TRANSITIONS

Turn 29. Chop your hair. Find a new career path.

Just a couple of things that are happening at the moment. Happy Fall! As we transition into this new season, I have found myself wondering what this season will have in store for me. I turned 29 two weeks ago and I realized how important this year would be for me – the last year of my 20s + a time to start preparing for a new decade. I truly believe your 30s are where it’s at, not knocking my 20s or anything…buttt I was told your 30s are where all the monumental life changes usually happen – career, home, marriage, children – if you’re into that sort of thing (I definitely am!).

I am in a phase of my life right now that I didn’t really see coming, but I am learning how to welcome these changes with open arms. Today marks a lot more than a new season for me…when I woke up on my 29th birthday I read a birthday wish for me that seemed absolutely perfect (so I wanted to share it); it’s the most fitting for me during this moment in my life: “May your final year of your 20s be the most insightful, transformational and happiest yet!”

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September 5, 2018 | 29th Birthday Lunch, The Beverly Hills Hotel

So with that said, I am wishing you all an insightful, transformational and happy new season! XO

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PINTEREST AND PODCASTS

Happy August babes! I had a couple of questions for you:

  1. Do you pin?
  2. Do you listen to podcasts?

I am super excited to announce that I have finally figured out how to use Pinterest LOL. I know, late bloomer. I used to absolutely love Tumblr for street style photos and style inspo in general. I am going to start using Pinterest for exactly that: lifestyle, street style, and overall inspiration. So if you use Pinterest, feel free to find me: https://www.pinterest.com/ultragoldenlove/

In regards to Podcasts, I wanted to share some of my favorites:

  • The Good Life with Stevie and Sazan
  • Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso
  • hey, girl. by Alex Elle
  • The goop Podcast

Have you listened to any of these podcasts? If not, take a listen. I really need some recommendations, so feel free to share in the comments below or DM me. XO.

THE HIGHLIGHT REEL

I wanted to share something that I think more people are finally starting to understand. I have found myself spending more time off my phone and just enjoying the moment. I think it’s easy to get caught up wanting to share your life with others especially when you’re doing cool things…but I’m starting to opt out. I love blogging and I LOVE the opportunities that I’ve been presented with over the past year…I feel so blessed. I just really want to protect the people around me, our privacy and the special moments we’re sharing. Everyday isn’t a perfect day but a majority of my life is spent with my family, my friends, my dogs and my boyfriend…AKA perfect to me. When I’m with them I’ve started to pay less attention to my phone and document less. The best part of it all – enjoying the moment, savoring the fun, and cherishing the time.

With that being said, I am not someone who complains a lot publicly so what you’re getting on my IG is almost always a highlight reel. I say this because if I’m at home cooking while my boyfriend is working and can’t be bothered- you’re going to see me cooking the meal…you’re not going to see me pulling my boyfriend away from his desk to eat dinner with me for 30 minutes LOL. I don’t know many people who work harder than CA so I’ve learned to work around his long hours and get in the time whenever we can fit in the time! 🙂

Life happens, work happens, and we’re all trying to spend as much time as possible with the people we love. The reason for this post was just to share that sometimes you can get caught up comparing your life to someone’s Instagram highlight reel and I’m here to tell you there’s one SURE-FIRE-CURE THAT ALWAYS WORKS: get off the phone, enjoy the moment, live a little and LOVE A LOT.

XO!

SIMPLE RESOLUTIONS TO KEEP ALL YEAR LONG.

We are halfway through the year and I set some “simple resolutions” that I could keep all year long. I wanted to let you know how I’ve done so far (LOL don’t judge me)

  1. Work on my posture. MUST work on this – such a small but BIG change.
  2. Start applying eye cream before bed. I do this…sometimes.
  3. Quality over quantity. This is something I 100% need to work on – especially when it comes to spending time.
  4. Add veggies to each meal. I am not bad at this! I have started adding mushrooms, broccoli (yuck) and asparagus to a lot of my meals!
  5. Try one new workout class each month. OKAY STRAIGHT SLACKING ON THIS ONE. So I guess that means I’ll just try SIX new workout classes in June? LOL
  6. Add SPF and moisturizer to face daily. I’m on it!
  7. Give up tech for an hour before bed. I have been pretty good about this, I bought 5 new books and I spend every night (and some mornings) reading before bed.
  8. Look at my bank statement once a week. Yes! Check!
  9. Take daily vitamins and a probiotic. I was doing this until I realized my vitamins might be giving me anxiety – so vitamins are on pause for now.
  10. Watch TV shows that teach you something. Leave it to CA when it comes to this one – my documentary connoisseur – he has me watching the most interesting documentaries, I swear. And it’s great because learning something versus watching reality TV is crucial to my development and growth as I get older.

How are your 2018 resolutions coming along? XO

WHAT I WANT | MAY 2018

I know, I know…There are only 3 days left in May but I HAVE to share my ‘wants’ for the month. I thought I’d dedicate this post to athleisure – mainly because I am almost always in athleisure when it’s time for casual-wear. I wanted to share some of my favorite brands for shoes, leggings and all things fitness-fashion related. I love when I get in a good workout – but I love it even more when I like what I’m wearing and I look good. Check out my favorites below!

XO.

GYMSHARK ONE PIECE (I HAVE IT AND LOVE IT!)

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ADIDAS LINEAR LOGO LEGGINGS

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CALVIN KLEIN RACERBACK SPORTS BRA

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VICTORIA SECRET LIGHTWEIGHT MAX SPORTS BRA

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ADIDAS SWIFT RUN CASUAL SNEAKERS (I HAVE THEM AND LOVE THEM!)

