Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, February 17 2017 11:08AM
The struggle is real some times when it comes to stay creative especially when your field of work is to be creative and produce creative items. Sometimes you can feel overwhelmed to produce, produce, produce. Here's some of the things I do to keep my creative juices flowing.
Back in college when I was going to school at night and worked during the day I was always creative at night. Now that I work from home and I tend to work during the day time hours I'm creative during the day. First figure out the time period when you feel the most creative. For some it's during the day time. For others it's during the night.
Next you need to find your medium to express your creativeness. Whether it's paper, pencil, pen, an instrument, clay and etc. Mine happens to be drawing, jewelry making and sewing. When I feel creative I have to do it then which results me making my pieces in batches. Just keep creating until you can't create any more. When you feel like that's it. Stop.
Music is key to helping me stay creative. I love playing upbeat music like soca, dancehall or the latest hip hop. The more upbeat the better. Spotify your favorite artist and turn up the volume and create.
Get rid of all distractions. Tell everyone to leave you alone from a certain time period, close the door and let your creativity flow. I always get more work done period when no one is home. When everyone is home I just can't concentrate because I know every 5 minutes someone is going to say my name and want me for something.
One last tip to how I stay creative is to make the space where you create inspirational. Paint the walls a bright and cheerful color. Create an inspiration board of all your favorite things on a cork board and put it up on the wall. Have all your mediums out on your desk in cool cups so that they're easy to reach. If your space isn't creative then you won't be creative. It's that simple.
I hope this helps you stay creative. Feel free to tell me how you stay creative. I would love to know.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, February 10 2017 09:52AM
For January I really had to rack my mind and think what did I love for January.What was I using a lot. Gradually, one by one I finally figure out what my must haves for January were. I really don't know how people do this every month. I barely came up with 3. Well some is better than none.
It's really a mix of things when you look at it.
With my younger sister being a makeup artist I always get random bits of makeup. She recently gave me a new foundation because with it being winter in NY and I'm not getting any sun I'm back to my original skin tone. So for the entire month of January I've been wearing Makeup Forever Mat Velet+ foundation
in color #77. With me having oily skin this foundation is perfect. Oil-free and is just like the bottle says matte. It's not a matte that makes you look dead but a matte that makes your skin look like your skin. I put my makeup on roughly around 5:45am and don't take it off until around 4-5pm. That's a good length of time. Normally around 3-ish I see a bit of oil in my t-zone but it's a dewy oily not a oil slick mess like with other foundations. I highly recommend this foundation if you have oily skin and want a matte finish foundation that last a good amount of time before you have to blot your skin. I give it an A and when I finish this bottle which will be any time now. I'll definitely buy a new bottle. You can find it at Sephora
Now this next item(s) I have been using is planner related. If you follow me on Instagram then you know I'm into planner stuff. I try not to post too much but enough to show it's a interest. Anyway, my most recent spreads I've been using full weekly kits from one particular creator. Jessica Brown or MyPlannerEnvy
. First off all her stickers are printables and they're free on her blog. I found her on Pinterest which lead me to her blog. She not only has sticker samplers but functional stickers of all kinds for all types of planners. I literally spent one entire day and two packs of labels printing her stickers. What I love about her stickers is they're different especially her sticker samplers. All the big shops are doing the same thing which results in everyone having similar layouts. B-o-r-i-n-g. If you're new to the planner world this is a good way to get your feet wet without spending a ton of money. I don't have a Silhouette so I had cut these with an x-acto knife. It's takes a bit longer but well worth the effort.Check her blog
out you won't be disappointed and definitely join her Facebook group
.She's always adding new stickers to her blog.
