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Celebrate with Cricket

February 22, 2018

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I recently had the opportunity to partner with Cricket Wireless as they celebrate Black History Month.  I was able to attend their special “Live from Cricket Lounge” digital concert featuring Grammy nominated artist, Jazmine Sullivan! I am a huge fan of hers and really had a “pinch me” moment as she stood right in front of me belting out some of my favorite songs. This event is part of a new Sounds of Celebration program that Cricket Wireless launched this February to highlight music’s ability to unite people from diverse backgrounds. Fans can tune in to the Cricket Nation Facebook page to catch all the action livestreamed.

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In addition to the digital concert, Cricket Wireless is also hosting a Sounds of Celebration sweepstakes throughout the month. The sweepstakes offers music fans the opportunity to win a $1000 concert gift card each week until 2/28. You can enter by completing the online entry form available at www.cricketsweepstakes.com/soundsofcelebration.

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Lastly, for my special followers/friends, I have 10 new Cricket Nation prize packs that include a tote full of items such as a $25 concert card, a speaker and more! Enter this giveaway on my Facebook & Instagram accounts by commenting on the image posted. Good luck!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Cricket Wireless. All opinions are my own

Skincare Boost

February 20, 2018

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This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. All opinions are my own

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I’m sure that I don’t have to tell you how important skincare is. I think that everyone has the same goal and that is to achieve the best skin possible. I am a creature of habit and have some mainstay products that I will always use. They work for my everyday needs and they have stood the test of time. One of those products is the tried and true Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I am a stickler on removing makeup every single night before going to bed. My particular skin type cannot handle oils and products on my face overnight so these towelettes are my best friend. I have tried many alternatives and none measure up to this one. Removing even the heaviest and most stubborn makeup products, it makes this task easy with only a few swipes.

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While I have my go-to products, I also like to dabble in the latest products to help boost my core routine. So as I was picking up my cleansing towelettes at my nearest Rite Aid, I couldn’t help but notice some of the newer products that Neutrogena has added. There were a couple in particular that caught my eye. The first is the new Deep Clean Purifying Clay Cleanser and Mask. I have tried clay masks in the past and wanted to make them a staple in my skincare regimen. I love how this particular one can be used as a daily cleanser or a mask depending on my skin’s needs. 

The second product that I purchased was Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel which is new for me but not new to the Neutrogena family. I have found that my skin needs constant moisture. My pores tend to absorb product pretty quickly so I’m always trying to find ways to replenish that. This water gel is to be applied after cleansing and will keep skin hydrated for up to 48 hours. Sign me up!

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With these three products, I was excited to try them so off I went!

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Here are my takeaways. I used the Deep Clean Purifying Clay as a mask and my skin felt so refreshed. You know the feeling when your skin feels very clean but not stripped? Yea that’s how mine felt. My skin is so prone to breakouts so I really love that this clay mask got deeper than my normal cleansers.

Then it was time for moisture. I used the Hydro Boost Water Gel after the mask before going to bed and let me tell you, it works so well as a night cream! It’s lightweight but still provides ample hydration. I could tell a difference in my skin the next morning and even throughout the day. I love when new products work out!

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Thankfully Rite Aid is a one stop shop to get all of my skincare needs. AND just as a tip, Neutrogena Skin care will be Buy 1, Get 1 50% off this week and next so you don’t want to miss out! AND (this is the last “and”) I’m hosting a giveaway for a $50 Rite Aid gift card on my Instagram. Be sure to like the picture and comment to enter.

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Forward Path

February 18, 2018

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As I mentioned in my last post, I am starting to incorporate some Spring styles and colors into my Winter wardrobe. Spring colors are known to be bright pinks and reds but they also consist of a lighter palette filled with pastels and more muted tones. I love how they are seemingly on opposite ends of the spectrum but still encompass the season’s style.

So this blog post highlights the lighter side of Spring starting with this seafoam green sweater skirt from New York & Company. This is the second blog post in a row where I have featured an item from the brand as they are quickly becoming one of my favorites. They are really coming out with some great designs from their plus line that are not only on trend but also affordable. In keeping with the understated hues, I decided to pair the skirt with a nude tank and duster. I felt that it was the perfect complement that blended in seamlessly. I finished off this look with my favorite nude pumps that I’m sure you guys are tired of seeing. I just can’t help it though because they literally go with everything! All in all, this is a great option to begin the Spring transition.

