Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 Here We Come

WOW. What a crazy, unbelievable year. 2014, you basically rocked. Not gonna lie, you were also rocky a bit at times (mmm, well maybe a little bit more than that) but for all good reason. Without the lows, you can't get the highs. But man there were there a whole lot of highs. 2014 was a result of a big, life-changing move to NYC and a new job. I am so grateful for the people I got to become friends with and work with on a daily basis because of that job, despite the fact that the technicalities of it actually turned out to be more than just a little shitty. I was living in this amazing, beautiful, bright city and my heart and creative juices grew because of it. So I quit my day job so I could finally get the chance to experience it and take it on my own. It was a scary, scary idea. I didn't know if I could make it. I didn't have another full-time job lined up. All I had was my blog, my family and my friends. But it turned out being the best decision of my life. It was ultimate freedom and I worked harder than ever because of it. I got my own apartment that I love and actually fits all my things! I've gotten close to some really amazing souls that I know will be with me for the rest of my life. I turned 27, and actually have every reason to call myself an adult. I'm actually really proud of myself! I made a goal to do what I was truly passionate about with nothing holding me back. Nothing pinning me down to just one thing. This is what made 2014 the best.

May 2, 2014 marked my first day as a freelancer, and this blog has grown the most since then in all of the nearly 5 years of me running this thing. Putting my full focus and time into DYLANA/SUAREZ has paved ways for my career and has opened so many doors. I really have you all to thank for coming here each day and reading, or even just enjoying the images I put out there. I'm not changing the world, or saving lives, or talking about the most important of things a lot of the times, but I'm so happy to hear the reactions to a lot of what I put out there, and I'm just glad that I can inspire others here and there.

So much has happened this past year, and I have seen so many awesome places. Austin, Texas. Coachella. Miami. Stockholm. Berlin. But there's still so much more I want to do in 2015. I want to build my business. I want to design with my sister. I want to travel more. I want to see my family on a more regular basis. I want to develop myself even more as a photographer. I want to keep creating kick-ass content for you all on here. I want to keep meeting people who will make a positive mark on my life. I want to use my work to make more of a difference and support the causes I feel strongly about. And hey, if I find love, awesome, but if not, that's okay, too. I've had my heart broken by boys probably more often in 2014 than any other year of my life (thats NYC for you I guess), but I've come out stronger and smarter because of each and every one.

But most of all, I want to be happy and I want to live passionately and whole-heartedly. And I want to be patient and clear minded with everything that comes my way. 

I hope you all hope for beautiful things to happen in 2015 and know that you can get closer to them as long as you work hard and surround yourself with positivity. Failure and bumps just teach you things so you can get closer to what you want. Cheesy, I know, but cheesy is true. It's as easy as that. And it all starts with YOU. 

Thanks for everything 2014. All the bruises and all the smiles. All the tears and all the laughs. Here's to 2015. 

Photos by Natalie Suarez

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

When In Your Twenties . . .


"Your 20's are your 'selfish' years. It's a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground." 

- Kyoko Escamilla


Never touch the ground. I like that. Our parents always tell us, as soon as we enter college, to keep our feet firm on the ground. Our head straight on our shoulders. Our eyes on the prize. Society makes it seem like there are certain steps we all must take to get to a certain place that is acceptable for our age. Do this and go there to get that. Repeat. Do this go there to get that. Repeat. As if life were a lifeless game of left and right. It seems so mindless doesn't it? 

But we are mechanically engineered to do exactly the opposite, even if we know it isn't good for us. We can't help it. The forces within us work against what society wants of us when we are in our 20's. Testing us. Teasing us. Drowning us. Watching us fall and get up and awkwardly brush ourselves off. And then fall again. All while most likely laughing at us as we experiment and push our limits and make decisions that are most likely the worst decision over and over again. But never should we have to suffer the feeling of regret because of these decisions. Believe it or not, we can come out of them smarter and stronger as long as we allow ourselves to. And as long as we receive the respect and encouragement to. The encouragement to focus on the future, not the negativity of the now. 

The things we do in our 20's most likely will stay with us forever. The good and the bad and the in-between. An impression left for the rest of our lives. They should be savored to be tasted for a lifetime. These memories stretched. A bit hazy around the edges yet still as strong as if we were transported back into those moments once again to experience and watch from afar. Watching ourselves from afar and thinking we know better yet actually not knowing at all . . . as if we are doing it for the first time all over again. Firsts. Innocence. Curiosity. They are so rare. So beautiful. 

