where i get my fashion inspiration

I love fashion more than anything. From the moment a child can formulate sentences and have an understanding of what it means to love something, that’s when I knew I wanted to be in this industry. I have a project from years ago, I was in first grade maybe, and it said, “When I grow up I want to be a vashion designer.” I knew I wanted to be that before I even know how to spell it. Up until 16, I told people, “when I’m older, I am going to be a fashion designer.” At 16, I realized what that meant and what more to the industry there was. Then from that moment it was, “I want to be in the fashion industry… a stylist… a model… a fashion photographer…” Anything you could think of. I love it. All of it. I love the way one can put an outfit together and they don’t even need to speak and you know what they are trying to convey about themselves, and who they are, and what their style is.

My style has always been unique. I’ve never known what to call my style or how to explain it. I just wear what I want with what I have. I mix and match colors, patterns and styles because I think it looks cool. I realized recently that my style is inspired by both the 50s but also by a glam, Parisian and faux fur look.

Some fictional characters I am inspired by are: Blair Waldorf, (young) Carrie Bradshaw, Massie Block, Veronica Lodge, Cher… you probably see a trend here.

Real people who I am inspired by: Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe.

Here are some looks from Pinterest that inspire me and my style.

 

The fashion industry has changed and grown so much with the media today. I love fashion bloggers and Instagrammers but part of me wishes we could go back to a time of Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn.

winter mood

Hi there! I haven’t done a favorites/mood post in a while so I decided to do one today! Living in California, I don’t know what season I am in because the weather is always 50s and up (IF its in the 50s (which it has been this past week)). Since TECHNICALLY it is winter, this will be my winter favorites/mood.

Clothing:

  • So I am SUPER late to the game on this favorite… like SO LATE but it just took me so long to do it and I’m so happy I did because I feel so cool wearing these… which is… white high top converse!
  • Cheetah
  • Polka Dots
  • White booties
  • Flare jeans
  • Wide leg pants
  • Suspender pants/skirts

Songs that are on repeat:

  • UM Fall Apart by Post Malone, who am I? lol
  • The Greatest Showman album (thats more like me)
  • Double Dutch Bus by Raven Symone

Favorite show & movie:

  • Show: Riverdale
  • Movie: The Greatest Showman

Favorite accessories:

  • Funky colored belts
  • (Faux) fur
  • Still forever and always loving scarfs around your neck or in your hair!!

italy

Lately I’ve been reminiscing on a Europe trip I did two years ago… probably because around this time TWO YEARS ago, I was planning for the trip with my friend, Priscila. It’s crazy how fast time goes by. Also, with Spring Break coming up, this seemed like a good blog post to do!

The reason we went to Europe was for a study abroad program. Before we met up with the class, we went to London for 8 hours, and Paris for 24 hours. After our program, we went to Italy for a few days. In Italy, we visited the must-see places in Rome, Venice, Pisa and Florence!

Everything is so breath taking in Europe… there is so much history in everything you see. Every detail in all the architecture is absolutely amazing. Amongst all the must-see things, my favorite thing in every city is to just wander and explore. But keep in mind, it is a lot easier to get lost in European cities than in American cities.

Things to do in…

Rome

Lets start off with what we did in Rome!

  • Colesseum
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Roman Forum
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Vatican Museums
  • Spanish Steps
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Piazza Navona

Venice

By far the easiest city to get lost in. I’m pretty sure it took us about two hours to find St. Marks Square.

P.S. Best lasagna I’ve ever had!!

  • Basilica di San Marco
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Ride a Gondola
  • Rialto Bridge

Florence

  • Florence Cathedral
  • Ponte Vecchio

Pisa

We didn’t do much here because it was a half day trip! We just wanted to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa!!

  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Piazza dei Miracoli
  • Pisa Cathedral

 

Here is a little video I put together of my Outfit of the Days in Rome and Venice 🙂

fall mood

Remember when I said that instead of doing monthly “favorites,” I would do seasonal moods… Here is my Fall Mood:

Clothing pieces:

Considering it is still 90 degrees in California right now – I am still wearing my favorite clothing pieces that I wore during the summer time. But I can tell you some things I am EXCITED to wear when the weather gets colder / things I am loving this fall:

  • BERETS! THEY’RE BACK! Do you know how excited I am? I can finally wear the beret my parents got me years ago because I was inspired by Massie Block (my childhood inspo – Google her)
  • 60s and 70s vibes (grandma florals – heck ya)
  • Business attire!!! Oversized blazers and cropped and fun patterned slacks
  • Any type of cropped pants really (my absolute favs)
  • Monochromatic
  • Fur – something that will always make me happy
  • Jumpsuits make me happy too

I’m seriously so excited right now because of that list.

Songs that are on REPEAT

  • December, 1963 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • New York, New York – Frank Sinatra

Favorite shows

  • The Voice. Just started watching this two days ago. So random but I dig it.

