Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cara Delevingne Goes Au Naturale for Spring John Hardy Campaign

Supermodel Cara Delevingne is one of the hottest models right and there's no question why. I won't deny having a major girl crush on her, and I can't imagine anyone seeing her for the 1st or 100th time not falling in love.

Cara Delevingne for John Hardy (Photo: John Hardy)

With messy bed head and brows that have surpassed "fleek" status, Delevingne shows off some of the newest pieces from the John Hardy Spring 2015 collection in sexy new ads that just hit the net. The deliciously dangerous bracelet shown above is part of the Naga Collection and it features the head of a dragon! I don't see the specific one the British babe is wearing on their website, but the Double Coil Bracelet with Dragon Head in sterling silver and 18k bonded gold runs $1,595.

I'd love to own the one she's wearing to spice up a LBD in the most original way possible. The other images from the campaign are equally as smoldering. Check them out below:


Cara Delevingne w/varied bracelets including the Classic Chain (Photo: John Hardy)
Cara Delevingne in Citrine Dot Ring & Blue Topaz Bamboo Ring (Photo: John Hardy)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Watch Your Food Portions for Optimal Weight Loss

You know that saying, "You are what you eat"? As I struggle to find the perfect balance between food and exercise for optimal weight loss in the new year, I've learned that it's not only about what you eat, but also how much of it that can tip that scale in your favor.

My first DeliverLean Breakfast

When I decided in December to finally take the bull by the horns and commit to changing the way I view food, I knew it wasn't going to be easy. We live in a world where food and alcohol flows freely and we view the consumption of both as something we do for pleasure. Don't get me wrong; preparing and eating food shouldn't be a daunting task. But you should keep in mind that whatever you do put in your body, is going to directly affect the way your body functions.

I've been quite lax throughout my life about the quality of food I eat. But the older I get, the more difficult it is to ignore the pounds that are adding up and the level of difficulty required to get rid of said pounds. So when a representative from DeliverLean reached out with the opportunity to try their service, I was excited!

On Monday and Wednesday I received meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner for two days and on Friday I received my final meals for the week. I was happy that ahead of my deliveries I was able to alert the staff of allergies or ingredients I didn't like. So a recipe called for zucchini, it was replaced by asparagus--- one of my favorite vegetables!

What surprised me the most about the experience is the size of the portions. I snapped a photo and showed a friend my dinner one night, she was stunned at the amount of rice I was given. She said, "I easily eat at least 2 times that amount of rice for dinner." I'm not sure if it's a Hispanic thing, but we love pairing rice--- and lots of it---with nearly every dish. But by the end of the meal, I was left completely satisfied. 

The other thing the meals pushed me to do was try new dishes and ingredients I had been weary of having in the past. I once had a smoothie that included kale that convinced me I hated the healthy green leaf. But when I tried their "Alaskan Baked Salmon with Sautéed Kale and Roasted Pineapple Coconut Brown Rice," there was no turning back. Hello!? I love kale.

I'm a kale fan now!

DeliverLean is a fantastic service that provides delicious meals at affordable prices. They taught me about portions, how to open my mind to new ingredients, and that decreasing my cravings for the fatty foods I previously enjoyed wasn't as tough as I once thought. Heating the food takes no more than two minutes, unless you include time to pretty up the images to share on social media.

There are a variety of options to choose from should you have any special dietary requirements. So if you need gluten free, Paleo, Vegetarian, or Vegan, they've got your back.

Along with trying out DeliverLean last week, I did a combination of workouts at the gym, yoga, and a Core Fusion Boot Camp class at Exhale at The Epic Hotel. By weeks end, I had lost one pound the healthy way. Yes, this is only the beginning of my journey, but I feel great and I'm not missing fast food in the least. I'm also full of energy and positivity.

For more information on how you can start DeliverLean, click here. This link takes you to a special deal that gives you three days free when you purchase a 4 week package. 

Here are a few more photos of my meals. Sorry they aren't as pretty as I'd like, but I was anxious to eat my yummy food!

Island Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa and Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
Ropa Vieja w/Caramelized Onions, Red Kidney Beans, & Brown Rice

Breakfast Burrito w/Spinach, Roasted Peppers and Mozzarella


**Note: This was a paid post from DeliverLean but all thoughts are my own. I could not recommend trying out something that I did not love myself. I could do DeliverLean for months and be happy.**

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Steal My Beauty Look: Kat Dennings at People's Choice Awards

As much as I loved Kat Dennings black Ludmila Corlateanu dress from the People's Choice Awards, it was her makeup that really stood out. Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Anderson shares the list of products she used on the "2 Broke Girls" star, so you can recreate the look at home.

