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Forever 21 dress - comes in grey toosimilar one for ONLY $6  | Forever 21 earrings | Coat (old) - similar | Shoes : similar - similar (they come in different colors)

You know I'm not a bright colors type of girl. But this past New Years Eve my instagram was flooded with pictures of beautiful jewel tone velvet dresses. I feel it wasn't too long before I started considering getting one, but by the time I started looking, it was like they suddenly dissapeared. Fast forward three months I found this dress on Forever 21, and I didn't think twice about clicking that add to cart button. I almost got it in grey too.

Besides the material and the jade hue , I love the combination between the classic wrap silhouette, and the modern ruffle details on the hem and neckline. This is definitely one of those pieces that make you feel extra feminine and confident without any effort. I also got this other very similar dress , and now it's on sale for $6, such a STEAL!!

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Mas del 50 porcierto de mi guardarropa es de colores neutros, pero hace poco encontre este vestido en Forever21 y no dude en ordenarmelo. Fue una de esas cosas que enseguida capto mi atencion, no solo por el material y el tono de la tela, algo que tambien me encanta es la silueta clasica que contrasta con los detalles de volantes en el escote y la falda. Me gusto tanto que casi me lo pido en gris tambien. Este vestido es una de esas piezas que te hacen sentir super femenina sin esfuerzo. Tambien me compre este otro estilo muy similar, y ahora esta en solo $6 dolares, diganme si eso no es una super oferta!

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My night time routine for clear skin w/ Neutrogena

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NeutrogenaLightChallenge #CollectiveBias

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With the wedding day getting closer, I've been taking extra care of my skin, mostly focusing on keeping it clear and free of blemishes. If you follow me on instagram you probably already seen some variation of my morning skin care routine, which in fact is pretty simple (moisturizing + eye contour + sunscreen). At night I ditch the sunscreen but I add a couple extra steps to help me with my skin concerns. One of the products I recently incorporated on my skin care regime, and has been really helpful fighting my hormonal acne breakouts , was the Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment ... just in case you're wondering WHAT IS THAT? Well, it is a device that targets and treats acne, without any harsh chemicals, using blue light (to kill bacteria) and red light (to reduce inflammation). I had a treatment like this before at the dermatologist but it was super expensive! So when I found out that Neutrogena had a product that works just as well and for a fraction of the price (It was only $16 at Walmart,  THAT'S LIKE 50 CENTS per day guys!!) I didn't think twice and added it to my cart.

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The first step on my night time skin care routine is Cleansing. This step is super important, specially when you wear a lot of makeup. I always start by taking my makeup off, using one or two Neutrogena® Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I love these because how effectively they remove the makeup while they're also gentle on the skin. After that I  thourougly wash my face with Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, which is a makeup remover as well!! After this second step, you bet I'm sure there isn't any stubborn mascara, nor oil clogging my pores.

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Once my skin is clean and makeup free I use my Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment on my breakouts for two minutes at a time and that's it! It is recommended to use the device two or three times a day for better results, so I also repeat this step every morning and after work. One of the things I really like about this device is how portable and lightweight is because I can carry it on my purse and start treating any breakout even before it peaks out on the surface of my skin.  I've found that by doing that, you don't even give the pimple a chance. The other day I felt a little inflamattion on my chin area so used my little device right away, the day after the inflamattion completely dissapeared. I'm telling you this works!

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The Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment is a better option for those with mild or sporadic acne/breakouts. I usually get one or two breakouts on my chin or cheeks. If your acne is a little bit more severe than that, the Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask may be a better option for you. It allows you to treat your entire face at once, and you have to use it only once a day for 10 minutes. It works just like the  Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment. Both are chemical-free and UVA/UVB-free. And NO, IT'S NOT HOT, you don't have to worry about your skin peeling or flaking after each treatment. 

Are you ready to try my new skin care routine? Click on the image below to shop!





Or find the product at Walmarts the beauty section. There are some stickered products for $10 off. Keep your eye on those!



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photography: Eric Alanis

Pinneaple Cervezarita

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #CelebratorySips #CelebrateWithSol #CollectiveBias

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a taste for margaritas, but I didn't have any limes nor intentions to leave my house to get them. So I had to improvise with the only citric fruit I had at home: a pineapple. My creation definitely hit the spot, and I liked it so much that I decided to experiment, replacing the tequila with beer, and called it a "cervezarita".

The secret to make this cocktail delicious is staying away from strong or bitter beer. For my recipe I used Cerveza Sol, which is a bright and refreshing lager beer. It was a great pairing for the pineapple citric sweetness. I think this "cervezarita" will be a great addition to your next backyard BBQ or party, so I'm sharing the recipe with you today:

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Hace unas semanas tuve un antojo increíble de margaritas, pero no tenía limones en casa y para nada ganas de ir a buscarlos. Así que tuve que improvisar con lo que tenia a la mano: una piña!! Mi invento me supo super rico y he estado experimentando un poco con eso, no solo hice mi margarita de piña con tequila, también lo reemplace con cerveza y se convirtió en una Cervezarita.

El secreto para hacer este cóctel delicioso es utilizar una cerveza lager que no sea tan fuerte en cuanto a sabor. Yo enseguida pensé en la Cerveza Sol y la combinación me encanto. Hoy les comparto la receta!

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You know how much I love an easy recipe, and this one is no exception. To make your  cervezarita, all you need is to mix in a blender 3 slices of raw pineapple, half a cup of water, half a lime, a handful of ice and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Serve the mix in a glass and then add your Sol Lager Beer.  If you want your cervezarita frozen, simply add more ice, lots of it!

