it's always a new beginning.

"I am a fashion person, and fashion is not only about clothes, it’s about all kinds of change" -Karl Lagerfeld

I made it back home last night from New York. The Seventeen Mag shoot went well. I can't wait until it's finally April 2012 so you guys can see it. I'm super anxious myself to see which picture they choose. Both trips I've made this month to New York have been extremely cold. I've been obsessing over huge fur coats lately. I'm always drawn to maroon in the Fall/Winter. It's one of my favorite colors and I love it on my skin complexion. This Dooney&Bourke bag my mom has had forever. She rarely used it and finally gave it up to me. Since the day she gave it to me, it seriously has been my go-to bag for everywhere I travel. It's the perfect size, it's black and gold, and can be worn with almost any outfit. Dooney&Bourke, hands down, one of my favorite brands. By the way, the winner of my Hello Perfect giveaway is L.K.! I just have to say real quick to all my followers, you don't have to wait for the New Years to start new beginnings! Hope everyone enjoys their New Years.


don't you be holding back.

"If you ever had an asthma attack before you're short of breath, wheezing, the only thing you're trying to do is get some air. You don’t care about a basketball game, you don’t care about what’s on T.V., you don’t care about anybody calling you, you don’t care about a party. The only thing you care about when you're trying to breathe is to get some fresh air. That’s it! And when you get to the point where all you want to do is be successful as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful. Most of you say you want to be successful but you don’t want it bad, you just kind of want it. You don’t want it badder than you want to party. You don’t want it as much as you want to be cool. Most of you don’t want success as much as you want sleep. Some of you lost sleep more than you lost success. If you're going to be successful you have to be willing to give up sleep" -Eric Thomas

I'm off to New York again today. Tomorrow is my Seventeen Mag photoshoot! I was sort of rushing to do this post, I told myself when I got to New York, I'd post it. Well my flight was delayed three hours, so I came back home just to post it before I left. Dedication? I believe so. I love this quote above. It fits how I feel perfectly. I'm constantly working on myself to get where I want to be successfully. My social life is basically obsolete, I lose sleep, and I could care less about parties, chilling, anything of that sort. I'm a very complex person, so I'm never easy to explain, it's difficult describing who or how I am, but if you guys want to know how a piece of my mind works, that quote fits so well. Hopefully I have some extra time to take pictures this time around in New York. I have an outfit ready, but we'll see if I can get a few shots in before I head back out. Most of you know I'm a huge fan of sequin. I felt it was about time to bust out some sweaters, especially vintage sequin 80's sweaters haha. Wish me luck at my shoot loves! xoxo


give way to impulse.

"Life is about growth and change, when you are no longer doing that, that is your whisper to find out what else the world has to offer you" -Oprah

Merry Christmas my loves! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it is still a good time to spend time with family. I know this outfit isn't very Christmas like, but when an idea comes to mind, I have to execute it, regardless of the date. I have been dying for a black and white striped blazer for months now, I finally found this one in the thrift store and bought it immediately. The gold piece I'm using in my hair, I searched around New York City for a good hour when I was there a few months ago. It's really supposed to be used as a bracelet or necklace, but you know I had to switch it up. I love wearing my hair down but I decided to wear it up in this post. Last week when I was in New Jersey, someone asked me to pull my hair back, so I quickly threw my hair up to show them what it looks like. They instantly questioned why I never wear it up. I'm not really sure why, I just love my hair I guess. haha. They said with my hair up, it shows more of the exotic detail in my face. Thank you to the FashionFiend for this questionnaire. You guys can check out the questions and answers HERE! Also, my red crop top is for sale on my shop HERE!


simplistic sophistication.

"If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing" -Margaret Thatcher

Remember how I was just in New York a few days ago? Well, it looks like I'll be back again next week. Seventeen Magazine chose me to do a photoshoot again with them on December 28th for their Perfect Fit issue coming out on stands April 2012. Two trips to New York in two weeks?? AHHH! It's pretty hectic considering when I come back from this photoshoot, I have five days to pack before I'm off to Los Angeles for my American Apparel photoshoot. It's all well worth it. By the way, I had to do green for Christmas. It was a must. My dress, along with my hat, is vintage. My heels are Jessica Simpson.


warm winter.

"We didn't grow up with the sense that where we were was where we were going to be, we grew up with the sense that where we were almost didn't matter because we were becoming something greater" -Will Smith

Seriously feels like forever since I've done a blog post. I just got back from New York last night. I attempted to take these outfit pictures while up there, but I've never and probably never will be built for that type of weather. Shorts in 30 degree weather is not happening, me in 30 degree weather in general is not happening. So I decided to wait until I got back to Florida to take pictures. That trip, hands down, has had to have been my shortest trip yet. I wish I had the chance to see everyone but time wouldn't allow me. I'll be back up in February for next fashion week. Everyone check out my Best of the Web: Style Blogs HERE!


never live average.

