Spring has finally sprung! The sun is shining and it’s starting to get warmer, YAY! As you all know, my go to look is usually all black everything. I’m also about taking a simple all black outside and adding statement pieces to finalize the look. Accessories and statement pieces and pull the whole look together. I’m all for simple, effortless looks especially if I’m press for time. And who doesn’t like to add some color to their wardrobe? I also like to add some statement pieces to my looks and add a little color here and there. Here’s a look that would be would perfect for Spring especially if we are in between cold and warmer temps. Enjoy the beautiful weather loves. Stay positive, have faith, never give up and never stop believing!! For more details on my look, shop the look below! Have a beautiful, blessed Friday and weekend loves!
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Strong is beautiful
Strong is Healthy
Strong is Confident
Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can wear
Own your own Beautiful
Beauty comes from within and is reflected in a woman’s soul
Believe in Yourself
You are Beautiful
Keep Your spirit light, your booty tight, and your goals in sight
Hi my loves!
I hope everyone is having a great week so far! Remember to continue to stay positive, keep the good vibes flowing and continue to vibrate higher. Some days can be harder than most but just remember that all your hard work will all be worth it in the long run. Trust and believe the process and journey!
For this entry, I’m talking all about fashion, strength and body confidence . To me, fashion, strength and body confidence goes hand and hand. When you look good, you feel even better. You know the saying, it’s all mental and its’ all in the way we think about things. Practice self love and be your own cheerleader. A positive mindset can go a long way. A strong mindset goes a long way as well. Stay strong even though it can be hard at times, keep fighting and keep pushing through.
Many of us forget to love ourselves and the skin we’re in. This is the result of being constantly put down by others, or we listen to what society dictates. We then start to criticize ourselves we begin to self doubt. STOP RIGHT THERE! Most of us fall into the demise of others words, and what media and society standards are on how we should be and look. We need to learn to block it all out. Easier said than done, yes I know, trust me. We’re all created different for a reason, remember that. When we learn to accept who we are both on the inside and out, we start to believe in ourselves, our self worth and we begin to love ourselves as a whole. We must block out the noise, the nonsense and begin to hear our own voice. Listen to that voice, own it and believe it. Don’t listen to the nonsense. Be the voice not the echo of all the haters out there.
Over the years, I began to say, Screw that, and f**k all the haters. ‘Cuse my language my loves, but I’m being real, completely honest and straight up as I’ve always been. I’ve learned that people will always have something to say. There will always be critics. But just remember, strong is always beautiful and confidence is the most sexiest thing that anyone can wear. Trust and believe that, it’s an amazing feeling and extremely powerful. For me, I have had my share of being picked apart, and body shamed over the years. At times, I thought I wasn’t pretty enough or even beautiful. Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have our share of insecurities, me included. We need to stop focusing on the negative and focus on the positive. We can’t let our insecurities define us, because if that happens they will run us. Remember, never let self-doubt or your insecurities define who you are, EVER! I’ve worked in the Entertainment, Beauty and Fashion industry for over 11 + years and I’ve seen what this industry can do to one’s self-esteem. I’ve seen first hand how it can damage one’s soul and make you feel insecure about your body image. Which makes me even more inspired and empowered to write this and share with you my experiences. Which is why we need to love ourselves in every way shape and form. We’re all beautiful in our own way. Never forget that!
We tend to forget ourselves and how beautiful we really are because we feed into the nonsense and the noise. DON’T FEED INTO IT. No matter what anyone says, we have to love ourselves first. Remember the childhood saying, Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me…. Words can hurt, but we have too look beyond the words and look within ourselves first. Sometimes, we can be too hard and too critical on ourselves. We need to be more gentle and kind. Live and learn to love ourselves and the skin we’re in. Never forget that my loves. I know it’s easier said than done. Trust me, I’ve had my struggles and doubts. I’ve had haters say things to my face about how I look. But you know what, you will always have your critics. They will always have something to say. Honestly, that’s a reflection on them and their own insecurities. We need to learn to lift each other up, be more compassionate with ourselves and others and not put each other down. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others. Kindness goes a long way, trust and believe that.
