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December 29, 2014

NYE WITH THE GIRLS

This year I will be spending NYE with the girls! I love being in a relationship but one thing that I sort of neglected was time with the girls.  When you're in a relationship holidays and occasions such as NYE is spent being mushy with the other half, with other couples..which is great *back peddling* but it is always great to switch things up and to never forget about your girls!  This year will be full of fabulousness, sparkly things and girls just being girls!

I've partnered with my friend and fabulous style blogger, Tiffany of The Werk! Place to give you a bit of style inspiration for NYE. 

Get Brosia's Look
Jacket: BCBGMAXAZRIA // Dress: Calypso St. Barth // 
Necklace: Brosia Love // Shoes: Nine West

Get Tiffany's Look
Blazer: H&M // Faux Fur Vest: Massimo Dutti - Similar here and here // 
Top: Gryphon - Similar here // Shorts: H&M - Similar here
Platforms: YSL

Follow Tiffany and keep up with her fab style via Twitter and Instagram

How do you plan on spending your NYE?


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December 26, 2014

WIN A TRIP TO PARIS WITH AMBROSIA | Contest Cancelled

Edited on 1/7/15

I am saddened to announce to you that this contest has been cancelled by Entwine Couture.  My sincere apologies to those whom have entered the contest in hopes of having a chance to win a trip to Paris.  If you have any questions about the now cancelled contest or your Entwine Couture Purchase, contactwecare@entwinecouture.com
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WITH LOVE


I can't believe it, Christmas is already over and the new year is just around the corner.  Living in the warm Arizona valley it takes a while to get that Holiday feeling since it's so warm here and we surely don't see any snow down in Phoenix.

On Christmas Eve my little sister and I got into the holiday spirit, turned on some Christmas music and baked delicious cookies for the family.




If you enjoyed this post, thank me by sharing it! - xoxo, Brosia

December 23, 2014

FABULOUS INTERIOR DESIGNER



Cathy Hobbs is one that does her job of Interior design effortlessly. It truly is amazing to see someone doing what they love as a career.  I look up to women like Cathy, too many women feel that if you're not behind a desk for 10 hours, it isn't work.  Take this from someone who was miserable for 3 years doing what was absolutely wrong for me, it is mentally damaging and psychically exhausting.  Since leaving my office job, I now work 10 times harder than I did before but frankly, it doesn't feel like work because I am doing what I love.  Cathy you are a have it all woman, I am still building my empire and I thank you for putting forth what you love in an amazing way and inspiring younger women like me to continue to strive for more, embracing our natural attributes to have it all.


Looking in on Cathy Hobbs' interior design expertise, I'm going to have to play more with faux fur and mixing textures.  I loved her use of texture within the throw pillows on the bed (you guys know how much I love throw pillows)!  I'm also taking her advice on using more mirrors to open the space up.  In 2015 I will be moving into my new home and I will be taking you guys along with me for the whole journey of designing my new living space.

With its stylish looks and premium interior, the Nissan Altima is just as much as an individual as you are. Not fitting into one mold is what makes the Nissan Altima not only unique, but very exciting!

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nissan via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nissan.

If you enjoyed this post, thank me by sharing it! - xoxo, Brosia

December 22, 2014

SheaMoisture 10-IN-1 RENEWAL SYSTEM



Since cutting my hair, the whole washing and styling process has been a breeze.  Today I used the SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10-IN-1 Renewal System for the first time and it was a totally blissful experience, from the amazingly natural fragrance that illuminated as soon as I opened the bottle of shampoo to the gentle lather that formed on my scalp.  I appreciate and applaud SheaMoisture for their ability to create a flawless system, where each product does a superb job and provides exactly what it says it would.  I was rather excited to try it out as this was my first time using a line of products with Marula oil.

Made with certified organic shea butter and other natural ingredients, this powerful system provides anti-aging benefits, heat and color protection, hydration, nourishment, rejuvenation, shine and so much more! When used together, the four products (a shampoo, conditioner, masque, and hair & scalp serum) help to perfect and renew vibrancy due to dull, lackluster hair.

The superfruit blend of red raspberry, ketones, goji, acai, and guava extracts will leave your hair feeling soft and smelling delicious! Learn more by visiting sheamoisture.com.

Pre-wash
Hair and Scalp Serum
Shaking well before opening this serum, I applied it directly onto my scalp and worked it all the way  through to my ends (this was so quick and easy without the extra length to my hair).

A few attributes
  • Revitalizes damaged hair 
  • Protects against heat styling
  • Leaves hair soft, smooth and more manageable
Shampoo
I had quite a bit of build up on my scalp from last week's festivities, which required me to lather up, massage in, rinse and lather again (using only about a pea size amount of product)

A few attributes
  • Sulfate Free
  • Improves manageability without creating buildup
  • Nourishes and hydrates hair wile providing anti-aging and color protecting benefits
  • Helps perfect and renew vibrancy to brittle hair
Conditioner
I applied the conditioner and placed a plastic cap over my hair.  I let the conditioner marinate for about 5 minutes, using my fingers I gently removed shed hair and then rinsed.

