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A letter from the heart

As most of you know I work in the entertainment and fashion industry. As I sat in my studio today designing, and also working in other projects I got a little frustrated and had to stop. Breath some fresh air and continued what i was working on. As you all know music is one of my biggest passions but as I karaoke my heart out to new music from my favorite singers it hit me people don’t value any kind of artistry very much. Which is something that I have always felt deep inside my heart and I know cause I have seen it first hand. I have helped, worked, seen start up artist’s, musicians, painters, writers, designers, and etc like myself struggle in the midst of our passions and career.

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So when people complain about paying a certain price for like a concert ticket, design, or anything creative and artistic it makes me want to  tell them to go to neverland and never come back. Do you know how hard are the struggles for a person that loves and has a passion for any kinds  art or any musical artistry. Which is why I believe with all my heart we should give credit when credit is due. So before you speak to me ever about how ridiculous it is for something like music, design, or art to be so expensive remind yourself all these things I will mention next.

As an artist one the financial cost : You have to pay everything yourself including being your own manager, promoter, everything when you are starting out. You really make close to nothing;it takes a while to start getting all the goods. And by “a while” I don’t mean a few months. It could take years and years until someone else in labels or talent managers see your vision. It takes studio time  which are not cheap, recording, producing, editing, mastering and more. Once you have made it touring is expensive a whole crew from loading,production, wardrobe, dancers, riggers, traveling, Visas, Passports, Insurances, all the legal aspect of  it too, and so much more you can’t begin to even wrap your head around it all. There’s so much more not to even mention when it comes to recording sessions, rehearsals, planning, songwriting, record labels, promoting team, royalties. Plus during the tour life the crew in the arena listen to the stage and technical managers to work on trusses  which what hold all of the lights, speakers, and pyros sometimes takes about 30 local workers, 4 tour riggers, and with very limited hours for example 5 or less to accomplish everything before the show starts. Staging has to be assembled piece by piece. You have screens that have to be hung in flawless placements. All of the technical detail features for the band. Last minute sound check before every show all in less than a day and hours for a perfect show. This is not including all the other backstage chaos and crew that is behind the scene, on or off stage, runners, costume designers, assistants, makeup artist’s, hair stylist, wardrobe specialists, seamstresses, dancers, management, special guests, other bands, security team, and etc.  So much planning, efforts, emotional, and budgeting goes into every album, every tour, everything artist do. It takes a whole team not just the lead singer or solo artist to make a show or album what it is. That is why royalties are so important and are rights that artist’s fight for when it comes to  streaming platforms that make things free to people but then the people who are working their asses for it don’t really see a cent from it and its not fair.

Two as a designer  that is art as well you can’t expect something that is one of a kind unique or amazing craftmanship for a low budget. Chanel, Alexander Mcqueen, all these great designers and even your local designers at home that work independently did not work their asses off their whole life tailoring, draping, workshops,  and etc  to get paid like department store. Not happening! While in tour life you also have from prop designers, costume designers, choreographers, stage managers all of these amazing individuals that come together as a team to make everything happen.

Three: Painters, Dancers, Poets, Writers, Actors are all amazing at what they do and deserve the same of respect as every other career out there. We do it, because we love it and we cannot see ourselves doing anything else but it. Any kind of art you should embrace it and it should make you move whether its your soul, your style, or whatever fancies you. But don’t ever let it die. Support your local artist they are the ones that needed the most. And support songwriters and locals that are starting up because that is the hardest part of all. Not when you are already successful and selling out arenas.

To all of those who are starting out and even note to self at times is never give up, believe in the power of your dreams, and everything comes at perfect timing no matter how many time the iron strikes hot. To the world changers!!

love always,

E

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STRIPES+SNEAKERS

I have suddenly fell in love with the idea of stripes and sneakers. I am a true believer of being comfortable above all things, but doing it with style. Most people think of the idea of sneakers as athletic and too casual. But what if I told you to throw that statement out the window and dress them up. Depending on your special occasion of course, you would want to see which one would best fit your style.  Mixing athletic performance gear with fashion forward pieces can result in an effortless and wonderful look. And I will show you how amazing it can look with our second trend in just a second.

