Change your life with nature. Essential Oils!

To shop the oils, click here. (The first purchase I recommend is the "Family Essentials & Beadleds Kit". It comes with 10 oils, 2 beadlet tubes, and medicinal instructions for all. $200 regular price or $150 if you become a wholesale or wellness advocate. Details below)

Everyone who has been following my journey for the past two years, knows how essentials oils have changed my life completely. I learned about them when I began discovering this conscious lifestyle, and was able to detach myself from all the toxic pills and medicine I used to take. I dropped the headache pills, allergy pills, cold medicine, toxic vitamins, and replaced them with essential oils. I went from having daily morning migraines and taking Tylenol like skittles, to not having headaches at all. The healing power of nature, people! It's that simple! 

I've learned to use essential oils to make my own beauty and meditation products at home. Perfumes, yoga mat cleaning spray, facial mist, bug repellent, body lotion, and deodorant! It's much simpler than you think, and we all can do it! 

A brand I've connected with, and have now become their Wellness Advocate, is DoTerra. You may be wondering "What makes DoTerra so special?", and I'm here to tell you all about it! DoTerra is pretty much taking essential oils and aromatherapy to the next planet-loving level by doing good with every little bottle of oil sold. Their products are not only natural and fair-trade, but they are also giving back to, and building schools in, the communities where the ingredients are sourced from. Here are a few details that make me smile every time I use my oils:

-High Quality: DoTerra's oils are pure, natural, and harvested and distilled with ancient organic practices. Visit 'Source to You' to learn more.

-Multiple Use: DoTerra's oils are so natural and therapeutic you can use them for everything! To clean your home (I'll teach you how to make your own cleaning products with these oils), cleanse the air, create your own beauty products, get rid of colds and allergies, and much much more. Get ready to say GOODBYE to all harmful and toxic pills and products! 

-Helping Farmers Worldwide: DoTerra does not only support ancient harvesting techniques and provides farmers with new knowledge on improved growing techniques, but DoTerra also pays above fair wages, helping empower farmers worldwide. Learn more here

-Helping Hands Foundation: besides providing fair labor, compensation, and working standards, DoTerra also builds schools in the communities they work with. They have projects in Somalia, Haiti, Nepal, Guatemala, Magadascar, Kenya, and more. Visit 'Our Caring' to read more. 

-Easy to learn, promote, and teach: Talking about DoTerra and essential oils is very easy for me because I use them every single day. They are part of my life now, and they can be part of yours too! DoTerra makes this learning process even easier by providing all the information we need. From presentations, to articles, to tutorials on how to use the oils! You can find more here. 

 What do you say? Are you guys ready to live in sync with nature and to start using nature as your only medicine? If so, click here to shop or: 

To become a wholesale customer and get a 25% discount, email me.

To become a wellness advocate, get 25% discount, and commissions, email me

To join our Miami DoTerra team, email me! :) 

Holistic and Spiritual Workshops in Miami

A lot of you have been asking me about The Sacred Space and the holistic workshops taking place in Miami, therefore, I’ve decided to start sharing my favorite workshops with you every month in the hopes that you guys get the curiosity and excitement to be part of them too!

Here are a few workshops I attended this month and would recommend:

1)   “Connecting with our Loved Ones”: This workshop was led by Psychic/Medium Erica Korman, and was an eye-opening introduction to the world of Mediumship. I had never experienced something like it before; neither had I sat down in front of a Medium. The way she connected with loved ones some people in the room had lost years ago, left me in complete awe! She felt them, heard them, and delivered messages to some of us who had lost hope or had spent years in search for answers. This workshop grew such a curiosity about Mediumship in me, I’ve been thinking of contacting Erica for a private appointment. I honestly recommend this for anyone who knows the pain of losing a person they loved a little too early.

2)    “Movement and Sound Healing”: If you love the healing power of sound bowls, you will enjoy every second of this workshop led by Michelle Berlin. The class started with stretching and flowing through some basic yoga asanas (poses) to relax our muscles and prepare our bodies and minds for mediation. We also practiced different breathing techniques, and closed our night with a delicious sound bath combined with aromatherapy oils Michelle bathed our auras with. Beautiful!

3) "Daily Aquarian Sadhana": I’ll be attending this practice on Friday at 4am. It is offered daily from 4-6.30am in the hopes of helping us building a healthy and blissful routine toward our highest, best and conscious self. All you need to do is show up at 4am with comfy clothes and get ready for mediation, mantras, yoga and hot tea afterwards. I hope to see you there!

 

Join me this Saturday, May 27th, for a day of Consciousness Uncorked!

For all those souls who have been asking me about conscious and exciting things to do in Miami, this is it! MKT by Bazbaz. It is an open-air Socially Conscious Marketplace, located in Wynwood and open Saturdays from 1-7pm, featuring 40+ sustainable vendors promoting ethical, natural and fair-trade products, and offering healthy and organic bites. Through the end of May, MKT's focus will be on celebrating women, with special programming and activities in the areas of clean beauty, wellness and mindfulness.  Their goal is to support the sustainable movement and offer a marketplace with vendors and workshops that open the visitors’ minds to the wonders and easiness of living life in sync with nature, our people, our health, and the earth as a whole. There will be three events at MKT this month. All of them focused on a conscious lifestyle and open to the public (no entrance fee). And last but not least, I’ve partnered with MKT to be a guest speaker for their May 27th event!! I’ll be sharing with you what “Mindfulness” means and the effect it can have within ourselves and in our world!

On Saturday, May 27th, from 1 to 7pm, I’ll be taking over center stage! I’ve partnered with the MKT to close their May events with an eye-opening “Consciousness Uncorked” talk and Q&A. My soul sister, Sarah McMillan, will start with a powerful meditation and south bath, and I’ll  then cover the following key questions during a 30minute presentation.

a.     What is mindfulness?

b.     What is a conscious lifestyle?

c.      How does mindfulness apply to beauty, health, fashion, travel, thoughts and work?

d.     How can we become the change in our lives and in the world?

May 27th’s  program details are these:

  • 1-7 PM: 40+ LIFESTYLE VENDORS/ HEALTH | FOOD | FASHION | BEAUTY | JEWELRY | ART
  • 3 PM: BE GENERATION LOVE/ SARAH MACMILLAN | 20 MIN MEDITATION & SOUND BATH
  • 3.30 PM: WATER THRU SKIN/ VALERIA HINOJOSA | A CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE | Q&A
  • 5 PM: JONATHAN MATTHEW BROWN (LIVE) ELECTRIC SITAR | FEAT. FERNANDO SUBIRATS ON TABLA
  • 6 PM: A SPECIAL TOAST TO CONSCIOUSNESS PROVIDED BY MKT
  • 2-5 PM: DJ MICHELLE LESHEM/ MENTAL HOUSE | NU DISCO, INDIE DANCE & ELECTRONICA

As mindful human beings, citizens and consumers, we need to discover the importance of living life consciously.  This applies to what we eat, drink, think, talk, buy, wear, and inspire into our world. It’s about how our mind-body-soul connection can irradiate out of us and have a powerful and positive impact on our society. Miami’s “Conscious Lifestyle & Travel” expert, Valeria Hinojosa, founder of WaterThruSkin, will share her story and lead a talk focused on how mindfulness and success go hand in hand, and how natural beauty, plant-based food, sustainable fashion, exercise, mediation and eco-friendly travel are key components to a conscious lifestyle.

Location:

MKT by bazbaz

Saturday 5/27 from 1p till 7p.

2100 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood

I hope to see you there! Come say hi, devour delicious organic bites, shop consciously, and receive a super strong hug from me! 

 

Beauty brand that helps humanity!

Here's a beauty brand I've been wanting to share for a while. It encompasses everything I've been talking about on my blog and social media channels for the past two years. It is a brand that does not only focus on introducing natural, vegan, fair-trade, cruelty-free and organic beauty products into the world but is also reshaping the way companies work with women in the supply chain by providing them with work, fair wages, support, and stable working conditions rather than handouts. They pay three times the local wages for women in the Nile Valley, in their hopes of alleviating global poverty! Each product is also made with the highest, rarest and purest ingredients found around the world. The one I've been using on a daily basis is LXMI's Nilotica Melt. You guys know how serious I am about natural beauty and how picky I can get when it comes to putting beauty products on my skin. I always make sure they are as natural and organic as possible, in order to feed my cells with pure ingredients. LXMI's Nilotica Melt offers all that! Its texture looks and feels like a butter but it later melts and becomes oily when in touch with warm skin. I apply it under my eyes and forehead (delicate places where wrinkles form easily) at night and in the morning, before I apply my makeup. I've been using it for the past two weeks and have started to notice the difference in my skin. The little wrinkles around my eyes have diminished and so have the dark circles. It honestly feels great to use a natural product that does not only benefit my skin and health but also our planet as a whole. Best part? You can get it at Sephora! Easy to use, convenient, and eco-friendly. Need I say more?!

ps: LXMI is having a Mother's Day promotion! Get your natural glow at a discount by using code Mom30.  

A morning of plant-based cooking in Miami!

There is a gem in Miami not many people know about. It is a place near Wynwood any conscious soul would immediately fall in love with. It is like a treasure chest that offers beautiful green gardens, a plant-based restaurant, a plant-based cooking school, and a holistic center. All in one! It is called The Sacred Space Miami for a reason. It is sacred! One of a kind! I’ve been going there often to be part of their personal growth workshops, meditation classes, events full of mindfulness, and yoga. And, last weekend, I took a vegan bread class at their cooking school (Matthew Kenney Culinary School). The class was taught by a lovely human and good friend,  Nathi, and covered over 4 recipes. From vegan bread (different flavors), to cinnamon rolls, energy gels, nut butters, bread butters, and more. My favorite recipe? Cinnamon rolls, of course! Imagine a delicious combination of almond flour, almond pulp, oat flour, cinnamon powder, agave, dates, pecans and raisins. It was something so simple to make yet completely out of this world in flavor and scent. And…100% vegan, organic and RAW! No oven needed but a dehydrator.

Do you want to know what made this class even more fairylike? MY MOM! She came with me to take the class! My mom who didn’t believe in the power of a vegan diet or a holistic life! She’s awakening to it without me even asking. That to me is magic! Priceless magic!

If you guys want to discover the wonders of The Sacred Space or Matthew Kenney Culinary, click here to sign up for their workshops and events. I’ll be participating in a few ones this month. See you there!

Earth Day TRAVEL GIVEAWAY!

The Earth Day vibes are still going on strong over here, and we are celebrating it by gifting a lucky soul a free spot at the retreat I'll be leading in Bali November 6-13! The retreat might be sold out but a wanderluster spirit will receive 13 days at one of the most mind-blowing eco-friendly hotels I've reviewed for the blog, 3 organic vegan meals per day, waterfall walks, a flower offering workshop, a Balinese cuisine class, a holistic spa treatment, organic coffee and tea 24/7, local tours and so much more! A $1225 value gifted by Sunology. All you have to do is:

1) Follow @sunology and @waterthruskin on instagram

2)Comment on our Travel Giveaway photo on Instagram and tag 3 friends

3)Repost the photo, tell us what Mother Nature means to you, and tag @sunology and @waterthruskin

4) Get ready to win this trip and @sunology products!!

The winner will be announced in 13 days on May 6th. I can't wait to meet one of you and spend a week in paradise together!

You can read more about Sunology's eco-friendly, ocean-safe, mineral, cruelty-free and vegan sun care products here

More details about the retreat here.

Disclaimer: please make sure you can attend during those dates and purchase your flight to Denpasar, Bali, if you win. Transportation from the airport to the hotel is already arranged. :)

GOOD LUCK!

Mineral sunblock with MORINGA!

