The Last Days of Summer

How crazy is it that it’s now the end of September? Reminiscing back on “better” days when this set was shot two years ago by my friend Juju. But what does that even mean? Was it truly better before quarantine, before COVID, before all this madness with earthquakes, tropical storms, and forest fires? Was it really better back then?

I disagree. Let’s start with my personal experience. This year has definitely had its ups and downs, but it’s been pure bliss for me… I started the year off single and refreshed—a feeling I’ve truly never felt before because I’ve always been attached to someone else. I felt free and actually kept getting better and better partnerships and deals as an influencer. I was able to expand my network and community in ways I couldn’t before. And I’m still doing that. I’m running with the momentum the start of 2020 gave me.

Even today, I’m grateful. I’m grateful that I was one of the very few chosen to come back to work. Despite the amount of work that got dumped on me, I’m still happy. Even through quarantine, I was grateful. I loved having time to slow down and refocus on things I never had the chance to do. I loved having that time to myself to redecorate my apartment. I loved having that time to strengthen my relationships with friends. It was a blessing in disguise.

I got the chance to rediscover myself for almost three months. That’s a quarter of a year, friends. That’s a long time to figure things out. Because of that forced break, I was able to strategize and plan for my future—the steps I’m going to take to get to those dreams that keep me up at night. This year has been a blessing.

My gorgeous friend Mandy. She’s had my back since middle school.

It may seem like times are incredibly hard right now—with the economy plummeting, industries and businesses failing (especially hospitality and entertainment in Vegas), COVID, BLM, earthquakes, protests, West Coast forest fires, the upcoming election… I think this is exactly what humanity needed. We were so focused on stupid bullshit that we forgot that matters needed to be addressed. So much is being brought to light because people are TIRED. And all of this is starting in 2020. I am here for it. I’m here for change. I’m here for the movement.

What’s your favorite moment of 2020?

Love,
Danielle

Sunny Days in Summerlin

I love spring. It’s my favorite season. But it feels like spring didn’t even happen this year. I’m used to being poolside or brunching al fresco with my babes while getting drunk on mimosas. Instead, I’m stuck indoors basking in the sunlight streaming through my bedroom windows while under my fresh linens. Still not a bad alternative, but can we please go back to normal now?

I recently made a Tiktok about how much I missed going to the f*cking bar, and how much I just wanted to order margaritas with my friends. I miss being myself so much. I miss doing so much in one day and feeling productive and crushing my goals… But also, I’m grateful to be healthy, alive, and well. I’m grateful that my family and friends are healthy. I’m grateful for this beautiful life.

This outfit was shot in April 2018. I’ve changed so much since then. Looking at these photos of myself is like I’m looking at a different girl. I looked happy but, in reality, I was not. I was highly insecure and sought validation from all the wrong places. I didn’t even know who I truly was.

Fast forward to today, and that lil insecure girl has disappeared. And I’m so happy to glow and thrive. I realized that my mindset was everything. Once I changed my thoughts, my whole world changed.

Shot by April 2018 by Juju in Tivoli Village.

Love,
Danielle

Spring Is Here: Polka Dots, Sunflowers & Gratitude

Spring is my favorite season. The flowers are blooming, there’s occasional rain, I don’t have to wear winter clothes anymore, AND IT’S NOT TOO HOT IN VEGAS. Literally perfect Vegas weather, aside from the seasonal allergies, of course.

But I’m kind of sad because this spring doesn’t feel like previous years’ spring season. I can’t just go out and bask in the sun. I can’t just lay by the pool and get in the hot tub to relax the constant tension in my shoulders… I can’t just have brunch with my best friends on the patio of our favorite spot. We have to stay home. But we have to do this quarantine to help the frontliners curb the number of COVID-19 cases. So in that sense, I’m okay with not having the mobility and freedom to do what I usually do when spring comes around every year. The more we stay inside, the quicker it is for us to get back to normal. But I’m not gonna lie, I’m getting used to this “new normal”.

Because we’re in such an unprecedented time, I’ve been feeling really emotional and introspective lately, which usually doesn’t happen. I’ve been on the hustle and grind for so long that I was just constantly chasing the next thing, the next goal, the next dream to achieve. I never took the time to look inside myself and reflect on all that I’ve done. I’ve never taken the time to just breathe and “smell the roses”.

I’m grateful that I have this time with myself now. I’m finally falling in love with my solitude and finding even more things I’m grateful for every single day. I think gratitude is the biggest, most positive thing that is coming out of this pandemic. Everyone is coming together and working together for each other. And we’re all seeing that we’ve taken a lot of things for granted.

Have you noticed that Las Vegas always reacts in the best way possible whenever something bad happens in the town? I love my community and I love my city. I love its people and its businesses. I love Las Vegas. I’m eternally grateful to live in such a beautiful city. Literally everyone is doing their part. A lot of my friends and I are helping spread the word that local restaurants are still open for takeout and delivery, and that they’re all abiding by the new CDC guidelines for food-handling. I’m constantly posting about small businesses and their initiatives during this time. The Las Vegas community is beautiful. And even though I’m technically on furlough, I’m not worried. Because I know we’ll come out of this stronger than before. #VegasStronger

Remember that gratefulness and positivity go a long way. If you change your thoughts, you change your world. Practice good mental wellness practices. And know that this is all temporary. You can go see your friends and grab that cup of coffee on the terraza soon.

