Belton, Texas

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{dress: Chan Luu, similar here and here} {jacket: Mango (no longer available), similar here, here and here} {booties: DV by Dolve Vita, similar here and here} {bag: Rebecca Minkoff}

Two weeks ago, I took a roadtrip to Austin, Texas to take a course at the University of Texas, and a trip to south Texas is not complete without a barbecue pit stop, so on our way back from Austin to Dallas, we detoured through charming Belton, Texas for some savory smoked meat and my favorite, side dishes, from Schoepf´s. If you ever have the chance to try Schoepf´s, I recommend the spicy deer sausage, cheesy potatoes and buttermilk pie washed down with sweet tea, of course! So delicious!

For the trip home, I wore an easy outfit that anyone can build with items they already have in their closet: a leather jacket, a flowy dress and a pair of booties. Throwing a leather jacket over a dress is a great way to wear your summer dresses year around, or in my case, give you some shape as well. My mom gave me this beautiful dress I am wearing that she bought on sale. Unfortunately, the cut is unflattering and makes my waist disappear, but leave it to my trusty leather jacket to take care of that. Plus, I love the juxtaposition of the sweet, embellished hemline offset with the edgy, masculine outerwear. It´s all about balance!

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Hace dos semanas, me fui de roadtrip a Austin, Texas para tomar un curso en la Universidad de Texas, y un viaje por el sur de Texas no está completo sin una parada para comer barbecue.  Entonces, en nuestro camino de regreso de Austin a Dallas, nos desviamos por Belton, Texas para comer deliciosa carne ahumada de Schoepf´s. Si tienes la oportunidad de probar Schoepf´s, te recomiendo la salchica picante de venado, las papas gratinadas y el pie de buttermik con un vaso grande de té dulce. Muy delicioso!

Entonces, para el viaje de regreso a casa, me puse un outfit relajado que cualquier persona puede construir con piezas que ya tiene en su guardarropa: una chamarra de piel, un vestido suelta y unos botines. Poner una chamarra de piel arriba de un vestido es muy buena manera de aprovechar tus vestidos del verano durante todo el año, y en mi caso, darme forma también. Mi mamá me regaló este vestido hermoso que traigo puesta que ella compró en rebajas , pero desafortunadamente, el corte no favorece y me hace desaparecer la cinutra. Pero gracias a mi chamarra de piel, me resuelve ese problema. Además, me encanta la yuxtaposición del bajo bonito y adornado combinado con una chamarra vanguardista y masculina. Todo tiene que ver con el balance!

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Cozy Fall Layers

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Fall for me is an ideal season because I love to play with textures and layers. Last week we enjoyed a few chilly mornings that made me want to curl up on the couch with a good book and a cup of coffee under a cozy blanket. But in the real world, I had to get ready for work, so I traded the blanket for a cozy sweater.
Underneath it, I layered a simple, striped tee to add another dimension and also to have a light layer  in case the temperatures creeped to the upper 80′s. I, of course, wore my miracle jeans, the Paige Edgemont style in black with silk coating. These jeans have to be one of my best investments of the past year because they fit me well and add a sophisticated edge to any outfit.

And finally, to keep it fun and fresh, I wore a purple bag and my new leopard pumps. I tried these pumps on a few months ago, but hesitated to buy them because I got so sick of leopard print for a while. Two years ago when the print was anywhere and everywhere (and still is), everything I bought was leopard print. When one of my friends told me that every time he saw me I was wearing the exotic print, that is when I knew I had to put a lid on the leopard. But after seeing these pumps and imagining the million ways I could style them, in addition to them being on sale, I decided it was time to let leopard back into my life. Even though I grew tired of the print, leopard will always be classic and versatile and add a pop of rock-and-roll glamour to any look.

Otoño para mi es la temporada ideal porque me encanta jugar con texturas y capas. La semana pasada disfrutamos unas mañanas frescas que me hicieron antojar echarme en la sofa con un libro y una taza de café abajo de una cobija acogedora. Pero en la vida real, tuve que listarme para el trabajo y cambié la cobija para un suéter acogedor.

Abajo del suéter, puse una camisa sencilla rayada para agregar otra dimensión y también para tener una capa ligera por si las temperaturas se subieron. Y por supuesto, puse mis jeans milagrosos de Paige en el estilo Edgemont. Estos jeans han sido de mis mejoras inversiones en este último año porque me quedan bien y también agregan un edge sofisticado a cualquier look.
Y por fin, para un toque moderno y divertido, me puse una bolsa morada y unos tacones nuevos de leopardo. Probé estos tacones hace varios meses, pero me frené de comprarlos porque me había descansado demasiado del estampado. Hace dos años cuando el estampado estaba en todos lados (y aún está), todo lo que compré fue leopardo. Cuando uno de mis amigos me dijo que siempre cuando me veía, todo lo que traía puesto era el estampado exótico, sabía que tuve que dejar de ponerlo por un tiempo. Pero después de ver estos tacones de leopardo y imaginar las millónes de maneras que los podía combinar, además que estaban en rebajas, decidí que era el momento de regresar el estampado leopardo a mi vida. Aunque me cansé del estampado, leopardo siempre va a ser clásico y versatíl y siempre  va a agregar un toque de glamour rock-and-rolero a tu look. 

