The Swimsuits I Wore on Vacation

April 30, 2018

¡Hola! Long time, no blog! As I alluded to in previous posts, my husband and I recently went on vacation. We took a 6-day cruise starting in Miami which went to Nassau, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios and then spent 4 days in Miami. We were off the grid for the entire cruise but, we did take some outfit photos which I'll be sharing over the next couple of weeks! If you want to see more of our trip, you can check out the blog's Instagram where I have a story highlight of our travels!

Let's start things off by talking about the swimwear I took for a 10-day trip. Ok, so I took 5 bathing suits. Excessive? Maybe. Did I use them all? All but one so, I'd say it was worth it!

This colorful one-piece from Aerie was the first one I whipped out for our beach day in Nassau, Bahamas. I love its bright colors, the criss-cross back, the boatneck neckline, and the ruffles! Unfortunately I can't find it online, but I am loving the print on this one too!

Would you believe me if I told you this bikini only cost me $11? Well, believe it! Its from and I absolutely love it! There's another SheIn purchase coming up next so let's talk about the site a little more. 

When I first found the website, I was flabbergasted by the amazing prices! I looked at hundreds of their swimsuits and read each review. By doing this I learned that the pieces run small. I'm usually a 0 or S but ordered these in M. This printed top required minimal alteration of the back strap because it was a little too big but otherwise it fit perfectly. I used this bikini both days we were at sea, even went down the slides in it, and it held up! No transparency issues either! I would definitely buy from the website again following these recommendations: read the reviews before buying for adequate sizing information, look for reviews that have photos, have in mind that they take 3-4 weeks to arrive and may need minimal alteration.

This is the other bikini I purchased for the trip. I wore this one for our day in Grand Cayman and loved it! Since the knot is adjustable, I could make it fit better than when it first arrived. The top is very sturdy and I could even lower the straps to take a more strapless tan and it stayed up magnificently. The bottoms are very cheeky, so have this in mind when purchasing! The jungle print one above had more coverage. Its unfortunately sold out in this color, but its equally as gorgeous in this periwinkle blue color!

Last but not least is the one I wore in Miami for the rooftop pool at our hotel, Atton Brickell Miami. This was my husband's favorite! Its the perfect one-piece suit! It has a low back, a cheeky bottom, some side boob action, and I love the slogan! 

You guys are going to kill me but I can't find this one either (here it is in blue without the slogan). But I'll do you one better. Here's another slogan one-piece, same style and same brand, but 100 times more amazing. Its slogan says "Survivor" and 100% of sales benefits Darkness to Light a nonprofit organization which empowers adults to prevent child sexual abuse. I'd say this one is much better, wouldn't you agree?

Which was your favorite? Let me know below!
Con amor, 
María Eugenia


The Q&A

April 13, 2018

¡Hola! Today's post was chosen by you! I asked on my Instagram stories what you would like to see this Friday and it was a tie between styling a basic white tee and a get to know me Q&A, so here we are! I'll be answering questions sent in to me on Instagram and sharing a couple of photos of me styling a basic white tee. Enjoy!

1. What countries have you visited? Which has been your favorite?
I've visited mainland USA, Canada, Mexico, Aruba, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Spain, France,  and United Kingdom. My favorite would have to be Mexico just because of the memories. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Playa Mujeres and they were some of the best days of my life.

2. What's your best way to kill anxiety when you know its there? And what advice can you give about your marriage? Not just for good things, but for the situations that life brings.
I don't think there's a way to study medicine without ever suffering from anxiety at some point or another. I've tried countless of practices to combat anxiety: breathing exercises, taking a shower, aromatherapy, etc. While they all do work for me in a way, my favorite way to beat anxiety is to RUN. I stop what I'm doing, head to the gym, jump on the treadmill, and RUN. Exercise releases endorphins, hormones that make you happy and reduce stress. After a good run I feel ready to begin tackling any obstacle again.

My husband and I have been together for 5 years, married for the last 2. During this time we've been through quite a lot: the stress of medical school, being apart for months at a time while I studied for board exams, becoming a stepparent, the beginnings of his surgery residency, and so much more. There are many things I think go into having a good marriage but I think the two most important things are patience and forgiveness. Be patient as you continue to learn about one another. My mother has always told me: "You never stop getting to know someone". That's because you'll never know  exactly what's on their minds and everyone is constantly changing and growing. Learn to forgive because no marriage can last a hundred years if it holds on to grudges. Grudges not only destroy your marriage, they destroy your own happiness.

3. Marriage! How did you meet your hubby, proposal, wedding photos!?
Funny enough I met my husband for the first time when he crashed my 21st birthday party tagging along with some friends we had in common! He was quite smitten with me, I was not. Years passed and we never spoke until I saw him on the first day of medical school orientation! He had changed so much and I was quite intrigued! He basically decided for both of us that we were going to end up together. One thing led to another and here we are!

