July 31, 2012



Hello hello! Well, I apologize, my reader friends! I'm leaving again tomorrow... for 9 days! I'm off to beautiful Barcelona with my mama. I still consider myself a rather "new" blogger, and it's important to keep blogging buuuut... I'm going to take another break. It does get exhausting sometimes. Especially right now because there are a million pictures on iPhoto that I want to put up and I don't know where or how to start. After the two week break when I was in Ireland, I felt kind of lost! This morning, I felt like I had writer's block or something. Didn't know what to say or post or anything. These past few days I've been writing songs, watching TV shows (hmmm new Breaking Bad episodes, anyone?), reading, packing for sunny Spain, cleaning my room, going to the park... not much excitement, no pictures taken. I haven't scheduled any posts for the time I'll be spending in Barcelona, so please be patient with me and I'll be back in 9 days with way way way more pictures and lovely memories to share! 

Still loads of things to do today, but I just had to try out this hairstyle! How does it look? I didn't do it with all my hair, it's too short or something. Wouldn't stay up. Anyway, one side was falling apart so I left the other one as you can see in the last picture. I like it like that too!


Love & sunshine! Enjoy the rest of the summer!



(Before I start - I'm not getting paid to say this!)
When my friend Rachel came to Paris, I found something great! We were in BHV once and I saw this really cool purplish lipstick. "Rouge Baiser" color 417. I decided that I had to get it! I wanted something other than the 'normal' red lipstick and this one looked great... well once it was on me, I loved it even more! The color is perfect. I've always loved to be a little different, and as I said, this wasn't a color I'd ever seen on anyone. Until that day, I had no idea it would actually look good! I'm wearing it in the picture above.
It's not just the color though. I still remember the morning after I wore it for the first time... it was still there! It stays on incredibly well. It's also not too expensive. It was 14 euros, I believe. Compared to some ridiculously priced lipsticks in Sephora, not too bad. It's funny 'cause when I told my friends Apolline and Eloise, they said "Oh yeah, we know, we use it too!"


So, next time you're in Paris (or anywhere this is sold) find yourself a nice Rouge Baiser lipstick! 

The next one I want to try is NARS (for the names. Names... incredible marketing tool! One is called Funny Face - which is one of my favorite Audrey Hepburn movies - and now I have to have it... just because it's Funny Face. There's one... Roman Holiday. Yep, need that too. Love Audrey, I do!) Anyone know what their lipsticks are like? 

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July 30, 2012


Okay, so I've noticed that I have a million pictures that I want to put up on the blog of things that happened months ago! I don't really like that... I want the blog to follow my life, not go back and forth between past and present... I'm not going to let that happen to the pictures of Ireland. So before I let a month go by, here they are now! These are the last pictures I'll post of my time in Dublin, but I will do a post on the Lisa Hannigan concert! I have a looot of pictures. It was such great practice!


And that's that! My lovely trip to Ireland. Adorable last picture!

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July 28, 2012



I thought all the feelings I had in Ireland would stay with me, but they're kind of... gone. I was a happy girl over there, taking the advice of my temporary housemate: letting go of things and just not caring too much. But I've caught myself feeling a little sad. A little sad to be here... I may be the first person alive to be sad to be in Paris! I exaggerate, of course. Paris isn't the problem. I had two magical weeks in Dublin and it's completely normal for me to be sad to leave. But I don't like the feeling of wanting to go back soooo much. I know that I'll be back next summer but here I am thinking "Ah, I wish it was next summer already!" That's bad though. I want to enjoy every day until then. Enjoy the present, and not wish for the future, because time goes by so incredibly quickly, I should hope every day lasts an eternity! I'll be fine, of course. I miss my friends, I miss the atmosphere, I miss the city... but I'll be totally fine. Ireland did change me! Or the people there... probably a mix of everything. So it's not like everything I learned there is gone!


I'll be back before I know it. Until then, life is happening here!

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July 26, 2012



I'm back home... or am I? While I was in Dublin, I was asked "Where are you from?" more times than I can remember... and I never had the perfect answer. Do I say California? In fact, I did say California because that's where I was born, but I moved to Spain when I was seven, so I can hardly remember my time there... Then I spent half my life in Paris, and this is where my parents still live. Now I'm in college in Massachusetts but do I say that? If I say Paris, people think I'm French, which I really am not. I'm afraid of the stereotypes that come with each place. The truth is, all these places made me into who I am. Even Ireland and Colombia have a role. And if "home is where your heart is" then my heart is scattered all over the world... a big chunk still in Dublin, even. It's my least favorite question in the world yet a normal question, so I should probably come up with a good answer soon enough. 


