Monday, September 29, 2014

FALL STYLE: LAYERS ON LAYERS

Happy Monday! First things first... I wanted to wish you all a great, happy and productive week!
I shot these fall style photos a week ago for a super special feature I can't wait to show you. As soon as I can I will share with you. Thankfully it was a cold chilly morning the morning we took these pics... because this passed weekend we had full on summer weather. And I mean like 85-90 degrees at the end of September weather. So crazy but it felt so good. Back to this look... as soon as I got word on what they needed (flat knee high boots) I knew I wanted to pair the look with a layered look. Because it is simply one of my favorites to play around with in the fall and winter. I added the beanie to accentuate the look and make it all come together. All these pieces are from last winter and I was happy to remix them to create this look.
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Buenos dias y feliz lunes! Primero que nada queria desearles una semana feliz y productiva. 
Estas fotos son parte de un look que ya quiero darles detalles pero todavia no puedo. Estoy muy emocionada de decirles para que fueron estas fotos. Pero bueno ya vendra el dia:) Bueno cuando me pidieron que el look sea con botas de talla alta y sin tacos immediatamente supe que queria ponerme un look de layers o capas. Es uno de mis estilos favoritos para el invierno. Me encanta que use todas estas piezas de el anio pasado para crear este look casual y chi y un poquito divertido. Le anadi el gorro para completar el look y darle una pequena combinacion a las botas. Cuales son mis favoritas! Ya necesito unas nuevas, jaja!
Sweater/Sueter: H&M
Collar Shirt/Camisa de Cuello: c/o Old Navy
Pants/Pantalon: Zara
Boots/Botas: Endless (super old)
Bag/Cartera: Forever 21

Stay tuned for a beauty post tomorrow, can't wait to tell you all about one of my favorite foundations!
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Manana en el blog les traigo un post de belleza, contandoles todo sobre mi base de cara favorita!
xo,

Friday, September 26, 2014

OUR BABY GENDER REVEAL

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions expressed are my own.
Oh baby! So as you all know by now we are expecting a baby! I am 21 weeks pregnant and I have been waiting to share the news with you all. We found out the sex of our baby at 14 weeks but we asked the ultrasound tech to put the results in a little envelope for us. We didn't want to know right away, we are very close with our families and we wanted to share the special moment with them. But even though we had the gender results, that was the week of my son's birthday so with one thing or another we ended up doing the actual reveal on August 24. Baby gender reveals are all the trend right now when it comes to pregnancy news. I've seen some mommies get super creative and have detailed and fun parties. We wanted to keep it simple, intimate and sweet and for us it was perfect.We took our decorated box to Party City and handed them the envelope along with the box - we bought pink + blue balloons and asked the girl at the store to put whatever color our secret envelope said. We called our family and met up with them at the park that afternoon. It was the sweetest and most perfect reveal. It was perfect for us! I couldn't wait to show you guys this post. Not only because of the sweet baby news but because I am so excited to also announce I am part of a 4 month campaign with none other than Huggies. From now until December I will be bringing you all sorts of pregnancy and baby posts which I hope you will love. This is my first post for this amazing collaboration. I wanted it to be a special post and nothing was more special during this pregnancy so far than this day to us and I hope you love it as much as we love it and hold it close to our hearts.
 I definitely recommend doing this, there is nothing like the feeling of LOVE when you have all your loved ones around to experience such a heart warming and exciting news. With Ben, we had our family come with us to the ultrasound appointment - all 15 of them - and we all found out he was a boy at the same time. It was so sweet that wanted to share this special moment with them again. The emotion and happiness heard in our family's voices in our video fill me with joy and gratefulness any time I see it. To have my son be a part of this was my cherry on top, he is truly my everything. Now... scroll down for the big reveal. 

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 It’s a girl!
....And we couldn't be happier! To say the truth I was happy just having the baby, no matter boy or girl as long as my baby is healthy. She will come into our family and just complete our home. My husband, son and I are so happy I count my blessings daily and thank God for my family everyday. Ben is already the sweetest big brother and he just melts my heart with how polite, smart, loving and perfect he is and I can't wait to bring his little baby sister home to meet him. My kids mean the world to me and I just feel so blessed.


