Milkmaid Braid Tutorial

Today I'm sharing with you my easy milkmaid braid tutorial.
It's my go-to style when I haven't washed my hair and I want to do a quick up-do.
This style is very practical for those warmer days in the Spring and Summer.
(which I am patiently waiting for). 

All you need is: 4 bobby pins, 2 elastic hair ties, 1 brush and Suave Coconut Oil Infusion to smooth fly-aways.

Filmed by Daniel Lopera and edited by me.


Comfort over everything.

HM Top
Zara Jeans
J.crew Coat
Naturalizer Shoes

Comfort over everything.
If you know me that has been my style motto for a very long time.
If I don’t feel comfortable in it then NO WAY you will see me in it. Simple as that.
Confidence comes within but also if you are visibly uncomfortable it will most likely show.
If you haven’t noticed most of the outfits I post on my blog I will most likely be wearing flat shoes, sandals, platforms or sneakers. I rarely wear heels because simply- they are not comfortable. I don’t like to wear things that cause me pain no matter how cute the item may be.
I love that Naturalizer has been focused on creating perfect comfortable shoes for women.  Every style from casual shoes to evening heels they have you covered.
I was lucky enough to get gifted a pair from their Spring collection and these Gianna heels have been my go- to heels and let me just say, they are SO comfortable! I was stomping around all of Brooklyn in no pain.
To me that is worth every penny!

Thank you to Naturalizer for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest and completely my own.


Berry + Banana + Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Hi guys!
So this is a different post for me.. I don't usually ever blog about food here but I really wanted to share with you guys the smoothie bowl I made over this weekend.

Lately I have been trying to eat more foods that are good for thyriod health.
I've always had to be cautious about it my whole life and I've finally started to really eat foods that will benefit it.


My beauty + makeup go-to's lately

Today I wanted to share with you what has been my go-to beauty and make-up products as of late!
I find myself usually just leaving what I use regularly laying on top of my vanity/drawers because 1) I'm too lazy to put it back 2) I'm constantly reaching out for them so it make sense to have them somewhere I can easily access them. I'd figure I would share with you because this is something I personally love to read on my fellow bloggers pages and you might enjoy it as well!

So here we go!

First up is my personalized Pixi Glow Tonic.
I have been such a fan of this product because every night I wipe and wash off my make-up and then I finish up with this guy. It's crazy how even when I finish washing my face this still picks up some left over make-up. Also I have to mention how this give my skin a beautiful natural glow!  
Ahh! These Winky Lux lipsticks are my absolute faves! 
I tend to wear the first one pictured almost every day. For these cold winter days my lips need a nourishing lipstick and I find that the formula in these are absolutely perfect. It's almost like wearing a chapstick. I la la love these. (Use coupon code: Citylaundry if you would like to try!)
So this is something new that I have been using this past week. 
So in the winter I tend to wear a lot of beanies and hats... and you know what comes with that... hat hair! And I hate that. So I have been using this Amika Un.done Texture Spray that also give me lots of volume.
I would highly recommend this if you are in the need of a quick fix to flat hair.
 My go-to scent- Gucci Bloom (thanks to my boyfriend for this lovely birthday present!) It has a lovely scent of Jasmine. I
Before I got to bed I use a drop of this Overnight Glow Serum and Nurishing Lip Polish (I use it as a lip mask) by Pixi 
This has been a new find for me! I know these style of make- up brushes have been out for years but I finally got my hand on a set. Loving this one by My Make-Up Brush Set. To be honest at first I was a bit intimated by them because I see all these beauty gurus and make- up artist using them and I'm like... I don't think I can do that! But honestly, when I tell you that using these brushes have made my life easier it's because it has! Application of foundation is so much faster. I couldn't recommend these more. Not only is it surprisingly easy to use but it also makes my foundation go on evenly and smoother. 10/10 guys! Use code: IG15CITY for 15% off!

 So on the weekends when I want to look a little extra I go for the new Almay Make Them Jelly Hi-lite. Yes it's pink. Yes it's jelly. But I promise you it so so wearable. I just put a little dab on my cheek bones and it give off the slightest pink shimmer you never thought you wanted but now you LOVE. Perfect for a Saturday night out.

Lastly, Soap & Glory sent me some product to try out and I have been loving the Thick & Fast Mascara and One Heck of a Blot face primer. I love that this primer sticks with me until the end of my day. It does it job well and I can always count on it. And this mascara gives me the perfect eyelash lift I need for everyday wear. It's super light consistancy makes it comfotable to wear all day and if you want a more dramtic look for the night just add another layer. Viola!

So I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I hope my favorites will inspire you to try something new!


Colombia: Outfit Diary

 Shein Pinafore Dress
F21 bag
Sebago Sandals

 Shein Dress
Sandals (similar)

Converse Sneakers
F21 Skirt
f21 shirt (similar)
 ASOS denim Skirt
f21 rainbow T-shirt
Superga platform Sneakers
Shein Floral Smock Dress
Uniique Tassle Clutch
Shein Bardot Polka Dot Dress 
 Oh Colombia! How I fell in love with you!
I was lucky enoughto visit this beautiful country with my boyfriend to meet his extended family. 
I feel in love with the city of Medellin, where he is from.
I truly only have nice things to say about my trip, everything from the nature, the city, the people, the food and way of living was fantastic and I can not wait to go again!

I hope you enjoyed my outfit diary of my trip and I hope to share with you a personalized tour for the city of Medellin.
Stay tuned!

Photos by Daniel Lopera


Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Pixi By Petra -ITSJUDYTIME Palette
Pixi By Petra Mattelustre Lipsticks
Sleek Makeup  Eyeshadow Palette E10
Winky Lux Kitten Eyeshadow Palette (20% off use code CITYLAUNDRY)
Celine Eyewear
Who What Wear Crossbody Bag
SUGARFIX by BaubleBar Triad Ball Drop Earrings
SUGARFIX by BaubleBar Crystal Cut-Out Drop Earrings

Another year, another holiday gift guide!
Whether you are shopping for yourself (yaass treat yo'self!) a girlfriend or family member I hope this little gift guide will find you well.
All these items have been tested throughout the year and I just LOVE them!

Sometimes it's hard picking out the perfect gift for the people you love, so here's a tip... what I find to be a bit more special is buying a couple of smaller gifts that remind you of that person and bunch them up instead of buying just one expensive gift. Like how about a perfume and a spa kit for the friend who is always down for a girls night in?! You're Welcome!

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season!
xo maria


Getting in the Holiday Spirit

F21 dress and shirt (similar)
Bauble Bar x Sugarfix earrings
Sebago Plaza Chelsea Boot (50% off for a limited time!)
Daniel is wearing Cat Footwear Chronical Boot

This week I put up my Christmas tree and nothing gets me more in the holiday spirit! Check it out on my Instagram.
This year I put it up a little earlier than I usually do. When do you guys think is the right time to put it up?

Do you guys have any plans for Christmas, Ramadan, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice!?
I will be in Montreal, Canada with my family and boyfriend for Christmas and I couldn't be more excited!
Any recommendations of places to visit, eat and shop?

Photos by Daniel Lopera