Instaworthy Locations for the month of October

Welcome back to all of our FAB readers! This week we’re bringing you a few great locations that are sure to be insta worthy. From a Sanrio themed Pumpkin Patch to a Kardashian approved pumpkin festival, we gotchu covered on where to head to for your next day trip this month.

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First up is the newly installed Sanrio + Tanaka Farms, currently located in Irvine, CA. The newly formed collab kicks off this month with their Fall Harvest Festival taking place every weekend during the month of October. Activities include a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze, and also the opportunity to met Hello Kitty and her fab friends! As an added bonus there will also be a Sanrio Costume Contest on October 28th so mark your calendars now.

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If pumpkin patches aren’t your cup of tea then drive on down to Pasadena this Friday the 13th for their bi-annual Art Night. From 6 to 10 pm, Pasadena’s leading arts and cultural institutions will be opening their doors for a free night of art, music, and entertainment. A free shuttle will also be provided that will take you door to door to the 18 locations that are participating that night. Last fall alone 28,000 people came out to experience the magic so clear your schedules! You won’t want to miss out on this incredible event.
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Pumpkin patches are popping up all around Southern California, if you’re located in the North/West area of Los Angeles then you’ll want to check out the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival! They have plenty of pumpkins to take cute instagram pics with and even events such as carnival games, arts + crafts, reptile + bug show, the pro pumpkin carver and a tiny tot halloween costume parade to keep your day busy. The festival provides live music with local bands and adds a little twist to the pumpkin crave, pumpkin shakes!

 

That wraps it up for us today! Be sure to comment down below some of your favorite insta worthy places for the month of October and don’t forget to share with friends so they too can know where to head to this month. 🙂

 

Wishing you all the best,

The FAB team

Itzel & Michelle

 

October FAB Woman of the Month

FAB readers, meet our October FAB woman of the month, Lorina Daiana!  She is the founder of lifestyle blog Grace Belle, making her a total #girlboss! Along with Grace Belle, she also owns Blogger Studios, where you can learn about launching your own blog, and @PixieDarlings, an Instagram account dedicated to sharing the magic of Disney. She definitely knows a thing or two about content creation and the importance of social media presence for a brand – if you haven’t checked out her Instagram (@LorinaDaiana) yet, you’ll definitely see what I mean!  So without further ado, we present Lorina!

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Tell us a little bit about Grace Belle and what inspired you to start it?

Grace Belle is a community & lifestyle brand that revolves around 4 personas; the Creative, the Adventurer, the Sweetheart and the Fashionista. It’s unique in that instead of categories we have personas to create content for. Originally Grace Belle was going to be a clothing store and I was going to Cal Poly Pomona for Apparel Merchandise & Management to learn how to open it. (See photos below). While in school I learned the importance of marketing and building an audience before you launch a store which is when I launched gracebelle.com. While planning the launch I decided to create the 4 personas and represent 4 styles. Although fashion and merchandising was something I loved, my biggest passion was community and bringing people together. I use to daydream about hosting workshops afterhours in the shop and how I could cultivate a community of ladies through it. Then after a few months of running the website we started to quickly grow an online community, we even hosted a few in person events. I quickly realized that I didn’t necessarily need a clothing store to cultivate a community and that’s when Grace Belle switched from a store to a community brand. 
Long story short, my love for community and branding is what led me to start Grace Belle. 

Why do you think diversity is important in the fashion industry, or any industry?

There is so much diversity in the world because every person is unique and has a list of interests and styles they love. Knowing that, it means a business (whether in the fashion industry or tech or any industry) can narrow down a demographic and target audience to sell to. Having the diversity in the industries allows brands to collaborate instead of competing. Since everyone takes on little notch of the industry, there’s space for all to succeed and even more so when supporting one another. 

Who is your inspiration and what do they inspire in you?

