DR Vacay- Say It With Shorts This Summer

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Forgive the delay in getting these pictures up, but we had a situation with our camera.  It’s a new toy and not sure why it was set on RAW, which means my photos were huge and after two calls with Canon I finally got them down to decent jpegs that can be posted.  Rant over.

Now let’s chat about our trip! You know that we headed to the Dominican Republic a few weeks ago for some much needed R&R.  We decided to spend one week in Las Terrenas, in the northeastern coast of Samana.  It’s the most charming fishermen’s town with the most breathtaking beaches.  Personally, I love this part of the country because it’s not overly developed (no all-inclusive 300+ bedrooms hotels).  Everything is small and quaint.  Lot’s of Bed & Breakfasts right on the beach, small mom & pop stores and restaurants, and dare I say the best seafood ever.  It’s all catch of the day, so beyond fresh.  Heaven.

For this trip we rented the most adorable beach front apartment in Cosón via HomeAway.  Cosón is one of the many beaches in Las Terrenas, about 10 minutes away by car from town.  The private gated complex is called Cosón Bay and I can’t say enough about how much we loved it.  Our goal was to do nothing: sit on the beach, eat and drink. On repeat.  And that’s exactly what this place offered.  We felt like we were right at home because of the great attention we got from Bella, the apartments caretaker, who prepared us the most delicious breakfasts on a daily basis.  The apartments are mostly owned by city locals who retreat there on the weekends.  Post breakfast we spent the entire day on the beach.  There are a few restaurants nearby, right on the beach that we would walk to for local Dominican and also French fare.  During the week it was super quiet and we literally had beach to ourselves.

If you’re looking to disconnect and have an uber relaxing time on a gorgeous beach, definitely explore this part of the Dominican Republic.  Here’s the link to the apartment we rented.  So adorable!  All of these pics were taken on the apartment complex grounds.

Now let’s talk about my vacay style. You will notice that I mostly wore shorts while I was away. It was so hot and the only way to go.  As you know, I don’t like to splurge on expensive items for summer.  I hit Forever21 and Zara right before vacay and I remixed some of my old summer staples.  Kept it simple and light, lot’s of loose shorts, off the shoulder tops and embroidered pieces.  Stay tuned for more vacay style in future posts.

Forgive the quality of these photos.  Taken by my amateur photographer husband who truly tried his best.  Love you honey!

Shop My Look: 

Shorts Forever21, similar here, here and love these tribal printed ones | Top old, Free People, but LOVE this open back embroidered teesimilar here | Sunnies TopShop | Necklace Ela Rae

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Flowy Shorts & Crop Top

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Hello my lovelies!  Here we are counting down to 4th of July weekend.  Personally, one of my favorite holidays because it’s smack down the middle of summer and most years the sunny weather is on our side.  We’re headed upstate for a a fun weekend with friends where most hours will be spent with cocktail on hand poolside.  Stay tuned for lots of snapchats and instagram photos, both @fabulatina.

One thing I’m doing this summer is shopping my own closet! See, since mid March, I’ve lost almost 11 lbs (future post on how I did it).  And all of a sudden, all of my shorts from two summers ago fit again! Woohoo!  I’ve been mixing things up. some new pieces I couldn’t resist buying, but making an effort to remix existing pieces.  I got these black shorts on super sale at Zara two years ago.  This cropped top tee with black embroidered flowers is from TopShop.  Paired with these Christian Louboutin wedges I adore.  As you can see I’ve been all about dressing up my shorts for summer.  Winter really traumatized me, so determined to show off legs for as long as I can.

Shop My Look: 

Crop Tee TopShop, not avail online, but here are many options | Shorts Zara old, but similar flowing shorts here and these and these | Wedges Christian Louboutin, total splurge, but I’m worth it | Purse Chanel |

Hola bellezas! No puedo creer que casi se acerca el fin de semana de 4 de Julio.  Personalmente, es uno de mis favoritos porque está justo en la mitad del verano y la mayoría de los años nos toca un clima super soleado.  Este fin de semana nos dirigimos al norte de NY, esperando pasar 3 días super divertidos entre amigos y muchos cócteles junto a la piscina. Manténgase al tanto de todos mis pasos siguiendo mi snapchat y instagram @fabulatina.

