Friday, September 26, 2014

The Purple Purse Campaign

Disclaimer: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with AllState Foundation® and Latina Bloggers Connect

Sad Fact: 1 in 4 women are affected by domestic violence in their lifetime. Statistically speaking, you or someone you know has been deeply affected by this reality. That's why it's crucial we take the conversation about this epidemic from behind closed doors to the public.

There are many reasons why women stay in these unhealthy relationships. Statistics show that about  98% of domestic abuse cases involve financial abuse. It is the way abusers keep their victims trapped.

The AllState Foundation has taken a stand against domestic violence and financial abuse. In an unprecedented campaign, Kerri Washingon, Emmy-nominated actress and domestic violence activist,  has designed a limited-edition purple purse for the campaign. It was created to inspire women to reclaim their financial independence. Take a look at this special handbag below.

Today is also the annual Brides March in New York City. The women who attend this march dress in wedding gowns in memory of Gladys Ricart and all of the victims of domestic abuse. As you may recall, Gladys was murdered by her ex boyfriend on the day of her wedding to another man. She was wearing her wedding gown on what should have been the most beautiful day of her life when she was murdered in cold blood in front of her friends and family. It was a tragedy that was felt by almost every New Yorker 15 years ago today.

I will not be wearing a wedding dress because I'll be on the clock but I am dressing in all white in solidarity with group. I'll also be wearing my Purple Purse charm on my purple Longchamp bag. This charm was designed for the the Purple Purse campaign so that anyone could join the movement and lend their support to end domestic violence and financial abuse.

The charm features purple suede tassels. It has gold hardware and is adorned with a small gold colored medallion with the image of a purple purse etched on it. Although you may not be able to go home with the Kerri Washington purple purse, you will be able to turn any handbag you own into a purple purse with this bag charm.

If you or someone you know needs help, please contact National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or TTY 1-800-787-3224. Learn more about the AllState Foundation's Purple Purse campaign here.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Behind the Scenes of Our Johnsons® No More Tangles Shoot

Catalina and I are fortunate enough to be asked to participate in a Johnsons® No More Tangles Holiday shoot.

Photographs and video were taken of Catalina getting a beautiful up-do that's perfect for the Holidays. As a mom, I can't tell you how thrilled and proud I was to see my little girl in the literal spotlight.

Below are a few photos taken on-location at the London Hotel in New York City for this special video shoot.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Summer OOTD Favorites

Summer is officially over this week. I'm celebrating the wonderful season that it was by looking back at some of my favorite Outfit of the Day looks from the past few months.

Check out the video below to see them all.

Happy Autumn, everyone!

Monday, September 22, 2014

East Bound

Top: Sugar Lips via Century 21 // Skirt: Pin Up Girl Clothing // Straps: BodyBinds // Purse: BodyBinds by MARYLAI // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Hosiery: HUE 

Every woman should let their inner vixen out. I did during New York Fashion Week. In this Outfit of the Day post, I'll show you what I wore to this past season’s NYFW.

I'm wearing an Original Seamless tank top by Sugar Lips. This simple tank is made extra special by my BodyBinds®. Bodybinds® is a special lingerie company that makes exquisite handcrafted pieces innovation and technology to form curve-hugging lingerie pieces that can be work under or over clothing.

I purchased this amazing skirt years ago from Pin Up Girl Clothing. PUG, as it’s often referred to, is one of my favorite shops and the first vintage reproduction clothing brand I ever purchased from.
This skirt has several great features. I love the Asian characters embroidered onto the side of the skirt. It gives this bottom a lovely Eastern feel. The tassel in the back gives an added flirtatious touch to this sexy skirt. Just imagine how it sways as you walk down the street.

The fit and cut of this skirt is everything you could possibly want in a skirt for a night out. It has a high waist with a thick band that rests across the natural waist, emphasizing the smallest part of a pear and/or hourglass shaped silhouette.

This handbag is quite special for a number of reasons. It was made in a collaboration between the designer of MARYLAI handbags, Mary Lai, and the designer behind BodyBinds®, Jackie Hopson. It was also inspired by my stunning friend Stassi Schroeder of Vanderpump Rules fame. I exclaimed that I didn't know a clutch could be sexy until I saw this bag and I stand by that statement. The black matte leather and stitched straps of the top flap juxtaposed against the crystal finish of the bottom is absolutely stunning.

I'm wearing HUE sheer pantyhose with backseams. HUE is my favorite hosiery company in the market. All of their products are really well made and last longer than your average hosiery product. Nothing is quite as sensual as good old fashioned back-seam pantyhose. It's a classic every woman should own.

My shoes are by Christian Louboutin.  It's no secret - my favorite kind of shoes are Mary Janes and I'm obsessed with black patent leather. These Loubs encompass those characteristics with the addition of an ultra skinny stilettos heel.

As per usual, I kept my makeup classic and neutral with a pop of red. I'm wearing my Make Up For Ever's Duo Mat Powder FoundationUrban Decay's Flushed Blush Palette in Streak and Dolce & Gabbana's Italian Monica.

What do you wear when you want to let your inner vixen out? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Baby Chic: Summer Play

Top: French Toast via Century 21 // Shorts: Lucky Brand // Shoes: Prima Donna 

This is the last weekend of summer 2014, so I'm sharing my last summer Toddler Outfit of the Day before we delve into fall fashion.

