Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Fives: 5 Things I'd tell my 21 year old self

Friday Fives: 5 Things I'd tell my 21 year old self
Friday, May 12, 2017
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Leather Jacket: BlankNYC c/o Nordstrom (I'm wearing a size S), Shirt: old, Jeans: TopShop (I'm wearing a size 28P, which is a 6P), Belt: old, Heels: Steve Madden (Surprisingly comfy & my perfect nude heel), Sunnies: Ray-Ban

I was having an interesting conversation with a friend the other day, we're both in our mid-twenties, we began to think about our college years and how "wow, I can't believe it's been 5 years already" and wow, have been working in our industries 5+ years now and as we recalled our best and worst memories of the past few years I started to think if only I could have given my 21 year old self advice.

If I could give my 21 year old self advice this is what I would say:
  1. Do not deny your truth: If you're passionate about something then do it. Don't try to convince yourself of doing the job that will pay you more, or the job that seems prestigious, do the job you love.
  2. Don't focus so much on your love life: The guy you currently think you love, you'll never end up speaking to him again. Don't worry so much about dating, don't use tinder, literally don't bother with tinder! Trust me you're going to end up on a lot of bad dates hahaha and plus you're not even going to end up meeting your BF online!
  3. Have faith: The next few years are going to be EXTRA hard, the hardest imaginable but they will definitely make you stronger. There will be plenty of growing pains but have faith, trust that God will always lead you in the right direction.
  4. Love your family: be grateful that they are supportive; they will always be supportive and proud of you regardless of what you decide to do.
  5. Be yourself: stop comparing yourself to everyone else. You're petite, stop worrying about being tall. You're Latina, be proud of your culture. You're creative, embrace it. 
I'm not old but, I'm older and I'm not wise but, I'm wiser than I once was and that 21 year old self is going to face a lot of hard truths. The best part is that she's going to conquer and survive, she's going to come out so strong and so very confident.

What advice would you share with your younger self? Let me know!

Xo,
Maia



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Loving my mama's skin

Loving my mama's skin
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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On Me: Dress: Abercrombie + Fitch, Heels: Steve Madden, (so comfortable!), J.Crew Hoops, Sunnies: Ray-Ban,
On Mom: Old, (similar), Jeans: Levi's, Wedges: Clarks, (similar)

I know weird title right? Why would I love my mama's skin? Today's a special day, today's my mama's birthday and I want to share a story. Let's rewind 16 years, I was 10 and I started to realize my body was changing. It was at that age I started to compare my body with other girls I knew. I was a fifth grader wondering why I wasn't taller, skinnier, more athletic, wondering why I wasn't wearing a training bra yet and why I didn't use deodorant. I was a kid but, not only did I start comparing how I looked to others, I wondered why my mom didn't look like the other moms. She was shorter, not as athletic or skinny. She was a hard-working educator that worked a full time job, proud of her stretch marks and her "football player" shoulders -- that's what she calls them. She focused on providing for us, loving us with all her might and always putting herself on the back burner. I wondered why she didn't look like Rebecca's mom or Laura's mom. Her lifestyle was different than Rebecca's mom and Laura's mom; her image wasn't everything to her, and she also wasn't a personal trainer like Rebecca's mom. The older I got I wondered why wouldn't my mom want to be like those moms, and then the older I got the more I realized there was more to her than her outside. I understood her priorities and what made her do what she did. It was us, it was my brother and I. She loved herself inside and out, she wasn't worried about her image, she'd worry about us, she'd laugh with us, she'd love us and it was I who had a problem with myself. The older I get the more I look like her; I have her "football player" shoulders, her small waist, her arms, her smile, her eyes, her infectious laugh. And I love it. I love her. I love her skin, because her skin is my skin. I love the skin I'm in.

