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88 keys but a Major Chord Ain’t One

4-30-16

“The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.” ― Thelonious Monk

“The pianokeys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind” ― Maria Cristina Mena

Music takes me to another place. I close my eyes and play and envision a story unfolding along with the sound. Every song has a personality or a character. I play it over and over until we meet and then I capture it on paper. Music heals and helps the soul. In it I discover myself and who I can be

Xoxo

-A

Bralette –  The Beat.

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Musical Magic

3-31-16

“Let’s take our hearts for a walk in the woods and listen to the magic whispers of old trees.” – UNKNOWN

“Those who do not believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

“The woods call to us with a hundred voices, but the sea has one only — a mighty voice that drowns our souls in its majestic music. The woods are human, but the sea is of the company of the archangels.” ― L.M. Montgomery

I find so much inspiration when the sun goes down and the shadows come out. The simultaneous ignition of the fireplace and my head, stirs up a new song. The piano keys come alive, I close my eyes and take a walk through the woods. Magic.

Xoxo

-A

Black dress from Nordstroms

White coverup dress from Blues & Shoes

Hat from Forever21

Black Boots – Thrifted

Photography by @jimathyy

Springtime Bliss

3.21.16

“All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.” – Meister Eckhart

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” – Marilyn vos Savant

“Being broke is a temporary situation. Being poor is a state of mind.” – Mike Todd

In an ever turning world where cats get stuck in trees, you’re out of milk but already poured your cereal, and socks never match, it’s crucial to remember that peace comes from within. Throw on your favorite dress or fluffiest coat, get away from the concrete jungle and take a day to wander. Take time to be present in your own life and truly smell the roses. The best way to do so this spring is in a crop top and some temporary metallic tattoos. Because, just like these shiny little gems, whatever it is that’s got you down is only temporary.

Xoxo

-A.

Tattoos from @Fashiontatsbrand

Shoes from Charlotte Russe

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Show me the Lovin’

2 – 14 – 16

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is the most powerful thing in the world. Without love, there would be no purpose. Whether its your significant other, just people in general, or your puppy find something to be passionate about. Because whether you know it or not, on earth and above, there’s someone passionate about you.  And after all, “What’s living if you can’t love?”
Xoxo
-A
Bralettes from The Beat.
Faux Leather Shorts from H&M 

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Smudged Up

1 – 20 – 16

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso

Messy. Busy. Beautiful. Strange. Adventurous. Tricky. You. Life. Sometimes we lost control and get stuck in the mud. That’s what soap was invented for. Wash it off. Make art out of your troubles. Let yourself get dirty again. Wear some black on black, smudge up your make up a lil, chug a juice box and get out there. That’s how you know you’re free.

Xoxo

-A

Thrifted clothing.

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Jammin’ in January

1 – 9 – 16

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca

“It’s a wise man who understands that every day is a new beginning, because boy, how many mistakes do you make in a day? I don’t know about you, but I make plenty. You can’t turn the clock back, so you have to look ahead.” – Mel Gibson

Ready for a new year, new music, new chances, new people, new experiences, new endeavors, new outfits, new, new, NEW. Regardless of where you left 2015, leave it. Think about new things, new places and go for it. This is YOUR year. Get jammin’ and take it.

Xoxo

-A

Dress from Forever 21

Jacket – Thrifted

All Wrapped Up

12 – 24 -15

“The Magic of Christmas is not in the presents, but in His presence.”

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” – Dr. Seuss

Lights glowing. Candles burning. Coffee brewing. Music playing. Christmas morning with the people treasured most. Memories and feelings of peace flooding in. It’s easy to get all wrapped up and tangled in a stressful, busy holiday season and forget what’s right in front of you. No matter where you are or who you’re with, remember that CHRISTmas is about something bigger than just food and gifts.

Xoxo

-A

Dress from Shein

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Set in Stone

12 – 16 – 15

“Nothing in permanent in this wicked world. Not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chapmin

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash

Open a new book. Start on a new page. If you feel like singing, try. If you feel like dancing, boogie. Get hooked on a new passion. Try. Fail. Try again. Life is about discovery. Discover something new about yourself. And share it with the world. Even if you fall or get stuck or scrape your knee trying, nothing is set in stone. Try one more time.

Xoxo,

-A

Flannel from  The Beat

Booties from H&M

On The Fringe

12 – 2 – 15

“It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.” – Albert Einstein

“The biggest challenge in life is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else.” – Unknown

Wake up and wear what you’re feelin’ rather than what others expect. Cause some commotion and stand out. Wear somethin’ crazy just to get a reaction. Reflect your mood. Wear crazy, different, whacky because that’s who you are. Bring out of style, in style. Live on the FRINGE.

