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Here I am wearing a comfy top from Kmart as part of my LatinaSmart collaboration and sporting a much lighter mane of hair. It’s a bit blonder than I wanted but for the sake of not going bald, I’m going to just be a rubia for a bit. Why not? But this post is not about that.
This month Kmart asked their bloggers to focus on Entrepreneurship & Innovation. I come from a family of entrepreneurs so naturally I love this topic. Wait, let me rephrase that. I come from a family who came to this country, worked 17 hour days, saved every dime and eventually purchased a business or property of their own.
However, being an entrepreneur is not something I thought about too much to be honest. I always worked for museums and felt very content being under the “dome” so to speak, of such awesome institutions. I did however work for several museums simultaneously as a contractor, so I liked making my own schedule and not necessarily answering to anyone. It wasn’t until the recession hit that I realized I needed to make some serious choices. I thought – How could I combine my experiences as an artist and museum educator? And what about my stint as an actress? How can I fit that in? How can I bring the spirit of the NYC museum scene that I missed so much to my life in LA. What to do with everything I’d done? If there is one thing I learned from my education is to be fearless, take risks. In art and art history, the greatest minds worked ferverously every day and never gave up – no matter the criticism. One day I just decided I would write about art and the things I love – just to gather all of my passions in one place. I wanted to flush out ideas, inspire and feel inspired. That simple. Since then, I discovered my passion for writing, photography and curating. I started using my museum world know-how and past museum program development skills and started working online for various places. I put myself out there. I merged all of my experiences and began a career online and in social media as a writer and photographer and am now knee-deep in many exciting projects. I even joined forces with another entrepreneur Ana Flores (owner of Latina Bloggers Connect and Spanglish Baby) as an Account Executive connecting brands with bloggers. If you know me, you know when I put my mind to something, it’s all or nothing. It started with an idea and it launched from there.
Right now, there are tons of recent graduates wondering – Now what? I remember that question very well. In fact, it repeated itself many times. Everyone’s path is different. You may have “studied” one thing but (who knows) you may find another passion in your journey. My advice – Never let that fire in you burn out. Stay focused but don’t be afraid of that hidden path. Be realistic … but know that it’s OK to dream.
I can’t get enough of sleek, modern design and architecture. So when my Dwell magazine comes in the mail, I’m in absolute heaven. I’m always looking for interesting ways to hang plants, conserve energy and add new textures and ideas to my home. Most of the time, I like to just skim through the pages and dream.
The magazine will be brought to life this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event is curated and executed by the awesome editors of Dwell and will include several of those amazing designers you see featured in their pages. Sounds like inspiration overload – from architecture to interiors to landscapes to products and furniture – It will be there.
I’m excited to announce that I have 5 pairs of conference tickets to give away (all access for 3 days, June 22-24). If you’re anything like me (an Art and Design buff!) you will have an amazing time exploring how design can enhance your life and make your home more enjoyable. From Kitchen design, furniture, outdoor spaces, the latest in technology, cook-offs, development seminars, lectures and panel discussions – It will all be at your finger tips. And did I mention a restaurant design award?
To win, all you have to do is leave a comment, and tell me what is your favorite type of architectural design? Are you a minimalist? Is a mission style home more your thing? Maybe you are Art Deco all the way? Tell me what floats your boat in the comments box and I will select a winner this Thursday at 10am!
Update: Giveaway is closed. Winners were selected via random.org
Winners: Amy, Ann Odle, Carolyn West, Xenia, SueBob. Congratulations!
This Bronx girl will always light up at the sight of a bit bling and graf. The sound of a spray can calls me back home to simpler yet grittier times in NY, when the streets were alive with the works of some of the best street artists alive today (and when I say simpler, it’s because I was like, 9).
I’m always excited to see what’s happening at Self Help Graphics – It’s one special place that reminds about the process of art making before the world takes note. I was invited to their annual fundraiser dinner about a month ago, and had the absolute honor of sitting at the same dinner table with artists Patssi Valdez and Jaime “Vyal” Reyes. They pimped out the Lexus turned canvas you see above. Highlight of the night had to be hanging out in Vyal One’s impressive art studio. I quickly realized that being BX born doesn’t mean one can throw down on a wall piece. The ability to spot a Taki 183 means nothing. I suck, and pretty much use a spray can like a blow torch. Vyal One kindly showed me several times how to get soft lines, use my wrist and hold the can properly. I will spare you the result of my work. The movement is like a dance and requires a tremendous amount skill. I left with a new found respect for graf. I’d only experience the illusion of ease artists posses when creating a piece. But then again, that’s the beauty of SHG - you experience art first hand. Cocktail dress and all.
