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Mis Raíces 🌳

September is Hispanic Heritage month, so I thought what better time to show y’all my beautiful motherland than now. I’ve always been curious of where I’m from…I know where I was born, and I know where my parents were born. I just wanted to know where my ancestors before them were from, and how did they get here? Now that there are so many DNA ancestry tests available, I decided to take one and find out.

I feel that the picture above is a good description of why I have such a blend of different cultures in my DNA. I am 48% European, and 41.2% Native American. I found out that I have DNA from countries I didn’t even expect! It was very awesome to find out that I am .7% Italian, and that my Maternal Lineage comes from Siberia. That would explain why I’ve always been fascinated with the culture in those countries. The picture above was taken in front of the church El Rosario. It shows Christopher Columbus (most likely why I have European ancestors), and Martyrs/Saints that helped Native Americans in the country during the time of Conquistadores. They also brought Catholicism with them.

The church above is called El Rosario it is located in the department La Libertad in San Salvador, El Salvador. Pictures don’t do it justice. The way the light hits the stained glass windows is breathtaking. It creates a beautiful rainbow inside the church. Filing it with warmth.

El Salvador is a country rich in European, but mainly Spaniard culture. El Salvador declared it’s independence from Spain on September 15th of 1821. When you walk around and take in the architecture you can see the influence Spain had in El Salvador during colonization. This statue is in El Parque La Libertad, and it represents what it means. If you haven’t guessed by now “Libertad”, means liberty.  It’s a beautiful monument to look at. Theres just a certain type of way it makes you feel when, you stare at something that has such great meaning.

The part on my ancestry test that put a big smile on my face, was when I saw that 38.4% of what I have as Native American is from El Salvador. I’ve always been proud of my roots, and thought of my parents country just as my own. I spent as many childhood summers there as I have spent in Houston as an Adult. There is so much greenery, and just such a more beautiful way of life. People appreciate the little moments in life, and take every good moment in to make it through the tough moments. They have such a contagious positive attitude, and their vibes make you believe in yourself more. These are all thoughts that go through my mind as I stare at this beautiful waterfall in Perquìn with my family around me.

If you find yourself in PerquĂ­n, because you wanted to chase waterfalls. Then, I suggest you stop by El Museo de la RevoluciĂłn. Where you will get educated on the civil war that was not that long ago. El Salvador’s civil war did not end until the 90’s. The entry is inexpensive. There is a tour guide that will tell you the whole history, and all you do is leave a tip.

Monseñor Romero is the most iconic, and respected in El Salvador’s history. Next month he will be named a saint by the Catholic Church. Learn more about him when you visit the museum, or really anywhere you go in El Salvador someone will be more happy to tell you the impact he’s made to the country. El Salvador is a beautiful country filled with its history, and I thought I would share a few of its light since mostly what is shown to the world is the dark.

La Catedral de Santa Ana speaks for itself. I’m a sucker for architecture, and it turns out we were there right when the the celebration for St. Anne (the patron Saint) was about to start. There is a festival, the streets are filled with people selling all types of food, souvenirs, and there’s local entertainment. These are just a few of the things you can find in my parents country, that is also very much my country. Amo a El Salvador como las Pupusas aman a el curtido 🇸🇻💕

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Remember the Ala…ay ghost!

If you follow me on social media, you probably figured out I went on a road trip. The destination? San Antonio, Texas. A perfect little getaway from my normal routine, and the only time I had been was literally driving through getting off to see the river walk (at night) then was back on my way. Not that I didn’t want to see it, but simply never had the time.

Let me begin by saying how rich this city is in architecture, culture, and ghosts. I know, I know. Trust me, I didn’t think anything of it at first either. The building above is the beautiful Emily Morgan Hotel. My cousin (who went with me on this trip) and I both agreed on staying here for our girls trip. I chose it because it looks stunning from the outside, and the beautiful view. She chose it because she heard it was haunted and wanted to investigate. More on that later.

One of my favorite places that I went to on this trip was to el Mercado. It’s this awesome place in the Historic Market Square where you can have a nice cold Michelada while shopping for cute stuff straight from Mexico. I even bought a cute loterĂ­a shirt from one of the stands. If you have never been, I would totally recommend it.

Believe it or Not, there’s cool things to do like the museum of wax and Ripley’s Believe it or Not (where you can take a picture inside a giant tire). You can also ask a genie for three wishes, like I did. I’m still waiting, so in the mean time I’ll just keep working.

