Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Born Pretty Store Reader Discount!

So if you haven't been shopping yet at Born Pretty Store, you have to check it out. I recently came across it and they have the cutest accessories and the prices are unbelievable (Did I also mention free shipping?). It almost seems too good to be true...like actual fashion heaven. Well anyways, just for reading this post, I am giving you 10% off your next purchase at Born Pretty Store! All you have to do is put in the code "RAQT10" at checkout and that is all there is to it. Here is just a bit of my favorite accessories you can find on their website!

This ring is so cute and simple. See it here!

Um, bracelets anyone? Check these out here.

I really love when rings look vintage, this one is so unique..love it! See it here!

I also am a strong believer that every girl should have a statement necklace. I'm in love with this one myself! Here is the link
Now how about hair accessories? I found some really adorable accessories that are perfect for spring and summer! Starting with this really cute band to go around a bun. Look at how cute it is!

My next favorite has to be this tassel headband. It looks so bohemian...!
Look here :)

Last but no least is flowers. You can never go wrong with flowers in your hair! Sometimes I even think that flower accessories can even look better than diamonds...take a peek here.

Anyways, I hope you get a change to go shopping or online browsing at Born Pretty Store! It has become one of my favorite places not just for shopping purposes, but for style inspiration as well. Let me know what your favorite accessory was! XOXO


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Strut Your Stuff

Today was a pretty busy day for me, as I had a casting call in NYC. I got down to the building where the audition was being held in perfect timing and headed to the suite. The room was filled many models of all ages hoping to be selected to model in an upcoming fashion show. I will tell you that castings are very quick paced and you go in and out. After waiting, they call your number, tell you to walk, and then they yell "NEXT"! This phrase can give you anxiety as you never know if it is a good next or a bad next. Luckily, they were giving callback information right on the spot and I was one of the people getting a callback rather than being cut. If you have never heard of a callback, it is basically where you come back a a different time for a second casting. I am very excited and hopefully everything goes well! When it comes to castings, the outfits are generally boring. You wear a black shirt, leggings, and black stilettos (okay, this part is kind of nice!). So instead, I decided to show some pictures after the casting. Oh, and I will make sure to keep you updated on all things fashion show related!

What I'm wearing:
JACKET- Michael Kors
LEGGINGS- Charlotte Ruse
SHOES- Zigi Soho


Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Well hello there my loves! Now I promise that I didn't forget about you over the past few days as I was on vacation. Can anyone guess where I was? Some hints can include these phrases heard often there: no problem, ya mon, irie. A famous figure there is Bob Marley......

You got it! I was in Jamaica! I don't even think I can describe what a wonderful time I had. Everything was so amazing there. We flew into Montego Bay and then took an hour and a half ride to Ocho Rios, which is where we were staying. I really enjoyed the ride as that gave me a chance to really see the real country outside of the resorts. The houses are very colorful and their were a variety of types. Some homes were very small without proper covering and others were very large mansions. Another thing I did not know was that they have many chains of Burger Kings and KFC's there as well! Many people there are in poverty, but that didn't seem to stop fashion in some cases. Lots of women from poor families can sew and create their own dresses and accessories. The talent was amazing and so very creative. I was in love with the colors and patterns people used to make clothing and to sometimes sell in the markets. 

I stayed at the Riu Ocho Rios, which is an all-inclusive resort right on the beach. Being able to have any type of food 24 hours a day was crazy. All of the workers were so nice and they remembered me from eating at certain restaurants throughout the trip. The views from the hotel were also beautiful. Right outside my hotel was the beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea and many palm trees filled with coconuts which were served out on the beach daily to drink from. The Riu also had many activities daily such as water sports (I went kayaking), beach parties, and different games throughout the hotel. There is something there for any age or person to do. One of the things I enjoyed the most was seeing all of the style inspiration inside the hotel as well. There were visitors from all over the world, so there were many different looks. Once you are there for a few days, faces become familiar and you get to know certain people. It is also very easy to go see other sites outside of the hotel with tour services. I got to go horseback riding along the beach and go to the market on Main Street in Ocho Rios. Almost everywhere there accepts the US dollar. In Jamaica, $1 USD is equal to $100 Jamaican dollars. I was so amazed with the whole experience that I am missing Jamaica already!