"I had to convince myself that I'm going make it regardless of how people felt at that time. There's going to be points that people are going to mistake my confidence for arrogance because I had to convince myself. They don't unerstand the process I went through and how much I had to believe in myself in order to make these things happen" -50 Cent

These past few days, I have been keeping busy answering all of you guys back. I ended up getting 60 tumblr messages in just one day, pretty unbelievable. I've been spending most of my time replying back to everyone's super sweet and supportive comments. My days consist mainly of staying home, on the computer, replying to emails, comments, messages, picking out outfits, and thinking of what move I should make next. It's a never ending work cycle. People see just a fashion blog, but there's a lot more work behind what you guys actually see. It's day in and out of thinking fashion, strict order, commitment, dedication to what I love and aspire to be. I've never realized how much my social life is pretty much non existent until now. While everyone is out having fun partying, I'm working. Getting all of your messages and comments are worth all the work I put in. I'd rather be inspiring people then out drinking. Thank you to everyone for being so supportive of me. It really is touching. I should be off to start packing for my trip to New York this weekend, but I keep getting emails on my phone and can't help but write everyone back!


keep up.

"When you find something that is so important to you, so much more important than anything material or anything physical, tangible, or shallow, and you find something that is so important to you in terms of your potential and what you can create, I just feel like that’s the answer to all things" -Lady Gaga

Felt like being super colorful just because it's fall. I leave for New York this Friday, so I'm trying to get use to wearing pants and long sleeves. I'll be back in Florida before the week is over, thank God, because sometimes flying around everywhere drives me nuts. Can you believe it's already mid December? Where is the time going? These next couple of months are going to be super hectic for me. Hopefully I can keep up! haha My tribal button up is for sale on my shop HERE!


express your womankind

"Fashion plays a significant role in the marking of identity" -Davis

I cant even remember how long its been since I wanted a pair of stripper boots. I finally gave in and got a pair. haha. I originally had this outfit picked out before I even purchased my boots, but earlier today, when I felt like my outfit was missing something, I decided to put a pair of clip on vintage earrings on my boots to feel the void I was seeing in the outfit. It's pretty crazy how my mind works. My blazer was given to me by my aunt, who usually cleans out her house and gives me what she doesn't want anymore. I was super excited when I got this blazer haha. Hope everyone is having a good week so far!



"I have to do it because I have a commitment with myself" -Miguel Cotto

I loooooove Nation Ltd. They recently came out with a plus size line and wanted me to showcase one of their pieces. I usually am super picky with maxi dresses but the material, quality, and flow of this dress is perfect. You guys can check out Nation Ltd Here. For those who don't know, I'm a huge boxing fan, Miguel Cotto being my favorite fighter. People always asks who inspires me? Well there's your answer. Three years ago, he took his first professional loss against Margarito. When he found out there was a huge possibility Margarito cheated, he took it for what it was knowing he couldn't change the past. Instead of constantly pointing the finger or complaining, he admitted his own faults of being tired after the 6th round in their first fight. Shortly afterward, his father died, he switched trainers, and he still never made excuses for himself. He really is the definition of someone who loves what he does wholeheartedly. Anyone with that much love for what they do, determination, and assurance of themselves, will be prosperous in the so he was. P.S. I made this jean jacket. I'm sure you can tell by the giant N on the back haha. Hope you guys like it!


dreams become attainable.

“Great fashion is all about surprise….It should always be about doing something that isn’t by the book” -Reed Krakoff

I had this outfit picked out for quite some time. I originally was going to wear it for fashion week, but decided not to for some reason. Felt like it wasn't bold enough for actual fashion week haha. So I'm hosting another giveaway! Hello Perfect was founded in order to spread the message that the challenge in life is not to become perfect, it's accepting that you already are. They are trying to change society's definition of the word "perfect" and redefine what perfection is. They discovered my blog and believed that I also have a similar message that I'm trying to get across. They asked me to define the word perfect. This is what I said..."Perfect is self acceptance, knowing who you are and valuing your worth. Not letting anyone else's definition define you as a person or morph your view of what's perfect and imperfect. You're as perfect as you make your mind up to be." I think this is such an important message to get across, especially in the fashion industry.


The giveaway is one of their Hello Perfect shirts. To enter the giveaway:
1)Tell me what you think your definition of perfect is and leave your email.
2)Make sure you're following me on Facebook or on blogspot.
3)Like Hello Perfect's Facebook Page HERE!

i don't need permission.

"I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work" -Pearl S. Buck

I've decided to make a quick trip to NY for literally one weekend. I'm crazy right? I'll be flying out December 16th. I didn't want to make this trip too long just because in January I have my photoshoot in L.A. with American Apparel, and then in February i'll be in NY again for fashion week. I'm very much a shoulder pad fiend. You'll rarely catch me without them. Most of you are probably wondering what I'm wearing on my head. It's called an agal. A lot of Arab men in the Middle East wear keffiyehs, which are giant pieces of cloth on their heads. The agal is used to secure the wrap to the head. I did a previous post with the actual keffiyeh a while back, you guys can see it HERE. This time I just wanted to use the agal. Also, I just want to say that I've been having crazy trouble with my eyes lately. I already have horrible eyesight but apparently my eyes don't produce enough tears and my doctor says it's a possibility that I'll only be able to wear my glasses from now on instead of my contacts because my contacts are damaging my eyes. That's why I haven't been taking blog pictures as often. I have my appointment tomorrow so hopefully I get some good news and can bust out my contacts again because these glasses are driving me insane!