Monday, April 30, 2012

Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup Recap

For those of you who aren't familiar with the Miami Beach Polo World Cup, it consists of beach polo matches played by men and women who battle it out on horses.  The event draws in an affluent audience of thousands of people within a week.  I was fortunate to attend this gorgeous event sponsored by Maserati, in addition to the fashion shows in collaboration with The Polo Life over this past weekend.  Needless to say, it was an amazing time!  Check out the photos here:

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Favorites: My Weekly Loves

As you may know, I bring you a display of my favorite items of the week for my Friday posts!  Anyway, here are my chosen products of the week.  Let me know what some of your favorites are.

Truvia - This natural calorie-free sweetener is the perfect substitute for your standard sugar, which is filled with calories

The Power by Rhonda Byrne Book - This book is full of powerful words and thoughts that help motivate me to create an affluent life

L'Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle Foundation - This BY FAR my favorite drugstore foundation because it applies so smoothly, it's lightweight, and requires no setting.  It's amazing!

Sally Hansen Smooth Perfect Nail Polish - These pastel colored nail polishes are perfect for the spring season!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

3 Different Pieces and 5 Styled Looks

Putting looks together can be quite simple, as long as you have a few key pieces that can be paired with multiple items.  Three of my favorite pieces in my closet are: a denim dress shirt, white skinny jeans, and a printed scarf.  What I love about these pieces is that I can pair them with so many other items to create various outfits.  I've put together 5 different looks that can be achieved with these three pieces just to show that you don't need a ton of clothes to to pull off various looks.  What are some of your favorite items?

What I'm wearing:

1) Nautical
F21 blazer
F21 denim top
ZARA jeans
ZARA scarf
Vintage striped belt

2) Feminine
F21 denim top
Target tank
ZARA jeans
ALDO clutch
Steve Madden platforms

3) Pastels
F21 denim top
ZARA jeans
ALDO handbag
F21 flower pin
Charlotte Russe platforms

4) Layers + Neon
F21 denim top
F21 chunky sweater
ZARA jeans
Steve Madden handbag
ZARA scarf
Guess watch
ALDO heels

5) Beach Casual
F21 denim top
ZARA jeans
ZARA scarf
Target fedora
Target tote bag
Mossimo flats

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Healthy Habits: Quick Lunch Options

Since my schedule has been so hectic lately, I am constantly looking for quick and simple lunch options that are healthy for me as well.  Eating at restaurants day to day can not only be costly, but also unhealthy for the body.  What I like to do is cook or put together some dishes for the week so I save time and stay organized.  I don't know about any of you, but I have to keep everything organized or I will go crazy.  It helps keep my life in order, especially with being a mother to a 9-month-old baby. 

Here are some of my latest healthy lunch options:

1) Small Salads - Since I like to keep my lunches fairly light, these small salads are great for a quick bite and they are easy to throw together.  I added a handful of lettuce and arugula, diced chicken, tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, goat cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, and a vinaigrette dressing on the side

2) Wraps - These are also so easy to make and they keep well throughout the week.  I added some shredded chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, low-fat shredded cheese, red peppers, yellow peppers, and a drizzle of raspberry dressing.  I pre-package everything in advance so I can grab them quickly and I'm out the door!

3) Eggs Florentine with Turkey Bacon - This dish could apply for a quick breakfast or lunch, but I prefer eating it for lunch since it's packed with protein so it gives me a mid-day boost of energy.  I bake it ahead of time and portion it out for the week.  Enjoy the recipe!
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 5 cups chopped spinach
  • 4 cups whole-grain bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • About 5 strips of diced turkey bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 3/4 cup low-fat shredded Swiss cheese
Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a large baking dish or a 2-quart dish with cooking spray. Whisk eggs, egg whites and milk in a medium bowl. Add mustard, rosemary and pepper; whisk to combine. Toss spinach, bread, turkey bacon and roasted red peppers in a large bowl. Add the egg mixture and toss well to coat. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and push down to compact. Cover with foil.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and continue baking for 15 more minutes.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lady in Red

During the spring and summer seasons I love wearing rompers because they are so simple to throw on, yet chic and feminine.  They can also be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.  In my Spring Trends blog post, I featured a lightweight floral romper that I paired with some neon heels.  However, today's OOTD showcases this silk romper that I scooped up at Bebe.  What drew me to this piece was the bold color in addition to the detailing and pleats.   Therefore, it's one of my favorite items in the closet as of now.  I decided to go for a bit of a casual look by pairing it with some simple snakeskin sandals, but I also added a big statement necklace and a chunky bracelet with my gold watch.  Adding bold accessories to a solid piece can create a very chic look. 

What I'm wearing:
Bebe romper
F21 necklace & bracelet
GUESS watch
Sally Hansen nail strips

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Favorites: Products of the Week

As promised, I am back for another round of my Friday Favorites to showcase my product choices of the week.  I've been using these products regularly throughout the week (or month) and I absolutely love them.  What are some of your favorite items that you use often?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mixing Prints

One of my favorite ways to bring an outfit together is by incorporating different prints.  Combining various prints such as animal print, stripes, tribal or polka dots can look great if put together well.  I decided to go with a bit more of a casual look for today's OOTD by combining a green striped top with some distressed jeans and a polka dotted scarf.  Scarves are also a simple way to complete an outfit with very little effort.  Enjoy your Thursdays, guys and dolls.

