Kim’s Current Favorites!

Hi everyone,

Can ya’ll believe it’s almost Halloween? Then it’ll be Thanksgiving! Honestly Fall & Winter Holidays are my FAVORITE, because it is just party after party!

So I was going to do a blog post about my Halloween costume, but unfortunately I am not dressing up this year, so I can’t do one lol! Main reason I am not dressing up is, because Halloween is next Tuesday and this Saturday Jose and I are going to binge watch Stranger Things with a couple of our friends. So since I am not doing that I will be talking about my CURRENT FAVORITES!!!

Lately, I’ve watched, tried, and listened to new things. The first thing I am going to talk about is the things I’ve watched. So I have watched about three new things this past month and honestly I have loved all of them!

  • The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story: This is a documentary about Kate del Castillo who is a famous Mexican soap opera actress, who went to go meet El Chapo with Sean Penn back in October 2014, if I am not mistaken. After that Sean Penn wrote an article for The Rolling Stone and threw it way out of proportion. So this documentary is Kate’s side of what really happened. Honestly, I thought this documentary was so good, it gives you an insight of what she was going through this time! I definitely recommend it! You can watch it on Netflix!MV5BMjE3NjMzNTc5M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTM0Nzc4MzI@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_
  • Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated: This is another documentary it is about Demi Lovato and all the things she was going through while she was growing up in the spotlight. I definitely cried a little bit while watching this, because it was just so hard hearing some of it. If you like Demi, you should definitely watch it! If not well, I totally understand lol! This documentary you can watch on YouTube!maxresdefault
  • Broad City (Series): This is a series about two girl best friends living in NYC, and basically all the crazy things they do! Jose and I started watching it together and we can’t stop it is so funny! If you ever need a good laugh you should watch it! This isn’t like The Office humor or anything like that it is more of dirty humor! You can watch all the seasons on Hulu, but it is usually broadcasted on Comedy Central! My coworker actually recommended me this show!broad-city_s3_hero

The things that I have tried are honestly not like crazy things mostly makeup products, because lets be honest almost every girl loves makeup! I buy tons of it, which I probably should stop, because I spend wayyyyyy toooo much money on it lol!

  • Olympus – OM-D E-M 10 Mark II Mirrorless Camera: I recently decided I wanted to invest my money in a good camera, I could play around with and start taking better pictures with. I am still learning how to use it, but so far I love it! And honestly it takes amazing photos! If you want to see some go look at my Instagram @everydaywithkimagu, you will definitely see some pretty ones there!
  • FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna: If you have not heard this was all the hype when I came back from Paris everyone was literally looking for it! And it was sold out everywhere at least the foundations were! When I first went to go buy this I bought the foundation, primer, highlighters, foundation brush, and the lip gloss. I loved the primer since I first tried it, and the highlighter is on point as well, the brush isn’t my ideal brush but it is not bad. And I absolutely love the lip gloss! The foundation the first time I bought the wrong shade, so I went back to the store and got color matched. Well I ordered it online since it was sold everywhere, and when I got the correct shade in the mail I returned the other one. Now my dilemma is that I still have the wrong shade. The reason it is still wrong is that when I got color matched she matched me by my tan and now since my tan is fading, the foundation is too dark and too yellow. I am just literally waiting till it runs out and buying the correct shade for my skin tone. Overall it is a amazing line, especially for people who have semi dry skin and an oily t-zone. I definitely recommend it! (Not pictured primer, highlighter & brush)
  • Milani Amore Matte Lip Créme (Shade: 12 Loved): These liquid lipsticks are my new favorite ones (I also love the Kat Von D ones). The reason, is because they really do feel like the Kat Von D one’s and they smell sooooo good! And the pigmentation is amazing! And they last all day I think I have only have had to reapply once! If you love liquid lipsticks you should try it out!
  • She: Karrueche X Colourpop Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette: I recently received this in the mail, and I already love it! I was playing around with it two days ago, the pigmentation is also amazing on this! I am a big Colourpop fan, so the fact that they have started having palette’s and the fact that they are cheaper than most nowadays is definitely a double plus! Definitely try Colourpop it is affordable and every order comes with a cute postcard! 

