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Field of Dreams

10.30.17

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“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream” – Edgar Allen Poe

What do you dream about at night? And what do you dream of accomplishing when you’re awake? Do you ever make your dreams come true? I used to write all my dreams down first thing in the morning, while they were fresh in my head, and am trying to get back into the habit of doing just that. It’s super therapeutic, and really interesting to read through after some time’s passed. My dream journal has crazy etchings about tidal waves, chases, armies, you name it. When it comes to dreams and aspirations in the waking-life however, the visions are not as over-the-top, and well, the cynic in me takes the reins. I am definitely more reserved with goals that I set for myself. Why? Simple. I dread disappointment. I’m afraid of aiming too high. What if I don’t reach that goal? What if I can’t for the life of me, make that dream come true? Even worse, what if I’m not good enough? I’m open to any advice you guys have on coping with self-doubt. It’s something I’ve struggled with my whole life! Which is crazy, considering I have amazing, supportive parents & people around me. Every day I not only think about what could be, but I continue to work on how to just BE. So I guess what I’m trying to say is, let’s try to not sell ourselves short. Let’s dream, and not be afraid to dream. Thanks for reading, and of course, for scrolling 🙂 

 

Photography Yesi Flores aka @simplylively | Scroll down for outfit details

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Blazer: Zara | Dress: Reformation | Boots: Dr Martens 

Dear Bad Luck, Let’s Break Up

01.07.16

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Photography Yesica Laver Flores of Simply Lively | Dress c/o MinkPink via Canyon Country LA | Shoes “Chynna” by Jeffrey Campbell

New year, new beginnings, new you, new me blah blah. If you’re reading this, and you’re not really jiving with any one of these phrases, you are not alone.

I’ve mentioned this before: I’m not much of  a holiday spirit kind of gal. Guess December got mad at me for it, because not only did I struggle personally and professionally, I came down with the worst sinus infection/head cold ever! January 1st 2016 was also my 30th birthday. Well, I bid farewell to 2015 and hello to 30 buried under a pile of tissues, antibiotics and Vicks vapor rub. At a time when you’re supposed to feel like a strong, empowered woman that’s got everything under control and ready to take on a fresh new year (or at least that’s what they say you’re supposed to feel) I’ve been consumed with negative thoughts and never felt so alone, helpless, and lost.

It’s okay though. Not writing this for you to feel sorry for me, rather to share that it’s okay to have bad times, to retreat and face those negative feelings, work through them. Once the dust settles and the clouds clear, it feels good to come back out into the world and create a new beginning…like, I can finally breathe again. Literally, I can finally breathe through my nose and taste food again 😂. Also I am looking forward to eating clean and keeping the ten pounds I’ve lost off (thank you for that one thing, sickness). I’m looking forward to writing everyday, keeping a positive mindset at work and at home, but most of all, I’m looking forward to having a Jana’s Dirty-Thirty Do-Over. And you’re all invited.

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In Circles

11.27.15

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Photography Yesica Laver Flores of Simply Lively | Reformation Tulum Two-Piece, Zara shoes (old), Jaimie Nicole ring

Holiday season is in full effect, and here’s one fun fact about me: I am not a holiday person. I get a bit gloomy around this time of year, and one of my favorite characters of all time is The Grinch. I do holiday shopping last minute because it leaves my head spinning in circles, and I never really think about a “White Christmas” because I’m from Puerto Rico. But it’s not all doom and gloom (yes, I do have a heart in here somewhere ha)… In addition to greatly appreciating the holiday sales (like this Reformation outfit which is still available at a steal), I remind myself to reflect on the year, identify the highs and lows, appreciate everything I take for granted…I also think about my approaching birthday – the big 3-0 (on New Year’s Day, both a blessing and a curse) – which admittedly makes me anxious, but also hopeful. Hopeful to live out the next year to the best of my ability, hopeful to take on a new freaking decade.

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All Seeing Eyes – A Short Film

11.01.15

I am so excited to finally share “All Seeing Eyes” with you, a short film and fashion project I had the honor of styling and starring in. It’s an introspective film about a young woman who rediscovers the meaning of life and love after awakening to find her body covered in eyes. Yes, eyes…A poetic take on the old adage “to look at life differently.”

Below are behind-the-scenes pictures from our day of shooting, along with full credits. I am so proud to be a part of this project spearheaded by such talented young women (written and directed by Andrea García Marquez, produced by Natalia Márquez). The film has been submitted to and screened at various national and international film festivals, and I could not be more thrilled. I hope you enjoy it, and that you are filled with inspiration…

Written and Directed by Andrea García Márquez
Produced by Natalia Márquez
Executive Production: Natalia Márquez & Andrea García Márquez
Cinematography: Andrea García Márquez
Editing and Post-Production: Andrea García Márquez & Natalia Márquez
Camera Operator: Andrea García Márquez
Steadicam Operator: Chris Michael Díaz
1st Assistant Camera: Francisco Jiménez
2nd Assistant Camera: Han Chang
Make-up Artist: Ismael “Ish” Peralta
Styling: Jana Rose Carrero
Music: “Yo Recuerdo” – Tan Frío el Verano

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Wynwood Walking for an Artful Release

08.02.15

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Photos Yesica Laver Flores of Simply Lively | Top c/o Market | Shorts: American Apparel | Sneakers: Nike Air Max 90 | Bag: Alexander Wang here or here | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Wayfarers

These days the Wynwood Miami area is bursting at the seams. There’s no denying that what once was a haven for boutique art galleries, quiet walks, and locals-only bars, has now become over-flooded with tourists, construction, scenesters and ‘young urban professionals’ checking out the new happenin’ restaurants and bars. Thankfully one thing has managed to stay the same, and that’s the fact that the entire neighborhood serves as a canvas for artists who flock here from all over the world to paint huge outdoor murals. Wynwood Arts District has led and continues to lead Miami’s art renaissance, making the city known for something other than night clubs and beaches. So whenever I need to feel inspired or am looking for an artful release, I drive/walk around the neighborhood skillfully zig-zagging tourists to get my fill of street art that I love so much.  In the distance I hear a faint, “I don’t get it, what’s so great about all this ‘graffiti’ on the walls?” <my heart breaks>

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