Haunted hikes

I got to go hiking on a haunted enchanted chanted forest today. In the mountains in Pasadena California there’s a hike called the “Enchanted Forest.” Local legend has it that it’s also haunted. I set off with my little brother to check it out. We got there about 10:30 AM on a foggy very 44° cold rainy day. It was so hazy and gloomy outside that you could see the clouds rolling along the mountain tops. The perfect setting for the spooky hike we were looking for. 

Btw, If you decide to take this hike make sure that you have on legit hiking shoes. As much as I love my Reebok classics, I totally had no business having them on for this hike. (Yeah I know, I thought I was being cute)

As we climbed up and over hills, mountains, rocks, and streams we finally came to this big cave which was quite mysterious and eery. My brother and I kept hearing giggling voices all around us, now it is a canyon and there are other hikers so it totally could’ve been them, but I’m a believer in the other side so I’m gonna go total Blair Witch with it and say, yeah it’s totally haunted!

All jokes aside though, it’s a beautiful hike. Worth checking out.

Driving the Baja Sur

I recently drove through the Baja California Sur of Mexico with my family that moved to Cabo. Before driving through Mexico we heard all kinds of stories about how dangerous it is, not to drive at night, blah blah blah. These warnings are probably true, but after I got over the hype I actually enjoyed it. We didn’t drive at night as advised, but it was mostly because the roads are so bad, and there is absolutely no light on the highway at all, and let me tell you its dark as shit out there. I couldn’t help but notice all of the different geographical terrain. It was so freaking beautiful to see. I just kept thinking of the old wild West movies I used to watch with my Papa with cowboys and indians riding through the untouched countryside. Cactuses were all over and the mountains, more than I’ve ever seen! I had no clue how cool this journey was going to be. In each town we stopped in the people were so sweet and inviting. My broken Spanish worked way better than I thought, until I somehow became the family translator, lol.fullsizerender-6 I noticed that the people of Mexico have a great respect for those who have passed away. The roads here are quite terrible in parts and there are beautiful monuments all down the highway for those that have been in accidents.fullsizerender-4img_4384As we got into La Paz and Lorreta you start to see the coast open up. The ocean was so beautiful, with so many different colors of blues I’d never seen before. They’re were gigantic rocks in the middle of the ocean, it looked like something straight out of a movie! At one point I glanced over looking out into the ocean, and saw my first whale!  I had no clue what I was in for going into this, but the beauty of not knowing is quite magical sometimes. It gives you that feeling of being a kid again and seeing something all new for the first time. fullsizerender-7We finally arrived in Cabo at the new home in Cabo de sol and the view was beyond breathtaking.

If you are ever thinking about driving through the Baja Sur, just be smart. Drive during the day, dont speed, drive an suv or truck (your car will die a terrible death), and take lots of photos! 

 So happy I made this journey.

“Breakfast by the Beach”

My plans changed unexpectedly the other morning, and I found myself fully dressed, and frustrated, with no where to go. Being the optimistic person that I am, I figured that there’s some divine reason I wasn’t supposed to go that day. I was hungry as all hell, so I decided to go find some breakfast. img_2010

I had been wanting to go to Coronado Island for quite some time, and found myself only 20 minutes away, so I said “fuck it why not, there’s for sure have breakfast there!” I put the Hotel De Coronado into my gps and went for it. I Parked my car along the beach and walked up the grand historical hotel, which is breathtaking. They have a cafe that sits in the middle of Hotel de Coronado facing the ocean with a million dollar view called the Sheerwater. The hostess sat me at a lovely table and suggested the crab benedict , so that’s what I ordered.

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The waiter kept telling me I should try the buffet inside since it was all one price ($37), but I’m a huge Benedict fan so I stuck with my guns. It came and honestly it was just okay. Kind of disappointed, so since this little Italian can eat, I went inside for the buffet. Omg shut the fuck up… I should’ve started inside! Everything was so incredible looking and tasting! Wow! I finished my delicious rest of my breakfast, took a walk along the beach to do some reflecting and left the beautiful little Island.

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset Moral of this story, or where this story was supposed to go, lol…. when plans change or things go a different way, you can either make a positive or a negative out of it. A story I always think about that I heard once and I’m sure you’ve probably heard it. Is the one about a person that was late to work had to stop and get something which made them even more late, and how frustrated they where… ended up being an employee at the World Trade Center, the day of the attack. That story stuck in my head and every time I’m late or something happens that shifts my plans I believe that it’s somehow the universe keeping me from something negative, so I consciously make a positive out of the situation……But back to the food though… if for some random reason you find yourself in the Coronado Island area during breakfast… make s stop here. Seriously. Now go have a kick ass day.

