Friday, January 31, 2014

Fundraising for Susan G. Komen

Last September, my beautiful best friends Monica & Sonia lost their amazing mother to breast cancer after a year long battle with the disease. She was taken from this world way too soon, but she left a remarkable impact on my life on how to be a strong, independent, and wonderful woman and mother. In memory of her life, my best friends are fundraising for the Greater New York City Susan G. Komen foundation, and I wanted to share their donation link in case any of you are able to donate to fighting this horrible disease. 

This is the personal link where you can read more on their mother, Madhu and donate if you are able to - any donation would be greatly appreciated! :) 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Charlotte Social Meet-Up TODAY!

Happy Thursday everyone! I wanted to pop in and remind you Charlotte, NC locals of The Charlotte Social Meet-Up today at 6:30. I am hosting tonight's event at our restaurant, Luciano's Ristorante on South Blvd. I am so excited to see some of my favorites and meet new bloggers as well! :) If you are a Charlotte blogger and haven't joined The Charlotte Social - you are definitely missing out!
Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fashion & Beauty Haul! BCBG, Urban, Windsor & MORE!

Look what we have here... Pam shopping again, what else is new? I added some new pieces to my winter wardrobe as well as some "ready for spring" items!

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color - Rosy
From Windsor
White Surplice Sheer Back Top (size M)
Loose Textured Sweater in Oatmeal (M/L)
Blush Textured V-neck Sweater
Burgundy Long-Sleeved Top
Taupe Relax Tunic
From Urban:
Necklace ($16 not $6 - sorry haha)
Striped Top

BB Dakota Vegan Leather Jacket
BCBGeneration Blazer

I have fallen in love with the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray or the DTS as it's known in the beauty community :) As I mentioned in the video, I purchased the travel size little buddy which retails for $21 - the best place I found it online was Neiman Marcus & they do offer free shipping (which is always a plus). Oribe is pretty hard to find in stores, I have only ever seen it in NYC & Chicago, so that is why I had to order online. The full size will set you back $42 and although it is pricey, I will definitely be repurchasing the full size. I recommend getting the small size to try it out. I was very impressed at how much volume it can add to your hair. I used it last night and it made my hair look as if I had just gone to get a blowout! And get this... this was 2nd day hair!
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I am also wearing the blush vegan leather jacket from BB Dakota that I shared in the video. I am so happy I bought it! It is the perfect spring piece! I love it so much that I am debating getting the black one as well. I bought mine at local boutique Bevello, but you can find it on Shopbop. My dress is Lovers + Friends and my booties are the Vince Camuto Arianah.

I forgot to post this outfit last week - typical work outfit & I am wearing the F21 OTK Boots (sold out now), older blaze from Nordstrom, F21 Top, J.Crew Pixie pants and my beloved 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli in Taupe as well!

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Thank you for reading/watching! Have a lovely Tuesday! :) 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Life Lately: Some outfits, weekend recap, and more!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I had a great weekend myself since my mom was in town and we got to hang out all weekend. On Friday night,  we did what we do best - shop! I behaved myself pretty well... I had run out of my holy grail eye cream - Origins Gin Zing - and decided to run into the Origins store at the mall. I had never been there, and we ended up talking to one of the sales associates there and she recommended some great products. I also recently finished my Korres Quercetin & Oak Serum (which I love), but I have been in the mood to try something else (#beautyaddictprobz). She gave me a hefty sample of the Plantscription Serum which I have been LOVING so far. I am also trying out Dior's Capture Total Dream Skin & Clarins Double Serum - I will let you all know which one I go with! 

