Posts in Category: THE MUSE

It’s Our Time

People love to say, “It’s their time” but go do you know? You know it’s your time when no matter what goes “wrong”, the solution follows right after. You know it’s your time because you finally realize YOUR POWER. You know it’s your time when people start to inform you of your accomplishments. The real defining moment is when YOU decide it is. Most people experience their time once they decide to be all in!

Jump in, before you know it, you will get to where you want. Your soul will be your compass. Your instincts will direct you if you really listen to them. “Do it anyway”…no matter what comes up, choose to accomplish your goals. I can be really repetitive but everything I’m saying is so true. I know because I live this. I don’t always “feel like it” or “want to” but every time I start and keep going I accomplish my goal. Just do it.
The Muse fashion:
It’s always my time to dress how I like. If you are new welcome! I’m Brio and I love to wear Pajamas... fashionably. If I’m not wearing lingerie fully, it can possibly be found somewhere in the look. This look is no exception. This set is vintage and I found it at a thrift store in Cleveland. My favorite thrift store is, “Value World”. My bra was actually given to me by my mom…she never wore it. What is funnier about it, is its Vintage Victoria Secret and it’s so my style. I’m sure she didn’t intend on it to be my shirt but hey...
It’s your time to be you...unapologetically YOU!
Music: Johnny P, “It’s Our Time”

GET IT YA SELF

What’s poppin’???
Ain’t nobody gonna do it better than you! You have to be your motivation…your growth and success has to be your main focus. You MUST be the initiator until your dreams become your reality. It’s not healthy to always need others to do for you. Now with that being said, you have to know how to build a good team. Everything in life is about balance.
Ask yourself some real questions:
1) Are you procrastinating (making excuses). Even if it’s a good excuse, it is STILL is an excuse. You having a day job can’t be an excuse. Whatever you want in life, you have to go after no matter what. People make time for what they care about. 2) Are you self-doubting? STOP! Stop being mean to yourself...you are dope. Figure out why your dope if you don’t know why. Just because you haven’t “made it” yet, does not mean you never will and only you can stop you. 4) Have you surrendered to the process? This question seems the hardest. However, once you have answered 1-3 it’s the easiest. Partner with your higher self and accomplish everything you were born to do. Okay I hear you…how do I surrender to my dreams? 1) You express your gratitude for how far you have come. 2) You pay attention and take notes of why it didn’t work before. 3) You use those notes and fix what didn’t work and keep what did work. 4) You never stop striving for your goal. A break isn’t quitting, it’s taking a rest so you can come back stronger.

The Muse look:
Try to tell me I can’t, it’s the mood and ESSENCE of my life. Can’t you see it with this look? It was very hot but I was feeling “fly uncle” tease. I live for a blouse and I live even harder for a pajama-blouse-tied-into-a-crop-top. In case you were wondering, yes it Vintage/thrifted. The linen pants are from Joie. In the summer my great uncles always had silk dress shirts and/or linen suits. I always love that…hence the tease I’m serving. It wouldn’t be Abstract B.K.A. BRIO if I didn’t pay homage and switch it...at the same time.
Listen ABSTRACTS you can make yourself proud by believing in action...start now don’t wait on anyone’s stamp of approval. STOP “working towards” your goal and start achieving your goals!

In My Blood 

Sometimes I don’t feel 100% but don’t we all? The most important thing is what you do when you DO feel 100%. Do you turn to a vice that will lead to more issues? Or do you decide that giving up isn’t an option? I seem to always find myself trying again, it is where I find my sanity. I pick my art back up and start creating.
A huge issue that a lot of people struggle with is, “feeling good”. We as humans like to feel good. We like to feel good about; our choices, life experiences, etc. and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that. However, you aren’t going to feel “good” about everything…sometimes you have to do it away. Do what you know you have to do anyway, this will always lead to better things. It will lead you to feel better, creating better and actually experiencing the good again.
Speaking of experiencing the good, it feels good to be able to wear jeans and lingerie tops…it still isn’t too cold. The top is an unknown Vintage lingerie Top and I paired it with a vintage Victoria Secret. My denim jeans are from Joie and the shoes are from Go Jane.
It might not always feel good but create anyway. You have something to share…We all need you!
Shawn Mendes: “In My Blood”

Get out the way

I won’t let you get in the way. I can’t let my emotions, my energy, and focus get in the way. I have things to do! Okay, let me explain a little more…often in life, we get distracted by default responses. Typically I do this and usually, I’m this way…if those ways are negative then it’s an issue. They are getting in the way of what you should be focused on. I cannot let my love/comfort with my bad habits get in the way of my purpose. I have rewritten this post 20 times, partly because I’m distracted. I don’t like to do anything if I’m not 100% feeling it…that’s not productive. You will never be 100% all the time. You have to be selfless and create because you will always feel better after you accomplish your goal.

Get out of your own way, there are more promises outside of your comfort zone. Also, it’s not a positive habit to be comfortable with just dreaming and no action…that doesn’t feel good. Sure you don’t like when things aren’t perfect but nothing can be. You are going to regret more that you didn’t try, then if you actually tried but don’t half do it. Keep going and after a while, the fire will ignite. Sure, you may not be where you want to be. Sure, you may not have all the things you want. That can’t be your focus, your focus has to be BUT I will have!
This is look is all about creating something new with what you have and not letting your thinking get in the way. The “dress” is actually a blouse and the necklace was passed down to me from my MeMaw (grandma). The shoes are about 10+ years old from Aldo and my belt is so vintage Gap. Get out of your own way and trust your vision!

The haunt of a Dream

How?! How to start over? How do I get the momentum AGAIN? I have stopped before and I have “taken breaks” but I am never content when I’m not doing my Art...it’s haunting me. Nothing feels as good as when I’m not actively doing “Amp”.

If I know all this why would I ever stop…well because I fell prey to my old habits. Those habits being doubt, fear, concern that someone will see. Or worst they might want further explanation of what I do or say. I feel better tucked off, yet my spirit feels trapped because part of my expression of art is showcasing. I have to be in the public eye and I have to step out of my comfort zone. When I started “Amp” I blocked out everything and just did it consistently. Year two came and I felt like I had to focus on everything I ignored. Why because even though this is a form of therapy…I want money and I want a platform to help others overcome what I feel being a creative means. I’m certain I’m not the only with these experiences.
Also, I know that by me being brave I encourage others. So back to the question! How do you do it? You choose your Art over fear. Fear = hate, rather self-hate or hate from outsiders. If its hate from within, you have to deal with it. If it’s outside hate you just ignore it. To obtain success, you must understand mind over matter. What you believe is more relevant than your current situation.

Have you ever had an idea but was too fearful to act on it? Has a similar idea surfaced but it was done by some else? If the answer is YES, there is a reason for that. One reason is we are ALL creatives and the universe calls us to an idea but only a few choose to overcome their fear to obtain success. The other reason is proof that you, my dear were onto something. It’s a sign from the universe to ACT on your ideas. I have had many ideas that I’m seeing and they are making others millions. Now that I’m an adult I had to ask myself a question…when are you just going to dive in? I choose now and I want to dive in now. I really don’t have much of a choice.
Now that that’s clear, let’s talk fashion:
This look is all about me saying okay “why not fully be myself”. My shirt is a vintage pearl top. My pants are vintage PJ pants from my grandma that I rolled up and belted. The shoes are from Go Jane.
P.S. Thanks for reading my rededication to my Art. I have been gone for a while, so expect longer post for about a week.

                                                                                                               Music: BEYONCE HAUNTED

WHAT A BLESSING ?!

