H&M TO OPEN IN PUERTO RICO | Fashion – Forward Apparel


H&M, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers famous for offering fashion-forward apparel at affordable prices in a sustainable way, is pleased to announce that its first location will open its doors in June 2016 at The Mall of San Juan, in San Juan. This will be followed by a second location at Plaza Del Sol, in Bayamón.

“We are extremely thrilled to open in Puerto Rico. Our new store at The Mall of San Juan will give our customers there access to our fashions for the whole family,” says Daniel Kulle, U.S. President of H&M. “We are excited to continue our North American expansion and add our upcoming stores there to our four hundred and seventeen other locations in the U.S.,” he adds.


The new store will be approximately 31,000 square feet with fashion for everyone’s personal style. The Mall of San Juan location will include collections for ladies, men, young ladies, and young men with separate “store within a store” sections for accessories, lingerie and beauty. The Mall of San Juan location will also carry H&M’s children’s collection for newborns up to nine year olds. H&M looks forward to offering the best of summer fashion to its customers in Puerto Rico.


Ann Taylor Spring Dress Collection

There’s nothing like throwing on that first dress at the start of warmer temperatures. A spring day can take you anywhere so be prepared with fresh dresses for all occasions, whether it be a picnic, Easter, Passover or even Mother’s Day.


Featuring sweet variations on polka dots, pretty eyelet lace and contrasting patterns, Ann Taylor’s spring dress collection comes in a range of flattering shapes from halter necklines to sheaths to midi dresses, all cinching in at the waist so your readers will look considered, down to the last detail.


Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner – News and Bloggers

I’m happy to share that Style + Life + Fashion’s featured on the updated Dryel website.  Knowing (and sharing) good laundry tips can be essential to every fashion lover’s wardrobe.


Personally, using Dryel products are handy for my delicate clothing items that require extra care.  I also use the Dryel system for blazers or sweaters that I’ve purchased at a consignment shop for an awesome price.

Why spend money on dry-cleaning when I can purchase an effective cleaning system from the store?  Click on the photo to read more:

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Woodbridge Wines – March Madness Entertaining

For any viewing party, Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon-infused Sausage Balls are sure to be a slam dunk – especially when served alongside Woodbridge Merlot Chili. WPaired with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, you’ll please every palate.

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi is also a choice your listeners can feel good about. Every March, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi partners with The V Foundation, helping find a cure for cancer by generating awareness and broad-based support for research. Over the past five years, Woodbridge has helped to raise more than $1 million for the V Foundation and will continue to work towards ensuring a better future for generations to come.


Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Sausage Balls
Prep + Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 30-40 sausage balls

Sausage Balls
· Wood1 cup cornmeal

· 8 ounce block of sharp cheddar cheese, grated

· 1/2 tsp kosher salt

· 2 tbsp chopped thyme leaves

· 1-pound ground spicy sausage (or mild if you prefer)

· 3 oz cream cheese

Cabernet Honey Mustard
· 2/3 cup brown sugar

· 1/2 cup whole grain Dijon mustard

· 1 cup of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

· 2 fresh thyme sprigs

1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, stir cornmeal, cheddar cheese, salt and thyme together.

3. In a separate bowl, combine sausage and cream cheese with your hands.

4. Add sausage mixture to cornmeal mixture and combine the two. Your dough will be dry and crumbly, and somewhat difficult to combine. Form 1-ounce balls and place on baking sheet one inch apart.

5. Bake at 350º for 20 minutes.

6. While the sausage balls are baking, make your Cabernet Honey Mustard.

7. Add all Cabernet Honey Mustard ingredients to a medium saucepan, bring to medium heat. Stirring often, cook for 20-25 minutes or until sauce has reduced by about half. Remove thyme sprigs, and serve in a bowl alongside sausage balls.

8. Enjoy sausage balls hot or at room temperature, serving with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon.

*Entertaining Tip: These sausage balls are great at room temperature, making them the perfect tailgating food. Let the balls cool completely, and then pack them between paper towels in a storage container to transport them to the game.


Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Merlot Chili
Yield: 8-10 servings

· 1 tbsp olive oil

· 3 large cloves garlic, chopped finely

· 1 large jalapeno, chopped finely (remove seeds or omit completely if you don’t like spicy chili)

· 1 large yellow onion, chopped

· ½ pound hot Italian sausage, removed from casing

· 2 pounds ground 80% lean ground beef

· 1 tbsp salt

· 1 tbsp pepper

· 1 tsp cumin

· ½ tsp cayenne pepper

· 2 bell peppers, chopped

· 1 28 oz. can of whole tomatoes

· 1 15 oz. can whole kernel corn

· 1 15 oz. can reduced sodium red kidney beans

· 1 15 oz. can low sodium black beans

· 1 cup Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Merlot

1. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add next three ingredients and stir to coat with oil. Add lid and let the onions sweat for 3 minutes.

2. Add meat and all spices and stir frequently until all meat is browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. This will release a lot of moisture, so continue cooking until most of the moisture evaporates. You may have to ladle some out.

3. Using your hands, crush the canned tomatoes over the pot. Add the entire can this way. Add the remaining canned goods.

4. Lastly, add the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Merlot. Simmer with the lid on for at least 30 minutes, but up to two hours. (Like all chili, this is best reheated and served the next day, making it a perfect dish for weeknight meals or easy entertaining!)

5. Serve with your favorite chili toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, chopped jalapeno, tortilla chips or corn bread.

*Entertaining Tip: Make chili up to three days before serving. Reheat individual portions in microwave-proof mugs, or store in the pot that you cooked it in and simply reheat the entire pot.

Diono Products – Fox 45 Morning News Segment

I had the opportunity to showcase products from the Diono car seat brand on Fox 45 News WBFF Baltimore. This was a great segment because I’m a mom and having an organized car can be a lifesaver!

Every parent should know about this company because they have amazing products!  The three items I discussed where Radian RXT Car Seat, Travel Pal, and Stow n Go.  As you can see from the photo, parents are able to store toys, food items, and travel buddies for their little ones.

I had a lot of fun and hope that I helped to make someone’s family travel easier.  Visit Diono.com to view more of their products!

Sally Hansen, Rimmel London and NYC New York – Going Green

NYC New York Color 24 Hr Waterproof Eyeshadow in Madison Square Park ($2.99) – This chubby, waterproof eye shadow delivers vibrant color for up to 24HR wear.


Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in On Pines and Needles and Greenlight ($7.99) – Seven benefits of a salon manicure in one bottle. Now infused with Keratin Complex for up to 64% stronger nails.



Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Emerald Sparkle ($6.49)- Glide-on full color definition! Soft creamy texture in a retractable pencil with built-in smudger for subtle blending and sharpener for high precision line Waterproof formula for up to 10 hours long lasting wear.


Sparkling Ice Cocktails and Cupcakes – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and I wanted to share some refreshing cocktails (and a tasty green cupcake recipe) from Sparkling Ice – a great tasting, lightly carbonated, zero-calorie beverage which combines sparkling water, fruit juice, vitamins, antioxidants, and BOLD natural flavors.



1 ounce vodka
1 1/2 ounces Sour Apple Pucker
1 1/2 ounces Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple
2 cups of ice
Apple wedges for garnish (optional)

1.Fill a martini shaker with ice.

2.Pour in the vodka, sour apple pucker and juice into shaker.

3.Stir ingredients

4.Garnish with an apple wedge




1 box of white cake mix
12 oz of room temperate Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime

1 can of vanilla icing
4 drops of green food dye

1.Preheat your oven to 350°

2.Line muffin pan with liners.

3.In a medium bowl combine your Sparkling Ice and cake mix, stirring with a whisk until most of the lumps are gone.

4.Fill each liner ½-2/3 full of batter.

5.Bake for 18-20 minutes until cupcakes are springy and toothpicks comes out clean.

6.Let cool completely before frosting.

