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50 Years of Toyota Corolla in Miami

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

50 Years of Toyota Corolla in Miami
 I was so happy when I found out I would be celebrating Toyota Corolla's 50th Anniversary at Hispanicize this year! My first car was a Corolla, it was so cute..."my baby blue".

 I was 21, when I tested for my driver license. All of my friends had cars and licences way before me, so when my brother generously gifted me a car, I was excited and thankful.  The car was "my baby blue" she was a 4 door Corolla with a sunroof and a loud radio. She had a manual transmission so in order for me to put my license to use, I had to learn how to drive her. It took me a good week until we were inseparable. 

Do you have a Corolla memory? Did you have any girlfriends, family members or anyone close to you that drove a Corolla? I ask because 1 out of 4 new Corollas sold in the U.S. are bought by a Hispano. 

The Toyota Corolla has served drivers around the world with its dependability, affordability and evolution with the times no wonder it is the all-time world’s best-selling car. 
With a total global production of more than 43 million vehicles and sales in more than 150 countries and regions, almost everyone has a Corolla story. One of my best friends in high school was lucky and her parents gifted her a brand spanking new white Corolla for senior year. I had a group of friends, we all played volleyball at our high school and I remember the summer before senior year we drove all over the Rio Grande Valley to play open gym volleyball against other girls at their high schools . That summer it was all about volleyball, frozen strawberries from HEB (*thank me later) and kick ass girls playing competitive sports all thanks to the cutest white Corolla. We all thought we were so cute!! lol which we were.

The celebration of the Golden anniversary launched at Hispanicize 2016 where Toyota was one of the title sponsors and carried out a great activation starting with a Corolla wrapped in all white which was present for all attendees of the conference to draw or write a memory of theirs onto the car. Super cute idea, I am not much of an artist so as you can see I wrote in my memory. 

Also, a selected group of us were invited to test drive the 2016 Toyota Corolla and drive it from Downtown Miam to Biscayne Bay where we were greeted by Pat Pineda who is the vice president of Hispanic business strategy for North America and some of her team. Besides the warm greeting from Ms. Pineda, we enjoyed a delicious lunch and played some fun trivia, listened to some good music and ate a slice of the Corolla cake. 

The view was insanely beautiful, Thank you Toyota!

Want to learn about the evolution of the Toyota Corolla? Click HERE

A day with JCPenney in Miami

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A day with JCPenney in Miami
Hola Amores!

I spent all of last week in Miami at the Hispanicize conference.  You guys know I am a stylista and I like looking put together. Hispanicize is held in Miami, therefore I had to plan according to the weather and the "feel" of Miami. I'm a Texan girl and Texas girls know how to dress and I am Latina so whatever we wear, we wear it well!

I started planning my outfits a week prior and took photos of what I planned on taking. Unfortunately for both you and I, my phone completely shattered on Monday, the first day of the summit and I don't have those pictures to share. However, I recovered bought a new phone and life was great soon after. LOL!  I knew I needed conference outfits and I wanted to stay true to my personal style. Often times, when people travel we purchase things that normally we won't wear in our city and therefore the items are no use after. I used to do that, not anymore! Spoiled Latinas shop smart!

Speaking of shopping smart, I totally loved partnering with JCPenney  last week for Hispanicize and specifically for Tecla Awards. I was  I documented my day on snapchat (because I am a snapchat lover and I was nominated for best snapchat story teller at Tecla Awards) don't worry if you don't follow me on snapchat, you can view the story below.

We took a trip from Intercontinental hotel to the JCPenney at Dadeland Mall. It was me, Ydelays, and Monique from Curves and Chaos. Once we got there, we were treated to delicious fruit and mimosas and a room filled with the latest fashion trends for a fun night out and lots of clutches, handbags and accessories. I was loving it!

I really liked what the stylist had chosen for me, but I had to make my way to the cocktail and party dress section just to make sure I wasn't missing out on something that my eyes didn't see. And just as predicted, I had.  I spotted a navy mid drift top and a flowy with a flair lace skirt that immediately caught my attention. I searched the shoe section and chose a corral and nude sandal and combined it with a corral color clutch I found. It was the cutest outfit! Plus I am able to wear 3 of the 4 items I wore more than once.

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with JCPenney and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Preview Selena Como La Flor lipstick by MAC

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Preview Selena Como La Flor lipstick by MAC

This has been by far, one of the best announcements this year! 

A preview of COMO LA FLOR lipstick, one of the products from the upcoming #MacSelena collection! This morning Suzette, sister of Selena posted to her Instagram. Selena's style lives on through the passing of her fans and her impact on Latin beauty and culture. #MACSelena is a makeup collaboration inspired by the devotion of all those who continue to be touched by the young legend, tenderly curated by Selena's own sister, Suzette.

"I wanted the colors to be about her personally, what she wore on and offstage"  says Suzette "She has been gone for 21 years already, and for this collaboration to happen its pretty much incredible. It just shows the love her fan base has even though she's gone; that her music still lives on and her legacy has grown tremendously since she passed. Its a great honor to have M-A-C collaborate with Selena's name and her fans FOR her fans" 

the collection is available October 2016!! 

follow SELENAQOFFICIAL on instagram for more updates!

The Weeknd, Adele, Nicky Jam and more finalist at Billboard 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

With help from the show’s hosts hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris and international music sensation Ciara, dick clark productions and ABC announced the finalists for the “2016 Billboard Music Awards,” honoring the year’s most successful artists in 43 categories. The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast LIVE from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 PM ET on ABC. This year’s show will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and pop culture moments that will have everyone talking. The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are Executive Producers.

Hosts of the 2016 show, Ludacris and Ciara appeared in the 8:00 AM ET hour of ABC’s “Good Morning America” today, to announce the finalists in six categories, including: Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Female Artist, Top New Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Hot 100 Song. 
Immediately following the broadcast, five additional categories were exclusively announced live via Billboard Music Award’s Facebook and Periscope, followed by a live stream on ABC News of the remaining categories.

Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga, Juan Gabriel, Nicky Jam, the late Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho and Romeo Santos are finalists in the Top Latin Artist category.

The Weeknd leads the entire finalist pack with 19 entries in 16 categories including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Hot 100 Song.