Dallas Wedding: A Family Affair

It seems like everyone is getting married these days! Well, at least in my family they are. This past weekend my cousin Christina got married to her fiancé Daryl on Saturday. The ceremony and reception were held at the Magnolia Hotel in Downtown Dallas. The reception itself was actually held at the Pegasus Ballroom across the street, which is owned by the Magnolia. I thought I would share a glimpse of the wonderful day!

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Next wedding I’m scheduled to be at is in December at ANOTHER cousin’s wedding. I’ll actually be in the wedding party as Maid of Honor, pretty rad!

Until next time,
xo Felipa

Desk Essentials

I like organization, but I have a hard time actually keeping my work area organized. I know it don’t make any sense! I highlighted yesterday about the current state of my desk. It’s not clean yet either. Procrastination happens to be a friend of mine and here I thought I would get rid of it once I finished college. Yeah, not so much.

Today’s post is just a little collage of how my desk SHOULD look like, but doesn’t. Imagine the products in black, and that is exactly how my office looks (under all the mess)!

Desk Essentials

I actually need that lighting so I’ll be making a trip to Ikea very soon, perhaps next weekend. I need more lighting than a lamp and my computer screen. Most of this stuff is actually very affordable except the lighting actually. I need to find a cheeper alternative, but for now I’ll choose this one which is what I saw online. I know however there’s one huge section Ikea that is all about lighting!

Hope this helps gives some desk inspiration!

Until next time,
xo Felipa

Desk Space Inspiration for a Home Office

Hey readers! So lately I’ve been blogging and working from my couch. Why? Well, my desk currently looks like a tornado swept through it. It’s actually a really sad looking mess. There’s paper balls everywhere, my camera is just laying there, which I might add that I may sell it if I finally decide to get the Canon T3. I have legal pads and just journals all over the place a few books and textbooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, and nail polishes on it. My desk is actually kind of small. I have a little work area so when I purchased my desk I had to settle on have a small one that would fit my MacBook Pro.

Now though, I also work from home (telecommute) 2-3 days a week and that means working on my work computer (MacBook Air) as well! I should also mention I use my iPad too as a second screen sometimes, so the space is being completely utilized already. I’m thinking of maybe getting on of those corner desks. I just need more surface area too work. I even have one of those portable laptop desks you can find at Ikea, but I use that as a printer stand.

I have a 2 book shelves built into my desk but they are already full and I’m a big book collector. I do love my iPad and iBooks, but sometimes there are certain books that should be owned in paperback/hardcover. Anyways, here’s my dilemma, I want NEED more work space! So what do I do? Go on Pinterest and look at how to better utilize or better yet, buy a new desk. We’ll see. For now, I’ll settle on a little Desk Inspiration and clean my desk off to have a better work area.

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How does y’alls desks look like? Clutter, clean, organized chaos? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
xo Felipa

Crickets…

AH! SOOOO SORRY! I’ve been MIA for FAR TOO LONG! That deserved all caps, y’all! I’m currently working on some good posts that will be interesting and not rambling, or at least I don’t think they ramble. That being said I’ll probably take about a couple days to regroup.

So! Fear not, I will we back with more and better content!

Promise.

xo Felipa

Album Review: Divergent Soundtrack Deluxe Edition

Divergen SoundtrackHey everyone! To keep up with this whole book and movie theme, I decided that today I would talk about the movie Divergent:Original Motion Picture Soundtrack-Deluxe Edition. I wrote about the movie review back on Monday’s post. Now here I am with the movie’s soundtrack.

I first listened to the soundtrack on Spotify which is actually the regular edition with only 9 songs. I instantly ran through all 9-tracks and had it on repeat all day at work! It’s a mix of pop, elctro-pop, hip hop, R&B, and everything in-between.

I’m a big Ellie Goulding fan, so when I saw she was one of the artist on the album I decided that I just had to buy the album. Later I found out that she actually wrote 3 songs for the movie. If you have or haven’t seen the movie yet, they actually play the songs in the movie. I thought they would only play at the end like in the credits, the way Hunger Games and Catching Fire did in their movies. I was pleasantly surprised that they incorporated the music from the soundtrack into some of the movie’s scenes.

If any of you have watched all the other big franchise book-to-movies you might have noticed a lot of their soundtracks has featured indie and alternative-folk music. The Divergent soundtrack is actually very pop and EDM inspired. I assume this was the main focus since the movie does happen to revolve around a Dystopian Chicago. It’s very futuristic and post-war, as well as entering a new war.

Now I’m going to give you guys my favorite songs off of the soundtrack! Go listen to them, go buy them on iTunes or buy the CD, yes those still exist!

  • Find You – Zedd

  • I Love You – Woodkid

  • Stranger – Skrillex

  • Fight For You- Pia Mia

  • My Blood – Ellie Goulding

  • Dead In the Water - Ellie Goulding

  • Hanging On (I See MONSTAS Remix) - Ellie Goulding

  • In Distress – A$AP Rocky

What do you guys think of the album? Good, ok, meh, or bad? Let me know what you think!

Until next time,
Felipa xoxo

There is Something About Books

I think I’ve mentioned it before in a post about a year ago, that I love reading. I will read just about anything from fiction novels to textbooks. Yes, textbooks. I always have a constant need to learn something new. Last summer I ready 38 books in two-and-half months. I should probably mention that I’m a bit of a speed reader. If I set my mind to it I can read a book in about 4-hours with minimal breaks.

