Friday, December 19, 2014

Giveaway: Win a Solo One-Step Gel Nails Kit

Solo One-Step Gel Nails Giveaway

With only a few days left until Christmas I'm excited to be teaming up with SOLO One-Step Gel Nails to giveaway one of their full kits! (The set was featured on my holiday gift guide this week.) The kit retails for over $129 and is a great way to get a salon-quality gel manicure from the comfort of home. The perfect activity for a girls' night in, if you ask me! I challenged my friend and trusted photographer Andrea of Bella Mente to take SOLO for a test run and she gave it two perfectly-polished thumbs up! Enter to win daily using the form below. I'll announce a winner on December 26th. Good luck!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

15 Holiday Gifts for Every Girl on Your List

Conair 3Q Infiniti Pro Blow Dryer, $119. Long hair, don’t care: This lightweight new blow dryer from Conair cuts your dry time by up to 70%! Named Best Blow Dryer in the 2014 Cosmopolitan for Latinas Best of Beauty Awards.

HSI Classic 9 Row Hair Brush$19. This anti-static wonder tool is made for use on both wet and dry hair and makes blow drying and flat ironing a breeze. I love it because it doesn’t cause damage, prevents frizz and actually helps to hydrate your hair thanks to natural negative ions. (Also available at HSI Blow Dry Lounge at The Falls.)

Clinique ‘The Nutcracker’ Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams, $24. Clinique is celebrating the holidays with a special collection inspired by The Nutcracker, capturing the beauty and grace of this classic performance. This Snowflake Dreams powder was created to mirror the shimmering elegance of the performance.  I’ve been wearing it all over my neck, arms, décolleté… basically everywhere.

OSEA Undaria Algae Oil, $40. This incredibly nourishing face & body oil has completely changed my skincare routine. Made from concentrated sea minerals rich in B vitamins to firm, hydrate, and tone, it repairs damage, reduces redness and plumps your skin for a luminous glow. The full range of OSEA products are available at the Fontainebleau Shops Miami Beach.

Express 30 Shade Eye Shadow Gift Set, now $17. A rainbow of matte and shimmer eye color shades perfectly packaged for the glam girl on your list. The compact size makes for a great stocking stuffer, too. (Currently 40% off!)

Solo One-Step Gel Nails Kit, $129. For the ambitious beauty junkie Solo One-Step has brought the nail salon to you. The at-home kit includes everything needed for a professional quality gel manicure, including an LED light and four shades of polish. Best part? No need for a base or top coat.

ZARA Poncho /Cape, $79. Because wearing a blanket as outerwear has never looked so chic. Take a page out of Blake Lively’s style book and cozy up with an oversized poncho. (Similar here and here.)

Joelle Hawkens “Kate” Crossbody Bag, $265. For the girl that’s always on the go, a quilted bag that’s just as practical as it is cool. (On a budget? Get this one for under $100.)

Express Runway Fringe Booties, $148. When the weekend calls you break out these fun boots. Love to wear these with black skinny jeans and a fedora for a casual western-inspired look. (See more options here and here.)

A Golden Arm Party: T’Audrey Personalized Gold Cuff and Henri Bendel Chain Link Cuff (Similar.) You can never go wrong with stacks on stacks of gold bangles. T’Audrey’s coordinates cuff reminds me of where I got engaged, but you can personalize it with a name, date, or inspirational words. (Warning: cuff is wildly popular and currently on back order. Bookmark it now for future special occasions.)

Fashion Art by H. Nichols Illustrations, from $12. Give your favorite fashionista a reason to smile in her workspace with a chic doodle from fashion illustrator Holly Nichols. Her etsy shop is chock full of sweet prints, from lipsticks to designer shoes, that are perfect to add to a gallery wall or desktop. (Inquire about custom illustrations for an extra special gift.)

Kate Spade 2015 Agenda Planner, $28. For the workaholic, or just plain unorganized. A cute planner is sure to get 2015 off to a positive start. Plenty of space to jot down notes and plan dates – both for business and pleasure.

Briana Jewelry, from $30. Key Biscayne native Briana Guerra’s eponymous jewelry collection offers everything from street chic midi rings and of-the-moment earring jackets, to ultra-glam chandelier earrings that are guaranteed to garner oohs and ahhs. For the woman who has everything, because more sparkle never hurts. for stockists and showroom info.

Express Tuxedo Jacket, $128. A must-have wardrobe staple. Wear it over a plain white tee or a cocktail dress for instant girl boss status. (View more blazer styles here.)

Kotur Evil Eye Clutch via Magenta Couture, $525. Saving the best for last: This luxe lucite clutch is just the thing for the It Girl who needs a little extra protection to ward off evil glares. Hoping I find this one under my tree on December 25th!


Photos by Bella Mente

This post was made possible by Express. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Feathers & Sparkle

The holidays are always a fun time to get dressed up and celebrate with loved ones at endless dinners and cocktail parties. This year is extra special for me as my seventh anniversary with Eric is the same weekend as Thanksgiving, and boy, do we have a lot to be thankful for this year! No matter what you’re celebrating this season, if you’re like me, finding the perfect party attire is just as important as the actual party. With so many events lined up on the calendar I prefer investing in statement pieces that I can mix and match, rather than a dress that I’ll only end up wearing once or twice. My heart skipped a beat when I spotted this beautiful black feather skirt in the Express Holiday lookbook.  It’s both ethereal and glamourous. Teamed with a classic white button down and a bold red lip, this ensemble is just c-h-i-c. If it were a little cooler, (you know, below 78 degrees,) I would throw on a tuxedo jacket to really polish the look. The truth is that I want to where this fun little skirt everywhere, with t-shirts, a denim jacket, or even a crop top – and I just might!

Top: Express Tuxedo Shirt | Skirt: Express Feather Mini Skirt | Jewelry: Express Necklace, Rings, Earrings | Shoes: Patent Pump by Express | Clutch: Old | Lips: Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo "Incognito"

This post was made possible by Express. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sombre Tutorial with Hotheads Hair

I'm so excited to finally share this hair tutorial I worked on with Hotheads Hair! (You may have spotted my long hair, don't care instagram photo before I left to France.) Since I chopped my hair off last fall it's been a constant struggle deciding whether I wanted to keep it short or grow it out. With Hotheads I can have the best of both worlds because there's no long-term commitment. When I'm ready to go back to my shorter length, the extensions will slide right out with an alcohol-based solution.

Aside from the incredible length and volume Hotheads hair extensions offer, one of my favorite things is that you can change your hair color without actually chemically processing it! I have wanted to lighten up my locks for some time but didn't want to risk the damage. Hotheads were able to give me the popular sombré (subtle ombré) look without one drop of hair dye, and hours in a beauty salon. The whole installation took only about 45 minutes. Check out the video transformation below to see how quick and easy it is for your stylist to change up your hair color using Hotheads. Visit to find a certified Hotheads stylist near you. 

Special thanks to Hotheads Hair and Stylist Aurezu for sponsoring this post.

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