Beyoncé- I Was Here (UN World Humanitarian Day)


Saturday, July 25, 2015

iPhone Thoughts: Telling Someone you Love them


Friday, July 24, 2015
*Random thoughts written on the comfort of my iPhone, late at night

When I love someone I have zero apprehension in telling them. I just tell them. I know it's complicated. I know there's a lot to lose, but who cares.

Life can be shitty. Love can be shitty. But you know what makes life even worse then it could possibly be? Lost opportunities.

I understand that it's hard, and it might even sound desperate, and God forbid it makes you feel vulnerable.

But you know, telling someone you love them may actually sound very genuine. And it may sound nice. and it may actually be exactly what they need... what you need, too.

Because loving and being loved is what life is about. Those feelings, even if they generate into nothing, even if that person responds with a "Thanks for your love, but no thank you." It's this reminder that you're human. And that you're feeling something that not all humans are privileged to feel everyday.

So go ahead. Tell them you love them. Tell them whenever you want to. Feel free to say it so much you redefine the meaning.
It's okay.

Because one day, when life is all lived up, you won't be able to say it. and they won't be able to hear it. So don't miss that chance.

Go on.

FIVE FAVORITES


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

EYELASH SHIRT: SHOP SINCERELY JULES

YOUTUBER: NATALIE TRAN

ARTIST: GENEVIEVE SANTOS

QUOTE: LANG LEAV

SUMMER EATERY: LEMONADE


A Birthday Letter to Malala Yousafzai


Monday, July 13, 2015
PHOTO: PARADE

Dear Malala,

Giiiirrrrlll, Happy Birthday! 

Feels like just yesterday you were running around in your diapers, and dropping scoops of ice cream on the floor.
 (hehe I'm kidding)

On a more serious, not to mention sentimental, note, I just wanted to express how lucky we are to have you. This world is an extraordinary place to live in because of you, because, Malala, you are the firmest reminder of hope and resilience. You remind the world that heroes both celebrated and unsung live and breath fighting for what they believe in- Thank you for doing that. 

Thank you for giving me hope for my future children and for the children that bless the world now. Thank you for being a role model that the world so desperately needs. Thank you for fighting with your knowledge and your heart. and above all thanks for being just a cool, normal girl, one that reminds the world that anyone can make a difference. 

Happy 18th Birthday, Malala. May the world be blessed with your presence for many many more.

Love...yo' girl,

The Bad & The Beautiful: U.S.A Edition


Sunday, July 5, 2015
This country... I'm so proud to be part of this country. To me, being an American means freedom of expression, opportunity and resources that other countries could only dream of. This weeks The Bad & The Beautiful celebrates my fellow Americans and organizations that pride themselves on making this country as incredible as it is.

PHOTO: MILK + BOOKIES
The Bad: 32 million of the American adult population can't read, that's 14% of the population, while that number is shocking studies have shown that another 21% of American's read bellow a 5th grade level. The benefits of reading may seem obvious for most people but statistics show that the inability to read correlates to delinquency and crime, with up to 85% of Juvenile's in jail being illiterate.  

The Beautiful: Milk + Bookies teaches children the love of books while also teaching the importance of giving back. This organization is a movement giving tools, resources, and support to anyone wanting to make a difference in the lives of children who can't afford books. Through them, young host are supported in their efforts to putting books in the hands of thousands in need, all while fostering a sense of pride and goodwill.


PHOTO: ANA VENEGAS/OC REGIST/VIA AP
The Bad: Everyday an estimated 720 people under the age of 20 find out that they have cancer, around 92,000 die from the disease every year. This has become the leading cause of deaths by disease for children under the age of 15 in the U.S.
The Beautiful: Created by Jessie Rees, NEGU, an acronym for Never Give Up, was her life mantra. Inspired by the struggles of other cancer patients, Jessie fought to make their days a little happier. After getting the approval of her parents, 11 year old Jessie created the idea of putting small toys and fun items in jars and distributing them to hospital patients. What was something one inspired little girl did for her hospital blossomed into an organization now helping 275 children's hospitals/care centers around the country.

Baby2Baby
PHOTO: HONEST COMPANY


The Bad: Four out of every ten children live in low-income households in the U.S. Findings have shown that in 2015, poverty affects predominately 60% of African American, Indian and Latino families. Low income homes as a whole account for roughly around 32 million Americans.
The Beautiful: Baby2Baby distributes childcare essentials such as diapers, clothing and other basic needs to children in low-income families. They're in partnership with 85 non-profit organizations and have given out essentials helping out 100,000 children just this year, this accounts for over 6.1 million items.

Everyday Makeup


Tuesday, June 30, 2015
I can't say that I'm too much into make up. I like it, but I'm definitely not someone who ventures out and tries different stuff every month... I'm really not that type of person and this really isn't that type of blog. but I do wear makeup and this is my blog so why the heck not.
So here ya go, a handful of my golden go-tos. 
LIQUID FOUNDATION: Make Up Forever Matifying Foundation #35 Vanilla (haha...Vanilla Face)

LIP MOSTURIZER: Vaseline Lip Balm Rosy Lips







#LoveWins


Friday, June 26, 2015
Growing up, my parents never defined "Love" for me. They never told me what love meant, or how it functioned. They never did it because it was never necessary, they taught me love through example.

In all the Sundays I've gone to morning mass no priest has every uttered the sentence that love is exclusively between man and woman, and while I understand different churches, teach different interpretations, only love in all of its glorious ambiguity echoed through my church walls- and for that I am very grateful.

Today, America echoed the same sentiments of my church and what I feel the bible resonates. This day, our country took leaps towards progress and I am especially proud to be an American.

So with this win. Lets raise our invisible glasses.

Cheers to everyone who finds this a victory...and to those who don't.
Cheers to the future children that will look at this day and think "what's the big deal?"
Cheers to our countries progress towards freedom
and most of all, cheers to all the hearts out there who's love now has no limitations.  

We all won today! Love can be tough. But love alway wins.