Get to Know Me Better!

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1. Do you have any nicknames?

Well, people mainly just call me Anaais, my close family members call me Naï.

2. Are you named after anyone?

My Mom said she named me after a perfume she loved called “Anais Anais.” I really like my name, it’s not very common!

3. Do you have any siblings?

YES! I have the best little sister, Olivia. She’s 5 1/2 years younger than me.

4. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in beautiful city of  Los Angeles, California.  I love living here, the perfect weather, and the cutest places to visit.

5. What activities did you do in high school?

The question is what activities DIDN’T I DO! I was honestly a bit of an overachiever, I was involved in practically everthing… lol! I was a part of the reading club, Christan club, Folklorico Dance club, Fashion club, Journalism club, Spanish Club, Leadership and I was in charge of doing the after school announcements on the inercom. I was president of my highschool’s Community service club and founded my own Makeup Club and participated in my school’s annual fashion show for 3 consecutive years. My high school experience was the BEST!

6. What are you planning to major in college?

My declared major is Communication with an emphasis in Journalism (CLASS OF 2024) My plan is to work in the broadcast journalism field. My ultimate goal would be to work for a major Spanish language television network.

7. What kind of music do you like to listen to?

I like to listen to workship music, it helps me stay positive and strengthen my faith.

8. What’s are some of your hobbies?

There are a lot of things I like to do. I really enjoy creating content for my blog and youtube channel (SimplyAnaais). I enjoy doing makeup for fun and I also like to sew! I love dancing Folklorico because I feel like it brings me closer to my Mexican roots.

9. What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?

First off, stay on track in college, and second of all grow my platforms!

10. What places have you traveled?

I like traveling! And although I don’t do it to often, when presented with the opportunity I don’t hesitate or think twice.

I’ve been to Mexico (Tijuana, Sinaloa, Durango) and in the U.S (Chicago, Washinton D.C, and other cities like San Francisco.) I have so many places on my bucket list and hope to one day pursue my crazy travel dreams!

11. Do you speak any other languages?

Yes! I am fluent in Spanish.

 

Reviewing Blue Light Blocking Glasses [Ft. LIVHÒ] ARE THEY WORTH IT?

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post, I was sent these products to review. All opinions are my own.

I think I’m not the only guilty person that during this quarantine has been excessively using their electronic devices.  Have you been experiencing headaches and fatigue in your eyes? Well, you’re not alone. 

Since starting virtual learning 5 months ago, I have had those exact experiences. My eyes tend to start hurting because I am using my computer all day. It wasn’t until I decided to search for some cute and affordable blue light blocking glasses on Amazon. I wanted something to help with the eye fatigue I was experiencing. It was then when I discovered Livhò glasses. I was immediately sold on their affordable prices and ordered my first pair with my own money to try out and consequently, Livhò reached out to collaborate. I have been using the glasses for a couple of weeks now because I’m currently taking an online summer program from 8am-3pm and let me tell you that these glasses have been a lifesaver!

 I like Livhò glasses because they are:

  1. Affordable- this company makes affordable and good quality glasses. They have bundles of glasses ranging for $13- $20+ dollars.
  2. Stylish- all of their eyewear styles are very chic. Most of their glasses are unisex and have a variety of pairs for everyone’s style. 
  3. Comfortable- Livhò glasses are very comfortable and lightweight. 
  4. Quality product– the frames are made out of sturdy material. They come with a box, cloth, and a testing card/light to ensure that the glasses protect your eyes. All of the glasses are FDA approved.  It’s also a fun experience when the customer can engage with their purchase.
  5. Easy to order- the best part of it all, is that you do not have to leave your home to get your hands on a pair of blue light glasses. You can simply go on AMAZON,  search LIVHÒ glasses and a variety of styles will pop up. You add your favorites to your cart and at checkout select “FREE SHIPPING” and you should receive them in a couple of days.

