Looking Back at 2014 and 2015 New Year's Resolution!

The year is coming to a close and I had a lot of change in 2014. I know, everyone says they had many changes, but for me it really was very different.

This year was the first year that I didn't have to worry about college! I graduated last December, so 2014 was a pretty uncertain time for me. I went from having finals, care-free long vacations in forms of Spring Break, Summer, and Winter Break, to a full time 9-5 job.

I decided a little graphic would be more fun than writing a VERY LONG blog post. Check it out!

Now, what's up for 2015? Not sure. I feel like 2014 was a major milestone in my life. I turned 25, bought a new car all on my own, first big girl job, first work trip, no more school. 

Some 2015 resolutions: 
  1. Work on being healthy (cliché I know, but still).
  2. Maybe trade-up for a Murano. MAYBE
  3. Make more time for family and friends.
  4. NOT taking the Flu shot. NOPE.
  5. Attend more concerts
  6. Practicing being more patient, since I have no patience.
  7. Travel to Harry Potter Land, Seattle, Chicago, and New York. Even if it's only for a weekend stay. I might not get to all, but it's a challenge I'm more than happy to take on.
  8. Stop hoarding things I know I don't need to keep.
  9. Grow my journal collection.
  10. Read more at least 50 books.
  11. Get better at my calligraphy practice.
  12. Blog more often.
  13. Work harder and learn more at work.
  14. Finally have the guts to get my deathly hallows tattoo and arrow. 
There's probably more I'll add later in the year, but those are the 14 I have. What are some of yours? Let me know in the comments :).

Until next year! ;)

Felipa xoxo

Annual Best Friend Gift Exchange 2014

On Saturday, my best friends and I had our annual Christmas exchange, and we went a little overboard. Usually we have 3-4 gifts each, not this year. However, this time it was bigger, but no less thoughtful when we gave each other gifts. Obviously we know each other well, so we always get each other things we like.

Our whole table was full of gifts, and I mean full! The Center photo is of my friends and I at our booth wearing festive sweaters. The photo on the right is the big indoor Christmas Tree at the Galleria Dallas.

Below are all the my gifts :). Love all of them! Now only 4 more days until Christmas!

Coco mix, friendship box, comfy infinity scarf, socks, "Aim Higher" arrow bracelet, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows earnings, bracelet, chocolate, pens, planner, and calendar.










What do you and your friends do? Let me know in the comments :).

Until next time,
Felipa xoxo


B is for Book

A quick update! A big thanks to Birchbox for sending me a great cookbook or should I say, dessert book! So many delicious recipes that I can't wait to recreate just in time for the holiday season!

The book is called Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson. It also happens to be the Birchbox's December Book Club Pick! Pick up a copy at your local bookstore or in digital form. I'll post a follow-up post once I start getting my bake on!

Until next time,
Felipa xoxo

c/o Birchbox

W is for Wedding

This past weekend I was in Austin, Texas for my cousin's wedding weekend! It was a long weekend that started off driving down south early Friday morning. That same day, the whole wedding party arrived to the Saint Thomas More Catholic Church for the wedding rehearsal followed by a late rehearsal dinner. I must say, the restaurants in Austin are ALWAYS packed. It was if there was no other place to eat, let's just say the restaurant was hopping. None of us had realized that we were all staying on the same floor and were all neighbors, except for the bride who was on the other side of the hotel.

Saturday was the BIG day! Most of the immediate wedding party (the girls) were up from around 5-6AM. Most of us went down for an extremely early breakfast, followed by going back and forth between the bride's room and our own suites to get ready.

We were cutting it really short getting to the wedding. It actually wasn't the bride holding everyone up, it was the flower girl. In the end we made it to the church in time and had time for the photographer to take photos of the whole bridal party before the ceremony.

The day then proceeded to The Oasis on Lake Travis. It was a gorgeous wedding venue for the reception. The food was also just as great, with a great DJ, and a very nice bartender who gave me a free shot (top shelf), since the wedding had an open bar, and an Oasis margarita glass goblet as a souvenir. I'm pretty sure I like the grooms cake a lot more than the regular wedding cake, which was good, but very decadent. It was chocolate on chocolate on chocolate. Oh, and I also said a few words as maid of honor before they cut their cakes. 
I can't wait until my cousin Ana and her new husband Joe get the photographs from the photographer! They selected the unlimited package and the wedding party was arranged in really cute poses! Also, the guys had superhero shirts under their tux's. It's something you have to see, and I will post those pictures once I can get access from them, or more my cousin can get access to them.

Until next time,
Felipa xoxo

Watch out for my next post on visiting the Texas State Capitol.


Weekend Wrap-Up

Hello there readers!

It's been quite the busy week and weekend! I've been busy with getting things ready and making checklists to make sure I take everything I need to for the wedding I'll be in on Saturday. I will also be traveling on Friday morning down to Austin, Cedar Park, to be exact for the wedding. I'll make sure to take loads of pictures to post here.

This weekend I managed to go to 6 different cities. Thankfully, I live within 10 minutes from each one. I went to Grapevine to do a little Christmas shopping, which I ended up just buying stuff for me, thank God I have still have next week to finish my holiday shopping. If you are from the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, you may know that Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas. The place has Christmas decorations EVERYWHERE! I unfortunately didn't take any photos, but will be going back soon. If you want to learn more about the holiday happenings in Grapevine, check it out here.

I also went down the road to Coppell and had some delicious BBQ at Hard Eight BBQ. I had brisket, sausage, potato salad, and mac n' cheese. Everyone should go there at least once. It's a little different since you get to choose from the pit and just ask the pit master how much you want (lbs.). I will say this, I'm not a fan of their sauce, I find it to be really strong on the vinegar and sweetness level.
Second stop was JoAnns where I swear everyone and their mom was at. The checkout line was ridiculous! I guess all the crafters where there since the whole store was 60% off.

Third stop was at Emporium Pies. This place is amazing! If you love pies you need to check them out. It's located in the Bishop Arts District in a quaint little house that fits at most 15 people. The pies are huge and the slice is only $5, but besides being delicious, the packaging is ADORABLE. Check them out here. I swear that that both the Apple Pie and Coconut Pie are the size of Chicago Deep Dish Pizzas. They are THAT big.




Today has been a bit of a hectic day, trying to find shoes for the ceremony (haven't bought them yet, eek!) and last minute gift and Ulta Haul. I did however find time to do my nails. I saw this look from both Essie and Julep. A little festive, and I like them, but all I keep thinking is how hard it will be to take off the glitter. I guess I'll worry about that later. 

Ulta Haul: Ardell Lashes, Beauty Blender (Similar), NYX Primer (Similar), NYX Eye Brow Sculpting, Sally Hansen

Nail Polish: Orly Bonder, Sally Hansen in Black Out, and Urban Outfitters Gold Dust


Until next time,
Felipa xoxo