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Well I am back from my lovely, relaxing, fun, crazy vacation (to be honest I’ve been back for awhile) and since I’ve needed to catch up on my rest, I’ve left Sparkleshock alone for a little while. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the blogging grind. Anyway, I wanted to share with you all the photos I took while I was in Miami most specifically the ones from down on Miami Beach.
The art deco architecture on Miami Beach is well known, but nothing quite compares to seeing for yourself. Art Deco has always been one of my favorite art styles because I love the combination of color and high style elements the art form has. I love the homages to fashion, modernism, cubism, and futurism the Art Deco style has, so to see building after building of this was complete heaven to me…
Next time I go back, I plan on staying in one of these hotels. I just imagine glamorous celebs from the 40′s and 50′s staying in artsy rooms and going to glamorous parties, haha. I have some more photos from the Art Deco District on my flickr, so please do check them out if you’d like!
…Which is the greeting that is sure to meet me once I touch down in beautiful South Florida on Friday. And since I’ll be enjoying my Labor Day vacation, I won’t really be around any computers…in fact, Arion (my MacBook) isn’t even coming along with me so in my absence, I wanted to leave you guys with some gorgeous photos of Miami architecture…
I’ll be back next week though and I’ll have tons of photos of art, scenery, and such here while I’ll have some more personal photos and adventure photos over at Jade Pheenix. Of course, I will mostly be posting a few random images and thoughts on my tumblr and on twitter while I’m gone so you are certainly welcome to stop by there and say hi
Have a Great & Safe Labor Day!!!
Morning! Can you believe it’s already August?? Oh my stars, does time fly by. I cannot believe that there’s only 4 months left of the year! I hope your last bit of July was a good one…mine was quite nice. I didn’t do much, but I did get a chance to check out a comedy show at The House of Comedy at the Mall of America (about which there will be a recap over at Jade Pheenix later today.) Besides that I didn’t do much but clean, sew a bit, and work at the fabric store. I did get a surprise in finding out that my sister and mom (of whom have been in Florida for the past month) will be coming back home this week…that had totally slipped my mind…and I got used to having the house all to myself, haha. Last night was True Blood Night of course, and let me tell you…they certainly upped the ante on the gore! There were vampires exploding every which way…which is a really bloody mess, haha. The show is getting a bit better, but it’s not as good as it seemed to be last season. Sookie is still dense, Tara is still “the angry Black woman”, and Alcide (a new character that’s a warewolf) is still hot.
Oh! I don’t think I ever mentioned the white water rafting adventures I went on two weeks ago with my co-workers. Now, if you know me, you know I don’t really do the people at work like that…due to my true feelings about my job and the atmosphere, I kind of keep to myself. But, I had to go on this day trip because it was a required “team bonding experience”…and you know what? I actually had a lot of fun. My past mindset about work is that it was an experience in which I allowed myself to sort of clam up because I didn’t like the circumstances - but being around my team outside our office building really gave me a chance to see how they really are…and I realized that they aren’t so bad after all. That being said though, I still have no plans on telling them my business (if you’ve never worked in a corporate environment, believe me, “watercooler talk” is so real…) but I will make much more of an effort to be more “around” instead of holing up in my cube for most of the day.
Well, the rest of my week seems to be pretty uneventful…I will probably finish a top I was working on this past weekend. I hopefully will make it to the movies to see Inception (mostly because I need to see what all the fuss is about). Besides that, who knows!
Have a great week, all…let’s make the beginning of August great, yes!?
“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” -Paulo Coelho
…Is my new blog!!
For awhile now, I’ve had tons of personal things that I’ve wanted to share (projects, photos, random life happenings), so I thought it’d be a good idea to sort of start to separate them from Sparkleshock. So the new home for things that are a bit more personal is now over at Jade Pheenix. Don’t worry, you can still look to Sparkleshock for all things fashion, art, and design related…and of course, you’ll probably still see random babblings from my crazy mind, but please do check out Jade Pheenix for more in-depth posts about my design adventures (or misadventures in some cases, haha!) and my journey called life. It’s still a baby blog though, so there are only like 2 posts..but be patient! More will definitely come
In fact…you remember the photoshoot I’ve been mentioning?…some of the pictures from segment 1 of the shoot are up…so check ‘em out!
