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BIRDCAGE

Birdcage is a continuation of my on-going work exploring the complex way in which our society views women and its relation to beauty. These mixed media pieces—employing wax pastel, chalk pastel, and acrylic— place idealized women in isolated, domestic environments, the bright colors and alluring surroundings helping to mask their confinement. With the renaissance of mid-century home décor, the furniture and plant life depicted challenge the viewer to question whether this is a scene from the 1950s or of modern times, further illuminating the recurring nature of a woman’s plight. While creating these works and incorporating furniture and plants from my home, I came to the realization that my own daily routine—hours spent in solitude working in my home studio—in some ways mirrored the isolat...

3 I’S IN LIFE: IDENTITY, INTEGRITY AND THE INTERNET

It’s 2018, and it’s safe to say we have officially launched ourselves into an entirely new way of living. Our everyday lifestyles are now heavily influenced by technology, along with a gift and a curse known to us all as the internet. With online platforms such as Instagram, Youtube, Twitter and more, our lifestyles have changed in response to the glamorous, laid back and fun lifestyle that is so commonly broadcasted by celebrities and popular individuals with large followings for no clearly credible reason. It’s hard for anyone to argue that the internet is a place they know nothing about or don’t visit often, especially when it’s so easily accessible and undeniably mind capturing. With so much of our time and energy being devoted to either indulging in the online world or creating conten...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS: FEBRUARY FEMALE ARTISTS

What better way to celebrate the female empowerment movement than through music? This month’s recommended artists are brought to you by Women That Rock, a movement created by women, for women. Dedicated to supporting and promoting up-and-coming female musicians and female-fronted bands, Women That Rock is cultivating a community of badass ladies who are creating amazing music and connecting with one another through their art. Follow Women That Rock on Instagram at @womenthatrock and stay in the loop on amazing lady artists, news & upcoming events. If you know an amazing female musician or girl-fronted band that needs to be heard, email their information to thewomenthatrock@gmail.com! The Liza Colby Sound: Part shaman, part seductress, Liza Colby was born to earn the mantle ‘Queen Of Ro...

REASON WHY I’M A BITCH DURING MY PERIOD

While my hormones are raging, and my body is a little off during that time of the month, it’s not entirely my fault that I’m a bitch this week. Here’s why. Everything is wrong The ratio of milk to cereal is wrong, my cat is still asleep and won’t love me, my shirt doesn’t look right, and the person I held the door for didn’t say thank you. You know what I’m going to do about it? Cry. For a whole week. My uterus is waging war Picture this: battle cries, clashing swords, violent hits and an ungodly amount of blood. Welcome to my uterus in its current form. You’re breathing and chewing too loudly Those little essential human noise have now become cheese graters on my nerves. The constant in and out of air and the sound of crunching both make me want to cry even more. Can you...

5 BINGE WORTHY PODCASTS

Over the past few years, podcasts have continued to garner popularity among younger generations. I first heard of podcasts myself about 3 years ago, from a co-worker who told me about what would become the most downloaded podcast ever, Serial. Once I started streaming the first episode, I was hooked and never looked back. I now subscribe to hundreds of podcasts, and I love that there is always something to entertain me, whether I’m in the mood for something funny, creepy, or even if I’m feeling curious and I want to learn something new. There are podcasts that cover nearly every genre, from comedy, to history, to my personal favorite – True Crime. I like to listen to podcasts while performing a multitude of monotonous tasks, from my morning commute, to household chores. Below i...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS: JANUARY FEMALE MUSICIAN SPOTLIGHT

What better way to celebrate the female empowerment movement than through music? This month’s recommended artists are brought to you by Women That Rock, a movement created by women, for women. Dedicated to supporting and promoting up-and-coming female musicians and female-fronted bands, Women That Rock is cultivating a community of badass ladies who are creating amazing music and connecting with one another through their art. Follow Women That Rock on Instagram at @womenthatrock and stay in the loop on amazing lady artists, news & upcoming events. If you know an amazing female musician or girl-fronted band that needs to be heard, email their information to thewomenthatrock@gmail.com! Misty Mtn: Misty Mtn is a Brooklyn-based pop duo combining the heartfelt songwriting of NYC-born, Monta...

