Thursday, January 19, 2017

IGK Hair Product Review with VoxBox



I recently received my first VoxBox from Influenster and was so happy to know that it was haircare! I'm constantly looking for the next best thing when it comes to my hair. They sent me IGK Haircare products to review, and here's the verdict. I immediately go for the scent, so the first thing I did was smell it all, it was so delicious! The packaging definitely impressed me. I love how cute it is and how it's all dedicated to a different city, like New York, Miami and Los Angeles. The first thing I tried was the Smoke & Mirrors Conditioning Cleansing Oil. I normally do a co-wash or cleansing conditioner between washes, but I had stopped because it was weighing my hair down, but this particular product was creamy, but light. It left my hair very soft and I barely even needed product after using it. I love it! Then I tried the Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel. Now this I was super skeptical about because I don't use gel; I use styling creams on my curls. I was extremely surprised to see that the consistency is not a gel at all, it's actually creamy! It doesn't leave my hair with a wet look or crunchy, but after using it several times, my hair started to look weighed down, and I'm all about the volume. I'm thinking of using the gel on 2nd day hair or when I straighten it and want a tousled look to see what it does for me. The final product I used was the Beach Club Texture Spray. I used to think that this type of product would never be for hair like mine because they desired look with it is beach waves and I'm a 3C curl type, ain't no beach waves over here, haha! But, my stylist once use a sea salt spray on my roots and I had the most incredible volume! So, I tried the Texture Spray on my roots, avoiding the rest of my hair to avoid dryness and it was amazing after I blow-dried with the diffuser. 
I feel like these products aren't necessarily made for my type of hair, but I made them work, and I'm seriously loving the results!
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Recientemente recibí productos en mi primer VoxBox a través de Influenster. Me dio tanta alegría encontrar productos de cuidado de cabello! Siempre ando en busca de lo más nuevo para mi cabello y recibí 3 productos de IGK Haircare para probar y he aquí el veredicto. Lo primero que hago siempre es oler mis productos y que deleite con estos 3! Me gustó mucho el empaque, le dedican cada producto a una ciudad diferente como Nueva York, Miami y Los Angeles. Lo primero que probé fue el Smoke & Mirrors Conditioning Cleansing Oil. Normalmente utilizo un acondicionador/limpiador entre lavados, pero los dejé de usar porque me estaba tumbando los rizos. Este producto es cremoso, pero liviano. Me dejó el cabello tan suave que apenas necesitaba productos de estilo! Luego utilicé el Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel. Con este producto estaba un poco escéptica, puesto que yo nunca utilizo gels, sino que productos a base de cremas. Me sorprendió encontrar que la consistencia es cremosa y nada como un gel! Lo único que después de varias veces de usarlo, mi volumen comenzó a bajar, así que probablemente lo use al segundo día de lavarme el cabello. Por último, probé el Beach Club Texture Spray. Érase una vez que pensaba que este tipo de producto nunca sería para mis rizos de textura 3C, hasta que mi estilista lo utilizó en mis raíces para darme volumen. Probé el spray en mis raíces, sin tocar el resto para evitar resequedad y quedó super voluminoso luego de secarme con el difusor. 
En parte, siento que estos productos no son necesariamente para mi tipo de cabello rizado, pero logré hacer que funcionaran para mi y me encantan los resultados!


*This post is sponsored via Influenster. I received the IGK products as a gift in order to provide my honest opinion*

