The plaid blazer


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This outfit definitely doesn't fit in the summer theme I currently have going on here and on instagram. I was planning to hold these pictures until we were closer to fall but I change my mind. Partially because I love the outfit, but also because we haven't done any outfit photoshoots since the summer started. The weather has been beautiful and we try to spend as much time as we can enjoying all the fun Chicago has to offer during this season. This saturday we're going to another beach party and I can't wait! I got this two piece swimsuit (that by the way is on sale and almost SOLD OUT) and I'm totally in love, It fits like a dream. Another thing that is not exactly on sale, but definitely cheaper than they were a couple months ago, are plaid blazers. I'm linking up some of my favorites at the end of this post. By the way, that's the only thing I'll link up today because all my outfit (except the bag) was either thrifted or from poshmark.
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Este outfit no queda para nada con la tematica de verano que he tratado de llevar aqui y en instagram pero ya lo quise subir en parte porque me encanta el conjunto pero tambien porque la verdad no hemos tomado nada de fotos desde que comenzo el verano. En vez de eso hemos disfrutado muchisimo de todas las actividades que Chicago tiene durante esta temporada. Este sabado vamos a otra fiesta de playa y estoy super emocionada, hasta me compre este traje de bano nuevo para la ocasion (por cierto que esta en oferta y ya casi se acaba). Otra cosa que tambien he visto un poco mas barata ultimamente son las chaquetas o blazers de cuadros. Les voy a poner aqui algunos de mis favoritos. 

Shop my favorite plaid blazers




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photography: Eric Alanis


Shoot my travel : Downtown Chicago

*this post is not sponsored by Shoot my Travel. However I did received a complimentary photoshoot in exchange of ONE instagram picture. All the opinions in this post are 100% mine*

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A little bit over a month ago I was reached out by Shoot my travel to do a photoshoot with them. Since Eric and I rarely get the chance to take pictures together we jumped at the opportunity. Today I'm going to share with you some of the pictures we got and let you know my thoughs about this experience.

What is shoot my travel?

Shoot my travel is a website that connects you with local photographers in different parts or the world to "help you capture the vacation moments you don't want to forget".  They offer different packages  that range from 1 hr (15 pictures) for $195 to 3 hours for $375 (35 pictures). No matter what package you book, you can chose if you're going to be in the pictures by yourself or a small group, or if it will be a couples session.  

How to book:

When you book you book your photoshoot you start by choosing your destination and one of the photographers availables in the area. Then you have to fill a small questionarie with your preferred date (not time), and area of the city. NOTE: This doesn't necesarily mean you're all set with those requests. Once you get connected with your photographer, you have to figure out what date and time work the best for both of you. 



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Our Experience part 1 :The bumps on the road

We booked the "You and the city" package and decided we will have our pictures taken by the wrigley building in Chicago. We scheduled the photoshoot for june 10th but our photographer cancelled last minute due tome some issues with the company. I blame this to the fact that this is an startup company and they're still figuring things out. Anyway we ended up having the photoshoot on june 24th. Luckily we live in Chicago and we weren't in a hurry to get this done, but for someone who is traveling with a tight schedule this may be an issue.

Our Experience part 2 :The Photoshoot

Our photographer Petra was really nice, once we got the meeting point we talked a little bit about what we had in mind. She knew I wanted some pictures at the wrigley building so we were headed there first, but that day was really sunny and she let us know the lighting was making very difficult getting good pictures so she suggested to walk around downtown and shoot in different locations. We liked the idea too and that's what we did. I have to say that she is really nice and made us feel very confortable the entire time. The experience of couse was completely different than when we did our engagement session, but I think that considering she is not a wedding/engagement photographer, she managed to take some cute candid pictures of us. I would totally use these on my wedding website!


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ps. I think Petra's travel photography skills shined through these next two pictures. I've been living in Chicago for more than 3 years and I've never had a good picture taken at the bean. Petra made that happen!!