For me, I’ve had my share of body image issues. But, I will say, I’ve learned to love myself and my body just as I am. I’ve owned my own beauty and sexiness and I can truly say that I love me and I’m comfortable in my skin. I’m may not be the skinniest Filipina, I have curves, I have big breast, a big butt, but hey this is me and I love my body and my curves. I own it all and I’m proud of it. This is me and I love the skin I’m in and so should you! You will never fit the mold of what others and what society says, but why would you want to? Be you and be authentic always.
Beauty comes from deep within. A women’s true beauty is reflected in her soul. When you have a beautiful heart and soul it shines from within and it shows on the outside. Love yourself my loves, don’t let the media or anyone tell you otherwise. Learn to be comfortable in your own skin, treat your body like a temple and own it. You are in control and you have the power. It starts from within, remember that. Remain positive and block out the negativity. I know it’s easier said than done, but no matter what others say, believe in yourself that’s what matters and that’s what counts.
Find the your inner strength, own it and be one with it. Your strength will help guide you in everything you do. Believe in yourself, and own it. Be your own kind of beautiful and show the world that you LOVE yourself and the skin your in. Own your curves, own that beautiful body because you are beautiful both on the inside and out.
If I’ve learned anything in all these years, it’s to love yourself first and foremost. Embrace your body, every inch of it. Be gentle with yourself, be kind to yourself. It’s all mental, that’s what it boils to, change your mindset, be positive and let your confidence shine. Keep shining my loves. Ok, I may be rambling at this point, but the point is to love yourself first. Don’t succumb to what other’s say, remember you are beautiful. BE comfortable in your own skin. Confidence and strength goes a long way. Confidence is beautiful and sexy. Own it and be your own kind of beautiful. Always remember, you are strong, you are confident you are sexy and you are beautiful. Love the skin your in my loves!
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Shoes: Jimmy Choos
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It’s a new day, new week! In this post, as I’ve always been authentic, honest and open to you all, this post will give you more insight on me and what I’ve been struggling through lately. I also want to mention, that at this point in my life, I believe that in this current state of being, I’m trying to transform myself into a better person overall. Not to say that I’m not a good person now, I know and believe I am. But we all can find ways to improve in ourselves as a whole. I believe that with transformation, change for the better is a good thing. It may be scary and challenging in the moment. But change within oneself is good, and its good for the soul as well. I believe it can strengthen your mind, body and soul.
In regards to my blog, I still want to and plan to inspire, empower, encourage, and enlighten you through all facets of life. I’ll continue to empower you while also giving you more insight on my life and me, but ultimately my goal is to strengthen myself, and I hope to continue to do the same for you all as well through this process. I firmly believe in this, while maintaining a positive outlook on life accompanied with a can do attitude, anything is possible. I truly believe that. In doing so, I’d also like to take you on this journey of mine of self improvement. While I continue to do all those things, I will continue to learn, grow and evolve throughout the process. For me this is a time for reflection, healing, renewing and finding myself again in more ways that I ever thought possible. My goal is to become a better version of myself while continuing to meet my goals and aspirations. I encourage each and every one of you to do so. It can be scary but remember, you are trying, and that’s the first step. Never stop trying to be a better version of yourself, it can only help you in the long run.
What I’m about to tell you may shock many people, but I’m being even more open with you and myself. I’m bearing myself to the core. Which at times as been a challenge for me. The first step is admitting it, grasping it and willing to change for the better. Finding perspective, and a better sense of self to ultimately feel renewed as a whole.
