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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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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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Flash Velvet

December 13, 2016

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Max Mara velvet top
Free People bra
B Collection by Bobeau palazzo pants
Miista boots
Jay Nicole Jewelry lace choker
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Hello from my bedroom nook. In the wintertime, this space is my safe heaven. More often than not nowadays, the lights are turned off with just my desk lamp lit and candles glowing all around. Or I’m working from my vintage chair pretending with my feet propped up, taking in the heat from the heater right next to me. This environment helps me feel inspired. I can sit at my desk for hours, typing out endless lists of things I want to do and accomplish and write about. Places I want to see. Music I want to listen to more. Feelings I want to express that need a little more motivation. Leonard Cohen is on repeat because it reminds me of my boyfriend, and looking deeper at the lyrics make me feel really good, just like he does. And sometimes when I sit at my desk, and all these ideas and feelings run through me, I have the urge to get up and go out and just DO SOMETHING. Throwing all the over analyzations out of the window. To jump at the first idea and let it take me someplace new. TO THINK LESS. TO DO MORE. It’s a feeling of spontaneity that I sometimes feel like I don’t take advantage of as often as I should. To maybe pay more attention to my restlessness when it comes and let my feet guide me blindfolded. Literally, gone with the wind. To write down a word, and bring that word to life in any way that I can as soon as it hits the paper. Right in this moment without over thinking. To jump on an airplane and forget about the yesterday and not think too much about the tomorrow. To figure it out when I get to where I get to, wherever that place may be. How free does that feel? To be like the girls in the pictures that I tape up on my wall that inspire my inner whimsies that take place outside of my bedroom nook. To live like the cover of a Beatles album, somewhat like a kaleidoscope life that is always changing. Always moving. Never exactly the same in any various second. Maybe this is my goal for 2017. To be more spontaneous. To think less. To do more. To never second guess the act of taking a chance on a whim. To be every color there is all in one second. To go and do it in a flash before anything changes my mind. Because why the heck not?!

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A Not So Serious Matter

November 21, 2016

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Anna Sui blouse
C/MEO Collective pants from Fashion Bunker
Samantha Wills rings
Acler coat
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Girl, why such a serious look on your face? All the time? What’s the personality behind that face? I want to see it. Sometimes I get the feeling that us beings who are a part of the social media fashion force take our jobs a little too seriously. We won’t crack a smile for that perfect shot. We drive ourselves nuts over the curation of our feeds. Never in my life did I ever think a color scheme curation would be so important to my personal life before. Sometimes it drives me so nuts, I want to throw the entire idea out the window and shun blogging life for good. Being a fashion blogger can feel like the true definition of a love/hate relationship. It’s hard work being someone with a presence online. Sometimes you don’t want to worry about doing your hair in the morning so it looks good for a picture you are going to take and post later. Sometimes you just don’t want to create content and just live LIFE. Don’t get me wrong, I’m dedicated to my blog and all the tasks that go along with it. And I love it. And the idea of inspiring others keeps me inspired. I love hearing feedback from you guys. I’m inspired by each and everyone of you.

But I just want to throw a reminder out there. Who I am online, through this blog, on my Instagram, the things I repost on Twitter . . . these are things that are only a small part of me. An entire encapsulation of who I am cannot be told through my social media presence. And as a person, as a human being, I don’t want to only be defined by the things I put out there on the world wide web for all to see and interpret. I don’t want to only be defined by what I wear, or the color of my lipstick. But I do hope my readers take the time to look beyond just the photo, and read the words, too. Because those are the parts I take the time on the most. It’s where I give my all, and where I strive to get better and more fluid at storytelling. I like to share the parts that I feel are worth sharing, and as much as I love the creativity expressed through an image, the parts closest to me are my words. And it means a lot to hear what you guys think about them.

And I also want to remind you guys that no matter how many followers you have, how many hits on the blog, how many invites you get to events, and how many people know your name and can recognize you on the street . . . those numbers don’t matter. What matters is the drive and the genuinity behind it all. Two things that I never want to have be lost in the progression of this blog. Look at me in these pictures here. Just another routine day when I shot pictures of an outfit I loved and felt good in, but I didn’t want to be serious or care about looking cool. I wanted to smile and be goofy, because it was the end of a long day and I wanted to relax and not over think. These pictures may not get as many likes, but who cares. The energy I had this day is the closest thing to myself that I can put out there for you all to see, and I hope it reminds you to smile a little more even when the industry tries to tell you that smiling less is more edgy and chic. Let your hair be in your face or sticking out of place. Maybe keep the lipstick on your teeth. Sometimes it’s true that the crinkles on your shirt look better than way. Because that’s what real life is. Crinkles in the sky. Don’t be afraid to let them show. The real, beautifully imperfect you is the most inspiring.

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