Dec 21, 2011

Vuelve a empezar
aunque sientas el cansancio
aunque el triunfo te abandone
aunque un error te lastime
aunque un negocio se quiebre
aunque una traicion te hiera
aunque una ilucion se apage
aunque el dolor queme tus ojos
aunque ignoren tus esfuerzos
aunque la ingratitud sea la paga
aunque la incompresion corte tu riza
aunque todo parezca nada
vuelve a empezar. />
Start again,
even if you feel tired
even if success has failed you
even if a mistake haunts you
even if your business is bankrupt
even if infidelity has hurt you
even if your faith seems weak
even if the pain burns your eyes
even if your hardwork is ignored
even if ingratitude is the pay
even if indifference cuts your smile
even if everything seems like nothing
Start again. />

Sep 25, 2011

goodbye summer...

I will regret it after I type this, but I am actually glad summer is over. Did I really just type that? Trust me, I do not like winter at all, I do not like layering tons of clothes, and I hate that I cannot run out in my shorts and slippers to say go to the market to get the missing sauce for my pasta. I'm the type of girl that loves taking walks in the parks, wearing light summer dresses, and getting out of the house just as I am dressed. However, this time, I am looking forward to changes and maybe a change in seasons will bring different scenes and outcomes. 

Sep 22, 2011

Today we are moving to a temporary place and do you know the first thing I think when packing to a new place? Shower curtains! Such a small little detail you cannot forget, unless you want your bathroom floor to be a pool of water by the end of your shower.

Sep 12, 2011

10 Tips to Start Living in the Present

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” - Buddha

One of the best, unforeseen consequences of simplifying our lives is that it has allowed us to begin living our lives in the present. Eliminating nonessential possessions freed us from many of the emotions associated with past lives that were keeping us stuck there. And clearing our home has allowed us the freedom to shape our lives today around our most important values.

Choosing to live in the past or the future not only robs you of enjoyment today, it robs you of truly living. The only important moment is the present moment. With that goal in mind, consider this list of ten tips below to start living your life in the present:

Remove unneeded possessions. Minimalism forces you to live in the present. Removing items associated with past memories or lives frees us up to stop living in the past and start living in the present.
Smile. Each day is full of endless possibilities! Start it with a smile. You are in control of your attitude every morning, keep it optimistic and expectant.
Fully appreciate the moments of today. Soak in as much of today as you possibly can – the sights, the sounds, the smells, the emotions, the triumph, and the sorrow.
Forgive past hurts. If you are harboring resentment towards another human being because of past hurts, choose to forgive and move on. The harm was their fault. But allowing it to impact your mood today is yours.
Love your job. If you just “survive” the workweek constantly waiting for the next weekend “to get here,” you are wasting 71% of your life (5 out of 7 days). there are two solutions: 1) find a new job that you actually enjoy (it’s out there), or 2) find something that you appreciate about your current career and focus on that rather than the negatives.
Dream about the future, but work hard today. Dream big. Set goals and plans for the future. But working hard today is always the first step towards realizing your dreams tomorrow. Don’t allow dreaming about tomorrow to replace living in today.
Don’t dwell on past accomplishments. If you are still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today.
Stop worrying. You can’t fully appreciate today if you worry too much about tomorrow. Realize that tomorrow is going to happen whether you worry about it or not. And since worry has never accomplished anything for anybody, redirect your mental energy elsewhere.
Think beyond old solutions to problems. Our world is changing so fast that most of yesterday’s solutions are no longer the right answers today. Don’t get locked into a “but that’s how we’ve always done it” mentality. Yesterday’s solutions are not today’s solutions and they are certainly not tomorrow’s solutions.
Conquer addictions. Addictions in your life hold you hostage. They keep you from living a completely free life today. Find some help. Take the steps. And remove their influence over your life.
If you can only live one moment at a time, you might as well make it the present…

-by Joshua Becker (source)

Aug 18, 2011

foggy days

My blog is named "Inspiration Crush" because I wanted it for inspiration, but from the beginning I always stated it is for me to blog about anything I love, anything that inspires me, life in general, and my own life including my ups and downs.
These are my downs.
I hope you still stay.

Aug 5, 2011

what will you choose?

Sometimes we walk down the road we want and even though we see warnings like rocks on the way that we stumble upon on, we keep on. It isn't until we fall in the face, break our lips and bleed, that we notice maybe this is not the way....

If I had to choose this very moment, I would run to my dreams, cause reality sometimes is just too much for me....

Jul 7, 2011

Dear Happiness,

would you stay here for a while? I have missed you so. And while you're here can you bring along relaxation with you? Thank you so much ^_^
I've had a few of those weeks where everything comes to perspective. Here I am planning this wedding, making sure every detail is perfect, and then something happens that makes you realize its not that important. Yes, I am getting married for the first time and hopefully the only time, but after this day the whole world will remain the same. My life may change, so will my fiancee's, and maybe our family members who will miss saying goodnight and seeing our grumpy faces in the breakfast table in the mornings, but about everything else will remain the same. There are so many things in this world, so many kids starving, so many people with no homes, so many illnesses, so many deaths. And sometimes, just sometimes, you think, "is this all worth it?" Spending so much money on one event when there are so many that don't even have enough for a meal, their medicine? My friend answered this with: "Yes, it is. This is your day. And there will always be people suffering wether you get married or not, whether you throw a party or not. A lot of people can't afford this, but if you can then why not? You are not spending millions on it like so many other do. As long as it's a reasonable budget like you want, then what's the big deal? You deserve this." Simple words, but yet it helped me so much. But one thing is for sure, my wedding is going to be simple. Tasteful, elegant but nothing grand. We have a budget for it and we are not planning to go over it. Because at the end of the day, yes this is our day, but I never want to have the feeling that it was too much. Just a day to have fun, dance, eat and share our happiness with those we love. And then one day, when I start working again, I can give a little something at least once a month to an organization that helps others. Because that is what will make me completely happy. Its something that has always been in the back of my mind, to someday give back, and I can't wait for that day that I can put that little money in that envelope and help bring a smile to someone's face. And for now, I am happy that when that day comes I will get to do it standing next to my other half ^_^

