International Women’s Day X Global Purpose

Today is International Women’s Day. A day in which we recognize and celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women all around the world, as well as advocate for a more gender inclusive world.

This year for International Women’s Day I’ve teamed up with Global Purpose, an ethical sourcing company whose mission is to help brands operate more sustainably and humanely. Global Purpose is owned and operated by Kaylyn Jordan and her husband Jon Jordan. They aim to provide education, healthcare, and income opportunities to women and children living in vulnerable countries, including Haiti, India, and Uganda by reinvesting the sales of their ethical and sustainable products.

In honor of National Women’s Day, I am adding accessories from the Artisan Line by Global Purpose to my OOTD. This sari scarf, drawstring bag, and bracelets are all made by women in India, empowering them and providing them and their families with education and healthcare. You can shop all of these beautifully made products at HEB.

How are you celebrating International Women’s Day? Let me know in the comments below.

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All About inBalance + Video

About a month ago I told y’all about how I teamed up with inBalance and became one of their brand ambassadors (read about it here), and I’m proud to say that ever since I joined the team, I’ve been keeping up with my workout routine and loving every minute of it. And that’s saying a lot for me, since working out has never quite been my cup of tea. I’ve had other gym memberships in the past but I never stuck with it because it always felt super intimidating for me to work out by myself in a sweaty, florescent lighted room filled with fitness fanatics who practically lived there, while I was struggling to keep up on the treadmill or acting like I knew what the heck I was doing with those crazy weight machines (I was definitely doing it wrong btw).

Don’t worry yall inBalance is nothing like those other gyms. It is a small, (super cute!) boutique styled gym that offers a huge variety of classes, including barre (my personal fave), pilates, yoga, dance, TRX, cardio and more. These classes are all taught by the fabulous inBalance instructors, who are all so encouraging, energetic, and helpful.

At first, I was hesitant to try workout classes, since I had heard horror stories from friends about taking classes at other gyms with instructors who would call out and embarrass people who weren’t keeping up and push people to work out so hard that they ended up hurting themselves. But let me just say that is NOT at all how inBalance classes are.

The inBalance instructors understand that each person in the class is at a different fitness level and don’t have ridiculous expectations for beginners to be working out at advanced levels. I know when I signed up for my first barre class, I was so nervous because I didn’t have a clue what to expect and didn’t even know any of the moves, but the instructors were so helpful that they offered to meet with me for a few minutes before my first class to teach me a few moves and basically give me a preview of how my fist class would go down. It was a blast. Every single class that I’ve ever taken at inBalance has been such a great experience. The music is always fun, the instructors are always challenging but in a positive and encouraging way, and the community itself is made up of awesome people #goodvibesonly

Another cool reason to love inBalance is that they not only offer tons of classes at their gym, but they also offer free community classes on weekends at different locations, such as La Gloria, Paramour, and Athleta. These classes are open to non-members as well, so be sure to follow inBalance on Instagram and Facebook to find out about these classes and feel free to join us!

Along with offering tons of classes for adults, inBalance also offers private sessions, classes for kids and teens, babysitting and nutrition programs as well #noexcuses

They even take awesome yoga retreats each year to incredible destinations. This April inBalance will be taking a trip to beautiful Tulum and I am beyond excited to be going along with them, staying at a gorgeous all inclusive hotel on the beach, and taking yoga classes taught by inBalance instructors! Click the photo below to learn more about the inBalance yoga retreat. 

Meet Hope, the owner of inBalance, Adriana (aka Toasty A) another brand ambassador, and get a sneak peek of inBalance by watching my All About InBalance video below.

Enjoy!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! + Lily Rain Event Info

Happy Valentine’s Day yall! I have always loved this holiday ever since I can remember. I always loved dropping Valentine’s Day cards into everyone’s decorated shoe boxes every Valentine’s Day in elementary school, which was usually followed by a classroom party where we all ate wayyy too much sugar and probably drove our teachers insane (sorry, not sorry).

To this day I still feel so much excitement each year when February 14th rolls around,  and not because of the cheesy heart shaped chocolate boxes, oversized stuffed bears, red roses, overpriced set menus, or the fact that I’m engaged, but because I always feel that it is a time where people feel encouraged to express love and appreciation for those who mean so much to them, whether it be your S.O., friend, classmate, coworker, or family member. Spreading the love is a rare thing these days, so it’s a nice change of pace when people can stop and smell the roses (pun intended).

This Valentine’s Day I want to encourage everyone to let the important people in your life know how much you care about them. Even if you just send a quick “Happy Vday” text (with various heart emojis obviously, have some respect).

 

But if you prefer to go the more traditional route and shower bae with gifts, I highly encourage you to come meet me and all the cool girls at Lily Rain at the Alamo Quarry this evening from 5-7 where there will be wine, treats, and 25% off select items! (Yes, I said free wine!) Click here for more info.

What are your plans this Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments below.


*Photography by Jana Cantua

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  1. Beautiful post, Marisa. I know what you mean about spreading love. It seems there is so much hatred in the world lately, so Valentines makes me happy. Hope you have a great one!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts She Really Wants

Ditch the flowers and chocolates and get her something she really wants this Valentine’s Day. I’ve curated a list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts your special someone will love all year, whether you’re shopping for your galpal, girlfriend, mom, sister, or yourself (cause, let’s be honest, we all are). So drop a hint to your bae, or shop for a friend straight from my blog! Sending some love has never been so easy!

