Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Favorite Hispanic Red Carpet Looks (Academy Award Ladies Edition)

Many people were upset at The Academy Awards for neglecting to honor Lupe Ontiveros in its In Memorium program this year. Frankly, it's not that surprising considering the amount of brown faces (or lack there of) who are nominated or even attend the ceremony each year. As a small homage to the beautiful ladies who represent our people at The Oscars, I present to you My Favorite Hispanic Red Carpet Looks of The Oscars.

5. A relative new comer to the American red carpet, Bérénice Bejo looked gorgeous for her 2011 debut at the Oscars. This light mint green Elie Saab gown was beaded to perfection and the color complimented her fiery red hair. Elie Saab can do no wrong in my book. This is a great example of the designer's intricate work.

4. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not Jennifer Lopez's biggest fan. Lets just say Jenny hasn't been around the block for quite some time and, as someone who has worked in The Bronx, there are plenty of communities who could use some of that money she casually spends on all sorts of nonsense. Don't even get me started on these "proud Latinas" who never learned a word of Spanish and only started to use a few Spanglish phrases here and there after the big Latino boom of the 90s (what some of us refer to as the post-Ricky Martin era). And you really shouldn't ask me what I think of her singing.

All the criticism aside, no one can deny Jennifer Lopez looked stunning in this Zuhair Murad dress at the 2012 Academy Awards. The lines of this dress focuses your eyes to the smallest part of Jennifer's body while also draping over her curves in a super flattering way. Some didn't like the sleeves on this dress but I can always appreciate a good cut-out.

3. Penelope Cruz is no stranger to red carpets. Here she blew me away in this breathtaking blush colored Versace gown in 2007. The color looks amazing over her tan skin. The elaborate pattern on the top portion create wonderful shapes that emphasize (or create the illusion of) every curve of Penelope's body. The skirt brings the drama that every Academy Award attendee should strive for.

2. The number two position on my list has to go to the most successful Latina actress to cross the border into the American zeitgeist, the flawless Salma Hayek. I was incredibly fortunate to have met Ms. Hayek once and let me tell you...she is just as beautiful, graceful, sweet and kind as she seems on screen. I was stuck between these two dresses for a while before finally deciding to post them both. Why not? It's my blog and I'll PicFrame if I wan to!

The dress on the left is by Versace, which she wore in 2006. This look oozes old Hollywood and stands out from amongst the crowd for its eye-catching color and detailed draping. The dress on the right is by another amazing Latina, Carolina Herrera. This dress was a show stopper at the 2003 Academy Awards. It's black and white color scheme is classic. The exquisite lace top is incredibly feminine and super chic. This looks just exclaims elegance from top to bottom. The gown is a celebration of the refined woman.

1. My number one pick is Catalina Saldino Moreno in Dior. I decided I would get married in this dress exact dress the moment I saw it in 2005. This of course was years before I met my husband and before I realized how completely unforgiving that kind of material can be to a new mom. Clearly these were not issues for Catalina who looks absolutely stunning in this white crystal embellished gown. This dress exquisetly displays that famously curvy Colombian figure, showing off every asset this young and talented actress has.

Full disclosure: my family is Colombian and I'm bound by blood to support every artist, business, etc. to come out of our magical Tierra del Olvido. But after seeing the dress above, who can dare say I only chose this look out of Colombian pride?

 I've also been told that I look like Catalina which is one of the best compliments I've ever received.

Disagree with my picks? Can you remember an even better red carpet dress worn by a Latina or Hispanic woman? Let me know in the comments section below.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday Outfit of the Day

Dress: Pinup Girl Clothing/Shoes: Kensie Girl/ Bag: Jessica Simpson/ Nail Polish: Big Apple Red by O.P.I.

Throwback Thursday is an Instagram trend that encourages folks to post old photos the they'd like to share. For my first TBT post on Domesticated Me, I'm sharing an photo taken at New York City Mayor Bloomberg's Puerto Rican Day Parade Reception at Gracie Mansion. I'm wearing a Victory red Asian-inspired dress by Pinup Girl Clothing (my favorite online store!) and adorable black Kensie Girl suede and patent leather Mary Janes. Can you see the super cute bows on them? These are one of my favorite shoes. 


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Glittery Gold Makeup Look

Above is my super fun and fabulous glittery gold party look. Get noticed with this eye-catching look. It's perfect for a Girls Night Out, Date Night, Special Event and everything in between.


Sigma's E35 Tapered Blending Brush -http://tinyurl.com/E35SigmaBrush
Sigma E55 Brush - http://tinyurl.com/SigmaE55Brush
Sigma's E40 Tapered Large Blending Brush - http://tinyurl.com/SigmaE40BlendingBrush
Sigma's E30 Pencil Brush - http://tinyurl.com/SigmaE30Brush 
Sigma's F15 Duo Fiber Powder/Blush Brush -http://tinyurl.com/SigmaF15Brush

(Foundation Routine not filmed but featured in another video)
Dermablend's SkinPerfector Pigment Correcting Primer
Makeup Forever HD Foundation
MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Dark
CHANEL's Rose Quartz Blush

Sigma's Elope
Sigma's Command
MAC's Swiss Chocolate
Sigma's Hitch
Sephora's Gold Glitter Eye Liner
Biotherm Brown Eye Pencil
MAC's Liquid Eye Liner
MAC's Smolder Eye Liner Pencil
Lips:NYX's Pink Nude Lip Pencil

MAC's All Revealing

"Every Little Thing" by Valley Lodge

Sunday, February 17, 2013

NYFW Fall 2013 Blue Makeup Look

New York Fashion Week is here! I'm having such a great time seeing my favorite designers' new collections. I've also loved the makeup! 

Jason Wu, Rebecca Minkoff, Monique Lhullier, Jean Paul Gaultier and many other designers have chosen to display wing/cat-eye makeup applications in their shows. A few of them in shades of blue. Recreate this high fashion look with my easy-to-follow tutorial below. 

This is my submission for IFB's Project #83 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hello Nail Art!

I have a nail polish problem. I tend to purchase the same color polishes over and over again. I usually buy three shades - a true red (like OPI's Big Apple Red), an oxblood (like MAC's Vintage Vamp) or light pinks. Although I do love different color nail polishes on other people, I always seem to ask for the usual suspects whenever I sit at a nail salon. Recently, however, I discovered cutepolish on YouTube. She does amazing nail art tutorials that are not only pretty/cute/awesome, but they're pretty easy to accomplish at home. She's totally inspired me to try some myself and I have loved the results. Are you a fan of nail art? What do you think of these?

Deborah Lippmann French Manicure with Black & White Flowers, inspired by cutepolish

Black on Black Zebra Pattern, design by cutepolish 

Black and Silver Glitter French Tips, my own design 

 Holly Christmas Nails, design by cutepolish

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