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Essentials for Summer Festival Season!

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Summer is here, and you know what that means: festival season! With so many significant music events coming up in the next couple of weeks, the hardest part will be choosing which one to attend. Although I’ve only gone to a few festivals in the past years, they’ve always been a ton of fun, and you have the opportunity to meet a variety of people.

Besides the food and music, I love seeing everyone’s outfits! I don’t go too crazy in that department, a flowy floral top and comfortable shoes and I’m good. But people watching is always fun and seeing what they carry in their purses!

Clear backpack

If you’ve never attended a festival before, here are a few essentials that will save they day before and during any event.

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First things first, when it comes to getting festival ready, great hair is on the top of the list! I’m all about anything and everything that helps restore moisture and combat frizz, especially since I live in Florida. The constant styling and applying heat to my hair has damaged and dried out my hair.

I love products like the 5-in-1 Deep Conditioner Masks from MANE CLUB because they have a range of hair treatments that help strengthen and repair your hair without breaking the bank! Plus their packaging is so fun and relatable. Designed to offer all beauty junkies a product that addresses any and every hair 911, MANE CLUB has the 411!



Music festivals and sunnies go hand and hand! It’s the perfect accessory to compliment any outfit. I received a pair of Zenni sunglasses that had a shape that I had never worn before- the cat-eye! Sharp angles on a cat-eye were birthed in the 30s and became a style staple in the 50s. This year Zenni Eyewear highlighted the look for their classic Americanas.

I usually wear aviators so I love that I can try something new and venture out of my style box. At Zenni, they believe everyone should have access to high-quality, stylish eyewear, with glasses ranging from $15-50! Which makes them a favorite destination for festival inspired eyewear! Also, for pictures no one wants to be squinting and ruining a great pic for Instagram, am I right?

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Lately I’ve been into collecting watches! I never used to wear one before since I tend to look at the time on my phone. But now watches are becoming classic timepieces that do so much more than tell time. For example, The S Series GMAS120MF from CASIO G-Shock was created for active women that features toughness in a fashion-forward design. A great addition to your festival look since comes in a selection of colors and accents.

The watch I’m wearing has a matte band and rose gold metallic mirrored face that is also 200M water resistance and shock resistance. Other great features: Auto LED light, 4 daily alarms, 1/100th second stopwatch, and countdown timer. The perfect blend for ladies watches if you ask me!

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Staying connected is so important nowadays, especially when attending music festivals. There is nothing worse than not having reliable service. With SIMPLE Mobile, you can be assured you’re receiving affordable, no-contract plans with unlimited talk and text, generous amounts of high-speed data and the coolest phones at incredible prices (starting at $25).

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Now that you have all the essentials, you need something to carry them in. Enter Samsonite Go Clear Backpack! More and more, I’m seeing venues and establishments requiring clear purses to enter their events. At first, I wasn’t a fan, but now I love all the different styles, making the clear trend super cute!

The Samsonite backpack would be great to take into music festivals, sporting events, or even for everyday style. Not only does this durable backpack keep your personal belongings safe, but it’s also BPA Free. Thoughtfully designed, the Samsonite Go Clear Backpack offers a large main compartment and an easy access front zipper pocket for smaller personal items.


Lastly, make sure to have fun and take in all the amazing memories you’re creating! Attending fun events are always fun, but most importantly, it’s who you choose to share them with.

Posted on May 31, 2019 and filed under Style & Beauty.

The Makeup Show Returns to Orlando!

The Makeup Show Orlando

On March 18-19, The Makeup Show will return to Orlando, celebrating its 5th year in the City Beautiful!

The Makeup Show brings two-days full of inspiration, education and opportunity for fashion and beauty professionals at all levels of their career to come together with some of the best brands and biggest names in the business! 

This is the perfect event to not only learn from the industry's top professionals, but it’s also a great opportunity for the top brands to meet you! Networking and making connections is the best way to gain exposure and help you get ahead in the highly competitive beauty industry.

The Makeup Show Orlando

The Makeup Show Town Hall is being introduced this year in order to bring together attendees, artists, and experts for the purpose of engaging in conversations about the latest developments and hot topics in the industry.

