The Best Moments of My 2015

I was about to start writing my new year's resolutions, when I stopped to think about my resolutions from last year and realized how 2015 was a pretty good year for me. I was actually able to cross off most of my new year's resolutions from last year, so I'm sharing my achievements with you - some of them are small and simple but meaningful to me. I hope this way I can inspire you to have an amazing 2016 in which you can do so much if you focus on your goals!

I started the year right by going to California in early January. It was my first time on the West Coast, and it was definitely an unforgettable trip where I saw Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Big Sur, San Francisco and so much more along the way.

I survived another winter in NY! I hate the winter so much, and there were some days that I just wanted to fly back to my warm country Brazil. But guess what? This girl was able to handle the low temperature in good style - despite some sore throats. 

3.9 GPA. I like doing my best at school and I was very happy when I was on the Dean's List. I was actually jumping from excitement!

I also went to Miami and stayed in the most beautiful and dreamy spot in South Beach: 1 hotel

I went to Governors Ball. It was ok, not great but I added it to this list because it was something I really wanted to do.

I had very nice walks in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, visiting Smorgasburg, some cute restaurants, vintage stores, and my favorite ice cream place: Van Leeuwen.

I was in a really dope video: Summer Breakers with my super stylish fashion blogger friend Lynn Do.

I had the chance to travel to Pennsylvania and Avalon to visit the family I lived with when I was an au pair. They are SO important to me - really like a family, and I miss them SO much. It's always an awesome time when I am with them.

I was part of the cast of the Brazilian youtube series: "Quero Ser Grande" (I wanna be big), which showed the stories of young Brazilians in NYC making their dreams come true. In one of the videos, I also came out of the closet to many of my friends and family:

New York Fashion Week was probably the best time of the year for me. I was honored to be invited to some shows and see the collections on the runway. I will also never forget the experience of being in the backstage of Osklen and Tibi. Thanks again Aveda!

As I am starting to notice some damage on my skin from poor hydration and lack of exfoliation, I was able to find amazing skincare products and treatments which are making my skin better than ever before.

I tried new workouts that made me stronger and gave me more energy. I think exercising more is a new year's resolution of most people, and I have to say that I am very proud of how focused I was maintaining that goal throughout the year. I fell in love with boxing, learn that I can improve my yoga poses, and increased my stamina by doing a lot of high intensity interval training (HIIT).

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I remember the countless delicious and healthy mornings I had in 2015. Soon I will post some of my favorite recipes here ;)

Lindsey and I produced an incredible shoot featuring Balmain x H&M collab. I still can't believe how beautiful these photos came out. I am so proud of my dream team who can do everything*: my girlfriend and me. (everything*= styling, hair, makeup, location scout, lighting, photography).

I collaborated with brands from different parts of the world. I think it's pretty awesome that as a Brazilian living in New York City, and I worked with brands from different parts of the world such as Medusa from Tel-Aviv, Idotshirt from Malaysia, and Flatiron from South Korea. It's really nice to be able to mix different cultures and produce cool projects that can inspire people from all over the world.

I also worked with amazing brands which made me feel very honored. Brands that I have a big admiration and respect for, like: Uniqlo, NY&COClinique, Aldo Group, DSTLD Jeans, Billabong, and others.

And the best part of all of these experiences is that I had my beloved girlfriend Lindsey by my side; supporting me, encouraging me, and making everything even more fun and meaningful.

Of course, like in everyone’s life, there were also moments when things were not that beautiful. There were moments when I was exhausted trying to handle school, work, blogging, and it just seemed so hard to keep going. I just wanted to scream: screw everything and run to my mother's arms. In those moments, the disappointment and tears were unavoidable. But I swear that from each tough moment came a lesson, and a reason to become stronger.

I have no words to describe how excited I am for the new year, and all the opportunities and memories that will be created in the next 365 days.

Thank you for following my journey! I wish you a 2016 filled with meaningful achievements and happiness.

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Raquel Paiva

Brazilian fashion and lifestyle blogger based in NYC