Color Magic

Eyeshadow 101: Confident Color Picking


Marilyn Monroe once said, “it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” And when it comes to your beauty routine, there’s never been a better time than summer to take risks. Craving a color change and not sure where to start? Why not begin with your eyeshadow color? Here’s a fool-proof guide for finding the right new look for you!


If your eyes are blue…

Purple and shades of lavender will give the eye a true grey-blue tone. Or try a rust-colored shadow paired with a teal gray for a more delicate effect. Neutral brown in the crease and outer edge will add just a hint of drama. And you can’t go wrong with a smoky eye – they look best with light colors.


If your eyes are green…

Dark yellows and warm peaches will add a notable brightness to your eye color. Add a chocolate shadow for intensity or a cool taupe for something a bit more edgy. And gold is a great option to highlight and add dimension.


If your eyes are brown…

Brown eyes are best accentuated with jewel tones. A rich navy or midnight blue also gives your eye color a sexy dramatic effect. Add in a warm brown to anchor.

Curious about what lipstick to finish your look? Read my post on 5 essential lipstick colors and how to wear them!



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Perfect Weather for Plein Air

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Hello lovelies!

As temperatures rise and summer skies beckon the winter-weary, why not tap into your inner artist? Magnificent landscapes take on new meaning when you set up a canvas before a commanding view. With paint brushes in hand, focus on what you see, not what you imagine or intellectualize about the subject at hand – otherwise you might as well be back in the studio! Pay attention to the colors nature provides and mix your palette accordingly. Then start by putting the main shapes across the whole painting and then the detail.

Plein air painting (a term derived from the French phrase en plain air, which literally means “in the open air”) will capture a comment and conserve a view forever, regardless of change.

If you’re in the San Diego area, why not join my salon for a class or two? It’s never too late to start? Your own summer scene souvenir awaits!

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City Chickens: No Farm? No Problem!


There’s something undeniably satisfying about enjoying an omelette or colorful frittata made with the freshest, organic eggs, but store prices are costly and a trip to the market is a lot farther than a trip to your own backyard. Why not bring the eggs to you? Creating your own chicken coop is a lot more affordable than you might think with already-made pens starting at just $150. And did you know you can actually order chickens for just a few dollars online? Isn’t technology amazing. Raising chickens can be fun and rewarding, especially as they produce nutritious eggs, organic fertilizer and are low-cost pets to maintain.

To get you started on putting all of your eggs in your own basket, here are a few fabulous options to create your own perfect coop!

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Trixie Outdoor Small Animal Mesh Cover Chicken Pen

This pine with waterproof-finish pen has a powder-coasted metal lattice, mesh cover lids that fold open on one side and a large side door with a metal slide latch. Perfect as a first start, this coop houses up to two standard size chickens., $149.99

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Cape Cod Chicken Coop

How cute is this chicken run, nesting box and roosting bar? It definitely allows enough room for up to four chickens to stretch out their wings and move about more comfortably, and is constructed from Asian fire wood., $254.99

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Precision Pet Hen House Chicken Coop

I find this white-washed nesting area and private sleeping space so charming! With an easy-to-clean floor pan and multiple doors for easy access, this four chicken coop will look lovely in any garden or yard., $279.99



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5 Colorful Ways to Accessorize this Summer


Believe it or not, white has been pegged as the coolest color of the season, which is easy to look fabulous in, especially when you accent it with colorful accessories. Clutches, scarves, jewelry and shoes offer a playground for mixing and matching color, and don’t be afraid to to really make a statement. Here are a few items I just love!

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Simple, timeless, and always a little bit sassy, sporting an eye-catching bandana like this one in the color poppy will add just the extra pizzaz you need with a more simpler top.

Vintage Bandana, Free People, $18.00

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This classic straw tote is the perfect addition to a white ensemble and these cheerful tassels give it a cheerful something extra.

Nimmes Straw Tote, Anthropologie, $148.00


Who can resist the obvious panache of a colorful pair of sunnies as seen here on Gwen Stefani? Available in a multitude of hues, these shades will definitely keep you looking cool.

Try this more affordable pair! Surf Sunglasses in turquoise, Target, $12.00


How fabulous are these ankle strap patchwork design patent leather yellow heels? Perfect for pairing with a white dress or pants, these cheery pointed toe pumps will definitely turn heads!

Yellow high heels,, $33.00


Finally, always have a vibrant statement necklace on hand to peek out of white collared shirts or to lay nicely on top of a simple t-shirt or scoop neck collar dress. Neon? Why not?

Neon Jeweled Necklace,, $25.00



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Art Studios Through The Ages: How To Cultivate A Creative Haven

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Hello Lovelies!

American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand once said, “The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”

While truly you can tap into your inner artist wherever you go, I prefer to create my own private creative haven right in my studio at my gallery. Surrounding myself with nature, treasured antiques, photographs of those I love, and images of other artists that continue to inspire me, I find myself in a place to create.

