Museum of Ice Cream: LA vs. Miami

It's no secret that sweets are my weakness so you can always count me in if there's sugar involved. The Museum of Ice Cream, where the likes of Beyonce and many other Hollywood favorites have been spotted, quickly became an internet sensation after touching down in Downtown, LA. To be honest, calling this place a museum is a bit modest seeing as though I didn't learn a thing about the history of ice cream at the LA location. Nonetheless, I had a great time taking photos and getting a sugar rush in the different themed rooms followed by a themed sweet treat. So much fun that I ended up getting a ticket to the Miami location as well for Art Basel. Both locations were set up completely different with one thing in common, the world famous Sprinkle Pool! If I had to choose, I would say Miami was a better experience because it offered more photo opportunities with fun facts about ice cream mixed in.

If you haven't had an opportunity to visit The Museum of Ice Cream yourself, check out the photos from my trips below!






Surviving Art Basel

Attending Art Basel in Miami has been on my bucket list for quite some time so I bought a plane ticket earlier in the year to make sure I didn't find an excuse to put it off any longer. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Art Basel is an international art fair that happens once a year in the city of Basel, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Miami.

I am no art snob but I do appreciate a good museum/installation and if I had to sum up this trip in a few words I would simply say... what a shit show! I mean I actually came to see some cool art, not to mingle with the masses. And did I mention I HATE large crowds?? I figured I would be out of my comfort zone a bit when I booked my flight alone but I had a good feeling someone I knew would be going, which is exactly what happened. 

โ€œWhat The Fuck Is The Art World?! (Part 1 of Alot)โ€ by William Powhida

โ€œWhat The Fuck Is The Art World?! (Part 1 of Alot)โ€ by William Powhida

I was overwhelmed by the number of events that were going on but I made sure to RSVP to everything I found beforehand. Little did I know Miami is similar to LA, meaning everything is very spread out. With all of the people requesting Ubers, plus the traffic, it was not so easy to bounce around. Also, the RSVP's didn't mean a thing! The lines to get into all of the events were insane. Iโ€™m typically pretty good at wiggling my way into the door but I didn't want to be rude and leave the group I was with because this sort of finessing works best when you're alone or with one other person.

Another thing Miami has in common with LA is palm trees and warm weather but my goodness it was freezing and most of the venues had some sort of indoor/outdoor setup so basically, there was nowhere to escape this extremely odd and unexpected chill (which was followed up by a cold when I returned, and I rarely get sick...blah)

Overall, this trip had a way of making me feel like I wasn't cool enough, which is funny because I felt this way during my first visit a couple years ago with my boyfriend at the time. Keep in mind that this was before Instagram was a thing. I told myself I would not come back until I had the funds to do it right- nice hotel, fancy dinners etc. The entire time I was there I kept checking in on social media to see what other people were up to and while all of the popular influencers were enjoying their private dinners and exclusive events (or at least that's how it appears), I was stuck in the cold, unimpressed and annoyed that Uber canceled on me twice.

Don't get me wrong, I made the best of my time and I did enjoy some parts of it but would I do it again? Absolutely not! (unless, of course, I get an invite by Swiss Beats himself) Not to mention, I live in a pretty cool city that offers tons of artsy fartsy stuff so nothing I saw was really mindblowing.

If you do plan on checking out Art Basel in the future I highly recommend stopping by The Miami Beach Convention Center which featured 268 galleries. I also enjoyed the Museum of Ice Cream but I'm not sure if this pop-up will be making a come back.

Some galleries I was really looking forward to but didn't make it to was the No Commission exhibit by Swizz Beats (which he announced will be held in LA as well- YAY!), Satellite Art Show, Scope Miami Beach and Collins Park.

Next stop... Burning Man perhaps?

HELLO 2018!

Happy New Year!

I know it may seem cheesy to some, but what better time to reflect on the past year and plan for the future than now? Writing my thoughts down has become apart of my everyday routine and the first step to making the changes I want to see in my life.

I created a quick little Q&A if you're having trouble organizing your intentions for the new year. Write it all down and revisit it daily but first I recommend pondering on the past year, think about all of the accomplishments and lessons 2017 has had to offer before jumping into an overwhelming list for 2018. 

It's important to keep your goals to a minimum so that you are able to focus. It is difficult to master anything when you are spreading yourself thin by doing several different things at once. Most importantly, be realistic! Go outside of your comfort zone but also prioritize your list. Unfortunately, some things will need to be put on hold until it's the right time. For example, I want to plan an international trip for 2018 but with everything else I want to accomplish, I'm not sure that is the most important thing on my list and it may have to wait until the following year.