The second trend that I am in love with are stripes and believe it or not anyone can pull them off. I have heard so many ladies complain that because they are plus size that they can’t wear stripes cause it makes them look bigger. Ladies, that its a lie from the Devil himself do not fall for that trick. Of course that with every trend and style you should follow what is more suitable for your silhouette but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow or be afraid of trying that trend out.  A tip I have learned from myself is that you should wear the stripes on the smallest part of your body and match your body size to the size of the stripes. Meaning if you have more to love on top then wear a striped pattern on the bottom half like a skirt, shorts, or jeans. If its vice versa then try on the top and play around the pattern of the stripes. Also looking for different patterns and styles like vertical, horizontal, chevron, princess cut, and etc. If you are more full figured then wear bigger stripes or if you are more petite wear smaller stripes. Its also about how good you are at layering remember  its all about balancing your outfit or making a bold statement. Depending on which one you decide to go for at the end less is more so if you feel like stripes are all ready bold enough then minimize the amount of accessories.

That’s great so how can I now combine these two awesome trends into one without looking too casual? or how can I make it work for a date, work, or etc?  Let me show you a few easy, and simple staples that you probably already own within these two trends for a great outfits. Here are some examples I’ve made for you.

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1.) Going out on a coffee date, movies, or ladies night? Go for a cute romper with bold accessories and simple hairstyle.

Check these styles out and if you try any new styles make sure to leave me a comment or a photo

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EV

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2.) Stripes are made for everyone just be sure to pay attention to details on the size of your stripes, colors, and your own silhouette. Have fun and stripe away!!! Perfect for any ensemble and any occasion.

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3.) Are you a party animal or a fashionista? Here are some cute dresses wether basic solid colors to daring details. Perfect for night outs, the more casual ones for music festivals, and semi casual concerts. Accessorize with bold satchels, or cross body bags.

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4.) Change it up! From long sleeve to short sleeve rompers, cropped tops, denim, high waisted shorts, or long pants. Stripe your details in different textiles.

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5.) Dresses and Sneakers go very well in hand if you want to either take it slow on Sunday, running errands, summer dates, or those semi formal parties.

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The “Beauty” Series with MBerri Photography

During the last two months Evetzie of Evetzie’s Repertoire and FX Styling has partnered once again with Melissa Berrios of MBerri Photography for Melissa’s new photography “Beauty” series. Her inspiration for the shoot was a fairytale like session. As a MUA and wardrobe stylist there is nothing more exciting than having an open platform where you can run all your creative ideas and try them out. As a team between the model Daniela Beatriz, the photographer Melissa, and I together we came up with the best artistic direction on makeup, hair, and wardrobe styling to make sure we capture all of Melissa’s vision in a cohesive form to the fullest. First we ran three in studio photography sessions to play around with various looks all different from each one but still keeping the vision in mind.

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After three days of hard work, communication, and collaboration Melissa found an amazing location which went flawlessly with her series and this is how the shoot came out. Against all odds we defeated all amount heat, humidity, and pouring rain so basically all kinds of weathers to make this shoot come to life. Here is a preview of behind the scenes and final photos.

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Love,

EB

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SUN FEST and all its glory

Don’t miss out on some amazing bands and artists coming up this week.

This five day music festival will blow your mind with top acts like Lenny Kravitz, Paramore, Fall Out Boy, and Kaskade as well as many other upcoming bands like Felicity, Dear Tatiana, Bea Miller, Lindsay Stirling, and many more.

For more infomation on Sun Fest and still get your tickets click here.

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A Letter To The Person Who Didn’t Give Me The Love That I Deserve

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Everything about this article is spot on and exactly of how I felt two years ago and though part of me is sad to have let him go I am happy at the same time. He was never going to take things seriously, he damaged me emotionally, and I was not going to wait forever. I stood up made things clear it was either everything or nothing at all. He made it very easily for me to walk away with my head held high I was not going to let love bring me down that way.

