Archive - July 2017

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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!!
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Pop Shop America Opens Small Boutique in Houston Heights

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit at the Heard Museum

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

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!!

desert, hiking, arizona, superstition mountains, editorial

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

desert, hiking, arizona, superstition mountains, editorial

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.

desert, hiking, arizona, superstition mountains, editorial

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.

desert, hiking, arizona, superstition mountains, editorial

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)

desert, hiking, arizona, superstition mountains, editorial

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.

Pop Shop America Opens Small Boutique in Houston Heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

I was first introduced to Pop Shop America, and its’ lovely creative founder- Brittany Bly, about five years ago. I had participated in several of the Mini Pops Markets and even a couple of the Pop Shop America Festivals as a vintage seller. The series of markets/festivals usually consist of handmade goods, fair trade collectibles, and vintage and antique shopping; as well as local food trucks, live music, and oh-so-stylish DIY workshops.

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Brittany felt that since she’s been teaching craft workshops for a few years now, she needed a new space. The shop officially opened on December 2, 2016. She goes on to explain, “We’re really passionate about our online shop and needed a space to pack up online orders. It made more sense to open up our space to the public, instead of treating it like a private office. So Pop Shop America boutique was born! It turns out we love displaying goods and talking to people, so the shop has been fun. We also have great neighbors like Manready Mercantile, Retropolis, and Jubilee.”

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

I was able to visit the shop when I visited Houston last month, and am really proud of what Brittany has accomplished. The downstairs part of the building will house Tea Sip– a small business that specializes in award-winning teas. “The flavors are super modern, like Fudge Brownie Pu-erh and Root Beer Rooibos. It’s going to smell great, and have such great vibes in the shop!”

Follow the neon arrow up the stairs, where you will find yourself immersed in a loft-style trove of mostly locally-made treasures and whimsical decor. Shop wearables from makers such as: Mad Love, Zana, Apdat, Without Remorse, Boo + Boo Factory, Spitphire, Forgotten Arts Clothing; as well as gifts from other artists around the globe, and things Brittany makes in house. Be sure to also peruse the ever-popular beauty bar!

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

“We try to make the boutique as fun as the festival! We are in the process of installing 6-foot coloring pages for anyone to try out in our store. We have these huge oversized pinatas in the shop and lots of candy that we can give to kids (if they’re allowed). Everyone always gets a free gift with purchase, and we mix cocktails in our shop on the weekend,” Brittany said.

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Brittany and her team still offer numerous workshops, one of my faves being the DIY Terrarium Workshop. “Our workshops are beginner friendly and super stylish. We make it such a fun event with small bites and light sips! Workshops vary from terrariums, flower crowns, clay marbling and handmade candles. The workshops are different every month, so it’s fun to come back to multiple events! They take place every first Friday evening and every second Sunday brunch.”

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America, Houston, Houston boutique, the heights

Pop Shop America is located at:

321 A W. 19th St.

Houston, TX 77008

 

 

 

 

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