What I'm wearing:
ZARA top
GUESS watch
Express scarf
F21 jeans
Mossimo flats
American Apparel clutch

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Healthy Habits: Insanity Asylum Review

As I mentioned in a previous post, I lost my baby weight and then some (over 50 pounds) in two months by doing various lifestyle changes.  However, I was able to shed the bulk of my weight by incorporating the Insanity workout program into my daily routine.  After my fourth or fifth cycle of the program, I decided that I needed something a little more challenging.  Therefore, I purchased the next phase...Insanity Asylum.  It's nothing short of completely insane to say the least, but it's worth it.  It's geared toward athletes and those who are already in pretty good shape but want to enhance their performance.  I love it because it incorporates the same movements as Insanity, but is more controlled.

Along with the DVD's, you receive a jump rope and agility ladder for control and speed.  I recommend this product for those who need a bit of a challenge, looking to define body tone or seem to be bored with trips to the gym.  It works best for me since I have a pretty busy schedule and it helps me slip in time to workout by doing it at home.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Neon Silk and Metallic Accents

What else would I be doing at 11:30pm on a Tuesday night than posting my blog of the day?  For today's OOTD I paired this gem of a top with some sequin shorts and metallic accents.  Combining neon with metallic accents can really make your look pop, or if you aren't as daring you can always choose your preference to add to your look to complete it.  For example, pairing a simple bright top with a neutral maxi skirt can go well with a skinny metallic belt and heels.  Whichever way you choose to dress it up or down, it can ultimately look amazing together.  XOXO.

What I'm wearing:
Cotton On blouse
Express shorts
ALDO clutch
Anne Klein watch
F21 earrings
China Glaze nail polish
ESSIE nail polish

Monday, April 16, 2012

Miami Marlins Game Recap and OOTD

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to check out the new Miami Marlins stadium while attending their game and it looked amazing!  The design and decor is chic, yet has a Miami feel to it.  For example, there is a pool down by the dugout area.  The food is a little more upscale than your typical ballpark menu as well.  There are various restaurants throughout the interior of the stadium, which gives it a luxurious aspect.  Sundays are my "splurge" days as far as my diet goes.  I believe that everything is okay in moderation, of course.  It's also part of the experience, right?  Nobody really goes to a baseball game to order a salad.  Anyway, I wore the following:

What I'm wearing:
Cotton On dress
Big Buddha handbag
Mossimo platform sandals

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Favorites: Current Product Loves

For today's "Friday Favorites," I've featured my favorite items of the week.  I absolutely love Bath & Body Works candles and candle holders.  They create a sleek finish to your candles to make any room look incredible, in addition to their delicious scent.  As most of you know, I have a slight obsession with LUSH products because they are handmade and the quality is unbelievable.  Therefore, I have featured one of their face masks which leaves my face feeling smooth and defined.  As for nutritional items, I have been snacking on these Flax crackers with hummus as a healthy snack.  I also featured Ronzoni's Healthy Harvest whole wheat pasta because it's a great substitute for the classic white pasta which is not as healthy for you.  Enjoy your weekend ladies and gents!  XOXO.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

How To Revamp Your Spring Wardrobe: 10 Must-Haves

A great way to revamp your spring wardrobe can be done by simply adding (or keeping) 10 essential items for the new season.  There are a few trends that have carried over to the spring, so not all winter items have to be pushed to the back of your closet.

Here are my 10 essentials for the new season:

  1.  Neon - A lightweight neon top can make any outfit pop
  2. A Bright Blazer - Adding a cotton bright blazer completes the look
  3. Metallic Clutch - Pairing metallic accents with simple pieces or prints can look great together
  4. A Floral Dress - Every girl needs something very feminine in her closet, and what better way to pull it off than a pink floral dress?
  5. Lightweight Pants - I love to throw these on with a white tank underneath and a skinny belt
  6. Pastel - Without looking like an Easter egg, you can incorporate pastels in a subtle way by rocking light pinks, purple, mint green or light blue
  7. A Printed Blouse - These look wonderful underneath some high-waisted shorts or pants
  8. A Colorblocked Tote - Perfect beach bag
  9. A Bright Skinny Belt - The ideal way to cinch up a blouse, dress, or pants
  10. Simple Black Shorts - They go with everything!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

3 Ways To Wear A White Blazer For The Season

One of my favorite wardrobe staples is a classic white blazer, as it complements various items in my closet.  What's great about a white blazer is that it can neutralize your look and dress it up or down.  The looks that I've put together for today's post are more tailored to the spring season; however, it's completely up to you and what you have in your closet.

City Girl Chic

For this look, I've paired a striped top with some bright lace shorts to give it a feminine touch yet keep it a little structured.  Pair it with a floppy hat, some classic black heels, and throw on your white blazer to complete this city chic look which is perfect for a daytime lunch with the girls.
Playfully Elegant

This look is completely feminine, which is why I love it so much.  Although I am constantly expressing my adoration for menswear as women's attire, there is something even more powerful about a glam look designed for an elegant woman.   I've paired a tiered tutu skirt with a neutral sequin top along with some Mary-Jane bow accented heels to further enhance the girlish look.

Weekend Casual

There is no reason why any woman/mother can't run her weekend errands and still remain stylish while doing so.  Therefore, I would rock this look to run some quick errands or do some shopping in the city.  Rompers are my go-to spring and summer items because they are cute yet simple.  I've added a neutral braided belt in addition to these low chunky heels for comfort. Pair it with a rolled up white blazer and you're ready to go!