Music Monday: Summer Jams Edition

Music Monday: Summer Jams Edition

Happy Monday everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend, I did a great one myself. Lots of work, but also had to spend with family and friends.

I had a friend’s birthday party on Saturday and the DJ was so good, but he needed a more variety. So of course I asked he could party some new summer jams.

My friends were not surprised at all, ’cause I am always that girl that would go straight to DJ to request something (actually they ask me to request songs for them)

All these summer jams are on my Spotify on repeat and all over my snapchat (username RossanaVanoni).

So whether you are spending your summer poolside, at the beach or on a road trips these songs are going to lift you up, make you want to dance, sign of the top of your lungs and have some extra fun.

If you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat, you know most captions are music related, and my snaps have music playing in the background or my singing (sorry about that).

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Hope you enjoy my playlist that I curated, some you may have heard some are not on the radio yet. So press play, enjoy and hope you can make new amazing memories with this songs.

I thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you this playlist as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Hope you have a super duper day and an amazing summer!

With Lots of Love,

XO Rossana

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My Staycation in Santa Monica

My Staycation in Santa Monica

A few weeks ago we stayed at The Ambrose Hotel in Santa Monica, CA for a “Staycation”. Douglas and I have been so busy lately we needed a little getaway to recharge, but we don’t have time for a vacation right now so Staycation is the way to go. Every so often we like do this vacation/staycation thing to help us clear us minds and enjoy the city we live in as if we were tourist.

It is so much fun and relaxing, I recommend you do it every now and then.

I have been at The Ambrose Hotel before for different events the have through out the year, like wine tasting, yoga classes and more. But I have never stayed as I guest, so we decided to give it a try.

The Ambrose Hotel is an award winning eco-friendly boutique hotel, and is the perfect mix of luxury and sustainability. The hotel also has complimentary local transportation within a 3 mile radius, which is perfect to go to the Santa Monica Pier and shopping.

As an eco-friendly hotel, The Ambrose has preferential hybrid car parking. The also have a 24 hour fitness room (no excuses people)

So booked the Hotel for 1 night, we packed a few things a drove 9 miles from our house to the hotel, super far right? it really doesn’t matter how far or close it is where you are going, the idea is to get out of house and be in a different environment.

The Hotel’s entrance is so zen and peaceful with several outdoor sitting areas, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or wine.

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As soon as we go up to our room, this is the amazing view we had from our window. I mean talk about picture perfect.

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Our room is so gorgeous, I love the bedding with the long round pillow and the view we have from our bed. I just wanted to stay in room and chill all day, but we wanted to make the best of our staycation and explore Santa Monica and visit new places we haven’t been to.

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Then I started to unpack and organize my shoes and a few accessories for all of our outings.

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It was kind of chilly day, so I decided to pack a coat because I am always cold.

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I brought a few of my favorite beauty products and go-to jewelry. And of course I had lay them down all pretty in the bathroom.

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I started to run the water to take a bath before we headed out for lunch, and I couldn’t wait to put on this amazing Frette cotton bathrobe, that I wore as much as i could.

It feels so cozy and warm.

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After my warm bath, I got dressed and ready to head out.

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The view through the curtain

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We had heard of this restaurant, but had never been to it. So we decided to Pono Burger, it is an organic, local burger joint.

The burgers are to die for, it was so hard to choose. So ended up sharing our burgers half and half so we could taste both, and since we love fries but got both french fries and sweet potatoes fries.

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After our delicious lunch we went to the Santa Monica Place, yes I know I said I was going to new place. But shopping is always part of any vacation, so why wouldn’t shop on a staycation, right? And guess where I went shopping? yep you know it, my favorite department store Nordstrom. I got a gorgeous white dress to wear for our dinner date.

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We walked from the Santa Monica Place to the Third Street Promenade while the sun was setting and we realized we always walk by this place but had never been inside, so today was the day. Stickhouse has that is, a gelato and coffee shop, I have to say after trying both I am addicted and have to back very soon.

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And then a little shopping at Banana Repubic, because I love this store and they 40% off, that’s a win win!

And I found a super cute bag that goes perfect with the white dress I got at Nordstrom perfect for our dinner date, this staycation is getting better and better by the hour.

