Finding normal in chaos

It’s been a while since I have done my normal. For some people normal is waking up to the all to familiar alarm clock telling them it’s time to rise and shine, for others it’s the bed that they dive into at the end of a long day, but for me it’s all about the things that make me happy and fill my heart. After getting a phone call back in January from an ICU nurse telling me my mom was put into sedation and on a ventalator was a shake up to a world that had not settled from losing my father seven months ago. A one way ticket was bought and I have been riding the wave since.

Happy to say that my mother is progressing. Staying to help in her recovery I have had to sacrafice. Not seeing my son for this long period of time has proven to me that I am more resilient than I had thought. The support of my husband has eased my daily thought routine letting me know that everyone has eaten, the clothes are clean and the dogs are walked. This has allowed me to focus on getting my mom to a point that her life can soon again be lived with purpose and good health. As the hours become days, the weeks become months the one thing that has made me feel a bit normal is art and fashion.

When I packed I had no idea how long I would be gone so outfits have been on repeat…if you follow my instagram, @hinchology, you are aware🤣 I had to be frugal in many ways. One, how will I get everything home if I go on a full shopping spree? Two, expenses have come up on this extended trip so I need to look more at accessories than at clothing (they are also smaller and easier to pack) three, I needed to continue to do what I do best…be CREATIVE.

Art became my muse and the face time calls with my son and husband have helped me be strong.

After weeks of only seeing the walls of the hospital I started to notice the magnificant art that surrounded me.

At first I felt guilty to pick an accessory out, or stopping to appreciate art, then it hit me, I NEED to feel the most normal I can, the best that I can so my energy and time is put to helping my MOM!

A blogger asked me this past week when the last time I had fun was…….. right away I thought of my family. As days passed I realized our fun has to come from within us. I try to find the fun in a bargain or maybe my lunch break from the hospital seeing pelicans flying. This is my fun, these are the things that make me smile. In the end WE are our own fun…no matter if its a fabulous vacation or just a trip to you favorite local eatery..its up to us to lift ourselves and others.

The light is starting to shine at the end of this long tunnel. This trip has given me lessons learned I had no idea I needed to learn. I do hope you find inspiration and connect with some of these thoughts when life feels upside down. Remember that we ARE in charge of our own happiness.

I appreciate all the friends, co-workers and family members that have supported me through this very unpredictable ride called life.

Dont forget to have fun and never stop doing what you love!!!!

What is your happy?

what is your norm?

Until next time!!xoxo😘

Everyday Hustle

A lot of people ask “Why do you dress up when you are an art teacher for elementary school!!??” I love this question!! It breaks down to a few reasons!! It totally helps me get through my day when I feel my best, comfortable and confident!!! I feel prepared to focus on the tasks that are in front of me, which happens to be our future…lead by example, show them that what you choose to do in life you should be done in your best dressed, if possible. Maybe the confidence I gain from dressing in what I love keeps me from questioning if I look okay. Realizing what you like and what makes you feel your best eliminates wasted time choosing outfits!! The best part of creating a fantastic look is when it is unexpected!!!

One of my favorite instagrammers Kawana Coy @mrs_coy_style_review said it best about a snake print boot and sparkle jacket combo: “Initially I thought it was odd, but it worked.” This is soooo the truth. When I look in my closet and say “I wonder!!?” that is when the magic usually happens (and sometimes I get a good laugh). The picture below of the polka dot shirt with black bow and beige sheer sleeves is a three shirt combo!! Love when this happens with layers!

A quote by Orson Welles are words to live by: “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and NOT giving a damn!” When I put together an outfit my first focus is to pick one piece in my closet that I would like to wear. Then I look at the color to determine what other colors would be most complimenting, like the beige and purple lace combo above (I thought of the beige like a gold/yellow which is purples compliment). Then I look and see if a print may be best, in this case it was texture, lace. Opposites attract with the black and white polka dot flip flop. I try it and if I like it I wear it!!

Get familiar with the color wheel it helps to nail combos!! Sometimes monochromatic colors work well. When everything has the same color base but different hues it only helps to create textures and depths in an outfit!!! Purple and pink seem to make a great marriage.

Look for color details in a piece and match one of them with a layer, like the turquoise in this tweed jacket that I layered with a matching dress. Sweaters with blouses can create new stylized sleeves and pops of colors to make the outfit pull together. I really adore the puffy sheer peeking out from the rolled sleeves.

I hope that these outfits tip starters help you this week and beyond to feel your best. I am and will continue to focus on having fun and feeling confident. Look for inspiration through art and aesthetics. Find me on instagram everyday with new outfit ideas @hinchology!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

#GOALS

Sitting down having a cup of coffee for the first time in 2020 (wow) and reflecting on why I made this Blog and created an Instagram. The one word that came to mind …. inspire!!!

I am focused on adding more to what I already love and do! Having fun with my everyday, laughing at myself, taking a breath and adding more tulle lots more!!(The tulle skirt was hand made by yours truly) Of course Chanel will be in the mix while I challenge myself to use color and prints that I haven’t tried yet.

Seeing that I only started this journey less than three months ago, I decided to focus on what outfits made me feel the best or most inspired, the outfits that made me feel like nothing could stop me! Like I got this no matter what!! So I put together my favorite 5 and what I love about them.

Love when looks challenge me by playing with layers and functional details. Using something in a different way in which it was meant to be used is what I love. When pieces become interchangeable fashion becomes innovative. I loved Barbie as a kid, still do, and think that a lot of play with her clothes being reversible or interchangeable to create a whole new look is where the fashionista in me started. From layering fancy dresses covered in sparkle with sweaters, or layering strapless dresses with blouses, I am obsessed with how different each piece can look with just a little change of use!!!

