The Nueva Latina

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Happy Thursday! I am SUPER excited to do my post on San Diego! It’s almost been two weeks since I was there and I am already missing the COOL summer air. Texas summers can get old reeeeal quick! Haha

When the bride invited me to San Diego for her bachelorette, I was a little nervous. Girls’ Trips, in general, make me nervous after a bad experience I had. I was excited to go back to San Diego, though, since the last time I was there it was for a family trip.

Although I won’t be hitting up San Diego for my bachelorette, it’s the PERFECT place for a bachelorette. There is SO MUCH to do! The weather is PERFECT! And the food is AMAZING!


To Stay

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

207 Fifth Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

Right in the middle of the action! I loved this hotel because it’s right in the Gaslamp Quarter. You have access to a bunch of food, drinks, and entertainment. My favorite part of the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego was the pool party. We didn’t spend the whole day there, but it was a fun time a couple of minutes we were there.

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

1380 Harbor Island Dr

San Diego, CA 92101

The second hotel we stayed at was on the final day of the trip. We chose a different, calmer area of San Diego. But, I absolutely LOVED this hotel. It is literally 5 minutes from the airport. They have two resort style pools. They also have paddle boarding, kayaking, and bicycles for rent. My favorite part of this hotel was how close it was to the airport. I was in no rush, which really made me feel like I was on vacay.

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


To Do

Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is a district of San Diego, California. It is a 16½ block historical neighborhood in Downtown San Diego, and is the site of several entertainment and night life venues, as well as scheduled events and festivals, including Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, Street Scene Music Festival, Taste of Gaslamp and ShamROCK, a St. Patrick’s Day event. Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres is located one block away in downtown San Diego’s East Village.

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Cove is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers. This was the perfect getaway from the Gaslamp Quarter.

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


To Eat

UNION Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp

333 Fifth Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

With an extensive brunch menu and bottomless mimosas, this is the perfect brunch place for you and your girls if you are staying at or near the Gaslamp Quarter.

Pictured below: Breakfast Flatbread

Roasted Tomatoes, Bacon, Sausage, Soft Egg & Mozzarella Curd

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


Quinn’s Ale House

1380 Harbor Island Dr

San Diego, CA 92101

Best hotel food I have had in my whole life! Yes, this restaurant is inside a hotel, but once the food arrives you completely disregard that. As America’s Capital of Craft Beer, Quinn’s Ale House now showcases locally crafted world-class beer and award winning breweries. Their beer taps change constantly, but their philosophy has remained the same – serve well-crafted beers and spirits paired with an unmatched warming experience.

Pictured below: Parmesan Chicken Bites

Garlic/Parsley/Marinara/Sweet Potatoe Fries

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


Nightlife

El Chingon

560 Fifth Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

This was my favorite place in Gaslamp. It was super Mexican themed and super fun! The staff was super nice and they had a pretty extensive drink menu. Bottle service here was easy and they were straight to the point. Lively, two-story destination for Mexican eats & cocktails with tequila & mezcal.

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina


Avoid

Oxford Social Club

435 Fifth Ave,San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego, CA 92101

I don’t even want to touch this subject, but STAY AWAY from this place. We were offered “comped” bottle service one night and had a reservation the second night. Both nights, we were kicked out of the table that was reserved for us. The first night, another group of girls claimed that the table they sat us at was theirs. The second night, they said something about having to be at a $2,000 minimum per table right before they shooed us away and gave our table to someone else. I don’t care where we are or what the rules are…be up front with a group from the beginning and have some manners instead of kicking people out. And how did they know we couldn’t pay the $2,000 minimum? Ugh. Some might call this place “exclusive” and I just call it TRASH.

And no pictures because I am salty like that.


I had a great time in San Diego and I can’t wait to be back!

Have you ever visited San Diego?

What is your favorite thing about San Diego?

What other bachelorette destinations are fun?

TNL Travels: San Diego, California - The Nueva Latina

HELLO August!

Y’ALL…WE HAVE OFFICIALLY MADE IT TO AUGUST 2017!

I can’t believe August is here ALREADY here! The year is going by SO FAST!!

Since relaunching by blog, I wanted to start a new monthly tradition. I want to share my goals with you all at the start of every month and I want to hear YOUR GOALS too!

I am not going to lie, I have been SLACKING lately on the blog. I sort of kind of lost motivation there for a bit. And I was also trying to be the “chill bride” and have let wedding planning slip a bit and now I am starting to fall behind when the wedding is now a little more than 3 months away! So, now here we are! I need to jump back on it and start GETTING THINGS DONE. Continue reading

[This post is sponsored by Painting with a Twist but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.]

Happy Monday y’all! I feel like it’s been FOREVER since I last posted. Life has been CRAZY. With work, wedding planning, and trying to spend time with friends and family there hasn’t been much time for me to sit down and write a post. And, it sucks, because I also haven’t had much one on one time with the fiance in the past month and a half. So, we decided to finally PLAN a date night out, just the two of us, to Painting with a Twist.

