Miles + Smiles

Miles + Smiles turns one! Cheers!

August 17, 2016

How crazy it is that its been a whole year since I began my blog?! From the very bottom of my heart I want to thank each one of you, my readers, for coming with me on this journey.

A lot has happened this year. Now, a month away from tying the knot, I reflect back to all the big and small moments that made me start Miles + Smiles. So you all know, Miles + Smiles started because I simply needed an outlet to vent; a way to deal with my long distance relationship. But, then the blog grew and eventually, my fiancée and I were able to close the distance. A lot of people continued to ask: Ok, so now what is the blog going to be about? Are you going to change the name? At the beginning, my answer was a simple “I don’t know” -- I wanted to let the blog evolve into whatever it needed to be.

I do believe that the best things in life happen organically, without over planning or over thinking. That’s what happened with this blog; it happened one day while I was visiting my fiancé. We were eating ribs and drinking beer. He said to me, “you should start a blog.” The idea had been in my mind for quite a while, but I could not find the right angle. He said “just start it” and so I did. Quite possibly the best decision I have ever made.

This blog has been fun, it has never felt like a chore. Honestly, I feel that everything I write has taken me into a new experience. Both personally and professionally, this blog made me grow and learn things that I really never thought I would encounter.

Through my blog, I’ve also met amazing people and the true meaning of empowering one another. I do have role models and one day I hope to be like them, and I also have bloggers of my “size” that I help out and they help me. It made me see that blogging is not about a competition, and that you should always focus on improving yourself before comparing to other bloggers.

So all and all, it’s been a great first year! Here is to many more… cheers!

Increíble que ya haya pasado todo un año! Y desde lo mas profundo de mi corazón muchas gracias a cada uno d mis seguidores por acompañarme en esta aventura. 

Han pasado tantas cosas en este año que ahora que estamos a solo un mes de nuestra boda me pongo a pensar en todas las cosas grandes y pequeñas que me hicieron comenzar Miles + Smiles. Para que sepan, este blog empezó por mi necesidad de tener un lugar en donde pudiese sacar lo que llevaba por dentro y a la vez poder sobrellevar mi relación de larga distancia. Pero el blog creció y creció y logramos volver a vivir juntos. Mucha gente me preguntaba que iba a pasar con el blog? que si le iba cambiar el nombre? y yo simplemente decir "no se" porque quería que el blog solito se desarrollara y tomara el rumbo que tenia que tomar.

Yo en realidad creo que las mejores cosas en la vida pasan orgánicamente. Sin tanta planeación y sin tanto pensarlo, solo pasan. Y así paso este blog, un día cuando estaba visitando a mi novio, comiendo costillas y tomando cerveza el me dijo "deberías empezar un blog" y le dije que si lo había estado pensado por un tiempo pero que no sabia que ángulo darle y el solo me dijo "solo empieza" y así fue, simplemente lo empece. Y probablemente ha sido la mejor decision de mi vida.

Este blog ha sido una de las mejores experiencias de mi vida, y jamas he dejado que se me convierta en un deber. Honestamente siento que con todos los posts que he escrito me ha llevado a nuevas experiencias. Tanto personales como profesionales, este blog me ha ayudado a crecer y aprender cosas que jamas me imagine que yo iba a tener.

También me ha hecho conocer gente increíble y me hizo aprende el significado de ayudarnos a crecer los unos con los otros. Que los blogs y la industria de las bloggers no es una competencia y que siempre hay que enfocarse en uno mismo para ser mejor y siempre dar la mano a la gente que necesita un consejo. Intento no compararme con otras bloggers, al contrario, soy feliz viendo que les va bien y también las promuevo en mis canales de social media. Es importante tener un modelo a seguir como inspiración pero jamas para competir. 

Ha sido un año inolvidable, asé que ¡Salud por muchos mas!

Miles + Beauty: 8 Steps to a Back-to-School-Proof Makeup Routine

August 8, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #essenceatTarget #essenceEssentials #CollectiveBias

While I am not in school anymore, (or at least for now, because I do plan to go back at some point) I know many of you are still in college, or even high school. I’ve partnered up with essence cosmetics at Target to share with you my everyday look and inspire you to get a fresh and easy look for back-to-school.

As you know, I’m no beauty expert, but I want to share what’s working for me and that I think will benefit you. My go-to place for most of my makeup is Target. Not only am I obsessed with the store, but it gives me a one-stop place to get everything I need, from home needs and wedding decor, to cute outfits and, well, beauty. I am not a huge fan of the super expensive makeup. While I get why some people buy it, I am pinching pennies for my wedding and am honestly not ready to give up my money on just makeup. So when I heard about essence cosmetics I decided to give them a try.

