I love how these Camila Rosa pillows from @society6 both accurately express how I feel and match our living room perfectly 🌼✊🏾🌸🌵🛋💜💕
It’s crazy how many of us look at people we admire and secretly wish we could accomplish what they did. But we totally can. I’m currently writing to you from underneath my blankets, with pimple cream on my face, while wearing a pancake onesie. Living your dreams doesn’t always look as picture-perfect as it may appear on Instagram! Going after your goals doesn’t have to be scary. Here are my tips for not letting anything stand in the way of your dreams:
The first step towards achieving your dreams is being brave enough to acknowledge what they are, which isn’t always easy. Chasing dreams and embracing change can definitely be scary, but you have to decide if you’re going to let fear stand in the way of your potential. That doesn’t mean you should ignore fear, though! Sometimes feeling afraid is valid and it may be a sign to prepare more. Other times it’s just a warning to proceed with caution. Ultimately, taking time to process will help you manage fear so you can courageously go after your goals.
Back when my husband and I were living in Oklahoma while he finished grad school, we felt a ton of pressure to find a consistent paycheck. There were times when we didn’t have money for food. It was literally one of the scariest times of my life. Despite having very little and needing a job, I realized I wanted to open an online shop and Sal was fully supportive. I remember reflecting on my fears and realizing that even if my shop was a total failure I’d be in the same situation as before and I could always apply for a job later. Acknowledging my fear helped me to deal with so I could be brave when times were scary. And ultimately I just went with my instincts and decided to make a decision based in optimism instead of fear and I’ve never worked a regular job since.
I’ve wanted colorful hair ever since I was a kid, but for most of my life I never had the courage to commit. I was afraid of not being accepted by my friends and family, and that I wouldn’t be taken seriously in my business. Many of my early hairstyles were me trying to fit in and I was always disappointed as a result. It wasn’t until I truly accepted myself and acted on my truth that I was able to embrace the hairstyles I actually wanted. Once I did that, I had more confidence to be myself and almost everyone noticed. In fact, my colorful yarn braids became my signature, which really helped my career.
Your strongest asset is your uniqueness. I had to learn the difference between being inspired and trying to be someone who I wasn’t. Anyone can learn a skill or improve their talents, but nobody else can be YOU. If you want to achieve your individual dreams, you have to celebrate all many lovely things that make you, you.
No, seriously. I’ve found it’s impossible to chase my dreams if I don’t get enough sleep. My ideal bedtime is 8pm so I can get a jump on the day by waking up at 5am. If my sleep suffers, I’m a total train wreck the next day. Having a routine is key to being able to get to bed on time.
One thing I never let get in the way of my literal dreams is my period. Life doesn’t just stop when it’s that time of the month. I don’t want to be concerned about leaks when I’m trying to sleep, especially when I have a heavy flow. Enter U by Kotex® AllNighter® Extra Heavy Overnight pads. They are designed for sleep without worry with 2X the coverage (versus U by Kotex® Security® Regular Ultra Thin Pads). Learn where to score some for yourself here.
Failure isn’t fun. But it is a valuable part of the growth process. We’ve all been there, myself included (I can’t lie)! Remember my Instagram-famous rainbow wall? It did not start off that way… My vision was to make this amazing rainbow statement wall in my apartment. As I painted, the wall started giving off major circus vibes, which wasn’t what I was going for. At that point I was SO frustrated. I spent a ton of time, energy and passion on the project and felt I had ruined my home. I almost scrapped the whole thing, but instead thought “what if I really did splatter paint on the wall?” The result was something I was truly proud of, especially once I started to feel the love on social. I loved that my wall made others feel happy, too.
People don’t just have one dream their entire lives. Our dreams are constantly evolving and multiplying over time. And that’s a good thing! You really can’t plan for everything. I didn’t have a master plan to become all the things I am today on day one. Becoming a unicorn entrepreneur/creator/partner/positivity-spreader only happened because I’ve chased multiple, shifting dreams throughout my life. The only way you can achieve all of your changing goals is by allowing yourself to keep on dreaming. If you don’t dream it, you definitely won’t achieve it.
