8oz Korean Steakhouse

I love food. I really mean it. I LOVE FOOD. And one of my favorite cuisines is Korean food. I love the depth of flavor, the spiciness, the certain umami in every dish. Two years ago, I had the pleasure of helping host the grand opening of my favorite Korean BBQ spot in Las Vegas, 8oz Korean Steakhouse.

Everything about this place is KBBQ heaven. Their set meals come at an affordable price but offer high-quality ingredients. And here’s the best part—they cook it for you. My boyfriend Thomas dislikes KBBQ places because they make you cook your own food, which I actually enjoy since it’s more of a social experience for me. But we can both agree that 8oz Korean Steakhouse is the best KBBQ spot in town because of their incredible food, amazing prices, and for the fact that they cook the meat for you.

Aside from the set meal selection, they also offer a wide range of banchan. My favorites are the fish cakes, pickled radish, kimchi, and bean sprouts. Ugh, I’m already salivating as I’m writing this…. Oh, forgot to mention that the mashed potatoes with corn is really good and so is the steamed egg! They also have addictive seafood pancakes and kimchi pancakes. I can eat those all day. Thomas’ favorite part? The cheese fondue made on the grill. He usually ends up dipping his meat into the fondue and pretty much eating all the cheese before I can even get to it. The things we do for love, right?

Whenever I eat at 8oz, I always make it a point to have their mangotinis AND soju. I’m obsessed with how refreshing the mango martinis are and the sweetness balances the spiciness of KBBQ. They also carry my favorite Chumchurum brand of soju and I usually get the peach. At other places, the peach soju is almost always sold out. But not at 8oz!

Here’s a candid of me showing you how I feel about the seafood pancake.

Cheers! Go check out 8oz Korean Steakhouse here. You won’t regret it.

Photos : Tyler Rae Mills

Love,
Danielle

Summer Blues

I have so many ideas brewing in my head and an ever-growing to-do list of all the things I have to execute in the month of August. First priority is to find another full-time job so if you know of any agencies or positions hiring for Marketing, administrative work, or social media, let me know in the comments below!

I have a special project launching soon as well… All I can say is that there’s no definite deadline on when it’ll launch but it’s a dream of mine that is so close and within my grasp. And I am so excited to finally make it happen.

Blue is my favorite color (aside from red and gold). It’s such a versatile color that I tend to wear a lot more than red and gold, which are obviously flashy and don’t pair well with everything. Blue literally pairs with anything.

This striped blue button-up is actually one of my favorite shirts in my closet. Sadly, it got stained and I’ll have to find a similar top because I absolutely love this and used to wear it all the time. I paired this shirt with my flared denim skirt from Zara, reminiscent of a pleated schoolgirl skirt. One of my favorite denim skirts in my closet as well. I paired a lot of favorites for this particular look.

I kept the accessories pretty understated and chose to go with rich browns, neutrals, and golds. I’m so in love with this gorgeous JORD watch. The Frankie watch is oversized, beautifully crafted, and definitely a statement piece but still very minimalist. I love the zebrawood material and the gold details on this watch! I don’t wear it too often because I’m scared that the dry weather in Vegas would make the wood crack and I always take proper care of this particular watch. The case is absolutely gorgeous too. Check out JORD Watches’ most recent feature of me on their Instagram in my favorite Frankie here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxj6rumAXyH/

I’m very simple when it comes to my jewelry. I prefer delicate, gold pieces instead of statement jewelry. The shorter necklace is from Anthropologie and the lariat is from this incredible Etsy shop called Shop Evren.

Of course my makeup is very simple as well. You all have probably noticed that I pretty much wear the same look for every shoot and every event, every appearance… Because that’s all I know as far as makeup goes. I gravitate towards peachy nudes for the lips or bright orange reds. I prefer bronzer over blush and tons of highlight. I usually keep the eyes very nude or bronze with eyeliner and mascara, and that’s it. No cut-creases, no smokey eyes (unless I’m getting it done). I simply don’t have the time to sit at my vanity and put on a full face or experiment with makeup. I’m almost always on-the-go so I tend to stick to this quick 5-minute look.

Did you notice my new tattoo? Just kidding! Inkbox is a company I collaborated with in the past and I love them! It’s a way for me to experiment with tattoos and designs before actually committing to one. I’m still pretty scared of getting one but Inkbox’s temporary tattoos give me the freedom to explore. I chose the Yu Yi tattoo which features two and a half hearts to symbolize lives in games. I thought it was super cute and reflected my often-hidden nerdy gamer self. Unfortunately, the Yu Yi tattoo is no longer available online but you can make your own custom designs and also do freehand ink if you like!

