Summer Travels: My Tulum Experience

Before Summer ended I wanted to make a little trip and Tulum/Cancun is always a great idea am I right?? The warm turquoise water never gets old, I get to visit my beautiful country and eat all the delicious food I want! What’s not to love…

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During my stay in Cancun I was too tempted to stop by Nizuc Resort & Spa to enjoy their delicious cuisine and beautiful hotel! And I’m so glad I did because the service was truly wonderful and the food well you can see for yourselves…

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I’m still craving it, let’s just say that!! I wasn’t sure what to expect because this hotel is new and I had never been there, but the whole experience was a magical one. It’s a very exclusive resort so you feel like you have the beach all to yourself! Not to mention premium spot by the cabanas, the right ambiance at the restaurant and for all my bloggers out there… no crazy amounts of people behind you while trying to take a photo, you know the struggle haha

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No but all joking aside, I truly loved this place and I would definitely go back! I mean just look at the view of their lounge area…

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PRETTY TOO

After enjoying a few days in Cancun I moved on to Tulum. And of course I could not stop by without going to Coco Tulum. A very beautiful boutique hotel that has the most beautiful cabana like rooms, each with a hammock outside and their lounge/bar area is spectacular!

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They created this relaxing swing-bar like area where I spent my day drinking margaritas, swimming in the ocean and of course like any good blogger… taking tons of photos for my blog! I mean let’s face it, I take hundreds of photos whether I travel or not but this place definitely deserves to be shared with all of you.

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What I wore:

Milla Open Shoulder Romper by Sugar Lips | Sugar Lips Palms Dress | Nevada Pant Stripe by The Bare Road | Waikiki Wrap Dress by XIX Palms | Bambi Bikini by Tacoola | Tassel Earrings by Bauble Bar

This trip was everything I wanted and more and I’m already planing to get more stamps only passport! But as fun as this is, we can’t forget that blogging is my job. So yes it looks like the perfect moment (and in many was it was) but I do go through my creative process to make sure it looks as perfect as possible. Behind every photo there’s hours and hours of work which includes researching the best spots to visit, best photographer to work with (always a challenge when traveling), getting previous authorization to take photos in certain places, making sure you’re portraying the look/product/place in a professional way, then of course going through all the content and start editing! It’s a lot more work than people realize, but so so rewarding. I don’t think I would have it any other way.

Also my boyfriend joined me the second week and I was so happy he did! No matter how beautiful a place is, it’s always a THOUSAND TIMES better if you have company with you and I could not have had anyone better than him!! I did have tons of stuff to get done, so in order to do it all, I put in extra hours, worked my butt off to get most of my content done before he arrived and that way we where able to enjoy our vacation to the fullest and not worry about a thing! Well, except for doing social media updates, Insta-Stories, tweets, Facebook, etc. You other bloggers out there get it, right?? Haha he’s always so supportive of my blogging and I love him so much for it! It really takes a lot to be able to do this and I know that without a support group I would not be able to do any of it. So I’m grateful for that! But for those of you who get overwhelmed trying to tackle everything I have to say just stay organized, stay focused and know that sometimes it’s okay choosing to be in the moment over taking the perfect photo. You have to find the right balance otherwise you will no longer enjoy the job, right? Hope you liked this post! Until next times loves…

xo Erika

Beach Must Haves: Throws, Books, Style and More…

I’ve spent this Summer mostly at the beach! Living in Newport Beach is easy to feel like you’re in permanent vacation, so this year I decided to stay here for the Summer and enjoy my days under the sun! It’s a great way to enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones so I put together a little list of Beach must haves for you to enjoy…

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First thing on my list having the perfect little accent throws to lay on. I love bringing around 4-5 to make the area cozy and never ever leave without my umbrella! I have been collecting these throws from several places, but my favorite Beach Throws are from Serena & Lily  &  Living Spaces . They are beautiful, soft and perfect for the beach!!

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After my beach setting is cute and ready for the day, I take care of sun damage. Being outdoors is great! But I try keeping my face protected from the sun, so I always bring a hat with me. This is one of my favorites, it’s called  The Spencer Boat Hat from Lack Of Color . It does the job great and looks cute with pretty much anything!

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Also I always bring a large beach bag and my favorite this year is hands down the  Jute Bag Original from The Beach People . It fits my entire life and then some more! I swear it’s the most comfortable bag to bring to the beach and I love the simple and beautiful design. Also, it was very affordable so that’s always a plus <3

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And now let’s talk reading material! Having a book around for those days at the beach is definitely a must in my list. Whether it’s an old favorite or a new author, I always bring one with me.