Take a look at all the keynote speakers and lineup here.

The Makeup Show

In addition to having the opportunity to sit in on inspirational talks and open forums, attendees of The Makeup Show Orlando will also have receive discounts of up to 60% off major beauty brands! 

The Makeup Show brings over 50 different brands to it's exhibition, including some of favorites such as NYX, Makeup Forever and Smashbox. Since my makeup knowledge is limited, I'm equally as excited to connect and discover new brands as well!  Here is the complete list of exhibitors that will be present during the event. 

The Makeup Show
The Makeup Show
The Makeup Show

This is the must-attend event for all makeup professionals in the Southeast!

I'll be there on Saturday, so if you see me, come up and say hi!

Don't forget to get your tickets! You can purchase here.

MARCH 18-19, 2017
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Dr.


In collaboration with The Makeup Show.

Posted on February 28, 2017 and filed under Style & Beauty.

ghd Copper Gold Styler

When it comes to styling my hair, I normally wear it straight. It's quick and easy and I've been wearing it that way for years. Thankfully since I have thick hair, I can pull off the straight look without my hair looking too flat.

Lately though, I've been in the experimenting mood and have been wearing my hair with lose curls and waves. I love how adding dimension to my hair brings out my balayage even more.

For the past month, I've been using the new ghd copper flatiron, which won Allure Magazine's Best in Beauty 2016 award, to style my hair.

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Before I begin to describe how amazing this styler is, can we just take a moment to admire the beautiful copper gold color!

This is my first time owning a flatiron that is not your typical black boring color.. and I love it!

Besides being obsessed with the color, I found that I could not only straighten my hair but also achieve the lose curls with the same product.

ghd copper flatiron

Thanks to ghd's patented tri-zone® technology, you can maintain a safer-for-hair heat from root to tip, reducing hair breakage by over 50%* and increasing shine by 20%*.

From sleek straight hair to waves and curls, you can create a look that's stylish, effortless and professional with ghd stylers.

ghd copper flatiron

How to Curl Hair Using Flatiron:

Feed a 1-inch section of hair closest to the nape of your neck between the two clamps of the flat iron.

From there, in one fluid motion (or else you'll create divots in your hair), twist your wrist away from your face, so the hair flows over (not under) the iron. Make sure the hair continues to wrap around the flat iron's barrel as you push the iron toward your ends, which will create the curl.

Tip: the smaller the sections, the curlier your hair will be.

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ghd copper flatiron - loose curls

To view more looks as well as in depth ghd hair tutorials, click here.

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Two bonuses included in the gift set are the heat-resistant bag and protective plate guard. I travel quite a bit during the year, so having these two additions makes stowing away my styler that much more convenient when I'm on the go.

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Speaking of traveling, for a limited time only, when you purchase the ghd copper gold styler, you'll receive a free ghd flight® travel hairdrying gift set!


I've tried a few flatirons over the years and I can honestly say, ghd has been the best product I've used so far.

The design is lightweight and easy to hold and the heat is equally distributed throughout the plates, which reduces styling time and damage.

Such a great product and one that I'll be using regularly. 

Have you used ghd before? Let me know your thoughts!

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This post is sponsored by ghd but the content and opinions expressed are my own.

Posted on December 22, 2016 and filed under Style & Beauty.

7 Tips for Glowing Skin

I have been compensated by Sundown Naturals® and Pollinate Media Group for this post as part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sundown Naturals® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #GoodnessGiveaway #sharethegoodness

We're always at a constant battle to keep our skin looking and feeling our best. From the latest beauty product to the newest (and sometimes crazy) anti-aging fad- we all want beautiful youthful skin.

Proper skincare and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems.

Here are 7 tips that you can easily incorporate to your daily routine that will help you in achieving glowing skin:

Drink Water: We all know the benefits of drinking water. Yet most of us struggle with drinking the required minimum 8 glasses a day. I know I do. Water intake is extremely important for our overall health. It aids in digestion, circulation, and absorption of nutrients. Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining the optimum skin moisture and essential nutrients to the skin cells. The best way for me to remember to drink water, is to carry my water bottle at all times. If I see it, I’m prone to drink it.

