Giving Thanks Also Means Giving Back

Hello, lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! I spent mine in Houston, TX with friends from Puerto Rico and it was so great! That feeling of familiarity is absolutely necessary when you’re so far from home. Last year, we spent Thanksgiving in Mexico City, and since it’s not really celebrated as a Holiday, hubby and I ended up having dinner at a quaint seafood restaurant. I was just thankful to have my husband be able to visit me while I was working in Mexico. This year, I yearned for some family time and a real Thanksgiving dinner. We had a wonderful time with our friends’ family and they even had Veggie Friendly options in the menu, which was great since I’m still trying to follow a plant-based diet. 

We also had a chance to explore a little bit of Houston and visited the Buffalo Bayou Park, which had been ravaged by Hurricane Harvey floods. We could see the damage but there was great restoration progress. It was nice to see how Houston is getting back on its feet. My biggest hope is to see my beautiful island of Puerto Rico, which was hit by TWO back to back hurricanes this season, Irma and Maria, do the same. I am still so grateful to the Universe that my family and friends back home are ok and their homes did not suffer any substantial damage. They were very fortunate, especially in comparison to so many people who lost everything. It is sad, but us Caribbeans are a resilient people, and Puerto Ricans always maintain high spirits no matter what. I’ve been doing everything I can to help, even though I’m far from home. Helping from far is difficult, but not impossible. Through different organizations like Unidos por Puerto Rico, AT&T Employee Resource Groups, and Puerto Rico Rising, I’ve been able to give back to my island. If you wish to contribute please consider these organizations, who have already made great strides in trying to help the people get back on their feet, but there is still so much work to be done! 

Here are the current stats:
67 Days after Maria reports:
*58% power generation (generation doesn’t mean consumption; the government doesn’t provide that number)
*93% of people have water (boil advisory in effect)
*1,154 survivors remain in the 42 shelters that are still open

To help Puerto Rico with other local organizations on the island. Please consider these:

Casa Pueblo 
Bori Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief 
Friends of Culebra Animals

For a more comprehensive list of local organizations that are verified as reliable, check out my sister-in-law’s blog here.

Thank you for stopping by 

None of us can exist in isolation. Our lives and existence are supported by others in seen and unseen ways, be it by parents, mentors or society at large. To be aware of these connections, to feel appreciation for them, and to strive to give something back to society in a spirit of gratitude is the proper way for human beings to live.

-Daisaku Ikeda

Keeping it Neutral for Fall

As temps begin to drop in the Fall, I begin to wear thicker pieces and of course layers. In San Antonio, it’s been chilly in the morning and 80 degrees by the afternoon, so really what I do in the morning is wear a cardigan because for me, it’s just not that cold. This top is a light sweater material with a cowl neck, and it’s my go to top in the Fall. I think I wear it at least once a week! For this look, I  wore it with jeans, but spruced it up with my Stella & Dot Fall line accessories and my Target hat. My current bag on rotation is this belt bag from Stella & Dot. I AM OBSESSED! I can wear it as a cross body, a clutch or a belt bag. It’s so versatile and believe it or not the “fanny pack” has officially made a come back and I am here for it! I’m also loving the beautiful Rose Gold engraved jewelry that I personalized, like my necklace/name plate and the bracelet, which I engraved with the coordinates of my Wedding location. I wear these pieces every single day. 

Ahora que comienzan a bajar las temperaturas, yo comienzo a ponerme piezas más gruesas y, por supuesto, capas. En San Antonio, ha estado un poco frío en las mañanas y luego 80 grados en la tarde, así que lo que hago en la mañana es ponerme un abrigo liviano porque para mi no hace tanto frío aún. Esta blusa me gusta porque es de material de abrigo liviano, con un cuello suelto y la uso constantemente. Creo que me la pongo al menos una vez por semana. Para este look, me la puse con mahones, pero le añadí mis accesorios de Stella & Dot y un sombrero de Target. Mi bolso que no me quito es un 3 en 1 de Stella & Dot. ESTOY OBSESIONADA! Me la puedo poner como un bolso cruzado, una clutch o como correa. También amo mucho mi joyería en oro rosado que he personalizado como mi cadena que lleva mi nombre y la pulsera que mandé a ponerle las coordenadas de la localización de mi boda. Llevo estas piezas a diario!

What I wore/ Llevaba puesto
Top: Vince (from Marshalls)
High Waist Jeans: H&M
Booties: Just Fab
Hat: Target
Bowery Belt Bag: Stella & Dot
Engraved Jewelry: Stella & Dot