This week is The Architect of Style, Sixth year anniversary, I can’t believe so much time has passed by. Although, I am a part-time blogger (that feels more like it is full-time). I have been very fortunate to collaborate and work drawing for many big fashion and lifestyle brands like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Cynthia Rowley, Adidas, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Mazda… so many that it would be impossible to list them all.
I am the girliest of girls when it comes to cutesy and pink things. I just love everything pink, and when I saw that there was a pop-up Museum of Ice Cream in town, I knew I had to go. The Museum is an instagram (millennial pink) dream. The popularity of this venue made it be sold out every time I would check to buy tickets. But finally a few weeks before it’s final round my sister was able to find tickets to attend. Although it is a little pricey to go, it is all worth it when you dive into the sprinkle pool and start taking pictures of basically everything. Now don’t expect this to be an educational museum, it is more of an interactive venue that you go thru exhibits, more like a gallery I would say. While you eat ice cream as you move thru the exhibits.
Obviously I had to dress up with an outfit that match the museum so I opted to wear all pink! I got these bright pink paper bag pants and wore it with the Pink as my Vibes t-shirt from the line of my friend Annie The Alchemist.
I feel that in the past year, I have been dressing more casual. Using as an Everyday Look, basic pieces. It all comes about in my essence of simplifying my day to day. Typically I have really long work days. They start at the gym at 5am and then it goes into a packed day meetings and work. In the middle of all this, I go to fashion events or head on to draw fashion illustrations either for me of for a client.
It sounds like a lot, but this is what bloggers that have very demanding day jobs do. All because we really love sharing stories, and for me sharing my artwork and fashion ideas. So saving a few minutes, everyday. Specially while dressing up, comes as a precious earning. So I can expend less time thinking what to wear, and in that time do things that I love. It is just so much easier when outfits are put together using basic apparel. They look good and kinda pulled together.
This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Sedano’s and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
I love to entertain family and friends, and each time I like to prepare dishes that reminds me of home. So for today’s post sponsored by Sedano’s Supermarkets, I wanted to share with you how you can #CapturaTuCultura with one of my favorite and easiest dishes to make for a get together. Shrimp Stuffed Plantain Tostones with Tomato, Cilantro, Garlic Sauce. It doesn’t get more Caribbean than pairing seafood (in this case shrimp) with earthy green plantains which makes this a truly Dominican dish to make.
At the end of each year, I reflect on the last twelve months in preparation to get ready for the new one. I started thinking of my 2018 goals, as I had a good last year. Some of the goals I had listed got accomplished, some others morphed and changed. I got to work with some really cool brands like Mazda, Tory Burch and Cynthia Rowley. And did breakout of my comfort zone working on new mediums. (Check out the painted Adidas I made with Famous Footwear).
Every “X” amount of years, I go thru a growing phase, and 2017 for sure was one of those years. The things I learned personal and in business, has for sure shaped the things to come on 2018. I have worked into some ideas that hopefully these year will all come up to fruition soon.
And thank you for all my followers for being there for me, here is to 2018 starting!
Join me for an afternoon of live drawing and painting on X-mas Ornaments at Macy’s International Mall in Miami, for the Holidays. This Saturday December 16th from 2 to 4pm. This time around we are creating personalized and unique custom painted Christmas Ornaments. See more details below and I hope to get to see some of you this weekend!
This post and giveaway is sponsored by Cirque du Soleil VOLTA.
Cirque du Soleil’s newest show VOLTA is rolling into Miami this week. On Friday, December 15th until February 4th, under the Big Top next to Hard Rock Stadium. I love going to presentations and shows there is a certain magic to see the stage designs, wardrobes and special effects. In college I took a class for Scenography design class and that was one of the coolest classes I had. There is so much you can dream up and imagine to create a different world on a stage. Visual shows like Cirque du Soleil, feed my imagination on future artworks to come.
If you are in town for Art Basel. I wanted to invite you to the Nudara by mktub Pop-up, this Saturday December 9th, from 3 to 6pm. Where I will be Live Drawing custom personalized fashion illustrations. This event is open to attend but be sure to RSVP (here). Be sure to pass by and say hi! And score one of my fashion illustrations while you shop Nudara sandals, have some drinks, chill and also get Henna and evil eye nail art. This will be a really cool event and I would love to see you!
One of my favorite things is cooking. I say that if I would ever leave architecture (and illustrating) I would become a chef. I consider myself a foodie and truly love making new dishes. Last week my friends from South Florida Bloggers invited me to attend a cooking class with Parmigiano Reggiano at the Biltmore Culinary Academy. Obviously having the chance of pretending to be a world class chef and cook in a real chef’s kitchen, I gladly attended.
This shop has been compensated by Schwarzkopf. #FashionColorExpert #sponsored
For Fall, I shied away from having my super bright ombre hair and went ahead and dyed my hair a darker tone. But after coloring my hair, I also wanted to do a little more of a change and have bangs without having to cut my hair. I have been loving that french girl fringe look, so I went for it. So I partnered up with Schwarzkopf Color Ultime to show you How-to Dye Clip-On Bangs.
Schwarzkopf Color Ultime comes in a variety of fashion shades. I picked a Magnificent Blacks 1.1 in Raven Black, to match my hair base line color. I started with a medium color natural hair Clip-On bangs (see below the before and after), and ended up with a color true to the box color shown. My hair came-out really shiny and matching my real hair.
And if you need some hair inspo check it out on social using the hashtag #FashionColorExpert or you can see it here too!
Materials needed for this How-To Dye Clip-On Bangs
One Box of Schwarzkopf Color Ultime 1.1 in Raven Black (Available at Walmart, this is where I bought mine) | Natural Hair Crown Clip-on Bangs (Hence on natural don’t use synthetic blends) | Parchment paper or a plastic bag surface to work on
1. First cover the working area with parchment paper or a plastic bag. Also protect your hands using the plastic gloves included in the color box.
2. Unscrew the lid of the Application bottle that has the Developer lotion and add the full tube of the Color Cream. Close the applicator bottle and shake vigorously until well blended.
3. Take your natural hair clip-on bangs, and start adding the color dye, in stripes, massaging thru the hair and make sure all strands are covered. you may also want to flip the bags and add some color on the behind area where the clips are. You won’t use all the product in the bottle, just enough to cover all.
4. Let it sit for 40 minutes.
5. Wash off with plenty of running cold water. I like to do a quick wash with a little bit of shampoo and finish off using a little bit of the Conditioning Treatment provided with the box, to make it extra shiny.
6. Lay flat on a dark towel and let it air dry. After completely dry you can style as usual and clip-on.
Check out below to see the results and how I styled my hair to achieve the french girl look!
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