Marilin’s Jewelry :

Marilin’s Jewelry :

As many of you know Marilin’s Jewelry is literally my L.I.F.E 💎! It’s only fair to say this, because I was basically raised at my parents store. So much so, that every client that sees me always says the same exact thing, “Omg Yesi! You’ve gotten so big”! They were always so used to seeing me running around the shop or pretending to know what I was doing ever since the age of 7 🤣! But now I am all grown up, and managing two storefront locations alongside my parents, creating new marketing techniques & learning each and everyday what this business has to offer. I make it my daily goals to always continue bettering our brand, it’s not easy because I’m not a professional marketing director, but I feel like the fact that I care so deeply for this brand, it gives me more motivation to do better for it.

Creating can be difficult sometimes, especially when you’re working extra-hard to do something completely different from the norm. I’ve found that being different will definitely set you apart from other brands, and actually give you a chance to be seen as an original. In the jewelry industry, it’s extremely important to be authentic and have originality, especially if you’d want be seen by others. Which is why it’s been kinda difficult for me to find exactly how I wanted to market our Insta page. I’ve found myself on many occasions in a place, where I would come up with an idea, do it for a couple of months and then see it plastered on every other jewelers page. So I would feel, like maybe the idea was cool for the moment, but I gotta move on to something much more different + cooler 😎! Which is why progress & change are also very important factors in a business.

With that being said, I always envisioned our brand to take the next step and create an online presence. But as many of you know, working a full-time job and building a website can be difficult to-do at the same time. So when our storefront locations were mandated by the County to close on March 19th due to COVID-19, I thought to myself, let me make this time as useful as possible. I not gonna sit here and lie to you, the first couple of days I did take some time off & relaxed, because I physically and mentally needed it. But after I did, I felt like I could finally set my attention towards something I always wanted to do. Which was, build a website for Marilin’s & figure out what I wanted our brand to be. Figuring out what I wanted our brand to look like, was much more simpler than building a website. But I thankfully got both things done in a timely manner, I came up with a plan for our brand + built a simple website for the time being, because I really wanted to have an online presence as quickly as possible for our clients during these unprecedented times. The website is definitely a work in-progress, but the first step was taken already, and that’s the important part from all of this. Now that our website has been live for just a couple of days, I have realized why it’s so important to have one and I am glad that I took that initiative to build it, because now this step has opened up a whole new world for our brand! So cheers to Marilin’s new achievements & to many more!

Click link down below & let me know what Ya’ll think!

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

Boss Babe Mindset :

Boss Babe Mindset :

Gather around ladies, I wanted to share something with ya’ll for a while a now! As many of you know, ever since I was little I’ve worked in the jewelry industry with my family; I basically EAT, BREATH, and only SEE Jewelry! Jewelry is a part of me and so is the industry! Learning from a young age what it took to run a business, I felt a certain attraction in becoming someone out of my families industry. I always had this plan of graduating high-school and going off to college, which I did & I even graduated with my Bachelors Degree from FIU. Most would’ve thought that I was going to continue going to school and even graduating with a Masters, but I knew deep down inside, that I was born to do something completely different! I wanted to become a #BossBabe ! I wanted to look at myself and say, I DID THAT 🙋🏼‍♀️!

Most people think that becoming a Boss Babe means that, you are the only boss in whatever profession you are in. But I don’t necessarily believe that, I personally believe that a Boss Babe, is an individual that is striving for progression and productivity in their finances, fitness/health and mental prosperity. In order for you to progress in all of these categories you’ll have to be open to listen to others that are there to help you become a better version of yourself. And if you’re working endlessly towards bettering yourself in these 3-categories, then you are a total Boss Babe! I personally feel like anyone who has the right drive/mindset, the hustle, and a great support system can become a Boss Babe!

Drive / Mindset :

The drive and mindset that one has towards something they’d like to accomplish in life is extremely important, but it can also be blurred with our own inside thoughts! When I first started realizing that I wanted to become someone in my families jewelry industry (and not just their employee/daughter) I started thinking to myself negative thoughts. And I think it’s completely normal for most people to do so, because we’re fearful of failure. But I also realized that in order to start this journey, I needed to shake off all the negative thoughts. My two biggest hurdles to overcome were; “What if this doesn’t work”, or “What if I’m not good enough”. Which honestly it was pretty dumb of me to think, because I’m GREAT at what I do! And what I bring to the table, is something that I can only do. I had to shift my mindset into a place where I was happy with who I was and what I brought to this business. And I’m not saying that I’m completely perfect, because no one is, but at least I’m open to learning every single day & progressing. That drive & mindset need to be there from the get-go and you can never loose sight in them, even if you feel like you’ve succeeded! Because at the end of the day, progress is the only thing that will keep you bettering yourself into becoming the Boss Babe that you were always meant to be!

