Just Call Me Della Street

For those of you that follow my blog, you know that I work at Barnes & Noble. I love books, but I realized I needed a different job that was more of a resume builder, if you get my drift.  Well, guess what happened this week?

I got hired to be a bilingual legal secretary! 😀

Now when I was a kid, I always dreamed about being either Lois Lane or Della Street. We all know who Lois Lane is, of course, but how many of us know about the fantabulous Della Street?

 

article-2199344-14DECCE4000005DC-111_634x494Della Street is mostly known as the legal secretary in the long running Perry Mason TV series. The first appearance of Della Street’s fictional character, however, came about in Erle S. Gardner’s unpublished novel Reasonable Doubt.

Gardner’s novel described her this way: “Della Street …Secretary, twenty-seven, quiet, fast as hell on her feet, had been places. Worked in a carnival or side show, knows all the lines, hard-boiled exterior, quietly efficient, puzzled over the lawyer, chestnut hair, trim figure, some lines on her face, a hint of weariness at the corners of her eyes.”

But back to the Perry Mason TV series…

I always felt that her immense loyalty and bravery were what kept her boss, defense attorney Perry Mason, in business. Not to mention all the crazy overtime she put in!

Della Street was one badass secretary.

She always kept a cool head, showed empathy to distressed clients, and got to join Perry Mason and his private detective (Paul Drake) in all sorts of crazy adventures.

 

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And of course, I just had to put some color shots as well! 😀 Hope you enjoyed reading about one of my childhood heroes. Until the next time…

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Art Saved My Life

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I am going to do something I have never done before in my life.

I am going to admit publicly within this internet world that I was abused as a child.

The sole thing that saved me was art. I cannot emphasize enough how many times I gained some measure of comfort by escaping from this world through the form of artistic expression.

It helped dull the pain. It helped distract me a little from my hopeless world. It helped me feel that I was capable of adding something beautiful to this world. It helped me feel empowered and magnificent.

My parents exhibited a mixture of destructive mental illness symptoms that I now believe to have been bipolar and/or borderline personality disorder. To say that I grew up acquainted with fear is an vast understatement. I never knew what it was like to stop looking behind my back until a few years ago when I moved as far away as possible.

Perhaps you are wondering why I am choosing to share this now.

It is because it is the truth. The abuse did happen, whether or not my parents would like to pretend it didn’t happen. Just like it happens in homes all over the world.

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This post is for those who cannot speak for themselves. Whether it is because they are afraid that no one will believe them, or perhaps because they are not in a safe place yet.

If you are still being abused, you are not alone. I know it seems like you are, and you probably think ending your life is the only way to escape the agony, but you have to believe me. Your life is only just begun. There is time yet to make a new start and experience safety and happiness. Don’t give up hope! I repeat, you are not alone.

If you have suffered from verbal, psychological, mental, physical, or sexual abuse, you are not alone. You do not need to be afraid that no one will believe you. I believe you.

 

 

 

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Art by Dina Argov

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During my first years of college, three of my friends were majoring in art.

Two were painters and the other a photographer. I remember spending literally hours in the art studios, watching them and others paint. Sitting on the nearest stool, I would ask them billions of questions about brush techniques and color pallets.

Up until then, I had taken rich colors for granted. For the first time in my life, I became aware of concepts such as light, shadow, and depth.  Once I began to observe the world differently, my writing changed drastically.

For those of you new to this site, I am an avid writer.  I now notice infinite details I never captured before, my mind working like a filming camera everywhere I go. It’s almost as if my eyes are taking rapid succession of shots from the scenery and people around me. Shots and snippets that are stored in my memory for future use when developing new story concepts.

It is mentally exhausting at times to process so many details, but once having trained my mind to do so, I would never go back to the old me.

I will always be grateful to my old friends, Grant, Betsy, and Abigail. Because of them, I will always hold a unique respect for artists.

 

One artist I currently admire is  Dina Argov, an illustrator and designer, based in Israel. Her talents include traditional oil painting, watercolor, pen and ink drawing, and computer processed images. She has a surreal and whimsical approach to art, interlaced with bold strokes of color.

The art featured in this post is a short collection of her works. Many of these are available for sale in her Etsy shop or on display in her site, Art by Dina Argov.

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Isn’t she amazing? I’d love to have the creativity and patience to do something like that!  But then again, I’m not sure anything can compare to the thrill I get of writing away till the wee hours of the morning finishing a poem or another chapter for my book. 😉

To all the lovely dolls and handsome gents that peruse this blog, happy Sunday! 😀

Brandi Carlile: The Story

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Have you ever heard of the song, The Story?

It’s one of the few songs that I truly identify with.  When I first popped into Seattle almost a year ago, I literally had only two suitcases and about $30. Every time I listen to this song, I feel as if it’s performer, Brandi Carlile, had walked a proverbial mile in my shoes.

 

Brandi Carlile (born June 1, 1981) is an American country and rock singer-songwriter. She has released several albums including The Story, which was featured on the end credits of  the romantic drama, The Lucky One.

Her music encompasses a variety of country, rock, blues, and indie styles.

