Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#Slay with the Queen of the South on USA Network

This post is sponsored by USA Network but the #slay is all my own.

From moving to NYC at age 19 and continuing to hustle almost a decade later, there are a few things Teresa Mendoza and I have in common - we #slay.

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It's not easy to get to the top. When I first moved here, I thought I had it alllllll figured out. Nobody could tell me nothin'! I was very much reminiscent of Teresa, Queen of the South, in my earlier years - rebellious but calculated on my next move; always looking for an opportunity to rise.

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In Season 1 of Queen of the South, a drama about a hopeless romantic in Jalisco, Mexico who falls in love with a drug cartel kingpin then forced to flee the country, Teresa Mendoza fights her way to the top and falls into an unpredicted new life. She's removed from the only people she knows as family while trying to figure out who and why she has been kidnapped.

Season 2 of Queen of the South will shift its focus from highlighting Teresa’s survival instincts to showcasing her growth in the cartel underworld. Viewers will get to see Teresa come into her own as she starts to recognize her power and potential. As Teresa learns what it takes to become the Queenpin however, she slowly realizes that ambition comes with a heavy price. Loyalties are tested, love becomes a vulnerability and moral compromises have to be made. Critical to Teresa’s rise will be Camila Vargas, serving as both a mentor and a formidable foe standing in her way as she struggles to reach the throne. By the end of the season, viewers will come to recognize that “there can only be one queen.

How I #Slay:

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Amongst my many hustles throughout the years, I've finally seemed to find my groove. I'm working full time during the week, but my side hustles include (obviously) blogging and reselling clothes online. Both tie into my future goals. I've always been great at writing and sharing my thoughts, and I've always wanted to own my own boutique. Reselling clothes online is my little taste of running my own virtual boutique. While I'm not fully where I want to be yet I know with time and consistency, I will rise to the top of both of my games. 

And of course, I'm catching up on Season 1 of @QueenOnUSA whenever I have down time. I'm highly anticipating Teresa's next move so I can't wait for Season 2 to premiere on Thursday, June 8 on USA Network at 10/9c.

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Tips to Help You #Slay Your Day:

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  • Start your mornings with peace and clarity. When you're focused on how to #slay your day, you will always win. 
  • Don't sweat the small stuff. It's a cliche, but it's true! Focusing on the little nuances throughout the day will hinder you from seeing the bigger picture.
  • Stop the comparisons! Everyone has their own definition of how to #slay. Find your own hustle and strive to be the best at your craft. 
  • Always remember tomorrow is a new day.

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Share your stories of ambition using #QueenOf #slay to join the conversation! What do you #slay at? How do you ignite your fans to #slay in their lives?

Catch up on Season 1 now on Netflix look out for Season 2 on USA Network on June 8 10/9c. 

photos and video: @GentsAmongMen

Saturday, May 27, 2017

What to Pack For Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Beach Style
San Juan, PR 2016
So excited to be heading back to a beach soon! In less than three weeks I'll be sipping a pina colada in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. My soul is itching to be near water, sand, and sun. I love coming home to tan lines and memories that can only be created while traveling. I will be posting a guide to Playa del Carmen in the coming weeks but the pre-excitement lies in what to pack! Yassssss get those Instagram photos popping girl with my super cute and extensive packing guide for Cancun's little sister, Playa Del Carmen. 

The Beachwear 

The Dress 

The Hat

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend Cocktail Recipes

It's Memorial Day Weekend! While I wish I was out of town or at least hitting up a BBQ, I'll settle for enjoying my three-day weekend in the quiet city while sipping a cocktail. Planning to hit a party? Be a hit with this beautiful punch bowl cocktail recipe, Jaegermeister-based no less. Or for more intimate parties, I have cocktail recipes for you too. Hit more to see all the recipes to celebrate the holiday weekend.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Staycation in NYC: Sixty LES

Every now and then you just need a getaway but factors like budget and time hinder you taking a real vacation.

Staycations are increasingly popular because, 1. ideally they cost less than a vacation and 2. it's a chance to still explore your city and have a home-away-from-home experience.
I recently had a staycation in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan at Sixty LES. It's a chic and hip hotel geared towards millennials, fully equipped with a gym, spa, rooftop bar, and pool that's open during the warm seasons. I booked a King Suite - who wants to be in a hotel room the same size as their actual room.
After I dropped my bags, it was time for my staycation to start. I know the whole idea is to relax, but it's hard to relax in NYC. So first stop was the One World Observatory in the Financial District. Yes, it's in a different neighborhood but a quick Gett ride downtown was just 15 minutes. I'm usually not into tourist-y attractions but I was beyond impressed with the One World Observatory. The view alone is breathtaking. It's the highest point in Manhattan and you can see as far out to Coney Island. The elevators turn into an interactive visual history lesson - as you go higher on each floor, a timeline of NYC from the 1500s to present day is flashed before your eyes completely covering the elevator. Once off, you're shown a short presentation about NYC on a mock skyline. The skyline raises and reveals the real skyline of Manhattan and it's beautiful to say the least.

And then there were cocktails...

After I was done playing tourist, I headed back to the LES for some comfort food from Pianos. Pianos is a bi-level bar that frequently has live music acts and an all-day happy hour. It's one of the only bars I've ever been to that the food is equally as impressive as the drinks and I love the laid back vibe.

The weather was gloomy so I decided to head back to the hotel and finally check out the rooftop bar, Tiki Tabu. The space was enclosed due to weather but the bar is tiki themed and caters to a hipster crowd.

I headed back to my room and ordered food from Serafina through Seamless and called it a night. The next morning I went to brunch at Spitzers, a less than 5 minute walk from the hotel. The food was amazing. Unfortunately, there are no brunch specials or bottomless mimosas but the quality of the food made up for that. The french toast entree is so sweet and savory that it doesn't even require syrup. The fresh berries and whipped cream are all you need. And the country style breakfast has some of the best grits I've ever had in my life - and I'm from the south. Undeniable.

Luckily I had late check-out, so post-brunch meant a quick nap. But before you know it I was back to reality and the regular hustle and bustle of life.

And now the good, the bad, and the ugly...