Personal Blog

  • Small but Mighty: New Earrings

    Hi! Hola! I'm excited to share some news with you about the fact that I finally got to create a couple of the much requested versions of some of my earring designs! What you talkin' 'bout Willis?! Let me s'plain: Well, as many of you [that follow my shop on social media sites such Instagram, FB or Twitter] know... I launched my Copper Collection a few months ago and created some Big O' Copper earrings with some of my favorite iconic ladies such as: Frida Kahlo (of course, you know I LOVE her), Billie Holiday & Audrey Hepburn on them.......

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  • embracing my inner jerk:::

    What is with this polar vortex guys? Seriously, I am so over winter Chicago. Quit it, cut it out, stop, I'm over you. I get it, you are a real beast this year... we mess with mother nature by littering & polluting so she's out to get us. I get it, but I really feel like the point was made, so if I could have a forecast that is no longer single digits with windshields negative a thousand degrees that would be great. Meanwhile, I am staying warm with wraps, shawls, scarves and layers. I saw this colorful paisly scarf hanging...

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  • Ladies: 5 last minute DIY Halloween costume ideas!

    Did you wait until the very last minute to get a Halloween costume together? Well, being a last minute diva myself, I got your back! Here are 5 DIY last-minute halloween costume ideas for you that are easy to put together and that can probably be compiled by the clothes you might have in your closet already! I created a collage for each look to inspire you... and who knows maybe one of these looks will speak to you. Let me know what you think, here they go::::#1: Grease!This costume is for the lady who owns a lot of black clothes... you...

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  • The Color Yellow.

    Yellow are the taxi topsthe butterflies and bumblebeesjuicy lemons, sunflowerand falling leaves.Yellow is for egg yolka fever's name,the colour of yellow pages directorythe warning card given to players.Yellow is for sunornaments of gold,colour of papersthat are preserved and old.Yellow are the mustard fieldsthe colour of banana peel thatI stepped on and trippedalso a colour of wisdom and intellect.Yellow is for charming smiliesfor youth, exhuberence and cowardiceyellow is for warmth and inspirationto make people smile is its purpose.(15 May,2006) poem sourceI am forever indebted to my mother for buying me braces. Thanks Mom!Does anyone else have a comforting attachment to cardigans like...

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  • get your art on.

    this be part II of this post. My first official job was at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. I was 16 years old and my art teacher in High School recommended me for the paid internship and I was lucky enough to get it. I took the bus from Little Village into downtown every Saturday morning for 2 years and got to work with so man amazing artists! My artistic appetite grew more each session as I worked alongside many artists assisting in their youth classes (collage class, painting classes, theater classes, architecture classes, dance, music & more) and...

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  • Seeing Red.

    Seeing red. at the park, i spotted a bright red brick wall and couldn't resist... i wanted a picture. I wanted to test the red brick wall for a possible photo-shoot I am planning with some new models I am recruiting for the launch of my new website for Mano y Metal. (don't even get me started on that one! SO MUCH WORK- hours upon HOURS it is taking me to build a new website~taking me forever-- ugh.) So, even though the hubs acts unaffected by my (over)enthusiasm to take a picture every chance I get...acts like its silly (my...

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  • The kid, Legos and me: Part 1

    So much has happened this year, ---this summer as a matter of fact. But aside from the ups and downs of it all, the best part is that I get to spend time with my son all summer... this is the first summer since he was 1 yr. old that I do not work at the cubicle... I am not confined to a 9-5 schedule where I have to shuffle him off to a summer camp and miss him all day. I'm not going to deny that it has been exhausting because he is full of energy around the clock.....

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  • PITCHFORK MUSIC FEST 2013: photos, videos & behind the scenes.

    Has it seriously been two weeks already since I had the pleasure of vending for the 3rd year in a row at Chicagos's Pitchfork Music Festival 2013?! Preparing for the fest is the reason my etsy shop had to go on vacation mode for a few weeks because I go into panic mode right before vending at a huge show. I get a rush of anxiety (that lasts for days) stemming from the nagging voice that insists that I don't have enough time to produce all the inventory I envision and scribble on my "to-create" list(s)... Anyway, I closed down...

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  • What I Wore // An Organ and Elf Shoes

     So the Organ walks into a bar and says to the girl... No wait, the girl walks into the bar and there is an organ there..Wait, how does the joke go? But seriously, isn't this a cool organ? I'm all for cool photo props and this one is the coolest prop ever! Last weekend my friend Alex came to Chicago for a visit from Texas where he moved with his girlfriend... His parents cleaned out his apartment and all that is left standing is a TV mounted on the wall and this cool-ass organ!and so, impromptu photo-shoot incurred! I have the hardest time...

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  • Rockabilly Inspired // Last Minute Hustle.

    I texted him: "I Don't have anything to wear!"My friend Alex was in town visiting for the weekend from Texas and we had planned to meet up, have some coffee to catch-up & have some photo-shoot fun. And of course, even though I had known about this meeting months in advance, the morning of -I am pulling things out of my closet, not liking my options and telling myself, that next time, Next time I PROMISE to plan ahead... Then I reached for the suspenders.. I have been wanting to wear the red+navy suspenders f-o-r-e-v-e-r but never knew how to pull...

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