4 Things I Learned After 4 Years of Self-Employment

My blog was launched January 2014 and about a year later, I took an unexpected turn and quit my full-time job as a menswear marketer for a clothing brand. You can read the full story here. Needless to say, it’s been a wild ride full of ups and downs, but at the end of the day, I have no regrets on the path I chosen. I’m 100% grateful for all of this, but I also still need to be realistic as this industry is still growing and in all honesty, all of this could be taken away in a blink of an eye.

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Create a Cozy Reading Nook in Your Studio Apartment

After six years of living in my 600 sq. ft. studio apartment, I am finally refreshing this space and am focused on creating a place that I truly love. I’ll be spending the majority of this year at home, so it’s worth the effort to invest in pieces that are comfy & cozy, won’t break easily and pieces I can actually move with me in the future. Unfortunately, that rules out everyone’s favorite store — Ikea.

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Do This One Thing to Avoid Paying Interest on Your Credit Card

If you’re paying interest fees each month (on your credit card), that basically means that 1) you’re not paying your balance off in full and 2) you’re most likely misreading your statement.

I’ve been stuck in this scenario more than I’d like to admit, however, once I took the time to read my statement properly, I was able to save myself more money each month.

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Plan a Girls Trip to Ojai

Ojai is located about 83 miles from LA, roughly an hour and half drive. It’s an easy drive and from my place (in San Gabriel), the 210 is the freeway you take most of the way, which allows you to avoid a good amount of traffic. For the last 20 minutes of the drive, you get some breathtaking views as you wind up the mountainside. Just be on the lookout for bikers.

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#BetterWayToCharcoal: A Toothpaste for Coffee Lovers

I recently discovered that my go-to brand for toothpaste launched two new formulas that focus on purifying the teeth surface for a whiter, cleaner smile. Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy added their Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy with Charcoal and Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy with Coconut Oil to their family and after two weeks of testing each out, I have to report that I am a fan. However, I may need to be careful because someone is already trying to claim these two products as his *ahem, KSOLE.

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Tips for Those Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Bottom line, if you are really persistent, are self-disciplined, and determined to get a handle on your finances, you will do anything and everything you can to do it. You really have to want it to get it done because it’s too easy to budget for one pay period and then go back to your old habits the next. Hence the cycle of debt.

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How I Became A Full-Time Blogger

My path to where I am today was never linear; I had no idea what I wanted to do and I dipped in and out of industries left and right, trying to figure myself out. My road was filled with potholes, dead ends, twist and turns. I stalled, I broke down, I required a lot of maintenance and even today, I still have times where I need to pull over and readjust myself — but guess what? That’s OK. We’re human, so we’re meant to explore especially in our 20’s and even in our 30’s, it’s OK to change lanes. You should never stay in a place that feels forced and makes you unhappy. There’s no limit to how many times you can restart.

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My Easy 5-Minute Skincare Routine for Day and Night

I never really shared my day and night skincare routine, which takes a mere 5-minutes. I tailored the routine to my pure laziness and the fact that I’m usually traveling, so a quick 5-minute routine is perfect for on the plane, in the hotel, and when I’m running late or am exhausted and just want to go straight to bed. Seriously, it takes me longer to fill in my brows every morning, hah.

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Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara

With villa rentals accommodating up to a group of 4 adults or 4 adults and 2 children, these resort residences were built to fully equip you with all your needs for a stay. Better than an Air B&B, as you don’t have to clean or cook if you don’t please, since room service is a call away and the Seasons restaurant is located on-site. With a gym and spa located on the property as well, in addition to a beautiful heated pool and kids pool, golf-course, and plenty of activities the concierge can easily arrange for you, there is no doubt that there is plenty to do for everyone.

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Hotel Californian: Constellation Pop-Up Event

The trendy hotel hosted an unique experience from January 25th to 27th, which consisted of a handful of fun interactive activities. The Constellation Pop-Up was in collaboration with Three Three Five’s Chef Chris Mangless, who is a private chef to the stars and known for memorable pop-up experiences. Together with Hotel Californian, the weekend provided a list of events from a mixology class to a guest chef and winemaker dinner, along with a VIP concert experience.

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Don't Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle. Be extra, do you boo!

Fast forward to 2019 and my dream comes true, as I find a local ranch that offers horse rentals for film and shoots. You can imagine the slack I got once I told people that I was going to do this type of shoot. Comments came left and right from people calling me “extra”, that I was “doing too much”, and that it wasn’t even a “milestone birthday”. Obviously I started feeling embarrassed and even thought about canceling the shoot, I mean, was it really necessary?

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Technology meets luxury, blended perfectly with just the right amount of world-class service at your fingertips. All the things you could ever need for the perfect getaway can be found at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. However, I have to warn you that once you check-in, you may never want to check-out.

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Celebrating 31 with a Boho Inspired Brunch

On January 19th, I celebrated my 31st birthday with my closest friends in Downtown LA. While I’m big on birthday celebrations and tend to go overboard during my birthday month, I decided to keep things on the quieter side with an intimate gathering for those who have done nothing but support me and love me unconditionally throughout the years.

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