Una cosa que estoy haciendo este verano es usando ropa que antes no me servia.  Si supieran que desde Marzo he rebajado 11 libras.  Mas adelante les dare los detalles de como perdí peso.  Y de repente, todos mis pantalones cortos que compré hace dos veranos me sirven otra vez! Emocionante, ¿verdad? He estado mezclando algunas de las nuevas piezas no me podía resistir a comprar, pero haciendo un esfuerzo para combinarlas con piezas existentes. Conseguí estos pantalones cortos en super venta en Zara hace dos años. Este t-shirt estilo crop con flores bordadas es de Topshop.  Junto con estas sandalias de Christian Louboutin que me tienen obsesionada.  Después de este invierno fatal, quede traumatizada así que estaré mostrando piernas el verano completo.

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Thank you For the Love On The Swim Campaign #targetstyle

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Hi all! In case you didn’t hear or read, my Target Swim Campaign was TRENDING last week!  I still can’t believe that some of my most beloved media brands wrote a story on our campaign.  I’m still in awwwww about all of the positive response this campaign has received.  I have now read every comment left on FB, Instagram, Twitter, every email you sent  and I can’t thank you all for all of the wonderful things you had to say.  So happy to hear you’re inspired to shop for swimsuits this summer!  I have to say that sometimes we go about our days and jobs without stopping to think about the impact it may have on other people.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that this campaign would start such a positive dialogue about body image.  That so many women would raise their hands and say– “I’m also terrified of shopping for swimsuits because I don’t like my body.”  That so many of you would say– “Finally, women who look just like me in a campaign.”  This campaign made me focus on celebrating the parts of my body that I love, versus focusing on the parts I don’t like.  I’ve never felt more confident with the way that I look and I hope you’re inspired to feel the same way.  Let’s spend less time beating ourselves up for having that piece of cake or that cocktail— life is way too short.  Let’s love ourselves a little more and support and encourage future generations to do the same.

In case you missed the videos, you can watch them here and here.

I can’t thank you enough for all of the LOVE. Truly grateful. Xo. Besitos.

Ps. I wanted to share all of the write ups from the press on the campaign.  I know. Pinch me.

Refinery29 | Racked | Madamenoire | Huff Post | Yahoo Style | WhoWhatWear | PopSugar |Daily Mail UK | Perez Hilton | E! Online | Mashable | Bustle | Seventeen | Cosmopolitan | Mic

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Sarong Three Ways #Targetstyle

This post is sponsored by Target.

I had so much fun putting together the looks in today’s post!  Target and I are at it again my beautiful people and this time we’re taking the sarong out on the town.  Target has challenged me to create a few looks that can take my beloved summer sarong beyond poolside.  And since things are heating up in NYC it was the perfect time to get creative with the gauzy, breezy one I picked up.  From halter top, to halter dress, to strapless shirt/dress, there are so many possibilities.  Get ready to tap into your creativity and have fun with your sarong.

Look 1: Strapless Shirt with Sarong | Dress paired with denim shorts, wedges and sunnies.

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Rompers For Summer

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JJZ74027 Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!  Here at Fabulatina I’m kicking off the week with a bang: I have an intern starting today! Yes! I know you’re all cheering.  I just can’t do it all, plus it will be great to have human interaction with someone who loves to talk about clothes, shoes, makeup, face potions, I can go on and on.  Her name is Nadia, so make sure you’re following me on Snapchat @fabulatina as I’m sure she’ll be in today’s home videos.

