Hola I'm Lola, I am happily married to the love of my life and mom to a beautiful little princess named Vera Rose, who inspired me to create this space over a year ago to not only talk about fashion but also about how to stay fabulous, life after pregnancy, and continue to be creative, fresh, and dedicated to my dreams as an individual in my new life as a mother.
This past Thursday I had a fantastic time thanks to Coopers’ Craft! I was invited to celebrate the expansion of their Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (my kinda drink!) at The Deck Bar& Chill at Wynwood Marketplace (beautiful location!).
I’ve been a whiskey kinda-girl for many years now – it’s
just what works softest on my stomach and it’s the taste I like most, actually!
And Coopers’ Craft has such high-quality products, and their latest Barrel
Reserve 100 Proof is BOLD and a polite surprise if you want something strong
that also has a beautiful finish. It’s the kind of drink that you can have at
home to wow your guests and treat yourself – the hints of smoke and char are
spiced with hints of cinnamon atop a layer of orchard and citrus fruit. The
cinnamon is really driven through the entire experience, but in a subtle way,
with a caramel and cotton candy coat fresh apple taste.
What really sets this bourbon apart is how it enters with
bold, charry notes and then delightfully splashes cinnamon with a final
delivery containing oak and spice. It’s truly unique and I loved the experience
– I had mine neat (and recommend it!). After some research and asking around it
seems one of the main changes with this version of bourbon was they took the time
and detail to chisel the barrels its actually made in to allow for more
interaction with the barrel itself. The detail is well worth it and I highly
recommend it for any of you bourbon fans out there!
There are tons of sunscreens on the market, and the most
important thing to keep in mind is that while choosing a brand might seem
important, it’s most important to simply make it a habit to put it on every
day. I’ve been using sunscreen religiously almost every day for a long time and
I have several favorites for different situations so I wanted to share my list
here and why I chose each one.
On my face I use sunscreen every day, and I also apply it
several times throughout the day, and some of my favorite options are:
Invisible Shield de Glossier de 35 SPF: I use it on days I’m not wearing any makeup – it’s perfect for the beach and for little touch ups, it’s transparent and feels super light. It’s not heavy or thick, and you can also use it before or after makeup without any issues.
Setting Mist de Supergoop 50 SPF: This is my favorite ever, it’s fantastic, it’s a spray sunblock and you can apply it after your makeup since apart from protecting you from UV rays it also fixes your makeup in place and feels super smooth. It’s also not heavy and comes in many different sizes – so I have one in my vanity and another little one in my purse.
Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm de 20 SPF: It’s so easy to forget about our lips when we go out but they need some TLC, too! I use this Lip Balm which has SPF 20 protection and I also have one in two different purses (just in case). I really recommend it!
I use two types of sunscreens, if you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, I promise it’s tons of fun!) you know I live in Miami and play tennis every week, so I always have to take care of my skin. My go-to option is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer body mist with SPF 100 – it’s water resistant, so it’s perfect to go to the beach (you still have to put it on again after 80 minutes though).
But when I go to the beach and I want to get tan I always use Supergoop Sunscreen Mist with SPF 50, which has vitamin C, it gives you an oily look and gives your skin a lot of nutrients it needs. It’s perfect if you want to tan but still protect your skin like me!
For the babies at home!
I’ve tried a ton of sunscreens for Vera so at this point I know
which ones I like best:
For her body I like Honest Sunscreen Spray, it’s hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and water-resistant. It’s an excellent option, just don’t forget to use it on your little one even if you go out for a walk or to the playground. Try to always keep a little bottle with you in your diaper bag and in your car.
For lip protection, we use Babyganics lip balm which also come in bar-form and we both love it!
I hope this can help you to find a sunscreen routine and product that meets your needs!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gensavis. The opinions and text are all mine.
This week has been a whirlwind with little baby V, since she became a little less of a baby this week and finally turned 3!! Now that we are back from our trip, I wanted to talk (and ask!) you about how you make sure your little ones are getting the vitamins they need. It’s honestly a topic that I feel like so many parents have an issue with (at least I’ve seen that in conversations with other parents) since so much of today’s world is quick-paced and it’s so easy to miss out on either one food group or another. While I’ve worked on creating weekly meal plans and doing my best to make sure Vera eats healthy every day, I’ve also been doing research about what I can give her to make sure she gets all the vitamins she needs. That’s why I want to talk to you today about a fantastic product that I LOVE and have been using lately: the NovaFerrum Multivitamin with Iron Supplement[MD1] for children under 4.
