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Happy Wednesday Babes!

Today on the blog, I wanted to share a cool new spot for all you coffee lovers. Coffee Attic was kind enough to have me and Matt at their coffee shop located at 7353 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Finding parking was easy breezy since they have a parking lot for their customers – can we get an AMEN!! If you live in L.A you know how hard it is to come-by a good parking spot!

Their customer service was incredible and loved how friendly and interactive their staff is. They are extremely knowledgeable and give the BEST recommendations. They did not disappoint. There was plenty of sitting space for us to hang out and wait for our food. Something that stood out to me was their workstation. It has a clear glass, which makes it fun for people to stand around and watch their drinks being made. Who knew that making coffee would be considered an art – so entertaining.

The food and drinks were just AMAZEBALLS. We were lucky enough to try a lot of the items on the menu. They kept their food menu simple, which for me was great because I’m such an indecisive person – thank you for keeping it simple and easy!

With all that being said, let me show you what we GOT !!!!

Matt got the Avocado Toast which had an amazing lemon and truffle oil taste to it! It was the perfect morning meal to get the day started.

* Toast – Avocado – Truffle Oil – Poached Egg – Salt & Pepper – Chili Flakes – Pomegranate Seeds – Radish – Market Greens

* The Dirty Chai Specialty Drink was extremely delicious and Matt’s favorite.

* I was totally obsessed with Italian Rosemary molecular Specialty Drink. They topped it off with a yummy pink whipped cream – can anyone else!!

* You can NEVER go wrong with a Matcha Latte. Perfect way to start the morning.

The Smoked Salmon was sooo yummy! It was by far one of my favorite things on the menu. If you’re a herbs and salmon person, I highly recommend getting this.

* Toasts – Cream Cheese – Smoked Salmon – Cucumber Noodles – Radish – Capers – Dill – Market Greens.

Big shout out to Coffee Attic for this wonderful experience! If you’re looking for a great coffee shop, put this place on your list! Want to check out their full drink and food menu? Visit the link down below for more information. Cheers.



Let The Wedding Planning Begin.

Happy Wednesday,

It’s been a while since I’ve written something on here! I always forget how much I really enjoy coming on this platform to connect with you guys at a much deeper level. Anyone else feel that way about blogs?

As you may know, Matt and I just started planning our wedding. I personally feel like we’re behind on this whole process but I’m glad we’ve taken the time to really sit and think about what we wanted.

For starters, Matt and I found our dream venue last Friday! It’s not your traditional venue but we are so happy with it because it has everything we need. It’s a beautiful home located in Thousand Oaks in a very secluded area which is ideal for a wedding. The backyard is spacious and has plenty of room for tables, chairs, a dance floor, DJ, and not to mention space for a bartender and a catering company.

Why did you pick a house instead of a banquet hall?

When we were shopping around for a venue we didn’t want to feel restricted. We wanted the freedom to book our own catering company, supply our own drinks and party until 2 a.m. Not many locations will allow parties to do any of the above without having to pay more money. Matt and I plan to stay within a specific budget so when we come across this place it was meant to be! It’s true what they say, ” When you know, you know!” My advice to any future bride is: do your research, look at different options and figure out your budget. This will make it much easier when booking a place.

Now, we’re still in the beginning stages of planning but we at least have the venue which is the MOST important thing in my books. We also have a date for the wedding (2020), ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS (which I’ll be sharing down below) my dream cake, first dance picked out and a honeymoon destination – AHHH! I’ll definitely be sharing more once things start falling into place.

So, without further ado, here’s our engagement photos!! You won’t believe this but this was our first photo session together – I thought we did pretty good 😉 Matt and I took pictures at the Pasadena Courthouse which ended up being the perfect location for a mini photoshoot. I’m really happy with my photos and couldn’t have picked a better photographer to bring my vision to life. Hope you guys enjoy them, too.

p.s if you have any questions please leave your comments down below!

Let the wedding planning BEGIN!!!!

Location: Pasadena courthouse | Photos: Pablo

Florence | Travel Diary

Hello and welcome back to another travel diary! Today, I’m going to break down the beautiful city of Florence. This city happens to be my favorite and holds a very special place in my heart!

So where did we leave off? That’s right, Rome! After visiting Vatican City we hoped on our coach for a 2 1/2 hour ride to Florence! After we arrived at our hotel, we had time to settle in for a couple of hours.

