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.

October 04, 2014

Saturday Shopping


Old Navy t-shirt and sunglasses // Lane Bryant boyfriend jeans // Birkenstock sandals
Charming Charlie necklace // Louis Vuitton bag

October 03, 2014

Kiyonna's Pink Sunset Stroll Bellini for Breast Cancer Awareness


October is a special time of the year. It signifies the return of cooler weather, fall fashion, all things pumpkin, and a very important cause: Breast Cancer Awareness.

Kiyonna Clothing is taking a stand in the fight against breast cancer. For the month of October they are selling a Pretty in Pink Sunset Stroll Bellini. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to an accredited breast cancer foundation of their choice. They will also donate $1 for every Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter post that includes #ShowYourPink #KiyonnaGives and a photo of something pink that represents fashion and/or breast cancer awareness.

I wanted to be a part of this promotion because it is a cause dear to my heart. A few of my friends and family members survived breast cancer. I also work closely with a wonderful Fresno artist that holds art therapy retreats for women cancer patients. The courage, light, and hope in their faces is not hard to miss. If wearing a pink cardigan or using #ShowYourPink and #KiyonnaGives may help them in some way, then please count me in.

Cardigan c/o Kiyonna // Lane Bryant tank // Charming Charlie necklace

· Sunset Stroll Bellini promotion is valid from 10/1/14 to 10/31/14. Kiyonna Clothing will donate 100% of proceeds from the Pretty in Pink Sunset Stroll Bellini retail sales (and 75% of wholesale sales) to an accredited breast cancer foundation of their choice.  

· #ShowYourPink promotion is valid from 10/1/14 to 10/31/14. Kiyonna Clothing will donate $1.00 for every Facebook, Instragram or Twitter post that includes a picture of something pink that represents fashion and/or breast cancer with the following hashtags (#ShowYourPink and #KiyonnaGives) with a cap of $5,000.00. Picture must be tasteful and relevant to the cause in order to be eligible for donation.