I am so excited to be starting this new Lifestyle chapter with Glitterati Glamour! This has been something I have been wanting to do since the beginning. I am obviously very passionate about beauty and that’s what Glitterati Glamour Beauty is all about. That is not only what I am about though. My Lifestyle page will feature Fashion, Travel, Pet, Home, Wellness, Personal, and maybe even Fitness.
I studied fashion in college for a bit, I have been an avid world traveler since the age of 2, I have been a pet parent for years (and like to consider myself a dog whisperer,) I have been into interior decorating/home hacks/and even real estate for many years as well, and the others are pretty standard. Except Fitness, not sure on the fitness segment quite yet but hopefully all my experience with personal trainers can come in handy for you all.
So I guess in this introductory welcome to my lifestyle page post, I will include some Personal stuff and do this Get To Know Me Questionnaire.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Oh god this is a hard one. I have a few places around that I would love to live so I guess I would have to have multiple homes. The first would be right on the beach in Hanalei Bay, Kauai there is even a house there I am obsessed with that I will take please and thank you. The next is Sausalito California, and Monterey California. I love both and would love to live in a cute shingle house with ocean views.
What is your biggest fear?
I don’t really have that many fears as I have been through some shit and nothing really phases me. I had a fear when I was younger that my sister would wax off one of my eyebrows while I was sleeping. Let’s go with that.
What would you change about yourself if you could?
I am generally happy with myself as a person so maybe something apperance wise. I wouldn’t mind not having such a recessive jaw line. That’d be cool to look down and not look like I have a double chin. Smaller nose? I want to look like how I do when I’m contoured but without makeup.
What really makes you angry?
My latest biggest irritant is creepy men and how women get treated. I experience this almost daily, and just find it ridiculous how brazen they can be. I hate that after you make it clear you are not interested they wouldn’t feel entitled to keep hitting on you until you produce a different reaction. I recently had a guy stop me on my walk home from work LITERALLY STOPPED ME and blocked the sidewalk so I couldn’t sidestep him. Finally I was just going to shove through and continue on my way and he tries to grab my arm to prevent me from leaving and keep me trapped there with him while he continued his pathetic shpiel. Needless to say I verbally ripped him a new one. This is too common in our everyday life and not okay.
What motivates you to work hard?
I have always had like an inner fire in me that fuels my drive in anything I want to pursue. I mainly have tried to build my life/career in things I am passionate about and love. Also I am the youngest of 4 kids in a family of 4 engineers. As the artsy outcast I never had the engineer pressure or structure, and have been able to forge my own path. I have always been pretty independent and I think the need to prove I can be successful going a non conventional direction in life keeps me going.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I once got a poem that I wrote published. That was really cool. No one knew about it until it happened too like HEY SURPRISE I HAVE BEEN SECRETLY WRITING AND NOW I’M PUBLISHED!
I am also crazy good at Tetris. This is not an understatement; as a kid I became really obsessed with it for a while and would even have dreams I was playing and doing good moves. Well my brain is just hardwired for Tetris. I downloaded it on my phone and it said it had over 100 million downloads right? Well within like 2 weeks of playing I had been placed as 7th highest score in the entire world out of those 100+ million downloads. After about a week I was bumped to 12th and then from there into oblivion.
What did you want to be when you were small?
I wanted to be a princess which is a fantasy I actually got to live out when my family moved into a “Palacita”, which translates to small palace, when we moved out to Spain. It even had a tower, formal rose gardens, and a realllllllly old escape tunnel that led to outside the city. I then went on to want to be a vet, and then from there a mercenary. Those 3 right there still sums up my personality. Powerful but pampered authoritarian who loves animals but will also kick ass and maybe even kill a man.
Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?
I would ride a horse everyday. I absolutely love horseback riding and even took years and years of horse camp. A few weeks back I just went horseback riding through a rain forest and on a beach in Puerto Rico. I rode it with one hand the entire time, even through full on galloping the horse, because I wanted to know how my riding skills compared to conquistadors. I was curious if I could navigate the terrain while wielding a big sword in my other hand.