In the last couple of months, I lost a sense of myself. I started to lose my strength, faith and confidence due to certain things in my life. No one is to blame but myself for allowing myself to feed into insecurities that we all face. For me, I believe myself to be a pretty strong, confident woman, but sometimes I to can falter. Which is what has happened. But I feel that I’ve found a sense of maturity and humility in admitting that to myself and to you all. I started to doubt myself and I allowed my insecurities to overcome me. I’m human, I’m not perfect, but this has to be the lowest point in my life right now. In turn, I didn’t like what I saw in myself, I knew I needed to make a change. During this time, I’ve been able to reflect and see all these things. It’s given me time to reevaluate, reflect on everything that transpired in the last couple of months. Today, I looked at myself in the mirror and I saw ME. I started to recite these affirmations to myself:
I am Bold
I am Beautiful
I am Brave
I am Confident
I am Courageous
I am Capable
I am Strong
I am Enough and I will Never Give Up
I have the strength, to renew myself and my faith to become a better version of ME
I am by no means perfect, I am a work in progress. We all are, every day is a chance to start again, and start anew. Everyday I find myself getting stronger. I believe that tough times and struggles can make you a stronger person. I just continue to believe, remain hopeful and keep my faith that it will all get better soon.
As I recited that to myself, I felt myself becoming stronger. I know this won’t happen overnight, but it’s a start, it’s a process. But I believe in it and I have faith in it. I believe and can see a change in me. I feel that this will be a good thing overall. It will in turn strengthen not only myself but other aspects in my life as well. I want to encourage and inspire you all to do this for yourself. Even when we may think we don’t need to improve, we all can find areas for improvement. In the long run, self improvements can be helpful in many ways. It’s good for all of us. Believe that, and believe in yourself. This has been the hardest post to write, but it’s real, it’s honest and true. I truly believe we are all a work in progress, but I truly believe we all can benefit from this. I know in myself, that it’s been beneficial for me to see myself and see my confidence and strength come back. Join the journey with me, and take time for yourself as well. Remember, self love is important too. See what you find, and how it can help you as a whole and in your life.
I’m believing in the process. With hope and my strong faith I will trust the journey and I know I’m committed to change. As well as find that renewed strength and confidence in myself as I did before. This post is by no means to boast, or whatsoever. It’s a means to share a little more about myself, motivating myself and all of you at the same time. To provide some positive affirmations that have been helpful for me and that can be useful to you too. Remember to always know your worth, your purpose and true potential.
Always remember to stay positive and optimistic. Don’t be too hard yourself, because at the end of the day your trying your very best. I believe that I am trying my best and I’ll continue to work very hard at it and continue to push through. It takes a lot of courage to stay strong and push through during tough times, but in the end I know I’m becoming a stronger person daily, and I believe and I have faith everything will work out. I believe in you all too!
I hope you found this post helpful in some way. If ever you feel lost, or doubt yourself look deep down inside. Reflect and remember we are all human, we aren’t perfect, we all have our flaws. But we can find ways to make improvements for the better. What I’ve also found for me that has been helpful is: reading, staying close to my faith, singing, listening to music, putting my energy into my businesses, working out, taking walks and writing have been very therapeutic and beneficial.
What are ways that have helped you pick yourself up? Please do share, I love hearing from you all. I truly believe when we share ideas and thoughts we in turn can help one another become a better version of ourselves.
Have an amazing week loves! Continue to stay motivated, inspired and empowered. Much love and blessings to you all.
As always, thanks for reading, following along and joining the journey!
Leanne Marshall, presented her F/W17 collection over the weekend. Influencers, tastemakers and celebrities were in attendance to see her stunning collection. Her F/W17 collection illustrated her ethereal theme with a more fierce upgrade. She incorporated some bold colors in the mix, that showed great contrast to the earth tone hues we’ve seen throughout in her previous collection. It comes to no surprise that when her collection is unveiled she takes our breathes away every time with her ever flowing, dreamy gowns. She featured a perfect blend of chiffon and sateen, with her usual blend of soft colors and a nicely added pop of red just in time for Valentine’s Day!
