Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Madonna Inn first timer

First timer at The Madonna Inn.

Dream come true! Crossing the this off my bucketlist - Just a little over a week ago I stayed at the Madonna Inn. I have had my eye on this place for so long...and then one of my dearest friends decided to have her wedding there...so lots of shenanigans went on - all good times! 
Have you ever been to The Madonna Inn? It is quite spectacular, I don't even know how to describe it...I would have to say it is a hotel in a world of its own, sort of like Disneyland meets Barbie's Dreamhouse meets Dallas the t.v. show.

Silver Bar 
photo courtesy of Madonna Inn
Roof top pool 
photo courtesy of Madonna Inn

I was fortunate enough to see many of the rooms because of all our friends and family staying at this  incredible place. All the rooms are whimsical and have different themes - beds are super comfortable. The restaurant is bright pink with gold accents. There are even horses on the premises,hiking,a pool, HOT PINK TENNIS COURTS...and so much more. Food is yummy and drinks are fancy. I one-hundred percent recommend this place for your next travel adventure! I want to go back pronto!

Pink Champagne cake made an appearance. ;)
photo courtesy of Madonna Inn

But yeah - This is just a little glimpse of our Super Pi-Day weekend.

I'm wearing Badgley Mischka via Rent The Runway.
Roni is wearing vintage pieces, a men's Express shirt, and Doc Martens.

There are many surprises in an upcoming post, but I don't want to leave you wondering too much, so here's a little sneak peek at what's coming next!

Have you ever stayed at The Madonna Inn? Tell me your stories!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dulce Candy to Launch Makeup Line

You weren't the only one thinking "When is Dulce Candy going to launch her own makeup line?" I mean, the girl is makeup obsessed and knows her stuff. And while she does do fashion...It seems that makeup would be the ideal fit for this youtuber.  

I met with her earlier today in Miami during Hispanicize at a Neutrogena event where she confirmed that she is indeed working on launching a cosmetics line.
Here's what she was able to dish about this new project.

What can we expect from your makeup line Dulce?
Dulce - It will be cruelty free. I love animals!
We have a dog!

Where will you carry your line?
Dulce - Ideally, I will want to launch and carry it on dulcecandy.com
And eventually I would want it to be carried at something like Target or Wal-Mart, because they carry quality and affordable makeup. I know when I was younger I didn't have a whole lot of money to spend on makeup and I want young girls to be able to buy it.

What will your makeup actually look like? 
I want to have natural colors for everyday looks but also fun and bright colors. Perhaps two different collections. And obviously my line will be called Dulce Candy. 

When will it launch?
We don't have a date yet...but it is all in the works.

Dulce Candy makeup is coming very soon! I am thrilled for her. I know she has come a long way. (remember her Draw my life story? uh. tears!)
I have a feeling her line will be super cute AND quality stuff. And don't you think it will be a smart move if she follows through with making it available at some place like Target? 

Are you excited?! Share your thoughts below!

from my instagram diaries. :) a little fuzzy but, hey! 

p.s. she is really sweet. We also chatted about our doggies, LA, blogger life, and individual style!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Footcare Routine for Super Soft Feet

I don't know about you, but I sure do love to walk around barefoot when I'm at home...or maybe you're more of the sandal or flip-flop wearer...Either way, our feet are taking a beating and sometimes end up dry, cracked, and chapped.
A few weeks ago the heels of my feet were so bad...I don't know why, but they were even beginning to have large cuts...ouch and gross, I know.
So I was having a beauty chat with a gal pal of mine and then footcare came up. She recommended this routine and she swears by it. My feet were severely cracked to the point that it hurt to walk. what the what?! I figured I had nothing to lose.
It took a few times, but it began to work...and now my feet are soft. Sure there are times where I skip this routine, because I am in such a hurry...but when I do take the time my feet are so thankful.
And now I don't have to feel embarrassed to wear slingbacks. :)

So if you want super soft feet, follow this footcare routine while you're bathing:

1. Soaking - let your feet soak in the shower/bath
2. Foot Scrub - squeeze out some Freeman Barefoot Peppermint & Plum Foot Scrub and rub/massage on all affected areas of your feet.  (pick it up at Walgreen's)
3. Pumice Stone - Scrub away with a pumice stone. I like the one from Bio Swiss because it has both rough and smooth sides. (I bought mine at Big Lots for one dollar!)
4. Vaseline - or drugstore brand petroleum jelly...massage this all over your feet and let it absorb. (you can try coconut oil as an alternative, but I find that Vaseline really works for me. )
5. Socks - put some socks on to let this treatment do it's magic. (works best overnight)

Seriously love this stuff...especially now that the weather is getting hot again and strappy sandals, here we come! But who am I kidding? - It's always hot here in L.A.
But I am grateful to Gina for sharing this fabulous routine to get my feet feeling soft and smooth again! The outcome is quite impressive.