 Being unsure of everything around us sums up our 20's, but that is the loveliness of it. The unknown, the undecided, the absolutely ridiculous uncertainty of being in your 20's is why it's so exciting. No mistake has to last forever, but it can be remembered. It's mark left and meant to be eventually learned from. And because we learn, no mistake was actually ever a mistake at all. 

So jump from that cliff into the water below. Ride your bike with your eyes closed. Kiss that boy like you've never kissed a boy before, even though you can't remember his name. Cry your heart out in public because you just don't give a fuck. Slow it down or go extra fast. Don't keep your heart trapped, keep it open to as many as you want. Don't feel at all or feel absolutely everything. There are no rules, just the one's you make on your own. Give into your impulses. Let the emotions run through your veins like lightning hits the ground. Hit the ground running, yet never stop when someone says to. Hit the ground running, yet don't hit the ground at all. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Faux Fur Monster


Boohoo faux fur jacket // SHOP SIMILAR
Michael Stars tank // SHOP HERE
Hart Denim boyfriend jeans // SHOP HERE
Kork-Ease boots // SHOP HERE

My closet is currently bursting at the seams with faux fur. Those fibers take up a lot of space. But for good reason. Faux fur makes dressing significantly easier. I can throw it on and go and not give anything else a second thought. Maybe just a bracelet here and a sparkly necklace there. Flip my unbrushed hair all to one side. Maybe some Chapstick. And then from there, it's like an easy dash out the door. I ain't no fancy chick, but this jacket makes me feel it. And ain't nothing wrong with that. Plus, there's something childishly liberating about running around in a huge, fluffy, fuzzy jacket and not giving a fuck. The road is clear for the one who feels in charge. 

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lacey Two Piece


KAHRI sequined lace two-piece
Brixton hat
Lionette Byron Bay earrings from ALEKKA

Fancy pants. Literally. And earrings to match. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sparkle Sparkle


1.State kimono // SHOP HERE
AG jeans
Free People ornament
Sabrina SL hand cuff
Kendra Scott three stone ring // SHOP HERE
Scosha silver cutout ring // SHOP SIMILAR
Adornia zig zag ring from ALEKKA
Dannijo stone cuff // SHOP SIMILAR

Christmas is over, but that doesn't mean the celebrations have to end. In my house, we like to keep the ornaments up on the tree far beyond the new year. Why not? A festive spirit is a mood booster, and who doesn't need more of that. So whether it's the sparkles on your dress, the glitter on your lips and around your eyes or the DIY holiday star hanging in the window, every bit of a holiday reminder that lingers around a little longer can make all of the difference. Embrace it. I hope your holiday week has been beautiful and full of laughter, relaxation, love, full tummies and excited aspirations for 2015 :) I'll definitely be taking some time to reflect and work on making some changes for the new year (I'll be letting you more about this soon). There's so much I want to do in the upcoming months and I can't just sit around and wait for things to happen. Find what sparks you and follow it into 2015. Even if it's just the smallest step forward towards it. Even just a shuffle. Every movement counts.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

I Love California

Hope everyone is still feeling refreshed and relaxed after the holiday :) I'm back in Cali after a two day trip to Las Vegas.

My first weekend back home was jam packed with lovely friend meet ups and sunshine. What's more Californian than Sunday brunch on Abbott Kinney in Venice, the epitome of the surf/skater lifestyle that we all covet and dream about. It actually got too warm to wear my cardigan and I breathed the greatest sign of relief that I could finally bare some skin and not feel an inch of cold. I've gotten so used to the weather in New York, that it felt sort of weird to not have to be covered up 24/7. I was born in Santa Monica but raised in the suburbs of the valley outside of the city. Even though I'm a valley girl, my heart was always by the beach and specifically on the west side of Los Angeles. Venice is a little bubble of laid-back cool, a mix of characters, quirky shops and some of the best food to nom nom on. Well, throw a little paparazzi in there, as well, and that's just about Venice in a nutshell nowadays. A lot has changed since two years ago, that's for sure! Sightings of a Victoria's Secret model and who we though was Bradley Cooper interrupted our chill vibes for a bit, but that's ok. Hey, it's LA people. Got to see my dear friend and ex-roommate Cheryl who was visiting from Philly and was taking me to a concert after our day in Venice. What a fab way to welcome myself back home :) My heart is feeling bright right now, and I feel so lucky to call Southern California home.