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What are your favorite athletic-wear brands?

12 RANDOM FACTS

Happy March! I wanted to share a few random facts about me for those of you who are new to ULTRAGOLDENLOVE! Check them out below 🙂

  1. I have a morning routine that never changes. I wake up, check my phone (I rarely hit the snooze button), wash my face, brush my teeth, and do EVERYTHING before I get dressed. I get dressed RIGHT before I walk out the door.
  2. I love chocolate covered strawberries. My favorite thing to do while I’m at the mall is go by the Godiva store and buy milk chocolate covered strawberries so I can shop and eat. LOL. Best part about all of this – my boyfriend brought 4,356 (lol) chocolate covered strawberries to a family BBQ over the summer and I was SO excited. Maybe too excited.
  3. I won Best Hair in high school but lately my hair game has been lacking so I ordered Cocoa Locks chocolate milkshakes. I’ll keep you posted 🙂
  4. I have a Master’s in Public Policy from Pepperdine – Pepperdine was always a dream of mine growing up—I remember riding in the backseat of my parent’s car on our way to the beach…I always knew I’d end up there sooner or later.
  5. I am a total yoga enthusiast. Nothing beats the acro-yoga class I recently took. I highly suggest you try it – especially if you can do it with your S.O.! I also love a good high intensity work out. I never used to do any weight lifting, etc. until I started dating a TRUE athlete. This changed my whole body. In less than a month of him training me, I see and FEEL results that I’ve never seen or felt before.
  6. My room is my favorite place in my house, mainly because it’s painted all white and everything in my room screams “tranquility.” I keep my room clean almost always and I find sanctuary between those four white walls.
  7. My mom is half Argentinian/half Italian and my dad is half Egyptian/half Armenian. My mom was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and my dad was born in Cairo, Egypt. I am Egyptian-Argentinian-Armenian-Italian. Between my parents there are six languages and I speak ONE – ENGLISH.
  8. I taught a college course when I was 25 years old at a University and it showed me how much I truly love being a teacher—in any capacity—especially to college freshman. Another thing it taught me – I love to learn, I learned every day while teaching.
  9. I’m a girl’s girl through and through. I live for girl power – whether it’s a Spice Girls concert or women empowering women at a conference…I’m here for it.
  10. My drink of choice is always rosé. I’m pretty sure it will never change.
  11. I went to Miami last December and I swear my life changed forever. Greatest vacation of all time.
  12. I love interior design – I can’t wait to design my own home. CA has no idea what he’s in store for.

XO.

2018 – I’M COMING FOR YOU!

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!

DECLUTTER

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.

EXERCISE

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.

SIMPLIFY EVERYTHING

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!

SET INTENTIONS

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!

SO THANKFUL

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!

MY BLOG

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!

MY FAMILY

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! ❤

MY BOYFRIEND

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.

MY FRIENDS

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!

MY PUPPIES

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

 

TRAVEL BUCKET LIST – “Not all those who wander…”

I am sure everyone has their fair share of places that they want to visit. Wanderlust is a real thing and I find myself wanting to leave the country every couple of years! 🙂  Here are some places I really want to visit and why: Zakynthos, Greece; Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in France (specifically); Marrakesh, Morocco; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janiero, Brazil; and Sicily, Italy.

Read + check out pics below as I share why these six places are on my travel bucket list!

1. Zakynthos, Greece—this is the ultimate honeymoon destination for me. Santorini, Athens, Mykonos—all stunning…but have you seen Zakynthos?! I truly believe that paradise is on earth and it’s located in that clear blue water.

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2. Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, France—this incredible hotel is strictly a tumblr-esque want of mine. I have never been big on Pinterest, but Tumblr…I am all about it. Whenever I would see photos of du Cap-Eden Roc I would continuously wonder where this marvelous place was. Then in 2011, I saw photos posted on a friend’s social media site; I was absolutely stunned by it. She posted photos in front of the long driveway into the hotel and I was swooning over the chateau-esque vibe. It has become even more famous than ever due to IG fashion bloggers and the Cannes Film Festival, but seeing her personal photos showed me, I too, would love it.

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3. Marrakesh, Morocco—thriving souks, palaces and mosques adorn Morocco. I still put Moroccan pillows in my room just to dress up the neutral vibe. I really just want to go to Marrakesh for the amazing marketplaces, spices, shopping…and of course…so I can eat a meal on the floor with my hands!

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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina—I’ve been to Egypt twice (father was born there), but I have not been to Argentina. One of the reasons why Buenos Aires is on my list is because my mother was born in Buenos Aires and lived there through her childhood. The way she speaks about Buenos Aires is amazing, I would never want to go there without her. When I went to Egypt, I found that half the reason why I even loved it so much was because my father was busy telling me stories about different buildings, beaches and cities. I’ve been told Buenos Aires is the city for me; I can’t wait to visit…with my mama in tow.

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5. Rio de Janiero, Brazil—the Christ the Redeemer statue alone will put me on that 10+ hour flight to Rio. Something about watching soccer as a child—the yellow and green jerseys, my mom speaking about her father speaking Portuguese and the way the soccer players all had golden brown skin made me think it was the place to be…but then! Snoop d-o-double g himself came out with a music video for his song “Beautiful.” Sold. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you get on it!

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6. Sicily, Italy—my grandmother, my mother’s mother—was born and raised in Sicily. My parents visited Sicily before they were married and they told me all about what an incredible trip they had. My grandmother and great aunt are two of the greatest human beings I know: loud-passionate-loving-forever screaming-hardcore Italian women. If I have the chance to meet more people like them, let alone a whole city filled with synonymous souls, I’m taking it.

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