Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beach Day with Total Sun Block Umbrella

I enjoyed a beach day with all my nieces, two of them are home from college, so we wanted to spend a fun day at the beach and soak up the California sun.  Nothing beats a day at the beach and ending it with a bonfire and S'mores!  I packed up my gear along with my new Total Sun Block umbrella sent to me by *Rio Brands.  I really don't go to the beach as often, even though I live fairly close to the Pacific Ocean. One main reason is my skin is very sensitive to the sun.  I burn easily and never ever tan, my skin will just burn and turn red.  No fun in burning with out having a tan afterwards.  Most summers I usually avoid the beach and spend minimal time in the sun.  The Total Sun Block Umbrella claims to protect you from the 99% UVA and UVB rays which are basically the bad rays from the sun.

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Enjoying the last minutes of sun under the Total Sun Block Umbrella

The umbrella is easy to assemble with handy handles and cork screw to anchor to the sand or any other soft surface. It also has a tilt feature to help with coverage where needed. Having an umbrella was nice to get some relief from the sun when it got too hot.  We also liked having it as point of reference on the beach, no matter how far we wandered we knew where our spot was with this umbrella.  The Total Sun Block Umbrella lived up to its claims and protected us from the sun...no sun burns to report. The umbrella also came with a storage bag and strap making it easy to carry around.  Now I am ready for more beach days or summer picnics with the Total Sun Block Umbrella.

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Splashing in the waves, wearing Maxine of Hollywood swimsuit and H&M Kimono as cover up. 

I had a great day at the beach with my nieces, splashed around in the waves, took plenty of pics and ended our night around a bonfire making S'mores. It was a much needed day of relaxation and fun.  Days like these are always great when you have the right equipment to make it easy and fun.  Between the sunscreen and umbrella we had plenty of protection and were able to enjoy longer periods out in the sun.

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#CidGirls enjoying the warmth from the bonfire and yummy S'mores

I love making memories with these girls, and we'll always remember the summer of 2014. Hope your having a great summer too!

What kind of sun protection do you use at the beach?
Have you ever used a beach umbrella?

*Disclaimer: I received a Total Sun Block Umbrella from Rio Brands for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wear What Makes You Happy

Summer time here in California can be pretty great, we have some awesome weather. Warm sunny days with cool breezy nights, perfect weather to wear dresses and sandals.  I've had this dress for a few months and finally decided to wear it.  I bought it super cheap back in April, remember it was part of my shopping challenge. Although its black, the cotton fabric kept me cool.  Black for me is a year round color and no matter what any one says I love to wear black and will forever!  The red flowers on this dress gave it a pop of color, so it made it more "appropriate" for the season.
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Speaking of dressing appropriately, I received a comment on a instagram picture the other that got me thinking.  Some one said they wanted to dress me up "grown and sexy" because I would have a better chance of catching a hubby. Initially the comment, rubbed me the wrong way, but then it made me think...I already have a man and don't need to dress "sexy" for any one.  My style is more casual and relaxed, you will rarely see me in high heels or tight "sexy" outfits. It's just not my style to dress "sexy" I feel most comfortable the way I dress. In my opinion, when you dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable you will be more confident and that is what makes you "sexy". 

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Sometimes I'm a bit of rebel, so when my ideals get challenged I go against the grain. I like to dress for me and what I like, not what any one else likes, a man or even what is on trend.  Don't get me wrong, I am not saying it's bad to dress how your man likes, but if it goes against what you like then that's a NO go for me. Usually my BF likes what I wear and this outfit he liked. He commented, I looked good and likes when I dress this way.  It makes me happy to hear him compliment me, but even if didn't like this outfit...I would still wear it.   

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I don't think as woman we need to dress to please others, we have enough pressure from society to be perfect.  I never understood the idea of always trying to look "sexy" in the way you dress from your clothes to your shoes.  Even Halloween costumes have to be sexy now.  I find it difficult enough to be a woman, who is a minority, who is plus size and now I need to worry about being "sexy"  Nope!  That is just not who I am and who I want to be.  Absolutely nothing with woman being or looking "sexy" some just naturally are...others are not.  I am more of a goofy, clumsy, geeky kinda girl, not "sexy" at all and I am totally OK with that.  My BF obviously was attracted to me for some reason and that's all that matters.  After 10+ years of being together, not once has he complained about me not being "sexy" or wanting me to dress in a different manner.  Doesn't mean I won't take any ideas from him on what I wear.  I'm not a total bitch and don't care about others opinions. Over the years, I have just learned to care more about what I like and who I want to be. 

Not all woman have to look or act like "sex kittens" to get a man and what makes you attractive is being confident in your own skin. It has taken me many years to be more confident and happy with who I am, which is way more important to me than being "sexy".  I wear what I like, and dress for my self, which makes me happy.  If it makes other around me happy, great! 

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Outfit Details
Skater Dress: American Rag via Macy's
Sandals: C Wonder
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff via Nordstrom Rack
Sunglass: Betsey Johnson via Ross
Watch: Coach

Do you wear what makes you happy?  
Is dressing "sexy" important to you?

*Pictures takes in Downtown Santa Ana Arts District by rx2lab.com

Monday, July 14, 2014

Less Is More: Minimalist Jewelry by Don Roberto

When it comes to jewelry I believe in less is more. Accessories such as jewelry are a great way to add your personal style to an outfit.  There are many trends in jewelry, at some point I have tried them all.  One trend or look I always come back to is the minimal look, small and simple jewelry.  Through the years I have realized minimal jewelry seems to be the kind I wear over and over again.  Never been a fan of big or huge earrings, necklaces or tons of bracelet.  Small and simple is what reflects my style the best.  I also have always been more partial to silver or white gold over yellow gold.  As a teenager I never wore gold jewelry, only silver...my taste in jewelry hasn't changed much since then. Like with fashion, my style in jewelry is classic, choosing pieces that will look great through the years. Don Roberto Jewelers has great women's selection of jewelry in silver, white gold and yellow gold. Here are a few of my favorite minimalist pieces from Don Roberto Jewelers.

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Lately I've been really loving jewelry with hearts.  The small delicate jewelry has character and can be worn by any one for any occasion.  A puffy heart necklace looks great with dresses for spring or summer. While a personalized heart charm bracelet can be worn all year long and is a great conversation starter.   A pair of delicate small diamond cluster earrings are also great for daily use to wear to the office. Maybe my ears are sensitive, but I usually prefer smaller earrings on a regular basis because larger heavy earrings hurts my ears.  For a special occasions you can wear a fashionable silver XO design pave bracelet.  My favorite trend right now is monogram jewelry like the "love" necklace or create your own with Don Roberto's custom name plate.  I'm receiving a @CidStyleFile name plate necklace in white gold from Don Roberto, satisfying my love for minimal jewelry and embracing the monogram trend. 

If your loving any of these jewelry pieces, Don Roberto Jewelers wants to offer Cid Style File readers a special discount to receive 25% off your first purchase with code BP25FP.

What type of jewelry is your favorite? 

Are you a minimalist or do you like bigger jewelry pieces?

*Disclaimer: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.