Xo,
Maia



Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Fives: My top 5 products you must buy from the Sephora VIB sale

Friday Fives: My top 5 products you must buy from the Sephora VIB sale
Friday, April 21, 2017
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Happy Friday, everyone! As many of you know one of the best sales of the year is happening right now through April 24th! Sephora is having their biannual VIB sale and if you're a beauty insider, all items are 10% with code BISPRING. If you are a VIB insider or VIB rouge you all get 15% off your purchase with codes VIBSPRING and ROUGESPRING. Check out my 5 must haves from the sale below:

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk - This is a serious must have! I have tried multiple dry shampoos like I mean literally all of them to combat my oily scalp but this one is the only one that has worked. My friend Sam recommended it to me awhile back and I've been obsessed ever since. If you're like me and you curl your hair a lot but are too lazy to wash it or want to keep it lasting longer I would totally recommend this product. I have pretty thin hair so my hair tends to get oily pretty quickly but this stuff is a total lifesaver. I have a bottle at home, a bottle at my boyfriend's place and a travel size in my desk at work. That's how much I love this stuff. 

Rosebud Perfume Co. Minted Rose Lip Balm - Guys, this is my HG lip calm,. Seriously, this stuff is amazing. While I'm not a huge fan of rose scented things, I really love how this balm conditions my lips. For the longest time I was a fan of the Dior Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm, which is great too, but this one I actually like better and did I mention it's only $7?!

Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver - If you follow me on Instagram and check out my Instastories I love to talk about my skincare issues. I've blogged about skincare and the products that I've used over the years because 1) I used to have tons of allergies and they always affected my skin and 2) Well, I'm getting older and my skin is changing SO MUCH. Like, I didn't realize how quickly my skin's texture would change. So, anyway, I often post about my issues, what products I'm using, asking for help to remedy my various of skin problems, well I'd say about 2 months ago I started to get random dry red spots on my face and when I say I mean super random. I had a spot on my left eyelid, one below my right eye and one by my chin and literally that was it. It was so red, it looked like I had been hit with something or if I had a really bad allergic reaction. Neither of those things happened and there was no explanation as to why my skin was reacting this way. I started to do tons or research or oils and lotions to help me resolve this and after trying various products, I tried a sample of this lotion and OMG IT SAVED MY SKIN. This is no exaggeration and this is why I have to shout it from the rooftops because this literally saved my skin. It's not a think cream or anything and a little goes a long way but within 24 hours my skin was transformed. I was shocked. By 48 hours, my skin looked brand new and all the redness was gone. Seriously, amazing stuff. I recommend it to everyone!

Smashbox Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out - I have a bazillion nude lippies. Let's be real, nude lipsticks are my favorite. They are easy, they are beautiful and make your makeup look effortless. While I'm not a huge fan of liquid lipsticks, this is one that I truly love. The color payoff is amazing, the color is gorgeous and it's not super drying. I usually put balm underneath but with this one, you don't even have too. 

Sephora Collection Contour Blush Palette - How gorgeous is this palette?! I have probably too many blushes but this palette looks absolutely stunning and perfect for spring and summer. I cannot wait to wear this once I have a bit more of a tan!

Happy Shopping and I hope you all have an amazing weekend! 

Xo,
Maia

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The perfect spring dress

The perfect spring dress
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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Dress: BP. c/o Nordstrom; Trench: Banana Republic; (similar here) Shoes: Banana Republic (similar here and here); Necklace: Bauble Bar; Bracelet: Chloe + Isabel

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Easter and for those of you celebrating Passover this week - Happy Paesach! I hope everyone has been having an enjoyable spring so far. We've been lucky enough to have some wonderful weather here in NYC and it is getting me so excited for the weather to come in a few weeks. I wanted to share with you this lovely spring that immediately caught my eye when I saw it on the Nordstrom website. If you're a big online shopper like me, it's no surprise to buy a bunch of things online only to end up returning them because of they weren't what you expected. I must say I was delighted when this dress came out better than I expected. Sometimes I find shopping at Nordstrom to be troublesome because not all of their pieces come in petite but sometimes I'm lucky and I can fit fine in a xs/s. This was one of those rare cases where a regular size Small fit just fine. This lovely blush off the shoulder dress is so easy and breezy and is perfect for Easter or just for a fun spring occasion. I'm loving it so much, I think I might we're it to my friend's bridal shower in a couple of weeks! Yay for wedding season! Complete sidenote, I think it's so weird to have reached the age where your friends are getting engaged and getting married. Honestly where did the time go? I feel like I was just in college the other day! 


Anyway, I hope you are all loving the weather today as much as I am!



Xo,

Maia


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