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. ūüôā ‚̧

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

‚ÄúI am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē¬†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

The Future is Female.

Happy Tuesday:

It’s been a good minute since I picked up a camera & shot on manual.

Before I started my blog, heck, before I even started my YouTube channel, I first became interested being behind the camera. I even applied to FIT in the hopes of majoring in Fashion Photography. But I’ll be honest, I didn’t really commit to photography the way I should have and wasn’t really surprised when I got my rejection letter, either. Life. It happens.

& I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I’ve been feeling super nostalgic lately¬†– I’ve been itching to get back into old habits.

With that in play & my current, serious obsession with the whole Mom/Daughter-Blogger-Duo-thing, I decided to spend an afternoon shooting with my mini. When we’re out and about, she always asks me to take her photos – this¬†just felt right.

At the end, I asked her if she had fun doing the shoot and she yelled “Yes!” with no hesitation.

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Bag: Gift
Hat: Supreme
Jacket: Sean John // Gift
Tee: Stussy
Pants: Thrifted
Sneakers: Vans

 

What do you think of these photos?

Thank you so much for stopping by! Sending my love. ‚̧

GC xo

Fur-Ever Girls.

Happy Wednesday:

Nothing feels more amazing than watching your dreams become your reality. I was not planning on having another shoot with Kaelynn for another few months but baby girl was ready to take photos with mommy. #blessed

This was definitely not expected – but it’s totally something I am extremely happy about. My obsession with the¬†Mom & Daughter Blogger Duo¬†is real and I cannot wait to start heading in that same direction with my own blog.

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I was teaching the munchkin how to cross her legs and her attempts were beyond adorable to watch. And she totally got the hang of it after a while! The fact that she is totally open to trying new things makes my heart so warm; there’s really nothing else I can ask for as a mama.

Working on getting detailed shots is the next thing we’re going to tackle next time I include baby girl. She’s getting the hang of it and that means everything.

My little forever girl. ‚̧

Outfit Details:

Glendaly:

Headscarf & Scarf: Thrifted

Jumper: Thrifted

Jacket: Unif x Urban Outfitters

Tights: H&M

Bag: Urban Outfitters

Sneakers: Vans

 

Kaelynn:

Head Band: Forever 21

Coat: Thrifted

Dress: Flea Market

Tights: Carters

Sneakers: Converse

 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Do you enjoy seeing Kaelynn on the blog? I would love to know your thoughts!

Until next week,

GC xo

2-Piece Set: Day to Night Look

Happy Friday:

I recently picked up this 2-piece set from the Jhene Aiko x Neff collaboration and have been dying to style it.

Needless to say, I had a ton of fun filming this & cannot wait to keep on styling these pieces.

Which outfit would you wear?

GC. xo

7 Awesome, Life Changing Benefits I’ve Gained From Being a 21 Year old Mom

Being a young mom is tough – there’s a lot of pressure from society alone that makes it an unfortunate situation to be in. Not saying that it¬†really is¬†an unfortunate¬†situation to be in, but we can’t deny that that’s one of the many connotations that come along with that title. I can totally understand and empathies with folks who feel this way. I was definitely one of them, and I would be a liar if I didn’t admit that. Being a mom during the prime of your young adult life is scary.

Here’s an honest list of things that immediately came to mind when I found out I was pregnant:

1. I can’t by myself clothes anymore.

2. I can’t by myself shoes anymore. [Yes, these two deserve their own listing. Feel free to judge me.]

3. I can’t smoke weed anymore.

4. I can’t turn up or get trashed, period.

5. I’ll have absolutely NO FREEDOM.

6. I can’t study abroad like I want to.

7. SCHOOL!? WTF IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH SCHOOL?!

8. I’m not fully happy with my current partner, having a baby can’t possibly be an option.

9. Babies are gross.

10. I’m going to be fat & have stretch marks. Body. Ruined. For. Life.

I’m going to end this list at 10 because I swear, this list can go on forever. I’ll be the first to admit – this list is pretty sad. The only thing that made sense for me to worry about was school & boyfriend issues, but all that extra junk? Pathetic. I’m a bit embarrassed writing this up, but I want my blog, and every post in my blog, to be honest. I won’t lie, it actually feels great letting all of these thoughts out. You should try it sometime.

My priorities in life did not include a baby. I never even held a baby up until the day I gave birth. Crazy, right?

Even though I was scared, I’m beyond blessed and glad that my partner and I decided to keep the baby. It’s been one hell of a ride – for both of us – but I see all of the positivity that followed our little blessing.

Here are 7 benefits I’ve gained from being a 21 year old mom in no specific order:

1. No, you can’t buy yourself clothes or shoes as often, but spending your money on making a little person look super fly, is just as satisfying.

2. My thought’s on getting ‘turnt’ in general: I love the feeling I get after having a few drinks & taking a few hits from a joint. Just keeping it real. But I never realized how time consuming getting wasted on the weekends really was, up until I didn’t do it anymore. It’s cool to occasionally get trashed with your homies, but the time you have is precious. Use every minute to it’s full potential, in whatever it is you think you need to work on. For me, that was, and still is, building my own brand & business. I’d much rather spend my weekends at home with my baby, and then working after-hours on my future.

3. I found my reason for life. I was a very distracted, undriven young woman before I got pregnant. I procrastinated at school & work, and literally half assed every project that needed to get done. Having my baby opened my eyes into a new part of life – the part of constantly growing and achieving health, wealth, success and happiness in every aspect of my life. That’s some powerful stuff, if you ask me.

4. Self Love. This is definitely my favorite benefit I’ve gained thus far being a young mom. I have a little girl who looks up to me. I’m her first and main role model. I need to show her self love, and self empowerment because I want her to be¬†a girl boss. I’ve never been happier with myself, up until this moment of my life, and trust me, this feeling is complete contentment all the damn time. It’s life changing, promise.

5. Patience is my second favorite benefit I’ve gained thus far being a young mom. It has come in handy when waiting to cross the street, dealing with my partner and child, and even my health & fitness. Patience is necessary for a happy, successful life. I believe everyone should have this quality.

6. When you have kids young, that means when your kids are old enough to live their own lives, you’ll still be young enough to get down and dirty. Not that kind of dirty, but you’ll still have the time & energy to do all of those crazy things – like travel. I plan on traveling the world once my kids are old enough to live their own life. And that’s something I’m looking forward too. Oh, and you’ll be able to keep up with your grandkids, that’s always fun!

7. The most serious benefit I’ve gained from being a young mom? Appreciating life as a whole. No one really remembers the milestones they go through as a baby. You don’t realize how amazing life & growth really is until you witness it. The little things: watching my daughter crawl for the first time, walk for the first time, watching her examine and try to understand things that she touches, hears, see’s, it’s amazing. It’s something that I feel like I could never express with words – it’s something you have to witness to understand. Life is a beautiful thing, and being able to bring life into the world, no matter what your age is, really, is a blessing.

I’m a believer in things happening for a reason and I thank the universe everyday for bringing my little girl into my life. I never saw myself as a young mom, but am beyond proud to say that I embraced the challenge and fell in love with the experience. I’ve grown on so many levels since being a mom, and I will forever appreciate these experiences and lessons.

Until Wednesday.

GC. xo.

Dark Paradise.

One of my YouTube babes & I worked on a collaboration together; we both styled an outfit around the theme of ‘Boho Grunge.’

Check it out & let me know what you think.

GC xo