Artspeak: Joshua Citarella

It’s seems everyone has the future on their mind lately, from space themed dance parties to Coachella’s ginormous moon man, it only seems fitting that the futuristic work of Joshua Citarella would enter my newsfeed. Immediately I fell in head over moon boots in love with Citarella’s art—the New York based photographer and digital artist which I stumbled upon thanks to Bullet’s Q&A. His work has a surreal vibe I can’t get enough of and he provides a variety of work that got him noticed by the Gods of denim, Levi’s, for their Made and Crafted project. I definitely will have Citarella on my radar as he’s proven in a matter of seconds he’s a talent beyond a one trick pony show of frail models and everyday objects. See for yourself here.

Artspeak: Joshua Citarella Artspeak: Joshua Citarella

Images from: Joshua Citarella

Muse: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Muse: The Grand Budapest Hotel / Bourbon and Goose

If the Grand Budapest came in a cheek color it would have to be the sweet duo of NARS Gaiety Blush + NARS New Attitude Blush

Sam is obsessed with everything Wes Anderson and it didn’t take me long to board that train with him. So when the trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel hit the world wide web, Sam and I were eager to enter back into the land of big sodas and popcorn for Mr. Anderson’s colorful kaleidoscope adventure. Filled with a variety of cameos from favorite actors like Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, we easily put aside our 2 year hiatus from the movie theater—yes, I said 2 years. When did movies become 3 hour tours? Finally we had a window of opportunity to do our movie date. Luckily I had made the wise decision of not researching the film prior and went in blindly  for this great adventure. Probably the best decision I’ve made that week because Mr. Anderson provided an unexpected ride filled with apprehension, love and humor. Addicted to color, it was easy for me to fall head over heels in love with this film. From the bright-hued red-orange to the royal purple straight out of a 70s print, I was inspired to play match maker with colors that could only be found in my favorite makeup brand created by Francois Nars.
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People Are Talking About Our Instagram!

It’s nice to receive good news on a Monday, right? Well, today held some great surprises that I had to share. As Sam can attest, I’ve been devoting much of my time to our instagram. This app has been such a positive social media tool for me mainly because I’ve had the great fortune of meeting fabulous people I follow in real life. So to challenge myself, I’ve been working on my iphone photography as a way to practice composition for my photography work in the B&G Studio. It’s kind of nerve racking to put yourself out there but it feels good to see some of the instagram users I follow appreciate my work as much as I do theirs. Over the weekend, LA Diaries shared with their audience one of my favorite photos of Sam forging the LA River (and no we didn’t find any pink peppercorns). The surprises continued today with an alert that Darling Magazine took a photo of me—which at first had me worried because I haven’t been to the salon since January but luckily it was the quick snap from my morning ride en route to the studio to meet one of my favorite photographers Christina Felice. Speaking of, have you seen the beautiful photo she took over the weekend? It’s GORGEOUS! Lastly and probably the most epic moment of my day: VSCO Grid selected a photo from a recent instameet-up held at the B&G Studio for Made with MAP where I got to meet Christopher Aaron, who by the way is an AMAZING stylist and absolute doll. So why am I sharing all this? Because it’s proof that if you set an intention and really get clear on what it is, you can attain it. Plus, who knew this little app would have such a great impact on my life. It’s the magic of technology. ;)

Have you had a positive impact enter your life via instagram? If so, I’d love to hear in the comments below and don’t forget to leave your instagram URL so we can connect.  

Featured in Darling Magazine’s Weekend Roundup: DTLA Street Art

Darling Magazine: DTLA / bourbon and goose

Featured on LA Diaries Instagram Feed: LA River

LA Diaries / bourbon and goose

Featured on VSCO Grid: DTLA featuring Stylist Christopher

VSCO Grid / bourbon and goose

Muse: Georgia O’Keeffe

On a recent trip to get my car repaired, thanks to another flat tire, I found myself stuck at the dealership. Instead of pissing and moaning about it, I took it as an opportunity to look beyond what I normally see during my hustle and bustle. It’s been my goal this year to really observe my surroundings versus what’s immediately in front of me—not an easy thing to do in the land of eye candy and distraction. So lucky me, I was blessed in this mini break with two surprises: a calla lily and a trip down memory lane.

