Monday, February 24, 2014

Chicago Weekend Recap

Happy Monday loves! I hope you all had a great weekend :) I spent the weekend in beautiful (but freezing) Chicago. I was there for grad school related activities, but we decided to make a girls trip out of it and my mom and two sisters tagged along. We had such a great time even though it was super cold. Chicago is stunning and I am in love with the city! We got in on Thursday evening and I was dying to take my mom and sister to Sunda, my favorite restaurant in Chicago. It is an amazing Asian restaurant that I highly recommend! The best things are the rock shrimp, the crispy brussels sprouts salad, the spicy tuna on crispy rice, and the shishito peppers! 

Friday, I headed to Evanston in the early chilly snowy morning and got back to the city around noon. We met up with one of our family friends and she took us to Eataly which was literally 2 blocks from our hotel. WOW is all I can say about Eataly. I have been dying to try the NYC one for years now, and it did not disappoint. They had the BEST cappuccinos I have ever had - they taste just like the cappuccinos in Italy. We went shopping and then headed back to the hotel to meet my youngest sister Stephy who flew in from Atlanta. We all got ready and headed to our family friend's condo and then we all went to dinner at Mercadito. 

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Saturday was a shopping day! We headed down the Miracle Mile and shopped till we dropped. One of my best friends Caity recently moved back to her hometown from NYC and she took the train to meet us for Saturday night! We all went to the Dry Bar and then went to dinner with our family friend Chris. We had a great time! We were all planning on going out but it was so cold and we were so tired we all just went back to the hotel bar. 

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 Mom & Sisters!

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On Sunday, we headed to Sunda again for brunch - it was so yummy! Our flights were at 6PM so our day was cut a little short. The trip went by too fast, but we had an amazing time. I think it is so important to treasure every single moment with your family and loved ones. I was, however, excited to return to this beautiful southern weather! ;-)

Unil next time, Chicago!
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 I plan on getting back on filming this week so keep your eyes peeled for that! :) 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Catch Up!

Hello my loves! I have been blog MIA for many reasons... first and foremost, exactly one week ago, my family and I put down our lovely amazing doggie Coco. Coco was almost 14 and she had a very long amazing life filled with so much love. She was the cuddliest, cutest, most beautiful baby ever and we are going to miss her so much. Coco had been in pain for a few years due to back/neck issues and she had had 2 surgeries for her spine. She was barely walking and you could just see that she was not happy anymore. To add to that, she went completely blind in early January. It was the hardest thing we have gone through as a family so far. Especially for my younger sister Stephanie who had grown up with Coco since she was 8. However, I know we have to remember the 14 amazing years that we we were all able to enjoy with her. I know she is up in doggy heaven chasing squirrels and eating as much bacon as she wants to! I got the sweetest messages on instagram so thank you so much for your kind words, it meant a lot to me and made me smile all through last week.

Rest in Peace Coco Sanchez! We love you!
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My last picture with Coco
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Coco spent her entire life alongside Simba, our oldest dog who is 15 and is the sweetest dog around. We did not want to leave him alone in our house in GA since my parents are always traveling, so my sister and I moved Simba in with us! I think he is adjusting pretty well. It's been a bit of an adjustment, but we did not want him to be alone after loosing Coco. So far, so good! 
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Last week, I headed to Miami for a market visit and due to the snowpocalypse that occurred last week, I was stuck there till Friday. I know there are much worse places to get stuck, but I literally had no summer clothing with me and Miami was boiling hot! We ended up having to move hotels three times and it was just annoying not being able to get home. However, I did get to see my friend Heather who recently moved down there and our friend Sara was there too so we were all able to see each other!

Not a bad view from Univision Miami offices
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Art District Miami
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I spent half my Valentine's day at the Miami Airport - the airport was crazy with all the cancelled flights! Luckily, we were only delayed about an hour and I got back to snowy Charlotte on Friday late afternoon. I headed to pick up essentials - aka wine. I honestly did not even acknowledge that it was Valentine's day. It is my least favorite holiday and wish it didn't exist.
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Saturday, I went shopping a little bit and hit up my new favorite spot - the Origins store! I have been getting more and more obsessed with their products lately and this mask was one of the items I got. My skin felt AMAZING after! Esp after a week without all of my proper skincare and weird weather, it was just what I needed :)
Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask
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I have a busy week ahead of me and I leave for Chicago on Thursday for my first grad school interview!! AH. Wish me luck! I hope you all have a great week!! :) xo

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

January Beauty & Random Favorites!

January has come and gone... and with that comes my monthly favorites video where I share everything I have been loving for that past month. Apart from beauty products, I share some favorite youtubers, movies, songs, and more! 

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2. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
3. Tom Ford Blush - Love Lust
4. Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes - Ample Amber
5. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
6. Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Volumizing Mousse
7. Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Nudist
8. Marc Jacobs Eyeshadow Palette - Lolita
9. Maybelline Elixir - Nude Illusion
10. Revlon Highlighting Palete - Bronze Glow

Part One: Makeup
Part Two: Skincare, Body Care, and Haircare 

Favorite Youtubers:
Amelia Liana
Lily Pebbles
Vivianna Does Makeup

Thank you for watching! Have you been loving anything in particular this past month? Do share! :) 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Week & Weekend Recap!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Last week was super busy and it was extra crazy since the South got hit by the "winter storm" last Tuesday. We were very lucky compared to the mess that happened in Atlanta.. so insane! On Thursday, I hosted the January meet-up of The Charlotte Social at our restaurant, Luciano's! It was so much fun! I was able to see some of my favorites and get to meet some new people as well! If you are a Charlotte blogger and haven't been to a meet-up yet, definitely give it a try! 

My outfit for the meetup
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Blazer: BCBGeneration | Top: BCBGMAXAZRIA (this is the one I showed in my latest haul video and I got it on super sale so I was not able to find it online, but this one is similar!) | Jeans: True Religion | Boots: Forever 21 | Necklaces: Evil Eye by EllandEmm | Gold Dagger Necklace from Gorjana

The event was so much fun, and it was great to introduce people to Luciano's!
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Always wonderful to see my Charlotte blogger ladies - Got to catch up with my lovely friend Alexa! It was so wonderful to meet a few new bloggers - it's always so great to connect with people who share a very similar passion to yours! Bri [Just Bri] & Bre [Baubles & Bubbly] are two of the sweetest, funniest, and loveliest girls I have ever met! They put in so much hard work into The Charlotte Social - props to them! Love you ladies!

This weekend was really nice. My parents are in town and they are honestly my favorite people to hang out with. My sister and I went shopping for a little bit on Saturday, and then we all had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants Barringtons with my Dad. 
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Don't you want to be my snapchat friend? ;) I bought this top at Urban on Saturday and I really like it! It is so comfy and I love the lace detailing. I also wore my Sam Edelman Della pumps that I love! And can you tell that I love my evil eye necklace? Haha!
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Been loving bananas & strawberries lately for breakfast (and coffee of course) | Chloe creeping | My Dad and I watching the Super Bowl last night | Yummy Palm Beach salad from Bricktops
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 Tested out some new beauty products yesterday. I am in LOVE with the Giorgio Armani Lumious Silk Foundation - it is a BEAUT! A haul video & review will be up on these products soon! :) I also picked up a Chanel cream shadow and a Chantecaille brilliant gloss in classic!

Stay tuned for a January Beauty Favorites video that should be up very very very SOON! :) Have a wonderful Monday!