In hopes that you too can find a place to claim your position as an artist, here are studios through the ages that have offered their masters a magnificent place to feel inspired. Perhaps we can take a page or two from their book:

1. Claude Monet, Giverny, France


Claude Monet lived in this home at Giverny for 43 years, from 1883 to 1926. During this time he has painted countless paintings of his house, his gardens, and water lilies. Isn’t the surrounding flowers absolutely magnificent?

2. Pablo Picasso’s “La Californeie” Atelier Villa in Cannes, France


In 1955, Picasso bought a whimsical 19th century home that became known as “La Villa California,” where he created some of his most famous works all with a beautiful view of the sea right outside his window. Do you see how much light comes pouring through the windows? Perfect for spotlighting a canvas.

3) Hans Hartung, Antibes, France


Hans Hartung’s studio was in his home in Antibes. His studio stood 12-meters tall and had an adjoining gallery that featured large picture windows with incredible views of olive trees outside. Who wouldn’t want to paint in a setting such as this?

4. Georgia O’ keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico


Georgia’s studio in Abiquiu quickly became a beautiful inspiration for O’keefe where she painting countless paintings that were inspired by the beauty of New Mexico. While simple, the surrounding plains are majestic, and offer a simplicity that doesn’t distract from the work at hand.

5. Yuri Kuper, former barn house in Normandy, France


British painter Yuri Kuper has created his own studio in a beautiful barn that dates back to the 15th century. It was restored in 1980 and the setting is just right for his more melancholy masterpieces.

In closing, whether your own studio is your kitchen, your garden, or just a peaceful room in your home, make it yours! How do you create your own haven for creativity? I’m all ears!


5 Ways to Add More Color to Your Vegetable Garden

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Hello Lovelies!

I recently returned from a trip visiting our farm in Byron Bay, Australia and it was a wonderful release. Truly there is something so divine about taking life a little slower and spending time working in the garden. Putting on my sun hat and planting and nurturing my young fruits and vegetables gave me a sense of joy that I had been missing amongst the hustle and bustle of every-day life, and I couldn’t help but muse over the fact that when you can combine beauty and productivity (and of course COLOR!) there is no greater reward.

Growing an assortment of colors in your garden will make meals with your family more exciting, save you money on groceries, not to mention that it will strengthen your health and give you a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. Start embracing your own farm-inspired life today by planting the following colors in your own back yard:



Of course the first vegetable that comes to mind are tomatoes – tiny sweet cherry or big bold beefsteak will immediately stand out amongst the greenery. Red bell peppers will also do the trick, though they are a bit more challenging to grow as they need very warm temperatures to germinate. Whatever you choose, red is a must for any gorgeous garden.



What child can resist watching a pumpkin grow around Halloween as it starts from a tiny sprout and then can suddenly produce an impressive shape and size almost too difficult for little hands to carry? Butternut squashes are also a favorite and will last long into the autumn months. You can also add some orange bell peppers or orange tomatoes if you like.



Why not add a little cheer to your vegetable patch? Summer squash’s golden hue will make you feel like royalty as will zucchini and other types of peppers. Having a shot of yellow in your personal produce is an absolute must!


Blue and Purple

A little trickier to find in nature, these hues when grown will add some deliciously rich jewel tones to your garden. Hearty egg plants, purple kale, beets, red onions, purple basil and purple bell peppers all can can be found in you local gardening center.

What are YOUR favorite vegetables to plan this time of year? Send a note to [email protected] I’d love to hear!

Here’s to living a healthier, happier, more colorful farm-inspired life!



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New Study Shows Blue is Most Popular Color in Art


Hello Lovelies!

I read an interesting article from Artnet News this week on blue being the latest trend in works of art.

This was of interest as the color blue has been used in art, decoration and as a clothing dye for centuries. In the Middle Ages, cobalt blue was used to beautify the stained class windows of cathedrals. The Chinese first introduced the still sought-after blue and white porcelain, also made with cobalt. Then Vincent Van Gogh and other late 19th century painters used ultramarine and cobalt blue to depict nature as well as to create certain moods and emotions while Picasso began an entire new art movement when he painted monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green.

According to the article, Martin Bellander, a doctoral candidate in psychology at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, apparently has noticed that certain colors feature more prominently than others in fields related to art and artworks were increasingly rendered in cool blue tones.

Above is my own painting, Full Moon Magic, La Jolla, a depiction of the moody stillness found after dark close to my home in San Diego. And here are some other works new and old to inspire you to embrace blue more when expressing your own personal creativity.


Serhat Koçak – Blue


Pablo Picasso – Blue Nude


Mike Savlen – Shades of Blue

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Claude Monet – Blue Water Lilies

Live more colorfully!