On to this romper– I don’t know what happens to me when a new season begins, on that very first hot day, I’m like- I have nothing to wear or I don’t know what to wear.  Anybody with me? So I decided to take my behind shopping for every day pieces, easy ones to throw on, comfortable to walk around in and presentable enough to make it to a last minute lunch invitation.  This romper is from Forever21, loving the olive green trend for summer.  My faux snake skin, uber fabulous sandals are from ShoeDazzle– I’m in love!  Comfortable and so chic- you truly can’t go wrong.

Wishing you a glorious week! Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle. Besitos. Xo

Shop My Look: 

Olive Green Romper Forever21 | Sandals ShoeDazzle, short version here

 | Necklace Top Shop, not online | Crossbody Prada

Espero que todos hayan pasado un fin de semana fantástico! Aquí, en Fabulatina estoy iniciando la semana con una buenísima noticia: tengo una chica empezando una pasantía a partir de hoy!  Realmente ya no puedo hacerlo todo, y además será genial tener interacción humana con alguien a quien le gusta hablar de ropa, zapatos, maquillaje, etc… Su nombre es Nadia, así que no dejen de seguirme en Snapchat @fabulatina para que la conozcan.

Ahora hablemos de mi romper– no sé lo que me ocurre a mí cuando una nueva temporada comienza, en ese primer día de calor, nunca encuentro que ponerme.  Así que decidí comprarme piezas de verano que son fáciles de usar y cómodas. Este romper es de Forever21, aparte de ser muy chic y perfecto para la temporada, estoy loca con el color verde oliva para el verano.  Mis sandalias hermosas son de ShoeDazzle–  son super cómodas!

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Nautical Cropped Top & White Skirt

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IMG_4390 Hello my lovelies!  I must say, it’s good to be back.  Vacay was LOVELY, great time disconnecting from it all.  Well, for the most part because as you saw, my Target swim campaign kicked off while I was in DR and it was a whirlwind of excitement and unexpected love from the press (I’ll share in a future post soon!).  I’m also preparing a lot of posts of my vacation outfits, so stay tuned for that.

Right before I left I wore this outfit to an event and almost forgot to post it.  This is all about remixing those great pieces in your closet, you’ve seen this skirt before (here) and this time I paired it with a cropped top I got for under $15 at Forever21.  Love the nautical look and feel and that it’s not a super short cropped style.  Paired with these single strapped heels and white back from Zara.  My necklace is from Blue Aura.

Weekend is almost here! Sit tight. Besitos. Xo

Shop My Look: 

Top Forever21, similar here, here | Skirt Zara | Shoes and Purse Zara old, similar here | Sunnies Topshop

Hola chicas bellas! Tengo que admitir, que es bueno estar de regreso. Mis vacaciones fueron una maravilla, feliz de haberme desconectado de todo.  Bueno, casi de todo, porque como vieron, la campana de Target salió mientras estaba de vacaciones y ha tenido un apoyo increíble que compartiré en un futuro post pronto. También estoy preparando unos cuantos posts que me tomé en mis vacaciones.

Justo antes de irme de vacaciones me puse este atuendo para ir a un evento y casi se me olvida ponerlo en el blog.  Esta falda ya la habían visto en este post, pero aqui me la pongo con esta camisa estilo crop que compre en Forever21 por menos de $15.  Me encanta el aspecto náutico y que no es tan corta como algunos de los cropped tops que veo en las tiendas. Junto con esta cartera blanca y tacones de Zara. Mi collar es de Blu Aura.

Bueno chicas, ya el fin de semana casi está aquí! Un día mas. Besitos. Xo

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How To Style Your Swimsuit #targetstyle

This post is sponsored by Target.

You.Guys.Rock.  Thank you so much for all of the love and support on the fist Target Swim campaign video from last week!  I’m still in shock about all of the buzz and press the campaign is getting.  I’m so excited that a campaign that features every day women, un-retouched, has really resonated with so many women.  It’s so obvious that consumers are ready to see themselves in advertising versus bodies that are pure fantasy.  We’re all so proud to have been chosen and represented an underserved group of women who can’t relate to traditional ads.  With that said, I’m so thrilled to share my second video from the campaign; all about styling your swimsuit and creating a chic poolside look.

