Monday, April 29, 2013

Enchanted Land

I've been blessed to have had the opportunity to travel to Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru and cross country three times. I have a strap book I started in High School filled with photos, postcards, stickers and anything I found worth keeping from each country I've visited. Each trip had it's own story and certain moments stand out more then others, but somehow Peru seem to be the most magical of them all. I went with my church on a missions trip and the duration of the trip was a month. We helped clear out a camp, made a soccer field, cleared path ways with a machete, yes a machete, I felt like a superhero!  We slept in huts with sleeping bags on the floor and once in a while we had those giant flying bugs land on our hair..eeek! But everything was so beautiful, the stars lit up the night skies and the moon illuminated everything. I was not in need of a flashlight, for I had the moon to guide me.

During a weekend we went to the capital, Lima. Right away I saw a great influence from the Spainsh Empire that once took over the Incas. The churches, cobble stone streets, rustic lanterns and the crosses all remain as a time machine into the past.  And of course you cannot visit Peru without hiking for days to Machu Picchu. That was the cherry on top of the whole trip. I was left alone on the hiking trails because the tour guy needed to take back two people from our group due to asthma. And the leader needed to go as well because she was a nurse. The tour guy tells me "Just keep going straight until you find the end, you will find other people" He forgot to mention it would take two hours, an important part that was left out- Ya' think!  Was I scared? Yes, I was only a teen and I thought I was going to die, but I made it and found the others from my group. The very next morning we hiked a bit more, then out of nowhere there it was , MACHU PICCHU *heavens open*
I could not believe I was there, a magical place you only read of or only hope to be in, but there I was. In person, standing on history, wonder and beauty. I was breathless , but amazed at how something so beautiful can exist. Now you can only imagine the feeling I felt when I saw these photos from French Vogue, April 2013. Everything came back to me. I can only reminisce, but not for long because I know I will return..xoxo

Signing off..Coke Stains and Cupcakes..oxox Painthead™

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Knee's Bees

The Great Gatsby

May 10th is approaching, but not as fast as I'd hope for. What's May 10th? Why the release of The Great Gatsby starring Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Leonardo Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby.
I've been waiting for this movie for some time now and soon I will be in my seat, popcorn in hand and sipping my nice cold coke; And of course I will be wearing something reflecting the roaring 20's in honor of this Gor'juss cinematic wonder.

Vogue: May 2013
Carey looks so beautiful wearing Oscar de La Renta

A few of my poly settie's inspired by the 1920's

The Great Gatsby

Urban Jazz!

GoodNight Moon!

Bee's Knees

Glad Rags

It's the Berries!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Colorful Childhood!

 As far back as I can remember, I've always loved color. When I was a little girl my teacher gave us an assignment; to pick someone we wanted to be like when we grew up. I picked Rainbow Bright. "That is not a real person, pick someone else". Pick someone else?....I thought, but who esle would I want to be like? I thought the teacher was crazy and to much of "an adult" to even come close in understanding.
 My alias was "Rainbow". I sent out for magazines in that name and signed letters, notes as Rainbow. I hoped to some day change my name legally to Rainbow, but I knew my mom would not be happy considering she did name me Jessica.

Then I was introduced to Lisa Franks, a world full of painting panda's, ballerina bunnies and magical unicorns. I had stickers, trapper keepers, pencils, notebooks and even PJ's with Lisa Franks loveable characters. But of course my heart always turned to Rainbow. Fast forward a few la la la..and there she comes , some strange girl named Jerrica who by the touch of her star earring creates holographic wonder and turns into JEM. Holy pink hair and high heels, I wanted to be her too. I would go into my mom's closet and wear her heels and even played with her favorite lipsticks. And yes I did get in trouble, but it was worth it; because for a moment I was fabulous. I will admit, the misfits did have the better outfits. They had the fish net leggings, ripped off shoulder tops, leather, zebra prints, two toned tights, they were just badass all the way. So my love of color and fashion started back when I was just a tiny little girl and it never left me. I can think back to any memory of my childhood and there was always one of these colorful worlds surrounding me no matter what.

Sadly  I am an adult now, and still all these things bring joy to me. I will always love Rainbow, Jem and Lisa Franks. Who was your childhood inspiration?


The Misfits

Lisa Franks

Signing off..Coke Stains and Cupcakes..oxox Painthead™

Friday, April 19, 2013

When there are no words to say!

Can I run away with the circus?

Signing off..Coke Stains and Cupcakes..oxox Painthead™

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Some Kind of Wonderful! Stella Jean

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2013 collection is beyond words. I love how she plays with colors and patterns. This collection takes me to a place where women took pride in their clothing and make-up before stepping out the house. It also has a playfulness vibe , but still reflects some kind of elegance and luster of the 1950's.

Signing off..Coke Stains and Cupcakes..oxox Painthead™