I was a little worried recently when I read that iron is one of the most crucial vitamins for child development and growth – mainly because most iron-rich foods are vegetables! And Vera is a bit of the stereotypical toddler when it comes to eating veggies: she doesn’t like almost any of them! It’s almost always been that way – even though, on the flip side, she is OBSESSED with almost all fruits, and eats them almost every day. Even though she is taller than the average 3-year old according to her most recent doctor visit, I wanted to make sure she gets the essential vitamins she needs, and in particular iron.
That said, the NovaFerrum Multivitamin with Iron Supplement gave me everything I was looking for and more – it has 100% daily servings of vitamins A, B, and D AND a daily dose of iron – giving Vera everything she needs, every single day. She has actually loved taking it since it comes in naturally sweetened raspberry-grape flavor – and I also felt at ease when I found it because it’s not only kosher and vegan verified, but it also is free of alcohol, sugar, dye, gluten, dairy, soy, corn, peanuts and tree nuts! Basically it’s safe for just about any and everybody, and that makes it easy to gift and also easy to give your little ones without worrying about its ingredients. I also LOVE that it has many of the vitamins recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (#Winning!) – seriously, we have to be kind of hawkish about the vitamins we give our little ones! Some of the results were noticeable extremely fast. Vera seems so much brighter and quicker in the mornings and is also more energetic later in the afternoons – a time that she’s usually MUCH sleepier.
Even though I’ve loved all the NovaFerrum multivitamin has to offer, I’d really like to hear from you about what you’ve tried and what you think works to get your kids all they need (nutritionally) on a daily basis. It’s so vital to their futures to start these good habits when they are little, and I would love to learn from you, too! Let me know in the comments!
Escoger un daycare es probablemente una de las decisiones mas difíciles en todo este proceso de ser padres, especialmente si es tu primera vez, estos tips o preguntas te van a ayudar a tener toda la información que necesitas para sentirte mas comóda.
Es normal sentir miedo y lo mejor es que te tomes tu tiempo para ver, recorrer y hablar con la mayor cantidad de sitios posibles. Mi recomendación numero uno es que hagas un tour con tu bebé y por eso hice esta lista con 28 preguntas que puedes usar para obtener la mayor cantidad de información posible y así tomar la mejor decisión para tu bebé y tu familia.
De que horas a que horas están abiertos?
Cierran los días feriados? Si la respuesta es si, en cuales días feriados?
Hay algún rango o limite de tiempo en la mañana para dejarlos o en la tarde para recogerlos?
Comidas y meriendas:
Ellos dan las comidas o tu tienes que mandarlas?
Ellos dan las meriendas o tu tienes que mandarlas?
Necesitan que lleves platos y cubiertos?
Como manejan el tema de las alergias?
Cuales son las horas de las comidas y las meriendas?
Hay un area de cocina, donde tengan todo lo necesario para mantener y proveer comida?
Si ellos proveen la comida, tienen un menu impreso que te puedan facilitar mensualmente?
Tamaño y estructura de la clase:
Cuantos alumnos tiene una clase?
Cuantos profesores hay en la clase?
Cuantos niños hay por cada profesora en el salon?
Horario y actividades:
Tienen parque privado en las instalaciones?
Cuantas veces al día salen al parque o hacer actividad física al aire libre?
Cuales son las actividades que realizan durante el día y en que horario?
Disciplina y politicas referentes al comportamiento:
Como corrigen algún comportamiento inapropiado por parte de tu hijo o de sus compañeros? (cosas como, empujarse, pegarse o morderse)
Usan time-out? por cuanto tiempo?
Salud y Vacunas:
Todos los niños necesitan un phisical para entrar en ese colegio?
Cuales con las reglas cuando los niños están enfermos?
Tienen una planilla para llevar el record de la entrada y la salida?
