HOW TO DRESS LIKE THE WOMEN OF MAD MEN

Recently, I started watching “Mad Men” and in my truest form, I am addicted. My Boyfriend, Alexandre has been trying to force me to watch it forever since it’s his favorite show and my style is slightly based on Old Hollywood. Well, I finally listened and it’s changed MY LIFE! I also, say that about everything.

The costume design must is impeccable. The Costume designer is brilliant in how she brings each character to life through their style and recreating 60’s essence with such authenticity. There is something powerful when you are watching a show and you want to live vicariously through the characters. Of course, I’ll never be as fabulous, I had to recreate some of the looks especially inspired by the character Joan. Her style is very sassy, bright and a bit flirty.

The ladies at Unique Vintage sent me this beautiful green dress from the 50’s and immediately thought of Joan. What I love Unique Vintage is that their line is size inclusive. Fashion in the 60s began with the prim and proper simplicity of Jackie O.s style. Women loved her perfect pearls and skirt suits. But soon, fashion took a turn for the less proper as skirts got shorter, boots got higher and women dressed less like matriarchs and more like young ladies. Ladies started showing a little more skin with class.

This bewitching emerald green dress rich in 1950s vintage appeal fresh is unparalleled! Boasting a gathered surplice v-neckline, trim and tailored half sleeves with darling button detail and a thick banded natural waistline that creates a minimized silhouette. An ample A-line swing skirt billows to knee length in soft pleats, zipping slyly up the back. Crafted in a supremely soft stretch blend in stunning retro structure, forming an understated yet flattering design. I was fabulously floored when I tried it on!

I styled it with a polka dot scarf with a smooth and sheeny satin like fabric from Forever 21. I finished it off with my trusted So Kate pumps and a simple black clutch. Hope you enjoyed this look as I did styling it very much.

Stay Fabulous.

“You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts.”

SPECSANDBLAZERS X AVON (Seaside Gardens Campaign)

Hello Everyone!

I am so honored to write this article and I am still pinching myself. Avon is such a household name and they’ve been around for such a long time (130 years!). They’ve opened the door for so many women and have empowered them with an opportunity to take control of their financial independence. On a personal note, 15 years ago my whole family moved to the United States. Unfortunately, my mother who is the breadwinner of our family had to wait a whole year to get her medical license in the US. She applied for plethora of jobs and Avon was the only company that gave her an opportunity to earn an income while she waited for the license. So, to work with Avon and feature their Seaside Gardens collection is such an incredible honor.

The Avon Seaside Gardens collection is a modern twist on the classics and is perfect for spring. You can transport yourself to a scenic seaside for sunny days spent in all-American fashion with a modern twist. “With easy-to-wear pieces and a nod to nautical, this collection lets your style set sail”. The whole collection is made up of simple separates that you can so easily put together. The great thing about avon is that they are size inclusive which is so important to me as a blogger. You can find sizes from Small to 3x. All of these looks can be purchased b shopping with your Avon representative or on avon.com (where you can find your avon representative!)

I am a sucker for a simple white capris. So, I decided to style the Anna Capri in white with a white shirt ,a simple scarf, and sunglasses for a laid-back shore style.

This outfit goes perfectly with the Cushion Walk Sandal with Stone Cluster. These floral sandals are so comfortable and makes an all-white outfit stands out even more.

For a day on the yacht, I decided to style the same white capris with the Mia Shirt in Chambray. Everyone needs a classic chambray shirt. However, a classic chambray shirt with sweet ruffles is simply genius and gives the whole look a feminine touch.

I styled the outfit with the Anchor Watch. This particular watch is so classy. The nautical deisgn with navy strap makes this the perfect accesory for an outfit like this.

I finished the whole look with the Cushion Walk Bow Front Slide Sandal. I love a classy mule. These particular shoes are very comfortable, high quality and look great (even in jeans).

Last but not least is to wow the crowd with the Marissa flutter dress. Swing into spring in this floral dress. Spend a little time in your backyard harvesting snapdragons and sweet peas. I love this dress because its so comfortable yet stylish.

