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Volcano & Cabana Bay
Volcano Bay. This is not a rendering.

Volcano Bay. This is not a rendering.

Cabana Bay Hotel

Cabana Bay Hotel

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For my Dad's 60th birthday, he wanted to go to Volcano Bay for the weekend. We stayed at Cabana Bay which is in between Universal Studios & Volcano Bay. The hotel's theme is centered around mid century design. The detail I loved the most is that the toiletries were a throwback to that time period.

How cute is this?! I came out of the shower smelling like the 60s.

How cute is this?! I came out of the shower smelling like the 60s.

Volcano Bay was really fun. Most rides are actually pretty intense and probably aimed more for teenagers. My favorite was the two person tube slides. I can ride those all day. The park has a good amount of different rides and variations of slides within them. I feel like one day wasn't enough!

It was a perfect weekend getaway to the 60s that I don't mind doing again.

Tatiana Gancedo
LA
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Visiting California had been on my bucket list for the longest. There were two reasons why. Back in the day, I loved rollercoasters. I still do, but I can only handle so much of it now that I'm older. I would play Rollercoaster Tycoon and there was one park that stood out to me. It's called Six Flags Magic Mountain. They have the gnarliest coasters haha. The second reason was In-N-Out. Unfortunately, I didn't take photos. But that is another reason for me to go back. It over exceeded my expectations. I thought it would be like typical frozen fast food and it isn't. It tasted fresh!

 

View from my hotel room at The Line

View from my hotel room at The Line

My job is what allowed me to go to LA. We went there to do a photoshoot for a campaign that introduces what we do to the public. I didn't know there were so many people involved in taking photos. I mean, I knew that, but didn't know their exact roles in detail. So that was a cool experience learning the behind the scenes of a shoot. In a world where we spend 1 second looking at hundreds of photos a day, it's easy to forget how much effort and work is behind them all.

 

A behind the scene shot from the campaign

A behind the scene shot from the campaign

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My coworker and I had a free weekend before the shoot so we went to LACMA. On the way there, we saw the tar pits! One thing that stood out to me about LA is its terrain. I was fascinated with the contrast of cactuses, mountains, and my favorite tall palm trees. The mid century buildings standing still like a time capsule. Such a strong presence of modernism in the city.

 

Chris Burden Metropolis II

Chris Burden Metropolis II

I've always wanted to see this and had no idea it was here! And we got there just in time for the show.

I've always wanted to see this and had no idea it was here! And we got there just in time for the show.

Johanna Calle Obra Negra - Work is made out of wire

Johanna Calle Obra Negra - Work is made out of wire

Commissary at The Line was beautiful. It's a restaurant inside a greenhouse and the food!! Delicious.

Commissary at The Line was beautiful. It's a restaurant inside a greenhouse and the food!! Delicious.

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LA won my heart. I knew it would. There so much I didn't see and do. See you again soon.

Tatiana Gancedo
Summer Favorites

Howdy. It's taken me a while to adjust my new life in Miami again. But let me tell you, I'm still thrilled to be back. My new job has been incredible and feel very lucky to be there. I love how international it is and gives me the opportunity to travel. When I was younger, I pictured myself traveling to many places when I was older. Traveling is so nourishing to the soul and creativity.

The little collection above is some of the new beauty items I've been loving this summer. Swiss packaging aesthetic ✓

 
Young Frankk earrings

Young Frankk earrings

 
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Miami has changed so much! There are so many cool places I've found and want to visit that definitely was not here 3 years ago. I bought these city guides as research for work but I secretly want to collect all of them.

 
 
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I also found the bathing suit of my dreams from Solid and Striped. I had to pair it with off white sliders from Vince. The cute bottles from Function of Beauty are now part of my hair routine. You can customize your shampoo/conditioner according to whatever problems you want to fix. Me being the oil factory that I am, I wanted something that can at least hold my excess oil until the end of the day. Trust me, I can't go a day without washing. I look like Sméagol the next day. 

 

I blend into my avocado float!

I blend into my avocado float!

Tatiana Gancedo
Goodbye New York City
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After living in NYC for almost 3 years, my time has come to an end. I started this blog talking about how bored I was of Miami and needed a challenge in my life. And boy, did I get that. I'm going to start off by saying I do not regret living there one bit. I'm very thankful it happened. Would I do this again? Nope.

