Thursday, December 25, 2014

Feliz Christmas!!!

Christmas 2014

Wishing a peaceful, happy and beautiful holiday for everyone & their loved ones! xx

Saturday, December 20, 2014

My Reading List


After *finally* finishing The Hunger Games trilogy, I decided to keep my reading kick going, and recently started Hector and the Search for Happiness. So far, it's great! I love the writing style of the author, and it's really easy reading. It's one of those books that makes me feel productive when I read it.

Not only do I have this stack of books ahead of me, but I also have some more on my wish list:
The Soul of All Living Creatures by Vint Varga
- Travels With Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis
- Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl by Debra Ollivier
- Hit By a Flying Wolf by Nicole Wilde
- Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes
- Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out by Jolene Hart
(Notice a theme? Dogs and beauty...not much variety here haha)

I know I still have a lot more reading to do before I should even think about buying more books......but, I would love to hear your reading suggestions anyway!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

#TBT Oil Pastels ---> Rainbow Hair


Back when hair chalk wasn't available in Buenos Aires (actually, I still don't think it exists here), I went to the nearest art store ad picked up some oil pastels. I remember mentioning what I was planning to do with them, and the people in the store thought I was crazy. But really, what's more fun than having rainbow hair for a day? Not much.


(October 2012)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sheer Floral Maxi Dress & Gladiators
















Finally....SUN on a SUNday! And what a beautiful day it was.  A Sunday spent at the fair is my favorite kind of Sunday. It was a lovely last weekend in BA...now to finish up this work week, and jet off to the USA!

Wearing:
Sheer floral dress: Dailylook (similar here)
Bodycon slip-dress: BCBG (similar here and here)
Gladiator sandals: Penny Loves Kenny via Zappos
Fringe bag: Gypsy Warrior (similar here)
Belt: Anthropologie...I think (?)
Makeup: Eyes- Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Palette; Lips- Wet 'n Wild Stoplight Red w/ Milani Black Cherry over top.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lack of free time, lack of sunny days, and a lack of inspiration

I'm sure you guys have noticed there's been some silence on my blog lately. If I could, I would write a blog post every day because I truly enjoy it. But, life gets in the way, and my blog gets pushed to the back burner. I've been wanting to create an outfit post for weeks...maybe even months. The problem is that my husband and I have one day off together, and that is a Sunday. And pretty much every Sunday it rains. Don't even get me started. It is a HUGE bummer. So, we spend most Sundays cooped up in the house. Buenos Aires has broken rain records this year....we've been on the receiving end of the most rain in 150 years! Sometimes it will even rain on Saturdays too...like right now. Too rainy to go out, and too dark to take any decent photos indoors. Can you sense my frustration?

And I know the dogs feel the same way as me. I mean, look at them now....



On the bright side, I think I will FINALLY finish the third Hunger Games book today.....Yes, I am that far behind on the whole Hunger Games craze. And I have a whole stack of books that's waiting for me after that. I miss reading. I wish I did it more. Yet another thing I put on the back burner.

Sorry for this rambling (and complaining) post. It can't all be sunshine and roses, right? I thought that you guys deserved an update. Now, what I AM excited for is Christmas with my family, that is coming oh-so-soon! I'm excited for spending some Q.T. with my parents, my brother and his girlfriend. I'm excited about making Christmas Eve appetizers (a tradition in my family) & some other yummy holiday treats, the amazing shopping that the US has to offer (not only the malls, but the supermarkets too....Whole Food and Trader Joe's, here I come! Side note: I have never been to a Trader Joe's before and am accepting any and all product recommendations.) I'm excited for that southwestern air, those dessert sunsets, and that feeling of disconnect from the big city. I'm excited for trying new restaurants and playing the role of customer instead of owner. And, I'm excited to take lots and lots of photos to post here! We'll also be taking a little trip to Vegas (my first!) and, GUESS WHAT.... I'm excited about that, too!

It will be a vacation much deserved, especially for my husband who has been working his butt off day AND night since we reopened the restaurant, and I could not be more proud. I honestly don't know how he does it. Tomas are you reading this post? Probably not. Don't worry, I'll let you know I gave you a shout-out. I'M SO PROUD OF YOU!

What's everyone else been up to these days? What are you looking forward to in the coming weeks?