Konnichiwa! I hope today finds you all in good health and good spirits. It’s another Monday, so some of you are probably heading back to work…and then there are some of you who get to sleep in or head to the beach or head to the mall or head to some really nice vacation destination. Unfortunately for me, none of those latter situations apply (bummer!) so of course I’ve got the Monday blues since I’m at work. I do wish my weekends would never end…it’s so nice having time to do things that you want to do…
Anyway, how was your weekend? Fabulous I hope. Mine was pretty chill. After all the running around I did last weekend for the photoshoot, it was nice to spend this weekend just relaxing and catching up on some projects and housework. I didn’t really do anything crazy fun, but I did go shopping on Friday afternoon after work. Since I’ve now decided to move in December, I now have exactly 12 paychecks until moving time, so I decided to take Friday’s payday and completely SPEND it. I have been diligently saving since last October, so I figured that I have a good amount saved now, plus I’ll have a good amount saved by December, so why not take this entire check and spend it on myself? Let me tell you, it was so nice…obviously I’m not making Oprah-money, but let me tell you, it was such a nice taste to take what I do make and go into a store and know that I can buy whatever I wanted. And I totally did! Like I barely even looked at price tags – mind you I was going to stores like Urban Outfitters and H&M – but still, I saw what I wanted, and I bought it. And I still have a great deal of my paycheck left! It’s really weird, but even after buying what I wanted, I was pretty much satisfied – and still had leftover funds so I’m probably going to save that portion anyway – so it was a double win, haha
Anyhoo…after my Friday “shopping spree”, I spent the rest of the weekend doing the usual – working at the fabric store, doing a bit of sewing, and doing a lot of cleaning. I cleaned and organized my closet and armour and after doing that, I’ve decided that I really shouldn’t buy or make anymore clothes…of course that’s like saying I probably shouldn’t breathe, but I’m literally running out of room! People have always told me that I have too many clothes, but I’ve never agreed until this weekend…
I didn’t get a chance to watch True Blood last night since I was at a friend’s house getting the photos from the Legacy shows. It was all good though because it was nice to hang out and I also found out that I’m wanted for another photoshoot in September. It seems like a lot of acquaintances are trying to update their photography portfolio’s and since I design clothes…and am apparently photogenic (his words not mine, lol) I guess I’m going to start planning for another shoot. Luckily it’s a few months away, so that gives me more time to come up with some new pieces and concepts.
*Sidenote – I know I always say that I’m going to post photos of things I’ve been up to…and I honestly have every intention of doing that, but I’m such a perfectionist when it comes to displaying my work that it takes awhile for me to organize the photos from my various projects – so please continue to stay tuned (I appreciate your patience!) because I will have pictures and a new bit of news hopefully sometime this week.
Well, I think I’m going to go get some breakfast…I actually have a lot of work to do today so I should get to it Have a great week!
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Goooood Morning! How was your weekend? Fantastic I hope…It’s another Monday morning and although I really don’t want to be at work (like that’s anything new ), I’m in pretty good spirits.
I had a fabulous weekend…one that is the epitome of what I’d like most of my weekends to be – one filled with creativity and hustle & bustle. I mentioned I was to begin my photoshoot on Friday afternoon – and it was AMAZING! It was really fun and honestly, it was a bit of an ego trip since I was the one doing the modeling. Back in middle/high school, I was on this modeling tip (when I wanted my folks to uproot and move to LA so that I could be on the Disney Channel), but a lot of my photos came out really awkward…I think the fact that I was going through some serious confidence issues at the time was reflected in that, so I gave that up and haven’t really given modeling another thought. Fast forward about 7 years and I now find myself back in front of the lens. For awhile, I was looking for photographers because I did want some new “professional” photos of myself, but I wasn’t sure what kind I wanted…then the idea came to be that I did need some photos of some of my favorite pieces (that I’ve designed/sewn) so I decided to combine the two and plan a photoshoot of some updated photos of myself and of the clothes I make. Long story short, I collaborated with a good friend of mine, and together we came up with some great stuff that’s edgy, sexy, natural, and all me at the same time. I think what I enjoyed the most about the whole thing was that we just vibed really well creatively. I like to think as a creative partner as a sort of lover. As with any relationship, things just wont work well if you don’t connect – and being a designer there have been many instances where I haven’t connected well creatively with others. But this time, it was just…magic! We found some great locations and I think that plus the awesome pieces I designed just made me really comfortable and natural in front of the camera. On top of that, Drew (photographer) was able to ask a good friend of his if she could do my make up…so I had a make up artist as well. Make up and hair is NOT one of my strong points…I mean, I style my own very well, but I tend to get lost when it comes to designing the right looks for shows and shoots. She came up with some great ideas that really fit the looks well…and I LOVED the make-up for my 3 look. All in all, the whole thing was a great experience and while I don’t plan on pursuing modeling serious in any capacity, it’s nice to know that maybe I don’t take such bad pictures after all We pick up the photos today (they were film, not digital) so I’m a bit anxious…everyone will see them before me…and I always get really shy when I see photos or video footage of myself…I hate watching it, haha. But, I am still really excited to see how they came out…the entire shoot felt right, so hopefully they end up looking right.
