Saturday, January 30, 2016

NYFW February 2016 Schedule

New York Fashion Week is quite possibly the hottest fashion event on earth. Founded by Eleanor Lambert, this event alone is estimated to spend over $850 million every year. For the Fall and Winter collections 2016, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) will take place on Thursday, February 11th and will continue until Thursday, February 18th. So, what does this year's schedule look?

The day before Fashion Week, you can join Sachin & Babi at 10 am. For tickets to this particular event, email: Then, at 5 pm you can join Cristina Ruales.

On Thursday, February 11th the NYFW kicks off with the Nicholas K collection at The Dock at 9 am. Then, at 10 am BCBGMAXAZRIA demonstrates their Fall/Winter collection at The Arc. At 11 am join Kye at the Gallery. Erin Fetherston will be showing her collection followed by Jay Godfrey at 11 am at the Space. As the festivities continue for Thursday, at 3 pm Desigual will show their collection for the Fall and Winter 2016 collections at the Arc along with Helen Yarmak who is also showing her collection at 3 pm. Then, at 4 pm join Marissa Webb as she shows off her collection for Fall/Winter at the Gallery.

At 6 pm join NYFW for the Kids Rock! event at the Dock and then join Hanley at 7 pm at the Space. Marcel Ostertag at the Gallery along with Paul Penaranda will both be showing their collections at7 pm, as well. Join Go Red for Women at 8 pm at the Arc, as the first night of fashion week concludes with this show along with Yuna Yang at 8 pm.

Rise and shine on Friday, February 12th for Karigam at 9 am at the Space. At 10 am join Tadashi Shoji as he shows off his Fall/Winter collection at the Arc. Yigal Azrouel will be showing his collection at 11 am at the Gallery followed by Concept Korea at 12 pm at the Dock. With a few hours of break in between, join Cushnie et Ochs at 3 pm at the Gallery followed by Fashion Hong Kong at 4 pm at the Dock. Then at 4:30 pm join O'2nd as they show off their 2016 collection for Fall/Winter at the Space.

At 6 pm join Couture Fashion week along with Nicole Miller at the Gallery and PLY who both are having shows during the 6 pm time frame. Then, at 7 pm NYFW will be holding the Carol Galvin Foundation Women's Cancer Fundraising Gala. As the gala is happening, you can also join Francesca Liberatore as she shows off her Fall/Winter collection for 2016 at the Dock. Closing out night is Demoo Parkchoonmoo at 9 pm at the Gallery.

Starting off Saturday, February 13th at 10 am is Lacoste. Then, at 11 am Taoray Wang shows off her collection for Fall/Winter 2016 at the Dock. As the day continues, you can join Rebecca Minkoff at 12 pm as she shows off her latest collection for the Fall and Winter season of the year at the Gallery. Then, at 1 pm Herve Leger will be showing the collection at the Arc. At 2 pm join Son Jung Wan at the Dock followed by Leanne Marshall at 3 pm at the Gallery. At 5 pm join Alexander Wang. Then, at 6 pm join Baja East at the Dock. At 6:30 pm the pre-show event with FTL Moda and FWO. #IAmNYFW At 7 pm join Monique Lhuillier as she shows off her newest collection for the Fall and Winter season at the Arc. New York Fashion Week ends at 8 pm on Saturday with Altuzarra.

Sunday, February 14th kicks off with Tome at 9 am at the Dock. Then, at 12 pm join Asia Fashion Collection at 59 Chelsea Piers, Floor 2 followed by Derek Lam who is also hosting a show at 12 pm at the Gallery. At 12:30 pm join Rachel Zoe as she shows off her Fall/Winter collection for 2016 at the Space. Then, at 1 pm join Noon by Nor for NYFW festivities at the Dock. At 4 pm, Cesar Galindo Collection will be showing their latest. As fashion week continues in the big apple, join Diane Von Furstenberg 5 pm. At 5:30 pm join Runa Ray at the Space. At 6 pm join Jenny Packham as she shows off her latest and greatest at the Gallery. Then, at 7 pm join Prabal Gurung as he shows off his collection for Fall/Winter 2016 at the Arc. As the night continues, Vivienne Hu is also at 7 pm at 540 West 21st Street in the big apple. With quite a few hours in between, Couture Fashion Week concludes the day at 11:30 pm.

