Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Birthday Spa at Home with Boohoo + Soap & Glory

Hello, lovely Lotuses! I'm so happy because I just celebrated my birthday and I had an amazing fun-filled weekend with my husband and my friends who came to visit from Puerto Rico. We showed them around town and drove to Fredericksburg, Texas' very own Wine Country. After an intense weekend of going to so many places, eating good food and enjoying libations, I found myself kind of drained, so I needed a "Treat Yourself Day" on Monday, the actual birthday. After sleeping in, I gave myself a spa experience, thanks to the spa care package I received from Soap & Glory and Boohoo.com. Summer is upon us and I just need to really take care of my skin. I wanna be able to wear that super cute swimsuit from Boohoo, but first my skin needs to be on point. First, I started my day by drinking two glasses of water. Then I went straight to the under eye masks. Believe me, I needed them. While they worked their magic, I tried the Body Butter and Hand Food. I suffer from severely dry hands, and this cream is amazing! They hydrate without leaving any greasy feeling, and it smells so good! After washing my face, I tried the 365 Moisture Lotion. I like it because it can be used for Day/Night, it smells incredible and it has Bio Peptides, which is all the rage in skin care. I was also delighted to find that Soap & Glory products can be found at Target, where I basically half a day finding fun decor for my Summer "home revamp". My care package was chock full of fab products for my Sunday Spa Days, so I'll definitely be using them throughout the rest of Spring through the Summertime. 





In this post:
Swimsuit & Makeup Bag: Boohoo
Hat: Marshalls
Pillows & Throw Blanket: Target
Necklaces: Rocksbox (Special Code JEANELLYBFF)

*This post is a collaboration with Boohoo and Soap & Glory. I received free merchandise in exchange for the post, but all opinions are my own.*

Friday, April 14, 2017

Lunch at Pharm Table

Happy Friday, loves! In my quest for healthy food options, knowing that I can't always bring lunch to work from home, I have found the most amazing café close to my downtown office. I actually learned about Pharm Table online, via Instagram through my foodie friends' pics. I was elated when I found that they were part of Uber Eats, so I ordered my first meal from them about 2 weeks ago. I tried the Quinoa Pizza, and it was delicious! So, when I had a meeting at our downtown office, I looked up to see what healthy restaurants were around, and what'll you know, Pharm Table was a 5 minute walk from there! Pharm Table offers weekly meal plans for your vegan, high protein, low carb, or cleansing needs. They also have delicious desserts like their vegan cashew "cheesecake" and chocolate truffles. They treat food like medicine, as it should be and it's all packed with flavor. From soups, to salads, to pizza and ceviche, they offer a wide variety of delicious healthy foods, all sourced from local farms.  For lunch, I had the zucchini soup and the ceviche with organic sweet potato mash, which is served on Thursdays and Fridays. They serve the food in interesting plates and bowls and all the tableware is sustainable, zero disposable plastics. I have to say, I really enjoyed my dining experience with them. Just really amazing, feel good, delicious food.






Quinoa pizza with shredded chicken. Ordered via Uber Eats.


Ceviche is served on Thursdays and Fridays

Monday, April 10, 2017

Inside the Dressing Room: Versona


Spring is finally in full Bloom and it's definitely time to update our wardrobe for the upcoming months. I had the opportunity to preview the 2017 Spring Collection at the Versona store at Huebner Oaks Mall. It was my first time visiting the store, I'd driven by it many times, but hadn't had the chance to step inside until now. I was surprised to see how big the store is and how much apparel they had! I honestly thought it was strictly accessories, but as it turns out, you can leave the store with you entire outfit from head to toe. The have clothing that takes you from the office, to happy hour, even for the weekend! They specialize in accessories and jewelry, also including shoes, bags, sunglasses, active wear and fun gift sets. It really is a one stop shop! What I loved the most about it was the prices. They are really affordable with dresses ranging in the $40 mark, and even sale prices starting at $11.99 (I LOVE a good sale!) and beautiful jewelry pieces that don't go higher that $45. I tried on pieces from the 2017 Spring Lookbook and loved so many pieces, that it made it really difficult to select what I was going to keep, but I know I'll definitely be coming back soon for more! Here's what I tried on.


Cutout Mock Neck Shift Dress
Haloed Filigree Earring
Seamed Ankle Pant
Belted Wrap Peplum Tank , Strappy Block Heel Sandals
Plunge Neck Ponte Top , Herringbone Linen Wide Leg Pants , Mixed Fabric Choker
Ruffled Asymmetrical Skimmer Top , Layered Chain Choker & Pleated Floral A-Line Skirt
Pleated Asymmetrical Peplum Top, Flower Clister Bib Necklace, Distressed Girlfriend Jeans, Textured Woven Strapped Shoeties
Glitter Speckled Tee, Distressed Girlfriend Jeans, Mixed Media Moto Jacket,
Graphic Polka Dot High-Low Top, White Distressed Girlfriend Jeans
Which pieces do you think I took home?! 

