Keeping it Real

WARNING: Personal Post … It’s about to get REAL.

Lately I have been making a lot of changes in my life. I don’t need to go too much into the details, but they are pretty significant. Think Carrie Bradshaw quoting: carrie-bradshaw-1

I’ve been really trying to put myself in better situations and find what truly makes me happy. I just think life is way too short to do anything else than what makes you happy. I am one who does a lot, stresses through the entire process, but ultimately gets everything done. I really try to please everyone along this journey and try to make sure everyone is happy, however there are times where I disappoint people.

I’m not ready to love someone else yet, I need to forgive myself first. I need to relax first. I need to find my self worth and happiness, and sustain it. What I need is support.. and respect.


This is me and this is who I am. I am very genuine and this blog is what makes me happy right now. This is what I like to do: write, take photos, and style outfits. This blog is REAL. Plus – I get to share these things with other people who like similar things. How great is that? I’ve found people that are not only interested in the same things, but want to work together to create these things! It’s honestly the best feeling, being able to collaborate and bring our ideas together- you create something so much more great.

Instagram is also a big part of this. It is the ultimate way to share art, thoughts, feelings with people and connect. Plus, there is endless support. Conversely, since I really put myself out there, all this leaves room for critiques and opinions which is not always positive.

To be clear, I am doing great. I have finally found something (many things) that I am passionate about and am working towards them. I am aware of what I want, what I need – and am doing what it takes to get there. I need to continue to remember that I am doing what is best for ME, and that’s all I can help right now.

This is why sometimes I need to escape to Long Island with Nala. I would seriously be lost without Nala and I love that she is always there for me. I also have a tremendous support system on Long Island where I have some of my bestest friends. It is a much calmer environment and I leave my worries in NYC.


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I chose this particular “Play While Browsing” song for this article, but if you’d like to get inspired/motivated further, listen to the “Florence + The Machine” album: “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”. If you watch the videos along with it, it’s essentially a short movie with music (“The Odyssey“). I listened to this entire album while writing this piece.

Sorry for the long winded post today, but I needed to get this off my chest and it needed to be said. How do you combat the haters, stay positive, and keep the mindset that you know what you are doing is truly what you love?



*Photos by Jeanne.



  1. May 19, 2016 / 9:05 AM

    I hope you don’t have any haters! I can’t even fathom why you ever would. You’re super nice and sweet.

    In terms of focusing on yourself and on what you love: I think every single person needs that. I took time to myself when I was 24 and decided I’m just going to do what I want to do and not wait for someone else to fulfill me. It was exactly what I needed. I didn’t necessarily make the best choices, but it taught me that I’m ultimately in control of my happiness and my life.

    It seems like you have a lot of really healthy coping mechanisms and a great support system for when times get tough. I think you’re set up perfectly as you are and it’s very mature of you to realize that learning to love yourself and your environment is what’s ultimately best in the long run.

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      May 19, 2016 / 9:40 AM

      Thanks so much Nataliya! Your words mean a lot, truly. That’s exactly what I’m trying to do, understand that I am in control of my happiness + my life. I think you and the girls are a big part of my support system, too <3

      xo Andrea

  2. May 19, 2016 / 3:11 PM

    Hi lady, I loved this post. It’s a great feeling doing what you love and finding other like-minded people that not only appreciate your work but encourage you and support you throughout. It’s so good to get away for a little bit and just unplug from your every day activities, Nala seems like a wonderful companion. I’m going out East this weekend too and I cannot wait to walk on the beach and just relax, of course, I’ll be snapping some instagram photos of any pretty sights I come across and Pablo of course, I think Nala and Pablo could be friends.

  3. May 19, 2016 / 10:20 PM

    First just let me say this: You are lovely, you are an inspiration and you are smart! I like what you said about keeping it REAL. Not everyone has the courage and persistence to become a better version of themselves–you were able to do that! Forget about the haters or what the society is telling you to do or accomplish, continue what you are doing and just be happy. You are doing an awesome job. Btw–I love Carrie Bradshaw! Keep on posting love! xx

  4. May 21, 2016 / 1:08 PM

    You are right, it is very important to be real and to put yourself first. Maybe it sounds selfish to those who always expect something from you, but you should always make sure you’re happy and in a peaceful state of mind, so “escaping” is perfectly fine and needed sometimes. Working on yourself for yourself is something we should all aspire to, or at least I try to view it this way.


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