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.

Weekend Getaway : Park City

So happy I got to visit my winter wonderland, Park City, Utah. Funny enough, I thought I’d be cold coming from 60-degree weather in Vegas, but strangely, I was sweating the whole trip! Even when we were standing in snow, in freezing weather, I was sweating. My family made fun of me because I was winded and sweating pretty much the whole time. You’d think I was still in Vegas weather!

I kept my outfit for roaming around on Main Street simple and comfortable. My top is actually a sweater dress from For Love & Lemons that I tucked into my bra to crop it. I wanted to wear something I could be flexible in, something that would be easy to put on and take off layers as we visited heated shops and cafes.

Super happy we were able to stop by Atticus Tea and Park City Roasters. I feel like the whole weekend, all I consumed was coffee and pastries. But that’s expected when in Park City. The culture on Main Street is eclectic and fun, and I love it.

It gave me just what I needed to refresh myself before coming back to Vegas to hit my goals hard. Until next time, PC. I’ll be back real soon.

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Winter Wonderland : Park City

Jumped on a flight to SLC for a little weekend getaway in Park City, Utah. It felt so refreshing to be in a different space, a winter wonderland. The crisp wintry air helped me clear my mind and unwind for once, and I missed that feeling. I’m constantly working, hustling, never stopping to take a breath to enjoy the fruits of my labor. And I finally had the chance to celebrate how far I’ve come in this difficult year by taking a trip to breathe in Park City.

I was truly happy–a feeling I hadn’t felt in a while. Being in Park City was food for my soul.

I kept the outfits simple since I was only planning to be in Park City for three days. I also wanted to keep warm since I’d been enjoying Vegas’ 60-degree winters, but it was below freezing in Park City when I visited. I got to see snow for the first time in a year, which brought a smile to my face that lasted all weekend.

We stumbled upon the Park City Nursery and found that they do a Christmas pop-up every year. They also had the coziest shop with the cutest Christmas ornaments. We spent an afternoon browsing the nursery and walking the property. It was so nice to be out of the hustle and bustle of Vegas and slow down for a while.

This trip reminded me to cherish moments before they become memories.

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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?

Love,
Danielle

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

Coping with Quarantine

I had a conversation with my best friend Johanna yesterday because I felt an overwhelming sense of dread. It finally hit me that I was currently in furlough from my full-time job and that this quarantine might last longer than I expected. All of Vegas is hurting. All of my friends are hurting. I am hurting.

Everyone is alone together. And a lot of people are living in fear right now. Even my family members don’t want to go to the grocery stores or see each other. It’s so unprecedented, unexpected and unpredictable. All of this is really hard, emotionally, mentally and financially. I felt helpless and useless. I felt like I wasn’t in control. And for someone like me who is always in control of my life, all of this is super uncomfortable.

Johanna told me that I’m feeling uncomfortable and uneasy in quarantine simply because I’m not being myself. I embody the busy working girl, the hustler. The “boss bitch” (in her words, but honestly I don’t feel like a boss bitch most days… just feel like I’m working too hard for my goals, but it makes me happy to work hard). Before shit hit the fan in Vegas, I had three to four events each week, photoshoots on the weekends or weeknights, friendly dates, my full time job, and work when I got home. I was BUSY.

And now, I’m not as busy. But I’m trying to occupy my time with community outreach projects, influencer partnerships, learning how to shoot self portraits, writing, cooking, working with local businesses to help them stay afloat, making TikToks, and rediscovering myself. I’m hoping that once everything returns to my version of normal, that I can learn to keep my balance of self-care and hard-working hustle.

Adjusting to this new normal where I don’t have full control over my life has really messed me up. I’m not going to sugarcoat this. This pandemic is making a lot of people uncomfortable. It’s displacing a lot of us. But I would rather deal with being stuck at home than being a frontliner or first responder. That’s so much harder. I have plenty of friends who work in healthcare and they’re struggling even more than those of us who are stuck at home. That’s why I felt so uncomfortable with not being able to do anything about any of this, with not being able to physically help my community. So I decided to do the most I can from my position at home.

If I come out of this quarantine without having accomplished anything, then that’s 45 to 60 days wasted. Yes, I’m sad that I’m not working full time, I’m not able to execute my travel plans, and I’m not seeing my friends… Everything has been pushed back. I’m in a physical stand-still but I’m not stuck. I keep reminding myself this every single day. I can continue working on myself and other projects that will benefit my future. I need to plan for longevity.

I’ve started interior design projects for my apartment and realizing that doing that in a rental space can be difficult. I’ve started buying more plants. I bought more decor for my living room, and I’m planning my gallery wall for the dining room. I’m getting peel and stick backsplashes to spruce up my kitchen and planning where I can place my cello and guitar that I’ll be renting soon. Quarantine might suck for everyone but we have to find the positive in the situation. We’re in this together. The whole city of Las Vegas is in this together. And we’ll come out of this #VegasStronger.

