My 2012 Faves

31 Dec

This year was quite a year to remember. Here are my 2012 favorites:

Family

It’s so easy for us to take our loved ones for granted. I really felt like my family and I grew closer this year, and I’m so grateful for that. Seeing Izabella grow has been quite an adventure for all of us and has certainly made life a little more worthwhile.

My family and I at Bella's 1st Birthday Party!

My family and I at Bella’s 1st Birthday Party!

Love

I can go on forever about this very special person, but I’m simply glad that he’s been by my side through the good and the bad. I couldn’t ask for a better boyfriend.

Mohammar and I at The Getty Center.

Mohammar and I at The Getty Center.

Friends

I stuck by the few friends that I have and was lucky enough to make new ones. I’m so thankful to have them in my life. They’re very dear to my heart, and I would do anything for them.

Since 2007? Er, something like that. The point is she's my best friend and she always will be.

Since 2007? Er, something like that. The point is she’s my best friend and she always will be.

My soul sister. She's definitely more than a best friend. Words can't describe how much she means to me.

My soul sister. She’s definitely more than a friend. Words can’t describe how much she means to me.

Nicholita! I met her at just the right time, and we've helped each other through a lot. It was meant to be!

Nicholita! I met her at just the right time. It was meant to be!

My little brothers that I love and adore. Stay away, girls!

My little brothers that I love and adore. Stay away, girls!

Maria is one of my favorite fashion bloggers! We started talking through the inter webs and I can definitely call her a new friend. She's such a sweet girl. Click on her photo to check out her blog!

Maria is one of my favorite fashion bloggers! We started talking through the interwebs and I can definitely call her a new friend. She’s such a sweet girl. Click on her photo to check out her blog!

Italy

What’s life without a little adventure? Italy was definitely the highlight of my year. I’m so lucky to have been given this birthday gift. This trip opened my eyes and helped me realize how much more of the world I’ve yet to see.

Outside of the Altare della Patria or Altar of the Fatherland.

Outside of the Altare della Patria or Altar of the Fatherland.

Rome with my lovely parents.

Rome with my lovely parents.

Venice!

Venice!

You can find a more extensive look of my trip here!

2012 was great to me, but I know 2013 will be so much better. I pray God helps you reach all of your goals. Have a Happy New Year, friends!

Christmas Eve

24 Dec

Hi, everyone!

I’ve been gone for quite a while, but I was enjoying a long needed break.

I’m done with my fall semester of my senior year in college. Crazy! Right? I only have winter session and spring semester to go, and I’m done (for now)!

Well…

It’s Christmas Eve today! My heart feels happy and my tummy is excited🙂

Our family celebrates the birth of Christ today. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Christ is the greatest gift of all, and I hope that you all remember what today REALLY means. Sure the presents and delicious food make today more enjoyable, but today we celebrate the greatest present that was given to humanity.

I hope you all enjoy today and tomorrow with your favorite people🙂

I bought my Christmas Eve outfit at Nordstroms Rack. Here’s what I’ll be wearing today:

This is the front of the dress.

This is the front of the dress.

 

This is the back of the dress.

This is the back of the dress.

 

I love the bow and sequence detail!

I love the bow and sequence detail!

 

Aren't these gorgeous?

Aren’t these gorgeous?

 

Black sheer tights to finish the look.

Black sheer tights to finish the look.

Merry Christmas!

 

HoliDIY

6 Dec
Make this and other patterns!

Make this and other patterns!

Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, this DIY is perfect for this time of year.

Materials: popsicle sticks, glue, and your imagination.

Feel free to follow your own pattern, but you can follow the picture above for help.

If you have any cool DIYs you’d like me to do, let me know in the comments below!

Winter Wonderland

29 Nov

Click on this photo to view the slideshow!

It’s never really winter in Southern California, but I love being able to wear furry coats and dark colors.

Over the Thanksgiving break, I got some great deals at Forever 21Target, and T.J. Maxx. I really love each of the items I picked up. The best part is everything I got was under $40!

Let me know what your favorite winter clothing item or accessory is in the comment section below🙂

My Thanksgiving

23 Nov

Hello, everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving🙂

My Thanksgiving was filled with yummy food and beautiful people…

My niece, her cheeks, and I.

This little girl is really special. She has brought so much love and joy into my family. It was her first Thanksgiving!

Mohammar and I at DCA!

Mohammar and I went to Disneyland/Disney California Adventure a day before Thanksgiving. It was so much fun, and it really set the Holiday spirit!

Bella and the “big” girls.

We spent this Thanksgiving with three other families: The Escobar (my sister’s family), The Castillo (my best friend’s family), and The Guzman. It’s nice to know that even though my extended family is far away,  the love I have for them is just as deep and true. (P.S. We really missed the other Guzman family. It wasn’t the same without them!)

iBon Appétit!

What’s Thanksgiving without a little (a lot of) dessert? It’s the small and sweet things in life that matter😉

I can’t wait for Christmas!

Pretty Little Things

15 Nov

Hello, friends!

I’ve been doing a lot of bargain shopping over the week and found some great finds. I’ll be posting photos soon!

This is a short post, but I promise my next one will be filled with goodies that I’m sure you’ll all enjoy.

Have a great weekend! XO

Over Being Overwhelmed

9 Nov

Senior year is a mix of many emotions.

Fear.

Excitement.

Nostalgia.

However, one thing is for certain, I often find myself feeling overwhelmed.

Feeling overwhelmed comes naturally when you’re a student. It’s normal.

BUT you should definitely rid yourself of that feeling. You’re in control of how you feel, so do what you can to feel at peace.

There are a few things I like to do when I feel overwhelmed that never fail to help me. Follow these stress relievers the next time you’re overwhelmed! Maybe they can help you too🙂

1. Listen to music. Try to pick a song that automatically puts you in a good mood. Hey Ya! by OutKast always does it for me. I don’t know why, but something about that song just makes me happy.

2. Workout. I really like lifting weights! It’s great exercise, and it won’t wear you out completely.

3. Take a nap. Sometimes you just need to let your mind and body rest. You work really hard, so you deserve it!

Oh, and don’t forget to breathe. It’s going to be okay! Promise.

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