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Friday, January 20, 2017

Revolution: Work in Progress

As I sit here, watching Sex and the City S04E18 and realizing watching Big leave NYC was just as sad as watching the Obama's board the helicopter this afternoon, I'm trying to come up with ideas on how to support this revolution. Surprise! I am not a Trump fan and I'm not just gonna (excuse me, but) lay down and take it.

It's funny how the hypocrites really come out when there are shifts of power like this. The ones who preach happiness, peace, and love and then tell you to get over it and accept the way things are. Sorry, but no. I have a voice and I will use it.

So, my idea, like a lot of other women artists of my generation, is to use my voice through art. Whatever those pieces may be, I'm not sure yet but proceeds of the sales of said art will go to charities that may not be getting the support they will need these next 4 years.

I stumbled upon this fabulous website (here) that published this article a few days after the election. It lists numerous 'Charities To Donate To In Trump's America'. I'm leaning towards something to do with climate change.

As I work things out and figure out what exactly I want to do, I urge all of you who are unsatisfied by our countries choice, to not let your voice be silenced. This is important. It is critical.

Until next time.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

FASH: My 2017 Golden Globes Best Dressed

I love award season mostly just because of the Red Carpet. Stars come out dressed in their best and we get to gawk, laugh, and drool over their ensembles all while we sip wine in our onsie PJs on the couch. Nothing could be better!

The 74th annual Golden Globes was this past weekend and La La Land may have raked in the awards but we know the real winners and losers were decided before everyone was even seated aka the Best and Worst Dressed.

The Good

Naomi Campbell in Atelier Versace
The LINES in this dress are to DIE for! As soon as I saw it I was like, "YES". I am in love with the beautiful blush color (I want my wedding dress to be that color tbqh) and the contrast of those sequined black folds is so pleasing to the eye. The pintucks in the bodice gives this dress so much movement when its standing still. It looks like a waterfall and her body is acting as the mountain. BRAVO Naomi, bravo!
Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton
This futuristic sporty look looks so incredible on Soph (because if we were friends I would totally call her that). I feel like it's a tough dress to pull off but she does it perfectly with simple straight hair, a classic smokey eye, and minimal jewelry. Now go don House Stark's traditional furs and stay warm because Winter is HERE, girlfriend.
Sophia Vergara in Zuhair Murad
Oh.My.GAWD. Yes, girl! Our favorite bombshell with the best sense of humor and down to earth personality, set the red carpet on fire with this outstanding Zuhair Murad long sleeve gown. She looks like a damn warrior Goddess! I'm in love.
Kristen Bell in Jenny Packham
I have to admit, this was one of the first looks I ever saw from this year's Golden Globes and I loved it so much. It's so elegant and sexy with its plunging, rectangular neckline. Once I saw it, I tweeted out a picture of her and her hubby, Dax Shepard and he actually "liked" my tweet.
Total fangirl moment.
Gwendoline Christie in custom Vivienne Westwood
Hello grecian goddess that is Brienne of Tarth aka Gwendoline Christie. Giving us straight up modern Marilyn Monroe vibes. I mean, how simply gorgeous is this dress?! The color against her skin tone and hair is just perfection. She looks like what french vanilla ice cream would look like if it were a person and its delicious. The beautiful train that trails off her shoulder makes this dress. It would still be gorgeous without it but that just takes it to the next level.