I hope you never give up on your dreams, no matter how big or small. Keep reaching for those stars!
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About The Jacket
Where is the jacket from? I made it! Duh!
How? The jacket the was pretty easy to make. I glued a bunch of flowers from Afloral onto a cheap bomber jacket that I had lying around. I’m currently putting together a comprehensive faux flower tutorial with detailed info about how I made the jacket and other useful tips and tricks that I’ll be uploading to my youtube channel soon! In the meantime, here is a tutorial on how I made the flower wall in my living room which is essentially the same basic process as the jacket.
Spring is my favorite season. Honestly, its become a lifestyle at this point.
About The Outfit
Maxi Dress: I have this maxi dress in 3 colors, its super comfy and easy to wear.
Lunchbox: The “My Little Vegan” Lunchbox is a favorite by indie artist Robin Le Riche. Check out his stuff here
Sneakers: Pink Connies
About My Hair
I’ve been braiding my hair for 2 decades. I started wearing colorful braids around 2013 when I begin using yarn and I never looked back! While I sometimes wear my natural hair to give my scalp a rest, I’ve discovered that being colorful feels the most natural to me.
(I recently switched back to standard kanekalon synthetic braiding hair as more colors have become available)
All photos were taken by my amazing husband and creative partner Salvatore Mucciolo
Dear Black female creative,
If you have ever felt like you’ve had to work twice as hard to get half as much as your non-black female cohorts, then I’m writing this for you.
I didn’t really plan on posting this… but today is the first day of Black History Month, so I figure its a good time to talk about our future. I have been working hard in my industry for 6 years. I literally started a business with NOTHING. I went from being unemployed to supporting myself and employing/ creating jobs for others, all by doing what I love. I made a lot of mistakes and I am extremely proud of what I’ve accomplished so far. I believe I’ve had some good luck, but mostly I’ve worked my ass off to make the most of every opportunity that I could.
I believe in the power of women and I work in an industry where “girl power” is basically a religion. Women are banning together, collaborating, lifting each other up and building networks to ensure that they’re all getting a fair shot at the same opportunities. But I, more often than not, feel excluded from this support both on a personal and professional level and I know I’m not the only one. So what do I do? Confront people? Fire off some angry tweets? Complain? (sometimes) But mostly, I just keep working harder and use the frustration as fuel for my dopeness.
But today I want to do something different. Black girls, lets link up!! Artist, entrepreneurs, bloggers, musicians, actors, writers, designers, whatever! I don’t care how many followers you have on social media or where you are in your professional or creative journey. I have a lot to share and a lot that I want to learn and accomplish in this world and I believe that we can do it together!
p.s. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I spent the weekend hanging out in my favorite city (I live here, so I may be a little biased) and wore two outfits from Modcloth that were super cute and more importantly comfortable!
Saturday: Exploring the Arts District
Sunday: Brunch at Beelman’s + a stroll around the Historic Core
This is the perfect outfit to wear on a casual Sunday and this skirt is totally the star!
I felt like a cute piece of peppermint candy as we walked off our brunch and headed back to your neighborhood.
As grownups, we have so many concerns in life that sometimes its easy to totally forget about fun! In 2018 fun will be a major focus and I intend to dress the part. This will be a cinch with a little help from my friends at ModCloth!
Cute clothes alone don’t necessarily equal a good time, but I know for a fact that you are definitely more likely to have a ball if what you’re wearing makes you smile when you look in the mirror! Trust me… Ive done the research 😉
I’ve picked out a couple of super cute outfits from Modcloth that will definitely help you have a ball! I know I sure had fun just wearing them around my house and running errands… which tbh is usually pretty lame lol.
I mean… My skirt is covered in cute little popcorn, cotton candy and pretzels! I’m pretty sure those are the funnest foods ever. Think about about it, whens the last time you had a huge pouf of cotton candy? I bet you were somewhere fun!
Yes those are gnomes on my socks!
