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Ladies Night with Poker Pro Jessica Dawley

Famed Poker Pro and 888poker.com Brand Ambassador, Jessica Dawley joined us for Ladies night at Rinaldi’s Italian Bistro & Steak House (Kenilworth, NJ) last weekend. Luckily, we were all beginners so we learned together. Jessica was very sweet and made learning fun. She talked to us about her large family, growing up in a small town, her travels and her journey in becoming a poker pro. I completely could relate when she described loving the feeling of having independence and working for yourself. We were all truly inspired by her stories and lifestyle.

Dawley taught us some Poker basics and tips as well. I don’t think we can go play against with the pros but we definitely all agreed that we have a much better understanding of it now.

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Poker Pro & 888Poker.com Ambassador Jessica Dawley

 

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After playing in the group, Jessica then taught us how to play online using 888Poker. It’s pretty interesting because you can actually play for free or as little as pennies to begin until you feel ready to play bigger money. So, there’s really not much to lose if you simply want to try it out. Of course, I wouldn’t suggest betting big bucks if you have no clue how to play!

Joining us that evening were some great blogger friends including Angelica Prendez, Delia Rivera, Mayra Betances and friends. Along with Poker, we enjoyed girl talk, brick oven pizza and lots of laughs that evening.

 

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left to right: Andrea and Angelica Prendez, Lillie Morales (me), Jessica Dawley, Denise Rivera, Vanessa Rodriguez, and Delia Rivera

If you’d like to play too, visit www.888poker.com andwww.888casino.com

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José Eber Salon Opens in Short Hills, New Jersey

May 2, 2015- Famed hair stylist, José Eber brings a touch of Beverly Hills to Short Hills, New Jersey. The beautiful salon located at 284 Millburn Avenue, has a real Beverly Hills feel. Breathtaking chandeliers, amazing natural lighting, hints of bright white and grey decor with an industrial look.

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Clients will enjoy a vast array of services including text message confirmations, valet parking, beverages and light bites and have all of their services done in one place. The salon offers everything from a blowout bar, make up, nails, waxing, hair and medi spa services.

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I had the pleasure of speaking to José Eber and getting his opinion on how I should style my hair. This would be considered a hair consultation. And who better to give hair advice then the man who invented the Farrah Fawcett feathered style himself?

He first asked about my lifestyle and what type of change if any did I want. He said I already had beautiful hair and simply suggested I go lighter at the ends and add a couple of layers to the front. I think that just may work :)

 

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I love dressing up but I love feeling free and comfortable in what I wear. When going into the city, I opt for pieces that can be dressed up and down. For example, boyfriend jeans. Wear them on a night out with pumps or switch into flats or flip flops to walk around the city and explore.

For this look, I paired some boyfriend jeans with a lace blue top and pumps. To have some fun with the look, I added an oversized fringed  clutch bag. And to keep warm, I wore a light trench jacket. Super easy and easy to put together :)

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Bag: Carlos Santana

Bracelets: Alex & Ani

Ring: Second Lems

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Shoes: BCBG

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Jeans: Charlotte Russe

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Ten Things You Should Tell Your Daughter

With Mother’s Day around the corner, my journal quickly begins to fill up with ideas for new posts having to do with Mother’s Day. While brainstorming, I realized that a big part of Mother’s Day has to do with how you mother–parenting I mean. What makes a good mom? Is it simply providing for your child? Is it packing lunches, wiping tears, and showing up for different events?
To me, it is so much more than that. I’m raising a little girl. My job is so important because not only am I raising a little girl and taking care of her, but I am molding a young lady for the future. What I do affects her- what I say, my attitude about practically everything in life teaches her. Believe me, kids know so much.  From the moment that I felt her presence, I knew that I wasn’t just me anymore– I became a teacher, motivator, life coach, nurse, driver, chef, stylist, and that times a superhero who multi tasks faster than the Flash and flies like Super Girl to get things done.

So, let’s get back to the life coach part- yes, a mom’s job is to motivate and instill confidence in their children. When they are down, we have to be the cheerleaders in the background cheering them on. When they look in the mirror and cry over a zit, we have to tell them it’s going to be ok and that it’s only temporary- and then help them find a solution.
Growing up, I received so much to love and support from my mother and from the women in my life like my aunts and grandmothers. However, there’s always that one person that speaks without thinking. I have to say that that was and still to this day is my grandmother (my mother’s mother). Sure, she was always there for me and still is thankfully. And she has a good side but one of her flaws is saying mean things without knowing how much they hurt. This is a common thing for Latinas. They can be critical and make sure to point out your every flaw. The woman could surely say the wrong thing to a girl. I remember hearing comments from her like. “oh look at her hips, she’s so curvy.” or “you’re not that pretty I don’t know why people say you are.” to me even in front of my friends. I’m sure you can imagine how insecure this made me from young age. (And she would wonder why I would catch an attitude with her or try to avoid her at times.)

