October 22, 2016

Acne Remedy-Homemade Exfoliator

Hey fashionistas! For those of you who want that natural glow, as well as as clear skin, this is a remedy that I've been using to keep my skin clean, clear, moisturized, and glowing. It usually is hard for me to find inexpensive, but quality skincare products since I don't wear makeup on a regular basis. So what better way to get good skin care products than to make your own!  The ingredients can easily be found in your own home or at the grocery store.


  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 TBsp. Honey
  • 1/4 of a lemon


  1. Once you've mixed these ingredients together, put a little bit of water on your face as a catalyst for the exfoliator. 
  2. Take a small palm size amount of the exfoliator into your hand, and gently rub onto your face for roughly 1 minute. Do NOT scrub your face off, abrasive scrubbing can make your skin red and very agitated.  
  3. After that you can splash lukewarm water onto your face to wash it all off. 
  4. Take a CLEAN towel and gently dry off your skin like you would for your morning or nightly routine.  
This is a very simple recipe if you have combination skin like myself or sensitive skin in relation the environment or what kinds of products you put on your face. All the ingredients can be found organic if that's what you want, all natural, and even Non-GMO. I hope this helps you achieve healthy skin!

Stay Beautiful <3

October 15, 2016

Tips to Surviving the Holidays

Hey fashionistas! These next few months will consist of lots of feasting whether it be candy, turkey, or pumpkin pie. I know holiday season can be very challenging to get through with your diet unscathed. I've been very excited for this post because these are tips that have helped every year. My advice might not work for everyone because everyone's different, but I hope to give you some possible yet realistic advice.

What's on your plate? For those of you who are the holiday cooks in the family, it's important to evaluate how much of certain ingredients you add. Maybe try cooking with oils instead of butter, or adding herbs and spices to flavor your dishes instead of salt. I think it's good to look into better alternatives to making your dishes not only tasty, but good for you.

Look with your eyes, and not your stomach. I have a very tiny stomach, but when I'm extremely hungry I will have tendencies to think my stomach can consume more than it actually can. So I recommend starting out small, there's no need to pile your plate sky high. Take what you REALLY want to eat first; I love my grandma's homemade mac and cheese, and I also love dinner rolls, so I will be sure to make room in my belly to fit in my favorite items. If you feel that your stomach isn't fully satisfied, then that can be your cue to go back for seconds or for the rest of the items you didn't fit on your plate.

Drink water WITH your meals. It's better for you anyways.  It's likely you will incur a lot of calories, sugar, sodium, and fat from the food you're already eating so water is an option that will hydrate you, but will even out your consumption.

Calm down with the fork.  This is a tip I cannot stress enough, and sometimes it's even hard for me to follow because there are days I get so hungry I just go in for the kill. It's important to slow down when you consume your meals. There's no contest to see who can clean their plate first. Taking time to chew your food (approximately 20 times before you swallow) can often prevent digestion problems. When you eat fast, your brain can't process food as fast as your mouth allowing your brain to think you're still hungry when you should be full; this can lead to overeating which later in life can further develop into overweight or obesity especially if no daily physical activity is to follow to burn off stored calories. So make sure you take your time when eating; at Christmas time, don't get so worked up about opening gifts because they'll still be there when you finish your food.

Watch the meat! I've noticed that most people in America consume more portions of meat servings than they're supposed to; the standard serving of food for the average person is normally the size of a deck of cards. Meat products like turkey can contain hormones which can cause fatigue and lethargy which are two mental factors that could contribute to obesity. I know this because at Thanksgiving, my dad is always knocked out after dinner, or when my grandmother took my brother and I out to lunch one day (he managed to eat a whole chicken sandwich and passed in the back of her car when we left). I suggest you should monitor how much meat you intake to avoid these symptoms (you are what you eat, you know).

Laughter. This is a strange tip, but effective in certain ways. Laughing amongst your family and friends during the holidays is a fantastic core workout. When you laugh, it allows the abdominal muscles in your body to start working which can help you slim down your waist. Trust me, my friends and family will tell you how much I manage to laugh at any and everything 24/7 for absolutely no good reason. However, I've managed to have to same waist measurement at 19 years old as I did when I was 16. So tell your comedian of an uncle to come up with some good material for the holidays.

