Moments Seize Us

A year has passed since my return, and I have made a handful of posts. Neither disappointed or content with this quantity, but I plan on a regular schedule of lists on Wednesdays and journaling on Thursdays.

I am somewhere between intentions and transition, terrified and excited; but all in all- Life's good. Here are some things I have discovered in the past year:

1. Whenever I'm in need of a mental reset but don't have the energy to create, I turn to Bella Grace. It is a refreshing magazine by women for women, and there are no advertisements. Just talks like that of mother to daughter, sister to sister, friend to friend.

2. For New Year's Eve, Aaron and I started watching Call Me By Your Name. The cinematography reminded me of French-Italian 1960 film, Purple Noon. Their story of desire transcends sexual identity and speaks to the heart. I look forward to reading the book.

3. I am in the process of growing my natural hair out for the first time since middle school. It's now long enough for me to tie out of my face, success! Ribbons have been my go-to way to gather my hair up in a bun, as well as an excellent method to avoid breakage.

4. Five years of using this perfume, do you have a forever-favorite scent?

5. As someone that sketches typically on the corners of essential documents and small blank pages, it feels nice to draw on an ample space.

6. Tomorrow is my orientation for New York Cares. A volunteer company that offers a broad set of interests.

7. My favorite thing about this apartment is our bedroom window that faces the sun. I like to grab my grey mat and YouTube "pilates" when the sun is at its highest peak.

8. If you visit my Pinterest home board, you will quickly see a recurring theme of plants. There are 5 plants in my shared apartment, and most of them come from this plant shop in Chinatown, The Sill.

9. I have made this recipe Spanish-style lamb stew twice now. It is especially comforting and delicious on cold Winter nights.

10. Lola Marsh! I first saw this Israeli indie-pop band on a Takeaway show by La Blogotheque. I fell for them quickly, and they posted their 2018 tour dates today.

11. I have a pile of clothes I will be donating this week to make room for new loved items. Goodwill Bins in the Queens will be my first stop.

12. New Age Creators is a channel of young artists that teach and inspire our youth with unique short videos. I adore Ana Marta's style.

13. Another short but happy source is the Kind World WBUR podcast.

Will you be checking out anything on this list? Do you have a recommendation?

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Witchy Woman

Personal Instagram: bambicarina Photo: Z.K.

It wasn't my intention to look like I was summoning some sort of spirit, but I'm not complaining either. Maybe it was my subconscious telling me to sit down and watch 2016: 'The Love Witch' already. A 60s period film set in San Francisco starring a modern day witch? Yes, please.

I love the unfinished look of this orange and green warehouse. My neighborhood has so many exciting surprises. I feel motivated to walk and explore more for future shoots. Funny story - as I was I was getting comfortable posing near the open door, an employee came out and told us it would be ten bucks a shot if we wanted to continue taking photos. Always nice to wrap with a laugh.

The orange headband and tie were recycled from an old Reformation romper that was too short for my torso. I have plenty left over, so perhaps a matching top is in order?

The dress is vintage and was found at a local Buffalo Exchange. Seeing that there are no tags and minimal finishing, I reckon it's homemade which makes it all the more special to me.

Boots are from Joie. I have the same pair of black and wear them all the damn time (see here and here). I love the fit so much that I couldn't resist buying their sister color on super sale. Plus I need to break my black-shoes-only habit. I didn't even mean to make it a rule, but one look at my shoe collection says otherwise. Do you have any dressing habits like this?

Inspiration found on Pinterest: Brigitte Bardot

Take Two

Bless Zúñiga Karina for shooting this look twice! Her photos the first round were lovely, but I was not happy with my styling and location choice for this outfit. Here were the best shots from the first take [1 2 3]. I can sense in my face that I was not confident with the final details.

For the second take - I embraced the fact I wear my Joie Boots all the time. The thick belt was swapped with a thin belt purchased from H&M years ago. Now, this Kate Spade print dress was a lucky find at my local Buffalo Exchange, the hem and sleeves were shortened while maintaining the adorable tiny ruffle detail on the arms. Since my sewing machine is in the middle of being replaced; I made all the alterations by hand which I found to be more peaceful than anticipated. Overall, I'm much happier with the silhouette, and I feel the location fits perfectly!

This cute pink church was built in 1926. The ornamental iron and color reminded me of the school year I lived in the Dominican Republic.
Another place that makes me smile when I pass by in my neighborhood.

I felt that my hair from the first shoot was overly-simplified for my inspiration below. For the second time around, I made sure to use most of the bouquet in my hair. I kept those flowers on all day, it was too fun! The always darling, Nancy Sinatra picture was found on Pinterest.

What's the last thing you felt the need to improve? It can be anything - an outfit, a recipe, etc. I love reading your comments and little stories, thank you for the warm welcome back in my previous post! Happy Valentine's Day!

Photos: Z.K. Personal Instagram: bambicarina