WHY I HATE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTIES

As a millennial, you will probably remember the New Year’s parties from TV (during the 80s and 90s), and those sounds the clocks made when they marked midnight.  Well, those clocks marked my New Year’s Eve parties, and also remained in my memory for the rest of my life! Back then, I was little and I was so scared. I was crying expecting some Grinch to come and take me away from my family. Those clocks had that sinister and horrible sound, which instead of marking the end of the year, sounded like they were marking the end of the world or humanity itself. It was horror all those years, at least that is how I perceived them at that fragile age, to the amusement of all the grown-ups around me who were so happy that the year is finally over. WEIRD! I believe that since that moment I have this ...

MINNESOTA STATE FAIR

The MN State Fair has never really been for me like it is for some, an annual pilgrimage. However, Jim Gaffigan made an appearance and I figured, if he can come from New York, then I can show up from an hour away. Jim Gaffigan tickets in hand, the hubby and I headed off to the State Fair. First of all driving to the 95th Ave, Park and Ride in Blaine, MN to hop on the transit. For $5.00 each person for round trip, drop off and pick up at the State Fair, it’s well worth it, even though it made me feel older than I actually am (for some odd reason).  I had not been to the State Fair for 30 years. Yes, you read that right. It is usually hot and muggy during fair time and my idea of a good time is not trudging along with thousands of other sweaty humans to try and find food to eat.  It was 12:4...

A RESPONSE TO WOMEN AGAINST FEMINISM

I’m not a person for opinionated blog posts, but the more times I saw or heard female friends, co-workers, or strangers claim to be a woman against feminism the stronger I felt that it was necessary to share my opinions. So check my blog, A Response to Women Against Feminism.   In January, the largest single day protest in American history happened. This march made headlines for multiple reasons, not the least being that it was a grassroots organization for and by women, it was an unprecedented victory for girls everywhere. My heart was filled with hope that maybe people were finally getting this whole feminism thing. Less than 12 hours later, I logged onto Facebook to see that three more girls I followed had reposted the infamous “I am a Female and I am so Over Feminists” Odyssey article....

GAL GADOT PLAYS WONDER WOMAN IN REAL LIFE

Gal Gadot Plays Wonder Woman in Real Life If you pay any attention at all to Hollywood and the broader entertainment industry, you no doubt noticed that a new Wonder Woman film came out this past summer. It was part of DC’s expanding “cinematic universe,” meant to rival the films of Marvel Studios, and it was by almost all accounts the company’s best effort yet. With up-and-coming actress Gal Gadot playing the title role, the film earned accolades across the board. As one review put it, Wonder Woman was “alive and in command in a way the other DCEU films can only dream about,” the term “DCEU” referring to the DC Extended Universe. If you’ve been paying attention to these films, you likely agree. What makes this movie one of the stories of the year in entertainment and pop culture, however,...

THE VENDETTA AGAINST TAYLOR SWIFT

Female pop stars have always faced a lot of hate. This is a fact. I guess fame always comes with criticism but for some reason (we know the reason- it’s called sexism) girls, specifically young girls, always receive the most hate. From the media, society, journalists and critiques, it seems like sometimes they just can’t get a break. But it also seems to me Taylor Swift gets an unnecessary amount. I don’t know why I choose her to get so frustrated over, maybe it’s because I’ve always had a deep respect for Taylor and her music or maybe it is some other deep seeded insecurity I need to work through, but nevertheless I have never understood why people just can’t let their dislike for Taylor go. So, I’ve compiled a list of all the reasons people give when they complain about Taylor, and my re...

BRIDESMAID-ING: 8 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

He asked. She said yes. And then? She asked you. Minutes after he was no longer just her boyfriend, you were no longer just her friend. You were someone she’d want up there helping her seal the deal. It’s an honor! It’s also not about you. And sometimes that’s the hardest part. Over the past year I’ve gotten married and stood up in four other weddings. Having done the preparations numerous times, I thought I’d share some tips I’ve learned for bridesmaid-ing well. Brides aren’t the only ones who can earn the “zilla” added to their name. We’ve all gotta do our part not to lose our cool on the big day. Here are eight things that have helped me!    1. Celebrate; don’t control.  We can all agree that weddings are some of the BEST events of the year. And yet, there is a tendency in all of us to ...

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