Fashion Week allows designers to show off their latest and greatest collections including individual pieces. As this week continues on Monday, February 15th, you can join The Row at 9 am. Then, at 10 am join Carolina Herrera as she shows off her Fall/Winter collection for 2016. As the day continues into the late morning, you can join Tommy Hilfiger at 11 am. At 12 pm, you can join Anna K as she shows off her newest collection along with Lela Rose who is also showing her latest collection at noon at the Gallery.

Then, at 1 pm join Thomas Wylde at the Dock followed by Jeremy Scott at 2 pm at the Arc. As NYFW continues, join Maiyet at 4 pm. As 6 pm reaches, you can join Reema Acra as they show off their fashion collection for the Fall and Winter season of 2016 at the Dock. As the hottest event in fashion continues, you can join FTL Moda 6:30 pm along with Libertine at 6:30 pm the Gallery. Then, at 7 pm join Vivienne Tam at the Arc. Finishing the day at 8 pm, join Rag & Bone as they show their collection for Fall/Winter 2016.

Tuesday, February 16th is a new dawn, a new day and a brand new life at this year's NYFW . Tory Burch kicks off the day at 9 am. Then, at 10 am join Badgley Mischka along with Chiara Boni La Petite who is also showing their collection at 10 am at the Dock. At 11 am, you can see Vera Wang and her newest collection for Fall/Winter 2016 at the Arc. Then, at 1 pm join Angel Sanchez at 148 West 37th Street. As the day continues, you can also join Hiromi Asai and Hiromi Asai & Kimono Artisan Kyoto at 1 pm at the Dock. What is happening at 2 pm? Join Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet at the Gallery. Also at 2 pm is Dennis Basso at the Arc.

As fashion week continues in the city that never sleeps, join Venexiana at 4 pm. Then, at 5 pm join Carmen Marc Valvo at the Arc followed by Amber Poiter at 5:30 pm. Also at 5:30 pm join Salinas at the Dock. Fashion Week Online VIP Lounge - Public Event is held at 6 pm. Also at 6 pm join Salinas as they show off their Fall/Winter 2016 collection. As the night continues, join Oscar de la Renta at 6:30 pm. Then, at 7 pm join Georgine as they show off their collection for the Fall and Winter season at the Gallery. What else is happening at 7 pm? The NYFW Fashion Charity Rising Stars Runway Show. As the night comes to an end, join The Art Institutes at 8:30 pm at the Arc followed by Kelsey Randall at 9 pm.

So, what is happening on Wednesday, February 17th? The day starts with Michael Kors at 10 am. Then, Xuly Bet at 11 am at the Gallery. Starting at 12 pm join Naeem Khan the Arc followed by Bibhu Mohapatra at 1 pm at the Dock. Then, at 2 pm join BOSS Women as they show their Fall/Winter collection for 2016. Also at 2 pm is Dan Liu at the Gallery. At 3 pm, join DKNY. Then, at 4 pm join Victorinox Installation. As NYFW continues join Jasmine Chong at 5 pm followed by Anna Sui at 6 pm at the Arc.

As Thursday, February 18th approaches, so do quite a few upcoming shows that are so exciting. So what is happening on the last day of fashion week? Join Ralph Lauren at 10 am at 550 Washington Street. Ralph Lauren is also having another show at 11 am at the same place. Then, join J. Mendel at 1 pm followed by Calvin Klein at 2 pm. Then, at 6 pm join Marc Jacobs. New York Fashion week concludes wtih The Blind Fashion show at 6 pm.

