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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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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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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Simply Vera Vera Wang Handkerchief Hem Fit & Flare Dress

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I have been working for Kohls for five years now. As such, there are a lot of brands and styles that continue to be part of my wardrobe. One of them is Simply Vera Wang. Kohls does have a petite section (usually it is more extensive online). In images shown, I am wearing an XSP. You can find the dress shown in my images here.

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Dress: (Simply Vera Wang) Shoes: (JLO by Jennifer Lopez).

The dress shows off a beautiful watercolor floral pattern. The black lining of the dress and the rest of the material is made of out of polyester. The lining of the dress is made out of spandex. The dress is super comfortable and will flatter your petite frame.

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Simply Vera Wang can have a scary price tag if you are on a budget. Be sure if you are shopping at Kohls to login into the wifi network to see what coupons are available. The current offer online is a Friends and Family event. Plus, if you spend $50 USD, you will get $10 back in Kohls cash (so you can get more great dresses hehe).

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It’s all about floral patterns right now. Trying a floral pattern may  be out of your comfort zone but the only way to know if something looks great on you is to try it on. Take a chance at trying some new styles this weekend. You might just find new pieces that will step up your fashion game.

xo, and Happy almost Easter everyone! <3

Make-Up details:

Lip color: (NYX Soft Matte Lipstick in Tokyo, lip gloss is Covergirl’s sizzle gloss in Hot Stuff), Brows: (LORAC; Take a Brow in Dark Brown), Foundation: (Laura Geller BB cream in Fair and Balance and Brighten Foundation in Light), Primer: (Laura Geller’s Soothing Spakle Primer) Eyeshadow Primer: (Urban Decay in Anti-Aging) Eyeshadow: (LORAC Gold Palette; Unpredictable, undeniable and unlocked), Mascara: (Laura Geller’s Glam Lash) Eyeliner: LORAC Front of the line Pro Liquid Liner in Black)

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Low-Fat Banana Frap Smoothie

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Hi loves! While I am in my mid-twenties, one thing that I have never indulged in is coffee. Yep, you read right. I never started to drink coffee under recently. Because I have a sweet tooth, frappuccinos are now my new best friend. As much as I love my Starbucks fraps, the cost of getting one every single week can add up very fast. Luckily, I have a recipe that will help you get your coffee fix with half the amount of sugar and a fraction of the cost.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup of coffee (feel free to add more as desired)

1 cup of almond milk

1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder (optional)

Add the almond milk, frozen banana and coffee to your blender. If you decide to use whey protein powder, be sure to add this last to ensure that the powder is distributed evenly. I like to use Designer Whey Vanilla Protein Powder. It does not leave your smoothie grainy from the powder. You can add ice if you want but I find that the frozen banana gives the smoothie a creamier texture. Add a pinch of cinnamon for looks and you are all set. Enjoy!

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Spring Trend: Off-the-Shoulder

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Hello loves! The dress that is featured in this post is from Express. Before you make your way to the mall, be sure to take advantage of their sale going on now until 03/20. If you spend $60 you get to enjoy $15 off, spending $100 take $25 off your purchase and spending $200 will take off $60 off your purchase.

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I had the opportunity to visit the New Jersey Botanical Gardens in Ringwood. The property is absolutely stunning with English architecture that is made to look centuries older than it truly is. The mansion not only offered a large space but also exquisite gardens. My boyfriend and I lucked out during this shoot as it had been raining throughout the rest of the week.

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Dress: (Express)  Nails: (Essie’s A List ) Shoes: (Jennifer Lopez via Kohls) Bracelet: (FitBit Charge)

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I am so happy that off-the-shoulder dresses and shirts are back. This trend is fantastic because it flatters all body types. This dress mixes the best of two world: denim and off-the-shoulder. Normally, I like to wear gowns like this with a belt to show off my waist. Whether you decide to wear the dress with a belt or not, I will not make your petite body look even smaller.

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It is safe to say that the off-the-shoulder trend is here to stay! Be on the lookout for this style at your favorite retail store. Have you had a chance to try out this new trend? Be sure to let me know. Good luck and happy shopping!

xo.

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