November 20, 2014

Hello, again! Here with a very exciting little project I worked on over the weekend with my good friend Stephanie Antonio from youtube channel Mizz Pink Diamonds (link here).  She has such an entertaining channel and I really gathered a lot of tips from watching her videos.  Stephanie is mostly known for her amazing DIY, hair extension tips, how to’s and my favorite her fashion style and hauls.  Check out her channel for some major beauty and fashion inspiration.

In our video you’ll see some of our current favorite fall outfits.  We really had a great time putting this together for our readers and viewers. Enjoy!

xo D



November 9, 2014
Favorite Lipsticks


Happy Sunday to all the amazing women out there!  This week’s episode of Sunday Seven is all about dark lipstick.  I truly feel everyone can pull this look.  You just need to know the shade that works for you skin tone.  Here is my quick and easy guide for dark lipstick:

Dark lipstick shades and skin tone

Fair:  Choose lipsticks with cool undertones and a bit more muted (not so bright).  Light skinned girls can also do the dark lipstick look.
Medium:  Girls with medium skin tones can do more of a variety of colors.  I like the way dark earthy tones look on medium skin tone as well as a warmer undertone like coral.
Tan:  Berries and Maroons look gorgeous on tan skin.
Dark:  Deeper berry tones and burgundy.  Any color that is rich and deep.  Dark plums look amazing on Dark skin tones.
Overall, the most popular dark colors in right now are those that have brown tones.  Just like the 90’s.  Yup…I love it!!! My era.  Thankfully, the dark rimmed lip liner is not in.  We did have fun with that look too though.
From Top left clockwise (starting with Butter London Lipstick, Bare Minerals, Nars Lipstick, Lorac, Smashbox, Origins, Urban Decay)
Suggestion:  Lancome lipstick colors and Mac lipsticks are really beautiful as well.  I will do a post on those soon.

moody tuesday: first ever episode

November 4, 2014
moody tuesday: A New Episode

(see outfit details below)

Here’s to my fist Moody Tuesday episode!!! Where I will be suggesting some of my favorite mischievous accessories, shoes and attire.  We love being good but…sometimes…we have more fun being bad.  I am totally loving the prominent black leather and detailed boots I’ve been seeing.  BAD can be worn in a sexy, simple, fun, and even sophisticated way, guilt-free.  Add a cat-eye liner, dark or nude lips and the look is set.   Loving it!!!!

The Hard Accessories:
Hat / Reclaimed Vintage Leather Cap
Sunglasses / Oversized Round Sunglasses
Necklace / Girls On Film Bronze Tube Cord Necklace
These Sick Shoes:
Pumps / BLACK BERLIN High Heels
Boots with Glitter Heel / New Look Caviar Embellished Heeled Ankle Boots
Biker Boots / ALL OF A SUDDEN Leather Biker Boots
Bad Girl Wear:
T-Shirt / Religion Oversized T-Shirt Dress With X-Ray Flower Print
Dress / TFNC Maxi Dress With Lace Insert And Shoulder Details
Shorts / Reclaimed Vintage Levi 501 Shorts in Black







November 2, 2014

There’s nothing I love more than a soft and cozy scarf!  A nice warm scarf is actually a must for any winter wardrobe.  Especially nowadays where there are so many different styles, colors and textures to choose from.  Somewhere out there, there is a scarf for almost every outfit.  I love wearing a big chunky knitted scarf with leggings and boots.  Or a silkier scarf with a stylish Blazer.  Here are a couple of my favorites right now:




November 1, 2014


About me 1(ready)Photo Cred: Mauricio Fernandez from D E L E N S M O D E

I created this blog April 2013 while I was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  It was a very tough time in my life and needed a project to throw my heart and soul into, not to mask what was going on in my life at the time, but to connect to my inner true self.  At the time, I had a job I wasn’t too fond of and I was pretty much just living life, not paying attention to my passion.  I craved creativity!  I LOVE and have always LOVED fashion and personal style.  I’ve loved it since I was 2.  Since I can remember how pretty I felt spinning and twirling in my skirt.

