It’s Kind of a Funny Story

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There are moments where I’ll pick up a piece and it’ll trigger a particular memory. I can remember the reason why I bought it and why it’s one I remember. For this particular skirt, it is kind of a funny story.

A week before leaving New York, I managed to ask a guy out on a date. Quite out of my comfort zone, but hey I’m trying to step out of it. After much denial and many “omg’s”, it finally sank in that well I DID THAT. I asked a boy out. The only issue with this afterward is that I had no clue what to wear. A day before the date, I walked into an Urban Outfitters in search for an identity. I searched through racks, looked at mannequins for outfit inspiration, but STILL not one thing resonated with me or whatever identity I was going for—till this day I still don’t know what I was looking for.

In the midst of giving up and figuring out what I could later conjure up from my hole in the wall closet, I decided to take a peek into the sale section just for curiosity and fun. Which leads me to the plaid skirt you see. I picked it up and to my surprise, it was only $10 with an extra 40% off.  Let’s just say this skirt ended up being one of the pieces I wore on that date; but of course, after many outfit changes and fights with myself later. But that’s a story for another day…

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Photos taken by: Natalie Geisel 

This is Why I Love The Mindy Project

There are many things I am obsessed with. There are many things I fangirl about. And one of those things are my precious films and shows. THEY ARE MY LIFELINE 😭

However,

there comes a point where my obsession—or some may say addiction—to watching these shows and films is that eventually they come to an end, and that my friends is TRAGIC. I slowly start to run out of things to watch and enter a downfall of despair. Okay, I might be being a little dramatic, but it’s TRUE. It becomes a mission to find the next show to love.

Recently though, I decided to watch The Mindy Project 🌟 and it was the BEST. DECISION. OF. MY. LIFE. IT’S SO GOOD AND FUNNY!!!

Let’s just say that I’m already in season 2 and about to start season 3 ( I know, I have a problem). I really love how the character Mindy loves romcoms and says pop culture references all the time because same, and I love how the characters can be total dorks and insecure and just plain real. If I want to have a good laugh I know that I can tune into this show and laugh till I die.

Point is you need to go watch it so that we can love it together.

Sincerely,

an obsessed show fanatic 👀

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Photos taken by Natalie Geisel

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Here’s One Way You Can Wear Red

I love color. I specifically love the color red. I always feel like I’m surrounded by color haters because I always hear “I love black, and it is all I will ever wear”. Now, don’t get me wrong, black is cool. But why hate on all the other colors and rob yourself from an experience? Give them a chance! I’ve always been a strong supporter of color. I even try to convince my best friend to wear color, but sometimes fail because he’s too stubborn and also a big fan of black, but my protest for color shall continue.

For me color is a fun way to play around with your style and give life to my uneventful life, I need some FUSED ENERGY AND POWER, and well color does that for me. I know color can sometimes be a tricky thing to put together, but word of advice: don’t think too much about it! Randomly pick out some pieces, switch them around, try them on; and then judge for yourself on whether or not you think it looks good AND makes you feel good. If those two factors equal a yes, then voila! you have officially discovered a new part of yourself and have joined the color-loving club! Bienvenido/a!

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Photos taken by Natalie Geisel!

Fun fact: Were were internet friends, and finally got to hangout IRL while we were both interning in NYC this past summer!

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I Constantly Suffer From Impostor Syndrome

I’ve always been quite hard on myself and have the bad habit of not giving myself credit for the things I do; something I’m truly working on. I’m not sure where I developed the inability to feel accomplished or like I was incapable of doing things, but it is probably one of my many insecurities. It is not till recently where I started to learn how to acknowledge my successes and accept that I am capable of doing things, but it is truly a work in progress and a habit I have yet not mastered.

I suffer from impostor syndrome. If you haven’t heard of this term, then let me give you a brief explanation. Impostor syndrome is “a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud.” In other words, I constantly feel like I have fooled everyone into thinking I can do things, when I believe I can’t.