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The last thing I will be talking about is the podcast I have been listening to the past couple of months! It is called Why Oh Why! by Andrea Silenzi. This podcast is just about dating, she starts talking about her relationship at first and then little by little she talks about the different aspects of dating. And it really does make you think about dating, and why it is the way it is nowadays! It is funny, and serious at the same time! I definitely recommend it! 

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  Well I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! Enjoy the cold front on Saturday! Love you all!!! You should definitely go ahead and subscribe to my blog if you like this post! Also have a Happy & Safe Halloween!

Besos, Kim ❤️

Hola Barcelona!

Buenos dias!

How are you guys?! I hope everyone is doing well and excited that it is finally FALL! Fall is my favorite time of the year along with Winter! Hopefully this year we get some cool weather especially since last year, it felt like we did not get any at all!

I am continuing the second part of my Europe trip! So the second stop of my trip was to the beautiful intriguing city of Barcelona!

September 12
So we woke up around 5 am, because our flight left at 7 am. And we left from Charles de Gaulle airport in France, we arrived to the airport went through security and waited to board our plane. As soon as we sat down in our seats, I passed out because I was exhausted. It only took about an hour to get from Paris to Barcelona, when we arrived there the first thing we did was find where our Airbnb was at. The transportation in Barcelona was not as confusing as Paris, but we were able to find our way around easier. The first thing I noticed about Barcelona, was that it was extremely humid, it literally felt like I was back in Houston. That was one thing and the second it seemed like it was a dirty city. So we arrived at our Airbnb, it was located in Poblé Sec. We dropped off our bags, because we were unable to check in until 3 pm. We decided to look for a place to eat brunch and we found this restaurant called Trópico, which had delicious homemade juices. After that we went to Las Ramblas which is a very popular tourist street that they have a sort of mercado and different little shops you can buy little trinkets and such from.

After that we went back to our Airbnb and met our hosts which was this older couple who were super nice! We ended up taking a nap for a couple hours, since we had to wake up earlier that day. After our nap, we woke up, and got ready because we were going to a CHAMPIONS LEAGUE game!!!!! A champions league game is a football (or soccer in the US) competition between the top-division European teams. So the two teams we went to go watch were F.C. Barcelona and Juventus F.C., we left the Airbnb and rode the bus to Camp Nou (the home stadium of FCB). And honestly the ride there was amazing because the ambience of everything was like nothing I had ever experienced before. The game was honestly one of the best things I had ever experienced in my whole life! That was one of the things I always wanted to do was watch Barcelona play live and I did. Everything was just so amazing!!!! And another thing is I got to see Leo Messi & Gerard Pique 😍. After the game we were hungry and started looking for some places to eat, originally we were gonna try to go eat somewhere close by where we stayed at. We ended up finding a restaurant that looked really popular and it was delicious! They sold tapas and beers, lol and the tapas were ON POINT to say the least! After that we just headed home and fell asleep.

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September 13
We woke up this morning around 10 am, because we were extremely tired from the night before and we decided to go get brunch at this place called Brunch & Cake which is really popular. I ended up having this bagel with eggs and mac n’ cheese in it with a delicious fruit smoothie, and Jose had a some nachos and a fruit smoothie as well!

After brunch we went to go see La Sagrada Familia which is a really famous Basilica in  Barcelona, that was designed by Antoni Gaudi. It is famous because it has remained unfinished for over a hundred years now. So this is a really beautiful church from the outside, we were not able to go inside because you had to buy tickets in advance. If we tried to buy tickets at that time we would not be able to go in until 5 pm, which I did not want to wait that long.

After going there we went to Park Güell, which is a famous park that has gardens and a bunch of different architectures. And another reason it is famous is because it was also designed by Antoni Gaudi, it is also one of his major works. When we got there we ended up finding out we had to also get tickets in advance to be able to go in, if we bought tickets then we would not be able to go in until 6. So we ended up walking around the gardens and seeing everything.

