I haven’t done an outfit post in a long time. Partially because I’ve been focusing more on posting photos of traveling and different places but this fall has been incredibly beautiful that I felt the need to. Might I add that I am obsessed with this simple outfit and yes, I will wear it a lot. Go ahead and judge me :) The weather is getting much cooler now so hopefully one more time oh great October weather.
October is my favorite month not only because of the weather, but it’s also my birth month! And yes today is my birthday and it’s one I share with my grandpapa! In honor of this day, I have done something that I’ve put aside for a long time. I opened my Etsy shop again! This time I called it, TravellePaints. I have a good feeling about it this time around. I once opened one 5 years ago and it wasn’t successful so I closed it down. This gives me a push to create again. There are so many different paintings I want to do and I’m not sure how my style will evolve, but I know I needed to start somewhere. So today I posted one painting.
Fall has begun and so has a new business for my dearest friend, Kelly Zarebski and her business partner Ronda Tamburini! Polished Skin & Beauty is located in Plantville, Connecticut and yesterday was their grand opening. Family, friends, and the community came together to support these ladies and their new endeavor! I was so glad to be a part of it. Kelly and Ronda are such an inspiration on following their dreams. This place is amazing and you have to check it out!
Polished Skin & Beauty specializes in advanced skin care treatments including an anti-aging facial treatment, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. They also include nail services, foot detox baths, and waxing. I am definitely trying the foot detox bath! :)
Finally getting in the groove of painting and really enjoying watercolor lately. I never thought I would paint in watercolor since Art School, but I love how clean it is in comparison to oil painting. So I wanted to make something colorful and I came across a photo on Pinterest and I thought I’d replicate it to test my skills a little bit. Of course, I made some modification to the colors from the original photo but it looks pretty identical. Once you learn a skill and say you haven’t practiced in years, it’s amazing how fast it will come back to you! It doesn’t matter how talented you are, practice makes perfect. Always practice and you will achieve any skill over time.
It took me a week and a half to complete this piece. Of course, I would paint an hour or two a night after work. It in the end though, I saw myself painting a little faster. Most likely the more you practice, the easier it gets. The process becomes easier and you learn how to communicate with your piece – how much do you paint, what colors to use, how long you should wait for the layer to dry, etc. It really takes a world of its own after awhile.
I created an animation illustrating the start and finish of the piece. It was fun to document the process because it shows the steps I took to complete it. With watercolor, you have to build layer upon layer of color to get the exact finish so it’s fascinating to see how I approached it. Hope you like it! This piece will be showcased at my friend’s new Beauty and Spa Salon. I’ll post details on social media soon.