Everyday make an effort and look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a pep talk and tell yourself:
I am STRONG
I am CONFIDENT
I am BRAVE
I am BEAUTIFUL (HANDSOME)
TODAY will be AMAZING
I BELIEVE in myself
YOU are CAPABLE of AMAZING things TODAY and ALWAYS
I LOVE myself and others and I BELIEVE in all good things
I BREATHE in POSITIVITY and EXHALE worry and doubt
I CAN DO THIS
I GOT THIS
I choose to be Grateful for all that I have.
I have Powers beyond my wildest dreams.
My Voice is valuable and my Opinion matters.
I am Not afraid to Feel my emotions.
Say it, repeat it, believe it and keep those positive vibes alive always. Even when things may be going wrong in your life. Change your mindset. Change your attitude. Change the way of how you see things. Change your perspective and see how things will unfold. As much as you can try and smile. I know it’s easier said than done at times. When you shift your way of thinking, you become more at ease, calm, collected and you and your soul will find inner and outer peace. This will give you a better outlook on how you view life. Be good to yourself and others always. Be a good soul, create, exude, and give out good energy always. Be and practice kindness always. Be optimistic.
Everyday is a chance to become a better version of yourself. Not to say you aren’t great already but theres always room for growth and improvement. I firmly believe that in life we can never stop learning, we can never stop growing and we can always find ways to better ourselves. In order to do that, it all starts in how we think. Everything is all about perspective and your mindset. Focus on the positive and change your thoughts into positive affirmations. When you do so this can change your overall sense of being and way of life. Create an urgency for positive thoughts always. I know times can be tough and its hard to think positive. But all you can do is try. As the saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again….” I believe in myself and I believe in you. Now it’s time for you to do the same. I challenge you do this the same. Remember to always have faith, stay positive, never give up and never stop believing in yourself.
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Happy Monday! Can you believe it’s August already??!! How did that happen, the months are just flying by. I know it’s been some time since you last heard from me. I took some time for myself, to re-group, re-center and re-evaluate a few things for the blog and just with myself. I can’t stress to you all enough how important self-care is, I’ll be talking about self-care in a separate post. But it’s important to always take care of yourself in all facets. Whether it be physically, emotionally, mentally, whatever the case is, do you and be good to yourself. Being good to yourself and give yourself and your body the love and care it needs. It’s not only important but it good for your overall health and of course your soul as well. Just something to think about.
Anyway, here are a few quotes, mantras and songs that keep me going throughout my days. If ever your feeling down, lost, undetermined, unfocused, unmotivated find meaningful quotes, music or even mantras that will help you through your days. Working out can be a great source of release as well. Great stress reliever as well as a mind clearer. Plus, it gets those endorphins going and those happy, positive vibe radiate out of you. This can also do wonders for you as well. A breath of fresh air and getting outside is a great thing to do for yourself. It clears the mind, and helps you re-center your thoughts.
These quotes, mantras and songs have done wonders for me and I hope they can do the same for you. They help me get through those tough days, challenges and any bumps I may be facing at the time. They help me stay positive, keep focus on what’s important, motivate me, inspire and keep me staying determined always. For me, quotes, music and certain mantras have helped me get through a lot of my darker times and moments in my life. I also lean on the support of my amazing, loving husband, family and friends. Having a strong support system is also crucial to help you get through those tough times. But know you are never alone, and we all go through it in our lives. Just remember we will all get through any challenges, obstacles, struggles, bumps, hurdles that life throws at us. Another way to help you get you thru your days is always staying positive and optimistic. I can’t stress this enough. When you shift your mindset, and just give out and spread only positive thoughts and vibes it can do wonders on your overall attitude on life and any challenges you may be facing. I know this isn’t always easy at times, we are human and we can falter sometimes and have moments of doubt and uncertainty within ourselves. But we must try and create and believe in ourselves and the positive energy we possess. We all have it in us, we just need to harness it, spread it and believe in it. Anything is possible, just remember that.
