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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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

 

 

 

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

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

Sail Away With Me

I can’t believe Summer is basically over! I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, partly because I don’t have ac in my home and partly because I miss wearing my beautiful boot collection (can’t help it, sorry). But now that its around the corner, I figured I would welcome the new season with a “Sail Away With Me”.. to Fall-post.

I’ve been reflecting about how time keeps going by so fast and thinking about how many steps we’ve actually taken to move forward with our dreams. It’s easy to get distracted with life, I know I’ve been there a few times! But I don’t want to lose focus, I want to always keep moving forward. A new season always brings a fresh start and we should make the most of it, right? However, if you’re not feeling the drive think about how much your life can change in a year. For example, when I thought about how much mine has changed from exactly a year ago, I felt unbelievably happy! Not because everything went by so smoothly, on the contrary.. I made big life decisions about where I wanted to live, had some health issues to deal with, then had personal decisions involving my family, but then more happy things came along! For instance I had to get serious about how far I wanted to take this blog, which to me was very exciting. Also a guy with the kindest heart came into my life, he later became my boyfriend and is now someone I love very very much. I look at this entire year and I can’t help but feel very grateful, for the good things and the bad! All of this in one little year so think about the possibilities if we only focus and work towards what we want, the rest always find its way:)

So whether it’s a new challenge or an exciting new path for the blog, I want to welcome all change I want to make the most out of what’s left of this year and it will be okay because I will be wearing a beautiful hat on my head to keep me grounded and beautiful boots to take me where I want to go, all in style of course! A girl has to look nice even when she’s busy. Now, my wardrobe won’t change dramatically next week because lets face it.. I live in sunny So Cal. But in the coming posts I will be talking about transition looks, the must-have items for Fall, more blogging tips and many more fun things! So follow along..

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To welcome Fall season I decided to wear a white jacket and my favorite brown leather booties. I like pairing these with white shorts to balance out the look, I think it keeps it more casual and adding a straw hat makes it more fun!

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Get this look:

The Spencer Boater by Lack of Color | White Jacket by Zara similar Here and Here | Brown Leather Booties by Forever21 but similar Here and  Here

Sorry about the long post this week <3  But I hope you found a bit of inspiration in it and that you will make the rest of this year count!

Thanks for reading,

xo Erika

 

 

 

Effortlessly Cool

Denim and a white Tee is the  definition of effortlessly cool. It’s a classic that has survived over decades and decades of fashion trends and that I believe will continue to be part of our wardrobe for many more years to come! The key to this look is to find the perfect fit in your denim and my go to of course is Levi’s. No matter what body type you have this iconic brand has most likely made the right fit for you, you just have to hunt a little but that’s the fun part! Next is to find the right Tee to pair it with, I like my T-shirts as soft as they can be and not too baggy. My absolute favorites come from this brand called AMVI, they are vintage inspired high quality basics and let me tell you I love them!! I first found out about them when I first started blogging last year, they sent me a couple of their basics to try out and I became obsessed. I even bought my boyfriend a couple because they are so comfy to wear, the quality is so good and that is 100% my true feelings about the brand. Of course you can pair it with any white Tee you know and love:) The point is get the right fit for you.

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I am wearing the high-waisted, straight leg with classic wash and raw hem Levi’s. I specially loved that last part because the raw edges make it more interesting! And since I was going with the classics, I could not forget my favorite Raybans as well. You’ve seen me wear these way too many times but I cannot get over them, sorry!

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You can get the look here:

Levi’s High Rise Jeans  | White Alex Jersey V-Neck | Gold Green Classic G-15 Ray-Ban | Pointy Toe Pumps 

Ad a winged eyeliner, some lipstick and a smile and you’re good to go! Hope you guys are having a great week and as always thank you for reading!

xo Erika

Midi For Summer

With this Summer heat I try to make the most out of wearing dresses. It’s so much easier to slip on a dress and head out the door than to style a whole jeans, or short and top combo am I right? Besides, sooner than we think Fall will be here and it will be all about layering. So for a while now I’ve been obsessed with midi length everything! Whether its dresses or skirts, I feel like it’s the most flattering look and so easy to wear. The midi is the dressier version of the maxi dress, which I also love and will be posting about soon! But the trick to this style is to wear it with heels so it helps balance out the height issue. If you are short wear it with very delicate scrappy heels, if you’re tall you can get away with a chunkier heel like mine. Take a look!

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What I wore: 

Open Back Dress by Urban Outfitters $59.00 

Similar Heels & Bag:

Whisky Coloured Block Heels by Zara $39.99 | Brown Leather Crossbody by Zara $29.90

Whichever way you decide to style it, I am a firm believer that this is your best friend this Summer! You can see me wear the midi style in previous posts like Here and Here. As you can tell, I’m a fan <3 What about you guys, what are your style go to’s this Season? I would love to know.

Thank you for reading,

xo Erika

5 Blogging Resources

Hi Guys!

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some tips and resources I use on my blog, so I thought I decided I would dedicate this week’s post to just that!

  1. Tools for your BlogCreative Market.  I use this website for their Fonts, I LOVE them! They are really easy to install and are not expensive. They also have Themes, Graphics and Plug-ins.  They have it all! By the way.. the font I use for my “XO ERIKA”at the bottom of my blog posts was bought from this site. I usually pay $8 per font, this one was $16 but I also used it for my business cards and pretty much everything else so it was worth it! Here’s the link if you want to check it out.
  2. Tracking your Social MediaIconosquare.  Some of you might have heard of this site before and yes its just as great as they say! You can use it to track your Instagram statistics. From your hashtags, the best times a day to post, your engagement, it basically gives you full control. It’s a great tool to use whether you needed it for personal reasons or business like creating your Media Kit. They have a 7-day free trial so I would recommend you check it out to see if it’s a right match for your needs.
  3. Improve your mind with Books: This is a great way to stay motivated! And you should never stop learning so I’m sharing some of the authors I love:                                    –Malcolm Gladwell is my favourite right now! I read Outliers: The Story of Success and loved it. He talks about the pattern behind brilliant software billionaires, athletes, musicians and how their backgrounds, family and culture led them to be successful in each of their industries. After reading it I immediately bought The Tipping Point. Now this one talks about how some trends, ideas and social behaviours can sky-rocket and explains the reasons behind this sudden success. Both books are really helpful for anyone! But they have really helped me understand this Blogging/Fashion Industry. I highly recommend them!                                                                                                              –Garance Doré brings you a candid view on her career as one of the first bloggers out there. In Love Style Life she shares stories on life, style and truth behind the fashion industry. It’s not a Pulitzer winning book by any means, it’s a fun book read. BUT what I truly loved about it her witty unapologetic style of writing. She is brutally honest, she’s not full of herself (like 90% of the books in this category are) and has truly impeccable style. A true gem in this industry. I read this book on my last vacation and fell in love with her journey.
  4. Links: Bitly I rely on this website all the time! If there is something I hate seeing is long endless links on profiles. And with Bitly you can easily shorten your links for any platform. They also provide measure and optimization services on your audience and marketing strategies. But I mostly use it for links.
  5. Engage with your Readers: ConvertKit . This is the only one I havent fully tried. But now that I’m thinking of jumping on email lists I am dying to put this website to work! I have done a lot of reasearch and this one seems to be the best fit. From what I’ve seen so far its pretty easy to use and holds the reputation for the best marketing service out there. But what really did it for me was that it was created by a Blogger for Bloggers.

 

 

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I hope you found these helpful!

Thanks for reading,

xo Erika

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!

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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…

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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