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As many of you may have seen, my face and my paper appeared in a commercial for Cadillac for their Dare Greatly campaign, first airing during the Oscars broadcast.  I cannot even explain how incredibly honored I feel for being chosen to be a part of this- everyone should take the time to read the stories of each person featured.  There are amazing people doing amazing things, even at such a young age.

 

I am amazed that I was able to feature my art, but am especially excited to be able to stand as a heart transplant representative.  Even with all the knowledge we have, transplants are still a rare occurrence and I am one of the oldest survivors for a single organ at this date in time.  I want to be open about my work and my personal medical experiences- if you have any questions please feel free to ask me!

Click here to view the special page about me and my work on Cadillac’s Dare Greatly website.

 

Thank you again to everyone at Cadillac!  #DareGreatly

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So I’m not the only artist in the family.  My sister happens to be the best videographer I’ve ever encountered.  Seriously, I’ve scoured Vimeo trying to find an equal to her editing that will push you to cry, feel butterflies, and embrace a sudden surge of inspiration….. all within three minutes.

Recently we went to Las Vegas and I took some photos of her for her blog, Heart + Camera.  She has a way with cameras, whether it be used for video or one single snapshot.  So take a look, and if you want to see some of her videos go to Cabana Pictures Blog.  It’s where both her and her husband post videos and blurbs from their life as videographers.

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This past week, I opened a show in Oakland, CA for First Fridays.  It was so much fun and my first exhibit on the West Coast!  I had a bit of help with some of the bigger installation, and for the first time went on scaffolding.  Since I’m a short little lady, I was terrified of being so high off the ground.  But I did it and everything turned out so perfect.  Really, I don’t think I’ve ever had an easier install and it’s all thanks to the awesome, generous people from the gallery.  There’s an espresso bar connected, so I suggest to anyone from the area to stop by!  The show is at Hat Rac Gallery up from June 6- July 25.

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Gold and black cutouts going up on the wall.  Yes, they’re all handcut!

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As if I didn’t already express my love for her enough, here’s a post for my ultimate source of inspiration right now:  Carmen Miranda.  Lately I’ve been wanting to get a lot more into screenprinting and making patterned prints.  The goal is to make a few more ladies with headdresses.  Of course, I’ve already gone through my orange phase.  Next fruit on the list is bananas.  Oh, it’s begun.  Here are some photos of the progress:

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My latest Photoshop experiment is a banana lady.  I’ve been wanting to make a lot of ladies with screenprinting, but this is the easiest way to do it.  Maybe a painting will come next but for now this is it!

Steps:

Made her sketch by hand.

Scanned into photoshop and then inked it out.

Color filled everything and added shading

Drew parts to go into the pattern.  Made a fill pattern and that was that.  Pattern Circle

It’s that time of the year where I begin wearing long sleeves and all black again.  That’s right: Fall is almost here!  I was shocked when I stepped outside.  Here was my outfit for the occasion.

Jacket: Forever 21 DIY denim jacket

Shoes: Dr. Martens

Pants: BDG

Necklace: Nameplate gold necklace

Shirt: Michael Stars

Earrings: Forever 21

Bag: Aldo

Ring: Thrift store find

Victoria Beckham:

Ugh: Ok, what happened here with the hat?  Really, it was the only huge critique I have for her collection.  Victoria, everything is beautiful but this one huge item.  I’m sorry, but I’m not a believer in the large floppy hat.  It’s reserved for when you go to the beach and should never be worn otherwise.

Love: This whole collection was one of my favorites so far.  This look is so goth, so wonderful, and so me.  The bra looks chic even though it’s giving off bondage vibes.  Bottom line: I want this look since it’s totally wearable.

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Ugh: Ladies, have we reached the point of feminism where it’s now acceptable to dress as a Maxi Pad?  No.  We haven’t.  And never will.  What’s worse than a Maxi Pad dress is a Chrome Maxi Pad dress.

Love:  Everything about this is so right.  It has a bit of tuxedo in the collar which gives a slightly masculine tone.  The red is vibrant, but not overbearing since everything is kept so simple.  Perfect.

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Ugh: This is a trend I’ve been noticing: the whole mismatched-blocks-tattered-whatever look.  I’m not even sure how to describe it.  It’s blocky, but not in the good way.  This is everything wrong about that trend seeing as how nothing matches.  I guess at least it’s monochromatic but really this doesn’t work.  If I saw someone wearing this I would assume they were homeless and got hold of a sewing machine.

Love: Lovely and fresh for spring.  The pattern is great.  That’s the thing about patterns: they can go so wrong but this is a balance of color and pattern that just works.  I love the small sliver of skin peeking out.  It’s somewhat conservative but still sexy.

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Ugh: First of all, this is a bad photo.  Whoever shot it hates this model because she should not look like this.  In my mind, there are so many things gone wrong with this look.  To begin, the presentation.  In a runway show, everything should look the best it will ever look.  Here, it’s showing you how not to wear the clothes.  The legs are too much with the shoes and the blazer.  Also, I’m not a fan of the ill-fitting blazer on this girl.  She should at least try to get one her size if she’s wearing shorts.

