Miami Must: Art Walk - August Edition

yesterday I was finally able to visit various galleries. this was my 3rd visit to art walk but the 1st time I get there before the huge 'artsy' crowds invade n drink up the night.

my favorite artists are the only ones I have mentioned below with names and descriptions. get to know: Matt H, Franks Christopher, Sergio Valenzuela and Manuel Zapata's live at demo.

we are kings
new works by mr. herget aka matt h.

“In my eyes, the crayon is the most primitive contemporary art tool,” Mr. Herget says.

we are kings
new works by mr. herget aka matt h.

we are kings
new works by mr. herget aka matt h.
gregg shienbaum fine art

we are kings
new works by mr. herget aka matt h.

live art demonstration by manuel zapata
Artista Colombiano

live art demonstration by manuel zapata
Artista Colombiano

franks christhoper 
nba finals 2014 / lebron james inspo
miami heat
mixed media on wood
gallery: alberto linero

franks christhoper 
nba finals 2014 / lebron james inspo
miami heat
mixed media on wood
gallery: alberto linero

About Franks Christopher:

FRANK’S UGLY ART, by Franks Christopher, is the result of a young man thinking and painting as though he never let passing time or the adult world take over his inner child.  Christopher draws design inspiration and thematic concepts from his surroundings.   Riding the metro, playing basketball, or struggling with “real world” challenges spark within his psyche the honesty of a child.

For Christopher, the painting process starts and ends spontaneously.  Ideas and impressions bubble up to the surface becoming vibrant color and ecstatic line as controversial concepts challenge each other within the artist’s mind. 

Late night hours are a magical to work and create. On Christopher’s worst days, he is blessed with the best ideas.  Negativity is transformed into positive visuals illustrating the victory of the individual in a cold and concrete world.  The rose breaking through pavement is a recurring component in much of Christopher’s work.

The artist sees our world as a big amusement park given by God for our enjoyment in spite of all its difficulties.  For him, it is up to the individual to create the experience by choosing what rides to ride, and which ones to avoid.  There is no judgment, only choice.


painting "mi centro"
artist: Sergio "Valenz" Valenzuela
gallery: alberto linero

About Valenz:
Sergio "Valenz" Valenzuela was born in Guatemala in 1970, and developed an interest in art at an early age. His first group show was at the Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala City, in 1992. Since that time Valenz has be featured in over seventy group shows and close to thirty solo exhibitions in South America and around the world. In 2005, he received a scholarship from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts, Paris, France. Valenz will be making his US debut as a featured artist at Alberto Linero Gallery's group show "Automatismo", opening August 9th in Miami's Wynwood Arts District. 

Valenz's canvases are often a contrast between intricate line and a competition between flooding color and negative space. His composition mimics the microcosm of our minds and the enveloping macrocosm in which we exist and operate. Automatismo refers to the artist's process of creating an image of the subconscious mind - peppered with symbols - but unadulterated by the artist's own psychological make-up. Valenz draws energy and inspiration from the urban environment and human interaction in communal spaces, but instead of expressing his own experience, he pulls a thread from the collective unconscious, becoming a conduit instead of a filter. Chairs represent our tendency to wait for someone or something - an opportunity, a perfect moment, the thing that will bring significance to our existence. Ladders represent action and the desire to scale new heights, while playful figures on cycles are there to remind the us that life is still a game.



Behind the Scenes: Poko Pano

people ask me "what do you do?!"

well, a month ago, i was that PR girl contacting other pr girls who's client was showing at MBFW Miami Swim. once i got an in, i made sure my company was producing hair and/or makeup for the models. i basically get together with my events, hair and makeup team and tell them, "look i got a few designer shows, x amount of models, good press, and here are the looks the designers want - make it happen!" and well ...they did! our first show was Brazilian label, Poko Pano and my team was in charge of the makeup, which was #flawless

yep, pretty easy - pretty fun. probably the easiest fashion week i've ever worked. i sat back and relaxed. my biggest mistake was wearing heels and silk culottes. i parked really far and was carrying my purse, camera, gift bags and a banner :/

(that is a day in the life of a beauty pr girl)

props to my hair & makeup team who made it happen!


Event Style: Poko Pano guests

on the right, Carol, http://carolosiphy.blogspot.com/


Event Style: Splashion - Miami Magazine

Orange dress part I

Orange dress part II

Neck / Body Chain Statement piece

Mint Green dress Part I

Mint Green dress Part II
you can never go wring with a "Carrie" tutu skirt

gingham dress. crop top & emerald green bondage skirt. and palm tree print dress. 3 fab friends.
show off those Miami curves! tropical colors and printed separates. it looked good because everything was skin tight and bared her midriff but she kept it classy with the skirt's length and long sleeves.


