25th Birthday! Another Journey Begins

I just recently celebrated my 25th birthday a few weeks ago and if it wasn’t because of my family and friends, it would’ve been just another day for me. I kinda stopped getting excited about my birthday since after I celebrated my 21st.

Birthday is a day to remember the moment we were brought into this world. However, it hasn’t been like that for me for so long. Instead of looking back and remembering that day, I look back and celebrate all the days after. Those are the days that, I think, are more important. Days that make us who we are today. I always say this and I’ll say it again. I may not be where I want to be at 25 but I am grateful for all the successes, failures, pains, heartaches, happiness, and mistakes I’ve been through. It is so easy to regret some of the things that happened in my life but I try not to think that way now. I believe 100% that things do happen for a reason and everything is a learning experience. I am just thankful for another year that has gone by and another chance to make things right and make things happen.

Thank you for my family and friends who greeted and celebrated with me on that day and the days after. ❤ Check out #piasjourneyto25 (click the link or go to your instagram) to see all my posts from the day after my birthday last year leading to my birthday this year. 🙂 What should be my next hashtag? LOL

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My family ordered from Dominos and we stayed in and enjoyed some quality time. 

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“Happy Birthday Ate (Big Sister) Pia (my nickname)!” This was my birthday cake from my little bro who’s only a year younger than me. He always makes sure that I have a birthday cake and candle to blow on my birthday. ❤

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The next day, my ladies took me to lunch at a cute local restaurant in Downtown Jersey City called Marco & Pepe. 

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My second birthday cake courtesy of Mado and Anna. Thank you girls! ❤

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“I stopped wishing for material things in life because I accepted the fact that those things don’t really last. Instead, I wish for peace, strength, comfort, & acceptance. Peace of mind that will let me go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning contented and happy. Strength to overcome any troubles in life and the comfort that my family and friends are always safe and sound. Finally, I want to be able to accept myself completely and love everything about me, faults and flaws included.”

#OOTD: “Muscles & Mascara”

Who says you can’t wear sports bra anywhere else than the gym?! Of course you can! Since I started working out (still not consistent by the way) and lifting weights, I love showing off my arms and shoulders by wearing anything halter. Halter necklines go way back to 70’s but they are obviously making a comeback. This was my #OOTD last Friday when I watched Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Muscle tees combine style and comfort in one piece. Wear it with bandeau bra/top or just wear sports bra underneath. Give your boobies a break. 😉

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Top: Chin Up Apparel
Bottom: Forever 21
Shoes: Converse
Watch: Michael Kors

My Wednesdate: Bloggers, Beer, and Banter Meet Up

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Yesterday was my very first bloggers meet up and I was so nervous, excited, scared, curious, and everything in between! This event hosted by Preeline, a trendsetting social platform, gave me the opportunity to meet and speak to fellow bloggers, fashion designers, event planners, fashion students, PR specialists, and CEO’s. We were brought together by our common interest in fashion and the industry.

This event was held at the Bed-Stuy boutique, Sincerely, Tommy in Brooklyn, New York where products and exclusive items from all over the world were showcased throughout the night. The space was absolutely chic and gorgeous and even more special because of the little coffee counter that they have in there. It was definitely perfect for an intimate event like this one. The event started at 6:30PM but I got there at 6 and there were people already there setting up. At first, it was very intimidating given that this was my very first meet up. I didn’t know what to expect at all. I was immediately greeted by David, one of the founders of Preeline, and spoke to me about the company and what it aims to do in the fashion and tech industry. He made me comfortable enough to eventually go around the room, introduce myself, and meet other people.

The entire event was literally networking and getting to know people in the fashion industry. There was no event programs whatsoever. Guests were offered with snacks and drinks provided by Sixpoint Brewery and Bedford Hill Coffee Bar while Preeline set up a spot where guests could take photos and have them printed out. Throughout the night, I was able to meet young designers, creative directors, photographers, and CEO’s and was able to speak about what we do and our future plans. We were able to exchange contacts for future collaboration.

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When guests were not talking to other guests, we were allowed to go around the boutique and check out the amazing line of clothes and accessories Sincerely, Tommy offers.

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I met amazing people last night and really hope to see them again soon! It was such an amazing experience to meet people driven by the same passion as I do. Though it was nerve-wracking in the beginning, the event turned out fun and even helpful. Hearing stories of how people started, their struggles, and their plans were inspiring. It was nice to see that the things I feel about starting a blog were almost consistent among all of us. I’m truly grateful for being able to take part of this event.

Check these photos from Preeline’s Photo Booth.

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L-R: Jasmine, Rady, Aislinn ( That’s me!), and Esta

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Me with Rady, a young fashion designer, CEO of Saviwear.

Thank you Sixpoint Brewery and Bedford Hill Coffee Bar for the drinks and snacks last night!

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Stay tuned for my 25th Birthday Post and Tips for your first Bloggers Meet-Up.