Sundays in Brooklyn

After a full weeks worth of work and then a nights worth of drinking the stress away, Sunday is when I go into full on hibernation mode. Typically I sleep in, cuddle with my fur baby, and lock myself in the apartment all day. On the occasion that I actually want to do something other than be a potato my boyfriend and I have a traditional outing planned in Brooklyn that never disappoints. Check out my guide to a day filled with eating, drinking and exploring in Brooklyn, New York!

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Coat:Fashion Nova, Shirt:Forever 21, Pants:Gap, Boots:Target

Eat: The first thing on the list is brunch at Harefield Road. This full time bar, part time brunch spot offers the best deal in the city that not only satisfies your poached eggs fascination but your wallet as well. Their $14 brunch includes a coffee or tea and a Mimosa or Bloody Mary and let me tell you I have tried almost everything on the menu and never have I encountered a miss. Everything is delicious and fresh, and they’re happy to customize plates so vegans are welcome!I take everyone I know here for brunch, it just can’t be beat.

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Drink: Walk off that big brunch and enjoy the graffiti art that’s quintessential Williamsburg. When you start feeling thirsty, head over to Barcade. This mecca is where childhood dreams and adult fun combine to create a memorable experience…until you had one too many beers and forgot where you left your phone! Play old school games like Pac Man and Donkey Kong while sipping on a smooth one. Come for the games, stay for the local beers on tap.

Do: Head south to Dumbo and stroll through the Brooklyn Flea. Local food joints and vintage connoisseurs gather to offer the community an eclectic market of goods. Here is where I’ve found vintage art pieces and old Playboys that have made my house their home. The day is not complete until I’ve had a Cafe au Lait donut from the Dough stand. They are pillowy mounds of sweetness in your mouth, you shall not be disappointed!

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After all the eating, drinking and walking around I love to spend the rest of my Sunday at home watching movies and eating popcorn before a new week of possibilities begins. 

I’d love to try out some new places, so let me know your favorite spots around Brooklyn! 

PS. I have a 25% off discount code for you from Fashion Nova! Yaaaas girl, go get you some new threads for the winter, gogogo!  https://share.fashionnova.com/x/g41mTi 

Hasta Luego,

Melanie.

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Statement Jewelry: What To Own & How To Wear It

Hola Chicas,

Ever since I can remember the women in my family have always worn the same pieces of jewelry, no matter the occasion! Through casual dinners, weddings and family portraits I’ve seen the same gold hoops and name plate necklaces pop up everywhere. The tradition has stayed with me as even I wear the same earrings and necklaces everywhere I go because I feel naked without them. I can leave the house with no makeup, hair up in a bun and still feel dressed up with just my jewels on.

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Some of my pieces are sentimental hand me downs, gifts I’ve received or one’s that I’ve bought myself. It’s taken me time to curate, but I’ve finally reached a level of satisfaction where I want to share with you the top pieces that I think everyone should own. Follow my tips below and start creating a signature look with your jewelry!

First Things First: Gold or Silver? The general rule of thumb is that warmer undertones such as peach, olive or yellow should stick to gold jewelry. Cooler undertones such as pink or blue should stick to silver, and there are the lucky neutrals who look good in both. In my opinion, it’s all up to how you look and feel with the jewelry on. Do your eyes pop with silver studs or does your skin glow when you have a gold necklace on? Choose a shade that makes it look like you’re wearing the jewelry, not that the jewelry is wearing you.

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Earrings: Gift, Rose Gold Watch: Guess, Silver Watch: Gift, Bracelet: Gift, M Necklace: Delicate Raymond, Cross Necklace: Bali Catina, ME Necklace: Hand Me Down

Necklaces: I have a variety of necklaces from short to long to choker length and I can wear each one on their own or layer them up. Every necklace have a different meaning and reflects my personality more so than any of my other pieces. My M necklace has become like my name tag, my cross with the roses spiraling around it symbolizes my grandmother, and the ME necklace was a hand me down from my dad who received it from my great grandfather.

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Bracelet: Gift, M necklace: Delicate Raymond, Rose Cross Necklace:Bali Catina , ME Necklace: Hand Me Down

Earrings: Without a pair of earrings, I look like a man so I keep my choices limited to feminine studs and hoops. You can’t go wrong with the classics!

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Hoop Earrings: I bought on a trip to Ecuador, Gold Necklace: Gift, ME Necklace: Hand Me Down, Black Choker: Burlington Coat Factory.

Rings, Bracelets and Watches: You give hand shakes, write emails and tell stories with your hands so they are the most visible and interactive part of your body. I like to keep my rings, bracelets and watches feminine, sharp and professional because thats what I want my hands to reflect about me.

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Earrings: Gift, Watch: Gift, Necklace: Street Fair in Tribeca

I hope you’ve found this helpful and let me know what’s you’re favorite piece of jewelry! Is it sentimental, expensive or just a great find?