Hope you enjoyed all these looks. All of this pieces are available are now avaialbe now through the end of May through Avon representatives, so be sure to snag your favorites ASAP and know that by shopping thorugh Avon you are empowering other women! I’ll be hosting a giveaway at the end of the week to gift one of my lucky followers all the items I styled.

Shop the looks below:

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Have a fabulous week.

NewYork with Architectural Digest (Jenn Air).

Oh my! Where do I start? When I first received the email to come to NewYork with architectural digest, I almost died. Literally, passed out. My life has officially stopped being real. I keep saying, whoever is letting me borrow their life, please don’t ask for it back. I always say, I am not a blogger, I am a creative and more importantly a business woman. I draw inspiration from everything and to be honest, interior design was my very first love. So, this was a trip of a lifetime.

 

Twas such a short notice that I couldn’t really style myself, so I ran to EntreNous Showroom, a luxury consignment store that just went through a rebranding. When you visit Entre Nous Showroom on Robertson, you get to browse a wide array of modern and vintage designer pieces.

The owner Randi gives you a complete personal styling consultation. she picked out luxury items for me. She pushed me to go outside my comfort zone and picked items, I’ll have never ever picked myself. I picked up everything from Prada to Valentino, chanel and much more. I wanted to dress to impress for the show and honey, yes.. yes I did!

Well, as soon as I arrived in NewYork, I caught a fever (as per usual) accompanied with the craziest pink eye, I’ve ever seen. I took a day to rest but then with my fever and pink eye I decided “the show must go on”. I had to shoot some street style. So, it was back to work like I wasn’t dying.

There was a blizzard but because I had a 103 degree fever, I didn’t really feel much and also the blizzard made for such beautiful pictures.

Moving on to the show… Architectural digest is one of those brands in my wildest dreams that I’ll never thought I’ll get to work with. I mean as a child my parents received the monthly issue and I will flip through them and dream of my future home. Life comes in full circle. Every year Architectural Digest searches the globe for trailblazing talents across architecture, art, landscape design, product design, and technology. These creatives are redefining their industries with new discoveries, ever expanding the boundaries of their fields. I say its pretty much the fashion week of Architecture.

I was specifically hired for the Jenn Air booth. The Whirlpool luxury appliance brand, is launching a new line of kitchen appliance designs and they decided to launch their whole rebranding at the Architectural Digest Design Show.

Their rebranding was from everything from their logo, their image, watermark and campaign “Bound By Nothing”. I love anything luxury and I’m not easily impressed. However, I was beyond impressed. I wore this Maison Valentino to the booth. I love how classy this suit is.


They threw us an after party afterwards and it was amazing. They brought out Nas to perform, as in the greatest of all time, NAS. Needless to say, I fainted. Watch their new campaign here to get inspired.

I decided to hang around for the weekend to meet up with all my favorite PR girls. From Maybelline to Elizabeth Arden. Loved catching up with all of them.

Listen, there is no such thing as luck. The harder you work, the “luckier” you get. I know people don’t understand how these opportunities keep happening for me and I keep hearing all the rumors about me. Let me help you out, when the world is sleeping, I am working. When I am in a hospital, I’ll push out content, if I have 20 cents left in my account, I’ll still shoot. I am passionate about what I do and I don’t get detered by life circumstances.

The universe always finds a way to take care of the good people as the lovely Taraji says. Say what you want about me but make sure you say “she is killing it though” at the end of your gossip. So, let’s put all the rumors and stalking to rest, I work hard and I pray harder. There is your answer.

Goodbye NewYork! Till Next time! Stay fabulous 🙂

All photos by Jemima Richards. Check our her website. Her instagram is @jemrichards

HOW TO DRESS LIKE YOU ARE WEARING DIOR

How to dress like you are wearing Dior! Dior has always been one of my favorite designers. The name Dior is as synonymous with haute couture today as it was back in the 40s when the designer debuted his first collection. The full-skirted, wasp-waisted dresses and coats were an instant hit not only in Paris but around the world. Dior is the definition of glamorous style. The elegance and class of the brand is synonymous with my personal style and brand. However, that is a brand I cannot afford anytime soon but a girl can dream. I believe dressing up is instrumental to success. We like it or not, your appearance is what people see first and you’ll not believe how many doors would open for you if you simply dress well. However, since I can’t afford Dior right now, I have a few steps on how we can fake it till we make it now. So, let’s get right into it.

