Nina on the Moon

Oats, The Beauty of Nature

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with AVEENO and Latina Bloggers Connect.

Hispanic women have always trusted the advice they’ve received from their mothers and grandmothers, especially as it relates to beauty.  Many of their tips and beauty secrets usually included the use of ingredients found in nature.

My family comes from Honduras, a country full of natural beauty. In Honduras, women know the importance of taking care of their skin, and in a third world country, many women rely on the land for their beauty regimes. For example, my grandmother swore by her avocado-honey facial mask, made with ultra-moisturizing ingredients. She would mash together 1/2 of a ripe avocado, 1/2 tsp of honey, and 1/4 tsp of coconut oil. Using her fingers, she would massage the mixture onto her face and leave on for 10-20 minutes. She then rinsed the mask off with warm water, gently patting her face dry, then she would apply her favorite moisturizer, made of oats. My grandma emphasized the importance of using avocado because it is incredibly moisturizing and has vital vitamins, including A, C, E and K. 

My grandmother also passed down some other beauty recipes using natural ingredients derived from the land. One of her favorite natural ingredients to use for her beauty regime was oatmeal! Besides being eaten, oats can do a multitude of things for your beauty regimen, including exfoliating, cleansing, moisturizing and even act as an anti-inflammatory; all done naturally. Best known for its use in food, oat is actually one of nature’s best kept beauty secrets— comprised of five vital elements that are also found in healthy skin: proteins, anti-oxidants, enzymes, vitamins and lipids.

Using oats in your beauty routine is great for beautiful, younger looking skin. If you don’t have the time in your busy schedule to whip up your own DIY oatmeal beauty product, I recommend trying  AVEENO®’s ACTIVE NATURALS® line, which uses oats, to sooth, moisturize and protects your skin allowing you to show your natural beauty. By tapping into ancient folklore as well as historical uses of oat and using science to identify its most useful properties for healthy skin, AVEENO® scientists have unlocked the hidden benefits within the small but mighty oat.

Hispanic Influencer Kika Rocha, joins forces with AVEENO to convey and educate the Latino community, in Spanish, about the significance of oats and the abundance of ingredients that could be used to enhance our natural beauty.

AVEENO® is proud to debut “The Beauty of Nature,” a video narrative featuring Brand Ambassador Jennifer Aniston, which celebrates the abundance of ingredients found in nature with the vast potential to help enhance our natural beauty.

“The Beauty of Nature” highlights the compelling farm to formulation journey of the AVEENO® Brand’s first ACTIVE NATURALS® ingredient, oat. The video narrative traces oat’s journey from local family farms to grain mills, and its transformation into a “super ingredient” with the power to soothe, moisturize and protect.

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign with Aveeno and Latina Bloggers Connect.  All opinions, pictures, and stories are my own.

9 Months Maternity Outfit: Aztec Print + Blouse

wearing: Ray-Bans[SunGlasses]-Nicole Bridger[Blouse]-Leggings-KEDS[Shoes]

9 Months Maternity Outfit: Floral Sweats + Heels

wearing: Nicole Bridger[Blouse]-[Sweats]-Material Girl[Heels]-Mala Collective [Bracelets]-Vintage[Necklace]-Forever21[Earrings]

9 Months Maternity Outfit: Palm Trees and Sunsets

wearing: Nicole Bridger[Blouse]-90s[Dress]-KEDS[Shoes]-Pink Guayabas[Bracelet]It seems like I’ve been wearing this Nicole Bridger blouse everyday, styled many different ways. I wear it layered, buttoned up, un-buttoned, tied up, or around my waist. Yes, it’s very versatile and fits my (still) growing belly perfectly!

9 Months Maternity Outifit: Blue Lace Dress + Raybans + KEDS

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9 Months Maternity Outfit: Nicole Bridger Blouse+Printed Pants+KEDS

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9 Months Maternity Boho Outfit

wearing:H&M Conscious Collection 2011[Dress]- Floral Headband[Claire's]-Forever21[Earrings]I just wanted to share a couple of the photos from my maternity photoshoot that Gabriel took of me the other day. I wanted the outfits in the shoot to represent either something about our love story (past/present/future) so that when we show our baby we will be able to tell a story about what I was wearing.

For example, in these photos I am wearing a H&M dress from the 2011 Conscious Collection that I wore for my civil wedding ceremony on June 4th, 2011 (See photos here). And the floral headband I am wearing is the headpiece I wore for our religious ceremony/wedding on November 11, 2011 (See photos here).

9 Months Maternity Outfit: Nicole Bridger + KEDS

wearing: Nicole Bridger[Blouse]-Nicole Bridger[Pants]-KEDS[Shoes]-
Vintage[Necklace]- Forever21[Earrings]

9 Months Maternity Outfit: Nicole Miller Dress + Keds

wearing: Nicole Miller [Dress] – KEDS [Shoes]Well there’s a couple days left until my “due date” and I am feeling great. I’m ready for our baby to enter this beautiful world whenever God thinks it’s the right time. No rush or pressure; whenever the birthing process of our little angel begins, will be perfect.

Thank you all for your love and positive vibes throughout these amazing 9 months!

Tequila y Llanto

961282_10152314808875330_683694149_nMy husband surprised me a couple of nights ago with a new song and video called Tequila y Llanto! He never ceases to amaze me, he is so creative. To hear him talk about his visions and dreams is one thing, but to watch him make them into a reality is just mind blowing. I am so proud of him and his love to create and inspire.
And now I’d like to share it with you!
Never give up on your dreams, fight every day to make them come true. Everything is possible with hard work, love and dedication. Have a wonderful weekend.

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