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Gal Meets Glam – Dress collection

Honestly… all I can say about this creation of lifestyle blogger Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam is its stunning. If you have any occasion where it calls for a dress or you just want to feel feminine and beautiful go with this line. Julia’s flawless designs have made picking out a dress a no brainer.Dresses are available on the Gal Meets Glam website, at Nordstrom or Nordstrom online (select styles).

Chef’s Table Pastry 

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I’ve always loved a Chef’s Table on Netflix’s and being an amateur baker I’m obsessed with Chef’s Table Pastry. This show profiles pastry chef’s offering a unique, intimate look into where they draw inspiration from and their creative processes. This show will not only leave you feeling inspired but craving something sweet!

Good Company Magazine

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This magazine Good Company – The Community Issue is the creation of best-selling author Grace Bonney. It has a very similar vibe to her book In the Company of Women which is wonderful. This debut issue focuses specifically on community. Bonney has employed women in various fields to write about what community looks like. Asking them how they create community and what they hope to/have accomplish/ed in doing such etc..Its powerful, encouraging and drives home the underlying truth we are better together not alone.

MLB Ballpark app

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I’m a Mariners fan at heart and love my local ballpark Safeco Field. Year after year, I’m still discovering new things about it but it wasn’t until this year that I downloaded the MLB Ballpark app. Its free and totally worth it.Once you select your team you’ll be given everything you need to know about their ballpark from where to find your favorite food and drinks to the stats about the starting line up. If you are a baseball fan this app gives you access to everything you would want to know right at your finger tips.

Artist Profile – Erica Williams of Lemonsugarillo

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Have you ever just looked at a piece of art and it resonates with you?  The artwork of Erica Williams of Lemonsugarillo does just that. I’m beyond thrilled to share with you her up and coming illustration company Lemonsugarillo on the blog today.

What is Lemonsugarillo? 

Lemonsugarillo is my ever-evolving creative space for self, growth, and celebration. In this space I explore the divinity within black women and girls in all states of being. I strive to document my process of being myself unapologetically and fully through my work, while holding a space for others to do the same.

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Lemonsugarillo is such and interesting and unique name. How did you come up with it?

I was actually brainstorming different ways to use my name or initials in my business name to no avail. I fell asleep during this process, woke up in a daze and said “Lemonsugar” and then fell back asleep. When I woke up fully later in the day, the name stuck. The name Lemonsugar embodies the duality that is present within myself, as well as the pieces I create. I am the little girl that grew into an adult woman, that little girl is still present within me. The work I create has elements of cuteness, whimsy, and joy. However, there is an adult woman behind the art that has had some sour experiences that along with the sweet influence my perspective. Plus sometimes I cuss, so I didn’t want to give off the wrong idea that my work or the space I was creating and cultivating was going to be all goody gumdrops. Thus, Lemonsugar Illustration was born! A year later I condensed it to Lemonsugarillo. I found with trying to create accounts and space online, the name was very long and for some accounts too long. So, I needed to find a way to condense the name, so I dropped the illustration and used the shorthand illo, and it worked perfectly.

 

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Why did you start Lemonsugarillo? 

Initially, I started Lemonsugarillo simply because I couldn’t get a job as a graphic designer. Because of my aesthetic I didn’t really fit the mold of an agency designer I always did well on interviews and received compliments on my work, but hiring managers didn’t know where to place me. They really rested on the idea that somebody would eventually pick me up, and because everyone shared this sentiment I ended up being unemployed for 2 years. I’ve always pushed representation and diversity in my work and I found that within the arena I was trying to be apart of, this push was policed in many ways disguised as “art direction”. After playing by “their” rules, feeling unfulfilled and tired of creating and providing a visual voice for everyone else but myself. I decided to do it my way, to create what I wanted, when I wanted, and with whom I wanted.

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What’s next for Lemonsugarillo? 

I just launched my website on Black Friday. I’m currently offering prints of my artwork and accessories with my prints on them to the public. On a wider scale I definitely want to get into animation, feature films, and comics. Really just about anything media based, and as always continue to learn and grow as an artist, and share that growth and love with people.

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What do you want people to take away from your work?

