Steal her Look: Olivia Palermo

   

Olivia Palermo was recently spotted wearing this Tibi military green peacoat, paired with a white turtleneck dress, Longchamp handbag and Jimmy Choo boots. Just her bag alone retails for more than $2,000 bucks. We recreated her look for less with this Vince Camuto peacoat (currently on sale) and although it's not white, we found this other turtleneck alternative for under $200 bucks. Here's where you can steal the rest of her look for less:



Peacoat, Macy's, $169
Boots, Zara, $49
Satchel, Aldo, $60
Turtleneck Dress, The Outnet, $158 (originally $395) 





P.S. Do you have a look you'd like us to recreate for less? Shoot us an email of the picture to carmen@vivafashionblog.com and we'll recreate it for our next Steal her Look. 






Home Office Makeover: Before and After

   



Hi guys, I'm so thrilled to share with you my home office makeover. As some of you might know, last month my makeover was featured on the show 'So Flo Home Project' (on the ABC affiliate in Miami). The talented Martin Amado and host of the show did such an amazing job. I seriously couldn't have asked for more. The rest of my house is pretty eclectic/contemporary with lots of greys, so I wanted to go with something more feminine for my home office. I decided on pinks walls, which definitely brighten up the space and add that feminine touch (*I took the before pictures after I painted, but the walls were actually white*). 

I love how Martin basically created two spaces within my office, one where I can work and the other  more of a lounging area. He also thought of every detail from the gold "VF" letters to that adorable black and white coffee cup. 












These "faux" curtains are a great designer trick that give the illusion of full curtains. 




I absolutely love this lounging area that he created, you can pretty much find me here all day haha.
He also took this faux cow-hide rug that I had in my dining room and used it for this space. He also took some of my press clippings that I had stored away in a box and displayed them on the wall. I would have never thought of that.






Another fun surprise that Martin had in store was this book from the Property Brothers (I love their show). Not only did he get the book signed for me, but he also got them to send me a little video message, it was so cool. 


Overall, I'm so in love with my home office and actually feel more inspired and creative when it comes to working on my blog. Thank you so much Martin and the team at the So Flo Home Project for this amazing makeover. 



*Let me know if you'd like me to link to where you can find certain items featured in my makeover*




5 Tips to Avoid Breaking Out (Acne) After a Workout

   

So for the past two months, I've been working out doing Crossfit (five times a week!) I must say I'm pretty obsessed and have never felt better. It's such an amazing workout. One thing I worried about however, before I started working out was that I was going to break out. I had a pretty bad hormonal breakout the month prior and the last thing I needed was more breakouts from exercising. Fortunately, I've found a routine that has been able to keep me breakout free.

In case you're worried about workout related acne, here are four tips that are sure to help.

Shower Before and Immediately After Your Workout:  If you think about it, acne is mainly caused by our pores getting clogged.  So it's very important that you shower before your workout (to remove any dirt, oil or bacteria that might be on the skin) especially since your pores will open up during a workout. Once you get home, be sure to take a shower as well and use a mild body soap. You don't want your pores getting clogged from the sweat, oil and other junk. I also like to use a body brush in the shower for those harder to reach areas like my back.

Don't wear make-up to the gym: This is probably the most important tip to avoid workout related breakouts. I know some of you might cringe at the thought of going with a bare face to the gym (I've been there) but trust me, it's so important. The way I like to look at it is that I'm not at the gym to look pretty. And I'd rather go with a bare face now and avoid a pimple later. If you must, must, must wear make-up, then I suggest a light (non-comedogenic) concealer on those dark spots/pimples or a loose mineral based powder.

Have face wipes in the car: One thing I like to do as soon as I get in my car after a workout is wipe a face-wipe all over my face and chest. Even though I take a shower when I get home, this extra step ensures that I'm not allowing any junk to sink into my pores.

Choose your workout clothes wisely: If you're experiencing body breakouts on your back or chest, it's important to that you find fabrics that will absorb moisture, but will not hold onto it. Breathable fabrics are your best bet.

Don't use a cleansing brush on your face: This is one HUGE mistake I was making and didn't even realize it. If you have acne prone skin, using a cleansing facial brush can actually make your breakouts worse. I was using one (thinking I was doing my skin a favor) until my dermatologist explained to me that this was actually irritating my skin and could even spread bacteria to other pores.


So there you have it. I hope these tips help. Do you have any other tips that help keep you breakout free? I'd love to know.







