Wednesday, April 29, 2015

White Washed

Los Angeles is a city filled with interesting things to discover. It's the place people escape to. I tried to escape it but came back. I guess I didn't appreciate it when I was living here but now I don't see myself leaving anytime soon. The city is a diverse place. With aspiring musicians, experimental artists, thriving actors, revolutionary designers. The list goes on. I guess you could say I am part of that "artsy fartsy" group of LA folk. 

For most of my teen life I wanted to be an artist. I attended an academy at 12 years old and became a skilled oil painter and stuck with it through high school. I applied to art schools but realized it wasn't the smartest choice both creatively and financially. I realized I didn't want to attend and pay a school for art. It was a tough choice at the time but the wisest choice. Art still holds a special place in my heart. I grew up fantasizing about being the next surrealist of our generation. Dreamt of dying some obscure death and then finally being recognized for my work(just kidding. maybe. or not). Little ole me spent hours at the local Barnes and Noble with my nose in art books that I couldn't even purchase because I was too young to even buy my own ice cream. I spent most of my childhood days not socializing but listening to the Swing Kids Movie Soundtrack and painting blank canvases in my room. I was a quiet child but my parents saw the passion in my eyes and skill in my hand when art was involved. 

So when you put someone like me in a city like Los Angeles, everything is exciting and taken as a work of art. The city is filled with likeminded spirits who appreciate it too. The past year has been filled with an array of proposals for collaborations. I lost that spark I had for art when I began working a "big girl" job. I lost that passion and excitement to design and create organically, to be inspired by everything and anything. And recently, I have been overwhelmed with the possibility of collaborations with people who share that same passion to create. It's the year of creating and collaborating with unique individuals! I've got some collabs lined up and in the works so I am really excited to see what comes of it! That's what is great about this city, everyone wants to create. People are excited about the idea of sharing their thought process and develop ideas. You are in a place where the mind and willingness to create becomes infectious. Graffitied walls at every corner, murals on sides of buildings, just watching women walk down the street with color draped garments can become inspiration. The entire city is a canvas! And just this past weekend a blank canvas brightened up Silverlake. The Vincent Lamouroux Bates Motel. I'm sure if you are local to LA, you know exactly what I am talking about. 

For those who don't know of this "Bates Motel" business. It is an art installation that was unveiled this past Sunday. Artist Vincent Lamouroux painted an old motel ALL white before it gets demolished. People gathered together and were blinded by the blank white walls and white palm trees on a sunny day in California. This installation is right down the street from where I live, so I stopped by and got the fuck out because the place was packed with tons of bloggers and photographers trying to get their shots. The installation is all white, fences, trees, inside, outside etc. Word around town is that local artists will be allowed to use it before it gets demolished but who knows. All in all it was an interesting site to see when driving home. The crowd was filled with eclectic individuals who appreciated it immensely. It's things like this that bring people together to appreciate something before it's gone. LA is a great city, make sure to discover it as much as you can, and the people in it as well. 




Saturday, April 25, 2015

Paragon Desert

So y'all. Listen. I opened up my own online shop. I am still running my etsy shop, but now Paragon Desert has it's own domain and own free standing website to expand into more than just vintage. New products, new designs, new merch!
I launched it back in January and have been working hard to build it up from the ground up. Launching and running is a whole lot of work when you do it yourself but I am happy and excited about it. It's a new chapter on my journey to achieving my career dreams. We all have our goals on what we would like for the future and those goals tend to change as we evolve and grow as human beings. If you had asked me years ago what I wanted to be doing, my answer would be what I am currently doing at my full time salary job. But I am not done growing. I am older now, I've reached my goal I had since I was a young teen, but now I got to reach for that bigger goal that I dreamt of since I was a little girl. Taking things step by step is my plan now. It is time to take that next chapter in my life and grow up from here.
So here I am, in the beginning of this exciting new journey and I couldn't be more happy. Paragon Desert is a haven for all that is good and vintage. Products imported from countries like Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Tibet, India etc. Unique pieces that are reasonably priced for the fashionistas on a budget. Take the time to have a look-y at the new cute site! I am always looking for babes to shoot and model for me just for fun, and always looking for assistance on shoots and styling AND also looking for fellow blogger girls who would love to promote. Insta girls obviously also welcome!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Desert Daze. Desert Babes.