Las puertas están cerradas y aseguradas sin fácil acceso de cualquiera?
Tienen planes en posición en casos de emergencias?
Que licenciaturas o títulos tienen los profesores?
Como mantienen a su staff entrenado?
Cuanto tiempo tienen trabajando con ninos?
Que tienes que llevar? cobija? panales? cambios de ropa? y cada cuanto?
Estas son algunas de la preguntas que debes tener en cuenta al momento de hacer tu tour o visita! Tener toda esta información te hará sentir mas tranquila y sera mas fácil tomar la mejor decision para tu bebe y tu familia!
Soooo you guys, the long wait is over! We
finally moved back to Miami (gasp) and after being here for 6 weeks, we’ve
moved twice (double gasp) and I almost have everything ready at home! We’ve
LOVED being back, we adore where we live, and we are so much more comfortable
in our new routine, Miami really is home! One thing we knew would be different
when we moved, though, was the fact that we would need a car. In our last
apartment in DC, we lived 2 blocks from the metro and so we turned our car in
to try the true city life. We liked the rhythm but there is a comfort and
convenience to having a car that I definitely missed over all!
So when we moved back to Miami I was lucky
enough to collaborate with Mazda to try their 2018
Mazda6 Signature. You guys, seriously I don’t even know
where to begin – other than saying that luxury driving is absolutely beautiful,
smooth, and so natural in every inch of this gorgeous vehicle. It drives so
incredibly smooth and has amazing safety features that even let you know when
cars are in your blind spots before switching lanes (win for all your mommas
out there!). It comes with a built-in navigation system (so when the little
ones need the phone for long rides, no problem!) and a 360-degree view monitor
so you know how you’re parked, if you’re close to cars or people and are well
prepared for any situation!
For comfort, it also comes with leather seats,
that can be heated or ventilated, and it has SO much space in the front seats,
center console, and back seats that really we were so comfortable all week in
this beauty. There are so many little details that you just fall in love with –
your car is like your second home after all, it’s where you most spend time
after home or work, and it has to feel like a space that really belongs to you.
That’s why things like driver’s seat memory and air conditioning for the back
seats can make all the difference for families, or anyone who is looking for
those ideal comforts that you want on a daily basis. Pretty much every time I
got in the car I felt like there was some small detail that was customized for
me, from the depth and space in the center console to the easy-to-use
functionality for the radio/nav system/stop-and-go parking.
All in all we are psyched to be back in Miami,
feeling very thankful to be back with family and friends, and grateful to Mazda
for giving us the amazing opportunity to showcase and tryout this
luxury ride. We had already taken the Mazda CX3
to New York back in August of last year, and this car only
confirmed my opinion that Mazda truly takes driving experiences to the next
level in every way with their new class of luxury vehicles, like this amazing
Mazda6 Signature. Let me know in the comments what your favorite model is, and
what color you’d get!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pantene. The opinions and text are all mine.
Hey loves! It has been absolutely crazy over the past month with our move, but I’m VERY excited to be back on the blog today to talk to you about an amazing new product that launched for the first time in the United States (OMG) and that I am SO excited to be able to use!! I’m talking about the Pantene Pro – V Intense Rescue Shots! They have made great hair days that much easier to have and they give me the extra boost my hair needs after intense exposure to heat and constant styling. Basically, it’s perfect if you’re looking for ways to revamp and rescue damaged hair after festival season, which on top of my regular job and hair-styling routine completely drains and dries out my own hair!
For those of you attending any festivals this year, you NEED to add the Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots to your post-festival hair care routine. In fact, Pantene is the official hair care sponsor of Coachella, Stagecoach AND Firefly this year! With so much involved in how you prep your hair and all you put it through when you go to a festival, I LOVE that Pantene is bringing a product it’s already had in Latin American markets to the US! What I’ve found so hard for so many years has been how to give my hair that extra boost and care it needs outside of my regular wash and condition routine. I was lucky enough to team up with Pantene for a 14 Day Challenge in December and I really learned about the lasting effects of their Repair & Protect Collection. But this gave me even more confidence to JUMP on this product the moment it came out this past January.
