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.+

 

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

Pastels + Stripes

Hello February! Finally one of my favourite months of the year is here. I am a very traditional girl when it comes to cutesy-romantic things so of course this month is much awaited!! It’s just a beautiful time to celebrate friendship and love, to be kind to people and let’s not forget always a great excuse for flowers and wine, am I right?? My girls know!

Anyways with the love theme happening this month, I was inspired by blue and pink pastel colors, so of course I incorporated it into my outfit! I am wearing brands I have never tried before and I love them both!! Let me tell you about them..

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First is this Light Blue Suede Coat from Stylewe. A cool new (to me) online retail store that has the most amazing clothes! I swear I’m obsessed with everything they have and specially when it comes to layering. They have such interesting variety of prints, fabrics and colors! I’m just in love with their website. It seems to me like every amazing piece of clothing you drool over on Pinterest you can find here! I am not kidding you but if you don’t believe take a look yourself, I left links below so keep scrolling.

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And second is this Marine Tee from Amour Vert . They are a high quality clothing brand that focuses on delivering style that goes hand in hand with sustainability, which I love!! It’s always such a joy to find brands that care about their social responsibilities, who want to help the cause instead of adding to the problem, it’s refreshing! And the fact that Amour Vert manages to do all of this and still deliver such a beautifully curated collection is truly inspiring to me! Can’t get enough of this brand and their ultra soft clothing, guys this is a must try. *I was not paid to promote these brands, it’s my honest opinion.

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And of course, you can never go wrong with classics… My favorite Daniel Wellington Black Watch and my Over The Knee Jeffrey Campbell Boots. They are my best buds and I take them everywhere!

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Shop my look here:

Paris Light Blue Coat from Stylewe | Marine Stripe High Low Tee from Amour Vert |

Classic Sheffield in Silver from Daniel Wellington  |

Cienega OTK Boots from Jeffrey Campbell

I hope you liked today’s look and my little introduction to these new brands! Stay tuned for my special Valentine’s Day post!!

Thanks for reading,

xo Erika

Hidden Gems

I first created Wander With Love with the idea of introducing people to new discoveries. Anywhere from places to eat, favorite shops, what to see/do and of course include my personal style! I just get so excited about things like these that I wanted a place where I could share my little hidden gems with everyone else. Well, recently I found a new cute place to shop so I’m here to tell you all about it!

Primp Boutique is one of my new faves <3 Their style is modern chic, everything is under $100 and everything so far has been true to size (very very important to me when I shop online). I got a couple of things from their site and I will be posting in the next few days but I’m starting with this beautiful silver suede vest! I am obsessed with vests lately, they are the perfect add on that turns a basic outfit into a more fun and stylish one. I styled it with my favorite ankle boots and hat and I’m ready to go grab coffee with my girlfriends! Let me know what you think…

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I went to Carrera Cafe on Melrose. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite places to hangout after shooting all day. The coffee is great, the people there are always so nice and the beautiful art work inspires my day, so what’s not to love!

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What I wore:

Matador Hat from Free People | Silver Suede Long Vest from Primp Boutique  | Necklace from Madewell 

I hope you are all having a great start to your week!

As always thank you for reading.

xo Erika

My Winter Go To: Sweater Dress

I am happy to finally be wearing cozy clothes very single week! Being in LA the weather had been so crazy… hot one day, rainy the next, then cold but only to go back to warm again. But it’s finally feeling like Christmas time!! So of course I’ve been living in sweater dresses almost every day now <3

I got this knit cold shoulder dress from Minusey, a website with a ‘high end fashion’ look that is really fun to wear. The dress is very chunky so it definitely keeps me warm, which I love! I will say that I wish the fabric was a bit softer but it didn’t bother me through out the day, so definitely not a deal breaker for me. Plus the design is so cute!

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What I wore:

 Knit Dress from Minusey | Ankle Boots and Handbag from Zara

I truly hope you are all enjoying this time of year and are very happy with your loved ones <3  The year is almost over, make it count!!

