Deed of the Week: Stop Making Excuses

Halfway through the semester and I am already pretty exhausted! I went out of my way to catch up on homework and school work so I could dedicate this weekend to working on getting some videos on YouTube up. I mentioned in a previous post that I am trying to learn how to video edit and film a little bit more because I want to branch out to YouTube. I figured that this would be the best time of the year to start a channel because of Halloween. This holiday gives me an opportunity to show my creative side with costumes and makeup so I figured, why not?!

I am going to hopefully release a costume video tomorrow and then a different one on Wednesday. This week’s characters are both Disney characters, one is a male character and the other is a female. I think you guys will know who the female character is if you are following me on Instagram. I am eager to show you guys what I have been working on and I hope you will all like what you see.

YouTube is one of those things that I thought would be interesting to do so I stopped making excuses and decided to just go for it. I want you to challenge yourself to set aside some time and think about something that you have always wanted to do, yet find yourself making excuses. Figure out what is preventing you and ignore those excuses and just go for it! If you needed some encouragement to get out and do something, this is it. What is something that you have always wanted to do? Take the first step this week and see how far it takes you and just keep going!

if you’ve seen the Bernie Mac show, you will remember when Jordan said the greatest simile which is, “Excuses are just like butts, everyone’s got one but they all stink!”

Stay stylish!

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Things To Come

I’ve really missed blogging on here on a daily basis, but I know that this change was necessary in order for me to continue to grow in my fashion endeavors. Today’s blog is going to be a simple update on my whereabouts and I am currently working my butt off with being a full-time student and part time employee, but these things all make me want to try harder at being great at what I do and what I want to do is share my enthusiasm for fashion with others who feel the same way that I do. I am expanding my horizons by learning how to film and edit videos, become more comfortable in front of the camera during photo shoots, and just generally be more involved. I am doing these things on top of work, homework and studying, but just because this is challenging, it does not mean that it is impossible.

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These goals are difficult and yes, I find myself getting frustrated when things do not seem like they are going well and I feel like no progress is being made, but great things do not happen overnight. I am still trying my hardest to be patient.

I am in the process of trying to learn how to film and edit videos so that I can start my own YouTube channel that revolves around fashion and who knows, maybe makeup every once in a while. I am using Halloween as an opportunity to recreate some costumes and makeup looks and I am pretty much filming the process so I can show you guys. I am planning on doing a total of 4 or 5 different characters so as soon as the weather here gets a whole lot better, I will be doing many photo shoots and videos. I really hope it all comes together in the end and I really hope that this endeavor will take me far.

I am open to any advice or suggestions any of you guys have when it comes to photo shoots, filming or video editing, I am all ears and it’s much appreciated. This is all I have for you all for now, as soon as I get the first video up, I will let you all know!

Stay Stylish and Good Night!

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Never Say Never!

Can you recall a time where you said you would never wear something like that?

I remember all that time and laugh while shaking my head side-to-side in disbelief. I remember how not even a year ago I said that I would NEVER wear white pants or long pencil skirts. It’s funny how these items made their way into my closet. So what changed?

I began this fashion blog in order to give some outfit inspiration and talk about things relative in the fashion world that I hope is relateable and/or enjoyable to read.

Today I am going to show you some photos I took earlier today where I am wearing a long pencil skirt that I thought I would never, ever wear. So here it goes!

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Everything in this outfit are all things that I said I would never wear!

Starting from the shoes, I remember how I said I would never wear shoes that showed my toes. I used to be self-conscious about my toes because of how little they were. My pinky toe is so small, the nail looks like it’s hardly there when I cut my nails!

The skirt, as I mentioned earlier, was that long pencil skirt that I said I would never wear yet this snakeskin one from Boohoo is my favorite! I love skirts, but long length skirts and dresses always intimidated me because I am a short person (5 ft. 2 in) and I felt that I could not pull it off. I think this skirt is very figure flattering and I am really thinking of getting another skirt like this.

The top is a band top! I LOVE band shirts, but I recall a time where I only wanted to wear a band shirt if it was a t-shirt. I used to hate tank tops. I didn’t want to be showing my arms. I had twig arms my whole life and I felt weak. I wouldn’t leave the house in a tank top or in a sleeveless blouse because I didn’t like the way my arms looked.

The choker necklace is also something I thought I wouldn’t wear. I always thought that it looked like a had a collar like my pet cat or something, but the choker necklaces I am seeing everywhere are so cute! I’m obsessed!

Never say never to things without giving them a try. You’ll be surprised to see what actually looks good on you! Keep an open mind and stay stylish! 😉

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Art

Today’s blog will be a continuation of my back-to-school theme, but will still be a little different. Monday I showed you guys a sporty look I created with the athletic student in mind and then yesterday I wrote my blog that had to do with taking care of business and placed an image of my business student look on it. Yesterday I talked about my personal struggle of realizing the STEM career field wasn’t for me, but that women of STEM amaze me every single day. Today, I will be showing you guys a blast from the past with some images of anything art related that I have done in the past because I am now channeling my inner art student!

