I have a ton of little black dresses in my closet. I think it’s an essential. There are some staple pieces that are a must, and an LBD is one of them. From lace, satin, short, midi, it’s my go-to look for an evening out. I especially love when a cocktail dress has a surprise detail like this one from Tobi. The front is simple and unassuming. Turn around, and it’s a whole other story.
Instead of going over what I want to do in 2017, I decided to come up with a word that embodies the way I want to feel. After a year of health issues coming and going, I can certainly say that the “ups” were the best in my life. I loved the days when I felt spirited, alive, inspired and sexy. the word that best encompasses the way I want to feel is vivacious.
Receiving a “Mal de Ojo” bracelet or azabache (typically has a black bead or hand) when you’re a baby is a tradition in my family. I still have the ones my grandmother gave me and the one she gave my son. The bracelet is intended to protect you from anyone who is envious or wants to inflict pain or harm on you. This belief goes back over 3,000 to ancient Greece and Rome, and is a symbol in many religions.
The evil eye amulet is supposed to offset negative energy by staring back at it.
But at the core of all these phases, lives a chick who loves her rock music, contemporary art and a whole lot of comfort. How does that translate in my clothes? Simple. Touches of leather, shades of black and fabrics that aren’t constricting – all under the umbrella of chic and edgy. Sometimes I play with color, different silhouettes or prints but for the most part I know what makes me feel good. And that took a lot of trial and error, and many fashion mistakes (like denim with pink embroidered flowers because the 90s).
2017 is upon us and I know one thing for sure, I’m walking right into it with confidence and style. The challenges of 2016 all came and left with a lesson for each and every one of us, and we cannot ignore the signs. Let’s use the current energy to manifest greatness. It’s time for more self-love. It’s time for more quality time with loved ones. It’s time to grow in our personal lives and careers. As we saw this past year, it can all be taken from us. We experienced that nothing is guaranteed. The world needs our good vibes, our drive, passion and love.
It starts with us.
There really is nothing like black lace and glitter for the holidays. About a month ago, I was hunting for a dress to wear to the Latin Grammy’s and absolutely fell in love with black lace cocktail number from Anthropologie. Why is that place so good? I knew many women would be wearing gowns and sequins, but I really just wanted this dress. I looked at this dress and said “this is the one.”
Posting an Instagram or writing a blog post seems trivial to me right now, but I need to get back into the swing of things. It’s been a rough week. The election results hit me like a ton of bricks, and every time I turn on the news it just seems like there’s one bad announcement after another. I have so much I want to say, but I’m exhausted by all of it. I’m still processing what happened and what this all means as a Latina mother and woman.
It’s very easy to get sucked into the news and the conversations that everyone’s talking about, but I’m slowly trying to find the balance between making a difference, shutting off the noise and resuming where I left off before November 8th.
My posts have slowed down a bit this month, as we’re knee-deep into another event coming up around the corner.
#WeAllGrowFAMILIA is happening on Saturday at Munchkin Headquarters, and the line-up of speakers is really superb. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a full-day workshop designed for millennial parents who are building online businesses.
I love hearing from mothers who are creating products and bettering the lives of families through their work. Authors, toy companies and executives are going to talk business and parenting, and I can’t wait to hear what they have to say.
This post is in collaboration with Mirada de Provence
Giving my body and skin all the love and nourishment it needs to go through its natural process over next several years is what I call aging gracefully. For me, it’s about staying positive, living in the moment, keeping myself inspired with art, taking care of my health, getting plenty of rest and being one with nature. When I don’t do this, my inner pilot light starts to dim causing me to feel and look like I’ve aged overnight.
When Mirada de Provence reached out to me about their botanical skincare line made in the Southeastern region of France, I had to say yes. Like me, they believe in the power of aging gracefully with nature. Many women are surprised to learn that my “anti-aging” routine consists of natural ingredients, and that I swear by naps, water and eating plenty of greens to keep hair and skin smooth and supple.
Last week, I was invited to participate in a Master Class with L’Oreal Paris hosted by celebrity makeup artist Claudia Bentancur. We were set up with a makeup stations, and followed her instructions for creating a smokey eye look that she designed. It was actually pretty awesome to see how everyone’s look was so different in the end, even though it was the same tutorial. Some were super dramatic while others very soft and subtle, which goes to show you there’s no one way to apply makeup. In fact, Claudia, who works often with Jennifer Lopez, admitted that her clients teach her a lot about tricks that work for their face that may not work for someone else.
For my look, I didn’t go very heavy with color because I wanted to go for a day or night finish. Also, I find that too much makeup makes me look older. I have very strong features and large eyelids, so I like to keep my look soft.
But that’s the beauty of makeup, right? It’s all about preference. So I’m going to list what we did, and you can try it out yourself. Add more or a little less, it’s all up to you. The shadow and lip colors used in Claudia’s custom look are gorgeous, and perfect for women with brown eyes. [Read more…]
I was hoping to photograph the jumpsuit I wore to #WeAllGrowMIA when I was there (the space was adorable), but that did not happen. Apparently my body can no longer handle heat and humidity because I was already a mess an hour into the event. My hair went up as the sweat poured down my face, leaving no evidence that I had gotten up at 4am for hair and makeup. Los Angeles weather has spoiled me down to the core.