Slime Sunday is a moniker for Mike Parisella; his surreal and evocative style is hard to ignore. The juxtaposition of neon colors and organic subjects is intriguing, playful and sometimes disturbing. Slime Sunday's Monolith Series is unintentionally terrifying (I think I have some hang ups about space invaders haha). That vast orb bobbing above monuments isn't calming; so it's no surprise Mike's Space Series nearly gave me an anxiety attack.

These gorgeous images make you feel small in a world that we often forget is vast and infinite. Mike uses tools like Cinema 4d, Photoshop, X Particles, Final Cut Pro, and After Effects to create these artistic collages. 

His style is ever evolving, keep up with Slime Sunday on Instagram (for his latest work) and purchase prints (which I plan to do) on Society 6.

Traveling to Dollywood (while black)

I absolutely LOVE Dolly Parton. The country singer's history of low key philanthropy,  the fan theory that she is secretly covered in tattoos, combined with the fact that she is a badass musician who happens to be in the Song Writers Hall of Fame? Swifty could NEVER. 

Recently, we surprised one of my best friends with a trip to Dollywood for his 34th birthday. It had always been a place we joked about going and seemed kitsch as hell. We flew in to Nashville, and spent a couple days playing tourist around town (hot tip: they don't believe in toilet seat covers, so work on those squats ladies) before embarking on a road trip to Pigeon Forge (home of Dollywood). We went to breakfast at the famous Loveless Cafe, where the biscuits are plentiful and vegetables are fried. There was a 1.5 hr wait, we wen't in a rush and there was cornhole and several gift shops to keep ya busy. At the end of our meal, the waiter gave us a box of 25 biscuits for the road. Southern hospitality is real. 

The entire drive should've taken us around 4 hours, however we took the scenic route (and here is where I was reminded we were IN THE SOUTH). We stopped off somewhere for a bathroom break and to stretch. It was the divey-est of petroleum stations: with an ice cream bar, all wooden indoor bathroom (that resembled an outhouse) and LOTS of confederate flags (keychains, stickers and kids toys). It was overwhelming. Seated in the back, was a middle-aged white guy who was watching our every move. He had a klan patch on his leather jacket, casual. 

We also stopped at Rock City in Chattanooga, which was just a delight. They have a section of the park dedicated to gnomes y'all! Must see if you ever find yourself in Tennessee. 

Back to Dollywood. Once you drive in to Pigeon Forge your eyes are delighted with thee most tacky, kitsch, mini-amusement parks I have ever seen. It's like a Jesus-y version of Las Vegas. There are several King Kong statues, a giant replica of the Titanic (mid-sink), 3-story bumper car track and a Biblical Times Dinner Theater, just to name a few. The next morning we drive to a parking lot in PF and catch a trolly for .50 cents each in to the park (pro tip: from our hotel concierge). First things first, we look nothing like the average park goer. I am black, my friends are hispanic (and gay) and we had one token (but fabulous) white girl with us (heeeey lady cath!). We're also all wearing the most obnoxious Dolly tees we could find on Etsy. I got the birthday boy one that was totally inappropriate to wear around such a unofficially-religious theme park. We got lots of stares, we weren't in California any more! 

The park was about 85% white (and that's being generous). There were sister wives in the gift shops and lots of cameo and pro-gun tank tops. Dollywood is like Knotts Berry Farm and Magic Mountain on acid. There was an bald eagle sanctuary, footlong corn dogs, sand casting demonstrations and v intense roller coasters. 

I saw a single black family of 4 during our 10 hours at the park; they chose to lean in to their blackness and wear shirts that read: "Detroit vs. Everybody". I gave them the head nod as we passed each other. Hot Tip: Dollywood is dry. There is NO booze at all, which was v disappointing but probably for the best given that we were in an open carry state. 

Overall, there was a lot less Dolly then I thought there'd be, she was mostly regulated to the fan section on the park (where you can check out her tour bus, costumes and listen to her second cousins sing with a Dolly hologram, seriously). Dollywood is a love song to the Smokey Mountains and family; the park serves as a huge revenue source for the surrounding area and lots of Dolly's extended family work there. I would recommend Dollywood to other brown people, but only those that are true country fans and who are cool with being stared at by adults and children alike (I truly believe, most of those kids hadn't seen a black person IRL). 

Artist Spotlight: Marianna Tomaselli

I recently discovered Marianna's art on Instagram (#basic). This young Milan based illustrator creates color palettes that are rich and lush; her subjects are fully formed and provocative. 

In her Boredom series, she perfectly captures the numbness we all experience thanks to that mini computer in our pockets. Marianna's textured illustrations are delightful, you can see more of her work on Behance or via her website.


