Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gift Ideas 2014: For Her


if she loves collecting classic pieces

Kate Spade 

if she is fun, bubbly and loves print

Marc Jacobs 

if she loves gold detail

Michael Kors

if she her to go to outfit is black

Sunday, November 16, 2014

When you are 30

After my birthday celebration I was able to reflect on the life lessons I learned in the past years so I thought of sharing it here in this post.

*Family comes first,ALWAYS! I remember those times when all I wanted to do was to be with friends,those sleepovers. When we are young we tend to spend more time with friends ignore our parents/family and have our own lives. Now that I live alone not technically since I live with my husband and have my inlaws around (but yes Im away from my family) I have realized how much I miss them. My mom is the sweetest, the coolest too I should say. She's been there through the good and bad,had my back when I felt like giving up, always available when everyone seemed busy. So yeah if you  live with your mom right now, cherish that. My brother on the other hand is growing too fast next thing hé is engaged. Time flies oh boy.

*Success comes in different forms. I was always taught (and expected) to excel, have good grades and parents say you will land à good job, to them that meant you are successful. Years passéd and I had my own définition of it.  Who doesnt want à good career? Who doesnt want à six figure paying job? Some choose to have à family, raise kids not have à career but are still happy. The same goes for me. Whatever aspect of my life that gives me a sense of happiness and fulfillment is considered success to me. Be it adjusting to à new country or simply just being able to let go of bad habits.
I have lowered my standards, I do not need other people telling me what success is. There is so much pressure in our society but at the end of the day it is what makes you happy that matters.

*Not everyone you meet will stay. Even I had to move to à different country, as much as I miss my friends back home this is something that is uncontrollable. People move on with their lives, some people will keep in touch some will go. Dont take it too personal.

*Savings is worth having than a Chanel purse. Sûre we all lust over designer pieces but at this point in time I would rather save on retirement, à new house or new car or just put my money in my savings account besides there will always be something on my wishlist. I just want to be more practical. Im practicing going back to basics. When I look in my closet I just realize how much money I have wasted on clothes and other material things which in reality wont pay the hospital bills if I get sick.

*Love yourself. I have learned this the hard way, I used to go out of my way, exerted too much effort for a person forgetting my own needs. I would end up disappointed and hurt. Now, I prioritize myself. No matter how busy I am I make sure to have my "me" time. I take care of myself by eating healthier food,exercise. Pamper myself with massages or just buy my favorite Starbucks drink.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Current Faves

I have à weird obsession of trying different skincare, always in hunt for the next best skincare regimen or beauty product. Thats how I was able to get to Sephora VIB Rouge in one year. I share my honest opinion because I know the struggle of finding the right product. When I first moved here in the US I was clueless, relied on reading product reviews online or watched countless YouTube reviews yet its different once you have actually tried the product. So here I am putting more dedication in posting more reviews.

I have used tons of products but haven't really done much reviews. So expect more articles about beauty. I will post everything that will be newly purchased,share with you whether they are worth buying or not.

Products shown:

1.Avene thermal spray

It reminds me so much of the Evian spray that I purchased years ago which I used for keeping my feel refreshed after doing yoga. This one I purchased in Rome, heard about it but difficult to find in the US so never got the chance to try it. When I first sprayed it to my face it helped calm my skin (redness due to acné), it also helped with keeping my skin hydrated during our long flight. Now its part of my routine. I use it before and after make up. Around $18 for 150ml

2. NARS Radiant Créamy Concealear

Shade I am using is called Ginger. The consistency is créamy which helps avoid having creases once applied which is usually my problem when I use concelear for my dark circles. Im so glad to find out about this. I have use various brands from Chanel, Dior to Maybelline and this seems to be the best I have ever tried. $28

3. Aesop Chamomille Mask
I found out about Aesop products through Instagram, I saw fashion bloggers rave about this. I tried looking for an actual store in Miami but didnt seem to have one so when my friend asked me what I wanted for my birthday I asked her if she could get this for me. She ordered it online for me. After the first application I fell inlove! The smell is so relaxing! I leave it on my skin for ten minutes, instantly after washing you feel the skin very soft and radiant. During the days I break out I use this as a spot treatment. This is something I would repurchase over and over again! $50

4. Vaseline Creme Brulee
What is not to like? This is very moisturizing. I apply it at night before bed and I wake up with soft kissable lips. $4 not sure about the price

5. Rimmel Lipsticks
I just wanted to add this here because I love their lipsticks. They dont dry my lips plus there are so many great colors.

Currently loving: 104 $7

Friday, November 7, 2014

Alexander Wang H&M

I have never gone shopping this early except for Black Friday. I dont do this for iPhone launches either but when its à désigner I like I go all out (obviously)

With 2 hours of sleep before this whole shopping spree it was difficult to concentrate thankfully the Starbucks inside the mall opened early too so was able to get my Caramel Macchaito.

Aventura Mall was the closest mall to me that had H&M, security was pretty tight, they had à good number of people for the event. H&M staff were all helpful and nice too. I shared the pieces I got on my YouTube too if you want to see. (waiting for it to upload as I write this).

The event started on time, in groups of 30 people you are allowed to shop for only 15 mins, 2 garments only per style per customer (they are aware of ebay resellers lol). You can try everything at the fitting room, they will get the sizes for you too but you are not allowed to ask for a different style, you have to be in the line again to get more designs if you wish to. You can also return purchases after 7 days with full refund. After that, everything will only be store credit.

The quality of the items are of good quality. (Made in China & Portugal)
Nothing was over priced. Im happy with everything that I got. Cant wait to style the pieces!
Great job, Alexander Wang and his team!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Gift Ideas 2014: Beauty Junkie

I start my Christmas shopping as early as November to avoid holiday rush and crowd, starting today I will be posting gift ideas for various categories to make shopping à lot easier for you gals.

Bobbi Brown Deluxe eye and lip palette $80
Guerlain Meteorites (Limited edition) $60
Dior Golden Shock Eyeshadow Palette $60
NARS Laced with Edge Nail Polish
(Limited Edition) $20

You can easily purchase these items online from Nordstrom

Bundle up

Waking up in the 60s finally. Ive been waiting for this and checking the weather for some miracle breeze that would swing by South Florida. While writing this post Im sipping à cup of green tea latte all bundled up with this knit cardigan that I got on sale from Urban Outfitters, wore this several times in Paris too
(Check out my travel vlog on YouTube), gives you a super cozy feel.
The next day,I decided to wear my Kenzo sweater with à black flowy dress, added à ball cap for the sporty feel and wore my Adidas sneakers. Wore this to see Gone Girl, uhmmm Im speechless with that movie.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekly outfits

As much as I would like to wear layers for fall, Florida weather is not cooperating yet so here are my picks for this week.
Seen so many pumpkin post for October, decided to wear this Orange dress from Topshop and paires them with my ultra comfy Naturalizer nude shoes.
Very rare to find boyfriend jeans that actually fit me thats why I fell inlove with these Zara ones the minute I tried them on. The off white top added à more laid back feel to the outfit.
This mesh dress from Urban Outfitters is my fave, I thought it would be difficult for me to pull it off since I dont have anything similar in my closet, trying something different can really be fun.
Dress down Friday is exciting for me, I can easily mix à day and night outfit. Of course denim makes it casual for daytime, at night I add à statement necklace to the black dress, switch to boots or heels. (I would remove the jacket)