A Year in Review.*Art by Robin Eisenberg*
Hello sweet readers, yes, I know it has been a minute since I have been present over here on my blog. The holidays were quite busy for me, and where I intended on posting a little something several days ago, the wretched flu decided to hunt me down and hold me captive for the better part of a week.
But here I am now.
I hope this post finds you happy and well as we venture into the beginning of a new chapter in our lives; a brand new year welcomed with open, flailing arms. 2016 was a mad beast for many of us, with the bad outweighing the good in many circumstances... but as I get older and value the life that has been given to me in spite of the chaos (and sometimes grief), I try to grab onto any and all of the good in order to carve a permanent mark of light in the many chambers of my mind.
Herein lies this entry; a little collection of photos I've taken and gathered as a kind of lookbook of things that have brought me joy and insight throughout the year. Most, if not all of the photos below can be found on my Instagram, but I decided to provide more of a narrative for them here on my blog that said photo sharing social networking site cannot provide/the photos are more meaningful to me when I don't have a judgmental audience to cater to. (My blog is a more personal space for me as only a certain few tend to read it at this point, whereas Instagram is a kind of nesting ground of random voyeurs looking for a fix.)
Cheers to the memories, in no particular order:
Laser Kitten. I blame/thank Laser Kitten for getting me back into the D.I.Y. game. I used to collect buttons and pins and patches and sew them onto anything I could get my hands on, but for some reason or another over the course of the latter years of my life, I just stopped. Booooo. Insert Laser Kitten. A badass online shop based out of L.A. that makes the most amazing little everythings I could cry. The pin above is the first piece of merchandise I purchased from them, which then inspired me to start decorating my clothes, jackets, bags, whatever once again to make my wardrobe that much more personal to my personal style. ;)
Laser Kitten pin. :)
(Fun fact: the "Bowie" patch is actually a cut-out from an old shirt I don't wear anymore but didn't want to throw away.)
(it really is the little things that count the most).
(Left to right: "Glory" - original 1980's My Little Pony Miniature, "Fluttershy" - plush design from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, "Twilight Sparkle" - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
"Marceline The Vampire Queen".
(Clockwise starting from top left: David Bowie - "Aladdin Sane", Scorpions - "Love At First Sting", The Clash - "Black Market Clash", Elvis Costello and The Attractions - "Armed Forces"
Record and thrift shopping versus gambling in stuffy casinos? YES PLEASE.
The streets of Reno, Nevada are not for the faint of heart.
Where there is death there is also life.
Check out the Etsy shop here.
Funny, happy, sad, grateful... these are a few of the elements in life that make it worth living... that make one an artist of observing, knowing, feeling and empathizing. These are the elements that make everything come full circle, in a never-ending sort of way, as if to say: keep going.
And with that, I am ever eager, ever hopeful, ever delighted for each twist and turn ahead. But more importantly, I am so incredibly thankful for the present moment, which is where I plan to stay..
with every given second.
Love to you all. =^.^=