º These are for the Fashion lovers:

  1. Lately I’ve been enjoying Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar. It’s an easy and fun read that takes you through the journey POPSUGAR‘s founder. Cool right?! I personally love reading about people’s success stories, how they built their empire and made a name for themselves in the fashion industry and if this is you too, then this book is for you!
  2. Another book I’ve been into this Summer is The Cool Factor by Andrea Linett. It’s more of a Style Guide for the woman who loves mixing timeless pieces with strategic layering and seasonal accents. It’s basically your older sister giving you the ultimate Style and Beauty secrets you always wanted to learn! It’s beautifully curated and fun book to have for those lazy Summer afternoons.

º For some healthy Girl Power:

  1. There’s this Photography book that I recently discovered called Strong Is The New Pretty: A Celebration Of Girls Being Themselves. And let me tell you it’s become one of my favorites!! It portrays these beautiful, talented, strong and creative girls from all over the country showing you how being a girl is something to be proud of and something to be celebrated. I truly want to gift this book to every girlfriend I have, to my little nieces, my little sister and little brothers too! I loved Kate T. Parker’s work and I think you would too.

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And the rest is up to you! Whether it’s spending quality time with friends and loved ones or having some quiet time to yourself, the day is sure to be enjoyed!

What I wore:

 White Cotton Courier Shirt from Madewell |Seashore Bikini Bottom from Kovey |

Thank you for reading!

xo Erika

 

 

 

Fitness & Health this Summer!

Summer is finally here!! I just celebrated Summer Solstice with an amazing group of women + RedBull this week where we took a Terrarium class, a Social Media workshop and even an Affirmation workshop. It was so much fun!! You can see more details HERE. But it got me thinking of how I am actually getting ready for the new season and panic hit me! Summer is already here and I don’t feel ready, typical right?? I even made a deal with my best friend so that we would meet our health and fitness goals by the month of May and guess what? He did amazing! He lost all the weight he wanted, but more than that he completely changed his diet, looks so fit (PROUD OF HIM!) and I… well let’s just say I fell behind haha. But I’m sure I’m not the only one, so I’m here to tell you it’s Not Too Late!! That’s why I want to share what I’ve been up to this month to keep up, some little tips here and there and hopefully motivate you to get started!

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FITNESS

For this time of year I love working out outside! I find that it motivates me more than being indoors so I’ll  go hiking, running at the beach, take a yoga class in the park, even going kayaking with my bestie, anything that keeps me under the sun and I always see better results! There’s something about being surrounded by nature that gives me that extra energy I need. Now, I still take a booty barre class and lift weights at the gym once or twice a week to keep my routine fresh, but for me it’s the outdoor workouts that keep me going.  And now that it’s Summer I intend to make the most of it! But I always make sure I apply sunscreen before leaving the house and bring a hat with me to stay safe. I did a post a while back on my favorites, you can take a look HERE.

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EATING HABITS 

Since I was very young I was taught that the way we eat matters. It’s not just which foods go better together, but things like taking your time when having a meal, the correct portions for you, to think about how many times you chew your food before you swallow, all these things matter. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I kept count every single time! But the point was to be conscious of the food I was eating so that I would recognise when my body was full instead of stopping only after I began feeling sick. This way I learned to eat 5 times a day, which led me to drink more water throughout the day and in general it helped with my metabolism! This also means I get hungry every few hours, but I always make sure to keep healthy snacks around me and I do keep them EVERYWHERE! In my purses, in my car and I even bring snacks to my boyfriend’s house if I know I’ll be spending the day there. I bring things like almonds, walnuts, mandarins, apples or my favorite is getting a green juice! It makes me feel good knowing that I’m eating all those healthy greens.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW

It’s good to have a routine and sticking to it, but every now and then it’s good to mix it up! And one way of keeping yourself motivated is by getting out of your comfort zone and trying that one class you were always curious about. There’s Aerial Yoga for example, this was one I honestly didn’t think I would like and I was surprised at how much fun I had and not to mention what a great workout it is, specially for your core.  Or maybe you can try Pilates this Summer or go Paddle Boarding. Or try something your friends are doing, mine take a Boxing class and say it’s the best workout they’ve ever tried! I however bruise with the slightest touch to my skin so I know that one isn’t for me, but I can’t stop hearing how amazing it is! The point is to challenge yourself to do something different and let me tell you the thrill I get from trying something new, combined with the feeling of accomplishment and strength I get after my workout is beyond anything I’ve ever felt before! It makes me push harder over longer periods of time.

