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

 

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

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 

MTV VMA’s Performance Recap

Welcome back to all of our FAB readers! We are back and better than ever to give you guys the load down on this year’s MTV VMAs.  With plenty of memorable performances throughout the night, we can’t wait to get started and fill you all in.  

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First up is the one and only Kendrick Lamar. He took a grand total of 6 awards throughout the night, finally breaking his running losing streak. However what really captured and held our attention was his unique and powerful performance of the night. His performance, which included his rendition of his top 5 hits to date, was truly notable as not just visually stunning, with ninja’s climbing burning scaffold as he rapped, but politically stunning as well. Kendrick Lamar chose to keep a sample of Fox’s The Five, in which they criticised his 2015 BET showing, as the opener to his hit track DNA. While this performance wasn’t as politically charged as some of his past ones were, it still made it clear to all in attendance that he will remain politically active in all aspects of his career including performances.

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Next up we have Khalid who has been no stranger to the media in the recent months since he’s been killin it with his album and all the performances- including his crazy Santa Monica free concert that shut the pier down so it’s no surprise to us that he won for best new artist.  His performance was a medley of his wildly popular songs, ‘Location’ and ‘Young, Dumb, and Broke’ putting everyone in a light and happy mood.  This young artist may have just graduated high school but his recent streak of success shows that his career has just begun and he’s not planning on slowing down anytime soon.  Khalid took to Twitter to express his happiness about winning the award and his tweet shows his humble and sweet personality, you go Khalid!  We’re definitely rooting for you.
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The VMA’s are always entertaining and full of surprises so when Thirty Seconds to Mars performed with an unlikely collab partner- Travis Scott everyone was pleasantly surprised.  The rock band and the hiphop artist performed “Walk on Water” with a feature from Travis Scott’s song “Butterfly Effect” and the two different genres of music went well together  in a unique way.  The performance was interesting since all the artists were under a heat sensitive camera and no one expected Travis Scott to be featured in their song since they’re pretty different styles of music.  Thank you to Thirty Seconds to Mars for giving us the collab that we never knew we needed until now!

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Fifth Harmony’s performances have always been spicy and exciting but this time they were extra fierce in a different way.  As many of you readers may know, Fifth Harmony has had some drama with their ex-member Camila Carmelo since they all had a not-so-clean break up.  Reportedly Camila left the group to pursue her own solo career without telling the group and the group made it clear through their performance that they were doing just fine without her.  In the beginning of the pop girl group’s performance, there are clearly 5 silhouettes and within 5 seconds of the performance starting, the 5th person is thrown off stage.  Many fans noticed the group obviously throwing shade at the member who left and had mixed feelings about it.  However, the rest of Fifth Harmony’s performance was stunning as the girls danced in a futuristic setting since they were all wearing sparkly black and silver outfits and were dancing in glass boxes.

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However, not all performances are purely glitz and glam, we have to end our list of amazing performances with Logic’s.  His performance was simple and straight to the point, but it left a lasting impact on all the viewers.  He performed his hit song ‘1-800-273-8255’ and it was super meaningful because he draws attention to suicide prevention and the importance of mental health.  The song highlights that everyone feels lonely sometimes and that people should never feel like they’re alone while going through dark times because there are always going to be others who can be there for you.  Instead of having back up dancers in exaggerated costumes, the people in the background of Logic’s performance were suicide survivors that wore white T-shirts with the suicide hotline number (which is also the title of his song) written on the front, and his central message of “You are not alone” on the back.  Logic is the paradigm of a conscious celebrity by using fame in a positive manner through using his large platform to highlight social issues that need to be addressed and shedding light on important struggles.

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Last but certainly not least, the night was topped off this year with P!nk being chosen to the recipient of this years Video Vanguard award. This award honors an artist’s lifetime achievement within the music industry and it is considered the show’s highest honor. Following a hilarious introduction by Ellen Degeneres, P!nk graciously accepted the prestigious award and included in her acceptance speech a moving rendition of a conversation she had with her daughter. It touched on the importance of accepting and celebrating one’s true self and not bending nor conforming to society’s standards of beauty. Giving homage to gender norm defying music icons such as Michael Jackson and David Bowie for not only being true to themselves but for also paving the way for future artist, like herself, to do the same. Not only was her incredible speech moving but it rang true to everyone in the audience.

 

That’s a wrap for us on this year’s MTV VMA performances, we hope you enjoyed reading as much as we enjoyed writing this piece for you! If we didn’t touch on your favorite performance of the night, let us know what it was in the comments down below! Don’t forget to share with your friends 🙂

 

Wishing you the best today and every day,

 

The FAB Team

 

Edith & Itzel

6 Getaway Spots for your Labor Day Weekend

Looking for a great vacation and need some inspiration? Well we have done the research for you and here are amazing locations for you to enjoy everything from food adventures to relaxing downtime this Labor Day weekend.

