Inspiring Visuals and Sounds | Yep. I got a Jones :)

Beautiful Wednesday ❤

I thought I’d share some visual candy. I have a Jones for vivid, unique, and clever themes, and concepts– particularly extreme conveyances, and full deep expressions. (mixed media artist appetites) lol I like to be able to turn the sound off and allow my imagination to figure out the story or message being portrayed without words. Then I like to watch again with sound. You should try it sometime I think you’d be surprised at your own interpretations.

Whimsical, ethereal, dark fantasy, or cartoon-like; I love it all. The ability to convey several message via sound and visuals is something I’ve been drawn to since I was a child. I watched Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker a zillion times. I hope you enjoy these visuals and sounds by extremely talented artists, and their creative teams.They give me so much inspiration!

xoxo & an abundance of CreAtivity ❤ | Alysia

My HeART Journal | 7.8.14

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Sharing adornments I created over the weekend with you! I love plugs, and I don’t want to stretch my lobes so I decided to create my version for pierced ears. Well those are the hand painted ones with the neon heart and a button in the middle ❤ I like to mix and match stuff I also made a Patchwork inspired Heart Brooch. Mixed media jewelry was my inspiration behind all these! I LoVe Buttons, and flowers too! I keep fresh flowers around regularly. Colors reflect and create moods. I even put one in my Grandma’s hair! 🙂

 

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I can’t wait to hit the Urban Craft Uprising Market at the Seattle Street Food Festival in August! I created an “VAcationSpiration board” for my trip! I’m ready to go like NOW! lol

If you like these vibrant artifacts, or you would like to share what your imagination is expressing I’d love to see!! Please share below!

 

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xoxo and Happy Crafting | Alysia

Adornment & Expression | 5.25.14

 

I’m in deep with scarves. head-wraps, faux gauges, and flowers. I’m doing more exploring, and allowing myself a deeper freedom to express via my adorning. I’ve always loved Hijab Fashion. I like a mash up. It’s just more fun and expressive of my true self that way… so with that I decided to share some tutorials and  Stylespriration stuff that I love! I hope you enjoy them!

 

xoxo | Alysia

 

 

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Mother. 😘

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Happy Mother’s Day to all!! 💗💗💗
Mom’s are divine.👯👰👸 I love my mom so much!

I felt mixy today so I hopped on my laptop, and dreamt this set. 🌻http://ilovealysia.polyvore.com

XOXO| Alysia

Rainy Day Love 💜

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My mom made me this true red crochet bag some years ago and I’m so happy. ❤❤❤ I’m inspiration soaking in my “cleanup my closet campaign” today. It’s almost earth day..yay!!!! I am so ready to smell the grass!!!

The rain in DC is refreshing today. Listening to oldies, jazz, and happily has my windows wide open. Lol

……any plans for earth day? Any earth day artwork flourishing?

Xoxo | Alysia

FEEL. |Connecting with My Inner Ambience

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I thought I’d design with much passion, color, and PoP since the winter always gifts me with feelings of power and inspiration unlike any other time of the year, and I wish that these were the only things the winter brings for me since I am a winter soul, but this time of the year also brings out some deep unpleasantness, some unease, some sadness, due to shedding old spiritual skin. It makes perfect sense, given that the wisdom from our ancestors teach that winter is time of inner reflection, connecting with our truest state of being,  and letting go of what no longer serves us.

In my view  we don’t live in the most emotionally healthy, or supportive society here in the western world, and so because of this revelation first from The Most High, and confirmation from resources that I am blessed to have come across I’ve found this newfound journey to getting in touch with my true feeling very exhausting, and I now see how much I have detached myself from them in winters past because subconsciously I just didn’t feel like doing the work of recognizing, truly feeling, and accepting them. Closing doors, and changing light bulbs spiritually is WORK. It is easier to act like a robot, and just walk around pretending to be unaffected by things (both pleasant and unpleasant).  I now know it’s ok to feel what I feel, to be intuitive, and to accept my imperfect, complex self COMPLETELY. It is ok to detach from what doesn’t serve me, and thus doesn’t assist me in serving. Saying no to some things, which frees me to say yes to what’s best. This means shifting, shifting, and more shifting. Life won’t be easy, and it won’t be familiar. I’ve never done this before so I am going to make mistakes, and I’m going to lose, and I’m going to gain.  I want to remain true to who I am and move forward creating a better world for my spirit to be free as God intended.  After all nothing is hidden, we just think we can hide. Society has taught us to try and hide, because it’s “easier” for us to assimilate that way and not “bother” one another, and keep to “business” at hand. The only business I have is being in tune with myself and my Creator.

