Photographing curly hair | El cabello Rizado y las fotografías.

El cabello Rizado y las fotografías Natural Hair Photographing curly hairHere’s the thing, I have to take a lot of pictures of my hair all the time, I just have to – and I like to- but photographing curly hair can be a struggle. This is real people, and only women with curly hair will understand that we look amazing in person and a terrible, hot mess on camera.

I look at myself in the mirror and I love what I see, time for selfies. But no, the camera doesn’t agree and doesn’t get along with my mirror. As many of you may notice, I was on vacation on the beautiful and totally new Nickelodeon Hotel in Punta Cana with my family. Seriously guys, this hotel is just gorgeous and perfect if you are traveling with kids but at the same time you want to have some me time.

Any way, I decided that I want to take some pictures, I even posted stories on snapchat. I looked beautiful and my hair was “perfect”. But out of 150 pictures, these pictures right here are the most decent one (but by the way, I don’t really like the way my hair looked in any of them).

The problem with this photo shoot and I can tell you right now, was the wind and the humidity. Plus, my photographer wasn’t the best one, he didn’t quite understand how curly hair worked.

I promise I will get an interview with one of the best photographers in LA that works with women of color all the time. Hopefully she can bring some wisdom on how to take good pictures of ourselves that reflect what we see in the mirror.

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The three hottest rooftops in LA |3 lugares que debes visitar este verano

Los Angeles is home to some of the most prominent entertainment in the world. Recently, I was able to see it for myself while exploring various rooftops bars and pools around the city. Though there was an abundant variety to choose from, I hand-picked the three hottest rooftops in LA that were my absolute favorite, and that I believe are a must-see for anyone visiting the city.

  1. Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel screams a classic California ambiance. With a laid-back staff and a very hip millennial atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to lay down, drink a cocktail, and enjoy an afternoon. There is a valet conveniently located at the entrance of the hotel, and it’ll only cost you $7 to park so that you can spend time at the rooftop for three hours. However, make sure you get a validation from the hotel. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend three hours.The three hottest rooftops in LA
  2. The next rooftop was one I had been trying to visit for the past year, and now became completely undone by anticipation. The Rooftop At The Standard Hotel is perfection. The roof consists of greenery covering the entire patio, a biergarten, and a pool that needless to say will not make you feel like leaving anytime soon. Not only is the Rooftop at the Standard impeccable, but the entire hotel has a certain unique timeless character about it, infusing a hint of vintage in its modern vibes. Be careful though, if you aren’t staying at the hotel you may be prompted for a $35 fee per person for pool access, yet the bar and restaurant are completely open to the public. Though I’m sure if you start racking up the bill on margarita pitchers you won’t have any problems.the best rooftop in Los angeles
  3. Last but not least is the SkyBar at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood. Walking onto the deck felt like a breath of fresh air. This was my ideal spot for relaxation: there was music, drinks, and waitstaff dressed in bikinis. Although it is not on a roof, the SkyBar has by far the best city view of Los Angeles out of all these three. It quickly became my personal favorite, and I’m sure it’ll soon be yours as well.SkyBar at the Mondrian Hotel

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Beautiful Giving | Bella Bondad

A beautiful Giving!! I heard somewhere that life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps, you can achieve your goal. My goal was sharing my journey and having a community in which we share the same passion and struggles. Sometimes those baby steps towards your goal shows you that along the way, it is not about the destination itself, it’s more about the journey.

In my steps towards my goal, my journey has become more beautiful and powerful that I could never imagine. It has taken me to places and at this moment has brought me back to my roots and my origin. When World vision invited me to Dominican Republic I was in tears, because like me as a child as well as many other children around the world today, “World Vision” has given me hope.

In this trip I discovered the beautiful giving of helping others. I met so many people that are willing to sacrifice their time with their family, money, and comfort just for the joy of seeing a kid smile. I experienced it myself when I was a kid, I experienced this week listening to the stories; when you donate to world vision by sponsoring a child, you are changing a life forever, a whole community, a country, and the future.sponsor a kid

beautiful act of loveIn this trip I discovered the beautiful giving of gratitud. It is hard to know sometimes if your help is actually making any difference, right? well, I guaranty that when you sponsor a child, you are making a huge difference. But that goes way beyond the present, after meeting many young children and adults that were sponsored as a kid, I was amazed that they are so grateful that they now as young adults are helping others, sharing their stories, volunteering their time, their talent, and their voice.