Here’s a photo of me acting like I’m not just about to get run over. I love walking shots but they are so hard to execute! Usually, I try to cross three to four times and I have to be conscious of my facial expression, my posture, that I elongate my legs, point my toes and give my skinny angle to the camera all while making sure my photographer and I don’t get run over. It’s hard work! Dunno if I actually pulled this one off though. Looking back at it, I’ve got a pretty sheepish expression on my face… *facepalm

Afterwards, we replenished with some tarts and watermelon smoothies at my favorite spot in Tivoli Village called Leone Cafe. Love this place and it is always PACKED.

Outfit details:
Top – similar here
Skirt from Zara (sold out)
Sandals – similar here
Tattoo from Inkbox
Watch from JORD Watches
Vintage Reporter Bag from Louis Vuitton
Lariat Necklace from Shop Evren

I’ll see you back here soon!
Love,
Danielle

How I Style a White Button-Up for Summer

The classic white button-up shirt is an essential staple piece every person needs in their closet. I have a few in my closet that all have different designs but still keep to the sophisticated and classic silhouette of a crisp, button-up shirt. Here’s how I style one of my white shirts.

I kept the look pretty simple, pairing the white button-up with denim shorts, black sides, and a trendy wide-brimmed straw hat. I tied the shirt at my waist instead of tucking it into the shorts because this top has an oversized fit, which is how I like all of my white button-up shirts.

I shot this set with my friend Juju, who is probably one of the best and most consistent photographers I’ve ever worked with. I remember it being an extremely hot summer day and we decided to shoot at Henderson Pavilion, out in the open heat midday.

I love her bright, clean photography style. And it went really well with my vision for this shoot. We found a patch of lavender bushes and decided to shoot next to it, not knowing that it was filled with bees! Bet you didn’t even know that I was panicking on the inside when you look at these photos because we gotta do everything we can for the ‘gram.

I love styling simple pieces like this because they are so versatile. I really wanted to go for a look that evokes a summer-on-the-coast kind of feel. We wanted it to look like Cali, not Vegas. And I think we pulled it off!

The shirt has a few key details in the sleeves. I love the split in the long sleeves and the bows to keep them together. It adds a sort of uniqueness that you don’t usually see in most white shirts.

Outfit details:
Top from Missguided – similar here
Denim Shorts from Zara
Slides from Missguided – similar here
Straw Hat from Forever 21
Necklaces from Anthropologie
Watch from Fossil

How do you like to style a white button-up?

I’ll see you all next time.
Love,
Danielle

Honestly, it’s been rough…

I need to be open with you guys. I first started my blog years ago as a platform for me to freely express my thoughts. I vowed that I’d be real with myself and anyone who reads my blog. So here goes…

Life has been very hard.

I left a stable and secure position in Marketing & Social Media at a Las Vegas casino to pursue a “dream” I had since college. Becoming a realtor was the last “what if” on my list of dream careers and it seems like it was also the worst decision I’ve ever made in my life. Leaving my previous position has been devastating to my finances and mental health.

I no longer glow. I’m no longer happy. I rarely smile and laugh. All I know is stress and worry and anxiety, which is so ironic because I left my comfortable and fun job in hopes of bettering myself. But it was a risk I was wholeheartedly not ready to take, yet I did.

I learned so many lessons these past months. I left in February. It’s now August. I’ve still yet to secure another full time position. All I want is to feel secure and independent and happy again. I know everyone will chime in every now and then and tell me to keep my head up—stay strong. But it is so hard.

I’m not just being melodramatic here. I’ve seriously hit the lowest point in my life thus far, in terms of my career, my finances, and my happiness. I may look differently on social media. If you follow me on Instagram, it may seem like not much has changed and that I’m living my best life. But the reality is that I’m not. I’m only trying to keep it together.

I’m trying my best to redeem myself, and to get back everything that I lost but I’ve missed so many opportunities. And I’ve been rejected from quite a few…. I’m trying to stay grateful and look past it all—to know that I’ll get over this. But it’s a process. I’ve put myself back years… I regressed.

Getting through all of this is my next and most important short-term goal. Simply surviving these past six months, I’ve learned a lot about myself, my limits, and who I really am as a person. It’s tested me so many times. The sleepless nights, the stress, the anxiety. Life is just hard.