This year's sponsors include: Lexus, TRESemme, DHL, Maybelline, Aquafina, Fashion GPS, Intel, Papyrus, Getty Images and E! Pop of Culture. I will continue to update this information as more information is made readily available. For more information visit


Thursday, January 28, 2016

January 2016: Beauty Favorites

Victoria's Secret Bombshell fragrance.
One of my favorites for this month.
As we kicked off the 2016 year on Friday, January 1st we finish the first month of the year this Sunday, the 31st. Let's face it, the year is off to a great start as this month went by very quick. In this time frame, I had the opportunity to discover quite a few beauty essentials that I absolutely love. So, what are they? What are my beauty favorites for January 2016?


Chocolate is one of the most delicious treats on the planet and what better way to celebrate it then with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette. Under $50, this palette is infused with cocoa powder and features 16 gorgeous matte and shimmer shades. Pigmented to perfection, this palette offers everything from neutral browns to those natural pink shades and more and smells like chocolate. Whether you are searching to create an array of looks or looking for that color payoff this chocolate scented gem is one you will not only love, but appreciate too.


The Shiseido ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Duo Set is my favorite skin care essential for January of 2016. This exquisite dynamic duo features the ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Concentrate and the ULTIMUNE EYE Power Infusing Concentrate. Perfect for the face and the eye area, these products work together to create smoother and softer skin that looks radiant and beautiful. For $120, you are receiving two full-size luxury skin care products that not only work to correct your skin, but prevent and repair it against DNA damage, environmental stressors and other external aggressors. What more is there to say? This set is truly a winner.


Coffee pairs amazingly well with mornings, as sunshine does with happiness, but who knew that coffee and beauty would go so well together. Pacifica Beauty is a 100% vegan and cruelty-free brand located in the heart of Portland. One of my favorite beauty products this month is definitely the Pacifica Kona Coffee & Sugar Detox Whole Body Scrub. For under $30, this scrub is infused with Kona Coffee, coconut oil, sugar and sea salt. This incredible essential not only gives you one of the best exfoliations a scrub can give, it works to soften and smooth the skin too.


Victoria's Secret offers more than just amazing bra and panty sets as well as, stunning lingerie. They offer some of the greatest beauty products and one of them happens to be their most popular fragrance, the Bombshell. As a fruity floral, the notes in this parfum really tell a story. The plethora of passionfruit followed by the grapefruit, peony, pineapple, tangerine and vanilla orchid really speak to those who wear this in more ways than one. For $52, you can get a 1.7 oz or for $68 a 3.4 oz and whoever receives this will love it. I have tried an array of fragrances and this is my favorite one this month.


When it comes to reducing breakage, promoting growth, adding body and giving the hair shine the MATRIX Biolage FullDensity collection knows all about it. The FullDensity collection offers an excellent shampoo along with a conditioner that work together to gently cleanse the hair while and effectively removing impurities without stripping the hair. The FullDensity collection within the Biolage brand also offers a Densifying Spray Treatment which works to add texture and prevent breakage. Although I cannot really decide on which three products I love the most, the shampoo is definitely one of my favorite beauty products right now and for the entire month of January, I found myself really grabbing for this one the most.


Ciate London offers some of the greatest nail products in the world today. Although the brand has recently dipped into other elements of beauty, they are primarily known for their nail products. A few months ago I discovered the Ciate London Geltox Detox kit which offers a great way to remove your polish effectively. I love to use this product to strengthen my nails and prepare them for any future polish application. I have tried an array of products like this one and I have yet to discover one that works like this one does. For $25 this kit is a winner this month.


When it comes to every skin type under the sun, Simple Skincare knows all about it. After all, they are the sensitive skin experts and offer a range of beauty essentials that cleanse and moisturize the face gently. Free of synthetic ingredients, Simple Skincare really emphasizes on using only skin loving ingredients. My latest obsession is the Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes. Not only are they infused with an array of vitamins, but they cleanse the skin effectively and as a result, your skin is left looking and feeling amazing. The best part is, you can find them at Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens and even Amazon. #TestTheWater


When it comes to health and beauty, the NEOCELL brand really embraces the concept. I have tried an array of NEOCELL products and although I love them all, I am obsessed with the Super Collagen +C 1&3. I have always had combination skin, but when it comes to the colder climates and Winter, my skin tends to become dry. I have tried everything from changing my moisturizer to even my diet, drinking more water and yet my skin remained dry and quite acne-prone, until I introduced this product into my life. Creating beauty from within, this product includes 6,000 mg of hydrolyzed super collagen. After a week I noticed results as my skin feels softer and looks radiant. Every acne breakout I endured is gone. This is one of the greatest supplements you will ever use and my favorite right now. You can find this supplement at GNC, Whole Foods and wherever NEOCELL is sold.