Brooke's photography uses perspective to challenge your interpretation of her unique pictures. Her subjects are often in familiar settings (pools, couches, landscapes) but her treatment of them is anything BUT familiar. 

These odd (in the best kind of way) and extraordinary photos are surreal and evocative. Her distinct narrative disorients you at first; her color combinations are pastel-based with a bit of grime and muck, and every so often a burst of color appears juxtaposed with a stark image of a toilet (and it's delightful)

You can view Brooke's entire body of work here: Portfolio | Instagram

Mangishi Doll

Created in 2014, Mangishi Doll is an afro-centric clothing line developed by Kapasa Musonda. Born in Zambia, this FIDM-educated designer creates pieces are that bold and eccentric. Her use of color, and pattern mixing is exciting and refreshing. 

"I am my own person, conquering the fashion world one seam at a passion, intrigue and obsession with fashion design is not something I can explain in words, even if I tried speaks through my work!" 

Kapasa's distinctive style is reflected in every single design.
Her sizes range from a US 2 - 18. 
Shop | Mangishi Doll

ARTIST ALERT: Amber Vittoria

You may have seen Amber's work in Lenny Letter, New York Times Magazine or Teen Vogue. Her style, is definitely unique. Based out of NYC this illustrator makes no qualms about skewing the female form. 

At first glance you may think her art is garish, the colors brash and loud; unapologetically so. The contorted limbs and body hair aren't something we see often in this Snapchat filtered world. And that's what draws me in the most. Amber reminds me of a modern-day Matisse (my favorite artist) so maybe that's why I can't look away. Whatever the reason, her artwork is a force to be reckoned with. 

See Amber's full portfolio of work here | Amber Vittoria

And purchase a few prints via Society 6

In Wakanda We Wear Black

Hopefully by now you've seen Black Panther; this movie is groundbreaking for several reasons. But I'm here to talk about the fashion. In one of the first establishing scenes we we see the village of Wakanda, my sister leaned over and whispered "It's Afropunk!". Visually, Black Panther was a pleasure for the eyes. There were so many ornately dressed black people, with glowing skin (ashy elbows don't exist in Wakanda) and immaculate natural hair styles. But most importantly, NOT A ONE was a slave. Whew. 

This silk scarf was commissioned specifically for Black Panther. Designed by Walé Oyéjidé Esq., the Ikire Jones tapestry collection pays homage to myths and history specific to people of color. Each silk scarf is made in Italy and available in very limited quantities. The Wakanda edition is currently available via pre-order and cost you around $285 USD.

Creatively Kitsch Turns 9!

Dear y'a'll, thanks to Facebook memories for reminding me that 9 years ago I started this blog!. Creatively Kitsch, much like my hairstyles, has transformed over time. While my personal design aesthetic has evolved, I still love all things kitsch! Thanks for rocking with me, whether your a new reader, or my mom (hi mom!) who has been with me since day one. I appreciate you all.

Also, congratulations to making it through the LONGEST month in the history of months. January 2018 felt unrelenting. So welcome to Black History Month, the second best month of the year (the first being March, obvs #TeamAries).

ALSO, shameless personal plug time. I FINALLY finished redesigning my professional design portfolio, I gave myself a month to completely rehaul my site and I DID it. Thanks to So Laci Like for getting me all the way together. The link will live on the right hand sidebar or you can just go to

More exciting blogs to come! I STILL need to write about going to Dollywood while black, podcast subscription updates and instant pot recipes that are Lawry approved.


With a cheeky name and a lofty goal, #HappyPeriod is a social initiative that provides menstrual products to anyone that has a period and is low income, homeless or otherwise impoverished. Created in 2015 by Chelsea VonChaz and her mother Cherryl Warner this non-profit has morphed in to a movement. Imagine being unable to afford menstrual products; just because you're homeless doesn't mean your period stops.

With local chapters in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and San Diego (just to name a few), #happyperiod is making a positive impact on the community. You can help Chelsea's cause by volunteering or starting a local chapter, contributing to a fundraiser,  buying a tee (pictured above), or by donating to their Amazon wishlist.


Laci Jordan has been described as a renaissance woman, I prefer to call her a badass boss bitch. She is a creative director currently living in Los Angeles and her work is inspirational, to say the least. I have watched her professional glo up happen before my eyes and I am incredibly proud of her! We've never met (even though we share the same last name) but I believe in shine theory and cheer her on via social media on the reg!

Wither she's designing wrapping paper, taking well-lit celebrity portraits for CAA, creating a vibrant illustrations, or working with Solange (casual); this girl is a beast, plus her hair is LAID

Laci is vulnerable, relatable and creative as hell. She has a podcast too, because ya know, who needs sleep: Sh*t to Say.

Shine girl, shine!