Holiday Book Wishlist 2017

26 Nov 2017

I always say and will always keep saying it: books are the best gift you can ever get (besiFdes food). I have so many books in my never ending list which are on my goodreads profile but the ones I am sharing above are the "I would not mind getting them for the holidays this year" list.

1. Bear Town 
A novel written by the same author of A Man Called Ove (yet to read) about a small town that has big dreams. The story has some relation, actually quite big relation I reckon, to Ice hockey, so that really called my attention. I love sports, specifically soccer and basketball but lately I've been quite fascinated with Ice hockey too so this book would be interesting to read. But also because it is the story of a community coming together to achieve a common dream. 

2. When Breath Becomes Air
This one is a bit of a deep read. It is a memoir by Paul Kalanithi who was a neurosurgeon who got diagnosed with terminal cancer. He writes about the reflection of what could be the meaning of life? What is it that makes life worth living? I love books like such because it really makes you think about everything. 

3. The Girl on The Train 
This one I'm pretty sure people are more familiar with since it became a movie and all. Haven't seen the movie nor have I read the book yet, and I do not want to see a movie before reading the book so I need to read this first. 

4. Brida
From one of my favorite authors. I've read a couple of books from him but this one is next on my list. It has a bit of a similar style to The Alchemist (which is also on this list) since it deals with the mystical and spiritual powers and the connection to the universe. How fun does that sound? 

5. Little Fires Everywhere
This story is based in a town from Cleveland, so that is one of the reasons why I want to read it. Go Cavs! But in all seriousness, this book just like Bear Town, centers into a community, but instead of working together towards a common goal, there is some tension and disagreements that occur between them, hence the title of the book. 

6. The Sun and Her Flowers
This one has been a LONG time occupant in any type of book lists of my own. Rupi is one of my all time favorite poets so it is no surprise that I am dying to get this book into my hands. 

7. We Were Liars
Suspense novel. Enough said. 

8. The Alchemist
Basically all members of my family has read this book but myself. They keep recommending it over and over again so I guess the time has come for me to finally read it. Just as I mentioned previously, it has a similar theme to another one of Mr Coelho's books, Brida. I'm all about for spirituality and universe connections so yes, quite excited to be a part of this beautiful story. 

9. Just One Wish
Another book that is deep to read. Just like When Breath Becomes Air, it deals with the topic of cancer. It is about a 17 year old girl who her brother has cancer and she tries to convince him that he will survive an upcoming surgery. 


Stripes for Fall?

20 Nov 2017 Miami, FL, USA

Stripes for fall? It's Miami so it's always hot around here and the typical fall outfits of comfy sweaters, leggings and boots are definitely out of the question. Can't complain really since I don't have to suffer the many layers of clothes on top of me and instead, wear a simple romper like so.

This lovely white & blue striped romper is so comfortable to wear. I always have those days that do not want to put too much effort into my outfit. The whole "figuring out the top and bottom" ensemble, making sure they match, I just get too lazy sometimes and so I opt for a simple, easy one piece look. I also like that this romper is somewhat off the shoulders. I've been lately obsessed with off-the-shoulder looks, and the bow tie in the middle just completes the entire look.


Photograph by Sarah Sturgis

Book Of The Month | November

13 Nov 2017

We know that books will always be better than the movies (not to devalue the works of all the amazing movie directors out there). I love watching movies, don't get me wrong, but when you read the book version is like you are creating your own movie inside your head you know? Generally I like reading books about things that I can relate to, characters that are around my age range or older. I don't tend to read books about teenagers set in High School because it's like, I already lived that phase of my life and I definitely try to deviate from romantic stories. But there are some that are too good not to read, that even though they do have a dose of romance and perhaps it's narrated in a teenage world, you can still take so much value from it, and that is what John Green's book are for me.

I've only read The Fault In Our Stars before jumping into the bandwagon of the brightly orange cover of Turtles All The Way Down. It's THE book of the season, I've literally seen it at least once every time I check any of my social media. But not only because it's popular but when I saw it was from Mr Green, I HAD to. Did not know what the book was about at all, I thought it had to do with turtles? the beach? animals. Something along those lines.

So I bought the book in Urban Outfitters in one of my weekly visits, of course, when I saw that orange swirl (which I totally understand now why it is a swirl). That was on Friday. I spend the entire weekend glued to the book and I can say that I devoured it until the end. Barely slept, barely ate, all I did was read. I just couldn't stop. The book was good, oh it was sooo good.