I'm back! And with a revitalized soul people! 
So at the beginning of this year, I made a promise I would go on more adventures, road trip to new places, pretty much live life to the fullest. Discover the world around me. And I just got back from a weekend trip that has left me at peace, but has also left me feeling angst to go on another trip as soon as possible. I road tripped out to the desert with my gal pals this past weekend to Joshua tree and had some of the best experiences of my life. Before I go into detail on the series of events from the weekend, let me just give a backstory and shout out to the people in my life.

At the end of 2013, I met a group of human beings. Ladies of all different backgrounds. An eclectic collection of individuals. Since then, we have become a sisterhood so strong that it makes me want to cry how blessed I am to have these women in my life. I had an incredibly heavy year last year, with the loss of my nephew and other things. When I was mourning, it seemed like I would never be able come out of that dark place. I had no idea how I would begin to maneuver my way out of that state of mind. When you go through something that tragic, it starts to become physically and mentally impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Many people have told me I am one of the strongest individuals they have met in their lifetime. They always say the people who are the strongest are usually the one's who didn't have the easiest life. Me in a nutshell. It was one of the hardest times in my life, but I slowly came back into the world and that light came from these human beings. I had one of the toughest years of my life in 2014, but also one of the best years of my life. I was reminded of the beauty life brings, and not only was I inspired by the spirit that my nephew left behind but also the spirit and spark that these women have. We have all grown so close and so supportive in each others lives that when anyone needs someone there, we are there in a heartbeat. Whether it is to drink wine, dance around with or to just dress up with. So advice to those out there, we all have soul mates in this world, more than one. These girls are mine. And I can't wait to discover the world and evolve with these women, we have too many adventures for us waiting in the future! 

So back to our trip!
Woke up Saturday morning for a 6am run in my neighborhood. Grabbed some breakfast with half the group, started off with a triple berry mimosa and we hit the road! I was wearing a super oversized 80s denim jacket with just a bra. I spotted a boy looking over our way on the freeway and he sent over a sweet smile. So I flashed him. I am the free spirit type, so I don't mind doing things like this, and he wasn't a creepy fellow, so it was just plain old road trip fun. He praised us and thanked us cause he was an edgy younger fellow working on a saturday morning who just needed a lift. We arrived to Yucca Valley where the Joshua Tree National Park is. Met the rest of the crew and entered our super secret location where we were staying at. Sorry, our contract said we couldn't really give away the location. Rules are rules. It was decked out in 70s decor and we had the whole desert to ourselves! 

We drank and drank, played games, I interpretive danced while some of my girls sang and played the guitar under the desert night sky. We lounged and spoke from things like what we intend to do with our lives, to of course feminist centered talks. We heard coyote howling back at us while we sang so we ran outside and stood in the middle of the desert looking up at the sky. It was a New Moon, so the air was light, the sky was dark but lit with the brightest of stars. We felt stripped down. We looked up and silently stood there as all our worries faded away. Everything seemed to open up, the moon was cleansing us, revitalizing us, re-energizing our souls. Like always, I immediately think making any experience even better is to go nude. So we all stripped down and ran around and danced naked in the desert. We held each other and laughed and told each other how much we love each other. We felt free. Then we continued with the night and laughed the night away till we passed out with beer and food the the edge of our beds. 

2nd day we rode like crazy hooligans through the desert for hours in a mustang convertible, topless! We felt like Britney Spears in Crossroads and all that was left was a bucket hat to wear. We strolled through Pioneertown and met a man who told me I was a Native American in my past life, and that he could see I had that spirit. Then he blasted Native American music and lit up a blunt and let us play with his dog. You meet interesting people on the road and we ate, laughed, sang, hit the road again and visited the Dinosaurs. By the time we got back to Los Angeles, we were beat but feeling good and re-energized. Still missing the desert, but next month we are back for another trip! Can't wait. Until then, stay fresh my loves. 

WEARING: Pants designed by me, U.O glasses, denim shorts. Jacket available on soon. Bra U.O. Denim jacket from group spirit apparel. Shoes H&M.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Self Discovery

As I sit here, past my bed time....I feel the sudden urgency to write down my thoughts, my intentions for life. I will admit, I am on my 4th cup of wine, but it is not hindering my thoughts. When this new year started, I did a candle ritual cleansing. Ridding everything negative from last year and bringing in a white candle for the new year. I have seen progress, in negative people fading away out of my life and now I am starting to see things more clearly, a look at a future life with a purpose. I have the power to change my life, to better it, to bring significance to it. I went through a hard year last year and it put things into perspective. I knew the evolution of my betterment wouldn't come quickly, it would be a gradual thing and I am starting to notice significant advancement. 