I just wanted to create with this new burst of life I had.  I was eager to LIVE!!! Happy and jolted from a true sense of appreciation for life, I decided I was going to live a fulfilling life guided by my own heart and my own choices!  Striping away thoughts of what life “should” be, societal demands, mental constraints, I only allow myself to be navigated by my very own healthy desires.  My desire is to be creative, inspire, influence, never stop dreaming, follow my heart and to love my husband, friends and family deeply and unconditionally.

A special thank you to my husband, David, for taking care of me and being by my side.  I love you so much.  You are my king, my dream come true.

A quote I live by:

“Let’s do what we love and do more of it” Marc Jacobs



October 21, 2014


Transitioning into this cooler NJ weather has been really fun for me this year.  I’ve been focusing on little pieces and accessories to spruce up my closet.  I spotted this bag at Urban Outfitters and fell in love with the color.  It’s a sorta plum, wine and burgundy all in one.  This color is so versatile and would also look very classy with a pair of dark jeans; a completely different look from the outfit in these pics.   I love pieces that carry over to different looks and give the outfit a different tone.









October 21, 2014

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What an amazing weekend!  Fall is at its pinnacle and I just couldn’t be happier.  Perfect weather for a sweater, leather jacket and some cute stylish booties.  I took a little trip to Central Park NYC with my husband and my mother in law.  We had a really nice time taking pictures and acting silly.  I met theeee most beautiful dog. (see a picture of him below).  I literally did not want him to leave he was truly precious.  The picture doesn’t even do him justice; his personality is so friendly.

As we walked through the park I realized how blessed I am to be where I am today.  Life takes you through so many turns and trials and it’s amazing to be outside, breathe some fresh air, reflect and come to a point of serene clarity.  I definitely think that anyone can be happy.  It’s a commitment to allow yourself to be sad but then make the decision and action to turn it around.  Positivity is an exercise that leads to an overall happy life…

Anyways, enough about reflecting on life and onto the clothes.  I wore a really comfy cream-colored ribbed sweater, an off white leather jacket, some everyday black leggings and these really edgy boots.  Casual attire for a casual day well spent.





Here he is!  Excuse this picture of me being cut off.  It was all about Mr. Poodle!!! How cute right?


Outfit Details

Cream Sweater  /  Zara

Off White Leather Coat  /  Express

Black Booties  /  Target



October 15, 2014

Beautysets - Advice: Shopping for Oversized Coats
Hello, again!  Here’s some quick advice for those looking to purchase Boyfriend Coats online.  As you can tell I’m obsessing over over-sized coats.  It has to be my favorite fall/winter trend.  So, I decided to purchase a bunch from a couple of my favorite online stores and found that the ones that weren’t my favorite turned out to be the best picks.  Of course, I didn’t keep them all.  I returned most of them and only kept two.  I really wish I had these two pieces of advice before I had spent my time and money…
  1. Do not purchase or settle for a bigger size.  These coats run big.  If they don’t have your size and you’re thinking you can get away with just one size bigger because you’ll probably wear a sweater underneath? Think again.  These coats are huge.  Purchase your exact size.  I originally purchased a large because they didn’t have a medium in stock.  I thought I would be okay because I will most likely wear it with something thick underneath.  When I put on the coat, all of a sudden, I felt tiny (I’m 5’9″).  The fabric was suffocating me.  I felt like Carrie from Sex in the City when Miranda took her to try on wedding gowns.  Poor Aiden!  All that fabric made me break out into hives.  Again, these coats are massive.
  2. Take into consideration your height.  Be sure to compare your height to the length of the coat.  I wouldn’t usually give this advice because I really feel anyone can pull anything off if they wear it correctly.  BUT…again, these coats are big and if you are on the shorter side you don’t want to look like you’re wrapped in your comforter.
  3. Always be sure to save!  Before checking out from my cart, I always quickly Google to see if there are any coupon or promotion codes available.
Hope this helped ladies.
The coats below are my favorite picks from


October 5, 2014


When I think about some of the outfits I put together, I think…Price-wise?  There’s no rhyme or reason.  It just is.  Top from Target and sunnies from Celine.  I just buy what I love!  That’s what fashion should be.  I buy pieces from here and there.  Then I put my little masterpiece together.

