Dipped in Gold

Hello Lovelies!

The past few months have been pretty hectic for me. I have had the privilege to enjoy so many wonderful social events. Some have been related to work and others have been related to my family. This past weekend, my cousin Jennifer got married. Coming from a ridiculously large Cuban family, I have attended my fair share of weddings. I’m not entirely sure if she is okay with me sharing pictures of her wedding so I am just going to share with you all my dress because it was something I designed.

I was inspired by a dress Kendall Jenner wore on the runway, but I added a Tiffany twist to it.

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The body of the dress is a suede romper with gold sparkles. In the words of my cousin Madison, “It’s stretchy fluff.” The skirt is a removable organza held on by a clip. DSCN105812

As far as accessories go, the little purse is made from the same fabric as the body of the dress. I figured I might as well have an egg shaped purse made because there was really nothing at the stores that would match the color of this fabric. I bought the shoes at DSW and they are by Steve Madden. I once read a quote by Christian Louboutin that he would never want someone to look at his shoes and think comfort. That always pops into my mind while shoe shopping. When I saw these open-toed boots covered in rhinestones I didn’t think they would be comfortable at all.

Much to my surprise, I was still happily walking in them after six hours of non-stop dancing. Not one blister. Not one missing rhinestone. No missing pieces. Comfortable? Yes. Fashionable? Absolutely. Heels aren’t supposed to be comfortable, but I have flat feet and comfort is key for me. The earrings are kind of a drop-hoop with a rhinestone sphere that dangles and I bought them at Macy’s.

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Kendall Jenner’s dress is from the Sherri Hill Spring 2012 collection.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Silver Lining

Hello Lovelies!

Earlier in May I was invited to the 8th grade Prom my job celebrates in honor of the graduating class. I designed this dress and it came out even better than I thought it would. I wanted something simple, classy, and elegant.

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Silver is one of my favorite colors to wear, especially in jewelry. The skirt is made of a silk fabric that shines bright in the light. The shoes are by Guess and I bought them at Macy’s a few years back. I’ve never worn a more comfortable pair of pumps. You can find a similar pair here, here, and here.

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The top corset was wired to set up. The fabric underneath the sequin pattern is the same fabric that makes up the skirt. The sequin pattern is stitched onto the bodice so nothing would detach. The earrings are also from Macy’s. They were gifted to me by my parents for my sixteenth birthday! I found a few similar ones on the Macy’s website. You can find them here.

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The eyeshadows I used are from my 188 shadow palette by Coastal Scents. A lot of these shades are hit or miss. The pigmentation is strong but the lasting power isn’t.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Loving Yourself

Hello Lovelies!

Happy June! Hope this change in season and brand new month has brought you all inspiration like it has to me.

It was rather fascinating for me to realize that 2015 is practically halfway done. In just six short months my life has practically transformed. Not to toot my own horn, but I notice my change in behavior is for the better. What I mean by that is: I am growing. I am learning. I am accepting. I am maturing. Life is an excellent teacher. Forget Common Core, which forces you to think “why.” Life goes ahead and gives you a test so you can learn the lesson afterwards. Sometimes you will spend an eternity asking yourself why and you might not even get an explanation as to why you learned that lesson…but you did. It was necessary for you to learn it because it is going to prepare you for something big.

For the past year or so, I have been detoxing my life from all sorts of negativity. I have let go of anything petty because my life has no room for pettiness. To be honest, my life has room for very little and that little will only involve things that make me genuinely happy. For example, cafe con leche, high heels, children with funny personalities, salsa music, traveling, gentle speaking people, and anything cultural that fill my soul till it spills over. Sacrifices are the exception.

Someone once told me that my twenties were my selfish years. They were very persistent in making it clear to me that these were the years to find myself and experience life. So at thirty I stop experiencing life? None of that made sense to me. Once you realize the shocking permanence of death, you do not want to stop experiencing life at twenty-nine! Most of my friends are in their thirties. Without a doubt, these individuals have not stopped experiencing life simply because they have settled down and started a family. On the contrary, actually. It is a different kind of experience.

