Monday, June 15, 2015

Winter Style Inspiration w/ Style by Deb


Today's post is a collaboration with my fellow blogging friend, Style by Deb! Deb is a fashion blogger from Salta, Argentina. Deb and I "met" about a year ago, and have been virtual friends ever since! We share many of the same interests... one of them being a love for animals, another being a passion for fashion! In Argentina, winter is just around the corner (see you next week!), so we thought we'd each share our favorite trend for the upcoming season! If your style is girly, with a dash of edge & boho, you'll love Deb's blog! Check out her winter style inspiration post, HERE!

Now, what did I choose as my favorite trend for the season? The color camel. All things camel. Not that the color camel is anything new, but these days is just seems to be better than ever! I find the color to be so chic, classy & timeless. I'm honestly still in shock about this, as I used to hate the color camel! It just goes to show how our tastes change over time, and our style is always evolving. Now I just can't get enough of the color! It's funny because a few years ago I was in urgent need of a winter coat and I really wanted to buy one in white, but as there weren't any left in my size, I was "forced" to purchase one in camel, and I was pissed (haha). With my change of heart, I will proudly be re-debuting my camel coat this winter! :-)

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Hoy les presento un post de inspiración de estilo invierno que estoy haciendo en colaboración con una compañera blogger, Style by Deb. Deb es un fashion blogger de Salta, Argentina y nos conocimos por el mundo de blogging. La verdad que me alegro el dia cuando ella escribió un comentario por primera vez en mi blog. Otra blogger que vive en Argentina y nos encantan las mismas cosas! Compartimos algunos pasiones, uno es el amor por los animales, pero ademas de eso, amamos al mundo de la moda. Decidimos elegir, cada una, su favorito estilo de invierno para compartir con Ustedes! Pueden ver el post de Deb AQUI!

La verdad es que no puedo creer lo que elegi como mi estilo favorito, y ahora los explico porque....
Como Argentina es dos temporadas detrás del Estados Unidos, empece a elegir mis trends favoritos para invierno hace seis meses. El trend que comparto hoy es algo que me sorprendió: el color camel. Este es un color que siempre estaba, pero nunca le di mucha bola. La verdad es que no me gusto para nada! Es chistoso ver como cambia nuestro estilo propio con los años. Ahora veo al color como algo atemporal, chic, y classy. El abrigo del color camel que compre hace años por necesidad (queria el abrigo en blanco pero no quedo en mi talle así que como necesitaba un abrigo urgente, compre en color camel y quede disatisfecha jaja), va a hacer su nuevo estreno este invierno. ;-)

My 10 favorite ways to incorporate camel into your look:

A camel sweater...

A camel blazer...


A pair of camel pants...


A camel blanket cape...



A camel skirt & a camel bag...


Layered camel...


A pair of camel boots...

A camel dress...

What do you think of the camel trend? What's your favorite way to wear the color camel?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Current Haircare Regimen


I know I promised this updated haircare regimen post a few weeks ago, but as the saying goes, promises are made to be broken, right? Or is it rules are made to be broken? Anyway, please forgive me! I hope you can discover some new & interesting haircare products in this post, and also learn which products I'm currently using that aren't worth spending your money on!

Let's start with the basics...


For as long as I can remember, I've always kept at least two different shampoos in my shower. I like to alternate depending on how my hair is "feeling" that day. It's also better not to let your hair get used to one shampoo because then it can leave it looking dull, almost as if your hair becomes immune to the shampoo's benefits.

What I'm using now: The Basics

L'OREAL EverPure Sulfate-Free Moisture Shampoo - Love me some sulfate-free shampoo. I try to use sulfate-free shampoos as much as I can, and I think my hair is appreciative of that. This shampoo has more of a creamy consistency and is targeted at helping out dried locks. I really like this shampoo for my hair, which tends to be on the drier side, and the rosemary-mint scent is an added bonus! I also bought the conditioner to go with it, but have since used it all up. I don't plan on repurchasing the conditioner though. I prefer my conditioners to be super thick and hydrating, and the EverPure Moisture Conditioner was just a bit too light for my liking, which is why I went through the bottle so quickly. I felt like I had to use A LOT of product to get the result (smooth, soft hair) I was looking for.

Dove Hair Therapy Oleo Nutricion Conditioner - How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways...
1.) This conditioner is super thick and creamy leaving your hair looking LUSCIOUS. Every time I use this conditioner I notice the drastic difference in my hair. And, even though it is super moisturizing, it does not weigh my hair down or leave it looking greasy.
2.) The scent.....oh, the scent! This conditioner smells beautiful AND the scent actually lingers in your hair for quite a while (perfect for those who only like to wash their hair a couple of times a week....like me)!
3.) This is my second bottle of this conditioner (I took a bit of a hiatus in between bottles). I plan to take another break when I am done with this one, giving my hair just enough time to miss it and go running back for more, figuratively speaking of course. I don't run and neither does my hair.
One last thing to note: I have used the shampoo. I did love it, BUT it's not sulfate-free. Needless to say, I'm having a moral dilemma about repurchasing it even though it was amazing.

Klorane Shampooing a la chamomille (In the US you might know it as "Shampoo with Chamomile") - Whenever I use Klorane products I feel fancy. Not only are they imported, they are imported from France. Need I say more? I must also add that Klorane products go for about half the price in Argentina than they sell for in the United States. Finally, I've found something that is cheaper in this country and I'm going to shout it from the mountain tops! As for this particular formula of shampoo....I'm not the biggest fan. I have used other Klorane products before that I have preferred. Not to say that this is a bad shampoo, I mean it cleans my hair and leaves it looking nice, but it doesn't "illuminate" my blonde tones as it claims to do. Although, do chamomile shampoos ever work for blonde hair? I feel like the formula is just not as effective as those violet shampoos formulated for blondes. I'm sure you can guess what my next shampoo purchase will be.....a violet shampoo. Anyone have any stellar recommendations for me?!

