Thursday, December 31, 2015

Farewell, 2015

“If you fall, you fall. Sometimes falling teaches us things too. 
In dreams you often fall before you wake.”

Out with the old, in with the new.

And just like that, we say farewell to another year. Is it just me or does it feel like 2015 completely flew? I feel like I made my new year's resolutions for 2015 yesterday and now we're moving on to newer and higher goals for 2016. I've learned a lot about myself this last year, and am happy to say I fully accomplished two of my three goals {I attempted the third..and failed. Lol}. But from the two goals that I accomplished, I feel like things really do come full circle. From working on those two goals I've made stepping stones towards the goals I want to set for 2016. I want to save those goals for my first post in 2016, so check back on Monday! For now, I want to say thank you all from the bottom of my heart for joining in this journey for another year both as readers and brand partners. I'm looking forward the prospective that 2016 holds, and I can't wait to keep sharing my little piece of the internet with you all. Cheers to happiness, health, and a bountiful new year!

Besos,
RC







Free People Dress || Gap Kids Tulle Dress {underlay} - try this or this || Chanel Bag || Joe Fresh Heels - similar here and here

Monday, December 28, 2015

Heart of the Matter

"We are more than the parts that form us."

Heart of the matter.

My mom has always told me that beauty fades -- it's what's on the inside that counts. But living in a vastly visual world of appearances and surface level judgments, it's easy to forget. The way we fall in love is usually first with the eyes, then with the mind, and last with the heart. It's how we make a lot of decisions: what we read, what we eat, what we wear, what we buy, who we befriend, who we love, etc. But in my twenty-odd years on this planet, I've come to find that if all of our judgments were made on this criteria of see, think, then feel, we often miss out on a lot of wonderful things, wonderful opportunities, and wonderful people. So maybe for the new year we reverse the order and live our lives first by the heart, next with the mind, and less with the eyes. Love is blind -- and so is faith.

Besos,
RC






Marc Jacobs Jacket - love thisthis and this || Kate Hill Shirt - similar here and here || Lord & Taylor Suede Pants - or try this || Gucci Loafers || Mansur Gavriel Bag 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Blush x Grey

"If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection."

Travel is the great leveler...

...it is the only road to discovery. You learn a lot about yourself when you travel. Whether you travel alone or in pairs or in small groups, there is much to gain from the journey. Over the summer I visited St. Lucia with a few of my girl friends. It was our first trip together in a foreign place. Though St. Lucia is a relatively safe island being rather popular amongst tourists, there's still something a little bit daunting about traveling with just a small group of friends, particularly when you are all smaller in frame and clearly foreign to the land. If push came to shove, I wouldn't hesitate to admit that we would have been rather helpless. Despite taking precautions, we still found ourselves in a bit of a scary situation that could have turned quickly sour. In that one instance, you learn a lot about yourself -- your instincts, your wits, and your street smarts. You learn that all is not the safe bubble most of us have lived in growing up in a middle-class family in the US, and you may be surprised with your own split-second reactions to fend for yourself and protect your friends. It's a side of yourself you might not have ever discovered had you not left your safety net. That being said, not every stretch of road you face will be a lesson learned from an obstacle. You might just discover from seeing a new place, meeting new people, and experiencing a new culture that this planet has so many beautiful corners waiting for you to turn. You might learn that there's a sleeping mind inside of you waiting to be awakened.

Besos,
RC







Banana Republic Vest {sold out online} - similar here and here || Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Sweater - love this and this || J Brand Leather Pants - or try this || Aldo Shoes - similar here || Jay M. Bag c/o || Prada Sunnies || Sunset45 Necklace c/o

Monday, December 21, 2015

Happily Grey

"The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure but from hope to hope."

In the midst of hopes, we find pleasure.

