So excited to share with you guys my latest adventure. I have mentioned before this season has been rough for me, and it’s good to get away. It’s very refreshing to be in another place surrounded by different things.
Over the weekend I was able to finally visit The Miami Design District in Miami, FL. I was in Miami for an event which I will share in part II of this series.
Miami has been known for great beaches, nightlife, food and other great places. But it has gotten more popular due to to this new edition. It’s located in South of Lemon, (little Haiti) which were a bunch of old houses that now have been now converted into very luxurious retail stores, art galleries, restaurants and cafes.
Whenever you can, take a trip to the beautiful Miami and check it out! here are some photos of the stores, details and art I found.
Details on the walls are crafted in such a unique way!
Jungle By 2X4
I also have a YouTube Vlog on my channel so you can check it out! ❤
Jumper dress: Urban Outfitters
White Plain top: Urban Outfitters
Kicks: Adidas Gazelles
It was a little preview but there is so much out there to see, I can’t wait to go back. Hope you guys enjoyed this post and stay tune for part II of my Miami adventures.
So it’s Halloween, and I know most of you guys are probably out and about trick or treating, going to a party or like me working. Well not really working but doing something that you enjoy, and I truly enjoy blogging. I was having a rough time coming up with content, you know sometimes looking at other blogs makes you doubt your own work, but I continue to fight against that doubt and keep it real, me and different.
Since we are in the Halloween spirit, for those of you who celebrate it or not, I wanted to write about things that scare me. I have to be honest I do not like scary movies, or any scary things. Some of my friends make fun of me because I’m such a baby at that, but let’s talk about the real life scary things that scare us, the things that sometimes we like to share or we just like to prefer to keep it to ourselves. So I illustrated some of my fears, and whatever fear you are facing right now just know that you will overcome it.
) Waste of TIME: I am so scared sometimes of doing certain things that might not really help me grow in my career, like working two different kind of jobs because I have to adult rather than really doing something I enjoy more. Don’t get me wrong, I do like and enjoy my jobs, but it makes me wonder sometimes, and I am trying to work hard on my dreams so I don’t feel like in the future I wasted all this time.
2.) Settling: Meaning adopting or securing myself in a city or doing something that is not really me. Since I can remember I have always battle with the thought of settling for something less or just because things didn’t work. I have royalty mindset, and I know things take time but not matter what I will not settle for anything less.
3.) Giving up:
There are times that I feel like nothing is working out, the impatient in me starts crawling because I don’t see certain things come to pass, and I feel like giving up. But some way some how, I get back up and continue to fight. I have seen many talented, big dreamers and go getter friends who have given up on their dreams, and I see how it has affected them.
4.) Not getting married:
I know it sounds cheese, but yes I am scared of not getting married. Besides all of the other numerous dreams that I have, I do want to get married and have kids. Now a days dating and finding someone is very difficult, there are so many games and people don’t take marriage seriously anymore. As much as I enjoy accomplishments, I don’t want to just be this successful woman, but I want to have a family as well.
5.) Loosing loved ones: Unfortunately I have seen a lot of close friends lose their loved ones at an early age. Parents, siblings, other family members and even close friends. I have lost people in my life and it’s so hard, It scares me to think that people are not forever, we all are born, grow and die so it’s important to make a positive impact in the world and not take anyone for granted because you never know if we would see them again.
Thank you for taking the time and reading this blog, hope you liked it and I hope it got you to think what scares you, and to go out there and face your fears as I fear mines.
Week two of October and it has been going fast, at the beginning of this month I didn’t have time to really plan and organize my month due to life happening so fast, but I made sure that I sat down and plan my month ahead. I’m sure you heard or experienced that in Florida we recently had a hurricane, fortunately nothing major happened we just lost work and certain areas lost power, but please keep Haiti in your prayers. I’m thankful that nothing happen and it’s a great reminder to not take things for granted and to love those around you.
Even though is the second week of October, is never too late to plan out your month, or write your monthly goals. So when I can I like to create a mood board that helps me to have my goals for the month, and inspiration for my creative projects. I like to look up Pinterest, Instagram and also just search through different sites like style caster and fashionista. I like to gather all the images and organize them in categories, sometimes I create the boards on my iPad using the app pic collage, or just print the images and actually create an actual board. So it’s never to late to plan out your monthly goals, or create a visual that can help you stay organized and motivated, if you can; do it and have fun!.
