Friday, May 22, 2015

Rockport Sandals with Adiprene technology by Adidas

Rockport Sandals






What I wore:
Black t-shirt - Marshall's, grey poncho / hoodie sweatshirt - Marshall's
black skirt (similar here) - New York & Co.
rings are a mix of vintage finds and Silver from my travels to Mexico,
black phone case - 99 cents store

Did you guys miss Mabel? 
Well this little Frenchie might be in more of my style posts.
She is one rambunctious little girl. So most of the time I have to wear stuff that I can be ready for action in.

On this particular day I threw on my old trusty skirt from New York & Co. I've had it for so many years that it's a little embarrassing...but then again, it's not because I love it.

My hoodie/sweatshirt/poncho is so soft that it looks a little dressier than an average sweatshirt. I appreciate that it sort of dresses up whatever pajama shirt I may be hiding underneath. ha!

About the shoes:
For Mabel's walks - If I'm not dressed in workout attire (or pajamas) with sneakers, I usually slip into some flats because they are easy and go with everything.
Rockport recently sent me these sandals, and I immediately knew they would be ideal for walking my doggy! They are cute and extremely comfortable. It must be the fancy Adiprene technology by Adidas. Translation - they are shock absorbent and have major cushioning. 
Comes in handy when Mabel tries to chase a squirrel and I am running too! :) Great way to get my fitness on.
haha!

Please tell me, do you have a doggy? 
What do you wear while walking them?

xoxo



Friday, May 15, 2015

Blue and White Retro Sundress

Blue & White Retro Sundress




What I wore:
Blue and White retro style sundress - Ross
black cardigan sweater - Marshall's
black sandals - Bebe
retro flower earrings - c/o Ilaments
nude retro sunglasses - Express

On the lips:
MAC lipiner in Cherry topped off with Besame Cosmetics lipstick in Exotic Pink

Hello again! I know I've been kind of on a beauty kick lately.
It's not that I don't love posting my retro style outfits anymore, I have been dealing with some serious health issues for quite awhile and by the time I get back from doctor appointments and testing...I really have no energy to go outside and twirl around...
The other day I treated myself to some dresses that are pretty and comfortable, which is extremely important to me right now. This particular little blue and white retro style number I picked up at Ross for next to nothing . I decided to wear it to a hair appointment I had with Leticia Llesmin. Turns out it was the ideal choice because she gave me a sweet sixties style updo. She made me feel like Birdie on Mad Men. :)  ha!
But, also let me tell you about the handbag. Isn't it beautiful? A few months ago this Cult Gaia reproduction of a classic Japanese picnic bag was calling my name at Refinery 29's The Shopping Block. I knew if I didn't purchase it, I would regret it. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself. and this bag is such a special little treat for me, I've been using it a great deal lately. Fits my little planner, phone, keys, lipstick, and sunglasses. It is truly a bamboo piece of art. 


Thanks for stopping by! 
Wondering do you prefer to read more about beauty or style on my blog? Or both?

xoxo

Monday, May 4, 2015

Shit Girls Say and The Benefits of Aussie Haircare

Aussie Hair x Shit Girls Say #ditchthathairdrama


Aussie Hair has teamed up with Shit Girls Say to help us ditch that hair drama. 
Well, thank you Aussie. I'll get right on that! 
So far here is what I am learning while testing out Aussie's latest products that arrived on my doorstep. Kinda excited because of that signature Aussie smell, and I've been a fan of the 3 Minute Miracle for quite some time...But, because it reminds me of my best friend who often uses their stuff. :)

The new 7N1 Collection provides 7 benefits in each product for miraculous hair. 


The 7N1 Shampoo:
Strength against damage
Silky Softness
Split End Protection
Nourishing Moisture
Humidty Control
Brilliant Shine
Lasting Smoothness

The 7N1 Conditioner:
Strength Against Damage
Silky Softness
Split End Protection
Nourishing Moisture
Humidity Control
Brilliant Shine
Lasting Smoothness

Aussie Total Miracle 7N1 Dry Shampoo:

Aussie Total Miracle 7N1 Dry Shampoo gives you 
A 1st day clean look
Freshness boost
Lightweight fullness
Color Protection
Refreshed Feel
Matte Finish
Awesome scent 

So far, this is the one I've been playing around with. The 7N1 dry shampoo refreshes my hair in just a couple of minutes. It makes my life easier when I have to rush out the door and haven't bothered to wash my hair in days. Life saver and time saver for sure. Plus I like the scent, reminds me of grape candy. 
Am I crazy? Who's tried this stuff? It kinda smells like grapes, right?


