My Daily View: The Lovely 2013 In Review

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What a wonderful year 2013 was! I had such an amazing time and grew so much – culturally, mentally and spiritually. Thinking of all the things that happened, I just had to make a re-cap of everything that made my heart all warm n’ fuzzy. So, without further adieu, I present to you…

“The Lovely 2013 In Review”

(through the eyes of my Instagram snapshots)

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In January, I finished up a wonderful vacation to Argentina.

At a total of 17 days, I spent Christmas and New Years in this gorgeous South American country. After the holidays, I enjoyed most of my 2013 time either exploring Buenos Aires or lounging under a tree reading a book. Since it’s summer during that time, I was basking in the sunlight and swimming in the pool while most of my home country was still experiencing winter freezes. So it’s easy to say, I felt very blessed to start off the year in such a pleasant environment!

Argentina 2013

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina 2013

Tango dancers & Evita art, Argentina

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Upon my return to the States, I had lots of work to do;

and that meant putting all my energy into 40+ hours a week at the office, plus freelance in the evenings. As much as I love the go-go-go, I was starting to feel run down. I tried to disconnect from coffee, so I quickly built a wonderful love for chai tea. Our love is still flourishing…

Chai Tea = Love

Chai Tea = Love

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But life wasn’t made for all work and no play!

I took part in some events during the first months of the year – like meeting Ms. “Spirit Junkie” herself, Gabby Bernstein, at The Standard Hotel for her book signing. My cousin, Joany, and I attended the event together; it was a sweet evening, overlooking the water and being surrounded by so many “Spirit Junkies.” Plus, meeting Gabby was definitely the cherry on top!

Meeting Gabby Bernstein

Meeting Gabby Bernstein

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One of my true loves is biking! I found out about this love in early 2012,

but it’s kept growing since. I connect most to myself (with meditation and prayer) when I’m on my bike than any other activity. This year I found myself biking many of Miami’s beautiful areas – South Beach, the Grove, Virginia Key, and much more. From meditating, to taking a swim, or even grabbing a quick beer – on my bike, I get to do so many things that make me feel fulfilled.

Biking Miami's Bridges

Biking Miami’s Bridges

Biking, South Beach

Biking, South Beach

Biking, Matheson Hammock

Biking, Matheson Hammock

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This year, two of my great friends bought their first home.

Being dog breeders, Betty and Pablo purchased their home in the spacious Redlands of Miami. I helped them paint and decorate in the beginning, and now I go over on weekends to lay out by the pool and hang out with the pups! It’s a slice of tranquil paradise in our busy city. They specialize in breeding the adorable and smart breed of Weimaraners – you can check out their animal-lovin’ Instagram at Leeto Green World.

Painting at B&P's New Home

Painting at B&P’s New Home

Relaxation in the Redlands

Relaxation in the Redlands

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And then I got to leave Miami for two work-trips, back to back.

Beyond the blessing of living in one of the most beautiful cities, I appreciate any form of travel – even work related. Although I spent most of my time at the office, I was able to enjoy a bit of Guatemala and Costa Rica this year! In Guatemala, I stayed in the gorgeous Antigua – a zone that is filled with old structures, delicious restaurants, friendly people, and cobblestone streets. While in Costa Rica, I dined upon a mountain top and overlooked the entire city in the valley below. Both were phenomenal experiences…

Guatemala's Volcanos!

Guatemala’s Volcanos!

Hotel in Antigua, Guatemala

Hotel in Antigua, Guatemala

Mountain Top Dining, Costa Rica

Mountain-top Dining, Costa Rica

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My princess – aka my little sister – turned 5 this year!

I slightly remember being 5 years old; it’s such a perfectly wonderful age. She’s got all the beautiful innocence of a young child, but the smarts to have full-on-conversations and interpret emotions clearly. Every time I see her, I am in awe of her smarts – she speaks English, Spanish, and some Portuguese! She’s quick, witty, and loves doing magic tricks; the rabbit in a hat sort’a thing! And make note, she doesn’t like anyone to know how her tricks are done – after all, a real magician doesn’t reveal their secrets.

