La Pecosa Preciosa

IG Wives Take Over Part 3 - California Dreaming with Avenue

Hi Lovies,

I hope you have been enjoying The Instagram Wives LA takeover posts so far. If you missed the first two, you can see them here and here. This whole trip could not be possible if it wasn't for our generous sponsor The Avenue. They are such an awesome brand and we are extremely grateful for them believing in The Instagram Wives. So to show our appreciation, on our last day in LA, we drove up to Santa Monica Beach and did one last shoot showcasing the outfits they sent us for the trip to create a look book. We knew while we were in sunny California, visiting one of the many beautiful beaches was a must. Since Lizza, our photographer, lives in Santa Monica she suggested me go by there for some shots. It was definitely worth the ride, it's a beautiful beach with amazing views, and not to mention the Santa Monica Pier which holds an amusement park as well. We didn't have time to check out the action at the pier but from the beach it sure did look like a lot of fun. I'll just have to add that to my list when I come back to visit. To say we had fun doing this shoot is an understatement, it was the perfect day and with Lizza keeping us on our toes the photos came out amazing.

Dress c/o Avenue

IG Wives Take Over Part 2 - LACMA

Hi Lovies,

Hopefully you have been keeping up with me and The IG Wives LA Takeover posts, last week was about us slaying the Paul Smith Pink Wall (read here). In today's post, the IG wives decided to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). We couldn't visit LA and not capture some shots at the infamous Chris Burden's "Urban Lights" display. I've always been in awe of this light installation and how beautiful it was in pictures, which didn't do it any justice. Actually seeing them in person and standing in all their glory is the only way to appreciate this form of art work. Who would've thought 202 vintage lamp post painted a uniform gray and arranged symmetrically could be so breath taking. I wish I could've came back in the evening to see all of them lit up, I'm sure it would have been a totally whole different experience.

Top & Skirt c/o Lane Bryant//Shoes

IG Wives Takeover Part 1 - The Pink Wall

Hi Lovies,

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Instagram Wives, me, Darlene and Jami were in sunny LA recently. We were there to attended the annual Blogher conference in the JW Marriott Hotel. We definitely had a ton of fun and did a bunch of things, which I will be posting about in the upcoming weeks. Since this was my first time in LA, I was going to take every opportunity to hit up some of the iconic spots. On our last day in LA, we decided to take our blog photos with an amazing photographer named Lizza of Fabulizza. The first location on our list was the infamous Paul Smith Pink Wall. In the blogger world this wall is pretty popular for taking awesome blog photos. To our disappointment, when we arrived, there was a list of rules you had to abide by in order to actual take pics there. The worst one was you could only use a cellphone to take pics, which sucked! But we made the best of it and Lizza was able to get some great shots of us with my Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Dress - c/o Eloquii//Shoes//Bag//Sunnies
 

Palm Trees

Hi Lovies,

The last 3 weeks for have been a little hectic, I went to Puerto Rico and then literally 2 days later I was on a plane to LA. I'm not complaining at all, it has definitely been a fun summer and I've been enjoying it to the fullest. Now that my life is getting back to some normalcy and I can start to get back into my routine with life and blogging. In the coming weeks I will be blogging about my trip to LA with my Instagram Wives Darlene and Jami. We had such a great time while we were out there and I just fell in love with the city of dreams. One of the things I was most fascinated with were the beautiful palm trees. Now I had just came from Puerto Rico (see post here) and they have some great ones too but there's something about the ones in California that are just so different. They had so many different kinds, big and super tall ones, short and full ones, I just fell on love. So it was very fitting for me to wear this Palm Print Dress from Fullbeauty while I was there.

Dress & Shoes c/o Fullbeauty

#MySwimBody

Hi Lovies,

A few weeks ago I was approached by Swimsuits for All to be a part of their newest campaign called #MySwimBody. They are calling on women from around the world to show off their swim bodies this summer by participating in the #MySwimBody movement. It encourages women, regardless of age, shape and size, to make a powerful statement about body positivity by tossing their cover-ups and unveiling their curves! Sports Illustrated model, Ashley Graham kicked off the campaign earlier this month by posting a selfie of her swim body with fellow models Philomena Kwao and Nicola Griffin, photographer Jessica Lavoie, as well as professional athlete Amanda Bingson. Now, Ashley is inviting you to join the movement and share a swimsuit selfie on Instagram with the tag #MySwimBody and to challenge a friend to do the same by tagging her in your caption. The goal is to have 10,000 women show off their unique swim bodies as a united front, celebrating female empowerment and body appreciation. 