For starters, it deals with two major things I can relate into my own life: anxiety and perception of reality. I don't really talk or like to talk much about my anxiety issues but reading about it, how Aza dealt with her own type of anxiety, it was so so so relatable. I try not to dwell on my anxiety, often times not giving it attention, or perhaps I do not really know what is and what isn't anxiety anymore, so reading about it, it was as if I was reading parts of my life. At times it wasn't though because I would read about her anxiety attacks and then it would be a trigger so I would be having one as well.

Aza, the main character of the story, also questioned the idea of what is real, how do we know we are real and not just living in a fictional world. It scared her the notion that "self" is not a singular noun. The self is many things so who are we really? She felt that her thoughts were controlling her and not the other way around. Some really philosophical stuff right there for sure. I did not agree to many of the ways she saw the world though. I would have several discussions with Aza in my head completely disagreeing and other times completely agreeing. But after you read this book, you will realize the meaning of the title and the swirl on the cover and tie everything up together and it will make so much more sense.

I found it so beautiful that there was this constant debate inside my head with agreeing or not agreeing with Aza because that is what John Green perhaps wanted to reflect with the title? That the world is not only a globe but it can also be flat that is on top of turtles after turtles after turtles that go infinitely all the way down. There is no above or below us, like Davis talked about the sky and the universe. The world is not only one thing, it can mean and it can be seen, completely different to me or to you. Our realities are different, not only from person to person but also from different species. Why would we try to define what is real and what is not when we do not even know what we don't know?

So defining what is real is kind of a complex issue. But one thing for sure I can say about all of this is, just as Malik told Aza, the beauty of science is not only asking questions to obtain a definite answer but to learn how to elaborate even more adequate questions. And that is what reality is for me. It's science, it's asking more questions, it's spirituality, eating food, turtles, seeing a baby smile, the sun rays reflecting on the green leaves in front a big infinite blue sky. But mostly, reality is an infinite depth.

Peter Thomas Roth: Cucumber Gel Mask & De-tox Reviews

18 Aug 2017

On my recurrent visits to Sephora, Peter Thomas Ross has always called my attention, especially their 24K Gold Mask (I asked for a little sample and just the fact that has gold in it, was everything). My face type is oily but I've never really had many break outs, until I reached college. It was as if I was going through a delayed puberty phase, the one where pimples just starts coming out of nowhere and you do everything but it does not stop whatsoever.

 I've tried some products now and then for acne but it really did not seem to work properly. As of lately I've done the vampire facial, or better known as the Kim K facial (I'll write about this in a future post). Long story short, this facial did help a lot with just occasional break outs coming out, but one thing that I cannot fight against are the period break outs. The ones that you will get no matter what when your period is about to come. For these times, I really needed something that would keep in control of the skin irritation and I am so extremely thankful for the Cucumber De-tox collection. It is perfect if you are looking, as the name itself implies, to detoxify your skin out of impurities and to give that needed moisture.  

My favourite color is green so it gave me more reasons to go for this product, that and the fact that it helps soothe irritation from break outs, cools and detoxifies, but mostly because it was green though. I suggest keeping in inside the fridge so when you need to use it and apply to the skin, it is SO fresh and it feels amazing. 

* Things to know:
- Leave it for at least 10 minutes
- The consistency is gel so it would not dry on your face
- It has a slight smell of cucumber (of course)
- If you want an extra moisture treatment you can leave it overnight
- Use it twice-three times a week

* Results:
[Having in mind that every skin is different, therefore the results could vary according to person]

If I have a break out and I use this mask, it really does help it calm down. It also works well for sun exposure irritation and other related skin issues. I use it three times a week mostly with cucumbers on my eyes too. Overall, the skin feels really good after usage of the mask, you could really feel that your skin has been cleaned thoroughly. I follow the facial cleanse treatment with the cucumber de-tox  gel cream. 

This cream is so cool because after you use, it goes back as if you've never touched it (it's gel after all) and me as a perfectionist, this little element is so satisfying. This gives you moisture to your skin, if you do not have the mask, this will do but if you have both, you can use this right after the mask. 

