March 6, 2014
This past week, we went down to visit our good friend Monflash. We always promised her that we would come down to see her in Riverside, and we finally did. We needed some comforting laughs from each other, and that is exactly what we got. She showed us some fun spots and her super cute apartment. It was quality time much needed.
I piled on my giant scarf over some comfy legging, my signature leather jacket, a flannel shirt, with minimalist sneakers for a relaxed Sunday look.
This is a place called "Just Bargains" that is a surplus store of all kinds of goods. We came up on some awesome and cheap stuff! It's either damaged in the packaging or an overflow from other stores, with a lot of products from Target.
There are even some rare gems like this "Nintendo" Goofy from a videogame over 15 years ago!
Friendship is about gathering together and being able to find pleasure in anything. I have said this before and I will continue to say it every time: laugh whenever possible. Notice all the small details. Be grateful for the people you have because they help you find who you are. I have been so fortunate to have friends that I can trust and share things with for years. My secret is to remain open and honest, to give unconditional love and try to see life the way they do. Friendship is not about knowing what someone feels, but attempting to understand it. You will look back at your life and cherish the moment you shared, not the things you have or the worries you feared. So share your stories, and when there are no stories to tell, share the love you have, because love will always be there when nothing else is.
Our friend Jordan celebrated her birthday at a swanky bar by the name of "Harvard & Stone" in East Hollywood, just minutes away from where we live. It was filled to the walls, had a live band and dancers wearing western gear hanging from the walls! I love celebrating birthdays, the gift of another year of life!
I enjoy taking photos in dark spaces with a bright flash. It is the best way to capture a moment instantly. I layered on some filters to add a festive glare. It truly was as fun as it looks.
Go out and have a good time! Take a photo to preserve the memory. Laugh as loud as possible, dance in a confined space. and always remember that wherever you are, whatever you are doing: you are alive with the possibility of changing every second forward.
February 24, 2014
Last weekend, we celebrated the ending of a wonderful birthday celebration with our friend Koko.
We went to what has to be the best brunch location I have ever been to, The Rooftop at Hotel Wilshire. It is located on the very top of Hotel Wilshire, providing a gorgeous view of every part of L.A.
I had a breakfast combo that was cooked to perfection!
Jose and Koko had a "Pancake Lasagna" that they were raving about the rest of the day.
We also had the pleasure of meeting Koko's friend Michael. We had a great time chatting and eating and drinking- everything a brunch is supposed to be!
I wanted to wear something casual and cool, and I feel like this was the perfect Sunday attire. When in doubt, I go for black and add color with an accessory. This was comfortable enough to wear for the day and still maintain a cool temperature during the day, and use the flannel as a layer if I get chilly in the evening. Combine function with style for a favourite ensemble!
I got this vintage baseball tee at the thrift store for $2! The vintage plaid flannel was $5 and I haven't been able to put it down since!
This weekend is one I will always remember. With every post I write, I start to feel more connected with my life. I look back at these photos from last week and I get a boost of energy and happiness from recalling the moments they were taken. Not everything we do in life has to be a grand production, nor does it have to be "artistic". I crave authentic moments, not contrived ones. You have to let the pressure to create a good atmosphere go by allowing yourself the freedom to be a good-natured person. Good intentions result in an even better time. We had no expectations for this weekend, we wanted to do whatever felt right in the instant.
And there is no way to better celebrate life then to live it loudly.
February 22, 2014
This Valentine's day was a very special one.
I wore my red polka dotted shirt that I scooped up at the thrift store for only $5!
I gave Jose a gold plated pendant necklace with my initial and I have one with his initial.
Later that night, we met with out friends to celebrate Koko's birthday at the futuristic karaoke bar.
Koko sang all the hits, and we sang along with her. But she was the true star of the evening.
They did a spot on rendition of "Beautiful Liar" by Shakira and Beyoncé. With Jose singing he Shakira part, of course.
Koko and Sergio's shared a warm moment.
Afterwards, we headed downtown to a spot called "Lash" to continue the celebration.
We danced the night away with some of the coolest people we know. It was only the beginning of what would be a weekend long celebration for Koko's birthday. Jose and I got to experience a karaoke spot together, and we also went to a new dance club we had never been to. I don't remember the last time we even went out dancing! It felt so great to just let go and enjoy the moment with eachother. This last photo really captured the energy of the night.
I couldn't think of a more perfect way to celebrate Valentine's day than owning the night with our friends and the city that has it all. Because together, we are complete.