with a sign and I ran to the store!9

I have no idea what I want to be for Halloween and I’m running out of time!

It’s so hard now a days to find something for female adults that is not too revealing.

I don’t want to be cute, with fairy wings and such, and I don’t want to be sexy with my belly all out.

Let’s face it, no one wants too see all this jiggle in a belly shirt.lol10

I took these random pics while walking since they caught my eyes.

I found that box on the floor to be so funny, and a random picture frame just being hung up in the street, ha!

nice graff in the background too.

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After that, Misha, Q and I met up with our  friend Sasha De La Cruz, who was visiting from Salem, Massachusetts. Misha, her and I went to high school together, and since she was in the city for comic con we had to make it a good night. 12

We headed to a restaurant in Greenwich where the artist Mekone was displaying some work. Misha was buying one of his pieces, since she’s going to be starting her own collection soon.

Ah, so exciting!13

I took some pictures of his work for all of you to see.14

Look at this baby, titled “Thirteen”

Isn’t she a beauty?

and in a pink frame, what a beauty.15 16 17 18

I loved this one as well. Look at those eyes!19 20 21

You can follow Mek on Instagram here22 23After the restaurant…

yes, this night is not over!

24Sasha was super sweet and gave each of us a little present.

We each now own a Mut exclusive print, personally signed by Sasha herself.

She’s super talented and while looking through her work in a pizza shop, all attention was on her.

Customer’s kept stopping telling her how talented she was, which she is!

If you wanted to check out some of her work, follow her on Facebook.
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♥ Me, Sasha and Mish ♥
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We started to walk, and a lot of walking we did, cracking jokes and Q acting all silly.

We bumped into an ice cream shop.

First thing I noticed was a huge man in a dress, so I definitely wanted to go in!

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Big Gay Icream was tiny, packed and had a lot of spunk.29

One of the popular ice creams was named Bea Arthur, which I thought was sooo cute.

And if you don’t know who Bea Arthur is, she was one the women from the show

Golden Girls”

and if you don’t know what that show is…. I don’t think we can be friends anymore!30

The girls ordered their icecream, while Q and I snuck in some beers.31

Look at him, wanting my beer!32

I got caught burping..

I’m such a lady.33

Sasha’s burp must have been more amazing than mine, look at that face.34

It was a great night, we definitely walked a lot, and if I’m not skinny by now, I don’t know what to tell you.

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See you guys next time, and Sasha, it was great seeing you again!36

Padrino, The Big 50

The Big 50

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My godfather officially turned 50!

How handsome was he?

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My godfather and I haven’t always been the closest time wise, but every moment spent together is always cherished.

Now more than ever since I’m getting older and actually appreciating the people around me.DSC02137

My Godparents house was filled with family and close friends,  packed with cousins.

I always happen to arrive with a big jug of wine.

Moscato Sangria.

Nobody ever seems to complain though.DSC02135

My brother below came with his potential soon to be girlfriend which was sweet and very shy.DSC02162

Gj was looking as cute as ever and of course all eyes were on her.DSC02149

Padrino (Godfather in spanish) with one his best buds from work and his wife.

They had a dance off, which I got to record and will be sure to post up soon.

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Bethany and Jade got in the spirit of all the spanish music that was blasting.DSC02138

I was so excited I got to see my little big brother Jeremy. He’s getting so tall… I might have to start wearing heels around him.DSC02164My cousins Evelyn and Lee with their babies, Chris and Gj

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Baby cousin Armani. ♥DSC02143

The adults trying to be cute =]DSC02174

My Mr. Minx feeling the buzz.DSC02175

So much love in our family.DSC02161

I remember when we used to be the little ones, now we’re the ones holding the babies.DSC02173

The fashionista Gj.DSC02146

Getting ready to sing happy birthday… Cousin Lidia playing cute w the camera in her face.DSC02165

No birthday would be complete without a little frosting in the face!DSC02166

My brother Kiki, My loverboy Q, My cousins Boyfriend Arturo, My cousin Sasha, My cousins husband and a family friend, kicking out the night in good faith…

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Potluck Dinner

Potluck Dinner

living roomI was excited for the Potluck Dinner I was throwing, I got to see great friends and family, and not to mention the fact that I had awesome food and drinks in the process.

groupQ and I cleaned like crazy before everyone arrived. Even though there wasn’t much to clean, sometimes I just like to be bossy and make him work. But shhhhh..don’t tell him anything.

cousins and sisterThere really isn’t much to say except for I believe everybody had fun, hell I know many had fun. And these pics pretty much help you guys get an idea of the craziness I had to deal with that night. Though it may look simple now, I promise you with Tiana in the picture, it was all worth while.