For a bit of background, I’ve been curling or heating my hair five or six days a week for a few years now (especially since I started my blog) and it’s seemed like a chore to figure out what safe and healthy product could help me recover and recuperate my hair. Anybody who dyes or heats their hair often knows that it shows everything you do to it on a daily basis in the simple ways it shines, sits, and performs throughout the day. For me, so much heat pre-Pantene really caused constant breakage, made my head feel dry, and my ends were always splitting – my damaged hair really didn’t grow for almost two years.
After using the Repair & Protect Shampoo, though, I think what I learned to love most about Pantene is that I know I can still trust it – I’ve been using their products and had them in my house since I was a little kid. But I LOVE the Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots because you actually only have to use them once a week AND can replace your conditioner with all of the benefits they offer. The product has immediate effects, helping prevent split ends and target extreme damaged hair after those long festival weekends! It’s no wonder it’s the #1 selling new treatment in the hair category. It really helps repair damaged hair when you have put it through the wringer with dyes and chemicals or extreme heat. It has pro vitamin B5, which is fancy scientific talk for its amazing ability to directly impact and improve damaged hair after just 30 seconds of application from root-to-tip and then a quick 30-second rinse. Another reason I love it is because it gives that shiny, new hairdo feel that you get when you go to the salon, and doesn’t leave my hair feeling as heavy as conditioner sometimes can!
So not only has Pantene helped me keep my hair healthy and shiny and looking happy, but it also has given me way better and MORE great hair days with the fantastic hydrating qualities in these Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots. So let me know what you think of the product in the comments or on my other social media channels – I would love to see if you like it as much as I do! You can get your hand on the new Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots at Walmart.com – see here!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gillette Venus. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’m not huge on New Year’s resolutions anymore because I
like starting my year with more of a realistic vision – resolutions always get
lost in some old agenda and never create enough vision, most of the time, for
the fluidity and changes in our daily lives. This year I decided my focus is
all about achieving my best. That sounds simple, and it is, but I’m talking
about not just doing my best but
instead thinking about how I can achieve
everything I want – it makes it MUCH easier to plan what you have to do when
you know what you want to achieve.
With that in mind, this year I’m even applying this to how I
take care of myself – and in particular how I treat myself with the best body
care products, because as I get older, I’ve noticed my body knows and shows
when I don’t give it what it needs. That’s why I’ve committed to the new Gillette
Venus subscription service! It’s just
not even debatable at this point – if you’ve been shaving for as long as I have
then you’re probably with me when I say smooth and easy shaving is simply synonymous
The subscription service is AMAZING you guys – it’s customizable to your
shaving needs and timing, simple to use, and fast – and not to mention has free delivery with every single
delivery. You can actually go to Venus Direct and choose a custom handle (4 are
available), razor heads, and other features unique to what YOU need. I
absolutely love customizable products and this one makes my entire
getting-ready process 1000% smoother and stress-free. The blades even ship
without you ordering them according to your shaving frequency – I just love the
convenience (especially since half the time I forget what I even had for
There’s a really straight-forward reason Gillette Venus is the
#1 shaving brand in the world and the most awarded – their premium platinum
grip, FlexiBall technology for smooth shaving in every area, and flexible
moisture blades make shaving unlike any other shaving experience out there. That’s
why for me this was a basic but crucial first step for 2019 – Gillette Venus
really does give me the absolute best experience and it’s such a pain when
shaving is inconvenient, uncomfortable, and imperfect in any way. It’s one of
those small things that ultimately isn’t so small – don’t you think?
So what is it that you want to achieve this year – big or
small? I’d love to read about it in the comments. Let me know what you think of
the new subscription service with Gillette, too – I promise it’s made my life
that much easier and gives me that feeling like I am achieving the best to take
care of my skin. You should, too!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Crest. The opinions and text are all mine.
When we look back at our lives, or even on just one year, we often see that time is made of a string of moments, spread (sometimes messily) across the months, that ultimately we hope to remember with fondness, and that sometimes we try to capture. What I’ve realized, though, since I started my blog, is capturing moments in an impactful way is about making an impression, and that means highlighting what matters to you. One part of me I’ve always been sensitive about when trying to take pictures and even when I meet people is my smile – the eyes might be windows to the soul but the smile is what invites people you don’t know to get to know you or even to love you and to identify your happy mark, in a way.
