It’s In The Details… Date Night

Hola,

 

Hey there darlings! How is everyone doing? I hope everyone in the US had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. Mine was great and gloriously quiet. I also did some work on my side projects which was quite fun.

Did you all get a chance to read my last post “Why Small Business Saturday Rocks?” If so, did you go out and support small business Saturday on November 26th? What did you buy? If you haven’t checked out the post yet, go have a look after you finish reading this one. It’s a topic dear to my heart as I strongly believe in supporting small businesses in our communities. So again, go read it and don’t be shy about leaving a comment.

So, since the holidays are in full swing, this is a great time of the year to surprise your significant other or someone you’re currently interested in with an all-out date no? I mean think about it … It would be so romantic because cities especially New York City, are decorated beautifully which adds an extra touch in itself. Plus lots of wonderful feelings are in the air. This being said, I figured I’d let you all know what I consider to be some of the best details to make a date fun, exciting and memorable. Remember how I always say that it’s the little things that matter? Well that phrase definitely applies to this especially for the ladies. We love all those little romantic gestures. It shows that you went out of your way and made an effort and that really counts. So let’s do this my darlings:

 

DATE NIGHT SPECIALS

 

 

FLOWERS

 

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Every woman will tell you that one of the cutest, most adorable gestures on a special date night is being handed flowers. They’re so pretty and girly and it shows that you made time to pick up something special. Remember that it’s not just about roses. There are so many different types of beautiful flowers so change it up a lil bit and pick some pretty colorful daises or something more exotic.

 

CHOCOLATE

 

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Yesss! Who doesn’t love getting a box of chocolates? I know I do. They’re so yummy and studies have found that eating chocolate is good for you. Is it not or did I just make up an excuse to get some? LOL! Whatever the case may be, showing up with chocolate can earn you major brownie points (pun intended) ;). The ones with the creamy chocolate on the inside are so delicious. So take my word for it and give chocolate. 😉

 

CANDLE LIGHT DINNER

 

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Okay, so I really want this lil dining set for two. It’s so cute! Anyway, sometimes you can make a date extra special by planning a lovely dinner at home. Where is this rule that demands that you have to go out on the town to have a special night together? On the contrary my darlings, I think it’s so much more special when someone takes the time and makes the effort to prepare dinner for you or just ordering something that you love like PIZZA! 🙂 Set the table with lovely dinnerware, light some candles, play some music and ta daaa…. A beautiful night! Or…

 

RENT A FANCY CAR

 

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Ayeee! The car in the photo is a Tesla, and I’m in love with it. If you’re more of the going out type, you can change things up by renting a fancy car for the night. By fancy I mean something completely different than what you would normally rent. There are companies that rent these types of cars. One example is the company “Turo.” Turo is a peer-to-peer car rental company that provides a selection of locally owned classic and rare cars that you can rent from the owners. How cool is that? Turo also makes it easy to rent. Just go on their website, enter the date you’d like to rent the car, and browse their selection. Once you’ve made your choice, book it and the owner of the car will confirm or deny your request within eight hours or less. For more information about renting a Tesla or other fabulous cars, check out Turo Rentals and see what it’s all about. I really want to rent the Tesla though, hmm… Must plan a date. 😉

 

GOOD CONVERSATION

 

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So now that we’ve covered the introductions and whether or not we’re staying in or renting an awesome car to go out on the town, at this point we should be about to sit down and chat it up. One of the most awkward moments during a date (mostly if you’ve just met) is avoiding “awkward silences.” OMG! Isn’t that the worst though? So keeping the conversation going from the very beginning is key to making it a special night. Ask questions, throw in a joke, talk about your likes and dislikes, and laugh a lot. If you’ve been dating a while, put aside your arguments and enjoy the night. My point is that both of you need to make an effort to keep everything flowing smoothly not forced. If you cannot have a great conversation with someone, chances are the date will end in a negative way. So let’s communicate people!

 

DELICIOUS FOOD

 

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These photos of food and chocolate are making me hungry. 😉 I love when someone picks a great place to eat. A place where the food is delicious, the ambiance of the restaurant is great and the service is spectacular. If the food is yummy, you will both enjoy yourselves even more. If you’re setting up the date, do your research and ask what the person’s favorite foods are. If you’ve been together for a while, you should already know so it’s easier to choose and surprise him/her. The majority of us love food, and I think it’s such a lovely detail when someone goes beyond to take me somewhere they know for a fact that I will enjoy.

 

SPA NIGHT

 

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Surprise your date with something totally unexpected and have a spa date night. Now this is for people that are already a couple because imagine someone you just met doing this… *queue blank stare* I know, it would be a bit creepy. LOL! So for those of you who are already a couple, change it up and schedule a spa night with the works as your date night. Hop into that awesome Tesla car you rented and don’t say where you’re going until you pull up to the location. Your mate will love it because WHO doesn’t like getting a massage? *winks*

 

DANCING

 

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And last but not least, let’s get our groove on. I LOVE to dance. I mean it’s in my blood. Dominicans teach their children to dance from the moment they turn two. LOL! Dancing is a sure cure for the blues, it’s fun and it’s great exercise. Even if you don’t know how to dance, why not have a date at a dance class? Pick a fun genre like salsa or merengue or the tango! Yasss! (I must try the tango). Trust me that even if you have two left feet, it will be one of the funnest nights for you. You’ll laugh, you’ll dance or sorta dance 😉 and you’ll work up an appetite for the delicious food I mentioned earlier. Get out of your comfort zone and try it.

 

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So there you have it my loves. These are just a few of the suggestions that I feel make for a fun and exciting date night. Whether it’s your first date or your 100th, I think it’s so important to change the routine up in any relationship. Remember that the little things always matter. For me, it’s the simplest details that always get me. So make an effort, pick something entirely different than what you normally do and have fun.

Well, what do you think? Are any of my suggestions on your list as well? What do you consider a fun, surprising night out with your love? Do you prefer going out or staying in and snuggling together? I would love to hear what’s on your list. I’ve left out a whole bunch of ideas because had I included them all, y’all would be reading forevs. Haa!

Alrighty then, you all know the drill… Comment and share your thoughts below. Let me know what you think of my suggestions, and please don’t be shy and share yours. Have you been surprised with a wonderful date or have you surprised someone with one? Either way, I’d love to hear about it. I mean there’s so much we can do right down to adventurous dates like zip lining, hiking, paintball. The world is our oyster so use it as much as you can. In any case, comment below and let’s start a conversation. Let’s help each other along because you never know who is need of spicing up their relationship *wink wink*. I look forward to your feedback. Let’s chat. Go! #engage

 

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Gracias,

AnnaCris ❤

 

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Why Small Business Saturday Rocks…

Hola,

How are my lovely fashionistas doing? I hope everyone is doing fantastic. When I publish this post, it will already be the Thanksgiving holiday in the US so I wish you all a safe and happy time with many beautiful blessings. I will be spending mine with family of course, and am incredibly thankful for all the blessings that have come my way this year. The wonderful opportunities for blog collaborations, family reunited and so much more. Please stay safe and enjoy. ❤

Has everyone read my last post “Let’s All Start GOMO?” It’s been a while so you’ve all had enough time to have checked it out. If you’ve already read it, have you started going out more often? If so, please go comment and share your new adventures on that post. I’d love to hear them. 😉

So… As the holidays are upon us, so begins the shopping craze for gift giving. We all hit the stores/internet to get the best deals on whatever it is our hearts desire. Starting on Black Friday (which I never participate in because… madness!), then there’s Cyber Monday followed by all the other “sales” that the stores can come up with. But… There is one day that we all sometimes overlook because perhaps the word hasn’t spread as much as it should have. That day is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!