The shoot basically consumed my entire weekend. I felt bad because my Pops was home for the weekend and I didn’t get to spend any time with him. I did get to catch up on True Blood, so that was nice…although I’m not too impressed with this season just yet…and I’m pretty sick of them making Tara so damn helpless, but I digress…
I made a final decision about my move to California. And after much thought (and tears of frustration…) I decided that I will be moving in December instead of at the end of next month. There are many reasons why this was the best thing for me to do, but it was a struggle for me to decide because the idea of spending 4 more months in MN and at this job really dampens my spirits. Plus, it was a pride issue because I had already told basically everyone I was leaving (including you guys!), so to say, “nope, I’m leaving later”, just sounds so “unsure”. I realize I don’t have to explain myself to anyone, but what I do want to express is that I have every intention of following my goals out to wherever they may take me…and I know in my heart that Los Angeles is one of those places. I’ve always been the type to do exactly what I say I’m going to do…both good things and not so good things, but this time is the 1st time, I think, where I’m really thinking things out and making the best decision instead of blindly doing whatever feels right. I don’t know…maybe that’s a part of ‘growing up’, but I just don’t want to get into the rut of always following logic…sometimes the best situations come out of following your heart and disregarding everything outside of it…I guess I just need to figure those times out.
Anyways, I should get on with the day and the rest of my posts. The rest of my week looks pretty chill. I think I’ll finish some pants my mom wanted me to make her like 3 months ago. Besides that…its wherever the wind takes me! Enjoy your day! PS. I will have photos from the shoot (along with other recent projects and some NEWS!) sometime this week…stay tuned!
Monday’s are not my favorite day of the week…especially when it’s a Monday that’s cloudy…and when it’s the beginning of the work week…and when it’s a week in which “casual dress” is no longer allowed (I do love to dress up, but I like my dress down wardrobe a bit more). Anyway, enough about complaining about my job…it is what it is and I just have to remember that even though I loathe it, it’s getting me the money so I’ll be able to get to where I want to be.
So I hope you’re weekend was good. Mine was quite nice, yet low-key. Not much went on this weekend…in fact I don’t really remember what I did on Friday night…and I know I didn’t do much on Saturday night either. I did go to a going away party for a friend on Sunday nite and it was fun. My buddy Drew is moving to Florida, so he had a whole bunch of people come over to chill and wish him a bon voyage. Actually, Drew is the guy I’m collaborating with on the photo shoot I have coming up this weekend…I’m pretty excited…his work is great. I’ll be all by myself for the next 3 weeks – all my family is in FL for the rest of the month…and I wasn’t able to go because of work…oh how I miss the days of summer vacation, haha!
