Who do you miss?

androbel, friends, friendship, love, true. personal

Hello.
So, I wanted to write about the 5 days I spent in Burlington.
3 friends went to visit 1 friend. I have always known we were different but during this trip, I realized how different we are. 4 friends all with different passions and interests. It’s funny how things work, right? When we are younger we are attracted to people we think are similar to us but, years go by and everything changes. Sometimes we don’t notice how everything has changed until we stop and take a look around.
During this trip, I was able to see that. I didn’t really do any work stuff. I was just enjoying my time. One of my friends is a teacher, the other one is a psychologist, the other one is an environmentalist and I’m a business person. We visited my friends’ school(the environmentalist) and it was so cool to see everything in real life. It’s amazing to me how people can have such a deep interest in the well being of the environment. I do care about the environment but I don’t surround my world around it. Maybe I should. I dont know. Anyway, it was amazing to see how we are all different but how we are all interested in each others’ stuff, even if they are not that interesting to us personally. I think that is what friendship is all about. We probably don’t understand in each other 100% when we talk about daily lives but we do connect in such an emotional level. It’s magical.
androbel, friends, friendship, love, true. personal

I encourage everyone to take a look at your lives today. What are you missing? But most importantly, Who are you missing? Do you miss the way things used to be? Do you miss talking to them? Being interested in the same things? Well, maybe things won’t ever be the same, same but true friendships never go to waste. My best friend lives in what we can call a “hippie” city. I read fashion blogs everyday. We grow but our hearts remain the same. Don’t ever let go of the people that shaped you, they are all you’ve got. The rest…comes and goes.

androbel, friends, friendship, love, true. personal

Maybe tonight I’ll have a drink in the name of friendship. You should too.
Xo, Belen

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A Day in Burlington

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Hi everyone!

If you saw my last post here, you know I’m in Vermont. I came to visit my best friend with some girlfriends and it has been great. I knew there was a lake and I knew there was mountains but I never imagined it to be this beautiful.

A day in Burlington includes: yummy breakfast, a morning hike or a morning biking session, yummy lunch, a stroll around downtown with a coffee in hand, a nap and a dinner followed with drinks. So, days in Burlington= beautiful life.

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Hola!!

Si vieron mi ultimo post aqui la semana pasada, saben que estoy en Vermont. Unas amigas y yo vinimos a visitar a una de mis mejores amigas que esta en la universidad de aca. Sabia que habia un lago y sabia que habia montanas pero nunca me  imagine que iba a ser asi de lindo.

Un dia en Burlington consiste de: un rico desayuno, un hike o montar bicicleta, almuerzo, caminar por el downtown con cafe en mano, tomar una siesta, cenar y luego ir por unos traguitos. Un dia en Burlington=Linda vida.

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I hope you guys enjoy this post, if you come to Vermont, Burlington is a most!

Espero que les guste esta entrada, si vienen a Vermont paseen por Burlington!!

Have you ever been in Burlington? Alguna vez han estado en Burlington?

Xo, Belen

Life: What To Do When You Have Lost

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Hello There!

So, I have been wanting to write a post like this for 2 weeks now. You probably don’t know this but, I’m a huge fan and lover of Rachel Brathen aka Yoga Girl. I was introduced to her instagram account I think a little over a year ago and I love the way she carries herself and the trust, passion and love she has for life and this world in general.

2 weeks ago, something terrible happened to her. Her best friend passed away from a car accident. Her whole world crumbled into pieces and she was lost (Of course I know this because of her updates on Instagram, I wish I was her real friend) she was angry at the world, she was angry at herself and she was even angry at her friend for not “letting her know”.  Reading her posts touched my heart because I could relate. Rachel said that it was thanks to Andrea (bff) that she is the person she is today, it was thanks to Andrea that she entered the world of adventure and uncertainty. They met when Rachel was 18 and had recently moved to Costa Rica and was lost; she didn’t know what she wanted to do, all she knew was she wanted a change, she wanted to be better and Andrea changed her world. Rachel moved to Aruba when she met a boy, Dennis and she said she “had a feeling” and so did Andrea so she packed her bags and off she went. Rachel is now 25 and still lives in Aruba with Dennis and they are getting married this year. Andrea was going to be the bridesmaid and then in a split second their lives changed forever.

2 years ago, I was in a similar position. I was 20 and I was lost. I was in college but I just wasn’t present. I really didn’t know what I wanted although I thought I did. That time of my life is a complete blur because I don’t remember most nights (too much partying) and because honestly I was hurting too much I don’t really want to remember. One night (yes, partying again) I happened to meet a guy. He was 22. He had a great smile. We were introduced by a common friend and we danced, danced. I left early because I had class the next morning but he asked for my phone number and said we would go for lunch the next day. Guys these days are not very trustworthy so I didn’t expect anything but just as I was leaving from class, he texted me. We had pizza. Anyway, this is not a love story but I wanted to tell you how we met. This guy changed my world completely. He taught what really matters, he taught me to smile, he taught me know my self-worth, he taught me to be restless, he taught me to live in the moment, he taught me to live. Whenever I needed something, he was there. No matter how late at night it was, he always answered. He was my guide, just as Andrea was Rachel’s guide. Well, you guessed it right. Destiny played its part and off he went. Just as Rachel was mad, I was also mad. Mainly at myself. He had taught me to show love and appreciation and I let days pass because I was “too tired” to text him (whatever that meant). Anyway, my guide left this Earth and it was an extremely sad time. It’s still sad.

Well, As I read Rachel posts, it took me back to that time and I posted something on his facebook wall and his sister answered:

“Ha saputo unire nazioni e continenti. Conosciamo persone in tutto il mondo grazie a lui, persone meravigliose sono entrate nella nostra vita grazie a questa persona meravigliosa. È tutto, e ci ha lasciato tutto. L’amore reciproco che ci ha lasciato e qualcosa di grandioso e potente.”

