My ONE New Year’s Resolution

Hey everyone, Ana here!

Coming back strong for 2020 with a new blog post.

This time I wanted to be quick and short and talk about my only New Year’s resolution. I thought by picking only one, I could easily stick to it.

The overall goal of what I want to work on 2020 is quite simple: to be more positive. And I could get in depth about why I need this, how my anxiety and fears interfere, etc. But I honestly don’t feel like talking about why I am so negative. Because… that is actually my one resolution:

TO FLIP ALL NEGATIVE THOUGHTS INTO POSITIVES.

I basically want to retrain my brain to get used to thinking positive when things go left. By the end of the year I want to be able to automatically think of one positive thing (now matter how small) when I’m in a sucky situation.

So how I am going to do it is really simple. At first I’m going to start by paying attention every time I make a negative comment, I have to counteract by making a positive comment. Let’s say I’m stuck in really bad LA traffic, instead of complaining about it I will state something positive such as: I am so lucky to be able to afford a car and gas.

Eventually the goal is that after doing this for a long time, to not even have those negative thoughts in the first place. And learn to automatically state something positive when I am about to complain about something.

And that’s it! Short and sweet. Excited to dive into this journey and attract many amazing things into my life by constantly sending out positive and gratitude energy into the universe.

Oh and of course, more blogging and youtube videos will always be one of my constant resolutions. Hahaha

Talk soon,
Xx

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Quotes from Rupi Kaur

I’ve never liked reading books, I still don’t enjoy them. But I have been loving Rupi Kaur’s poetry. It’s become part of my routine to dedicate at least 30 min. to read some of her work before going to bed. It makes me feel calm and at easy. I’ve never really discovered poetry books until a friend recommended them and I really enjoy scrolling pages through short verses, a new way of enjoying reading or me. I forgot how great it feels to disconnect from the world and focus on the words printed in front of you.

Here are some of my favorite inserts from Rupi’s books:

 

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Life Update

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Last time I was blogging my life was in such a different place. It’s almost the end of summer and the last post I remember was at the beginning of May. I’m going to majorly bombard you guys with life updates (photos included, ofc!).

First of all, GRADUATION! Yeah… I finally graduated College, I have a BFA in Graphic Design and I even made it to the Dean’s List on my last semester! Whoop whoop! I originally paused the whole blogging thing because graduation was so mentally and physically exhausting that I barely slept the last 3 weeks of school. (The dress that you see in my grad photos in from Zara, how cute is it?!) It was such a fun day, my parents were in town, my family came over and my boyfriend was there too!

Wow, ¿por dónde empiezo?

La última vez que recuerdo que estaba escribiendo para el blog mi vida era totalmente diferente. El verano está a punto de terminar y la última vez que escribí fue a principios de Mayo. Les voy a saturar de información pero quiero contarles cada detalle de mi verano hasta ahorita!

 Primero lo primero, ¡GRADUACIÓN! Así es, por fin me gradué de la Uni, tengo un Bachelors of Fine Arts en Diseño Gráfico y también fui parte de los mejores promedios en mi último semestre. Al principio mi plan de tomarme un descanso del blog era nada más hasta que todo el rollo de graduación terminara pero como que se me pasó la mano un poquito. (El vestido de mi día de la ceremonia es de Zara, ¿apoco no está hermoso?) Fue uno de los mejores días de mi vida, mis papas vinieron de México, mi familia estaba aquí y también mi novio!

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YOUTUBE!

The day after graduation I was so drunk on the idea of being free to do whatever I want with my life that I decided to pursue one of my biggest dreams… Like seriously, I’ve been watching beauty and lifestyle videos on YouTube ever since I was in high school (8 years ago) and a part of me deep down always wanted to open a channel but I was always too scared to be judged, or made fun of so I never actually did it. But I am so glad I did, I have no regrets! I decided it would be best if my channel was in Spanish since I do have a little bit of an accent when I speak English and I’m so self conscious about it. (Plus I figured the English-Speaking YouTube world is way too saturated) So I went for my native language and I’m having so much fun so far! (PS. Please subscribe!)

YOUTUBE!

El día después de mi graduación decidí abrir un canal en Youtube, desde hace 8 años llevo viendo videos de belleza y todo este tiempo siempre quise abrir el mío. La verdad no lo hacía por pena, es algo raro y pues obviamente mucha gente se va a burlar de ti. Pero estoy tan feliz de que por fin lo hice, soy la más feliz del mundo haciendo videos, me encanta esta nueva etapa! Decidí hacer los videos en Español por que siento que ya hay demasiadas chavas en YouTube que son de Estados Unidos y aparte que es más fácil ser yo misma por que si lo hubiera hecho en Inglés, estaría super preocupada por que no sonara con acento Mexicano que no podría realmente enseñar mi personalidad. (PD. Porfis suscríbete a mi canal)

Birthday & Anniversary

I turned 25 on June 23rd and my 3rd anniversary with Chase also happens to be on my birthday!

