Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer in the Texas Hill Country

Hello, lovely lotuses! Last week, I took the week off acting as tour guide showing around my brother in law who came to visit us from Puerto Rico. We went everywhere! We took them all around downtown, from the Alamo, to the Tower of Americas and the Riverwalk. We went tubing down the Comal, a brief dessert on the Lake in Austin and, of course, Fredericksburg. This quaint German town has completely stolen my heart and I take every chance I get to visit. Anytime a family member comes to visit, we take them and they fall in love, too. Only 1.5 hours away from San Antonio, this town in the Texas Hill Country is home to all of the best Texas wineries, including my all time favorite, Grape Creek Vineyards. Relaxing on the deck, sipping wine with soothing music playing in the background is my absolute favorite pastime. We took our guests on a Tuesday afternoon, with a picnic basket filled with delicious cheeses, french bread, charcuterie and spreads. It was lovely! Perfect Summer staycation in Texas!

Hola mis hermosas flores de loto! La semana pasada me tomé la semana de vacaciones y actuamos como guía turístico con mi cuñado quien nos vino a visitar de Puerto Rico. Fuimos a todas partes! Los llevamos por todo San Antonio desde el Alamo, hasta la Torre de las Américas y el Riverwalk. Flotamos por el Río Comal, comimos postre frente al lago en Austin, y no faltaba la visita a Fredericksburg. Este lindo pueblo Alemán se ha robado mi corazón y tomo cualquier oportunidad de ir a visitar. Cada vez que cualquier familiar nos viene a visitar, los llevamos y se enamoran también. A tan solo una hora y media de San Antonio, este pueblo en Texas es el hogar de los mejores viñedos en Texas, incluyendo  mi favorito, Grapecreek Vineyards. Pasar una tarde en la terraza con un vinito y música relajante es mi pasatiempo favorito. Llevamos a nuestros invitados un Martes por la tarde, con una canasta llena de quesos, jamones ibéricos, pan francés y más. Fue una delicia! Unas vacaciones perfectas en Texas!







I'd like to take a moment to make a request. If you can take a quick moment to click on the link under photo below and nominate me for Blogger of the Year for the 2017 San Antonio Fashion Awards. I've been blogging close to 4 years now, and it has been so much fun showing you guys my outfits, part of my fitness journey and travel adventures. I appreciate you all taking the time to stop by my blog and following along with me. Thank you all so much!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Little Red Vest for Summer Layers

So, it's hot as Hades, but you still love to layer? May I suggest the moto vest? I love layering because it adds dimension to my look, a pop of color and it just looks cool. This vest is from JustFab and it's a vegan leather, fun filled item that turned my old off the shoulder Miami tunic, into the coolest look ever! The vest is a moto style so the zipper and belt tie add an edge to my look. I love the way the shoulders just peek through between the top and the vest. What do you think about layering in the Summer?

Bueno, hace un calor infernal, y aún así te gustan las capas? Les puedo sugerir un jacket sin mangas? A mi me gusta el efecto de las capas porque le añade dimensión a mi look, a veces es un buen toque de color y para mi se ve cool! Utilicé este jacket de JustFab para convertir esta camisa vieja de Miami en el atuendo más chulo! El jacket es estilo moto así que el zipper y la correa conectada le dan un toque más atrevido. Me encanta como sale un poco de mis hombros entre la camisa y el jacket. Que creen ustedes sobre usar capas durante el Verano?








What I wore / Llevaba puesto:

Top: South Beach Tunic from a touristy shop in South Beach, Miami (lol)
Jeans: H&M
Vest & Shoes: JustFab
Bracelet: Stella & Dot

*I am a JustFab Ambassador. I received the vest for free to try on and show how to style it. All opinions are my own.*

Monday, July 3, 2017

Fourth of July Weekend Look & How I Learned to Master My Time


Hi, loves! Hope you've had a wonderful 4th of July Weekend! I recently went to Houston for a weekend getaway and we ended up going to the Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston. It was such a lovely day! I wore this striped romper with pom pom details from my previous PS by JustFab box on that super hot and humid day. As comfortable as it was, I still had like a gallon of sweat dripping down my back, but I endured thanks to the tons of water I drank.

I planned that trip with my husband about 2 days prior to driving to Houston because I found out that some of his friends from Puerto Rico were there. In a rare occurrence, the stars aligned and we both had the ability to take off for the weekend! Let me give you a quick explanation as to why this is such a rarity in my life. I have a full time corporate job at AT&T, I also work as a Style Contributor/ Field Manager/ Film Editor/ Creative Director/ Show Host with Style Lush TV. I'm also a Young Women's Division Leader for the San Antonio Region with the Soka Gakkai Intl., a lay Buddhist Organization, I'm married and have an active social life, aside from running my blog. Busy doesn't even begin to explain my life. So, I'm sharing my biggest tips if you're feeling overwhelmed with a busy lifestyle.

Kemah Boardwalk, Houston, TX

1. Master Your Time

Last year, during a Buddhist retreat, I received incredible guidance about mastering my time. I've complained about not being able to balance my life, or get enough rest, or even spend enough time with loved ones for so long, that I just had to seek a better way to get that balance. And what I learned was that this so called "balance" is a myth. Instead of trying to "manage" my time, I learned that I need to MASTER it! It's impossible to manage it, as it keeps going regardless of my ability to use it wisely or not. To Master it, I aim to use every minute of my life creating as much value out of it as I can. As soon as I understood this concept, my life has improved so much! 

2. Faith Based Practice

The first thing I do every morning is pray; I chant the Buddhist mantra Nam Myoho Renge Kyo (you may have heard Tina Turner chant this in interviews and if you saw the movie "What's Love Got to Do With It", you heard Angela Bassett in her role as Tina, as well). This mantra allows me to connect myself to my life and helps me unleash my inner most potential. As I do this, I self reflect and understand how I can become unshakably happy. You can use prayer, meditation or mindfulness, yourself. I'm not trying to convince anyone that this is the only answer for you, but it's what works for me.

3. Live in the Moment

I learned to be 100% in the moment and make use of my time with value. I realized the importance of giving 100% of my attention during every single activity I do, whether it's work, spending time with my husband, religious activities and mentoring young women or even relaxing. During that time, I don't multi-task, try not to look at my phone or even think about what I'm going to do next. That way, whatever I'm doing is enjoyed to the fullest.

4. It's ok to say No

I've learned to say no. So many people think that I'm everywhere and do everything, but it's not the truth. I've even had people tell me things like "Well, it looks like you have the time to do this or that." and I just laughed uncontrollably because I don't. What IS true is that I sometimes have to say no to certain things. I weigh my answer by considering how much value I can obtain or contribute by attending certain activities. If another activity, or my relationship or my inner peace is at stake, then I politely decline. I do have commitments that I keep, especially if I've committed to being there ahead of time. Sometimes, I'll stop by an event right after work on my way home, I'll take a few pics and leave 30 minutes later. 

5. Share Your Calendar

I share my calendar with my husband so that he knows to plan around that. Now, if an impromptu trip comes around and I need to move a few things I had agreed to do but aren't crucial, then I can do that, too. 

6. Value Your "Me" Time

It's not like I only do things for everybody else. It's also important for me to relax. I try to take a day out of the week to relax, have a glass of wine, and have a home spa day. Even if it's putting on a hair mask or face mask, that time is all mine. I also plan my week ahead so I can attend my fitness classes at InBalance. That hour every day, is all about me and my fitness goals.






Romper and sandals from JustFab
Bag from Stella & Dot

Why am I sharing this with you all? Because I'm so much happier since I started doing this. Hopefully some of these tips work for you, as well! 

Do you have a tip on how you make the best of your time? Go ahead and share in the comments!

If you're curious about Buddhism, you can and SGI Center near you on www.sgi-usa.org