The Everyday Look

The Everyday Look

I feel that in the past year, I have been dressing more casual. Using as an Everyday Look, basic pieces. It all comes about in my essence of simplifying my day to day. Typically I have really long work days. They start at the gym at 5am and then it goes into a packed day meetings and work. In the middle of all this, I go to fashion events or head on to draw fashion illustrations either for me of for a client.

It sounds like a lot, but this is what bloggers that have very demanding day jobs do. All because we really love sharing stories, and for me sharing my artwork and fashion ideas. So saving a few minutes, everyday. Specially while dressing up, comes as a precious earning. So I can expend less time thinking what to wear, and in that time do things that I love. It is just so much easier when outfits are put together using basic apparel. They look good and kinda pulled together.

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#CapturaTuCultura with Sedano’s

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Sedano’s and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Stuffed Plantain Tostones

I love to entertain family and friends, and each time I like to prepare dishes that reminds me of home. So for today’s post sponsored by Sedano’s Supermarkets, I wanted to share with you how you can #CapturaTuCultura with one of my favorite and easiest dishes to make for a get together. Shrimp Stuffed Plantain Tostones with Tomato, Cilantro, Garlic Sauce. It doesn’t get more Caribbean than pairing seafood (in this case shrimp) with earthy green plantains which makes this a truly Dominican dish to make. 

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2018 Goals

2018 Goals
At the end of each year, I reflect on the last twelve months in preparation to get ready for the new one. I started thinking of my 2018 goals, as I had a good last year. Some of the goals I had  listed got accomplished, some others morphed and changed. I got to work with some really cool brands like MazdaTory Burch and Cynthia Rowley. And did breakout of my comfort zone working on new mediums. (Check out the painted Adidas I made with Famous Footwear).

Every “X” amount of years, I go thru a growing phase, and 2017 for sure was one of those years. The things I learned personal and in business, has for sure shaped the things to come on 2018. I have worked into some ideas that hopefully these year will all come up to fruition soon.

And thank you for all my followers for being there for me, here is to 2018 starting!

2018 Goals

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA & Tickets Giveaway

This post and giveaway is sponsored by Cirque du Soleil VOLTA.

Cirque du Soleil’s newest show VOLTA is rolling into Miami this week. On Friday, December 15th until February 4th, under the Big Top next to Hard Rock Stadium.  I love going to presentations and shows there is a certain magic to see the stage designs, wardrobes and special effects. In college I took a class for Scenography design class and that was one of the coolest classes I had. There is so much you can dream up and imagine to create a different world on a stage. Visual shows like Cirque du Soleil, feed my imagination on future artworks to come.

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Live drawing at Nudara’s Art Basel Pop-up

Nudara Art Basel The Architect of StyleIf you are in town for Art Basel. I wanted to invite you to the Nudara by mktub Pop-up, this Saturday December 9th, from 3 to 6pm. Where I will be Live Drawing custom personalized fashion illustrations. This event is open to attend but be sure to RSVP (here).  Be sure to pass by and say hi! And score one of my fashion illustrations while you shop Nudara sandals, have some drinks, chill and also get Henna and evil eye nail art. This will be a really cool event and I would love to see you!

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Cooking with Parmigiano Reggiano

One of my favorite things is cooking. I say that if I would ever leave architecture (and illustrating) I would become a chef. I consider myself a foodie and truly love making new dishes. Last week my friends from South Florida Bloggers invited me to attend a cooking class with Parmigiano Reggiano at the Biltmore Culinary Academy. Obviously having the chance of pretending to be a world class chef and cook in a real chef’s kitchen, I gladly attended. 

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How-to Dye Clip-On Bangs

This shop has been compensated by Schwarzkopf. #FashionColorExpert #sponsored

For Fall, I shied away from having my super bright ombre hair and went ahead and dyed my hair a darker tone. But after coloring my hair, I also wanted to do a little more of a change and have bangs without having to cut my hair. I have been loving that french girl fringe look, so I went for it. So I partnered up with Schwarzkopf Color Ultime to show you How-to Dye Clip-On Bangs. 

Schwarzkopf Color Ultime comes in a variety of fashion shades. I picked a Magnificent Blacks 1.1 in Raven Black, to match my hair base line color. I started with a medium color natural hair Clip-On bangs (see below the before and after), and ended up with a color true to the box color shown. My hair came-out really shiny and matching my real hair.

And if you need some hair inspo check it out on social using the hashtag #FashionColorExpert or you can see it here too!

Materials needed for this How-To Dye Clip-On Bangs

One Box of Schwarzkopf Color Ultime 1.1 in Raven Black (Available at Walmart, this is where I bought mine) | Natural Hair Crown Clip-on Bangs (Hence on natural don’t use synthetic blends) | Parchment paper or a plastic bag surface to work on

INSTRUCTIONS

1. First cover the working area with parchment paper or a plastic bag. Also protect your hands using the plastic gloves included in the color box.

2. Unscrew the lid of the Application bottle that has the Developer lotion and add the full tube of the Color Cream. Close the applicator bottle and shake vigorously until well blended.

3. Take your natural hair clip-on bangs, and start adding the color dye, in stripes, massaging thru the hair and make sure all strands are covered. you may also want to flip the bags and add some color on the behind area where the clips are. You won’t use all the product in the bottle, just enough to cover all.

4. Let it sit for 40 minutes.

5. Wash off with plenty of running cold water. I like to do a quick wash with a little bit of shampoo and finish off using a little bit of the Conditioning Treatment provided with the box, to make it extra shiny.

6. Lay flat on a dark towel and let it air dry. After completely dry you can style as usual and clip-on.

Check out below to see the results and how I styled my hair to achieve the french girl look!

If you would like to try out Schwarzkopf Color Ultime for free, check out this rebate offer from the brand.

How to Dye Clip-On Bangs with Schwarzkopf Color Ultime

If you use Ibotta you can Earn up to $5, when you purchase any shade of Schwarzkopf Color Ultime.

How to Dye Clip-On Bangs with Schwarzkopf Color Ultime


Transitioning Layering for Fall

 

If you are in Miami you know we just had a few days of “cold” weather. For us meaning we can start Transitioning Layering for Fall, and take out a few winter pieces to wear in south Florida. One of my favorite ways to do this, is by taking a dress I wore during the summer and wearing it together with a turtleneck underneath.

The weather here it is still not enough to wear boots, but I can totally see this look with knee high boots, or maybe ankle booties in a blush tone, just like these thick heel pumps. I wanted to break up the girly-ness of this dress by adding a fisherman cap and a dark purple lipstick.  Because a little change is good.

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Keep that Summer Glow

So now that Summer is over, it is time to start thinking on how to keep that Summer Glow going. Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite beauty products, that I am currently using. To always look bronzed tanned and not ashy. I keep my routine for this very simple and just add a golden bronzer and coral tones blush to my face and cheeks, a little eyeshadow in earthy tones and some body makeup on my arms and legs. To tell you the truth, I was also using them thru out the summer months, as I can’t get sun tanned because I am currently doing lase hair removal sessions (more about that here).

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