Flaunt Your Florals

Fashion

We’re three weeks into the spring season, yet somehow the weather just keeps getting colder, even in Texas. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dress cute while keeping warm. If you love florals, then you’re in luck. They are huge for this spring season! I like florals, but just subtle hints of floral embroidery here and there, or even floral lace patterns. After all, I am all about the minimalist approach.

Here’s a look you can achieve with a simple black/white collared top with floral design, and palazzos or high-waisted wide-leg pants with richer, warm springtime colors. I left the last few buttons of the top open for extra flare, and wore a black basic tee under it, which I tucked in.

If it’s cold enough where you live, you can even pair it with a floor length duster jacket, or a black trench coat.

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TOP: Stella Embroidered 3/4 Sleeve Shirt from Boohoo

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CHOKER: Faux Suede Choker from Forever 21

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EARRINGS: Hoop Earring Set from Forever 21

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PANTS: Tie Front Palazzo Pants from Rainbow Shops

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HEELS: Brash Suede Block Heels from Payless

Similar Here: Faux Croc Caged Heels from Forever 21

If you end up buying something similar, make sure to tag me in your pictures! I’d love to see how you style them.

Empowered Women Empower Others

Self

I’ve spent the last two months reflecting on my life and what I want from it. The last 1.5 years of my life were spent hustling so hard that I didn’t have time for myself. I had so much on my plate that I was at the verge of burning out, and I was slowly forgetting what I was chasing after to begin with.

Learning to balance out my life has been a struggle, but I finally feel like I’m starting to grasp it better. Working out every day for at least half an hour has kept me in check. Whether it’s after school or after work, I am now motivated to come home at a decent time to go to the gym so I can end the night feeling satisfied after a relaxing shower.

While I’ve been working on myself this past few months, I’ve been soaking up as much inspiration as I can to motivate myself to get back up on my feet and create content again.  Seeing courageous women making a difference in this world is what keeps me driven. Namely Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of recent the Florida school shooting, who is now the face of a national movement called “Never Again,” as a senior in high school. Hijabi YouTuber Dina Tokio released a groundbreaking documentary called “Your Average Muslim,” and Noor Tagouri, a hijabi journalist, recently released a three-part documentary series shining light on the sex trade industry in America. The teachers, law enforcement and healthcare workers who dedicate their lives to helping others, as well as the mothers who are raising the future generations, keep me inspired.

Not too long ago, women didn’t have the right to vote, get a credit card, or even use contraceptives. So much has changed since then, and with women fighting for their rights and for humanity, it’s possible that we can change much more. It’s important to support the successes of all these amazing women, because their success is not your failure. Empowered women empower women.

Post Halloween Health Hacks

Lifestyle

So Halloween happened, and I’m sure we all went a little crazy with our candy consumption. Or was that just me?

New York had me overeating and trying all sorts of local foods, but anyone who knows me knows I always watch what I eat because I’m a health freak. I came back to Houston about three months later, and had ten pounds added to my body. Sure, that sounds normal, but you have to know that I have been the same weight for about four years now. To see that three months changed all of that, really made me reevaluate my eating and fitness habits.

I haven’t kept up with a set workout schedule since my senior year of high school. That needed to change. College happened, a part-time internship on top of that, along with a two hour daily commute. You can see how my day flies by. If I’ve learned anything over the last few years being a workaholic, it’s that health is wealth. There have been times during finals week where I’d get so bogged down that I’d barely eat one hearty meal that day.

No matter how busy you get, always make time to eat healthy and workout at least twice a week. 

So here is my declaration of leading a new lifestyle and I’m going to show you what I’m doing. If you guys have any tips or suggestions to any improvements I can make, let me know in the comments!

1. Have hearty breakfasts and light dinners. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Since dinner is the last thing we eat, it’s better not to fill yourself up with fatty or oily foods since you don’t have much physical movement after that.

2. Eating in moderation is key, but I took it a step further and started guesstimating my calorie intake so it’s about 1900 calories per day. If you eat that Kit Kat, you’re going to have to compensate somewhere else in your diet. I try drinking an entire 0.5 liter water bottle before each meal so I don’t overeat. A lot of times, our body thinks it’s hungry, but it just needs water.

3. Green tea is my best friend. I used to keep it in a thermos and drink it after every meal, but lately I just drink it after dinner so it increases metabolism.

4. Take a quick walk after every meal. My goal is 300 steps. It’s a random number, but it seems to prevent food coma.

5. Eat and sleep at normal times and stick to your schedule. Once those two systems are in whack, it just ruins your skin and you tend to feel more groggy and grumpy overall. If you have that much work to do, wake up extra early since that’s when your mind is freshly woken up.

6. I do a few stretches and jumping jacks to wake myself up. You can add a caffeinated herbal or black tea to your routine if that helps. I used to be a crazy coffeeholic but I can’t consume it without like six packets of sugar, and we all know that’s inviting so many future health problems.

7. You just have to make time to work out. I can’t always make it to the gym, so I spend 10 minutes every morning doing intense moves inspired by my favorite fitness guru, Cassie Ho. She posts all her ‘Blogilates’ videos on YouTube and each one targets a different part of the body. Just 3-5 minutes long each, her short videos are just what you need to quickly squeeze in some exercise in your day. Trust me, it works because you will be sore after five minutes. These morning workouts will definitely get you pumped up for the rest of the day.

I know that’s a lot of information, but this is what works for me. If any of these tips interest you, I suggest taking it one step at a time. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself.

And now, onto my fall retro-inspired look!

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Shop my look

Bell Sleeve Dress: JustFab

Lipstick: Sephora Collection Cream Stain Liquid Lipstick – Coral Sunset, $14

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Thong Sandals: Wet Seal

Patterned Bell-Bottoms: Rue 21

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In case you missed my 2 minute Halloween comedy sketch, here it is!