Let It Go

January was an amazing first month of 2017 for me. I am so excited for the year ahead, yet I’ve noticed that my excitement has lead to trying to force situations and experiences into my life. Because of this, I thought it might be time to write a post about surrendering.

I have been trying to trust the flow of life for some time now. Although it can be extremely difficult in the moment, I believe surrendering to the world around you makes for a happier, less frustrating life.

Growing up as a perfectionist, I spent years micro-managing every aspect of my life. Now, I spend my free time trying to undo all that I have taught myself. Every situation I experience or person I come in contact with is an opportunity to use my new surrendering tools and rethink how I am going to react to a situation or person.

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Have you ever forced a situation to happen or chased after someone? Did you realize that the more you force or chase, the more they run away? Well, if it doesn’t open, it’s not your door. It’s as simple as trying to fit a square peg into a round hole—it’s just not going to happen.

Instead of forcing something to work out, ask for guidance and surrender the situation to the Universe. Surrendering is neither giving up nor defeat. Although it may not feel like it, you still remain in control of your life, as you are consciously choosing to go with the flow of life.

With practice, surrendering can become empowering—you are choosing to surrender to a higher power/the Universe/the world and acknowledging that some things are just not meant to be (right now). Don’t forget that “no” doesn’t mean “no” necessarily, it means “not right now.”

Letting go may be upsetting at first, but the feeling of knowing that there is something greater for you out there is certainly more uplifting than trying to control and micro-manage every aspect of your life yourself. The rush of relaxation and calmness that surrendering gives me is far better than the anxiety that comes with trying to force something or someone into my life.

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This stunning jewelry is by Anne Koplik Designs, a handcrafted jewelry brand based in NY and designed with crystals by Swarovski.  You might have caught some of their pieces on the T.V. show Dancing with the Stars, as they have been the exclusive provider of jewelry  since Season 5.  If only I could constantly wear this jewelry and samba with Derek Hough!

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Their jewelry has also been featured at the American Music Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, The Wendy Williams show, The Home and Family Network, Entertainment Tonight, and The Insider.

Anne Koplik has a wide variety of jewelry styles–I’m talking every color, crystal, and design imaginable on necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.  I got a sneak peak at their new line for Spring, and I narrowed my favorite choice down to a delicate choker with a sparkling pendant and earring set.  You’ll be able to shop these new spring  styles in the upcoming weeks.  If you love this look as much as I do, check out more chokers here.

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Being a model (and a lot of times a hand model), I have to keep my nails freshly manicured at all times.  Enter the gel-manicure which is hassle free (until it starts to chip) because it lasts for two weeks.  Although I get bored with the color usually after week 1, I get my money’s worth and stick it out.   I hate the process of taking a gel manicure off at home, I find myself going to the salon every two weeks on the dot.

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After bopping around on the internet one day, I came across Red Carpet Manicure, which is the first at-home LED Gel Manicure system, and boy, is this product a game changer.  Red Carpet Manicure sent me their Portable LED Light and a bunch of  LED polish colors to play with.  This light is so easy to use, and you can give yourself a gel manicure in the comfort of your own home (i.e. while watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills).  Not to mention, Red Carpet Manicure was also the official nail sponsor of the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show!  You can also find a bunch of other products, including nail kits, one-step gel polishes, and nail treatments on their website.  Shop these products here!

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Thank you Anne Koplik Designs and Red Carpet Manicure!

Xx Marisa

P.s. These make great Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie 🙂

 

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I Don’t Want to Blink

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“Be happy in this moment, for this moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam.

Far too often are we caught up in our next move in this game of life. If you’re like me, then you’re constantly thinking about the next item on your to do list, your next meal, your next sleep, your next paycheck, your next free weekend, or maybe even your next Netflix show to binge watch.

We trick ourselves into thinking that we are living in the future, when in fact we have to remind ourselves that we live in the present. We live by the words “tomorrow” or “next time.” My favorite is “when ___.happens, then I’ll ___”…you finish the sentence. How many times a day do you find yourself living in the future, wasting away the present?

Pause. Take a second. Breathe. Slow your pace. Why are you rushing? What are you running away from in the present?

Be present in this moment. Acknowledge how you feel, both physically and emotionally. Be mindful of your thoughts and emotions. Be conscious of the environment around you.

Be grateful for what you have, and appreciate this moment. Fully live in this moment. Own this moment. Feel as if you don’t want to blink. These moments are your life.

