Hi! I just wanted everyone to know that Mia Mangos has officially moved and changed its name! Come check out Mia & Pup! See you there!
Hello, all! If you have been following along with me so far, I’d like to thank you! I have only been blogging here at Mia Mangos for about two months, but I quickly realized something. I need to narrow my focus a little. I am one of those people that really needs some boundaries for myself, or I can seem to bounce around to every topic that is available. That is the case here with Mia Mangos. I wanted it to be a place where I could share things happening in our lives, my ideas, inspirations, and passions. That being said, I have been working quite a bit behind the scenes on something in the works. Since Derek and I are both educators by day, I think it is only fitting that my blog starts focusing on the things that provide me the most inspiration each day…the simple beauty of daily life, art, and children. Therefore, I will be hitting the restart button, so to speak. Mia Mangos is getting a total facelift, a new name, a new direction, and a new location! But don’t worry! I will still be keeping to my aesthetic and filling you in on what Derek and I are up to! Stay tuned for the updates! I’ll be starting a countdown on Instagram, so follow along there if you are in for the new adventure!
I thought August flew quickly, but September was a whole new wave of busy that I was not expecting to ride. This month was so full of work, birthdays, holidays, and outings that it all feels like a blur. I am looking forward to October, because I have some new ideas up my sleeve! But let’s focus on September and the stand outs.
- flower chikara – unknown
- vintage rug – Sukan
- free form ceramics – Laura Letinksy
- floral installation – Rebecca Louise Law
I was pretty slow to finally read this book. (It came out last year!) However, this is definitely a case of better late than never! Malala’s story is both tragic and inspiring. I found myself getting extremely angry, and it made me want to take action. As many of you know, Derek and I are both educators, so this story was very close to my heart. In the US, we take education for granted sometimes, so stories like Malala’s really put into perspective how much we still need to stand up for equal and accessible education.
Like me, Alison is a new blogger, but it seems as if she has been blogging for years. Her vision is so concise…and unique!! Food by Mars is a food blog that incorporates a little astrology and celestial influence. She chooses seasonal ingredients to make delicious, clean-eating recipes. Her recipes are extremely easy to follow, and I have been so excited every time she posts a new one. Her Instagram is full of beautiful photographs of food, so feel free to follow along with her there, too!
This is actually a collaboration of artists that I just found this month. Felt+Fat is a Philadelphia based handmade manufacturing group headed by the creatives Nate Mell & Wynn Bauer. I love the way that they play with glazes for the pieces to create some really interesting effects. However, they also manage to keep clean lines and a minimal style, which I love! Follow along via their Instagram account for even more!
Since September is also the birthday month of author Roald Dahl, it is only fitting that my favorite quote this month comes from him. He had such a different and interesting way of looking at the world, and his writing has remained popular with children and adults alike for many years. Find this print here.
This was a tough one, because I really enjoyed writing my 26 post and reflecting back on our trips around the world. However, this was my first time making a full floral arrangement, so I am pretty excited about it. The entire day was so fun, and I can’t wait to do it again!
What stood out in September for you?
I know that I’ve been pretty much all over the board with the Say What posts, but I think it is best to start the week them. So from now on, Mondays are the new home for these words. This one in particular can be interpreted so many different ways. I choose to take it as living simply. I mentioned before that I used to value materialistic things more than I’d like to admit. But as I grow and learn more, I realize things are not matter most in life. I have been hearing and reading quite a bit about capsule wardrobes, and it may be something to showcase here soon! Vivienne Westwood’s words pretty much endorse this idea in my eyes, and as spring is quickly approaching here in in Chile, our apartment is due for a thorough spring cleaning. I like the idea of narrowing down the items in my closet. This allows more room for new pieces as the seasons change. Think of it as a cycle. Out with the old, and in with the new.
What do you think of capsule wardrobes? How do you try to simplify life?
I have always been slow to get with the social media trends. It took me about three years to join Facebook. The same thing happened with Twitter. Instagram was no different. I remember my sister showing me her beautiful photos, and I would ask why I would want to put more photos online. Now here I am with a blog doing just that. I also am completely obsessed with Instagram, so here are my 10 favorite Instagram accounts for the moment.
1. @justinablakeney: Justina Blakeney’s work is so inspiring. She is a true artist. I can’t speak to her aesthetic enough. If you love bright colors, fun patterns, and eclectic mixtures, hers is a definite account to follow. Check out her website here.
2. @lhcalligraphy: Laura has a way with letters that I truly envy. Some of her videos make it look so easy and flawless. Her photos are the icing on the cake. I may have to try my hand at calligraphy soon. Check out her Etsy shop and follow along!
3. @humansofny: It is said that a photo speaks a thousand words. Humans of NY truly capture that saying as they travel around NY and the world sharing the stories behind the faces. I am always excited to see their new posts.
4: @thethingsshesees: Meghan is new to the blogging and Instagram world, but it seems as if she has been doing this forever. Her photos are always airy and perfect. And don’t get me started on her custom dreamcatchers! I can’t wait to get one for myself. She is truly inspiring to me as a new blogger. Check out her site here.