Although I do agree that you should be a bit selfish in your twenties, I can’t say I completely agree with the idea of “finding myself” at the age of twenty. People in their fifties still don’t know who they are. That’s fine. Life is a journey. You never truly find yourself. You know who you are and come to terms with that. You appreciate yourself more with age because you realize that you are all you’ve got. Fortunately, I learned that very early in life.

What I can tell you is that I have learned to put myself first. Wisdom, especially quirky wisdom, is something I have a passion for. Absorbing advice and lessons are two things that make me feel brilliant.

June 1st, I received some terrible news that pretty much stumped all my work for the past year. It threw away every piece of my puzzle that was practically close to being done. I cried. I cried a lot. I allowed myself to crawl back into that ugly hole of negativity I swore I would never crawl back into. Allergy medication and eight hours of sleep later, an Elsa revelation hit me and I let it go. “Everything happens for a reason, Tiffany,” I said to myself. “You learned.”

I learned. I’m learning.

To love myself the way I am. For a long time I OVERanalyzed practically every detail of my personality. Every. Single. One. I’d see how people would react to what I say and to what I don’t say. I’m quieter now, that’s for sure. Not because I am ashamed of what I have to say, but because I realized that the same way I can edit what I write I can measure what I say. If I do not want pettiness in my life, I need to make sure I do not say petty things.

I am who I am. I laugh (really) loud. I say things I probably should not, but it is done innocently. If there is something about me that I truly enjoy, it’s my sense of humor. My favorite way of expressing myself is through my outfits and since that is what I like…that is what I am going to do. Am I overdressed sometimes? You bet. Do I care? Not anymore.

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Tiffany is now doing with Tiffany’s time what Tiffany wants. It has been truly liberating. Realizing my life is mine and I am blessed to do as I please with it. I invite you to love yourself. It is a beautiful selfish lesson I have incorporated into my selfish years. Because it is like saving yourself on an airplane. Make sure you are okay before helping those next to you.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Disney Cruise Line Tips!

Hello Lovelies!

Just wanted to end my Disney Cruise Line series with a few tips I found useful while on board and somethings I learned while being on the ship.

  • All non-alcoholic beverages are free on the ship and in Castaway Cay. (All the soda the kids are allowed to drink, water, and juice.)
  • Room Service is also included.
  • If you do not like crowded breakfast areas, use the door hanger menus to order breakfast from the Room Service staff.
  • The Disney Cruise Line app is your best friend while on board when it comes to scheduling your day.
  • Make sure you download the app before getting on the ship and make sure you sign in while docked. Once you embark, signal becomes really weak.
  • Take Pirate Night seriously! People were dressed up in all sorts of amazing costumes. It’s such a blast and I highly encourage you to watch the Firework Show on the 11th and 12th deck.
  • The lines for pictures with characters are not as long as you’d think they’d be. You can take your own picture once the photographer takes their picture.
  • I took a photo frame mat to the front desk and they had all the Princesses and Mickey characters sign it for me. I highly recommend doing that so you can use it to frame whatever 8×10 you purchase on the boat.
  • Attend the Broadway shows each night. They are all worth it.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Jack’s Dream

Hello Lovelies!

If you know me, you know there’s nothing I appreciate more in this world than children. I love kids and everything that has to do with them. They’re honest, sweet, and genuine. I want to introduce you all to my baby Jack.

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Jack is a one of a kind child. His vocabulary is expansive. His IQ of 152 does him no justice because he’s smarter than any test can measure. He is sweet. He is hilarious. He loves hugs and Asian food. Above all, he loves gymnastics. Gymnastics has helped him improve his focus and disciplinary skills, which he struggled with due to his ADHD and mild Asperger’s.

Gymnastics has been a successful form of therapy for Jack. His AMAZING mother has started a Go Fund Me page as a way to help Jack achieve his dreams. Jack’s mom is the kind of mom that goes above and beyond for her child. She’s currently obtaining a double Master’s and works a full-time job. As a single mom it’s tough, but she’s a tougher cookie.

Anything helps. From a share to an actual donation. We’d greatly appreciate any sort of assistance you beautiful readers of mine could offer.