This season she continued with her statement long flowing dresses that not only compliment but empower the female body. While also incorporating more chic styles with a more bolder, fierce and strong presence. The theme for her collection was resurrection, illustrating recycled materials and older fabrics in an effort to minimize the waste used in the fashion industry. A beautiful collection that illustrating and alludes to the ideas of a scorn woman that’s standing strong, bold, empowered and fierce. Aveda created the hair and make up looks for the show, showcasing a bold and vintage look paired with a pop of color on the lip to match. In the audience, you saw a mixture of celebrities, influencers and tastemakers who came to support and see her newest collection. Spotted in the crowd were: Phaedra Parks of RHOA, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, Sammi Giancola (Jersey Shore Alums), Emma Myles, Brec Bassinger, Actress Malea Rose, Reginae Carter, Miss USA Deshuana Barber, Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere, Blogger-Ellese Launer of Rock Paper Glam and many others.
Leanne Marshall is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco and not only an alum but winner of Season Five’s Project Runway. Since Project Runway, Marshall has relocated to New York where she continues her passion designing and has shown her creations all over the world. Celebrities such as: Paula Abdul, Julianna Hough and many more have donned the red carpet wearing her line, and it comes to no surprise why. Her strong and inspiring presence surely stands out in the fashion world. Leanne Marshall specializes in bridal wear and ready-to-wear lines.
Without a doubt, Leanne Marshall knocked it out with her strong, fierce and bold collection this season. Bravo! For more information and to shop her collection click here.
Here are some of my favorites from her Collection:
Photos Taken by: Ellese Launer from Rock Paper Glam
What are your favorites from her collection?
See the full collection here (Footage from NYFW):
An Interview with Leanne Marshall herself from Addy Media:
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey!
If your anything like me, or someone who loves a new adventure or one who craves to see the world–then you’ll LOVE our newest collection. Introducing our newest collection for Spring 2017: Wanderlust.
Wanderlust is comprised of 5 Mini Collections: Parisian Belle, Modern Mosaic, Turkish Delight, Sunset Vista and Misty Morning.
Parisian Belle: In this romantic mini-collection, we take design inspiration from an adventurous French girl boarding the Orient Express in Paris’ Gare de L’est train station. Donned in her finest Belle Epoque jewels, she emodies the worldly elegance of a traveling spirit intricate, heirloom-inspired settings with colorful crystal sparkle.
Modern Mosaic: For our final stop this Spring, discover Turkey’s renowned art+ architecture in these modern geo-cut designs-the newest additions to our line of stunning silvers. From striking sihouettes (including the “it” chokers!), to watery mother-of-pearl, this mesmerizing mini-collection reflects the beauty found in our trip-of-a-lifetime.
Turkish Delight: Welcome to the wonders of Istanbul, where ancient relics come alive in playful patterns + unique silhouettes. Inspired by hand-painted tilework, a mix of semi-precious hoplite, turquoise +coral Stone adds a decorative splash of color for this season + beyond!
Sunset Vista: As we travel aboard the Orient Express, this opulent mini-collection demonstrates how the journey can be as captivating as the destination. Gilded florals + semi-precious cherry quartz come together in glamorous, vintage-inspired designs, like the breaking countryside viewed from the ornate interiors of this luxury 1920s train.
Misty Morning: For our first stop along our grand tour through Europe, we arrive in foggy Budapest. Designed to awaken your fresh Spring look, we captured this picture-erect cityscape with a cool-blue color way of crackled mint+ lavender glass geometric teardrop shapes.
Discover worldly new wonders now available on my online boutique: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/emilydesouza. Shop now and discover your Wanderlust.
Contact me today if you have any questions, styling and accessorizing needs or need more details.
What are your favorites from the Wanderlust Spring 2017 Collection?
