Fashion, Shop Local, Uncategorized

Ballin on a Budget 🏀💵

Checking my budget twice.

Has there been a moment in your life where you finally have the money to get what you’ve always wanted, but something is holding you back from living your best life? I know you might be thinking, “Yea, it’s called being an adult!” I wasn’t born in a life of luxury (not that I’m complaining), and it was engraved in my head growing up to not to “desperdiciar el dinero” (aka don’t waste/miss-use money).

That is why I have the hardest time when it comes to purchasing a luxury item with a bigger price tag. Don’t get me wrong saving is great, but if you work hard why not treat yourself every once in a while without the guilt? You deserve it!

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That doesn’t mean you have to go broke either, to get your luxury item. There are ways you can buy resale luxury items. You can buy them from someone you know, thrift stores, and resellers. Just make sure you do your homework before buying.

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First, find out if the place you are purchasing that item (or items, I’m not judging) from is legitimate. Do your research! Second, read their reviews and make sure they are also legitimate people making the reviews. Finally, now that you’ve done your homework go ahead and treat yourself. You’ve been eyeing that bag, so buy it.

I have purchased three of my High End bags from Her Authentic on IG. They are resellers to some amazing bags, and the owner has some really good finds at reasonable prices. It’s super easy to purchase from them. That’s a place I would definitely recommend all first timers on purchasing resale items to check out.

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Here is why you should go for the luxury item instead of the 10 less expensive bags:

Reason #1- It will last longer. Most luxury items are made of better quality products that with the right care could last a lifetime.

Reason #2- They are made in limited quantities, and they are unique pieces.

Why is that important?

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Reason #3- As apposed to the 10 other bags, because of the fact that they are unique and luxury items it is rare for them to lose value, and if you take really good care of them you can always resale them for a price close to what you originally paid when you purchased them.

Now you can have that bag, and still have money in it! (Maybe to shop some more lol)


Fashion, Shop Local, Travel + Leisure, Uncategorized

Travel Thursday: Part V- New Orleans⚜️

There is one place that steals a bit of my heart every time that I go, it’s like the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. You go following the white rabbit, because you want to know where it’s going. Eventually you start finding one interesting thing after the other, that you forget what you were chasing and enjoy the journey.

Let’s start from the beginning, the first meal I had when getting to New Orleans was right in the middle of the street. When you see a BBQ pit and a line of people, you don’t question it. You just go. I wish I could remember the name of their business, but I could tell it is family owned. Look for the Jamaican flags and a BBQ pit. You can’t miss it. If you love food with a kick (like I do) order the Jamaican Sausage with Crack n’ Cheese.

PO Boys are a must when in New Orleans the Shrimp PO Boy is from Daisy Dukes express, and if you want to try the Pork Belly PO Boy you’ll really have to go down the rabbit hole. This place is hidden behind a bar that doesn’t have a sign of the restaurant outside. I could tell you where it is, but what would be the fun of that? The point of going somewhere new is getting lost, and discovering new places as you make it to your destination.

The Camellia Grill is the definition of southern hospitality. You feel it as soon as your welcomed in, and smell their delicious food.

What gets more southern than a buttered pecan pie with blue bell ice cream on top? Nothing. If you don’t go on your next visit to New Orleans, you’ll really be missing out. I loved the place so much I decided to buy the shirt, and do a photoshoot with it on.

Not in the mood for a full meal, but more like a good coffee and some good conversation? Maybe even a donut?

District Donuts is the place. I haven’t had any donuts like theirs. I know what y’all are thinking, how can you say that when we have Shipley’s?

That’s why! Look at these donuts! They have flavors that are so delicious they’ll make you want to drive hours to get to them. My absolute favorite is the blueberry cheesecake donut. I can’t promise you they’ll have that flavor when you go, because they change their flavors daily. Makes it even more exciting to try.

Want to feel luxurious while drinking champagne, or a white lady (cocktail)? Then, head over to The Monteleone. This beautiful hotel is home to a carousel bar. It’s something you must experience, and although seating is limited on the carousel bar it is worth the wait. Also, if you are looking for some paranormal experiences while in New Orleans make sure to ask your bartender for some personal experiences while working there. I’m sure they’ll have some good ones.

Walk around the French Quarter to look at window displays that show you inside Art and Fashion studios, or for the ultimate bad ass girl gang feel step into a boutique named Miette on Magazine St. (near district donuts). You will find items I haven’t seen anywhere else, and to be honest it’s awesome to just be in there. They have awesome home decor, and accessories. A lot of locally made jewelry, so if you’re looking for a meaningful and unique souvenir stop here.

Other places to visit in New Orleans…

  • Tabasco Store
  • Cafe Du Monde
  • Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Shop (If you’re into that)
  • The Ruby Slipper Café

The best thing you can do is walk around and get lost. If you get lost while hungry, a good tip to go by is to check the crowd at the restaurant. 9 times out of 10 if a place is empty during peak hours like lunch and dinner it is not good (walk away), but if it is full and you notice more locals than tourists (this is where you want to be) stop there. I hope next time you’re in New Orleans you think of this blog post, and let me know if you visit any of these spots. As always a pleasure talking to y’all, feel free to comment, share, and/or like!

