March 26, 2014

Small but Mighty: New Earrings

Hi! Hola! I'm excited to share some news with you about the fact that I finally got to create a couple of the much requested versions of some of my earring designs! What you talkin' 'bout Willis?! Let me s'plain: Well, as many of you [that follow my shop on social media sites such Instagram, FB or Twitter] know... I launched my Copper Collection a few months ago and created some Big O' Copper earrings with some of my favorite iconic ladies such as: Frida Kahlo (of course, you know I LOVE her), Billie Holiday & Audrey Hepburn on them....
And while I love the size of the big o' copper earrings... because I like that they are statement earrings: big and bold... I had many ladies ask if I would be making a smaller versions of the most popular designs in my Copper Collection as they really liked them, but only wore smaller earrings... So, I admit, it took me a while to finally get around to create smaller versions of the earrings as I have a "to-create" list longer than Santa Claus's list... but I kicked off the smaller version earring party with my three favorite ladies:
So by popular demand, I have started the mission to duplicate all of my Big o' copper earring designs into smaller versions... and although they are smaller, they are still mighty which coincidently, is what I think of myself when I'm using my trusty hammer to cut metal. Hey now.  #SmallbutMightyTeam

Desiree, Mano y Metal

January 22, 2014

embracing my inner jerk:::

What is with this polar vortex guys? Seriously, I am so over winter Chicago. Quit it, cut it out, stop, I'm over you. I get it, you are a real beast this year... we mess with mother nature by littering & polluting so she's out to get us. I get it, but I really feel like the point was made, so if I could have a forecast that is no longer single digits with windshields negative a thousand degrees that would be great. Meanwhile, I am staying warm with wraps, shawls, scarves and layers. I saw this colorful paisly scarf hanging on the rack and I tried to walk past it without buying it, but there was a magnetic pull tugging me back to it... so I *had* to purchase it. I wore it out the other night and it was the perfect piece to drape over my shoulders in lieu of my [trusty]cardigan. I really wanted to wear some fun shoes with it, but with ALL THIS NON-STOP SNOW I am bound to boots... Anyway, this shawl, I like that I can wear it different ways: open over my shoulders like a sweater, or wrapped around me -making me feel like a magician hiding a rabbit in her cape. heeeey. 
On another note, I'm growing out my hair... it has been 3 years since I have cut it (aside from occasional trims)...  my hair hasn't been this long since I was around 12 years old.  c r a z z z z z y. 
Also, being that I used to dye it {obsessively-due to my short attention span and constant need for change} every month or so, my hair got SUPER damaged... which is why I decided to stop dying it... (this goes along with turning vegan last year & just trying overall to reduce the amount of chemicals I put on/in my body...)  so it has been one year since I have dyed it.. my goal is to grow it out to my waist and then cut it... cut off all the processed damaged hair that has been abused by me for years... I think another year of growing it out should suffice... 
um, not dying it means coming face to face with gray{or is it grey?} hairs and not running to a hair salon to hide them... but I have gotten used to them and now I like them... my gray hairs are like my badge of being a grown-ass woman. yep. grown-ass woman status up in here. :)

I will say that I DO NOT like (most)anything (or anyone (with the exception of my child)) high maintenance.. because I get annoyed very easily...and my long hair has been getting to be high maintenance and if I don't braid it at night it gets tangled when I sleep.. and I wake up with annoying knots & tangles... I got a knot that was huge in the back of my hair... and I tried (a little) to untangle that giant hair knot but it annoyed me so much I took a razor and sliced it out.. haha. It felt great to get rid of it quickly & efficiently, & I didn't hesitate... as I get older I hesitate less and less when it comes to cutting things/people out of my life that aren't good for me or that annoy me ha. I love getting older, I'm embracing my inner jerk more each day. 

I just checked the weather and Chicago is at ONE degree right now (!!!!)... winter has indeed embraced its inner jerk too. :) Thanks for stopping by today to visit my blog.


Desiree, Mano y Metal 

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October 31, 2013

Ladies: 5 last minute DIY Halloween costume ideas!

Did you wait until the very last minute to get a Halloween costume together? 
Well, being a last minute diva myself, I got your back! 
Here are 5 DIY last-minute halloween costume ideas for you that are easy to put together and that can probably be compiled by the clothes you might have in your closet already! I created a collage for each look to inspire you... and who knows maybe one of these looks will speak to you. Let me know what you think, here they go::::

#1: Grease!
This costume is for the lady who owns a lot of black clothes... you got a pair of black pants? a black [off the shoulder] shirt? a black [p]leather jacket? Then get that hairspray out, red lipstick and red heels and you are set! Smokey dramatic eye makeup and your costume is done! #done&done

Grease DIY Halloween costume by Mano y Metal

Grease DIY Halloween costume by Mano y Metal 

#2: Rosie the Riveter!
For the demim lover. I love this costume idea and might be doing it myself next year... The bandana can be found at any art&craft store and are usually only a $1! What I like about this look is that it does not require heavy makeup as I'd keep it simple with only some eyeliner with a wing at the edge and red lipstick (to match the bandana of course!). As for the hair, tie it up in a bun on the top of your head and wrap the bandana around it the way the working ladies kept their hair out of their face when working the bomb factories during the war II.