Day 3: Florence

Our first night in Florence was one to remember! We went into the city for some dinner and a some karaoke! Our Contiki group was having a blast, singing and dancing the night away. By the time the clock struck midnight, Matt suggested we head back to our hotel! He said he wanted to get up early to watch the sunrise. I was a little sad to leave our fun karaoke night BUT I had an even bigger surprise coming my way.

Day 4: Florence (A Day to Remember)

Matt and I had an early wake-up call! We got up around 5:30 am, got dressed and headed out to the Piazzale Michelangelo. The location was walking distance which was nice because we got to enjoy the city before the hustle and bustle. Once we got to the top of the Piazzale, we couldn’t believe our eyes, the view was absolutely gorgeous! The early wake-up call was worth it!!

As we admired the beauty of Florence, the sun began to peek through the horizon. Matt pulled my body closer to him when he popped open a box with a beautiful diamond ring and said, ” Dawn, will you marry me?” AHHHHHH!!!!!! Still can’t get over it. His speech was like something out of a movie and perfect in every way! It was a fairytale proposal 💕.

I was overwhelmed with so many emotions and happy that we entered a new chapter in our lives. After celebrating and drying the tears of our eyes, we headed back to the hotel! The walk back was so surreal and we couldn’t wait to share the good news with everyone.

As the morning progressed, Matt and I decided to explore the city as a newly engaged couple – yuppie! We spend our time wandering the city and taking in the beauty of Florence. As the evening approached, we headed back to the hotel to get dressed for dinner in Tuscany. We celebrated with our Contiki group and had an amazing time with lots of wine and food.

Day 5:

By the next day, Matt and I were so excited about visiting San Gimignano and getting some shots as a newly engaged couple. Our Tour Manager gave us an hour to explore the town. San Gimignano was built during the medieval times and every corner had something beautiful about it.

After falling in love with this gorgeous town, our group headed to WINE TASTING TOUR in the hills of Tuscany.

Once we arrived at the winery, we were greeted by a local wine expert. She took us around the premises and taught us about Italian wine. It was interesting to learn about the process of winemaking from a true Italian local.

Once the wine tasting was over, we headed back to our hotel. Matt and I decided to head into town for a nice romantic dinner. It was the perfect way to end our last night in Florence!

Day 6:

As we boarded our coach, we said goodbye to such a beautiful city. Our Tour Manager pumped us up for our mini day trip to Pisa and Verona. We took pictures by the Leaning Tower of Pisa and roamed the streets of Verona. We also saw Juliette’s balcony which was a pretty cool moment! It was the perfect way to start our next adventure to Venice!

Five Things To Do This Valentine’s Day!

Hello Fam! I have to take a moment and say, “OMG, it’s been forever”! It’s honestly been way too long since I’ve last posted. Can’t wait to dive right in and continue this blogging journey again with a cute blog post that I put together for you all. 

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to list 5 things you and your significant other can do this Thursday! Let’s do this:

  • Ice Skating: Don’t you remember the days when you were a kid and enjoyed ice-skating with friends or that special someone? This is probably the cutest thing you can do this Thursday! Get into your cozy clothes and head over to your nearby ice-skating rink. Let loose and enjoy being a kid for a day!

  • Scavenger Hunt: By far the most thoughtful idea yet. Quick story: Matt did this for me like four years ago. He left little notes all over the house and places where he and I would hang out. I still have all the notes and the photo album he gave me that Valentine’s Day. There are plenty of ideas you can get online or on Pinterest! Check out the link for more ideas:

  • Dinner and Movie Night @ Home: Let’s face it, going out on Valentine’s Day is a NIGHTMARE! Instead, enjoy a nice homemade dinner while watching a romantic comedy to set the tone. Oh, and you can’t forget the candles and wine 😉

Movie ideas:

13 GOING ON 30






  • Cooking Class: People bond over food, am I right?! I know Groupon, LivingSocial and other local places offer couples/ group cooking classes. Why not bond over delicious food and share this experience with that special someone!
  • Breakfast In Bed: With technology at our fingertips, it’s easy to swipe through UberEats to find the perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast — if you’re into that kinda stuff. If you’re more of the “make it home” type of person than Pinterest and the FoodNetwork have great breakfast ideas. Whip something up in the kitchen and bring it to bed….now, doesn’t that sound amazing. Here are some recipe ideas:

There you have it! Five things you can do this Valentine’s Day. Easy to plan and it doesn’t require a lot of money. Often times, thoughtful surprises, are the BEST gifts ❤

FroYo Fruit Bites – Summer Treats

Happy Tuesday,

Today’s blog post is a simple one! These froyo fruit bites will have you wanting more all summer long. Here’s what you’ll need:


1. Muffin & pastry pan

2. Cup liners

3. Fruit (your favorite summer fruit )

4. 2 1/2 Greek Yogurt (your favorite yogurt )

5. 2 cups Granola

6. 4 tablespoons Honey

7. 4 tablespoons Peanut Butter


Place cup liners inside pan and use cooking spray so ingredients won’t stick. Next, grab a bowl and mix the granola, peanut butter and honey together. Use a spoon to scoop the mixture and place inside the cup liners. Once the base is filled with the granola mixture, use a clean spoon to fill half of the liner with your choice of yogurt. After, dice up fruit into small pieces and lay on top of yogurt.

Place in freezer for 30 mins before serving.

Easy as that! Let me know what you guys think 😉 Enjoy


Italy Trip | Rome


It’s been a full week since I’ve gotten back from my Italy trip, and let’s say its been hard to adjust! Many wonderful things happen in Italy including, getting engaged to my soon-to-be HUSBAND! In this blog post, I wanted to go over in more detail all the great activities that Contiki put together for us. I’ll be breaking down each city into separate post and go more into detail about each place. Let’s get started!!!!

Matt and I have always booked and planned our own trips from start to finish. When the time came to plan our next trip, we decided to book through Contiki, a travel agency for 18-35 years old. The thought of sitting back and relaxing while letting someone else do the planning seemed like a nice change of pace for once. Contiki for the WIN!!!!

Contiki made it easy to book our flight and hotel stay through them. They had a variety of destinations to pick from which made it hard because every place looked so beautiful. In the end, we picked Italy because it has been on the top of our list for a really long time. For our package, we went with the Italy Expresso which turned out to be a great decision!

Contiki provided all the information we needed including our itinerary, booking, and flight information. We even booked a transfer from the airport to our hotel through them, which was nice because we didn’t have to worry about a thing!

After reviewing and going over our itinerary, I found myself worried that we weren’t going to have enough free time to what we wanted to do. Surprisingly, Contiki did any amazing job at planning it out so it allowed for a ton of FREE time to explore at our own leisure.


Our Tour Manager, Hazel, was such a doll and explained every single little detail about our trip. We even had opportunities to purchase add-on activities through Contiki for a more in-depth experience of Italy. After our group meeting ended, we headed to a restaurant in the heart of Rome where we had our very first Italian dinner together! It was a great way to kick start our vacation, while enjoying a lovely evening meeting new people from around the world.

Day 1: ROME

Sunday, kicked off with new friends and a walking tour to see some local sights. We visited the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, The Forum and The Colosseum to name a few. The experience of visiting these historical places is something I can not put into words. It’s one thing to see these places in movies but seeing them in person is SOOO different. I definitely felt this moment of gratitude when walking through the City of Rome.

Once we were done with our tour, we had time to kill until our next activity. Matt and I took it upon ourselves to walk around, eat LOTS of gelato and pizza. By the time the evening arrived, we were on our way to our pasta making class!! Our group had our own space with a personal chef that taught us how to make pasta from scratch. We were laughing, dancing and having the time of our lives. Let me just say that our pasta making skills were spot on!

Day 2:

This was our last afternoon in Rome before heading to Florence. Prior to leaving to the next city, we visited the beautiful Vatican City to explore. Fun Fact: Vatican City is it’s own country! Don’t believe me, Google it. It has it’s own currency, post office, has around 900 citizens & is the only country you can’t be born into. Crazy right? We roamed around the museum and saw the master piece of Michelangelo. His creation of the Sistine Chapel was remarkable and left so many speechless. We were also allowed to visit St. Peter’s Basilica, which is the BIGGEST church in the world!

Rome was definitely a beautiful city filled with so much history. It was a great way to start our trip with Contiki. If you love history and museums, then Rome is the city for you! Next on the map, Florence.


So, you want to blog!?

Hey Ladies and Gents!