 

  1. Invest in Neutral colors especially black.  
    Black is elegant, graceful and more importantly polite. Black is elegant and chic; black is slimming; black looks good on all skin tones; black looks good with all hair colors; black looks as good on men as it does on women. BLACK is GOLD. As Christian Dior himself says “Black is the most slimming of all Colors. It is the most flattering. You can wear black at any Time. You can wear it at any age. You can wear it for almost any occasion. I could write a book about black”. Study Confirms That Wearing Black Clothing Makes You Appear More Attractive, Intelligent, and Confident. Personally, I feel like wearing all black allows you to go over the top with your outfit like this particular one.

2. Tulle Skirts.

Tulle skirts were a major theme of the spring/summer collection from Dior. I know tulle skirts are a little risky because you can easily look like you walked out of black swan but if done right, it could really elevate any outfits. You can find a fresh and high-style ways to wear tulle. Tulle can be styled in different ways.You can wear them for different occasions .From casual to formal , street style to funky look tulle just give a stunning look.  How sophisticated this simple black midi skirt looks with beautiful black pumps.

3. Don’t under-dress or Over-accessorize. 

 

Listen, the fastest way to be successful is to dress like you are already successful. Of course, don’t go broke trying to look rich but when you look good, you feel good. Honestly, The only people that can afford to look poor are the rich, and the rich don’t. When it comes to pairing your outfit with a bright scarf or funny tie you might want to think twice. Remember with Dior, less is more. I accessorized with this Couture Millenery hat which is a bold statement on it own. It’s important to get hair and makeup right. I pulled my hair away from my face to give the hat all the attention and paired it with my signature bright red lipstick and my trusted STRATHBERRY. Despite having great clothes if your hair and makeup is not done well you can sabotage your whole image. So accessorize meticulously.

Shop the whole look below.

“Simplicity, good taste and grooming are the three fundamentals of good dressing and these do not cost money.”

— Christian Dior

Stay Fabulous.

WHITE & OLIVE GREEN

Hi Loves! After abandoning white for the last few months (not intentionally), I decided to dust up all my whites and wear them again. I wanted to bring back some chicness during this cold weather. I went for a white jumpsuit and Olive green. Olive green is the color for winter. It is such a timeless and versatile color. Olive green adds extra richness to any outfit. This GRACEWILLOWTHELABEL jacket is perfect for any occasion. 

I love this look because it is just rich, fresh, sophisticated and the perfect amount of sexiness. Olive green may have a military connotation to it, but that doesn’t mean all the silhouettes have to be masculine. In fact, nothing looks prettier than a feminine shape. This jacket makes that possible. Pairing it with a wide-legged white jumpsuits simply makes this outfit so feminine.

I accessorized with big sunglasses, leopard shoes which I personally consider a neutral. A strathberry burgundy tote purse is just fabulous.

Photographer // Bryan Santos

 

4 Cruelty-Free Makeup & Skincare Brands You’ll Feel Good About Indulging In

THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED. Hi Guys! First off, what’s cruelty free? Cruelty free simply means a brand does not test on animals at all. I eat meat so it wouldn’t make sense for me to make a big deal out of it. However, I do believe we could all make a world a better place together if we simply are a bit more conscious. I know how difficult it is to find vegan/cruelty free products, especially when most things are coming from China. Here is a list of the make up products that are vegan yet affordable and high quality product. I believe in supporting a cause and still getting the best out of your money. Believe it or not, there are cruelty free cosmetics available at any price point, it’s getting easier and easier not to contribute to such an outdated practice. So, lets get right into it. Here are my 4 favorite cruelty free makeup and skincare brands. (THIS IS NOT SPONSORED! I PURCHASED ALL PRODUCTS MYSELF). Also, I am not trying to convince anyone to be cruelty free just for us to think twice.

