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Books That Helped Me Get Through 2016

Books, Lifestyle, wellnessMaría Elena RodríguezComment
Pic via:  Paper Chasing

Pic via: Paper Chasing

I am going to be totally honest with you guys and tell you that I am not the most disciplined reader out there. I wish I was. But the reality is that I really have to push myself to keep reading a book I started, but once I'm hooked, I won't put it down. 

As some of you know, this blog is not only my hobby, it's my passion. So I dedicate most of my free time to writing, interviewing people and taking pictures for this blog. Needless to say, I hardly have time to sit down and read. That's why I have found that my favorite kind of books (to get hooked on) are inside the business and self-help categories. I find that I grow the most as a person when I read them. 

Here's a list of the top books that have made a significant difference in my life, specially during 2016, which wasn't a great year for most. And best of all, these are all written by amazing women. 

Hope you enjoy!

And please, let me know in the comments bellow what are your book recommendations for 2017! :)

The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Fustenberg

If you haven't read this book yet, please take a second to go purchase it and then come right back to this post. I'll wait. :) 

People may think this book is about fashion and the luxury lifestyle, but it is so much more than that. This woman is as human as it gets. The way she writes feels so intimate and unique. The first chapter is all about her mother and how she survived the Holocaust, in which I dare you not to cry. Then she goes over her fabulous life as a designer, her days of glory, her loves and her heartbreaks.

Everything she writes feels genuine, and even though it is a rather lavish lifestyle, you can't help but feel identified with her.

How did this book helped my life? I understood that being vulnerable is part of the human nature. Once you forget about what other people think and start doing what you love while being kind to yourself and others, life is even more beautiful. I posted a beautiful blog post about this on Instagram

Grab the The Woman I Wanted to Be here.  

#Girlboss by Sophia Amouruso

Pic via  The It Girl

Pic via The It Girl

Even though I actually read this book back in 2014, I thought I would add it to this list since the lessons I learned from her were on the back of my mind the entire year for listening to her amazing Podcast. If there is any chance you haven't read this book, please go ahead and buy it. It is the first book you need to read if you are a woman (or man) who wants to have her own creative business one day. 

Needless to say, she is irreverent, hardworking, a go-getter and a badass, which is why I can't wait for her upcoming Netflix show! :D

What did I learn from #Girlboss? It doesn't matter where you come from or what you went through in your past, as long as you have the grit and attitude to accomplish your goals. The only limits are put there by yourself. 

Grab #Girlboss here

PS: I am currently reading her newest book Nasty Galaxy. I'll let you know my thoughts once I finish it! 

Pic via  NYT

Pic via NYT

I was the first person completely skeptical about that "Life Changing" title, but my goodness was it true! I have taken her techniques not only to my home, but into my office environment, agendas, purses and even my way of thinking. 

But I won't get into too many details since I already wrote a blog post about this book here. I suggest you go check it out. :)

I will tell you what I learned from the Konmari Method: The more you simplify your surroundings and the less things you have, the happier you'll be. Simple as that. Pun intended. 

Grab the book here

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Pic via You.co

Last but certainly not least is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, the same author who wrote Eat Pray Love. But this time, the book is more of a self help guide for people who feel a little bit lost in there career and specially people who put too much pressure in themselves. 

It makes a great gift too! I bought this for my sister as a Christmas present and she's loving it. 

What did I get out of Big Magic? That creativity can come out of nowhere and you need to be ready for her. It doesn't matter where you are in life, listen to her. She will always guide you in the right direction. 

Grab the book here

Until next time, 

María Elena

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Grab the books mentioned here:

https://thepointmag.com/2015/examined-life/paper-chasing

February 2016 Lifestyle Favorites [Makeup, Skincare, Book]

Books, Lifestyle, BeautyMaría Elena RodríguezComment

I don't do monthly favorites every month because I feel like it kind of gets repetitive after a while. But this month I've been testing out a lot of products and surprisingly, most of them have turned out to be really awesome! I'm talking about holy grail status awesome. 

I've been very into skincare lately because even though I always stick to my Tarte Maracuja Oil, last year I wasn't as good sticking to an every day routine. So without further ado, here are my February Favorites:

- Glossier's Priming Moisturizer - Oh my dear lord why didn't I try this before?! I never believed in primers until I found this. But now, I can't imagine a day without wearing this before my foundation. Because it is so lightweight and has absolutely no scent, it feels great on my oily/ prone to acne skin. Also, I've been struggling to find the perfect daytime moisturizer so now I found the perfect primer AND moisturizer. Can't you tell I'm obsessed?

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- Josie Maran Argan Milk Serum - I purchased this literally on a whim and honestly, I didn't really thought it would work on my skin. I thought, why would I wear an oil based serum before my facial oil?! But I just loved that it's made out of two ingredients: water and argan oil. The thing is I've been using this before my well loved Tarte Maracuja Oil and I think I've been calling this routine my skincare power couple ever since! 

- Tarte's Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder - This is another, "why hadn't I try this before?" product. The powder is so finelly milled that it makes your skin look flawless and hydrated without looking cakey. This finishing powder, Glossier's Priming Moisturizer and I are unstoppable. I never imagined looking at my makeup at 5:30PM and it being looking as flawless as when I first put it on. 

- NYX's Micro Brow Pencil - People! We've found a dupe for Anastasia's Brow Wiz!!! I saw this at Walgreens on Valentine's Day and I had no clue NYX had a mechanical brow pencil. Honestly, I don't know much about this brand besides the fact that every youtuber used their eyeshadow sticks as eyeshadow primer back in the day, but now I need to know more. I see no reason to spend almost $20 on a high end brow pencil when this one works just as well (or better) than any of the higher end brands. Go try it and let me know what you think! :)

- Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II - Am I the only one who looks for a "signature lip color" when going out on vacations? Well I do, lol. I bought this because I wanted to try a new liquid lipstick in a Kylie Jenner-ish shade for my upcoming trip since my Stila in Patina is missing! It turns out I found the perfect formulation for my lips. If you don't like super brown lips, this has a beautiful rosy undertone that I believe is flattering in almost any skin shade. Yes, liquid lipsticks are drying, but this one is not annoying at all. It has lasted me 5 entire hours without having to put on a balm!

- Tarte's Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess - I discovered this about 4 years ago in a Sephora 500 points perk and I remember being completely in love with it. Every time I wore it people complemented me on my glowing skin. That's when I bought it full size, used it for few months and then kind of used it only on special occasions. Now I've fallen back in love with it and I've been loving using it every day as contour because of the subtle bronzy/ not shimmery glow it gives my skin.

PS: If my bronzer contouring hater/ hairdresser Lio reads this, he's going to kill me! lol. 

The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Fustenberg - Last but not least, I wanted to talk about this beautiful book that I wasn't able to put down for long periods of time during February. I really didn't know much about this designer besides the fact she invented the wrap dress and Whitney Port worked with her on The Hills. Turns out this woman had a beautiful life full of partying with royalty, travel and most importantly, love. The book is based on all the things she had to go through to become the woman she always wanted to be. Many critics say this book is not relatable at all since she has lived in pure luxury almost all her life, but I think that somehow you can relate to her stories. She translates her feelings and vulnerability through the pages in a way you can't help but understand what she went through and compare it to some moment in your life. 

Let me know if you would like a full review on this! I would gladly dedicate an entire post about this. 

So February was definitely full of lovely things for me, even though I am not a fan of Valentine's Day. What are the odds?

Hope you have a wonderful March. 

Until next time, 

Elena

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