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It was extremely hot that day and around the time we were leaving I started getting a migraine, I wanted to go to the beach so Jose and I took a bus back and went to one of the beaches. We sat down watched the waves and had a beer, but we were only there for about an hour, because I could not handle the pain from my migraine.  I was pretty upset, because I really wanted to enjoy that day but it was ruined by my migraine.

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After the beach we went back home and I fell asleep until around 9 pm, we left the beach at around 6. When I woke up we went to dinner nearby, which was at this restaurant that served delicious pizza, Then we went back home took a shower and fell asleep.

September 14
This day was our last full day in Europe, we woke up, packed our bags and left for the airport to go back to Paris (it was a bit too expensive to fly out of Barcelona, that’s why we flew back to Paris, to go home from there). We took the metro to Las Ramblas to get some las minute souvenirs. And from there we caught the bus to take to the airport. When we arrived to the airport we made just in time to catch our flight.

After arriving to Paris we took the RER which is a metro system to get into the city, since the airport was out of the city, and we arrived back to our Airbnb. We dropped off our bags and decided to go souvenir shopping for our family. We went to a little perfume shop where we bought a gift for Jose’s aunt, and one for myself. After that we went to Ladurée for macaroons to take home, and Jose went to go look for some candy for his sister and himself. When Jose arrived back we went to dinner at this little cute Mexican restaurant, which they had delicious tacos. And the best part was that the owner of that restaurant is from Mexico City!!! Which I thought was amazing, and the guy who took our orders spoke three different languages (Spanish, French, & English) which I thought was really cool. After dinner we went back to our apartment and started packing, because unfortunately we were leaving the next day. ☹️

Overall, besides my migraine I had an amazing time in Europe! The best part was that I was able to go with someone I love so much! Honestly, I was scared at first because of everything that was happening but I told myself when would I be able to go again! The whole trip was totally worth it though, we had an amazing time and we are planning to go again soon!

It was one of the best trips I have ever taken in my life!

What places have YOU been to in Europe? Let me know. I would totally like to get some suggestions on where our next trip will be!

Besos, Kim ❤️

Bonjour Paris!

Hello Loves!

I know I have been completely MIA for almost a month! I feel horrible, I have just had so much going on! After my last blog post, Hurricane Harvey hit here in Houston and it just got bad, after that I became really busy at work with trying to meet deadlines especially since I was going on vacation. And then well I was in Europe!

So my trip to Europe was AMAZING to say the least! Literally AMAZING!!!! Jose and I found tickets and places to stay at in March. We had originally planned to go to Playa, because for the longest time I wanted a beach vacation. In March, Jose started looking at plane tickets to Europe and he found some cheap ones and we decided to take the leap and booked them! We decided that September would be the best time to travel since there won’t be that many tourists as in the summer.

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September 8-9
We left on Friday night from Houston and had a layover in London on Saturday morning and arrived in Paris on Saturday afternoon. We landed in Orly Airport we decided to take the bus, to the metro, and the metro to our Airbnb, that ended up turning into a disaster. Jose got lost on the directions he was following, so we ended up ordering an Uber and took it to our Airbnb.

We stayed near Rue Royale in this beautiful apartment. So when we arrived to our Airbnb and settled in, we decided to shower then head out to find something to eat. It was around 9pm when we headed out, and we had decided to go out to this Italian restaurant a few blocks where we were staying at. The place was delicious to say the least, and the waiters were so friendly. Jose and I had made the mistake of not practicing that much French before coming on this trip, so we were a bit nervous about the language barrier. We were very happy to find out that when we spoke to them in Spanish they understood us better! (Most of our trip was spent speaking Spanish lol!) After going to dinner, we decided to walk to the Pont de la Concorde (which is a bridge over looking the Seine River) and we were able to see the Eiffel Tower! And that is where we ended our first night in Paris!

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September 10
Sunday was our first full day in Paris! We woke up and went to go eat at a little cafe near Notre Dame, because that was the first thing we were gonna see that day! After we finished breakfast, we walked over to Notre Dame as soon I saw it I started thinking about the Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It made me sad thinking about that movie, because when I was younger I would cry because I felt bad for Quasimodo (I also cried during Lion King). But Notre Dame was beautiful, ever since I was little whenever we would travel somewhere new my mom would take us to see the churches nearby, and this time it was no different. Notre Dame reminded me of the Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México, it looked so similar but I loved it!

Our next stop was Sainte-Chapelle which was another amazing church, the beautiful thing about this church is that it is famous for its stained glass! We paid for our ticket to get in and walked up a flight of stairs that seemed to go on forever. When we got to the the top we were in for a surprise, we entered this room that was all stained glass and we were in awe. The pictures we took does not do it justice.

After going to those two places we finally went to the Eiffel Tower, and it was just as beautiful and magnificent as I imagined! Honestly, this was one of my favorites things about the trip cause I have always wanted to go! There was a lot of people there, but we were able to get some beautiful pictures and just sit down in the park and relax for a little bit! The Eiffel Tower is something that I think everyone should go see at least once in their life.

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We had lunch after we went to go see the Eiffel Tower, after that we went back to our apartment and decided to just nap a bit. When we woke up, Jose wanted to get some macaroons, and we decided we were gonna bike to the Arc de Triomphe, but that was a big fail. When we rented the bikes and I tried to get on the bicycle I got scared, because there were so many cars and people walking around (plus I hadn’t been on a bike in over a year) I couldn’t get myself to ride the bike. And I felt horrible, because I knew Jose wanted to bike there so bad. So I made a promise to him and to myself to start practicing riding a bike again so I won’t forget and be fearful for next time.

When we arrived at the Arc de Triomphe it literally reminded me as well of the Angel of Independence in Mexico City. There were so many cars driving around it, and I remember telling Jose how are we going to get across to it. In Mexico City to be able to get to the Angel you have to cross the busy streets around it, thankfully at the Arc there is an underground passage you can take to get to it.

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The night we went to this Mexican restaurant that we found on Yelp called Candeleria. It was a small restaurant with barely any seating, but behind this door that was in the restaurant was this cocktail bar. We had dinner then decided to go inside the cocktail bar and have some drinks. The food was delicious and so were the cocktails. After that we decided to go back home, but when we got there we didn’t want to stop drinking so we walked to the Pont de la Concorde and started drinking a bottle of wine on the bridge. We finished the bottle between the two of us (if you know us, you know we haven’t done that since we first started dating lol) and were hungry so started looking for a place to eat. Unfortunately, it was already around 1 am so we could not find anything to eat, so we went home, ate some jamón serrano, and fell asleep. I know it wasn’t Whataburger lol but the jamón had to do. Even though I was dying for a patty melt lol!

September 11
Monday was going to be our full last day in Paris, because on Tuesday we were going to leave for Barcelona! So Monday I woke up with a bit of a migraine, I am pretty sure it was because of the whole bottle of wine we drank the night before. So Monday we woke up around 11, and by the time we left the apartment it was 1:30. We rode the metro to the Louvre, and when we got there it was completely packed. Jose and I had already decided what we wanted to see the Mona Lisa, and Egyptian part of the museum. So we went to go see the Mona Lisa, but boy was it hard to get a close up picture of her. There was a HUGE crowd around her, and you could not get that close. Actually it was just pretty crowded in the Louvre in general, and the bad thing is that it was also very warm in the museum. It was pretty cool the whole time we were in Paris, but we were extremely surprise that it was very warm in the museum.

No matter how warm it was though, I loved the Louvre. I wish I could have stayed and seen all of it! I know a lot of people say that it might take like three days to see everything, but that is what I want to go back and do. I want to see absolutely everything.