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Etta James - Something’s Got A Hold On Me
Nina Simone - Feeling Good
Tina Turner - Proud Mary
I discovered a hidden talent that my voice has some serious soul and powerhouse belts. It’s cool to surprise people that this little white girl can do these songs justice and my voice can do that. Added bonus: I have spent years singing these around my house and they all have choreographed dances to go with them. I would crush karaoke with my hidden voice and stage presence. What can I say? I have always been a dramatic center of attention.
Who is your favorite author?
I love love love to read. I love poetry more though. My absolute favorite in the entire world hands down is Sara Teasdale. I have even recited her work in my sleep before. My other favorites include Sylvia Plath, E.E. Cummings, Walt Whitman, and Lang Leav.
Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?
Technically Bri is a nickname for Brianna. That’s the main one but that’s boring so I’ve also had Bri-Bri, Breezy, Roast Brief, and bitch. You know what though? I just own it. It takes the power away.
Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or why not?
I loathe surprises. I am a control freak who tries to meticulously prepare for everything and micromanage a situation. A surprise is just the worst and would make me really anxious and out of control. Do. Not. Surprise. Me.
30. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? And why?
I would go with winning the lottery. Since we are already dealing with unlikely circumstances, “work at the perfect job” no boo boo I would want to create my perfect job, own the company, make the executive decisions. I’d have to build my own empire to really have it be perfect and to be able to say “I did this, I did all of this.” Lottery wise I’d buy some property around the world that i’d renovate and decorate to my choosing, a jet to spend my days traveling between all of them, go shopping all the time and getting pampered, and buy a lot of dogs.
List two pet peeves.
People singing the wrong words to songs
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Too many to count. Has to be upwards of 100 and I just did a closet clean out too. My feet are like really flexible and never can break shoes in ,so I could have some for years never getting rid of and they’d still look new. Instead the shoes always break my feet, and I have to beg my sister to wear my small shoes around for a bit to break them in for me.
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
In all honesty I’d totally be a villain. I am pretty selfish and would probably set upon like world domination or just a really sick ass lair I could hang out in with my cats. I’d do mind control. “You will give me these shoes at a 99% discount.” “Laugh at my jokes.”
How many pillows do you sleep with?
Like 2 but they have to be the soft feather ones and not the ones that are stuffed with stuffed animal fluff. I’m like The Princess and The Pea, but instead of knowing they’re fcking with my sleep on purpose to test me, I just wake up and my ears feel like I was in a boxing match and now have cauliflower ear from cheap or hard pillows.
Would you rather trade intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence?
I would say I am above average on both fronts as is, but I am not like top level at either. I’m not a genius or a Victoria’s Secret model. I have had both help me in life. I will be totally honest with you, people are much nicer and life is a lot easier if you are attractive. I abused this power when I was younger to make people do anything for me without ever having to lift a finger. Being able to surprise people with a sharp mind when they’re not expecting it though is also a thrill. Undecided on this. Can I just stay the same? Half and Half.
What's your favorite holiday?
My birthday. I was actually cut down from Birthday Month to a measly Birthday Week once entering my 20’s. “You’re a grown woman you don’t need an entire month” “Some people have to share their birthday’s” I told you guys about that princess thing earlier…
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Pshhhh child’s play. I think growing up in Europe is just a lot more lax than here as I used to cliff jump into the Mediterranean as a legit CHILD. I’m kinda an adrenaline junkie. I always zip line when I go to cool places, I have climbed waterfalls, done that slingshot thing multiple times, done world’s tallest free fall multiple times, gone deep sea fishing, swam in places I knew I probably shouldn’t because sharks and other deadly things. I kissed my boyfriend first that was pretty daring. I had a little help from alcohol but whatever because I am happy where we are now.
What's your favorite type of foreign food?
Tie between Italian and Japanese. Pizza and pasta?! LOAD ON THE CARBS! Also will eat anything Japanese I am that crazy sashimi/nigiri/sushi girl. Tempura anything, teriyaki anything, miso soup, bento boxes, rice! Also japanese candy is pretty good. 10/10.