Good morning from Pondicherry, India! I’m currently in the south region of India visiting different mind-blowingly beautiful sustainable hotels. It is four in the morning but, I couldn’t sleep (jetlag issues) and decided to catch up with stories and products I’ve been wanting to share with you on my blog. Starting with this brand: Sunology. The reason why I’m writing about Sunology, specially now, is because travelling has taught me the importance of 1) wearing sunscreen 24/7 and 2) how sunscreen can have a positive or negative impact on our health and on our environment and animals. Before I get into the holistic and amazing traits of this sunscreen brand, there are a few things you should know about regular sunscreens. If the brand or product you choose is not eco-friendly, non-toxic, or natural, odds are those chemicals will end up in our oceans- and in your blood stream- one way or another. You must be asking yourself “Why?” or “How in the world!?”. It’s actually very simple. Whatever we human beings put on our skins, is immediately absorbed by our bodies, transported into our bloodstreams, and used to feed our cells. If you are putting toxic products and chemicals on your skin, they’ll become part of your cells and might lead to health issues in the future. The same effect takes place in our oceans whenever you use toxic sunscreens. Either if you go for a swim in our waters, or take a bath at home to remove the lotion from your skin, you are releasing chemicals into our oceans (yes, everything ends up in our oceans!) and feeding those harmful chemicals to our coral reefs, fishes, rays, sea lions, and other sea animals. The chemicals and oily lotion create a non-breathable coat on sea animals’ skins, which ends up suffocating them slowly. It is honestly a no brainer, guys! If you care about treating your body and our planet as temples, use products that are chemical-free!

Now, a new brand I recommend for suncare lotions is Sunology. Why? Well, this brand is not only non-toxic, mineral based, cruelty-free (not tested on animals) and eco-friendly (does not harm our oceans or animals), but it’s also infused with essentials oils and a superfood I’ve been talking a lot about during the past year: Moringa!

Moringa Oleifera is one of the most nutrient rich plants in our planet! The leaves of this tree are used to create either a powder (like the one I put on my shakes in the morning), oil (it is used on body lotions or suncare, like Sunology), and tea bags (entire leaves). This medicinal plant offers 25% of plantbased protein, 31% of fiber, vitamins and minerals such as Iron, Vitamin A, K, E, calcium and magnesium, and is incredibly high in antioxidants (6x the antioxidant levels of goji berries and matcha). The combination of Vitamin A, E and the high antioxidants boosts your skin vitality and helps repair cell damage. This is where Sunology comes to play! Sunology uses Moringa oil as one of its ingredients to help improve your skin’s elasticity and health, and block the effects of free radical formation. This means that Sunology’s products are not only parabens and sulfates free, non-toxic, mineral, cruelty-free, and 50spf, but they also have as their main mission to bring you skin back to life with the power of this miraculous superfood, Moringa!

The Sunology products I use and brought with me on this trip are:

1)   Face

2)   Body

3)   Lips

Give them a try and I hope you guys like them as much as I do. I’ve been using them on a daily basis here in India and my skin has been feeling and looking shinier and cleaner than before.

Much love from India!

Miami's spiritual gem: The Sacred Space. Q&A with its Founder, Karla Dascal.

Today, I want to share this interview I did with Karla Dascal, Founder of my favorite holistic center in Miami: The Sacred Space Miami, with you. Why? Simple. She is not only a person who found the success-spirituality balance in life but is also a soul with a story worth sharing and a good friend of mine. She’s been following a holistic and Ayurvedic lifestyle for a few years now and founded The Sacred Space to offer everything she learned and more to Miami residents and tourists. The Sacred Space is the center I go to to submerge myself in meditations, breathing practices, spirituality and personal growth workshops, healing, yoga, and the famous Modern Om event that will take place again this year. We all know how important healing and self-love are, and Miami is slowly but surely growing into a spiritual gem with the Sacred Space being the leading force behind it. If you go to Sacred Space, you may have seen me either hanging around the colorful garden area sipping matcha teas or devouring the delicious plant based food from PlantFood&Wine, or practicing yoga and taking part of the TSSM workshops.

Karla visited Thailand a few months ago to learn about Thai healing practices at a deeper level and to later share them with everyone she knows, and with The Sacred Space family.

I hope this Q&A gives you an intro to Karla, the life she lives and inspires onto her daughter and others, and opens your eyes and mind to the magic of The Sacred Space. See you there soon.

WTS x Karla Dascal (The Sacred Space Miami)

1) How long ago did you embark on this conscious journey?

It’s been 11 years since I changed my life completely by taking a holistic path to living and being. It was a necessary and extremely rewarding decision that has impacted my life in every way possible. This journey hasn’t always been an easy one, but it has made me more open, present and mindful of the connection between the mind and body.

2) What made you decide to take your trip to Thailand? 

Thailand has always fascinated me, with its rich culture of ancient traditions. I felt it was important to deeply experience Thai wellness, healing and cleansing philosophies. This was my moment to immerse myself in something new and unknown, and to bring back that wisdom to The Sacred Space Miami.

3) Was it scary? Did it push you to get out of your comfort zone? What scared you the most? 

Traveling to remote places like Thailand, as well as my previous trip to India, force me out of my comfort zone. The traffic, the congestion; it was a lot to take in at times. I had to take a step back and reflect on the present and not let those kinds of situations negatively impact my experience as whole.

4) Was getting out of your comfort zone worth it? Would you do it again?

Absolutely. In fact, I feel most healed when I get out of my comfort zone. It’s a necessary process for growth, and I think everyone should be open to stepping out of what’s common and comfortable.

5) What did you learn about yourself during your Thailand retreat? 

I learned that I am capable of anything, and gained so much understanding of inner strength. The spiritual energy in these countries is amazing, and I was so impressed by the faith of the people in Thailand. They go back to ancient healing traditions and it is part of their lifestyle and wisdom. Simply being there allows you to feel the remarkable connection.

6) What ceremonies did you connect with the most? 

I truly connected with the ceremony of the tea. It’s a ritual in most Asian cultures, and I was so fortunate to experience it during my trip to Thailand. Traditional Thai Medicine was also a huge one for me. It’s essentially a system of methods and practices, such as herbal medicine, bodywork practices and spiritual healing

7) Did you learn about holistic medicine? Can you share your favorite therapy with us? 