* Things to know:
- Use twice daily, morning and night
- It is lightweight and oily free but do not abuse it too much since it can get quite heavy

This cream does its job well, it gives you the right amount of moisture to the skin. Whenever I put it on, I can feel that my skin is being hydrated and healthy overall.

Life Update

11 Aug 2017

So here I go again. Getting MIA for the past four months? So for a little bit of an update, this is what happened in these last few months. I was supposed to graduate in May but then I had some classes that I needed to take over the summer like my internship (for our university it is a class). Finance was supposed to be one of them but the class was full so I had to wait for the next semester. 

Since my family lives in Miami, I came here for the time being. I will take an online class for Finance so until December I am staying around Florida :) Over the summer was quite interesting, having the beach and all you know. Even thought I had online classes, I had plenty of time to read books! So if I have to pick one thing that was my favorite to do over the summer it would be this, finally having the time to read books. So far I've finished three books, currently going to the 4th. 

Anyways, that is a little bit of what happened/is happening right now. I've had some pretty interesting experiences that I will be sharing in the blog soon so I hope you stick around :) Have an awesome day!! 

Book of the Month: March

21 Apr 2017

A little bit behind on this post, but please bare with me, graduation is around the corner and things are just completely hectic. But even in that situation surprisingly I managed to finish a book for the month of March, so even though I am doing terrible in updating the blog, I am still on track with the Book of the Month project :D

This book has been such a delight to read. It is from one of my most favorite authors, the one and only, Cecelia Ahern. I've set a goal to myself that I needed to read all of the books from her that I could possibly get my hands onto. So far I've read "How to Fall in Love", "The Book of Tomorrow" and "If You Could See Me Now", and of course "Thanks for the Memories". I particularly love Ahern's books because although they do have some type of romanticism (even though I detest romantic books) it is not too cheesy and at the end the main character always stays strong. So far with the books I've read from her, the female character does not need a man to succeed, she can find success on her own, but that male figure is there to support her, but regardless, she has the power to overcome whatever she is going through.

I like this, I really do. I never was the type of person who liked the idea of a damsel in distress that needs to be saved by prince charming. Gross, what are we? weak and incapable beings? It does not matter if we are women or men, we are humans. We might have some biological differences but still, we all bleed red don't we? Talking about blood here it is funny because in this book, blood is a big part of the story. And no, it does not include vampires.

The plot goes about a woman that had a miscarriage by falling down the stairs (right at the beginning of the book, what a way to start a story right?) and so she needs a blood transfusion because she was losing a lot of blood. After she receives this blood, she starts seeing things from another life, as if she is another person. Turns out that the person that donated the blood and eventually got into the main character's body, this is the guy's life that Joyce sees it. So it's like as if she got a part of his life into her and he also has a sensation that somehow they are attached (which of course, it's about the blood). But they do not know this yet. So the entire story is them crossing paths and losing each other, but then they try to find each other again. Sounds like a hustle but trust me, it is a lot of fun to read this adventurous journey. If you decide to give this book a read, let me know what you though of it!

The Power-Suit is back

2 Mar 2017


Book of The Month: January/February

7 Feb 2017

The book for the month of January was the sequel for the famous novel Me Before You, however I have not finished it so I am carrying it to the month of Feb. Perhaps until the middle of the month? In fact it is suuuuuch a good book that if I would have not started college yet, I would have probably be done by now. I purchased it sometime in the beginning of January from Publix, that supermarket in Miami when I was staying with the fam for winter break. Started reading, and I could not stop. Kept saying 'one more chapter, and then I'll stop" just to find myself awake reading at 5 am.

Then classes started and things got a bit more hectic. At first I carried the book around with me so whenever I had a free time like waiting for the bus, or if I arrived for class earlier, I would take the book out and read as many pages as I could. But, carrying my laptop, binders and textbooks, along with the book? It is not much of a wise idea. Unfortunately the pages are starting to fold and I accidentally spilled pasta sauce on it as well :( This happened because I went to eat with a friend, and they were leftovers, put the little take away box in my backpack and the next thing I know is that I open my bag and I see a little lake of white sauce. Maybe I should start carrying a separate little bag specifically for my book?

