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Herbal Essences #EmbraceChange

October 17, 2017

 

There are so many things about being an adult that are both scary and beautiful. Some just scary, some just beautiful, but many end up being both at the same time. I just turned 30, and believe me, it took me some time to accept the changes that come with growing up. And especially the hard ones. The ones I fought hardest to get through are the ones I find are my luckiest experiences to go through. That’s exactly what Herbal Essences‘ latest campaign is all about. Embracing change and letting life in. 

When I was younger, I was a heavy dreamer with fantastic visions of the future that changed almost every second. And while in my dreams I was invincible and confident and spoke my mind, I found that when faced with reality, I held myself back. I wasn’t exactly the person I was in my head when I was asleep at night or daydreamed. There was something there that kept me from putting myself out there because I was afraid of failure, or unwanted attention or maybe something else that I still cannot explain today. All I knew was that my confidence was lacking, but I knew deep down, that I wanted more and that I was someday going to get to where I needed to be. For me, it just took some time.

Growing up I experienced bullying from a few male classmates. My features, my height, my ethnic background, these all became things that I was ashamed of about myself. My hair, long and straight, was always my reliable shield. Something to hide behind when I didn’t want to be seen. Or at least, it made me feel like I couldn’t be seen. I wanted to keep my hair long to hide the fact that I had scoliosis, But even then, my hair wasn’t something I loved, even though it helped protect me. I wished it was blonder. Wavier. Like what I saw on TV. 

It took me a while to come to terms with my body. It took years of comparing myself too much and scrutinizing my imperfections too harshly, before I could finally step outside of the perspective I thought others around me had of me. Once I stepped out of that, I slowly became more and more free. It was like a drawn out personal training session that I had to give myself on the daily. Creating my blog, expressing my feelings, showing my face to the world and being proud of what it represented . . . all of these things helped me. And finally, the hair on my head became less of a shield each day. Instead, it was just simply something that was a part of me that I appreciated purely for the fact that it was mine. Long and somewhere in the middle behind straight and slightly wavy. Always a little messy. Split ends here and there. Beautiful to some, maybe even plain to others, but to me it was just mine and that is all I needed to appreciate it. It felt good to no longer need a shield of hair to hide behind. It was my first step towards being courageous. I’m still on that path, and getting closer and closer every single day. Now you tell me . . . how do you #EmbraceChange and #LetLifeIn? What changes have you been through that made you who you are today? And how open are you what is to come next, especially when you have no idea what that may be? Take part and spread the word; share this VIDEO

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Shady Lady

July 29, 2017


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Tory Burch sunglasses from Sunglass Hut, paid for by Sunglass Hut & Refinery29 
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I recently attended an event at the Sunglass Hut store in Miami on Lincoln Road to discover some fresh new sunglasses styles. There was an array of styles that I were drawn to because of their classic sophistication, a style that I am reverting back to after investing usually in overly trendy styles. Today, I am looking for longevity with the sunglasses I wear . . . pairs that I will see myself wearing years from now, and that I imagine Old Hollywood stars wearing in the past. This pair by Tory Burch felt exactly that. Dramatic yet understated at the same time. A balance that can be hard to find with a pair of black sunglasses. The slight bend at the edges creates a subtle, rounded cat eye look, and the arched detailing at the top of the frame is just the modern touch I was looking for. In a way, this pair is a new version of Audrey’s sunglasses in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I threw on my most glamorous dress that could still sustain the Miami heat. Just in time for a glass of rosé  before heading out into the Miami night. Being a sophisticated lady is easy at Sunglass Hut. What’s your favorite classic pair with a modern twist?

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Period Talk: Always My Fit

June 29, 2017

I am speaking to all you ladies today on a topic that we are very familiar with . . . our periods. Or shall I say, the discomfort that comes along with being a woman for at least 4 days out of the month. You know me, I’m not one to be hush, hush about this topic. I’m a woman who likes to be comfortable in my clothing every single day out of the year, and that includes the days that I’m on my period. It’s always a struggle finding ways to not sacrifice my style on days when I need to be conscious of what is going on down there, if you know what I mean. There’s nothing worse than walking around in your favorite white jeans with the idea of a period stain haunting the back of your mind when you are on the subway. Many of us have strayed away from using pads because leaks are a scary thought, or, number one on the list, they just don’t seem to fit correctly.

