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Valentine’s day Gifts for Him

February 13, 2016

Sweatshirt/wallet/headphones

InEar Headphones/shaving kit/ cup {another option}

And now is the boys turn! I try to be creative and give something that makes sense to their loved one. My hubby loves the brand Vince and I found him this sweatshirt that’s perfect for any season, and the quality is amazing! How about a shaving kit from the Art of Shaving? Men tend to shave regularly right?  Well this is a bit of a fancy brand and the travel kit is a good intro to the brand without spending too much. Electronics are always a safe bet, headphones from Beats are super popular and an item that any man would love! A good wallet is a must, and this card holder wallet from Louis Vuitton in Damier Cobalt is perfect because is small and practical and oh so fancy, and just like the ladies, Gift cards! If not on a card holder, get a cool cup and put some in there, for maybe Starbucks, iTunes or Amazon. Most stores have them now, just go with the one he loves! Its practical and perfect for that last minute present, for when you want to help with a big purchase or when you just don’t know what to give. Anyways enjoy your day, and most important show that person you love that you care, and if the budget is limited, how about making him a nice candle lit dinner, as I said its all about showing your love! kisses and until next time!

Love,

Paola

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Y no pueden faltar para los chicos! A mi me gusta ser creativa con mis regalos y dar cosas que se que le van a gustar a la persona. A mi esposo le gusta mucho la marca Vince, y le compre este suéter que es ligero para que lo use en cualquier temporada, la marca es muy buena y de buena calidad. Un kit de la marca The Art of Shaving es buena idea, todos se rasuran no? o bueno la mayoría jaja y esta marca es super buena y mas sofisticada, pero con el kit de viaje no gastas mucho. Una buena billetera como esta de Louis Vuitton en Damier Cobalt es super nice y sofisticada, además de practica. Y al igual que con las chicas, tarjetas de regalo! Si no quieres hacerlo con un tarjetero, compra una taza y se la pones allí, puede ser de iTunes, Starbucks, Amazon… todas las tiendas las venden y así le das de la que mas le guste a el! Las gift cards son perfectas cuando no hayas que dar, o cuando el quiere hacer una compra grande  y así le ayudas, o cuando dejaste el shopping del regalo a ultima hora! No te olvides que lo mas importante, es demostrar tu amor por esa persona especial, y si el presupuesto esta super limitado… hazle una cenita cute! anyways, que te la pases genial! Besos y hasta la próxima!

Love,

Paola

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New Years Fitness Goals. Getting Ready

December 6, 2015

Weight Scale// 3D Digital Pedometer//

Shoes {very similar} //water bottle from Primark {other options here and here}

Hi ya’ll! Its December and that means holiday parties, desserts and tons of food!! Yes the excitement is real! haha but let face it, in less than 30 days is 2016 and those extra pounds hit you right in the face… So why not start with your fitness goals since now, don’t wait until January 1st to start the diet, because really cutting cold-turkey as they say is going to be harder.

My strategy is getting all the tools ready for my fitness goals, and my two favorites latest finds are, this really cool total weight scale from Ozeri, the weight scale can immediately calculate your muscle and body mass, also your body fat and weight, is so slick cool looking that even looks good in you bathroom; I really like that is goes beyond just telling you the weight so you don’t freak out like me when we feel leaner but the numbers don’t go down and its all because you are gaining muscle. I also got a 3D Digital pedometer, its super small and easy to carry with you and let me tell you it will be the best investments you will make, it not only tracks how many steps you have done during the day but also the calories burned and all based on your weight and height, and its been a week since I started to use it and you will see me going for that extra walk at night with my little Valentino so I can accumulate more steps hahaha! I walk so much in London that its really a perfect way to count your burnt calories a day.