♥ ♥ ♥

Anywho, check out this cute Aussie x Shit Girls Say video. Too freakin' adorable. I keep watching it over and over and cracking up!



Now, tell me. How many of the things in the video are you guilty of? 
Haha! I know I'm guilty of several!

xoxo

Thursday, April 30, 2015

India Christin - Paperdoll Inspired Photoshoot


A paperdoll inspired photoshoot with model India Christin.




Model - India Christin Next Models
photographer - Taschka Turnquist
hair & Makeup - Marla Verdugo

In honor of Throwback Thursday, I decided to share these images with you babes. Awhile back we worked with India Christin on this fun and quirky paperdoll inspired photoshoot. Loved putting her hair into little pigtails/buns and giving her some cateye for the last look.

You have to appreciate the sass that India brings to her shoots, not only during this particular one...but in all of her work.  She is a natural beauty and can rock pretty much anything from clean cut, to grunge, to high fashion. You name it.
You should look her up if you haven't yet. 

xoxo

p.s. I love the second outfit with the red fluffy sweater. Just a teeny bit jealous because I want to wear it! heehe. Wouldn't you?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Vi and Va Stylish Dolls Inspired by Latino Culture - Giveaway #ViandVa

Viva Dolls

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Vi and Va Dolls and Latina Bloggers Connect.
















Dolls sometimes remind us of how we want to dress and fun things we want to do in life.
In my childhood I remember playing with dolls with frilly dresses, gowns and bikinis and making them go on little adventures. So much fun!

Oh, memories...

But how's this for cute? There is a new line of dolls that embraces Latinos and their (our) sense of family and friendship. But that's not the only thing the Vi and Va dolls embrace. They were created for Latino kids to embrace their personalities, goals, and even flaws. Love that.

Vi and Va are Vivianna and Valencia, they are sisters but also best friends. They hang out with their cousins Felicia and Roxxi. They have a cute bond that remind me of growing up with my cousins...my cousins were my first best friends when I was little. And even now, I consider a couple of cousins to be my best friends and my sisters.

I think there will be many Latino kids (and non) that can relate to the personalities and hobbies that these girls have.
Roxxi is the oldest of this doll troop. She is 18, a bit clumsy, but she turns up the beat on her boombox and the girl has rhythm. She loves to practices her pirouttes for Ballet class, but can also break it down dancing hip-hop.
Viviana (or Vi) is 16, a singer who loves to break out her guitar at family gatherings.
Felicia is 17 and sometimes has a hard time focusing. But has the biggest imagination and expresses it in her art. Painting is her favorite.
Valentina (or Va) is especially neat and organized. And at only 15 is quite the chef, whipping up empanadas and conchitas.

Growing up there wasn't much of a selection of cultural dolls, at least here in the U.S. But times are changing and thank goodness for that! Now the Vi and Va doll collection is here exclusively at Target. Do you like the how diverse they are in their looks, hobbies, and personalities? I do hope that they bring on a male primo or a prima with short hair. Wouldn't that be cool?

Speaking of cool.
You can enter for a chance to win one of these lovely dolls. 
Gift it to a special little boy or girl in your life...or keep it for yourself to remind you to keep pushing for those goals..

Follow the steps in the rafflecopter...and Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


xoxo




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This is sponsored post in collaboration with Vi and Va Dolls and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Create your own DIY STATEMENT NECKLACES book by Erin Pruckno - giveaway

You ever see statement necklaces while you're out shopping or even browsing online and think, "I could totally make that?"
Well now you can!
Blogger Erin Pruckno of Thanks I Made It, recently published a very user-friendly DIY book on how to create your own customizable jewelry...Statement Necklaces to be exact.
And she sent me a copy to check it out and see what I think....


After reading this book from cover to cover. I've realized that:

  • You are actually being environmentally conscious if you reuse unwanted necklace materials. (that's always a plus for me!)
  • Step by step instructions are easy enough for beginners in the DO-IT-YOURSELF world
  • It's a great gift to yourself or for your crafty, artsy, and fashionista friends.
  • Materials and tools used to create the necklaces are all budget friendly.
  • Necklace styles are suitable for several occasions - from business, casual, to chic and cocktail dress appropriate
  • Cool book to have for a Girls Night Out or Slumber Party.