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It was time to back to hotel to relax a little and get ready to go out to dinner.

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This is my happy face to be heading out with a new dress and bag, I asked Douglas to take a picture(s) of my outfit.

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We decided to go to 800 Degrees Pizza in Downtown Santa Monica, we had a bianca pizza but forgot to take a picture. But my tummy can tell you it was delish.

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The following morning I woke up, I checked my emails and my schedule for the week ahead. ANother thing that I love is that the Hotel had complimentary Wi-Fi and that is music to my ears.

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One of my favorite things in this world is to have breakfast in bed, so we did. We had coffee with croissants, waffles and fruits.

This all natural breakfast is complimentary, yes you read it right. Foodie heaven!

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I always see these Hulu bikes all over Santa Monica and there is a station across the hotel, that is super convenient to the mall, to beach or just cruise around the city.

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Now it was time to say goodbye to The Ambrose Hotel and our staycation in Santa Monica.

We left happy and refreshed and ready to go home to our daily routine, and as we head out we enojoy one last look at the gorgeous the patio and outdoor area of The Hotel Ambrose.

Until our next staycation, stay tuned my loves!

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I thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this Staycation story as much as I enjoyed taking pictures and exploring. Hope you have a super duper day!

With Lots of Love,

XO Rossana

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My First Visit to The Broad Museum

My First Visit to The Broad Museum

So last week I went to The Broad Museum in Downtown LA for the first time. My friend Samira found tickets ( they are sold until May) she wanted to give an early birthday gift and I was so excited (almost like getting a new pair of shoes excited).

My birthday is next week, April 6 and I am a proud Aries girl.

Our reservation was for 11 am, but got there at 11:30 am, which is okay because the give a 30 minute grace period. Finding parking was easy, because they have a parking structure.

So we go in and I automatically feel so inspired, so much art to take in. Then we see a line and we didn’t know what it was for, so of course we had to ask. It was a line to sign in for the infinity lights room and the wait was 4 hours. So I put my name, the girl that helped to me there was a chance it may take less than 4 hours.

I need a coffee, so we took a little coffee break with a cookie and then headed back to in start exploring the museum. As soon as we go up the escalators, I didn’t know which way to go (left, right). It was all so beautiful, and then I see the Jeff Koons “Tulips” and I couldn’t stop admiring it and taking pictures.

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After a few hours exploring the museum, we went back to check on the status of our reservation and it was actually looking good. We were like 45 minutes ahead, so that was good news.

So we browsed around the gift shop and I saw the cutest candles and the most artsy  from Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, I jurt love candles and I collect them and make made as well.

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Okay now back to the second floor, to continue our museum field trip. I could literally come here every week, it is relaxing, peaceful and so inspiring.

When I saw this Takashi Murakami, I instantly said: “Talk to hand” why do I always do that? for me everything is a song lyric. And then I thought, no “Stop in the name of love” is better, see I did it again (Oops I did it again) okay I’m going to stop now.

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After we finished looking at the entire second floor, we went to check again and the wait was less tan 20 minutes, so we went to a video room. You sit (and relax your feet) and they show the story behind Mr. and Mrs. Broad and how everything started. Right after that it was time to get in line and we waited less than 15 minutes. So it actually took us less than 4 hours to go in. It may sound like a long time, but when you are enjoying so much art, time flies.

And just like, I was inside the light room (aka infinity room). Before you go in they tell you have 15 seconds, and there is a guy outside the door with a timer. It is so organized there is chance for mistakes.

I took tons of picture, videos, snaps and then the doors opens and it was time to leave.

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Then my friend Samira went in, I waited outside for her and out field trip was over, it was such a day and best pre-birthday gift I’ve ever received. Thank you Samira.

After walking up and down for over 3 hours I was tired and hungry, but I didn’t feel like sitting down at a restaurant for an hour. I just wanted to go home an cuddle with my puppies. So what is the best option when in DTLA, street dogs, of course. So we had a hot dog, chips and a soda, while sitting on a bench. It was the perfect ending to our first or many visits to The Broad Museum.