 

 

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Yes my loves, This Saturday, November 26th is a very important day that you should all go out and support. This day is dear to my heart because as you all know, I plan to become a small business owner in the near future (umm, next year ;)). Small business owners are the heart of the economy because not only do they contribute to it, but they took a huge risk to follow their dream, they work super long hours to keep their dream alive and they are some of the most passionate, badass people. Did you know that small businesses make up for 99.7% of US employer firms? They also play a huge part in all sales in the US. Basically, small businesses are very important to the US and the economy so please take advantage of Saturday and go out and support.

That being said, I thought it would be great to share some of my favorite small business spots in New York City and on the internet. I love to shop, that’s a known fact. I also love discovering new places to do said shopping. Small businesses have a special feel to me because usually their shops are smaller and you have a more unique experience. But these businesses aren’t all retail. There are restaurants, cafes, health shops, salons, antique shops, repair shops, flower shops, etc. You get the gist. There are currently about 28 million small business owners.  I know, wow is right! This just shows you how vital these businesses are all around. So let’s keep them in business my loves, and take a look at my favorite spots below. Check it:

 

TICK TOCK BOUTIQUE (Jamaica, Queens, NY)

 

Tick Tock is one of my favorite places to shop for cute and affordable clothes. The store is located on the very busy Jamaica Avenue in Queens, NY where there is an array of different shops for just about every need. I discovered Tick Tock a few years ago while randomly window shopping and I was instantly in love. They’re extremely affordable and have the cutest stuff that match my style. From dresses to casual to shoes, you can always find something cute there. Unfortunately, there is no website available. #sadsies

 

El MIO SALON SPA (Corona, Queens, NY)

 

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My cousin works at this salon so obvi, I’m a little bit partial to it ;). However, if you know me personally, you know that my cousin is an amazing hairstylist. She keeps my hair healthy and in beautiful shape. She started working at El Mio Salon Spa two years ago. Of course, wherever she goes, I follow and her clients do as well. There are six hairstylists who do everything from relaxers, blow outs, coloring, weaves, etc. (my cousin is the best though, shhh don’t tell them I said that). plus there are two women who do manis/pedis, eyebrows and other waxing. The prices here are quite affordable.

Check out their Facebook page: El Mio Salon Spa on Facebook

 

EMI JAY (Online Store)

 

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I adore Emi Jay and what they do! Emi Jay was founded by two young girls who love fashion ❤ back in 2009. The young entrepreneurs were just 13 years old when they started this hair tie company in their home alongside their mothers. Today the company has grown so much and they’ve even expanded to make cute tees. I love their hair ties not only because they’re cute and fashionable, but they never leave a mark on your hair after you take them off. Yass! Also Emi Jay donates 20% of their profits to charity. Amazing!

Check out their website: Emi Jay – Hair Ties and More

 

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS (Online Store)

 

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I adore this website and if you’ve read any of my beauty posts, you know I’ve mentioned them before. Mountain Rose Herbs is a certified organic herbal small business located in Eugene, Oregon. Their beginning was fantastic, starting out in California, passing hands from the founder to several other people (I will share the website link so you can read their story), and ending up moving the business to Oregon.

Mountain Rose Herbs offers organic herbs, teas, aroma oils/sprays and natural beauty products. I’m all about using natural products because it’s a more healthy choice. I purchase my coconut oil, turmeric root powder, clay masks, argan oil and so many other natural, organic products from this company and assure you that they are simply fantastic! Please check them out and try their products. You will love them as much as I do.

Visit Mountain Rose Herbs: Mountain Rose Herbs

 

PARA TI COLOMBIA CON SABOR RESTAURANT (Hillside, NY)

 

 

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Para Ti Colombia Con Sabor translates to: For You Colombia With Flavor. This Colombian restaurant is one of my favorite places for Latin food. One of my cousins put me on to this place a while ago. The food is delicious and the service is great. My favorite is their steak which I usually order with rice and beans and a side of tostones (fried green plantains) #yummy! Lord I want some now! Oh and they also deliver around the area so if you’re in the mood for some delicious Latin food and you live in Queens, NY, go check them out.

Here is a link to their Facebook page: Para Ti Colombia Con Sabor Restaurant

 

Martha’s Country Bakery (Forest Hills, Queens, NY)

 

 

Martha’s County Bakery described in one word is YUMSIES! They have several stores but the one closest to me is in Forest Hills, Queens. They have the most abso amazing everything. From red velvet cake, to cupcakes, to pastries and pies and oh my God cheesecakes! The store is super cute and quaint and the service is great. You’ve probably tried them but if you haven’t, go on and get some deliciousness this Saturday. 😉

 

PEARLS AND ROCKS (Online Store)

 

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Aye! I am so in love with Pearls and Rocks. This is my new favorite store to purchase accessories from. I discovered pearls and rocks on Instagram. They followed me (btw, follow my blog’s Instagram page. My handle is @crisanna6), and of course I followed back after perusing their profile. Pearls and Rocks is an at home mother/daughter run e-boutique (their story is so cute).  What made me click the link in their bio was this beautifully patterned blanket scarf which I now own. Check it:

 

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See? And while on their site, I discovered even more fabulous items like the Eternity Diamond Bangle Bracelet above and a couple of other things as you can see in the above photo. Pearls and Rocks also sell necklaces, earrings, watches and other cute stuff. I am so happy with my new accessories. The service was wonderful. It didn’t take long for the order to ship, their prices are affordable, I loved everything I purchased and even the packaging was wonderfully girly! Please go check them out this Saturday if you’re addicted to accessories like I am.

Visit Pearls and Rocks: Pearls and Rocks Online

 

 

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So there you go my loves! These are a few of my favorite small business spots. Don’t forget to click on the links so you can check out each place. Please take time on Saturday, November 26th to visit a small business shop and make a purchase. You will be supporting a wonderful cause and contributing to our nation’s economy in a good way. Plus, you’ll be keeping someone’s dream alive so do not hesitate to spend a lil money for the cause. 🙂

Remember the only way to keep this part of our economy alive and strong is by supporting in your community or online. Whatever it is that you’re looking for to gift for the holiday season or for yourself, please consider shopping at a small business shop.

To those who are small business owners, I congratulate you for following your dream and I wish you continued success. If you’re like me and have a goal to open your own shop, you can start by supporting others this Saturday. Remember you get what you give so go ahead and support your fellow small business owners while you get started on your own. Also, do your research because there are tons of companies out there that can help you get started along with the Small Business Administration. Check out companies that focus on helping small business owners to get started with funding and other resources like the company Fundera. They assist you in getting small business loans by matching you with the top lenders in your industry. Pretty cool huh?

 

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Well my darlings what do you think? Did I convince you to participate and shop on Small Business Saturday? I hope your answer is YES because this is one important cause. What do you think about my favorite spots? I mean it was a diverse list from clothes to Latin food to organic products. Haaa! I bet some of you already clicked on some of the links. ;). If you are planning to do any shopping on Saturday, where will you be shopping? Did you know about Small Business Saturday already? Are you like me and can’t wait to start your own business? OMG! I have so many questions. LOL you can read how passionate I am no? 😉

So y’all already know the drill… Comment and share your thoughts below. Were you already planning to shop on Saturday at a small business shop near you or on the internet? If you weren’t planning to, did I convince you to do so? Did you like any of my favorites? Comment below and let’s start a fun conversation. I mean who doesn’t like to shop? Go on now and comment below. I look forward to your feedback. Let’s chat. Go! #engage

 

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Gracias,

AnnaCris ❤

 

Let’s All Start GOMO…

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How are my darlings doing? I’m hoping you’ve all had a fantastic weekend. Mine was pretty busy. I worked on building my empire, multitasking on different sides of it, and I was super productive the entire weekend. I worked on my other social media side-project too which is another great adventure. Plus, I did some girly thangs :). I took a wonderful detox bath on Friday night, I got my hair done, I gave myself a facial and did my eyebrows so all in all, it was a good one.

