XOXOXOXO


Happy Friday?

Wow! that wast fast! I didn’t realize what day it was until today at work when phones started going crazy and that only means clients want their stuff! I thought I had more days left this week to post about my little treasure (my “True Love” book) but I guess not, so here it is.
Instead of going chapter by chapter, i’m just going to write about things that pop up when I flip through the pages.
I had put a little star next to do this next sentence which means it caught my attention when I first read the book so… of course I HAVE to share it 🙂

We must bring about a revolution in our way of living our everyday lives, because our happiness, our lives, are within ourselves. 

Cannot express how many times I have not followed this. For a long time I would make my happiness depend on factors I couldn’t control; unintentionally, but that’s the way my brain worked. Don’t do this. Two years ago, a friend of mine told me: “The best invested time will be the time you invest in yourself”, at the time I didn’t pay much attention but today, I couldn’t be more grateful for those words. It is hard to go on when your heart hurts, we have all been there, we are all human but the important thing is to learn to let go, to let your feelings sink in and just let go. It’s funny how everything relates, today in my class my professor said :”Effective managers know how to accept and are great at letting go.” Letting go often has a negative connotation but it shouldn’t, not when your feelings are involved. Everything in this life is too short to not be happy. Go after your happy place, find it. It all depends on you. 

Not gonna lie… he makes me pretty happy. 
Feliz Viernes?!

Wow! Eso paso demasiado rapido. No me di cuenta que ya iba a ser Viernes hasta que hoy en la oficina el telefono no dejaba de sonar… eso solo significa que los clientes quieren sus cosas rapido! Pense que tenia mas dias para escribir sobre mi libro pero me di cuenta que no asi que aqui va! En vez de ir capitulo por capitulo voy a escribir sobre cualquier cosa que llame mi atencion cuando paso las paginas. 
Puse una mini estrella alado de la siguiente oracion y solo hago eso cuando algo me llama la atencion entonces traducida al espanol es…

Debemos comenzar una revolucion en nuestra manera de vivir el dia a dia, porque nuestra felicidad, nuestras vidas, estan dentro de nosotros. 

No puedo contar las veces que no he seguido estas palabras. Por mucho tiempo dejaba que mi felicidad dependa de cosas que estaban fuera de mi control; lo hacia sin intencion pero asi es como funcionaba mi cabeza. No hagas eso. Hace como dos anios, un amigo me dijo esto: ” El tiempo mejor invertido es el tiempo invertido en ti mismo.” En el momento no lo tome muy enserio pero ahora estoy mas que agradecida por esas palabras. Es dificil seguir adelante cuando el corazon nos duele, todos hemos estado ahi por a o b motivo, todos somos humanos pero lo mas importante es saber dejar ir lo malo, sentir y aceptar los sentimientos y despues solo dejar todo ir. Es chistoso como todo se relaciona pero hoy en mi clase mi profesora dijo ” Los mejor managers son los que aceptan y los que saben dejar ir.” La mayoria de veces la frase “dejar ir” tiene una mala interpretacion, pero no deberia de ser asi, no cuando se trata de nuestros sentimientos. 
Todo en esta vida es demasiado corto para no ser feliz. No te canses de buscar to lugar feliz. Encuentralo. Todo esta en nuestras manos. 

Xo, 
Belen 

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Before Dinner

Hi! 

Wednesday already?! Recently I’ve been feeling like days pass by so so fast! These pictures were taken on Sunday and I feel like that was just yesterday… This post should be named “Counting the headlights…those cars just like days pass me by” (lines from Bon Jovi’s “The Fighter” song). Anyway, I took these pictures before going to dinner with my friend’s mom and brother that were here in Miami visiting. I wanted to wear my polka-dot shorts but didn’t want to wear it with just a plain v-neck, so I looked at my mom’s closet and found this. I think its safe to say I love neutrals and earth colors ❤ but, I try to incorporate some color with accessories. Hope you like it. 

Hola Hola!

No puedo creer que ya es Miercoles! Ultimamente los dias se me estan pasando demasiado rapido y no se si eso es bueno o malo… espero que bueno. Estas fotos las tomo mi hermana el Domingo y siento que acabo de pasar. 

