nyc.

hello! today i wanted to share with you photos from my nyc trip. i spent almost two weeks in this amazing city that truly never sleeps. the first days i was with my sister, and after that i was by myself. after that i flew to london and scotland (post on those coming soon!).

i hope you enjoy what i’m about to show you, since i very much enjoyed this visit to the big apple.

DAY 1

midtown

st. patrick’s

our first day we walked around midtown (where we were staying). because of my not-so-good packing skills, we missed our early flight, thus delaying our arrival. but i was so nervous cuz i didn’t know what to pack for a whole month in london too! nyc greeted us with a cold and rainy day. it was beautiful.

 

DAY 2

the rockefeller building.

top of the rock.

my sister ^

top of the rock had to be my favorite observatory in nyc. i had never been, but i am so glad my sister suggested it. you get views no other skyscraper can beat! and also, to say you were actually inside that iconic building– so surreal!

grand central station

shake shack

for me, a lot of things don’t live up to their hype, but shake shack, my lord, you were delicious and surpassed it.

DAY 3

the smith

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ellen’s stardust diner

like i said before, my sister and i were alone exploring, but our mother, younger sister, and their friends had gone as an 8th grade graduation trip, so they were also there. we met with them at ellen’s, a 50s themed restaurant where the waiters sing. normally i would find a place like that annoying, but it was actually all right. i even sang along!

 

DAY 4

bubby’s – tribeca

this place had the best pancakes i’ve ever tried, ever. i was really, really sad i didn’t go a second time. they’re very pricy, but very worth it. i ordered the blueberry ones. besides the place looking extremely cozy and cute, we sat behind two celebrities. one of them being kendall jenner. my sister was dying, but i was too focused on the pancakes. priorities, am i right! haha

i need to remember to take photos of myself. my sister surprised me with this one.

911 museum

this was such a sad museum to visit. i saw several people crying. but don’t get me wrong, it was a very good museum. as you walk it tells the story of what happened that day, in a respectful way to those who passed.

one world observatory

this is the view from the new world trace center. i’m so honored i got the chance to experience it because of all the work that went into it (although anyone can get in with a ticket, really), but…can i keep it real? i didn’t love it. i think the price was not worth it. there were a lot of tourists flighting for the best window to get a picture from; the glass was full of finger and forehead prints; the views, in my opinion, are not as breath-taking as the other two observatories we visited. i think it took us longer to get in, than the time we were there.

i’m still very happy about the photos i got though, and i’m thankful that i even get to have adventures like this!

brooklyn bridge

when we visited, the bridge had just turned 134 years old, so obviously we had to go congratulate it and, for the first time, cross it.

do not be fooled by our smiling faces though! the hot sun made it a little tough to cross. at the moment i kinda wish i knew how to ride a bike… but if new yorkers walk everywhere, then so will we! (except for the times we got uber, oops.)

dumbo

we found this pretty park after eating at juliana’s pizza. it was so so nice after a very long day of just walking to sit down and see families having picnics, people reading, and even a wedding!

jane’s carousel

the manhattan bridge

i am so happy i got this shot, because for a long time i was jealous of people being able to photograph such iconic beauty. dreams do come true!

DAY 5

american museum of natural history

a classic. one tip i have for you, go to the museum, spend all day there, once you get out, go eat at the shake shack behind it! and if there’s no space to sit, take it to central park!

the dakota

such a legendary place..

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strawberry fields

upper west side

new york sunsets are the best sunsets.

 

DAY 6

wicked

i really don’t enjoy musicals, but my sister said we couldn’t leave nyc without going to a play, so we went to see wicked. i actually really liked it. the actresses did an amazing job!

capizzi’s

i’m pretty sure the waiters hated us for being such a big group. sorry.. we met up with everyone once more for a last dinner. and yeah, that pizza was delicious!

empire state builiding


when we arrived at nyc, we purchased tickets for the things we wanted to see. one of those was the empire state building’s observatory. the night before my sister left, we remembered we still hadn’t used our tickets, so we decided to go. it was 11pm, but thankfully it is open until 2am! it was so nice to see the city at night. and the staff was so kind. we also forgot we had purchased vip until we redeemed our tickets. made us feel like a queen. p.s: don’t wear a dress on a windy day up there.

DAY 7

new york public library

upper west side

i was initially staying in midtown east with my sister, but once she left i moved to a cheaper hotel on the upper west side.

DAY 8

chelsea market

los tacos no. 1

i wish i could show you a photo of my tacos, but they were so good i devoured them before i remembered to do so. oops. take it from a mexican, these are authentic tacos. the owner is super nice and attentive. he even gave me a free quesadilla <3 but everything else in the chelsea market looked amazing. i could spend a whole day there.

artists & fleas

handmade items and vintage collections from local artists on one end of the market. my favorite things.

the highline.

originally train tracks, this long raised park ended up being the cherry on top of a good day in the west side for me. these are probably some of my favorite photos of the whole trip. i really loved chelsea and the meat packing district + it started to rain, so i loved it even more.