First lets discuss how beautiful this cover is. It's actually more beautiful in person. It's The Girl in the Garden by Melanie Wallace. I was sent an advance copy by the publisher for a review in December but finally got around to reading it in January. Which took all of January because I wasn't in a real reading mood but I knew I had to read it. When I saw this cover on Bookstr
I knew I had to put in a request for the book. Here's my short but sweet review I left on Bookstr."Firstly this book's cover is beautiful. The book was well written and I
love how all the character were intertwined together. You got to know
each characters back story that lead them to the current date in the
book. What lead to their circumstances and isolation.The book might
start with June but ends with Iris's sad end. Overall, a great book and
story. I highly recommend this book and the story is as beautiful as
I might of had only 3 items for this month but lord did I give you my opinion on them. It's no telling what I'll love for February.You'll just have to stay tuned. What we're you loving for January? I'll love to know.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, January 20 2017 11:01AM
As we get older certain possessions hold special significance over others. As I go through my jewelry 2-3 pieces hold that honor from two very important people in my life.
I literally had to search through my jewelry to find them but they were safe and sound in their respective storage bags. One is a love knots necklace given to me by my godmother when I believe was in my late teens. The other was a gift from my parents on my 16th birthday. The 3rd piece that I would have loved to feature was from my late grandmother (my father's mother). A silver plated cross that was given to me when I was 9 years old.
Let's go into the story behind each piece.
As I said before this piece was given to me as either a birthday gift or Christmas present from my godmother in my late teens if I remember correctly. It's silver plated and is in desperate need of a good cleaning but anyway. It's a love knots necklace. In all honestly when I received it I had no clue what the design was but was told shortly after receiving it that the knots meant and the significance of it. The person said, " Someone love you a lot". I said why. They answered back with , "You're wearing a love knots necklace." I said oh.
We'll the official definition of a love knot is a very popular style of jewelry for expressing your love . On a deeper level representing endless love that has no beginning or end. I'm truly honored that my godmother gave me this piece since I'm her "daughter" since she has only sons.
This piece with my initial was given to me on my 16th birthday by my parents. It was so cute how I received it. I had a Tweety bird cake since I loved it so much and they wrapped the necklace around Tweety. I think I was more excited by the cake first then the necklace. At 16 I could officially have a boyfriend, stay out a lil' later. This piece was my beloved piece until my early twenties.
This piece held so much significance to me that I created a whole collection based on this one piece as inspiration. My Initial collection in Spring of 2014, which is still available on my website. You never know when something from your past will inspire you in the present.
Both of pieces were given to me from two important part of my groups in my life that have help guide through adulthood.They also represent my youth. I can remember so many important times when I was wearing either. Just wow!
What piece(s) hold special significance to you?
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, January 17 2017 09:56AM
I still can't believe we're in 2017. When people used to say as you get older the year and years go by faster they weren't lying. As a kid the summers used to feel like they lasted forever. December was here and gone so fast that I had to really think what was I used that month. I managed to remember what I was using and loving all month long.
From fashion to skin care to hair care I managed to pull some of my coveted items.
Let's start with my planner. It's a Recollections Creative Year Solid Planner in metallic ivory which you can purchase at Michaels. With December being full of so many activities plus the holidays and my parent's anniversary on New Year's Eve this baby kept me organized and sane.Too bad it couldn't help with burnout. If you're into planners I highly recommend it. It can hold a lot and the rings haven't given me any issues. To get a look at how I used it, check out my 2017 Planner
With it being the colder months, I've really been into earthier colors when it comes to nail polish. For the entire month of December I was rocking Essie's nail polish in Very Structured. It's a neutral color that I think would look good on all skin tones. I love it! I'll will be rocking this color when the months become warmer too for sure.
I will confuse that I'm bad when it comes to moisturizing my skin. I've come to realize that I had a bad habit of bathing, towel drying and then putting on my pj's at night. Sometimes you're just too tired to bother. With the colder months and the air being so dry it was literally drying out my skin. Regular lotions were not working.The only thing that keep my skin moisturized is Palmer's Cocoa Butter. It has saved my skin. Thank god.
I already shared with you a while back my favorite moisturizer for my hair. Here's my favorite conditioner hands down.I use this in combination with other conditioners but my hair would not survive anytime especially these winter months without it. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist is a must in any hair routine. My hair feels moisturized and easy to detangle after using it. Don't walk, run and get yourself a bottle.