Favorite accessories

  • Wicker circle bag
  • Scrunchies
  • Scarves & headbands
  • Berets

staying sane

In order to keep myself sane, I decided that I am going to do some sort of DIY at least once a month. It is important to do what you love every once in awhile – we tend to get caught up in school work and real work but the things that keep us sane are the things we love to do and NEED to do. My thing is DIYs. I remember the first time I discovered what a “DIY” was… It made my fashion designer dreams a heck of a lot easier. My DIYs involved cutting pants into shorts, and gluing patterns, studs and fabric onto them. I turned my ugly or not used shirts into something cute and trendy. Any trash I found, I wanted to revamp it. I would go to the mall and see what was trending and see how I could turn what I own into that piece so I didn’t have to spend money that I didn’t have because I didn’t have a job. I have a job now but still don’t feel like spending money on certain things. This is a great transition into this months DIY. I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw Shannon Barker in the CUTEST SWEATSHIRT EVER – I had to have it. So I looked it up and found the great Mink Pink sweatshirt – it was $80 and I was like HECK NO I COULD DRAW THAT MYSELF. Then I realized, I can draw that myself… So that’s what I did.

Pieces include: fabric markers in black, yellow, and pink and your sweatshirt of choice from wherever in whatever color you want! – the brilliance of DIYing – it’s all up to you.

And here is the finished product… TA DAAAAAAA

Stay tuned for next months DIY 🙂

new york city

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The first time I ever went to New York City was when I was a Sophomore in high school – it was the time in my life where NYU and FIT were my dream schools and after I attended one of those schools, I would move to Paris and be a fashion designer (haha who am i kidding… thats still my dream today). I went to NYC with my fashion merchandising class for a field trip (why was this a thing in HIGH SCHOOL? idc, thank God it was) and it was the most amazing trip of my life- I loved NYC so much. I even thought the subways were the coolest thing at that age – but I didn’t know anything about traveling because I was with a teacher and a whole class so I didn’t get to learn the city the right way.
Five years later… my best friend’s mom texts me and asks if I would want to go to New York City with my best friend for her birthday. Keep in mind- I have asked my mom at LEAST once a year for the past 5 years if we could go to New York Fashion Week and it never happened, so when this happened, I said HECK YA and my mom said yes VERY EASILY so I saved money for a flight and a few months later was off to New York City- to explore like a true traveler this time!

This is what my list of things to do looked like: 

(peep the Instagram caption idea for the Met steps hahaha)

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So Jasmine (my best friend and the birthday girl) flew from San Diego and arrived around 5am at JFK. I did not get to JFK until 10am I believe. So she ubered to the city, found the hotel, kept her stuff there and explored the area – ALL BY HERSELF, very impressed!!! Then I finally arrived like a million hours later. We met in the middle of the street… what a cute reunion! We went to the hotel- turns out we were at the wrong location- oops! We found the right location, put our stuff there and went out to explore!

The places we actually went from that list:
Times Square
Empire State Building
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Grand Central Station (funny story… i’ll get to that)
Brooklyn (we saw the bridge, didn’t walk on it though!)
Washington Square Park
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American Museum of Natural History
9/11 Memorial ​
​Central Park

 

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We purchased the C3 City Pass – you can choose 3 attractions for $76 dollars. We thought this one was more beneficial than the other City Pass because we did not NEED to see everything. So with the C3, we purchased Top of the Rock, Guggenheim Museum, and American Museum of Natural History. We purchased Empire State building tickets separately.

map-hoods4_1_origTo the left, was the map that we followed to know where everything was the whole time. It’s pretty crazy to look at NYC like this on a map because everything looks so easy to understand and get to – which it definitely was. The day we went to Brooklyn, on the subway back, we got off on the Financial District stop and literally walked through Tribeca, Soho, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and Garment District to get back to Times Square (which is where out hotel was located). I don’t know why we did not uber and our feet sure as heck hurt, but I’m glad we did it this way because we got a feel for each of these areas. I think Jasmine decided that Soho was her favorite.

Aside from the ones listed above, the places on the map that we touched also include: Times Square, Midtown West, Midtown East, Upper West Side, Central Park and Upper East Side.
Guys, I’m not even kidding you… we walked (and took the Subway) EVERYWHERE to make sure we saw EVERYTHING!

 

We are very big Gossip Girl fans so we definitely found our inner Blair and Serena on this trip. We went to Brooklyn and saw how Dan, Rufus and Jenny lived. Saw Chuck Bass’ place in Upper West Side. Ate breakfast for dinner as I hope Blair and Serena would in Upper East Side. We even saw Constance Billard School for Girls.

Brooklyn Pizza… Is it Bella talking if theres no talk about pizza lets be real?! Yes, I’m from Chicago, I’ve had Chicago pizza. I’ve had real Italian pizza from Italy. But this pizza…WOW. It was GOOOD. I don’t remember where we got the pizza and if it was a famous place known for its pizza or if it was one we found on Maps. So I’m sure you can go anywhere and find good pizza.

