Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sponsor- Thank you!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Home tour- A luxury Washington, D.C. apartment!

This gorgeous 3,800-square-foot, four-bedroom home belongs to a globe-trotting, cosmopolitan couple. They enlisted the help from design firm Solís Betancourt & Sherrill to help transform the unremarkable apartment into an appealing one. Let's take a look at the results of this stunning, luxury home below!

Photo credits: Pieter Estersohn

I can't help but swoon over each and every room in this gorgeous home! Although this home has a mainly neutral palette, it wows us through its sumptuous finishes and materials. Exuding an air of understated elegance and sophistication, this home is truly a dream! I absolutely enjoy this tour. The glamorous master bathroom is particularly my favorite. Are you a fan of this breathtaking home as well? Thoughts?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” - Oprah Winfrey

Everyday, I am thankful for:

My wonderful parents, my husband, my son, my siblings, my grandparents and all my friends.

My supportive and caring blog readers and blog friends.

A shelter.

Great health.

Photo credits: Becky Kimball

Wishing you and your family a warm, joyous and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Guest post- How To Find The Right Tankini For You!

A tankini only entered the fashion world in the 90's and it was invented to combine the modest coverage of a one-piece halter without losing the effect of a sexy bikini. The tankini is quite young in history, but has already claimed the market with its innovations and traditional style. This suit came to birth as a solution to undesirable characteristics we do not want to show. The tankini offered a flattered fit to your body.

There are many types of tankinis. Let us evaluate them all:

Halter tankini: This is the most popular one. This halter highlights the shoulder, collarbone and cleavage areas. It looks absolutely stunning. Women who are full-figured will benefit from this design.

Apron tankini: It is a banded top with drapes that acts like an apron. This unique tankini bares more skin than the traditional one since it leaves the back uncovered. Almost all apron tankinis are full color and sleek fabrics to accentuate the design.

Underwire tankini: The best one of all since it offers the benefits of a two piece swimsuit supporting the bust. This is usually designed for women who do not want to expose much skin, but do not want to use a cover up.

Boy short tankini: Consist of tank tops and shorts that will cover your hips. Perfect when you are looking to be comfy and relaxed. The tank will cover much of your belly, but will show some of your middle section. Perfect for new mommies or women who just want to feel secure and modest.

After you decide which tankini is better for you there are other things we need to consider in our final decision:

1.  Design: Flattering and enhancing to your figure.

2. Color: Dark ones make you look slimmer and brighter ones will enhance your curves.

3. Fabric: For comfort spandex or cotton. The best one a high quality one.

After all, tankinis are perfect for mix and match because you can combine anything with it. There are endless combinations and things you can do with them. There are unique challenges we all have to deal with when it comes to the bathing suit season, but fashion has given us the opportunity to make lemonade with the lemons we have. They are a magnificent alternative to camouflage certain parts and move freely.

We need to add some attitude into our lives and free ourselves from the regular bathing suits. Are you tired of the same old same old and are ready to try something new? Well, there is the tankini, a unique, stylish and modern suit that provides us with that freedom we have been waiting for. 

Last season I wore a tankini for the first time and let me tell you I have never felt so sexy and comfortable in one suit. Whatever the reason you are choosing a tankini, you are required to enjoy it for all its effects. A great place to shop for your tankinis is, a unique place where there are many styles, colors and designers to choose from. I challenge you to try it because I know you would not regret it.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Product review- Geluxury treatment slippers!

I always have dry, cracked heels because I have a habit of washing my feet everyday and never remember to put some moisturizing lotion on them (my bad, I know) so when the nice people from Geluxury offered to send me a pair of stylish treatment slippers to try, how I can refuse? Thanks Geluxury!

The great thing about Geluxury slippers is they help repair your entire foot especially if you have cracked heels, calluses, dry, tough skin and damaged cuticles allowing your feet to become smoother, softer, and younger looking with their deep-hydrating skin treatment. 

Each pair of Geluxury slippers is lined with their patent-pending SmartGel lining. The lining is infused with seven therapeutic botanicals and ceramides and enriched with aloe vera, green tea and willow. Plus, they are dermatologist tested and built to last for hundreds of treatments, how fabulous is that?

Currently, they have two slipper designs to select from: Leopard or Cuddle Cow. I picked the leopard of course, it was a no-brainer!

The beautiful model absolutely rocked those leopard slippers.

My turn to try rock the leopard slippers! :)

These slippers are made for indoor use only but they reminded me of those stylish flats you want to wear everyday when you go out.

A peek at the SmartGel lining!

The soles.

My verdict? I love my fabulous Geluxury slippers! The design is beautiful and the slippers seems well-made. When I put the slippers on, they feel cold, smooth and gel-like. A few minutes later, they warm up to the temperature of my body and envelope my feet in the coziest way. They feel comfortable and not oily at all.

