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Around Austin: A Human Experience: Beyoncé

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Last Friday I got dressed up and went with one of my best friends to TEMPER's launch event and art show -- A Human Experience: Beyoncé. TEMPER is a start-up film and arts production company here in Austin, co-founded by Illyana Bocanegra and Breanna Granzow. Their mission statement is to "explore mediums in various perspectives and showcase people."

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This was the first of a series of art shows entitled "A Human Experience" and focused on Beyoncé, or Queen Bey. If you're wondering why they picked Beyoncé, they said this on their event page:

Beyonce, or Queen Bey, is a growing, universal symbol of equality and sisterhood as well as a world-renowned, powerful pop icon inspiring others. She’s an inspiring leader with talent and grace and she’s influenced so many artists to create work that is both important and captivating.

Also, because Bey. 

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The event featured work from Anthony Miles, Allie Heffernan, Allie McCleary, Brittany Laurent, Deanna Crane, Kelley Pettus, Lauren L'Amie, Lauren Belmore, and Netanya Bomani. Each artist showed a different perspective on Beyoncé, which was incredibly interesting to see.

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I loved seeing so many different mediums and reading all of the artist statements to learn more about their thought process while creating the pieces. My friend and I had a lot of fun talking about all of the art and exploring various meanings and interpretations. 

It was also super fun to see how everyone interacted with the art. The mirror prompted a lot of selfies and people took photos of the art / the people with everything from DSLR's to iPhones.

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I had such a great time at the event and can't wait to see what else TEMPER goes on to do! They are onto something special and have so much tangible passion for what they do, it's contagious. 

 Photographs taken by Alec Wyman

Black and Blue Biker-esque Chic

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Leather jacket: BCBG // Sweater: thrifted // Scarf: handmade // Skirt: Crossroads Trading Co // Tights: Merona // Boots: Mossimo

A few weeks ago my mom and I went to the Beauty Trend Show at Nordstrom, and it was a very interesting experience. I met her at the mall in the morning and there was a raffle (where I won a can of the Dior Airflash foundation), a coffee and breakfast bar, and samples galore. It was at the bottom of the escalator that we exchanged our tickets received our goodie bags, which included a $20 gift card, from the $20 ticket to get in, that was only good for that day. We stood in the large crowd for what felt like ages until the doors to Nordstrom were opened, and then it was like the running of the bulls-- women of all ages running to try and get seats in the front row for the fashion show upstairs, employees standing on either side of the aisle and clapping. My mom and I managed to snag seats in the second row and waited excitedly for the fashion show to begin. And that's where it got a little... weird. Without any warning six models started walking down the runway and then they walked back, leaving a slightly confused audience in their wake. And then, a show that was supposed to last maybe an hour or an hour and a half, became an infomercial party that went well over the designated time. It was one company after another plugging their products while the models walked up and down the runway holding them. The only educational material came from videos where professional make-up artists did a quick tutorial on how to create the perfect smoky eye, dramatic eyeliner, etc. When the show was finally over, it was time to shop until our makeup appointments! The counter we had reservations at was NARS and my mom and I sat side-by-side while the make-up artists worked their magic. The girl I was paired with and I had a brilliant conversation, talking about school and traveling abroad. The rest of the afternoon was spent shopping and hanging out, which was a very lovely time, as per usual. We both found a few wonderful pieces, and I used my gift card on an amazing bodycon dress from Topshop.

Looking for the quick and dirty takeaway? Here it is: Did I have fun at the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show? 80% yes, 20% no, give or take. Would I go again? No. I would much rather just have a day to shop and hang out with my mom than feel like I'm watching over an hour and a half of live infomercials and deal with the craziness that was the crowd in Nordstrom.

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A Weekend of Glitter, Inspiration, and Tough Love (or, When The Blogcademy Came to Austin)

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When I'd first heard about The Blogcademy, my first thought was "I have togo!" but there weren't any dates in Texas at the time and I couldn't afford to fly anywhere, so I accepted the fact that I'd be reading recaps and living vicariously through those. A few months later, I was going through Gala's blog and saw that there was a date in Austin and knew I was going no matter what. It took a bit of convincing for my parents to let me spend that chunk of money, but I can safely say it is one of the best investments I've ever made.

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For those of you who don't know what The Blogcademy is, it is a two-day workshop for blogging that is taught by Gala Darling, Shauna Haider, and Kat Willaims -- but it's not the boring basics, as in how to open an account with Wordpress or install a theme onto your blog. The Blogcademy gets into the nitty gritty of branding, content, and loving what you do. The Headmistresses are completely honest and don't try to sugarcoat what it means to be a full-time blogger, giving it straight so the Blogcadettes can see exactly how much hard work goes into it. The days are broken up between Gala, Shauna, and Kat teaching and various in-class activities, where the three Headmistresses will walk around and talk to the Blogcadettes, giving advice, answering questions, and being a sound board for ideas. It was held at Vuka, a co-working space off of South First Street here in Austin. The space was absolutely gorgeous, and was lovely with all of the turquoise, silver, and white decorations that were added for the event.

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The famed goodie bags were divine! They included a handbag mirror from The Aviary, ears from Crown and Glory (mine are currently serving as decoration on the wall of my dorm!), six small scented soaps from Strawberry Hedgehog, a glitter hair clip from GGs Pin-up Couture, two sodas from Zevia, a greeting card from Big Jon, and "Wordpress for Beginners" by Reeta Krishna.

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At twenty years old (and nearing twenty-one at a rapid pace) it was a magical weekend where I felt affirmed in the directions I want to take my life next. While I did learn loads about blogging, I feel as though I learned so much about myself. About where I am in life right now, where I want to be, and how to get there. Where I had doubts about if I could execute the seemingly-crazy plans in my head for the next five years, I discovered belief. I met twenty-nine amazing, passionate, inspiring and supportive like-minded women, got empowered, and began to let go of my fears of failure. As I learned over the weekend, you have to be your own personal cheerleader and if you don't believe in yourself, nobody else will.

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Candice, Miranda, Brit, Lisa, and Kiriko are just a few of the amazing ladies I met!

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Our class portrait! Everyone wore their ears from Crown and Glory (of course!)

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And of course, my photo with the Headmistresses from the end of class on Sunday!

[lightgrey_box]Photography:Jessica Monnich[/lightgrey_box]

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