hello again.

i figured if i didn't post anything in a while, why not get the ball rolling again huh? i feel like i've been missing out on journaling my time, my daily routines, my life,  and with that i've been comparing myself with how i used to be: care-free, cheerfully excited about good things to come, blogging just to share experiences in hopes to inspire someone else. ive lost sight of the fun in recording my life. so here's another 157th take on "blogging" again. merely just to blog for myself and to record what i love in the moment. 

and i'm dragging daniel with me on it haha. i need someone to fill that "instagram husband" job title, and he's the best fit for it haha. did a quick and fun shoot by this giant turquoise wall and totally disregarded the fact that there was a "No Trespassing" sign posted. gotta do what you gotta do sometimes amirite? 

hat: coolest find at Burlington Coat Factory!! 
pants: also cool find at Burlington Coat Factory, this time featured in the clearance section (!!!)
top: old Ann Taylor 
shoes: payless 
bag: kate spade 


summer in the city

i could live in that row house covered in vines. i don't mind. 
laughing in this just because a taxi was headed for us down this block and my sister still managed to get the photo anyways. #thatstruelove
funny thing: got this top from the girls section at target. wayyy cheaper than getting one similar to it in the womens section lol. 

found this hidden treasure in between the buildings of the Lincoln Center and Julliard! a roof top covered in grass! pure, pure bliss. 
the epitome of summer in the city for sure! 

i can get lost in the city. just exploring it. i mean, on that day we had planned what to do and where to go, but next time for sure im just gonna plan to go to one area and then just wing from there just cause you can find so many hidden corners (just like that grassy rooftop!). already having in mind a next trip back with some girlfriends during the spring time! maybe we'll catch the bloom! thank you new york city, for rejuvenating that sense of adventure in me. till next time friend!


oh brooklyn

i have some pride (okay maybe a little more than just "some") while i roam the streets of new york, saying to myself that i was born and raised in this beautiful city of charm and hustle. granted, i no longer live here, but that doesn't change the fact that i still feel rooted to it. so grateful for a place of diversity, culture, and bliss that i can always escape to. 


dear everything,

dear life currently, 
you're pretty sporadic right now and i don't know how to handle it but just by going with the flow (or atleast trying to). i hope you're okay with that.

dear hamilton soundtrack, 
i listen to you everyday because my car doesn't have bluetooth and i don't dig the radio so much. even though daniel complains about it, he'll sing along some times too, and i don't mind at all.

dear to-do list, 
how do you keep growing and growing every time i check something off the list?!?!

dear rain, 
you've been non-stop for the past week. i usually don't appreciate you, but there's something different about you today, and i'm liking it. 

i splurged on you with the pathetic excuse of it being my birthday month, and it was totally worth it. 

dear future bullet journal, 
i'm way too excited to start you and to dress you up in stickers and photos and wannabe calligraphy. i know my future posterity will thank me for it. 

dear disney annual pass, 
i'm so happy that i have you and that daniel got me you for my birthday, but cause i'm blocked out for the next 2 months, we're gonna have to take a break.... for now. i still love you though.

dear july and august calendar,
i'm so excited for you!!!!!! 

dear blog, 
i know, i know. you hate me. but i will do better to update you more often!(?)

i got inspired by my favorite blogger to make this post! i feel like it's the best way to update what's been going on in my life lately as simple as possible! 


for the love of button-ups, jean jackets, and leggings.

button up: j.crew; jean jacket: gap; scarf and bag: kate spade new york shoes: converse 

i was asked one time at work "do you dress the same way you dress at work?" and immediately my thought was "yeah kinda.... just with leggings" hahaha. i honestly love them and how comfy and effortless they are to match with!

 i firmly believe that every one should own key statement pieces in their closet such as a plain white button-up and a jean jacket. they're the kind of classic clothing that stick around for ages and never go out of style. 


happy national stripes day?

top: elle; jeans: h&m; bag, strap, necklace, & shoes: kate spade new york 
well at least according to j.crew it's not an actual holiday, yet. but why not? rocking the stripes will never ever go out of style. and thank goodness for that! had a quick fun shoot with daniel and i'm hoping i step out of the "i have no time for it" phase so i can actually get this all going again. happy weekend everyone! 


tidbits that has helped us along the way

happy valentines day internet! i couldn't pass off the chance to not post a few things that i've noticed that have helped me and daniel's relationship over the years (fun- actually not fun, more like depressing fact: this is our 10th Valentines and I'm pretty sure we've never spent even one of them together.... *cries*). but other than that, i also asked daniel to put together what he thought helped us. it was kinda nice to see his side too. so grateful for that man.

things I thought helped us: 
1. time
oyy i am so horrible at this. but i'm trying to work at it. time is such a valuable thing. i feel so appreciated whenever daniel sacrifices whatever he was doing to always come to me. it's as if the essence of time stops for him whenever he spends his time with me and that makes me feel so valued.