1 Osea Malibu

OSEA (stands for Ocean, Sun, Earth and Atmosphere) Malibu. They are a company that makes body & skin products. By far one of my new favorite brands and I’ll be working with them more. First of all, their packaging is everything! So aesthetically pleasing. They are a 100% vegan skin care brand from Malibu, California (woot, woot). I have been wanting to try their products for so long and I am so happy to finally try it. I have oily skin, so I asked them what products they recommend and they gave me a recommendation. Their products are suitable for people with all types of skin, especially if you have sensitive skin and are looking for a great natural solution.

2. Eco Tools

I really like the Ecotools brushes. They’re quite soft and densely packed. If you want to take it to another level and support brands that employ eco friendly, this is the perfect brand to support. They are wonderful quality. The brushes are very soft and I have heard they could last for years. I can compare them to Real Techniques but I think the Eco Tools ones are softer in general. I use the angled liner brush for my eyebrows and it’s perfect.The only gripe I have with this brand is that numerous brushes that I love are exclusive to a particular set rather than being able to purchase individually and for someone who isn’t rich as myself, this could easily get expensive. Overall, I would highly recommend them.

3. MALIN + GOETZ

Now this is a luxury brand I can get behind. They are located in my neighborhood in Los Angeles, so that is a good reason to support them. Everyone associated with this brand are just the nicest people I have ever met. I am so happy that they expanded from face, to body and hair, and now to fragrance and candles. This is a perfect brand for the model women and men because it is a unisex or should I say NON-binary line. Non binary products are difficult to find because even the fragrance free products are marketed in a specific way. However Malin+Goetz prides themselves in producing products that all sexes can use. I am obsessed with their new Dark rum perfume. This is the perfume to share with your boyfriend/husband. Is this brand a bit pricy? yes! Is it worth it? Absolutely.

4. Herb Essntls

Herb Essentials is a skin care brand that brings you high performing skincare products that utilize the unique beneficial properties of Cannabis (Clearly this is not for everyone). The stigma around cannabis has gone down significantly and this is a brand that is pioneering those changes. They never test their products on animals and they use all organic ingredients. Another Non-binary brand. All their products are designed to work equally for men and women.  The line consists of a lip balm, body lotion, facial moisturizer, and candle all priced under $70 and made here in LA, so of course I had to support. Cannabis Sativa seed oil is known for its ability to keep skin clear. It’s one of the rare oils that scores a 0 on the comedogenic scale which basically means that it doesn’t clog pores. This whole brand is perfect for anyone with acne prone skin.

Overall, I believe we all share a responsibility for this planet and the creature that live here. Again, I am not vegan and not even a fan of pets but the little that I could do to bring awareness is important to me. Stay Fabulous.

SPECSANDBLAZERS X GILLETTE VENUS

“I partnered with Gillette Venus on this post”.  This is probably one of my favorite collaborations as of yet. Even more exciting, it’s my very first collaboration under my production company.

A quick recap on my first time shaving, I remember the first time I shaved was when I was about 14 or so, I was just in the shower clearing my thoughts, and I saw my brothers razor, on side of the tub, and I didn’t really rationalize or think about it, I just got the razor, and started shaving my legs, I don’t even think my legs were that hairy. Then I realized that there was also a shaving cream, I thought it was some kind of soap at the beginning, so I put a thick layer of shaving cream all over my leg, I think I must have cut myself like 5 times. It was terrible! And then I discovered, Gillette Venus. Since I shave my legs everyday, I quickly realized picking out the right razor is so important. You want one that’s comfortable and helps protect against nicks and cuts.

The Platinum Extra Smooth from Gillette Venus is a beautifully-designed razor with the brand’s first designed-for-women metal handle. It’s a solution for women looking for a more premium design that can hold up against everyday wear and tear, and the long lasting smoothness they desire. The sleek and ergonomic design features a heavier, premium feel and provides women with ultimate control, strength and durability. Even more, the 5 diamond-like coated blades are designed to stay sharper during more shaves, for skin that feels extra-smooth. 