Are you a clean or messy person?
Generally a messy person. I am very organized and anal when it comes to my closet and beauty products. My closet is meticulously organized (besides the pile of clean clothes I tried on but decided not to wear that needs to be hung back up,) it’s even color coordinated. Also I clean my brushes/sponges and vanity a lot too. I mess it up a lot but always clean it within a day.
Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
She looks nothing like me but Rebel Wilson could portray me pretty well. I think we have similar humor. I have a quick biting sense of humor. It can be offensive or inappropriate but it’s still perfect timing and still funny.
How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
It depends if I am doing my makeup just for basic everyday or if I am doing a bit of a dramatic look that I’ll also shoot before leaving in the morning. It can be like 40 minutes to 2 hours. High maintenance over hurrrr and would be significantly less time consuming if I got #3 on this list coming through and I didn’t have to contour.
What kitchen appliance do you use every day?
I don’t. I use my laptop to order takeout. What is cooking?
Do you love or hate rollercoasters?
Love! I have high expectations thrill wise for them. I live about 10 minutes away from a pretty big amusement park with access to some SERIOUS coasters.
What's your favorite family tradition?
The part where we all yell at each other and then storm off to our own corners of the house to stew and or plot revenge. My family is cut throat.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
I once rescued a baby bunny from our basement window well and my big brother and I were going to try and raise it secretly in his bathroom. I was close with my siblings and specifically my sister growing up, we moved a lot and enjoyed it, and we always had eachother.
What's your favorite movie?
ANY BOND MOVIE EVER. I am the ultimate bond fan (I know, I know, some feminist I am,) I love any spy movie really. I also love Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe like any girl who is basic. I love Funny Face, Sabrina, How To Steal A Million, Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How To Marry A Millionaire, Some Like It Hot, and The Seven Year Itch. Also throw in Mean Girls, Baby Mama, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Hercules, and Aristocrats.
How old were you when you learned Santa wasn't real? How did you find out?
I don’t know how old I was but I know I was pretty young. We traveled to go visit extended family and had Christmas morning in a hotel. My brothers got cellphones from Santa but I was with my mom when she was shopping for those. That’s the first discrepancy on this Christmas morning. The second was I had no present. My parents then went “Maybe Santa put it in the car” and went out to get me a frosted bratz box. Can’t fool me twice… My siblings were great about never spoiling in considering our age gap between the oldest and me is like 7 or 8 years.
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
I watch Naked and Afraid it’s a guilty pleasure and the nakedness isn’t offensive or even something you notice when you just laugh at some situations they have to go through. Because it’s not a reality show I have to do for a certain amount of days I would bring 1. Machete this is a necessity when you are living off the land. 2. Fire Starter and then because I am smart and don’t want to be stuck living on a deserted island the rest of my life (unless it was like Tarzan and the animals accepted me as their family or The Swiss Family Robinson who had a sick treehouse set up,) my third item would be a Satellite Phone so I could get picked up.
73. What was your favorite subject in school?
Photography was a general favorite from middle school through high school. Yoga was an amazing class to get gym credit for as well. We would take walks through the park and I’d sneak off to the taco truck and on Friday’s we napped. I really liked my American Sign Language classes too. I didn’t have a typical high school experience and actually left to pursue independent study partially through. I finished up all my credits teaching myself all the material in the course of a few months. I took pottery and jewelry making during this time that I enjoyed.
What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?
Pretty much any raw fish you can get prepared at sushi places. I also enjoy Rambutan when I go to Hawaii. It looks like something created by Dr. Seuss.
Do you collect anything?
I collect makeup. I hoard designer clothing and purses and never part with them. I would collect animals if I could and wouldn’t be considered crazy.
What do you do to keep fit?
