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More Reviews A’Comin’!

Happy Saturday, friends! I hope that wherever you are, you’re enjoying better weather than I am. This rain and cold in Virginia have me frowning, but I’m trying to look on the bright side. I have lunch AND dinner plans today, so I’ll be out in the yucky weather and making the most of it. Rain can’t slow me down!

I have so many products that I still have to review. I bought a lot of new beauty products over the summer and I’m (finally) making my way through them. So look out for those reviews over the next week or so.

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Also, I am behind on my art museum visits. Yes, I try to visit art museums no less than twice per month but it’s been MANY weeks since the last time I stopped by one. That will end this weekend – I have an exhibit that I’ve been itching to see and I want to catch it before it leaves, so a museum visit is a priority.

Finally, I was sent a great book by a publisher and I have a little more than half to read before I’m finished. Then, I have to do a bit of an experiment using what I learned in the book. That being said, that review won’t be ready for at least another 30 days or so, just because I want to make sure I take good notes and have some good information to provide to you all when I write up my review.

So that’s what you can look forward to over the weeks to come. I hope you all are enjoying your day, and I’ll talk to you all tomorrow. Take care!

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Christie’s Impressive Impressionist Auction

I’m no art expert, but I’m anticipating that Christie’s upcoming “Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale” auction will be the topic of discussion for many art connoisseurs in the weeks and months to come. The auction will be held on November 11 at 7 PM EST at Christie’s New York.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait de Mademoiselle Yvonne Lerolle

The sale doesn’t have an abundance of lots – only 61, at last count – but each piece is highly collectible. All of the artists featured are what most people think of when hearing the word “artist”: Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Dali, etc.,. With these famous names on display, it’s no wonder that this auction doesn’t need many pieces to get a lot of buzz.

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Tamara De Lempicka, Femme a la Colombe

The sale is part of 20th century art week and the offerings do not disappoint. Most of the lots will be sold of the 7-figure or higher price point. This auction is not particularly for newbie collectors: only serious connoisseurs will be bidding here. However, I think that viewing the art would be a great education for anyone that wants to know more about some of the more famous names in art.

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Vincent Van Gogh, Coin de jardin avec papillons

I’m fascinated by the fact that the auction will feature Picasso paintings of each of his most famous muses: Francoise Gilot, Marie-Therese Walter, and Dora Maar. Also, the painting by Vincent Van Gogh that will be sold is a true treasure: I know that will make some collector very happy. There really are too many good items to post them all in this post, so make sure that you check out Christie’s online catalog.

(Left to right) Pablo Picasso, Portrait de Francoise Gilot, Femme au beret orange et au col de fourrure (Marie-Therese), Buste de Femme (Dora Maar)

I won’t be able to make the trip to New York to see these works in person, but I’m including in this post some of my favorites from the auction. Enjoy and, if you can swing by Christie’s, go check out these treasures in person!

Talk to you all tomorrow!

 

life curation

NaNoWriMo 2018 Week 1 – Updates, What’s Working for Me

I’ve got NaNoWriMo updates, everybody! I have 7,000 words written so far. Only 43,000 more to go! Considering that averages out to 1k words per day, I’m feeling pretty good about my numbers so far. I’ll be writing a lot more over the next few days since I anticipate having some more downtime (not to mention I’ll have to make up for a few days where I won’t be able to do much writing at all).

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I just want to share a bit of what I’ve used this first week to help me make progress on my writing goal. What I’ve found it helpful is to set aside 15 minute chunks of time to write. Of course, I always end up writing for longer than 15 minutes, but at least if I set aside the time, it’s more likely that I will not only write for that time but I will also write even longer than I originally planned.

I also find that I’m challenging myself to see how many words I can write in 15 minutes. I’m seeing that it’s normal to get at least 300-400 words written in 15 minutes (if I haven’t thought out what I want to write before I sit down). However, if I have a good idea of where I want my story to go and what dialogue I want to capture, I can easily squeeze out 500 words in 15 minutes (full disclosure: I type at about 75 or 80-ish words per minute, so that helps). I’m trying to get my words up to 700 in 15 minutes: imagine how many pages I could cover if I committed to 1 hour a day at 2800 words in an hour! I know, that’s pretty ambitious (even for me) but I like thinking about the possibility.

Finally, I’ve been writing my story slightly out of sequence. I started writing the beginning, but then I jumped and started writing the last couple of chapters. That made it easier for me to stay interested in this book idea, which goes a long way in making sure that I actually finish it!