With that in mind, I wanted to share my absolute favorite product I use to whiten my teeth, and show you my results since I started using it: the Crest 3-D White Professional Effects Whitestrips. These white strips are not like any other I’ve ever tried – they are long lasting and make a huge effect even after Day 1. I already know I’m going to try to use them every so often because after just a few days it’s VERY obvious that they are so effective, and can really trust them to whiten my teeth quickly, and you can tell the difference in my photos (I’ve already received a couple of comments since I started using them!). I usually don’t have time to stop and grab them so I just do quick and easy orders on www.walmart.com. Efficiency shopping + great prices = LIFE GOALS. If you haven’t given them a try, check out the link here to see more details and grab a pack for yourself or a loved one to start the new year.
What about you – can you relate? What is that thing that you always pay attention to when you’re getting ready, or that you’re self-conscious about when you meet people? I’d love to read more in the comments!
Stay warm and keep that party spirit – we still have a little ways to go until all the holiday festivities are done! Happy Holidays!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pantene. The opinions and text are all mine.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pantene. The opinions and text are all mine.
Happy Holidays loves! I’m so excited to share this post with you guys today – it’s been a REALLY busy month as usual but also really productive, which I love. Today I am here to talk about the Pantene 14 Day Challenge I started back on December 6th and I wanted to share my results!
Before I dive into the details, the long story short is choosing Pantene is a must-do and their products are absolute must-haves. At the start of this challenge, I was very hopeful but also realistic about the changes I expected. I have always had a sensitive scalp and delicate hair, which has only been more obvious since we moved to DC and the weather is much dryer (especially in the winter). I am also someone who feels like my hair is my crown, I always want it to look beautiful and be one of the key details that I project when I am taking pictures or if I am out at events for work. That said, I also often felt like it was very noticeable that I had split ends or when my hair just wasn’t looking its best.
Starting Day 1, though, I felt immediate relief after using Pantene Repair & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner, which are perfect if you dye your hair every few months. They keep your hair bright, shining, and strong. Honestly my scalp felt less sensitive after one wash, and I was very excited to learn how often I should wash my hair (every couple of days, but with potentially supporting hair products on off days) and also that Pantene really had everything I needed to take care of my hair beyond my expectations.
By Day 7 my hair felt so much more repaired, and was noticeably brighter. I flatiron my hair almost daily, which is part of the reason it’s gone through so much and hard to maintain sometimes, but with Pantene I noticed a complete change in durability. I could feel my hair was healthier and smooth in texture after flat ironing. By Day 14, I can honestly say my hair has never had such a quick turnaround from a bad hair day to a great hair day and was a relief for me, because I’ve been searching for the right product for a LONG time, and I’ve gone through so many at this point I almost gave up (no exaggeration). I’m so glad I found these because they make me feel comforted on a daily basis. The advanced conditioning ingredients in Pantene target and reinforce weak spots in hair fiber, so they get to the root of the problem, and they move FAST. Over my 14 days I saw a steady and consistent increase in durability, and overall my hair looks brighter and feels healthier.
Aside from the amazing products, Pantene also shared with me a few go-to facts that are great for taking care of your crown:
– Never rinse your conditioner for more than 30 seconds, to avoid over-rinsing (which can dry out your hair!)
– Focus on shampooing your scalp and the root of your hair more than anything else – it’s more effective!
– Use dry shampoo and other products (I love coconut oil) for hair maintenance on days where you don’t wash your hair
– Try a no-heat day where you give your hair a break and work with your texture, not against it!
– Remember UV exposure can break down hair’s proteins, which is another reason to use Pantene – their products have ingredients to protect you from UV exposure!
A HUGE thank you to Pantene for sharing their amazing products and helping me get back to a sane schedule with my hair! Have you tried the 14 Day Challenge yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments – and if not, give it a shot, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Hi loves! Here’s my Gift Guide, as promised! I picked a ton of things I want for Christmas or that I want to get next year! Also I have a few of my favorites I highly recommend. Let me know which ones are your favorites in the comments, I would love to read them!!