Thank you.

If you’re here, then it means you’re a special kind of creative soul, and someone out there was inspired by you. Hard stop. 

You inspire people. So, thank you.

Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world. For sharing your being, your energy, your light. 

Now, allow us to celebrate YOU 🙂

What To Wear?

Dress to impress for yourself.

Do you, boo. Whether you want to rock your flyest brown fit to celebrate our event theme, or just celebrate your beautiful brown skin, come in whatever makes you feel like your best.

Don’t know about you, but we’ve really missed expressing ourselves through clothing! Here’s your chance. Best believe there will be a rockin photo booth opp! Here are some inspiration images, because we love us a good lookbook 😉

IRL Event Details

“Brown is Beautiful”

A Holiday Party Celebrating POC Creatives
Also celebrating Make it Mariko’s 6 Year Anniversary + Gina Mariko’s Birthday

Wednesday, December 29, 2021
7PM – 11PM
Ciel Creative Space, 935 Carleton St, Berkeley

  • 21+ only // IRL INVITE ONLY + Public Livestream on YouSound
  • IRL capacity will be limited to 200 people max for covid safety, and to keep intimate party vibes. RSVP to save your spot!

Covid Safety

All in person guests agree to:

  • Be fully vaccinated and able to show proof of vaccination upon entry OR proof of negative PCR covid test within the past 72 hours (Rapid tests not accepted.)
  • Fill out a Contract Tracing Form upon arrival.
  • Wear masks inside unless actively eating, drinking, or performing.

Ciel is also a large venue with lots of open airflow, and we’ll be keeping the large rollup door open during the event.

Will there be food?

Most definitely! Food & Drinks will be available for purchase by 7th West Oakland & Barya Kitchen. Both vendors accept credit card.

Featured Creatives


Make it Mariko CEO // Birthday Girl


Producer // DJ // Skater // Occasional Bboy


Epic scratch DJs // #CoupleGoals


Party rockin DJ expanding the soul thru sound

@ROJAISF & The Pocket

Bay’s best hip-hop, funk & soul band


Host with the most // Forever hypeman


Filipino American Food Truck


They make you look good 😉


West Oakland Bar serving up all the cocktails & shots


Pinay floral designer & plant store in Berkeley


Talented Bay Area videographers & visual storytellers


Badass Photographer

Livestream Details

For those who aren’t able to join us in person, watch the livestream at

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Sign up for a YouSound account to watch the stream, and follow and support your favorite artists!

About Ciel Creative Space

As an in-house event planner for Ciel Creative Space, Make it Mariko is so excited to be hosting this event in their newest studio addition – Studio 5 – which boast tall ceilings, endless (real!) plant life, an open airflow garage door, and ALLL the space for dancing 😉

Ciel Creative Space is the Bay Area’s premiere creative sanctuary with 40,000 square feet of connecting studios and workspace.

learn more about ciel

Note from the Birthday Girl & Founder

To take a new journey, one must begin by leaving.

At this symbolic 6-year Anniversary for Make it Mariko, I’m honoring the past 6 years of amazing event experiences and community building, but also acknowledging the trauma, struggle, and grief of the past 2 years during the pandemic — operating on survival mode for so long, and constantly “pivoting” the business to stay alive.

In Tarot, the six cards represent departure and a journey towards harmony. Ironically on this 6th Anniversary and my 36th birthday, I’m reflecting on my own need for harmony, rest, and wholeness. So I’ve decided to take a sabbatical next year and slow down operations of Make it Mariko for a bit as we rebrand and realign ourselves after so much “pivoting”. It’s time to learn how to rest.

I hope you’ll join me at this party to mark the end of a crazy year, and to celebrate LIFE together. I look forward to coming back next year re-energized and ready to create again.

<3 Gina Mariko

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