No matter how you feel about the Kardashian/Jenner family they sure know how to make products that sell. Kylie has done her thing when it comes to her makeup brand. My sister gave me this lip gloss in Like
when she got her replacement with the new wand. Let's not talk about how f-uped this wand is but the product in the tube. With it being colder I rarely wear a full face of makeup except eye liner, mascara, lip balm and this lip gloss. It's described on the website as a ultra-pigmented, lustrous gloss in a warm mocha brown. It's true to it's description. Hands down the perfect lip gloss for a bare face if you want to add a bit of something to your lips. Even with lipstick underneath it's a perfect match. It literally last for hours through eating. The lip gloss is still there going strong.Good job, Kylie. This lip gloss lives in my bag and makeup bag. It has replaced all my other favorite lip glosses.
I'm not going to lie to you when I say the weather here in NY has been bipolar.One minute it's cold,then hot, then cold, then arctic. With that my lips have been taking a beating. If I don't have a lip balm on they're getting chapped which leads me to biting my lips. Nivea A Kiss of Milk and Honey has been saving the day. Hands down the best lip balm around. It definitely keeps up with NY's bipolar weather conditions.
I moved into my thicker and bulkier coat in December which means who has time to carry a handbag. I love my handbags I really do but I love my fingers more. I've taken my sister's crossed body bag from H&M as my own a while back when my Forever 21 one went bye bye. I just carry the essentials and go. If it can't fit inside this bag I'm not carrying it.
This card case is my baby. From the time I created my Cognac Card Case
I moved my business cards, ID, and store cards into it. It is a essential and I no longer carry a wallet because of it.They're just too bulky and if I was using one it wouldn't fit inside the cross body bag. It's super light weight and compact. Chic and sleek. You don't have to feel self conscious about pulling it out because of how fashionable it is.
And this completes my December Must Haves. I wanted to include so many other items but they sold out I guess during the holiday season and it would be a waste to include if you couldn't go out and purchase it if you liked it. Time will only tell what I'll include in January Must Haves. You'll have to wait and see. What did you love for December.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, January 06 2017 12:38PM
With a new year upon us I decided to share my planner and all the nuts and bolts that I will be using for 2017.
In the fall of 2016, I switched to my Recollections Creative Year Solid Planner in metallic ivory. I love it so much that I plan on being it for the entire 2017. You can find it at your local Michael's or online(which is currently out of stock).
I changed the inside of my planner for the coming year. The dividers I made from Target Dollar Spot folders and cut them down to size for my planner. The pockets feature an array of Target Dollars Spot post its and post it notes. The secretary pocket features miscellaneous stickers that can be used on the go from Michaels Recollections collection. The girl with mug I made from a illustration from a illustrator (@nichollekobi) I found on Instagram that I adore. I recolored her with photoshop to look more like myself. The pen is a Target Dollar Spot pen. Despite what you hear I like the Target pens.
In this first section you have this 2017, This is Your Year. It's from The Charmed Shop . A free downloadable printable that you can fill in each area with 7 goals for the year. Genius Miss Trenchcoat. Genius! Download it here
After that I have the 2017 Calendar overview from Wendaful. You can download it here
I then have a print out for all the US Holidays for 2016- 2018 from Green & Lyme. You can download it here
This next printable is Important Dates for the entire year from SewMuchCrafting. You can download it here
. Love this. I'm good with birthday but other important dates sometimes go right over my head. This is going to be super helpful.
Then I have a free downloadable printable from Strange Charmed with a list of A Resolution a Day. Which I'm failing right now to mark off. You can download it here
This next sheet is a January overview sheet which features a mantra, important dates, monthly goals, and reading list. It's from Strange Charm is apart of the printable with A Resolution a Day. Perfect for writing out everything for the month.