I’m so sorry if my life update isn’t what you expected. But I have to stay real and be candid with you all. If you’re going through something, know that you’re not alone. Everyone goes through their own shit and we still manage to post our best lives on social media. So be kind to everyone regardless of what’s going on with you because you never know what they’re going through.

I love you all. Good night.
Danielle

A Gingham Summer

Gingham came back these past couple years. No longer does it feel like I’m wearing a summer picnic tablecloth—it’s stylish, it’s in. My love of wrap tops and dresses paired with gingham makes for a very stylish combination.

I chose to keep the rest of the look simple and clean pairing the already busy top with my white skirt and white sneakers from Kenneth Cole. I added some warmth with my Louis Vuitton reporter bag for that vintage flair.

Cateye sunnies and a classic watch finish off the look. When it comes to prints and patterns, I tend to keep the accessories understated so the look stays classy and sophisticated.

Outfit details:
Gingham Wrap Top – similar here
Skirt from Boohoo
Sneakers from Kenneth Cole
Louis Vuitton Reporter Bag (vintage)
Sunglasses – similar here
Watch from Fossil
Necklaces & Bracelets from Alex & Ani

Hope you enjoyed this fun summer look!
Love,
Danielle

Pastels & Polka Dots

Hello, everyone! It’s been a very long, hot minute. Life has been crazy, with many big changes. I’m also officially in my mid-20’s… yay *sigh*. This means I’m officially getting old. Time for the preventative botox, skincare treatments, and intensive moisturizing creams from popular K-beauty brands.

Anyways, I’m back on the blogging grind. So here’s a cute look I styled 2 years ago in July 2017. I told you, it’s been a very long, hot minute since I’ve blogged. But I’ve been very active on Instagram. Click here if you don’t follow me yet: https://www.instagram.com/danielleperea/

You all know my love for Australian boutiques rings true. The casual bohemian, girly yet sophisticated style of Aussie fashion just captures my heart and defines my personal style so well. I paired this gorgeous ruffly polka dot dress from Runway Scout with my Western belt (similar here) and floral embroidered heels (similar here).

I absolutely love wearing anklets, and I thought it would look great with this pair. This anklet was gifted to me by my aunt who was my earliest inspiration in fashion. She was always so stylish.

Of course, you’ll notice the usual accessories. Watch, ring, bracelet, and necklace. On the daily, I can usually ditch everything else EXCEPT for the watch. We live in the digital age, and as a social media manager, I should be tapped into a smartwatch or just look at my phone for the time. BUT this is the one analog thing I refuse to give up. I love my watches and I have an ever-growing collection. This is one of my favorites from Fossil linked here. Straps are interchangeable so I have a couple pairs.

I’ll be slowly catching up on two years worth of content so keep an eye out for a plethora of updates. A lot can happen in two years…. So what’s new with you?

Outfit details below:
Dress from Runway Scout
Shoes from Forever 21 – similar here
Anklet – gifted
Belt – similar here
Watch from Fossil
Necklaces from Anthropologie

Until next time.
Love,
Danielle

How to Dress In A Vegas Heat Wave

This Vegas heat wave is oddly reminiscent of last year’s even more intense heat. So, I’m taking it back to a look I shot last July but never got the chance to post on the blog.

I haven’t blogged much at all and I’ve been slacking quite a lot, too. I’ve been slacking on my goals and my blog, but that ends here. If anything, this heat wave is keeping me indoors and locked up with the air conditioning blasting. I can finally see what I’ve been missing out on—blogging and developing more content for the site.

I can’t believe how short my hair is here! This was right after the last haircut I’ve had… I plan to grow my hair long, past my shoulders, and I’m still working on it.  This is also the first time I met one of my close friends and photographers, Juju. She opened my eyes to a better me. Doing photo shoots with her made me feel like a more complete, more beautiful person every time. She’s that good at capturing your beauty.

I distinctly remember this day… Hot, muggy, and humid, just like how it is right now in Vegas. So I came up with this breezy summer look styling my favorite Runway Scout wrap top (similar here) knotted at the chest. I paired it with the cutest denim wrap skirt (similar here) I snagged online and a Guess belt that I’ve had since high school. Of course, comfort is key during a heat wave because I get easily irritated when it’s burning hot outside, so my Adidas sneakers were the perfect choice for this look.

To accessorize, I chose my vintage Louis Vuitton bag passed down to me by my mother. This bag is older than me, guys—now, that’s quality! A simple lariat necklace from SHOPEVREN, my MantraBand bangle and my trust Fossil watch finish off the look.

