For my friends: Gifts under $25

If you’re on a budget, you don’t really want to spend that much money on certain Friends and distant family, but you want to show them your appreciation or a token of affection with a gift during the Holidays. Check out these options under $25. You still have some time in the next 10 days, unless you’re ordering online, then HURRY!!

Best Buds

2.  Mini Speakers $19.99
3. Beer set $19.99
Gal Pals
1. Natural Soy Wax Alphabet Candle $7.26 Asos
2. Leather And Pony Key chain With Tassel And Card Holder
$21.78 Asos
3.  Nails Inc. Autumn Winter Collection $25 Sephora
4. Au Revoir Izak Mini Brush set $18 Sephora

Secret Santa

‘Tis the season and I couldn’t be more excited! My Christmas gift is already here, and my fiancee has definitely outdone himself this year. I, jokingly, asked for a new camera, for the blog of course, and he got it for me!! Although I know what it is, I insist on wrapping it up and putting it under the tree to open only on Christmas Day. I love the magic of that day so much, I’m gonna be extra patient and not touch it until then. I got him the Limited Edition “Zelda”Wii U, and it is safely hidden so he won’t start playing before the day. there’s nothing better than playing with your new toys in your PJ’s all Christmas Day. Of course, there are other gifts we’ll be getting and that’s from the popular Secret Santa at work. Usually the standard budget is $25.

I like Secret Santa gifts that are thoughtful and not just a gift card. It helps when you really know your coworker well, but if you don’t, whoever is organizing the event can email a simple questionnaire in order to get a better picture of your wishlist. Also allows you, the giftee to think of things you’d like from your Secret Santa.

1) What is your favorite candy/chocolate?
2) Do you have any hobbies/ crafts?
3) Do you listen to music? What is you favorite genre/artist?
4) Favorite color
5) Favorite magazine/book
6) Favorite movie or play
7) Favorite Sports team
8) Favorite restaurant
9) Trinkets/ Tool / Gadgets
10) What do you really want from Santa?

For the Beauty Queen
Ciaté Tree Trinkets $21

Benefit Good Time Gals $17

Bath & Body Works Gift Set $16.50

For the Movie Buff
The Great Gatsby Special Edition DVD $21.16
Man of Steel Combo Pack $24.96
 For the Wine Connoisseur
Wine Bottle Opener Set $19.50

Grape Creek Vineyards

This weekend was amazing! We met with a group of friends from Puerto Rico that traveled from allover and went to Fredericksburg, TX, a quaint German town in the Hill Country, Northeast of San Antonio. The night before we had gone to Rainey St. in Austin, but that’s a whole other story. The vineyards and wineries in Fredericksburg are a pleasant surprise. The weather was so much better than the day before (it was freezing on Saturday) and we were able to enjoy a lovely afternoon of wine tasting, great conversations by the warm firepit and made wonderful memories. A fabulous weekend indeed.
El fin de semana estuvo espectacular! Nos encontramos con amistades puertorriqueños que viajaron de todas partes para ir a Fredericksburg, TX, un pueblo alemán muy pintoresco al Noreste de San Antonio. La noche anterior habíamos ido a Rainey St. en Austin, pero ya eso es otro cuento. Los viñedos en Fredericksburg fueron una grata sorpresa. El clima estaba mucho mejor que día anterior (el Sábado estuvo tan frío) y pudimos disfrutar de una linda tarde probando vinos, conversaciones frente a la hoguera, creando gratos recuerdos. Fue un fin de semana fabuloso. 

What I wore
Blouse: Vintage
Leggings: H&M
Leather Jacket: H&M (old) similar here
Boots: Shoedazzle
Crossbody: Petite Midtown from JustFab
Extra: Comfy boots Equestrian boots are Vince Camuto and the even comfier ones my friend wore are Uggs.

Preppy cool

I always love a good preppy look. I’d been looking for a plaid blazer for quite some time, and I stumbled upon this one at Target in the Sale section, last one my size! My favorite part is the reversible collar, which I’m not sure if it’s really reversible, but who cares, it’s yellow and the contrast is awesome!!
Siempre me ha encantado el look escolar “preppy”. Había estado en busca de una chaqueta de cuadros hace un tiempo, y encontré esta de casualidad en Target en la sección de especiales, la última en mi talla! Mi parte favorita es el cuello reversible, el cual no estoy segura si se supone que sea reversible, pero qué importa, es amarillo y el contraste está brutal!!

Blazer Target
Button down/Sweater vest combo (old)
Trousers ZARA Basic
Oxford Shoes Forever 21

Rainy daze

San Antonio has the craziest weather I’ve ever experienced. In the Fall, the temperature can be 80° for a week, and the next it suddenly drops to 30°. This week we’re having a cold front so it’s all cold and rainy. At least, during the day it hasn’t been so bad. I did have to layer my outfits though.

San Antonio tiene el clima mas loco que había vivido. En el otoño, la temperatura puede estar a 80° una semana y la próxima baja a 30°. Esta semana hemos tenido un frente frío y ha estado frío y lluvioso. Por lo menos durante el día no está tan malo. Aún así hay que ponerse varias capas de ropa.