I hope these tips help you get through the holiday season with your figure unscathed. There's no need to go on any pre-holiday diets, or prevent yourself from eating whatever you damn well please. You can eat whatever you want as long as there's a healthy moderation. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and come back next week for an all new post!

Stay Beautiful <3

October 08, 2016

Benefits of Learning a Second Language

Hey fashionistas! This week I wanted to incorporate language and culture onto my blog. If you guys didn't know already, French is my second language, and I have been learning this beautiful language since middle school. After I graduated from high school, I thought it would be beneficial to not forget what I learned, but to build on it independently. The fashion industry was based and built in France in the late 1800s to 1900s in Haute Couture which translates to "high fashion" or to "fine sewing" as common phrases. In today's society, haute couture has been declining because it's an expensive industry since garments are typically hand sewn and embellished, as well as produced in mainly Europe. Paris, to this day, remains as one of the major fashion capitals of the world, and why it's relevant for me to learn French. So I want to inform you of all the possible benefits of speaking more than just one language.
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  • During the early phase of my college search, I toured Transylvania University in Kentucky, and one of the tour guides majored in medicine with a minor in Spanish. She expressed that the university offered study tours in other countries, so with her having studied Spanish, that made it easier to communicate with natives. It's the same when you go out of the country for business or vacation travel, if you don't know where you are or need directions learning a new language can make traveling so much easier. 

  • Also when applying for jobs or starting a career, it helps to include that you can speak another language. In a lot of industries like fashion to technology, companies are doing lots of global sourcing for labor or to reach other international markets, so speaking more than just English, will make you more likely to get hired to do international travel or can make you useful for a company's international affairs. 

  • From having moved to LA, I've noticed there's a big population of Hispanic and Asian cultures and it's enjoyable to hear people speaking in their native tongues on the streets. A part of FIDM student housing is that we have people come in for quarterly cleaning during the breaks, a woman came in to clean and she asked if I spoke Spanish and unfortunately I didn't so we ended up playing charades to understand each other which is why speaking a second language can help you communicate with people in your own environment. 

  • The biggest benefit I see to learning a new language is not only to know how to communicate with others, but encourages you to learn about the language AND culture. I took AP French in high school and we learned so much about the French economy, politics, food, and social interaction; also we learned to understand French spoken by someone from France, Canada, or regions in Africa. Being fluent in more than one language is more than just being able to converse with people, but it's like learning how to read and write allowing you to come out of literary darkness, and know what's going on just like with English literacy. Learning French has allowed things to make sense. I've seen signs and posters with French writing and it's nice to know what those words means. Knowing French has allowed me to be a part of another world so to say, and made me appreciate the culture. 

I hope this post helped you in any way, shape, or form. If you are preparing for international travel, make sure you research the culture of your destination, because etiquette, slang, and common customs can be completely different from the ones you're used to. Learning the culture can prevent ignorance. For instance, my high school French teacher told us there's a certain order in which meals are eaten in France (like 5 courses); she mentioned that salad was the third course of the meal which she mistakenly ate first. We live and we learn, so if you ever end up in France now you know! Also when choosing a language to study, I recommend you study the language that will benefit you the most, but also fun to learn. Maybe the language you want to learn could be Spanish, German, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian, and the list goes on!  Bonne chance avec ta langue deuxieme! (Good luck with your second language!)

Stay Beautiful <3

October 05, 2016

Song of the Moment-80s Power Ballad

Hey Fashionistas! This is another music post, and I cannot get this song out of my head. I discovered this song while watching a behind-the-scenes video on YouTube for Merlin, and I could not stop listening to it after that. I've discovered how much I love the sound of bagpipes in rock music; it's a weird combination, sounds amazing. This is one of those songs that's meant to inspire, and encourages others to speak up about important issues. Check it out!

John Farnham-You're the Voice

October 01, 2016

Pranayama Techniques: Taming the Life Force

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Hey fashionistas! I felt this post was absolutely necessary for me to write because every time I go to the gym it breaks my heart to see and hear people improperly breathing. Proper breathing techniques can prevent getting out of breath quickly during physical activity, and can increase performance during workout sessions.

