Friday, December 25, 2015

merry and bright

Merry Christmas!

I love Christmas, even though it gets hectic and stressful at times. It's still the most wonderful time of the year (I amuse myself with my own puns), although it would be even better if it actually were winter here in Colombia. It was like 80 something degrees yesterday. Not very christmasy. Yesterday we held a christmas party at my house (the first one we've held in years) and we had a really nice time. Here's what I wore:


My room's super messy as everything usually is during the holidays...


Here's some of the snacks we served before the actual dinner. These are some typical Colombian christmas foods, such as buñuelos, arequipe and hojaldras.


These are called buñuelos and they are so good.









Top from Urban Outfitters
Skirt from Zara
Heels from Sacks 5th Avenue


I think it's the first time I don't wear red for christmas, but I just had to wear this skirt. I love anything sparkly.

One year ago, I was in Orlando with my family. I keep remembering that trip and feeling all nostalgic about it. But I mean, it's not christmas is you're not feeling somewhat sad and stressed out about the homework you should be doing. I've actually been to Orlando the past two christmases so it's weird not to be there right now.

Christmas 2013:
At Animal Kingdom.
Christmas 2014:


This is actually at the hotel but we went to Universal Studios that day.

Unfortunately, I didn't wear a Santa hat this year.

Thanks for reading! I hope y'all have a wonderful christmas! My plan is watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas and drinking tea.

Maria





Sunday, December 13, 2015

new old dress

I think I complain about living somewhere where there are no seasons in like every other post. It's very annoying though and people don't understand how much it sucks! I'm really into the christmassy/wintery kind of aesthetics during the holidays and the weather does not allow me to enjoy any of that. Maybe I'll just lock myself up in my room, turn the AC on, and pretend its winter. For now, this is what I wore to go out for lunch with my boyfriend today. Not wintery at all.


I haven't worn this dress since I was in tenth grade... I actually wore it for my boyfriend's birthday. Wow, time flies.







What I'm wearing:
Dress from Zara
Shoes from Urban Outfitters
Bag from Kate Spade


Let me know what you think about this outfit!

Thanks for reading!

Maria

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"thanksgiving"


Happy December! I just finished applying to two of my top choice universities and I'm exhausted... and I still have to apply to another one by December 10th. Even though I'm excited about going to college, I've been feeling nostalgic lately. No too nostalgic, but basically I have been thinking about being in 10th grade two years ago. I just keep replaying scenes from when I was in 10th grade for some reason. This weekend I was also thinking about my life exactly on year ago... how I became obsessed with playing with my DS for only a week, and how I invited my friend to my first ever thanksgiving dinner and she said she couldn't go because she "she had to study." Yup. That was the beginning of a beautiful breakup. This year I was invited to a thanksgiving dinner and I also held one myself. I should say "Thanksgiving" dinner, because we're Colombian so we don't actually celebrate thanksgiving... we just want to eat turkey.

This is what I wore for this "Thanksgiving" dinner party I went to. I never seem to have time to take pictures before leaving the house, so I always end up taking them at like 1 am, and I look extremely tired. I actually got home from the event, lied down in my bad for like half an hour until I gathered the willpower to stand up and take pictures.








What I'm wearing:
Dress from Anthropologie
Shoes from Stuart Weitzman
Bag from Zara


I don't know if you can tell but I'm wearing this really cool flower ring I got from a flea market a while back. I haven't been to one in over a year and I kinda want to right now. Do you guys like flea markets? I think they can be pretty cool sometimes, but others they're terribly boring and uncomfortable.

I love this dress so much!!!! The details are so delicate and beautiful. The shoes are also absolutely gorgeous and comfy... I have nothing to complain about. I love how the color of the dress allowed me to subtly mix both silver and gold details and it still looked very nice. The bag is really pretty too but the quality isn't the best. It's already falling apart and I've worn it twice! I just love this outfit way too much.

Thanks a lot for reading!

Maria



Thursday, November 26, 2015

november 22, II

Last Sunday was my two year anniversary with my boyfriend. I made a post last year for our first year anniversary and, for some reason, it is probably one of my favorite posts yet. Anyway, this is what I wore to go out for dinner:



I look really tired because I took these pictures like at one in the morning when I got back home...





What I'm wearing:
Dress from Topshop
Shoes from Sacks 5th Avenue
Purse from Kate Spade

We had a really great time at the restaurant, and then we got coffee because I was really sleepy. But, I mean, coffee at 11 pm just tastes better for some reason.


Also, my boyfriend is redesigning the Vanille banner! I'm excited to see how it turns out!

Thanks for reading!

Maria

Sunday, November 22, 2015

coffee with grandma

Best title yet, amirite?

First of all, sorry for cursing so much on my last post, but I just had to let it all out. I'm not going to edit it because it reflects the way I felt and I think that's valid. We've all felt strong emotions and I believe it's important to express them, as long as you are not harming someone else, and I've never done that so it's all good.

Today I'm just doing an ootd post, nothing personal or controversial. I wore this on Friday to go get coffee with my grandma, which I bet is something most eighteen year olds did not do on Friday. I love this dress and I think it looks kewl with sneakers. I just love the dress-sneakers combo a lot... that's like my go to look.

Also, the christmas lights are back!!! The last time I took ootd pictures with the christmas lights was like March... I missed them a lot. They just make everything look nicer.


I love New Balance sneakers but they just don't last at all! I don't know if it's just me, but they start looking old and worn out so quickly. The first pair I owned I had to stop wearing six month after I bought them because they looked extremely worn out.


Dress from Forever 21
Shoes from New Balance



This velvet string thingy is a cool detail... my cat really likes it.

Here's a purely coincidental, yet very appropriate picture of him:


Thanks for reading!