This Spiked Chain necklace is great piece to give just the right touch of edginess to a jeans and t-shirt look.


The Tassel Necklace is adorable. Of course you can use a color that works for you. I'd probably make one in black. :) 


I'm still looking through some of my jewelry that I never wear anymore...and I'll keep you guys updated on what I make.

But on a cooler and funner note:
Erin's creativity has landed her spots with MSN Living, Buzzfeed, Glamour Magazine...and THE RACHEL ZOE REPORT. wow.
And we've partnered up to give one YOU crazy kids a copy of her DIY STATMENT NECKLACES book
Enter below for a chance to win. ♥
Good luck my dears

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ten Essentials for an at Home Spa Day


Ten Essentials for a Spa Day at Home.



I've been trying a little thing called self-care these days. And I am not alone in needing this, right? So I thought I would share with you some of my suggestions in creating a little sanctuary.

First things first...do what you have to do get your alone time. Put phone on silent, get your partner, kids, dog out of the house or into another room. 


1. Make yourself some tea, buster.

My tea of choice is chamomile because it relaxes me. Chamomile is soothing and good for calming nerves and tummy problems. 

2. Light an aromatherapy candle. 

I'm completely obsessed with candles. I used to think that they just smelled delicious and set a nice tone/mood. But recently I stumbled upon this one from DW Home. And I strongly believe that this Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy candle works...makes me feel relaxed. I found it at TJ Maxx for less than ten dollars. 


2. Take a bath with your favorite bubblebath or bath salt.

I love bathbombs from LUSH because they make bath time extra fun, nourish your skin, and smell delightful. You fill up your tub with water and drop the bathbomb and see the water bubble and fizz...LUSH makes several kinds depending on your skincare needs. They use fresh and natural ingredients, safe synthetics, and packaging is super minimal. :) 
(price $5-13)

(if you don't have a tub, no worries - you can still do number 5 on this list.)

3. Do a hair treatment while you're in the tub (or in the shower).
Philp B. Reguvenating Oil and Katira Hair Masque c/o


We're always in such a rush when we're off to work, school, or play that we barely have time for the lather and rinse. Hair is stressed out from environment and hairtools, so why not treat it with a deep condition? 
I am currently enamored with Wella's Keratin Restore Mask from the Luxe Oil Collection (not pictured), and the PHILIP B. Katira Hair Masque. Also the Philip B Rejuvenating Oil works great as a leave in treatment and doesn't weigh the hair down and BONUS - you can use it on dry, patchy skin like elbows and knees.

4. Give your self a facemask. 
Tea Tree Face mask - c/o The Body Shop


Face masks are wonderful because you can soak in the tub, paint your nails, read a book, whatever while you let it do its magic.
I love me a good face mask. One of my current favorites is the Tea Tree Face Mask from The Body Shop. It's soothes my acne prone skin and minimizes my large pores...but my favorite part is the cooling sensation and the absorption of excess oil. Tea Tree is great for all of that.

5. Treat yourself to a body scrub.

This one by Whish is amazing. It smells like a lavender sugar cookie and leaves  your skin so soft and silky. It's made with a bunch of goodies from the earth, cruelty-free, and vegan. LOVE LOVE LOVE sugar scrubs and this Whish Sugar Scrub gets a super duper gold star because it doesn't leave your tub (or you) all greasy and slippery.
This $38 jar will last you months. :) 



6. Pamper yourself with a mani - pedi.

You can start by doing a little foot scrub treatment...like this little foot scrub I love to do...
And then follow it up by grooming your nails and polishing with a polish that suits your style.
My current favorite nail polish products for my at home manicures and pedicures are Red Hot Mama from Paint Fab (a product from Just Fab), Wet n' Wild Creative Control, OPI Private Jet, and the Diamond Top Coat from L.A. Colors.

7. Curl up with a good book.

Grab yourself a good read. It'll take your mind off other things and enrich your brain. It'll increase your vocabulary so you can use big words "like delicatessen and potpourri." haha, totally kidding! 
Plus, while you're reading, your nails will have time to dry. :)

8. Teeth Whitening.
Crest 3D White 1hr Express Whitestrips - c/o

There are several quick whitening treatments that you can do in the comfort of your own home. I have recently been trying out the Crest 3D White 1hr Express Whitening Strips and am pretty impressed. There are four treatments in each box. I am seeing results after the second treatment. Thank goodness, because I love to drink tea. Die-hard coffee drinkers will certainly appreciate these little guys.