Kat Dennings at the People's Choice Awards (Photo: Wire)

"The look we created tonight for Kat is all about modern romance. It's feminine and sexy and complements the black lace dress she's wearing," Andersen said.

Even though Beth Behrs, Kat's cute co-star who joined her on the red carpet and not boyfriend Josh Groban, romance was the theme Lauren chose for the evening. Here is the breakdown of the products she used and how to get the look:

Face: 

Lauren applied Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation with Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator to the face and added Chanel Powder Blush in Rose Petale to the cheeks.

Eyes: 

Lauren then blended all of the shades from the Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Mocha Latte to create a brown smoky eye before lining the eyes with Avon Mega Effects Liquid Eye Liner in black. For a dramatic finishing touch, Lauren applied a strip of false lashes and two coats of Avon Big & Daring Volume Mascara in Blackest Black. 

Lips: 

To complete the look, Lauren applied Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Cherry Jubilee.



1. Avon Big & Daring Volume Mascara in Blackest Black.
2. Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Cherry Jubilee
3. Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Mocha Latte 

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer Partners with Target

We're not even halfway through January 2015 and Target is announcing one of their most epic collaborations to date: Lilly Pulitzer for Target. Bringing the fun colors and patterns directly from Palm Beach, Florida, the 250-piece collection will hit stores this spring.



Holy gold-toed espadrilles: your home and your body are never going to be the same! Target (pronounced- tar jay) held an ultra-fab fiesta in New York City this morning to announce the collaboration for lucky local editors. According to A Bull's Eye View,"the limited-edition collection features 15 exclusive prints, which are original works of art, created by Lilly Pulitzer artists specifically for this modern collaboration."

“This spring, we wanted to offer our guests a collection that embraced color, print and pattern in a bold, fresh way,” said Stacia Andersen, senior vice president, apparel and accessories, Target. “As we started to think about the perfect partner to collaborate with, Lilly Pulitzer was the clear choice given the brand’s inspiring heritage, authority with print and pattern and resort-chic aesthetic.”

Check out pieces from the collection, in the video below:


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

5 Ways To Relax in 2015

We're hours away from welcoming 2015 and so many of us are pondering our resolutions; how to make the coming year better than any other. With all the stress we have from the daily grind, I want to share some tips to help you relax in the new year.

Sunset at Sea on Caribbean Princess (Photo: Logan Fazio)

1. Meditation- Do you find yourself full of anxiety or with trouble sleeping? I've been using a really cool app called Digipill (Available for iPhone and Android) both day and night. They've had a sale each day since Christmas on different "pills," which are audio files to aid with meditation. I've tried a lot of other ones before and the worst thing was how bad the audio was recorded. This one is top notch and if you hurry, you can get "Trance Tripping" for 1/2 price today only.

If you rather not have the audio cues, there are plenty of other ways to meditate. Decide how long you'd like to meditate for, it can be just five minutes or an hour--- it's totally up to you. Find a peaceful place where you won't be disturbed and stretch out before getting into a comfortable position. Check out this great article to help you with your breathing, mental imagery, and mantras.

2. Plan a vacation- Whether you stay close to home or plan a trip abroad, you need to allow yourself a break from the daily grind. I took a cruise this year with Princess Cruises (read more about it here) and it was a great and affordable option. Not only do you not have to worry about being bored on a flight, but you can drink and enjoy your time as the captain and his crew take care of the driving.

Even if you decide to stay home, make sure you spend time doing the things that you love. Read a book, hit the beach, or visit areas that you've never been before. You can even go and visit a spa for a facial, massage, or manicure/pedicure. 

3. Get off the internet and meet friends in real life!- With social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it's easy to disconnect from our loved ones offline. Pick up the phone, don't text, and call up a friend and make plans to spend real time together. Have them over for dinner or invite them to a picnic.

No social media site can ever replace the happiness you'll feel seeing their smile instead of an emoji.

4. Exercise - Going for a run or trying out yoga, can be quite relaxing. Sometimes when I find myself with writers block, I go for a run and come back feeling refreshed. I tried out yoga during my cruise and I liked how the stretching made me feel as well.

The key is, find what you like and allow yourself to try new things. You never know if you'll enjoy a bike ride or a walk around your neighborhood. You might even notice the side effect of weight loss or a more toned body. Oh yeah!

5. Adopt a pet- Adopting an animal is one of the most unselfish and kind things you could ever do. BUT it is not a decision to take lightly. Having my furry pals helps me relax on good and bad days because they are so sweet and loving. They do require a lot of love, attention, affection, and money however, so ensure that you are able to provide these before making this commitment.

There are so many lovely shelter pets of all ages looking for a forever home. Check with your local Humane Society for requirements and for an appointment to check out the dogs and cats they have available for adoption.

