I’ll take any opportunity to love on my man…Valentine’s Day is no different! I just wanted to say thank you to CA for changing my life – this past year has been an absolute dream. I wouldn’t want to go through life with anyone else. Sending love to my family, friends, puppies and followers! I hope you all have an amazing day today.
Happy February! Every month I try to put out some items that I have my eye on. I think it’s good to constantly be on the lookout for what’s on-trend. I decided to switch it up this month – no clothes! Take a look below at my February “wants”—keep in mind that I actually have a few of these items but I feel like they’re perfect for the season (i.e. pink shoes)! I hope you’re all enjoying 2018 so far – month 1 is already out of the way…11 more to go! Sending good vibes always. XO
I already have this bag in black – thanks CA – but I can’t even tell you how much I love it. I used it as my carry on for Miami, I use it for yoga and it’s a great bag to bring with me when I am spending the day with my boyfriend and we have a workout, plus an event, plus chill time (gotta have an outfit for everything!).
I love this shoe! Just in time for Valentine’s Day with the pretty pink color. I have recently gotten into Adidas and I am now a big fan of shoes that look just like this. I am not super sporty but I love a sporty casual look.
Jewelry is always fun. I LOVE stackable rings- mainly because they’re super dainty and you don’t have to wear all three at once. These are from Etsy but Nordstrom has a great collection of fine jewelry with many different stackable rings.
How are your 2018 goals coming along? I found myself going over my 2018 goals today – one month later – and let’s just say…I need to be checking that list way more often. If you’re like me and love a good agenda, I recommend this one. There’s an exercise section, a budget section, plus the general calendar, etc. I love agendas – I have like 36 and end up using all of them. LOL
I had to share this because I have decided that this year my blog was going to focus a little more on REAL life. I am currently living up to my goal of one blog post a week and I thought that this post was kind of necessary. January 15th (two weeks into the New Year) I decided I needed a do-over. Let me preface this by saying that my boyfriend and I had an incredible first day of the year. We spent the day together and went to dinner to write out all of our combined goals. The reason I needed a do-over was because there was a lot going on in the first couple of weeks and self-care was out the window. The main thing I want to talk about when mentioning self-care is friendships, relationships – family included — and everything in between.
I was doing my part throughout all the chaos in the beginning of the year to reach out to everyone and really put in an effort with many people. I was trying anything to make plans, see people, have conversations, etc. Then, my dog passed away. It sounds crazy but even though he was definitely my brother’s dog – this whole situation just had me so upset. I didn’t post about it but then my brother decided to post about it. Immediately we received an outpouring of comments, DMs, texts, etc. It’s crazy how much a dog really is a part of the family and your everyday life. I noticed that people I haven’t talked to just reached out to ask “how he died” and “what was wrong with him” – that annoyed TF out of me. Like “hey, how are you? Where TF have you been?” Then I had the amazing texts from people who just genuinely get it or at least were sympathetic. It really was eye opening: some people are genuinely so caring and nice – some people are just plain nosey. That’s when I made the decision to stop putting in effort. Let me explain – I still put in effort every single day of my life – but now I am only doing it for people who make the same effort. If I am asking to hang out with you for months and you can’t figure it out…bye. If I am only hearing from you to get information on the sickness my dog had…bye. If you can’t even text me back and have a real conversation with some real SUBSTANCE…bye. Since when did emoji’s become a response to things? Over it. And let me just say – NO HARD FEELINGS. I feel WAY better about this. I am just not reaching out. Ball is in their court.
Maybe people will notice, maybe they won’t, maybe we’ve outgrown each other – whatever it may be – I am okay with it. Over the past year (specifically last year) – January 2017 and on—I have remained so very grateful for everything in my life. And I realized that a lot of my efforts with people were just going to waste. I am still so grateful – I have just decided to put my happiness first. I have learned that those who are truly happy in their own lives will be happy for you too. It just is what it is. I have had many times where I’ve been in a shitty situation and have still found true happiness for others – it’s called growth, love, support…you get it. I highly suggest you take the time to reevaluate who is around you and what those people bring to your life. Life is about give and take—I’m done giving freely—some might call it being selfish…I call it SELF CARE. XO
HELLO AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I really want to spend some time (soon!) and write up a blog post about 2017 – it was an incredible year for me and I want to open up about it. I learned a lot about myself last year and as the first week of 2018 has just ended, I wanted to make sure I add some quick advice for the New Year. I told my boyfriend yesterday: 2017 = grow up, 2018 = glow up. LOL but really, I learned so much about myself in 2017 – I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I am just very thankful that throughout the ups and downs (mainly ups) I have remained incredibly grateful and positive. I absolutely loved 2017 and I am so excited for this year.