DAY 9

washington square park

the village is so youthful and artistic to take a stroll through. i am so mad at myself because i did not take a lot of photos of amazing stuff i saw, like local shops and even a dog day care. but i have my memories and little anecdotes, and that makes me happy to have.

DAY 10

central park

before leaving nyc for london, i decided to spend my last day in the calmest manmade place the city as to offer: central park. i literally spent my whole day there and did not get bored, because there is so much to see and admire. and i may or may not have spent hours just staring at the turtles in turtle pond. 

i hope you enjoyed my little nyc adventures and the photos i took to accompany this post. i was sooo lucky to have been able to experience everything i saw. i really really spoiled myself and went anywhere i wanted with my sister. i cannot wait to go again!

thanks for stopping by! <3

–diana

 


P.S:

my tips for you, if you do go to nyc:

·  check out love taza’s nyc guides. i did a ton of things she suggested and my experience was amazing.

·  google maps is your best friend!

·  pay attention to the streets. they’re not that hard to decipher, but they’re easy to get lost in.

·  go in smaller groups. you’ll be able to get tables faster. or, make reservations beforehand! i did that with almost every place i went to just because i’m inpatient.

·  don’t be afraid to take the subway! there’s mta apps and websites you can check to know which route to take in realtime. i used this website since my phone wasn’t letting me download the app.

·  try the least to look like tourist! walk with confidence, like you know exactly where you’re going even if you’re lost! see how others do it and imitate. also, walk everywhere.

·  don’t make a strict schedule – that’s boring, and you won’t see nyc like a true new yorker! just have an idea of places you can/want to go. before arriving, i made a google drive doc i shared with my sister that had places we could go depending what area we were in or decided to visit. it included attractions and restaurants with address and business hours. it was very helpful during the planning process, and when we didn’t know what to do next in this great big city, we could just pull up the document and decide.

·  getting lost is not a bad thing! don’t worry. learn to keep your cool and look at your phone for directions.

·  take many, many photos. sometimes i was shy to pull out my camera or phone and snap a photo, but i look back at that now as silly. just do it. you’ll regret not taking it.

have fun & be safe! <3

mexico city – may 2017

hello, since a long time ago! i know its august and this post says may, but i have some photos from trips i’ve been wanting to share with you here.

after the spring semester ended, the boyfriend and i got on a plane and spent the weekend in mexico city for the graduation of our friend macarena. we love that city so much, so when she mentioned her graduation and invited us, it was the perfect excuse for a getaway too. david worked, so we couldn’t stay for many days, unfortunately, but our time there was just perfect either way.

we rented an airbnb (for the first time!) downtown and lovedddd it.

  

we stumbled upon this food festival where almost every country went to present their traditional dishes. it was amazing! unfortunately, we had just eaten so we didn’t try much even if we wanted to try everything! i tried little things like samosas, baklava, and natural drinks. david tried the beers.

we also went to the soumaya museum. it was founded by the richest man in mexico and top billionaire of the world for his late wife, and it is free and open to the public, displaying their art collection.

the graduations in mexico are very different to those in the states. it’s like prom, but with your family and alcohol.

if you’re reading this, macarena, congratulations again on this badass achievement. <3

 

i had more photos on my camera, but i lost the memory card :( why do they have to be so tiny and me so forgetful!

this was a perfect weekend. if you ever get the chance, please please please visit mexico city. it is amazing and beautiful. i have way more posts on this city here in my blog if you’d like to explore.

i hope you enjoyed this little post highlighting our weekend. :) i also went to nyc, london, and scotland, so if you’d like to see those, stay tuned! :D

p.s: if you’d like to check out airbnb, here is a coupon from me to you :)!

 

happy birthday, Jimmy!

Hi, everybody! I wanted to start writing here again; I miss it so much. I said I was gonna start writing at the beginning of the year, but bam, it’s now mid February already!

Anyway, what better way to make a come back on my little corner of the internet than to show you the celebration we did for my dog’s 6th birthday. We love Jimmy so much. He was a bit crazy the first years, but now he’s more calm and is so friendly. We put up decorations, got him a cake, and sang him happy birthday.

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I think his favorite part was jumping to reach the balloons we hung from the tree– especially that red one!

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We got him a cake from a local barkery, June Bug’s Barkery (get it? dog bakery, but they bark so bark-ery, hah!)

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We tried to snap a photo of him next to his cake, but he went in for a bite before my sister could even put it down! At least he liked it!

If you didn’t know, I have a lot of dogs (six, to be exact), and I tend to foster some for a wonderful organization, pets alive laredo. My dogs were guests at Jimmy’s paw-ty, so I decided to photograph them too.

Meet: Cake the mini poodle, Angie the chihuahua, Tallulah the chi-weenie, Max the pug, and Franklin the french bulldog.

