REFOCUSED

The semester is finally over and we can finally breathe. It is safe to say that this semester was by far the most challenging in regards to school and our personal life and ... well, at this point C’s get degrees and the most important thing is that we passed all of our classes. Right now it seems as though we have post traumatic school disorder where we basically feel we still have assignments to turn in even though the semester has officially ended. But now that we finally have a break from school and work, we have more time to do things we enjoy. This week we literally trapped ourselves inside our apartment and gave our blog pretty much all of our attention. And as much as we love blogging and taking photos, sometimes our ideas begin to fly around at once where creating becomes overwhelming and eventually discouraging. Of course there are many times we feel pressure to tackle every single project, especially when other factors like school and work tend to get in the way, but it is important to move at your own pace so that you are creating work of quality.

Days you feel overwhelmed or even stuck on an idea, take a break. Never feel guilty for taking time apart from projects because doing what you love shouldn’t stress you out at all, instead your passion and hobby should be an escape. Sometimes you need to take small breaks from projects and ideas to regain focus and reassurance in order to expand on those ideas and that is totally fine. There are so many ideas we have and want to share with you, but sometimes we get overwhelmed and even discouraged, which unfortunately  gets in the way of even producing certain content. When we need to redirect our focus, we surround ourselves around friends who are equally, creatively self driven. Personally, surrounding ourselves around positive people keeps us motivated and ultimately gives us the extra inspiration we need. 

Next time you feel overwhelmed, first, get the idea of not finishing your project out your mind because you are. This isn't a sign of neglect, you're simply just putting your project on pause. Stepping away from your ideas and giving yourself a break will relieve a lot of stress and doubt you have. To take your mind off of what you're struggling with, do something fun that is capable of inspiring you in order to expand on ideas you have. Hang out with a few close friends, listen/ watch 90s R&B music videos, or just talk about how you're feeling in regards to your craft. After taking a small break, you'll find yourself overflown with ideas you never thought you were capable of having. It is a constant rollercoaster and can sometimes get discouraging, but through this stay positive, stay motivated and keep creating. 

Christal's Look: 1.) DIY cropped black denim jacket from GAP, 2.) Velvet shirt created by myself, 3.) Black Knit skirt created by myself.

XOXO,

Christal & Christina

BACK TO BUSINESS

This past few weeks have been nothing short of hectic. If you guys follow us on our other social media sites then you know that we lost one of our close friends to gun violence. Estephan (Stephy) was more like family and had so much going for himself and getting adjusted to him not being here physically is hard. As much as we want to lay around, skip class and pretty much avoid any amount of responsibility, we couldn't. One, if the homie Stephy was here he wouldn't allow us to fall apart, in fact, he was the one that held us together. Two, Stephy never complained and just got things done regardless of what was going on. Knowing how hard he worked through school and work, is actually more motivating and hopefully will give us the strength to push through.

Even though we would rather stay in bed and watch Bob's Burgers, we somehow found ourselves blogging and it actually helped. During times like this it's important to continue to do things you enjoy and that make you happy, and for us blogging is one of those things. After everything that's happened, we concluded that it's okay to take a small break in order to get yourself together mentally, spiritually and physically. It sucks, but as much as we want the world to pause just for a few hours, it's not. Whether we like it or not, the world keeps going and it's our choice to walk around like zombies or to find the strength to make it through such a hard time. Stephy isn't here physically, but the memories we have together lasts a life time and what we do from now on will be for him.

Christal's Look: 1.) Mesh top from Forever21, 2.) Bandeau from Forever21, 3.) Skirt from Zara, 4.) Boots from Asos

Christina's Style: 1.) Top from Forever21, 2.) Pants from Asos 3.) Shoes from H&M 

XOXO,

Christal & Christina

FALL AGAIN

*Summer’s Over Interlude by Drake plays quietly in the background*. Today is September 23, making yesterday officially the first day of fall. It is time to pull out the scary movies and anything pumpkin spice flavored. Fall is by far the best season and there is absolutely no debate about it. The weather is never too hot or too cold, but always just right, making it perfect to pretty much throw on anything long and oversized. If you ever find yourself not knowing what to wear this fall start with any type of cardigan or sweater, preferably oversized or long. This can be a chunky cardigan, longline blazer or jacket. Our cardigan and blazer aren’t super thick, but it's light enough to layer without drowning in them. Incorporating blacks and olive greens was a must because what is fall without black and olive green?  In the midst of picking out an outfit this fall, consider your fall colors: olive green, burgundy, black, grey, mustard yellow, brown, red and burnt orange. 

As for shoes, almost every shoe we own is a black boot with a chunky heel, which works out because that is what we'll be wearing throughout fall and winter. A platform shoe is important for the fall for many reasons. One, the perfect platform boot will make your outfit a tad more dramatic, without necessarily over doing it (hence Christina's clear heeled boots). Two, the weather grows a little more cooler, so a closed toe shoe would be a better option instead of sandals. And three, not only do you grow two or three inches, but a platform shoe will always be fashion forward. 

XOXO,

Christal & Christina