4 Tips to Control Frizz this Summer

June 24, 2016   

Living in Miami, you quickly become an expert in controlling frizzy hair, since it's pretty much hot and humid all-year-round. This summer, for some reason it seems to be hotter than usual. I literally walk outside and I'm drenched in sweat! I've also been doing a lot of traveling and exposing my hair to the pool and beach (which has taken a toll on my hair). I've been switching up my hair routine, and fortunately I've been doing a much better job at keeping my frizzies at bay.

Here are a few tips that might also help you tame your frizz this summer:

Look for a Hydrating Shampoo: Remember, what your hair really wants is hydration. When it doesn't get it, your hair will get the moisture from somewhere else, like the humidity in the air (that's when frizz occurs). So look for a hydrating shampoo and conditioner with natural oils, like this one from the Garnier Whole Blends line, which has Coconut Oil (from the South Pacific) and Cocoa Butter (from West Africa). It's also paraben-free and I love that it leaves my hair feeling silky smooth.

Use a Leave-In Conditioner: After using a hydrating shampoo, it's also important to use a leave-in conditioner.  I've been using this Garnier Whole Blends Smoothing Leave-in Conditioner with Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter. It leaves your hair feeling moisturized and doesn't weigh it down. Then I style my hair as usual.

Use a Curling Iron: This one may sound counterintuitive, but using a curling iron can help make frizz less noticeable since it gives them shape and helps smoothen them out. I like to use a 1 1/2 inch barrel.

Go for a Braid: When in doubt, go for a braid. This is my go-to hair style of the summer and it looks super chic. Here's a post I did last year on 6 braids to try this summer.

Also don't forget to jon the Garnier Crowd on Crowdtap for a chance to receive some Garnier goodies. Just make sure to enter your shipping address on Crowdtap once you join. Stay tuned for even more upcoming opportunities to try Garnier products, as I’ll be reviewing other products in the weeks to come.

 This post is brought to you by Garnier. All opinions, as always, are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that make Viva Fashion possible. #WholeBlends

The Must-Have Sneaker for Summer: Adidas 'Superstars'

June 22, 2016   

I remember when I bought my first pair of 'Superstars' Adidas.... I bought them while visiting New York for spring break with my family when I was just 14 years-old. They were ALL the rage in middle school.

Well, just like all things in fashion, they are making a huge comeback. Celebs from Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid are just a few that have been spotted wearing them.  I prefer the classic black and white, but you can also find them in several colors from all purple to all-white.

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Part II: Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa Review

June 17, 2016   

Last month, I headed to Tulum to celebrate my birthday. By now you’ve probably heard all the buzz about Tulum—from popping up on your friend’s Instagram with their gorgeous beach selfies or seeing it in your favorite lifestyle blog. Throughout the years it has become a favorite destination for everyone from families, yoga enthusiasts to the ultimate girls getaway retreat.

I shared with you my Tulum travel guide a few weeks back (see my Tulum guide here) and today for Part Two, I wanted to share a review of where I stayed.

Here are a few highlights from my experience at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa....

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Getting Ready for Premios Juventud VIP Tour

June 14, 2016   

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Premios Juventud VIP Tour in Miami, along with a special Meet and Greet with Wisin. It was so much fun! I partnered up with Unilever and Walmart to share with you some of the products I used to get event-ready and to rock my best look for the concert.

For me, starting off with the right shampoo and conditioner is a must. It makes such a difference when you're styling your hair. I've had times when I'm rushing to get ready so I end up skipping on the conditioner and my hair just ends up looking a mess (really dry and stiff and not to mention it takes forever to untangle)--- so don't skip on this part.

I used this TRESemm√© Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner. I love that it left my hair feeling hydrated and it also locked in the moisture. It's packed with vitamin E to help damaged hair feel soft without weighing it down.

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Stay Cool: Modern Ceiling Fans for All Budgets

June 9, 2016   

Who says ceiling fans have to be boring and unattractive? Fortunately, nowadays there are so many stylish and contemporary alternatives. Not only do ceiling fans help circulate fresh air throughout your home, but they can also serve as a focal point and statement piece to any room.

I recently added this ceiling fan to my bedroom from LampsPlus.com. It also provides great lighting and looks super sleek! And I LOVE the fact that it even comes with a remote control, so I don't have to get out of bed to turn off my lights haha.