This jumper is a size too large, but I’ve never had more fun doing high kicks! lol
I can’t wait to continue this quest for more fun in the new year! I will be sharing more outfits that I feel really inspire me to get out there and have the best time I can… Whether it be chilling at home or twirling around my town the right outfit really does make a difference!
What are some of your favorite places to shop for fun forward clothes?
Ever since we redecorated our loft (Cloudland) earlier this year, there has been one huge empty wall in the living room.
I made a yarn tassel garland as a placeholder to temporarily bring all the colors in the room together, but I always knew that I wanted to do something more fun!
I’ve partnered with Framers Pointe to create an epic gallery wall inspired by my Instagram feed. Framers Pointe is a online only custom framing site. They have frames, art prints and customizable functional decor like dry-erase, chalkboards and cork! The pricing is pretty reasonable and they have free shipping and returns, which totally makes the whole process way less stressful.
For the gallery wall, I decided to get a bunch of photos framed and printed on canvas. The process was easy enough… you just upload an image and choose whether you want it printed on canvas or as a regular photo. If you want the print framed, there are over 40 framing options to chose from. I opted for a simple gold frame (“Artisan Gold”) that would work with all of the gold accents in the space.
Since the gallery wall was inspired by my Instagram feed, most of the photos that I got printed were taken with my iPhone. You will want pay close attention to the size and resolution of the original image when choosing what size you’d like your print to be. My prints ranged in size from 8×7 for the some of the canvas to framed prints as large as 24×36. Everything arrived carefully packaged and in perfect condition. Each of the frames came with a little kit that had almost everything you needed to hang them. The only additional items you really need are hammer and nails.
I used about a dozen framed photos and a dozen printed on canvas to cover most of a 12 by 12 foot wall. I wanted the wall to be colorful and fit the fun and upbeat vibe of our living room area and home, so I picked a mix images of objects and fun pics of Sal and I (and our pups of course)!
When uploading my original images and choosing the print sizes, I tried to keep a running total of the square footage of each print, but I didn’t really do any further planning beyond that.
This was both Sal and my first time installing a gallery wall or really hanging frames of any sort… so there was definitely a learning curve. But we followed the instructions that came along with the little kits and got the hang of things rather quickly. (lol see what I did there 😉
(And by “we” I mean that Sal did all the heavy lifting and I chose the photos and told him where to put what) I totally recommend doing this with 2 people if possible! Especially if hanging anything large and heavy or high up.
Overall I am totally happy with my gallery wall and my experience with using Framers Pointe. I love the way all of the prints jazz up the space and and another interesting layer of texture to the room.
I did however underestimate how jarring it would be to see a 3 foot tall photo of myself in print lol… definitely a lot bigger than my phone screen 😉
The holidays are officially in full swing… which means it’s time for gift giving, getting cozy and dressing up and Modcloth has everything you need to do it all! Here are 12 super cute things from Modcloth (in no particular order) available right now!
1. Cute Floral Frock: I love this dress! I had 3 inches taken off and ever since its been one of my favorites!
2. Unicorn Mug: I’ll only be drinking out of this unicorn mug from now on!
3. Sheep pushpin holder: Literally the cutest pushpin holder I’ve ever seen
4. Black Dog dress: This is the same dress as #1 but in a different print. The dress was so nice I bought it twice! (I had this one altered too)
5. Unicorn Onesie: There are a lot of unicorn onesies out there, but I really love this color combo, plus it looks super cozy!
6. Blush bow blouse: This pink top looks so cute layered under my floral dress… its also pretty fab with jeans or a skirt.
7. Silver pleated skirt: I LIVE for a short pleated skirt! I want this one in every color!
8. Unicorn collar pin: Add to a cozy cardigan or crisp collar for instant magic!
9. Emerald green maxi dress: This dress is giving spring in the winter time vibes, plus its super comfortable… obvi a must!
10. Chiffon shirtdress: Ive learned one thing fro trying to curate a closet full of cute…. When you see a cute dress covered in candy and sweets you buy it! There are candy canes, but I’d still wear it after Christmas.
