Friday, October 31, 2014

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos the Miami Way

Are you looking for somewhere to celebrate "Dia de los Muertos" in Miami? The Ritz-Carlton is celebrating in a big way and they didn't forget about Broward residents. Both their Key Biscayne (455 Grand Bay Drive) and Fort Lauderdale (One North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd) locations will have parades and private altars offering food and beverages on November 1st, 2014 starting at 7pm.

If you decide on heading over to Key Biscayne, the party will take place at their scrumptious Mexican restaurant, Cantina Beach. (You can see my interview with executive chef Andres Parlange via NBC 6) Take in the decor at Miami's only oceanfront Mexican restaurant while enjoying light bites, vibrant performers, and a DJ spinning by moonlight.

For more information or to make a reservation for dinner, call (305) 365-4500.

If you'll be joining me over at the Fort Lauderdale location, they'll have Mexican-inspired bites, performers, and specialty priced cocktails. You are encouraged to wear a costume, so I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of beautiful Catrina's and many El Catrin's to admire.

For more information, call (954) 465-2300.

On a side note: My fabulous friend Crafty Chica has some fantastic tips on how to do your "Dia de los Muertos" make-up. She also has a line of products at Michael's that just launched their fall 2014 collection. More information via this link.

Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale Pool Terrace (Photo: Ritz-Carlton)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Skincare: Refining Pores for A Fresh Face

Fall has taken over the United States and even those of us used to warmer climates are feeling the shift through the loss of moisture in our skin. As many of you know, I live in Miami--- home of fun in the sun. I won't complain about the temperatures because we're holding strong in the 70-80 degree range, but the moisture is leaving my skin at a rapid rate. Should you sacrifice cleanliness to avoid dryness? NEVER!

Fall Skincare: Refining Pores
Neutrogena Pore Refining Family

On a daily basis, I use Neutrogena's Pore Refining Daily Cleanser and their Pore Refining Toner to keep my skin at its best. And now, with the addition of Neutrogena's Pore Refining Moisturizer, my skin is ready to enjoy many benefits including:
  • Visible shrinking of pores for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin thanks to the alpha and beta hydroxl formula
  • Brighter and healthier primed skin thanks to the ingredient Retinol that works within the skin's surface
  • Clinically proven to continued shrinking pores week after week
An important tip to remember, is always to apply the moisturizer within one minute of getting out of the shower or after washing your face.  Anything longer than that and the moisture will get sucked out and you'll have that dry, tight feeling.

No bueno.....

For more information about Neutrogena's family of products, and to see facts on refining pores, click here.

**I was compensated by Neutrogena for this post, but I'm really and truly obsessed with their new moisturizer. All opinions are my own.**

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chef Michelle Bernstein To Host Cooking Demo and You're Invited

Miami's own Chef Michelle Bernstein will be hosting one of her famous cooking demos at Macy's Aventura Mall on Saturday, October 25th at noon and you're invited! The James Beard award winner  and member of Macy's Culinary Council will be making recipes from her popular cookbook "Cuisine à Latina," which will make you the most popular person to host brunch really. Ever.

Chef Michelle Bernstein
If you've ever eaten at any of Chef Michy's restaurants or attended any of her other demos, you know this even fills up fast due to popularity. Make sure you make your reservation via this link ASAP to ensure you get your spot and arrive early to get a chair for the two-hour event.

Macy's Aventura Home Store
19501 Biscayne Boulevard
3rd Floor, Culinary Kitchen

With any purchase of $35 or more from the Home Department, you'll receive a $10 Macy's gift card (one per customer, while supplies lasts) and a copy of Michelle's cookbook, "Cuisine à Latina," which she will sign after the demo.

See you there!

***I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.***

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Latinos Are Using Social Media to Keep Family and Friends Close

Latinos are using social media more and more to keep their family, friends and followers closer. If you're a Latino or have loved one who are, you know how much we like to talk! Thanks to Social Media, we're able to follow their lives, no matter where they live, and see what they've been up to.

William Valdes, Cristy Clavijo-Kish and Rosy Cordero

I had so much fun a couple of weeks ago while shooting a segment with my friend Cristy Clavijo-Kish of Latina Mom Bloggers and the adorable WilliamValdes on Despierta America. You will learn about the huge number of Latinos involved in social media right now. 

There's also a great contest from Coca Cola called, #MomentosCoke where you can win a trip to your country of origin!

Check out the video to find out how you can enter. Don't forget to take me as your guest in case if you win. I managed to convince William Valdes promised to take me as his plus one in case he wins, ha ha!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Zyrtec Partners with Celebrity Makeup Artist Jackie Gomez to Beat Allergy Face

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for Latina Mom Bloggers on behalf of ZYRTEC® ALLERGY FACE® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

How to care for allergy face //

With fall weather arriving at homes all over the country already, there's no doubt that we need to prepare for allergy season. Many of you might not even be aware that you suffer from allergies, because many symptoms may seem like a cold. 

Even though Miami doesn't get the big weather changes like in New York City or Chicago, I notice my nose and cheeks start to feel itchy resulting in that area getting a little rouge. How annoying! If you're having similar issues or worse, you'll be as excited as I was to hear about Zyrtec's partnership with celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gomez.

Would you believe me if I told you you can look fresh-faced and flawless this fall? Jackie, who has worked with Beyonce, Maite Perroni, and Zoe Saldaña, has created different looks to get you through the season.

