Two Pieces: Why I love Them

Happy Saturday loves and welcome to summer! Four days in and I am already feeling the heat. Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite outfits. 

This cute two-piece outfit is perfect for summer. The lightweight fabric is very breathable, and the design reminds me of a tropical island. Two piece outfits are a wonderful addition to your closet because one, you don’t have to search for a matching top or bottom, the combination is already perfect for the regular day to day, and second, you can most definitely mix and match both pieces. I love to wear the top with a pair of jeans and the bottoms with a cute t-shirt. 

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My accessories are minimal but still bright enough to give my look a pop of color. 

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My hat is from a small boutique store near my house. I have seen many similar hats in stores such as Target and Marshals, so finding one should not be too hard, as they are quite stylish.

My shoes are Sam Edelman’s from Nordstrom. I love the glittery look. It compliments the look without taking away from the outfit. 

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My green and gold bracelet is from Fossil. I purchased this bracelet a few years ago, when I instantly fell in love with it. I love it because I can match it with various clothing that I have. The red and brown one came as a pair from the Fashion District in downtown LA. These were purchased a few years ago as well. 

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The top is about an inch longer in the back and shorter in the front. The shorts are high waisted, which are my favorite style. Both pieces are loose, but still fitted in all the right places, giving your figure the appropriate curves. This two-piece is from Romwe.com. 

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I would love to hear some of your outfit ideas, comment below and tell me about your favorites!

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3 Ultimate Spa Treatments For the Summer

Summer is only five days away! That means pool, beach and picnic time. Wouldn’t you love to have shiny hair, and glowing skin without spending a fortune on products?

Here are 3 simple, inexpensive methods of getting smooth skin and shiny hair.

1. Let’s start with an easy coffee scrub. Simple, yet effective, coffee, when used as a natural buffer reduces cellulite and increases blood flow.

Stir it up

First, grab a cup of ground coffee, preferable unbrewed, (because I find brewed coffee grinds create a mushy and watered down texture). Then mix in 2 table spoons of honey and 3 tablespoons of virgin, organic unrefined coconut oil. Honey helps heal tissue scarring and evens out skin tone. Coconut oil hydrates and moisturizes the skin while at the same making your body look and smell delicious. I live by coconut oil.

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Now you have 2 options. Either add a generous amount of unscented body wash into the scrub or scoop out a handful of scrub and add body wash into it. Then in a circular motion, gently rub entire body. Don’t forget areas behind your neck, your knees and feet.

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I love this Aveeno bodywash because it is very gentle on the skin and smells lovely. 

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2. Let’s continue with with the hair, because deep down we all go nuts over shiny hair.

Mix together 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon honey. Make sure the coconut oil is melted, just pop it into the microwave for 10 seconds. Then, apply to wet hair, put on a shower cap and wait 30 minutes for the magic to happen. Afterwards rinse it off and wash hair as usual.

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3. Let’s face it (haha), our face is prone to dust and chemicals which are released into the air. These pollutants clog our pores and causes breakouts. So, mix a tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of sugar but…

First things first, steam your face by boiling  1/2 a gallon of water, then pouring it into a large bowl. Lean over the bowl about 1 foot away for 10 to 15 minutes. You can add essential oils as well to help you relax even more. Then apply the scrub in a gentle circular motion all over your face. 

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After you shower off, make sure you apply your favorite moisturizer to your body. I like the body butters from Bath and Body Works because they are intensely hydrating and leaves my skin silky smooth. 

I hope you enjoyed these recipes, and I would love to hear your scrub ideas! 

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How to not overpack when traveling

Summertime is here, and what does that mean? Vacation time! Whether it’s visiting family, or going to tour another country, packing is inevitable. 

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Now, how do you take enough clothes to last you the entire trip, but also not fill up your suitcase with unnecessary items? 

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That’s it for now friends! 

Have a fun and safe journey and comment down below for any travel tips you have.

I would love to hear them.

BTW shoutout to Bailey for being such an amazing model!

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My First Time Traveling Abroad

Traveling has always been a goal of mine. Working in a restaurant in Los Angeles made me want to break away from fast paced, traffic stricken days and my desire to free myself from the mundane, monotonous lifestyle gave me the courage to pack my bags and fly to Costa Rica for five days.

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Arriving in Costa Rica, I felt immediate culture shock. At the entrance of the airport, there were tons of people offering taxi services. I felt a little nervous at first, never experiencing such determination from the taxi drivers. I almost felt as though I was surrounded by paparazzi without the cameras.  But having found a few of my travel companions earlier, I felt a wave of relief at not being all alone as I weaved through the crowd looking for the rest of my group.

As soon as I arrived, I dove into the rich culture headfirst . The first thing I did was jump into the water for a refreshing swim as the typical weather in Costa Rica is very humid.

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As I watched the sun set across the horizon, I couldn’t help thinking to myself, is this a dream? I walked to the locally owned restaurant with my travel companions, where I indulged myself in the rich flavors of Casado, a dish consisting of rice, beans, fried plantain, and refreshing salad.