Hustle :

“Na-na-na, Diva is a female version of a hustle, of a, of a hustle, of a, of a hustla!”

-Beyonce : Diva

Having the ability to hustle for money in an ethical way is extremely important and so is being smart with your money. Taking the current global situation (COVID-19) our business was mandated by the County that we had to close, because it’s considered a non-essential business. But our clients are proving us otherwise, and I being the hustler that I am, I’ve been trying to provide our clients with as much help as possible, within my limitations. This comes to show that if you’re willing to do what it takes to hustle for your money, then you are that much closer in becoming a Boss Babe! I’ve realized that with this global pandemic, I can’t just sit around and expect for money to grow from thin air. So here I am making the best from a very not-so-great situation; and proving myself that I am capable of continuing on my Boss Babe journey, no matter what this world throws at me!

Support System :

Those who are around you and supporting you every step of the way can truly make a difference in your journey. I personally have always had a great support system, my parents have always been open to hearing my ideas and providing feedback when it’s needed and so has my husband. I think it’s important to have a circle that you can feel safe to help you along the way, you can’t expect to do everything on your own. Because again, the progress is much more important than proving to others that you can do it by yourself. I also feel like the term “collaboration” should be included in this section, because when you’re able to collaborate with others, you are allowing yourself to gain more visibility while also providing a platform for someone else within your audience. Don’t be afraid to collaborate with others, because you never know how it might turn out. Creating a habit of working with one another, will uplift and elevate each individual, we are not here to tear others down, we are here to work together to produce a beautiful and meaningful connection with one another, thus creating a much bigger and a much more reliable support system!

– Just Be Yourself!

Being yourself and not loosing who you are is the most important one of all! Always hold yourself to standards when it comes to your personal and professional life! Boss Babes are those who live their truth and don’t let others compromise their values and beliefs! Cheers to working together to continue being the best versions of ourselves & badass Boss Babes!💛

XOXO, Yesi🥂

Open Letter to my Husband :

Open Letter to my Husband :

Dear Hubs,

It’s been 1 whole year since we both said I DO, and quite frankly, it feels like just yesterday! There will never be any amount of words that can explain how blessed I am to have you in my life. God truly broke the mold when he made you, with that being said, I thank God each and every day for allowing you to be my husband. I love that I get to share this life alongside you, you are one of the smartest and strongest people I know. Whenever I see you after I’ve had a long day at work, I am reassured that everything will be ok + you always find a way to make me laugh, so it’s only fair to say that you’re my daily reassurance! Thank you for your endless kisses and for always whispering in my ear how much you love me every morning. Thank you for always checking-up on me and on my daily goals (you truly are my #1 supporter)! Thank you for always satisfying my Slurpee cravings, even though you think it’s not 100% healthy 🤣. Thank you for always asking me to dance with you, even if it’s in our living room. The list could go on and on and we could be here all day, but I do want to thank you for the most important part; for loving me unconditionally! I found love in you and I promise you that no other love will ever do, my heart will forever be yours lover. You’ve accepted me with all of my flaws and virtues, and with that I’ve learned to love myself even more. You love me for who I am, and you’ve never asked me to change that. Thank you for your acceptance and for always rooting for me to continue being myself!

This past year has been one for the books! Even though we’ve been together for about 9 years now, every year with you gets better and better every single time. But of course, this was our 1st year married, so it’s been even more special for the both of us! We’ve both grown, accomplished & learned so much together! We’ve motivated one another through the good and the bad, we’ve been inclusive to one another in any decision making; so thank you for that. Plus, we even adopted our precious little Scoobs! BEST DECISION EVER!! But of course he’s been a handful, but a handful that has been totally worth it! So I guess, thanks for being such a great father to our little Scoobs, he sure does appreciate it lol 🐶 !

