Saturday, December 2, 2017

A New Chapter

If you told me four years ago that this is how my life would be, I wouldn't have believed you. Thats the thing about life, its all full of surprises and ups and downs. One day you're making sandwiches behind a deli counter working minimum wage and then the next day you're working for a big company like Nordstrom. One minute you're plotting ways to decorate your own room finally and then the next you're signing a lease to a new apartment on your own. You never know whats going to happen next... but in order to live a life that you love you must trust the process. 

This year has been one of the most life changing year, yet. I've always had the ideal image that by the time I turn 21, its going to be my year and hopefully have my life together, but we all know that never works out. The funny this is by the time I turned 21 I would have never expected to be like this. Although we still have two more months left till the next year, I can truly say that 2017 was the year where I started to live.  I stepped outside of my comfort zone. I lived for the night I truly cannot remember. I danced the night away. I got into a bar with a fake ID. I turned legal. I met so much people, some I am able to call my close friends. I booked a plane ticket with a person that I just met three days prior. I went through a heart break. I found love.  I went cliff diving. I hopped over a fence drunk to sneak on a golf course. I laughed. I cried. I applied to an art school. I got accepted into FIDM. I received two scholarships. I signed an apartment lease doing adulting things and moved to LA. 

...I followed my heart and put myself first. 

So come follow along on this Journey that I call life

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Weekend Date Night

Are you guys loving all the pretty fabrics for fall?! Silk, embroidery and velvet are showing up on everything! In addition to clothing, you can find silk, embroidery and velvet on shoes and bootshandbags and belts! I picked up this mauve silk top while shopping at Nordstrom over the weekend and I am are obsessed. It’s such a simple style, but the luxe silk really dresses it up. Add a favorite pair of statement earrings and we’re ready for a weeknight date night!

I am completely obsessed over this Denim jacket if you haven't noticed by now. You can find more ways to style denim jacket here.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Brunch by The Ocean

If there's one thing that I love about Los Angeles, It's the fact that everyone loves to brunch. One of the many reason why I love brunching is because its 99.9% the only time I ever do get hungry and for some reason, I always find trouble figuring out what to eat for breakfast and dinner. So brunch it is!

Leather Jacket Topshop | Skirt Zara | Bag Saint Laurent | Shoes Nike |

 Location Blue Plate Tacos

Whats brunch without a good drink? I would definitely recommend trying one of their margaritas. We decided to start off the day with La Pina, Tequila with charred pineapples, cilantro, agave, and citrus. It was so refreshing! 


Denim Babe

Lately, I've been wearing boyfriend jean jackets with everything! The oversized styles are a great spring layer to wear over your shoulders. I've been wearing my BP oversized jean jacket with really dressed up looks, jeans and a T-shirt, casual sweats, and even workout leggings

     TOP: BP  // PANTS: 4SI3NNA // SHOES: Steve Madden 


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Pinterest Inspo

A touch of copper, a marble accent, and a fresh, wintry palette is why I'm loving this week’s Pinterest Inspo! I have a huge marble obsession. Something about the simplicity and crisp marble looks with a touch of copper paired with neutral pastel palette. 


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Free Spirit Wild Heart

Make every free time you have an adventure. Spontaneity is something we strive to always have in our lives.The ability to indulge in impulse decisions comes only when the opportunity arises. The spontaneity of unplanned adventures makes everything less complicated. Go where your feet would take you. Sometimes, getting lost is not a bad thing, and it can lead you to other roads that often lead to better destinations than what you’ve been expecting.  The reality of appreciating the randomness of your travels gives you the idea that not all things that come unplanned are bad things.


Heaven + Champagne

Before officially moving to Los Angeles, My boyfriend and I were visiting the city to do some last minute paper work signing for the apartment (Thankful for my love for driving me to LA twice within two week). We were driving around downtown and I notice a bunch of tree's and bushes sitting upon the rooftop of a building. I told him how it looked really nice. I didn't think much of it to notice it was actually a restaurant. 

The following week my boyfriend surprised me with brunch to Perch AKA the awesome - building - with pretty plants on top - not knowing it was a restaurant ( Major brownie points for this man). 

Perch is a French-fare rooftop restaurant and bar located in the heart of Downtown LA that has some of the best skyline views in the city. Perch sits on the top 3 floors of an old building overlooking Pershing Square; And when I say old, that’s an understatement. Our eventful journey to the rooftop started with an elevator ride to the 13th floor of the ancient building. Perch is more scene than brunch cuisine.  Its a great place to show off to your out of town friends or indulge in some tasty drinks in a chic, upscale atmosphere

Its only right to enjoy such beautiful rooftop brunch with a little day fade. So naturally the first thing to catch our eyes were the drink menu of course. We went with a bottle of Domaine Chandon Brut Classic with a side of  peach purée. 