Miles + Style: Miami Two Ways with Zaful

July 31, 2016

I’ve been in Miami for over three months now. I don’t think that it has sunken in that I, in fact, do live here. Between work, the blog, and wedding planning, I don’t think I have enjoyed Miami as I should. After all, I live only five minutes away from the beach.

What a lot of people don’t know is that Miami is not just South Beach. In fact, Miami Beach is a whole different city. The real Miami is on the west side of the bridge. You can go as tropical as you want in Calle 8, or as hipster as you can imagine in Wynwood. I don’t think that I can pinpoint what my style is when it comes to clothing, it’s really more about how I feel that day. Maybe one day I want to wear heels and be super girly, but another day I just want to lay back in a comfy pair of joggers and a crop top. What I do know is that I love to be comfortable. I've been able to find key pieces for my wardrobe that allow me to dress up without losing the comfort that I love - what they call “casual comfy chic”.

I hate to go to malls. It's probably one of the worst things that can happen to me, and if I go it’s because I really have to. I would rather do all of my shopping online. One of my go-to sites is Zaful. They have cute and affordable pieces that compliment whatever mood I'm in.

Miles + Wedding: Finding the perfect bridal accessory

July 29, 2016

As the wedding gets closer and errands seem to multiply by the minute, I'm very relieved to have one less thing on my bride-to-be to-do list!

You guys may already know that our big day is about a month and a half away and I just cannot wait! We are having a traditional Catholic Church ceremony because it was important to us to have God’s blessing, and also because faith has become a big part of our lives together.
We already have most of the tasks done but we have a good chunk to go as well. One of the things that I was completely lost about was the veil. Some people may think it old school or traditional to have a veil, but I truly believe that it is the one piece that makes a bride. Not only the meaning behind it, but who doesn’t like fluffy tulle around them on the day they feel like a princess?!

My quest began a few months ago and I had no idea of the many different fabrics, colors, and shapes there were JUST for your veil. I really didn’t know what I wanted so since I already had my dress, it was the dress that chose the veil.

I found a company called ZVeil that has a try-at-home program which was just perfect! I didn't purchase the dress with the veil because of budget restrictions, plus I really just wanted to see what else was out there. I'm glad I did because I found the perfect veil to complement my gorgeous gown and I was able to do it from my comfy couch.

Miles + Family: The decision that can save lives

July 20, 2016

This past 4th of July I was able to spend some time with my family and I was reminded how much they mean in my life. Because of them and my future family I joined the #PuedeEsperar campaign by AT&T.

A few years back I took the decision that no text message was that important to see it when I am driving. I have also encouraged my friends and family to do the same, and it honestly irritates me when I see someone driving and their eyes are on their phone. It is important that with all the apps and technology now a days, we set our selves limits on when and how to use them. In all honestly when you think about it, is that photo, meme, text, voice note, or what ever it may be really important that you see it in that moment?

Miles + Wedding: The car that helped us breeze through wedding errands

July 7, 2016

I never thought in a million years that a wedding had so many tiny details that had to be addressed. But my favorite so far has been tastings, because well I do love me some yummy food and deserts!

I partner up with Mazda to test drive their CX-3 and we got lots of errands done while driving it around Miami. It was great since it is so spacious; we were able to get decoration stuff for the wedding. We also got to drive to do our cake tasting and it was delightful!. It is no secret that people in Miami drive like they are insane, and the concept of turning signal just does not exist. So I really enjoyed that this car has very useful safety features. My favorite one is the one blind spot detector, it automatically beeps when you have a turning signal on and someone is on the blind spot. I sure found it very useful a couple of times in this madness and I am positive this feature has avoided a lot of accidents.

Miles + Fitness: What's in my gym bag?

June 29, 2016
Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Always and Latina Bloggers Connect.

Yoga has been amazing! There was one small set back over the weekend –my fiancé and I had food poisoning. Yeah, no fun.

Up until then, I was able to do one full class and three mini-classes of the Gaia everyday series. Since I am recently getting started and some of you have shared with me that you are on board for this fitness journey, I wanted to share what I carry in my gym bag that keeps me motivated and feeling comfortable and fresh while I work out.

Since I’m always on the go, jumping from wedding, to yoga, to work, to blog; being perfectly prepped is a big deal for me. One of the things I know I have under control is using Always Sheer Dailies and the Always Feminine Wipes. The liners are so thin, you can barely feel them! Because of yoga, this is one of the main things I keep in mind when I choose what to wear while I work out. Many of the yoga poses can be tricky and these liners have absolutely kept up with them! I love that the wipes are are individually wrapped so I can slip a couple in my gym bag without bringing the entire pack.

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