2016

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Perhaps it’s my naturally self-critical personality that causes me to think that I’m not doing as well as I feel I should be doing. 2016 had a TON of setbacks, disappointments, and moments of uncertainty. I remember this time last year, I was a fresh college graduate with a lot of hopes and expectations for my future and the course of this year has really helped bring me down to earth. It’s not that I’ve given up on my of aspirations, I’ve just become more realistic with my expectations.

I’ve always wondered what life would be like after graduating from college. While I’ve always been prepared for uncertainty, I never could have foreseen how tumultuous this year would be. I bounced around a lot of jobs and took on many different opportunities that all taught me incredibly valuable lessons.

Life, for the most part, has been incredibly messy; let’s be real here.

I don’t think any amount of sobering pep talks and mental preparation could ever prepare you for what post-grad life would be like. It’s incredibly lonely and you ask yourself “am I doing the right thing?” more often than you should. Many times, I felt like the rug was constantly being pulled underneath me. Whenever I got comfortable with a situation, God kept throwing me into a new direction. I rarely ever felt like I had much time to breathe which I don’t think is necessarily a bad thing- I’ve learned to think on my feet and trust my intuitions.

I felt like every 3 months life thrusted me into a new direction. At the beginning of the year, I was interning at a high end fashion company. After my internship was over, I spent a few months juggling 2 part time jobs just working hard to make enough to survive. Then I landed a job working for a small LDA firm while moonlighting as the Chief Marketing Officer for one of the subsidiaries. After I realized that wasn’t for me, I ended up landing a full-time temp job working at an AMAZING clothing brand which I love whole-heartedly.

My 3 month contract is about to expire soon and I don’t know if I’ll continue on or if I’ll be let go. But in the event that I do move on, it’s just another sign that I’m not yet where I need to be. The uncertainty still scares me. While all of my friends are finally securing their full-time jobs and beginning their careers; I feel like I’m still being tossed around, not able to settle into life the way.

It’s easy to be discouraged by a lot of unexpected changes, but it just goes to show that there’s a ton of opportunities out there. It’s as exciting as it is scary. But looking back at my accomplishments, I can look forward to 2017 as another year chock full of lessons.

At the end of last year, I began a new chapter moving back to LA from Riverside. Since moving back, I had the opportunity to intern at a high end fashion company, attend LA Fashion Week, work multiple jobs and gain a ton of experiences, and really let my passion for social justice fly.

Exactly 1 year later, I’ve taken the opportunity to move out of my family’s home into a bomb house with new friends. I’ve started another year with another fresh start! I’m scared, yes. But holy shit am I excited to see where this new year will take me.

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Street Style Diaries: Little Tokyo

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Since getting my new lens, I’ve kind of caught the photography bug again! I was able to snap these stylish strangers on a photo crawl through Little Tokyo. I was surprised how friendly all of my split second models were with me taking their photos! One of the things that scared me the most about street photography was actually approaching people and asking if I could take their photos. IT IS SO NERVE WRACKING AT FIRST.

But my inner fashion geek won over my nervousness and I was able to snap some VERY interesting outfits. Each and every one of the people I shot had stunning aspects about their outfits that I really could not resist. Whether it was a pug peeping out from their shirt pocket, puffed sleeves, colorful hair or even simple and bold text.

I really cannot wait to go out again this weekend and snap away! I’m absolutely addicted.

Cytherial x Jents

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While summer is just about done, fall in Los Angeles has yet to make it’s appearance. Although it’s mid October, the weather still feels balmy and warm on most days which is why I felt it was still appropriate to extend my summer looks for just a little bit longer.

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Back to School With Ontario Mills: College Version

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As promised, here’s part 2 of my Back to School collaboration with Ontario Mills. While high school was a time when I cared more about function more-so than form, college was a time when I valued efficiency over everything else. My favorite outfits when I was at UCR were the ones that looked like I was trying really hard to put together a good outfit when in fact I just threw on some random pieces together in a rush. How does one achieve this? By shopping smart. Being tight on cash in college, I always looked out for clothes that made putting together a nice look easy and simple. I always gravitated towards bold patters because I knew I could easily pair it with a good pair a black pants. This shirt from H&M is so comfortable and deceptively looks a lot more expensive than it really is.

