Friday, March 28, 2014

EVENT RECAP: Money & Manicures Hosted by Dominique Broadway

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of meeting and networking at the Award Winning Nival Salon & Spa for the "Money & Manicures" event hosted by the Financial Coach, Dominique Broadway. The event was filled with young professional women that were interested in saving a few dollars while staying beautified and of course Nival Salon & Spa was the perfect place to do it. While some ladies enjoyed specialty cocktails and food others got pampered by Manicurists all while being informed about ways they can save in the beauty department.
Between the raffle prizes and vendors, there was certainly enough of networking and socializing to go around. I was truly honored to be invited to this event as this week has been quite long, and it's always fun to just talk beauty and meet new people. I didn't get to snap as many pictures as I wanted to merely because I was talking so much (oops!) but check out "Money & Manicures" below:

The Tropical Rum Punch was my fav! I think it's the Island Girl in me... 

My fabulous friend and Co-Owner of Nival Salon & Spa, Emily talking about all the fantastic things they are doing! If you live in the DMV area you must check this salon and spa out, you won't be disappointed...I  pinky promise!

WHAT I WORE: Pink Blouse by ZARA/ Tuxedo pants from Victoria's Secret (old)/ Gold & Black Cap toe pumps by Saint Laurent/ Earrings from BEBE (old)/Bangles from my own collection/ 
My lovely friend and MUA, Lola joined me for evening! If you're looking for a super fabulous Make-Up Artist you must book my dear friend Lola's Beauty Mark! She's amazing, tell her I sent you :)

Book your next appointment here: 
Great times with some super fabulous ladies, oh and I won a free manicure too! Can't wait to attend more beauty and fashion events this Spring/Summer...I think I'm finally ready to come out of hiding. I hope everyone has a great weekend, I'm looking forward to a very relaxing weekend. Happy last weekend of March, April is almost upon us (hopefully that means warmer weather)! XO
*bows out gracefully*

Monday, March 24, 2014

Happy Monday!

The countdown to my Graduation has started and I couldn't be more excited to celebrate with my family and friends. There is so much I've learned over the past three years since beginning my Grad School journey that I couldn't be happier to say that I am now apart of the 2014 Graduating Class. Anytime, I needed to just re-focus or take sometime to understand that my "dreams are valid" I turned to family, friends and of course blogging to cope with juggling it all. I'm extremely grateful for the lessons learned and the education I've received thus far, I look forward to maximizing my greatest potential and leaving a fashionable mark in this beautiful world we live in. I have so much coming up this Spring/Summer that I will be taking a "blogging break" for a few days to get everything together Blogging will take a temporary backseat as well as my social media accounts as I get some planning done but I promise to be on Friday with a full recap of Money & Manicures and other fashion news! Until then, continue to chase your dreams and remember that with Style & Grace anything is possible! Happy Monday to you All! -XO
*bows out gracefully*

KIMYE NEWS: Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Cover VOGUE, April 2014

The moment we've all been waiting for, well definitely Kim & Kanye have been waiting for has finally arrived. The "World's Most Talked About Couple" covers the fashion bible, VOGUE April 2014 issue and dare I say I FREAKIN LOVE IT. After almost shattering the internet last Friday with the release of the cover they also released Behind-The-Scene footage of the happy couple and super cute Nori on set. With just less than 2 months away from their wedding in Paris the couple looks to be living the dream right now! Check out a few pictures from their photo-shoot & BTS below:

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, April 2014


Get your VOGUE issue next week as they hit a newsstand near you! Can't wait!

EVENT ALERT: Money & Manicures

Finances De•mys•ti•fied will kickoff its new series, "Beauty on a Budget" (BoB). Developed by Finances De•mys•ti•fied founder, Dominique Broadway, in an effort to arm everyday women with best practices, tools and resources that will allow them to properly integrate their beauty needs in a recurring budget. The first installment of BoB is "Money and Manicures" which will take place at the upscale Nival Salon & Spa in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Guests will enjoy mini manicures, raffles, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and more! 
"Money and Manicures" will also feature money-saving financial and beauty tips from Finances De•mys•ti•fied and Nival Salon & Spa. See you there!
Get your tickets HERE!