Listen when Big Sean said, “I live the life I deserve, blessed Fuck a vacay, I feel better at work”…I felt that! No really I did, I’m truly blessed. I’m so blessed that if I just DO something, everything I want will manifest. I’m also so blessed that everything works out! This is not me boasting, this is me being extremely grateful! I am dealing with a lot of things at one time. My dreams are manifesting while I’m also kinda struggling and it’s a beautiful thing if I’m honest. It’s beautiful because the negative won’t last long. I have fallen before or been a “little off” but this time I’m still working. It’s not perfect and it’s not super organized but it’s something I’m proud of. In life especially when you’re creating, you must be proud of your content. People will always feel what they feel about it, however, that is none of your business. I don’t have everything figured out but what I do know is I’m going to show my gratitude every day! It doesn’t matter what is not the way I want because that too will be fixed.

So what if you don’t have money, so what if you don’t have the support, so what if you don’t know how you are going to get to what you desire…SO WHAT! Why so what because everything that you want you to have. You have the willpower and the focus, you will attract everything else. Just because you want it now doesn’t mean you’re ready. I wanted plenty of things but 30% was fear stopping me, 30% I didn’t see the bigger plan, 30% it wasn’t the TIME and 10% was procrastination! Once I started shifting those percentages to 60% of my belief in God’s plan and 40% believe in ME...it started.
Speaking of blessings…this look I was blessed to create. This is yet another throwback and this was the 2nd shoot I did with my friend photographer. She is a true blessing…she always captures what I need and edits perfectly! I wanted to be a little all over the place! Faux Fur, vintage bras, and vintage distressed jeans. The jacket was a Christmas gift from Zara. The bras are vintage and I acquired them from my mom. The jeans I purchased from a Goodwill in Miami Florida in 2011 and I distressed them myself. The boots are old from Forever 21 and the vintage hat belonged to my grandfather.
You are blessed and though things shift...allow that shift and understand you’re blessed, so it will work out!

MUSIC: Big Sean x Drake x Little Sean - Blessings (Riot Ten HYPE OR DIE Trap Remix)

GOD’S PLAN

God’s plan? Let’s talk about it…God is definitely showing me some favoritism and I am not complaining. That doesn’t mean everything is perfect…actually, it’s the complete opposite. The hard days are just as important if not more important than the good days. I have a few things in the works. The process is overwhelming at times but each day something new is added. I am getting new information, connections, and opportunities.

Every day isn’t going to feel good and everyone that cares about you deeply will understand…initially. It’s no one’s responsibility to catch your vision fully but keep working. Keep following the plan and watch, you will be doing exactly what you always wanted. If you have been reading my blog for a while, it may sound repetitive. The reason is the first few steps are the hardest and you have to go back to do them often. Here they are again…

1) Discover your passion
2) Start (whatever and wherever you are.. just start)
3) Make a plan
4) Believe it will work!
I am not where I plan on being but I’m working God’s plan. Coincidentally HIS plan is my plan…it’s coming together.
Speaking of God and his plans, it’s is sizzling hot in LA. However, I wanted to throwback to cooler times. This look is a vintage Army Fatigue jacket and Pants. The jacket is from L Train Vintage in Brooklyn and the pants are from a thrift store in Cleveland Ohio called, “Value World”. I love both of these stores…they always come through! The shoes I bought on sale at Go Jane and the jewelry is a mix of Vintage with Contemporary. Just like life, sometimes the perfect outfit takes time to come together.

MUSIC: DJ LIL KEL - GODS PLAN (JERSEY CLUB MIX) #NJCLUB

ASK BOUT ME

No need to ask about me…I already know you know. Well if you don’t let’s talk…I’m Brio and all I do is be myself. That would consist of watching reruns, thrifting and trying to only create what is real to me while provoking my fellow abstract to obtain their own vision.
Sure it’s hard but in order to be heard, you have to make a sound which is a metaphor for creating. I don’t like to do the “right” things all the time. Take today, for instance, I definitely procrastinated on a number of things. I know how important it is to go after what I want but I’m discouraged. Well maybe discouraged isn’t the right word…I’m feeling disconnected. When I feel like this I have to ask myself, “What have you been allowing in your world”? Hmmm let’s see…Procrastination, aiding distractions and fear + reading all the negativity going on in the world. June has had some UPS and as the month went on some unfortunate events have transpired. It left me feeling fragmented and these emotions are things we all deal with.

