Hello, muses! How are you all doing? I decided to bring back my Week in Pictures series since there are so many fun/great moments that I capture in between blog posts that I would love to share with you all. Except I no longer wanted to call it that. The series never really summed up a week, and I felt it was just too limiting of a name. After much thinking (and over-thinking) I did what any normal art brain would do - Call it Untitled. It's the best no-name to describe a weekly series of pics, summaries and musings that really do not encompass one solid topic. That, and I'm a nerd who likes to use art references.Moving along.
This week, my friend, boss, soul sister Ana headed to Africa with One - an international campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 6 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease. Can I just tell you all how proud I am of her? I've been working with her since 2010 so it's pretty amazing to see her journey from behind the scenes. As someone who knows her, I can tell you she's the real deal. A few days ago, she sent over some information about One #WithStrongGirls campaign and asked me to get the team coordinated to post a #strengthie on our social media channels. Because really, who doesn't want to be Rosie the Riveter for at least one day. And who doesn't want to be part of such an amazing global cause. If you would like to get involved, head over to One and take action. Speaking of empowerment, determination and goals - it's been a pretty productive week on the home front. I'm not flying across the globe or anything ... but my health is getting better and I'm feeling stronger each day. I finally started getting my home office in enough order to start the decoration process I wasn't able to finish when my health declined over a year ago. In going through shelves and boxes, I ran into one of my favorite books - Picasso Black and White. The book illustrates the first exhibition at the Guggenheim, and ever, to explore the use of black and white throughout the artist’s prolific career. I did get to see the exhibition during a visit to NYC, and just needed to have the book. It was delivered to me by surprise when my fiancé was still living in Florida. As a huge proponent of the less is more philosophy, the simple (yet complex) juxtaposition of line, form, monochromatic tones creating an illusion of sculpture just blew me away. Needless to say, this book needed to be part of my art book collection. Nothing like the smell of a hard cover book to make me feel like I'm back to life again. To make sure I feel my best while my body heals, my fiancé likes to do little things like leave a beautifully wrapped bottle of perfume on my pillow before bedtime. Actually, I've had this delicious Coco Mademoiselle since February. It was given to me the day before the #WeAllGrow Summit as a 'welcome back' gift when he saw that I was actually starting to gain back an interest in all things girly (including pretty lingerie). I recently attended a lovely event hosted by Target and Jessica Alba in celebration of her Honest Co. line. I am still testing out the products and can't wait to share with you all ... But I can tell you now that I'm in love with the Honest Air Fabric Freshener Spray in Lavender Vanilla Scent. More on that coming soon!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! If you'd like to say hello around the net, check out my latest posts on Latinamom - A tribute to my mom (who is also an awesome abuela) and a funny dedication to LeJuan James. And would you like to join me at a Twitter Party next week? We're part of a fun tweet-a-thon with Neutrogena on Tuesday, May 19th at 4pm PT. We will be talking about choosing skin health over tanning out in the sun. Join us! I hope you have a fantastic weekend! I have a few fun things planned. You can follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (where the shenanigans happen) at @theArtMuse. See you back on the blog next week. xoxo