Go Big or Go Home

Hey Gals!

It’s been a while but let’s kick this back up with a product review.. yay!! So first of all this product was gifted to me to try. It has become my favorite of all time. The Kat Von D “Go big or go Home” mascara has one of the best cruelty free formula I have tried.

I’ve used this for a couple of months and I have to say there are more pros than con! Compared to the high end and affordable mascaras I have tried this sits at the top of my favorites. It is a very well designed product. In case you are wondering what I love about it here it goes..

What I love…

  1. Volume
    So I have a pretty good size in lashes but I always look for mascara that gives them more length and makes them look more full. With this one I do a couple strokes of the mascara and it instantly makes my lashes fuller and non clumpy. This formula gives them great coverage to the top and bottom with out making your lower lashes look ridiculous, like Yzma from the cartoon (lol). This mascara defines your lashes so well, mine sometimes look like nice fake lashes.
  2. Dry Formula
    I 90% like this because usually running/ wet mascara gets on the lid of my eyes if I don’t let them dry. This is also a con for me because I have to apply more coats than the other ones. The other great thing is that the formula doesn’t leave clumps behind, worst part is when you try to remove the clumps. It also takes off very quickly so you don’t have to be rubbing your eyes for a long time.
  3. Applicator
    One of my favorite things when buying mascara is looking at the brushes. Depending on the design and the count of the bristles, depends how it will brush your lashes. Longer and many bristles for me means that my lashes will get more volume. This applicator is exactly want I look for and delivered on giving me volume
  4. Packaging
    Talk about a sleek design! Usually Kat Von D’s packaging is not my type of design. But this mate black with glossy letters gave it an edgy sophisticated look!

Final thoughts

I like this mascara so much, when I thought I lost it I went a little crazy. Last week I couldn’t find it and no lie I turned my room upside down. I really wanted to use it.. didn’t find it… until yesterday when I remembered I had left it in the car! Phew!!! we got it back!! My overall experience with this mascara surpassed my thoughts. It gives great volume, the formula is amazing, provides great coverage and the best part is that it leaves no clumps on your beautiful eyelashes.

So babes if y’all are looking for mascara get yours at the Kat Von D website or Sephora. I love it! If you have tried it let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Fiestas Navideñas y Artículos Artesanales / Christmas Festivities & Traditional Clothing

Hola Chuladas,

¡Seguimos acercándonos a los días navideños! ¡Quería compartir con ustedes cómo pueden usar esa ropa tradicional que se compran cuando van a México! En uno de mis viajes recientes compré este increíble “poncho”. Es gris súper padre, con un diseño de bordado colorido increíble. Cuando estaba comprando este artículo, todas estas ideas llenaron mi cabeza de cuándo lo podría usar.

Este atuendo es perfecto para todas tus fiestas. Tiene los leggings de piel sintética para ese ambiente moderno y ese factor sorpresa con el poncho. Seguramente la gente se detendrá y te complementará. Así que manteniéndolo este outfit relajado, lo acompañe con una blusa de manga larga gris y unos botines negros muy lindos con tacón de color holográfico. La siguiente piesa tradicional es esta bolsita tejida. Es una bolsita súper simple pero con las agarraderas de madera y el material del tejido es una pieza muy novedosa. Para termina el look, lo demás era más simple. Me agarré mi cabello en una cola de caballo baja y mantuve el maquillaje simple. Ahí lo tienes, sí puedes incorporar tu ropa tradicional para las fiestas navideñas del trabajo, de las amigas o fiestas con tu familias.

Hey Gals!

We keep getting closer to the holiday season! I wanted to share with you guys how you can wear those traditional clothing you get when you go to Mexico! On one of my recent trips I bought this amazing “poncho.” Super nice gray with amazing colorful embroider design. As I was buying this item all these ideas came to head of when I could wear it..

This outfit is perfect for all your holiday parties. It has the faux leather leggings for that trendy vibe and that wow factor with the poncho. Surely people will stop and complement you. So, keeping it cozy, I pared it with a gray long sleeve and some very cute black booties with holographic color heel. The last tradicional piece is this super cute purse. It looks like a simple purse but the wooden handles and Pulled my hair into a low pony tail and keep the makeup simple. There you have it. Ofcourse you can incorporate your traditional clothing to your work, friends and/or family Christmas party.