From there I go into my monthly calendars which I decorate and forward plan with. They're from Wendaful and can be download here
After my monthly calendars are my week on 2 pages from Wendaful. I made a page marker from a leftover folder that I used to make my dividers. I used a Today sticker from Heidi Swapp and put some page flags for easy access. You can download the printable here
Right after the page maker I took a page of grid paper from a Recollections booklet and cut it in half. I used stickers from Me & My Big Ideas Create 365 1829 pieces sticker book to create an area to list additional to-dos, shopping list, bills that need to be paid, dinner menu and a weekly task list. I started this mid-year last year and I highly recommend it.
This next divider is more for note taking and was made from the same pack of folders from the Target Dollar Spot.
On the backside of that divider I have a Heidi Swapp Receipt Pocket which you can get from Michaels. In this section I have a couple of sheet of To-Do lists which came with my planner.
Also a couple of pages of lines paper that I got from Target Dollar spot which I cut down and punched.
In this next section, I have a lot of important information (ie: telephone numbers, doctor information,password log and etc.)
This first printable is telephone log from Green and Lyme that you download here
The next two sheets are my Online Order Tracker
and Wish List
. Which are both from Wendaful. Love them!
I have a million and one books I want to read but before I get there I must read the books on this list first. This Books to Read printable is from Wendaful and can be downloaded here
. To see what I have on this list to read for 2017, go to my blog post "A Look Back on 2016 Reading Challenges
This next printable for 2017 Goals for the Year I can not for the life of me locate the source but if you would like to print it out feel free to shoot me an email. I'll happily email it to you.
I then have a running Festival Checklist which I got off of Pinterest. You can find a variety there.
I then have a bucket list for Fall and for Winter using stickers from me & my Big ideas 1557 Seasonal sticker book.
I then have sheets of the Recollections grid paper for jotting down more lists.
This next section featuring a couple of foldout printables. The post its and page flags are all from the Target Dollar Spot. Yes I'm a bit obsessed but they come in handy when you have to jot something down.
This first one is 2017 Fold Out printable from Peanuts Planner Co. I haven't figured out exactly what I'm going to use it for yet. You can get download it here
I've been on the hunt for a online sales tracker for a while now that has everything I need on one page. I finally found it at PapierMyDay
on Etsy. I purchased it for $4.75 and it's worth is so much in my opinion because it's a life saver for me. You can get it here
The second foldout is from Strange Charmed and it's the 2017 Yearly Overview Printable. Which I started to use to mark my blog post and my schedule for each day if something major was going on. You can download it here
I forgot to photograph the Quarterly Etsy Stats which are from Green & Lyme. You can download it here
. It's great to have the stats of your website and Etsy on hand.
To round off this section I have a Keeping Track of My Social by Recollections . It's part of their new inserts for their zipper planners. This section came from the Boss Inserts. I gave the rest to my sister.It came with a section for Client List, Invoices, and Appointments.You can find them at Michaels.
In this last section I have everything pertaining to my blog. This insert is called the Blog Brainstorm which features a couple of lines to jot down ideas then a calendar below. Super great to schedule blog post for the month. They're from Cort in session and can be downloaded here
. Note: the inserts were made for 8x11 paper. So I reduced the size to either 50% or 75% to fit my planner.
Following that I have two pages worth of blog ideas that I found on Pinterest. I scoured all over and took ideas that I knew that I would want to blog about in the future in case I don't know what to blog that particular day. Super helpful and good to have on hand.
To finish off my planner I have a folder that I made from a Target Dollar Spot folder which holds any random pieces of pieces . It's great to have in my planner.
Lastly, I have one of the dividers that came with my planner so that the pages before it don't get too damaged.
This completes my look into my planner for 2017. It's super functional with a bit of cute. Otherwise I would be a disorganized mess. With it only being January a ton more could be put into it in the months ahead. Maybe in a couple of months if things change I'll do a update look. Until then this is my planner.
I would love to see your planner. Feel free to post a photo of what you're using for 2017, your Youtube channel, and/or Instagram.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, December 30 2016 12:41PM
As 2016 comes to a close it's time to look back on my reading challenges and see how I did for the year.
This year I put myself up to two challenges. One being my 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge where my goal for the year was to read 200 books. The other was the PopSugar 2016 Reading Challenge. Let's first start with my Goodreads challenge results.