LIFESTYLE: I like to place photos of images that motivate me to read more, like a book or the bible besides my devotionals. To take more time for myself by doing something that I like, drinking coffee, hanging out with friends or going to a random solo adventure. This month I want to start running every morning and I want to find a recipe which I have never done and make it so stay tune.
FASHION: Boots and jackets season is here, but let’s not forget that we can still wear certain things specially if you live in a warm weather city. I found some of the most cool looks and items for this fall so I can re-create them with what I have in my closet.
BEAUTY & HAIR: I am honestly a rookie when it comes to make up, but I like to get ideas from YouTube or Pinterest to do a smokey eye or get that right lip color. I also like to style, color and cut my hair different when a new season begins. I am transitioning into a lighter hair color so I like to look at different ideas.
NAILS: Who doesn’t love nails? This month I would love to try a new color and wouldn’t mind designs. Love this soft colors that I found.
ART: I am working on a lot of creative projects and I like to have a visual of things that inspire me to create. I love the illustrations from other artist because of their style, also a lot of this pieces of work include the Pantone colors that are trending this year.
I hope you guys enjoyed my fall mood boards, now go make one! ❤
I cannot believe that October is here already, it’s crazy how this year has literally gone by. I want to thank you for reading my blog, I know I been slacking because I haven’t been writing a lot, but it’s been crazy for me. I moved again last week and to be honest with you it has taken a toll on me. Life is just crazy, no one really teaches you how to adult so I am trying to make it work, just like Tim Gunn would say.
So besides the new changes in my life, it’s been hard to stay inspired or motivated. I been kinda in my cave and haven’t really gone out too much, so this weekend before the craziness started again, I wanted to go somewhere and look for inspiration. Sometimes we let certain things get on the way, but we can’t let that take over our dreams and goals that we have to achieve. So I had heard of this place “Artegon” which is in my hometown Orlando, FL. where I currently reside but not for too long, and it’s a huge marketplace. Artegon Marketplace is located in International Drive which is a tourist area, and to be honest I was not expecting what I saw. I needed to go out somewhere that didn’t have your typical stores, and what you expect to see at a mall, I needed color, details, objects, mediums I was looking for therapy, and I found it.
Art is truly my therapy because every time I feel creatively blocked, and in some sort of funk, I find a place, or something that has art in it and it really helps. Even just grabbing some paper and coloring it’t therapeutic, and I was doing some more research online about it and a couple of therapist advice their patients to get involved in art activities and exercises because it helps. There is art therapist out there for people who really need someone, but you can pick an art form and use that as your therapy. Anything that has creative expression can help a person improve their mental, emotional and physical state, and it can improve their quality of life. I have seen it in my personal life that, when I draw, or dance it helps me to reduce stress, to think better, and honestly to feel better about myself.
I could have stayed in this weekend, and not go out there to this new place, but honestly it helped me so much to see so much art, colors, shapes, mediums, it was so different from your typical mall. I felt like I was in another place, so I hope you guys enjoy this post and get inspired and motivated to go out there even when you don’t feel like doing it. Think about what’s your therapy? is it shopping, going to the movies, meeting new people? anything that makes us happy and moves us in a way can be our therapy.
Once you walk in the place it’s so big but you can start from anywhere, I started on a walking gallery and the first piece I saw was this Heart piece which was so great, it’s all graffiti. I loved the combination of elements and if you look at the photograph closer you can see the animals.
One of the many things that you should know about me is that I love hip hop, the real hip hop and this wall of the spray cans and the art frames spoke so much to me about hip hop and it’s culture. (Blog post about hip hop coming soon.)
There are a couple of walls that had some quotes, so many statements!
This is actually a store, it’s called Brooklyn Street Threads! You can find items like hats, t-shirts, mugs with that Brooklyn urban fashion flair.
Here I am! haha in front of this wall of paint brushes. When I first saw it from a far, it looks like the shape of our country, and I love the fact that there are so many colors because that’s out country, so diverse.
Dress: Victoria’s Secret Shoes: Adidas Originals
Over 14 feet! and it’s all yarn, such a unique piece.
Buckets of pain, all carefully placed together creating the shape of a heart.
Paint rollers with their handles facing up and down, such an original idea.
They used the top bucket of paint cans to make this piece.
Lampshades of different forms and styles.
One of my favorites was this wall full of chairs , all this chairs are different styles yet when you look from far away the volume and shape looks like they were all the same.