Thanks so much for reading,

xo Erika

Accessory Gift Guide

December is here!! Can you guys believe how fast the year flew by? I feel like I just celebrated Christmas. This year I am staying in sunny SoCal for my favorite Holiday and I cannot wait to start celebrating! I love decorating my Christmas tree, eating all the delicious food, attending all the fun holiday parties and of course shopping for my friends and family!! Any excuse to shop right? Well for this week’s post I put together my favorite accessories for the winter. I have linked my top 3 of each category down below, I hope you like them!

But before that I want to talk about this look. With the holiday events happening all around I feel like you need something a bit more dressed up for the season and this Topshop romper is the perfect option! It’s affordable, easy to transition from day to night and it’s a classic but it’s not boring. I specially love the open shoulder and subtle ruffles at the top, the side pockets are a nice touch because it allows me to stand without a drink in my hand an not feel awkward (silly but true) and its beautifully cut!! Now I will say that it runs small so I would order a size up but other than that I LOVED it!!!

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Simple accessories are the best option this season. I feel like its easy to get carried away when you attend holiday parties but trust me you don’t want to show up looking like a wrapped gift. Keep it classy..

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Adding a classic watch always helps. I love leather straps for daytime and switch to stainless steel for night time to dress it up!

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I styled this look with my favorite mules! The romper is beautiful but simple enough where I can add a fun print like this one and still make it look chic. *Whenever you wear leopard or any other animal print, make sure its not the main part of your outfit, otherwise it might look cheap so you have to style it very carefully..

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Photos by Holly from @holly_wren

What I wore:

Ruffle Cold Shoulder Romper by Topshop | Cayne Crescent Pendant Necklace by Gorjana | Dapper Bristol Watch by Daniel Wellington | Animal Print Mules by Marais (These are sold out) Similar Here

Favorite Necklaces This Season:

 

  1. Anthea by Gorjana   2. Orphic by Charme Silkiner    3. Tori by Charme Silkiner

 

Favorite Bracelets This Season:

 

  1. Bianca by Kendra Scott     2. Femme Bracelet by Asos        3. Color Bar by Kendra Scott

 

Favorite Watches This Season:

 

  1. The Fairfield by Timex       2. La Bohème by Cluse        3. Classic Black Sheffield  

I hope you liked this post and much as I liked writing it!! Also look out for more holiday gift guides coming soon! Hope you guys have a great weekend and as always thanks for reading.

xo Erika

 

SIMON x Vogue Magazine Campaign

If you follow me on Instagram you have already taken a peek at my weekend getaway! But in case you haven’t I will share some of the exciting details with you. I got the pleasure of working with Vogue and SIMON a global Outlet company all across North America, Europe and Asia. They invited me and a great group of bloggers and influencers in the fashion industry on a weekend getaway to Palm Springs for a shopping spree! We got to stay at The Saguaro Hotel (which you probably remember for its colorful sights) and yes, it’s just as beautiful as in the pictures! And got to shop all day at Desert Hills Premium Outlet, a girls dream come true right? I mean we jumped from Gucci, to Prada, to YSL , Valentino and pretty much every single one of my favorite brands, where they were waiting for us with champagne to help us shop.

Now, I have to confess that I had never been to this outlet before so I honestly did not know what to expect, but I swear I fell in love with it! They had every single store I could think of, the deals we found were amazing and everyone I talked to was so nice, which to me is VERY important when Im shopping.

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This was our group! Coming into this I wasn’t sure who I would be seeing this weekend, but I appreciated so much that every person in this photo and every single person behind the scenes taking it were unbelievably nice and so fun to work with! I am truly happy I got to meet them all..

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I got caught snapchatting on our way there! And yes that is my favorite filter (don’t judge) If you don’t already, you can follow my Snaps for behind the scenes on this and other fun campaigns here.. Username: ERIKAVM

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We then checked in at The Saguaro Hotel where we each got our own room and got to enjoy everything this beautiful hotel has to offer. My first impression was how vibrant and trendy this hotel is. I have seen it over an over in other people’s travels but had yet to see it for myself and let me tell you, I loved it! The rooms were very spacious and comfortable, the decor was original and artistic but what stood out the most was how friendly the staff was, they went above and beyond to make me feel welcomed.