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After spending the afternoon in the museum, we went back to the apartment and took an hour nap. At around 8:30 pm we woke and went to go get crêpes, because I mean you can’t go to Paris and not get crêpes. We each got one savoury, and one sweet crêpe (except I didn’t get a sweet one, I got ice cream instead). Afterwards we went home, showered, and Jose fell asleep while I watched a movie (we had to wake up early the next day for our flight) I wasn’t sleepy though. I watched Before I Fall, and woke Jose up because I started crying after the movie was done. He just hugged me, gave me a kissed and told me not to worry it was just a movie lol. He literally always knows how to make me feel better. If you have not watched that movie you definitely should!

Next Stop: Barcelona!

What are your favorite things to do while on vacation? Let me know! 

Besos, Kim ❤️

My Struggles with Weight Loss.

Hello my loves!

I hope everyone is having a good week! I am so far. I know it is a little late in the year to talk about starting to get your summer bod ready! But it is never too late to start on your fitness journey, which is exactly what I did. First let me take you back to when my weight loss struggles began.

Post High School (2010)

After I finished high school, I was around 110 lbs. I had not gained that much weight in high school. My first three years of college (2011-2013) came and went, and I gained about 15 lbs. I was about 125 lbs at the end of 2013.

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Circa 2011, with my little sister.

2014 – 2015

These two years are the years I started going to the University of Houston – Downtown. And honestly these were the hardest years I ever had to go through. I went through a very traumatic family experience, that changed my whole life. The beginning of 2014 is when I started having depression and anxiety, these two things hit me so hard that my school work started suffering. I went through 2014 going to the gym every couple of months, quitting and starting back again. I gained about 10 lbs more (135 lbs), but you could barely notice them.

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Circa, March 2014.

In 2015, I went back to the gym for what seemed like the 50th time, and I finally stuck to it. Summer of 2015, I stayed consistent going to the gym the whole summer, and I lost about 5 lbs. I was not eating healthy at the time, which is why I ended up gaining them back. In September 2015, I met Jose and we started dating. Along with being in a new relationship and all the excitement, came all the eating out, and treats. I still looked pretty good, and had not gained much weight since we had started dating at the end of 2015.

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Circa, Feb 2015.

 

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2016 – 2017

At the beginning of 2016, I gained about another 15 lbs (150 lbs), because since my family experience back in 2014, I had not been able to regain my confidence and motivation to do well in school. Jose pushed me and motivated me to start doing better in school, so I could finally graduate. On my senior year (end of 2016-beg 2017), I was so stressed out over school, that I gained another 10 lbs, which has brought me to a total of 160 lbs.

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Circa Jan 2017.

These last two months after graduating have been hard for me. I’ve been lacking a lot of motivation. Motivation to eat healthier and to lose weight. I kept telling myself I was going to go back to the gym, but I wouldn’t follow through with it. A couple of weeks ago I finally decided I was going to stop making excuses, and do something about it. So I decided to hire a personal trainer, I completed my first week of training this Monday. And I can honestly say I have been feeling more motivated than I ever have.

Personal Trainer

My trainer’s name is Ursula Krause and she does online training here in the Houston area. She first calls you on the phone to get to know you a little better, and to talk to you about your personal goals. After that, you decide if you want to go forward with her, she then emails you an assessment that you fill out and send back to her. She also schedules with you one-on-one video chats, during these video chats she sends you a personalized workout, a meal plan to follow, talks to you about your workouts, and goals. She also adds you to an online group of other girls she is training, and a text group chat as well. This is what has been helping me keep motivated. This support system helps so much and the best part is we motivate each other. Another good thing is we each congratulate each other on our wins no matter how small they are. Ursula keeps having individual video chats with your personally, but also has group video chats that you can participate in.

Realizations & Tips

As you can see I’ve had a very long struggle with weight loss, and I can honestly say it has been hard. I am extremely happy that I’ve finally decided to do something about it. I want to be healthy again, I want to look  at myself in the mirror and be confident in my body.

