Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Believe In Your #Selfie

Fashion blogging can be a very self absorbed hobby to have.  Most fashion blogs consist of purely self loving pictures of personal style outfits.  When I initially started this blog, I really didn't have intentions of plastering pictures of my self.  I really didn't feel comfortable or confident enough to display my self or my outfits on my own blog.  It all seemed to vain and shallow to me, but oddly enough I did enjoy seeing what other bloggers were wearing.  At one point it seemed almost dumb for me to have a fashion/style blog where I wanted to show the world being plus size didn't mean you couldn't be stylish and not have any pictures of my self. The whole idea of this blog was to prove that you can have style no matter your size or budget.  So it happened one day almost 10 months after starting this blog I posed my first outfit picture. The response was so much better than I expected and it was a relief.  No one laughed, no one had mean or rude comments and most of all it made me feel good about my self.  I realized that blogging about my personal style was not necessarily me being vain or shallow, it was about me being confident. 

I still have days when my issues about my weight or looks get me down, but one thing I have made peace with is my self.  This is me and what I look like, no matter what any one thinks or says, I have to LOVE ME!  Blogging has made me more confident and given me a sense of empowerment about who I am. This may sound silly to some people, but taking pictures has helped me be more confident and actually like taking pictures of my self now. I use to be the girl that shied away from pictures or tried and hide behind someone else because I felt embarrassed of my self and my body. 

Now if you ask me to take a picture, I am ready with my pose.  I want to have as many pictures of my self to show my kids one day, how their mom dressed, my style at the time and all the cool things I did because of blogging.  Some of it can come acress as vanity, but I like to think of it as an evolution in self confidence and style. 

Asos contacted me and asked me I wanted to do a review on my blog about on the clothing available on the Asos US website.  Of course I said yes, Asos has a great selection of plus size clothing that are stylish, modern and fun. They have this tee "Believe In Your #Selfie" on the website and I knew it had to be mine.  I normally don't wear slogan tees, but this one had a message I truly endorse.  One thing blogging has taught me is to believe in my self, and value my self as woman.  I love this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: 

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent"

The tshirt expresses this sentiment, believe in your self,  be confident in who you are and no one can make you feel inferior.  Don't give any one the power to make you feel bad about who you are.  Believe in your selfie and have fun!
Outfit Details
#Selfie TShirt - c/o New Look Inspire via Asos 
Pants - Bobeau via Burlington Coat Factory
Denim Jacket - Jessica Simpson via Macy's
Sandals - CWonder
Clutch - c/o Susu Handbags from Lucky FABB
Sunglasses - Coach

Do you believe in the power of taking a #Selfie?

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Disclaimer: I was sent this tshirt and other items by Asos for review.  All opinions expressed are my own 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hi Honey, Your Beautiful!

Would you use honey on your face and skin?  Well when I normally think of using honey, its not for beauty treatments.  I love honey, in my hot tea, peanut butter sandwiches, with my yogurt parfait...but rarely do I use it for my face. A couple weeks ago while attending Lucky FABB conference, I was invited to a spa day at Ciel Spa in the SLS Hotel by the National Honey Board.  During my visit at the Ciel Spa, which is very swanky by the way, we learned all about the different uses for honey other than just eating it. 

I have heard of people using honey for beauty treatments before, but never tried it until the day at the spa. Honey has been used as a beauty ingredient for centuries. It's not a new concept or idea, but just something I never tried. One thing I learned as well is honey is antimicrobial and antibacterial, also excellent at retaining moisture in your skin.  Honeys sweetness and stickiness makes great for facials and mask, which we experienced during our visit at the spa.

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Photo Source Ciel Spa Facebook Page

During our visit at the Ciel Spa we were given a little lesson on honey's properties and uses as beauty treatments.  The better known uses are obliviously for the skin and mainly facials.  We were also told about and treated to scrubs using honey for our feet. Honey scrubs are excellent to exfoliate dead skin and help keep your feet moisturized, this is especially important now that its sandals season!  We were also given a recipe for a hair treatment using honey and coconut oil/milk.  Using honey will make your hair smooth and shiny, while the coconut oil promotes hair growth and can prevent hair loss.  I really need to try this ASAP, such an easy and natural way to care for your hair. Oh did I mention how yummy the honey smells too!! 

