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.
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
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.