The fiance is the artist out of the both of us. He knows how to draw and paint. I love how happy he looks when he is “in the zone” while he is painting. I think it really calms him down. When I found the Painting with a Twist near us, I thought it would be the PERFECT date night for us. I like wine, the fiance likes to paint…it was a match made in heaven. Continue reading

[This post is sponsored by La Bella but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.]

I am SUPER excited to share La Bella Beauty products with you all today! I don’t usually review too many beauty products, just because I am not sure of how my skin and hair will react to it.

Summer hair can be hard! Between the sweat, salt, sand, and sun keeping it healthy is never easy. As some of you may know, I recently “colored” my hair. It wasn’t toooooo noticeable but it was a BIG change for me. Since then, though, I noticed my hair started to lose its bounce and that it was a lot more frizzy. I tried super expensive shampoos and conditioners that I researched online to see if they would help my hair out, but no luck.

I am not going to lie, I was a little skeptical about La Bella hair products. Especially the Lots of Curls Styling Gel. I stopped using gel back in the day because it would leave my hair crusty and hard. But, WOW!! Continue reading

You know I love me a subscription box. When The Daily Goodie Box reached out to me I was beyond excited to try it out. Not only was it a subscription box, but it was FREE.

Of course, like with anything else, I had my suspicions that it just COULDN’T be free.
So I created my account and within a few weeks, I received my Daily Goodie Box…absolutely no strings attached.

The Daily Goodie Box is more than just free samples because they send you products that you MOST LIKELY will use in your everyday life.

Daily Goodie Box June 2017 Review – FREE Sample Box - The Nueva Latina Continue reading

The FabFitFun Box is a quarterly subscription from FabFitFun.com. Each season they send you a box of $200+ worth items in categories like beauty, fashion, and fitness.

The Cost: $49.99 a box sent every quarter

The Products: The hottest seasonal items (worth at least $200) selected by the FabFitFun team
Ships to: US and Canada


The Summer 2017 Box Includes:

Michael Stars Ruana – Value $54

This Ruana is a multi-use product that can work as a scarf, sarong, or wrap! It measures 41″ x 72″and it is 100% Viscose.

The fabric is super soft, lightweight, and a touch sheer – it’s a perfect warm weather material. Continue reading

[This post is sponsored by USA Network but the content and opinions expressed here are my own for Queen of the South.]

Y’all! Y’all! Yaaaaaaaaa’ll! Queen of the South is officially back!

The series is an adaptation of the successful miniseries La Reina del Sur, which I watched from start to finish two years ago. I loved the telenovela, so I knew right off the bat that I wanted to watch Queen of the South the minute I heard that it was in the works.

Starring Alice Braga (“I Am Legend”) as Teresa, the original drama series is based on the global best-selling novel “La Reina Del Sur,” by internationally-acclaimed author Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

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When I found out I was staying at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston during my stay while visiting the Bud Light Brewery, I started Googling right away. I read that it was a boutique hotel and I thought, “Oh, that’s cool.” I had never stayed in a boutique hotel, but I had heard of them before. I honestly wasn’t expecting much, but upon arrival that all changed.

When I arrived at the Magnolia Hotel Houston, the first thing I noticed is the historic building in which it is housed. Built in 1926, the structure has remained a significant part of the city’s history, previously serving as a corporate office for the Houston Post Dispatch Newspaper and Shell Oil Company. In 2003, after extensive renovations, it reopened as the Magnolia Hotel.The integrity of the building’s unique exterior was kept intact, while modern, luxurious touches were added inside. Continue reading

[This post about my trip to the Bud Light Brewery in Houston is sponsored by Bud Light but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.]

A few week ago, I received an email invitation to visit the Bud Light Brewery in Houston. I am not going to lie, I almost ignored the email. After talking with the fiance and with my mom, I decided to reply and take a chance on taking the trip up to Houston for this event.

My experience was one that I cannot even describe. My whole opinion out Bud Light and about Anheuser-Busch changed after my trip. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write about my experience in the brewery or about the people who work there, so I decided to write about both.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery tours in Houston wind through a jungle of stainless steel tanks the size of railroad cars engulfed in a mechanical roar. Continue reading

If you follow me on social media, it is no surprise that I am a self-proclaimed pageant girl. I have many hobbies from working out to writing to as simple as spending time with my family. But, there is a hobby I picked up the last year that I have absolutely fallen in love with…PAGEANTS. My hobby, however, doesn’t always seem to be met with positivity.

Pageant contestants are met with so much negativity on a daily basis. I’m the type of person who loves adventure, and honest competition, so when I entered my first pageant, I was excited to share the news with my family and friends. And, I am not going to lie to you, I was one of those people that HATED the idea of pageants before I competed in one.

The argument I’ve heard from most people against pageantry is that the contestants are “exploited’ and “parade around in swimwear”. Yes… We do wear swimsuits in SOME pageants ( not all pageants have a swimwear portion)… And I have no issue with this… and here’s why. Continue reading