Happy Winter!!! In Southern California there’s not much of a seasonal change, but there’s still tons of fun outing options. That’s what I love about the Golden State. We get a little bit of everything. For instance, there’s no snow in the cities, but you can find some if you drive up to the mountains. Which brings me to my first suggestion:
This small city is only about an hour from Orange County. It offers skiing, sledding, and snow boarding! It’s actually where I’ll be spending Christmas, my first white Christmas. What’s great about this city is that you can actually just go for the day. Once you’re fed up you can drive off, and head for the beach.
Mission Inn Festival of Lights
The festival takes place Nov. 29-Dec. 31, in Riverside. It’s a cozy time of year where the Mission Inn is decorated with vibrant lights. There’s food vendors, live music, and tons of sights to see. It’s a trip that will instantly get you in the Christmas spirit. The entire Mission is decorated, and don’t have to pay for the stroll. However, you can take a walk through the museum for $18-$20.
The LA Live Skating Rink
Located in the heart of Los Angeles is the annual skating rink. It’s essentially the West Coast’s Rockefeller Center. A beautiful Christmas tree is lit up in the center, surrounded by ice. It’s a place where Californians can go to have a winter experience. To experience the magic general admission is just $22, that includes the skate rental.
Now that I’m engaged, the planning for my dream wedding begins! We have a rough estimated date for a Spring Wedding in 2021. I guess I’ve subconsciously been planning my wedding because all these ideas are just rolling out of me!
I also appreciate all of the wedding inspiration I’ve received from all you! I’m so excited to plan, and share my journey. ❤
Having a Spring wedding would mean that the weather would be perfect. However, since we plan on having it in California, the weather can really be unpredictable. I’m torn between having an outdoor wedding in a garden like venue, or in a skyscraper. The idea of having such a special moment in a setting I can’t control makes me extremely nervous. I’ve heard too many horror stories.
Our venue search starts early next year, so we’ll have a firm decision by then!
I want to be the Cinderella of my own ball. My dream dress is a white ball gown, and a long veil. I want it to embody the magic of fairytales. My mom would prefer I wore a fitted dress, but when I see myself walking down the aisle, it’s in a dress like one of these. A crown would be nice too. 😉
I want my wedding to be filled with light. Which would make an outdoor wedding ideal. I like the color scheme of white, and accents of soft colors such as pink, or champagne. Flowers would be the key decorations, being displayed everywhere!
“Will this be when he finally pops the question?” has been a frequent thought of mine all year. Well at least every time a semi romantic moment seemed to arise. My boyfriend, and I had begun talking about marriage a year into our relationship. When you know, you just know. I never really understood that until I met him. One thing I’ve learned while navigating my way into my 20’s is that, dating to just date isn’t all that fun. Your time is valuable, and should be spent with people you truly enjoy. Two years after the magical night we met, and WE’RE ENGAGED!
I met Rodrigo unexpectedly. It was a summer night in New York city. It was the year I turned 21, and on a whim I headed to the big apple with my best friend. I won’t say it was love at first sight when I first saw him, but It was pretty darn close to it. The following years we carried on a bicoastal romance. Falling in love with nothing but each other’s voices.
There were times I was afraid, and the sound of his voice felt like a hug, assuring me that everything was going to be okay. One night I was walking to my car late at night. and he said “call me on face time and face the camera behind you. I’ve got your back.” So when people ask, “Is long distance hard?” with pity in their words, my answer is always, “no it’s pretty amazing.” The fact that someone can make you feel so secure, and so loved, while being so far away. Imagine the feeling when they’re actually near.
On one of my most recent visits to see Rodrigo, he popped the big question! I had a feeling he would ask, but on my last day there he had still not said a n y t h i n g. All hope was lost when he dropped me off at JFK airport. I was about to board my flight, when suddenly the airline clerks began telling me there was an issue with my ticket, and I could not board yet. I was getting nervous. Then miraculously my ticket was fixed, and the airline clerk insisted on escorting me onto my flight. Right when I boarded I felt a tug, and there he was, the love of my life.
“What are you doing here?!” I exclaimed.
“Can I go to back to San Diego with you?” he replied.
“What are you doing here?!” I repeated.
That’s when he got down one knee, in the very thing that has always connected us, airplanes.
Hello ladies! As you probably know I travel often from California to New York. On my first trip to NYC I was so lost, but ECSTATIC to play with different styles. How I dress on the west coast versus east coast absolutely varies, because for one, New York has seasons. I’ve also noticed I’m much more chic on the east coast, and street style in California. So here’s a little peek inside my head of what goes on when I’m packing my ritual trip to the fashion capital.