Outfit details:

Duster: Boohoo | Tank top: Sejour (similar) | Skirt: NY & Company (wearing size 1x, material has a lot of stretch) | Pumps: Nine West

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Pleated

February 11, 2018

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Even though many of you are experiencing snow and very cold weather, Spring is inching closer and closer. Only about a month away, we can look forward to warmer temperatures, sunny skies and more colorful wardrobes. So in preparation of the upcoming season, I’ve begun to incorporate some of those Spring pieces into my Winter looks. These pieces include pastels which are the iconic colors of Spring and classic garments such as pleated skirts. I’m mixing and matching with sweaters and heavier fabrics to create some cute transitional outfits.

This ensemble seemed like the perfect blend to mesh both seasons. The turtleneck is a Winter essential and it is contrasted by the bright and colorful skirt. I live in Los Angeles where I can just pair these items with pumps but I realize that in a lot of places it is too cold to do so. However, you can still achieve this look by swapping out the pumps for knee high boots and tights underneath for layering.  Then with a peacoat or duster coat for warmth, this version will be just as cute as the way I styled it. So here’s to the Springtime and warmer days ahead!

Outfit details:

Top: JM Collection (similar) | Skirt: New York & Company | Shoes: Nine West (similar) | Belt: Ralph Lauren (similar)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Comfort + Style

February 6, 2018

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It’s no secret by now that I do my fair share of dressing up. I love to put on the cute clothes with my cute heels and just hit the town. And while that will always be the case, it’s not practical to look like that all the time. I, of course like many of you, have moments where I just want to be comfortable whether that be running errands or grabbing a quick breakfast with friends. In those instances, I want the ability to throw something on without having to think too hard and go. But I still want it to be cute!

Here’s where Fit for Me by Fruit of the Loom’s casual wear comes in. It combines the best of both worlds when it comes to comfort and style. These athleisure items can be worn just about anywhere from the grocery store to the gym but gives you a put together look that in no way looks thrown together. I love the vibrant colors and fun prints that they have to bring in a different element to the somewhat plain casual wear that we are used to seeing. The fit is great with the pants having a wide waste band at the top to hold you in and the fabrics are soft and comfortable. You no longer have to sacrifice style for comfort and can truly have both with these pieces!

Outfit details:
Solid Textured Tank | French Terry Hoodie Cardigan| Printed Leggings*

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Fit for Me by Fruit of the Loom. All opinions are my own

Neutral Zone

February 4, 2018

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I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. You can never go wrong with neutrals! It’s always in style and it will always look great no matter what the occasion. Neutrals can be worn all year long making them a must-have item in your wardrobe. Dress them up or dress them down, they can be styled completely to your liking.

Vests are also one of those garments that have great versatility. They act as a layering piece to go on top of whatever base of your choosing. Your base could be anything from a dress in the Spring and Summer to a chunky sweater in the cooler months. When you combine the classic neutral with the ease of wear that a vest provides, the the result is a timeless piece that you can always count on.

As you can see, I styled my look with a simple v-neck tee and skinny jeans. Celebrity Pink is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands of denim. The stretch and construction offer both comfort and style. This particular pair I thought worked best with this outfit because they hit right above the ankle which is higher than typical skinny jeans. Because the vest is so long, it was nice to add some balance with a higher hem. What I just knew would complete this look was a wool fedora hat. It needed a little something extra to take it over the top and this accessory did just that. It not only brought out the beige tone but it also added a chic element to the outfit. This is a timeless look without taking much time to create!

Outfit details:

Hat: Forever 21 (Same Hat, Different Ribbon) | Vest: Forever 21 | Top: Old Navy | Jeans: Celebrity Pink (wearing size 18W) | Shoes: Nine West | Clutch: Aldo (similar)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Ever-green

January 28, 2018

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Lately, I’ve been incorporating more and more color into my Winter wardrobe. Fall fashion is flooded with all of these amazing hues from wine to olive to camel but it seems as though the Winter palette seems to dull out. Colors become a bit more muted and it seems as though functionality and warmth become the top priorities (understandably so). However, just because temperatures have dropped doesn’t mean that colors have to as well.

I have been loving deep jewel tones such as this evergreen. I feel like its the best of both worlds in providing color while still keeping with the season. It just so happens that these pants matched pumps that I got from Target perfectly so it made for a great monochromatic bottom half. This grey turtleneck was the perfect complement to balance out the color although I could have easily worn it with another neutral such as black or white. Grey really works well though because its the neutral of all neutrals and one of my personal faves. This look is easy to recreate using thois exact combination or other colors and can be worn with different sweaters to meet your taste. See the outfit details below!

Outfit details:

Top: Land’s End (similar) | Pants: Boohoo (wearing size 18) | Shoes: Target | Purse: TJMaxx (similar)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente