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    Gingham and Bows (Blogiversary and Birthday)

    Photos by Ale Veyna

    Outfit Details:
    Leather Saddle Bag (Similar here and here)
    Zara Gingham Blouse (Sold out, similar here)
    Asos High Waist Trousers (Old, similar here and here)
    Every year for Christmas, my sisters and I put together a wish list to make the shopping process easier for ourselves. I kept my list pretty vague this year so I didn’t know what kind of gifts to expect, but I think my sister Sarah completely nailed my style with this gingham top from Zara. I love the oversize fit, puffy sleeves, and the bows at the wrist. It’s also one of those pieces that makes you look like you tried without having to put in too much effort. I wore it here with high waist trousers, but I think it will also be a fun piece to wear with a flared skater skirt or shorts for a more casual look.
    High Waisted Trousers
    Mac X Selena 'Como La Flor' Lipstick
    Gingham Blouse
    High Waist Trousers
    This post is special because I’m celebrating both my 3-year blogiversary (it just passed on Jan 14th) and 28th Birthday (Jan 19th). I started this project of mine a few days before my 25th birthday as a way to deal with my “quarter-life crisis.” It was during a time when all my friends were moving away and moving forward with their careers. As a result of the changes happening around me, I felt really down and stuck. This space provided me an outlet to explore my interests and channel my creativity. It also gave me the opportunity to work through some of the anxiety I was feeling.
    I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t have those moments when I think about quitting this blog. However, the pros of maintaining this blog always outweigh the cons. I like being part of the blogging community and connecting with other people with similar interests. I also love being able to see how much I have changed and grown over time.
    Now, when it comes to my 28th birthday, I definitely have moments when I don’t feel that excited. I just want to be at a point where I feel stable and like I’ve figured things out. That sort of anxiety usually causes me to make impulse decisions like moving to a different state and chopping off all my hair. Therefore, I hope to at least be able to learn to manage those urges and be less restless in the upcoming year.
    To end this post, thank you for following my journey these past few years. I truly mean it when I say that this community definitely makes working on this blog worthwhile.
    xoxo,
    Helen

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    The Madonna Inn and San Luis Obispo

    Photos by Ale Veyna, Sarah Veyna and Me
    I’m finally getting around to posting my pictures from my trip to The Madonna Inn and San Luis Obispo. I had been wanting to visit the Madonna Inn for quite some time and finally got around to planning a trip about two months ago. I decided to book a room for my sisters and myself after having a horrible week that convinced me that I needed to schedule time for self-care and relaxation. I’m glad I did because it was so much fun to get away for a weekend and explore a new place!
    Outfit Details:
    H&M Faux Leather Jacket (Similar)
    Handmade Gingham Top and Skirt worn as a dress (Similar here and here)
    Madewell Loafers (Similar here and here)



    The exterior of the Madonna Inn is as cute in person as it is in all the pictures I had seen of the place before I visited. The entrance to the Madonna Inn is very colorful and cheerful. I also loved the beautiful winding staircases on the outside of all the buildings housing the suites and rooms.

     

    My sisters and I stayed in the Fleur de Lis Suite while we were at the Madonna Inn. I have to admit that it wasn’t my first choice room–I had listed the Sky Room as my first choice when I made my reservation– but it far exceeded my expectations when I arrived and was able to see how incredible it was. This suite is pink and decorated with French inspired paintings and wallpaper. My favorite parts of the room were the pink wardrobe, which looked straight out of a Disney movie, and the gorgeous light fixtures. I have to admit that I was definitely picking up some decor inspiration for my future home while I was there.

    My sisters and I ran to the pool and jacuzzi area almost immediately after we had checked into our room. We were lucky that the pool area wasn’t too busy when we got there, and most people left soon after, so we were able to enjoy it all to ourselves. That basically means that I didn’t have to feel embarrassed when my sister Sarah and I worked on our synchronized swimming routine. I’m just kidding! Neither one of us is coordinated enough to do that. However, we did have fun swimming around from one end of the pool to the other.

    Since neither my sisters nor I had been to San Luis Obispo, we decided to explore downtown. I liked that this area was very walkable and most places we wanted to visit were in close proximity. We got to see the mission, do some window shopping, and even managed to squeeze in a short coffee shop crawl during the few hours we were there. Our first stop was Scout Coffee which not only has amazing coffee, but is also beautifully decorated and even has an an atrium located behind the counter area. We also stopped by Kreuzberg Coffee Company, a cool coffee shop with a European theme.
    Before we headed back home, we had to stop by the famous Bubblegum Alley. All I have to say about the alley is that it was really cool and disgusting at the same time. My sisters and I walked in, took a quick peek around, and then turned around and headed in the opposite direction. Nevertheless, it was a fun way to end our trip.
    I hope you all enjoyed this post and thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a wonderful week!

     

    xoxo,
    Helen
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