So I guess this is a letter to thank you for being such a wonderful man, but I also wanted to express exactly how much I love you too! And the answer to that is very simple, I love you because of who you are & for all the reasons I just listed on this letter. Our hearts have intertwined into a perfect harmony since the beginning, because of the love we both have for one another. I will forever & always love you Mr. Lizano!💛 I promise to continue walking this life with you as your wife, best friend, helping mate and your lover. I promise to continue encouraging you. I promise to never stop holding your hand. I promise to always cook you a badass meal & always prepare your lunch for the next day! I promise to continue standing by your side while you face the world. I promise to always join your laughter with my own, and when you can’t look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark. I promise to continue growing alongside you. I promise to continue loving, respecting, protecting and trusting you! For I know that together we will. forever build a life far better than either of us could imagine alone. Cheers to us and to a lifetime together!

#YouHadMeAtLizano
3.30.2019

– Happy One Year Wedding Anniversary!

Love, Your Wifey!💛

My Top-10 Accessories Must-Have :

My Top-10 Accessories Must-Have :

Confessions of a Jeweler 💁🏼‍♀️ : I wish I could put all of my jewelry tips & must-have under 1 blog post, but we would be here all day, so my top-10’s will do for now!

1. Stackable Bracelets :

I personally love being able to wear multiple bracelets all at once, because arm candy is definitely a must for me. I actually have a few thin gold bracelets that I normally never take off and I’ve also got a few others that I interchange every once in a while depending on my #OOTD or #OOTN .

Details Left-to-right : 14KT Rose Gold Italian Figa Bracelet (this was actually my baby anklet, and now I’ve converted it into a bracelet, for obvious reasons!) , 14KT Yellow Gold XOXO Bracelet (this bracelet actually holds sentimental value for me, it used to be my grandmothers!) , and lastly my 14KT Yellow Gold Evil-Eye Bracelet (I never take this bracelet off, because NO BAD JUJU allowed in my aura!)

2. Diamond Studs :

A pair of diamond studs are surely every woman’s dream, that’s why they call them a girl’s best friend! They have been a staple in the fashion industry for as early as the 16th century and have remained a beloved piece of jewelry for all women of all ages!

Details : Classic 14KT White Gold 2CTW Round Diamond Studs!
Details : 14KT White Gold w/ 0.50CTW in Diamonds Heart-Shaped Studs!
Fun Fact : Diamond studs doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to be a solid stone, they can also be cute clusters in different shapes!

3. Stackable Rings :

Good news, if you’ve got rings, guess what! YOU ARE IN LUCK! Any ring can be a stackable ring, if you just try hard enough. Seriously! There are so many different ways you can wear stackable rings, but the most important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to achieve this look. If you love how you’re combining your rings and how it looks, that’s all that matters!

4. Layering Necklaces :

Necklaces can be fun, and the more you have ON these days, the better! I personally like to mix-and-match different links & thicknesses of necklaces all together. I have a few that I wear on a regular basis, and are totally trending right now!

5. Signet Ring :

I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT MY SIGNET RING! I’ve had my signet ring ever since I was a little girl, and it’s become part of my day-to-day accessory. Plus it can also be worn as a stackable, but I normally always wear it on my pinky!

Details : 14KT Yellow Gold Signet Ring!

6. Tennis Bracelets :

The diamond tennis bracelet has actually been around for quite a long time, and most people assume that it has something to do with the sport, but it actually doesn’t. In my opinion it should actually be called the eternity bracelet, because it’s an endless circle of diamonds on your wrist. It can be worn with pretty much any outfit, which is why I normally never take mine off!

Details : 18KT White Gold w/ 3.85CTW in Diamonds Tennis Bracelet!

7. Watch :

I’ve always felt like watches are a definite must-have, it doesn’t matter what brand or style, but you should always have a watch on! I have a few that I interchange depending on my #OOTD or #OOTN .

8. Diamond Huggies :

Just like diamonds studs, Huggies are on the same level of must-have. I’ve been wearing Huggies for as long as I could remember, and the great thing about them is how safe they are to wear. You basically don’t even realize that you’re wearing earrings, because the clasp mechanism is that great! The steam goes into the earring and clips on the back side, so they don’t even bother your ear!

Details : 14KT Yellow Gold w/ Diamonds Extra Small Huggies!