I honestly really like these glasses, I have seen them work and overall for the price it’s a good deal! Taking into consideration the quality, shipping time, and overall product I would rate them a 9/10. I HAVE A FULL VIDEO ON MY CHANNEL IF YOU WANT A MORE IN-DEPTH REVIEW–> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCblZBQk3lzFWLfPUOJ_iJXQ

Shop Livhò on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?i=merchant-items&me=A2XDIPZIP2NOMI

-Pink Frame/Transparent Lens- $17.99 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XRCH722/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

-2pack Matte Black+Leopard- $14.43

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-Retro Round Rose Gold Frame,transparent Lens- $19.98

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Journal your feelings

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Hi Y’all, It’s Anaais.

As you now we are currently living through rough times. I’m here to tell you that it’s ok to feel emotional and have a mixture of feelings. I think the number one thing we should have during these times is faith. Faith in God that what is going on will soon be over.

Something that has helped me stay sane and let me express myself has been journaling. It has been of great help to write how my day was and debrief my feelings.  Experts recommend journaling, they say it’s good for mental health. It can improve your mood and help with depression and it works as a therapy for many.

Here is a list of how to begin journaling:

1.) To start off, the setting is very important. Make sure you are in a space where you can be calm and have the freedom to write.

2.) Be consistent. Try to write about how you feel and how your day went. Try to do this every day.

3.) Focus on the positive. Although we are going through tough times, there is always something good in bad.

4.) Keep it private. Journaling is something very personal. You are writing your deepest feelings and keeping it private will make you feel safer when writing.

5.) Last step, enjoy doing it! This is a journal for you to have fun with it.

 

XOXO,

Anaais 🙂

Senior Year Cut Short

Hi Y’all It’s Anaais,

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As you may have read from my previous blog post, my family and I are currently quarantined in our home which means most students are not attending school because of the pandemic. As y’all know I’m a senior in high school and I am supposed to be graduating in June but the reality is that I think my senior year has been cut short. My prom was scheduled to be April 3rd but it didn’t go through because we’re not attending school. At this point, all seniors I know don’t know what is going to happen. The governor of California had stated that students will not be going back to school for the remainder of the year. Just know that if your a senior and if you are reading this that we are in this together. Spending all these years in school to finally graduate and get that diploma you worked so hard for, I feel you! We will overcome this and we will be resilient.

CLASS OF 2020✨😭

Current Quarantine Life

Hi Y’all It’s Anaais,

I wanted to check-in, I know it has been a while since I updated this blog and things were a bit hectic with my senior year but what I am about to tell you guys is something I would have never thought would happen. I am currently sitting down in my kitchen table writing this blog post, it’s my third week in quarantine… yes you read that right QUARANTINED! There is a global pandemic that has people all over the world sheltering at home in order to not become infected with “Corona-Virus” or also known as “COVID-19”.  We are living what will one day be in those history books! Schools are shut-down, people are working from home, some losing their jobs, shops being closed. It’s tough. We’re four months into 2020 and I would have never imagined that it would be like this. I have spent my days catching up with my online classes, journaling and sewing face masks for my family. I have also tried out yoga classes online via Zoom and have been feeling closer to God and increasing my faith which I feel has kept me sane. Although I consider myself to be an extrovert this staying at home jazz isn’t hard, if you have Latino parents you have been in quarantine all your life…haha. Since I now have more time because I’m literally home all day and can’t go elsewhere, I will be writing more blog posts and tips on how to stay active during this quarantine. I’m sending positive vibes your way, please stay safe and WASH YOUR HANDS!

Xoxo,

Anaais ✨

Valentine’s Day Makeup Look

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Hi Guys! It’s Anaais 🙂

It’s February! This year is already going by so fast and Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I decided to create a makeup look inspired by the color Pink, which you guys know it’s my FAVORITE COLOR !!

Details Below:

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Dipbrow Pomade in (Dark Brown)

Eyeshadow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renascence palette

Lashes: Dodo Lashes in style D215

Lipstick: Ofra Cosmetics Cream lipstick in (Charmed & Aries)

Foundation: Marc Jacobs Full coverage foundation in shade (Honey Light)

Concealer: Tarte concealer in the shade (Light)

Bronzer: Benifit Cosmetics Hoo-la bronzer

Blush: Bronx Cosmetics blush in (Natural)

High-lite: The balm Mary-Louminizer

 

I hope you guys liked my take on this look, if there is any specific makeup look/trend y’all want to see don’t hesitate to comment or message!