Friday, March 21, 2014

EVENT RECAP: Pink Tie Fundraiser Party-Cherry Blossom Kick Off!

Wow, what an incredible Thursday night!! First and foremost, Happy Spring everyone it's super beautiful in DC right now and I couldn't be happier. Last night I got the chance to dance my life away, meet some really amazing people, and play some fun was very refreshing. After being invited by my friends at Jimmy Choo, I knew I had to find the perfect dress to match the "Pink Tie" Cherry Blossom Kick Off theme and as usual my last minute shopping brigade worked like a charm. The Pink Tie Fundraiser was held in the beautiful Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center from 7-11pm and it was lit to pink perfection!  
Guests had the opportunity to enjoy high-end fashion displays, games of chance, a silent auction, and delicious food and beverages (The 'Pink champagne' Lady was my favorite part of the night). In addition, there was mini-golfing, ring tossing, balloon darts, and the BUBBLES Penny Pitch bar to win prizes which kept people engaged and having fun. Since I'm a music lover, I have to say I really enjoyed the band and DJ for the evening...everyone was on the dance floor and the variety of music was absolutely perfect! See a few pictures from my very pink night out in honor of raising money for the Cherry Blossom Festival kicking off this weekend below:  
Flavored popcorn! I couldn't get enough of it...

I loved the necklace on this model (not the best picture), of course it's BVLGARI and I can't afford it but it was so nice to swoon over. Most of the models wore Jimmy Choo shoes through out the evening. The Collection at Chevy Chase, Maryland is amazing be sure to check it out! 

Pink Champagne + Pink Popcorn made me very happy!

Getting ready to try my hand at mini-golfing in my Jimmy Choo's..."I can't concentrate in flats"

....And just like that I'm obsessed! I have a new hobby guys! lol

Drinks were flowing at the open bar and was fully stocked with all my favorites of course! 

Seriously, I'm obsessed with this Pink Champagne Lady, who thought of this? Ummm, GENUIUS!

WHAT I WORE: 'Neoprene' Printed Dress by ZARA/ Blue suede Jimmy Choo Anouk Heels/ My own jewels

Lighting was a bit crazy and my iphone5 can only do but so much so here's my full Cherry Blossom inspired dress that I wore. Not bad for a last minute find? I was pleased with how it fit and it seems like everyone loved it as well :) PS-How beautiful was the décor? It was like a pink palace!

Well hello floral hat....Spring is in the air!!
Mini-desserts also had me losing my focus! *does crunches*

Tamara and I dancing on the dance floor! What a night...
Happy Friday everyone!! I'm so excited for this weekend because the Cherry Blossom Festival starts so that means back to running around the tidal basin Saturday mornings with my bestie and lots of outdoor activities. This week flew by and I couldn't be happier, totally ready for some relaxation.
*bows out gracefully*

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Happy Wednesday!

Almost time for the cherry blossoms to bloom and I'm super excited! Tomorrow I'm attending the Pink Tie Fundraiser to kick off the Cherry Blossom Festival and I have nothing to wear *le sigh*...I'll be sure to do a recap of the event. Warm weather keeps me on my toes and motivated, Are you ready for Spring? If you live in the DMV area be sure to check out the Cherry Blossoms downtown this weekend it's truly a memorable experience, don't miss it. Nature is full of beauty!

