A Day of Change for OCRFA

“The good you do today may be quickly forgotten, but the impact of what you do will never disappoint.”

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Bfloral Floral Crown, Boho White Blouse, Attire LA Geometric Pants, Sam Edelman Gladiator Sandals, Michael Kors Watch and Purse

A few things that make Saturday great: an event for a great cause, shopping and being with friends.

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I got to experience this all in one Saturday a few months ago at the OCRFA Shopping Saturday the Santa Monica Airplane hanger. This was truly a beautiful event supporting the OCRFA, which continues to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. To have the chance to be a part of this event was an honor and it felt like a community truly supporting one another from the QVC team broadcasting from the hanger to all the brands donating their sales to OCRFA to riding around with Chrysler to getting my hair done by Conair & Scunci to enjoying cotton candy and lipgloss from Mary Kay, this event was truly well planned and fantastic.

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A bonus to this event was being able to shop some of my favorite brands like Wildfox Couture, Show Me Your Mumu, Sole Society and many more while rocking one of my favorite accessories a breathtakingly beautiful floral crown compliments of Bfloral.

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Not only were all of these things fantastic, but simply knowing all of us attendees were doing that day was for a great cause was truly a magical feeling. This day and event started to change my perspective on life that I am meant to help other in everything that I do. So I am working on how I can do that each day and week.

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What do you all do to get involved and help others? Can’t wait to hear and possibly work on it together!

Thank You to Domain Integrated & OCRFA !

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Following Your Passion

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A Guide to Following your passion

Follow your dreams. Easier said than done. Especially in a society that doesn’t understand that you CAN make a living off your passions. Or that when you say you work for yourself, that doesn’t mean you are in your PJ’s all day twiddling your thumbs. Those are the types of stereotypical responses I received when I first began following my passions. So if you’re already fielding the questions, “But how do you pay rent?” or “Are you free during the day to do this with me…” don’t worry, hang tight, you’re on the right path.
Why I followed the “Untraditional Route”
Early in life I went through a series of losses. I lost a large chunk of my family, my family home, money, status, stability, and the hardest of all a dear friend to suicide. At the age of 20 I realized, life is precious and meant to be lived. I also learned the biggest risk is being afraid of losing it all. Money will come and go, people will come and go, feelings will come and go. Once you swallow the fact that nothing is forever, things will come and go (which I know is a tough thing to swallow) it opens your mind up to seeing the world differently. If you truly have nothing to lose, than why not just go for it?
The last 9-5 job I ever held was at a call center. I walked around the block twice every morning pleading to myself, “Please don’t make me go in”. Misery was an understatement. At 24 I made a decision, I am not made to work for others. I have too many of my own dreams to fulfill and I want to be happy. So I quit. And people were mad at me for doing so. And my mom was scared for me. And I had no clue what I just did. But I knew I had to follow my instincts on this one.
That first break
I not only quit my job, but also decided to move to LA. As if I didn’t have enough change on my plate. I am glad I did. LA is the infused with the culture of working for yourself. I quickly began looking into freelance writing. I still remember getting my first ever freelance writing job. That to me was the solidifying moment that I can actually make this thing work.
Little do people tell you, following your dreams has more to do with how you think and believe than your actual skill.
I should by no means be a writer. I am dyslexic, and was heavily criticized in school for my slow reading speed and inability to spell. But I love writing. To me it is putting together a beautiful painting with words. My largest obstacles was overcoming what others had placed on me when I was a kid, and believe that I could do this for myself. I became my own cheerleader. Ever. Single. Morning. Until the messages of defeat were erased and replace with self instilled confidence.
Sure you have to be good at what you do, but more than likely you ARE good if you have the passion for it.
But What About Society?
My friend messaged me one day a few years ago a meme of what it feels like when you are following your passion. It is a line of several people representing family, friends, self, society with spiked bats waiting to hit you as you run towards your dreams. I began to laugh. It is so accurate. I am not certain why people don’t like it when you shake up the norm of living. Whether they feel threaten to challenge their beliefs, or they aren’t capable to do what you are doing, whatever the case just put blinders on and ear plugs in.
The biggest thing I learned was to accept judgment. It is going to happen, people are going to talk and it feels really uncomfortable but no point in fighting it. Don’t waste your time explaining to unbelievers. Let them think what they want and keep your eyes on the goal.
All entrepreneurs and dream seekers have faced the exact same scrutiny. You’re in good company.
Must Haves For Success
Is there a formula for success? Most people will say no, but I believe there is! At the very least definitely necessities to help you along the way. The first being, get all the naysayers out of your life. Their only intentions are to bring you down, and they will if you stay around them. Stick with the winners. Their intentions are to move upwards in life and will bring you up along the way.
Get a mentor. Find someone who you really look up to. Observe, listen, be in their presence and see what they do. Ask for help occasionally, but more than anything be of help to them! Watch how they conduct business. More is learned in watching than talking.
Create a network of likeminded individuals. No one can do this alone. And if you can, you’re simply not dreaming big enough. Help is required and it will make the process a lot more fulfilling. Have a group of people who are on their own journey around you. They will help in bouncing ideas off, introduce new concepts, and encourage you when you’ve hit a wall.
Delegate. When you get to a place where you are expanding and have commitments. Delegate some tasks out. Outline what is manageable for you and hire others to help with the rest. You will expand faster this way.
Constantly learn and constantly change. There will always be something new in the market, a new strategy, and a new social media outlet. Never get stale, take time to read articles, learn phrases and techniques and change accordingly.
Also if you passions have shifted along the journey, change with them! It is okay to reinvent yourself or move in a new direction. The greatest thing you can do is listen to that quiet voice inside. It knows exactly where to go.