 

XOXO,

Anaais 🙂

 

Outfits I wore in Washington D.C |Look Book|

Hi Guys! It’s Anaais 🙂

I know shopping & styling can be a little overwhelming when you are prepping for a trip, tell me about it! However when you have some of the basics items in your closet and add your own style to it, creating different looks will be so much easier. So as promised here are the pictures along with the details of the outfits I wore on my trip to D.C.

|LOOK #1|My Airport Outfit

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. Blouse:              SheIn.com

. Sweater:     Tommy Hilfiger

. Jeans:                    JC Penny

. Purse:            Michael Kors

. Suite-Case:        Jessica Simpson

|LOOK #2|

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This look was so comfy and stylish perfect for the D.C weather!

. Beanie/Scarf:   Black Rivet

. Multi-color long sleeve:    H&M

. Gloves:         Walmart

. Coat:     Anne Klein

. Jeans:    American Eagle

. Booties:  Steve Madden

. Purse:   Nanette Lepore

|LOOK #3|

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. Beret:    Forever 21

. Glasses: Torrid

. Gloves:  Walmart

. Blouse:  SheIn

. Coat:  Anne Klein

. Jeans: Charlotte Russe

. Booties: Charlotte Russe

. Purse:  American Vintage

 

|LOOK #4|

 

. Cropped Cardigan:  Calvin Klein

. Dress:                  Macy’s

. Shoes:                Aldo

. Watch:      Michael Kors

. Purse:   American Vintage

 

I hope you enjoyed my D.C Look-Book.

XOXO,

Anaais 🙂

All About my Washington D.C Trip

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Hi Guys! It’s Anaais,

I just came back a couple of days ago from my trip to the east coast, I went to Washington D.C for the first time, and had the experience of my life! Definitely a trip to remember. Where to begin….. It was a 6 hour flight from Los Angeles to D.C longest flight I’ve ever taken but it was totally worth it though. When I landed in D.C it was so cold, the weather in January in the east coast was out of this world for me, take in mind I’m a California girl, I’m used to it being sunny and warm most of the time. I was definitely not expecting it to be that COLD but other than that everything was beautiful.

If your thinking about going to Washington D.C or just want to know about my D.C trip and places I recommend to stay at, visit, eat and take Instagram worthy pictures then keep on reading.

WHERE I STAYED AT:

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There is always a first time for everything right? In my case it was my first time staying at a hotel. The hotel I stayed at is called Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton. The hotel had complimentary perks that included cooked-to-order breakfast, and evening receptions with snacks and drinks. There were also an indoor pool, a hot tub and a fitness room. The suites are located in a really nice place near the city center where you can go shopping, sightseeing,and eat at restaurants nearby.

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My hospitality there was great, welcoming and cozy. The room was clean, it had a flat-screen T.V in the living room and bedroom. The room also included a coffee maker a mini-fridge and microwave. The bathroom and the bedroom were big and always clean. Overall a 10/10.

PLACES I ATE AT:

. Corner Cafe:  Located close to D.C’s Union Station. Here they sell overpriced but delicious Coffee, Salads, Sandwiches and Hot Chocolate.(8/10)

. Five Guys: Located at 0.3 miles from the White House,Five guys is like the In-N-Out of the east coast. Here you can custom make your own burger or hot-dog, fries and milk shakes.(10/10)

. Vapiano: Italian Restaurant located in D.C’s Chinatown. Here you can make your own pastas,decided what sauce and meat you want and they also custom make pizzas and salads.(10/10)

. Finn & Porters: This restaurant is located inside the Embassy Suites Hotel. They sell Steak, Sea-Food and Sushi. This Restaurant is more on the pricier side because its a’la carte. The appetizers  and food were really good. (9/10)

PLACES I VISITED:

With the government shutdown that is going on right now, most of the Historical Museums were closed. So the options were limited, but with some research you can still manage to have some fun and explore around D.C. Here are some of the place I went to and totally encourage you to check out and take some Insta-Worthy pictures.

