La Vida Es Un Carnivale :: In the Spirit of Mardi Gras

La Vida Es Un Carnivale :: In the Spirit of Mardi Gras

In the spirit of upcoming Mardi Gras, we celebrate with dance, music and costumes /  jewelry. I didn’t really want to write another post on the history of Mardi Gras, so you can go to an informative Mardi Gras site of your choice for that. I did however find the following interesting ideas that were very interesting when combined with the art, music, and spiritually of the season.

As taken from the Mardi Gras New Orleans site here :

”The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.”

Fatted calf…hmm, where have we heard this. The Bible! If you are a fan. The verse coming from the story of the prodigal son in Luke as seen below.

LUKE 15:23

And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” Another celebration. Mardi Gras Masks

Comparison of celebration is evident, as well as color.  A trio of color. King of Carnival, Rex, was invented in 1872 to preside over the carnival’s daytime parade. I honor of the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff, the businessmen introduced Romanoff’s family colors of purple, green , and gold as the official Carnival colors.

 

Purple: Justice

Gold : Power

Green : Faith

Official Tune : “If I Ever Cease to Love” (The Duke was fond of it)

 

Now my favorite parts. Costumes. I had no idea that the costumes were in influence of the Native Americans and their historical assistance from slavery during the time. See here. The masks may be dying out due to cost, but the feathers and colors that come around during this time of year are so exciting. Artists and dancers may see comparison to birds, Brazilian Carnivale, or dance styles. I express visually, so just see my photos in this post to tell where my brain may be going on this!

 

 

And birds. ParrotLet’s not forget the birds and the fashion inspired by them. Oh my goodness at the beauty in the colors and feathers. Think Rio, the movie.Parrot Costume

 

Last but not least, I always think of a certain song by famous artist Celia Cruz. La Vida Es Un Carnivale. The first time I ever heard it was at a salsa event. I was hooked from that moment on ; ballroom dance, Latin dance, culture, everything. Imagine the excitement when she came to perform in Atlanta and I got to dance to the song I loved so much.

 

 

 

May as well add my handmade jewelry here.Mardi Gras Owl Shameless plug. One of my favorite dance instructors and personalities is from Louisiana, as well as some of my family on my father’s side, and it so seems that Carnivale is somewhat in the blood. My mother being a costume designer and musician too, I find the connection to fashion, music, dance, nature, and much more so inspiring. So many choices I can’t decide what to draw, or make, or listen too! Just heaven on earth if you can see it.

Alexander McQueen

 

 

 

I hope this translates some visual energy in your direction. That’s what beauty is all about. Remember : La Vida Es Un Carnivale…So enjoy!

 

 

 

 

~ McGlamorous

 

 

 

 

Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird
Yellow Bird Necklace by McGlamorous

It’s time for a brighter post to thaw the cold. Let’s talk about “Yellow Bird”, originally a “Choucoune”, or lyrical poem that praises the beauty of a Haitian woman with the same nickname. It became a popular merengue lente (slow merengue) in Haiti,and was played prominently during celebrations at Port-Au-Prince in 1949.

It is one of Haitian poet Oswald Durand’s’ most famous works. There is a great in depth article here that tells the story of the poem and links to the original. Michel Mauleart Morton, an America-born pianist with a Haitian father and American mother, composed music for the poem in 1893. Naturally, it combines some French and Caribbean fragments to create a tune, but the lyrics for YB have no connection with the narrative of the poem. It became a minor hit on Billboard Hot 100 for the Mills Brothers in 1959, and continues to be popularly associated with Calypso and the Caribbean. It is often performed by steel-pan bands, but some versions  such as Chris Isaacks show a Hawaiian influence.

 

 

American Lyrics ::

Yellow bird, up high in banana tree.
Yellow bird, you sit all alone like me.
Did your lady friend leave the nest again?
That is very sad, makes me feel so bad.
You can fly away, in the sky away.
You’re more lucky than me.
I also had a pretty girl, she’s not with me today.
They’re all the same those pretty girls.
Take tenderness, then they fly away.
Yellow bird, yellow bird.
Did your lady friend leave the nest again?
That is very sad, makes me feel so bad.
You can fly away, in the sky away.
You’re more lucky than me.
Wish that I were a yellow bird, I’d fly away with you.
But I am not a yellow bird, so here I sit.
Nothing I can do.
Yellow bird, yellow bird.