"Allergies run in my family, so we know all too well the best tricks for combating allergy face beauty challenges," Jackie said. "I'm thrilled to blend my passion for beauty with my own allergy experiences to create a variety of celebrity-inspired looks that will help all women look and feel like they're ready for their close-up."

On Monday, I visited the set of "Despierta America" to shoot a social media segment. Not only was I getting over strep throat, but I also had an itchy nose due to allergies.......on a day when I had to be record a segment set to air on national television. I immediately went to my book of looks by Jackie and selected the "fresh-faced and glamorous" as shown in the photo above and below.

Try this look at home and share with me in the comments!
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All you have to do is sign in or register via this link. then click on the Earn Points tab to enter the Secret Word ALLERGYFACE. You can get a free $2-off coupon for ZYRTEC®, just for signing up. Once you’ve earned 500 points, you have the option to redeem them for a Neutrogena® mascara to help disguise ALLERGY FACE® beauty challenges. Enjoy! Points vary depending on count size and frequency of purchase as well as completion of non-purchase activities. See Terms and Conditions Restrictions apply.  Offer expires 10/18/14.

To learn other ways to beat allergy face and to see all the looks Jackie created, check out Zyrtec's Facebook page via this link.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

First Time at the Spa? What You Need to Know

When visiting a spa, there are some do's and don'ts that you need to know, especially if this is your first time visiting. If you've visited before and have broken any of the rules, both spoken and unspoken, let's use today as a clean slate to start practicing good etiquette with the help of Josie Feria, Director of Spa Operations at Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

tips for visiting the spa//
Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Hotel (Photo: Fontainebleau)

Josie, not everyone might be aware of the basic rules of visiting a spa. Help!

"Be respectful of others and their wish for a relaxing and gracious experience. Making use of the spa means time shared with a community of people whose interests are to regenerate and rejuvenate and one’s behavior should be reflective of that. I would recommend not using electronic devices, speaking in low tones, and doing your best to avoid infringing on the personal space of others."

Why are these rules so important?

"A gracious and enjoyable spa experience is the result of cumulative factors: a well-equipped and designed facility, the efforts of the spa staff to provide caring hospitality, and guests that are predisposed to immersing themselves in a process of communal relaxation."

During spa month I visited a few of Miami's top spas and noticed the rule most often broken is no cellphones. Why should guests stash their devices?

"The use of cell phones is intrusive and disrespectful of the rights other guests have to enjoy quiet, solace and privacy. Proper spa etiquette involves completely disconnecting from all electronic devices in order to enhance your spa experience and to avoid making others feel uncomfortable."

How should guests handle nudity? Not everyone is confident especially if it's their first time.

"Clothing optional is standard in spas and especially evident in European spas. In the United States, this choice is restricted to gender specific areas. If one is not satisfied in a setting like this it’s suggested they avoid the areas where guests may be undressed. At Lapis, we tell everyone to bring their bathing suits for use of the water features, understanding that most guests may not prefer to be nude even in gender specific areas."

What other tips can you share to help spa-goers have the best experience possible?

"Don’t bring a lot of “stuff” with you – leave your fancy jewelry and big shoulder bags at home. Lapis provides everything you need (with the exception of a bathing suit) to enjoy a lovely day. Alcohol and heat don’t mix well, so drinking and then getting into a steam room or a very hot jet tub could bring on illness. Use the opportunity to internalize your experience, relax, speak softly and take it easy. It’s not just about bragging that you went to a spa, it’s about what you take away from it. Ideally, guests should leave relaxed and with an increased awareness of well-being and blessings."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sandra Echeverría Shines Light on Skin Health

The summer might be coming to a close quite soon for many people, but the that doesn't mean you can slack on your skin care regimen the remainder of the year. Neutrogena Ambassador Sandra Echeverria made a special video sharing the importance of sun protection and the dangers of sun exposure.

Sandra Echeverria, Rosy Cordero, and Jeannette Kaplun

Sandra recommends using a daily broad spectrum sunscreen with Helioplex® techonology to protect your skin from cummulative exposure. This technology not only protects against sunburn but also protects against the rays that lead to premature skin aging. There is a variety of NEUTROGENA® sunscreens that contain Helioplex® technology, including the new and easy to apply: Beach Defense® Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ and Ultra Sheer® Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70.

Three reasons why sun protection is a MUST: 
1. Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin aging. 
2. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. 
3. People who use daily SPF look 24% younger.

Check out the video below, for more information:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Chloe Moretz: "I'm Having A Lot of Fun Experimenting with Fashion" (Exclusive)

When I met Chloë Moretz for the first time, she was thirteen and promoting the film, "Kick-Ass" at San Diego Comic Con.  She was this sweet young girl, a little shy, who happily met and posed for photos with fans who recognized her.

Now at the ripe ol' age of seventeen, the Atlanta native has racked up countless film and TV credits and is well on her way to becoming a huge Hollywood star. If you need proof, run to theaters this weekend and check out her new film, "If I Stay," co-starring Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, and Jakob Davies.

In the drama based on the novel of the same name, Mia Hall's life changes in a single moment. The seventeen-year-old has no memory of the accident. She can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.

Little does she know that she holds the power to make the decision to live, knowing that life as she knew it would never be the same. Or, she could give up and follow the light into the unknown.

The movie was shot beautifully and shows the true meaning of love, friendship, and family. I recommend that all of you hitting the theaters tonight, to bring some tissues--- lot's of them! I can't wait for you all to see it.

Chloe came to Miami in support of the film, and I had the chance to chat with her about bringing to life the character of Mia, and to dish about her favorite fashion designers. Check out the video below: