Last-Minute Visit to NYC- where we stayed

11/13/2018


It's not secret that I love NYC. The last time I visited the city was in November 2016 (so two years ago!) and I couldn't wait to be back! I have so many photos, moments, and tips to share about this trip! So I'm going to start with "where to stay"


We were supposed to go last year for New York Fashion Week, and then Hurricane Irma happened. Many of you remembered I was running around Florida with Gabe, Gaby, and Alex. We ended up in Miramar Beach and then New Orleans.

That day the airport looked out of an apocalyptic movie, and I was freaking out when our flight was cancelled. Not only because that meant we were stuck in Miami with a Hurricane Category 5 coming our way, I was also missing my favorite city. Many friends in the same situation started texting me that they couldn't cancel their hotels (hence lost the money). Thankfully,  had booked my hotel via Hotel Tonight a we got reimbursed in credits.

Later on I found out I was pregnant ( I was already pregnant running away from the Hurricane and I just didn't know it yet馃ぃ). Obviously I didn't travel for a while and now that we are so excited to explore the world with Nico, I said "let's just go to NY before it gets too cold and use the credits we have".

But the world works in mysterious ways and we ended up teaming up with Hotel Tonight for this stay. The app, which I've used for YEARS, has the best last-minute deals in amazing hotels. We ended up booking a super comfortable room at the Freehand, and it really was the perfect place to call home for a week in NY! If you feel like checking out the app, use the code GSANCHEZ175 for $25 off your next booking!




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Creo que no es ning煤n secreto que AMO Nueva York. La 煤ltima vez que visit茅 la Gran Manzana fue a finales de Noviembre del 2016 por nuestro aniversario #2.  As铆 que ten铆a casi dos a帽os sin ir, y estaba loca por volver. Tengo much铆simas fotos, momentos, y recomendaciones que darles. As铆 que voy a empezar con "¿d贸nde quedarse?"


Empecemos con un cuento muy random. El a帽o pasado se supone que iba la Semana de la Moda; pero por el hurac谩n Irma, cancelaron nuestro vuelo (¡¡tal vez se acuerdan como estuvimos corriendo huy茅ndole al peligro!!) 

Para ese viaje, hab铆a hecho mi reservaci贸n con Hotel Tonight- y aunque muchas amigas en la misma situaci贸n perdieron su dinero, me lo devolvieron en cr茅dito para usar a futuro. Luego me entero que estoy embarazada (digo me entero porque ya para el corre corre del hurac谩n estaba embarazada y no lo sab铆a馃ぃ) y obviamente no viajamos por un buen tiempo.

Pero ahora que queremos explorar el mundo con nuestro peque帽铆n, dije "Vamos YA a Nueva York antes de que se ponga muy fr铆o, y usamos el cr茅dito que tenemos para el hotel". Pero el mundo nos sorprende, y sali贸 la oportunidad de trabajar con Hotel Tonight y contarles un poquito m谩s (que como pueden ver es una aplicaci贸n que llevo a帽os usando porque se encuentran descuentos incre铆bles en hoteles espectaculares para viajes 煤ltimo minuto). Nos quedamos en el Freehand, ¡y nos encant贸! Si quieren bajar la app, usen el c贸digo GSANCHEZ175 y les dan $25 para usar en la pr贸xima reservaci贸n.



Forever 21 skirt- GUESS Jacket- GUESS booties






Where to stay in NYC can be a super duper personal choice. All areas have their appeal. I regularly like to stay close to Central Park because I'm absolutely in love with that HUGE park. 

However, this time my friends and I decided to stay at the recently opened Freehand Hotel in the Flatiron neighborhood. I didn't doubt it for a second because I love the Miami location- and let me tell you, it didn't disappoint us AT ALL. 

The hotel has a boho vibe very typical of the Freehand Hotels- every corner was picture worthy. The rooms were comfortable (even with a baby stroller and all the things that come with a baby! Don't worry that article where I answer all your questions about traveling with a baby is coming soon). We also loved the rooftop at the Broken Shaker, the views were breathtaking!


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Decidir donde quedarte en NYC es una opci贸n muy personal porque cada area tiene su encanto. A mi generalmente me gusta quedarme cerca de Central Park porque AMO ese parque con todo mi coraz贸n.

Esta vez fue una decisi贸n en grupo, nos quedamos en el Freehand. Ten铆amos como referencia el de Miami y realmente sobrepas贸 nuestras expectativas. Tiene esa onda bohemia muy t铆pica de la cadena de hoteles Freehand y cada esquina es perfecta para una foto. Las habitaciones me parecieron muy c贸modas (para ser Nueva York , que todo es extra peque帽o). Nos quedamos en una habitaci贸n King y fue la decisi贸n perfecta porque entre tanto coche y cosas de beb茅, necesit谩bamos un poquito m谩s de espacio. No se preocupen, pronto les cuento m谩s sobre viajar co un beb茅 (que me han preguntado much铆simo).

El Freehand NYC tambi茅n tiene una terraza espectacular con un bar que tienen que visitar as铆 se queden en otro hotel.





Some sneak peeks of what's to come!!
Cinzia Rocca Coats -Wrangler Jeans - Blank NYC striped sweater













BEAUTY: My Lip Wardrobe

10/08/2018

Sponsored by Lanc么me and ShopStyle All opinions are my own.




Over the years, I’ve learned what makeup look I like the most on me (aka. neutral eyeshadows, a winged eyeliner, and different lippies). I have it down and I’m sure that if you time me, I can do my makeup under 5 minutes.  

Since I like to keep my eyes makeup on the neutral side, I basically just switch up the color of my lips. I love playing with different colors since it quickly transforms any makeup look and I can easilymatch the color to my outfit. More than lipsticks, I see them as part of my wardrobe, my LIP WARDROBE.

 I was so excited to play with some of the fun formats from Lancme L’Absolu Rouge and I want to share some of my favorites with you today. I love how can a simple color on your lips can inspire you and empower you! It’s more than feeling beautiful, it’s about living your life beautifully.






Lanc么me L’Absolu Rouge comes in 44 shades, with multiple formats and finishes (like Classic Creams, Sheers, Gloss, Lacquer, and the new Drama Matte). I also got a few shades from a limited edition collaboration with Camila Coelho that includes 10-shades in the same formula as the L’absolu Rouge Classic…and OMG, the Lanc么me x Camila actual lipstick is shaped as lips- I think it’s the cutest lipstick bullet that I have ever seen. I instantly opened them and put them on my vanity!! But I could’t wait to try them!


My lip wardrobe is full of reds, it is definitely my go-to color. But the Tropical Pink 485 shade from the Camila Coelho collection stole my heart. This formula delivers high color without drying my lips! It’s such a perfect color for Miami but I think it looks gorgeous with fall colors. I paired this Tropical Pink with a fall floral dress; the shade perfectly complement the yellow in the dress!





I’m also super picky when it comes to neutrals. I don’t know why I find it so hard to find colors that work with any outfit. I find some too pink, too brown, or too bland. As soon as I saw the tube for the L’Absolu Rouge 124 Rose Petale (Cream), I knew I might have found a new favorite neutral…and I was right! This one is going in my bag because it really goes well with my skin tone and with any look!






I can’t wait to continue building my lip wardrobe! What shades are a total must in yours?



My Little Coffee Date- ALL DAY Miami

10/06/2018

Look who dressed up to go on a little coffee date with me!馃挋馃挋
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Alguien se puso hasta su corbat铆n para irse a una cita conmigo 馃挋馃挋





It may be October but let’s just pretend it isn’t 90 degrees out...I mean, we still get 70 degrees everywhere with the A/C馃拋馃徎 

(if you love oversized denim jackets...just borrow one from the boys! This one is my husband’s and I use it all the time!)


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Y lleg贸 octubreeee馃拑馃徑馃拑馃徑馃拑馃徑 mi mes favorito porque significa que pronto es mi cumple...octubre tambi茅n se asocia con looks oto帽ales, aunque uno todav铆a se este derritiendo en este calor mayamero  (tip: no gasten en una chaqueta oversized...agarren la de su novio/esposo/hermano!! Esta es de @gabe_media y siempre se la “robo”!)


NICO'S LOOK
Pat pat onesie

MY LOOK:
FOREVER 21 white booties
TARGET burgundy faux leather zipper skirt
LORD & TAYLOR amour tee
LEVIS oversized jacket
CARA O SELLO earrings
VALIJA sunglasses



The Secret to Long and Healthy Lashes

10/04/2018
Sponsored by Avon. All opinions are my own.


Since I was a little girl, I have always gotten compliments on my eyelashes. My lashes have always been on the long side and I love enhancing them with mascara. Long eyelashes make us look rested, youthful, and extra feminine.

All that curling and layering of mascara can lead to lashes breaking and even falling out, so I want to share with you some of the tricks I’ve learned to take care of your eyelashes!




1. Choose the right mascara
Unless it is a special occasion (like your wedding!), avoid waterproof mascara. Their formula tends to be extremely drying (the equivalent of flat ironing your hair every day!).

Instead, go for an everyday mascara that’s made with natural ingredients, that way it not only fills out your lashes but also nourishes them. That’s why I’m loving Avon’s True Color Love at 1st Lash Mascara. It has LOVE COMPLEX; Vitamin A, C, and E to condition the lashes, Olive Oil and Lycopene to strengthen them. This mascara is also paraben and sulfate free. It also has heart-shaped fibers that create weightless volume that lasts all day.








2. Remove your mascara gently
I’m always saying that no matter what, you should take your makeup off every single day.  Instead of using a face cleanser on your eyes, I recommend using a makeup remover (even better if it’s one designed for the eye-area).

Gently wet the cotton ball with makeup remover and dab on your eyelids. You shouldn’t be rubbing them hard, since it could lead to lash loss or breakage. Also, remember to use different cotton balls on each eye to reduce the risk of spreading germs.



3. Use a lash serum
This is where the Anew Clinical Unlimited Lashes Serum comes into play. Together with AVON’s True Color Love at 1st Lash Mascara, the serum helps enhance the appearance of longer-looking lashes in just a few weeks.

The Anew Clinical Unlimited Lashes Serum contains a peptide blend and botanicals that dramatically enhance the look of lashes. It also improves eyelash density for thicker, stronger lashes + it’s Paraben, Sulfate-free, and phthalate free!

How to apply:
Apply on clean, dry skin, prior to skincare regimen by sweeping a thin layer of serum along the lash line of upper eyelids only (like you were applying a liquid eyeliner).
- Do not apply on lower lashes.
- One dip into the vial is the proper amount of serum for BOTH eyelids.
- Let dry naturally. Do not rub eyes.
- Apply only ONCE a day.

I’ve been using the Anew Clinical Unlimited Lashes Serum for the 6 weeks and my lashes look longer and fuller! Don’t you agree!? 



4. Go natural
From time to time, let your eyelashes breathe by not wearing any makeup (but don’t forget to use the serum at night!). Remember lashes are hair; and just like you shouldn't wash and blow-dry your hair every single day, you shouldn't do the same to your lashes!

Also be careful with curlers and false eyelashes. The false eyelashes’ glue can be strong and full of chemicals that in the long run weakens the roots.  And when curling, don’t squeeze too hard to avoid unnecessary damage.


5. Eat foods that support healthy hair growth.
- Salmon (with Omega-3 fatty acids for full shiny hair).
- Greek Yogurt (with Vitamin B5 for thicker hair)
- Spinach (contains Vitamin A, Iron, Beta Carotene, Folate and Vitamin C).
- Citrus fruits and guava.
- Cinnamon
- Meats and lean poultry



Our Maternity Photos- THINGS I LEARNED WHILE I WAS PREGNANT

10/02/2018

Now that I have baby Nico in my hands, it is absolutely incredible to look back at these photos and realized he was in there. It is surreal. So to share these gorgeous pictures my dear friend Karla Garc铆a took for our maternity photos, I want to share 10 things I learned while I was pregnant.