Wishing you all a very HAPPY WEEKEND! Thank you for reading! <3

Sunday, November 30, 2014

My Black Friday Purchases

I kept myself in check this year, and limited my Black Friday shopping to just one store: Missguided. I first found out about Missguided a few months ago via the blog, In the Frow. The blogger, Victoria, is always showcasing all of her cute purchases from there, and I knew that I needed to check it out. I was weary about placing an order while everything was full-priced (since I have never made any purchases from there before), so I thought Black Friday was the perfect opportunity to try out what Missguided has to offer.

The past year I have been going through a British clothing phase, making a lot of clothing purchases from Topshop, Asos, and now,  Missguided. The online clothing stores I've found from the UK (and Europe) seem to take more risks in their design and have fun with it. While I have toned down my style as I've gotten older, I am FAR from conservative. So, lets get to the fun part!

My Black Friday Purchases:

ONE MIDI SKIRT
Alyx Zip Side Split Midi Skirt in Khaki
(Originally $28.48)


TWO CO-ORD SETS
Elania Long Sleeve Ribbed Jersey Crop Top in Oxblood (Originally $18.98)
Pearl Ribbed Jersey Midi Skirt in Oxblood (Originally $28.48)


Martha Contrast Panel Textured Crop Top in White
(Originally $28.48)

Tillie Contrast Panel Textured Midi Skirt in White
(Originally $28.48)


ONE OVERCOAT
Celine Teddy Faux Fur in Pink
(Originally $104.48)


The Sale: Get 30% off of everything when you type in CYBER30 at checkout!
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So, how much money did I save?

ORIGINAL TOTAL: $237.38

TOTAL AFTER SALE: $152.87
(30% off all items, plus jacket was on double sale: marked down + 30% off)

I SAVED: $84.51!!!

I've turned into a bit of a sale fiend over the past few years, and now I wonder why I ever paid full price for things!

Have you shopped the Black Friday sales yet, or are you waiting for Cyber Monday?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread


                                            The "Phone Cord" Hair Tie!


I saw these at a beauty supply store in the States when I was home in September, and they intrigued me, so I bought two. The claim is that they don't pull or dent your hair. I have to say I wasn't really expecting them to work, but I love trying odd things and I also buy in to EVERYTHING, whether I believe it will actually be a miracle product or not. It's just who I am.

These are amazing. It's the only hair tie I use now for pony tails. And I wear my hair in a pony tail pretty much every single day. I can keep one of these ties in my hair for 2-3 days straight (TMI? No one washes their hair everyday anymore), and when I take my hair down, it looks fresh & without dents. It's amazing!

{Phone cord hair tie in place, debuting my new red-to-blonde ombre hair.}

I love them so much that I knew I needed more, and to my surprise I actually found them here in Argentina in Barrio Chino (Chinatown). I picked up three more. They are not exactly the same as the ones I bought in the States, though. I prefer the ones I bought in the States (the black one and the violet one) because they are thicker and I think they do a better job at not denting the hair. Sadly, my violet one broke, so I've been pretty much exclusively using the black one.

Ok, enough of me rambling on about phone cord hair ties. Just take my word for it, and buy one (if not several) of these.

I don't go to the gym, but I would imagine that this hair tie would be perfect to put in your hair when you work out, because when you are finished, you remove it, add a little dry shampoo and your hair is looking fab! You can check out some options here.

Have you tried this type of hair tie before? How do you wear/style your hair on a daily basis?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Suerte, Uma!


We found an adopter for Uma, and what's even better is that she is an old friend of Tomas'! She came to our house on Saturday to pick up Uma, and I could instantly tell that Uma felt comfortable with her and that she's going to be very happy in her new home. Although, I'd be lying if I didn't say I shed QUITE A FEW tears this weekend.


This experience has solidified the fact that I do want to have a cat of my own one day, when the time is right. My only fear is that I won't have the same connection as I did with Uma! Maybe I'm just being crazy, but boy did that cat bring out the emotional side of me!


In other Uma news, Uma may not be an UmA, but rather an UmO. Her new mom brought her to the vet today and her vet seems to think that Uma is a boy!  I think it's so hard to tell at this point because it is such a baby? This is my first cat experience, so I don't know how this goes, but that is just my guess. Any cat experts out there know when you can tell for sure when a kitten is a boy or a girl? 