Nothing. It’s a touchy subject as I suffered from eating disorders for over 10 years. I’ve had a few personal trainers to try and get me strong enough to be able to attend any group classes. I used to be a dancer, gymnast, and cheerleader in the past. I’d love to take cardio barre to get that elegant long and lean ballerina body and it looks fun. I’ve done zumba and broken my ankle in the process. I also want to do Krav Maga so I guess I’m just going to go big or go home with that one. I have no muscles, they look impressive but I can’t even do a push up. I am trying to get my heart stronger so I’m not feeling like a 600lbs person having a heart attack while trying to work out.
Does your family have a “motto” – spoken or unspoken?
“This is family time NOT FUN TIME.”
If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first laws you would introduce?
First would be to make it a dictatorship. I like to be in control of things. I’d get crime under control with crazy methods if I had to. No more letting serious criminals off easy. I’m talking like getting your hand cut off for stealing. Murderers get murdered the same way or worse that their victims were. Rapist get tortured and castrated/possibly executed. NO FUNNY BUSINESS IN MY COUNTRY WE ARE ALL HAPPY AND PLEASANT. I’d also want to provide better access to mental health for my subjects. I want to be a mix of Julie Andrews as Queen Of Genovia meets Catherine De Medici.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
CAUTION SHE BITES
What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
Ellen DeGeneres hands down.
Who was your first crush?
I think it was this boy in Spain called Jose Ramon. I was quick witted even back in like kindergarden and so I started a thing where we called him Jose Jamon. Jamon means ham in spanish btw so he was now Jose Ham which was hilarious as children and oh so clever.
What's the most interesting thing you can see out of your office or kitchen window?
I can see a Starbucks and sometimes get into their wifi.
On a scale of 1-10 how funny would you say you are?
8.5 I’m docking points for being controversial/inappropriate/offensive. If I was a comedian this wouldn’t be an issue but when you’re just living your everyday life and let loose… everyone gets offended these days. My sarcasm and self deprecation is on point though.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’d be happy with a few different possibilities. The first would be to do Glitterati Glamour full time. The second would be opening my own exclusive full service salon/medi spa/clothing boutique where you could come in for a total makeover. Get a new hair color and blowout, laser hair removal, botox or whatever, makeup application, mani pedi, body wax, and full fashion styling. The third would be happily married and well off with a kid or 2, own a house somewhere near the ocean that I get to decorate and have a walk in closet/glam room/art studio and some animals.
What was your first job?
Modeling. Especially when you’re attending art school and all your friends are photographers.
95. How many languages do you speak?
Not as many as I used to be able to. I can speak/communicate conversationally to various degrees in the following languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, American Sign Language, and cannot communicate but currently learning Russian.
What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
Where we eat too much and then lay on the floor like slugs.
Who is the most intelligent person you know?
My older brother probably he is an engineer but legit genius. He taught himself to read when he was 2 years old. He skipped grades he is crazy smart so if I ever need help with anything he’s my dependable go to man.
If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?
Like any true Leo I am definitely a lion. I don’t know if I’d be a male or female lion though. I feel like the males are just like lazy and hang back and get to be in charge and have good hair. The females are the ones going out hunting and taking charge and raising those cubs. I can be really lazy but also really productive and in charge.
What is one thing you will never do again?
Poop my pants. (Hopefully)
Who knows you the best?
Probably my boyfriend Jorge. For the most part he always knows what I am thinking. He even knows when I am hungry before I even know I am hungry because I get quiet. Sometime during the quiet period, I start getting mean as I’m on the road to full blown low blood sugar induced hangry. I’m a pretty open book emotionally so there’s no guesswork you know what’s going on. Even if I am trying to be like secretly plotting it shows I’m up to something, something is coming from me and you better hope it’s not coming for you. He also knows when I am going to cry at something before it happens and watches me because he know’s it’s coming. He knows everything about me and accepts me flaws and all. He is so so so sweet and always doing nice things for me. He supports my makeup habit and actually purchases like Jeffree Star/Colourpop/NYX liquid lipstick collections for me. Also lets me eat all the hot cheetos I want and watch girly fashion movies and spy movies with me while we cuddle with our dog children.