Alejandra (Ale) Hernandez is a stylist living and working out of Los Angeles, CA. I met her many moons ago through a mutual friend, and one of the first things I remember about her is that she seemed so strong, confident, had a fierce determination, and was someone who knows who she is while making no apologizes about it...
At some point in your life you’ve probably heard (or seen on Pinterest) the quote “Life is a journey, not a destination” by Ralph Waldo Emerson or some variation of it. Lately, I’ve been thinking about this a lot...
Oh, white eyeliner, how I love thee. I fell in love with white eyeliner in my early 20s while watching a certain trendsetting character wear it and look just so dang good with it. During that time (for me), Carrie Bradshaw could do no wrong. If I couldn’t be her, I could at least steal some tips from her.
The seasons seem to be changing. I am listening to it rain when a mere week ago I was sweating, cursing the eternal summer but that is southern California for you. People say there are no seasons here but I think there are. You can feel it. I know when the air begins to turn for us because we’re in it now. Sometimes change is subtle. Sometimes you just have trust that you’ll know when it’s time for change, like now.
Sometimes when I think about lip-gloss I can’t help but think of the early 2000s when lip-gloss was rampant. I visualize my fav gals like Britney spears and Kate Hudson on TRL (Total Request Live is a TV show for all you youngsters). Lip-gloss and a tan were all the jam. Everything was shimmery, low slung, and just bright. I think of all the POP in pop culture that was going on at that time. It was the beginning of the explosion of celebrity culture. And what were they wearing?? Lip-gloss.
Oh August, how I loathe you and your burning heat. It's hot outside and I somehow feel like I am in a perpetual sweat or at least trying really hard to avoid a perpetual sweat which then makes me sweat(!!). How do I stay cool then? I do it by keeping everything really simple. Especially my beauty routine.
I owe Rachel a bit of credit for inspiring of Monday’s post “It’s Not About the Back”. My conversation with her opened a space for me through her story of overcoming her eating disorder. She spoke so candidly with me about things that are all too common for most women and how we see our bodies. Listening to her story I found commonalities in my own struggles with my body.
If you don’t know yet, I am a huge Brené Brown fan. I read her book “Daring Greatly” last summer and again this summer. Her research on the way shame works on us and how much we need to learn to access our vulnerability in a society that teaches us the opposite has shaped and changed not only how I view myself but also the way I see people in general.
If there is anything I know for sure, it is that my hair will always be changing. I can’t express all the time I’ve wasted trying to decide what I am going to do next to it. It’s partly why I keep it short, because when you have long hair it stays the same for long periods of time. BORING. Let’s not even talk about when I am growing it out. UGH, the torture. All I am ever thinking about is how I should just chop it off.
What makes your heart happy? It’s a simple question that has many different answers. It’s a personal question that only you the individual truly knows. Heidi wants you to share that answer, to live that answer. To Heidi doing what makes you happy is not just a question you should ask yourself every day, it is a question to be lived every day. Because to quote her, “Life is short, live it with a happy heart."
I opened the front door to the theater and already there was a gaggle of women (real Orange County housewife types) huddled together giggling and eagerly waiting in line with anticipation...I waltzed in and said “MY PEOPLE!” out loud. They all looked at me and we just knew…there was a familiarity among us…somehow complete strangers felt like instant friends. We were about to embark on a journey together—a beautiful journey of miraculous muscles and manly men!
Another year of my life has passed and a new one begins today. My first year in my 30s was like the moving ocean. I am learning life is fluid. I can swim with the current or against it. It's been about self acceptance and about letting go. Imperfect is enough. Who I am right now is all I need to be.
Freedom. What a spectacular word. I’ve always loved this word. I think it’s because big or small, it’s a word that epitomizes what we all search for. I think humans, and almost all animals on this giant spinning ball in space we call earth, have an inherent need to be free, to be in the wild, to be whatever we choose to be. No constraints of choice, just choice.