The Art of Self Portraits feat. Goia Boutique | GCeeStyle

You know that stereotype: Fashion Blogger + Photographer Boyfriend? I, yes I, am that stereotype. My boyfriend, Darien, has been my personal photographer for the past 8 years. We’ve both grown a lot in that time creatively; picked up on each others aesthetic & learned how to compliment them. I have to admit, it’s a true blessing.

But our day jobs don’t always align with each other – on days when he’s gone & I need to get work done, I shoot alone. & I don’t mind it either.untitled (6 of 7)It’s a bit of a challenge, especially since I do NOT have a Cannon remote to take pictures while posing. Still, I typically have a lot of fun doing it and have thought about doing self portraits more often just to see what I can create. A typical, solo shoot consists of me, a stool to help focus my camera [I do shoot in RAW manual] & a quick sprint to get into position and pose. By the end, I’m usually sweating like I finished a full workout.

Here are a series of shots I took for the Etsy Shop Goia Boutique featuring their handmade headband. Paisley print is a classic – adding the print to an accessory such as a headband is such a lovely, unexpected twist. I paired the headband with a thrifted green button top. I wanted to make the headband pop and using a contrasting color really draws the eyes to my upper half. To play up the feminine vibe, I buttoned the top just enough to create an off-the-shoulder situation. I’m really happy with the combo of these two. Very fem and girly. 

I tied the look together with my Super High Rise Skinnies from Urban Outfitters, which was also thrifted. I threw on my thick brown belt, again thrifted, & tied the whole look together with my H&M black Platform booties.untitled (4 of 7)untitled (2 of 7)untitled (7 of 7)untitled (1 of 7)Thank you, Goia Boutique, for sending over this headband. I love the color, pattern and my favorite thing: it’s handmade! The quality is superb and I can see this being an accessory that both my little and I can rock. My little is 4 years old & she’s already claimed ownership of the headband. 😅 🙃 *Photos to come soon.

I’m thinking of maybe filming a video showing a little behind the scenes action of what I do when shooting my self portraits/creating content in general. Please let me know if it’s something you’d like to see!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

GC xo

Falling for Fall.

It’s that time of year – the leaves are changing, warmer tones everywhere; It’s in the air. 

Our Autumn.  

The variety of colors and shades we’re given provides a full season of inspiration. Add layering and it’s a fashion lover’s paradise. By mid-summer, typically, I’m itching for the cooler months.

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Being a New York Native, I can’t help but completely switch my wardrobe to sweaters, boots & jackets by early October. The weather here in FL has proven otherwise – I’ve been forcing the sweater weather attire more than most Floridians. It’s November & we’re still getting hit with 80 degree days!

Thankfully, it has been getting cooler during the early mornings & evenings. That gives me a few hours per day to rock my jackets with good reason. I’ve been really into rocking my Moto Jacket, as of late. I love how it toughens up a look without trying hard. Mine is from Members Only – they were kind of enough to gift it to me last year. It’s officially a staple for me this Fall season.

I’ve been really digging the turtle neck under sweatshirts look – I wanted to give it a try with the pieces I already have in my closet.

Pink mock neck top is from Top Shop: Because it’s cropped, it’s super easy to layer with. Bernie Tee: I literally live in this tee – even sleep in it. No lie. I wanted to play up the pink details in the tee with the crop underneath.

I’m wearing thrifted shorts underneath because I like to feel protected.

Over-The-Knee Socks are from Urban Outfitters: I’ve had these in my closet since early College. About 6 years ago – yeah.

Bag is from Brandy Melville: it’s a black Suede cross body detailed with fringe. This piece I’ve also had since my early college days & it’s still in perfect condition. TIP: Investing in timeless pieces will last you multiple seasons.

Trusy Ol’ Vans: Because you can never go wrong.

Have you tried out this trend? What are your favorite ways of styling it? Please let me know down below!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this post & outfit. It feels great to be back blogging. I’ve missed it. 

Sending my love your way, forever & always. Until next post,

GC xo

Creative Corner |Benefits of Having a Creative Space

“Art is where Work meets Love.”

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The arts have always been a part of my identity – I’ve quickly learned that if I am not regularly creating, I am not a happy gal. Everyday life starts feeling empty. There’s real magic in physically putting something together: it being an outfit, a painting, jewelry, film/videos, etc. I can’t fully explain this magic (except in my creative pieces, of course).