Has everyone read my last post “Why I Tried Warm Lemon Water and Turmeric Milk?” It was all about the healthy lifestyle. I discussed my experience with both. Do they live up to the hype we’ve been hearing on the internet streets? Were my results positive? Well go take a look at the post after you’re done with this one and find out. Oh and feel free to comment if you’ve also tried either or both and let’s compare our results. Deal? 🙂

So my comeback post back in September (haha, like that was so long ago), was a huge hello to fall and my favorite things about this season. Now I’d like to get out and enjoy those things. Y’all know how much I love adventures but given that I’m trying to build a business, I’m sticking to a budget that keeps me from going out more often. However, there are tons of things I can still do that can get me out of the house and experience life. So I decided I wanted to share with my loves the things I plan to do this fall/winter to GOMO! (Uhh, don’t know what that is? Well it stands for “Going Out More Often”). GOMO is taking over the old FOMO (“Fear of Missing Out”) which seemed to be a thing a few years ago. I was not affected by FOMO but I’m all for GOMO! 😉 So let’s see what I’ve got planned:

 

MY PLANS FOR GOMO

 

NIGHTS OUT WITH THE SQUAD

 

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I LOVE spending time with my friends. I don’t have a ton but the ones I have in my life, those that I consider my true dear friends, are pretty awesome women. Whether they’re friends or family members (love my cousins), I need to make more of an effort to get together with them. Nothing beats a day of brunch or a night out for dinner, great conversations, laughter and of course getting all dolled up with the squad. I’m thinking at least twice a month if time permits. ❤

 

ROAD TRIP TO WATCH THE CHANGING OF THE LEAVES

 

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One of the reasons I adore fall is because of this beautiful scenery. The changing of the leaves is spectacular especially when you head towards Upstate New York. The colors are breathtaking and the ride is so calming. I had a friend who would take a drive with me almost every weekend just for this occasion, with no exact destination but just to drive and catch a glimpse of this beautiful sight. Yes, this is definitely on my to-do list for fall. 😉

 

VISIT A WINERY

 

 

Those who know me know that I’m not a huge drinker. However, I do love a good wine and visiting a winery is always fun. The tasting is great and learning about the whole process is intriguing. Best of all though, you get to buy your favorite bottles and take them home for those cozy fall and winter nights. I think fall is the best time for this adventure because it’s not so hot and not so cold that you’re comfortable being outside if need be.

 

MEET-UPS (NETWORKING)

 

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Now this is way beyond my comfort zone. Meet-ups are the rave in the networking world. They’re actually pretty cool but if you’re like me and you don’t like small talk, these can be overwhelming. Meet-ups are events or gatherings for people with similar likes. So for me I’m building up to go to a bloggers and/or a fashion meetup sometime soon. They are great events to meet new people, make new friends and definitely make connections for your business. Yikes! I’m lil nervous about this one y’all.

A great way to create one of these events if you’re interested is via the website Eventbrite. You can create different types of activities like parties, networking, classes, sporting events, etc.  You can also sell your tickets for your event, track progress and they even offer discounts for non-profits. Eventbrite supports activities in many major cities. Go take a look at their Online Event Management Page to set up an event. I plan to create a bloggers meetup via this website in NYC at some point so bloggers stay tuned. 🙂

HAUNTED HOUSE/HAYRIDE ATTRACTION

 

 

Yasss! Going to a haunted house attraction is so much fun to do with people who love the spookiness of Halloween. I did it two years ago and loved it. I haven’t done a haunted hayride so that is definitely on my list this year. Who’s with me? 😉

 

WEEKEND TRIPS

 

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Over the summer I took several weekend trips, and they were so awesome that I’m hooked. I flew to Atlanta for a wonderful weekend, I took a road trip with great friends to Boston for my birthday, and I flew to Miami for a family wedding on Labor Day weekend. Now I know I mentioned that I’m on a budget and all because of the whole building an empire thing, but I’ve become rather savvy at finding good deals on flights if the weekend trip requires flying. Also, using a travel rewards credit card can get you a tremendous amount of great travel perks. I plan to take a couple more weekend trips before the year ends. I’d love to visit Atlanta again and perhaps New Orleans. 😉

 

APPLE/PUMPKIN/STRAWBERRY PICKING

 

 

This makes for a really fun day especially if the weather is perfect. Plus there’s not only apple picking, but there’s pumpkin and strawberry picking too! Ayee! I want to do all three. There are some cool pumpkin and strawberry picking places out in Long Island, New York that I’m going to research and as I’ve already mentioned, the squad and I have an apple picking trip scheduled this month which should be loads of fun! I’m so excited for this. Plus you can get into all sorts of shenanigans while picking. 😉

 

CONCERTS/COMEDY

 

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I went to a Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden last year and it was awesome. Two years before I went to a Jay Z concert and it was freakin’ fabulous. I love music. Music heals the soul and calms the mind. I never leave home without my iPod, and I’ve been known to sing while I walk the streets of New York City. LOL! Hey, I’m Dominican. We’re born with music in our blood ;). Anyway, I want to go to a couple concerts if possible. Umm, I’d really like to see Beyonce though. Yep I said it. The woman does give a good show.

Also, I saw Kevin Hart’s “What Now Tour” at MSG last year and that was completely hilar! OMG, I laughed so hard I nearly cried, my cheeks and tummy hurt from laughing so much. So yeah, laughter is up there with music. Both are great remedies for the mind and soul. So comedy clubs are also a way to GOMO!

 

WALKS

 

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I love taking long walks. Not only is it great for exercising but it’s an opportunity to clear my thoughts. With the exception of a shower, I do some of my best thinking while taking long walks. GOMO doesn’t necessarily have to be nights on the town or flying to some wonderful getaway. When I don’t have any plans on a weekend and weather permitting, I love taking a walk around my neighborhood. I live in a very pretty area where there are tree-lined streets and little cafes and sitting areas to enjoy. Walking is great for getting my creative juices flowing too. Who knows what cool things I can find that I can photograph and post to my blog’s Instagram page!

 

FAMILY  HOLIDAY TRIP

 

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I LOVE to travel so much! I truly wanted to be a pilot when I was a kid so my obsession with airplanes is real y’all. Like flying a fighter jet real! LOL, no seriously this is on my bucket list. Anyway, whatever chances I get to head out of New York, I take them. I had so much fun in Miami with family back in September that the plan is to head back to Florida for the Christmas holiday. I’ve been researching flights for both me and my mommy and am hoping I’ll find something that won’t break the budget. The idea is to spend Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve/Day with family in Orlando. Ahhh, I can see the fun now… Dancing, delicious food, laughter… so much laughter, late nights just talking and lots and lots of family shenanigans! This will be the perfect farewell to 2016 no? I’m crossing fingers that this one comes through. 😉

 

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So there you go my loves! These are my plans for GOMO this fall. Don’t they all sound like fun? I’m really looking forward to getting out and doing all these fabulous things. How much fun would my fall season be?! I think experiences are so much more important than spending money on things we probably won’t use a year from now. We all work so hard and so many things can stress us out that creating moments with people we love and whose company we enjoy is so necessary. Don’t you all agree?