I know I’ve done myself a great disservice by not trusting my own inner nudges when things didn’t feel right for me, and  I have often waited for some additional reason to be happy than just being happy and doing what brings me pure bliss & joy.  In the name of “waiting on God to show me” I’ve waited in vain. I no longer hold myself hostage in a shame and fear based belief system thinking I’m doing God a favor, by giving into my own fears and insecurities. I still deal with abandonment issues, and I know this is the root of this tree. It has taken 31 years to grow so I have lots of work to do but I am committed to myself. Even if I am wrong, I can ask for forgiveness. God is the same today, yesterday and forever. He never intended for me to ignore and neglect myself. If nothing else I’m clear that it is for my mental, physical and spiritual health to FEEL. This is what my God-given senses were created to do. I have a right to own what I feel. No more self guilt trips for feeling, whether that’s bliss or the depression. God lights my path, and when I fall He is always there to pick me back up not to sit me in a far-off place and judge me but to hold me, dust me off, reveal to me another lesson to share, and reassure me of the depths of divine love. I am connecting with my inner ambience because I am FREE to be ME. 💝

xoxo| Wishing you Self-Acceptance & Patience

 Alysia.

1.1.14 | AU COURANT

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AU COURANT : adj. [french]  up-to-date.

literally: in. the. current. 🙂

Ok ..well of course I want to update you, and say Happy coming New Year (it’s in 6 more days!) MY Birthday btw 🙂 and more..

I’m beyond excited I got the class syllabus for my mixed media art courses earlier this week! I’m not sure what this means for herheartmatters.net, but sharpening my gift will only increase what I’m able to share. How often, and how much is what I can’t figure now.  I created the above polyvore set using  Kelis, Charlotte Olympia, and Moschino. I went with black and white because my posture going into this 2014 is Acceptance.  Black and white both are colors of absolutes. What’s your soul posture?

“Clearly, all fear has an element of resistance and a leaning away from the moment. Its dynamic is not unlike that of strong desire except that fear leans backward into the last safe moment while desire leans forward toward the next possibility of satisfaction. Each lacks presence. (29)”
― Stephen LevineA Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

xoxo & Happy 2014❤| Alysia

Curvy Girls Rock: Fab &FuN Talk with Plus-Size Model Yvonne Smith

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of interviewing DMV based-plus-size model, awesome cupcake baker, sister, friend, and very beautiful woman both inside and out, Yvonne Smith. I sought Yvonne out to interview because as herself; I’m a curvy-girl who loves fashion, helping my community, and our birthday’s are 5-days apart. In addition, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Yvonne’s work up-close and personal and she’s professional, fuN and such a natural. Well, I hope you enjoy this interview! xoxo

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Hi Yvonne, it’s such a pleasure to interview you. I have been up close and personal with you on the set when you’re working and you work is amazing! You are very photogenic, fun and friendly. When and how did you know you wanted to pursue becoming a plus-size model?

Hello, thank you for the opportunity to have this interview! I first knew I wanted to be a model when I was in first grade and I used to have to dress the part in a lot of plays that I did. I loved taking pictures and being able to transform into a character with makeup and hair!!

What has been your most rewarding experience in the plus-size modeling world?
The most rewarding experience has been helping out with charity work, supporting research for diseases or conditions that are affecting the African-American community.

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Who are some of your favorite designers that you have had the pleasure of working with?
Apple Bottom Jeans
T. Simone Designs
 Eyani Couture
 My Hunny
Intimate Expressions Lingerie

How would you describe yourself? Fun, Outgoing, Hard Working, Silly. (Mr. Bean and I share a birthday! :))

As a model, you are your own brand, what would you like clients to experience as a result of working with you?

 I would like for clients to experience a moment of awe when they see me in their designs. I would like for the client to experience satisfaction in knowing I took a part in helping to complete their vision for their art.

What are some of your favorite things to do outside plus-size modeling? Spend time with my doggies! Having fun with family and friends. Telling jokes!

Are there any other parts of the fashion world that you would like to explore? Yes, fashion styling.

What are some of your other talents? Drawing, Hairstyling. Cooking, Writing

What misconceptions do some people have about what it means being a full-figured woman? That we have to be afraid to show some skin!

Now for the FuN!

Describe an ideal date: Me: My rich husbands Black Card, Alysia, my two puppies Us: in hot Gucci Sunglasses and the BMW…or did the date have to be with a guy?

Who is your secret celebrity crush? Idris Elba

Dream Vacation? Vegas

Dream designer to work with? Diane Von Furstenberg

I hope you enjoyed Yvonne’s interview. You can follow her via twitter @ModelYve. For ALL bookings and inquiries contact yyvonnesmith@gmail.com.

Yvonne is my eldest sister. I love her so much. #SisterLove

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Vintage x Tracee Ellis Ross = ♡

 

I love Tracee Ellis Ross! I’ve loved her ever since she starred in one of my favorite back-in-the-day sitcoms Girlfriends. What Tracee and I have in common is a LOVE for vintage fashion! Who knew?! I recently started following her YouTube channel and I found the vid below. Midway through watching I immediately felt I needed to call her and we needed to hang out and grab some brunch, and hit some vintage spots in Southern California. THE eND. lol Hey, a girl can dream right?! 😛

I think anyone who has seen Miss Ellis Ross on the red carpet, and interviews would agree; her impeccable style is timeless and classy. There hasn’t been a time I’ve seen her and not thought “I need that in my life”. 🙂 I said the same thing about her pieces in this vid!

What are some of favorite vintage pieces? Are you a vintage blogger or v-logger? I’d love to “need your stuff in my life” too 🙂 Check out the vid and let’s connect and chat about it below!