  • Jenna Kutcher – She created an amazing brand / business and is teaching others how to do it as well through her podcasts “Goal Digger” 
  • Dale Partridge – He’s an incredible entrepreneur and is all about educating others to become successful in order for them to have the freedom of time to spend it with loved ones
  • Andy Nguyen – Restaurant guru who started multiple viral restaurants such as Afters Ice Cream. He is a huge inspiration for me because even though he is incredibly successful, he is also very humble. There are successful people that will not give you the time of day unless you are at some elite level but Andy is one of those people who is kind to all. That is so inspiring to me. 
  • Dennis Stamatoiu – Dennis is one of those guys that works incredibly hard, is very driven and learns everything on his own. If he wants to do something, he’ll learn how to do it. He inspires me to reach for high goals annnd to always learn new techniques and programs.  

Is there anything you wish to inspire in others?

To chase their dreams. Too many people get stuck in a Mon-Fri job that they hate and it’s usually because they let fear stop them from chasing their dreams. I always ask people “if you didn’t let fear hold you back, what would you achieve”? Go for it, you can do it! Work hard now and you’ll create the life you want, remember you only have one life and I’m guessing you don’t want 60% of it to be doing something you don’t love. 

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What do you feel is the most important aspect when expressing yourself through social media?

To express yourself on social media well you have to be known for something and you can do that by building a brand. To build an effective one you have to create a niche for yourself, what is it you want to be known for? On my personal Instagram @LorinaDaiana, I talk about 4 topics; faith, fashion, travel and entrepreneurship. I stated this in my bio and continue to share posts within those 4 categories. Besides those 4 topics I stand out by creating a specific look / brand. If you look at my profile it’s bright, girly, and you’ll probably see lots of pink hues across it. 

What advice do you have for younger girls who are looking to pursue their dreams?

Be resourceful. Learn as much as you can, take courses, listen to podcasts, watch free videos and take notes through it all. Once you kind of have a grasp of the industry you want to go in, then make a plan. I highly recommend the Startup Camp Workshop Series (http://startupcamp.com/?ref=5) for when you are ready to launch a business. I’ve taken many business courses in school and in workshops and this has been the best investment out of them all. 
For more about Lorina Daiana and Grace Belle, you can check out the website: https://gracebelle.com/ and Instagram: @gracebelle.
the FAB team,
Sara

Emmys 2017 Recap

Hello again to all of our FAB readers! We are back to give you all the load down on our favorite wins from this years Emmys. 

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First up, the one and only Donald Glover made history by becoming the first African American to win an Emmy for the best directing comedy award. However, his victorious night did not end there, he also ended up going home with an Emmy for best actor in a comedy prize. As an actor musician, director, producer, and more there not telling what next in store for Glover!

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Another first, Lena Waithe became the first African American woman to take home an Emmy for best comedy series writer for her part in “Master of None”. She gave a homage to the L.G.B.Q.T.I.A. family and what each of them bring to the world as a whole.

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In addition, females continued to dominate the night with “Big Little Lies” taking home Emmys for best mini series, Jean-Marc Vallée won for directing, Nicole Kidman for lead actress, Laura Dern for supporting actress and Alexander Skarsgard for supporting actor. A second season now seems inevitable even though the series as a whole was never intended to continue after the end of season one.

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Finally, rounding out our favorite wins of the night “The Handmaid’s Tale” came out winning big! Emmy wins included best drama, Elizabeth Moss with best actress in a drama, Bruce Miller with best writing in a drama, Reed Morano with best directing in a drama, and Ann Dowd with with best supporting actress in a drama. This series represents Hulu’s first big breakout hit and a network. While other streaming providers like Netflix are better known, Hulu is the first to win an Emmy for a Drama series.

That wraps up our favorite wins for this years Emmys! Comment down below your favorite wins and share with friends 🙂

 

Wishing you the best,

The FAB Team,

Itzel

5 FAB Looks from the 2017 Emmys

Happy Wednesday to all our fellow FAB fashionistas out there! Today, we are bringing you our top 5 favorite looks from Sunday’s Emmys. We must admit, it was pretty hard to narrow it down to just 5 because we saw so many ladies (and gentlemen) dressed to the nines! Ladies like Shailene Woodley, Viola Davis, and Nicole Kidman killed it with the darker, autumn toned shades while ladies like Millie Bobby Brown, Sofia Vergara, and Samira Wiley showed us that you can indeed look FAB wearing white after Labor Day. So without further ado, we present to you our top 5 favorite looks!

