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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hosting Friendsgiving



One of my favorite "trendy" things curated by the internet is: Friendsgiving. I love the idea of hosting a party to show your love and appreciation to your friends while enjoying good food and making more memories. In order to make a place away from your family home, making friends is important and I am thankful for the friends that I have made since moving here. 
Since Antero and I drive every year back to Rochester to celebrate Thankgiving it is nice for me to gather some good friends together here in Rhode Island and celebrate in a low key setting. 
I wanted to celebrate the holiday season by merging both Puerto Rican and American traditions to make for a memorable night celebrating good friends while enjoying good food, fun conversations and tons of laughs!

[ Drinks ]

Due to lack of time I decided to have wine instead of a signature cocktail. We provided a bottle of Prosecco and juices to our guests. But if you are not sure what kind of drinks to provide your friends just encourage  them to bring their own. Each guest brought a bottle of wine and it was perfect to pass around and try new drinks.

[ Table Setting ]



For the table setting I wanted to keep it simple to not overwhelm myself. I wanted a clean simple look so I opted for a tan colored table runner and I added white and orange small pumpkins, birchwood inspired candle holders for a rustic look and eucalpytus leaves for greenery. To add a little bit of elegance I added two votives candles on each side of the table. I loved the way it turned out. On top of my guests plates I made a wreath out of garland, added a small bow and printed their names on a tag placed on top. 

[ Menu ]

- Sliced Turkey Breast
- Arroz con Gandulces (rice and pigeon peas)
- Stuffing
Roasted Sweet Potato
- Roasted Carrots
- Fall Harvest Salad

I wanted to keep this menu easy and mix in both recipes that I knew to make with some new ones. Tip: Its probably not safe to make a recipe you have never tried before the day of your party (hence the turkey dilemma I had!). If you do make a new recipe try for an easy one. You don't want to run into the risk of stressing yourself out. I also wanted to bring a little piece of my culture and holiday tradition to my Friendsgiving. I decided to make arroz con gandulces. Every holiday season arroz con gandules is a must have second main dish in my family. 
Two of my guests were vegetarian so I also wanted to be mindful of my menu and make sure that there are options for them as well.

[ Dessert ]


My friend volunteered to bring a dessert and she brought a pumpkin cheesecake. My husband is an apple pie fan so he picked up an apple pie at our favorite bakery here in Rhode Island called LaSalle's. Tip: Its a must visit for new combers in the Providence area.

[ Outfit ]



I knew that my best accessory for the night was going to be my smile. My friends including my husband make me laugh a lot. I also drink a lot of coffee so I have to combat that with a whitening toothpaste. Crest 3D Whitening Therapy toothpaste gave me my party ready smile. 
I kept my makeup light and my outfit as well. I wore an off the shoulder black bow sleeve sweater and black jeans. For a fun accessory I added tear drop pearl earrings. 


Although I live in a small space don't let that discourage you from your ideas and desires. You can make anything happen. All you need is a little creativity, some helpful hands and genuine good friends! Thank you guys for checking out today's post and stay tuned for a more in depth guide of how I decorate in my small apartment. 

Cheers to good friends and the holiday season! 


*This post is in collaboration with Orgullosa and Crest. *
*All opinions are 100% mine and honest.*



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Monday, November 13, 2017

Cozy Comfy Knit Cardigan under $70


Happy Monday Loves! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am off today and using this day to stay ahead and work on posts before the holiday week. I also have a Friendsgiving Party this Saturday and I am busy trying to stay ahead and gather all my items. 

Today I have to share with you guys this cozy cardigan and I don't know about you guys but I am not ready for this cold weather!!! I don't know what it is but when you get older my body feels like it can't withstand the cold weather. LOL! Because I live in New England in order to withstand the cold I stock up on cozy warm cardigan and sweaters. The cozier the better I say! 

I think I found the cutest and coziest cardigan from Chicwish. I am obsessed with the yarn ball details and the ivory color. This cardigan can be dressed down or you can pair it with a dressed up look as well. I loved the contrast of the choker graphic tee with this cozy feminine cardigan. I am working on showing you guys this cardigan with a dressed up holiday look soon! Just a helpful tip the cardigan does shed some fuzzies so bring a travel size lint roller in your purse :)

* Make sure to check out below guys links to each item pictured and also other similar cardigans that I picked out online for you all ↓↓ *





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* This post is in collaboration with Chicwish and items were picked out by me however
all opinions are 100% mine and honest. *
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

COZY SWEATER DRESS UNDER $50!