9. Wax.

(If you have used a scrub, mask, etc. on the same day you may want to hold off on this so you don't irritate your skin.)
Upper Lip Wax. Underarms. Bikini. Whatever your cup of tea is, it's awesome to be able to do this in the privacy of your own home.
Try these products from Completely Bare. You can pick them up at Walgreen's.

10. Fruit infused water.

You know that water is essential for happy and healthy skin and just your overall health...but why not take it up a notch like they do at the spa? Add some cucumber slices or strawberries to your ice water. So yummy. I just whipped up this Fruit Infused Water with ice, mangoes, pineapple, and Persian cucumber. Pretty much used what was already in my fridge. Refreshing and you get to eat the fruit afterwards. :)What a treat!

♥ ♥ ♥
Hope you've enjoyed my tips on how to create a spa day at home. And honestly, I KNOW how difficult it is to actually make time for yourself. But listen to meeeee! YOUR body and mind need a break. You can't do everything...well you can. But I'm sure even Wonder Woman took breaks. I'm wishing you some rest and relaxation, and sending you good vibes.

And if you have any cool at-home-spa tips, please share them with me! 
xoxo

Thursday, April 16, 2015

SOHO Disney Princess Makeup Brushes

SOHO Disney Princess Makeup Brushes Collection



You know the brand of makeup brushes you usually find at Walgreen's? Well it's London SOHO New York or also known as SOHO. Very recently they launched their Disney Princess Collection of makeup brushes. I am such a sucker for brushes and all things Ariel. Crazy, because I think SOHO sensed my Disney nerdiness and sent some over for  me to play with. 

And, H-E-L-L-O, of course I want to share my thoughts about them.
So let's get to the nitty gritty with these cute brushes:

Ariel Magical Illusion Brush Set 2 piece:
This two-piece brush set consists of a complexion perfecting brush and a beauty highlighting brush. Pretty self-explanatory right? You use the Complexion Perfecting brush for applying foundation and concealer. The Beauty Highlighting Brush is for applying highlight. 
And it's ok to use them in different ways! It's only makeup - remember, don't take it so seriously!
I found that using the foundation brush with the large end to apply moisturizer works for me. The smaller end I like to use it to dab concealer...and sometimes I like to use it to apply a wet eyeshadow.
The Beauty Highlight Brush I love for a liquid or cream contour application. FAVORITE BRUSH in the entire collection...there I said it.

(available at Walgreen's for $12.99)

Belle Enchanted Eyes Eyeshadow Brush Set 3-piece:
The Belle eyeshadow brush set includes three brushes. A flat angled liner brush, medium fluff brush, and a large fluff brush.
Love the Flat Angled Liner Brush to apply gel liner. Both the Medium Fluff Brush and Large Fluff brush do a fabulous job at blending in eyeshadows. The Medium fluff brush is perfect for smoking out shadow on the lower lash line. The Large Fluff blush is excellent for blending out colors on the eyelid. 
(available at Walgreen's for $14.99)

Jasmine Exotic Eyes Brush Set 3-piece:

Fluff and Liner Brush - apply eyeshadow with one side and liquid eyeliner with the other. This brush is genius, because seldom do you see a liner brush like this available at the drugstore. The Crease and Detail Brush - the crease side is for contouring lids and the detail side can be used for adding depth. The Brow Shaping Brush - one side for filling in the brows and the other side is for grooming them. I love this one. So handy.
(available at Walgreen's for $12.99)

I have to say that I am extremely happy with the quality and performance of these brushes. They are made with synthetic fibers (nylon to be exact). I did not experience any fall out of bristles with any of the sets. So if you happen to find yourself in the glorious makeup aisle at Walgreen's, do yourself a favor and pick up one of these sets...I think they are pretty great for under fifteen bucks. Score.


And you'll probably hate me for this..because now you'll want to try these as well. But SOHO also included some makeup sponges to this Disney Princess Collection. 

The Snow White Spellbound Beauty Sponge


I haven't tried the makeup sponges just yet...but aren't they just cute. The Aurora Fairy sponges remind of the Small World ride at Disneyland. 

Doesn't this whole collection want to make you want to get all dolled up for Disneyland and share your or something?

xoxo