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.

 

Follow Me at New York Fashion Week

I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I’m going to New York Fashion Week tomorrow! I would have never thought in a million years that I would have the opportunity to go to New York Fashion Week. My dream just became a reality! I would love for y’all to follow me as I travel to New York for the first time and live out my dream. Below is a schedule of all of the events I will be attending, and a little summary of what I will be doing at each one. Also, please follow me on my social media accounts. I will be frequently updating my Instagram and Snapchat stories as well as doing some Instagram takeovers!

Instagram: @elisecsanchez Snapchat: elise.sanchez

Friday

-5:30pm, Dahilia Razook Fashion Show: Dahlia Razook is a designer who is originally from Houston, Texas that designs luxury womenswear. For more of her work go to www.dahliarazzook.com

-7-10pm, Midori Linea Jewelry Event: Midori Linea is a jewelry brand that I have been promoting on my blog. Over the months, I have become closer to the creator, Sakura, and she invited me to New York for her event. Her event will feature ArtbySebastian and music from Ricky Survive & Jason Jani. I am so excited to celebrate her Magical Galaxy Colletion! To check out her jewelry go to www.midorilinea.com

Saturday

-All day, Simply NYC Conference: I was thrilled when I got contacted to volunteer at the Simply NYC event! Simply NYC is a conference for aspiring bloggers, stylists, entrepreneurs, and editors. They feature panelists who are experts in fashion and beauty. Some of the speakers include Vanessa Hudgens, Catt Sadler, Bethany Moda, Brittany Snow, and many more amazing people. For more information go to www.simply-inc.com/new-york

-9pm, Art Hearts Fashion Show: I am eager to attend the Art Hearts Fashion Show on Saturday! I will get to see Charles and Ron, Fernando Alberto Atelier, and Domingo Zapata. For more information on the fashion show and these amazing designers, head to https://artheartsfashion.com/new-york-fashion-week/

 

Sunday

I will be exploring the city on this day. Please dm me or email me at ecsanchez98@icloud.com if you have any suggestions!

It has been a crazy hectic week, but I have had some amazing people to help me prepare for this weekend. I would specifically like to thank WinQ Lash Bar for helping me get all glammed up for #NewYorkLashinWeek. I have never gotten eyelash extensions before, so I was ecstatic when WinQ Lash Bar asked me to show off their lashes at NYFW. If you are in the Boston area and you want to get your lashes done as well, make an appointment and use my code ELISE25 for 25% off your service. I am so obsessed with my new lashes and I am definitely going back again!

I cannot wait to be in New York and see some outstanding fashion! Thank you for all of your support!

-xo Elise

My Winter Essentials

Winter is my absolute favorite season to dress up for and now I get to shop for some real winter clothes this year. Here are a few of my favorite clothing and accessory trends and where to buy them. (Click the titles to go find where to buy these items). 

Faux Fur Coat

So far I have bought 3 faux fur coats… I know, I don’t need three but I just love them so much. I got my coats from Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s, and Boohoo all for under $70. They are perfect for a fancy night out or to simply dress up an outfit. And fur coats just make you feel automatically confident!

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Newsboy hat

Newsboy hats have become my favorite new accessory. They are stylish and will keep you warm during the winter. They are perfect for that bad hair day or one of those days when you want to dress up but don’t feel like putting on makeup. These hats are an effortless way to be trendy and this hat was ONLY $8.99 on Amazon…

Striped Wide Leg Pant

I have become obsessed with patterned pants thanks to one of my super stylish suitemates (Love you, Britt). The pants that I bought were under $20 at Forever 21 and they have a huge collection of pants. The pants below are only $16 (linked above). These pants are versatile for all weather types. For warmer weather pair them with a crop top and for colder weather pair them with a cute sweater. I personally love wearing these pants with my cropped turtleneck sweater.

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Steve Madden Patent Leather Boots

Steve Madden is my absolute favorite shoe store. I have never been much of a combat boot girl but I fell in love with these boots. These boots are amazing for the winter but also can be worn during warmer weather too. They look cute with jeans but I also love wearing them with casual skirts and dresses too. These are also only $60 (over 50% off) right now!!

Hooded Feather Cardigan

This impulse buy was one of the greatest decisions of my life. For only $30 at Express I got this hooded cardigan that feels like I’m basically wearing a blanket. I will wear this cardigan with leggings and a basic tee for a more casual outfit or I will also dress it up with jeans and a cute top. It is my new favorite lazy-day sweater and so cozy in this chilly weather.

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Gold Hoop Earrings

My everyday jewelry now consists of gold hoops. They can complete almost any outfit and work with so many hairstyles. I got my hoops for $1.50 at Primark, but they are available at many other stores for cheap. Hoops are perfect for casual everyday wear and for going out.

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Adidas Track Pants

I have never been one to wear sweatpants but now I have fallen in love with my Adidas track pants. I have a wide-leg and jogger pair of pants. They are perfect for that “athletic-chic” look. I love wearing my pants with cropped hoodies (there are tons of cute ones at Brandy Melville and Forever 21) and my favorite athletic shoes.  These pants can be found at urban outfitters, Macy’s, or athletic stores.

 

Black Leather Loafers

Loafers have become a part of my everyday outfits. They instantly dress up an outfit and are perfect to throw on when you are rushing out the door. There are many inexpensive versions of this show but I would recommend investing money in a good pair of loafers. I have a pair of Steve Madden loafers that I am in love with and they are so durable.

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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.