Besides that, I didn’t really do any sewing…I wasn’t really in the mood creatively to crank anything out…you see, for the past few days, I’ve been sort of bogged down with some thoughts about my upcoming move to Los Angeles. As a background, I absolutely did not want to come back home after I graduated from college. It was a pride thing and to me a practical thing – you get a diploma and you move out on your own. However, I also was smart enough to know that I just can’t go somewhere without much of a savings or a job. So I moved back home and decided that I would apply for jobs out in CA and work here until I saved money. Little did I know that the economy would continue to suck and that people don’t really seem to want to hire out of state - especially in the world of styling, fashion, costume, entertainment, etc. So I reluctantly applied to my current job (which I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned by name since I don’t really have anything favorable to say about it, but let’s just say that I work in the city for a company I guarantee you’ve heard of). Anyway, it turns out I get hired and although it’s boring as hell…and has NOTHING to do with my diploma or career goals, I will admit that it has been paying me well – well enough that I’ve saved over 10 grand. This was back in October and fast forward to now, it’s almost the end of the summer and August which is when I have decided to pack all my stuff up and move out to California – only now, I’m having second thoughts. It mostly has to do with the fact that if I go at the end of the summer as planned, I’ll have no help and I’ll have less money than if I decided to stay and move in December – which I’m considering. A large part of me feels like it would mean so much more if I did do this all by myself and with a smaller cushion of money than would be ideal. I can make it work, but of course it never hurts to have more money in the bank. On the flip side, it would be nice to be able to have my mom or a few of my friends accompany me on the move (which no one can do at the end of Aug.) and it would be great to have the extra 6,000-7,000 I would have if I decided to stay here until the end of the year. I suppose my dilemma is do I stay here and suffer under another 85 more days of this job, continue living at home for another 4 months, and suffer through another Northern winter…or do I suck it up and move in Aug by myself and with a smaller cushion. Mentally and emotionally, I think it would be worse for me to stay because I can’t be myself at work (the corporate environment is not conducive to my personality and way of social interaction AT ALL) and it’s hurtful to my pride to be living at home when I may not need to be doing that. In CA, I would be on my own which would be a confidence booster and I would be able to start networking and such to turn my costuming goals into a career. But in practical terms, it would be best to stay here, save more money, and wait until I can get some assistance. Not to mention, I do have some expenses (getting my car serviced, buying a new pair of glasses, etc) that are necessary at this time – and it would be best if I paid for them in the next few months instead of putting them on my credit card which I was originally planning on doing…
Sorry that was so long. I guess I haven’t really had to make a decision yet that requires me to do what’s best over what I want to do. I always have done what I FEEL like doing rather than what may actually be the right/best/easiest thing to do. I think things would work well if I left in August…but they would work better if I left in December. What do you guys think? I’d really appreciate any insight and thoughts you may have
Anyway, have a great week. Make sure you take the time to do something that you enjoy!
“Success in any endeavor requires single-minded attention to detail and total concentration.”-Willie Sutton
OH YES…so I finally decided to give this twitter thing a try…I’m going to see if it starts to make any sense to me at all, so even though I don’t really have any outgoing tweets at the moment, please follow me @MissPheenix…I’d love to have a more forward way to connect with all my readers
It’s a bit strange for me to be writing a Monday post so late! It’s about 10pm and I’m just now getting around to posting a few things. Why you ask? Because I had the day off and it was SO enjoyable! Working in “the real world”, it’s taken a bit for me to get used to not having a lot of time off (completely different from the part time jobs I had in the past), so whenever I get a day off (that’s paid too!) I take full advantage of it. So I spent all of today sewing…and it was so nice. I was able to make one of the looks I’ll be wearing for my upcoming photoshoot and I was also able to take care of some alterations and such for other people. On top of that I made two tops (both vintage) and I started the 2nd painting in a set of paintings that I’ve been working on. It sounds like I’m a busy bee, but trust me, I really only do this on the weekends because I feel way to lazy during the week to do anything
Anyway, I hope your weekend and beginning of the week was good. The majority of my weekend consisted of me chilling and…well, chilling , haha. Of course I worked at the fabric store on Saturday and then on Saturday nite I went to support a friend at a fashion show she was modeling in…and what an interesting experience that was! The clothes that were modeled were really cute and my homegirl did really well, but some of the other models (and I use that term loosely) were a bit, well awkward. I realize that it wasn’t anything professional by any means, but I do think they could have looked a bit more happy to be at the event. There were also live musicians at the show as well and I really enjoyed this one local jazz/r&b artist Timotha Lanae (whom I just found out was a Hollywood finalist on American Idol 6). She did this crazy rendition of Estelle’s “American Boy” and it was amazing. All in all, I must say that it was nice to have something to do on a Saturday nite.