Let me know if you try this and how it works out for you. Or maybe you already have your own amazing footcare routine...do you? Please share!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Makeup Show LA - for beauty professionals

The Makeup Show LA 2015

Just around the corner is The Makeup Show...It is an exclusive boutique event for beauty professionals. 
Also in attendance are celebrity makeup artists and the best of the best beauty brands.
I love this show because pros can take advantage of classes, exclusive product launches and major discounts. LOVE it.

If you're a beauty pro and plan on being in the LA area the last weekend of March...it's a no brainer to attend The Makeup Show. So full of energy, fun, colorful, and full of creative people! A beautiful community with lots of energy to get you inspired.

Among the countless brands will be Make Up For Ever, Smashbox Cosmetics, Embryolisse, Mario Badescu Skincare, Senna Cosmetics, Ardell Lashes, Besame Cosmetics, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Model In A Bottle...oh, the list goes on I tell ya! The ideal time to stock your kit. 
Beauty heaven.

Two full days of:
keynote speakers

MARCH 28-29, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 29, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

110 E. 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA 
(Downtown in the California Market Center)

One day ticket $48
Two days ticket $68 
(of course these prices are for advance ticket purchase...tickets at the door are $10 more)

seminars/events - are included with admission
workshops - $140 or so...but, don't quote me on that. :) 

I've had a great experience at The Makeup Show...looking forward to seeing some of my favorite artists like James Vincent and David Hernandez. Oh - and David is teaching some workshops on both days.

And of course other amazing surprises like launching the first ever The Makeup Show Icon gallery and featuring Donald Robertson x Smashbox. In addition to having his work highlighted he will also be a keynote speaker. Donald is one of the folks that began the MAC VivaGlam movement. He's known for numerous phenomenal things in his career...at this moment you probably know him from his super impressive instagram. ;)  
And don't worry if you're not in LA for that weekend...
The Makeup Show is also in
NYC May 3-4
Dallas June 13-14
Chicago November 7-8
Orlando Jan 30-31 2016
Europe TBA

Check out this video so you can get a better feel for it.

Hope to see you there! if you see me and my big bow - come say hi and wish me a happy birthday! 

instagram picture from last year with Queen of Blending and Shrinkle. :) 


Professionals include - makeup artist, hairstylists, costume designers, aestheticians, body painters, models, photographers, and cosmetology students.

All images and video courtesy of The Makeup Show except for instagram picture. :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Lifestyle Bloggers National Conference - #LBNC15

The best things at The Lifestyle Bloggers National Conference - #LBNC15... according to me.

Elfie Weiss of Hot Cakes Bakes was one of our keynote speakers. She was very uplifting and she has quite a quirkiness about her that I love. Pretty much a barrel of laughs! You might remember her from her victory on The Food Network's Cupcake Wars...She surprised the conference with a huge red velvet cake. yum. 


Note - I was a volunteer at this conference! So I was actually running back and forth between workshops doing my volunteer duties... which had it's advantage since I was able to peek in on all of them. heehee! But these two were my favorites...

Food Photography
We had a photography workshop...mostly focused on styling/lighthing for food photography. It was amazing. Great tips from The Food Concierge...they're an incredible team.

Lifestyle Styling

(oh, em-geee. EJH candles were in the props pile...of course I had to use them...giving props to my props!)
Katie Allison's Lifestyle Styling workshop was held in The Atelier at Maker City...such a stellar space - so open and the lighting was perfect for what we were doing. She gave us fabulous tips about styling with old and new props, mixing textures and prints. Absolutely adored this workshop! (bonus points for giving us handy printout!)

