Friday, July 22, 2016

Glass Ceilings

Girls, secure your bag *DJ Khaled voice*
It's mad important to me to support woman in business because it's historically difficult to be a bossed up, independent, powerful woman. I'm so proud of being a boss. Women work harder for the same respect as men and we're still paid less, called bitches and not seen in the same way a male would be. I will continue to fight to change that and shatter any glass ceilings. Women can be sexy, dope, creative, and bossed up. We don't have to be one or the other. We can have it all, I refuse to believe otherwise. 
Let's go get that coin ladies ++







Off the Shoulder Bow Dress c/o Pop Up Plus
Floral Lace Up Heels: Steven Madden 
Crystal Hoop Earrings: Similar

photos courtesy of Danny Guerrero 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

#BEinyourskin Bikini Lookbook 2016

My favorite time of year, swimsuit season!! Growing up chubby, who would have ever thought I would say that?! That's why last year putting together my first bikini lookbook and actually putting on a bikini for the first time in my adult life was so important. From the reaction I got from blog followers, friends, family and how I felt after exposing myself in that way, I knew I had to continue and make it a yearly tradition. 
This year we put together a behind the scenes, video lookbook for you all! I listen to what you guys want! I swear haha, I hope you all enjoy it (: Video was shot by Julia Haimowitz and edited by Danny Guerrero 

This year putting together looks I was really inspired by Sophia Loren and the Amalfi Coast. I wanted to create a vintage summer look that paid tribute to my Italian heritage. One of the most beautiful woman I know is my grandma, she has always inspired me and spending time with her this summer is something I will always cherish. Love you Gams!

I grew up big, I was always bigger, it's just what it was. I loved, LOVED swimming but became very self conscious and plus size bathing suit options were zero to none, big tshirts it was for young Brianna. I get so emotional now thinking back to those times because I would have never known that people would celebrate and pay to see me and my body in a bikini. The things that make you different are the things that will help you stand out and ultimately be successful. Like I said I was always bigger and taller than my friends, so I felt weird in my body for a long time but those are two of my favorite physical features about myself now. I will always stand out in a room because of my size and height, that's something I have embraced and love now. It's so hard to understand that when you're young but it's so true and that's part of the beauty of aging. I'm so passionate about helping other women and young girls find that within themselves. Body confidence and self esteem is something I work towards everyday but it gets easier and the journey is so worth it. I always felt like maybe people were judging me by the pool but let me tell you, no one cares as much as you do. Please look at yourself in the mirror today and tell yourself you are enough, really say it out loud, it's a powerful feeling! This is our time to embrace our bodies now and enjoy our summer. If enjoying your summer means putting on a bikini, get your life! If enjoying your summer means wearing a rash guard and shorts, get your life! The beauty is it's up to you to decide, there is no wrong way to #BEinyourskin ++

Makeup by Michele Miguel (@michele_jubilee)
Photos courtesy of Logan Allison




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Black Mesh One Piece: Torrid





Gingham Bikini: Forever 21 (sold out)






Ruffled Pink Skirt Bikini: Torrid





Pineapple Skirt Bikini: Forever 21



Thank you all ++ 
Love you, take care of yourself because you're important and so loved 


Friday, July 1, 2016

Process

Look at this, it's already Friday again. Time moves way too fast when you're doing things you love. How is everyone feeling?? It is SO hot in Los Angeles right now, SO HOT. Danny and I were trying to shoot blog pictures and we could only shoot two looks because it was not fun at all. My makeup was melting off, my whole body was sweaty, all bad! I love this dress from Debs Shop, it's the perfect dress to throw on, dress up or dress down. I love how much my style evolves. I used to only dress bohemian and southwestern when I was younger, now I'm starting to love it again!

I always like to talk a little bit about something I learned that week about myself or something from a situation I went through. This week I allowed my mood, vibe, time to be completely derailed by someone else. I spent a lot of time worrying, having anxiety about what was going on and why hadn't we worked it out. It was exhausting. We worked past the issue, that was SO minimal compared to what my mind was making out of the situation. Something that surprised me was how easily thrown off I was, how much I depended on that other person to be okay. I feel like I have spent hours, days, years working on being okay with myself and being strong in my convictions. This was a wake up call to spend more time on myself, to know it's a process and be okay with that. The journey of self love and self discovery is one that is life long and that is absolutely alright ++








Off The Shoulder Dress c/o of Debs Shop
Lace Up Sandals: Custom Made
Suede Hat: Nordstroms Rack


photos courtesy of Danny Guerrero