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The following day after a quick breakfast, my travel companions and I took the bus to San Manuel Antonio National Park. I will include the link (http://manuelantoniopark.com). I hiked through the national rain forest, taking in the sights and sounds of a whole new world. White-headed capuchin monkeys, native to this region, climbed trees, one even came up to say hello. I have to admit he was a handsome fella, but a tad mischievous. One snached a bag of croissants from a couple on the beach. I cannot blame him though, everyone loves a treat. The best part was watching a sloth creep down the trunk of a very thin tree. What skill they must have to stay so balanced.

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The cherry on top of this trip was meeting and becoming close to an amazing group of people who have a similar passion of traveling. I never even imagined would become so close with individuals I had just met. Yet as I sit here now and think about my experience, every moment, conversation, laugh runs through my mind clearly. I already miss the crazy dancing, the deep conversations along the shoreline, the jolly bus rides to the next adventure.

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My biggest take away from this amazing adventure was be brave, take risks, get out of the cycle. The world is your oyster.  Pure Vida!!!

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Photo credit for this beautiful picture goes to Marissa Mallen!

I would love to hear some of your experiences, comment below and tell me about your adventures. 

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Valentine’s Day Looks

Greetings lovlies!

We are already one month into 2017, and the next big holiday…Valentine’s Day! Whether you are single or in a relationship, you are bound to be affected by the positive vibes. Don’t be afraid to dress your best for dinner with your significant other or a few friends. Here are two looks, one a bit more formal but both affordable and easy to rock.

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Shirt: Zara

Pants: H&M

Shoes: Justfab.com

Necklace: H&M

Clutch: Forever 21

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Shirt: Forever 21

Skirt: Papaya

Pumps: Sam Edelman

Clutch: Arden B.

Earrings: Claire’s

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Quick, Healthy Breakfast

Greetings everyone,

We all have heard the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” at one point or other in our lives. Whether that is true or not, who knows. For me personally, making a quick, light breakfast sets the tone for the rest of my day. I feel energized, happier and overall ready to start my day. Since I usually start work quite early, around 8am, I usually do not try to cook up anything complex. Lately, I have been obsessed with this easy to make Avocado Toast. I hope you enjoy, and if you have your own recipe, comment below. I would love to hear about it.

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Ingredients:

1 Slice bread-toasted (I recently discovered this wheat and gluten free bread at Ralph’s and decided to give it a go. My new go to bread)

1/2 Avocado(mashed)

2 eggs(can be cooked any style,  I prefer poached)

1 teaspoon goat cheese

1 teaspoon cut up dill.

A bit of black pepper

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Simply spread half of the avocado on your choice of toasted bread.IMG_3774.JPG

Sprinkle black pepper. Add the cooked eggs. Top off with goat cheese and dill.

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Cut it in half, make yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee(I prefer coffee with cream and sprinkled on top is a bit of cinnamon) and you have the perfect breakfast. Sit back, relax and start your day off right.

Relax and Unwind this Winter Season

Hey there beauties,

Hope everyone is staying warm this winter season. With the holidays almost finished, I have been feeling a sense of exhaustion. From all the hustle and bustle starting with Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve just around the corner, I have found very little time to relax and unwind. This led me to feel unorganized, exhausted and a tad bit cranky. After a certain point I realized I need to slow down if I want to continue being proactive.

I realized relaxing doesn’t mean an extravagant vacation somewhere. Sometimes, it is the simple things in life that bring the most joy. For example I love reading. But lately I feel I rarely have the time to sit and enjoy a book. So I decided to set a block of time in the evening, about 45 minutes to an hour to read. I burn some of my favorite candles to set the mood, turn on some low lights, dress in my most comfortable clothes and sit back with my favorite hot beverage (usually hot chocolate or a chai latte if I really want to spoil myself). These moments of “me” time allow me to forget the stresses of everyday and simply enjoy the moment of peace.

It is worth taking the time to relax and unwind. You will feel better and full of energy. Here is a list of some of my favorite things. I have also included the link to similar options, as the ones I have were purchased months ago and probably are no longer in stock.

 

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50-Light Clear String-to-String Lights on White Wire from Home Depot

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Accents-Holiday-50-Light-Clear-String-to-String-Lights-on-White-Wire-TOL-50LA-CW/202755609

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Woolen socks are from H&M but I found similar ones on Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/WowFoot-Womens-warmer-Winter-Leggings/dp/B01M5EVOMO/ref=sr_1_114?ie=UTF8&qid=1483054194&sr=8-114&keywords=winter%2Bsocks%2Bhigh%2Bknee&th=1

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My mug was from TJ Max but there are a few on Amazon.com as well. Much pricier than mine, at $23 but I suggest going to TJ Max, they always have a ton of cute mugs.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_2?rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Alight+blue+mug&page=2&keywords=light+blue+mug&ie=UTF8&qid=1483053649&spIA=B01FWIHMLO,B01G5JDDA8,B01M5HVAUL,B01AZ9KGBI

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My blanket is from Bed Bath and Beyond. It is two sided and I love the fluffy white side. They are about $39.99 each.

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/category/home-decor/decorative-accessories/blankets-throws/12161/

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