I wanted to leave you with some advice that I’ve read up on recently. Some quick suggestions to really make the most of your year. Try your best to make sure that 2018 is your best year yet – perspective is E V E R Y T H I NG!
Even if you’re just tackling a messy drawer or one closet a week, start getting your place in order. Seriously—a clean home is a happy home.
WRITE DOWN YOUR ROUTINE
Writing or journaling is a great way to process your thoughts and reflect on your life. I write down a lot of things – I just bought a new journal today. I have a million agendas, journals, and places where I write down thoughts, ideas, things that have happened throughout my day, etc.
I took the first 6 days off and managed to get in a light work out today. So necessary! You need to awaken your body. Re-energize and get moving earlier than you would have last year— now that’s an accomplishment to be proud of before the clock’s struck eight!
CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Meditate, pray, breathe deeply or just enjoy the serenity of soundlessness. Take this time – at any time of day- to recognize all you’ve accomplished. Sometimes, all I say to myself is “thank you, thank you, thank you.” It sounds weird but I am thanking God, the universe, and myself over and over again to make sure gratitude is front and center.
When you feel like you have tons of commitments that aren’t always for you, carve out some time to try a new hobby or pick up an old one. My cousin posted a quick IG story today saying “filling my cup.” She was on a hike without her babies and I got seriously inspired. As a mom of two I am sure it’s hard for her to find me-time – so I really should have no excuse!
The purpose of an intention is to choose an action, feeling or state of mind we wish to cultivate over the duration of our practice. I sat down with my boyfriend on January 1st and set some serious intentions and goals. Nothing better than having someone there to help hold you accountable.
Lastly, I wanted to share some extra goals to keep in mind that are kind of random but still so necessary! 🙂
- Start budgeting—or continue to do so
- Learn how to cope with stress
- Practice gratitude daily
- Drink more water
I hope some of these suggestions help inspire you to have an awesome Monday morning tomorrow and an AMAZING YEAR IN 2018! HAPPY NEW YEAR BB’S!
Hey Friends! I usually do a better job at posting what I like for the month or what I have my eyes on. This isn’t a Christmas wish list, it’s just a list of things I’ve been seeing that I want. I wanted to share just four items I really like right now: a shoe, bag, dress and coat! LOL.
What are everyone’s plans for the holidays? I’ll be back soon with a Christmas wish list! XO
I wanted to check in and share a quick thought with you all…let’s start here: THE. LAST. MONTH. OF. 2017. I can’t even believe it. I have two very special birthdays to celebrate this year before the holidays. And then BOOM – 2018. I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE IT. I had a conversation with CA last night about where my life was last year and how I was feeling versus how I’m feeling this year. Last year, nothing really seemed to work for me. I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t happy with my surroundings and I was constantly on edge. I thrive on structure, consistency and just being in THE KNOW. Looking back, I’m KIND OF mad at myself for taking so long to make major life changes but I am also so grateful for it because I truly value where my life is now. Every single day I am grateful. For my family, for my friends, and most importantly, for my boyfriend. I wake up every morning SO excited. I am so happy about how 2017 has unfolded and I am excited to finish out the year STRONG. I hope that everyone takes a moment to really enjoy this first Monday of December and this LAST MONTH OF 2017!
BTW- THREE WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!! Who has started decorating? XO
I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend! I spent it watching movies, seeing family and enjoying the rest and relaxation before the holiday craze! As November comes to a close I wanted to take a few moments and share the things I am most thankful for this year. This year has been the best year of my life, I am so thankful for 2017. I am finally becoming the person I’ve always wanted to be and that alone is enough for me to be thankful for a lifetime. Below are 5 of the things I am most thankful for!
This blog has completely transformed in less than a year. I made my blog public on January 1, 2017 (after spending 6 months trying to perfect it). I made it public with family members mainly and some friends. This blog has now grown to 5,000 followers – I have gained 4,000 followers in a year and I can’t even imagine how much this blog will continue to grow. Daniel Wellington, Smile Brilliant and Bobalu Nuts are just a few of the amazing brands who have worked with me this year. I am so grateful for each and every opportunity that has made its way to me. More importantly, I am thankful for my readers – the people who always comment, DM me, like a photo, or just follow along. I am truly grateful for each follower because they’re the reason I’m most successful. Special shout out to the new people I’ve met while working on my blog – especially Chelsey Rose – love you girl!
