Monday, November 17, 2014

Kendall Jenner: Shop My Estee Lauder Faves

Estée Lauder announced their newest face is Kim Kardashian's younger sister, Kendall Jenner. The social media sensation and reality star will appear in digital, TV, and print advertising campaigns for the luxury makeup brand.

Kendall Jenner for Estee Lauder
Kendall Jenner for Estée Lauder (Photo: Estee Lauder)
The 19-year-old has been making a name for herself as a runway model. She had tongues wagging as she made her big debut in a sheer top during the Marc Jacobs Fashion Show in February in New York City.

“Bridging the worlds of high fashion, entertainment and social media, Kendall is a modern beauty who represents a whole new generation of women who live, breathe and share beauty, fashion and life 24/7, on their own terms, in a visually compelling way,” said Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “She is the ultimate instagirl, and we are excited to leverage her image, voice, energy and extraordinary social media power to introduce Estée Lauder to millions of young women around the world.”

Jenner, who found out the news during Paris Fashion Week, confesses it was tough to keep mum until this weekend's big announcement. "It honestly feels like a dream to represent such an iconic beauty brand — it is an incredible honor and quite humbling," she said. "I am so excited to share it now and be part of Estée Lauder." "

You can already shop all of Kendall's favorite products via their website here. Check them out below:

Kendall Jenner's favorit Estee Lauder Products

Beyoncé: Steal Her Maid-of-Honor Look for $350

Solange Knowles celebrated her wedding to Alan Ferguson in New Orleans last night, surrounded by 200 close family and friends, including superstar singer sister Beyoncé and hubby Jay Z. I can easily say, this is one of my favorite celebrity weddings thanks to the couple's unique style.

The photo above show the newlyweds ahead of their nuptials, with Solange rocking a stunning Stéphane Rolland pantsuit featuring a plunging neckline and cape. She honestly could have married in this ensemble and I would have loved it just the same as her stunning Humberto Leon for Kenzo. Also, the simplicity of their arrival in vintage bikes is so much nicer than the overdone limousines, horse and carriage, or anything of that sort. Don't you agree?

With all eyes on the bride, Beyoncé kept her maid-of-honor look simple-yet-stunning. She rocked a Torn by Ronny Kobo Maggie Lasso Diamond dress. At $350, I can bet the dress will be sold out by lunch. Right now, the site shows only extra small and medium left so act now!

Are you a fan of this celebrity wedding style?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Exclusive: Jinna Yang Talks "House of DVF," Jersey Boys, and Kier

Jinna Yang \\ House of DVF
Photo Courtesy of Jinna Yang
Sunday nights are so jam-packed, I didn't think I'd be able to find the time to take on a new TV show. Then I saw this advertisement for an upcoming reality competition series entitled, "House of DVF" and I knew it would be a must-watch.

As the third episode is set to air tonight on E! at 10pm, I had a feeling viewers would want to know more about the contestants. I reached out to my favorite,  Jinna Yang this week, to learn more about her experience on the show, her issue with Jersey boys, and who she think Diane Von Furstenberg will hire.

Why do you think you’d be the perfect brand ambassador for DVF? 

The brand is about positivity, sisterhood and I think I have the qualities that Diane is looking for to continue just that - inspiring women around the world to be confident, and that no matter where you're from, you are capable of achieving your dreams.

You mentioned DVF herself was an intimidating presence. What was it like being around her during shooting? (What the cameras did and did not see) 

I was often conflicted because one one hand - here is a woman who seems so loving and affectionate at times, and on the other hand - the businesswoman who we are technically trying to impress and remain professional around. She was always poised and extremely busy so it's difficult to get one on one time with her to allow her to get to know you on a personal level. As expected, the contestants all have big personalities.

I loved the scene last week showing you and Tiffani grabbing drinks. Have you maintained any of the friendships since shooting wrapped? 

Absolutely - we talk to each other all the time whether it's through group text, Twitter, Facebook or everyone's favorite - Instagram. Through the up's and down's we all know that this experience has bonded us and we hope to uplift one another and always want the best for each other at the end of the day.

