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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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I planned to take a couple of weeks off from blogging during the holidays to concentrate on my family and to recoup prior to restarting school this Spring. What actually happened, as you can see, is that two weeks turned into more than a month off. But it wasn't to relax, I promise you.

At first, time away from my blog was exactly what I needed to recharge and reconnect with my hubby and the few friends I was able to squeeze in. But, as luck would have it, a few days into my break, my brother was hospitalized and my stepdaughter was informed that she was diagnosed with yet another, heart tumor.

Happy Holidays, they were not - so the break turned into sheer avoidance of the reality that lay ahead.

Between the uncertainty of my brothers hospital stay to the sheer panic in realizing that my stepdaughter would need a third open heart surgery, I also had to deal with the administrative processes that are mostly transactional, and the less sexy aspect, of the college application process.

While I was accepted to a local public college, with great pedigree I might add, my heart wasn't in it 100%. I had a bigger dream. And the dream was to join the illustrious community of Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena - as far fetched as that seemed.

As the clock ticked, the offer didn't come from my first choice. I wasn't, as you can imagine, happy. So avoidance was my solution.

It wasn't until two days prior to orientation that I was offered admission as one of 13 Film School candidates - one of only three women accepted- for the Spring, 2016 track!

Between hospital visits, calls, and worried nights that kept me up for many nights, I was -still am- beyond giddy to have be accepted into this top-notch program and completely understand the responsibility that my admission means to not just myself, but to the women, and Latinos, that will follow in my footsteps.

Through this all, while silent here, I discovered MeVee and made it a point to document what was going on in my life. I connected with a new community, shared deeper aspects of my life, and while disconnected here, I felt better knowing that a completely different community cared.

While I initially planned on updating this community at least once a week, I didn't. But what I did do, was go back to MeVee and listen to the stories others shared. There was some comfort in knowing that I wasn't alone and that funny daily stories about nothing made me laugh - and kept me going.

On other days, I replayed the videos that I had already recorded. First when I announced what was going on...and the third after being accepted into Film School. All videos, while unedited and raw, were real.

At first I planned on going back to videos to edit them to make them "pretty" and later upload them here. But after further thinking, I realized that while I could make a video pretty - the stories would stay the same. My life was, what it was. So I changed my mind...and while I can still back and edit those videos, because they will exist on the MeVee server as long as I don't delete them...I won't.

There's something comforting in knowing that while not perfectly coiffed or rehearsed, my stories, everyone's stories, connect with others on a deeper level - because they are truly about real life.

Knowing that being real is *OK*, is yet another reason to be proud of humanity and to look forward to what lays ahead if we just give people a chance to be who we really are.

Ana Lydia

Winter Exploring

Saturday, December 26, 2015

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After a super long fall semester filled with an intense class schedule, I'm officially on winter break and with that, making up for my many late nights studying by traveling and exploring.

To kick off my winter break, my hubby and I took a roadtrip to Vegas before we traveled locally to spend time with my family for Christmas Eve and his family on Christmas Day. 

For our alone time, we started with LACMA to see the new Frank Gehry exhibit and to try out my new wide-angle lens....

and this is just the start.

We plan on taking a few weekend getaways, local day trips, explore our local mountains, hike, and of course, catch-up on all the art exhibits we've put on our must-see list before I kick-off film school this spring.

While I'm excited about all my winter exploration plans, with all this moving around and lugging my new camera and video equipment, it makes sense to carry everything in a bag that is not only comfortable, but also keeps my equipment safe.

This is where my SWISSGEAR backpack comes in.

My SWISSGEAR backpack is not only stylish, but also functional. It not only fits my Nikon DSLR camera body, but a couple of lenses, my flash, laptop, accessories, personal stuff, and even a tripod on the side!

I tend to carry my backpack over one shoulder or completely over my back when I'm shooting...and when I need to move around in tight spaces, my hubby takes turns carrying it....and doesn't mind one bit!

Weighing in at just under three pounds, My SWISSGEAR backpack is flexible enough to expand as I add equipment, while at the same time, the side strap streamlines the bag when I carry less.

