Great Finds File: Labor Day sales!!

Well, labor day weekend has brought some really good sales, so if you're in the mood of getting ready for Fall, there are some really good deals worth taking advantage of ;) I'd stick to those pieces that you can easily transition into Fall and of course, accessories :)

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

J.Crew - Extra 40% Sale Items, code WEEKEND: Lightweight Merino Wool Scalloped Sweater / Jeweled Arrows necklace / Silk Stars Blouse / Cleo d'Orsay Loafers in leopard / Metallic Suede Cleo Loafers / Downing Tote in metallic /  Carrie Cami / Say Yes Sweatshirt / Vintage Pajama Set

Waiting on Martha - 20% off everything, code SOLONGSUMMER: Juice it! Book / Kate Spade Shoe Bag / Kate Spade Bits and Baubles bag / Small gold bowl / Polka Dot Notebook

Gap - up to 40% off everything: Quilted Leather Moto Jacket / Chelsea Booties / Buffalo Plaid Shirt / Colorblock khaki backpack

BaubleBar - Up to 50% off select items: Athena Tab Strand / Urban Warrior Bib / Celestial Stud Set

Loeffler Randall - 15% off everything, code LABORDAY: Indie Slip-on Bootie / Rider Bag / Fenton Buckle Bootie / Dawn Scallop Loafer / Junior Work Tote / Reeve Lace-up Bootie / Walker Mini Bag / Mercer Block Heel Bootie

* Also, my favorite store Madewell, is having extra 30% off sale items :)

Inspiration File: Living life to the fullest

Being aware of how lucky we are for what we have is what makes me appreciate every second of life, stay positive in every circumstance, and ultimately make the best of what we have with the most grateful heart. I recently lost an aunt, in a very unexpected way, and even though it's not what triggered me to realize that we have to enjoy life to the fullest, it probably is what made me share these words with you. I've always been incredibly aware of the blessings I've received and even though my life is not perfect, it's a happy one, and that's what matters to me :)

This is what I feel is living life to the fullest:

. Being grateful of what we have, where we are and who we are. Yes, always comparing ourselves to those in less fortunate circumstances and being grateful for our position.
. Appreciating every second of life, and not forgetting that it's the greatest gift.
. Being kind to others without expecting anything in return, and not forgetting that we all feel and struggle, so lending a hand when we can is the nice thing to do.
. Understanding that being positive is key to living a happy life.
. Being flexible, and allowing ourselves to bend our "rules". It's ok to take it easy sometimes, and some situations require that we are flexible in order to be appreciated.
. Celebrating small moments, big moments, silly moments, they all deserve it.
. Not sweating it unless it's for a good workout ;)
. Not taking ourselves too seriously.
. Being spontaneous, and seeking experiences.
. Enjoying the small things: a nice morning walk, getting caught in the rain, the smell of flowers, a good meal, a nice gesture...
. Not waiting for the "right" moment to make something happen, because let's face it, it most likely won't arrive. It's about making the moment, and not regretting it.
. Saying I love you, often, to all those who matter to us. Letting them know that we care about them and that they are important to us.

Lastly, asking yourself: "If I knew I'd die tomorrow or I would never get the chance to do something again, would I do it?" If the answer is yes, then just do it.

Food file: Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

Definitely a healthier version of cake pops, these frozen chocolate banana bites or pops are delicious, simple, and easily customizable :) I've made them twice and they are so satisfying, that a single piece is quite enough to calm down any sweet cravings ;)

What you need:
. Bananas
. Semi-sweet or dark chocolate (I prefer dark chocolate)
. Almond butter (I recently bought this coconut/almond butter at Whole Foods and love it!)
. Garnishes such as unsweetened shredded coconut, hazelnut shavings, almonds...

What to do:
. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
. Place the bananas in the freezer for approx. one hour.

. Melt the chocolate in a pot at low heat and stir constantly until completely melted. If too thick, some coconut oil will thin out the chocolate.

