Summer Beach Day Essentials

Ok so let me start off by saying that I LOVE the beach. Not always fond of the slime feeling of algae on my feet, but I just love the beach. The feeling of oneness with mother nature as the waves crash upon the shoreline, thats beauty. The feeling of the soft sand between my toes and the cold of the waves crashing against my feet, pure bliss. Or just sitting there quietly, admiring the beauty God provides through mother nature. That is life. That is happiness. Going to the beach is the perfect getaway this summer, especially if you want to get away from the city and just relax. I definitely recommend, of course, not going to a main stream beach or one long enough to extend along the coast line. Pescadero beach was the perfect getaway this weekend.

It is located about 30 minutes from Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Trust me when I say it is so worth the drive.

It took us a total of about six hours to get to Pescadero, after getting lost numerous times, and driving through extremely narrow roads, we made it safe. Seriously getting lost through the nicest yet creepiest foresty looking narrow road was the prettiest but most terrifying experience of my life. Thanks Siri. We managed to laugh the entire time even though my cousin and I were pretty terrified(at least I was). Anyways, after what seemed like an eternal drive we finally arrived!

I went beach essential shopping prior to the trip(and my previous ones) and compiled some of my Beach essentials this Summer 2017. Ok so lets get to it

  1. A circular towelIMG_2906
  •  This is not only a towel, its a round one. They are so comfortable and cute! I was able to comfortably sit and eat my snacks as I watched the waves.

2. SNACKS!

  • Make sure you make your quick Target( or wherever there is food really) and pick up some snacks. You will definitely thank me later(Hanger is proven folks).

3. Camera

  • Whether it be your Phone, a polaroid, or any other camera, make sure to take one. Captivating natures beauty is a surreal experience(Plus you can feel like a pro). Also, you will probably want to take some cute beach pictures! There are so many poses to choose from.

4. Sunscreen

  • Sounds like a given but please don’t forget it. Learn from my mistake. (Refer to my uneven tan pics).

5. Kombucha?IMG_2735

  • This is definitely a personal prefernce since I have been kind of coocoo for Kombucha lately. But why not?

6. Bronzer/Victoria Secret Tanning Lotion

  • Give yourself that beachy glow because why not? You are at the beach! Embrace your bronzey beauty. The Victoria secret Tan lotion gives me a nice glowy finish. Definitely a must buy!

7. Inflatable cup holder

  • Definitely not a necessity, but does come in handy. You can literally take any drink and comfortably just place it in your crab or unicorn or whatever you may choose(Purchased mine from Cotton on).

8. Extra Set of Clothes

  • Whether you are just strolling or full in go in to the ocean, always make sure you have spare clothes. You will thank yourself later.

9. Swimsuit/Shorts

  • I found the cutest shorts plus swim gear at Cotton On!!! Best part was the price! I just felt so comfortable with the outfit I chose. Above all, make sure you always feel comfortable in what you wear.

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Part 3

Being vegan started off easier since I had already been vegetarian for two years. I quit cold turkey and just stopped eating everything with dairy(including cheese). Of course now my family thought I was even weirder.

I remember every trip to Mexico I would hear, ” you’re crazy” or “what are you going to eat now?” or “how do you survive. My personal favorite was, “if you’re vegan, how do you still have meat on your bones?”. See thats the misconception people have about veganism. Yes, there are vegans who are extremely thin(and majority of the times healthy) but there are also body building vegans, and even a vegan in the NFL(one that I know of, please enlighten me if there is more). Anyways, being vegan is challenging but has its rewards. You become more energized, better. Spiritually, my goodness is it awesome. Knowing that in no way, shape or form am I contributing to unnecessary pain feels amazing.

Hands down my favorite protein source was tofu and vegan kielbasa. However, I stopped eating it for health reasons. After researching how soy is made I deemed it not so healthy. Its not natural and contributes to breast cancer, therefore I cut soy completely out of my diet. After cutting out soy, I pretty much cut out a big protein source. I started feeling weak and honestly hangry most of the time.

I am a pretty busy person, so I never had the time to dedicate to full on vegan cooking. Honestly to you ladies and gents out there who make amazing vegan meals/pastries I have so much respect for you! Seriously takes time and talent for cooking/baking. Also takes patience!!

Ok so if you have not guessed it yet after two years of being vegan, I have decided to go back to vegetarianism. I turned almost a month ago. Honestly guys, I am the kind of person who does things when it feels right and is not afraid to stop when it no longer does not. So with that being said, I am now a vegetarian again. I do not see myself eating meat in the near by future, and I now stick to organic dairy products as well as cage free/humane eggs.

