Brace Yourselves

AP Exams start next week.

Nuff said.

The struggle is real.

I’m trying my best to stay calm, and so far, I’m doing well. But knowing me, I’ll probably have a mini panic attack the morning of my exam.

I’ll be reviewing rhetorical strategies and language terms for English, and memorizing battles and court cases for History (insert deep sigh).

By the way, I’m casting my vote for Iron Man.
Top is Express and shorts are Mudd. Both via Poshmark.
Sneakers from Pastry Shoes.

But I will be strong! There are five weeks left of school and then I’ll be done.

It will be summer.

I will sleep in.

And only get up for food.

And chocolate milk.

And probably homebaked goods too. (Wink wink, momma. Just kidding. Kind of. Sort of. Not really.)

Chocolate + Me

But until then, I shall hold on to what little care I have left in me and attempt to make it through the next five weeks.

#iwillsurvive #bemyownhero

Eve from the Block

 

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Eve from da block.

I’ve only gone to school three days this week.

Houston has been raining nonstop.

We got Monday off because the school had an extra day that was saved for bad weather and the administration had to use it.

And then on Tuesday we had no school because many areas were flooded (the irony).

So this week has been incredibly, and wonderfully, short. However, I would have preferred a different reason for having a shortened week (🙏🏼 to those whose homes were swept away).

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Standing Tall
Shoes from JustFab. Shades from Poshmark. Necklace is from my grandmother.
Earcuff from Material Girl line via Macy’s. Dress and vest from Forever 21.
Trying not to jump too high so that my skirt won’t go too cray.

Now excuse me as I go finish the homework that was due earlier in the week.

Fun.

Time to Celebrate

This is my favorite photoshoot out of all the ones I’ve done so far.

The yellow-colored wall is gorgeous and really makes my dress pop!

It made my mod inspired look even cooler (so modest, right?).

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My favorite shot.
Dress from H&M. Shoes from JustFab.

Wind is a useful tool in shoots. It can make your hair look incredibly epic or blow your skirt in such a way that it looks like ripples in water.

This is not one of those times.

Even though the picture turned out well (it’s actually pretty adorable), it was a struggle keeping the shoot PG-13. At one point I thought I was going to have a Mary Poppins moment and be blown away.

Look at those chameleons!
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A three-day weekend is very much appreciated.

I know I say it every week, but I’m so done with life right now. I had three quizzes and one test in my AP U.S. History all in one week.

So basically I’m mentally drained.

Ring is Kate Spade Saturday. Necklace is Kendra Scott. Sunglasses from Poshmark.

But thank God it’s a three-day weekend. I’m ready to kick back and relax.

Peace out fools!

FriYay

I’m happy it’s Friday that I might actually cry (so sad).

I just need to get through today.

I have an AP Multiple Choice test in English and a quiz in U.S. History AP. If it weren’t for the fact that I have those two classes at the end of the day, I would’ve just skipped and slept (just kidding… kind of… not really…).

Looking off into the distance…at a Smoothie King….wanting a smoothie.

You know those posters for superhero movies? The ones that have the characters being cool and looking off into the distance? Well that’s basically what mine would look like if I had one.

If I could have a superpower I’d probably want the power to fly. That’d be so cool. I’d never be late to school, I wouldn’t be stuck in traffic, and if I saw people that I really hated I could drop water balloons on them, you know, that kind of stuff.

It took me a couple of tries to balance on that thing AND look cool.
What?

 This is actually an impromptu photoshoot.

Technically I had already finished but my mother still had one more outfit. So while Sofia, our photographer, and I waited for my momma to put on her shoes and get herself situated, we decided to squeeze in another shoot for me.

Another case of whiplash.
I always seem to jump so high. What a lie 😂
Ready for the weekend!

P.s.

I didn’t say the brand of my clothes because the majority of what I was wearing is so old that I can’t remember. And the tags are washed out. But the shoes are from H&M and the necklace is Alexander McQueen (and from my mother’s jewelry stash).