Shot by Juju in February 2018.

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

Glam Look: Shimmery Top, Lacy Skirt & Faux Fur

I don’t often go for glam looks like this. My style is defined more as a modern bohemian casual look that centers on flowy and comfortable pieces. Needless to say, this look was definitely out of my comfort zone. But I’m all about getting out of my comfort zone. I wanted to rock a look that made me feel confident and powerful. And this look was just that.

I focused a lot on the details for this look, pairing the shimmery sequined top with gold and bold accessories and a red lip. Again, I wanted to go all out. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I stick to gold jewelry and watches because that’s what suits my skin tone best.

The blue agate ring is from this shop in South Lake Tahoe. I shopped at Earthbound Trading Co. every single day of my Tahoe vacation. I can’t wait to go back. I wanted to buy the whole store! I bought a lot of jewelry and a Himalayan salt lamp that diffuses essential oils as well. By far my favorite part of Tahoe. It wasn’t the nature or the skiing—it was Earthbound Trading Co.

This shimmery sequined top (it’s actually a mini dress that I styled as a top) features a detailed sequin duck. This is one of those pieces that just caught my eye at the store. Why else would I buy a duck dress? I remember browsing around H&M one day with my family and my mother and aunt thought this piece and the faux fur coat would look good on me. So they bought it for me as an early Christmas present. And I fell in love!

I guess you can say that my style is influenced by both my mother and my aunt. My mom likes a lot of glam trends (think J.Lo and Christina Aguilera) but my aunt likes the girly bohemian trends. So my personal style is a mixture of the two. But then there are days when I look like a boy in sweats, crops and sneakers, so I guess I’m also just a fashion chameleon…

Just wanted to note that I actually shot this set in early 2018. Again, I’m catching up on this huge backlog in my archives of content I never posted on the blog. I’m rediscovering outfits I wore for shoots that I want to wear again for a night out or ladies brunch. I need to repurpose this specific outfit for a night out once Las Vegas is over its lockdown and all the casinos and nightclubs open back up. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during social distancing.

Faux Fur Coat: H&M // Shimmer Sequined Mini Dress: H&M // Skirt: Thrifted // Heels: Steve Madden // Watch: TIMEX // Ring: Earthbound Trading Co. // Red Lipstick: Marc Jacobs Beauty Goddess 202 // Shot at Neon Apartments in DTLV

Love,
Danielle

Oversized Denim & Glen Plaid

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I’m never consistent on my blog but I post almost daily on Instagram. It’s hard when working a full-time career in Casino Advertising, doing the influencer thing on Instagram and still having enough energy to find time to write. But that’s all hopefully going to change. Today, I set a goal that every weekend, I’ll write three blog posts and schedule them to post throughout the week. No more excuses. I have so many shoots, so many events, and so much content to write about.

This set was shot in late 2017 by one of my favorite photographers, Juju. When I first started taking my IG game seriously in mid-2017, she taught me how to pose, how to dress, what makeup to wear for shoots and pretty much cultivated my early aesthetic on social media.

I admired her clean and crisp photography and we executed a lot of creative projects together—projects that I never got to post on the blog because of how busy I was with work. Now that I actually have time to write and schedule posts, I’m excited to share everything else I’ve been doing and sharing on Instagram but never quite made it to the blog.

This is how I style glen plaid, probably one of my favorite plaid prints out there. I don’t wear many prints because I like to keep my pieces solid and transitional. I usually shop for things that match my closet, not just buying a cute piece. Whenever I shop, I look at how I can wear that particular piece throughout the whole year.

Glen plaid is one of those prints that one can wear all year round. Pair it with an oversized denim jacket for spring, a kimono and a pair of white sneakers for summer, a red lip and blazer for fall, or a teddy jacket and over-the-knee boots for winter. This is why it’s one of my favorite dresses in my closet.

I’m in love with oversized denim anything—jackets, jeans, button-ups, dresses. Just give me denim and I’m happy. I paired this glen plaid dress with simple strappy heels, denim, a leather cabbie hat, vintage Louis reporter bag, and flowers. I had a thing with flowers before. I bought flowers for almost every shoot I had. And I’m thinking maybe I should start this up again. What do you think? Should I bring back flowers at every shoot?

Glen Plaid Dress: 2020AVE // Oversized Denim Jacket: Thrifted // Strappy Heels: Steve Madden (similar here) // Watch: TIMEX // Cabbie Hat: Princess Polly (similar here) // Red Lipstick: Marc Jacobs Beauty Goddess 202 // Bangle: MantraBand // Layered Necklaces: MaiBohoLife // Jewel Ring: Joomi Lim // Bag: Louis Vuitton vintage reporter bag // Shot in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District

Love,
Danielle

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