My favorite time to be in the city! The ice from Winter is melting, but the air is still chilly. Winter is fun if you’re inside but it’s really hard to be stylish when it’s below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The idea of hell for California girl (me). Spring is perfect for light coats, and layered clothing. A colorful coat can really add a pop of style to your outfit. Sneakers are always a good idea because NYC is all about walking. It’s also a great time to be playful and layer skirts with jackets.
Here are a few outfits I’ve worn during spring:
I thought I knew heat, until I experienced summer in New York. The city is filled with tourists, and fumes from transportation, that it can be quite difficult to enjoy a day out. No jackets are necessary because even the nights are hot. It’s the perfect time to bring out dresses, and shorts!
Here are some outfits I’ve worn during Summer:
One of the best times of the year is Fall in New York City. It’s when the locals can enjoy a day off in Central Park, and a warm breeze. I also pack long sleeves, and comfortable outfits for exploring the city. Only because Fall time is the best time to be out and about in the big apple!
Here are some outfits I’ve worn in Fall:
I never experienced a Winter until I went to New York. While all the locals knew what to do, and wear, I was lost. My first time I had on a coat that was more cute than warm. It was a big mistake. I quickly learned that layers were going to be my best friend. This time of year is perfect for wearing sweats, and styling them up with a faux fur coat.
Nothing brings me more joy than having a reason to get all dolled up. So you can imagine my joy when I got invited to the Latin American Music awards! That excitement quickly turned into stress when I realized it was less than a week away. I started to scroll through online shops when I came across, the one. I found it on Oh Polly, they also offer afterpay a great payment option!
The dress’s deep neckline was highlighted by puffed sleeves. It was definitely a dress a Disney Villain would wear, therefore I had to have it. I was a little nervous about ordering it online, I mean how would it fit? My busy school/work schedule left me with no option, so I ordered it. It arrived the day before the show and fit perfectly!
The top of the dress was a statement in itself so my hair had to be pulled back. It also flattered the back of the dress that had a low backline. With my hair pulled back, sparkle statement earrings paired well. My makeup was a soft smokey look, with gloss. I wore it with my vintage Prada handbag, and the look was complete.
Ever since I was a little girl, fashion has quite definitely been one of my passions. I was never good at sports but fashion, that I was good at. As I grew older I began expanding my wardrobe, often venturing to thrift shops to see what I could find. My friends admired my style, but often struggled to find the beauty in thrifting. Here is what I told them:
Your mindset when entering a thrift store should always be that, you’re on a treasure hunt. Your hair must be pulled back because you’re going on an adventure to find vintage gems. I have often found designer pieces at second hand stores. It’s also a place to find trendy items since just like history, fashion always repeats itself. The secret is to be patient, and thoroughly comb through the racks.
In a society where fast everything is everywhere, be patient, and be smart with your resources.
Thrifting is a great way to stop funding fast fashion, and lessen your ecological footprint. By buying recycled clothes you’re actually helping the environment! A new survey found that the average American throws away 81 pounds of clothing in a year. By donating your unwanted items, and buying secondhand we all win.
Some of my favorite items featured in these photos are thrifted:
I remember despising my brows as a child. Being Latina I often struggled with excess hair. While other little girls worried about which pretty, pink bow to tie in their hair, I worried about which part of my face was harriest.
Growing up in the 2000’s with the thin brow trend I often felt out of place. Well it is now 2019 and oh how the beauty world has evolved. Celebrating diversity is a major trend in the teen era. Inclusivity has made its statement in the fashion world and is now entering all avenues of society.
The acceptance of ethnic beauty has made room for representation in film and media. Helping all little girls around the world recognize that just because they are not born blue eyed or blonde, their exotic features still make them human.
Sure it may now have become an obsession with people using a heavy hand stenciling their brows, or resorting to micro needling. Regardless, bushy brows are now a definite trend.
Lets review their growth throughout the 2000s.
2000: The thinner the better
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Let’s begin with the pop queen of the low rise jean era. Christina Aguilera sporting the thin, arched look set the tone for plucked brows. Giving the illusion of barely being there.
2005: “Naturally” thin
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Thin brows were still supreme. Although Angelina Jolie’s brows were clean and fairly structed, the tweezers were not so heavily involved.
In an interview with Hello, eyebrow artist Sherille Riley, explained that “thin brows will actually over expose features and reduce balance to the face.” Phew, I think its safe to say they will not be making a comeback anytime soon.
2010: Bold brows
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Kim Kardashian began to make her debut as the trend setter for the millennial decade and brought her bold brows. One of the first times in the 2000 era where thicker brows had the spotlight. Marking the beginning of their rise to fame.
Christina Aguilera’s 2001 barely-there brow was a fashion mishap entering the teens.
