Monday, April 23, 2018

Meaningful Mondays: Do Not Give Up The Dream



PLEASE CHECK OUT MY INTERVIEW 
WITH 
ARTIST MARINA MOURAO HERE

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Interview with Artist Marina Mourao of MarinaMourao.com

Illustration By: Marina Mourao


Artist: Marina Mourao

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO READ INTERVIEW IN PORTUGUESE. 

Translated by Google Translate.

Ola! Today I want to introduce you to a fascinating and talented woman.  Her name is Marina Mourao and she is an award-winning artist from Portugal. We met through Instagram and I have been following her ever since. Her charming work of art is unlike anything I've seen before. It is constantly evolving into something ever more beautiful and unique. In my opinion, that is the most fascinating thing about art ... you never know what will come next!

Ola! Hoje quero apresentar uma mulher fascinante e talentosa. O nome dela é Marina Mourao e é um artista e ilustrador premiado de Portugal. Nós nos conhecemos através do Instagram e a seguimos desde então. Sua encantadora obra de arte é diferente de tudo que já vi antes. Está evoluindo constantemente para algo cada vez mais bonito e único. Na minha opinião, essa é a coisa mais fascinante da arte ... você nunca sabe o que virá a seguir!


Artist: Marina Mourao

Hi Marina! Thank you for sharing your time with us. It's so exciting to finally interview you for my blog.

Oi Marina! Obrigado por compartilhar seu tempo conosco. É tão emocionante finalmente entrevistá-lo para o meu blog.

Artist: Marina Mourao
When did you first know that you wanted to become an artist / illustrator? 

Como você primeiro soube que queria se tornar um artista / ilustrador?

I remember it all started when I won my first box of crayons and began to draw pictures, it was a happiness so great that I could not stop coloring! I have a large family and twelve brothers.  Life was not easy at the time, but our childhood was very funny, stimulated by our mother, we created our own toys and I think it helped to awaken my love for art. My mother is a wonderful seamstress, she now is 83 years old and is still working for pleasure. I grew up among silks, lace, tulle, golden threads and much embroidery.  At 9 years old I was creating fashion illustrations for clients of my mother.


Lembro-me de que tudo começou quando ganhei a minha primeira caixa de lápis de cor e comecei a fazer desenhos, foi uma felicidade tão grande que não conseguia parar de colorir!  Tenho uma família numerosa, eu e mais doze irmãos, a vida não era fácil naquele tempo, porém nossa infância foi muito divertida, estimulados pela nossa mãe, criávamos os nossos próprios brinquedos  e penso que isso contribuiu para despertar o meu amor pela arte. Minha máe é uma costureira maravilhosa, tem hoje 83 e continua trabalhando por puro prazer. Eu cresci entre sedas, rendas, tules, fios dourados e muitos bordados e aos 9 anos de idade,  já criava ilustração de moda para as clientes da minha mãe. 
Illustration By: Marina Mourao

Illustration By: Marina Mourao


Tell me about your work experiece in the industry and are you self-taught or did you go to school to learn your craft?

Qual é o seu histórico na indústria (qual é a sua experiência de trabalho) e você é autodidata ou você foi à escola para aprender seu ofício? 

I was born in Brazil and at 10 years old I already worked creating posters for teachers who needed educational materials to teach in schools.  I draw on any surface and in any size. I drew and painted geographical maps, the human figure, plants, animals, flowers and more. Later, I went to university to study to become a dentist and made parallel decorative arts courses, jewelery, sewing, upholstery. However, I received an invitation to work as a dentist in Portugal and went! I was enchanted by the cultural wealth of the country and that's where my art blossomed. I had a Portuguese teacher that led to my improvement in portraiture and also took courses on baroque and medieval art. In 2009, I began to show my work in group and solo exhibitions and invitations were not long in coming. Today, I am represented in national and international collections and with various awards won by the way.