Life is about experiences, it’s about the special things that touch our hearts, clear our minds and heal our soul. Even a simple walk can make a rough time so much better. Keep in mind that you can do lots of things on your own if nobody is available. Be brave! Create beautiful memories. Experiences are what we remember when we’re old and telling wise stories to the younger folks. Experiences are what life is all about so join me in GOMO and collect wonderful moments to share. Who’s in?

 

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Do y’all agree that GOMO is the IN thing to do now? If so, what are your plans to GOMO for fall? Are any of my plans on your list as well? Why not comment below and share yours and let’s compare. Maybe there’s something on your list that I’d love to add to mine.

Now y’all already know the drill… Share your thoughts and let’s start a conversation. I bet you have some awesome experiences to share so don’t be shy. The world is so crazy today that I think starting a conversation about good things, moments that light up our lives is so important! Well… whatcha waiting for? Join me in this fun discussion. I look forward to your feedback. Let’s chat. Go! #engage

 

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Gracias,

AnnaCris ❤

 

Why I Tried Warm Lemon Water & Turmeric Milk…

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How goes it my darlings? I’m hoping everyone is doing great and that you all had a great Monday. I have to admit that I didn’t expect to be back this soon as I’m still feeling that writer’s block. I started to write last Wednesday, and I downloaded all the photos I needed for this post then I just stopped. I don’t know what’s up with me but I’m forcing myself right now to push through. Hopefully this funk will disappear soon.

Has everyone read my previous post “Hello Fall?” It was a cool one listing my favorite things about autumn. It’s my favorite season and although I am from the Dominican Republic and LOVE the beach, I adore fall. I adore it because I get to wear booties, hoodies and pretty scarves which are all my weaknesses ;). If you haven’t read the post yet, finish this one then go on over and check it out. Also, feel free to comment your favorites if they did not make the list.

So for the past several months I’ve been testing out a couple of healthy drinks that have been raved about on the internet streets. I’ve read many an article about the wonders of warm lemon water and turmeric milk – aka: golden milk. I decided why not test them out myself? Y’all know I’ve been dealing with exhaustion, plus I read that lemon water can help get your hormones back in check. The word is that turmeric helps with reducing inflammation including the sinuses and the lungs, and since I suffer from awful nasal polyps (I’ve had three surgeries to remove them) and from really bad asthma, maybe this could ease my symptoms naturally. So yes, I tried and tested both drinks to see what all the hoopla was about. With all that being said, here is what I discovered:


WARM LEMON WATER

 

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Lemons as you should all know by now, are rich in vitamin C so they can help you fight the common cold when you add them to your tea.  I for one cannot have tea without squeezing some fresh lemon juice into it. Plus let’s not forget how yummy lemonade is and when it’s made from scratch like my mommy makes it, it’s beyond delicious. Warm lemon water is known to raise your energy levels and boy do I need that. Anyway, it is said that lemons provide a whole bunch of health benefits. However, since I’m no expert, I’m not going to sit here and claim to know that all those benefits are true. I will discuss MY experience…

 

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I started drinking warm lemon water (which I began documenting) on October 11, 2015. Back then I was feeling awful. I had stomach pains every day, I burped nonstop and I could barely eat. Plus I had insane anxiety and that feeling of butterflies in my tummy all the time. I had already research the lemon water craze and I figured why not try it. That morning of the 11th, I took the leap and I’m so happy I did.

Seven days after I started it my stomach was feeling better with hardly any pain and much less burping. Two weeks after, there was even more improvement and a month after, my stomach pains were completely gone, no burping, and that anxious feeling and butterflies in my tummy were gone. My energy, which was nowhere to be found, came back again and my skin got a nice glow. I was also able to eat like a normal human being again.

I drank this every morning for about five months and then I stopped. You know how you get tired of doing something every day so I took a break? Thankfully, my stomach remained pain free but my period got super crazy. Around March I got a really bad sinus and ear infection so my ENT specialist put me on a round of antibiotics and prednisone. I feel like these meds (the prednisone mostly) screwed up my system and my hormones. My period was ridiculous from March through July and I was going bananas. I remembered reading that warm lemon water could help settle your hormones so I started drinking it again and lo and behold, In August my period went back to normal and has been ever since.

So I’ve become a huge fan of this warm lemon water craze. For me it’s worked and since I’ve documented it, I can say that it was this drink that helped me through my pains and hormonal craziness. It may not have the same effect for you or anyone else who tries it but for me, it worked wonderfully.

I squeeze half a lemon into a mug of warm water every morning after brushing my teeth and before eating anything.

TURMERIC MILK (GOLDEN MILK)

 

 

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From my research, turmeric originated in Southeast Asia including India. It is said to have many medicinal and culinary purposes. It’s got a strong orange-yellowish color and it can be used either fresh or as a powder as shown in the above photo. There are so many articles out now describing all the medicinal purposes of this plant but again, I am no expert so I’m just going by the effects I’ve noticed when using turmeric.

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After my third surgery to remove nasal polyps in May of 2015, I did extremely well. Although a few polyps came back throughout the months post-surgery, they were tiny and did not affect me as much. Although they were coming back, my ENT specialist was able to keep them at bay and if I got a sinus infection which I did several times, he’d prescribe prednisone to reduce them and that usually helped. I always got my sense of smell back (a very important issue for me) and I was able to breathe. My asthma was non-existent this whole time. I kept reading about turmeric and “golden milk” and how it was great for reducing sinus infections and inflammation in general. Plus I also read that it helped keep asthma at bay and cleared the lungs. I really did not want to keep taking antibiotics and prednisone so I figured I’d help my system along the natural way.

I started drinking the turmeric milk back in June of this year. Not on a daily basis like I did with the warm lemon water. I drank it two times per week before going to bed. Since I only did it twice a week, it took a while to see any real results but I do have to say that I slept like a baby each night I drank it and my skin just got even better. That was noticeable pretty quickly.

I’d say it took about three weeks into it for me to see real results with my sinuses and they were positive. I drank the golden milk on nights when I felt stuffy and I have to say three weeks into drinking the milk, I felt my sinuses clear up a bit. Not to an extreme but I was able to feel the difference. Unfortunately, I ran out of the turmeric so I haven’t drunk it since August. It’s a shame because in mid-August I was around someone who was smoking (the worst trigger for polyps and asthma for someone like me) literally right next to me, and it killed me. So much so that when my ENT specialist prescribed prednisone yet again, it did nothing to help and that’s a first. I’ve felt awful, stuffed up and with asthma out of control ever since. I need to pick up some turmeric soon because now is when I can really test it. In any case, I’ll share the recipe with you all…

I use the following recipe:

One cup of milk or organic coconut milk (I prefer regular whole milk)

1 teaspoon of turmeric powder

1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper

1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil (if you’re not using coconut milk)

1 teaspoon of raw honey (to sweeten)

Pour milk in a pot and add all the ingredients minus the honey. Stir continuously until everything has blended then turn the stove on low. Continue to stir and when the milk is hot enough, add the teaspoon of honey. I like to let the milk come to a boil before turning it off. However, other recipes I’ve seen say to turn off once the milk is hot. It’s your choice. Whichever the case, let it cool off then drink. I think it’s yummy and the ground pepper gives it a bit of spicy kick.  😉

If nothing, with all the positive effects that is being said about turmeric, drink the milk for great skin, to boost your immune system or just because you want to drink something tasty before bed and will help you sleep soundly. I will order more turmeric powder and continue to test it so that I can really find out if it does indeed aid with reducing inflammation in the sinuses and all the other benefits described in articles. Once I’m back on the turmeric milk for a few months, I’ll write a follow-up post to describe my results. Deal? 🙂

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So there you go my loves. All in all I’ve had good experiences with both warm lemon water and turmeric milk. Like I said, I need a lil bit more time to continue to test the turmeric milk and see what else it can help with, but so far I’ve had positive results. I do have to say that my skin is even better than usual since I’ve been drinking both so that counts for a lot of somethings.