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After checking in I got ready for a fun dinner & cocktails “al fresco” style at the hotel’s beautiful gardens!! Just look at the amazing set up they had for us..

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And of course I pretty much died over every single blogger’s outfit this weekend, I love each of their unique sense of style and I’m pretty sure Im not the only one, am I right? We wrapped the night with a group photo with flowers that we may or may not have stolen from the centerpieces at dinner.. Can’t pass a good photo prop right??

But all joking aside, this was one of the most fun campaigns I have ever been in. I loved everything, from the amazing bloggers that came, to The Saguaro Hotel amazing employees and decor, to the helpful retail assistants at Desert Hills Premium Outlets, to the entire crew that made this weekend possible. As a blogger you get good events and not so good ones, but let me say with all honesty that this was most definitely one of the BEST ones! I loved sharing this experience with you and I hope you liked it too.

As always thank you for reading,

xo Erika

Fall Transition No. 1

As you can see Im still obsessing over Blush tones, so this time I wanted to pair it with a Black & White look. Its a simple but clean look that works for day or night! The jacket and flats are from Zara and the dress is from a company called SheIn that I found through Instagram. I like it because every time I go on their website they always have a million different looks to chose from, sort of like Forever 21 where you feel like there’s 100 new styles everyday but SheIn is even cheaper! Its fast fashion done right. I’ve been loving it so I thought I would share it with you guys.

Back to the outfit though.. It all started a few weeks ago when I found these intricate blush flats, they are not exactly my type (problem) but I thought they were so cute! You see, when I go shopping, I usually like doing it “by looks” that is I make sure that everything Im buying goes well together, I buy “outfits” not just 1 item at a time or randoms. Of course when I get home I will mix and match with my closet a hundred different ways, BUT on those days when I don’t have time to put a look together or I simply don’t feel inspired, I already have full looks that I can just throw on really quick and just go. Its a little trick that has saved me hours and hours of frustration from not knowing what to wear. And I will specially do this when I see a piece of clothing or accessory I wouldn’t normally wear but still want, why? Because by pairing it with something right then and there, I avoid having an item in my closet that I will never dare to wear. Which is what happened with these shoes! I broke my own rule and bought them on their own, so of course since its not quite my style, when I got home I didn’t like them with anything, so frustrating. I was considering returning them when my SheIn dress arrived a couple of days after, I got so happy! Does anyone else get as excited as I do for clothes arriving in the mail?? My obsession with fashion can be easily mocked, I know! But Im used to it 🙂 Anyways, I had been looking for the perfect transition dress for Fall and when I saw the stripes on this one I had to have it! Its the perfect fit-fabric and I love how the details begin from the waist down because it makes it look like a two piece, which I always love! In the end, my impulsive shoe buy worked out perfect <3 but next time you go shopping try doing it by outfits, you will see what I mean and shopping will never be the same!

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What I wore:

Black & White Striped A Line Dress by SheIn | Nude Pink Double Crepe Blazer by Zara | D’Orsay Shoes by Zara

I think this dress is sold out but I’ve linked more striped dresses below and they are all under $25.00 <3  Click on the image to be directed:

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Does anyone else have shopping rituals they abide by? I would love to hear other people’s tricks to smart shopping! If you do please let me know on the comments below:)
As always thank you for reading!

xo Erika

Blush For Fall

Being caught in between the end of Summer and beginning of Fall leaves me wearing light dresses with ankle boots, but I don’t mind it at all! I do however wish I was living in NYC to be able to wear all the fun season clothes, specially now for Fashion Week! Has anyone else been following any of the runways? I am on high just watching these first ones, can’t wait for my favorite ones to come! But for now I am wearing one of my favoite colors these days blush and light grey. Simple and casual, but also just the right combo to get me through the day.

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What I wore:

Blush High Neck Bodycon Dress from Skylark | Ankle Booties from H&M

 I am in love with these tones right now, they go with pretty much everything and they are both great colors to transition from day to night! So you will probably see me wear them more often in the next few weeks. Hope you liked this outfit and as always thanks for reading!

xo Erika