Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A WORK SPACE TO INSPIRE



My relationship with my HP Spectre laptop has been going strong for 2 months now. You can read more about my experience with the world's thinnest laptop here and here. After solely using the Spectre for the past few months, I can't imagine life without it and am thankful for it because it has re-inspired me in various ways.

I'm thankful not only for a powerful laptop that allows me to work hours on end without having to recharge it, but for the HP Spectre's unique and sleek design. The gorgeous rose gold details encouraged me to revamp my work space to match. I never realized how important it is to have a work area that I love and leaves me feeling inspired. Now, I sit down at my desk with a "feel good" feeling and don't mind the occasional nights where I burn the midnight oil. I've made an effort to always have fresh white flowers, postcards of prints and quotes that I love, an invigorating candle scent and of course, the desk essentials (pens, notebooks, scissors, etc). I love that not only does everything go well together aesthetically, but it's functional and practical. 

The HP Spectre has allowed me to be more mobile and to take my work outside of my home (as mentioned in a previous post) and has also done the same for when I am home. With my new work environment and new laptop, I have been able to create more content for my blog and post more frequently. I look forward to putting in "work", although it really doesn't feel like work when I love what I do. I have taken on a project that had been put on the back burner for months. I haven't changed the layout of my blog since its inception many, many years ago and it's been long overdue. Now armed with the HP Spectre, the Adobe Creative Suite and a new work environment that I simply adore, I'm excited to conquer this new project.

Over the next few months, I'll be revamping my blog with a new layout and can't wait to share it with you once it's complete.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HP. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog possible.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

DENIM FOR DAYS


Los Angeles is my hometown and I love it for so many different reasons. I love that even though I've lived here for 20+ years, there are always new places to discover and old gems to rediscover. I love LA for its casual street style, abundance of sunshine and non-temperamental weather (for the most part). I love that denim is a huge part of the LA culture and jeans are an acceptable dress code for just about any place, any time. This is why I can be seen wearing jeans 90% of the time. When I love the fit of a jean, I fall hard, become obsessed and can't stop wearing it. Thank goodness I'm not like this when it comes to relationships with anything other than clothing.

Being a fan of Old navy because of their on-trend styles and accessible approach to fashion, I was excited to give their new and innovative denim collection a try. Wearing full-length jeans during the summer may be intimidating, but thankfully with Old Navy's movement technology, the jeans are breathable, comfortable, and of course, stylish. I instantly gravitated towards the Rockstar style because of its super skinny fit and contouring stretch. They fit me like a glove, are available in a million different washes and comes in 3 rises: low, mid, and high. I chosoe a light blue wash for the summer with destructed detailing at the knee.

The rest of Old Navy's summer styles pair perfectly with their denim collection so it was easy for me to complete the look. I've been into experimenting this season and having fun with my wardrobe. Although I usually stick to solids, I've made a cautious effort to integrate more prints this season. Old Navy's explorer collection was perfect because it features fun, paisley prints in feminine and flattering silhouettes.

During the day, I wore a navy printed peplum swing cami and sandals for a casual afternoon at the newly-opened Platform in Culver City. If you love wearing black like I do, give navy a try as it's less harsh for a daytime look. In the evening, I changed into the same tank top, but in black, and paired it with a printed tweed blazer that I'm obsessed with.

These looks are so versatile, not only from day to night, but also from season to season. I can't wait to transition into fall and wear denim for... well, literally days on end.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Old Navy. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog possible.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

FLORALS TO THE MAXI


I'm usually not drawn to floral prints, but when I spotted this dress during Zara's most recent seasonal sale... I couldn't part ways with it. I love it for its black base, bold floral print, and transitional/versatile the dress can be from summer into fall. Yup, the hot days have me craving for fall...

Photos by Vincent Elejorde


Thursday, July 21, 2016

FEELING RUSTY

FOREVER 21 JUMPSUIT, SOLSANA HEELS, URBAN OUTFITTERS BRA, RAY BAN SUNGLASSES

Stepping outside of my comfort zone in a jumpsuit, in a color that I rarely-almost-never wear. Though I am diggin' how the rust hue looks against my tan.

Photos by Vincent Elejorde

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

CREATIVE JUICE FLOW


One of my favorite things about my recent trip to Europe was how there were so many outdoor cafes throughout all of the cities I visited. I would spend the days exploring and take breaks at whichever local cafe that I stumbled upon. After being back in LA, I still think about those quiet moments outside, where I would people watch and gain a wealth of inspiration simply from the locals and the surroundings. I made a vow to myself to try to do more of this in my hometown.

My love for LA runs deep and one of the reasons is the downtown Los Angeles area. I love the cult, the vibe and the energy, and always find myself here. Armed with my HP Spectre, I decided to visit a local coffee shop, not only to get some work done and brainstorm for upcoming projects, but to gain inspiration and feed off the contagious energy of those around me. I witnessed a business meeting, where a group of individuals were working on a t-shirt design, watched a graphic designer meticulously create a logo design, and many pedestrians whose street style caught my attention for a double take (in a good way).

Thanks to the world's thinnest laptop, the HP Spectre, my workplace mobility has never been easier. Instead of being tied down to my desk or having to worry about being plugged in near a wall outlet, I'm able to take my work with me wherever I please. The HP Spectre's battery life is impressive and depending on what I'm doing, a single charge can last me up to 9 hours. Although the HP Spectre is thin in size and lightweight, HP has equipped the Spectre with a special cooling technology that allows the processor to be more powerful than ever, without overheating. I'm able to have the entire Adobe Creative Suite installed on my new laptop and use it seamlessly.

It's amazing what a difference the right tools can make in my creative process. I have a big project up my sleeves and although I can't say what it is just yet, know that my HP Spectre will be helping me every step of the way. Stay tuned!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HP. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog possible