Finding the right swimsuit is the obvious first step (phew!) and building a look to complement it is just as important.  The advantage of wearing a one piece like mine is that it can double as a top.  I was going for a tribal poolside vibe; loved these gauzy palazzo pants, which go perfectly with my swimsuit.  Paired with an oversized BF blazer and red wedges to break up the black and white.  I accessorized with a colorful statement necklace and put my hair up in milkmaid braids, the perfect hairstyle when you want to avoid summer frizz.  This look is perfect for a pool party and beyond.  As you can see from the video, there are so many options when it comes to stepping up your poolside game and Target has so many accessories to choose from regardless of your style.  Happy summa summa time!

Shop My Look:

BF Blazer//Palazzo Pants//Red Wedges (avail in store), another option//Necklace//

Ay que emoción! Todavía super emocionada por todo el amor y el apoyo que me han brindado por mi campaña de Target! Estoy en shock por toda la publicidad que ha recibido la campaña desde la semana pasado.  Es tan evidente que muchas personas se han identificado con nosotras ya que no somos las modelos super delgadas que suelen usar en anuncios de trajes de baño.  Todas estamos muy orgullosas de haber sido elegidas y representar a un grupo de mujeres que no se identifican con anuncios tradicionales. Por lo tanto, estoy super emocionada de compartir mi segundo video de la campaña, que tiene que ver con como vestir para un pasa día de piscina.

Encontrar el traje de baño adecuado es el primer paso y crear una linda propuesta para lucirlo es el numero dos.  La ventaja de usar una sola pieza como el mío es que puedes usarlo como camisa y aquí los combiné con estos pantalones palazzo vaporosos, que van perfectamente con mi traje de baño. Emparejado con un blazer estilo boyfriend y sandalias rojas para romper el blanco y negro. Me lo combiné con un collar de declaración. Como se puede ver en el vídeo, hay muchas opciones cuando se trata de crear diferentes propuestas para un día de piscina o playa.  Así que a disfrutar el verano con todas las opciones que les brinda Target!

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Tardeada con Target #SinTraducción

Here’s another video campaign I’m thrilled to share! Have you ever been talking to one of your fabu gringo friends and stumbled upon a Spanish word in your head, as your fiercely trying to tell a story and you just can’t come up with the translation?! It creates a bit of an argh moment and then you give up because it just doesn’t translate.  Well, Target nails it again with another out of the box campaign featuring words that don’t translate to English.  Super clever and a true celebration of those unique Hispanic moments that only we understand.  I partnered with them to bring the word Tardeada to life— so Tardeada is an event that happens mid afternoon, after lunch, but before dinner, where you get together with your gal pals for mid afternoon coffee/bellinis/or your cocktail of choice and hang out, chat about the latest and the greatest before it’s dinner time.  To put it into context, if a friend calls and says what are you doing?  I would say, “Oh just getting ready to meet Erika and Catherine for a tardeada, why don’t you join us?”

I had so much fun shooting this stop motion video where you see my outfit gone from day to getting ready for my tardeada.  Target has endless fashion options that take your wardrobe from day to tardeada to night, so have fun exploring and creating your own looks!

Shop the Target Women’s Collection here. 

Aquí feliz de traerles otra campaña de vídeo que hice con Target! ¿Ha estado alguna vez hablando con uno de sus amigos fabulosos gringos y de repente le esta tratando de explicarle lo que significa una palabra hasta que llegas a la conclusion que esa palabra no tiene traducción. Target ha lanzado una campana genial en la cual identifica aquellas palabras en español que simplemente no tienen traducción.  Palabras como sobremesa y arrullo, toda una celebración de esos momentos únicos que solo Hispanos podemos entender.  A mi toco la palabra Tardeada.  Tardeada es un evento que ocurre a media tarde, después del almuerzo, pero antes de la cena, en el que te reúnes con tus amigos a pasar el rato, entre un cafe de tarde o hasta un traguito antes de la cena.  Por ejemplo, si una amiga te llama y dice ¿qué estás haciendo? Yo diría, “Oh, sólo preparándome que me voy a juntar con Erika y Catherine para una tardeada, ¿por qué no vienes?”

