A few weeks ago I was invited to be part of Vive Mejor‘s Social Hour at the Hudson Hotel in NYC. Vive Mejor means ‘Live Better’ in Spanish, and the night was intended to enrich us with the latest in beauty products, healthy cooking, tips and re-energize along with new friends and two very amazing special guests. Personally the night turned out to be very fun, and magical. Read more about my experience and how I turned out to be a model for a night. Thanks Vive Mejor!
The first surprise of the night was finally meeting Indhira Baez from Hola Mama Latina in person after months of being in touch through social media. We quickly became good friends, getting products and cocktails for each other, taking pictures (this lady is a Selfie Goddess, by the way!) and getting our fabulosity on together thanks to Vive Mejor. Talking about cocktails, my go-to that night was Lipton Green Tea with Pear juice mixed with some vodka. Muy refreshing! The DJ was rocking the house with the best hits, and I couldn’t stop myself from dancing. However, when can I?
After stocking up on several beauty products that I’ve slowly started to greatly enjoy at home, I stopped by the manicure station to treat my hands to a bright mani with Essie ‘Miami Nice’. I hadn’t gotten a manicure done professionally in forever, and it felt like the biggest treat on the planet. Little did I know, I was going to be asked to be a hair model for Mario Anton that night. Mega treat, and so exciting and flattering!
While I waited to get my hair transformed (I’m telling you, this guy knows what he’s doing! I got compliments on my hair for days!), I paid Sami Rivera a visit at the makeup station. In seconds, he made my face look flawless so I would be ready for the cameras at the event. This master of his craft was another amazing personality to meet and get to bond with over contour makeup, the summer heat and our Puerto Ricanness.
Next stop, Mario Anton‘s hair station! It was a pleasure meeting another talented individual with a great personality. Mario proceeded to prep my hair to create a very pretty, and very easy summer updo. Like any good hair makeover session, we got to know each other and chatted all things life, changes and goals. I mean, I’m pretty sure Hair Stylists have all the answers to life. Don’t you think? Anyhow, as we kept chatting, I heard my name being called as one of the prize winners of the night. What did I win? An exciting Spa Finder gift card! Now, the question is… Pedi-Mani Spa Day or Body Massage? Mario… any enlightening answers to my conundrum?
The night concluded with a cooking demonstration by the beautiful and friendly Ana Quincoces. This Miami chef and cast of The Real Housewives of Miami made an easy appetizer dish to make for any celebration at home. I ventured to her table and tasted her creation, and, yeah… very good! I loved her down-to-earth approach to cooking, and I had to agree with her that it is so much better to cook for the people you love than for yourself. We also agreed that you can look way better and slimmer in pictures if you take them from a higher angle. Oh women…
As you can see, it was definitely an amazing night! (I need to start planning a trip to Miami STAT!)
Here are my most memorable Vive Mejor tips for a better life:
1. Sami Rivera (Makeup): Invest in a concealer sponge to diffuse the concealer around your eyes. The look is definitely way more natural, and it does make your skin look not only brighter, but flawless, too!
2. Mario Anton (Hair): Want to get away with long hair and less haircut visits? Invest in products that will nourish and strengthen it. The stronger and healthier your hair, the less breakage and the longer you can get away without a haircut. Check out all the great hair products from Dove and Tresseme!
3. Ana Quincoces (Food): It’s always healthier to cook at home no matter the ingredients, as you have control of how you cook your food. Also, the best ingredient is love!
4. Carla Ortiz (Life): Get out there, be you, treat your body right (inside and out!), follow your dreams, love, dance, laugh, Vive Mejor (live better)… you never know where magic will be waiting for you!