Fall Goodies

bcbg generation black booties{BCBGeneration booties. I have had my eye on these for quite sometime on Nordstrom.com, especially after reading great reviews. It was time to update my black booties and this pair was exactly what I was looking for. And the fact that they are under $100 didn´t hurt either!}

Last week I spent a few days in Austin for a course I took at the University of Texas and then headed back to Dallas to spend time with family. A trip to the United States would not be complete without a bit of shopping, especially during my favorite season of the year. I have learned that when I go home, seeing family and friends are priority, so shopping sometimes takes a back seat. I usually have an hour or two at the most to make my rounds at the mall. So, instead of wasting my time (and money!) wandering around the mall, what I have been doing is purchasing things that I know I want to buy online, and then hitting up my favorite places like Nordstrom Rack for amazing deals and Forever 21, Nordstrom, H&M for any quick buys that I can squeeze in. So, I wanted to share some of my purchases (and major deals) that I got during this last trip to my homeland. I also would love to know what has been your favorite fall purchase so far this year?

La semana pasada, pasé unos días en Austin por un curso que tomé en la Unversidad de Texas y luego regresé a Dallas para pasar unos días con la familia. Y obvio un viaje a los Estados Unidos no sería completo sin un poco de shopping, especialmente durante mi temprada preferida del año. He aprendido que cuando visito a mi casa, ver la familia y amigos es prioridad, entonces algunas veces el shopping se quede atrás. Normalmente tengo una hora o dos para hacer una ronda muy rápida en el mall. Entonces en vez de perder mi tiempo (y dinero!)  paseando en el mall, compro las cosas que ya sé que quiero en linea, y luego si tengo tiempo, voy a mis lugares preferidos como Nordstrom Rack para sus ofertas increibles y Forever 21, H&M, y Nordstrom para algunas compras rápidas si alcanzo el tiempo. Asi quería compartirles mis compras (y ofertas) más recientes durante mi última visita a mis tierras. Además, me encantaría saber cuál es tu compra para el otoño preferido que has hecho hasta el momento?

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peace love shea x steve madden venice booties_steve madden leopard pumps{Peace Love Shea x Steve Madden booties + Steve Madden leopard heels. Steve Madden did me good this fall season! I have been wanting some funky statement booties this fall, and this pair from the Peace Love Shea collection was perfect with the velvet blue material and lace-up style. Just what I was looking for. And for the leopard heels, I had been debating these for a while. I went through a phase where I bought WAY too much leopard, but because of the classic shape of these shoes, they were a must. }

blue velvet vintage trench{I need another jacket/coat like I need a hole in the head, but this oxblood, leather trench from the seventies could not be passed up when I made a quick stop at a vintage store in Austin.}

striped shirts{I went a little crazy with basics at Nordstrom Rack, but I know I will wear all of these tops over and over. Total, their original retail price was probably a little under $300,  but I got all of them for less than $100. I have said it many times, and will say it again: stock up on good-quality basics without paying full price by shopping at Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus Last Call or any other off-price retailer.}

urban originals vegan leather fringe bag{My sweet mom (and dog, Joey) were tired of seeing the same bags on my blog, so they got me this beautiful vegan leather bag from their favorite website, freepeople.com.}

forever 21 earrings_elf blush_nars bronzer laguna{Odds and ends from a quick run into Sephora, Forever 21 and H&M while I took a conference call.}

nordstrom rack paige jeans{A cozy knit from H&M (also purchased during my conference call), majorly marked-down Paige jeans from Nordstrom Rack and a new book.}

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Sol, Arena y Mar

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I have been to Cancun twice since living in Mexico (six years) and both times have been extremely disappointing because I never once saw the sun since rainstorms decided to camp out in the sky those weekends. So when I was invited to spend the weekend in the Rivieria Maya for my boyfriend´s best friend´s wedding, I had zero expectations. And to not get my hopes up about basking in the sun, swimming in the sea and playing beach volleyball, I looked forward to staying at a nice resort, enjoying my all-inclusive package, seeing friends and taking a day off of work. I arrived to the Riviera at night, so when I woke up the next morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see the sun shining.

I immediately threw on my bikini and this fabulous Mink Pink dress I got at Nordstrom Rack to go get breakfast and plant my feet in the sand. I love the thrill of a good deal and this dress was no exception. I believe the original retail price was around $90 bucks, but with the off-price retail store price, plus a discount on top of that, I got this dress for less than $25. Besides its great price, the colorful mosaic tile print of this dress was perfect for an ideal weekend at the beach. I know I sound like a broken record, but I cannot recommend enough shopping at off-price retail stores like Nordstrom Rack or Neiman Marcus Last Call, where you can find designer pieces at a fraction of the price.

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Yo he viajado dos veces a Cancún desde que vivo en México (seis años) y las dos veces me ha decepcionado la ciudad porque nunca vi el sol porque hubo tormentas de lluvia ambos fines que estuve. Entonces cuando me invitaron para pasar el fin en Cancún para la boda del mejor amigo de mi novio, tuve cero expectativas. Y para no sentir decepcionada otra vez de no poder tomar el sol, nadar en el mar, ver amigos y jugar voleibol en la playa, me puse a pensar positiva de poder quedarme en un hotel bonito, disfrutar el paquete all-inclusive y mi tiempo afuera del trabajo. Llegué a Cancún en la noche y cuando me desperté el siguiente día, fui sorprendida de ver el sol brillando a todo lo que le da.

Inmediatamente me puse mi bikini y este vestido fabuloso de Mink Pink que compré en Nordstrom Rack para ir a desayunar y plantar mis pies en la arena.  Me encanta la emoción de una ganga y este vestido es sin excepción. Creo que el precio original era alrededor de $90, pero en su nuevo precio lo conseguí en menos de $25. Además del buen precio, el estampado mosáico colorido fue perfecto para un fin ideal en la playa. Sé que me escucho como un record roto, pero no puedo dejar de recomendar de hacer tus compras en tiendas de descuento cómo Nordstrom Rack o Neiman Marcus Last Call, dónde puedes encontrar básicos y piezas clásicas de buenas marcas a excelentes precios.

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