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First up on our list we have Shailene Woodley, from HBO’s Big Little Lies. Shailene awed us all in her floor length moss green velvet dress by Ralph Lauren. So simple, yet so elegant with minimal accessories. Hey, Shai, if you don’t plan on wearing the dress again we wouldn’t mind “borrowing” it for a night out! 😉

Angela Sarafyan

Angela Sarafyan, from HBO’s Westworld, wore one of those dresses that literally nobody else could pull off, except herself, and she did indeed look drop dead gorgeous in it! Her off the shoulder yellow Elizabeth Kennedy dress complemented her skin tone so well and really made her eyes pop. Not to take away from the color of the dress, Angela opted for a more natural make-up style and very minimal accessories.

Yara Shahidi

Next up on our list we have Yara Shahidi from ABC’s Black-ish. Her beige and sea-foam green embroidered Prada gown truly made her look like a walking goddess. She paired the ensemble with a metallic gold belt around the waist that really brought the whole look together.

Gina Rodriguez

Our next FAB fashionista is Gina Rodriguez from The CW’s Jane the Virgin. Gina showed up all smiles in a floor length red sequined dress with a deep v neckline by Naeem Khan. She totally rocked the red carpet in this gown and we could all tell that she felt like a total #BOSS from the way she was smiling from ear to ear the whole time.

Claire Foy

And last, but certainly not list, we have Claire Foy from Netflix’s The Crown. Unlike our previous fashionistas we mentioned, Claire decided to opt for an off the shoulder Oscar De La Renta black jumpsuit for the occasion. She rocked the look looking as chic and classy as ever. Pairing the look with some simple silver accessories, black heels, and bright red lips, she definitely showed up looking like royalty!

And that’s a wrap to this year’s Emmys Red Carpet looks! Did we mention your favorite look? If not, let us know who looked the most FAB in the comments down below!

the FAB team,

Sara

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna First Impressions

Hello and welcome back to our ultra fabulous readers! Today we will be discussing all things beauty, specifically Fenty Beauty! Unless you’ve been living under a rock you may have heard by now that the incredible RiRi has come out with her own makeup line. This makeup line has been getting a lot of buzz because it was curated and thought up of with woman of all skin tones in mind. So without further discussion let’s jump right in!

 

Foundation ($34)

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Rihanna shook up the beauty industry by debuting 40 different shades of foundation. Which for those with either really light or really dark complexions, this diverse range of shades will seem god sent! Now, this foundation is said to be a demi-matte finish with a medium to full coverage and once set this makeup should last you throughout your work day. The only difficult aspect of this foundation will be finding your perfect shade. Each foundation will come labeled with not only the shade but also the undertones. But as an insider tip, grab a foundation a couple of shades lighter than anticipated as this foundation is said to oxidize on the skin once dry!  So keep your receipt when purchasing just in case you need to exchange for a different shade later on.  

 

Highlighter ($34)

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Net up is our personal favorite, the highlighters! Fenty Beauty debuted with 6 different highlighters under the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter range. Each shade caters not only to one’s color preference but also to different skin tones as well. The most talked about highlighter currently is Trophy Wife. Trophy Wife is a 3D hyper metallic gold and it is blinding! This highlighter delivers a stunning gold highlight that can be applied anywhere from the cheek bones to the collarbone and more. But be warned all of these highlighters are super pigmented so it’s best to layer on a little bit at a time.

 

Lips ($18)

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The one thing we did find interesting about Fenty Beauty was the lack of lip products. To be specific currently there is only one lip product within the entire line. However that being said this lip product, the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, is the ultimate lip product. This lip gloss delivers with its ultra high shine and universally flattering rose nude shade. This gloss is said to be flattering on most skin complexions and unlike most glosses, with its unique gel like formula, this product is not sticky on the lips whatsoever! Which for us is a win in our book.  

 

Brushes ($16-34)

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Finally, rounding out our first impression on Fenty Beauty, let’s talk about brushes. Rihanna didn’t stop at just makeup, she also debuted a range of beauty tools to help you apply all her fabulous makeup. From a foundation brush to a beauty sponge, there are a lot of options for you to choose from if you are in the market for new beauty tools. Prices range from 16 dollars for the beauty sponge to 34 dollars for a full sized brush. The sponge is said to be comparable if not better than the makeup cult classic Beauty Blender and the brushed themselves are said to be extremely soft and densely packed! Overall the beauty tools are a hit and you can’t go wrong.