My best friend and I made a promise to each other that we would take a trip every month, big or small. We started the new year by venturing to Mono Lake. A magical experience where we explored Mono Lake, The Sierras, Travertine Hot Springs, Bodie Ghost Town and Mammoth. All in one weekend. To be in an empty open land, with a human being you love like a sister is the best experience. The month after we took a  closer adventure to a Hindu Temple Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Chino, CA. A life changing experience. A feeling I cannot describe, an unreal sense of peace. Every trip I have made in the past 3 years have been life changing, the heart needs, yearns for adventure, for new things. That is what I intend to do. Discover a world with endless possibilities. 

To be honest, I don't know what I intended this post to finish as, what point or what mood I was trying to get across. But maybe that's a good thing. I am in a state of progress, not yet finished, still discovering, still finding out. I guess just live your life. Bring meaning to it, live it with excitement. That's all for right now. I intend to post more consecutively. But mostly adventure based and less "fashion" focused. Fashion is still a big part of my life, but it isn't the focal point. For more updated and constant updates on my adventures and craziness, follow me on instagram @fromabolivian

Much Love

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Valentine's Day Giveaway! I've teamed up with some incredible Instagramers/bloggers and we've put together an awesome V-Day Giveaway! We will have TWO winners who will each win a $170 PayPal voucher, so you can buy your significant other, your bestie, or yourself something awesome! 

Here's how to enter:
1.) Follow me @FROMABOLIVIAN and LIKE this post.
2.) Tap once to see who to FOLLOW NEXT and LIKE Their post
3.) REPEAT Step 2 until you've made it back here!

4.) TAG one of your friends (so they can enter & have a chance to win too!) and tell me what you hope to give/receive this Valentine's!

Once you have made your way back to @FROMABOLIVIAN , you have completed the loop! You must follow/like all the bloggers to qualify and your account must be set to PUBLIC. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 13th, 2015. Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Happy Danksgiving

Hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving! I ate turkey for the first time in 6 years! And it was glorious. I went in for seconds and got a stomach ache for getting too excited about eating meat again on Thanksgiving. And me being me, I always dress accordingly to said theme.

A couple of years ago, I purchased a rarity of a fabric. A velvet burnout chiffon with warm velvet leaves all over. Perfect for anything fall season in California. Last year I made a bell dress and dressed them up with my velvet pilgrim JC's for Thanksgiving. This year was way too hot for anything long sleeved. So I through on my high waisted bells and mesh top. I felt great in the sunny hot weather with my highwaisted black undies and bra. It's all about transparent mesh everything because it's the closest thing to being naked. I can't go out naked when it's crazy hot, but I will go out in a thin layer of fabric.

These are probably my favorite pants I've made, and my black American Apparel mesh top is one of my major staples in my closet. I've had it for years and it's still in pretty good condition.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Adventure Time

All year round, I crave to travel. I was born with the travel bug. But it mostly hits hard during the beginning of Fall. Fall is my favorite season of the year, but California lacks in having a true authentic fall season. So I always tend to travel during the Fall/Winter season to different and new places so I can fully experience nature and feel at home. 

When I lived in Portland, I woke up to rainy days and foggy cold mornings. Dream weather for me. I got excited when it was raining, I would make myself some hot chocolate, turn on Dario Marianelli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet while I coated myself with rib knits and leather boots, and layers of prints to go out into that wet city. I was in my element, and the dark tones and warm hues of the city just blended so well with my aesthetic. It was bittersweet when I moved back to California, but that is why I travel to Portland once a year, cause I can't stay away. 

I've already got two trips planned with Fall/Winter. Portland in December, and another Big Bear trip is in the works. My friends and I traveled there over the summer, and now we are traveling back to experience the snow and are searching for the perfect cabin in the woods to rent out. Traveling and exploring places is what I am meant to do, in tribute to my nephew Gaige. He was an adventurous soul. Come next year, my friends and I are renting an RV and roadtripping to New Mexico to the White Sands Monument, I am beyond ecstatic! And shortly after that I am traveling back to South America with family AND friends. 

So in spirit of the awesome gift from nature this morning, who decided to give us a foggy morning, I give you some travel inspiration. Via Pinterest / Via Free People cause they are on the same wave length as me! If you want to see more, follow me on