Later on, when I became pregnant with my daughter, I was huge. I was swollen and gained a lot of water weight. No pregnant woman wants to hear that she has gained a ton of weight or that she looks too fat. And these were the things I would hear from my dear grandmother. And even after that she comments on everything about me and I patiently ignore her because she is simply old and well, ignorant at times. I never really told her how much the things that she said bothered me until after I became an adult.
It was on a day where is she and my aunt and I were out shopping with my cousin who was only 14 at the time. My cousin was trying on dresses for a special occasion. She’s not a tiny girl but she isn’t huge either. She’s healthy and she’s just fine but because the clothes weren’t quite fitting her as her mother wanted them to, between her and my grandmother- the comments started. My aunt began to comment about how she had such a great figure at that age and that it was a shame that her daughter did not take after her but after her father’s side (mind you, she is over weight!). My grandmother nodded her head and agreed. Meanwhile, my blood was boiling. I couldn’t believe that we were standing in a dressing room helping this child choose the perfect dress and ripping apart her confidence. How is that right?! Can you imagine being in your underwear and the people closest to you pointing out your flaws? It’s like a nightmare! It was in that moment when I scolded both of them and said “Please don’t do that. Please do not say those things. She is perfect and healthy. She’s a growing girl and you are trying women’s dresses on her- of course the fit will not be perfect.” I took my daughter’s hand and just walked away because I didn’t want to witness anymore. I saw what my grandmother taught my aunt to do and I saw my aunt doing the same thing to her daughter. I swore to myself that I would never do the same to my child.
It wasn’t until recently that I told my grandmother how mean she has been to me at times. To my surprise, instead of saying something witty like she always does, she brushed me off and said she would never do such a thing had no idea what I was talking about and walked away. She quickly changed the subject, too. My mother knows how I feel about criticism or comments when it comes to weight, body type, or looks. I asked her to never ever do that with my child. It was she who taught me not to speak unless it was something nice I had to say. I want my daughter to grow up with a healthy, positive mind and know that we love her just as she is. I want her to become a confident young lady. The world we live in can be so cruel. Society has been known to steal a person’s confidence. This is why parents should build confidence at home so that later on, it’s not really an issue.
I don’t want to make this post too long, I just wanted to express how I feel about this topic because it’s something real and I thought maybe I could help someone avoid making the same mistakes or maybe help someone relate. I feel that part of being a good mother to a daughter (or son), is instilling confidence and teaching our children to love themselves no matter what. I believe that a lot of people who criticize (or bully) are the ones who have been criticized themselves. But because somebody did that to you doesn’t make it okay for you to repeat it. You have the power to teach love, kindness, and so much more.
If you’re reading this and it speaks to you in some way– Maybe you are guilty of doing this or maybe someone did to you- remember, it’s never too late to start over and make things right.

To help get you started, I’ve created a list of 10 things that I tell my daughter often and maybe you  should tell yours too :)

And here’s an idea! Print these out and post them on her mirror so she is reminded of all these positive messages daily!

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Meet Vi and Va, the New Chicas on the Block

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Vi and Va Dolls and Latina Bloggers Connect. These are my honest opinions. 

I just love seeing new toys hit the market that are rich in culture and diverse. In this melting pot that we live in, the Latino community grows more each day. But with our children growing up “American”, there are still certain toys on the market that they cannot identify with. But these new dolls are changing the game now.

Meet Vi and Va, (pronounced like Viva!) are two teenage sisters: Viviana (Vi) and Valentina (Va).  For these girls, every day is an adventure and a reason to celebrate the bonds of family and friendship. Vi and Va, along with their best friends, cousins Felicia and Roxxi, were created to help girls honor and embrace their heritage.  The themes and storytelling within the line focuses on both family and culture.  The four main characters are not just friends, they are also family.  How cool is that? Every Latina knows just how special and important our “primas” are and our familia in general.

Older sister, Vi, 16, is spontaneous and easy going. She’s passionate about sharing her love of music, and she’s always ready to break out her guitar at family gatherings. She also loves creating new styles as a fashion designer. Younger sister, Va, 15, is so neat and organized. She loves learning to cook from her mother and grandmothers. She’s already perfected several savory family recipes, like empanadas.  She also loves trying out new hairstyles, and making herself look unique with ribbons and flowers in her hair.