Honestly feel like I finally found my balance with my diet and it feels awesome! I love animals and still don’t condone the cruelty so I stick to my local organic stores to buy the  products. I have not drank milk yet, honestly not up for it. I have stuck to almond milk simply because I’m just so used to it and genuinely don’t crave milk from Cows. I guess you can say I am a vegetarian with some vegan habits.

The transition was fairly smooth. At first I felt a little distraught because it had been quite the while since I had animal products but am now more accustomed. Being vegan taught me so much about myself. I never thought my will was that strong. Being aroung nonvegan food every single day and passing it up made me realize alot about myself. It also taught me how misinformed some people are on the lifestyle. I saw really pushy vegans, and not pushy vegans. Personally, I believe everyone has their own conviction. At the end of the day, whatever you do, do it beacause YOU want it that way. Living your life trying to please others or live up to their expectations will not bring you the peace your soul deserves.

I definitely learned self restraint and that many people did not agree with the lifestyle I chose. They just did not understand it. Most importantly I learned how to start making my own choices concording to my beliefs despite how weird or unfeasible some people thought it was. Just do what makes you happy!

Thanks for reading on my journey to a healthier life style. Truly appreciate the support I recieved on this saga!

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Is he worth my time?

Hey beauties. It is currently super late and I am super tired but I literally can not sleep so why not write about stuff that actually matters?

So you probably have an idea of what this post will be about due to the title, and if you do not brace yourself for some real talk and girl advice.

I am currently not in a relationship and am a sole believer in finding true love. Finding the right person for you. The person who will not judge nor criticize who you are but embrace you. Also the person who will most importantly put in the TIME they may or may not have to flourish the relationship. Too many times have I encountered beautiful girls who date guys who put in no effort what so ever. Yet excuses are always made as to why he “doesn’t have time to reply” or “didn’t invite me on an actual date”, among many other sad but used excuses.

There are many versions of guys who are just not worth your time. I believe we have all encountered those guys that are( according to us) “too busy” or “maybe he lost his phone so he hasn’t text me all week” and my personal favorite “maybe he never received my text”. Harsh truth is, if a guy doesn’t reply to you, or put in the time to text you, or puts minimal time in “getting to know you”, he just doesn’t deserve your time/attention.

So lets dive in:

Ok so you really like a guy. He seems like he could be “the one”. He texts you the sweetest things and makes you feel like a princess. Sound familiar? But this guy also does not text you first and when he does the convo is not so interesting. Yet your still with the picture in your head that he could be it so you give him a try. This guy is also the one who does not ask you on a date but texts you spontaneously asking you “what are you up to?”. Yet he has not asked you out ahead of time or bothered to make plans with you. Yet for some reason you keep going with the excuse in your head that he likes you he’s just “too busy” or “maybe his phone caught on fire” or any other crazy yet possible excuse you can think of.

There is also that guy who is not so typical. He is not quite your type but is just so nice. You start getting to know him and truly like his personality. He starts off texting you but slowly diminishes his ways. You fnd yourself making excuses to text him and giving him excuses as he why just does not have time to invite you on a date or text you. On why he doesnt go through with those future plans. Being brutally honest here you tell yourself he is not your type, yet start wondering as to why he has not acted up to how you would have expected him too? Truth me ladies(from past experience), do not make excuses for the “nice” guy. Back to the same concept, if he does not put in the time he does not deserve your time! Also, most important lesson I have learned throughout the years, do not date or talk to someone if you are not 100 percent sure about it. If there is any doubt in your mind, then that person is most likely not the one. Always make sure to be sure.

So last kind of guy for the night, is the one who is looking for nothing more than a “good time.” This guy only texts you, NEVER asks you on a date( at least does not call it that) typically will call it “just hanging out”. He texts you randomly vaguely throughout the night and never carries on deep or meaningful convos. Typically will just playfully flirt with you and sweet talk you in hope of you know “just hanging out.” Or ask you the ever so original “whats up”. Definition of this guy in four words: Not worth your time.

Regardless of what the excuse for, it’s an excuse. Please beauty who is reading this, do not give your time to someone who puts in minimal effort and thinks he can get away with it by “sweet talking”. Time and time throughout the years has this happened. It has happened to me, my friends, and am pretty sure to most girls on this planet(unfortunately). But please, Beware of the smooth talking, excuse giving “gentlemen” who talks his way in making you feel like he is worthy of your time. Truth is, he is not.

