Part 1: The Natural Remedies That Got Rid Of My Acne

Let’s talk about acne, everyone’s best friend. I’ve been sharing my experience with skincare for a few years now and have mentioned a couple of skincare products that have helped me but I’ve never really shared the natural remedies that got rid of my acne, so here go! There’s a lot to cover to be ready to take notes.

To give you some insight, I have combination skin and would mostly get acne on my forehead, also chin and neck area and I know the last two are more hormonal but these steps helped with that as well. My type of acne is mostly white heads with the occasional cystic acne on my cheeks and chin.

Okay so I did a few different things but I truly believe that the combination of all of them was key to getting rid of it. The first 3 are diet based and the next 3 are natural topical treatments so make sure you carefully read them all:

  1. I took a Food Intolerance Test + went Dairy free. I wrote a blog post last year on how and why I changed my diet so you can give it a read HERE to find out more details. But basically by taking this test, my doctor and I where able to pin point which foods were causing problems in my body such as Dairy, which turns out was a big contributor to my acne. There were many other foods that where causing me issues such as nausea, fatigue, rashes, among others and clearing those out of my system undoubtedly helped my skin, but I’ll focus on the one that helped the most with my acne. After I went diary free, I noticed my skin was less inflamed after the first week, I was shocked. The longer I kept staying away from dairy the less and less acne I started getting, and the ones I already had where healing so much faster so now I make it a priority. But whatever your trigger might be, I think a Food Intolerance Test is a good way of finding out which foods to avoid to have healthier skin.
  2. I cut Meat out of my diet for 6 weeks. Okay so this one was hard for me, but the results where crazy good. By eating tons of veggies, fruits, some legumes and Seitan and Tofu to get my protein, I got the healthiest looking skin of my life! I am not kidding or exaggerating, I’m no expert so I’m not sure of why this worked so well, but trust me it was like a re-boot for my skin. I started seeing results closer to 2 weeks in, of course it was specially good for my hormonal acne. My plan was to do it only for 4 weeks but after seeing how good my skin was doing, I decided to extend it for as long as I could. Obviously as you can tell, I only lasted 2 more weeks because I actually do love meat. But now knowing what I do, I’ve cut way back on red meat and eat mostly fish. Honestly my skin isn’t as nice as it was without meat in my diet but for now I can live with it.
  3. I incorporated Probiotics. If you eat tons of processed foods or those lacking in probiotics then you’re more prone to have gut problems. Gut health has an important role to play when protecting your skin from the damages of the outside world so again, you want to heal and nourish your skin from the inside out. For me it was a natural step to take because I went from consuming a lot of dairy products to none and my body was definitely feeling the change. That’s when I decided to update my probiotic source and found a daily supplement I could take. Now, I know there are many food sources where you can get probiotics but personally I’m not a fan of them, however if you find some you love go for it! But for those who prefer a pill like me, I bought some at Target and it’s worked great.
  4. I used Witch Hazel as Toner. I buy Thayers Witch Hazel Alove Vera Formula “Original” at my local market, it’s cheap and so soothing. It works as a natural astringent because it helps to remove oils (without getting that super dry feeling afterwards). It also calms down inflammation and acne areas, my skin even feels way smoother but one of the biggest changes for me is that evens out my skin tone! I feel like my SK-II Treatment Essence is also amazing at making my skin smooth and to even out my overall tone but at a MUCH higher price. I’m still a fan, but I mean it’s $99 vs $9.50 so it’s your choice. HOW TO APPLY: I use a cotton pad and moist it with Witch Hazel, then I gently pat all over my face, neck and chest. I leave it on just like I would any other toner.
  5. I used Tea Tree Oil as Spot Treatment. I’ve mentioned this before on the blog but I’ll officially say it again, this is the best natural way to spot treat acne. You should definitely dilute it with coconut oil or something similar before you apply it to avoid damaging your skin as it is strong, but it works wonders! HOW TO APPLY: I mix a bit of coconut oil and a drop of Tea Tree oil and apply it directly on my acne with a cotton swab and leave it on. Don’t over do it, just enough to cover. I realized that it helps to get rid of acne faster. Sometimes it will help it pop if it needs to and sometimes it simply takes it away before it even gets to that point. But either way it never fails to speed up the process. Also if the skin did brake I apply a bit extra afterwards to clean it and help it heal quicker! After doing this I saw that acne started to recur less and less.
  6. I used Raw Manuka Honey 15+. I buy this at my local Sprouts Market. Raw Manuka Honey is very moisturising on for the skin, it also has beneficial antioxidants and works as an antibacterial, so it leaves your skin feeling smooth and with fewer bacteria which means less chance of infected pores, which means less acne. BUT you do want to pay attention to the grading system so look for the UMF or MGO rating on the label. For acne purposes make sure you’re using a minimum of UMF 10+ or MGO 261+ (attention: not just a +number, it has to say UMF or MGO so you know it’s certified). I personally used UMF 18+ (in MGO grading it would be 692) to make sure I had enough levels of antibacterial properties and it worked great. HOW TO APPLY: Start with a clean face, wet your hands and lightly dab your face and neck so the honey applies easier. I used it as a mask on my face and neck 2-3 times a week for about 15-20min and rinsed off with water.
  7. Turmeric Drink before bedtime. I started making “Golden Milk” but used Oat Milk instead of dairy. You can also drink Turmeric Tea, I just like the Golden Milk recipe better, but the point is to fight off acne from the inside. Turmeric is well known as an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial and I found that by consistently drinking it my acne started looking much better. *I buy my Turmeric powder at an herb and spice shop in LA because I feel that it’s more reliable and potent than the ones you find in supermarkets, plus it’s cheaper. But I’ll leave that to your discretion. DIRECTIONS: 1) Pour 1 1/2 cups of the milk of your choice into a small pot on medium heat. 2) Add 1 tsp ground Turmeric, a pinch of black pepper (this activates the turmeric and helps your body absorb the curcumin), add 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (also an anti-inflammatory) and add honey to your liking. 3) Let it simmer for about 10min. Enjoy nice and warm! I would make this every night. Now that my skin is better I drink it about 3-4 times a week for it’s other benefits and to help me sleep.
  8. Staying consistent with a remedy. The thing with skin is that you have to give it time for things to work! The human body is AMAZING and it works really hard everyday to fight off infections, inflammations and basically to regenerate itself so naturally aside from needing to be properly nourished, it also needs TIME to adjust to a new skincare routine. So whether you’re trying these steps above or your own or any skincare product, please don’t give up after a week or two, try to be more patient. Believe me, if you’re switching remedies and products every week, nothing will work for you. I’m a firm believer than you have to give things at least 3 weeks if not a month to see and feel results. So staying consistent and simple with your remedies/routines is key, it truly helped me.