All these baby blues (... pinks) already have me thinking about ideas for her nursery space, dresses and tulle, bows and frills and all things new baby! And when it comes to deciding what diapers to use I will rely on Huggies Little Snugglers just like I did with my son. We used them from the beginning and loved them. It is all we used up until he was potty trained. I definitely recommend them to any new mommy. As all of us mommies, we know how important it is to protect baby’s soft skin, they are so delicate and precious and we always do our best to protect them in every which way which is why I love the NEW! Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers. The new GentleAbsorb Liner provides a cushiony layer of protection with hundreds of tiny absorbent pillows to help draw mess away from baby’s delicate newborn skin. I will be sure to use these with my baby girl from the moment she is here. And now I invite you to add Huggies Little Snugglers and Natural Care Wipes to your baby registry - just go to this LINK and enter for the chance to make your baby dream wish come true. If you win, Huggies will make your dreams become a reality. 
xo,

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FALL STYLE: NEUTRALS + VERSATILITY

Last weekend Ben had a birthday party and I knew I wanted to wear these new pants I got from OASAP. They are perfect for all year round so I decided to pair them up with this neutral top and sandals... I love that they are versatile even though they are printed... I can also see myself wearing this with a chunky sweater for the colder days and a neutral blazer as well. I love when I get pieces that can be used as a neutral even when they are prints, and as always versatility is a must for me. There comes a point in the pregnancy stage where you have to learn how to dress for your growing bump and I am definitely in that stage, learning to know what looks best on me. I felt chic and comfy with this look and it's a style that can be used pregnant or not. The pieces are all silk style pieces making it easy and comfortable to wear all year round. 
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El fin de semana pasado tuvimos una fiestita y opte por ponerme estos pantalones de OASAP. Me encantaron en cuanto los vi porque aunque tiene estampado son super versatiles. Esta vez me los puse con esta blusa neutral pero pienso usarlos con sueters y blazers tambien ya cuando se pongan los dias mas frios. Y ya saben como me encantan la piezas neutrales y versatiles. Con la barriga que me crece y crece, me siento mas comoda con ropa al cuerpo, osea no muy olgadas ya que en esta etapa tenemos que aprender a vestirnos para nuestro cuerpo que cambia dia a dia. Y me parecio que este look estuvo perfecto y comodo para la ocasion. Le anadi las sandalias color piel y lista para salir!
Top/Blusa: H&M
Pants/Pantalon: c/o OASAP
Sandals/Sandalias: Jessica Simpson via Macy's
Sunnies/Gafas: Kardashian Kollection


xo,

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FALL STYLE: STRIPES AND GOLD

So as you all now yesterday was our big announcement and I wanted to say thank you to every single person who sent us all that sweet love. I am overwhelmed with happiness and feel very blessed. So thank you for all your wonderful wishes and all that love you showed on my Instagram, Facebook and on here. Now back to business as usual ;) Fall is officially here and today has been such a beautiful and amazing sunny day with that brisk fall air and it feels great. I had a doctor's appointment for my routine check up and I wore this casual pretty and cool look. This cute stripe top is from Boden a fabulous online store who sent me this top and this one that you saw a couple of weeks back. I am in love with their casual but elegant style. This top in particular I picked out because of the colors... they are the colors of my blog! Black, white and gold, that peter pan collar had me at first sight, the collar is so dainty and chic. I love! I paired this with my favorite boyfriend jeans (these from Forever 21) and my go to black Zara pumps. 
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Como ya saben ayer fue mi gran noticion! Y quiero agradecerles a cada y una persona que se tomo su tiempo para enviarnos sus mensajes tan dulces y carinosos. Nos sentimos muy bendecidos y felices de esta etapa y de tener tanto amor alrededor. La verdad los mensajes de InstagramFacebook y aqui me llenaron de sonrisas, muchisimas gracias por todos sus buenos deseos. Pero como siempre ya hay que regresar a lo que es... y hoy les traigo este look de otonio. Hemos tenido temperaturas riquisimas de otonio, soleado y una brisa rica. Y escogi esta blusa para una cita rutinaria de el chequeo medico. Esta blusa casual y chic es de Boden - una boutique que tiene ropa casual pero elegante como esta blusa de hoy y esta que me puse hace algunas semanas. Me encanto esta blusa en particular por los colores y este cuello precioso. Los colores son los mismo de mi blog: blanco, negro y dorado. Perfecto! Me la puse con mis boyfriend jeans favoritos de Forever 21 y mis zapatos negros que amo de Zara. 
Top/Blusa: c/o Boden
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes/Zapatos: Zara
Sunnies/Gafas: Ray-Ban



