LC Lauren Conrad + Colleen Atwood Collection: Alice in Wonderland

Hola familia! As a devoted Disney fan, I was thrilled that Lauren Conrad and Alice in Wonderland designer Colleen Atwood have decided to show off some of the film’s iconic looks. The LC Lauren Conrad’s new collection is officially available online on April 25 (Colleen Atwood’s will be available online May 1st). In the meantime, I was able to find a few pieces of this collection at my local Kohls store. I will be sure to add links to each of the pieces as soon as they are available online. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of some of my favorite pieces from both collections.

 

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Shirt: LC Lauren Conrad || Shorts: LC Lauren Conrad (OLD) || Lips: Nars Velvet Matte in Cruella.

 

Can’t go wrong with hearts right? This adorable sleeveless shirt featured a gorgeous pattern that can go great with any outfit. I love that this shirt featured a tie front to add a feminine look. The material is pretty thin so I do recommend that you sport this dress either with a bandeau bra or a tank top.

 

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Dress: Colleen Atwood’s Alice in Wonderland Collection at Kohs || Bracelet: FitBit Charge || Earrings: Francesca’s (OLD)

 

 

Off with your head if you are not a fan of this red queen inspired dress! The dress is made out of a chiffon material, so it is easy to wash. One of my favorite perks of this dress is that it has pockets! A dress like this pairs great with a blazer or your favorite leather jacket.

 

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Dress: Colleen Atwood’s Alice in Wonderland Collection at Kohls || Shoes: Chinese Laundry || Earrings: Francesca’s (OLD)

 

Alternatively, if you want to shy away from the red heart dress, this white vision is a stunner. I absolutely love the floral pattern that was selected for this dress. Be sure to keep an eye out for this one. This looks like a dress that will sell out quick.

 

 

We are all a little mad here, right? Talk about the perfect tea time dress. This beautiful dress featured watercolored teapots. It shows off a ruffle portion on the front of the dress that gives it an elegant look. This dress is also a made out of a chiffon material so it is very light and flowy.

xo.

 

 

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Stitch Fix (Jennipher Peplum Blouse+ BR Watercolor Pencil Skirt)

Hola familia! This year, I decided to take part in getting a Stitch Fix. What is Stitch Fix? It is a company that gives you customized looks by a stylist. This is the fourth Stitch Fix I have received and I did end up purchasing two of the five items that were sent to me. Here are the items I fell in love with.

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Blouse: Jenipher Peplum Blouse via Stitch Fix, Skirt: Banana Republic (old).

Now I have to be up front with you all. At first, I was not too excited for my fix when I opened the box. I had asked my stylist to not add tops in my fix (because I have way too many). So why was I not filled about my fix? Well, my stylist packed two tops in my fix. Nonetheless, I was determined to at least try both tops instead of getting upset. This gorgeous lace top is the Jennipher Peplum Blouse.

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Blouse: Jennipher Peplum Blouse, Jeans: Just Black Amira High Rise Skinny Jeans. Both products via Stitch Fix.

My stylist did a great job in finding a piece that I can use both at work or casually. The lace details give a great romantic look. The material is polyester which is great because it does not wrinkle much like chiffon material. The jeans that are featured these images are also from my Stitch Fix. The jeans are super comfortable. The best part? They are made in America (whoop whoop).

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The featured Banana Republic Watercolor Pencil Skirt is no longer available online. You can still purchase a skirt with this same pattern here.

Stitch Fix is a great service. It’s fun to open the box to see what your stylist selects for you. I like to order fixes once in a while, since the clothes can be a bit pricey for anyone looking to stay on track with their budget. Much like Birchbox, Stitch Fix allows for users to customize their preferences for future purchases. Give StitchFix a try. You might find yourself some pretty interesting pieces to add to your wardrobe.

xo.