We wish Uma the best in her (his?) new home! We miss her dearly, but are so grateful to have found her and given her this opportunity at a second chance at life! xoxo

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Uma


Well, Tomas has done it again. Last Saturday morning, Tomas went out with the dogs and found an abandoned kitten, in the same alleyway that he found the puppy (Cindy) a month ago. (Update on Cindy: She has been officially adopted by a nice lady who also lives in our apartment building! She's the perfect owner for Cindy and has given her such a loving home! <3)

Anyway, back to Saturday morning in the alleyway.....We're assuming that is the new disposal location for unwanted animals. It's really very sad, but fortunately for the animals, we live right in front and Tomas cannot pass up a baby animal on the street.  We're like the guardian angels of animals overlooking the alleyway from apartment 1*A.



A few days have passed, and now comes the hardest part....I'm becoming attached, and I know that we can't keep her. You guys have no idea how sweet this little kitten is. As I write this post she is sleeping a peaceful siesta in my lap. She wasn't dealt the best hand of cards in life....she is missing one front paw, and the other front paw appears to be broken. Despite all of that, she's able to walk really well (and fast!) and she has a ton of energy. She's sociable, not only with Tomas and I, but also with the dogs. I think she and Willy have a special bond, in particular.  She's the tiniest little thing I've ever seen, but she's got a big personality, and she's very brave. I know she's going to grow to be an amazing cat.



(A bit blurry, but I couldn't NOT post this photo.)

There is someone who is interested in adopting her, so I am soaking up my last days with her and enjoying her company in the apartment. I'm sure I'll cry the day she goes to her new home. I don't know how, but I feel like I've bonded with this little cat, even though we have only known each other for less than a week. Ah, the emotional roller coaster of fostering an animal!


What's also incredible is that never in my life have I had a puppy or a kitten, and in the time span of one month, I have gotten the chance to take care of both for the first time. Pretty crazy, actually. And from personal experience, I can now say that taking care of a kitten is ten times easier than taking care of a puppy, except that you have to be super careful when you walk around the house.




Have you ever found an abandoned animal or been a foster parent to an animal?
I'd love to hear your stories!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hot Town, Summer in the City


Last weekend it was sunny & scorching hot. With temperatures in the high 80s, it really started to feel like summer was around the corner. On our day off, Tomas and I decided to hit up the San Telmo fair (which we haven't been to in years), and enjoy some time walking around, having a "tourist" day.


In terms of getting dressed for the day, I wanted to look cute, but still stay cool in whatever I was wearing. Normally, I don't go shopping for clothes in Argentina, but ironically my entire outfit here is all purchased in Argentina, with the exception of the shoes.


The latest addition to my wardrobe is the romper, which I know I will get a ton of use out of this summer. It's so light & comfy, and in my favorite color to wear...black. It does have a pineapple print on it, which at least brings some summery vibes into the outfit.

I paired the romper with a metallic mesh top, which I bought on sale a couple of years ago, and have only ever worn it to the beach before. It's one of those purchases that I've thought about bringing to consignment, but for one reason or another never did, and I'm glad I kept it.

And of course, I have to finish my look off with some kicks. I ordered these Reebok sneakers online, and have been wearing them ever since opening the box. They are super comfy and they go with everything. If you are a sneaker person, you need to get these.


There's a lot of great street art in Buenos Aires, especially in San Telmo, where there's either an awesome mural or cool graffiti waiting for you around every corner. It's something I really love about this city, and makes for some amazing photos.




And of course I couldn't leave the fair without getting something...


How gorgeous is this necklace?! And at $150 pesos, it was a total bargain. I love finding one-of-a-kind items at the fair, and that feeling of having something special that no one else has.

Wearing:
Romper - HANS Black Ant  (Avenida Callao (corner of Arenales) - Recoleta, Buenos Aires)
Metallic Mesh Top - boutique on Avenida Santa Fe (btw. Callao & Rodriquez Peña) - Recoleta)
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Reebok Lifestyle Classic Nylon W (here)

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And, just in case you were wondering, the summer weather has already come and gone, and currently it is pouring rain and in the 50s. Luckily(?), I was sick this weekend, so I'm not AS angry that I was stuck inside the entire time. But, I'm still looking for the sun...