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Week Spring 2016

Grab your best girls and indulge in a week of all things beauty at the Nordstrom Spring 2016 Beauty Trend Events, happening February 28th – June 11th! You’ll get the scoop on the newest trends and products, insider Eps and tricks, skincare and fragrance consultaEons, free samples and exclusive giHs with purchase (while supply lasts). Save your spots now for the store’s exciting events, master classes and facial services: http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/springLbeautyLevents

About Beauty Trend Event Week: Join Nordstrom Beauty for oneLonLone Eme with savvy beauty experts. They will share the latest fall beauty Eps and tricks while you’re pampered with a free makeup or skincare consultaEon. AHerwards, get access to FREE deluxe samples and exclusive giHs with purchase (while supply lasts). Admission is free — so don’t miss it! *This season enjoy the perk of scheduling appointments throughout the entire week!


About Beauty Trend Event Show: Here, you’ll watch top industry insiders reveal fall’s best beauty trends during a highLenergy runway show hosted the Saturday ending the Beauty Trend Event Week. Then, get complimentary makeup, skincare and fragrance consultaEons full of DIY Eps and tricks. Plus, score an exclusive (and free!) Nordstrom tote bag – just for a%ending! Tickets at $20 and redeemable toward your beauty purchase day of the event. The show starts around 8am, so don’t miss out!

Follow Nordstrom Beauty: Twitterer: @Nordstrom Instagram: @Nordstrom Facebook: facebook.com/nordstrom Pinterest: pinterest.com/nordstrom Blog: blogs.nordstrom.com/beauty #Nordstrom

Michelle Obama and The Verge Feature

If you missed this photo of Michelle Obama posing for The Verge, don’t worry we have the update right here!


FLOTUS looked amazing wearing a classic button-down shirt and belted slacks, accented with zippers.

To accentuate this photo, the editor also placed Michelle in front of a tangerine background.  It’s safe to conclude that our first lady’s fashionable, hip, and definitely in charge!


How Do Celebs Always Look Their Best – Style Tips

I bet you’ve wondered how celebrities always look so great. It seems, even when they’re caught off guard, they still look amazing!  What is their secret? How do they always look absolutely stunning?  You’re about to find out…

A Personal Stylist

Believe it or not, most celebrities have personal stylists. This unique individual tells celebrities how they should dress for almost every occasion. All of their industry events have been carefully analyzed by a professional to find out what style the celeb should opt for. In most cases, this is a formal event like a movie premiere. But you’ll find some celebrities also use their stylist when shopping for clothes in New York. They know there’s a good chance they’re going to get snapped, and don’t want to look awful. This is the first hidden weapon of the celeb.

A Professional Trainer

Have you ever wondered why most celebrities look like they’ve just walked out of a shoot for men’s fitness? Even the ones who don’t always look their best can shed pounds quickly when and if they need to. It’s not steroids that make them pack on the pounds, and it sure isn’t the muscle milk you might have seen on Twitter. The answer is a few degrees simpler. It’s a professional trainer. You can think of these individuals as army generals. They scream at the recruits and tell them exactly what they need to do to look their best. Forget about the crazy diet plans. With the right professional trainer, you won’t need them.

Countless Outfits

Let’s not forget about the huge number of outfits that celebrities have stuffed into wardrobes.   They’re choosing the perfect outfit to compliment their skin tone and their body shape. They look at fashion websites for new dresses to wear and shoes to slip on. A big part of how you look is what you’re wearing.

Skin Care

This isn’t true for all celebrities. We’ve certainly seen some no makeup pics of celebs that make us shudder. But most of them practice good skin care. They can’t afford to lose the money maker too early, and they can’t rely on the wonders of plastic surgery. That’s why you’ll find a lot of celebrities invest in de-aging cream and other wondrous substances to slather on their skin. If you’ve ever wondered why some celebs aren’t aging, this is your answer. It’s not good genes. It’s all about how much you can afford to spend on beauty products.

That’s all and there’s no secret formula.  It’s about good health and having great style!


Photo:  Destination Kors

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