~Ellese of Rock.Paper.Glam (rockpaperglam.com)

*photo shot by Koji Ishibashi (www.kojiishibashi.com)

Always A Daddy’s Girl

[I have been away for a bit, but happy to be back with a new post ! So let’s kick it off :)]

“Being a daddy’s girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life.” ~Marinela Reka

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This a little late for Father’s Day, but I figured I can never be late when talking about my dad.

What can I say about the man that has continuously helps take care of me , gives me advice and protects me ? He is a man that I have gotten my love of sports and music from, someone who I call a great friend and continuously laugh with. One of my favorite activities these days with my dad is either watching golf or the Cubs or hitting up a great happy hour with bites(grilled artichoke, here is a great recipe:http://allrecipes.com/recipe/57899/grilled-garlic-artichokes/ )and drinks ( a favorite, Mother Earth Cali Creaming ).

Not only can I have fun with my dad whether out and about or relaxing at home, but also in times of stress and hardship I know I can count on my dad to listen, comfort and give great advice.

You also best believe when the Cubs go to the World Series, we will be there together cheering them on! Go Cubs Go (Cubbies)!!

 

 

Princess to Influencer that Inspires

It seems as a littler girl I always had a favorite Disney princess to go to for inspiration in life. Now you may ask who were my favorites? I had two and to this day they still are my favorites. They are Belle and Ariel, two very different heroines with much in common including finding their voice and strength.

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Obviously I have realized all of this as I have gotten older, but something inatly drew me to them even at a young age. I always wanted to play dress up to be like my favorite princess heroines, which not only did my love of fashion develop, but my love of dreams and making them come true became ever so part of my life.

An ensemble is a dream/power armor set that prepares to take me out in the world to make my dreams and passions come true and looking great is just a bonus.

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Don’t get me wrong I still love my heroine princesses, but I pull inspiration for my armor from new sources as well like magazines, family, friends and my fellow bloggers. One of my favorites to pull inspiration from is Alicia Lund of Cheetah is the New Black (http://cheetahisthenewblack.com) . She is always an amazing inspiration, Alicia is a true heroine in her own right and in all that she all does, which is why I always love finding inspiration for everything.

She recently posted on rocking denim and here is how I pulled my look together based on Alicia’s ensemble.

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Where do you all pull inspiration from? Can’t wait to hear all about it and get inspired from you all !

Check Out the Original Inspiration:

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and check out her post “Forever A Denim Girl” for the rest of an amazing piece filled with inspiration, http://cheetahisthenewblack.com/forever-a-denim-girl/

 

What to Give the Woman that has Given Me Everything?

As I write this Mother’s Day is just a couple days away and it gets me thinking every year how lucky I am to have a mom like mine who supports, loves, pushes and allows me to shoot for the stars.

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When I was little she let me play in dirt, sing like I was the next pop star on my plastic microphone, change my clothes 10 times a day like I was a runway model to letting me pack up my blue suitcase when I was 5 thinking I was moving out. The point of all these stories is that my mom let me be me and continues to let me be me so I ask myself, “How do I choose what to get such an amazing mom the perfect Mother’s Day gift? How do I just pick one thing to get my best friend for this holiday?” So I realized if I am having thoughts about what to get my mom, you all probably are too and if you already know, teach me your ways🙂

In realizing all of this ‘what to get mom,” I wanted to help not just myself, but you all as well, I decided to put togehter a Mother’s Day gift and activity guide for ideas on what to do and what to gift Mom on this special Mom’s Day! Here are some of favorites:

Kini Bands (don’t forget to use Kini4Moms to get 15% off your order for Mom) bound to add some pop to any outfit for Mom

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Perky Pony (don’t forget to use livelaughstyle to get 10% off your order for the perfect Mother’s Day gift) will give your Mom the perfect pony🙂

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Leopard Print Note Set by Sugar Paper LA (Mom can brang to all her friends about the awesome gift you got her🙂 )

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Kate Spade Purse ( who doesn’t love a purse ?)