Break down the following questions and apply them to each category if possible: Career, Health & Fitness, Relationships, Spirituality and Finances.

1. List of accomplishments during 2017

2. Lessons you've learned during the past year

3. Things you want to master in 2018

4. Somewhere you want to travel

5. A bad habit you would like to break

6. Something you want to cut back on

This New Years I was fortunate enough to spend my time in Cancun, Mexico and I have to admit, it has been a weird and emotional time. You would think with me being somewhere exotic all of my problems are solved but for myself and everyone around me, we are all in a transitional phase. Regardless of any uncomfortable changes I am facing, I am truly excited about the future.

Here are some of my personal goals:

Open up shop, plan an international trip, work on my commercial portfolio, transition into commercial design, cut back on sugar, tone my body, practice Spanish, take drawing lessons, work on my focus and memory daily, read a book per month and pay off the majority of my debt. 

I'm going to be extremely focused this year, checking in daily and quarterly on my progress and I hope that you join me in making this year a special one. Life is so precious but always remember, we have the power to control our happiness and success. Build, grow, laugh and work hard.

I am wishing you all a fulfilling and healthy new year, let's do this!

Story Time:: Suing my first client

I know I know... I've been M.I.A after saying I was going to blog consistently but I've been doing a lot of brainstorming about my next move. Reading the Branding + Interior Design book helped me narrow down what I need to focus on. I've come to realize that I am more interested in hospitality design and my content catered more to a budget-friendly residential market. My ultimate goal is to design hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs so with that being said, I have a lot of exciting ideas I am putting together so stay tuned...

In the meantime, I want to share a little story about my very first in-person client, exciting right?

About a year ago I was put in touch with a guy who was looking for an interior designer through a mutual friend. He recently purchased a nice two bedroom apartment in Downtown LA. Even though his budget was very small (red flag #1), I agreed because...why not. I knew this wasn't going to be a project I was able to photograph but the experience is priceless.

After getting the approval on everything and receiving a check for purchasing, the check didn't clear right away (red flag #2). Once that situation was settled I quickly realized the biggest downside to a small budget is having to be responsible for all of the grunt work. Looking back on it I should've made it clear that I am not responsible for the assembly of any furniture pieces but there I was, putting things together until 3 am some nights after working long hours at my full-time job. 

Fast forward towards the end of the project, I sent over my final invoice before the project was complete but he preferred to pay after he saw the final result (red flag #3!) and I agreed. My client went out of town for a few days so I made arrangements to wrap everything up and stage the house as a nice surprise. After he saw how everything came together, he was very pleased and as expected my final invoice soon followed. Needless to say, the final invoice was unpaid and he miraculously disappeared. 

After getting some legal advice, I filed a case with small claims court which was a headache! Currently, I am waiting for the sheriff's department to go after his account because one thing I do not play about is my money, honey! 

A lot of lessons to be learned here but that's life and one of the many reasons I am no longer interested in strictly focusing on residential design. 

Book Review:: Branding + Interior Design by Kim Kuhteubl

Let me start off by saying this, it took me an embarrassingly long time to finish this book!

On a positive note, I tried a new technique of reading with a highlighter. Typically I only read fictional books for pleasure but since I was expecting to walk away with some useful tips, I wanted to retain the information and be able to reference back to key points. 

Overall, this book was helpful and I would recommend it to any Interior Designer who hasn't reached a certain level of success yet. In other words, if you're on Kelly Wearstler's status don't waste your time because you've already built a solid team to do the grunt work for you. 

This book is very interactive; equipped with Style Sheets (both digital and directly in the book). However, trying to read with electronics nearby does not quite work for me because the next thing I know I'm googling flights to Japan or searching for a recipe for the chicken I pulled out for tonight's dinner, so I kept it simple and wrote directly in the book.

The most useful chapters were towards the end: Chapter 6- The Power of Press, Chapter 7-Audience Building 101 and Chapter 8- Licensing, Publishing & Legalese. These chapters definitely had my mind and highlighter racing. I also love the fact that there is a resource section at the end that includes a link for all of the sites referenced throughout the book.

The celebrity designer interviews were my least favorite part, I can't relate to designers who were born into wealth, did not go to school for design, and their well-connected circle allowed them to design for the hottest stars.

I need someone who can really break down the process, they worked from the muscle and built from the ground up. I want to hear about the sacrifices and sleepless nights.

(And that interview with Rose god! It was super awkward.)

I plan on doing some research on more books dedicated to designers/ the creative field so stay tuned for more book reviews.