Celebrating 30 in A Sweet Way
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It's the perfect time of the year. The weather is changing and the holidays are fast approaching. One of my favorite accessories to wear are sweaters. I love, love sweaters! This cozy sweater is one to love and more. It's so warm and in a darling mocha color that reminds me of coffee. Lol! I'm always thinking about coffee and having an espresso. That's the best combination, cozy sweaters and coffee. My fall uniform consist of that and these cute leopard flats from H &M. It will be on repeat and I can't wait to add more layers. 

I'm obsessed with Colourpop's matte lipsticks. The one I'm loving now is their matte lipstick in Rooch. This color is bold and long wearing on my lips. As soon as I put it on I feel like a bombshell. Rightfully so, every woman should feel like one. I matched my ultra matte lips with this cute plaid shirt in maroon. The color is everything! It's definitely one of my favorite shades for fall.  

It's Fall. 
I'm so happy to finally say that. It feels like forever just waiting for the season to change. Now all I need are clothes for Fall. Luckily, I went shopping and picked up a few pieces to add too my wardrobe.    This striped classic shirt from Old Navy is one of them and I paired it with my H & M clutch. The material is so soft. I got it in XL for extra comfort. This is how my Fall with be. Filled with stripes and lots of color. 

Let's be honest, stripes never go out of style. I live in stripes! So that's my answer and I'm sticking to it.

Friday was my 30th birthday! The big "30", and I celebrated in style. All I wanted was to spend it with close family and friends doing what I love. Eating great food with drinks galore and deep conversations. I got that and so much more. It was the best birthday yet and I feel so blessed. What many people don't know about me is that I'm a planner. 

To celebrate my 30th, I had brunch at Maman Tribeca, one of my favorite cafes. The french style decor makes this spot super cozy and the food is amazing. Brunch kicked off with a delicious assortment of pastries that were sweet and savory. Yum! I also ordered the "oeuf a la coque", with toasted homemade breads and spreads. It's not what I normally go for but I wanted to try something new. It peaked my interests with the spreads, which happened to be the best part. 
I feel grateful to celebrate my birthday at Maman and share the kinds of foods I love with those around me. Brunch was exactly how I imagined and more. My cake turned out perfect and the decorations warmed my heart. I'm so excited for my 30s and what opportunities I will encounter going forward. This is my decade to celebrate life and simply live for me. 
"Namastay in Bed", my mood for the entire week. This room was my favorite at WinkyLux and for good reason. It was fun being inside here and having a good laugh. How are cool these fluffy pillows? I secretly wanted to one home with me.

Before you enter, you're greeted by a fountain of lemon and ball pit. I immedately jumped in and couldn't contain my laughter. How could I? It was so much fun. Everyone there enjoyed this pit. I enjoyed it because it made me feel like a kid again. 
 I continued my birthday weekend at WinkyLux pop up shop in Soho. I found this amazing store through Instagram and knew I had to visit before the day was over. It's a Instagrammable playground for makeup lovers like myself. Each room has a specific theme that represents their makeup product in the store. In between trying makeup on and taking pictures, there's also a disco room to loose in. When you go inside you're surrounded by a wall of mirrors with the disco ball in the middle. I broke out in a dance and was singing Lady Gaga's "Love Games", in my head. HAHA! It was so much fun. 

I had a blast at WinkyLux. The experience was great. The products are beautiful. I'm glad I discovered this space so I can put it all on Instagram. When there are places like this in the city, it makes life that much sweeter. 

From the Menu
Maple Glazed Donut w/ Charcoal Vanilla Chai Latte

Venturing into the city has its perks when you find new local cafe to obsess over. I happily found Saltwater Coffee on Instagram when I was browsing through my feed. Inside the minimal decor matches the  atmosphere and makes it super inviting. It's a neighborhood gem with some of the best Australian coffee flavors to savor over. 

During my first visit, I tried one of their most popular drinks, the Charcoal Vanilla Chai Latte. Oh boy, was I panting over this drink the moment it hit the counter. I ordered it with the Maple Glazed Donut to have a balance of something savory with something sweet. The amount of flavors together was overwhelming, but in a good way. I never experienced anything like this and I had a lot of coffee. The charcoal latte was so delicious down to the last sip. Paired with this donut and I was in heaven! 

My next visit to Saltwater Coffee was an afternoon treat. I was in the mood for some serious coffee. So I decided to try their Mocha Latte! This drink has a powerful dose of flavor in it. It's so much coffee but very creamy and delicious! Mocha isn't for everyone and somehow this drink was exactly what I needed. 

What's been on my mind lately? Traveling across America. Exploring one major city as I go and blog about it. It's the best way to be in the moment without being so consumed by social media. I find inspiration from other bloggers who travel to places I've never been. Cartagena, Columbia. Seattle, Washington. Tulum, Mexico. Paris, France. San Francisco, California. Miami, Florida. It excites me. The travel bug has hit me and here's what I plan to do about it. Solo travel over the next few months. The first city I will visit is Chicago. My itinerary will include a tour of historical landmarks, the best foods locals love, Millennium Park and the Chicago river. Most importantly, the best coffee shops in town. I've included a few on my list to visit: HERO COFFEE, Dollop Coffee, Sawada Coffee, and Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee

American City Tour
San Francisco 
Las Vegas 
New Orleans
Niagara Falls
Palm Springs
Los Angeles 

Each city with be accompanied with a travel guide. It will have recommendations on where to eat, where to stay, museum visits, and where to find entertainment. What's beautiful about America is that each city has something wonderful to offer. All you have to do is go out and explore it!  
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