Hasta Luego,

Melanie.

Cook With Me: Tostones con Salsa

Hola mis amores! Ever since I was a little girl, my family always had tostones on the dinner table. There were some variables, like my Dad’s would be saltier and my Mom’s would be crunchier. After I moved to New York, I had no one to make these for me so I was left without tostones for years ! Imaginate una vida sin tostones, it was crazy!

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Recently, I had a craving for them so I scoured the internet and made phone calls back home to find the perfect recipe. Mi gente, what I bring you today is the BEST way to make flavorful tostones that are both chewy and crunchy. And while these bad boys are delicious by themselves I’m also going to be sharing 2 easy salsas that you can make to accompany them. So preparate, because your family and friends are going to ask you for more once they’ve had the first batch!

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What you’ll need/Lo que necesitas

Tostones

  • 2 Green Plantains
  • Corn Oil or Grapeseed Oil to fry the plantains
  • Water
  • Salt

Salsa Rosada

  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Lemon

Garlic & Oil Sauce

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Peel the skin off of the plantain.
  2. Cut it in half, then cut those halves in half. For smaller, bite sized tostones you can cut the halves in half once more.
  3. Soak the plantains in salty water for 20 minutes. Your water should taste like the sea. This is not only going to give them flavor, but also make tostones come out juicier.
  4. Start heating up the oil. Pour enough oil in a deep pot to cover the plantains. I don’t like to use a skillet because the oil IS going to pop at you and that WILL hurt. I learned from experience…
  5. Once the plantains are done soaking, dry them up with a paper towel and place them in the hot oil. Once they start turning golden, take them out to flatten with a pilon (or if you don’t have one, then use anything with a flat surface like the bottom of a cup or a plate.)
  6. Return the flattened plantains to the hot oil and fry till they turn a golden brown. Don’t leave them in for too long or they’ll end up being super dry and crunchy.
  7. Place them on top of a paper napkin to absorb all the excess oil. And VOILA! Your tostones are ready 🙂
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Love…
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At first bite!

The accompanying sauces are very easy to make.

Salsa Rosada:

  1. Mix equal parts Mayo and Ketchup
  2. Add a squirt of lemon juice.
  3. Mix it up and dip your tostones for a sweet and tangy kick.

Garlic & Oil Sauce:

  1. Dice up the cloves into chiquitito pieces.
  2. Place it in 4 tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Add a squirt of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
  4. VOILA ONCE MORE! You have a sophisticated sauce to pour on top of your tostones that will impress your guests and their tastebuds.

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I hope you’ll enjoy these as much as my boyfriend and I have. I made tostones 3 nights in a row because he was addicted and couldn’t get enough! That’s what you get when you introduce some Puerto Rican spice to an Ecuadorian 😉

Hasta luego mi gente!

OOTD: Summer Nights in the City

Hola mis amores!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer thus far. The chilly nights and brisk mornings are starting to return to the city and I can’t wait for Fall! But before we give up our sleeveless shirts for some sweater dresses and tights, I’d like to share with you some outfit ideas that’ll be sure to impress while keeping you cool and collected this Summer.

1 PM at The Highline Park:

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Walking along the Highline Park.
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Don’t forget your sunglasses!
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A light and breezy outfit for a hot and humid day.

When I go out with my boyfriend Eddie for a day of exploring and bar hopping in Chelsea, I like to be cute and comfortable. I paired peach shorts with a detailed white crochet bodysuit from Express and to keep the look a bit modest (because even if I try, these girls can’t be tamed 😉 I added an old denim tie-front crop top to layer on top of the bodysuit. And obviously, chanclas are my go to shoe choice in the Summer.

The exact outfit I wore has pieces that I bought YEARS ago, but I found similar pieces for you to try out: Peach Shorts , White Bodysuit, Denim tie-front crop top.

 

7PM at Studio Square:

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A seat at the Highline Park.
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Exploring the old cobblestone roads and new storefronts in the Meatpacking District.

As the sun sets and the night cools down, Eddie and I like to go back home to Queens and hit up Studio Square in Astoria. I went for a classy yet sexy vibe with a white sleeveless peplum top and classic dark blue jeans. The red velvet heels matched my mani/pedi, which pushed the outfit to another level!

Here are some similar pieces you can use to recreate this look: White Peplum Top, Dark Blue Gap Denim, Red Velvet Heels .

Make sure to check out my Instagram @TheMelDez to see daily outfit posts and new content by me 🙂

Hasta luego mis amores!

 

Have A Drink: Peachy Rosé Sangria

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The BBQ grills are firing up, parks are being filled with hammocks and tents, and the sound of reggae hits are filling the air. Summer has arrived and we are more than eager to fulfill our Vitamin D deficit by soaking up all that the warm weather has to offer.