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Both pictures lead you to the Go Fund Me page where the description covers Jack and his dreams a bit more in depth. The link is also available here:  http://www.gofundme.com/vdw8g4

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Disney Dream Day 3!

Hello Lovelies!

On the third day aboard the Disney Dream, the ship docked at Disney’s private island called Castaway Cay. The view from anywhere on the island is just magnificent. I woke up bright and early to have breakfast on the balcony and enjoy the breeze from the ocean. There was a 5k on the island for those interested. Words cannot describe how hot it was on the island. Words cannot also describe how cold that ocean was. I’m from Miami and let me tell you…not even in December is the ocean that cold here in the 305.

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During the day I didn’t really take many pictures. The ones I did take have me in a bathing suit and I don’t like posting those. While on the island you can purchase a cooler that comes with bottles of water or beer. Your choice. All the food and sodas were free. Alcohol is an additional charge. I ate so much ice cream, I had no idea what to do with myself. The burgers were juicy and fresh.

There are plenty of excursions and things to do on the island if you’re not into lounging around. There is a Splash & Play area for the little ones, there are kayaking tours, jet ski tours, and you can even feed sting rays! The mental unplug was just amazing on this island. Castaway Cay is paradise.

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Later on in the evening, we had dinner in a dining room filled with the cutest cartoons Disney has to offer. There is an interactive show where Crush, the turtle from Nemo, goes from screen to screen telling jokes to tables near the screen and asking questions. The only meal I didn’t enjoy 100% was this one. The Baked Potato Soup tasted like ketchup to me. I don’t know why. The Salmon Tartar with Caviar was delectable, as was the Roasted Steak with Mashed Potatoes. Dessert came in two parts simply because I decided to celebrate my own birthday…5 months early! I figured I would not be on a Disney Cruise ship for my 21st birthday in October, so I seized the moment and sang myself Happy Birthday.

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My birthday is a big deal to me. Really big deal.

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I ordered the Cookies & Cream ice cream with Cookie Crumble underneath. The beautiful dessert on the right was brought to me to celebrate my birthday. Someone pulled a tiara out of nowhere and that made my day because I secretly wish it was socially acceptable to wear a tiara everywhere.

Stay tuned for my tips and advice on the Disney Dream!

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Disney Dream Cruise Day 2!

Hello Lovelies!

Day 2 was FULL of activities. The ship docked at the crack of dawn in Nassau, Bahamas. I could see the Atlantis in Paradise Island from my balcony. That balcony was such a treat. I got to have my breakfast out there every morning with a book and the ocean. It honestly does not get any better than that. We got dressed and went out to explore the island. I have been there twice before so we just went shopping.

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Funny story. I was walking through one of the plazas in Nassau and the men kept saying, “Look a Kardashian!” They were pointing at me. Apparently big hats and long t-shirt dresses. (Outfit Details– Hat: Marshalls, Sunglasses: Forever 21, T-Shirt Dress: Ross, Shorts: Forever 21, Sandals: Tommy Hilfiger, & Purse: Disney Cruise Line gives this tote to all those who travel with them more than once. My roommate was on her second trip and lent me the bag.) I went shopping for souvenirs and got my parents some island decor.

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The Disney Dream is not like your regular cruises which has a Captain’s Night. They have Pirate Night which totally beats a Captain’s Dinner any day of the week. The second night we had a French Inspired menu which included escargot. I had never had the dish before and I was bit intimidated. Let me tell you…delicious! It tastes like muscles but with a crunchier texture. These were cooked in a decadent butter sauce which just added to the deliciousness. I also had Lobster Macaroni & Cheese (which wasn’t all that, nor was the duck) and I had Creme Brulee for dessert. I had also never really tried that before because I am not a sweets person, but I know what I am ordering from now on if that’s on the menu.

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On Pirate Night we got to meet a bunch of Disney characters who were dressed up as Pirates! (Outfit Details — Dress: Marilyn Monroe Collection from Macy’s, Shoes: Charles by Charles David, & Earrings: For Love 21.)