Origins is hands down one of my favorite skincare brands. Not only are their products SUPER effective, but they are also at an affordable price point. I decided to also try out the Drink Up Overnight Mask because my skin has been dryyyyyyyy this winter. NC has gotten some pretty cold days this January and my skin is definitely not used to it. I already used this and LOVE it. I also bought the No Puffery Cooling Roll-On for the eyes - this was literally a dream this morning! It de-puffs and feels so great on the skin in the mornings.
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Now, I know what you are thinking... Clinique, Pam? YES! Clinique has recently revamped their eye products. My YouTube friend Jess has been raving about both the All About Shadow Palette and the new chubby sticks for eyes. I am super impressed with the quality of both of them. I love the chubby stick and definitely want to get more! I got the color ample amber and it is a gorgeous base color that can also be worn by its own.
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 My favorite way to make my veggies - roasting them! I just roast them in the oven at 350 for 40 min and add a little bit of balsamic and then keep them in the oven for another 5-10 min. They turn out DELICIOUS and are a perfect side item to chicken, fish or steak | My parents and I went to dinner at Fig Tree last week and it was so good! Definitely recommend if you are in Charlotte - we finished our great dinner with dessert wine flights = perfection | I have been LOVING the new Shakira & Rihanna song! It is such a fun dance song | On Saturday, my mom, sister, and I headed to Dean & Deluca to have some wine before we went to see Frozen... and OH MY GOD THAT MOVIE IS AMAZING. If you haven't seen it - you have to! It is such a great movie!

Yesterday, my mom and I headed to our lake house which is still under construction and went to our favorite Homegoods! We did not really get that much, but I am thinking of doing an updated apartment tour and I know I want to do a room tour as well! So stay tuned for that! :)
 #selfiesunday at Homegoods haha
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Urban Outfitters Top | True Religion Jeggings | Tory Burch Bristol Boots

I hope you all have a great week! I have a fashion haul coming this afternoon so keep your eyes peeled for that! :) 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Beauty Haul: Drugstore, Sephora, Ulta & Tom Ford

Happy Tuesday to you all! I posted a new beauty video yesterday and wanted to share. One of my goals this year is to include more drugstore & budget friendly recommendations in my videos and on my blog. There are so many fab products at the drugstore, and I wanted to pick up a few items last week. I hit up Target & CVS (and also sephora, ulta and a naughty sneaky Tom Ford purchase) and filmed a haul to share what I got! :) 

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 People Mentioned
Amelia's Blog & Youtube
Carli Bybel

From Target/CVS
Olay Essential Oils/Creme Ribbons - Sunflower Oil + Refreshing Nectarine
John Freida Luxurious Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
L'oreal Boost It Heat Spray
Botanics Rosewater Toning Spray
Revlon Highlighting Compact - Bronze Glow
Maybelline Elixirs - Captivating Carnation & Nude Illusion
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Flirtatious
Revlon Matte Balm - Sultry & Standout
Milani Lipstick - Sangria
(You can find Milani at CVS, Walgreens or Walmart)

From Sephora
Dior Creme de Rose
Sephora Creme Lip Stain - #3 Strawberry Kissed
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker - Nudist

From Ulta
Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer
Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair (buy in store)

Tom Ford Blush - Love Lust - I am IN LOVE with this!
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Thank you for watching! Do you have any drugstore favorites?

Friday, January 17, 2014

Winter Fashion Essentials

I know I talk a lot about beauty around here, but I am equally in love with fashion and clothes. I am mostly drawn to simple pieces with a twist. I love the colder months because I am obsessed with boots, sweaters and scarves - I mean, who isn't? I made a little video sharing what I think are winter fashion closet essentials that every girl needs :) 

1. Fur Vests | The fur vest trend is not going anywhere.. well, at least not this year! For some reason, I find that they are very hard to find in store. I ended up lucking out last year in bebe with mine, but I have found some cute ones online that may work. I am seriously eying this one by Cynthia Vincent and I think it would be flattering due to the cut.
Cynthia Vincent Vest
Tart Black Fur Vest
Aeropostale (STEAL!) White Vest
Similar to mine - but in navy (on sale)

2. Zella Live-In Leggings | These leggings are definitely their own category due to how amazing they are. I discovered these thanks to LisaLisaD1 last year and haven't looked back. They are the BEST LEGGINGS HANDS DOWN! Don't question it. I wear these with sweaters, with long blouses, and to work out!