Craft Cocktails

Craft cocktails were a delightful touch to the foodie experience. Two nights in a row we were spoiled with Selva Rey Rum cocktails and on closing night we had Ilegal Mezcal cocktails. All drinks were prepared by the handsome and knowledgeable Anepalco's Cafe bartenders. My craft-cocktail loving heart was more than pleased with exquisiteness. 


We had wonderful opportunities to meet one on one with brands...and while sometimes business cards don't arrive on time...you have to "make it work" a-la Tim Gunn. DIY business cards it was...I knew my glitter paper and school glue would come in handy. :) 

Making New Friends and Seeing Old Friends.

Although so much went on and I enjoyed at #LNBC15...those were my favorite happenings. ;) 

oh - and for those of you that weren't able to attend...
I have a special giveaway for you...thanks to our lovely sponsors of course!

Enter for a chance to win:
(2) full size bottles of Nerium AD Night Cream
(2) greeting cards from Studio Artology
(1) Cha Cha Covers Frida Kahlo nail wraps sample
(1) gift certificate for a personal pizza at Fresh Brothers
(2) Ilaments necklaces
(1) gift certificate for one Hooked Up Shapewear 
(1) $50 gift certificate to Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center (towards a $100 purchase)
(2) OPI nail polishes
(1) Free 3-day pass to Maker City LA
(1) Rave BPA-Free Leakproof Water Bottle 
and some extra surprises. ;) 

just click on the rafflecopter and follow the instructions to enter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Secrets - Nordstrom The Grove LA

Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Secrets - Save The Date!

Charlotte Tilbury will be sharing her makeup secrets and skincare tips with us on February 24th at Nordstrom, The Grove location here in Los Angeles. So if you've been following her career - She is an extremely talented makeup artist...um, she is a favorite among several huge A-listers like Jennifer Lopez, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Penelope Cruz...and that's just to name a few. And if you didn't know about or haven't checked out her makeup line, it's available at Nordstrom.
Her line includes over 100 problem-solving products...not the gimmicky kind either. I'm a huge fan of her Full Fat Lashes mascara.

Anywho! If you're in the area...
Here are the details:

Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Secrets
Nordstrom The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tuesday, February 24th 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
ay, February 24th 2015
6:00pm – 8:00p
Tickets for the Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Secrets event are $50 and are redeemable toward your Charlotte Tilbury purchase that day. :) Purchase tickets at the  Nordstrom The Grove Charlotte Tilbury counter either in-person or over the phone (323)900-1418.

Hope to see you there! If you can't make it...be sure to follow me on twitter and instagram to get the scoop! but  can I see a show of hands? who is plans on making it out to The Grove?


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Savannah Bee - Goodness All Over

Savannah Bee - Goodness All Over.

Savannah Bee recently sent me their Savannah Bee Goodness All Over gift set in honor of Valentine's Day. Thrilled to test out this line for the first time and share with you some facts and my experience...

What's are the products made of?
Savannah Bee's main ingredients are sunlight, nectar, work, and love. How cute is that?! So basically it's healthy food for your skin.

What's up with all the bee love?
The Savannah Bee Company simply adores honeybees. They are actively educating children and adults about the important role bees play as pollinators in many healthy foods. 
You can find soooo much information (and cute pictures!) about the process on their website...

What other products does Savannah Bee make other than lotions and creams?
So many...Initially, I thought all they made was creams and lotions, which is fine...But there are several other categories in their health and beauty section: bodycare, handcare, lip care, and even haircare. This includes shampoos, soaps, pet care!, bodywash, lipgloss, and more...

$62.50 Goodness All Over - Valentine's Day Gift Set

Ok...but what does Savannah Bee smell like? Is it sticky? 
When I first opened my package it smelled so pleasant that I was trying to figure out which container it was coming from. mmm. I finally figured out it had to be the Blackberry Lotion, smells delicious! but don't eat it! haha! I wanted to, because blackerries are my favorite. :) this one is made up of coconut oil, honey, and aloe vera. I like this for everyday use.  
Beeswax hand cream is pretty thick, so a little goes a long way. Softening pecan and peach kernel oils, and blueberry extract work their magic. fragrance is subtle.
The little jar actually holds a generous amount. So I know it will last me a long time. perfect for bedtime application. 
Royal Jelly Body Butter - rich, creamy, and yet it glides on easily. subtle sweet fragrance of vanilla, wildberries, rose, and gardenia. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants. :) (there's also a sensitive skin formula.)
I almost forgot - the Adam Turoni Dark Chocolate Honey Hazelnut Truffles. whoever decided it was a good idea to include these in the Goodness All Over gift set, deserves a promotion. No joke. Pretty much indescribable, but they are the best truffles I have ever had in my entire life. Such a wonderful treat, so please make sure you share with someone special!