What do y’all think? Do you think you’ll try one or both? If so, what would you lean towards trying the warm lemon water or the turmeric milk and why? I’m thinking you all might go for the warm lemon water because the turmeric milk may sound a bit weird and unknown. Yes? Trust me, it does taste good and if you like spicy, this has that kick to it.

Alrighty, y’all remember the drill… comment below and let me know what you think. If you’ve tried either or both, let me know your results and your feedback. If you’re debating on trying either or both, did I at least sway you to give them a shot? Don’t be shy. Share your thoughts, opinions, results. Let’s compare. I mean were all trying to do anything that can keep us healthy these days, and both of these drinks seem to offer a lot of health benefits so why not try them? Okay loves, join the conversation. I look forward to your feedback on this one. Let’s chat. Go! #engage

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Gracias,

AnnaCris ❤

Hello Fall…

Hola!

OMG how are my darlings doing? It’s been over three months since I last posted, and I’ve been berating myself almost every day for so much slacking. Good lord! I really have NO excuse except that I couldn’t find any motivation to write. We can call it “writer’s block” or we can call it “laziness” whichever works for you. I’m guilty. LOL!

So how has everyone been? How did the summer treat you since I haven’t posted all season long? I have to say I did enjoy my summer. I hit the beach a few times and got a pretty bronzed sun tan which is always great. I took adventures and visited Atlanta, Boston and Miami. I celebrated another birthday (#teamleo) and although I slacked on the blog, I focused on establishing my blog’s brand on Instagram (y’all should go follow me – check out my widgets section for the link). So all in all, my summer was pretty fantastic. How was yours?

While I still feel a lil blocked, I really want to get back to blogging consistently and after going through my list of topics, I decided to get back into things with an ode to my favorite season – fall. Not about what’s trending (that will come at a later date) but just the things we who love this season look forward to. I think this topic is easy enough to ease me back into things. So let’s begin:

 

WHY I ADORE FALL

 

HOODIES!

 

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Hoodies are one of my absolute favorites. They’re so cozy and keep you warm on those chilly autumn days when you don’t necessarily need a jacket. They come in a bunch of different styles and there are some that are even a bit dressy so you can wear with heels. I’m in search of a sweater dress with a hood for this season so if y’all see one, please let me know. 😉

 

COOLER WEATHER:

 

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While we all love those lazy days of summer so we can lounge on the beach, I’m not crazy about heat and humidity. In New York City it gets to the point where you can barely breathe. This does not work for those like me who suffer from asthma and allergies. Therefore, I look forward to the fall months because while it’s not freezing cold, it’s cool enough to not suffocate. Plus you can bust out the jackets, the scarves and the booties. Yasss! ❤

 

LIGHT JACKETS:

 

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Since the bomber jacket is on trend for fall, I figured I’d use a photo of one. However, there are lighter jackets that you can wear when it’s not too cold. The bomber jacket even has a variety of styles so you can pick the one that is best suited for the weather in your area. Light jackets are great to keep you warm when it’s a chilly evening and you can add a scarf for extra warmth.

 

HOT CHOCOLATE!

 

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Yumsies!! OMG my mommy makes the BEST hot chocolate in all the land. There are these bars of real chocolate that are from the Dominican Republic that make for the yummiest hot chocolate ever. My mom makes it from scratch. There’s none of that instant stuff for her. Ask anyone in my familia and they will tell you she is notorious for this. Hot chocolate is a wonderful, delicious alternative for coffee. There is nothing better than spending an evening under some cozy blankets, reading a great book or watching a movie, and drinking some hot chocolate. No?

 

SCARVES:

 

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You all should know my love for scarves by now. If you know me personally and if you’ve followed my blog, you know I’m a bit obsessed with colorful, pretty scarves. For fall, you can choose a lighter material since it’s still not so cold out. The infinity style or regular style both work. You can choose bright colors or earth toned colors to go with the season. I, of course, prefer the bright colors the whole year round. LOL.

 

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE:

 

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While I’m not a huge fan of the pumpkin spice latte, I added it to the list because for the past several years it seems to be synonymous of fall. I have to admit that I’ve never had one so I shouldn’t judge. The reason I haven’t been inclined to try one is because I’m not a fan of pumpkin anything. However, I know many of you are so here it is. It’s something to look forward to. In fact, I believe Starbucks has already put in on its menu…

 

BOOTIES!

 

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Can I get a high five for booties everywhere? OMG I adore them just as much as I adore boots! Booties are a fantastic alternative for boots during the months of September and October when it’s still not too cold. They can dress up your fall outfit beautifully. I love the thick-heeled booties the most because they add a certain kind of sexy and badass to whatever you’re wearing.

 

APPLE PICKING:

 

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Wanna hear a cute/funny story? So some of the girls in my #squad and I started an apple picking tradition at a place in Warwick, New York. It’s a beautiful drive with all the leaves changing and it’s great to be around friends. Last year we get there and decided to throw a blanket on the grass, eat and drink some wine (It’s also a winery), and have conversations about everything. Anyway to make a long story short, we were so into our conversations, laughing, eating ice cream, and drinking wine that we totally missed the apple picking part. Haaaa! By the time we realized we wanted to do some picking, it was too late so we ended up buying baskets of apples. Bwahahaa… I can’t with us. This year we’ve planned it for early October and we made a promise to do the apple picking FIRST. So yeah, fall is great weather for picking apples. 😉

 

BOOTS!

 

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I couldn’t write this post without including my all time, super favorite fashion item… The boot! Boots are my weakness. I can’t even describe how much I adore them. For fall, a tall wedge like the boot above (I own this pair) is great. Anything that does not have fur or is too warm for your footsies since it’s not too cold out works great during September and early October. Riding boots are excellent for this weather as well.

 

LEAVES CHANGING:

 

 

The changing of the leaves is one of the most beautiful acts of nature. It’s one of the top five reasons why I love fall. Can you imagine a more beautiful site? This is so lovely that you’re just mesmerized. Central Park in New York City is just gorgeous during this time of year and if you live on a tree-lined street as I do, you can’t help but stop to admire and take a photo.

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So there you have it my loves. My favorite things associated with fall. I’m sure I’ve missed several others but these always stand out to me. If you love this season as much as I do, comment below and let me know what your favorites are. We can compare and discuss – what fun! So don’t be shy. I know it’s been a while but I love to engage with my readers so PLEASE share your thoughts.

Yay! I did it! I think my whole thing with blogging is I just have sit down in front of my laptop and start typing. Once I get into it, there is no stopping me. I feel like this was the perfect topic to get back into writing. I didn’t have to do much research just go with my favorites, find photos and viola… I’m hoping this has opened the motivation doors for consistency.