. Remove bananas from freezer, peel and cut into approx. 1 inch slices.

. Spread a small amount of coconut/almond butter on top.
. Insert pop sticks and dip each slice in the melted chocolate, if too thick, then make sure to fully coat them.

. Place them on the baking sheet and sprinkle with desired toppings.
. Freeze until firm (about 2 hours) and that's it!!

Great Finds File: Neutrals and Pre-Fall picks

Even though today is the hottest Summer day we've had so far, I'm already starting to think about Fall fashions. Not that I'm in the mood for fall (at least not yet), but I'm always checking out the latest arrivals, and while doing so I found some great pieces that would be perfect for Fall. Zara always does it pretty well in the shoes department, and I find that these ankle booties are perfect for those occasions where you have to dress up a little. The price is not bad and the heel height seems just about right ;)

Also crushing over those flat booties, those heels, and probably the coolest sneakers I've come across so far, can you tell I love shoes? Oh and I should mention, Jenny introduced me to The Forest Feast book and I was blown away by the graphics, seriously, it's worth checking it out :)

1. J.Crew Collection Nightgarden floral jacket / 2. Rag & Bone Mini Pilot Bag / 3. Kate Spade Polka dot Luggage Bag / 4. Blah Blah Blah iPhone Case / 5. Kate Spade Tokyo Wide Brim Fedora / 6. Zara Ankle Boots / 7. L.A.M.B. Tomas Ankle Pumps / 8. Kate Spade Ball Point Pen / 9. J.Crew Silk cut-out tee / 10. Furbish Linen Pineapple Framed Art / 11. Furbish Linen Watermelon Framed Art / 12. Zara Biker Jacket / 13. Tory Burch Barnette Pump /  14. Nike Women's Epic Run Crop Leggings / 15. 3.1 Phillip Lim Trance Low Top Sneakers / 16. Kate Spade Perfect Pair Shoe Bag / 17. The Forest Feast / 18. Pour La Victoire Keon Flat Booties / 19. J.Crew Zip Pocket Mini

My life file: Last Week

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! I can't believe this is the last week of August!!! Summer stay longer please! This is my little guy's last week at Preschool, and he starts school next week, so I'm in some sort of panic attack, when did he grow up so fast?!!! Time is flying.

Wishing you a great week and leaving you with some snaps from last week :)

Loeffler Randall Beatriz Oxfords, obsessed!

Pizza date to celebrate my little boy's Daycare graduation (!!!) :)

All black on Saturday: Loeffler Randall Oxfords / 7 FAM Skinny Jeans (similar) / Rebecca Taylor Top (similar, similar)

Beach Essentials: Kaanas Flats / Ray-Ban Aviators / J.Crew Denim Shorts / Free People Scalloped top and bottom / California Naturel Sunscreen / Aritzia top (almost identical) / Loeffler Randall Marmy Scallop Sandals / Triangl Ruby Capricorn Bikini Set / Soludos

Cool Installation at the Distillery District

Avocado toast with buffalo mozzarella, so good :)

Best way to end the weekend after a good run by the lake: a little pampering ;)

All white on Sunday: Madewell Universal Tee / Ray-Ban Aviators / Anthropologie Hat / Marais USA Slippers (old) / J.Crew Eyelet Skort

Happy Weekend!

Macarons making in the process. Pretty but unsuccessful! 