Bodysuit: American Apparel 

Skirt: Zara

Jewelry: Marla Studio

“Sign yourself up to kick your own ass”

When Speedplay asked me to come try their workout, there was no way I was missing out! They use HIIT training (High Intensity Interval Training), which makes you burn up to 900 calories during the class, and you keep burning them up to 48 hours later! How badass is that?!?! This is why HIIT training is probably my favorite type of workout. It’s a 60 minute fast paced workout that “alternates short, intense bursts of exercise with brief periods of rest to maximize calorie burn.”img_1769

I got to train with Anna, and she was every single bit of amazing! She made sure everyone was using the correct form, super motivational, and she had great music that kept me going!! It might sound intimidating, but in the class you go at your own pace, you’re challenging yourself, so anyone from beginners to serious athletes can do this! Just like in your everyday life, it’s all up to you and how much of a superhero you wanna be. If you are in the La area and want a serious workout that keeps burning calories long after the ass kicking is done, then this is your place!

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“Balancing Act”

@pattyjpics asked “How do we find balance?” I struggle with this, as I’m sure many of us do, so I did some research… Having balance means having a handle on your shit, feeling calm, clear-headed, and motivated. I mean who doesn’t want that?!? I found out that there’s an internal and external part to this equation. Too often we get off centered putting too much focus on one or the other. Some people focus on external things, like work, relationships, activities, paying less attention to what is going on with your heart and mind. Versus internally, you might do self reflecting so much that you miss out on experiencing life.

I found Tinnybuddha.com made an outline to help understand:

Internal (Mind, Heart, Health)

  • Mind: Challenging yourself intellectually vs. creating opportunities for your mind to rest
  • Heart: Giving love vs. receiving love
  • Health: Eating, drinking, exercising properly vs. resting and treating yourself to some extra yummies

External (Work, Social, Family, Fun)

  • Work: Pushing yourself to achieve goals vs. seeing the bigger picture and enjoying the ride
  • Social: Satisfying your social desires vs. taking time for yourself
  • Family: Fulfilling your familial responsibilities vs. creating healthy boundaries (its okay say no to people, it’s healthy)
  • Fun: Allocating time for things you enjoy doing vs. making sure you don’t overdo it

Take some time to look into different parts of your life. Set some goals and plan! I do this thing called a “Will Do” list, not to be confused with a “To Do” list, it’s a damn “I will get this list of shit done today” list. Its a mindset, and works wonders!  Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Be kind to yourself. Empower yourself, and don’t forget to give yourself some credit along the way. Balance won’t feel good if you’re cruel to yourself in creating it! We can get so caught up with our lives, our “omg, so gigantic” problems, that those things become bigger than ourselves, bigger than our happiness. The most important thing we can do is take care of ourselves because if we don’t do that, then we can’t take care of anyone, anything, or any situation fully. You might as well be a fucking hamster in a wheel. Break that cycle today! You rock, and you’re with it. You can do this, stop running in circles, and chill the ‘f’ out for a sec,  evaluate your shit, and lets get balancing. This isn’t gonna happen in one day. It’s okay to be realistic with your goals, and take your time. This is your life path, no one else’s.

Sportsbra: Danskin

Pants: Minkpink

Hanging with Uncle Karl

Unless you’ve lived in a cave all your life, or for some strange reason you hated 90’s fashion (which makes me not trust you), then you know exactly who Karl Kani is. I’ve known this cool dude for quite a while, and when he asked me to help him with the release party of his 90’s capsule collection, I couldn’t say no! This party was absolutely 100% LIT!!! There where models wearing signature 90’s pieces stationed throughout the event. The Vibe was set!The Dj was playing all 90’s hip hop, the rsvp list was over 700 people, and the line was wrapped around the corner all night! Celebrities included Anthony Anderson, Kurupt, Karen Civil, etc… what was really cool was the amount of young people lined up outside to see the collection. Shows you how much iconic fashion stays strong in our culture. A lot of you love all of your street wear brands, but did you know that Uncle Karl was the one who started this entire movement! So Yeah! You’re welcome! Recapping after the party in Karl’s studio the next day I caught myself looking around at all the iconic photos of Tupac, Biggie, Nas, etc., the vintage pieces, and his new collection (which I’m pumped about) when I realized how cool this guy is… when we get to know people over the years you kind of forget who they are and the impact they’ve made. At the end of the day Karl is a father, a business man, designer, he looks out for those close to him, and he’s an overall great fucking guy. Now go get your ass a little more familiar with Karl Kani and maybe you an come sit with the cool kids.

“Sunday shoots and perfect lighting”

If you’re ever in the LA area and want an automatic “look like you know what you’re doing photo shoot” head over to the Bates Motel on Sunset Boulevard. The natural lighting there is absolutely amazing, you could use your camera phone and kill it, and girls your highlight and Contor in this light is fire! For any of you that don’t personally know me, I love photographers, and their different creative eyes! I had always wanted to shoot at the Bates Motel, so when @studiomicastro hit me up and wanted to shoot, I was like “I know a spot!” I wore my favorite little lace top that my granny got me from Rue21 (yes I know I just wore it in a post, and I give no fucks, it’s adorable) black leather pants by blanknyc (so hot, huge mistake), laced with my favorite Reeboks.