Since 1926 Godiva has been producing some of the greatest chocolate in the world. One of the best creations by this world-renowned chocolate brand are the chocolate truffles. My most recently discovery was last month when my boyfriend bought me the Godiva 24 pc. Ultimate Dessert Truffles gift set for $50 which features an assortment of dessert truffles that are inspired by some of the finest desserts in the world. With everything from Tiramisu, Creme Brulee, Red Velvet Cake, Butterscotch Walnut, Cheesecake, Strawberry Creme Tarte, Chocolate Eclair, Pineapple Hummingbird, Birthday Cake and more, this is one of my favorites for the month of January.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Victoria's Secret: Pink Citrus with Patchouli + Seafoam with Galaxy Grape

When it comes to fashion-forward bra and panty sets, Victoria's Secret has immensely evolved as a brand. Recently, the brand has featured an extensive selection of bra and panty sets including these new additions to the Very Sexy collection - Pink Citrus with Patchouli Lace (P49) and the Seafoam with Galaxy Grape Lace (18R).
The bras are different from the original Very Sexy push-up, as they offer a very sensual lace material which gives a more lingerie appeal. They are gorgeous and fit like the classic, but as stated they are made for lingerie purposes due to their lace material. Would I recommend these two bra and panty sets? Absolutely. For more information about Victoria's Secret, simply click here.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

How to handle rumors about yourself that are not true

You can walk into the local cafe up the street and overhear a woman talking on her cell phone about the latest local loadie as you stand in line at your local grocery store listening to the two men argue over why an unidentified third party told them both a different story. At the end of the day, these are rumors.

Handling rumors is rather easy, but the hard part to accept is that not everyone is going to be believe you. Even after you have proved yourself from every level of your being, some people are still going to question the factuality of whether or not you are telling the truth.

So, how do you handle rumors about yourself that are not true?

You can a.) sit at home in front of the computer crying your eyes out, feeling sorry for yourself because of a lie a spiteful person created or you can b.) bring it up once, attempt to prove yourself by responding to the rumor, and simply let it go.

What would I do? - It's simple; I would simply bring it up once, respond to it, and simply let it go. I would either approach the person who created it or if it's something created using the internet; I would address it via blog and depending on the person or group who created it, I would simply ignore it. The worst thing you can do is feel sorry for yourself and get upset over someone's ignorance.

Think of it like this, those individuals who create rumors are lying to themselves and in denial of something. They will do what they can to devalue a person because they believe it can control the vast majority of status quo society's opinion. But the reality is, it is really just a waste of time and effort on their part. No one will believe them, especially if their weak character is evident.

There are quite a few rumors that I have had to endure from past to present and although I have set the record straight, it seems as if some people forget it and still continue to speculate and ignore my attempts to address them. I have come to the conclusion that lies created by third parties are nothing more than a representation of the person's weak decorum and actual persona. The rumors do not define me; however, it is clear they define the individual who created the rumor.

Dealing with rumors can be tough, but only if you allow them to be. Remember, there is no one in the world that knows you more than yourself. If you are going to allow another's lies about you, define you and who you are as a person let alone what you stand for, you are only hurting yourself. Look at the source. Treat those rumors as nothing, as they come from nothing because once you start allowing "nothing" to affect you and your life, you become them and that is definitely not a place you want to be.

How to cope with the holidays after a breakup

Let's face it, the holidays are often the toughest times of the year to endure a breakup. Trust me, I know, as I have been there. Emotionally there are just no words to describe how you feel, but evidently you are alone. You have the choice to feel sorry for yourself and look for reasons why the relationship failed or you can embrace the present and enjoy this special time with family, friends and over looked ones.

