THE ΛNDREΛ DIARIES
My name is Andrea, and I am a 23 years old girl from a sunny island in Venezuela. Dreamer, bilingual (english - español), graphic designer, art lover and fashion enthusiast. Utterly in love with Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. I take photos, read books, drink tea, buy nice things and enjoy my simple life. I believe in God, I believe in karma and I'm always trying to look at the bright side of things, because even when we can't see it, the glass is always half full. I live in a very small town but I like to think my destiny is somewhere in a big city full of bright lights. I have a dog named Lola and my life ain't very interesting but I still want to blog about it…














“I think life is about falling in love with the right person, shopping, eating your favorite decadent desserts and traveling a lot.”
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As some of you may know, my 23rd birthday was last Tuesday, and even though I didn’t have a huge celebration I spent a really nice time with the people I love the most!First thing in the morning was a amazingly delicious breakfast date at an international cuisine restaurant. The menu was so great I spent what it seemed like hours trying to choose just one plate, but finally I decided that since it was my birthday, I was allowed to eat whatever I wanted without worrying about the calories… so I had crepes with Nutella, banana and vanilla ice cream! To die for…I absolutely am one of those people who just love birthdays, and not just my own, I love birthdays in general. I love having one special day to celebrate someone and even though you can obviously do that any day of the year, that day is particularly special… I’ve got so many calls and messages, it’s so beautiful to see how many people think about you even though you don’t talk with them every day. Everyone that matters to me wished me a happy birthday and I felt really blessed to have them in my life; including my Tumblr friends, of course ;)The majority of my gifts this year were cash only which it’s pretty great since I’m going to New York, I seriously don’t need more bracelets, clothes or anything like that and money can help me with a lot of things right now.My birthday cake was a beautiful and delicious lemon pie with 23 candles on top that made it look like the cake on The Sleeping Beauty. & I felt just like the luckiest and happiest princess on earth for being there surrounded with my loved ones singing happy birthday.I always feel like I’m a very independent person, but I know I’m gonna miss these people a lot when I’m in New York…Anyway, cheers to the 23!

As some of you may know, my 23rd birthday was last Tuesday, and even though I didn’t have a huge celebration I spent a really nice time with the people I love the most!

First thing in the morning was a amazingly delicious breakfast date at an international cuisine restaurant. The menu was so great I spent what it seemed like hours trying to choose just one plate, but finally I decided that since it was my birthday, I was allowed to eat whatever I wanted without worrying about the calories… so I had crepes with Nutella, banana and vanilla ice cream! To die for

I absolutely am one of those people who just love birthdays, and not just my own, I love birthdays in general. I love having one special day to celebrate someone and even though you can obviously do that any day of the year, that day is particularly special… I’ve got so many calls and messages, it’s so beautiful to see how many people think about you even though you don’t talk with them every day. Everyone that matters to me wished me a happy birthday and I felt really blessed to have them in my life; including my Tumblr friends, of course ;)

The majority of my gifts this year were cash only which it’s pretty great since I’m going to New York, I seriously don’t need more bracelets, clothes or anything like that and money can help me with a lot of things right now.

My birthday cake was a beautiful and delicious lemon pie with 23 candles on top that made it look like the cake on The Sleeping Beauty. & I felt just like the luckiest and happiest princess on earth for being there surrounded with my loved ones singing happy birthday.
I always feel like I’m a very independent person, but I know I’m gonna miss these people a lot when I’m in New York…

Anyway, cheers to the 23!

Oh Svenja, you never fail on making me cry with your beautiful words… I feel so blessed for having a friend like you who’s always willing to make me smile; you’re one of the most gorgeous persons I’ve ever met and I hope you know how much I love you and care about you. Thank you for your wishes and for always being there for me no matter what, whether is talking about One Direction or about our bad days… Your friendship means the world to me! Thank you for being so amazingly wonderful baby!

lettinglifehappen asked a question:

Happy Birthday love! hope you have a wonderful birthday, and I hope this year is filled with lots of happiness. :) ♥

Thank you baby girl ♥, you’re the sweetest!

