HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOUD///TASTELESS!

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{Photography by Marie Carazas}

[ASOS PETITE Exclusive Bardot Dress in Multi Color Floral /// Marlenee in Floral Multi Heel from Steve Madden /// Cuff Bracelet in Gold from Forever 21 (similar) //// TAudrey Social Media Plate Necklace c/o TAudrey]

It’s hard to believe that about one year ago today, little old me ventured off into the blogosphere in hopes of finding some joy and a small hobby to entertain me during a mundane period of my life. Fifteen months ago, I found myself unemployed, feeling apathetic towards everything around me, uninspired, and without a clue as to what I aspired to do with my life. After three months of applying to various jobs, going to interviews, and waiting around for anything to come my way I came to a realization. I needed to make things happen for myself and I was going to start by picking up a hobby. It needed to be something I felt passionate enough about for me to lose myself to; that would bring great happiness into my life. Something that would direct me towards that very own path in life we’re told each of us have and are meant to take. Most importantly, something that would reveal and uncover different sides of me that I did not know I had in me. I decided on that something being blogging about my personal style. It wasn’t necessarily because I believed I had great fashion sense or anything, but because I believed that by exploring my style through blogging I would discover a little bit about myself. So far, I have come away with so much more than what I could have ever envisioned.

I may not be a top blogger, nor am I anywhere near one of Miami’s top one either, but in the twelve months I have been actively pursuing my very own fashion happiness I have walked a handful of runways wearing some of the most expensive designer items I have ever laid my manicured nails on. I have been gifted all sorts of fabulous goodies from retail stores, boutiques, and all sorts of different types of companies; been featured on social media pages, websites, and best dressed lists of publications and shops I admire; traveled to Los Angeles for the very first time in my life on my own for a blogging related conference, and hosted as well as attended some fabulous fashionable events. My style has evolved and I have learned to explore and take risks like never before. It’s even led me to the most incredible job! But what’s been even greater are the many connections, both old and new, I have made along the way. Through blogging I encountered a world of incredibly diverse and marvelous women. Each fashionistas in their own right and each with voices and perspectives that somehow manage to differ from one another. I have also found myself to become even closer to friends and family that have always been in my life, but that through the blog we have seemed to connect on a different level. One where we share our dreams and fears freely without hesitation. I don’t know if any of these things could or would have ever been close to taking place if it weren’t for the blog.

And finally, as I finish this post off with a few more sentences that will never truly capture the many feels I have for this little baby, I can’t help but get a teeny tiny bit emotional. I guess because I am still amazed at not only what this blog has accomplished in a year, but because at what I have accomplished for myself internally because of this blog. This blog that started off as a way to sort of pass the time has ended up as the reason why my self-confidence and faith in myself has grown tremendously over time. I mean the insecurities are still and will always be there (after all, we do live in a world that likes to tell us who or what we should be and how we should look), but I now see myself in a different light. I now carry myself with a different attitude and that is that I am who I am and I am proud of it. I may barely be five feet, weigh as much as a child in the fifth grade would, have absolutely no booty to back up, be as flat as a surfboard(t), have legs as skinny as a chicken, and rarely have perfectly groomed brows, but I am who I am. And I will wear whatever the hell I want. Even if it is LOUD///TASTELESS.

So, happy birthday LOUD///TASTELESS! It’s been one hell of a year! Thank you and to every person that I have met along the way, read my silly little posts,  and have helped make this blog such a success as well as a reality for me. Again, thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

LOUD NOISE /// VOL. 3

Hellooo August, goodbye Summer! Enjoy the last days of Summer by hanging poolside with your besties while reminiscing over the past few months sun-tastic adventures! You’re gonna need some nice Summer jams so make sure to bring that portable music player and listen to this month’s LOUD NOISE playlist featuring a throwback Solange sound, Duke Dumont and plenty of remixes of artists like Banks, The Weeknd, Janet Jackson as well as Maxwell.

Now, press play.

LOUD NOISE /// VOL. 2

Happy July, boys and girls! And with a new month comes a new playlist for you to enjoy this summer. This month’s volume is a compilation of tracks I am currently obsessed with including remixes of Erykah Badu, Usher, Amerie, 50 Cent, and Pharell as well as original tracks from How To Dress Well and Telescope Thieves. Give the mix a listen and feel free to share some of the tunes you would like to see in the next volume!

Now, press play.