Dress: Mura Boutique // Moonstone Ring: Earthbound Trading Co. // Mules: Billini // Hat: Thrifted // Bangle: Alex & Ani // Deathly Hallows Necklace: Alex & Ani // Lariat: Mai Boho Life // Watch: TIMEX // Anklet: Gifted // Shot by Juju in March 2018 at Tivoli Village

Love,
Danielle

Thanksgiving: A Reflection

Thanksgiving this year was not traditional for me. In the past years, I’ve spent it with family. This year, my family went to Park City per usual but I wasn’t able to come with. So I went to a Friendsgiving at my chef friends’ place, also one of my favorite lunch spots, Valencian Gold. It was amazing and I was on doggie duty watching two Akita puppies while eating my feast. I reminisced to my most fun Thanksgiving which was 2017 when I spent a few days in Lake Tahoe and realized how far I’ve come since that time.

I’ve grown and transformed in my career, with relationships, perspective, goals in life. I keep reinventing myself and keep going through a cycle of metamorphosis. And I think that’s my normal. Growth is all I’ve known and I’m so grateful for that. I can’t imagine myself ever being stagnant and content. I crave constant movement upwards, constant grinding, persistence, and hard work.

One thing I need to learn is making time to rest. I am so often bombarded with work and obligations that I tend to prioritize that and other people before myself. I guess it’s the Cancer in me. I care a lot, sometimes too much. I need to learn when to slow down and when to grind because that is essential to growth as well. You can’t give if there’s nothing left to give. I always tell all my friends to practice self-care but I need to take my own advice because all I know is being busy on-the-go always.

Here’s a rare photo of my best friend Adrianne and I smiling for once. I gotta say, I’m really grateful for all the people who have come into my life, all the experiences I’ve shared, and all the memories made. I used to love shopping and gifts, but now all I want and value is presence. That’s it. I just need quality time, catching up, eating, hanging out, whatever. I don’t need gifts or material things. Presence is the best present.

Top : Amethyst Colony // Skirt : Vintage Denim // OTK Boots : 2020AVE // Necklace : Karma & Luck

Love,
Danielle

Halloween 2019: Joker Szn

I don’t usually put that much effort into Halloween costume because I tend to go pretty basic. Think classic sorority girl in some cheesy lingerie costume. Hey, it’s Halloween, right? Being scantily-clad in public is acceptable for this one night every year. That’s probably why I don’t have many pictures of myself on Halloween—it’s very off-brand of me to be seen wearing said costumes.

This year, I put in a little more thought and effort. This year’s blockbuster season gave me some serious inspo. I wanted to be Pennywise, but didn’t want to give myself nightmares. Instead I decided to be the female version Joker. I wanted to be not-so-basic. Joker, but make it fashion.

I wanted to keep the costume understated and sophisticated. No corny green and purple theme going on here. The vision was to keep it very classic—my own unique interpretation of Joker. So, I went with a classic Calvin Klein pinstripe black suit. Modern, sexy and sophisticated.

I wanted to give the movie a proper homage, but add my own special twist. It was definitely a challenge to get the right balance of accurate and cute. I didn’t want to look scary, and I definitely did not want to wear white face paint. My makeup only took 15 minutes! And for someone who’s not really good at makeup, I’m pretty proud of the end result.

We had a great night partying on Halloween night (which was a Thursday)! Can you believe that I didn’t have ONE drink and even went to work the next morning? Yes, I’m a trooper. It’s a lifestyle.

But the party doesn’t stop after October 31st…

We hit up a penthouse party downtown for about an hour. I haven’t been to the Ogden in a while, and I definitely missed the views at the penthouse patio. You can see the whole Las Vegas Strip from their penthouse deck. And we got to see friends who dressed up as IT and Georgie.

I came as Minnie Mouse because I honestly just got lazy. It was an easy and fun costume that didn’t get in my way or make me feel annoyed after wearing it for a bit. Plus, I hadn’t broken out that dress in a year! It was time to wear it again. This year’s Halloween was definitely different from my previous ones. I used to buy costumes but I quite like the idea of repurposing pieces from my closet to create a movie-inspired look. I think I’ll be doing this from now on…

The party didn’t stop after the penthouse. We decided to go to KAOS Dayclub & Nightclub at the Palms and I’m so grateful we did. They had just premiered their Demon Dome on Halloween and we wanted to check it out. That next Monday, KAOS closed its doors—one of my favorite clubs and also the largest dayclub in the world. It just reminds you how Vegas business works and I’m glad I’m not working for the clubs anymore.

Halloween 2019 was definitely one for the books. Best Halloween I’ve had, ever.

Until next time.