Friday, January 13, 2017

2nd Annual San Antonio Fashion Awards

Hi, loves! Happy New Year! I hope you've all had an amazing Holiday Season! I've been on a much needed, long vacation in Puerto Rico. I wanted to talk about one of the most unforgettable experiences I had in 2016. Today, I'm sharing my experience at the 2nd Annual San Antonio Fashion Awards! As part of the amazing Style Lush TV team, we started preparing for the Award show early in the year. As the date approached, we got more and more excited, securing the venue at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts, performances, nominees, presenters, sponsors, etc. A month away from the show date, I secured our glam squad with Smooth Lines Salon & Spa and fabulous designer, Geeda Jones of Geeda. J Fashion, was set to make my custom dress. I was inspired by Cate Blanchett's 2016 Oscar's dress, so Geeda designed a gorgeous lace off-the-shoulder mermaid gown. I wanted a color that was different from the typical Fall colors, so we went for this turquoise. We're both from the Caribbean, so it reminded us of the sea! The lining was midnight blue, keeping with the Fall trend. Our jewelry was custom made by incredibly talented jewelry designer, Priscilla Martinez-Gamer, for her latest collection for Joyarte Couture Jewelry. I felt fabulous while working as the Red Carpet correspondent for Style Lush TV. Our glam squad was amazing and we just felt like movie stars! I'm already thinking of what I wear for the 2017 Awards, but still dreaming of this magical night last October!

Hola amores! Feliz Año Nuevo! Espero que hayan pasado unas muy felices Pascuas! He estado de vacaciones largas y muy necesarias en Puerto Rico. Les quería contar sobre una de las experiencias inolvidables que tuve en el 2016, el 2do San Antonio Fashion Awards. Como parte del equipo de Style Lush TV, comenzamos a prepararnos a principios de año. Mientras se acercaba la fecha, nos emocionábamos más y más cuando aseguramos el local en el Tobin Center of Performing Arts, el entretenimiento, nominadxs, presentadores, auspicios, etc. A un mes de la fecha del espectáculo, aseguré quien nos iba a realizar el maquillaje y peinados con Smooth Lines Salon & Spa, y confirmé la confección de mi traje con una diseñadora fabulosa, Geeda Jones de Geeda. J Fashion. Yo estuve inspirada con el vestido de Cate Blanchett de los Premios Oscar 2016, así que Geeda diseñó un traje de encajes con los hombros expuestos y cola de sirena. Quería un color diferente a los típicos de Otoño y como la diseñadora y yo ambas somos caribeñas, decidimos por un color turquesa porque nos recordaba al mar. El interior era en azul medianoche, manteniéndonos con la tendencia de Otoño. Esa noche, mientras trabajaba como corresponsal de Style Lush TV para la alfombra roja, me sentí tan fabulosa! Nuestro equipo de belleza se esmeró esa noche, haciéndonos sentir como estrellas de Hollywood! Ya estoy pensando en mi look del próximo evento a finales del 2017, pero aún no he bajado de la nube de esta noche tan mágica en Octubre!


With Sharon Batchelor of Ken Batchelor Cadillac

With Style Lush TV Business Manager, Erica Torres, wearing José Ramirez.


Style Lush TV Team - Left to right: (Erica Torres, me, Burgundy Woods and  Stefanie Martinez) Below: Michael Quintanilla (Fashion Guru and Award Show Emcee)



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Adventures in Mexico City

I've been in Mexico City for quite a while now. My husband came to town to visit me and we had a super touristy weekend! We visited the Historic downtown, went to the most visited areas and even discovered a very cool street lined with beautiful murals. The art and culture we experienced in the center were absolutely beautiful. We visited the Palacio Nacional, the beautiful Cathedral, had lunch at the rooftop of the Zócalo Central Hotel, which overlooks the central plaza, and afterwards we checked out the Museum. We visited a few other places, but I'll save that for my next post!

Ya llevo un tiempo en Cuidad México. Mi esposo vino de visita y tuvimos un super fin de semana de turistas! Visitamos al Centro Histórico, fuimos a las atracciones más visitadas y hasta descubrimos una joya escondida con murales artísticos. El arte y la cultura que vimos fueron absolutamente hermosos! Visitamos al Palacio Nacional, la bella Catedral Metropolitano, almorzamos en el restaurant de Hotel Central del Zócalo, en donde se puede ver todo en centro y luego fuimos al museo. Fuimos a otros lugares en Ciudad de México, pero ya lo dejaré para otro artículo!

Palacio Nacional

Catedral Metropolitana





Hubby posed for me for the first time!



Top by local Mexican artisan. Ring by local jeweler.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Chunky Sweater in Asheville

My recent trip to Asheville, North Carolina left me in love with the town. Recently named one out 15 small towns to visit by Condè Nast, it did not disappoint. Home of the Biltmore Estate, the largest mansion in the U.S., built by American Royalty, the Vanderbilts, the entire town seems to be stuck in a period of time with the beautiful Victorian and Tudor style homes along tree lined streets. I visited the Grand Bohemian Hotel, a breath-taking old world style hotel in the heart of the historic Biltmore Village. It was a bit cold out so I indulged in a delicious apple cider sangria at the Red Stag Grill Bar. The rich wood details and opulent chandeliers make the experience so exquisite! In the downtown area, the city was bustling with people from one restaurant to the next. I tried to get a seat in a small Tapas Bar, but the wait was ONE HOUR for bar seating, it's that good... So, I moved along to the next and found a beautifully lit, romantic spot (for one) called Rhubarb. I sat on the deck and was delighted by children playing amazing folk and popular music. Crowds would hover over them, amazed at their talent and throwing money into their instrument cases. The food was spectacular! I little on the pricey side, but soo worth every penny. 
Traveling alone has allowed me to learn so much about myself. I truly appreciate the time I spend with myself. Don't get me wrong, I love traveling and discovering with my husband, family and friends, but there is something so special about solo travel. I savor every moment, stay an extra long time in one single location, and appreciate the beauty in the little things.

Mi viaje reciente a Asheville, North Carolina me ha dejado enamorada del pueblo. Nombrado como una de las Mejores 15 pueblos pequeños en EEUU por la revista Condé Nast, no me decepcionó en lo mínimo. El Biltmore Estate se encuentra en el corazón del pueblo y fue construida por una de las familias más ricas en EEUU, los Vanderbilt. El pueblo entero parece estar detenido en el tiempo, con las casas Victorianas y estilo Tudor en las calles rodeadas de arboles. Logré visitar el Grand Bohemian Hotel, construida al estilo del Viejo Mundo en el corazón del Biltmore Village. Hacía un poco de frío, así que entré al bar del Red Stag Grill dentro del hotel para una deliciosa sangría de cidra de manzana. Dentro del hotel, los detalles de madera oscura y los candelabros opulentes hacen que la visita sea una experiencia exquisita. En el downtown de Asheville, la gente andaba de lugar en lugar, hay muchos restaurantes y estaba todo super lleno! Traté de conseguir una asiento en un bar de tapas, pero la espera era mas de UNA HORA, para la barra! Así que me di vuelta y caí en un restaurante muy bello llamado Rhubarb. Es un lugar muy romántico, aunque andaba sola, me lo disfruté. Me senté en el patio que daba para la calle, en donde unos niños cantaban música folklórica y popular. La gente los rodeaba disfrutando de su talento mientras les ponían dinero. La comida estaba divina! Un poco caro, pero valió cada centavo!
Viajar sola me ha dado el espacio para aprender mucho sobre mi. Realmente aprecio pasar tiempo sola. No me malinterpreten, me encanta viajar con mi esposo, mis familia y amistades, pero hay algo muy especial en viajar sol@. Me difruto cada momento, tomo tiempo adicional en un solo lugar y disfruto de la belleza de estos lugates.





What I wore/ Llevaba puesto:
Sweater: Michael Kors 
Jeans: Joe's Jeans
Boots: ShoeDazzle
Bag: Neiman Marcus:
Blanket Scarf: Apricot Lane

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bell Sleeves and Lace

Hi everybody! I don't know about you, but I've had an emotionally draining week with all this election craziness here in the U.S., but I intend to spread as much positivity as possible. Let's talk about something else, for a change. Let's talk about bell sleeves! I'm so in love with this trend this season. It may be a throwback to the 70's, but so much more! This Zelle Boutique top in Dusty Rose has been on rotation in my closet these days. I paired it with a lace skirt, which sold out immediately! 

