Guest Blogger on RetailMeNot's 'The Real Deal'

September 30, 2014   


Hi guys! I'm so excited to share with you that I'm the newest guest blogger for RetailMeNot's The Real Deal Blog. For my Spanish speaking readers, you'll be happy to hear that I'll be writing completely in Spanish on their section called 'Cupones Para Ti." I'll be dishing on everything from fashion, beauty and of course, budget shopping tips.

My first blog post on how to save money while shopping is now up on the blog and you can read it here! For those of you not already familiar with RetailMeNot, definitely check them out. They have hundreds of thousands of digital offers from you favorite retailers and brands (that you can use online and in-stores).

Hope you enjoy!



Steal her Look: Amal Alamuddin's Distressed Jeans

September 29, 2014   

Amal Alamuddin (a.k.a. Mrs. Clooney) has been spotted wearing one stellar look after another. We personally can't get enough of her style. Here's a look that all of us can pull off, whether it's running errands or meeting up a friend for coffee. Here's where you can steal her look for less: 

Where to Buy:
Joe's Distressed Jeans, Saks Fifth Avenue, $66
V-Neck Tee, Madewell, $25
Wanted Pantent Oxfords, Century 21, $29
Knit Cardigan, H&M, $19
Black Leather Satchel, Forever 21, $24


Happy Friday + First Haircut

September 26, 2014   


Two months ago, Andres Sebastian had his first (professional) haircut. We had been trying to let his hair grow out. Ideally we wanted to go for something a la Mason (Kourtney Kardashian’s son) or Shakira’s son. We also wanted to grow out his bangs so that he could easily tuck it behind his ears. The only thing is (which we soon found out), it’s really HARD to grow out a toddler boy’s bangs. It’s not like a girl, where you can easily use clips to keep them out of their face. For months we had been using baby gel, but by the end of the day, the bangs were back in his eyes.

My husband decided to do a little "trim" and accidentally ended up cutting his bangs in the middle of his forehead---eek. It reminded me of this. So the very next day we went to the hair salon to see if they could fix it. I never realized how hard it would be to find a kid's hair salon in Miami, but we finally found one that was amazing. They had plenty of toys, the chairs were cars and they even had TV's at every station. The hair stylist ended up giving him shorter side bangs and kept his adorable little curls in the back. It was a success. Here are some pictures from his very first cut.

Do you have any fun plans this weekend? We're going to go see Disney on Ice tomorrow (for the very first time) can't wait!!





Steal her Look: Nikki Reed

September 25, 2014   

Nikki Reed looks effortlessly cool and chic in this striped tee paired with a moto leather jacket and two-toned jeans. We love how she also added a pop of color with these red suede heels. We found her same jeans on Boutique to You for $98 and an affordable faux leather jacket for under $40 bucks.

Here's where you can steal her rest of her look for less:

Where to Buy:
Faux Leather Jacket, H&M, $34
Stripe Top, Target, $12
BLANK NYC Two-Tone Jeans, Boutique To You, $98 (same one she's wearing)
Red Suede Pumps, Lulu's, $23 (you can also try these from TopShop for $75
UnderOneSky Satchel, DSW, $29



Q&A: The Business of Blogging

September 24, 2014   


I've been meaning to do this series for a while now and since many schools are hosting career week this month, I thought it would be the perfect time. I often receive emails from other girls looking to start a career in fashion or wanting to learn how I got started in my career. Although I would love nothing more to respond to each and every email (and more often than not I do) many times between keeping up with the blog and being a mom and life in general, it just gets hard. 

So I thought I would just answer those questions here on the blog in a series called "Blogging for Business."  I'm still trying to decide if they will be in a video format or perhaps just a regular written post (let me know if you have a preference). 

So if you have a question you'd like to ask, from how to monetize your blog to how to work with brands, to starting a career in television...etc.  just shoot me an email to carmen@vivafashionblog.com (and put in the heading "Question Blogging for Business") and I'll do my very best to answer them.  

Hope I'm able to help in any way. 




3 Bra Styles Every Woman Must Own

September 23, 2014   



When I was younger I very rarely invested in different styles of bras. I think I just owned one style in various different colors-- and that was it. It wasn't until later on that I realized I really needed to invest in different styles, especially since I constantly found myself trying to convert my "regular" bras into a strapless number by tucking in the straps, not a cute look at all. 

Here are my 3 favorite bra styles every woman should own. 




T-Shirt Bra: A t-shirt bra or an everyday bra is definitely a must. I prefer a style that's plain and provides a seamless, smooth silhouette. I also like buying them in both nude and black, which is guaranteed to go with everything in my wardrobe.  Warner's T-Shirt Bra, $38

Tip: When wearing a white tee, you want to make sure to stick to bra colors that match your skin tone. You don't want to wear a white bra with a white tee.





Finding a good strapless bra can be pretty tricky, but definitely a must-have in a woman's bra wardrobe. They go great with strapless dresses, tops and spaghetti straps and you don't have to worry about straps showing. Make sure to find one that fits snuggly. A bra that has silicone grippers on the bottom are one of my favorites, because it helps stay put. Liyette Strapless Bra, $38


Whether you're going for a walk, riding bike or working out, the last thing you want to do is get your "nice" bras sweaty. A sports bra is another must-have when it comes to bra shopping. Make sure to find one that provides plenty of support.  Adidas Sports Bra, $10

Before shopping of course, make sure to get professionally fitted. Many women end up wearing the wrong bra size and nothing can be more uncomfortable than a bra that doesn't fit right. If you're a little shy about getting measured at the store (sometimes it can be a bit awkward) Kohl's has a cool online bra fitting tool to help you measure yourself. Here's a quick step-by-step video that shows you how to do it. 

Then once you have your bra size you can start shopping. Kohl's has it organized by different styles from strapless, t-shirt, push-up, full coverage bras and much more which makes it so easy. 

What are some of your bra must-haves? I also love having a sexy lacy number :)






Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, however I did receive a gift card from Kohl's to assist with my bra shopping experience. All opinions as always are my own. 




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