I Got A Lash Lift + Tint And Here’s What Happened…

I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time! And I’ve heard of so many people loving their new lashes, all about how it saves them time in the morning or not needing any makeup at all after getting a lash lift and tint done so with my birthday and a trip coming up, I figured it would be the perfect time to do it! 

I did my research, asked other people (even asked people on my IG Stories) and finally found a reliable place close to where I live, with great reviews and with fair prices so I booked an appointment.

MY MAIN CONCERNS AS A FIRST TIMER:

-That I might be allergic to the formula ( I have super sensitive eyes ).

-The 2 hour long process ( I can’t stay still for that long ). 

-That my lashes were not long enough to give it a nice effect. 

-That the tint wouldn’t be that noticeable on me since my lashes are already dark-ish.

-That my lashes would end up looking AND feeling crazy fake.

So anyways… I went in last week, a day before my trip to Cabo and I got both the Lash Lift and Tint.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

I arrived without any makeup on, but either way she wiped my eyes before she started. Then taped my bottom lashes (eek… made me a little anxious), it doesn’t hurt at all and within 2 min I forgot about it for the rest of the process. At some point I did get a slight itchy sensation, but it was mostly from having this foreign thing touching my eyelids and lashes. She also kept brushing my lashes a few different times to make sure they were all spread out and perfect. Then she went ahead and applied a cold gel-like substance to my upper lids, then applied a solution to my upper lashes. After a few minutes she applied the other solutions to lift and tint while brushing my lashes yet again and that was it! I was told appointments are recommended every 6-8 weeks, she removed the tape from my eyes and handed me a mirror.

RESULTS / THOUGHTS:

Within the first 15min I was relieved to see I wasn’t going to be allergic to the formula. My eyes are super sensitive so I would have felt it right away! A week later I still haven’t had a reaction and don’t think I’ll be getting one at this point.

The process did take close to 2 hours! Which drove me a little crazy to be honest, but I should mention that I don’t really enjoy things like these… getting my nails done, getting a massage, doing anything to my hair, etc. I get them done every now and then because I like the results, but the process is always a drag for me. However the place was extremely relaxing and she was great! It’s just an Erika thing. So if you’re like me, be prepared to be there for a while (or at least that was my experience).

Also I was right about the tint not being too noticeable. My lashes are already dark-ish brown so if yours are the same and they’re charging extra for that part, then go ahead and skip it! Not worth the extra cost. I paid $80 and the price was the same with or without the tint so I decided to go for it.

NOW FOR THE ACTUAL REVEAL…

I was sort of right about my lashes being a little too short BUT at the same time it is a very noticeable change. Please keep reading. What I mean by this is that the expectation I had was that my lashes would look dramatically different, almost like when you get the more natural looking Lash Extension, you know what I mean? But I feel that a big part of this expectation is because 99% of the Lash Lift photos out there are of people with long lashes (not fair or helpful in my opinion) then it’s no wonder you (or at least me) kind of forget your own reality. So when I opened my eyes and looked in the mirror my first thought was “Oh is that it??” I walked to my car, got in and immediately pulled down the mirror and stared at my lashes for a while! And then I started noticing things like… “Okay I like how they’re all perfectly spaced out, they do look and feel natural (even though I wasn’t supposed to touch them yet) and most importantly they did look 100% lifted.

Fast forward to two days later when I was now allowed to get them wet and use mascara, waking up to my eyelashes looking so nice and lifted first thing in the morning was SUCH A GOOD FEELING! I always joke that I look like a teen boy because I’m all skinny looking, have no real curves AND the 3 lashes I have are all short and straight! So growing up this all made me look even more like my brother Edgar LOL so I always always wear mascara. But after getting them Lifted/Tinted last week, if I don’t wear mascara they still look like I put 1 good coat on and they look perfectly curled and nice. They don’t look extra long by any means, my length is what it’s always been but I do look more feminine now. And when I do apply mascara I noticed that it goes on way easier, I don’t need to apply as much and they actually look way nicer than they’ve ever looked. Bottom line?? I would do it again. I can definitely suck it up for 2 hrs if I can go out and not need a single drop of makeup on my face but my SPF.