2. communication 
heck to the yeah. this is super essential in any relationship. this is the very reason why we've made it this far lol. communication opens you up to being honest, even at times when it might not be the most comfortable. but it's in those times where we're given the opportunity to move on, to forgive, to grow, or to be better as an individual and for each other.

3. compliments
i am guilty for not doing this enough. but i love the random compliments daniel gives me. wether it's him complimenting me on an item of clothing that i haven't worn in forever that he loves, or when he reminds me of how much i've accomplished throughout the day! it not only boosts my confidence, but it also shows me how observant he is. and that feels good.

4. always saying "i love you" 
i don't think you can ever say enough of that. just saying those words randomly or even in moments when it's needed to be heard the most reminds me what we're fighting for, what the whole point is about, and how simple it really is.

5. food
i had to. we bond so much over a pie of pizza and most definitely over a bowl of pasta! when we weren't even living in the same state yet we'd have chipotle dates over skype and just enjoy our chipotle! it's sharing those moments of goodness with your best friend and thinking in your head that you could do this forever with this guy. now if i can only get him to love dessert.....

things HE thought helped us (in his own words, so read it coming from him): 
1. technology
because we wouldn't have been able to communicate like we did. like right now while she's halfway around the world.

2. her desire to go on a mission
so i accepted the offer of the missionaries to sit down and try to learn her beliefs and why she desired to go. and i found something way better. i found something that was missing in my life and because of that i love her more because now we share those beliefs.

3. support from friends and family 
idk there's not really much to explain when it comes to that lol.

4. showering eachother with love 
the way she showers me with her love because she helps  me realize that in times of peril, especially the past few months, she's shown me that everything is going to be okay and that we'll be okay and that everything will work out. and i appreciate her so much more because she's helped me cope with my stress.

5. going to theme parks 
that's when we get to be little kids again. we get excited for rides together, we get nervous and scared on coasters together. we have such a great time and it just strengthens my bond with her whenever we create memories like that together.

aww shucks, i think i'll keep him around.
hope you all enjoy this day of love!


my little space.

i am super duper horrible and so great for neglecting my blog, there goes one of my new years resolutions!! but here it goes. i will do better. i will! i promise? well here one goes!

^^ i love a nice sleek backdrop because most of my decor is a pop of color. also lot's of sun in my room is a necessity! it changes your mood in an instant, it's great. my white frames are from IKEA and the gold ones i found at a garage sale. garage sales are notorious for gold frames! ^^
^^ for the past few months i had nothing hanging on my door. but this trick adds so much more character to my little space! finding some colorful signature pieces from my closet and hanging them helps me remember that i had this or that! it's also easy to change it up here and there. ^^

^^ for the longest time i had this huge awkward space of a wall against my headboard. i didn't want to hammer anything more frames or even a shelf on the walls because then i'd have to buy more stuff to fill them in. so i kept it simple and i actually like it! ^^

^^ pillows are probably my weakness. i will collect all the cute pillows if i had the space and place for each of them lol ^^ 

^^ i got that girl from target and now she has a round cactus and it makes her look like she has a ballerina bun! ^^ 

^^ the picnic basket on the bottom is patiently waiting for me to use it lol. i was lucky to score that pretty thing when i stumbled upon it at our local Salvation Army for only 15 bucks!! i'll use you soon pretty thing! ^^ 

^^ the day after i came home from my mission daniel and i went on a target run to make me feel more at home by buying a few things for my room. that flamingo curtain was definitely not on my list of to-buy's but i couldn't resist the look or the price! ^^

^^ a new craze for me is the whole book stacking thing. i have too many books and no place to put them all so it's been really helpful using them as decoration! cheap and innovative! ^^

^^ one of the future projects i'd like to get my hands on someday would be to replace each handle on this dresser with random, colorful, knobs. someday! ^^ 

^^ see the whole book stacking obsession thing? 
i used to have my perfumes in my bathroom because smelly things in my bathroom where i get ready should remind me to put some on before leaving the house right? nope. i kept forgetting. thank goodness for this little table that was handed down to me by a good friend, i no longer stink lol. it's right by my door and my keys so i never forget hehe. ^^ 

i've been home for about 5 months now and feeling settled in my home is a big deal for me. on a mission you are constantly moving, literally. i moved into 5 different apartments/homes. and because i was super homesick on my mission, the first thing i'd do when i moved into a new area, i'd settle in and unpack and decorate.

 it took a little longer time to do that when i actually came home because of work/life/money/really trying to figure out where i wanted everything to go/also trusting that i'll find a nice little trinket to collect and place in the perfect spot. and it's not complete yet either because i would still like to do so much more to my little space to feel more and more at home as time goes on. doing this makes me so excited for decorating any future home(s), having my own place to call mine mine mine (also my future spouse, and daughter or son, but i'll be doing the decorating around here!)

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