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I just adopted Franklin last month. He’s 5, kinda blindy, and so chunky. I got to take this photo of him eating his cake. It was so funny! His crooked teeth and a big piece of cake!

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I hope you enjoyed this post. I loved that my family is as crazy as me about animals and went along with his party.

I promise to keep uploading more posts. I already have some in mind! Feel free to follow my blog to keep seeing my four-legged babies and my adventures (that aren’t all that adventurous, haha). I’m also going to start sharing more about me, since I sometimes feel I just started this blog, but people from the internet who aren’t close to me don’t really know who I am. Also, a lot of things in my life happened recently, so I wanna talk about those too, briefly.

For now, have a very nice Tuesday!! <3

–diana

we were talking and eating pizza.

we were talking about the space between us all, and the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion. never glimpse the truth, then it’s far too late when they pass away.

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we were talking about the love we all could share. when we find it, to try our best to hold it there with our love.

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with our love we could save the world. if they only knew..

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we were talking about the love that’s gone so cold. and the people who gain the world and lose their soul. they don’t know. they can’t see. are you one of them?

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when you’ve seen beyond yourself then you may find peace of mind is waiting there.

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and the time will come when you see we’re all one, and life flows on within you and without you.

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strong words by the beatles. but they kind of fit the sort of thing we need right now in this world, don’t you think? coming together, understanding each other, engaging in conversation, having a delicious pizza cuz why not. no, but seriously. november has been kind of rough, but with love and unity we can do anything.

p.s. thank you for always letting me take pictures of your faces, david and didi.

primero de septiembre

this september started so well. I know we are in the third day, but so far it has been fun. on the first day, I went to my botany class laboratory in the morning and looked at slides under the microscope – which I love to do. it is probably one of my favorite things to do in school. you get a hands on learning experience and get to see things in a different light. truly magnificent.

at night, david & I got ready and headed to an art gallery downtown that was displaying local photographers’ work. and it featured a photo I took when i went to india back in january. since the airline had lost my luggage, i was forced to take photos with my iphone (and wear the same outfit many many times). I was disappointed that I went to a place I always dreamt of going and not have my camera with me to capture such vibrant colors and amazing people. but, after seeing this photo displayed like that, it made me proud to still get good shots with what I had in hand. and it also made me proud that i survived in another continent with not many things at hand!

here are some photos of our day, which turned out to be pretty random yet perfect.

THE GALLERY

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as beautiful as the gallery was, we honestly felt a little bit out place. it was our first time ever going to an event there (so that itself was a little nerve-wracking), and it was full of fancy people and hipsters of all kinds. not that that is a bad thing, cuz they were all so nice, but it is just weird to be in among a different crowd, y’know? being the new kid in school, the outsider kinda feeling.

THE CONCERT

we only stayed for a bit and then left. we couldn’t decide what to do, but there was a concert in town of a man whose music I LOVE: leon larregui! so we called my friend didi who lived nearby, asked her “what are you doing? do you want to go to a concert right now?” she said yes (without even knowing who’s concert it was) and joined us. friends who agree to going anywhere with you in heartbeat are priceless.

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I still can’t believe I got to see the man who created the music I listen to almost daily. he’s amazing, I swear.

THE FANCY DINNER

then..we got a little hungry and since it was late we just decided to go cheap and eat mcdonald’s. (i know, we’re always eating there! oops!) i made didi pose (more like randomly screaming, “Don’t move!”) for a few shots. I just enjoy photographing other people so much, especially in a candid manner if possible.

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hurray for cameras with wifi that let you take photos with your phone!

THE BEDS WE SLEEP IN

then we went to didi’s apartment, played with her dogs molly & zelda, and slept over.

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THE NEXT DAY

the next day, we went to the gallery again because they were selling local artisanal crafts. this time it was more welcoming and friendly. I bought handmade soap and a crotched donut!! then, we bought wings, went to didi’s place, ate while watching bob’s burgers, and slept over once more.

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two very good days for the beginning of this month.

PHOTOS TAKEN WITH MY CANON EOS 6D, WITH A 50MM F/1.8 LENS. AND WITH MY IPHONE 6S.

family brunch for my birthday <3

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not that it is my birthday today, but I recently found a memory card I had lost, so I recuperated lots of images and they included these from april. I am so glad I found them. it was one of the first times I was trying out the canon 6d with the 50 mm lens. I’m in love! I didn’t even edit these photos since I got so excited finding them.

Nothing like family + pancakes for a good day! 

I know it looks like such a typical American breakfast, but I’m Mexican, so we don’t usually have that. If I’m gonna get spoiled like that, mind as well be for my birthday, right?

anyway friends, I hope you’re having a really good day! 

—diana
p.s: I’m so hungry and those photos are making it worse!

p.s.s: I loved capturing my family in such a candid and warm way. such a shame my sisters were at school and couldn’t join us. 

p.s.s.s: (<- one too many?) but I’m about to get two new cameras on the mail for my collection! so exciting!!

when you find a lonely film around your room, you develop it.

