The cargo jacket, a must have.

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I'm wearing: Forever 21 basic tee |  Levis mile high supper skinny jeans . They come in black too  | Cargo Jacket from stitfix (get a $25 credit with this link) - love this one for less than $35 | Shoes - Dansko Odina (run big, I recommend to size down) - I also love these VANS leather slip ons

It's July already but here in Chicago doesn't feel like summer yet. Although is definitely warmer than it was a month ago, sometimes a light jacket is still much needed, specially during the night. 

A cargo jacket is my go-to during those days. It goes well with everything. You know most of the time I'm super casual so I like to wear mine with simple t-shirts jeans and comfy shoes. You can also wear it over a floral dress (I love the mix of girly and edgy) , or make it a little bit dressier by pairing with a feminine cami and heels for a date night.

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Ya es julio pero la verdad que todavia no se siente como Verano aqui en Chicago. Aunque si esta un poco mas caliente que hace unos meses, ocasionalmente todavia se necesita alguna chaqueta, sobre todo por las noches.

Las chaquetas estilo cargo son mis favoritas. Creo que se ven bien con todo . Ya saben que yo soy super casual entoncs por lo regular me gusta ponermelas sobre un outfit muy simple de pantalones y playera con zapatos comodos. Tambien me encanta como se ve combinada con un vestido floral, o con una blusita femenina y tacones. 

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Summer time Chicago + my favorite rooftops and patios


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Once summer kicks-in definitely Chicago is the prettiest. Summer time in Chicago makes you forget about the never ending winter and you fall in love with the city once again.  I love spending as much time as I can outside, so brunch and drinks on a patio or a rooftop are a must. Here are some of my favorite places:

1. Cyndi's rooftop (donwntown):  Drinks are delicious and you get a really nice view to millenium park . I'm pretty sure this is all the way through fall and maybe some winter months. 

2. LondonHouse (downtown):  The view from this rooftoop is amazing, you can see pretty much all the river and the surroundings in downtown.  This place can be pricey but I think it's totally worth it

3. Park & Field (wicker park): Also open all year round, this patio offers tons of cozy seating, firepits , brunch options and fun games. It's always really crowded so I recommend going early

4. Cabra (fulton market): I recently visited this one but I really liked the menu, they have a lot of ceviches and cold plates, just what you need during this summer weather. Their outside area has a pool!

5. City winery (dontown): Located in the riverwalk this is a good place to stop by if you're by the area. You can order a wine, sit outside by the stairs on the riverwalk and watch the boats and doggies pass by. Gets me in that summer mood every time.

6. VU rooftop bar (south loop): I think this is one of the few rooftoops in south loop and definitely a good one. Also open all year round, the patio has retractable glass walls and firepits for when the temperatures drop.

7. Aire (donwntwon): Located on the Hyatt centric , this rooftop offers really good views of the area, a huge patio with umbrellas and a really good menu of small bites, wine & drinks.

8. La sirena Clandestina (fulton market): Although this patio is small and honestly not that cute it needed to be on the list just because they have a really good happy hour menu that includes, empanadas, salads and tasty caipirihnas every tuesday from 5 to 7. I love a happy hour that I can actually make it to after work

9. Federales (fulton market): Must go for a good vibe and even better tacos. I feel it's always a good time no matter when you go.


What are your favorite outdoor dinning spots in Chicago? 

Sugar and Spice and all things nice

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A few weeks ago I had the chance to do a photoshoot with Josh Purnell from JPImages. When he reached me out he showed me some of his pictures and I really liked his moody edits and the way he captures the urban surroundings. Totally different from what you're used to see here. Bright photos typically shoot in front of white walls or open spaces, your regular blogger photos right?.

I wanted him to take pictures of me on his own style but I still wanted the photos to be me. You know what I mean? So I opted for a casual outfit with a simple t-shirt and my favorite thrifted mom jeans,  and threw a leather jacket on top to finish the look. To add a little bit of glam I added my "cinderella heels" from FSJ shoes that I'm madly in in love with , they're super cute!