Santorini Travel Itinirary

I told you guys I would be writing the wanderlust vacation I took to Greece. To be more specific SANTORINI, because who doesn’t want to live their  “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” moment. There’s so much I wanted to share with you guys about this amazing trip I had to break it up. I decided to do an Itinerary post because we did went to all these places on our own and every place there were buses and buses of tourist, I felt very proud of the great schedule I had done. It saved us money and we did it on our own time frame and stayed as long as we wanted. Well lets start my Santorini itinerary!

Day 1

Trip to Oia:
I had read online to walk the trail from Fira to Oia. With out further research my friend and I started to walk the trail to get there. As we started walking we saw so many picturesque places and scenery. It was just mouth dropping, with all the gorgeous views. At the start of the walk we found this amazing Gelato place, you need to go to it, and it has the best name ever “Confetti Dessert Boutique“. After the Gelato we had already been walking about 3 miles but the first 2 miles where the best, after that I got too tired to keep walking. We tried to get a taxi but since there is not many in the island we gave up after a while and went to get lunch. The restaurant was super cute, they served the biggest burgers and delicious pitas. We both got very juicy hamburgers. We had seen a lot of people on ATVs and buggies while we were walking so we decided to rent one for the next 48 hrs. This prevented us from waiting a long time for a taxi or even their public transit bus. It would have been a lot of waisted time. Once we rented the buggy my friend drove us to Oia… it had such amazing views a long the way and the cool breeze hit our face felt so good. Once we got to Oia we started to walk up their streets and it was filled with cute little restaurants and very cute shops. We started to locate the 3 very famous domes. Luckily we found them but it was filled with tourist trying to get their perfect picture!. We did wait and lingered to get the perfect shot. We continued walking and found a great place for Instagram worthy pictures, close to the end of Oia. It had the perfect views. Once we were ready to leave we got a fruit smoothie from a place called Yummy and Sunny ( it was so refreshing) and drove back to Firastefanie. We were beat from the sun we decided to get in the pool and relax. Got a quick glimpse of the sunset and it was just jaw dropping. If you want to take the walk like us even if it is not all the way to Oia I would suggest doing it early in the day so the sun doesn’t beam on you too hard. While in Oia try to stay until the late afternoon, just so you can get a good look of the little town. Once we left and went back to the hotel, we just chilled and as a late snack got a Chicken Pita from a little shop so close to our hotel called, Why Not Souvlaki, they have the best of the best pitas. I got the chicken on a stick pita and it was like heaven in a very soft pita! You need to try these, oh and their Blakava is so sweet. I was in love with this place.

Tip: On this day and after walking this long path to Oia I would 100% recommend to rent an ATV or Buggy to be able to get to all the parts of the island.

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Day 2

This day was filled with lots of places we wanted to discover!
Fist stop, Monastary Profitis Ilias:
Second day we made the trip to Prof. Ilias Monastary. This cute little monastary is one of the highest point of the island. While I researched places to visit some of the post said this place had amazing views and it did not disappoint. We were able to see the entire island from one tip to the next. It really gave us the real perspective of Santorini; thought there is much to do in the big touristy areas filled with business, those parts are small compared to the entire island. There’s still a lot of land that is left alone or is harvested. It was so refreshing to see that. As you make your way up the hill to the monastary you encounter a pebble path that leads to the top of the monastary. At the top you can walk to the edge and see amazing island views  and visit inside the little monastary. The monastary is a really nice light coral color building and as you make your way in, there’s a cute little sit in area, then you walk farther inside and there’s several wooden chairs along the wall. The detailing all around is so minimal, with gold and the mesmerizing colored glass. We headed up to the Monastary late morning, this was a perfect time for us because it wasn’t packed with tourist at this time. We wanted to do things that were right by each other so we did waist time and so next to the monastary stood there was a little town called Pyrgos, which is were we went next.

Tip: This is more the action of being courteous  than tip, plus I read on some reviews that women shoulders should not be exposed, which is why I used a small blanket to cover up. Other tourist wore very revealing clothes and to me it didn’t seem very respectful. (just my opinion)

Pyrgos:
Like I mentioned, we headed to this little town after the monastary since they were so close to each other. This town is known for keeping their culture alive and not being so touristy. For the most part Locals live here. The architecture was a little different than Fira or Oia. I had also read that the food here was very good and traditional. We had such a delicious lunch. Tasted their Tzatziki with bread and it was so delicious. For my lunch entree I had a risotto, that was so creamy and the chicken so juicy. Every time we would go eat out I would order water because I felt so hot but at this place I got an orange Fanta and I was thinking I would be getting the typical orange color soda but it was yellow!! The ironic part is that it tasted the same. (I was shook, lol) The Kantouni restaurant, was so cute family oriented. It reminded me of my mothers childhood stories. The owners were there to welcome the people and make sure everything was running good, it just felt like such a great family restaurant! Going right after the monastary was a great idea because we were hungry and wanted to sit for a bit from doing all that walking. After lunch we walked around for a bit, saw the architecture and little places that they had. It was a great break before we headed to the next destination.

