A Few Reasons Why

Just because its wintertime, doesn’t mean you can’t look cute. Sometimes it’s easier to throw on some sweatpants and t-shirt because let’s face it, when it’s cold and dreary outside, all you want is to feel comfortable and warm. But that is possible, all it takes is a little bit of planning. What motivates you to look your best everyday? Comment below, I would love to hear about it. I know I have a much better day when I am put together and wearing something cute. So grab your favorite knee high boots and a warm sweater dress like this one from Fashion Nova, and begin your day of right.

A few reasons why it’s important to dress nice…

1. Life is short. Looking your best =feeling your best and that goes for anyone. Taking care of yourself means you love yourself, and that’s extremely important. No one will take better care of YOU, than YOU.

2. Fashion is a chance to express your inner beauty. Why hold yourself back? Show the world what you have to offer.

3. You ARE beautiful. Why conceal it?

4. You never know who you will run into. I’m not saying you have to wear your fanciest dress, or have a pound of makeup on your face, a cute outfit and put together hair is always pleasant. Be yourself and follow your own standards.

Here are a few reasons I’m obsessed-with this dress. First of all its very form fitting which I prefer when choosing clothing. The fabric is stretchy and non constricting which is great, I feel like I am wearing a second skin. The color is light and easy to accessorize. And lastly the dress is extremely soft. I feel wintertime is a season where wearing soft, comfortable clothes is key. I hate waking up and having to overthink what I will wear that day. So having a few warm dresses makes my life much simpler.

My boots are from Nordstrom Rack. I really love wearing knee high boots because I can combine them with dresses, jeans or shorts. These are by Kenneth Cole and I love the slits at the back giving it an edge. Usually whenever I buy knee highs, I always have a problem with the tops sliding down. But these are excellent in staying up on my thighs.

Since the weather has been on and off here in LA, one day its cold and the next extremely warm, I try and purchase clothing that can be used for a variety of seasons, and in case it is cold, you can always throw on a jacket and you’ll be good to go.

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Find Your Motivation and Run With It (Inspiration)

 

Life changing book leads to life changing actions.

In the past, I would prevent myself from achieving what I want because of two things. One I wasn’t sure what I wanted, and two, I didn’t know how to get there. I would feel uneasy and not follow through with most things, start different projects and then just give up when things didn’t go how I planned. Afterwards, I would feel even worse for giving up. One day a friend gave me a great book called “The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation” This book turned my mindset completely around and let me tell you why.

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After reading the first few pages, I instantly became inspired. The book described all the scenarios I was feeling. I then realized I wanted to better myself, to become a more compassionate person, to feel in control of my life rather than feeling overwhelmed.

Step one, I began by taking a few minutes out of my day to meditate: mediate in my own way, because everyone can take a big idea and apply it to their own lives. I remember many nights I would have anxiety, my mind racing faster and faster, all the worries in the world consuming me. The stress of graduating college, working two jobs,the lack of time to pursue my passion which is dancing and so forth. I would wake up the following morning groggy and sleep deprived, dreading having to face another day.

When I started reading this book, I decided to give the ideas in it a try. What was the worst that could happen? One concept this book stresses is meditation and the benefits it provides. So before bed, I would sit down, close my eyes and attempt to clear my mind. Just sit and focus on my breathing, which wasn’t easy, still isn’t easy. Every second various thoughts would creep into my mind. But I was determined, and although it’s still not easy to completely clear my mind, meditating has helped me relax and feel calmer. Afterwards, any time I felt my life spinning out of control, I would close my eyes and just breath. Shortly after, I began challenging myself to improve the little things which adversely impacted my life. Things I didn’t pay attention to or just chose to ignore. Slowly, but surely things in my life began to change. I began to change. This book did not give me any kind of power or magic. It simply opened up my eyes to the fact that everyone change their life in little or big ways. Its all about finding the motivation to do so. Today I can happily say that I am pursuing what I love no matter how difficult or challenging it may be. I hope you too can find what motivates you in whatever aspect of life you need whether it is to finish school, find a job which will make you happier or even improve your interpersonal relationships. Thank you so much for reading.

Let me know in the comments below what your motivation is, I would love to hear about it.

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Packing for Iceland

Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. Thankfully for the duration of my trip, I experienced sunny, pleasant weather, although the first two days after I landed, it was gloomy with random spurts of rain. I stayed in a very cute Bed and Breakfast in Selfoss and the evenings would get pretty cold. The trip itself consisted of many outdoor activities, such as hiking and a lot of walking so staying warm was vital. 

Wearing layers is extremely important. Not only are you warm, but you can also peel off a  layer to cool down. My basic, daily setup was thermal pants and shirt, warm sweater or plaid shirt and my outer jacket. My socks were warm enough to only wear one pair and my boots kept me nice and toasty as well.

Below I have listed exactly what I packed. I hope this list is helpful to you as well. Almost everything I purchased for this trip was from amazon.com to keep my cost low as Iceland is on the expensive side and I wanted to save for the activities there:)

  1. Warm, waterproof jacket: This is extremely important in case it rains, to protect from high winds and waterfall mist. 

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2. Several fleece-lined leggings: I would pack 3 to 4 pairs. i practically lived in mine. I brought only black ones, but next time I will include multi-colored ones. They are warm, soft and comfortable. 

