“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

“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.

Love me some La Jolla

The little “perfect out of a storybook” town called La Jolla is one of my favorites in Cali. The town itself is so beautiful and quaint that you’ll feel right at home, and if the curse of “addictive boutique shopping” plagues you, this town has your remedy! I was only a few miles away from there so I absolutely had no reason not to put on a little sporty spice inspired outfit and head out.

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I love me some nature, so l set Waze to La Jolla Cove and set out for a little shopping and to sea lion watching. The view at the cove is absolutely breathtaking. There are people kayaking, snorkeling, and there’s even a cave. Once you get over to the sea lions you can literally walk around them, they’re just chill’n. They’re so loud, and the smell of them makes you want to put on a face mask because you can feel your nose hairs singeing, but you don’t care because they’re really beautiful creatures of nature and it’s tranquil to watch them so up close. img_1140There’s no guided tour, it’s just you and them. You can even go snorkeling down below in the cove with the sea lions, and they interact with you quite a bit.  So If you find yourself on your way to San Diego or passing La Jolla for some reason, STOP! The town is angelic and the interaction with nature is everything! Continue reading “Love me some La Jolla”