I’ve been learning and educating myself about holistic medicine for years. I love the teas, essential oils, herbs & plant medicine, physical massage and the entire Thai healing system.

8) Do you apply what you learned into your daily life? 

Of course. I live this way and it is part of my integrative lifestyle. I make it a point to take the lessons from my travels and apply it to my life, both personally and professionally.

9) Are some of those therapies offered at the holistic center you founded in Miami, The Sacred Space (TSSM)? 

At The Sacred Space Miami, we are committed to bringing the best experts in Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, integrative and holistic medicine, as well as aromatherapy and many more areas of interest. We offer permanent programming and lectures aimed at creating a community where locals and tourists alike can reflect, learn and heal.

10) What therapy or workshop do you recommend the most? For newbies and also for already enlightened souls? 

I recommend our daily practice of Aquarian Sadhana hosted every morning at The Sacred Space. It’s a spiritual practice meant for everyone (beginners, intermediate and experts) to help clear your consciousness so you can reach your highest inner potential. It’s combination of kriyas, which is movement, breathing, prayer and mantras. It is one of my favorite practices. 

11) Are you teaching your daughter about this mindful lifestyle? What are your thoughts on holistic parenting? 

It’s the way I live, and see it as an extension of my persona. Every day is an opportunity to teach my daughter something new and instill these same values of mindful and conscious living that have helped me become a better person. My passion for this lifestyle is reflected in everything I do, from parenting to travel, to business and the relationships I create.

12) Do you have more soul-enriching trips planned this year? Tell us about them. 

My next trip is Tulum, Mexico, and I’m also joining a retreat in North Carolina with the Art of Living.

13) What’s your mission in life and for TSSM? 

My mission in life is to heal myself, so I can heal others. The Sacred Space Miami was created for that sole reason, to serve as a destination for personal growth and transformation. I’ve always envisioned TSSM as campus for the community to gather and connect, and offer people a place to slow down from their fast-paced lives, as well as educate themselves on a plant-based lifestyle.

 

Telemundo Interview about a Conscious Lifestyle

This is probably the most beautiful and heartfelt interview anyone has done on my journey and projects, therefore, I felt the need to share it immediately. Some of you may have already seen it on TV, for everyone else, here it is! I'll do my best to try to get someone to add English subtitles to the video soon. 

Love you, guys! Thank you for the constant support and love!

Transforming Animal-lover's Grief Into Trees: GoFullCircle

For all animal-lovers out there, this is a post you will want to read. <3

I discovered this product a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to share it with you. GoFullCircle is focused on the concept of providing relief to an animal-owners' pain after losing their babies by introducing the option of giving life to an eternity tree using your animal's ashes. Owners of dogs/Cats (ferrets, mice, rats... you name it! Same love!) receive a bamboo container with soil, fertilizer, wood chips and a tree or plant with their purchase. All you have to do is combine the ashes with the fertilizer and soil, and give life to a tree in memory of your animal.

A plus? GoFullCirle uses seedlings (baby trees) instead of seeds to make it easier for non-expert growers to have success growing a tree, and you get to choose the tree that best matches your baby's personality. And, once you've planted your tree, you can recycle the bamboo container and use it to store things. The container is beautiful, as is!

I know the pain associated with losing a four-legged child, and only wish this had existed 10 years ago when I lost mine. It's honestly amazing to experience how new brands come up with these sustainable and heart-felt products! What do guys you think?

Use code WTSFIVE for discount. 

A sustainable watch that will leave you speechless!

Here is a brand I am incredibly excited to share with you: Lian & Mez.

It’s the first time in 3 years I wear a watch. I kind of gave up on the designer ones I had and the leather-strap one I used to wear 24/7, the minute I entered this conscious journey. Since then, I haven’t been able to find a watch that embodies the new person I’ve become. A watch that represents the way I now view life. A watch I can wear every single day and smile every time I put it on. My sister and I even joke about this. Every time we talk about watches, she says something like “So…you’ll never wear a Rolex?” and I reply with a “Not until they come up with a fair-trade and eco-friendly one!”. And then, out of the blue, Lian & Mez watches came to life. The perfect combination of sustainability, elegance, and style! When I first heard of them, I simply couldn’t believe what I was reading on their website. They represent everything any human being that cares about our planet, seeks in a brand or product. Let’s start with their most impressive feature: Piñatex. Piñatex is the new sustainable alternative to leather. It is vegan leather made from pineapple leaf fibers. The best part? No extra land, water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce these fibers since they are the by-product of the pineapple harvest. This practice also provides new additional income for farmers in Philippines while creating a new industry for pineapple growing countries. Do I have your full attention already? Well, there’s more! Lian & Mez, a brand designed by two German millennials, uses this pineapple leather for all of its watches’ straps with over 5 colors to choose from (the gold one is my favorite). The watches are also waterproof resistant (50m), fair-trade and handmade in Germany, and have been delicately designed with sapphire crystal glass and stainless steel for durability. I don’t know about you guys, but this is like a dream come true for me and also proof that the conscious movement is pushing brands to come up with beautiful products that are good for our planet and our people. Julian and Feramez (Founders of Lian & Mez) are a visionary example of how we can reshape the fashion and lifestyle industry for the better.

Lian & Mez is currently hosting their kickstarter and they need our help to make their sustainable watches an ongoing reality. Are you guys ready to support the change you want to see in the world? If so, head to Lian & Mez’s website for more info.

 Happy planet-loving Sunday, babes!

 

 

 

WaterThruSkin Sustainable Home Design

This is a post I’m very excited to share with you. Not only because I finally have my own place after being a homeless nomad for almost a year, but also because I’ve decorated it in the most sustainable and ethical way I could…at a really low budget! Please do have in mind that there are some eco-friendly home items that are either extremely difficult to find, or mind-blowingly expensive. Hence, on those cases, I chose products from companies that have very transparent and philanthropic values. (Don't forget that it’s all about the balance and baby steps!) With that being said, let’s jump straight into the topic because this post might be a long one!

