After two weeks of starting my new job, I finally made it out to SF (San Fransico) last night. I had to work a little later from home, finishing a graphic for work. I hope that does not happen too much at this new job. I was given start-up advice from a mutual friend who works for a motor company that was a start-up 10 years ago. He is also a designer and a hard worker. I am blessed to have connections.

Here I am in a new city, so I have a fresh eye and spirit waiting to discover this location. I am open-minded, however since I had to work from home last night, I was unable to enjoy my Friday night to its full extent. I made plans earlier that day, which was interrupted by work. Since it is my first month here. I do want to prove myself of being a reliable marketing and visual design manger but I need work-life balance. It is only healthy for my mental state.

I am a socialite. I need to get out every so often.

I was able to meet up with two people but I chose the smarter decision and met up with the one I felt safer with. Taking public transportation (BART) for the first time, and arriving in a big cold brand new city, I wanted a gentleman and married friend who I know I am safe around. I followed my instinct and have learned to always follow your gut.

Since I have such a fresh open eye to SF, I want to fall in love with it. So whoever I chose to be with, must be a healthy person. A healthy minded person and a class-act. I am a little bit wary or skeptical of most people. As I should be and have the right to be. I have experienced enough nonsense in Florida to know better.

I do want to make friends and I will join a marathon training group or running group when I sign up for the Napa Valley Marathon after pay day. That is a healthy friendship zone. I also can’t wait to find a good gym.

But back to meeting other people, I did sign up for dating apps. Gosh, oh my. Dating applications are so funny. But I have come to accept that it’s a good connector to meet locals in my area. I met some of my best girl friends through guys. Just guys who are my platonic friends of course. But this is a message for any guy who may come across this blog post, treat me right and show me that SF is a beautiful, hip, cool and sophisticated city. Do not show me something crude. I came out here with a fresh spirit and the world is my oyster. It’s a good chance and opportunity to show me good times! I expect nothing less than the best.

the best or nothing mb

Always the best. Remember chicas, as Mercedes-Benz’ motto says…

“The Best or Nothing.”

xo The Boca Chica.



Dewy-Fresh- Awake 5 Minute Makeup

This YouTuber has mastered the skill of quick make-up in a jiffy!

Now, I would do my cheeks differently, because I have different face shape and more edges. The amount of bronzer she uses looks good on her but it will vary per different faces… but the beauty product she uses are noteworthy! I want to try some out, such as the: Hourglass Illusion Hydraulic Skin Tint , Fresh Sugar Cream Lip Treatment, NYX Taupe Micro Brow Pencil & Glossier Boy Brow Clear Brow Gel, Marc Jacobs “Pink of Me” Highliner Gel Eye Crayon & the Burberry Lip Color Contours!

Make-up Used!

First she sprays her face to moisten it, I suggest 

  • Evian Mineral Water Spray
  • Fresh Sugar Cream Lip Treatment in “Pearl”
  • Hourglass Illusion Hydraulic Skin Tint in “Nude”
  • NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer “Cream Brûlée” 
  • ‘Not a Powder’ aka Wowder
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
  • ELF Large Stipple Brush
  • Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighters 
  • L’oreal Infallible Paints Blush Palette
  • NYX Taupe Micro Brow Pencil & Glossier Boy Brow Clear Brow Gel
  • Marc Jacobs “Pink of Me” Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
  • Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara 
  • Burberry Lip Color Contours in Light, Fair, Medium & Dark

Stay fresh, beautiful and clean Boca Girls!


The Boca Chica

My First Week in California

Today is Saturday August 19th, which completes my first 7 days here in California. I flew in late last Saturday August 14th into San Fransisco. Took a Lyft ride into Walnut Creek, grabbed Taco Bell and stayed at a Motel 6. Glamorous right?

Back tracking a little bit – here is my Mazda CX-5 being transported from FL-CA. 