That’s Not My Problem

Now normally I would wear a crop top with an undershirt or layer it over a fitted dress because I’m not used to showing off so much skin. But I thought of trying it out since, well for starters it was so freakin’ hot, and also because I don’t have a lot of opportunities to wear it.

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Damn my hair looks good (so modest).
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Standing on my tippy toes 👯

I know that it doesn’t seem like a difficult thing to do, but standing on my tippy toes in those shoes was hard. The shoes are a little bit big and the ground had a smooth surface, so I kept slipping and almost lost my shoes frequently.

But it made for a good shot though.

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Just chillin’.

Sofia, our photographer, and my mother said I looked like a worn out doll that was done with life.

Half of that is true.

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Shades are from Cindy. Ring from Raven Eve Gothic Jewelry via Etsy.
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Shoes are Jeffrey Campbell.

We had the photoshoot at my old middle school’s bus circle. I know it seems as though we’re obsessed with it but I promise that’s not the case. It just so happens that it’s near our house and is expansive enough that there are multiple backdrops to choose from in one location.

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Peek 🙈 a 🙉 boo!
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Top from Forever 21. Shorts from Dee’s.
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That’s not my problem!

This top is perfect for when you’re done with whiny bitches who need some common sense. Which is basically the case for me everyday in Science #sorrynotsorry

I know this post isn’t very inspiring. I’m just incredibly run down from AP Exam studying and the search for recommendation letters. I’ll try harder next time 👍, but now I must go do some Spanish work (yay…not really).

It’s Friday. Praise da Lord.

Thank God it’s Friday!

Not because this week has been stressful or overwhelming. But because the sophomores and freshman have EOC testing.

That means the rest of the students have their schedules mixed up.

At my school there are various colored wings, like Blue and Red.

The testing rooms are at the Blue and Aqua wings, which are mostly the math and history departments. And since this week has been full on testing, juniors and seniors have had to relocate to different classrooms everyday.

Plus the teachers we would normally have become unavailable. They spend the majority of the day watching over the students that are testing.

So this entire week I have been on my phone.

Which gets boring after a while.

I actually got sick of my phone (first time ever).

Studio Movie Grill – my soulmate. Besides hot chocolate. And Fridays. And naps. And chocolate milk.

What better way to spend a Friday afternoon than to take a nap?

Thought I was gonna say go to the movies, huh?

Well….that’s the second best thing to do on a Friday. It’s fun to go to the movies and hang out with friends after a long week of school.

Just imagine this: You and your squad are walking towards the movie theatre’s entrance. Meghan Trainor’s NO is playing in the background as the wind blows through our hair. The first few seconds are in slow motion. The people around us stop and stare. Either in admiration or wondering why the hell we’re walking so slowly. This is the ultimate #squadgoal.

Jumpsuit from Forever 21.

Once again, our lovely photographer Sophia, made me do work.

It may not seem like it requires a lot of effort to sit on that brink wall thingy, but, as you can see, it’s curved. So I was in danger of falling off every few seconds.

Also, my romper was on the verge of riding up. Which would not make a flattering picture.

Sunglasses are PRADA via Poshmark.
Bracelet from Poshmark.
Shoes from Wild Diva Lounge.

Blue and mustard yellow –  the most underrated color couple ever.

A lot of people would never think the two would go well together. But on the color wheel blue is right across yellow. Which means that they are literally called complementary colors.

Pretty cool huh?

Just throwing in some art facts #artnerd.

Whatcha lookin’ at?

You wake up, flawless.

Post up, flawless.

I woke up like this.

We flawless, ladies tell ’em.

I have arrived.

Now I’m gonna go take a shower and prepare for a long-deserved weekend (and most likely sing Jessie J’s Domino at the top of my lungs incredibly off-key).

Come Back, Spring Break!

I know it’s only been a few days, but I miss Spring Break.