3. Loose Long Sweaters | Definitely my go-to top in the winter! I love longer sweaters that I can pair with leggings or pixie pants. I usually buy them at Free People, J.Crew or stores like Loft & Banana Republic.
Free People White Loose Sweater
Free People Striped Sweater 
J.Crew Side-Button Sweater (sold out now)

4. Winter White Clothing | I LOVE white for the winter - I have always been an avid fan of white clothing for all seasons and I love white for dresses, tops and accessories especially in the fall. I have been loving this dress from Top Shop that is perfect for winter, but also every season!
Top Shop Dress

5. Embellished Belts | Belts can really make an outfit and I want to be better about incorporating them into my outfits. This belt from Anthropologie is my obsession right now and it can instantly dress up ANY outfit!
Antho Belt

6. Scarves | I have been loving my huge zara plaid scarf as well as these cute scarves from the Limited that my mom got me for Christmas. Some of my favorite places to get scarves are Nordstrom BP, Forever 21, Target, or J.Crew!

7. Riding Boots, Knee High Tall Boots, and the Pointed Toe Pump | These three shoes have been my go-to's this winter. My TB riding boots were a bit of a splurge, but worth every penny. I also have been raving about my f21 boots that are honestly one of the best bargains ever! Pointy-toed heels are back and better than ever! Loving these by Sam Edelman.
TB Bristol Riding Boots
F21 boots (sold out)
Sam Edelman Della Pumps

Let me know if you like these types of fashion videos! Thank you for watching :)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Beauty Wishlist

I have a problem, and I know it. I am so in love with beauty products, I just can't help myself! This is my current wishlist. I technically do not NEED any of these, but I love trying new products and these are at the top of my list! :) 
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1. Oscar Blandi Dry Heat Protect Spray | Oscar Blandi is one of my favorite haircare brands. I live by their Dry Shampoo Powder! This spray offers heat protection up to 450 degrees which I need since I always crank up the heat on my flat iron and curling wand. It also has keratin proteins that nourish and strengthen the hair while protecting it against heat. It's also not a super bad price at $24

2. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask | Origins is one of my go-to skincare lines & this mask promises to "quench your skin's thirst" - as I have combo skin, my skin tends to get a bit dryer in the colder months and I think this mask could help get it back to normal

3. LE BLANC DE CHANEL Sheer Illuminating Base | I have been getting more and more into Chanel beauty items, and I have heard some rave reviews on this base/primer. It also adds radiance to the skin - will hopefully be getting a sample of this this weekend to try out!

4. CHANEL Hydra Beauty Serum | I have been trying out the sample size of this serum for a few weeks now and I am IN LOVE. The price tag is a little scary and the only reason I am a little hesitant to take the plunge is that it does not have anti-aging properties. However, it has been a savior for my skin lately and makes it feel so incredibly nourished. I have been using it after I cleanse and tone in the morning & before my moisturizer!

5. Kate Somerville Anti-Wrinkle Serum | I am obsessed with anything "anti-aging" so this serum is right up my alley. This is supposed to diminish fine lines and hydrate at the same time. You can never really go wrong with Kate Somerville.

6. Oribe Signature Royal Blowout | At $60 this hair product has to be amazing! Amelia also raves about this one, but I don't know if it would be worth the price tag. However, she has the absolute best hair and credits this with her hair volume. It also reduces blow dry time.

7. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Let's be real - I DEFINITELY do not need another palette, but this one is SO gorgeous. I tend to really like Too Faced eye shadows. I will definitely have to play around with this and swatch it to see if it is really worth it.

8. Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil: I know I recently raved about the Josie Maran Argan Oil in my Best of 2013 videos, but I am really itching to try this clarins oil for when my Josie Maran one runs out! My favorite beauty guru - Amelia Liana - always raves about how amazing this product is, and I am really dying to try this! I also like how this oil has anti-aging properties (which Josie Maran does not)!

