Vision For 2015

My Vision for 2015 Affirmations and Goals

Dear 2015,

You have your work cut out because 2014 was ridiculously good to me. Therefore, I'm expecting big THANGS from you, not things, THANGS. I'm a dreamer and have always believed in the power of them. With that being said, I look forward to another blessed year with healthy family and friends. Here's the top 5 affirmations I have for 2015 in each avenue of my life - Career, Personal and Fashion Blogging. Since these are affirmations, they're written in the present tense, as though they are happening now. Putting good energy out there for the law of attraction.

Career Affirmations
  • Successfully added more Team Members - Cinematographers, Grips, PAs, Audio etc. to Live.Art.Love with ability to tackle multiple productions at once.
  • Amount of digital/television projects produced per month has doubled with more international productions.
  • Pre-production on our first Feature Film has began, slated for 2016 release. Talented crew and cast have come together to bring a fantastic screenplay to life for festivals and worldwide distribution.
  • Research and planning for two new businesses has started. Creatives and investors on board to see them come to fruition.
  • Have built a strong community through - events, workshops, blog, mentorships, social media and newsletter.
Blog Affirmations
  • Happy to be blogging consistently following a set schedule that works best for me.
  • I've connected with wonderful indie designers, brands and fellow bloggers. Expanding my community and supporting these wonderful individuals.
  • I help aspiring entrepreneurs to follow their passion. Encouraging and teaching through public speaking, answering questions and experience.
  • I enjoy giving back to Cute LA readers through monthly giveaways
  • Attend more L.A. fashion events to cover and showcase on Cute LA.
Personal Affirmations
  • Love maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes working out, dance classes, golf and hiking. With the addition of tennis lessons.
  • Enjoy furthering my knowledge and passions through classes - woodworking, creative and out of the box.
  • Daily meditation, prayer and gratitude journal.
  • I've found a wonderful band of musicians to play guitar with and "jam" on a regular basis for fun.
  • Having fun traveling with loved ones! Date nights, drinks with friends and dinners with family.
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Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Review + Before & After

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Review

I've never been a fan of wearing false eyelashes. They're heavy and often rip out natural lashes in the process. I gave up on them a long time ago. However, I love the glamorous effect of false ones and often try to emulate with mascaras and boosters. 

Happy to say, Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes has helped me achieve this dream. Entrepreneur, Donna Sims, was awesome enough to send me a sample to review for my Cute LA readers. Confident it would convert me into a 3D mascara lover - Hint: IT DID.

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara Case Open

Beautiful presentation, I felt I was being initiated into an elite club. The directions are easy, however, I didn't use a base of my favorite mascara first. Instead, I just got right to the action. Here's how I applied Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes: Transplanting Gel on lashes, followed immediately by natural fibers on one eye, repeat on the second eye, let set a moment, then seal with transplanting gel. Repeat the process if you want to build a more dramatic look. It felt like coating lashes with light feathers.

Aside from highlighter in the corners of my eye, I had on NO eye makeup for the BEFORE photo.

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Before and After
Before Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Before Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

After Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

After Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Close up of Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Close up of Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Close up of Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Close up of Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes are going to be a staple in my arsenal of makeup. A great way to achieve full eyelashes without using fake ones. Well worth it, as I already plan to purchase as a gift for Christmas.

Connect with Donna Sims: Site | Twitter | Instagram | FB

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How To Measure Eyeglasses

How To Measure Eyeglasses Infographic

I've been wearing prescription eyeglasses since the third grade. Which I don't care what anyone says, I blame my need to sit three inches from the television. There's nothing like literally trying to be in the action of Saturday morning cartoons.

Anyway, recently my prescription changed, I hate when that happens. The only silver lining is the chance to buy cute new frames. Proud to say, I never get the overpriced ones from the Doctor's office. I like my eyeglasses to cost less than my mortgage, thank you! I'm a fan of Zenni Optical's affordable glasses and bought the frames pictured. 