I’m actually really enjoying the last 15 minutes left of my birthday. I had a quiet but pretty lovely day today, so I guess I’m lucky enough to say I had indeed a wonderful birthday :)

Thank you for your beautiful message and your always beautiful words and wishes. I love you!

* I’m posting it like this because I accidentally got rid of the original message *

Life has been so hectic lately that I haven’t found the time to just relax and write. If I’m not doing one thing, I’m doing another… But I guess that’s great, right?

Anyway, this is just gonna be a tiny update of what I’ve been doing these days…

I left the island on Saturday afternoon to come to the city and spend time with my family and friends, mainly because it’s Easter break pretty soon and we’ll be making a road trip by the end of this week, and secondly because it’s my birthday (in about 10 minutes) and I rather be anywhere but there… My weekend was all about “city tourism” that actually consisted of going to some of the hot spots of the protests, in between brunches and lunches; watching The Book Thief - which I just loved! getting some beautiful sunflowers and specially spending quality time with my loved ones.

So, if you ask me, it was indeed a pretty good weekend, Monday wasn’t bad either and now look… it’s already the 8th!

alyssaverano:
hello! :) love love your blog!

Hola, thank you sweetie!

Anonymous:
hi andrea! your blog is just so wonderful!!! I love you and your blog!!! I'm also in love with your theme, but I just can't seem to find it anywhere :'( anyway, God bless and keep on blogging <3

Are you kidding me? Are you trying to make me cry? This is the cutest anon message I’ve ever received! Seriously you don’t have any idea of how much this message means to me, thank you. I love you and I want to hug you like right now!

You won’t find my theme anywhere because I’ve designed it myself, but maybe you can find something alike out there? I don’t know much about where to find cute themes, but check Natalia’s and Kayla’s, theirs are just lovely!

English abroad

The idea of going somewhere to study english has been on my mind since I can remember.

Right after I finished high school, back in 2008, I thought it was the perfect moment, some of my friends were actually doing it so I started getting enthusiast with the idea of going abroad as well. Unfortunately - or luckily, I couldn’t get through it in that moment because I started university really suddenly.
All those years my mom always suggested I could go in my vacation time to do summer courses and stuff, but that wasn’t really my vision of it, I wanted to go somewhere for an extended period of time to fully enjoy the experience. So last year when I saw my graduation from uni around the corner and I had to start making plans for the near future I thought this was definitely my perfect opportunity.

The first thing I did was to determinate what I wanted to do and where: An english course to fully dominate the language, in the US or England. So I started looking for international schools / companies that offered me what I wanted and found Kaplan and Education First.

Where to go? Boston, Chicago, New York and London were my top options… Checking the schools in those cities wasn’t an easy task, I kept clicking and clicking and clicking for days and then I finally decided I didn’t want to go with Kaplan.
Chicago was the first out of my list followed by Boston (even when my mom was very pushy about it) and then I had London and New York. I’d like to say it was a hard battle but it really wasn’t…

Accommodation was something worrying for me because a) I don’t want to stay in a family house and b) I don’t know how to live all by myself. So that was really the thing that convinced me to go to New York… there is a college campus with dorms and everything! Just like in the movies! Okay, for those US people who are reading this and probably laughing out loud in this moment: we don’t have that in here, our university life culture is way too different than yours, so the only thing I know about that “american college life” has been broad to me through Hollywood. My mom is still trying to convince me to go to London, though.

The Education First International School of New York is in a small town called Tarrytown, located about 20 minutes away from Manhattan. They recieve students from about 100 different countries around the world over the age of 16 and offer many different short and long english courses.

So once I was determinated about what I wanted, I went to my EF local office and did my formal inscription for 24 weeks (6 months) of a general english course in EF New York starting next August!