I found this top at Target and I completely fell in love with the print (abstract floral print layered over black and white stripes).  (link below)




These leather jogger pants are one of my favorite purchases from DailyLook. I know I’m going to get a lot of wear from them this fall.   It looks like the jogger phenomena is here to stay…at least for this season.  I really didn’t like them at first but then realized there is so much to do with them.  Plus it accentuates my sporty side.




 Photos taken by: Mauricio Fernandez from Delens Mode

Outfit Details

White Blazer / Forever21

Top / Target

Leather Jogger / Daily Look

Shoes / Daily Look

Sunglasses / Celine (no Longer sold on Celine website)



August 9, 2014

b o a t  c r u i s e s-4 copy has to be my favorite place to shop right now.  Their prices range but are pretty affordable.  As soon as you get on the site you’ll see a bunch of different looks already set for you.  If you have a busy week and have no time to put an outfit together for an event, date or bunch on the weekend you can pick form hundreds of already made looks.  Just click on the look you like, purchase and done!  Your look will arrive in a pretty orange box neatly packed.  Casual, dressy, boho, edgy, fun and flirty.  They have a look for every occasion. Totally in love… (see this outfit details below)

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Beauty, HAIR, Makeup, NAILS, Skincare


July 1, 2014

Some of you may or may not know this but I first started my blog while I was going through Chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s Disease (Hodgkin’s Disease is a nice way to say “Lymphoma” which is another nice way to say Cancer).  The name of my first blog was Ester Bleu, which I named after my mother.  I started the blog because there were so many days I felt chemo robbed me from feeling beautiful and I thought writing about makeup and clothes would make me feel better.  Also, I just needed the “icky chemo days” to go by quick and needed a fun project to throw myself into.

The reason why I chose to share, once more, this piece of my life is because today is the first day of July.  This month marks 1 year of me being cancer-free.  I woke up feeling so emotional!  So extremely overjoyed and I literally have been walking around all day mindfully thanking every little thing I do.  For example last year I wasn’t able to feel the season change from winter to spring.  I was all together just in another world.  I didn’t capture the leaves, colors, flowers and sweet air.  So, these days when I go for my run the sight before me is something I just don’t ever want to let go.  Needless to say, my whole life is so much more colorful now.

So, in honor of my 1 year cancer-free celebration and since blogging about beauty was one way I got through the roughest days; I decided to share with you my chemotherapy experience and how to stay above it all beauty-wise.  Perhaps, you can one day share these tips with a female you know that is about to go through chemo or is in the process of it.  This is how I combated hair, skin, nail and weight issues and also what I do today to stay healthy and feel beautiful.



I had to come up with a clever way to prepare for alopecia.  So, I decided to cut my “own” hair in steps.  I know this sounds crazy but I had to take charge.  It was so empowering to know that I cut my own hair rather than it be taken away from me from a stupid drug.  That was just not about to happen!  My first step was cutting my hair from mid-back to shoulder length.  Then every week I cut about 2 inches off for four consecutive weeks.  Finally, I gave myself a short buzz.  I must say I got used to it rather quickly and now understand why guys touch their hair so much after a fresh cut.  It feels so nice!  This process really prepared me to lose the tiny bit I had left.  It was actually seamless after this point.


