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.
Photos by: Ale Veyna
Forever 21 T-Shirt (old but here is a similar option)
Ruche Skirt(old but you can find a similar skirt here)
MAC Lipstick in Rebel
I am starting this blog because I want a creative outlet where I can share my ideas. I hope that this blog can allow me to work on my writing and explore many of my interests. At the moment I intend for this blog to mainly be focused on my personal style. However, I also plan to write about my travels and creative projects. It’s a new year and my resolution is to try new things outside of my comfort zone, so who knows what types of things I’ll end up writing about on this blog.
Since the main purpose of this blog is to chronicle my personal style, I guess that I should talk a bit about my outfit. I wore this outfit to work today. I like that it’s so bright and colorful because it instantly boosts up my mood. I’m aware that it may seem a bit strange and silly to wear colors usually reserved for Spring and Summer in the middle of January. It is equally as hilarious to think that just two weeks ago I decided to go on a shopping spree for sweaters because I was “freezing” in the 64 degree weather. As much as I am enjoying California’s endless Summer, I am looking forward to cooler days so that I can at least get some mileage out of my new winter wardrobe.
I’ll have to wait until my next post to report on any adventures. It’s been a busy week in terms of work and I haven’t been able to focus much time on myself. That is why I’m ready for the upcoming holiday weekend. I’m not only excited for the three-day weekend, but also on reaching my first major milestone of the new year. Sunday marks my 25th birthday and I am beyond ecstatic. I am ready to start a new chapter in my life and am looking forward to another year of learning.