How would you style your C+I Favorites? Please do share using the hashtag: #SFBGlam #SFBStyle
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3 different hairstyles to try out this Summer
HALF UP TOP KNOT
My go to hairstyle when I don’t know want to do much with my hair. It’s easy and takes no time to create this look. If I have an event, but I don’t have time to curl or do anything with my hair. This is my go to style. It’s simple and easy. Pair it with our Jen Atkins X Chloe + Isabel Bun Cuff available on my boutique now: https://www.chloeandisabel.com/products/H030RG/bun-cuff Available in the Rose Gold, Gold, Shiny Gold, Hematite, Silver or Shiny Silver.
Another favorite of mine, and its fun especially during the summer months. This look can also be worn all year round. I’ve been into thefishtail braids for awhile. But you can do whatever braid your heart desires. Simply, braid one side first, then do the same on the other side. Then wrap the two braids around one another at the crown of your head like so. And there you have it a cute, fun, stylish crown braid. To add more dimension and to jazz up the look add our Jen X Chloe + Isabel, Small Crystal Pave Fan Pin Set now available on my boutique at: https://www.chloeandisabel.com/products/H021G/small-crystal-pav-fan-pin-set. Comes in the colors: Rose Gold, Gold, and Silver.
SOFT MESSY BEACHY WAVES
This hairstyle may just be my everyday look. It’s quick and easy. A hairstyle that can be worn for any occasion. Just by using a 1 or 2 inch wand curling iron. Create effortless curls throughout your hair. This takes me no more than 5 to 7 minutes to curl. Finger comb or comb out the curls so they are loose. To finish off the look spritz, a finishing spray. I use Curl keepers Beach Mist. There you have it an effortless, stylish, look that can we worn all the time.
To add to the look you could add our Split Headband :https://www.chloeandisabel.com/products/H031RG/split-headband available in: Rose gold, Gold, Silver and Hematite. Or even our Hammered
Crescent Hair Comb: https://www.chloeandisabel.com/products/H022GH/hammered-crescent-hair-comb available in the colors: Hammered Gold and Hammered Silver.
If you’d like to see a video tutorial of these 3 looks, comment below!
What’s your favorite hairstyle?
As always thanks so much again for reading, following along and supporting my journey!
Happy Monday Loves!
For this MOTIVATIONAL Monday’s post, I wanted to share with you a recent Q & A session I had with a few fellow Girlbosses who have turned their dreams and made them a reality. If that isn’t truly motivational and empowering what is, am I right?? For this Monday I’ll post my Q&A sessions in two parts. Throughout the day, so continue reading and become empowered and inspired along the way! My Q&A sessions will capture their love and passion for Fashion and designing as well as how their businesses came about.
And for the other two designers I will feature them on my FASHION Friday’s Post!! STAY TUNED!!
Recently, while looking through Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook during my daily fashion patrol for: latest trends, style, etc… I stumbled upon this unique jewelry designer Christine K. And I wanted to learn more about her jewelry line. I contacted her PR company in hopes to work and collaborate with her brand. I instantly became enamored by the look of her jewelry. I mean what woman doesn’t love chic, sophisticated and unique jewels with Diamonds accents, I LOVE and DIE! So beautiful!! Once I got in contact with Christine K’s PR team I was able to do a little Q &A session with the designer. It gave me a chance to get to know her better, see how she got her start in design and how she started her business. Continue reading and learn about her, the jewelry and so much more.
Q. What is your name?
A. Christine K, I’m Korean living in Los Angeles, California.
Q. Give us a little background of yourself, how did you get started in jewelry design?
A. I started designing after college. I went to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles and worked in the fashion industry for about four years. Since I was a little girl, I wanted to be in the Fashion industry. I couldn’t think of anything else [I’d rather go] besides fashion. But later on I discovered I wanted to design fine jewelry, so I enrolled to learn about pearls and diamonds at the Gemological Institute of America.
