Monday, December 26, 2011

Feeding the Homeless, Christmas Event

This is what some of my friends and I were up to this weekend.... Feeding the Homeless at the Miami Rescue Mission Christmas Event! We helped serve food to over 2000 homeless people in the Miami area. It was amazing to see and meet such happy and grateful people, from the 400+ volunteers to the 2000+ guests. I wish I could do this for a living!

me, Jason (friend), and Anne (friend)

beautiful smiles - guests at the Miami Rescue Mission Christmas Event

it's awesome to see young volunteers



dessert & wynwood art

volunteer round-up






peace, karina

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Brooklyn Treehouse

Inspiration comes from many places, one of my favorites is my brother and sister-in-law's Brooklyn shack. It's my little retreat during my family visits up north. Here are some pictures i took during my Thanksgiving trip. 

what i love the most is that their creativity is effortless yet refreshing. their place is a compilation of simplicity, love, found treasures and captured memories. most of all, it's home. 


a black and white photo of my beautiful mother on her wedding day, alongside a lovely bouquet of flowers nestled in a vintage Ball jar

a polaroid picture of the subjects alongside their wedding topper

love the dream catchers, the handmade burlap pillow and the window art

sun room & rooftop terrace


small vintage plates: beautiful & creative way to display jewelry



Maine - one of my favorite fragrances crafted by my sis-in-law (www.mcmcfragrances.com and www.republiika.com)







karina

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Brooklyn Thanksgiving

I got so lucky when i found a last minute round-trip ticket from Miami to NY, for only $219. I had been searching for weeks but the airfares seemed totally unreasonable. I didn't think I would get to spend Thanksgiving with my fam which seemed unreal. my friends in Miami all had plans to leave town so I was in a bit of a pickle. But I made it to NY and what an incredible week it was. We ate, we drank, we brined, we laughed, we vegged, and I even took a holiday from my 80% vegan diet. Here are just some pictures to share, of Thanksgiving day. I couldn't be more grateful for my family, the good times and of course, the memories. "Every moment is exactly what we want it to be".


 a brooklyn treehouse, 17 friends, an 18 pound turkey, and the passing of the jeffrey = a good 'ol time



my brother Jose with his cafecito - post Thanksgiving dinner

round-up of the troops around the dinner table(s)
(just part of) the feast

cute little noak


sweet love - my brother Jose and sis (in-law) Anne


Friday, November 25, 2011

A Time of Transition - 12 Life Reminders

Happy be-lated Thanksgiving! It's been a little while since my last post. The last three weeks have been emotionally & physically draining, challenging, inspirational and most of all, transitional. It's been one of those moments in my life where my strength, my will and my faith have been tested.

Luckily, I've learned more about myself than I ever have, and the experience has made me grateful and most of all aware. But what I realize is that I've chosen to take this path. What I've reminded myself during this transition is that we have choices in how we react to things, and these choices change the course of our lives. In the start of these unexpected changes, everything seemed dark and the pain seemed unbearable. Part of me knew that things happen for a reason and that everything would eventually get better with time. But, at that time, clarity, enlightment and a simple positive outlook seemed impossible. I couldn't remember of a time I had felt so lost, so weak and uninspired and most of all, hopeless. But luckily, with the genuine and wholesome support and love of my family and friends, i have been able to find that inner strength and have been able to see again, how the mystery of life works in such beautiful ways. 

Today, although not completely healed from my wounds, I find myself feeling blessed, happy, and so ridiculously loved. I feel so lucky to have the life I have, with the good and the bad. Knowing that those moments that we consider "bad", are simply manifestations of something great that is soon to come. I realize that we are where we are meant to be...in every moment! There is a reason, even though we might not be aware of it at that moment.

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” ~Joseph Campbell

But I don't want to focus on my personal situation. I would rather share with you some of the amazing, inspirational and life-altering lessons I've learned or have been reminded of during these last few weeks. It has changed my life in so many wonderful ways that I can't help but share it with everyone. And you will notice, there is so much meaning and so many answers behind each of these thoughts; it could apply to almost anything that we're going through. Here are some of my favorite life lessons:

1. "In taking a sacred pause, we dramatically increase the chances of making better choices and undertaking wiser actions. We simply have to remember to breathe once and relax, enjoying a moment of mindfulness and reflection, before responding."

2. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau

3. "Here is one secret of spiritual mastery and inner peace, freedom and autonomy: It is not what happens to us, but what we make of it, that makes all the difference. We can’t control the wind, but we can learn how to sail better. It’s not the hand we are dealt, but how we play it."

4. "The hardest thing isn’t taking the leap—it’s learning to relax in the free fall when you’re not sure yet where you’re going to land or how."

5. “Self knowledge is the beginning of self improvement.” –Spanish Proverb

6. “Instead of complaining that the rose bush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.” ~Proverb

7. At any given moment, there’s a lot of life happening around us. It’s far too much to take in all at once, which means we need to consciously choose where we place our attention—and how we perceive the things that we allow to hold our focus."

8. Sometimes the answer has nothing to do with more and everything to do with less.

9. "Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” ~ Bernice Johnson Reagon

10. There is power in learning what to tune out and what to allow in.

11. The real treasures in life have nothing to do with status and everything to do with leading fulfilling lives and sharing them with people.

12. “Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson.” -Alan Cohen

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Mishmash of Styles

For those of you that don't know me well, I have this weird fascination with interior design. Yet I can't seem to narrow myself down to a simple style. It's certainly not your typical modern, contemporary or traditional trend, not that there's anything wrong with that. But, I would say my style is more like a junction where rustic meets industrial, and Spain meets Morocco. It's a mishmash of green and vintage, and a cross between shabby and eclectic. It's where mismatch and coloring outside the lines, makes complete sense. Here's a little snapshot of some designs that I would say best describe my idiosyncracy:






Beijos ~

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Retro Finds in Retro Row - Long Beach Treasure Hunt

So about a year ago, I went to Long Beach, CA for the first time, to check out my sweetheart compete in a Jiu Jitsu tournament. Little did I imagine, that I would find one of my favorite places on earth. You Cali thrift junkies know what I'm talking about. The street is known as Retro Row - it's a smorgasbord of sweet little thrift shops - a little haven for the self-proclaimed and non-self-proclaimed (don't fool yourselves) vintage addicts (ooops, I meant devotees). So I thought I'd share with you just a few of my favorite finds that I thought you'd enjoy, perhaps for inspiration or simply as a dose of nostalgia. 

P.S. Don't forget to follow my blog as I'm just getting started. Stay tuned for some more cool finds, some funky DIY projects that you can do at home and tons more.

Mid-Century Modern Chair - A nostalgic piece as the wood and wrapped twine reminds me of my beautiful childhood in D.R.

Check out this beautifully crafted rustic piece

The Partridge Family Lunch Box- pure awesomeness!

An eclectic collection of Retro Alarm Clock

Vintage Make-up Case - Whhhaaattt? You pretty little thing you...

OMG - A Meter Lamp - that's the type of creativity I dig.

Love the rustic trunk, the vintage license plates and the industrial toy car

Saving the best for last - Red, White & Blue Classic Vintage Skates
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