6 Shades of the Summer

Here are some 6 shades that are trending this summer, and how to style them. I am obsessed with these colors (especially yellow), and I have had so much fun incorporating more color into my outfits!IMG_9549.jpeg

Pink- Light pink and bubblegum pink are shades that you are going to want to have in your closet this summer. What’s great about this color is how subtle it is. It’s not too bold, but it will still make a statement. My favorite color to wear with light pink is sky blue (like the picture below). I just love this color combo!

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Yellow- This is my personal favorite color this summer! Partially because I finally got my tan back (I literally have never been so pale in my life after moving to Boston). I have recently had a lot of luck finding cute yellow clothes at Forever 21. That is where I got both of these outfits! Instead of yellow being the main focus of your outfit, make it a pop of color! I love wearing yellow statement earrings to spruce up my outfit in an adventurous way (like I did with my outfit in the sky blue section). I usually pair yellow with black, blue, and sometimes red. 

Red- Red is great for every season, but this summer particularly, I can’t stop buying red! Red is also a great accent color. If you don’t want to wear an overwhelming amount of red, add a pop of red with your shoes, lipstick, or accessories. Sometimes if I think my outfit is too boring, I’ll throw on my red pair of shoes or my red purse to make the outfit more fun! My favorite color to wear red with is black. You can never go wrong with black and red.

Sky Blue- This is another great accent color that looks great with black or red. I personally haven’t found many sky blue tops or dresses that I am absolutely obsessed with so I will usually wear this color as an accent color (like I did with this outfit). Or I will wear light blue jeans! Light wash jeans are great for the summer and look amazing with any of the colors in this post!

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Army Green/Forest Green- Army green is another color that is amazing for all seasons. I cannot get enough things that are army green. This color especially looks great if you have more of an olive complexion. I always pair my army green clothes with black, white, and sometimes grey. This color is a staple piece you need have in your closet!

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Lavender/purple- When I was 5, purple was the only color I would wear and now my school color is purple. Purple is a HARD color to find for clothing (I found this purple satin top at Boohoo). A great, more subtle shade of purple is lavender! This shade is easier to find and should at most of your favorite stores! If you’re feeling adventurous this summer, you should try this shade out!

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I hope this post helped give you some inspiration for the summer!  I don’t know if you’re like me, but I am definitely guilty of wanting to wear black every single day. This summer, I have been trying to add a pop of color to my outfits more often! Remember, if you don’t want to buy a whole new summer wardrobe, just buy some colorful accessories or shoes to revamp your wardrobe!

 

From Austin to Boston: Year One

After one week of being home, I am finally able to write and reflect on my freshman year of college. I think it took me so long because I didn’t want to admit it was actually over. I knew I loved Boston when I visited as a high school student, but I never realized how much I would grow to love the city. I found just how much I loved Boston during my last week when I started bawling alone while on a walk because I realized I wasn’t going to be able to walk around The Commons in the summer. In such a short time, Boston became my home. I became immune to the sirens and construction. I became accustomed to using public transportation and walking everywhere. I became used to walking 10 minutes to go shopping. And I even became acclimated to the cold weather (even though I did miss the Texas sun). I still remember my first snow day when I sat in bed mesmerized by snowflakes and my roommates thought I was an idiot because they grew up in places where it snowed all the time. In Texas, we had snow days when there was a little “ice” on the road. I thought Boston culture was “wicked”. Get it, wicked? Like what people in Boston say. Anyways… I especially loved the Celtics fandom. There would be NBA players casually walking around my campus (and if you know me, you know I was in HEAVEN) because they would occasionally practice in our gym. I, unfortunately, did not get the Red Sox hype. Sorry not sorry, but baseball is the most boring sport to watch in my opinion. Sorry to all of you baseball players and lovers but I am definitely still a basketball girl. I also got to experience some fun concerts, like the love of my life Miguel, at the House of Blues. They were definitely not like Austin concerts but still so fun. But what made all of these memories amazing were the friends that I have met this past year.

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My first year of college was incredible. I have met the most AMAZING people that I know will be my lifelong friends. These beautiful human beings put up with my good and bad days and made sure to write down and video all the stupid crap I would say. I’m not joking, there’s a list and a long compilation video of it. But those videos alone could be a whole other blog post. First of all, I was so lucky to have the most amazing suite ever. Living with 7 other girls isn’t so bad when you live with some of the greatest people. Piano Row suite 1105 will never be forgotten. I’m going to miss the walking in on my suitemates Michelle and Quinn blasting Brockhampton and making music videos. Or peeping into Faith’s room for her never failing advice or for using her microwave because I was too cheap to buy one. I’m going to miss when Cacau and Juliette would play their Brazilian music before going out and we would all gather in the kitchen to catch up after our long weeks. Or when I could go to Britt to ask for outfit advice and then end up talking for hours about life. And of course, I will miss my roommate Maddie who put up with my craziness. She even made a “gold star chart” for me to reward me for doing good things (like cleaning my room) and punish me by taking stars away if I did something bad. You can ask Maddie more about that. I can think of 905 reasons why I love her, there are too many reasons to list. I am so lucky to have a friend like her, she deserves a million gold stars.  

