Visual Artist Christina Kwan of Tide & Bloom

Anton Chekhov once said, “The role of an artist is to ask questions, not answer them.” Therefore, the work of an artist is left to interpretation. I think that’s what I love about art. There’s no right or wrong answer to how you view a body of work. Art makes us feel and think. The interpretation of art allows our creative minds to function. Yet and still, I needed answers. Recently, I interviewed fellow blogger and friend, Christina Kwan of Tide & Bloom blog and got some pretty cool answers about her work.

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Living Walls Atlanta

In the heart of many culturally aware neighborhoods in Atlanta, you will discover numerous creatively decorated public buildings. A myriad of communities in Atlanta utilize blank building space to display their art. This art is used to promote and educate the people of Atlanta of street art. We can thank the awesome folks at Living Walls for that.

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OFEDA and Macy’s for Mother’s Day

It’s that time of year again. A time to celebrate and appreciate the women who gave us birth, loved us through all of our flaws and tirelessly worked to help us achieve our goals. These women are our strongest supporters and liveliest cheerleaders. They deserve the best of our love.

OFEDA

I’ve teamed up with my favorite do-gooders, Macy’s Heart of Haiti and EVERYWHERE, to support a new organization called OFEDA.

OFEDA (Organisation des Femmes Dévouées en Action) is a group of women formed after the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. Ranging from age 18 to 82, these women have come together, forming businesses to support themselves. They started off with hand-made cards and have grown to selling other products. Pretty impressive, I might add, given the circumstances. But, nothing is too hard for the resilient people of my parent’s country.

Many of these women are mothers. By supporting the Haitian artisans who create the Heart of Haiti products, we are stimulating the Haitian economy. My lovely pals at EVERYWHERE will directly donate to this cause. From now until June 1st, if you purchase an item from Macy’s Heart of Haiti, send your receipt to Lexi@EverywhereAgency.com and EVERYWHERE will match your purchase with a donation to OFEDA. (Maximum donation of $1000.) If you are sending your receipt via snail mail, please send to: Everywhere, 154 Krog Street Suite 130, Atlanta, GA 30307.

As for my mom, she’s getting this lovely and stylish picture frame from the Heart of Haiti line. What will you get your mother?

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I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with product from the Macy’s Heart of Haiti collection as compensation for this post about OFEDA. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. 

Premium Business Cards and What Matters Most

I have a confession to make. I am obsessed with paper.

Notebooks. Sticky notes. Planners. Stationary. Cards. You name it, I’ve got it stocked. My latest obsession is letterpress business cards. I’ve been researching design ideas for a new personal logo and every card I’ve seen on letterpress snagged my attention. It’s the unique design that screams vintage and memorable.

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I Changed My Mind

When most little girls and boys were playing with baby dolls and action figures, I was busy entertaining myself with my board game called The Game of LIFE. Man, I wanted to be a grown up so bad that I was okay settling with the toy version of adulthood. Should I go to college or straight to work? Should I have a family of four or travel the world? Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. And surely, just like in real life, your choices will be affected by the path you choose. That’s just life.

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The Defining Decade

Your 20s are the most exhilarating time of your life. It’s invigorating and exhausting at the same time. Now, at 29, I can say that I’ve experienced a lot in my 20s. I can say that I’ve grown to know what’s best for me. I’ve learned that whatever you go through, grows you. This is your journey. Make the most of it.

I was having a conversation with a 25 year-old friend about life and how so many of us in our 20s are wasting time. We’re under the assumption that this is the time to party hard and get everything out of our system. I know my early 20s was that way. I was slightly out of control. I certainly didn’t have my head on my shoulders like my friend at her age. The difference between us is she decided early on not to let the uncertainty and fear keep her from pursuing her possibilities. She didn’t just live in the now, she balanced and prepared for her future.

Thinking back on my 20s, I wish I would have made better decisions. If you are also a twentysomething feeling like you have no idea what your life is about, you chose the wrong partner or even got placed in the wrong family, I have the perfect book for you to read. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter – And How To Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay, PhD really changed my outlook on the immediacies of everyday living.

“Inaction breeds fear and doubt. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie, writer and lecturer

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Cheers To a New Year

…and deeper understandings

…and braver truths

…and louder laughs

…and steeper mountains to climb

…and better days

…and freer love

…and bolder decisions

…and purer hearts

…and clearer intentions

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Shoes: Target | Pants & Top: H&M

Cheers to LIFE. Blessed to see another day. Thank you, God.

Lucy’s Travels: New York City

Whether you take a trip to a neighboring city or abroad, travelling broadens so much of your perspective on life. Travelling exposes you to cultures that you couldn’t possibly experience by simply watching television. Not to say that you can’t learn about cultures right in your own backyard but it is a magnificent experience once you venture out.

I’ve always found aspects of myself in others while travelling. Like attracts like, right? Connecting, listening to stories and observing have always made me feel alive. On this trip to New York, I was able to run into quite a few amazing individuals who made my trip worthwhile. Thank you Channing, Daphne, Cindy, Taniel, Irveline, Christiana, Derrel, Krystal, Cynthia, Monisha, Aisha and Ulysses for showing me a good time.

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 “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” — Augustine of Hippo 

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10 Things to Take with You

10 things to take with you

Just a gentle reminder. Happy Monday.

66 Perry Street

Yesterday, I giddily touched the steps where Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolo’s once gracefully sauntered upon. Nestled in New York’s West Village, 66 Perry Street is a sacred abode for tourist’s and faithful Sex and the City viewer’s. I could not leave without visiting the place Carrie wrote many a post for her column, perched at the windowsill.

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