Below are two of the recipes we tried at the spa, using honey. A mask and a scrub, both of which can be used all over your body, not just the face. 

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Would you ever use honey as a beauty treatment? 
 Do you have any recipes using honey for beauty treatments?
 Please share ask I want to try them all!

*I was invited to attend the Le Ciel Spa and received spa treatments courtesy of National Honey Board. This post is not compensated, just sharing all the goodness I learned about honey! 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Time at Knotts Berry Bloom

Spring is one of my favorites seasons, not only because of the beautiful weather we have in Southern California, but also because of all the fun activities available. Last weekend I was invited to attend Knotts Berry Bloom, a spring time festival to celebrate all the wonderfulness of the season. We ate lots of special boysenberry treats.  I even ate fried alligator and it was good!  Sampled wine and beer at the Wilderness Dance Hall. Enjoyed the rides and special treat of meeting Snoopy! Dance the night away at Bloomination and had a blast! 

Here is what you can look forward during Knotts Berry Bloom:

  • Boysenberry Food Festival In Ghost Town
  • Live Entertainment
  • Peanuts Party in the Park
  • Bloomination Dance Park 
  • Easter Beagle's Enormous Egg Hunt for the little ones (3-11)
You can enjoy all this fun and more until April 27, 2014...still plenty of time.   You can get more details and special priced tickets on the Knotts Website

Here's a little video of my day at Knotts Berry Bloom.  Hope you like it and subscribe here to my YouTube channel for more videos

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Lucky FABB 2014 Day 2 - Networking Brunch

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Doing what fashion bloggers do best, taking selfies of our outfit! 

Lucky FABB day two, was the time we got to really hang out and chat with other bloggers.  Basically day 2 was a networking brunch held at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills hosted by Miss Me Jeans. All the bloggers got to meet and chat over some yummy food.  It's usually difficult during a conference to really chat with other bloggers and get to know people.  You normally say hi, introduce your self and swap biz cards...that's the extent of meeting some bloggers during busy conferences. So I must say the networking brunch was a nice change for Lucky FABB. I did enjoy being able to talk to new bloggers I just met and also with my long time bloggers buddies.  Lucky FABB has become a reunion for some of us, we get to meet up every year and have a blast! 

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My Blogger Buddies (L-R) Starrie-Modern Chic Magazine, Ana-Scorhing Style, Andriana-LaModa By Andriana - Me

Networking is an important part of attending bloggers conferences, especially among other bloggers. That's who you want to met and connect with.  Some great friendships have been built with bloggers, who other wise I would have never met if it weren't for my blog.  It does amaze me at times how we all come together over our love of fashion, and sharing our outfits on social media.  Who would have ever thought anyone else but me would be interested in what I am wearing! Don't you just love blogging!!! 

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Getting photo bombed while taking a selfie with newbie blogger Christina  

We ate, talked blog shop and got a sweet gift bag at the end of the brunch. This was the extent of day two of Lucky FABB, which was  short and sweet.  After brunch a few select bloggers got invited to a spa treatment at the Ciel Spa in the SLS Hotel hosted by the National Honey Board.  I was one of those bloggers who enjoyed some mini spa treatments using honey. Did you know you can use honey for all kinds of beauty treatments....we got scrubs and mask done on our face, hands and feet, all using honey!  I will share some recipes on another post, it was fabulous!

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With fellow Latina and Plus Size Fashion Blogger Alessandra (we met last year at Lucky FABB) 

So there you have it Lucky FABB West 2014 is over and done. I look forward to reuniting with friends and meeting new blogger buddies next year.  If you plan to attend, let me know and I'll see you there!

Here is what I wore for the last day of conference. After listening to the previous days speakers talking about "being genuine" and expressing your individual style, I decided to go with a more casual outfit.  This outfit is totally me and something I wear regularly. I love denim/chambray shirts and a good pair of skinny jeans.  I felt comfortable and good with this outfit, and it totally expressed my style. 

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Outfit Details
Chambray Shirt: Mel & Mo via Ross
Skinny Jeans: Levi's via Ross
Espadrilles: Nine West via Ross
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack
Bag: c/o JustFab Paulina  Rubio Collection
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Just realized most of my outfit is from Ross, Whoop I got it at Ross! 