The Bad and the Ugly 

Sarah Jessica Parker in Michael Kors Collection
I love Carrie Bradshaw as much as the next girl (maybe even a little bit more) but come the f$%k on girlfriend! Where do I start? The sleeves are just baggy pieces of extra fabric that should have just been used to line one of MK's jacquard totes. The fabric just looks heavy and horrible. It also appears to be too long for her, which is causing it to bunch and wrinkle in weird places. And it has like, an awkward train? Or something? I'm sorry but SJP looks like a disaster.
Redeeming Past Golden Globes Gown: in 2004 she graced the Golden Globes Red Carpet in a gorgeous Chanel strapless tea length gown that looked like it walked out of the 1950's. Her shoes weren't that fabulous but I love that dress. She also won best actress for Sex and the City that year.
Carrie Underwood in Iris Serban
If you just get rid of that clown-like collar messy looking thing, this dress would be beautiful. I just wanna know, what the hell the designer was thinking. Like, "Oh let's get real crazy and throw on this hybrid rose vajayjay ruffle business and make this dress fabulous!" I'm sorry but it's far from fabulous, its almost tragic. It's a shame because the color is gorgeous on her and I love the geometric cut outs at the waist. 
Redeeming Past Golden Globes Gown: at the 2011 Golden Globes, Carrie looked stunning in a beautiful strapless Badgley Mischka beaded gown.
Jessica Chastain in Prada
This just has 90's school dance written all over it. The only thing slightly redeeming about this sorry excuse for a gown is the wide-V neckline. I love that is rests on the shoulders. Very pretty. The rest of it? Cornflower Blue mixed with pink sequined asymmetrical floral? Puke. It's terrible. Her hair is terrible. And she is so pretty and elegant, too! It almost makes me sad to see her in this rag (and its PRADA for f%&ks sake!).
Redeeming Past Golden Globes Gown: In 2015, Jessica Chastain nearly broke necks in a drop dead gorgeous Versace liquid bronze bombshell dress. It's the polar opposite of the dress above.
Judith Light in Balmain
I'm really sick of zebra print. Keep that stuff in the 80's where it belongs. This also looks like a dress Kris Jenner would wear (well, we know how the Kardashians love their Balmain). I think she styled it nicely but an open toed sandal would look better. You can't see it in this picture but the dress also has a center front slit and those always just look silly to me on dresses like these.
Redeeming Past Golden Globes Gown: last year she rocked a fabulous ivory tux on the Red Carpet. 
Amanda Peet in Bottega Veneta
When are we gonna get rid of this color? It has been flooding the Fall runways for far too long. "Oxblood" needs to go away and make a comeback again much further down the line. With that being said, this dress is just so plain Jane I had to add it to my Worst Dressed list. It does, however have one redeeming quality: the leather "straps" and open back that can be seen better in this picture here with pal, Sarah Paulson.
Redeeming Past Golden Globe Gown: In 2016 she worked the Red Carpet in a lacey, glistening "nude" Alexander McQueen high necked beauty.

Now that I have praised the wonderful gowns that walked the Red Carpet and tore apart the disasters that we are still trying to forget and may talk about later in therapy... I present to you my choice for the 2017 Golden Globes Best Dressed:

***Best Dressed***

Olivia Culpo in Zuhair Murad Couture
It's LITERALLY a work of art! I love this so much. The top of this dress makes it so stunning and fashion forward. I love the X-Front because it really breaks the dress up nicely without it being so blunt and obvious. The colors are perfect with her skin tone and she is SLAYING with that Dolce & Gabbana inspired updo and earthy toned makeup. Even my boyfriend chose this as best dressed!

Until next time.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Oh jeez... hi 2017!

Hey! It's been awhile.
Like a long while.
Been busy with festivals and all that other insanity that 2016 brought.
So lets do a quick recap...

Last time we talked, I had just finished up my first festival of the year!
So the next festival was 4th of July weekend in Eastham, MA
It was fun but yet again, I couldn't have my jewelry out.
It didn't matter as much because Eastham, unlike Hyannis, is a place where a lot of people are in touch with their souls and into alternative healing, etc., which has a lot to do with my work.
After that was my first Pinehills ever:
It was fantastic and I really fell in love with the atmosphere and the company who runs the whole festival.
I also met a George R. R. Martin look-a-like and he was a very kind soul who was into aboriginal musical instruments and cultures. 
He came over to my table and I asked him, "Do you know who George R. R. Martin is?" and he replied with, "I know, I know, I haven't finished the book yet!" so, I guess he was used to it.
I did sneak a picture of him and sent it off to a few friends because the resemblance was uncanny but I don't have the picture anymore, unfortunately.

After Pinehills was the first LoveLocal Fest of the year (aka my favorite!).
As always LoveLocal Fest brought the best.
Photo credz: Jen of little beach gallery
Then another Pinehills x2, and then another LoveLocal Fest.
In between it all we did a pop-up shop with Byway Barber.
We capped off the year with the LoveLocal Fest: Holiday edition and one last Byway Barber event!

It was a busy busy year.

So now, I'm sitting up in bed, watching Sex and the City while 20" of snow sits outside.
Took this yesterday in the middle of the storm.
We walked through the woods to the cranberry bog behind our place.

So what's next?
Lots of stuff.
Lots of plans and ideas are constantly popping into my head.
Just gotta stay tuuuuuned!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

One Festival Down, 6 To Go...

Last weekend, accompanied by my mom and some new tent walls, we vended at our first weekend long festival and it went pretty well.
It was on the Green on Hyannis Main Street and the weather was perfection.
We were only allowed to sell our Crystal Dreamcatchers at this one because so many other people did jewelry, blah blah blah, etc. BUT, it was a good learning experience to see just how much jewelry we do sell and if it draws people in and the like.
What I learned was, yes, our jewelry matters.
I'm not saying we didn't make any money, because we did, but I think we would have had more sales if the jewelry was out as well (and if I was more prepared).
Jewelry takes up probably a third of our display space and at the festivals we have participated in the past, I was used to having dreamcatchers and jewelry on display so I figured 40 dreamcatchers was enough.
It wasn't enough.
I sold a good amount and I kept re-arranging to keep the table/tent looking full but after awhile, it was no use.

I also believe that there was too much white.
It looks clean and nice but I think it lacked interest.
Maybe, if I use walls again during the day, I will change up the table cloth to a patterned one or add some interest to the ground with a blanket/rug. 

But enough negatives.
All in all it was a great experience and a good way to kick off our festival summer season.
Next one is 4th of July weekend and I want to have 60 dreamcatchers done for that one so my fingers will probably fall off before this is all over.

Mama + me
Weaves and words

So now its on to the next one...
and the next and the next and the next + 2 more!
Taking a vacation/hiatus in a little less than a month with my dude and going up to Portland, ME for a few days. Excited for a little RnR in my favorite city.

Until next time.
I'll be weaving till my fingers go numb.
Lets do iiiiiit!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

iPhone Shoot ..cuz why the F@%$ not?!

Notice the new header?
Well lately I've been itching to do a photoshoot for my jewelry and I just haven't decided how or who to do it with, etc.
So today I was just like "Fuck it." and did a shoot with me, myself, and my iPhone.
I guess I was half inspired by rummaging through my closet, which is filled with a gajillion cool pieces I never wear enough.
With rummaging came a huge purge and I got rid of like 40 things.
All the while, Ethan is sitting on the bed, playing video games, and shaking his head at me in disbelief that my closet still looks full after subtracting the 40 items.
Hey, a girl's gotta shop sometimes.

So anyway, it was fun!
Here's some of my favorite shots....
Serenity necklace, Aventurine Powerstone necklace, + Siren earring
Gold Orion choker, Serenity necklace, + Siren earring 
Wanderer necklace, Moon Dreamer necklace, + Wolf Mother Earrings

Mermaid earrings + Citrine Powerstone necklace

Till next time! 
See ya.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

It's gonna be May

...and this year is just moving right along.
I can't believe we are almost halfway through 2016 and summer is right around the corner.
Soon the Cape will be flooded with tourists and craziness and I won't be able to drive, like, anywhere and the beaches will be crowded and things will become more expensive...
But we rely on those people blinkering and never turning, sweating next to you as they bake their lobster bellies in the sun,  and buying up all the good stuff to the point where businesses jack their prices to make more money because thats just how the Cape Cod economy survives.

Let's talk fests
But summer also brings good stuff! Like outdoor festivals! And we have a few to do this year!
Last year we kicked butt at LoveLocal Fest and can't wait to return this year with new stuff and good vibes. We will be there July, September, and then later on in December for the Holiday Edition.
We also added the Pinehills Festival to our list this year. 
We will be up in Plymouth slinging weaves and gems in July, August, and September!
New stuff and displays are in the works and I can't wait to get out there and start hanging with all you Dreamweavers again!

So what's new?...
So in the last LUNA.SOL post I mentioned that we did a gallery opening at ByWay Barber + MOLA Gallery in Falmouth, MA.
Here are some pics from that event:
Setting up the big dreamcatchers on the main wall
#selfie (notice Ethan's head coming out of the side of mine haha) 
The entire jewelry display as well as our 3" baby weaves 
A pic from the opening. It was PACKED!
All of our collections were on display for about 2 months alongside some other very talented artists.
We will be returning to ByWay Barber + MOLA Gallery in the summer for a big collaborative show and we can't wait!

Also we are participating in the silent auction to benefit the Scargo School during their Spring Fling on May 22nd. 
I'm in the process of making a beautiful dreamcatcher for this wonderful, local school.

Shop Update!
I just updated the shop this afternoon with some new weaves of all sizes.
We got some Amethyst in a few weeks ago and it looks so gorgeous on our dreamcatchers and we have some jewels in the works as well.
A new collection is coming!
We've been working on some protective gems for some of your favorite "people".
Sneaky peeks will be coming soon so make sure you're following our Instagram (@shopdreamsongs)