Hello loves! I miss you guys. The weather is getting cooler and cooler and its time to bring out the cozy sweaters and boots. I love being cozy and its one of my favorite words to say! Everything has to be cozyyyy! 
I received in the mail this oversized cream sweater and it is so cozy you guys! You can easily wear it as a dress but I do recommend for cooler weather to wear a slip dress underneath.
I paired the sweater with jeans but hide the jeans with my over the knee boots. Oversized sweaters and over the knee boots go together perfect! Its the fashion version of avocado & toast :) 

The sweater is currently on sale for under $50 and I found some more similar cute styles down below for you guys along with the boots. These boots are from H&M and are great quality and affordable. I am tempted to invest in the Stuart Weitzman boots but like most Libras I bought it in my cart and then purposely distract myself and leave it there! Does anyone else do that?! 

SIDENOTE: I have to apologize to you guys for being MIA. Since last Monday I have been fighting a stomach virus and trying to take better care of my mental health. While I was sick I suffered an anxiety attack at the same time and it really scared me. I think the virus symptoms scared me to think that I was having a heart attack and on top of that my husband was out of town so I was alone in our place. After I went to the doctors and was able to rest I toke a moment to sit back and try to pin point what happened. I would love to elaborate more on a future blog post because I think it was would therapeutic for me and a great way to get some insight from you guys.

Anyways I hope you guys enjoy this post! This weekend my husband and I are visiting our hometown for the weekend to celebrate my baby sister birthday! Have a beautiful week loves!



Sweater: Chicwish (click here) / Boots: H&M /





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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Over the Knee Boots for Fall




Now that the temperature is cooling down one its time to turn our attention to one of fall's best fashion pieces: over the knee boots. Fall boots are my favorite pieces to invest in. A great pair of boots can pull your whole look together or dress it up. From velvet to suede or even leather there are so many different styles of boots to choose from. 

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HOW TO WEAR OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

Over the knee boots a few different ways. They can be worn with a flowy skirt or dress or worn over your skinny jeans/leggings. Boots look best when your jeans are skinny and form fitting. You don't want them to be slouchy or long around your ankles. Depending on the color of your boots you can pair over the knee boots with any colored jean: denim blue, black or even white.  

Thick leggings are another great item to wear your boots with along with a cozy cardigan. Leggings are great because of their natural tight fitting wear and allow for perfect access into your over the knee boots. Its a great look for fun fall outings such as pumpkin picking or a farmer's market day.

Over the knee boots allow you to wear into the fall skirts and dresses. The tall silhouette under your skirt or dress brings warmth and protect you from the cold weather elements such as snow and rain.  If you love sweater dresses like me throw on your over the knee boots and you look amazing and polished. Going on a fun night out? Wear that cute mini skirt with over the knee boots and your fashion forward and feeling a little bit warmer. 

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Get those boots out of your closet and start pairing them with some fun cute fall looks. If your just starting to look to invest in a pair I picked out some beautiful boots for you loves. 

If you liked this kind of fashion post let me know in the comment box down below and I will definitely create another post all about a different style boot. Perhaps ankle boots?!   







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Monday, October 16, 2017

How to Wear a Pleated Skirt for Fall



Im late to the game y'all but I really love the pleated skirt. I love the whimsical movement the skirt gives while walking and when you twirl.....yasssss!!!! LOL! The pleated skirt is a piece that is versatile for both spring and fall. For the fall you can pair your skirt with ankle booties (like pictured)  or over the knee boots. 

When I was figuring out how to style the skirt for this post I felt inspired to play around and mix and match. I wanted to come out of my comfort zone and play with color and style. I love the contrast of wearing a slogan sweatshirt with a feminine skirt and a pair of white ankle booties. Have you noticed that I can't stop wearing these ankle boots? I probably won't all season long :) I was telling my husband when we finished taking pictures that in my early twenties I would have never worn an outfit like this. I was very safe and trendy and matchy matchy. I know it seems small but when I take risks in fashion I feel fearless. 

I am soft spoken and timid to be up for myself but we all have our little ways to make our voices heard and to be empowered. Fashion is my outlet for empowerment. One outfit can energize me with confidence and self assurance. Its like my super hero cape. 

Find that thing in your life that brings out your sparkle and share it with the world. Whats yours? Share it with me below! 



Skirt/Falda: H&M (click here) / Sweater/Sueter: Zara /
Boots/Zapatos: Zara / Sunnies/Gafas: Ray Bans ( click here) /








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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Puerto Rico Crisis & Seeing God's Work



Its been three weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Three weeks later much of Puerto Rico is without electricity, very little water and food. The death toll is now reported to have risen to 45. For the past three weeks I have had a hard time focusing and have felt anxious, helpless and unmotivated. During this time, God has shown me and my family his work and I feel moved to share it with you all.