The Princess

The Princess

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On weekends, I spent lots of time during the summer/fall visiting the beach.

Every chance I got, I’d take a drive over the bridge for some “salt life.” Some people take our city for granted and don’t visit the beach on the most lovely of days. But I definitely knows what Miami’s backyard has for it’s residents – and I never give up a chance to visit, even if for only an hour.

Serenity, Miami Beach

Serenity, Miami Beach

South Point Park, Miami Beach

South Point Park, Miami Beach

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Halloween this year was simply one word – hilarious!

I dressed up with my best friend, Natasha, as the infamous 90s duo from Wayne’s World known as Wayne and Garth. We DIY’ed the costumes, buying pieces from thrift shops and memorabilia (like the iconic hat) from Amazon. And since we’re 90s kids, when the idea came up it just felt right to re-create the throwback costume. We even spotted a guy wearing the signature tagline “Party On!” on his shirt – of course we took a photo…

Party On Wayne, Party On Garth!

“Party On Wayne, Party On Garth!”

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Shortly before the Holidays, I took a much needed Baselcation.

(*A Baselcation is what I like to call a vacation during Art Basel; it should catch on soon enough!) My friends, Arlene and Sindy, and I visited a bunch of galleries in a four-day span. There was lots to do, but eventually lots was accomplished. We started baselin’ on Wednesday night, and by Sunday we were ready to drop. But from the pop-up tents like Pulse and Scope to Miami’s new Perez Art Museum (PAMM), we went all around town and relished many events. Art Basel was an unforgettable time – where art, culture, and vacation all got mixed in together.

Photographing & Art Baselin'

Photographing & Art Baselin’

Friends With You Exhibit, Art Basel

Friends With You Exhibit, Art Basel

Pulse & Scope Art Fairs, Art Basel

Pulse & Scope Art Fairs, Art Basel

Visiting the new PAMM, Art Basel

Visiting the new PAMM, Art Basel

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The year ended with the usual holiday spirit and it felt just right.

The day after Thanksgiving, I bought a surprise Christmas tree for my family and decorated it before they woke up in the morning. A few days before Christmas, my bestie’s and I had our annual Secret Santa gift exchange, which never ceases to make for an amazing evening of good laughs and great gifts. And the new year brought on something I’m quite fond of – new clients! You’ll be seeing lots of new projects as the months of 2014 unfold.

Christmas Tree shopping

Christmas Tree shopping

Bestie's Secret Santa Party

Bestie’s Secret Santa Party

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2013 was packed with travel, discovery, and growth.

But this year I feel even more inspired than I did before to grow my freelance work (via Dawl Creative), continue my spiritual growth, and take the next step into adulthood – buy my very first home property. Lots of plans are finally being put into action and the excitement is building up. I’ve got a lot to do before the year ends, but I’m happiest right now while on the journey. Maybe that’s the point of every year and every step we take – to enjoy the journey. Wishing you all a blessed 2014!

New Clients for the New Year

New Clients for the New Year

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My Daily View: Hello August!

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Wake up, it’s the 1st of the month! I’m so thrilled to be one month closer to Fall/Winter in Miami. There’s nothing like the love the holiday season brings. But before all of that goodness, I would like to take a stroll down Summer-lane, because so far it’s been an amazing time and totally deserves some recognition:

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Swine
I visited Swine in Coral Gables for the first time.
So delicious! A must for all Miami locals & visitors alike.

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Guatemala
Another visit, this time a bit farther away, was in Guatemala.
& although it was a work-trip, I enjoyed the culture immensely.

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Guatemala City
Some more of Guatemala, the city surrounded by Mountains. What a sight!

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Critical Mass
This summer has been filled with activities – including my favorite: biking!
My bestie, Arlene, & I biked Critical Mass, which is on the last Friday of every month.
It’s one of the best experiences ever; If you haven’t tried it, check it out.

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Biking Miami
While biking, I found some real treasures – like this gorgeous path in The Roads.

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Supermoon
Last month we had quite an impressive site – a Supermoon (full moon)
Although my camera couldn’t capture it’s beauty, I had to take a snapshot.
It was too gorgeous of an evening to forget.

