Announcement: A VERY VAGUE ONE ...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Dear Readers,

Remember when I was talking about moving to Wordpress and making better content and uploading more frequently? Well, I'm going to make it happen! No more talk ... I promise. In blogging for a year and a half I've learned of things that I should and shouldn't do, and habits that I need to get rid off in order to welcome growth. I've been gathering inspiration in regards to what I want my blog to become and how I want to see it grow. This summer, an idea has solidified in my head, and I'm not going to share it with you just yet, because it's much better to show than tell. However, I do want to say that I'm taking about a month or two off of this blog to take time to create content. I will be sharing behind the scenes on my Instagram and Twitter accounts, but there won't be any posts for the next few weeks. 

Bare with me now. I'll make it worth the wait. And, I'll deliver on that promise. 

Some things that I'm still unsure about is whether I'll completely start over on Wordpress, keeping this blog up as a reminder of the old, or transfer this blog to Wordpress. It all depends on whether I'm able to do it or not. I'm sure there is a tutorial out there somewhere. 

What a vague announcement, I know. You're just going to have to wait and see. Sorry. 

Hri Bernard

P.S. I couldn't wait to post this on Wednesday, so I'm posting it today. This is what excitement does to me.

A little Video I edited

Friday, August 5, 2016

What am I going to do with all this footage?

A little unknown fact about me that only my close friends might notice is that almost every where I go I pack my camera. It's not that good of a camera- I've got the Sony HX100- but it's done me a good one for about three years now. I am ready to part with it. but my empty wallet says other wise. So, with this camera that I've been lugging around, I've been taking pictures and taking small clips of what I'm doing on any given day.

I'm basically a vlogger, except I don't exactly tell a story with the clips that I shoot, nor do I include myself in it, because I'm way too awkward. (I'm getting over that slowly, though.)

 I have so many clips loaded onto my computer that I don't actually know what to do with half of them. I have clips from my high school days, of outings with friends, of me being silly, of my sister being silly ... There's a lot of footage, to put simply. So. I've decided that I'm going to use them to learn how to use premiere pro properly. I know the basics of how to maneuver and edit videos, but I want to take things a step further. 

And the same goes for the pictures I've been taking as well. I've been learning how to do cool things like change the hair color or eliminate an object from a photo, or cartoonize myself. It's pretty fun, so you can look forward to seeing some adobe art and creations starting ... now. 

Here's a small video that I made. I want to post it on my instagram that's why it's so short. I'm actually thinking about making more to post, but I just don't know. (insert shrugging emoji)

July Inspiration

Friday, July 29, 2016

So, I haven't done much this July activity-wise. I was more at home figuring out how I could improve my blog-and, that's still in progress-, but I've fit into my "busy schedule" some time to explore and catch up with my sister and new friends.

Lately, I've been going through this roller coaster, back and forth session with myself as to if my ideas are good enough to put out there. I even have this new idea that involves other social media platforms that I'm thinking of using, but I'm trying to convince myself that things are not supposed to look amazing in the beginning. The thing about me is that if something doesn't look immediately amazing I strongly want to give up. I'm surprised I'm still blogging, because I'm still working towards this vision that I have in my head of the outcome. But, that's life. Hard work pays off and no work does.

I didn't actually mean to blab, but it just happened, but that's what's been going on this July. Hope you enjoy the video of me at the Brooklyn Museum.

Unfinished Art and Sketchings

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

More to come ...

Here's some of what I've been drawing this month. I've also been painting. I recently bought four canvases and a set of paint brushes and I've begun on one so far. The first one is an unfinished painting of a red blossoming cactus on top of a blue cactus. I know, I didn't know cacti could be blue. It's all new to me. And the rest of the images are just drawings from my sketchbook that I just started. I especially like the last one, because it was copied from this graphic that Ray Eames made for a textiles collection. I just thought the graphic was pretty cool and it reminded me of drops and bleeds of ink -much less messy, of course- so I replicated it. I'm thinking about doing a painting of it to add some more character and visual to my bedroom.

More to come. 

Two Grams to Follow

Friday, July 15, 2016

It's seems as though my sharing the people I follow on Instagram is going to be a yearly thing. I mean, because, I only did it once last year. And, I've been honestly meaning to share my instagram scroll through favorites much more frequently, because I've developed this habit of sharing the very things -person, place, events, concept, etc.- that inspire me, which includes the people I follow on instagram other than friends or "friends".  However, that just didn't happen last year nor the first half of this year. But this summer, I can promise you, will be a whole different story. 

Instagram is a scrolling paradise of beautiful photos, inspiring feeds, and creative people. When one scroll and one double tap leads to another, it's very easy to get sucked up into the world of unrealistic beauty and lifestyle and travel experiences. However, I try to tether myself to the side of instagram that will not have me moping about not being #goals , but instead fuel inspiration for my personal creative endeavors and ambitions. 

Here are those very people on instagram that have done just that ...

photo: Elaine's instagram

Elaine Welteroth is the editor for Teen Vogue magazine, a magazine that I loved to snatch off the shelves of Barnes and Nobles ever tradiationl bookstore Friday throughout my childhood. I was about 8 or so reading about the cool topics of teenage hood -beauty, lifestyle, and, my obession fashion (not that I had a still to speak of at that age ... or even now - yeah we just went there). At the time, Elain was not the editor-in-chief, but Amy who has recently -this year actually- left her job as the EIC. 

The fact that Elaine is the new EIC says a lot for what's to come for the magazine in terms of diversity, which I think is improving. So, it's interesting, for me, to see her new life as the EIC and her efforts to incorporate a balance of diversified content in the magazine. 

The essence of this choice, and the following one, is to show that one day I would like to be apart of a project as big as this. Who knows, may be this blog will grow into something as big as Teen Vogue, where I'd have to have a heard quarters and hire people to work on different aspects of the blog. You know, it never hurts to dream big. And so, I make a habit out of doing that.

2. Hannah Magazine


Where is the presence of women of color in magazines? I mean, yeah we get a small five page or less section (or none) in Vogue Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and the like (to get more than five pages, it has to be a "special edition"). But, the rest of the magazine tailors towards a white audience. I can't say that I identify with the images in magazines these days. However, I can say that I soon will be able to. I follow Hannah Magazine on instagram, because it was a project that sprouted from this idea of creating a magazine that people of color can mostly identify with instead of picking bits and pieces of identifiable articles and images from another magazine. The founder and Editor-in-chief, Qimmah Saafir, funded the entire project through kick starter (and, I actually, donated $25 because I was passionate about that idea behind it). And, I've been following the progress through their instagram feed, which is absolutely beautiful, in my opinion. 

I can't wait until the annual magazine comes out in the fall. I'll be receiving my copy in the mail. 

Who are your favorites on instagram? I'd love to know. 

Currently Listening to: Chloe X Halle

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

photo from

They are the sister group currently sprouting their talented wings in the celebritorial (a completely made up word) spotlight, that is, under the mentor-ship of Beyonce. *Gasp*

I don't know. You may have to have an acquired music taste for the sound they produce. I personally love to replay their five songs on their EP. However, when I tried sharing with my sister, she didn't like them. So, they might not be everybody's cup of tea, but they definitely are mine. Too bad they performed in NYC before I began listening to them. I would have loved to see them live. Still do.

Photo Diary| A Sister's Summer

Friday, July 8, 2016

Just let the pictures speak for themselves.

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