There's no doubt that a nice pair of heels is sometimes all you need to glam up your outfit. My favorite type of heel are pumps and pointed toe booties. They're super versatile, they go well with girly and edgy outfits and they can be worn all year long. I found tons of really cool heels on FSJ shoes, check their website HERE.

Also, what do you think about Josh's photos? I love them. I have over 100 of them but here are some of my absolute favorites:

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A really Honest review of Whish Beauty Natural Skin Care

This post is sponsored by Whish Beauty, all the opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Color Palette possible.





Natural or Clean beauty products have been super popular for a while. I think at this point we all know what they are (products free parabens, sulfates, phthalates, DEA, TEA, and "harsh chemicals") and all of the reasons why we should consider going "Clean".

However it has taken me a while to warm up to the idea to "cheat on" my favorite (not clean) brands and beauty products to try a new brand that I've never heard about before. Slowly but surely I'm getting there because of a variety of reasons, maybe a friend recommended me a product SHE LOVES, or my favorite blogger doesn't stop talking about X brand, or even better the bran itself gifts me some products so I get to try them.... that's exactly what happened this time! After diving into Whish beauty website and reading some reviews about the brand I jumped on the opportunity to try some of their products. F

irst of all let me tell you, they have EVERYTHING from skin care products like moisturizers and masks to body care products like self tanners and hair inhibitors. I'm definitely curious to try those but for the moment I decided to stick with skin care and incorporate some of their products on my nighttime beauty routine. It's been a few weeks since I started using all the products I received so here are my thoughts


Revitalizing Cleansing Oil

Cleansing is my favorite step on my skin care routine. There's something super satisfying about seeing my makeup melt away and feeling my face extra clean. I swear by double cleansing and cleansing oils so I was super excited about this Cleansing Oil, sadly I didn't love it. Let's talk about the pros: It smells delicious , the scent is refreshing and sweet, the perfect start for a mini spa session at home. It definitely makes me look forward to getting home after work to use it! BUT is not as good as other cleansing oils I've used. It removes most of the makeup off but I still have to go in with another makeup remover right after. I need to say that I typically wear a full face of long-lasting waterproof/sweat proof, everything proof makeup and that may be the reason why this is not working 100% for me. If you usually wear less makeup or lighter foundation this will totally work for you.



Repairing Eye Serum
 
What caught my eye about this eye serum is that it contains BAKUCHIOL which is an edible 100% natural substitute for retinol without the redness, dryness or UV sensibility issues. This serum claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and firming the skin. Luckily for me I still don't have fine lines. I do occasionally get puffy eyes after a long night or when I don't  get a good night sleep, both of those things had happened a lot lately and I'm happy to report that I haven't woken up with puffy eyes once. Other than that I also noticed that my under eye area looks much more brighter. I didn't have bad dark circles to begin with but the little bit of darkness I had is totally gone. I haven't wear concealer in a while!!



I'm a fan of lip balms.  I have one in my purse, in my car, at my desk, etc. I like to keep them handy and reapply during the day as needed.  This one is probably my current favorite, the vanilla scent is delicious. I currently have it on my nightstand because I like to apply it before I go to sleep. Although I like it I probably won't get this in the future because just because I think the price point is way more than what I like to pay for a lip balm.



Restoring Face Oil 

A face oil is totally a must for me. I always use one at night after my moisturizer. It gives me that extra boost of hydration and makes my skin glow the next morning. When I chose a face oil, I prefer the ones made mostly of natural oils. This one is a blend of everything : coconut, sesame, avocado, pomegranate, jojoba .... and the list goes on. Like the Repairing Eye Serum it also has Bakuchiol which is a nice bonus. We gotta keep those fine lines away! Compared with other face oils this one feels much more rich and silky but it doesn't feel greasy on the skin. The only thing I don't like about this oil is the smell, it's a little bit too sweet for my liking, nothing too bad that stops me from using it in the future, the price point however may make me think twice before getting it again. At $60 per bottle I'm not a big fan of the price.



