Hooray for Sweater Weather & Diamonds!

December 9th, 2016

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{Dress c/o Kensie, sneakers by Adidas, handbag and jewelry c/o TOUS, sunnies by Céline}

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The weather dropped to the **chilly** 70s in Miami this week so you know what that means… bust out the sweater dresses! Ha ha. This winter break, I’m escaping the 305 for a jaunt to New York (because let’s face it, NO CITY does Christmas like the Big Apple) and Cape May, New Jersey. 

Being the perpetual professional procrastinator (alliteration, people!) I am, I haven’t bought a single Christmas gift because I’m clearly a masochist and wait until Dec. 24th to hit the mall. But TOUSmesh holiday collection is definitely perfect for my mom, mother-in-law and me and me and me.

Which leads me to my next question…are any of you like moi? As in, do you buy a present for so-and-so and buy yourself one, too? 

This is a sponsored post with TOUS. All opinions are my own.

Photos by Karla Garcia

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Stop By Tupelo Honey This Week!

December 6th, 2016

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One of the greatest achievements of this blog is being able to give back to my community with feel-good events with a fashionable twist! 

With this said, on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., pop into locally loved elevated everyday wear boutique Tupelo Honey (18785 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura) for their annual shopping event alongside L’Agence (the entire look on me above is from this California-based brand), Feel the Piece and Frank & Eileen. A portion of proceeds will go to Heather on Earth — a non-profit which delivers the magic of music to kids while they’re healing. Rock on to that!

Photos by Karla Garcia

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Why I’ve Become That Annoying Gluten-Free Girl

November 30th, 2016

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Yep, I’ve become “one of those people.” And what I mean by the latter statement is: I’ve become that annoying person who merrily chirps, “I’m gluten free!,” with the gusto of those who swear by the magical, wizard-like powers CrossFit, veganism, yoga and crack cocaine.

Buckle up, because here’s how my story begins. In college, I had a propensity for pizza at 4 a.m. (and other shady stuff but I’ll leave that up to you to decide). Said gnarly habit landed me in the hospital with bloody poops (ew!) and ulcerative colitis. I gave up my proclivity for pizza and took some meds and all was good in the ‘hood.

Until the last few years.

You see, every time I ate bread, pasta, pizza (the real villain!), or drank beer (oof!), I would hobble over in pain and feel bloated shortly after consumption. Last month, I ended up in the hospital with acute stomach pangs where I was given morphine (um, yay!) to manage the pain along with anti-acid meds for the heartburn. The episode was really scary and made me re-evaluate what I was putting into my body and the one underlying theme in all my research was: Gluten is not good for me. And maybe you, too. So I decided to give the gluten-free diet a whirl because I was feeling as desperate as one of those vapid chicks on that stupid show The Bachelor.

Now, before tackling the gluten-free diet, let’s get to know our evil culprit. Gluten is a specific type of protein, but one you won’t find in meat or eggs. Instead, gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley. Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for most people with gluten allergies or celiac disease, a condition which causes intestinal damage when gluten is eaten. 

Since my stint in the hospital, I’ve said bye-bye to the usual, store-bought gluten-loaded suspects such as bread, protein bars, cereals, pasta, crackers, breaded foods, cookies, cakes and beer. I now only buy 100% gluten-free bread from KNOW  (pictured above) and adore the Glutino line of pretzels, flour and baking mixes from Publix. I still gobble cupcakes from Bunnie Cakes and continue to whip up fresh brownies with my kids. Jen’s Pirate Booty and rice cakes are other snacks I enjoy when I’m hungry and craving carbs. Oh, and wine is still my #BFF.

And you know what? I feel soooo good it’s ridiculous! My belly pains are a thing of the past and I’ve shed 4 pounds (winning!). So if you feel bogged down, bloated, ache-y and just plain miserable after you eat gluten, give the gluten-free lifestyle a try. I know it worked for me.

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Allow Me To Share One of My Greatest Pet Peeves With You

November 28th, 2016

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{Dress c/o Ramy Brook (on sale!), Heels by Aquazzura, earrings & necklace c/o Taudrey, sunnies by Céline (on sale!), clutch from Nima Handbags}

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You know what drives me utterly insane in the membrane? 

Duh, of course you do.

I just hate it when I ask someone, “OMG, I love your dress! Where did you get it!?”

And the answer is a blatant lie along the lines of: “It’s vintage,” or “This old thing? I don’t know.”

Um, LIES. Girl! You know where it’s from! You just don’t want to share the 411, and that’s shady in my book. So why am I divulging this grievance? I asked that exact question when I spotted the evil eye clutch featured in this post. I spotted it on a lady a while ago and when I implored her, “Where did you get it!?” I was answered with a serious case of resting bitch face and a solid, “I have no clue.”

Again, fiction! Deceit! A guile! A whopper of a fib!

Instinctively, I fired up my laptop the nanosecond I got home, searched evil eye clutch and — poof! — I scored it off some rand-o (that’s short for “random,” natch) website like the super-duper-shopper-boss-woman I am. DID I MENTION IT’S ONLY $23? That’s, like, the deal of the millennium. 

So ladies and gents, share the love. No sense in hiding the truth! Your fabrication will be unveiled with this wonderful little thing called Google.

 Photos by Karla Garcia

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My Night With Fitness Guru Tracy Anderson

November 22nd, 2016

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Can you tell I’m fan girl-ing SO HARD in the picture above? Um, YEAH. Last Friday night, I spent the evening with my girl crush/fitness guru Tracy Anderson at Faena Miami Beach Hotel. You see, Tracy is responsible for the lean-yet-rock-hard bods of my other imaginary BFFs, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Robert Downey Junior and more. Ok, I’ll stop the name dropping because it’s tacky AF. Let’s just say Tracy is the biggest name in the workout realm.

Anyhoo, we chatted for two hours (it felt like fleeting 5 minutes because I was geek-ing out so bad) and here are the biggest takeaways from our conversation regarding the ultimate #fitspo and fun facts about the teacher/researcher/creator:

  • Tracy doesn’t calorie count. Shocker! I know. She leads a gluten-free and organic food-only (at home) lifestyle. For protein, she eats lean chicken and fish. She dabbled in being Vegan for a year, but it wreaked havoc on her body so she’s cool with consuming certain proteins. But NO red meat! 
  • Her favorite snacks are Alter Eco chocolate bars and almonds.
  • Tracy is a former ballerina, which makes perfect sense because her dance classes are bomb.
  • Tracy lives far away from her workplace of New York City because she wants her kids to live in an earthy environment. I loved this quote from her: “You cannot buy down-to-earth.” GOLD.
  • She does not believe in depriving your body of that Talenti gelato (salted caramel is her fave flavor, by the way) once and a while. “The guilt you will feel for not eating that pizza with your friend will cause you to gain more weight,” she says of making choices. 
  • She’s a huge proponent of working out 7 days a week. Psycho, I know!
  • When tackling weight loss, we must start the conversation with our bodies. Tracy advises us to create an internal monolog with ourselves and connect with the body regularly. Like, take an adult time-out and listen to what your body is telling you. But you must also tell your body what’s up. You are the captian of this ship!
  • Tracy’s 4-year-old daugter daughter, Penny, was there, too, and she’s so well behaved. #MomGoals

PS: Tracy Anderson is opening TWO Tracy Anderson Method studios in South Florida soon…my spies tell me in Surfside and Coconut Grove. #Blessed

PSS: Also in the #Blessed department? It’s here! Shopbop‘s buy more, save more sale is ON until Nov. 28, 2016. Click here for the code.

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