Beauty: 3 Tips to Add Life To Your Dull Hair

July 22, 2016   

Let's face it, from trips to the beach and countless hours spent in the sun, summertime can easily wreak havoc on our hair. The other day, while I was getting a blow dry (which sometimes seems pointless with the humidity in Miami haha) I got some great tips from my hair dresser on how to add life to dull hair. Here are some tips I picked up along the way for restoring your healthy locks.

Tip #1 Treat Your Locks-  The summer heat can easily dry your hair, so make sure you add a hydrating regimen at least once a week. I like to go the natural route and opt for my own DIY hair mask using avocado. You can also use mayonnaise or coconut oil and leave it on your hair for 30 minutes before washing off.

Tip #2- It all starts with a good shampoo and conditioner. Look for a shampoo and conditioner with nourishing benefits. I started using Garnier Whole Blends Refreshing Shampoo and Conditioner (with Green Apple and Green Tea extracts). Not only does it help revitalize your hair, but it also boosts shine. My hair is left feeling super soft and looking healthy (as oppose to a brillo pad lol). I then finish up my look by adding some loose waves with a curling iron.

Tip #3- Trim Your Ends- An easy way to give your hair some instant life from root to tip is to trim your ends every 2 to 3 months. This helps in removing split ends and can even make your hair look healthier and shinier.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Garnier and SocialStars. All opinions, as always, are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Viva Fashion possible.

Grateful Friday


It's been a while since we did a 'Grateful Friday,' so I thought I'd kick things back up this week. Here are a few things I'm grateful for....

AguaClara Runway Show 

I got to spend some time with my beautiful sister-in-law during Miami's Swim Week. It was so nice getting to watch some shows together (and getting dressed up).  

This week I was also invited to see Cirkopolis, which is performing at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. I took my handsome little date Andy and he had a great time. I swear sometimes I feel like he's 3 going on 30 haha. 

For my readers that live in Miami and want to check-it out, I highly recommend it. Cirkopolis blends circus arts, theater and dance with contortionists, jugglers and acrobats but is a completely non-verbal performance, which is done intentionally, so it may be viewed by the general public across the world without language barriers (think of it as the hipper cousin of Cirque du Soleil). Miami was actually chosen as the only U.S. stop on their tour.


Style Wars: Latina Magazine

July 20, 2016   

Hey guys, I'm excited to share with you that I'm featured this month in LATINA Magazine's Style Wars. The challenge was all about wearing prints. I opted for these striped trousers from ZARA that have seriously been on repeat this summer. They are super comfy and can easily go from day to night. One day I'm wearing them to lounge by the beach, the next day I'm dressing them up to go to church haha.

When wearing prints, I like to keep it simple and pair them with a solid color. I went with this black silk tank from Grana. For me it's been hard to find a good quality silk tank, and they seriously have such a great selection (and no, this is not sponsored lol). I got a whole bunch in different colors from beige, military green and blue. You might have seen me wearing them recently during my trip to Tulum.

Anywho, what are some of your favorite prints and how are you wearing them this summer? You can also pick-up a copy of LATINA Magazine (August Issue) which hits newsstands today!!

Steal her Look: Jessica Alba

July 18, 2016   

Jessica Alba was recently spotted wearing this off-the-shoulder white dress from Reformation paired with flat slides and gold earrings. It's the perfect look for summer. We recently found out about this brand and we're in love! They have tons of flirty dresses and it's a favorite among celebs such as Emily Ratajkowski (our style crush).

Here's where you can get Jessica Alba's dress and recreate the rest of her look for less:

'Jacklyn' Dress, Reformation, $198 (same one she's wearing) 
Sandals, Urban Outfitters, $39 
Earrings, Charming Charlie, $6

My Seekender Adventure: San Diego {Part 1}

July 15, 2016   

As some of you might know, last year I partnered with Hampton by Hilton to become one of their Ultimate Seekenders. I was so excited when I found out I'd be partnering with them again this year. What is a Seekender you might ask? Well it's basically anyone on a quest for fresh experiences, adventures and enjoying the weekend to the fullest.

