Tuesday, February 26, 2013

⥤◈⥢ INTI RAYMI ⥤◈⥢

⥤◈⥢ INTI RAYMI ⥤◈⥢
// Coyote Negro Spring 2013 \\

Photography >> Sandra Arenas
Model >> Marian Guillen
Hair + Makeup >> Alexandra Lugo
Jewelry >> FiLiLí by Luiny Rivera
Styling + Art Direction >> Melissa Hernández

Hoy celebramos el sol, la luz, el calor, la vida. El Inti Raymi es una de las celebraciones mas importantes en Cuzco, Perú. Era una antigua ceremonia religiosa andina en honor al Inti (el padre sol), que se realizaba cada solsticio de invierno en los Andes. Hoy día el Inti Raymi tiene un carácter mas de espectáculo dirigido a los turistas y a los propios cusqueños. También se le conoce al Inti Raymi como "El Festival del Sol" es por eso que este proyecto va dedicado a la primavera, el sol y el Perú. Nuestra queridísima amiga peruana y fotógrafa Sandra Arenas fue el año pasado y tomo todas estas fotos maravillosas las cuales decidí ponerme a experimentar análogamente y crear lo que termino siendo el lookbook de primavera 2013. 

Es la segunda vez en mi vida que experimento las cuatro estaciones. Anteriormente siempre viví en un eterno verano en una isla tropical llamada Puerto Rico. Donde no existe invierno, ni primavera ni otoño, solo verano con algunas noches de brisa. La primavera me parece como un alivio al invierno con la esperanza que siempre hay algo mejor por venir. Asi que estoy esperando ansiosamente esta nueva estación de vida llena de sol, colores y festividades. 

En esta semana las piezas estarán disponibles en shopcoyotenegro.com 


Today we celebrate the sun, light, warmth and life. Inti Raymi is one of the most important celebrations in Cuzco, Peru. It was an ancient religious ceremony honoring the Inti God (father sun). It was celebrated every winter solstice in the Andes. Today the Inti Raymi has more of a performance characteristic for tourists and locals. Inti Raymi is also known as "The Sun Festival" and that's why this project is dedicated to spring, the sun and Perú. Our lovely peruvian friend and photographer Sandra Arenas went last year and took these amazing photos which I decided to experiment manually and ended up being our spring 13 lookbook. 

It's the second time in my life that I experience the four seasons. I've always lived in an eternal summer on an  tropical island called Puerto Rico. Where winter doesn't exist, or spring, or fall, only summer with the occasional breezy nights. For me, spring is like a relief from winter with hope that there's always something better to come. So I'm anxiously waiting this new season of life full of colors, sun and festivities.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

♥ What to gift ♥

Valentines should be a day of enjoying each other's company but sometimes it turns to be an excuse to get some cool stuff and have some love-y fun. Here's some Valentines gift ideas...

DIY (Do It Yourself!)

I love the idea of making your own gifts instead of buying them. It adds a special value you can't pay for anywhere. These arrows are a very nice detail which would look super cool later as a decoration piece. This could be a cool idea to share between friends as well. See how to make them >>here<<

BIY (Buy It Yourself)

The Amethyst is the stone of St. Valentine, who is said to have always worn it. During the Middle Ages in the days of romance and chivalry, if an amethyst was presented by a lady to her knight, or a bride to her husband in the shape of a heart set in silver, it was said to confer the greatest possible earthly happiness on the pair who would be blessed with good fortune for the remainder of their lives. Get "El Amuleto" >>here<<


One thing about buying super sexy lingerie for a special occasion is that you end up using it once in a while. The rest of the year is just sitting there in your closet screaming for sex. Not again! This is the perfect valentine's outfit since you can give infinite use to it. You can wear it later with some cool ripped jeans or some sexy shorts. 
 Get the Caperusita Poncho >>here<<


This is a nice excuse to get new jewelry ;) This classic Americana and genderless piece is a great valentine's gift for your boyfriend or girlfriend and a nice detail to remind your lover that a true relationship is about giving freedom and trust to each other.
Get the left wing ring >>here<<

*Note that this one might take more time to arrive since it's handmade by order.


Create a real "Love Potion". Me and my lover are not big fans of strawberry, champaign or chocolaty extra sweet drinks; more so on Valentine's. We feel a bit cloying doing that for "a special day" where everyone is doing it and it ends up not being that special anymore.  
I found this cocktail which is a nice twist to the classic "Old Fashion. It's called "Mixed berry and fig old fashion" It feels a bit more summery but for me, there's no season to have a nice drink. Get your bartender skills and get the recipe >>here<< (there are few more cocktails on that website if you want to keep exploring).


Little details like this are cool too. I love this little mexican loteria pouch. Perfect for stashing it with some all-natural "goodies" inside ;)

Get "El Corazón" pouch here


Get creatively intimate and have fun with your old polaroid. I think this is my favorite idea of all. You can get creative and make a puzzle out of your body photographing single body parts instead of the complete scenario. Like your eyes, nose and lips, boobs, belly.. and then you keep exploring. Let him/ her put all the pieces together. Have fun here :) 

If you don't have a polaroid check on craigslist or ebay or just make it digital and develop it. But Polaorids are more fun since you can also write on them and are more unique. 


"Mejor solo que mal acompañado" (Better alone than with bad company).  Single or not single throw a potluck party. It's always nice to spend time with friends, food and drinks ;)


 It's nice to do all these kinds of things but sometimes I think that a special day with your lover shouldn't resume into just one day, it should be every day, or better if it's a random day, not just a day marked by the calendar. Don't feel you HAVE to do something on this specific day, we're always making plans and living in a rush. A special day with your lover shouldn't be a stressful experience, so just chill and enjoy each other's company. That's the best gift you could give to each other.  

MAKE A SEXY (and cheesy / corny) VIDEO
Here's our last year Valentine's day featuring "Luis Miguel- Inolvidable"

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Inspired by: Alison Scarpulla

One day while tumblring I found an amazing picture (the one at the top) with a little name at the bottom which took me to the photostream of this amazing photographer, visual artist & full time dreamer called Alison Scarpulla. I really, really like her mystic, magical, natural, dreamy world her style lives in. I also love the double exposure experiments she does. There's something about film that drives me crazy! The texture, the colors the vibe.. it's just great! I would love to work with this girl one day. 

Alison Scarpulla is a 22 years old experimental film photographer. She grew up in the suburbs of New York & now spends her time in Cleveland, Ohio. She came to photography when she was a young teenager. In high school, she occupied a couple of courses that taught basic photographic techniques, which she experimented with until she developed her own self-taught process. Her photography encompasses an alternative reality. The photos of this world are almost always in Alison's life, together with her closest friends. You could say that she simply waits for the universe to unfold before her. Her photography is like a painted interpretation of the unit of herself and her surroundings.

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