Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Favorites: Labor Day Looks

Is everybody ready for the long Labor Day weekend?  Whether you're going to a family cookout, spending the weekend with your significant other or going out with friends, I have the perfect Labor Day outfits for you!  You can obviously switch up the pieces, depending on what you may have in your closet but this will give you a little insight on what you can pair together.  The saying is that you aren't suppose to wear white after Labor Day, but I say why not break the rules?  Go ahead and wear whatever works with your style.  What will you be wearing this weekend?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Healthy Habits: My Gourmet Tricks to a Healthier Lifestyle

A prime factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is learning to prepare meals that are good for you; however, this doesn't mean that you have to be a superior chef to do so.  When I am preparing healthy meals for myself, I tend to focus on portion control and including plenty of colorful fruits or vegetables.  One of the most recent meals I prepared was so delicious that I had to share the recipe(s) with you! 

The complete dish: Chicken breast in a Sauvignon Blanc sauce | Sweet potato mash in a bell pepper cup, honey-glazed pistachios and Brie cheese on top | Zucchini cups filled with asparagus spears and shredded carrots | Apricot relish

1) For the chicken breast, I sauteed garlic and onions in chicken broth with a splash of Sauvignon Blanc wine.  To thicken up the sauce slightly, I added a dash of cornstarch as well.

2) The apricot relish was quite simple to prepare, as I chopped up some cherry tomatoes and mixed it with diced zucchini along with a splash of lime juice and apricot preserves.

3) To make the zucchini cups, I hollowed out blocks of zucchini with a melon-baller and threw in some cooked asparagus spears.  I shredded up some carrots and placed the zucchini cups on top.

4) Finally, I prepared the last component by hollowing out half of a green bell pepper and filled it with mashed up sweet potatoes.  I topped this with honey-glazed pistachios and a few slices of Brie cheese, then I placed it in the oven to melt the cheese slightly.  Delish!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

OOTD: Rihanna-Inspired

Today's OOTD was inspired by a look that I saw on Rihanna awhile ago, but I loved how everything came together as a whole.  Denim chambray blouses are perfect for shifting into the upcoming season because they are lightweight yet can easily be thrown on to keep warm when it cools down at night.  What I really like about this look is how feminine the completed items look together.  It's perfect for a brunch with the girls or a lunch date!

What I'm wearing:
F21 top
Cotton On skirt
H&M necklace
F21 earrings
ALDO heels

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fashion's Night Out Miami 2012: My Night Out Picks

For those of you who won't be in New York for New York Fashion Week, I'm sure you will be celebrating Fashion's Night Out in your local city.  This year I will be in Miami for Fashion's Night Out and I'm excited to check out all of the various events that are going on this year!  If you aren't too familiar with this annual event it takes place on September 6th in different cities throughout the nation where everyone celebrates the largest shopping event of the year.

This is the fourth year running for this fabulous event where editors, stars, models, fashionistas and designers come together to flood stores throughout the country.  It's also celebrated in countries worldwide with special discounts, products, celebrity appearances and performances.  I've put together "my night out" picks at where you can view the schedules for each corresponding city.  I will be making stops at the following stores/areas this year:

Lincoln Road Outdoor Mall
Sunglass Hut
Brilliance NY

Bal Harbour Shops
Neiman Marcus
Tory Burch

Aventura Mall
Herve Leger by Max Azria
Harry Winston

Miami Design District
(Where they will have an Instagram-inspired wall featuring the faces of Miami style and fashion)

To give you an idea of what FNO entails, check out this video:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Favorites: What I Love to do on Rainy Days

It's been pretty rainy lately so I haven't been able to do any outdoor photo shoots, but sometimes rainy days can be great down time to catch up with projects or do things that you only do on days like these.  Here are some of my favorite things to do on rainy/gloomy days:

I love reading inspirational books and this is one of my favorite books at the moment!

When it's rainy outside, it can be relaxing to give myself a mani-pedi at home.

Organization - raiding my closet and cleaning it out or re-organizing shoes

Cooking pho is the PERFECT rainy day soup

Thursday, August 23, 2012

OOTD: Mixing Neon with Neutrals

I actually shot this outfit of the day a little while ago, but never really posted it on my blog (which is why my hair looks different in these photos)!  For this look I simply paired some liquid leggings with a loose fitting sheer blouse and a nude blazer.  To complement the neutral tones, I rocked this look with these bright neon pumps to bring it all together.  This is ideal for a night out with the girls or even a casual business meeting, depending on what type of job you may have or how flexible the work attire is.

What I'm wearing:
F21 blazer
F21 blouse
Express leggings
ALDO pumps
Guess watch

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shopping List: Fall Trends

Alright ladies (and gents), it's about that time again...time to shop for the next season's wardrobe!  You can most certainly keep some of your summer pieces for the Fall season, but grab a few basic pieces or standout items that can be worn multiple ways throughout the time period.  Here are some of my favorite Fall trends that can be found in various options in stores such as ZARA, Club Monaco, Dolce Vita, BCBG, H&M, Jennifer Lopez for Kohls, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Elizabeth and James, and many more.  What are some of your favorite items for the new season?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Healthy Habits: Video Tour of my Kitchen and Food Tips

Hi everyone!  For today's post, I'd like to bring you into my kitchen to show you what I stock my pantry and refrigerator with.  Since I get so many questions about my fitness and/or meal plans, I thought this would be the best way for me to answer those questions.  What better way than to bring you into my kitchen with me??  Enjoy ;)

Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section!

Check out the video here:

Monday, August 20, 2012

What's in my August myGlam Bag?

Happy Monday ladies (and gentlemen)!  I don't know about you, but I love receiving packages in the mail.  It's almost as if it's Christmas via the FedEx man.  Over the weekend I received my August myGlam Bag, which I absolutely love because it's filled with summer beauty goodies that I can't wait to try out!  The myGlam Bag is a great way to try out new beauty products that you might not normally go out and purchase yourself.  The products are chosen by other beauty experts as well, so it's a win-win.  In this month's myGlam Bag, I receive the following:

eclos Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream
eclos Cellular Activator Facial Serum
Demeter Roll on Perfume Oil
Salty Glama-ZODI Eye Shadow
Circus by Andrea's Choice Nail Polish (hot pink <3)

So far, I've tried out the eclos products and I love the way they make my skin feel.  I'm looking forward to testing out the others as well.  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Recap of My Son's Young Hollywood Party

As I mentioned before, my son recently turned 1 year old and I threw him a young Hollywood themed birthday party in celebration this past weekend.  We had a red carpet for guests to take photos with the birthday boy in addition to light bites with a miniature theme.  It's so amazing to see my little boy grow up so quickly.  Here are some of the photos from his party!

A toast to the young king!

Mini BLT sandwiches

Mini tacos

Mini spaghetti & meatballs

Mini chicken quesadillas

Mini grilled cheese and tomato soup

Mini chocolate chip cookies & milk 

Mini cupcakes

It was a Hollywood production!


More decor


Overall spread

Birthday boy and mommy!

My big baby

Paparazzi shot!

His college fund begins

His first taste of birthday cake

His new shades...a star is born!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Design District Magazine Launch Event Recap

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then you probably saw that I recently attended the Design District Magazine launch event last week.  Hosted at Spazio Nero Club di Brickell, the event included sparkling rose for guests in addition to the latest summer issue of Design District Magazine as a showcasing.  It was another fabulous night with some really great people!