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I took a selfie in the middle of a show with Pain & Panic, Pirate Donald Duck, and Pirate Mickey Mouse! The lines were relatively short. You can take pictures with your own cameras so long as the Disney Photographers take their own pictures first. The pictures can be bought in prints or digitally.

The show for the second night is called “Villains” and it features the most popular Disney villains. Hades is the host and he is just hysterical. A lot of the jokes throughout the show go right over the kids but they are appropriate. Rest assured. After the show there was a fireworks show on Decks 11 & 12. It lasts a good thirty minutes. I did not attend the show because two of the children in my party have sensitive ears. (That’s my excuse…but I was actually DEAD tired.)

Tomorrow I will show you Castaway Cay, which is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

Disney Dream Cruise Day 1!

Hello Lovelies!

A few weeks ago I embarked on the Disney Dream Cruise for a 3 day vacation. Totally last minute. Totally needed. Totally deserved. What an amazing experience! If you are as in love with Disney as I am, you NEED to go on this cruise. The cruise is such a great place to take the kids on and it’s even better for the adults. I was a good blogger this time around and took plenty of pictures for those of you that love seeing pictures. On our first night we were on our way to Nassau, Bahamas. I’ll break the Cruise down into 3 posts. Each day deserves as much attention as possible.

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Outfit Details– Hat: Marshalls, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Necklace: Boutique in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (Murano Glass), Top: Forever 21, Linen Pants: Macy’s, & Sandals: American Eagle Outfitters.

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When the ship leaves port (we left from Port Canaveral) the crew on the 11th deck throws a HUGE party called the “Sailing Away” party. During the day, Disney movies are played on the giant screen behind me so the kids can enjoy a Disney movie while swimming in the pool or going around the AquaDuck. The AquaDuck is a clear slide that goes around the entire ship.

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This is the view from the 5th deck down onto the 3rd deck where most of the Characters are found for pictures and where you board the ship. They have piano shows and two dining rooms on this floor. The Broadway style shows are also on this floor and the stores. I absolutely recommend seeing the shows every single night. The first night they show “The Golden Mickeys” and it’s all about the Classic Disney Movies and believing in yourself. What an amazing cast and storyline. Loved it!

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A while after we boarded, we had lunch. I enjoyed some Stone Crab, Shrimp, a Caprese sandwich, and Chocolate Mousse. For dinner that night, we were in the Garden Room. I had a delicious Asparagus and Lobster soup along with Pork Chops smothered in a Cognac Sour Cream Sauce. That sauce was on another level of amazing.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about Nassau and my adventures on the second night aboard the Disney Dream Cruise.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

LittleBlackDress

Hello Lovelies!

You could never understand the excitement going through me as I write this post. I have been looking for the PERFECT Little Black Dress for years. All the ones I had tried on were either too short, too tight, too loose, too cheesy, or too sheer. I wanted something I could wear on a night out dancing and to a funeral. Versatile. Comfortable. Cute. Dress it up or down, you look great. That’s what I wanted and that is what I got.

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I went dancing and I felt like I was “Baby” in Dirty Dancing.

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany

P.S. It also helped that my foundation was amazing that night. Maybelline FitMe…the new Matte collection is just the bomb.

Keep it Lacey

Hello Lovelies!

April has been jam-packed with activities and outfits. I’m loving all these social outings and opportunities to dress up. It honestly gets old for me. This past weekend, my job celebrated it’s 10 year Anniversary at the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove. It had a Great Gatsby – Roaring 20s theme. It only felt appropriate to wear lace and the brightest red lipstick I own.

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I had the dress custom-made because all the ones I tried on similar to this just didn’t fit right in the bust area. They were also really uncomfortable to dance in. (I dance in dressing rooms. If it doesn’t move with me, I don’t buy it.) The shoes are from Nina shoes. I found similar ones here.

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Another great perk of the night was my makeup. It did not budge one bit. My foundation was by Maybelline and it’s from the new FitMe Matte Foundation line. My lipstick is by Kat Von D and it’s in the shade Outlaw. The earrings are from Forever 21 as well as the ring.

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My mom said flawless and I threw this pose at her. Gotta have fun ;)

God Bless & Be Happy!

Love,

Tiffany