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What I wore:

Armour Mid-Crossback Top, Color Blocked Ankle Leggings,

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Whatever you Health and Fitness goals are this Summer, I hope this inspires you to stay healthy and strong. Like I said, it’s never too late to start! *** You can head over to my FITNESS board on PINTEREST for visual inspo!

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Thank you for reading,

xo Erika

 

New Look for Summer!

There’s something about Summer that makes us all want a bit of change. Sometimes the goal is a more fit body, others is to adopt a new hobby under the sun and sometimes we just want a little makeover! You see I’ve worn my hair long for almost 10 years and I thought it was about time to try something new. So last week I decided to cut half of it off and I am loving it! I feel more light and fresh, it takes me literally half the time to get ready (which I’m sure my boyfriend appreciates) and I feel like a brand new Me!

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If you follow me on Instagram you might have also seen I got eyelash extensions.  They are so long and full and most importantly so convenient! Most days I just get up, put on moisturizer/sunblock and I’m ready to go!

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If any of you are looking for a new look, I would recommend taking it easy. For example, my hairstylist first cut half way to where I wanted and when we knew I would feel okay with the length, we kept cutting off more. She worked her way up slowly until we got right below the shoulders, which is the length I wanted and was so happy with it! Also I brought a ton of pictures of styles that I liked and went to someone I knew I could trust. It’s a big change for anyone but so worth the try!

Here’s what I wore:

Lemon Print Cami Dress by Forever21  | Nash Embossed Clutch by Hammit | MAU Australia Sandals 

What about you guys? Does anyone have any plans, goals or wishes for Summer that you are working on? I’d love to know!

As always thank you for reading,

xo Erika

 

Polka Dots For Summer

I am so happy I can wear dresses everyday again! Specially midi style, they are so fun to wear! And Target has been coming up with new and exciting collaborations with some of my favorite brands. Like this dress I’m wearing, it’s from the Who What Wear collection that was launched for Target Style. A couple of weeks ago I got invited to preview the new line and I fell in love with every piece! It’s beautiful, affordable and perfect for Summer!

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I know I don’t wear polka dots that often, but I just loved this design! The off the shoulder detail and midi length caught my eye right away, so I’ve been practically living in this dress ever since. And I can’t wait to show you all the pretty pieces I got!

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What I wore:

Bardot Mini Dress from Who What Wear | The Spencer Boater Hat from Lack Of Color

Thanks for reading,

xo Erika

My i.am + BUTTONS Experience

A couple of months ago I got the chance to meet up with will.i.am ‘s team and see all the amazing things his tech company  i.am + is working on, including their latest launch the wireless earphones BUTTONS. And they are amazing! Right away I loved the design and got excited to work together to introduce you guys my new favorite tech + fashion accessory all in one!

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As a blogger and a woman who loves fashion, I always make sure my style is reflected in everything I wear —I’m saying truly down to the smallest detail! So it makes sense that someone would come up with earbuds that actually look good with your outfit right?? Well here comes BUTTONS to save the day…

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That said, I also spend a lot of time on my phone so even thought I love listening to my favorite songs, it’s not just about the music. I mean a girl has to work right?? And that’s why I truly love these. I can take calls on them too, which comes in handy when I’m running around all day, from shoot to shoot and I have scheduled call meetings in between —to which I never get used to lol (that’s just my personality) but this definitely helps the process go by smoother. Plus, the sound is crisp clear! So it’s a win-win.

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All in all I can’t help but love my BUTTONS. And I had the best time shooting with the team. We met up at some of my favorite places in LA, we shot a quick video, took some fun photos and they were all incredibly nice and easy to work with! Which I always appreciate, it made the experience even better. ***Also, I had posted the video we did, but I had some issues with it loading on this page, so I will post it again on a separate one… stay tuned! But I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did and please let me know what you think!

As always thanks so much for reading!

xo Erika

Disclaimer: I did not buy these, they were gifted to me by the brand. But this as always is my honest opinion <3  Photos and video by: i.am.+

 

Coachella 2017

This past weekend I attended Coachella 2017 Week 1 and it was so fun! I attended a couple of private parties, had fun with some of my other blogger friends and got to wear cute outfits. What’s not to love??

Many people attend for different reasons, but being a Fashion Blogger I think Coachella is a great opportunity to express your best sense of style! To try new things and just have fun with what you wear. Specially since I don’t live in San Francisco anymore where I could experiment everyday so here’s what I wore…

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I wore this look to the POPSUGAR party and loved how easy it was to put together. The top is actually a pearl bralette from Forever 21, as are the necklaces and the powder blue shorts. I just loved how it went together and let’s face it, the desert was over 100 degrees that day so I needed the right outfit to be able to enjoy the weekend.

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I paired it with this cute Joh Apparel blue jacket with fringe at the sides to keep things fun and interesting and added my new loves… My platform blush sandals from Kaanas. I’m obsessed with these! Plus they are really comfortable so they were perfect for Coachella <3

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Layering necklaces is always a must and I actually had a pearl choker that ended up going perfect with the bralette! So it looks like it’s part of it when in reality they are two separate items, just having fun with the outfit.

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This look was for the Rachel Zoe or as they called it Zoeasis party! I had such a good time here. They set it up at this beautiful garden with roses everywhere! It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland at the queen’s castle but somehow mixed up with the fun Coachella vibes, perfect decor.

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For this look I wore a BEBE jumpsuit, my PARED Eyewear (my new faves), added some checkers and arm jewellery and good to go! Honestly I really wanted some pop of color and this was just what I was looking for. I was comfy all day but still in that festival mood I was going for 😉 What did you guys think?

I took a few videos of the weekend that I will upload pretty soon, so stay tuned for more!

As always, thank you for reading.

xo Erika

 

Spring Getaway Look

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. Wearing light colors and fabrics, spending my days outside enjoying the sun, it makes my days so much better! Plus it’s finally the perfect weather for wearing rompers again and you already know how much I loved them. Like this one from Bishop & Young. The print is very subtle and beautiful and the colors complement each other perfectly. I’m in love with it! And it’s the perfect piece to pack on a little weekend getaway. Keep reading to find more key pieces to pack…

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One of my best friends Melissa  , helped me take these amazing photos and do my makeup. We had the best time driving around and findings cute spots to shoot, hanging out all day and having sushi <3 (our favorite thing to do!) It was just a really great day. And I love how these turned out! She’s a great photographer and makeup artist. Right now she is working on getting an account focussed on her creative side, so I’ll share it with you guys when it’s ready so you can check her amazing work!

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Now, about achieving the perfect little “getaway look”. Here are 4 simple steps you can follow:

  1. Get a statement piece. In this case the hat would be mine, I like covering my face from the sun as much as I can. Plus it makes the outfit more interesting!
  2. Finding a cute but comfortable look. Loose clothes always help get those vacation vibes going. Plus you will be able to enjoy your trip better!
  3. Go light on the accessories. Just find a couple pieces that go with most of your outfits, that way you can mix and layer as you go. Gorjana always have the cutest!
  4. Comfortable shoes without sacrificing style! I always find that wedges are the perfect travel shoe. They give you the height but you can still walk in them all day and not get tired. Plus they work perfect day or night, so you save space! Win-win situation, right?

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What I wore:

Romper by Bishop & Young | Hat by Lack of Colours  |

Necklaces by Gorjana Here and Here

I had the best time shooting this look, so I hope you guys liked it! What are your go to’s when you travel? Let me know below! And as always thank you for reading.

xo Erika

Thinking Of Starting A Blog? Read This First…

I have been blogging for about 2 years now and it has been an amazing journey. I have had my ups and downs, I have re-designed my website several times, I have been part exciting campaigns and most importantly I have learned a lot about myself.

Blogging can be very rewarding and profitable if done right. But it requires a lot of effort on your part, so I have listed my top reasons for blogging below, have a look and see if blogging is for you:

  1. If you are one of those people who love many different things and don’t want to limit yourself to just one, then blogging might be right for you! For me it combines so many different passions. There’s Styling if you’re interested in fashion. The joy of putting together interesting outfits that best represent who you are. There’s Photography involved, because whether you have a personal photographer or not you always end up adding your own content featuring your everyday life, travels and interests. There’s also Writing . The main focus of your blogging and the voice that will attract certain groups of people to your site. Your blog content will be a great tool to share your expertise on different topics and be of help to others! Editing is a big part of it too, your blog content, enhancing your photos to grab your reader’s attention and of course to keep your overall look consistent to your “brand”. Jump from industry to industry. Meaning, if your blog is Lifestyle based then you can add Interior Decor, Travel, Food, Beauty, even add a DIY section. Create a new category even! Why not right? It’s your own creative space. The possibilities are endless…

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2. It also gives you the Freedom to run your business. As you begin to grow you will be able to choose the brands you work with on you own terms and free to create content in the way that best describes YOU. It is such a thrill to be in charge of every step that goes into every post. It’s a lot of work don’t get me wrong! But it also feels ten times better to do something you are really passionate about and take it as far as you wish to go.

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3. Which leads me to my next point. Being able to work in your own schedule and from anywhere in the world. Blogging can allow you to write down your own calendar, make your own creative decisions and turn this into a business while still following your unique vision for it.

