The HeyMaca products are officially in production! (PINCH ME!)
and seeing the evolution of this new collection has been a big challenge for me and Lucile (the most talented designer and Illustrator in life). So today, I wanted to walk you through the process of what we've been doing, planning and executing all these months behind the scenes of the new HeyMaca shop. 
All, all the colours!

To begin with, the concept and idea of launching real, tangible products have been a dream since I started the blog, and I knew it'll take time to do it right. If you add to this, that we are both very picky and pay attention to every single detail,  I kinda knew we would take some time to develop something solid.

We did a zillion, ZILLION, mood boards like these you see in this post, putting together what inspires us and things that are very "Maca" like all my friend's mention.

Sourcing has been our number one challenge when we started, finding different suppliers that have the best quality, delivery time and the products we have in mind to produce, is something, let's say, complicated. 
Next step after we found different suppliers was to place samples. 
Working with different materials (metal, threads, cotton, silk) is a learning curve I'm experiencing for the first time (that I've LOVED). Sometimes the samples didn't meet the standard we were looking for, so the circle started all over again (finding a new supplier, negotiating, testing).

For our soft launch, we'll include:

- Scarves
- Pins
- Patches
- Art prints
- Weekly planners
- Notebooks
- Accessories
- Postcards


All designed by us, obviously.
We don't know what the future will hold, but we are so excited to launch something out of this HeyMaca world we can wear, touch and see, outside the little Instagram boxes.

yay for that!



Happy Mother's Day to all of you mamas!

Since my mom is home, we've been cooking quite a lot and homemade pizza has quickly become of my favourite recipes so far. It's such an easy recipe and everyone at home gets really excited when they see we'll cook them for lunch or supper.

This weekend, I spent my mama day cooking some for my little ones, cuddling them and having the happiest unplanned Sunday of all time. 

The dough 


To be honest, I didn't have the time to do the dough from scratch, between my lack of sleep and time, I bought it from a local pizzeria we adore at Marche Atwater. To all my local friends in Montreal, this is the best tip EVER: you can get daily, fresh dough for $4.50 at Pizza Mia and it'll be the perfect quantity to make two regular pizzas, WIN!

If you have time to do the entire process, here are my favourite recipes:

The Sauce


My good friend Gaby, showed me her secret pizza sauce this weekend and I was like: wait, what? so simple? Si!
In your next pizza party, here's what you need to do:

Ingredients

  • Tomato passata (or strained crushed tomatoes) 
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, pepper
  • Italiano mix spices

How to

Mix all the spices with the passata and Olive oil. Do not cook the tomato sauce and serve fresh directly on the dough. 

Toppings 


We did three pizzas:

  • Mushrooms, feta & onions
  • Margherita with basil
  • Prosciutto & salami
You can be super creative and add fun tops like smoked mozzarella, buffala, salami, endless veggie options, and curated hams.
We used rectangular molds and then cut tiny pieces to serve them, super adorable!
How do you love your pizza?
Bon Appetit! 

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6 years ago, I was celebrating my first Mother's Day. My very first celebration as a mom of one and a few years later, a mom of two. It's been a while since I wanted to sit down and write something meaningful about motherhood and what it means to me being a mother.

Today I'm celebrating Mother's day in partnership with my friends of Olay, gathering 10 of my favourite "me-time" activities I usually plan when I want to pamper myself while enjoying precious lil' moments you, mama, deserve BIG time.

Raising little ones is a full-time, challenging job that I'm incredibly thankful to be part of it. It honestly takes a village and it even takes good teamwork to achieve each goal you have set up for your little family. Despite the long nights, the meltdowns, there's always something magical that makes it so worth it and so unbelievably perfect. 


Go for mani & pedi time!


Trust me, I love being a mama, and having some quiet time just for me only means - mani and pedi session -. This has been my monthly tradition where I can catch up on my TV shows while picking up some really cute nail colours.

Visit a new coffee shop you've never been before


Did you know that visiting a new place often helps to boost your productivity and mood? I usually create a monthly list of new discoveries I want to visit and dedicate a few hours during my work week to check out a new spot I've never been to before.