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I will not fall for you all at once. No, I will fall for you gradually—falling for the little things. Like the way you laugh mid kiss sometimes, and look at me like you can’t believe what is happening. Or the way you reach over in your still sleep-fogged state and pull me close to you as if you cannot keep me close enough. Or simply the way you look at me when we laugh; laughing with you is my favorite. It’s like looking directly into your core and seeing how truly vulnerable you can be; laughing with me yet hoping I won’t break your heart. But what you don’t know is that I could never break your heart, because it is the most beautiful thing about you.

I remember the day you asked me my top pet peeves before listing yours. You said these were your only deal…

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AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION MAKES IT OFFICIAL: ‘SELFIE’ A MENTAL DISORDER

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About a couple of months ago there was a fake article published online which many people took to heart. The article basically claimed that The American Psychiatric Association (APA) had officially confirmed that taking ‘selfies’ was a mental disorder during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago. The disorder was named “selfitis” and was defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self  and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy. Though there was no cure there was a temporary treatment available through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is covered under Obamacare. Yup you read that right.

The three levels of selfitis according to this article were:

  • Borderline selfitis : taking photos of one’s self at least 3 times a day but not posting them on social media
  • Acute selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least 3times a day and posting each of the photos on social media
  • Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self  round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than 6 times a day.

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Now my question for you is will “Selfitis” be a future disorder?

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Though this article may have been claimed as fake with the way our generations are so active and dependent on social media, pop culture idols, and trends could we or are we already heading in that direction.  If you think about it we have all been brainwashed at certain point  and played a huge part into what we know as selfies. We have to document a night out, what you ate, what’ youre doing, what you are planning to do its a constant natural thing to do now from the time you wake up to the time that you go to sleep. We are most active on social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and etc. It’s not that is a bad thing to do but how far can the selfie obsession go? For God sakes we already  have to have our selfie sticks in hand.

I am a constant Instagram uploader myself  and its addicting. I don’t post photos of myself all of the time sometimes I upload quotes, music, celebrities, and other things but it is an addictive almost consuming. So guilty as charged haha but at the same time its like subsconcious thing though I do it for the fun of it all. As I let my mind sink in these questions I started to observe the social behaviors and body language of how the people around me as well as on my social media platforms acted. How many times did they took selfies each day? How many did they upload that day? How many selfies did they took before they actually chose one to their preference to upload? Why did they choose not keep the other selfies before that? How did it affect them emotionally? Were they mad at how they looked, did they find it pretty, ugly, double chin, lighting? What?

We are part of the problem. 😕The truth is after all the observation I gathered my conclusion is  that is not a mental disorder per say. Its more of a society mental disorder. The way society are trying to follow trends and make trends happen its ridiculous its like if you don’t follow everyone’s step into what is hot then you are an outsider. Peer pressuring people into join these platforms where you have to prove yourself to others. (Ex.hey i can be better than you or i can do the same as you by posting things from your daily life). You may agree to disagree and I completely understand that but it really opened my eyes  to the fact that we focus so much on the selfish selfies we take wether we do it because we say its for ourselves but in reality we are  trying to somehow seek the praising (approval) from others when honestly don’t have to. It has become a cultural phenomenon  as human we desire—to feel noticed, appreciated and recognized. It all comes down to individual’s self esteem and are you going to keep taking selfies to that new level where it will take over of who you are as a person. Will we move forward as individuals to live life to the fullest without having to feel the need to be approved for all the time. Be confident and focus on having fun and trust that you are worth more than a thousand selfies and other’s like, comments, follows or etc.

So are we Selfie Mental Disorder or True “Selfies”?

Stay happy, positive vibes, and love much. #loveyour(self)first

XO,

EV

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Disclosure: I am not a psychologist or any mental analyst but for more information please seek a professional on mental disorders and helpline visit: National Institute of Mental Health . The opinions on this blog post are solely my own based on a published article online.

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