I know there are other creatives who understand: it’s a part of them that needs to be released. Be brought into the world. A piece of their mind, really. Them. 

Having a dedicated place in your home – or [ideally] a separate room altogether – is such a necessity when it comes to channeling that creative energy. In NYC, I had a small studio in my laundry room. Yes, my laundry room. It wasn’t a big space but it was my space. 1.5 years later, I now have an entire Den to use as an office/studio space. I am beyond thankful for the size; both Darien and I can share it while still having enough room for us both to venture off in our own creative worlds. I have so much planned on how it’ll be organize to make use of it’s full potential. Right now, we’re currently in the early stages of it’s life but I’m stoked to see it grow and develop as both Darien and I develop in the coming months.

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The five benefits I’ve gain from having my own creative corner:

  1. Being able to leave a project mid-way, & then return later to pick-up exactly where you left off. This is probably my favorite thing, especially as someone who creates jewelry and is constantly designing. If I feel like I’m in a rut, I can stop, take a break & come back once I’m fully caffeinated and ready to take on the artist block.
  2. Separating work from home. I do work a 9-5 four days a week and am a house wife/mama – that leaves me with one weekday where I’m able to sit in my office, and be in complete ‘work’ mode. As someone who enjoys creating and hustles part-time, having a space where I’m able to separate from home duties helps greatly with motivation and focus.
  3. The Escape Room. My office/studio space is my escape room – whenever I’m feeling the need to create & release any kind of stress or tension, it’s my go to location. Even if it’s not related to my Blog/YouTube or jewelry designs, it’s a place that promotes positivity no matter the medium the feelings create.
  4. Motivation for the kid(s). I’m a mother of one and she follows me EVERYWHERE. Putting that in capitalization is still an understatement to her obsession with me. I’m fully aware that it comes with the territory of being a mama, but I want her to follow and be motivated by my good habits. The hard work and dedication my office/studio room gives me is something I want her to see and embrace in her own way. She’s already a little artist – I want her to feel just as comfortable as her father and I in that space.
  5. Organization & Tidiness. Nothing makes me happier than having a space that’s organized – for the most part. Going back to point 1 – leaving work undone to return to later isn’t necessarily keeping your space tidy, but it does help with keeping you slightly organized. I mean that in the sense of you knowing what project you’re currently working on & where things are. If you have paperwork attached with your art (small business?), it’s also a great place to keep important paperwork together and safe.

Have a benefit not on the list? Please feel free to share them down below – I would love to know some of your benefits and incorporate them into my current space. Where do you have your creative corner? Remember, it’s never about size – your creative corner can be anywhere in your home. As long as it’s a place where you’re able to freely create, it is your creative corner.

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Button-Down Top: H&M
  • Tube Tob: Thrifted Scarf
  • Belt: Urban Outfitters
  • Shorts: American Eagle
  • Socks: Target
  • Shoes: Vans

As always, thank you for visiting my page. I hope you have a killer week.

Until the next post,

GC xo

Dope Dog. |Calming Pup Treats

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Happy Friday:

I love my lil’ familia.

I take pride in ensuring they’re taken care of regularly – hot meals ready by dinner time, clean covers at night, you know, the ‘everyday’ little things.

My pup Brooklyn is no exception. She’s our family dog: 10 months old & a Pit/Mastiff bull mix. We took her in when she was only a month old. One challenge we’ve continually dealt with as she grew older is her separation anxiety – and this is still something we’re working on to this day. I am very happy & pleased that her reactions to us being separate have improved; those first few nights of her staying a part from us are moments I wont ever forget. Her cries; my baby Brooklyn.

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At this stage of her life, the only real separation anxiety we deal with mostly is while the hubby and I are away at work. Once we return home, Brooklyn. Goes. Crazy! That’s been the case up until recently when we tried out Dope Dog Calming Crunchies – and the results were immediate. We gave her a treat right when we left & upon returning home, she was excited – as she always is – but in a much calm, cooler & collective tone. We were immediately hooked.

Dope Dog is CA based product specializing in cannabinoid-rich hemp products. All products are tested by a third-party & are deemed safe and healthy for your pup. As someone who is a supporter of cannabis, I was more than excited to try out these products with Brooklyn. On top of being beneficial for separation anxiety, Dope Dog also helps with joint pain, epilepsy, inflammation and issues that may arise to your pup’s aging.  I have not come across a product such as this one and am very thankful to have found it – this is a much needed product in our current dog market.