This R’n R’ Record Shop it’s so great, look how great that back wall is. One day that I have a loft I want to re-create that using old school records, I remember growing up and my parents using those.
You can find vintage records, collections of movies, I also saw pins and patches.
There is also the Hyder Gallery which provides artist of all levels to network and put their ideas into canvas. You can’t take photos of the art work, but I took this picture because you can sign up for an art class & wine glass every Friday & Saturday Night. It’s a great gallery full of a combination of many artist and also it’s a great idea for a date night.
So one of my many goals is to visit Morocco, and Artegon has a shop called“Moroccan Bazaar” which is full of imported goods, traditional ware, fabric scarves, hookahs and many more.
If you are like me and want to travel the world, there is this awesome store “Vegabond Traveler” where you can find high quality leather bags of all styles.
What an awesome random adventure! There are so many awesome shops, great walls and things to see. I definitely advice everyone who is a local or a visitor to check it out, Orlando is not just theme parks, there are so many talented people in this city it’s incredible, I am so honored to call Orlando my home, and wherever this road of life takes me I will never forget where I grew as a person and most importantly as an artist. ❤
I hope you guys had a great week, I know it was a busy one, so many things happening around and if you were involve in any fashion week events I feel you, there was a lot happening. This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend two major events in my hometown, and I was able to meet some great people and do what I love. I had some moments where I couldn’t believe what was happening, God knows how hard this season has been for me. From struggling with finances, feeling rejected from left to right, losing friends, and other challenges. He reminds me how important I am, how talented, how my gifts and talents can be use to bless others. So if you are dealing with something major in your life right now, know that you will get through this, and God always makes a way.
So Friday I was able to attend the Macy’s front row event, they pretty much had one around the country I believe, and had multiple of fashion icons host this event. Joe Zee who is the editor in chief of Yahoo style, and if you google him his resume is amazing, was the host of the event I attended in Orlando, FL. The first time I saw Joe in person was when I was shopping at Topshop at the Grove in LA. I got to the event right on time and my friend Laila grabbed me by the arm and said, “common Kathy we are meeting and taking pictures with Joe”! I wish you guys could see my face, I was literally rushed but it was so much fun. Joe was so nice to everyone in the room, it was all bloggers, he said we looked very stylish and took pictures even selfies.
I wore a forever 21 leather jacket, Mossimo abstract dress, Christian Siriano magenta pumps which you can see on other pictures, and mixed jewelry from Rocksbox and other brands.
I also made some new friends, these are some of the VIP bloggers that attended the event.
Here are some of the looks that walked the runway, it was so much fun because I was sitting front row with all my new friends, and we were able to see everything so close and of course snap our lives away.
After the fun runway that we got to watch, we were given some goodies. We had some great complimentary drinks, a cotton candy station, and also a photo station to take pictures and take them home.
We were able to walk around and shop, everyone received a complimentary goodie bag with some coupons and other goodies. I wanted to look at the Iris Apfel Inc collection, the clothing was so funky, and hip. It took me to the seventies, and let’s not forget about the chunky jewelry, pieces that can really make a statement and out of my box. I bought two pieces which I will talk about in my next blog post.
Here are some of the other bloggers that I met, they were so nice and humble.
I was able to meet Melanie Pace (bottom left), she is a fashion expert. I have seen her work before, but on this night we were able to meet, and mingle for a little bit. I look forward to working with her and (bottom right) it’s blogger Laila who is a friend of mine, and my mentor in this new blogging venture; I honestly admire both of this ladies so much.
The Next day, which was Saturday it was time to work. My friend Melrose from Chic Conviction which is a team of two bloggers that inspire other women with their personal stories, style, and social media platforms. They had an event at a local boutique, and I was invited to be their fashion illustrator.
I Illustrated some of the guest that came into the event, some of them didn’t know what a fashion illustrator was, which I was very surprised because illustration is a big part of the fashion industry. I met some great people, made new friends, they all shared their passions with me, and it was such a blessing. In this picture is my new friend Andrea, I loved her outfit & personality. She was the first one I was able to illustrate, then it was a bit overwhelming because everyone kept coming, so I took photos and while they were shopping around I finished their illustration and gave it to them later.
This were some of the guest I illustrated as well, it was such an honor too meet like minded people and so kind hearted!
At the end of the day, we all want to make it. We have so many dreams, goals and things we want to achieve. The journey is so hard, is lonely and misunderstood sometimes, but along the way we meet great people that bring joy, support and encouragement to our lives, and throughout this crazy journey, I have learned that is not so much about me but about others. So keep dreaming big, keep being you and don’t give up because greater things are coming your way.!