Obviously I can’t leave behind some cool fashion pieces, Love this Nike sneakers {I want this next} so soft and light, perfect for walking around town, and when I can you will see me wearing my Lululemon wonder under, they are pricey but they will last you for a while! Now, Its the time to get all you tools ready for your fitness goals of 2016, so when January 1st arrives there are no excuses! Whose with me? Until next time…

Love,

Paola

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Hola!! Hoy si ya estamos en Diciembre y eso significa fiestas navideñas, postres y bueno de ya saben pura cosa buena hahaha, pero no nos olvidemos que en menos de 30 días vamos a estar en el 2016 y esas libritas de mas van a estar allí… así que porque no empezar con tus goals para ponerte en forma desde ya, no esperes para el 1ro de enero para empezar a buscar lo que necesitas, porque si lo haces así de un solo es super difícil, por lo menos para mi lo es!

Mi estrategia es tener todo listo para ir con todo el proximo año, por ejemplo esta pesa para baño de Ozeri que la consigues en Amazon, calcula tu peso, masa corporal, hidratación, entre otras cosas y hasta se ve super nice en tu baño! Este 3D Digital Pedometor {es para contar tus pasos!haha} es super fácil de usar y no pesa nada, no solo cuenta tus pasos sino que también las calorías quemadas, las millas caminadas y todo basado en tu peso y estatura, llevo una semana usándolo y hasta voy a caminar un poco mas con Valentino para quemar mas calorías hahaha, yo camino tanto en Londres que usar esto es la manera perfecta de saber como voy con mis metas físicas del día, y obviamente no puedo dejar algunas cositas de moda por fuera, estos tennis de Nike los amo {y quiero estos también!} , super cómodos para caminar todo el día y ligeros so ni los sientes, y si puedo uso mis leggings de Lululemon, los wunder under son lo mejor, son caros pero de verdad que te duran mucho y se amoldan a tu cuerpo super bien!

Ahora es hora que pongas todas es metas listas para el 2016, y te prepares con todo lo que necesitas porque cuando el primero de enero llege, no hay excusas! Hasta la próxima.

Besos,

Paola

Disclosure: I was invited to review some items from Ozeri. No monetary compensation has been received for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. Promise!

Beauty Featured Lifestyle

L’occitane Creme Perfectrice

November 22, 2015

As promised, Lets talk about the Creme Perfectrice de L’occitane, I got a 7 day deluxe sample a couple of weeks ago after signing up for it online { I personally feel its a great way to test a product, not that I expect a miracle within days but just to see how superficially it would feel on the skin}, and I have to say this moisturizer is being so lovely on my combination skin. With my move to London and its weather, my skin is all over the place sometimes I have dry patches, which is a first for my normally oily skin, then I would go back to oily and I could feel like it need it to be hydrated, after using the moisturizer for a week morning and night, my skin feels plump and bright no more dry patches, It really gives it a glow and it has help to improve the texture of it, I’m really loving it.

The moisturizer promises to leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and velvety and to reduce your pores, fine lines and imperfections, although I do think is too soon for me to say something about helping with fine lines and pore reduction, I do think is does the work with making your skin feeling soft and velvety.  The Creme Perfectrice does have a scent, I really like it but I do love rose and peony scents so if that’s a problem for you this might not be the one for you to try. In the morning I just wash my skin and then I put the moisturizer before my SPF and makeup and at night I use it every other nigh combining it with my Artemis oil by Sunday Riley {Another fave! read my review about it if you haven’t}.
I would definitely give it a shoot if you are looking for a new moisturizer, it’s really a fantastic formula! Until next time…

Love,

Paola

 

 

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Sephora VIB SALE – Skin & Hair Picks

November 13, 2015

I’m back with more picks from the Sephora VIB Sale! Now lets talk about skincare and hair products, there are so many options is not even funny, I literally start making my list a month or so before because 20% off in some of this products is almost imposible otherwise, don’t forget the VIB Sale ends November 16th, 2015 and if you are not close to a store order online at www.sephora.com and use code VIB20… Oh and they even have great stocking stuffers like this and this from Deborah Lippmann , get your presents ready for your family, friends and of course yourself!

1.First Aid Beauty Skin rescue deep clean cleanser– I’ve been wanting to try this for a while!

2. Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Good Genes + Luna– If you read my previous blog about Artemis you know I love this brand, and I’m sooo excited to try both of this!!!!

3. Caudalie Beauty Elixir– One of the best facial mist, the one I keep buying every year, smells so good.

4. Almond Deluxe Duo from L’occitane – Love this shower oil and great present idea too!

5. Philosophy Amazing Grace Jumbo Gift Set– My mom’s favorite scent and I also love it.

6. Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream for Hair– One of the best hair treatments ever! I got a sample that last me for a while and it was amazing, I want more!

7. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo– I keep seeing the beauty vloggers say is fantastic so obvi I want it now haha

8.Glamglow Giftsexy Dazzling Hydration Set– Really love the mask so I think its a great deal to try more than one.

9. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream– One of my favorites eye creams, super light and it works!

10.Marc Jacobs Beauty The Bronze-Bronzer Brush No. 12– A very popular brush that cost $78 so if you want it, this is your moment to get it.

11.L’occitane Shea Rose Heart Hand Cream– as seen in my November picks, I’m loving this hand cream!

12. Bobbi Brown Beach Rollerball Eau de Parfum and Body Scrub– I Love this perfume, if you like the beach and that coconut, sunscreen scent this if for you.

13.Fresh Sugar Lychee Rollerball Eau de Parfum and Bath & Shower Gel– Another one of my faves, and I really like rollerballs because they are perfect to take with me everywhere!

There are so many more things to pick, but this are definitely things that I love, that I have try before or that I would love to try and keep hearing great things about! Until next time and happy shopping!

Love,

Paola

Fashion Travel

DV News: Chanel is going to Cuba…

October 24, 2015

CHANEL is going to Cuba!

Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director of CHANEL picks this caribbean country to do his first fashion show in Latin America…According to PeopleEnEspañol.com, CHANEL Cruise 2016  collection will be presented in Havana, Cuba on May 3rd!

“The cultural richness and opening up of Cuba is a source of inspiration for Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL” Reads the press release from the French company.

I’ll be honest I’m quite intrigued and really looking forward to see how those two worlds will blend.         Should be a fantastic show, and my expectations are pretty high since CHANEL is known for doing fantastic and super creative fashion shows… The combination of the Latin Flavor with Chanel savior-faire is something I’m quite excited too see!! So I had to share it with you guys, Happy Saturday! Until next time…

Love,

Paola

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Chanel va pa’ Cuba!

Karl Lagerfeld, el director creativo de CHANEL  escogió este país caribeño para su primer desfile de modas en America Latina. Desacuerdo con  PeopleEnEspañol.com,  La collection resort 2016  sera presentada en la Havana, Cuba en 3 de Mayo del año proximo. “La riqueza cultural y la apertura de Cuba al mundo hacen del país una fuente de inspiración para Karl Lagerfeld y Chanel”, expresó en un comunicado, la firma francesa.

Soy honesta y estoy super intrigada y de verdad esperando ver como van a integrar esos dos mundos, ese show seguro va a ser espectacular, porque sabiendo como son de creativos los desfiles de modas de CHANEL, mis expectativas son altas! La combinacion del sabor latino y el savior-faire de CHANEL es algo que estoy super emocionada por ver y tenia que compartirlo con ustedes! Hasta la próxima y Feliz Sabado!!

Love,

Paola

 

Fashion Featured

Weekend Sales

October 16, 2015

Hi There! We all love a good sale, right? I know I need them in my life! haha I gather some great sales for this weekend, so you get all the goodies you have been looking for!

Neiman Marcus gives you $50 off when you spend $200 with the code SSLOVENM

Saks Fifth Avenue Friends and Family gives you 25% off with code THANKYOU

J.Crew has 30% on selected items and 40% off on final sale items with LAYERUP

Madewell {one of my faves!} has extra 40% off sale with EXTRA40

Loeffler Randall take 20% off site wide with SQUADGOALS

Lord & Taylor with the code FRIENDS takes 30% off sale items, 25% on almost everything and 10% off beauty.

