Third time's a charm: collaborating again with The Soap Kitchen in Pasadena for Mother's Day with two new card designs, and I couldn't be more excited!! The cards are now available at The Soap Kitchen in Old Town Pasadena at 25 N Fair Oaks Ave. Join me on Instagram @thecristinatudor for my countdown to a special day, Mother's Day, the day we celebrate the amazing and strong women who brought us into this world!
First off, I want to wish my mom a very happy Mother's Day! Mommy, without you I would not BE. Period. I am amazed at how much you had to go through to bring me into this world, to raise me on your own with little-to-no support from dad, to battle for me my entire life, to make me your number ONE priority like a true mom, to sacrifice and give up SO MUCH to make my childhood a happy and carefree one! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! Words cannot express how grateful and thankful I am to have a mom like YOU!! You amaze me and inspire me every day, and I love you sooooo much!! xoxoxo <3
Well, my mom is sure getting a custom painted card from me, that's for sure - the very least I can do :-) And I'm happy I can share my Mother's Day cards with all of you, too, hope your moms like them!
You can find my two Mother's Day card designs at The Soap Kitchen, the cutest soap shop owned by Dali Yu. Dali makes all the soap and lip balm by hand, from scratch, with love and care, using only natural ingredients. She also designs all the packaging, the gift baskets and wrapping for everything in her shop! Amazing!! The soaps and lip balms are so good for you and they look super pretty, they make the best gifts either on their own or as part of a gift basket. Not sure what to give your mom for Mother's Day this year? Pick up a quick and cute pre-packaged or custom gift basket with yummy bath goodies and one of my Mother's Day cards to go with it, and you're all set. Easy peasy. Plus: mom will love you that much more for the bath goodies and thoughtful gift! <3
The card above was inspired by all the wishful thinking I know moms go through during those tough days of raising us: dreaming of traveling to romantic and beautiful places like Paris, having a great reason (and time!) to get all dressed up, do their hair and make up, take a breath and enjoy the view ... or simply just have time to take a shower! Even if those dreams of elegance and travel are put on hold for now, a luxurious bath experience with all-natural olive oil soap or shea butter soap and bath salts from The Soap Kitchen is easily within reach! Make mom happy this Mother's Day with a beautiful self-care gift!
Below is my second Mother's Day card: classic ballet pointe shoes. Because every woman is still a little girl at heart, dreaming of some day becoming a ballerina ...
Happy Mother's day to all moms out there!
Happy New Year! May the new year bring you much joy, health and happiness, and may all your wishes come true in 2018! <3
Merry Christmas, everyone! May your holidays be full of cheers, laughter and great company!
Less is more! Obsessed with bringing the face to life on paper with a minimal, edited amount of brush strokes!!
Week 26 of 52 Live Fashion Stories last Friday was inspired by live model Georgina.
Live model Brittney was my beautiful inspiration last week for Week 25 of my 52 Live Fashion Stories - putting a spin on color - why are we humans so obsessed with the color of our skin? What if our skin were blue, or purple? Here is Brittney in reds and pinks! We come in all different colors, so let's paint the rainbow!
This is my daily view here in LA on my morning runs :-) It never gets old.
Check out more fun facts about my morning routine in this Instagram post.
Inspired by Katy Perry's Instagram stories, trying on makeup designs for her upcoming 'Witness' tour.
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This year I was most inspired by Desigual at New York Fashion Week 2017. The fun head pieces, the explosion of color, the playful designs, not to mention a runway full of movement! So much fun!
My day job as an architect comes with some unique experiences. Like volunteering to help our local downtown Los Angeles community. This year, the global architecture company I work for, DLR Group, celebrated 50 years of practice. And to honor the half a century the company has been in business and the rich DLR Group history, we decided to contribute to a local organization named Jovenes, Inc., which helps local young people and families at-risk succeed with valuable resources and skills.
Some of the things they needed at the time we reached out to them to offer our volunteer services were two new canopies, a few benches, creating a fresh new garden and help with painting a wall mural.
The wall mural was designed by two of their young members who are talented artists in the making. I joined the mural painting group because I had never painted a mural before, and I wanted that new experience while still helping out. The two artists had already sketched the mural parts on the wall before our volunteer day, and we helped them start to paint it.
Working on the mural turned out to be so much fun! It was great to connect with young kids who are excited about creating and who have so much to say through their artwork. So much energy and passion!
But I have to admit, painting a large wall mural, with the sun beating down on us in temps above 90 and sweating like crazy was maybe a little different than painting my usually small watercolors sitting on my comfy couch with the AC on ;-) Little did I know, it was not exactly a walk in the park, but it was so engaging to change the scale and perspective, and at the end of the day, it was amazing to see it all start to come together! We made great progress in just one day and, with their guidance, we helped the two young artists' concept and vision start to come to life.
I have a completely new understanding of what it takes to paint a wall mural, and I have a lot of respect for artists who work with this challenging medium.
While I was having fun painting the mural, the construction was well on the way for other groups of our volunteers.
Keith working hard building one of the canopies.
Chuy absorbed in his task.
With my buddy, Jose, getting ready for some freshly made tacos at lunch.
Not just a pretty architect face: Chuy has mad climbing skills!
Keith and Jose putting together one of the two canopies. Way to go, guys!
Architects, engineers and interior designers, monkeying around one of the finished canopy. We work hard and play hard!
With Isabel (left), our admin extraordinaire, and Liz (right), who is not just an architect, but also a talented photographer. Liz took most of the photos here, and you can find more of her awesome work at elizabethsierra.com Thanks for letting me use your photos, Liz, what great memories!
I'm thankful I got the chance to practice a new painting skill while giving back to our community. At the end of the day, it was very rewarding to contribute to an organization that helps so many and to spend some time with my friends and coworkers on a beautiful LA day!
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