Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with Macy's

We are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, which for a proud Latina like me is something worth celebrating! Lucky for me and fashionistas in general, Macy’s is bringing together 3 stylish and accomplished Latinas: Actress/Singer Jasmine Villegas, former fashion director for People en Español Kika Rocha and fashion blogger behind Sincerely Jules, Julie Sariñana for a panel that is sure to be inspiring and interactive.

Their next stop is right here in my hometown of San Diego this Saturday October 4, 2014 at 2 pm at the Macy's located in Fashion Valley and you're invited! Yours truly will be on hand as a social correspondent and of course, as a fan.
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Following what is sure to be a great discussion about fashion and culture, enjoy a live performance by Jasmine V, a special fashion presentation and potentially meet the influencers themselves! If you are in the San Diego area, make sure to come on by! If you are not, check out to see if there is a stop near youFor more details about this event click here. Hope to see you there!
Saturday Oct. 4 at 2 pm
Macy's Fashion Valley
(7007 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108)

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I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere about Macy's Hispanic Heritage. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. 


Good bye September, Hello October!

Whoa, September was an exciting and busy month, but October is not looking too shabby either! On a fashion note, I have definitely made the transition into outerwear and booties with more of that on it's way (big thanks to CAbi for stocking me up on outerwear).
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On a personal note, nothing has really changed in the balancing act front. I still continue to juggle with my career, this blog, wedding planning, fitness, etc, sometimes feeling like I'm in one of those Chuck E Cheese ball pits, but above all feeling BLESSED. 

Since Thursday I've been doing family activities every single day- from being the secret photographer when my cousin proposed to his girlfriend, to celebrating my mom's birthday, to a baby shower to taking my niece to the Demi Lovato concert... as tired as I feel today, my heart is full and grateful. I think it's important to share with you that aside from sharing the surface outfits, I put a lot of heart into this with the goal that this right here (my blog) is a happy zone for anyone who stops on by!

My question to you is ... What makes you happy?

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Black Faux Fur Vest

Unlike my previous pretty in pastel outfit, where I wore an unexpected piece for Fall and Winter, today's look is a quintessential Fall look featuring this "Infinite" faux fur vest from CAbi. One great feature about this vest is that it's not the typical "makes you look big" kind of vest due to the shagginess only being on the front and a minimalist ponte back.

A basic black faux fur vest lends itself to so many styling options (trust me it will be a recurring layering piece this season), but since it's still warm out I decided to bare the legs and I must admit that I was having a mini Kate Hudson in the movie "Almost Famous" moment.
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Pastel Fall/Winter Coat

It's officially Fall! Time to start thinking about great outerwear like cozy knits and trench coats, but when you think of Fall, I'm sure pastels are not the first hues that come to mind. 

Enter CAbi's "tuscadero coat", the perfect pastel pink coat that I fell in love with (and judging by the comments on my sneek peak on instagram so did many of you). With a cute bow detail and gold buttons, this coat makes any outfit girly and sophisticated.
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Beauty Bit: #NeutrogenaBelleza

With all of the weather changes that we have been experiencing lately, my skin relies on products to enhance and get it looking fresh on the daily.

Whether it is to bear the heatwave that we've had in San Diego or the upcoming cool off from Fall, this trio of products has me covered: Neutrogena® Visibly Even® Foaming Cleanser, Neutrogena® Visibly Even® Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, and Neutrogena® Visibly Even® BB Cream SPF 30. They all contain Essential Soy®, a natural skin brightener that helps to improve overall radiance and even out skin tone.



#PurplePurse Campaign

Please note that this is in collaboration with Allstate Foundation and Latina Bloggers Connect, this post was created and written by me for lilbitsofchic.com and express my personal views and opinions.

Obviously, as a fashion blogger I try to keep it light-hearted around here with fun outfits, beauty and lifestyle related posts, but behind the scenes I am a woman who loves thought provoking conversation. One year ago, I lent my voice and blog to discussing the #PurplePurse campaign and what a purple purse symbolized (read it here)- it raises domestic violence awareness, a topic that for many is taboo specifically when it comes to the financial traps that an abuser creates.

This year I decided to join in the conversation again to reiterate that the importance of having these conversations and to elaborate on recognizing how financial abuse plays a huge part in why abused women stay in those terrible relationships.



