Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Wedding in San Francisco

April 2, 2015 
Erik & Renee Peters

So, my big sister, Renee, tied the knot with the love of her life Erik. This wedding happened almost a month ago, but I've been too busy to share a few photos.

The wedding took place at the San Francisco City Hall, which by the way, was extremely beautiful! I honestly expected to take a ton of pictures during the ceremony, but I was balling my eyes out the entire time lol; I think I cried more than my sister did, and it wasn't even my wedding!

So, here are a few photos...

                                 I am so blessed to add new and BIG editions to my family!

Outfit Details: 
Hat- Forever 21
Cardigan- Forever 21
Dress- Ross
Sandals- ASOS
Watch- Michael Kors

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Beginning of my Yoga Journey!

Hello friends! Today, I would like to share with you guys that I made the decision to start practicing yoga for the second time! Yes. The second time.

(Disclaimer: I took a beginner's yoga class at my former community college, and I honestly didn't take it very seriously because i dreaded to wake up and get to school at 8am.)

At this moment, I do not have a yoga studio that I attend, but for now, I'm going to try and begin on my own. 

I definitely wanted to share with you guys, the first few poses that I learned in my previous yoga class. 

1. Controlled Breathing
Every yoga routine would usually start off with one or two breathing exercises to help get you ready for your practice. The main exercise that I learned is to sit cross-legged on the floor with a straight spine with your back palms up on your knees. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in. Hold it for a slow count of four, then exhale for a slow count of eight..Before inhaling again, pause for a slow count of eight, then inhale for a count of four.
Continue to repeat this breath until you feel calm and centered.

2. Cat/Cow Posture
I pretty much consider the Cat and Cow poses to be one pose because they come together nicely. Come onto hands and knees with your hands directly under your shoulders and knees lined up with your hips. As you inhale arch your back, tilt your head back, and press on the floor with your hands.Now, on your next exhale, you pull your belly in, fold your chin toward your chest, and arch your back in the opposite direction. Repeat this for 10-15 rotations. (
Pose 1: Cow 
Pose 2: Cat

3. Downward Facing Dog
You can transition to downward dog right from your hands and knees. Just straighten your legs and push with your palms, letting your head relax to a neutral position. Focus on pulling your shoulder blades together and gently pressing your heels toward the floor. Relax and breathe in this posture for as long as you like!
I have to say, I am still struggling to hold this pose, only because I have weak arms! lol, I'll get there eventually.

4. Warrior II
From standing, walk or jump your feet apart. You want a nice, wide stance – more than shoulder width apart. Turn your right foot toward the right wall, and turn your left toes in slightly. Bend your right knee, bringing your thigh as close to parallel to the floor as you can. Inhale as you raise your arms, so they are parallel to the floor, then turn your head so that you’re gazing out past your right hand. Stay here for 10 deep breaths, then reverse your feet and repeat on the left side. Come back to standing up straight, feet together, when you’re done. This pose helps with both balance and the strengthening of your arms & legs.

5. Lunge
I know, lunges seem like something for gym-goers, but the lunge is a powerful yoga pose, too! From standing, step your right foot forward, and bend your right knee so that just your left toes are on the floor. Keep your left leg straight, and slide it backwards, if you need to. You want your right thigh parallel to the floor and your left leg straight out behind you. You can either leave your palms or fingertips on the floor or lift your arms up over your head, if you feel like you’ve got good balance in this posture. Hold this pose for 10 deep breaths, then repeat on the opposite side. To come out of lunge, bring your back knee to the floor and sit on your knees.

6. Bridge Pose
This posture is my favorite! I can hold this pose forever lol. It stretches and strengthens without being too strenuous. Begin on your back with your arms by your sides, and bring your feet close to your bottom. Press your feet into the floor and tense your bottom, lifting your butt and lower and middle back off of the floor. You’re going for a straight line that begins at your knees and goes all the way to your chest. Hold for 10 deep breaths, then release slowly back onto the floor... I have this pose nailed to a T!! ( just saying)

 7. Savasana 
Savasana is actually just as important as every other pose in this series. The savasana helps your body absorb the benefits of the poses that you just did, and at the end you’ll feel refreshed and energized. Lie on your back with your arms by your sides. Let your feet roll out, and gently close your eyes. Think about relaxing every part of your body, from the top of your head and your forehead all the way down to your fingers and toes. Relax and breathe here for as long as you like. If you fall asleep in this posture like I always do, trust me, it's pretty common.

If any of you guys are interested in yoga and you may have some doubts, I assure you that it's not as intimidating as it looks. I've learned that yoga is all about self improving; you're not competing with others. Oh, and in case you were wondering, yoga is great for any and EVERY size! So, my curvy friends can do it too!!
Comment below to share your thoughts! xoxo

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Offer of Admission to San Francisco State University!!!!

I'm not sure if I spoke about this before, but my goal was to attend a Cal State this upcoming fall semester.

Unlike many of my classmates, I didn't go straight to a university after high school. Instead, I decided to go through the community college route, which requires you to basically take all of your general education classes for two+ years, and then transfer on to a four year school.

What four year schools did I apply to?

So, I actually had an order as to what schools I wanted to attend:

1. San Francisco State University
2. Sacramento State University
3. Cal State Long Beach
4. Cal State Northridge

The only reason I applied to just four schools was due to the fact that the program that I was in at my community college paid for up to four application fees lol. 

I honestly didn't expect to get accepted into any of the schools because I wasn't passing any of my classes last fall. Like, I literally failed all three classes. Why? Long story short, I was in the middle of two extremely unsafe situations that interfered with both my school and college lives. (These two situations led me to have to move to Louisiana)


So, I actually received a letter in the mail from SFSU(San Francisco State), offering me admission into their Women and Gender Studies program!! My first choice was their Fashion Design & Merchandising program, but because it's such an impacted major, I had to choose an alternative.

So, I did accept the offer and all I have to do now is turn in my transcripts, but I am honestly nervous due to my last three grades, but I am trying to keep a positive attitude. I'm honestly just blessed to be accepted, but if I can't attend this year, then I know forsure that I will be attending next year!!

Side Note: I was put on the waitlist for Sacramento State, but I missed the deadline to accept!! (ooopsss!!)