Friday, May 31, 2013

The Proposal

Finally! I decided to bite the bullet and scrounger through the MILLIONS of pictures I took during one of the most amazing days of my life. I must say, this post was no easy task as like I said, I had a pathetic amount of pictures from our little 2 hour adventure. Needless to say, I like to take pictures (if you haven't noticed already) and I finally took the time to pic a few of them to share on here. "The Proposal" was definitely one of the coolest, funniest, surprising, happiest days of my life. The fact that Isaac planned this all on his own is what makes me the giddiest. He knew how much I loved this place, and how BADLY I wanted to visit it during the morning sun rose. We traveled all night long to get to LA and Isaac made sure we got there before the estimated sunrise time. We were even early so we stopped at Starbucks before trekking up the mountain since it was still a bit chilly (to a Las Vegan anyway).

SIDE STORY: I sorta had a feeling he would propose, since he was insisting on stopping here on our way to San Diego. I kept trying to shot the idea down, since it would just add more driving time. He of course, insisted and well that kind of set of some suspicion in me. I thought, he's definitely going to do it during the sunrise. He didn't, and well that made it even more hilarious.

When we arrived, I was anxious to get some shots of the sunrise, so I was in a hurry to get a good spot (since there were more people than I expected there). Isaac kept going to back to the car and stalling which just led to me getting upset. We finally go out and started venturing to see what kind of good spots there were to watch the sunrise.

So the sunrise happened, and guess what. No proposal. I was wrong. "Hey," I told myself, "that's why you don't get your hopes up." I made sure to not think that it was going to happen, in case THIS happened. I wasn't upset, and was actually pretty glad that we made the trip out since the sunrise was absolutely STUNNING. The sun kept rising and we kept exploring the observatory.

Isn't LA amazing? I la la love this city.
 Isaac finally found a spot that had a killer view of both the mountains and the city and was isolated so no people were around. He told me to stand and look out at the view and handed me his phone, saying he wanted me to watch this video. We always show each other funny videos, so I didn't think to much of it. He told me not to turn around until the video was over, which oddly is another thing we do a lot.
It was a video of us.
He made a video of us. Of all the pictures that we managed to take over the last 7 years of knowing each other. Of all the special times we had together, our adventures, travels, selfies, and candids. They all went along to a song that now makes me cry every time I hear it. At this point I knew & my heart dropped to the floor.
This guy managed to pull off the unthinkable, SURPRISING me with a proposal. My whole life I thought no guy can surprise me with the question that every little girls dreams of. No way. I'm an observer, and if something is a little strange, more than likely I will figure it out.
But nope, not this time. Completely surprised.
I watched the video. I turned around and there he was. The man that I had loved for so long and known since the young age of 14, was there on one knee looking straight into my eyes with a look that gives me chills every time I think about it. He had a ring in a box in hand and he managed to say the words, "Will you marry me?" with a small quiver in between. I put my hand up to my mouth (so cliche, I know. It's like us women are programmed to do such gesture during a proposal) looked into his eyes and started crying. I said yes, (of course) and jumped into his arms. We kissed, we cried.
It was perfect.
 Our view during the "proposal". I get that warm fuzzy feeling just looking at this picture!
A picture after he proposed! It was pretty magical. I cried, hence the puffy eyes. The ring embodied exactly what I wanted. I am not a fan of the huge rocks so what he got was perfect!

 I was ecstatic, it felt so surreal. I was ENGAGED! I was giddy and happy the whole time, and of course couldn't stop looking at the ring. It was so pretty, simple, and NOT big, exactly what I wanted. The location and timing couldn't have been any more perfect. He knew how much I loved this place, and to know that it was part of such an important part of our lives together makes it that more meaningful! I immediately called my mom and texted a few important people about it. It was magical.
<3 Stef
Isaac, I know you read this blog, so just know that you really outdid yourself on this one. You are one amazing guy and I am so happy that I'll be the lucky gal that gets to spend the rest of her life alongside you. Exploring the world and making new memories together, as we always have.
I love you, Isaac Domenzain. <3

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Eating: a really wrinkly baby Gala apple. Nothing too exciting.

Drinking: Herbalife Peach Tea on ice. I just got bounced back from a horrible kidney infection, so no more soda or juice for me. (Although I was never a big soda fan anyways) but I really am trying to just stick to tea and water. It's also around that time my body seems to be shutting down (oh you dreaded afternoon slump) so the tea gives me some much needed energy.

