Sunday, September 14, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
TOP | Brandy Melville (Nadine)
JEANS | 7 For All Mankind (style Josefina Feminine Boyfriend)
SHOES | (old)

Yesterday we took a little ride to a place I've been wanting to shoot for a while now in El Centro, about 15 minutes from Calexico, and it was as perfect up close as it had always been from my car driving by. The time was about 5:15pm, the sun was starting to set, and besides the fact that I was wearing my comfortable platforms, it took about 5 minutes to walk from where we parked to the train. Might I also add that it was over 100 degrees and giant red ants everywhere, but when you're in the mood to shoot, you endure anything to get that "just right" photo. Did you like the results just as much as I did? 
Happy Sunday! xx
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
TOP | *Courtesy of JYJZ
SHORTS | Bethany Mota Collection at Aeropostale
SHOES | Chiara Ferragni Collection
BAG | Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac

I am usually not a fan of ruffled shorts, especially semi-sheer ones, but when I saw the pineapple print on these, I bought them on the spot. The best part? They were only $10! They are not great for taking anywhere but the beach really, so I knew I'd wear them for sure in Hawaii. And let's not even begin with the shoes. THE SHOES. I've been dying for some Chiara Ferragni flats ever since she first came out with her flats collection (which are the only constant pairs every season), and though she has expanded her designs, I've always wanted the eye ones. I love the comfort of the insole and overall end product of it. It was pretty pricey (about $290), but I think that so far they have proved they're well-worth the price. It also reassures my purchase decision when I constantly get complemented when I have them on. I hope to buy another pair (or two!) in the future! Gorg!
Now how about that Mini Mac apparently every blogger has? I needed a staple black purse that would hold more items than the ones I already had, and versatile enough to take from day to night with any outfit. Score!
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Monday, September 08, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
COMPLETE OUTFIT | *Courtesy of American Eagle Outfitters

Although I am still not in  my right mind just yet, I am back and settled into regular life after Hawaii. It was a crazy morning- after waking up late and wobbling into work (more on that story in my vacation post!), I finally got the chance to go to Starbucks for a Passion Tea Lemonade, which I ordered every single day I was there. Stay tuned for that post (I am hoping) this weekend! Can't wait to share photos of a place so dear to my heart.
On another note, this post is a little collaboration with American Eagle Outfitters, in which I am sporting a different way to wear Joggers! It isn't nearly close enough to being cool here in the west coast, so this complete ensemble can probably wait just a bit longer to be re-worn. If taken apart, you can definitely wear the joggers and tank with a simple pair of sneakers for a great day lounging around, tying the denim button-up around your waist just in case it gets cooler, or throw on this amazing two-tone jacket over a great little LBD and booties to take on the night. Either way, I promise you'll look your very best!
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Thursday, September 04, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
CROP TOP | Forever 21
BEACH BAG | *Courtesy of Triangl Swimwear

This past week (almost) has been one for the books, from hiking up gorgeous trails and ending at waterfalls, to swimming in the middle of the ocean on sandbars along giant sea turtles. Our time here may be close to an end, but the memories are anything but that. I have told Alex that this might be our last time here, since the next time we travel anywhere, it should be Europe; but this visit has proved that that will most likely change. Who would trade clear, blue skies and the greetings of friendly Hawaiian people for anything else? Saturday, please take your time because I certainly don't want to leave. 
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Esta semana a sido una experiencia hermosa- escalando montañas para terminar viendo cascadas desde arriba, a ir nadando en medio del mar junto a tortugas gigantes! Nuestro tiempo aqui casi termina, pero no significa que las memorias tienen que para ahi. Le habia dicho a Alex que alomejor es nuestra ultima vez aqui por un largo tiempo, ya que es hora de ir de viaje a Europa antes de que vengan los niños, pero ahora quien sabe. Quien quiere cambiar cielos azules sin nubes por otra cosa? Sabado, tomate tu tiempo porque no me quiero ir todavia.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
BLOUSE | 3.1 Phillip Lim
PANTS | Rag & Bone
HEELS | Brian Atwood
PURSE | Kate Spade

This past week has been a personal hell, and much to my demise, it only got worse as the days passed. The only thing keeping me sane were (as crazy as it sounds) my co-workers, Alex, and doing a bit of last minute online shopping for Hawaii next week. I simply can't tell you how thrilled I am to be taking a 10-day vacation from my current life, heck, I might just be living in the ocean for a few days and just leave my phone off. Who am I kidding? I think I am only going to Hawaii JUST for the pictures. Sigh. 
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Saturday, August 16, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
KIMONO | Kendall & Kylie for PacSun
BODYSUIT | Forever 21
SHORTS | BDG Denim for Urban Outfitters

I feel that every girl should own a kimono, whether it be a small casual one, or a long, statement-like one. As my trip gets closer, I have been keeping my eyes out on the last of the kimonos of the season because I will surely be living off them while I'm there. I wore this outfit unknowingly cruising through the farm areas of Calexico, and the weather was a stormy and dark one- in other words, a perfect day. 
What does your perfect day consist of?
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014