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





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

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

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

short film: The Longing

So I know I've been terrible at posting lately but school work and college applications are just too much. Please forgive me anddddd watch my short film I just uploaded to YouTube! It's about a girl who finds inspiration for writing... it's basically a one-sided love story and we've all been there. And if you do decide to watch it feel free to stalk my YouTube channel (maybe watch my "Rape Poem" video and get it to 1000 views?). 




Thanks for reading (and watching)!

Maria

Saturday, September 26, 2015

hot days

Heyyyyy.

Happy fall! While the rest of the northern hemisphere seems to begin to cold down, Cali, Colombia just seems to be getting hotter and hotter. The heat has been getting so bad it's suffocating. The only thing you want to do when it gets this hot is lay down on the floor and wonder why the hell you live here. It's incredibly hard to be productive because all I feel is the heat and it makes me want to kill everyone (kind of). Sorry I've been neglecting this blog but I've been incredibly busy doing homework and college applications. I'm back though! Here are two outfits I wore this week that kind of work with the weather.










Shirt #1 from Brandy Melville
Shirt #2 from Topshop
Skirt from Anthropologie
Shoes from Urban Outfitters


Thanks for reading!

Maria



Monday, August 31, 2015

friendship - a short update

Hey everyone!

I turned 18 about a month ago and just last Saturday did I get the chance to "celebrate" my birthday. I went out to the movies and to get dinner at my favorite restaurant with some of my friends. We had a really nice time but I'm going to admit I was somewhat reluctant to even do something for my birthday, because it seems like I'm slowly repelling social events more and more. It's not that I have anything against the people I hung out with (they're like the nicest bunch I know), but I'm always fearing being rejected up front and finally having to deal with the fact that most people here don't like me. It was interesting how my mom would ask me to invite people she thinks I'm still friends with but that don't even bother to say "hi" to me now. Inviting people is hard for me because I feel like I'm preventing them from going out drinking/smoking weed and that they silently hate me for it. It sounds funny when I write it out but it is so true. I feel like I don't want to bother people with my weird presence and that's why I try to stay away from them. I also kind of think I'm better than everyone else, and that's terrible and all, but I'm sure we all feel like that sometimes. Anyway, I've been writing "poems" about my current "social situation" and I just recently thought about a photography series to go along with them. The photography series will probably be called "Force-feeding" and it'll consist of four pictures representing the values and morals of the society around me. It should be fun.

Polaroids we took on Saturday:







Thanks so much for reading!

Maria


Thursday, August 20, 2015

NYU - visual diary #2

Hey everyone!

The film program is done now. I'm back in Colombia. I'll post my short films soon and I'll also write about my experience at NYU. For now I'll just say it was the best summer of my life and that I am truly thankful I could be part of such an amazing program. Thank you guys so much for your patience with me! Here are some other snapshots of my time at NYU. I'll soon scan and upload some cool picture I took with a disposable camera. Outfit posts are also coming up very soon!!!


My friends after my 18th birthday dinner at SoHo. 









Shooting my short film ^^^^


At Meow Parlour.


At the Angelika where we screened our final projects.






And finally that's me with my family after the screening of my short film at the Angelika.

Thank you so much for reading!

Maria