Back to talking about ghosts, at night we decided after some liquid courage to check out the hotel around the corner from the one we were staying (that is also known for being haunted, and I was too chicken to stay in) to see if we found any ghosts. Turns out I just admired how beautiful, and elegant it looks inside. I was a little upset that I chose the other hotel based on outside looks (lesson here). Anyways, my cousin had an app to see if ghosts would communicate with her, and nothing. We were back on our way to our hotel.

So here’s some very brief and broad history on the hotel we were staying in, it used to be a hospital. There’s also no 13th floor but there is a supposedly very haunted 14th floor. My cousin said let’s go check it out before going to bed to see if something happens, and again I had courage in me so I said “okay, but as long as we don’t look for any on our floor.”

“Hi this is Jenny, are the ghost busters available by any chance?” We get to the 13th floor (I mean 14th), and nothing. It was a bust so as we were walking through the door of the room 807 *my cousins app goes off* and it tells her entity present. ENTITY PRESENT!!! It also spoke through the white noise. I was like, I told you not to have it in the room. Honestly though, we had been everywhere with that thing on. I was so happy we hadn’t found anything, and everything changed after that.

The only reason I was able to stay asleep even with all the paranormal stuff going on was the fact I decided to stop by the bar for a glass of red wine before bed. The next morning was back to normal. Went walking around (a.k.a) buying cute things I collect wherever I go to bring home with me.

Sunday morning we went to mass at one of the oldest churches in Texas. It is beautiful and breath taking. Just what I needed after a night of little to no sleep. It was also a good way to start our morning before going home.


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Festival Lights✨

If you read my blog post about Coachella than you have a clue on what to expect, and should know by now that stilettos aren’t considered dancing shoes on a field. That doesn’t mean you can’t dress cute, because you shouldn’t sacrifice style for comfort. Plus, sometimes the fact that music festivals are a judgment free zone gives you the liberty to express yourself through fashion. Below are some ideas on how you can mix fashion with comfort for those fun nights.

Layer Up

Depending on what festival attending make sure you’re ready for what the day throws at you. Whatever the weather might be like you want to be covered, so nothing will get in the way of you enjoying your lineup. For Alexandra’s look, I used a bralette I hand beaded (will show details soon), shorts, light weight long sleeve (that can be tied around waist when not being used), distressed denim shorts, and boots (these doc’s are stylish and will help you in case there’s muddy ground).

Express Yourself

Have fun with your festival outfits. Whether you want to be an EDM mermaid, or rock goddess this is your chance to be who you want to be. Let your imagination run wild. The white shorts on Dia are actually plain white mesh shorts that I paired with some fun metallic rainbow shorts underneath to tie in the mermaid festival look (found on Amazon).

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Astonish Yourself

Hey you, yes YOU!! You are an incredible human being, and don’t you forget that. In between all that hard work you are putting in, don’t lose yourself. I know there have been days that I don’t feel like doing the most. I’m like, “I’m just going grocery shopping, no one is going to see me anyways.” You too?

Well, stop THAT! It’s a slippery slope of not giving a fuck. Yea, it’s good not to care about some things, but it’s never ok to not give a fuck about yourself. Sorry for the explicit language, but it’s the best way I could word it. I noticed that recently to not draw attention to myself, I was dressing down.

As time passed, my mood and perception of myself started to dress down too. These pictures of me getting my car washed were the day I decided that I was not going to dress who I am as a person down. I don’t care if I’m going to take the trash out in PJ’s, I’m going to look like a bad ass doing it. There is no better outfit than confidence, and as much as “anti-fashion” people hate it, fashion says a lot about you to the world. What you wear is self expression (even your confidence).

Even being “anti-fashion” is a fashion. In order to not look trendy, they make sure that what they wear is not trending. That makes their choice of clothing express what they feel, and without knowing are participating in fashion. Think about that the next time you want to give up on yourself, and try using that as an excuse.

Give it a try, and you might astonish yourself. You can always start small for example trading sweats for denim? As for me, I’m going to dress up my work wardrobe next. Feel free to comment below for any questions, or topics you would like for me to discuss next.

Love,

Jenny

Fashion, Fashion 101, Uncategorized

Haciendo Lo Mas

Este es la primera ves que escribo en mi blog completamente en español. ¿Por qué? Por que aunque mi primer idioma es el español, tantos años en la escuela enfocándome en otro idioma hizo que la manera que yo escriba en español no sea tal vez la más correcta. Hoy decidí que no voy a dejar que eso me pare de lo que quiero lograr. Entonces ay le vamos.

