The Last Lolita

April 24, 2019

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

It’s been quite some time since I last did an outfit post, so here you go. I haven’t done outfit pictures (aside from quick Instagram snaps here and there) because I’ve been making a lot of YouTube videos. While I was editing these pictures and jamming out to Iliza Shlesinger’s podcast aka my latest pleasure (side note: I wouldn’t call it a “guilty pleasure” because there’s nothing guilty about it. I listen to it while I WORK for goodness sake yet my saying “latest pleasure” sounds like it’s missing something #randommusings.) ANYWAY. While I was in my editing groove with Iliza playing in the background, I was like, I really miss this. Because, you see, I can’t listen to music while I edit video because I’m editing audio.

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

My word for 2019 is “expand” and the purpose of this year was for me to grow — propel myself into new experiences and expand the boundaries of my comfort zone to wider parameters. I rebranded my blog, launched a YouTube channel, got Drifter Organics into a major retail store (!!! more on that soon!!!), and have read (okay, listened to, but that still counts) more books than I read in the past four years combined. With the lease of my Oakland apartment being up in August, I am figuring out where I want to settle down and land.

On a personal front, I worked out less than I have in years, got less sleep than ever before, yet took care of myself more than I ever have in other regards — like regularly facial massaging and being present in my body. Right now, I’m trying to balance all these things. I created an anonymous survey that you can fill out to let me know how you’re liking my current content and if you’d like to see anything else from me because of course I want you to be enjoying what I create as much as I enjoy creating it.

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

This is probably one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever worn to-date. I don’t even know what you’d call this style (colorful yet muted? feminine? eclectic? fun?), but I feel like it’s really me. This is my favorite time of the year because the weather is warming up and the days are long and I want to record that now. I want to be able to appreciate where I am right now despite feeling so unsettled. I wish I had the answers to more questions, like how often I’ll post to this blog or my YouTube channel and if I’ll stay in the area or move elsewhere after my lease is up, but I’m trying to lean into my uneasiness about uncertainty and sit with it — roll around in my discomfort until I can fully surrender and enjoy the journey.

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

I find it easier to write instead of talk in front of the camera, but I feel like me making regular Instagram Stories and YouTube videos has shown you another part of my personality that I can’t convey through words and pictures and I like that, even if I look back to what I’ve created literally 3 days ago and I’m like “Ughhhh this is so cringe.” (I’m actually currently cringing at my use of the word “cringe,” but I’ve got no other words, so there you have it.) I’m just trying to figure out my balance between posting pics and vids and being on social media enough without being obsessed. All I know is I’ve been saying “Yes” to lots of things that make me (healthfully) uncomfortable and I’m debunking a lot of my fears. I’m getting there.

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

Here’s the Fruit Salad Quarter 1 Reader/Viewer Survey in case you wanna fill it out. 😉

The Last Lolita

Visteairia Ruffle Sleeve Dress: Farrow via Need Supply Co. (currently on sale!)
The Merry Bag: Susan Alexandra
Curve Earrings: Laura Lombardi
Grass Pavone Sandal: Martiniano
The Last Lolita Sunglasses in Crystal Hot Pink: Adam Selman x Le Specs via Need Supply Co.

Bedroom Makeover!

March 27, 2019

Bedroom Makeover

One of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow is Noihsaf Bazaar. Noihsaf Bazaar is a series of Instagram resell “shops” dedicated to independent and emerging designers. You can really find some good deals there. I usually give the bazaar a peruse at least once a day. A few weeks ago, I found a Floyd bed frame on @noihsaf_home. Before I proceed with my story, let me back up a bit and tell you a bit of my history with Floyd, specifically their platform bed. About 3 years ago, I was giving Pinterest the obligatory quick morning gander — probably over a cup of tea — when I came across this picture and became whatever is equivalent to being weak in the knees if you’re already sitting down:

Bedroom Makeover

The glass room! The bed! The styling! The woods outside! What was this company Floyd that made this bed I’ve never heard of??? Ever since then, I’ve wanted a Floyd platform bed. Since I just moved to Oakland a few months ago and am only in my lease for a year, I told myself I wouldn’t buy anything until I settled into a more permanent situation, but we all can guess how this story ends (it doesn’t take much guesswork if you looked at the hero image of this post).

Back to noihsaf_home. The bed frame was only 8 months old and was available for Bay Area pickup only which cut out a lot of potential buyers. When I saw it, it was posted a mere 3 hours ago yet I think by then, there were already 6 comments on it. I was backup buyer… 6 or 7? So I thought “Wow, Micaela, you really missed out on this one.” But everyone ahead of me in line apparently backed out or just didn’t respond and I GOT THE BED FRAME!

I almost backed out of the deal because I spent more money than I had anticipated paying my team to make my Moment Invitation Film Festival submission and wanted to give my bank account a rest, but I also didn’t want to be that person who says they’re going to come by at a certain time to buy something, then flakes out. Last week, my mom and I headed down to Palo Alto to pick up the Floyd dreamboat and as I write this very blog post, I sit on my minimal platform beauty.

BUT THE STORY GETS BETTER. Claire, the seller, happens to be an analog photographer. If you’ve followed me for more than 3 years, you know I used to do fashion photography with a focus on analog. One of my favorite photographers is Sally Mann. Claire is very influenced by Sally Mann. Another one of my favorite photographers is Vivian Maier and Claire’s work also reminds me of Vivian Maier. After our meeting, we fully geeked out in Instagram DMs about photographers we admire and I just know that our paths were meant to have crossed. We already have plans to do some sort of collaboration after Claire settles into her new place in San Francisco. One of the greatest things in life are connections and the unexpected, magical ways you make them. Thank you, Claire, for helping give my bed a facelift, and thank you, Noihsaf, for connecting us!

Bedroom Makeover

Galentine’s Day 5-Minute Dark Chocolate

February 6, 2019



Next week may be Valentine’s Day, but a wise woman coined February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day as Galentine’s Day which is a day for ladies celebrating ladies After all, behind every confident woman is a strong core of girlfriends who have her back.

I celebrated an early Galentine’s Day by making dark chocolate with my girl Jenna. This chocolate involves only 5 ingredients and one of them is optional. It’s a perfect easy and healthy recipe to make with a girlfriend or group of girlfriends. The best part is there isn’t any actual cooking involved, so it’s pretty hard to mess this one up. If you have a SO, this recipe works well for your partner, too. But we single ladies here gotta stick together. 😉

GALENTINE’S DAY 5-MINUTE DARK CHOCOLATE

Ingredients:
– ½ cup raw cacao powder
– ½ cup coconut oil
– 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
– Pinch of sea salt
**Optional: Goji berries (good for vitamin C, fiber, iron, vitamin A, zinc, and antioxidants, but let’s be real here, we added them mainly for aesthetic purposes because they’re pink)

Instructions:
1. Melt and pour coconut oil into a bowl.
2. Add raw cacao powder, maple syrup, and sea salt.
3. Whisk together all ingredients until well combined.
4. **Optional: Add goji berries.
5. Line a tray or flat plate with parchment paper and pour mixture over it.
6. Place in refrigerator for a few hours to allow liquid to harden. **Optional: Sprinkle a few more goji berries on top for an extra pop of pink.
7. Very gently, break hardened chocolate chunk into pieces and plate.

Store chocolate in fridge in an airtight container and consume within 3-4 days — but you’ll probably finish it sooner. 😉

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