U.S Botanic Garden:  (Free) The U.S. Botanic Garden is dedicated to demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological importance of plants to the well-being of humankind. There is plants from all over the U.S.

. White House:  I think we all know about the white house but here is some background info. The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States.

. U.S Capitol: The U.S Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world

. Georgetown University:Georgetown University is a private research school in the beautiful neighborhood of Georgetown. The architecture and history behind it is also amazing and a great place to take outfit pictures.

. Touch-Stone Gallery:Touch-Stone Gallery is a 5 minute walk from the Hotel. It’s a nice and small gallery with incredible art. Fun Fact: I was a part of a mosaic art portrait made by the amazing artist : Jason Mecier and is the reason why I went to D.C explore my story at: https://whatwearemadeof.us

Overall, my trip to Washington D.C was an incredible experience. It’s was one of those trips that I will always remember because of the memories I created. I can officially cross this off my travel bucket list.

Now the question is….. where will my next destination be ??

XOXO,

Anaais 🙂

 

3 Tips on how to stay organized in High-School

Hey guys It’s Anaais 🙂

Today’s blog post is dedicated to; HOW TO STAY ORGANIZED IN HIGH SCHOOL. Hope you enjoy my tips, and leave me feedback in the comment section :

If your in high school, you’ve probably got a lot on your plate right now! You might feel overwhelmed trying to balance school work, friends, family, and extracurricular activities. You’re not alone, I feel this way right now !. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to make it easier to organize your (School) life.

TIP #1: Start by choosing some tools like a planner or app that will keep track of your schedule. ( I’m a planning FREAK! I prefer writing things down, but others prefer having a digital planner on their phone. Whatever works best for you. Planning is a life changer! )Related image

TIP #2: Make a to-do list for each day. When you have a lot of tasks to do, it can be easy to forget 1 or 2 of them. Instead of stressing out because you forgot to do something, write down a list of things you need to do each day. You could either make your lists at the beginning of the week or each night before you go to bed. Your list might look something like this:Image result for school to do list

TIP #3: Schedule even small activities. You can manage to do all the things you want to do if you make your calendar really detailed. It might seem unnecessary, but you can save a lot of unnecessary stress if you set aside time for even the smallest tasks. You might not think of these as scheduled activities, but you should mark out time for them even if they just take a few minutes. As a bonus, you’ll get great satisfaction from crossing lots of things off your list each day! Some short tasks you might list include:

  • Setting out your clothes for the next day.
  • Packing your lunch.    (I do this every night, and it saves me a lot of time in the morning. I can sometimes even sleep 30 mins more if I prep everything in the night)

I hope this was helpful, let me know in the comments down below. If ya’ll want more school related posts like these I would be happy to do some 🙂

 

XOXO,

-ANAAIS 🙂

DIY “Vest with Iron-on Patches”

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Hey Guys! It’s Anaais.

Welcome back to my blog. I decided to incorporate more DIY fashion, that is affordable but also super cute. So here is a modification of this “jean-jacket” that I transformed into a vest with cute iron-on patches. If you want to learn how to do this really easy and cute vest, then follow along :

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  1.  A new or used jean jacket.
  2. Iron-on patches (I got mine on Amazon, for an affordable price.)
  3. A pair of Fabric Scissors.
  4. Iron Machine.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut the sleeves off the jean jacket, cut close to the edge. Image result for diy cut sleeves off jean jacket
  2. (This is optional) If you don’t want to have a raw edge, you can use pinking shears to prevent it from fraying.Image result for fraying jean fabric
  3.  (This has a few steps to it) Step 1: Set your iron machine to 350 degrees. Step 2: Place your applique patch in position you want and place a cloth over top. Step 3: Press the iron down for 20 seconds.

And that it ! Super easy right? I would like to know if you end up trying this DIY, let me know in the comments.

XOXO,

Anaais 🙂