Shortly after I lost all my hair, I began looking for wigs.  I wanted to own the wig before I lost my hair, because I wanted to play with it and try different hairstyles.  However, I was told it’s better to wait until you have no hair to get the best fit.  Otherwise, I’d go in for a fit and then, when I lost all my hair the wig wouldn’t fit properly.  Wig shops can special order wigs to fit your head exactly.  This project was kinda dreadful because you have to communicate everything to the insurance company (where you are going to buy the wig, is the shop approved in your plan, prove to the insurance company that you indeed have cancer, um okaaaaay!!! get a letter from the wig store, mail in receipts and then wait a verrry long time to get reimbursed..aahhh) Who wants to go though all this headache?  Well, because human hair wigs can cost anywhere from $1,500 – $3,000.  It was totally worth it!

Two weeks after my first chemo session, sure enough, my hair started falling out.  After three chemo sessions I had no eyebrows, no lashes and no hair on my arms or legs.  Kinda nuts!  You can say, um yeah, I was pretty low maintenance.  I didn’t like wearing my wig.  It felt really unnatural to me.  So, I really only wore it out at night to dinner or an event.


On a daily basis, I either wore a pretty head scarf or didn’t wear anything and rocked my new “nothing” do.  I would buy regular thin cotton scarves (cotton so your head breaths).  I would fold it into a triangular shape, took the longest angle of the triangle, placed it on my forehead, gathered the fabric in the back like you are about to do a pony tail and twisted all the fabric into a bun.  When I shopped for scarves, I picked up the normal scarves you would put around your neck.  Again, just making sure the fabric was light and soft.

When me and my husband went out to dinner on the days I felt up for it, I wore my wig and made sure to dress up really nice with full on makeup and some high heels.

Here are a couple of pictures of the different phases I went through.  In the bottom right pictures I’m wearing my wig.  Excuse the picture quality they were taken with my old iPhone.



I went on a complete jewelery haul and purchased a bunch of earrings.  Earrings were the one thing I wore every single day. Otherwise my head would have been too bare.  They made me feel really feminine and filled in empty space.  I bought big, small, and colorful.  This really helped a lot in helping me feel pretty.


I can give Anastasia a run for her money!!!! Seriously, I think I can make a living just by doing eyebrows.  I had to play with angles, match the side of my nose to the beginning of where my eyebrows would start, be artistic and draw what would appear to be normal eyebrows.  Not too thick, not thin.  To be honest, I liked my makeup better when I had to draw in my brows from nothing.  The following is an illustration of what I used to do my eyebrows.

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First, I used the Brow Wiz pencil from Anastasia to draw my shape.  I lightly filled in the front part and used a heavier hand from the middle to the end of my brow.  You never want to darken the front of your eyebrows too much.  They automatically appear drawn in and unnatural.  Plus, overly drawn in brows make you look more masculine.  The technique you want to use to fill in your eyebrows are lightly feathered strokes…think eyebrow hair!  This part requires a gentle hand and patience. Lastly, I set in the Brow Wiz’s waxy consistency with my Anastasia Brow Powder Duo. Done!


Hair should take 6 months to “fully” grow in.  This really means that your hair will all be in and you should have no sparse areas.  It has been a full year now and honestly, I did think it would be longer by now.  I have gotten very frustrated with certain stages.  There have been parts around my hairline that, still, haven’t fully grown in.  I don’t wear my wig or head scarves at all and actually stopped wearing it 3.5 months after my last chemo (last chemo…July 11th, 2013).  In my particular situation, the sparse part in the front is taking light years to grown in.  Also, my hair grew back with its same exactly texture.  Wavy and curly!  I think this is the toughest part for women.  Some women decide to keep their hair short after chemo and others don’t, like me.  I have gotten many compliments and I do enjoy the way I look with short hair, but, I’m so ready to have my hair back.  My favorite part of growing in my hair is that I really get a fresh start.  My hair is so healthy and shiny.  I vow to put no chemicals in my healthy locks.

My eyebrows took one full month for me to see my first hair.  They were fully in by 2 months.  I did lose eyebrow hairs that I think may never come back.  They are much lighter than before chemo.  So, these days, drawing them in is a must.