Black Beach:
This beach was spectacular! The “sand” were little black pebbles all through out the beach area, BEWARE they were soo hot, I  literally felt like I had burned my feet when I stepped into them. There were also huge pebbles inside the water. It was cool but I was also scared, felt like if I stopped stepping on the pebbles there was nothing more beneath me. The views from here were stunning. Big tan mountain next to the water and a  strip of shops and restaurants, it reminded me of San Diego’s beaches. We sat down on the little huts the restaurants had, the only requirement was to spend 20 Euros with them. It was not bad since the pebbles were so hot I don’t think I could lay out on a towel on top of hot rocks. It was such a relaxing time! We laid out, swam, had some drinks and looked out to some amazing views! We arrived at the beach around 1pm and it was great. The sun was out and we were able to get our tan on  and there wasn’t too many people. I did notice that as we were leaving a lot more people were just getting there. This beach was 45 min from where we were staying but since we were at Pyrgos it didn’t take us long to get there. Also I had a Mythos Radler Lemon beer and O M G it was the best beer I have tasted.. So freakin’ refreshing!

Tip: Buy water shoes! The pebbles were so hot it did not feel good when you stepped on them and the rocks in the beach sometimes were pointy and they hurt plus if you visit other beaches in Santorini you will need them.

Night at Fira:
Yes we did get a little break from running around all day and went back to the hotel to relax and get ready for a night in Fira. I read and saw so many cute pictures of Fira and I just really wanted to see it. This cute little town was not far from our hotel and it is filled with restaurants to choose from. Which we did, we really didn’t know what to get so we started walking and this cute little Mexican restaurant caught our eyes. It was so cute we had to try the food and see how it tasted. Later we learned that this restaurant chef is from Mexico City. The food was delicious, atleast my chicken fajitas were.After we ate we decided to walk around Fira. It was the best town I have ever seen. There were blocks and blocks of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. We walked and saw locals walking around amoung us, tourist, and so many beautiful  jewelry shops with great selections! I cant get over how lit up the streets were with all the street and shops’ lights. When I researched Fira online there was a picture I had seen on the web of this street with bougainvillea flowers and the pictures looked beautiful. As we were walking we came across it. It  was just like the picture I had seen, I was ESTATIC! It was like a dream come true. I think I enjoyed walking around at night because, like I said the locals were out too and there were so many cultures walking and mingling. It was perfect.

Day 3:
Red Beach:
Third day and still not jetlag (well just a little but we didn’t let that stop us). Super excited to visit the red beach and see if it was really red like I had read. This beach is located in (look up location) The beach was 45 min away from us so driving there, again, was the best decision. We left late morning early afternoon. The sun was shinning bring just good enough to keep our tan going. As soon as we got there and parked, you see a small white and blue church super pretty and a path up a mountain. I was a little confused and then just thought maybe we have to go up and the beach will be right on the other side… No it was not. We climb up, around and down a not so safe path. It was a great experience and the views were exceptional. At the end it was a nice scenery, all that red on the mountains were to die for. Once you get down to the beach you will see that there is no sand, there is rocks!! AGAIN… Not a fan but it did look cool. Inside the water there is a lot more pointy rocks than at the black beach. This is where you water shoes come in handy again! We decided to sit in one of the umbrella chairs, you do have to pay 20 euros for a set but it is better than on the hot ground. The water felt so good and the views were Instagram worthy. Looking out to the red on the mountain path and the sailboats out on the water, just a dream come true.

Akrotoris:
After we were done at the red beach, we decided to go to this archeological site. It is on your way out of the red beach so why not just stop there. Plus its a great way to learned about how people use to live and how much work archeologist put in to find all these amazing things. We went mid-afternoon and there was not a lot of people which was great because it let us walk at our leisure and it wasn’t packed, so we didn’t feel like we wanted to leave right away. After this archeological site we saw how little villages were built back in the day. Every space of the village had signs explaining what they thought it was and what they had found in that area. It was amazing to see what each section was used for and what they had found buried in it. When you get towards the back of the museum there is, what the archeologist thought was a pantry, it was were they stored all their goods or extra things. Its astonishing to see the frame of that place and some of the “containers” where they stored things are still there. It was such a great experience. Reminded me of Bridget from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I would recommend this and a plus, the entrance fee wasn’t super expensive. I believe it was $12 for both of us. On this day it was pretty hot so we decided to go back to the hotel and get in the pool and chill before dinner. We ate at this amazing restaurant right on top of our hotel called, Onar. Sunset views are amazing here and food delicious.

