Thursday, February 26, 2015

The New Edition Story Could Be Coming to a Theater Near You!

I am a full-blown NE fan. I would stand in line for hours in the rain to see them live, still today.
So yeah, I'm checking for this:

Learn more about the project here:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Color Field Painting & The Work of Sam Gilliam

In the Contemporary Art Seminar course I am taking now, I recently learned about an art movement that I hadn't heard of before: The Color Field Movement. It started in the 1950s after Jackson Pollack died. Willem de Kooning became the biggest name in Abstract Expressionism and an emerging artist at the time named Mark Rothko pioneered Color Field painting to resist influence from Kooning.

The blocks of pure color without any representation of anything "real" is what I like. Here are some of my faves:

Morris Louis, "Alphia Pi" 1960

William T. Williams, "Trane" 1969

Sam Gilliam, "Ionesque" 1965
Within the Color Field Movement emerged a Black man from Mississippi named Sam Gilliam. Gilliam received his B.A. in fine art and his M.A. in painting from the University of Louisville in Kentucky.  He was the first to remove paintings from the boundaries of the canvas frame. He was inspired to do this by observing laundry hanging outside his Washington studio. His drape paintings were suspended from ceilings, arranged on walls or floors, and they represent a sculptural, third dimension in painting. Gilliam states that his paintings are based on the fact that the framework of the painting is in real space. Gilliam's draped canvases change in each environment they are arranged in and frequently he embellishes the works with metal, rocks, and wooden beams.
Sam Gilliam

Sam Gilliam

Sam Gilliam

Because the art I study seeps into my subconscious, I notice how it shows up in my own artwork. I have designed bags inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphics, Abstract Expressionism, and most recently, over the weekend, I painted canvas seats and added leather patches; inspired by the Color Field Movement.

Color Field benches by Terina Nicole
My Color Field inspired benches

Hieroglyphics clutch by Terina Nicole
My Egyptian Hieroglyphics-inspired clutch

Abstract Expressionist upcycled hobo bag by Terina Nicole
My Abstract Expressionist-inspired hobo bag

Does art history seep into your work or style? 

"Classic Man" by Jidenna

My favorite new video. All these beautiful people with extra fly vibes excite me plus it has a dope message.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My Bedroom, My Mini Retreat

These days I spend 90% of my time, when at home, in my bedroom. This was never the case in the past, preferring to sprawl out in my livingroom or lounge in my backyard. But in my current dwelling, my bedroom is my everything room just because it's the one room in the house that is all about me. It's the place I do yoga, write papers for school, sketch new designs for Jypsea Leathergoods, mediate and of course, sleep.
I even have a sewing machine in here behind a beautiful Asian screen.
Here are some shots:

Get great bedding sets, amazing scented candles/incenses, comfy pillows, a few pieces of furniture that really speak to your personal aesthetic, and art that you enjoy; you'll barely leave your little retreat either. 
What's your favorite room?

Monday, February 9, 2015

DIY: Make Your Own Heart Gloves

I'll be rocking Jypsea Leathergoods "LOVE" fingerless leather mini gloves this Sat 

but for you, here is an awesomely easy fashion DIY.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

10 Valentine's Day Handbags under $100

No matter your style: Corporate, Housewife, Eco-lover, Party Girl, etc.; we all want to look great on a Valentine's Day date with a color-coordinated handbag that suits our personality. Here are a few great budget-friendly finds!

Erin Crossbody Bag ($98)

Fossil - Women's Fossil 'Small Erin' Crossbody Bag
Fossil - Women's Fossil 'Small Erin' Crossbody Bag - $98.00, Free shipping - Available at Nordstrom
(2 reviews)

Vecceli Alligator Embossed Red Handbag ($66)

Vecceli Italy - Italy Alligator Embossed Red Handbag

Classic Crocodile Pattern Handbag ($48)

Keral - Womens Classic Crocodile Pattern Handbag PU Leather Shoulder Messenger Bags Red

Leather Purse Hobo Shoulder Handbag ($30)

HESHE - Heshe Women Fashion Genuine Cow Leather Purse Hobo Shoulder Handbag

Zippered Expandable Tote Handbag ($40)

Tosca - Zippered Expandable Tote Handbag (Red)

Vegan Leather Blake Hobo ($50)

Shiraleah - Vegan Leather Blake Hobo (Red)

Cotton & Leather Market Bag ($60)

Jypsea Leathergoods - Distant Lover Market Bag
Jypsea Leathergoods- Distant Lover Market Bag with leather trim and Tassels in Croc Red Leather - $60, Available at Etsy.

Bonus! Cotton & Leather Tote Bag ($55)

Jypsea Leathergoods - Distant Lover Tote Bag
Jypsea Leathergoods- Distant Lover Coton Twill Tote with leather trim and Tassels in Croc Red Leather- $55, Available at Etsy.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Get Through Winter FABULOUSLY and On Budget!

