Free People Dress

Free People has been one of my favorite stores since high school. I love the eclectic bohemian vibe of each store. It’s fascinating to see the different ways they can use yarn, paper clips and firefly string lights to decorate the store. I even remember seeing a mirrored mosaic tile heart shaped collage on the wall of one store. Then there is the beautifully embellished, lace and embroidered clothing. Can it be expensive? Yes, however their sales rack is awesome! You can also find some of the decor they use in the store in a bin on sale (like 20 feet of firefly string lights for five dollars). This wine colored lace dress came in about seven other colors (lavender, black, mint and red for starters). Once it comes back in stock I will be sure to add a link!

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NYC? Nope, Wynwood walls in Miami

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Love the button detailing down the back and eyelash lace!

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9 Tips for Visiting Wynwood Art District in Miami

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  1. First Fridays! The first Friday night of every month the art galleries are open (for free to the public) to come explore the different exhibitions. Many of the galleries also hand out free champagne! There are food trucks Ms. Cheezious, Monster Burgers just to name a few. People of all ages come out to look at the different wall murals, eat, buy artisan candles, clothing and listen to the live DJs.
  2. Second Saturdays is the same as First Fridays! Usually starts at 6:00pm and starts to end around 10:00pm. If you want to stay and check out the local bars and restaurants you can! I recommend going on First Fridays and Second Saturdays first since there are a ton of people, culture and art to see. Then the next time you go you will be more familiar with the area.
  3. Keep your eyes open for all the fun colorful wall murals. Every corner you turn has a different mural. Some are colorful graffiti, some have modern lines, some are psychedelic, others anime and pop art. There is something for everyone. You can spend hours just talking about the different murals you like.
  4. Go during the day if you can so you can see the different murals and even grab brunch at a coffee shop. (Love Miam Cafe! They have a great tuna salad sandwiched and iced Matcha latte. It is in the black and white striped building).
  5. Bars. There are many urban bars in Wynwood. Wood Tavern is one bar that always has a line unless you come early. They play a good mixture of hip hop, 80’s and reggaeton music. Unlike South beach where you have to pay to sit down, this bar has high-rise style benched seating as well as a few separate sections of benches. The floor outside is made of deck would so I would not suggest heels. Sneakers, sandals or wedges are your best beat.  There are tons of bumper stickers covering multiple walls and the drinks are pretty cheap.
  6. Food. Wynwood Diner isn’t your typical dinner. When you step inside it has a cozy industrial bohemian vibe. There is a long farm house style table that multiple groups of two or more sit at (or you can wait for your own table). I like the farmhouse style option, because it forces stranger to talk to one another. You never know they could recommend you a great restaurant or entree. The outdoor area feels like your inside a courtyard garden. Make sure to look up at the ceiling inside since there is tons of lush plant life! The Chicken & Waffles is delicious as was the avocado salad with a side of brussel sprouts. Coyo Tacos has a variety of tacos including vegetarian and vegan options! Their side of guac is pretty big so I would recommend sharing it. They also have their own margarita and it is delicious!
  7. Try to carpool. The parking for Wynwood is usually on side streets or in a lot with prices ranging from ten to twenty bucks. My friends and I would each just bring five bucks and make sure there were at least three of us in a car.
  8. Do be aware of your surroundings. Just like any city there are good and bad people. Wynwood is a lot of fun and there is usually a good amount of police presence, however there are sometime some people who do not seem completely there mentally. While I have never had an incidents we have all seen a beggar by the highway speaking to the air.
  9. Have fun! Miami is a melting pot and Wynwood is the perfect representation of that. The wealthy, middle class, young, old, young professional and college kids all laughing and exploring this area.

All Photo Credits to by beautiful and talented friend Leticia Ras-Anderica!

Reflecting on My Grad Cap

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My grad cap from 2015. Photo taken by Leticia Ras Andercia.

This is my grad cap. Two years ago I graduated from the University of Miami with the intent of finally moving to Los Angeles to purse acting full-time.  Over the years I pursued other hobbies and interest of mine, however my heart kept pulling me towards acting. This has been my dream since I was in the fourth grade. I never mentioned my plan to anyone, except my mom since she has consistently supported my dreams. I always wanted to go to college, but once I got there I never truly felt like I found a school where I belonged. There were times I questioned if I wanted to stick it out and finish my degree, however I never wanted to look back and wish I just pushed through. My last year I made some great friends that continue to inspire, support and love me unconditionally. This cap was the first time I was going to show my family and friends what my plan was post-graduation.

I went through the process of downsizing to save money (and meet an awesome roomie love you Nicole) and put my stuff in storage to later be shipped to LA. It took about six months longer than planned for me to save up to make sure I had a contingency fund. I did move to Los Angeles and live there for six months, however I wanted to look into other opportunities in a less expensive area. So I moved to Atlanta, where tons of movies and TV shows are being filmed everyday. I currently work a corporate job (which obviously was not my original game plan), but has not been bad. Girl has to eat after all right? I still audition on the weekend and hope to pursue my dreams full time. Even though this is not where I planned to be when I graduated two years ago, I can honestly say this past two years has taught me a lot. I have learned to stick up for myself. I use to let my families expectations, unsolicited commentary and advice affect me. This past two years has given me the strength to say look guys this is my life and you don’t have to approve of everything I do or say, but you will respect it. I have never done anything that has hurt anyone, or affect anyone else’s life. I have not relied on you for financial or emotional support so I do not have to do what you want. This is my one life to live and I have the autonomy to do with it what I please. I have also learned to love the season of being single. There are so many people that make this seem like a death sentence, but it is not. This is the one time in my life where I only have to worry about my needs, deal-breakers and wants. If I want to travel halfway across the world tomorrow I don’t have to ask my boyfriend if he is okay with it or if we have dinner plans with his parents this weekend. My point is graduation brings a sense of hope and fear. The world is literally yours to make your mark no matter how small. It can feel intimidating! That my dears is the beauty of this all, there is no wrong way to live your life as long as you stay true to yourself.

 

-Keri Elaine

Hello! Welcome to Keri Elaine.com

Hi!

IMG_8253Welcome to Keri Elaine.com. My name is Keri and I am originally from South Florida. After graduation I moved to Los Angeles, CA, then Atlanta, GA. As you can probably tell from my headshot above, I am an aspiring actress and have over ten years of training in various acting techniques. I also enjoy philosophy, technology and biology. I love checking out art shows, theatre, dance, fashion and a good old discussion about important issues facing our world. I have read other blogs for years, but was to chicken to start my own. I finally decided to just give it a shot! This blog is a place to share interesting clothing items I found on sale, movies/tv shows I enjoyed, art shows, dance performances or how to adjust to moving to a new state. I hope my post can make you laugh at least once or realize you are not alone.

Thanks for checking out my site!

Keri Elaine