Monday, July 25, 2016

22

Hey! Guess what! I am finally twenty-two years old! My birthday was yesterday and I did this shoot in honor of turning twenty-two. This years style was all about having a pop of color. This dress did exactly that. The moment I saw the dress I fell in love. I knew we were meant to be. This dress made me feel so Coachella and I loved every minute that I wore it. It made me feel completely confident. With this dress I followed the bra-less trend. A lot of celebrities are ditching their bras and enjoying their natural beauty. I tried this trend a few times before I decided to go all out. I have small boobs and I learned that I feel comfortable with doing so.

With all of my running around to find the perfect outfit, I found a brown suede bag from H&M. I saw it while I was waiting online for the dressing rooms. It is definitely a bag I had to have. I have nothing like it. If anyone has been paying attention to  social media, then you may know that I have been obsessing over everything Autumn. The bag itself put me in that place. I plan on using that bag all through October. I can't wait!

The center piece of my outfit was the necklace. Here's a fun fact: I bought that necklace about four years ago from Forever 21 and never wore it. I forgot about this necklace. Plus, I don't usually wear jewelry.  I was a senior in high school that had an obsession with owls. My previous obsession came in handy. Thank you to my younger self.

My birthday was definitely one for the books. I had so much fun celebrating. My friends took me to this restaurant in Williamsburg called Sea. We've been there before, but decided we should go anyways. It had been a long time since we had dinner there. It was a blast. My taste buds couldn't handle the deliciousness. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard ( I think I have a six pack now). I got to spend time with the most important people in my life.

I would like to say thank you. Thank you to those who wished me a happy birthday. Thank you to those who help me celebrate. Thank you to those strangers who were oblivious about it being my birthday, but were still extremely kind. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog. I appreciate it more than anyone will ever know. Just thank you to everyone for being who you are. Even if we have never met. Thank you.

All the love from the bottom of my twenty-two year old heart. xx

Darianne.❤




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Friday, July 15, 2016

Napanoch & Hudson Valley

There's something about waking up in the countryside. It's so unlike the city. Obviously. I'll be the first to admit that I don't like mornings. I don't feel like I can function before noon. I don't like getting up until the early afternoon and I don't like being bothered when I first wake up. I sound like a grouch, right? I know. The country side does things to a person. It changed me while being here. I'm not talking drastic changes. They may be temporary, but it sure has been nice.

On my first morning here I woke up at 7: 30 a.m. I thought it might just be because I am happy to be here. Then it became a daily thing. As soon as I woke up, I'd go take care of my hygiene. Then head straight for the kitchen to make my favorite Orange Blossom tea from Tazo. Every morning consisted of birds chirping about their day and small insects going about their daily routines.

During my stay in Napanoch Valley I had a lot of fun. There were barbecues, fireworks, picnics, and so much family time. I even went to the beach! I'm sad to say that I've not been to a beach in years and I finally got to go this summer. I didn't know I knew how to swim until that day. I also got a tan and I'm loving it.

Another round of special moments came during Independence Day weekend. A family member of mine has a friend who owns a fireworks company. They did the fireworks for the Fourth of July in Kingston. We got to sit behind the scenes and see all the action. Best Fourth of July EVER. Not to mention we had our own fireworks the night before and I got to play with sparklers. I felt like a kid in a candy store for the most part.

At some point we drove up the Hudson Valley. The view from the lookout is beyond beautiful. Whenever I am there, I always take a moment of silence to be thankful for all that I am and all that I have. I feel blessed.

The most important events of this trip happened to be two of my sister's graduations. One is off to college in the fall and I am so proud of her for all her accomplishments. The other is off to high school and the last one of the bunch. I am extremely proud of her as well.

Apart from all of the fun, life in the countryside is completely peaceful. I do have to go back home soon. I really do miss home. I will miss waking up in the mornings feeling serenity all around me. I even had minor thoughts about actually staying here. Of course I can't. I have school and work.
Don't get me wrong. I love New York City. I love how everything is constantly moving and things don't really stay the same. It's just nice to take a step back from all the chaos once in a while and take a breath.

Now every time I return to Napanoch Valley, I will look forward to this view.


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Top 10: Bucketlist


I have always lived very comfortably. I never got into much trouble. I always did what I was told. While it is usually a good idea to listen to parents and behave, as an adult it just sounds boring. I never cared enough for structure because my ultimate goals in life are to become one with myself and the universe. Whatever that means. I've always kept an open mind. I'm willing to try anything once. Part of that journey, for me, means facing my fears and living life to the fullest. Sort of like Jay Alvarrez and Alexis Ren except I'd be blogging about it instead of vlogging. I think having a bucket list is important. A bucket list is part of being adventurous and daring. They bring you out of your comfort zone and make life more thrilling. Bucket lists don't always have to be extreme. They can be simple. My bucket list consist of places I've never been and extreme things I've never done. It consist of small thing like romance and living in the moment. It's about living life on the wild side. It's about taking chances. It's about facing my fears. So, as I began to leave my comfort zone, I wrote a bucket list and my first Top 10 here on my blog. Wanderlust:
  1. Bali
  2. St. Barts
  3. Gold Coast
  4. South Africa
  5. London/Manchester
  6. Paris
  7. Hawaii
  8. Aspen
  9. Mykonos/Athens/Rhodes/Santorini/Olympia/Kos
  10. Dubai
Free fall:
  1. Skydiving
  2. Snowboarding
  3. Learn to surf/Hang 10
  4. Go bungee jumping.
  5. Swim with Dolphins
  6. Display my photos in a gallery.
  7. Meditate on the highest peak of Machu Picchu
  8. Camp under the Northern Lights.
  9. Go windsurfing.
  10. Go deep sea diving
Where the fun continues:
  1. Meet my "Always & Forever" and start a family.
  2. Visit top underground hot spots in London/Paris.
  3. Dance in a Parisian rain storm/ Dance the night away in Ibiza.
  4. Kiss under the Eiffel Tower/Have a summer romance in a foreign place.
  5. Style my biggest fashion inspirations/style crushes.
  6. Attend Coachella, Reading & Leeds,Glastonbury, Warped Tour, and other music festivals.
  7. Go on a road trip across America & Australia.
  8. Write a song with each of my favorite lyricists.
  9. Attend fashion week in different countries.
  10. Visit the seven wonders of thd world.
I hope this inspires you to make your own and do all the things you've ever dreamed of doing. As One Direction once sang, "You will find me in place's that we've never been for reasons we don't understand." All the love. xx Darianne
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