Drinking Water

Avoid Harmful Rays:  The sun is a great source for vitamin D. However, the ideal time for catching some rays is only between 7am to 9am. After that time, the UV rays are too strong and can damage the texture of your skin and may cause skin cancer. Living in Florida, the summers are brutal. The sun is strong no matter the time of day. I sometimes even try avoid going outside so I won’t feel like I’m melting. Taking Sundown Naturals® gummy vitamins has been a healthy alternative to getting my Vitamin D intake and avoiding the sun. Each serving provides 2,000IU of Vitamin D3 that also helps in supporting my immune system◊.

Sundown Naturals Adult Gummy Vitamins

Daily Dose of Vitamin C and Biotin:  As an antioxidant, Vitamin C helps neutralize harmful free radicals in cells. Biotin, as most of us have probably read before, supports beautiful healthy hair, skin and nails. Sundown Naturals® Orange Flavored Vitamin C and Biotin 1000 Mcg, available in natural Grape, Orange and Cherry flavors, provide a delicious alternative to daily vitamins intake. Plus, their formula also supports energy metabolism for a busy lifestyle. I make sure to never miss a day of taking both of these Sundown Naturals® adult vitamin gummies.

Sundown Naturals Adult Gummy Vitamins

Detoxification: Dullness of the skin, pimples and acne are often caused by excessive accumulation of toxins and waste products in the body. It is important to flush out these impurities from our bodies and keep our digestive system regular.

Sundown Natuals Probiotic Adult Gummy Vitamins

Remove Makeup: I’ve been guilty of being too tired to take my make up off before going to sleep. But going to bed without removing your makeup is one of the worst things you can do for the complexion of your skin.  At night, the skin’s most important function is to renew itself. Wearing makeup and foundation at night disrupts and prevents the renewal process, causing damage and negative effects to your skin, such as clogged pores, wrinkles, and breakouts. Also, just as bad: Not properly cleaning your make-up brushes. Make sure you clean your brushes at least every two weeks. The last thing your face needs is oil, dirt or bacteria from your dirty brushes. No thank you!

Tip: Give your skin some rest! According to skincare experts, going completely make-up free for two days a week can result in younger, healthier looking skin in under a month.

Removing makeup before sleep

Exfoliate:  Regular cleanings and exfoliation are an integral part of fighting the war on aging.  Exfoliating removes dead surface skin cells and allows the natural repair process to occur. The increase of cell turnover helps reveal newer and healthier skin cells. Added bonus: it decreases blackheads, minimizes hyperpigmentation and fine lines, and adds an all-over healthy glow. When I scrub my face, I make sure that I’m gently massaging my skin using light pressure. Scrubbing too hard can cause irritation. I limit exfoliating only twice a week and avoid washing my face with hot water. The heat and over exfoliating can strip your skin form it’s essential oils.

Beauty Sleep:  Getting a good night’s rest can do wonders for your skin. When you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin will definitely show it. During deep sleep, the rise in growth hormones allows damaged cells to become repaired. Without the deeper phases of sleep, this process won't occur, allowing daily small breakdowns to accumulate instead of being reversed overnight. This results in more noticeable signs of aging. I try and go to bed at 10:30pm every night. Key word is try. It’s something I know I need to improve on- especially since I’m not in my 20’s anymore. Best way to catch some zzz is to turn off your T.V and phone. It really does help in shutting off your mind and resting your body.

I’ve never been a fan of ingesting bulky pills. Luckily, now I take Sundown Naturals® adult gummy vitamins. They are delicious and 100% Gluten/Wheat Free, Dairy/Lactose Free and contain no artificial flavors◊.

Sundown Naturals Adult Gummy Vitamins

Determine what gummies are best for you by taking the Sundown quiz, found here. If you are interested in picking up your own Sundown Naturals® adult gummy vitamins, be sure to head to Walmart.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
◊ Applies to all products manufactured after 5/1/15. Please check back of label as manufacture dates may vary.

Posted on September 6, 2016 and filed under Style & Beauty.