…and find photos from december 2015 from a trip you took with friends, because your boyfriend and his band had a gig in austin.

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i took these with my canon sure shot telemax. i think it was my first time taking her out for a ride, so sorry if these shots aren’t perfect. i still liked them though :) i love my friends.

the day his jeep went topless

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david finally did something he has been wanting to do since he got his jeep six years ago– take the top off! he said it was really hard to do, especially since it is a really heavy piece.

i’m so happy he did it though! i was scared to drive in it, but it feels so awesome. your hair goes all over the place, but who cares. it’s part of the fun! i can just picture us in the beach with this beauty or on a road trip.

thankfully it was cloudy, so we didn’t have the sun hitting our faces and burning our skin. this texas heat does not forgive.

anyway friends, how has your summer been so far? any interesting little adventures?

 

p.s: i’ve never been much into filters, but i’m kind of getting into them lately. they made these photos interesting. what do you think? maybe i’ll use them a little bit more. maybe.

have a good one!

–diana

dance recitals, quarter pounders, and a rescued guinea pig

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my little sister in her dance recital
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yes, we know mcdonald’s is the worst thing you can do for your body.

and yes, we know there are tastier things out there for the same price.

but honestly, we were really craving a quarter pounder..

don’t judge.

so we went and got one after my little sister’s dance recital,

right after picking up this cute guinea pig, amy.

she’s the last piggy i’m rescuing. i love, love, love waking up every day to healthy and happy adopted piggies, but i already have my hands full.

it kinda makes me sad, cuz part of me (the animal lover) wants to go out there and rescue every guinea pig in need of a home, but the other part of me (the reasonable part) is like stop, you can’t anymore.

oh well.

i’m grateful for the ones i have and that i am able to sustain them.

i’m also grateful for runs to random restaurants with my boyfriend to satisfy our cravings.

did i mention i love him? i do.

this one and another one of my recent posts included burgers. oops. can you tell i love them too?

how is your weekend so far, friends? :)

btw: i changed my blog’s layout, what you do think? i’m really liking it!

a day in austin | graffiti park

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it was a quick, one day trip to san antonio and to austin that we did last weekend. we did more than the stuff pictured, but i wanted to share these photos since i thought they looked pretty neat.

we were offered two spray cans to graffiti, but we declined. i kind of do feel bad for painting over other artist’s art. people come here and spend hours working on a master piece and by the next day it is gone. what you’re seeing is probably covered by now. everyone paints what they want. i guess that’s what also keeps the park interesting. you never know what you’re gonna find.

we also may or may not have spent 2 hours searching through lego pieces to build a star wars millennium falcon, and we also may or may not have eaten chick-fil-a twice in a week.. oops.

anyway, i hope you’re having a nice day! thanks for stopping by!

–diana

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photos taken on my canon eos 6d with a 50mm f1/8 lens. edited with Polarr.

what’s the best thing to do after taking a chemistry and a statistics final?

get yourself a burger!

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with the one you love.

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then go to a store…

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buy legos and build them in this car.
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take your grandma to the bakery…

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so she can socialize and get her fix of pan dulce.

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take your dogs out!

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they’ll really appreciate it.

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build your sister’s hedgehog a cage…

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to celebrate her birthday and his adoption anniversary.
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then the next day go on a mini road trip with someone special.

or, well, this is what i did after my chemistry and statistic final this past friday.

everything was just perfect.

how’s your day? :)

a silly wish list.

i honestly just have a couple of bucks under my name, if anything, at the moment. hence this post. a post about cool things i’ve seen around the web that i honestly don’t have a need for (or money for), but would be cool to own. why does it always happen that anytime i find something neat i am out of money? ugh. a girl can dream, right?

anyway, here’s my current silly wish list accompanied by cute illustrations/photos:

jeffree star’s velour liquid lipsticks + others

but they’re always sold out..

anything by lomography

i love the surprise of not knowing how your photo will turn out until you develop it. i also really love the effects plastic cameras give your images; light leaks and vignetters take my heart. even if some people don’t like them.

headphones

because my guinea pig ate my last ones and i really miss them… damn you little robyn! (who i can’t stay mad at)

glasses

ok, these i do need. my current ones are broken and scratched. but i always hear stories of people spending upwards of $700 on glasses + exams and it scares me..

an automatic ball launcher for my dog

kind of silly (but then again, this is a silly wish list) because my golden retriever probably gets bored in our backyard and deserves it for being awesome..

paper shoot

a camera made out of paper. simple!

buuut, i know myself. once i get paid, that money will be spent on my guinea pigs, ha! oh well, i’d rather see them happy and well fed than me with yet another camera that i just want for my collection or more lipsticks that i’ll probably use just once.

what things are on your silly wish list at the moment? things that you want just for the fun of? let me know!

have a very nice day :)

–diana

p.s: creators (those that i found) of the illustrations are tagged on them.

apparently google photos turned my photos into gifs.

