Category Archives: Art

Unique LA

Back in May I won tickets to a really amazing event called Unique LA and had the best time ever! I highly HIGHLY recommend checking this out and definitely bring your wallet because you are going to want to buy ALL THE THINGS! Like I was shook at how much amazing local stuff there was. I also went by myself and stayed all day and had an absolute blast!

“Your dollars make a direct impact in your neighborhood! The entrepreneurs you shop from at Unique LA are registered business owners in their cities, and therefore local taxpayers, so buying from them directly helps your neighborhood public schools, libraries, fire departments, parks, and more. How great is that?!”

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Toronto Top Five Recommendations

CN Tower

Not going to the CN Tower is like going to Paris and not going to the Eiffel Tower. This is such a huge landmark of the city and the views are fantastic. The best time of day would be to go about 2 hours before sunset to give you time to buy tickets and get to the top. Definitely splurge for the Skypod which gives you a nice 360 view and is less crowded. Take lots of pictures then go to Horizons which is the more casual restaurant and have some Canadian beers while watching the sunset. Then check out the city once the sun has gone down to get that pretty night view.

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Date Night Idea – Painting Ceramics

Last night it was my turn to plan a date and I decided to go with something super sexy… just kidding I picked one of my favorite things to do growing up- painting ceramics. When I originally pitched this idea to my friends to see what they thought everyone immediately pictured the movie Ghost and some sexy clay wheel pottery action, but I researched that and it costs like almost $200 for 2 people so that is not what I did.

ghost-demi-moore-patrick-swayze-movie-pottery-class-clayMy date and I went to Glaze Fire in Silverlake (similar to a Color Me Mine, or my old faves Do Art and Village Paint Pot). At Glaze Fire you pick out a premade ceramic object and paint or decorate it to your hearts content. You pay $10 per person for the sitting fee which includes the supplies (paint, brushes, etc.) and the glazing once you’re done. You also pay for the object you choose to paint. Mine was a regular coffee mug and it was $15 to give you a rough idea. At Glaze Fire they have mostly items that have a purpose too so things you can actually use once you make them. They had plates, cups, mugs, spoon rests, trinket trays, boxes, coin banks, and more. Sarah was working there the night we went and she was awesome at explaining how everything worked and giving us tips on our paintings.  Continue reading Date Night Idea – Painting Ceramics

Paris – Tuileries Garden, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees

So we left off at the Louvre and let me start this post with my #1 tip I learned about traveling in Europe: walk to as many places as humanely possible when it’s not raining because you never know when it will rain (or stop) and when you’ll have the chance to see some thing or place in person again. It’s so hard when you’re going to a new city to get an idea of just how far away things are from each other so I hope these maps are handy. In Paris, Molly and I hit some of the biggest sites all on day one and by foot! Here’s a map of the places we went:

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The teal spots represent the ones I talked about in my previous Paris post (the hotel we stayed at Maxim Folies, Cafe Pinson, and The Louvre Museum). In this post I’ll be showing you what we saw after that (the red spots). Right next to the Louvre is the gorgeous-

Tuileries Garden

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Park Guell in Barcelona Spain

Today I wanted to talk about another one of my favorite things I saw and did in Barcelona- Park Güell!

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

We took the bus up to Park Guell then we walked up a very big hill to the entrance. Park Guell, like Casa Batllo, La Pedrada, and La Sagardra Familia, is another work by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. It was supposed to be a housing development with high quality modern homes, art, and a sense of community. It didn’t quite take off, though, so today it’s a park with the Gaudi House Museum on the grounds as well. So when you get to the park you can buy tickets at this part of it to the monumental zone, or if you keep walking you can enter the park itself for free at a different location which is what we did. Continue reading Park Guell in Barcelona Spain

Halloween – Five Scary Costume Ideas

It’s almost time for Halloween so I wanted to give everyone some inspiration. I’m going to start with the scary/bloody/gory/creepy costumes because this year I’m dying to get into some fake blood myself.

American Horror Story

Many people have recommended this one to me and it’s super popular right now, but tbqh I’m still scared to watch it haha! Here’s some inspiration:

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Desi Perkins does an amazing job on this American Horror Story Freakshow Inspired tutorial:

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#TBT

The photo above shows me on the left in a natural wedding makeup look with my mom.

I just want to start this blog off from a place of truth and honesty. I have no credentials. I’m not a makeup artist, but I do love it and that is why I have started Blushing in Hollywood. Some highlights of the path that led me here:

  • My first foray into writing was in Kindergarten when my school had a book publishing lab. We all made our own hard cover stories complete with graphics which is actually pretty cool.
  • In Elementary school I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. I loved creating. I would go to those pottery painting places and paint a kitten in a different pose every weekend with my BFF. Somewhere during this time I came to the conclusion that I was not actually talented enough to be an artist.
  • For my 10th birthday I requested a makeup artist come and give all my friends makeovers. She put all of us in crazy vampy dark lipstick and eyeshadow, put feather boas on us, and essentially made us into baby prostitutes.
  • My parents let me have those mega Costco makeup kits starting around age 9 or 10. You know, the ones with like 100 different eyeshadows? Makeup was never forbidden for me and I’m happy for it.
  • In middle school I create Zine (online magazine) that I e-mailed monthly to my over 800 subscribers. It was called Komet and I enlisted my girlfriends and girls I met online to write articles about top 10 songs of the month, how to talk to guys, and the best makeup products.
  • In high school I blogged in a Live Journal and started following a bunch of girls who posted amazing pictures of their MAC makeup looks. Freshman year in college I got my makeup done at MAC and so began my journey and large financial investment into high end makeup.
  • In 2010 my best friend from Florida (Annabelle) brought me to LA for my birthday in a plan to convince me to move to LA . It worked and a year later I was here. I work full-time at my dream job that has nothing to do with beauty. I can (and do) show up with no makeup on at all.
  • Here in LA I have some friends with some incredible blogs. I have many who express their creativity in so many different ways (comedy, art, writing, singing, etc etc) and totally inspire me.
  • After months and months of “research” watching hours of youtube beauty videos and reading many blogs and watching my friends work towards their creative pursuits, I have finally pulled the trigger and started my very own creation 🙂

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Me today 7/17/14 Un-retouched in the name of honesty