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To My Siblings on National Sibling Day

“Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring quite often the hard way.” — Pamela Dugdale

I am blessed to have four incredible people in my life. They are my three sisters and my baby brother. When you have as many siblings as I do, there is never a dull moment. Each and every one of us have different talents and personalities. I am extra lucky because each and everyone of my siblings have hearts of gold. It is a lot of pressure to be the oldest of five kids. So today, I dedicated these words to the four people I love most in the world:

  1. Be Yourself. Because each and every one of your are freaking amazing.
  2. “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough”. Remember this quote and follow your dreams no matter what.
  3. Find someone that not only loves you but puts YOU first. You all are always taking care of others. You deserve to be treated like royalty.
  4. YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL.
  5. Don’t ever change. Any of you. You all have the best sense of humor and wander. If anyone tries to change anything about you, it’s time to let them go.
  6. Enjoy your money but make sure you always have a savings account set aside for emergencies (and spontaneous adventures).
  7. I am not perfect. So when I mess up, continue to correct me and I promise to continue to do the same.
  8. We are not always going to see eye-to-eye. But never forget: I love you all unconditionally. There is absolutely nothing you can say or do that I cannot forgive (yes, I did quote Jane the Virigin lol).
  9. Take care of yourselves. Seriously. Make sure you are taking your vitamins and excerising (I need to work on this myself).
  10. Finally, thank you for making me the amazing person I am today. All of my success in the past few years is because you all have kept me smiling and laughing.

When you get to your twenties, it’s not just your blood that keeps you grounded. Sometimes, your closest friends also become your sibling as well. To my incredible extended family, thank you for believing and standing by me all these years. All of my siblings bring out the absolute best in me. I am grateful to have family from the Philippines, Italy, Barbados, Honduras and even Ireland. Love you guys! Happy National Siblings Day! <3

xo.

 

 

 

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Banana Republic Textured Black Blazer

Hola beautiful world! If there is one piece that every woman needs in her closet, it is a blazer. I understand that a  blazer can be an intimating piece. And if you are petite, finding a blazer that fits your body well can be a challenge. This textured black blazer takes style to a whole new level and will be sure to compliment your small frame.

In these photos, I am wearing a size 2 (petite). So far, the website does not have the blazer available online in petite. I would recommend stopping by your local Banana Republic boutique to see if they have the blazer in stock. If you do not want your trip to Banana Republic to be fruitless, it doesn’t hurt to call the store ahead of time to see if the jacket is in stock.

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Because this blazer is texturized, it gives a great slimming look. The small ruffles on the blazer are what give this blazer an outstanding personality and are not overbearing. Keep in mind that this blazer is made completely out of polyester. When it is time to have the blazer washed, be sure to make sure you get it dry cleaned. A coat like this will get ruined if you try to throw it in the wash.

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How to Manage Curly Hair

Hi beautiful world! Our hair can be extremely difficult to manage. If you have curly hair, you know how real the struggle is. Some days, your hair looks great. Other days, one side of your hair is curlier than the other. Luckily, I have some ways that have helped me manage my curly hair.

Embrace the Curl.

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(Photographer: Anyusha Photography)

I have had people tell me that they hate my curly hair in the past. True story. The fact of the matter is, whether you decide to curl your hair or not, no one’s opinions matter except for yours. That being said, do not spend countless hours burning off the ends of your hair if you feel like have your hair curly for once. Enjoy your curly hair, because it IS beautiful!

Condition, condition, condition.

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(Photographer: Anyusha Photography)

Curly hair needs a little more maintenance than straight hair. It definitely needs more moisture. As such, it does not hurt to use leave-in conditioner to make sure your ends are moisturized. Just be sure to that you completely wash out your leave in conditioner when you are finished. Deep conditioning treatments that are not washed out properly can weight down your hair. This can contribute to un-even curling.

Turn down the heat.

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(Photographer: Anyusha Photography)

Since you have naturally curly hair, put down your curly iron! Rather, use products that will help keep your curl in place without heat. I love Miss Jessie’s Soft Pillow curl hair product because it helps to promote bigger curls. I like to use it with damp hair. Be sure to scrunch your hair to help bounce out your curl. The product smells awesome and it helps moisturize your hair too! How are some ways YOU manage your curly hair? Feel free to let me know!

xo.

