6 Must-Have Sandals for Spring

I’m already daydreaming about wearing sandals in all kinds of bright colors and prints. I put together my favorites above for all budgets and occasions. Enjoy!

4 Ways to Overcome Being Overwhelmed

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I had every intention of blogging a few times a week last month, but I landed a few new writing projects and after writing more than 10 articles a week (plus my regular writing columns and social media work), I honestly didn’t fell like writing a personal post every week. In freelancing, there are weeks were things are really slow, so I take that time to market myself and work on passion projects (like this blog), but other weeks (and months) are so chaotic that I even have to outsource work to meet with the demand. That’s where you want to be when you run a business, but it can also get really overwhelming.

When I over schedule myself, it’s hard to see how everything is going to get done. Besides freelance work, there’s also house chores, time for my spouse, taking care of my dog, myself and other commitments. Last week, I really hit rock bottom after a task took longer than it should. I took a glanced at my overly crowded to-do list, still overflowing at 5pm, and I wanted to cry, but instead I took a break, focused on what mattered for that day and got everything done.

If you’re ever having an overwhelming day like mine, here are my four quick and easy tips for getting over the hurdle and back on track.

Take a break. When I feel overwhelmed, I take my dog for a long walk and start sorting out in my head what I need to focus on when I get back. If you don’t have a dog, you can go on a walk around your neighborhood with your spouse or on your own. Also, you can call a friend for a short talk or chat with them over Facebook. The point is to take a break and give your mind a rest. Don’t get back to work until you have calmed down and can see things more clearly.

Write down your MITs. Right after you take your short break, write down your three MITs (most important tasks) for the day. This is a technique I learned a few years ago from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. I like writing just three tasks, because that seems more doable than a long list of mini tasks. When your MITs are done you feel so much better, accomplished and most importantly you can call it a day.

Ask for help. This is something I need to work on. If you have too much going outsource some tasks. You can outsource the research part of your work, house work, marketing or talk to your partner about helping out with some chores.

Have a dance party. When you’re done with your MITs, turn up the music and dance. It’s super important to celebrate even the smallest of victories. If dancing is not your thing, play a game, or watch your favorite TV show. The point is to do something fun, and enjoy the fact that you got over a super overwhelming day and got your work done.

7 Things I’m Grateful for

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I’m finally back from my two week break and settling slowly into work. Before I started my normal work routine on Monday, I wrote down my goals for 2015 and reviewed last year’s to see my accomplishments. I was happy to see that I achieved three of my five major goals for 2014.

I could be mad or bitter over the things that didn’t get accomplished (losing weight & getting rid of debt), but I prefer to write down those two goals again on my new list and work really hard to get them done in 2015.

Besides, I’m extremely grateful for all the amazing things that did happen in 2014 and since I want to start being more personal on my blog, I’ll share today the things that made me smile last year.

  • Getting married to the love of my life.
  • Spending time with my mom and sharing my elopement with her.
  • Finally getting my driver’s license.
  • Doubling my freelance writing income.
  • A cute puppy that wakes me up in the happiest of moods every single day.
  • The amazing blog projects and style challenges I got to do this year.
  • Taking time off with the new hubby to relax and recharge.

What are some of the things you’re grateful for, if you don’t mind sharing with me?

P.S. The newsletter is coming back this year. Sign up here, I have a fun post ready to come out Friday.

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Friday! I’m going to start my Christmas break today and won’t be blogging until 2015. This year we’re going to Vegas for a few days and then we are going back to our home to have a mini staycation.

As always thank you for reading and your support for the past six years. Next month is Unik’s seven year anniversary and a few changes are coming the blog and the brand in general. I’m looking forward to revealing more next time I update. Happy Holidays!

Inspired by a Glam Living Room

Today, I’m really excited to share with you all a peek into how my fashion style reflects in a living room. I’m a big fan of interior design shows and home decor in general, so when Modani challenged me to infuse my style in a room I was beyond giddy to give this challenge a try. My style has changed so much over the years from wearing vintage and girly pieces to a more minimal and tailored look as I approached my mid-thirties. I was really excited to see what I come up with and to my surprise it was an interior that reflects the new me I’m becoming.

I chose the Black Phantom Sofa as the focal point of my living room board from Modani’s modern sofas collection. Once that piece was selected I could see my vision for the whole room. I went with a modern glam theme with black, silver and white as my main colors. I love the simplicity of those colors, but also the fact that adding fun patterns and sequined pieces can make the whole living room look for more alive. The pieces I selected are below, let me know what you think of my living room design board on the comments.
black floor lamp / white table lamp / charcoal rug / mirror / Paris art print / home pillow / vase / chevron throw pillow / metallic throw pillow / Diptyque candle / love pillows / silver throw pillow / candle / black phantom sofa / silver armchair / suitcases / coffee table /notebook

If you like any of the Modani pieces I featured you can check them out at their modern furniture stores in person or through the virtual tours of each showroom.

7 Winter Looks That I’m Loving Right Now

It finally feels like fall in SoCal with rainy days and cold nights being a regular thing for the past few weeks. Since I had to put my flip flops and maxi dresses away for awhile,  I’ve been pinning and researching head-to-toe looks to inspired my winter wardrobe. I narrowed it down to seven looks from casual to work chic that are perfect for cold weather outings. Here are the winter looks that I’m loving right now.


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Winter White Weekend Look

Happy Friday guys! I’ve not been blogging much lately. I’m trying to get as much work done as possible by my Christmas break. This month I have to write 50 articles and leave two social media campaigns ready before I can spend the holidays with my family. I’m working diligently on that everyday, since the month begin.

Even though things are extremely busy on my end, I still miss blogging and especially styling looks to share here on the blog. Today, I put together a weekend look that is casual, but makes you look effortless.