Youth Radio. world vision provides workshops on how to speak on air and also pays for the studio fee. They are sponsored and former sponsored that use their voice to help others.
Youth Radio. World vision provides workshops on how to speak on air and also pays for the studio fee. They are sponsored and former sponsored kids that use their voice to help others.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jose Nicolas Ramirez, also known a “Jacobo,” is a former sponsored child who is now a general practice medical doctor at a government clinic. Ezequiel ADP.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jose Nicolas Ramirez, also known a “Jacobo,” is a former sponsored child who is now a general practice medical doctor at a government clinic. Ezequiel ADP.

In this trip, I discovered the beautiful giving of joy and kindness. When you sponsor a child, you can actually build a relationship and make a huge difference in the kids life. One of the missionary on the trip from matthewpaulturner.com, sponsored a child on his first trip to Dominican Republic 6 years ago and got the blessing to reconnect with his sponsor kid – I can’t even write this, the tears are blocking my eyes- and chicas that was the most kind and joyful moment I have ever experienced in my life. It was amazing for me to see how two people can love each other so much, without even really knowing each other, how a man can be so generous, so kind, so noble, so vulnerable. The kid was in tears of joy to meet his padrino ( godfather in spanish and what the kids there call their sponsor) the one that writes him almost every month, the same one that he has a photo of in his mirror as a reminder that even though times can be tough, someone in a place far far a way lives a man (a whole family) that supports him and gives him hope to believe that anything can be possible.

Mat and Juan in the most emotional ad beautiful moment I witness.
Matthew and Juan in the most emotional and beautiful moment I witnessed.

As I write this post, the tears are coming out of my eyes like waterfalls, but they are tears of joy and hope. I know I can’t do something for everybody and before this trip that gave me frustration, but now I feel happy and blessed to help at least one child. If you want to experience this beautiful giving, check the world vision page HERE and sponsor a child today. I would love to be a Dominican child’s sponsor, I can’t lie to you, but you can make a difference in any place that world vision has a presence.

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Spring Travel Idea – Bentonville | Destino de Primavera – Vámonos para Bentonville

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are  genuinely mine.

© 2016 Stephen Ironside / Ironside Photography
© 2016 Stephen Ironside / Ironside Photography

© 2016 Stephen Ironside / Ironside Photography

When it came to planning my spring travel, I used to automatically think theme parks, don’t judge me, because when you grow up out of the United States, the media tends to only promote these places, so obviously when I came to live here, those destinations were always on my mind as a first option. Luckily for me, blogging came to my life and my travel game changed. Recently I visited the beautiful Bentonville.
The people at Bentonvile are super friendly and so proud and happy to be living there. Bentonville is a city that is growing fast and brings a lot of job opportunities. If you are planning your spring vacation, you may want to consider a different and unique place like Bentonville. The Walmart headquarters is located here in Bentonville – the location of the first Walmart stores. The company was founded by Sam Walton. The Walton family retains ownership of the stores to this day with several of the family members considered to be some of the richest people in the world.

Where to stay: 21c Museum Hotel, located on the northeast corner of the Bentonville town square. This hotel is unique and just amazing, a 104-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, cultural civic center, and home to The Hive restaurant. 21 c hotel in bentonville 21 c hotel and musseum hotel 21c

art at the 21 c hotelBentonville Film Festival, is the new thing for the good, unique, inclusive films seekers. Founded by Academy Award Winner® Geena Davis and festival co-founder Trevor Drinkwater in 2015, BFF’s mission is to champion women and diverse voices in media. BFF is a research based and commercial focused platform that proactively supports diverse storytellers.  The Festival will take place this May 3rd -8th and is designed to inspire action and to bring together decision makers and content creators with the goal of ensuring media represents the world we live in which is 51% women and very diverse. BFF strives to work with content creators to inspire young minds because if they can see it they can be it.bff
Crystal Bridges, is a another great destination, the museum explores the unfolding history of America by collecting and exhibiting outstanding works of art that illuminate our artistic heritage and enrich our understanding and appreciation of our nation and ourselves. With 120 acres of native Ozark forest, Crystal Bridges’ grounds invite visitors to enjoy the natural environment as a continuation of their museum experience. The Museum’s distinctive architecture immerses visitors in the landscape, while three miles of nature trails encourage exploration and reflection.

If you are in Bentonville don’t forget to stop by for a cocktail (uff what a cocktail) or to eat at the PressRoom, the food is just delicious. The atmosphere and platings is super modern, but relaxed at the same time. The service and the chefs are friendly and helpful.
I am so ready to go back, maybe you will see me around May 3rd -8th at the Bentonville Film Festival, just maybe 🙂

© 2016 Stephen Ironside / Ironside Photography
© 2016 Stephen Ironside / Ironside Photography

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