I suffered a lot in NYC. All because I had a specific lifestyle I wanted to live, and I found this out by going through these obstacles. As everyone knows, NYC is a monster within itself. It is difficult. I thought I could prove it wrong with working hard. There are a lot of things that I didn't know and now I know by my own experiences.

I came here to get better. To get rid of my fears. To become stronger. And I feel I got what I wanted with my career and personal goals. I have a wider perspective on life and came out with new goals. In terms of my career, I got exactly what I wanted. I got to work at my dream studio and got to work with many different types of people. I started off working with a small amount of people and grew to experience a diverse group of coworkers. I've met some of the shittiest and sweetest people ever.

NYC is such a high contrast. You either love it or hate it. It's either freezing or like a sauna. You encounter very rich people, to people who work so hard and don't get paid much. More than one paycheck went into my rent. After living with roommates, I realized I have to live alone or with people that I love. I can't deny that I'm a homebody and my home is very important to me because as an introvert, this is where I recharge. I did not sleep in those 3 years I lived there. It is the city that never sleeps. If I don't get 8 hours of sleep, I do not function.

My ultimate dream was to live a few years in NY and then move to Europe. But this whole terrorism thing going on changed everything. That's when I felt I needed to come home. It made me realize how important my family is to me. They have worked so hard to help me succeed and I couldn't continue seeing them grow old without my help. I couldn't have done this without their support.

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I was homesick. I wanted to get a dog but I lived too far away. I couldn't go out with people because I lived too far away. It was all I can afford on my own. I missed the sunshine. I missed my people. Being back home, I've never felt so much happier. I hugged my washing machine. I hugged Publix. Miami has changed since I left. I was so focused on my career after graduating, that now I can focus on the people I love and care about. Graphic Design can chill out.

I didn't expect to come home this early, but I found an opportunity here in Miami that I couldn't pass. I'm excited for this new chapter that I will confront with new knowledge and perspective, thanks to NYC.

Brunch & Art Hopping
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I feel like I haven't gone on an adventure in a long time. It's hard to go out in the winter and explore freely without thinking are my fingers going to fall off. Since I finished my 100 days of colors project, I had to create a mission to explore in another way. I've learned to appreciate indulging in quality food, art, beauty, and style. It makes my soul feel refreshed. I'm the type of person that needs positive and forward-thinking things around me at all times. It feeds to my productivity. I know if I'm not productive in some way, sadness starts creeping in and I try not to let that happen. This makes me feel good and want to continue doing good things for others. That makes me happy.

So I headed to Nickel & Diner this morning, taking advantage of the 50 degree weather. I've always wanted to try Eggs Benedict. It was incredible. I actually passed this place last week while heading to By Chloe, which is delicious as well. Their interior design is on point. They took something vintage and made it look fresh and spacey~

I then finally got to visit CW Pencil Enterprise. Y'all know how much I love and use pencils. The place is adorable and the girl that worked there was very friendly and informative about everything. She recommended the coolest things to me like her favorite erasers and pencils that go super dark and creamy. I bought a couple of things and it came out to be like $7! And the way she packaged it! Attention to detail always wins. What was also cute were these two older ladies talking to us about how these pencils brought memories to them when they were in primary school in eastern Europe.

Matcha. Everyone goes crazy for it here. Honestly, the colors are pretty but the taste is super weird. It takes like seaweed sometimes. I don't mind seaweed in my sushi but in a drink, I said wut every time I sipped. After I ordered a matcha latte, I noticed the coconut flavored one. That prob tastes better. Cha Cha Matcha's pink and green brand colors are basically my childhood. I would play with my mom's sewing spools and make them into 'couples' or 'teams'. My favorite combo was pink and kelly green. I had no idea what complimentary colors were at 6 years old, but it just felt so right.

Canal Street Market  was my last stop. There was this cute little studio set up where artist, Kristin Texeira, makes her work there. Even though she wasn't there, I felt her cute personality with the notes she left behind. She had a note asking people to leave their weird dreams behind so that she can make pieces about them. Inspiring chic.

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