Lastly, another great way to stay positive and help you through anything is the power of prayer. Turning to God or your choice of worship can help keep the momentum and positivity going for yourself. Don’t underestimate the power of prayer, God is always listening and watching. He will always send a sign and listen to our prayers. God is good, I truly believe that.
Here are my favorite quotes, mantras and songs that keep me going:
I hope this help you all. Remember you are not alone. We can all share and learn from one another. Please share your ways to keep yourself motivated, inspired, empowered and determined. I love hearing from you all and I love how we can inspire and empower one another.
As always thanks for reading, following along and supporting the journey!
Happy Monday Loves!
For this Motivational Monday, I’ll share and recap my weekend where I attended this amazing brunch and I met some pretty awesome ladies who were quite inspiring and uplifting. In addition to my recap, I’m going to feature my very first outfit post on the blog. Here I’ll tell you all about my outfit that I wore to the event and if you like it as much as I did you can shop my look by clicking the items below. I hope that by sharing my experience with you it will motivate you into thinking only positive thoughts and making sure you have a wonderful week ahead! How will you make this week better than the last? Happy reading loves!
This past weekend I was invited to AMCONYC’S 2nd Annual Top 50 Beauty and Fashion Influencers Brunch, held at the ultra chic, trendy, delicious, Greek and Mediterranean restaurant, Nerai, located at 55 West 54th Street NYC (between Madison and Park Avenue). If you haven’t been to this restaurant, and your looking for fresh and innovative take on Mediterranean cuisine discover, try and enjoy Nerai. Check it out and let me know what you think! It was the perfect setting for this fun and intimate brunch. Now, I’ve read and seen many blogs, companies and brands, but it was so great to finally put a face to the names behind all the works of these creative ladies.
The energy in the room was quite powerful and strong, I felt honored to be amongst such an inspiring, creative group of fellow Girlboss’s and Influential ladies. I loved how everyone felt at ease and so comfortable. Conversations were flowing, and it was great to all be at a united front, speaking about ideas on how we can all support one another and empower not only ourselves but our audiences who follow along in our journey through our blogs and various social platforms. I’m simply grateful and thankful for the opportunity and invitation to this wonderful event and lunch. It warms my heart, to meet such kind and genuine group of women this past weekend. The energy and shared loved that filled the room was very strong and you could definitely feel its presence. Nothing but good, honest positive vibes that came from every single person there. I can’t stress enough, how uplifting and inspiring it is to meet such like-minded, forward thinking, creatives and entrepreneurs. I wish there were more women out there that thought this same way and lived life that same purpose. It’s great how we can all come together to support and empower one another. I’ve heard and seen so many cases where women are bashing other women or even bringing them down instead up lifting them up and rising up together.
A lot of our conversations, were about fashion, beauty but mostly and more importantly we spoke about empowerment. How we all are here for the same goals, we all want something better for ourselves and one another. We all supported the fact on how important it is to help one another however we can. One influencer, blogger and Girlboss said,
“It’s better to support one another, thats the only way we move forward and in turn we all rise up together.”
She couldn’t have said it any better, so I hash tagged it as #riseuptogether. So key and fitting for this is the type of society we live in where it’s heavily driven by social media. My philosophy is simply: We’re all here for the same ideas and purpose, we can only better ourselves and each other by coming together and supporting one another. And in turn this will help us grow and move forward, and it’s always better when you have a great team or an even better girl squad. You’ll forever have a great support system, cheering squad and lifelong relationships and friendships. It’s truly a powerful things to be surrounded by so much love, genuine positivity, and energy by so many influential ladies. Not to mention inspiring, I’m extremely thankful for meeting such a remarkable group of women. I only wish them nothing but the absolute best and more, much continued success all around. I just know and feel that only amazing things lie ahead for all of us. I look forward to meeting with these ladies again soon, and working together to discover more ways to support and empower one another. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet such wonderful women along my journey and we’ve become not only a great support system for one another we’ve become great friends too.