♥ ♥ ♥
Obviously I am really enjoying trying out this line. Have you tried them yet?
Well, if you haven't - ya should. Go to savannahbee.com....but what if you want to pick them up? not to worry. several retailers carry Savannah Bee now-a-days. 

These are just some of the hundreds and hundreds of locations:

♥ Los Angeles
Cheese Store of Silverlake 
Erewhon Natural Foods on Beverly Blvd.
Erewhon Natural Foods in Calabasas

♥ Bay Area
The Pasta Shop - Oakland
Farm Fresh To You - San Francisco

♥ Chicago
Macys on North State Street
Paper Source
New York City
Dean & Deluca
Flik International

♥ Honolulu, Hawaii
Teva Naturals

have fun my little busy bees. :) hope you treat yourself or someone special to these wonderful lotions and creams. 
♥ ♥ ♥

And if you are celebrating Valentine's Day, I hope it's everything you hoped for. 


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last Minute Gifts For Your Sweetheart

Last minute gifts for your sweetheart

So you're looking pressed for time now...because Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And you're like "What do I get my sweetheart?!"
I hope my fun little last minute gifts list helps you out a bit. ;) and this list is super girly-girl femme, I know! 
well, except for number six.

Here we go!


For the makeup junkie / makeup obsessed, OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) just released the MAD LOVE lip tar and stained gloss set. Matte, Metallic, and stained gloss. You can wear them alone or play with the colors and mix them up.  
Colors - Jealous Stained Gloss (red-orange shellac), Psycho Lip Tar (Matte true blood red), Role Play Lip Tar (Matte deep maroon with red pearl)...and a #010 Precision lip brush!

Available exclusively at occmakeup.com $39.50 (you can also shop similar sets and colors at Sephora)


c/o Rituals

 For a little pampering. Hey, pamper yourself or gift this to someone who definitely loves a good spa treatment. I love love love this Good Luck Scrub from Rituals' Laughing Buddha Collection. Scatter some happiness with this goody. It is sure to awaken your senses and create positive energy....all while leaving your skin super soft from the organic sugar, softening oils, and sweet orange...I'm all for that? Aren't you? 

Order it at barneys.com or pick it up at Barney's for $25


Beautiful Sacred Heart earrings from Ilaments. Look at these cute little lovebirds. Perfect for a grandma, teenager, yourself...I think pretty much anyone who is spiritual, into the Latino culture, Day of the Dead, or hey, maybe you just appreciate handmade jewelry. 
By the way...these are made to order...so sure, they might arrive after Valentine's Day, but trust me, they are worth the wait.

$245 ilaments.net


Natori has some great options for several body types and tastes in style. The bras and panties are sexy, but I know you'll also love the playful rompers, and insanely gorgeous couture caftans you can double as dresses! 

Available at Natori.com, Macys, Bloomindales, and Nordstrom

c/o Stuart Weitzman

Art & Sole. Talk about shoe eyecandy. This is the ideal gift for shoe lovers and fashionistas. Art & Sole is a book brought to you by Jane Gershon Weitzman (wife of shoe designer Stuart Weitzman!) The book features approximately 150 shoes of unique materials like feathers, metal, ceramic, playing cards, frosting, flowers, and more. And what's more special about these shoes is that they served a purpose - they were just a few of over 1,000 shoes that Jane commissioned and displayed in the first Stuart Weitzman retail shop in the '90s...
And you can totally judge this book by its cover - super soft red cloth with crystal details and satin ribbon. As someone once said..."Hello, lover."

$30 available at stuartweitzman.com and Amazon 

Last but not least...LOVE. give the gift of love. Remember not to freak out if you aren't able to buy someone a present for whatever reason...same applies if you don't receive a present. Showing someone you love by calling them, holding their hand, writing a letter, saying "I love you" or thanking them for just being in your life speaks volumes.  
Everything else is just a plus in life. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