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Herbal Essences #EmbraceChange

October 17, 2017

 

There are so many things about being an adult that are both scary and beautiful. Some just scary, some just beautiful, but many end up being both at the same time. I just turned 30, and believe me, it took me some time to accept the changes that come with growing up. And especially the hard ones. The ones I fought hardest to get through are the ones I find are my luckiest experiences to go through. That’s exactly what Herbal Essences‘ latest campaign is all about. Embracing change and letting life in. 

When I was younger, I was a heavy dreamer with fantastic visions of the future that changed almost every second. And while in my dreams I was invincible and confident and spoke my mind, I found that when faced with reality, I held myself back. I wasn’t exactly the person I was in my head when I was asleep at night or daydreamed. There was something there that kept me from putting myself out there because I was afraid of failure, or unwanted attention or maybe something else that I still cannot explain today. All I knew was that my confidence was lacking, but I knew deep down, that I wanted more and that I was someday going to get to where I needed to be. For me, it just took some time.

Growing up I experienced bullying from a few male classmates. My features, my height, my ethnic background, these all became things that I was ashamed of about myself. My hair, long and straight, was always my reliable shield. Something to hide behind when I didn’t want to be seen. Or at least, it made me feel like I couldn’t be seen. I wanted to keep my hair long to hide the fact that I had scoliosis, But even then, my hair wasn’t something I loved, even though it helped protect me. I wished it was blonder. Wavier. Like what I saw on TV. 

It took me a while to come to terms with my body. It took years of comparing myself too much and scrutinizing my imperfections too harshly, before I could finally step outside of the perspective I thought others around me had of me. Once I stepped out of that, I slowly became more and more free. It was like a drawn out personal training session that I had to give myself on the daily. Creating my blog, expressing my feelings, showing my face to the world and being proud of what it represented . . . all of these things helped me. And finally, the hair on my head became less of a shield each day. Instead, it was just simply something that was a part of me that I appreciated purely for the fact that it was mine. Long and somewhere in the middle behind straight and slightly wavy. Always a little messy. Split ends here and there. Beautiful to some, maybe even plain to others, but to me it was just mine and that is all I needed to appreciate it. It felt good to no longer need a shield of hair to hide behind. It was my first step towards being courageous. I’m still on that path, and getting closer and closer every single day. Now you tell me . . . how do you #EmbraceChange and #LetLifeIn? What changes have you been through that made you who you are today? And how open are you what is to come next, especially when you have no idea what that may be? Take part and spread the word; share this VIDEO

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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
Zara shoes
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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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