Customized Pro Pallet with MAC

MAC Cosmetics

I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with M.A.C Cosmetics.

Although my knowledge of makeup is very limited, I love learning about the different techniques and products. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming figuring out where to begin when creating a basic makeup routine, but thankfully Desi Rodriguez, M.A.C's Regional Media Artist, gave me a mini makeover and provided some great tips on how to achieve a simple everyday look.

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MAC Cosmetics
MAC Cosmetics
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My final look: 
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After my mini makeover, I got the chance to create my own customized Pro Pallete. This versatile pallet is designed to help you store all your favorite M.A.C products conveniently in one place. Perfect for when you're on the go or traveling.

You can customize the pallet with your choice of any combination of eyeshadows, cream color bases and blushes. There are different layouts available, so the possibilities are endless. When you're out of a color, you can easily replace and refill the individual product in the pallet. 

MAC Cosmetics
MAC Cosmetics
MAC Cosmetics
MAC Cosmetics

I chose neutral eyeshadows and two coral bronzy blushes for my pallet- didn't want to go too crazy on the shades. I wanted to be able to use colors for any occasion. I made sure to include a dark eyeshadow in the mix as well, in order to create a smokey eye look.

Customize your own pallet here.

MAC Cosmetics
MAC Cosmetics

Thank you again to Desi for guiding me through the makeup process and to M.A.C for my Pro Pallet. Can't wait to use it!

MAC Cosmetics

In collaboration with M.A.C Cosmetics.

Posted on August 17, 2016 and filed under Style & Beauty.

Summer Florals

Forever 21 Floral Dress

I don't consider myself a girly girl when it comes to my personal style. I prefer wearing black over pink any day and my signature go to outfit is t-shirt and jeans. But for some reason, I love floral patterns. They're just the right hint of cute while still remaining feminine and classy.

If you've stopped into a Forever 21 store lately, you've probably noticed that florals seem to be the print of the moment. This pattern is perfect for any style - you can dress up with heels or dress it down for a more edgier or casual look.

I teamed up with Forever 21 to bring you this Summer floral look that would be great for date night or drinks with the girls.

Forever 21 Floral Dress
Forever 21 Gold Chocker
Forever 21 Floral Dress
Forever 21 Floral Dress
Forever 21 Floral Dress

Forever 21: Floral Skater Dress  ︱ Forever 21: Layer Medallion Gold Choker (sold out)  ︱ Simply Vera Wang:  Block-Heel Sandals ︱ Lauren Conrad: Gold Midi Rings  ︱ Sally Hansen: Peachy Breeze


In collaboration with Forever 21.

Posted on August 15, 2016 and filed under Style & Beauty.

NYX Millenia Preview Event

NYX Millenia

Last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend the preview party for the new NYX Cosmetics located at Mall at Millenia.

A few of us local Orlando bloggers were invited to take a first look at the store before the grand opening on Friday. We mingled over endless walls of makeup, cupcakes + champagne and gushed over how beautiful everything was.

NYX Mall at Millenia
NYX Mall at Millenia
NYX Millenia
NYX Mall at Millenia
NYX Mall at Millenia
NYX Mall at Millenia
NYX Millenia Orlando
NYX Millenia Orlando

I love how interactive the store is. There are mini screens in their beauty bar that have easy to recreate tutorials to help guide you through the makeup process.

Also visible throughout are large screens showcasing well known influencers and a live Instagram feed that rotates pictures from various looks using the NYX hashtag.  

NYX Millenia Orlando
NX Millenia
NYX Millenia

The NYX store at the Mall at Millenia is the first Florida store.

How lucky are we here in Orlando?

I Snapchat the event and immediately got at least 3 people asking me where the store was located. I have no doubt this store will be a huge success.

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NYX Mall at Millenia
NYX Mall at Millenia
NYX Millenia
NYX Millenia Orlando
NYX Millenia Orlando
NYX Millenia

I left with a huge goody bag filled with amazing NYX products that I can't wait to play around with!

Make sure to check out the new NYX Millenia. They are fully stocked and ready for all you makeup lovers!


