Chinatown Summer Nights 2014.

Chinatown Summer Nights is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the Summer. This was the second year my friends and I embarked our journey. Food trucks, CONFETTI POPPERS, DJ’s and live bands, what more could I ask for? Love that this event brings people together to explore what we usually wouldn’t, the ambience of it all is just amazing.

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Appropriate for ME.

“I love being horribly straightforward. I love sending reckless text messages (because how reckless can a form of digitized communication be?) and telling people I love them and telling people they are absolutely magical humans and I cannot believe they really exist. I love saying, Kiss me harder, and You’re a good person, and,You brighten my day. I live my life as straight-forward as possible.Because one day, I might get hit by a bus.

Maybe it’s weird. Maybe it’s scary. Maybe it seems downright impossible to just be—to just let people know you want them, need them, feel like, in this very moment, you will die if you do not see them, hold them, touch them in some way whether its your feet on their thighs on the couch or your tongue in their mouth or your heart in their hands.

But there is nothing more beautiful than being desperate.

And there is nothing more risky than pretending not to care.

We are young and we are human and we are beautiful and we are not as in control as we think we are. We never know who needs us back. We never know the magic that can arise between ourselves and other humans.

We never know when the bus is coming.”

Lewis, Rachel C.. Tell The People You Love That You Love Them

 

 

Business Chic.

I have the luxury to work for a company that doesn’t enforce a dress code, as long as I don’t show up in pajamas. Somewhat thankful for it, since I have an irrational fear of wasting a good outfit on an insignificant day. I am also the type of person to hold on to certain outfits for the right occasion. You can’t exactly show up to a rough construction in flats, these are my type of worries.

This post is dedicated to my dear friend Julia, who has been telling me she doesn’t know what to wear to her business casual work. Most of my tips I learned from “What Not to Wear” if you ever watched it you know what I’m talking about.  We all have a certain style which I will never fight anyone on, do you boo.

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Some simple rules to live by.

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Loft has some great business pants, they are well fitted (well at least they look it). Here is my tip on overall clothes, they won’t fit your body the way you want so invest in getting them taken in to fit your natural curves! That was ALWAYS mentioned on what not to wear, because clothes are not made for our specific body type.

Pattern pants are great to go with your basics, they’re easy to pair don’t forget mismatching patterns is allowed (my mom still hates it..).

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For my love of layers. Layers change the look of a button up in an instant, it adds color or texture depending on what you’re working with. Keep it light in the summer or spring, depending on the season go a little thicker. I love this one…

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This is such a “I didn’t know what to wear, I just threw this together” look. The jacket makes this look, that’s it the jacket or else I would think it was ordinary.

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All black everything, the white gives it that pop that completes this outfit. I think it’s perfect and I love it. Not the biggest fan of black on black clothing might be the Cali girl in me but it’s easy and chic if you’re doing it right.

 SO! Don’t be afraid of pops of colors, invest in getting your clothes fitted, layering changes things, everyone knows statement jewelry makes basics, work with textures, be you, BE COMFORTABLE! 

Check out my Pinterest Board for more inspirations.

 

Insta Pro.

 We all spend too much time on Instagram #timethief.

Who liked what, who’s posted what, who’s selfie game is on point, insta stalking and that (guilty) rush when you see the camera image on the left side of your phone. Here are the things we all want some of our friends to fix but won’t tell them.

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Images above are from my personal one @sandiesands

FILTERS: let’s say this together “Filters are our friends”. Filters are to Instagram, what glitter is to posters: use it and abuse it and if you’re in doubt use some more. Yes the sky can always be blu-er. There are SO many apps for filters it’s ridiculous, even Instagram decided to up their filter game and it’s pretty on point.

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Leader of the Selfie Movement @mrpimpgoodgame

#SELFIE: “But first, let me take a selfie” Basically the bread and butter to Instagram, SO if people tell you not to post one fuck them and post it anyways BUT here are a few basic rules:

1. Don’t post the same one, in the same pose, where the only thing different is your clothes. We all have our best angle but switch it up!