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I started drinking a lot more water in college and you could always find me walking around campus with a bottle of water in hand. H&M carries this line in their stores and has world records printed on the bottle; perfect for me to keep being motivated.

As much as I raved about these jeans in yesterday’s blog post, I HAVE to talk about them again today. Lucky Brand jeans are my absolute GO TO pair of denim nowadays. I feel like I’ve been spoiled rotten by them. I got my first pair last year and they still haven’t worn out even after all the wear and tear I put them through. The denim Lucky Brand uses is not only durable, but also super comfortable and just stretchy enough to make moving around in them manageable even if you get their super skinny line. The first time I put a pair on, I thought I wasn’t wearing pants at all because the material is so light and comfortable.

I also need to mention that I finally found my PERFECT fit after years of searching. Even though my old pair were from the 1 Authentic Skinny line, the store associate recommended the athletic fit for me after learning about my specific needs for a pair of jeans. The athletic fit has a regular fit waist and a slim leg but is a bit looser in the thigh than other slim leg denim. The problem I’ve had for the longest time was being able to find a slim/skinny pair of jeans that was just a bit looser around the thigh area but still slim at the calves and this fit is PERFECT for my body type.

College, for me, was a time when I started exploring my sense of style and becoming more and more comfortable wearing clothes that I thought would have been too flamboyant or “stylish” back in high school. I’m really glad that college allowed me to explore and experiment in areas I wasn’t confident enough to try in high school.

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Hat: H&M

Aviators: GAP

Shirt: H&M

Jeans: Lucky Brand

Shoes: Adidas

Backpack (Borrowed for Look): Herschel Supply Co.

Water Bottle: H&M

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Back to School with Ontario Mills: High School Version

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I cannot believe that September is right around the corner and this will be the first year that I won’t be excited to start school again. From the joy of seeing my friends after a long summer away from them, to the excitement of starting new classes, and the exhilarating thrill of back to school shopping for new clothes, September was by far, my favorite month out of the year. Luckily, my friends at Ontario Mills helped me get over my little nostalgic slump by sending me on a back to school shopping spree.

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Outlets at Orange Ice Cream Social

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Ah, July and August have flown right by, and I really gotta update you guys on the crazy things that have been going on in my life in a future post. But for today, lets talk about this incredibly fun and cute social that the Outlets at Orange put together for me and a couple of my blogger friends!

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About a Bike and a Straw Hat

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When most college graduates take their photos, they’re usually posed regally in their cap and gown in front of their favorite buildings on campus. And while UCR certainly held a lot of significance for me, I felt it was a much more appropriate to dig a little further into my past for my graduation photos. I’ve always been told that our past holds the foundation our present and futures are built upon and that sentiment rings very true to me.

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June Favorites

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June has flown by much faster than I had anticipated. My graduation, birthday, and work pretty much filled up all of my time so there really wasn’t much time to sit down and breathe. But over the past few months, I’ve compiled a small list of some of my favorite items that I find myself reaching for all of the time.IMG_3767

Zara No. 8

There is just something so incredibly refreshing, musky, and sexy about this scent that I just cant place my finger on. I tend to gravitate towards this kind of scent when I shop for colognes and almost all of my past colognes have very fresh undertones to them. I first bought the travel sized spray to spritz on when I need a scent pick me up at work but I went through that bottle so quickly I realized I should probably get the full sized bottle. It’s relatively inexpensive at $20 and even though I use it about twice a day for a few weeks, I’ve only made a small dent in the bottle. I should probably say that it is a toilette and not a parfum so the scent wears off pretty quickly.

