Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Old Navy Summer Stripes

Dress: c/o Old Navy // Shoes: c/o Old Navy // Sunglasses: Fendi // Watch: Modify Watches // Scarf: c/o old Navy // Picnic Blanket: Ralph Lauren 

In this Outfit of the Day post, I'm sharing what I wore to a lovely day at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York. This was the site of 1939 and 1964 World's Fair, but you probably recognize the Unisphere from movies like Men In Black, Iron Man 2, and countless other pop culture references.

This is super comfortable and adorable dress that is perfect for a day at the park. The stretchy fabric lends itself to play with little ones while showcasing easy summer style. The Fit & Flare Ponte-Tank Dress by Old Navy is currently on sale for just $15!

My favorite thing about this dress (even more than the cost) is that the bottom flares out at the waist. That gives this modern dress a classic cut. Not to mention how flattering it can be for the curvier gals. 

I'm also wearing a navy Modify Watch. You've seen me talk about these watches before on my blog and I'm still in love with them. How great is it to be able to quickly strap on a watch that perfectly goes with whatever outfit you decide to put on? You can do just that for an unbeatable price with Modify Watches

I'm also wearing these adorable canvas OLd Navy canvas sneakers. This is the perfect shoe for a day at park. You can effortlessly stroll or join an impromptu game of soccer in these babies. 

Last but certainly not least, I added these cool blue Fendi sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun and to add a bit of pizazz to the look. I'm also wearing a very cool white and blue scarf created by artist Curtis Kulig (of the "Love Me" campaign) exclusively for Old Navy influencers. It features a fun car print that says "Special Delivery". I topped the look off with my go-to lip product to complete all my pinup looks, Sephora's Always Red lip stain. Buy it here.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

World Cup Viewing Party

As I mentioned on my Instagram, I had a small viewing party for the final match of the World Cup - Argentina Vs. Germany. I had a great time and I was able make some delicious dishes that I wanted to share with you. Now, these aren't all the things we made but just my stand-out favorites.

I'm not a connoisseur of German food, so I did the next best thing. I created an appetizer display using the colors of the German flag. For Black, I had a delicious and spicy Sabra Black Bean Hummus dip. For the red, I had chunky Tostitos Salsa. And for the yellow, I served a mild Tostitos nacho cheese Dip. These were accompanied by Tostitos restaurant style chips and Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips (sooooo good!).

My Argentine dish is a classic in the South American country's cuisine - Chimichurri Steak. My husband helped me grill the steak pieces while I made the tart, parsley based chimichurri sauce. I served it over a thick pieces of artisanal baguette. It was ah-mazing, if I do say so myself.

To honor the country in which the Mundial took place, Brasil, I made this Brazilian chicken and rice dish. This was super easy to make and a great way to ensure your guests are full by the end of the party.

As cute fútbol-themed appetizer, I cut up slices of cheddar and jack cheese into soccer jerseys. I also created a soccer ball using the same two cheeses. I served these with three different kings of crackers. My nephew was a huge fan as well as some of my other party guests. (Check out this Instagram post from one of them here)

I knew I would never have enough time to make a great world cup-themed dessert, so I sought the help of a professional. Check out these adorable soccer cake balls made by Angela of Making That Cake. Not only were they absolutely scrumptious but the perfectly decorated my soccer-themed tablescape in a way I never could. All the guests enjoyed one or more of these delicious treat - adults included.

Please let me know if you'd like me to post any of the recipes in the comment section below.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fit Friday: Spaghetti Squash

I recently went to a Vive Mejor Social Hour hosted by Ana Quincoces of Real Housewives of Miami fame and beauty expert Mario Anton. It was a wonderful event covering everything from the latest beauty trends, to easy Latino recipes and products you can/should find in any home. This event inspired today's Fit Friday post.

Who doesn't love pasta? Unfortunately, heavy carbs (like pasta) are a pain to burn off. I'm always in search of healthy but delicious alternatives and I've found one that even my husband loves: Spaghetti Squash!

Here is a simple and unbelievably delicious meal you can easily prepare at home. You'll be amazed by the taste and ease of this dish.

