Tuesday, April 4, 2017

5 Reasons We Love To Travel ft. Marichuy

Traveling has been on my mind lately and I can't figure out where I want to visit next. There's so many places to see and do that I try to keep an ongoing checklist of places that I have previously visited or have been told to check out. I have a few trips lined up for this month and next month like a trip to Las Vegas that I'll be doing for one of my friend's 30th birthday next weekend (Yay!) and my cousin's wedding in Indiana in May. A lot of fun events coming up and I can't wait to experience them all. 

For this blog post, I collaborated with one of my good friends and lifestyle blogger, Marichuy from The Real Marichuy, as we share with you all 5 reasons why we love to travel. Read all about it below!

1.) Planning aka "The Logistics"
I think planning is a fundamental thing when it comes to traveling. I learned about this whenever I would plan trips to visit my family in California. One of the things that I started doing is that I started creating an excel sheet where I would write down a list of activities that I would want to do out there and an estimated budget of how much I might spend. Majority of the times I'm with my family but other times I may go out with friends or go sight seeing. It helps me to see the big picture and the details that go into my trip. There may be times where my travel plans may not go the way that I planned it like a delay or something, but it's good to have an idea and/or a visual of your overall trip. 

2.) Packing
Ah packing. I think the process of packing is different for every one ha ha. I enjoy packing because I get to put outfits together and see what patterns go well with eachother. I also enjoy it because I get to pick out items that are comfy and that can be easily used for a day and night outfit. I know weather is a big thing especially depending on what season you're flying in, but I usually look at the weather to get an idea of what I am expecting or in other times I usually bring a light-heavy jacket, just in case. 

3.) Checking into your hotel
There's something about staying in a hotel that is just a perfect weekend or vacation getaway. I don't know if its the feeling that I am away from home for a small amount of time or that I'm staying in a new city, but it's always a good start to any trip. One of the things I do once we (my boyfriend and I) reach our hotel room, I always run to the bed and just star fish it (where your arms and legs stretch out like a starfish.) If you've never done this before then I recommend you do it because it feels awesome. It's like the best feeling after a long drive or flight. Another thing I love doing whenever I stay in a hotel is opening the blinds and seeing the view. It's a perfect Hello!

4.) The Cool Spots
Whenever my boyfriend and I are traveling, my "duty" is to look for the cool spots. This is one of my favorite things to do because I get to find places or things to do based on our interests and then we go check them out. Majority of the time we're pretty spontaneous. We usually drive around and if we see something that grabs our attention we go. Other times we use our handy dandy Yelp app for reviews and helpful tips. We may even ask the locals for suggestions, which is also pretty helpful. My favorite places to visit are vintage shops, art museums, record stores, capturing graffiti art, etc. 

5.) Live in the Moment
Last but not least is to have fun and to live in the moment! The feeling of being in a different place and to be able to share that experience with family and friends is what makes your adventure priceless!

There are many more reasons of why I love to travel but I will save that for next time. For now, head on over to Marichuy's blog to read about her awesome adventures and her 5 reasons why she loves to travel!

Until next time,
Fati <3

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Artist Feature: Eden Sanchez

This week's Artist Feature is on the lovely, Eden Sanchez. She is originally from Long Beach, California and is known for her contemporary and abstract paintings. She participated in the Nasty Women Art Exhibition and displayed some of her art pieces at Picture Perfect Gallery in Lancaster, two months ago. I had the opportunity to interview Eden and learn more about her paintings. Read all about it below!  

Fatima Alliyani: When did you start painting?

Eden Sanchez: All my life. I didn't want dolls, I wanted art and school supplies. Not many people knew that I painted. It took me up until a few months back to muster up the courage to show my art to the world. There's very much emotion and feeling in a lot of my work that I put in that basically use to make me feel vulnerable if I showed it.  

FA: How would you describe yourself as an artist?

ES: As an artist, I am able to see life and experiences through different eyes which if very difficult for me to describe. My artwork tends to carry a message and is a way for me to speak out on issues that affect us all. 

FA: Where is your favorite place to paint and what inspires you? 

ES: I paint 95.7% of the time in my studio. Everything inspires me; life, death, the unknown, events, experiences, emotions, etc.

FA: Why do you paint or create art? 

