Christmas Gifts Round-up


So every year in December, people give out presents to their loved ones. We enjoy the holiday shopping, minus the long-endless-very-boring-lines, but the sales are great. It all starts with Black Friday and goes until the week of Christmas, then sales start to fade a little.

When I was younger, and probably like many of you, if I only got 1 present I would feel like Christmas never arrived. Quantity over quality was my motto. The more the merrier haha (I was just a kid, don’t judge). But as I grew older, I have come to adopt the quality Over quantity motto. Plus, let me just throw this out there, that we have become so materialistic that we now expect a very expensive gift like: a new iphone, a new designer handbag, jewelry, pair of shoes, etc, instead of appreciating whatever our loved ones give us. Note how I am generalizing, even-though I know there might be people who don’t care about this stuff. But reality is that the world revolves around money, and well that has brought a very materialistic age.

Well, enough with that non-sense. My very materialistic side appreciated and now enjoys this awesome gifts that my family gave to me on Christmas Day:


Cada año en Diciembre, la gente sigue con la tradición de obsequiar regalos a los mas queridos. Nos encanta ir de compras, aunque no disfrutemos mucho de las odiosas-interminables-y-muy-aburridas colas para pagar. Todo empieza con los increíbles descuentos de Black Friday como hasta la semana de Navidad, y luego poco a poco las ofertas van desapareciendo.

Cuando era pequeña, y probable a muchos les pasaba esto,  si recibía solo un regalo sentía como si la Navidad no hubiese llegado. Mi motto era numero de regalos sobre calidad, mientras mas mejor haha (no juzguen, era pequeña). Pero a medida que fuí creciendo adopte por apreciar mas la calidad de las cosas así recibiera solo un regalo. Pero vamos a estar claros, el mundo se ha vuelto muy materialista, las personas cada vez exigen/esperan regalos costosos como: nuevos iphones, la cartera que este in, bisutería, zapatos, etc, todo esto en vez de apreciar aquello que nuestros seres queridos en realidad quieran o puedan regalarnos. Estoy generalizando, lo se, puede que hayan algunas personas que no estén pendientes de lo ultimo del mercado. Pero la realidad es que el mundo se mueve por el dinero en estos tiempos, y eso nos ha llevado un mundo muy materialista.

Pero bueno, basta de la filosofía. Mi lado materialista apreció y disfruta ahora de estos super regalos que me dio mi familia en Navidad:




But my favorite present above ALL was that I actually got an internship position at…


Yes, you read correctly! My first day was this past Wednesday and I couldn’t be more exited to share this accomplishment with you. I had tried in the past to find an internship at this magazine, but there were no positions available. On December, they posted an opening at my university’s job postings website and I applied thinking I would not get an interview and well little did I know that I would get hired. So this was my favorite Christmas Present!


Pero de todos los regalos mi favorito fue que me dieron la posición de pasante en…


Si, leyeron bien! Mi primer día fue el miércoles y estoy demasiado emocionada de compartir este logro con ustedes. Tenía años buscando una pasantía en la compañía pero nunca habían posiciones disponibles, pero en diciembre publicaron una apertura en la pagina de listado de trabajos d mi universidad. Apliqué pensando que ni me llamaron y jamás me imaginé que me iban contratar. Este fue el mejor regalo de Navidad que pude recibir!


What was your favorite present that you received this past holiday season?


¿Cuál fue tu regalo favorito en esta Navidad?

XOXO Ana Cristina Mariño

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    January 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Congrats on your internship position! Love Ocean Drive magazine!

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    Paola from Coral Gables Love
    January 8, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Congratulation on your internship! You’re going to rock it 🙂

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    January 8, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    My faves are a snarky mug and two pairs of ridiculously comfy fuzzy socks!!

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    January 8, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I love those Colour Pop liquid lipsticks! I have two of them myself and I am so happy with them!!

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    Alix Maza
    January 8, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Congrats on your internship!!

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    Ana De- Jesus
    January 8, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Gorgeous I absolutely love the fringed bag at the beginning. This continues to remain a popular trend this season!

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    January 8, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Congratulations on your internship, that’s an awesome “Christmas gift” if ever there was! My husband completely surprised me with a chaise lounge for the upstairs landing (and even put it together for me on Christmas Day).

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    January 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I must have that purse it’s perfect !!! Love it all but that’s my fav ! Laci @

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    Jessica {Swanky Recipes}
    January 8, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Wow, congratulations on your internship. I always wanted to work as an editor or writer for some big magazines when I was younger. I guess that’s how blogging got started. Hopefully I’ll hear more about your experience.

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      January 8, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      haha yes I started blogging so my blog becomes my portafolio and maybe one day land an editor position at a magazine.

      Thank you for the message <3 I'll try to post updates on the internship 🙂

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    Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    January 8, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Love those lip colors, so bright and fun! I agree that quality is way more important than quantity!

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      January 8, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Thank you <3

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    January 8, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Congratulations on your position! My favorite present was an either an Origami Nativity my husband made for me or a picture of Stitch that my brother dres!

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    January 9, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Those are lovely gifts. Congratulations on your internship position! Good luck.

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    jill conyers
    January 9, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Congrats on the internship!

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    January 9, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Wow! Congratulations on your internship 🙂 Well done! My favourite present was my comfy pjs – I love pjs 🙂

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    January 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Congrats on the internship! And what kind of perfume is that? Im in the market for a new one!

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      January 13, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you <3 The perfume is Miss Dior from Dior 🙂

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    Rose Sahetapy
    January 9, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Congratulation on your internship, a wonderful gift!

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    Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt
    January 9, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Looks like some wonderful gifts! Congrats on your new position!

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    Kassie O'Driscoll
    January 9, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    I can definitely relate to your feelings about quality over quantity! However, my parents still struggle to just get us one or two gifts. They love having a tree that’s overflowing with presents! We always have a wonderful Christmas, nonetheless.

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    January 9, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Those items are awesome! That bag is gorgeous and I love that perfume! Congrats on the internship!!

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    January 10, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Congratulations! What a wonderful present and great start to the new year! I am sure you will love it!

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    Lucy Valdez
    January 10, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Congrats on the internship! I also love those lippies from ColourPop…they are such a great brand…cruelty free and many vegan options!

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    January 10, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Loving the Colourpop gifts! They are a favorite company of mine and their products are great.

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    January 10, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Woohooo!!!! Congratulations on your internship, that is absolutely the most exciting!

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    January 10, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Pretty, pretty love all the colors. That bag is gorgeous.

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    Kelly B.
    January 11, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Looks like you had a great holiday! Congrats on getting the internship-and those gorgeous ColourPop lippies!

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    Eva/ Kid Minds
    January 11, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Oh my goodness, congratulations on your new internship! It’s such a great Christmas present. I know you well. You are so smart!

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    Eva/ Kid Minds
    January 11, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Oh my goodness, congratulations on your new internship! It’s such a great Christmas present. I know you will do well. You are so smart!

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