Top Things To Do In Valparaíso, Chile

I lived in Chile for a good 2 years & have been back with my Chilean visiting over the years for almost 7. Over the years, I quickly sorted out the tourist traps & where the locals/my chilean friends go and where to have the best time. Whether it be dancing on a roof with a view of the ocean or free activities, I got you covered. Below are, in my opinion of course, the top things to do in Valparaíso.

6 Social Media Tips From A United Nations Social Media Strategist

My time at the United Nations was a dream come true of mine. I was there for the UN 2015 Summit and mingled with many politicians and celebrities (I met Shakira!!!). What I most enjoyed about my time there, though, was seeing firsthand how the important global issues were being handled, being passionate about those issues, and learning how to get messages out to a large global audience in a constructive way. What were the basics of running accounts with 10k+ to 100k+ followers? Here are my top 6 social media tips from my time as a United Nations Social Media Strategist..

Glute Growth 101 (& How I Finally Committed to Exercise)

I have spent a year devouring anything about glute growth and putting those methods into practice. I have also for the first time in my life committed to a weekly exercise routine, even while traveling. (June will be my 1 year exercise anniversary!) Want a basic breakdown of glute growth 101 and how to finally stick to a routine? Here are my tips:

Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist

Once I returned back to the states from Chile, I was introduced to Sephora and fell in love. I got a little too excited at first with the spending and somehow got to VIB status. I’m actually committing to not spending so much money on makeup this year and finding drugstore alternatives so this will most likely be my last VIB sale. Thus, I’m planning on taking advantage while I can! Here is my last VIB Sale wishlist:


SDGs: What Do Chileans Want For Their Country?

Last year I had the opportunity to do a project for the amazing department I interned with at the United Nations. It was to emulate Humans Of New York, but in a way that centered around the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). The SDGs are the global goals that were decided at the UN Summit in 2015. I was traveling in Chile at the time and had the privilege of interviewing (& photographing along with Karin Castro) local Chileans for the Humans Of My World project to see which SDG they prioritized most for their country. Here were their responses:

Skip The Beaches of Viña del Mar & Go To This Colorful Fishing Village Instead

Viña del Mar is one of South America’s top vacation spots. Between the Festival de Viña del Mar (the one that launched Shakira into the spotlight), people trying to escape Santiago, and the Argentinians that come for the beaches & cheaper economy, the city gets packed. I lived with my Chilean in Viña del Mar for a few years and I don’t think we went to a local beach once. Instead, we went to beaches close-by, like the beautiful fishing village of Quintay…

Non-Toxic Makeup You Can Find In Your Drugstore

Everyone is jumping on the green makeup bandwagon. Some companies are genuinely making natural products, but they don’t live up to the pigment or quality as “regular” makeup. Some companies are greenwashing their products by making them appear to be non-toxic when actually they have the same levels or more of chemicals as regular makeup. Not everyone is privileged enough to dump out all of their makeup and go on a shopping spree to pay 30$ for one non-toxic product and more. Or maybe you have the privilege of doing so but simply don’t want to spend that much money on makeup. Here is a researched list of non-toxic makeup with a EWG score of 3 or below that you can find in the drugstore:

A Solo Road Trip Around Iceland

It was awhile back when I had the usual travel bug but wanted a trip of solitude for once. I had seen Iceland around in social media and had been wanting to visit a more gender equal country after living in South America for so long. I was offered a place to stay in Stockholm through a family friend and thus decided to make stop through Iceland after Stockholm. Iceland is the perfect place to stand in awe and silence & evaluate where you are in life, and that’s exactly what I did. I burned 5 different cds with the likes of First Aid Kit, Paul Simon, & Jose Gonzalez and set out in my rental to explore this country and do some soul searching.

Affordable Organic Skincare Products That Actually Work

A few years ago, I was a vegan who only used all natural products. I remember being so dedicated that I would vehemently ignore the fact that I was extremely musky in the southern afternoons after wearing my all natural deodorant all day and insist that certain products were working great when they just simply weren’t, even if their mission was a just one. Over the past few years, I’ve become a meat eater again & am more lenient with certain products. For example, I have never come across a natural deodorant that actually works in 90 degree heat so I use my trusty Dove. However, I try to keep the majority of the products that come into contact with skin every day as organic as possible. These are the affordable organic skin products that have worked for me just as well as non-organic products and are ones that I actually enjoyed using.

48 Hours In NYC

Everyone’s take on New York City is different and I think that’s what’s most fun about it- hearing everyone’s favorites and perspectives on this amazing city. I lived in NYC for awhile and I’m planning a short stay there again this summer, so I thought I would give my perspective on what would make for my perfect 48 hours in the city.