Archive - 2017

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Kimono Playdate with Kimono Zulu
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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit at the Heard Museum
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The Desert is Calling…and I Must Go!!

Kimono Playdate with Kimono Zulu

 

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Tina Zulu knows kimonos. The niche market PR and branding guru launched her passion project- Kimono Zulu – September 2016, and it has been growing organically ever since. She officially launched at Launch HTX, and currently hosts pop-ups, trunk shows, and even offers kimono playdates; one of which happened while I was visiting Houston a couple months ago. I met up with Tina, along with the brand’s muse-  Zoe “Fashion Plate” at Launch, where the kimonos were set up on a clothing rack. Tina also brought along other fun props and accessories. We also utilized some pieces from Launch HTX, such as: gloves from Inclan Studio, bracelets from Burdlife, handbags from Magpies & Peacocks, and necklaces from Modern Artifacts. As you can see from the photos, we clearly had a blast!

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Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Tina, in a way, is like my soul sister, at least in regards to fashion. She’s always had that eclectic style and creative spirit. “Vintage is a part of my personal style — I love mixing old and new, high-end designer pieces with vintage gems and thrift scores to express myself.

Throughout the 90s, she ran an event production company called Urban Sugar Productions, where she met a thorough list of artists, models, designers, etc., most of whom she still works with today; like graffiti artist- GONZO247. “On a whim, GONZO tagged a couture evening gown for me for a graffiti themed gala. I loved it so much, and it inspired me to work with other artists to embellish our kimonos. GONZO really inspires me and I’m so proud of the work he does to brand and represent Houston’s creative spirit.”

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Tina has always been a fan of Japanese culture, which started with Hello Kitty (I mean…who isn’t a fan of HK…). She’s been collecting the cute cartoon kitty memorabilia since its’ launch. When she took her son to the Japan Festival last year, she came across a booth that offered vintage kimonos. She immediately connected with the vendor and invited her to do a booth at Houston Vintage Festival. When that vendor was unable to do so, Tina offered to do the booth on her behalf. “I think it was at that moment, that I realized I wanted to be a kimono hustler! So, while filling out Houston Vintage Festival vendor form, I had to enter a company name and upload a logo so that’s when I came up with “Kimono Zulu” — when you marry someone with a cool family name like ZULU, believe me, you’ll use it for everything!”

So the concept of Kimono Zulu was born…..

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“Our brand muse- Zoe is a long-time friend and personal inspiration — not only in the fashion sense, but also by the way she lives her life. Zoe’s fun-loving attitude, creative energy, and generosity is contagious and we are grateful to have her support as we spread Kimono fever to all.”

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Since launching, the brand has collaborated with several fashion designers and multimedia artists to reimagine and embellish vintage kimonos. These artists have done anything from screen printing, hand painting, to spray painting their designs on the kimonos; while the fashion designers cut and re-design the kimonos, transforming them into new and sometimes more modern silhouettes. Collaborations to date have included: Selven O’Keef Jarmon, Katsola, Christy Karll, Rene Cruz, Elijah Coccetti, Dandee Warhol, Jennifer Gabiola of Dawning Soul, Royal McGee, Ann Brooks, Mina Gaber, Soi-K, Judy Masliyah of My Flaming Heart….and stay tuned for more!

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to be showcased among so much local talent. I made great relationships with fellow designers and wonderful people that have since kept in touch with — and even collaborated with. They helped me “launch” Kimono Zulu and introduce it to a broader audience and for that, I’m forever grateful!”

Every kimono I have is special, a one-of-a-kind treasure. One of the oldest I’ve had was patchwork silk kimono of beautiful shibori (Japanese form of tie-dye) fabric from the 30s.”

Prices start at $150-$325 for vintage kimonos and $250-$525 for artist collaboration pieces. For more information, visit the brand’s Facebook page, and follow on InstagramFollow @kimonozulu on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to find their next trunk show or pop-up! Or schedule a kimono playdate with Tina Zulu, tinazulu@zulucreative.com, 713.581.4788.

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

 

 

** All images c/o Tina Zulu **

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit at the Heard Museum

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I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.