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4. That said, there’s also a lot you are committing to. If you are serious about it, then you must  be consistent, be able to follow through on contracts and posting schedules. And while it might not be a typical “desk job” it certainly has its longer hours. Why? Because there’s endless emails coming in everyday, social media updates on every sigle platform, events and social gatherings you are expected to join, content creating to post at least once a day seven days a week. That’s right, we don’t get a rest day, there’s no such thing as a weekend off. You must be ahead of it 100% of the time and having an understanding family/friends is absolute key. Also consider all negociations, planning, executing and promoting falls on you. So you have be able to handle the extra work load.

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5. And final and most important point of all… It will make your days happier and more creative than you could have imagined! It will keep you motivated to do your best each and everyday to keep growing. It’s a job you will love doing and you will get to do things you never imagined you could.

If this is something that feels right for you then go for it! I have loved every minute and I’m here to share my experience with you. I have posted other Blogging Tips here , here and here so keep reading if this something you are interested in! If anyone has any questions or want me to share on a specific topic comment below!

Thank you for reading,

xo Erika

Exciting News + Tips On Attending Hispanicize 2017

I have exciting news! This April I will be attending Hispanicize 2017 in Miami as a correspondent. Through my social media and blog, I will be covering events for the entire week including panels, workshops, Tecla Awards, Positive Impact Awards and special presentations in the Music and Film industry. It will be a very exciting event! Now, for those of you who aren’t familiar with  it, Hispanicize is an annual event for Latino trendsetters in entertainment, marketing, digital content creation, journalism and tech entrepreneurship. It’s a great place to learn about exciting topics such as Branding, Finding your voice as a Content Creator, How to market and monetize your platform, Understanding your Google AnalyticsOptimise SEO, Photography, Fashion and so much more! I am very happy to have been invited and can’t wait to connect with other professionals in the latino community. It will be a great week to network, learn and have an amazing time together!

This will be my first year attending Hispanicize, however I have attended many conferences and events in the past so I have a lot to share with all of you who are thinking of attending this year’s event! So let’s get started…

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Tip #1: Don’t forget your chargers! One thing I quickly learned was that bringing a portable charger for my phone and camera was key to making the most out of any event. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to take pictures, connect with influencers or update your social media so trust me this one is key.

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Tip #2: Pack Smart. This means wearing comfortable shoes! Women you more than anyone know the pain of wearing heels from 8am to 10pm, now think about doing it for 5 straight days. Not fun huh? I would recommend packing cute but comfy shoes for day events and leave the heels for the music and film gatherings at night! If you are dead set on maintaining a certain height then go for wedges, they are far more comfortable than heels and you will still look tall and beautiful!

Tip #3: Business Cards. This is one you definitely don’t want to leave behind! You will be meeting so many people at this event so you better come prepared. It’s a great way to make an impression and leave behind something others can remember you by. I always carry a couple wherever I go, but for occasions like these I carry way more than I think I’ll need so don’t forget yours.

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Tip #4: Find out who else might be attending. It’s a great idea to connect with others prior to the event! Don’t get me wrong, you will be making new friends the second you walk in but it’s always nice to reach out to other like minded people and share experiences, tips and all the excitement about your upcoming trip. I have done this before and have made friends that I still remain close to this day!

Tip #5: Don’t be shy and learn to interact! Events and conferences are not the place to be shy. You want to meet new people, create opportunities for your self, learn from others and put your name out there. Know that everyone attending will be wanting to make connections as well, so speak up and have a good time. I know I mentioned phones before, but I think they should be limited for taking pictures or connecting on social media, other than that you should put it down and actually interact with others around you. Trust me you will want to make the most of it!

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Tip #6: Have a pitch ready! We all have different reasons for attending, some of you will be going to learn about a specific industry and how to get started, others might be going to put their name or brand out there and some of you might be there to connect with other professionals and make new friends. Whatever your reason is, I recommend you have a few lines prepared about what you do and why you are there. Make it short, simple but memorable. This will save you from awkward moments or most importantly of missing out on opportunities to collaborate with others! So again, come prepared.

And that’s it for now! I will be posting more details about this exciting trip once the event gets closer but for now I hope you found this post helpful. Hispanicize 2017 will take place April 3-6th in Miami, FL at the JW Marriott Marquis. I am very excited to be part of it and I hope to see you all there! I believe it’s expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals so it will be a really exciting event! Head over to their website linked below to learn more about the schedule, key note speakers and workshops.

Click here: Hispanicize 2017

As always thank you for reading,

xo Erika