Wednesday, April 20, 2011

twiiiiiter!

Hello my little lovebugs! 
So after I realized how addicted I am to facebook, I deactivated my account. 
Let me say one thing, it feels AMAZING!
But now that I cut that out, I remembered about my twitter account.
SOOOOO....
I figured, why not use my twitter account to get close to my followers :)
I want to get to know YOU guys better, 
see what YOU guys are up to,
and build some awesome friendships :)
If any of you have twitter, feel free to follow my tweets!
I would love to follow all of you back, too.
Let's get connected :)



@ElenaVillalobos


Hope to hear from you lovelies
X0X0


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mommy knows best.

Hi there :)
I'm sorry I've been so MIA lately... my personal life has been in a whirlwind and I was having a rough time trying to deal with everything. It's not completely 100%... actually, I wouldn't even say it's 75% back to normal, but I'm taking baby steps every day :)

On to some awesome news, my mom and little sister are in town! I am BEYOND excited about this! I haven't seen them for 6 months... somewhere around there. Last night my mom and I sat on my bed and had a heart to heart about my love life. She's the only one I can always count on to give me amazing advice.

Let me fill you guys in:
I was in a long distance relationship with Justin for forever, it seemed that way anyway. Our love was strong, there was no hiding that, but the separation took a toll on our relationship. He made the decision that he wanted to move me out to Texas, to start our lives there and support me completely. It all sounded amazing, there wasn't anything I wanted more than to be with Justin on an everyday basis but I had a plan to move out there after I finished school. He supported me in that but he just wasn't a very patient person. We ended up breaking up a couple weeks ago. Even though we're not together, we're still in communication with each other and it's an every day thing.

Anyways, my mom had some pretty insightful things to say to me about what happened between Justin and I. I'm just so lucky that I have her here to give me unbiased advice and put things in a way I couldn't see them before. There's no doubt in my mind that Justin and I would make an amazing couple if we were with each other everyday, it's just that right now wasn't the time. God's will will be done :)

Bottom line: Mommy's know best & I finally realized that after 23 years of existence. I love her so much, can't wait to hang out with her and my little sister like old times :)

Until next time!
Elle

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Elle has clocked out.

Lately I've been feeling like a stranger to myself. I don't have that spark about life anymore, days just come and go and it feels like I just sit and watch them pass me by. I miss having energy and passion, it's like everything has just been routine and I'm on replay. 

This funk is really starting to mess me up and it has to come to an end already. I think tomorrow morning I'm going to take a mini vacation by myself. Maybe drive up to Santa Fe or find some cool places in Albuquerque. I've lived here for 2 years and I have yet to explore the ins and outs of this place. I'm the biggest baby when it comes to doing things alone but we all have to start someday. 

Hopefully I snap back into my old cheerful self soon,
Wish me luck!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME : )

I'M 23!! 
Well actually, my birthday was on Friday but I haven't had much time to get online and blog about it. I can't believe another year has already come and gone. I'm so excited for what this year is going to bring me :-) 


Here are some pictures of my day, I'm having my birthday party on Saturday so I'll be sure to take better quality pictures next weekend!

Moto bought me my Gucci carry-on duffle bag!!

My sister with her coconut margarita.


Me with my blood orange margarita.

An adorable clown ice cream my sister bought me : )

Came home to these in my room, thank you Dad! <3

Jagerbomb shot in a cute shot glass that I ended up finding in my purse the next morning.

My 'I don't want anymore shots' face.

The other pictures started getting a little more sloppy as the night went on, haha! That was my FIRST night taking shots and I had no idea that I should wait a couple minutes in between shots. I paid for it the next day, my hangover didn't go away till around 9pm. I'm never doing that again! 

I'm feeling 100% okay today, back to my normal self :-) So of course I celebrated in the best way possible... 

ONLINE SHOPPING AT VICTORIA SECRET

Haha, I have to stop with this online shopping already, it's just so convenient to shop in your PJs :-) right?

I can't wait till next weekend, I'm already writing my TO DO list to get the party in order :-) 

I hope your weekends were great
& an even better week!

XO

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Photoshoots.

I vow to get my Canon Digital Rebel XTI out of retirement. I've been neglecting it for far too long... we've had some good times together. Here are some of the shoots I've done:







Saturday, April 2, 2011

Feathers aren't just for birds!

Say it with me...
FEATHER
EXTENSIONS


Okay, okay... it takes a little getting used to but I think they look pretty awesome. I mean, obviously I wouldn't rock this everyday... but maybe on a sunny Saturday during Summer or Spring... maybe even in Vegas while I'm poolside : )


Sooo... I'm thinking of getting some feather extensions when I go back home to visit. I'm kind of nervous to how people will react over here in Albuquerque but I like being a trend setter... especially with the sun shining more than ever, it's time to think outside the box and take some risks!




By the way, look how good Ke$ha looks!




I really didn't find any pictures of the extensions on black hair so I'll be sure to put some up when I get them put in : )

What do you girls think? 
Would you get feather extensions or do you think they look tacky?


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Awkward & Awesome Thursday!

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It's my first time participating in Awkward & Awesome Thursday! I'm so excited because I'm not only incredibly awkward, but I'd like to think that I'm super awesome too!

Awkward:

1. Almost crashing into some guy in the school parking lot because I forgot to check my rear view mirror.


2. Accidently tripping over a curb and trying to play it off like nothing happened.


3. My stomach growling in class when everyone is quiet because I forget to feed it sometimes (then trying to cough to disguise it). 


4. Having random cough attacks out of nowhere because I'm getting over my sickness -I hate that!


5. This picture: 


Awesome: 

1. Ending the school and work week -Finally! Time to relax and enjoy some nights out : )

2. My new baby cousin, Kailah, being born : ) She's the most precious girl I've ever laid my eyes on!

3. My gas tank lasting me a whole week, YESSS! Spending $45 on a full tank is such a bummer.

4. Planning my trip back home to SD! Can't wait to be reunited with my friends and mommy! I've missed them so so much!

5. My birthday being less than a month away - April 8th to be exact! The big 23. I'm excited about it!

6. Discovering a new way to braid my hair when I'm feeling lazy. HUGE accomplishment for me.

7. This picture: 


What are you wearing?

So lately I've been lacking the motivation to get up that extra hour earlier to get ready and look cute for school. Sleep has been consuming my life, I swear I can hibernate for a week if it was possible. Anyways, I need shake this laziness off and jump back on the pretty wagon! I made a vow to myself that today will be the last day of my lazy spree! No mas!


This is what I wore today:


Believe me, this outfit is an upgrade to how I've been dressing lately. I think layering your clothes is a cute way to say 'I'm in relax mode but I'm not a complete scrub'. 
So let's see what I'm wearing...

(From top to bottom)
Bead headband from Anthropology. $32
Peace sweater from Victoria Secret $25
A regular white tank. I don't remember where it's from but you can find one anywhere.
Torn black jeans from Forever 21 $30
Brown Uggs from Dillards $180
Brown side-bag from Urban Outfitters $55

I'm not the best bargain hunter so I'm sure you can find a cheaper replacement for any of these things, you just have to look for it. I know that F21 has a bunch of really cute hair accessories and I'm pretty sure some are beaded hairbands. 

What are you ladies wearing on this wonderful Thursday?!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Catch up day.

Yikes! I should really stop lagging on writing posts, I promise to find more time for you guys : )

What did you guys do this weekend? Anything fun planned? Or maybe even some unexpected surprises? My weekend was pretty quiet - for the most part.

Thursday was St. Patty's Day! Happy St. Patty's Day to all of you by the way, better late than never right? I went downtown with a girlfriend of mine and had a blast! We didn't drink green beer but it's okay, we managed without it! 

I have a green bracelet on.

Friday I decided to stay in for the night with the family. I wasn't in a 'going-out' mood. PJ's and a movie were all I needed to be happy. On Saturday, my friend woke me up at the crack of noon (I love my sleep) and invited me to go watch him ride. I'm really into motocross so I decided to wake up, get ready and head out to some local dunes. Lucky for him, I packed my camera and got some pretty cool pictures of him : )




For the sake of future posts having to do with him, let's call him Moto. Pretty fitting, right? He's one sarcastic, crazy, fun-to-be around guy. 


I was getting jealous of Moto riding around so I wanted to ride too. Keep in mind that I didn't have ANY gear on, I was wearing a black romper with my Vans. I put on my brothers helmet and jumped on the bike. 


Result:




I ended up riding on loose gravel. I went to turn around and pushed the throttle too hard and the bike went out from under me, causing me to fall off it. The wonderful peg on the side of the bike stabbed my leg a little and made me bleed. Never again. I learned my lesson completely and I won't ever jump on the dirtbike without proper gear on. Don't be mad at Moto, he wasn't there when I had the bright idea of jumping on the bike... he came back to my leg bleeding, haha. 


Sunday was homework day. I sat on my bed and caught up on all my homework I was assigned before Spring Break. So happy that's over with!


Today while I was at school I was surprisingly giddy. No bad case of the Mondays for me, I handled today with a smile! Mostly because of some simple things that put me in a good mood. 


1. Blue Machine Naked Juice 
and the cute little phrase it had on the back. 
I was definitely on the happy train today, choo-choo!


2. I wore my favorite belt!
I have a tremendous love for over sized buckles
and Michael Kors won over my heart with this belt


What simple pleasure can turn YOUR day around?!

Hope you all have a wonderful night : ) 
Until next time!




Thursday, March 17, 2011

Oh heyyyy there!

It's been soooo long since I've blogged, I've missed you little beauties! 
Well let's catch up... midterms happened which is a huge part of why I couldn't find time to connect with you guys, then I had to pack for 
VIVA LAS VEGAS
and I was in Sin City for 4 days. I finally came home at the wee hours of Monday morning and I was sick! I've been sick in bed with the flu since Monday morning and I'm barely starting to get better - THANK GOODNESS!

Anyways, I want to share some Vegas pictures with you guys!

First night:
We didn't want to get ready and go to a club, considering we just drove 8 hours to get to Vegas, so we drank at the hotel and hit the strip! I don't remember much but I'm so glad I have pictures : )



Second night:
Got dolled up from the feet up and hit up the HOTTEST club in Vegas! XS at Encore is an AMAZiNG club!! I am obsessed with it because the Kardashian's are known to hit up this club from time to time : ) It's complete with a pool, 2 HUGE bars, an amazing dance floor and tons and tons of places to sit! Seriously, if you're in Vegas, I recommend this place!!



Third DAY:
We decided to lay out at the pool in Monte Carlo. SO. MUCH. FUN. Beautiful people everywhere! Not only that but the JABBOWOCKEEZ came and performed!! If you don't know who they are, they are the winners of the first season of Americas Best Dance Crew! Of course I got super stoked when I saw them because they're from my hometown, SAN DIEGO <3 Anyways, the Monte Carlo pool is so much fun! They have a wave pool AND a lazy river. I wish I was there right now.




Third night: 
Soooo, SNOOKI (from Jersey Shore) was staying at our hotel - The Luxor. She was making an appearance at LAX... we went... we stood in line for 2 hours (even after being on the guest list) and it was NOT worth it! My bestie Alex and I were so upset, we left. It's 3am and we're in our room... we immediately get dressed, make us some drinks and hit the strip! Had so much fun with my babyyy and made it the best night of the whole trip! We met some boys who were so lame and didn't take rejection very well but they hung around us anyways. 


then we left the next morning. Vegas was wonderful to my friends and I but I need a loooong break before I go back out there. I'm almost positive that my liver hates me and I completely understand.

What are your plans for Spring Break? Anything fun planned?
Make sure to pack some cute swim suits because the sun is always your friend!




Monday, March 7, 2011

Sincerely, BOB MARLEY.


"You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She's not perfect -you aren't either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break -her heart. So don't hurt her, don't change her, don't analyze and don't expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad and miss her when she's not there."



Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bittersweet.

The most unbelievable thing happened this weekend! If you've been reading my last posts, they've been mostly about how I missed my boyfriend all the time and it had been A YEAR since I've last seen him... 
WELLLLLL.....


I spent my whole weekend with this handsome man!
Le boyfriend.
He flew into town on Friday (hence, the pterodactyls flying around in my tummy) and left early this morning. 

I'm going to post the pictures I took of/with him so it'll be like you guys were there. I didn't take a lot because I was too excited and caught up in the moment, but here ya go...

Dinner on the first night. 
I could wake up to this every morning. 
fixing his cute hair

<3

I wish I could say that life is perfect in paradise, but this post is called bittersweet for a reason. Long distance is so hard and with that said, every time you're with that person, you want everything to be perfect. We let an argument get too far which resulted in us leaving each other on bad terms. I'm not too sure where we stand right now and it really hurts to know that we couldn't solve the problem but I believe that God has a plan and he will lead us both where we need to be. 

Until next time... have a great Sunday evening 
XO

Friday, March 4, 2011

I have butterflies!!

No, butterflies don't do it justice... 
there are HUGE pterodactyls flying around in my stomach right now! 
I feel so incredibly giddy! 
You will all find out why on Sunday :) 
Until then, enjoy your wonderful weekend and have fun!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Love Texts.

Sorry for the love overload lately, I'm just reeeeally missing my beau. I can't believe it's already March... it's been A YEAR since I've seen his face... not because we didn't want to, we were just in different times in our lives and things were super crazy for a couple months. He's been traveling all over the place for his work and I've been focusing all my time and energy on school.

Thus, the reason for this post :) Reading these keep me going strong.


Just realized how sappy this post is, haha. I'm so sorry!

Happy Wednesday!
XO

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Relationships 101.

So last night Justin called me at one in the morning to keep him company on his drive home. Being the good girlfriend that I am (toot, toot) I talked to him till he got home, while he watched The Bachelor (his guilty pleasure) rerun, and all the way up until he was sleep talking to me. I definitely slept through my alarm this morning and missed my first class, whoops!
That's besides the point though, I did make it to my favorite class ever and the whole time I was in there I couldn't wait to share with you all what I learned!


My Human Sexuality class is, hands down, the best class ever! Today we discussed how to communicate with your partner about your needs in your relationship and I want to share some of this information with you!



Here are seven ways to effectively give criticism:


1. Be aware of your motivation. 
In a nut shell, if your intention is to hurt, humiliate, ridicule or 'get even' with your partner, STOP. Be able to control yourself and get over the anger before confronting the problem. 


2. Choose the time and place.
Don't bring up the problem if you're in public (this is a personal problem between the both of you, the whole world doesn't need to be involved), if both of you are at your peak of anger (with anger comes the need to be defensive and in doing that, you build a stone wall against your partner), if time is limited (this problem is an important one and can't be solved in a matter of minutes), if either partner is stressed, preoccupied or under the influence. 
I know, now you're probably thinking 'Well when is the right time to talk?' and the answer could be to simply set a date
Tell your partner that you want to discuss a problem or concern thats been bothering you and you would appreciate it if you could set aside a time to talk about it. 
Remember: this is a person you love.


3. Temper criticism with genuine praise.
Nobody likes to feel attacked. This could easily place someone in a defensive mood and shut out everything you're trying to tell them. Start your conversation with a compliment (For example, 'It means a lot to me that you were willing to talk about this with me...' 'Thank you for taking the time our of your day to discuss this with me...'). After, let them know what's bothering you in an effective way. Don't make the other person feel as if they don't do anything right, just simply state your concerns. When you're done, compliment them on the things they've done right up until this point. It will encourage them to continue and help them understand your needs. 


4. Nurture small steps toward change.
Rome wasn't built in a day. Just because you tell your partner to wash the dishes one time doesn't mean they will do it now and forever. Everyone needs to be reminded of things. Don't be afraid to remind each other of what you talked about.


5. AVOID 'WHY' QUESTIONS.
"Why do you always argue with me?" "Why don't we have more sex?" "Why don't you ever let me initiate?" 
Why questions can easily become excuses instead of solving the problem. When you feel the urge to ask 'why' change it into a statement. 


For example: 
"Why don't you ever let me initiate?" ---> "I want to initiate."
"Why aren't you more romantic?" ---> "I want you to be more romantic."

6. Limit to ONE criticism at a time. 
Not one and a half, not two, ONE. This is very important. You can easily overload your partner when you start naming off a list of everything you want them to change. Things will go in one ear and out the other. Nagging isn't an effective way to communicate. Stick to one fault and talk about it until it's resolved. If you have other issues, set another date to talk to them about it. Time and patience is a virtue. 

7. Express negative emotions appropriately. 
If you feel a lot of anger building up and you just can't take it anymore, ask for 5 minutes. If they continue to follow you, demand 5 minutes. If your partner won't give you that, then that's another thing you have to talk about. 

"I need 5 minutes because I'm very angry"
"I need 5 minutes because I'm about to cry"

It's not your partners job to calm you down, those are YOUR emotions and you have to take responsibility for them. Calming yourself down by taking a breather is perfectly normal. 
It's fine to postpone a talk if you get really upset or emotional about it, but when you set the next date be prepared to discuss the problem. 


I know some of you are shy and scared to talk about things with your partner, but remember that growth doesn't come from a feeling of safety. It comes from taking risks. This is a person you love and a person that loves you in return. It will only make you stronger.

I hope this helps some of you because it did wonders for me!
Happy Tuesday my lovely followers!
XO

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I'm going for it...

I am highly addicted to the Kardashians... not only because they're hilarious and so free, but they have the most GORGEOUS hair I've ever seen! Ever since their reality show, 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' hit airwaves in 2007, I've been a religious follower. I've attempted (over and over again) to pull off their middle-part waves but it's been so hard! I usually just sway all my hair to one side and call it a night. So tonight, I'm going to attempt this middle-part hair-do and hopefully I get a good result. Because I already mastered the wave effect, I can help you in that department. If you want to attempt this look too, feel free! I'll post the steps and pictures down below.





