November 12, 2014

Kiyonna's Caycee Twist Top Review


Hey! Long time, no outfit post. Sorry about that. Now that the holidays are here, my work schedule has doubled. Yay for being a grown up (said sarcastically). Luckily I have a planner to keep me organized and fall/winter wardrobe staples to keep me clothed. Kiyonna's Caycee Twist Top instantly became a closet staple the moment I first tried it on.

Kiyonna consistently does a great job with their tops. The sleeves always fit well. The fabric is uber soft and drapes nicely over the stomach. And the details, like the double twist in the center, take an ordinary shirt to the next level---a sophisticated, but wearable-everyday kind of level. This top runs true to size (I'm wearing a 3X), with a hip-length, which is great for taller plus size women that have a hard time finding longer tops. It's available in a few colors, but I had to go with the pinky peach option called "Peach Mimosa." It's the perfect, bright blend of pink and peach, especially for the busy winter days that lie ahead.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading the blog. I hope you take care and have a great week!

November 01, 2014

Halloween iPhoto Recap

Torrid Snow White Costume (borrowed from a friend) // Tights c/o Sonsee // Payless Dexflex flats
Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant dress // Party City ears and bow tie // Payless Dexflex flats

October 11, 2014

Early Fall Outfits with Living Doll LA


I can’t believe I’m about to write this: I wish I lived somewhere other than California right now. I love my state and my city, but I hate that our fall doesn’t come around until November-ish, if we’re lucky. While the rest of you are sipping on hot coffee and bundling up with chunky sweaters and knee high boots, I’m over here sweating and drinking an iced latte. Nope, I’m not bitter. 

All that aside, the warm weather did not stop me from putting together early fall outfits using pieces courtesy of Living Doll LA. Look #1 is my go-to for autumn: tee, cardigan, denim, boots, and tote. I screamed out loud when I first saw the Selfie tank on LDLA’s website. One could even describe it as love at first sight. What a great way to pay homage to my profession, generation, and advocacy for self-love than wearing, “Believe in your selfie,” across my upper body.


Look #2 is for those moments when I need a little edge in my life---because leather sleeves always makes me feel like a badass. I toughened up the naturally sweet Sophie skater dress with a military-inspired jacket, multi-layered necklace, and combat boots. However, I could easily keep it soft and sweet by pairing it with the boyfriend cardigan from look #1; that’s a combo you’ll see in a LDLA Lookbook video I’m currently editing.


I love Living Doll’s cool, edgy, sweet, fun, and versatile approach to fashion. There’s something for every style personality and sizes up to 3X. Click here to peruse their website for more fashion finds. Use the code Amanda10 at checkout to save 10% on your purchase!

October 09, 2014

My Skincare Routine for Acne and Oily Skin



Oiliness. Acne. So many of us deal with it day to day. Here is a step-by-step skincare routine video and list of products that work for me.

Products mentioned:
Simple cleansing facial wipes
Up & Up Gentle Skin Cleanser
LUSH Cosmetics Tea Tree Toner Water
The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream
Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15 (morning)
Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion (night)
Garnier Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub

October 07, 2014

That Time I was in a Commercial for Hispanic Heritage Month


A few weeks ago I hinted at something at the end of this post that I never thought could happen.

I had an amazing opportunity over the summer to be interviewed by ABC30 (watch that clip here). They wanted to share my story about blogging, YouTube, and self acceptance. I had no idea that would lead into a TV spot for Hispanic Heritage Month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans in the United States. It begins on September 15 and ends on October 15. ABC30 honors this month each year with a special commercial. This year they featured Rob Isquierdo of the Library for London Project and I in their month-long PSA. Ah-mazing!

Hispanic Heritage Month from ABC30 Creative on Vimeo.

I can't begin to tell you how much of an honor this is to me and my family. From the examples of hard work set by my parents and relatives to the constant presence of a rich Mexican culture in my small agricultural hometown, I am so, so, so blessed to have this experience and spread the message of plus size fashion and self worth to my community. The PSA will air for one more week. Catch it daily on ABC30 or watch it above, and read more about Rob and I here on ABC's website.