I seldom sugarcoat my posts and I don’t plan on starting with this one; it is a fearful time in the world and we have every reason to be afraid. I don’t mean to sound pessimistic, I’m simply acknowledging reality. Every day we’re bombarded with news and stories which make us question our safety and security. To a greater or lesser degree, this constant exposure to negative, sensationalist, and alarming information will impact our day to day lives, from the way in which we carry ourselves to how we interact with to others. So let’s talk about fear, let’s openly face it.Read More
We’re a month into the second half of 2017 and I can’t help but wonder, how are your goals going? What’s the status of everything you set yourself out to accomplish this year? Be 100% honest with yourself, are you satisfied with where you’re at today?
Wonderful friend, this is your mid-year checkup.Read More
If you’ve been following my beauty shenanigans, you know I’ve been working on getting my hair back to a healthy and nourished state since fall 2014. Back in the day, I wanted to turn my dark brown Puerto Rican mane into a Sia platinum blonde. Trust me, I learned my lesson from this one.
After this traumatizing experience, growing my hair has been quite the work in process. I had to wait to grow out new hair and slowly trim away all of its damaged parts due to excessive bleaching. During this experience, I noticed how my hair began to grow at a slower rate, which made the process incredibly frustrating.
I started taking 2,500 mcg Biotin gummies religiously. I added prenatal gummies into the mix because blog science said they contained a solid number of vitamins to help speed up the process. I’ve done coconut oil, almond butter, and castor oil hair masks, and I’ve also tried different hair repair systems.
At the end of the day, my hair became shinier and less frizzy – hooray! But was it growing any faster? Hell nah.Read More
I don’t know about you but as soon as certain key dates in my life start getting closer and closer, I often find myself undergoing long periods of meditation, introspection, and self-reflection. As such, and as my 27th birthday approaches, I’ve been heavily contemplating the notion of finding happiness within.
Let’s be frank here, we’ve all struggled with the concept of tapping into our inner joy at various points in our lives. I get it. It’s easy to wallow in our own sh*t, it’s easy to take pity on ourselves, and it’s incredibly easy to make up hundreds of excuses to not have to face what’s actually going on inside of us. Yes, it’s like I’m holding up a mirror right in front of you right now, isn’t it?
But you see, there comes a time where the “easy way out” doesn’t cut it for us anymore. Only then we begin to realize how compulsive negative thought patterns, hamster wheeling over our insecurities, and prolonged periods of inaction are getting us absolutely nowhere. So… Where do we go from here? We seek within.Read More
Hello world, did you miss me? If I told you I recently started a new job as a Social Media Account Manager and have been quite consumed in the whole onboarding and acclimation process (which will always come with the territory of starting a new gig), would you forgive me?
Lol. I know, I’m being overly dramatic.
But you get it, right? I'm sure you've been there too; eager to befriend everyone in your new team and even more excited to show them what you're capable of. All this, whilst attempting to familiarize yourself with every single aspect of your new role in a matter of days. Hah! Am I right?
Let's be honest for a sec, we're all humans around here and we’ll do our best to grasp everything as thoroughly as possible during those first few weeks. Eventually, we’ll find a solid and steady work rhythm and everything else will fall into place!
Though I'd love to keep talking about the do's and don'ts surrounding your initial weeks of employment at a new place, I'll leave this for another post. Today, I want to focus on career transitions and how I went from being an Accounting and Finance professional to a Social Media Account Manager. If I can go from one end of the career spectrum to the other, so can you. So let’s get started!Read More
I’m currently on a 6 and-a-half hour flight back to New York and I couldn’t be happier. Today’s the last day of a 5-day solo trip to Madrid which I booked about a month ago and it’s been a truly unforgettable experience.
For the longest time, I’ve been craving to travel on my own but for one reason or another, it hadn’t worked out. At last, I can proudly cross this one off of my bucket list!
I have to admit, traveling alone requires some type of courage; it demands you to go at it with an open mind and an unquenchable thirst for adventure. If you can relate to this but are still on the fence about booking a solo trip, below I’m sharing 7 reasons why you should give in to this desire and make it happen. Take it from my personal experience.Read More
I feel I'm in the midst of an extended transitional phase. Transitional because I've consistently found myself evaluating my personal choices and professional options. Extended because I've been riding this wave for almost two years now. Let's be honest, no one deliberately chooses to stay on a surfboard for this long.
Looking back, I've been able to balance myself through the motions. I've made a number of moves and changes which have placed me closer to where I want to be. Am I there yet? Not exactly. Is anyone ever? I don't think so.
Stay with me here.Read More
At last, spring has sprung and it’s time to get rid of all those extra layers – literally and figuratively. Though I view every day as a brand-new opportunity for us to reflect and improve upon ourselves, the coming of spring and beginning of a new season also calls for a fresh start. As you think about how you’ll be updating your wardrobe for warmer temperatures, I invite you to peel off your internal layers and reflect on what is important to you and what can add more meaning and value to your life.
