Stepping into your dream dress

Well this past weekend I went wedding shopping and it was an experience that I will forever cherish. The day started off with a little rough start. Living here in New York, if your not running late to an appointment… well that would almost be a miracle in itself. Arriving at our first bridal shop I was a little disappointed. Their website clearly stated no appointments were necessary but when we arrived ( 30 minutes after they opened the doors) there was a 2 hour wait to see a consultant. I understand that if this is how they run their business, this should be stated on their website. That way when people like me who have never had a bridal shop experience show up and then are told to wait don’t get bummed out. Well as most brides, I had other confirmed appointments set up for the day so with much sadness we had to leave before even getting to try on any dresses. The next store we went to was a little better. We were a bit early to this location and they were able to help us promptly. The first question they ask you is “When is the wedding and what style do you like.” Of course I had no clue what I really liked until I began to trying them on. Our consultant was a very nice lady but honestly she was not listening to my wants. I think that she was so on guard and trying to protect me from my entourage that she was making us all a little uncomfortable. I was able to find a decent dress at this store. I use the word decent because although it was a nice dress and it had components of which I was looking for, it was clear that my search was not done. I do want to be clear that when I decided to go on this first wedding gown search, I was not planning on finding my dress. The point of this day was to find the style that best suited my figure, check out prices of dresses that I did like and just get to spend time with the ladies that I had invited.

After the second appointment we have one final bridal shop to visit before we break for lunch. We arrive at the third location which is basically a little hole in the wall boutique. From the outside you would never imagine the treasure that is located inside. The walls are blue Tiffany colored walls with cream colored sofa couches located in each end. At the end of one wall near the dressing rooms is a vintage look vanity holding veils, headbands and sparkly accessories. The selection of dresses is no where nearly as much as the last two stores we had just come from. I kind of started to get nervous because I feel like I have stepped into a store that may be over my budget. The quality of these dresses are basically screaming from the hangers they hang on. When we get there, there is only one other bride in the store and two consultants, the owner and the assistant. They greet us quickly and tell us to take a seat. “Who’s the Bride?” One of them asks and everyone points to me. She sits me down on the couch and she sits down “Indian style” on the floor directly in front of me asking me stuff about my wedding, my budget, what I like and what I don’t like. About 10 minutes being at this boutique the owner says she has something that I just may be looking for and directs me to the dressing room. I look at the dress she is bringing over on the hanger and it’s almost like I begin to blush. Inside the dressing room she is explaining how she will dress me and asks which dress I’d like to start with. I immediately point at the dress that made me blush. We wiggle my big hips and butt into the dress and to my surprise, the dress fits perfectly with some minor adjustments. This is a major relief because all the dresses would slide perfectly from my head down until it reached my hip area. From the moment she finished zipping my back I can feel the difference of this dress versus all the other dresses that have been on me earlier in the day. We walk out to the main area and everyone is literally in awe at this dress. I stand on the little platform in the middle of the room and can’t stop starring at this dress. Someone, I can’t remember who, brings over a veil and a small jewel incrusted headband and puts it on me. At that moment, tears begin to roll down my cheeks and I have my moment of realization. Shit I’m getting married and this is really happening! Everyone in my entourage is teary eyed, even the owner and the assistant. I never imagined that on the first day of wedding gown shopping I would find this dress that I had dreamed about since I was a little girl. (There was that slight stage in my life in which I didn’t want to get married, but that was quickly dismissed when I fell deeper in love with my fiancé) So what I would recommend anyone shopping for their wedding dress is to not settle for the dress that you like. Stepping into your dream dress is going to be a moment and feeling like you’ve never felt before. The next few pictures are a few of the dresses that didn’t make the cut. RIP dresses lol

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Sinceramente Jane

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Latinas at the Oscars

So for the past few months, I am sure we all heard of the lack of diversity at the Oscars not only this year but just in general. I am not one who likes to focus on the negative but am also a realistic person so with that said, lets talk some fashion. I want to take a little look at the history of the Latinos that have been able to represent our culture at the Oscars, but most importantly, WHAT THEY WORE!! In this post, I will post about the woman (no discrimination gentleman) it’s just that I prefer to look at fancy dresses instead of black suits.  Lets get right into it:

 

ACTRESS SALMA HAYEK ARRIVES AT 75TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS.

In 2003, Mexican actress Salma Hayek wore a Carolina Herrera gown for her leading role nomination in “Frida”. Salma to me is the prime example of the beauty of Mexican women and it clearly represents that in her elegance and classiness of a dress. Not only did Salma represent for Mexicans everywhere but she also brought along the Venezuelan- American fashion designer to the red carpet.

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Rita Moreno shown above is a Puerto Rican actress wearing a dress designed by Filipino Fashion designer Jose “Pitoy” Moreno. In 1961, Rita won her nomination of best supporting actress in her role in “West Side Story”.