Anyway, you all should still know the drill… Comment below and let me know what you think of my choices. Is fall your favorite season too? If it’s not, tell us what is and why. This could make for a fun discussion and a little competition for what is the best season. I still vote for fall! 🙂 So share away. I’m looking forward to your feedback and since it’s been three months, let’s start a conversation to get my juices flowing. Deal? Okay let’s chat. Go! #engage

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Gracias,

AnnaCris ❤

 

 

 

Look At These Cool Beauty Products


Hola,


I know… I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything new. I’ve seriously been slacking when it comes to my blog. I have so many drafts waiting to be completed but for some reason, I lost the feel for it. I had nothing but writer’s block and no inspiration. I can’t quite find an explanation as to why, but I am determined to keep this going regardless of how often or not so often I post so here I am just in time for spring. 🙂

Well then my lovely fashionistas let’s keep the “spring” theme going because let’s be honest, this winter has been extremely brutal to us.  As I browsed through my blog, I noticed that my beauty/spa posts have been some of the most popular so going with that flow, I’ve decided to make a comeback with what else? A beauty post! Because there’s nothing more fun than finding awesome new products to pamper the skin with especially after the kind of winter some of us have had. Our skin gets dry, rough, super sensitive, dull, etc. We therefore need to keep it hydrated and well taken care of.

I’ve had lots of time to try new products these past few months. I love to experiment and see what works and what doesn’t. If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I love all things natural and usually will find things in my kitchen to mix up and create something nourishing and wonderful. However, I also like to try some of the new products I see in my local drugstores. I have some favorite brands like Aveeno (I have super sensitive skin) and Olay, I love going to Sephora to check out their selections of all things beauty, and for my “natural fix” I adore Mountain Rose Herbs’ website. Everything is natural, organic, unique and safe to use. So below are some of my new and favorite products I’ve been using lately. There are a bunch so get comfy, prepare to take notes and let’s do this my lovelies…

COCONUT OIL:


Coconut oil has been all the rave lately. It seems like everyone is recommending it for just about everything. As a Dominican woman, I already knew about the wonders it does for your hair. It makes it grow, restores damaged hair and gives it shine. It’s a great conditioner. All this is true because I’ve used it on my hair plenty of times through the years.

Coconut oil is wonderful as a skin moisturizer. If you have dry skin, this oil is excellent. It prevents flaking and dryness and heals the skin. It’s also great as a makeup remover. You can remove all your makeup with a cotton ball, wash your face and ta daa… you’re left with moisturized skin (just apply a tiny bit more after washing your face to moisturize overnight).

This oil (and I’ve mentioned this in my “Spa Time… How To DIY At Home” post) is fabulous to soften chapped lips. Apply to your lips at night and you’ll have baby soft lips in the morning.

Lastly, and the most important one for me because I started doing this back in January, is “Oil Pulling.” I kept reading about this on social media, magazines, etc. and was very curious to try it. I did my research and everybody who spoke about oil pulling pretty much said the same thing. It’s great and it works. So I tried it.

I have to say while it was weird the first few times, I’m feeling it my loves. I give it two thumbs up. I mostly wanted to try it because I read that it could help with sinus problems which I have plenty of. I have nasal polyps so I suffer from everything sinus related 365 days a year. I also wanted to see if it’s true that oil pulling whitens teeth. I whitened my teeth about 8 years ago and have taken very good care of them. However, since I became addicted to Starbucks [damn you Starbucks!], I’ve noticed they’ve lost their brightness. The third is cavities. While I love to gloat about not having any cavities for the last 7 years, again, I’ve become addicted to certain candies so I want to prevent developing cavities at any cost. So yes I’ve been oil pulling on and off for the past two months. I’ve seen some improvement in my sinus problems and my teeth are definitely whiter (no lie). I have to pay a visit to my dentist so I will get back to you on the cavity issue.

All in all, I’m glad I tried it. It’s weird at first but once you get used to it, it’s not so bad. Basically, you take a tablespoon of the oil and swish it in your mouth and through your teeth without swallowing. I do my oil pulling in the mornings before eating anything and while in the shower. I try to do 15-20 minutes then I spit it out (never swallow because you’ll be swallowing bacteria) and brush my teeth as usual.

I purchased the above at Mountain Rose Herbs. It’s preferable to use unrefined oil and organic. Here is the link if you’d like to check it out, read more and/or purchase.


ARGAN OIL:



Argan oil has also been all the rave in the beauty world lately. This oil comes from the Moroccan Argan tree. It’s rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins A and E (and you all know how much I love vitamin E as a moisturizer). I purchased this oil back in January along with the Coconut oil and have been using it ever since. It’s simply fabulous!

Argan oil has so many great noticeable benefits. To name a few:

As a moisturizer – It absorbs quickly, it’s not oily, it’s safe to use around the eyes. I use it every night as my night time moisturizer and I see the difference.

As an exfoliator – Use with sugar or brown sugar to exfoliate your face and it’ll leave you with a radiant glow.

It’s great for acne, this oil can lighten dark spots (tried and tested), and it’s a wonderful lip and hair conditioner as well as great for your nails/cuticles. Rub oil into your nail beds before bed to moisturize and soften your cuticles.

I’m in love with this oil! I purchased the above at Mountain Rose Herb’s website as well. Below is the link if you’d like to learn more and/or purchase:

Side Effects: If you’re allergic to nuts, please be careful when using this oil.



CLEANSING GRAINS:

While perusing Mountain Rose Herbs’ website, I came across this gem. You all know how much I love the gentle exfoliation process and this is fantastic. These cleansing grains do wonders for my skin.

Again, this is made from completely organic products that consist of: organic oat bran, white kaolin clay, organic almond meal, organic rose petal power, organic corn meal and a blend of pure essential oils.

To use, pour a bit of the grains into your palm and add some warm water. Mix until it becomes a paste and gently rub into your face. Rinse with warm water. I use this once a week or every two weeks when I feel my skin needs a boost.

Here is the link with more information (If you click on this click, you will have to scroll down some until you reach the cleansing grains info):

https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/catalog/bath-body/facial-care  

LEMON BALM HYDROSOL:

Mountain Rose Herbs’ Hydrosols are a less concentrated form of your typical essential oils. They are very mild and refreshing to the skin. I love this Lemon Balm Hydrosol because it’s great for skin irritations. I use this after I shave to prevent razor bumps. It’s also very calming so if you’re in the mood for a bubble bath after a stressful day, add a few drops of this to your bath and it will soothe your senses. It’s similar to aromatherapy but in a milder way. 

Here is the link (Please scroll down the page until you reach the Lemon Balm info):

https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/catalog/aromatherapy/hydrosols 



LIP BALMS:



My lips get dry so fast and so often that I MUST carry some type of moisturizer with me at all times. It’s one of the things I never leave home without and I apply it throughout the day. The above lip balms are my new favorites from Mountain Rose herbs. They are made with organic herbs, oils and butters and leave your lips super smooth while conditioning and healing chapped, dry lips.

The top one (Fawn Lily Botanic) comes in five different combinations. I went with the spiced chai + coconut because I’m all into the coconut theme lately, but I am definitely going to try the others.

Here is the link to both.


Please scroll all the way down the page for the info and you can click on the “more details” link for more information about the Fawn Lily Botanica combinations.



AVEENO POSITIVELY NOURISHING SMOOTHING BODY WASH:


I discovered this glorious product by Aveeno while looking for my Olay body wash at CVS drugstore. It’s a gentle exfoliator with pomegranate, rice beads and walnut shells. I use it every day because it’s really gentle and it leaves your skin feeling so smooth. Plus, it smells absolutely wonderful!

Check it out here:

http://www.aveeno.com/product/aveeno-+positively+nourishing-+smoothing+body+wash+.do?sortby=ourPicks&from=fn


AVEENO POSITIVELY AGELESS FIRMING BODY LOTION:


Of course I could not leave out a body moisturizer. This one by Aveeno as well is excellent. I’ve been using it since December of 2014 and I love it. I’m not sure about the skin firming deal but I like that it’s not sticky or heavy and glides onto your skin. Your skin feels noticeably soft throughout the day. This also smells delicious.

