welcome

 to the colorful journal of Marissa Berrini, creative director, artist and curator living in Los Angeles. Launched in 2010, Marissa's online journal tells of adventures with her husband Sam, their fur kids, the occasional cocktail creation and lots of conversations with inspiring people. This blog serves to celebrate tiny victories, inspiration for those times you're stuck in a rut and bring together a community that wants more than a perfectly curated feed of eye candy. Sometimes you just got to throw it out there and see where it goes!

Hello #MYUNICORNLIFE!

Hello #MYUNICORNLIFE!

It's crazy to think that over a year ago I created the #MYUNICORNLIFE hashtag on a whim in hopes to share with the Instagram community photographers + artists that inspired me with their bold, bright and beautiful photography, like my friend and extremely talented photographer, Kelsey Fugere. While the ride of the hashtag success has had it's ups and downs (trust me, there's a novel in the works here), I find it is crucial, now more than ever, to ignite this colorful community's core! 2016 has been hard for so many—no matter what your political stand. There's chaos in the world that extends outside of our perfect instagram feeds and that news impacts our hearts + our energy.

In all truth, I've been struggling with a variety of emotions that aren't serving me. The hope I had for the world seemed to have been slipping away. But luckily I have friends and family who have helped me to charge ahead. Monday night, the Universe heard my prayers and I met with my meditation teacher who shared with me this solid advice: "Yes, the world is unsettling at this moment but you need to bring the light. Be with your community and help push the positive energy back into the world." She's right! This time when I heard the word "community" I remember all the wonderful people who have participated in the #MYUNICORNLIFE hashtag sharing tiny victories of their lives. 

That is why going forward, @BourbonAndGoose instagram account will focus on the #MYUNICORNLIFE motto of color, art, magic, positivity, humor, collaboration, curation and love. I will be sharing my own art under #myUPSIDEDOWNunicornlife and regramming those that inspire the motto of #MYUNICORNLIFE.

As for my personal photos consisting of travel, work and family? You can find that via @MarissaBerrini and no fear, @HappyHourClub is still here but will feature all food and beverage (both cocktails + mocktails) going forward.

Thank you to all that have participated and been part of the journey. I hope you continue to celebrate with me by using the hashtag and spreading the word. As Dumbledore once said:

Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
— Albus Dumbledore

Think of it as your tiny victory dance for the world to see. I see #MYUNICORNLIFE is a digital form of the Care Bear Stare against hate, fear and those emotions that don't serve us. The community we build together impacts the unconscious energy that binds us all as one. Celebrate what ignites your heart with #MYUNICORNLIFE. Get out there and share the light.

For those that would like to know more, below are some FAQs on the hashtag to help you get a better idea of the community and it's creation. Also, please reach out to me via the form below. I'd love to hear your story and get to know you:

What is #MYUNICORNLIFE?
#MYUNICORNLIFE hashtag celebrates color in all subject matters. Example? A bowl for bright red cherries turned upside down with a hue shift from A Color Story or just a funny gift that captures the mood. Anything that is positive and colorful, we celebrate it! Art is beautiful. Art can be anything and we all have the ability to create. That's why Instagram remains my favorite platform for creation. 

How did it all begin?
2015 I was featured as a suggested user on Instagram and during that time, I wanted to share my friends and those I love with the new community that found me thanks to that exposure. One of which was my good friend and amazing photographer, Kelsey Fugere. Together we started sharing and inviting people to play in our colorful world. As the hashtag grew, it took on a world of it's own. Today there are over 545,000 shares on Instagram! Community first is Instagram motto and it's the heart of #MYUNICORNLIFE.

How can you be part of it?
Share your creativity and love! Check out the hashtag and find those that speak your language. Get inspired and get into it! It's so much fun to explore and find those that inspire across the global. Show your love by engaging with that person and letting them know you enjoy what they are putting out there. By doing the care bear stare we spread the love and light to the world and little comments of joy + appreciation can do that.

Want to chat more about #MYUNICORNLIFE?
Reach out. I'd love to get to know you and what the hashtag means to you!

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Flower Power: Pink Roses

Flower Power: Pink Roses

#happyhourclub: calabash squash + ricotta

#happyhourclub: calabash squash + ricotta