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Another huge part of my first year at Emerson was my soccer team and other athlete friends. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I don’t know how I would have survived without them. Moving across the country was much easier with the help of my teammates. I gained an automatic family who accepted me for who I am. They even put up with me when I said I was going to wear sports goggles during a game to protect my eyelash extensions. I loved my eyelash extensions so, so much and I would do anything to protect them I even bought the goggles on Amazon and everything, I was really going to wear them. Here’s proof. 

 

I have met friends from California, New York, Vermont (Or is it Virginia Tray?), the Netherlands (I’m going to miss you so much, Joris), London (Yes, I’ll even miss the one and only David Kemp), Brazil… basically from all over the world. Which was absolutely CRAZY to me because I’m used to meeting people from other cities in Texas or in another county in Austin. One of my favorite aspects of meeting people from all over is that I have gotten to learn their mannerisms, cultures, personalities, and tendencies. Take my soccer team, for example, if you ask 5 different people to say “water” they will all pronounce it differently. I’ve heard “wuh-ter”, “wah-ter”, “woh-ter”… I’m not making this up. I didn’t realize how where you live can change the way you act, but it has taught me a lot about people and myself.IMG_6129.JPG

I also have been inspired by so many people encounter daily.  I am constantly surrounded by the most driven people I have ever met in my life who have accomplished so much already. I also was so blessed to have people around me that were so supportive of my dreams and encourage me every day. This year, I had the opportunity to do things that I never would have imagined that I would have been able to do in a million years. This year I got to act in a few of my friends’ films, which is something I have always secretly wanted to do. Not going to lie, I did try out for one of those Disney Channel auditions that they advertise on the radio when I was 12. Obviously, that did not work out, so getting to act in short films lived out my 12-year old self’s dreams. I recently got to work behind the scenes for a Netflix special and go backstage while it was being filmed at a nearby theater. I was sitting right next to Netflix executives..like WHAT. How crazy is that?  It was so hard to keep my cool but I think I was professional enough. I also still can’t believe the moment when I “bumped into Olivia Culpo in the bathroom” when I totally planned to run into her. My favorite memory of all was going to New York Fashion Week with my best friend Nick (who I could write a whole essay on about how much I love him). It was so cool to have the opportunity to live out my dreams, go to one of the fashion hubs, and get to meet so many amazing people. I actually am planning to go again in September!

IMG_6131.JPGOne thing I did think I would do differently was post more. I know it may not have looked like I was doing a lot but a lot of the work was behind the scenes. I have been working really hard to change my brand and take it to another level. That is one thing I love so much about Emerson, it didn’t even feel like school. I would be simultaneously taking notes for class and for my blog. I was even able to schedule meetings with my teachers and ask them for advice about my brand. I am sorry I haven’t done as much but I promise that a lot more is coming soon. But I did want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me. All of the random texts of encouragement, phone calls, and more have impacted me more than you know. I am so excited for where this crazy journey is going to take me and I can’t wait to share it with you all as I move from Austin to Boston again in August!

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My First Red Sox Game!

I’m not going to lie, I barely know anything about baseball… I had to have quick 5-minute tutorial before the game and I bought a Red Sox hat the day of the game to hop on the bandwagon. Even though I have no interest in baseball whatsoever, I was so excited to go to my first Red Sox Game and finally wear my “Red Sox game outfit”.

IMG_4857.JPGThe game was against the Yankees and I was warned before about the rivalry but, I didn’t know how intense it was until I was sitting in my seats. We got seats in the bleachers (that were only $9 if you search student Red Sox tickets) and we were in the middle of a mix of Red Sox and Yankees fans, which was INSANE. When I say insane, I mean INSANE. I was even two rows away from an actual fist fight (if you have me on snapchat you can see it on my story). The fight was so intense that one dude threw another guy over a row of seats and kept repeatedly punching him until the police came to break up the fight. The fight was very entertaining, to be honest, but it was not so fun afterward. During the fight,  someone split their whole beer on my jeans, coat, and hat :’). To avoid becoming a human beer popsicle, my friend and I left.
IMG_4829.jpegOverall I definitely got the full experience of Fenway Park. I got to get popcorn, cotton candy, got to hear Bostonians and New Yorkers yell at each other (with crazy heavy accents), and I even got to see a fight. Now I can check this off my Boston bucket list! Next time, I am most definitely going to bring more layers and maybe even a parka so I can avoid another dry cleaning bill.