When was the last time you had a one-on-one with yourself and clearly defined your goals, ambitions, and aspirations? Have you recently wondered or questioned where you’re headed? Do you believe your daily actions and efforts fall in line with your current and long-term vision? It’s healthy to check-in with yourself and evaluate where you stand in relation to these matters periodically. As such, and in the spirit of spring and new beginnings, I’ve crafted a self-assessment exercise for you to use at your leisure. So, grab a pen and paper and let’s start peeling off some layers with the following questions:Read More
Spring, where you at?! As mother nature continues to take New Yorkers on a roller coaster ride of emotions, I’ve rounded up a few of my spring faves to brighten up your days – regardless of where in the world you may be reading this post. Leggo!Read More
Guys, this is the grungiest look I have ever blogged about and I absolutely love it. I’m a huge fan of making things my own. I love taking dope trends and giving them my own little twist. This explains why fashion has become one of my main outlets for self-expression. I talked about this in my previous blog post but I’ve recently given it more thought and have come to realize how important fashion has also been throughout my journey towards self-discovery.
Being able to express myself and show my personality through the clothes I wear is one of my favorite things to do. The more I get into this, the deeper it takes me into a path of self-exploration. A simple look can showcase one’s emotions, current state, or even be utilized to deliver a socio-political message. I also enjoy breaking the norm and testing my limits with pieces which take me out of my comfort zone, while keeping it real and always staying true to myself.Read More
In a world of homogeny, how do you stand out? How do you set yourself apart from the crowd and embrace your different? My dear friend, you just do it. You speak up until your voice is heard, you color outside the lines, you find what makes you unique and you own it.
If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m a fervent advocate for self-expression and differentiation. Why? Because in today’s society there’s too much of the same thing and individualism isn’t something I am willing to forgo. I chose to be different. I chose to be genuinely and unapologetically me, every waking day, and I encourage you all to do the same.
This is why I’m a huge fan of Dr. Martens, a brand which supports and believes in authenticity and self-expression as much as I do. Their appeal to people who have their own individual style, yet share a united spirit, is undeniable. Their boots and products are all about genuine characters who aren’t afraid to stand for something and I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with them.Read More
25 days into 2017 and I still haven’t written my New Year’s resolutions. In my honest opinion, I’ve never been a fan of them. The concept of beginning the New Year with a list of promises and decisions like going more to the gym, saving more money, being more punctual, eating healthy, etc. seems a little vague to me. One too many times I’ve heard friends confess how they started working on their resolutions and a few months in, they completely gave up on them. And some won’t even make it to the three-month mark!
I could be wrong but I strongly believe this happens when you don’t hold yourself accountable for the changes you wish to implement in your day-to-day lifestyle. But how to accomplish this without making these life changes feel like an unnecessary burden? My friends, let me tell you about vision boards. Even if you don’t dig them, there’s a very important part of the vision board making process which I strongly suggest everyone should attempt. Let me rewind for a minute cause I’m getting way too ahead of myself! Haha!Read More
Hey guys, I’m back from my two-week trip to Puerto Rico and feeling more refreshed than ever! Sure thing, these freezing NYC temps are not ideal but I can’t really complain. For the first time in a very long time, I was able to go back home and fully disconnect from all the noise and nonsense. YES! I fully unplugged and took a much-needed break which helped to put a lot of things in perspective.
How did I do it? Well, for starters, I brought my Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera and didn’t even use it (lolz, right?) I took a solid break from regularly posting on Instagram, from publishing blog posts, and even from checking my email! I swear, I just enjoyed the present moment, the warm weather, the company of all the wonderful people I got to reconnect and spend time with, and I just existed.Read More
If you're anything like me, you've probably left all of your holiday shopping for the absolute last minute. Yes, I admit it, I still have quite the list of things I need to get before Christmas and what day is it today? December 23rd? I'm a lost cause.
Well, I know what I'll be doing for the rest of the day but if you're feeling a bit directionless and are still looking for a few last-minute gift ideas for your pals and loved ones, I'm throwing in a few of my holiday favorites within this post! The cool thing about these gift suggestions is they're all fantastic gifts for the boss babes, adventurous gals, and vivacious women in your life (yourself included!) So don't fret my last minute holiday shopper, once again I've got you covered!Read More
Looking back at my published work as a blogger, my writing and overall style have changed quite noticeably. I published this Little Black Dresspost back in February 2015 and I somewhat cringe at the sight of it (no joke!) All in all, I don’t regret anything I’ve ever written but for me it is real curious to see how I’ve grown as a blogger in the past ~2 years.
Similar to one’s evolution as a writer and content creator, our styles, likes, dislikes, and opinions will change over time. We are evolutionary beings; we learn, grow, adapt, transform, develop, and continuously mold ourselves and our ways in response to our environment and present circumstances. Truth be told, blogging has been instrumental in my journey towards finding my voice and it has helped me become comfortable in my own skin.