The tips I can give you to start your fitness journey are:

  • Never give up no matter how much you want to. No matter how much life is bringing you down, because after you complete your first win you’ll feel so empowered.
  • Get a support system, it never hurts to ask for help. I didn’t want to for the longest time, but now that I have one I feel so much better, happier, and definitely more motivated.
  • Get motivated! Print out pictures of people you admire and put them on your mirror. Say to yourself that you can and you will accomplish where you want to be.
  • Make a workout playlist that gets you pumped to workout. A playlist that not only makes you want to get up and dance, but also pushes you to finish that last set.
  • Start eating healthier little by little, cut portions in half, stop drinking soda and replace it with carbonated water. Try to not eat sweets, or fried food. That is another thing I learned, losing weight is 80% what you eat, and 20% working out! So if you want to really lose weight you have to change how you eat as well.
  • Remember it is never too late to start, what matters is that you do start.

I hope this post helps you with your weight loss struggles. I hope it gives you motivation to start or continue what you are doing to stay healthy.

Besos, Kim ❤️

My Top 9 Traveling Must Haves!

Hi everyone!

If this is your first time here, bienvenidos! How is your summer going? I hope it is going great! I know it is almost the end of the summer, but if you’re like me and don’t stop traveling during the year, here are some traveling essentials that you might like.

  1. Makeup Bag – If you love makeup like I do, this is something you must have! I usually keep moisturizer, primer, foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, mascara, my fave lipstick, and a setting spray. And last but not least my eyebrow pencil!
  2. Laptop or iPad – It is a good idea to take your laptop or iPad with you whenever you travel, because you can do research on some of the activities you will be doing while you travel. I like to take my laptop with me, because I can look up facts on the places I will be visiting. Also it helps me look for more activities around the area I will be traveling to. And lastly you can use your laptop or iPad on the plane to watch movies, or to simply work.
  3. Journal – Whenever I travel I take a journal with me, the main reason is because I like to write down what I am going to do for that day, also what some of my favorite places were for future reference.Floral Custom Journal
  4. Camera – I am the person that usually take pictures on their iPhone, but I recently invested in a DSLR camera and I will be using it in the next couple weeks when I go on my trip. The reason I invested was because I wanted to be able to take nicer pictures than my iPhone 7 does. I also wanted to be able to edit, print them out, and put them around the house.Canon Rebel T6 DSLR Camera
  5. Phone – Obviously this is a very big MUST HAVE. The reason I say that is that most people nowadays depend on their phones for everything. Including me!
  6. Headphones –  I love taking headphones with me when I go on trips, because if I have to travel by plane I usually watch a movie on my laptop or I just listen to music on my phone. It makes the hours on the plane go by much faster.
  7. Sunglasses – I take my sunglasses wherever I go that is sunny. The reason is, because I have very sensitive eyes and they tend to water a lot so sunglasses are a must. Plus they make a great addition to any outfit you wear!download (11)
  8. Black Purse – I always have to take a black purse with me, I keep all my important papers with me. Also great place to put your sunglasses in and any travel brochures and tickets for museums you might want to keep.
  9. Jacket – The main reason I take a jacket is because, having a Mexican mom she always told “Ponte un a chamarra si no te vas enfermar” whenever I would go out. And now not only did it become a habit, but also it makes your outfits look better!

What are your favorite travel essentials?

Besos, Kim ♥

First Things First!

Hi everyone!

Writing and sharing with people my life experiences brings me a lot of joy, which is the reason why I decided to start writing about what I do on the daily. I also wanted to share with you my trips, favorite books, favorite podcasts, and much more! I am very excited to share this new experience with you!

A little about me: I graduated with a degree in Accounting from the University of Houston – Downtown. I have a younger sister named Susan, and also an awesome boyfriend named Jose. I absolutely love shopping, reading, traveling, listening to music and movies. I also recently discovered that I love listening to podcasts, I actually got into podcasts, because one day when I opened my Spotify app they were on the discover tab. Movies though are definitely one of my more favorite things to do. I’m a big movie buff! Jose and I are always going to the movies, at least twice a month. One other thing I absolutely love and have to share with you, is my adorable dog Pablo.

I can’t wait to start blogging and to connect with all you amazing people out there ! Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button to keep up with my new posts and to follow me on Instagram!

Besos, Kim!