Hello,Friends! Three years ago, on a Friday afternoon, my husband came home and asked me if I would like to join him for a weekend in San Antonio, Texas, at the PAX video games and technology “geeks convention” that originally started back in 2004 on the east coast. I was kind of skeptical at first, but I accepted. After all, I always love to pack and go out of town to travel and shop. I like seeing new things.

As I was packing, though, I thought “what am I going to do? It is going to be boring for me.” Luckily, I did not let that stop me. I ended up having a great time that weekend. Now I look forward to PAX every year.

While frustrating at times, I have always liked technology. When I worked in education, I earned the title of “techie” on my campus. I was in charge of the morning announcements that were transmitted via closed-circuit television on campus, “WIN TV,” for over 900 students.

I was a new employee at that school, when my principal noticed my proficiency with technology. So, one morning she called me in and gave me the assignment. Yay for me!  I was flattered at first, and a bit nervous, too. So began my love/hate journey with technology.

As for the PAX convention, we had a blast once again. When the day ended, we explored the beautiful city of San Antonio. I love the shops and restaurants there. It was such a beautiful day with the family.

I hope you all had a great weekend, too. Keep Zen, and don’t forget to do your yoga, because that’s the key for my staying Zen. XO

Here is the link: http://south.paxsite.com/what-is-pax

Hello, friends! This is a quick post! I just cut off two inches and love it! It was not easy at first. For me, my hair is like my security blanket. Hair grows back, right? Have a great day, and GO Juve! Today will be Juve-Milan! Coppa Italia!

Throughout this year, I’ll be sharing the most influential and inspirational women on this blog. Not all of them are fashionistas but they all inspire me in some way. One of my favorite accomplished women (who just happens to have an amazing sense of style) is Amal Clooney.  She is a British human rights lawyer. She is also a visiting professor at the Columbia Law School, where she teaches human rights.

In her dress by Dolce & Gabbana. She further accentuated her beautiful figure with a stunning pair of dark ankle booties, that everyone in world (including myself) is already wanting in our closets. This was her first appearance since the speculation that she may be pregnant.

Here is this super intelligent, insanely accomplished civil rights lawyer, looking like her usual fabulous self. Here she’s stepped out to attend a ceremony in London with her husband George.

During the election, Amal and George hosted a fundraiser at their home in Los Angeles for Hillary Clinton. More than 150 supporters attended the gala, where tickets were priced $33,400 per person.

Just recently, Amal was in Austin, Texas to participate as a keynote speaker at the Texas Women’s Conference.  She shared the harrowing story of one of her clients, a Yazidi woman who had gone through unspeakable atrocities while being held captive by ISIS.  Together with Amal Clooney, this woman is trying to find justice against her attackers. Amal was wearing a stunning Giorgio Armani dress with Paul Andrew shoes.

I will leave you with one of her quotes: “People who are passionate are good at what they do. These emotions are a driving force, and I don’t think women should apologize for them anymore than a man should.”

Hello, my friends! While I’m still waiting for my new Ipsy goody bag to arrive in the mail, I will review my December Bag! Let’s hope my mail carrier is on time.

We will start with the the Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask! During the holidays, I needed some help, and fast. Regardless of my daily beauty regimen, putting away lots of water and green tea (you name it), I noticed my skin was looking tired. I used this mask about three times a week, and my skin looked soft again. It gave me a beautiful and healthy glow.
What I dislike about it is you will notice that it is super sticky. After applying it, you will need to wash your hands to wipe it off. This mask will get 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Also, later on in the “Must Have for this Week” post, I will share with you my favorite mask that I use all the time, even before I go running. Yes, you heard me, even before I run.

I really love the Marc Anthony Argan Oil of Morocco Hydrating Treatment. If your hair is like mine, and it gets super dry sometimes, not just in the winter, it needs extra attention.  This treatment leaves your hair shiny and soft like you just had a professional conditioner treatment at the beauty salon. This product will get a 4 out of 5 stars!

For you Smashbox lovers, you are not going to be happy right now. Don’t get me wrong, I love their products, and I have used their foundations and primers in the past, but I don’t like every single one of their products. I especially dislike the Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer.  I was very excited at first, because we all want our lipstick to look perfect and last longer, but this product made me look and feel super dry. I will give it a 2 out of 5 stars.

I’m so in love with this Prismatic Shadow.  Whether or not you use a brush or your fingertips to apply it, this beautiful, long-lasting eye shadow goes on easily, especially in the difficult inner corner of your eyes, without having flecks fall onto your face. Also, there is not any need to use a primer with this shadow, and it creates a perfect daytime look. So, you do not look overdone. I will give this product 5 out of 5 stars!

Okay, I was having fun learning how to apply and blend the Be Matte Blush in Fresh Melon, Blackberry, and Guava, but, to be honest, I would not purchase this product, nor would I leave the house with it on. I noticed the colors are super bright and a bit too orange for me, as a brunette. It did not look so great. Also, the compact is not easy to open. I was not very impressed. I will give it 2 out of 5 stars.
Until our next review, be sure to stay zen, positive, and keep on smiling.

Hello, friends! I’m getting summer fever! How many of you are ready to graduate from cold weather to summer? I am for sure! Okay, let’s get started! Have you noticed these Bardot/cold-off-the-shoulder shirts/tops/dresses are everywhere? They are definitely getting my attention. The cold-shoulder trend has graced us with its presence for spring 2017, and I couldn’t be any happier.

Jessica Alba, is one of my favorite fashion icons. She always looks so stylish and put together. Her hair and makeup is always perfection. She also follows me on Twitter! =)

Amal Clooney, always manages to look perfectly polished for every occasion.

Heidi Klum, looks amazing with her off-the-shoulder crop top. I just love her toned arms!

One more picture of our lovely Duchess of Cambridge. It seems that Kate is truly living in a modern day fairy tale.

I noticed many of celebrities that I follow are wearing the off shoulders trend! I have also seen them on fashion magazines and social media. They have just flooded the market in the past few months.
I will bring a few with me, in different colors and styles, to my next trip to Italy this summer.

Now, if you don’t like the way your shoulders look, don’t immediately shoot down the idea. This is a trend anyone can wear whatever your age or size. I always revamp my wardrobe, makeup, hair. Life would be boring without changes.

On your next shopping trip, bring an honest friend with you, and ask her/him for their opinion.
So let’s left make time for ourselves and schedule *me* time at the gym. Add a few more weights and push-ups to your workout routine.   Together, let’s get those shoulders out and ready for summer. We can do it, we still have a few months left. I will post below some of my favorites! Now, cheers to a very stylish new year. XO

Here is a link with some of my favorite cold-shoulder blouse/shirts. http://www.neimanmarcus.com/cold-shoulder-top-th.html

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