DIY: Rosie the Riveter Costume by Mano y Metal

DIY: Rosie the Riveter Costume by Mano y Metal 

#3: Cowgirl!
Do you own a pair of cowboy boots? Well, then you should know I am jealous of you. I'm on the hunt for some cowboy boots myself, but if you already own some them this last minute costume idea might work for you! I chose a pair of jeans but they can easily be substituted with a denim skirt too. Plaid button down shirt, cowboy hat and a belt (preferably with a big o' belt buckle) will complete this cowgirl look. The hair and makeup is up to you and your preference... either two braids or worn down will work... and makeup can be bold or neutral as this look lends to you customizing it. 
DIY: Cowgirl Costume by Mano y Metal

DIY: Cowgirl Costume by Mano y Metal

#4: Get your Mime on! 
Got a stripe shirt in your closet and black pants? Then get yourself some white halloween makeup and then get your mime on! A last minute costume favorite of mine. I actually convinced my husband to be a mime last year, so this look can be applied to men (minus the red heels & lipstick if he'd rather not, ha). I gave two options for the shoes, as I think a pair of red shoes would make the costume pop, but black shoes would work just as well. I also think the costume can be worn with heels or simple ballet flats. The hardest part of this costume would be committing to not talking and instead miming all night, which would be hard for me, but it's a great way to get out of awkward conversation huh? :)

DIY Mime Costume by Mano y Metal

DIY Mime Costume by Mano y Metal by manoymetal featuring a wool hat

#5: Frida Kahlo up in here!
Now you know I could not compose these last minute costume collages without a Frida Kahlo mention! Only my most favorite last-minute costume ever because it lends to so many options... I listed a few ideas... but basically a long skirt (frida had a shriveled leg from her bus accident and only wore long skirts and pants to hide it) I chose black for my costume collage, but honestly, any color will do as Frida LOVED colorful clothing. An ideal shirt would be one of Mexican design, tribal print will also do, but also FLOWER print would do too, anything colorful. Then grab your biggest necklace, some chandelier earrings a shawl and you are practically done! I went with boots for my look, but you can wear heels if you prefer. The major player of this outfit is the flower crown. You MUST have flowers in your hair! I usually buy some fake flowers from the dollar store (or craft store) and cut them to leave a short stem and stick them in my braided hair. Lastly, don't forget to draw in a unibrow with an eyebrow pencil! watch my Frida Kahlo hair+makeup tutorial for tips in achieving this look.
DIY: Frida Kahlo Costume by Mano y Metal

DIY: Frida Kahlo Costume by Mano y Metal 

And there you have it: My last minute DIY costume ideas! 
I hope they help inspire you if you are stressing a costume. 
Have fun tonight!

Desiree, Mano y Metal 

October 16, 2013

The Color Yellow.

Yellow are the taxi tops
the butterflies and bumblebees
juicy lemons, sunflower
and falling leaves.

Yellow is for egg yolk
a fever's name,
the colour of yellow pages directory
the warning card given to players.

Yellow is for sun
ornaments of gold,
colour of papers
that are preserved and old.

Yellow are the mustard fields
the colour of banana peel that
I stepped on and tripped
also a colour of wisdom and intellect.

Yellow is for charming smilies
for youth, exhuberence and cowardice
yellow is for warmth and inspiration
to make people smile is its purpose.
(15 May,2006) 
I am forever indebted to my mother for buying me braces. Thanks Mom!

Does anyone else have a comforting attachment to cardigans like me? heehee. 

I hope you are having a wonderful week!


Desiree, Mano y Metal 

Linking up with: The Pleated Poppy // Translantic Blonde

September 30, 2013

get your art on.

this be part II of this post
My first official job was at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. I was 16 years old and my art teacher in High School recommended me for the paid internship and I was lucky enough to get it. I took the bus from Little Village into downtown every Saturday morning for 2 years and got to work with so man amazing artists! My artistic appetite grew more each session as I worked alongside many artists assisting in their youth classes (collage class, painting classes, theater classes, architecture classes, dance, music & more) and had the opportunity to experiment in different art forms. Little did I know was also prepping me to work as a teaching artist myself in the future. 
One of the [many] perks of working at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) was that I had the amazing opportunity to exhibit a series of paintings at the Museum at the age of 18! I had no idea the magnitude of this opportunity at the time, all I knew is that it was the best job ever. :) Therefore, it is no wonder I enjoy my visits to the MCA, my son and I visited this summertime, they had live jazz on the patio and we ate veggie burgers on the lawn then walked around and soaked in the glitter floors.. and all that jazz the modern art world has to offer within the museum.

walls of wonder. get your art on. every chance you get. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 
Desiree, Mano y Metal 

August 15, 2013

Seeing Red.

Seeing red. at the park, i spotted a bright red brick wall and couldn't resist... i wanted a picture. I wanted to test the red brick wall for a possible photo-shoot I am planning with some new models I am recruiting for the launch of my new website for Mano y Metal. (don't even get me started on that one! SO MUCH WORK- hours upon HOURS it is taking me to build a new website~taking me forever-- ugh.) So, even though the hubs acts unaffected by my (over)enthusiasm to take a picture every chance I get...acts like its silly (my wanting to take pictures all the time) ~which it might very well be.., luckily I don't care. ha! 

And never mind my freezy hair, I had braids & took them out on a humid day, hence, frizz was unavoidable. Anyway, back to the wall, whoever decided to paint it red, thank you, 'cause I might be back to use it as a back drop again. :) And as per usual, a shout-out to the guy behind the camera (er, iphone camera) who humored me and not only took my pictures, but also pretended he didn't like having his pictures taken when I couldn't get over the green socks against the red wall. Its in the details after all.

So what do you think of the red brick wall? too bright? I think with a black dress and the right jewelry, it can work..... what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by today! 


Desiree, Mano y Metal 

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