Paola "Pao Pao" Mathé

@findingpaola

Austin | NYC 📍 • Sharing snippets of my life, my colors, and my work. Story-teller. 🍍 Haitian fairy. Founder of @fanmdjanm🎈E: [email protected]


  • about 16 hours ago
    Hey good lookin'⠀ I hope you feel as good as you look⠀ Because you sure as hell look good⠀ Good lookin'⠀ ⠀ *New #stylepost loading featuring this LEWK! Everything will be linked on findingpaola.com (including lipstick!)*⠀ ⠀ #FindingPaola #paolalostinaustin #austinblogger ⠀ ⠀
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  • 1 day ago
    Currently working on an article for findingpaola.com on being rejected, how I deal with rejection, and how it's not always a bad thing. Will you read it? #findingpaola 📷 @underground_nyc http://liketk.it/2s9ga #liketkit @liketoknow.it
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  • 2 days ago
    🌸🌸🌸 Don't be afraid to explore this week. Try something new? Send a handwritten note to someone? ⠀ ⠀ What are y'all plans? (I live in Texas now so "y'all" is part of the vocab.)⠀ #findingpaola #paolalostinaustin #austintx
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  • 3 days ago
    Revisiting old books I started but never finished. ⠀ Ella Fitzgerald in the background. ⠀ And a notepad nearby in case I come up with a brilliant idea. ⠀ Maybe just a decent idea. Brb...⠀ ⠀ #findingpaola #perrierflavors
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  • 3 days ago
    For date night last night, I decided to show some legs in metallics! During every dinner, we talk about how we will go dancing just to end up on the couch immediately after. I guess I'll keep dancing for my girls nights out. 😑#findingpaola#paolalostinaustintx #austintx
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  • 4 days ago
    Currently cleaning out/organizing our bathroom, but thinking about this beautiful walk my husband and I went on the other day. He always knows when I need a break. When I need to disconnect. And so he took my phone away from me right after I snapped this photo. ⠀ ⠀ Ps, do I really need all these hair products? I don't even have hair! Also, do y'all (yes, I will now be saying "y'all" since I live in Texas now) have any tips on organizing nail/hair products? I just got a whole bunch of mini baskets from Target. That's all I got... 🤷🏾‍♀️ #findingpaola #paolalostinaustin #austintx
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  • 4 days ago
    Sweet summer ting ⠀ Full of life⠀ Full of zest⠀ Full of spontaneity ⠀ Sweet summer ting⠀ Kick off your shoes⠀ And dance ⠀ And shout⠀ And twirl ⠀ ⠀ That's the song I made up when I got dressed in this outfit. Who else makes up songs, stories, and characters when they get dressed?⠀ ⠀ Ps, I tried to take a twirling photo. My husband was not about that life. #findingpaola #paolalostinaustin #austintx
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  • 5 days ago
    On the next episode of "Instagram vs Reality", a pile of dirty dishes, trash, and recyclable materials await just five feet away from this peaceful and well-lit corner of our living room. My home office is in shambles from trying to plan the weeks ahead, reading contracts, and putting together a schedule where I jam weeks of work into a few days for my next trip to New York City. I never thought booking hotels or finding a good place to stay during my travels would be so exhausting. Oh, and our poor bedroom! Suitcases from my last trip, boxes from moving in...⠀ ⠀ This post is inspired by my friend who sent me a gorgeous photo of her bathroom wall, and another photo just three feet away from the perfect world of her baby and a giant messy pile. My point is... Don't compare your life to the photos you see on the internet. Just do the best that you can, and remember that no matter how hard we try, life is a hot mess.⠀ ⠀ Oh, and cheers to the weekend! Any big plans? #findingpaola #paolalostinaustin #austintx
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  • 5 days ago
    Believe in yourself, and the world will believe in you too. ⠀ Doubt yourself, and... ⠀ Well, what do you expect?⠀ #findingpaola #paolalostinnola #followyournola ⠀ ⠀ ph: @underground_nyc
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  • 6 days ago
    I visited my parents in Newark during the last few days of my most recent trip to New York City. My brother and his friends were there when I arrived. It always impresses me how he manages to keep friends around. His closest friends are the same ones he's had from the fourth grade. I got excited because we don't spend much time together, so I proposed that we go to a park, play some frisbee, have a little picnic maybe... They all paused for what seemed like an eternity, and they all laughed in unison. "Where do you think you are? This Newark!" Aaron exclaimed with an emphasis on the word "Newark". ⠀ ⠀ Then I said, "You all drive. There are parks. You have completely young abled bodies. You create the world you want to live in. You don't just wait for it to happen." Another moment of silence filled the room, and they all agreed slowly. We didn't make it out to the park that day, but I did learn a lot about one of his friends. He filled my heart with joy as he told me about his job and his crush. About how he wanted to impress a woman he worked with. He was on his way to the mall to get a new shirt because she finally agreed to a date. ⠀ ⠀ Maybe next time I'm in Newark, we can all do something outside of the house. Cheers to summer, long-term friendships, and creating your own world when the one you live in seems to persuade you that you do not belong. #findingpaola #perrierflavors
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  • 7 days ago
    It's all love... all love. Can't you see? @fanmdjanm photographed by me. #themusesofpaolamathe #findingpaola
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  • 8 days ago
    "I opened this notebook I almost forgot I had the other day. And on the first page, It asked me what the word of the year was for me. You know what I wrote? I wrote: Breathe. The scribbled word brought me the biggest smile. It was exactly what I needed. So I'm sharing this with you because breathing makes everything easier." That's what I told my Uber driver yesterday. ⠀ ⠀ He asked me about married life and if anything changed when I got married. He felt he was being pressured by his girlfriend, and he feared that everything would change if they did. His girlfriend has a teenage son, and he's trying his best to help raise him. "He's already fifteen, and he seems to stuck in his ways. Sometimes, I just wanna wring his neck, but he's not my son. I feel like there's nothing I can do. His mom blames his father for not being around, but sometimes, I think it's an excuse to just let him do whatever he wishes," he muttered.⠀ ⠀ I told him that I didn't meet my biological father until I was 26. And that the man who raised me, who has always been my dad married my mom despite many difficulties. I told him that I believed in good step-fathers. And I also told him about my struggles as a teenager. How sometimes parents, especially when they are struggling don't understand that children need more than just food on the table and clothes on their back. They need emotional connection. I told him that I didn't learn to say the words, "I love you" until I met my husband. His story was very similar. "My mother never really spoke to me. She only shouted and cursed at us. Now we're doing a lot better." And at the end of our ride, he told me that he was glad we crossed paths, and that I helped him put a lot into perspective. ⠀ ⠀ I'm headed back to Austin today. This trip was a very successful one, and my life feels extremely overwhelming at the moment. It felt good sharing random life experiences with a stranger. It also reminded me how much breathing really helps. #findingpaola
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