My favorite thing about this look is the feminine color palette. The blush and white colors are a pretty and unexpected combo for winter. I also love how you can take the look from reading a fun book with a yummy hot drink to running weekend errands while still looking stylish and put together. It’s my favorite weekend look so far!

=Shop The Look=
1-White Sweater: $71, Mango
2-White Jeans: $145, STYLEBOP
3-Cross Body Bag: $55, Mango
4-Stud Earrings: $6, Charlotte Russe
5-Pink Lipstick: $75, Yves Saint Laurent
6-Bangles: $18, Aldo
7-Animal Print Flats: $41, 6pm

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Interview With Me Over at The Kewl Shop

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Hello Guys! I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things after taking a mini break from work and blogging. Over the break, I was interviewed by The Kewl Shop about blogging and I also share other personal tidbits. I enjoy remembering why I started blogging and what my favorite parts of it is. Anyhow, here is my interview on the The Kewl Shop blog for you to read.

One Bridesmaid Dress, Style Two Ways

Recently, I was asked by Weddington Way to style a look for their November Style Challenge. Styling is one of my favorite hobbies, so I jumped at the chance to partake in this. For the challenge, I have to style a bridesmaid dress two ways. First for a wedding and then for a weekend outing. I chose a navy cocktail dress from their collection, because I love how navy looks amazing on all skin tones and the extra sophistication the color gives to the dress. Check out below how I style the dress for both occasions and let me know which one you like best.

For a Wedding:

Steve Madden nude heels / Diane Von Furstenberg beige clutch / Kate Spade square bracelet / Kate Spade 14k earrings / AERIN coral lipstick / Weddington Way dress

For a Night Out

Wool blend trench coat / Diane Von Furstenberg suede pumps / Rebecca Minkoff red purse / River Island cocktail ring / Sole Society bangle bracelet / Black stud earrings / Gucci red lipstick / Weddington Way dress

A big thank you to Weddington Way for including me in this challenge! You can find more gorgeous bridesmaid dresses for your wedding on their site!

be Delectable + EOS, a perfect pairing for the holidays!

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At the forefront of the dessert beauty trend, be Delectable from Cake Beauty is renowned for its natural and good-for-you delectably-scented hand creams and luxurious body products. To make this holiday season even sweeter, be Delectable offers a luscious array of new limited-edition sets, perfect for stocking stuffers and hostess gifts, sure to delight friends and family. All are exclusive at Kohl’s and under $20, ranging in price from $12.00 – $18.00.

And making natural beauty news, the innovative natural brand has come together with renowned fellow green brand Evolution of Smooth (EOS) for a perfect holiday pairing, packed with shea butter! The Be your sweetest & smoothest from lips to fingertips set, includes the best-selling be Delectable strawberry & cream hand cream, a red carpet and celebrity favorite and EOS’s wildly popular lip balm in sweet mint, a wonderfully nourishing winter must have.

“It was only natural (no pun intended) to join forces with EOS for holiday”, says Cake Beauty founder, Heather Reier. “be Delectable is a huge fan of the entire Evolution of Smooth collection, and by pairing both of our hydrating best sellers  together, we are offering the ultimate must-have for winter hydration ‘from lips to fingertips’.”

Sexy shimmer is also new this season. be Delectable’s irresistible The Big Holiday Get Together set includes a limited edition shimmering Sweet Mint & Cream Triple Moisture Body Lotion that gives soft, seasonal shimmer while keeping the body  soft, moisturized and glowing for every party and celebration.

Gifts for All-Natural Holiday Happiness:
Be Your Sweetest & Smoothest From Lips to Fingertips Set – $14.00
This tempting combination includes a be Delectable ultra nourishing hand cream in the brand’s bestselling strawberry & cream scent with a hydrating sweet mint EOS lip balm. Formulated with up to 95% natural ingredients including coconut oil,  aloe vera, and shea butter. They are free of parabens, sodium chloride, phthalates, GMO’s, mineral oil, petrolatum, gluten and triclosan – and are not tested on animals.

The Big Holiday Get-Together Set – $18.00
Give your beautiful bod the luxury treatment with this triple moisture body lotion sampler gift set sweetened with a special bonus – a limited edition shimmering Sweet Mint & Cream Triple Moisture Body Lotion. This beautiful body lotion is blended  with nourishing shea butter, rejuvenating coconut oil and soothing aloe vera, and comes in four delicious flavors: coconut & cream, strawberry & cream, lemon & cream, and vanilla and cream. They’re formulated with up to 95% natural ingredients  and free of parabens, sodium chloride, phthalates, GMO’s, mineral oil, petrolatum, gluten and triclosan – and is not tested on animals.

Classic be Delectable Gift Kits available for the holidays include:

be Delectable Hair & Body Mist Set – $14.00
Like nothing else you’ve seen. Decadent Hair & Body Mist is a new essential – whether to spritz on after yoga or on the way to after-work drinks. Blended with real fruit extract and aloe vera, it’s non-drying, won’t stain clothing and is a great  alternative to traditional fragrance options. All four of the scents are perfectly balanced and work as well for day as for night.

be Delectable Hand Cream Set – $14.00
These beautifully ultra nourishing Hand Creams are made with the highest quality ingredients, including the purest Shea butter and coconut oil. They help nourish and soften the skin and cuticles to keep hands looking beautiful. Never greasy, be  Delectable hand cream absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves it feeling light and smooth.

be Delectable Mini-Set Trios -$12.00
Delightful travel sized body wash, body mist and body lotion, they are perfect for those on the go. Available in one of four delicious be Delectable flavors: strawberry & cream, lemon & cream, coconut & cream, and vanilla & cream.

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