A few attributes
  • Detangles hair while rejuvenating, leaving hair soft and manageable
  • Provides anti-aging and color protection benefits
  • Hydrates, nourishes and strengthens

* This is my hair after rinsing all of the product out, I had not added any additional product and look how lustrous my coils are-- might I add, my hair was soft and smelled amazing!

I have not gotten down to using the Hair Masque but I plan on using it next week. Be sure to keep up with me on all of my social media platforms so that you don't miss a beat!


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Brand Statement: SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10-IN-1 Renewal System is made with certified organic Shea Butter and other natural ingredients, providing a better way to beautiful.
 

Disclosure: Disclosure: Compensation was provided by SheaMoisture via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of SheaMoisture.

If you enjoyed this post, thank me by sharing it! - xoxo, Brosia

December 19, 2014

MINIMALIST JOURNEY


The feeling of minimizing your things is very much so like the feeling you get when you begin gardening.  Placing that seed in the ground knowing that it is going to turn into something great.  Going outside in the morning to water and see the progress.

My life began to change on earth day of 2014. . . On my journey to a minimalistic lifestyle :)

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December 3, 2014

MORNING BUZZ



I drink my morning buzz each morning as soon as I wake up and chase it with a full bottle of water to make sure the nutrients are being flushed through my body thoroughly.


Quantity Used
  • 5 Lemons
  • 5 1 inch pieces of Ginger Root
I filled the glasses with water and placed them in the fridge.

Some health benefits

Ginger - Fights Cancer (has been shown to help treat cancers including ovarian cancer), Helps with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Protects Against Alzheimer's Disease, Helps manage glucose levels, Helps with Weight loss and more-- there is such a long list of health benefits! 

Lemon - To name a few, it is a useful treatment for kidney stones, reducing strokes, lowering body temperature and much more
 
What is your favorite morning juice or smoothie?  Leave it as a comment because sharing is caring ♥



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December 2, 2014

#BROSIAEATS: BAYOU SHRIMP


This bayou shrimp recipe was absolutely delicious.  Although the image in the recipe was a bit more of a brownish hue than the outcome of my own,  my taste buds still jumped for joy.





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November 27, 2014

TADAA!


Here I am, debuting my new look!  I did a second big chop and I feel so alive but I will talk about it more next week in an upcoming video.  In the meantime, here are the deets on this look, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Jewelry: Brosia Love // Coat: Choies // Jumper: Target // Lipstick: MAC Smoked Purple // Glasses: Rayban

 


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November 25, 2014

MAKING MUSTARD CRUSTED CHICKEN


I recently reviewed a food service box that provides new recipes each week, not only do they share amazing recipes but you also get fresh food delivered to your door step.  Cooking with these recipes made me feel like such a chef.  Literally everything needed to be prepared from scratch but it was all so simple and believe it or not, the meal was ready in under an hour! Check out my first time experiencing the fine service:





Do you consider yourself a good cook?


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November 15, 2014

HOW TO LET GO OF YOUR THINGS


I am very much so still in the early phases of minimizing my lifestyle. Living minimally means parting ways with a big portion of my belongings.  Those items that I never touch but simply never got rid of because I wore it during a special occasion and -couldn't bare getting rid of it-  Today's video tells you how to let go of those items.

I'd like to be there for you as a guide/helping hand in your journey of minimalism. If you have any questions or struggles within the process, leave it as a comment.  


If you enjoyed this post, thank me by sharing it! - xoxo, Brosia

November 13, 2014

MICROSOFT COMES TO CHANDLER



I had the pleasure of being able to stop by the new Microsoft store in Chandler Fashion Center before tomorrows grand curtain drop and got a chance to have a 1 on 1 with the new local store manager, Joe Solomon.  Joe gave me the deets on some of their new and amazing technology along with wonderful community outreach perks that they provide!  Check out some of the products!

November 10, 2014

FOR THE SOUL


I love the idea of Veganism but I’m not a fan of being strict on my lifestyle.  
I like to dedicate a few days of my week to keeping meat off my menu.  
Today is not that day.

This was all slow baked in an oven baking bag: 
Corn // Carrots // Potatoes // Green Peppers // Celery // Chicken 



What is your favorite comfort food?


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November 7, 2014

THE CAPSULE


I am so excited to present my line of Kimonos to you!  A couple of weeks ago I launched the City Kimono, available in cotton, satin and velvet.  This long draped kimono has an open front and is loose fitted for maximum versatility.  I enjoy the relaxed feeling of loose fitted apparel.  As of late, I have no desire what so ever to wear skin tight clothing from head to toe.  I aim to create apparel that will be timeless in your wardrobe-- apparel that will look amazing with other classic pieces within your wardrobe.  

