EMBRACING FALL


I miss blogging the most when I have so many beautiful photos to share. Fall has to be the one of my favorite seasons for taking photos. Since it's beauty is with us as fast as it graces us, I always try to take lots of photos, but then looking back, it feels like I didn't really take full advantage.

As a non-native New Englander, I am absolutely in love and fascinated by the change of seasons. This blog might as well be called "The Change of Seasons with Isabel Velazquez", since that's pretty much all it really is. Living in Miami for pretty much all of my childhood, I realized that Miami pretty much has two seasons: Spring and Summer. If you're from Miami, and you're saying "but Isabel, it gets cold, so we must have Winter". No, my friend, it pretty much is Spring.  But looking back, everyone there does their best to make every season feel like a new one, but not much changes under around us.

So naturally, I embrace the change of seasons up here more than the average person. I love changing my color schemes, clothes, nails, shoes, Instagram theme, foods, shows, music and well pretty much every aspect of my life. The little things truly make me happy, and having everything around me smell like that season brings such a joy. I can't tell you how much I look forward to the day where i have my own place, and will change it where I can to fit the season.


So anyway, just wanted share some bright and colorful photos from the beauty surrounding me these days. Oh, and if your backyard looks like this, appreciate it because there are plenty of other people that would love to be in your shoes.

Cape Cod Lighthouse


We all know that once August comes around, that Summer is almost officially over. I decided early this season that I wanted to try to get as many Summer activities in as possible. I've been pretty happy with what we have accomplished (I'll post a recap post later on), but now we know that our weekends are running out of warm, sunny days.

After two years, we decided to head back to the Cape. In those two years a lot has changed, so we knew we wanted to try some new things. We hit our usual spots, but then headed to explore some new parts of the island. Neither John or I had been much past the area where his family has their house, so we decided to be adventurous and explore it.

Provincetown was a no-brainer. I looked online for some nearby lighthouses (which the
Cape is full of!) and picked a few that were on the way. We saw a sign for the Cape Cod Light, also known as Highland Light, and although it was not on our list, we quickly made a turn and found ourselves exploring a new lighthouse. It was a pretty area, which was surrounded by a golf course. We took in the view for a bit and learned a bit about the lighthouse. It was commissioned by President Washington in 1797. In 1996, it was actually moved farther inland because of the erosion on the beach. It was quite interesting.

I haven't seen too many lighthouses at the Cape, but this one will probably be one of my favorites for sure. For more about our visit to the Cape Cod Lighthouse, click to watch the vlog I did from this day.





Cape Cod Comfy


While visiting Cape Cod, we stopped at the Cape Cod Lighthouse. I wanted to grab a photo of my outfit in leu of my recent video on my channel about my size. It was such a beautiful day and I was having a blast returning to the Cape that I wanted to share my outfit. It was a simple outfit from a few new pieces I had grabbed this Summer. Unfortunately, I don't have a good shot of my shoes.

If you haven't seen my video, I spoke about body image, size, and confidence. I explained my thoughts on how I view clothing sizes. For this reason, I wanted to share what I wear with the body I have. Every body is different and sizes should be irrelevant on how we view ourselves. 

THE LOOK
top: madewell whisper cotton v-neck pocket tee in hther pewter
shorts: madewell denim boyshorts: cutoff edition
sunglasses: norstrom bp 55mm metal rim cat eye sunglasses
bracelets: mostly from Alex & Ani

Paris, France

This post that you're about to read is from our 2015 Europe Trip, which I'm completely late on. I originally wanted to do voice overs for these videos since these "vlogs" were not very chatty. However, because of the way these videos were recorded, I decided that just adding music would be fine, and instead I would use my blog to expand on each of the days. :)



DAY NO. 1 - INTRO TO PARIS

After taking the fast-speed train from London to Paris, we arrived just as we would to any other location. I got off the train and was taking in everything I saw. The train station was just as I had expected from the many YouTube video of the European vloggers. We got out of the train section and then came the time to immerse into the local transport. John, however, didn't seem too in a hurry which I didn't question at all. As I was looking at maps and he was checking his phone, we were surprised by our friend Nans. We met Nans in college. He and his roommate Julien were studying abroad the year John and I first met. The four of us were pretty close that year.