Great news lovelies! Boden is offering 15% off plus free shipping now through 4 October when you use code W8C9 or simply go HERE there are some pretty great pieces I am sure you will love, so check them out. And don't forget to take a peek at their clearance SALE with up to 80% off original prices! Happy shopping! And stay tuned for my baby gender reveal this week!
xo,



Monday, September 22, 2014

OUR BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

SURPRISE! There is nothing more beautiful and rewarding to me in life than being a mother. And I am so excited to announce that we are doing it for a second time. Ben is going to be a big brother! We are elated! And feel so blessed and thankful to God to be able to expand our family. I wanted to wait a little to share our big news... and now this belly bump is definitely out there and proud. We had my sweet cousin take these photos of us for our baby book and I wanted to share a few snapshots with you all. Ben was so great taking all of these, he is such a little camera lover, I wonder where he gets that from? I knew  I wanted to stay away from the typical park photos so we shot these downtown Westfield and we were able to find these cute little spots. I hope you like them! Our baby is doing great, we already know the sex but that post is coming later on this week. I also wanted to announce that I have an amazing collaboration with Huggies with whom I will be doing in a series of posts from September to December, therefore you will be seeing a lot of baby and pregnancy related posts on here, some fun and sweet ideas as well as my advise to first time mommies. I hope you will enjoy them because I am so excited to share them. Stay tuned for our big baby gender reveal coming this week... but for now? What is your guess? BOY or GIRL? 
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SORPRESA! No hay nada en el mundo que me satisface y me hace mas feliz que ser mama. Y estoy muy contenta de contarles que sera mama por segunda vez, si! Ben va a ser un hermano mayor! Y estamos muy felices y nos sentimos bendecidos de poder compartir esta emocion con todos. Es una gran bendicion y estamos muy agradecidos con Dios de darnos la dicha de que nuestra familia se siga agrandando. Quisimos esperar un poco para anunciar pero ya la barriguita esta fuera y muy redonda, por eso el sabado pasado mi linda prima nos tomo estas fotos para nuestro album de bebe y quise compartir algunas con ustedes. Ben se porto de lo mas bien y el ama a la camara... a quien se parecera? Hmmm. Bello mi hijo! No queria tomarnos las fotos en el tipico parque por eso lo hicimos en downtown Westfield. Les cuento que nuestro bebe esta muy bien, gracias a Dios creciendo mucho y saludable. Ya sabemos que es! Pero ese detallito se lo vamos a compartir esta semana asi que no se lo pierdan. Tengo una colaboracion con la marca de panales Huggies de Septiembre a Diciembre asi que esperan muchos articulos sobre embarazo y bebes por aqui, el primero sera el baby gender reveal y espero que les guste. Tengo muchas ideas y tips para las mamas primerizas al igual que mis consejos para ustedes. Por ahora... diganme que creen que es? VARON o MUJER? 






xo,

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BEAUTY: NEUTROGENA VISIBLY EVEN LINE

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with NEUTROGENA® and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions expressed are my own.
Happy Thursday! Today I will be talking about the Neutrogena Visibly Even line. I wanted to do something a little different with the photos so my husband got a few shots of me in my bedroom hanging out with some of my favorite things; my laptop and magazines for blogging. My makeup bag and of course the new Visibly Even line by Neutrogena which I have been using and will be reviewing today. As part of this collaboration, I wanted to show you how these products have helped me obtain my go-to natural everyday look. I don't wear make up everyday, so these Visibly Even products are perfect for giving me a fresh, even toned face for those days I am out running errands, doing research at home (when you are a blogger this is called work) and just enjoying my every day tasks. There is so much that goes along with being a mom and wife and if you are any of these two you know we don't get much time to make ourselves up on a daily basis. So I use Neutrogena products to achieve this effortless + natural look and you can too, in just a few minutes. 

NEUTROGENA® VISIBLY EVEN® Foaming Cleanser: I start off by cleaning my skin very well with this cleanser, it leaves the skin feeling fresh and soft without over drying. It contains ESSENTIAL SOY which is a natural brightener which helps achieve that glow we all love and evens out your skin tone.