Of course a belt is a belt, however my large Gucci belt is holding up a skirt turned dress, I just repurposed!! Think outside the box and when you say out loud “No that wouldn’t look right!!?” that’s when the fun starts!!!

I leave my first Blog of the year with some common sense neccessaties in the cold that I used over vacation with my family! Wonder which one you would pic!!??? Warmer the better when it comes to New England weather!!! I hope that this year is your very best yet!

Wrapping up the Holidays

This holiday season has been full of joyous gatherings, inspiring charitable acts and of course holiday traditions. It has been one of the toughest to get through with out having my father. I remind myself of all the wonderful memories I did get to share with him, even if it is through tear filled eyes.

Some of my favorite holiday traditions is the baking I get to do with my son Frankie. I know that my blog is all about fashion and Art but… you gotta throw a little bit of sweets in there!! My Grandmother, VaVa Maria ( Avo, is the correct word in Portuguese for grandmother) used to say “Here’s a little something sweet to KEEP you sweet!” and then she would hand me a chocolate bar.

Decorating packages is another tradition that brings so much joy to others. This cardinal package is in remembrance of my dad David! ( insert dagger to my heart…) Grateful…thankful….humbled!

Now that I have wiped the tears…..Lets get back to some fashion inspo!!!

Remember to have fun with what you wear and wear what makes it fun!!! If you smile when you put it on…WEAR it!!!! Frankie got creative with his home depot sunglasses that to me are mistakable for Gucci’s!!! (I had to try them on myself)

Be the light in the room this holiday season with a smile that will help others dream big! Find the small things throughout your day to make it great. Maybe its your glitter covered heels or your favorite stuffed santa that you cherish now as much as you did when you were 12! Wear colors that bring memories of happiness like ribbon candy from santa all covered with green and pink swirls.

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays and a New years not to be forgotten. May everyone be content in their hearts and a wish filled year!

Enjoy creating new memories even if they are filled with the hustle and bustle of the holidays!

Merry Christmas!!!

Holiday Vibes

By now everyone is in full holiday swing. The gift buying, the holiday cards the get togethers. Do you ever think “How in the world is everything going to get done?” Then all of a sudden it’s done…literally!

I am making an effort to enjoy each moment of the hustle and bustle. I am bringing the holiday vibe everyday with outfits that make me smile, feel good or just have an extra bit of sparkle. The most important focus for me this holiday season are the people I cherish, I just want to do that in the most fabulous outfits I can come up with!! (hee, hee)

Use pops of color like these blue velvet over the knee boots or this raspberry red top. Put kelly green among the neutrals! Layer over a denim strapless jumpsuit to make it winter worthy! Try polka dots! This blue tulle polka dot skirt is actually a dress that came from the girls department in Walmart! I absolutely love when pieces of clothing are used in new ways.

Party dresses are for parties only….right??!! WRONG!!! If you layer it UP it will dress it DOWN. Add lots and lots of sparkle and shine and don’t be afraid to gravitate towards metallic EVERYTHING!!

A pleated skirt and pearls always make an outfit party ready!! Go for the red, the tartans and the plaids!!! Use a hair tie from the dollar store as a bowtie!! I know that with time being strained during the holidays it’s not always on the priority list to add bee pins on your collar but sometimes it just makes you smile!

I hope this helps you get your holiday vibe on or continues to make it shine bright. Remember to be kind to yourself this busy holiday season. Sometimes we need to take it one step at a time….in our glitter heels of course!!!

Happy Holidays!!!

Weekend Hinch

The weekend was filled with fun, laughs and many new Thanksgiving day memories! Knowing that I would be active and eating a LOT, I was sure to pack comfy layers that I could dress up or down with bling, patterns or pops of color!  I focused on choosing several black basics that were easily interchangeable.

My “love” earrings sum up the vibe of the weekend. I spent most of my time with family and friends.  My son and I got creative with red indoor/outdoor ribbon and fresh pine. We had so much left over that I used it to make a headband!  Add a pin or in this case a hair clip to it and voila!

Another fashion favorite for this time of the year is pattern mixing. I love putting bold leggings or pants with knee high boots and long tops or sweaters…gives it just the right amount of pop.  For some reason I just can’t get enough cheetah and red plaid.  When I first tried this combo I was skeptical but now it is one of my winter go to’s.  Next time you say “She can wear that but not me!” try it, you may just be surprised!!

My friends kai @poundwithkai and Alanna @holmes912 by far were my best accessories of the weekend!!!

Keep trying new things, have fun doing it and above all be kind!

 

The Beginning…

Thanks for joining me from the beginning!

I am so excited that this day has come!  Starting a fashion “something” has been on my list of things to do for a while.  When I lost my Father this year the thought of “what’s next?”…and “what else do I want to pursue while I am able and willing” were a few of the questions that pushed me to start my very own blog.  Being an art teacher and mother has filled my heart with gratitude and creativity which is the very essence of this blog.

Hinchology came to mind while putting unlikely combinations of fashion together. People would ask “Where are those earrings from?” When my answer would be some place like Walmart or Target their face would be puzzled and they would say…”with Chanel???”  That’s when I knew I wanted to share and inspire what makes me get excited about fashion.

I absolutely love playing with textures and colors.  The brighter the better, the more tulle the happier.  I love using pieces in different functionalities like the picture below.

I am looking forward to keeping a blog that helps people use their clothes in different ways for different purposes. I do believe that when you see things in a  different perspective anything is possible. Hope you will join me in this fun journey about fashion, art and having fun!!

Sometimes skirts want to become an instant strapless dress!!

The begining