My skin all around took a hit from chemo.  I had a port put in right above my right breast.  To this day, there is major discoloration in that area.  I know any damage done to skin takes a long time to heal.  So, mentally, I am prepared to wait it out and carry spf everywhere I go.  Also, your skin becomes very dry.  Drinking water and moisturizing are two of the things that must be done religiously during chemo.  All together, it’s easy to notice aging as a result of chemo.  It’s not just chemo, having cancer is probably top 3 most stressful things that can happen to a human being in this world.  Therefore, it really reflects on the largest organ of your body, your skin.  So trying to remain calm and peaceful is so key.  Not mainly for vanity but for your soul.

Small red lines, yup, small weird red lines appeared throughout my body.  It was the weirdest thing!  Kinda, sorta resembled a healing scratch found underneath the surface of my skin.  I found these on my torso and legs.  The dermatologist reassured me they will go away, but again anything skin related can take some time to heal.  And again patience is key!



Personally, there was absolutely no change.  People have known to get brittle nails but I saw nothing.  During chemo, I couldn’t get manicures or pedicures for risk of infections.  Your white cell count is really low during chemo so staying away from any possible cut is important.


One thing I found extremely important was to eat a lot during chemo.  Besides drinking a ton of water; eating plentiful is one advice I would stress.  Certain cells in your body are depleted so your body needs to work extra hard to make new ones.  As your body makes new cells it needs more energy.  Scientifically, my whole system needed more energy.  I had chemo every other week for 6 months.  During my bad week, I craved salads and natural foods, especially fruit.  Oranges were my favorite!  I think it was because of all the water in fruit.  On my good week, while my levels were coming up, I made sure I ate hearty foods full of protein.  Cells are mostly made of protein so I knew that’s what those little guys needed.  It helped and made me feel good.

After chemo, I went on many vacations and said, “oh freaking well, I want to eat this, that and just anything I desire.”  And so I did. Really!  Just anything and everything.  I got myself into the heaviest weight I’ve ever been.  I gained 18lbs in 3-4 months.  My oncologist did mention people usually gain weight after chemo.  It’s true! And it’s because we are so happy and more relaxed that it’s over. Woohoo!!!

So far, I’ve lost 14lbs.  I eased my way into working out.  At my worst, I wasn’t able to walk one entire block.  My heart would race out of control and it scared me so much I just wanted to stop any type of movement.  Today, I am focusing on walking long distances and also working with a personal trainer to get my flexibility, strength and balance back in order.


1. I know this is the hardest thing you will ever face in your life. Try having a positive attitude it will be better for you and those around you that care about you so much.  Practicing positivity is healthy for your mind and body and making the healthiest choices is everything. CHOOSE POSITIVITY!!!

2. Take control of your hair and have a take charge approach to alopecia.  It’s more empowering to cut your own hair.

2. Take time in finding the right wig (texture, color, length).  Then get it cut to fit your face frame.

3. Have fun with your new short hair.  Embrace it.  Be Bold and daring.

4. Learn how to draw in your eyebrows to fit your face.

5. Attend a Look Good Feel Good workshop offered by the American Cancer Society.  For more information on this workshop click here.

6. Do a light manicure at home.  Disinfect all the tools being used for your manicure.  DO NOT cut cuticles and wait until chemo is over.

7. Wash your hands as much as you can.

8. Flush your system out by drinking a lot of water.  Eat high protein meals.

9. Try to walk “when you can.”  Never over exert yourself.  Your body is going through a lot already.

10. Dress up! Put on your best outfits.

11. Look in the mirror and smile!  Let yourself know how much you love yourself and how much you are and will be there for yourself.

12. Show those around you how happy you are.  Show off your strength.  It’s a good chance to make yourself and others around you proud.  I will never forget what my best friend told me.  Her words exactly, “Thank you so much for handling this the way you did.  I was always worried and thinking about you, but when I called you, you put me at ease.  You sounded so happy and like you had everything under control.”

