So what that I still play with Barbies!

Ever met a person that still play with dolls, I do I love them. The game of make believe and imagination, I created a world that made me feel good about myself and the things that I wanted to accomplish I DID! who would not want to play a game where everything they want to happen happens. Okay the truth is I no longer play with Barbies but I do collect them. I try to fine Barbies that look more like me brown-skin, not just any African American doll but ones that represent a time period or particular lifestyle.

Barbie has been the start to my decision of entering in to the wold of fashion and design. Growing up I got the most of my dolls from the thrift store, they may not have been in the best condition. Sometimes I got dolls with their heads shaved, their feet and hands  have been chewed  or polish on parts of their bodies, but that did not matter at all. This is were my creativity comes from I would think of scenes that or concept that would allow me to transform barbie into a world of beauty.  For example if Barbie head was only shaved on one side and she have red polish on her legs then I would pull out my red polish and paint her entire legs red and that would become her tights. I would get my  mothers glue gun and cut hair from another doll and glue it onto barbie ( doesn’t what matter what color the hair was) I mean the possibilities were endless. I created and designed backdrops and anything else that I need to set the mood or theme at the time. Thus the start of me making and constructing clothes and making my own line of clothing for Barbie. Besides the fact that a friend of mines always had the best barbie items and everyone always wanted to play with her, I had to find a way to make my barbie stand out to keep the interest of my friends.( I made clothes for my friends to. )

Any how I am now reading this new book “Thank You For Firing Me!” by Kitty Martini and Candice Reed, and as I go through the emotional roller-coaster of being unemployed it has been a great source on my road of discoveries. By doing some of the exercises from the book I have found that my days of playing with dolls have set the standard to what career I want for myself. It had prepared for what is soon to come and I for one can’t wait.

I always used Barbie for what she was, a toy a doll to act out what ever I need her to and of course dress the part. Barbie the doll was my muse and It helped me to discover new skills and ways to be even more creative.

xoxo Love Orange

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A wedding on a real budget

A glimpse into my wedding…….

you know how people say you won’t remember anything about your wedding.  A day you spend thousands of dollars on for your family and friends to eat, drink, and party. I mean how do you forget something like that.

Let just say that I only wish that it was true I remember everything good and bad. Yes! bad there are some very upsetting things of family that always seems to make it’s way to your special occasion. Well I put all the crazy behind me and just had fun????

You know no one never tells you how difficult it is to plan a wedding on a budget. A real budget I did not just plan my own wedding did all the designs and decorating but I did it all for less then $10,000.00. WTF! I can’t even believe myself but I really did it. The worst but most rewarding thing I have done. I have planned and worked on other weddings and events but to do it all for your own wedding can turn into a bad idea really fast. So happy to be good at what I do CREATE.

Where I saved:

My husband is a graphic web designer so we bartered his service for our Photography.( big Save) 0.00

We did our own flowers and decoration (I got a really good deal on my flowers due to the company making an mistake on my order.) 300.00

Did not rent a limo  or party bus, ( but we did rent an SUV from car rental shop) 200.00

DJand Video 600.00

Did not get a full bar but had beer, wine, one dark and white liquor ( biggest expense was bar and food) 7,000

Design and did all print work (biggest save) 150.00

Cake 70.00

Favors 100.00

total cost 8,420

What you can get for less then 10,000.00

I will never forget luv my baby

xoxo Love Orange

My trip to Quakertown, PA

The hubby and I out antiquing one of our favorite pastimes, each time we visit new place we always make sure to check out all the local antique shops. We also like to pretend that we live there and see how well we fad in with all all the locals. Here are a few of our great finds while spending time in Quakertown, Pa.

MyBirthday, beginning of the summer fun…..

Hell yeah! I finally completed my birthday beach day outfit and had a BLAST at South Beach (Staten Island), lol every time I say that I give a little chuckle each time. People always think that I am at south beach FL, but truth is that some times when in  NY visiting my in-laws in Staten Island where my hubby grew up this is a spot that I like to chill out at and relax.

Hat from Gap, sheer black dress w/floral print made by love orange, belt Forever21 sun glasses Balenciaga

I am really hoping that this summer be a life changer so far this year has been just that, becoming a wife and quieting my job as a teacher to pursue my dreams to work in fashion.

It truly sucks not to be working but I have been keeping my self pretty busy,with  my best friends wedding, having fun creating my art, I have been painting, doing graphics and designing clothes. This time I have been doing a bit of photography and been having fun (pic’s above) I will be updating you of my projects and looks for the summer.

I wish everyone a lovely summer and embrace the change.

A broke girl, Love Orange

 

 

Love My Art,

Here is a piece of work  from my new collection that I am still working on.

Photoshop and illustrator

My art has been my everything, it helps me to get through the day. Being unemployed is not fun especially during the summer, I make money however I can by designing, selling my computer art and paintings, making clothes and planning events.  I try to fill my time with projects that inspire me and focus on what I feel and believe.

DO ART RELAX AND BE LOVE

XOXO LOVE ORANGE

Hello world!

Welcome to Love Orange!  Here you will find fun tips on all the things I love, (relationships, fashion, decorating, and life.) Love Orange is all about living life to it’s fullest and never letting anyone stand in the way of your dreams.

 

xoxo Love Orange