I want to tell you all about my trip, but it would be soooo long... However it is time to get back to blogging, and I want to sit down and write about it once and for all. What I can say is that is was truly the most amazing trip ever. Definitely two of the best weeks of my life. I stayed with my (wonderful!) friend Anthony of The Young Folk and his two housemates (one is also a musician) and I felt at home. You know how at the end of a trip one usually thinks "Ok, this has been great but I'm tired and ready to go home and lay in my perfect bed"? That didn't happen. I felt so so comfortable with them! I felt like I'd been there forever, it was normal and fun. I didn't want to leave. I wish I was there now... but life is full of disappointments, like having to leave haha. And like they all kept telling me, I'll be back. Next summer, I'll be there.


My two weeks were filled with fun, laughter, smiles... lots of drinking - mainly lattes and Baileys w/ ice for me. I was all worried about my birthday but it was perfect in the end! I think that was the day I really started to change. I was putting so much pressure on the day just for being a birthday. But in the end, it's just a day... That's when I finally started to "go with it". Things happen, let them happen. Every day, instead of having real plans, when Anthony asked what I wanted to do, or if I wanted to do this or that, I said "Sure, anything. Take me anywhere. I'll be fine!" And that's exactly how the two weeks went by. I was perfectly happy with anything. And when I say happy, I mean it. I usually get sad from time to time, but I was happy for two weeks straight. I took any opportunity and just said "Let's do it!" to everything. I met thousands of people, all so different, and so interesting in their own way. I drank loads of Baileys. I sat in one special café for hours on end with my friend Graham and often his (reaaally nice) friend James.


My birthday was just that. Graham picked me up and we went to the café where James joined us. We had lunch, many lattes and before I knew it, I was getting rather hungry again! When I asked what time it was, I was quite surprised to hear that five hours had flown by and that it was time for dinner. Another friend of theirs had joined us, and we all went to get burgers. After that, I met two french friends who happened to be in Dublin too!! Amazing. We went out for cocktails, then met Anthony, Paul (also an amazing musician in The Young Folk) and his girlfriend Fiona. We had shots (baby guinness for me, thank you very much), Baileys, beer... it was 3AM before we got home!


At the end of the trip, Anthony asked me what the highlights of my trip were. I had no real answer. Every moment was special, but I should say that being on the guest list for Lisa's concert and being invited to the after party... probably one of my favorite moments in my life. I could never thank James and Graham enough for taking me! That's where I talked to Paul, and got to speak with Myles (in photo 4) for hooours! Nicest man ever! Wonderful laugh too. I love people with great laughs.

I've come back a new person. It's a new and improved Valentina!

Photo 1: Graham, Paul Noonan and myself
Photo 2: Anthony and me
Photo 3: Latte
Photo 4: Graham and amazing filmmaker/"witnesser"/director Myles O'Reilly 
Photo 5: Lisa Hannigan in all her glory

(I'll post more pictures soon!) 


July 23, 2012


IMG_3416I hope you've been enjoying the posts that were scheduled for the trip... I'll be back home in a few days... This trip has been absolutely amazing! I can't wait to tell you about it. Two of the best weeks of my life. Be back soon!
 (Picture from left to right: James, Graham, Paul, myself)

July 16, 2012


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Hello hello! When I was out the other day, I ordered this and it was so so good! I thought I'd try to make it at home, and it turned out perfect! So delicious and so incredibly easy to make. I love cocktails! I hope you enjoy it! Let me know if you try it. 

1 Oz. Guava Juice1/2 Oz. Lime Juice1 Oz. Rum+ Sugar

July 2, 2012



Today I finally woke up early! (meaning: before 10am) At 8:30am I was up and in the shower. I decided last night that I wanted to go to the thrift stores again. I left around 10am. I went to three thrift stores and ended up buying nothing. I wanted this really amazing blue dress that was only 10 euros. For some reason I was hesitating, and after about ten minutes just thinking "Yes or no?" I said Ok yes. But I wanted to pay in coins (hahaha, they hate it but I love getting rid of coins!) and the lady wouldn't let me, and even though I had a 10, I decided it was a sign telling me not to get it (I'm weird sometimes). So I pretended I only had coins and left. It's 5 hours later and I'm dreaming of the dress, so I think I'll go back tomorrow and IF I find it, I'll get it. If I don't find it... it's a sign! haha. I felt a little shitty when I left that store 'cause she was kind of a bitch about it, but I just took a bite of the avocado/goat cheese sandwich I made, and walked the Rue Rivoli. I went by Etam Lingerie and decided to go in... Maybe I'd find something. During the past year, I've become obsessed with pretty nightgowns! They were all 50% off, which is really great and then... ahh! The beautiful "new" nightgown I had seen in January while I was going through the sale rack. I love birds and this nightgown was like... my dream nightgown (picture above). It's so comfy too! I obviously bought it. I'm wearing it right now too haha. I know, it's 4pm. Don't worry, I'm leaving again in 10 minutes, and I'll take it off. I went to a couple other stores... I got a body lotion on sale. It smells like coconut. Yum! 

Here is some music. Amazing song I discovered today. So... soothing. That's the word.

Happy Monday to all!!

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