Runway Scout Wrap Top (similar here)
Denim Wrap Skirt (similar here)
Vintage Louis Vuitton bag (similar here)
SHOPEVREN Necklace
MantraBand Peace Love Happiness Bangle
Fossil Watch (similar here)

Reminisce.

I shot this look last year on July 3, 2017. I’ve come a very long way since then. I haven’t posted much on my blog because I’ve been too busy and I haven’t really taken the time to look inwards and get in touch with myself again. Get in touch with my thoughts, feelings and my present. 

It’s been a while, but I’m back. 

It’s been one hell of a roller coaster ride since last July. I’ve gotten different jobs. I’ve grown as an influencer. I’ve also found a different love, one that I know will last forever. 

You’ll see me unravel our story here on the blog soon.

At the time that I shot this outfit with Tyler, my best friend Johanna’s husband and an awesome photographer, I was still hung up on this other guy that I knew I could never be with. It was an on-and-off fling with a fickle-minded dude who didn’t know what he wanted. And I was just too absorbed in my own grind to put any more effort into a relationship I knew wouldn’t last. 

So I worked myself to the bone. I worked so hard so that I could forget this guy. I kept myself distracted with work every single day and collaborations, photo shoots and drunk brunches with friends. I was desperate to forget about him.

But I didn’t realize that all the frustration I went through with this one guy was all in preparation for me to meet the man of my dreams. A man so caring and loving that I sometimes think it’s too good to be true. 

Now that I think about it, I’ve always been headstrong and brave in almost everything I do. I’m ambitious and driven. I always try to get whatever I want. I always try my best to succeed because I want to prove it to myself that I can do this. 

But I’ve always been weak in love. I love too hard. I give it everything I have and more. But isn’t that how it’s supposed to be? I have a tendency to risk it all when I’m completely head over heels for someone. And that’s what is currently transpiring in my relationship with the man I believe to be the one. 

The Bellagio actually holds quite a few significant memories for me with this love of mine. We had our first kiss here… He took off work early because he knew I was at the Bellagio with a blogger friend of mine who’s one of the strongest boss babes I know. 

I distinctly remember my heart beating faster and faster as 10:00 PM approached. He told me that he would get off at that time and meet me where we were seated. 

And he stuck to his word. He got off work, met me, walked my friend to her Uber and we decided to take a stroll around Bellagio. We looped around the casino three times. I remember walking in my heels thinking that my feet would hurt but the pain didn’t bother me because I was with this incredible guy. 

We walked out to the fountains on this cold October night when I only had a dress and a light cardigan on, but the cold didn’t bother me. He held me close after the third fountain show we watched and asked for a kiss. I never felt my heart flutter as much as it did that night. I knew then that he would make me happy. 

I never thought I would be so lucky to meet someone like him…

Love,
Danielle

 

A New End, A New Beginning

🌹 there is nothing else to worry about. the sun and her flowers are here. 🌹

In the life of a rose
I’ve lived and died 100 times
You’ve watched me open, bloom, wilt, rot
And start over
You watch me again, and again, and again, and again
And each time
My time, measured in light, final breaths, finding, losing
Time, giving so much
And then taking everything away
And I wonder this time, next year
What will it look like?
With my guesses so often, so wrong
I wonder what beginning, what end waits for me
Will I have accepted the things that I cannot change?
And will I have changed the things I cannot accept?
This time, next time, about time 🌹

2017 was a whirlwind that shook my world and changed everything I knew. So many new friends, new experiences, new love, so much to be grateful for. All these changes stemmed from love & heartbreak. I chose to break my own heart by embracing that change can be a good thing. I finally chose to love myself, put myself first and everything followed. I met incredibly talented people to help me realize my passion in fashion blogging. I was able to get on the path to my dream career. I finally found someone I deserved, someone who loves me wholly & unconditionally. I needed a year like 2017. I realized that my potential is limitless. It was transformative. So watch out 2018, I’ve got some great plans for you.

Wishing you all the best, not just in 2018, but in all the years to come. 

Love,

Danielle

What I Wore: Dainty Wrap, Denim & Fearlessness

I used to struggle with insecurity, confidence, and loving myself. I’m not going to lie to you. We all have our insecurities, but in the past, I was very critical of myself. The smallest blemishes would drive me crazy. Somehow, my past experiences shaped me in a way that I can finally love myself for who I am. I can accept myself. I can live with a fearless attitude towards those who would judge me. It feels so liberating to finally love yourself fully. 

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