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Packing for SXSW with Cafe Bustelo

March 16, 2017

Getting ready to hit the road again this month, but this time Natalie and I aren’t going too far. Just back to one of our favorite American cities, Austin, Texas. We will be there to support Cafe Bustelo, who is one of the sponsors of the Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake from March 16-18th. This stage is one of the biggest stages at SXSW.

Cafe Bustelo activation hours:
 Thursday, March 16th: 4-10pm
Friday, March 17th: 4-10pm
Saturday, March 18th: 11am-7pm

For access to this stage, you just have to sign-up for a wrist band HERE.

Natalie and I will be hanging out at the Cafe Bustelo tent during SXSW on Friday, the 17th in the evening. Make sure to stop by during the above times March 16-18th to take advantage of the charging stations, free Cafe Bustelo samples, photo booth and tons of other games and giveaways. Nat and I will also be showing you our favorites from the bands performing that day at the Outdoor Stage. We’ll also be giving you a peek into our favorite things to do when we are in Austin, Texas. The food, the music, the people . . . SXSW is one of the most crazy and fun weeks in Austin, so get ready! 

SXSW is probably the easiest music festival to pack for. Mostly because Austin is so chill, and the scene is much more laid back than Coachella. Not to mention, the weather is always reliably warm. It’s always sunny in Austin. Denim and lots more of denim. Easy little dresses under denim jackets. Western hats, why not?! Boots. Sunglasses are always key, of course. My trusty camera. Natalie and I are also packing our Cafe Bustelo for the road because we are always up early and to bed late during SXSW. There’s so much to see and do, it nearly seems impossible to fit everything in . . . but somehow we always manage to do so. 

Hope to see some of you in Austin. Once again, sign-up HERE to get access to the SXSW Outdoor Stage. It’s going to be a good time, ya’ll.  

Thank you to Cafe Bustelo for sponsoring this post.

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Plaza del Mercado, San Juan

April 7, 2015
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Gypsy 05 top // SHOP SIMILAR
Mango shorts // SHOP SIMILAR
Vintage belt
Vintage Salvatore Ferragamo sandals // SHOP SIMILAR
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One of my favorite places we checked out in San Juan was the Plaza del Mercado (La Placita) in the Santurce neighborhood. I think I love it the most because it’s where the locals come out to party, and you really get a sense of what Puerto Rican culture is all about! The plaza is marked by a colorful central marketplace that is open during the day and filled with fresh, local produce, including an endless amount of plantains ready to be fried up into something delicious and authentically Puerto Rican. By nighttime, and especially on Thursdays through Sundays, the restaurants and bars surrounding the marketplace really come to life and the streets turns boisterous. Puerto Rican music coming from one side, hip hop blasting from another, and everything mixes together into one amazing dance party. Grandparents, babies, teenagers, hipsters . . . everyone gathers together and does their thing. Rum is flowing and apparently the best mojito in San Juan is made right outside the marketplace. I tried one, and I actually do think it was one of the best ones I’ve ever had. Refreshing and not too sweet. People watching is the best here. I really wished I brought my camera out the night we visited, but I left it at the hotel, or else I’d have more to show from our night out in Santurce (but I have some phone photos to show you guys). But you get the idea. The older generations were couples-dancing in a bar right next door to one where the young were flirting with each other in tank tops and backwards hats. It all brought a smile to my face. Totally affordable, but if you want something fancier they have that, too! Loud . . . all the reason to dance in the streets under the lights. And friendly! I found the locals in Puerto Rico to be some of the most genial in all my travels so far. And of course they are, with the weather and the food, what is there to complain about?
Make sure to try out drinks and traditional Cuban food at ASERE! The upstairs is made up in a gorgeous speak-easy style with green velvet chairs and a sexy ambiance. It totally brings back to life Cuba in the 1950’s, a place and time I am absolutely obsessed with! The patio on the second floor overlooks the plaza, as well, which just adds to the atmosphere. 
By the way, we shot these nature shots in the park behind the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico. Full of bamboo and green all around, it was a nice little break from the city that day. 

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New Color with Vidal Sassoon Salonist

March 18, 2015

And here you are guys! My fresh, new and DARKER color thanks to the new Vidal Sassoon Salonist Permanent At-Home Colour. And guess what?! I did it all myself. I haven’t colored my own hair in years, especially since it always ended up with me having too much of that brassy undertone that I hate so much. I recently just got some highlights added at a salon, but I ended up not really digging them as much as I thought I would. I felt like my hair was too light and that the highlights were washing me out. My hair also felt very dry because of the lightening (I felt nearly blonde!!). Not only did I think it was time to give my hair a break from all the bleach, but I also thought it was about time that I took things into my own hands and give a shot at coloring my hair myself!

Because I haven’t done it in so long, the idea of doing it myself was a bit scary at first, but after reading about Vidal Sassoon Salonist’s impeccable two-step process and rave reviews on Amazon.com, it seemed like it couldn’t be that hard at all! I went for the 5/1 Medium Cool Brown color. And I was incredibly happy with the results I got.
The two-step process is quite the game changer, with a treatment for the roots first and then lengths second. Because our roots absorb color differently than the lengths of our hair (our roots are new hair growth and less porous, and therefore need more dye whereas your lengths have been colored before and don’t need as much dye), this two-step process is quite critical! The at-home kit also includes a brush and bowl that aids in achieving professional results for your hair color. I felt like such a pro with just my first stroke of color on my roots. No joke!
I started by using 2/3 of the color cream developer for roots, which I applied by separating my hair into a bunch of equal parts and applying the mixture to each part one by one. Afterwards, I took the remaining mixture in the bowl and added a breakthrough serum that transformed the rest of the color cream into a glaze that I spread throughout the rest of my length. Simple as 1 and 2!

After a little massage to make sure the dye spread through my entire roots and lengths (just 20 minutes to be exact!), I was ready to rinse and unveil my new color. The end result was so natural and multi-dimensional, it was as if I just left the salon. And the process was just so quick and convenient, there really is no reason for me to go back to the salon. I am actually quite looking forward to going maybe another shade darker the next go!

Ready to give Vidal Sassoon Salonist a go of your own? ENTER TO WIN a coupon for a free color kit of your own by telling me why you want to color your hair in the comment section of this blog post. You can also do the same on today’s Instagram post that announces this blog post.

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Vaseline Intensive Care | Cure For Winter Skin

October 21, 2014

Winter is such a burden on our skin, and especially on someone’s as sensitive as mine, which is why I’m getting a head start on prepping my skin for the polar months ahead of us. I grew up with my mother preaching me the positive effects of moisturizing in the winter time, if not all the time! And Vaseline® was always in the bathroom cabinet in our household. It still is! And it still works its magic just as well as it did back in the day, but actually even better thanks to Vaseline® Intensive CareTM – a range of lotions that go beyond basic moisturization to deeply moisturize to heal dry skin. The new line is made up of a very special blend of humectants (to draw water into the skin), and healing micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly (to lock moisture in). Like original Vaseline® Jelly, these micro-droplets are highly refined, and 100% pure. Together, the humectants and Vaseline® Jelly micro-droplets in the lotions work to deliver a range of moisturization needs. I personally prefer the Intensive CareTM Advanced Repair Fragrance Free because I can actually feel it working as soon as I apply it, and my skin feels soft and supple for a long time afterwards. And I go for Fragrance Free because I can make sure that irritation won’t be a problem at all.
Winter is already rough. We don’t need anything else to make it any rougher.  Vaseline® Intensive CareTM will make sure that isn’t a problem. That and a hot cup of cocoa, of course! 
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