Fall Inspired Outfit

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Besides Spring, Fall is my favorite season of the year. What I enjoy the most, is the ability to layer my outfit. I love to pair a simple outfit with a beautiful, rich colored coat. As we move closer to Winter, I will continue to layer my outfit before slipping into my heavy duty winter coat (which is not so cute). I must add that I had so much fun, shooting for this look; which I shared with you guys on my Instagram page. Anyways, I hope that you enjoy it!

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.: J.Crew Camel Coat :.

.: Fashion Nova Black Jeans (Similar) :.

.: Forever 21 Black Classic V-Neck Cami :.

.: Guess Snake Skin Pointed Toe Pumps (Similar) :.

.: Neck piece from TJ Maxx (Similar) :.

Thank you for stopping by, hope you enjoyed!

deyla

6 places to visit during the Holidays in New York City

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It is that time of the year! We must be glad and rejoice in it. Personally, it is my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it; Christmas carols, shopping, baking, gifting and enjoying this time with my family. The big apple looks its best, dressed in Christmas. Here are some places that you should visit with your loved ones:

  1. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

    • It is finally up! The lighting ceremony took place Wednesday night and the tree will be up until January 7th. This tradition began in the year of 1933 and
    • it is still remains as a special tradition for New Yorkers.
  2. Holiday Train Show at Grand Central 

    • For 16 years, the New York Transit Museum has marked a holiday train show for families to enjoy during the Holiday season. The show will be up and running until January.
  3. Empire State Building 

    • In celebration of Christmas season, the top of the Empire State Building will be lit up in red, green and white candy cane on Christmas eve and Christmas day. Try to catch it at night time for a better view.
  4. Macy’s Santaland 

    • This is a great place to take the kids, snap some photos with Santa and save them to your Christmas album. Although I do not believe in Santa, this is a kid friendly way celebrate this season with your family. However, be advice that you must make reservations for this (new rule this year).
  5. 5th Avenue 

    • Whether you are window shopping or actually shopping, 5th avenue awaits for in its holiday gear. Enjoy the holiday window displays while walking down the avenue. To avoid traffic, I suggest visiting early in the morning on Saturday or Sunday. I promise it is worth the early rise.
  6. The Oculus

    • When I first visited, I was in awe of the architecture! Luckily, I was able to visit during the holidays so I enjoyed the pretty Christmas decorations all around. Its a transportation hub and a shopping mall, which is really cool. Besides, this is a great place to take selfies because the lighting in there is everything.

      Have you been to any of these places?

Love,

deyla

5 important things to remember in order to be the best “you” you can be

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Within my twenty three years of living, I have learned a few things here and there. These are things that I lived and experienced for myself.

  1. Its okay to fail and make mistakes 

    • I grew up with the fear of failing or making a mistake. I did not want to look silly in front of others. But let me tell you that this is the wrong approach to life. How can you succeed, if you did not fail? How can you walk, if you did not fall? In fact, mistakes takes us where we need to be in order to prevail. Welcome mistakes to your life, except it and be okay with that. The more mistakes you make, the more successful you will become.
  2. Show up to birthday celebrations

    • One thing that I definitely know for sure, is that birthday celebrations are more important to people than you think. After reading “The Happiness project” by Gretchen Rubin earlier this year, I vowed to make it out to my friends and family birthday celebrations no matter what.
  3. Remember Names  

    • “Franklin D. Roosevelt knew that one of the simplest, most obvious and most important ways of gaining good will was by remembering names and making people feel important- yet how many of us do it?” (Carnegie, 77)  I learned this valuable principle from one of my favorite books “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie. I have used this principle and I learned that when I take the time to call people by their names and make them feel important, they go out their way to do the same for me. Try this out and let me know how it goes for you.
  4. No one knows you better than you know yourself 