Makeup, monuments and fashion bloggers – I mean, that’s why I love Mary Kay. And not just the products, but the actual people behind the pretty lip glosses and that “I swear by it” Lash Love that gives me the flirty eye my naturally bare lid often craves. Mixing business with pleasure, we sipped on mimosas while managing a beauty session and photo shoot around DC. Luis Casco, Demetress Valentine, Patti Nelson and Angie Escamilla worked it on out making sure all the lovely ladies looked fabulous. Ana and I probably should have asked for concealer because by the end of the day, we had a panda thing going on. But when you love what you do, it’s not work, right? I also got to bond a lot with – too amazing for words – Monique, Jeannette and Viviana, who happened to mention me in her Latina Magazine article. (Thank you V)
I felt so honored to be invited to the White House as one of the top Latina Bloggers – an event created by the wonderful women of LATISM. And as you guys know (if you’ve read my blog more than once) I work for Latina Bloggers Connect so I was also there to ensure that all the fabulous bloggers in attendance were spoiled with beauty goodies courtesy of our client Mary Kay.
We arrived to the Helix on Saturday to familiar faces and lots of hugs before heading out to dinner at Cuba Libre with Mary Kay and a group of fab Latina fashion bloggers. The next day was all about monuments, touring DC, photo shoots, tacos, gelato and blogger arrivals – We pretty much crammed in 5 years of activity into one day. There were professional development sessions, a beauty bar and of course – The White House. We were given the extraordinary opportunity to address our concerns to the Obama administration. A range topics were on the list – Classroom size, special needs children, immigration, undergrad and grad school accessibility, just to name a few. Bloggers got to share their personal stories – Experiences that resonated with me, spoke to my family, my culture, my concerns as a mother and my work in arts education. It made me realize that so much needs to be done. We broke some ground, but there are still many mountains to climb. But – We were there. We made our voices heard. Empowerment to its fullest. I uploaded pics of the experience on FB. Check it out and stay tuned for Part 2.
When I was a child, I had a dream of being an artist and an actress. I used to love to sing and dance, and especially draw. But it wasn’t anything I thought I could do for a living. From my bedroom in the Bronx, it seemed like a reality for other people. At night, I would hang out in my room and listen to music with a sketch book in hand. Fortunately I had a mother who was very encouraging and I had several awesome art teachers. As time went on, I developed a portfolio of work and decided to major in Commercial Advertising – I wanted to create concepts for brands. During my Freshman year, I took a required painting classes, and fell in love with it. I knew it was something I needed to do more. My art teacher encouraged me to go to an art school (I was in a Catholic College) and study painting. My mom, excited about this possible new venture, helped me fill out out applications for art school and attend interviews with the admissions departments. With a portfolio filled with years and years of drawings, I got accepted into the Illustration and Arts Education program at the School of Visual Arts. During my four years of college (pretty awesome years!) I challenged myself as an artist while working at the most amazing museums in NYC as part of my student teaching program. And – the rest is history. I went from thinking I could never be a part of the art world to lecturing at the Guggenheim. My drive, my mother and my education played a major role in the realization of my dreams.
So here I am, a woman who has had a career in the museum field for over 17 years. I also lived out my to dream to be an actress – with several films and national commercials under my belt. And remember my passion for creating content for brands? I’m writing this post in collaboration with Kmart’s Latina Smart campaign – which I’m so excited to be a part of. I’m wearing a maxi from their Sofia Vergara line. So funny how life works sometimes. What are/were your dreams?
Thanks so much for the pictures Vianessa.
(dress/sofia vergara for kmart, jewelry/kmart, shoes/zara, lipstick/revlon coral. Post in collaboration with Kmart)
I’m sensing a Getty Villa theme going on here. We headed back last week. I wanted to show my son the Aphrodite exhibit, stroll the grounds for National Public Gardens Day and go over the gods he is learning about now in Social Studies. We are tackling the next chapter – Ancient Greece – and I couldn’t think of a better place than the Getty Villa to bring Greek mythology to life. And have you eaten at their cafe? May have been the best burger I’ve had in a long time.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend! I’m heading to Washington DC tomorrow for a Top Blogger Retreat. Seriously beyond excited about this. I will be tweeting away. Join me, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!