Alice + Olivia has 25% off site wide during their Friends and Family sale event

And here are some of my picks, an all around fan favorite Clutch, Backpack, Sweater/Jumper, Sunglasses, Booties, Vest, Duster Jacket.

Have a great weekend and see you at the checkout 😉

Love,

Paola

FTC. Not sure if all the deals will work outside of the USA and Canada, but you can give it a try, I know I will 😉

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My October Must Haves

October 10, 2015

Hi there! October is here and it’s going way to fast for my taste, really! To be honest, I don’t have any clothes for this weather! Well I do have some but as any other girl would say… I don’t have any clothes for ‘this’ cold weather! Right now in London is really not that cold, but it does get chilly enough that I need to wear long sleeves all the time, and I’m really loving plaid at the moment so this Latitude shirtdress from Madewell in Alma Plaid It’s perfect,  you can wear it as dress now and later one with tights or pants. I’m obsess with this gilet/sweater from French Connection, is such a statement piece and will go with everything, from just a blouse to under a coat or jacket later on, Love it!! The fabric is super nice, great to keep you warm and look chic at the same time.

Booties are everything at the moment, perfect for walking around the city, I’m really into this Nine West ones and this more affordable chelsea boots from H&M. A statement necklace is perfect for sweater weather, you can bring a jeans/sweater outfit alive with this cool bib necklace designed by Olivia Palermo {love her!!!!} for BubleBar called Vial. The new nail polish colors from the Chanel Les Automnales collection are just gorgeous!!! There is a red one, a deep green one and my fave the deeper red color, I need them all!!! My lips get so dry with the wind and cold weather that I need to use lip balms all the time and I’ve been loving the EOS in vanilla and mint flavor, perfect flavor combination if you ask me, so yummy! What are your faves for the month? Until next time.

Love,

Paola

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Hola! October esta aqui y el tiempo esta pasando muy rápido para mi gusto, en serio! Y la verdad es que yo no tengo ropa para este clima! Bueno si tengo algunas cositas pero como todas las mujeres nos sentimos día a día… No tengo ropa para este clima tan frío! Aunque ahorita en Londres no esta tan helado, pero si se pone lo suficientemente fresco que tengo que ponerme manga larga siempre, y me esta gustando mucho usar flanel este mes y este vestido estilo blusa de Madewell es perfecto, lo puedes usar como vestido o con leggins o pantalones luego. Estoy obsesionada con este suéter estilo gilet de French Connection super elegante y perfecto para usarlo ahorita con una blusa linda y luego abajo de un abrigo, y el color es de verdad perfecto para usarlo con todo.

Usar botines me fascina porque se me hace mas cómoda para caminar en la ciudad, y me ha gustado mucho estas de Nine West y estas llamadas chelsea boots de H&M due son mas comodas de precio. Y como siempre algo de joyería porque saben que me encantan y puedes darle vida a cualquier outfit con un collar como este diseñado por Olivia Palermo {La amo!!!} para BubleBar. Y tenia que agregar los nuevos colores de esmalte de uñas para la temporada de FW15 de Chanel, el rojo vivo es lindo para la temporada, hay uno verde y mi favorito el color rojo profundo que me encanta para Fall. Mis labios se me resecan muy rápido con el viento y el frío y me ha gustado mucho el protector de labios de EOS en menta con vainilla, el sabor me encanta, super rico! Y tus must haves cuales son? Hasta la próxima.

Love,

Paola

Beauty Featured Lifestyle

Artemis by Sunday Riley

October 2, 2015

Hi there!! So you guys probably have an idea of how much I love beauty oils, and this one by Sunday Riley caught my eye a while ago. Before moving to London I went to my local Sephora and got a sample of it, because let’s be honest I do think it is pricey, but I really believe that if it does what it promises {Most of them don’t!} then its worth the investment and with all of the pain of my wallet, after a week of using the sample, I can say that it is amazing!!!! Totally worth it!!!I have combination skin, so using oils in my face always scares me, but the Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil by Sunday Riley works brilliantly, and its specially formulated for combination/oily skin.