Here are other modern alternatives you might also want to check out:

Turano //  Casa Delta // Matthews // Artemis // Revolve // Verano // 

VF Travels: Santorini Quick Travel Guide

June 8, 2016   

Last week, I shared with you some of the things I did in Mykonos and next up on my travel diary is Santorini (the one you’ve probably been waiting for). When you think about Greece, some of the first images that come to mind is probably Santorini. First of all, it’s important to know that there are several villages and towns in Santorini which are all perched along the top of the crescent-shaped cliff of the caldera.

The most popular ones are Oia and Fira.  Oia (pronounced EE-ah) is probably the one you’ve seen all over Pinterest and post cards….you know, those three blue domed buildings with the stunning view of the deep aegean sea. Fira is just as beautiful and you’ll probably spend a good amount of time between the two (about a 25 minute drive). Fira has a mix of Venetian and Cycladic architecture (and is filled with tavernas, hotels, cafes and tons of shops).

Santorini surely didn’t disappoint and it was even more beautiful in person. So without further adieu, here’s a quick guide to Santorini in case you’re planning your own trip.

How to Get There: After taking a flight from Athens to Mykonos (which we visited first for 4 days) we then took a ferry from Mykonos to Santorini. I recommend you take the high speed ferry. We took the HighSpeed6, which was about 2.5 hours.

 *We then took a flight (Aegean Air) from Santorini to Athens, which as our last stop**

Where to Stay: We stayed 4 nights at Santorini Secret Suites and Spa in Oia. This hotel was absolutely stunning. The room was spacious, super clean and the view was something from out of a dream. We loved waking up each morning and having breakfast on our balcony (which was served to our room each morning free of charge). The best part however was the service and hospitality. Everyone was SOO nice! The hotel is also perfectly situated in Oia, so you can walk to some great restaurants and shops.

Where to Eat: 

Red Bicycle- Have dinner at Red Bicycle. It’s situated in Oia on a cliff overlooking the water. The food was delicious. (when it got cold at night they also gave you a blanket, which was pretty thoughtful).

Sphinx- A friend recommended this place and it was soooo good. They have two restaurants in Fira and Oia. We went to the one in Oia (since it was a few steps from our hotel). If you go, tell the owner Julia we say “hi” :)

Skiza Cafe-The first day we arrived most of the restaurants had already closed!! (it was around 9ish). Skiza Cafe was fortunately open so we had dinner there. The food was good and it also had a nice view.

Black Rock Restaurant -This was the restaurant inside our hotel. I’m usually hesitant when the concierge recommends the hotel inside the restaurant (although they did recommend others as well) but let me tell you, the food was UH-MAZING. That’s why I really recommend you check it out. We first had some appetizers from the restaurant while we were at the pool and the food was so good that we decided to have dinner there as well. Get the lamb and try out their tzatziki sauce.

Things to Do:

This one is probably a no-brainer, but be sure to watch the sunset in either Oia or Fira. You can also find a spot in a restaurant with a view and watch the sunset while you sip on some coffee (it's hard not to become a hopeless romantic after watching one of these sunsets!)

My friend recommended that we rent an ATV and it was so much fun. If you have a chance give it a try and explore the island.

Go and visit Red Beach or Black Beach.

Take a 1/2 day boat around the island.

Relax—-seriously. Just take a day to just chill, hang by the pool and enjoy life.

If you have some time, you can also go on a donkey ride

Fun facts:
Another alternative name for Santorini is Thira

The buildings in Santorini have domed roofs so it makes them stronger against earthquakes.

Words in Greek: Kalimera (Good Morning) ; Eff-KA-Ris-To (Thank You)

Important to know:
Unlike Mykonos, getting a taxi in Santorini can be hard. I believe someone told me they only have 30 taxis in the entire island!!! So there are not enough taxis during high season. So other options you can consider include renting an ATV, renting a car (around 45 euros a day) or grabbing a bus.

We rented an ATV one day (just be careful if you’ve never done it before because some tourists can drive pretty crazy AND you’re driving through cliffs!!!!. When we couldn’t find a taxi (for the same reason I told you about) we took it local style and got on the bus. It was actually a very fun experience. The island has great public bus service and it stops every 30 minutes and it’s less than 2 euros.

The sunsets are breathtaking 

One of the many shops in Fira

Relaxing at the pool in Santorini Secret

Exploring Fira

The Uber-Donkeys in Santorini

Next week, I'll be sharing my travel guide to Athens, so stay tuned.  If there's anything I missed or anything that you'd like to know, feel free to shoot me a comment below. 

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