Right Now

Drum 🥁 roll please…

  • Right now I’m loving my Rejuvenique oil by MONAT. It’s an essential oil I’ve been using for my face and hair over the last six months. Not only do I “swear” by it, I’m officially giving it a #monimusthave, something I don’t do often unless I 💯 believe in a product.
  • I’m enjoying the transition from winter to spring and attending a lot of happy hours 🍾 Not just to have a beer or cocktail but to meet interesting people I might not meet in my neighborhood. I ventured to the Renaissance Hotel in Plano, TX yesterday and wow! It’s gorgeous and so inviting. The “R” above is just an example of its eclectic style and chic lighting. Did I mention I also met someone, too 😍
  • Pastels are typically a Spring must have in my closet but I’m more into muted pastels plus prints. My top above is from Anthropologie and is a light rayon blend that feels smooth on my body. I’m trying my best to only invest in things I absolutely adore and this top for that criteria to a tee.
  • I’ve decided that I will only use the words “I love you” or “I love” unless I really do. Sometimes I catch myself throwing the “Love” word around like water. Must stop now…
  • Last, but not least (and not pictured), it’s Holy Week! It’s been a time of sincere reflection and rest. I’m great full to have had a few extra hours to myself contemplating my life, asking God for guidance, the universe for positive and simply being still. I strongly encourage everyone to take time for themselves, even if it’s not tied to a religious reason.

Let me know how you are doing! I want to hear your story.

Xo

Moni

Amigas!

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If we’re not laughing we are singing and smiling. We also focus on uplifting each other which is a huge blessing. Nikki, I’m blessed to call you a friend! Amigas for life 🙂 xo Moni

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Dallas

Living in Dallas hasn’t necessarily been the easiest. First, the weather has been absolutely unpredictable and sometimes miserable. Second, my daily routine has been in flux due to work changes. Third, I’m not a fan of the traffic. Even NYC traffic was bearable.

But…

I’m hanging in. I’m not quite sure how this phase of life is going to roll out. It’s a season of uncertainty for me as well as change. Actually, constant change! Everything from my body to spirit feels as if it’s shifting and I’m watching from the sidelines. This isn’t a first for me so I’m going to roll with it.

Soak it up.

Feel it till I understand what’s going on.

❤️ xo

Pardon My Poetry

I might have mentioned a few times over that I’m in love ❤️ with poetry. I’m not sure when this crush began or morphed into a such deep appreciation of words. During college I was first an Engineering student and do not remember taking any creative writing courses. So, I suppose it began on the streets of NYC, where I listened to beat-box artists on the subway or spoken word at local cafes.

My knowledge of POETS is always expanding. I lean on the New Yorker or Paris Review to introduce me to New writers. The latest one is Frederick Seidel.

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Do you feel anything?

There’s something about how I’m feeling today. It’s slightly different than usual and I want to explore share my thoughts with you. I’m actually writing this post from my iPhone so bear with me as I dig a little deeper…

Yesterday I had a semi-stressful day because I was dealing with a graduate 👩🏽‍🎓 group assignment that’s been hard to organize. It’s Thanksgiving holiday so who wants to study?! Also, a romance interest of mine went dark.

I think he disappeared into outer space.

Between balancing emotions and rational thought about either topic I didn’t want to loose myself, to not feel exactly what I needed to so I asked myself “Do you feel anything? I was surprised to discover that I really did, aside from the frustration of either scenario.

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When in doubt, read and write.

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One thing that my current MBA program has taught me is that reading and writing are the tools to success. It sounds so simplistic and a little plane but it’s the truth.

Think about it, if we didn’t read then we would not be privy to excitement via text messages or subtitled French Noir films. And if we did not write, then we wouldn’t have the ability to express emotion on paper. Sure, we’d be able to explore or share our voice and physical movements but the ability to write is absolutely freeing.

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Thankful

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I’m not sure this Thanksgiving could be any more bountiful than it already has been in only 24 hours. Let me explain.

I’ve managed to spend time with some of the most important people in my life with nothing more than to eat, drink and be merry. It’s almost poetic the way everyone is so happy around me and it’s brought up a thought: what if life were like this all the time? I’m not sure I’d be a proponent of such non-stop sentimental luxury but I will say this, I like it!

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Wind Therapy

I’m not sure what’s going on with Mother Nature but yesterday’s wind by the bay was incredible. As I tackled my daily walk I couldn’t help but sorta dance in it! 💃🏽 Read More

Looking Ahead

This season of life has been full speed ahead with very little breaks but to breathe, bathe and bask in the sheer fact that I’m alive.

