Month: September 2018

The Daisy Brunch Love Triangle

Confession time! I was caught between two in a serious love triangle this summer. One that should have ended once season was over. And to be honest, I’m still caught between the two and have kept them both a secret.

As much as I don’t want to do this, it is time to break up with Brunch and Bellini. Or should I say it’s time to take a break? Because let’s keep it real! Come Spring, I’ll begin the stroll down memory lane and begin flirting with the idea of reuniting as soon as the temperature increases

The Daisy Brunch Love Triangle

After a few months of living in NYC, you’ll get into seasonal habits of New Yorkers. Summer is all about day parties, brunches, and having a summer fling or two or three (who’s counting and who cares?). Fall is about spiced lattes, apple picking, and an open call audition for future cuffing bae (if you haven’t secured that spot with your summer fling).

Winter is all about indoors events, high emphasis on indoors, daydreaming of luxury tropical resorts, and being home more often than you’d like. No one wants to face the bitter cold or the high probability of falling on black ice in heels. It’s the only time of year where it’s almost socially acceptable to cancel because it’s too damn cold. And to quickly summarize Spring, you’re basically a social butterfly waiting for the right moment to break out of your hideous and dark cocoon. All contingent on the weather of course! Obviously you don’t have to adhere to these habits, but they are habits you can easily be picked up.

The Daisy Brunch Love Triangle

So cheers to one last affair between Brunch and Bellini. The Daisy is a new gem of mine is located in the Upper East Side at 1641 2nd Ave. I highly recommend the Regina George (yes, named after THE ultimate mean girl). I had the delicious salmon eggs benedict over a homemade biscuit. The Daisy is a seasonal restaurant so their menus change often. Use the hashtag #WeDrinkPink for a chance to win a free premium bottomless brunch.

Besos,

Melizza

abundance tres jolie

On a rainy day in Williamsburg, Stephanie and I decided to grab a cup of coffee and chat. There’s rarely ever a moment where we’re not chatting. I remember thinking how I was working my ass off and I felt like I wasn’t bearing any fruit. I felt like my harvest was dying as each season passed. What was the point of all this intensive labor if I couldn’t reap from anything I sowed? Stephanie gave me great advice and told me to write down the word abundance. I knew the literal meaning of abundance, a very large quantity of something, but didn’t understand why she of all the words she could have suggested she chose abundance. And I never ask why so it plagued my mind once we departed.

abundance

Fast forward to months later through heartbreaks, strained friendships, depression, and other tribulations I didn’t share with anyone until recently. I now understand why she chose abundance. I needed to change the frame of my thinking (once again). I remember her suggesting meditating and mantras and I snobbishly thought, “I”m not a hippie and yoga is NOT my thing”. But once I put my ego aside I realized it was not about yoga. It is about connecting with one’s self. My thoughts were formed from a place of scarcity.

When I thought of the word abundance, it was on the terms of financial and materialistic gain. I had money. I was able to travel whenever I pleased. I could shop and dine out whenever I wanted. But, I still felt poor. I read somewhere that true abundance is when you experience “joy, health, happiness, a sense of purpose, and vitality.”

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The essential meaning of abundance is that you are solidly happy with who you are and no external event or situation—whether good or bad—can add or subtract from that happiness. So be mindful of the seeds you sow within, practice gratitude, practice self-care, perform a random act of kindness, and change your frame of thinking.

ABUNDANCE.

Stephanie, thank you for choosing a word that was once meaningless to me until now.

Besos,

Melizza

 

P.S.

We were having coffee at Toby’s Estate in Brooklyn. Check them out!

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  • bold·ly  ˈbōldlē/
    adverb

1. in a confident and courageous way; showing a willingness to take risks.
2. in a way that is characterized by having a strong, vivid, or clear appearance.

What does it mean to live boldly? Do you imagine of a scene worthy of an action thriller? Maybe you imagine someone standing up for their convictions when it goes against popular belief. Or do you imagine yourself facing a personal challenge?

It was outside 29Rooms from Refinery29 where I had a rather late but beautiful epiphany. My entire life my mom has shown me, by example, how to be a bold and powerful woman. She would always say, “What Lola wants, Lola gets!” And I would always think, “Who the hell is Lola?!”

You’re probably wondering what does this have to do with 29Rooms. Well, I’m getting there…thank you for your patience. My girlfriend was back in town from Israel and going was on her wish-list. But, 29Rooms was completely sold out and this was the last day it would be held in NYC. We knew the chances of getting in were slim to none but my mom’s voice popped into my head loudly and clearly saying, “What Lola wants, Lola gets”! So we trekked from the Upper East Side down into Brooklyn a little weary and wondering if we were wasting our time.

Our hopes dropped once we saw the line. We stood on the corner and began discussing other options. But once again I heard my mom’s voice. “What Lola wants, Lola gets!” Instantaneously, I was determined to get us in! I felt great in my outfit so my confidence was soaring high and so was my charm. I immediately channeled my inner Lola. Repeat with me “What Lola wants, Lola gets”! And just like that, I got us into 29Rooms.

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We entered Revlon’s 82 Shades of Bold as our first installation. This was beyond fitting considering the series of events that lead up to us entering 29Rooms. I chose a shade I believed Lola would approve of. Black Cherry was its name. And as the makeup artist applied it onto my lips I couldn’t help but laugh and wonder if this is how alter egos are created?

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Obviously, I’ve omitted details and names to protect the employees that allowed us the opportunity to enjoy 29Rooms. It was on this day that I realized how Lola gets exactly what she wants. Lola isn’t manipulative nor is she a mean girl. Lola gets what she wants by being kind, confident, persistent, and bold.

So I challenge you to #LiveBoldly. Even if your first step is as small as trying on a new shade of lipstick that’s outside of your comfort zone.

Besitos,

Melizza

Today marks the first of September and mentally Fall has already begun for me. But, if you must get technical, the first day of Fall is officially September 22nd. Needless to say, Fall is all about: plaid, the leaves changing, a spiced latter (or two), and most importantly my annual trip to Boston, MA. Thanks to my go-to booking app, HotelTonight, I was able to stay at a modern and industrial chic hotel in the heart of downtown at The Boxer

The unique structure is similar to the Flatiron Building in New York City. The tufted bedframes, open steel wardrobes, and the marbled bathroom immediately caught my attention. I had a pre-planned photo shoot so I needed a hotel that was not only accessible but also relaxing. And The Boxer provided just that!

My room was furnished with an iHome, Keurig coffee maker, and a large flat screen TV. You know… “first world” essentials. The Boxer offers smart business amenities for those traveling for work. Complimentary Wi-fi made working on my personal workspace hassle-free. Complimentary printing is available at the lobby computer kiosk if needed. The Boxer is also pet-friendly and has a 24-hour gym. After a long day of traveling, pulling, and prepping for the shoot I was more than happy to have dinner and drinks at Finch, its on-site restaurant, conveniently located on the ground floor. Check, check, and check! Seriously, The Boxer has everything covered! It was tempting to stay in my room and never leave the hotel. But sadly, the duties of being a responsible adult (gag) called and reluctantly I left the comforts of my suite.

If you ever truly want to experience Fall and explore Boston, I highly recommend you stay at The Boxer Boston! Check out their website for more details.

Besitos,

Melizza

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