Hello Everyone! I know it has been a while and I promise you the new site is coming soon. I have been so busy making art work and working on school projects that it has been hard for me to blog with all the time I have been having to spending on graphic design. I am sure you can understand :) I thought it would be fun to take a break from the computer and worked on a painting for an art show that I will be participating in this Saturday. The theme for the show is Loteria, the Mexican bingo game. There will be over 52 other Santa Barbara artists doing the other cards and I chose to do "El Nopal" or the cactus, commonly known in Mexico as "tunas." The piece is 16" X 20" hope you enjoy the pics and I really hope you can make it by Muddy Waters on Saturday.
After a long flight home from Bali, I woke up a day later to my favorite weekend in Santa Barbara, Summer Solstice. I was excited to get back into the swing of things here in SB and delighted that I had a second opportunity to paint in the Funk Zone. Laura Inks, the program director for the Funk Zone Community Art Project approached me for a weekend of painting during the Solstice festivities. Between hanging out with the other artists while we worked and the parade, it was an offer I couldn't refuse. My piece is a traditional homage to my town and all my friends who call them selves locals. Special thank you to Laura Inks, for helping me with the Saint Barbara lettering, and Gabe Marquez from 400 Media for getting this shoot organized. Learn more about Saint Barbara here, or Santa Barbara in Spanish if you prefer.
Photo by Ryan Calderon
One of my favorite things to do on Mischief is to share tidbits of Santa Barbara lifestyle and culture. I am a die hard foodie and I enjoy tasting all the local restaurants here in town and giving my 2 cents on them so when it comes to Mexican food, La Supa Rica is no exception. My cousins Martin and Isidoro own and run La Supa Rica so I have grown up eating this amazing food my whole life, I have it about once a week if my tummy can handle and I mean that with all honesty. I go through phases of eating certain dishes but I always have whatever the daily special is, The Queso De Casquela, and a Vegetarian Tamale .Yesterday's special was Chile Relleno and Chilaquiles and man o man did it hit the spot. Still recovering.... I hope you get the chance to eat there as I highly recommend it!
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The First Thursday of every month is always one to be celebrated in Santa Barbara because we have our monthly art walk. This past week, I made it over to check out my friend Sean Anderson's New Works at The Big Idea above Pink Berry on State and Chadillac Green's Assisted Living at DNA (interview with Chadillac here). As usual, I left the evening feeling inspired from all the talent. Thanks to all the homies that were out and about, love seeing all of you.
All natural skincare products are defiantly something I have been getting really into, especially local brands that I have came across in Santa Barbara. I had the opportunity to try out a variety of products from
and boy are they yummy!!! Owner Lenka Tinka grew up in the Czech Republic
outside of Carlsbad, one of the central Europe's most famous natural spa cities, and experienced first hand the powerful effect of nature on peoples' health. She believes that "
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After trying these natural products, I am defiantly hooked. The hand soap is like nothing I have ever tried because it contains tee-tree oil, and if you are a germaphobe like me, you probably wash your hands quite a bit so a nice hand soap that doesn't try your skin and smells refreshing and clean- a must in your kitchen or bathroom.
Did I mention in came in a glass bottle?
Another item that I tried was the Bath Salt Mixture, it was so fragrant that I could smell the lavender from the other room, it made me craaavvee it. After a long stressful day, this is the perfect remedy.
This mixture of ingredients really surprised me and works great for exfoliating dead skin. The lavender with chocolate smells so wonderful, it really makes you want to just lather yourself up and give yourself a good scrub. I think exfoliating your skin is something that is defiantly underrated and a MUST in skincare. I am so happy to have this in my routine again because I was slippin' for a bit.
My delicious basket of goodies!
I seriously can smell the lavender and chocolate through the packaging! It is so alluring !
My happy place :)
So I would have to say that my favorite product and scent, even though they are all marvelous, is the Coconut Fruit. This smell is just so aromatic and savory. When I get a whiff I feel like I have just woken up in Tahiti or somethin'. This is a perfect product to exfoliate with and it must be followed up with my absolute favorite, the Shea Butter in Coconut Fruit. I am a stickler for perfume products that stay on forever. I wear Issey Miyake and Channel Number 5 just so you know what I am working with. My test is- you must be able to smell the perfume after wearing it all day, in the shower, or when working out. So, I lathered my body up in the butter after a shower and later that day I went to yoga, and I could smell the Coconut Fruit on myself, it was a very pleasant surprise. :)
From the site:
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