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EVENT: 2013 Mermaid Parade (Coney Island, NY)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Last week was the annual Coney Island Mermaid Day Parade! 

This year I was determined to do a little more than throw on a bathing suit and make a fishy face, so I did a little youtube searching for mermaid makeup and found something even better! (See video below) My friend Amanda and I made our costumes out of some pretty inexpensive fabric we bought in the garment district (what an adventure that was!). Needless to say I'm so pleased with the way it all turned out and came together! 

Since I've never cosplayed it was a great experience not only making my costume but being recognized for my efforts and having people stop to ask if they could snap a few photos of/with me. 

With that said, peep some of my photos below! 

Don't you love how small the world is? At this year's mermaid parade I spotted the lady who won the award for "Most Outrageous Hat" at a millinery event earlier this year! :}

Best way to kick off Summer 2013!

EVENT: First Annual AfroLatino Fesitval of New York

Sunday, June 16, 2013

June's been packed full of amazing events so far and I'm excited that this will be the event to wrap up the month. 

Most people go through their journey of self discovery and identity search through high school and college, but I figured I had solved mine by simply assuming that by defining yourself you brought trouble, that it was better to just be open and be - be everything and have no definition. 

I was wrong. 

Not only will I forever be defined by others (with whom I do and don't come into contact with) but definition is not always a bad thing and as long as understanding that definitions should never hinder growth, I think they're quite useful. So I've spent a lot of time the past 2 years learning more about who I am as an individual and as a product of the cultures that influenced my childhood (American & Latino - both Ecuadorian and Dominican). Digging deeper into my roots has helped me to define myself in a way I'm comfortable and proud. I am AfroLatina. 

With that said I look forward to celebrating afrolatinidad with others! :} 
It's gonna be a good ol' time! 

ART: DIY handbag upgrade !

Thursday, June 13, 2013

With most of the post-move craziness out of the way, I was FINALLY able to start up this little project that I've had in mind for some time. 

Around my way there are so many African clothing shops, so I hit up the one on my block and picked out this beautiful pattern to customize my bag. 

This isn't a tutorial, but I wanted to share with you guys pictures of the progress and the final result! 

I'm so excited with the way this turned out - if you have inexpensive bags whose handles are breaking/ripping/dirty/etc this is a stylish way to patch it up. Or if you're just looking for a way to add a little extra flavor :} 
I'll be posting up a OOTD picture on my instagram soon so be on the lookout!



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