Hola a tod@s! No sé ustedes, peri yo he tenido una semana muy fuerte con todo esto de las elecciones aquí en Estados Unidos, pero mis intenciones son responder con mucho positivismo. Quiero cambiar el tema. Hablemos de de las mangas de campana! Me encanta este estilo de la temporada! Es como un estilo de los 70's, pero mucho mejor. Esta blusa de Zelle Boutique está en rotación en mi closet últimamente. Lo combiné con esta falda de encajes que se vendió inmediatemente!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fall Transition

Hello, loves! Can you believe it's already November?! This year has gone way too fast, at least it feels that way to me, especially because of all the work and travel. I've been so excited for Fall, but it seems like the South hasn't received the memo. It's been so warm, it's surpassing records! So, I prepared a great Fall look with Zelle Boutique that can easily transition into Fall weather when the temps drop in the evenings. This shift dress is perfect with the Fall colors and under lining. It can be worn with sandals or booties for sure. In both looks I prepared I decided to so with booties, but for my daytime look I went without any layers. For my evening look, I switched up the booties and added the leather jacket (which as of now is lost because I left it on the plane on my way back to work in Tennessee! Fingers crossed that the airline is able to return it to me!). This dress is super versatile, it can also be belted for a more figure forming look.

Hola, amores! Pueden creer que ya estamos en Noviembre?? Este año ha pasado demasiado rápido! Por lo menos, así se siente para mi debido al exceso de trabajo y viajes. He estado bien ansiosa por la llegada de otoño, pero parece que el Sur no ha recibido el mensaje. Ha estado demasiado cálido, hasta ha superado récords! Así, que preparé este look de transición junto a Zelle Boutique que se puede llevar en otoño desde templado hasta un poco más frío por las noches. Este trajecito es perfecto, pues tiene los colores de la temporada y tiene una capa protectora debajo. Se puede combinar con sandalias o botines, de seguro. En ambos looks que preparé, decidí usar botines, pero para de día no llevé capas. Para mi look nocturno, cambié las botas y opté por llevar una chaqueta de cuero (el cual al momento está perdido porque lo dejé en el avión en mi último vuelo de regreso a trabajar en Tennessee. Dedos cruzados para que la aerolínea me lo devuelva!). Este traje es super versátil, también se puede añadir una correa para demostrar la figura.






What I wore / Llevaba puesto:
Dress, sunnies & jewelry: Zelle Boutique
First look booties: Shoedazzle
Second look: Booties and Bag: JustFab
Leather Jacker: Andrew Marc (found at Ross)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Champagne Stroll with OPEN Downtown Pop Up Shops

Hi loves! A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to co-host an event with my good friend Christina Ochoa, entrepreneur, blogger and founder of The Social Butterfly Gal. We had this fabulous idea to lead a Champagne Stroll in the beautiful historical area of La Villita, right after one of our favorite boutiques, Zelle Boutique, opened a long term pop shop in the shopping village with OPEN Downtown Pop Ups SA. This organization finds unused spaces in the city and rents them out to local shops for a 90 day period maximum in an effort to drive traffic to the area, so potential investors how the spaces can be used and of course create awareness of these wonderful local shops that don't have a storefront, but mostly run online or on social media. We thought, well there are about 5 shops with the program open in La Villita, why don't we host a fun event to hit them all up in one night?! And so we did! We were able to partner with OPEN and host the Champagne Stroll as a blogger event, because who more than us will make proper use of our social media influence to bring awareness to the amazing shops in the program! I mean, we DO love shopping! We had a blast! We visited Zelle Boutique, Bird & Pear, B.Link, Capistrano Soap Co. and Indigo Makers Collective. Each shop offered us champagne, cocktails and treats and an exclusive look into their collections while we played a fun social media driven Scavenger Hunt. It was so much fun! Definitely looking into hosting more events like this in the future.
First Stop: Zell Boutique
Next Stop: Capistrano Soap Co.
Next Stop: Bird & Pear
Next Stop: B.Link

Christina and I at the last stop, Indigo Makers Collective. All shiny after running around, lol.

*Special thank you to OPEN Downtown Pop Ups SA for sponsoring this event!*