2015: The “on fleek” brow
Photo courtesy of @Jamescharles
As social media began to take over the world, so did youtubers. YouTube personalities such as James Charles started the #onfleek trend. Heavy hands on brows were seen everywhere. Society had completely disseminated anything though of thinner, and instead obsessed with replenishing the hair they didn’t have.
2018 (Now): Bushy is beautiful
Photo courtesy of Bianca Calvani
The completely natural, bushy look has now officially become the trend. Instead of over stenciled brows people are now either tattooing, or microneedling hairs onto their face. This is to give the illusion of a natural, wild brow.
According to Dr. Prager in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, “Microneedling works by using needles that are longer enough that cause microscopic injuries to the fine blood vessels that are at that level of the hair follicles.”
Yes. This trend has brought on needles.
Thanks to stars like Lilly Collins and Cara Delevingne, the tweezed look is far gone. That’s so 2001.
Self care: Any physical, emotional, or mental activity done to promote our health. Also known as self love.
With so many distractions, practicing self care can be near impossible. Up until recent years it wasn’t really something that was widely discussed. As a student balancing several roles, life can get exhausting. I want to put 100% into everything which makes it that much harder. These self care tips have helped me reflect, and meditate on my own well being:
Turn off your phone– It’s hard to relax when your phone is constantly ringing with notifications. I often found myself scrolling on my social media timelines, just to scroll. I wanted to pass my time in a more productive way, so I’ve decided to put a limit on the amount of time I use my phone.
Have Hobbies- Whether it’s reading a book, or scrapbooking, remembering to do what you love is very important. For me it’s taking a warm bath, and reading the latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.
Try something new- It can be exciting when trying a new activity, or visiting an unknown place. Getting out your daily routine can have you feeling refreshed.
Hi friends! ❤ I just got back from an amazing Summer trip to the beautiful country of Colombia. It was my second time visiting, and I fell even more in love the second time around. I toured the cities of Bogota, and Cartagena. I could honestly say this one my absolute, favorite trips. The people, and the culture were truly the highlight. Can’t wait to go back! I miss it already.
Tips from the locals:
The country name is Colombia, not Columbia.
Outside of tourist locations, do not consistently have your phone out, it increases the chances of someone robbing you.
Do bargain with street vendors, it is common in their culture.
English courses are required in Colombian schools, so you’ll be able to get by if you do not speak Spanish.
Tips from an outsider (me):
Have fun, and don’t be afraid to explore! Being open, and respectful to other’s cultures is the best thing you go do while being abroad.
It’s always Spring in Bogota, so pack a jacket if you plan on visiting.
It’s always Summer in Cartagena meaning every day is over 90 degrees in Fahrenheit. So pack all your swim suits, and crop tops!
B O G O T A , CO
This is the capital of Colombia, so it’s mainly business. However, they still have tons of sights to see!
These cobble stone streets, and brightly colored houses are located in downtown Bogota. Candelaria is the historic center of the capital, serving as the origin of the city, and was built in 1538! I spent hours roaming these streets. I’m a New Yorker at heart, so I felt right at home, and yes I did it in high heeled boots. 🙂
Plaza de Simon Bolivar is within Candelaria. The Plaza is named after one of the revolutionaries that freed the Colombian people from Spain. One thing I took note of while on my trip, was that all throughout the country their freedom was broadcasted. The people themselves although distinct from one another were all unified, and identified as one. It was a beautiful thing, and I hope one day the U.S. could follow in their steps.
C A R T A G E N A, CO
Okay now Cartagena was where I really fell in loooovvvee. It’s always Summer here so it’s clearly my kind of city! It was humid, but the bearable type. This part of the country is the most traveled to destination in Colombia, and for good reason. The historic city is filled with sites, history, and blue waters.
Isla Baru, is an Island within Cartagena. It was by far one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to. You can visit the Island by bus, which is what me and my group did. The water was C L E A R, and the perfect temperature. It was luke warm, which was still refreshing. One of the highlights was getting to ride a jet ski! The locals of the island rent them out, as well as boat rides. We rented one, and it was pretty scary (but exciting) just because I noticed there was no life guard on duty. However, due to an abrupt halt me and my friend fell off the jet ski straight into the Caribbean sea. For a second I feared for my life, until the life jacket pulled me up, and I saw some locals immediately pull up in their boats to check to see if we were okay. So even though there was no official life guard, the people of the island still look out for one another, and that warmed my heart. ❤
This was el Centro Historico. This part of the city is Cartgena’s oldest town. The whole area is surrounded by stones walls, which were built in the 1500s to protect the city. I felt like if I had stepped into colonial Europe! The streets were cobble stone, and each home had a uniquely vibrant color. Being able to tour such a big part of history had me geeking out! We had ice cream on one of the building’s rooftops (at Crepes & Waffles a must when in Colombia) and it felt like a dream.