 

One Year of My Blog

One year ago, I took a leap of faith and made one of my crazy dreams a reality. When I first decided to start a blog, I literally had no idea what I was getting myself into. First of all, I had no idea how to make a website, and I had to figure out how to design a website from scratch (which took forever). Planning out photo shoots and blogs took way more effort than I thought. I thought having a blog meant taking some pictures and writing a couple paragraphs about it, but wow, I was so wrong. When I was starting off taking pictures I had no idea how to pose whatsoever but I have had photographers who have graciously taught me what to do. For content, I had no idea how to get sponsors, so I spent hours contacting many myself, with some eventual success. I definitely never expected a blog to be this much work but through all of my struggles and times of trial and error, I have found my true passion.

 

From a young age, I have always been a little fashionista. Well, at least I thought I was, some of those outfits are very questionable. I have always loved fashion and now I have a way to express it. I love that I have the opportunity to share my love of fashion with you all and that I can divulge a few of my secrets along the way too. I can’t put into words how thankful I am for all the love and support I have gotten and all the opportunities I have been given because I stepped outside of my comfort zone. I would not have been able to pursue my dream without all the amazing friends and family that I have around me, and I am so thankful for their love and support. I encourage anyone who is debating whether they should pursue a dream of theirs to take a leap of faith and go for it. If you really believe in your dream and you put in the effort, your dream can become a reality.

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A year ago I would have never imagined that I would be in this position.  This year has been a huge transition for me, as I’ve moved 2,000 miles away from Austin to Boston. I am in love with the city of Boston. I love being a “city girl” and getting to make this new city my own. But Austin will always be home and I am so happy that I get to come back to such a great city. Thank you for following me on this journey, and thank you for your patience as I continue to figure out this whole blog thing. I have some very exciting projects and blog posts coming up that I think you will enjoy! Here’s to many more years and many more posts! I can’t thank you enough for all of your support! Thank you, thank you, thank you! xoxo Elise

From Austin to Boston: My First Snow Day

Never in a million years would I have guessed that it would snow in Austin before it snowed in Boston! Before today, I had seen snow in Colorado or when we had “snow days” back in Texas but I was NOT prepared for snow like this. I woke up this morning and immediately went to my window to see the snow flurries. Little did I know that it wouldn’t stay that way all day. Now everything here is completely covered in snow! Of course, my other fellow southern friend and I went to go take pictures of our first real snow experience, but we were not dressed properly at all.

I still have no idea how to dress for this weather but thank God I have my roommate. I’m glad that my suffering in the cold is at least entertaining to someone. She has taught me some tips and tricks on how to endure the weather and now I have some hope. This will definitely be an adventure, but at least I have other people who are in the same boat as me. Even though it’s freezing out, I have always wanted a white Christmas and well, I definitely got my wish.

 

Meeting Olivia Culpo

            When I say “I met Olivia Culpo” I still have trouble comprehending that it actually happened. If you know me, you know that I am a huge Olivia Culpo fan. Actually, a huge fan is an understatement, Olivia Culpo is basically my idol. When I discovered she would be at the Boston Film Festival at a theater only a 3-minute walk from my school, I bought tickets as fast as I could. I thought this could actually be my opportunity to meet her, even though there was still a chance I wouldn’t. Rushing to the theater only 3 minutes before showtime, my friend and I waited in a line that reached all the way to the concessions of people waiting to see the movie premiere. Little did we know how big this premiere was going to be. There were photographers and videographers recording the whole event. I’ll be completely honest, I had no idea what the movie was about nor did I know any of the main actors. I just went hoping to see Olivia and didn’t do any background research on the movie. We took our seats in the theater and still no sight of Olivia. As the movie started, the main actors started trickling into the seats behind us. Even though we had no idea who they were, it was still pretty cool to see a movie with the actors and director behind you.