Go here for more info:

http://www.aveeno.com/product/aveeno-+positively+ageless-+firming+body+lotion.do?sortby=ourPicks&from=fn



EOS HAND LOTION:


Aren’t these the cutest lil things? I love these “take everywhere” hand lotions by EOS (Evolution Of Smooth). I always keep hand lotion in my bag to prevent dry hands. These are great because they’re small enough to fit anywhere. I can stick this in my wristlet and be on my way. They come in three scents: Berry Blossom, Cucumber and Fresh Flowers. They really do leave your hands super smooth and it last for hours. You can find these in any drugstore near you.


BENEFIT – “THEY’RE REAL” – MASCARA:


I don’t use makeup on a daily basis. I only go all out when I’m going out to an event, girl’s night, date, etc. During the week and weekends if I’m going to work or running around doing errands, I only use lipstick and lip gloss and I’m out the door. However, there are times that I will do a little extra (depending on my mood) and apply some mascara just because or like I said if I’m going out on the town…

I discovered the above mascara last summer while visiting Sephora and one of my favorite brands of makeup – Benefit. It was fairly new around that time and was being advertised. I read the box and decided to try it and have been hooked on it ever since. I ADORE this mascara so much that I’ve even gotten a few of my girls to use it and they love it as well.

The brush is just everything! It extends your lashes to lengths you’d never imagine and it’s got tiny bristles at the ends that you use to extend the tiny lashes in the corners of your eyes. It’s magnificent. Yes, I said magnificent. If you haven’t already tried this, please do. You’ll fall in love as well.

Below are links to both Benefit and Sephora’s websites:

https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/theyre-real

http://www.sephora.com/they-re-real-mascara-P289307?skuId=1343938


HONEY PERFUME BY MARC JACOBS:



So if you’ve read my blog post “Who Is This Blogger… AnnaCris,” you’ll know that I suffer from anosmia which is the loss of the sense of smell due to nasal polyps in my case. My sense of smell is not permanently gone. When my doctor prescribes certain medications to reduce inflammation, I can smell like normal. When that happens, I hit the stores in search of new fragrances that I can try. LOL for realsies! I mean I have to know that I smell great when the polyps attack.

So a few months ago I went in search of new and wonderful scents and discovered “Honey” by Marc Jacobs. It smells absolutely delicious. It doesn’t make me sneeze and it has that “fresh” scent that I’m always drawn to and yes, there’s honey in the mix. Plus, how CUTE is this bottle?! I purchased the gift set with the lotion and rollerball at Macy’s.


SEPHORA’S EYEBROW TOUCH UP RAZOR SET:




It’s interesting that about a month ago I saw on Good Morning America a piece on how shaving your face with an eyebrow razor is now a “thing” that women do to exfoliate. They say it’s the BEST form of exfoliation for your face. Well what do you know… I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now. It started with me shaving my mustache because waxing irritated my skin. One day I decided to experiment and did my whole face and it left it so smooth and silky and it looked so clean and fresh that I started to do it more frequently. It’s perfectly safe and no your hair does not grow back more coarse as is the myth.

I was buying the eyebrow razors from the drugstore but found that two out of the three that come in the set always have a dull blade and that really annoyed me because I’d have to go over the same spot several times. I decided to head to Sephora in search of a better one and found the above kit. These, while more expensive, are a lot better to use and do the trick so you don’t have to continue to go over your face a second or third time which can then cause irritation. It’s a great beauty secret that I’m sure not many women know about but it’s worth a try.

Here is the link:

http://www.sephora.com/eyebrow-touch-up-razor-set-P136216?skuId=895490 

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Phew… That was quite a mouthful but I hope you enjoyed reading and that you’ll try some of these products. I have tried all of them and as your “guinea pig” can say that they are all safe to use. We all have different types of skin so just read all the labels before buying to make sure nothing will make you react to any ingredients. Although I am very careful with what I use as I do have very sensitive skin and ridiculous allergies, what works for me may not always work for you. Usually organic products are safe but like the Argan Oil, it contains nuts so if you’re allergic to nuts, this may not be the product for you.


For the products that you do decide to try, I hope that you will come back and share your experience. Let us all know your opinions, did you like or dislike, did you find any other good uses for any of these products that I did not mention (I love to experiment at home and see what else I can use something for). After all, we all just want to feel, look and be beautiful and fabulous so why not go the easy, safe and natural way?

A side note: Some of these products (like the oils, exfoliators, lip balms) will also work great for any of the gentlemen reading this post or if you’re a fashionista, why not try it on your special love? I mean let’s face it, men also want to look and feel great and a little pampering is always wonderful for them too.

This being said, you should all remember the drill… try out whatever has caught your interest then come back and comment below. Let us all know the outcome of this new beauty adventure. Also, if you’d like to add any new and fun products that you’ve discovered lately, please feel free to share in the comments and I will give you a shout out. I look forward to reading your comments. Go! #engage

Until next time…

Gracias,

AnnaCris ❤


The Dreaded Set-Up…


Hola,

Hey there my fashionistas. First let my start by officially wishing all of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year. We are on day twenty of 2014 and I hope you are already making the best of it. As for me, yes I know that I have been slacking on my blog posts lately. I have no excuses except that I need to step my game up. On a positive note, I intend on taking my goals to the next level. I’m in search of a professional seamstress who can help me get my designs made so if anyone knows of one, please comment below with their information or email me.  My goal this year is to take this all the way and this includes being more diligent with this blog. Please bear with me and let’s take this fabulous ride together.

So on that note, I thought I’d share an experience with you. It’s kind of like my first “HUH” moment of this year. I’m sure the majority of you can relate to this and will chuckle along with me at my little ordeal. I imagine that the title of this post is a dead give-away for what I am about to tell you. Yes, when your friends decide to set you up with someone…



Let me begin by saying that if you know me, you know that I am not a fan of being set up on blind dates, friendly dates or any other kind of “date” that you can think of. Nine times out of ten, it never works out as you’d expect and that one time it does is very rare. So for me to have accepted this time says quite a lot in itself. I was trying to be open-minded about it and hey, it was the very last day of 2013 and who knows, maybe it was a good sign for the coming year… HAAA!! Here’s how it all played out. Two very strange days to the beginning of my year:

On the afternoon of December 31st a male friend calls me at work to tell me about his co-worker who is a really nice guy, and he thinks that we have a lot in common and would I be interested in talking to him. I hesitated but again, I figured I’d be open-minded about it so in the end I said okay. When I first answered the call, we had visitors arriving for an event in the office and there were people standing around so I didn’t get a chance to ask for details or a description. I quickly said just give him my work email because I was not comfortable giving my personal number or other information. So later that day I get an email from “the guy” introducing himself and he includes his number. When I get home, I text him to introduce myself and we start a conversation. He did sound like a very nice person and the conversation continued for a little while.

On New Year’s Day, he sent a text early in the morning which kind of annoyed me because we’re not cool like that yet, and I was still sleeping. I take my time responding (remember, I don’t know what he looks like) and I keep things light. He texts throughout the day and I already felt like he was trying to take over my space plus, he was saying things like it was already a done deal that we were going to date – the bells in my head were ringing and the red flags waving. However, I’m still trying to go with it. He asks if I want to talk on the phone that night and I decline (you know, the whole taking over my space deal). 