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i’m not even mad. they look pretty cool. (i hope you can see them in action).

(1) a trip my zoology class had to our environmental science center

(2) napoleón and i

(3) thanksgiving with my goddaughter

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do you use google photos? i don’t really trust it, but it keeps some of my old photos there.

i’m a little obsessed with sending gifs to my friends, so seeing these made my day.

happy thursday, almost friday friends!! hang in there!

–diana

dejemos todo y escapemos.

may 12, 2016

corpus in may 5corpus in may 6corpus in may 4

corpus in may 2

 

this is a really late post.

more than a month later, really.

oops. that was my fault. i had the intention of uploading this earlier,

but things out of my control happened.

i really did miss writing to you, my friends;

sharing my adventures and reading yours.

anyway,

boyfriend and i drove to corpus christi during the week of final exams.

(some of our friends said we were crazy for doing so. but we didn’t care. we loved it.)

it was kind of a quick, well-deserved break.

we picked up some legos from craigslist;

adopted a guinea pig who seriously needed a new forever home (named him Moose because of his long snout);

and went to the lexington (well, the outside of it and the beach surrounding it) since david had never seen it.

i love showing him new things. it’s that amazed face he makes. like a kid in a toy store, but cuter.

i live for adventures like this with him.<3

i made my first little video diary, too, if you want to see it:

song by León Larregui // “Mar” // Voluma

thanks for stopping by friends, i appreciate it!

see you soon..

–diana

DIY: How to hang pictures with thread and clothespins

I take a lot of pictures. There is nothing I love more than looking at them printed. Old ones, new ones, ones I took, ones I didn’t take, 4x6s, instax minis, square, anything! I hate it when they are locked inside a drawer; I just want to display all of them cuz I feel they’re all so pretty and special.

However, with the very little space I have in my room it can be tricky mounting things on my wall. Frames are too chunky and sometimes expensive; I really don’t want to puncture my photos with a thumbtack; and even when I put fun-tak or tape, they fold or fall. Thanks to several ideas on the internet, I finally found a great solution to that problem!

There are many ways to make this, but since this is what I had at hand, this is how I did mine. You should do yours with what you have in hand, too! If you don’t have clothespins, improvise! Use paperclips! Etc.

You can also purchase these already made online. Here are some I found in Urban Outfitters. I don’t know about you, but I find it a little ridiculous to waste almost $15 on something I can make for less than $5!

These have not failed me. I just keep adding more to my room. They are a great focal point and a way to brighten up your bedroom and display awesome memories. My walls always remain interesting since I keep moving and replacing photos. Also, this method doesn’t damage your walls, in case you’re renting an apartment where they, for some reason, don’t let you drill holes on the walls, or if you just don’t want to. Or if you know you get bored with things rapidly, you can always transfer these to another wall (or take them off altogether) very easily.

Enjoy!!

how to hang pictures with thread and clothespins:

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life lately in instant photos

December, January:

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February:

welcome home tomás!

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road trip

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david’s band playing at a bar

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valentine’s day

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I don’t really like Valentine’s Day. I don’t have anything against it; it’s just not my thing or David’s, so we just don’t celebrate it. Yesterday consisted of being outside his garage, talking in the moonlight, with frequent visits of his neighbor’s dog, drinking sprite, taking pictures, a lot of hugging and when-we-get-married talk. I loved it. I love him. Possibly my favorite Valentine’s Day so far. How was yours?

This year has been pretty good so far. Can’t wait to see what else it has in store.

2015 was good to me too. I lost people, I met people. I probably cried more times than I laughed, if I must be honest. But I treasure it. It taught me a lot of things, especially to not stress over the little things and that everything happens for a reason. Two very important things to remember in this life.

Anyway, friends. I hope you have a very good Monday night. Cherish every moment you can!!

your friend,

diana

20 days in India

D E L H I

indian gate:

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chandni chowk:

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swarna shatabdi express:

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A M R I T S A R

 

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the golden temple:

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wagah border:

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a local farm:

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A G R A

taj mahal:

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J A I P U R

 

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amber fort:

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city palace:

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B A N G A L O R E

botanical gardens:

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slurp kitchen:

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K A B I N I

kabini river lodge:

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K U T C H

white rann desert:

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M U M B A I

 

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elephanta caves:

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my 16 hour flight back to the states:

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Hello friends! Finally, I share photos from my trip to India. As the title suggests, I was there for twenty days. I went with other students from my university and a professor on a history course. I learned so many things I did not know before. It was an amazing, amazing experience, and I can’t wait to go back. India stole my heart.

My parents still don’t know, but the airline lost my luggage when I was getting to India. Thus, I was without my suitcase the entire trip. I didn’t have a carry on, so the only clothes  had were those that I had on. I had to share clothes with my roommate (bless her heart for being so nice) and I had to shop for under garments. When I came back home, it was in the airport waiting for me. It didn’t even make it to India. It went to London and back. Lucky all of my stuff was in there intact. I almost cried since I always heard horror stories of people stealing your things. This misfortune taught me I can survive with very little clothes for so many days, anywhere I am in the world. I guess some good came out of it.