*Post is sponsored by Versona. Compensation was provided towards the purchase of products. All opinions are my own.*

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Boho Spring by JustFab

Hello my lovely lotuses! Happy Spring! It's such a wonderful feeling to bring out cute dresses and transition from your Winter wear. I received this fabulous Embroidered Shift Dress from JustFab and it was perfect for my brunch with the San Antonio Fashion Society at the newest hotspot in town, Chisme. I was on trend with the off-shoulder look and embroidered sleeves and, most important, I was really comfortable. The day was a bit chillier than I expected, but I ended up draping a blanket scarf by the end of the day. I wanted to tell you guys about the latest service that JustFab has recently launched with the Personal Stylist! You don't necessarily have to do anything else with your current subscription because you get an assigned stylist that curates some great looks for and it's available for purchase right in your showroom. But if you DO want to receive a curated wardrobe every month as part of a subscription package, you can do that as well. You complete your style profile and they send you a curated box with a complete outfit. They charge the $20.00 styling fee once your first box is on the way - but you get it back. The styling fee is applied to your order when you keep $20.00 worth or more - that nearly covers the first item you keep! I just completed my profile and now waiting for my first PS by JustFab Box! I'll film an unboxing for you as soon as I get it. Can't wait!







What I wore:
Embroidered Shift Dress - JustFab (Click to receive a discount on our first order)
Boots - JustFab
Jewelry: Rocksbox
Hat: Target

Friday, March 17, 2017

VoxBox Review: Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet

Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody! So, I received new complimentary makeup products from Burberry via Influenster to test out and I was so excited to try them! Full sized gorgeous colored lippies from the Liquid Lip Velvet line and was immediately in love! In the Voxbox I received 2 lip colors (Fawn No. 05 and Bright Plum No. 49), a lip definer in Bright Plum No. 07, the Highlighting Luminous Pen in Nude Radiance No. 01 and a sharpener. Of course I tried on the lip color closest to nude, the Fawn, because it's my go to look. I was so surprised at how smooth it went on and it never dried or chapped my lips. These colors are matte and never dry! Yes!! Finally!! Later on I tried the Bright Plum, which was a beautiful color, same velvety texture, but even with the lip definer, by the end of the day it had bled over my lips and was difficult to correct. I would recommend using a concealer around the lips after applying the lip color and maybe even sealing it with some translucent powder. Overall, I liked the feel and colors, but definitely be aware of possibly having to reapply after a few hours.

Feliz Día de San Patricio! Pues recibí unos productos gratuitos de Burberry a través de Influenster para probar y estaba super contenta cuando abrí la caja! Eran maquillajes en tamaño regular de la nueva línea Liquid Lip Velvet, y los labiales estaban bellísimos! El Voxbox trajo 2 labiales (Fawn No. 05 y Bright Plum No. 49), un lápiz para definir en Bright Plum No. 07, un Highlighter en Nude Radiance No. 01 y un sacapuntas. Claro que probé el más neutral primero porque es mi estilo, el Fawn. Me sorprendí al untármelo y ver lo suave que se siente y no me reseca los labios! Los colores son matte y nunca se secan! Si! Por fin!! Luego probé el Bright Plum, el cual es un color hermoso, con la misma textura casi como gamuza, pero aún habiendo usado el lápiz para definir, el color se había corrido por encima de los labios luego de unas horas y fue difícil de corregir. Yo recomiendo usar un concealer alrededor de los labios luego de aplicar el color y tal vez un polvo translúcido para sellar. En general, me encantan los colores, pero muy consciente de que hay que reaplicar al transcurrir el día.


Swatches

Liquid Lip Velvet Bright Plum No. 49 & Lip Definer in Bright Plum No. 07

Liquid Lip Velvet Fawn No. 05

*Burberry Products were provided as a complimentary gift from Influenster.com with the purpose of reviewing. All opinions are honest and my own.*

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day with Global Purpose


Happy International Women's Day! For this post, I've partnered with Global Purpose, an ethical sourcing company, helping brands find ways to operate more sustainably and humanely. I'm wearing a gorgeous beaded scarf and necklace by one of their partners, Village Artisan, all made by women in India. 

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. For specific details, please visit the website at www.internationalwomensday.com. Now, for me, every day is Women's Day. I strongly believe that we need to stand up, be heard, and fight for our rights. My fight is a peaceful one. My goal is to spread a message of peace and non-violence. Gender violence, reproductive rights and the wage gap are but a few aspects for which I actively advocate, but fair-trade for  artisans and workers around the world is very near to my heart. I've spoken about Fair Trade Fashion before, and it's extremely important to me because it not only does it empower the workers, while ensuring fair pay and safe conditions, but the ethical way in which the clothing/jewelry is made also focuses on environmentally safe practices. 

I'd like to share the different ways I was able to style this beautiful, handcrafted, beaded scarf. Each scarf is created from hand picked vintage saris and lovingly hand stitched.

1. Cape


2. Modern Sari


3. Infinity Scarf 


4. Show That Back


The Village Artisan Family, part of Global Purpose, with these pieces, has a mission of sharing the story of the artisan women of North India, whose hearts and dreams are carried within these pieces. Their story is on of HOPE, DIGNITY, and EMPOWERMENT that comes from the opportunity to be trained at a skill and to work at a fair wage in a caring community.



All of Global Purpose’s brand partners are currently sold in Texas HEB Blooms departments.