Klorane Apres-shampooing creme a la chamomille - The conditioner that goes along with the Klorane Chamomile shampoo. I have the same feelings about this conditioner as I do for the L'Oreal EverPure Moisture Conditioner: Not thick & creamy enough. I don't feel that this conditioner gives my hair the moisture it needs, and I will not be repurchasing. I did, however, see a Klorane Hair Mask with Desert Date in the window of the pharmacy the other day that looks very promising.


What I'm using now: Special Treatments

Bumble and bumble Mending Mask - Keeping a hair mask in your shower is essential. Your hair deserves a treat once a week, but this mask is not it. :-(
I first purchased this mask years ago. Honestly, I can't remember if I liked it or not, which is probably why I bought it again. I was in the market for a hair mask, had a gift certificate to Sephora and decided that a high-end hair mask was what I needed. While this mask does have that thick & creamy consistency that I like, it really does not quench my hair! It's almost as if the mask is so thick that it doesn't absorb into the hair. Honestly, I don't know what it is, but I'm not a fan. Right now I'm just focused on using up the tube so I can go and buy a hair mask that is hopefully better (and a little bit cheaper would be nice, too!)

Weleda Revitalizing Hair Tonic - I've used similar potions in the past that are supposed to stimulate the scalp, add volume and strengthen your hair, and I seem to get on well with them! An all natural haircare product made with rosemary oil, this tonic leaves your scalp & hair feeling fresh. I do find that these hair & scalp treatments can leave your scalp feeling a bit dry, but at the same time that means you can go longer in between hair washings because your scalp doesn't get greasy! Weleda is another brand imported from France (they also make some of their products in Switzerland and Germany) that is also cheaper in Argentina than it is in the US. Winning! My only complaint about this product is that I wish it came in a spray bottle. The way the bottle is contstructed now, a lot of product tends to comes out at once, usually more than I want or need, making me go through the bottle pretty quickly.

The Body Shop Moringa Beautifying Oil- This was an "airport anxiety" purchase. I always go shopping, guilt-free, while I am waiting at the airport. Basically, I go shopping for medicinal purposes. This oil can be used on the hair, face or body. I choose to use the oil on my hair, massaging it into the ends after a take a shower. The scent is strong, but beautiful. I always feel extra feminine when I use this floral oil in my hair. This is a great alternative to using the very expensive Morrocan Oil on your hair.  $14.00 USD vs $43.00 USD . I'll take the Moringa Beautifying Oil anyday!

What are you currently using to care for your hair?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bright White


Normally, I veer away from white clothing and gravitate towards black, but recently I've been seeing such beautifully chic looks based around the color white. It's making me think twice about wearing white! Although, as you might know, I have two dogs (one of which is constantly sitting on my lap), so wearing white isn't a reality in my world.
It is fun to admire crisp white ensembles, though!











Which white look is your favorite? What is your favorite way to wear white?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chunky Knit...


Is it a sweater? Is it a tunic? Is it poncho? Is it a cape? You be the judge since I'm not exactly sure!
My brother bought me this years ago, and while I always knew it was a super cool piece, I NEVER wore it until now! He must be a visionary because he bought me this sweater-tunic-poncho hybrid at least seven or eight years ago, and now we are seeing the blanket-cape trend all over (well, it seems to be struggling to find a place to fit in Argentina...I've only seen a few girls wearing blanket-capes around Buenos Aires...So, more power to them!)


It was a chilly & humid day in Buenos Aires, and I wanted something cozy and chic to walk around town in. This afternoon out was full of walking and food research so being comfortable was key. But being comfortable doesn't mean you have to look sloppy! Tomas also convinced me to wear my sunglasses he bought me as a gift when we were in States over the holidays. I'm not sure if I ever mentioned my feelings about sunglasses here, but I don't wear them. When I wear sunglasses I feel like I can't see anything and I just feel weird walking around with them on my face. I do, however, like the way they look, and know that it's pretty necessary that I wear them since I am ALWAYS squinting outside (and I have the wrinkles to prove it!). So, I took his suggestion and sported sunglasses for the day.


Since we were walking through the microcentro that afternoon, I didn't even know if it would be possible to find a quiet spot to take some photos until we stumbled upon this side street. When you find tranquility in the middle of chaos, you always appreciate it more.





Wearing:
Sweater/Tunic: Nirvanna (similar here)
Shirt: Pimkie
Bag: Street Level via Gypsy Warrior (similar here)
Boots: Dr. Martens (Style: Dharma; Color: Black; Material: Greenland)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana (available here, or in red here)
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As I mentioned earlier, it was an afternoon full of walking and full of eating. Two donuts, one burger, one baguette sandwich, one cheese & olive bread, and one chocolate croissant later, we headed home. The burger was a sad, sad sight. No taste-test and no photos on my end. The donuts, which I had heard some people rave about, saying they were just like donuts in the United States, were NOT just like donuts from the United States. They were good, but they weren't authentic donuts.


The baguette sandwich, cheese & olive bread and chocolate croissant, however, were AMAZING. And, the girl who was working there (who I assume is the owner) is actually French! What a pleasant, authentic surprise! I can't believe we have such a darling, delicious French bakery so close to home!



Do you ever walk around the town or city where you live and discover things you never knew existed before?