Felicia and Roxxi are Vi and Va’s cousins. Felicia is 17 years old and an artist. Roxxi is 18 years old and a dancer. The product line includes of several dolls and activity sets to help little girls play out each character’s storyline and enjoy her special talents.  The line also has a birthday party/quinceanera collection, where the family celebrates Vi turning 16 and Va turning 15 with a combined family party celebration.  Girls can even dress up and join the fun with role play and styling accessories.

Each doll is unique which makes playing more fun and interesting for kids. For example, Valentina enjoys cooking and her sister, Viviana loves music. Liana (my daughter), toyed with the idea that Valentina opened a restaurant, her sister, Viviana and cousin Roxxi perform there and their cousin Felicia displays her art! How’s that for an imagination? Liana also loved that Valentina came with her favorite yummy snack- empanadas! Que rico!

The dolls are adorable, have a funky style in which they express their colorful culture and creativity. They are shorter than your average doll- about nine inches tall, and their body type is curvier as well. We love that they all have unique skin tones and hair colors/styles because Latinas come in variety.


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And guess what everyone?! You can win one of these gorgeous dolls, too! We are giving away the Viviana doll Fashion Designer! Your little one can design Vi’s clothes and bring out her inner fashionista! All you have to do is enter below! Good Luck!!!

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MGAE believes that ethnic diversity is critically important to a healthy community. The Latin family is a major consumer of dolls and toys, which we are proud to serve with our innovative products. The full assortment of “Vi and Va” fashion dolls is available at Target stores and on Target.com. For more information, please visit ViandVaDolls and join the conversation with our social community at Facebook  and Twitter. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand. – This is sponsored post in collaboration with Vi and Va Dolls and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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That 70’s Look

If you haven’t already noticed, the 70’s has made a huge comeback this season. Wide leg pants, fringe, and platform shoes are all the rage.  Want to be on trend but not sure how to start? Not to worry, I’ve made this style board just for you. And just because this decade has made a comeback doesn’t mean that you have to spend tons of dollars on revamping your wardrobe.

The good news is that most thrift stores will probably have what you’re looking for and you may already have a lot of pieces in your closet already. Take the crop top for example. Pair a crop top with some high waisted wide legged jeans and platform shoes and you’re good to go. If you don’t want to make the full 70’s commitment, you don’t have to either. You can take a simple piece like a floral crown boyfriend’s bag and add it to your everyday look and still be part of this trend.

Now let’s talk about the style board below. We have a loose fitting fringe kimono which you can pair over a high neck  crop top.  Here, I added a high waisted pair of wide legged jeans, a wedge heel sandal, and fringe bag. I used neutral colors here but you can also have fun with patterns. The 70s style was very connected to nature and earthy tones. For accessories, you can try a floral crown, floral jewelry, and bangles. I also like adding sunglasses to go with my looks. Here I added some mirrored aviator sunglasses. And for make up, If you want to stay true to the era, opt for a sun kissed look by simply using a bronzer and nude lip and nail color. And last not least, I had to throw in a floral scented perfume. What’s the 70s without flower power!

I hope you guys enjoy this style board. Have you died into the 70’s yet? I’d love to see your looks! Feel free to share them on my facebook page!

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The Make Up Show Celebrates Ten Years with 10 Exclusive Products

New York, NY (April 2015) – Officially a decade-strong, The Makeup Show is celebrating their ten year anniversary. They’ve partnered up with ten top beauty brands including: Auraline Beauty, INGLOT, Crown Brush, I Make You Beautiful, Glamcor Tec,London Brush Company, Pinnacle Cosmetics, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Mehron and TEMPTU. The brands will create ten exclusive products, each with an individual nod to one of The Makeup Show’s defining concepts. Following up ten years’ worth of inspiration, education and opportunity, The Makeup Show is thrilled to work with every one of these enterprises to create something that is so beautifully unique to this celebratory occasion. The Makeup Show’s 10th anniversary products are launching exclusively at the show.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, we’ve got the deets! Being the make up junkie that I am, I just can’t wait to attend this year. Will you be there?

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Auraline Beauty – Brow Tints in 5 Shades

Keep your brows in tip-top shape with this multitasking brow gel.  Set, tame, condition and tint brows with a flexible all-day hold that can’t be beat.  Your brows are sure to outlast any late night fun.

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INGLOT – Matte Lipsticks in 5 new shades

INGLOT partnered with The Makeup Show NYC to launch 5 summer shades of Matte Lipstick. These are the perfect opaque super matte lipsticks for any occasion. Vitamin E, macadamia oil, and avocado oil moisturize and nourish the lips while long lasting formula provides the ideal matte, smooth, even finish.