The entire brunch and event was so fun, a great way to spend my Saturday afternoon. Truly a very supportive, inspiring and empowering bunch we all were. And it only gave me more reasons to stay motivated, focused and even more determined for the future and what lies ahead. So many amazing things can happen when we all can come together like we did. A HUGE thank you to AMCONYC for hosting this wonderful brunch and bringing us all together and for our amazing gift bags, I can’t wait to try out all the goodies!!
This quote is so fitting and true, ” Girls compete with one another, Women empower each other.” #girlsquad #riseuptogether #supportoneanother #sharingiscaring #GirlBosses
Now onto my outfit details………
WEEKEND CASUAL CHIC STYLE
Now even though i’m very much into fashion and keeping up with trends and styles, when picking an outfit for the day I always think, “Am I going to be comfortable in that.???” I always say this to myself, because in my opinion when you feel comfortable in your overall look + appearance you exude a sense of confidence, that will catch anyone’s eye. In a positive way of course, but when you feel confident and happy about yourself it’s a great feeling overall. Keeping comfort + practicality in mind, I still want to look fashionably chic in my own personal style. I mean come on I live in the fashion mecca– New York City, so you know the looks gotta be on point lol. Fashion is one thing but two things I keep in mind are comfort + practicality. Fashion to me is what you make of it, everyone has their own unique sense of style. You still can be super fashionable even in your most comfortable and casual outfit, so whatever it is you’re wearing , You Better Work honey and rock it! You’ll only feel real and most comfortable when you stay true to yourself and what you believe in. Be creative, be glam, be stylish, be you! (My beliefs and motto all the way) Oh and for those who know me too, i’m all about that comfy+ casual + chic life! 😉
So for the brunch I was debating on wearing a dress or pants with a cute top. But seeing that the weather wasn’t so great starting out — (it was cloudy and rainy) I decided to go with this Casual, comfortable chic look. Even though it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day after all I’m still super happy with how my outfit turned out. This Off the Shoulder Blouse from Loft are so on trend right now, and I’ve fallen in love with them. I love this style so much that I’ve purchased different variations of this style from other brands and stores. Great for future outfit styles for my upcoming trips. This is so simple but so versatile all at the same time. It can be dressed up or dressed down whatever it is the possibilities are endless. Pair it with a pair of distressed jeans, skirt, or shorts you’ll be looking fly either way. This top is so great and fitting for what’s currently festival season. Very Coachellaesque, pair with a floral headpiece or even braid your hair in two dutch braids as seen on celebs like Kim Kardashian or Blogger, Beauty+ Lifestyle expert Marianna Hewitt. This blouse is so cute and chic it’s perfect for any body type, so I would highly recommend this top to anyone. And this one from The Loft is on sale now and super affordable. If you don’t own an Off the Shoulder Top, dress, etc.. this is definitely a style that will be popular for Spring and well into the Summer even early Fall months. Stay tuned for more outfit post with this top in different styles.
Many people may not think that leather pants/jeans are the most comfortable let alone the most flattering. TheseAG Skinny Leather JeansBurberry Leather Cut-out heelsVince Skater sneakersSocial Fashionista Beauty’s April Favorites list. I just purchased them not to long ago and I wear them all the time. And I love how well they went with this outfit too. i’ve owned for years and they are one of the MOST comfortable pair of pants I own. And what’s great about them, they go with just about anything like this Off the Shoulder top that I paired it with. You can never have too many leather jeans/pants. For my shoes, they aren’t seen in the photos, but for the brunch I dressed up the look a notch by adding these . They look casual and sporty but their ultra chic and modern. The exotic python leather detail and land snake heel design make them super fashionable taking them up a notch from your regular slip-on sneaker. They definitely make the . I’ve owned them for years and they are super cute, fun and fashionable. I can wear them for the a whole night of dancing but my feet will pay for it the next day. Super cute and somewhat comfortable but not as comfortable as the sneakers I wore, featured in the photos. I wore these heading to the brunch and coming home from the brunch I swapped my heels out for this super cute and comfy
For my accessories I kept it pretty simply. I love anything gold or rose gold, and here I wore my Orange Hermes “H” bracelet to add a pop of color to this basic black and white ensemble. I paired my beautiful Chloe + Isabel Lunette Long Pendant Necklace available now on my boutique: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/emilydesouza. And the rest of my jewelry are my everyday staples: myTurquoise Evil Eye Beaded Bracelet and Silver Hamsa Bracelet (To keep the bad juju (vibes) away and only good energy around me) my two gold Cartier Love bracelets, My Cartier Love ring , and my Engagement ring and wedding band.