This one is hard for me – mainly because it’s really hard for me to put into words what my family means to me. My parents are gold. They are absolutely the two greatest people I’ve ever met. My mom is my best friend and my dad is my confidante, the rock of the family. They are the glue that has truly molded this nuclear unit which contains my brother, my parents, myself, and the dogs! LOL. My brother is a close second to my parents, which makes sense since he’s 50% my mom and 50% my dad. He is so thoughtful and truly the joy of our family – so funny and carefree. My sister-in-law is my best friend. I tell her everything, I confide in her when I’m having any issues even though she’s two years younger than me. I am so excited for my brother’s wedding. Fun fact – I went with her to see her wedding dress before ANYONE! SO EXCITING. My cousins are the built in friends that I choose to hang out with more than anyone – we all grew up basically the same and it helps that our parents are all besties too lol. The main reason I love spending time with my cousins is because we spend time laughing about things we used to do or just talking about how great/funny our parents are LOL. Special shout out to Cookie, Taleen, JYB and RB! ❤
Where do I even begin? The only regret I’ll ever have in life is not dating you sooner. What a dream you’ve been. In all seriousness, my boyfriend has completely transformed my life, he’s taken me to places I’ve never been before this year, shared some unforgettable experiences and most importantly – been the number one supporter of my life both professionally and creatively. CA, you are the smartest human being I know, so successful and SO HANDSOME. Not to mention you are the greatest puppy dad ever. Thank you for making all of my dreams (both big and small) come true! I am so excited for the rest of 2017 and our future. 2018 is going to be magical.
I have spent this whole year reconnecting with friends. Luckily for me, I have amazing friends. Last year, my job alone took up most of my life and I spent very little time with friends. This year, all of my friends have made an effort to have dinners/lunches/brunches with me! Most importantly, I have spent this past year introducing my boyfriend to all of these amazing souls that I have known for quite some time. This year was also my 10 year high school reunion and I reconnected with so many old friends and I am so excited to plan more dates with all of them!
I have three amazing little pups – Bentley, Bugatti, and Ryder. Bentley is the OG, he’s getting old and it is so sad because he was our first pup! He is the CUTEST most regal puppy who managed to never chew or break anything – a real angel. I was super young when we got him and he instantly connected with my brother who chose him. He is a boy’s boy – he loves my brother and dad. Bugatti, our girl, was such a blessing for me. We rescued her when she was about 3 and although we didn’t have her as a puppy she totally made herself comfortable in our home right away. She’s wayyyy crazier than Bentley and she definitely isn’t as well behaved but she’s my homegirl for life. Lastly, my first baby I get to call my own, Ryder. I met Ryder the day after his dad picked him up. Within weeks he spent the weekend with me and then another week with me while his dad was in New York. Sometimes he spends the night but really, this is my first real puppy. I’ve never been a dog mom until now and I truly enjoy it. I love that he needs me and gets excited to see me. He has truly deepened the bond between his dad and I too – our own little family.
This year has been nothing short of epic and I am realizing that my life is JUST starting!
What are you thankful for this year? XO
Just kidding! I am definitely not a vegan and neither is CA. About a month ago my boyfriend decided we should be vegan for the day – that lasted all of 2 hours – and that’s because for 1.5 hours he wasn’t eating and after that he was eating pork AND chicken at a Mexican restaurant. Shout out to that vegan life. Fast forward to the past couple of weeks and he decided we try to do things a little differently – vegan dinners. And so we did. The verdict – we loved it, we were full, and we felt good. I wanted to share three of the vegan restaurants we went to, what we ordered and what we liked. I think it’s important to switch it up every once in a while – CA is an athlete by nature and his body is always on point regardless of what he eats (I know, so annoying) but it was still cool to try something new!
Check out the three restaurants below, what we ordered and what we liked the most!
SUNCAFE ORGANIC [STUDIO CITY]
BBQ Cauliflower – pan seared cauliflower w/house BBQ sauce, ranch dressing,
pepitas, green onions & dill pickles, GF (YUM!)
Sheperd’s Pie – a rich stew of navy beans, potatoes, mushrooms, carrots & peas. Topped with dill & rosemary whipped potatoes & finished with fresh
herbs. Served with a mixed green side salad. GF
GRACIAS MADRE [WEST HOLLYWOOD]
Grilled Street Corn – chipotle aioli, pumpkin seed parmesan, lemon (WE BOTH LOVED IT!)
