Friday, March 07, 2014

Beards



Image from BeardBeanie.com


"If we move somewhere cold, I'm going to grow some facial hair over the winter."

"Why?"

"My chin gets ice cold. It just feels like...if I move it, it's going to break off from the rest of my body."

"I'll get you one of these. Now your chin won't get cold, and I don't have to live with a bearded man bear."

Full disclosure: My father has a beard. My gramps had a mustache for most of his life. But I just can't date a man with facial hair. Not even Tom Hiddleston.

Monday, March 03, 2014

I'd rather barre



In the face of deadlines, I used to work out. Now I stress eat. I really should be here, but instead, I am sitting at my computer, trying not to raid the fridge...

Friday, February 28, 2014

Loss

One of the biggest reasons why I stopped blogging was that I pretty much couldn't write. I was at a loss for words, probably because we were experiencing the loss of people dear to us in the past few years.

My grandfather passed away almost two years ago. It was sudden, truly unexpected. Last I'd seen him he was fine, he was happy. He was doing well. I will never forget the last time we spoke, how I told him that I loved him. He replied, "And I love you, mija. You don't know how much I love you."

My grandparents fed my thirst for knowledge and my desire to travel the world. I grew listening to my grandfather's stories from when he lived in Spain and Mexico. My grandfather always listened to me, and supported me, no matter how much he disagreed with my choices. Along with my parents, my grandpa and grandma taught me that I needed no man to live a full life. They taught me that I could stand on my own two feet and make my own way in the world. They told me that you could never learn too much and that I should never stop learning.

This is not to say that we didn't argue. I remember a spat we had because we had very different political views. He got so upset with me; he was actually shaking. But we agreed to disagree. He wasn't happy that I had decided to change my original college applications (I meant to study medicine or engineering; I ended up changing to English). But I had never seen him glow with such pride until I defended my master's thesis. I'm glad that I got to share such an important day with him, but there are so many more that I wish he could have seen.

I don't think we ever truly forget or get over someone you lose. You just learn to dull the pain, and you tell yourself that everything is okay. I was lucky that I had my grandfather so long, but not a day goes by that I don't remember him. He will always be a part of my life, and I will treasure the memories of the times we spent. I don't know what happens after death, but I know that he's out there, somewhere. Probably with grandma. Making fun of me because I'm a softie.

And even though I don't know for certain where he is now, I know that he'll always be with me. I carry him in my heart.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What I've been up to: Mexico

Another place we visited during the blog hiatus was Mexico. I've wanted to go ever since I was a little girl. As a child, all I ever did was read. (Well, and chase boys. And jump off rooftops, but that's another story.) Through books I was able to travel around the world and slowly build a bucket list of places I wanted to visit. Mexico is one of them.

We found a Groupon for a Mayan Riviera eco-hotel, and it was a done deal. I would've loved to have stayed more (it was only 4 days), but we made the most of it. We cannot wait to go back!

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If you'd like to see the rest of the pictures from this set, feel free to visit my Flickr.

Monday, February 24, 2014

What I've been up to: China

One of the things I did during my (quite long) hiatus was visit China. We went right after the 2013 Airpocalypse, so we were a bit scared as to how the trip would go. Thankfully, before we set out for China, the situation improved. We were able to enjoy two lovely weeks there. Yes, it was gray. Yes, it was quite cold. (Well, for us. We know that you have it worse right now thanks to Polar Vortex 2014.) But it was a wonderful experience, and we definitely want to go back some day.

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If you'd like to see the entire set, feel free to see it on my Flickr.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dragas at the Park

I love drag shows. I don't get to go to as many as I would like, but I was lucky enough to attend Dragas at the Park this past February 9th. It featured some favorite local queens, and, of course, the gorgeous April Carrión! If you've heard of her lately, it's because she's competing on this season of RuPaul's Drag Race!

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These are just some of the pictures I took. If you'd like to see the full set, feel free to visit my Flickr.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Personality Style Challenge I

Jaimie from Brilliant Earth was kind enough to reach out to me and invite me to be a part of their Personality Style Challenge. How could I refuse?

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Day Look: Saint Laurent blazer, Yves Saint Laurent black flats, Rag & Bone Legging skinny jeans, Brilliant Earth accessories. Night Look: Saint Laurent Blazer, Christian Louboutin heels, Lacoste + Malandrino Women's Tuxedo Shorts, Moss Bro white normal collar dress shirt and black bow tie set, Brilliant Earth accessories

For day, I try to streamline things. I'd fall into the Minimalist, no nonsense elegant style. But, most importantly, I need to be comfortable. I'm currently teaching, which means that I am on my feet all day. No heels for me! Comfortable flats, jeans, and a snappy shirt. The blazer ties it all together. Keeping my hands simple, but elegant, with the 18K White Gold Luna Ring and the Comfort Fit Wedding Band. A pop of color never hurt anyone, so the White Gold Sapphire Halo Earrings add the finishing touch.

Now, for a night look, I would ramp up the glamour. I would keep the blazer, but definitely switch things up. Borrowing from the men's department, a men's shirt and bow tie paired up with Lacoste + Malandrino Women's Tuxedo Shorts. I've moved the blue from the earrings to my feet, with these beautiful heels.

As for accessories, the Eclipse Diamond Earrings and the Sienna Diamond Ring add a hint of sparkle. I'm ready to dance the night away!

So, what kind of girl are you?

Thanks to Jaimie Herrmann and BrilliantEarth.com for this wonderful opportunity!