I’m Back From Miami! {Hispanicize #Hispz12}


I still have not recuperated from all the amazing, fantastic people and information I learned while in Miami last week for Hispanicize. Living in a small town where people look at me funny when I say the word “blog”, it was an immense privilege to be surrounded by people like me. People who are constantly engaged in social media, taking photos and up for lots of drinking.

It’s common to go into these sorts of conferences/events and be nervous, but much like BlogHer 2011, I instantly made a group of BBF’s (best bloggy friends) and we were attached at the hip. Then there is that sad, melancholy feeling when you miss your BBF’s and think to yourself, “Last week I was on a yacht drinking and dancing with my friends. Today I am trying to decide which frozen dinner to eat.”

You know what I mean, right?

And I totally was dancing on a yacht last week. I’ve never been on a boat in my entire life, and thanks to the folks at McDonald’s I got to be on a yacht with an open bar. The views of Miami were out of this world gorgeous. Besides the BBF’s, the booze/food and being on a vacay of sorts, I was smitten with the Vive Mejor lounge. The overall event wasn’t too swagalicious, BUT the items I got from the Vive Mejor lounge have already transformed my frizzy curls into glamorous, silky curls. And Dove was also giving away samples of their new Clear Tone deodorant which makes your armpits even in skin tone. You might be thinking…do people really care about the color of their armpits?

Yes, yes we do. It’s one of 2 reasons I don’t wear sleeveless shirts. I don’t want my pits to show because I don’t like them. And the other reason is that I have chunky arms.


I am going to do a post about what I learned from the sessions (lots of great stuff from Ted Rubin and McDonald’s) and then I want to show you some beauty products that you need to buy ASAP that are all likely to be available at your local Walmart. Which means they’re affordable, deliver what they promise and are given the Monica Wants It seal of approval.

What else? Oh yes, I will have some updates on my bathroom renovation (there is progress!) and I hope to start working on some home décor tutorials that are sure to keep you busy over the summer. I must hit up the garage sales soon. Must.

For now, I leave you with some photos from my whirlwind trip to Miami. Enjoy.


Lynda (Hit The Road Jane) & Zelma (Yo Soy Mami)


Candy from Mommypalooza


My view from the McDonald’s #chillatsea Yacht Party

image My run-in with Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer)


More BBF’s. Smile


Fabulous soiree over at Villa Vecchia sponsored by Bacardi & Cricket Wireless


Stars from the movie Scarface


Listening to the inspiring Emilio Estefan


My BBF’s with Cesar Millan and his lovely girlfriend


Stunning rooftop over at The Soho Beach House


So that’s what a beach is supposed to look like… Swoon.


Beautiful surroundings everywhere I looked.


And here’s me looking slightly tipsy and oh-so-happy in Miami.

I think I need another vacation.

If you were at Hispanicize (or even if you weren’t) and would love to connect with me, I am always available to help one another advance in this big, big online world. Seriously. If at anytime I can help any of you out there, please let me know.

To see more photos from my Miami trip, head on over to my Facebook album.

All photos taken with my Sony NEX-3 camera that I adore!



  1. Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    April 19, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    Your photos are ALL gorgeous! I've been following along on Instagram and Miami looks amazing! 🙂 Glad to hear you had fun!!!

  2. Adriana Iris La Dulce Vida
    April 19, 2012 / 11:33 pm

    now following you great post

  3. YoSoyMami.com
    April 22, 2012 / 2:27 am

    LOVED getting a chance to finally meet you. If you thought the Miami beach was pretty, you must come to Puerto Rico. MUST!Lots and lots of xoxo's!!Your BBF,Zelma

  4. Motivated Mommy of two
    April 25, 2012 / 9:38 pm

    Hello Monica, I found you through the SITS post on facebook. I am a new blogger and a latina mom. I am still learning the ins and outs of the bloggy world. But I would love to be able to connect with more Latina bloggers. I am now following you, but if you have any tips to share with me I would love to hear them. Thanks