ES: I can't help myself. Most of the time it's because I have something to say. As cliche as it may sound, art is how I express myself. That's why I love abstract art! It's all about pure energy and raw emotion. Letting go. It gives me a chance to escape into another realm.

FA: I saw that you participated in the Nasty Women Art Exhibition, tell me about that?

ES: It was a great pleasure to participate in this movement alongside with hundreds of artists across the nation with a very big and important message. Don't mess with women and don't mess with anybody else's lives for that matter! 

FA: When you're not painting or doing artsy thangs, what are you up to?

ES: I enjoy hiking and reading but I love looking for new things to try, especially food!

FA: Are there any projects that you're currently working on or any upcoming art shows?
ES: I'm currently working on a new series. Coming soon!

FA: Where can people find your work?

ES: I currently have a few pieces showing in Lancaster, CA at the Picture Perfect Gallery until February 28th. 

Some of her artwork!


"Woman Almighty"

"Cosmic Dreams & Golden Wings"


"Astral Traveler"

A quick thanks to Eden for letting me feature you on my blog and for letting me use your photos! 

If you want to see more of Eden's artwork follow her on Instagram @artworldofeden!

Until next time,
Fati <3

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

My Weekend at Omaha Fashion Week 2017

This past weekend I attended Omaha Fashion Week. This event went from February 21-26th and took place at the Omaha Design Center which is located in Downtown Omaha. I didn't get to attend the first three nights due to work and school but I heard a lot of great things about them. There was a Kids Rule fashion show where kids ages 5-12 had the opportunity to walk down the catwalk and also a Cancer Survivor show which featured over 100+ survivors as they took over the runway wearing items from local boutiques and shops. 

I attended the Saturday show which was the Designer Showcase III and featured designers such as Michael Drummond who was the headliner of the show, Mitchell Henderson, Madyssen Jean, Hannah Swanson, Mayaklee Gayed, Crystal Brakhage Designs, and Jane Round. 

Before the show commenced, I had some time to walk around and see what else they had going on. They had a variety of cool art pieces and sculptures from local artists, a photo booth area with a red carpet, some pop up shops, and much more. I even got to take a picture in the photo booth!

As I entered the main room, I saw two giant screens with timers to let us know when the show was about to begin. All the guests started filing in as they looked for their row and seat numbers. Every seat had a Omaha Fashion Magazine that guests could take home. 

As 8'o clock hit, the show began and the crowd went wild. Well, not really but they were pretty excited when the models came out on the runway. Below are some photos that I took throughout the show. 

I spotted some of the models after the first half of the show. I absolutely loved the flowery designs on Michael Drummond's pieces and the stitching details on Madyssen Jean's pieces. 

As the second half of the show began, one of the models came out wearing the famous SAC Federal Credit Union, Money Dress. This dress was made entirely out of money, can you believe that!?

Overall, I had a lot of fun attending Omaha Fashion Week. I think my favorite part of the night was seeing the different pieces that each designer put together as their collection and just admiring their work. I love attending these types of events because you get to appreciate fashion as a form of artistry and see the creativity that goes into creating a unique ensemble. 

Shout out to all the models, they did an amazing job working that runway and to the OFW crew for putting on a great event!

For more photos of Omaha Fashion Week, follow them on Instagram at @OmahaFashionWeek or check our their website,

Until next time,
Fati <3

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Artist Feature: RL Soul

It's been a while since I have done an artist spotlight but I am happy to get back at it again. This week I am featuring one of my good friends from my hometown of Santa Monica, California. Her name is Raven L. Cole also known as her poet name, RL Soul. 

She is an up and coming artist, poet, and writer and is based in Los Angeles, California. She recently shared with me that she came out with a book called, "Bruises Heal & Again We Feel." It's poetry book that brings together her personal writing as well as personal experiences of finding self-love and acceptance. I had the opportunity to interview her and get to know more about her book and how she got started. Read about it below!

Fatima Alliyani: I see that you came out with your new book called, 'Bruises Heal & Again We Feel.' Congratulations! How do you feel?

Raven L Cole: "I feel accomplished. It's been a long time coming; it's something I always wanted to do and I did it ALL on my own; so I feel amazing."

FA: Can you tell me a little bit about it?

RLC: "The book is about bruising, healing, and again feeling. What that means [is that] we all go through times of hurt, whether this hurt is brought on by a break-up or even by self-infliction (negative thoughts, pessimistic thought, depression, feelings of being alone). The book goes into the healing process: healing oneself, healing another, learning to let go and giving yourself time to heal. 