11. Donut socks: I have a lot of socks, but none are this cute when they’re rolled up; such a clever idea and it would make a great gift.
12. Unicorn bag: I love this take on a unicorn cross body! The face is so cute and those pom poms! *gasp*
I partnered with Modcloth to share a couple of cute dresses that are perfect for Date night (or any night). I’ve been married to my husband Salvatore for almost a decade, but theres’ still something so special about our date nights. We work together running our business Studio Mucci, which often bleeds deep into our personal time. When we finally get the chance to step away from work and spend some quality time together, I like to look extra cute 😉
Now, I love Modcloth dresses, but I get especially excited when I find ones that fall above the knee that feature cute prints and figure flattering silhouettes. Since its still like 1,000 degrees here in LA, it seems like I’ll be twirling my short dresses right into the New year (No complaints here)! Anyway, these two frocks definitely fit the bill. (And one of them is even black! Gasp!)
Even a unicorn like me needs a LBD! I love that while this dress is black, its definitely not basic. This Velvet Burnout Shirt Dress with Neck Tie is an easy dress to wear for a more special night out.
I paired it with sparkling sneakers and The Reel Deal Bag (also from Modcloth). With it’s rich fabric and bow tie neck, this dress is festive enough for holiday parties too, and super comfortable!
You had me at ponies! Honestly, what is a pony but a horn-less unicorn? This Mesh Detail A-Line Shirt Dress provides the perfect balance between well put-together and effortlessly flirty… which is exactly how I want to look at pretty much all times, but especially on date night!
Its hard enough for us unicorns to find fun, bright, and colorful clothes (esp if you’re + size like me). If clothes covered in cute rainbow patterns that aren’t overly costumey or outrageous are rare, then pastel rainbows are basically the holy grail! But here they are! Three pastel rainbow dresses that are available now (shop quick because they’re selling out fast) along with a few tips that I use to help me find colorful clothes all year long. (even during the fall when everything is brown and orange *gag*)
This cute blue dress from Modcloth has the most whimsical print! Cats are skiing, lurking on snow covered mountains and making cat snowmen all with a pretty pastel prism overlay.
This is a great look for the office, date night or twirling around on a Sunday afternoon.
*Shopping tip: We are approaching one of the best times to shop for special pieces. While Modcloth is known for their fun prints and sense of humor, they really kick it up a notch during the winter holiday season. There will likely be a heavy supply of shimmering dresses and sequin embellishments. Check your favorite stores starting Nov 1 and set aside a little $$ to treat yo self! You’ll thank me later when you’re rocking that cute sparkly top with your favorite jeans this spring 😉 There are some great online stores to find some amazing items too. I sometimes forget that there used to be a time when online shopping didn’t exist! I would love to have my own little online store at some point in the future, although I would definitely need to take into account some essential Ecommerce Metrics.
This pastel smock dress from Asos is basically my favorite kind of dress. Its universally flattering, comfortable, inexpensive and perfectly pastel. I have the same style dress in multiple colors and am always looking out for more. I love anything I can just throw on with sneakers and look slightly put together!
*Shopping tip: This is an Asos brand oversized smock dress in a size 14 (I also have the size 12 and it fits great too) . For all my plus size girls out there who have a hard time finding cute easy to wear dresses, never skip the “standard size” section. Look for words like “oversized” and “loose fitting” and don’t get caught up on dress size! Just try it on and see what happens… you will likely be pleasantly surprised but either way theres really nothing to lose.
Thats right, this dress is a My Little Pony “Rainbow Dash” themed dress that was released in celebration of the latest MLP movie.
Even though I ultimately purchased this dress at Hot Topic, I originally saw it at their sister store Torrid in the Halloween costume section. Which brings me to my final tip…
Shopping tip: One person’s Halloween costume is another person’s super cute tulle pastel rainbow dress! You’d be surprised how many super cute clothes I’ve found checking the cosplay and halloween costume sections, that goes double for accessories. Alongside the bad rainbow clown wigs and “sexy nurse” outfits you’ll sometimes find fun novelty pieces that you can work into your regular wardrobe.