It’s an awful way to see and feel things, but it’s something I constantly struggle with. I remember being at my summer internship this year and always feeling like I had fooled everyone into thinking I could actually do my job. There were times where maybe I wasn’t sure how to go about things or how to tackle a task and I would automatically feel like a failure, and would dive into my pit of feeling like a fraud. Eventually, I would pick myself up, ask for some help or guidance and get the task done without any other issues.

I’ve learned that the only person that can make you feel shitty or incapable of doing things is yourself. That it’s important to give yourself value and recognize the hard work you put in and congratulate yourself for any progress and accomplishments; no matter how small they may seem. Though it’s a constant struggle, it’s slowly getting easier to jump out of this mindset as soon as I recognize it. But as with everything in life, it’s a work in progress.

Have you ever suffered from imposter syndrome? I would love to know your thoughts, and it’d be nice to not feel like a party of one.

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Photos taken by: Cassidy Hopkins

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17 Things I Learned About Living In New York City

New York has truly been a life-changing experience. It has given me the opportunity to learn things about myself, meet new people and embrace a new wave of freedom. On my Instagram, I started a little series where I would reveal something I had learned about living in the city, so I thought I would compile a list of them and share them with you.

Here are the revelations:

  •  I’m super out of shape and have trouble breathing when going uphill 😭
  •  You are going to get lost many times, but if you believe in yourself that you can find your way back, you will 🔍
  •  If you can spend 30-45 minutes in a subway with no AC and come out alive, that automatically makes you a survivor 💪🏻 a survivor with a lot of sweat though 🙃
  •  There’s always room to discover and learn something new 🌟
  • Even when you’re exhausted, you can somehow find the energy to keep going and do more 💪🏻
  • The city is filled with creative and talented people who will inspire you 🌟
  • I don’t want to eat another pizza slice🍕 for a long time, I am sick of it 😭
  • One way or another you have to learn how to cook. Food is expensive and eating out all the time will make you go broke 🍽
  • You can learn so much about yourself and go the extra mile to achieve something 🏃🏻
  • Being independent feels great!  👄
  • You will meet people you’ve always followed on social, and get the chance to learn who they really are IRL (in real life) 💻
  • If you love the work you do, everything will feel great 🙏🏼
  • You can actually love the people you work with, who knew 👀
  • Always make time to relax and take a break. It can get overwhelming sometimes 💤
  • Fomo will be real, but just tell yourself there will always be another day to do things 🌤
  • It’s important to believe in yourself and give yourself credit for the things you accomplish 🌟
  • There’s always room to grow 🌿

FUN FACT: This whole look is thrifted! So you can most definitely create an outfit from thrifted pieces. You don’t always need to rely on fast-fashion chains to make something work! 💃🏻💥

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Photos taken by Maria Colalancia

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Why I Decided To Start A Blog

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Since 2014, I wanted to create a blog. I created one but failed in keeping it alive.

No matter how much I tried to keep my old blog alive and turn it into something I loved, it never worked out. I never made time for it and I was never satisfied with it. After much thinking, I realized it was never the right time for one. I wasn’t at a place in my life where I could make room for it, and I didn’t have much of a self-esteem to back me up in the process. I honestly didn’t know what I was doing. Eventually, I left it on the backend, but it was something that always lingered in the back of my mind. I always wanted to make this blog work. I wanted a place to express myself, share my love for clothes and share the things I cared about while being creative and inspiring others in the process.

Fast-forward to present time and I feel like Brisa is in a better place now (yes, I sometimes speak in the third person). Sometimes you sit down with yourself and think about where you are physically and mentally; take things in. Self-reflection is important and a necessity. I’m in a much better place where I believe I can do things. Hence, the start of this blog. I feel like I’m finally ready to create something of my own. I’m ready to do this for myself. I’m ready to give this blog a life.

So I welcome you and hope you stay for the ride. I’m not sure what will become of it, but I hope it’ll never have to turn into a pending project in my mind again.

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Photos taken by: Maria Colalancia

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