Viva Fashion Inducted into the NFL 'Hall of Fashion'

September 17, 2014   


It’s football season and for the first time ever the NFL is launching their digital “Hall of Fashion.” I’m so thrilled to be partnering with them as one of their inaugural inductees along with celebs Jordin Sparks, Erin Heatherton, Jessica Szohr and various bloggers from across the country. 

Here’s a peek of my picture that will be inducted into the ‘Hall of Fashion’ wearing my Miami Dolphins jersey, of course. I wanted to show how you could wear it with unexpected pieces such as a skirt to still give it a feminine twist and fashionably express your football spirit. 

Whether you’ll be watching the games at home, with friends or at a bar you can still show-off your personal style. I also like the idea of pairing it with fitted boyfriend jeans and wedge heels (which are more comfy than high heels and looks equally as stylish). NFL Apparel has tons of options from graphic, color-blocked looks, on-trend pieces, neutrals to NFL colors and sporty/casual looks. 

Starting today you can also submit your personal fan style photo on Instagram using hashtag #NFLFanStyle for a chance to be featured in the Hall of Fashion on the @NFLFanStyle Instagram handle. 

Also, to purchase NFL Apparel, you can just go to NFLShop.com








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VF Travels: Marco Island

September 16, 2014   


A couple of weeks ago we took a little weekend getaway to Marco Island (it's about a 2 hour drive from Miami). We've been to several places in Florida (from Cape San Blas to Key West) but I have to say Marco Island goes down as one of my favorites. It was such a relaxing weekend and we pretty much never left the resort. Now that we're parents those have become some of our favorite vacations haha. 

We stayed at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, which was seriously amazing. It was super kid-friendly and had tons of activities from movie nights by the pool (showing Disney movies) to a kiddie pool with a splash area.

In addition to the pool, we spent most of our time at the beach which was only a few steps from our room (and at plain sight). Andres Sebastian would wake up in the mornings, grab his sand toys and bucket and start asking to go to the "agua, agua."








We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort (which was so yummy) and at night we enjoyed a polynesian style show that made me feel like I was back on my honeymoon. It was also nice to just walk on the beach and watch the sunset (we even spotted a few dolphins too!)




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Viva Fashion Turns 6 Years Old!

September 15, 2014   

Today marks the 6 year anniversary of Viva Fashion. It's crazy sometimes to look back at my earlier posts and see how much I've grown both professionally and personally. I still remember sitting with my back then co-worker and friend Amanda, during our lunch break and having her walk me through posting and starting a blog. I had no idea my once "hobby" would turn into my full-time job and career. I feel so grateful and blessed every day that I get to wake up and do what I love. Most importantly I'm so thankful for your continued support. Thank you for taking the time out of your day and stopping by.


xx,
Carmen 

One of our earlier blog designs



Happy Friday + Getting Back to My Pre-Baby Weight

September 12, 2014   
4 Months Post Baby 


Some of you have asked me how I got back into shape after having a baby, so I thought I'd finally do a blog post on the topic. I wanted to start off by saying, every body is different. My thought was always that it takes your body 9 months to go through this change, so you should give it that much to get it back. Don't be hard on yourself.

I actually gained about 40 pounds (yes 40--eek) when I was pregnant. Two factors that really helped me get back into shape quickly was breastfeeding (for sure!) and eating super healthy (not by choice). You see, when my son was about 2 months-old he started getting some really bad eczema and was really colicky. I was probably getting 2-3 hours of sleep at night, because he kept on waking up from the colics. Our pediatrician suggested I needed to change my diet (since I was breastfeeding). Many of the things I was eating was causing him to be colicky.

For about 5 months I pretty much gave up wheat, dairy, beans, gluten, and sugars. My diet consisted of oatmeal, lean proteins such as chicken, lamb and veil (no red meat) and tons veggies and certain fruits. Some fruits such as oranges, grapefruits were very acidic and was also causing him to be colicky so I had to eliminate those as well.

In those short months, not only did I go back to my pre-baby weight, I was actually below it--without ever working out. It was so crazy. They say that breastfeeding also helps you burn 500 calories a day, so that also helped.

After I stopped breastfeeding (at around 8 months when my milk supply started running out) I slowly started adding wheat, gluten and the rest back to my diet. I've since tried to continue eating healthy and have been able to maintain my weight. Not only that, but I've noticed the change it has had on my skin and overall how I feel.

So there you have it.  Leave me a comment if you have any other questions or if you'd like me to touch upon any other topics for my new "Motherhood" posts :)




Classic Wardrobe Staples with Hanes

September 11, 2014   


Lately I’ve been favoring classic pieces that never go out of style and then simply sprucing them up with accessories. One of my absolute must-haves is a classic tank. It’s such a versatile piece and can easily be dressed up or down. Hanes makes one of my favorites, not to mention they’re budget-friendly too. Here I’m wearing their Live.Love.Color scoop neck tank, but they also have their Hanes signature cami, which comes in a dozen colors. It’s the perfect year-round wardrobe style staple. I finished off the look with a pair of white jeans (which you can totally wear after Labor Day by the way) and ballet flats—another one of my classic must-haves.

I also paired it underneath with their Hanes ComfortFlex bra, which offers superior fit and comfy for style that’s anything but basic (two of the things I always look for in bras). They're also super cute and come in fun brights colors and patterns

I always say that in order for your clothes to look good on you, you always need to start with your undergarments first---so important. And what I really like about Hanes is that they have women’s bras and panties that offer the perfect fit for every body (no matter your shape or size).

What are some of your classic must-haves? Also to get the perfect fit from Hanes, be sure to visit Hanes.com/lookbook




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Designer Collaboration: Elie Tahari x Kohl's

September 10, 2014   


Kohl's recently announced their latest designer collaboration with Elie Tahari. I must say, they really have been stepping up their game with these designer collabs. The collection draws influence from the iconic architecture and energy of the streets of New York City--even featuring cool cityscape prints.

It's a mix of sophistication meets urban-chic and is set to launch on September 26th. Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the line.

Will you be checking it out? What do you think?  





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