NEUTROGENA® VISIBLY EVEN® Daily Moisturizer SPF 30: I cannot live without moisturizer, I truly feel like something is missing without it. I apply moisturizer twice a day, especially during the change in season which tend to leave my skin feeling dry. And if you are like me you always look for a moisturizer with SPF. Remember ladies, SPF is not just for the summer months, you should be using it all year round to protect your skin from the damaging sun rays. This moisturizer helps brighten my skin and works with the cleanser (also contains essential soy) to give me that glow we all aim for. It improves radiance while reducing the appearance of dullness after just two weeks of use. 

NEUTROGENA® VISIBLY EVEN® BB Cream SPF 30: Thank God for the invention of BB Cream. But let's triple thank God for the invention of THIS new Neutrogena Visibly Even BB Cream! If you haven't used BB cream before, ladies, you are missing out. BB cream safes lives... just kidding, but it does save me time! I love that I can apply it after washing and moisturizing my face and it gives me an even toned skin, while preventing dark spots and improving my overall radiance. All while protecting my with SPF 30. 
And who doesn't want to have radiant, healthy-looking skin? Well with these 3 easy to use products now you can too. They are inexpensive, easy to use and deliver effective results. 

And as you can see, hair pulled back, comfortable clothes and none to minimal makeup are my favorite ways to feel fresh and beautiful on a day to day basis. It makes me feel myself and knowing I get to have a few minutes to take care of me really makes this mom HAPPY. And that is very important to give my family my best face (no pun intended jaja) it's true what they say a HAPPY mom + wife equals a HAPPY LIFE. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FALL STYLE: MIXING TEXTURES

Fall is here and to be honest I do love it! The fresh crisp air is perfect, I wish it would just stay this way and this could be our winters... a la Los Angeles! Wishful thinking my friends, all but wishful thinking. Last Monday I attended the Glam NYFW Dinner at the gorgeous Beautique in NYC. The atmosphere, the food and the night were just perfect. It was a chilly night and I wanted to wear a little bit of Fall. I went for this faux leather skirt I got from Zara last year + paired it with this gray knit sweater from H&M. Adding these color block t-strap pumps + embellished clutch added a bit of glam which I love in any outfit. Add a statement necklace such as this silver pearl piece and you are ready to take on any fall night with style. 
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El clima esta riquismo por aca - el otonio esta aqui para quedarse y la verdad me encanta esta temporada al igual que el verano. Como me encantaria que esta temperatura fuera nuestros inviernos tipo Los Angeles, todos ricos, soleados pero no de esos que nos congelan, jaja. Pero bueno chicas, ahi que disfrutarlo. Por eso el lunes pasado asisti a un cena con Glam en NYC en el restaurante Beautique. La comida riquisima, la atmosfera super chic y perfecta al igual que la noche completa. Por lo que estuvo un poco frio decidi ponernme esta falda de cuero sintetico de Zara de la coleccion de el anio pasado. El sueter gris fue el toque perfecto con esta accesorios con detalles lindos y por supuesto un pieza de perlas plateadas como la que lleve puesta, fueron los accesorios perfectos para hacer de este look un look glamoroso y chic.
Sweater/Sueter: H&M
Jewelry/Joyeria: Lola Blue, the closet
Skirt/ Falda: Zara
Purse/Cartera: c/o NineOneTwoSSI
Shoes/Zapatos: Zara



Friday, September 12, 2014

BEAUTY TIPS: HOW TO FEEL RED CARPET READY

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Lunch Box and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own. 
Happy Friday! I think it's safe to say that we all love to feel red carpet ready whether it is for an elegant affair or if you are like me, for date nights with my husband and some times even for brunch with friends. One thing is true, when we feel great it definitely shows. And that is one thing I talk about a lot here on the blog. I am a mom and wife, we as mothers juggle many different tasks. But to me it has always been very important to feel great. You know how they say HAPPY WIFE, HAPPY LIFE? I saw HAPPY MOMMY + WIFE, HAPPY LIFE. That is why it is important to take the time to take care of ourselves, indulge a little. And that doesn't mean you have to break the bank. Treat yourself to things you like, go shopping once a month, if you are on a budget like me. You can find great sales and deals. But take some time out to do what you love to and what makes you feel like a Divina Latina. 
I recently had one of those moments. I stopped by Sam's Club last Sunday for the usual "grocery" things and I decided to pick up some of my must have beauty items too. A nice relaxing bath makes a world of a difference for me at the end of the day. Having the time to indulge in a long shower (you mommies know what I am talking about) when I have the time makes me feel happy and relaxed. So I make sure to always leave a little time for and I recommend you do the same ladies. So next time you are out at your local Sam's Club, pick something up just for you too. Indulge in what makes you feel pampered and fab. This way we can all be happy mommies and very happy wives. And this confidence and happiness will definitely show!
Caress Body Wash 
For as long as I can remember I have always used a body wash or shower gel - I am not a soap person at all. I love the smooth feel on my skin after a long day or early in the morning. The scent of this body wash takes my mornings to another level. It is so refreshing and smells like heaven in a bottle. 