Whatever they need or desire to extract from my work. I do my best to not concern myself, over think, or control how others receive my work. Everyone will have their own experience with it and honestly that’s what I desire. Experience it; take what you need, and some extra to share with someone else. I have found focusing more on the craft and the root connection I have to an idea and inspiration of a piece, keeps me in flow of creating from a place of love and authenticity. This focus removes the pressure to “perform” to the perception of others and simply create what I love and what I am connected to.

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 Creator of Lemonsugarillo

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Lemonsugarillo just launched its website recently. I highly suggest checking it out and stocking up on holiday gifts!

https://www.lemonsugarillo.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April’s Mantra – Enjoy the Ride

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It’s true what they say the older you get the faster time goes by. Over Easter weekend when my nephews and niece were hunting for eggs I thought to myself, I’m glad that I’m present and I need to cherish this. I’m a big planner and I don’t really make room to be spontaneous and because of that sometimes I lose out. I have to say that being a planner has a lot of benefits of its own. Then this past weekend I had a medical scare with one of my parents. Everything in the end turned out to be fine but again, I thought to myself I need to savor my relationships by being in the moment and just going with the flow. I don’t want to look back on life and say that I was too busy working or planning this or that. I want to be a person who sees people for who they truly are and is able to embrace/celebrate them in the moment. I’m choosing to focus on this now more than ever so, I’ve decided that this month’s mantra should be “enjoy the ride.” I’m personally practicing not taking everything so seriously! I’m changing my perspective because things could be a lot worse . I’m blessed and my family is here and I’m choosing to enjoy life now, not whenever its most convenient. I’m the driver of my own destiny and I  choose to enjoy the ride. I hope that you will do the same for yourself with the people you cherish.

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March Mantra -Never Stop Growing

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Spring is approaching and I cannot stop thinking about growth. New things springing up and coming about because of the changing of the season. At this time of year I feel like I’m coming out of hibernation. I start venturing out simply because it’s warmer. The spring season in my mind is like the second chapter to my year and new opportunities and ideas flourish at this time. In light of the new spring season ushering in growth I’ve decided that March’s mantra should be “never stop growing!” I pride myself on being a life-learner. I absolutely positively love to learn and try new things. In fact, this month I enrolled in a tap-dancing class! It’s always been one of my dreams and now I’m doing it. I’m also planning trips to new places and seeking out new experiences. I’m excited about what’s happening in my life and I attribute it solely to the fact that I remain curious about life and continue to grow and challenge myself. If you’re in a funk or are feeling uninspired, I encourage you to go somewhere new, read a book or take a class. I can tell you firsthand that these things will help you grow if you’re open to them.

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Combating the Hustle & Bustle

Sometimes as adults we simply lose sight of things. The demands of life fueled by work, finances, family and ambition take over leaving little if any room for rest, relaxation or rejuvenation. This cycle of burning the candle at both ends has to stop or it inevitably for most people will lead to unhappiness, health problems, addictions and burn out. How do we combat this hustle and bustle lifestyle? I truly believe you can remedy this by taking time for yourself in order to feed your inner self/spirit. This can be done in multiple ways and you ultimately have to find out what works best for you.

Here are some of my go to ways to relax and recharge. I like just being alone and listening to music. If I’m in a more energetic mood a spontaneous dance party always nourishes my spirit. Also, reading something that’s positive, inspirational and gives me a different perspective always helps. Incidentally enough, if you’re having a hard time relaxing I find that resorting to childlike activities might actually help. Sometimes I grab a coloring book or engage in a game with kids where my imagination can go wild. I also, make it a priority to make time for hobbies (baking, gardening etc.) that I enjoy.

The whole point of taking time to carrying out these activities is to feed your spirit by embracing rest and relaxation in order to reset your mind, body and spirit towards a healthy perspective. Furthermore, keep in mind that you can’t do everything and pay specific attention to your motivations behind why you do certain things. I suggest honestly taking a look at your lifestyle and maybe altogether eliminating some things and just reprioritizing. In the end, I know if you apply these tips to your life you’ll be on the road to a happier and healthier version of yourself.

I highly recommend this weekly journal by Moorea Seal or coloring books by Leisure Arts!