Photos by Getty Images

Posted on August 10, 2016 and filed under Around Orlando, Style & Beauty.


gregory arlt - mac cosmetics

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend the MAC Technique Event, hosted by the uber talented and M.A.C's Director of Makeup Artistry, Gregory Arlt.

Gregory has worked backstage at the most elite global fashion shows in the world and has the privilege of working with a long list of A list clients.

When not dolling up celebrities like Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry and Dita Von Teese, he spends his days working on photo shoots, teaching M.A.C master classes worldwide, mentoring the brand’s senior artists and hosting events such as this one.

During the event, held at the beautiful Mall at Millenia, Gregory shared his expert tips and tricks on the latest trends and red carpet beauty. He created a stunning look on the model and detailed step by step the whole process.

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gregory arlt-mac cosmetics
mac cosmetics technique event

After the show, Gregory, along with M.A.C Cosmetics Regional Media Artist, Desireé Rodriguez, exclusively spoke to me and two other local bloggers. Who by the way, were the sweetest girls ever! Katie from Sugar Spice & Sparkle and Kay Lani from Viva Glam Kay- check them out!

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gregory arlt- mac cosmetics
Gregory Arlt- mac cosmetics- interview

I could've spent the whole day talking to him. He's so friendly and hilarious!! He shared some insight on how he started his makeup journey and great advice on succeeding in this competitive industry.

Can you tell us a little bit about your career, how did you get to where you are today?

GA:  I'm a firm believer in timing, it's all about timing.  You can never prepare for anything!  I started as a professional makeup artist at 19 working at Fred Segal, I worked there for three and a half years.  I'm the youngest of all girls, 2 older sisters and my mom, and my dad was an artist.  So while other little boys were being taught how to throw a football my dad was teaching me to paint.  And it was great!  He was always supportive of me and I always loved makeup.  

In early '93 I had three people in one week tell me to go work for M.A.C.  You gotta listen to a sign like that!  So I started working as a traveling makeup artist for M.A.C, I never worked at the counter, it was so busy that I travelled around doing makeup.  In '95 I had a client who worked at a record label and she told me to check out a really cool, new band called No Doubt.  She goes, you have to work with the lead singer!  And that was the first time that I worked with Gwen!  

We really clicked, she gave me her CD, she called me but I didn't call her back (he laments that), then she got famous so I tried to call her back (LOL) but she changed her number.  I didn't see her again until 2012. Our path crossed again because I had known her hair stylist for many years before. When we met again she totally remembered me!

Arlt has been in Gwen’s glam squad ever since.

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Get Gwen's signature red lipstick look:

Do celebrities request what look they want or do you figure it out for them?

GA: It's yes and yes, it's very collaborative.  It depends on if its the first time you work with someone or not, for the last 5 years I've been working with Gwen (Stefani). She's a great person to work with.  Oftentimes with her it will be super collaborative or sometimes she will come in and say what do you think, I have no idea. [...] Then there are some clients who are very specific.  At the end of they day they're wearing it, not me.  I don't want to force anything on anyone.

How do you deal with such a competitive industry?

GA: I honestly believe I do not have any competition.  There's no other me and there's no other you.  I always want to help people.  At the end of the day we can all have the same recipe and end up with a different end result.  [...] There's work for everybody.

I agree 100%! There is only one of you- no need to compare yourself to others. We are all in our different journeys and like what Gregory said: there is work for everybody.

Thank you M.A.C for inviting me and for this opportunity- can't wait to collaborate! And big thank you to Gregory Arlt for taking the time to share your story and amazing tips with us!

Posted on May 16, 2016 and filed under Style & Beauty.

Marilyn Monroe Spa

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Grand Opening of the new Marilyn Monroe Spa located in the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress- Orlando Florida. 

It was my first look at this stunning facility!

From the moment you step in, you'll feel like a celebrity ready to get pampered!

The 5,200-square-foot spa features relaxation rooms, seven different spa treatments and more than 100 glamour room treatments.

I need to find out the brand of that pink champagne! I think I must've drank about four glasses of that bubbly deliciousness! 

So good and such great way to enjoy the foot rub. 

