Author: dawncastillo

The Dynamic Trio

You may or may not know, but I’m obsessed with Honey Girl Organics! In fact, Honey Girl is my go-to brand for all things skincare. A few month ago, they sent me their stick trio, and I instantly fell in love. Their stick trio have been a real game-changer for me, and I just love how it makes my skin feel ❤ The set of three are the perfect travel sized pieces for any girl on the go. It’s one of the reasons why I took it on my trip to Thailand. Whether you’re going on a mini road trip or planning a two-week vacation, the trio sticks will keep your skin looking flawless. What exactly are the trio sticks? The stick trio are meant to nourish and protect your skin from everyday harm while giving you the love and care your skin needs. The trio sticks aim to protect, hydrate and provide a good primer for daily use. When do you use your trio sticks? In the morning, I’ll start by applying the H2GO …

My 2017 Recap

Can you believe that 2018 is only 25 days away!? I can’t help but feel eternally grateful for all the beautiful memories I’ve made this year. I feel so blessed to have been able to share my journey with my online fam, so thank you for following along. Let’s rewind and revisit some of the highlights of 2017…. let’s do this! HIGHLIGHTS: 1. My Very First Tattoo I’ll never forget the day when I decided to get my very first tattoo. I started to research for meaningful phrases and words that spoke to me. I came across the word Bonheur -meaning happiness in French-and instantly fell in love. Every day I look it and remind myself to be happy even when things aren’t necessarily going my way. When the day finally arrived, I kept asking M, “Should I go through with this?” I was so afraid of what the pain would feel like and remember asking everyone to explain it to me. Sadly enough no one could describe the sensation or feeling to me – …

How to Pack for a 2 Week Trip | Travel Guide

Hello Fam! I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I leave to Thailand in 3 days!!!!! I’m still trying to let it all sink in because M and I planned this trip six months ago and I just can’t believe it’s finally here. For those that don’t know, I’ve had a flying phobia ever since I could remember. I don’t know why it started, but I always get nervous before a big trip. If you guys have any recommendations or remedies on how to calm the nerves, leave them in the comments down below. Anything helps. With so many people flying out for vacation and the holidays, I wanted to put together a guide on how to pack for a two-week trip. After four big trips and many mini getaways, I think I’ve mastered the art of packing– no joke. Last year I bought an Ebag –which I’ll link down below–, and it made traveling so much easier for me and faster to get in and out of the airport. I’m not going to lie, …

My Journey with the University of Phoenix

2014 was the year where I set a lot of things into motion for my career, my traveling, and my educational journey with The University of Phoenix. It was definitely a good year and one that I’ll cherish forever. In this blog post, I’m going to break it down into sections and answer questions that many of my friends, followers and family members have always ask me about UOF. Let’s do this!!! Enrollment: Enrolling at the University of Phoenix was pretty simple. I would say all counselors were very helpful and knowledgeable. They made it super easy and took me step-by-step on the entire process. I did a lot of research and asked a lot– can’t stress enough how many questions I asked. It was crucial for me to know that my decision to commit to this college was the best option for my lifestyle and work life. Note: I would recommend getting your general classes out of the way at a community college. Also, double check that the courses you are taking elsewhere will …

My Health & Fitness Journey | Health

Ever since losing 16 pounds, many people have been asking me “How Did You Do It?” My journey started back in 2016 after coming back from my trip to Spain. During my time there, we spent a lot of time at the beach, walking around, eating and taking lots of pictures. Had I know I would have been in a bathing suit the whole time and snapping cute #ootd pictures for my blog, I probably would have tried to lose a couple of pounds! I was disappointed in myself because I didn’t look or feel my best. I even felt beaten inside because I had let myself get to this point and there wasn’t anyone else to blame but myself. My actual wake up call happened, after seeing my best friend lose 20 pounds on The Nutrisystem Diet. Her success triggered something inside of me, and at that point in my life, I knew it was finally time to do something about it! I had great results on the program but stopped after two months …