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Crown Brush – Brush Set

The FORM AND FUSE 10 Year Anniversary five brush set allows for shading, contouring and blending away those hard edges. The combination of firm, dense brushes to add shape and soft, full brushes are a perfect pairing. The coveted Studio Pro Contour Brush partners beautifully with the Duo Fibre Blush Brush for buffing, blending and finishing hard lines. The three shadow brushes (Small Sable Shadow for perfect placement and blending, Precision Detail for lining, shaping and defining and Deluxe Pointed Crease for soft shadow application and seamless blending) allow you to add depth and dimension without sacrificing structure for a smooth finish.

I Make You Beautiful – Magic Touch Sponge

The Magic Touch Sponge is an amazing reusable tool that utilizes the magic of air compression to evenly apply complexion products extremely close to the skin promoting even, maximum, flawless coverage with the most natural finish. The close application of product to skin covers visible pores evenly, and prevents settling into fine lines and wrinkles.

Glamcor Tec – The Makeup Show Custom Branded Light Kit

Glamcor is the perfect partnership for The Makeup Show as industry giants such as Loreal, Lancome, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Hourglass, INGLOT, Temptu, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Paul Mitchell, Illamasqua, Smashbox, Eve Pearl, Hourglass, and Graftobian use it. The 50,000 hour lamps are LED technology and are color balanced not to distort the color of the skin/hair or color being applied to it. The world’s top professionals won’t leave home without it.

London Brush Company – Limited Edition 5-Piece Set

London Brush Company is creating a Limited Edition 5 Piece set which consist of four of James Vincent’s favorite LBC Detail Brushes, and one which the brands founder Sian Richards, has created specially to complete the 10 year anniversary set. All the brushes are hand made from premium grade materials in the USA.

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Pinnacle Cosmetics – Vinyl Lipgloss

Vinyl  Lipgloss…..The A-list look of the moment.  A high wattage lip lacquer.  Total full coverage and insane shine.

MAKE UP FOR EVER – Artist Eye Shadow Palette

Artists from The Makeup Show partnered with MAKE UP FOR EVER to curate a palette of their Artist Shadows in honor of the shows 10th anniversary. The palette is limited edition and only available at The Makeup Show NYC.

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Mehron – Cream and Powder Blush Set

The Makeup Show and Mehron celebrate ten years of education and inspiration with their collaboration on a blush palette that fits the needs of any artist. This palette of Mehron’s Celebre Professional Pressed Powder Blush and Cheek Creme contains 8 shades that are certain to add color, contour and warmth to any skin tone. This palette perfectly combines James Vincent’s love of applying both creme and powder blush to sculpt and shape the face without hard lines or aggressive contours. Add light and life to any complexion with this limited edition palette perfect for the professional kit.

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TEMPTU – Limited Shade Bronzer

To commemorate The Makeup Show’s 10th Anniversary, TEMPTU is introducing a limited shade of S/B Bronzer in Terra Gold. Taking influence from celebrity looks at red-carpet events to hi-def productions, Terra Gold Bronzer was inspired by TEMPTU’s professional heritage in custom mixing shades backstage to get that perfect camera-ready glow for legs, shoulders, décolleté, arms, and abs.  Get the sublime look of gilded skin, instantly.

About The Makeup Show

The Makeup Show brings two-days full of inspiration, education and an opportunity for fashion and beauty professionals at all levels of their career to come together with some of the best brands and biggest names in the business. The Makeup Show is owned and produced by Metropolitan Event & Production and travels internationally from LA, NYC, Dallas, Chicago, and Orlando. Bringing each destination over 75 beauty brands, and unique convergence of artists and community, where beauty professionals are sure to find an artistic energy that will inspire any beauty buff, from the passionate beginner to the seasoned professional. Each show offers an unparalleled lineup of education and appearances from top beauty professionals and focuses on career building and networking within the makeup community. The show provides a unique experience for the makeup professional to network directly from the best in the business.

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Super Hero Chic

It’s finally starting to feel like Spring and I am loving every moment! The layers get lighter and the jeans can be worn shorter and no worries about freezing your toes in heels without socks. I am a big fan of loose fitting v neck tees. Most of my tees are vintage comics, fashion icons, or fun messages. I adore comics and often wear comic style tees. While you can dress them down with jeans and sneakers, I tend to dress them up as well. Here’s an example of how I do that here. I paired a Marvel tee with boyfriend jeans, silver pumps a clutch bag and white moto jacket. This look is fun for a date, casual lunch with a friend or just because :)


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Outfit Deets:

Shoes- Christian Siriano (for Payless)
Tee- Marvel
Jeans- Charlotte Russe
Clutch- Olivia&Joy
Sunnies- Cynthia Rowley
Rosary Bracelet- (grift from my grandmother)
Jacket- Ruby&Jenna