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Scottys Landing
This Summer I had the pleasure of dinning waterfront at Scotty’s Landing.
It was such a lovely view, accompanied by delicious food. A definite win!

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Leeto Green World
There’s no better ending to hot Summer days than with sweet puppies!
My friends & breeders, Leeto Green World, have a plethora of pups for sale.
& we were blessed to spend a day with some of the rottweilers before they sold.
Sweetest little teddy bears! Check out LGW for more cutie-pies.

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My Daily View: Natural Art In Miami

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Ocean in Miami FL

{ Enjoying some Weekend Relaxation at South Beach }


I am blessed – in more ways than I can express in a single blog post. I am thankful everyday for the blessings the universe sends my way. But there is one thing that I cherish and never take for granted. And that is my beautiful hometown: Miami.

Born and raised in South Florida, one may lose sight of all the beauty around you. Yes, it sounds impossible to do so; but trust me – I’ve seen people get so wrapped up in the magic-city’s drama that they resent it. They forget to enjoy it for all it’s worth.

Personally, the older I get the more I fall in love with my city. And with that love, comes awareness of all that is beautiful. This city is crawling with natural beauty; so join me as I take you down some of my personal favorite snapshots of my lovely hometown:

Miami Sunset

Biking South Beach

Sunset at Virginia Key

Boating

South Beach Buildings

Kayaking

South Point Pier

Matheson Hammock Park

Downtown Miami

South Point Park

Purple Sunset in Miami

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My Daily View: Baseling 2012

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After a very eventful week, Art Basel 2012 has come to an end. Miami can now return to its normal homeostasis of moderately-horrible traffic and extremely hot winters. All shall now return to the way it was; the way the locals like it.

But although it’s over, we will truly miss Art Basel and everything it brings to the city. Like its never-ending block parties in Wynwood and sponsored alcohol at almost every gallery.

I am sure that we Miamians will mostly miss the amazing artists and their live-art displays which took place so vividly throughout Art Basel’s time. There’s nothing like walking down the streets of Wynwood or Miami Beach and seeing an artistic piece coming together.

This year, I snapped away shot after shot of art that caught-my-eye. Unfortunately, my point-and-shoot died this summer, so I stuck to capturing images with my handy dandy smart phone. Add that plus some awesome Instagram filters, and voilà! Magical photos are now available for your viewing pleasure.


{ Noteable Galleries & Artists }
Wynwood Cigar Factory · Evoca1 · Faith47 · Tati Suarez · Pulse Miami · Banksy · Spinello Projects · Gallery 212 · Basel Biergarten · The Flower Bombs · La Pandilla · AsIf’s Guns · Mr. Brainwash · Shepard Fairey · Peter Tunney


So without further adieu, I invite you to please enjoy some of my favorite Art Basel 2012 treasures, caught on camera. Enjoy!:

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My Daily View: Art Fair Live 2012

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Last month The Flower Bombs joined Miami’s Art Live Fair in an interactive art exhibition. This year, it took place from October 26th-28th in the Coconut Grove Convention Center and benefited the Lotus House Women’s Shelter.

Art Live 2012 is an interactive, performance based, contemporary “art happening” and fair in which artists and exhibitors are invited to share the creative process unfolding spontaneously in every form of artistic medium and to the extent possible, engage the fair-goers in the creative process.

My partner, Arlene Delgado, and I planned to share our special Art Live messages of “togetherness” and “new perceptions” through vinyl prints that could be placed anywhere in the show. While wearing our gas masks, we chose to set most of the prints on the floor of the entrance points – this way people could take a moment to stop, read the messages, and take a good look around at all of the amazingness that the exhibit had to offer.

Art Live Fair 2012 had plenty of artists interacting with the audience and creating on the spot. For example, there was a huge satellite-looking stage where one person would sing and the people across the room could hear them perfectly. There was also a kite-making workshop and fun body-movement classes every hour. Artists were painting, building, and involving those who were at the show in their work. It was a beautiful and inspiring experience. With that in mind, coming up next is Art Basel Miami, in December; and The Flower Bombs plan to have a definite presence in the streets of Wynwood. Stay tuned!

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