My favorite places in no order: The Golden Temple, Mumbai, Kabini, White Rann Desert. A lot of people think the Taj Mahal is going to be the most amazing thing India, but that is not the case. It is amazing, don’t get me wrong. But it SO FULL of people that you almost don’t enjoy it. There are many other places in India that can be 10x more mesmerizing. If you’re thinking about going, GO! We went with a company named CEPA and it was the best.

These photos were taken with my iPhone 6s.

Have an amazing day friends!

If you have any other questions let me know! :)

–diana

fotos análogas de una feria mexicana

Analog photos of a carnival in Mexico.

Analog photos of a carnival in Mexico.

I finally got some film developed. One of the rolls included these pictures I took in september when my family, David, and I drove to our neighboring town in Mexico and to their feria. A mexican feria is almost the same concept as an american carnival– lots of lights and rides, games to be played and prices waiting to be won, filled with delicious food, both local and from out of town. You can also listen to bands play or admire cattle. They, however, don’t compare when talking about the experience. In my opinion, ferias are more fun and since the moment you walk in, you get an adrenaline thrill.

I know carnivals vary from town to town but something I haven’t seen in our local carnival, besides food and candies being entirely mexican, is that ferias have vendors selling multiple things like bedlinen, dinnerware, decorations for the home, jewelry, bags, and other handmade accessories. Did I also mention there are indigenous men throwing themselves from an almost 100 ft pole and flying?

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 Sorry about the bad quality, but this is what the bedlinen stands look like. The seller is up there with a microphone talking like an auctioneer would. He gathers different products and sells them to you. You cannot go to the feria without hearing these men making deals; it’s almost like a tradition, really.

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Not my photo. The Voladores de Papantla doing their traditional dance/ritual. There are 5 men; 4 jump and one stays on top playing the flute. It’s mesmerizing. Total respect for these men who do it continuously.

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a few analog photos from our time there:

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grandma went too and she was telling us stories about how she, her friends, and sisters would go to the feria before getting married. she said they would all make deals where they all had get on every ride and no one could say no. she also remembers going to the feria with my grandpa. the first time they went together on a date was my grandfathers first time ever on a ride. oh how I wish I could see how this town looked like in the 60s in person..

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picture by my little sister: david and I

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we must get a corn every chance we get. family rule!

Photos taken with a Minolta XG7 in Kodak Portra 400 film. I’m still practicing film photography. I thought these weren’t going to come out good since I was having trouble with this camera. But no, once I got my hands on these pictures I was happy. I am in love with my minolta and this film. Always room for improvement though. I just wanted to document this day.

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I hope you have a nice tuesday.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this post!

–diana :)

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p.s. – in february david and I went to the carnival. you can check out that post here.
p.s.s. – (just in case you noticed) I had published this post before, but look it down because of some technical problems.

honoring grandpa – heirlooms from the 50s

Photos from the 50s that belonged to my grandfather.

my grandfather was really fond of photography. he lived from march 1932 to this past june; 83 strong years. to this day my family and I are still discovering pictures he had stashed in different briefcases, bags, and folders from many years ago; some only his eyes had seen. we’ve also found several cameras that not even my grandma knew he owned. she said he would buy a camera and hide it from her because she would get mad at him for purchasing yet another camera. oh, grandpa. i get you. i, too, am obsessed with different cameras.

grandma’s recent discovery were a few photos which she believes are from the 50s, meaning my grandfather was in his early twenties when these were taken. it makes me happy to be able to see what he saw when he was about the same age as I am today.

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these two photos above are from a bridge that was placed temporarily after a massive flood destroyed the actual bridge that united the mexican-american border on our town.

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my grandfather’s father.
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my grandfather’s grandmother.
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my grandfather’s mother.
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a man and his tractor
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my grandfather in the middle with his buddies jokingly putting horns on his head for this photo

you don’t know how grateful i am that he took these photos. they are amazing. they give me an opportunity to picture what it would’ve been like to live in those times. it’s almost like experiencing it. thank you so much grandpa.

–diana

an afternoon with alexander, angelica, david, & my pentax

almost a month ago I received on the mail a pentax film camera from the 70s that david got for me.  it is so so pretty. the moment I pulled it out the box I fell in love with it. i couldn’t stop thanking david enough.

here are some photos I took with it that I wanted to share with you guys:)

aren’t my models the best? I love it when I capture pictures of David laughing.

I still need to play with my camera a little bit more, and maybe even try a different photo lab, but overall I was happy with the results. bothering grumpy alexander and telling him not to eat my shoe is always fun.

happy wednesday!

diana

photos taken in our univesity, david’s house, and my front yard with a Pentax MX using Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400 35mm film.

my first photo challenge

Years ago, I saw people started to do these monthly photo challenges in Instagram.  I was interested but never actually did one. The other day in Pinterest I saw one again and I liked it, so I decided to do it for this September.