2. Sometimes include friends (it aint not fun unless the homies can have some) Hello, Ussies is a thing now..

3. Don’t do it daily.  DO however add a nice background if available.

FOOD: Let me say I LOVE food, yes people are tired of seeing it but who cares (see: #Selfie) they are also hopefully going to look at it and be hungry and jealous BUT again proceed with caution. A few basic rules

1. If it’s homemade make sure it styled up and looks good #kissthecook (or if it’s a fail go ahead just for laughs…who hasn’t burned something)

2. If it takes you longer to take a picture than to eat it, you’re doing it wrong!

FEED: Don’t blow up peoples feed, this isn’t twitter or your own personal photo album, if it’s a momentous occasion you have five post max. There are wonderful collage and flipbook tools now….utilize them! (Plus save some for a #tbt or #latepost…as they say don’t put all your eggs in one basket) Ex: Flipagram , Fotor Photo Collage

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OVER EXPOSURE / FOCUS: Over exposure could be artsy but also blinding please proceed with caution. Focus sigh, I know it comes automatically this is 2014 after all, tap on your screen, step away if needed, no one wants a blurry image my vision is already bad I don’t need a reminder of how I see things from far away. AND always try and find your light.

VACATIONS: If you say you went to a beautiful island let me see it, let me feel like I am there. I know what you look like; now let me see that clear water.

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QUOTES & WORK OUT POSTS: Everyone loves a great motivational quote, an inspirational before and after BUT, unless you’re an inspirational page only…we don’t need a constant reminder…you look great, you clean eat, I promise we get it….NEXT!

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OVERSHARING: In the world of social media this happens very often. Remember that some things are still meant to be private. Here are a few of the worst offenders: airing your personal dirty laundry (there is a difference between this and venting), almost nude picture (NO your size doesn’t matter I just don’t always want to look at soft core porn) and last but not least don’t be emotionally slutty (call a friend). All of these make you look like you’re either fishing for compliments or a pity party.

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@KevinHart4Real ‘s Instagram

HASHTAGS: #dont #do #this, but please be creative, sarcastic, and witty.

MISTAKES: Let the world see your mistakes, no one is perfect so post what you like and be unapologetically you,sometimes the pictures we don’t think are that great or memorable are the ones people like the most. In the end we are ALL guilty of doing one too many of these.

Variety is the spice of life so go out take some pictures and keep some of this in mind! Comment below if you have any additional tips.

Post By : Sandie & Blanca Diaz

#WhatLiftsYou

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Images are from Kelsey Montague’s website

If you didn’t know, now you know! Kelsey Montague ‘s art piece has been the talk of the town, in New York & social media that is. Taylor Swift and Vanessa Hudgens both posed in front of these intricate beautiful wings by Kelsey. //Side note I am a total Taylor Swift fan, I first saw the image on her Instagram and had to check out the hashtag #whatliftsyou oh! and I don’t live in New York ): //  Found so many people who took pictures in front of it, some had quotes as their captions and some just had the hashtag. I then went to her website and started reading all about it, absolutely in aw about the wings I started thinking “what lifts YOU”. Kelsey wants people to think about what inspires them as well as getting people to interact over it.

WHAT INSPIRES ME!: 

Everything, as a creative person I get inspired over things that I see, hear, or feel. I live for inspirational quotes and dainty art, which is of no surprise why I am so in love with this piece. I love the detail and meaning behind  it, which got me thinking about my blog and what I’d like to do with it. The people in my daily life inspire me to come up with my posts for example, my sister is the wanderlust queen if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t want to see the world as badly as I do. My best friend Blanca’s wit and sarcasm keeps me on my toes. My friend Percy reminds me that being healthy and making time for my body is important. Then there is Nadia the ultimate optimist.

With that said I am excited to be bringing them all along my blogging adventure, there is nothing like being inspired by a pair of wings and a hashtag.

Beach Life.

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Pictures Above: Crescent Bay Beach, Laguna CA // Pictures Below: Hermosa Beach, CA

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 Beach Beach Beach!! So far I have taken two beach trips to Laguna and Hermosa Beach. Laguna is my little hidden gem that I love and can’t ever be a wrong choice (minus taking the toll freeway and getting a ticket). It’s clean the water is clear, warm, and the waves are soft, what else do you need? I discovered Laguna last summer and fell in love with it, it is quite a drive from where I live but it’s totally worth it.