Those are all of my NaNoWriMo 2018 updates for this first week. So far, things have been going well and I’m looking forward to telling you all about my progress next week, as I think I’ll be doing this each week until the end of the month.

Alright friends: it’s time for me to get back to writing. I’ll talk to you all tomorrow!

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Words of Wisdom: Lorraine Hansberry

“Never be afraid to sit a while and think” – Lorraine Hansberry

Talented, intelligent, and gone too soon: Lorraine Hansberry was an award-winning playwright and activist. She, like many other Black American writers during this time, captured the smoldering inner turmoil and external conflict of ambitious Blacks living in pre-Civil Rights America.

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I recently came across a photo of Lorraine while looking up information on another writer and, as always, I was drawn in by her soulful eyes and sweet smile. Behind her wholesome beauty was a gorgeous brain: her writing talents got her critical acclaim and earned her the spot as the youngest playwright to ever have a play produced on Broadway. She is also the youngest winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

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I really resonate with her thoughts regarding the path of the creative. Embracing her talent meant encountering feelings of loneliness, over-familiarity with the lows of life, but also an undiminishable hope in a more beautiful and brighter future. Her positive view of life inspires me tremendously.

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“I wish to live because life has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful and that which is love” – Lorraine Hansberry

(Photos courtesy of AZQuotes and Pinterest)

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Managing Recurring Lows

As a student of Law of Attraction (LOA), I know that what we focus on expands. So I was dismayed when I noticed that I was feeling blue for longer than a day or so. I recognized a pattern of sad feelings during this time of the year. I experienced some major losses during the fall season several years ago, and I’ve continued to experience some anxiety, sadness and grief during this season.

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It did not help that  I was having interaction with someone that didn’t generate the best feelings in me. That person is currently in “neutral”: not a factor in any sadness but not a factor in any joy, either.

I know that this time of year leaves me vulnerable to low emotions, so I’m starting to up my self care: indulging in a good cry if I need it, employing tools from my self care kit, resting as I see fit, etc.,. I have even added a therapist to my arsenal, so that I can continue making progress in managing these emotional lows.

I’m sharing this with you all in the hopes that you will continue to take good care of yourselves and not ignore the signs if you are feeling less than stellar. Your body and mind must be cared for: don’t neglect this. You’re special and precious so remember to take care of YOU.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

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Fall Vacation Part 1 – Cruise Overview

Happy Monday, friends! Today’s post will be an abbreviated one, because I’m going to flesh out some more of the details over the next week or so.

As you all recall, I just returned from a cruise. I’ve cruised many times before: please don’t ask me to count them, because I can’t LOL! It’s something that my family enjoys doing, so I participate because I enjoy spending time with them. We have done several Caribbean cruises and this most recent cruise also took us back to the Caribbean.

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This isn’t a photo from our ship, but the sunset looks so much like the ones that I saw!

We cruised with Royal Caribbean on the ship, Allure of the Seas. The ship is large, beautiful and has lot of activities for all age ranges. Believe it or not, one of my favorite things to do on the ship was get cotton candy on the boardwalk area. There are several videos you can view, if you want to see the ship and its features.

We visited Nassau, Bahamas; Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; and Costa Maya, Mexico. We cruised for 7 days, and we sailed out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. My family has found it prudent to arrive one day prior to sailing and leave one day after arriving back, just to have a bit of a travel “cushion” in case there are any unexpected delays. So, I also have a post reviewing the hotel where we stayed coming up pretty soon.

I tried to stick with my IF eating plan but I gave up two days into my vacation! There were so many great dining options that I have to discuss those in a separate post.

 

art · hollywood glamour

More Disney Princess Art

Recently I posted some fan art of my favorite Disney princesses depicted as film noir heroines. I was entranced with the beautiful depiction of the cartoon damsels, re-envisioned as powerful protagonists in their stories.

I was delighted to come across another article, which takes the “art” concept a bit further. Artist Heather Theurer has taken Disney characters and turned them into timeless oil paintings. Yes, you read that right: oil paintings. Behold!

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Heather Theurer, Dig a Little Deeper (Tiana from The Princess and the Frog)

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Heather Theurer, We’re All Mad Here (Alice in Wonderland)

These beauties are museum quality and they can be yours! Theurer sells her works on Wildstar Tempest, where you can check out her Disney themed oil paintings as well as her other works, including wildlife and fantasy paintings. I’m particularly fond of her fantasy pieces.

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Heather Theurer, I Am

Theurer does an insanely good job of blending magic and realism. I’m so glad that Buzzfeed profiled this incredible artist! Please make sure to check her out on Instagram and support her work.