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7 YEARS

8:03 AM, Tuesday, September 2, 2014


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Missingavenue turns 7 today, it's been one heck of a journey and I honestly don't know where to begin. Social media has tremenduously grown and become part of many people's lives and likewise it has been for mine. Just this weekend when I was on the plane to London, I was thinking about the purpose of having a blog and what it has meant to me in this journey. For me, it has been about documenting and sharing a different perspective to others. Of course, not forgetting that it is something I've enjoyed for a long time and still do. But fashion-wise it hit me, how does wearing something pretty and taking pictures in front of a place help me grow as a person and impact my audience in the first place? I've always seen fashion as part of a lifestyle, even though fashion has played in a big, major part of my life  and probably my future. However, I can safely say it isn't something I am passionate about. I am of course, talking about the fashion industry which might come as a shock to some of the people who personally know me but if it is anything, I am passionate towards living a beautiful life.  I've always felt like living beautifully also means being able to create something beautiful everyday, whether it means how one styles his or her clothes a certain way, cooking a meal or taking a photograph. It all plays a small part in the process, one that is always seeking for improvement.

I am not sure if I can actually be passionate towards an industry like fashion that is so superficial that it comes to a point of giving unrealistic standards of beauty. The pressure to look a certain way is ridiculous and it's turned me off many times but I cannot deny that it has affected me as well. There will always be a new designer collection that is going to take the world by storm. A new advertising campaign that is going to be just as controversial as the last and I don't know what feels new anymore. I've always loved dressing up so this blog allowed me to document that. In the past 7 years, I've seen myself grow from depressed emo kid to an adult with dreams I am actually working towards everyday step by step. I've become a lot more particular about my quality of work and what I post here because I want everything to represent me and have a purpose. I don't want to just post something I wear everyday and expect it to make a difference to people. Because really, lets be truthful, what is it going to do for you anyway? It really is no different from the industry and has the same effect as an advertisment on a billboard or a magazine. After all, blogs and social media have become a huge form of advertising for brands anyway. Something I post can influence someone and give her the pressure to look or dress a certain way, own a certain something or go to a place I've been to. I'm not saying that I'm great and everyone should follow whatever I wear or do but it's something even I myself am affected by with the people I follow, whether they have 10 or 100,000 followers. The truth is, no matter what we say, we've all influenced each other in one way or another whether we like it or not.

Typing this post made me realise that what started this blog in the first place was an innocent love of sharing, creating and documenting. I hope that being so candid about what I've been feeling about the industry will encourage you, whoever you are, to just stay true to yourself. We're all human beings anyway. Grow as much as you possibly can, I definitely have and staying true tmy beliefs have played a vital role in making that happen. Hopefully, in the next 7 years or more, I will keep doucmenting and keep sharing my perspective. I don't expect anyone to share the same perspectives as I do but if the blog does then great but do not ever let what I post stop you from being you because I am just being me here as well. Right now in My Little Pony pjs and squatting in the corner of the room. Below are some of my favourite moments I've had on the blog that I hope to share. 
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To many more years of documenting and sharing like I said! 

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EL MATADOR SEA WAVES

10:53 PM, Friday, August 29, 2014


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Tipilly Jumpsuit

This was definitely one of the highlights during my Californian adventure, I had been to the beaches in L.A before and driven across the Pacific Coast Highway but never stepped foot onto Malibu and when I did I stopped to ask myself, what exactly took me so long? Forget Venice or Santa Monica. They're great and special in their way but El Matador beach is definitely in a league of it's own. I feel like I nearly got taken by the waves and splashed over and over but it was an adventure. We left the beach scruffed from climbing up and down the large rocks and exploring the sea caves, soaked from the tumultuous waves. I didn't get dressed especially for this but it just seemed to all fit perfectly into place. I love that a jumpsuit like this was the perfect balance for casual and something a little more dressy with the right amount of accessories and the right footwear. I wore this with flats and a huge hat while exploring the Malibu beaches and it just was a lovely way to spend a Friday evening. I've never been a beach holiday person, I love fast-paced big cities, skyscrapers and the bright lights rather than a slow, relaxing holiday. Or maybe I have never had the right company to experience something like that but I've always had a very special relationship with the sea for as long as I've known it. The ocean not only gives me peace but a sense of adventure and wonder. It gives me clarity and has given me greater courage and resilience to go after the things I love and believe in because look at it- in all it's amazement, it is unimaginable how vast the oceans and beaches of this world are and what they are capable of. As cliche as it sounds, the sea truly is a force to be reckoned with and I love it whenever I am close to it. I guess being a city girl, it's the perfect balance for me when I do make the trip out to be with the ocean. What does the ocean mean to you?

 If you're in Los Angeles, make sure you make the trip down and watch the sun set from the upper cliffs of the beach, the view was definitely one I would never forget and the light, the light! It was amazing and left me at a loss for words. I love you, Malibu! 