1) We are WONDER WOMEN
You will definitely see the miracle of life different. Our bodies are simply AMAZING. I cannot believe bones, organs...a perfect little baby grew inside of me. This changed the way I see myself. Women are  incredible.

2) Listen to your body (and your doctor).
All pregnancies and all bodies are absolutely different. You might experience severe nausea, you might not experience anything at all.  You might want to continue your life as normal, you might want to nest and watch netflix all day.  Do what feels right and trust your instinct.

3)Take in all the advice but do what works for YOU.
Everyone will have some sort of advice. That's why when I share tips or tricks about any baby topic I try to emphasize that I'm sharing what worked for US. Listen to the crazy great grandma sharing her tips on how things were done in her days, listen to the hippie friend that goes with the flow, listen to your conservative cousin that's super strict with her kids.  You will find what works for you, there is no wrong or right. All mamas will do what's best for their little ones.

4) Don't be afraid to ask for help
I know we are multi-taskers and we want to be wonder women; but don't be afraid to ask for help. Don't feel bad if you want to take your time, if you want to sleep, if you want to be pampered.

The last few weeks of pregnancy

5) Try to be as productive as you can.
I don't know why but people LOVE to tell you "get some sleep while you can". Yes, it's true. You won't sleep as much as you want when baby is here... but sleeping ALL the time is not going to help during sleepless nights. It's not like sleep is accumulative. 

What will help? Do as much as you can. I wish I would have done meal preps, left several articles ready to be published, etc.

6) Ignore all the body comments.
 I remember as soon as I announced I was pregnant, I got a few "oh that's why you looked heavier". I would roll my eyes and think "no, I gained a few pounds because I went through a miscarriage a few months before and it included a lot of emotional healing and wine".

But I also heard it all, from "it must be a boy/girl because of the shape of your bump", "you are SO huge", "you are TINY". 

And honestly, it was annoying and unnecessary. Ignore all the comments and enjoy your pregnancy. Be healthy, indulge from time to time, listen to your body, and just nod and let all the body comments travel from one ear to another.


7) Share the news to your loved ones before 12 weeks.
 After my miscarriage,  I was a little hesitant about who to tell.  I didn't tell my parents until we heard the heartbeat just to be on the safe side. I guess I didn't want to give them hope just in case anything happened again.

And part of me regrets that decision because I needed their support, and either way, I would have shared the "bad news" because we need to talk more about the hard moments too. 

I also wish I would have told my close friends earlier. It was silly of me to hide it and make my poor husband drink double the mimosas and double the wine in our get-togethers. I wouldn't post it on Facebook but I think it is important to get that support from the people we live our day to day lives. 



8) Fashion-wise, don't buy a whole maternity wardrobe
Invest in just a few key pieces (like great maternity jeans/bottoms).  Most of the maternity clothes are made for the last weeks of pregnancy; I feel like my belly never filled some of the dresses I got correctly. So just take advantage of oversized pieces, be comfortable, and try to be creative with things you already got.











The Best for our Pups: a fresh take on pet food

9/14/2018


Sponsored by Freshpet. All opinions are my own.



Chiki has been in our lives for over 10 years. He has been with me through college, grad-school, marriage...and now he is the best with our baby. Just like he has been the best pup ever; I, as a loving pet parent, want the best for him! 

Reason why I was so excited for him to try (and LOVE) Freshpet’s natural and healthy dog food.  I love how they are committed to providing the best for pets; Freshpet uses fresh, whole ingredients, and gently cooked without preservatives or additives. The food is kept refrigerated because THAT’s where meats belong!

I knew that Chiki was going to love it…what I didn’t know was HOW MUCH! Taking these pics was such a fun challenge because he kept doing all the tricks he knows (trick = delicious reward!). Then as soon as I filled his plate with the “Fresh From The Kitchen”, he devoured it so fast that we had to refill it to get make sure we got the right shot. I mean, I’m sure he didn’t complain.

We are excited to have incorporated Freshpet into his diet; it gives me peace of mind that Chiki doesn’t have by-products, corn, wheat nor any artificial colors or flavors. You can actually see the real fruits and veggies..and smell the fresh chicken!


You can find Freshpet in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store. Click here to learn more!










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