April 16, 2014

Favorite Salad Recipes

I don't know about you guys, but every year when the weather starts to get a lot warmer, like now, I only think about eating fresh and light food, I really don't get other cravings than salad and delicious smoothies, and this is very convenient, since it's the perfect way to stay healthy and fit

Salads don't have to be boring, there are so many great and easy recipes that can satisfy you without being bland. This is why, today I made a compilation of my favorite Salads Recipes out there. I mean, I'm not a food blogger, but let's be honest here, I love to eat, so, let's take a look at a few delicious recipes, all of these found on... Guess where? Pinterest

1| CABBAGE WRAPS WITH SPICY PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE: Oh my, I'm dying to try this one by House in the Hills, the dipping looks so delicious, and I think it's a very original recipe. If you have lunch with friends, you can definitely make these and make a great impression. 

2| CRANBERRY AVOCADO SALAD WITH CANDIED SPICED ALMONDS AND SWEET BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE: okay, that was a long title, but every single work is music to my ears. This salad by The Café Sucré Farine has my favorite ingredients and the fact that is has some sweet touches, seals de deal. 

3| STRAWBERRY QUINOA SALAD: it's always a good idea to incorporate some fruit in your salad, which is why this recipe by Damn Delicious has the perfect balance. 

4| LEMON ORZO SALAD WITH ASPARAGUS, SPINACH AND FETA: something that I could eat every single day are asparagus, it's like my kryptonite when it comes to food. This one is from Two Peas and their Pod, one great blog with even better recipes. 

5| THE PERFECT SUMMER SALAD: we have another one by A House in the Hills. This recipe is a combination of  watermelon, pumpkin seeds, lime juice, cilantro and maple syrup. Another great example of adding some sweetness on a salad. 

6| BROCCOLI APPLE AND ALMOND SALAD: The Healthy Foodie is an amazing blog with some different and non boring at all healthy recipes. This salad has a special touch that make all the ingredients stand out, some bacon and a very tasty dip. 

These sound good! Just a few recipes that are delicious and healthy. Would you like to try them?

April 15, 2014

Giveaway | Win a Canon Rebel T31 Camera!

As you can see, today is a special day my friends. The lovely Latrina from Of Trees and Hues is celebrating her birthday and she got together 36 bloggers for an awesome giveaway! Trina is such an amazing girl and I'm so happy to be part of her celebration, as well as to be with these talented creatives. Be sure to check out their sites!

And now for the juicy details. The winner will receive a Canon Rebel T3i Camera! You read correctly,  the perfect camera so you can take amazing photos. The giveaway will be running for 3 weeks, April 15th at 12am PST, through May 6th at Midnight, so you have plenty of time to enter. The winner will be randomly chosen on May 7th via Rafflecopter, where you can make your entries right now.

Best of luck to all of you and Happy Birthday to Trina!!

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April 14, 2014

Stripes Crush

Stripes have always been a must on Spring and Summer, we often see nautical stripes when the weather starts to get warmer, but there are tons of new ways and different colors available to wear them in a more fun and modern way. 

You can go for the classic white and blue combo or the black and white stripes, but adding a different touch, such as very small stripes or the opposite, very wide ones, just be sure that it compliments your figure. If you are more of a risk taker, pair them with colorful clothes such as bright jeans or sweaters that can give an edgy look. 
If you're looking for more colorful stripes, you should definitely check out these great options, not only for clothes, but you can focus on the accessories,  a great way to wear this trend without feeling overwhelmed by all of the stripes. These are a few items that are perfect for this season.

And remember that there's always a way to look amazing in stripes, even horizontal ones, just go for the ones that are thinner like on this top from Tory Burch, trust me. 

What do you think? Do you like stripes for this season? 

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April 11, 2014

Sales to enjoy

I know that a lot of you have as a main resolution to stay in a budget and maybe away from shopping, that's why I've been loving the On a Budget column, cause let's face it, sometimes you just have to get that one piece you love, and this is the perfect time to take advantage of the sales a few cute stores are having. 

Let's start with Loft; there's a lot of items in sale right now, from tops, to dresses and pants, but my favorites, and the ones that stay with my under $40 budget, are the accessories, which are always great ways to update your outfits. I chose this beautiful scarf, a sparkly bracelet and a nice necklace

Next I found a few pieces from J. Crew which is offering 30% off Spring items and up to 50% off in final sale items. I went with these bathing suit, it's never too early to start getting ready for summer, a minty belt that goes perfectly with this nude shorts and of course, a statement necklace

Finally, Asos is now offering up to 70% off, you can always find something there and my favorite was this flower skirt which is perfect for Spring. 

Stay in budget and take advantage of these sales! Enjoy your weekend and let me know which one of these is your favorite!

April 10, 2014

Fresh and Fun

There's been a while since I created a moodboard here and I forgot how much I enjoy doing them, browsing all the amazing photos out there and bringing them together is one of my favorite things to do. 

For today, I chose the Fresh and Fun vibe, with a feminine touch, which is just perfect for April and Spring in general. These days have been all about flowers, light clothes and ice cream for me, having those moments to enjoy and take a break from work and stress is very important. 

On another note, I wanted to ask you guys something. I've been thinking about making a video for the blog for a while now, watching a few of my favorite bloggers "live" has been such an inspiration and I do think it would allow for you to know me better, there's such a difference when you see a person rather than just reading what they post. Is this something you would be interested in seeing? If so, What would you like it to be about? Maybe a Q&A or a specific topic? You tell me! After all, that's what is all about, to get to know what you want to see here!

