Winter staples

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Getting dressed during winter can be hard. If you wear too many clothes you'll start sweating before leaving the house, to few and you'll be freezing as soon as you walk out of the door.After surving 3 winters living in Chicago, I still don't consider myself an expert in winter fashion,  but if you ask me, the perfect winter outfit only needs this 5 pieces: skinny jeans, turtleneck knit tops, a cozy scarf, beanies & wool coats. The key is to lean towards cozy fabrics,like velvet, wool or even faux fur, and over sized pieces like maxi scarfs or long sweaters. Trust me those extra inches of fabrics always make a big difference.

What are your winter wardrobe staples?
A pesar de que ya he sobrevivido a tres inviernos en Chicago, todavia no me siento una experta cuando se trata de moda de invierno, pero si me lo preguntar, para mi el outfit ideal de invierto consiste de estas 5 prendas: Skinny jeans, Blusas de cuello alto, bufandas gigantes, beanies y abrigos de lana. El truco es elegir telas calientitas, como lana, terciopelo o incluso piel falsa, y prendas un poco mas grandes de lo normal como bufandas extra grandes o sueteres largos (creanme esos centimetros extra de tela hacen una gran diferencia).

Cuales son tus esenciales de invierno?


I'm wearing: Coat (thrifted) - similar / similar  | Boots (old) - similar / similar | Jeans (g) provided by Celebrity Pink | turtleneck (thrifted) - similar / similar | forever 21 beanie | Aldo sunglasses - similar / similar | Anne klein mini bag - similar | Maxi scarf provided by Zaful - similar 






 photography: Eric Alanis

Museum of Science & Industry

My mom was in Chicago for the holidays, so I was in full tourist mood for a week, and we went to the MSI for Christmas eve. I know what a nerd! This museum is located in Hyde Park, very close to the shore, and it is one of my favorite areas to drive around because it has a lot of open spaces and parks, plus the view of the lake Michigan is just amazing. And because the area is never crowded with people so it's a great for taking pictures, so we did! Don't you think that this place looks specially beautiful covered with snow?
Mi mama estuvo en chicago durante navidad y entonces estuve en modo turista por toda una semana. Justo el dia de navidad fuimos al museo por la manana, y aproveche para tomar unas fotos ahi. Por si no saben, este museo esta lozalizado en Hyde Park, que a mi me encanta, porque tiene muchos espacios abiertos, parques, y la vista del lago Michigan es increible. Aunque me queda muy lejos, me enanta manejar por ahi. Como no es una zona muy popular, generalmente no hay mucha gente por ahi y casi no hay trafico, por lo que sacar fotos para el blog se vuelve algo muy simple, asi que aproveche el viaje para sacar algunas. No les parece que el lugar se ve incluso mas bonito cubierto de nieve?

I'm wearing: Boots - similar / similar   | Rosegal shirt (g) - similar  | South moon under coat (old) - similar  | H&M jeans - similar  | H&M sadle bag - similar

photography: Eric Alanis

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HuesBox Subscription review.

I think I've been subscribed to every beauty box out there. Birchbox, ipsy, fab fit fun, you name it, and I can tell you about it. If there is something that most of them have in common, especially when they include makeup, is that some of the products are meant for people with lighter skin color.
Jasmine Harris,one of the three women behing HuesBox  had a similar experience to mine:

"If it was makeup, the coloring would be off, Lipstick, the shades would be inappropriate for my skin tone", she told MPR news.

Those experiences encouraged Jasmine, her sister Janae & her mother Robin, to create a suscription box designed for the multicultural market oftten forgotten about. So when they approached me to try their very first box I happily accepted because what they are doing is something totally different to what I've seen before.

This is by people of color, for people of color — not just African-Americans, Africans," said Robin Harris, Jasmine's mother. "We're talking about Asians, Hispanics and American Indians because it's this missing component of other boxes that are out there."

I know there are already some suscription boxes specifically for women of color on the market,  but what makes this subscription box unique is that they include items from small businesses, and each month will have themes based on ethnic traditions. This month theme is "detox", (what a better what to start the year right?), and it included all kinds of products, from a lip balm by sailor Girl, made by Native Americans in a reservation in Idaho, to a face mak by Brown & Coconut a 100% plant based natural skin care brand. Let's take a look shall we?

The Kale mask by Brown & coconut is designed to calm irritation, hydrate & repair blemishes. It sounded like something I desperatyle needed so was the first product I tried. This is a very generous sample size because you only need a little bit of product for each application , I still have lot left. The mask smells exactly like vegetable soup, and it dries very quickly. After 5 minutes I couldn't even move my face. I remove it after 20 really long minutes, and made my skin very soft, and reduced the apperarance of some zits. The downside about this one, (besides the smell) is that made my skin very itchy and tingly the whole time I had it on. I wouldn't recommend it for someone with very sensitive skin.