As you may already know, I am a full-time conscious lifestyle and travel blogger, which means that I travel almost every month to review different hotels and brands for my blog. For that reason, and because I’ve finally discovered the powerful value of simplicity, I chose to turn a studio into my new home. And, in this 630sf space, I managed to create different environments: a boho living room, a wanderluster bedroom, a relaxing reading station, a yogi corner, a mandala breakfast area, a welcoming hallway, a balcony with a tiny orchard, and my bathroom and closet.

BEDROOM: 

This area is one of the most important ones in your home. This is where you’ll get to rest and recharge and dream about all the things you want to achieve in life, so make sure you design it in a way that collides with your personality. Since I love to travel, I glued an entire worldmap on my wall (8.3ft wide x 12ft tall) and used pins to mark the places I’ve visited since I started WaterThruSkin 3 years ago. After doing some research and lots of brand comparisons, I chose to purchase the map from Gilt because it came with eco-friendly and non-toxic glue while the other brands didn’t. The map came with 8 different pieces and it took me about 5 hours to measure, glue, and cover the entire wall with the map. It’s not an easy task but very much worth it.

WTS tips: I first laid the map on the floor to make sure I was placing the countries correctly (you can never be too sure!). I then pinned them to the wall, got the glue ready, and added glue to the borders of the map only. Be careful with the bubbles. They were really hard for me to avoid! I also used Onyx & Green’s natural stick glue for some tricky places.

Lastly, I placed LED lights around the map. They are energy efficient and can light up an entire room, thus, I chose to use LED instead of a night lamp. Plus, it looks cooler too! You can get them on Amazon for $9-$12. They come in strips with a tape on the back, and are super easy to stick to the wall. I used two strips/rolls. Don't forget to buy the power source too. ($9)

Bed pillows and bedsheets: can you say BAMBOO? Yes! I have bamboo bedsheets, a bamboo comforter, and pillows made of bamboo and other natural materials! They are not only beautiful, sustainable and hypoallergenic, but also incredibly comfortable! The brands I recommend are these:

-Pillows: Essence of Bamboo, and Savvy are two sustainable pillow brands. 

-Bedsheets: Cozy Earth has some 100% eco options, but you can also get them at Overstock. Cheaper prices.

-Comforter: Cozy Earth, or you can get it at Joss&Main for more affordable options. 

-Mattress: Here's a really good article I found about he best sustainable mattresses. It all depends on your budget and vision. 

Instead of using a bed base, I decided to make one myself with recycled wood crates I purchased at a wine store. Besides being planet-friendly, they were half the price of the ones people normally get at Arts & Crafts stores. I purchased eight crates for $4.99 each at Total Wine & More, placed them next to my mattress in a line that surrounded the bed, and filled them with books, succulents, crystals and more. (Note: you will have to go to the store to purchase the crates. I don't think they sell them online)

READING STATION:

 I’ve dreamed about having a hanging chair at home for years but never found one that was affordable and ethical enough to purchase, until this one came along! I bought it from Jet after going over their company’s values on Jet's website. They revolve around transparency, ethics, and giving back. They’ve even set up a charity to provide the living essentials to families in need, and match every dollar we donate to this cause. The chair (with the stand, cushion and shipping cost) was $289. I added two handmade bohemian pillows I purchased at Anthropology to give color to the chair. In case you don’t know, Anthropology is part of URBN, and they take global community initiatives and sustainability very seriously. They also support arts and education programs through different non-profits, focus on handmade products and carry vegan leather options! These pillows were on sale. Approx $35 each (with insert).

Next to the chair, I hanged a Dieffenbachia (oxygen cleaning plant) using a beautiful macramé planter that was handmade with recycled cotton by Yerbamala Design.

YOGI CORNER:

This is my spiritual corner. I designed it with items I’ve collected throughout these years. Some of them were gifts, others I made myself, and some I purchased. I won’t go into specific detail, but here are some WTS tips:

1) This is the corner that reminds you about your essence. Your spirit. The religion or philosophy of life you connect to the most. Your temple.

2) Some products I recommend: Himalayan salt lamp, aromatherapy room freshener or oils, plants, recycled wood crate for your spiritual books, a mala, a dream-catcher, and a Buddha statue.

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LIVING ROOM:

I chose to go crazy with colors here! No boundaries, no design pattern.

1) SUP paddleboard: I purchased this baby about 5 years ago. It was designed by my brother and, instead of storing it, I decided to transform it into boho home décor. I wrapped LED lights around it to add eye-catching spiciness to it.

2) Pink chair: It’s ethically made, in the US, with car seat belts by Harveys.

3) Yellow Owl Planter and White Vase: They are handmade and hand-painted by women in Colombia. Fair-trade and packaged/shipped using the cutest eco-friendly boxes by HabibiLiving. You get to choose the plants on their website. Prices range between $16-$85.

4) White-Silver boxes: I bought these in Bali.

5) Gold bottles: A wine bottle and a VOSS water bottle I painted myself using gold non-toxic and water-based paint from Martha Stewart, and White Chalk non-toxic eco-friendly paint by Renaissance

6) Yoga mats and wheel: All three are eco-friendly but made with different materials. The beige ones, and the wheel, are made with renewable cork and recycled tire rubber by Yoloha and ILoveGurus. The pink one is made from natural tree rubber by Jade, and they plant a tree for each mat sold.

7) Rug: Fair-trade and handmade, empowering artisans in India by Guadalupe Design.

8) TV-stand: made from recycled wood by my handyman. Cheaper, faster and more sustainable than buying a TV-stand at a store. $150 with installation.

9) Sofa and floor Pillows: WestElm. Another favorite store of mine. Their products are not only fair-trade, but they also support local artisans, artists and charities. The prices of these ranged between $28-$45 (with inserts).

10) Plants: Midtown Garden Center in Miami is my place to go for plants. Nature, vegan food trucks, recycled wood furniture, and little lights everywhere

11) Soy candles: better for your health and the environment! I have Anthropologie ones around my home, and also Thx Co's (fair-trade, philanthropic, and eco). 

