There is a certain type of beauty that comes with embracing the luxuries of life and living slowly. The way that we dress is a manifestation of our inner self. In the same way that we use our words as expression, our style also shows the world who we are (or who we desire to be).
It's been a while since I've had time to do many photo sessions so of course, I was excited to collaborate with plastic artist, ZeroAnodino, for a fun shoot. It was a fantastic way to play around with different minimal concepts encapsulating the variety of his work as both a painter and sculptor.
Last week was filled with a bunch of expositions in Murcia but by far, the most interesting was at Casa Chiribiri. With the theme, El Vehiculo del Futuro, over 25 artists came together with their own diverse interpretations and the event was a complete success. Chiribiri, a graphic design and illustration space, always brings in a great crowd and I was quite excited to have the opportunity to put together a short video of the event to give you a peek. The exhibition will be up for a while so if you're in the area, be sure to stop by and check it out.
With May having just ended, I've realized how quickly the time goes. My teaching job is officially over and it feels as if I just arrived in Murcia yesterday. I'm glad to be staying here throughout the summer into next year. The feeling of summer has really arrived with beach trips, outdoor concerts and great weather. I've shared a round-up of photos from my instagram.
1// I've been really in love with my Mr. Wonderful planner. It's been the perfect way to stay organized, plan meetings and get everything on my to-do list checked off. Not to mention, it's filled with little encouragements and inspirations.
2// Been spending a bit more time around town and appreciating the fact that Murcia has some beautiful architecture. This was snapped on the way to an art exhibition at Palacio Almudí.
3// Hands down, Socolá Cafe is my new favorite place in the city. They recently opened (around February) and I've been going there constantly for some pretty solid work sessions. Not to mention, they have fantastic morning menus... talking about salmon tostadas, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee for 3 euros.
4// One day, during a really long bike ride... I had to take a pitstop to take a photo in front of this bright colored wall. It reminded me of LA for some reason and I was also still drooling over the new pants that I recently purchased.
5// Once again... Socolá Cafe but this time during the afternoon which obviously means picking up one of their delicious cupcakes. They have peanut butter + jelly ones!
6// Had a fabulous time one weekend as an old college friend (and HYPE baby) came to visit me from Madrid to stay for the weekend. Definite excuse to make it out to the beach and enjoy Los Alcalzares.
7// A quick snap during the Murcia Tres Culturas outdoor music festival as this building caught my eye while listening to a Polish singer who sounded quite a bit like Enya to be honest.
8// That's me, just hanging out in my room. But honestly, I'm trying to take more self portraits and be representative so I snapped this one morning during my relaxing routine before I start to work. I normally try to sit down and have a cup of coffee before starting to center myself and decide what I need to be focusing on for the day.
9// Yum. To kick off the start of my summer vacation from teaching, I decided to treat myself to a delicious lunch. Doesn't matter that it was Monday... doesn't matter that I had a lot on my plate but I'm allowing myself to indulge a little bit more. Treat yourself, am I right?
Over the past two weeks, Murcia Tres Culturas festival took place. It was an international coming together and there was an overwhelming sense of community brought together by music. You could feel art + culture in the streets as the open air performances went on throughout the evening into the night.
Bringing in a variety of different musical styles from African folk music to jazz to a funky beatbox group... there was something for everyone. With the mission of "tolerance and being a meeting point of civilizations through art," Tres Culturas did just that.
The feeling of springtime is a great one as the days are longer and there's a longing to spend time with loved ones and appreciate all that you have. This past weekend I did just that, experiencing a different part of Murcia than usual.
I was invited by the wonderful people of Bar Taberna de Ideas to La BARbacoa del Peretón, which was a fun day-long festival filled with delicious food, an open bar and DJ's... the dance floor was packed. So Saturday was spent in the sun, enjoying the ambiance and everyone dancing around with smiles on their faces.
Sunday was more relaxing and I couldn't have asked for anything else. Unexpected plans turned into a beautiful day filled with good company. Spent the afternoon in las huertas with delicious lunch, conversation and the luxury of doing nothing. It was amazing how quickly the time passes when you're painting, writing and singing along to an old Beatles records. Here's to a wonderful beginning of a new week.