The Best L.A Guide | Travel Diary

Los Angeles has a lot to offer; from great restaurants, cafes and plenty of sight seeing around the city. I’ve been curious lately to start exploring my hometown and finding out more about locations people would want to see or visit. So whether you’re an Angeleno or someone visiting for the first time, this guide will help you explore Los Angeles like never before! So with that being said, let’s do this!! FREE ACTIVITIES / SIGHT SEEING: 1. La Brea Tar Pits 2. Venice Canal District 3. Bradbury Building 4. Farmers Market (get the feel of the city and people) 5. Hollywood Walk of Fame 6. Walt Disney Concert Hall 7. Sunset Strip 8. Rodeo Drive (Shopping not included lol) 9. Griffith Observatory 10. L.A Fashion District 11. California Science Center 12. Getty Center / Getty Villa ( Pay for Parking) 13. Hollywood Bowl Museum 14. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust 15. LACMA 16. Los Angeles City Hall 17. The Broad 18. The Grove 19. Santa Monica Pier 2o. Universal City Walk 21. Griffith …

My Skincare Routine | Beauty

Looking to kiss your old skin care products goodbye and say hello to radiant looking skin? Then you’ve come to the right place! I started using Honey Girl about three years ago. Funny story, I came across their products because my mom was using their eye cream and facial toner as her skincare routine. I got a little curious and started using it myself. I fell in love instantly. After that, I kept buying other products and fell even more in love with their skin care line. My skin has never looked or felt better. And although I have to thank my momma for my good skin, I knew I had to take good care of it and protect it. Think about it; we put our skin through a lot; from makeup to pollution in the air, our skin needs all the help it can get. Why not do it with safe products that were MADE to feed and preserve your beautiful skin. While cleaning out my makeup and skincare products, I knew I wanted …

6 Personal Questions with Matt | Relationships

For the longest time, people have requested from me to start sharing more of my relationship with Matt on my blog. We’ll be celebrating 6 years this July, so what better way than to ask him “6 personal questions.” So…. without further ado, here’s Matt’s FIRST guest blog post. Let’s do this. What’s the most annoying thing about Dawn? 1) That’s a hard question…there’s so many that come to mind! Just playing:) Its not so much annoying as it is a pet- peeve but Dawn drives like a maniac and plays her techno music really loud! She also never returns things, I cant tell you how many times I’ve thought I lost something only to find it like a month later in her car. Who were you pre-Matt and Dawn? 2) I was a dude, playing a dude, disguised as another dude! (Tropic Thunder reference for you guys.) Umm I’d have to say that in many ways I haven’t changed much. My core values, beliefs and respect for everyone has been very consistent. If anything …

My Top Editing Applications

In a world ruled by social media, it’s important to evolve with current trends and changes in algorithms. Companies and even bloggers rely on their platforms to represent who they are as individuals and as businesses. I believe that having the right filters, content, consistency, and theme for your Instagram is critical to get noticed. For the longest time, I researched for different ways to step up my Instagram game up a notch. I’ve also become more selective when it comes to my pictures. Why is this important? Think about what impressions you get when you visit your favorite store. Is it tidy and clean? Is it messy? How are your favorite products being displayed? Are they visually appealing? The same thing is applied online. Since people can’t physically see the item, it’s important to capture their attention with stunning pictures and creative content. If you are looking to switch things up on Instagram, then you’ve come to the right place. The first question you need to ask yourself is, what type of theme am …

How I Got Rhabdomyolysis

On May 29th, my boyfriend, his dad, and a few close friends decided we would do a workout at Crossfit Studio City. The WOD (Work Out of the Day) was dedicated to Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. In remembrance of Lieutenant Murphy, the Crossfit community gets together every Memorial Day and completes one of the toughest workouts, known as, Murph. Murph 1 mile run 100 pulls ups 200 push-ups 300 air squats 1 mile run Post Murph: Tuesday morning, I woke up feeling a little sore but nothing out of the ordinary. I had done Murph three times in my life, so I knew it was common to feel some soreness after an intense workout. It wasn’t until Wednesday and Thursday when I noticed I wasn’t getting better and was beginning to feel sorer as the days progressed. I couldn’t sleep, and I was frustrated that I couldn’t bend my arms or even get myself dressed–Yes, it hurt that much! Matthew and I, even …