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Overall thoughts:

I think Shoot my travel is a great option if you're traveling (duh!) and have no idea where to find a photographer. I personally think it is a little bit overprized, considering I paid $50 more for my engagement session and I got almost 100 pictures. The turnaround time is great, I got my pictures in less than a week and I loved pretty much all of them. I don't think the pictures I received were edited and the overal feeling of the photos were not cohesive. In a way I think that was better because it made easier for me to edit the pictures the way I like to make them fit better with my instagram aesthetic (#diditforthegram). To make this experience even better I definitely recommend to communicate with your photographer and let him/her know your expectations and preferences, maybe send them a couple of pictures you love to help them visualize your idea. I also recommend to book this in advance, that way if something unexpected comes up, you'll still have plently of time to find another photographer.


Have you heard about Shoot my Travel before? Let me know your thoughts !


Straw bags under $30



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The other day I told you on instagram that I found in one of my favorite affordable clothing websites (Rosegal) tons of straw bags for under $30. A lot of you asked me to round up some of my favorites, soI did! Go to the end of this post to find them.The straw bag I'm wearing for this pictures is from forever21 and only $18 .

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Straw bags for under $30


Like I've mentioned before, Rosegal is an overseas fast fashion store, so keep in mind that because of their super low prices (and FREE shipping all the time) some of the things can be a hit or miss.  I personally prefer them for bags and shoes, they have never dissapointed me!

On July 16th to 18th they are having their anniversary sale , so you can snag any of these with an additional 12% off with the code "RGAnniversary1". However I do recommend you that if you REALLY like something, get it right away. I've noticed that they sold out pretty quick.



Summertime!

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swimsuit: Rachel Roy (c/o)

Summer is my favorite time in the city. The weather is perfect, days are longer  and everyone seems to be happier. This past saturday we took advantage of the sunny day and went to the beach for a little bit. I wore this swimsuit that I got from Rachel Roy and I'm obsessed with. If you're looking for a high quality swimsuit definitely check out their page. The prices may be hefty but I think it worths the splurge. If you're not in the mood for spending big bucks, no worries they also have a bunch of swimsuits for less than $20 and just as cute. As far as sizing I would say these run big. I usually get my swimsuits in M to fit my curves but this one was a little bit loose in some areas, a size S would have been much better.

By the way What do you think about the new swimwear trends? I've always been a two piece swimsuit kind of girl but lately I'm loving all the cute styles of one pieces and high waisted bikinis I see everywhere. I linked up some of my favorite at the end of this post. 

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Los veranos en chicago son mis favoritos. El clima es perfecto, los dias son mas largos, hay muchos eventos por toda la ciudad y encima de todo, la gente se ve mucho mas feliz. Este pasado domingo nos aprovechamos del dia soleado y fuimos a la playa un ratito. Me puse este traje de baño de Rachel Roy que me mandaron hace poquito y me encanto! Si estan buscando un traje de buena calidad, les recomiendo muchisimo visitar la pagina, los precios si estan un poco caros pero yo creo que vale la pena, y si no quieren gastar mucho revisen la seccion de ofertas, tienen algunos modelos super bonitos y por menos de $20. En cuanto a la talla yo diria que estos vienen grandes, yo por regular soy talla mediana y este me quedo un poco flojo, un talla chica hubiera sido mucho mejor.

Por cierto, que piensan de las nuevas tendencias de  trajes de baño? Yo siempre habia sido amante de los bikimis pero ultimamente me encatan los trajes de una pieza. Les comparto unos de mis favoritos hasta el final de este post

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Buy my favorite one piece swimsuits:



This post is not sponsored by Rachel Roy. I was sponsored for an instagram picture and I chose to post the rest here. All the opinions are 100% my own.

Summer Basics


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 Crop tops, gaucho pants, crochet, linen, button front dresses...  I love all the trends currently going on for spring summer, but for me nothing beats a good old white t-shirt/high waisted shorts/slides outfit. You can easily take this little number from brunch to the beach, and that's exactly what I did the day I took this pictures , ALMOST A YEAR AGO! With summer, slowly approaching it only seemed appropiate to finally share them with you. What is your favorite outfit combo for summer?
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Los crop tops, pantalones gaucho, tejidos, lino y vestidos de botones, todas las tendencias de esta primavera me encantan pero sigo prefiriendo los basicos y los shorts de mezclilla combinados con  blusas blancas es mi conjunto favorito para el verano. Ademas de facil de vestir es super versatil!

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photography: Eric Alanis

SHOP THE LOOK:

White tees


Shorts

Slides

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