Goodbye – Hello!

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Today I’m making steps to retire my blog “fiesta” and start a new brand named Beau! This has been on my mind for a long time and I’m finally making both mental and physical steps to make it happen. As I finish up my MBA studies, I’m thrilled to start something new. My gut is telling me it’s time to mold all my talents, including design, into my future and I sincerely get giddy just thinking about it. So, stay tuned for updates here as I make steps to launch Beau and thanks for following me! xoxo Moni

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

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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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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You Can’t Deposit Excuses

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I received a friendly reminder from a friend that it’s been a month since my last post. #OUCH

Yes, it’s true. I completely let fiesta go by the wayside as I took a trip to NYC (yipee!) and indulged in being offline. Not that I don’t want to keep consistent or have fiesta be unsuccessful, it’s just…I needed a break. At first I made excuses as to why I wasn’t posting: not enough time, no wheaties, no engery, family emergencies, blah, blah, blah. But these excuses weren’t 100% truthful. When I sat down this morning and asked myself “Why, Moni?” it was simple: I didn’t’ want to. This sheer fact made me a bit sad but relieved. I’d finally owned up to myself and it felt goooood!

Take yourself by the hand and roll with it.

Giving myself the room to be real is long overdue. I’m happily one year older and wiser with a spirit that aims to live my life unapologetically. This blog, this tiny space on the internet, lives and breathes upon my will and if I’m not ready or willing to write, it’s ok.

Give yourself room to chill.

I do have some exciting news in lieu of my absence: I’ve decided to move to Austin, Texas. I’m thinking that this step forward will be nothing less than thrilling…hello live music city! Returning to my home (20 years ago) is sort of daunting. Everyone I know there is quite settled and I will be the complete opposite. So, here’s to leaning on opposites attract 😉

xoxo

Moni

As Told By A Woman Entrepreneur

Good morning, how are you doing today? Let me know in the comments section so that I can keep up todate on your happenings and on that note, I wanted to share a new update from me: I’m kickstarting a new series entitled “As Told By A Woman Entrepreneur” and will be writing about being starting my own business and invite other bloggers to share their stories too. This post recurring theme came to mind because I have recently launched this blog which means that I’m officially an somewhat of an entrepreneur again. Here are a few details on how that happened plus a brief history of my journey as a woman entrepreneur.

PAST: I OWNED A CRAFT BUSINESS IN BROOKLYN, NY BETWEEN 2009 – 2016
That’s right, before fiesta I was a sewing artist living and thriving in NYC by the name of Sew Moni. My business was focused on empowering people to explore the art of sewing or any textile art we could teach out of my sewing studios. I managed to build my business from my Ft. Green Bedroom to actual store fronts in two Brooklyn neighborhoods. Also, I continued to freelance in the PR and Marketing Fashion Industry bringing even more awareness to my crafts company and bottom line: revenue. Owning Sew Moni taught me the grit of business and importance of passion. If it wasn’t for being diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2016 I would most likely still be up and running but life has it’s own sweet agenda.Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 9.37.40 AM.png

PRESENT: I AM AN MBA STUDENT AND ENTREPRENEUR, AGAIN!
While recovering from cancer and encephalitis (brain inflammation) I’ve had ample time to think about what I want to do next with my life. In the beginning stages of re-self discovery I honestly thought nothing could top my NYC life experiences. To this day, I miss cobble streets, bustling streets, Prospect Park and the list goes on and on and…But I was SO wrong. Enter an online MBA program via TAMU-CC and Arbonne, two new chapters of life that have swept me off my feet. Let me explain.

Getting an MBA or some sort of Masters was something I’d thought about doing before I was diagnosed with Cancer. And, right before I was hospitalized, I had been accepted to Brooklyn College, as an undergraduate to take prerequisite courses for a few master’s programs I was considering. But I got sick and life took it’s course. Fast forward 2 years and I was contacted by a recruiter about TAMU-CC online MBA program. Being an Aggie alumni I thought, “Well, why not?! I love business and having been an entrepreneur via Sew Moni, this seems like a good step. It’ll give me something to do while undergoing immunotherapy and recovery.” So I applied, was accepted, and now I’m only 5 classes away from finishing! The perfect scholastic storm had arrived and it was up to me to ride it’s winds. Seriously, if it wasn’t for this MBA program, I’m not sure my mind or body would’ve survived chemotherapy.

Being a student has allowed me to engage online with fellow MBA students all over the world, create new friendships, dive deeper into business logic, and learn. How cool is that?

While plugging away at my MBA I found myself searching and dreaming of ways to get my mind back. You see, cancer and encephalitis drugs can leave you zapped, sluggish and overwhelmed. BUT they do not take your mind away, your thoughts and words, unless you let them. So, hence my new blog.

At first, I was skeptical about blogging, but after a few posts, I’m in love.

Enter a whole new world of words and ideas that I can’t wait to express. and there you have it: a true story as told by a budding woman entrepreneur!

xo Moni

DIY: Address Book Makeover

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Since I’m still old school, I searched far and wide for a notebook where I could handwrite my contacts as well as keep in my purse. Also, I envisioned one with side “letter” tabs. It felt as if I’d never find it but I finally did at the Dollar Store 🙌🏽 ! Only, it’s cover wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing as I wanted it to be. Not to fear because a simple #fiestabymoni DIY came to mind: decorate my address book with paper tape.

Metallic Paper Tape or Matte Tape is somewhat buzzing in the DIY world. From using it in journals to posting “don’t forget notes” on your fridge, it’s an easy way to stick and create! For my planner DIY I simply did the following:
1. Cut enough strips of tape to cover my target design area.
2. Place first round of tape (bottom layer) side by side
3. Take top layer of tape (Metallic as shown above) and weave through base layer of tape.

The difference is kinda uncanny and all together perfect 😍 Let me know if you give this DIY a try and cheers creativity in the future. xo Moni

 

STYLE TREND: Cast Your Net With Lace

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Summer 2017, we’re coming at you ready to cast our nets!

Maybe it’s because I’m a 70’s child or the fact that I’m 4EVER a Janet Jackson Fan, but I cannot get enough of Lace + Fishnet + Denim. At the moment, I don’t think this combo is an official fashion trend but that’s just it! We make our own trends and decide who, when and what. On that Women Independence ode, I declare that Lace, Fishnet and Denim will always be in vogue in tandem or separate. I particularly love how easy it is to upcycle or DIY your own version just like the images above. Click on each to read more details on how to do just that and stay tuned as I hope to share my own pair(s) within the next few weeks. xo Moni

Blog Review: WordPress Or What?

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It’s been a busy week of back and forth about one thing: should fiesta by Moni continue on WordPress or move to another platform. This should be an easy thing to decide but I’m now at whits end and thinking that if I just share what I’m going through then maybe somewhere out there in the blog universe my answer will be given to me. So here we go. Read More