Is it possible to deal with the holidays after a breakup? Of course it is. If it were not, you would not see people who have experienced a breakup happy at all during the holidays, let alone moving on. The reality is coping with the holidays after a breakup is a hard thing to do especially if you were involved with the person for quite a while or in short, you really did love the person.

So, how do you cope with the holidays after a breakup?

First and foremost, you want to avoid feeling sorry for yourself at all costs. Overanalyzing what went wrong is pretty much equivalent to speaking to a wall and asking yourself why it is painted. Kind of like running on a treadmill at 10 mph for an hour and wondering why you are not going anywhere. Recognize that everything happens for a reason and avoid overthinking about everything around that reason.

Secondly, set goals for yourself and continue reaching out to the goals you had originally set when you were with your ex. Your goal is to focus on yourself. Embrace the concept of being single and work on yourself, as this is one of the best opportunities to do so. You know how you originally planned to do Christmas Shopping for Black Friday or celebrate Valentine's Day at your favorite eatery? Go alone or better yet, invite a girlfriend or two. Don't allow the person you are not with anymore stop you.

You want to avoid as much negativity as possible, as that is worse than being reminded that you are not with your significant other anymore. The holidays are all about being happy and implementing and embracing the good things they offer. It is very important to recognize the origin of the holidays and embrace for what they really are. Whether Hallmark or not, anyone can enjoy the holidays no matter what their status is.

You have the choice to sit at home sobbing over what went wrong while watching Sex & the City reruns (which isn't a bad thing, minus the sobbing) or you can recognize the good the holidays offer and enjoy them with family and friends. Life is way too short and exciting to allow one individual to affect it. Remember, every holiday is a memory breeding experience. Don't let the emotional distress ruin it.

The importance of personal space

You find yourself meeting the man and/or woman of your dreams. You end up falling for that person and after months of dating, you realize that a relationship has manifested as a result. Although everything seems to be going perfect, one day out of the blue you find yourself in a funk and can't explain why.
You continue contemplating and debating everything wrong with your present relationship as your mind overanalyzes everything, without looking at the bright side of the relationship. You, then, find yourself self-sabotaging and start to shut down. What exactly has happened here?
You start to weigh your pros and your cons and then come to realization that you need space. And not just any space, but personal space. When it comes to personal space, it is something we need in our lives. You can love someone for so long; however, if you are around them 24/7, you will start to begin to find negative in everything. What will happen? Eventually you will both go crazy and break up.
If you exclude personal space from your everyday life, you will not be able to accomplish those goals that you have been wanting to occur. If you are looking to get; for example, your certification in scuba diving, you won't be able to if you don't have the personal time to do so. If you exclude personal space, you will never have time for yourself.
The most important relationships we have are with ourselves because in the end, if we do love ourselves, we can rely less on others to do it. When you include personal space, you can love yourself and balance the love you have for your significant other. Almost like reciprocation. If you include personal space in your life, you will keep the relationship interesting.
You will give your significant other something to look forward to. For instance, you take a week to spend with family without seeing your boyfriend or girlfriend. You communicate sporadically through phone, text, etc. but you know that you are not going to physically see them for 7 days. Then, when you finally see each other the spark in your relationship is more flaming than the Olympic torch.
Space is fine, from time to time, but always remember without taking time out for yourself, you will never be able to accomplish anything. You may set goals and even accomplish few with your significant other, but in order to live effectively you need that perfect balance in every domain and aspect of your life. This is the importance of having personal space.

Friday, January 15, 2016

StoryTime: Hit by a car

It was a Tuesday afternoon. June 8, 2010 seemed like any other day, until my life changed forever. As an active volunteer of the local Humane Society, I wanted to use my free time to help them. I had off of work, so I took advantage of the day off. At around 1:20 pm MT I headed there to take pictures of the cats, so I could upload them online in an effort to get them adopted. 

