Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell

frida-11“leaving is not enough; you must
stay gone. train your heart
like a dog. change the locks
even on the house he’s never
visited. you lucky, lucky girl.
you have an apartment
just your size. a bathtub
full of tea. a heart the size
of Arizona, but not nearly
so arid. don’t wish away
your cracked past, your
crooked toes, your problems
are paper mache puppets
you made or bought because the vendor
at the market was so compelling you just
had to have them. you had to have him.
and you did. and now you pull down
the bridge between your houses.
you make him call before
he visits. you take a lover
for granted, you take
a lover who looks at you
like maybe you are magic. make
the first bottle you consume
in this place a relic. place it
on whatever altar you fashion
with a knife and five cranberries.
don’t lose too much weight.
stupid girls are always trying
to disappear as revenge. and you
are not stupid. you loved a man
with more hands than a parade
of beggars, and here you stand. heart
like a four-poster bed. heart like a canvas.
heart leaking something so strong
they can smell it in the street.”

*I wanted to share this for many reasons. When dealing with relationships over any nature as women we tend to be thought of as the weaker, believing that no matter what we will always come back. This poem is the epitome of strength and it drips self worth! Be strong, Be Bold Be Beautiful!” ~B

What’s Your Inspiration?

Last night, after a very successful photoshoot for my nail polish line Liquid Frosting I took a deep breath and took it all in. What began as simply an idea a little over three years ago has become a reality. A person who never commits to anything has finally seen something through to the very end. This for me was one of my proudest moments. So while in conversation with a close friend she asks, “B, what is your inspiration?” So often I am moving at such a fast pace that I never truly stop to think about what motivates and inspires  me most. An easy answer to her question would have been “my son”. While Dude is a great part of what drives me to want to do great things he is not the inspiration behind the brand I am building known as Liquid Frosting Nail Color. My answer was as follows:

” I am constantly inspired by the ugliness of things in premature form. Like dirt, with a little rain it blooms the most beautiful of flowers.” Does that make sense? I have always been one to find beauty in things people find to be distasteful and ugly, we sometimes despise storms not realizing that at the end of a storm is a rainbow. (Rainbows were GOD’s promise to never destroy the Earth by flood again). Or love, love at times in stages of infancy are far from beautiful but once you get past the newness of problems it is a beautiful thing. To see my vision go from the ugly stages of premature ideas to the beautiful brand it is evolving into is an inspiration in itself. So as I grow, and evolve and become better person all around I find that my inspiration is me. The rose that grew from concrete. (Thank you Ty)

“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?

Proving nature’s law is wrong it learned to walk with out having feet.

Funny it seems, but by keeping it’s dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air.

Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared.”

~Tupac Shakur
What is your inspiration?

To Artina

“To Artina”

I will take you heart.
I will take your soul out of your body, As though I were God.
I will not be satisfied with the touch of your hand.
Nor the sweet of your lips alone.
I will take your heart for mine.
I will take your soul.

I will be God when it comes to you.

~Langston Hughes


Langston Hughes

My favorite poem. I have spotlighted this poem many times and I probably will again. Today, I am feeling it more than other days.

Happy Thursday


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