To achieve optimal results for your feet, you will have to wear them for 20-30 minutes everyday for 30 days. I have only wore mine for six or seven times and I already see some difference. Now my feet feel softer and smoother. I have to remember to wear them everyday to achieve the best results!

You have to love a product that is convenient, fairly inexpensive, effective and looks great at the same time. Highly recommended!

Don't forget to get yours here.

Disclosure: I received this product to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Home tour- An actor's tastefully decorated canyon home!

This beautiful canyon home belongs to actor Ian Harding that he shares with his girlfriend Sophie Hart. They decided to enlist the help from designer Shannon Ggem after about a year of living in the house with leftover furniture from their college days. The results? A tastefully decorated home that feels lived-in and comfortable. Let's take a look at this fabulous Los Angeles canyon hideaway, shall we?

Photo credits: Christopher Patey

Such an inviting home! The mix of polished pieces and rustic elements exudes a sense of rustic chic, capturing a casual and sophisticated feeling at the same time. The rich, blue velvet is particularly my favorite piece and it definitely helps to elevate the living room to the next level. I also like the arrangement of the picture frame gallery, it's unexpected and feels so effortlessly stylish. What are your thoughts about this tour? Are you swooning over the same elements like I do?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiday tips for a beautiful home!

As the holidays are fast approaching, it's time to think about decorating and cleaning to make our homes sparkle and shine for the holiday season! #BonaHolidayShine This year, my in-laws will be visiting for the holidays so there's the extra pressure to make my home looks beautiful and presentable!

Here are some of my tips to create a beautiful home for the holiday season!

Consider getting preserved plants or faux plants.

Bringing in live plants and greeneries is a great way to add freshness and tranquility to an environment. However, if you live in a home that doesn't receive a lot of natural light, getting faux plants or preserved foliages is another great option to enhance the beauty of your home. 

Since our home lacks natural lighting, I love using preserved boxwood topiaries and faux mini pine trees as part of my holiday decor. Preserved plants and faux plants are usually inexpensive, low maintenance, lost-lasting and best of all, you can put them anywhere you like, what's not to love? Put one on your nightstand, fireplace mantle, desk, dining table, shelf, kitchen counter, bathroom, the possibilities are really endless! 

Create well-styled vignettes.

A thoughtfully-styled vignette instantly add warmth, beauty, charm and visual interest in a room. To achieve a beautiful vignette, select objects with varying heights, textures and sizes for a collected, layered look. Move things around and switch things up until you achieve the look you desired. 

Experimenting and editing are key to a create a balanced, well-styled vignette. There are many areas where you can create a vignette such as on top of a console table, coffee table, dining table, nightstand, fireplace mantel, wall shelf, bookshelf, kitchen island, above the kitchen cabinet, above an armoire, etc. 

During the holiday season, try incorporating some holiday baubles and sparkly decor in your vignettes to bring out a cheerful and inviting festive mood!

Look for unexpected and interesting details.

Look for pieces with unexpected or interesting details when you are shopping for holiday decor. When I was shopping for a table runner for the holidays last year, I picked one with a beautiful and unexpected detail on the sides rather than a regular runner with a continuous pattern. An unconventional design element in a piece makes your decor much more special, memorable and delightful. 

Have a cohesive color scheme.

When I decorate for the holidays, I love using the classic red and green color palette because it looks vibrant and feels festive at the same time. I try to incorporate the same color scheme throughout the house for a cohesive design and pulled-together look.

Make your home sparkle and shine!

To make your home truly inviting and beautiful to welcome the holiday season, don't forget to make your floors sparkle and shine. I was recently introduced to Bona hardwood floor mop and it worked like a charm making my floors squeaky clean and extra shiny!

Here's my new Bona Hardwood Floor Mop.

Close-up of my fabulous new floor mop!

What I like most about my Bona Hardwood Floor mop!

1. It is really easy to use, simply squeeze the handle and the Bona Cleaner is sprayed onto your floor. 
2. It is lightweight.
3. It dries fast and won't leave any residue behind.
4. The Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner is non-toxic, GREENGUARD certified to be safe and effective.

Even my little one was getting into the cleaning action!

The Bona floor mop is so easy to use even a kid knows how to use it. (No worries, there is no child labor involved in the making of this post!) 

Here's what my floor looked like after I mopped it using my Bona hardwood floor mop.

See the huge difference on my hardwood floors? I used to clean my hardwood floors with vinegar and water, it cleans well but it leaves my floor dull and unattractive over time due to the acidy content. Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner on the other hand has a pH-neutral solution and leaves my hardwood floors perfectly beautiful and shiny!

If you like to give this product a try, don't forget to join the BonaFide Fanatics mailing list to receive an instant $3 off coupon for a Bona hardwood floor cleaner!

I hope you find my tips useful to help make your home beautiful, sparkle and shine for the upcoming holiday season!

Disclosure: Thank you to Bona for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try this amazing solution for sparkling floors!