Always has been doing research on the reasons for pad leaks to try to fix the problem, and they have found out that the majority of the women are wearing the wrong pad size, in relation to their body, flow level and underwear fit. Now that’s a lot to think about it seems like when it comes to period protection on a monthly basis. But Always just made it easy with a newly developed Always My Fit guide that informs us on how focusing on pad size from front to back is the key to all our period problems. The guide breaks down Always pads by size, from 1 to 5. Using the wrong size pad very much affects period leaks, so finding the right one for you is super important. And our flows change on the daily.

Besides all that, us women come in a very widespread variety of body sizes and shapes, and we all choose to wear different kinds of underwear during different parts of the day. It doesn’t make sense at all that we should all wear the size pad size. Our coverage should be as unique as we are as physical beings. And that is the magic behind the Always My Fit guide, which is the only one of its kind in the world of period protection.

On the top of every Always packaging is the Always My Fit guide, easy to read and find your perfect fit. Or, there is the option of taking a quick online quiz to land on the right Always pad size for the situations you find yourself in the most. The guide is basically life changing, especially for someone like me who doesn’t like to change her wardrobe or sleep routine because her period gets in the way.

Like I always say, I love very much being a woman. Every single part of it. Even my periods. It makes me feel healthy knowing my body is working the way it should. Always My Fit just makes being a woman so much more seamless, and stain free. Now I can wear my favorite white miniskirt out this summer whenever I want. 

Make sure to try the sizing quiz and figure out which Always size is right for you!

* Sponsored by Always My Fit. All stories, opinions and experiences are of course my own.

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Happy National Swimsuit Day!

May 23, 2017

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Lands’ End Tugless One Piece Swimsuit in Deep Sea Paisley Floral
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Hey, hey babes! Well look what we have here. Another swimsuit post, but for a very special reason. Lands’ End is saying that today, May 23rd, is National Swimsuit Day. It’s official now. To celebrate, they are offering 50% off all women’s swimwear and free two day shipping so they will receive their swimsuit in time for Memorial Day Weekend. I was just making plans with my girlfriends this past weekend for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, and it looks like there is a beach day in the works. It’s crazy to think that last summer I didn’t have one day at the local New York City beaches. Yes, it’s overly crowded with city dwellers in search of sun, and the taco joint takes two hours to get a table for you and your friends, but that’s really the vibrancy of it all. Shoulder to shoulder deep in sand, ice cold michaeladas and hopefully lots of sunscreen. NYC weather hasn’t been proving to be very great recently, but everyone is trying to get their hopes up that things will change in time for the upcoming weekend. NYC deserves sunshine and summer finally! Either way, I’m ready. I took a browse through Lands’ End‘s super lovely swimsuit options, and landed on this retro feeling, flower burst Tugless One Piece Swimsuit (the print is called Deep Sea Paisley Floral). It feels seventies in its color pops, yet at the same time sleek with its shape. I’ve always been tall and straight, I love the way that one-pieces flatter my body. It makes me seem even longer than I already am, and accentuate the waistline in the sexiest of ways. And the biggest bonus with this one-piece in particular is the built in soft cup bra. I’m pretty flat chested, so I’ll take any help I can get in the curve accentuation department.

I’ve come to really love my body in a swimsuit recently. It’s beyond just the gym, fitness classes, matcha every morning and midday juices. It’s also a mind thing. My body is not perfect. I have a scar running down the length of my spine that haunted a few years of my early 20’s. It made it hard to feel free in a bikini. I’ve come a long way since then, and learned to shake off the feelings of being scared of my imperfections. With time, I came to accept my body the way it was meant to be by giving it love and care. Wearing a swimsuit is just another way that I like to thank my body . . . by showing it off! And that’s why I went for the boldest print this time around. I no longer feel self conscious or the need to hide parts of myself when I’m at the pool or the beach surrounded by friends and a bunch of strangers. Instead, I feel empowered. And I’m still a bit tan from the Cayman Islands . . . that always helps with the confidence level. 

So remember. Your next swimsuit is 50% off today at Land’s End. And while you are at it, enter the Land’s End Beach Sweeps for the chance to win a 7 night stay for two at The British Virgin Islands. CLICK HERE to get more info on entering.

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