Okay its also not Bella talk if I don’t talk about bagels. New York is known for their bagels, right? I’m known for my love of bagels so I HAD to go to The Bagel Store in Brooklyn. Very cool. To be honest with you, I didn’t eat the bagel because I did not want to ruin its beauty but I’m sure it was amazing. Lol

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While we’re on the topic of food, I’m gonna go ahead andgive a shoutout to Serendipity 3 (225 E 60th St, New York, NY). The frozen hot chocolate is a must! You might be asking “what the heck is frozen hot chocolate? isn’t that just ice cream?” To be honest, I have no idea but it is AMAZING. I still have dreams about it today, so just do yourself a favor and try it!

Remember when I said I had a funny story about Grand Central Station? Here it is!
On the first day of the trip, Jasmine and I were just strolling around.. Seeing every which way we could walk. We walked through Bryant Park without noticing. Then all of a sudden, I see a big building with a statue on top and I said to Jasmine, “oooh I wonder what that building is and if its anything important.” I squinted my eyes trying to see a name somewhere and started to read “Graaannd… Centraal… Station! OMG its Grand Central Station!” And we both started freaking out. Ok I’m sorry if that wasn’t THAT funny but to us, it was the most hilarious thing for some reason. We just kept walking past popular places seen in movies… and we did it again!

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Central Park is just beautiful… and in the SNOW! Its a lot to walk ALL around but at least walk a lot of it! You can end up in some cool spots!
(Not to fangirl about Gossip Girl again… but we saw where Chuck and Blair got married and I don’t know if my eyes were watering because of the cold or if I was actually crying…)

 

Just remember! Don’t be a tourist, be a traveler 🙂
Take advantage of your time there, explore different and random areas… you might find your new favorite city/town!
And definitely take any place as a photo op!

 

chicago

So I’m from Chicago.
Okay, you caught me, I’m not exactly from Chicago… I grew up in a suburb about 30 minutes outside of Chicago, in Illinois.
But since I’ve lived there for a majority of my life, I figured why not tell you the best things to do in Chicago!

I love exploring new cities and seeing what they are all about. There is just something so magical to me about walking through the buildings and feeling that fresh, cold air.. Each city is unique. One of my favorite things about Chicago, besides the cleanliness, is that on Lake Shore Drive, you look to one side and you get a beautiful view of the city, then you look to your other side and you see Lake Michigan.. I don’t really know how to explain what I find so beautiful about that, but you’ll see it too.

FOOD

IMG_0009I’m not saying I’m a picky eater… I am selective. I am willing to try new things but I know what I like. And what I like is pizza. And more pizza.

My mouth is watering just thinking about it, WOW.
Anyway, you have to try both deep dish and thin crust pizza. They are both so amazing.The places I recommend are Lou Malnatis and Giordano’s. Both are great.
(The photo to your left is me eating Lou’s on the beach of Lake Michigan.. doesn’t get better than that, huh?)

This is very non-Chicagoan of me. I apologize. I have never had a Chicago-style hot dog (like I said, selective eater) BUT I have heard they are amazing so just do it.

You like popcorn? Go to Garrett Popcorn. I swear you can smell it from miles away.

FUN

Chicago has lots of fun things to do over the summer, such as Lollapalooza and Taste OfIMG_0422 Chicago. One thing I really enjoyed was a movie in the park.. Millennium Park that is. We watched Grease so that was pretty amazing. After or before the movie, I would explore what else there is to see in Millennium Park because there is a lot. Such as the Bean, the Crown Fountain and much more.
And in the winter, you can ice skate in Millennium Park!

If you’re like me and you LOVE musicals or shows, I recommend checking out what Broadway in Chicago has playing and definitely see something- even if you don’t know what it is because you’ll still probably end up loving it!
​Lets not forget about Navy Pier. What isn’t there to do at Navy Pier!

  • Centennial Wheel
  • Navy Pier Park
  • ​​​Beer Garden
  • IMAX Theatre
  • The Crystal Gardens
  • Children’s Museum
  • Shakespeare Theatre
  • Public Art
  • Shopping
  • And just strolling indoor and outdoors to see what you find!

 

Museums are fun… go to all of them!

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    This is the view of the city from the Adler Planetarium

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  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Adler Planetarium

 

 

 

You should also go to Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo (its free!) to see animals!

The Chicago Riverwalk… definitely worth the stroll.

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Go to a sports game! Depending on the season you’re there, you’ll find a game to go to.

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Lastly, just explore!
One of mine and my sisters favorite thing to do, is walk around and take photos! We love to find amazing views, cool buildings and walls full of art. I truly believe the best way to really get to know a city is just to explore. Do all the touristy things, then take time to explore.. get lost and find yourself in some really cool places!