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Too much pink? Never.

February 28, 2015

That’s what I learned over the past four months, during my full time freelance position as senior copywriter for swim at Victoria’s Secret. There are a lot of reasons this was my favorite job ever, but copious amounts of my favorite hue is definitely one of them.

I don’t usually talk about professional endeavors on my blog, because I consider Hey Mishka a place to come and unwind from the professional hustle. But! Going into work at VS everyday felt very much like walking into a company I myself would manifest: festive, creative, productive, and exciting. 

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When I first arrived, I pranced through the halls from one meeting to the next past huge screens broadcasting previous VS runway shows and larger-than-life murals of the angels reclining in brightly colored skivvies. I wondered, “Who could ever have a bad day here?”

Of course, as the weeks progressed and I got into the grind of one of the world’s most successful companies, I understood that this pleasant work environment came with a healthy dose of stress-from-hell. Thanks to my colleagues sharing their inspiring problem solving skills, however, those moments were quickly translated into fun challenges.

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I could go on and on about the holiday parties, the fun side-projects (I was once tasked with producing a batch of oversized red lips for party decor), and the innovative digital initiatives I worked on, but I just wanted to document this moment as I finish up my contract, before I move onto the next endeavor.

It feels so good to love what you do!

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If you want to check out what I worked on and get way into vacay mode, check out the swim landing, Bikinipedia, Swim Stylist (it’s a fun quiz, take it!), a the swim tv special, the boho video, the trend edit and the swim essentials shop.

Surviving winter in NYC

February 26, 2015

How to survive the “coldest February in 20 years”, as the news is reporting it? Here are some recent snaps from my Instagram, illustrating a few ways I’m going about that.

Lazy afternoons in floral-print sweatpants with chai tea, an apartment full of spring flowers, stunning views of the skyline, warm and cozy decor, hugs from my nephew, pretty scarves, pastries by the truckload (a guilty pleasure I can’t help when I’m in hibernation mode)… I’m getting warmer just writing this!

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Let’s follow each other! I want to see how you’re surviving this crazy-cold season, too. Here’s to remembering that spring is just around the corner.

Amor y Muerte

February 15, 2015

For Valentine’s Day this year, I treated myself to a few little pieces of magic from my favorite shop in Williamsburg, Fuego 718.

Primarily a kitschy Mexican folk art store, they carry inspired merchandise from South East Asia and South America too, as well as a books and jewelry by local designers. You’ll always find beautiful, one of a kind relics to add to your space whenever you walk in. I have a theory that if you wander around inside long enough, you’ll be drawn to something that’s perfect for you.

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That’s how I felt yesterday after escaping the fluffy falling snow and taking refuge in the warm exterior of the shop. Beaded strands of tin hearts were dangling everywhere and the owner smiled from ear to ear while announcing that everything in the store was 25% off.

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I spent about an hour scouring the colorful, eccentric merchandise before I found a gorgeous heart-shaped wall hanging made in Peru, a hand-painted shot glass from Mexico, and an amazing magnet with skeleton mermaids on it.

Everything together came to less than $20, and though I said it was just a “gift” for myself, the owner insisted on wrapping it up like a present. So sweet!

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mexican folk art fuego 718 brooklyn

mexican folk art fuego 718 brooklyn

mexican folk art fuego 718 brooklyn

I’m so in love with these. What kind of treasures did you receive—or gift to yourself—this year?

Lovey Dovey

February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day, babes! I hope your day is full of sweetness, whether you’re spending it with your S.O. or a bunch of your friends.

Even though the day is almost done, it’s not too late to watch Gala’s advice on “surviving” v-day if you’re feeling less than festive about this greeting card company dominated holiday. My opinion? What could be better than a holiday celebrating love?!

V-day scrooges, take note: any holiday can be celebrated in your own way. No one says you have to buy in to the commercial hype or do something generic. Making your own traditions and finding your own ways to celebrate is what makes life exciting!

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My plans this year include chowing down heart-shaped cookies, treating myself to some heart-shaped Mexican folk art (I’ll show you tomorrow, so gorgeous) vegging out with a bunch of my closest girl friends, and a crazy dance party all night long. Speaking of which, it’s time for me to dig through my closet and find a pretty dress to wear…

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Smooches!

Pretty in Pink V-Day Picks

February 11, 2015

Pink lace bras, mandala motifs, neon pink tassels… I’ve always found ways to work dreamy pink and red decor and attire into virtually any holiday, but Valentine’s Day is the one where I can go no-holds-barred GIRL-AY. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your best friend or someone you adore, look below for something irresistible…

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1. Love Driftwood Decor

2. Flower Power Pillow

3. Pink Drusy Square Stud Earrings

4. Free People Take Heart Jumper

5. Agent Provocateur Megan lace and stretch-tulle plunge bra

6. Free People Prayer Candle

7. Gem Tassel Necklace

8. Free People Heart Soap

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Smooooch! Enjoy!

Write / Draw

February 10, 2015

When I was around seven years old, I became what you would call obsessed with writing and story telling. I was plowing through loose leaf paper with total abandon, scrawling tales as outrageous and romantic as my little brain could conjure. I remember dreaming up plot twists that excited me so much I couldn’t sleep, and getting so pumped about the end of the story that I would skip ahead and write that first.

When I was twelve, I started writing about my own life and keeping a diary. I quickly realized I’d harnessed a tool that would allow me to vent my angsty pre-teen emotions while doing something I felt was so important: documenting fleeting moments to return to later.

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More personal daily writing became routine: stream of consciousness, bad poetry, you name it. It was pure, existential, curious and totally Libra-tastic.

When I was around thirteen, my love of visual arts took over. I was sketching like it was my job, creating imagery that represented what I wanted in life. I would draw girls traveling and waiting in airports, neon lights and city skylines, warm boutique windows full of dreamy clothing designs…

Looking back, I really began to manifest some of those abstract and perhaps superficial ideas into a more tangible reality. But that’s another story.

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That love of storytelling and visual arts landed me at F.I.T.—four solid years of sewing, sketching, and conceptualizing. I miss those hyper creative days, when my resting state was rampantly-ecstatic, full of ideas, sketchbook in hand.

Because writing and sketching are my two creative lifelines, I was thrilled when AllSwell sent me one of their beautiful, minimal double-sided write & draw notebooks. The book is half-lined, half-blank, with the goal of increasing creative mojo in anyone who nears it with a pen.

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And how important is this goal? AllSwell says it best: 

“While the world has become undeniably digital, research shows that putting pen to paper is linked to increased wellbeing, and basically a boosted brain. It is physiologically, emotionally and mentally beneficial.”

They had me at “boosted brain”! But there are endless therapeutic and feel-good reasons to get your sketch and scribble on once in a while.

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On the “WRITE” side, I began new years resolutions and to-do lists. Then, I broke all of the rules and started drawing! I drew all the things I planned to have for breakfast the following day. Drawing miniature food is, for whatever reason, one of my favorite things to do.

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On the “DRAW” side, I drew this lady-fish creature. Then, I went back to drawing breakfast food. Don’t worry, drawing side. I’ll be back for you soon. It’s been a while since I got the old sketching muscle working.

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I’m not caught up on filling this book with anything profound (clearly, ha!), but I carry it wherever I go. You never know when inspiration might strike you like a rogue pigeon, right? This has become my paper play space, to jot down ideas and scribble when I need to get my wheels turning. Every artist needs something like that.

The brand touts these blank pages as a chance to experience “creativity unplugged”, without any ping backs from social media or judgements from onlookers. Pure experimentation and expression… just like my beginnings as a genius seven-year-old novelist.

And really, how refreshing is that?

Grab one for yourself.

Hey Mishka Loves… ♥

February 9, 2015

Welcome to Hey Mishka Loves—the semi-weekly link round-up of stylish, festive content from my favorite blogs and morning reads. This pre-Valentine’s Day round-up of links has a whole lotta love, from dreamy French lullabies to scientific proof that you should marry your BFF.

You’ll also find creative fuel for new projects and work-space-arranging, DIY, and some thoughts on appreciating overwhelm. Because, let’s face it: being a creative hopeless romantic is completely overwhelming.

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Image via Free People.

 I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t instruct you to listen to this dreamy playlist while you’re going through the rest of these links.

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 If you feel like being overwhelmed with life is sucking your energy (and maybe even preventing you from enjoy this blog?!) review these wise words on the divinity of being up to your neck in sh*t to deal with. Nisha always gets it right.

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 If you’re staring into your closet each morning trying to find something to wear as your weight adjustment goals remain unsatisfied, you may be staring at the solution. Need tips on getting rid of clothes? Ask a fashion editor.

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 Don’t forget to take care of #1. Fall in love with yourself this Valentine’s Day, and get yourself into bed. Naked.

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 Career porn: three fashion industry rockstars who started out as assistants (and why they would never trade that underdog time for anything). Also, read up on a range of email habits and best practices from successful women like Sophia Amoruso and Nina Garcia.

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 Feeling whimsical? Learn to make a gorgeous display of pressed flower petals. Projects like this can keep you from getting the blues during the more blah months of winter.

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 Your pre-Valentine’s prep should include this smart skin regimen. I already try for the water & lemon each morning, but I can’t wait to try that homemade mask and the green tea ice cubes.

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 What actually makes you want to get in someone’s pants?

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 If you’ve ever wanted to start your own art collective or artist’s community, check this out.

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 Your homework this week: Get some serious sleep, become a morning person, refresh your work space, and explore some new mediums.

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 Just in time for V-day, a super sexy lace bralette DIY. Wear it for your lover, or wear it for yourself. Or, start an Etsy shop full of ‘em!

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 Should you marry your BFF? Also, if you’re super single this Feb 14th (or any time of the year), you might appreciate this.

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Leave your favorite links in the comments! I’m always up for a good read during lunch break.

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