MANDALA BREAKFAST AREA:

I purchased the table and the stools at IKEA. One of the reasons why I love visiting and supporting IKEA is because they take sustainability and ethics to the next label by sourcing their wood sustainably, switching to energy-efficient LED lighting, and even installing solar-panels in their stores. Approx $290 for the table and three stools.

I then painted mandalas with eco water-based chalk markers on the stools, and coated them with clear paint.

Aromatherapy Diffuser: This product changed my life! All you need to do is fill it with water and your favorite aromatherapy oils.

KITCHEN TIPS:

-Use laundry (wood) clips rather than plastic clips

-Use mason jars as glasses, and also to store your superfoods

-Use planetfriendly cleaning products. My favorite brands are: Mrs Meyers and Seventh Generation

-Get a water filtering pitcher. I use SOMA. Their filters are made with 60% recycled and plantbased materials, and their handles with sustainable oak. Plus, their designs are flawless!

BALCONY TIPS:

-Use recycled wine crates as décor

-Use recycled glass water bottles, paper coffee cups, coffee mugs as planters. 

-Plant your favorite herbs, spices, veggies, and fruits. I have basil, mint, lavender, rosemary, mint, cilantro, tomatoes, lettuce, pineapple, and succulents everywhere.

BATHROOM TIPS:

-Recycle your wine and glass water bottles, paint them and transform them into decorative pieces. For eco-friendly and non-toxic paint brands, scroll up to LIVING ROOM. 

-Add some plants (The elephant planter is from HabibiLiving as well. Fair-trade and handmade)

-Get soy candles. Mrs Meyers is a great option. The scents I like are Lavender and Basil.

-Paint a mason jar and use it to store your toothbrush and toothpaste.

-Use fairtrade and handmade bath rugs. Mine is by Guadalupe Design and empowers artisans in India.

HALLWAY TIPS:

-Use your cotton shopping bags as décor. I insterted some dried lavender in mine and hung it on the wall.

-Add a vase with water and crystals next to entrance to your apartment/home. This will absorb people’s negative energy when they enter your home. Once they leave, pour the water down the drain, clean your crystals, fill with fresh water, and repeat as needed.

CLOSET TIPS:

-Use newspaper to give a twist to your mirror. I glued mine with Onyx+Green natural glue.

-Hang toquilla hats around the mirror.

LIFESTYLE TIPS:

This is for everyone who is on their phone and computer 24/7. Get a radiation protective case from SafeSleeve. I have both the laptop and iPhone ones and use them every single day. Radiations are extremely harmful to our health and have been proven to cause cancer. Safesleeve’s cases protect you against 99% of all three types of harmful EMF radiation. They have vegan leather cases available too! :)

And lastly, for all dog-lovers, GoFullCircle is a great option for when that painful moment comes and we have to say goodbye. GoFullCircle gives you the option of giving life to a tree from your dog's ashes. You will receive a beautiful container made from bamboo with fertilizer, soil and wood chips inside. All you have to do is combine your baby's ashes with the fertilizer, soil and wood chips. GoFullCircle also gives you the option of choosing which tree you want. It's a wonderful way to honor your dog and create life from life. Once you plant the tree, you can recycle and use the bamboo container to store things or memories. Use code WTSFIVE for discount. 

 

 

 

 

 

I was published on Forbes for being ME!

I woke up today to something I never imagined coming in this journey I've chosen to pursue. I was published in Forbes for CHASING MY PASSIONS, but there's a little story I want to share with you first. A few years ago, as a Private Banker, I remember dreaming about being published in Forbes as "the most successful banker EVER" (yeap, those were my words exactly!). I dreamt that I would have millions and become super successful without even knowing what success really meant! At that point, everything in my life revolved around the status, money, pretending to be someone I was not, and the addictive attachment to material things. In March, it will be 2 years since I left that world for good. I left it to pursue a life of passion. One that fed my spirit more than my wallet. One that revolved around me doing good, making a difference in our world, traveling in sustainable ways, and smiling. A lot! So...to be featured in Forbes for being ME (very much me!) and for chasing exactly what adds color to my life is absolutely PRICELESS! I never saw this coming and that makes this article even more beautiful! Thank you Forbes! Thank YOU, guys!

I hope this brings some motivation to your days! Love ya! And thanks for the constant support! 

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Click here to read the article.

Planet-saving Holiday Gift Guide!

THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE!!! That time of the year again. The time for strong hugs with the ones we love and also, sadly, lots and lots of shopping! Christmas is one of the busiest seasons for all stores, which means most of us will spend hundreds or thousands of dollars taking advantage of sales and purchasing products that will potentially end up in landfills in a few months, or might support practices that are devastating for our planet and people. So... how about we choose which stores and brands to support wisely?! How about we buy less crap and more things we will use for years to come? How about we say no to fast fashion products and buy more eco-friendly clothing pieces we can reuse in a dozen different ways? How about we give the gift of consciousness this year?! Giving unique and lovely gifts that will raise an interesting conversation with those we love? How about we use the money we worked so hard for this year to make sure we have a planet to call our home in the future? What do you guys say?! Ready to become an agent of change this Holiday season?! If so, here are a few brands you might want to check out. Eco-friendly, vegan, fair-trade, charity-oriented. Nothing like conscious shopping!

I’ve separated them in categories, so you can find whatever you are looking for to gift this year.

For those not familiar with the language, these are the meanings of each label…
•    Vegan: no animal byproducts or animal ingredients
•    Cruelty-free: not tested on animals (applies mostly to beauty products)
•    Fair-trade: artisans are paid a fair wage for their work
•    Handprinted/ Block-printed: artisans design textiles by hand with different techniques. All stamped by hand (hand-carved wood stamp) and with natural colors.
•    Non-toxic: lacks the main harmful chemicals most brands put in their products (applies to beauty products, especially nail polishes)

CLOTHING:

The Onikas: Fair-trade and handprinted clothing with non-toxic colors by artisans in India and Ecuador. 

Osom: Socks made from recycled textiles

Miakoda NY: fair-trade clothing made with biodegradable fibers such as bamboo and organic cotton. (softest fabrics ever!!!)

Melissa Shoes: Shoes made from recycled plastic reusing 99% of waste, water and unsold stock.