On clean skin, I apply my satin clear gel. The gel is important because it helps track where I’ve shaved. Then with my NEW PLATINUM EXTRA SMOOTH RAZOR with the blade facing down, I lightly press and shave upwards. You don’t have to push down too hard. Don’t worry about those tricky areas like your knees and ankles because each blade adjusts to the contact with your skin.  This helps to avoid nix and cuts plus it has a ribbon of moisture for a smoother glide.

Like any refillable razor, you should replace the blades as soon as they start feeling dull. What’s great is that- all Venus handles and blade refills are interchangeable – so you can pop your favorite blade onto any Venus handles and mix and match for the type of shave you want that day! When you are done shaving, use a rich moisturizer to give you the ultimate goddess glow.  The smoother the skin, the more confident you are in it. So, find the goddess in you and enjoy your beautiful smooth skin. Check it out on Amazon here – your smoother skin awaits! Stay Fabulous.

I partnered with Gillette Venus on this post.

4 Eye Creams That Actually Work

THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED – Hi Everyone! Today, we are talking about eye creams and eye serums. Today, I am sharing my favorite ones with you. The ones that I truly enjoy and has stood the test of time. I personally love putting on my eye creams in the morning and at night because that is where you’ll see the most aging. Fun fact – there are no oil glands under your eyes, so that whole area has no way of moisturizing itself, so as you get older you are going to notice more dryness in that area. These are the products I can guarantee tackles fine lines, sagging, puffiness and dark circles. They obviously won’t completely eliminate aging but would alleviate tremendously. The truth is the skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner than the skin on your face and ages 36 percent faster than the rest of your skin (insanity!). So, let’s dive right in. I purchased all my products at COS BAR here in los Angeles. You can check out their site: https://www.cosbar.com/

1. CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE Intensive Eye Contour Cream $255.00

If you have the extra money to spend, this albeit VERY EXPENSIVE luxury eye cream is the ultimate experience in age defiance for eyes. This luxurious multi-benefit eye cream dramatically transforms visible sagging, loss of firmness, dark circles, dullness and wrinkles while delivering powerful moisture for phenomenal youthful resilience. Developed with a specially designed beauty massage tool coated in pure platinum that helps increase surface circulation during massage and improve overall tone for more well-defined eye area contours. This alcohol-free formula has a rich, ultra creamy texture that melts into skin.

2. Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel! $54.00

I die for everything Biossance. Their peptide Eye gel is my favorite and I am obsessed. This product is the true meaning of goodbye bags, puffiness and dirk circles. If you want a non toxic luxury feel product without breaking the bank, go for biossance eye gel.  This little guy has a lot of of natural plant based derivatives in it which helps with the rejuvenation of cells around the eye area and of course the squalane which helps you retain moisture. The consistency of this product is amazing. It is super light and so a little goes a long way.

3. LA MER: The Lifting Eye Serum! $245.00

If you hate the feeling of a cream around your eyes, opt for something lighter like a serum. This is my go-to product to reduce dark circles. When using this product, I focus on my pressure points. This detoxifying formula contains red hibiscus that draws toxins out of the area surrounding your eyes, leaving you looking like you actually slept eight hours last night. The double sided wand that comes with it is perfect to wake up your eyes in the morning which helps with the puffiness. One drop of the product goes a long way. Now I can’t promise this actually lifts your eyebrows but it definitely does reduce puffiness and gives your eye area extra hydration. 

4.BIOEFFECT EGF Eye Serum ! $90.00

This is the product everyone is talking about from Vogue to In-style. It’s an Icelandic brand that actually does what it promises. It contains EGF which is a miracle worker for saggy skin. I’ve seen women use it after having a baby on their belly to firm the saggy skin of child birth (youtube it). It’s truly a miracle worker. So, what is EGF you ask? Epidermal growth factor. It is developed to speed wound recovery. This component boosts collagen and elastin.  I love this brand because there is not a single ingredient in here that could even remotely irritate your eyes because it is hypo-allergenic. My favorite thing about this product is that you don’t have to see or touch the actual product. You simply just dispense and use the cooling rolling ball and massage into the skin. This product is my go to for hydration under the eyes. This product is ideal for ages 30 and up. 

