Let’s Talk Art Basel
  Study of Perspective , 1995-2003 — Ai Weiwei

Study of Perspective, 1995-2003 — Ai Weiwei

Art Basel 2018

Art isn’t for everyone, but everyone does have an opinion about it.

Art Basel 2018 has come and gone and in case you don’t know what it is — Art Basel is the world's largest art fair and basically consists of work from galleries around the world, exhibited in the center in Miami. It’s grown to include some art shows around Wynwood, Design District, throughout Miami Beach, and of course, a bunch of parties. I’ve been attending for a few years, but this year I posted quite a few stories on Instagram, and one of the nicest comments I got was “I feel like I’m there.” After looking at all the celebrities who flocked to Miami Beach to look at art this year, it’s no wonder so many people felt FOMO for missing out - it looked so flashy and unrealistic. The point of social media should not to be to show-off but to share life.

In case you don't keep up with #art, don’t worry you’re not alone. I love art and I didn’t know about Art Basel until I moved to Miami. I’ve loved art since I was young, I’ve studied almost all the artists I find in museums, constantly finding out about new ones. I grew up calling the Met and MoMa my second home. What I love about Art Basel is it isn’t the art you find in a typical art museum, it’s new, it’s different, and whether I like it or not, it makes me wonder what the artist was thinking. So let me answer the obvious question: Does everyone attending Art Basel care about art? Nope. Truth is Art Basel is a social event where you can post pictures of art and say “Yeah, I’m cool, I Basel.” Is that a bad thing? Well I honestly don’t really care why people go, love it or hate it, Art Basel is an experience. Some people definitely get caught up in the glitz and glamour of the pretentious artsy scene and pay to enter these exhibits that display expensive art pieces, most pieces that cost as much as your college tuition.

The main Art Basel show is in Miami’s Convention Center, from there Miami Beach offers art shuttles to take you to Pulse and Scope art fairs (giant tents full of people and art). Then there’s the other side of Art Basel in Wynwood, where you find the new unknown artists (this is where the “off broadway” shows come in — I consider “off-broadway” anything away from the convention center). If it wasn’t for Basel, a lot of artists wouldn’t be able to have gigs year-round. It’s the place that jump starts a lot of careers. It’s fun seeing the walls of Wynwood repainted, walking the streets and absorbing all the art vibes. If you really want to get a little feel for Art Basel, Scope Miami does an amazing job at providing a 360 view of their art show.

Art Basel is so expansive it is nearly impossible to categorize the art. Some of it feels same-old-safe, some is so "out there" it is incomprehensible. Just because it’s displayed doesn’t make it good — You can hate it, you can love it, you can think you get it or you can look at it and say wtf, but in the end, you’re never wrong. What I loved most was seeing my friend and husband ask for the artists’ intent, if they liked the response they would glance back at the piece and decide if they now like it or still hate it. Not everyone does that. While I know most of my friends who attend actually like art and design (or at least open to the experience), Art Basel is not a museum, it’s place for the rich and elite to be seen buying expensive art. Give art a back story, title and context and I’ll appreciate it, but will a blank white canvas ever worth $30,000 to me? F**k no… but if it’s by a famous artist, you’ll find many fawning over it.

If you kept up with Art Basel through social media, don’t be fooled to feel FOMO, it’s a lot of fun but also overrated. It comes every year and when you attend, if you want to, you’ll have the chance to run from Pulse, to Scope, to Design Miami, to Wynwood galleries, and all the parties. That will be the time when you can decide whether or not it was worth the hype. Some love it, some hate it, some hate to say it because they can’t pronounce “basel” but no matter how you feel, we can’t deny Art Basel is an experience.

  Low Tide , 2018 — Antonio Cazorla

Low Tide, 2018 — Antonio Cazorla

  Trail of the Golden Lasso , 2018 — Sharon Moody

Trail of the Golden Lasso, 2018 — Sharon Moody

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Tea For Any Health Concern
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Tea for Life

My mom (the main influencer in life) taught me, at a very young age, that there’s a tea for almost everything! Most people who know me, know I love tea (obsessed even). I am constantly drinking tea at work or at home, and I believe these delicious, herbal blends can help heal us from the inside out. So when coworkers or friends tell me of their: Stomachache? I say “drink tea.” Lack of energy? Tea. Can’t sleep? Tea. Want clear skin? Tea. So I figured why not share a post on which teas I use for what problems:

to Sleep

You’ve probably seen the “sleepy-time” tea options at the store. If you find yourself tossing and turning in bed for an uncomfortable amount of time before freaking out, or worse, reaching for the medicine cabinet, grab some Chamomile tea. It’s known for its calming effects by reducing overall stress and anxiety. Proven to increase overall sleep quality by decreasing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, and the number of times you might wake up in the middle of the night.

Common Cold

While Echinacea tea will not cure your cold, it will help make your symptoms feel better by easing a slightly blocked nose and the tickle in your throat. Echinacea provides a huge immunity boost, which can help reduce the length of a cold, soothe your sore throat, and reduce your scratchy cough. Most  “cold time” teas have Echinacea in them, but now you know why!

Skin

My absolute favorite is  Green tea, not only for its soothing taste, but its filled with antioxidants. Proven to help improve the look of blemishes and skin redness. A cup a day can help your skin maintain clarity, but it’s also been proven to work when applied topically (hence a few green tea products).

Stomachache

To melt any gastro problem away, Peppermint tea happens to do the trick every time. Peppermint has been shown to have a basket full of benefits for the digestive tract, including its ability to relax spasms happening in your digestive system, relieve indigestion, pass gas, and work to aid the digestive process. Additionally, it’s been proven to ease symptoms of the way to common, but not talked about enough, irritable bowel syndrome. For issues like nausea, Ginger tea is fantastic for its anti-inflammatory properties, like calming the stomach down and easing any signs of vomiting.

Lack of Energy

There’s more than one type of tea containing caffeine, but Black tea is by far the most energy-boosting tea I know. An eight-ounce serving typically provides half the amount of caffeine as coffee; so if you’re looking for an energy boost that’s not as intense or jittery as that of coffee, aim for a cup of black tea to start your morning. matcha is known to provide a more steady flow of energy throughout the day instead of coffee’s instant boost—which is perfect if you’re looking to avoid a hard afternoon crash.

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Late posting my Instagram outfits, but between flying back to Miami, getting work done, and planning my next trip — it’s been exhausting to say the least. However, I am glad I’ve been able to keep up with posting outfits consistently. I’m trying to steer away from counting likes and just posting in the moment exactly what I’m wearing. A shit ton of posts, but I always notice and appreciate those who always show love!