Welcome back to another exciting blog topic. As you know, I’ve been blogging for four years already. I’ve experienced a ton of ups and downs in this industry but the one thing that’s always remained constant is my love for blogging and creating content for you all.

My first two years of blogging was a time when I was still discovering what I wanted to talk about. Originally, I started blogging about traveling, cooking and a little bit of beauty! I’ll admit, I was kinda all over the place but it helped me figure out what I wanted to talk about.

By the third and fourth year of blogging, I had learned so much already. I’m now, learning how to pitch myself to brands and collaborating with them. I also got more comfortable in reaching out to other bloggers! I’m hosting my first “blogger brunch” in two weeks ❤

There’s more to blogging than meets the eye and throughout my experience, I feel like I’ve learned enough to share with you all my tips and tricks. Let’s get started.

How to start your own blog?

It’s pretty simple, to be honest! You’ll need a website to host your blog. This girl has tried them all and I’ll be honest, I always come back to WordPress. WordPress does require a lot of time and work, so if you’re looking for something less complicated, then Wix or Squarespace are great options. You can customize build your own page with a ton of widgets they have available for you. You can buy your domain directly from their site or host it with

Take your time and make your site look amazing. Have it represents who YOU are as a blogger and talk about topics you really enjoy. The key is to stay consistent with your content and being able to build on your mailing list. For example, my followers can expect new content on my site every Thursday! Now my followers will be sure to come back every week for new material.

Afraid to miss out? Make sure to subscribe and get notified when a new blog post goes up.

Do I need to invest right away?

In the beginning, you’ll probably get the urge to want to buy everything. Let me stop you there and advise you NOT to do that! Sure, having a good camera, clothes, shoes, makeup is essential BUT you don’t need to invest in expensive stuff right away. However, a good camera never hurt anyone. Here are some great starter options:

*NOT A STARTER CAMERA* Here’s the camera, I recently purchased!

Can’t invest in a camera? No worries, your phone will do just fine while you get started. The iPhone takes stunning and professional photos. If your phone doesn’t take great photos, hire out! I found a photographer through Up Work, and I was happy with the overall service. Also, find someone that can work with your budget. If you have a hard time finding someone, use your friends and family to take the photos for you!!! Trust me, I still do it!

How did you find your photographer?

I’ve known Pablo my whole life! I met him through my old childhood friend, Andrea! Sadly, as we got older we ended up losing touch for a few years. After discovering his work on Andrea’s Instagram page, I immediately messaged him and asked him to take my photos. He understands my style and what I need. I’m very blessed and happy that I have someone that gets my vision and brings it to life !

Once you start searching for a photographer make sure they are flexible with your time, willing to travel and are able to work with your budget. Interview a few people and have them show you their work. This is the best way to understand their style and quality of work. When you start getting more serious about blogging, great photos are a MUST! Brands want to see that you are producing great content and have amazing photos to go along with your work.

What Programs do I need?

For starters, most of the apps I use can be downloaded through the app store and most of them are FREE! Here’s a list of my favorite mobile applications to use when editing a photo, video or adding filters.

  1. Ultra Light
  2. VSCO
  3. Storyluxe
  4. Boomerage
  5. Lightroom – Mobile Free and Desktop Monthly Subscription
  6. ColorStory
  7. Snapseed
  8. A Design Kit: Cute and fun designs
  9. Canva
  10. Untold
  11. iMovie (Mobile) / Final Cut Pro (Desktop not free)
  12. UNUM or Planoly: Plan out your feed in advance & see if it’s cohesive
  13. InShot – Video Editor
  14. Facetune: Remove blemishes and soften the face

What hashtags should I use?

This is the fun part! You can get creative and use popular tags that everyone is already using. The BEST thing you need to do is find hashtags that are not over-saturated. For example, you don’t want to always use hashtags like #Blogger because it has MILLIONS of tags. Instead, use something like #LAblogger, #Latinablogger #Foodieblogger v.s #Foodie that has 114 million tags. These are just examples and you’ll alter your hashtags based on your niche, style, post and who you are trying to reach. Here are a few like to personally use:

#latinablogger #hispanicblogger #losangeles #labased #thesincerestoryteller #welcometomylife #mylifeinsquares #moodyportraits #brunette #mycanonphoto

P.S… Don’t forget to tag the brand in all your posts! This will help you get more exposure and the opportunity to get featured on their page 😉

Final Tip:

When you’re blogging about the things you love, you’ll always have a great time doing it. There’s a lot of competition out there but don’t get discouraged just focus on what you are doing! As long as you are producing great content, having fun, being authentic, and staying consistent, you’ll never go wrong.