Feeling: excited for my upcoming New York City trip. Less than 3 weeks away!

Doing: blog wandering. Catching up on all the blogs I love is so relaxing. I love when I haven't read a specific blog in a while and they have a ton of new posts!
Thinking: about driving to Chinatown to find some dragon fruit. I've never had the beauty and am dying to try it and photograph it!

ReadingConfessions of a Serial Killer by D.E Gilmore

Loving: the new things I scored on a recent trip to the thrift store. A 6$ painting, wooden table for my patio, a vintage tea kettle and some wooden salad bowls. All for under 20$. Woohoo!

Watching: Million Dollar Listing: New York, just discovered this show last night and after 5 minutes, I was hooked. They show ridiculously expensive NYC apartments that are trying to be sold by real estate agents who will do whatever it takes to get a buyer.

Listening: Stay by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko. Absolutely LOVE this song.

Learning: to appreciate the little things in life. I always crave visiting new places, traveling to different parts of the world, but I am slowly learning that in between travels, I can appreciate the beauty in the small things that are already around me. The little things that make the days that much brighter. One of those "small things" ? My gliterrati shoes. They never fail to make me look at & appreciate the small stuff. Even if it's just some glitter.
<3 Stef
This post was inspired by K&Camera's Currently posts.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Weekend Salads

Salad 1: Romaine hearts, arugula, mix greens, micro-greens, English cucumber, red bell pepper, jicama, avocado, red onion, & avocado-garlic dressing. YUM.

I like salads. I really do. In the summer they are fresh, light, cold, and use up all those vegetables in the fridge that need some loving. I love that you can never go wrong with a salad, usually ANYTHING you put in it will pair well and you can let your imagination run wild when creating your own. This weekend, I relaxed a little and enjoyed some amazing fresh greens in my new HUGE wooden bowl (which is a beauty!). I wasn't in a rush and took my time cutting up the fresh stuff and feeling like Emeril placing everything in a "careful" matter.

This weekend I had 2 different salads, one inspired by Trader Joe's Marinated Artichoke and Hearts of Palm prepared salad that I love, and the other a pishposh (is that a word?) of things that I found in the fridge. They were both different and delicious. What is your favorite summer salad? Do you even like salads? I bet if you're weather is still snowy and cold, they might not even be on your radar yet!

Salad 2: Spring Mix, romaine hearts, marinated artichokes, hearts of palm, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, avocado, lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper.
<3 Stef

My prayers to the beautiful people of Oklahoma who are suffering from this terrible devastation. That God may bring you strength and peace during this time of trouble.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013




Mama, estoy tan agradecida por que la vida me puso contigo. Gracias por siempre quererme como los haz hecho, y por dejarme volar cuando era tiempo. Te amo. Siempre sere tu niƱa chiquita.

Happy belated Mother's Day to you all. Hope you all had an amazing weekend!
<3 Stef

Monday, May 13, 2013

There is nothing like 90 degree weather that sets off everyone so they can officially jump in the pool without getting the chills. Granted, the hotter months are a literal hell here in Vegas, but there is nothing that screams "Verano!" like family BBQ's and days by the pool. Being the Vegas native that I am, I live for the months where you find the best fruits and vegetables and chill on your porch during the nights where the weather is perfect. Even though the thought of less clothes is really not my thing, I love what summer brings; the food, the weather, and the opportunity to spend more time outside! Temperatures are slowly quickly climbing and I am searching for ways to make the days cooler. Lately I've been perusing the internet (getting distracted), as I add things to my to do list for the upcoming months. Whether that be with recipes or activities to kills the afternoon boredom, I am ready to enjoy this new fresh and hot season!
For an easy refreshing breakfast, try this. Perfect for those warm mornings.
My favorite summer salad. The dressing is to die for!
How to freeze your summer vegetables.
Can't wait to make this for dinner. It looks heavenly!
 Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub. Need I say more?
 Take these on a day to the park or to an al' fresco brunch!
Chelsea makes these mojitos look amazing! I'm refreshed just looking at them.

My ideal summer outfit. Shorts wouldn't be so bad either.
What's on your summer to do list? Anything you've been waiting all year to do?
<3 Stef