El Domingo fuimos a cenar con la mama y el hermano de un amigo que estaban visitando en Miami y me queria poner mis shorts de polka-dot pero no me los queria poner con una camiseta v-neck simple, entonces fui al closet de mi mami y encontre esto 🙂 Creo que se pueden ir dando cuenta que me encantan los colores neutros pero tratao de anadir un poco de color con los accesorios. Espero que les guste. 


What I wore: 
Top: LOFT (in-store)
Loafers: Nine West Similar here
Bag: Old- Macys. 
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Xo, 
Belen 

Close Friends

Hi everyone!
This past Wednesday it was my friends birthday and we had a little get together… so I wore this 🙂
I love spending time with my closest friends because it is so intimate, and there is nothing I love more. I don’t like going to place where there is a million people you sometimes call friends and there is nothing to talk about. Sometimes you get caught in a situation when you want to be friends with everyone and you want to be liked by everyone but the truth is there is no time for everyone… so I just keep the ones I considered the best by my side. Always there.

Hola Hola!
El Miercoles pasado fue el cumpleanos de una amiga entonces tuvimos una mini reunion… y esto fue lo que me puse 🙂
Me encanta pasar tiempo con mi amigos mas cercanos porque es una experiencia intima. No hay nada que me guste menos que ir a un lugar donde hay mil personas pero no tienes de que hablar con nadie. Aveces uno se encuentra en una situacion donde uno quiere ser amiga de todos pero la verdad es que no hay tiempo para todos entonces es mejor solo quedarse con los que uno considera los mejores. Siempre alado de uno.  

What I wore: 
 Top: H&M Similar
Skirt: Nordstrom
Necklace: Francesca’s
Xo, 
Belen

Here’s to my little brother

Hi! 
These pictures were taken at 7am so excuse my face! I was late for work and my brother woke up just to make me coffee. I know, I love him too 🙂
Anyway, as you can see I was doing some final touches to my coffee with my amazing cappuccino machine…haha! I got this top at Target this past weekend and I’m wearing my mommy’s “boyfriend pants” 
I wanted to dedicate this post to my lovely little brother for always loving me. He left today for college and it seems the time we spend together is never enough. Can’t wait to see him for my birthday 🙂 
Hola Hola! 
Estas fotos fueron tomadas a las 7am entonces pido perdon por mi cara. Mi hermano se desperto solo para preparme cafe… super cute! 
Como pueden ver estaba haciendole unos pequenos ajustes a mi cafe con mi super maquina de cappuccino… ajaja! La blusa que llevo puesta me la compre este fin de semana en Target (mi hermana la compro en rosado) y los pantalones son de mi mami. 
Queria dedicarle este post a mi hermano por siempre ayudarme en todo. Hoy se fue a la universidad y pareciera que el tiempo que pasamos juntos nunca es suficiente. Menos mal que lo vere para mi cumpleanos 🙂

What I wore:
Top: Target
Pants: “Boyfriend” LOFT
Cardi: Androbel

Awake that little heart of yours.

Hi there!

I should probably be writing my paper for my Organizational Behavior class that’s due this Thursday but… I have fallen in love with this whole blogging thing.
I feel frustrated because I have left everything for the last, last minute and when I’m frustrated I just can’t think. So, I’ll be up tomorrow at 5am to attempt to write that stupid paper.
Anyway,
If you follow me on Instragram (Click here) you already know that while I was on vacation in New Jersey, I picked up a book called “True Love”. Sounds corny, I know, but it really isn’t. When I bought it at Barnes & Noble I thought it was going to be this extraordinary love story (I love them!) but it turns out, it talked about life, the art of loving and living life.
When I read, I always carry a pen with me because I like to underline and sometimes take notes (I like learning 🙂 ).
This book is overall about love, So… every week , I’ll do a post about each chapter. It’s short, don’t worry!

Today, we will start with the four aspects of love.

– Loving- Kindness: The first aspect does not refer only to loving and making someone happy. It refers to loving and making someone happy realizing that you might make him/her suffer. Because to love is to suffer as to suffer is to love.

– Understanding: To understand is not only to listen to the person and “understand” what he/she is saying. It is to actually be there, be attentive, listen, take it in, deeply. In order to really understand someone, we must listen carefully and the only way to do so is by being there.

– Compassion: Compassion is not be feel sorry about someone, it is to help them ease their pain. In order to be able to ease someone’s pain, you must understand where the pain is coming from which goes back to the second aspect of love.