Ladies and gentlemen time is of the essence. It is someting that goes too fast and you can not get back. Experiences only help you grow as a person no matter if good or bad, but if you can avoid wasting your time, please do. It does not matter how much you may like a person, your emotional and mental well being should always come first. There is a special person for everyone. Never loose hope finding your one. Knowing who and who not is worth your time will help the process of the correct person in your life. I am not saying the “perfect” person. I am talking about the perfect person for you. You are worth more than a 10 second text or false hopes. Please, never forget your worth. Whether you have encountered one of these kinds of people or your own version of someone who is not worth your time, do not loose hope. The right one will come (or maybe already has) in due time.

For the girls currently talking to someone biggest question to ask yourself to figure out if that person is right for you, does put in the time? The right person for you will MAKE time, Not excuses.

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Trousers Summer Loving

Let me start off by saying it has been super hot!! I feel like even in the AC I am still burning up. Wearing these trousers today helped me keep my cool and sanity.

 
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So I wore this look to work. I love being comfortable at work well because who doesn’t? We have a closed toed shoe policy so at times it can be a bit challenging. Many times I just want to wear sandals because they go better with certain things. However, this was definitely not one of those moments. I’ve been in love with flowy things lately and these trousers were not the exception.

Yes I am short but OMG I just love the way they look and how comfy they are. They can make you feel chic yet as if you were wearing cool sweatpants.

I paired the trousers with my fringe loving long tee from my favorite store. They always say you always want what you can not have and I must say, I 100% agree. Bershka is my favorite store and has been since one of my trips to beloved Mexico where I stumbled upon it. From their jeans to their tees, they just have the cutest, chicness filled garments. Unfortunately for me(and everyone in the U.S.) there is no international shipping to the U.S. I am definitely waiting for the day where they decide to show us some love and change their shipping policies.

Ok so back to the tee, I love this tee. Its so comfortable and chic. The fringe makes it go from plain to boho fabulous. I am wearing all white sneakers to complement this look. I love how the striped pattern flows with the fringe on the tee. I ended it nice and smooth with a touch of white.

I am wearing a quilted pattern mini backpack from ASOS. I love the jean fabric it is made of. I became obsessed with it even more when I saw the chained wrap around style the bag has going for it. Of course it is also so easy to keep everything in a comfy backpack for afternoon rendue-vues.

Thanks for tuning in loves. Until next post. Mean while make sure to follow my daily adventures on insta!

 

 

Part 2 

So a quick recap on part 1 of 3 on my journey of self discovery in becoming a non-meat eater. In a nutshell, I watched a video, it enlightened me on the cruelty in the meat industry, so just like that I became a vegetarian. 
Taking that step and becoming a vegetarian truly made me feel better inside and out. I feel like I was truly getting to know my essence and it led me a step closer to who I truly was(am). 

One thing I didn’t mention in part 1, is that prior to watching the video I actually had done a High school book report on the book Fast Food Nation. It basically talks about the horrors behind the meat industry, not just with animals but also with the workers. Many of them have no voice and don’t speak up against injustices that may occur to them. I’m not saying every company in the meat industry is the same, however, there are unheard injustices out there. I always had that book on the back of my mind, watching that video was the cherry on top that made me no longer desire eating meat. 

I turned vegetarian the summer after higschool in 2013. It felt as if  the years flew by! Before I knew it I had been vegetarian for two years!!! Guys I felt proud knowing I gave up something I grew up thinking I needed every day. For the first time, I felt like my thoughts and actions were mine. Not those of anyone else. My family at first was shocked but after the first year(and definitely by year two) they actually started to wing off meat themselves. 

I became aware of sooooo many vegetarian options with a bunch of protein!! Such as soy, tofu, tofurkey, among many others. So yes I would substitute the protein meat has for protein in tofu and other products. I was vegetarian and LOVING it. Despite some people’s  thoughts on vegetarianism I never let them get to me because my reasons for being so were stronger than any remarks. 

Ok so I had been vegetarian for two years, one day as I was sitting in the sauna after an amazing workout I started thinking. I thought about life, my eating habits and felt I was ready for something more. I had never thought I had the will and could actually be vegan. I tried veganism once a few months after becoming a vegetarian and failed miserably(mainly because of my addiction to cheese). But that day in the sauna I was ready. I felt like I wasn’t doing enough for the animals. So after thought and research on my mobile, it was that day in the sauna that I made another life changing decision. I chose to be vegan. This time I knew I was ready. 

So I go home and inform my family of another life changing decision. This time they were abbot less shocked but still thought I wouldn’t be able to quit cheese since they knew my serious addiction to cheese(since I was a little girl). I felt it in my heart however that being vegan was the right choice for me. 

Veganism was different but I was ready for it. I quit eating dairy products and anything animal related. I did what I thought I was not able to do and gave up another thing I love(cheese). 