 

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Remembering Selena Quintanilla Perez

Selena Quintanilla Perez continues to be a icon and a role model for millions of Latinas. Twenty one years after her passing, she continues to be a role model and an inspiration.

Selena continue to be an inspiration and icon. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. She was humble 

Selena entered the Tejano music industry where only men were successful artists. She is referred to as the “Queen of Tejano” because of the fact that she was the first successful female tejano music star. Yet, despite her success she remained humble. The first house she bought was actually near her old home were she grew up. She ended up marrying her first love Chris Perez who was a member of her band. While her fashion was extremely glamorous on stage, off stage she was the girl next door who would sport fun crop tops and jeans when she was out and about.

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2. She had a passion for fashion

Speaking of fashion, Selena was (and continues to be) a trend setter.  Using Paula Abdul and Madonna, Selena incorporated high end fashion by blending with her Mexican roots. Selena would eventually went on to open her own boutique. She often sported high waisted pants during performances, maxi skirts, crop tops, custom designed dresses and faux leather jackets. And of course, her famous look of the bustier. You can see how Selena has inspired my style with faux leather jackets here and here.

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3. She was a hard worker

Latino families know a thing or two about hard work. For many Latino families, life is very tough financially in the United States (or any immigrant fo that matter). Selena and her family knew that their success was not going to be an immediate thing. The Quintanillas worked hard to have Selena’s music and voice heard. That is what is so inspiring about Selena. Despite the odds, the singer hustled to make sure that her dreams would become reality.

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4. She was down-to-earth 

It’s always refreshing to have a star be raw and authentic during interviews. Perhaps this is why Selena was so relatable to her fans in the United States and Mexico. While Tejano music is what sparked her career, she did not know Spanish has her primary language. She never tried to hide the fact that she was not perfect at Spanish. Nonetheless, her fans loved her. She was truly a woman who wore her heart on her sleeve.

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5. She embraced two wonderful worlds

Being American and Hispanic is a tremendous blessing. We work hard and never take our blessings for granted. Selena and her family have always treasured their fans every step of the way. When Latinos seek the American dream, we do it differently. Latinos know that the American dream is a life of happiness in which you can enjoy your earthly treasures with the people that mean the most to you.

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Her Influence

Jennifer Lopez actually got her big break as an actor when she plays the role of Selena when the film was produced in her honor in 1997.  More so, Selena Gomez’s parents admired Selena so much that they named their daughter Selena in 1992. Selena continues to inspire womens fashion and music decades after her passing.

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Selena Lives and so does her legacy

On this day, her family and fans remember Selena’s smile and kind spirit. I was four years old when she passed. But I will never forget that day when I saw her funeral service on TV (it’s one of the few childhood memories that has stayed with me). I can recall my parents were sobbing, as though they lost her daughter. She meant so much to her family as well as her fans.

Why Selena continues to inspire me

As an influencer, I continue to want to be like Selena. As an influencer,  I want inspire women to dress well, be kind and make the world a better place – just like Selena did. In conclusion, she is someone who will continue to inspire Latina women for generations to come. The world was certainly lucky to have her brilliance! What is your favorite memory of Selena? Feel free to let me know by commenting below.

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Banana Republic Floral Ruffle Dress

Hello beautiful ones! Ruffles can be very intimidating. Thankfully, this is a trend that a women of all shapes and sizes can rock. For petite women, this Banana Republic dress. Be sure to stop by your local boutique to get a petite sized dress.

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The floral print of this dress is gorgeous. And while I am usually afraid of ruffles, this dress compliments my petite body well. I love how the dress adds ruffles to the sleeves and shoulder of the dress. These little details give the dress a lot of personality.

 

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Dress: (Banana Republic) Shoes: (JLO by Jennifer Lopez) Long Chain Necklace: (Francescas)  Cross Diamond Necklace: (Kohls)

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The dress is more than just beautiful. It is super comfortable. While the dress does sport a lot of ruffles, the dress does not feel heavy. The dress pairs great with a cardigan or a blazer. This ruffle dress is certainly a great option to use at work or on a date night.

xo.

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