It is with great pleasure that I get to share with you some exciting news. I am so honored to have partnered with The Arizona Cardinals on this incredible project. My team at Bar Napkin Productions has made me so proud and I have nothing but gratitude for everyone that has been working with us every step of the way.
We have got to talk about all the buzz surrounding Madalyn Parker and the email she sent to her team at work. Madeline went on to say she'd be out of office for a few days to focus on her mental health. The response she received from her company's CEO has sparked a larger discussion about what is a rarely-talked topic in the workplace.
H-A-L-E.com is a place for women of all ages to come and get inspired. Most of my thoughts on here come from other women in the creative industry that motivate me and make me think. It is also a place where I like to share my own personal journey and lessons learned. Let me tell ya, each day seems to bring new "Ah-ha moments!" Yes, the learning never stops and it never will.
Today is the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy that took the lives of 49 beautiful souls. My team at Bar Napkin Productions (bnp-llc.com) will be honoring them in our own special way. I send my deepest condolences to the victim's families and friends. My heart breaks for each of them. I cannot imagine what they are going through, but I promised myself to honor their loved ones but taking action. #HonorThemWithAction
I've been waiting for an action packed, female charged, and shall I say buzz-worthy movie to hit the silver screen for a long time. There has been strong female leads in the past, but the majority of the time they've played second fiddle to their macho-man lead.
The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. You can find this famous questionnaire in the back pages of Vanity Fair. It has served its purpose in getting to know some of the world’s most significant personalities.
Las Vegas is known for its pleasure chest of adult adventures and attractions such as gambling, a never ending nightlife, pool parties, strip clubs, and hospitality hot spots galore. From a design and architectural point of view - I must give Viva Las Vegas some major props. In the past decades, Vegas went through some rapid development, growth and spontaneous redesign. The city’s story, of historic landmarks, famous signage, and that mid-century modern twist seems to have disappeared. However, you can still relive the true essence of Vegas by taking a tour of the Neon Museum.
Spring is here which means we can put those closed toe shoes and scratchy sweaters away for good. The Arizona heat is on the rise here in the Valley of the Sun, but you won't find me complaining because I am all about the sunshine and blue skies. Although all of the seasons have their ups and downs, Spring just happens to be my most favorite. There is just something about it that makes me stop and reflect.
Happy Tuesday to anyone that has landed on my blog. My goal for any random reader or loyal friend that happened to lay their eyes on my dear, H-A-L-E.com, is to bring a smile to their face, make them think, inspire them, motivate them, and allow their minds to drift off into a world where women's voices are heard and their creative expression is honored. Such a mission is something I plan to dedicate the rest of my life to doing.
Every time I am in Los Angles, I make it a point to dine at one of the best pizza places in the country. Ladies and gentleman, I am talking about Pizzeria Mozza! For those of you that have not had the pleasure to sink your teeth into a piece of their famous pizza pie, I am here to tell you that it's easily one of the most flavorful bites you will ever taste.
Dreaming of a tropical getaway? Me too! Traveling to a paradise with crystal clear coves and deep blue oceans is just what the doctor ordered. I have always been passionate about traveling to other countries. Growing up my parents made it a point to take us on mini vacations from time to time. They always expressed the importance of learning about countries outside of the United States. In my twenties, I spent months living abroad taking in other cultures up close and personal.
If you were to browse through my Google Calendar, from first glimpse you'd see a rainbow of colored coded appointments and meetings each day of the week. Not a surprise for a woman that owns her own design firm - it is what to be expected. And, at times I like to admit that I secretly like having a full deck of bookings. It keeps my mind in check and I always have something to look forward to each day of the week. However, like everything else in life, "balance" is the secret to not going insane.
Summer is a hop, skip, and a jump away which means I have been making a list of all the vacation spots I want to try and visit. I am one of those people that must be around water during the hot months of summer or it simply does not feel like I am on a vacation. I really don't care what type of body of water it is - an ocean, a lake, a river, a freakin puddle for that matter. Just bring me to the H2O! What I know for sure is that there is something incredibly soothing about being around water.
The love and joy we receive from our fathers is a very significant part of a young girls development. Yes, I am a believer that a strong father figure counts. He counts a lot. Men who go above and beyond to show their daughters compassion and care should be applauded. I am thankful to my own Dad, who has taught me many lessons and daily tools that make me think, feel, and question. For those of you that have such a dad, you know where I am coming from. Our fathers are the heroes we look up to and the voice that knows exactly how to guide us.
Each year, Jeffrey (my partner in crime) and I are invited to the Hospitality Design Summit (HD Summit). An experience we look forward to as it brings together an array of top hospitality professionals in every facet of the industry from around the country.The invitation-only event is held like a “thought-camp,” with a wide range of backgrounds— including thought-leaders, authors, innovators, inventors, and more. Totally our cup of tea!
I get asked quite often why I decided to get into architecture and design. My usual reply is that I came out of the womb sketching floor plans. A roll of sketch paper is still glued to my hip to this day. The reality is that I really had no choice—and I mean that in the best way possible. The combination of the arts and putting concepts together is in my parents' DNA. My mother had such a passion for theater and the arts, and my father very much enjoys connecting the dots. Like most little girls, I enjoyed playing with dolls but it was the actual doll houses that I gravitated to the most.
I feel like I've lived fifty different lives in one lifetime. Who knows, maybe that is why I appreciate cats so much. Or, maybe it all has to do with my personal journey to do better, be better, and think better. The reality is, I am still a work in progress but these days I am at my most happiest. I am reminded every day by those closest to me of how lucky I am with little things like a cup a coffee, a crazy text or even a simple "Hi!". It can be something light and humorous or a single line that starts my engine and motivates me to make it a worthwhile day.
I am much more a lover than a fighter. The Jersey Girl in me would beg to differ, but I guess you can say that it all depends on the day. With V-Day is just around the corner (as commercial as I think it is), I can't help but still reflect on what makes love so impactful in the rest of our lives. My fairy-tale and road to a solid relationship was a bumpy one. There were twists, turns, and unexpected detours that I definitely did not see coming. But, through it all - I learned about myself, about men, and that silly little thing called love.
I need to get a couple things off my chest but I don’t want to do it in a Facebook rant kind of way - we have had enough of those lately! It is actually quite the contrary as like many of you I am not a fan of reading politically fueled and hate provoking opinions on social media. Besides, my goal for H-A-L-E is to bring people together and create mindful conversations.Like many of you, I have been more involved and more interested with US politics than ever before. Perhaps it has something to do with getting older, having a wiser perspective on our nation’s political topics, or the simple fact that my rights as a woman are at the forefront.
Let me break the historic world of creativity down for you in a handful of words.....it is very male dominant. However, my amazing female colleagues, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, architects and every woman (and girl with a dream!) in between are starting to take the center stage. And, I am sitting front row loving every minute of it!You see, I like to consider myself to be a girl’s girl. I shout it from the rooftops these days because I grew up rolling around in the dirt.
I am a perfectionist at heart especially when it comes to my work. The hard part about being so type-A is that you always expect that everything will turn out just the way you want it. I’ve been like this most of my life, even as a young girl in dance classes or working tirelessly on a school project. Dotting my “I’s” and crossing my “T’s" is an understatement. Perfection is the only result.When I launched H-A-L-E.com a few years ago, I envisioned it to be a place where people would be inspired by my many thoughts and ideas in the world of design and architecture.