#frugalfashionista : fashionably freshening up on foreign lingo

I like to toot my horn a little when it comes to lingo. I love languages and traveling and have thus become a multi lingual being. 
I learned my first two languages when I was really young, Tagalog and English as they were both spoken in the household. When I hit high school through college I took on 6 years of French and 2 years of Spanish. After college I was inspired by my boyfriend’s love for the Italian culture and our frequent trips to Italy. I took a class a year ago and here I am brushing up….had to get a stylish little notebook to kick it off too! 

$3 Marshalls 

Much love -MA

  

 

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#frugalfashionista : mcdonalds macaroon mania

Ok so laduree is a must when vacationing in Paris, but if you’ve “been there done that” then you know there’s no need to be paying 2.5 euros per one macaroon! 

I love laduree for all it’s splendor, but I also love macaroons, but I don’t love the idea of spending all my money on so few. Well lucky for you almost every mcdonalds in Europe has an exquisite extension of a mc cafe that we don’t have in the states. And that mc cafe in Paris includes one that has macaroons….and at 4.5 euros for 6 pieces! Sounds better doesn’t it? They still taste quite yummy too for their value. 

Much love – MA







#frugalfashionista : souvenir savings 

As promised in an earlier post, im sharing my little souvenir finds! 

You know, those same old cheesy souvenirs of shot glasses, mugs, hats, keychains, tshirts, monument replicas…..and on and on. But you can’t help but fall for them because you want something to keep for memory. They might be cheesy, but if you pick the right ones they can still be meaningful and quite nostalgic, instead of the annoying dust collectors that you eventually shove away in a box. 

1.Loved him! For one I love cats, two I love and drink coffee religiously and three “chat noir” is quite iconic for Paris. Who doesn’t want a vintage Cabernet slapped on their morning coffee?



2. Remember when baby spice made the British flag dress such a hot statement in the 90s? Well baby spice, I’m going to make this hat the next one! Ok so maybe I don’t have that much convincing power but I still couldn’t get over this hat for myself. I liked the neutral colors with the red pop and most of all I liked the iconic British flag.

 

3.Everything is cuter in mini size! Vespas are all over Europe! Picked one up for my sister and a friend. They were just so adorable and very reminiscent of the culture in Rome.



This is the kind of gift for someone who appreciates tradition and something a little more artsy- crafty. I thought the hand painted tile was beautiful and the illustration a good representation of a Spanish tradition.



Don’t be afraid to be the cliche tourist every once in a while. Pick wisely, things that are an emotional purchase for you and you’ll have souvenirs that could bring on a smile of memories for a lifetime! 

Much love – MA

#frugalfashionista : Shake it like a Polaroid picture

I can’t wait to take this with me on my trip to Europa soon!

Yes I have an iPhone and even a nice digital camera. But I noticed that whether I post the photos or store them, itsnot as often that I look back at them. The thing I like about the Polaroid is that you get to hang them up, display them and so you’re reminded more often of some of your favorite moments.

In just a few weeks my boyfriend and I will be traveling to Europe for the third time together and I couldn’t think of a more fun and nostalgic way to cherish and appreciate some of our favorite moments of this trip.

Though it’s not the original Polaroid camera, the fuji instax is a fun re-birth of the vintage classic. Plus, most of it’s reviews were very positive. And for my own personal review, I have yet to shout any complaints.

Much love – MA

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