I made a conscious plan to follow all of these steps within the same time period and around month 3 I felt like I had new skin. I still get a pimple or two around my period but of course that can’t be avoided! So far though, my skin has been feeling so much better. To whoever might be reading this, I know it’s frustrating to live with acne and you can feel so discouraged and tired of nothing working for you but there’s always a solution out there so please don’t lose hope! I truly wish you find this helpful and if there’s natural remedies that have worked for you that I didn’t mention please comment below so we can all help each there out. Part 2 of this post will be up soon, so keep an eye for that. I send you all my best!!

My guide to clear, hydrated & glowing skin with found beauty!

Following up with last month’s post on bright & clear skin ( in case you missed it it’s HERE ) I want to go deeper into my skin care routine with my fam over at found  . As I mentioned back in May, I have partnered up with them this year to share my favorite natural inspired products and how they help my skin! Honestly, incorporating skin care and makeup products that are safe for my skin has been a real life changer for me so here it is… my Guide to beautiful glowing skin!

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I’ll start with a product that has quickly become my #1 and for good reasons! I’m talking about found’s Seaweed Water Cream. This little gem is unbelievably light! Every time I apply it, the texture feels like water on my skin. I love skin care so of course I had tried other brands that came up with a similar concept —that water feel on your skin, but truthfully none that feels as refreshing and light as this one, not to mention that it’s 92% Natural and so affordable! This hydrating cream is also under the brightening collection which has had the best effect on my skin so far, so it’s no surprise that this is a must have on my everyday routine.

