Monday, November 20, 2017

The Latest in Tech News: E.L.F. Glow on the Go Phone Ring Light

Image Credit: E.L.F. 's Instagram

Christmas is basically knocking at our doors and the holiday gift sets are littering the shelves and counters at every store.  E.L.F has announced the release of the perfect little gadget for the selfie connoisseur in your life. The Glow on the Go selfie ring light clips to your phone and is equipped with three settings. The best part is that it is $12. The perfect stocking stuffers of item for a gift exchange. 

Shop it Up: E.L.F

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Latest in Beauty News: Christian Siriano x imPress Press on Manicure

One of my favorite Project Runway alums has added another collaboration to his portfolio. He has entered the beauty industry with a collection with imPress Press on Manicure by Kiss Products. The nail designs were plucked from his own fashion designs. There are graphic, matte, glossy, and glitter options for everyone to choose from. I'll definitely be checking a few out in the future. Keep scrolling to check out some of the designs up close!

Image Credit: imPress

The Latest in Fashion News: Ty Hunter x Charming Charlie

Shop the limited edition collection at Charming

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Diva Cover Stories: Congresswoman Maxine Waters for Essence Magazine, December 2017

Image Credit: Essence Magazine

Around the ' Net: How Colour Pop Lipstick is Made by Refinery 29

Don't you just love how to's? Colour Pop Cosmetics made waves with their high quality, yet affordable line of beauty products. I recently came across a video that went behind the scenes to showcase the batch making process. It's short and informative. Enjoy!

Video Credit: Refinery 29

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hotel Review: Hilton Orlando Resort

Image Credit: Hilton Orlando Resort

Hilton Orlando Resort
6001 Destination Parkway 
Orlando, Fla. 32819

It's the Monday  after getting back from a workcation spent down in Orlando, Florida for a few days. I, along with some new colleagues, were put up in the Hilton Orlando Resort.  We enjoyed comfy beds that you basically "melted in," as one of my new work buddies exclaimed. I managed to snap some pics in between seminars. Check them out below and what else the Hilton.

I gagged at the Peter Thomas Roth products in the bathroom. All of them came home with me!

The hotel was part conference space. There were small sitting areas with tables and two to six chairs nestled in corners and corridors all throughout the hotel.

The outdoor area was just as beautiful. Water features framed an outdoor space the hosted a reception while I was there. The grass is actually turf, and a bunch of us actually hung out here chatting over coffee in between sessions.

Ahh, the firepit! Well, firepits. The hotel was two of them. Florida's warm weather cooled down just enough to make the warmth of a bustling flame against a cool breeze the perfect way to unwind after a long day.

Pools and Lazy River
Poolside Dining and Bar
Onsite Spa and Fitness Center
Room Service
Onsite Restaurants
Courteous Stafg
Near Sea World

Overall Experience

I really enjoyed my stay at the Hilton Orlando. The staff was friendly and practically waiting for you to ask questions. If you looked even the slightest bit confused, a member of the staff jumped in to help. There were several families and conferences staying at the hotel, but the sound hundreds of people talking, music, and glasses clinking never made it past the elevator. I appreciated this, especially since my mornings started early. I had access to every part of the building I wanted to go. I didn't feel "banned" as some places can make you feel. If you're travelling with family or with a company, I'll highly suggest the Hilton Orlando.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Latest in Beauty News: Fenty Beauty to Realease First Red Lip Thanksgiving Day

You read that right!  Riri ia giving the world a Thanksgiving treat with the realease of Fenty Beauty's Stunna Lip Paint. A product she exclaims is "One red for all." Get ready, we have seen first hand how quick her products fly off the shelves.

Release Date: November 23, 2017

Image Credit: Fenty Beauty

Friday, November 3, 2017

Diva's Life: I May Take the Plunge and Buy My Prescription Glasses Online with Firmoo!

Happy Friday Divas and Gents!!

