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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Vegas Eats: The Black Sheep

I had the opportunity to dine at The Black Sheep, a modern Vietnamese fusion restaurant I’ve been eyeing for quite a while now. I came in expecting an amazing array of food on their menu, and let me tell you, they did not disappoint. In fact, The Black Sheep exceeded my expectations. The food was absolutely divine! 

I loved how everything on the menu had a bit of an Asian flair. They had melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, crispy Vietnamese imperial rolls, pickled vegetables, octopus in curry sauce, spicy tamarind chicken wings, and one of my personal favorites of the night, beef crisps (reminiscent of Filipino chicharrón)…. And the selection goes on.

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What I Wore: Blush Vibes & Finding Strength Through Heartbreak

A couple months ago, I stood in front of my closet contemplating what I should wear to a photo shoot on the Vegas Strip. Memories of my most recent love still fresh in my mind. I stood there staring at the dress I wore on the last night he and I were truly together. Before all his mistakes, before all his drama, before all the heartbreak. 

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What I Wore: Blush Bohemian Mood & Optimism

Optimism (noun): hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.

This is my mood & mindset. Whenever I catch myself starting to feel overwhelmed or stressed, I turn to positivity and optimism. I simply take a step back and tell myself that most of the things that overwhelm me or stress me out are self-imposed. I do these things to myself. Because I have this self-awareness, I’m able to catch myself from falling into negativity and destructive tendencies. 

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Not-Your-Basic Girls Night at Axe Monkeys & Hofbrauhaus

I have the most amazing friends. They’re always down to have an adventure and try unique experiences! Hence, our badass girls night filled with axe throwing and German beer was conceived and executed. And let me set one thing straight: this is so much better than your typical drunk escapades in a loud and cramped nightclub. We actually got a workout from axe throwing, worked up an appetite, and had delicious beer and German food at Hofbrauhaus.

The best part: we remembered the whole night

distant memories.

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What I Wore: Minimal Chic for Brunch & Mimosas

Last month, I had the chance to visit a farmers market & fair at Tivoli Village in Las Vegas with one of my old friends from middle school (yes, middle school! Mandy, we’re getting so old!). We had an incredible day filled with shopping, girl talk, and bottomless mimosas at brunch. Needless to say, we probably took advantage of the bottomless mimosas at Brio a bit too much. And, no, we’re not alcoholics. We just like to enjoy ourselves. 

As we walked around the farmers market, we stumbled upon a stall of gorgeous bohemian jewelry and immediately fell in love. The shop’s name is Mai Boho Life, with all the beautiful jewelry designed and handmade by Mai. Needless to say, Mandy and I went nuts on the shop and bought a few pieces. We just fell in love with her silver and moonstone jewelry. Thanks so much, Mai, for telling us all about your jewelry and vision behind your brand. Check out her shop here

Before I get into more photos, here’s a song I’ve been loving. So glad I discovered Xavier Omar (also known as SPZRKT). His music is so damn good!

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What I Wore: Floral Boheme & Friendships

Friendships are essential to every human, but for a very long time, I was detached and aloof from the people who cared for me the most. These past few months I’ve been so fortunate to reconnect with so many old friends who I lost contact with over the years. I’m so grateful that they even welcomed me back into their lives. 

Surrounding myself with incredible people and being there for each other unconditionally—that’s what makes me truly happy with my friends. They’re always there for me, telling me when I’m wrong and putting me back on track. They have no filter with me and we’re always real with each other. I had a conversation tonight with my best friend, Chloe, and it reminded me of how damn lucky I am to have such beautiful and honest people in my life.

I’ve always considered myself lucky, and I also worked hard for a lot of the opportunities I came across in life. But I wouldn’t be who I am today—a stronger, more candid person—without the support of my amazing family and friends. Positive vibes only. 

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