Grab lunch with your girlfriends


Girly mommy time mode ON! Meeting my girlfriends while sippin' some cute cocktails and scrumptious food is my absolute favourite sport, and yes, we usually go for brunch even on a Monday.

Dedicate a few extra minutes  to your beauty routine 

When it comes to skincare, I'm such a fan of having the best products by my side, especially when sleep isn't quite yet the norm at home with these little ones (*cough, tired eyes, cough*). 

Here are my top 3 choices from the new Olay collection: 

- That dark circle and puffy eyes era are now over thanks to the new Olay's Brightening Eye Cream, hydrating and creating a new glow I've never seen before in an eye cream, filled with Vitamin C, brightening up your eyes instantly and helping decrease those fine lines and wrinkles over time that we are so scared of. If you're a busy mama like me, this cream will help you look like you slept an entire night, high five!


- Olay's new Mist is one of the best discoveries I've experienced in a while. This little bottle transforms your tired looking skin with all the Vitamin C, B3 and Bergamot instant-hydration (providing up to 60% boost of hydration). Did I mention you'll be obsessed with the fragrance? Yes, you'll be!


- Mask on a stick? Yes! It's a thing! And those extra precious minutes deserve a standing ovation for the new Olay Clay Stick Mask! With 100% kaolin clay (I still can't get over the fact it comes on such easy-to-apply stick.)

Read a book peacefully at home with hot coffee

Yes, mama, you heard that right, hot coffee! On your special day, you deserve to unwind, enjoy some reading and in my case, a warm cup of coffee and a few treats will set me on a sweet note to start off my day.

Go out with your bike & pick up flowers

Yes! When Spring is here, this is a total must activity: grab your bike and run to your closest farmers market. 'Tis is the season (and I don't mean Christmas) for everything floral, scented, flowy and pretty.
 

Get a massage at your favourite spa

... and this can include lunch with wine right after your relaxing massage or pilates classes when you feel relaxed enough. I love to combine this sweet activity combo of something relaxing, with a mild exercise and always, always great food.

Try a new recipe & cook it all by yourself!

When I feel I need to unplug a bit from my day-to-day responsibilities and motherhood duties, I usually run to Pinterest as fast as I can and plan a brand new recipe I've never done before, followed by a solo-grocery store visit and a cooking session all by myself. Try it, it's so worth it!

Style new outfit ideas & colour blocking combinations 

With every season, new wardrobe changes come into play, and tidying up new outfit ideas is one of my goals I set right away. We usually put away our seasonal clothing in our locker room, and styling them all over again feels like Christmas day morning to this mama, every three months.

and yes, you can also have breakfast in bed

Me-time during Mother's day is the perfect excuse to start off your day with a special breakfast in bed, am I right? Bring on all the pancakes, fresh fruits, bacon and eggs all served with stunning flowers and a side of sunshine, s'il vous plait!


The big question now is: How do you enjoy your me-time during Mother's Day?

Endless thanks to Olay for sponsoring this post and partnering with HeyMaca.
All opinions, tips expressed in this post are entirely mine.


Maple season: all the sugar is here!
and as soon as Oli heard this, she ran to the door, got her jacket, boots and her little smile ready for Sugar Shack, her very own first experience.

I'm truly loving capturing our family moments lately and thinking what is that our family would love to do, and build sweet memories over the years to come. I remember clearly all my road trips when I was little, the smell of the mountains, the crispy empanadas and fresh cheese we had on the road, the views, the beaches, and how much I loved discovering my country with my family. All I hope as a parent now, is to do the same thing with  Nico and Oli.

and maybe document that along the way here on visual diaries (god bless the internet), because let's be real, I can't even remember how many cups of coffee I had yesterday.