Catalina is wearing a simple but super cute purple look in this kids fashion post. It was perfect for an afternoon in the garden on our most recent trip to New Orleans.

This purple tank top is by French Toast. We purchased it at our local Century 21 store. I just love shopping there because of all the great deals you can find on designer pieces.

These adorable shorts were also purchase at Century 21. They're by one of my favorite children's clothing designers, Lucky Brand. I love Lucky Brand's kids clothes because they're miniature versions of what their adult customers wear. Sometimes you just want more mature fashion options for your kids rather than the usual cartoon printed styles.

As you can see, these shorts are very comfortable and easy to move in. They have a lovely flower print in light pastel colors. They go really well with the tank. A great feature to these shorts are the internal bands that help tighten the waist to your child's size. No belt needed here thanks to that great feature.

Catalina is wearing sparkly pink loafers from Prima Donna. Catalina slips into these very easily. She loves these shoes and wears them all the time. The best part? Like all Prima Donna shoes [adults options included], they're very affordable.

What are you dressing your little ones in during the last few days of summer? Let me know in the comment section below. See you in the Fall!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Party Planning with Fisher-Price®'s Mis Primeras Mañanitas

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Fisher-Price® and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

I've produced special events since my college years. I just love every stage of planning a fantastic event from its conception to the big day. But throwing a fab party for your little ones is no easy task, even for someone with my experience. 

That's why I just love Fisher-Price®'s Mis Primeras Mañanitas. They're a first of its kind, one-stop hub dedicated to connecting with Hispanic moms. They're there to make moms' lives easier thanks to their articles, guides, product listings and so much more. 

Their Hostess with the Mostess® Fisher-Price® site is filled with amazing ideas to throw an unforgettable party for your kids. 

From decoration ideas:

To menu ideas:

and everything else you'll need for a successful child's party.

Five total winners (2 winners have already been drawn) will receive a selection of Birthday Party items, including:

    • Party Invites
    • Party Favors & Decorations
    • Customized Piñata
    • Customized Birthday Cake
    • 12 Fisher-Price® toys (Baby's First Blocks, Rock-A-Stack®, Brilliant Basics™ Corn Popper®, Little People® Fun Sounds Farm, Classic Xylophone, Silly Sounds Puzzle, Little People® Lil' Movers™School Bus, Little People® Lil' Movers™ Airplane, Little, People® Tow 'n Pull Tractor™, Little People® All Around Car, Little People® Spin 'n Fly Helicopter™, Little People® Dump Truck)

 Are you ready to plan an epic #FPMiPrimerCumple?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

From Brunch to Crunch

Top: Lululemon // Pants: c/o Old Navy // Jacket: c/o Old Navy // Shoes: Bosi (Colombian Brand) // Bag: Lacoste //Sunglasses: Dior // Watch: Polar

Have you ever struggled with what to wear to a brunch with your girlfriends when you know you need to hit the gym? In this Outfit of the Day post, I'll show you how a few select pieces can transition your look from brunch to crunch (aka your workout).

Brunch is a cultural and social staple in New York City. It's where friends catch up on each other's lives all while imbibing delicious culinary treats and bottomless drinks. Who doesn't love brunch!?

Brunch is also another opportunity to showcase casual style. You want to be comfortable while you eat but you also want to look good while doing so. This look keeps all those aspects in mind with the added factor of wanting to do a little exercise after. You have to work off those elaborate, organic, locally grown menu items somehow, right? 

This Old Navy varsity jacket is a great fall piece. It's casual with a sporty feel but still looks great over any outfit. The jacket also features quilted fleece which is a wonderful touch for a simple and affordable piece of outerwear. 

To literally carry you through your day, you'll need a great workout bag to take you from the restaurant to you fitness activity of choice. This is a black and white Lacoste gym bag that features a large crocodile logo on the front pocket. This bag actually folds into a small black pouch, which makes it incredible easy to travel with. 

These fabulous shoes are by a Colombian brand named Bosi. I purchased them years ago but they still have a lot of life in them. The fact that these shoes stand the test of time is indicative of the great quality of the manufacturer. Not to mention they're shoes that never go out of style.

Now to the Workout!

These skinny sweatpants are by Old Navy. They're super comfortable and easy to move around in - a great combination for workout pants. My favorite thing about these pants are the black stripes on sides. They're not only a stylish embellishment but they create the illusion of a slimmer leg.

The top is by famed yoga clothing line Lululemon. Their products are really worth the hype. They're very well made and incredibly figure-flattering. This top features a great design on the back and is in the color merlot. Expect to see this color everywhere this season.

These black Asics sneakers are great for anyone with a low arch and/or folks who tend to place their weight on the outer sides of their feet. Not only are they functional and good for your feet, but they're quite stylish as well. I love black sneakers. They go with everything and make me feel ready for whatever workout lies ahead.

To keep me on time and to track my fitness goals, I use the Polar FT7 heart monitor/watch. It comes in an array of colors but I love the sleek black and silver combo. This watch monitors your heart rate as you exercise and thus gives you an accurate reading of how many calories you've burned off. I'm also wearing my Dior aviator sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun and adds just another touch of cool to my look.

I kept my makeup simple for easy removal post-brunch. I'm wearing FLOWER Beauty's Kiss Stick in Get to the Poinsettia. I love the bright red hue as a major pop of color to my look.

What takes you from brunch to crunch? Let me know in the comment section below.

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