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17 Oct '18

Your Beautiful Body - Affirmations for our vessel of love & life

Posted by CATHYA LOPEZ

Positive affirmations better known as positive "self talk" can benefit not only yourself but also other people that you interact with. An affirmation is the shifting of thoughts resulting from negative, harsh experiences or ideas to a more positive note. It relies on the empowerment principle that you can only become successful if you tell yourself “I can do that” instead of saying “I can’t do that.”

Positive affirmation brings to life a person’s capabilities, strengths, talents, and skills. Constantly repeating the things that you are capable of doing and forgetting hesitant feelings that usually hinder you from pursuing a particular goal can help a lot in achieving a positive result. A good outlook on life, a smiling face, and a positive aura few of the characteristics of very successful people. The principle of positive self talk  is that the mind is super powerful and what it says is usually followed and miraculously attained by the body.

Knowing what you want, your goals, dreams, and ambitions is the first requirement when on the starting road to success. Your affirmations must directly come from you and not from other people for it to become effective so let's get to practice. 

Here are some special affirmations for our vessel of love & life - the human body. 

1. Your body is in flux for the rest of your life. Think of your body as fluid instead of static — it’s always going to change. So get comfortable with those changes.

2. No one will love you or not love you because of your body. You are lovable because you’re you, not because your body looks a certain way.

3. The most intensely personal relationship you’ll ever have is with your body. It’s a lifelong relationship that’s well worth investing in and nurturing the same way you would with loved ones.

4. You don’t owe your body to anyone. Not sexually, not aesthetically. Your body is yours. Period.

5. What someone else says about your body says more about them than it does about you. Look past the actual snark to the person who’s saying it, because it’s only a reflection of what they think of themselves. That’s when you’ll see how little power their words have.

6. Your body is not a reflection of your character. It’s a physical home for the complex and wondrous and unique being that is you.

7. Take up as much space as you want. You don’t have to be small, or quiet, or docile, regardless of your physical size.

8. Everything you need to accept your body is already inside you. There’s no book, or diet, or workout routine or external affirmation that you need to feel good about your body right now.

9. Your body is a priority. It’s always trying to tell you things. Taking the time to listen to is of the utmost importance.

10. Wear whatever you want. Your body shape does not dictate your personal style, and fashion rules that say otherwise are wrong. Dress yourself in a way that makes you feel happy and confident and beautiful, because guess what? You are.

With love & intention xo

Casa De Gitanas

17 Oct '18

April is Earth Month - Celebrate with an Eco-Chic Clothing Exchange!

Posted by CATHYA LOPEZ in Casa De Gitanas, eco, EPAMade, fashion, reduce, style, sustainable, Tribe

Greetings Gypsy Family,

April is Earth Month which signals the perfect opportunity to start making positive changes that help our planet out in a BIG way! 

When we think of pollution, we envision large power plants and raw sewage pumped into our waterways. We often never think of the shirts on our backs, or the amount of clothing that we purchase in just one year. But the overall impact the apparel industry has on our planet is quite ridiculous.. 

Did you know that "fast fashion" is the 2nd largest polluter in the world, next to Big Oil? 

Fashion is a complicated business involving long and varied supply chains of production, sourcing raw materials, textile manufacturing, clothing construction, shipping, retail, use and ultimately the disposal of the garment.

Determining the exact carbon footprint of fashion is an overwhelming challenge due to the immense variety from one garment to the next. A general assessment must take into account not only the obvious pollutants (ex: the pesticides used in cotton farming, the toxic dyes used in manufacturing and the great amount of waste discarded clothing creates) but, also the extravagant amount of natural resources used in farming, harvesting, processing, manufacturing and shipping the garments. 

While cotton, especially organic cotton, might seem like a smart choice, it can still take more than 5,000 gallons of water to manufacture just a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. Synthetic, man-made fibers, while not as water-intensive, often have issues with manufacturing pollution and sustainability. And across all textiles, the manufacturing and dyeing of fabrics is chemically intensive.

 

A current trend in fashion retail is creating an extreme demand for quick and cheap clothing and it is becoming a huge problem. Your clothes continue to impact the environment way after purchase; washing and final disposal when you’re finished with your shirt may cause more harm to the planet than you realize.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated 14.3 million tons of textile waste in 2014 and about 85% of clothing and shoes end up in the landfill. The fashion industry is also incredibly resource intensive and has been associated with pollution problems.