Day 4:
Donkeys  and Cable car at Fira:
We woke up early to try and see the sunrise but sadly it was rising from the other side of the island and we didn’t want to walk around to see it.. Lol yes we were tired. Well we were awake and ready to go on this day. I had read about the donkey ride and how they take you down the stairs and then you can take the cable car up to Fira. So we did that exactly. My friend and I walked from Firostephani to Fira and again all the little places we saw along the way and the views were memorizing. Once we got there, we paid to ride a donkeys down the stairs. It was scary but a good experience. I know how to ride horses but riding a donkey going downwards was difficult. I felt like I was going to fall multiple times. Looking over those stairs to the water was such an inspiring view. After a few minutes we finally got to the bottom and walked around the port for a bit then paid to go on the cable ride up. Those views were amazing! The huge mountains with little white houses at the top. It was like no other view I have ever seen. There were different color soils and pebbles that build those mountains. Then we walked for a bit around the Fira stores and went back to the hotel. Guess what we did after this HOT, SMELLY ride. We got in that amazing little pool at the hotel. Water so refreshing and the views so calming. Unfortunately this was our last night there so we went to eat at this restaurant, that everyone seem to be enjoying. It was called Davinci and the pizza was delicious!

This ended out adventure in Santorini but let me tell you I left with lots of daydreams of going back, amazing memories and a belly filled with Chicken Pitas! I hope you enjoyed this “little” post and if you have any questions on this trip leave a comment below or email me! Also coming soon a full review of the hotel we stayed at and the outfits I wore! Stay tune.

Santorini I fell in love with you!! Greece I will be back to visit all your other places!

Moon Palace Resort Review

Hey Gals,

Here come another hotel review and this time its for my trip to Jamaica!! I absolutely loved loved loved this trip and the Moon Palace Resort. One for the books!

Transportation

Getting transportation was pretty easy. The Moon Palace had their own transportation from the airport to the hotel. Once you booked your stay you had to email or call their transportation department and they would get everything together for you.  They asked me for the airline I was traveling in, the flight number and the time it got there. Later on they would email me a confirmation email with the information and the directions of what I needed to do when I got to the airport. Once you pass immigration you come to a hall where all vendors and hotel representatives are at. I went to the booth it told me and they just asked for my information, confirmed everything and then a really nice lady took me to the bus I needed to be at. Once I got on the bus the bus driver was super nice and he actually told me very interesting things of every town we passed by. He also told me about their culture. It was such a fascinating hour and a half drive to the resort. The scenery was gorgeous.

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(Street View from the Bus Ride)

Hotel

The resort we stayed at was called Moon Palace Resort. It is a 5 start hotel, one of the best ones in Jamaica. From the time I called their customer service center to my stay at the hotel the representatives were so nice to me and super friendly. Anyways, once I got dropped off at the hotel the bellman welcomed me with a flower, a wet towel and one of the ladies from inside brought me a super refreshing juice! As soon as you walk in you can see how luxurious this hotel is. Marble floors, amazing/ exotic fixtures, chairs (oh so comfy and modern), there were so many beautiful chandeliers and grand stair cases. On the first floor you can find the reception area, sitting area and it will help you get to any place you need: restaurant, pools and different rooms. The room I stayed in was a standard rooms, the decoration was simple but modern and went along with the hotel ambiance. We got the two queen beds and let me tell you the mattress was super comfortable, it was as if the bed was hugging you! I was so rested every day. The room was spacious and we had a nice view of the resort and the sunsets. Everything was amazing.

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(Reception area)

 

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(Room)

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(View from our room)

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(Grand stair case)

 

To Eat

So the resort had various options on where to eat. They had a buffett, “grill”, dessert stand, sushi bar, Italian, Jerk chicken stand, bar grill and a hibachi grill. We tried 5 restaurants. Tried the buffett  for breakfast and lunch, best decision ever. They had a variety of Jamaican and American food. The jerk chicken was delicious and I really appreciated the “make your own” mimosa station.

Quick tip: if you go to the buffet during breakfast, ask for a cup of the
Blue mountain coffee with a shot of their coffee rum liquor. The best!

