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Thanks for Everything 2012!

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The end of 2012 is finally here.  Many see it as the end of one chapter and the start of another.  I can’t help but agree. Your life won’t be completely changed and it’s not like everything will be different just because it’s a new year, but the new year is definitely a good marker for determining the progress of your life.  It’s a time to look back  at the past year to see what you’ve done and what all you’ve been through.  Take this moment to celebrate and appreciate the positives in your life, but also take this moment to learn from and let go of the negatives.

Personally, I feel like I have grown so much in a positive way, throughout the past year.  I’ve managed to do well in school and am one semester away from graduating college.  I got promoted at work and am able to see the many great changes in my co-workers and my students.  I’ve really started to  make my passion and my aspirations a priority in my life.  I’ve made some great friends, who have had a big impact on my life, while my old friendships have only gotten stronger.  I think I’ve gotten closer to my family and I think I am, overall, much happier than I was a year ago.

Now, I must say that not everything about 2012 was perfect.  There were plenty of moments where I found it hard to maintain my positive mindset and not all of my friendships survived the year.  There was more than enough stress and many lessons learned, but it’s all part of life.  What we all have to remember though is that those not so great moments don’t have to haunt us.  It’s a new year, so don’t make the same mistakes and don’t live the same way if it’s not working out for you.  Let go of what is stopping you from being happy.  Learn from the errors you made.  Make a change, if you feel like you need one.  Don’t be afraid to make 2013  a good year and just eliminate the negativity that is standing in your way.  Use the new year as a motive to make a goal and stick to it, but, most importantly, enjoy every moment.

Tonight, I’ll be celebrating with most of my closest friends and family.  I’m going to celebrate the great memories that 2012 has given me and I’m going to celebrate what 2013 has in store for me.  Hopefully, the new year will be just as unforgettable for all of us!

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American Music Awards’ Best!

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Last night, the 2012 American Music Awards brought out the music industry’s best artists (and then some) and, as usual, they were all dressed to impress (or, at least, that was the idea).  I must say that I saw a variety of looks, which made me very happy.  I can’t tell you how annoying it is to see the same dress style worn by ten different people just in different colors with different accessories.  It’s a fashion cop-out, but I was grateful to not have seen much of that last night.  I think that, for the most part, the A-listers got it right.

Personally, I was a big fan of Taylor Swift’s look.  I feel like she has a tendency of wearing the typical conservative, classically pretty dress and I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with a pretty dress, but it’s nice to see her switch it up from time to time.  The top half of Taylor’s look of the night stays true to her style and I must admit that this was the first part of her dress that I saw and I panicked a bit.  I thought to myself “Oh no, not again,” but, after seeing everything together, I have to give her props.  The sheer long sleeves is a feature you can find in a lot of Taylor’s past looks, while even the all-over gold pattern has elements that is “so Taylor” and, by no means, are these elements ugly or boring, but what sets this dress apart is the short hem.  The entire dress oozes classic beauty, elegance, and a delicate touch that is hard to not love, everything that embodies Taylor’s style, but the leg bearing short hem of this dress brings in a certain taste of sass that we rarely see in Taylor, which is nothing short of refreshing.  I’ve got to say that I love it!  She definitely got it right with this short number matched with a pair of strappy heels and a smokey eye.  Job well done, Taylor!

No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani certainly wasn’t too far behind on the best dressed list in her black leather pants and oversized blazer.  You may remember from a past blog that the cozy look would be making a come back this season and Gwen Stefani was definitely embracing it at the AMA’s, but, as usual, she put her own spin on a fashion trend.  She mixed in her own flavor by showing off her edge and fashionista taste into what could have easily been a boring outfit.  Although you’ve got to love the oversized look of the blazer, the rocker chic pattern of it was its major selling point for me and I think there are few people besides Gwen Stefani who could have pulled it off.  On top of all that, the girl knows how to accessorize.  The exposed bandeau bra, pointed black heels, and silver necklaces paired with that eye-catching blazer all remind us of why Gwen Stefani is the lead singer of No Doubt and a fashion designer in her own right.  Plus, who doesn’t love a pop of red in her lips?

Carrie Underwood brought a different look than Stefani and Swift to the red carpet, but she was surely up there in the category of best dressed chicks, too.  Last night, Carrie opted for a floor length number that reached all the way up to her neck.  This definitely reminded me of a past Taylor Swift gown, but I was glad to see it on Carrie instead.  The dress is something you would expect to see at an awards show, but the nice pop of purple brings Carrie’s look into the modern fashion scene and it makes her stand out from the crowd of A-listers on the carpet.  I also definitely appreciate the subtle patterns and the shimmering sparkle throughout the dress.  The gown is classic and elegant, but the color, sparkle, and pattern all together keep it youthful enough for Carrie to wear effortlessly.  All in all, I think it was a good choice on Carrie’s part.

