Wednesday, October 22, 2014

30 days after 30

I would like to sit here and write only positive things because that’s the tone I’ve always strived for this blog. But I’ll keep it real for this one. Turning 30 didn’t live up to its expectations. I thought that morning I would wake up and fireworks would be going off all day, and perpetually for the rest of my life. My weekend was indeed very special and spent with my family and best friends. Good food was eaten, water-activities were carried out, presents were opened, birthday candles were blown out, and I felt very loved. Yet, the unavoidable happened-the birthday blues came crashing down.

Turning a new decade makes you go through a million different emotions. I was excited, disappointed, sad, angry, unapologetic, indifferent, secluded, calm, and peaceful. You also start to think about what you did in the last 10 years. Meg J. says 30s is not the new 20s. Was my 20s defining enough?

My 20s. I moved out. I started university. I lost my virginity. I studied hard. I partied harder. I lived abroad. I lost my Mother, my rock. I lost my mind. I lost my happiness. I lost my support system. I learned to support myself. I became a landlord. I worked corporate. I worked hard. I got laid off. I grew passion. I created this blog. I fell in and out of love. I started grad school. I worked alone. I lost my Grandmother, my second Mom. I lived alone. I studied differently. I danced. I kept busy. I sold my childhood house. I fell in love. I tested my strength. I turned 30.

I miss my mom. I miss my grandmother. This makes me appreciate others.

Life is speeding by and I need to grab it and stop it…or at least slow it down and make events last longer.

Today, I appreciate my strengths and recognize my capabilities. I look forward to building a legacy, building a family, and continuing my journey.

Cheers to another 30 years.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Nine Zero One

That one time I had "balayage" done to my hair by the owner of Nine Zero One Salon, Nikki Lee...

I couldn't have felt prettier.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

DIY Boyfriend Jeans

Above Tank: Zara (found here) | Hand Chain Bracelet: Santa Barbara Boutique (also love this one here) | Sandals: Halogen (found here) | Jacket: Anthropologie (found here) | Jeans: Old Navy (Found here) | Bag: Burberry Orchard House Check | Sunglasses: D&G

To turn any old pair of jeans into frayed boyfriend jeans, all you need is a pair of scissors. Take your jeans, or shorts, and lay them flat. Use the blade of the scissors to distress and loosen the fibers in the areas you wish until they begin to thin and fray (I did the knee areas and back pockets). Be sure not to make large holes or gaps to keep a natural look. Pull out the threads to assist the frayed look. Then throw them in the washer/dryer and you’re done! The more they’re worn, the better they look!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Santa Barbara, UCSBstrong

Dress: Black Halo (found here) | Sandals: Halogen (found here

Last weekend I attended the wedding one of my UCSB alumnus in the bright and beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. I decided to change up my routine and go with a classic bold, black number. This was mainly because this dress by Black Halo exposes just the right amount of skin, appropriate for the wedding. 

I paired the beautiful dress with my bold leather whites for a black & white Spring harmony. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

White on White

Blazer: Mango (here) | Jeans: Max Studio (similar here) | Sandals: Halogen (here) | Top: Zara | Sunglasses: Dolce&Gabbana | Jewelry: Cara,  H&M | Bag: Imported from Iran

There is something to love about the simplicity and freshness of all white. Head to toe in white gives a crisp, clean look. Be sure to remember proportion is everything when wearing all of any one color.

Are you ready for an all-white-everything summmmaaa?