Have you tried this before? If so, did you have a different experience? Let me know your thoughts below, I’m curious to know. Also, feel free to head to my IG Stories to take a closer look at the final results! As always thank you for reading,

Hawaii Trip with Hyundai (New Kona Vehicle)

This past week I got to do something really exciting with HYUNDAI. I partnered with them to promote the new Kona Vehicle and test it all around The Big Island! They flew me and other Influencers to Kailua-Kona Hawaii (place where they got their inspiration for the car) and just explored the island for 4 days. It was such a fun adventure!!

First, let me say that I’ve had a long experience driving a Hyundai myself, so going into this I knew I could fully trust the company and feel confident about promoting their car. I would never post about something I don’t fully believe in. And I am extremely glad I was part of this media introduction because I was very impressed with this SUV! Specially by its advanced technology, but more not this later. First, for all of you who have not been to The Big Island before let me explain something I just learned on this first visit. The biodiversity of the island itself is insane! They have 8 micro climates, which means Hawaii is one of the most ecologically diverse locations in the world. It goes from one extreme to the next, a Humid tropical climate (how Hawaii always looked like in my head), to Winter dry, to monsoon, to Arid and semi-arid climates, to desert like dry, Summer warm and Summer cool. Crazy it’s all in one island right? Well it was the most perfect place to put this vehicle to the test and we certainly made the most of it!! In the everyday outings we drove it on all terrains… Volcanic rock scenery, secluded beautiful beaches, the wet tropical jungle, up the mountains where I swear I felt I was in Ireland and all in-between!

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Some of the most impressive features comes from their interior technology. The Kona connects with Amazon Alexa and Google Home plus the Blue Link Car System, so I downloaded the app as was quickly setting in the atmosphere of the car from my phone before I even got in the car! How cool is that? With Blue Link you can Lock and Unlock, Remote Start with cool or warm climate control, has remote car finder (HELLO so perfect for me! I always forget where I park) and so much more.

Plus Kona has the option of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which we made the most of on these road trips, has an 8-inch color touchscreen with navigation, rear view monitor with parking guidance, rain sensing wipers, among other amazing features but my 2 favorite ones have to be the Head-Up Display which is a 8-inch clear display that pops-up with safety, navigation and audio information while you drive (great for those who easily distract like me) and the Wireless charger for you phone! I know, I know of all things… but the heart wants what it wants and mine was beating for it not to mention their phone retrieval reminder and how it’s compatible with Android and Apple Smartphones since I use both Google Pixel and iPhone. You just place it down and voilá it charges instantly while you drive, that easy!

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“Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good”


I got to enjoy this trip with my other half Tom, who is also my photographer so this experience was extra special! I am lucky to have such a supportive man by my side. Honestly when it comes to traveling for work it can get stressful sometimes, there’s a lot of pressure to deliver high quality content, network and still trying to be in the moment but having someone on your team who gets that and knows how to calm you down when your perfectionist side is taking over is a true blessing! This trip was just the right balance of it because I had him with me, so I came back feeling overjoyed.

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And not just that, but the entire Hyundai Team who came with us went above and beyond to make sure we had a magnificent time! Being an Influencer means you get to work with a wide variety of companies every year, some good and some not so great but let me tell you this team was beyond accommodating and prepared. I meant it, they perfectly planned the entire trip down to the very last little detail. From having members of their team waiting for us at every location with food and beverages, a fun itinerary with equally balanced leisure time to enjoy the cars as well as a variety of activities for us to try out all around the island, provided several suggested routes to take, you name it! They did it.

But above all, it felt more like a family atmosphere where everyone was genuinely connecting with one another and go to experience all the best the new Kona vehicle has to offer. To me all of this speaks very highly of their values and of who they are as a company. Having the opportunity to test out these exceptional cars was already an exciting experience but their kind attentions made it a truly memorable one and that will alway build genuine relationships.