I know it’s been a while, it has been so crazy the past few weeks, but I have managed to kinda keep it together. So last Thursday New York fashion week started. If you follow me on any kinda of social media, you know I been keeping track with all the latest shows. It’s very important for me to keep up with the shows, because I am involved in the fashion industry. It’s good to know what’s happening, what new designers are out there and also which way is fashion heading. I get a lot of ideas from watching the shows, and thank God for social media because I also get to see what people attending the shows are wearing.
This week I am illustrating all my favorite looks from the shows, I hope you enjoy my art work, and I encourage you to go and do something you love and enjoy. Don’t let the stress, challenges of life or anything hold you from what you love doing, take a deep breath and go for it. If you also need some tips to get through a rainy day or week, feel free to check out my YouTube channel Kreadiv Misfit. Enjoy!
My first favorite look from day one was from designer Michael Costello. He is best known from project runway, and has become really well known for his beautiful red carpet dresses. His dresses were amazing, I loved the looks and he used wines, forest greens and blacks for the color scheme. He also incorporated huge flower crowns that the models wore and it made it such an impact on the runway.
My second favorite look was from Nicholas K, I really enjoyed this show. Two siblings Christopher & Nicholas Kunz that have created collections based on their outdoor adventures, and have created some great collections with lots of variety. Their style is very urban, minimalist and comfortable.
The next look that I loved was from Desigual, I was watching the backstage snaps and it was so much fun because the make up artists, recreated the snapchat animal filters on some of the models and it was kinda of cool. It grabbed the viewers attention since everyone loves those snapchat filters and it made it unique. Desigual knows how to place prints together very well, they are well known for colorful designs. Every look that walked down the runway, it brought life, inspiration and a positive vibe to the atmosphere.
Hello friends! I wanna ask you, what do you love to do?? I really encourage you to take some time today, and think about you love to do. We are all trying to make it, work work work ( like Rihanna would say) , and we forget the things we love to do, we get so caught up sometimes that those things that made us happy one day, we don’t pursue anymore.
Since I was little I loved to draw, I was fortunate to graduate two years ago from FIDM (Fashion Institute of design & merchandising). I specialized in fashion design because I was always interested in how things were made, and the process of how fashion came alive. I have to be honest, I did not have a life, I was always busy, had many projects but it was worth it. One of the things that I learned & became really good at, was illustration. It has been really hard for me to find a job in the fashion industry, I have been able to do some freelance jobs, but I would like something more stable. In the middle of trying to adult, and trying to make it, I forgot one of the things that I love to do the most. Which is drawing, specially sketching looks from fashion shows, or awesome outfit photographs that I find on Pinterest.
So this week I started to dedicate one hour to sketching , and I am currently working on a menswear series, I love menswear and I know one day I will be able to design for them. As for now I’ll keep sketching and applying, believing that one day someone will appreciate my work and give me a chance.
This are some of the tools and magazines that I use for my projects. I really like to mix markers, and paint so the drawings can look more alive, it also adds variety and a cool touch to it.
This is the original photograph I found on Pinterest, I loved the color, and how cool his outfit looked.
Photograph from GQ-Magazine.co.uk
I used a light A2 pencil to sketch the drawing, it helps to draw with a light pencil because, it’s easier to erase in case there is a mistake.
For the jacket I had to mix white, blue and green to make the color teal, if you are in need of creating teal for any of your projects, there is the tip.
Little by little I took care of every detail, for the pants and jacket I used paint, and for the sneakers I used prismacolor markers.
Since the Jacket has stripes, I drew the stripes with a micro O8 pen. Also used it for the hands, jewelry and details on the shoes.
And…..this is the final product!! It took me almost an hour to get all the details done, and i had to made sure that colors look good.
These are some of the books I use for my illustrations, I took classes from one of the best fashion illustrators Nancy Riegelman. She is amazing, and has done so much work for the fashion industry. Learning from her was a blessing, and she taught me to follow my passion, and to continue to pursue it no matter what.
So friends, whatever is it that you love doing, I encourage you to go and do it. Money is not everything, yeah we want to get paid for what we love doing, but is not always like that. Your reward might not yet be financially, but you can inspire, motivate or impact someone’s life with what you love to do, and that’s what really matters. Hope you enjoy this post, please share or leave me a comment. Have a great Labor day weekend! ❤