9. Large Hoops :

If you guys know me well, ya’ll know that I absolutely LOVE Jenny from the Block! So it’s only fair, for me to say that you definitely have to have a pair of LARGE GOLD HOOPS! Trust me, you’ll thank me later!

Details : 14KT Yellow Gold Thin 1.00MM Extra Large Endless-Hoops!

10. Engagement Ring Alternative :

Last but not least, if you’re married or engaged this is a HUGE must-have! Engagement rings can be very pricey, plus they will always hold a precious sentimental value, so you’ll never ever want to loose it. Which is why I always recommend for every Mrs. to have an engagement ring alternative! You can have a simple white gold band or even an eternity band, that you can wear whenever you don’t feel like its the right occasion to be wearing your showstopper ring! [For example : while traveling!]

Details : 14KT White Gold w/ 0.75CTW in Diamonds Wedding Band (I will forever hold this wedding band close to my heart because it used to be my grandmothers + it’s what I normally wear whenever I don’t wanna wear my engagement ring)!

All items can be found for sale or custom-designed at our shop : @MarilinsJewelry ! Follow us on the socials for #dailypics of all of our jewelry pieces! 💎

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

Curry Tuna Dip :

Curry Tuna Dip :

Now that we basically devoured our favorite dip; I honestly couldn’t wait till tomorrow to give you all the sweet deets of this recipe — here’s something yummy & quick you can make for any in-home date-night or for whenever this whole quarantine is over and you can finally have a friends & family gathering!

Ingredients :

  • 3 Cans of Tuna
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 White Onion (diced)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Curry Powder
  • Cilantro (chopped)
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Sliced Almonds

How it’s Made :

  1. Drain cans of tune and make sure that there’s no remaining liquid, you won’t want the consistency to be watery. You will continue by adding each ingredients individually and mixing in between each ingredients.
  2. Dice the white onion & mix into the tuna.
  3. Squeeze the lime & mix into tuna.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of Mayonnaise & mix into tuna.
  5. Start adding Curry powder and mix until the tuna starts turning green or to taste.
  6. Chop cilantro & add into mixture.
  7. Add dried cranberries & sliced almonds to taste and mix all together.
  8. Serve with Ritz Crackers & Enjoy!

Bon Appétit

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

Date Night @ Casa Lizano Pumpkin Painting :

Date Night @ Casa Lizano Pumpkin Painting :

Last night Alex & I gave up our Pumpkin carving kit, and we decided to turn things up a notch with our painting skills. Instead of doing the usual and carve a pumpkin, we really wanted to do something completely different and not as messy. Carving pumpkins can become a very messy date-night, and I wasn’t looking forward to cleaning up all of those guts! Which is why I came up with the idea of turning it into a painting sesh; and honestly it was the BEST idea EVER!

At first Alex was complaining that he isn’t a good painter, but I mean, its not like it was a competition 😂 and he actually did a very good job! I just wanted this to be something fun & relaxing, so we opened up two Red Stripes 🍻, baked a pizza 🍕& got our painting on. In all honesty it was so relaxing, I don’t know if it was the fact that we had Sam Cooke playing in the background or if it was all the painting that was going on, I just felt like we took it easy & enjoyed ourselves fully. I’ve heard that painting can be therapeutic, because it allows the mind to focus on the images at hand and nothing else. The focus on one central topic relieves stress on the mind, and in turn relaxes the body. So this date-night was perfect after a long work-week (for me at least, because poor Alex had to clock-in today).

It’s always nice spending time together, but also finding unique things to-do from the comfort of our home, plus a super inexpensive date-night! You honestly don’t need much; except a few painting brushes, two pumpkins, a couple of acrylic paint kits & some Sam Cooke playing in the background! Oh & of course you’ll also need some cute ideas/designs 💡 for your pumpkins, Alex & I looked up on Pinterest “Pumpkin Painting Ideas” & there was more than a million ideas/designs to choose from!