That rounds out our first impressions on Rihanna’s newly debuted Fenty Beauty. We hoped you liked our take on some of our favorite products! Comment down below your favorite product thus far and what you’re excited for Fenty Beauty to come out with next. 🙂

Wishing you a fabulous week!

The FAB Team,

Itzel & Edith 

The Art of Brunching

Good afternoon to all of our FAB readers!  It’s 11:00 AM on a Sunday, so you know what that means…it’s brunch time!!!  As brunch enthusiasts, we have been to our fair share of great brunch spots and here are some of our favorites:

1) Blu Jam Cafe – Los Angeles

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If you’re an LA local, you’ve most likely heard of Blu Jam since it’s a popular and hot brunch spot that always has a long line, so be sure to go early!  A Blu Jam MUST is their crunchy french toast because the texture is amazing and the berries on the toast paired with the vanilla bean syrup make this dish delicious and leave you wanting more.  Personally, my favorite brunch food is eggs benedict so my next recommendation is Blu Jam’s Norwegian benedict: poached eggs and smoked salmon on an english muffin.  With crunchy potatoes on the side, this hearty meal will leave you stuffed and satisfied.

2) Republique- Los Angeles

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For a more classy and formal brunch place, you absolutely have to go to Republique because the atmosphere is delightful and aesthetically pleasing.  This spot has French inspired architecture with high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows that let light in, so it’s perfect for cute pictures and great conversations.  One of my favorite dishes from here is the Mushroom Toast which is toast with scrambled eggs. House-cured ham, mushrooms, and spinach on it.  This dish is very flavorful and rich because the mushroom pairs very well with all the other ingredients.  Another noteworthy dish is the Kimchi fried rice which has rice, beef short ribs, soft farm eggs, and kimchi.  This asian fusion dish is scrumptious because the beef short ribs are tender and the slightly sour taste of the crunchy kimchi pairs well with all the other flavors.

Now that you know where to brunch let’s talk about a few outfit ideas that are sure to be instagram worthy!

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A brunch outfit should be the perfect combination of laid back and chic. A sure fire way to accomplish this is to have one article of clothing be your main focal point. Think of Brunch as the perfect excuse to break out your fave sun dresses and over the shoulder tops. Both of these items can be easily paired with cute flats or high heels depending on the look you’re going for. Finally, keep accessories to a minimum by simply adding a statement watch or a dainty necklace and of course your fave sunnies. And just like that, you are ready to head out the door and brunch to your heart’s content!

Finally, we’d like to give a shoutout to all the DIY lovers of the world and give you a few tips and tricks to nail your next DIY Brunch get together! When we think of Brunch the first thing that pops into mind is food… and lots of it. So here we have for you guys a few easy recipes that are sure to be a hit!

 

  1. Tomato Bruschetta with a Balsamic Glaze

 

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What you’ll need:

  • 5-7 Fresh Basil Leaves, sliced
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
  • Olive oil
  • 4 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Seasoning Salt to taste
  • Ciabatta Bread, sliced
  • Balsamic Glaze

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix tomatoes, dried basil, parmesan cheese, olive oil, seasoning salt and ground black pepper. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or if possible overnight.After that, simply scoop a spoonful onto each slice of ciabatta bread, add a light drizzle of balsamic glaze and they are ready to serve!

Of course no brunch would be complete without some drinks to get everyone happy and a lil’ bit buzzed.  Mimosas and brunch pair together just like peanut butter and jelly, so here is a simple mimosa recipe to quench your thirst and get the brunch party going.

  1. Strawberry Mango Mimosas

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 mango
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 bottle champagne

Directions:

Add mango, strawberries, and orange juice to blender. Blend until smooth.  After the fruit is blended, pour the fruit mixture into champagne flutes until about 1/2 full.  Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and enjoy!

Now comes my favorite portion: dessert! This next recipe will be the perfect way to satisfy your guest’s sweet tooth and have them coming back for seconds.