All the traveling that I have done lately, was showing in my skin, I had some dry patches and was breaking out a lot, I only used it at nights after cleansing my skin and I personally didn’t use any other moisturizing just the oil, and after a week my skin clear a lot, and it felt so nice and plump, I felt in love, gave my skin a lot of luminosity, it says it helps against premature ageing {yesss please!!} and it has toxin-fighting enzymes to keep your skin blemish-free and beautiful. I purchased the full size bottle before leaving Miami {currency conversion issues lol}, and I’m using it every night and sometimes even in the morning when I don’t need to wear makeup, but the good thing is it will last you for a while, I’ve been using the one I purchased for over two weeks and looks like new. So my advise is if you are not ready to commit, get a sample in a store like Sephora or SpaceNK and test if it works for you, but since I’m sure you will love it, just get the idea that you will end up buying it… sorry wallet and you welcome face 😉 Until next time!

Love,

Paola

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Hola!! Bueno como ustedes ya se habran dado cuenta a mi me encantan los aceites de belleza, y desde hace ratitos que vengo escuchando este aceite Artemis para la cara de Sunday Riley. Antes de venirme a Londres fui a Sephora y pedi una muestra, para probar si de verdad era tan bueno como decían, y por que siendo honesta no esta tan barato, pero igual lo quería probar porque yo soy de las que cree que si el producto hace lo que promete {porque la mayoría no es así!} entonces  vale la pena la inversion y con todo el dolor de mi cartera, después de usar la muestra toda la semana, lo prometido es cierto, este aceite es fabuloso!!! Totalmente vale la pena! Yo tengo piel mixta, por lo que a veces usar aceites en la cara me da miedo, pero este Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil by Sunday Riley trabaja perfecto, y es especialmente formulado para pieles mixtas or grasas.

Todos los viajes que he hecho últimamente se estaban notando en mi piel, tenia unos parchesitos de piel seca en la cara y me estaban saliendo muchas espinillas (pimples), yo solo use el aceite en las noches después de limpiarme la cara y no use mas crema hidratante encima, y después de una semana mi piel se limpio bastante, y la sentía super suave y con elasticidad, y con estos resultados me enamore de este producto, y ademas dice que ayuda con los primeros signos de envejecimiento {si porfavor!!} y tiene enzimas que ayudan a mantener tu piel libre de espinillas y linda. Yo compre el producto en su paquete completo antes de irme de Miami {por eso de la conversion de la moneda lol }, y lo estoy usando todas las noches y a veces en la mañana cuando no me voy a poner maquillaje, pero lo bueno es que te va a durar, yo he usado el que compre por dos semanas y parece como nuevo. Mi consejo es que si no están listas para comprometerse a usar la botella completa, vayan a una tienda como Sephora, SpaceNK y pidan una muestra pero como yo se que les va a encantar, vayan haciéndose la idea que lo van a terminar comprando… sorry cartera y de nada piel 😉 Hasta la próxima!

Love,

Paola

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My London. Life Update

September 21, 2015

Hi guys!! So I found a flat, and seriously we got lucky, because after looking tons of them and getting beat in a few bidding wars we got one and it’s an awesome one!!! In the lovely area of Kensington {Hello William and Kate!! 😉 } It’s being quite insane the last three weeks! And since I’ve been with the craziness of looking for flats and looking for new opportunities, and without wifi I was bother-line insanity but I’m working on it, and now getting back to normal, so get ready because I’m now in London and ready to rock it!  I have a few different projects and ideas coming so stay tuned for more!! Have a fabulous week… Oh and are you following me on Facebook?? It’s easy look for Dear Valentino and give a like to my page and on Instagram @dear_valentino… For all the links to my social media look on top of the blog 😉 until next time!

love,

Paola

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Hola chic@s!! Al fin conseguimos apartamento!! Woohoo esto si que ha sido la locura, vimos muchisimos flats y pusimos ofertas y hasta tuvimos una que Otra guerra de ofertas que ni funciono! Lol pero por fin encontramos el nuestro y super bendecidos porque nos encanta, en el area de Kensignton que es tan linda {Hola William y Kate!!} y con esta locura de buscar apartamentos y nuevas oportunidades, y sin Internet casi me vuelvo loca jajaja pero ya estamos volviendo a la normalidad Woohoo!! Tengo varias ideas y estoy trabajando en varios proyectos así que estén pendientes que en Londres Voy con muchas ganas! Que tengan una Linda semana, ah y ya me siguen en Facebook?? Es facil solo buscan el nombre de Dear Valentino y en Instagram @dear_valentino… Para todos mis links de redes sociales, Los links estan en la parte de arriba del blog 😉 Hasta la próxima!!

Love,

Paola

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My French Pharmacy Must Have

September 13, 2015

Happy Weekend to all of you! Time management when you don’t have WIFI {a blogger nightmare} or an actual flat/apartment is a struggle, hotel living is not my thing! But lets talk about beauty, shall we? French beauty products are some of the best in the world, and living in Monaco gave me opportunity to try tons of things from the pharmacy which is a must if you ask me, there are so many options that its actually very dangerous for your wallet! Here are my must haves, the ones that now I can’t live without, the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is an all around amazing oil {read my blog post here about it}, also from Nuxe is the Reve de Miel a lovely lip balm that doesn’t have any shine so is the perfect base for any lippie, especially those super trendy dry matte ones, leaves your lips so hydrated, is perfect!

French ladies swear by their water sprays and I love the Avene one because is specially good for sensitive skin like mine and the super popular Serozinc by La Roche Posay, this one honestly is great when you have acne prone skin! What can I say about Bioderma Micellier water that has not being said? Its just the best micellier water in the market for most people, and make up artists around the world, I haven’t tried many but I love it and I get the one for oily skin. Last but not least, an all around must have product, Homeoplasmine, has a funny name very medicine like but its the perfect ointment for dry patches, dry lips, even as a moisturizer if you have really dry skin. These are my favorite French pharmacy products, what are yours?? Let me know because I always want to try more!! Until next time.

Love,

Paola

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Feliz fin de semana!! Debo admitir que manejar mi tiempo estas semanas que llevo en Londres sin WIFI y sin apartamento han sido super difícil, esto de vivir en un Hotel no es lo mío! Pero bueno mejor hablemos de belleza, no? Los productos de belleza hechos en Francia son de los mejores del mundo, y cuando estuve viviendo en Monaco tube la oportunidad de probar muchas cosas y es que hay tantas opciones que es hasta peligroso para tu cartera! Pero lo bueno que probar todos estos productos me dio la oportunidad de tener mis favoritos, mis “must haves”, y uno es el Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, que es un aceite seco espectacular { lee mi review aquí }, y también de la marca Nuxe es el Reve de Miel a lovely lip balm que es mate en los labios, y te los hidrata muchísimo, perfecto para usarlo bajo lapis de labios secos.

Las chicas Francesas juran con sus aguas en spray para la cara, creo que cada marca tiene una diferente, me encanto la de Avene que es para piel sensible y mi favorita es Serozinc de La Roche Posay, que es perfecta para cuando tienes la piel propensa a tener acne. Que puedo decir del agua limpiadora de Bioderma que no se haiga dicho? no mucho, porque es la mejor del mercado de acuerdo con muchos, yo no he probado muchas diferentes pero si me encanta, y compro la especial para piel grasa. Por ultimo, un producto full versátil, Homeoplasmine es un oitment que sirve para los labios secos, para esos parches secos que se nos hacen y hasta como hidratante para la piel super seca. Estos son mis productos favoritos de las farmacias francesas, cuales son los tuyos? cuéntame que siempre quiero mas!! Until next time.

Love,

Paola