Shirt Forever 21
Hoodie Kensie (Marshall’s find)
Leather Jacket H&M
Boots Shoedazzle Similar here
Hat H&M
Necklace Aldo

Mile High Boot Club

The Devil wears Prada (2006)
Ever since we saw Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) go from ugly duckling to a Chanel clad Swan in the Devil wears Prada, I couldn’t get these thigh high boots out of my mind. It was absolutely mind boggling for me to see these boots and not think “Pretty Woman” patent leather street walker boots. This look was so stylish, so sleek and preppy with an edge. As this trend makes it’s way back into Winter 2013, I’ve realized that even a non-celebrity, regular ole’ gal like me can rock this style, so as long as it’s done tastefully (hold the Miley Cyrus jokes).
Emilio Puccio F/W 2013

(Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images North America, PacificCoastNews.com – 2, Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Europe)
Genevieve Jones, Blake Lively, Joan Smalls

Street Style
Olivia Palermo
Thigh high boots are definitely not for the faint of heart, but don’t fear! This style can be sleek and sophisticated as worn by Olivia Palermo, the quintessential fashion icon for sophistication. These Stuart Weitzman suede boots, retail for a whopping $786. For those of us on a budget, here are some affordable and comparable options.
Kinky Boots at Nasty Gal $190
The Gilly Boot $44.90
Dollhouse $34.99

Rose $36.65

Take me back to Tennesee

It seems like forever since my last post! I’ve definitely been out for a while, traveling for work and all, but I’m back. Now that I’ve been able to enjoy the full Autumn in the heart of the Tennessee mountains I can say that I’ve truly enjoyed the season.The scenery is absolutely breathtaking with mountains covered in gold and red leaved trees far as the eye can see. For weeks I worked extremely hard and I really needed to take a moment and enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer. It was a lovely experience!
View from the state line between Tennessee and North Carolina
Bays Mountain State Park

State Capitol

As part of our little vacation, we visited Austin, TX. I’d been there before but we hadn’t seen the Capitol and the Downtown are during the day. Austin is vibrant, hip and full of life! The day was lovely, not too warm and definitely not cold. I wore a crochet top I found in the Market in Charleston, SC a few months ago. Note to self, always wear socks with boots, ouch!
Como parte de nuestras pequeñas vacaciones, fuimos a Austin, TX. Había visitado anteriormente pero nunca había visto el Capitolio ni el Downtown durante el dia. Austin es vibrante, joven y lleno de vida! El día fue hermoso, no hacía mucho calor y nada de frío. Utilizé una blusa tejida que había encontrado el Mercado en la Plaza de Charleston hace varios meses atrás. Nota importante, siempre usa medias con botas, ouch!

Top found in the Market Square in Charleston similar here
Colored denim F21
Boots Shoedazzle (use this link to sign up and get 20% off 1st purchase)
Hat from Target
3.1 Philip Lim for Target Crossbody bag

Remember the Alamo

I’ve been living in San Antonio for 1 year now, and I visited The Alamo for the first time now that my friends are in town. It’s absolutely breathtaking! So full of history and so beautiful, it was a wonderful experience. The weather here in Texas is still pretty warm, so I opted to wear shorts with my favorite Gladiator sandals. The upcoming weeks will have colder weather so this may be the last chance I have to wear them. As a transitional piece I brought out a flannel shirt I’ve had for like 2 years now and wrapped it around my waist. I’ll very likely be wearing it again as the Fall season brings in the chilly weather. For all my island girls, this is the kind of outfit I would wear in the Fall when I lived in Puerto Rico. I loved keeping up with seasonal trends, but had to accommodate to the reality of a year round warm weather. 

He estado viviendo en San Antonio por 1 año y ahora que vinieron mis amistades de visita es que visito El Alamo por vez primera. Es realmente impresionante! Lleno de historia y tan hermoso, que fue una experiencia maravillosa. El clima en Texas aún es cálido, así que opté por usar pantalones cortos durante mi excursión con mis sandalias Gladiadoras. Las próximas semanas se pronostican climas mas fríos, así que puede que sea la última oportunidad que tenga para usarlas. Como pieza de transición me amarré a la cintura una camisa de flannel que tengo en el closet hace 2 años. Seguramente, la use mas a menudo cuando el Otoño traiga días más fríos. Para mis chicas isleñas, este es el tipo de atuendo que yo usaba mientras vivía en Puerto Rico durante el Otoño. Me encantaba mantenerme al tanto de la moda por temporadas, pero me tenía que acomodar a la realidad del clima tropical.
H&M T-shirt similar here
Shorts from Banana Republic
Flannel Shirt from Forever 21
Gladiator Sandals from Go Jane (sold out, similar here)
3.1 Philip Lim for Target Crossbody Bag

Jalapeño Festival

My Fall season started off with a visit from my future Mother-in-Law and some friends from Puerto Rico. This week will be jam packed with fun activities and plenty of tourism around San Antonio and Austin. We went to the Jalapeño Festival last Saturday in the Historic Market Square (El Mercado) in downtown San Antonio. We had great food, saw tons of Mexican art and danced away the afternoon. I dressed very casual in my fave colored jeans and wedge sneakers. Of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to break in my 3.1 Philip Lim for Target bag, tee-hee!

Chambray shirt from H&M similar here
Colored denim from Forever 21 similar
3.1 Philip Lim for Target crossbody bag
Wedge sneakers Glaze from Go Jane
Decree watch from Macy’s