9. Origins "No Puffery" Cooling Roll-On | Don't know about you, but my eyes are always so puffy in the morning. I immediately go for my origins ginzing, but this one would be great to use under the eye cream!

10. Dior Addict Lipgloss in Trianon | My favorite lipglosses of all time are the Dior Addict ones, and this one is one of the spring collection colors - SO PRETTY!

11. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation | If I had a nickel for every time I have heard this foundation mentioned in the last few months..... I am dying to try this foundation - I may check out the Armani counter this weekend to get a sample & will def report back! This is a lot of beauty blogger's holy grail foundation.

12. Dior L'Or de Vie" La Lotion | Another serum on my wishlist? Yes. My mom has this one and she really likes it. I used it a few times over Christmas and I was impressed with how glowing and radiant my skin looked after application. It is really pricey ($145) so I will probably hold off for a while, but it is definitely on my wishlist! This is supposed to be a revolutionary lotion loaded with anti-aging and moisturizing benefits and is part of Dior's newer "L'Or de Vie" line, which for you non French folks means the gold of life :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My Favorite Lip Product EVER!

We all know I am addicted to beauty products. One of the benefits of trying out so many products is actually finding "THE ONE" that works for you. I am always looking for the perfect concealer, the perfect red lipstick, the perfect.. you name it! I have definitely found the perfect lip balm and we have Christian Dior to thank for this beauty.

Dior Creme de Rose
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This is my second container of the Creme De Rose - I bought mine at Sephora, but you can get it at any Dior counter. At almost $30, it is one of those products that is a total luxury, but as soon as you stop using it, you notice a difference. I ran out of mine last week and I literally ran to Sephora on my lunch break on Friday to replace it. I don't necessarily see a "plumping" effect - it is just SUPER moisturizing and an absolute essential during the winter months. If you are suffering from dry, chapped lips or if you just want to pamper your lips during the winter, this is the product for you! :) I apply mine every night before bed and in the morning when I moisturize.

Do you have a go-to lip treatment?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Weekend Recap & Recent Videos

Happy Monday! How are we almost halfway into January? CRAZY. I had probably the most relaxing weekend ever and it was amazing. I caught up on some of my favorite shows (Girls & The Carrie Diaries) and got to catch up on some much needed sleep and relaxation time! 

On Sunday, I met up with my friend Steph who blogs over at The Lady Olive - we met back a few months ago at a blogging event and have been friends ever since! Steph writes about two of my favorite things - food and fashion! :) We went and had brunch at Georges Brasserie in Southpark. I had had dinner there about a year ago and was not super impressed, but I really liked what I ordered for brunch. Plus, they have bottomless mimosas for $12, can't really beat that! :) 
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Definitely recommend this place for a fun boozie brunch! I ordered the Eggs Norwegian and it was so yummy - I had been craving eggs benedict for so long and it did not disappoint. 

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Top: Free People (ON SALE!) | Pants: Topshop Textured Leggings (similar to these from last year) | Shoes: Sam Edelman Della | Necklace: Gorjana Griffin | Purse: Rebecca Taylor Mini Mac (rose gold)

I am on a filming kick again. I want to be really consistent about uploading so please send me any requests that you would want to see! :) 

Part 2 of my Best of 2013 Beauty Favorites!

I also filmed this fun fashion tag video called the Closet Confidential Tag!

Hope you all have a wonderful week! :)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Recent Outfits

I haven't even touched on the topic of my new years resolutions on the blog yet, but one of them is to take more outfit pictures and put more effort into my work outfits every day! 

