25 August 2014 12 hours in Taipei

Hotel in Taipei.

A view outside of my Hotel in Taipei.

Which were quite uneventful. After a 13 hour flight and a string of sleepless nights leading up to this Glossy Getaway I was pretty exhausted upon landing. But I mustered up enough energy to explore some of the city in what little time I had.

This was also my first experience staying at a hostel. It served its purpose but I am definitely NOT the hostel type. The CU Hotel was a fine place to store my stuff, take a shower and sleep for a few hours, however, sharing a room with 2 strangers was, well, slightly strange. Really I can’t do too much complaining, as soon as I checked in I ventured back out to the Ningxia Night Market just a few steps away from my home for the night.

To my surprise there were a good amount of people out at 12pm on a Monday night. Street vendors sold all kinds of interesting looking fare and with the exception of one delectable chocolate macaron I tried none of it. Just no appetite for food at that moment.

Night market in Taipei.

Roaming the Ningxia Night Market.

scooter in taipei.

Seems to be Taipei’s transportation of choice.

TPE airport.

Spotted walking through the airport.

lines and light at the airport.

The perfect lines paired with the perfect light before boarding flight to Bali.

Young and old whizzed through narrow streets on scooters, going who knows where. I snapped photos and resisted the temptation to venture through the maze of intriguing alleyways. After about 1 1/2 hours of exploration I called it a night.

It’s premature of me to form any type of informed opinion about this city. I will say the condensed design and ruinish looking architecture are not the most pleasing to my eyes . And during this morning’s bus ride back to the airport I found myself asking where is the beauty in this land? Only a few moments later the rising sun softly brightened the sky and a range of majestically carved mountains were revealed to me.

Leave it to Mother Nature to paint the perfect picture amongst man’s madness.

With that said, I’m ready to be in Bali now.

Love, The Glossy Queen

24 August 2014 Off to Dreamland!

August 24 is always a super special day for me because it’s my birthday. But this year its even more special than others. Today I say goodbye eL Ay, goodbye America. Today is the day I head to Bali!!!

The weeks leading up to this adventure have been absolutely crazy. Things transpired in life that could’ve set off a panic attack. No panicking from me though, I’ve adopted a simple motto to combat life’s curve balls…

Keep it zen.

Instead of asking why or wasting energy battling for something that needed to be left a long time ago I started making art.

Fantastic things began working their way through me. I sat for long nights and long days at my desk. Hyper-focused. Phone calls went unanswered (sorry friends) and plenty of meals were missed. I even found myself giving thanks, for the unwelcoming events started to feel like a blissing.

Ideas which had been brewing in my mind, waiting for the perfect moment to come to life, were taking shape in this 3 dimensional plane. Happyness!

So here it is my lovelies! The Glossy Queen’s very first capsule collection – Off to Dreamland. It consists of 11 unique items; all handmade, one-of -a-kind or found by me. Each piece is available in limited quantities and I’ve got one of everything coming to Bali with me!

off to dreamland by the glossy queen

“Off to Dreamland” by The Glossy Queen launching 8/24/14.

Although I had limited time and limited resources to create this body of art I’m very satisfied with how it turned out. There is an an overall quality of airiness thanks to the cooling pastel tones. Personally my eye is attracted to softer colors these days. Hmmm, think that says a lot about where I’m at in life. A place of serenity regardless of the circumstances I find myself in.

Boarding starts in 15 minutes! While I’m in transit the shoppe will be offline. Once I touch down and get settled in Bali it will be updated with all the loveliness seen above and a few additional surprises as well.

One more thing… is undergoing a makeover! Must thank P. Thomas Garcia for responding with swiftness to my requests and helping me clean up the site. Changes are still being made so please forgive any broken links, etc. while we breathe new life into my online space.

Love, The Glossy Queen

Handpainting business cards.

Painting my business cards with watercolors.

My intention when I started blogging 8 days ago was to blog for 10 days straight. As a countdown to the Glossy Getaway. But its just been way too crazy and I’ve missed a few days.

But ok. I am here today…hello there!

Earlier this week I made business cards. Its truly disgraceful how long I’ve been sans cards. Maybe a year. I’m not the best when it comes to marketing. But I’m making an attempt to be better. And one way to be better in that department is to have a card at the ready.

I leave the country in two days so there is no way I could’ve placed an order. What does that mean…


handpainted business cards

Step 1 // Paint a free form design on a blank white card.

hand-stamping business cards

Step 2 // setting type , this means hand stamping each card.

Typical for a bootstrapping artiste. I dug out little bits and pieces of things I’d collected over time. This is what came out!

A hand-painted, hand-stamped business card. It is simple, to the point. I’m becoming more of a minimalist by the day.

Sometimes restraints of call kinds are a blissing. Even restraints in time.

colorful handmade jewelry by the glossy queen and handmade business cards

The finished product + a sneak peek of “Off to Dreamland”

The process of making these was as magnifique as the outcome. As soon as I picked up the paint brush everything organically came out of me and turned little pieces of perfection. Magic! Truly I adore them. They encapsulate everything I want to express at the moment and making them was such a pleasure.