If you are thinking of going, visit their website or download The Broad app to get tickets in advance, because if you show up without a reservation, the wait is super long and the line goes around the block and who wants to do that, right? I know I don’t.

I thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post. This outfit I wore for the museum is coming soon, stay tuned. Hope you have a super duper day!

With Lots of Love,

XO Rossana

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Smoothie Time

Smoothie Time

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kura. The opinions and text are all mine.


I am super excited to be working on this compensated campaign in collaboration with Kura and Latina Bloggers Connect.
Are you a smoothie kind of person? I am and I have been for a long time, thanks to my mom. But the way we make smoothie now is it so different from before and much easier as well.
And that is when Kura Nutrition comes, Kura is more than just a great tasting, clean protein smoothie powder. (Which is already saying a lot.) It is full of 4B probiotics, 26 vitamins and minerals, omega 3s, antioxidants and more, to boost your health journey.  For this campaign we’d like for you to share your favorite smoothie recipe using Kura Protein Powder.
If you are new to smoothies, it’s okay we all have to start somewhere. You should start slow and pick your favorite flavors and fruits. In my case my favorite fruit is pineapple and this is what I am sharing with you today.
Ingredients:
  1. A sachet of Kura Nutrition New Zealand Protein Smoothie Powder in Berry
  2. A cup of water
  3. A cup of pineapple chucks
  4. Ice optional

And just like as easy as 1,2,3 you have an delicious and nutritious smoothie, full of Omegas-3’s, probiotics, vitamins and minerals. It just makes nutrition simple.

It has no added sugar, no GMO ingredients, No added water, No rBST, No preservatives, No artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors, No gluten and No high fructose corn syrup and that is music to my ears.

My favorite Kura is the Berry, but hey also have Vanilla and Chocolate to satisfy everyone’s tastes.

Little by little I started adding more ingredients to my smoothies, like spinach, kale, coconut water and all types of berries. Play around with ingredients until you find the perfect one for you.

And I wanted to share this Kura discount coupon to shop at Amazon and save $5 to help you Start Your Smoothie. So join me on this smoothie road to living the healthiest life possible. And soon you will be asking is it Smoothie O’Clock?

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I thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post, I would love to know which is your favorite flavor and what ingridients would you add to it.Hope you have a super duper healthy day!

With Lots of Love,

XO Rossana

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My We All Grow Summit 2016 Recap

My We All Grow Summit 2016 Recap

I was super excited when I got invited to attend my first We All Grow Summit this year courtesy of Ford. It took place in Long Beach, CA at the amazing Hampton by Hilton Hotel Maya. This was the 2nd annual We All Grow Summit and it is 3 day event that was held from March 3-5, 2016.

I couldn’t wait for the day to come and see my friends, people I have become close to online and seeing new faces and meeting new people.

Day # 1:

Thursday March 3rd, the conference started with welcome cocktail party presented by Hampton Inn, where we mingled with all the attendees while enjoying small bites, drinks and music.

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Welcome Cocktail

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Enjoying a Pomegranate Margarita

 

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With my girls Becky and Rocio. Photo credit: Robson Muzel and #WeAllGrow

Day #2 :

Friday March 4th is when all the panels and gifting suites began. I started my morning with a delicious breakfast while enjoying keynote session from Facebook, TODAY and HOLA.

And I won a book, we had to look under our seats to see if had paper under it and I did. I love to win things, I mean who doesn’t, right?

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I won this book by Alicia Ybarbo

Then it was time for a break so I decided to visit the Aveeno suite, where they had the most healthy snacks and juices and a gift bag full of Aveeno products that I love.

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My juice from the Aveeno Suite

Next to the Narciso Rodriguez suite, where they had macarons and bubbly, win win!. We had to take a picture of the parfums and sharing it on social media to receive one, done and done.

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And next I was super excited to go to the Colgate suite to go see my friend Irma Martinez a celebrity stylist that I’ve known for years when I lived in Miami and I haven’t seen in years. They were showing how the Optic White works and giving  a gift bag with all their new products and Irma would help you pick out an accessory that goes with each individual personality. I chose an Asos choker.