San Diego

First up is beautiful coastal San Diego! With its beautiful beaches and sandstone cliffs it makes it the ideal destination for adventurers as well as sunbathers alike. Spend the day in Balboa Park, with its multiple museums, theaters, and gardens making it the perfect backdrop for those end of summer insta posts. And if you’re looking for a place to stay the night then look no further than the Fairmont Grand Del Mar with their 5-stay spa, swimming pools, and a highly ranked Addison and Amaya restaurants! It is the perfect one stop shop for all your vaca needs. If you are looking for a more budget friendly options, check out AirBNBs in the San Diego area, they have a wide selection of beach side homes and apartments to choose from! Finally, while beach side don’t forget to visit the incredible Urban Solace known for their mouthwatering comfort food with an inventive twist.

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San Francisco 

Next up is the one and only San Francisco. Having been there a couple of times, we can honestly say there are endless things to do! From visiting Chinatown to the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll definitely want to keep coming back to this fun town. If you are planning an overnight stay look into AirBNBs all over the San Fran area, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your needs while not breaking the bank. Although if hotels are more your style than we highly recommend the Hotel Nikko as well as the Grand Hyatt, both of which were amazingly accommodating and luxurious. Finally, a San Fran trip isn’t complete without a trip down to Pier 39 for the famous and utterly scrumptious Clam Chowder located at the Pier Market Seafood Restaurant.

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Las Vegas

Then we have Vegas.  Vegas has many hotels to stay at that put you right on the strip, including the Bellagio and the MGM Grand.  These hotels also offer various deals if you book through travel sites, so you have more money to spend on all the great things you can do in vegas. During the day you can visit any of the exciting attractions, including indoor skydiving at Convention Center Drive, see the sharks at the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef, or ride the rollercoasters in Adventuredome at Circus Circus.  For those of you who are seeking less thrills and more relaxation, there is the Bellagio Conservatory where they have gorgeous seasonal garden displays or the Bellagio’s Spa that offers a variety of services. Then for those who enjoy the vegas nightlife Las Vegas offers a variety of clubs including Omnia, 1 Oak, and Marquee.  This offers endless adventures to be had in Vegas.

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Palm Springs

Ahh Palm Springs, yes while it may get ridiculously hot over the summer, we can’t help but love everything about it from the architecture to the colors! When it comes to finding a place to stay in Palm Springs, you have quite the selection of aesthetically pleasing places to choose from. There’s The Parker, The Saguaro, The Ace Hotel and a huge assortment of beautiful AirBNBs. Aside from having an amazing assortment of beautiful hotels to choose from, Palm Springs’ dining and shopping selections do no disappoint as well. Our favorite places for food are Cheeky’s, Workshop Kitchen and Jake’s! Oh and while you’re in Palm Springs you can’t forget to take a picture with the iconic PINK DOOR!

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is definitely one of the biggest tourist locations in California, and for good reason! From their breathtaking coastal views, their Spanish inspired buildings, and their variety of delicious food and lively entertainment offerings. For our fellow wine lovers, Santa Barbara is known for their stunning vineyards. Our favorite is Municipal Winemakers – it’s a more casual winery, so don’t be afraid to show up in your shorts and flip-flops, but they certainly do not lack quality when it comes to their wines! After a day of wine tasting, we recommend checking out Downtown along State Street where you can find different boutiques, fine dining restaurants, and galleries.

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Ojai

Picturesque and quaint Ojai is located just outside of Santa Barbara. Tucked away in the mountains, it is definitely a place where many people visit to be able to unplug from the rest of the world and completely relax. We recommend checking in to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa or the Ojai Rancho Inn for your weekend vacay.  And if you’re a fan of all things organic and healthy, then stop on by Farmer and the Cook. All their food is made using local ingredients and is vegan friendly! After a long day of exploring, you’ll want to stop on by to Azu – a Spanish/Mediterranean restaurant that not only serves up refreshing cocktails, but some of the best tapas you’ll ever have!

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And those are our top spots to hit this upcoming Labor Day weekend! Don’t forget to comment down below your perfect getaway.

 

The FAB Team,

Edith, Itzel, & Sara

FAB Woman of the Month – August 2017

Jennifer Bower of Huntington Beach, CA is this month’s FAB woman of the month! We are so excited to introduce her to all of our FAB readers! This hardworking woman is not only a full time mom, caring wife, and fun girlfriend, she is also the Deputy Fire Marshal of the Orange County Fire Authority.  In the midst of all her responsibilities, she was able to fit us into her schedule to share with us not only how she got to where she is today but also what it takes to get there. Her amazing work ethic and drive to always do more has propelled her through the ranks to be in the position where she is today, making her in our eyes truly FABULOUS!

