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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




Saturday, March 31, 2018 Toronto, ON, Canada

WeWork: Balancing It All



Becoming a full-time influencer is exactly that, it's a job that is 24/7. It doesn't begin at 9AM and it doesn't end at 5PM. Everyday has work involved, but here's the thing: it's work I absolutely love. Every morning, I wake up loving the path that I chose. I chose to be my own boss, to take this plunge into the world of social media after graduating college, and I have not regretted it since. Blogging is a career path that has allowed me to call my own shots, to travel and see the world, and work with some really incredible companies and brands.
I recently travelled to Toronto to hang out with one of my closest friends, but even when I'm getting away from home, work still needs to get done. I checked out the WeWork locations in Toronto to get some things crossed off my to do list. We came across the Richmond St. W location, took some photos in the area, and then we got some work done at the latest location on Bloor Street.

It was fun checking out WeWork in another city, each one with its own style but still somehow still in sync with the other locatons. Although my trip was booked primarily to just get out of the city and relax a bit, I still had to get through a long to-do list I was trying to catch up with. After sitting down and focusing for a few hours, I was able to get a lot of work done and continue to enjoy the rest of my time in Toronto. It's always balancing work and fun whether I'm away or at home.

So how do I juggle blogging and this industry with the rest of my life? A lot goes on behind the posts that make it online, so it can get tricky sometimes making sure I do what I need to get done, and I also do what's good for myself and everything else in my life. Luckily, I've been a pretty organized person for as long as I can remember, but here's the system that works for me that might help you guys!

SIT DOWN, MAKE A LIST
A few nights a week, when I can find some time before bed, I make a list of the things I need to do. Sometimes it's a week out, sometimes more. If there's something that I know is happening, I'll write it down. The sooner it needs to get done, the higher it goes on the list. And this list isn't strictly work, I'll include errands for the house, nail appointments, brunch or dinner with friends, a movie, etc. Everything goes on the list and then organized/edited as I go along.

COLOR CODED CALENDAR
After the list is done, things go in the calendar. Deadlines, meetings, events, when things need to be sent in by, when things need to be posted, etc. Once all my work stuff gets planned out, all the other things get planned out around those things.

Weekends are usually with Marco since we don't see each other during the week, running errands with him, hanging out, taking photos, but also just resting and relaxing. I'll try to plan things that are in the city during the week to be on the same day. If I have an event on a certain day and I can schedule other things to be on the same day, I will. Designating certain days in the city gives me flexibility to stay home a day or two during the week. And I need that.

CITY DAYS
City days are usually filled with meetings, seeing friends, heading to a WeWork location to answer some e-mails, edit, and write, shooting content for Instagram and the Blog, attending events, and heading home around or after dinner time. These are the days that I also usually really get my steps up. When I'm in the city, I walk everywhere so I'm able to squeeze in a workout too.

DAYS AT HOME
These are my off days, but even then, I'll still get some work done at home. There will be days that I'm literally just in my PJ's and no make-up, but I'll get a lot of product shots, edit a bunch of content, clean my room, and also get to binge watch some of my shows. Some days at home include filming for YouTube so for this, I'll need to change out of my PJ's and put on some make up, but it's still a day at home to myself. My "me" time is so important and I don't feel fully recharged unless I've had at least a day to myself before tackling a busy few days ahead of me.




REST AND RESET
Mental health is so important. The work and life in general can get overwhelming. There have been so many times that I've made the mistake of spreading myself too thin, where my anxiety has gotten the best of me. And as much as I love my job and what I do, in order to continue to love my work, I need to do my job with the most positive mind. Putting down the phone, stepping away from the computer, having time to myself whether it's meditation, sketching, etc. Those things help me clear my mind and get me ready for those busy days ahead.
March has been such a hectic month, but all the hard work has become extremely rewarding and I can't wait to share with you guys what is coming up next. This Spring season is going to be incredible and I'm still pinching myself over what's ahead. WeWork's motto is "Do What You Love" and I've learned so much about the world and myself by pursuing a career that is pretty unpredictable. It has kept me on my toes, taken me out of my comfort zone, and pushed my limits. But with any field, finding that balance has been the key to my chosen career path. If any of you have struggled finding that balance, I hope my tips can help you out. I hope everyone had an amazing March and wishing you all an incredible April.


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This post was sponsored by WeWork, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

#AllTheFeels in Lou & Grey

I've always been a creature of comfort, and when it comes to loungewear, I'm extremely picky. But my go-to pieces that I know will never let me down are from Lou & Grey. They have some of the softest pieces I've ever felt against my skin and I love how chic everything looks both at home and when I'm out and about. Shop some of my favorite pieces from Lou & Grey down below.