Looking Back and Looking Forward Part 5

2013-2015 were huge huge transition-ary times. In 2013 I was working through cosmetology school and graduated in August of that year the rest of that year and 2014 were spent trying to figure out my life.  I decided to quit this blog on Nov 4th (I think) of 2014 and all lay dormant until I started deleting posts… Come next post I will be unveiling the new direction of the site…  Since I am a  sentimental person I couldn’t just let my dear, departed, deleted posts go without a proper homage… So here is part 5 a recap of posts and my life for the last 3 years! I barely blogged during this time.


2013 The year I finished school and tried to figure out where I stood in the world of hair… Ultimately I realized that hair and I were never to be people and fashion are my passions in a way that hair will never be and never has…. This year was also a year of personal upheaval my sister was in a very bad accident and was in the ICU for a few months and the hospital for many more but she has bounced back. She is such an inspiration to me and many others…

Jan 7th 2013 Wore this to the hospital to visit my sister… Things in life may be up in the air but two things to remember, God is always in control and you can dress up for any occasion. =)

Artfully Artista


Jan 9th 2015 Sunday, church outfit! I was in LOVE with this top it’s so pretty. Never underestimate the power of a sunny color during a less than sunny time in life.




Jan 15th 2013 My Birthday Dress!!! Yes I wore this on my Birthday but I also wore it just because it was fun to wear…  it was very fitting with my 90’s fashion dreams of the time.


Jan 30th 2013 Another outfit I wore to visit my sis while she was in the hospital… I felt like a million bucks in this look =)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Feb 6th 2013 Twas not so cold winter that year and I always love to wear my Levi’s denim when I head out and about… To be honest I would probably wear something pretty similar to this right now.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMarch 25th 2013 had to capture the shoulder of this blouse they were sequins which at the time was quite exciting… Details are fun!


April 10th 2015 What I wore to Church. The jacket is pretty fab and I still love to wear it out and about ❤


September 3rd 2013 4 days after I had just graduated from Aveda Institute. So I did a post showing off my portfolio. I did a photoshoot with a beautiful  classmate of mine Ciara and earlier I was a model in school runway show I was a lizard lady and it was pretty awesome! All photos were shot by the talented Brian James.




Me as the lizard lady… Twas a fun experience.


October 8th 2015, Beach day with a friend =) Good times and pleasant memories.

Asrtfully Artista Soooo cool!

November 30th 2013 I turned 23!!! I had some dear friends over to celebrate the coming of another year. That birthday dress was so fun to wear and  the print is out of this world ❤




2014 was a year of self discovery and overcoming fears… and I only had 1 post that year from May of 2014 the outfit that I wore to my brothers scholarship dinner.

so here it is… =)


Vint LBD

2015 Was an interesting year I had huge dreams and plans that I did not know how to bring into reality… So I studied my heart out and got stuck on the hamster wheel of knowledge consumption because truth be told taking action can  be hard it requires a totally different mindset than consuming information. But I did accomplish some pretty cool things… In Feb I helped with the costume design for a student film my friend Trevor put together. You can watch it here! I never thought I could design mermaid tails but I can and I did! It was while I was working on that film that I realized how much I love styling and how I love to style for woman and there lives, more than for stories and but rather for life… I am so glad I tried that and did something new.


Looking Back and Looking Forward Part 4

So in the last post I mentioned this is a bit of a jumble which it is. Fortunately I have a copy of the pics in my Google drive so I know the months but not the exact dates… =) So here goes…

May-December 2012

May… 2012 Wore an amazing Bob Mackie Kimono with shorts and a tank I wasn’t going anywhere special, but I believe It’s best to dress like you are.


May… 2012 A church outfit. I loved this skirt and bright colors always make me happy when I wear them =)

Artfully Artista May 2012 Tropical Brights

May… 2012 Wore this AMAZING dress to Church than to a dance performance. I love a good 70ś boho dress especially this one because itś so very sophisticated.

Free Spirited

May… 2012 Wore this one Saturday while picking up a gluten free b-day cake for mom I still wear this tunic today and I found itś sister in white. It is the most perfect thing to wear in the sweltering Florida summer… Btw this is how you pose if you have th


June… 2012 Wore this to Church… =)

Artfully Artista June 2012

June… 2012 Art Walk!!! Aren’t these chairs AMAZING! They really are fab…


June… 2012 Wore this to church. I felt so incredibly cool in this outfit! Loved it! I can’t say it enough, always wear clothes that make you feel good, because what you wear really does affect how you feel.

Pink of Perfection

June… 2012 Wore this to Church, it’s so patriotic. Theme dressing is so fun especially if it’s red white and blue =) Plus it’s from the 70’s!

That 70's Dress

July… 2012 Happy 4th! Wore this to a cook out with some friends. Though this outfit is cute, it did not feel like me…


July… 2012 Wore this to DTSP  (down town Saint Pete)… Which has a thriving mural and food scene, if you ever near be sure to check out the St Pete Mural Tours. I have heard they are great! Or wander around dawn town checking them out… They are all over.

Street Art

July… 2012 Sunday, church outfit wearing texture and soft colors… Not my usual thing. Soft colors don’t look the best on me but the skirt was pretty amazing fabric wise.


July… 2012 Party pants!!! I loved these pants they were not surprisingly, hard to wear… Just because, the print is so strong and they only looked good with heels. But it was a great outfit! I wore this to church a change from my usual skirts and dresses… it’s fun to change things up.Party Pants

August 2012, No outfit posts… This was the month I started at Aveda Institute to learn the fine art of cosmetology, if you have never been to trade school of any kind, you’ll realize how completely different it is from traditional college…

September… 2012 Back in action with a just because it’s not a school day or a Sunday outfit…

Denim Daze

September… 2012 Perhaps on of my favorite outfits ever, from this time of my life. I felt like myself… Plus it made look tall and thin, whats not to like???

Blank Canvas

September… 2012 This original post was entitled finding my voice, this is when I really truly started to get my style and wear things that were me. It was truly exciting!

Artfully Artista Finding my Voice


September… 2012 Just because I have to run errands outfit… This top was my favorite I wore it so much!

Unexpectedly Basic

October… 2012 No outfit posts from this month cosmetology school was getting intense… So instead I did a post on some earrings I had designed to wear to school. The dress code was all black which meant I could have tons of fun with jewelry.

Artfully Artista -Earring Designs

Artfully Arista Earring Designs

November… 2012 My first attempt at the Canadian tuxedo… Artfully shot by my brother…

Double Denim Sort of Day...

November… 2012 Bible study… Hats are not something I wear to much. But this time it came together quite nicely.


November…2012 I had recently run across this quote by  Coco Chanel… “Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” And decided why not!

The Chanel Affect

December 13, 2012 A necklace I designed with a beautiful green agate tear drop… It paired perfectly with my favorite tropical top.

Artfully Artista Agate Teardrop Necklace

December 17, 2012 The year was winding down… So I wore this! How cool is the Nefertiti tote!


Next up 2013 and 2014…

Looking Back and Looking Forward Part 3

In part 3 I will delve into 2012 (look a rhyme!). Now in 2012 my life had taken a pivotal change I had just finished my last semester SPC in the spring before dropping out… I was so over school… Then in August is jumped back into school, not just any school trade school so I could become a cosmetologist!!! I went to AVEDA and you have to work very hard, no one truly understands hair school until they’ve been there… In the midst of trying to figure what to do educationally, I was also thinking most seriously about switching blog platforms. I started on Blogger like many folks but what I really wanted was WordPress… So I drastically slowed down my blogging almost coming to halt, but was more like a trickle… Part 3 is recapping January – April. =) Here goes…

January 1st 2012, Happy New Year!!! I spent the day at home in this amazing 70’s Indian frock I found mine at a thrift shop for $4. But if you want one you can either luck out at the thrift shop or look for one on Ebay… Some good key words to find it are vintage Indian boho cotton maxi dress or Indian cotton dress… It generally costs around $75 to get on one Ebay…