My other favorite restaurant was the Grill, their hamburgers are super good and their jerk hot dog were huge and it had a great seasoning flavor. Lastly my ultime favorite ones was the Italian restaurant, I order their special; which was pasta with shrimp and a delicious tomato and vodka sauce. Before the main dish, they served us the most delicious parmesan cheese with a spicy oil, the best oil I’ve had. We also order tomato soup, which was a first for me and let me tell you I loved it! Now if you are a sweet tooth kind of person they have a pastry restaurant, they do the most amazing crepes I have had! (late night snack)

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(Buffett Dinning)

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(Soup @ the Italian Place)

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(Italian Place)

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(Dessert restaurant)

Drink o’clock

Besides getting drinks while we were taking the sun, my most favorite bar at this resort was the swim up bar by the buffet are. They had a great amount of seats and space. We went here the first day and it was amazing, we got a shot called penut butter jelly and though it might sound nasty it was the most delicious shot I’ve had. The next day we went there again and absolutely loved the bartenders. They were so fun and their drinks were phenomenal.  One of the best bartenders we encounter during our stay, he did a drink that looks and tasted amazing, I don’t know what its called but ( see the picture below) . The music at this bar is also amazing, a little Jamaican music for the soul.  After all we want to dive into the culture and not hear the same American music that we listen to every day.

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(Penut Butter Shot)

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Activities

These is definitely lots and lots of activities you could do inside Moon Palace. Besides the various pools and sitting areas to take the sun, they also have  a club, bar, surfing pool and various water activities. I really wanted to try the surfing pool or do paddle boarding but I got a horrible sun BURN like never before I just couldn’t even move! But I would definitely give it a try when I go back. Like I said I only went for three days so my mindset was basically relax and have a good time. Taking walks on the beach at night and just relaxing by it in the morning was amazing.

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Overall my stay at Moon Palace, has been one of the most amazing stays I have experienced. The staff was so nice and welcoming, the amenities were top of the line and the overall ambiance felt amazing. I went from May 9 to May 12 and when I go back I think these days would be perfect, not a lot of people but enough to have a good time. I don’t know how the service when its peek vacation months but the services during these days were top of the line! Literally felt like royalty.

Thank you to the Moon Palace Resort Staff for making my first Jamaica experience phenomenal! I can’t wait to go back! I would 100% recommend this resort for anyone traveling to Jamaica!

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Experiencing/seeing new things is the best part of life Gals!
love dlo

 

#TuesdayShoesDay

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Shoes: MISSGUIDED

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Hey Gals!!

Last week I was so nervous that my package from MISSGUIDED wasn’t going arrive on time for my trip this week. They got here over the weekend, YAY!!! The first time I heard about MISSGUIDED was from Victoria of A Gallon of Glitter Blog. If you have not visited her blog, you need to, she has great content and style!! Anyways she had put on her Instagram story that the store was having 50% off! Usually when I have never hear of a store and they have a SALE I check them out, just to see if it is a store of my preference. Most of the time I am skeptical about shopping online because I am one of those people that likes to try on the clothes before i buy them. Only in selective store will I buy without going into the fitting rooms, because I might know my size. It can be hard sometimes to shop online with these extra curves… Anyways so when it’s a new store I look at their shoes, I have a little shoe addiction. I love to see what unique footwear they might have. Fortunately for me they had plenty!!

Whenever I shop online I try and remember what kind of items I might really want. Something I’ve been wanting are mules. They’re like a mullet: business in the front and party in the back. They are perfect for those spring/summer days, but shoes you can still feel a little breeze on your foot. The first shoe I got were the “traditional” looking mule in the silver color with a metal clasp on top. After seeing the first shoes the store had a recommendation section which is where I found my second pair that I got. This studded black mule was a twist on the “traditional” mule. They were pointed, which if you know me you know I love pointy shoes. The shoes also had studs all over and a strap with a western looking buckle. The third shoe I actually searched to see if they had pom pom sandals. I really wanted these sandals for my trip to La Paz, and what do you know they did and they are super cute. Besides having cute colorful pom poms they also have a braided trim on the side of the sandals, it kinda looks like the ones on espadrilles. Now my fourth and last pair, I found on their sale section and couldn’t pass them up. These slip on sneakers are pointed again and have some really cute star embellishments. I hadn’t really seen shoes like these before and they are going to be such bold accessories, I love them and their price tag!

MISSGUIDED is still having 50% off the entire store, excluding sales. If I were you I would head on over and see what cool items you can get too!

Can’t wait to share with y’all how I wore these shoes, subscribe to the blog to stay tune!
Love Dlo..