Style on the Mile

It’s been a while since I snapped pics of the fashionable people I see on Sunday mornings. I took full advantage of my sister visitng our campus and made her and Maria pose for me. Hehe
I don’t have the details of their outfits though. Which is key when I plan these posts, but it was quick and unplanned. So…cheers to spontaneity!
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Lately

Things have been pretty busy. It’s always a good thing. Work always keeps me on my toes, that’s for sure. I’ve been feeling pretty good about the work the office has been putting out. Brag moment: I’m surrounded by some pretty incredible people. They just push me to be better everyday.
Hustle Sauce has been such a fun project. I’ve expanded current designs and have another popup shop tomorrow at West Elm Dadeland! (Come by if you can!) Yesi and I have planned another photo shoot for December. I’m really excited about it, especially because my lovely friend Alia will be modeling. She’s perfect. <3
I've also narrowed down 4 more t-shirt designs, so keep an eye out for 'em!
Ooo and hoodies are finally here!!!! They'll be online for sale on Sunday!
We had a volunteer movie night tonight withr the Bldg.4000 team! We watched Nacho Libre. I love me a good movie. I’m beyond blessed by our volunteers! They come with open hearts and a desire to serve! Kill ‘em.
All in all, there’s a lot going on-and I don’t hate it. Praise the Lamb!

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Hustle Sauce Blog

I’ve been posting some updates and pictures on tumblr on behalf of Hustle Sauce. Gotta give some behind the scenes somewhere. I’m really excited about my tees and I hope people love them foreverrrrr! haha! Cheers to Simply Lively, Annie, J’ana, and D’ana for being amazing! Go follow the blog on Tumblr!

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Tumbleweeds

I was introduced to Beca of Tumbleweedshc thru my dear friend, Tammie via Instagram. I’ve never met her in person, but I do know a few things about her and company.
1. She loves her craft
2. She loves coffee, its the original hustle sauce!
3. She makes wooden sunglasses and tiny knives and such. That’s incredibly awesome!

Her product is amazing! I’m in love with her sunglasses and that axe ornament has my heart! If you’re looking for unique and “made with a lot of love” handcrafted gift for someone this is it! Its also a major plus that you’re supporting small businesses!

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West Elm Dadeland- Layers of Luxe

I had the privilege of being invited to a very special event at West Elm Dadeland this past Sunday morning. Miami bloggers gathered to have brunch (from William and Sonoma) and mingle. I felt like Sara from A Little Princess! Haha They had a delicious brunch and delightful gifts for us. Truly made me feel special! Its really amazing how a {beautiful} store can make you feel a sense of community and appreciation for all things local! Way to go West Elm! A few familiar faces were in attendance, which to be honest made me feel a comfortable- especially since I didn’t know many people there! Caro from Edge of Elegance , Yesi from Simply Lively and Jackie from Dash of Panache (who also organized the fabulous event) were in attendance. Lovely girls with lovely talent! Proud to know them!

Stay tuned, I’ll be posting a Holiday Gift Guide with all the goodies we got to play with!

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Miami’s Finest: Finka Table & Tap

This past Wednesday, my father treated us to dinner in celebration of my upcoming birthday. He was leaving town the following day, so he wanted to celebrate early. I chose for us to dine at Finka. My friend, Alex recommended it, and several others vouched for it! I was sold!
The moment I walked in, I was in love with the place! Ha. It was adorable. Decor was on point, and the service was great! I got there around 5:45 and was realized later that I beat the rush. By 6:30 the place was packed!! It was a Wednesday night for pete’s sake! That’s how you know it’s good! Also, I think every good looking Hispanic hipster in Miami works there. Hit it up ladies! Haha!
The food was delicious and lived up to all the hype! I had ox tail pasta, my parents had sword fish (incredible!!!), my brother has churrasco, Enamarie has vaca frita noodles and Gaby had pizza with and an egg in the middle! Lots of Moscow mules, and Cuban flan. I was a happy girl! Yum! Food is definitely a way to my heart.
I had a great time with my family and would definitely recommend this place for lunch or dinner!
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Adobe Max Conference

I’m sitting in the airport in Los Angeles waiting for my flight back home to the MIA. I came to LA for the Adobe Max Conference. My awesome team sent me to the conference with all the love in the world. I feel pretty lucky to have been given the chance to go and wish the whole team could’ve gone  as well. I felt like the entire team could have benefited from it. Video, photography, animation, illustration, leadership, and just general creative culture. Next time?!

I was fortunate enough to have Danny come with me. Thank goodness he did. I got a migraine on the flight over (5 hours and no food isn’t a good combo). The moment we landed I felt nauseous. I’ve thrown up on a plane before and felt like it was going to happen again. ::panic:: Luckily I didn’t throw up on the plane, but I did manage to throw up at the rental car pickup, then in the car (well outside of the car. Danny had to pullover), and then once more outside a restaurant we were planning on eating at. You think I would’ve gotten the hint that my body was not having it… but I didn’t. You see, in the past when this has happened- I’ve only puked once. One time and that was it. My body is becoming more and more annoying when it comes to things like this. So, we left the restaurant-I was dizzy and in serious pain and embarrassment. I prayed that I’d feel better by the next day because I had my first Pre-Conference session and did not want to miss it. I mean I couldn’t. MY TEAM SENT ME HERE! Super fail if I get sick and can’t make it at all. No pressure.

I woke up early and felt better. Thank God. So off I went to start my Adobe adventure. I was so nervous. Haha! I’m usually nervous for anything. I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know what was expected of me.. Talk about insecurities flooding out. Que Peña. Obviously (to most), it went well. I discovered calligraphy for realties, I made some letters into vector. I felt more confident about making a font in the near future. (That scares the crap out of me). I also felt better about making connections and talking to people. It went well! I enjoyed my sessions, felt refreshed at the Keynotes and just kind watched everything around me in awe. (which doesn’t work out for networking  especially  when the aesthetics around you make your jaw drop) I chatted with one of my favorite designers, James Victor. He’s so funny. He’s animated which makes attending his sessions a delight. I even gave him a Hustle Hard Tee! Oo Kill ‘Em! Timothy Goodman’s session was also fantastic. I left with a renewed perspective. I also managed to grab as many freebies as possible for the team! Gotta hook up my peeps! I definitely recommend this conference to people who like enjoy the different forms of creativity and love technology advances!

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Brazil.

I never got around to posting some photos from our vacation this past summer in Brazil. Honestly, I haven’t even finished editing all the photos! Tragic. Anyway, going back to the subject- we had an amazing time. We spent a lot of time with Danny’s family. Danny has family all over Brazil, but we mainly stayed with his family from Rio De Janeiro. We had so much fun! We ate a lot of really goos food as well! My favorite was the coxihna, which I can only describe as a sort of tear-drop shaped “pap rellena”. Mmm. Delicious. I can only dream of it. I had several throughout the city, but the best one was at a stand by Ipanema Beach (near where people land from paragliding ). Random: we almost went paragliding, but didn’t because it was crazy expensive. I’m pretty sure we wanna go back soon, just to do that! haha!

We went to Arraial do Cabo (the most beautiful beach I’ve ever been to),  Pao de Azucar ( a mountain that looks like a loaf of sugar), Christ the Redeemer, one of many military bases (so much history) and much more. The photos below show some of these. Part 2 will show the rest! Its a lot! Seeing Danny with his family was so heartwarming! It made me miss my family in Panama that I haven’t seen in over 10 years! They treated me so kindly, and made me feel like family too!

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Fears and all.

I love life right now. God has blessed me beyond all my hopes. I am undeserving. One of the things I want to talk about is Hustle Sauce, my new creative/business adventure. I’m not afraid to tell people that I really had no concrete plan, or that I felt very fearful about doing something this. This just kind of fell on my lap. I’m grateful it did. I had always wanted to do something like this and never thought I could. I didn’t understand business. I didn’t understand taxes. I didn’t understand marketing. I didn’t understand how so many loved ones said I had “something” and I couldn’t see it. Now, I still don’t entirely understand any of these things, but they’re happening regardless. I grateful for my family and friends who are so encouraging about it all. They push me. They see what I love when I don’t always see it. They are my eyes. Thank you friends.

I had insecurities about everything. My “brand”, my hand lettering..you name it. Its pretty silly when you think about it.

“Its OK to wing it. Just get on the place and go. You can pick up a nicer shirt, shaving cream and a toothbrush once you get there” – REWORK by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (Just started reading this book today)

So, I’m going to go with my gut. I want people to laugh, to enjoy t-shirts. If you’re gonna wear a t-shirt it might as well be light-hearted and some-what funny. I have dreams and plans to expand my “product”. That’ll reveal itself when the time is right. For now, hustle hard the adventure has arrived.

*Cheers to m’friends who let me use them as models. I love you all!

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Oh Chanti Shop

My wonderful friend, Chanti has opened up a shop on Etsy. She is one of the most talented and lovely people I know. She is selling hand drawn prints of whimsical quotes and canvas banners with inspiring tidbits. Her work would be an excellent addition to any home, office or creative space. You need to check ‘em out on Instagram too!

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