Have a safe and wonderful New Year's Eve tonight!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Target Helps You Get NYE Ready With a Few Simple Tips

With New Years Eve less than 24 hours away, do you have your clothing and beauty products all picked out? It's a huge night, one that many people believe will determine how happy, successful, and prosperous the coming year will be.

Angela Sustaita-Ruiz, Rodner Figueroa, Rosy Cordero, Manny Ruiz at Target

Guess what? You do not need to drop serious cash to look good this New Years Eve. With malls being so slammed, I almost rather stay home than have to think about going shopping. But there's always a solution and this one come by way of one of your favorite retailers--- Target.

They invited me to help the Ruiz family with some of my favorite end-of-the year beauty tips while Univision star and fashion expert Rodner Figueroa helped get their style on point for the big celebration.

You can learn more about it via this link at Latina.com and by checking out our video below:


Sunday, December 28, 2014

When is the Best Time to Cruise?

With so many places to cruise, when is it the best time to cruise and where? Whether you're looking to tour the mediterranean, the caribbean, Alaska or Canada, we'll help you get your planning done ahead of the new year.

Enjoying the view (Photo: Logan Fazio)

After spending five days cruising with Princess Cruises to Grand Cayman and Mexico, I can't wait to plan more trips in 2015. So it's a good thing that their ships can take you to so many cool destinations all over the world. Click here to see all the destinations they visit currently.

My dream is to visit Australia and the Mediterranean, but when is the best times to go? Check out this breakdown below for a better idea:

South America
High: November to March
Low: April and October

Hawaii 
December to April

Mexican Riviera
February to mid April

Caribbean
High: June to August
Low: September to January

Mediterranean
April to October

Northern Europe
May to September

Alaska
May to September

Canada/New England
May to October

South Pacific
May to October

Bermuda
June to August

Australia
November to March

No matter when you plan to cruise, make sure to research the good and bad points of traveling during high and low times. I went on my cruise in October, a typically riskier time to cruise due to hurricane season. We did encounter rain while in the sea, but with the talented staff steering the ship, we barely felt any movement. To compensate for the cancelled outdoor events and pool time, there are optional indoor activities available as well as time at the spa, gym, library, or a variety of hot spots that will vary depending on which ship you take.

Here are some more fun images of my cruise:

Logan Fazio enjoys the sunset (Photo: Rosy Cordero)

Enjoying a day at sea (Photo: Logan Fazio)

These cuties had full control of the ship (Photo: Rosy Cordero)

Pedicure at the spa? YASS! (Photo: Rosy Cordero)

Enjoy the views (Photo: Rosy Cordero)

Toast Champagne on Your Balcony (Photo: Logan Fazio)

Make new Friends (Photo: Princess Cruises)





Saturday, December 27, 2014

Enter to Win 2015 Beauty Products from Neutrogena

Neutrogena is so excited about their newest line of beauty products, they're ready to hook up one lucky reader with full size samples of each! It's our last contest of the year, so we wanted to make it something special.


1. CoolDry Sport Sunscreen in SPF 70 and SPF 30
2. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes
3. Nourishing Long Wear Eyeshadow + Built-in Primer
4. Hydro Boost Gel Cream
5. Oil-Free Acne Moisturizing Pink Grapefruit


1. Available in both lotion and spray, Neutrogena's CoolDry Sport Sunscreen us the next level sunscreen for the active person. Since so many people will be making a resolution this new year to lose weight, make sure your wear protection from the sun. This product features Helioplex and Micromesh technology that helps cool skin down 1-2 degrees.

2. If you're in love with Neutrogena's facial cleansing towlettes but want to use something more green, the Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes are going to be your new favorite product. Infused with Peruvian Tera Seed bionutrient, is gentle enough for sensitive skin and eyes.

3. Not only is Neutrogena great at making skincare products, but their makeup selection is excellent. Their newest addition is two eyeshadow palettes and they're both long wear and feature a built-in primer! It's formulated with vitamins A, C, and E that conditions the delicate eye area skin. 

4. During my trip to the Latin Grammy Awards, I had a special preview of the Hydro Boost Gel Cream and I'm obsessed! I apply this product after washing my face in the morning and at night. No matter the time of year, my skin suffers from dryness. This gel keeps my face hydrated while feeling very lightweight.

Once this product hits stores, I have a feeling it's going to win all kinds of beauty awards. You need this product in your life.

5. If you suffer from acne, Neutrogena had you in mind when they combined the greatness of grapefruit with the power of maximum strength salicylic acid for their new Oil Free Moisturizer. This product will keep skin soft while treating breakouts. Plus the non-greasy water-based formula won't clog pores and will cure acne fast.

How to Enter:
Leave a comment below and let me know which product you're most excited to try out. I will select one winner, who will be contact via email. So make sure to include your email address when leaving the comment. 

Good luck!