Love: This is so similar to the look I hate, but it just shows that slight changes can make all the difference.  Those shoes should be in my closet.  They’re simple and great with a tuxedo/suit on any woman.  I love this outfit because it is a mix of Audrey Hepburn’s look in Funny Face with a 1970’s bodysuit.  All black is classic and always elegant, too.

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Ugh: VISORS??  REALLY?  I thought this was done and over with years ago.  I’m not working at any food establishment and it isn’t going to work for me.  Sorry.  Also, the fanny pack isn’t working for me either with the swimsuit.  I guess if I’m walking around some amusement park in the middle of summer I’ll wear a fanny pack and visor with my bathing suit.  Other than that, keep it away from me.

Love: I want this look.  No, I want this T-shirt.  It’s so timeless DKNY and reminds me of the outfits my sister would wear back in 1996 when she would roam around New York.  This never goes out of style.  It’s given a modern look with the silver skirt that works.

Note: all photos are from Style.com

My latest obsession is the studded jacket.  Well, it isn’t the latest but it’s the one that I’ve most recently accomplished.  See, the thing is that I’ve been loving punk fashion since I was about 13 years old.  All that time in between I’ve been wanting and craving for a chance to go and wear it.  Those chances have been available for so long but now I’ve finally done it.  The other thing is: I don’t like silver.  I’m a gold kind of girl so I needed some gold studs.  That’s where the whole stud craze came in.  Since everyone is going mad about spikes, the market finally opened for gold studs.  Yay!   Ok enough talk here’s my outfit:

Jacket: Forever 21

Shoes: Cole Haan

Socks: TJ Maxx

Shirt: H&M

Necklaces: My own gold nameplate necklace and a Medic Alert Coin pendant (NOT FOR FASHION PURPOSES.  PLEASE DO NOT WEAR THIS AS AN ACCESSORY UNLESS NEEDED)

Skirt: Urban Outfitters

Earrings: Betsey Johnson

This is something new I want to try.  I’ve always loved looking at street style on blogs.  In person I do it too and call it by something a little different (AKA people watching).  So, in my little city of Pittsburgh I believe there to be a a huge amount of totally rad street style.  Here’s my plan: to update you weekly on different neighborhoods or events I go to.  Now, the whole world will know that Pittsburgh has just about the coolest and most unique set of people. 

This past Thursday, I competed in a live Style-Off for Project Style in Pittsburgh.  It was hosted by the Robinson Mall and was INTENSE.  First of all, I’ve never been a competitive person.  Somehow, I found a part of myself that was determined to win and it basically enveloped every other part of me.  I was so excited and prepared by looking though magazines, shopping around the mall beforehand, and of course trying everything on (which I never do).

Here’s how it went down:

  • You arrive in the outfit you were wearing in the previous round.
  • You are given a $200 gift card to the mall to shop for a new outfit
  • There’s a twist!  Each one of us were given an accessory that we had to incorporate into our outfits.  Mine was a cheetah scarf I used as a shirt
  • Put on your outfit and RUN back to the stage to show it off.  Answer a few questions and you’re done!
  • THE PRIZE: If I won this, I would receive $1000 to shop and a chance to move onto the next round of Project Style: a national competition with a prize of going to NY Fashion Week.

Before I continue, I need to say this:

 

Showing off our original outfits. I’m the tiny one all the way on the left

Shoes: Forever 21

Pants: Forever 21

Shirt: Made from a cheetah print scarf

On My Feet: I have spiked bracelets from both Aldo and Charlotte Russe.  Put them on your ankle for a little extra oomph

On My Hand: Studded Bracelet from Forever 21.  My bag is from Aldo

Jacket: The jacket itself is from Forever 21.  To add a little something extra, I grabbed some stud earrings from Aldo and stuck them on the pockets.

Necklace and Earrings: I wore Forever 21 jewelry.  The necklace is wrapped around my neck to add layering.  I have two sets of earrings on

Hair and Makeup: DONE BY ME!!

Me and my Mama. She managed “Team Gianna” and turned out to have a pageant mom hidden inside her

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What I Learned: I had the most awesome outfit I’ve ever put together.  Even though I didn’t win, I felt like I did.  My whole family was there to support me, and I know that I’ll still make it big in fashion.  I did some DIY, had the greatest hair there, and bought leather tuxedo pants all in one night.  How could I be sad?

Outfit Inspiration: For those of you who will sit here and read all of this, here you go.  I knew going in to the competition what I wanted to wear.  First of all, tuxedo pants.  I’ve always wanted a Tom Ford women’s tuxedo.  It’s classic style and looks so chic if you do it right.  Second of all, I love retro.  So I knew I had to somehow put that little bit of style in there.  That’s how the hair and makeup came to be.

 

PS: Congratulations to Anna, Leslie, and Anna for winning each of their rounds.  Their outfits were awesome.  This was a search for the next Trendsetter and their outfits all showed off how they’re wearing what they love in fashion.