XOXO

SHOP VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS

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  1. So we love so much of the same things, I have that TooFaced Eye Shadow palette. I love the Furry Phone case, I need to find one for a Samsung 🙂 And i put furry slides in my Valentines Must haves too! LOL! Your blog is awesome, I’m going to subscribe. Check mine out when you have a chance! 🙂

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Shop my Favorite Skincare!

 

For those of you who follow me on Snapchat (@chicintheHOT), you may have already gotten a sneak peek of a few of my current favorite skincare products, including the amazing cleanser and moisturizer by Estée Lauder, my go to SPF for protection without the oily texture or “sunscreen smell” by Supergoop, the perfect retinol eye serum by Dr. Dennis Gross, and the newest addition to my skincare regimen, these daily cleanse vitamins by HUM, (they’re like a detox for skin)!

I’ve made it my mission this year to improve my overall health as much as possible, and skincare plays a huge role in taking care of my body. So I’ve made it a point to not only make regular appointments with my dermatologist and esthetician, but also invest in high quality products that work. I know it can be difficult shopping for skincare with what seems like endless products out there. But fear not, my friends, after trying what seems like everything, I’ve created a guide to my favorite skincare products for you to shop straight from my blog!

Enjoy!

 

Do you have any favorite skincare products? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Settling Into 2017.. So far, so Good

So this is my first official blog post of 2017. If you follow me on Snapchat (@chicintheHOT) or Instagram (@chicintheheartoftexas) you probably know that I had been traveling quite a bit over the holidays. But ICYMI I spent Christmas, my birthday (12/27), my future sister-in-law’s birthday (12/30), and NYE in Las Vegas with my fiancée and best friends. And it was pretty epic.

Some of the highlights of the trip included:

 

1. Getting to stay in the Mansions at the MGM Grand

2. Afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental

3. Attending NYE performance by Drake at Hakkasan (my favorite club in Las Vegas)

4. And my first private jet experience from Las Vegas to Napa for my future sister in law’s bday.

Yeah, EPIC.

So now that I’m back home and settling into 2017, I want to get right down to business and discuss a few of my goals for this year.

First and foremost,  I want to enjoy myself this year. It’s a pretty big year for me, after all. This year I’ll be graduating from college, finally moving in with my fiancee, and begin wedding planning. So, even though it will be a very busy year, I want to try my best not to get overwhelmed, caught up, or stressed out in all the excitement. I really want to try hard and make time for myself to enjoy these big moments, even if it means, unplugging for a few hours at a time, as difficult as that can be.

Another goal I want to accomplish this year is to live a more healthy lifestyle. If you follow me on social media, you may know that I’ve recently teamed up with inBalance, and am now one of their brand ambassadors, which means I get to take all of their incredible classes (yoga, pilates, and barre, to name a few) and tell yall all about it! Since I plan on wedding dress shopping later this year, I have plenty of motivation to hit the gym extra hard.

Stay tuned to learn more about inBalance and follow along on my social media for updates on the classes and my workout routines.

How are you settling into 2017? And what are some of your goals for the year? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Holiday Giveaway | FOUR Winners!

Chic in the Heart of Texas is almost 1 year old! (We officially turn 1 in January). So in order to celebrate I wanted to do something new and exciting for my chic fam! I decided to finally jump into YouTube, which is something I have always wanted to do. I decided to team up with four incredible local boutiques and create a video to feature them. Oh, and theres also an AMAZING giveaway!

I teamed up with Chic’tique, J for JMR, Zelle Boutique, and Chalet. All of these shops have been featured on my blog and social media several times throughout the year. And that simply because, I love them. Since starting my blog I have really made it an effort to only feature with brands that I wear, shop, and love. These four have certainly made the top of my list. And what’s even better, is that all four shops are right here in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas! Doesn’t get any better than that. Watch the video below to learn about these fabulous shops and enter to win some amazing prizes!

What you can win:

FOUR lucky winners will be randomly selected.
*ONE winner will receive a $75 giftcard to Chic’tiqe
*ONE winner will receive a piece of jewelry from J for JMR
*ONE winner will receive a scarf and a giftcard from Zelle Boutique
*ONE winner will receive a skincare kit from Chalet
ALL FOUR WINNERS will also receive a stocking filled with holiday goods!

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
1. LIKE and COMMENT on this video
2. SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel

*Giveaway ends on 12/16/16 at 5pm CT

ONCE ALL FOUR WINNERS HAVE BEEN RANDOMLY SELECTED
head over to my snapchat @chicintheHOT
to find out who won each prize!

GOOD LUCK!

XOXO

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Holiday Gift Guide: Trendy Gifts

img_7310Shopping for the cool girl on your list can be a bit of a challenge. What do you get the girl who already seems to have everything and is always on trend? I’ve done all the hard work for you and selected the top trending accessories, jewelry, handbags and more! Shop these trendy gifts straight from my blog!

XOXO

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Holiday Gift Guide: Cozy Gifts

img_7308Cozy never looked so chic! Shop my picks for the coziest of gifts this holiday season, including pjs, cold weather accessories, candles and more!

Stay cozy!

XOXO

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  1. Those mermaid blankets always make me laugh, but they honestly look so cozy that I’m thinking about getting one! lol And I love the “I hope we get a snow day” pjs. Great ideas here!
    xoxo, erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

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Holiday Gift Guide: Tech + Travel

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Wondering what to get the girl whose always on the go? Look no further. I’ve curated a list of cute, yet functional tech and travel accessories any trendy traveler will want to use all year round. I’ve even included several items from my personal faves list!

Happy Shopping,

XOXO

 

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