On my search of finding great beaches in Southern California, Hermosa was on a couple top 10 beaches. Had to check what the big fuzz was about, loved that it was a beach community. It’s not touristy which is always great lots of places to eat and hang out, you could say it’s the less touristy version of Santa Monica minus the rides at the pier. There was too much seaweed for my personal taste but other than that I liked it. I had been to Manhattan Beach before and always enjoyed my time there, these two beaches are right next to each other.

Hope I have way more beach trips to come, Summer might almost be over but this heat is just getting started.

HBD ‘Merica.

Italian Shaved Ice

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Oh Fourth of July.. there is always next year! Grand Park LA has been hosting really amazing things lately from Food Truck gatherings to Boot Camp workout classes. They were hosting this Coachella-ey type event for the 4th one of my favorite duos Phantogram played a set, so that’s where I was!

We headed out around 4pm, took the metro, the minute we got there we went straight to where the food was. I grabbed some delicious Italian Shaved Ice, while my friends got Teriyaki chicken. Too hot for comfort we sat on a grassy area that was luckily opened, so many people and did I mention the HEAT? Phantogram went on around 6 ish, they had a great performance.

A little after we ended up meeting friends at Redwood the pirate bar, and that was the start of our mini bar hopping 4th of July. Since this was the closest bar to the location it was safe to say it was packed, we had a couple drinks then headed out. Walking around downtown will never get old, architecturally it’s just stunning.

We ended up at Bar 107, had such a great time with all my friends. Though the soul purpose of being in downtown was for the firework show… somehow we thought we were going to be able to see it from where we were. Clearly we weren’t thinking straight because tall buildings and fireworks do not go hand and hand. So we once again heard fireworks, hearing fireworks has totally become the thing that we do for the 4th, it has been about 6 unsuccessful 4th of July’s. Never the less we had a great time and that’s all that truly matters.

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July filled with joyful memories.

Summer Time.

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Painted door from Dar Mokri in Fez, Morocco

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“Summer time and the livin’ is easy..” Every time I think of summer ‘Doin Time’ by Sublime comes to mind. Since the beginning of the New Year I wanted to change up my style. Craving that easy boho look to go along with the new attitude that I wanted for 2014 here are some inspirations I pulled off my Pinterest.

Last Summer I wanted to go to different beaches along the coast of California. Needless to say I went to at least 3 new ones, this year I really really want to go to Big Sur. Big Sur will be my goal for the Summer, but I still want to do my research of the best beaches in Southern California. Living in Los Angeles I should be exploring more, this is my home after all.

You might want to know what’s up with the Moroccan doors.. well I will hopefully be traveling to Morocco come 2015. I never want to lose sight of the places I’d like to go, nothing like coloring my life with desire.

Lanikai Beach.

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Images above are from Lanikai Beach

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 Popoia (Flat Island)

Saved the best for last, our trip to Kailua! Kayaked my way to Popoia Island which means Flat Island, learned so much about the island thanks to my tour guide. Truly enjoyed watching the water hit the dry coral island something about the colors and textures that I just couldn’t take enough pictures.

Fun Facts about Popoia: Wedge Tailed Shearwater come to the island to nest these monogamous birds are the cutest. The only way they’ll divorce is if they fail to breed and the male is to blame.

The island itself is a Seabird Sanctuary the fine is 10,000.00 if caught disturbing the birds..it might be 5,000.00 still a lot.

Hawaiians once used the island as a fishing shrine where they would offer fish meat to bring in good luck in fishing. The shrine, is no longer there.

This being my first kayaking experience I absolutely loved it. The lifejacket made me feel at ease, I tend to panic in deep water. Such a great experience.

After returning the kayaking gear I met back with my sister and headed to Lanikai(which was on my top three must do’s in Hawaii). Words can’t even describe the beauty of this place, its tranquil and enticing. From the entrance to this beach you know you’re about to walk into something amazing. The weather was amazing that day too it was just perfect.

I am a huge fan of artsy stickers, had to snap a pictures of the ones that were on the entrance post. More specifically I was looking for this pineapple grenade that I saw the first day in Oahu, never saw it again.

Na Mokula (Two Islands) Moku Mui  the larger one and Moku Iki the smaller one are also Sea Bird Santuary locations and activity is limited and according to my tour guide dangerous.

This is the end to my Oahu Bliss…my love for Hawaii is immense and I hope to go back again.