En la moda ay muchas tendencias. Si no sabes que son tendencias, tendencias son cosas que van y vienen. No duran mucho y muchas de las veces si no lo compras pronto estarán fuera de moda cuando las tengas. Esto no significa que no puedas seguirlas. Hoy voy hablar de como podrás seguir tendencias sin tener que quebrar tu banco. Te darás cuenta que tal vez no tengas que ni comprar nada.

No. 1

El Esmalte es una tendencia que no es nueva pero la puedes usar a tu beneficio. Por ejemplo, el color de el 2018 es Ultra Violeta. Si no tienes algo en tu armario en Ultra Violeta, no hay problema. Encuentra tu esmalte favorito en color Violeta (o un color parecido) y lista.

No.2

Usa toques del color en tendencia (como platicamos en No. 1) con su color complementario. El color complementario del Ultra Violeta es el color Amarillo. No tiene que ser exactamente amarillo, pero si tiene que dar con el tono de violeta que estarás utilizando. En las fotos veras que tengo puesta una blusa como un color amarillo casi oro que tiene unas flores en color violeta. Los diseñadores de esta blusa utilizaron los colores  juntos por que son colores complementarios.

No.3

El tercer y ultimo tip que les voy a dar para usar el color en tendencia, es utilizar el maquillaje. El maquillaje es otra manera de que pudieras hacer resaltar la ropa que tengas puesta. Cuando usas los colores adecuados puedes ir de andar básica a luciendo a lo mas. En esta foto estoy utilizando un pinta labio en el color “Matte Glam” de Milani con un brillo violeta de Urban Decay. Los labios resaltan, pero tambiĂ©n no le quitan la vista a la blusa. AsĂ­ funcionan los colores complementarios.

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Don’t Fret

DSC03586Every once in a while, you get moments in your life where everything is on a roll. It seems like your stars are aligned and the blessings are piling up. When you feed more positive vibes to it, you notice everything is going better (bigger blessings). Then, you get a little voice in your head (negative thoughts/people/situations). Don’t fret.

I get it, it’s hard. They say, “it’s all on YOU”, and “it’s your mindset”. Take control of it. It’s so easy to say, but the truth is…just like all great things in life it takes time. Shit, I’M still working on it. I have gotten to that point where I’m super positive, and things are going SO great that I decide to spread that positivity to others BUT they aren’t ready. They have a comeback to everything, as to why everything you are suggesting wouldn’t work, to what they’ve tried. Don’t let it stop you. Keep your head and vibes up.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama

Yes, some might say they aren’t being pessimists, but that they are being realist. That can be true, and trying to change someone’s mind who is determined on sticking to their mindset is only going to drain your battery. Maybe they are just going through a rough patch, and don’t want to hear it. Just let them be. Know this, the positive energy you have in YOU should not stop because of this. Happiness comes from within, and although the mood and circumstances of those we love can change our mood (temporarily) we can’t let that kill our entire vibe.

It took me a VERY long time to even get to a point where I can talk about positivity, motivation, and being inspired again. It took this blog, a detox, and having an inner conversation with myself to get to this point again. I’m not letting anything or anyone stop that from rolling. During lent last year, I gave up social media and read many books about “happiness”. One stood out called, “The book of JOY”. In one of the of the chapters called “Nothing Beautiful Comes Without Suffering”,  the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu talk about “how we face the negative in our lives is what determines the kind of person we become”, and that spoke to me.

I’m not saying give up on people, or cut them out of your life. I’m saying, don’t let a series of negative thoughts/circumstances/comments dictate your future/thoughts/moods. Use those as lessons to create something beautiful. Be like the lotus flower that grows in the mud, or like Tu Pac would say, “the rose that grew from concrete”.

What is stopping you today? See you next week.

Love,

 

Jenny

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Discover Your City

Welcome to Houston, a city full of diversity, pride, and hearts of champions .

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Last year our city faced one of the biggest floods we have seen in our lifetime due to Hurricane Harvey. A time where some would try to focus on themselves to get ahead, but not Houston. Houston opened their doors, hearts and pockets to help their neighbors. To see the shelters and food banks have to turn down volunteers, because they had more than enough…that was a beautiful reminder of good humanity. It was a true awakening.

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This year, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Discovery Green. A beautiful park in the middle of downtown where families can go out, and enjoy some art with our beautiful skyscrapers hugging it. It is a big milestone, so the city decided to do something very creative by creating a collage with pictures submitted through Instagram that were tagged by #DiscoveryGreen10. This was a beautiful way to become part of history, so below is the picture I went with.

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Everything we go through in life leads to something bigger, and I like to think that this is just the beginning. Not just for my city, but for all of us. We get humble, and we get stronger everyday.

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Congratulations Discovery Green on your 10 years!! Wishing on many more.