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I love how in every station of the salon, a gorgeous picture of Marilyn Monroe is in full display. You can definitely feel the spirit and essence of the beauty icon while you're in there.

Marilyn Monroe Spas sought out the best expertise and knowledge to develop products to make sure everyone who uses them will feel captivating and timeless.

Whether it’s makeup or skincare, color for your lips or nails, hair care or accessories, Marilyn Monroe Spa products will make you feel…Wonderful!

You can purchase their products in any of their salons or online.

Besides getting treated to a pedicure and massage, I received a complimentary hairstyle.

Joyce, the stylist who did my hair, transformed my boring straight hair into sexy loose waves.

I loved how it turned out!

Marilyn Monroe Spas offers various monthly memberships that include unlimited services packages such as $99 blowouts. Price ranges from $35-99 for certain services in the different locations.

Not only did I leave feeling pampered and pretty but the spa also gave us a nice little gift bag that included a signature red nail polish and refreshing hand cream! Can't wait to use them both!

Make sure to stop by and enjoy this gorgeous brand new spa lounge! Locations are currently available in Florida, California, New York and Hawaii- with many more future openings in the works.

Whether you’re in need of a quick nail touch-up, last-minute glamour blowout, a refreshing facial or blissful body treatment, Marilyn Monroe Spas will leave you feeling and looking like a million bucks!

Posted on March 3, 2015 and filed under Style & Beauty.

Elegant Scarfs

I was never into scarfs until my recent trip to Abu Dhabi. I saw the most beautiful scarfs adorning the ladies over there. Even the most simplest ones, looked so elegant and sophisticated.

Besides keeping the ladies covered up, it added a sense of style that you wouldn't expect. Here, in the United States, it's different. It's more of a fashion piece than a cover-up. We wear one with just about anything- it doesn't necessarily have to be cold outside to wear one either.  

I love the light thin scarfs that enhance and add just the right touch to your outfit.

If you're like me and are loving scarfs right now, here is some inspiration below.


Posted on February 3, 2015 and filed under Style & Beauty.

Park Avenue Fashion Week 2014 Runway Show


Founded in 2007 by Willow Shambeck and Melixa Carbonell, Park Avenue Fashion Week is a weeklong event that takes place every year in Winter Park, Florida. There are trunk shows, designer displays, store specials and intimate get togethers where you can meet designers and experience new venues in the area during this week.


To conclude the week packed with fashion events, the renowned Park Avenue Fashion Week Runway Show takes place in Central Park's West Meadow on the last day.

The park is completely transformed with a 20,000-square foot, air-conditioned tent encompassing a full runway and a lounge area for VIP guests.  Modeled after New York Fashion Week's Bryant Park, PAFW is home to some of Central Florida's most influential socialites and trendsetters.

This year I had the honor of covering the 8th annual Park Avenue Fashion Week 2014 Runway Show.

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PAFW 2014
PAFW 2014
PAFW 2014
PAFW 2014

One of the first looks of the night, was the bridal gown collection. There were two particular gowns that I absolutely loved that had  non-traditional and sexy designs.

Bridal- PAFW 2014

Many local stores and designers participated in this year's show, such as Tuni, John Craig, Current, and Charyli- all located in Park Avenue.

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PAFW 2014
PAFW 2014
PAFW 2014
My favorite dress of the night!

The Park Avenue Runway Show was the place to be. It was a packed house!

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PAFW 2014

Artist Rock Demarco painting a beautiful portrait of Harriette Lake, one of Central Florida's most generous philanthropists and presenting sponsor of the show.

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PAFW 2014

Loved Estee's dress! Something I would definitely wear.

PAFW 2014

BCBG Dress

Laura Diaz from XL 106.7's "Johnny's House" was also in attendance and one of the night's presenters.

PAFW 2014- Laura Diaz

The Park Avenue Fashion Week team donated part of the proceeds to the Foundation for Foster Children. So happy this organization will benefit from this donation and enrich the lives of children placed in foster care.

PAFW 2014

I'd say the night was an overall success!

