Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Friday + New Beauty Video!

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! I am so thankful that this week has flown by! My eye is FINALLY better (still a little red, but mostly gone) & I never want that to happen to me again! It seriously took 14 days to look even remotely normal. I am completely cured of my sinus infection & definitely will not be skipping out on my vitamin C ever again!

My best friend Monica landed last night in Charlotte! I just saw her a couple of weeks ago in DC, but it is always so great to spend time with her! Our other best friend, Erin is landing this morning, and we have a really fun weekend planned! Both Erin & Mon are in grad school (Erin is in medical school & Mon is doing a doctoral program in clinical psychology) - so yea, I have smart friends. It also means I don't get to see them THAT much - Erin lives in New York and Mon in DC. I have mentioned this before on my blog, but because I went to college in Boston & then lived in California, all of my friends live all over the country! It is hard to not be able to see them as much as I would like, but it also makes that reunion so much better! I lived with Monica my sophomore & junior years of college and with Erin our senior year, so we are all extremely close. I am so lucky to have both of them in my life :) 
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I uploaded a new beauty video where I show products I have used up/mini reviews of each - basically showing you my trash.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Lil Throwback Thursday Action

Hate it or love it - THROWBACK THURSDAY is definitely a THING. I embrace it rather than hate it - I like looking at people as babies or as crazy college kids. 

Check out the Sanchez sisters serious fashion sense!
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The family picture is Easter many a year ago, but obviously poofy bangs were a thing that year (for women and men apparently) - I am not sure why I was mad, but it's so funny! The second is Natalie's First Communion - us Mexicans go all out - it is usually like a mini wedding, and hers was no exception. I remember I had a fight with my mom because she wanted to dress me in a poofy dress and I wanted to dress like Cher from Clueless (you can't see my knee socks) - not very church appropriate. Not sure how I won that argument - my poor mom! (BTW - I am 12 there! I have not grown an inch since I was 12) The third is us after a long day at Disney - I am wearing some mesh/windbreaker contraption and also in a wheelchair. Don't ask about the wheelchair. I am also so camera ready in this picture - I was ready for instagram back in the 90s bitch.

Next time I am home, I need to dig up more of these priceless gems!

Linking up with the lovely Julia for the first time!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday Wishlist: Express Edition

I am a huge fan of Express - yes it may be a typical "mall" chain, but it is also a great place to get fun and good quality work and play clothes AND I just love the fact that they always have AMAZING sales. I love how accessible it is, and most importantly, their clothes fit great! 

Express is offering 40% off EVERYTHING online and in store right now, & I thought it would be great to share some of their pieces that I am loving right now! I will definitely be stopping in there this weekend! 

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1) LATTICE SHOULDER BLOUSE (white): I love the cut-outs in the shoulder parts of this blouse! I love this because you can wear it to the office with dress pants or a skirt, and also wear it with jeans for the weekend (comes in more pretty colors too)

2) MIXED SHAPE STONE NECKLACE: This mint necklace is the perfect spring statement piece. It can also go from office to night to play! This would look gorgeous paired with a black & white outfit to spice it up!

3) THE PORTAFINO SHIRT (in Cayman Blue): This gorgeous shirt comes in almost any color imaginable - I am loving this aqua-ish color for spring. It would look great for work & imagine it paired with white shorts and wedges for the weekend! 

4) COLOR BLOCK FIT & FLARE DRESS: No better way to do the black & white trend this spring! I own this dress in the black lace & it is super flattering and just adorable! Another office to day item!

5) PRINTED LACE BACK HI-LO MAXI DRESS: Such a cute maxi/hi-lo dress! Would be perfect with sandals as well as wedges! Can't you just imagine sipping a cold blue moon on a patio in this flowy dress? I sure can!  

6) COLOR BLOCK DOUBLE V-NECK BUTTON SHOULDER TEE: I have enough basic t-shirts and this shirt is so cute! Also would look great paired with denim or white shorts in the summer! 

It is best to take action now while this deal lasts! They do not do 40% too often & it is a great opportunity to get some spring and summer basics and fun things into your wardrobe! Let me know if you end up getting anything! :)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring Beauty Haul! Makeup, Haircare + More!

I had not filmed in sooo long, so I finally sat down to film this weekend and I am back! Had a minor set back because of traveling and getting sick! I have been SO excited for the spring - the clothes and of course the makeup! Who else is ready to be tan and to wear some coral lipstick? MEEEE. I love the look of paler skin and red lips in the fall/winter, but I am so ready to make the switch. I picked up lots of beauty goodies over the weekend & share them in this haul video. As always - let me know if you have any questions or would like a more in depth review on a particular product! :) 

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Thanks for watching lovelies! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekend Update!