Flying over the ocean!

 Silly Shots

Riu Ocho Rios

Fun Fact: In Jamaica, you drive like the British on the opposite side of the road compared to in America.

Too Beautiful!

Outside the hotel room


 The landscaping is beautiful here as well!

Going to see the night show

 Being silly on the beach :)

 I went to a grocery store and here is a price example. These Kind bars cost $292.50 in Jamaican dollars or $2.92 in USD.

Drinking out of a fresh coconut. They take them right down from the tree for you!

Outside the hotel building

 Horseback riding on the beach! We went all the way into the water and we did a nice trail ride. It was amazing!

Main St. in Ocho Rios

On the balcony...don't you love how the hotel is lavender?!

 Flying back home over NYC

Well I had an amazing time in Jamaica. Exploring other cultures is such an amazing experience. Did you do anything special for spring break or Easter? Tell me about your adventures or put a link to a post below!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Makeover Essentials Review

If you have not heard of the brand Makeover Essentials, don't feel out of the loop. They seem to be a newer brand that is trying to recruit business by traveling across the US and Europe selling their products. Here is my experience with them....

One day last week I went to Marshalls to look for birthday presents for two of my little cousins. One is in love with Thomas the Train and the other loves everything Disney Princess related. I always see things of that sort at Marshalls, so I thought it would be the perfect place to find something. As my mother and I were browsing, we were approached by a lady in her mid-thirties wearing all black. She reached into her bag and pulled out two adorable purple (I was instantly attracted to the bags as purple is my favorite color) shopping bags. She introduced herself and said that she travels across the US every day selling Makeover Essentials and how they were doing a huge blowout sale today. Then she opened up one of the purple bags and showed all of the contents and explained how great the quality was. The bag contained makeup remover wipes and a weekly essentials kit which contains eyeliner, powder, six eyeshadows, three lip colors, blush, concealer, mascara, lip liner, applicators, and a puff. I was pretty mesmerized by the amazing sounding offer. The lady explained how this weekly essentials pull-out drawer kit sells for $55 dollars on their website. Then the sales pitch continued. She then said that she would throw another bag in for free. I knew that one of my close friends would love to try this as well and get the extra bag. My mother continued to talk to her and ask a couple of questions about the products. 

I started to go back to looking at the isle we were in as I slipped my iPhone out of my pocket and quickly began to Google this brand. I am always checking reviews on things before I buy them and I really wanted to know if this was a scam or not. I quickly found some reviews and I didn't know what to think. Some people seemed to love their products and also got amazing deals. Others had horror stories about the products being poor quality and being scammed. 

I stepped back over near my mother and she glanced at me because she definitely knew I was up to checking things out. I gave a semi-nod, so my mom decided to give it a shot and she opened up her wallet to get $20. As the sales lady started to write up a receipt, she told us that she had an upgrade offer to show us. In my head I wondered what else could there be now? She reached into her large black bag again and pulled out a hair straightener. She explained that almost everyone who she sold one to has said that it is equivalent to CHI, if not better. This line especially caught me as I have been wanting to buy a new CHI straightener. The straightener has a lifetime warranty and it is made with ceramic plates with a retail value of $200. She said to upgrade our purchase, it would cost $60 total. For the last time, she reached in her bag and pulled out another item. This time it was a small palette about five inches long that had three eyeshadows and three lip glosses. She said that I would receive this as well. 

Okay. The lady made her speech extremely convincing and told us that she used all of these products. Now I am not one to easily fall for a trick or scam, but I wanted to give these products a chance. Not every review I saw was horrible. On the Makeover Essentials website, all of these items would technically retail for a grand total of over $300. At this point I was very curious, so we decided to give it a shot. The ladies cell phone rang and she answered it. As she hung up, she told us that her business partner was waiting for her outside, so she has to go in a few minutes. We paid our $60 and she thanked us and walked away. I still felt a little overwhelmed as that whole experience happened in about five minutes. My mom and I continued our way through the store and wondered why she left the store so quickly?