True Life: Miami PR Girl

don't even look at the date of my last post. i know it's been crazy. i moved to miami mid-january and it's already july (ahem) #MBFWSwim Week 2014 to be exact. so i will take a little lunch break and write a little update post on my PR life to talk to you my interview process and a little about what i am doing now.

back in january i noticed some pretty good job opportunities on linkedin and mediabistro. however, unlike NY, Miami would offer 2 new job opportunities per week compared to NY's 20-40 per week. i also noticed none of these fashion/lifestyle pr agencies post their job opportunities on these sites but on their facebook fan pages. in that case, i called them all to ask for the right HR contact to send my resume to and emailed them all immediately. thanks to NY, my internships and freelance clients - my resume is not too shabby and within my 1st week of being in miami, i had 8 interviews lined up.

long story short, i was able to secure freelance work with 2 pr agencies and my previously NY agency allowed me to work with them remotely for a few weeks. all was working out perfectly meanwhile i interviewed for the 'perfect full-time' job.

so what happened? after numerous interviews i was turned down for 'too much fashion' or because they were a 45-1 hour commute and wanted someone closer to the office.

right before my current job. i gave a random pr firm a chance. it worked out for 1 day. the owner, offered me the job on the spot and they were only my 3rd interview. and i declined. a month later, i was still looking and she called back again with the offer. since i hadn't found the 'perfect full-time' opportunity, i decided to give them a chance. why was i so hesitant? 1. it was only my 3rd interview 2. i found a rip-off report 3. a couple contacts told me not to work for them. 4. my gut kept saying NO! (you have to follow that gut feeling!) that one day, i 'worked' was a complete shit storm. whoa! never ever did i experience such terrible vibes, presentation, ambiance and much more. and i don't need that in my life and for my pr rep. before i left that day, i asked the team if it was like that everyday and they just looked away...it was very sad. i'll spare the details and would just like to say: no good pr person should work there. i wouldn't even recommend this agency to my worst enemy.

thank God, the day before this, I went on an interview with a beauty school. after 4 interviews, i've been chilling as their new pr, social media and events coordinator. i'm happy, work with an amazing events team, great schedule and fun events.

now i must go...my hair & makeup team and i will be killing #MBFWSwim and tonight is our first event with Miami Magazine .... yeppp, not too shabby.

Good Luck to all the Miami PR girls in the making!


Links I Love: Miami Bloggers

new city, means new media contacts to a pr girl - more than ever have I been getting familiar with the local news desk producers, magazines, editors, reporters, and above all  - the food, event and fashion blogs. I'm definitely a blogger girl as most bloggers tend to review items, events and restaurants you might have never heard of. I even won a valentine's day giveaway from The Architect of Style on The Wordy Girl and experience food through Fat Girl Hedonist's instagram.

So here is a list of my favorite local blogs, sites, igs:

Everything Going On In Miami - THE 305
(music, gossip, events, fashion, sports - i mean, EVERY-THING! about miami life)

Fashion Blog - NANY'S CLOSET
(my absolute favorite miami fashion blogger. not only do i go their for style ideas but i've ombred my hair bc of her videos. in addition, it is the BEST looking blog - aesthetically speaking)

(the last PR firm I worked with, ran a food & wine coupon here and since then, I've missed the opportunity to buy coupons to miami style mafia and and international polo club palm beach - so move fast!)

(i used to have 2 blogs but eventually combined both of the blogspots. when i was trying to figure out a name for one of them it was something along the lines of "Architect Stalker" - i don't even remember, i was never too fond of the name. BUT i am fond of this blog, it's also where i won my illustration from. she covers fashion, home decor and definitely check out her illustrations)

(I prefer their IG - I found their website as the last food & wine event I worked was hosted at the Moore Building)

Fashion Blog - THE WORDY GIRL
(yet another accomplished social media maven. i actually read her blog, it's real and funny)

(I discovered them on Latina stylist, Irma Martinez's IG. I'm getting to know a lil Miami dets and new lifestyle spots)

Fashion Blog - OJ AND CIGS
(stylist, former new york, and former DJ - hip)

Fashion Stylist - IRMA MARTINEZ
(constantly traveling but Miami based stylist, Irma is a must-IG-follow)

(They don't update their Facebook, so follow up their IG. i don't remember how i first found out about them but it was way before all their press. i think they posted an internship opportunity and thought their showroom/store/pieces and general concept was dope and an upgrade for the miami girl's closet)

(runner-up on my fashion blog favorites and a pr girl as well) 

(again, i found this blog when i was researching special guests for the food & wine event i worked. i highly recommend her IG)

(if i could my list would include Daily Candy Miami - and this blogger was one of the main editors. RIP DC. but her blog is pretty good as well) 

(my best guy friend sent me the invite to their last networking event at batch. and since then, have told everyone about it. perfect social events to meet people in the industry.)

(voted Miami's fashion blogger for 2013. not only does she dress herself but she has the cutest kid model. perfect! now i know where to shop for my unborn miami girl)

(just noticed some of these bloggers have been dressing a tiger dress from this miami store. good thing, they are literally around the corner from me bc I never have anything to wear ;) locations: palmetto, brickell, south miami, miami beach, etc)

(i literally just found this blog. obsessed.)


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