When I started this blog in 2010, I had no idea that it was the beginning of a life changing journey.
After studying illustration and museum education at the School of Visual Arts and art history at Columbia University, I worked for close to 17 years as a museum professional in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. I lectured, taught art classes and curated education programs for several museums like Guggenheim NY, The Met, Bronx Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, LACMA and the Norton Simon Museum. I’m also an exhibited artist (portfolio coming soon) and published essayist. The ability to create art, work with extraordinary collections and teach was everything I wanted to do since I was a child.
Life being the unpredictable force that it is brought upon many changes in the form of a cross-country move, divorce and a career change. This time, I was the blank canvas and the artist, and found myself with the opportunity to rebuild and grow. And with one colorful stroke at at time, I’ve reinvented and created a life I love for me and my son. But like any painting, it’s never fully done.
I started this blog as an outlet for me to share things that inspired me while I navigated through a new city and new life. While searching for blogger communities to engage with, I found #WeAllGrow Latina Network. The company was a start-up in the very beginning stages with an opening for a position that really had no name at the time. I basically stepped in as a jack of all trades, and as the company formed and grew, I became Project Manager, Account Executive and Director of Social Media and Influencer relations. I was able to use my background in community building, education, aesthetics, storytelling, writing and public speaking into the virtual world, and I’ve never looked back.
The company downsized in 2017. Instead of stressing over the job loss, I took the opportunity to build my own digital and social marketing agency called Blue Lotus Collective.
While working and raising my son (who is now 19 years old), the posts on this blog (once called theArtMuse, and then Perennial Chic) have focused on art, style, beauty, career and travel. It’s my little space online where I get to just enjoy simply being a woman who loves art and the beauty around us while continuing to fill my personal canvas with beautiful colors and stories of a life well-lived. In addition to working with several lifestyle, food and beauty brands, the blog has also won several awards and I’ve been asked to speak at conferences and workshops about photography, social media strategy and visual content creation.
If you’re new around here, here’s what you’ll find:
If there’s one thing I learned from being in the art world is that style is about knowing who you are. It’s a point of view and a form of self-expression. After trying out many trends, I find that classic pieces and the less-is-more approach is where I feel most comfortable. At this stage in my life, I know my body and what works (and what doesn’t). I also know that looking good does not need to cost a fortune. Many of my clothes and accessories are affordable pieces that can stand the test of time.
Hair & beauty
I get a lot questions about hair care so you will see the occasional hair post in this blog. I have very thick curly hair but love to style it many different ways. It takes a beating but I swear by coconut oil. I’ve been using it since I was teenager, and feel it’s the reason why I still have a head full of hair. I’m also very diligent about skincare (beauty secret: I use Retin-A at night) and always use sunscreen to prevent premature wrinkles and sun damage. My makeup routine is pretty laid back, classic with a bit of edge. I use makeup to enhance my features, not hide them. The beauty and hair tips are geared toward the woman who does not have a lot time, but wants to look and feel her best.
Art, culture & travel
From the graffiti covered streets of the Bronx to the museum walls of the Met, I’ve always been surrounded by art. For as far back as I can remember, I was always drawing or coloring something. Art is my meditation, my zen, my sense of calm. When I was in college, art history was my way of traveling around the world and the doorway to understanding and learning about different cultures. I feel we all need some form of art in our lives to keep us balanced. Whether we love music, performance or dance .. We should never deny ourselves of the things we’re truly passionate about. In the last few years, I did get to travel and see many of the places I once read about. As a person who was afraid to fly for many years, my travels were not only fun and exciting, but empowering.
Lifestyle & food
My days are very full so I like to reward myself with a nice glass of wine (I love a good Cabernet), dessert (tres leches is my guilty pleasure), a great book or relaxing with family and friends. And as a blogger, I also get invited to a lot of great things. I share all of that plus recipes and fun things to do with loved ones. What’s life if you can’t pop a bottle a champagne, enjoy an amazing cheese platter or enjoy a home-cooked meal with the ones you love? (er, I love food a lot).
I haven’t been able to paint portraits like I once did but am trying my best to balance out more time to do it. Painting is a huge part of who I am. It’s how I communicate. Without it, I’m completely lost. There’s nothing like the smell of paint and the feeling of being immersed in a work of art (to the sound of Pearl Jam). In the meantime, I’ve been creating tutorials for several sites … But expect a new chapter as an artist.
Thanks for reading!
This bio is not complete without sharing my loves – My son and fiance. Oh, and my three adorable cats (4 are featured because we lost our beloved Zeus) that were adopted. This picture is chock full of unconditional love for this hard working lady and I’m grateful each day for them.