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Monday, June 18, 2018 Paris, France

Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal

The first time I went to Paris, I just fell in love with the city. The second time I went to Paris, it began to feel like a second home for me. On this third trip, I realized Paris has a piece of my heart and I needed to make myself a promise to try and go back every year. 

I went to Paris with my friend Allysha, her first time to Paris and we had the pleasure of staying at the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal. We arrived at 4 Rue de Valois and were immediately welcomed by the staff. While our room was still being prepared, we enjoyed coffee in the lobby, two girlfriends ready to begin a week in Paris but still just slowly fighting off the jetlag. 
When we were shown our suite, the staff set up the cutest welcome arrangement for us, included with a beige beret that I could not help but wear every single day. It was one of the sweetest welcomes I have ever experienced in a hotel and I knew that we made the right choice by staying at the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal.

The suite had a living room area, spacious closet space, and a bedroom that just filled with light. The bedroom was wrapped around by a balcony that gave us stunning views of Parisian rooftops. To welcome ourselves to the city, we toasted to a beautiful new adventure in this city because we knew it was going to be a trip to remember.
We settled in and unpacked. Between the two of us, we were so excited about this spacious suite because we were able to hang up all our clothes, lay out the accessories, etc. The bathroom included a shower, tub, and large enough mirror for us to both get ready at the same time. Our suite had everything we needed and more and we have to thank the staff for always making sure we felt right at home.

After a solid few hours on a plane, we were excited to sleep on our king size bed. We were so tempted to take a nap as soon as we got there but had to fight through. However that first night was one of the best night's sleep we ever had.
While there is no doubt we could have spent hours in our suite, we just really loved the surrounding neighborhood as well. Across the street from our hotel is the Palais-Royal, installed in the courtyard is The Colonnes De Buren, 260 black and white striped columns. In the Palais-Royal is also one of my favorite gardens and coffee shops as well. I loved how easy it was to take a stroll through here after waking up and fetching my morning cup of coffee.
But of course, I can't forget about Rue Saint Honore because being so close to all that shopping is definitely a must for me in Paris. Doesn't matter if I'm on a work trip or vacation, shopping and walking around will always be my go to form of cardio. And I think it's safe to say Allysha and I had a successful trip.

I'll miss the mornings on this Parisian balcony and evening champagne as the sun sets. Thank you so much to the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal for a beautiful stay and we hope to be back very soon.

4 Rue de Valois, 75001 Paris, France

A special thank you to Grand  Hôtel du Palais Royal for hosting this stay.

Friday, April 27, 2018 New York, NY, USA

Royalton Park Avenue

Located just a short walk away from the Flatiron Building, the Royalton Park Avenue is a great hotel for anyone looking to be in an area crawling with good food, walking distance to a ton of trains, and a rooftop with a pool that gives you the perfect view of the Empire State Building by both day and night. Marco and I stayed at the Royalton Park Avenue for a beautiful spring weekend in Manhattan, a much needed staycation away from home.

For two nights, the Royalton Park Avenue hotel welcomed Marco and I with a room with a view of Park Avenue. A king size bed with wide floor to ceiling windows, and to top it all off, a balcony, something I love to have when it comes to hotel rooms especially. The suite was spacious and I just loved the way that light filled up the room. NYC is known for smaller spaces but I was so happy to see a large room where we could relax for a few nights and enjoy the view.
The hotel is also popular for events since it boasts a beautiful rooftop pool and bar with a view of the Empire State Building. At night, the hotel's pool is a great place to get drinks with friends whilte enjoying the iconic sky scraper of Manhattan. This hotel is perfect for both the lover of night life and the one that likes to just relax as well. I loved being able to walk to one of my favorite parts of New York City, Madison Square Park right next to the Flatiron Building. It's a perfect spot for photos. The area is filled with a lot of my favorites: shopping, dining, and shoot locations. 
It's a tradition for Marco and I to get room service the morning before checking out and they did not disappoint with the delicious meal. I always like to top off a hotel staycation with a little breakfast in bed. Thank you so much to the Royalton Park Avenue for having us!

The Royalton Park Avenue
420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 New York, NY

WeWork: Make It Happen

Being your own boss comes with its pros and cons. I often find myself constantly trying to figure out ways to stay motivated in an industry where it's so easy to listen to everything around you, all this noise that may discourage you. I've been blogging for nearly 5 years now and I'm still figuring things out. But as the years have gone by, I've definitely learned a trick or two that helps me stay motivated, and one of the biggest things for me is my surroundings.
In the early years of blogging, it would be at school in an empty classroom. I'd sit in a coffee shop for hours and just try to get a ton of work done while drinking way too much caffeine for sure. Calling WeWork home the past few months has been incredible because not only have the spaces been beautiful, but it's inspiring to be surrounded by people that have put their ideas to life because they believed in it and are passionate about it.
How can you not be motivated when you're just surrounded by so many people that are literally hustling and making things happen? My blog started out as a hobby, and it has become my career, something that I never would have dreamed of if you said that to the version of me that was in college, drowning in projects and spending way too much on textbooks.

"A career out of social media? Yeah right." But with the time and effort that I put into my hobby, I realized that it was more than that. I loved every aspect of it and was so passionate about sharing all these ideas that I had with the world. That's the other thing that keeps me going, looking back and seeing how far I have come and how much more is ahead of me.

Drown out all the disbelievers with your success and making things happen. Ignore the eyerolls and "Yeah, okays" because you are your only limitation. If you think about all the successful things in this world, everything started out as an idea and it was made into reality with patience, hard work, and motivation.
If you're ever feeling stuck, maybe change your surroundings. Switch it up a little. Talk to other creatives and bounce ideas off one another. Inspiration is all around us and it can literally come from anything. I want to thank WeWork for giving me and my ideas a home, a place for them to come to life.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Note to Self

Spring brings out this feeling of a fresh start and it's different from that "brand new year" feeling that I can't explain. The past two months have been extremely hectic and the last month, especially, was full of stress, anxieties, and I'm just glad that it's over. While the weather finally gets warmer and  the flowers begin to bloom, I've had some time to really think about things. This post is going to get a bit more personal. To be honest, I'm just writing and seeing where my mind takes me.

The world isn't always going to work in your favor. There will be challenges and unexpected events that are beyond your control. You'll get anxious, you'll feel alone, there will be nights that you just feel like everything is wrong. But here's that reminder that time goes on, and everything eventually passes. This is your reminder that you have overcome things in the past and you can do it again. It's okay to not be okay, it's okay to remove yourself from a situation that just isn't good for you mentally or physically. Maybe both.

It's okay to take a step back and reset if that's what will help you feel better. It's okay to lean on someone when you need to, but it's also important to be able to trust yourself that you can manage on your own as well. It's normal to overthink and feel overwhelmed. You are human. Take a step back, breathe, and figure out what is the best way to handle it. Start small, take it step by step, little by little.

Rest. Give yourself a break. Remember that you can do anything, but you cannot do everything. Stay hydrated, focus on your hustle, and don't talk yourself out of the goals that you really want to achieve. Believe in what you're doing and what you're working towards. Don't doubt yourself and take leaps of faith when you're given the opportunity to. Love yourself and treat yourself right. We're all going to be okay. May the Spring season, and beyond, be filled with light for you all.

Captured By: M. Panlilio