HAPPY MONDAY everyone! Another weekend bites the dust, but honestly I am just SO happy to be feeling better and with less of a bloody eye. My weekend was super relaxing & I wouldn't have had it another way! My mom is in town, and we always have so much fun shopping and doing stuff together, I am so lucky to have that best friend relationship with my momma! I am sure I will be inpatient for this week to fly by because this weekend my besties Mon & Erin are coming into town to visit me! I cannot wait to spend some quality time with them, especially since we are all so busy and living in different states! It is so hard having your best friends living all over the country, but we really try to make an effort to see each other as much as possible!

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Friday lunch at one of my favorite places - Cafe Monte 
my mom brought back our baby girl Chloe!
I did some damage at Ulta - some stuff I had run out of & some fun stuff for spring too (stay tuned for haul!!)
Friday night with my fam - my aunt, uncle and cousin came over & we just had some snacks and drank wine & laughed for hours (the BEST)

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moooore damage done at the mall on Saturday - new Kerastase and Bumble & Bumble hair products to try and some other goodies! (also in haul)
BASICALLY the highlight of the weekend was that Les Mis came out on DVD - I bought it on iTunes and have been playing it on my Apple TV nonstop #notsorry
new gel mani - a baby pink for spring/Easter
roasting veggies - cauliflower, brussels sprouts and eggplant - so very yum! 

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SOOO freaking excited and ready for Luciano's to open in Charlotte! It has been a long process, but we are opening very soon! (my father's restaurant group's first restaurant in Charlotte! All of the rest are in Atlanta)

Have a wonderful Monday & week everyone! xoxo

Linking up with Sami!! :)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Where have I been? Update!

If you have ever had a sinus infection and a broken blood vessel in your eye - you might know how terrible I felt this past week! If you follow me on twitter or instagram - you may already know that last Thursday - I found a HUGE red circle in my eye known as subconjunctival hemorrhage - it was the first time this had ever happened to me, but it was freaking scary as YOU KNOW WHAT! Thankfully, it is not something to worry about, and isn't painful at all - it just looks horrendous and believe it or not - I still have it. It takes about 2 weeks to go away :( 
last Thursday when it happened 
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Today - much less red and has moved to around the iris of the eye.. go away soon please!!
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Has this ever happened to anyone? 

Forward to Monday night after I spent an amazing weekend in DC with my friends - my throat started feeling scratchy and I drowned myself in airborne, vitamin C, and chamomile tea - I was determined to beat what I thought was a cold. Well - I woke up Tuesday morning with the worst sore throat I have ever had - seriously - I do not wish it on my worst enemy. I literally felt like I had knives in my throat and it was just terrible! I also had a fever on Tuesday night and then Wednesday morning. I dragged myself to the doctors on Wednesday and turns out - I had a sinus infection. So thankful my doctor gave me antibiotics because I feel like a complete brand new person today! Thank the LORD! I had been religious about taking vitamin c every single day and forgot to bring them with me on my trip to Atlanta & DC so I am sure that is what brought my immune system down. I used to get sick very often before I started taking vitamin C daily, so now I will never stop taking it again! 

My past week in some pictures...

road trippin to ATL for my work trip - essentials for sure!
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ATL dinner outfit! F21 top, J.Crew Ponte Pants, Nine West Heels, Bloody Eye (not for sale) 
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dinner at Sea Bass Kitchen in ATL with my cousin Addy and our friend Paris Rouzati (check out her amazing fashion blog), work meetings outfit, grilled trout, my baby coco, and my baby Belen!

I flew to DC last Friday and reunited with my bestie! (my mint shorts are from Tobi!)
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 OOTD: AG jeggings, Frye Boots, Leather jacket from Macy's, Tory Burch purse

I had such an amazing weekend with my friends! So happy to be feeling better and at least I get a weekend to relax and make sure I am 100% better by Monday! I hope you all have fabulous weekends!! xoxo

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hello & 30 Miles Check-In!

Hi everyone! I have missed you all! I always have a hard time finding time to blog when I am on a business trip - thank god for twitter & instagram so I am able to sort-of keep up! I will be in DC this weekend, and I am so excited - I only wish the weather would be better because it is going to be cold and rainy :( No matter what, I always have the best time with my friends!

I wanted to share my progress with Nikki's link-up 30 miles in 30 days!

I posted last week that I had been slacking a little, and I still haven't been able to find time to go every day, but I have kicked it up a notch! 

