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Denim is such a classic fabric. Old denim, new denim, vintage denim, light denim, dark denim, acid washed denim. I don't discriminate. I love them all! What I love most is taking vintage denim and finding fun ways to reinvent it. Check out how I styled these vintage denim shirts on myself and model Katelyn Santana.

Browse your local thrift shop for an oversized denim button up. Check the men's section too. Throw it on with over-the-knee boots and some classic shades and you've got a comfy, chic look for a warm Spring/Summer day.

                     One of my favorite styling techniques is to take inspiration from different time periods in history and mix them together to create a unique and fresh modern look. I think that's the best way to describe my style. (I always have a hard time categorizing my style when people ask me if it's "edgy," "classy," "punk," etc.) I combined some Rosie the Riveter vibes (red bandana + denim) with a classic (black) take on 70's flared bottoms. Oh and I threw some "Chonga" vibes in there as well with my bamboo earrings lol. You should always take trends and make them your own by adding in your personal touches. Remember, "fashions fade, but style is eternal."  -Yves Saint Laurent

Photographed by Mike Welch

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Do you ever sit down and question yourself? "Why am I not happy?" "What's it gonna take for me to truly be happy?" "Maybe when I get my dream job, or my dream house, or my dream guy I'll truly be happy." Everyone wants to be happy but so little people actually make it happen. Happiness is a choice. You have to choose to truly be happy no matter what life throws your way. You cannot set limits for your happiness. If you do, you will never feel that genuine joy and freedom you feel when you're happy. You know, that euphoric feeling in your body when your heart feels so open and you're bursting with energy and positivity? You can feel this way all the time if you choose happiness. You have to choose to let things go. You can't let them sit inside your heart and eat at your energy. Someone cuts you off on the highway? So what?! Your friends forget to invite you to the nail salon? Whatever. You gain NOTHING by being bothered by life's events.

I've battled with myself my whole life trying to remain happy through all the nonsense. My issue is there is still a part of me that thinks there's a reason to not be happy when bad things happen or when things don't go my way. This is the part I need to fully get rid of. After my anxiety got really bad, I gained a whole new appreciation for life and positivity. I make a conscious effort to choose happiness over everything else. I am not where I want to be just yet, but I sure am on my way. It takes a lot of willpower and awareness.

Here are some day to day things to do that will keep you feeling alive:

1. Choose to be happy. Like I said, no matter what life throws at you. 

2. Indulge in a hobby. If you don't have one, find one. 

3. Treat your body great. After all, you have to live in it.  Eat well, work out, practice positive therapeutic exercises. 

4. Travel. Pack your bags. Book the flight & JUST GO! Don't make excuses. 

5. Read. Whatever you prefer; comics, drama, sci-fi, magazines. Find a good read that interests you and zone out. It's great exercise for your brain and you get to block out all the noise of your daily life for a bit.

6. Nature. Indulge in it. Really appreciate it all. The way the clouds move, the way the tree branches sway in the wind, the way the water ripples and splashes or the way the sand sinks beneath your feet. Sometimes, we forget how beautiful the natural world is.

7. Music. Whatever your taste is, make a playlist that you genuinely love and listen to it all the time.

8. Chase your dreams. Don't let anyone make you feel like you cannot achieve them. No dream is ever too big, if it can be thought of, it can be done. The key is to never give up. No matter how long it takes, if you keep going you'll get there eventually.

9. Vibes. They are SO important. Everything in this world is made up of energy. Get familiar with yours. Recognize other people's vibes. & Choose to only keep positive vibes around you. Don't let people drain your energy. 

10. Be Present. Be active and aware in this moment. Don't dwell on the past & don't anticipate the future. 

Most importantly, if these things don't work out remember to not let it bother you. The true test of how bad you want to be happy is how you choose to deal with negative situations. In the end, if you remain happy, YOU WIN. So the real question is, do you want to be happy regardless of what happens? 


Photos retouched by me.

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Today marks both an ending & a beginning. It's the end of my undergrad career, and the beginning of the rest of my life. Technically I've been a graduate since December 2015 but I guess it's official now that I've walked across the stage. I received a Bachelors of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Graphic Design. This is such a bittersweet feeling.