SHOEGASM: Valentino "RockStud" T-Strap Pumps

My obsession with Valentino 'Rockstud' T-Strap Pumps is crazy right now! I've been prowling for Graduation shoes, I figure if I find a shoe then I'll find the dress. Crazy philosophy but it works for me, over the past year I've been lusting after a timeless shoe that is edgy and classic at the same time and I discovered the Valentino 'Rockstud' T-Strap Pump that makes me feel all tingly inside.
The pumps comes in plenty of colors (neon green, nude, pink, red, black, blue and white) and will be the perfect addition to my Spring wardrobe, don't you think? The T-Strap pump is a perfect trend to embrace this season so why not break them out at my graduation.
 I love my Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin and Saint Laurent shoes but I think I'm ready for my first pair of Valentino heels. They just seem so grown up and sexy at the same time, who would not want that? The classic T-Strap has me swooning and I think these could go perfectly with boyfriend jeans and a tank or even a cocktail dress. Did I convince you that these are a winner?!

I still have time to decide but I'm definitely leaning towards these babies, for $945 I have some deciding to do! What do you think? Graduation shoes or no?! 

CHIC OF THE WEEK: Naya Rivera, Laura Govan, Princess Kate & MORE!

Naya Rivera could do no wrong in my eyes, how amazing does she look in this black sheer/cut-out dress. I'm loving the blonde locks on her too!  

Laura Govan is proving that she is a Fab-Mommy & Style Icon in the making, I love the "white on white" look. I need this jumpsuit in my life...pronto! 

Dwayne Wade and his beautiful Fiancée, Gabrielle Union were perfection as they celebrated their engagement over the weekend. I'm in love with Gabby's skirt.   

Rocsi Diaz has been growing on me lately, and I'm not afraid to admit it. Kudos to her stylist, she looks great in this dress....I'm searching for something similar for an upcoming celebration.

Leah Michelle knows how to SLAY on the low, how amazing is this lace dress?! I'm swooning!
Princess Kate looks like royalty in her coat, bushy brooch and hat to match.

Leave it to Adriana Lima to get uber fabulous on the red carpet in this one shoulder pink gown. Flawless! 

Beyoncé let the world know that she doesn't "Pop Molly...She rocks" at her latest concert. Werk!

Friday, March 14, 2014


THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY....Have a great weekend people! Talk to you guys next week :)
*bows out gracefully*

Thursday, March 13, 2014

FLAWLESS: Jennifer Lopez Goes Pink!

My Style Icon, Jennifer Lopez gave me so much inspiration in her matching pink top and jeans yesterday that I can't wait to try this look. The high-pony tail and nude pumps is perfect for such a vibrant look. It still amazes me how J.Lo can keep us guessing with her stylish looks week after week, this Fab-Mommy is looking great these days as she hosts TV's hit show American Idol.

Yep, she still has it....

images via: FBD

The Kardashians Take Miami: DASH Store Opening Party

The Kardashians, Kim and Khloe (Oh yeah..and super cute little sister Kylie Jenner) made a very fashionable mark in Miami, FL yesterday as paparazzi swarmed them on Collins Avenue. Am I the only one in total swoonville at the Kim, Khloe and Kylie's outfits?! I'm obsessed, they look great. Check out a few pictures of the DASH Dolls before and at their Dash Opening Party.

Kim looked AMAZING (what a great view right? lol) in a Kardashian Kollection cropped turtleneck, Vintage Alaia dress and her signature Alaia heels. I love the layered look and the neutral colors is definitely a trend that I love on her.    

Khloe looked just as amaze in her neutral one piece and heels to match.

Meanwhile on the beach, Kourtney and Scott spent some couple time together. Can we talk about Scott's loafers for a moment? #LordDisick

Kim stole the spotlight in this matching cropped silver metal top and skirt at the official DASH Opening Party annnnd of course she nailed it! The shoes also gave her outfit a nice touch as well, are you a fan? She had my favorite look of the night. The DASH Store has moved to Collins Ave in case you were wondering....I can't wait to visit the new location (Missing Miami something serious!).    

The gang reunited on the carpet right before entering their party, the Kardashian gals does it again! Can't knock their hustle, Kongrats to the DASH Dolls!