My last Hampton by Hilton Seekender trip (to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) is one that I hold very dear to my heart. It  was the last trip me and my husband took together with our son before he passed away from cancer. Planning this new Seekender trip is something that I knew my husband would have wanted. He wanted us to continue to live our lives and to live it to its fullest! This is why I absolutely love this Hampton by Hilton Seekender campaign, which is all about enjoying life and making new memories with your loved ones.

After doing some research, I knew I wanted to take Andres to San Diego. It was actually ranked the Top Travel Destination in the U.S. for families and I can totally see why. There's so much to do from outdoor activities, beautiful beaches and not to mention it's World Famous San Diego Zoo! So we packed our bags and brought grandma (abuela) along for the adventure!

Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing with you the things we did, in case you're planning your own trip to San Diego. So without further adieu, here's Part I of our Seekender Trip:

Things to Do:

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo: You can't leave San Diego without visiting the zoo. It was voted the #1 Zoo in the World. Andres absolutely loved it. I recommend getting there pretty early (we got there around 10:30AM) to make sure the animals were awake (animals usually take naps in the afternoon). We loved seeing the Pandas, since we don't see them here in the Miami Zoo. If you have time, I also recommend visiting the Safari Park (a few miles away from the San Diego Zoo). It will make you feel like you're in Africa.

*Children have to be 6 years or older for the Safari Park

Andres scaring Grandma with his newly painted dinosaur face haha.

After the zoo, we headed back to our Hampton by Hilton hotel in Mission Valley, which was just 12 minutes away. This little dinosaur passed out immediately. The location of the hotel was beyond perfect. It was so central to everything, literally just minutes away from La Jolla, Coronado, Balboa Park---you name it! 

Torrey Pines State Park: Looking for some outdoor adventure, we decided to head to Torrey Pines State Park. It was a little tricky to get there (or maybe I just didn't put the address right on my GPS), but once we got there it was absolutely stunning. The view of the mountains and the beach were gorgeous. I guess not growing up with mountains nearby you learn to appreciate them so much more.
There were also so many trails to pick from and it was nice to just be out and get some fresh air.  Be sure to take lots of water, sunscreen and if you're up for it, why not have a picnic once you're there.

Side note: If you're a really big hiker and want to go the distance (with a toddler) I recommend taking a toddler carrier/backpack (yes, they have them toddlers). I left mine at home and wish I would have brought it, but Andy did fine either way.

Where to Stay:  Hampton by Hilton (Mission Valley)

We stayed at the Hampton by Hilton in Mission Valley and like I said, I couldn't have been happier with the location. It was so central to everything we had planned. The rooms were also spacious with a fresh and clean Hampton bed and free Wi-Fi.

One of my favorite things of Hampton by Hilton hotels is there complimentary fresh, hot breakfast served daily. It's not just your traditional continental breakfast, it's packed with everything from hot oatmeal with all the works (from raisins to fresh fruit), to waffles and fresh eggs. We had breakfast there every morning.

Not only that, but they also have free coffee and tea in the lobby at anytime you please. The staff was also very friendly and helpful.

Hampton by Hilton has more than 2,020 locations in 16 countries so you're bound to find one anywhere you are planning to travel. You can book your own Seekender getaway here.

Stay tuned next week when I share Part II of my San Diego Seekender trip or in the meantime, you can check out last year's Seekender Trip to Myrtle Beach here.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Hampton by Hilton. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Viva Fashion possible. 


Mommy and Son Photo Shoot

July 8, 2016   

So remember a few months ago I told you I was planning on doing a photo shoot with Andres (see the post here). Well, I just received a sneak peek of the pictures and I can't tell you how happy I am with them.  Andy was such a good sport, even with the scorching 98 degree weather in Miami. I mean, look at that smile.

I wanted to share a few of them with you and I'll be sharing more of the story behind the pictures in the coming weeks. Hope you enjoy.

On Me:
Dress: H&M
Bracelet: Cartier
String Bracelet:

Shirt: Gap
Jeans: Gap
Bracelet: Street Vendor (Tulum)

Photography: Kar Gar Ohh Snap

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