Thursday, February 28, 2013

Inner Beauty Inspiration

I love reading inspirational quotes, especially to start off my day on a positive note. Today I want to share wisdom I came across on Twitter. Enjoy!

What are your favorite inner beauty quotes? Share your inspiration on Twitter using hashtag #youarebeauty!


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Juicing For Beauty and Wellness

Tropical Green Juice
Have you taken control of your wellness?

In the U.S., one of the hot topics of debate has been healthcare - how much it costs, who's going to pay for it, and on and on and on. Because I manage social media for a client who operates within the healthcare industry, I'm subjected to many of the news headlines surrounding this field.

What I've come to realize is that many people are focused on the wrong things.

Instead of focusing on how healthcare costs are rising, why not just focus on doing the things to stay healthy so you don't have to worry about going to the doctor?

Monday, February 25, 2013

5 Classic Jewelry Pieces For Instant Style

When you’re in a rush to get ready in the morning or you simply want to create a look that appears effortless, classic jewelry pieces always come to the rescue. These are pieces that your mom and grandmother probably wear, which may have been passed down to you. These are pieces you can also find just about anywhere jewelry is sold right now regardless of your budget.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spring Fashion 2013: Two Trends I'm Looking Forward to Wearing

Spring is right around the corner, and I don't know about you, but I'm ready for warmer weather and my closet is ready for a redo! I should be one to complain being that I live in Southern California where the weather is actually not bad. I'm just a little spoiled, that's all.

While the fashion industry is focused on the fall ready-to-wear runway shows in Milan right now, I'm looking forward to the next couple months as stores roll out their spring fashion. There are a couple "trends" that are on my radar right now, but I wouldn't exactly call them trends because they could be viewed more as modern classic styles.

Monday, February 18, 2013

What Women Want Men to Wear

What clothing do you wish your man would wear? What clothing turns you on? surveyed 800 women to find out what a man should wear if he wanted his clothes torn off.

26% of women said that leather loafers are the type of shoes a man should wear often while 54% of women like faded vintage-style jeans. Dark, clean denim came in as the second choice (36%). 85% of respondents said that flat-front pants are hot while 64% said that pleated pants are NOT.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Self Love and Self Acceptance

Source: via Morgen on Pinterest

When you have love for yourself, you feel this inner power that transcends all fear and doubt.

It is one thing to love yourself, but to have unconditional love and acceptance for yourself is another level of love. There are no expectations to look or act a certain way. You are just being you - the pure, authentic YOU that doesn't need approval from others.

You love and forgive yourself despite the mistakes you've made.

You love yourself because you feel that higher sense of purpose and know that you are here on this earth to do wonderful things.

You accept yourself because you know that you are perfect in your imperfection.

Like this post? Get more inspiration at my other blog, Project Inner Beauty.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Scents of Love: For Perfume Lovers

What does love smell like to you? Does it smell sweet? Like a flower? Or does it smell like a woodsy forest during the spring?

The scent of love can be anything you imagine. If you're looking for inspiration to create that scent for yourself on Valentine's Day and all year round, here are some ideas...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Love Day: Romantic Gifts For Him

gold hearts

Love. It's to be treasured and celebrated. Some celebrate love by spending quality time with each other while others celebrate love by giving gifts. I like to find balance by doing both. There's nothing more precious than looking into your loved one's eyes and seeing that love reflected back to you, but a gift can be an offering of love as well.

I typically refrain from doing those typical Valentine's Day gift guides because, after all, do we really need more unnecessary clutter in our lives? However, this year I've opened my eyes to the realization that we do live in a physical world where material items can symbolize how much you care for the other person, and there's nothing wrong with that. If you're giving a gift that you know the other person will truly love and appreciate, then why not? My fiance and I like to give each other gifts throughout the year because we believe that love and romance should be celebrated not just on Valentine's Day, but on a regular basis.