                About 15 minutes into the movie my friend nudges me to the look to the right and I see someone in a sparkly black jumpsuit sneaking into the theater. Trying to stay calm, I try to focus on the movie and refrain from going up to talk to her. Actually, my friend did try to get me to go up to her and introduce myself but I didn’t want to seem too “stalker-ish”. As the movie went on, it became harder for me to focus on the movie when my idol was 3 rows behind me. I was trying to think of ways to meet her without being a creepy fan that she is probably used to encountering. So I did the most logical thing I could do in the moment, follow her into the bathroom. Not creepy at all, right? After washing my hands and touching up my makeup, I waited to “run into” Olivia. She finally comes out and after waiting a few moments to not bombard her, I turn to her and say “Aren’t you Olivia Culpo?” (as if I didn’t know already).  She looked up and smiled at me and said yes she was, so I went up to her and shook my hand and said, “Hi I’m Elise Sanchez and I am a fashion blogger and you actually liked a few of my pictures last week of me wearing some of your clothes.” She replied, “Oh no way, really? What clothes were you wearing of mine?” I went on to explain how I was wearing her line with Le Tote and then I further introduced myself and told her I go to Emerson College down the road and that one day I aspire to be like her one day. She replied back to me, “Thank you, you are so sweet. Thank you for coming to the premiere today.” Still starstruck, I shakily asked Olivia if we can take a picture. She said yes and looked at the time on my phone and said, “It’s only 10:30, wow I thought it was like 1 am. I am exhausted and I have Danny’s jacket on” the rest of what she said I don’t particularly remember, I was just so caught up in the fact that she was talking to me as if she was my friend. She even mentioned her boyfriend, New England Patriot’s player Danny Amendola. Attempting to take selfies, I was too shaky and wanted a better picture, so I asked if we could possibly take a real picture so she suggested that her friend could take a picture of us. After taking multiple pictures, I thanked her and her friend and made small talk with them as we entered the theater. Not only did I meet my idol, I actually had a conversation with her. I couldn’t have been happier in that moment. I sat back down in my seat and thanked my friend for encouraging me to go meet her because if it wasn’t for her I might have chickened out. After meeting her in person and looking at the pictures of us, I honestly did not think it was possible for her to be prettier in person but she was. Olivia was everything I thought she would be and more. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to meet her and still can’t wrap my mind around all that happened. I look up to my idols as inspiration for what I want to accomplish, and meeting Olivia Culpo and seeing how nice and genuine she makes me want to work harder to be that for someone else.

From Austin to Boston: 9/19/17

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Two weeks into school, and it’s officially safe to say that I love Boston. Living in the city has always been a dream of mine, and the fact that I am living in the center of downtown Boston is surreal. I step outside my dorm and I’m in the Boston Common, I walk ten minutes and I’m in one of the best shopping districts in Boston. While it has been different not having a car, I’ve grown to enjoy walking everywhere. It’s now normal for me to walk six plus miles a day.

Aside from me learning how to navigate the T, the funniest part of Boston has been hearing people talk about “the heat”, which is a meager 80 degrees. But then again, I get laughed at when I explain how in Texas our “snow days” are when we have a few icicles on our houses and some ice on the roads. My few southern friends and I are actively preparing ourselves mentally for an actual winter. I suppose that surviving the snow after mastering the city will have to be my new adventure.

While Boston has been unbelievably amazing, it’s still not home. I’m reminded of this when I say “y’all” and then there is an almost immediate reaction from the company around me. For the first time in a long time, I now have to think twice about what I’m about to say for fear anything remotely southern slips out. People definitely have gotten a kick out of trying to imitate “Texas Elise” through the use of a thick southern accent (which I don’t have). I didn’t even think I had an accent of any sort until I met people with heavy accents from Boston, New Jersey, Michigan, and many other places. Being in Boston also makes me appreciate the Mexican food back home so much more. I am going straight to Chuy’s when I land in Austin to finally have creamy jalapeno sauce and queso again.

Besides the lack of Mexican food and usage of “y’all”, I am beyond happy here.  Stayed tuned for the next adventures as I complete my transition from Austin to Boston.

From Austin To Boston: 8/23/17

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After staying up till 3 am to pack at the last-minute (definitely don’t recommend this), then proceeding to wake up at 4:30 to go to the airport, I am now on my way to LA to start my journey from Austin to Boston. Lots and lots of tears have been shed this week as it’s finally hit me that I am moving 2,000 miles away from home. Before it was just a dream of mine to go to college in a big city, but now my fantasies are becoming realities. Despite being so far from everything I’ve ever known in Austin, I am so excited to start this new journey of my life in a brand new city. I’m even looking forward to the cold, even though, admittedly, I have no idea how to handle cold weather. Even after being asked the question “are you sure you want to live in the cold?” millions of times, I still reply “I think of it as an opportunity to get a new wardrobe!” every time. If I can survive sweltering, 100-degree weather, then I can survive the cold.

Overall, I am incredibly blessed to be going to school at Emerson. I am so very thankful and overwhelmed from all the love and support I have gotten from everyone. Thank you for all the kind words and tips on how to survive cold weather and this new journey, and I can’t wait to share my many adventures and experiences with y’all!