Beauty & Style

Peplum Tops Are the New Basic Tee

how to wear a peplum top

It may have seemed like a trend just a few short years ago, but it looks like peplum tops are here to stay. And that’s a good thing, because I’ve been loving them. I have a few dressy peplum style tops in the closet, but lately I’ve been finding peplum details on more casual tops. Now, I’m stocking up on them, and you should too. Read on for why peplum tops are the new basic tee.

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Beauty & Style

Galentine’s Day in a Little Red Dress

To keep with my resolution to be more brave and confident in my skin, I accepted an invitation to attend a Galentine’s day event for bloggers. Despite sharing so much online, blogging can be an isolating activity. Add to that the fact that I spend most of my days talking to an 11 month old, who does make up for being a poor conversationalist by being extra cute, it can get pretty lonely. So as scary as it was, I put on a little red dress. Declared last Saturday a #mombreak day, and headed out. Read on for more about my Galentine’s Day in a little red dress. Continue Reading…

Cooking & Recipes

Adventures with Blue Apron

Read this post if you're trying to decide whether Blue Apron is for you #besosalina #blueapron

I had a few people send me Blue Apron invites over the last year or so. I let them sit in my mailbox for a while. Once, I even went so far as to sign up, but didn’t follow through. It didn’t make sense. If I wanted to order dinner, I would order food that was already cooked. If I wanted to cook, I would then shop for what I needed and make it. Duh! But then, it was one of those Sundays. It had rained all week. I needed to go grocery shopping, and  figure out what we were going to eat. Nothing in my usual rotation sounded good. That’s how I ended up finally pulling the trigger, and my two-week adventures with Blue Apron began. Continue Reading…

Love & Relationships, Make & Do

5 things to do on Valentine’s day

For the most part, I subscribe to the idea that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday, so Mau and I don’t typically exchange gifts. Usually, we also don’t go out. Maybe it’s all those years of working at restaurants, and knowing that behind the scenes the chef put together the easiest prix fixe menu, so that the restaurant can turn over as many tables as possible while serving petite filet over heart shaped beets and other cliché Valentine’s day menu items. That’s not to say that we also sit at home with the curtains down pretending that it isn’t Valentine’s day. Even in my single days, I sent cards to my girlfriends, called my grandma and went to a few Love Sucks parties. It’s just that I don’t want to do the typical Valentine’s Day thing.  If you want to skip the traditional Valentine’s dinner date option, here are 5 things to do on Valentine’s Day that are all about spending time together and even a little romance.

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Love & Relationships

Into Motherhood

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As we quickly approach baby FLO’s first birthday (!)  I can’t help but to reflect on this journey into motherhood. The sleepless nights, the constant googling, the incredible highs and the scary lows. The most challenging yet satisfying road. So to celebrate my transition into motherhood, I thought I’d share a few things that now looking back, I would have done differently, and a few things I got right! Continue Reading…

Beauty & Style

How to Shop Sample Sales and Seasonal Sales

how to navigate sales

Over the last year I’ve been slowly purging my closet. Letting go of items that no longer fit, have been in my closet forever, or simply clothes that I am no longer excited to wear. And while I’ve been editing my closet almost monthly, I’ve also have been working to consciously replace these items with comfortable, evergreen clothes that fit my lifestyle. In a nutshell, my goal is to build a capsule wardrobe, ( I previously wrote about this process here). Because part of this puzzle includes shopping, and I am the type of person that heads straight to the  clearance rack, I had to set some rules for myself to keep on the path. Here is my philosophy on how to shop sample sales and seasonal sales, and stock your closet with functional, affordable and timeless pieces without breaking the bank.

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Cooking & Recipes

How To Make Acai Bowls at Home

We’ve had a few dreary days here and I started to sulk around the house a bit. So, I switched up my breakfast routine from the avo and runny egg on toast, (which I’ve probably eaten everyday for like a year), to these delicious acai bowls. Does anything else give you tropical vacay vibes like an acai bowl? Well, maybe a fruity drink with an umbrella, but that’s not an appropriate breakfast option, unless of course you are on a tropical vacation. I also thought the universe was urging me to make these because Trader Joe’s just released their very own acai puree packets. If you want to cheer yourself up, or switch up your breakfast routine, here is how to make acai bowls at home. Continue Reading…

Make & Do

Is Bullet Journaling For You?

Bullet Journal

Last year my resolution was to be brave and to go after what I wanted without fear and doubt. I certainly can’t say I mastered that. But, I am nonetheless proud of the many little steps I’ve taken, especially with this blog. Although the year is over, my journey to be more comfortable in my skin and to follow my passions is only beginning. Which brings me to this year’s resolution. For 2017, I want to be more productive, organized and find ways to juggle all the things I want to do without feeling stressed or that I’m failing at something. So, I’m giving bullet journaling a try. After some research, I’m convinced this is the key to getting things accomplished. Is bullet journaling for you? Read below to find out. Continue Reading…

Love & Relationships

Favorite Things From December

Before we dive right into the New Year and chat all about our aspirations and goals, I wanted to reflect on favorite things from December. It’s the kind of month that goes by way too quickly and with way too many events. It started to feel  like if I didn’t take a minute to remember what we did this month it would disappear from my memory bank which wouldn’t be fair because it was a very good month. The final chapter of the most challenging and rewarding year of our lives. So, I thought I’d share at least one of my favorite moments from the month. . [Scroll down for a giveaway!] Continue Reading…

Make & Do

Holiday Wreath DIY and Winter Bucket List

DIY christmas wreath

Sometimes life can feel mundane. Actually, on most days life feels mundane. We are all creatures of habit and routine. And though that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I do find that having things on the  calendar that take us out of our usual monotony, helps the days go a little quicker and adds a little more excitement to life. While my mind is happily occupied planning and daydreaming about upcoming events. I previously put together our summer bucket list, which we managed to mostly get through, so I thought I’d try a hand at a winter bucket list, and also share my holiday wreath DIY.

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