Steal My Look: French Connection Dress

August 19, 2014   
Last week for my segment on Univision's Despierta America, I wore this French Connection textured bodycon dress. I've always been a bit self-conscious about wearing these type of dresses because my figure is pretty square shaped (like a boy haha) so I always thought it made me look "figureless." But when I tried this one at the store I immediately feel in love. The panels on the side and in the middle, actually makes me look like I have a figure hallelujah! 

It's still available online, but I actually found this one on sale at the store. This dress works great for both day and night. I paired it with these nude BCBG pumps I found at Marshalls for under $40 bucks.

Oh and my Bali shapewear underneath is also a must-have for these type of dresses.

Are you a fan of bodycon dresses? Here's where you can steal my look. 

Where to Buy:
Textured Bodycon Dress, French Connection, $168
BCBG Nude Pumps, Marshalls, $35

Tips for Transitioning Your Look from Summer to Fall

August 18, 2014   

One of my favorite pieces for the summer are chambray shirts. It’s pretty much my go-to uniform with white shorts and sandals. But I still like to keep this piece in constant rotation once the weather starts to cool down. To transition this look from summer to fall, I simply swap the white shorts for white pants (yes, you can still wear white after Labor Day!). And opt for ankle boots instead of sandals to make it season appropriate. I just love the way white and tan goes together.

As you probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of hats. The key here is to look for hats that are also made out of season appropriate fabrics. So instead of a straw hat, I opted for a wool hat in a burgundy color. It’s also important to transition your beauty routine. Skin can become dry and flaky once the weather cools down, so look to add a good moisturizer to your beauty regimen. I use Nair™ Brazilian Spa Clay Face Wax Strips to maintain my eyebrow shape year-round, which definitely beats having to spend so much money on constant visits to the beauty salon.

How do you transition your style and beauty from summer to fall? 

This post is brought to you by the makers of Nair hair removal products and Style Coalition. All opinions as always, are my own.

Steal her Look: Lily Aldridge

August 15, 2014   

Victoria's Secret model, Lily Aldridge, manages to make a simple white tank and black skinny jeans look ever so stylish. You probably already have some of these pieces in your wardrobe, so why not recreate the look this weekend for an effortlessly chic look. If not, here's where you can steal her look for less.

Where to Buy:
Jersey Tank Top, H&M, $5
Mossimo Denim Leggings, Target, $16
Yosi Samra Ballet Flats, Nordstrom, $69
White Satchel, Aldo, $40


August 14, 2014   

My next door neighbor recently introduced me to her friend's shoe line called Cavilani. Aren't they so cute? They are handcrafted in northern Spain by a group of artisan makers in a small village where they have been making espadrilles for generations. I thought you'd like them just as much as I did, so we're doing a giveaway! 

One lucky reader will have a chance to win a pair of these Cavilani espadrilles, which retail for $50. To enter, simply use the rafflecopter widget below. 

They also created a special coupon code for Viva Fashion readers where you can get 20% OFF + free shipping, simply use the coupon code "VIVA" at checkout. 

Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Video: {Spanish} My Video with AVON Introducing their ANEW Dark Circle Corrector


I'm so excited to share my second video with AVON introducing their ANEW Dark Circle Corrector. As you might remember, I partnered with AVON earlier this year and headed to their headquarters in New York to film these fun videos (here are some behind the scenes). 

This product is one of my favorites mainly because as a new mom (who sometimes gets very little sleep haha)  I'm always dealing with dark under eye circles. It's also budget friendly (just under $30 bucks). 

I can't wait to share the rest of the videos with you. Hope you enjoy. 

Find Your Fun: Making Memories at Disney + Tips for Taking Your Toddler

August 13, 2014   

We just got back last week from taking our son to Disney World. We live in Miami, so fortunately it’s just a quick 3-hour drive. The first time we took our little one to Disney, he was just 11 months-old (see pics here). It was so amazing to see the difference in how much more alert he was this time. Anytime he would spot Mickey at the park, he would yell “Mickey, Mickey!” and his eyes would light up. We also went with my sister-in-law and my 3-year-old niece, who had a blast. 