Jun 25, 2011

summer 1964

I don't have anything to write about..but this girl sure does and its always amazing even when she doesn't even try, and her pictures are always a breath of fresh air on a hot summer day. Her blog is just so beautiful and inspiring and I want every single dress she's worn ^_^
Note: title is hers and so is the pretty picture :)

Jun 24, 2011

final decision on flowergirls dresses

-The ballerina style dress with tulle skirt, thin straps, low back, little buttons and big bow at the back. White/ivory dress with pastel color bows and ballerina flats.

*Sorry for these random posts but since my wedding is a destination wedding many of my bridal party lives away and I most post this little random facts for them to be able to see and then email me or call or share their thoughts. Thanks for sharing your thoughts too girls, you are all amazing :)

Jun 20, 2011

inspiration for the flowergirls

-The Ballerina dress style which consists of little thin straps and tulle skirt.
-ivory white dress
-The band/bow of the dress the color of the ballerina flats (ballerina pink, lilac, whitish green?) If not, all white.
-Ankle length 3/4
-hair down with flower wreath (large flowers look best) as first two pictures.

Jun 1, 2011

the perfect bridal shower

Now isn't that just gorgeous? I saw this simple bridal shower that one bridesmaids put together for her bride-to-be bestfriend and it was absolutely beautiful. I just love how easy it can be achieved and that it actually took place in a park. I wish I can find the original picture but this one from h&m is the perfect inspiration picture. To achieve this all you need is:
- a few bright balloons or paper latterns which retail for about $10 for a package of 4 or 5. 
-A few old borrowed colorful blankets, sheets and pillows. 
-A table or two to place snacks/drinks on (preferably cupcakes yum!)
-A tablecloth or two to achieve a more "whimsical" look
Now ask all your friends to bring in drinks/snacks/cups/plates/napkins/ice
And ta-da your all done, and this pretty look is all achieved with less than $50 dollars! Now um all I need is for one of my friends to get engaged as soon as possible so I can do all this :) I can't wait to be on the other end being a bridesmaids!

May 28, 2011

i think i saw you in an ice cream parlor, drinking milkshakes cold and long

Don't you just love retro-vintage swinsuits? I have a bit of an obsession with swimwear but can you blame me? just take a look at Anthropologie's, Jcrew's, or Bloomingdale's swimwear and you will be hooked too. Luckily, I love my wallet a bit too much so I have just splurged in one for my honeymoon. I have not worn a one-piece since I was like twelve years-old, but trying to find the right one for my body was surprisingly easy, the hard part was choosing just one. I finally decided on Carmen Marc Valvo's retro one-piece in Aquamarine from Bloomingdales, but you can find it online on many stores including Victoria's.  I can't wait to wear it with my big floppy hat and some oversized sunglasses :)

May 27, 2011

I scream, you scream

haha yup! This is how excited I get everytime I get good news about my bridal party and guests. So heres the story.
I had first decided I wasn't going to have a lot of bridesmaids. I was going to do the official thing done in Quisqueya- which is to have the young/single girls as bridesmaids. And since I am the youngest from my generation this meant I would only have two younger cousins as my bridesmaids along with my little sister who is 18. My maid-of-honor is my oldest sister who is already married with kids. And of course my flowergirl will be Anabella. I wanted as many flowergirls as possible, always did, always will. However there are not many girls in the family that are young enough to be flowergirls yet old enough to do it, so I am only left with two. Nevertheless, let me tell you these are two of the prettiest, sweetest girls you will ever laid eyes on and this will be enough to get all the oohs and ahhs and maybe even some ooh-la-las, yep Anabella who just turned four and Ana Amelia who is 3 are just that adorable! Now, I had assumed my bridal party was complete and that all my friends were fine with this, especifically since one of my friends (who is older than me) had expressed she didn't want to be a bridesmaids AT ALL. As a matter of fact, before I had announced anything early in the days, she said she did not want to be a bridesmaids at all and to please not make her be one because she already felt too old to be one and she likes having the choice to choose whatever she wants to wear. I was fine with this and assumed my friends felt the same. How silly of me huh? It wasn't until my mother expressed some girls might still want to be bridesmaids that I thought "Oh My God what was I thinking?" To make the story short: I asked, they said yes, I went from three bridesmaids to nine! Yeap, thats right- Nine of my closest girls to be there with me, and I couldn't be happier. However, the problem now is that the seamstress who lives in Quisqueya will not have time to do all these dresses and I don't know what to do :/

May 26, 2011

finding courtyards in new york city

A courtyard:  An unroofed area that is completely or partially enclosed by walls or buildings, typically one forming part of a castle, or a large residence.

Don't you just love courtyards? Ever since I saw this movie from the 90's (that for the life of me I can't remember the name) I fell in love. I just love the idea of coming home to your building opening the gate and seeing all this before you enter your apartment. I just love the intimacy of this yet open space, somehow it gives this romanctic, timeless feeling. While looking for apartments in New York city with the mister, (my wedding day is getting so close now), I found a little hidden treasure: A courtayard building in N.Y.C. that is actually affordable. It had been there all along. I had walked pass this bulding hundreds of times and I always thought it was beautiful, but I had never actually entered until a few weeks ago and oh my Lord, it is absolutlety beautiful, and yes I am in LOVE with it. Hmm, maybe it has to do something with this click here