Congrats to all the winners from last night and to the celebs that rocked the red carpet!

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Fall Is Coming & So Are New Trends

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Summer is definitely coming to an end when the fashion world is only talking about the latest fall collections of designers everywhere.  Yup, fashion designers have been debuting their newest looks and it’s time to pay attention to what from your wardrobe you might want to keep or get rid of… or you might find a good excuse to go shopping.  After seeing what the models were sporting down the runway, I’m getting much more excited for the upcoming fashion scene.  Overall, I saw some colors, patterns, and overall styles that you might want to adopt into your closet.

One of the big trends this summer is the color red.  We started to see this during the summer with the unavoidable pops of red lips, which I loved, and now this is extending into clothing… the actual meat and potatoes of your outfit.  Rock a red dress, throw on some red jeans, or just accent your look with some red shoes and you’ll be well on your way to mastering this trend.  I’ve always been a big fan of the color red, so it’s nice to see it getting some nice attention.  Remember that red is the color of love, so who knows maybe this trend will help you snag a good bo!

Another trend of the season is the black and white pattern.  Whether its flowers, houndstooth, or something plain funky, black and white patterns are sure to help you amp up your wardrobe.  The good thing about this trend is that you can add some flavor to your outfit, but you won’t look too crazy either.  The fact that the pattern is in black and white can help you take bold risks in what the pattern actually is without making you look too loud.  Definitely, use this trend as an opportunity to have fun and to not be afraid of being too out there.

I know being a true fashionista is tiring and you just wish you had a day to take a break from it all, so thanks to another fall trend you do get that day off.  The word of the season is cozy!  Oversized sweaters, chunky scarves, and super warm shawls are all in style this year, so, if you happen to be having an off day, don’t hesitate in throwing on that soft, thick, warm sweater with a pair of leggings.  You don’t have to wear a pair of heels and a constricting blazer everyday to be fashionable.  The variety and versatility are what will really set you off.

Lastly, fall 2012 fashion world also like to welcome the 1960s back.  We saw plenty of 1960s inspired trends back in spring that continued into summer, so, of course, fall is joining the club of 1960s lovers.  For starters, the jumpsuit isn’t going anywhere.  Keep them, embrace them, and get some more if you must.  This is definitely a trend I’ve indulged in!  This also goes nicely with the bohemian look that is getting lots of love this season.  Second, say hello to high wedges.  I’ve seen these everywhere and I definitely am vouching for them.  Wedges are a lot more user-friendly and they give your look a little nudge when it needs some help.  They are always something you want to have stocked up in your wardrobe.  I’m, personally, a fan of the ones with funky, unique patterns.  Always a plus in my book.  And to close off the ’60s, don’t forget about colorblocking, which is still very much a part of our fashion scene.

With that, I leave you to enjoy updating your wardrobe.  Keep the pieces that add something special to your look, donate the ones that are only taking up space, and shop wisely.

The VMA Fashion Line Up!

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Last night, the 29th annual MTV Video Music Awards aired in an attempt to bring together the best stars of the young generation.  Honestly, I’m not a big fan of these MTV award shows (mainly because I feel like MTV is always struggling to be too cool, too funny, and too edgy during them… maybe if they just relaxed a bit the award shows would be as awesome as they used to be), but I always feel like I have to watch them.  This time was no different, so, of course, I stuck around for the show and paid close attention to the fashion of the night!  Overall, I saw a lot of nice outfits, a few crazy ensembles, but there were a few that definitely stuck out to me.

First off, my best dressed vote has to go to Ms. Katy Perry.  I thought that her dress was elegant, but I loved the sheer bottom, tying in the playfullness that Katy has become known for.  The black against the bright blue and red details was perfection, while the train added that extra flavor to the whole look.  I was definitely feeling the long black waves and the fairly simple make-up.  If anyone wants to know what being fashion savy and unique looks like, take notes from Katy Perry.  In a close second, I must say that Kat Graham pulled off her look to a T.  I loved the exposed animal print bra top underneath the wine colored blazer… with the wine pants to match.  Her shoes were simple enough to let the rest of the outfit shine, but also played up Kat’s attention to detail with the studded ankle straps.  I was a big fan of Kat’s new dye job.  It seemed to bring a lighter feel to the whole look.  Plus, juxtapose that with dark, berry lips and you have Kat’s funky chic red carpet look.  I did notice that Taylor Swift also went for the suit look, but I wasn’t too crazy about the all white.  Sorry Taylor, but Kat had the edge on this look hands down.