I would go to bed at 10pm, wake up at noon, nap at 2pm, then wake up at 8pm (that’s the life). So returning to the regular schedule was a rude awakening.

And even though it’s a four-day week, the days seem hella long.

The perfect top for the last day of school.
Self-Love Moment: My hair is on point 👌.
Those sunglasses, like most of the ones I wear, are courtesy of my momma ❤️.
Look how tall I am! 💁

My friend Joy constantly says that I dress like a hip hop dancer, which I don’t really get. Because that would imply that I have rhythm and swag. Which I don’t.

Don’t be deceived by the photos. Without someone else’s directions, I’d just stand there and tell the photographer to hurry up (which my mother can confirm).

This is me when I’m done with life.
Shoes are BAMBOO. Pants from Forever 21. Angel Ring from somewhere. 🙄
Sunglasses from Poshmark. Top from the Laundry Room (yes, this is legit).

I know that this is not my most inspiring post, but I promise that next one will be better.

My sleep deprivation is taking a toll on me and I need to finish reading Chapter Seven of the Great Gastby (spoiler alert: Tom’s a douche).

Extra shot courtesy of my momma.
Missing Spring Break

I’m Aging Man…and it’s Scary

My mother and I had a photoshoot at my middle school’s track the other day.

I haven’t been there for almost three years.

It seems so much smaller than it did before.

It’s funny how you look back and realize how much easier it used to be.

High school’s cray.

I have a minimum of five tests and quizzes on average per week. Not to mention the piles of homework and extra classes for the SAT, the ACT, and whatever other letter combinations that the College Board can think of.

Life seemed so much simpler before.

No, I cannot actually jump that high. Sophia is just really good at her job.

I have to say, Sofia, our photographer, made me do more exercise than I had ever done in all my three years at middle school.

I hated that track.

The gym teachers would make us run five laps and I HATED it with a burning passion of a thousand suns.

Not just because I despise exercise, but also because we would run no matter how cold or how hot the weather would be.

I would always return to the lockerroom either feeling like I had frostbite or feel as though I were about to pass out from heatstroke (yes, I am a drama queen).

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Just chillin’. Keepin’ it natural.
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That is not a smile of happiness. It is a smile of pain for holding that position for so freaking long.
Just adding in some Mean Girl love 😉 .
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Showing some shoe love ❤️
Signature Willow Smith Move
Sunglasses from Poshmark

Despite the fact middle school was way easier than high school, if given the choice, I wouldn’t go back in time to relive it all again.

High school may be stressful, and sometimes I mistake it for a juvenile hall, but it’s strangely liberating. You get a lot more options in terms of course choices, and they’re also more interesting. Such as Psychology, Latin, Cooking, and there’s even a class called Mobile App Development (this is legit).

Was I initially disappointed because I realized real high schools don’t have students that spontaneously break into song and dance? Immensely. But the other stuff that’s in the typical American high school movies, like clubs and trips, do actually exist and that’s pretty cool.

Even though growing up is scary and overwhelming, it’s also cool all at the same time. Like a roller coaster. You may feel as though you’re about to die from fear, but you’re also excited for what’s to come next (I know, that’s deep).

Where Are You Christmas?

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Christmas is my favorite holiday. The feeling of merriment, the stockings filled with goodies, and the decorations that can turn your house into a scene from a fairy tale always gave me goosebumps. But this year it seemed quite, um, delayed. It feels as if Christmas hasn’t arrived yet. Which is weird since today is January 3rd.