I read once that a face oil should be the last step on your skin care routine since it pretty much will create a barrier on your skin that locks in the moisture but also if you use something else right after it probably won't work for the same reason. My nighttime skin care routine will typically end here , but these last couple weeks I've been adding an extra step (I saved the best for last)


Rose Hip + Lotus Firming Sleep Mask

Before using this I was dealing with a serious case of dryness and flaking skin on my chin, corners of my mouth and sides of the nose. It looked and feel terrible. I tried different products (mostly hydrating masks and a different day moisturizer) but nothing changed. One single night using this Rose Hip + Lotus Mask and my skin was already feeling and looking much better the next day. This product is truly a miracle in a jar and I'm obsessed.  I have it on my nightstand and I use it 2 or 3 times a week right before I go to sleep which typically is 1 or 2 hours after I applied my face oil. Sometimes I just skip the face oil and apply the mask right after my moisturizer. The days I use it my skin looks amazing the next morning, the glow is real. This face mask is here to stay !


Compared with some high-end brands and other natural brands I do think the price point is just a little bit higher, and in my opinion the packaging doesn't look or feel expensive but the worth is on the results. My skin feels and looks really good. Besides repairing the dry areas on my face, some stubborn dark spots I have are finally fading out. I'm definitely purchasing the Sleep mask and the eye serum again!

Have you tried Whish Beauty before?


Smokey Habanero Skewers with El Yucateco

This is an sponsored post by El Yucateco. All the opinions are 100% my own . Thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!

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A little bit over a year ago I partnered with El Yucateco on this post showing you my recipe to make Corn in a cup or Esquite. You guys loved it and it seems like the people over "El Yucateco" did too because they recently reached me out and asked me to write another recipe for them. Lucky me !

 One of the things I love about this little blog of mine is having the opportunity to work with brands that I 100% love and support. El Yucateco is one of them! I always have a few of their Habanero Sauces on my pantry and I use them almost every day adding a few drops on my favorite dishes for a kick of spiciness, Its habanero sauce is also a main ingredient in a bunch of my recipes like my Smokey Habanero Skewers.

 If you've been around for a while you probably know that I don't like to spend that much time in kitchen and honestly I'm not the best cook either. So I like to keep my recipes super simple and easy to make. This one is not the exception. All I did was getting a few pre-made skewers from my local grocery store, coat them with a mix of El Yucateco Red Habanero Sauce, garlic and butter, and then I grilled them! I know the word "habanero" can be intimidating for some but honestly the added butter reduces the spiciness of the Salsa and once they Skewers are cooked, you get more like a Smokey taste with a hint of spiciness rather than the kick you'll get using the salsa on it's own. If you're still unsure about it , substitute the Red Habanero for Green Habanero for a milder flavor or the Black if you want more of a kick. Sometimes I mix both!

 I typically make these Skewers when we're having cookouts with friends. Grilling is always easier when you cook for a lot of people but don't worry if you don't own a grill, you can bake your Skewers in the over or cook the on the stove top on medium heat (it may take a little bit longer this way). Also This time I use pork skewers but you can also use this same recipe to make Chicken or beef Skewers. You can buy them pre-made like me or if you're a little bit more hands-on in the kitchen and make your own combo of meat and veggies. They're delicious either way. 

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 Ingredients: 

 8 Pork Skewers
1/2 cup (or a full bottle) of El Yucateco Red Habanero Sauce
 1/4 cup of water
1 tablespoon of butter
 2 cloves or garlic
a dash of Oregano
Salt & pepper to taste
 olive oil
 Directions:

 Mince the garlic and roast it on the stove top with a litte bit of olive oil for a few minutes. Then add El Yucateco red sauce, butter, oregano, salt, pepper & water.

 Let it simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. Coat the Skewers with the Sauce mix and throw them on the grill for 10 minutes. Flip the skewers until they're completely cooked. You'd do the same thing cooking them on the stove top. If baking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake them for 5 minutes , turn the skewers over and bake for 10 more minutes. 

 Serve them with fresh squeezed lime and pair them with roasted corn in a cob to create the perfect summer cookout meal!

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