Happy Friday!! Hope you all had a great week! Today is my little guy's pre-school "graduation"so I'm on panic attack mode, how did this happen so fast??!! Wishing you all a great weekend and giving you many many THANKS for all the support on my Glitter Guide feature, you guys are the best :)

Here are some links in case you'd like to check them out ;)

. Don't know if something is still fresh? This app tells you when to toss it out!
. 9 ways to become more 10 minutes
. The Man Repeller's office, a must see!
. Raise your hand (or leave a comment) if you use your phone as an alarm? Why we should stop doing so.
Instagram and how we eat
. This avocado/grapefruit salad looks and sounds amazing!
. Daily recommendation of fruits and veggies, in pretty photos ;)

Fashion File: Workwear essentials - The Blazer

Today I'm getting back at Amna and Sundeep who asked if I could share more about blazers and the options currently available online. I think that whether you work in a corporate environment or not, blazers are definitely a closet must-have. They are incredibly versatile and work with absolutely everything: shorts, jeans, pencil skirts, pants, dresses, you name it. Day, night, casual, dressy, they instantly give you a sophisticated and polished look.

If you ask me if this is something you should splurge on I'd say it depends. Even though it's a closet staple, ask yourself how much would you wear it and how much are you willing to spend on it. While I believe that every woman should own a great fitting black blazer, your lifestyle and budget is ultimately what's going to determine how much you should spend on it. Although good quality, fit and exquisite attention to detail go a long way, if it's going to sit in your closet and not on your shoulders, where's the point on splurging?

I personally am a fan of collarless blazers with a modern twist like leather lapels or tuxedo cuts. For affordable yet good pieces I like the ones from Topshop, but if you're looking for the whole great looks, high quality and amazing fit package I highly recommend Two Penny Blue. I also hear tons of great stuff from Helmut Lang and Theory in case you want to check them out too ;)

CLASSIC: J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer / Merona Blazer / Old navy Classic Blazer / Vince Camuto One-button blazer / Theory Blazer / Smythe Duchess Blazer

MODERN: Topshop Slim Blazer / Old Navy Collarless Blazer  / Two Penny Blue Sutton Blazer / Helmut Lang Smoking Tux Blazer

WHITE: Topshop Slim Curve Blazer / Mango Satin Collar Crepe Blazer / Topshop Blazer / Stella McCartney Blazer / Chloe Blazer

COLORED: Two Penny Blue Cambridge Blazer / Joseph Blazer / Two Penny Blue Cambridge Blazer / River Island Open Front Blazer / Two Penny Blue Cambridge Blazer

PATTERNED: Zara Straight Cut Blazer / Mossimo Ponte Blazer / J.Crew Puff-sleeve blazer in triangle dot / J.Crew Collection Silk Blazer / Calvin Klein Leopard Print Blazer

Featured File: Style at Home on The Glitter Guide

I feel incredibly honoured to be featured on The Glitter Guide as part of their Style at Home column, and beyond grateful and blessed for all the support, sweet comments, tweets, re-tweets, favorited tweets, and likes I received yesterday. Thank you so much for the kind words, it means a lot to me and I'm forever grateful :)

It was a really fun experience (let's not count the very few hours of sleep I had the night before morning of, and the fact that Anna made me stand in my balcony in super high heels while all I could think of was my fear of heights!) and I adored working with her as she not only is super talented but sweet! Here are a few more shots that didn't make it to the feature, plus some of my favorites and their sources in case you're interested. You can check out the rest of the photos and read the interview on The Glitter Guide ;)

All photos by Annawithlove Photography

In my entryway: DIY spots wall / Bench from Target / Cushion from Aurelia / Runner from West Elm / DIY Jeweled Sandals / Mirror from Black Rooster Decor

Magazines and peonies ;)

Prints by Koshi (inverted V) and hand painted (those in V form)

Wearing Madewell chambray shirt (sold out, similar) / BaubleBar Necklace / Forever 21 Crochet Pencil Skirt (sold out, similar)

Cushions from Aurelia / Kate Spade Bag / J.Crew necklace (similar) / Topshop espadrilles

Pink Ranunculus Photo

Wearing BuableBar Mesopotamia necklace / J.Crew Linen Tee / Gap Skinny Jeans (similar to these)

"Hacked" Ikea bedside table / West Elm Lamp / Izola Jasmine Candle / Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish / Target Vase

Topshop Dress / BaubeBar x Nordstrom Mesopotamia Drops 
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