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JEANS: AG SKINNY LEATHER JEANS
NOT IN THE PHOTO: BURBERRY LEATHER CUT-OUT ANKLE BOOTIES
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Hello Loves, and Happy Flashback Friday!! Here’s a little inspiration, My favorite recipes for the holiday season to add to your spread, and some holiday cheer and memories from 2015.
Happy NOVEMBER!! #HappyFlashbackFriday
November has been a great month so far, but can be at times the most stressful and hectic due to work obligations, industry events, and personal engagements that occur in all of our lives. But even through all the madness with the holidays in full swing, and no matter how busy our schedules keeps us, I feel it’s vital and important keeping a balanced life, in all aspects.
Balance I believe keeps our minds and souls happy and no to mention grounded. One of the things I’ve always practiced is continuing to ALWAYS count my blessings. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t do this. My husband and I remain grounded in all that we do, and we continue to count our blessings day in and day out. And during the holidays, this is the time where we think most about our families, friends, and how blessed and thankful we are to have you all in our lives. Our lives have become so full, complete with so many blessings and joy because of all the love and positivity in our lives. This is what life is to us. This is what keeps us going in life and we are reminded this daily.
With the holiday season in full swing, my husband and I had our 2nd annual Friendsgiving this past weekend (11/21/15). It was a great way to celebrate the start to the holiday season with some of our closest friends and family. With Thanksgiving in just a few days, we thought what better way to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy some Pre-Thanksgiving festivities than to celebrate and enjoy a night to eat, drink, and be thankful, all together. While also adding more memories to the books. It was a great evening filled with lots of laughs, fun, and very full bellies. In this blog post, I’m sharing some photos from the evening, some of my recipes from the night and what I love to make during the holidays, and some inspiration when planning parties like this one and other holiday get togethers. .
Whenever I’m planning an event or hosting a party, I alway give myself time to plan and prep. For my Friendsgiving I alway plan in advance– the menu, decor, table arrangements etc …. This years Friendsgiving I planned it out 3 months in advance, from setting the date and all the little and big details. Once we finalize a date, I sent out all the invites giving guest ample time to plan. The inspiration behind the decor and tablescape ideas came from either Real Simple Magazine, but I get a lot of my ideas and inspiration from Pinterest. Pinterest is a great source for just about anything. Check out my Pinterest page and boards at : https://www.pinterest.com/SocFashBeaut17/. I love reading up and exploring new ideas and creating things. For me, I LOVE a good DIY! A good DIY project is right up my alley!!
As far as my menu, I get my inspiration either from Pinterest or my long list of my cooking channel shows on my DVR, that I try and catch up on when I can. I adapt a lot of my meals, making each and every meal uniquely mine and giving it a touch of my own cooking esthetic. I like to use a lot of Organic and natural ingredients as much as I can, so I can continue sticking to my healthy lifestyle even during the holidays.