Those are my top MUST SEE places when visiting Colombia. I’ve had lots of friends ask me about my travel experience here as a foreigner, and I can’t praise this place enough. I left with a new admiration for life. If it isn’t already, Colombia needs to be on your travel bucket list.
It feels so good to be back. The Holidays were a crazy time, and I fell off the groove of blogging. Life can get so crazy sometimes that we forget to do what we love. Which brings me to my #1 resolution this year:
Make time for the things I love – I go to school full time, work part time, and try to maintain a social life with whatever I have left. I’ve maintained pretty active on my instagram @lionlizz but posting a picture vs. actually writing a blog is the easy way out. I created my blog to break down the details of my styling, which I love expressing. It’s also a great portfolio to showcase my art, and I want to stop neglecting it. So starting now, my blog is a top priority.
Work on my fitness– Okay, I know this is like everybody’s goal, but it really is mine too! It’s kind of ridiculous that my tuition fees for my university include a state of the art gym, and I’ve only ever been once…lol. I eat pretty healthy and remain active throughout the day, I just don’t go to the gym. So starting now, I’ll work on attending more often.
Do two internships– My graduation date is approaching and I want to be prepared when the time comes. It’s already required that I do at least one internship, but I would love to make more connections. I’m majoring in communications so I’m actually really excited to get some more hands on experience (maybe even dip my toes into the fashion world)!
Grow in my Faith– Life gets h a r d sometimes. I often receive messages on how my “happiness” is so inspiring, but it isn’t always like that. There’s times when everything seems to be going wrong. No one ever talks about the depression twenty something year olds can fall into when transforming into their young adult lives. I’ve found peace when I trust in God and let him take control. Growing my relationship with my faith is a priority this year, and not just something I fall back on when I’m feeling weak.
Stay consistent– I want my actions to speak for me this year. I could write all day about what I want to do, but what I a c t u a l l y do could be a different story. I’m going to periodically read this blog post to maintain the passion I have to grow spiritually, physically, and mentally. This year is all about self growth and becoming the best version of myself.
At the end of the year I’ll reflect on my goals and write about what I did, or did not fulfill. I wish you all the best on your endeavors this year whatever they might be.♥️ Just know that you are strong, and you are capable.
All my love,
Por fin he regresado! Los ultimo meses del ano se pusieron un poco frenticos. La vida se puede poner tan ocupada que nos olividamos a dedicar el tiempo a nuestros aficiones. Bueno eso me trae a mi meta #1 de 2019:
Dedicar tiempo a lo que amo– Soy un estudiante, trabajo y trato de mantener un vida social. Estoy muy activa en mi instagram @lionlizz, pero subiendo una photo y escribiendo un blog entero son totalmente diferentes cosas. Inicie mi blog para exprimir mi amor por la moda, y escribir en detalle como los construe. Tambien es una gran forma de mostrar mi arte, y ya no lo voy a mal tratar. De ahora en adelante mi blog es una prioridad.
Ir al Gym– Si, ya se que es basicamente la meta de todos, pero tambien es la mia! Es ridiculo que en la matriculas de mi universidad esta incluyendo el gym… y solo ha ido una vez. Como saludable y soy activa durante el dia, solo que no voy al gym. Entonces de ahora en adelante voy a intentar a ir mas frecuente.
Hacer dos Internados– Ya casi llega el tiempo para que me graduao, y quiero lo mas experiencia possible. Mi major es en comunicaciones estoy muy emocionado para tener mas conexiones. Tal vez hasta algo en el mundo de la moda!
Crecer en mi Fe– La vida se pone dificil. Recibe mensajes que dicen que mi felicida les da mucha inspiracion…pero no siempre es asi. Ninguna persona habla sobre la depression que les puede pegar a adolescentes cuando estan transformando en sus vidas adultas. Yo he encontrado paz cuando tengo confianza en Dios. Creciendo en la relacion de mi Fe es una prioridad para mi este ano, y no solo algo que uso cuando me siento debil.
Ser consistente- Quiero que mis acciones hablen para mi este ano. Puedo escribir lo que quiera, pero lo que hago puede ser una historia completamente diferente. Voy ha leer este blog durante el ano para mantener la pasion para crecer espiritualmente, fiscamente, y mentalmente.
Al final del ano voy a reflejar en mis metas y lo escribir sobre lo que he cumplido. Les deseo todo lo mejor este ano. ♥️ Solo sepan que son fuertes, y capaz.