F A S H I O N : Peter Lippman for Christian Louboutin 2014

F L O W E R S & H E E E L S 
Christian Louboutin X Peter Lippman
Spring Summer 2014

 Flowers, and heels - the most exquisite combination known to woman kind. This combination was picturesquely depicted in the ad launch for Christian Louboutin Spring / Summer 2014, which left jaws dropping around the world.

Louboutin's pastel enameled shoes are a work of art on their own. However, placed casually within impressionist still lifes photographed by the talented, Petere Lippman, these shoes and accessories take on another life of its own.  Lippman successfully executed these compositions through a play on light and color, to achieve an aesthetic quality evident in the works of Van Gogh, Monet, Pissarro, and Cezanne. The diversity and abundance of flowers, as well as the use of sultry hues, creates a magical backdrop to these timeless displays of luxury merchandise. 

B L O O M   O N . 

A R T : Claudio Souza Pinto

Claudio Souza Pinto, was born in Brazil in 1954. His success as an artist initiated when Alan Aouizerate, the French art collector, admired Claudio's art and invited him to exhibit at Le Bains and The Opera in Paris.His style is artistic, surreal, romantic, an humorous. The boldness of colors, fantastic realism, and evidence of emotion captures viewers from far away and leaves them entranced. Many respected architects and art collectors have delighted in Claudio's paintings, including move director, Jacques Bral, who commented "Claudio's paintings have a fantastic realism and a visual discussion about melancholy and love. Sadness or happiness is always present in his paintings, even if in spirit". 

I was given the opportunity to see a few of Claudio's works of art in person during Art Walk in Miami and was incredible impressed. The large scale of his paintings, along with the magic posed through both context and artistic quality is truly admirable. 
Below I have included a few of his great pieces. Enjoy! 

"For the artist, life is a great play. All of us have different behavior masks, and they emerge depending on the the theater of life."
-Claudio Souza

Hello 2014!

Goodbye 2013...H E L L O  2 0 1 4 !

I want to wish you all an endless amount of success, happiness, health, and inspiration in this bright new year. 

2013 proved to be quite a roller coaster of a year; the year was filled with milestones such a my college graduation, first full-time employment as a designer, and an array of Live Art experiences. With all the sunshine, there were also the shadows, which in my case were filled mostly with the uncertainties of life after receiving my diploma in the mail. 

Like most people in their early 20s, life seemed like a blur with my goals lingering in the horizon yet no compass to direct me. Towards the end of 2013, I realized that's what our 20s are for : figuring out the true paths in life while having a damn good time doing so. Achieving your goals takes an immense focus, efficient execution, unwavering passion, and clear mind. In the midst of all the activity, it can be very easy to lose the drive and notice the possibilities of failure. The most important lesson I learned is that these down times can be turned into something positive by taking them as moments to step outside the box and breathe. 

I felt the pressure pushing down on me more and more as we reached the end of the year. Although, not near my breaking point, I was able to snap out of it during my trips to Dominican Republic, London, and Paris. The change of scenery forced me to step back and realize that the light at the end of the tunnel was still beaming bright.

As I cheer on the new year, I keep in mind that it doesn't take a big count down to make a change. Each day is a chance to learn, grow, and reach for your dreams. So for 2014, for tomorrow, for today, and the now, I continue on my path towards both my short term and long term goals!

Could not have asked for a more perfect way to celebrate the new year, under the Eiffel tower in my beloved city of Paris. 

S P A R K L E  O N .