I also love how the floating TabletSafe™ pocket protection keeps my tablet safe, and the unobstructed, ScanSmart lay-flat design will help me speed through airport security by allowing laptop-in-case scanning through the TSA X-ray machines.

With those features alone my travels this winter will be easier because of my SWISSGEAR backpack!!

Do you also have winter exploration plans you’re looking forward to? Join in the fun by sharing your Instagram pics using #SWISSGEAR to join in the conversation with other wanderlusts!


Ana Lydia

Special thanks to my hubby for playing photographer for this post :)

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Holidays are a beautiful time of year and also the season when we all show our love towards one another with thoughtful tokens of our love.

Those tokens sometimes appear as gifts under a tree.

But many times in the frazzled moment of last minute shopping, leaves many men the only option of gifting a clumsily wrapped box that includes something of little significance for the most important woman in their life.

To avoid this situation, here's a few gift ideas for the women on your Christmas shopping list that are like me and appreciate the small things and thoughtful details:

Something for HER home 
Coffee table books are a girls best friend. We leaf through them between sipping tea and looking out the window during the dark and windy nights. During the day we enjoy their beauty atop our favorite table. But sometimes coffee table books inspire us to be. That's exactly what Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour does.

It's not only a gorgeous book, it also includes beauty tips, stunning photography and inspirational tips from everyone's favorite pinup gal.

Something to warm HER heart
Sometimes a gift doesn't have to be just about the receiver. If you're head over heals for your gal, gift her a special bottle of Champagne, pair the Taittenger Brut with a stainless steel champagne bucket and a pair of flutes to create not just a gift, but a special moment that will make her heart skip a beat.

To make the gift even more special, plan an evening around that gift, and PRESTO - you have given your special someone a stunning gift that is not only thoughtful, but something that you can also enjoy with her to extend the feeling of the holidays.

Something to keep HER warm

I'm a huge fan of soft scarves with beautiful textures and light colors because they tend to be worn more with anything I have in my closet. But not only that, they add warmth and color to any outfit, while keeping the gift giver close to my heart.

One of my favorite scarves that I have found this season is this tan houndstooth scarf with fringe, which is also available in a cashmere look here.

Gift your special someone a beautiful scarf and I promise she will be kept warm this winter season.

Whatever you choose to buy your special someone, don't forget to buy it with love and give it with warmth in your heart to keep the spirit of the holidays between you.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas,

Ana Lydia

Holiday Getaway

Saturday, December 19, 2015

My finals and fall semester are over, giving me a bit of time to breath and enjoy this beautiful scenery on our way to Las Vegas for a Holiday getaway.

Hope your Christmas week is just as enjoyable!


Ana Lydia

Holiday Dining at City Tavern

Friday, December 4, 2015

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There's something about the Holiday's that makes all of us long to break bread with those we love while eating quintessential comfort food and sipping on festive drinks - more so - than any other time of year.  

But with everyone's busy schedule and long commutes, it sometimes makes better sense to meet somewhere special instead of cooking at home. That's why City Tavern, which is conveniently located at FIGat7th in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, is the perfect place to celebrate the Holiday's in Los Angeles.

Located in one of my favorite places in LA because of its convenient location and idyllic urban setting, City Tavern offers something for everyone to either enjoy a casual dinner after a show, or grab happy happy hour with your colleagues, or even a reason to stop by on a weekend to enjoy a leisurely meal after Holiday shopping.

With friendly service and a varied menu that now includes holiday classics, such as the seasonal ham-steak dinner we all crave and love; traditional tavern fare, like burgers and fries, are presented with a twist and elevated with a more upscale flavor profiles not usually found in casual settings.

Even the appetizers, including the deviled eggs, which are a locals favorite, the honey-glazed brussel sprouts and the truffle fries are reason enough to stop by for a quick bite.

The full bar at City Tavern offers a varied list of beers on tap, and many of the California wines we have come to expect in Los Angeles, but it's the inventive mixed drinks that make City Tavern a must go-to location for anyone looking for Holiday-inspired drinks that go beyond eggnog.

Make sure to stop by City Tavern after enjoying a day of shopping the FIGat7th Holiday Odd Market, scheduled for On December 11 and 12.


Ana Lydia
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