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo + Conditioner
Now we all know how much I don't enjoy primping up my hair. So for a great set of shampoo + conditioner is a must have. It leaves my hair smooth and sleek making it easy to style or simply, as I always do towel dry and go. I love that it keep the frizz to minimum even on these crazy September humid days we've had.

                                                     Degree MotionSense Deodorant 
If we can all agree on a definite must-have-I-cannot-leave-home-without... well ladies I hope it is your deodorant! I've been using Degree and I love that it has this cool MotionSense technology that releases bursts of freshness to keep me protected longer. The more I move the better protection I get. A bailar! 

POND’s Crema S
I started using this POND's Cream 4 years ago when I was pregnant with my son. A good friend of mine recommended it for my dry skin during change of seasons and it is great! It nourishes my skin and truly makes your skin feel hydrated and moisturized for 24 hours as it promises. I totally recommend this cream for super dry skin - it's inexpensive and totally effective.

There you have it ladies. I hope you enjoyed today's beauty post! Easy peasy lemon squeezy... just how I like it... and for less. Not who doesn't love to save a little money and get truly effective products? I sure do.
xo,
E.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

CASUAL SUNDAY IN MY ECUA-ANDINO HAT

So summer is officially over but unofficially September has actually been very warm. We had a super humid weekend this passed one. And I decided it was the perfect time to wear my new Ecua-Andino panama hat. Now you all know how proud I am to be Ecuadorian. I love my heritage and my beautiful city of Guayaquil. So when Ecua-Andino reached out to me I was super excited to receive this beautiful hat. Not just for its obvious good looks but because I was able to have a little piece of my dear Ecuador with me. Ecuador has always had so many of my best childhood memories. Nothing like being raised in a home were though things weren't perfect, but my family made sure to make them pretty closet to perfect; full of love and innocence for a little girl like me. So this connection to my roots made me very excited. I am proud my country has such amazing and talented artists and designers who are able to put together one of THE most popular hat styles in the world. Want to know how these hats are made, read more about the process HERE. So interesting!
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Oficialmente el verano ya se acabo aqui en New Jersey. Pero les comento que este fin de semana estuvo super humedo por aca. Y fue el dia perfect para lucir mi adorado sombrero de paja toquilla Ecua-Andino. Ustedes saben el orgullo que siento en ser Ecuatoriana. Y cuando Ecua-Andino me contacto yo felizmente dije SI mandenme uno y lo lucire orgullosamente. Como saben algunos soy de Guayaquil, la linda costa de Ecuador. Y me siento feliz de haber recibido una pequena pieza de manualidad de mi hermoso pais. Guayaquil lleva muchos recuerdos de mi infancia, los mejores. Porque aunque no tuvimos la familia perfecta, mi mama y mi familia siempre se aseguraron de criarme con mucho amor y siempre manteniendo mi inocencia y crearon los mejores recuerdos de mi infancia. Es por eso que esta coneccion con mi pasado es muy especial para mi. Estoy muy orgullosa de que mi pais sea el manufacturador de tan popular y conocido sombrero a nivel mundial. Tenemos tanta gente talentosa, los cuales crean uno de los estilos de sombreros mas populares de el mundo entero. Y con orgullo! Lean mas sobre como hacen estos sombreros AQUI.
Hat/Sombrero: c/o Ecua-Andino
Sunnies/Gafas: RayBan
Blouse/Blusa: TopShop
Shorts: H&M
Bag/Cartera: Marc Jacobs
Sandals/Sandalias: Forever 21




And of course my sweet boy had to make a sweet little cameo!
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Y por supuesto mi dulce bebe quizo estar en las fotos!
xo,
E.
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