As soon as I got home, I had to test some of the products. Out of a scale from 1-10, I would give the makeup items about a 6. They aren't horrible or anything, but they certainly aren't like my Naked Palette or MAC Lipglass. They can be used to blend with other brands that I like more. One small complaint I did have was the powder and concealer. We all know that it takes a lot of work to find the perfect concealer or powder shade, so it is kind of weird that they just had any random shade put inside the kit. Otherwise they were okay products. I did not experiment with the mascara or eyeliner, as I like to use my own favorites. 

The next morning I pulled out the hair straightener. My hair was already somewhat straight in the morning, but it was a tad fizzy from the night before. I  plugged it into the outlet and it heated up in around 30 seconds to where I wanted it. It has a dial to change the heat to your liking. It goes up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit which is good, but I usually don't go nearly that high. I put mine around the middle and started to straighten. It is very light weight and I only had to go over each large hair section once. It left a very nice shine and it works way better than my previous Conair flat iron and other ones I have had. I was very pleased with this iron and I am very happy I did do the "upgrade". This is what made my experience pleasant, as I don't really care for the makeup too much. This is now my favorite heat tool and I love it so much. Even the next morning, my hair was still perfectly straight and it didn't take any time at all to style my hair. 

Overall, I had an generally okay experience with Makeover Essentials. Buying it felt like an infomercial and it was very rushed like words were being put into my head. The products will be okay for use once in a while and I do love the flat iron! If you ever experience a meeting with a Makeover Essentials representative anywhere, tell me about your experience with them and what you thought about the products.  

UPDATE 9/19/14: Since I posted this back in April 2014, I have experimented with the eye products and I really love them more now. The mascara goes on without clumps (no more spider lashes!) and the shadows have seemed to work for me. The more I have been learning about makeup and that there are no rules to it, the easier it seems that I can be versatile with different products. My straightener is still in perfect tact and I use it often! Just wanted to give you a quick follow up...xoxo!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vintage Reads

There is something about finding an item that is vintage that is so special. It can be anything from your grandfathers fedora to a vintage Chanel 2.55. My mother is a antique expertise and she has a large collection of vintage home decor and clothing. As she was organizing and cleaning, she came across two vintage issues of Vogue and Glamour. Pretty cool huh! These two magazines have been intriguing me as they have such a mysterious feeling to them even though they are magazines still on the shelves today. The Vogue is issued from December 15, 1943, and is priced on the cover at only 35¢. This is a Christmas issue and it graces the beautiful Mrs. John Rawlings on the cover. Glamour features Daphne Maxwell-Reid on the cover and a fun-fact about this is that she was the first African-American model to be on the cover of Glamour Magazine. This issue is from October 1969. I am in love with both of these magazines and I have carefully flipped through them over and over!

The front and back of the magazines

Pages from inside Glamour

There was even a pamphlet card still attached in the mag to order a book to help you tone your figure and get into shape!

Now for the Vogue....

Who knew that even Dodge used bikini models back in the 1940s?

So, very interesting isn't it? These are currently sitting on my stand in my closet next to my vanity table. Tell me what you think about them! XOXO Raquel.


Friday, April 11, 2014

1930's Fashion

Recently, I have been doing a lot of studying on 1930s fashion. I know..studying, but hey, it's fashion! I found it extremely interesting that even during The Great Depression, people still managed to stay in style and found new ways to accessorize. Furs and costume jewelry was everything to some people. Hemlines were lowered and heels became a bit higher. Even swimsuits showed more skin, as it was very glamorous to tan. The "LBD" was also a popular piece as it was just recently created by Coco Chanel in 1926. Dresses were very important and gowns were worn often. As people began to mature, glamour played a larger role because people were grateful for the luxury things they still had. Since the fun of the 1920s had to go due to the economy crash, lifestyles became more moderate and styles were feminine. There is just something so special about this decade that inspired so much today. XOXO Raquel.

"Fashion fades, style is eternal" -Coco Chanel

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