Though Brooklyn doesn’t have any other issues with the exception of her separation anxiety, it’s nice to know she is being treated for the other issues prior to them becoming a problem for her.

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Be sure to check out the Dope Dog website & their Instagram.

Are there specific treats you reach for to her your puppy/dog with anxiety or any other issues? Please let me know in the comments below!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by.

GC xo

Pink Moon. | Thrifted OOTD Spring 2018

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Happy Sunday:

Early May has been such a hectic month – my mother-in-law came down to visit, it was my 25th birthday on Mother’s Day, and Darien & I went on a little vacation to South Florida (Miami, give me a few years, we WILL be moving down). I’ve been trying to get back into our groove, honing down the daily routine, but in a week’s time, my sister & brother will be making there way to mi casa. This unconventional month is not done with us.

Since turning 25 last Sunday, and it’s a bit weird to say, I can already see my thought process changing and my habits adjusting, both in positive ways. Every time I would experience a birthday, I’ve always entered the new year with “I feel the same exact age as I did yesterday; doesn’t feel any different.” Twenty-five’s tone is completely new.

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These photos were taken on April 29th, the last Sunday of April, as the Sun was setting. This was also the night of the Full Pink Moon – & if you’re a believer in the powers of our Sun/Moon, then you would know the spiritual meaning of this night. It is the start of blossoming, making changes for the best – it being your habits or the circle of people around you. Embracing this new wave of positive change to enhance your life.

Did you know of the Full Pink Moon on 4/29/18? Have you noticed any changed in your habits, lifestyle, thoughts since the end of April? I would love to know down below!

Actually looking at my outfit, it didn’t dawn on me until that every single piece here is thrifted:

  • Camo Jacket
  • Huff Tee
  • DIY Denim Short
  • Platform Vans

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Thank you so much for stopping by! Forever and always sending my love.

If you have any post/video ideas you would like to see from me, please comment them as well! I have a few ideas in the works but would love to know your ideas. 🙂 ❤

GC xo

Mellow Yellow | Spring OOTD 2018

Happy Sunday:

Oh yes, oh yes, it’s Spring time! -The Little Einsteins (#momlife)

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Being a May baby, it’s only natural that I claim the Spring Season as my favorite. The cool breeze, the blooming flowers, all that color – it’s the season of rebirth and growth. For the Summer lovers, it’s the four play for late night outings and priceless memories. Not to mention, of course, it’s festival season.

Yellow is one color I’ve seen a lot of on my Insta and I couldn’t help but take part in the color wave. It’s the color of Sunshine (insert Sun Flower Emoji here) and to me, it’s a reminder that there are always brighter days coming. This yellow button-down top is one of the treasures I found on my last thrift trip [FYI: haul video coming soon]. I’ve never owned a top with vertical stripes & in this color? It was essential for my wardrobe this season.

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I decided to pair this top with my American Apparel High Wasted jeans to keep this look casual. To maintain that casual tone, I went with my Stussy tote as my purse – this immediately made me feel like I was back home in NYC; taking a trip to the Strand with a gal pal, followed by a sit down in Union Square with Fro Yo and friendly squirrels. I’m not home sick, I promise. 

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For a slight bit of interest, I styled this looks with my Platform Vans & horizontal stripped socks. The neutral browns on the socks went well with the top and the black with my sneakers. I also really liked the contrast of the horizontal stripes on the socks against the vertical stripes on the top.

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What is your color of the Spring season? Please let me know in the comments down below!

I hope life’s been treating you well & that this coming week brings you nothing but positivity, prosperity & productivity. Thank you for stopping by. ❤

Mad love,

GC xo

The Garden of a Latina | Portraits

“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.”
― Frida Kahlo

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The universe has a weird way of working: I am a believer that the timing of things are all due to the ‘most high’ (whatever or whoever you associate that with) and in a way, are pre-planned. The Universe already has the ending result staged for you – it all depends on your actions and whether or not you accept the opportunities & challenges that come your way. Patience holds a huge part in finding the route to your successes – and moving to Florida has really instilled that in me.

Moving from the heart of the Big Apple to suburban FL has shown me a different side to life – the main lesson has been putting more energy and time into my foundation. Being the mama, I have to really nurture and love my family whenever it’s needed and that means sometimes putting side projects to a pause. I’m learning to embrace the pause while still finding the motivation to continue making the time.