Refer to 'DEVIL IN A RED DRESS' for outfit details

A part of me is beyond proud of myself. . . 
For staying focused through all those times I wanted to give up.
For remaining sane through all the sleepless nights.
For staying strong through all the tears shed and friendships/relationships gained and lost. 
For all the challenges faced both inside and outside the classroom.
For choosing to follow my passion rather than study something that would guarantee more money.
For learning the true meaning of independence & adulthood. 
For truly indulging in my craft & inspiring others to do the same.
For being a college student who didn't rely on Ramen every night. 
For actually going away to college even though it meant that I'll be in debt for probably the rest of my life.
For doing more than expected.

For being the first in my entire family to go to college.
For making my mom & brother proud.

The other part of me feels really indifferent. . .
Because I know that a college degree doesn't guarantee success, hell it won't even guarantee me a job.
Because this is only the beginning of my list of goals to accomplish.
Because I only did this because I felt I had to. I had no other choice. Not if I don't wanna struggle like my family has for the rest of my life.
Because going through school and living a conventional life (i.e. graduating, getting a 9-5, working till I retire, then dying) is not something that interests me and not something to be proud of.

All in all, I am beyond proud of myself. Not for the typical reasons that most people would be proud for. But I am proud of myself because even though I love to challenge all of society's conventions, I persevered through four years of horrible administration, rules, and guidelines and found a way to make it work in favor of my ultimate dream - To be my own boss, to live a life full of passion and depth and to inspire others. I definitely do not need a degree to achieve these things, but I'm glad I did it because it taught me a whole lot about myself, and the world we live in. My destination is much closer now, much clearer, and much more rewarding.




On a very rare occasion, I throw together a girly look. It's true I'd gladly choose sneakers over heels any day & 99% of my outfits have some element of menswear incorporated in them. However, this look is 100% girly, well for me at least. One of my favorite color combos is denim & pearly white. I just love the contrast, especially with dark denim. Neutral accessories are the perfect way to soften up the look. Silk camisoles are the simplest yet chicest tops you can wear for the Spring/Summer season. For those of you who don't have a real silky budget, you can opt for a polyester or satin top that looks just as nice, but won't burn a hole in your wallet.

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The house me and my family stayed in this weekend in Catskills, NY

Roasting marshmallow for S'mores 


Graphic illustration I made for my Sis-in-Law of her & my nephew.
Mommy & Me.

T-Shirt (Similar here) // Boyfriend Jeans //  Converse

First, let me say Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers out there who have done everything & anything for their child(ren.) I couldn't even begin to imagine myself going through all the things my mom had to endure and sacrifice for me and my older brother. That woman is seriously Superwoman in my eyes. She raised my brother and I by herself, worked her a** off to make ends meet and make sure we did more than just survive. She stressed the importance of educating ourselves in school, in the streets, and in life and embedded in us a certain determination for success that many people around us lack. I could never thank her enough for all that she has done for me, for I would definitely not be half the woman I am today if it wasn't for her. I went through a phase that most teenage girls go through in JR High - High School where I couldn't stand her. No matter how pure her intentions were, I felt like she was always out to get me and that her goal was to make my life a living hell. It wasn't until I really matured and went off to college when I learned to forgive her for the things I had once resented her for, because I held her to such high standards that I sometimes forgot that she is human , too. As I get older and develop more into an adult, I have more and more respect for her being able to raise me and my brother so well, all on her own. I cherish every moment with her now and I wouldn't want to spend this weekend with anyone else than her and my family.
We stayed upstate in the Catskills (NY) in this creepy but adorable country house. It was so nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and be surrounded by nothing but nature and my loved ones. The bonfire and S'mores were definitely a highlight from this weekend lol.

This post is the first of a new series I'm starting titled "Instalooks". These posts will basically be impromptu shoots taken on my iPhone of various lifestyle, food, and style subjects that I post on Instagram. It's a great way for me to publish more content on my blog without all the hassle of doing full blown photoshoots every single day. Don't worry though, I'll still have plenty of high quality
fashion based shoots for you guys as well! In these Instalook posts, I will be including brief outfit details, with links to similar items as I always do, but the focus of my writing may not always be on style or fashion i.e. food, culture, lifestyle, random thoughts, etc. I think it will be a great way for you guys to get to know me on a more personal level, and it also helps me mentally to let things out through writing. Hope you guys enjoy!

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