Life is a constant adventure, filled with the unknown. We run around day to day never truly understanding what's to come with the passing of each second. For instance, Fred & I went out to shoot some photos for my outfit of the day. Little did I know I was going to get cut by glass as I posed vainly for a photo. 

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california fashion blogger

In my head I imagined careless teenagers throwing their empty beer glass bottles against the rocks, leaving millions of glass shards out for someone to kill themselves with. A minuscule piece of glass pricked my finger, causing a surprising amount of burgundy blood to stream out. I wiped away the blood with a napkin & we moved on to a new location.

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california fashion blogger

My blog is a place of realness. You get the honest-to-goodness Carmen. Sometimes it's hard to get to know a person through their words or photos, so I'd like to be more expressive, more articulate in 2016. This is the real life behind the scenes experience of a blogger. Glamorous, right? Anyhoo, the damage was minimal & life moves on. The blood clots, a scab forms, & the world still turns.

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california fashion blogger

The sun was low & setting, creating a naturally majestic lighting. Oh yes, that magic hour. I'm all about it. It looked like nature's version of photo editing. Everything was gorgeous. Your skin looked healthier. The earth appeared greener. The smiles of everyone who passed into the rays of light grew into a full blown grin.

california fashion blogger

california fashion blogger

The light hit my face, my necklace, my cardigan, & genuinely made me feel freaking fabulous. The Labradorite & Moonstone Necklace* from Michelle Smith Collection has become one of my most prized possessions as far as jewelry is concerned. This handmade rosary-style necklace garners compliment after compliment. I genuinely adore it & wear it regularly.

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california fashion blogger
Coat: H&M (similar) // Cardigan: Thrifted (similar) // Dress: Thrifted (similar) // Necklace: Michelle Smith Collection* // Pants: Hue (exact) // Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider (similar)
I feel like this entire outfit is the essence of me, mixing casual pieces with glamorous details. I've always been the girl who enjoys being low-key & it has only been recently where I found another layer of myself. I like quality, expensive pieces or experiences as long as they bring something positive & joyous to my life. Like I said, life is a constant adventure & you learn something new every day, even if it's about yourself.

california fashion blogger

california fashion blogger

Despite the glass, which symbolizes the negatives in life, there's always something to look forward to right around the corner — be it self-realization, reflection, or even a happy circumstance. You just have to keep chugging along in the train that is life. There is absolutely no way to know the name of your destination or how long it takes to get there. All we know is that we're going somewhere.

california fashion blogger

california fashion blogger

I'm in a happy, golden place in my life. Of course there's always room for improvement; I could definitely eat healthier, exercise more, & just be a better person all around. Generally speaking, I feel like I'm on the right path. So my question to you is where do you want to go? Where do you see yourself going in 2016 & beyond? What does it take to get there?  :]

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* Disclaimer: The Labradorite & Moonstone Necklace was received complimentary from Michelle Smith Collection in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure here. :]