 

As Carlile expressed it, “If I could be anything to the music industry, it would just be sort of a human eraser of lines between genres, just because it’s so damaging — ‘they’re on that team, I’m on this team.’ ‘I don’t like country.’ ‘I don’t like rap.’ I would just really like to prove to someone that doesn’t like country that they do.”

 

I love that pretty much every shot has her holding on to her guitar, as if it were her faithful sidekick.  😀

 

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Macaroon Delicacies

jklHave you ever tasted Macaroons?

I’ve been curious to taste them ever since I read the memoir, Paris, My Sweet. The author described all sort of French pastries in a way that made me feel I wouldn’t have a life until I had tasted at least ONE macaroon. 😉

So last week I went scrounging downtown Seattle (where I live), for Le Panier, the only French bakery in town I was aware of.  I wanted to buy all sort of French breads, but refrained myself from spending too much. So I only  bought three macaroons. A raspberry and hazelnut ones for me, and a coffee one for Boyfriend.

Unfortunately, I found I didn’t quite like the raspberry one. I found it too sweet. The hazelnut was alright though. It’s very sad, considering how excited I was to taste them!

But they’re still pretty to look at ! 😀

 

 

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Hope you enjoyed all the pretty shots. Have a lovely weekend, dolls!

25 Inspirational Fashion Sketches

Hello lovely dolls and handsome gents that may happen to peruse this blog !!

I’ve always enjoyed looking at both vintage and modern fashion sketches/illustrations.  I always like the ones that had a Barbie look to them the best, for some reason. haha 😉  And if it has swirls and lace, I am one happy girl !

( I uploaded some designer sketches from Pinterest and designers like Ellie Sab and Bob Mackie. None of the designs are mine, and no copyright infringement intended. )

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did… 😀

 

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Beautiful Blogger Award & Seven Fantastical Facts about Yours Truly

Hello, lovely dolls and handsome gents !! 😀

It would appear we’re so awesome, that French/English creative designer Morgane from Crowns & Peacocks  has seen fit to nominate yours truly for the Beautiful blogger award!    Back in the day, when we were originally Musings in Red, we were nominated for a similar award, but this is the first award Parasol Dreams wins. Huzzah!

( It would also appear that I’m a shameful slacker when it comes to blogging on a schedule. Hence it taking me soooo long to post this fabulous announcement. )

 

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If you choose to participate, here are the rules:  

1. Link back the person who nominated you.

2. Post the award on your page.

3. Tell seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate seven bloggers and let them know they have been nominated.

 

 

Fantastical Fact #1:

I am originally from Mexico, and around 13 moves later, am happily settled in Seattle, a lovely American port city. (Yes, I speak Spanish fluently. It’s my first language. And in case you were wondering, learning English was a divine pain in the petunias.)

 

Fantastical Fact #2:

I cannot live without books, color, art prints, music, and a laptop to store all my stories, poems, and novels. More specifically…

In the book department:   I adore women’s fiction, 18th century literature, and children’s books.

In the color department:   I’m in love with red, yellow, rose pink, and mint green.

In the art print department: I like prints based off famous paintings (such as Starry Night), or illustrations of animals such as horses and peacocks.

In the music department:  I lean towards movies/theater play soundtracks (such as Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland),   jazz artists (such as Michael Bublé and Kenny G.), and deep majestic voices (such as Florence + the Machine).  Oldies and 80’s music always welcome as well.  😉

In the laptop department: MUST HAVE INTERNET !! I cannot do research for my personal writing without all-knowing Google.   And blogging cannot be performed by smoke signals.

 

Fantastical Fact #3:

Beach over mountain hiking anytime.

 

Fantastical Fact #4:

I wrote a civil war historical novel  at 8-years of age and a supernatural trilogy at 18. Good memories.

 

Fantastical Fact #5:

I hate it when people cannot go sight-seeing on a spur of the moment type of thing. If you need 72-hours in advance to schedule out every minute of our vacation, I will leave you in the hotel room and take a tour bus by myself.

 

Fantastical Fact #6:

People with no passion or dreams in life disappoint me. I don’t care if you have the most boring hobby in the planet or a fairly simplistic/realistic dream, but please DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR LIFE.    (Talking about said hobby/dream doesn’t count. You must be actively pursuing it to some degree.)

You’ll be doing yourself and me a favor.  ( But mostly me, because I won’t be subjected to your whining. 😀 )

 

Fantastical Fact #7: 

It has taken me a lifetime to perfect the fine art of snark. I only use it with people I truly love and trust. Then again, I might use it on unsuspecting victims as well. Basically, no one is safe from my charm. 😉

 

 

And now the Beautiful Blogs I nominate!

  1. The Dainty Doll’s House
  2. The Book Smugglers
  3. A Very Sweet Blog
  4. Paris Loves Pastry
  5. Escribir Para Decir Estuve (a Spanish writing blog with mostly poetry)
  6. Cuddlebuggery Book Blog
  7. The Briar Rose Blog

 

Thank you for reading this ridiculously long post and sticking it to the end ! 😉  Hope you have a fab weekend!