Women Win Week: Nike x Champs Sports

I always get asked the question, “Danielle, how do you do it?” and I always come back with, “I just do it.” Personifying Nike’s slogan is definitely not easy, so I was really fortunate to have been chosen to represent the Nike Women brand for Champs Sports’ Women Win Week campaign that launched in July 2020. Contrary to popular sentiment, 2020 actually put me ahead in life and it was a year I needed to experience because I came out stronger, smarter, and a better version of myself that I would never have discovered if I had not gone through everything last year threw at me. It was such a challenging year but I stuck to it–I stayed consistent and I worked my ass off. In fact, I credit most of the opportunities I’ve gotten in life to my crazy good work ethic and consistency.

Even in this first quarter of 2021, I’ve been busier than I have ever been. I’m thriving more than I’ve ever thrived in my life. I’m earning my highest salary I’ve ever reached, I’m constantly making new friends and connections in Vegas and Southern California, I’ve picked up the biggest clients I’ve ever had for my digital strategy consulting side business, I’m about to launch my carefully curated online boutique, and I even got featured in the March issue of a print magazine (Vegas2LA Magazine). I’ve signed more deals in 2020 and 2021 than I ever have in previous years and finally made it over 10K followers on Instagram.

The glow-up is real.

It’s crazy where one year of focus can get you. I’ve always been known to be the girl who just gets shit done, and I will continue to be that girl. But remember, that my self care game is strong and I do still take time for me. I take time to enjoy life, celebrate my wins, and treat myself when it’s appropriate. It’s part of a curated lifestyle I’ve set for myself. It’s how I find balance and remind myself that I am human, that self love is the best love.

I’ve had hard days when I feel super overwhelmed (like this week), but it’s all about having a strong mindset and getting through it. Someone told me today that everything I’m going through is just a test and that if we get through it, the rest is a walk in the park. That saved me today.

My point is this: I am thriving but I also have hard days. I’m grateful for all the praise and love and kindness I’ve been receiving from all of you. It truly helps me glow and grow.

We grow through the things we go through. And that’s what truly matters–lessons. That’s what got me to where I am today and what will continue to get me to where I need to go moving forward. Life is a constant learning exercise and if you’re not learning, you’re doing something wrong.

Gäbi Coffee & Bakery

Gäbi Coffee & Bakery has to be one of the cutest, most well-thought out café in town. Nestled in a Chinatown lot, this spot boasts Asian- and French-inspired confections and pastries with tea service or coffee. The unique interior design also translates to their dinnerware and glassware. Once you step in, you’re transported to the dreamiest Korean-style coffee shop that you can only find in K-dramas.

Every corner has a surprise and the attention to detail is something I’ve never seen or experienced before, especially in a coffee shop. Books line all the walls and even under the bar at the front of the space. Vines and birdcage seats are spread around. Each seat and table is different from the rest. It’s like you’ve walked into a vintage garden but instead of English tea service, you’re served trendy Korean desserts.

Since it opened, Gäbi Coffee & Bakery has become a staple for Instagrammers, foodies, and just anyone who wants to have coffee or tea in a gorgeous, trendy space.

Where is the prettiest coffee shop you’ve ever visited?


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. 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. The cheese fondue is made on the grill. It’s to die for!

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


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.

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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Essentials: Milk & Sass, Treat Beauty, Serendipity Nail Polish, Air Repair & Lather

I’ve been obsessing over these beauty essentials lately! I can never have enough beauty products!

So happy to have been introduced to Serendipity Nail Polish because I’m in love with the shades! I’m a sucker for nude and natural shades on my nails because I love to keep things clean and simple. My new favorite shade: Peace, Love & Sandy Feet, this nude on my nails in the photo. It fits so well with my skin tone and I constantly keep coming back to this shade week after week.

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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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Brunch Babes: Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro

I joined Style Collective a little over a month ago. If you’re not familiar, Style Collective is a community of boss babes empowering and inspiring other boss babes. It’s a girl boss tribe, and I’m completely in love with the community. It opened so many new friendships and networks for me. I never thought I’d meet so many Vegas bloggers who I look up to. And now, we brunch together. 

We had the pleasure of brunching at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo. Morels was one of the best brunches I’ve had so far, and I brunch with friends almost every week. The service was phenomenal, and we loved that our table was well taken care of. Constant refills on our drinks and incredible food. The turkey hash, bananas foster pancakes, and mushroom and gruyere crepe are personal favorites, and I’ll be coming back for them soon! 

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The Ultimate Leap: SkyJump at the Stratosphere

I love my job. I think I’ve said that enough times, but I really mean it. I get to have fun, use my creative skills to make content for an iconic Las Vegas Strip property, and hone said skills to use on my personal blog. 

I know I’ve also said this several times before, but now is really the happiest time in my life. It seems that every new day beats the last when it comes to excitement and fun. It feels like I’m living the dream. 

When I accepted this position at the Stratosphere as their Social Media Coordinator, I never thought I’d be jumping off the tallest observation tower in the US… twice. This experience really helped me tap into my adventurous, risk-taking side. It taught me to live fully, to let go of my inhibitions, to let go of people and mindsets that held me back. It helped me find my #bossbabe self. 

Watch my jump below. You can clearly see that I was a bag of emotions the first few seconds. 

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