Photos by Ale Veyna
H&M Tunic Dress (similar here
Asos Leather Belt
Anne Klein Satchel
Lotta by Stockholm
Peep Toe Clogs in Tan I have a shoe obsession bigger than what my wallet can afford. Usually my fixation over a certain pair of shoes fades after I realize that I don’t really need another pair of shoes in my closet. However, I’ve been wanting to get a pair of clogs for a very long time. I know that it’s a stupid thing to obsess about, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how cute they’d look with all of my outfits.
Luckily, I finally found a pair made by Lotta from Stockholm that were more affordable than other brands and didn’t completely break the bank. I must say that even though they were more than I’d normally spend on shoes, they’re the best purchase I’ve made in a while. I love that they go with my laid back style, and I’ve been wearing them almost every day ever since I got them. On top of that, they’re the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned and I can literally walk around with them all day long. If I could afford it, I’d buy a pair in every color and style. I think it is needless to say that I would definitely recommend them to anybody interested in buying a pair.
I can literally go on forever about my love of shoes, but I won’t bore you. Instead, I want to end this post by thanking all my friends and family that have helped me with this blog so far. My sister Ale took pictures of this look, and she was so patient with me as I struggled to pose and smile for the camera. I’m very fortunate to have a group of people that are willing to go along with my crazy ideas and projects, whatever they may be.
Photos by: Ale Veyna
Ruche Necklace (similar here
Dolce Vita Sandals
Handmade Skirt (c/o of My Mom)
Handmade Crocheted Purse (c/o of My Grandmother)
Earlier this week I got to drive my middle sister Ale back to Scripps College, which also happens to be my Alma Mater. I was extremely sad to see her go after having her as a partner in crime for almost a month. Even though she goes to school about 30 minutes away from where I live, we hardly get to spend time together because we’re both always so busy.
Although parting from my sister was bittersweet, luckily while I was at Scripps I got to spend some time in the Margaret Fowler Garden. It’s a beautiful enclosed garden in the middle of campus which boasts beautiful murals by Mexican Artist Alfredo Ramos Martinez. As a student I loved spending time in the garden because it was such a tranquil and inspiring space, and it is a place that will always hold a special place in my heart.
Speaking of things that are near and dear to me, I didn’t realize until now that many of the items I wore that day were handmade by people whom I love very much. Gifts seem to have a deeper meaning when someone takes time to handcraft something specifically for you. My mom made the blue skirt that I’m wearing. She used to always sew dresses and costumes for me when I was a little girl, but not so much anymore. Therefore, it’s always special when she takes the time to make me something to add to my wardrobe.
The crocheted purse was made by my abuela (grandmother) Chela. She used bottle caps to create a flower pattern throughout, so it makes for a great conversation starter whenever I use it! My grandmother used to be a professional seamstress, but had to give up sewing once she lost the ability to bend her fingers due to illness. However, she is not the type of person to let a disability hold her back and take away her creative spirit. She somehow still manages to hold the crochet needles in her hands, and make beautiful creations such as this purse.
Putting together this post has allowed me to reflect on the people, places and things that are special to me. I hope that I am able to discover more of that as I continue to work on this blog.
Photos by: Ale and Sarah Veyna
Balayage Highlights by Aiyana Diaz at Tintura Salon
Asos High-Waisted Pants (no longer on the site)
Asos Woven Vest in a different color here
Old Navy Studded Flats
I always deal with difficult situations or changes in my life by changing my hairstyle. I’ve chopped off my hair twice in the past few years hoping it would make all my problems disappear. And, even though I regretted it each time, chopping off my locks did provide some immediate relief.
Speaking of dealing with change, my birthday has been constantly on my mind these past few months. You can say that I’ve been going through a quarter-life crisis of sorts this past year. It certainly isn’t because I’m afraid of aging. Most of my anxiety comes from feeling that turning 25 means that I need to start being more responsible and conscious about my future. At the same time, I keep thinking that life is too short and feel this overwhelming pressure to be more adventurous, and just put myself out there.
I’ve been wanting to change my hair color for a very long time, but I tend to over-think things and was too afraid that I would end up hating it. I finally turned 25 this weekend, and of course I decided that the best way to embrace change was by having my hairstylist Aiyana at Tintura Salon put in some caramel ombre/balayage highlights in my naturally dark brown hair. It’s not anything too drastic, but it is certainly different enough for me.Luckily, I’m in love with my hair and don’t see myself regretting this change any time soon. It could just be a sign that I’m making better decisions. With all my anxiety gone, I was able to focus on having a fun and exciting weekend. It’s funny how something so simple can make you feel like you can overcome any obstacles that life throws your way.