( Picture above: my cousin Lidia, my cousin Sasha and my sister Julissa )

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When I invited everyone the rules were pretty simple, either bring a dish or bring a bottle. I made beef and rice with beans, Misha brought macaroni salad, Steph made bbq ribs, there was ALOT of chicken of many different kinds from rotisserie to fried, Jen brought two massive dishes of rice, one white one yellow, salad. We had 5 gallon jugs of wine, 3 bottles of vodka, whiskey, ciroc, heinekens and pina coladas. Whew, that was a lot to type!

I’m sure I missed a bunch of it too.
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Everyone, which was mostly everybody didn’t really know each other and this was their first time meeting the other. So I thought it was great, we all got to meet new people and network. make plans for the summer and talk about upcoming projects.a jenI’m so glad A and Jen came down from Connecticut to come and spend some time with me.

They mean the world to me and I don’t even think they know it.

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I finally got to hang out with Obby and his girl Janna. Obby is awesome, and I hope we get to hang out more often this summer. Ever since I stopped working at Bergdorf Goodman I’ve just been drifting off everywhere.

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Judy brought some Moscato which was gone in like 15 minutes, and I got to see Jessica, who’s a total sweetheart and I met while working at Armani Exchange.oli sara

Oli is the cutest thing ever and Sara is one the smartest women I know. I’ve known these girls since my days in Art and Design High School way back when, how quickly time flies.q oli ncrys judjes and

I made sure everyone always a drink in their hand, keep the laughter coming.crystal steven

Crystal is a freaking doll, I’ve known her since I was in middle school and we used to hang out after class, especially during the summer when we will hit up the pool with her mom. I only get to see her a few times each year bc she’s busy traveling almost everywhere and she just finished getting her degree, I’m so proud of her!

godfather meraymond me    I was so happy when my godfather showed up and I have to say it was one of the biggest surprises of the night. I’m so grateful he passed by, let alone with beers. Love you Tio!

My baby cousin Raymond, though he’s’ not much of a baby anymore. ♥
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Stephy and Jay,though I haven’t knownthem for long, I’m sure we’re gonan have a lot of good times ahead of us and I know this night was no exception.group shot

This is when all the ratchetness began. I’m not even sure that’s a word, but I just used it as a verb.

Look at our group picture, how cute are we?booty

All I see is ass, and I know I wasn’t the only one looking. Tiana ended up giving a few lap dances haha

jen hugging megroup shot  That’s me getting some love from Jen, she’s just about the best mother figure I have ever seen. My niece and nephew are so lucky.

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I caught A and Obby dancing, acting like fools… this is officially my blackmail picture.

Not sure how well that will work though, since I’m already showing you guys.obby janna

Obby and Janna looking adorable.pick me upI have no idea how I ended up on the ground ( no, I was not drunk, just a little happy ) and Q kept trying to pick me up.

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I think this picture of us would have actually came out cute if my eyes weren’t in a different world.

(ok, maybe I was a little drunk)
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Tiana acting a fool…you’ll see a lot of that in the next few pics.kick

She wasn’t the only one though, the get together got  a little better once everyone thought it died down…it didn’t.

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Tiana was a trip and having Stephy in the mix , well it was definitely interesting.randomIt was a good night, with good friends, with good food, and good drinks.

I definitely cannot complain.

(look at Tiana twerking while doing a handstand..hahahaha )

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Until next time guys.

( This is officially my favorite of us…for now )
my favorite pictureHappy Birthday to me.

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Update on my Apartment Part 2

Update on my Apartment 

Hi guys, lately I’ve been putting in work to my apartment. I’ve only been here for going on six months now, I have so much work to do. So many plans and ideas, and I hope everything comes together in person like I see it in my head. You can follow the process by clicking on Home Editions.

The living room: 

living roomI recently just painted one of my living room walls purple, added hints of orange and of course I had to add my canvases into the mix.

Look at Q lost in his own world. ♥

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I fell in love with an orange chevron table cloth which I haven’t purchased yet, so I settled for one of those crappy party store plastic ones for the time being … especially since I was having company come over the next day.

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I’m a huge fan of mirrors and candles,so you will definitely seeing a lot of those. Look at my princess Jasmine hanging out by the bar though♥, and I added some candles on my tiny..really tiny window still to give it a touch of pretty with colored stain glass.

Moving on to the bedroom:

bedroomOne of my biggest problems while living in my mother’s house was that I was a total pig. Absolutely everything will end up on the floor, on the bed, drawers were never closed.. and I’m pretty sure if the walls weren’t vertical, they would have crap all over them too.