The weather was quite warm yet sunny with a light breeze. I guess you could say it was a beautiful day. I lived about a half a mile (one-way) away from the shelter, so I decided to take my mountain bike. I felt this sense of anticipation, but never felt reluctant nor did I get a feeling something would happen which would ultimately change my life forever.

I decided to cross the road at an intersection which was nearly a few blocks away. Some days the shelter was busy, so the traffic at the intersection near the shelter is almost unpredictable. As I continued, I noticed a trailblazer. I didn't think much of this vehicle, until it hit me.  

One of my biggest fears in life was getting hit by a car. In fact, I had a nightmare a few months prior to this happening, that I was hit by a car. As she hit the gas to increase the velocity of the large SUV, without noticing me crossing, she struck me. I basically went flying into the air. My bike virtually busted in half instantaneously and I landed on my side, where I forced myself to get back up.

I felt as if all my emotions were wrapped around each other in a plethora of shock. The adrenaline was quite evident; however, when I looked at myself I was covered in hematoma bruises. The driver of the trailblazer was crying and didn't know what to do. She kept apologizing, as she was fidgeting. As I wiped away my tears, I looked at her and told her that I forgave her. 

I was so in shock. My only thought was "did this just happen?" A few people who drove by stopped to see if I was ok. About 5 minutes later, the police showed up followed by an ambulance. Apparently several people reported the accident, hence why they showed up so swiftly. I went in a car with a family member who showed up and went directly to the hospital where I limped into the ER. 

When you are in shock, you don't feel pain. In fact, it's almost as if you are a zombie with a lot of adrenaline. Almost a state of confusion, but being well aware of what just happened. I am not sure if my emotions were fighting each other, but as soon as I got into the hospital, I almost fell to the floor before crawling into the hospital bed. I have a high pain tolerance, so my rating was about an 8 out of 10. 

As the nurse hooked me up to an IV, I was given pain medication. If I can remember, it was Morphine. The pain kind of merged into shock and once again, I felt like a lifeless yet emotionless zombie. I knew I wasn't dying, but my mind was clear. I had to pinch myself to see if I was still alive because everything hit me all at once. I could only question - Did I get hit by a car? How did I get hit by an SUV? The only thing I could do at this point was be grateful that I survived because most people do not. 

Today, it is 2016. I have had to endure quite a few things since then, but nothing as big nor traumatic as this. I can honestly admit that I am stronger than ever and getting hit by the trailblazer has changed my life. How? I have learned to not only love my life, but appreciate it much more so. Hello world, my name is Sarah Afshar and I survived getting hit by a car.

Monday, January 11, 2016

RIP David Bowie

David Bowie was one of the greatest rock musicians ever. I remember when I was a little girl and I would hear his songs on the radio. Growing up as a little girl in the 90s, I was obsessed with the 80s station, where I discovered the song 'Modern Love'. I couldn't stop playing it on repeat and this tune remains a favorite until this day.
What I love about Bowie is that his sound was so incredibly unique and he was always true to who he was as an artist and as a person. And although he lost his battle with cancer, he will be forever remembered as one of the greatest rock acts of all time. He may be gone, but his music will forever remain.
To remember one of the most iconic rock stars, here is a list of some of my favorite David Bowie tunes.
2. Under Pressure (although this is technically more of a Queen song, this tune is just magic)
What are your favorites? Please do share in the comments. RIP David Bowie.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

