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How to Deal

So, sometimes I get super stressed out and I deal with it in the worst of ways. I stress eat. A lot. I also withdraw into myself. My default mode is being comfortably alone but during periods of high stress, I confine myself to solitude almost as a punishment. Maybe punishment for letting things get this bad? I dunno.

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I’m not stressed now, though. Here are some pictures I took.

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So, I’ve decided I’m going to deal with stress better. I’m going to be more organized. I’m going to take more time for myself and self-care. Because if I don’t take care of myself, no one else is gonna do it for me. Right? I’m going to wear more linen capris (so comfy!) and indulge more in of-the-moment trends like this off-the-shoulder crop that I built this entire look around (it’s probably my most favorite recent purchase and I’m always looking for an excuse to wear it).

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Any tips on how I can better manage my stress level?

Love Always,

Xochi

Off-the-shoulder peasant crop – H&M

Wide belt – Thrifted

Linen ankle pants – Old Navy

Lace-up booties – Qupid

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Independence Day, No Aliens

Funny thing: these shorts don’t really fit anymore and my thighs break my heart sometimes. Was that funny? I dunno. I don’t care. Because I’m me and nobody else so I guess I’m stuck with them. And, it’s only sometimes. Most times, it’s like honey. Honey thighs.

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There isn’t any blatant red, white, and blue because. .well, I think that’s corny. I really do. If that makes me unpatriotic: oh well. But, maybe not that unpatriotic because I did wear red lipstick and my cutoffs are blue denim and my tank is an off-white/gray with black stripes and I don’t really need to justify this, do I?

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Sun kissed is one of my favorite kind of ways to be kissed. I’m pretty much living in this hat this Summer. A light breathable tank helps gimme more room when I have a BBQ food baby. My cutoffs were shorts that I cut even shorter because it’s a free country. See what I did there? Heh heh.

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Love,

Xochi

Everything – Old Navy

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I Missed You

Just a quick premise: I have missed updating this blog. It’s one of the few things I have utmost creative control of, and for a control freak like me, it doesn’t get much better! Just know, that while I was away, I thought of this page constantly.

Okay, now that’s out of the way, let’s get to the promises to do better. I’ve never been more inspired in my life. And, the fact that my burst of inspiration coincides with Summer vacation is even more exciting!

Can’t you just tell how happy I am?

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What I’m also happy about: this Silence + Noise Trapeze Tunic that I ordered one size up from Urban Outfitters but arrived long enough to be worn as a dress, which is what I did!

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I’m back for good!

Love,

Xochi

Bowler Hat – H&M

Sleeveless Trapeze Tunic Top – Urban Outfitters

Polka Dot Socks – Forever 21

Patent T-strap Mary Jane Heels – Thrifted

Black fringe bag – Marshalls

Midi rings – Old Navy

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Take Care

I am treating this blog like my photo diary. So, whatever I write here, let’s keep between us. Kay?

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I’m taking some time off this week and I spent the first two days becoming one with the couch and catching up on The Walking Dead. Oh, and sleeping. And you know what? I don’t feel bad about it. I really don’t. And it sucks that I have to clarify that I don’t feel bad about taking time for self-care.

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But now I’m telling you. It is ABSOLUTELY okay to turn your phone off (actually, I don’t even do that but I definitely turn it on silent and ignore notifications) and melt into the furniture because you’ve been going at a 100 for a while and that’s not always good for mental and emotional health.

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I’m not a doctor or psychiatrist or any professional. But trust me: your body will thank you. Mine sure is. Just look at that smile!

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These culottes are soft sueded and feel like butter. Tuck in a comfy breathable halter top, add a sunny floral headband, and it will be hard not to smile. And if smiling is the most you can do today, well then that’s a productive day I think. I’m here for it! And you!

Love,

Xochi

Halter, sueded culottes – Old Navy

Sandals – Bamboo

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Pizza + Noise

You’ll never find me making a whole lotta noise. Noise gets tiring really quickly for me. I’ll allow it on some occasions (making noise can be a necessity sometimes) but only for a brief moment before it just becomes dissonance.

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I wouldn’t necessarily call myself quiet or soft-spoken, but I try to practice active listening. Sometimes that’s hard because I have much to say and it will threaten to bubble over. Other times, I will myself into silence because not everything requires my input.

Growing up, I was always being told to listen. Listen. Listen. I guess it just stuck.

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Here are some things I will absolutely not shut up about, however:

  • Comic books & super heroes (the pin on my sueded mini skirt is of Nightcrawler!)
  • Relationships
  • Conflict (I HAVE to talk it out)
  • Food! So much food! Am I hungry? Are you hungry? Is there something we can do about it? What are we craving?

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I love food. So, because of that, here are some socks with pizzas on them. I’ve always believed pizza can cure any bad day. Like, it just makes it all go away. Ya know?

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Yum!

Love,

Xochi

Crop long sleeve – Forever 21

Sueded mini – Old Navy

Mini chain purse – Thrifted

Pizza socks – Forever 21

Corduroy chunky bow sandals – Rocket Dog

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Tulle Promises

Do you remember the first time you fell in love? When did you realize it? And what made you realize it? For some people, it’s a touch, or a certain look from another person. For me, it was the sound of their voice. I would always talk to my love on the phone before bedtime (I’ll let you guess how young I was hehe). I’ve always been a sucker for a nice voice.

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Anyway, that relationship ended up being trash and I have no regrets about dumping that loser. But, I still get all nostalgic for that first love tingly feeling every now and then. That’s what I’m thinking about here.

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Ballerina-y tulle makes a full skirt so romantic and girly. Of course you’re gonna get swept up in memories of past romance. I prefer a dark widow-y type of coloring to mine though. Kinda like, I’m going to a funeral. A funeral for a relationship that died. Haha!

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Fuck, this got really dark. I swear I’m happy. I’m just wearing black.

Okay, I’ll just go.

Love,

Xochi

Dress w/ tulle overlay – Forever 21

Accesories – Old Navy

Ankle strap sandals – bamboo