Late last week, I consulted with my make up artist. We had an educated discussion about traditional makeup and airbrush. Honestly, I didn’t know which of the two I’d prefer. Some things to consider. Both of the makeup types are long lasting. However, the airbrushed makeup is something that may not be as easy to retouch for those of us who might be the crying type, but it does look flawless for those who want to consider it. On the other hand, there’s traditional foundation, and there’s the photographer friendly type! No flashbacks on our foreheads girls!!!

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img_0151-2Every year, this is the one meal I look forward to. This year we’re having corn chowder, mash potatoes, green beans, corn bread, pies, and obvs turkey.

Our table is set for eight and the cooking begins tonight!

Today I’m most thankful for my sister taking the lead in the kitchen. Lord knows the only thing I’ll be doing is taking photos of all her delicious food. This year will be the first year I don’t work, so I’ll get to be sous chef for a day. By definition, I’m second in command, so that means I get to taste test EVERYTHING.

So this Thanksgiving year, I’m thankful I get to share the kitchen with my sister, a dinner table with my family, and a morning of sleeping in.


The results of the elections have stirred a lot of negative feelings, and in spite of what direction the election went, I think we need to remember and focus on the positive in our lives. We need to remember how to keep creating unforgetable memories with our friends and family.

Every morning and every evening I have an opportunity to reflect on the good in my life.

My mom, my sisters, their husbands, the kids, my new family, Frankie, Raul, our health, and our opportunities for greater happiness and experiences.

Recently, my mom called me randomly to tell me she made food. She is a woman of very few words, but her actions are so powerful and affirming. I am thankful that I still get to share space and time with her.

One of my sisters, is currently many miles away in a different continent seven hours ahead of us. Most times, I don’t get to see her because of the time difference. I’m at work when they’re up and when they’re asleep, I’m finally winding down. However, we manage to communicate through text throughout the week. I think about my nephew often and how big he might look when I finally do see him.  Some of the things my sister tells me make me so happy about how he has become such a wonderful young boy, and I’m thankful, through her, I get to be a part of their lives.

Some moments that are unforgettable- my niece showing off her toothless mouth. These milestones are so small but so important that we make ourselves present.

So today, be present, joyful, and make memories.




I was visiting one of my best friends in Colorado for her birthday. I mentioned that I wanted to look for a dress but not your traditional wedding dress. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time in a bridal shop, so I started looking in department stores. Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Macys. This didn’t mean that it was any less important, I just wanted to try the unconventional way first. Bam! There was MY dress! THE DRESS! When I saw it, I fell in love with it, and when I tried it on, the search was over. I flew back to Houston with a dress. In less than a day of search, I found the perfect dress.

Some things to consider.

Budget: I set a budget for my dress but ended up spending way less than I thought. Don’t limit your options. Try both bridal shops and department stores.

Style: For me, since I’m short and petite, I knew that I wanted a dress that would fit to my natural shape. Something sleek, with straight lines, and minimal.


(Photo I shot second shooting with 4KeepsPhotography)


Before we finally decided on the theme of our wedding, I had several ideas floating around.
The first idea, when I thought we would have the wedding at Sharespace, I thought a James Bond cocktail party would be perfect. Raul is a big fan of James Bond, so cocktail drinks would be served and appetizers, with some form of a taco bar and pizza bar because those are some of our favorite foods.
After a week of planning, we decided on a small wedding, so that changed the overall theme of the wedding.
The colors, the Rose festival, the carpets, the lanterns, and all I could think of is Princess Jasmine.
Some things to consider if you are having trouble thinking of a theme, try to personalize your day.
1. Signature drinks
2. Favorite flowers
3. Favorite colors
4. Snack or dessert bar (What are your must have snacks? For us, it’s pickles, popcorn and ice cream. It’s our snack of choice when we are binging on some Netflix series.)
One last thing that really helps, is having a wedding designer. They can really help with any ideas you may have about your wedding day.