When we are going through moments, sometimes we wish we couldn't feel. So the last part is about trusting yourself enough to feel again-whether in love, in taking risks, in learning to love yourself again."

FA: Who or what inspired you to create your own book? Do you have any favorite artists, writers, etc.?

RLC: "I've been writing since middle school. It's always been a dream of mine to publish a book of my poetry. I enjoy artists who empower others with their words---I love Warsan Shire, Sarah Kay, Reyna Biddy, Lang Leav, Noor Shirazie, and Tyler Knott Gregson."

FA: Is there a certain poem/passage that is your favorite?

RLC: "I Love Myself Because...", "Abyss of You", and "Live to Exist."

FA: How long was the process like? Did you have any difficulty while putting it together?

RLC: "I began the process in the summer. I had planned to release it before Christmas, but getting the right measurements for the cover was difficult, had to re-do it multiple times."

FA: Is this book for everyone?

RLC: "I would say I think the book is for anyone who has been hurt, but learned to heal. And also, for anyone who has experienced the euphoria feelings of love."

FA: Are you currently working on any projects? Where can readers find your book and follow you to see other poetry pieces?

RLC: "Right now, I am getting back into calligraphy and focusing on my street photography. I will be posting new poems on my art page. You can follow me on my social media at: @aspire2nspire on Instagram and my book can be purchased on Amazon. Link is also in bio on my Instagram page." 

Just as mentioned above, if you're interested in seeing what other projects or poems Raven is working on, don't forget to follow her on Instagram and don't forget to purchase your own copy of her book. Many thanks to Raven for the photo and for answering the interview questions!

Until next time,
Fati <3

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Getting Back To It.

Today has been a pretty fun day. I got to be an extra for a friend's music video and I got to spend time with my boyfriend since he's been out traveling for work all week. It's days like these that make me wish our weekends would be a little bit longer so we can enjoy the present moment. 

One of the other things I got to do today is I got to take pictures. A goal that I had set for myself is to work on an art project on a weekly/bi-weekly basis. I know it can be tough with working a full time job while take classes on the side and that time can never be enough, but like how some people have told me, "you gotta make time for the things that you enjoy." 

Below are some shots that I took of myself and my outfit of the day. 

My outfit of the day consists of a leather Jacket, a mustard dress that I bought from UNIQLO, brown tights from Target, black Oxfords, a brown studded belt, and fringe earrings made from a local artist Amaral Jewelry. 

Looking forward to other photo projects and more stylish days to come!

Until next time,
Fati <3

Friday, December 30, 2016

Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You!

Happy last Friday of 2016 everyone! 

Wow! I can't believe that it's going to be 2017 already. I know 2016 had a lot of ups and downs but I am hoping that this new year is filled with new opportunities to grow in whatever our goals may be and I hope that we can continue learning about one another and continue educating ourselves on things that are happening locally and around the world. Gotta stay optimistic, right!?

Talking about goals, one of my friends had asked me today, what my New Year's resolution was. It was a hard question to answer because l am always looking for ways to better myself and to be confident in what I do. I think ultimately, one of my goals is to continue being active on my blog. It's difficult because I work a full time job and also take classes on the side, so I'm more of a part time blogger than anything. But I would like to continue sharing with you projects that I am working on and possibly do more collaborations with artists/brands. So we shall see what this new year brings! 
In the mean time, I wanted to share with you all a little bit about myself with these get to know me questions that I found online. Enjoy!

  1. Age: 26
  2. Degree: BA in Global Studies
  3. Job: Educational Navigator (helping families to find resources in the community, establish educational goals, etc. It's kinda like a social worker but not really.)
  4. Sign: Leo :)
  5. Piercings: 6
  6. Tattoos: 3
  7. Language(s): Spanish, English, Spanglish and learning some Urdu. 
  8. You Might Not Know: I am the oldest of my siblings. My brother is 22 and my sister is 20. 
  9. Special Talents: I doodle random characters 
  10. Sports: I enjoy running marathons. 
  11. Hobbies: Painting, photography, going to the gym, painting my nails, going to concerts/shows, traveling, etc. 
  12. What I Miss: My family, the beach, and going dancing.
  13. Qualities I Value Most: Honesty, compassion, confidence, having an open mind 
  14. Favorite Color: Black, dark purple, mint green
  15. Favorite Food: I'm open to trying new things 
  16. Favorite Song: I don't really have a favorite song, but I am really diggin' "Greenlight" by Pitbull. 
  17. Favorite Bands: The Cure, Arcade Fire, The Smiths, Cafe Tacuba, etc.
  18. Favorite Concerts: The Cure, Toro y Moi, The Growlers
  19. Favorite Flower: Sunflowers :)
  20. Favorite Show(s): American Horror Story, Game Thrones, and Jane the Virgin to name a few.
  21. Favorite Book: Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez
  22. Favorite Quote: "Tu eres una luchona"- My mom 
  23. The reason I started blogging: I started my personal blog, On The Streets with Fati about 2.5 years ago. I had just moved to Omaha from Los Angeles and I needed something to keep me occupied. I know that throughout the transition of moving from home to living the "adult life" and trying to find a job, I got really depressed and home sick. I had the idea of starting a blog before, but I just never did it. My boyfriend, Daniel encouraged me to JUST DO IT. It was easier said than done. It was a scary feeling because I didn't know if people were going to like it/ read it or if I was even good enough to start one. After a few hours of contemplating and getting those negative thoughts out of my head, I just went for it. I started blogging because I wanted to share with readers about my travels, personal style, about my culture, and connect with other like minded people!
  24. Fears: This is a bit of a weird phobia but I am scared of waterfalls and giant water fountains. I don't really remember why or how it happened that I got scared of waterfalls but all I know is that whenever I hear one or see one I get really anxious. Don't get me wrong I think they're beautiful but nope, can't do it. Ha-ha
  25. Last thing that made me cry: Reading a Christmas card my tia sent me 
  26. Last time I said I loved someone: This morning 
  27. Meaning behind my blog name: I have always been influenced by city life and by living in LA I had the opportunity to get to know about different events that were going on. I called it On The Streets because whenever I would walk around I felt like there was so much more to see than when you're driving. You don't really get to capture the culture or overall environment. I think it represented me because I'm always going out and looking for events to go to. And 'Fati', well that's short for my name, Fatima. A lot of people can't pronounce my name so I gotta give them some options, but a lot of my close friends called me 'Fati'. 
  28. Currently Reading: Good to Great by Jim Collins & Mindworks by Gary van Warmerdam
  29. Places I want to visit: India, Egypt, Mexico, pretty much anywhere! 
  30. Last place I traveled to: Kansas City & Chicago 
  31. Any Instruments I play: I'm a pro at playing the air guitar and air drums! haha I used to play the violin and flute when I was in elementary and middle school.

P.S. I want to THANK YOU for your continuous support and for taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate you all very much! If there is anything you would like me to write more about or any suggestions/words of wisdom to help me improve my blog and your reader experience, feel free to comment below!


Until next time,
Fati <3

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

My Experience with AncestryDNA

I've been interested in learning more about my culture and my family history lately that I ordered an AncestryDNA test kit from One of the reasons why I wanted to try it out was because I wanted to learn more about my ethnic background. I probably haven't shared this with you all where my family is from but my mom is from El Salvador and my dad is from Burma. I thought it would be cool experience to see where else my family members originated from and get to know their story. 

Before buying the kit, I had to do some research since there are a variety of DNA test kits out there that you can buy. I thought this article gave a pretty good breakdown of the differences,

Below are some of the items that the DNA test kit came with: 

When I opened my package I found a brochure that showed me step by step instructions on how to activate my kit and where to send my sample. I thought it was really easy and self-explanatory.

Once I activated my DNA kit on the AncestryDNA website and entered my 15 number code, I was ready! One of the things I noticed about these DNA testing kits is that some require you to use a cotton swab to collect a DNA sample from your cheek but this one came with a tube where it collects your saliva sample. I'm not gonna lie, it felt weird spitting in this contraption but after a while it wasn't so bad.

Once my saliva sample was collected, I then placed the tube inside the collection bag and into the prepaid mailing box and off it went! Now the waiting game begins.... I will share with you all what my results are in 6-8 weeks, so stay tuned!

Have you ever tried an AncestryDNA test before? What was your experience like? Share with me on the comment box below!

Until next time,
Fati <3