    • No matter how people around you may feel like they know best, no one knows you better than you know yourself (but god)! Mark my words. With that being said, do not be too quick to listen and submit yourself to the opinions of others around you. Why? Because often times when someone gives you an advice, they tend to give you the advice based on what they have experienced. For example, college is hard. Just because it was hard for you, it does not mean it will be hard for me. A wise woman, once told me “eat the meat and spit out the bones”. Which means take what you need from the advice and move on. Do your own research and ask god for guidance.
  5. Be kind to yourself

    • You are doing the best that you can, where you are and with the information that you have. The more you are kind to yourself, the more you will fall in love with yourself. (Sounds silly right? Try it.) The more you’re into you, the less you lean to others opinions. Not only that but the more you focus on yourself, you will notice that things around you will begin to fall into place.

 

In the comments below, share which one of these principles is your favorite so that others can be motivated.

Thank you for stopping by!

Love,

deyla

A new beginning in my life

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This picture represents a new beginning.

Here’s why: ⠀

Summer 2017 has officially been one of the best summers that I have experienced thus far, within my twenty three years of living. You may be thinking why? Well, let me share with you that this summer, I committed my life to Jesus Christ. I️ realized that there was so much more to life and that it was impossible for me to live without God in my life. Ever since, god has been filling me up with power, love and a sound mind. However, I’d like to highlight that I️ did not grow up in a Christian household and no one really talked to me about god. I have always believed in god but .. I️ did not see this hunger for Christ coming my way at all! This was not my plan y’all but it’s the best unplanned plan I’ve ever had. In a nutshell; I traded my sorrow, I traded my pain and I laid it all down for the joy of the lord. And I️ am eternally grateful. I️ pray that he does the same for you. 🌸

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My Travel Bucket List

Besides eating and meeting cool folks, I love to travel!!! I enjoy the excitement of booking a trip, getting on the airplane, learning about a different culture, trying new food and best of all enjoying nature. There are so many places in the World that I am looking to visit, here are the top ten from my bucket list.

  1. Greece

  2. St.Vincent and The Grenadines

  3. Cape Town, South Africa

  4. Thailand

  5. Australia

  6. India

  7. Morocco

  8. Egypt

  9. Germany

  10. Hong Kong, China

Whats on your travel Bucket List? Do we have a travel place in common?

If you have been to any of these places, do share your travel tales!

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The Bronx Fashion Show, is more than JUST a Fashion Show – Flora Montes

 

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Flora Montes, President and Executive Director of Bronx Fashion Week

To some she is known as Fairy Godmother or the Puerto Rican Paula Deen; her name is Flora Montes. Yes, Flora like a flower in the Spanish language. Which is not by chance that her name is Flora, because she is a flower that blossomed in The Bronx and is planting seeds into The Bronx.

Flora has a big heart that drives her through everything that she commits herself to. Growing up in The Bronx, has taught Flora the importance of giving back. Although she moved out of The Bronx at the age of 24, her heart never left her home. With her experiences and creative ventures, Flora always found herself coming back to the boogie down Bronx, giving back to her home. Living in Connecticut, Flora took the last $20 that she had in her pocket and bought school supplies for kids in The Bronx, investing back into her community.

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This idea came to her while she was at a Latin Fashion Show. After experiencing a great show; Flora was amazed and she said to herself “We have to have this in The Bronx”. The next day, Flora began to work on bringing a fashion show to the Bronx. After what she had witnessed at the previous fashion show, she refused to put this dream to rest. Best believe, Flora worked until this fashion show came to life in The Bronx. This idea is now a reality that has been around in The Bronx for three years. I don’t know about you but as a Bronxite, this fills me up with joy.

Her authenticity and her love for her home (The Bronx) is what makes Flora a Bronx icon. Authenticity for many reasons, but one main reason is because she does serve back wholeheartedly as opposed for economic reasons.

