“Dream on little dreamer”…

Dream on little dreamer And this is how it all begins Move your feet Feel how sweet it is Dream on little dreamer Follow all of your signs You got to gather what you need You got to choose a … Continue reading

The Pursuit of Happiness…

In the pursuit of happiness I sometimes find myself here, there, and everywhere. This past year has honestly been a magical year and taught me to keep persevering forward no matter what.  In the past month, a whole lot of emotions, ranging from happy, contemplative, to a little sad have risen. My department of 3 at the Museum is now a department of me, myself, and I. My two co workers, Connie and Cindy, were not only fellow work mates, but two people I respected and loved dearly. Though I am beyond happy for their new adventures in life, I am a little sad. They were my family and this was the first week not having them at the office. Isn’t that life though? People come and people go and I will be forever grateful that the both of them came into my life. Cindy, thank you for giving me a chance two years ago at the Museum. You were the best boss a girl could ever ask for. I admire you for your strong work ethic, attention to detail, drive, and ability to remain calm no matter what. Connie, you were like the sister I never had growing up. To see you blossom and grow this past year warms my heart dearly. Good luck Boo Boo and I can’t wait to go to your wedding in Colorado. Image

So as you can see, the departure of my two workmates is a little bitter sweet. With their vacancies comes a whole slew of added responsibilities at the Museum. Everyone keeps coming up to me wondering if I’m ok or if I’m freaking out, and the reality is everything is going to be ok. I’m choosing to take this new opportunity as a time of growth and time to really challenge myself to think bigger. I trust that if I put in the hard work, the universe will do the rest. I am supremely grateful for the Crocker Art Museum and all that they have done for me in the last almost 3 years. It’s my turn to rise up to the occasion and be the best that I can be in the current situation. 

The Museum has inspired me over the years to really pay attention to my surroundings. I am CONSTANTLY inspired by the people who walk through the Museum doors and the art that hangs on the magnificent walls. Art is so inspiring! The colors and the shapes I see while perusing the isles send a surge of fashion fire throughout my veins. Sometimes I can’t wait to come home and figure out ways in which to compliment certain paintings that I’ve seen at work. Art really does inspire fashion and this is one of the big reasons why I stay at the Crocker – for the love of art! 

In these tough times, I have to remind myself that no matter what, everything will be ok. The Museum will continue on, art will continue to inspire people, (my fashion) and new friendships will blossom.

Speaking of art inspiring fashion, there’s a mural by my house that I have been eying for months. Every time I bike by it, I wonder how or when the right outfit might present itself for the piece. Recently it all came together and made for a very fun photo shoot. 

Outfit: Vintage scarf, (also used as a head piece sometimes) Sacramento Antique Faire, $2 – Polka dot top, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, $15 – Vintage suede skirt, free at a clothing swap – Vintage purple heels, Goodwill, $5 – Vintage sunnies, Sacramento Antique Faire, $2!

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“Gray”t Expectations

Expect an abundance of gray this fall season among the fashion forward. The color gray/charcoal/slate, what ever hue catches your fancy,  has been appropriated as the ‘new neutral’ for the season and was seen all over the fall 2013 runways. … Continue reading

When I started loving myself…

There are moments in life when we hit a road block and feel we have no where to turn. Depression and confusion set in not allowing for our true authentic self to grow and radiate. I suffer from this sometimes. What always brings me back is a knowing that I’ve worked incredibly hard these past couple of years to regain the light that had been lost. Sometimes I forget or am not grateful for all that I have and accomplished. Recently I was reminded of how beautiful life really is. A yoga teacher at the studio I practice read a poem by Charlie Chaplin that struck such a cord with me that I felt like I had written it myself. 

The poem brought me back to a sense of humility and appreciation for life. It is my greatest hope that I can inspire people (just like my yoga teacher and Mr. Chaplin have here) to think outside the box and never give up, no matter what…

When I started loving myself” – A poem by Charlie Chaplin written on his 70th birthday on April 16, 1959:

When I started loving myself

I understood that I’m always and at any given opportunity
in the right place at the right time.
And I understood that all that happens is right –
from then on I could be calm.
Today I know: It’s called TRUST.

When I started to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
When I tried to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time is not right and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I know: It’s called LETTING GO

When I started loving myself
I could recognize that emotional pain and grief
are just warnings for me to not live against my own truth.
Today I know: It’s called AUTHENTICALLY BEING.

When I started loving myself
I stopped longing for another life
and could see that everything around me was a request to grow.
Today I know: It’s called MATURITY.

When I started loving myself
I stopped depriving myself of my free time
and stopped sketching further magnificent projects for the future.
Today I only do what’s fun and joy for me,
what I love and what makes my heart laugh,
in my own way and in my tempo.
Today I know: it’s called HONESTY.

When I started loving myself
I escaped from all what wasn’t healthy for me,
from dishes, people, things, situations
and from everyhting pulling me down and away from myself.
In the beginning I called it the “healthy egoism”,
but today I know: it’s called SELF-LOVE.

When I started loving myself
I stopped wanting to be always right
thus I’ve been less wrong.
Today I’ve recognized: it’s called HUMBLENESS.

When I started loving myself
I refused to live further in the past
and worry about my future.
Now I live only at this moment where EVERYTHING takes place,
like this I live every day and I call it CONSCIOUSNESS.

When I started loving myself
I recognized, that my thinking
can make me miserable and sick.
When I requested for my heart forces,
my mind got an important partner.
Today I call this connection HEART WISDOM.

We do not need to fear further discussions,
conflicts and problems with ourselves and others
since even stars sometimes bang on each other
and create new worlds.
Today I know: THIS IS LIFE

Charlie Chaplin 70th Birthday poem

 

This is who I am

My clothing my art

My art the greatest expression of who I am

And for that I am grateful…

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And to the one who’s always stood by me – Mom, I love you. Thank you for instilling a love for all things creative. With out you my art would have never flourished. You inspire me everyday…

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When opposites attract…

I like my colors the opposite just as much as I like my men the opposite of me. I’m a Taurus and have a tendency to like Scorpios! I just can’t help it, they’re so much fun! Just like the color play with this orange dress and blue accessories were.

Recently I have been re-falling in love with the work of Piet Mondrian and the simple use of bold colors and lines. I particularly loved his use of red-orange and blue together.Image Though opposite on the color wheel, orange and blue are complimentary colors and go, in my opinion, fabulously together! In fact, orange and blue are my two favorite colors. And I’m not just biased because I’m Dutch, Piet Mondrian is Dutch, and the colors of Holland are orange and blue ;)

I was so inspired by Mondrian that I wanted to somehow mimic one of his paintings. I took my red-orange Ann Taylor dress and paired it with blue vintage accessories, shoes, AND makeup. Here’s a big tip girls: Wet & Wild is frickin’ awesome and has amazing cobalt blue liquid liner and gorgeous orangey lipstick. And for a mere $1.99, you can pretty much afford to try all the different colors they offer. 

When opposites attract, it can be electrifying – make a statement!

‘Art isn’t about following the rules. It’s about breaking them.’ ~ David Sedaris

Outfit:

Ann Taylor dress, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, $13

Necklace, Goodwill, $3

Ring, Goodwill, $2.50

Vintage blue suede heels, Crossroads, $7

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