First:
It's shower time. Nobody wants to go out with a stinky person. I give myself around 3 hours to get ready because I have A LOT of hair. It's really thick and usually takes a ridiculous amount of time to blow dry. 
Make sure that when you blow dry you separate your hair into 4 parts. (Part your hair all the way down the middle then from ear to ear.) After... blow dry all of it. 

Second: 
When you're done blow drying, get some wine. After you've had a sip, or a couple -I'm not judging, make sure you comb out your hair. Part your hair all the way down the middle, pick the first side you want to work with and put the other side in a bun. 

Third:
After you've done that, part the side your working with horizontally (maybe a half inch above your ear) and put the upper half in a bun. This will help you curl each piece perfectly. 

Fourth: IMPORTANT!
I use a Chi hair straightener but I'm sure any SKINNY straightener would work. 

For example,



Okay, pay close attention. 
You want your curls to flow away from your head. 
So for this reason, after your get your piece of hair in your hand make sure you know this...

If you started off with the left side, point the straightener AWAY from your face and turn it upwards.
If you started with the right side, point the straightener TOWARDS your face and turn it downwards.
  
Here's a short video that explains what I mean...
video
I don't start my curl at the root, I usually start it 1/3 down to avoid looking like Shirley Temple. 

I started with my left side. Once you twirl your hair once, just simply pull it down every couple seconds until you reach the tips. 

Fifth:
[REPEAT] this throughout your head. 



Remember
  1. Practice makes perfect! 
  2. Pick little sections to curl for the best results
  3. Allow yourself lots of time to get the hang of it, this takes me around an hour to curl all my hair. 
  4. These curls stay in for days! (I'm not recommending that you don't shower, but enjoy the fact that tomorrow morning, your curls will still be in tact!)


WAH-LA!


rock it, ladies! x0



Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hello, Sunday!

So this weekend has been a semi-eventful one for me. I went to get pampered at my nail salon, I got my eyebrows waxed and did some shopping. This weekend was supposed to be special for me because my boyfriend was telling me that he was going to drive to see me. He was working in Kansas this weekend and on his way home he was going to stop by New Mexico and stay for a couple days but that didn't end up happening because of his job. Needless to say, I was incredibly bummed but I understood what had happened. 


My weekends usually begins on Thursday because that's my last day of class and work for the week. I decided to go shopping for a baby shower I was going to and picked out this outfit... I was really excited to buy it because for Bebe, a $37 romper is cheap. Plus, the floral print was so adorable. 


Floral romper from Bebe $37
Brown leather boots from Dillards $50
Juicy Couture charm bracelet $35
On Friday I stayed in my PJs all day, drank wine, and watched chick flicks. It was so relaxing and the definition of my "lazy days". White Zin was my best friend that night because of the way I was feeling after the bf couldn't make it over. Not to mention the chick flick only kicked me while I was down. Man, I should probably come  up with better things to do when I'm feeling gloomy now that I think about it...


Saturday was my cousins baby shower. Baby over-load caused baby fever for me. Every time I'm surrounded by baby-anything I want one so bad. My cousin got so many adorable baby girl gifts and we played some games. It was fun to hang out with the whole family. We're all so close and they're amazing to be around. I have a HUGE family and I love it. 


Moving on... after the baby shower celebration, we all headed to my cousin and he fiancé's house and had our 'girl time'. The boys came over too but they stayed in the man cave and didn't bother us :) They're so young (around 20) and they already have this beautiful little house for their growing family. I was in awe at how they decorated it and I pretty much melted when I saw the baby room (greys and pink compliment each other so well!). They're so adorable and I can't wait for baby Kailah to come into this world! We're all dying to meet this little beauty!


Later that night my brother and I headed to the casino to gamble money we didn't have. I am a loyal contributor to the penny slots, that's where I feel at home on the days I feel like gambling. My brother lost his money almost instantly playing poker... me, on the other hand...





won and won and won. I started at $20 and left with $95. Successful night for me :) My brother and I celebrated with victory french fries and called it a night. 

Today, I went to mass this morning and decided to be a home-body. I've been craving a beer really bad today so I'm going to meet up with my friends and head out to The Dirty Bourbon (a local cowboy bar) and have some drinks. 

I hope all of your weekends were great!
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