Let me know guys and I hope you enjoy this moodboard!

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April 9, 2014

Boost Your Confidence!

How many times have you stopped yourself from doing something you really love because you thought you just couldn't make it, even place that into the "It's impossible" file at the back of your head? I think we've all been there. We all have insecurities that may come between us and our dreams. 

Wouldn't it be great to have that confidence we read about on books? To forget about all the insecurities we may have and just go for it? But you know what? Confidence is not an easy thing to achieve, not without putting some effort into it, and trust me, is something worth working on. There's nothing more appealing than a person who has confidence. Confidence in who they are, confidence to reach their goals, confidence in the fact that they can overcome any obstacle, that's where true beauty lies. 

Of course, it's not an easy task, we are constantly facing challenges and situations that may shake us and bring us down, but that doesn't mean you should stop trying, because in tough situations is when the true magic happens. Take a look at these tips that may help you boost your confidence:

1. Stand up straight and tall: I know, this may sound silly, but believe or not your posture has a lot to do with the way you feel and they way you interact with others. Just try it, walk around with your head high, your shoulders back and you will see a change in the way you feel and the way others treat you, remember, to be confident you have to act confident. 

2. Accept who you are: the good and the side of you that you don't like so much and that can improve. Don't be so hard on yourself, we all make mistakes, we are all humans and we all can change. Most of it, don't compare yourself to others, you are unique and special for just being you. Take a look at this post on how to embrace your "flaws". 

3. Celebrate your achievements: a big part of confidence is recognizing the things we have accomplished, it's not being cocky, is giving ourselves a high five for the effort behind the goals you have conquered. Imagine if a friend of yours talked to you about a great thing they did, you would want to celebrate, right? So do the same for you! Go shopping, have dinner with your boyfriend or a friend, but do something. 

4. Remember your strengths: the same way you have in mind every single little defect of you, make a change and think about your strengths, have them where you can see them so you won't forget about them when you're feeling down, hang them in your room or even write them on you phone, wherever you want, make a list of them and use it whenever you need it. Be your own cheerleader!

5. Surround yourself with positive people: Nothing good comes from having people around you that are bringing you down all the time, you need to be in a group that can make you feel happy and accept the way you are. A big part of self-confidence is the perception we think others have about who we are, so don't get surrounded with negative energy.  

6. Don't focus on negative comments from others: this goes hand in hand with the previous advice. People are going to talk, they always do, and sometimes they may say not so great things about you, no matter how much you try to be likable, it will always happen. You have two options on how you handle this, either you get stuck in what they say or you let it go, my advice is, let it go. It will take you nowhere if you keep wondering if someone talks badly about you, do your own thing!

7. Don't be afraid to fail: nobody likes to fail, but we all do at some point. We are all afraid of this at least once in our lives, just don't let that stop you. Be aware that being brave is not the absence of fear, but realizing that there's something bigger that it. And if you do fail, so what? The world is not going to end, learn from experience and try again. 

8. Take care of yourself: taking care of yourself has a huge impact on your confidence level, being healthy and looking the way you want to look is key to feeling fulfilled. Get rid of the stress by doing something you like, forget about everything that worries you and have fun, go shopping, have a spa day, hang out with friends, you choose.   

9. Try, Try, Try: This is probably the most important point of all, try. You  may not get it right the first time, but if you don't try it, you will not know if you can, and if you fail, try again, practice and don't give up. 

Now that we have a few tips to start working in our confidence, I want to give you a challenge. Right now, grade your confidence level from 1 to 10. Where is it?  You have it? Okay, now that you have this number, try these tips for a month, every single time you start feeling like your confidence is being shaken, remember these points. At the end of the month, go ahead and grade your confidence level again, hopefully it will be way better. Want to try this? Then download this print to fill out your strengths and this one to have in mind this tips. 
Take a photo of your prints filled, upload them to facebook or instagram and tag me! I would love to see! I hope you find this article helpful and be on the way of gaining more confidence each day! For more Inner Beauty posts click here

April 8, 2014

April Wish List

It's time for another Monthly Wish List! Okay, I know I've said this a lot of times before, but I need to say it again, Spring is a dangerous time for my wallet, it can be very difficult to say no to beautiful items I see on the stores this time of the year. Color everywhere, light fabrics and fun clothes, you have to admit that this is the perfect time of the year to get some stuff from your wish list. With that being said, here are a few items I'm coveting this month. 

1| It's very hard to find an eye shadow palette with pastel colors that are truly wearable, but the Limited Edition Pastel Brights Eye Palette by Bobbi Brown has the perfect pigments for Spring. 

2| I' m creating the habit of writing everyday on a journal, just thoughts or phrases that remind me of a moment during the day in particular, so, I really want to buy this Journal by Kate Spade in my favorite color, bright pink. 

3| One of the things that I really enjoy lately is taking photos, and ever since I saw the Instax Camera I added that to my list. 

4| These day I'm choosing smaller bags to walk around here and there, this Envelope Bag is the perfect color to match every outfit. 

5| I'm obsessed with all the body lotions by Victoria's Secret, they have the best scents ever, fresh and feminine. Next on my list is this Endless Sunset Body wash, just the bottle is lovely. 

6| I know, I know, I've talked about Zara a million times here, but they just have the most beautiful collection for Spring. I really want to get this Pink Dress, it's a very versatile one, easy to dress up or wear it more casually. 

What are some items you have on your Wish List?