Friday, July 25, 2014

sunflower daze

My friends and I went to explore the sunflower fields yesterday. It took an hour of aimlessly walking but we finally found them blooming. We were the only ones there so we had a wes anderson indie movie moment where we danced and ran through the field at the tune to acoustic songs. 

Took some pictures with my lovely pentax k-1000 of course...
















Wednesday, July 9, 2014

brooklyn through film

This is a collection of pictures I took in Brooklyn with my pentax k1000 film camera. One of my favorite things to do when I'm in New York is to roam around Brooklyn endlessly and take pictures.













check out my flickr too

Mariella

Thursday, May 1, 2014

bloom


I have never desired spring so much until now. This winter proved to be a long and most brutal one. I'm grateful to live near DC where beautiful cherry blossoms area plentiful and the streets turn pastel. Spring reminds us that our Earth is alive and growing. It reminds me that though they go trough bitter coldness and ruthless storms, flowers still bloom in the end. I think its one of the Earth's many natural lessons.

I found some fallen blossoms to put in my messy braid






I hope you all go out there and enjoy spring! Remember that no matter how bad things gets, you will rise like spring flowers.

Love,

Mariella.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Travel Diary: New York


For many, spring break is the week of beach, tans and margaritas. For me, I traveled up north to the city of dreams: New York. The weather was anything but Caribbean weather, it was cold, windy and rainy for the three short days I went. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

simple chia pudding recipe


Breakfast is truly my favorite meal of the day. As many college students like myself,  my mornings are groggy and rushed. So it's hard to fit in a nutritious meal when I'm rushing out of the door.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

the power of quartz jewelry

I love crystal quartz. Not only because they are beautiful, but they also have a great meaning to me.

It all started about two years ago on a late night when I came back from a long shift. These were times where I was very stressed. I would often cry because due to the pressures from work and school. At that moment I was in pure distraught. Imagine my surprise when I came home to find these shiny rocks on my bed. 

My mom explained to me that these were healing crystals: nature's gift of clarity. They were meant to help me balance my energy and clear my thoughts. It was her own way of helping me trough a hard time. Of course, my initial reaction was: "Okay mom, you're weird." But I have since learned to love these harmonizing gems. Each crystal has its own specific amazing power and porpuse. 

I'm greatly thankful for the crystal jewelry that I currently own. There are stunning creations all over. So, here's a list of my favorite one out there along with a short description of their benefits. Im no expert in the world of crystals. I have just learned from my mom and her books. The following are all absolutely breathtaking. Have a look:

$34.00/ from crystal cactus

Sunday, February 23, 2014

macaron making



Baking is one of my absolute favorite things to do. It's not only calming, but it feeds my immense sweet tooth. I honestly have hundreds of different cookies recipes I want to try (and I will, one day). I have too many types of flours (coconut, quinoa, buckwheat, whole wheat, flax, almond…) Needless to say, I love baking.

I always thought of macarons as the cute lavish pastries that only the best parisian bakers could make. So, I stayed away from even googling a recipe. In my mind they were these "you can look, you can eat, but you can't make"  type of dessert. I had also heard of the trecherous work it took to make them.

Oh, how wrong I was. I do admit they are a labor of love. Nothing you can whip up in 30 minutes, but with a little help from my friends (Beatles reference) it's fun to make. My friend Juan, the macaron connoisseur, pretty much did all the work. I just took pictures, sifted here and there, and ate raspberries. It took about 3 hours in total, and thats because Juan hand whipped the eggs and we stopped every 10 minutes to take pictures. The final result was amazing. Take this as a life lesson: Don't be scared to try something new, especially if it's something you can eat.