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Take Mom to Brunch (mine always love a place with a great atmosphere, Pump in West Hollywood is a great one)

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Go on a Great Tour ( Castle Green Hotel or The Getty Museum)

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www.getty.edu/museum , www.castlegreen.com 

Mani / Pedis ( at Olive & June, a great boho chic vibe that Mom will love)

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What are you all doing for Mother’s Day for the moms in your life? How do you decide on what to gift Mom ?

Follow me on instagram, @livelaughstyle to find out what I decide🙂

 

 

Music at a Festival…Brings a Flock Together

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“There’s nothing like a music festival. People are ready to have a good time. I don’t think anyone comes to a festival going, “I’m gonna be a complete bummer today.” ~ Gary Clark, Jr.

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XI Floral Over Throw, Abound Tank, Stussy Feather Necklace, Side Braid, ABS Jean Shorts, Mossimo Peep Toe Mules, Olive& June Mani/Pedi

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Going to make this short and sweet because I don’t want you all to miss out on all the festival fun. Every year music festivals seem to get bigger and bigger, a lot of it is because music is universal. Music continues and will continue to bring people together.

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Voyage Clothing Blouse Tank, Celebrity Pink HQ Jean Shorts, Sam Edelman Gladiator Sandals, Mossimo Red Crossbody bag, Juicy Couture Sunglasses, High Pony, Rainbow Feather Earrings

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Mixing in the fun parties and wild, spunky fashion, crazy nail and body art, you then have yourself a fabulous music festival. Whether you are off to Weekend #2 of Coachella, Stage Coach or a hidden gem I haven’t heard of, but would love, here are some twists and treats on festival fashions. Remember, festivals are your time to go all out and have fun with your fashion !

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Floral Crown, Flowy Hair, Clear Heart Necklace (from Mom), Forever 21 Crop Top
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Eagele Cuff Bracelet, Anna Gill Floral Maxi Skirt

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When it comes to music festivals, what is your favorite thing about them?

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Floral Crown, Floral Patterned Jean Vest, Tilly’s Lace Bralette, Nordstrom Rack Lace Skirt, Cowgirl Boots

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My goal next year is to finally whoop it up at a festival and rock out to amazing music with amazing people🙂

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Feathered and Free Cropped Tank Top, Denim Cropped Pants, Juicy Couture Sunglasses, Palm Tree Twist Headband, French Braid Pony, Tassled Bucket Bag, Mossimo Striped Slip On Shoes

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Volcom Hat, Juicy Couture Sunglasses, Braid Do, Marc Jacobs Key Necklace, Abercrombie Jean Jacket, Lucca Couture Romper, Laced Up Toms, Spiked Bracelets, Radio Tote

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For the Love of the Game

“You can have all the talent in the world, it’s not gonna get you through…it’s what you have in your heart.” ~ Ron Santo

“Just Play. Have Fun. Enjoy the Game.” ~ Michael Jordan

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“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” ~ George Halas

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“It’s a great day for a ball game; Let’s play two!” ~Ernie Banks, Mr.Cub

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Watching sports has been one of America’s past times for a very long time. I know I fall into this category. Now how do you say I got into watching sports? My dad has been a lover of sports since he was little. So for me it started in the womb and I was born into rocking Chicago sports gear and routing for Chicago teams, which I bleed Chicago sports through and through. AS I got older every sports season became not just seeing my teams win, but about spending qulaity time with my dad and the rest of my family.

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Supporting my teams and all the sports teams is more than that, don’t get me wrong watching them win is amazing, but it is also about family, friendship and laughter. Watching sports with my dad and the rest of my family is where my heart is always ! I will never be to old for this and as I have gotten older it is fun to incorporate my love of sports into my love of fashion . Now I can love both at the same time !

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My love of sports goes deep and way back to the beginning. It will always be where my heart is because it’s all about family for me (the fashion is a welcomed bonus).

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What is your favorite sport to watch? or What is your favorite pastime to experince with your family?

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*photo credits go to my amazing parents and my awesome sister