That’s why getting a longer life from the clothing we already have is an important step towards more sustainable fashion. About 80% of discarded clothing still has 75% of its life left. Or in other words, we’re only getting about a quarter of the potential use out of most garments.

Let's celebrate Earth Month and learn more about the little things we can all do in our own homes that, collectively, can make a huge difference.

Join Us: 

Casa De Gitanas in collaboration with EPAMade  is hosting a fun and eco-chic event on April 9th, open to all ladies who want to clean out their closets and sip mimosas next Sunday afternoon - while shopping the closets of 20+ fashionable ladies of all shapes and sizes.

All you need to participate is a reusable bag filled with unwanted clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty products... basically any goodies taking up space in your closet or vanity. We will have a rolling scale of $5-10 for suggested donation that will benefit EPAShop: a positive work community that trains and employs single mothers in order to see hope rise in East Palo Alto.

EPA Made designs and manufactures products that honors a single mothers’ love and courage.

For more info RSVP on our Official Event Page and make sure to subscribe to our online social media channels to stay up to date with all things Casa De Gitanas!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1703088853298507/1711806362426756/

17 Oct '18

The Return of Summer + DIY Rose Water Tonic

Posted by CATHYA LOPEZ in Casa De Gitanas, Life+Style, Mi Vida Gitana, Rose, Summer

Solstice occurred on Monday, June 21st and on this day we officially welcome the return of Summer! During the summertime the days get longer and we spend more time outdoors in the heat produced by the sun and sometimes our skin feels the effects of the sun. Not only does our body sweat more (yuck), we also are prone to get sunburns and/or dull, dry skin! Rose water is an awesome addition to your Summer tote bag! Not only does it help treat blahh skin, it also helps soothe sunburns, and a couple spritz of rose tonic can totally help you feel refreshed & revived on a hot summer day. 

Learn how to make Cleopatra's Top Beauty Secret - an All Natural Rose Water Tonic. A toner made with rosewater is excellent for treating acne and wrinkles. Apply to freshly washed skin with a cotton ball, or spray on lightly avoiding your eyes. Also, you can wash your face with rosewater to reduce skin irritation caused by acne, pimples, redness and breakouts.

Did you know that rose water has traditionally been used since 3000 BC especially in Ancient Egypt & Persia?!

What is Rosewater?

Rosewater is made by distilling pure, fresh rose petals AND it contains over 300 different chemical compounds. It is not only antibacterial, soothing & healing - it also contains many antioxidants and is rich in essential vitamins. Found in many skin care products, all natural rosewater soothes and improves the condition of  dry, dull and aging skin on top of purifying and cleansing the skin. You can also use rose water on your hair to increase blood flow to the scalp and help nourish & strengthen your hair follicles. 

DIY - Rose Water Tonic 

Ingredients: All natural petals from your favorite roses, large pot filled with water from your sink 

Directions: 

  • First you gather your favorite rose petals & you rinse the petals with water
  • Pour the rose petals inside your pot along with 2-3 cups of water and put the temperature at low
  • Cover the pot with a lid and allow the water to boil, and the petals to steep for about 30 minutes until the rose petals lose their color
  • Once the petals are colorless and almost clear let the pot cool down and strain the petals out
  • Place the rose water in a large container/bottle and store in the refrigerator for a couple hours
  • Once your rose water has been refrigerated you can transfer it to a glass spritzer bottle and carry it with you for when you need a little skin pick me up or refresher

Extra/Extra: Other Uses for Rose Water 

  • Eye Makeup Remover: Combine equal parts of rosewater (about 1 ounce) with jojoba oil (1 ounce) in a container and shake well before using
  • Treating Sunburn or Insect bites: Simply spray it over the affected areas and relax while the rosewater works its magic 
  • All Natural perfume: Simply add jasmine oil to rosewater and spray away to get rid of body odor

17 Oct '18

Life+STYLE -- Frida Kahlo's Wardrobe revealed after 60 years of being locked up!

