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I’ve always loved spending time outdoors. Los Angeles is filled with tucked away spots that are perfect for escaping the crowds and enjoying a luxurious picnic on a sunny day. Recently I invited a few of my friends to join me for a late afternoon of wine tasting at a lovely little spot near the house I grew up in. Sam and I have picnics like this often. There are a few things we always pack to make the day beautiful and comfortable. We always bring a couple of small rugs, pillows and blankets for sitting, lounging, and bundling up. We also bring 1 or 2 apple crates. We’ve bought them at the Rose Bowl flea market years ago. They’ve perfect for packing your items and once flipped act as the perfect table. I also almost always bring fresh flowers because I really just can’t help myself. Sam finds it mildly annoying but I think they add instant charm to everything. This time I skipped the vases tucking the fresh lilac and tulips into the little nooks and crannies around the various platters.

The theme of this picnic was wine tasting. I selected 4 different Bota Box wines to try and a cheese to pair with each. I decided to go with Bota Box wine not only for the obvious convenience of an unbreakable container and the environmentally friendly box, but also because the wine is great.  It travels well, each large box has the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine making it perfect for parties, and the mini’s have 3 glasses of wine each which makes them perfect for when you and a friend don’t want to open an entire bottle.  We tasted the Cabernet Sauvignon, Rośe, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. We all found each one to be quite lovely, our favorite being the Rośe because nothing really beats Rośe at a picnic.  For the snacks I served Marcona almonds, fruit spreads, fresh berries, a mini charcuterie board, and a few assorted desserts, alongside the cheese, crackers and a fresh baguette. Once we tasted all the wines and finished all the bites we spent the rest of the afternoon telling stories, laughing, and day dreaming about where we all want to travel to next. It was a beautiful time spent with friends among the splendor of nature.

*This post was created in collaboration with Bota Box.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time or ever seen my Instagram then you know  that warm tropical places have a special place in my heart. I was born near the ocean in Cuba and have been drawn to the tropics ever since. I always make sure to visit the beach when I’m in some of my favorite places like Miami but long days in the sun and salt water dry out my hair. Once it’s dry, add in the humidity and my hair can become pretty unmanageable.

After partnering with Herbal Essences and learning about the science behind their new product line, I decided to bring the Smooth Golden Moringa Oil Collection Shampoo and Conditioner on my recent trip to South Beach.  Moringa oil is one of those “it beauty” trends in hair this year. I love it because it makes my hair extra smooth and soft. It’s perfect for helping manage my mane in hot and humid vacation destinations.  With a signature blend of antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp my hair feels light, refreshed, and ready to be styled for a beach day, a date night, and everything in between.

*This post was created in collaboration with Herbal Essences

Road trip season is here and Sam and I have been getting Baby Blue ready for a few more adventurous excursions. Most recently, we took the van up to the family ranch in Santa Cruz by way of Carmel. Our new favorite place to stay is the Carmel Valley Ranch. The resort is nestled deep in Carmel Valley, surrounded by oak trees, wildlife, and wildflowers. The outside tub is perfect for relaxing and , because it’s dog friendly, of course we brought the whole fluffy squad.

Before heading out on a trip, and with a variety of new adventures on the horizon, I absolutely had to get my hair done. It’s my secret weapon to feeling my best while we travel.  My hair guru Alexis and I decided to go for an icy blonde hue. My hair takes about 7.5 hours to do and we have to put it through a lot to get the color I envision.

After getting my hair dyed I always take special care of it to keep it looking shiny and healthy. It was perfect timing since I’m now going to be an Herbal Essences brand ambassador so I can keep my hair looking healthy and feeling it’s best!

I was so excited to try their new line of shampoos and conditioners with the new bio:renew formula, a blend of signature natural ingredients that helps revive dull, lifeless hair.

I always love learning about the science behind the products I’m using so was thrilled to get the chance to speak to one of the actual chemists who worked on the bio:renew technology!

The first collection I tried from the new range was the Herbal Essences Argan Oil of Morocco Collection. It’s designed to repair hair and left mine feeling shiny and smooth. I’m excited to try the rest of the new collections which are all free of gluten, paraben and dyes. Plus I love the updated bottle design and refreshing new scents!

* This post was created in collaboration with Herbal Essences.

Los Angeles has been unseasonably rainy this month which has been great for all those coats I can never find a reason to wear but always end up getting anyways. We’ve been exploring our new neighborhood lately and with the drizzly weather our favorite stop has been our neighborhood coffee shop, Paper or Plastik. It’s a great hideaway for a midday pick me up. Sam and I love to perch up over the coffee bar and people watch while hiding behind our laptops. It’s becoming our little weekday routine whenever we find ourselves at home.

I hope you guys had a chance to see my post from El Cuyo where I talked about the Trove app. It’s the perfect on the go app for shopping the current trends and outfits from your favorite bloggers. Download it today and shop this outfit right from your phone.
Wearing : Coat – Storets, sweater – Storets, jeans – Sanctuary, shoes – Gucci, sunglasses – Perverse, bag – Salar
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It’s no secret that Sam and I have caught the travel bug. As we travel to new places we’ve made a point of taking time out of our trips to explore destinations that are completely off the beaten path. On our current trip through Mexico we found ourselves leaving Tulum in search of something untouched by other travelers. We found just what we were looking for in the tiny village of El Cuyo in the Yucatán. The village consists of kind people, brightly colored houses, and crystal clear water that stretches as far as the eye can see. It is places like this that make me feel the most inspired. This inspiration inevitably leads to a renewed desire to shop for something special that fits my new found inspiration.

A great new shopping destination that you must check out is the Trove appI love shopping online as much as the next person, but what I love most about the Trove app is that it gives you the ability to shop looks from real people vs. online models. Trove allows you to follow your favorite style influencers and shop their outfit posts directly from the app. In addition, Trove gives users the ability to see all the new posts quickly and shop their favorite looks instantly. It’s easy, incredibly efficient, and you can even save your favorite looks and products to a personalized closet.  What’s also really cool about the Trove app is that even while I’m sitting on a remote beach in Mexico I can use the trends tab to see what my influencer friends are wearing for New York Fashion Week. Download the app today and start shopping all of your favorite looks.

*This post was created in collaboration with Trove.

Wearing : Top – House of Harlow 1960, overalls – Karen Zambos, bag – Salar, shoes – Soludos, sunglasses – Dior, bracelet – Miasai

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