I know that those who study art doesn’t just mean that you do art work. I understand. So I am also going to talk about my experience in my high school musical, Hairspray!!

This experience was definitely the highlight of my senior year and high school career. We had about a 3 hour rehearsal everyday after school from mid October thru early December. Throughout this time there was so many things going on in my life. First of all, I didn’t tell anyone that I was going to audition. Secondly, my ex was also auditioning and I was still not completely comfortable around him. Third, his new chick he had been talking to was the queen of acting at our high school. Fourth, I knew NOBODY. I made new friends during auditions, but none of them made it on the list, so I was back to knowing nobody again. Fifth, my ex and his new chick made the cut -.- and on top of all of this, my friend Ricky was in the hospital throughout this whole time due to his colon cancer returning.

My ex almost became my dance partner, which is why I thank God every day for my friend and dance partner, Rene.

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Rene became my dance partner. He was a junior while I was a senior. He kept me strong throughout this entire production and I really couldn’t have asked for a better partner.

hairspray2Here I am pictured with all the other female, “nicest kids in town” and this photo was taken at the very end of the play when we all had to come out and bow. This was a very proud moment for me because I almost didn’t try out after seeing how many people were auditioning and my ex boyfriend. What made this play most important to me is that it was dedicated to my friend Ricky’s passing that same month. I forgot all about fear at that moment. I forgot all about my ex and his new girl. I forgot all about how I was way outside of my comfort zone and just went out there!

With that said, never be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. You may end up having the best time of your life!

 

 

On a side note, Hurricane Harvey is causing some storms here in South Texas. It looks like my city is going to get hit pretty hard. Weather reports predict that we are going to get 8-12 inches of rain through Saturday and Sunday. My first day back at school will depend on the extent of the rain and of course, the aftermath flooding will cost. If I am a little behind on blog posts, please do not be alarmed, I am probably just going to be with my family or maybe just experiencing power outages.

South Texas followers, use your common sense and turn around, don’t drown! Stay safe, and stay stylish.

 

 

 

Hitting The Books And Hitting The Gym

Are you the type of student who tries to make time for the gym, but hates the hassle of having to pack two separate outfits? Are you always forgetting that one item of clothing for your school outfit? Do you want to achieve that sporty chic look without looking sloppy? I have experienced all of the above and came up with an outfit that solved these problems for me.

Before I jump right into it, I personally workout in the evenings. I have never been able to workout effectively in the morning. I use working out as a way to relieve stress from the day versus lose weight or get pumped for the day, but that is just me. On the days that I do not feel like packing an extra outfit, I just incorporate my workout clothes into my regular day outfit. I know this sounds weird, but it has helped me out so much!

What normally happens is that I go through my day in a sporty chic looking outfit that either has my workout clothes incorporated in it or underneath it!

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If you are a student who prefers to workout in the morning, you could still achieve a look similar to this, by packing a simple t-shirt dress and some sneakers. If you do not have a vest of any kind, use your workout gear to accessorize your t-shirt dress. Wrap your jacket around your waist, put that cap on. If it’s too much of a hassle to transform yourself from an athletic wardrobe to a different style, I say, embrace it.

There are so many things that you can do to wear your athletic gear in a stylish, but practical way. Tights are the easiest to dress up or down, but I wanted to show those of you who may prefer to work out in shorts another alternative.

With tights, you can wear a dress or a long shirt and some nice boots and you’re good to go! I am sorry if you may have wanted a more glam sporty look, but I am taking a more practical and stress free approach to my back to school styles I will be showing you this week. Let me know how I did.

Good luck hitting the books and hitting the gym this semester! Stay stylish. You got this!

Also, check out my very first video on YOUTUBE!

 

My First Photo Shoot

My fashion account on Instagram was born June 4th, 2017. Just five days after its birth, I did my very first photo shoot at a park. I had chosen three different outfits and of course, my boyfriend was my photographer. I decided to talk about this today because I know a lot of you may be fashion bloggers or fashion lovers who see a lot of people on social media looking flawless all the time and may wonder how a person could be so photogenic and great looking all the time.

I did my very first photo shoot on June 9th and had to find my strength to not run away from the camera. All my life I believed that I just wasn’t photogenic and that I could never stand in front of a camera. EVER.

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On the other hand, people complimenting my outfits would spark a voice in the back of my head that would tell me that I should try becoming a fashion blogger. I always ignored it because I told myself that I would never be like the fashion bloggers or beauty gurus I see on YouTube or Instagram and that my pictures would suck and that no one would follow me, yadda, yadda.

Then I had to take my Portfolio and Professional Development class earlier this summer.