That said, I've come up with a few gift ideas for that special guy in your life that you can give him now for Love Day...or later :)

Valentine's Day Simple Nail Art Idea

Simple nail art using gold and red

On rainy or snowy dreary February days, gold nail polish is the perfect remedy. I debated between red or gold for Valentine's Day, but I regressed back to when I was a young girl and my mother telling me that red nail polish was for "Jezebels". Well, gold nail polish it is. I do need to put that myth to rest one day, though.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

2013: The Year of the Statement Sunglasses

Over at The Budget Fashionista they share the 2013 trend that is making its way around the fashion world.  The photo above from Manrepeller's Instagram feed is evidence of this trend that has everyone expressing their fun and colorful side.  From bold and flamboyant to brilliant and striking, the sunglasses of this year are the epitome of what fashion is all about.

Sunglasses are one fashion accessory I can't do without, being that I live in Southern California.  In a previous post I shared the collection that I have amassed, but the other day I did clean out the drawer that was full of sunglasses. I don't know why I held onto glasses that were scratched and broken, including a pair of wannabe classic Rayban aviators that have seen better days.

The practical side of me tends to gravitate towards the boring black or brown sunglasses in classic shapes, so will I be adventurous this year and go for a little color?

Here are a few sunglasses to consider if you're thinking about having fun with this latest trend...

Favorite Looks From NYFW Fall/Winter 2013 (Days 1-3)

NYFW Fall 2013 favorite looks
The glitz and glamour have taken center stage in New York because Fashion Week is here once again. It's the week when designers display their creativity and the celebrities are in full effect.

It was once a passion of mine to document the latest from the fashion industry, but other interests took over - mainly, a focus on the balance between inner and outer beauty. Thus, the birth of this blog.

However, that hasn't stopped me from spending a Saturday morning with a cup of mocha perusing the pages of to find fashion inspiration for next fall.  Here are a few looks that spoke to my fashionista side...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My Love/Hate Relationship With Engagement Rings

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, there will be many men planning romantic evenings with the women they love. Some will even be shopping for engagement rings, mustering up the courage to take that next important step in their lives.

I have to admit that I have a love/hate relationship with diamonds and engagement rings. On the one hand diamonds represent such beauty and clarity. Just like all gemstones, they were put on this earth for us to enjoy and appreciate. Then someone decided to add even more value to diamonds and people began acting like crazy lunatics to find the most beautiful of them all. It’s sad that people will kill for diamonds, but then there are people who will kill for a pair of shoes too.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

House of Jaguar Spiritual Jewelry Giveaway

As a person with a strong spiritual base, I believe that how we dress and what we put on our bodies - especially jewelry - has the power to heal and uplift us. Jewelry can represent a way of life, express your inner beauty, or even tell a story. Jewelry can also bring awareness to a deeper message and meaning of life. House of Jaguar offers spiritual jewelry that resonates with the part of me that seeks to connect with the energy and wisdom of ancient civilizations.

Monday, February 4, 2013

5 Evening Dresses For Instant Glam

It’s the season for awards and celebrities walking the red carpets, and while many of us are oohing and ahhing over the gorgeous dresses and beauty looks, I thought that glitz and glam should not just be reserved for the rich and famous. Why not have your own celebration and fun night on the town just for the heck of it? Even if you’re single on Valentine’s Day, you can still show some love for yourself by calling all of your single BFFs, getting dressed up, and going out to celebrate life! Here are 5 glamorous evening dresses from City Goddess that will inspire you to do just that...

Sequin Collar Peplum Dress

Sequins add instant glamour to any outfit, but when you combine sequins with a flirty peplum dress, you multiply that glam by 100. What I like about the peplum style is that it accentuates your waist and makes you look like you have hips even if you don’t. I also like that this dress is no-fuss.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Yuzen: Little Bits of Zen In a Box

Zen. Pure zen. That's what I feel when I'm out in nature, sitting outside soaking up sunshine and staring out at the lake. I realize, though, that zen can come from many sources, like the Yuzen box full of goodies that showed up in the mailbox last month - all packaged up so beautifully...