Summer Talk: SPF Safe

Now that Summer is here, I find myself going to the beach every single weekend. It’s close to where I live, it’s a great way to spend time with my friends and boyfriend and nothing makes me happier than having my toes in the sand. So whats the problem? Sun damage is the problem. Too much sun can be harmful for your skin, believe me I know! My mother has been scaring me with wrinkle stories from the minute I turned 25. But I am also not willing to compromise my beach time. So this is how I turned into one piece swimsuits and beach cover-ups. It’s the perfect solution! One piece swimsuits are very flattering, they make the body look longer and I always feel more comfortable in them anyways. I have one in every color! And since I don’t want the awkward tan line from the one piece, I have found that a beach cover-up is the way to go! I will still wear bikinis from time to time but I love that I have found the perfect combo for those days where it is too sunny and I want to be safe <3

Now, I have wanted to write about this topic for a long time so for this shoot I hunted down a location that best represented my fears: wrinkles + sun damage. So this is why I picked this rocky scene, its the perfect reminder of how I DO NOT want my skin to look like by the time Im 30! Am I right? So lets get to it.. I put together this look, hope you guys like it!

Beach Cover Up 2

summer look 2

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fri Sunday

swimsuit

Beach Look

Now I rarely review products usually stick to fashion but since I am already in the SPF subject, I wanted to include my top suncare products below! *I did NOT get paid to promote any of these products or received them for free to review. This is 100% my honest opinion and I hope you find it useful…

Skin Care

I LOVE this moisturizer because it is the lightest product I have ever tried! Women, believe me when I say I have tried them all and finding a moisturizer that also has SPF was beginning to feel like a nightmare. But Shiseido came to save the day! I use this for everyday life and doesn’t leave my skin greasy, I love it!

 

 

wander with loveNeutrogena Face & Body Stick is my favorite of all! I use this one if I know I will be spending more time in the sun. The Ultra Sheer part does not lie!! No more white sunblock spots and no more greasy looks. I also love how easy it is to use therefore I find myself reapplying more often than with liquid ones. I’ve been recommending it for years and have yet to receive a complain:)

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Yes to this delicious therapy! I have tried more products from this brand and I have to be honest, I haven’t loved them all BUT their lip balm is perfect! I love the coconut flavour, its unbelievably hydrating and its as natural as it gets! I love this for everyday life, I have one in practically every purse I own.

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Must Haves

 

 

 

Nivea is a brand I have trusted for years. Often the pharmacy finds are the best ones! I use this one on the weekends and I love that its waterproof. I can honestly say I will continue to use this one for more years to comelight and hydrating

 

 

 

 

My last one I use daily. When Summer arrives I don’t trust any body lotion that doesn’t include SPF. And I have found that  Aveeno makes a wonderful one! Its light in texture and perfume and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky. I believe its important to be safe and it starts with the morning moisturizer. To me it’s the perfect summer companion!

 

If any of you have other favourites you think I should try please let me know by commenting below! I would love to hear your experiences.

As always thank you for reading!

xo Erika

Travel Diary 1: Punta de Mita

Hi guys!

     Excited its Friday?? I know I am. Ever since I got back from my last trip I’ve been working non stop on new photoshoots, designing for a new project that Im planning to launch next year and trying to keep up with this season’s demands. I truly enjoy what I do, but sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming so its nice to have the weekend back;)

Also I am very excited to share with you details from this last trip. I traveled to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City for Thanksgiving. It was rushed but definitely worth it! I spent 1o days just visiting family and friends, which I was really grateful for, specially this time of year. And of course as a good blogger I had to plan a few photoshoots here and there to show you my beautiful Mexico. This location is Punta de Mita, a 40 minute drive from Puerto Vallarta. Its known for its surfing spots and your best bet at finding more private beaches;) The weather was so nice that all I needed was a beach coverup and my favorite swimsuit. And since its winter time and the view was this beautiful, I decided to go for an all black outfit to make it stand out. A little tip I’ve learned whenever I travel, let the location be part of your look. But anyways, I’ve known Merrilee’s Swimwear for a while now and love their designs, I have them in every color. And I just recently discovered PilyQ Swimwear, Im so happy I did! Their lace coverup is surprisingly soft and its so beautifully detailed that of course I fell in love with it. Let me know what you guys think..

beach look

lace top

beach day

beach dress

Beach coverup

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swimwear

flower crown

Beach day

 

flowers

What I wore:

Black Noah Tunic from PilyQ Swimwear | Black Swimsuit from Merrilee’s Swimwear

As the year comes to an end, I am grateful to see that even though I had my ups and downs it really was an amazing year. I’ve learned a lot and I am getting organized so I can start the next year full of energy and work hard on my next projects. Im very excited for the new things to come! Hope everyone’s weekend is fun and I’ll be posting more of this trip so follow along for more..

Thanks for reading,

Love, Erika.

Photoshoot: Summer Lookbook

               Happy Monday, hope everyone had a great weekend! These past few weeks I’ve been working on a couple of projects and there’s one that I’ve been dying to share with you. If you follow me on Instagram you already know I did a Lookbook Photoshoot for Morning Lavender, an online Fashion Boutique owned by fellow blogger Kim at Lace and Locks. I had so much fun shooting with them! Their style is so fresh and feminine, its right at my alley;) Im always excited to work on different projects and meet creative people, so I had a blast!

Summer Lookbook

Jumpsuit

Summer Lookbook

Jumpsuit

Morning Lavender Summer Lookbook

Summer Lookbook

Romper

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Romper

Summer Style

Summer Look

Shop the looks here:

Navy stripe Top |  Light Blue Denim Jumpsuit | Blue Stripe Scarf | Tropical Print Maxi Dress | Teagan Seersucker Stripe Romper | Mustard Floral Romper | Audra Cream Lace Romper

Floral Rompers, Maxi Dresses and Long Skirts are my idea of the perfect summer look and styling it with a fun hat is always a good idea;) Keep it fresh & fun and you’ll be good to go! There’s more projects to come in the near future so follow along for more..

Thanks for reading,

Love, Erika

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Living the Mermaid life

Hello my lovely readers!

         I have new and exciting goals in life… ready? I want to live, breathe and dance the mermaid life. And what exactly does that mean? Did she go crazy? all very reasonable questions.. but no, I have not. Im simply saying I want to live free and happy at the sea… the one place that always held my true happiness. Growing up my family moved every year, but no matter what different city or country we moved to we were always by the beach, my true home. With summer just around the corner all I want is to take a swim in the cool california water, have sand on my toes and live in maxi dresses and beach coverups. And hey, If I could pull off the sea shell look I would wear that too! but since I can’t, a long colorful skirt and leotard had to do <3 for now…

Its been hard shooting lately because apparently June gloom is a real thing, who knew? I sure didn’t, being from Mexico you either get tropical thunder or a sunny beautiful sky, but California has been rather grey lately… but just as I was about to give up, the sun came out! So we decided to shoot at the beach and leave the LA scene for another day. In Laguna there’s a place with beautiful arches so of course my friend and I had to pay a visit. For this look I wanted a long silhouette but full of movement. You should always have fun with the clothes you wear, so channel your inner mermaid and head out all wrapped in color and a free spirit!

long skirt   Living the Mermaid Life

summer ootd

beach day

blue skirt ocean view

mermaid

What I wore:

Black Leotard from American Apparel | Long Blue Skirt from Zara

I had a lot of fun shooting at this location, hope you can all spend some time near the beach this summer as well. Thanks so much for reading, hope you have a lovely weekend!

Love, Erika

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@erikadvm