Hope you liked my recap of Lucky FABB this year. If you like my outfit, pictures or what you read, share it! Remember what you learned in school...sharing is caring! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lucky FABB 2014 Day One Highlights

It's been over a week since Lucky FABB, and I haven't been able to post about it. Been having some personal things going on so I've been lacking in the blogging department.  Mostly due to the damn toothache, its no joke...the pain, not sleeping well and then not being able to eat!  Yeah that's the worst part, not able to eat, most foods are too tough to chew, which sucks cuz I love to eat! LOL Any how, you're here for fashion not my dental issues, but do take care of your teeth its not cool having to go through the pain and on top paying for the dental work due to not having insurance, and less money for shopping...It all sucks! 

OK enough ranting, this was my 3rd time attending the Lucky FABB conference for fashion and beauty bloggers.  Lucky Magazine has held this conference in LA for 3 years now.  It's all the rage among fashion and beauty bloggers, since its one of the few if not the only blogging conference exclusively for fashion and beauty bloggers. Lucky FABB usually host a few pre-conference events which I also attended, (see my post on my first blow out).

Day 1 consisted of keynote speakers and panels/session. Nicole Richie, Coco Rocha and Sophia Amoruso from Nasty Gal were the primary speakers.  All the women spoke about their careers in fashion and how they got started. Giving us bloggers motivation and inspiration for blogging and/or pursing careers in the fashion industry.  The panels  were related to the usual blogging stuff; SEO, working with brands, how to get an agent, vlogging and etc.  I didn't really attend many panels since the good ones filled up quickly and even though you were assigned what panels to attend most people didn't follow the agenda. One session I was able to attend was hosted by P&G Beauty and MUA Kirin Bhatty, teaching some make up tricks to recreate those fab instagram filter looks in real life (#instabeautyIRL).  It was actually really fun and informative, Kirin was hilarious.  Love a girl with skills and sense of humor. The rest of the day consisted of networking and meeting other bloggers.  I also was able to visit the VIP gifting suite, which will be a separate post. 

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Some highlights from Lucky FABB, Beauty Session, Speakers and fab blogger wearing this tee "You Can't Blog With Us" Loved it!! 

Over all this years Lucky FABB, was really not as fab as the 2 previous years. Not gonna lie, I was a little disappointed and the vibe was just not the same. Don't get me wrong it wasn't awful and I still had fun and enjoyed my time, just didn't live up to the past 2 conferences.  Several other bloggers I spoke with also felt the same.  The whole conference seemed rushed and was not as well organized.  Not sure what it was, but hope Lucky FABB returns with more fabulousness for next year.  The best is always the time I spend with my blogger buddies, which some I only get to see once a year at the conference.  Ana from Scorching Style is a blogger I met at the very 1st Lucky FABB West in Santa Monica. Every year since, we reunite at Lucky FABB and always have great time catching up and chatting about what else...fashion and blogging!  

Ana from Scorching Style, Me and Elle from Survive Wedding Season...Loved seeing these sweet and beautiful ladies. 

These are the things that make attending conferences special, the people you meet and friendships you build.  This alone is worth attending the conference every single year! 

OK so more post to come about Lucky FABB later this week. Even though my whole experience was not as great as I hoped, there are still some really cool and great individual things I want to share.     Here is what I wore, which is not the original outfit I had planned, but it didn't work out so this was Plan B outfit. Which was not really planned either, but hey I had to get dressed and make it work.  It took me a an hour and half to drive from Orange County to Beverly Hills, had no time to waste on outfits!

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Outfit Details
Floral Pants: Forever 21 Plus
Fishnet Top: Lane Bryant
Lace Cami: Target
Sandals: C Wonder
Necklace: H&M
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More Lucky FABB post coming soon.  Did you attend Lucky FABB? If so leave me a link to your post.  I would love to read other bloggers recaps.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mani Monday: Easter Egg Inspired Nail Art

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April is here! I was sitting here planning the Easter extravaganza for this year with my kiddo, and it occurred to me that with as many spring colors that come out each year, I should focus a little attention on a few nail art ideas to celebrate this glorious day! My daughter of course spouted out the idea of painting eggs, and my wheels started spinning. I decided to roll with it and create a few “eggs”travagant ideas. I started with a base coat (Jordana Extra Garlic Basecoat) and painted all my nails a solid color. I wanted something with a little shimmer in it that didn't look too sparkly. I used Fasville USA “Pinkle” with vitamin hardener. Once I applied the two coats and allowed them to dry thoroughly, I pulled out the 5 spring colors that I wanted to use. I contemplated on using nail polish, but decided against it. Once I decided on the type of designs I wanted to create for my fingers, I used acrylic paints to create the looks. Now a good way to look at Easter inspired nails is to remember back when you were a kiddo and your parents would allow you to paint your eggs with various colors to get the look you wanted. You know your first egg would always be a solid color, and the rest after that would just take a life all their own, mixing and matching, experimenting with design ideas.  That is something that I didn't really get to do as a kid, but as an adult with my kiddo we go all out with creative ways to paint our eggs! 