Anyways, why should you read this book you may ask. Well for starters, if you really wanna know what happens next after Will Traynor dies and Louisa Clark goes to Paris, then yes, this book is so worth it. You are in for a HUGE and unexpected surprise. I do not want to reveal too much but the book really explores Louisa's overcoming with grief, and how she moves forward in life. Personally I am not much of a romantic, I dislike very much any romantic story and cheesy things, but this novel by Jojo Moyes is more than just telling a romance, it makes you think about life, time and makes you discuss about morality. What would you do if you were Will? Would you have go ahead and die or just live in pain for the rest of your life but regardless, stay with the woman you love? I had so many discussions with friends about this. But yes, totally recommend it if you are those curious ones that wonders after a story ends what do the characters do next? I cant wait to finish this book, so far got only two more chapters to finish :D

Happy Reading!!

Pop of Colors

20 Jan 2017

Pop of Colors

Dash Miami Visit

How can you not visit the Dash store if you are around Miami? This boutique is basically one of the must visit places in a tourist's list. I mean, it was in mine at least...

I've heard things about it before like they had pretty much simple items in relation to their high prices. To be honest I wasn't expecting too much from Dash after such reviews. But when I finally visited myself, I kind of am a fan now? Yeah it was true of what people said about Dash having simple clothes, and the prices are high but if you wanna dress up like a Kardashian (and pretend to be one of the sisters) then this store is totally for you. Just be prepared to take some (many) green papers from out of your wallet, if this is not a problem for you, then shop till you drop! ;)

For peasants like me however, we can also find some things from here and there. For example their perfumes are not that bad of a price, approximately around 60 to 80 dollars only and the scent is surprisingly REALLY good! I would totally recommend the honey one, I utterly mostly fell in love with it.

The atmosphere of the whole store was pretty Kardashian-like. Very chic, on the top trend from the music they were playing, to the way their products were presented, super glamorous but very chill and laid back at the same time. The Dash girls were very welcoming and attentive, and I loooved their outfits. In each rack you will find a different style according to a Kardashian sister. My favorite was Khloe's! More casual, denim and plaids. Kim's of course had more items that were tightly fitted and lace, not for me at all.

Overall. Dash store is indeed simple. Do not expect golden floors, cameras flashing towards you and a red carpet at the entrance. Bu they do deliver in the sense that they have that Kardashian soul, and as I said, if you want to look like a Kardashian, this is the place to shop.

New Year, New Me?

8 Jan 2017

Hello everybody!!! Happy holidays and happy 2017!

I hope that you all had an unforgettable welcoming celebration of this new year. I certainly did. I was freezing outside while sitting on the grass for way too long that my buttocks felt like they turned squared and how could I forget the lovely smell of weed... oh! and the drunk guy vomiting not too far away from our picnic sesh. Not trying to be a pessimistic brat right now but hey, not everything is perfect (which is a mentality I need to have more in mind for this 2017).

In all of the uncomfortableness aside, I could have not asked for a better New Year's Eve celebration. I honestly can't complain, I mean, waiting for the new year in Miami beach while watching breathtaking fireworks surrounded by your family? What a blessing! I hope all of you spent it with your beloved ones as well. Now, talking about new year's resolutions...I have absolutely no problem in starting them, the problem though is to carry onwards (which I can assume it's the issue for most of us amirite?). Howeverrrr, my goals for this year are mostly things I have already started last year but kind of derailed them.

One of the things I started last year was go to the gym regularly and eat healthier. During the summer this became completely off, eating McDonalds, Wendy's, Sonic, chips, you name it. Then Thanksgiving came and finals, going to the gym seemed like a myth during those times. And now, after the holidays have finished.. 4 days into the new year, still have not gone to the gym. Got to get my life together Fabiana. This is the year folks, the year that I will finally finish university! May 2017. Graduation. After that? Get into the real adulthood world, like the legit thing. So I will need discipline more than ever.

So far I've only made a mental list of my goals for this year, but now, let's write it down on this post so I can have proof of the list and regularly check my progress. So without further ado, let's dig in:

1. Healthy Eating.
I feel like this is a major favorite of everybody's resolution list.  I am a HUGE food lover, like for real, I beyond love eating, even when I am not hungry. So yeah, this one is a real buzzkill for me. But from what I learned last year, once you start eating healthy everything changes, your body, the way you look at life, your attitude, everything seems brighter and joyful.

2. Go to the Gym.
This one is another carryover from last year. I would definitely like to keep going though, haven't been for the last two months approximately.

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