I was so excited and surprised to see Nans. John had obviously been keeping this a secret. We went to leave our stuff at our AirBnB and then we headed out to explore! We stayed really close to the Arc de Triomphe, so before we left our stuff that was the first thing I saw after coming out of the metro. We walked down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and was taken to a "famous bakery". After we got there, I realized I was very familiar with this location. It was none other than Ladurée. I really wanted to get the macarons but decided not to be a typical tourist, and went for a more "Isa" baked good - a pistachio croissant. It was the best and I should have bought more than one during our stay.

We walked along the Seine River and headed towards the Jardin de Tuileries which headed in the area where The Louvre was located. So far the Eiffel Tower stood from everywhere I looked, so I was really happy that it was so obvious already. No wonder so many photos include it!

After chatting for a bit, our friend Nans had to go and he said he was not going to be around anymore during our trip. We said our goodbyes, and John and I headed to the nearest Starbucks for a little restroom and wifi break. Then we walked towards the famous Pont de Arts, or that bridge that has the locks.

Spring Days


Everyday we're alive, we're changing and growing. The thoughts and feelings we had a day, a month, or even a year ago aren't the same. 

Spring is not my favorite season. I like it, the few weeks with it have been just okay. The beautiful flowers, smells, and sunny days that come with it are fine, but I've always said that I'm more of a cold weather person. With that being said, I was reflecting on last year, and how my blog and channel hurt a bit during this time of the year and was wondering why. Unlike the summer before last, I was not as excited for Spring/Summer and couldn't wait for Fall/Winter. This year, I'm starting to feel the same.

This isn't a gloomy post, I promise. The photo above was taken a chilly Spring day on my way out of work in Hartford. True to myself, I noticed these colors - the flowers - and had to take a photo of the beauty I saw. All these conflicting scenarios are what make me wonder and question my feelings mentioned above.

Unlike last year, I want to continue to push myself to enjoy these seasons that everyone seems to love, and I seem to not be fond of. To be honest, I haven't felt very motivated to film or do anything. This blog though, has called my name and I listen to my instincts. I want to give this blog some love in whatever way I find that speaks to me. It always changes with me, and it always allows me to speak my mind.

So, I just wanted to share this lovely photo I took this past week and share my thoughts on Spring lately. Oh, and I hope you have enjoyed the new look around here. :)

January 2016 Reflection


There's nothing like finishing the first of the month of the new year, to really make you think of your goals. This past month I really wanted to accomplish a lot and didn't quite get there, to be honest. I decided to bring back beauty videos to my YouTube channel since December has me usually very busy with Vlogmas that I barely have any energy left for anything else.

I have some big goals for this year, starting with my channel. I've noticed that people really like videos when I put a little more effort into them. They liked my vlogs, and they like my makeup looks that I wear. This tells me that I need to do more of these and find a good balance of both.

Also, my blog needs some MAJOR love! This is my little space and I really wanna chat on here a lot more than I did this last year. I had a whole NINE post on here which is my 2nd lowest amount for a year ever! Gah, I know I stretch my time a lot between working all day and then keeping up with all these other social medias after that, but it really gets to me when I abandon one of my favorite things online.

In other news, my January Favorites is up! I'm really trying to be more lenient about my spending habits for makeup items. In the past I have tried to control it a bit, but I miss out on so many limited edition goodies. So with my favorites videos this year, I'm really hoping I can really gather some nice items each month to share! For example, the new Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara was sent to me recently to try by Influenster and I have been really liking it. I also bought an outrageous night oil that has to be the most expensive item I have ever bought from Sephora. I talk all about it on my video as well as some nice fashion items!

If you read this then I'll have you know that this post was completely unplanned, and sometimes that's exactly what I need. No schedule, no planning, just some word vomit! lol


London - Day 1 | Summer Europe Trip

This blog post has been long overdue. Seven months overdue to be exact, but it's finally here. As you may know from some social media posts from my past (and if you follow John on his channel or Instagram) posts, you may have known we went on a 2 week vacation to Europe. This trip was planned by us for a while, but not as you may think. We both had talked about the idea of me going to Europe, in fact I was meant to go, back in 2013 when he first went while dating me, and then again the following year. However, the timing was always wrong. Fast forward a couple of years, and the timing could not have been more perfect. John and I decided that right after I graduated (and before I started my new big girl job), we had to make this trip work.

I wish I would have been blogging more this year, so I could have expressed how utterly excited I was. We agreed that John was going to plan this trip and he took this responsibility very seriously, and never cracked when I would ask where we were going. He kept his mouth completely shut up until customs gave him the third degree in London.

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