You are probably thinking, “Why is she writing about books?” Well, with recent movies being all adaptations from books, I thought why not provide some good reads for you guys. I’ve read some of these books myself and others that are sitting on my iBooks “shelf”.

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  3. Paper Towns by John Green
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  5. Panic by Lauren Oliver
  6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  7. You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz 
  8. The Monuments Men: Allied Heros, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel
  9. Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly
  10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  11. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  12. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  13. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Do you guys have any book recommendations for me? Let’s here it in the comments!

Until next time,
Felipa xoxo

Divergent the Movie

Hey there readers! Friday night I went to the movies with one of my friends to see Divergent. I loved the movie! Granted, I really couldn’t remember the book, since I had read it months ago. I can now see why some people were up in arms with the way the movie played out. Am I mad that it didn’t follow the book exactly, no. I felt like there was a nice balance between the book and movie adaptation. Besides, Theo James is just the best looking “Four”.

It didn’t seem long when I sat in the theater watching the movie. There was a lot of action and a bit of romance. There also quite a lot of hilarious sarcasm between characters.

Do I recommend watching it? Yes. I enjoyed it even though it was different than the book. If you are like a die-hard Divergent book series fan, well I’d say you might just be disappointed. Keep in mind that the production staff didn’t know if they would be allowed to make the 2 other books, so they had to end it the way they did. All in all, I enjoyed Divergent the Movie. I can’t wait to see the next movie! The third one, well that one I hated the book, I hated the ending. So we will see if I ever get around to watching that one.

Did you guys go see it? Or plan on seeing it? Let me know!

Until next time,
Felipa xoxo

Wearing Glasses is Chic

Hey there readers!
Do y’all remember when wearing glasses was, a total geek/nerd fashion faux pas? Well it isn’t now! Everyone is wearing glasses, from the normal rectangle ones to super nerdy, think Clark Kent ones. I’ve always worn glasses, well since sixth-grade at least. I was surprisingly never bullied for wearing them, but that isn’t the case for others. I was never ashamed of wearing glasses, I thought it was actually kind of cool seeing as though my older sister wore some too. She’s someone I looked up to, I mean she’s 7 years older than me, so when I saw she had some I obviously wanted some too.

These days, wearing contacts isn’t considered cool anymore, it’s being able to wear glasses. Many new hip and geek chic online glasses store-fronts have opened up in the past couple of years. I was always skeptical of ordering glasses online because my prescription is really strong and I have astigmatism. Last year, around September, I ordered some sunglasses from BonLook and was pleasantly surprised that they made them perfectly. Now I’m contemplating about ordering some more online from BonLook and maybe Warby Parker. First I’ll get a new prescription, although I can still see 20/20 with my current glasses. I forgot to mention, prices range from $95-$99 + $30 extra for high-index lenses. The high-index lenses are for those, like me, have a strong prescription and would like the lenses to be thinner.

Here are the possible choices:

Potential Glasses

I didn’t even know I was on the website when I went and looked at glasses, LOL. I should say I’m also a BonLook Ambassador, but I do like a lot of what Warby Parker offers.
Here’s my sunglasses and my photo with them on:

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Have you guys ever ordered from these companies? Plan to buy some? Or are you ordering from other companies?
Let me know in the comments section!

Until next time
Felipa xoxo

Weekend Wrap-Up

Hello readers! Well you all know what I did on one-day of my weekend! I bought a new car :). Saturday Morning I went to breakfast with my best friends to Cafe Brazil. I always love it there. It’s a great atmosphere, great food, and great setting. I had the western omelette, usually I eat desert, specifically their chocolate moose and ganache cake!

Sunday was such a long day, it was cloudy and cold, and it all just became one of those lazy Sundays where you want to stay in PJs, nap, and watch movies. It was very uneventful weekend really, besides the car purchase.

Stay tuned for better posts this week. It’s been hard to get on schedule with working now. I’ve just been trying to get into a routine so I can start blogging on a regular basis again.

Until next time,
Felipa xoxo

I’ve Gone Rogue

Hey there, loyal readers!

So in yesterday’s post, I talked about getting a car. It happened! I bought a brand new Nissan Rogue Select Edition from AutoNation Nissan of Dallas. I love it! It has everything I would want in a car minus ONE thing. I didn’t get leather seats. It wasn’t a deal breaker, but I do like heated seats in the winter. They are cloth seats so I won’t be burning my legs in the summer months. The air condition blasts really cold, too!

What’s my favorite feature? It has to be the camera’s that are installed all around the SUV. It helps me with my parallel parking, which I will admit, I was never good at. I’m happy that when I took my driving exam, that the parallel parking you had to use was basically made for like an 18-wheeler. The traffic alert, navigation, XM-radio, and iPod/iPhone compatibly is also a nice feature. It has an actual outlet (like the wall ones), a USB outlet, and the standard cigarette one.

Oh, and it has hands-free bluetooth built in, so it even displays the caller on the stereo dash-board. It also recognizes my voice now. The steering wheel has the call and hang-up buttons as well as the stereo control buttons.

It’s a steel-gray color with chrome handles and front range with an all black interior.
Here are some photos of the Nissan Rogue:

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Love my new car. My first big purchase outside of my electronics. Hello, Big World.
What was your first new car? Dream car? Or planning to buy a new car?

Until next time,
Felipa xoxo