I 100% recommend the Egg's Benedict as well, they are to die for. I can NOT stress that enough.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Coffee Date: Beau Bar Coffee & Tea

After moving to Los Angeles about three months ago, there has been one thing that I have been obsessed with... Coffee. I never would have imagined myself being the type of person who can't function without coffee, but working full time while being a full time student + commuting through the LA traffic, coffee has been my best friend to get me through the day.

I gotta tell you, when I first moved, I was overwhelmed. Everywhere I turned there was a new coffee shop to try, and after a while they are started blending into each other. Not only does trying a new coffee shop feed my addiction, but something about aesthetics coffee places tickles my fancy.

Love this long velvet dress from Leith. Simplicity is the best. This dress is designed to add minimalist aesthetic to your wardrobe with V neckline & subtle side slit cut. A frill free stunner for everyday wear


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My Whole30 Experience

I have to admit, I’ve struggled a little bit with writing this post. I’ve had the draft saved for a couple of days, and have opened and closed it many times.  I started hearing about the Whole30 Program from a fellow YouTuber that I follow. I did a tiny bit of research about what it was, and decided to watch more videos of peoples reviews on The W30 and see what all the fuss was about. At that point, I had absolutely NO intention of actually doing The W30 (I couldn't give up my sweets!) but my mind was quickly changed once I began reading.

To be honest, healthy eating has never come naturally to me in my adult life.  It always seemed hard, and horrible.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gone on diets and lost weight (and then gained weight), but any diet I’ve done in the past has always been more about how much weight I could lose (in the quickest amount of time) than about how I was actually treating my body or more importantly, how my body was feeling.

The W30 lasts for 30 days.  You can read all the details, specifics, and every little detail in the book or on their website, but basically, we were allowed to eat meat, eggs, veggies, occasional fruit, and healthy fats.  Everything else (grains, legumes, alcohol, dairy, sugar, processed foods, ect…) was NOT allowed.  We had to eat 3 meals a day.  We were not allowed to watch tv, use a computer or phone, or have any distractions during meal time. We had to listen to our bodies while eating and stop eating when we were full and satisfied.  We were not allowed to snack between meals.  We could not weigh or measure ourselves for the duration of the 30 days (but we could do it before and after to see the results). 

Was it hard? Major Yes! 

The W30 was a totally different way of eating for me. I had gotten so in the routine of carbs and sugar every day and SO much processed food as well. I am that girl that needs my dessert fix after every meal. This program was a complete detox for me, and believe me, I have felt it in my body.

Oh man.. my body HATED me for the first week. I had stomach issues, headaches, brain fog, ect…  Sounds fun doesn’t it?  Oh, and the cravings.  Sometimes, they were bad.  One night I could not stop thinking about doughnuts..  Seriously, it was ALL I could think about. I even started googling any healthy alternatives to a "whole30 approved" doughnut. Of course, no luck. Sad life.  I had to have one…..but I didn’t.  Once the first week passed, the cravings started to get better.  Was it ever “easy” for me?  Yes and no.  There were days that were easy peasy, and other days that felt like I wanted to die.

Here was the downfall of being on the whole30 while working full time in retail.... Sometimes you are too busy or tired to even eat. If there's one thing that I didn't follow completely, it was eating three meals a day. There were days were I was too caught up on things that I barely even ate. Couple days where I didn't even eat at all, maybe just a banana but plenty of water! Water is seriously the key. 

I use to suck at drinking water. I absolutely need a cute water bottle to keep me motivated to drink water (I know, Im such a dork. To also help me drink water, I downloaded this app called MyWater, its an app that reminds you to drink water constantly through out the day, as well as keep your water intake updated. It has seriously been the best app ever. 

Overall, I would definitely do The W30 again. I've lost about 9 lbs, since I also have been working out about 3-4 times a week. Skin wise... My skin has never felt so healthy and smooth! So, now that it’s over, what do I think? Yeah… I liked it. It’s definitely an entire lifestyle change, but it’s only 30 days, and critics need to understand one important point: the Whole30 isn’t designed to be a long-term, sustainable or realistic diet. It’s used to reset, rebalance and help regain control over your relationship with food and reinstate positive patterns in all aspects of your life. 

It did that for me. 

With that being said, I’m going to take this mentality with me even now that the 30 days are over. I know sugar affects me negatively, so why would I want to continue consuming it? Here’s why: because it’s just nice sometimes. And I’m a human, not a machine. Have you ever had a Banana Cupcake before? 
I’m going to allow myself to enjoy a nice drink after work with some friends or a cookie or two. That won’t stop. For the majority of the week, though, I’ll continue to focus on consuming whole foods and limiting my overall sugar intake. I know I can eliminate it for 30 days straight, so I also know I can moderate it as my normal diet.