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Jord Wood Watch

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My birthday followed the tail end of the month and my friends at Jord Wood Watches sent me this beautiful wrist watch in the mail as a little present! I’m seriously so obsessed my new timepiece. I’ll be honest with you, I tend to get pretty warm throughout the day and most metal/leather watches always leave me feeling icky, especially in the summer. The watch I got is made out of wood which is not only stays nice and cool throughout the day, but its also incredibly light. They also make a really sick line of women’s watches that make for a really unique gift for pretty much any lucky lady in your life (or maybe for yourself too haha).

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1Q84  by Haruki Murakami

I’ve been reading this book on and off for a few months already and I always seem to stop because life gets in the way of my nightly routine. I’m almost done with the first book in the series and while it is one of the slowest books to jump into the action, I really don’t mind the pace. The story follows two people: Tengo and Aomame and the actions they take that propel them into deeper and deeper waters like a chain of dominoes. What I like best about this book is how Murakami paints such vivid descriptions and builds up every character’s backstories like an oil painter before inching the plot to it’s next step.

I read this book like a series because each chapter takes almost exactly 30 minutes to read. I tend to wind down my day by reading a chapter every night and allow myself to marinate on the descriptions the next day.

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Rub Rub Rub from Lush

I normally don’t have many favorites when it comes to bath products since I just use whatever my family happens to buy it’s worked out pretty well for me until my friends and I happened to stop by the Lush store in Pasadena and I was given a demonstration of this product. My. Life. Was. Changed.

This product is so versatile, makes my shower smell AMAZING, and does wonders for my skin. Once a week, I hop into the shower and take a couple of palmfuls of this stuff and do a deep exfoliation all over my body then wash it all off. The sea salt in the formula scrubs all of the dead skin cells, dirt, and oil off of my skin. My God, I never knew my skin could feel SO DAMN SOFT. After fully massaging in my lotion, I’m ready to hop into bed and enjoy the best sleep of my life. I have, however switched over to applying a less generous amount of the product onto a dry loofah instead of using a ton of product straight out of the pot. Same effects, less product wasted.

For the rest of the week, I use use a quarter sized dollop in my loofah and apply it while the water is turned on. While I don’t get the bomb exfoliation that I get from applying it on dry skin, I get a nice lather and I’m still left smelling great. I believe this pot costed $23.I’ve had it for about a month and I still have about 1/3 left even after using it pretty generously.

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London Royal Sunglesses

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I was sent this gorgeous pair of sunglasses from London Royal in the beginning of the month and I’ve been wearing them out a lot recently. The material feels nice and weighty without being heavy (if I’m making any sense at all). But besides how it feels on my face, it actually fits my face REALLY WELL. I have a rather large and wide face and it’s often difficult to find frames that naturally go well with my face shape. The lenses themselves also have a nice gradient effect to them that’s really on trend right now. It filters out the sunlight just enough without actually hindering my vision.

This pair retails for $15 but if you use my code “CYTHERIAL” at checkout, you can get 10% off your entire order.

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Staedtler Fineliner

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If you guys follow my Instagram page, you’ll know these babies are the backbone of my bullet journal. They are incredibly ergonomic, the colors lay down very nice and pigmented and the tips are nice and thin so I can draw a lot of details if I choose to. They also don’t dry out easily! I’ve accidentally left a pen out overnight and it worked just fine the next day. The colors lay down very smoothly and I’ve never had any issues with bleed. Also, the packaging is wonderful, the top of the cover opens in a way that turns the case into a stand that you can prop up on your table when you’re working.

They are on the pricy end and are definitely an investment piece but if you’re as dedicated to bullet journaling and coloring as I am, this set is worth EVERY PENNY.

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Last week I celebrated my 24th birthday and it really hasn’t dawned on me until recently that I had just hit my mid 20s. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been working so much that time has flown by faster than I had predicted. My internship with Black Orchid ended 3 months ago but it still feels like yesterday that I was working on editing photos for my boss and running errands in downtown LA. On top of that, it’s been almost 7 months since I’ve graduated from college and moved back home.

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