Posted by CATHYA LOPEZ
Frida Kahlo is one of the most revolutionary and influential women of Mexico. Her surreal self-portraits celebrated her indigenous Mexican roots, and her art was majorly influenced by her lover & husband Diego Rivera. Her art influences and her disability played a major role in her wardrobe -- she often wore long skirts and corsets to hide her body which was left disfigured by childhood polio and a near-fatal road accident when she was 18 that forced her to have over 30 operations, including a leg amputation later in life. 
In 1925 Frida was scarred for life when the bus she was riding collided with a trolley car and left her with multiple injuries including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, several broken ribs, a broken pelvis, 11 fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, a dislocated shoulder AND an iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her uterus. Frida's art was not the only reference to her broken body -- her wardrobe was also heavily influenced by this tragic accident. Her clothing was often a combination of long skirts and a corset, a prosthetic leg and a boot or she also wore long, traditional Tehuana dresses to conceal her lower body. Also, she painted Frida style paintings on her plain white body casts. 
Much of Frida's wardrobe had not been exposed to the public since she passed away in 1957. Her husband Diego Rivera packed all of her belongings and stored them in a bathroom at the iconic "Blue House" they shared in Mexico City and insisted that it be locked up for 15 years after her death. The room was in fact not opened until 2004 when photographer Ishiuchi Miyako was given permission to photograph Frida's intimate things. Miyako's photographs will be on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London from May 14, 2015 through July 12, 2015
For the first time ever Frida Kahlo's closet was on display at her former home "La Casa Azul" which now hosts Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City. The exhibition titled "Appearances Can Be Deceiving" featured over 300 different items of clothing, headpieces, jewelry, and her corsets. Most of her belongings where locked up in trunks for so long yet still carried the scent of her perfume along with the smell of cigarette smoke, and even some stains from painting. Her iconic style just like her paintings where a tribute to her indigenous roots and a subtle mix of traditional Mexican wear with modern pieces that helped hide her broken body. Even in her darkest moments, Frida was a fighter! When she found out she was going to get her leg amputated she was quoted as saying "Pies para que los quiero si tengo alas para volar" which in English translates to  “Feet, what do I need them for, if I have wings to fly?”

Frida no doubt created her own individual style that made her look as surreal as her own art. A powerful women who definitely left her mark in the world and in our hearts. What a great treat it is to be able to dive a little deeper into her world through her paintings and now her wardrobe. 

17 Oct '18

Casa De Gitanas x TrapXArt Magazine - Collaboration & Tribe Feels

Hola Gypsy Tribe,

 

We are ringing in April by giving a special shout out to 

Trap x Art 

We have so many exciting pop ups and collaborations happening (deets on #popup & Events page!) this month, but first we want to shout out a tribe that has supported and helped us tremendously!

Collaborating with this beautiful creative movement has allowed us to showcase our wearable art and connect with other young artists. We are endlessly inspired and humbled by all the talent present here in the Bay Area, and we feel Trap x Art is an amazing platform to get that talent recognized!

We were blessed with a feature in Vol. 2 of Trap x Art's Magazine and are so grateful for the opportunity to share our vision for Casa de Gitanas

Vol 2. is still available, just head on over to Trapxart.com for the subscription link and list of retailers!

Here's a peek into our shoot for those who haven't snagged their copy:

A tribe to leading with love, creating pieces with intention, and inspiring others to live out their dreams!

Your favorite girl gang: Marie, Cathya, Michelle, and Diana

Marie serving Quartz Queen vibes

Diana la Gitana with the loving energy of the Amethyst

Michelle dreaming up abundance with Citrine

Shot by J.Short of Maven Mayhem Studios, Hayward, CA.

 

We can not thank Trap x Art enough for providing a platform, through countless pop ups and this amazing feature, that has allowed us to expand our vision and bring dreams to fruition!

It is so important for creatives to work together, inspire each other, and put each other on! We love seeing Trap x Art's movement expanding and are so blessed to be part of this network of awe inspiring hustlers!

If you have not checked out their poppin' parties for yourself, now is your chance!

This FREE event will be honoring the release of their Vol. 3

 

Our next #PopUp collab with TrapXArt: 

Date: Friday 4/28/17
Tribute: Rick Ross 


Come out and support, purchase your tickets in advance to secure admission @ www.trapxart.com and make sure to use our very own promo code: CDG to save $$$

 See you there <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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