5. @notyourstandard: Kayla has the life most dream to have. She travels regularly all over Europe, she always looks beautiful, and she attends the most amazing events! Her Instagram account is just full of beautiful photos of the world, delicious bites, and her personal style. I also love following along with her blog. She posts amazing recipes that are easy to recreate.
6. @_brittbass: I cannot express my love for abstract art enough, so it is a given that I instantly fell in love with Britt’s prints and original pieces. Her whitewashed website is the perfect backdrop for her fun and colorful prints. I love how you can see every brush stroke on the canvas. Follow along for more creativity!
7. @ohannielee: I actually first found her blog, and I knew I had to follow along with her adventures on Instagram as well. She has only be blogging for a little over a year, but she has an aesthetic of a true pro. I love her eye for the littlest details. I also have a soft spot for fellow expats, so hers was a no brainer for me.
8. @brickyardbuffalo: If their name isn’t enough for you to fall completely in love, I am sure the photos will sell you. The Brickyard Buffalo is a pop-up shop, and I can’t get enough. Everything is completely affordable (and adorable). But don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself!
9. @randomactsofpastel: Champagne, pastels, and pastries…oh my! I sometimes just sit in awe at how she keeps her color palette so on point. Alyssa never wavers from her signature pastel colors. Even in her blog, her consistency and aesthetic are applaudable. And anyone who loves sweets as much as I do is definitely one to follow!
10. @thetrottergirl: So you may have heard of Trotter Magazine, but you may not have heard of Eva Tsang (aka The Trotter Girl). Her Instagram is just full of minimal beauty with a nice neutral color palette…and lots of coffee!
BONUS @mustafaseven: This is pretty much the crème de la crème of all Instagram accounts in my book. His photos are out of this world, and they make me want to experience it all through his lens. Everything he puts online makes my jaw drop, and I have troubles getting it back to its regular position. Follow along for the awe inspiring beauty that is our world.
So, there you have it my 10 (with a bonus) favorite Instagram accounts. Which accounts spark your creativity?
Rumi and his poems have always been a huge source of inspiration for me. He is so spiritual, and his words truly make you want to do better and be better. I chose these specific words, because they are so perfect for things going on around here lately. Sometimes we feel we are too busy to do the things we truly love. While I love teaching, I also have a strong passion for the arts and different cultures. Lately, I have been taking more time to make, to dream, to write, and to access my creative side. It is so important to fulfill all areas of your life, and these words aptly exemplify that. If something is exciting, we should just go for it. If a project speaks to you, find the time to pursue it! What excites your soul?
I loved this quote for so many reasons. First, I also tend to find myself drawn to things that are not overtly beautiful. If you’ve seen his collections and advertisements, you definitely see the truth in these words. If not, I suggest checking them out here. He, along with many other designers, recently styled their own versions of the classic Wizard of Oz, which is Derek’s favorite movie, so I had to check it out. Pretty cool!
This quote also stood out because it can interpreted so many different ways. In my case, I think it is such an important message for all people. There really is no perfect look, perfect style, or perfect way of thinking. Our unique minds, thoughts, and styles are what make us beautiful. Those that see the world differently are those that have the power to change it, so I say embrace your quirks! Enjoy being odd, different, unique, weird, etc. What do you find beautiful?
Wow! August absolutely flew past me. This month has been a whirldwind for us, as we continue to explore Santiago. Mia Mangos has officially been running for a month! (Yay!) So , these are just a few highlights from August.
I am currently reading Unaccustomed Earth by Jhuma Lahiri, and I am hooked. I read her first novel (a collection of short stories), Interpreter of Maladies and was hooked. Her style is accessible and relatable to all people, and I think I’m going to be on a Lahiri kick for a while!
I’ve found myself completely obsessed with Victoria McGinley’s new blog (formerly vmac+cheese) and website. Her style is exquisite, and I always enjoy reading her posts. If you enjoy design, this is a must read! *All photos above are hers.
Suzanne Sullivan creates beautiful and unique ceramics. Check out her collections at Shop KOROMIKO.
I originally saw this on Pinterest and followed the link to Clementine Daily (another blog that quickly found its way into my daily reader). These two words have such a strong message. Why wait? I said before that I am a huge daydreamer, and I focus so much on the big picture and making things exact that I sometimes forget to just get started!
Our tour to Trapiche in Argentina was a definite favorite. Check it out here.
What were your favorite pieces from the month?
Transforming a brick wall or piece of concrete into a masterpiece isn’t something just any of us can do. It amazes me every day when Derek and I walk the streets of Santiago (or any large city) and see the amazing pieces of art whose creators, for the most part, remain unknown. To me, these are true artists. They create, not for the glory, but for the sake of creating. Each piece, from the beautiful to the strange, renders a different feeling. A few brighten my day, others leave me scratching my head, and some of the political pieces make me feel that I should become more involved. These are a few of my favorite pieces from around the city of Santiago, Chile.
photo 1: near Universidad Catolica | photo 2: near La Moneda metro | photo 3: near Barrio Lastarria
So what do you think? Is street art your “type”? Do you prefer Bansky or the anonymous? What city boasts your favorite pieces?