Nasci no Brasil  e aos 10 anos de idade já trabalhava criando cartazes para os professores que necessitavam  de material didático para ensinar nas escolas Eu  desenhava em qualquer superfície e em qualquer tamanho. Desenhei e pintei mapas geográficos,  a figura humana, plantas, animais, flores entre outros. Mais tarde fui para a Universidade estudar para Dentista e paralelamente fiz  cursos de artes decorativas, bijouteria, costura, tapeçaria. Entretanto surgiu um convite para trabalhar como Dentista em Portugal e fui! Encantei-me pela riqueza cultural do País e foi aí que minha Arte desabrochou. Tive um professor português para aprimorar-me  na arte do retrato, fiz também cursos sobre  arte barroca e medieval. Em 2009  comecei  a mostrar meu trabalho em Exposições coletivas e individuais  e os convites não tardaram a chegar. Hoje estou representada em coleções nacionais e internacionais e com vários prêmios conquistados pelo caminho. 


Illustration By: Marina Mourao

Illustration By: Marina Mourao


Illustration By: Marina Mourao
Who is your favorite artist and where do you get your inspiration from?


Quem é o seu artista favorito e de onde você se inspira? 

My favorite artist is my sister Marcilia Mourao, she studied Fine Arts and taught me everything I learned at university, Her art is wonderful! The masters of the past also fascinate me! really like Leonardo Da Vinci, Gustav Klimt and Gil Elvgren. I am inspired by the worldwide culture: music, dance, costumes, history, lifestyle, decoration. In my works of art the feminine universe is almost always present.  I want to recognize women giving them depth, beauty, movement, and poetry. Contraponho me superficiality that often women and their universe are treated by society without losing the beauty of the textures, the plot of the embroidery and the dorado I love so much! The equestrian world is also fascinating and can not remain indifferent to it.

Meu artista favorito é minha irmã Marcília Mourão, ela estudou Belas Artes e me ensinou tudo que aprendeu na Universidade, A Arte dela é maravilhosa! Os mestres do passado também fascinam-me!  gosto muito do Leonardo Da Vinci, Gustav Klimt e Gil Elvgren. Eu sou inpirada pela cultura do mundo todo: músicas, danças, trajes típicos, história, estilo de vida, decoração. Nas minhas  obras de arte o universo feminino está quase sempre presente,  eu quero reconhecer as mulheres  conferindo-lhes profundidade, beleza , movimento. e poesia. Contraponho-me à superficialidade com que, muitas vezes, a mulher e o seu universo são tratados pela sociedade sem perder a beleza das texturas, da trama dos bordados e o dorado que tanto amo!  O mundo equestre também é fascinante e não consigo  ficar indiferente à ele.


Artist: Marina Mourao

Illustration By: Marina Mourao

This is an illustration of me by Marina Mourao 
I see that you travel a lot. What is your favorite city and why is it your favorite place to visit?


Vejo que você viaja muito. Qual é a sua cidade favorita e por que é o seu lugar favorito para visitar?

Traveling is my biggest investment and some have called me a "treasure hunter".  I am always hoping to find something dazzling to enrich my art. I like old places, full of stories and I can name two cities that have captivated me immensely: Marrakech with its terracotta colors, perfumes, exotic caftans and gold in Athens in Greece, a city that has a veritable outdoor museum ... unforgettable!

Viajar é meu maior investimento e auto denominei-me "caçadora de tesouros", sempre fico na expectativa de encontrar algo deslumbrante que vá enriquecer minha arte. Gosto de lugares antigos, cheios de histórias e posso citar duas cidades que cativaram-me imensamente:  Marrakech  com suas cores terracota,  perfumes, caftans exóticos. e muito dourado e Atenas na Grécia, uma cidade que é um autêntico museu ao ar livre...inesquecível!
Illustration By: Marina Mourao

Artist: Marina Mourao

You create many really lovely fashion illustrations, who is your favorite designer and where is your favorite place to shop?

Você cria muitas ilustrações de moda realmente adoráveis, quem é seu designer favorito e onde é o seu lugar favorito para comprar? 

I have a few favorites:Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad.  It's embroidered dresses are lovely and worthy of fairy tales. Etro, for that mixture of noble materials and natural fibers, the amazing Marc Jacobs, and without forgetting the teatratlidade Christian Lacroix who always fascinou- me!
Trendy am very eclectic and do not follow trends too, I like to create them! :)))  Sometimes I mix brands of clothes with clothes affordable, when time permits, I create and sew my own clothes.