THX: Everyday products that suport everyday causes. You choose the nonprofit and the amount whenever you shop a THX product.

Symbology: fair-trade and handprinted clothing. Beautiful dresses! Use CODE: WTSXSYMBOLOGY for 10% off.

Nomad Tribe: fashion + social impact. Anything you need! Eco-friendly, vegan, and charity-oriented options. Use CODE: NTVH

 

LINGERIE & SWIM:

NAJA: fair-trade and sustainable lingerie. Every product you buy helps women rise above poverty. Naja provides fair wages and health care to each artisan.

EcoPeace: eco-friendly swim wear made with recycled and natural fibers and non-toxic dyes

Lume: fair-trade and eco-friendly swim wear supporting different artists and charities.

 

SHOES:

Beyond Skin: vegan and fair-trade shoe brand made with vegetable coating.

By Blanch: vegan and fair-trade shoe brand from Spain

VEJA: eco-friendly shoe brand with some vegan options. Use CODE: NTVH for discount.

Turquise: vegan and charity-oriented shoe brand. Use CODE: NTVH for discount.

Cult of Coquette: vegan leather high heels!!!! 

 

BAGS:

Big Bubble Bags: really cool bags made from recycled bubble wrap. Use CODE: BUBBLEGIFT for 15% off

Matt and Nat: fair-trade and vegan bags made with natural materials and recycled plastic bottle interior lining.

Remember Me Green: Bags made from recycled NYC billboards.

Up Fuse: Fair-trade and eco-friendly bags made from recycled plastic bags. Use CODE: KINDCHRISTMAS for discount.

Stella McCartney: vegan luxury bags (a little pricey for those looking for high end options)

Angela Roi: beautiful and classic vegan bags in earthy colors. 

 

JEWELRY:


WTS Malas: fair-trade, handmade and blessed by priests in Bali

The Fifth Element: handmade and spiritual jewelry. Her mandala rings are my favorite.

Simbi: handmade and fairtrade bracelets made from natural clay by artisans in Haiti. Each purchase provides clean water to Haiti. Use CODE: WATERTHRUSKIN for 15% off.

Alex and Ani: jewelry made from recycled materials that benefits different charities.

Kathe Cuervo: handmade jewelry made from recycled materials


BEAUTY:

Bite: vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic and EDIBLE. Yes! Made with natural and fine ingredients! My favorite is the Agave lip mask!

Tarte: vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic makeup. My faves are the lip colors, mascara and cheeky blush.

OneLoveOrganics: organic, vegan, cruelty-free, natural spa products and body lotions. My favorite is the Vitamin C Body Oil.

Sparitual: vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic Nail polishes and spa products. Love their nail polishes!

Baiser Beauty: artisanal, vegan, organic, handmade beauty products. My favorite is their anti-aging oil.
 

AROMATHERAPY & PERFUMES:

Wholistic: organic and natural aromatherapy oils with crystals charged by the moon.

THX Co: perfumes and soy candles made with natural, fair-trade, and sustainable ingredients. THX lets you choose which nonprofit to donate to. 

 

YOGA & FITNESS:

Global Groove Life: fair-trade products made by artisans in Asia. I have their yoga ball.

Portdebras: Fair-trade yoga clothing made with natural biodegradable fibers.

Waterlust: yoga pants made from recycled plastic bottles and supports different Marine Research nonprofits.

InnerFire: yoga clothes made from natural fibers and recycled plastic bottles

YolohaYoga: yoga props and products made from natural cork and recycled tire rubber

I love Gurus: yogi sandals and wear made from natural eco-friendly products. For each purchase, they plant a tree.

 

TRAVEL:

Matt and Nat: fair-trade and vegan bags made with natural materials and recycled plastic bottle interior lining.

WTS Kits: vegan, eco-friendly, natural and organic travel kits with everything you need for your trips. 

WTS Hotels: what about gifting a vacation at an eco-friendly hotel? Get inspired by all the trips I’ve taken.

LSTN Headphones: Headphones that give back! With each purchase LSTN provides hearing aid to people in need.

To look at last year's WTS holiday gift guide inspiration, click here!

Next WTS Retreat: Bali, Indonesia 2017

I am beyond excited to announce I'll be hosting a retreat in Bali, Indonesia, November 6-13, 2017. I enjoyed my time in Bali so much, I decided to host this "WTS wellness, adventures and culture" Retreat at the eco-friendly hotel I stayed at in the middle of nature which runs on hydropower generated by the waterfall beneath the villa I called my home for 5 days! Nature, healthy yummy food, tours, yoga, ceremonies, Balinese workshops like the ones I took, cooking classes and more! The best part...I want to make it really affordable so 15-20 of you can come and we take over Bali Eco Stay! What do you guys say? Are you ready for an out-of-the-ordinary experience?! I know we are talking about dates a year in advance but booking your flights is essential. And the sooner you do it, the cheaper! Can't wait to keep discovering Bali with you guys! 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

-7 nights at Bali Eco Stay's villas (Double villas, so if you're traveling with a partner or friend, please let us know so we book you together. We also have triple available.)

-Transportation from airport to hotel (roundtrip)

-Yoga in the mornings

-3 delicious vegan meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

-Morning and afternoon organic teas

-Fresh organic coffee 24/7

-2 hour walk of organic rice fields and waterfalls (first day of retreat)

-Balinese Massage (1 hr)

-Balinese Canang Sari Flower Offerings Workshop (1-2hrs)

-Balinese Wood Carving Workshop (1-2hrs)

-Balinese Cuisine Cooking Class (1-2hrs)

-Daily waterfall walks and swims

-Closing bon fire with traditional music (last day of retreat)

-Ceremonies (optional)

-1 mala (gift by WaterThruSkin) per person

 

TOTAL PRICE per person: $1,225 (USD) (Double Rooms Only) (LIMITED TIME & SPOTS)

***Price After March 30, 2017: $1,825 (USD)

BOOK NOW!