Travel + Leisure

Travel Thursday: Part I- Venezia

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Ciao, and Welcome to Travel Thursday! Is that a thing already? If not, it is now. As some of you may now know I went on my first trip to Europe, and my first stop (if you haven’t guessed by now) was Venezia (also known as Venice, Italy). Since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to go to Italy, but never imagined I would ever really be THERE. My first day in Venice I was just taking everything in. Trying to absorb everything I saw, heard, and use all my senses to record the moments in my memory (also into my camera). Now, let me tell you about some of the highlights of the trip through my eyes.

 

Il Cibo– The Food

The most important sense to use in Venice is TASTE. Oh, the fun I had using that one! This is not the time, or place for a low carb diet. To quote Drake, “YOLO”. I rather leave this earth knowing that I have tasted amazing (and some interesting) food than to be dwelling in my afterlife about the food I didn’t get to eat, or the wine I didn’t drink. Did I mention there was gelato, and cannoli’s? If you try gelato in Italy, the one back home will just taste like melted ice cream in comparison. I was fortunate enough to have a tour guide to give good suggestions on where to eat, and at times when those places were closed you just have to go based on instinct. A tip on knowing if the place is good to eat, see how many people are sitting down to eat there. Also, try to spot locals in the crowd of people. The reason being, any good restaurant always has customers. Also, if there are locals they know what’s up on food in their town. You don’t want a stomach situation on a trip, because you want to enjoy the trip.

L’arte– The Art

The art of Venetian glass, this takes me back again to my childhood. When Mr.Rogers would put a video on of how things are made, and the trolly would pass by. Anyways, It was awesome to see this in person. To see someone create art like second nature, just shows you it is in their blood. In this case, at the Murano Glass Factory in the Galleria San Marco beautiful glass work is made out of Venetian glass. The certified kind, because believe it or not they have certificates and logos to show the real from the fake. They make anything from chandeliers to cute earrings out of glass.

“People rarely tell the truth but give them a mask and…they will”, is what it says on their business card. I love it! At Schegge Art & Crafts, the owner of the store was greeting us and welcoming us in. She was very passionate in telling us about how painting masks is something that is passed down generations in her family. She painted all of the paper masks you see in the pictures above. Each one is unique, and a work of art. If you are ever in Venice, you have to go see for yourself.

Il Luogo– The Place

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Walking around Venice was even more beautiful than I would have imagined it to be. It looked like straight out of a story book. The architecture is amazing. I have been to many places that I have seen on TV, just to get to the actual place and be disappointed. They were just illusions created on sets or by green screens. Not Venice though, Venice looked more beautiful than I imagined. The second day there it was not dry, and it might have been a little unexpected for me. There were high tides which caused it to flood in Venice. As someone who lives in a city that floods, it amazed me with how relaxed and calm everyone in Venice is when this happens.

They just put on their rain boots, and keep moving forward. It also helps that their way of transportation are boats. Which reminds me of one more highlight I have to show you before I end this post…

The Gondolas

When in Venice, get on the boat. Enjoy the ride, and the good views. I am 100% sure that this is not even close to summing up my trip, but as always…if you want to know more or have any questions you can ask below on the comments. Ciao Ciao!!

Reflections, Travel + Leisure, Uncategorized

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 Perquín, because you wanted to chase waterfalls. Then, I suggest you stop by El Museo de la Revolución. 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 🇸🇻💕

Fashion, Uncategorized

American Hu$tle: Part I

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Hi all of you beautiful (smart, talented, creative, innovative) hustlers,

This post is dedicated to my high school freshman year self, and to all of you trying to keep your passions alive aside from our everyday work life. The jacket that I’m wearing in this photoshoot is very meaningful to me. I have had this jacket since my high school freshman year (which is a long time ago). I have parted ways with almost everything from then except this jacket, and for a very important reason.IMG_9784

As an ice breaker in my history class, the teacher asked us to stand up, say our names, and what we wanted to be when we graduated . I was wearing this jacket when I proudly stood up, and said “I want to be a fashion designer”. Only difference is then, I was wearing this jacket with a Billabong shirt, ripped jeans, and converse.

A lot of people throughout my youth persuaded me to take other routes. A more safe route, but fashion was always in my heart and it never left. Everything I would learn I would compare to something that dealt with that industry/business so I could retain the information in a way I understood it.

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Jacket: A’GACI (Circa 2004), Romper: Romeo + Juliet Couture, Shoes: Forever 21. Photo: Jexse Studios 03.24.2018

Fast forward to college, I was pursuing a career that was interesting, but not something that really made me feel passionate. I was getting nowhere close to deciding my major, and decided to go to a smaller community college. I am very blessed to have my supportive family, for not thinking I was crazy for leaving a big university to try to find myself.

Once at the community college I started taking random classes, and if it didn’t sound like it was calling my name, I wasn’t going to take it (except my basics, because you need those lol). That is how I stumbled upon, Theatre-Intro to Costume Design. The class that ignited that passion again. The one that reminded me of that girl standing in class saying she wanted to be a fashion designer. (To be continued…)