Target: Make An Entrance Scarf only $14!
Here in NJ, my kid has another snow day. It's been cold and wet a lot lately AND I seriously abhor the winter. The only way to survive this arctic freeze is to don the warmest gear when leaving the house. But trying to do so and while remaining cute can be a challenge so here are my Favorite Fabulous Winter Accessories. AND, to help everyone stay on their New Year's resolution budget, every last one of these is currently ON SALE or otherwise priced right! You're welcome. :)
Gap: Fur Trim Puffer Sale

Gap: Cozy Striped Colorblocked Scarf Sale

Barneys New York: Long Puffer Coat Sale
Barneys New York: Buffalo Checked Scarf

Target: Black Leather Gloves on Clearance

Target: Vintage-style Knit Beret on Clearance

Friday, January 23, 2015

January 2015 Art/Design Opportunities Round-up

One of my objectives  with this blog is to help make emerging artists and designers aware of other awesome artists and designers plus share resources that I come across in my day-to-day life.
So to share the valuable resources that I am aware of, approx. once a month I will drop a "Round-Up" of art/design-related opportunities.
Here ya go:
Best of luck! Need an extra boost of motivation? View this vid!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Incorporate Pantone's Color of The Year "Marsala" Into Your Life

Pantone has named "Marsala" the Color of the Year for 2015. It's a shade of red that we haven't really seen much of so it's FRESH! Marsala is a warm, mood-shifting color for me. Before I knew it was gonna be the Pantone Color of the Year, I had already bought a "Marsala-esque" lip color by Maybelline called "Plum Paradise" that I absolutely love. It isn't a "look at ME"'s more of a "LONG for me" red!  Instant sophistication!
 Here are some easy ways to bring this sultry, head-turning color into your life.
A great pair of leather pants by Rebecca Minkoff.

A solid dress ala Beyonce in a Marsala dress at the Billboard Women in Music Luncheon

Marsala home accents: rug and throw pillows
Marsala Love Seat
Marsala Nail Color
Mac and Nars both have a Marsala Lip Stick
How will you incorporate the color Marsala into your life?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Design Star: Malene B. of Malene B. Carpets

I met Malene Barnett approximately 2 yrs ago at a Tory Burch Foundation Networking event that mutual friend, handbag designer Nneka Saran, had invited me to. Nneka and Malene were both participants in the intensive entrepreneurship program that took place earlier in that year. As I was meeting women throughout the room and exchanging business cards, not one but ALL said to me, "You must meet Malene!" once I told them I was starting a line of home goods. So I marched over to woman with the tapered haircut, silky smooth brown skin and smile as bright as the sun; and introduced myself. Now, just so you know, that's not really my style. I prefer introductions because people can be cold and standoffish and downright rude when approached by a stranger but not Malene. She greeted me warmly. We quickly discovered that we were FIT alums and the conversation flowed smoothly. I asked her questions about approaching new stores with my line and she so graciously dispensed advice that still stays in the back on my mind to this day.

In the next few days I received my FIT magazine, HUE and guess who was featured? Malene B, of course! Her work has been featured in countless magazines and online publications and rightfully so. Malene B. Carpets are not just beautiful, they are soulful and come from a place of authenticity inspired by her travels. It has been an honor to have the opportunity to interview one of my favorite designers for The Lifestyles of the Authentic & Creative.

1. Please introduce yourself. 
My name is Malene Barnett and I’m the Design Director and Principal of Malene B Carpets. 

2. What do you create? 
We make handmade custom carpets and home furnishings for luxury residential and commercial environments.  Each product we create is inspired from my travels and passion for all things art and culture. 

3. How did you get started on your creative path?
My creative story starts in third grade when I was placed in an artistically talented program. The kids were encouraged to express themselves through drawing and painting.

4. What inspires you to create?
I love culture, rituals, celebrations and the stories behind these traditions. Combined with our planets landscape, these elements set the stage for creating the quintessential Malene B design.

5. How have you been able to make a living by being you authentic & creative self? 
I worked in the rug industry with major players for 10 years. And, before launching my business, I studied the design industry and the paths of its most renown entrepreneurs.  My personal savings were the foundation for opening Malene B Carpets. To date, I have not taken out a bank loans to support this venture. 
Prior to opening, I purchased a house.  Since my home was priority,  a grassroots approach to business building was its format.  I relied on word of mouth, heavily networked and developed great relationships with media. 

The first 4.5 years were really rocky. I had no credit cards -- maxed out on home renovations. I operated on a cash basis and only bought what was affordable.  If I couldn’t afford something, I created it or waited until I could afford it.  I trimmed spending to the basics: no cable, no landline phone and no vacations. My life had to be simplified to accommodate my entrepreneurial lifestyle.