(To be continued) 
P.S. The cheese obsession was real. Thanks for reading part 2/3. Part 3 coming next week❤️

My transition from Meat Eater to Vegetarian(Part 1)


Hey guys, hope you are all having an amazing week so far. It’s been a crazy/emotional week for me. Many changes in my life so soon! Super excited though! Overall learning to see the beauty in everything!#blessed. Always keep evolving❤️

img_3042.jpgOk loves so for the next few minutes, please grab your favorite Starbucks drink(or boba) sit down and get ready for a twirly ride of self-discovery and restriction.

This is a three part story of how and why I turned.

Before I start to get into details of my transition, you should all know I come from a Mexican family. I grew up eating meat all day every day. Till this day every time I visit they find it so strange that I don’t eat meat.

Ok, so it all started about 4 years ago. I was browsing through good old Facebook and came across a video. I still remember as if it were yesterday, it was called, I believe,”Why Jenna Marbles keeps meat off her plate.” So I click and a video that was about 30 minutes long comes up. I start watching it, not truly knowing what it was going to be about. So these filmmakers made a short film on the cruelty in the meat industry. Honestly one of the SADDEST videos I’ve ever watched( just thinking about it gets me teary eyed).

So within a brief moment (after I was done balling), I decided to just quit cold turkey. I never realized how bad these animals have it. These living souls were just being killed. To me, it didn’t (still doesn’t) make sense. So the choice was not hard at all. I quit meat. I honestly don’t remember feeling better. I personally just loved it.

My family was super shocked. Not going to lie most didn’t think I would last. I truly believe meat and I, we’re just not meant to be. I can’t stand knowing that people can just kill animals and mistreat them. To me turning vegetarian was standing up to the industry and just showing my personal conviction. I didn’t(still don’t) condone that. So the next days, month, years flew by. I was basing my diet meatless and loving it!!

Needless to say my first trip to Mexico as a vegetarian was quite entertaining. Conversations varied from, ” Omg you can die” to “what in the world do you eat”. I love my family but they literally interviewed me on how the heck I was surviving as a vegetarian( yup, pretty hard core meat eaters). Safe to say I was the first vegetarian in my family (but not the only one anymore!).

Honestly becoming vegetarian was the best decision I had made at that point in regards to my health. It also made me realize I had a more caring heart than I thought I did. Truly got to know more of who I truly was when I turned. Eating meat was what I grew up with, but for the first time, I made a life-changing decision for myself. That was the beginning point of my endless self discovery process. The start of me getting to truly know who I was.

( To be Continued)

Thanks for reading part 1 of 3. At the end of this I’ll be sharing another life changing decision! I Love you guys❤️Thanks for supporting and getting your read on my site!

Yellow and Blue shades

From the sunny shades to the sunflowers, despite the hot weather, I’m in love with summer❤️ I know it has been 100+ degrees but I am starting to love being able to wear shorts on a daily(they’ve been part of my almost everyday wardrobe). It’s so crazy because I’m getting so used to the heat that 90 degrees feels fresh to me all of a sudden. 

So weekends are pretty much amazing. Even though this past weekend I feel like I barely got sleep because I was on the go, I definitely enjoyed it. Saturdays call for dressing up and day trips. I just love exploring and finding cool little places to shoot📸. Of course Coffee is a must! 

I literally spent the entire weekend studying for my google exam. Getting certified is definitely not as easy as I thought but totally exciting! I guess you can say I’m a little obsessed with google now. Anyways I decided to glam up and GET OUT! My absolute favorite part of the weekends are Day trips! My best friend and I went looking for a cool spot to shoot and we stumbled upon a desert area(kind of, not really). It was filled with sunflowers. The sun just bounced off the weeds and flowers. It created an overall golden vibe. True bliss. (If you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m a sucker for nature). Definitely a good weekend. 

This outfit was directly from Cotton On. There is seriously sooo many cute things in that store. Above all I’m in love with the prices.👍🏽 The shorts were just so comfortable and easy to wear. I didn’t feel awkward or uncomfortable at all in this outfit(even though I had almost trip incidents). 

So yes. Those shoes are kind of trippy to walk in at times. I want to say I almost fell like a good 4 times in them( thank god for my soul sista for helping me!). 

I felt golden in this outfit and just with all around good vibes. I hope you beauties enjoyed the outfit!! Stay golden and never give up on your day dream. 

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“Fashion is something that comes from within you” – Ralph Lauren

More info on the look below:

Top and shorts: Cotton On

Shoes: Floggs from MJM

Choker: ASOS

Purse: ASOS