Somedays we are 100% and other days it feels like June 2018. Don’t beat yourself up, take your journey to your dreams a day at a time. Allow those days that you are off to remind yourself that you will be who you were born to be. You already have what you need to conquer and all of the connections they will happen. It still solely based on the work and the beliefs you have towards things…that works for good and bad things. Stay on top of it by doing your craft or goal even when you don’t feel like it.

Since the weather has been matching the energy of June in LA. I had to dress light and covered. My only way to do that is with robes and silk PJ pants which are both vintage items from the thrift. I stand for this look and it’s what my legacy will/is based upon (vintage robes and PJ’s). I wore the blue pumps again and my glasses are from a Brooklyn thrift store.
Be kind to yourself and do the work…

MUSIC THE CARTERS  (JAYZ - BEYONCE) YOU HEARD ABOUT US

AND I’M NICE!

I can do anything...if I just start! Often we find ourselves inspired but not provoked. Being inspired can just be given an idea of something to do however being provoked is to be pushed to do something. I have been somewhere in the middle of the two. I understand my perspective and what I want to do but if I get too into what others are doing, I lose the feeling of inspiration. Instead, I feel unaccomplished and less than. No, it isn’t true that I’m less than in reality but it’s true if I allow it to be. Everything in your life you create...the good and the bad which can be altered by you. If you are truly “Nice” don’t let your current circumstances make you see yourself differently. Every day won’t be amazing but how you feel about that determines everything.

Jay-Z said, “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” You would do and create anything you wanted to…well do it! Listen we are in this together. One day this blog will be a huge platform and you will have gone off and created whatever your heart desires. It will happen because BOTH of us are going after what we want...TOGETHER! We won’t stress about the process, the work, the “failures”...just the goal! With that being said, don’t feel like you should submit to the “norm” in order to be noticed or accepted. Follow the universe and your instincts, don’t be swayed away from the ideas you know is right. Over time people will catch up. I have noticed that if you stop and switch up, you later see someone getting credit/respect for doing what you started. The difference is they kept going and you stopped.

 

Speaking of being “Nice” and doing anything you want…that is always my choice for style. It’s the last week of June, the month of Pride Happy Pride lovies. The weather in June is up and down during L.A. days. Which is code for bring a jacket and that dress will definitely require pants if you aren’t in direct sunlight or at nighttime. Since I always run cold because I’m cold blooded this applies to me, lol. See what I did there? No, okay…anyway since I’m always cold I wear layers. Today’s layers consist of a Duster that I got from my Mom, a Vintage dress from an NYC vintage store and pants with splits in them. The pants are from some random fast fashion store in Cleveland and the shoes are Go Jane. Remember you can do anything because YOU’RE “Nice” at what you do.

MUSIC THE CARTERS NICE

BOSS NATURE

Everyone wants to be a Boss! I personally found that if you want to be a Boss, you have to start with self…look within you and organize your life. I am on a journey to eat and feed many. I don’t want to just be a Boss, I am here to inspire Bosses to do their craft. Don’t stress out about the time it takes to get there. The important question is...are you working towards anything at all. I suffer from procrastination not because I’m lazy but because I get nervous it’s not going to work out. If you are like me, I have noticed that working through my nervousness is key. Press through and don’t worry about if it’s working now or not, just keep at it. You will get to the result you want if you keep going.

 

Today’s look is all about being the type of “Boss” you want to be. I aspire to wear pajamas as luxury clothes all the days of my life…that’s my Boss move. My robe was a thrift find that I wear as a coat or a duster. This is the first time I wore it as a shirt. My pants are Sheer pants that go with another set and the shoes are from Charlotte Ruse. The necklace is a necklace that broke and I reworked it. As you can see I like to show a lil skin but that’s also MY Boss move!

Music: The Carters, “Boss”

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