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DRINKING YOUR WAY TO BEAUTIFUL SKIN

1:11 AM, Thursday, August 28, 2014


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This post couldn't have been more timely. I'm having an extremely hectic week and since returning from Bangkok, my skin has been breaking out like crazy. Which in turn, drives me crazy. We all have aspirations of being healthy. Eating the right food and getting the proper nutrients we need are crucial in maintaining physical healthy and emotional wellness. Leading busy lives can sometimes make this difficult but let me now quench your curiousity and bear some good news: you can now sip your way to beautiful skin. That clear, glowing complexion you have always been wanting will slowly be on it’s way to you with these recipes. Start your day with them or have them as a light lunch. Smoothies are a great way to get all the nutrients you need from the ingredients you put in and what is even better is that they’re so easy to make and take with you. They can replace the highly processed fast food that is so bad for not just our skin but our physical bodies. The nutritious combination of fruits, vegetables, proteins and healthy fats in these delicious smoothies are especially good for your skin, they are packed with essential fatty acids which calm puffiness and redness and loaded with antioxidants, which keep the wrinkles away and provide that perfect glow. Most of all, they’re a great alternative for a detox diet as many of the ingredients are alkalizing which help the body release skin-irritating toxins. I've tried and tested all these recipes which I did massive research months ago, they're delicious and they feel so good for you. So get your blenders and be ready to whiz some of these delicious recipes up!

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Spinach Mango Smoothie

The best part of this smoothie is you can’t taste the spinach. But that is pretty much the same for many spinach smoothies. The sweetness of the mango gives you a tropical smoothie that immediately transports you to a holiday on an island.

Ingredients: 1 handful of spinach, 1/2 an apple, 1/2 a cup of mango, 1 stalk of celery, a handful of cucumber, half the juice of a lemon and 2 cups of water

 Directions: Blend water with spinach before adding in the rest of the ingredients one by one.

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Glowing Green Smoothie

Drinking this smoothie is a great way to incorporate greens into your diet, far more than eating vegetables. Because we blend the greens and fruit for easy digestion, your body is able to absorb more of the vitamins and minerals without working so hard. Thanks to all its nutrients and fiber, this smoothie is incredibly filling, so it keeps you from reaching for that midmorning second cup of coffee and that bagel you really didn’t want to eat. The banana, apple and pear provide the perfect balance of sweetness and nutrition that make this smoothie delicious to drink and the best part is you barely taste the greens. The chia seeds in this recipe have incredible beauty benefits, provide calcium, iron and protein to protect and maintain cell membranes, reduce inflammation and possibly protect against sun damage. This recipe is great to improvise with different greens like kale, celery, cilantro and other fruits like oranges. Drinking this everyday will definitely allow you to be on your way to the glowing beautiful skin you’ve been dying to have so make sure you have fun with this recipe!

 Ingredients: 1 handful of spinach, 1 handful of lettuce, 1 stalk of celery, 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 cup of water and 1 handful of chia seeds (optional).

  Directions: Blend water with spinach and lettuce, add celery and the rest of the ingredients and serve.

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Strawberry Detox Green Smoothie

If you’re not already a fan of strawberries, you should be. Not only are they juicy, summery and delicious, they’re a bona fide superfood, too. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (like vitamin C). The power of vitamin C in strawberries continues, as it is vital to the production of collagen, which helps to improve skin’s elasticity and resilience. Since we lose collagen as we age, eating foods rich in vitamin C may result in healthier, younger-looking skin. Cucumbers are 95 % water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. They also have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin when making this smoothie as the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C. This smoothie is deliciously light and refreshing, perfect for a sunny afternoon accompanied by some fresh fruit! 

Ingredients: 3/4 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup cucumber, 1 large banana, 1 1/2 cup of almond milk and
 1 1/2 cup of spinach 
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 Directions: Blend spinach with milk before adding in the rest of the ingredients one by one.

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Blueberry Avocado Green Smoothie

Blueberry and avocado are surprising a delicious combination. Avocados are among the healthiest natural ingredients on the planet. They contain over 25 vital nutrients including vitamins (A, B, C, E, and K) and minerals such as potassium, iron and magnesium. They are filled with vitamin A which helps purging off any dead skin cells. The glutamine amino acid present in avocados cleanses your skin and offers it enough protection against harsh environmental factors. The antioxidants in avocados detoxify your body removing all the toxins that tend to lead your skin to age prematurely. It also helps eliminating the wrinkles giving your skin a youthful glow. Blueberries are also a great source of nutrition, their antioxidants soften dry skin and provide sweetness to this smoothie.

Ingredients: 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 an avocado, 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 a cucumber and 1/2 a banana

 Directions: Blend all ingredients together and serve.

Recipes adapted from Kimberly Synder, Total Beauty and Little Spice Jar.

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