The same basic concept applies to your nails. You can do one design on all your nails, us the accent nail approach, or go wild and use multiple designs for all your nails. In my picture, I did a different design for each nail to show multiple ideas that came to me using the various colors I chose to use. In my previous blog, I mentioned the pros of working with acrylic paints for nail designs, and in this blog I show a pretty good example of it. With a paint brush and some imagination you can do any one of the designs and make them your own. I am a firm believer in working with acrylic paints, mainly because I am now more comfortable with design making, so I like to get a little more intricate at times when working with smaller details. The paint is a lot easier to work with when it comes to erasing mistakes. From what you can see in my designs, I went with the “egg” nail art theme. 

Here is the brief run down for each nail:

1. The pinky is a 3 simple color tone egg (white, pink, & turquoise). I began at with the white and worked my way up in a rainbow like manner. 
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2. The ring finger is the traditional multicolored egg (purple, yellow, pink, turquoise, and white). I began with purple at the base of the nail and worked my way up toward the traditional design. 
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3. The middle finger was pretty basic; it was the original base color “Pinkle” with white polka dots created with a simple dotting tool. 
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4. The index finger is the turquoise color with a few speckles of the original shimmer coloring coming through the bottom. This look is simple enough to create, just paint the acrylic color on the entire nail, allow to dry (a few seconds) and with a toothpick you can begin to draw whatever design you want to come through, in my example I just did little scratches to make the bottom color pop from below the nail to give it the appearance of a speckled egg. 

5. The thumb is a simple horizontal striping egg using 4 of the 5 colors (turquoise, pink, yellow, and purple). 

6. Once you achieve the look you want on each nail, finish with a top coat to seal the design and it should last you a good little bit. Remember that if you do not seal the design with a top coat, the paint will eventually wash away from your finger nails. 
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That concludes this Easter nail art tutorial in 6 easy steps. I hope you get some awesome ideas to show off on your nails for Easter! I’m always open to suggestions should anyone have something specific you may want to see! Thank you once again to Cid Style File for giving me the opportunity to “eggs”press my nail art! Until next time, keep them painted!

By Guest Blogger: Sirenz

Friday, April 4, 2014

Curly Hair Be Gone, My First Blow Out!

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Before Blow Out

Spring is my favorite time of year, reason #1 my birthday is coming up. Second reason is spring time means Lucky FABB conference time.  Lucky magazine puts on a blogger conference specially for fashion and beauty bloggers every spring in Los Angeles.  The 2-3 days are filled with fashion, beauty treatments and lots of celebs.  Today Lucky FABB held several pre-conference events.  I was able to one event at the Blow Me Away Dry Bar and received a complimentary blow out c/o of Wendy's.  I never ever, do a thing to my hair, don't dye it, don't blow dry it or straighten my hair.   I was excited to get a blow out today and see my super duper curly hair transformed.  Kelly the stylist did a great job, she totally blew out and flat ironed my hair in only 45 minuets.   I personally was totally impresses and amazed with the results.   This is a rare occasion for my hair to be straight and I just had to share here on the blow.   Wendy's (yes the fast food chain) invited bloggers to get a new look with a blow out and try out their new salad collection.  

Here is the results, the stylist gave me straight hair with a few big bouncy curls on the ends.  I almost look completely different with straight hair. Hope it can survive at least another day and I can enjoy having straight hair for one more day.  I am going to sleep sitting in a chair...LOL  Any tips on how to make it last for more than one day?  

What do you think, should I blow out my hair more often?

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After Blow Out
Thank you to Lucky Magazine, Wendy's and Blow Me Away Dry Bar for this fabulous blow out!  Follow me on twitter and instagram for more Lucky FABB updates and pictures. 

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