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3. Fleece lined hat/Waterproof gloves: Keeping your head warm is extremely important. This hat I bought from amazon was super cute and warm. I plan on purchasing a few more for future trips.

~And this Swiss mocha was amazing by the way. Perfect end to a chilly hike :))~

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4. Thermal top and bottoms: Highly, highly recommend taking several pairs with you. They are thin, I layered them under my jeans and fleece leggings. I doubt I would have stayed warm enough if I had not taken these with me.

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5. Sweaters: Bring a few. No need to bring a lot, as you will already have plenty of layers. Also make sure they are at least partially wool or cashmere. Synthetics will not keep you as warm. 

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6. Swim suit: You do not want to miss the Blue Lagoon. It is relaxing and beautiful but you need a swim suit in order to get in :). This one I purchased from Target last summer. 

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7. Warm waterproof boots: You will most likely trek through mud and water and rain. Therefore a pair of sturdy warm boots is a must. I wore these Sorel boots almost every single day and never once had cold or wet feet. 

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8. Wool Socks: Must have to keep warm.

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9. Denim Jeans: Pack a few for those casual days when you walk around town or if you plan on checking out a few bars. The bar scene is very casual so jeans would be a perfect fit with a cute sweater or top. 

10. Camera Bag: Preferable waterproof as you DO NOT want to get you equipment wet. 

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Happy Travels everyone. I hope you enjoy Iceland as much as I did.

Comment below about your travel adventures 🙂

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How My Mindset Changed

Life is short, between work, school and family we tend to lose the essence of life, instead of enjoying life we exist. At least that is how I feel sometimes. So, I decided to change my ways. My biggest problem was fear, afraid of this or that, of failure. Come to think of it, I think that is the only thing stopping me from achieving my goals. I believe if you set your mind to something, anything is possible. So here are my three motivational tips I would love to share.

  1. First and foremost, Take Risks. I do not mean anything dangerous or life threatening, but getting out of your comfort zone is the only way you will truly be able to discover yourself on a deeper level. I realized this after my trip to Costa Rica.  Booking his trip, flying out by myself was the best thing I have ever done. I had the time of my life. Only during this trip did I realize how much stronger I am of a person than I really thought. It really forces you to become in sync with yourself when you are traveling alone. 
  2. Finish what you start. Many times after the first or second try, if we do not receive the results we want, we give up. I am definitely guilt of that. Yet the magical thing about failure is, without it we cannot learn and grow. We must fail in order to see where we can improve and finishing a task is probably one of the hardest thing to do. Sticking with a regime is difficult on its own, but once you get into the habit of doing it, everything else will come naturally. For example, I hate doing my bed, but I love coming home to a clean and organized house. So I told myself, if I do my bed for two weeks straight, I will reward myself in the end. This gave me something to look forward to. The same goes with anything, reward yourself for the hard work you do. You deserve it! 
  3. Engage in positive thoughts. One of my favorite quotes is “you cannot control what happens in life, but you can control how you react to it”. Situations will arise where you feel helpless and out of control. These moments can be terrifying, but the ability to take a deep breath and release the negative emotions will not only leave you feeling less stressed but also have a positive impact on your overall health. Sometimes it is hard to deal with the emotional build up, in those situations I like to take a walk with my walk or take warm bath. Then, once I have calmed down I return to the situation and deal with it much more efficiently than I would have in the heat of the moment. 

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I would love to hear about your motivational tips!!! Leave me a comment below 🙂

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June Gloom No More- 4 Items That Kept My Skin Happy This Month

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Humidity and cloudiness, not the best combination for the skin. Humid weather dries my skin  out, and cloudy weather makes me feel like I don’t need to wear sunscreen when in fact, those hidden UV rays are the worst perpetrators for aging skin. Fortunately, here some products that work well for me and keep the June gloom away.

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This Vitamin C glow-protect lotion is light and easy to apply. It smells delicious, a mixture of tangerines and vanilla. The texture is a bit on the thicker side due to it being a combination of moisterizer and sunscreen, but the glowing effect is worth it. 

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The Jane Iredale hydration spray works as a two in one product which is why I go through it so fast. It could be use a make-up settingb spray as well as a light mist which hydrates your skin after a long day in the sun. This spray leaves you feeling cool and your skin silky smooth. The refreshing rose scent helps me feel calm and relaxed. 

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Serums are most effective after cleansing your skin but before applying moisterizer. It penetrate your skin with ingrediants which contribute to healthier skin. This one in particular is my number one choice. Why? It is made of all natural ingrediants so I do not feel like I am applying chemicals to my skin. The rose hips and green tea give it a sweet smelling scent yet not overbearing to the senses. The vitamin C reduces inflammation and promotes collegen repair. 

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This Rodial face cream indeed feels like pure velvet on the skin. Applies easily without leaving a heavy residue on the face, it dries quickly and leaves your face refreshed and dewy. I love to use it overnight because it absorbs well into the skin but it works quite well as a day cream as well. 

That’s all for now loves! What are some of your favorite facial products? 

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How to not overpack when traveling

Summertime is here, and what does that mean? Vacation time! Whether it’s visiting family, or going to tour another country, packing is inevitable. 

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Now, how do you take enough clothes to last you the entire trip, but also not fill up your suitcase with unnecessary items? 

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That’s it for now friends! 

Have a fun and safe journey and comment down below for any travel tips you have.

I would love to hear them.

BTW shoutout to Bailey for being such an amazing model!

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