Zenni Optical Eyeglasses

I'm happy about my choices. Especially since, I've had my share of failed glasses. It took me years to figure out what works best for my face. If you need help figuring out which frames compliment you. The infographic below is an easy-to-read guide for finding your frame measurements

What Are The Best Eyeglasses For Your Face Shape? - Infographic

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About.Me Interview: Entrepreneurship in Los Angeles

about me interview

Recently did an interview with the social platform, about.me. - Entrepreneurship in Los Angeles. You'll learn a bit about my journey becoming an advertising producer in Los Angeles

About.me is a pretty dope social platform that allows you to have a homepage introducing you and your social media links in one place. It feels comparable to having an online business card. In addition, it's a great way to connect with brands for collaborations and drive traffic to your fashion blogs. I've connected to some awesome people so far.

Here's an example of what my about.me looks like:

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P.S. Cute LA has a shiny new Instagram - @Cute.LA - Hope you give it a follow. :D

Small Business Holiday Shopping Guide!

Small Business Holiday Shopping Guide

Every holiday season while people are lining up outside of their favorite stores for black friday, I wait patiently for Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. With the new challenge every year to take care of all holiday shopping within those two days. I've been successful a few years in a row now! Which doesn't matter when my best friend, without fail, drags me to the mall the day before Christmas.

I decided to share my favorite small businesses for 2014 and where I plan to get most of my holiday shopping done. I love to give gifts that tell a story and that are unique. A healthy mix of beauty, fashion, and subscriptions. These small businesses are owned by hardworking entrepreneurs that took the steps to make their dream a reality. 

good hYOUman was started by my friend, Brett Novek, in honor of his wonderful father, David Novek, who passed away from cancer. An inspiring company, good hYOUman is made in Los Angeles, CA and includes tops, bottoms and accessories for men and women. Each top is hand screened with a graphic of your choice. Favorites include: "my life story will be a good one," "born to create," and "thankful."

I've been purchasing good hYOUman since day one, they're hands down the softest shirts I own. Highly suggest jumping on their mailing list, they have flash sales all the time exclusive to their newsletter.

good hYOUman: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Commodity Fragrances

I recently did a post on Commodity Goods, and had to bring them back for this holiday guide.  In fact, Commodity Goods has a gift set perfect for the holidays. The gift set allows friends or family to sample ten mini fragrances, pick their favorite online and have the full bottle shipped to them.

I plan on getting this for a few friends, since I find people should have the experience of picking their own scent. This gift will surprise and delight them.

Commodity Goods: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Angela Roi Handbags

First off, Angela&Roi handbags are gorgeous. These bags are made of vegan leather in every color you can imagine. Angela&Roi's mission is "donate by color." Meaning, each bag's color signifies a cause in hopes to bring awareness and support. With the handbag and color of your choice, a percentage is donated to the cause it's associated with.

From your best friend to grandmother there's a cause and style for everyone to believe in. 

Angela&Roi: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

For those beginner DIY people or the more experienced, Darby Smart has a DIY craft kit for them. You'll find DIY kits in fashion, jewelry home decor and food just to name a few. Gift your friends with subscriptions or pick out individual kits that fit their personality.

Last Christmas, with an awesome promo code (from their mailing list!), I gifted myself with a year subscription. It was such a treat to get a surprise in the mail every month. Never disappointed, a lot of kits include supplies to use for many future DIY projects.

Darby Smart:  Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Tautmun Header

I worked with Tautmun earlier this year and love their branding - minimalist and stylish. You'll find great basics, sweater, knits, accessories etc. at an affordable price point. You can stock up for all your girl friends, sorority sisters and secret santas. In addition, there's a black friday sale going on now and free shipping in the U.S. with no minimum

You can't go wrong with Tautmun for those that like classic styles in black and white. We all have those friends that make a white t-shirt look flawless. This is the store for them this holiday.

Tautmun: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Alima Pure Header

I love make up, I buy it from everywhere at all price points. However, when it comes to everyday wear, I stick with Alima Pure. It's a natural cosmetics line that allows you to find the perfect match for your skin. They understand diversity and all skin is not created equal.

This gift is perfect for the beauty obsessed in your life. Get them on mineral based makeup and their skin will thank you for it. Bonus, I have sensitive skin and this never breaks me out. 

Alima Pure: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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Do you have a favorite small business you plan to shop at this holiday season? Shout them out in the comments! Would love to learn about them.

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