When he was going to propose, I admit, I kind of knew it was coming! I just know him so well, I knew something was up! He invited me to dinner on a Monday after a test (I was a third year medical student). I got all dressed up, did my nails (very important for ring photos!), and he picked me up. On the way to the restaurant he said he had forgotten his wallet so we had to go by his apartment. I kept insisting that it was no big deal, that I could pay, but he was adamant that we go pick it up. I waited in the car before getting a text from him to meet him upstairs. When I reach the apartment door, he's waiting for me outside. He opens the door and the entryway is filled with roses and candles. He had prepared a special meal for us. After, he got on one knee, gave a speech about our love, and asked me to marry him. I was so excited I didn't even look at the ring until I stopped crying! The first person we called was our daughter, who was ecstatic! It was perfect.

Here's a wedding photo!
Photo by Saul Padua Photography

4. What to do you do besides blogging? 
I finished my doctorate degree in medicine and am waiting to start a surgery residency program while studying for my last board exam. My current professional goal is to become a general surgeon.

5. What motivated you to start a blog? What have been your favorite collabs and why?
I'd been wanting to start a blog since college but instead dedicated myself to studying, getting into medical school, then surviving medical school. I finally felt comfortable enough at the end of my third year that, with the insistence of friends and family, I went for it! I needed a hobby and what better than a corner of the internet where I can share all my other passions: fashion, beauty, travels, and now health too!

My favorite collaborations I've done so far have been the interview for The Golden Cactus' series: Bosses & Bloggers and the video for International Women's Day prepared by Ruthie Fonseca along with other gorgeous Puerto Rican bloggers. I felt honored since the second I was approached to do the interview and the video for women was really empowering. Read the interview here and check out the video here!

6. What quality do you think makes a great doctor?
This is a tough and great question. I think many qualities make up a great doctor but if I had to choose one it would be humility. A doctor should be humble enough to know that he/she never stops learning, to recognize when he/she is wrong, to recognize when to send a patient to another colleague, to know that their purpose is to serve others.

7. What are your best styling tips, especially for layering?
My #1 styling tip is to dress however which way makes YOU happy. Don't get to hung up on following trends. You shouldn't adjust your style to any trend, you can however adjust any trend to fit YOUR style! 

Layering is a complicated thing when you live on a tropical island like I do because layers mean heat. That being said, I do love layering pieces anyway! I do this by choosing lightweight layers such as thin cardigans, denim jackets, breathable blazers, etc.

8. When you go shopping, do you have a budget or do you just take advantage of sales/discounts and buy what you like?
I'm more of a "follow the sales" kind of girl. I rarely buy things at normal prices, unless its a great price! Because of this, I tend to do more online shopping where I can find more coupon codes. I also use sites like Shoptagr where you can follow item prices and they notify you when its on sale!

9. What's the best and worse fashion trend of all time in your opinion?
Best: The little black dress, timeless!
Worse: Harem pants!

10. Do you plan your weekly outfits beforehand or do you roll with your mood in the morning?
I usually take out the clothes I want to wear the next day the night before but if I wake up in a different kind of mood, I roll with it!

11. How do you keep yourself motivated?
I focus on my goal and have my father's words on repeat: "Never give up". I'm passionate about all my goals in life: being a good wife and partner, being a good stepparent, keeping up this blog, and becoming a surgeon so that in itself keeps me motivated.

Top/Camisa: Old Navy (similar) Skirt/Falda: Forever 21 (love this mustard one!) Shoes/Zapatos: Steve Madden Bag/Cartera: Zara

Con amor,
María Eugenia

The Bullet Journal

April 9, 2018

¡Hola! Last month I shared a glimpse into my bullet journal on the blog's Instagram and you guys really enjoyed it and wanted to know more. Well, here it is! I started using a bullet journal for the first time this year. Before I would use regular agendas which I loved but never seemed to keep up after I started medical school. Then I came across bullet journal videos on youtube and, after watching a couple hundred of them and researching on the bullet journal website, I decided that it could be something I could actually keep up and fitted my lifestyle more.

Here are some reasons why I'm loving keeping this journal:
  • I can express more creativity and doodle freely.
  • I can have a section for anything I want or need. For example I have pages dedicated to listing blog posts ideas, another page dedicated to our house cleaning schedule, etc.
  • I can set up only months and weeks I will actually use. For example, my journal actually arrived in February so I didn't even bother putting in a page for January and therefore have no wasted pages.
  • I set up the pages to any which way which suits me the most. I'm very minimalist with my set up and follow a simple key for my tasks.
  • It is a practice in accepting imperfections. I have very OCD-like tendencies so I use this journal as therapy. I force myself to accept mistakes or find other ways to cover them up instead of just yanking out the page like I would initially have done.

There are hundreds of channels featuring bullet journaling on Youtube! You can search and find your own favorite, mine is definitely AmandaRachLee. Her videos are pretty simple compared to others I have seen which make all out masterpieces! I do love to doodle and use AmandaRachLee as inspiration for my monthly theme (check out her instagram!). I definitely make mine even more simple than her's. That's the magic of this, it can be however you want it to be!

I start out by tracing out my doodles in pencil and then going over it with the fine artist pen. This doodle didn't require a lot of color but, after going in with the pen, I color in areas using the brush pens. Its like painting with watercolor! Above you can see how I do so for the monthly cover page.

