Summer 2017 Favorites

summer 2017 favorites

It's amazing to think that I spent half of this month cruising around Europe. So I find it particularly interesting that my Summer favorites mostly consist of experiences, cleaning pods, books and a very big splurge I did in Florence, which sounds even fancier than it was! Not my usual makeup and skincare favorites! I guess it's safe to say my skin has been having a break this summer as well. 

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

I've had this book in my wish list ever since it came out three years ago, so during my connection flight in JFK I immediately grabbed it, making my 8 hour flight to Paris and dozens of bus rides much more bearable. I loved how Roxanne is so raw and honest about some very personal and private matters in her life. In her essays she talks about growing up privilege in a mostly white school, dating, misogyny and racism in the media and even the power of being privilege as an immigrant, young black woman.

I couldn't put this book down during my flight to Paris and read it during all our bus rides around European cities, making this experience deeper than I thought. I am recommending this book to all my girlfriends. 

Here's an excerpt from my favorite chapter of the book:

bad feminist roxane gay how to be friends with women

Grab Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay here.

Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM

Remember when I talked about how some luxury brands are cheaper in Europe in one of my last blog posts? Well it happened, I finally purchased my Neverfull. I was planning on purchasing this bag when something big in my life happened but once I knew how much money I would be saving by buying it in Florence, I did it! 

I'm loving this bag, because just as the name suggests, it is never actually full, you can keep throwing in things and it still fits a tiny human. The down side is that you need a bag organizer to make it more functional and since it is so big, you have to be careful on not over filling it. Other than that, it is the best every day/ work bag. Highly recommended. 

Grab a pre-loved Louis Vuitton Neverfull here. (Sadly, still not as cheap as I got it! Even in Euros)

Planning 

meaningful growth planner, kate spade agenda

I have always loved agendas, wall calendars, Google Docs and everything stationary. I am obsessed with finding the right organizational tools. So since I have been so busy this year posting once a week, hosting my very first blog event Offline Saturdays while keeping my fulltime job, I've had to come away with some clever ideas to keep organized:

  • I use my Meaningful Growth Planner as a daily to-do list. I also love that it has a schedule so I can keep track of all my meetings and appointments. 
  • My Kate Spade zipper planner works as a personal agenda and a wallet. I can't leave my house without this! 
  • Thanks to Mari Nieves from Pink Studios, I am currently also using Asana as a project management tool. If you and your team have any big project coming up, this will be your BFF.  It helps you assign to-do lists to each task and even sends you reminders when a due date is coming up. The best part? It's free! 
en los zapatos de valeria elisabet bernavent

I don't know about you, but I have this weird thing with novels. I have to learn about the author before I actually buy the book. If I know I would like the author based on his/her bio, I will immediately buy the book and this case was no exception. I was drawn to a stack of books by Elisabet Benavent and something about each of this books made me want to know about the author.  So once I learned she is in the communications industry just like I am, I knew we were a match made in heaven!

I have been loving En Los Zapatos de Valeria because it feels like a Spanish version of Sex and the City. The main characters are four girlfriends that even though they have very different lives, they get along great. They are witty, sexy and funny. Just a perfect beach side read. Highly recommended.

And shout out to The Bookmark in San Patricio Plaza for helping me find the rest of the saga in Puerto Rico! They seriously went above and beyond to help me. 

Clean Cult

clean cult detergent pods

I  received this Clean Cult Laundry Detergent Pods pack at the beginning of Summer and have been using it ever since. According to their website these pods are toxin free ingredients, high efficacy rating, zero fragrance, and water soluble film that works in any laundry machine at any temperature. 

If you have or know someone with highly sensitive skin, this will be your ideal laundry detergent. 

Grab your pack here. You can even sign up for their laundry plan, so you can receive a pack regularly. 


What are your Summer favorites?

Until next time, 

María Elena