1. Cut a medium to large Spaghetti Squash in half. Evenly coat each half with salt, pepper and olive oil before placing them facedown on a cooking sheet in a 450 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

2. Scrap all of the pulp from within each half and place in a bowl. Don't worry if you accidentally rip through the skin.

If you cut through the skin, simply warp tin foil around squash to keep the pieces in place. We'll be using the skin of the squash as the serving bowl!

3. Pick your favorite Ragù brand sauce. I'm using this traditional Old World style Marinara sauce for this recipe. 

4. Mix your sauce with the squash pulp.

5. Place the squash back in squash skin.

6. Cover your squash halves with low-fat mozzarella cheese.

7. Place them under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese become golden brown.

8. Serve and sprinkle with parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes and/or your favorite garnish (as shown at the top).

9. Enjoy!

Let me know what you think of this recipe and if you've ever tried a spaghetti squash dish before in the comment section below.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throw Back Thursday: Spring & Summer Lipsticks

It's throw back Thursday, y'all! I'm taking you back to my Top 10 Favorite Spring & Summer Lipsticks of 2013. Don't worry. Some (if not all) of these products are still available at your local beauty stores and/or online. Even the limited edition ones!

Stay tuned for version 2014 coming soon!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Featured on POPSUGAR Insights

I was recently wrote an article about connecting with women through video content for POPSUGAR Insights. I was so honored to be asked to write this piece and be featured as one of their experts. I had so much fun writing it and hope it can help many of you emerging bloggers and bloggers out there.

Read it here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Shopping Guide: Beach Goer Essentials

In my previous post, I shared what I wore to my 4th of July weekend outing to the beach. You can see it here. Today, I'll share the essentials every person should have for their visit to the beach.

Beach Hat
Hats are a great way to protect your eyes and face from the bright rays of the sun. Here are some fabulous hats you'll love to flaunt at the beach.

Protecting your eyes is essential to the longterm health of your vision. These glasses will surely protect your eyes with style and flair.

Beach Towel
You always need a good beach towel to lie and [safely] tan on. I like large one that come in bright and/or bold print or fun illustration. It's always great when you can spot your things from afar, especially while splashing around with your favorite beach buddy.

Beach Sandals
Sandals on the beach should be comfortable and no-fuss. I love light-weight options that allow you to feel the sand as you stroll along the beach. Below are some of my favorites. 

Beach Bag
Ladies, the beach is not the place to display some of your most expensive designer pieces. Yes, you want something fashionable but also functional and durable. These beach bags are perfect for carrying around your essentials plus a book or two.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Red White & Blue at the Beach

Swimsuit: Pinup Girl Clothing // Hat: Prima Donna // Sandals: c/o Havaianas // Sunglasses: Fendi // Jewelry: Prima Donna

The 4th of July weekend is usually the first time my family is able to make it to the beach during the summer. This summer tradition continued when we went to one of my favorite New York beaches this past Saturday - Robert Moses State Park in Long Island.

For this celebratory weekend, I chose to wear my patriotic swimsuit from PinUp Girl Clothing

There are many things that I love about this swimsuit. The cut and style gives this bikini a big retro feel. And you all know how much I love retro fashion.

This swimsuit is not only reminiscent of the United States Flag, thanks to the color scheme and stripes, but the anchors on the buttons also make this a great nautical look - something else that makes me think of 1940s americana

This cut is also quite figure flattering and comfortable to wear for the curvier ladies. Don't think you have to weigh 100lbs to wear a bikini on the beach. No. This swimsuit provides coverage in an adorable pinup look.

Finally, just because you're going to frolic in the sand and ocean doesn't mean you can't bring great accessories with you! Here I'm sporting my fabulous new Prima Donna multi strand necklace and link bracelet. 

I also took my new Brazil-inspired Havaianas flip flops and inflatable pillow, Prima Donna hat and my vibrant Desigual towel.

Did you make it to the beach this 4th of July weekend? Tell me about your favorite USA themed outfit of the day you saw or wore this year.

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