The main thing I always do when beginning a running session is to do some gentle yoga which usually take me about 20 minutes. I use yoga to get my breath going. Normally on a regular basis, your brain breathes for you without you having to think about, but when in terms of physical activity, this is when it's necessary to think about your breathing. I start out on the mat in mountain pose (tadasana), I close my eyes and breathe in and out slowly.
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To check in with my breathing, I like to place my hand on my core (Solar Plexus Chakra) in or to make sure my belly is rising when I breathe in and sinking when I breathe out. If this is happening in reverse, that's more of a reason to monitor your breath so you can get back on track. Also check your posture, you want your shoulders to be down, and your hips to curve downward. Bad posture or slouching can affect your breathing, you want your chest and rib cage to be open so your lungs are restricted.

I recently started running and I realized as I was running that I lasted longer than I expected because of my breathing. What helped me was breathing in through my nose, and exhaling out through my mouth. If you are used to breathing through your mouth, that's not always great because you end up shortening your breath. It's important that your lungs are getting a lot of oxygen through slow breathing especially when running because you're already burning up so much of it which means your lungs need to be replenished.

If you're lifting weights, doing push ups, crunches, or any other strength building exercise, I used to have a tendency to hold my breath when exerting effort. This was a habit I really needed to break. When I go through strength building asanas or poses in yoga like lifting up to plank it's important to inhale as you lift and exhale as you release. It's important in your workout to learn to move with the breath so you're not finding yourself quickly fatigued.

I hope this encouraged you to get the most out of your workouts and to prolong your endurance!

Stay Beautiful <3

September 28, 2016

IMPORTANT PSA: The Power and Beauty You Possess

Hey fashionistas! I feel like this post is definitely necessary this week. I find there is a myriad of people out there who have a complicated, even horrible relationship with themselves. I can sometimes have issues with myself where I feel like I've failed or that I don't have the strength to go on; many years ago there were times where I felt like I didn't have to strength to go on living. I was inspired to make this post because I've seen posts on the Whisper app where women or even young girls are anonymously telling the public how much they hate themselves, how ugly they think they are, and all these negative things about themselves. It's so hurtful to me because even though I can't physically see what they look like, I can see beautiful souls who have lost themselves. Strangely, I was motivated to write this while I was watching Merlin on Netflix the other day (my all-time favorite show). The point of this post is to personally speak to all of you going through the same kind of destructive thinking.

Each and every person is born to do great things and be great people, the only enemy that can prevent you from your achievements is you and you alone. You can be your own worst enemy which reminds me of a story. Middle school was the worst time of my life. Everyone in my grade basically didn't like me or would pretend to like me, and talk about me behind my back (some were actually bold enough to do it to my face); I would set my stuff down at lunch and when I came back my stuff was moved to the end of the table. The principal at the time was probably wondering why I chose to stay at there considering how many times others got me in trouble. I think middle school is a time where kids can might start thinking they're cooler than they actually are (trust me). To be totally honest with you, I don't know how I managed to make it this far, I used to keep thinking about what kind of future I wanted for myself, and how different things were going to be once I grew up and moved on. I guess that's probably what kept me going...I don't know. I went to a performing arts school so I thought I would see myself as a "rich and famous singer and dancer"(you gotta remember I was 12), so at the time I thought that would be my future so I would try to hold onto that dream, although so much as changed since then, but whatever you're going through I want you to find something to hold onto or anything that can keep you going. I didn't have any REAL friends at that time, but I had two parents who I treated like sh** sometimes and a brother I used to boss around all the time that now I wish I could go back and change that.  Also remember what you have, I took my family for granted back then because no matter how much I talked back or took out my anger on them, they never gave up on me. Now I'm 3,000+ miles away from them, and not a day goes by without thinking about them. Other people at school used to comment about how no one loved me, or that I was ugly when, to be honest, back then I had really great skin as I look back and some of them should have spoken for themselves (just kidding😄). The thing is, no matter how much they tried to hurt me it didn't because it wasn't true. People make comments like that when they're insecure about themselves and because you keep giving them that power over you.  You know who you are (sometimes it takes time to blossom into person you want to be), because all the time people spend trying to break you, that's time wasted that could be used to work on themselves. As much as I'm proud of who I am, I still believe I have some more growing up to do, I am an ongoing project until my time comes. I will forever be imperfectly perfect, and I still have a lot to work on with my internal relationship and that's okay. You should accept who you are at this moment, because no on could ever tell your life's story right except you.

It's taken a lot of time for me to get to where I am and be the person who's writing this post, as well as many struggles to have the views and thoughts I have. If I had chosen to end it years ago when I had the chance, that would have been so much potential lost, so much pain for those who actually did love and care about me, and mostly that would have meant I was giving up which is the worst thing you could ever do to yourself! I believe that only the strong can survive, only the strong can make it, and we all carry that strength day to day. There are going to be so many obstacles that will get in your way. I remember my senior pastor saying that the enemy already knows how much potential you have, they know that you're destined to do great things, but will do everything in their power to stop you. Life is a never ending war between the good and the evil, a battle of good and bad choices you have to make. You are so much stronger than you think you are, great warriors to fight for what you want in life. Everyone has a strong voice to be heard that nothing can silence. You are so much more beautiful than you think you are, and nothing should ever make you feel ashamed to walk out the door with your head held high on your shoulders. I believe that I am beautiful in every way (in a confident way, not egotistically), of course at times I have insecurities like everyone else, like finding a blemish under my lip, or not having shaved my legs, but that's not going to stop me from leaving my apartment. We have to control our fears and insecurities so they don't run our lives. It breaks my heart when I see and hear people speak blaspheme about themselves or to others because over the years I've had to learn to starting seeing people for who they really are and stop looking at what's on the surface. I know someone at my home church who always says "I'm too old to be beautiful" when given a compliment about her appearance.You guys, it hurts me so much, more than you'd ever know because I believe beauty can be found where there is none. You might think you're not, but there are others who could be admiring you from afar.

With knowing how beautiful you really are and being confident, you need to know how to take care and nurture yourself when necessary. I do yoga because it keeps me strong, flexible, and well balance physically and mentally, I do my best to eat well even for a college student because we feel good when do something good for ourselves. For instance, when you go to the gym, as exhausted as you might be depending how hard you worked, you will feel good about the fact that you went. Same thing when you decided to go to Simply Salad for lunch instead of McDonald's. Sometimes it's good to take a breather and get to know yourself, I do it all the time. In my apartment, I take walks to find places to sit and meditate. I always turn off the wi-fi and the data settings, and silence my phone, so I have nothing to do, but listen to music and enjoy my surroundings. There's nothing wrong with being by yourself and I don't often feel lonely. In fact, I like going on dates with myself because how am I going to be in a healthy relationship with another person if I can't have a healthy relationship with myself?

I hope I can leave you with this thought, don't let anything get in the way of what you want in life. Don't let anything manipulate you. You are your own person, so to say, free to make your own choices. At this point going forward, I don't want to ever see stuff like that on social media ever, even if it's anonymous. When you insult yourself, you insult those who might not agree, you're also insulting the people who gave birth to you. My parents have been my biggest fans, my greatest advisory board, my biggest investors for 19 years, and not once ever to give up on me. My family has never given up on me, and I know there are people out there who believe in what you want to achieve. Maybe your parents may not have been present in your life like mine, but if you look around and see that there ARE people out there who want to help you. No one gets anywhere in life just on their own, it takes a village of connections such as family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. So along the way to success, make sure you're making the right friendships, and to never forget who you are, where you came from, or what you've been through to get to where you're standing because it makes us who we are and never let your past be your weakness.  Thanks for reading what I have to say because there's a reason why at the end of every post I always ask you to...