The Motel 6 is right next to the Marriott I stayed at when I was apartment searching. The Marriott is very nice, but Motel 6 is pet friendly. It was only for one night! Surprisingly the cost was not that much of a difference either. I can’t believe Motel 6’s prices are as high as they are. I paid $120 (including tax) whereas with the Marriott it would have been only $30-$50 more for luxury and clean smelling sheets! However when you are doing a cross-country move, every dime counts.

First thing I noticed when I arrived is the weather. It was much chiller here at nights than in Florida. San Fransisco is actually quite chilly, due to a couple of unique features. Here is a link with images that explains why SF is so chilly.

However it’s different in Walnut Creek. The first few days it was around 60-70 degrees. Then later on during the week, the weather rose to 90 degrees. It is a stale, dry heat with no humidity and more wind.

First thing I did on Sunday August 15th was walk to Target and pickup necessities including an air mattress + pump, cat toilet + litter, food + paper/plastic utensils. Smartly, I packed a pillow and sheets. But I had to pick up a grey blanket at Target. So for the past week prior to my Mazda’s delivery, I have been living out of out my two suitcases with my two cats.

My car was delivered Tuesday! Thank god. It was filled with some boxes, which I need to remove soon. But the boxes were really only items in my closet that needed to weigh less than 100 lbs today. So I have some shoes, purses, random clothes, foam rollers, laundry basket, one hanging photo, and two holiday boxes filled with Xmas and Halloween decorations. In my studio apartment, I do not have much storage space to put these excess items.

I want to live more minimally which is progressing along. I did get rid of huge bulky furniture items such as my old bedroom nightstand and dresser. They are cute, but need to be refurbished. My round black table and chairs and my Ikea glass shelf and baskets. I really liked that piece. Also my couch on my patio. Two males picked that up and thought it looked like a Versace couch. That couch had a cool looking pattern and it was a gift from my Russian neighbor.

Going forward, I need to be cautious with my finances because California is more expensive. So in terms of furniture, although I look at beautiful Z-Gallerie and Restoration Hardware pieces, perhaps I should take a closer look at cheaper items online and at Ikea, Wayfair etc. I live in a very modern looking home, it wouldn’t be too bad to have a cool platform bed. Plus when I relocate again, it may be okay to dispose of less expensive items.

About food, I went to Whole Foods last night and spent $72, which I possibly could find similar non GMO foods elsewhere for less money. I am in California, there is a lot of decent non GMO health foods. I did get tasty organic Strawberries from Target. YUM. Target also had fresh pre-made salads and wraps. I grabbed a cranberry, feta cheese (or goat), strawberry balsamic salad and it tasted delectable.

I have heard that the water on tap here is cleaner. I have been drinking it! It tastes good, I will do more research to ensure it is safe to drink over time. If it is, that will also be a good frugal choice. I will use a glass container and drink tap water. Perhaps a large glass container and put it in the fridge.

I also have been hearing rituals of drinking warmer water and how it is better for you. That is topic to be researched as well.

For fitness, I have looked at Walnut Creek downtown’s new Orangetheory Fitness. I stopped in walking downtown, to inquire about the membership prices. There’s also a FlyWheel cycle studio with tons of other places to look into including yoga, CrossFit, etc. Also there is the Iron Horse trail nearby along with Mt. Diablo for hiking. An idea would to be to purchase passes at different gyms, instead of a membership. The passes have a longer time to expire and I could switch it up. There is a decent gym at the place I dwell with nice new equipment. Including some of my favorite items: a TRX strap, kettlebells and battle ropes. YES! Plus the view on the treadmill of the pool patio and elevated outside landscape is stunning.

Rent is costly, taxes are higher and I have to adjust to this all since I am an independent woman living near Silicon Valley/San Fransisco, CA. One of the highest cost of living areas in the United States.

To be honest, I am scared. I am terrified to live here on my my own and stressed with my finances. I am just starting off and I have not even gotten my first pay check. So I will take it one day at a time. Must have patience.

Article on 54 Ways to Save Money.

Below is a picture I took walking in Walnut Creek.