Which means: “He knew how to unite nations and continents. We know people all around the world thanks to him, marvelous people have entered our lives thanks to this marvelous person. He’s everything, and he has left us everything. The love he as left among us is something grand and powerful.”

Truth, truth, truth. so much wisdom in her words, it amazes me.

Rachel met a girl that changed her life, that shaped her life. I met a boy that did the same.  We never, never know how things are going to turn out, no matter how much planning we do. The truth is, life is already planned, planned by forces we cannot control.

The way I see it is, Andrea changed Rachels’ life and helped her be the person she was always meant to be. Andrea was always destined to leave this Earth faster than all of us because life is like that.  The great always leave us behind because we are slower at learning the gist of life. It took me 2 years to accept this and it’s still difficult but, when I talk to Luis, and when I spend more and more time with him and he tells me he loves me… all I can think of is, he loves the person Adriano (my friend) shaped. So, the way I see it is, I may have lost him physically but he is still here, he’s with me keeping me in line, he sent me Luis for me to never forget how wonderful life can be. This is more difficult to explain than I expected but what I’m trying to say is… maybe Rachel’s best friends gift to her was not the way she changed her life when she was 18 but, Dennis himself.

Ok. So my point its. What are we going to do? We have lost our guides, there will be times when we feel alone, when we feel life could be better but we have to remember life is still wonderful. Our beautiful friends left us a beautiful gift even if they didn’t know they were doing so. So, what’s my point you ask? Give back. Live Life with intention. Every single day. Take it all in, breathe it in and then let go. Easier said than done, I know but practice is all we need.

Well, I hope I didn’t bore anyone. Sorry for this being too long.

I wish everyone meets that 1 person that completely changes your life and I hope you all remember to live life if destiny gives you a punch in the back.

Xo, Belen

Let’s Talk: Disconnected

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I love this little series I have started; one of my best friends told me that writing is a good way to help yourself and I have come to absolutely love it! Thanks Ari 🙂

Well, I wanted to write about this feeling. Yesterday I was feeling a little weird because I miss that time in my life when everyone was friends with everyone and everyone hung out together. all the time. I miss it. I miss hanging out at home with my besties and then partying with them. I guess this is called, growing up? Maybe?
I like it, don’t get me wrong. I like the feeling of working hard and learning things day in and day out but we all went into different industries, we all went to lead different lives and its a little hard to keep up. Some of us are working, others are working and going to school so it is just plain difficult to plan something we can all commit to.

Anyway, yesterday I decided to cancel everything from my “after-work” agenda and I just sat in my sisters’ room and watched Grey’s Anatomy while she was doing homework. I didn’t see my friends but I texted with 2 of them and it felt great. It reminded me that friendship is not in the quantity but in the quality. So… you might not be interested at all in my personal life and I get that but, if you take away anything from this post is that: In all aspects of life, quality exceeds quantity. It’s very simple after all. 

Hope you enjoy these posts, have a great day!
Xo,
Belen

Special Day

Hi! 
Today is a very special day because I feel very grateful about my life. my entire life. I think it’s appropriate to make a post about one of the persons that have made a huge impact in my life. This girl. Today is her birthday and it’s only fair that I celebrate her with everyone because I once learned that one should count her/his blessings before they are gone. 
Let me explain. I met her (Aliana) in Ecuador when I lived there. Then I moved. Then she met him (Fran). Then she moved. Then he moved. 3 different cities, 2 different continents, 2 different time zones. Of course they are in love so they keep it going but I have a feeling Aliana and I are somewhat in love with each other as well. Im grateful for having met her, grateful she met Fran which led me to meet him (we make an awesome trio) and I’m grateful for having been able to keep our close friendship for the past 10 years! I love you.  

                                       

In Miami, FL. 2013

Cheers to friends that become family ❤
Also, 

Somewhere along the lines of 6 months ago I happened to meet him (Luis). It was something very unexpected but somehow without trying too hard it just worked out and I think it might have been the best thing to happen to me in a while. We talk, we laugh, we smile, we look, we stare, we are loud, we are quiet… for some reason everything is just always perfect.
With his smile (gorgeous, right?) He reminds me to smile at life because we really don’t have it that bad after all.
Today is our “official anniversary” so I felt the extra urge to post about him, but if I could I think I would do this kind of posts everyday (but then maybe that can be a little annoying).
Anyway, love, love, love, just pure love.
And, guapo, when you read this (someday jaja), I love you! Happy 2 months? 3 months? 3 months? who knows? muaa muaa!

And, this concludes my special day post. A little inside scoop to my “aside from fashion” life. Have a wonderful day 🙂 
Xo, 
Belen

It’s my birthday!

Hi! 
Yesterday was my birthday as you probably already know if you follow me on Instagram 🙂 
This week has been extremely busy because it was finals week, my birthday and today I leave for NY. woohoo! It was hectic and I slacked off  a little on the blog but I took these pictures on Wednesday night before going out to a bar with my friends. Hope you like them 🙂 
Hola! 
Ayer fue mi cumpleanos aunque creo que no hace falta decirlo si es que me sigues en Instagram 🙂 
Esta semana estuve super ocupada porque tenia finales, fue mi cumpleanos y hoy me voy a NY entonces tenia varias cosas que terminar antes de irme… aunque todavia tengo cositas por terminar, las terminare en el aeropuerto.. woooohoo!! Estas fotos me las tomo mi hermanita el Miercoles antes de ir a un bar con mis amigos. Espero que les guste 🙂 

When it comes to friends… the older the better 🙂 ❤

What I wore: 
Blouse: Androbel
Flats: Banana Republic- in store.

Xo,
Belen