Love,
Danielle

Fall Trend: Corduroys & Sneakers

Every time I think of fall fashion, trends from the ’70s pop up in my mind. I’m thinking of burnt orange and woodsy tones, natural makeup, corduroys, and strappy tops. I shot this set two years ago with an incredibly talented girl named Ali who also has a very distinctive and moody photography style, which is honestly what attracted me to her talent. I felt the moodiness was perfect for the concept and I’m so happy she and I were able to create, even if only once. I love that we brought in a moody, on-trend color palette for the outfit, but had bright pops of yellow with the sunflowers. It made for the perfect balance of moodiness and brightness.

This is actually one of my favorite shoots of 2017. We explored Downtown Las Vegas and found some awesome shoot locations. I opted for a corduroy button down skirt because that’s such a trend in the colder months. Since I live in Vegas, I was still able to wear bare legs and white sneakers in the fall. But I would’ve totally paired this with over-the-knee boots for colder climates.

You can dress up the skirt with an oversized off-shoulder chunky sweater and strappy heels for brunch. Or try this skirt with a black lace camisole, a white crisp boxy oversized blazer, and over-the-knee-boots for a night out at the bar or lounge. This corduroy skirt is super versatile, and that’s why it’s still a staple piece in my closet.

This trusty bomber jacket has been with me for a few years. I love layering this on top of almost any outfit because it just gives that sleek, boyish flair that I like in my outfits. I don’t like to look overly sweet and girly or overly unkempt and boyish. I prefer to have a twist in my looks. Recently, I’ve even been pairing hype street style shirts with feminine midi skirts and a pair of nice sneakers and it’s been working out pretty well.

This cabby hat is one of my absolute faves. I cannot live without it. Hats pull together outfits so easily. It’s literally the cherry that tops off an already great outfit. I chose this cabby hat because it fits the vibe of the shoot and pairs better with the bomber jacket than a beret.

I kept the makeup pretty understated and instead chose to focus on the red lip. Not sure if you’ve ever noticed, but I prefer to keep my makeup minimal and natural, usually only changing my lip color. I wish I was adventurous with makeup, but I certainly don’t have the skill (or patience) to do makeup like most girls.

The lipstick is my absolute favorite red ever—Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Créme in Goddess (202). This is my go-to red. It’s the perfect orange red and complements my skin tone and personal style so well. I tend to gravitate towards warmer colors anyway… in anything. I edit my photos to be warmer. I like warmer golden tones in my bronzers, highlighters, eyeshadows, and lipsticks. I prefer warmer tones in jewelry—the reason why I usually only wear gold. Naturally, I’d gravitate towards a true orange red. Plus, this lipstick literally does not come off. I ate a full five-course dinner with my mother a week ago, and she was amazed at how my lipstick didn’t come off, even after consuming five complementary cocktails to each course. This lipstick is my Holy Grail product.

Hope you all enjoyed a trip down memory lane. Feeling nostalgic since this was one of the first shoots that really spurred my drive to take creating content seriously. Hey, we all start somewhere, right? I’ve made some great friends and incredible memories since this time. I’m eternally grateful that social media has brought so many amazing opportunities and people into my life. #blessed

Love,
Danielle

Change Is A Welcome Thing

I try stay true to myself. But that self is ever-evolving. I’m constantly changing, transforming. I always think of myself as a being that blooms but I also go through the cycle… I bloom, wilt, rot and start over. And I’m okay with that. In fact, I love that I go through this because each time I start over, I have more love to give, more forgiveness, more wisdom. I discover parts of myself I never even knew existed. It’s a journey, an adventure.

This set was shot back in 2017, before I even became remotely successful in my career. This was before I even got the Marketing job that fueled my passion and taught me so much (Silverton Casino, that’s you). This was before I even knew what it was like to truly love myself and prioritize myself. I looked happy, I looked radiant in these photos, but inside I was not.

At that time, it was so hard for me to even look at myself in the mirror. I couldn’t forgive myself for my past failures in my career and relationships. I couldn’t get over what I went through and just accept that I had to work through things on my own. I expected others to help me, and there’s nothing wrong with asking for help but I was way too dependent. Instead, I should have reflected within myself and fixed my issues earlier on.

I was struggling so hard with my insecurities. I was weak-minded, weak-willed, had no backbone. I was so dependent on my friends and family to make me feel validated—to make me feel like I even existed. I was self-destructive. And depressed…

I kept looking back at what could have happened had I just made different decisions in life. But that’s life. You just have to learn to let go. And that’s exactly what I did. I learned how to let go. To let go of past failures and to turn them into learning experiences. To let go of past love, and know that they will always have a place in my heart but we just weren’t right for each other. To accept that I am imperfect and that’s what makes me human and unique. To tell myself every day that I can achieve my dreams.

Fast forward to today. I’m a very different person from the girl in these photos. I’ve achieved a level of success in my career that I’m proud of. I learned how to love myself and to set my limits. I protect my “no”. I know when something is worth my time, energy, and effort. I know what I really want and need in my life. I give myself permission to glow and bloom daily. I forgive myself and others. I am more open and vulnerable. I have much more love to give. I am truly happy.

To my past self: thank you for going through everything you had to go through. I’m stronger and wiser because of you. I met incredible friends who add so much value to my life because of you. I’m becoming the person I dreamed of being because of you. Here’s to practicing more self-love, babygirl. You’re almost there.

Love,
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

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