Speaking of that scene, you turned away a hottie because he’s from NJ! What’s wrong with Jersey boys? 

Ha! Sometimes I just like to have a little fun. It's ironic though because I'm actually dating a boy from New Jersey now. :)

Kier. She’s obviously there to win but is not a favorite amongst viewers or the cast. Is she just being portrayed as the baddie because every show needs one or was it really that bad in real life? 

Kier is who she is - and she doesn't apologize for it. But she is absolutely that way in real life.

With all the fighting going on between the contestants, did it make things more difficult for you when trying to complete challenges? 

It was the worst. It's not professional, especially during business hours. I hate people who are passive aggressive. I also think it's a bit naive when people don't know when to let certain things go. There's a way to approach people and there's a time and place to do it. I felt like I was babysitting at times, and it distracted me from trying to do what I came there to do - put in work.

If you do not win, who do you think deserves to the most? I don't think this is a question of who deserves it most. 

This is a question of who Diane wants. Plain and simple.

When you’re not competing on fabulous reality shows, what do you do? How can we follow you? 

I travel the world, take photographs and write about my life experiences on my blog, I dedicated my life to inspiring people to live with purpose, act without fear, follow their dreams and remind them to never lose hope. I also post daily updates and inspirational messages on Instagram.

Here's a preview of tonight's episode:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Avon Unveils Holiday Collection in Miami

With holiday shopping in full swing, Avon wants their newest fragrance Avon Luck at the top of your list. Made for both men and women, the fresh citrus, yummy berries, and floral notes will put a big smile on the face of your loved ones without breaking the bank.

avon luck holiday presentation

As the sun set over The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach, members of the media were enveloped by the warmth of the candles decorating the Avon suite and the scent of their newest fragrance Avon Luck earlier this month. It was tough to get past the door where a super fun photo booth was located, but with manicure tables anxiously awaiting guests, I quickly sat down for some pampering.

I had never used Avon nail lacquers before, but I was so surprised at the shine and great collection of colors available. I rarely like using dark colors on my nails, but the two shades that caught my attention included a sultry black shade named Licorice and a sparkly grey shade called Black Sequins. Over the Licorice, Black Sequins looked great over one nail on each hand as an accent. I loved how it looked so much that I vow to be more adventurous during manicures in the future.

Afterward, we checked out a large table with great gift ideas from both Avon and mark. They have such a beautiful selection of affordable items. Here are some of my favorites:

L to R: Noir Essence Earrings, Chain Reaction Necklace, & Eye Dream of Glam Ultimate Shadow Palette 

Remember I told you about that fun photo booth we were obsessed with? Here are some of the images from the event:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Enter to Win: What Skin Care Problem Is Bothering You This Fall?

The seasons are changing and so is your skin. What skin care problems are you all experiencing as we go into fall and winter? How can I help?

As I've been talking to my friends all over the U.S., I've noticed how dry skin has been quite the topic at this time of year. We all suffer from it no matter where you're located geographically. If skin care isn't an issue, are there any beauty topics you'd like more about? Contouring had me stumped until recently. (The trick is, no one face chart floating around on the net will work on you!)

I've partnered with Target for a fantastic fall contest where I'll answer one of your questions on an upcoming video tutorial. All you have to do is tweet me your questions using @TargetStyle and @SocialRosy. If you're question is selected, you will score a $100 gift card to use at your favorite Target store.

I don't know about you, but I can do a lot of damage at the big red retailer with that much!

Go on and Tweet me now!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Oprah's "The Life You Want" Weekend Changed My Life

Oprah Winfrey and her trailblazers Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Iyanla Vanzant, and Rob Bell visited Miami recently as part of "The Life You Want Weekend" and the experience was more than I could have imagined. With dates left in San Jose, California and Seattle, Washington coming soon, I can't recommend attending enough.

Oprah Winfrey in Miami, Floria (Photo: Courtesy of Olay)

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a journalist. But I had the privilege of growing up in a time where women like Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and Oprah Winfrey had been paving the way for someone like me for many years. So today, as I write for so many respected digital properties, I silently thank them for never giving up their dreams so that one day so many of us could follow in their footsteps.

