Apr 26, 2013

Embrace Yourself

Here's one of my favorite quotes: "You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection". I love this quote because it's a good reminder about the importance of treating ourselves with nothing but love. In such a competitive world, sometimes we tend to be our toughest critics, we focus on our "flaws" instead of embracing our qualities and be proud of them. Sometimes we can get caught up in the idea of the "perfect" woman (perfect body, hair, face, etc.) and we forget how beautiful we truly are. We don't need to compare ourselves with anybody else because we are unique individuals. "True beauty comes from within" I'm sure you've heard this many times, but it's totally true, if you are a happy person who feels confident about yourself, that can definitely be reflected on the outside. Loving and appreciating ourselves is the path for true happiness and inner peace. I think a great exercise to practice is to ask yourself everyday what's your favorite thing about you, something you feel proud of.  It would be awesome if you could share with me (on the comment box) what you LOVE the most about YOU, the most beautiful, important and unique person in this world. 

Esta es una de mis frases favoritas: "Tu, tanto como cualquier persona en el mundo, mereces todo tu amor y tu afecto. Me encanta esta frase porque nos recuerda la importancia de querernos y valorarnos. En un mundo como en el que vivimos tan competitivo y duro, muchas veces nosotros mismos somos nuestros peores criticos. Nos enfocamos solo en nuestros "defectos" (por decirlo de alguna manera)  y olvidamos darle mas valor a nuestras virtudes y sentirnos orgullosas de las mismas. A veces las mujeres caemos en la idea de la mujer "perfecta" (cabello perfecto, cara y cuerpo perfectos, etc.) y nos olvidamos totalmente cuan hermosas realmente somos. No olvidemos jamas que no necesitamos compararnos con nadie mas porque somos totalmente únicas. "La verdadera belleza viene de nuestro interior" seguro que han escuchado esta frase muchas veces, pero es muy cierta, como nos sentimos por dentro es lo que reflejamos por fuera. No hay mujer mas hermosa que aquella que es feliz y esta segura de si misma. Amarnos y apreciarnos es el camino a ser feliz y encontrar paz con nosotros mismos. Un buen ejercicio que podemos practicar es preguntarnos cada dia que nos gusta de nosotros mismos? Algo de lo cual nos sentimos orgullosos. Seria lindo si pudieras compartir conmigo (en un comentario en este post) que es lo que mas AMAS de TI, la persona mas hermosa, importante y única de este mundo.

On another note, I'd like to share with you what I was wearing today, my current favorite skirt from Anthropologie!. It's a beautifully crafted skirt that I can totally wear with many other pieces. The beautiful royal blue shade and the embroidery detail made me smile because I'm a detail oriented person and that's what I look for when I buy something, beautiful details. The great part of this skirt is that you easily wear it with a simple blouse or tee. Since the skirt is a statement piece itself, you don't need to put much emphasis on the top. This is one of those pieces that doesn't need anything but the right accessories.

También queria compartir con ustedes mi look de hoy, mi falda favorita de Anthropologie!. Es una falda hecha cuidando todos los detalles y que puede ser usada de mil maneras. El hermoso color azul royal y el detalle del bordado me hicieron sonreír porque soy una persona que le encanta los detalles únicos por eso los busco siempre que quiero comprar algo. Lo mejor de esta falda es que puedes usarla con una blusa o polo sencillo ya que como el detalle está en la falda, no necesitas poner mucho énfasis en la parte de arriba. Esta es una de las piezas que no necesitan casi nada para completar el look, solo los accesorios adecuados. 

I chose a three quarter sleeve top (from Anthropologie as well) to wear it with this skirt. I love the relaxed silhouette and the light fabric. This tee is definitely a basic piece in my closet that I can mix and match with different pieces. 

Escogí una camisa de manga 3/4 (también de Anthropologie) para ponerme con esta falda. Me encanta la silueta relajada y lo suave de la tela de esta camisa, definitivamente una pieza basica en mi closet ya que puedo combinarla con muchas otras cosas. 

I also wanted to show you a closer view of the pieces I was wearing. The sandals are from Clarks, and they're the most comfortable ones ever. I always wear them when I have to walk long distances and don't want to wear flip flops or snickers. I can wear them with almost everything because neutrals are easy to combine, besides they're beautifully designed. And last but not least, I made the earrings you see above with my own hands. These earrings are made with recycled materials plus the beads are seeds painted in a beautiful blue shade. I'm starting a line of eco friendly jewelry that I'll be sharing with you soon! In the meantime, if you're interested in buying these earrings (they're 2 of a kind only), please email me here or leave me a comment on this post and I'll give you all the details. I have more pictures of the earrings that I can send you out by email. Have a wonderful day!

Quería mostrarles un poquito mas de cerca los detalles de mi look. Las sandalias son de Clarks y son unas de las mas cómodas que he tenido hasta ahora. Siempre me las pongo cuando tengo que caminar largas distancias y no quiero ponerme zapatillas o sandalias de playa. Estas sandalias las combino casi con todo ya que los colores son  neutrales y ademas tiene detalles muy bonitos que los hacen únicos. Y por ultimo, quería hablarles un poquito de los aretes que muestro en la foto de arriba, son aretes hechos por mi. Estos aretes con hechos con materiales reciclados y ademas que las bolitas son semillas pintadas en un lindo tono azul. Estoy trabajando en una linea de joyas eco friendly que estare compartiendo con ustedes muy pronto. Mientras tanto si desean adquirir estos aretes me envían un email aqui o me dejan un comentario y les dare todos los detalles. Que tengan un hermoso dia! 


Apr 17, 2013

Boho Dream by Electric Eel

Electric Eel is an online boutique that offers a unique selection of carefully curated pieces for all the stylish girls out there. If you love statement pieces, then you should check out their beautifully designed necklace collection which I particularly love. I'd like to share with you a lovely photo shoot by Electric Eel that celebrates Spring in a Bohemian, dreamy way. The photos are very inspiring and totally eye candy, enjoy!

Electric Eel es una boutique online que ofrece una gama de productos cuidadosamente seleccionados para todas las chicas con estilo. Si te gustan las piezas que son totalmente hermosas y que llaman la atención, entonces te recomiendo mirar la colección de collares de esta boutique. También quería compartir con ustedes una linda sesión de fotos que adore. Se trata de celebrar la primavera de una manera bohemia y sonadora. Las fotos son simplemente inspiradoras. 

I picked my favorite pieces from Electric Eel. Aren't they just fabulous? Pale pink & turquoise, I love those colors together. You'll find the link to each piece below.

Escogí mis piezas favoritas de Electric Eel, que les parecen? Me encanta como se ven juntos el color rosa pálido y el turquesa. Debajo de la foto puse el link de cada pieza.

From left to right: 

Visit Electric Eel to see more beautiful pieces:

Apr 11, 2013

Introducing Tulisan

Tulisan means "handwriting" in Indonesian, and it's there in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, where the magic happens. From start to finish Tulisan is made by the hands of super talented artists who reflect their dreams and passion through their beautifully illustrated prints created to be applied to bags, totes, and household accessories. Each illustration is inspired by a story that comes to life in an exquisite, vibrant color palette that definitely makes a statement piece. 
I was very pleased to visit Tulisan's showroom, they are located at the Cooper Building in Downtown L.A. The team was super nice and they shared with me some of the beautiful pieces of their collection. I was amazed by the fantastic designs & great quality, their style has everything I love in a bag. 

The elephant painting you see below is simply gorgeous! I love elephants and I can totally picture that lovely illustration at home hanging on my wall. 

Another lovely illustration & my favorite bag

I felt like a kid in a Candy store surrounded by such beautiful bags, totes & home accessories

A full view of the showroom

I'd love to share with you a little interview with the super talented Melissa Sunjaya, artist & founder of Tulisan. 
I wanted to learn more about Melissa's story & inspiration. For me, it's always a pleasure to know about the artist behind the product and the creative process. Please take a moment to read it. Thank you!

BM: What’s your inspiration? Tell us a little bit about your design process and philosophy.

Melissa: I find inspiration in almost every corner: from music, to people, to my travels. Every object has a story, and one only needs to open their heart to discover these peculiarities. Even the simplest details in our surroundings inspire me; such as old cast iron ventilation grilles, quirky shapes of botanical specimens, faded colors of vintage stamps or simply fine handwritten scripts on old postcards. Once intrigued by an object or a concept, I research two things: its origin and what it means to that culture. I take elements of each subject and display them in a different context. For instance, I would fuse traditional and contemporary elements from varying cultures like fresh Scandinavian color palettes over architectural patterns from the Middle East.
BM: Please share with us a little bit about Tulisan? How did you decide to start this company?
Melissa: In 2010, I founded Tulisan to pursue my lifelong dream of creating handmade products with an original twist. With $500 for my initial production cost, I bought one hundred yards of raw cotton canvas from an upholstery shop which was going out of business, cut the canvas into small pieces, and started silk-screening my artwork on to these cotton sheets. The first set of tea towels, aprons, and cushion covers were made in my garage using my grandmother’s 1940s Singer sewing machine.
BM: What’s the most important thing for you as an artist?

Melissa: Tulisan is about making a mark while staying true to oneself and sharing the journey with others. My artwork is a form of recording my emotions and transferring these through the mediums I use. It is important that I do each process honestly and in the most thorough manner.
BM: What’s your favorite part of being artist/ founder of Tulisan?
Melissa: Tulisan products are made by a team of passionate artists in Indonesia. They are willful individuals who honor their intuitions and project the very best of their being. Many of them have crossed over from their academic or professional background to doing what they do today for Tulisan. We take joy in the process of empowering each other to do things that we never thought were possible. The result is often a nerve-racking experience of self-discovery.
BM: What advice would you give to other women who want to start their own business?
Melissa: Every woman who wants to start her business should view the journey as a fight for her own freedom. Every triumph she earns in finding this freedom is about discovering something new about herself and every loss she faces is about learning her strength.
BM: What’s your favorite indulgence?
Melissa: A perfect cup of cappuccino.
BMHow would you describe a happy moment?
Melissa: A day of sketching together with my husband and our two daughters.
BM: What’s your all time favorite movie?
Melissa: Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard.
BM: Most-played song/album on your iPod right now?
Melissa: Nina Simone’s Wild is the Wind.

BM: 3 countries you would love to visit?
Melissa: Switzerland, Italy and Spain.
BM: What’s your motto?
Melissa: A Posse Ad Esse (Latin) – From Possibility To Reality.=
Interesting Facts About Tulisan 
‘Tulisan’ means ‘handwriting’ in Indonesian. I chose this name, because our collection is rooted in translated colorful narratives onto each printed product we make. Every print on our products comes from my original pen and ink illustrations and they each bear a short fiction. I have always longed to create a wearable medium for visual impressions. 
Visit Tulisan at:
Twitter: @mytulisan

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