PAFW 2014

Such a fun and fashion forward event! Great job to everybody involved in making it come to life. Especially Shel Marks PR for inviting me, coordinating and putting together this amazing runway show.

Can't wait to see what's in store for next year's show!

Posted on November 11, 2014 and filed under Style & Beauty.

Karmic Blessings

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I'd been searching for mala bracelets for a few months now, but without any luck. If you search for mala beads online, you'll come across hundreds of them. All different types and colors. But everything I found was either too big, ugly color or just didn't have the certain look I wanted.

My search ended when Lisa from Karmic Blessings sent me a few mala inspired bracelets.

Not only are they gorgeous, but they came in my size.

I have tiny wrists, so it's always difficult to find accessories that fit me properly. Luckily, Karmic Blessing offers an XS- 5' size- which is perfect for me.

mala beads

Malas are universal because they can be used by anyone interested in seeking balance and harmony in their lives.

Malas can be utilized to focus on the present moment and assist in reaching a deeper, more spiritual and satisfying place in one's life. They can be used during prayer, meditation, or worn daily.

mala beads

Karmic Blessing's bracelets are inspired by traditional Malas, also known as Buddhist prayer beads, which are used as counting tools when repeating mantras during meditation.

Today, mala beads are popular not only with Buddhists but with yogis and the spiritual as well.  Some individuals simply wear a mala to remind themselves to remain mindful and focused with positive intent.

mala beads

You may be attracted to the symbolism behind the stones or just simply to the design and style- either way, there is so much beauty in how and why you choose your Mala.

These are the Mala Inspired Intention Bracelets that I chose:

Sky Jasper & Tiger Eye:Sky Jasper is a protection stone that balances energy.  It eases emotional stress and brings feelings of happiness.  Tiger Eye, used for the solar plexus chakra, it is a good fortune stone that aides with mental clarity.

Sandalwood:It attracts positive energy, is uplifting and promotes tranquility.  It is often used in meditation.

Brecciated Jasper:  Brecciated Jasper is a stone of strength and vitality.  Used for the Root Chakra, it clears negative energy and promotes health and healing.

Dragon Blood Jasper Grounds spiritual energy.  It enhances life force, courage, and strength.

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When you order from Karmic Blessings not only will you receive stunning and beautifully handmade mala bracelets, but you can be assured that every bracelet is made with love and attention to detail by owner Lisa.

You can read her story on how she founded Karmic Blessings here.

Malas can be used as a beautiful visible reminder to be more conscious of certain aspects in one's life or serve as a creative way to express your soul's intentions.

Thank you again Karmic Blessings for my mala bracelets, I absolutely adore them!

Posted on October 15, 2014 and filed under Style & Beauty, Mind & Body.

Pretty In Peach


After receiving positive feedback from my Shop page, I decided that I wanted to start posting "Inspired Looks" each week. I always love finding inspiration to change up my style. And although Metanoia Living is not a fashion blog, I do believe that your style is part of the metanoia transformation. Always evolving and improving.

I don't know about you, but when I look good, I feel good. I feel more confident and like I'm able to take over the world!

Ok, maybe not take over the world, but it sure feels nice to look the part though.

And I think that's what it's all about. Looking and feeling your best!

"Self confidence is the best outfit you can wear. Rock it and own it!"

This week's inspired look comes from... who else, celebrities!

I love seeing celebrities' everyday street style looks. Even if I can't afford what they're wearing, at least I can get ideas for my scaled down versions.

This week is all about the peach bottom and jean jacket combination!

This laid back version that model Bar Rafaeli is wearing, is perfect for running around doing errands and being comfortable.


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The version that Rochelle Wiseman from The Saturdays is sporting, is perfect for a nice lunch date. Not too dressy but nicer than casual.


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My favorite look is worn by Cameron Diaz.

I love that this outfit can easily transition from a daytime to nighttime look by simply changing the jean jacket to a white blazer and putting your hair down.

Two different looks in one!


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Other great options to showcase this great look, are with rompers and dresses.

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This Pretty in Peach look is perfect for any occasion or style.

Love outfits like these!

Posted on July 18, 2014 and filed under Style & Beauty.