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Now for someone who doesn’t have a family of their own yet and who loves taking long road trips with friends, I have to say this is a perfect option! I have all this extra room inside but it’s compact on the outside. It is very smartly designed and honestly with all the safety features and far better technology I am sold on it. I’ve been considering upgrading my car this year and haven’t gotten around to it yet but I’m seriously considering upgrading to this car, I meant take a look…

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*The Kona in Sonic Silver color with leather interiors 
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I’m already having withdrawals from this beautiful trip but I am very happy with all the memories I came back with! I always encourage people to look into things themselves so here is the link for you to find out further info on their Shopper Assurance.

Thanks for stopping by,

xo Erika

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

Healthy Eating! The CRATEFUL Experience

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If you follow my Instagram Stories you probably watched my daily updates on the Crateful meals a little while back. If you didn’t keep reading! You see, healthy eating is always one of my top priorities and specially with the new year so when the opportunity came to try a food delivery service, I jumped at it! I had read good reviews about Crateful before and I’ve never tried this type of meal service so I thought it would be interesting to see for myself. You can find more about them here.

In full disclosure I did not pay for this service, I was offered to try it for free but everything I share in this blog is ALWAYS MY REAL OPINION. I kept a daily journal for the duration of the trial which was from Monday to Friday, so I will share with you exactly what I thought about the experience.

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Day No. 1:

I had just gotten back from a weekend getaway and it was so incredibly nice to come home to a cooler full of meals for the day! Actually, any day of the week it would be a nice treat but whenever I travel I don’t really follow my normal diet. I’m all about French fries and burgers by the pool and maybe a cocktail or too (it’s vacay mode right?) so to have all these delicious and healthy meals ready to eat was a real pleasure! Okay, let’s talk about the menus:

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Thoughts: First impression on portions is that they were very good. Breakfast and Lunch were plenty to make me feel full. And as far as taste I have zero complains, it was really delicious! I was expecting very tiny portions but they were generous so I was gladly mistaken. And as for dinner, it was a slightly smaller portion but I did have dessert with it, so I get its and again I was satisfied. Every single meal was great!

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THOUGHTS: Breakfast this time was smaller, I felt like it needed to be a little bigger to keep me full. The flavor was not what I know to be ACAI, it tasted more like cool oats which hey I love, it’s just wasn’t the taste I was expecting. I did however enjoy it very much! The lunch and dinner were just as mouthwatering as they looked. These portions were very generous so I has happy and the dessert… well let’s just say I didn’t even consider sharing a bite, I loved it.

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THOUGHTS: This and the first day were my favorite meals without a doubt! I can honestly say that portions on everything was perfect. Flavor left nothing to be desired and after 3 days of coming home to ready to eat meals, I was in food heaven! I seriously started feeling that I could get used to this.

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THOUGHTS: Breakfast this day was very good in flavour but I did feel like it would have been nice to have a little something else with the meal, maybe a side of potatoes to keep me fuller. It wasn’t a big deal, I had a piece of toast with it and was fine. As far as lunch, I’m still craving that risotto with beef because it was delicious. About dinner, the Veal loin roulade was okay, not bad and not great. I was indifferent to the taste, the portion was satisfying but it just wasn’t what the other meals had been. I thought the meat was kind of hard, maybe it was the way I heated it, but also the flavor was a bit off. The dessert was just as good as everyday!

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THOUGHTS:  I’ve been enjoying the fact that Crateful includes fruit in my breakfast, it makes me feel like I am getting a healthy meal every time, which was one of the biggest selling points for me when I decided to try Crateful. Moving on to lunch, I completely forgot to mention on the Restrictions section that I don’t eat pork. I mean I’ll have bacon every now and then, but in any other form I never eat it because I don’t like the taste. So with lunch being green pork chili, I wasn’t able to taste it. And I was so bummed because it looked amazing! That green sauce was calling my name but I just don’t eat pork and that was my fault so I had someone else eat it. I can however talk about dinner and that I did enjoy! The whole week I felt like I was eating pretty healthy without sacrificing flavor and this last day was no different.

Final Thoughts: 

I fully enjoyed this food service. The meals were promptly delivered every single day to my door and the food was properly packed with more than enough ice packs preserving everything for up to 24hrs in the ice cooler, so I never worried there. And I have to say it was truly great to have 3 daily meals (plus dessert) delivered to my door that where healthy and overall satisfying. I truly enjoyed this food delivery service!