It was so hot in Orlando, I mean really, really, hot. I felt like I was melting. I decided to keep my outfits very easy, breezy so went with these white shorts for Paige and striped shirt from Old Navy. For me, anytime I head to Disney, comfortable shoes are the most important thing. My sister-in-law and I both wore our Ocean Minded Crochet Espadrilla shoes from Crocs.  I wore them both days we were at the parks and they were the best thing ever---so comfy! 

Here are a few tips and tricks I also wanted to share with you in case you are planning your own trip to Disney with a toddler or baby. 

Tip #1: Fast Passes. Fast passes are lifesavers. They made such a difference in making our trip a breeze with a toddler, especially since we went in the summer (peak season). Can you imagine a toddler waiting in line for 70 minutes—eeek! Thankfully the hubby is such a planner. Using Disney’s website or the My Disney Experience app you can book your FastPass+ reservations ahead of time. If you’re staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, you can make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days before your trip. If you’re not staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, you can make them 7 days in advance. You’re limited to 3 pre-planned FastPass+ uses per day, per person (and in a single park per day). Once we used up our 3 pre-planned fast passes, we used the FastPass+ Kiosks that were found throughout the park to book additional fast passes. You can book one at a time from the kiosks. We looked for rides that we knew get filled up pretty quickly — for example, the Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh ride in Magic Kingdom. If you’re going to Hollywood Studios, the Toy Story ride is another one that gets filled up quickly. 

Tip #2: Arrive Early. To make the most of your day, try to get there as soon as the park opens, especially if you’re going during peak seasons. You’ll be able to go on more rides without waiting in line. Be sure to go on the most popular rides first, and pick up a daily schedule at the entrance so you can plan out your day. 

Tip #3: Visit Disney Junior Live on Stage: On our second day in Orlando, we decided to get a park hopper pass and visited Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The Disney Junior Live on stage show at Hollywood Studios was by far one of my son’s favorite. He got to see all of his favorite Disney Junior characters such as Jake from the Neverland Pirates. He also got so excited when he heard the Hot Dog song from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Tip #4: Stay at a Disney Resort. If you can, try to stay at a Disney Resort. We found a really good deal for just 80 bucks a night at the Disney Pop Century Resort. The resort has free bus shuttle rides that take you to the parks, so you don’t have to worry about paying for parking, and it comes by every 20 minutes or so. It’s so worth it. When our son was 11 months-old we also stayed at another Disney Resort and it was so convenient for bringing him back for naps. On that note, if you’re traveling with a baby to Disney, consider going back to the hotel for the baby’s nap. He’ll be less fussy throughout the day. Since our son is now 19 months, we didn’t have to do that this time around since he slept in his stroller (make sure you bring a stroller with a large canopy to shield them from the sun). 

Extra Tip: If you’re staying at a Disney Resort and decide to buy something at the park, you can have it sent back to your hotel room. While we were at Magic Kingdom, we bought our son a Mickey Mouse plush toy, but since we were already carrying several other things, we simply had it sent back to the hotel room. We filled out a quick form and the next morning it was waiting for us at the hotel. 

Tip #5: Check Out the Baby Care Centers: I had a mom come up to me at one of the parks asking if I had baby formula. I immediately directed her to the Baby Care Center, which she had no idea existed. These are AWESOME. In case you aren’t familiar with them already, Disney World has Baby Care Centers in all four parks. It has a kitchen with a microwave in case you need to warm up food, a private nursing area with rocking chairs, and five changing tables. Plus if you need to purchase baby care items, they also have baby formula, Huggies diapers and wipes, bottles, nipples, sunscreen and jarred foods and juices. It’s the best!

Tip #6: Stay Hydrated and Bring Tons of Snacks: If you’re going during the summer, it’s so important to keep the little ones hydrated. I can’t tell you how scorching hot it was. We made sure to pack tons of water, sunscreen, and we also bought one of those spray bottles that have a battery-operated fan attached. Also, be sure to bring tons of snacks. We brought along several fruit and yogurt pouches which were really easy to feed while we waited in line.

Tip# 7: If you're taking a road trip to Disney, be sure to pack tons of entertainment and if you can rent a car with tons of space. Between strollers, luggages, you can easily run out of room quickly. The folks at Chevy were nice enough to loan us this Chevrolet Suburban for our road trip and we couldn't have been any happier. The Suburban has tons of space and it also came equipped with TV's which kept my son and niece entertained the entire trip. Hmmmm...perhaps once baby #2 arrives we might have to look into this one. 

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