What I'm sure about, is that we'll be a traveling family, there's nothing else that makes us happier than discovering new corners, new food, and a new passion to spark their curiosity, as a family of four.

aaaanyway, back to sugar shack! here are a few cute pictures of Oli's happiness...
^^ gimme all the fresh maple syrup, Canada ^^
^^ we drove 45 minutes from home to eat allll the comfort food: beans, sausage, omelette, pork rinds, pea soup, crepes, ham, and alll the maple ^^
^^ Exhibit A, so yummy! We visited Sucrerie de la Montagne (highly recommended with kids). They have different prices (weekends, weekdays) and everything is included, so you pretty much will eat a LOT of food. ^^
^^ these puffy crepes are WAY too good, so say hello carbs! ^^

^^ After all the food, they ran, explored around, took a train ride and loved every minute of it ^^
^^ she is my everything.^^

What's your favourite family tradition?
xoxo






Oh helloooo! I work here! (I keep repeating the same phrase every time I come into our studio) 
This week, our studio reveal continues with our workshop area (the biggest area) and the happiest corner we've got. 

We are thrilled to partner with Structube on this makeover, showing you how to style an empty space with their epic collection. I think the key to interior design and styling spaces is the way you mix and match accessories, colour palettes, and bold accents (like our inspiration post here). 

To guide you on each step we did since we got the studio, I thought a Q&A would be so much fun! 

So, let's grab our coffee (or tea) and enjoy this reveal. 

What do we want to accomplish with the studio and workshop area


I'd say lots of things! 7 years ago when I started blogging, my dream was to create a lifestyle brand beyond just "Instagram". I met my friend Joanna and we knew our goals were common, and when we felt we were ready, we said to each other: that's it! we're renting a studio! 
We found this unique loft and we felt it was the one since we stepped in for the first time. Our goals are endless, but to start, we wanted to work outside home and in a creative, joyful and colourful place where we could feel inspired writing, styling, shooting pictures and videos. As our blogs evolve into something else, our workshop area was created to: 

  • Rentals: It's been a few weeks since we are renting the space to different creators and last weekend, Lysa Jordan hosted her first workshop (she's adorable) and Michelle Little is shooting beautiful family portraits as well. 
  • Meet YOU: YES! and this only means, meet our community, support each other and have a real connection.
  • Organize branded workshops: Our first workshop is here, officially! A super cute, cinco de mayo celebration DIY atelier, showing you step-by-step how to do mini pinatas (SO cute!). All the event info is here.
  • Stop procrastinating: This is aaaaa thing, for real!


What does colour mean to you? 


Raised in one of the most colourful cities in Venezuela, I grew up believing colour is not only the key to design and the way we live. Colour is the key to our happiness and joy! So yes, chromotherapy is the way I boost my mood (and closet, duh), seeing the world through tinted glasses, every single day.

What are your favourite pieces in the new workshop area?


Definitely the colourful chairs and our joyful shelves. We spotted the bunny chairs at Structube a while back and we were dreaming to have their pastel colours at the studio as soon as we started decorating. We got the shelves and workshop table at a studio sale a friend of ours did, both white and simple pieces, just perfect to add every single colourful accessory we had at home.

What do you love most about the new studio?


Seriously, everything. You open the door and get in every morning feeling "wow, this is such a pretty space to work at". Having a bright space with colourful accents everywhere you look, is having a daily rainbow therapy!

How do you boost your creativity? 


I think living a creative life is what really keeps me happy and motivated. Here are my top five:
  1. Traveling to unexpected places 
  2. Spending at least one hour on Pinterest, daily 
  3. Design magazines and books 
  4. Visiting art exhibitions 
  5. Shopping therapy from time to time (especially shoes)

Describe your personality in two words:

  • Joyful
  • Eclectic

What's on your playlist as soon as you're in the studio


I think the weekday music mood is SO different every day, but here are some of my studio faves:
  • Devendra Banhart 
  • Jungle
  • Rhye 
  • Poolside