Bowl Dos – braised lentils, peanut sauce, spinach, pico de gallo, coconut rice, pineapple salsa, pumpkin seeds, avocado
Enchiladas Verdes – tomatillo, zucchini, avocado, potato, cashew crema, black beans
BY CHLOE [SILVERLAKE]
Avocado Pesto Pasta – avocado-cashew pesto, grape tomatoes, fresh basil, almond parm
Whiskey BBQ Burger – smoky Portobello mushrooms, seitan, sautéed kale, onion marmalade, grilled pineapple, bourbon bbq, potato bun (TOO GOOD!)
Mac N Cheese – sweet potato-cashew cheese sauce, skitake bacon, almond parm
THE VERDICT – WHISKEY BBQ BURGER WAS THE BEST! We’ve actually gone twice since then just to have that burger. Honestly, I am salivating thinking about it now.
Any vegan restaurant recommendations for us? XO.
LET ME START THIS OFF BY SAYING – Regardless of what I write about my birthday celebration two months ago, nothing I say will do it justice. SUCH an incredible birthday. The day started off with some shopping and Peet’s Coffee with my mom, gifts from my parents and a quick breakfast. My boyfriend then took me to Beverly Hills for the afternoon where he bought me my birthday gift. There are no words to describe how much my birthday gift from him means to me. Let me set up how my afternoon went…side note: I may leave out some personal details but I’ll do my best to share as much as possible.
During our drive to Beverly Hills I felt this sense of calm that I have never felt before. I loved my birthday outfit, my boyfriend looked perfect per usual, and the mood was so relaxed. We drove through Coldwater Canyon and chatted the whole way – I, of course, took some videos of us and he basically let me do whatever I wanted LOL. When we got to Beverly Hills we went straight into Cartier…he asked for someone by name and the next thing I knew, I was trying on the Cartier LOVE ring in pink gold. I remember sitting down with the sales associate as he put the ring on my finger – I was so excited for so many reasons. The Cartier LOVE collection is timeless and classic and I couldn’t believe I was getting my first piece. When he handed me the Cartier bag when we left the store I was TWIRLING around (I have boomerangs to prove it). I felt like I was on cloud nine. Something so special was given to me on a birthday that was SO VERY IMPORTANT for me. This year, 2017, has been the happiest year of my life. I have watched this year unfold in the most amazing way. Christian and I started dating in March and I found myself HEAD over HEELS in love with him within weeks. 8 months later – and here we were – more in love than ever. Getting this ring – an iconic piece of jewelry – was just icing on the cake for me. No material item could ever replace the feelings I have for him. This ring was a bonus. The Cartier LOVE collection is an iconic symbol of love that transgresses convention–it’s a timeless tribute to love–and here I was receiving my favorite gift I’ve ever received from my favorite person ever. I met Christian when I was 17 years old and 10+ years later he was putting a ring on my finger that I have yet to take off 2 months later. E P I C.
We spent the rest of the day shopping in Beverly Hills before dinner with my whole family. Before we came back to the valley, Christian took me to this overlook in Beverly Hills that still takes my breath away when I think about it. I look back at those photos and nothing comes close to standing over those views with him. Stunning.
My birthday dinner consisted of my parents, my brother, my sister in law, my cousin and her boyfriend, my aunt, my grandmother and Christian. Basically, my favorite people all at one table-with the exception of some missing cousins (JY and TA). I received the most beautiful gifts from each of them. It was almost as if everything had come full circle for me at dinner. I was surrounded by so much love at one of my favorite restaurants (JOEY WOODLAND HILLS) and I was having the best time talking to everyone and laughing the whole night—nothing else really mattered. There are no words to describe the way I went to sleep that night. I was absolutely blown away by my birthday–it will probably go down as one of the most memorable birthdays of my life– with my 5th birthday party as a close second LOL.
PS: Before my actual birthday, Christian took me to TAO and the Getty that weekend. TAO was SO much fun – the vibe was perfect and the food was even better. The Getty was epic: warm summer night, enjoying art and goofing around. I wouldn’t change my birthday weekend for the world.
Gifts and experiences aside- my 28th birthday was a game changer for me because it was the first time I’ve ever truly felt completely content with everything going on around me. I was content with who I was in that moment when I woke up on September 5th. Those moments, those feelings, and everything else that happened that day will go down as one of the best days of my life. And to think…there are so many more incredible days to come. MAGIC.
Pictures below! XO