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Steal her Look: Sofia Vergara

   
Oh Sofia, your joke might have been a bit off during the Golden Globes this past weekend, but we still love you--and your style! Here's a look that's super easy to recreate and you might already own several of the pieces yourself, like a simple black tee, ripped jeans and ankle booties. Add a long cardigan and you're good to go. 

This look is perfect for running errands, grabbing lunch with friends or even picking up the kiddos from school. 



Black Crew Neck Tee, Target, $6
Distressed Jeans, H&M, $39
Suede Booties, Macy's, $106
Cardigan, Zappos, $82 (same one she's wearing) 
Rebecca Minkoff Handbag, Amazon, $93


New Year, New Beginnings!

   

Happy New Year guys! It’s so nice to be back home in Miami after taking a long break over the holidays and disconnecting. I spent the holidays in Medellin, Colombia with family and loved ones (I can’t wait to share with you some photos of my trip).

Over the break I also shared some very exciting and personal news over on my Instagram. I introduced you guys to Julio, the amazing man God has placed in my life. As I start this new year, I’m ready for new beginnings. I’m ready to start this new chapter in my life. As some of you might already know, I lost my dear husband to terminal stomach cancer. These past two years have been a whirlwind, but one thing has remained true, God has been faithful. For the first time in a long time, I’m ready to move forward with more faith and hope for a future.

So I’m sure some of you might be curious, so I thought I’d share how we met. We actually met more than 14 years ago in Medellin, Colombia. You see, Julio is my cousin’s best friend. I was about 18 years old and visiting my family. We went out with a group of friends and that was that. I technically only saw him once. We never spoke again after that. Life continued, I met my late husband, Fernando, when I was 21 and got married when I was 22. I didn’t reconnect with Julio until recently through social media (of course lol). He was now living in Mexico for work and as life would have it, I had to travel to Mexico for a project. We reconnected there, hung out and immediately felt the bond between us.


As time went on, we both felt we were the answer to each others prayers. Everything just seemed to come so easily. He has come into our lives as such a blessing. He also understands and honors my past. Most importantly he honors the man that Fernando was and how special he will always be in our lives. Seeing Julio with Andy also melts my heart. He genuinely has such a big heart and I feel so grateful to be part of it.

I hope to share with you more in the coming months, but just wanted to take this moment to thank you for keeping our family lifted in prayer throughout Fernando’s diagnosis and passing. They were truly felt during such a difficult time in my life. I know Fernando would be so happy as well. He always told me he wanted me find love again (he was so selfless). Thank you as well for all the support and love you shared on Instagram with your comments.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year, filled with love, health and happiness. And remember, we can't always control the storms in our lives. In fact, the storms are inevitable, but God will always see you through. Trust in him. 




P.S. As we start the new year I'd love to know what you'd like to see more of on the blog. Would you like to see more personal stuff like this? More outfits, travel pics, steal her looks, motherhood stories? Feel free to leave me a comment below. And again, thanks for all of your support. I love you guys!







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Rewind: Our 2016 Trip to San Diego with Hampton by Hilton

   

This year has been the year of travel (I'm actually in Colombia right now as I write). I feel so fortunate to have partnered with Hampton by Hilton again this year as part of their Ultimate Seekender Team to discover new destinations and adventures. The first year as a Seekender I visited Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and this year I got to visit San Diego, California. 

It was my first time visiting San Diego and it was everything I thought it would be and so much more. We got to do some pretty cool stuff like kayaking the sea caves in La Jolla, visit the World Famous San Diego Zoo, hike Torrey Pines Park and take a stroll through Balboa Park among other things. It was such a memorable trip. This trip taught me so much about myself too. I think I might have mentioned this before, but it was also my first trip without my late husband. It taught me how capable I am of planning beautiful experiences for me and my son (I was always really bad at planning trips). I even rented a car and drove through the beautiful streets and hills of San Diego all on my own (with nothing but my GPS lol). 

But one thing I’ve learned from being a Seekender is that we have to seize every opportunity we get. I love that their campaign is all about seizing the weekend. The Seekender lifestyle is about pursuing your passion while being surrounded by the people who matter most. 

Our stay at the Hampton by Hilton in San Diego was perfect. I created new memories with Andy and not to mention it was lovely to wake up to free, hot breakfast every day and free Wi-Fi. The rooms were spacious and super clean and the staff was beyond friendly.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from our trip and some that didn't make the first cut (of our Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 series, filled with tips on things to do in San Diego). 

Special thanks to Hampton by Hilton for having me as a Seekender! And here's to YOU being a Seekender too in 2017! 























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