Alex’s Pumpkin : The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington & Yesi’s Pumpkin : Monsters Inc. Mike Wazowski

Casa Lizano is officially ready for Halloween 👻 with our cute pumpkins 🎃 that are giving us all the Disney vibes! We hope you all can enjoy some cute/fun pumpkin decorating during this spooky season & don’t forget to give “pumpkin painting” a try; ya’ll will thank us later! -Enjoy

XOXO, Yesi🥂

Sunday Brunch @ Casa Lizano :

Sunday Brunch @ Casa Lizano :

Peep 👀 my PJ’s & Slippers 💛👌🏻

I mean, who doesn’t love a good ol’ Sunday Brunch? I sure do! Alex & I love going to Bonefish every once in a while for Sunday Brunch, but recently we’ve been brunching from the comfort of our home, because who doesn’t love a lazy Sunday? Especially when you get to enjoy it in the comfort of your favorite PJ’s & Slippers! Alex normally works 11-days straight & then has a 3-day weekend, so we always try to make the best of it whenever he’s got the whole weekend off. And what better way than to celebrate his Sunday off than with brunch?

I’m normally an early bird, no matter what day of the week it is. So while Alex takes a break from his early morning routine for work, I prepare some yummy breakfast & every little thing that we will be needing for Sunday Brunch; Mimosas DUH!💁🏼‍♀️🥂 So, I thought it’d be nice to share a few of my favorite recipes for your next Sunday Brunch, I hope ya’ll can enjoy!

Western Omelette or Scrambled Eggs :

Alex & I love either of the two, especially when they are packed with yummy ingredients; which is why we always stick to the Western one. Plus it’s super easy to make, and omelettes/scrambled eggs in general are a great choice for a low carb breakfast, because they pack you full of protein and keep you full for quite a while easily.

Ingredients :

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 large eggs (in our case 4-5 large eggs, depending how hungry we are)
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper/red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1/4 cooked ham chopped
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt/pepper to liking

How it’s made :

  1. In a medium bowl beat the eggs well & set aside.
  2. I’m an 8-inch skillet 🍳, melt 1 tbsp of butter, then add in the onion & sauté until tender.
  3. Add in bell peppers and fry until the onions are softened to your liking and the bell peppers are tender crisp.
  4. Add the ham and cook for one more minute while stirring.
  5. Pour the eggs mixture over top of fried ham/vegetable mixture.
  6. Turn down the stove heat to low and cover with a lid for about 4-5 minutes.
  7. Once the eggs are solid and cooked almost through, flip the entire circle and cook for one more minute. But if you’d prefer to eat some yummy scrambled eggs, just scramble them up while adding some cheese & skip the following two steps down below!
  8. Place the cheese on one side of the omelette and fold over the omelette into a half circle shape.
  9. Let the cheese melt inside and then serve.

Homemade Pancakes :

I’m obsessed with pancakes, so whenever I get the chance to munch on them…I definitely do just that!😜 Check out these easy to make homemade pancakes 🥞 from scratch! (Plus, besides adding some sweet syrup; you can also top them off with some freshly cut strawberries & whipped cream!)

Ingredients :

  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 1/2 cup of milk

How it’s made :

  1. Mix in all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. (Flour, baking powder, sugar, salt)
  2. Whisk egg in a small bowl and add to the above flour mixture along with the milk.
  3. Stir together, until well blended and pour onto hot greased griddle.
  4. Wait until pancakes are bubbling and cooked around the edges and flip.
  5. Garnish with freshly cut strawberries 🍓 & some yummy whipped cream.

Sides :

I normally always like to have a couple of sides to pair with the Omelette/Scrambled Eggs 🍳& Pancakes 🥞 ; so I always tend to make some wheat or classic toast with butter or jelly. And of course we can’t forget the BACON 🥓; bacon is completely necessary for a Sunday Brunch @ Casa Lizano!

Mimosas :

Oh, and we can’t forget the Mimosas either🥂, the most important part of it all 😆! Here’s what I consider the perfect mix for a Mimosa :

Ingredients :

  • 1/4 cup pulp-free orange juice
  • 1/4 cup + a splash 😆 sparkling white wine (my personal recommendation would be Prosecco)

How it’s made :

  1. Pour 1/4 cup of orange juice into a champagne flute (this should fill nearly half of the glass).
  2. Pour 1/4 cup of Prosecco into the flute; and of course top it off with some extra splash..you can just eyeball it lol! (I’ve found that, that extra splash is exactly what the drink needs to go from good to GREAT! 🥂
  3. If you’re like me, you can just garnish it with some of the extra freshly cut strawberries 🍓!

Time to enjoy :

Now that I’ve told you a few of my fave things to make for Sunday Brunch, I hope ya’ll can enjoy these easy-to-make recipes & let me know how ya’ll liked them!😘

XOXO, Yesi 🥂