Q. What lead you into the direction of designing Jewelry?
A. I started working as an assistant buyer and intern, but later on I started designing clothing. They actually sold well and I kept designing. Also, my love of fashion pushed me into this direction. I’m of lover of all things pretty; I bet every girl likes pretty things, like I do. But I wanted to create something on my own.
Q. Where does your inspiration come from when designing your pieces?
A. My inspiration comes from luxury and simplicity, the modern yet contemporary, the feminine and somewhat minimalist. I like simultaneously modern and simple styles with a feminine side.
Q. What is your process when you design your piece? What are things you incorporate or don’t?
A. I think the design and color first, then I buy gems, pearls and diamonds from international jewelry shows or local jewelry markets. I match gems, double-check the shades of gold matches with center stones, and I always think of a theme last. My last theme was rose gold, two-color diamonds and black diamonds.
Q. What are some new designs you’re working on? What do you envision for the future?
A. I’m currently working on colored stones. I’m working on cocktail colored stone rings and engagement rings. I love pastel colored stones light pink morganite and smokey pink tourmaline. They’re tones are very beautiful and I fall in love with them at first sight. As of right now. I’ve done both diamond and pearl lines. for Christine K jewelry. You can view the collections at: http: www.ohmychristine.com.
Q. What were your first design pieces that you created? And how has your brand evolved over the years?
A. This is my first design brand. I love black diamonds and feminine style, so I combined them as one style. The piece makes your hand look appear like is tied with a ribbon. It’s very feminine and the black diamonds catches light well. It’s been only eight months since I opened my online store. Most people like it but fine jewelry is not something everyone can own. Also it needs extra care, so customers need to practice good care techniques. I think Christine K jewelry is slowly evolving and I hope many people will notice it and appreciate my brand.
Q. How did you go about creating your business plan and what was your starting investment?
A. First, I came up with an idea. I started calculating costs for my new brand, then I wrote down every possible expense I came up with. When I added everything up like: supplies, website fees, marketing, etc.. the total funds required I came up with at the very minimum was $10,000. I invested more as the company grew, but my starting investment was $10,000.
Q. What’s a typical day in your life at your office?
A. On a typical work day, I’ll wake up around 7 am, take my dog for a walk and make some coffee before jumping into the shower. First thing in the morning I check my orders. Sometimes, I have lunch meetings with my jeweler or supplier. Sometimes, I have photoshoots scheduled for products or models. If i’m not too busy, I sit at the office and come up with marketing ideas; I manage my instagram, Pinterest and tumblr. Some days I go to local jewelry markets to buy gems and pearls for future designs. L.A. is a great city if you enjoy restaurants and there are so many hiking trails and beaches you can go to. During the weekend I enjoy California wheaten by going to the beaches and shopping around Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica and Malibu.
A complete girls dream to grow there own business going off of their love and passion for fashion… Dreams really do come true.
Continue to work hard and dream big loves. Anything is possible as you can see from Christine. She took her dreams and love for Fashion and made it a reality and created her own business. True inspiration at it’s finest. I enjoyed my Q & A session with her and she is a truly an empowering and remarkable woman. Not to mention how her hard work and dedication to her craft is truly inspiring.
Whatever your dreams are and whatever you want to do in life, just remember anything is possible, with hard work, dedication and determination. I hope this inspires you all to go out there and be the Girlboss you always wanted to be. Live the life you want for yourself. Live for a purpose and live your best life possible.
Thank you Christine K. for partnering and collaborating with me on this post. All thoughts are my own outside of the Q&A answers.
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As always much love, happiness and blessings to you all!
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Overall, the trip was AMAZING, and my husband exceeded my expectations and went ABOVE and BEYOND! I feel VERY Lucky and Blessed to have experience and travel to such a beautiful place with my husband. Everyday, I count my blessings, I’m a firm believer in that and that all things come to those who wait. And to experience such a beautiful country with the Love of my life was a dream come true. I’m truly thankful to him for planning this trip for us to experience together. I LOVED and ENJOYED every bit of it.