Enjoy two of my recipes I featured that evening for appetizers and dessert. Great to try and enjoy for during the holidays!! Try them out, take a picture and tag me using the hashtags #SocialFashionistaBeautyDoesTheHolidays #SocialFashionistaBeautyRecipes
HARVEST FRUIT, GOAT CHEESE, CHOPPED PECANS CROSTINIS
A quick and easy appetizer that combines juicy apples and grapes with creamy goat cheese and toasted pecans for elegant and flavorful bite.
1 c. grapes quartered
1 green apple diced
4 oz. fresh goat cheese, broken into small pieces
¼ c. fresh orange juice
½ c. pecans, toasted
1 French baquette & Olive Oil -or- Crackers
Honey to drizzle over Crostinis
Slice your baquette into ½” pieces and heat up a pan on your stove. Brush the tops of each piece with olive oil. Brown each side of your crostini until its lightly browned then to allow to cool.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, lightly toss the apples, orange juice, grapes, pecans and goat cheese.
Top the crostinis or crackers with ¼ c. of the fruit mixture and serve immediately.
Drizzle with Honey to top everything off
Plate and serve and enjoy these easy colorful and delish appetizer!
Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies
For the dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
For the filling:
2 cups small diced (peeled) Granny Smith apples
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
8 store-bought soft caramels, roughly chopped
Large flake sea salt
Egg wash (1 egg lightly whisked with 1 Tablespoon water)
Crystal sanding sugar (optional)
Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
Add the cubed butter to the bowl and use your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture is the consistency of wet sand.
Stir in the sour cream (the dough will be very wet), and then turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface.
Knead the dough a few times until it comes together, adding more flour, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough is too sticky to handle. Roll the dough into an 8×10-inch rectangle and dust both sides with flour before folding it into thirds as if you were folding a letter.
Rotate the dough 90º and roll it out again into an 8×10-inch rectangle. Fold the dough again into thirds then wrap it securely in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes while you make the filling.
Make the filling:
In a small bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar and flour, stirring until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.
Assemble the pies:
Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and unfold it onto a well-floured surface, rolling it out to a 14×14-inch square.
Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter or cup, cut out as many circles as possible. Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting out circles until you run out of dough, ensuring you end up with an even number of circles. (You should have approximately 20 3-inch circles.)
Place six of the dough circles on a Silpat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Spoon a small portion of the apple filling into the center of each circle, leaving enough of a border around the filling. Top the apple filling with a portion of the chopped caramels and a pinch of sea salt. Place a second dough circle atop each filled circle then use a fork to crimp the edges together, sealing each pie.
Brush each pie with the egg wash, and using a sharp knife, cut two or three vents on the top of each pie. Sprinkle the pies with crystal sanding sugar (optional).
Bake the pies for about 15 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
Remove the pies from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Repeat the filling and baking process with the remaining dough circles.
The cubed apples should be no larger than the size of corn kernels to ensure they become tender during the quick 15-minute bake time.
Large flake sea salt is available in most supermarkets.
If the dough is too firm to work with after refrigerating, allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting out the circular shapes.
If the sour cream in the dough makes it too sticky at any point in the rolling out process, just simply sprinkle a pinch of flour atop the wet areas and continue rolling.
Plate and serve. These are so great and you won’t feel guilty about all the calories, because they are mini, cute and oh so delicious!! Enjoy!
This year I’m thankful for….
My husband has been my rock and a huge support from day one, now and always. Always cheering me on in all my endeavors and projects that I’ve taken on this year. Always loving me and putting me and our family first. And for all the things he does for us and for our future.
For my friends who’ve always kept me grounded, always keeping a smile on my face and bringing laughter and joy in my life.. Keeping all the positive loving vibes flowing. Grateful for moments like these with them. Always reminding me to smile always, laugh often, stay carefree, and ALWAYS eat well!
For the family whose been there for me through thick and thin and remain a positive light in my life. The people I can call on and count on and whom I’m grateful to have in my life. Those near and dear to my heart. I am who I am today because they’ve been a huge part in shaping the person I am today.
What are your favorite recipes for your holiday spread?
What are you Thankful for?
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