Wednesday, November 12, 2014

5 Quick and Easy Travel Tips

Traveling is one of life's greatest adventures. I love to travel and dream of getting to know this big wonderful world of ours. Although I must admit to not being the world travel I dreamed of being as a child. I have done my fair share of domestic travel, and planning to do much more in the coming years. There is something magical about traveling, visiting new and unknown destinations that excites me. In the last couple years, my travels have expanded and so has my knowledge of traveling. I am no travel expert or guru by any means, but have learned a few tips and tricks along the way. I have a trip coming up soon with my girlfriends to Boston. This trip will mark the second time I take a girls weekend trip, having gone to NYC 2 yrs ago with the same group. For some reason I did not document or blog about my NYC trip (which was amazing!) except for posting pics on instagram. This time around, I want to make sure and include more of my travel adventures on the blog and of course lots of fun pics on instagram, make sure you follow me @CidStyleFile so see my adventures.

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Me and the girls on top of the Rockefeller Center Observation Deck

Being a world traveler means knowing how to pack and travel light. Packing light a concept that has taken me awhile to grasp, not yet mastering but improving with each trip. I found packing light essential on my trip to NYC, which I did not do! It was my first time in New York City and I wanted to be chic and stylish. Of course I over packed and took way too many clothes and shoes, as expected only half of my clothing was used, the other half never saw the light of day in NYC. It was my introduction NYC and the "fashionista" in me wanted to impress and look stylish. The entire extra "just in case" items I packed were a waste of space. Being the first time in NYC for all of us, we wanted to see and do it all in the short time we had. There was no time to be cute with multiple outfit changes for different attractions and occasions. It was cold in NYC and this California girl was not use to the weather, plus I was a tourist so really no one cared! The lesson learned is when traveling, no one really cares who you are or what you wear so no need for all those extra “what if” items in your luggage.

This time around for Boston I plan to be more prepared and travel light making the most of my wardrobe. For the sake of time we are planning to only take carry-on luggage, which means limited space.

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Here are five quick and easy tips I have learned from my past travels and reading other blogs about travel.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Creating Frida Kahlo Costume From Your Own Closet

Halloween has come and gone, another year and another costume to add to my collection.  I truly do enjoy Halloween, dressing up and coming up with new costume ideas every year.  I've had some costumes better than others, some maybe a little lame and others were winners.  This years costume is some where in the middle.  I didn't have a party to attend, but still enjoy dressing up for work and being creative with my costume.  For the past 8-10 yrs I haven't really worn store bought costumes, since most are quite expensive and cheap looking in my opinion. For one night it doesn't seem sensible to spend tons of money when I have a closet full of clothes.  I rather create my own costume using what ever items can be found in my closet.   This Halloween I was inspired by one of my favorite female painter/artist from the 20th century...Frida Kahlo


I just want to share a quick post of my costume and how I created this look with clothing already in my closet.  The total cost to put together this costume was only $7.00, since I only purchased the flower head band and chunky necklace from H & M. 

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The teal dress worn is from SWAK's Fureza by Rosie Mercado collection, and the black embroidered top is from Old Navy, which actually a swimsuit cover-up. The "rebozo" shawl is an over sized floral scarf, and wore some yellow and tan sandals also from my closet.  Finished off the look with another scarf braided into my hair to create Frida's signature hairstyle.  Added a flower crown, big necklace, earrings and finished off with Frida's other signature look...Unibrow!


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This was a quick and easy costume for me to create this year.  What do you think, did I do Frida justice?  Did you dress up this Halloween? What was your costume?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Latina Magazine's Hollywood Hot List Party

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. I contemplated just posting this picture below on the blog and that is all!  Hello William Levy!  He is definitely one of the hottest Latinos is Hollywood. Some of you may be wondering who the heck is William Levy, but trust me you want to know who he is!  He's somewhat of a new comer in Hollywood, but has been on the scene in Latin America for many years. William is very well known in Mexico and South America, as one of the hottest soap opera actors.  Some of you may recognize him from his appearance on Dancing With The Stars in 2012.  So when we heard he was in the same location as us, we kinda freaked out! Us, being me and on my good friend Irma.  I knew there would be some Latino celebs at the Latina Magazine Hollywood Hot List party, but had no idea one of them would be William Levy.

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Hello William Levy, nice to meet you!  We were both in awe, can you blame us!  He's HOT!!

This is the 4th year I was invited and attended the Latina Magazine Hollywood Hot List Party at the Sunset Tower Hotel. For past several years Latina Magazine host a party to recognize and celebrate the hottest Latinos in Hollywood. Every year the party gets bigger and the celebs get better and hotter!  It's great to see Latinos being recognized in Hollywood, as some of them are obviously talented and well respected in the industry. 

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One of them being Michael Pena, who is well known for many roles. Most recently he played Cesar Chavez in the movie and is currently starring on the FOX show Gracepoint.  It's such a good show and it's great to see him on TV, as you can tell by the picture he takes his job seriously.  He was nice and accommodating taking pictures with fans, but not once did I see him crack a smile.  

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Another celeb sighting at the Latina party was Christina Milian. She was looking very hot in a red long dress and I was loving her braided hair. She's was also very nice and sweet taking pics with everyone who asked.  Christina and her sister attended the party together and both seemed to be enjoying themselves. Where else could I have gotten the chance to share a dance floor with Christina Milian!

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This gorgeous girl is Denise Bidot, plus model and reality TV star of Curvy Girls. I actually met Denise about 5 years ago at a luncheon for Latina Bloggers as she was just starting out her modeling career as the face of Forever 21 and Torrid plus fashion.  Now she is every where, on the Lane Bryant website, modeling for Nordstroms and many other plus size brands in Europe, as well as walking in New York Fashion Week.   I am very proud of her and love that she has stayed true to her self and remains a genuine and sweet person, just like the day I met her.

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Couldn't pass up the opp to take a pic with Dascha Polanco from one of my fave shows, Orange Is The New Black on Netflix. Dash was glowing in her gold sequin dress looking like a goddess, and was so gracious posing for pictures with all the fans. She was also a hot celeb for the paparazzi as well, soon after taking this picture with her, the flashes started to go off.  I moved out of the way quickly for the photogs, but maybe I wasn't quick enough.  The following day on the Daily Mail UK website there I was, photo bombing Dascha Polanco!! So I finally made it on to a well know website and this is the face I make!  I Die! LOL 

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The party had a great mix of Latino celebs and I was so grateful to be there experiencing it all.  Especially being able to share it with my really good friend, who was so thrilled to meet Williams Levy.  So thankful to Latina Magazine for inviting me and celebrating all of these beautiful Latinos in Hollywood! Just sad I didn't get more and better quality pics, since I forgot to bring my digital camera and my iPhone was acting up the whole night!  UGH lesson learned, make sure you have a good camera when attending parties in Hollywood!