January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Falling in love with NY sunsets

Happy New Year!!!

I really hope this year is full of magic and happiness for you and everyone you care about. Thank you for visiting my blog and for supporting my crazy dreams!


Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio

December 31, 2014

2014: Year in Review

I feel like I say this quite often––maybe it's just cause I'm getting older and life is happening faster than I would like––but I can't believe the year already went by! I remember sitting down around this same time a year ago thinking of all the great wishes/objectives/resolutions I had for 2014, and now I really can't understand how it all happened so quickly. I had great plans for the year, and now I know that I made them all come true because I worked hard on all of them. It was definitely a wonderful year, and that's all I can think about right now!

I received the year doing what I do best––eating, of course––with my wonderful mum and sister.

New Year's Eve 2014

Although I didn't expect to travel a lot this year, I went to Italy with my favourite people on Earth in January...

Rome, January 2014

Naples, January 2014

...went to Miami to spend yet more time with my favourite people...


...and went to my beautiful hometown, Cartagena, to spend some quality time with my daddy in the summer––and eat some more!



I also spent a lot of time with my baby horse...

Showjumping Season



Mother's Day Celebrations


Festival Universitario de Danza

...and even made it to the Colombian countryside to escape from life for a few days.


All of this before finally making the big move to New York to start working on my Master's degree––which was my biggest plan of the year, and probably also one of the greatest achievements in my life so far.

Once in New York, I got to see new places...

Walk New York: Ground Zero

...discover what have become my new favourite restaurants...

Restaurant Outings: The Smith

Fig & Olive

...and see friends I hadn't seen in a very long time.

Central Park

I also had my family visit several times...

Happy Nachos

...and enjoyed all the Christmas attractions––but mostly the decorations––the city has to offer.

Christmas Decorations in Dyker Heights

Christmas Time at the New York Palace

I met some wonderful people, made new friends, and became closer with others. And they all played a very important part in what my life has become now!

Rome, January 2014

But the best thing that has happened to me since I moved to New York are all the new ideas and new projects to work on. Every day, I get bombed with wonderful ideas from the people that study with me at Parsons, and all the movement of the city does nothing different than inspire me. New York is definitely the place where my mind works best and my body feels at its most. I am really glad this year brought me here.

So bring it on, 2015. I'm more than ready for you!


Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio

December 30, 2014

Monthly Medley

Madison Avenue

This month has been the most exhausting month I've had since I moved to New York––although I've loved every single bit of it! It started out with the last couple of weeks of school––which means finals, naturally, so I spent hours sitting down reading and trying to write somewhat coherent essays. I also had one of my childhood friends visit from Canada and my family arrived on the 15th. After that, the month was all shopping, Christmas, and lots of tourist-y activities.

And although I would say I'm finishing the year pretty tired, I always have enough energy to think about the new things to come, and plan ahead for stardom next year! But I should concentrate before on thanking for the beauty of this year and for all the amazing things that have happened to me... So that's why I'm planning on sharing my highlights of the year tomorrow, in case you want to pop by!


As I mentioned above, this month was mostly about the shopping and spending time with my loved ones, so I must confess I wasn't very good at reading interesting things. But I did manage to find a couple of things––mainly leftovers from November, though––that I hope you enjoy:

Life according to Coco Chanel

Condé Nast Traveller shares the 10 "dangerous" places I would love to visit next year––starting with Cartagena, my hometown––because
What on earth are you afraid of? These destinations may have a tinge of danger about them, but take the word of our staff of intrepid travelers and beat the crowds to these formerly PR-challenged destinations. In years to come, you'll be glad you visited so ahead of the curve.
– Some thoughts on the daily rituals of history's most creative minds
But there is a broader lesson here. The perfect workspace isn't what leads to brilliant work, just as no other "perfect" routine or ritual will turn you into an artistic genius. Flaubert didn't achieve what he did because of hot baths, but through immeasurable talent and extremely hard work. Which is unfortunate, because I'm really good at running baths.
Little rituals everywhere: the act of the sacred pause
If you listen to your heart’s longings, you’ll find that your life is littered with little rituals everywhere.
– Some interesting thoughts on the creativity creep

– I loved these arguments about why we should travel young––and I could actually share the whole article as a quote below, but I don't want to give it away because it really touched me! So what I can share is:
While you’re still young, get cultured. Get to know the world and the magnificent people that fill it. The world is a stunning place, full of outstanding works of art. See it.

This article on why your realistic goals are holding you back was almost like a flashback to entrepreneurship classes in college and social entrepreneurship competitions––except better!


Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio