May 2013

my style

Surfs Up.

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One of my favorite activities Mango had planned for us during day 2 was filled with water, small waves, maintaing good balance and tons of fun! We went (standup) paddle board surfing in Barceloneta and being that it was my first time, I was terrified. For one, I hardly know how to swim and two, I’m afraid of being in the ocean. Although I was excited to try something new, I was especially nervous to step out of my comfort zone but I knew I would regret it if I didn’t try it.

Once we stepped into our wet suits, I knew there was no turning back. We had such a fun crew teaching us the basics that I instantly fell confident and comfortable! The beautiful weather and calm waves made it easy to paddle board in. There were three steps into paddle boarding; One being you lay down and paddle with your arms (I did great here!), Two, you get on your knees and maintain your body straight + sturdy while paddling with  your paddle left and right and Third, standing up! This was so hard for me; my legs were shaky and I couldn’t find my balance that eventually I ended up falling. I fell unexpectedly,  and hit a rock on my toes and it was the most painful feeling ever. Two of my toes were badly injured and within a few hours they were so bruised, that I could hardly walk!

I wouldn’t change anything about this experience though, I’m so thankful for the opportunity to try something so new to me especially in a beautiful city like Barcelona!

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The girls and I in our wetsuits before heading out to paddle board. (I’m wearing Mango swimsuit and Carrera shades)

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My first dip into the water!

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After surfing, we changed into our clothes and hung out by the beach as we waiting to head to lunch!

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My essentials: Raen shades ( absolutely becoming my favorite sunnies lately) and my go-to traveling clutch I take with me on every trip!

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We’re all standing up! This was so hard to do; definitely a good workout!

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Since I injured my toes, I couldn’t wear close toe shoes so these havaiana’s came in handy!

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Thank you Mike & Gabby for taking my photos!

Photography by: Cup of Couple

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Shorts: Quiksilver
Necklace: Mango
Sunglasses: Raen
Clutch: Clare Vivier
Flip flops: Havaiana[/do]

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Black & White.

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A black and white combo is always classically good and for my second day in the city, I decided to keep it classic. We spent the whole day at the roof top #mangosummer pool party and afterwards we headed to the nearest Mango store so that we can help pick an outfit with our reader! Adriana, my winner/reader, was so much fun to shop with.. we went ahead and picked some staples that she needed for her wardrobe!

Since we did a lot of walking, I knew I wanted to be comfortable (as always) so I switched out my heels for my trusty ol’ Cons. I love how laid-back yet cool it makes the rest of my outfit.. kind of imperfect.

Also, I loved hanging out with my good friends Mike & Gabby, power duo, from Cup of Couple blog; Photographers + Videographers + creatives, they’re so talented. Always a good shoot with them! Thank you Gabby + Mike for my photos!

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Mango Summer

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Hola from sunny Barcelona! I arrived two days ago and it’s been an incredible experience thus far. I flew in to hangout with my lovely friends over at Mango for their 3-Day #MangoSummer experience where they invited 5 bloggers ( all my friends!: Nicole, Zanita, Gala and Sabrina) to enjoy Barcelona, experience summer, check out their newest collection and play dress up, attend a cool pool party they threw, go paddle board surfing, have fancy dinners, take sushi cooking lessons, get manicures by OPI and more! I mean, they really outdid themselves from last year (when I went to Ibiza with them!)

The best surprise though was that each one of us was going to be able to bring along one of our readers! We held a contest on our instagram and all they had to do was submit an email on why they wanted to go barcelona with me, it was that easy. We got tons of emails so it was hard to pick one but we each narrowed it down to a couple each and finally picked one for each of us to join us on this fun 3-day summer experience with Mango!

I picked Adriana Paczynski from Australia but is currently residing in London for Uni. She was the most sweetest girl; we instantly clicked the moment I met and hugged her. We got to know each other as we talked for hours… and it felt as if though we were just picking up right were we left off even though I had just met her. She was funny, sweet, caring, down-to-earth, pretty and had so much energy! I’m definitely going to miss her but we promised we would stay in touch!

Thank you to everyone that entered; your e-mails were truly touching and I found myself getting teary eyed quite a lot! I wish I could I brought you all along, thank you for the sweet words.

Anyway, excited to be in this beautiful city again! Enjoy day 1 of my stay!mangosummer11

The roof top view from our hotel; at Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona

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Photo by AfterDrk; Cool balloons for our Mango pool party! Check the hashtag #mangosummer on instagram for more cool photos from all the girls and Mango. mangosummer5

Photo by: Cup of Couple; Hanging with my adorable winner/reader Adriana!

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Mini burgers and things for lunch! So yummy!

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Hanging with my pretty girls: Nicole + Sabrina. Love them!

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My spanish cutie, Gala, representing with her letter G for her name!

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Cool kids; Mike from Cup of Couple & beautiful Zanita!

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My love, Nicole!

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All the girls together! The bloggers and our readers! So cute! Love this.

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Amazing pool view shot by talented duo and favorite couple; Mike & Gabby.

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