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Take a Bite Out of Life

April 24, 2017
 
 
I’m so proud to be the DKNY Be Delicious fragrance ambassador for the United States, and super excited to give you all a peek into my life through this partnership. The fragrance’s name, Be Delicious, is refreshing and motivating, bold and energetic. That mindset, and work approach is something that I try to incorporate into my daily routine. It’s all the things that I try to get across with this blog, and have been trying to do since the day I started it way back in 2009. Of course, it’s not always possible to keep this sort of Be Delicious mindset up 24/7. I know that I am a human being, and I know you readers are, too. I know that you guys have come to really like the rawness I throw into this blog; the more personal aspects. So I want to say that being delicious doesn’t mean being perfect. It means being present in the moment, and positively so. Be Delicious is a reminder for me to do that, and that is why I share my process with you all. Going forward, I make a vow to TAKE A BITE OUT OF LIFE, meaning facing whatever life throws at me and turning it into something substantially worthwhile. It’s these sort of unexpected moments that test us the most, and resonate with us the most. I encourage you all to do the same, no matter what your path in life may be. 
 
Many of you have followed my adventure from starting my blog to working full time jobs in different parts of the industry to finally making the dedicated decision to pursue my blog full time. It’s been an invigorating experience, full of ups and downs, but so well worth the challenge. And I’m so happy with where my path has brought me to be. I know many of you are career ladies because I get a lot of questions about how to get started in the right direction when it comes to finding a career path, or even more importantly, finding a balance between career and passion. This balance is such an important aspect for us City Girls in the word. Being a girl boss is a true state of mind that just happens to align with the Be Delicious fragrance. No matter what you may be in your career. Maybe you are creative, or maybe you are completely technological and numbers driven instead. Maybe you are just a student or working an odd job until you find something that is your true calling. Being aware of your path, your goals for the future, and being open to the possible changes that will in the long term take you strides ahead, is true dedication in my eyes. Even making sure you get downtime from work is an important part of being a City Girl. A City Girl is healthy in her mind, body and soul. Her environment is a strong component of who she is, and she makes sure to build it from scratch so that she can be in the zone and on top of her game as much as she can. 
 
And so, this brings me to the main topic of this post . . . my work space! It’s always changing, mostly because I am inspired by different things at different times. And I like my work space to reflect that. A mood board in constant rotation of collages and personal photos is the foundation of my desk, surrounding the screen of my laptop with colors and textures and environments that showcase my biggest inspirations. In actuality, I work from a lot of places . . . makeshift desks during my travels, in my living room, at my sister’s apartment, sporadically out of a coffee shop and hey, even from the comforts of my own bed. But out of all of them, there’s no place that gives me the most motivational setting than at my desk, basking in the late morning light coming through the windows of my bedroom nook. My work space is full of candles, some flowers in a color scheme that reflects my mood and a lamp that I like lit up during my evening days at work as Cat Power plays in the background. This is usually the time when I write the most and at my best. Today, alongside my camera gear, external hard drive, and vase full of fresh cut flowers, is my Be Delicious fragrance. It allows for an easy mid-work pick me up . . . a whiff of it from behind my ears or on the pulse point of my wrists is even known to cure the annoyingly curious event of writer’s block, which hits at the most inconvenient of times I must say! And like the flickering candles, magazine tears and nostalgic snaps of my childhood and friends, it’s scent not only inspires me creatively when it comes to storytelling, but helps me unwind for a few moments. I’m trying to put breaks to destress and relax higher up on the list of City Girl guidelines, obviously. Be Delicious is the ultimate reminder that stopping to pay attention to one’s senses is just as important to one’s success as answering all the unread emails in your inbox by 10:30am.  
 
This post is made in partnership with DKNY Fragrances for DKNY Be Delicious
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cafe Bustelo “El Café del Futuro” Scholarship Program

February 3, 2017

My sister Natalie and I are excited to promote the Cafe Bustelo “El Café del Futuro” scholarship program. This scholarship is in partnership with HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities) and open to all students of Latino descent living in the United States of America. Scroll down for more details and the link to enter!

I am proud to share a bit of my sister’s and my story of education and motivation to inspire applicants to enter this really great scholarship. 

We were raised by our parents to be very education focused growing up. Our Hispanic father, born and raised in Los Angeles, always shared his stories of how education was the key his success today. Our grandfather was an immigrant from Mexico and worked as hard as he could to make sure his children could get the education they deserved, and our father wanted to make sure he did just that. Family support played a huge role in our decision to stick with our school books, even when our minds wandered to playtime (more often than not).

One of the things that I remember the most from my childhood was our family trip to the local library after school. I was so proud of myself for having a library card, and I used it with pride and enthusiasm. I would go once a week with my parents  and sister, and each time I would take home around 3-5 books, which I would always finished before our next trip. My imagination grew from those library trips, and my writing skills today have been influenced from all those year’s with my nose stuck in a book. I’ve always wanted to tell stories because of those books that I read, and if it wasn’t for our parents, who knows if that would be the case today. 