Shortly after I received my welcome email and my access to the EF social network My EF.
The site is pretty cool, it has games, maps of Tarrytown and NYC with the hotspots, calendar, check lists for the students, important information, etc. The social part is great also, you can befriend everybody who’s at the school already or is planing to go, you can see who’s traveling with you (starting the courses the same day), you can send messages or use the chat, publish pictures, etc.

Apart from that, we set up a group in WhatsApp with people from Latin America and Spain, to get to know each other before we get there and talk about the process and stuff… I must confess I kinda both like and dislike the idea. I like it because obviously is cool to talk with them if I have doubts and I won’t be completely lost when I arrive to the school. But I don’t like because I definitely don’t want to hang out with people who speaks Spanish because for obvious reasons, that won’t help me to practice my English. I want friends from Germany, Korea, Russia and places like that so I’m obligated to speak English. And I swear I really don’t want to be rude or mean or anything, but to spend 6 months with my venezuelan folks it’s definitely not a part of the plan if I really want to improve, and I really do.
Besides, I’m really dying to get to know other cultures which I think, apart from the language, is a very important thing in all this lifetime experience.

Anyway, right now I’m just basically waiting for my I-20 to arrive so I can start with all the formalities to apply for a student visa in the US. Should also start booking the flights and everything…

And in case you’re wondering, I’m planning to blog about all the process till the minute I get my feet on the JFK airport - and beyond, this was just the beginning.
I must admit I was keeping it quiet because I’m really superstitious, but then again, you’re my friends and I wanted to share this happiness with you guys.

Hopefully everything is going to be just perfect and I’ll be a New Yorker in 4 months; just in case, I’m gonna be a little bit selfish and ask you to include me in your prayers or positive thinking, so I can achieve this dream with no problems.

To my northeast bloggers: we’re definitely getting together this year, so save the date girls ;).

Next post will be about the steps you have to follow to apply for a student visa in the United States.

I’m sorry for invading your dashboard with my vanity but it was a good hair kind of day a one have the constitutional right to brag about it, right? Apart from that, please ignore my stupid/awkward face, I don’t know what I was doing - or trying to do, but clearly I don’t know how to properly …smile?
Anyway, I hope you all are having a good hair day as well. Stay pretty!

I’m sorry for invading your dashboard with my vanity but it was a good hair kind of day a one have the constitutional right to brag about it, right? Apart from that, please ignore my stupid/awkward face, I don’t know what I was doing - or trying to do, but clearly I don’t know how to properly …smile?

Anyway, I hope you all are having a good hair day as well. Stay pretty!

Join the Personal Bloggers Book Club on Goodreads!


So this idea was born yesterday and since some of you liked it, here it is…

The group is private because I didn’t want to make another Tumblr Book Club, but more like a comunity for us personal bloggers.

Want to join? Send your request and moderators will accept it, or add me on Goodreads and I’ll invite you!

Personal bloggers book club

I just finished one of the books I was reading and while clicking around Goodreads I came up with what I think it’s a nice idea for us personal bloggers: Why don’t we start a book club? I know many of you girls enjoy reading and I think it would be awesome to have a place (apart from Tumblr) where we can talk about it. So, let me know if you like this idea and I can set up the group.

Oh and add me on Goodreads if you haven’t already.


Do you know why are we protesting in Venezuela?

Many people think we’re fighting against the government just because we don’t like its politics, the truth is we’re fighting for our rights and our future. It’s been over 8 weeks now and over 30 people have died so far, but we don’t lose our faith and we keep hanging on.

Please help us by spreading the word and #prayforVenezuela 💛💙💔.

50 things you should never stop doing:

Great experiences that deserve to be repeated now that you’re a woman, even - and specially if you feel you’re not a little girl anymore.