The rest of the week will be the usual…I go back to work tomorrow (yuck!), so it’ll be back to the grind. I’ll try and keep this sewing binge up for the rest of the week so that I can crank out more lovely things…which I promise I’ll have photos of soon. My cat chewed through my camera charging cord, so my camera is out of commission until I order a new one. Oh! you’ve probably noticed the new look on here…I went a little photoshop crazy and these are the results…I like them I think
Have a good week, all!
“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.”-Ann Landers
Hey there!!!! Another week is beginning as another weekend ends…I wish weekends never ended…but then I suppose that would be called retirement, hmmm? Anyway, how was your weekend? I do hope it was enjoyable. The worse thing is to be looking forward to the weekend and then have it turn out to be a bad one. Luckily, I escaped that bit of misfortune…my weekend was quite nice! Even though the weather was horrible. How horrible you ask? Well, for starters, tornado warnings were in effect across much of MN…none of them were in my area, but the siren did go off a few times which is also unnerving. On top of that, it hailed 1/2 thick pieces of ice that basically sounded like a million bb gun pellets being shot at your window. The storms in MN have been some of the worse I’ve ever seen. Perhaps it has something to do with all the open fields and stuff…
Anyway, I had to wait for all of that to die down before I could head out to the Legacy cast party on Friday. Of course, it was a good time filled with laughter, random dance sessions, and freely flowing liquor, haha. I had my iPod on deck and I attempted to annoy people with my love of 80′s music, but surprisingly, people started asking me who was playing and where can they get it!
(*COMPLETE SIDE-NOTE*) So I’m currently typing this on my phone…on the bus…and I just looked out the window to see that we are somehow nowhere on the usual route…I have no idea if there is some sort of detour up by the usual exit…all I know is that I’m very confused at the moment…
So after the party on Friday nite, the rest of my weekend was pretty chill. I worked Saturday morning…a customer complimented me on my helping her so that was nice. The best part about Saturday, though, was that my mom and I headed out to the fairgrounds to check out a vintage clothing and textile show and sale. I was totally in heaven…
I saw some of the most gorgeous pieces of jewelry, clothing, and textiles. I suppose vintage clothing is where I turn into a history buff…it’s so amazing to think about the lives that were lived in the clothes…it’s living history! Anyway, I was completely overwhelmed by everything I saw, and I wanted to buy everything (including those square sunglasses above…I died when I saw them!) I managed to pull myself together and settle on a few things…
Now, I had gone to the show with the intention of looking and NOT touching, clearly that did not work out well because I managed to spend more than I had planned…but i stayed with a budget so I suppose it’s all good. The reason I didn’t get the sunglasses was because I had already purchased that gorgeous bracelet above…and the lovely lady who sold it was nice enough to give me a deal on it. The buttons were selected after about 45 minutes of going through bins and bins of vintage buttons…and I was quite pleased to find the amber colored ones above. They’re made of Bakelite, which I’ve been wanting to start collecting for ages. To give you an idea of how coveted Bakelite accessories and jewelry are, I can tell you that every vendor I went to at the show had gorgeous Bakelite bangles – none of which were under $90 bucks. It may sound ridiculous, but the weight and craftsmanship of Bakelite jewelry is like none found today. They are more than likely from the 1930′s and there are some really amazing pieces out there.
I’m not sure what those buttons are going to become, but I’m extremely excited to see what my mind and sewing machine come up with….stay tuned!
The remainder of my weekend was spent just relaxing and doing a bit of sewing. Sunday was True Blood day with the guys and last nite’s episode did not disappoint. The show is finally setting it up for Sookie and Eric to start to become involved, so I’m excited about that. I will say though that the ending scene of the episode was a bit disturbing…vampires, anger, and twisted necks makes for an interesting sex scene – if you watch the show, then you know what I’m talking about…if you don’t, well, let’s just say that scene wasn’t for the squemish!
Well, I’m off to dod a little bit of work…and a lot of daydreaming. I’ve got a pretty chill week ahead of me. I plan on sewing some things both for myself and for my upcoming photoshoot. I think my sister and I are going to watch Avatar tonight (and yes, I’m probably the last person on the planet that hasn’t seen it yet..)