13. Cry when you want. Be mad when you want. Laugh when you want, but fear? Fear is not an option.


14. Wear 30 Broad Spectrum SPF with an active ingredient of Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide.

15. After chemotherapy, focus on overall health…sleep, exercise, eat healthy foods, make plans with friends, try to do some activities outdoors and do things that make you happy.

xoxo Denise


Accessories, Fashion, Looks


May 1, 2014

Hola, chicas!  I’m back in Miami and it is HOT!  Here’s a look at my outfit of the day…(details below)

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Fedora:  Nordstroms HERE
Black Dress: Forever 21 HERE
Accessories: Midi Rings HERE 
Handbag: Zara HERE


The focal point of today’s outfit is this black and white

straw fedora.

Inspiration for this outfit: Frank Sinatra Fedora

Nordstroms has a lot of fedora hats for sale.   When you search for fedora hats at the Nordstroms website a plethora of Men’s Fedora hats pop up.

Looking through Vintage Men’s Fedora hats, I was able to find a black and white women’s fedora.

I’m still obsessed with black and white from this past fall and winter’s season, so when I saw this particular fedora I jumped for it,  Plus, it goes with a lot I already own.  Definitely, trying to stay away from the black and white though since pastels are in.   I love all colors when it comes to clothes, especially pretty feminine colors.  However, the black and white combo is so chic and it’s my quick go to.  There’s just so much you can do with black and white and I can’t help but make it a big part of my wardrobe.   I will be switching up my color schemes in posts to come.

I’m wearing a comfy ruched cotton knee-length dress from Forever 21.  I always try to look for ruching in dresses because my hips tend to be a bit wider than the rest of my body.  The ruching makes it more comfortable and forgiving.  It definitely goes in and out of style but I believe dressing for your body type is key in feeling good in a particular outfit no matter what the trends say.   I paired this outfit with a neutral colored bag from Zara.  By the way…Zara has some AWESOME bags right now!!! Lastly, I added a gold touch with some midi rings to complete my outfit.


Fashion, Looks


April 17, 2014

Today’s look of the day is all about CONFIDENCE!  It’s so important to feel good in your skin.  I realized I feel best in life when I’m happy with my decisions.  I know what’s good for me because I know myself.  It’s extremely important to be connected with yourself and not to be swayed by other’s words or opinions.  So do what you can to link all the missing pieces within yourself and walk confidently towards your goal.  It’s your path whether they think it’s right or wrong!

Exude the confidence you know you have inside…




 Photography by Mauricio Fernandez from Delens Mode Photography (flickr)

Model: Soilariz Tavarez



Fashion, Looks

Red Blazer

April 14, 2014

Hello, beauties!  I had the such a great time assisting in this photo shoot for Delensmode Photography this past Saturday.  The model’s name is Soilariz and she was totally cool and really brought character to this red blazer.  Soilariz reminded me of a Forever 21 model…young, fresh, cute and trendy.

Outfit details below…





Photos by Mauricio Fernandez from Delens Mode Photography (Flickr)

We decided to photograph her next to a tucked away, white greenhouse.  I figured her red hot blazer would pop against this sunny white back drop so beautifully.  Her ombre added to the whole effect as well.


Red Blazer: Forever 21 HERE
Denim Shorts: Forever 21 HERE
Shoes: Forever 21 HERE



White Outfit with Black Details

April 10, 2014

So, the new lens for my Nikon camera came in the mail and I couldn’t wait to go out and shoot.  I’ve learned that you can’t get the pictures you want with any old lens. Finally, I just made the purchase that I’ve been dreading to make and I’m so happy I did.  It was a tough decision because these type of lenses are not cheap!  I now know for sure that photography is not something you can take lightly while trying to achieve quality photos.  Can’t wait to go out and take some more pics.  Enough about photography and let’s get into my outfit of the day.






 White Ankle Jeans: Asos Whitby HERE
Top: Target HERE
Shoes: Steve Madden (similar) HERE






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