Who do you admire most and why?

From a career standpoint, I would have to say my great aunt who my father admired as well. She was a gay nurse during the war who in her spare time volunteered for planned parenthood. She didn’t let a thing like being gay, which at that time was a dangerous thing to be, stop her from doing what she felt was right and lending a hand where she could. She had her mind set on getting the job done regardless of the obstacles.

What is your official job title and what are some of your responsibilities?

I am the Deputy Fire Marshal in the Orange County Fire Authority. On my end, I control all of the permitting for special events in parks [such as fairs], annual inspections, and complaints. I have 35 people reporting to me under my department.

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Throughout your career, what steps did you take that ultimately lead you to the position you are in now?

I always had drive. I was never satisfied with where I sat, and when I looked at other people [in their careers] I always thought “I could do that.” So whether it was in my career or stuff that I did, I always wanted to try and do things, not necessarily to be an expert, but to try something new and not get bored. So the advantage of the position I am in is it’s  always a different challenge, it is not the same thing, it’s not mundane.

Why do you think diversity is important to showcase within a male dominated industry?

Well, it’s not a matter of women and men are the same, That’s a matter of capabilities and recognizing people’s capabilities, and putting them in the best place for their skill set regardless of whether their male or female. From a gender standpoint, to me it doesn’t matter.  From an ethnic background, or from an ethnic standpoint, the more the merrier. The more diverse that you are, the more differences of opinions, the more perspectives you have, the better you can be as a team. Everybody brings their own expertise.

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What advice do you give anyone looking to join the fire department?

Don’t be shy. Come and talk, come and ride along. Come and see the different areas. What people don’t realize about fire service specifically, is that it’s a city in and of itself. We have a finance division, we have a fleet services division, we have a training division, we have a bunch of different divisions. So you can bring whatever expertise you thought you were gonna go into, like if you thought you were gonna be a CPA in a firm, you can come and be a CPA for the fire service instead.

What does it mean to you to live a FABULOUS life?

To live a fabulous life to me means living to your fullest potential. What I mean by that is not being satisfied with your own bare minimum. It’s taking whatever skill set you have and using your own foresight to plan out a bigger goal for yourself, and then going out and accomplishing those goals. You do what you do because you love what you do, and because you know your doing the best that you can do. That is a life lived fabulously.

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Summer Must Haves: Makeup Edition

Welcome back to all of our lovely readers, we are here to  give you the inside scoop on this summer’s must have makeup. If you are anything like us and want to look fabulous without looking greasy then look no further, because we’ve got you covered.

 

First up is foundation! The base of any good face, one’s foundation during the summer must be able to stay on your face all day but not look like a cakey mess. Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Water foundation does just that. It is our holy grail foundation, super lightweight on the face but extremely pigmented giving you a flawless makeup look without having to add five layers of foundation. Plus it also contains SPF 15 as an added touch so even if you forget to apply sunscreen, this foundation will still have you covered.

 

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Drugstore alternative: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation $9

 

Next up is the perfect highlight. No summer look is complete without one. This was the toughest choice to make as tons of new highlighters have just hit the market, but there can be only one who takes the cake. To us, this is the Becca Cosmetics Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Highlighter.  This is the perfect highlighter to take with you on all your summer vacas. Plus with its blendable silky smooth formula and blinding color pay off, what’s not to love?

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$38 (US)

Drugstore Alternative: Wet n Wild Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals $5

 

Bronzer and a good highlighter to us is a better pairing than PB & J, which is why we took our time selecting this next makeup must have. Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer just can’t be beat. This cult classic gives you the perfect touch of color that leaves you looking perfectly sun kissed. Super blendable and buildable this bronzer is practically mistake proof.

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Drugstore Alternative: e.l.f. Bronzer Palette $6

 

While out enjoying the last few weeks of summer, the last thing on your mind while jumping into a pool, lake, ocean ,etc, should be your eyebrows. You should trust that from the moment you do them in the morning they’ll be fully intact until you wash off your makeup late in the night. Which is why we have selected Wunder2’s Wunderbrow. This eyebrow solution comes in 5 shades and is long lasting, budge-proof, transfer-proof, and waterproof. Meaning your eyebrows will stay looking FAB all day long!

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Drugstore Alternative: L’oreal Brow Stylist Definer $8

 

Finally, nothing finishes off a summer look like smooth plump lips which is why our finale makeup must have this summer is a lip balm! More specifically Rosebud Perfume Co.’s Rosebud Salve. This cult classic is a must have during the summer heat. It calms and heals irritation, and soothes the sting of minor burns because yes your lips can actually get sunburned too.

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Those are our top makeup must haves for summer ‘17! Comment below some of your summer must haves and share with friends so they too can know how to get the perfect summer look. 🙂

 

The FAB team,

Itzel & Edith