Tenho alguns favoritos, Elie Saab e Zuhair Murad , os seus vestidos bordados são encantadores e dignos de contos de fadas, Etro, que mistura de materiais nobres e fibras naturais, o surpreendente Marc Jacobs, sem esquecer a teatratlidade de Christian Lacroix  que sempre fascinou-me! 
Na moda sou muito eclética e não sigo muito as tendências, gosto de criá-las! :))) 

Às vezes misturo roupas de marcas com roupas com preços acessíveis, quando o tempo permite, eu crio e costuro minha própria roupa.
Illustration By: Marina Mourao

Illustration By: Marina Mourao
What advice would you give to artists who are just starting their careers?

Que conselho você daria a artistas que estão apenas começando em suas carreiras? 

Do not give up the dream! Work, improve, try to do something unique and that has your soul! And do not forget to show it to the world. Is this laborious ??? No doubt! For example, it is difficult to reconcile my time as a dentist, artist and take care of the family, but I have a very powerful weapon, LOVE, he who gives me strength every day to fight for my dreams and if you also have, fight claw evocê will fly high! Good luck!

Não desistir do sonhos! trabalhem, melhorem, tentem fazer algo único e que tenha a sua alma! E não esqueçam de mostrar tudo para o mundo. Se isso é trabalhoso??? Sem dúvida! Por exemplo, é complicado conciliar meu tempo como dentista, artista e cuidar da família, mas eu tenho uma arma muito poderosa, AMOR, ele que me dá forças todos os dias para lutar pelos meus sonhos e se você também a tem, lute com garra evocê vai voar alto! Boa sorte!


Where can we find you?



Thank you Marina! This was a fascinating interview and I am so glad we were able to make it work as I do not speak your language.  I love your beautiful art so much and I am so grateful that you were able to share your insights and inspire others through this interview.

Obrigado Marina! Esta foi uma entrevista fascinante e estou muito feliz por termos conseguido fazê-la funcionar, já que não falo sua língua. Eu amo muito sua linda arte, e sou muito grata por você ter sido capaz de compartilhar e inspirar outras pessoas através desta entrevista.
  









Sunday, April 15, 2018

Meaningful Mondays: She Stood In The Storm


Hello!  Happy Monday to you:)  If you ever wonder why I say "Make it a great Monday", it's because a lot of the way we perceive the fate of our days depends largely on our own thoughts.  I'm sure you would agree that all of us have gone through some adversity or much adversity throughout our lives.  I have experienced all types of adversity as well and continue to go through it.  That's life, and life isn't always easy.  It's in our perspective in how we look at things and how we react to these difficult situations that determine how we rise and thrive.  This is called resilience. Oh, and throwing on a nice blazer to help you feel a bit more polished and put together doesn't hurt either:)  If you'd like to read more about resilience, you can check out more information here: Resilience.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

On Your Mark, Ready, Set, Flow


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Makeup: Charlotte Paul
Photography: Kendra Blair
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Choker: Retro Reload 

Hello!  How are you? It's been a while since I posted an outfit of the day.  Do you love or loathe pastels every time spring rolls around? Are you the kind of woman who just feels more comfortable and secure in black and prefers to wear it 24-7 and 365 days of the year?  If so, I totally understand.  I used to wear a ton of black too!  

On Your Mark, Ready, Set, Flow...

Here's 3 ways to wear black this spring:

  1. Black Floral Prints --Groundbreaking right?  This trend in my opinion is a very sophisticated and pretty way to wear both your base color black that you love daily with a few floral pops of color mixed in.  
  2. Flowy Black Lace-I wore a high-low version here and I think it's a fun way to wear lace during the spring season for a more casual look.  Or, I would try to look for more lightweight or sheer materials that would add some movement and lighter textures to your outfit.
  3. Black Accessories-If you adore wearing pastels, floral prints, and white eyelet for spring, try to pair it with your favorite black accessory staples.  You can never go wrong with a black handbag with a pastel pink outfit, black heels and black jewelry with a chic pastel dress, or black scarves and light black lace or crochet shawls paired with white denim.
What is your favorite way to wear black for spring?