As you can imagine, when Olay reached out to invite me to this once-in-a-lifetime event, led by one of my journalistic idols Oprah Winfrey, I nearly yelled out my acceptance! The experience was pretty overwhelming to be surrounded by so many powerful women both on stage and in the audience. Lots of tears and laughter were shared that weekend, as well as many new friendships made.

The reason I say this weekend changed my life, is because the experience helped elevate me to a better place. Many of the nuggets of wisdom shared have made me want to read more, learn more, and be more. 

Here are some quotes that really inspired me:

"Every one of us is looking for the same thing. We want to know we matter." --- Oprah Winfrey
"If you're living and breathing, you have a purpose." --- Oprah Winfrey
"Stop trying to squeeze yourself into things that don't fit--- in life." --- Iyanla Vanzant
"The life you want is on the other side the labor pains it takes to birth it." --- Iyanla Vanzant
"If you make it through the past, you passed." --- Iyanla Vanzant

As you can tell, Iyanla Vanzant became the voice that spoke to me the loudest. I've already bought two of her books and I can't wait to learn more from her.

A big thank you to Olay, Orgullosa, and the P&G Family of Products for inviting me! It's great to see brands that I love and trust for most of my life support such a motivational project. 

Here are some of my favorite moments from the weekend:

Monday, November 03, 2014

Maite Perroni Invites You to The Pantene #BeautifulLengths Twitter Party

** This is a sponsored post in partnership with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pantene Beautiful Lengths. All opinions are my own.**

Pantene Beautiful Lengths encourages people to share their strength and donate their beautiful, healthy hair to create free wigs. Since 2006, Pantene Beautiful Lengths has received nearly 600,000 hair donations from generous, men, women and children.

Earlier this year, I had grown tired of my long hair. I felt like I had looked the same for so long, that I had to do something drastic. In my 20's, I had a lot of fun dying my hair all sorts of colors but in the last few years, I'd left it my natural dark brown color. This made me the perfect candidate to donate my hair to a worthy cause.

I mailed nearly a foot of hair over to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and I encourage all of you to consider doing it as well on National Donate Your Hair Day on November 22, 2014.  The following salons will be offering a free haircut with a Pantene Beautiful Lengths donation on 11/22: Rita Hazan Salon in New York, Gabriel Samra Hair Salon in Miami, and Nine Zero One in Los Angeles.

Want to learn how? Join novela superstar Maite Perroni and celebrity hairstylist Gabriel Samra on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 6pm PST/9pm EST for a big Twitter party. Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Latina Mom Bloggers will also be on-hand to answer questions and teach you how you can rock an all-new look!

Twitter Party Details: 

What: Beautiful Lengths Twitter Party
When: Monday, November 10 at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST
Where: Twitter Hashtag: #BeautifulLengths

Who to Follow:

Co-Hosts: @hispanaglobal, @superlatinashow, @MichelleRivera5, @socialrosy
Moderators: @LatinaMomBlogs, @LatinoMarketing, @JollyMom
Special Guests: @MaiteOficial & @GabrielSamra
Brand: @Pantene

Winners will be selected at random, for a total of four (4) winners. Winners must be residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia and be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.

Prize #1: (1) set of Pantene Beautiful Lengths Product Bundle + $50 Spa Finder Giftcard
Prize #2: (1) set of Pantene Beautiful Lengths Product Bundle + $100 Spa Finder Giftcard
Prize #3: (1) set of Pantene Beautiful Lengths Product Bundle + $150 Spa Finder Giftcard
Prize #4: (1) set of Pantene Beautiful Lengths Product Bundle + $300 Spa Finder Giftcard

RULES: Click HERE for the Official Rules

RSVP : To be eligible to win prizes, you must be a resident of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia (not Puerto Rico or Quebec) and be 18 years of age or older at time of entry, follow @Pantene and RSVP at Latina Mom Bloggers.

Hello November: 7 Goals For a Great Month

With the swift and chilly arrival of November, there are a few things you should add to your to-do list this month to ensure you get started on the right foot. By making these small changes, you'll notice improvements not just to yourself, but also your home.

November: 10 Things to Make it a great month

Can you believe it's November already? I feel like the year only just got started and now we're gearing up for the holidays! I woke up this morning to 60 degree weather, which may not seem like a chilly day to most, but here in Miami this is as close to winter as we'll probably get.

I wanted to start setting up some goals for the month and I thought some of you might benefit from doing the same. Here's the list of seven things I'll be working on:

1. Clean/Update Your Bedding- Sleep is important to your physical and mental health. In the United States, 40% of people are getting less sleep than recommended. This is why I feel it's so important to ensure your bedding is always clean and welcoming. I clean my sheets, pillowcases, and duvet cover every week. My duvet has a date with the washing machine at least twice a month. 

TIP: Since it's become colder across the country, wash all your warmer bedding that you've had stored away. I use Gain Scent Boosters in my laundry because it keeps everything smelling nice longer.

Looking for an update? You don't have to spend a lot to improve your bed game. I recently bought this colorful duvet cover set from Ikea for $20. During a recent trip to Target, I discovered Febreze's new line called, "Sleep Serenity." I use the "Bedding Refresher" between washes. Make sure you don't forget your pillows! I'm obsessed with Le Couvent des Minimes "Good Night Pillow Mist."

TIP: To add a bit of drama, you could hang twinkle lights on your headboard. (Photo in collage below)

2. Get Your Face Ready for Changes- Oh fall/winter, you dry my skin out so bad! I've been using the Clarisonic Sonice Radiance Brightening Solution set as I bid farewell to the summer and all the dark spots the sun gifted me this year. 

Update your products according to your skin type as well. Using the Clarisonic will help your face absorb products much better with regular use. 

TIP: Both Neutrogena and Olay have great pore refining products out there you should try ASAP.

3. Up Your Fitness Game- I don't know about you, but as soon as there is a chill in the air, I want to permanently live under the blanket. Laziness levels increase the colder the temperatures are--- am I right? There are a lot of exercises you can do at home but fall is a great time to spend more time outdoors running or enjoying a bike ride.

Looking for ideas? Make sure you follow my "Get Fit" board on Pinterest! *shameless plug* If you have a smart phone, who doesn't these days (?), I use the 5k Run app that keeps me motivated and encouraged to follow a program. 

If you have money to invest, consider spending it on a bike. I've had my eye on this pretty yellow beach cruiser for some time now.

TIP: Whether you work out often or are just getting back into a routine, you can always benefit from a new sports bra.

4. Start a Diary, the Old School Way- Don't you ever crave using pen and paper like back in the old days? Batteries die and with all the cloud theft going on, I rather stick to keeping things simple. Dust off your old Polaroid (or buy a cute new one), and tape them to a page with a quick message. Instagram is super fun, but I'm excited to keep a more personal record of the new year.

5. Change Up Your Netflix Queue- I hate hearing anyone say they can't find anything to watch on TV. I did a post a few months ago about some fun romantic comedies I like, if you want suggestions click here. New titles to keep your eye on in November include "La Bare" with hottie Joe Manganiello, "The One I Love" with Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass, "Hercules" with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and "22 Jump Street" with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

6. Plan a Vacation- As someone who suffers daily from wanderlust, I'm always on the lookout for travel deals. If you need an escape sooner rather than later, it's a great time to take a cruise. I just visited Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico on the Caribbean Princess from Princess Cruises. I have some posts coming up about my experience so keep your eyes peeled. 

TIP: Great spots to search are Travel Zoo, Airfare Watchdog, and these two blog posts are great: Kiplinger and The Blond Abroad.

7. Catch Up on Some Reading- I'm a technology obsessed individual that spends a lot of time reading and researching on the internet. But sometimes, I just feel like grabbing an old school book to sit on my patio and read.

Last week, I attended Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend (more on that coming soon) and I discovered Iyanla Vanzant. I've already bought two of her books and can't wait to learn more from her. 

TIP: Looking for a new author? Ask your friends on social media or join Goodreads. (It's free!)

Do you guys have any goals or priorities you set up every month?

November Goals