Shana Emily

Thursday, May 26, 2016

FindingFaith: Creating sketch books, collage journals, and painting like a child!

Hello friends! Happy Thursday!

This week I thought I would just share a little bit about what I've been up to in my art studio lately. It's all been about just having fun. I've been sketching, finger painting and collaging. It's very therapeutic and has really allowed me to tap into my own artistic intuition. No rules, no expectations, and no attachments to the outcome.

My sketch books and magazine collage journals.

Some collage cards I made

One very helpful resource for me has been  I've been part of a 90 day collage challenge (featured above as vegasartchic) and a 100 day art journaling online class.

Another fun and totally unexpected art process has been what I call my Princess Pretty Face Girls...

It all started on a thrifting excursion with Shana. She happened to find a bunch of dolls she liked, and suddenly I felt like I wanted to draw some doll images. This is totally not within the norm for me as an artist, but apparently my inner child wanted to come out and play! Finally I added my girls to other things I had been experimenting with and this was the result. Circles, flowers, finger paint, paint drips and some repainted thrift store finds all became backgrounds. Top right image is the first drawing I did. Bottom right inspired by an old photo of me with my favorite puppy Sugar, and both left images inspired by images of Shana.
So what is next? I have NO idea, but I'm enjoying my little art therapy time. It's all just a part of the "Finding Faith" process. Until next time!

Creatively yours,


Thursday, May 19, 2016

FINDING FAITH: LIFE happened, Italy, & What I have been up to!

HI FRIENDS!! GUESS WHO'S BACK?! That's right! It's Faith from Finding Faith!

I know it's been a LONG time, so my apologies for being away so long. Apparently Finding Faith meant losing Faith for a while, or similar to Finding Waldo! So much has happened since my last post. A full time job, a trip to Italy, family and friends staying with me, diving deeper into art, finding my path, losing my path (and my mind at times!), and just an all around roller coaster of self discovery.

Well I have a lot to update you all on, so I will get started in this post by talking about my trip to Italy!

This REALLY was the trip of a lifetime. I went for 10 days with my mom on a Faith and art retreat with A Kiss On The Chic. Here's the link to the website if you would like to check it out. We flew into Milan, highlight was definitely seeing The Last Supper by DaVinci! From there after meeting with our group we traveled  to Bellagio. Such a beautiful place!  From the time we arrived I felt like I had stepped into a dream. Each day was better than the last. I remember after about 3 days feeling like, if I had to go home right then, that the trip was worth it. Then after Bellagio, we spent a couple of days in Venice. It was a life long dream to go to Italy, and I definitely plan on going back.

I'm not going to bore you with every detail, but here are some highlights. First of all, I felt so blessed to be able to have experienced all of this with my mom! We really bonded and connected in amazing ways, and really have become much closer since. That right there made the trip worth it. Add to that making new friends, eating delicious food, sight seeing, excursions to surrounding towns, creativity, art and spirituality! Yes, I felt like I was in heaven! It was such a lovely experience of how beautiful life can be, and I will always carry it in my heart. 

Since that experience, my life and my art has really expanded, grown and changed in unexpected ways. I will share more in my next post about the crazy direction my art seems to be going in, but will share a more relevant experience now. The following pics are of a mural of Italy and some wine bottles I was commissioned to paint.

Well that's all for now. Thank you for letting me share! Until next time!

Creatively yours,


P.S. For anyone interested in learning more about commissioning me for murals or paintings, feel free to email me at


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Girls Weekend in Vegas| Come shopping with us at The Boulevard Mall| #ThriftersAnonymous

WE are back folks! We recently took a thrifting trip in Las Vegas to The Boulevard Mall to shop for our Girls Weekend & Rihanna Anti-World Tour!! You can watch PART 1 below!

When we arrived it was right as the mall was opening so we needed to get our COFFEE first!
Luckily inside there is a coffee shop called VIVA CAFE!
Two iced coffees and we were on our way to feeling good!

We were even on time to catch the MAGIC SHOW live!! They have a magic show every Sunday he was actually fun a great pit stop for kids and well we were entertained! haha

THEN we were off to our first stop.... GOODWILL! That is right if you haven't heard GOODWILL is INSIDE The Boulevard Mall and this particular GOODWILL has gotten our #TAAPPROVED STAMP and you will see why!

We have neen able to find some of the best vintage and brand names here! OLEG CASSINI! Are you kidding me?

VINTAGE SEQUIN Goodness like this piece? Some of the best Sequin in town is at this Goodwill!

I found this vintage number reminded me of Rachel Zoe!

and this sequin gown!

A SCALA Vintage Sequin Gown...

The jackets are also pretty amazing but we were trying to stay focused!

Edwina found this gorgeous neoprene pencil skirt!

and this CHANEL -esque vintage pleated number had me drooling!

These next two vintage sequin tops were EXACTLY what we were looking for...I mean who are you kidding...we are ALWAYS looking for these tops! haha

Make sure you watch the video to see all of the other beautiful pieces we tried on!
Our next stop was a store called EVER...reminded us of a Forever 21 though we think it is locally owned.

So many cute jumpers and dresses..

We tried on a bunch of stuff!! We ended up finding a few pieces!
 Then we were off to our new favorite accessory store...CEBU

We brought the outfits we got and began pairing them with all of the gorgeous pieces!

In the back were tables filled with $5 and $10 clutches!

We fell in love with a few pieces and bought them!

PART 2 is also up on Youtube! Check it out below!

We couldn't wait to check out MILANO shoes! We already had shoes in mind but wanted to see what they had!

and OMG...We can not believe the amount of diamond encrusted shoes that were there!

and the boots....SO MANY BOOTS!

THESE were by far my favorite color is blue so these immediately spoke to me! 

The men's shoes were also incredible he carried unknown brands and some Steve Madden as well...and the blazers...ugh we will be doing a whole segment on this store for sure!

As we were leaving we spotted this store haha we were mostly amused by the name so decided we would check it out. 

It wasn't full of clothes but we did manage to find some fun pieces!

We can not wait to share our GIRLS weekend in Vegas and what we decided to rock for the day and night! Stay tuned for the FINALE and make sure you are SUBSCRIBED to The Boulevard Mall's youtube Channel were we will feature it all!!


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Monday, May 09, 2016

LAZY QUICK #MealPrepSunday & Trader Joes Grocery Haul | 1stPhorm #Transphormation

Hi friends! NEW vlog is up and I thought I would come on here to share! Let's face it, we all get lazy and we are all looking for short cuts every once in a while. If there is anything Ihave learned in the past 3 years of this EAT CLEAN journey it is that no matter how hard you workout or how long you workout...if you don't nourish your body with the proper will START over EVERY SINGLE TIME. A balanced diet consisting of protein, veggies, and those GOOD carbs are well a necessity. 

NOT to mention the supplements like a multi-vitimin & Omega Fatty Acid. Mine are from 1stphorm You can find them HERE!
EVERY single meal should be providing you with a basic foundation and give you the energy and strength you need. 

Sadly, we don't all have time to MEAL PREP steam veggies, grill your chicken or prepare ANYTHING. SOMETIMES we have 5 minutes to get all those necessities in our body if that. SO Today I share my secret LAZY pickings at Trader Joes when you are in a pinch but still want to eat clean and well enjoy your food! You can find some of these items at other grocery stores too but hopefully this will help you and give you as you continue your EAT CLEAN journey! 
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