Paradise in Puerto Rico

Hi Lovies,

If you follow me on social media or snap chat, then you know I was in Puerto Rico this weekend. Me and my Beau decided to do a quick little weekend getaway and it was one of the best times I've ever had. My fellow Instagram Wife Darlene was already there for work so I got to spend the vacation with her, her boyfriend and her parents. It was great because it was like having our own personal tour guides, she knows the island very well and her parents live there. Even though it was a short trip, we were able to do a lot while we where there. We stayed at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, which is an amazing 5 star hotel. I can't say enough about this place, from the customer service to the room and all the amenities, it was top notch all the way. I got a great deal through Hotels.com and got upgraded to a one bedroom Biltmore Suite which was just jaw dropping. I seriously didn't want to leave the hotel at all. They had several pools within the hotel, and also easy access to the beach. It was truly paradise...

Ouidad Curl Immersion Line & Giveaway

Hi lovies,

I'm back at it again with another review from Ouidad. This time I am reviewing their new Curl Immersion Line. This collection is specifically made for women with kinky Curly Hair. Ouidad felt they were missing something for the 4A, 4B & 4C curl type and came up with this amazing collection. Now my curl type is between 3B & 3C but I am still able to use these products and all the benefits they have for my hair. I was sold just on the ingredients alone, and not to mention the amazing scent which was just so yummy. The lines key ingredients goes as follows:
  • Mafura Butter - Softens the hair cuticle and improves elasticity
  • Avocado Oil - Moisturizes hair at the cortex level
  • Coconut Oil - Penetrates curls to strengthen, moisturize and increase shine
  • Grape Seed Oil - Acts like a sealant to lock moisture in 
These are all amazing ingredients and I couldn't wait to get this stuff in my hair!


All Smiles

Hi Lovies,

You ever have one of those days where you can actually stop what you're doing and just smile because of all the great things happening in your life? Well I had one of those moments the other day, and it just came upon me out of no where. I don't know about you but I can be my own worst enemy. I can sit and brew about all the not so good things that are going on in my life and forget all the awesome things. I do a lot of my deep thinking on my commute to and from work, I don't know why but I do. While sitting on the 2 train Tuesday, I found myself just smiling bigger than I have in a long time. I realized how blessed and lucky I am for the life I am currently living. I have wonderful family and friends that are always there for me when I need them. An amazing Son that I am so proud of who is entering his junior year of college and got his first real job. A loving boyfriend who is my rock and constant supporter of everything I do. And my blog that I am extremely proud of, but constantly strive to make it better, even after 4 years. So I sat there on that train, enjoyed my thoughts and  just smiled.

West Side Story

Hi Lovies,

Since I was a kid, I loved to watch musicals. My mom took me to so many when I was young, it was our thing we enjoyed doing together. I can remember seeing Stephanie Mills play Dorothy in the musical The Wiz like it was yesterday. These memories will stay with me forever and keep a constant connection to my Mom. One of our favorites was West Side Story, whenever it came on we would make sure to watch it. Mostly for Rita Moreno because she represented Puerto Ricans in theater, especially for a time when there weren't many Latinos in that industry. She was one out of twelve to have won all four major annual American Entertainment Awards: An Oscar, An Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. It's safe to say she was definitely an inspiration to many. 

Festival

Hi lovies,

A few weekends ago, I attend the Curlfest which is the ultimate natural beauty festival. I attended last year for the first time and had the best time so there was no question I was going to go this year. The festival was held in Prospect Park in Brooklyn where you are surrounded by the mecca of afros, twist-outs and of course curls. It's so much fun, positive vibes, just a unity of people all there for the same reason. Me and my Instagram Wife Jami came along with me and we had the best time. We check out all the vendors, took pictures and just chilled and enjoyed the amazing sea of beautiful people. Not to mention the huge goodie bag we took home full of awesome hair products from the sponsors of the event. I definitely can't wait for next year to attend again!

Dress c/o Roaman's//Shoes //Bag