Instead of posting a photo everyday I’m going to share seven pictures in a post every week. That way it’s not overwhelming to my blog, and I could share what I saw that week comfortably and look forward to the day I write and share them with you :)

Here’s the challenge I’ll be following:

If you want to join me, go right ahead! :D And let me know so I can check out your pictures! If you wanna change a day up a bit, go for it, so will I, most likely :) Just have fun with it!

Happy Tuesday!

– diana

I love the university I said I was never going to attend

but I am so glad I did.

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I just finished my first week as a senior in college.

I feel really good about this semester. I’m already really busy and I love it!

I am taking tough but informative classes; I am a volunteer; I have a job; I’m teaching myself how to take analog pictures; and I have an organized planner. I think I’m doing well.. :)

how was your week? and if you’re in school, how’s it going? :)!

I like this summer. I like him. And I like our little yellow camera.

I sometimes feel I’m not doing much with my summer. Or, since it’s almost over, that I didn’t do much with it. I see some friends abroad helping others; I see people exploring the U.S. by car; I see some classmates taking many summer classes to graduate earlier; I see others reading book after book after book while I’m stuck in the same one. And, well, as for me I am just here at home most of the time.

But today it made me reconsider.

Even though I feel did not do as much as others this summer, I had fun. And if I think about it I did do several things. I worked as a research assistant in my university, I traveled with my family, I helped my mom and my aunt start their local business, I’m about to finish that one book I’ve been wanting to read, and I spent the beginning of summer with my grandfather, among other things.

One thing that my boyfriend and I finally got to doing, that I love we took advantage of this summer, was swimming in his pool many times. We bought an underwater camera a few days ago and we went crazy with it (cuz it was just so cool to throw a gadget in the water and it be ok – a strange feeling and a little scary too!). Being there with him, swimming, playing, capturing underwater shots, made me think about how much I really liked this summer. (And how much I love spending time with him.) So those “negative” thoughts just went away. (Thank you, David.) I did the things I had the chance to, and even if I could’ve done more, I am happy with the stuff I did.

some pictures from our camera:

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I still need to learn how to swim.. maybe next summer! :D

p.s: boyfriend has the coolest star wars comics swim trunks

polaroids from mexico

ok, they’re not really polaroids polaroids but I don’t know how else to call them other than “instax mini” or “instant pictures” which I kind of don’t like :( Polaroids sound cuter! :)

Here are some, pretty random ones, my sister took with her camera. First four are in Mexico City and the next six are in Puebla, where one night we just took pictures of each other and went out for smoothies and coffee with our parents.

I love my family. They’re weird and cool and like eating tacos.

more pictures of our cool trip to mexico city here, and pictures of puebla here.

Puebla, Puebla

After spending a few days in Mexico City, we got a bus and came to Puebla. The outsides, I must admit, weren’t as pretty as downtown, where we stayed. Because of time we were only there for about two days. I was a little sad because we didn’t go to a volcano(!!) that was in a town near. I’ve always wanted to see one, and to be so close, aghh :( Next time.. Either way I enjoyed our time there. Walking the streets, going to mercaditos, taking polaroid with my sisters, getting drawn by an amazing artist (post coming on that!), etc..

This is what we saw in Puebla:

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The thing I just loved about downtown were all the old buildings. The details and everything..

Africam Safari

This was a safari a little bit outside of the city. In it you could either ride your car or ride a tour bus along with others. We went in a bus. I loved that the animals were roaming free and it appeared like they a lot of space. There are elephants, hippos, tigers, lions (so freaken majestic!), alligators, gorillas, you name it! We don’t usually go to zoos when traveling, but we heard really good things about this one so we went. We didn’t regret it one bit. Oh and just in case, yes, it was called “Africam.”

 

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This one was a man-operated gates to prevent tigers, lions, and bears from escaping their habitat and going into other animal’s. We went through several.
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This guy! He was so posing for the camera. I took some selfies and it’s like he knew. So smart!
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We went to see the lions and I caught a peek from the side of their “cage.” Only God knows how they haven’t escaped.. They were on top of a Jeep, resting. On the other side was the rest of the Jeep and glass so you can easily see them.

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Mexico is just so colorful. I love it.

As always, thanks for stopping by! You can check out more places we’ve traveled to here.

Have a very nice day :)

Mexico City – I love you!

Your buildings, your weather, your people, your food, and your museums! But not the traffic..

My family and I went about two weekends ago just to explore museums. We had been almost two years before and we had fallen in love with the city. There are so many things to do that we just needed to go back. It’s so beautiful and historical (it’s no wonder UNESCO even declared it such!) and its weather is just so perfect. Everyday it was at 70s and at night 60s and rainy. Nothing compared to this Texas heat in the 100s.. One night it was even around 50º! That’s like our winter here!! :( How I miss it.. It was the perfect vacation for us. Did I mention we even saw the Addams Family musical? :D

A few pictures from our days together + pictures from the past time we went:

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View from our hotel window

Zocalo's Cathedral

Behind those arches were Diego Rivera's paintings.
Behind those arches were Diego Rivera’s paintings on the walls.

Our hotel was that one on the corner.

Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Chapultepec castle

Yes, Mexico City has a castle in it, and it is amazing. It also has a forest where there many museums including this one. You take a little train and it takes you up this hill to the castle. I really, really suggest you visit it. It was my favorite museum.

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In the forest there were two other museums; the museum of anthropology (MNA) and the museum of modern art (MAM). My family and I went to MNA for an afternoon. Dad took me to the MAM to see a photography exhibition by Gisèle Freund. There were five expositions but we only got to see three because of time. Believe me, I would’ve spent all day there but I felt bad for dragging my dad around. He enjoyed it very much but I could tell he was hungry and a little tired. He kept insisting that I keep exploring the museum, but no, I felt bad.

^ This exhibition was by Lorena Wolffer. There were various artifacts with numbers on them. You would be given a binder and in there were stories matching the artifact. Those stories were of abused women. Abused by their husbands, coworkers, daughters, boyfriends, you name it. It was very powerful.

Teotihuacan PYRAMIDS

These are a little outside Mexico City. You can climb them, some not all the way. I climbed one of them but I almost had vertigo up there! It was so bad. My sister and dad made it up top. I just went halfway and sat down. But what a view!

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Frida kahlo’s house

In this house Frida Kahlo was born, raised, and died. It was changed a little since that time, but you still get the feel of it. The walls are covered by her paintings. You can take pictures but you have to pay.

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We’ll definitely visit you again, Mexico City.

If you’ve ever wanted to, GO! You won’t regret it :)

You can check out more places we’ve traveled to here. Thanks for stopping by!

excitement!

I just developed a bunch of film  (7 rolls to be exact) dating back to May. I want to share some of my favorite pictures with you because, I don’t know, I really like them and this is my little corner of the world and having pictures makes me happy. and i hope it makes you happy as well :)

oh! also, we went on vacation and I have a few pictures to share from our trip there, too :)

life lately: april

I always loved the way pictures taken by an old camera would turn out. so i thought, why not!, and got myself a little toy one for my birthday. its name: diana mini. just perfect!

it uses film, and after getting my pictures developed, i wanted to share some with you because i was so excited! nothing like that waiting period to see how your pictures turned out.

so, here are some pictures taken by the diana mini and by two disposable cameras :)

you can click any image to enlarge.

sorry not sorry for the pet overload! I just can’t help it.. :)

have a happy sunday! :D

a week in yucatan – part II

Hi, click here for part 1! This might be a lengthy post, but it will be worth it! Enjoy!! :)

los tres cenotes, cuzama

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this was amazing little hidden gem in mexico. pictures i would see online don’t do it justice. here are some my family and i took on our trip to yucatan this spring break (I know, i’m uploading this really late, oops) –

cenotes are sinkholes – holes in the ground with water in them, basically. and one can swim in them. there are many, many of these in yucatan. my dad, per recommendation of a friend, took us to some in a town called Cuzama. they were three cenotes, and to get to them you had to pay and you would be taken on both a motorcycle with seats and then on a sort of train powered by a horse (pictures below of both), and with that comes a guide and he has life vests/jackets you can rent. ours was really helpful. his name was martin martinez (how could one forget that name!). the three have different depths. we only went to two – the second and the last one – because our guide said the first one was harder to get into and deeper.

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our favorite one of the three!
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entrance to the cenote

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the third cenote; second one we saw:

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watch your step! there’s a sinkhole under you..
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see?
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this was the entrance to the third cenote

my dad and my sister were the only brave ones of the family to go in. i chicken’d out just seeing those stairs on the ground. i regret a little not going in.

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sorry about the pictures looking a little blurry or grainy. they were taken with my dad’s cellphone. but you get the idea! :)

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paseo Montejo, Mérida

paseo montejo is a classic street in merida. it is full of big homes and mansions. a lot of them house events or are museums and businesses.

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the museum of anthropology

this was art from inside the museum, arte de barro. you can click any image to enlarge :)

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valladolid

this used to be a place we loved to visit in yucatan. it was small peaceful, colorful town with very little cars and tourists. we went this year and it looks like other people discovered our favorite place. it is still nice to visit, but we were disappointed to find more movement than in past years.

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anytime we got the chance we would buy an esquite or an elote. corn in a cob in other words.

like i said, there are many cenotes in yucatan. couple of them are near valladolid, this one is called Zaci. you could swim in it, even dive. there’s a lifeguard there too.

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thanks for stopping by!

Did you like this post? We’ve traveled to different parts of Mexico. Let me know if you would like me to share our past adventures. It would be a pleasure :)