Next is the Cucumber Cooling Stick and if you can’t guess by the name, let me tell you this glide stick leaves my keeps my skin calm and soft through out the day. This once is  98% Natural and it’s meant to de-puff the skin so in my opinion it’s a great morning product —when I look my most vulnerable and need the extra help— this product comes to the rescue. I use it right before the Seaweed Water Cream and I’ve found that the effect of both is the perfect combo because my face feels cool and moisturized all day. Although it’s so small that I sometimes carry it on my purse in case the weather is acting up and I need a little pick me up!

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Moving on to the cleansing part of the routine, I’ve recently been trying the 90% Natural Makeup Removing BalmLast month I talked about how much I LOVE the Tea Tree Gel Cleanser and I still do! But on the days that I wear makeup I like doing a 2 step cleansing routine to make sure I am addressing both the makeup removal issue and the everyday impurities that the skin goes through everyday.  So I first used the Makeup Removing Balm ( a little goes a long way ) and next I use the Gel Cleanser that way my skin is fully clear!

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After cleansing my face I’ve been applying this Red Clay Facial Mask  to get rid of impurities and toxins. I leave it on for about 10min but the stick says I can rinse off in as little as 5min, so those who don’t really have much time these days for face masks this is for you. I like the idea of boosting my skin and making sure it’s reenergized so I’ve been using it twice a week. To be honest I’m more used to the typical fabric soaked masks so I wasn’t sure this one was for me, but I found that this is more convenient because the stick just glides easily across my face so it’s not as messy. I’m not saying I’m done with my other found face masks BUT when I don’t have time to lie down and apply those, this is a perfect and quick option! So of course it’s a new fave of mine.

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Every skin comes with a different set of needs and that’s why found has created several collections to choose from. This guide I just shared is my personal experience and real opinions I’ve made by following their number system in the packaging! It makes it really easy to use because they label their products with a step number of 1-3 to customise your own routine:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Treat
  3. Hydrate

And *Enhance  which are the non-daily products that are meant for extra skin improvements

I encourage you to try them for yourself! It is such a joy when you find the collection that truly fits your needs. This year I have been really enjoying getting to know found beauty products and there’s so many more I want to share! Specially on their makeup line, more on that soon. But the fact that this brand is so honest, takes such great care about the ingredients they use and how these products are made, makes me feel really good about using them on a daily basis. To be honest, I wish I had started paying more attention to what I apply on my body sooner, but ever since I’ve been switching to more naturally based products I have noticed a big improvement so I am happy I came across a brand like this one that I can fully trust.  Until next time!

 

City Views + New Year Goals

The New Year always brings some sort of Zen into our lives or at least every year it does to mine. I feel a sense of peace, love all around and excitement for the new adventures ahead! I have many plans for this year and even thought there are limitations I am still dealing with, I won’t let it hold me back.

Last year was a tough one for me, I constantly felt frustrated with the things I can’t control, but I know all good things take time and God has His own plan, so I will focus on the good, have faith and keep my head up <3

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I also want to get back to what originally interested me in blogging and get in touch with my creative side! When I first stared I wanted to inspire others to explore the beautiful places around them and to express their style regardless of the opinions of others. To meet other creative people and celebrate their work and to stay close to what I really love, fashion. So there are many things I will be adding to this blog and in many ways get back to it’s roots! I am very excited to make some fun changes around here.

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So stick around and enjoy the journey with me. I look forward to what this year will bring and I want to share every piece of it with you. I am also planing some trips thought the year so to all my international people, I might even ask for your recommendations!!

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For now here are some details on the outfit I wore. I love the contrast of both red and black together and with the holiday seasons I couldn’t help myself! I truly enjoyed wearing this one and there are some new posts coming up so keep an eye out.

*UPDATE: Also I hadn’t realized, but many of my posts were “hidden” under the Admin Only view option (facepalm reaction). I clearly need some tech help over here but I am slowly working on getting them back to view.

What I wore:

Captain’s Cap from Wyeth | Red Velvet Jacket from Boohoo |

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Until next time,

xo Erika

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

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,

White Lifestyle Armour Shoes

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

 

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

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

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

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