Top 3 Artsy Reasons To Visit Portland

Hello Lovely Peoples,

This weekend I made the road trip from Seattle to Portland, OR. I hate to admit it, but sometimes I have to FORCE myself to go out and have fun!

Not because I’m a work-a-holic (HA!). Not because I have a demanding career (my current job is great work/life balance). Not because I don’t LIKE to go out.

It’s because sometimes I’m scared to try new things. Crazy, huh? You’d think the excitement alone of a new experiences would outbalance my fears but…not always! Have you ever felt like this? Fortunately, I’ve been working on trying new things and doing stuff simply because I feel like it. 😉

But back to the title of this post!


Top 3 Artsy Reasons to Visit Portland…

  1. Powell’s City of Books; it’s supposed to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world! 10614269_10152380389943920_4430171800852954578_n

















This bookstore takes up an entire block! Three stories of row after row of books!!

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2.  Art; Seriously. It’s everywhere!

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3.  The HUGE kaleidoscope at the The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium. An oddities museum that’s haunted. Or so the locals claim. Also, art gallery and an ice cream parlor inside!

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This is my favorite one. 🙂

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And I leave you with this picture of my mint green vans. They served me well for all the walking done in this trip! 😀

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Art by Dina Argov


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.














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! 😀

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. )


beatiful blogger award

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!

Of Yellow & Blue Pallettes

I’ve been thinking of yellow and blue all week long.

Yellow is my second favorite color, and I often feel that I don’t quite get enough of it!  What’s worse is that I own very few yellow clothes. Sigh…

That’s why I decided to share some shots with rich yellow and blue tones. I fell in love with each one of these prints and hope you love them too!


















Have a lovely weekend pretty dolls and handsome gents! Thank you for taking the time of your busy day to take a peek at my little corner of musings and bursts of color.  Much love…

The Models Behind “Pin Up Girl” Posters

I wish I could have lived when pin-up girls were the epitome of sexy!

(I chose this one as the feature photo because she’s carrying a parasol. 😀 )

The term pin up refers to a photographic or illustration style which is printed and meant to be pinned up on a wall. This style originated at the beginning of the 20th century and became popular during World War II.

But have you ever wondered about the models behind the pin-up illustrations?


Here are some shots I found of the original photo shoots that inspired some iconic pin up girl posters:

You’ll notice that between the original model and the illustration itself, the artist took the liberty of drawing their legs slimmer and their features more delicate. Not much different from today’s photoshoots and Photoshop, eh? 😉

Of you know what that means, right? We could all be pin up girl models! Because we’re all beautiful in our own way.

Have a lovely Monday, dolls! 😀