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How the Grinch Stole is Christmas is my most favorite holiday movie ever. I know, I know, that’s really random but I promise there is a point to this. In the film, Cindy Lou Who sang a song lamenting her feelings of an uninspired Christmas. When I was younger I could never understand what she meant, or what the story was trying to convey. As a child Christmastime is practically paradise. The food, the presents, it’s like a dream come true. But as I’ve grown older ( yes, I know I’m only a teenager ), I’ve started to loose that special feeling. Yes, there is a special feeling that goes with Christmas. It’s corny, but true. On Christmas you feel like the world has suddenly stopped. As if it decided to live in the moment and rejoice being with loved ones. To take a break from all of the worries one would have about life. And though I still believe in that feeling, this year just didn’t feel right. I think part of it is because I’m both mentally and physically exhausted from my attempts at surviving school, and figuring out what I want my future to look like.

I asked one of my closest friends how her holiday was to see if I was the only one. She said she didn’t know how to describe it but it most definitely hadn’t felt like Christmas. My mum said that it didn’t feel right either and that we should try to appreciate Christmas better. Is that why? The exaggerated emphasis on gifts and decorations instead of the true meaning of Christmas? Or perhaps, as I think while I write, or type, maybe it’s a combination. The rush to get things done, the forgotten meaning and the stresses of the year could all be why Christmas didn’t feel like Christmas.

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I don’t know if the rest of the world feels the same way. Maybe to some people gifts and decorations are what make the holidays for them. Or others who simply don’t have time for Christmas at all. All I know is that I still love Christmas. And though I couldn’t seem to find it, I’m going to make sure I treasure it and not forget it like I had this year. Last year. I keep forgetting it’s 2015.

My world is changing

I’m rearranging

Does that mean Christmas changes too?

My First Runway Show

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Fashion Houston 5 is the very first runway show I’ve ever attended! It was exciting, fun, and fabulous. And yes, it has been some time since the show, but school is quite a distraction so yeah, this post is a bit old. However, better late than never! And yes yes, I’ll try to be better at keeping up with my posts.

We be fancy

There was a red carpet with super fancy cars on each side along withtons of bloggers and photographers. When I walked down the red carpet beside my mum with Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” in the background, I felt both out of place and fancy all at the same time. My mum and I even unknowingly got ourselves featured in the Houston Chronicle!

http://www.chron.com/life/style/gallery/Fashion-Houston-Night-2-98028/photo-7167381.php

There were even a few bloggers who took photographs of my fabulous shoes! I was both confuzzled and flattered. We then went inside to see the show, but it was delayed an hour and a half because a lot of people
were stuck in traffic. Originally my mum and I were to stand and watch the show from the back, which made the show’s delay even more agonizing. But when we were a couple of minutes into the show there was still a
lot of vacant seats, so one of the workers at the runway brought my mum and I to the sixth row! We were
incredibly lucky and were actually able to see the collections!

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The show kicked off with mini collections from upcoming designers currently enrolled in the Art Institute of Houston. One I enjoyed thoroughly was the kick-ass nature of INCLÁN. The first model strutted down the runway with an awesome dance track in the background. Her ponytail was bouncing and her make-up was nicely done. She was absolutely fierce! The show at first started off quite dull, not because the preceding collections were bad but they were not very fun or upbeat. When the INCLÁN collection walked down the runway though, it gave the show a shake and rejuvenated the crowd after the show’s long delay.

INCLAN signNaeem Khan, in my opinion, stole the show. He created amazing pieces that took people’s breaths away and was rightfully awarded a standing ovation.

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Green Jumpsuit

My absolute favorite piece of the ENTIRE runway show was Naeem Khan’s emerald green jumpsuit. It was sassy, unique, stunning and breathtaking! When she walked down the runway, the entire audience gasped and gave a round of applause. This piece was one of the highlights of the night. Khan was smart on his choice of styling, accompanying the jumpsuit with simple neutral shoes and a long golden necklace. The necklace was perfectly placed onto the v-neck of the jumpsuit, allowing the necklace itself to have its moment in the sun without interfering with the jumpsuit’s glam.

Overall, despite the fact that it was a school night, that there was an hour and a half delay so I was both
exhausted and starved and freakin’ cold, it was actually quite fun. I can’t wait to attend another runway show. But this time, I’ll bring flats.

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