Amongst all the shiny new cars and SUVs, I spotted a patch of green near the lobby. I instantly gravitated towards it and found a grouping of beautiful calla lilies. What an odd flower to be growing at the Chrylser Dodge dealership in Glendale? But in this brief moment I was reminded of my days in art school when life was all about practicing my art and exploring my aesthetic. Later did I learn I was also practicing patience with my artistic self. Of course, during that time I didn’t think that way as my attention was placed on grades and comparing myself to others but looking back I realize what I truly learned and appreciate now more than ever. Guess I’m finally growing up. Now why would this calla lily summon this long lost flashback? Well, during my drawing 101 class, I chose to recreate Geogria O’Keeffe’s Single Calla Lily in Red. The challenge for the project was to draw your favorite painting but in black and white—a practice to help us beginners learn composition and grayscale. Luckily I had been exposed to the art world when I was younger and knew immediately which artist would be my muse. Thankfully my mother has a great taste and graced our house with O’Keeffe’s Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses prominently in the living room so it was an ease pick. The lesson was beyond basics, it was more about understanding the creative process and appreciate of art. So in honor of this found memory, my art teacher’s forethought and empowering female artist, I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces from O’Keeffe but in coupled with my background in beauty. Think of them as mini mood boards mixed with makeup tips. Enjoy!

I’d love to hear who your favorite female artists are and how they have influenced you. Please comment below. Okeeffe + MAKE UP FOR EVER


Color Combo: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Cottonwood Tree in Spring (left) and 2 Yellow Leaves  (right) / MAKE UP FOR EVER Eyeshadow in Yellow 2

Makeup Tip: Don’t be afraid of experimenting with yellow in your beauty routine. Start with more gold based tones and work up to the primary yellow like this canary yellow from Make Up For Ever. Even in my 30s, I love playing with bright colors. The trick is less is more. I tend to favor applying a wing tip brush stroke to the outer corners of the lid to add pop to my going out looks.

O'Keeffe + Too Faced / Bourbon and Goose

Color Combo: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Canna Leaves Too Faced Perfect Moss Dark Olive Green Eyeliner + Perfect Purple

Makeup Tip: I’m a huge fan of wearing 2 different colors of eyeliners at the same time. You can layer them to mix your own color OR use one color on the top lid and another on the bottom.

O'Keeffe + MAC

Color Combo: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Blue II, MAC’s Moon’s Reflection + Fluidline in Waveline

Makeup Tip: I used to be fearful of gel liners until I stumbled upon MAC’s fluidline. It’s easier to use than liquid liner and feels silky. I tend to lean towards this greyish blue color palette when I don’t feel like going so sultry with black. Plus, the Moon’s Reflection eyeshadow plays nicely with this liner when doing a smoky eye.

O'Keeffe + NARS

Color Combo: Georgia O’Keeffe Clam and Mussel, NARS eye shadow duo in Mandchourie

Makeup Tip: It’s no secret I’m obsessed with NARS. This duo palette is my go-to for those days I just need to throw myself together. The light sliver keeps your eyes bright and the greyish blue is perfect as a bottom liner. Use NARS #45 smudge brush for a flawless application.

Adventure: Rainy Day Excursion To The Los Angeles River

Perhaps it was waking up to a dewy backyard filled with much needed puddles of water or jumping on bikes with my love heading to Proof Bakery but this morning’s adventure got me reminiscing about a recent exploration of the Los Angeles River during LA’s last rainstorm. Seeing the activity of the Glendale Narrows with it’s raging waters and wildlife made me appreciate even more how lucky Sam and I are to have this hidden gem in our backyard. The LA river is easy to overlook or take for granted but I encourage you to get out there and check it out. With over 48 miles of river extending from the Valley to Long Beach, you are sure to find some fun.

Adventure: Sadly there's a ton of trash in the LA River after the rain comes through / NELA / LA River / Bourbon and Goose

Sadly there’s a ton of trash in the LA River after the rain comes through / NELA

Adventure: Lock it up / Pedestrian Bridge / Glendale Narrows / LA River / Bourbon and Goose

Lock it up / Pedestrian Walking Bridge / Glendale Narrows

Adventure: Bridge Over Troubled Water / LA River / Bourbon and Goose

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Adventure: Walking Bridge near Glendale Narrows / LA River / Bourbon and Goose

Walking Bridge near Glendale Narrows

Adventure: Birds on Parade / LA River / Bourbon and Goose

Birds on Parade