On Thursday, January 2nd, again he texts super early in the morning and I was still asleep (now you KNOW I was super annoyed that he did it on day two!), I still had a good thirty minutes of sleep before waking up for work and he ruined it grrrr. I mean really, we are seriously NOT cool like that and yes, good morning texts are cute but only when they’re from someone that you actually like and have feelings for.  Anyway, let’s move to Thursday night…

I finally relent to talking on the phone and we talk for a few hours. He completely took over the conversation by telling me his whole life’s story which had me thinking oh lord have mercy! Furthermore, he was just acting and talking like we were already a couple which was freaking me out. He was talking about weekend getaways and asking where I would like to move to… Wait… What?! Move to? uhh, dude, I’m fine living in New York near my family and friends what the hell?! …and I still had NO idea what this guy looked like. Finally, I say listen did our mutual friend describe me to you? Did he say anything about me? We’ve been texting for two days and I have NO clue what you look like. He says oh yes he showed me your Facebook page. WHAT??? So all this time he already knew what I looked like and apparently, he liked what he saw while I was at a disadvantage! That’s when I’d had it and said you have to at least send me a picture because I cannot continue talking to you otherwise. He said he would send one as soon as we ended the call. We hang up and I go straight to sleep because it really was super late and this whole thing was just freaking me out.

The next morning we had the snow storm in NYC, and I wake up earlier than usual to confirm that our office was closed. I then check my email and this guy sent TWO emails with a total of EIGHT photos. EIGHT! That was my first WTF moment… The next was when I opened the first two photos!

… *queue stunned face* …


My first reaction was to blink and look again… then OH. MY. GOD! This cannot be him! I mean I expected just about anything but never, EVER this. Let’s just say we were so NOT a good match even if we did have a few things in common. I was shocked that my friend would even think to set me up with this man. I mean why? How? … My friends, my mom, my best friend’s mom all had the same reaction “OH MY GOD!” Everybody said the same thing: WHY would your friend think you’d be interested in this man? It was bad people, really bad. I was caught up in my worse set-up nightmare and now what do I do? I was offended, annoyed, pissed as all hell at being put into this situation. So I turned it around to the one who got me into this mess and I told him sorry but NO. I’m not interested in your friend. There isn’t and never will be any chemistry there. Let him tell the guy. I was as nice as possible but I really should have said how it was unfair that I didn’t get the choice of seeing a visual of what he was getting me into while his coworker had that advantage. Had I been given that choice, I would have declined from the get go and saved us all the trouble. There was nothing else I had to say to the guy so I just did not respond. I’m pretty sure he knew that would be my reaction because he did not insist. I’m sorry but I just couldn’t. I know you all are laughing at my pain. I just know it and some of you are shaking your heads at me at my reaction for punking out and not responding to the guy, but seriously… IT WAS BAD and I just couldn’t proceed with it any longer! Two days wasting my time and energy, but I learned a few very good lessons.





The first lesson is one I already knew but once again ignored it which was NEVER ignore those red flags, ringing bells or whatever you want to call them. They wave and ring for a reason. I continued on with this conversation regardless of the weird signals I was getting from this man. Our intuition speaks to us often but we tend to push it aside and forge on. Trust your instincts!

Next is don’t always trust your friends’ judgments when it comes to their choices in dating partners for you. Unless they know you like a book, it’s very likely that they will sometimes get it wrong and you’ll be stuck in a position like mine. This leads me to my next lesson…

NEVER agree to a setup unless you get an honest description or you are shown a picture before you agree to this already awkward and uncomfortable situation.


The last lesson I learned was never feel bad about your standards. We all have them and they vary by person. This is not to say that the person in question is not a really nice individual, but never disregard what you look for, what you want and need from the person you are going to date because you don’t want to hurt their feelings or your friend’s feelings. I agonized all day trying to find a nice way to tell my friend “WTF were you thinking!” Then I agonized on whether I should tell the guy sorry but I’m not interested or just let it be because again, I didn’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. One of my best friends, Melissa, can tell you that I spent the whole day going back and forth with her, her mom and my mom trying to figure out the best way to get myself out of this craziness without being too harsh. The thing is, I was worried but my friend not so much. He was just like “no big deal, handle as you see fit.” Which was not a really great response from him given that he got me into this mess but that being said, I then saw fit to remove myself from this situation, ignore the guy and keep it moving. I didn’t owe him anything because we only chatted and talked on the phone for a total of two days. There were no promises made and no investment on either part. I feel like my friend should have handled this a lot better. I get that he had good intentions towards me, but he definitely went about it completely wrong from beginning to end.


So to the rest of my friends I say this:


PLEASE no matter how much you think you’re doing something good for me, I beg you to please give me all the details, descriptions and most important show pictures BEFORE going ahead and setting me up with anybody. Ultimately, it’s my decision on whether I want to go through with this as well as whether I will date someone, but it just saves us all the trouble of being caught up in a very horrifying and awkward situation.


I am perfectly fine being single so don’t think that I am going out of my mind because I’m not dating anyone or haven’t found the one to make me melt into little puddles of mush. Don’t think that I will settle for just anyone for the sake of being with someone because they are “really nice.” I will never do that. Just like love is not enough, being really nice is not enough either. There is so much more that plays into this relationship game.


We all have standards on what we are looking for in a partner, and while I’m not extremely picky (well maybe just a little lol) or set in my ways and am willing to make certain exceptions, I do need to like what I see. I need to feel attracted and feel that chemistry with someone. Otherwise, it will never work. Everybody has their own definition of beauty; we each have different tastes and likes and are attracted to different people. What one considers beautiful, another person doesn’t, but we all have our tastes in what we look for in a partner. We all tend to kid ourselves thinking “oh but it’s what’s on the inside that counts.” That’s all good and true in the long run, but the truth of it all is that when you FIRST SEE somebody on the street, on the bus, at a bar or restaurant, what attracts you to them is what you SEE. What we see is what makes our heads turn, what makes us say damn look at that guy or that girl; it’s what makes you want to talk to them and get to know them better. Do not kid yourselves thinking otherwise. This, my darlings is what the beginning of any relationship is about. You liked what you saw and you pursued it, you got to know them, liked them even more and boom… It’s the start of something that could be really beautiful if the feelings are mutual. Nevertheless, what started that something “beautiful,” was the attraction you felt when you first SAW that person.




Consequently, my nightmare ended on that snowy Friday on January 3rd. I was actually relieved because I already knew it would never work (those red flags and ringing bells again). He was already taking over my space and time and we didn’t even know each other. So my journey to find that special someone continues but in the mean-time, I am quite happy being single. I have so many things to focus on and wonderful friends and family to spend time with that there is no void of not having a special someone right now (well there is on some occasions of course, but I’m not stressing over it). When the right person shows up, I will know. However, I refuse to settle and I refuse to get myself involved with someone I feel nothing for just for the sake of having a boyfriend. I love myself too much to deprive myself of that wonderful relationship with someone who when I look at him, he makes my heart beat faster and brings that smile to my face and joy to my life. Someone I can talk to forever and the more we talk, the more I like. Someone who is the person I want to share not only the good times with but also the bad. Someone who awakens feelings in me that I don’t even know I have. Just someone who will come into my world to enhance it even more than it already is, and that this someone feels the same way about me… *sighs* 🙂

So that, my loves, was the beginning of my year. I know you’re laughing, smirking, maybe even judging my reactions. Whatever the case may be, you already know the drill. Please feel free to comment respectfully below with your opinions or perhaps you’d like to share one of your horror stories. I’m sure you’ve all been in my shoes at least once in your lives. Let’s compare. How did you handle your situation? How horrified were you? Did you continue on for the sake of not hurting someone’s feelings? Let’s discuss because in the end we have to look at this as a learning experience for the next one… Go! #engage

Until next time…

Gracias,

AnnaCris ❤


Note: Don’t forget my dears that if you know of a good, responsible and professional seamstress, please comment below or email me contact info to discuss a wonderful project. Thank you.