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Then it was lunch time hosted by Neutrogena, with a great menu and the cutest lipstick set up. The perfect photo op! IMG_8811

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After lunch I went to visit to Neutrogena suite, for a skin consultation and make up applications.

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Getting my makeup done

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And to end the night Pinterest hosted a happy hour, where I got to met more amazing people. Everyone was so welcoming and we all shared our stories, and what we had learned that day. But most important we had so much fun while doing it.

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Girls just wanna have fun. Photo Credit: Robson Muzel #WeAllGrow

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Strike a pose! Photo Credit: Robson Muzel #WeAllGrow

Day #3 :

While having my morning coffee I sat to listen to the Crown Yourself in Confidence panel. Uncovering the Power of Positive Words, presented by DOVE. It was so beautiful, empowering, uplifting I left feeling even happier than when I went in.

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I took a little break to get my hair done at the Dove suite, there was a huge line. Thank God I got there early and was 8th in line (not bad). While making the line make more beautiful ladies, we all started following each other on instagram.

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Beachy waves by the gorgeous Marley Gonzalez at the Dove Suite

Then off to get my make up done at the Neutrogena suite, where I learned a few new tricks and the perfect products for my skin type.

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Neutrogena Photoshoot

After my make up was done and of course taking a few pictures, I headed to lunch hosted by Disney Parks.

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Lunch courtesy of Disney Parks

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Then I realize I hadn’t stop by the Mazda suite, so I headed there really quick with my friend Cynthia.

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At the Mazda Photobooth with my friend Cynthia Velasco

Now it was time for happy hour hosted by TurboTax, where they had s’mores, drinks and small bites.

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Turbo Tax Happy Hour

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Caught Robson Muzel in action shooting Ana and I see Raquel

And to end the night and close the conference, last but definitely not least it was time for Storytellers presented by Youtube. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about I couldn’t wait for it to get started. All the tables had cheese plates, option of white and red wine, cake pops and kleenex for all the tears that would fall.

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After crying my eyes out from all the Storytellers, I put myself together and just as I was heading out tothe closing party I see a photobooth. But not any photobooth it was flower themed with flower crowns and all. And that was the icing on the cake to these 3 days of We All Grow Summit 2016 conference. What a way to end the amazing experience.

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My gifts from We All Grow Summit 2016 courtesy of  Aveeno, Dove, Narciso Rodriguez, Colgate and Neutrogena.

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My looks for We All Grow Summit 2016

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Can’t wait to see what year brings, thank you Latina Bloggers Connect, We All Grow Summit and Ford for having me.

With Lots of Love,

XO Rossana

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The Power of a Penny with JCPenney

The Power of a Penny with JCPenney

jcpenneylogoThis is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of JCPenney. The opinions and text are all mine.

When you see a penny on the floor, do you pick it up? I do! You never now where a penny can take, and what I mean by that is that one add penny and another and another, see where I’m going with this.

I mean how cute is this gumball? But apart from the gumball being cute, it reminds us of the power of the penny. That is why JCPenney wants you to get your penney’s worth.

JCPenney wants you to have have the best shopping experience and will introduce its new promise “Get Your Penney’s Worth” with “Penney Days” a unique promotional offering of select private brand items available for just a penney (while supplies last). No it is not a typo, this is for real!

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And to launch and promote the #SoWorthIt campaign, JCPenney hit a few cities. And guess what? I was there to experience it all, so I can share it with you.

The event was at Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles, it was so much. To spread the word, they brought a truck full of types of goodies, from clothes, skincare, home and much more. People made a line (including me) to play a game called “drop a penney” where you could a chip from $25 all the to $500 value to claim prizes.

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With the $25 chip I won, I claimed this Shiseido face cream. So you could it was a good day, wouldn’t you say. What are you waiting for, go visit your closest JCPenney  or go online, they will be having Get Your Penney’s Worth promotions throughout the year. And you shouldn’t miss it!

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Oh yes, I got to meet Jerry O’Connell, he is working with JCPenny too. Man I love this guy, he is so funny and super sweet, all and all it was a super duper fly day!

Thank you for stopping by and enjoyed this article, I hope you have an amazing day.

With Lots of Love,

XO Rossana

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