One thing for me to remember is I must be discerning when handing them out, as I only have 34. Again, restraints and limitations.

Love , The Glossy Queen


queen elizabeth coin earrings in gold by the glossy queen

Queen Elizabeth Coin Earrings | $36.00 each (3 pairs available)

Told you I scored!

Finding these Queen Elizabeth coins during my day in DTLA was most certainly divine alignment. I mean could these fabulous coin beads be any more perfect? I don’t think so. I was so excited about them I managed to put in another full day’s work Friday night when I returned to le studio. Maybe trekking all over the city under the roaring Leo sun gave me some extra special energy to work with. Aww, the dog days of summer – love em!

Whatever it was I was in the zone (and still am my lovelies). Sometime early Saturday morning I had these amazing earrings in my ear.

And yes they are amazing.

Not just because they sport my birth name and my brand name. I love them because in this moment they are my favorite shade of metal – a rich, warm gold tone. Another thing to love is how they make a statement without weighing you down. In other words, they are very light. I wore them all day Sunday and if it wasn’t for the coins chiming in the breeze I would have forgotten I had them on.

Here’s the scoop…

The 1st production run is a limited to 3 pairs and they are priced at $36.00 each. I plan on heading back to DTLA tomorrow to pick up more coins but who knows how many will be left. So if you love them grab them now.

By the way, did you see the sneak peek I posted on Instagram? Think it was Saturday night. I deleted the photo because it was a pretty shitty shot. I’ll be posting more sneak peeks on Instagram and Twitter. Please feel free to chime in if you’re feeling a yaay (or even a naay) about something.

Oh and as of today, only 6 days til I’m Off To Dreamland. Of course these will be coming with.

Love, The Glossy Queen

17 August 2014 A Day in DTLA

colorful dtla skyline

Old Greyhound building on Los Angeles Street.

My days as a Downtown dweller ended in 2010. After 6+ years of residing in the concrete jungle the time came to move on but it’s always fun Daytrippin’ in my old hood as I did yesterday … The majority of my afternoon was spent in the fashion district. It’s always been one of my favorite areas to frequent. And I’m sure you can guess why. It’s a designer’s dream. Tons of nooks and crannies to get lost in and most definitely a sensory overload. But my lovelies it’s raw! Please don’t venture down here looking for pretty & pristine. The beauty will not find you, you have it find it.

pink flowers on the floor

Flowers on concrete at the DTLA flower market.

Hey, that’s what makes the experience a fun one. Outfitted in floral oxfords and a backpack I braved the Downtown dust and blazing sun on the search for gold. Let me just tell you I SCORED! I will be adding a pair of beautiful gold coin earrings to the shoppe tomorrow. First production run is limited to 3 pairs only and they will be priced at $36.00 each, so stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post.

Speaking of earrings I had another stop to make while visiting DTLA. A walk up north to the Old Bank District. Ahh the nostalgia, OBD is the district I used to call home. And are those tears in my eyes (missing that gorgeous loft space). Unfortunately there was no time to stop in Pete’s for their famous mac-n-cheese. My purpose for the multi-block walk was to drop off a pair of earrings my friend LaToya ordered. She’s the buyer at the Downtown Women’s Center boutique. She’s also an amazing photographer and model. Us Virgo’s are multi-talented, ya know! I plan on doing a separate post on the darling gem of a boutique that is DWC but in the meantime stop in and check it out. There is a great Burning Man section for you lovelies headed to the Playa.

OK…I’ve really got to run so let me wrap this up. After dropping off the earrings I stopped in Levi’s Commuter Workspace to recharge. Oh my goodness this space is awesome. Just wish I had a fraction of the marketing budget Levi’s has to create something so cool & useful. So what is the Commuter Workspace you ask? A creative hub, gathering place and resource center. They have free wifi, free coffee and it’s only open for the month of August. Wouldn’t it be awesome if it stayed forever!!! Wishful thinking.

After all this you can imagine how famished I was. I stopped in Silo Vodka Bar for some delish short rib tacos and grapefruit juice. I know… Juice at a vodka bar. But I’m not much for vodka and the bar doesn’t even serve bottled water. #Fail on that call.

By this time I was ready to call it a day but had to head back to the Commuter Workspace for a 7pm meeting. All in a days work. Running around DTLA that Friday day into evening is a perfect analogy for my life right now – hectic. In the best of ways.

And here are a few more snaps of what I saw along the way.

Love, The Glossy Queen

colorful nike shoes

I just popped into this sneaker shop (name unknown) to snap a few pics.

levi's commuter workspace dtla

The look at Levi’s Commuter Workspace on 5th.

colorful printed fabric

Oh, the possibilities!

walking up blue stairs

Steady risin’ ya’ll!