Prevention is better than cure, it’s never too early or too late to start on eye creams. Thank you COS BAR for partnering with me on this post. You can shop all the products on their site or I’ve linked these products for you. Shop below. Stay Fabulous!

 

4 FITNESS HABITS TO ADOPT IN 2018

Oh Lord! I cannot believe I am writing an article about working out. There must be an apocalypse or I’ve ended up on an episode of black mirror. Truth: I hate working out with a passion.  When my alarm goes off in the morning to work out, I begrudgingly get in my car and cry all the way to the gym with a detour to get a croissant. However, I am 30 and honey, the metabolism has officially slowed all the way down. All I have to do is smell food and I gain 5 pounds. #Factsonly. So, how have I turned working out into something habitual not only for aesthetics but for my health? My physical, mental and emotional health. As much as I detest admitting it, every time I work out I truly feel good. The truth is exercise really helps in releasing endorphins. And when I started eating in such a way as to support my fitness, I felt another level of improved energy. So, let’s get right into it.

  1. Commitment

What I’ve realized is that It’s all about getting into the habit and routine of it. Once it is part of your life, if you’re committed to it, it’ll be second nature. Like everything else in life, it’s not about perfect, it’s about effort every time, that’s where the transformation happens, that’s how change occur. I personally have noticed committing 3 days a week at the same time each day works best for me. I am a creature of habit and do better when it’s part of my schedule.  Make it a habit and before long it will be something you look forward to

2. Go to a public gym/Class

We’ve all heard the saying iron sharpens iron. Going to a class with an instructor is very helpful for me. No one wants to be the loser who is slacking in class. Personally, I like standing/sitting next to the craziest person in my class that way I want to play catch up. The more you see it and the more you see people who are physically fit, the more you’ll get the urge to become that. Also, getting  a Workout Buddy is so helpful. Find someone from your friend group who also wants to work on their fitness and commit to physical improvement with you. This way you are letting someone else down if you slack off, so you are less likely to give up.

3. Focus on Quantitative goals.

I think the biggest reasons why some people can’t maintain a consistent gym schedule is they have no real plan and don’t log their work so they make no real progress. If you don’t see progress, it’s hard to stay motivated. I use a fitness app to track my fitness and each time I add more weights or push myself harder on the treadmill. When you get stronger you KNOW you got stronger because you did something you’ve never done before. Hope that makes sense. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS. This will show you what you’ve accomplished and how much closer to your goals you’re getting and can be highly motivating.

4. You do you!

Last but not least, do what’s best for you. Life in general is a marathon not a sprint. The only other bit of advice is from Terry Crews – just get into a routine of “going to the gym” It’s the first battle. Even if you don’t do anything, or go for a swim, or a steam, or a mega workout, just try and get there. Once you’re there your mentality will be different, and on the lazy days you’ll still accomplish more than most!

Stay Fabulous!

Shop all your essentials for your workout below. Stay Fabulous and remember “Just Do it”.

HOW TO LAYER DENIM LIKE A PRO

Denim has been around since 1800s and they can never go out of style since they are the epitome of swag. Since winter is all about layering, won’t this be the best time to experiment with denim? On appearance, you may think that denim on denim on denim is an eyesore and that perhaps it should be left to catwalks and fashion magazines. But that’s where you’re wrong. Anyone can layer denim like a pro – so go pick out all the denim in your closet before I finish writing and let’s layer together.

Many of us are afraid to layer clothes for fear of looking bigger and bulkier than we actually are. However, if done right, it could actually make you slimmer. A perfectly layered look will complement your body, giving you the ultimate swag you need.

First thing is to start with a key piece and work your way to the outer layer. I chose this pencil dress which is already a statement on its own. Length and proportion is key when layering. Since the dress is a maxi dress, I chose two jackets with two different lengths. Also, It’s best to incorporate a mix of materials when styling a layered look if you don’t want to look like a stuffed turkey from last thanksgiving, choose a thinner denim jacket, as this will enable you to layer it.

Finally, add some accessories in the form of jewelry or watches. I chose a white sunglasses. Thank you so kindly for reading. I’ve linked the outfit for you below. Stay Fabulous.