 

 

 

Yellow bird was a dream
The dream came to be
Bright and beautiful
Caged not and free
He sang on his branches
He danced in the rain
The rays of the sunshine
Caused him no pain
His song now is lovely
Hopeful and true
He speaks of the ocean
Skies of bright blue
Sunshine sweet sunshine
Please come to me
Just like my Yellow Bird
I want to be free
~ Alison M.
P.S. My Mother plays this as a Tango for ballet barre and I wrote my own poem above. Thanks for reading and please share!
~ McGlamorous

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking Fly :: How to Make Your Poshmark Feed Look Great

Looking Fly :: How to Make Your Poshmark Feed Look Great

 

I’ve been doing Poshmark for a little while now, and want to share my discovery of categorizing items from your closet. I hope that this post will help to communicate some ideas on making your closet look a little more appealing. Little touches make all the difference, as I am learning, and if you are in a place for this improvement, here is a suggestion.

Have you ever browsed through Poshmark and found those closets that are so organized with special labels that introduced their items? I have and always wanted to emulate the idea. One night I just had an epiphany and started using Canva to make simple photos that matched my brand. It was not anything really complex, just simple graphic design, using the app or any free apps out there. I had asked Posh support on how to label pantsuits. They really don’t have a category, and when the suits, skirts, etc., party comes, there is nowhere to put them. By making a picture I found that I could do this by labeling one way in the photo and tagging it in a different category.

 

Example :

 

Here I have made a graphic for Pantsuits but labeled it in the proper category. You can put it in the correct category to your liking as seen here.

 

Category Image Poshmark McGlamorous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By by using the drop-down you can get as creative as needed. It’s sort of like squeezing something into an adaptable category to get the job done.

 

Image of Poshmark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I liked to look of the branding as well, and this leaves you some room to share more info and get your “look” out there.

After using the method for a week or so, I found an increase in organization. I could share however many pictures I wanted but still end with my graphic for that category. In other words, share a bracelet picture but end it with sharing that category graphic behind it, as Poshmark feed goes in reverse. This way you don’t have to share the entire group if you don’t want to. It is already changing the game, and I love it when creativity strikes. Epiphany!

Anyways, hope this has been of some help. I am thinking ahead of graphic – design related posts now, so please visit my website in the future for more Posh related posts!

Thanks for reading. Visit me on Poshmark as @mcglamorous.

 

~McGlamorous

Purrsonal Healing :: The Doctor is IN

Purrsonal Healing :: The Doctor is IN

 

Battling a cold or allergy? Scratchy throat and sneezes? I have some solutions.

Constant sinus infections have plagued us down here in the South for too long! You can expect mold, mildew and fungus to interfere because of pecan trees, temperature fluctuation, and the seasonal changes. What can be done to help?

Image of Aromatherapy Bead Necklace
Aromatherapy Jewelry by McGlamorous

Here is my list from experience so far. I will update as it progresses.

ESSENTIAL OILS ::

I am a big fan of many. One here combines clove bud oil, cinnamon bark oil, eucalyptus oil, organic lemon oil,  and organic rosemary oil.

Link :: NOW brand’s Nature’s Shield. Protective blend.

It is similar to Young Living’s Thieves mix. This combo was strong enough to prevent infection from plagues!

Apply a couple of drops per tablespoon of carrier oil such as coconut, and rub on sides and back of neck or chest. It does wonders to help relax and prevent the sore throat from getting worse. You can also diffuse If you have a diffuser in your home.Image of Diffuser

Another good way to detox and treat is with Epsom salts (magnesium) and eucalyptus oil. I just scoop a cup of salts into a used glass candle holder and drop two to three drops of the oil into the mix. You can even add lemon oil for immune support. I find that the oils work way better with the salt than just straight. Eucalyptus is a great cleanser and de-germs to get the job done. Having respiratory issues, this one does wonders for me and just inhaling it has defeated sinus problem on impact. Oils go a long way, so you don’t really need too much.

 

 

 

 

A great resource for beginners is this book, Aromatherapy for Everyone.

It has been a great starter book for learners no about oils and makes an excellent gift. It is by PJ Pierson and Mary Shipley.

Link :: Aromatherapy for Everyone

(This also makes me want to mention ginger oil, a great oil for getting you over the sickness hump. There are so many that help!)

Image of Aromatherapy Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAS ::

I absolutely love Throat Coat by Traditional Medicinals. It is like smooth help rescuing your sore throat. Organic herbal ingredients like licorice root, slippery elm bark, and wild cherry bark give a sweet , earthy , silky licorice taste. This can be found at your local grocery like Publix or Wal-Mart, so it a great gem in an emergency if you can not get to the health store.

Image of Throat Coat Tea

 

 

 

PURRS ::

Last but not least at all. Optional if you are allergic to kitty, but she or he could be a healer. Image of a Purrsonal HealerPurring of a cat occurs at frequencies often used in therapies to heal the human body. 25 to 150 HZ to be exact. Music vibrations, especially from stringed instruments can be a substitute, but they are not nearly as warm and fuzzy. 🙂 And of course, they cannot give as much love. There is a great article on this here at Dr. Axe’s site if you want to read more. Includes the pups too!

There are many natural resources out there, not even touched on here, that were created to be used to heal. Learning about them is fun and if you have an open mind and heart to tapping into the source, it is surely available.

Hope this has helped you in some way. Share if you like!

Thanks for reading,

 

~ McGlamorous

How to Make a Magic Fairy Dust Bottle Necklace

How to Make a Magic Fairy Dust Bottle Necklace

 

Holidays make us all sparkle, even into the New Year, and this year was no exception but instead a reminder of past sparkles in my history. Being a performing artist for so many years had quite its fair share of the wonderful invention we call G l i t t e r. Glitter on the eyes, chest, hair, body, and eyelashes was just a regular routine for a dancer and her friends. And as the B52’s sing….on the mattress and the highway too!

I was taken back to the old days of high school and ballet classes circa 1990’s lately, and remembered a wonderful and fun gift exchanged during performances. The Fairy dust package, or bottle. To some it was simply enchanting. Mysterious and fun. Maybe just a mess to parents, but we ballerinas and dreamers loved it.

I decided to bring the enchantment back to life this Christmas in the form of a gift for my five year old cousin. While making it again this inspired me to do a tutorial which I will complete below. Hope you love it a much as we do.

Long live the glitter!

Here is what we will be making:

 

Fairy Dust Bottle Necklace

 

Materials used:

 

Fairy Dust Bottle Supplies

Fairy Dust Bottle Supplies

 

  • One glass bottle pendant from your local Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or online bead shop. Some have cork tops like this one shown, others may be screw on or pop top.
  • Some sort of stringing material. I used ribbon but substitutes may include leather, silk, rayon, waxed linen, strung beads or even chain.
  • Finely dusted glitter. The finer the better since it is a magic dust, but once again anything may do.
  • Charm, crystal, or other embellishment. I’ve used a Swarovski glass crystal as a choice in this tutorial.
  • Jump Rings, Spring Rings, Wire.
  • Jewelry tools. Scissors.
  • Small piece of folded paper for transferring glitter.
  • Fray Check.

 

Fairy Dust Bottle Supplies

 

Step One:

You are not restricted to any order here, so have fun. I started with the bottle because I looked forward to filling it with glitter.

Take the folded paper piece and pour a liberal amount of dust / glitter into the crease and into the bottle. Make it as full as you want, or whatever is pleasing to the eye. You have the option of either leaving the bottle open if it is a cork or removable top, or gluing the top securely.

 

Pour

 

Step Two:

Next we want to embellish the bottle with either a jump ring, spring ring, or simply wire some sort of looped piece that we can run the ribbon, cord, or leather through. If you use a flat or thin ribbon, be warned that it will slip through the ring. In one completed versions I chose a larger jump ring. This also gives the advantage of adding other components or charms later. In another I tried a spring ring, which works like a keychain. You may also want to experiment with wire for a more organic look.

 

Opening

 

Open the jumpring with jewelry pliers, either round nose or flat nose. There are many tutorials on techniques, but most importantly, you do not want to separate the ring by pulling the ends away from each other. This will ruin the natural shape of the ring. Instead you want to pull each end away from the other. For the spring ring I use something to create enough opening that will allow the ribbon or cord to pass through, like loading a keychain.

 

To find lessons on technique and beginner tutorials and supplies, I am supplying a link to Fusion Beads. Love their service and site.

 

Opening

 

Step Three:

Now it ‘s time for the Swarovski heart to be added. Here I have used a sterling silver wire here, 22 gauge. Openings in glass charms can break easily with force, so I carefully run the wire through and create a twist of of two or three swirls, clipping the tail end off with my wire cutters. This dabs into wire twisting technique a little bit. You could double the wire here, even cage the heart with a wire wrap.

 

Wire Twist One

 

Wire Twist Two

 

I want to attach this wire to the jump ring, so I run it through and secure another twist.

 

Step Four:

Lastly, we string the ribbon through the loop and secure the ends with a knot. I then add some fray check to the tips to prevent stray hairs. You could go with a clasp or anything on the ends. This was an easy solution for the wearer, who puts everything over her head.

 

Strung

 

Voila! You’re done. Now enjoy your little morsel of magic, and don’t hesitate to put your own twist on this. Ideas are endless when you think of all the colors of glitter and ribbon, leather, clasps, and more. Please check back to my site for added information and links to additional resources. And just in case you would like to purchase a pre-made creation, please link to the store and original product here.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

~McGlamorous