I was stuck in a too small room in the attic, with ceilings that dropped low, I always hit my head. I had no closet and no space for anything. Which resulted in my mess making skills. It also didn’t help that as an artistic, we don’t care to be the neatest people.

Though in my new room I still have no closet, I told myself I would always make sure you could still be able to see the floor. Though I still have my messy moments, while rushing to work getting dressed, it has NEVER been to the extent of how I used to live before.

bookshelvesI told myself this, If it has a home, there’s no reason it should be out of place. I try my best to live up to that. Again, no closet…so all of my belongings seem to be overwhelming at times. I’m sure I’ll come up with better storage solutions as time progresses. But for now, I have managed to have two bookshelves to contain my shoes and t- shirts.

The black dresser has all my jeans/pants… ( and one drawer for Q )

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I try to keep my bags off of the floor, ( old Spanish superstition, purse on the floor, you’ll never have money ) I have my coats and long dresses on a garment rack and my desk, which I’m sure will be temporary.

My homemade desk, I ended up merging together my vanity and the glass top of a coffee table Misha gave to me. I needed that desk badly!

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On the other side of the room, I have my art stash… I never really find anything that can hold all my random art supplies. Especially when it comes to different sized canvases, all my paint etc. So this entertainment center fit the bill for the moment. I ended up removing two of the shelves in the center to make some space.

Peep my wine glass on the floor though, I was doing my hair… and also check out the throwback picture of me and my brother in the glass case. You can’t see it too clearly, but I promise you, there’s a tooth missing in that smile somewhere.

So that’s it for now guys, I know it’s not much, but from how it first looked when I moved in

I don’t think it’s that bad. Let’s hope it gets better!

Painting in Purple

Painting in Purple

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The before picture.

I know I have this crazy obession with black and white stripes, but lately I’ve been cheating on my print with the orange and purple combo. I don’t know if it has anything to do with my love of Halloween, but I knew I had to mix these two fetishes together.

That, and my favorite color, neon green.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, that seems like a lot of crazy colors and prints to be trying to match together… but there’s nothing you can say to change my mind.

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I got out of work and stopped by my local hardware store and picked a purple that seemed really pigmentated. ( Not the one above )

I told him I wanted a dark purple because the wall that I will be painting across from it ( maybe in another week) will be a bright orange and the last thing I want is to look like my apartment belongs in a “My little Pony” commercial.

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He asked if I had a lot of lighting since it was such a dark color, but let’s face it, with my midget sized windows I knew her was right.

I picked the purple that was only one shade lighter than my original choice ( I’m so stubborn that way ) he laughed while I picked out my roller brush and other supplies.

I was just excited to get home and start.

drop it lowI attached the pole exender to the brush to find out 3 seconds and one roll on the wall later that I hated it, off you go.

almost doneI put Vandal ( my cat ) in the bathroom ( can’t have paw prints everywhere, he’s a nosy little one )  and blasted some soul music, as loud as I could.

I  was focused.

It took me about three hours. Which I didn’t find that bad, considering that I did it all alone, taped edges and drop cloth taped as well.

I decided to leave the second coat for the next day ( hey, a girl’s gotta pay bills )

Once I left work, I rushed to finished my project.

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Don’t mind the mess, but I think I did pretty good. I have so many plans and ideas to go, so this is only the beginning.

I hope you guys are ready for all this home decor stuff. But no worries, I’ll still be posting the basics, my artwork, the crazyness in my life, the random never made it pictures and stupid ratchet videos

Until next time guys =}

GJ’s 1st Birthday

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Q and I got ready to head out to my baby cousin’s 1st birthday party. GJ ( short for Genesis Jasmine ) is growing up so quickly! Her babyshower seemed as if it was only a week ago.

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Here’s the birthday girl looking as cute as ever in her pink tulle dress while her Auntie Lidia carries her. My NEWLYWED cousin Neisy, glowing, happy as can be, my Uncle Luis and I posing for the camera. ( Congratulations Neisy! )

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My godparents are adorable… They are truly the ONLY couple I know, that have lasted through the years. This is the only couple that has been able to teach me what a marriage should be like. Never ending.

They are beautiful and I’m so blessed to have them.

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GJ with her grandmother while Q and I got caught dancing bachata by my cousin Ciara. He actually did pretty good, even though I caught him counting the steps a few times! lol

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I had a blast and I’m sure Q did too. We danced, drank and laughed way too many times. Lionela did absolutely great decorating the place with her Candyland theme!

GJHappy Birthday GJ, wish you many many more…