About

I’m a twenty-something mother, domestic goddess, trophy girl, best friend, artist, designer, author, writer, blogger, craft whore, cat hugger, chihuahua cuddler, Parisian-style pet chef, motivational rainbow maker, foodie, old school candy raver, kawaii inhaler, Tokyo-treader, internet sunshine-spreader and I’m endlessly inspired to try new things. My past is extremely dark and painful but I’ve been learning that it doesn’t mean my future has to be. I’m on a mission to replace my pain with love and adoration for the beautiful world we share and the many different people that we share it with (especially my newest best friend: my three-year-old daughter Colette Fawn aka Coco and my beautiful Mister Educated aka David H Cunningham a genius contemporary realism artist). I’m learning new ways to see the world and others and learning to enjoy life in a way I never dreamed of. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still occasionally struggle with sadness but I’ve learned that by having a strong support system and by making myself continue to do what I love most and be surrounded by the things, people and furry friends that raise my love meter to the max I can be happy; and if I can make it through and be happy, I want to inspire you to make it too. Happiness is a choice and a lifestyle that we have to choose for ourselves; no one else can choose it for us (although we sometimes like to think they can). I thought I would eventually find happiness as I stumbled through life long enough but realized after much regret I actually had to work for it and choose it as a new lifestyle for myself (it was extremely painful at first to say the least as most tough, vital changes are). So please join me, my loves, and choose happiness!

I created this blog so that I may both share amazing inspirations and designs that can be found everywhere today and embrace my slight, color-charged insanity in a creative way. I share many positive and creative projects and inspirations that I just know we will both enjoy. There is an abundance of inspiring people and places around the world to open our eyes to. We don’t have to live in the dark, we can forever live in color.

This is one of the loves of my life, my heart and soul and everything I stand for. My best friend chose Colette, my French name in high school and the name of one of the most amazing and inspiring writers Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette of France. Her middle name comes from my spirit animal the fawn, an adorable creature my father brought into my life by our living near a magical forest that we often visited. She was born in 2010 and has opened my eyes to a wonderful way of life ever since she came into it. My dream was to have a baby girl at 25, I accomplished that dream and we spend a lot of time together simply having fun and doing little girl activities (such as pretend tea parties) where we use our imaginations to the max. If I wasn’t appreciative of everything childlike, magical and imaginative before I definitely am now. I most enjoy weaving a magical world of color and wonder with her as my mother once did with me and look forward to sharing more kid-friendly projects here at Miseducated.

Favorites

Reading Stephen King, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Mary Karr

Inspiration animals, LOVE, Hello Kitty, Sanrio, psychedelia, Andy Warhola, David Bowie, Brian Froud, Nintendo, Postpet, Sofia Coppola, Kimikat, Japan, science, space, evolution, religion, spirituality, vegetarianism, energy, magick, vintage magazines, Disney, rainbows, hearts, stars, Buddhism, Strawberry Switchblade, Gwen Stefani, Lisa Frank, Ayumi Uyama, Rune Naito, Marichan, Junko Mizuno, Missy Munday, FRUiTS, decora, fairy-kei, Paris, Marie Antoinette, electro, Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony, Lady Lovelylocks, Rose Petal Place, Popples, vintage pop culture, Veruca Salt, raves, plastic and all things tacky, retro and kitsch

Hobbies weaving a wonderland with my daughter, experiencing everything in life with my handsome mister, enjoying the world with my amazing friends, animal adoring, obsessively taking photos, cooking, art and design, writing, dreaming, coffee and coffee shops, TEA, exploring Tokyo (past home), Paris, Chicago and Los Angeles alone and armed with a camera, singing, music, karaoke clubs, dancing, painting, hookah smoking, eating out, traveling, window shopping, baking Parisian-style pet pastries, throwing silly themed parties with mister, shopping, art journaling, mushroom hunting and occasional obsessive gaming

Music electro, David Bowie, No Doubt, Veruca Salt, Strawberry Switchblade, Gwen Stefani, dubstep, Eminem, Dr Dre, Kissy Sell Out, fidget, happy hardcore, Goldfrapp, tatu, house, Salt n’ Pepa, Princess Superstar, Kreayshawn, MIA, D12

See me Around

Interviews

About Miseducated

The History of Miseducated

Miseducated began in 1997 as a personal website by myself {then known as Cat*e; this is also the year I got kitten Hobbes and met my girl soulmate Kimikat ♥} covered in rainbows, candy and moon cats. In April of 2001 I bought the domain www.miseducated.net and proceeded to move my personal website there. In November of 2008 I finally updated and published some old articles I’d written and Miseducated was reborn as the whimsical blog and lifestyle brand you see today. In 2010, after much regret of not choosing to buy the .com {I seriously thought .net sounded better at the time} and many years of waiting, www.miseducated.com went up for auction and I was finally able to snag it at a fair price.

1990s Miseducated

The absolute beginning (click!) of my web and graphic design career. (Hahaha.) I’m finally showing you this because I want to show you that each and every person has to start somewhere and learn and grow — no one just rolls out of bed with the knowledge and talent they need to succeed in their desired field. Back then all of my graphics were either scanned Sanrio and Sailor Moon collectables or created first in MS Paint and then finally in Paint Shop Pro. The delicious marshmallow rainbow palette is by Kimikat of course. FYI, the non-smooth text makes me gag as well.

Becoming the Miseducated Brand

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