January 2016: Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale Haul

 Recently, me and my amazing boyfriend Joe went shopping. About a week ago, we found ourselves at one of my favorite stores, Victoria's Secret. Victoria's Secret started their semi-annual sale early last week both online and in-store. I grabbed the Hottie Halter swimsuit in four different colors along with matching bottoms. The Hottie Halter tops were originally $54.50-$64.50 and I was able to get them for $19.99 each with an additional $3.99 savings, bringing down the price to $15.99. The Strappy Bottom was originally $24.50 each and I was able to get it for only $7.99. I was also able to get an additional $1.59 savings. So, the price was brought down to $6.39. The price of the Skimpy Bottom was originally $22.50 and I was able to get it for the bargain price of $7.99. Instead of paying $79-$89 for a bikini, only $22-$23 per set. Talk about an amazing savings.
Aside from those four bikini sets, I was able to find another bikini along with a Very Sexy bra and panty set that was marked down. I had my eyes set on this particular bra and after much contemplation, it made it's away into my shopping bag. The bra was only $31.99. Originally almost $60. The panties were on sale for $5.99. The original price is $18.50. The mesh bikini was another bargain find during the semi-annual sale, as I was able to get it for $9.99 for the top $4.99 for an addition savings of $1.99 and $.99, making the price only $11.98. The original price was over $40.
The Lace Halter Babydoll was not on sale, at least not at the time. These two colors caught my attention more so than the other colors, but I do love them. I made the mistake of getting a small which fits around, but does not fit the bust area. If you are a DD or DDD, you may want to think of getting a bigger size. I should have got a medium. The best time to get started shopping is now, as the semi-annual sale is one of the best times to shop. As Victoria's Secret makes room for their new inventory, they offer an array of amazing savings and incentives both online and in-store. #VSSemiAnnualSale

Friday, January 1, 2016

Top 10 songs of 2015

When I look at the list of songs that have been released in 2015, I cannot believe how many great ones I have heard. I've listened to virtually every single one introduced this year because I love and appreciate all music. To be honest, it is very hard to choose a top 10 of the best songs I heard this year simply because it is so hard to choose and also because I've heard so many amazing tunes. What are the top 10 best songs of 2015?
I am missing quite a few songs; however, like every other top list, they would make a great top 20, top 30, etc. list. What are your top 10 favorite songs of 2015? Please do not hesitate to share your top 10. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year
Since today is officially the New Year, 2016, I think it's only admirable to acknowledge what 2015 has taught us and what we can learn in 2016. To me, 2015 was more than just another year. In fact, there have been many great things that I discovered and learned in 2015. 
Every new year is a brand new experience, a life lesson and a consequence to whatever action we decide to take. I have learned to expect the unexpected and appreciate every single moment as if it were your last, no matter how good or bad the moment is. I wake up every morning without expecting anything and yet I manage to experience some sort of reciprocation when the energy is light.
What I have learned year after year is that no matter how negative or hateful people are, no matter how big or small their lies are, and no matter what type of dark agenda they have - their words are to only be taken with a grain of salt, treated as nothing. Especially if you know those lies are not true. When nothing belittles you, spreads untrue lies about you or makes you feel like you are nothing, you eventually become them. If you choose to believe them, you become them. When you become them, you become nothing. Is that where you want to be? In the end, only the good is embraced, acknowledged and most importantly, remembered.
A wise woman (thank you Eleanor Roosevelt) once said: "Amazing minds talk about accomplishments, great minds talk about goals, average minds talk about events, and small minds talk about people." I believe this quote embodies reality.
What else have I learned?
I have learned the importance of balancing life in all domains and maintaining that balance without struggle or worry. How can you make personal time for you and your job? What about your job and a relationship? What goals have you set for yourself? What have you accomplished so far? If you are looking to read a great book, please do check out - Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart Friedman. Definitely an amazing read that explains everything I am talking about.

With that said, I always find myself extremely thankful, grateful and blessed to be with my amazing boyfriend Joe. We have been through so much and yet our love for each other just continues to grow, evolve into something greater. (And Joe if you are reading, you are the love in my heart and the love of my life.)

Now, do I have any goals for 2016? Absolutely. Without the risk of boring you and listing them all, I will just say that I will continue to go upward and will continue to hold onto that mindset. I will also continue to support those who want to go up too instead of down. I will also continue to support those people that deserve recognition for their efforts and those people who are telling the truth. I believe 2016 is the year for quite a few things to "happen" so to speak.
An entire year has passed us. A year that is measured in 365 days. A year that is measured in 8,760 hours. And a year that is measured in 525,600 minutes. What does the future hold? As we live in the present, we can only celebrate right now. As we say goodbye to 2015, we say hello to 2016. A brand new dawn, a brand new day, a brand new life and a brand new year.
Happy New Year!