My parents were born and raised in Puerto Rico and both came to the United States after high school. My mother is from Juana Diaz and my father is from Caguas. Many of our family members still reside in the island including my last living grandparent, Aunts and cousins. It toke almost a week to hear any news from my mother's side of the family. Our family quickly received news that my Aunt on my father's side, who suffers from lung failure ran out of her last oxygen tank and was currently using a portable rechargeable tank. We quickly began looking for assistance in PR for help. My baby sister tried to contact FEMA, the PR government, the Red Cross etc and every strand of hope turned into a dead end. We all grew desperate and anxious on how to help my Aunt. 

This is when through dark times and suffering God shines his light. In order to articulate my story let  me break it down. A couple of years ago my baby sister started to attend a Calvary Chapel Church back in my hometown where she married her husband who is their pastor's brother. That church years ago helped start the Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo Puerto Rico. My mother received word of a new Calvary Chapel location near her home. One weekend that I was visiting my mother asked me to accompany her to visit this church. She instantly felt home there. Pastor Crespo was from Puerto Rico and his son in law, Jason Dennett was the pastor of Calvary Chapel in Puerto Rico. It just so happens that Pastor Dennett was the pastor that married Antero and I in Puerto Rico! To connect the bond even further I connected with Pastor Crespo daughter, who resides in Puerto Rico via social media and we quickly grew a friendship. We all found our connection wild but none of us could have ever imagined what God had in store for us!!

After many failed attempts with finding help for my Aunt, my mother asked her pastor's family if they could by any chance help my Aunt in her situation. A oxygen tank was hard to come by but a generator could at least help in her situation. A few days went by it just seemed that more obstacles were happening and the island was still in devastation. However the Crespo family reassured us that they were working on getting my Aunt her needs and that they wouldn't forget about her. 

Last week I received a message from Pastor Crespo's daughter that the church was able to find a generator for my Aunt and a volunteer was going on Monday to deliver it to her along with water and food. The next day we received a photo of my Aunt with the woman who delivered it to her along with a photo of the generator. I immediately feel to my knees in worship. I sobbed and cried out to God giving thanks and praise. In this moment I realized that this was God's plan all along. I started to go back and realize that all these dots connected for this reason. If none of these dots connected I don't know how we would have gotten that generator to my Aunt. God put these pieces together years ago masterfully to develop friendship and connect us all together. Every piece played a key role to the blessing that my Aunt received. My Aunt didn't know this church or any of these Samaritans but because we knew them and developed a friendship with each connected party it all tied together. 
This blessing is beyond my comprehension. I know that God works in mysterious and beautiful ways but I haven't personally seen it until this moment. I did not want to miss this blessing and miss out on the opportunity to praise God and give him all the glory. I also wanted to share this testimony with you all! 

My family and I were beginning to grow weary and I was consumed with watching and looking for social media posts that were devastating and heart breaking. I grew angry with government and frustrated with feeling powerless. I forgot to trust God and like he always does he gracefully reminds us all that he is sovereign and faithful. He shined a light so bright that I needed shades! It is amazing. 
So I share this testimony in hopes that it creates a ripple effect. I pray that my story brings you hope in your dark moments. The enemy challenges us with obstacles and heartbreak but I put this bible passage as my screensaver to remind me of this: "God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is FAITH" Joel 2:25

Im here for you guys and and pray that this post brings you hope in your life....

Puerto Rico se Levantara!



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Monday, October 2, 2017

The Blazer to Own this Fall



The blazer is the best investment piece in your closet for fall. This year look out for bold patterns such as plaid and checkered print patterns or boxy shoulders. The Anine Bing blazer has been seen all over our favorite bloggers thus far however it is sold out everywhere and if you find it is $349. I was searching the internet for a more affordable version and I found this Free People plaid blazer with velvet details at Macys for $168. I was able to use a Macys coupon and I scored it for $108. 

A great transition piece that can be dressed up with trousers or casually worn with shorts or jeans.
I wanted to keep the look simple for you guys and I love wearing basic t-shirts under a dressed up blazer. I dressed up my casual look with some statement earrings and my gucci bag. 
I have to make a funny and laugh at my ankles! I really didn't get any color this summer on my legs. LOL! I found some great blazers below for you to check out! 



Blazer: Free People (click here) / Jeans: H&M (click here) /







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