  1. Vanilla Berry Parfait

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 (8 ounce) containers of vanilla yogurt
  • 1 (10 ounce) package of frozen mixed berries
  • 2 tablespoons of crushed granola
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

Cover the bottoms of two small glasses with a layer of yogurt. Cover layer with berries. Simply repeat until both glasses are full, ending with a fruit layer. Sprinkle with the granola and nutmeg and just like that you’ll have the perfect treat to end your fabulous brunch with!

We hope you liked our tips and tricks to nail your next brunch! Leave us your favorite spot in the comments below! We always love trying new places. 🙂

The FAB team,

Edith & Itzel

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This week we want to give a shoutout to all of the amazing women and men out fighting for their lives. October is breast cancer awareness month and as such we wanted to give our readers not only products that you can purchase in support of breast cancer awareness, but also events you can go to to further support the cause.

According to the American Cancer Society more than 249,000 individuals get diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every single year. As a response hundreds of companies each year come together to release limited edition products with the goal of donating a portion of the proceeds to various breast cancer organizations. Items vary from makeup to clothing to food so there is not shortage of items to purchase. With so many options to choose from the real difficulty will be narrowing down what to get!

Breast Cancer AwarenessIf you’re a makeup lover, be sure to browse through your favorite makeup websites, as multiple products are popping up everywhere in honor of breast cancer awareness month. One of our favorite products, the cult classic Beauty Blender, is releasing a limited pale pink edition of their famous product and donating 50% of the proceeds to the Look Good Feel Better Foundation!

Where to purchase: https://www.sephora.com/product/beautyblender-bubble-P415216?skuId=1890565&icid2=products%20grid:p415216

RollerballIf you’re in need of a new on-the-go fragrance, Tory Burch will also be featuring their Love Relentlessly Rollerball which retails at their online website at $30. Tory Burch has promised to donate 20% of the proceeds, up to $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! At your convenience you can find this perfect purse-size addition perfume at your local Sephora, Bloomingdales, Macy’s or Nordstrom.

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For all of those who are local to the Los Angeles area and want to participate in the cause, Making Strides of L.A. is hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness event on October 21st at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year the event is different, you won’t be expecting the traditional 5k walk, instead you’ll be inside and getting active! The event begins at 9:30 AM and will include a variety of fitness forms such as pilates, zumba, yoga, dance, and fitness bootcamps. You can register online or in person, the event details can be found in the link below:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCCY17CA?pg=entry&fr_id=84622

This wraps up our ways to contribute for Breast Cancer Awareness in our month of October. These were just a few of the many ways that you or your friends can participate in the cause! Be sure to comment down below some other ideas you’d like to share, we all can make a difference! 🙂

Wishing you all the best,

The FAB team

Itzel & Michelle

7 Throwback Halloween Costume Ideas

Welcome back to all our FAB readers, here we have for you 7 Halloween Costume Ideas that will take you back to the 90’s!

  1. Veronica Sawyer – Heathers (1989)

 

Pair your favorite black crop top with a blue skirt and a soft gray cardigan for a “so very” chic outfit!

  1. Rachel Green – Friends (1994)

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…or literally any Rachel Green outfit…ever.

  1. Mia Wallace – Pulp Fiction (1994)

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Here’s a video that will help you recreate her iconic look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmliheI6guM

  1. TLC (1990-1998)

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Grab your favorite cropped tea, some edgy black sweatpants, and blast “No Scrubs”!

  1. East Compton Clovers- Bring It On (2000)

 

Amazon will be your best friend for this one. From the cheer outfit to an iron on clovers patch, amazon will help make your DIY dreams come true!

  1. Sarah, Bonnie, Nancy, and Rochelle- The Craft (1996)

 

With an outfit like this no one will question who the weirdos are…mister.

  1. Charlie’s Angels (2000)

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Technically the angels are from the early 2000’s, but how could we leave out our favorite action heroines?

 

That’s a wrap for us! We hope this has inspired some totally 90’s DIY costume ideas! Comment down below your favorite and don’t forget to share with friends 🙂

 

Wishing you a FAB halloween!

 

The FAB team,

Itzel & Melina