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

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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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

 

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

Website Building = 1000 Baby Steps

Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 3.13.49 PMWhen I set out to publish this website I was looking for the following:

1. A simple design
2. An easy HTML platform
3. A photo centric template
4. Mobile publishing options
5. Paypal friendly
6. Customizable
7. Tied to a tech or help forum with a high response rates
8. Tag driven
9. Analytical reporting ready
10. #Hot and #Lit

And, I’m happy to report that I found most of my list via this website template and WordPress. This fact is somewhat shocking and all too ironic. Let me explain.

Back in the day, circa 2009, I paid about $2000 for my portfolio and retail shop websites to be designed by an NYC Graphic Designer. I considered this a steal and in many ways given the year it was. Fast forward 7 years and I’m sitting cozily in my Lazyboy while customizing a cost affordable template with my own web skills—as well as enjoying every minute.

There’s something special about doing this on my own.

While tinkering away at this dot in the online-verse I’m a) learning b) stimulated and c) giddy. Yes, downright tickled so much so that stomach butterflies comes about me almost every time I log into WordPress. I sometimes feel sorta guilty for enjoying this blog so much. For instance, Typekit fonts, HTML code and even post formats are euphoric. I dream of space shortcuts. Not to mention, I feel empowered each time I log out. As if I’ve accomplished something tangible and 100% me.

I’m sure this website will be a compilation of  at least a 1000 baby steps but I’m cool with that. There is no work deadline to meet in publishing content because I never really know what I’ll be writing about on any given day. And, for my friends who may pop in and out contributing to this blogspace, I’m not putting them on a deadline either. No, no and no. Last and most importantly, it’s sweet to not feel outside pressure to of be on “trend” (a term used a lot in my prior 9-5 gigs). This fiesta is my space and then I’m excited to throw an impromptu word party every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

TTYL and xo.