To date, which today is December 30th I've read 115 books. So I didn't quite reach my goal this year unfortunately but I think I'm closer than the 115 shown. Because this year I read a ton of box sets which included 3-6 books. So technically I read closer to my 200 goal but since Goodreads counts box sets as 1 book I failed. I'm determined, so for 2017 I'll set my goal at 200 books yet again. I think what also slowed me down was the PopSugar Reading Challenge since I had to read certain books to fit a criteria. Feel free to follow me on Goodreads here
No onto my the PopSugar Reading Challenge.
As you can see from the list there are 40 different types of books to read. What I love about the challenge is it made me read outside my comfort zone. In total I read 25 books out the 40. Which is pretty good. Each month I did a wrap up to keep me account for the challenge. In July was my last wrap up. I was still reading books on the list but totally forgot to do a blog post for them. After a while it became harder and harder to find books to fit what was on the list. Plus some of the books I chose I just couldn't finish truthfully.
So here's my year end wrap up of what I actually did read for the challenge.*A book based on a fairy tale: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover*A YA bestseller: Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman*A book set in your home state: In Two Weeks by Jen Talty*A romance set in the future: A Viking's Peace by Zoe York*A book set in Europe: Reckless Nights in Rome by CC Mackenzie*A book that's under 150 pages: For Bear or For Worse by Meredith Clarke*A New York Times bestseller: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard*A book you can finish in a day: Anna's Contract by Deva Long*A book that's more than 600 pages: The Islander's Box Set Books 1-4 by Helen Conrad*A science-ficton novel: Taken by Erica Conroy*A book recommended by a family member: Shaw by Anna Hackett*A graphic novel: The Walking Dead #1 by Robert Kirkman*A book that is published in 2016: Never, Never by Colleen Hoover*A book with a protagonist who has your occupation: By Design by Jayne Denker*A book that takes place during Summer: The Summer I Learned to Drive by Shannon McCrimmon*A book and its prequel: Mending Hearts and Running Places by L.B. Simmons*A murder mystery: Death by Marriage by Jaden Skye*A dystopian novel: Awakening by C.B. Stone* A book with a blue cover: Barbarian's Touch by Ruby Dixon*An autobiography: Confidante : The Brothel by Lillian Anderson*A book about a road trip: The Road to Price by Justine Elvira*A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with: The Thorn by Beverly Lewis*A satirical book: Almost in Love by Kylie Gilmore*A book that takes place on an island: Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins*A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
So the question is will I try the PopSugar Reading Challenge again for 2017. Nah, I'll pass. If I come across a different challenge maybe. Anything is possible.
I currently have 4 physical books that I need to read. I started 3 of the books already and keep on putting them down. I think it's because it's in physical form instead of on my kindle. I plan on reading those first before I start anything on my kindle. Hopefully by using Wendalful's reading list insert it will help to keep me on track.
You can download and print the insert here
And this completes my look back at my reading for 2016. I plan on doing way better in 2017. Hopefully no reading slumps hit me like this year.
What's your reading goals for 2017?
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Wednesday, December 28 2016 10:49AM
Winter is here with a vengeance and since I had fun marking things off my Fall bucket list. I decided to do it again but this time for winter.
I used a blank sheet of graphic paper in my planner and used stickers from Create 365 The Happy Planner Seasonal Value Pack Stickers
to create this bucket list. I made sure to include items that I would actually do realistically.
The first on this bucket list is holiday shopping which is done because Christmas has come and gone. Drink hot chocolate is a easy one. Following read holiday books. Once I finish the three books I started but haven't finished yet.I'll definitely do that. Wrap Christmas Gifts, done. Pick a tree, done. Bake cookies, done. Wear matching pjs, I'll have to do this one with my sis. Watch a holiday movie, done. See Christmas lights, done.
As you can see I'm basically halfway through the list. But nevertheless, I'll check back at the end of winter so you can see my progress.
Are you doing a bucket list for winter? If so, what's on your list?