The Kindness of Friends

People always ask me “Who’s your photographer?”, “Who takes your photos everyday?”. I simply reply, “My favorite bun-head, Erica.”

She’s sassy, she’s fierce, has perfectly trimmed bangs,  has the kindest heart, and is loyal to the bone. We share a love of good coffee, sweets, a good salad, getting our fitness on, Broadway shows, and Beyonce ( duh ). She never complains about being my photographer, in fact, I think she enjoys a break away from the monotony of office life.

This day was a particularly warm day in December, so I opted for a short, leggy dress. I thought this was too short for work, Erica just said, “Work those legs guuuurrrl.” I think she approved. Breaking away for 15 minutes from the office, we took a stroll outside to our friendly hipster neighborhood, had some good laughs and took some of my favorite photos of Dressember.


*Thank you for the photos. Thank you Erica for your talent. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for your love. OKkkkrrr!

E and P



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Hackathon: Dressember Day 5

Have you ever heard of a Hackothon?

Yeah me neither until my really good friend who has participated in these weekend long events told me about them. Here’s the official definition:

“A hackathon is a gathering where programmers collaboratively code in an extreme manner over a short period of time. Hackathons are at least a few days – or over a weekend – and generally no longer than a week. While working on a particular project, the idea is for each developer to be have the ability and freedom to work on whatever he/she wants. A hackathon is also known as a hackfest or hack day.”

She is participating in Hack-o-thon LA but there are multiple meetup spots throughout the country. One that caught my attention is from an organization called  CHIME FOR CHANGE, a global campaign to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment. CHIME FOR CHANGE is founded by Gucci, who has a long history of engagement around women’s and girls’ issues being involved with UNICEF and foundations such as the Kering Corporate Foundation.

CHIME FOR CHANGE is teaming with Twitter and Women Who Code to host a Hackathon to create mobile app solutions to support girls and women around the world, and to celebrate the power of women in tech! They have named this Hackathon #CHIMEHACK (pretty catchy, huh!?)

CHIME FOR CHANGE aims to connect the tech community to issue experts and nonprofits working on the ground to identify ways for disruptive technology to create new linkages and feedback loops that raise funds and awareness to improve Education, Health and Justice for girls and women.

Check out this video about #CHIMEHACK and see who you recognize.

I wish I knew computer programming. The extent of my computer knowledge is “power” button, Microsoft Word, Excel, and INTERNET.

Dressember Day 5 photo shoot was fun. Taking photos with my favorite photographer is half the fun 🙂

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Baby, it’s cold outside.



World Aids Day- December 1

Today I went to church (shout out to New Life Community Church in East L.A.) and took some photos in front of our little building. Jonathan said not to take photos in front of beat up East L.A. business railing that covers part of my church; that it looked ghetto and that I needed something nicer. I disagreed. I accept the community my church is in as it is. It is beautiful, one just has to open our eyes to see it.

I proceeded to take some photos in front of our building before I got too many stares and honks from passing cars and pedestrians.

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Today’s message was about faith and works; how our actions should reflect our faith and how our faith should reflect our actions. They say that our actions speak louder than words and I think that’s true. I’m slowly learning how to live this out and I’m starting by educating myself about issues at hand. Baby steps right?

So to start, today is World Aids Day.


  • Every minute one young woman acquires HIV, accounting for 22% of all new HIV infections
  • Women are 2 to 4 times more likely than men to become infected with HIV
  • Every day, 900 children are born with HIV

Let’s be the generation that ends this.

What are you doing to take action?