Tell us about your to-do list for this week


SO-MANY-THINGS! and I dedicate my Sunday evenings to sit quietly and plan my week ahead. This week I have:
  • Styling and creating two moodboards for a client
  • Shoot a family picture with Nico and Oli (usually super fun)
  • Invoicing and accounting (not usually my favourite thing but wellll, this is the self-employed life)
  • Finish our studio website 
  • Come up with real cool ideas and themes for the work 
  • Curate my IG feed a zillion times 
  • Try to go back to the gym 


The best tip to stop being scared of colours when you decorate


Just start with tiny things. When I see spaces for the first time, I see a white canvas with endless possibilities, and maybe you could start buying big furniture pieces (a sofa, a rug, a table) in neutral tones, then adding pops of colour with accessories, chairs, tables, art and even appliances. You can do it!  Here are some tips for different spaces (like we did in the studio): 

  • Living room: Pick a classic green couch like this one and add different pillows in coral, mustard and soft green. A black & white rug will finish balancing the colours.
  • Dining area: White table with colourful chairs will tone up a bit the contrast. If you're still not sure about the mismatched chairs, you can select two colours only (white and mint, or white and pink)

How do you motivate yourself when you feel burned out? 


Easy breezy: manicure, pedicure (win every time!), visit new coffee shops in Montreal (a total addiction), tidying up the studio and changing up our accessories (hello, shelfie obsession), texting my girlfriends (with a ton of gifs and emojis), writing content themes I want to create on the blog and getting new shoes (no shame in this game).



Your essentials in your studio fridge


First of all, we have a tiny fridge (that Olivia thinks it's hers) and we'll be working on a full kitchen reveal soon (including a decent, normal sized fridge). And for sure, here's what we'll always have in our fridge:
  • Lemons and limes 
  • Sparkling water (in different flavours)
  • Cheese 
  • Eggs
  • Caesar mix (guilty)

And lastly, what's the best advice you have ever received?


Always, know your numbers and your worth. Never underestimate your talent. Ever.

Workshop Source list


White workshop table - Thrifted // Colourful chairs - Structube // Macrame wall hanging - Babasouk // Handmade pom pom garland - Babasouk  // Moroccan embroidered pillows - Babasouk // White shelf unit - Ikea // Placemats with pom pom - Babasouk // Pinatas - Target, Michaels, DIY // Round baskets with pompoms - Babasouk // Basket tray - Babasouk  // Artificial potted plant - Structube // Utility cart - Ikea // Pink slice toaster - Smeg // Blender black & white - Vitamix // Ceramic pitcher - Structube //


Endless thanks to Structube, for partnering with us gifting the prettiest furniture. 
All opinions and answers expressed in this post are entirely mines.




















Welcome to Miami, Bievenido a Miami!

Full of life, sunshine, GREAT food and tons of things to do, we visited Miami this month chasing all things colour (and hugging tons of family and friends). This time, this trip was a perfect excuse to escape the endless winter in Montreal and soak a bit of sun and happiness in the lovely south.

Am I officially a snowbird and I'm not even 40? I have a feeling I am, proudly.

We've been to Miami many times before (it's one of the closest destinations from my home country, Venezuela) and to be entirely honest, I've never explored the beauty of this city. I used to stay in the suburbs, visiting malls and starbucks (that American dreeeam, you know?).

Did I mention I was the happiest kid hugging with my mom all week? YES! and to impress her a bit, I did tons of research what we could do differently, and explore the design, foodie and local options Miami has to offer. 


If you have 3 days, this itinerary would be perfect to explore all the pretty & colourful spots you NEED to visit in your next vacation to Florida.


Day one: Design District 

What to explore

- Museum Garage: Our first stop in Design District, a very special (and different) parking lot, where colour is pretty much at every single corner. Designed by 5 different artists, each of them had one area to develop with a common objective: how to empower this district as joyful and colourful as possible. If you drive all the way up (7th floor) you'll discover floors, walls and ramps with patterns, pastels and hot pink (pretty much, my dream)

- Colourful Walls: As soon as you cross the street in front of the garage museum, you'll find plenty of colourful walls, murals and corridors like the ultra-popular Fendi store in the heart of the district.