Xoxo

-A

Hat – Forever 21

Skirt / Thigh high boots – The Beat

Top – LA Boutique

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Green Glamour

11 – 21 – 15

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” – Langston Hughes

“Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.” – Marilyn Monroe

The ocean is a diamond as the sun hits the surface. The wind is a singer as it whistles gently through the city. Skipping stones are sequins as they sparkle in the river. The leaves are citizens of a bustling, thriving town. And life makes music all around. I find glamour and art in everything I see, hear, feel, taste. I feel alive in every dusty corner of my thoughts and I hold on to chance and possibility. Potential in everything. Love in an unlikely place. A window of light in darkness. The shimmer of your eyes when they cry. How glamorous is nature and life. Beauty in every step.

Xoxo

-A

Hat, Vest, Necklace, Skirt – Forever 21

Bell Sleeve Top – Vintage

Photography by – Talia Azadian (@xxtals)

Theatre Lights

11 – 17 – 15

“All the world’s a stage.” – William Shakespeare

“Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise. I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that.” – Mary Pickford

A day in the lights. A day in the audience. A day in the theatre. Whichever you are, take the stage. From wherever you sit, you always have the power to own it and be exactly whomever you so choose. Feeling bright, I head to the theatre in some vintage inspired pants, a bit of fur to warm my bones and a neon blazer to tickle the senses; a piece of each era for the character I’m choosing today. Hit the stage and rock it.

Xoxo

-A

Photography by Mike Batz (@mikebatzphotography_)

Pants – BCBG

Chain necklace from The Beat. 

Blazer – 80’s vintage

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Denim Daze

11 – 9 – 15

“Someone called me lazy today. I almost replied.”

“Clinomania: (n.) Excessive desire to stay in bed.”

Lazy. Laid back. Comfy. Whatever days. When you feel like being stylish but just don’t got the m-m-motivation. Denim. Glam up a classic look by doubling up and adding some shades, a hat and the biggest, stretchiest T-shirt in your closet. Caught in a lazy daze, can’t stop my denim ways.

Xoxo,

-A

Photography by Mike Batz (@mikebatzphotography_)

Hat from Forever 21.

Bralette, T shirt, and Jacket from The Beat. 

High Waisted Shorts – Thrifted

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Bad B*tch

10 – 31 – 15

“There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight”

Chilling. Dark. The night, a blur. Spending this Halloween on the dark side of the moon. Feeling courageous. I think I’ll wear this costume every day of the year. Meanwhile, is that a donut?

Xoxo

-A

T-shirt from The Beat.

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Desert Heat Wave

10 – 24 – 15

“Without music, life is a journey through a desert.” – Pat Conroy

“I have never been in a natural place and felt that it was a waste of time. I never have. And it’s a relief. If I’m walking around a desert or whatever, every second is worthwhile.” – Viggo Mortensen

The heat is rising like a tsunami and punching my body with an iron fist. Equally, this passion within continues to burn. My feet begin, one step. Then another. And another. Working and moving toward my goal. All I need is Rock n Roll.

Xoxo

-A

Led Zeppelin T-shirt and thigh high boots from The Beat.

Denim Jacket – Thrifted with hand sewn patches from my travels!

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Candyland

10 – 20 – 15

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

“My favorite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.” – Mario Testino

Get lost in a creative moment. Get lost in your passion. Get lost in a place without limits, in a place where anything is possible. Create your happiness and get lost. Get lost just to find yourself. Create your own personal candyland and thrive.

Xoxo

-A

Zebra shorts from H&M

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Free Falling

10 – 13 – 15

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” – Sarah Addison Allen

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

She spent her days roaming the earth. The streets knew her well, the ocean breeze caressed her skin, moonlight calmed her bones. She fell into fall and anything at all. Cradled in a blanket of falling leaves that longed to kiss the ground. Capturing each moment. Savoring the freedom. Finding herself in a good read, a candy bar, under the waves, a Zeppelin record. Searching. Discovering. Always. Free.

Xoxo

-A

Fringe top – DIY / Hand made

Bells from  PYLO

Platform shoes – Blues and Shoes

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Back in Black

10 – 11- 15

“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost

“We are called to be world changers, not world chasers.” – Jarrid Wilson

We are all made with a purpose. Finding that purpose can be tricky and may seem impossible. Dig deeper. Put a little heart and soul into your search and when you find it, share it. Be bold.

Xoxo

-A

Vinyl coat – Thrifted

White lace dress / Lace up pleather shorts / Chains from The Beat

Hat / Necklace / Black overall skirt from Forever 21

Pink lipstick – Revolution Salvation velvet lacquer

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Wanderer

10 – 4 – 15

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you’re riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live.” – Bob Marley

Let yourself wander. Trying new things is key to finding happiness. Change brings opportunity and a new perspective. Travel. Try. Leap. See things for the first time and experience life to the fullest. Grab a milkshake, get in your car and see where the road takes you.

Xoxo

-A

Fur coat, hat, necklace from Forever 21.

Metallic pants, Halter top – Thrifted / Vintage

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CUTTING CLASS

10-2-15

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. It’s the only way to grow. If you’re passionate about something, get out there and do it even if it means being different and failing a few times first. Embrace change, embrace yourself and LOVE who you are.

Xoxo

-A

Crop Sweater and floral skirt from Forever 21.

Thigh high boots from The Beat.

Alexa V.1-2 Cropped and smaller

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