Call me crazy, but I also found a soft spot for Rita Ora’s look on the red carpet.  Sure, a blinged out Pucci jumpsuit can be overwhelming for some people, but I honestly think it worked on her.  I think this sort of thing is right up her alley and she rocked it.  Pairing it with simple black heels and minimal accessories, how can you go wrong?  Plus, the jumpsuit itself is cute!  Who else to wear it on the red carpet than Rita herself?  I, personally, think she looked great!

Before wrapping this up, I wanted to also give Demi Lovato and Zoe Saldana my blessing for their red carpet choices.  Demi opted for a sparkly black dress paired with a leather jacket and I liked it.  I won’t say that it wowed me because it didn’t, but it was cute and I think Demi really stayed true to herself with this look.  She incorporated some optimism through her glitter, but held on to her inner rock star with the leather jacket.  Finish it off with some red lipstick and Demi was good to go.  Zoe also earned some kudos from me with her pale pink mini dress.  The dress was simple with a few ruffles and long sleeves, to up the maturity level of the dress, but the very above the knee hem kept it appropriate for an MTV event.

Like I said, I saw a lot of nice looks, but these were the ones that were the most memorable to me.  Enjoy the pictures!

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A Look Back at the Olympic Games of 2012

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After two weeks of non-stop competitions, coverage, and anticipation, the 2012 Olympic Games at London have officially concluded.  There was definitely some mixed reviews of the closing ceremony, NBC coverage, and the overall quality of the event, but, nonetheless, it was a historic event that will not be forgotten.  I, personally, enjoyed watching the games, particularly my favorite events, such as swimming and gymnastics, and, while I wasn’t in love with the opening and closing ceremonies, I could definitely appreciate them.  I can respect the concept of the opening ceremony that highlighted the eras of London, while the closing ceremony won me over with the reunion of the Spice Girls.  I think both ceremonies did a good job in reminding the world of the many great things that have come from the U.K.  But I will definitely agree that both productions were more acquired tastes than anything else.

In terms of the games themselves, it’s nice to say that the U.S. saw a huge victory at the 2012 games with over 100 medals and 46 of them being gold.  Obviously, swimming brought in a nice chunk of medals through newcomer Missy Franklin, my personal favorite Nathan Adrian, and the powerhouse of Michael Phelps.  As the most decorated Olympian of all time, he is arguably the greatest Olympian in history and Phelps proved that if he’s showing up to the games, then he is going to give it his all.  Honestly, I was rooting for Phelps the whole time, being that he is a fellow DMV resident, and this time around I saw a very humble and gracious Phelps who was hard to not like.  Kudos to the entire U.S. swimming team!

I can’t forget the headline snatching gymnastics team.  Unfortunately, the much talked about U.S. men’s team didn’t fair too well, with the exception of Leyva’s bronze medal, but the women’s definitely made history during their competition.  It was very exciting and moving to see the Fab 5 gymnasts accepting their gold medals, while Gabby and Mckayla’s individual medals made the victory that much sweeter.  If only Aly Raisman would have placed in the all-around final, but you have to remember that everything happens for a reason, so you have to be grateful for what you got.

With that being said, I’m very happy to say that Puerto Rico won its first Olympic medals at the London games.  The first came thanks to hurdler Javier Culson, who won a bronze in name of La Isla del Encanto.  The second medal was won by wrestler Jaime Yusept Espinal, earning a silver in his event.  These two medals may seem miniscule compared to the United States’ 104, but, for all the boricuas out there, we couldn’t be more proud!

All in all, the London games had its glitches, but what event doesn’t?  Sure, I wish that some athletes had won or even competed for that matter, but I think that the U.S. and Puerto Rican athletes did plenty to earn the respect of their countries.  A big congrats goes to all the winners.  I definitely enjoyed these games and I am already getting excited for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

Hello London Olympics!

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I’ll admit I am not the biggest sports fan in the world.  I do love my Yankees, so I follow baseball for them, and I definitely keep up with Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal.  Occasionally, I follow the Ravens, but I would not describe myself as the sports obsessed kind of girl.  However, when it comes to the Summer Olympics, I am so there!

Today is the first day of the only event I have waited four years to watch and I can’t wait to see it all unravel.  There is something about the history and the complete epicness of the Olympics that I just can’t resist.  To call yourself an Olympian or to be able to say that you saw so and so break the world record is incredible to me and I am so fascinated by it all.  This kind of event has the ability to pin countries against each other in competitions, but still bring them together in harmony.  Only at the Olympics!

I must say that I am sad that I won’t be able to watch Rafa play in the name of Spain, but I still have plenty to look forward to.  Gymnastics and swimming are always exciting, while I also have to keep an eye out for the Puerto Rican athletes.  For now, I’m going to enjoy the Summer Olympics while they’re here!