So I have been doing one of my favorite hobbies: online shopping! I know it's one of yours too. However, I have been shopping for new frames. I am a little ahead of the game as my eye appointment isn't until December, but it's always better to be prepared, right? I have been seriously thinking about using an online retailer for my prescription frames. I know there are more than a few out there at this point (still mind-boggling to me), but when I checked out Firmoo, their styles and price points stood out to me. I was first introduced to the brand by Ambrosia Malbrough via her YouTube channel. I still can't believe how eyeglasses went from being so expensive to so cheap! This is coming from someone who has been walking around with $300+ worth of metal on her face since she was five years old. It made me leary to try online retailers for glasses because why are they so inexpensive?? It's definitely a shock (in a good way) when you find out you can get about six pairs for the price of what you're used to paying for a single pair. I picked out a few pairs from the site that speak to my personal style and wallet. This post serves both to inform you about Firmoo and to remind me which pairs were my faves :). Check out what I picked out below and I'll be sure to update you on whether or not I took the plunge!

LOVE these!

As you can probably tell, I love blue frames! It's my favorite color, and I tend to choose a shade of blue by default. Old habits.....

Love the shape of these! It's the arch at the top that makes it a little different I think.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

What I Wore: October 2017

I'm slowly but surely working on doing more outfit posts. I just have to remember to have my picture taken or do it myself. Here is what I managed to stop and capture for the month of October.  I am playing around with how I want to showcase my looks, so be prepared for a few changes in the future as I find my footing. Without further ado, the ensembles!

Fun at the Fair

What I Wore:

Old Navy Boyfriend Button Down Shirt and Shorts
Converse Kicks
Aeropostale Newsboy Hat (Over a decade old and still one of my faves!)
Nicole Miller Crossbody
Large Gold Hoops and Nameplate Necklace


Fallin' In Love with Color

What I Wore:

Old Navy Denim Jacket
New York  & Company Dress
Cato Booties
Five Below Scarf


Lady in Red

What I Wore:

Calvin Klein Dress
Cato Hat
Thrifted Scarf
Rue 21 Cardigan
Gifted Booties

Diva's Life: It's November 1st! Where Has the Year Gone?! + Other Updates

The end of Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving. This year has flown by hasn't it? We will be celebrating New Years before you know it. Stay on top of those goals Divas and Gents! Speaking of goals, here is an update on mine:

In personal news, this is my last week at my current job and I'll begin work at a national non profit. I am excited about the new role and challenges they bring. I usually get "the itch" around the one year mark on a job and am ready to move up or on to something more challenging. This new opportunity came right on time!

As far as Diva's Marketplace, most of my challenges this year have come from launching my shop. I felt I have been in "launch mode" forever.  I built a site on my own, was so proud of it, was actually shipping to family and close friends, then had to take it down. I couldn't keep up with the site fees so early into the launch. Sales weren't covering all the costs. I was so upset and disappointed in myself. I actually had a mini breakdown. How was I failing before I even got started good? Those were the thoughts that were running though my mind. However, my best friend and business owner, talked me back into reality and reminded me I could always use a free site then switch when revenue is more consistent. The perfectionist in me was so attached to what I created, I didn't like the idea of going back to plain and simple because I felt it didn't match my brand. However,  I had other options, so I backed up my site and moved it. This is just one of the MANY obstacles I'm sure I'll encounter on this journey.  I found a potential new vendor for the Budda Love lip balm that has jars that match the Budda Love body butter jars exactly! I ordered samples and hopefully I'll be able to use them! Stay tuned! In the meantime, follow Diva's Marketplace on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

In blog news, I've been attempting to do more outfit posts both on the site and Instagram. I have a camera, but I see a tripod in my future. The collaborations have been coming in slowly but surely. Check out my latest post in collaboration with Maple Holistics here. My schedule will be more consistent in the (very) near future, so look for your timelines to be flooded with updates!

That's all for now Diva's and Gents. Oh like the new names for you all? I always called the ladies "Divas" but struggled with what to call male readers. I think "Gent", short for gentlemen, compliments Diva nicely don't you think? Giving readers names makes communication more personable, in my opinion. Anywho, enough rambling. See you in the next post!


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