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.

 

Professional Teeth Whitening at Home

As a fashion blogger, one of the best accessories I can have is a smile. With my nonstop busy schedule, it’s hard for me to even time to update my blog sometimes. Teeth whitening has always been something that I try to incorporate into my weekly routine, but lately, it has been challenging to find time with my crazy college schedule, soccer practice, and blogging. What drew me to using Smile Brilliant was how easily accessible it is at any time of the day. Whether I’m doing my homework or getting ready for a photo shoot, I can always quickly pop in my teeth whitening tray and whiten my teeth.

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I have used whitening strips and whitening gel from my dentist, but they have never been as effective as Smile Brilliant. The Smile Brilliant team ensured that I got the best service possible. They send you a kit to make sure you have the perfect impressions for your whitening trays and they send back to you in no time. Also, when using other whitening strips or gel, my teeth would become very sensitive. With Smile Brilliant, my teeth never became sensitive because they include sensitivity gel to use after whitening your teeth. I have been amazed my results and so satisfied with this product. Here is a quick picture of my teeth before and after using Smile Brilliant:

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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.