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Penelope Cruz, a Spaniard actress got her Oscar in 2007 for her best supporting actress role in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”. Here she is wearing an amazing colored and perfectly gown for the occasion gown designed by Atelier Versace.

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Catalina Sandino Moreno is a Colombian actress nominated in 2004 for her Best Actress role in “Maria Full of Grace”. She is wearing Roberto Cavalli for her 2004 Oscar nomination.

So there are a couple of other ladies to mention Adriana Barraza, Katy Jurado, Norma Aleandro, Berenice Bejo, Pilar Revuelta and Beatrice De Alba who have all been nominated in the past. The ladies above were my top dress picks for past red carpet moments. I can’t wait to see what the red carpet brings in 2016.

Sinceramente Jane

P.S. Spanish word of the day: Vestido= Dress

All of these dresses above are beautiful in their own way.

February Ipsy Glam Bag

Hello people on the internet. So I got my Ipsy makeup bag couple of days ago and absolutely loved it. Something about getting that little pink package in the mail that just makes me smile

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As I try on the products, I will be reviewing them and giving my opinion on them. Below is my video I put on all the products I received this month. I hope you enjoy!

Sinceramente Jane

No, you can’t have my number… Pt 1

How many of you ladies have ever had to decline giving out your number to a guy when you are out. A friend and I were actually having this discussion just yesterday and came to the conclusion that there is just no nice way to turn someone down. So I interviewed a few people from all walks of life… hahahaha just kidding. I simply asked some friends and some family members to tell me how they turn down a guy. Either way, I feel as though if we give out our number, we are misleading the guy. If we do not give out our number, we are being complete snobs. So here is what everyday women have to say when a guy throws you the… “Can I get your number?”

ALL THE SINGLE LADIES

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To the nice ladies that just can’t say NO: ” YEAH! If you want be friends!” If you say this, be aware that you may actually not be so nice and sound like a complete SNOB for being so upfront! Don’t expect a friendship to blossom out of that response LOL

For all you BLUNT ladies: “NO!” Now if you are willing to be completely blunt about this, then you may just be leading to further conversation. He may just ask why and be ready to answer. You could say something like “Because your not my type”

To the woman who just can’t say no and can’t say yes, the Liar: ” I have a boyfriend” “Here is my number” (then never respond, so basically you led the poor guy!) Don’t be shy if you run into him on another social outing! HAHAHAHAHA

 RECENTLY ENGAGED WOMAN

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 To the smart mouth: “What’s my name? 9 times out of 10 they don’t remember so then I say: Sorry, maybe next time I run into you, you will remember my name”This woman is not here to play games and needs you to realize that from the beginning.

To the subtle woman yet not so subtle: ” I tuck my hair behind my ear with my left hand and say Sorry, I’m married” By you doing this, you do not want to rub it in their face that you are a taken woman already and hope that they get the hint by flashing your perfect diamond

To the sweet one: “Oh I’m sorry, Im engaged!” If you say this then you may even feel bad for saying this because something like this may come out of their mouth: “… oh”

Married and Lovin it

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The runaway woman: “I do not talk to or make eye contact with guys that I get “that” vibe from (we all know that vibe ladies). If I get that vibe, I avoid them and walk another direction. The man never gets the chance to ask me because I pick up the flirt vibe quickly”

  • By the way I just want to give a quick shout out to my friend Ciji for giving me her input. Please check out her online store and support on handmade handbags at CijiLoren

Straight to the point woman: ” I just look at them and show them my ring and say WRONG GIRL.. My husband is right there”

The show off woman: “I just show them my ring and give them a huge smile!” Expect a huge smile back. 

Now let me tell you what type of girl I am. The woman in a serious relationship. I remember once I kind of got tired of being asked out at work. So one day while I was shopping I bought myself a fake ring. I find that more often than not, a man will slowly back away from a woman who wears a ring. So that makes me a liar! Hahahahaha these days I don’t wear one anymore because I’m expecting the real thing. So guys, I hope you enjoyed this fun post. It was fun to get responses from my family members and friends. I thank them for their support and their willingness to give me a little of their time. Have a great week and I will talk to you guys soon! 

Sinceramente Jane

P.S. Spanish word of the day: Mujeres =Women …. I mean c’mon…. women are like the bomb! 

 

Ulta/ Forever 21 Haul

Hey Guys,

Just want to give you a little notice that my new video is up on my YouTube Channel If you like the video, don’t forget to like and subscribe. Let me know of any videos you would like to see me do. I am currently looking into new ideas for new videos.

Sinceramente Jane

P.S. Spanish word of the day: Adios= Bye

Because it is late and I am ready for bed so bye everybody

Gifts for her this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day being less than a week away now, lets get straight to the point. So I am giving you gentlemen a few ideas on what to get your special lady on that special day. I know that people say that Valentine’s Day should be every day and not only one day of the year and I agree but I still think that it is nice to get something on this day of the year. People do not have to go all out and spend all this money since companies do tend to increase their prices this day. There are actually a lot of nice finds out there, and a lot of them can be ordered online and shipped directly to your home. So down below, I will share my favorite items that I think are reasonably priced and are nice ideas to gift a lady.

 

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Solitaire Swarovski Necklace $42  

 

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Swarovski Zirconia Tennis Bracelet $64
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Swarovski Zirconia Stud Earrings $37  

So who wouldn’t like to receive some nice jewelry? These items here are simple, elegant and classics items that everyone women should have in their collection. I found that SWAROVSKI is a great collection with pieces that can be very affordable.

The next item that I will share can be a little tricky. Every woman has their own sense of style and guys, you really should ask the bestie’s opinion on this but I will give you some ideas for a nice bag to gift. These are the top three bags that I was able to find both affordable and easy to style bags:

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London Fog Heather Satchel Bag $90
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Rebecca Minkoff Mini Crosby Bag $121
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Fossil Sydney Tote Bag $168   

The last item I want to share with you guys is something that I literally die for every time I pass by a window here in New York. SHOES. I love them and they do not always have to have a heel. Find out what your lady likes and if she prefers sneakers, then a nice pair of sneakers is very easy to find. If she prefers heels, just look for her shoe size and I will let you in on some go to shoes that every woman should have in her closet.

For the sneaker head, if she doesn’t own this shoe already do her a favor and add it:

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Nike Rosherun Shoe $109  

For the heel lover, get her a nice statement heel like the one from Aldo:

Aldo Women’s Uneasien Dress Sandal $37

The last pair are just some comfortable, need to get the job done type of shoes. I love TOMS!

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TOMS Women’s Canvas Slip-On $Price may vary

Finally, if all else fails and you just didn’t have time to make it or purchase your gift, avoid walking in empty handed. No woman wants to hear you say that you do not have anything or you forgot. I know here in NYC there are tons of flower shops as you walk to your subway or head out to your nearest bodega. Feel free to purchase a nice card and some of her favorite flowers. These are my favorite:

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15 Sweetheart Tulips $24.99 + SH  

I hope this was helpful and were able to get some ideas. Thank you for stopping by today and enjoy your day with your special lady.

Sinceramente Jane

P. S. Spanish word of the day: Belleza= Beauty. We are all beautiful inside and should share it with the world

Affordable Gift Ideas for Him

So today’s post, I want to talk about Valentine’s Day. I mean I know many people always talk about how it is just a day that was made to spend money and buy things. This may be true and in most cases, people probably are over spending. So I decided to make a list of  items on what I consider affordable and nice gifts. A lot of times, there will be articles that I read about “affordable” gifts for him or her and then you have these $500+ items on the lists. Like seriously… I know like many people, I have bills to pay so if I can find an gift for an affordable price, I will definitely go for the deal.

So lets take a look at some nice gifts for him. Him can be a boyfriend, husband or just a crush that you have on a guy. I personally love gifting watches. I think I have given my boyfriend all of his watches, with the exception of maybe 1 of them. I love love love, Fossil. If you are looking for a good reliable watch to gift, I would look into these. Some cool perks about Fossil is that they replace your battery usually at no fee if it dies. Right now they have an embossing/engraving promo going on until February 5. They will do this for FREE people. This just gives it that extra personal touch to that loved one. Some of my favorite looks right now are:

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GRANT CHRONOGRAPH DARK BROWN LEATHER WATCH $145
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GRANT CHRONOGRAPH NAVY LEATHER WATCH $135
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TOWNSMAN AUTOMATIC BLACK LEATHER WATCH $195

So the next item I would like to include as a gift idea for him is something that I have always wanted myself: a classic messenger bag. I am in love with those things and envy that statement piece that men get to wear with their fitted suites (walking down Wall Street).

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These are a couple of bags that I found that would go great for any business meeting, a day at the office or heading off to class.

 

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Cole Haan Leather Messenger Bag $144.99
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Kenneth Cole Reaction Come Bag Soon $99.99

 

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My last suggestion for a gift are some amazing statement sunnies! Spring is the next season on the agenda and what better way then to gift your man with the perfect shades! Top picks for me below:

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Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses $160
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Ray-Ban Men’s Square Sunglasses $67
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Carrera Rectangular Sunglasses $70

 

So these are just some thoughts to get your mind rolling on good Valentine’s Day gifts for you sweetie. I feel like sometimes women think Valentine’s Day is all about them but we can make our men feel worthy of our love that day too! Thanks for visiting my page and let me know if you liked any of the gift ideas.

Spanish word of post:  Amor= Love… After all it is the month of Love

Sinceramente Jane