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Ya saben que lo mío son las recetas sencillas y esta no es la excepción. Para hacer tu cervezarita lo único que necesitas es mezclar en una licuadora 3 rebanadas de piña, media copa de agua, medio limón, mucho hielo y media cucharadita de sal. Sirve la mezcla en un vaso y luego agregas la cerveza sol. Super facil!


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Making my "cervezaritas" with Cerveza Sol definitely brings back memories. This used to be in every party when I was back in Mexico.  Did you know this is an authentic Mexican Beer? It was founded in 1899 and first Brewed in Mexico City! Sol, in spanish, translates to "sun" and the beer was named that way because the brewmaster took inspiration from a ray of sunlight shining through a hole in the brewery’s roof. I think the name suits it well.

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Hacer mis cervezaritas con Cerveza Sol me trajo muchísimas memorias, porque esta es la cerveza que siempre estaba en cada fiesta. Sabían que de hecho esta cerveza es auténtica Mexicana? Se creó en 1899 en la Ciudad de México. La cerveza fue llamada sol porque su creador tomó la inspiración de un rayo de sol que se estaba colando por el techo de la cervecería. Yo no sabia ese detalle y se me hizo interesante compartirselos. Creo que el nombre le va perfecto a la cerveza!

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If you make this cocktail don't forget to comment, send me and email or DM me to let me know what do you think about it. I"m sure you'll love it!
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Espero que les guste mi invento, si lo preparan no se olvide de decirme que tal les parecio



The foolproof outfit formula

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I'm wearing: Restricted shoes Leo Loafers (c/o) | Klasse14 "Volare" Watch (c/o) 10% off with code tcolorpalette | Forever 21 jeans | Forever 21 Basic white t-shirt - also love this one from express | Guess flap bag - similar  | Coat: similar - similar | Aldo Sunglasses - similar 

Lately I feel ZERO creative when I dress up, so I've been sticking to the same outfit formula: Black bottoms, a white top and sometimes a jacket to finish the look (The third layer always makes an outfit look more put together). This formula works for every ocassion! See here & here . The key to make it work every time are the shoes you wear. Shoes are one of those things that can completely transform an outfit. This outfit with black sneakers would have looked super casual. My favorite ankle boots would have given it an edgy look. The patent loafers make this outfit more elegant and chic. I picked these loafers from Restricted shoes and they have been on repeat ever since I put them out of the box. I think they are the perfect option for those days when you want to be comfy but look polished. I also like this Slide version  (that comes in tons of colors), and these cute ones with laces .

*By the way, you can use the code THECOLORPALETTE25 for 25% on Restricted shoes*
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Ultimamente no tengo nada de inspiracion a la hora de vestirme asi que he estado repitiendo la misma formula pantalones ( o falda) negro, blusa blanca y algunas veces una chaqueta para completar el look. El truco para que esta formula funcione en cada ocasion son los zapatos con los que se combine. Por ejemplo, unos tenis negros hubieran hecho ver este outfit super casual. Mis botines negros le podrian dar un toque edgy. Y estos mocasines de charol hacen que el outfit se vea mas chic. Estos zapatos los recibi por parte de Restricted shoes y los he estado repitiendo un monton. Son la opcion perfecta para esos dias en que quieres estar comoda pero lucir mas "arreglada". Tambien me encata la version tipo sandalia (que ademas viene en varios colores), y estos que tienen agujetas.

*De ahora hasta mayo 15 , usa el codigo THECOLORPALETTE25 para tener 25% de descuento en Restricted Shoes*

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Exploring Florida w/ Mazda : Mini Road Trip to Cocoa Beach

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This Spring Break I was not only lucky to escape the Cold for a little bit and travel to Florida. I also had the amazing opportunity to partner with Mazda and drive the CX-3 during my trip.

We woke up super early the next morning after we arrived and drove to the Beach.  There are  many beaches within a two hour drive from Orlando and Cocoa Beach is only one of them.  

We went to Lori Park just because we were looking for a quiet spot with a parking lot. Living in Chicago where parking is a "privilege" and the CLOSEST parking lot from our beach lake is a 20 minute walk. We try to take advantage ot the convenient parking lots in another places as much as we can ... I'm not kidding!

On our way to Cocoa Beach, I tried to make Eric stop to get drinks and snacks, but he never listens when he is driving, so we arrived empty handed.  Luckily we found a lovely bungalow-bar hidden in the middle of the beach. There we had nachos for lunch and and adult drink served in a mini bucket. You probably saw them on insta stories, they were as delicious as they looked!

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ps. My suimswit is on sale for  $12 Right now. The sandals are from Andre Assous.

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Hace poquito no solamente me de escape del frio por un ratito. Durante mi ultimo viaje estuve colaborando con Mazda y tuve la oportunidad de manejar el CX-3 por Florida.

A la maana siguiente que llegamos, nos levantamos super temprano para manejar a la playa. Cerca de Orlando hay varias playas pero fuimos a Cocoa Beach, mas especificamente al "Lori Park" , el cual leimos es uno de los parques mas tranquilos y ademas tiene estacionamiento justo enfrente. Viviendo en Chicago eso se siente como un privilegio asi que teniamos que aprovecharlo.

Durante el camino a Cocoa Beach trate de hacer que Eric se detuviera para comprar snacks y bebidas, pero como siempre cuando maneja nunca me hace caso asi que llegamos a la playa con las manos vacias. Afortunadamente encontramos un mini bar escondido en el que comimos nachos y unas bebidas de Ron servidas en cubetitas. Si las vieron en instastories? Todo estuvo delicioso!

Espero que les gusten las fotos!


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