Stay Beautiful <3

September 22, 2016

#FIDM Life

Hey fashionistas! I know it has been a jurassically long time since I wrote something, but whenever school starts back up is usually when other aspects of my life tend to fall apart. However, that's normal, education should always be first because being well educated will affect the rest of your life and what you choose to do with the life you're given. Since this is generally back to school season, I was inspired to talk what it is really like being a student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. As a board member for FIDM Student Council at the LA Campus, one of our meeting I attended was What's On Your Plate? with our special guest who was an art therapist. It was a fun event decorating a paper plate based on the stresses we've deal with while afterwards share and relate to the stress that a lot of us have. FIDM is different from any typical university, and being a student there offers many trials and tribulations to being a successful professional in the work force. If any of you have any desire to attend FIDM or are considering colleges in the fashion and entertainment industry, or maybe you will be attending FIDM during one of the upcoming quarters, this is for you!

  • Slowly stop caring about what you wear. This is ironic considering I go to a fashion school, but as a fashion design major, all of our energy goes into making kick-ass garments. 
  • Working long hours. I cannot speak for anyone outside of the fashion design program, but I constantly find myself underestimating how much time I need. I go into the design studio to work on my projects thinking 3 hours is enough to finish all my tasks, then I'll look up and 6 hours went by. Sometimes I will look at the clock and realize that I have to stop in the middle of a project to be somewhere because I ran out of time. Where I am now in the program has prevented me from getting home before 6 PM. 
  • Social life may or may not go into the toilet. I say this uncertainly because for me I have a great social life, I have a healthy amount of friends, I'm involved on the board for two clubs, but it doesn't always work this way for every FIDM student. When I started my first quarter, the roommate I shared a room with would go to class, come home, and didn't do anything else. I, however, found student activities, and there have been so many opportunities to meet people and make connections. Making time for friends takes major time management skills because there's already so much work with school. 
  • Job/internship searching starts sooner than you think. Since all FIDM student enter 2 year A.A. programs, by the time you get halfway through the program you start stressing about finding academic internships while in school as well as having to manage your time if an internship is obtained. While 2 years can go by quickly, there's the stress of gaining industry experience to make you more applicable when you graduate and start looking for full-time employment. 
  • You become career oriented. At FIDM, all of our classes are taught with the purpose of training you to be proficient employed professionals. All of the instructors relate the projects we work on as if this were a job.  All the instructors at FIDM are industry professionals so they do grade our assignments, projects, and presentations as if we were in the business right now.I actually like that they make us think this way because it motivates me to work harder.  I find it effective because we are expected to graduate as an industry professional. 
  • The work never ends. Because my school runs on a quarterly system all-year round, we have 10 weeks worth of time which isn't a lot. Instructors will assign a crap load of homework in which we have a whole week to do that. Also on average a full-time student like myself will take on 5 classes per quarter so let's say we have a paper to write for each of those classes by the next week, then that means we have 1 week to write 5 papers. It is a lot of work, but it's not impossible to do it all. Most of our homework consists of visually demanding projects and presentations. For my draping and pattern drafting classes (which are 6 hour classes by the way), each week we have to turn in a set of patterns and a finished garment. I am passionate about what I do so it doesn't seem so bad, it's actually fun. I love my fashion sketching class, but then there are days I don't draw to the instructor's standards, or I'm completely frustrated and hate everything I draw taking me 3 plus hours to complete.
  • You don't really get the typical college experience. Because the program goes by super fast and the work load only gets worse the further into the program you go, you never have time to really go out to fun parties, or to even throw a party for the most part. 
  • You become a real adult prepared for the world at a young age.  When I graduate from FIDM, I will be 19 going on 20 with my first college degree. Student housing gives you a full-on two bedroom apartment (with three other people of course) with a kitchen, two bathrooms, a washer and dryer and is fully furnished. We get to live in a full-on apartment as if we're living on our own. This means that you have to buy your own groceries, cook your own meals, clean up after yourself, do your own laundry, and the whole nine yards. FIDM feels like a full time job which will put you in the adult mindset to balancing work, school, social life, and personal life at 18 years old (depending on how old you start college). 
I hope everyone is off to a great start to the new school year, it's so weird because right now I just got through finals week for the summer quarter. I know it's insane! I just finished another quarter while most of you are starting a new year, but I hope you're making the most of this fresh start!

Stay beautiful <3