This is my month-at-a-glance view. Here I usually include a doodle in theme with the cover page at the top and make squares for each day of the month. Each square is 3x3 dots. I add a drop shadow to the days of the week by making the bottom part and right side thicker. I finish by adding a section at the bottom where I can place events and/or important dates.

I kept doodling these clouds on my Monthly Favorites page. I have this page to keep a record of the things I've been loving during the month so by the end I have it all down in one place to prepare the monthly post (check out my March favorites here!).

On the right side, you can see what a weekly spread looks like. I keep it very minimal separating the days each 5th dot and drawing a line across (I use a ruler for straight lines). At the bottom I include an area to put in a quote that I feel goes most with how I felt during that week and a section for tasks that I have to include in next week's spread.

My key is simple: 
  • Tasks are marked with a square
  • Once its in process I can fill up half the square 
  • When its done I fill it in completely
  • Tasks that have to be moved to another day get a right facing arrow in the square
  • Tasks that are canceled get a straight line going across the square
  • Important events are marked with a star

And that's it! Simple! Preparing this takes me roughly 20-30mins and preparing each week's spread takes me less than 10mins. There are a couple of mistakes in the above photo but I left them because, as I mentioned above, I also keep this journal as a practice in accepting imperfections.

Do you keep a bullet journal or do you prefer a normal agenda? If you do keep a bullet journal, where do you get your inspiration from? Let me know below!

Con amor,
María Eugenia

The Gingham Dress

April 6, 2018

Dress/Traje: TJ Maxx Bag/Cartera: TJ Maxx (feel in love with it because it reminded me of this Gucci bag!) Shoes/Zapatos: Forever 21 (similar here) Hat/Sombrero: Forever 21 (similar here, love this one!) Sunglasses/Gafas: RayBan Bracelet/Pulsera: Alex and Ani Lipstick/Lápiz labial: c/o CoverGirl Melting Pout Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Chronicles

¡Hola! So we actually went to Old San Juan (OSJ) to take photos at Calle Fortaleza where the sky is filled with gorgeous pink kites in honor of Women's International Day but, just our luck, the street was closed for the day (insert face slap emoji here). OSJ still has so much more to offer! We wandered the streets and came across these gorgeously colored homes, perfect for our photo session! We spent some time checking out books in Librería Laberinto, ate dinner at our favorite pizza place, Pirilo Pizza Rustica, and finished with delicious ice cream at Himalaya.  

For days at Old San Juan I love wearing outfits that are nice and fresh because it can get very hot! On that note, it can also be very windy, so dresses/skirts that are too flowy can get swept up and before you know it the world knows what brand of panties you buy. This dress was juuust right. Since I knew we weren't going to be walking around too much, I was more than okay in these low heels. If I knew I was going to be all out touristing in OSJ, I would prefer to wear tenis shoes, even with this same dress. Gingham is a perfect spring/summer pattern and I've left more affordable gingham print options below.

I topped off the look with  this Gucci-inspired bag (a steal for $25 at my local TJ Maxx!) my classic boater hat, my round RayBans, and this perfect coral lipstick from CoverGirl. Come spring/summer, all my coral makeup comes out and this was the perfect addition to my collection. Its ultra lightweight yet pigmented and long lasting. I didn't touch up once, not even after pizza!

What is your favorite lipstick of the moment? Let me know below!

Con amor,
María Eugenia


The Monthly Favorites: March 2018

April 2, 2018

Outfit c/o M&C Boutique

¡Hola! March is over but with it came the beginning of spring, one of my favorite seasons! Here's a quick post filled with all the things I loved this month.

  • This month its been all about the lipsticks for me! Here are the ones I've been loving:
    • CoverGirl Melting Pout Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Chronicles: This is a lightweight matte liquid lipstick in the perfect color for spring! Will be featured in Friday's post, so stay tuned!
    • L'Oréal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Burnished Blush and Luminous Coral: I'm loving more of a shiny lip lately and these are perfect for that type of look! They are creamy, shinny, and the colors are perfect!
  • I've been loving doing swimsuit shopping for my upcoming trip! Here are the ones I've bought:
  • I'm also in love with my new loafers! I had been looking for a dupe for the gorgeous Gucci loafers, which i obviously can't afford, and stumbled upon these!

  •  I've been loving my March bullet journal layout! I'm currently preparing a post on my April layout so I can share more about how I prepare and keep my bullet journal. Stay tuned!
  • I've had an on and off relationship with Pinterest for a long time but I'm back to loving it. I'm feeling really inspired by my Style board!
  • My husband and I are addicted to playing Psych! So much so, we've got our friends and family hooked too! Highly recommend it!

  • Movies
    • Black Panther: If you haven't seen this movie yet, what are you waiting for!?

    • I, Tonya: One of the most entertaining movies I've seen in a long time. Allison Janney's Oscar for Best Supporting Actress was well deserved!

  • Netflix
    • Queer Eye: I could not get enough of this show! So many emotions! I love every single one of the Fab 5. Grown men crying just gets to me! Can't wait for more episodes!

What was your favorite movie this month? Let me know below!

Con amor,
María Eugenia

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