My professor wanted us to create a digital portfolio to display what we wanted to do as a career. Even though I am studying Communications, I still have no idea what I truly want out of it. It seemed like all my classmates were ahead of the game and soon I was intimidated by photographers who had their own work to display, journalist who had articles they had written and then there was me. I had nothing to really show for myself and I found myself waking up in the middle of the night believing that I wasn’t good at anything.

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I then decided, what the hell? Who am I living for? Why am I here feeling sorry for myself? I am pretty great at dressing up. I know this may sound very arrogant, but sometimes you have to toot your own horn. It worked for me because soon I found myself activating my Instagram account, creating this blog, and taking pictures without running away from it!

The pictures you see in this post are all from my very first photo shoot. I did three different outfits and I felt super awkward and uncomfortable that I probably would have not been able to take decent pictures if anyone other than my boyfriend was my photographer. I felt silly doing certain poses or facial expressions because I was in a public place and I knew that out of curiosity, people would look from time to time.

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I honestly look at these pictures and see a difference in how I take photos now versus then. I am more confident in front of the camera now-a-days. It took consistent work and motivation to try harder and I still have both great and not so great photo shoots still. There are just some days that your photos come out great and other days where a domino effect of bad luck just happens. I am glad I am able to share with you all some stepping stones to my fashion endeavor and I hope that this motivates you to overcome camera awkwardness or makes you feel better about your own pictures!

Share this blog with someone who may be camera shy or is stopping themselves from going after that dream the voice in the back of their head is urging them to go for!

Stay stylish!

Yes, I know this image looks like I am smelling my armpit! But cut me some slack, this was my first photo shoot and I had NO idea how to pose hahaha

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Building My Core & Confidence

You guys, I just finished a 10 minute workout video from YouTube fitness trainer Cassey Ho on her channel Blogilates. She released a video about a week ago titled, ‘5 Ways to Build your Core & Confidence’ and I have to admit that it was the hardest ab workout I have done.

I am talking about this today because I am the type of person who gains a little bit of weight and just doesn’t like the way that my clothes look on me anymore. Before I continue, please know that I am not body shaming or trying to preach on how we all have to live a certain healthy lifestyle. I am here to talk to you guys like the very honest person I am and a person who has real thoughts and feelings.

Earlier this year my mom sat down and talked to me and pretty much told me that she noticed that I was gaining weight. She told me this right when I was eating some leftover Chinese food from the night before. Hearing her tell me that she has notice weight gain in me, made me lose my appetite for my leftover food. I was speechless. I was hurt. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing from my mom. Despite how shitty I felt inside, my poker face remained while in my mother’s presence. But once I got in my room, I started trying on some clothes in my closet. Unfortunately my mom was right. I did gain some weight. All the clothes that used to make me feel cute and stylish, just didn’t sit right on my body. They were too tight. They wouldn’t zip up. I was heartbroken.

To make my wake up call even more devastating, I snuck into my mom’s room and weighed myself. I’ll never forget it. I weighed 144 pounds.

I remember venting to my boyfriend about this and I’m not going to lie, I told him that I weighed in at 134 pounds because I did not want to hear the words coming out of my mouth that I was only six pounds away from 150 pounds. I am a 5 ft. 2 in. girl who has weighed 120 the most so when I saw that I had gained almost 25 pounds, my heart ached and my mind was just all over the place.

My fitness journey began shortly after my birthday back in January and although I have not stepped back on the scale, I am pleased to say that half the clothes that didn’t fit me a few months ago, are back to fitting me like they used to. I was using my resources such as the gym at my work and even the gym at my school. I was making myself lean meals and drinking lots of water. Any other type of beverage was for Saturday only.

My mom and I have not talked about my weight since, and as much as it really hurt me to hear my own mother tell me that I was gaining weight, it’s what I needed in order to have this healthy change in myself. So that ties me back into the video I mentioned earlier. Starting out Blogilates videos was very hard in the beginning. Even though they were only 5 or 10 minutes, I always found myself getting frustrated and wanting to give up. It seemed like I would take one step forward and two steps back, but if you are too afraid to fail, you will never succeed. 

Another thing that I started doing this year is lifting weights. Before I had no upper body strength and was getting tired lifting 3 pound weights, but now I lift 8 pounds. It may not seem like a big difference, but it is a healthy difference for me and my body. My stomach is getting flatter. My arms have gotten firmer. My running has remained steady and great for my heart. But most importantly, my confidence has escalated with the help of living a healthier lifestyle and my fashion endeavor.

I want women of all ages to know that they can find their strength when they hit rock bottom. I want women to know that they can jump back into being a healthier version of themselves whether it is physically, mentally, spiritually or any other way. I want women to not apologize for putting themselves first and wanting to be their own kind of Wonder Woman. If you really want something, you have to begin some type of journey for yourself.

I want to know what your dreams are and what you have done to reach them. And if you haven’t began your journey to your goals, what is holding you back?

Think about what it is you want out of your life and how you can become the best version of  yourself.

Build your core. Build your confidence. Stay Stylish.