I'm an avid reader -- most of the time that means I have my nose stuck in a book or a news article, but that also means I'm prone to clicking on any article my friends may share on Facebook so long as the title seems somewhat interesting. The other day as I was scrolling through Facebook, I came across a post that someone shared about how we, as humans, tend to always think the future holds something better. We are constantly thinking that once these years pass, the next ones to come will be better. As a child you can't wait to be older, because everything seems better when you're say, 18. When you finally turn 18 you can't wait to be in your early 20's because then maybe adults will take you more seriously and you'll also have more freedom and expendable money. Then, you hit your early 20's and you think, well once I sort out my life -- maybe by my late 20's or early 30's, life will definitely get even better. I'll have a solid career, maybe start the beginning workings of a family, etc. But in always looking so far ahead for happiness, what happens to the present? The future is a big grey area...it's a massive unknown. The present, however, is something tangible and it's really the only moment you should be living for. Not to say that we shouldn't let our minds wander from hope to hope, milestone to milestone, but to forget to find pleasure in the moment would be a shame in your past when you look back from the future.

Besos,
RC











AĆ©ropostale Cardigan c/o || Unknown Top - similar here and here || Joe's Jeans Moto Leggings - very similar here, or here || Biltmore for Madewell Hat - similar here and here || L.K. Bennett Boots {sold out} - similar here and here || Madewell Scarf - love this || Mansur Gavriel Bag

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Party Pants

"I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life."

'Tis the season... 

...for festivities and holiday parties. It almost doesn't feel like we're in holiday mode because the weather here in NYC has been nowhere close to winter weather. This time last year I was sharing holiday looks for the cold weather,  but this year I'm sporting silk pants and a billowy top -- go figure. I'm assuming this is what Christmas and New Years feels like in LA, and I'm not sure I like it... {I know all my LA friends reading this are totally rolling their eyes at me becasue #westcoastbestcoast}. Nonetheless, the temperatures as of late have been a nice reprieve from the usual shivers we have during this time of year, and it'll be the first time the history of ever {at least in my lifetime} that I can sport open-toed shoes in mid-December without threat of frostbite.

Besos,
RC













Vince Top || Diane von Furstenburg Pants - similar here || 3.1 Phillip Lim Shoes - similar here and here || Super by Retrosuperfuture Sunnies via Ditto || Neiman Marcus Clutch - similar here

Monday, December 14, 2015

Wander // French Quarter, NOLA {Part II}

"Travel is rebellion in its greatest form: 
We follow our hearts, we free ourselves of labels, we lose control willingly, we trade a role for reality;
We love the unfamiliar, we trust strangers, we own only what we can carry;
We search for better questions not answers, we truly graduate, and -- we sometimes choose never to come back."

I was enchanted to meet you...

...from my heart to NOLA. As promised, here's the second part of my travel recap and some of my favorite photos from my trip! The French Quarter was truly an enchanting place. It felt otherworldly, like you had been transported to another land. One of my friends described it like a real-life Disney World theme park, and frankly, I'd have to agree. The charming streets were straight out of a storybook, and the constant feeling of life being celebrated was contagious. 

During our time there we mostly took the city by foot to explore all the random shops and eats, but I do recommend riding their streetcars just once because 1) it adds to the experience/ambiance, and 2) a one-day pass costs about as much as one subway ride in NYC, so really what's to lose? I also recommend wandering the French Quarter into the earlier hours of the evening because chances are, you'll encounter a wedding party and I promise it's something you won't find anywhere else! They literally parade down the streets of New Orleans, police motorcade, dancer, and live band included. We saw three during our time there and each time it's just as exciting as the last. 

For eats, you must try Cafe du Monde {beignets, coffee, & frozen cafe au lait}, Royal House {red fish beignets, fried oyster tacos, & crawfish etouffee -- thank you, Van for the suggestion!}, Mila {order anything...you won't be disappointed}, & Sucre {cappuccino & dessert}. Enjoy!

Besos,
RC
















Club Monaco Jacket - similar here and here || Club Monaco Top - similar here and here || Yummie by Heather Thomson Jeans c/o - try these || Madewell Boots || Le Specs Sunnies