Cumpleaños y Aniversario!

El 23 de Junio cumplí 25 años y también en ese mismo día celebré mi tercer aniversario con mi novio, Chase!

ROAD TRIPS & FUN ACTIVITIES

Other than looking for jobs, stressing out and crying because no one wants to hire me. I’ve had a couple road trips that were planned at the beginning of the summer. I celebrated my 25th bday and 3rd anniversary by going on a weekend getaway to Santa Barbara with my boyfriend. This trip was quite relaxing and much needed alone time away from our hectic house.

Also, I went to San Diego with one of my closest friend from College and her boo. (Which happens to be one of my boyfriend’s closest friends as well) How fun?! It was like a double-date-trip, I loved San Diego it was so pretty and I had so much fun! Two of my cousins from México came visit for a few weeks so we went to Disney and Six Flags. Also, I had a mini High School reunion with two of my best friends from home!

VIAJES & OTRAS ACTIVIDADES!

Aunque la mayoría de mi verano ha sido buscar trabajo como loca, estresarme y llorar por que nadie me quiere contratar. Tuve la oportunidad de ir en unos viajes veloces aquí en California. El primero fue a Santa Barbara y fue para celebrar mi cumpleaños y nuestro tercer aniversario. Este viaje fue super tranquilo, disfruté mucho estar lejos del despapaye que es mi casa.

También fui a San Diego con una de mis mejores amigas de la Uni y su novio. (Que casualmente también es uno de los mejores amigos de mi novio) Ha sido uno de mis viajes favoritos, me divertí y reí como nunca. Me encantó estar rodeada de muy buenas personas y San Diego es taaaan bonito!

Dos de mis primos vinieron a Los Angeles por unas semanas y fuimos a turistear. También dos amigas de la prepa vinieron y tuvimos una mini reunion!

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2017 February Faves

We’re into our third month of 2017 and this only means that I am one month closer to graduation!

Welcome to my monthly favorite series, I have always dreamed of having my own section like this. I am definitely a shopaholic so you can find me constantly shopping throughout the whole year. I get to try new products every month and even re-discover old products that I forgot how amazing they were! I hope you guys enjoy this new series and find it helpful to see what products you might buy for yourself!

Ya estamos empezando el tercer mes de 2017 y esto solo significa que el día de mi graduación se está acercando más y más!

Bienvenidos a mi serie de los favoritos del mes, siempre he querido tener mi propia sección de estas! Soy una adicta a las compras, cualquiera que me conoce lo sabe, así que siempre estoy probando productos y modas nuevas todo el año. Tengo la oportunidad de probar cosas nuevas cada mes e incluso volver a enamorarme de productos que tenía en el olvido.  Espero les guste esta nueva sección y les sirva de ayuda para ver que productos consideran buenos para comprar ustedes mismos!

FAVORITE OVERALL

 

Joanna Vargas has definitely been my favorite experience from February. I had the chance to get a facial at their location in LA and I am obsessed with their brand. The facial was so amazing, plus Asia Marie (the girl who did my facial) told me so much about my skin that I didn’t know and they gave me these face masks which has helped my skin so so much!

Joana Vargas fue definitivamente mi experiencia favorita de Febrero. Tuve la oportunidad de visitar su salon en LA y me encanta su marca. El facial que me hicieron estuvo increíble y la chava que me hizo el facial, Asia Marie, me dio muchos tips sobre como cuidar mi cara. Me regalaron estas mascarillas que he usado una vez por semana y hacen que mi piel se sienta y vea preciosa!

SKINCARE

 

 

1. Clarins HydraQuench Cream SPF 15 (get it here)

I was in the look for a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid that was gentle on my skin so the lady at Sephora recommended this, it’s been doing its job and my skin seems to like it.

Estaba buscando una crema para la cara que tuviera ácido hialurónico y encontré esta crema que me la recomendaron en Sephora. Me ha funcionado bastante bien y mi piel no ha tenido ninguna reacción a esta crema.

2. UMA Oils Ultimate Brightening Face Oil (get it here)

I was gifted this mini sample from their line and I really like it, it’s 100% organic and natural. Its helping with getting rid of any discolorations or texture issues on my skin.

Me regalaron esta version mini de su aceite y me gustó mucho. Es 100% orgánica y natural. Me ayuda mucho a hacer que mi piel tenga un tono parejo y también hace mi piel suave al parejo.

3. Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray (get it here)

My favorite skincare item of the month. This rosewater face spray is all you will ever need for your skin in one bottle! It works as a primer, pore tightening, getting rid of redness, you name it!

Mi producto favorito de esta categoría. Esta agua de rosas en spray es todo lo que tu piel necesita en una botella. Lo puedes usar de muchas formas, prepara tu piel para el maquillaje, cierra los poros, quita lo rojo en tu piel, y mucho mas!

FOOD

 

I am trying to be a lot more healthier overall and I know the best way to do so is by making it a lifestyle not a “diet”. This month I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegan dishes into my everyday. I have significantly reduced the amount of meat, chicken and fish I eat. I have completely quit two things: diary and eggs.

Estoy cambiando mis hábitos para que sean más saludables y se que la mejor estrategia es convertirlo en un estilo de vida y que no sea solo una dieta. Este mes he intentado incorporar mas platillos veganos en mi día a día. He reducido la cantidad de carne que como y deje de consumir por completo dos cosas: lactosa y huevos.

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Accessories are definitely my favorite fashion piece of the month. I’ve been really into earrings (which I’ve never been before). I still keep my jewelry dainty like I’ve always had, but this time I’m layering them with some chokers of the same color.

Los accesorios han sido mis favoritos en el departamento de moda. Ultimamente me encantan los aretes largos (cosa que antes nunca me gustó). Aún así sigo usando piezas minimalistas, como siempre. Esta vez me fascina como se ven juntos unos aretes largos y delicados con chokers del mismo color ya sea plateado o dorado.

FASHION

 

I have been wearing this purse every day since I bought it, if you want to know where to get similar ones check my blog post here.

No he parado de usar esta bolsas desde que la compré, si quieres saber donde puedes comprar unas parecidas haz click en este post.

MAKEUP

 

1. Essence Pure nude Highlighter (get it here)

2. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer (get it here)

3. Foundation Brush (get similar here)

4. Too Faced Hangover Primer (get it here)

5. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (get it here)

This is all I’ve been wearing makeup-wise for February (plus mascara). I’ve been really into a natural bronzy highlighted look and these 5 products are definitely crucial for achieving that.

Estos son los únicos productos de maquillaje que he usado en Febrero (y rímel). El look que me he hecho todos los días es como un bronceado brilloso pero muy muy natural. Estos 5 productos definitivamente son importantes para tener ese look.

My Valentine’s Day! 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everyone had an amazing day celebrating with your loved ones. I had a very special Valentine´s Day this particular year, my boyfriend decided to cook dinner for us. He is hands down one of the best cooks I know. He’s been experimenting a lot around the kitchen lately and oh man… he can make some GOOD dishes.

 We decided to split the chores, I was in charge of decorating the table and he was in charge of the food. I tried to offer helping with something else but he insisted he wanted to do all of the cooking! Our dinner date consisted of a 4 course meal, and may I mention how much detail he put into every single thing that came out of the kitchen, from the beverage pairing, to plating. I’m so lucky to have him in my life!!

 So now I’m going to walk you through all of them (pictures included, obviously)

 He first brought some “California Champagne” for us to enjoy while I waited for the first plate to come out

 After that he brought this dreamy cheese platter! (Cheese platters are my favorite thing in the entire world, unfortunately I don’t eat them much because I’m lactose intolerant and also strong cheeses usually give me migraines. So it’s very special when I do get a chance to enjoy one). I honestly don’t remember the name of the cheeses that we had but I know he did a soft, medium and hard. He also added some spreads like fig jam, mango-apricot jam and a balsamic glaze. Cheese & champagne definitely make a great combo!

 Second came the salad. It had spinach, brussels sprouts, goat cheese, mini heirloom tomatoes and some homemade vinaigrette. This also was meant to be eaten with the champagne.

 After the salad we had the main dish which I absolutely loved! It was filet mignon with sautéed mushrooms on top, baked mini assorted carrots and “teeny tiny”squashed baked potatoes. He also included some A1 and Chimichurri sauce on the side. He paired this meal with a Brown Ale.

And last but not least… dessert!

I was so excited when I saw that he made not one but two desserts! One of them was a chocolate lava cake and the other one was CRÈME BRÛLÉE! He made it all by himself, it was also his first time making crème brûlée and it was pure perfection!! He paired this last course with my favorite beer, Le Petite Fox. It’s a sour beer that we get form a local brewery here in California. I loved the contrast of having two really sweet desserts and the sour beer to tone it down!

 And that concludes our Valentine’s Day dinner date! I’m such a happy girl and really appreciate what my boyfriend did for us! He mentioned he was excited for me to share his dishes with the internet world, it’s honestly the least I could do for him! Such an amazing night that I will always remember.

 I wonder what we should do next year… It’s going to be hard to top this one off.