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Shawls & Scarves: Orange Scarf

Jeans: Express

Turtleneck: H&M

Boots: Forever 21

Orange Scarf, founded by Diane Sabato, is a fabulous brand that sells women’s scarves, ponchos, and shawls. Orange Scarf is committed to giving back, and sales support organizations and causes that empower women. No matter how big or small, one can always contribute to changing the world around us.  Whenever Diane or one of her four sisters would ask their father “how do I look?” he would reply “all that outfit needs is a nice orange scarf,” hence the creative name of this line. 

Thank you, Orange Scarf, for the fabulous pieces! Xx Marisa

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Photography by Tiffany Chen @photosbytifff

 

 

 

 

Me, Myself, and I

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Shirt: Zara

Skirt: Urban Outfitters

Tassel Necklace: BCBG

Thigh High Boots: Forever 21

Choker: Forever 21

Bracelet: Baublebar

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Street art by Apexer (@apexer) for Space NK USA

Found on Mott and Prince St.

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Photography by Tiffany Chen @photosbytifff

Hide & Seek

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“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”-Henry David Thoreau

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” -Andy Warhol

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“Things do not change; we change.”- Henry David Thoreau

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“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.”-Lao Tzu

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“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”-Buddha
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This jaw-dropping, stencil-painted mural created by Logan Hicks (@loganhicksny) is Bowery & Houston’s newest street art addition.  Painted in late August, this piece titled “Story of My Life” depicts a large crowd walking down Spring & Greene St. all in the same direction.  Although unfamiliar to us, this crowd includes people important to the artist’s life, including members of his family, such as his son who is actually depicted three times, as well as random passerbys who have been subjects in Hicks’ previous works.
The Bowery Houston mural, found in the Lower East Side, is a gem in the world of street art, as it encourages and promotes the acceptance of graffiti art in the streets of NYC.  Although the works change every three months to a year, the history of the wall can be traced back over 30 years.  More recently, the concept of the wall and the art it illustrates has been preserved  with the help of several different groups.
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Dress: Express
Suede Booties: BCBGeneration
Jacket: Forever 21

Lip Stain: Revlon

Eyeshadow Palette: Lancome

Ear Cuff Earrings: Forever 21

Photography by Tiffany Chen @photosbytifff

Say You’ll Be There

“Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe” -Norman Vincent Peale
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“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” -Confucius

“It always seems impossible until its done” -Nelson Mandela

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“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence” -Norman Vincent Peale

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“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” -Charles R. Swindoll

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Bomber jacket: Zara
Pants: Zara
Necklace: Zara
Shoes: Vince Camuto

Lip Stain: Revlon

Eyeshadow Palette: Lancome

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Bradley Theodore‘s pineapple street art found on the side of Juice Generation on 18th & Broadway
Photography by Tiffany Chen @photosbytifff

I’m Not Your Toy

 “It’s all false love and affection. You don’t want me, you just like the attention” -La Roux

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“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye” -H. Jackson Brown, Jr

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“I’m much more me when I’m with you” – Unknown

“Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love”-St. Francis of Assisi

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“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha

“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it” -Audrey Hepburn

Top: Zara

Pleather skirt: Urban Outfitters

Bracelet: Baublebar

Choker: Forever 21

Thigh High Boots: Forever 21

Stud Earrings: Kate Spade

Lip Stain: Revlon

Eyeshadow Palette: Lancome

Photography by Tiffany Chen @photosbytifff

Street art by Jet Martinez (@jetmar1) found on the corner of Mulberry and Prince St.

Fade Into Darkness

The Oculus, World Trade Center Station 

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Dress: Property of Somone Else Property of Somone Else

Necklace: BLACKXFOX

Vegan Leather Rings: Rannka

Suede Booties:BCBGeneration

Gladiator Shoes: Atelje 71

Lipstick: Revlon

Photography by Tiffany Chen @photosbytifff

Styling by Ashley Veronica Style @ashleyveronica.style

Fall Into The Sky

Quotes of the Moment: 

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Quotes found on Instagram

Romper: Design Lab/Lord & Taylor, Ear Cuff Earrings: Forever 21, Lips: Laura Mercier’s Lip Glacé “Pink Spark,” Sunglasses: Bought on the street in Flatiron 🙂

Photos by Devon McLaughlin, The Leveraged Look @theleveragedlook

Soho Silhouettes

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” -Rumi

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“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.” -Rumi

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“Let the beauty we love be what we do.” –Rumi

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Dress: Zara, Hat: H&M, Choker: Forever 21, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters, Lips: Rimmel London‘s “104 Call me Crazy” Exaggerate Lip Liner and “660 In Love With Ginger” Moisture Renew Lipstick

Photos by Devon McLaughlin