And as we got older, we felt it was the right choice to keep close to family even when it came to our careers. Hispanics are very family oriented by culture, and our dad always stressed the importance of family growing up. There is so much trust that comes along with family, that it just made sense for Natalie and I to work with each other and support each other in our careers today. Our support for each other has helped us grow in ways unimaginable, and I don’t think either of us would be exactly where we are right now if we didn’t work together.

Along with family, taking the road less travelled was very important. Our father always believed that going against the mainstream was worth the hard work. Our father has always been a hardworking, successful salesman, much like our hardworking, handy grandfather. But he always wished that he pursued more of his personal passions when he was younger. He said, “It’s better to dream big and possibly fail, than dream small and always wonder.” My sister and I always took that to heart, and our careers so far have been based fully on jumping at unexpected chances to reach our goals. Getting a good education, and making the most out of the education given to us, is a huge part of who we are today. And every single step of the way from then to now has been worth it 🙂

This mindset is something that we share together via our digital platforms, and for me that is this very blog right here.  This is where I share my voice, my stories and my inspirations. I started this blog my last year of college with my future in mind, and when I strived to be a writer after switching my major to English Literature at UCLA. It just goes to show, that hard work, commitment, a great education and familial support can take one a very long way. 

Scholarship Details:

The essay topic:

Describe how your Hispanic/Latino heritage, family, and the community in which you grew up has inspired your desire and motivation to obtain a college degree and you they plan to give back to your community.

The deadline to enter is May 26, 2017

Application link: http://www.hacu.net/hacu/Scholarships.asp

Office Rules link: http://www.hacu.net/hacu/Scholarships.asp

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Shine and Repeat

December 15, 2016

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Zara glitter top
Topshop slip dress
Dannijo earrings
Marc Jacobs watch // SHOP HERE
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The happenings of this past year were quite significant for my personal life, as well as my career, and I’m ending this year motivated to keep working towards the growth of this space from what it started seven years ago in my college apartment. I found a place by accident in the digital world by googling something that I didn’t even know existed at the time, which all of a sudden became a portal to a road that I never thought I could ever trek. It’s been seven years of running this blog, and my enthusiasm is still the same as it was in the beginning. It’s been hard work (post coming on that soon), but this blog is the perfect example of showing the pay offs of working with passion to pursue the things you love to do. It’s allowed me to not just share the indulgences I love like clothing and fashion, but it allowed me to speak my mind on topics beyond just those things because I think the story behind it all is the most important. A visual story board with words to match. I hope this space allows you to have a place to speak your mind, too. Looking forward to year 8 of WWW.DYLANASUAREZ.COM. And looking forward to many more words to be shared. Each year has shown many shining stars, all of which I have kept in my pocket to remind me to reach for them even more the next time around 🙂

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A Bit About Family

November 7, 2016

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Alpha Omega top
Mango shorts
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One of the most important aspects of visiting Kuala Lumpur was reigniting family ties. Growing up, we were sadly never that close to our father’s side of the family in Los Angeles, so big familial gatherings were never a regular thing. It was just something we were used to. And it was never a big deal because my father, my mother and my sister were always enough for me. It was all I ever needed. Family can be a very difficult thing. Differing point of views, a reluctance to go out of the way to catch up on each other’s lives as we head in new personal directions, arguments that can easily get blown out of proportion, etc. There are multiple reasons why the idea of family is a hard one. Growing up, I started to understand this more and more. And I show no bitterness to the side of my family that I hardly keep in touch with due to personal matters. But at the same time, I started to realize the importance of the side of the idea family that stands tall and strong. The parts of family that love you unconditionally and that give the most support (even in my case that support comes from hundreds of miles away). That even from miles away you can feel that love is still there. It’s important to grasp onto these things, and fill in every gap as much as you can. I filled a lot of internal gaps on this trip to Kuala Lumpur. And I found joy in seeing how much my mother’s side of the family has grown and developed in the most positive of ways after the past seven years. And it gives me joy to know that there will be even more good things to wrap myself up with the next time that I go.

Of course, no family is perfect. And this truth stands for both sides of my family. I have noticed and come to learn about a few broken pieces leftover from the past that still hurtfully resonate today with my family in Asia. Of course, this isn’t something I will go into detail here, but it is something that I have honestly been thinking a lot about lately. That at the heart of it, acceptance is one of the most beautiful and important things that come along with the familial territory. Without it, family doesn’t work the way that it should. I’ve opened my eyes to this multiple times. Take for example siblings. Most are complete opposites of each other, seeing eye to eye on the most rare of occasions. But at the end of the day, the contrast between them is what it is. It’s something that should be cherished and accepted. Something that promotes openness. I’ve always believed that family should be the first and foremast example of the act of opening your mind to different perspectives that closes the gap of narrow mindedness.

I felt lucky to go home to a place that I don’t go to that often, but to feel at the same time instantly a part of something. I cherished the time I got to spend with relatives I haven’t had the chance to get to know as much before. I got so used to the feeling of being surrounded by these familiar faces that it was hard to leave. But like a friend just recently told me, it is something that will always be there waiting for me whenever I need it.

So here I am with my some family members at the Thean Hou Temple, a beautiful Hainanese temple in Kuala Lumpur. Hainan is the southernmost and smallest province of China, where the roots of my family is from. I’m always so inspired by parts of my heritage, even if it’s just taking in little bits and pieces at a time.

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