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Interview with Designer Michaele Nunez from Mickaa.com




Hello! Today I wanted to introduce you to Michaele Nunez.  I found this beautiful lady on Instagram and I couldn’t help but notice her glowing skin and inviting smile.  There is so much more of her story to tell, so here we go…
Hi Mickaa!  Thank you for sharing your time with us.  I read your bio and saw that you lived in Haiti until the age of fourteen.  How was your transition to the United States and what was that like for you? 

I came here to United State legally when I was fourteen years of age. My father is an American Citizen so that made the process smooth however, I remember feeling extremely happy but scared at the same time. It was a new world for me, a new language, new types of food, everything was completely different from what I'd always known.  Sometimes I'd cry myself to sleep because I missed home.  It was a challenge to learn English. Gosh! That was difficult. 

How did you become interested in fashion and tell us about your background?

When I was growing up, wearing pants was not allowed by my parents, only dresses and skirt were allowed.  So, I grew up wearing nothing but that. As you can see, most of my outfits are dresses. I feel beautiful and sexy when I wear a beautiful dress, especially if it compliments my body. Lol!  

I moved to New York City when I was 23 and I remembered I used to go to Uptown New York and the women there were dressed beautifully with their heels.  They had beautiful dresses on and I remembered I said to myself...I'm going to be one these women someday.  LOL!

I visited your website and I see that you have your own clothing line.  There are so many lovely pieces and I really love the colors!  In fact, I saw a lot of wonderful resort pieces that would work perfectly for warmer weather.  What influences your designs and how would you describe your line/ personal style?

I am a color girl, everything colorful makes me happy.  I feel so alive when I wear a gorgeous white crop top with a red maxi open front skirt. I love being a sexy sophisticated woman and I am not afraid to show it either.  
My online store speaks so much of my own personal style. My line is conservative with a sexy feel to it, and I love it.



What advice would you give to other people who are thinking about starting their own line?

Don't be afraid to fail, and when you do, start over. 

Okay, your skin is unbelievable…I mean Wow!  How do you get your amazing GLOWING skin and where can we access these magical products?

Oh, my goodness thank you so much. I am a paid brand ambassador for Exuviance, a prestige online skin care company. When I was contacted by the company to represent their brand I was head over heels!  I literally broke down to tears one night thinking…WOW!  Let's just say with Exuviance, I feel more confident with my skin, I have never felt more beautiful. I love all of their products and I don't have a favorite really! 
Check them out here: https://www.instagram.com/exuviance/ 


You are in fantastic shape!  Can you share your diet and fitness secrets with the rest of us?

Aww…how sweet of you. My father and my mother are very petite, especially my dad. Let's just say the entire family is short and small except my two brothers who are 6'1 and 6'2.  My secret really is a 45 minute work out every morning no matter how tired and sleepy I am.  LOL!  I eat healthy and I don’t drink soda, ever. I drink lots of water and eat a lot of yogurt, I mean a lot!

Lastly, my favorite quote on your Instagram says,

“Go where you are celebrated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start, because you are worthy and you matter.”

Can you tell us why this quote is meaningful to you?

I am that woman who doesn't give up easily.  Before I turn my back away from anything, I give my all, and I fight. And I know when to let go. Trust me, letting go can be very difficult, but I always remind myself that Michaele, “You Matter”, “You Are Precious and Valuable” and "You are worth much more than what you are receiving". That's why this particular quote means a lot to me. It keeps reminding me that:

“I MATTER, AND IF I GO WHERE I WILL BE CELEBRATED, WHY NOT?” 

Where can we find you?
Website:here
Exuviance Skin Care: Exuviance Skin Care
Instagram: uptown_with_mickaa


Thank you so much for sharing your life story and pearls of wisdom with us!  I feel as if there is so much more to your story and I could go on forever asking you a million more questions about your life!  I thoroughly enjoyed reading your interview and your empowering words.  Hopefully, we can meet in person one day!