Going into this I was also trying to focus beyond the convenience of it. I mean of course that part is a big selling point but I also wanted to see for myself if I could truly enjoy the meals everyday and feel like I was eating healthy. And the truth is I did! I mean I didn’t love 100% of the meals, I know the Thursday meals weren’t my favorite but whatever I found missing I am sure I could better customise on the following order. Honestly there were far more good things throughout this experience than bad. If anything, cost would be something I would focus on more to make sure it would be worth it for my needs. As well as working with my difficult schedule.

Now on this last point I did have an issue because my schedule changes every single week. Whether I have photoshoots, blogger brunches, meetings or events to attend, I am constantly driving far to get to them. No week is the same for me, there are weeks where I drive to LA every single day, there are others where I only drive 2-3 times a week and some where I handle everything from OC. With a schedule that is always changing like mine, I realized I could not commit to a meal plan delivery service and I feel like I would end up spending more money in the end because of it. So even though I really liked their services I guess it wouldn’t work for me right now. I always encourage my readers to try things for themselves so if you do, I would love to hear your experience!

 

I hope you found this helpful!

And as always thank you for reading,

xo Erika

 

Update: My Skin Care Routine!

I have shared some of my favorite skin care products before, but since then I have found other ones that work great for me so I thought it was time for an update! I have combination skin and depending on the seasons I sometimes get really tiny bumps on my the sides of my face. I usually let it run its course, until now! And you will never guess where I found this miracle worker…

But first, this isn’t a sponsored post. Not to say that if it was, this wouldn’t be my real opinion. I am just excited I found products that actually work for me, so keep reading if you want to find out why <3

  • First a couple of products that I rely on every week. I don’t use these daily but definitely game changers on my skin care routine:

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1. Skin Authority Acne & Oil Control. This is the first product I try from them. It helps with acne cause bacteria and minimize oil. I get some acne around my cheeks, not crazy bad but I decided to try it! After 3 months of using it, I am convinced this is what helped my skin look much healthier. I don’t use it daily, I started with 3-4 times a week at first and now only once a week and that has been enough. My face has really cleared up and I am now much happier! I wouldn’t be writing about it if I wasn’t <3  I would encourage you to look into this brand, talking to one of their representatives like I did and find out about your specific needs.

2. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.  I first tried SK-II after receiving it in one of my goodie bags at a blogger event. I was very curious to see for myself and I am so glad I did! My skin looks more radiant, I can see the tone is more even and even a bit more firm. I honestly had my doubts about it but now it’s part of my routine. The only thing I don’t like is that it costs more than I care to spend on a beauty product but to me it does work so I will continue to use it. wander with love

MY DAILY ROUTINE:

1. First Aid Face Cleanser w/ Antioxidant Booster. This product is very very gentle on my skin but it gets rid of all the dirt and any makeup residue left from my makeup remover. I have been using it for over a year now and it’s still my No.1 cleanser.

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2. Plantioxidants Power Seed Menagerie Oil. I use this product daily and have been using it for 4 months now. I am beyond in love with it!! Like I said I have combiantion skin so I was scared of trying any oil but ever since I started using it my skin went from dull to radiant, fresh and hydrated. TRULY ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!

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 3. First Aid Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream. I know I mentioned this brand above but again this isn’t a sponsored post, just products that I’ve been loving so I wanted to share. Anyways, this eye cream has made the skin around my eyes look much more illuminated and hydrated so I use it every day. Also it’s light weight so it doesn’t mess up my makeup afterward. I have been using this product for almost a year now and I am very happy with it! 

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4. Eucerin Baby ECZEMA RELIEF Body Creme. I use it for my Face, neck and chest area. Okay I realize I don’t have ECZEMA and that it’s a baby product BUT somehow this cream helped me get rid of the tiny little bumps I was talking about earlier. I don’t think it’s acne but it shows up from time to time depending on the seasons (very annoying). My mom has actually used this brand for years and I’ve had a good experience with their other products in the past, so I decided to try it.

I have been using it daily and I swear after day 1 results were immediately there. I couldn’t believe it! I don’t know how but this product gave my face a smoother look and feel and it’s crazy to think I found it at my local supermarket. After spending so much money on products that never worked, I finally got rid of this problem so I had to tell you guys!! Plus even though this product is rich, it does not feel pasty or oily. My skin feels moisturized and so healthy! It’s now a favorite in my drawer. 

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5. As far as Sunscreen depending on the sun exposure I will be under that day, I still use my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick SPF 70 (which I posted about before) and I have recently been using the IT Cosmetics CC Cream SPF50 plus the powder for touch ups from IT Cosmetics as well, in shade Medium Tan. IN LOVE WITH THESE 3!!

MY NIGHT CARE ROUTINE:

I use the same face cleanser I mentioned above and then…

1. 100% Pure Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Potent PM Serum. I cannot say enough good things about this brand! I love it all! From their makeup products like their lipsticks (MY CURRENT FAVORITES) to their skin care products, I am obsessed. They are commited to creating the purest products and the results have been clear to me! Truly one of the best brands I discovered this year. 

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2. ESTÉE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II. On the contrary from my day eye cream, I love how rich this product is! When it comes to night time creams I feel like heavier ones are better for my skin. And I love the results I get from this one. It’s on the more expensive side for such a small container, but I personally feel like it’s been worth it. That said, I always encourage you to try for yourself! Maybe ask for a sample and see if this is right for you.

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3. For moisturizer I have recently been using Eucerin Baby ECZEMA Relief Body Creme mentioned above since its been working so well on my skin, but for the past 7 months I had been using Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream. It’s been so amazing on my skin that I still carry it everywhere I go. I will continue to use it and begin going back and forth between both.

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These are all products that I have come to love. I believe in every one of them and I hope they help others too.

As always thank you for stopping by!

xo Erika

Old School For Fall

I’ve been feeling the red sunnies lately and these particular ones are my favorites! They’re from a brand I just discovered called Perverse, they have the cutest eyewear. Sunnies are always a great statement piece and when I got this polka dot dress on my birthday, I knew both would go great together. I just had so much fun wearing this look!

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The fabric is on the heavier side which I love because it has a nice effect when I walk or turn. But I felt like it had a dressier look than I wanted, so I paired it with my favorite white shoes to keep things casual and wore it down the street to meet my girls for the day! Grabbed some coffee, we went shopping and had a fun time together. Sometimes a nice belted long dress is all a girl needs <3

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What I wore:

Red Sunglasses from PerversePolka Dot Shirt Dress from Uterqüe |

Medium Vara Shoulder Bag from Salvatore Ferragamo

As always thanks for reading,

xo Erika

Blush + Leather

Okay so here it is! Many of you were asking me where to find this bodysuit I posted on my Instagram a few days ago, I tagged the brand but I know it sold out on their website so I decided to link where to find it on this post. I’ve always got your back!

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It’s the bodysuit of my dreams! I wish I had it in every single color and fabric (not even kidding). I specially love the leather on the straps, it’s such a beautiful detail… 

It’s a look that works for me when I’m out all day but can throw on a jacket around sunset for the cooler LA breeze we get and head out to my next event or even cocktail hour!

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And of course you know me, 99% of the time I wear gold jewelry so I accessorized with my favorite pieces and with the black ankle boots and jacket it makes a nice contrast…

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Slowly we are starting to layer up over here in SoCal and I’m stating to have fun with it!

What I wore:

Lula Velvet Bodysuit by For Love Of Lemons |Wrap Star Tie Front Short by Planet Blue

Flat Ankle Boots With Studs by ZARA

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

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

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What I wore:

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

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

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

xo Erika

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

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

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

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

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

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

º These are for the Fashion lovers:

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

º For some healthy Girl Power:

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

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

What I wore:

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

Thank you for reading!

xo Erika

 

 

 

Fitness & Health this Summer!

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

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FITNESS

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

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EATING HABITS 

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

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TRY SOMETHING NEW

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

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What I wore:

Armour Mid-Crossback Top, Color Blocked Ankle Leggings,

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