6. What new projects are your working on
In the Spring of 2015,  I’m  launching a new collection of carpets, tile, wallpaper and decorative accessories all inspired by my mother’s homeland, the Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  Also, I recently forged
a partnership with Kravet, with whom I will launch a carpet collection in 2016.

7. How can people find and support your work?
You can visit my website:
instagram @malenebcarpets
Pinterest maleneb
Facebook Malene B

Retail Store:
Peace & Riot, Brooklyn, NY

Receive more frank business advice from Malene B. on this amazing panel of entrepreneurial women designers on February 15th in Montclair, NJ.I'll be there.

It's so inspiring to see how bootstrapping, dedication, building relationships, and creating a beautiful product line will pan out and bring our entrepreneurial dreams to fruition.
Many, many thanks to Malene B. for sharing her passion with us.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Art of Shoe-Making: Louis Vuitton

This video is a great explanation of the cost of luxury shoes. There is a huge difference between artisan-made and assembly-line-made products, as we all know, and this video beautifully illustrates the expertise that goes into crafting a shoe from beginning to end.

This takes me back to my days at FIT where I learned to make shoes from scratch.
Find a pair of beauties for your totally worthy feet at Neiman Marcus.

At Home with Supermodel Jourdan Dunn

I just love EVERYTHING about this recent video of Jourdan Dunn being interviewed by British Vogue. Her runway walk is KILLER. Let's all take notes. :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Save Money & Money Will Save You!

I have had moments where I've turned my nose up to coupons, I admit. I thought they were for cheap people and I figured myself to be above petty penny counting. But as time has gone on, I now prefer to keep an eye on where my pennies are spent. Maybe it's the mom in me? Maybe I have read too many books like "The Millionaire Next Door" and "The Richest Man in Babylon" which both preach living frugally to reach financial bliss? Or maybe it is The Live Richer Challenge that I'm on, lead by the homie, The Budgetnista?

I know what it is! I recently went into Walgreen's and the woman in front of me had a cart full of paper towels and a national shampoo brand. And I mean the cart was stacked! When she got the the register, she handed the cashier a wad of coupons. She get it ALL FOR FREE! There had to be $100 worth of merchandise. Astonished, I couldn't contain my gasp! She turned to me and said proudly,! She said she never pays for full price for anything and usually she saves so much money that the stores owe her! Not one to waste time, I immediately checked it out. The site is super easy to use from a computer or mobile device. You just pick the coupons you want by clicking on them and then, when ready, they all print together, several per sheet...which already saves you money on printer ink and paper! :)

I now save on everything from flowers, to clothes, to groceries, and well, practically everything.

I keep all paper coupons in an envelope that I have in my handbag and this way I am always ready to receive new coupons from the stores I shop at and use the coupons I have stashed. If you stay ready, you don't have to get ready.

Since seeing coupons in action, I have a new found respect for them. And because I love you, I am passing on the knowledge. Wishing you a prosperous 2015!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Dope Brand Alert! Taila.Made Artisan Soaps

I was nothing but thrilled when fellow blogger, Taila O'Neal of Haute Hemisphere, launched a line of luxury, handcrafted soap. I had to know what was her inspiration to do so...

Q: Taila, you have been known as the maven behind the successful blog, Haute Hemisphere. What made you decide to launch a line of luxe soaps?

A. Taila.Made was manifested when eczema declared war on my hands. I grew up with sensitive skin and eczema. As I got older, my case started to dissipate. During my junior year of college my hands began to develop super dry patches that would flake, peel and sometimes bleed. It was so painful! Doctors suggested radiation, and I wasn't for it. I wanted a natural alternative, so I made one.
Alas, I birthed Taila.Made - Earth Inspired Luxuries. 

My brand is a fusion of high quality natural ingredients known for their hydrating and healing properties merged with  the concept of treating your skin as the ancient (Egyptians,Persians,Arabians and Native Americans ) royals did. Cleopatra used Castor, Frankincense and Myrrh oils to keep her skin radiate.
Taila.Made believes we are all royal spirits and should treat our skin as such.

Taila.Made Shea Butter Soap Stone

I don't know about you all but I totally consider myself royal and worthy of the same treatments Cleopatra used.Treat yourself to Taila.Made by shopping the collection at
Follow Taila O'Neal on Twitter:@HauteHemisphere

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Make Something 2015 Challenge: Week 1

Yesterday, I was in the hospital for a same-day surgery. Being "put under" provided me with a ton of much needed rest! Luckily for me, sleep doesn't feel like time wasted because many of my designs come while I'm dreaming. I keep a sketch book on the platform ledge of my platform bed to sketch my concepts while they are fresh. I woke up and made these this morning.
The Leather Feather Anklet is my latest dreamy design. :)
I couldn't decide if I wanted them with or without studs so they're available both ways at

What about you? What have you made this week? Post it on the fan page for a chance to WIN