Have a fantastic week!
U- Underwear: Either boyshorts or bikini briefs. And they are only from Victoria’s Secret…I refuse to buy undies form anywhere else!
V – Vegetable you dislike: Peas…yuk!
W – Ways you run late: procrastinating or getting up late…rushing gives me an adrenaline boost that I enjoy, so perhaps sometimes I make myself late on purpose.
X – X-rays you’ve had: just teeth
Y – Yummy food you make: pancakes. My chili is pretty bomb as well.
Z – Zoo favorite: I’ve recently decided that I have a problem with the idea of zoos…however when I did enjoy going to them, I liked the exotic bird and reptile sections.
Hello! It’s the first day of summer! Although you couldn’t tell that here in MN, seeing as though it’s cloudy this morning…ah well, yesterday was gorgeous, so I’m assuming we’ll get some sunshine in here sometime this week. I hope wherever you are, it’s sunny, warm, and oh-so-summer-y!
Anyhoo, I do hope your weekend was enjoyable. Did you do anything fun? Exciting? Different? I’m hoping someone out there did, because I certainly didn’t…which I’m totally fine with since I got to spend the weekend sewing and spending time with cool people. Friday night was pretty much a chill night…I watched a few movies, enjoyed a couple glasses of wine…relaxed, ya know? I spent all day Saturday at the fabric store…it wasn’t that busy, which I enjoyed cause it meant that I could keep “putting fabric away” – in other words, shop. I did good though, I only managed to spend $20 and with that I got a new pair of amazing scissors, 2 yards of a really cute knit, about a yard of a gold-flecked denim, and some other bits of embellishment stuff. I’m thinking that the denim is going to made into a neat pair of shorts…with an extended waistband and sash. I’ve been really into playing with volume lately, so I’m really excited to try them out. Speaking of sewing, I did manage to crank out a skirt and 2 rompers this weekend! I’m so, so excited to wear the rompers (which my pattern actually called a “playsuit” – my sister thought that was sort of skanky sounding…) because I’ve been noticing that they are perfect for the summertime. I made one out of a Missoni-like tan/rust/orange fabric and I made the other out of a cream & white stripe. They came out super cute and I shall post photos sometime this week (hopefully!). Now all I need to do is find a brown belt and a red belt to wear with each cause that would make them even more awesome! I also got to make my pops a couple pairs of boxers for Father’s day…although he’s out of state on work. He’ll be back on Thursday, so I’ll give them to him then!
You know what else is awesome?? Trueblood. Which I was actually able to watch last night with some good friends of mine. Interestingly enough, these friends are all guys…guys that can cook really well because I arrived to their house and was greeted by a Bloody Mary (see the connection?) and margherita pizzas…all homemade! The Bloody Mary’s had all the fixings from pickled mushrooms to horseradish…and let me tell you, they were good! This was my first time having one and though mine wasn’t as spicy as some of the guys’ it was delicious! I didn’t know they were such robust drinks…definitely adding them to my list of favorite “adult” beverages though. Anyway, back to Trueblood – this episode was much better than the season premier. I won’t give a away any spoilers, but there have been a few interesting new characters so I’m quite excited to see how things turn out. Another one of my shows – The Tudors, also had a good episode last nite…even though it was the series finale! I hate when shows go off the air because it’s almost like something that leaving that you’ll never get back…although thanks to DVD, I guess that’s not really the case. Regardless though, it’s sort of sad to know they’ll be no more new episodes – The Tudors ended well though so once I go back and watch seasons 1 & 2 (I started watching during season 3), I think I’ll finally be at peace with the show ending, haha.
I don’t have much planned for this week…a little sewing here…a lot of job hunting in CA there. I may go out and celebrate a friend’s birthday this evening…although she wants to go to the club…not sure how that’ll work out with me having to get up at 6:30am and all :) Enjoy your week and take care!
P – Pet Peeve: Having to repeat myself…that and unsavory odors.
Q – Quote: “Everyone has their oceans to fly…if fthey have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?” – Amelia Earhart
R – Right handed or left handed: Right
S – Siblings: The younger sis, Ash. Love her to pieces.
T – Time you wake up: Oh far too early…6:30am