A week before Christmas (when I was supposed to be Christmas shopping), I treated myself to a little spree at Forever 21 - it is one of my favorite places to buy "trendy" items that may not be worth the splurge. It happens about twice a year, but I found some really cute items! My favorite purchase was this pair of black knee high suede boots that I have been wearing to DEATH! They only have the tan color on the site now, but you may have luck finding the black pair in store - All Day Faux- Suede Boots. I have also been eying these over the knee ones, but think they may look too similar? I have also been loving my new purse - the 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli - it took a little getting used to, but I think I finally got the hang of it!

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Top: Forever 21 (similar) | Pants: J.Crew Pixie | Boots: Forever 21 (in tan) | Purse: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli in Taupe | Accessories: Bendels and Kate Spade

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Sweater: Free People (runs HUGE, wearing a small) | Pants: Zella Live in Leggings | Boots: Forever 21 | Necklaces are stolen from my mom (oops)

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I have also been living in this huge zara blanket scarf - I know it's sold out now, but if you can find it, its so warm!

Make sure you are following me on Instagram: Pamelaisanchez - I am ALWAYS instagramming - my outfits, makeup, food, dog, you name it, haha! :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, HAPPY FRIDAY!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

BEST OF 2013: Makeup!

Happy Wednesday everyone! Is it just me or is this week dragging? I feel like life has been so fast lately, so I guess that is probably a good thing? Haha! I finally had time to sit down and film a video I have been planning for a while - the Best of 2013 Makeup products! I am doing this video in two parts with this one just covering makeup items and the next one is all about skincare, body-care and haircare (already filmed so should be up tomorrow)! Warning: it's a LOOOONG video, but I promise it is worth it :) Also - I apologize for saying "amazing" and "gorgeous" about 1567 times... take some notes & enjoy!

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation (I wear 2.0)
La Mer Radiant Concealer (I wear Medium)
Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen (Naked Bisque)
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser (Light/Pale)
Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Pen - Radiant
Nars Light-Reflecting Setting Powder
Nars Blush - Madly
Benefit Blush - Rockateur
Chanel Blush - #87 Emotion
Dior Amber Diamond Shimmer Powder
Nars Highlighter - Albatross
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer - Medium/Deep
Anastasia Brow Wiz - Medium Ash
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad - Cognac Sable
Benefit Crease-less Cream Shadow - RSVP
NYX Butter Glosses (Tiramisu, Peaches & Cream, Cherry on Top)
Chanel Rouge Coco Shines (Fiction & Boy)
Dior Addict Glosses (My favorite is Night Fantasy)
Dior Addict Lipstick (I love garconne)
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine (#5 & #13)
Tom Ford Lip Color - Casablanca
Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss (Peach Absolut)

Thank you for watching my lovely friends! I hope you all have a great rest of the day and week! :) xo

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy 2014!

HAPPY 2014 EVERYONE! I had a super long blog post typed up and saved and it has gone missing! Well, I accidentally deleted it, so I guess it's not missing, it's just lost :( I am currently sick (again) and can't breathe through my nose and have horrible head and chest congestion - hopefully it goes away ASAP! I ALWAYS get sick when I am stressed - anyone else? I turned in three grad school applications yesterday and my final one is due tomorrow - I am so crazy excited to start hearing back from schools and interviewing! It has been an very long process, but totally worth it. I know I have been majorly MIA and I had this long inspired post ready to go about 2013, but since it's gone and I am feeling uninspired, I will just share some pictures with you from last week! 

We had a really chill NYE & had dinner at Luciano's and then went to a party. 

My outfit: Topshop Dress | Anthropologie Belt | PLV Irina Pumps | Tory Burch Clutch | Accessories from Bendels, Foli Foli, and Charming Charlie
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New goodies from my sisters (christmas gifts)
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Random Dinner Outfit: F21 Top | Nordstrom Blazer | LV purse | Sam Edelman Heels
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Also - I filmed a video with my BFF Jimmy while he was here visiting me - it turned out hillarious! The BFF Does My Makeup Tag! 

Cheers to the best year yet! Let's do this 2014! 
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