Sure, I took a hiatus from this blog for a couple months. But trust me it was worth it.
Here’s (some of) what I’ve been up to:
Launching a vintage clothing shop, called The Gibbson Girl.
Overhauling my personal website
(new art included).
Updating my nonprofit, The Uncovered Artistry Project for the Valentine’s Day season.
I think some relaxing with my favorite cat is order.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
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Fall Mix Tapes (with handmade covers)
A Vegan Thanksgiving complete with quinoa, veggies, mashed potatoes, and of course desserts…
Vegan Hot Apple Crumble Bars
Vegan Lemon and Fig Bars
50,000 words of a new novel
That was definitely one happy fall.
I spent one afternoon a couple weekends ago snapping shots of beautiful handmade jewelry for the nonprofit The Uncovered Artistry Project (i.e. the nonprofit I founded five years ago with my sister!). The nonprofit, which boasts an online boutique, sells the artisan work of domestic and sexual abuse survivors. Because we believe art and entrepreneurship are pretty darn empowering.
Below are some of my favorite shots of some of the stunning jewelry we are currently selling in the boutique.
Swarovski pearl earrings…our bestseller
Swarovski pearl drop necklace…this one always reminds me of Jane from Pride and Prejudice.
domestic violence awareness bracelet…my personal favorite- it’s such a pretty touch to every outfit!
true blue rhinestone earrings…are you feeling like royalty today?
Don’t forget to shop the boutique and support the nonprofit at uncoveredartistry.com.
A waitress at The Cafe at the Frick was kind enough to let me snap a shot of her beautiful tattoos.
I can. I will.
I’ve lived in Pittsburgh (and the same apartment) for over a year. For the last, well, decade, I haven’t stayed in one place for more than twelve months. Finally, I’ve had time to settle in to my new place and begin to claim it as my own. My living room, dinning room, and kitchen were more or less done six months ago. (Mostly given to that the fact that my kitchen is smaller than a walk-in closet) But my bedroom has taken longer to come together. I wanted a simple, neutral pallets of whites and creams with a focus on texture. What ended up unfolding is far from that but no less awesome. Actually, probably way more fun to look at. I have images and color everywhere, yet somehow everything still seems comfortable and in order. It’s the perfect embodiment of my style: classic and neat but undoubtably sprinkled with color and pattern. The room has a way to go, but so far, it’s a pretty good start.
gallery wall? check.
handmade cork boards? check.
repurposed basket drawers? check.
Jane Austen novels? obviously.
I like to share what I’m reading. Why? Because books are so much better when you can talk about them. If you’ve ever read Pride and Prejudice and made it to the “Mr.Darcy letter scene,” and you have no one to share in your agonizing joy, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Or, oh, let’s say you’ve just finished Allegiant and for some reason NO ONE at your office has finished it too. Who are you supposed to get angry with!?
That said, here’s my first post in a silly-titled series, I’m calling, “What’s in My Ferragamo?” Of course, I’m referring to my black Ferragamo bag that just happens to be the perfect size to fit whatever I’m reading at the moment.
#GIRLBOSS by NastyGal CEO, Sophia Amoruso. If you haven’t heard of NastyGal, don’t worry, you can click this link without of fear of sexually explicit content (trust me).
Here’s my two cents on the read: Amoruso’s story is impressive and her advice is inspirational, but her business tips come off a bit too elementary for my taste. (Of course, that’s coming from me- a girl with a business degree who also happens to work in fashion industry.) Nevertheless, it reenergized my passion for fashion (business), and there are some pretty awesome quotables in there too. Not to mention some charming illustrations.
So? Have you read #GIRLBOSS? What do you think?