Reach out to other bloggers and try connecting with them. Collaborating with other bloggers is a great way to meet new people, share ideas and grow together. Another great resource is This is a great community of women and when you sign up for their newsletter, you’ll receive exclusive invitations to public events.

There you have it guys! I hope this blog post has served as a great guide on how to get started. If you’ve enjoyed this, I’ll love it if you shared it with friends and family. Let me know down below if there are other topics you’ll like me to cover!



The Secret is Out | My South Beach Journey

The secret is out, and it feels so good to finally open up and share my weight-loss story with you all!!!

About a year ago a long time friend of mine mentioned a great opportunity that might be of interest to me. The agency she was working for was looking for candidates for an upcoming weight-loss program. She recommended that I submit my story and photos to the agency as soon as possible due to the amount of interest these types weight loss programs generate. I quickly gathered some pictures and composed the letter that would change my life forever! 

Five days after submitting my story, I received an email from Paige (agent) telling me that I had been pre-selected for the program- YAY! She then scheduled an interview – more like an audition – where the agent asked a number of questions while being recorded on camera- yikes! I’d be lying if I said, I wasn’t nervous.

When the day to interview finally arrived, I remembered being excited yet nervous while on the drive. I kept saying to myself, ” just be yourself and remember to smile!” After all, how bad could it possibly be, right? I mean, I blog and make Youtube videos all the time – haha. You got this, Dawn.

I left the room feeling confident and relieved that I survived the interview. Now that the tough part was out of the way all I needed to do was play the waiting game, for the call back. A few weeks went by, and I FINALLY got the CALL from the agent telling me I WAS IN!! Can you imagine my excitement!? Not only was I going to be apart of great experience but I finally had the opportunity of a lifetime.

Pre-South Beach

Before the South Beach Diet, I had tried every trend of diet that people were talking about, Atkins, the Yoplait, Master Cleanse, diet pills, you name it, I tried it! By this point, I was done and over every diet that claimed would work. I had lost all hope and motivation…..until South Beach came along.

February 20, 2017, was the official start date of this long and exciting journey. The waiting period between September and February felt like a lifetime, not to mention all the holidays that come around at the end of the year only made me more anxious to start. I was excited to start this new chapter in my life and lucky for me, I had all the support I needed. I tackled this journey with other candidates whom quickly became like family. It was nice to know that I wasn’t the only one going through it alone. 

The First Month:

For starters, it’s true what they say; the first month is the hardest. I’ll never forget how I felt and how badly I wanted to give up that first month. However, the support of my family, boyfriend, friends and my South Beach family kept me going. I went through each day focused and used affirmations as a way to keep me motivated.

I had all the tools I needed to be successful. South Beach gave me the necessary fuel. I received a booklet where I was able to track my food intake; I made sure to hydrate myself, my weight training was ready to rock and everything else in between. It takes 21 days to build a new habit, and I was prepared to start breaking my old ones.

Every inch of my body craved everything! Even foods I usually didn’t eat. Having my daily planner kept me on track because I saw how far I had gotten in just a few weeks. I didn’t budge and ate the food that was recommended in the booklet while incorporating the food that was sent out to me by South Beach. It was a huge learning curve but as time went on it got easier. 

Third/Fourth Month:

During my last few months on my diet, I was determined to lose as much weight as I could. However, my body hit a plateau which made it harder. It was discouraged, but I decided to push through it anyway. By this time everyone had already noticed my transformation. I felt like a million bucks and over summer I rocked my very first bikini. Can you believe it? I sure couldn’t! The response I received from everyone was overwhelming. I had finally reached a happy place in my life where I felt confident about myself.

End of Program:

After my program had come to an end, it was bitter-sweet. I was happy to be done and back to prepping my meals. Being apart of such a selective few made me realize the importance of dieting and living a healthier lifestyle. I feel happier than ever, and although there’s still a long journey ahead, The South Beach Diet made it possible for me to reach my goals and sustain a healthier lifestyle. Cheers to 16 pounds off!!!!! Thank you South Beach for this incredible experience.

P.S They also put me in their commercial !!!! Keep your eyes out for that ❤