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I had the pleasure to attend The Bronx fashion show this year back in August, that focused on a theme of “Back to school”. This event was hosted in Bay Plaza Mall, one of the biggest malls here in The Bronx. Before the show had begun, I was backstage speaking to models, designers, makeup artists,volunteers and interns who all shared the same feeling of a movement happening in The Bronx. Witnessing models, designers and sponsors piecing this event together, was a clear statement that The Bronx is in for a change! Bronx fashion show is setting a new standard to fashion shows throughout New York City, because they bring diversity in different areas as it is mentioned in New York Times article. As Flora says, “The Bronx Fashion Show is more than just a fashion show! It is more than just modeling, fabric or just a shirt”. In agreement with an article published by Bronx Times, Bronx Fashion show is about celebrating The Bronx and embracing beauty from the inside out.

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Flora Montes is a writer, poet, blogger, culinary chef, visionary and a full time Bronx advocate. Coming from a place where most people feel like you can’t make it far, Flora made it her job to give back so that she can help others chase their dreams. “Giving back equals healing” as Flora says. She did not allow herself to be a statistic in between the struggles that she had faced in her life, instead she flipped things over to cater to those in need.

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Get to know her story and her face because she has more to bring to The Bronx. “I am not building a company, I am building a legacy” and she is confident that “my grandchildren will look at this and be proud”. Such an amazing woman with a beautiful heart. Personally, I have never met anyone like Flora Montes. One thing that I learned from her as we chatted over Mexican food, is that it is not about the glamour but, yet about the story behind.

Want to follow up on The Bronx Fashion show’s latest updates? Great, you can do so by following their Instagram page and/or by visiting their website.

 

 

10 Bronx Instagram Pages to follow 2017

In case you did not know, there is a growing community of Bronx bloggers and photographers. Here are 10 that you should be following for updates on events, food spots, hidden gems and how they are making a difference in our communities. Happy Read!
bronxnarratives

Bronxnarratives is one of my go to Instagram pages for some cool photography, around The Bronx (captured by Dondre Green, love him). Also, I enjoy going on their website reading stories that provides an authentic view on our community.

 

intheboogiedown

A guide to whats going on in The Bronx! Cant find any Bronx events? Check out intheboogiedown page! I love that they are up to date with the events that’s going on here in our borough. This Instagram page is also empowered by @dandyinthebronx, which is a blog focused on men fashion & lifestyle.

 

bronxmama

Looking for something to do with you family in The Bronx? Look no further, bronxmama has all the updates that you need according to the week. This blog, fills the gap of the lack of resources for Bronx parents looking for the next event to attend with their families.

 

bronxnative

Through apparel, art and media; thebronxnative set the stage by designing dope apparels that speaks for the beauty of The Bronx. Through their Instagram page, you can follow up with their events and pop up events. By going on their website, you will find more details and shop for their works.

 

bronxfoodblog

If you love food and you live in The Bronx, than I suggest that you follow thebronxfoodblog. Besides their mouthwatering photos on Instagram, they also have a blog where you can read more about their food journey around The Bronx.

thebxsocialite

This is one of the first Bronx Blogs that I had first discovered, and I fell in love. Thebxsocialite understood that there are many hidden gems in The Bronx that New Yorkers are not aware about, let alone Bronxites! So if you’re looking for some hidden gems or some go to spots in our borough, check her out.

mybelovedbronx

Are you a Bronx Native eager to see the difference in our community in the past years? If so, check out photographer Abigail Montes Instagram page where she has captured the transformation in some areas in The Bronx. Read more about this project and its purpose here.

ediblebronx

Food goodies all over, I am talking about: ice cream, cakes, burgers, french fries and all the finger licking goods in The Bronx. Check them out on Instagram and on their website if you’re a foodie in the boogie!

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Calling all Bronx fashion lovers! In this page you will find, glamorous photos, beautiful designs and upcoming Bronx fashion events. For more details and information visit Bronx Fashion’s website.

 

 

bxfoodie

You can never have enough food options, so here is another foodie from The Bronx. Follow this food page as they eat their way through our borough!

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