December 01, 2017

My Olay 28 Day Challenge Results

Skincare is one of my favorite things. I started taking better care of my skin when I developed adult acne in my mid-twenties. Now that I’m thirty-two, treating my skin well is a top priority in my self-care routine. I love exploring new products, so earlier this month I started the Olay 28 Day Challenge. For 28 days, the Olay Micro Sculpting Cream and Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream became a big part of my AM and PM routine. Since I’m closing in on the last week, here are deets on how it’s been so far!

My eyes were extra puffy with dark circles when I accepted the challenge. After almost a month of applying the Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream twice a day, the puffiness is gone and my eyes are looking brighter. I gently pat and blend the cream with my ring finger all around my eyes, concentrating on the under eyes, outer corners, and brow bones. My fave part of the eye cream is the color-correcting technology. It immediately brightens just like a concealer — great for those no-makeup days!

I apply the Olay Micro Sculpting Cream on my face and neck after the eye cream. I normally use a gel moisturizer, so the luxe texture and lasting hydration of this cream were a pleasant surprise. Almost instantly, the moisturizer reduces oiliness in my t-zone and makes my skin look healthier with a soft glow. I recently noticed it’s also reducing two small lines near the corners of my top lip. They are most prominent when I wake up. They seem to be getting less visible each morning!

Both the Ultimate Eye Cream and Micro Sculpting Cream are super easy to use and quickly absorb into my skin. If you have concerns about elasticity, both creams are made with peptides and vitamins to plump and firm skin. The Micro Sculpting Cream also has hyaluronic acid to restore moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

One of the keys to healthy skin is a consistent skincare routine. No matter how tired you’re feeling or if you’re traveling, take time out of your day to treat your skin to good products and a little peace and quiet. You deserve it. <3

P.S. Are you up for taking the #Olay28Day Challenge? The first 15 readers to visit Olay Skin Advisor will get $40 off their purchase of recommended products at with code 28DAYS6181

Thanks to Olay for sponsoring this post! All opinions are honest and my own.

November 24, 2017

Blue Jean Babe

Hi loves! It is so nice to write this post after being MIA for a month. I'll share more about why I was away soon (i.e. Fresno Women's Summit), but for now let's talk fashion. This Denim Midi Dress by Premme spoke to my soul from the moment I saw it on Instagram.

Created by GabiFresh and Nicolette Mason, Premme is all about fashion-forward, well-made clothing for sizes 12 - 30. I’ve known Gabi and Nicolette for a loooong time thanks to the blogosphere. Both women really inspire me to play with fashion and be a strong, independent, bad ass babe. I am so happy they came together to create Premme. It is exactly what was missing in plus size fashion. 

So about this dress... I'm obsessed. I woke up bright and early to buy it when it first dropped. I already have a thing for denim, but then they went and added an off shoulder neckline and rose gold buttons. GIRL. Done. I knew this dress had to be mine. 

I'm normally a size 4 in Premme, but I went up a size in this dress for extra stretch in the midsection. I'm glad I did because there is still a little bit of gaping under my bust. The denim is super stretchy and the side cutouts are everything. The cutouts add an extra pop and give more curve to my torso. The dress length is great for any shoe, especially heels and flats. For this look, I wore cognac and metallic gold strappy sandals to compliment the buttons.

Add a pair of funky earrings or necklace and you have a look that is perfect for pretty much any occasion. I've worn this dress to my cousin's Sweet 16, theCURVYcon, date night, meetings. It just works for so much. I highly recommend checking out Premme if you haven't already. This dress, along with many other pieces, are currently on sale and need to be in your closet! Happy shopping. :)

O U T F I T  D E E T S
Premme Dress | Charming Charlie Earrings and Bracelet | Lane Bryant Sandals

October 17, 2017

What I Wore to the Fresno Fair

Hola lovelies and happy fall! Temps are slowly cooling, leaves are falling, and sweater dresses are coming back into rotation. 

I wore this blush pink t-shirt dress to the Big Fresno Fair. The french terry fabric kept me cozy during the AM chill and cool when it started to warm up in the afternoon. My only gripe with this dress are the distressed details near my...ahem...private parts. They were a little too close for comfort. Other than that, I'm digging this dress. I'll just wear it with tights/leggings next time.

To add to my casual-chic vibe, I wore my hair up in a bun, a cognac crossbody bag so I could be hands-free, and white sneakers that surprisingly didn't get dirty. Win! 

What are you excited to wear this fall? Sweaters, boots, scarves... share in a comment below. <3

O U T F I T  D E E T S
Charlotte Russe Plus Dress | Keds Sneakers | 88 Handbag (code AmandaVA to save some coins)

October 11, 2017

Travel Vlog: NYC and theCURVYcon

Plus size babes took over New York Fashion Week 2017! theCURVYcon, hearing Chrissy Metz speak, parties, exploring the city, and more — this NYC trip was one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy this vlog and feel all the love that was a part of this adventure.