I think the most important things we need to remember to bring with us on hot sunny days are:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. A cold drink

Los parques están llenos de hamacas y parrillas de barbacoa, y el sonido de los éxitos de reggae están llenando el aire. El verano ha llegado y estamos más que dispuestos a cumplir con nuestro déficit de vitamina D absorbiendo todo lo que el Verano tiene para ofrecer.

Creo que las cosas más importantes que necesitamos recordar para los días calurosos son:

  1. Protector solar
  2. Una bebida fría

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A week before the Fourth of July, I had just bought my first Rosé of the season when I passed by my local fruit and vegetable store. Looking at the beautiful rainbow of ripe fruit, just waiting for me to take them home, an idea crossed my mind to create a sangria. And not just any sangria, but a Rosé sangria! I felt so fancy with just the thought of it, so I grabbed a few juicy selections and went off to concoct what happened to be the most delicious and prettiest sangria this side of the Hudson.

The super simple recipe is:

1 cup of diced peaches

1/2 cup of diced strawberries

1/2 of diced raspberries

1/2 cup of sugar

1 bottle of Rosé (I recommend to use a dry variety)

Dice up the fruit and mix the strawberries with the sugar in a large container. Leave the syrupy mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then add the peaches, raspberries and wine. Leave in fridge for 3 hours. What comes out will be a deliciously sweet sangria, and you can enjoy the fruit as an alcoholic fruit salad 😉

Una semana antes del 4 de julio, acababa de comprar mi primer Rosé de la temporada cuando pasé por mi tienda local de frutas y verduras. Mirando el hermoso arco iris de frutas maduras, esperando que me las llevara a casa, una idea cruzó mi mente para crear una sangría. Y no sólo cualquier sangría, sino una sangría con vino Rosé! Me sentí tan elegante con sólo pensar en ello, así que cogí unas selecciones jugosas y invente la sangría más deliciosa y más bonita este lado del Hudson.

La receta súper simple es:

1 taza de duraznos cortados en cuadritos

1/2 taza de fresas en cubitos

1/2 de frambuesas en cubitos

1/2 taza de azúcar

1 botella de vino Rosé (recomiendo usar una variedad seca)

Corte la fruta y mezcle las fresas con el azúcar en un recipiente grande. Deja la mezcla melosa en la nevera para 30 minutos. A continuación, añadir los duraznos, frambuesas y el vino. Deja en la nevera para 3 horas. Lo que sale será una sangría deliciosamente dulce, y se puede disfrutar de la fruta como una ensalada de frutas alcohólicas;) 

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Let me know if you tried this out and how you liked it, and don’t forget to take pics and tag me on Instagram @themeldez !

Déjame saber si has probado esto y cómo te ha gustado, y no te olvides de tomar fotos y me etiqueta en Instagram @themeldez!

 

Summer Luvin’

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Hello everyone, and hellooooo Summer!

I’ve been waiting all year for these 3 months of heat to wash a hot and humid wave over New York City, making us shed our Winter layers and revel in all that the city offers under the sun. Summer whispers its way to us starting with the Mister Softee jingle bouncing off the walls of a crowded block, to kids lighting up firecrackers on the streets leading up to the Fourth of July. Then, the chill that kept most of us indoors all winter has gone and a hot breeze welcomes you to buy a cold, hard Nutcracker to start the nights off right.

Hola a todos, y holaaaa Verano!

He estado esperando todo el año por estos 3 meses de calor para lavar una ola caliente y húmeda sobre la ciudad de Nueva York, haciéndonos quitar nuestros coats de invierno y disfrutar todo lo que la ciudad ofrece bajo el sol. El verano susurra su camino hasta nosotros, comenzando con el jingle de Mister Softee rebotando contra las paredes de apartamentos y con los niños encendiendo firecrackers en las calles que conducen al Cuatro de Julio. Luego, el frío que mantuvo a la mayoría de nosotros en la casa durante todo el invierno se ha ido y una brisa caliente le da la bienvenida a comprar un Nutcracker frío y fuerte para comenzar las noches.

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I know most of us think about our New Year resolutions at the very beginning and very end of the year, but I like to also think about it half way. Creating and maintaining this blog is one of the resolutions I made, as well as to start traveling more, exploring all I can, and trying new things. I want to be fulfilled by experiences and memories, not by material objects.

Sé que la mayoría de nosotros pensamos en nuestras resoluciones de Año Nuevo al principio y al final del año, pero también me gusta pensar en ello a medio camino. Crear y mantener este blog es una de las resoluciones que hice, así como empezar a viajar más, explorar todo lo que puedo y probar cosas nuevas. Quiero ser satisfecho por experiencias y recuerdos, no por objetos materiales.

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I hope y’all will follow me around and that my experiences will inspire some of you to follow your dreams. In the words of Hannah Montana, “Life’s what you make it, so let’s make it rock”.

Espero que todos me sigan y que mis experiencias inspiren a algunos de ustedes a seguir sus sueños. En palabras de Hannah Montana: “La vida es lo que tú haces, así que hagámoslo”.

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