When One Grows #WeAllGrow #ThriftThursday

This post has been sitting as a draft for 17 days now. Seventeen days – that’s a record for me to start something and not get back to finishing it!  But there’s a reason.  At the end of February I attended a conference called the ‘We All Grow Summit‘.  Created by the brainchild behind Latina Bloggers Connect, I didn’t want to miss the chance to see how far Ana and the rest of her team have come (I’ve known and worked with them here and there for years) – and because I know they’re all perfectionist, no-nonsense type of women, I knew the conference would be a huge learning opportunity for me as a creative.  All that said, I still can’t quite fully put into words what a wonderful experience it was!

We All Grow Summit

Group shot of the WAG team. And there’s me front right. Sweatshirt by American Eagle $3.99, Pants brand unknown $3


Green dress by Zara $4.99

*Photos by Robson Muzel and #WeAllGrow Summit 2015

While there I got to talk to some very influential people about my beloved Gringa Latina (no, I won’t spill the beans yet) and told a few others about my Thrift Thursday obsession (and in true form, all of the outfits I wore were thrift store finds). But the coolest thing of all was being in the room as SO MANY successful, powerful, independent business women. The fact that they were all Latinas was just the icing on the cake.  These women are all out there doing their thing – whether it’s writing blogs, traveling the world, hosting shows, acting, creating YouTube content – and it’s amazing! Hearing their stories and picking their brains about how they do what they do, now THAT is what makes a conference worth attending.


Me and Rachel AKA The Art Muse. My dress is by Vero Moda $4.99

Here’s to coming back bigger and better…and perhaps sharing my own success stories…next year!



I can talk about how I’ve been absent from my blog, or about how I plan on ‘relaunching’ by the new year because I have things worth writing about, but nah! Instead, I leave you with photos from last night’s Latina Magazine 30 under 30 party. Enjoy!


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A Divine Night with MAC #MACDivineNight

Nothing beats getting your face done up all diva-like by one of the best makeup artists in the industry.  MAC Cosmetics Senior artist Caroline gave me a mini-makeover on Friday at the MAC Divine Night festivities, which marked the launch of their holiday color collection. The theme was 70s glam, and for once I felt like I could fully and shamelessly embrace my big hair and love of blue eye shadow. You know what they say, the bigger the hair the closer to God ;-)

MAC Divine Night Performance

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Red Carpet Ready, Every Day #DivinaLatina

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Unilever and Latina Bloggers Connect. 


Glamour, lights, excitement . . . not exactly! The truth is, as much as I enjoy my job and all that it entails, I thrive on doing work but not so much on those things that are required of me when the camera’s not rolling – I’m talking red carpets and photoshoots; sure that’s all well and fun, but those things can be rather nerve racking. Edit that: VERY nerve racking. What do I wear? How should I do my hair? WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?!

Vianessa Castanos B&W

Photographer: John Mokhtarei
Stylist: Izumi Marie Rosas
Makeup: Vianessa Castanos

Seriously, what am I supposed to do with my hands?

I’ve started working with a stylist, but when it comes to my hair and makeup I tend to do it myself unless I’m going for something highly stylized that I may not have experience with. That being said, I now have a full on professional makeup case full of goodies and I regularly buy new color palettes and tools of the trade to experiment with. Those experiments can add up to a lot of money. Fortunately for me, my favorite foundation is inexpensive and is carried at CVS, so it’s always easy to find and doesn’t hurt my budget. Same with my hair stuff. You may recall that I like to style my hair using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth (another awesome find).


Well you too can look ‘Red Carpet Ready Every Day’ while saving when you become a Divina Latina.  Divina Latina beauty products are available at CVS/pharmacy and are eligible for special ExtraBucks Rewards. Every $50 you spend on beauty products at CVS/pharmacy gets you $5 ExtraBucks.   So you can stock up on all your beauty  needs and save!

Which is what I’m about to run off and do . . . again!



Insane. That’s the only way I can describe the past couple of weeks.  I’ve been meeting with my production team and doing a lot of writing on a totally awesome super secret (for now) project. I haven’t had time for anything else, which I suppose is a good thing since I love to work work work!

One thing I certainly don’t have time for is texting while driving.  Ain’t NOBODY got time for that! The other night I went bowling with some girlfriends at Lucky Strike in Hollywood, an evening of fun hosted by AT&T where we got schooled on just how dangerous it is to text and drive.  I think we have the tendency to think that teenagers are the only culprits, but it’s all of us that fall into the trap of thinking that whatever it is  we have to say can’t wait a few minutes.