Also, despite the bustle of getting adjusted to Austin, Texas I’ve managed to do a few things. Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Find the most incredible housemates via Craigslist. Not kidding! Maybe it was pure luck or what I like to believe, angels watching over us, waiting to bring our persons into each other’s space so simpatico.
  2. Experiment with cooking. Our new home has a beautiful kitchen and possibilities seem endless every time I’m in or around it.
  3. Continue to work within Marketing and Social Media as a consultant for a company who’s avatar seems to dominate social spaces globally. Any ideas on which one?
  4. Dabble in dating and meeting the most interesting people since my first days in NYC. This point deserves a book’s worth of content but let’s just say I’m enjoying the journey to love.
  5. Read, read, read and read. If I’m not reading for school then I’ve found my niche via Anchor Book’s top novel list, getting lost in romance novels all over again and anything by Kevin Kwan for a little laugh.
  6. Take photos and be in photos. Again, something I’ve shied away from as I was always behind the camera, either producing, booking models or talent, pitching press or writing. I’m not sure why I left this artistic expression behind over the years but it’s back in full force.
  7. Travel by bus, car, plane and train. Yes! All four modes of transportation are my reality.
  8. Start my second to last round of MBA courses, embrace a new journey with Parsons – The New School as a Fashion student and looking to take on a teaching position by next fall. You might be thinking why all the schooling, Moni? I don’t have any other answer than it feels good to be learning—what friends seem to say is “You’re doing you.”
  9. Sleep. The beauty of sleep is something I appreciate and when I have those nights of blissful sleep, everything seems to align.
  10. Listen to music. I’ve become a Spotify junkie and soul music seems to be my jam. Who knew?

With the above in my pocket it’s time to look ahead and maybe plan a few new adventures. The first that comes to mind is driving on a major highway at 65 miles per hour! In truth I haven’t done this is at least 4 years. The next might be throwing on a potters wheel—another hobby I used find pleasure but haven’t experienced in a hot minute. Last might be scuba diving which would require a jaunt somewhere beachy…

So, what are you looking ahead at?

All photography by Becca Violette 

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When You Move To Austin…

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As I type this post I’m sitting in Thunderbird Cafe & Tap Room and it feels as if I might as well be sitting somewhere off in Brooklyn, NY. The vibe here is very “Ft. Greene” in both looks and energy. Everyone seems to be in their late 20s to mid 30s, slightly polished and not as hipster as peeps off Cesar Chavez.

There’s a phrase here that’s been mentioned to me on a number of occasions since moving here: “Keep Austin Weird.”

While I don’t think Thunderbird cafe is at all weird, I do think it shares some ownership in making East Austin gentrified. Whether this is good or bad is up to locals to decide and I’ve just moved here 5 days ago so no comment.

Back to the point of this post…when you move to Austin you should:

1. Salsa Aerobics!

When in Austin, Texas, Salsa! And, get an even greater body workout by taking a salsa aerobics class at Esquina Tango. Our Instructor was Stephanie K. was incredible! Just watching her made me sweat and by the end of our class, which was filled with moves I never thought my body could make, I felt alive 🙂 Sure, my coordination was way off and when we were directed to move right, I moved left. But even during these moments of absolute awkwardness I never once felts out of place. I just bounced back to rhythm or literally bounced in place till I felt I could rejoin our groove. Everyone was super encouraging and said “come back baby!” That alone sealed the deal that I’m moving forward in leaving my “Seinfeld Elaine” days behind. You know that scene when she dances. Yeah, that was me up until yesterday. 

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2. Ride the Bus

The Austin bus system, Capital Metro, is no NYC MTA but it works! At $2.50 per ride it’s just as expensive as other major U.S transit systems but absolutely worth it because ATX traffic is out of control. Picture L.A on the 10 but way worse. With 150+ people moving here daily, traffic hysteria is out of control making it that much harder to zip around—or find parking. Bypass all that nonsense with a $41 monthly CM card. You’d be surprised at to how far and fast you can travel. Up to today, I’ve personally used Capital Metrol at least 3 times per day and make the most of it by reading while I commute. PS. Be smart and bring wipes when you travel. Enough said.

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3. Ride Your Bike

I’d forgotten that Austin is Lance Armstrong country and that it’s actually bicycle friendly. There are many trails in Zilker Park that I plan to explore but for now, I’ve been bopping around UT to get a feel of the hills. That’s right folks, Austin has hidden hills that will make you dismount from your bicycle and walk. I have no shame in doing this and because I’m all about preserving what I got

Above is a picture from Flat Trak Coffee + Bicycle Shop. I highly recommend!

PS. I plan to keep this topic rolling as I experience Austin and have a bit more local living under my belt.

xoxo

Moni