I remember a year and a half ago trying all these girly looks and “cute” things, and even how I expressed myself, it wasn’t truly me. I finally realized, I’m not your average “girly girl”. I never was and I never will fit in that mold, so why bother trying to be something I’m not? I’m pretty raw and edgy, messy, scattered at times, I'm highly outspoken, have a strong personality and I absolutely love it! Nothing wrong with being a bit rough around the edges, am I right?Read More
Have you ever paid for a beauty service and the end result turned out to be light years away from what you wanted and expected it to be? This had been my experience with hair color, ever since I moved to NYC until I met Brianna Noelle – my “fairy hair mother” – at Original & Mineral NYC.
Let’s rewind to fall 2014. I wanted to be a platinum blonde. I wanted someone to turn my dark, thick Puerto Rican hair into a gorgeous platinum blonde mane, Khaleesi-style. The result? I still cringe at the site of this photo.
I had done my research and due diligence, I thought I had found the perfect salon in NYC to turn my platinum blonde dreams into reality! As you can imagine, I ended up with hair trauma, taking me two full years to grow out and bring my hair back to a natural healthy state. Now, let’s fast-forward to present day miracles.Read More
Calling all my ladies with larger shoe sizes, I hear you and I feel you! On today's post, I talk about my partnership with Lonia Shoes, a designer footwear brand which creates stylish footwear for women sizes 10 to 15. Yes, you heard it! And for those of you reading who don't necessarily fall into this category, keep Lonia Shoes in mind when making those holiday shopping lists - I'm positive they'll come in handy!
Fun Fact: According to a report from the National Shoe Retailers Association, the average American woman's shoe size ranges between size 8 1/2 and 9. In Great Britain, the average British woman wears a British size 6, which equates to a US size 8, leaving many to think the commonality of having these shoe sizes could be more of a worldwide trend. But then, what happens to us gals with 10+ shoe sizes?Read More
Believe it or not, fall fashion is something I'm still trying to figure out - and don't get me started on winter apparel! Growing up in Puerto Rico, I never experienced seasonal changes; I spent 23 years of my life in a perpetual state of summer, where denim shorts, sandals, and a breezy tank was pretty much my uniform year round. I remember browsing through fashion magazines and looking at models and celebrities, all wrapped up in chunky knitted sweaters and extravagant coats. I always thought, "It must be freezing wherever they are!" And here I am, layering up in NYC as I dress for 45°F/7°C weather.
I'm not going to lie, the entire concept of layering fascinates me. Now, as the weather takes a deeper dive into fall, we're still experiencing brisk days in which the cold isn't as brutal. For these days I like to go a bit light on the layering. Chunky knit sweaters are my favorites and I will continue to talk about them throughout the season, but when you find yourself running around from your apartment to the subway, to work, to whatever events you may have during the day, and back, you may want to go for a breezier short to medium-sleeved sweater, as long as the weather permits.Read More
As a kid, I grew up having serious self-esteem issues surrounding my personal appearance. I had extremely greasy hair, severe acne, and was made fun of on a daily throughout elementary school. I reached my current height of 5’4 at age 11 and was the tallest girl in my class up until the 9th grade. My hormones were all over the place and I was considered weird, unattractive, and awkward for the longest time. My feminine curves didn't fully blossom until the very end of my junior year in high school, but it wasn’t until college, where I began to actively work on myself, trying to figure out how to feel comfortable in my own skin.
I was never one of the ‘cool kids’ or did I hang out with the popular crowd. I believe this helped me find my own voice in a sea of people who dressed, looked, and acted the same 24/7. It took years for me to grow into myself and accept me for who I am. It involved a lot of healing and self-compassion, and it is still a work in progress. Back in school, it was all a big popularity contest, not too different from how things are now but I’ve learned to cope with it differently and to give importance to what truly matters.
As such, I wish to share what I’ve learned along the way, in hopes it will resonate with you and potentially help you feel more comfortable in the skin you’re in, because you are good enough, absolutely beautiful, unique, and completely worth it.Read More
Yes, I said it. Taking a break from NYC is the best thing you could possibly do as a New Yorker. It’s crazy how I hadn’t realized this until last weekend when my boyfriend and I decided to go to Lake George, NY to celebrate our one year anniversary (yay!). What brought this realization about? Well, if you live or have lived in the Big Apple before, you must be familiar with the craze and intensity surrounding NYC’s ‘work hard, play hard’ culture. As a positive, this environment keeps you moving, hustling, and forever striving to achieve whatever it is you've set yourself to accomplish. On the flipside, NYC’s overly competitive nature and non-stop pace can leave you feeling burnout, exhausted, and depleted (and I speak from experience).
At this point, I believe you can tell I have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with this city. But what do you do when things get out of hand balance and you lose perspective of the bigger picture? How do you move past focusing on all the negativity besieging this city and readjust your focus to remain optimistic, without losing sight of all the great opportunities NYC, or the cosmopolitan city in which you live in, has to offer?Read More