Join me and AT&T and take the pledge starting right now to not text while driving.  It’s dangerous and downright selfish.  And if you need any more encouragement to put your phone down while you’re behind the wheel, just take a look at this video:


Birthdays and Hot Days

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Hey Los Angeles, what gives?! I went to the track this morning to run my sprints and almost died.  Okay, I didn’t almost die but I could very well have suffered a heat stroke.  When I got back to my car, my thermostat read 104 degrees.  One Hundred and Four . . . in late August . . . which is sort of the beginning of fall . . . AND IT WASN’T EVEN NOON YET!!. I’ve never been a fan of the heat, but I like it even less when I’m in the midst of an allergic reaction.  I’ve been breaking out in hives and recently, my bottom eye lids have been itching like crazy.  The kicker is that the heat makes it feel worse and I don’t know what I’m allergic to!

Not one to let allergies diminish my fabulousness, I consulted Carmen Ordoñez for some pointers on how to play off my ailments.  My favorite tip to help reduce the appearance of ALLERGY FACE™: place a cold, damp cloth on your face for 10 minutes.  I’ve done this for years and I like my towels ice cold (I put them in the freezer for a bit . . . I also love ice baths, I’m weird).

Created in partnership with the makers of ZYRTEC®, Carmen shares her simple do-it-yourself beauty solutions to help women tackle allergy-related beauty challenges. Check it out:

This past weekend I celebrated my great-grandmother’s 100th birthday! ALLERGY FACE™? Ain’t nobody got time for that!



My Siblings and I at My Great-grandmother’s Party


H2O Music Festival

First there was N*Sync (with P!nk) in 2000. Then there was Demi Lovato earlier this year. In short, my concert-going experiences have been the stuff of prepubescent dreams! Well that all changed this weekend thanks to Covergirl who invited me to check out the H2O Music Festival.



Vianessa and Becky G

Me and Becky G

Frankie J

Frankie J got mobbed

Big Boi

Big Boi performed, to the envy of my friends in the dirty!

Prince Royce put on a great show . . . while my cell phone was charging. A Tribe Called Quest and Pitbull were both on the lineup as well.  And I really wanted to see Tribe, alas, six hours in the sun did me in and I ended up leaving before they took the stage.  Hey, don’t judge me – a girl needs her beauty rest!

And for all you music lovers, Becky G is touring this fall; the lil’ lady gets hype with her rapping and singing self, so you’ll want to check her out if you can!



Stay Fabulous with Covergirl

Makeup aficionados rejoice! I had the pleasure of attending a special presentation by Covergirl this weekend to announce the launch of their newest product: 3 in 1 Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation; a matte color line with primer and concealer built in.  We had the opportunity to test out the foundation along with a full range of Covergirl products in order to create our perfect look. 

There was even a full tutorial on foundation application!  That being said, here are some tips I picked up on regarding applying your makeup:

  1. If using your hands: make sure they’re clean – be careful with oily/acne prone skin and streaks.
  2. Sponges: They’re more sanitary. Will give you a more sheer coverage.  It will soak up some of the product so you’ll have to keep them clean.
  3. Foundation Brush: Makes it easier to blend out the foundation.  Also easier to concentrate in areas where you need to conceal. Make sure you clean them after a few uses.
  4. Stippling Brush: Gives you an airbrush look.  Stippling your foundation helps give it a clean finish.

Celebrity makeup artist Luis Casco did the honors.

Photo Courtesy of Monique of www.curvesandchaos.com

Photo Courtesy of Monique of www.curvesandchaos.com

I have an interesting skin tone (that’s my way of saying that my face doesn’t match the rest of my body) so he taught me how to properly blend two colors for the best possible match and coverage.  I’m quite impressed with the foundation.  I don’t usually wear matte as I opt for a more sheer look, but this makeup was light-weight and easy to blend and most importantly, looked very natural.

Thanks for developing another awesome product Covergirl!  I’m adding the 3 in 1 Outlast Stay Fabulous to my list of things I love, along with your Lash Blast 24 Hour Mascara that I already wear on a daily basis!



LA Fit Expo – LA Convention Center

I’m missing it! For the first time in 4 years I won’t be attending the L.A. Fit Expo and I’m totally bummed about it.  My absentmindedness coupled with a weekend jam packed with activities left little time for me to swing by the L.A. Convention Center to scope out the action.  This morning I had my first ballet lesson (which was AMAZING!!) and if I may: it’s never too late to pursue something that you’ve always been interested in :-)  That was immediately followed by a film audition.  Tomorrow, I’ll be filming a webseries during the day and attending a much-anticipated dinner party in the evening.  Sorry expo, career comes first, and there’s aways next year.

If you’re in L.A., today (Sunday) is the last day to attend! It’s a great learning experience and if anything, go for the people watching and the freebies!