Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Younger Generation

Last week I was in Joanne's Fabric Store browsing through pattern books, looking for inspiration when a woman and her daughter came and sat down across from me. The mother anxiously trying to help her daughter find a pattern for a pencil skirt, while the teenage daughter rolls her eyes and says "No" at every design the mother picks.

This reminds me of me and my mother long ago. I smile to myself as I sip on my coffee and flip to another page in the book. I start a conversation with the girl and mother asking how old she is and what she likes to do. She has a sketchpad and a drawing of a girl and an outfit. She wants to be a fashion designer.

My heart fills up with joy and happiness to see the younger generation that I once belonged to follow in the steps of other artists and designers. I think its a rare thing indeed to see someone 12 or 11 years with a passion involved in the art of sewing. Some say Sewing is a lost or dead art. I would love to punch that person in the face, whoever said that. Say that to people in the fashion industry. Say that to the students at FIDM, to the designers of fashion week and Project Runway.

Ok, going off on a tangent, sorry. I just wanted to write about this and to go back to the girl and her mother, I helped them pick out a pattern of a pencil skirt and told the young girl, "Dont ever give up on your passion, you can do it".

I know that her mom has prolly said that a million times to her, but you know when were younger, we dont believe anything our parents tell us. Sometimes when we hear it from someone else, we are more than likely gonna remember it, or think about it a lil harder. Thats exactly how I was and still am sometimes.

I finished snapping some pics of patterns that gave me inspiration and of some patterns I want to add to and I left to finish out my night. But Talking with those two lovely ladies, reminded me of the simple joy of sewing and the traditions of my family that has been passed down from beyond my great grandmother. I hope to pass this along to my daughter too.

I just wanted to share this with you of one of my FIRST PASSION, one of many.

Surrender to Your Inner Artist

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Ive been talking about SLUT WALK for a while now, and I get that weird face and a big question mark like, "What is SLUTWALK????" It stands for :

 (Self-confidence Lovers United Together to Walk) 

Taken from information online, here is a brief overview of what it is about

"SlutWalk has become a worldwide movement, working to challenge mindsets and stereotypes of survivor-blaming and slut-shaming" and we want to bring that cause to Hampton Roads!.
SLUTWalk Norfolk is Taking Place on April 28th 2012.


 SLUTWalk began in Toronto in response to a representative of the Toronto Police giving a shocking insight into the Force’s view of sexual assault by stating: “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. This statement catalyzed a protest by the masses to reclaim the word “slut” and fight against survivor blaming.  

The head organizer of this event is Jacqueline Roderick. If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to take part in organizing this event, please email her at

Jacqueline had posted online that she was looking for local artists in the area who were willing to donate art for an art auction being held on December 9th, so of course I wanted to donate some paintings.

I wanted to do this because I have had personal experiences in this that I prefer not to share, but I know I am not alone in this, as many people who may be reading this, know someone that knows someone who has been affected by sexual assault. There is help out there for those who need it and those who want to stop living in fear and stop being a victim. This is about standing up for yourself.
If you want more information in this organization,
You can follow their FACEBOOK here.

I just wanted to share this and share my artwork with yall. Thanks for stopping by!

Surrender to Your Inner Artist

Tinted Legs

I have noticed lately not only on the fashion runways but also in the local fashion trends is that focus is leaning toward legs. Whether it is colored tights, funky leggings, lacy thigh highs, women all over are using legs, leggings, tights as a statement piece. AND I LOVE IT!

I bought two pairs of tights that I will be pairing it with something from my wardrobe and will post an OOTD (Outfit of the Day) but I wanted to share some images I found to help inspire this trend to all my stylish and fashion forward readers! I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think!

I love these! Leggings and tights are an accessory that most often goes ignored, neglected or forgotten, but this can add any pop of color to any boring outfit. and its prefect for those stubble days when you forgot to shave. hahahaha

I hope this inspired you! It certainly inspired me! As always, thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!

Surrender to Your Inner Artist

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sugar Dust and other goodies

I know it has been a while since my last video, I havent forgotten you, just been busy! I grabbed a few things and just wanted to share it with my viewers!

I already mentioned my boots, or should I say my Jeffrey Campbell Lookalikes from Charlotte Russe, but since I mentioned them in my video, I will post them again.

Bed Head by TIGI Products!

Bed Head Sugar Dust
I give my review on this in the video, but here are some more details. This is an invisible (more like tiny white flakes) powder that you apply to your roots and it helps to soak up the oils in your hair and scalp and helps to give your hair that extra boost! I am in love with it!

Bed Head Sugar Shock
This can be applied to wet or dry hair for extra body and a more tousled look, But for better results, apply to dry hair and use a blow dryer to help give hair an edgier look. It smells really good too, like sugar- I almost wanted to eat it...but of course I wont....ewwwww. but you get where I am going!

I also picked up some other things-youll just have to watch to see what they are!

Dont forget to SUBSCRIBE on youtube at Foreveriris757 for more videos, reviews, DIY projects and other fun stuff

Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!

Surrender to Your Inner Artist

Thursday, December 1, 2011

White Trees and Glitter

Just wanted to take a quick break from things and do a quick status post :) I know it has been going on a week or two since I have had a steady flow of blog posts. I have been super busy trying to organize photoshoots, projects, finish paintings, facesheets, looking for patterns to sew and of course squeezing in time to decorate for Christmas with a tree and do some shopping. Whew!

A small section of our tree. I love it!

I have been getting lots of inspiration from the shops and malls lately, I am noticing how styles are repeating and I am loving it! Check out some of these hats and this faux fur coat while shopping

I tried this on in Stein Mart.

This coat was really warm too!
I had an interview two weeks ago and rocked it out with this cute lil outfit- which I just had to wear my Lita Lookalikes to!

Yea, I took this pic in the bathroom hahaha- I was getting my Business License too!

Got these babies at Charlotte Russe for $49 LOVE!!!! I want more colors!
My makeup was on point that day too!
Alot of girls from my class at school have been graduating too! Time just seems to be going by way too fast!

And my graduation date is lurking ahead soon, on the 21st, and so I have been making my arrangements for when I am done to work on all my artwork and get everything rolling for my Sweet Surrender Art Business. :) NOW its OFFICIAL- since I have my business license. Next is my tax id and then will go from there.

I have recently also joined up with a photographer and a few other stylists and MUA's in my local area and are going to be planning some photoshoots. It has been about a month since my last one, but it has been since september since it was something I WANTED to shoot. hahahaa

Just wanted to give an update and let you know what was going on in my lil world. Thanks for stopping by and see you again in the next post!

Surrender to Your Inner Artist