  1. Jump on the bed. (Remember you’re taller now so be careful with the ceiling.)
  2. Provoque the truckers to touch the horn.
  3. Celebrate Wednesdays because the weekend is closer.
  4. Start having fun Sundays as early as possible.
  5. Fake a foreign accent in a bar.
  6. Watch a TV show with your BFF on the phone (and scream together with the hot scenes).
  7. Drive with no destination, listening to John Mayer and pretending he’s the same sweet boy you thought he was when you were in highschool.
  8. Take naps. Get up early on the weekend, go out to do everything you need to do and when you get home, lay on your bed and sleep.
  9. Go to a 24 hrs. diner and order pancakes with butter, maple sirup and cream. Unhealthy but delicious.
  10. Wear one of those ridiculous party hats all night at your friend’s birthday.
  11. Make plans for saturday night. On saturday night.
  12. Walk naked around the house. Just because.
  13. Babysit kids and call your boyfriend to have some fun after their bedtime.
  14. Watch cheap horror movies of the 80’s just for the porn/sexy scenes they have.
  15. Hold your breath when you pass by a cemetery.
  16. Play spin the bottle.
  17. Use a Sharpie to design the cover of a CD mixed by yourself.
  18. Participate in a competition of drinking beer.
  19. Be always in love. Even if you’re not in a relationship. Even if it’s with a member of One Direction.
  20. Dress up festively for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, etc.
  21. Braid your hair.
  22. Wear a scrunchie in your wrist (not in public). They’re perfect to tie your hair before you go to bed.
  23. Drink chocolate milk.
  24. Throw a Prom party and wear your old dress.
  25. Play kickball.
  26. Choreograph a dance. Or re-learn Britney’s Baby One More Time dance routine.
  27. Bake cookies just to eat a little bit of the raw batter. Don’t think about the calories.
  28. Have a sleepover.
  29. Go shopping with your mom.
  30. Play the makeup artist with your friends.
  31. Pick up your clothes for work the night before. Like you did when it was your first day of school.
  32. Think about September as the beginning of a school year. Buy new stationery articles and make the resolution of being better at work.
  33. Re-steal the looks of your adolescence favorite TV idol. Adapt it to your own look so it fits you better.
  34. Make a conference call between your 3 BFF on a weeknight.
  35. Practice that activity you probably tried in a summer camp.
  36. Stay all day in bed watching old movies.
  37. Tickle someone. Let them tickle you.
  38. Make “taco tuesdays”, “pizza fridays”, etc.
  39. Ask your boyfriend to pick you up at the office after work.
  40. Write sentimental letters to yourself. Save them in secret places and open them in 10 years.
  41. Make a list about all the boys you had something with.
  42. Make your friends call you by that chic and trendy name you wish your parents would have named you.
  43. Play hide and seek.
  44. Have a well planned and healthy snack in the afternoon.
  45. Go to the mall at night.
  46. Watch TV curled up in the floor with your pillow… or your boyfriend as a pillow.
  47. Organize your makeup like it’s your biggest treasure.
  48. Go to a super elegant and super expensive boutique and try all the night gowns you want. Just to know how you would look if someday someone invites you to the Oscars.
  49. Take pictures of yourself.
  50. Re-fall in love with having boobs. Like you did when you were bra shopping the first times.
—#prayforVenezuela 💛💙💔.


#prayforVenezuela 💛💙💔.

If something makes you happy, then you should do it any way you can. Even if it takes you somewhere kinda weird, it’s better to be happy and weird than sad and normal.
These Inconvenient Fireworks.
slipthroughme:
hey, just wanted to let you know I read your post about Glee and there's not one word I don't agree with. It's exactly how I feel. So yeah, great, haha x

Honestly, I couldn’t be happier about Glee becoming Glee again! I have nothing against the new kids but the old cast and their touching stories, the sentiment of everything is what made me love Glee in the first place and no one can change that. What we’ve seen the last couple of weeks proves Ryan and his crew know that and I hope they keep doing it this way because it’s the only way I want; suddenly it’s 2009/2010/2011 again and I’m still crying at the end of the episodes… just can’t wait for next week!
& thanks, xx.


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