This week I have done: 
Saturday March 9: Walk back & forth to Harris Teeter to buy champagne (still counts right?) = 1 mile
Wednesday March 13: Eliptical on incline 6-8 for 30 min for 3 miles + leg work
Thursday March 14 (this morning): Blast 900 class for 45 minutes - the best workout class ever! Basically - be prepared to be on the verge of vomiting every minute, but it is totally worth it - mix of cardio (running, speed walking) and weights/strength training - 2 miles (def check them out if you live in ATL or Charleston - I wish we had one in charlotte!!)

TOTAL: 6 miles! 

 TOTAL SO FAR: 9.5 Miles

I definitely need to get my ass into gear if I want to complete the 30 mile challenge - I am a little behind, but not TOOO behind! Hope you are all having a great week!! xoxo

Monday, March 11, 2013

Weekend Update!

I am sure I am not the only one suffering from one hour lost weekend! My body feels out of whack and it's really throwing me off. I leave tomorrow for my Atlanta work trip and will go straight from there to DC for the weekend - I am so excited to see my friends! 

I had such a good weekend! My cousin and her bf were here from out of town, and we had a lot of fun! 

Wednesday Night: Dinner at Good Food with my Dad - if you are in Charlotte - def check this place out - it was sooo good and is the sister restaurant to the best restaurant in charlotte (fine dining) Barrington's
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Friday night - we went to Food Truck Friday and it was awesome! I had the best grilled cheese of my life - it had mushrooms, truffle and leeks - AMAZING! I also had a purple haze beer - took me back to college :)
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Clockwise from Top: 
Friday work outfit: Ann Taylor Blouse, J.Crew Pixie Pants, Tory Burch Booties, Francesca's Bubble Necklace 
Saturday Casual Brunch Outfit: F21 Top, Banana Republic Scarf, AG Jeggings, Aldo Booties, Tory Burch Purse
Brunch drink: Leroy's Lemonade 
Cousins (my sister Natalie & Cousin Addy) 
The poor man's bailey's - seriously so good with coffee! 
me and Addy

 Saturday Night Outfit: Tobi Top, Sabo Skirt Shorts, Shoemint Pumps
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Chipotle Veggie Burrito Bowl - possibly the best "hangover" cure ever - pair with mini bag of chips and lots of water with lemon! 
Add and I at Prohibition
Sunday night grocery shopping - picked up the most random things (those blue chips are awesome though!)
Natalie, me, Colbi and Addy

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Monday OOTD: J.Crew Blythe Blouse & Pixie Pants, Tory Burch Booties & Calvin Klein Blazer

my monday necessity/sanity - iced americano
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Have a wonderful week everyone!! 

Linking up with the lovely Sami!! :) 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

30 miles & GET TO KNOW ME!

Happy Thursday everyone! You guys do know that this Sunday is daylight savings time = that automatically puts me in a better mood! The fact that I will leave work in not PITCH BLACK DARKNESS fills my soul with happiness. March definitely begins the work craziness - we start traveling more often and our huge Cinco de Mayo events are less than 2 months away! Crazy days at the office definitely make the weeks go by faster! I have a fun couple of weekends coming up - my cousin and her boyfriend will be coming into town this weekend and then I am off to Atlanta for work and straight to DC for St. Patrick's Day Weekend. My BFF Mon lives there and some of my besties will be there so I am so excited to see my girls! I went to college in Boston so most of my college friends live up North, but we try to see each other as much as possible! :) 

If you don't know already - my friend Nikki from The Pink Growl is helping us get our asses into gear for summer - as in she she and her friend Manda came up with the idea for us to log 30 miles in the month of March. To say I am slacking is an understatement - usually I am at the gym 5 times per week, but this week has been crazy AND I have been unmotivated (and it's cold outside wahhhh)! Not an excuse but I have only managed to workout twice since March 1st (one was this morning) - I better get moving so I don't look like a major loser in this challenge!

Saturday March 2nd: 2 miles of interval runs on treadmill at incline 9
Thursday March 7: 1.75 miles of interval runs and speed walking on treadmill at incline 9
 Total: 3.75 Miles

So what is interval running you might ask? I definitely have a love/hate relationship with them. Obviously, I would have more miles if I was running at a lower incline and for longer and not doing short runs. You can read about endurance running vs. interval running on many sites, but I like this article - it explains the difference and how interval running is great for fat burning. My friend Heather told me about this app - it is called Gym Boss and it is perfect for interval runs since it will count down the seconds. I usually do 12 rounds of 40 sec rest and 30 sec work on incline 9 or 10 on the treadmill. My "rest" is anywhere from 2.7 to 3 and then my "work" is anywhere from 4.5 to 6 (I just interchange depending if I feel like I am about to pass out or not). The incline and rest are both important - believe me - you will be dying & the best part is that you will burn SO many calories in a short amount of time. I try to always incline walk after to make sure I get at least 30 min in, but honestly - you will sweat so much and get a great workout in just 20 min. Let me know if you try interval running!

