Here we go...

Hello Internets and Happy 2015! I’ve decided to join the blog world and I’ll give you a few reasons why:

  • I work at a landscape architecture firm and want to further my creative expression.  I have so many design ideas going through my head daily so I plan to use the blog as my creative catch-all.  Here I will document who and what is inspiring me lately as well as personal after-work and weekend projects including home renovations (inside and out), costumes, clothes, jewelry, gifts, art, and planning my sister's wedding!  And probably a post or two about my struggles as a young female professional in a male dominated field and some other landscape architecture ramblings because I wasn’t awake for five straight years (equals bachelor degree) for nothing!
  •  I’m Southern Louisiana born and raised, and once a year I make a costume for the Diva Day Parade I’m a part of along with over 200 other beaded bustier beauties that chassé Bourbon St.  Every year my group of 6-10 twenty-something friends create head to toe costumes that are centered around the beaded bustier and choose a Louisiana culture-based theme. 
2014: King Cake Divas (Every King Cake Bakery you can think of from Alexandria to New Orleans pretty much...Mckenzie's, Haydel's, Randazzo's, Gambino's and so on)

2014: King Cake Divas (Every King Cake Bakery you can think of from Alexandria to New Orleans pretty much...Mckenzie's, Haydel's, Randazzo's, Gambino's and so on)

2013:  Louisiana Spicey Girls (Crystal, Louisiana, Slap Ya Mama, Tabassco, Tony's, Zatarain's)

2013:  Louisiana Spicey Girls (Crystal, Louisiana, Slap Ya Mama, Tabassco, Tony's, Zatarain's)

2012: New Orleans Snowball Divas (Dreamsicle, Strawberry, Spearmint, Bubblegum, Ice Cream, and DiVanilla)

2012: New Orleans Snowball Divas (Dreamsicle, Strawberry, Spearmint, Bubblegum, Ice Cream, and DiVanilla)

2011: Abita Six Pack of Divas (Jockamo IPA, Mardi Gras Bock, Andygator, SOS, Harvet Pecan, Purple Haze)

2011: Abita Six Pack of Divas (Jockamo IPA, Mardi Gras Bock, Andygator, SOS, Harvet Pecan, Purple Haze)

2010: New Orleans Saints Superbowl Divas (we were babies!) 

2010: New Orleans Saints Superbowl Divas (we were babies!) 

  • This year, the parade rolls (or rather marches since we are a walking parade) on February 13th which is a Friday; so one of our fellow Diva’s had the genius idea to be Voodoo Doll Divas!  For the sake of fashion fun (and making things harder for ourselves…shoot for the moon!) we are putting a scorned-southern-bell-lover twist on things.  Also Valentine’s Day is the following Saturday so that make sense too.  I’ll divulge more of our process from brainstorming to parade day on the blog as well as my Instagram account!  As Mardi Gras is unique to the southeastern region, particularly New Orleans, I thought it would be fun to share this cultural phenomenon with any out-of-state followers.  Fellow Divas are also scattered all across the states, so I’m taking the opportunity to share our journey to the beading finish line.
  • I spend most of my free time visiting over 20 different blogs and love the design sharing environment that has been made possible via the interweb.  It’s really amazing to be able to share, discuss, and learn from other design crazies (I use crazy in the most endearing way possible). 
  • So why now?  Why 2015?  Well, I will turn 25 this year, a quarter of a century old.  What better time?  I keep putting off starting a blog because I want it to be perfect, but as I have learned through following other bloggers/pioneering designers such as Justina Blakeney, Joy Cho, Sarah Sherman Samuel (to name some of my top favorites), design is messy and sometimes you just have to jump feet first.  Create, create, create! Keep creating because that’s the only way to get to the good stuff.  And so I will end this post with the wise words of Andy Warhol:
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Happy New Year and I hope you all will enjoy my journey to finding my voice as a blogger and designer. 

we shall see…