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May 2018

Dreaming of the Beach

By | Uncategorized

If you have seen some of my last couple paintings you’ll know I love a beach vacation. It is so refreshing and inspiring to sit and see the waves crash. On my last trip to the beach, I was unwinding after a whirlwind business trip in Las Vegas and Laguna Beach did me wonders; it’s amazing how quiet time and reflection can help make things seem so clear. The trip also inspired a painting of its own and helped me understand just how much I accomplished in 3 days. That’s what all great beach vacations are ideal for right? They let us escape from the craziness that is everyday life.

 

This year I let my desire for sun and sand come out in the fashion I created out of my original paintings.  As I dreamed of my own beach vacation of sipping cocktails by the water overlooking the setting sun, I knew I wanted my art present; my art feels so vibrant to me that I want it present in day to day life. Vacations are no exception. I thought: it’d be perfect with a bathing suit, but would also be a stunning dress if you did it the right way. So why not have both? The scarf I designed is perfect for just that, it can be skirt, scarf or dress and that’swhat I wanted to be wearing as I walked on and off the sand. I think it would work well for other women trying to unwind at the ocean, too. I imagine a family at the beach and the kids are having a great time splashing around while the mom sunbaths; the scarf would be the perfect cover up for when the kids decide it’s ice cream time and she doesn’t want to slip out of her suit just yet or when she decides to walk along the water’s edge.

 

However, for those rainy afternoons when rain moves in and the wind starts to pick up, the Alana Kay skirts might be more practical. Since it’s a midi skirt with lining, it’ll keep you a little warmer against the sandy wind. It’s still easy to throw on over a bathing suit if you just need to run to the store really fast or are down by the water, but I prefer it for those dinners out. It’s perfect for when you overdo it a little in the sun and your legs are a bit pink – not burnt obviously, but pink. Pants and shorts would rub, but the skirt is flowy enough to fit the beach vibe, but also keep your legs comfortably free. It’s classy enough to work for a nice dinner out, especially if paired with strappy heels, which is a must for those extra special vacation dates.

 

Whether you’re off to a remote island, Florida or California, I hope that you enjoy that lovely night out andthe quiet time by the water. Let the water rush over your feet and remind you of the organic flow of colors expressed in my paintings and fashion. More than anything, let the experience refresh you and give you the relaxation you need.

Fort Worth Bleeds Purple

By | Uncategorized

Living near the TCU campus, I see purple everywhere! It is on billboards, storefronts, and in the clothing; this town just bleeds purple, especially in the Fall when students start to move back in and football season begins. While I didn’t go to TCU, I have to admit that purple is a fun color to use; it can be bright, light, pastel or dark and even better, it’s a fun way to be a part of the community.

Have you ever driven near the campus during move in or a game day? This time of year the baseball traffic and excitement is what I notice most and it is just so much fun! Everyone comes out in their purple and is preparing themselves to sit in this crazy Texas heat to watch their team play. Some girls dress up in their cowboy boots, but for the baseball games, I notice a lot more casual dress. I wish I could just throw out my purple leggings in between innings and say “here you go! These are SO much more comfortable than jeans!” Since I love the color purple and love the excitement of it all, I made two purple pairs of leggings. One is called “Fashionista,” in honor of the royal hue and the other is the “Purple Frog.” My hope is that these will be perfect for any TCU fan, even the young fans can wear them with our youth sized leggings

Most everyone in the area either went to TCU or knows someone that did and we made our TCU line with that in mind! Whether you know a recent grad or a long- time die-hard fan we put their favorite color into home décor these frogs will just love! Recent grads will likely be excitedly scrambling to furnish their first apartment or home away from campus and our art pops (used as coasters or fun decorations) and serving trays will help them decorate their space in a put together yet homey way! Both offer great quality and the luxury of art but also the colors of the school they called home for 4 years! And you can’t forget about the die-hard frog fans that just want purple no matter what the occasion, they would love these gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, or housewarmings of their own!

 

With Purple Fridays during football season and memorabilia in every store, I can’t help but be inspired by the love for TCU that I see every day. The University next door is more than a place to find really great babysitters, it’s a place that radiates school spirit and excitement throughout the entire city.

 

 

Art Turned Fashion

By | Art as Fashion, Trends

Alana Kay Art is my two-fold brand. On one side we have the luxury commissioned resin artwork; these one-of-a-kind pieces bring exclusive beauty and personality into homes and offices. But what is unique about my brand is that I saw the unassuming opportunity to bring the emotions you feel when you day dream while looking at one of my paintings into your daily life.

When I see a piece of art I LOVE, something changes in my heart. The art takes me to another place, surfaces a fond memory, brings a familiar smell or sound into my space, and I can easily lose myself in the artwork. I remember the moment I thought, “I can put this piece of art onto a pair of leggings!” It was like a lightbulb went off.