The GymBoss App 
you can customize & it is FREE!
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I also uploaded a fun video to my YouTube Channel yesterday - the Get to Know Me tag! I just wanted to film a more personal video where I actually say more about myself and don't ramble on about hair and makeup for 20 minutes LOL!

yesterday: wednesday #swaggie
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Almost Friday peeps!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

February Beauty Favorites!

It's monthly beauty favorites time! I actually think I forgot to post my January Favorites video on here on the blog, but you can check that out here since I am still using all of those products religiously! Here is a video of me showing my favorite beauty products that I loved in February and continue to love! :) Sorry it is so long, I really need to work on stopping my rambling!

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8. Tarte Journey to Natural Beauty Set! (back in stock on QVC) - I HIGHLY suggest getting this set - you get $200 worth of products for only $65!! It includes the Tarte amazonian clay foundation (amazing) eyebrow architect pencil, butter lipstick in plummy rose, and the lights, camera, flashes mascara that I mention in the video!
Also mentioned: 

As always - let me know if you have any questions about the products! :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Weekend Update!

HAPPY MONDAY!! Hope everyone had wonderful weekends! Charlotte finally got a little better weather and our cold front is almost over (thank GOD). 

My sisters friends were in town this weekend and we just took them to our favorite Thai/Sushi place on Friday night. Saturday during the day - I went to the gym and filmed a couple of videos (stay tuned for that this week) & at night - we went out to dinner and then out to meet up with some of my friends! The Montfort bars were so crazy because Charlotte had a basketball tournament in town so it was impossible to go Uptown. It was a lot of fun!

Saturday Night Outfit: Brandy Melville Sweater, Bebe Skirt, Jeffrey Campbell Litas, Maybelline Color Vivid Lipstick in On Fire Red
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 fun with friends on Saturday night, Skinny Margaritas & guacamole at Cantina 1511, Pinkberry on Sunday (MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE TREAT)

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Casual Sunday outfit (with my new Aldo booties) & cuddles with Chloe bear! 

I hit the mall at 11 am yesterday without thinking anything of it, but everything except Nordstrom and some department stores were closed until 12:30! I had no idea that it opened that late on Sunday! I had heard that J.Crew was 20% off all women's clothing and since I had gotten a couple of items last week, I wanted to see if they would price adjust my items - which they did! So YAY! I also picked up a couple of other things with gift cards I still had from Christmas - new jeans and some blouses from Ann Taylor. I just had a lazy sunday for the rest of the day and caught up completely on Smash and started watching Nashville (which I love so far)! 

Have a wonderful week everyone!! 

Linking up with my girl Sami! :) 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Happy Friday!

HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY loves! I hope you all had a good week and have fun weekends planned! This week flew by - it is so crazy that it is actually MARCH today! Where has this year gone? NO IDEA!! My sister's friends are visiting from Atlanta this weekend so we have a couple of things planned. Charlotte is hosting a huge conference this weekend so it is impossible to go uptown - almost all of the restaurants and bars are closed down for private parties & it is just a mess - you can't even go to the mall. We have to be a bit creative on where to take Natalie's friends but I am sure we will have fun regardless of what we do! I actually have to write 2 essays tomorrow for my last grad school apps - I have been slacking and putting them off but I need to get crack-a-lacking tomorrow and Sunday! I also need to fit in a massage somewhere in there a long with gym time. I bought the monthly massage package from Massage Envy and I have 2 pending massages already! Look out for new videos next week - I have so many beauty favorites that I want to include in my February Favorites as well as a fun video that I have been planning for a while now! :) 

I have been LOVING kale lately - I just sautee it with a tiny bit of EVOO & pepper and omg it is divine! With my usual grilled tilapia dinner :) 
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starbucks drinks & matching totes :)
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A Bauble Bar necklace I had been lusting for finally got back in stock & I purchased it immediately! I can't wait to get it! Pave Tab Strand Necklace (grab it before it sells out again!!) - if you have been living under a rock or something & don't know what Bauble Bar is - it's basically every girls dream - accessories galore (all reasonably priced) - you can sign up and get started HERE (you also get money back every time you make a purchase to make a future purchase - it is the bomb) - I will definitely post a picture when I get it! 
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I THINK I found my next hair color - if you haven't been reading my blog for that much, you wouldn't know that I have been blonde ever since I was 17 and just decided to go darker in September of last year - I like being brunette, but I am missing having lighter hair so much! I don't want to go back to blonde blonde - I think this would be the perfect color for me - what do you guys think??
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"Have a happy friday and a great weekend everyone" - Chloe
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