 

OPTIONAL (Can add to packages at Hotel):

-Tours of Ubud, Monkey Forest, local markets, Khuta, etc): They range between $15-$80 (depends if it's a half day 3hr tour, or full day 6hr tour)

-Coconut Oil Workshop: $15

-Hot Stone Massage: $15

-More customized options once at hotel

 

TO  KNOW:

-Book your flights to Denpasar, Bali. We'll arrange transportation for you from Denpasar to Hotel (1.5 to 2hr drive)

-Please arrive at the hotel on the 6th, and email us your flight itinerary for pick up.

-We'll send you a list with clothing and items to bring to retreat a few weeks prior.

-CLICK HERE to read my experience at Bali Eco Stay and to see more PHOTOS.

For Haiti Fundraiser

No matter where in this beautiful planet of ours you are right now, I’m sure you all have heard or seen the results of hurricane Matthew. This is the third time that a natural disaster hits Haiti in 6 years. (2010 7.0-magnitude earthquake, 2012 Sandy, 2016 Matthew) and they need our help more than ever! Remember I told you on my last Haiti post that I was looking for a non-profit to travel to Haiti with, I found it! Well, they sort of found me or, better yet, we found each other :). I'll be traveling to Haiti in December 20016 to volunteer at an orphanage. I'll be spending there 4 days and taking as many donations as I can, for which you guys get to chip in and help. (I believe in you!!) I'm hosting a fundraiser to gather as many funds as possible to help the nonprofits I'll be working with. One of them will be I am Me. I know a lot of people don't like to donate. I've even heard some complain they are not getting anything in return. (Really?) Therefore, I've decided to make this donation thing a little more personal. 

  • Every person that donates $100 will receive a Simbi Haiti bracelet from me. (This way, you'll be helping two charities with one donation!) With each Simbi bracelet sold, Simbi Inc is able to provide funds to purify 1 gallon of water per day in Haiti through Aqua Haiti. Also, all bracelets are handmade by Haiti artisans with clay and natural colors that are kind to your skin and the planet. Simbi Inc has so far supported 250 jobs and purified 20,000,000 gallons of water in Haiti. 
  • Every person that donates $500 or more will receive a personalized eco-friendly jean jacket (like the one I posted on IG)!!! This applies to everyone. Ladies and gents! I'll also be traveling to Bali next week to review an eco-friendly hotel and have been thinking of getting cute gifts over there for you guys. How about that?!! Deal?? Then, let's get this fundraiser rolling!!! 

 

I'm in. Let's Donate!
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Natural Beauty Tips & Brands

In response to some of your questions, I'm sharing a few of these conscious tips and brands that are not only good to your skin and health but also kind to our planet! It is all about the baby steps! No getting frustrated! Start with baby steps and you'll notice the huge difference in your lifestyle. I hope you enjoy this video. ps: excuse my Spanglish! I tend to make up, or eat, words when I'm nervous. No script here, just me talking to you guys! xo

Brands: Wholistic Face Sprits, Baiser Beauty, Josie Maran, Tarte, Antonym. Get October's beauty box with these and more!

Eco-friendly Bohemian Event? Yes, please!

A month ago I had the opportunity to be part of the most beautiful event planning photoshoot I’ve seen in these 28 years of mine. Everything I’ve always envisioned my life- and even home- to look like was turned into a reality by Elizabeth Orange Events. A natural, eco-friendly, bohemian scene taken out of one of my dreams and I, of course, got to dress like a bohemian princess for it. From the second I reached the location, Samsara, I knew I was about to experience something completely out of the box. Tall green trees leading the way, and a lounge area and a dinner-table set inside a bungalow entirely consumed by nature. Everywhere I looked I saw Mother Nature. Flowers, fruit trees, palm trees, a pink sunset, and even a small pond with water running constantly creating the most refreshing melody and atmosphere. The lounge (decorated by Elizabeth Orange Events, Anthology and Unearthed Vintage) was the perfect combination of welcoming luxury, comfort, and the contagious vibes of a flower child. It all revolved on a fluffy carpet covered with colorful pillows, candles and lanterns illuminating every corner, and flower centerpieces by Anthology adding a delicate touch to the entire setting. Next to it was also the dinner-table set for eight with gorgeous copper chairs by Unearthed Vintage, names written on Papel & Co eco-friendly paper, Anthology’s blossomed tulips as center pieces, and Moroccan-looking glasses and plates. And don’t even get me started on the artisanal cocktails by Craft Cartel! Ingredients such as rosemary, ginger beer, and hibiscus were key players! There was also a giveaway table above Samsara’s Bali-looking lily pond with natural and organic mosquito repellents by Baiser Beauty, and a cake by Earth & Sugar. Like I said, moments and a design taken out of a dream!

In case you wonder, I wore a fair-trade dress and mala empowering artisans in India by Metta Loving Kindness, vegan leather sandals by ByBlanch, and a bohemian necklace handmade in Bolivia by Yvera

Photography by Katie Lopez

ToGo Smoothies! No cutting, chopping or pealing!

I want to share a little secret with all my On-the-go peeps! Now, morning shakes have become easier and faster with Daily Harvest's frozen cups full of mouthwatering ingredients ready to be placed in your blender and go! No chopping, peeling, or cutting. They are vegan, 98% organic, unrefined, paleo and full of superfoods and natural ingredients. In case you're wondering how this works,  Daily Harvest offers 12 different flavors you get to choose from and ships out your frozen cups right to your doorstep. Then, all you have to do is open your cup, add water or nut milk to it (all the way to the top), pour all ingredients in your blender, and blend at full speed. That's it! The cups are made from paper and come with a lid for you to take them everywhere. The lid even has a hole for your straw. PLEASE use paper or bamboo straws. We all know the devastating effects of plastic straws on our oceans, animals and mother nature.

The flavors I've tried so far and LOVED are:

-Cold Brew + Almond (photo below. Mine looks a little greener because I added a teaspoon of Moringa powder to it! :p) 

-Pineapple + Matcha

-Blueberry + Hemp

-Cacao + Avocado

-Apple + Greens

Another secret worth sharing? ....Use code "waterthruskin" and get 3 free smoothies from your first order!! Happy Tuesday!