Through local connections I’ve made, I was introduced to a fellow Latina, Yanitza Ninett, who also recently moved to Florida from Puerto Rico and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. It was a real pleasure working with someone who’s vision perfectly aligns with your own. It was real inspiration – and it happened at a time when my inspiration hasn’t been fully there. This was something I needed and I’m beyond excited to work with her again.

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I’ve been searching for my motivation and doing this shoot gave me exactly that.

Be sure to check out Yanitza’s IG page – she has real drive when it comes to photography! Her work is amazing – she specializes in portrait photography, but has experience in weddings, family sessions/maternity and is now branching out into commercial.

Please let me know which shot is your favorite!

 

Thank you for stopping by. Sending my love, forever & always:

GC xo

DIY 2-Piece ‘Track’ Suit | Self-Portraits

Happy Monday:

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The two-piece suits have been on trend for a bit now – I remember when they first became a thing back in 2015 with feminine silhouette & patterns!

Now in 2018, this trend has definitely taken a more casual, relaxed vibe – with sportswear being the go-to, preferred style. Because of my big move, it’s been really hard for me to budget in funds for new clothes – last time I did any kind of shopping was back in May of last year! As of late, I have been digging through my closet, trying to play-up & revamp my old pieces in fresh, new ways.

Combining this DIY cropped hoodie & DIY Bermuda length pants was one of the ways.

Both pieces are from Stussy – and if you’ve been following me for a while, you know I am a hardcore Stussy rep. It’s definitely one of my favorite sportswear brands – and has been for a few years now. Darien, my boyfriend, actually bought both of these pieces for me, and both are from the Men’s collection.

The Hoodie was super oversized & for that reason, I found that I never wore it. It would completely overwhelm my small frame and I never felt flattering in it. I cropped it about a year and a half ago and ever since then, I find that I reach for it more. With high-wasted anything, it works like a charm. I also like to rock it with a fitted top underneath on days I prefer to layer – it can add interest to any outfit.

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The shorts were a basic, long pair of sweats. I would always rock ’em as high-wasted due to my tiny torso, but found that because of how short I am, the leg portion of the pant never flattered my body. I’m Puerto Rican & Mexican – I cannot deny that on most occasions, my hips can’t be tamed & that can cause for some insecurities if I’m not wearing a piece of clothing that hugs my curves in the right places. I decided to chop these up as Bermuda length to keep the ‘boyfriend’ vibe to them – I’m a complete sucker for the androgyny aesthetic. With the right pair of sneakers, these shorts can really give off ‘too-cool for you’ vibes.

While looking in my closet, I realized that both of these pieces are the exact same shade of gray.  It was only right to pair them together – looks like I bought them as a set, don’t you agree?

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Are you into the 2-piece sports trend? Let me know down below how you’ve been rocking your 2-piece suit! 

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Thank you for stopping by – it’s appreciated!

Sending mad love your way, forever & always.

GC xo

3 Office Looks | 1 Turtle Neck

Happy Wednesday:

Is this real? Is this Glendaly really posting something on the blog. Wait, who’s GCeeStyle?

I’m sure there are a lot of questions popping into your head right about now, ie: Where have I Been? Why the name change? What caused my absence? Definitely stay tuned, I have another blogpost coming soon that will answer all of these questions. But to keep this post short & simple, I’ve officially stepped out of my shell in this 8 month long [hiatus &] transition to FL.

I have gone through so many obstacles, stages and changes these past few months; I am beyond happy to finally be comfortable in my space. I filmed a little outfit’s video styling my black H&M Turtle neck in 3 office inspired looks – I’m still working on finding the right spot to film at home. I think I may have found it, next step is to work on creating creatively there.

I hope you enjoy this video! I’m totally still woking on getting my groove, and set-up, back.

Which outfit did you like best? 1, 2 or 3?

 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Forever & always sending my love.

GC. xo

Destination New York | OOTD Video

Happy Tuesday:

It’s my last day in New York City!

What better way to spend my last day then with an NYC themed OOTD video. This one was filmed by one of my good friends, Kendrin; also known as Koid24 on Instagram. Filming is his thing and I am so happy we manage to get a little collaboration video in before I left permanently.

The vision was most definitely in sync: I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

Kae and I were treated to a lil’ bowling date by Kendrin & his bae a few weeks ago. Just sit back, relax, and relive a NYC night with me.

Thank you so much for stopping by & watching!

Mad love, forever & always.

GC xo