Me divertí mucho en el rodaje de este video, donde ven como cambia mi propuesta del día a a mi Tardeada.   Target tiene tantas opciones asequibles de moda, así que diviértanse explorando y creando sus propios looks!

 

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The Perfect Swimsuit #targetstyle

It’s finally here!!  I’m so thrilled to share the swimsuit digital campaign I shot with Target and these gorgeous gals!  It’s definitely a topic that makes me uneasy because let’s face it, we all have those trouble areas we prefer to conceal (tummy, back fat, I can go on!).  Sure, we’re all excited about summer, but how do we really feel about hitting the beach?  Meltdowns in a fitting room while trying on swimsuits?  Yeah, y’all know exactly what I’m talking about.

This campaign is so much more than just about finding the right suit for your body; it’s about the celebration of every body type, about learning to show off your best assets, working what you’ve got and doing it with confidence.  I think that we were all a bit nervous when we arrived on set day one, but we were put at ease so quickly.  We each had an opportunity to consult with Zanna and quickly realized that there was a swim suit of each body type, one that would complement our bodies and make us feel truly beautiful.  While I’m comfortable in both, bikinis and one piece, I was immediately drawn to this black swimsuit the minute I spotted it on the rack.  I feel like the one piece often gets ignored and can we be honest, how HOT is this black swimsuit?  I felt great in it the minute I put it on, love the sheer panels, halter straps and fit overall.  It holds everything in place, especially around the tummy area, which is my most challenging body part.

I know you can tell how much fun we had the minute we found the right swim suit and I hope you’re inspired to do the same.  There’s something at Target for everyone so be sure to explore all of the options!

Sometimes I really need to pinch myself because I get to live out my dream of doing what I love with brands that celebrate real women.  And on top of that I get to meet and collaborate with inspiring and beautiful girls like the ones in this video; Sarah from Simply Stylist, Chante from Everything Curvy and Chic, Nikki from My Style Diaries and Zanna Roberts Rassi.

Now let’s go to the beach! Shop My Bathing Suit: Black One Piece and Target Swim page.

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On the Up, Up, Up with Smartwater


This post is sponsored by smartwater.

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See, working from home and being your own #girlboss can be a blessing and a curse.  Hear me out. I love the flexibility of “making my own schedule” type of thing, but I do feel lonely sometimes!  The downside for me is not being in an office environment.  Occasionally, all I want is an office buddy for post lunch Coffee Klatch or creative brainstorming.  Plus other stimulating perks you get from human interaction.  So when I heard that there was going to be a “smartwater up up up lounge” where a select group of bloggers could work out of, interact with other content creators (hi human beings) and feel inspired (gimme some of that!), I couldn’t get there fast enough.  Before coming to my DR trip (you know I’m on the beach right now. sorry you’re not, kiss kiss.), I spent most days working from this awesome space, which was such a nice change of scenery.

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The design of the space is inspired by clouds, obvi and they set up a cloud room where I shot way too many gifs (I’m sure you’ve seen on my Instagram).  We also got to hang out with Richard Clarkson, the designer behind the uber cool workspace and the clouds that adorned the ceiling.  Which by the way, these fluffy clouds produce motion-triggered lightning and thunder performance. For real.

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I’m elated that the space will still be open when I get back to reality next week.  Sigh.  Not only is smartwater keeping me happily hydrated this summer, but also keeping me inspired.  After seeing this pictures, wouldn’t you want to work here too?  I’m a lucky gal, there’s no doubt about it.

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This story is brought to you by smartwater, who believes in making progress every day little by little and sip by sip. That’s how you move up up up.

 

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