New Years Dress

January 2nd 2012, Just because I can outfit… I really love this skirt and I believe I went grocery shopping when I wore this. good days and good outfits are always nice…

Seaburg Inspired

January 8th 2012 Church day! Yay! Wore this beautiful hand painted wrap skirt from Misred Outfitters.. Sort of older lady chic look I felt most elegant and refined.. Sun splattered light is a delight…

Sometimes Sun Splattered

Sometimes Sun Splattered

January 12th 2012, School plus going down-town I loved this dress it was so delicate and it was 70’s Indian cotton number as you can see I LOVE Indian cotton dresses…

Floral and Fringe

Floral and Fringe

January 14th 2012, Art walk bound… I love drama in my outfits not my life. So I wore this vintage blazer and this skirt as a dress (still wear the skirt as a dress…) With an emphasis on this bracelet I had designed.

Color Clash

Color Clash

January 15th 2012,  After church outfit bliss, wore the blazer again with shorts (it was a warm winter) and the necklace I was very much re-wearing what I loved during this time. Which is always smart.



January 29th 2012, Oh my this outfit and that top they are the best the drape and the sheer beauty of that top I am a little bit obsessed with that top =) I wore this to church because you always need to keep it classy…

Subtle Zig-zags

Subtle Zig-zags

February 5th 2012, Wore this to church! The dress was a gift from my dear friend Sara, I think I still have it, it’s hand painted from India and the most beautiful silk ahhh it was joy to wear!

Art Nouveau

February 15th 2012, Wore this down-town I felt so classy it is entirely possible to make shorts work in more professional settings it’s all in how you wear them… And that blazer was dream, ❤ It was most beloved while I was in my blazer phase…




February 17th 2012, Spent the day with a friend and I couldn’t think of anything else to wear, so if in doubt I wear black which is what I did.

Simple Statement

Simple Statement

February 19th 2012, Church day! I paired this lovely silk skirt that I had worn many times before, with this beautiful oatmeal sweater that was gift from a friend. don’t you just love it when 2 pieces are matches made in heaven?

Oatmeal and Cream

Oatmeal and Cream

March 4th 2012, Down-town I think for art walk in a recently snagged Pendleton blazer I had been wanting one so bad so when I found this one I was over the moon with joy!

Pendleton Plaid

Pendleton Plaid

March 18th 2012 A church day, so say hello to the 60’s house dress. My dad couldn’t understand why I thought it was so exciting. Apparently when he was a kid they were a rather common and unexciting… But I didn’t care I wore it with flair and joy because hello, it was a 60’s dress. =) I was really into the 60’s in 2012. And this one had fringe trim what’s not to love?


March 23rd 2012 Spent the afternoon shopping with an old friend so I wore this… I believe I opened my WordPress account this day as well =) It took me 6 months to figure out how to export my blog..


March 25th 2012 My favourite 50’s skirt strikes again work to church with a wrap top I designed out of recycled materials… Loved this outfit I get kind of happy when I look at the pics the colours the shape a moment in time…

Fall Colors


Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

March 31st 2012 I  wore this out to dear friend’s birthday dinner.  The skirt was fave, yet another outfit that has me at hello. It’s always nice to have an excuse to wear something special.



April 1st 2012 Church day. I love rich colors and textures. ❤ Oh and vintage too this outfit covers all those categories…

Pattern Play

Pattern Play

April 7th 2012 I got my dad from work and wore this so we could take pic in a beautiful park. I designed the dress myself, well known fact in my circle of friends) is that I design fashion and jewellery… But I design because I love to, it’s a hobby not my job. which confuses people because they think it’s my job. Thus is life I guess… Aren’t those sleeves fabulous???

Golden Haze

Golden Haze

April 14th 2012 Church day, in a bright and springy outfit the skirt was a dress I transformed into a skirt… Then wore it with bright pink further amplifying the brightness.





The rest of the 2012 posts up until December are a jumble that I will be untangling in the next post for your viewing pleasure….