Thursday, July 2, 2015

around Miami

Loads of coffee, as usual. :) My grandma makes it a sort of artform, attempting to perfect the sugar to coffee ratio in the first little mixture that makes the "espuma," or foam on top.

My cousin's moved into their new place recently, and they've got a pool! Daniel and I have been taking advantage. While he slathers on the SPF 50, I'm using a little spray bottle I got in my last ipsy package. Hispanic skin for the win!

I am loving my newest cykochik bag! Splitting my time between my cousins' place and my grandparents' place means I'm lugging around my technology, which fits perfectly in my Love Bunnies bag. I used my matching clutch in the Wynwood district recently and received a couple compliments. That post is coming soon. :)

Meanwhile, iguanas are taking over my grandparents' yard. It's pretty funny watching abuelo and abuela chase them away with a broom. I went a little crazy on snapchat [username @grrrfeisty - 3 Rs] filming them all! Especially once the king of all iguanas showed up. Last summer I saw 1 or 2, but I counted 9 yesterday!

Another big thing with my family are word searches and crosswords. Probably good for their brains, right? :) Also makes for pretty easy gift-giving. ha!

Okay, Chase and I say byebye now! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

dang it feels good to be in Miami

I'm visiting my family in Miami for a bit, and of course I decided to leave Texas covered in pride. So far there's been a nap, plenty of coffee, and pretty much a lot of relaxing. My uncle also brought over a rainbow cake [to match my rainbow hair?] and the color commentary has been quite comical. See what I did there?

Cykochik clutch  //  Bueno Bueno tee  //  Vans slip-ons  //  Tumbleweeds sunglassess  //  Cotton-On leggings

This is my generic travel outfit. Comfortable and easy! Leggings + cozy shirt, slip-ons that make security lines a breeze, and my favorite travel necklace - an airplane with "wanderlust" stamped into it. My new watch came in pretty handy, too, once I had to put my cell phone away. :)

My very sweet mother gifted me these shoes. They are to be my summer travel shoes! Very versatile - I'm pretty excited to take them to Europe with me.

Jordc wooden watch  //  iadornu Wanderlust necklace  //  Bueno Bueno TEXAS ring

Miami is my favorite place to recharge my batteries surrounded by the bestest family ever.
Only this guy had me beat in his TX gear. Nasa tee and rockets cap? How can I compete with that?

p.s. thank you Daniel for running in and out of the rain to help me with these photos! 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Throwback Thursday with Cubans and Coffee-mate

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Café con leche has been a staple in my life since I can remember. I often woke up to the sounds of pots and pans, laughter, and the wonderful aroma of coffee. I’d lie there listening for a few minutes, enjoying the comforts of being surrounded by the people I love, before hazily rolling out of bed. Sipping milk with a bit of coffee and twirling my hair, as my family continued chatting around me is one of my fondest memories. And then around 2 or 3pm, after my mom, aunt, or grandma woke up from a nap, the house filled with the wonderful scent again. Coffee is more than a caffeinated beverage to me. It’s a family tradition and a feeling, and it has to be prepared in a manner that does my taste buds justice.

When I was younger my mom mixed primarily milk with a bit of coffee, but I take it “tan” these days, with a bit of sugar and about a tablespoon of Coffee-mate Classic Vanilla. It adds just enough sweetness to remind me of my café con leche days.

 As an adult, my alarm blasts me awake most mornings, not the soothing laughter and chit-chat of my family. But the coffee routine continues. I brew Daniel and I a pot as he gets ready for work, and I curl up in my desk chair with a creamy mug of coffee in one hand, hair in the other, immediately feeling uplifted by the deliciousness in front of me, and the memories it evokes.

Twice a year I have the opportunity to re-live all of these memories. I’m visiting my family in Miami next month and am more than excited to recreate these moments with my loved ones, including my life-long beverage of choice. I’ll wake up to the same sounds, the same smells, and join them for our morning café con Coffee-mate.

This summer, Nestlé Coffee-mate® is celebrating the sweetest form of nostalgia with their exclusive range of fun, exciting flavors that evoke delicious memories and emotions of the past. These sweet throwback flavors include Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie, Caramel Macchiato and Classic Vanilla.