– Frida Kahlo

If only I had lived in her time, or she in the present; I have a feeling that we would’ve bonded. Most days, I often think that I’m pretty strange, at least in the eyes of everyday society. Actually, all my life I’ve been regarded as strange or weird by my peers. Nowadays, I refuse to be like everyone else. I march to the beat of my own drum. I make my own trends and fashion ideals, and I refuse to let magazines nor the fashion industry dictate what I can or cannot wear; during which season, etc. I’m a rebel in my own right, just as Frida was in her day.

I was ecstatic when I heard that there was a Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit in town. When the Mr was in town, I thought it was the perfect time to finally see it. Of course, I dressed for the occasion…and we ventured over to the Heard Museum.

It was actually my first time at that museum. It was founded in 1929, and is dedicated to helping with the advancement of American Indian art. It was also fun to tour some of those exhibits after Frida. The Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit has 33 works by both artists on display; over 50 photographs of the couple, taken by Edward Weston, Lola Álvarez Bravo and Frida Kahlo’s father- Guillermo Kahlo; as well as a fashion section that featured clothing and jewelry of the style and region that she would’ve worn. There is also a room off to the side, where the kiddos can have an interactive experience. Honestly, I probably could’ve stayed at the exhibit all day, but to each their own.

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Below are a few photos that I loved. It showed her life with Diego, her personality, and her style:

  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

 May I present, the fashion portion of the exhibit (please bear in mind that the below outfits were curated in respect to what Frida would have worn):

  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
  • Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

More paintings:

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

In closing:

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Frida + Diego, Heard Museum, exhibit, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera

The exhibit goes until August 20th, 2017. Admission is $7 (on top of the museum admission). Get your advanced tickets HERE. For more information on the exhibit, go HERE.

The Desert is Calling…and I Must Go!!

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The geographical pilgrimage is the symbolic acting out an inner journey. The inner journey is the interpolation of the meanings and signs of the outer pilgrimage. One can have one without the other. It is best to have both.”

– Thomas Merton

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I consider the hikes that I take- as pilgrimages or sacred walks through the vast Sonoran Desert. Exploring and experiencing the desert is where I consider being most free and alive. It is also on the trails that I’ve met some friendly people (as I’m often not fully alone, being on some of the most traversed trails and all). But on those rare occasions when I am alone on the trails, I always feel a strong sense of spirituality that I really can’t explain; but I’m sure many of you have had a similar sense in an environment of your soul’s choosing. I love the sound of when the wind rustles in between the large saguaros. There’s just an overall sense of peace and serenity.

It is also in the desert that I’ve pushed myself to my limit. I’ve climbed Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, Dixie Mountain, through the Superstitions, and am shooting for summiting Flatiron (once the temps cool down a bit). I never in my life, thought I’d summit a damn mountain- until I moved to Arizona.

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I feel like I got my later-in-life “outdoorsy, desert trekker bug” from my Grandpa Howard. I, unfortunately, don’t have a photo of him being on a hike, but I know he did a lot back in the day when he went on trips to Grand Canyon, and the general Southwest region. I knew he had hiking sticks quite similar to the one pictured, but they have been lost in translation over the years. So when I was given this stick from a very generous hiker who could’ve passed for a grandpa figure, it really meant a lot, and will forever hold a special place in my heart. Even though my grandpa is gone, I feel like a part of him lives on through my love of hiking, the desert, and the Southwest.  I mean seriously…I hadn’t trained or got into shape before I first reached Camelback’s summit (and I’m sort of afraid of heights)…so it was literally a miracle that I mustered all my strength and willpower…and just did it; even when my body was saying “enough.” I’d like to think I had a little divine help.

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desert, hiking, arizona, superstition mountains, editorial

(“The Desert is Calling & I Must Go” TeeKeep It Wild Co., Vintage Desert Scene Vest- Rare Scarf Vintage, Sunglasses- Darylynn Eyewear, Vintage “O’Keeffe” Hat- Coronation Vintage, Vintage Belt- my dad, Denim Cropped Pants- thrifted, Ankle Boots- thrifted)

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desert, hiking, arizona, superstition mountains, editorial

desert, hiking, arizona, superstition mountains, editorial

desert, hiking, arizona, superstition mountains, editorial

**All images (minus below) by Leslie of Lucida Studios**

Grandpa Howard

This post is dedicated to my Grandpa Howard- the hiker. I miss you and Grandma EVERY DAY.

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