– Joy: Plain and simple. If there is no joy in your relationship, in your “love” there simply is no love.

– Freedom: In order for love to blossom, it must be free. When a person feels tied up, when there is no trust, no communication, there is no freedom. When there is no freedom, there is no true love… only lust.

All of these four aspects tie into each other because a relationship, whether it is with your brother, your lover, your mother or your friend, is made of different variables; each variable must be effective in order for a relationship to prosper. Above all, I think, respect is the number one thing. Without respect there is no kindness, no understanding because your heart closes, no compassion because you couldn’t care less, no joy because they have broken your heart and no freedom because your heart wants to love but your head is telling you otherwise.

Respect all, everyday, no exceptions. You can’t take back what comes out of your mouth, choose your words wisely.

Xo,
B.B.

What I wore:
Pants: Androbel
Top: On Sale!
Necklace: email mbaquerizo@androbel.com 🙂 $19

New Week


Hi!
Happy Monday!
This outfit is from Saturday, I went to lunch with my brother after we did an Insanity workout. It was very very yuummy mexican food.
I wore this blouse to work on Friday but I was wearing it with a nude tank top underneath because it’s a little bit see-through but on Saturday I wore it alone with the most comfortable shorts I got when I was in Italy last year :).
Now that I don’t work on the weekends I feel so much more refreshed and I’m able to start the week with lots lots of energy… last week was an amazing week and I can’t wait to see what this week is going to be like 🙂

Hola Hola!
Feliz Lunes!
Este look es del Sabado que sali a almorzar con mi hermano despues de ejercitarnos un poco.
Me puse esta camisa el Viernes para el trabajo pero como es un poco transparente la use con una camiseta de tiritas por abajo. El sabado me la puse solita con mis shorts favoritos que compre el anio pasado cuando estaba en Italia :).
Ahora que no trabajo los fines de semana me siento mucho mas relajada y cada semana la comienzo con muchisima energia… la semana pasada fue increible y no puedo esperear a ver que es lo que pasa esta semana :).

What I wore: 
Blouse: Androbel
Panama Hat: Got it in Ecuador… any brand works
Xo, 
B.B

Women at Work

“Why 26% of U.S women still choose not to work” by Annalyn Kurtz

Some of you might know that I am currently in school trying to get my MBA… as a result, I end up reading Business current events almost everyday. Here is the result:

This article was chosen out of the curiosity that sparked to me by the title. It is astonishing to me that women are still choosing not to work because I work in the fashion industry and all I see is women; all day, everyday. It would have made more sense if the article’s title were “ Why 26% of U.S women still can’t find a job” but nonetheless, apparently this is reality and so we will discuss it.

According to Blau and Kahn, two economists from Cornell University, women in the United States are choosing not to work due to the lack of family oriented labor laws. In the United States, it is legal for women to be on maternal leave for 12 weeks; it does not sound terrible until you hear this next part; these 12 weeks you get to spend with your cute little child are unpaid. Some decades ago, when women were first accepted into the work force, thousands of women joined the corporate world; in 1993, 74% of women in the United States were either employed or looking for a job (Kurtz 2013). That number has not increased since then, and unpaid maternity leave might be the answer. The article also discusses the labor laws in Sweden, which are totally different than in the United States. In Sweden, the employer has the legal obligation to hold the job of either the father or the mother for a little over a year while still paying them their salary (Kurtz 2013). 

This article relates to Organizational Behavior because in the end, it is all about motivation. Every one in this world is different and different things motivate different people but family seems to be one of the most important things in life throughout the different cultures, countries, languages and religions. Maslow’s theory of motivation indicates that human needs come in a form of hierarchy. Basics needs are to be fulfilled first before other things come into consideration. It is understood that love is a basic need and with love comes family as with family comes love. We live in a world where competitiveness is incredibly high and this might be the real reason why 74% of women do work. The women that have the option to either work or not work are choosing the latter because of labor laws as well as high costs of child care and stagnant wages.

This article taught me that although it might look like women are “taking over” the corporate world, there is still a little hesitation due to motivating factors. It is natural for a woman to want to nurse her child but when labor laws are too restrictive, they might opt for being a stay-at-home mom instead of pursuing their careers which is concerning due to all the talent and intelligence that we might never know of.

If you were so fortunate to not have to work, would you choose to be a career lady or a stay-at-home mommy? 

Xo, 
B.B