Pre-Fall Styld.by Session

Last week our local GAP in Fashion Valley invited a few of us style bloggers and stylists to preview their Fall collection and put our styling skills to the test by creating looks using their newest items.

Look 1: A cozy knit is synonymous with Fall and this one specifically was so comfortable and long, perfect to go over leggings, or in this case Gap's 1969 Legging Jeans that are thick like jeans but stretchy like leggings (a great combo for da curves!)
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Matching Crop & Skirt

Here comes another crop top and this time in the form of a matching separate! I previously mentioned my hesitance with crop tops in this previous post, but I'm starting to slowly embrace their boldness (especially as I continue putting time in the gym). I have, however, been sticking to the more covered up ones that only allow me to show a sliver of skin, but if those are still too risqué for you, I previously wrote this post about how to partake in the matching separates look with these layered dresses.

I picked up this crop top & skirt cohesive set from an ASOS sale (aren't those sales the best?), and since it has since sold out I have included a round up of some of my current favorite matching sets below that are on my wishlist!
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Football + Fashion {Collab}

Fashion and football, two totally opposite subjects but two totally fun ones! With the start of the football season (and the disappearance of my fiance and men all across the nation), today I have teamed up with 3 fabulous style bloggers to show you our team spirit using what we know best- fashion!

I love that none of us wore jerseys, but kept with the color theme and gave our outfits a sporty vibe. I dressed in my Charger-esque colors and gear on the day of our first game which sadly didn't go as I would have wished, but that's football for you, you never know what you're going to get!

Check out these stylish ladies for more details on their looks: Melissa from Sweet Style By Melissa representing the NY Giants, Daisy from Daisy's Fashion Garden representing the Oakland Raiders, and Jea from DaintyJea representing the Patriots.
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Glimpse of Fall

San Diego weather hit 80 degrees this weekend to abruptly remind me that it's not Fall yet, BUT last week while attending the Grand Opening of Don Chido in downtown, a brisk evening allowed me to dabble in a couple of my favorite transitional pieces- these leopard skinny jeans and these cut out booties. Might I add that cutout booties are perfect in this time of transition because it's a hybrid of a fresh heel and a covered up bootie!
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Back to School GIVEAWAY

How I remember those days with the back to school jitters and those last minute shopping trips to buy some new pieces for the school year. I wish Forever 21 was around back in my 'back to school' days (i'm sadly making myself sound like a grandma right now) it would have definitely offered more options at my family's price point. If you're still in that frenzy, you're in luck because I have teamed up with these fab bloggers to giveaway an $80 gift card to Forever 21!

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*Contest is open to US and International Readers and to those who are 18 or older or have parental consent!
*Sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on September 18, 2014. The sweepstakes winners will be announced by September 19, 2014.
NOTE - You must complete the specified REQUIRED entry task in order to be eligible to win the contest. If you hit the green entry button without completing the task, your entry will be disqualified.
*Winners will be chosen randomly. The winner will receive an electronic Forever 21 Gift card valued at $80.
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Dressing up a T-Shirt

I have had this shirt in my closet for months, but I was facing a styling block because my mind had so many visions on how to wear it. Well, sometimes you have to start somewhere and that good starting point is pairing it with jeans and heels.

To make the look more interesting and fun, I layered a polka dot blazer and striped purse in the same black and white color scheme that both tied in well. Instead of completing the look with a boring black shoe, I wore these gold babies that have quickly become my favorites! Off I went to meet up with my fellow San Diego blogger DaintyJea for some coffee and good conversation.
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Good bye August, Hello September!

I'm in denial that Summer is almost over and my sandal days are counted, nevertheless I'm excited to transition to Fall boots and chunky knits. My reign as the DownEast Basics stylist of the month is over, BUT I have extremely exciting news that I can't wait to share with you later this month (hint: I'll be doing some styling for one of my favorite stores).

Looking through my August outfits I can't help but notice I was having a good hair month- partly thanks to my Drybar visit and products and maybe because there was no humidity during my trip to Vegas. I also felt better about my body because of my diet and fitness regimen, but I will admit that I have hit some road bumps with the many BBQ's and social events. In the end, as long as I get my booty back in the gym I think I'll be able to hang on to some of the progress.

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