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

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

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

Benefits of Being a Bald Woman | Video

Happy New Year!

And happy Tuesday:

I hope you had a great weekend bringing in the New Year. I am super stoked to see what this year has in store for me – I already have great feelings about what’s to come!

Thinking back to this time last year, I was still working on getting comfortable being a bald woman. I had shaved December 28th, 2015, with the purpose of going into 2016 with a much needed drastic change. I was diagnosed with Androgenic Alopecia when I was 18 and wanted to shave bald since then, but was scared to commit. I got over the fear and am so blessed I decided to go for the plunge!

Here are a few benefits I have gained since shaving bald and living life as a proud baldie:

Have you every thought about shaving bald or have shaved bald before? If so, what were some of the benefits you’ve gained? I would love to hear them!

Thank you so much for watching & stopping by! I’ll catch you guys on my next post.

Forever sending my love!

GC xo

Embracing Me. | Bald Beauty.

Happy Monday:

On the 28th of this month, I officially hit my 5th month anniversary of being a Baldie. I won’t ever get over how fast time flies – as I’m getting older, I feel like my days are getting shorter and shorter. Am I the only one?

To celebrate, I decided to dedicate a post completely to my bald head. I’m here today to prove that being bald is beautiful and being CONFIDENT as a Baldie is totally possible. The past 5 months have been filled with constant life changes, but one life change has proven to be the best one yet – embracing the real me. 

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I want to say thank you if you’ve been following my story and I for some time. Sharing my alopecia experience with the Internet has literally changed my life in ways I never thought possible. I really cannot thank YOU enough for joining me in this life journey.

Thank you to everyone who has personally contacted me, too, it being via e-mail, direct message on IG, or a regular ‘ol comment on my Youtube Channel or here on my blog. The love & support pushes me to continue sharing my story.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. I can never stress that enough.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till Wednesday,

GC xo

April’s Collage & Wishlist.

Happy Friday:

Another late collage & wish list, I know.

But life’s been really real on my end. I’m going through some life changes. Unexpected life changes. I promise I’ll be filming an update video soon – I need a good vent session! I’m just waiting for a few more things to fall into place.

On to the purpose of this post:

Urban Legend:

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Black Beauty:

Black Beauty.

 


 

I’m thinking of keeping my monthly collages & wish list’s more on the visual side. What do you think? Do you like it when I write along with my visuals?

Let me know down below!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till next week,

GC xo