Maria

Sunday, October 25, 2015

movies and cynicism

Heyyyy.

I've been extremely anxious lately due to all my school work and college application essays and such. I can hardly wait for this semester to be over. Yesterday I went out with my mom and her friend to the movies. We watched My Old Lady, and I absolutely loved it. Its cynical humor just speaks to me on a personal level. So talking about friendship and cynicism, I wanted to ask you guys if you ever wonder why we have friends? I mean, I do believe that some people you just genuinely enjoy being with, but I also believe this is rare. There are only two people in my life I actually feel like I enjoy and feel completely comfortable being with, and one of them is my boyfriend and the other one doesn't even live in my country. Sometimes I feel like most friendships are based on something you need or want from that other person, you know? Sometimes, when I'm feeling specially cynical, I start thinking friendship is something Hollywood made up tbh. However, this school year, for some unknown reason, I've developed friendships with people I've gone to school with for the last thirteen years and barely even spoke to until now. I'm just confused. Sometimes I feel grateful because I actually have people I can talk to, but sometimes I can't help asking myself: what do they want from me? No, I'm not paranoiac but I just sometimes think people are deliberately plotting things against me, idk. Like, I'm the same person I've always been and you're clearly not romantically interested on me, soooo why do you want to hang out with me now? I believe it's not socially acceptable to ask that question to people so I'll just keep wondering and maybe even tell you guys if I find out. Anyway, comfortable outfits are the best way to deal with anxiety. Like, I don't know about you but I would rather be anxious when wearing a nice flowy skirt than when wearing extremely uncomfortable skinny jeans. I'm not even kidding though! I wore this outfit yesterday and I just love it because dark blue is my favorite color and because it's super comfortable and doesn't make me feel like I'm suffocating. I would love to continue writing but I have to study for a calculus exam! Wish me luck!






Shirt form Brandy Melville
Skirt from i don't really know...
Bag from Kate Spade
Shoes from Urban Outfitters

Thanks for reading!

Maria

Monday, October 19, 2015

happy birthday!

So a year, one month and 19 days ago I began posting on this blog. It first started out as a way to create kind of like a portfolio for my short films (that's why my first two posts are my YouTube videos). In November, however, I decided to make this my personal blog and post different things that interest me, such as personal style, food and photography. It's a funny story how I ended up making that decision though. What happened was that I realized I should spend my time doing things I love, not things I'm expected to do because everyone else does them. I was at a Halloween party with my boyfriend last year, and it just made me think about productivity. For some reason, I can't shake off the feeling I'm getting old really fast (I'm only 18 but I just can't believe I'm not a minor anymore) and I just want to take advantage of the time I have left as a teenager doing things that are actually productive. At this party I just kept looking around at everyone there and thinking to myself: this is such an unproductive, pathetic event... why am I here when I could be doing so many things right now that I genuinely enjoy and that are actually meaningful? After a while I told my boyfriend I wanted to leave, so we went over to my place and I talked to him about the way I was feeling. I also told him I wanted to start blogging, and he was supportive with the idea. That's practically it. Thank you all so much for sticking around, reading, commenting, and watching my videos! Again, sorry for neglecting this blog for the past few months. I'm excited about what's to come and I'm just thrilled to continue watching Vanille grow. So, happy birthday!!!!

Here are some of the highlights of my first year of blogging:



Special thanks to my boyfriend for being an amazing photographer and my family for helping me out as well. Also to my three friends that appear in these pictures for their support. Thank you all for following and reading!



Maria

Sunday, October 11, 2015

two outfits + one shitty restaurant


I'm finally back. Here are two outfit I've worn recently. 



I think I got this dress from Macy's but I'm not 100% sure...











Dress from Topshop
Shoes from Dr. Martens

So here's the rant:

I'm not a restaurant critic or anything, but I can sure tell when the owners of a restaurant are shitty human beings. So I'm here to share with y'all a fun story about shitty restaurant owners! My mom's cousin (who lives in Miami) came here to Cali last week, and we decided to take her out for coffee/dinner. Although I wanted to go Juan Valdez (a Colombian coffee shop) to get coffee, my mom decided we should go to this place (yes, the one I'll be ranting on) because we were also having dinner, and, of course, a coffee shop is not the most appropriate place for that. So we go there and we order coffee and desserts because we weren't ready for dinner yet. We were there for a while (ordering stuff very frequently, especially considering there were seven of us) and just after we ordered actual dinner, I decided to go to the bathroom. Our table was located on the restaurant's deck sort of thing, so I went inside to use the bathroom. I was waiting for the bathroom when a lady walks up to me (my mom later told me she's like one of the owner's wife, because the place is like co-owned or whatever) and asks me if I'm there to order or use the bathroom. I smiled at her and said I was going to use the bathroom. She then asked me who I was there with and I pointed at my table. The bitch had the nerve to say: "oh yeah, the table that's been here the whole afternoon". AND THE PLACE WAS EMPTY! Like, what the actual fuck. That crazy lady was literally shaming us for buying her shitty food. I didn't even know what to say. I told my mom, but we just continued eating. Then, when we were going to pay for all the food we got, my mom went over to the cashier because she wanted to talk to that bitch who thought it would be really cool to shame me and my family. So when she asked my mom what table we were on, my mom said "the table that's been here the whole afternoon, like you told my daughter". And then, of course, she was like "me? no, no, I never said that". YES, YES YOU DID. This made me really angry because it's not like one particular waiter was mean to us, this was the owner. The assholes we are giving our money to in exchange for their shitty food. The coffee was absolutely terrible (it was literally brown milk, it didn't even taste like coffee) and the food was just as bad. Sorry but, don't be a jerk and expect me not to write about it.

Sorry about that... I cursed too much. Thanks for reading!

Maria