Month: May 2017

Time always seems to fly when you having fun! That’s why when I go on my 48-hours weekend wanders I try to maximize each to the fullest. Now I’m not an intense planner, but I typically create a “must-see” list of attractions and restaurants. Then after visiting those places first, I usually just “go with the flow.”
 
I must say, I do not have an enormous budget, so most of my activities are free and a majority of my budget goes to my accommodations, dining, and museums. You don’t have to be rich to wander a new city. If you’d like to know how I budget for my weekend wanders, just ask.  I’m not a ashamed to share. Below is list of my recommendations while visiting Boston, Massachusetts for 48 hours. 
 
Places to See
Places to Eat
Things to Do:
  • Shop on Newbury Street
  • Go on a Duck Tour ($39.50)
  • Walk the Freedom Trail
  • Grab a late night cocktail and dance at Alibi

Places to Stay:

  • Airbnb ($70/night)

**I’ve provided links so you can view information on tickets or menus options. None of these links are a part of an affiliate program.

Besitos,

Melizza

“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.” ~ Caroline Myss
 
When I saw this AQ/AQ men’s top I was excited and nervous about it at the same time! This top covers everything yet reveals everything. I had never owned anything like it before. It was daring and slightly risqué, but I just knew I had to have it! This outfit is somewhat reflective of how I’ve been feeling currently.  To me, it symbolizes my desire to break free from my comfort zone.

Sometimes, I have to remind myself to be fearless. And that my comfort zone is a trap. Nothing amazing ever happens in your comfort zone! Point blank, end of discussion. Everything you’ve ever dreamt of is right outside the borders you have limited yourself withing. I’ve wanted to give up since things have gotten extremely hard but know I deserved more and my dreams are worth each struggle. And so are yours!

Earrings: H&M, Sunglasses: A.J. Morgan, Top: AQ/AQ, Sport Bra: Victoria's Secret, Jeans: Levi's, Heels: Mossimo
Photographer: Henrietta M. (@therealhbmedia)
 
Don’t let the lust for comfort murder the passions of your soul. 
 
Besitos,
 
Melizza

Back in November, I had an amazing opportunity to be photographed once again for the lovely photographer Bruna Lacerda’s #ichoosemeproject. The difference this time was that I wasn’t the only one in front of her lens. I was among other full figured bloggers, models, and artists who each believed in the power of self-esteem without any fear. 
I take you back to November because it was in that moment, among those beautiful women, that the weight of allowing many things to negatively affect my self-esteem became too heavy to bare. I knew I had to fight for myself even if it meant standing by myself. I had to let go of unhealthy relationships, create boundaries for myself (again), and put my overall health back on the priority list. Now I’m not saying I completed all of these things magically over night. I did some self-reflection, acknowledged what was affecting me, and began to rid myself of those things…and I am still doing so.

At first I felt selfish, but if there is one thing that New York City continues to teach me is that my personal health is far more important than anything else. When I say “health” I’m referring to my emotional, mental, and physical health. Like Bruna said, “There is nothing wrong in choosing ourselves and loving ourselves first so we can be confident enough to help others to love themselves too.”

portrait, plus size model,
Bodysuit: Ashley Stewart
I invite you on my journey of choosing and loving myself first and I challenge you to do the same. It is not selfish…you’ll be able to love others more by loving yourself first. Here  I will be nothing but honest, and sometimes vulnerable, but always authentically me. 
Besitos,
 Melizza
 

**All the portraits above were taken by the lovely Bruna Lacerda. To learn more about Bruna’s mission click here: #ichoosemeproject

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