The next two products didn't have much (or any) information about them. The one on the left is a body butter by Butters by jay. I believe is the lemon butter whipped shea, because it smells like lemongrass and tea tree oil. From what I can read on the little container, and the website, this is a blend of natural oils and some fragance. I've been using it on my feet every night and they are softer than even. Perfect for winter!
The other product is a Serum from SkinFood, that I haven't tried because everything in the little package is written with another language caracthers and I wasn't sure how to use it. I did a bit of a research and this product has some brightening and anti-wrinkle properties, so I'm excited to try it.

UPDATE: This is the BEST product ever. If you have dark spots you'll love it. I used this little package for two days (I was just using a little bit each time) and it diminished the appearance of my dark spots. It also made my skin glow!!! I loved it so much that I ordered the full size product last week.

The next two are some goodies from Natural Self Skin Care, a Sole cleanse foot detox (which I'm using right now as I write this post) & a Oats and herbs bath bag, that I'll try as soon as I can spare 20 minutes to take a bath and actually relax. I'm not so convinve about the smell but it claims to soothe irritate skin, so I think it will be a good product to try during this season.

Last but not least, a V- Steam! Lately I've been hearing a lot about this technique that has become quite popular, and I'm so curious about it. I haven't try it yet because it sounds quite complicated, but I definitely will. It looks like this will be one of the products only available at the HuesBox store.

For $12/ month I think this box worths the price. I got 6 decent size samples and 1 full size product, all of which I'm planning to use, so nothing will go to waste here. If you only like "name brand" beauty products, then this box is not for you. But if you are all about trying new things and natural skin care/ beauty then go for it. I'm sure you'll love it as much as I did.

Platform shoes

Like two years ago I saw THIS SHOES on the runway of Latino Fashion Week, and I was obsessed! At that time that upcoming brand was only available in Mexico and you could only place orders through facebook, so I kind of gave up on those, but I've been looking for a similar pair ever since. So the other day when I was shopping around in Zaful I found this pair and I felt I hit the jackpot. Don't you think they look so similar? This is definitely the type of shoe that is hard to love or hate but they sure are comfy! Plus they easily add some height and edge to any outfit.
Hace como dos anios vi estos zapatos en una de las pasarelas del Latino Fashion Week y me enamore! En ese tiempo esa marca era bastante reciente y solo vendian sus zapatos en Mexico y via Facebook, asi que mejor me olvide de ellos y comence a buscar una opcion similar. El otro dia mientras estaba comprando en Zaful me encontre estos que llevo hoy y no tarde en pedirlos. No les parece que se ven muy parecidos? Este es el tipo de zapato que es dificil amar u odiar, lo que si es cierto es que te agregan altura sin dejar la comodidad de lado. 


I'm wearing: Zaful Platform shoes (g) / similar | H&M jeans | cardigan - similar/ similar | forever 21 coat (sold out) / similar | UNIQLO turtleneck top - similar | anne klein mini billy satchel / similar | aldo sunglasses - similar


pictures: Eric Alanis

I know I'm not the only one that feels a little bit broke after the holidays, reason why I teamed up with some amazing bloggers to bring you a $200 cash giveaway! Enter using the form below.
Yo se que despues de las fiestas navidenas siempre quedamos un poco en quiebra, asi que me uni con otras bloggers para traerles este sorteo de $200 paypal cash. No se olviden de participar

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Prize: $200 cash (via Paypal) OR $200 VISA gift card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 1/16 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Favorite outfits of 2016 + Target Giveaway

Happy New Year!!! I took a much needed little break from blogging during the holidays to enjoy time with my family and friends... but everything comes to and end and I'm back with a compilation of my favorite looks of 2016 an awesome $200 target giveaway (enter using the form at the end of thi post).
When doing this post I realized my photography improved a lot at the begining of the year and then we kind of slack off. One of my resolutions of this year is to work twice as hard to create prettier better content fo you guys. Did you make any new year resolutions?
Feliz año nuevo!! Me tome un descanso del blog durante toda esta temporada de fiestas para poder pasar mas tiempo con mi familia y amigos ... pero todo llega a un final y ya estoy de regreso con una compilacion de mis looks favoritos del año pasado, y un sorteo para una tarjeta de regalo de $200 (ve al final del post para participar). Cuando estaba haciendo este post me di cuenta que mis fotos mejoraron mucho al comenzar el año, pero luego como que nos entro la flojera y se han hecho un poco aburridas. Uno de mis propositos de año nuevo es trabajar el doble para poder darles mejor y mas bonito contenido. Cuales son tus propositos de año nuevo?

When in doubt wear red

One dress, three valentine's day outfits

A bit of color 

High waisted

Weekends uniform

Shinny shoes

I'm back

More army green

The lace dress


And don't forget to enter to the giveaway for a $200 Target gift card ... // No se les olvid participar en el sorteo para una tarjeta de $200 para usar en Target!

Prize: $200 Target Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 1/17 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!


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