“Art as Fashion has the ability to transport those who wear it to their happy place throughout their day even in the most mundane tasks of life.”

I love Art as Fashion because art can be expensive. An original piece of art can easily be thousands of dollars and not everyone is in a place to be able to afford that every day of the week. But if that same art can be designed and worn as fashion, well then you can give the customer the same feeling they felt when they saw the original work. And BONUS it will be with them during their workout, at their doctor’s appointment, the office, or at home with them when they are unwinding.

Have you ever walked through an art gallery, a botanical garden, or any other place of pure beauty? That special feeling of being encapsulated in color and movement is what I want to bring to people’s daily routine. My hope is that you put on a pair of Alana Kay leggings (or skirt, scarf, dress) and while you’re flustered at the grocery store or at the gym wanting to quit you look down at the bright energetic leggings and breathe. You take in the colors you specifically put together for your happiness and you tell yourself “it’s ok. I can do this.”

Badass scarf. Can be worn as a scarf, swim cover up, dress or top.

With our newly launched Cha Cha handbag I hope to put a spring to your step. There is nothing better than grabbing that favorite statement piece as you head out the door. The next time you pick up the kids from school, head to the dentist office, or go out for a much-needed drink with friends, I hope having a bag like this on your arm will make you feel lighter somehow. Perhaps do a little Happy Dance yourself?

The Art as Fashion concept allows me to make the little parts of your day more enjoyable!

My Resin Story

By | Artist Story

The finished desk!

The very first piece by AlanaKayART. This is my personal desk. When I poured this first piece I had no idea what was to come. I mixed the resin wrong, so it didn’t cure properly and every day when I sit at this desk to communicate with a client or design an #artasfashion piece I am reminded of that soft resin under all of my papers and notebooks. The imperfection does not serve as a terrible reminder but rather a reminder that resin is my match. I am a recovering perfectionist and control freak. You cannot hold that tightly to your resin plans. Does that frustrate me? Sometimes. But I am enjoying the journey that resin is taking me on and I will not try to write the story, I will live out the story.

Torching out the bubbles to leave behind glassy perfection.

What is truly amazing is that in the last year, I have gone from commissioning work here and there, to creating my new brand of art as fashion. While it started with leggings it has transformed into a concept ranging from home fashion to stunning scarves turned dresses! I don’t know what I will create next, or what painting it will be based off of, but I can’t wait to find out.

So far, Alana Kay Art has taken twists & turns and given me unexpected ideas for new products that have turned into my favorites. My hope is that with whatever product you purchase, you will see the beauty in it throughout your days and it will cause you to be calm in the chaos, energized or inspired.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

By | Gift Ideas

With Mother’s Day approaching so quickly many of us are asking ourselves: “how do I fit 365 days’ worth of thank you’s into one day?” Even when we hate to admit it, our moms are almost always right and ready to pass on that knowledge AND they are probably the most well-intentioned people we know. If you’re a mother yourself now, you know how hard it is to try and be so awesome all the time – ha – and all mothers want and deserve a gift that shows that their hard work has been noticed.

No gift could accurately say how much we appreciate mothers, but believe that the best way to show you’ve been thinking about them is by getting something that speaks to them and your relationship – it doesn’t have to be expensive it just has to show you put love and thought into it. What speaks louder than art?

Ultra Violet (for sale, click SHOP)

Pure art – with a sweet card of course – is an amazing option because it can be hung up and every time they pass it they will think of you. Imagine having a hard day and feeling useless, it’s days like those that moms need a beautiful pick me up. An added beauty of art is that it is lasting so that when that gloomy day presents itself the art is waiting to show you the beauty of the day. I mean the idea isn’t that revolutionary. Remember when we were kids and would paint something cute at school and bring it home on Mother’s Day? Remember how much they loved that stuff? Geez, some moms may even still have those early pieces of artwork. Well, now that we are all grown up, we can still give art, even if we don’t make it ourselves.

Badass Acrylic Tray, 11×16″

Home décor is another good option and runs along the same lines. This is a good option if you aren’t able to afford a commissioned piece right now and if you didn’t find a good pre-made piece that evoked the right emotion or memory. You could get something you know they will love and use often! Does she love breakfast in bed? Maybe think about a fun coffee mug and serving tray. Is she a bookworm? Maybe look into a book she’s been eyeing and a cozy blanket or pillow to curl up with while she reads.

Viridescent Pleated Midi Skirt

For those fashionista moms, maybe look into Summer clothes as an option! We have beautiful pleated midi skirts she would love to show off. Or if you know you have a beach bum on your hands you could help her prepare for the season of sun with our bathing suit cover-up and a fun sun hat! (Cover ups coming soon!)

Whether your mom is a fashionista, bookworm or art connoisseur, AlanaKayART has something she is sure to love!

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