- Perez Art Museum: This place has been on my pending list for years (shame on me) and I was dreaming to finally experience the blue penetrable of Soto (one of the most celebrated and talented Venezuelan master artists), an outdoor experience just in front of the main entrance, where you can walk through, relax and bring back all the beauty of colour. We loved the American echo chamber expo, so cheerful and fun!

Where to eat


- OTL MIA: Always my pit stop when I visit the design district, this place serves incredibly coffee (hello, perfect iced oatmilk cap), and breakfast all-day! WIN! If you feel like grabbing a bite, try their avo toast, served with pickled red onions, chili flakes, cilantro and tons of avo.

- Upper Buena Vista: This bohemian hidden gem was one of my favourite discoveries of the trip. A mix of local boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and lifestyle spots, they host a very different concept of what you'll see in Miami. It's a must visit if you're around.

- Amazonica: Inside Upper Buena Vista, we tried Amazonica, a Colombian spot that serves "cholados" a typical fruit salad prepared with shaved ice, condensed milk, and a mix of different fruits in a glass. THEY-ARE-SO-GOOD!


pretty OTL MIA, so pretty!

This wall is just in front of OTL MIA, don't miss it!


I'm coming again just to experience this. Loved it.

Day two: Little Havana & Wynwood

What to explore


- Calle 8: First time visiting this side of the city, one of the most popular 'hoods in Miami, where you'll dance with locals, eat like a boss and laugh with the lovely Cubans that welcome you as soon as you step in. Every last Friday of the month, they celebrate a cultural day, a big party with live music and artistic shows all over calle 8.

- Domino Park: I didn't see the park full of players (because we arrived late in the evening), but this is THE spot of old Cubans where they play domino, and yes, they take it very seriously. A must experience if you're around.

- Wynwood walls: Created in 2009, all the colourful murals are located in this area. Since I came for the first time, I've seen the evolution and growth with tons of cute little places, restaurants, shops and independent local stores. Makes my heart happy to come here every time in Miami.

What to eat


- Cafe Versailles: Empanadas, sandwich Cubanos, cafe cubano and more, this spot is a must when you visit Calle 8. Confession: every time I pass by the MIA airport, I can't leave without their cheese and potato empanadas and a coffee, it's just SO good you guys!

- Caja Caliente: The OG Cuban tacos, say what? let's say, when heaven meets heaven, okay? Try their vaca frita, yuca chips and mahi mahi empanadas.

- Tacology: I guess all we did was Mexican food! On our way back to the hotel, we visited Tacology, a mercado style restaurant in Brickell. Loved the design, the mix-matched chairs, their micheladas and the entire menu. Try the enchiladas, with chicken on top.

- Azucar Ice cream: Home of the most amazing Cuban artisanal ice-cream shop in Old Havana. They have more than 30 flavours and lovely tiles to cheer you up in a sunny day discovering Miami. 



Tacology, oh my heart! I'll never forget your baja tacos and micheladas.

Day 3: Miami Beach

What to explore & eat


- El Confidente beach club: A pastel heaven and art-deco hotel, full of glam, playful and cute vibes that screams "Miami". We grabbed a drink in their signature bar and walked their lobby, pool and beach areas.


- Collins Avenue & Pastel buildings: I recommend taking an uber and drop you at the Geneva hotel. We walked at least 25 to 30 minutes (with the best weather ever possible) and saw tons of art deco buildings that I adore, tons of pastels, colours and a very unique architecture you'll see only in Miami Beach.


- Faena Hotel: A place like no-other at Miami Beach, a five-star Forbes winner hotel, the Faena is a luxury, colourful and funky hotel we loved (as much as the one in Buenos Aires). Tip: Go to their "tree of life" bar, order a cocktail and try their signature Argentinian empanadas. So worth it.


- Freehand, Broken Shaker: We ended up our Miami beach tour here, in a super cute oasis backyard where drinks, snacks and the best vibe. I've been such a big fan of the Freehand hotel, so I needed to pay them a visit before leaving.

El Confidente, oh my god!






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