October 30, 2014

OCTOBER LOVES

When October comes around there is a certain crisp feeling in the air, that lets me know that the holiday season is here.  I look forward to the little things-- family outings, movies in the park, carving pumpkins, baking pumpkin seeds and doing facials with the pumpkin goo! *Smiles* 



What do you look forward to during the holiday season?




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October 25, 2014

VEGAN DISH


So here I am, testing the waters at eliminating meat from my diet. Yesterday was my first full "No Meat" day, todays lunch was this mixture of quinoa, spinach, garbanzo beans, red peppers, mushrooms, broccoli and firm tofu. Target carries this amazing mix package that included the quinoa, spinach, garbanzo beans and red peppers which can be either microwaved in the package or cooked on the stove top.  I sautéed the mushrooms and seared the tofu, then later threw in the broccoli.  I like my broccoli firm but if you like it softer you can cook the broccoli with the mushrooms.   This was a simple and filling meal, perfect ingredients for meal prepping.


Let me know what some of your favorite vegan meals are and if you have links to recipes, that would be even better!


If you enjoyed this post, thank me by sharing it! - xoxo, Brosia

October 24, 2014

THE NEW PEARL


B r u s h e s  // Kabuki Sculptor, Blush, Angled Blush, Tapered Powder, Flat Buffer, Large Liner and Brow, Small Liner and Brow, Foundation, Dome Shadow, Large Fluff, Smudger, Concealer, Blender, Doe Foot Sculptor, Small Shader, Fine Liner + Brush Holder is included


I am so excited to get my hands on the new CoastalScents Pearl Brush Set that just launched today! The set includes 16 exclusive synthetic brushes, in a hard case that snaps together (perfect for travel). These brushes are super chic and I want to add in how I love the individual packaging of each brush.  Each brush has a plastic protector to keep the bristles from getting roughed up after use.

This set includes all of the important brushes that you'll pretty much ever need!  The holidays are coming around so if you have a gal pal that is trying to get into makeup, this is the perfect starter gift! Click here to get it



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FALL FESTIVITIES




I had the most amazing experience shopping at DSW last week.  It was my first time in DSW and I truly enjoyed every moment of my time there, I received a warm welcome, the associates were so helpful and the checkout experience was awesome, I felt special and appreciated.  I am in love with my Audrey Brooke shoes, I definitely went out side of the usual Brosia Box when it came to choosing this fine pair.  

October 20, 2014

SLEEK BOX BRAIDS


The cooler months are approaching and as always, the last thing I want to be stuck doing during this season is dedicating hours toward the wash process.  I've developed a pretty easy breezy washing routine but being able to leave my hair alone for a couple of months is wonderful!  In this video I go over the brand of hair, number of packs used and the amount of hair used for each braid. This style took me approximately 6.5 hours to do. 

I used 3 packs of the Vivica A Fox brand Kanekalon hair in color 1 at $2.49 /pack. 


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October 9, 2014

THE DOUBLE TOP KNOT

I was reluctant on whether this style was appropriate to wear out but I've come to the conclusion that anything is appropriate as long as you feel good doing it.  I felt super sassy and ultra chic with this look.  Check out my tutorial on it:

September 29, 2014

COOL, CALM & COLLECTED


Maxi Dress from Forever21 // Nike Visor from Nike Store // 
Metallic Body Tattoo's from Lime Light Tattoos // Lipstick is MAC's Smoked Purple

September 21, 2014

ESPRESSO FOR THE GARDEN



Did you know that coffee grounds can be beneficial for plants?  The used coffee grounds provide organic matter to your soil and improves the quality of it.  You can also add it to your compost, which is something I will talk about later!  If you've had a problem with bugs around your plants this is a great/non-toxic way to control that problem

September 19, 2014

HOW TO MAKE ICED COFFEE


My love for coffee didn't begin until I was a senior in high school, when I applied for my 2nd job in life at Starbucks!  I knew nothing about coffee, tea, or any other "fancy" drink for that matter.  But I did know one thing, I was excited to be around people that were happy and friendly.  Any time I visited a Starbucks, which was rare at that time (because they hadn't built them on every other corner yet) I enjoyed talking to the baristas.  Back in the day, I never went for the drinks I always grabbed the pastries!  To get back on track, my love for coffee began while I was a barista.  We had to taste each blend and describe all of its notes, fruity, earthy, bold, smooth, etc. Honestly, in the beginning I would just throw things out there based on what an older woman that I worked with said (LOL) later in the game my taste buds became THAT much more sophisticated and I was then able to accurately describe a blend.  Pretty much, that is when it all started now coffee is a daily ritual that I truly enjoy.

September 17, 2014

FAUX BOB


Every year around the peak of the summer I develop an itch to cut my hair.  Every time I cut my hair I feel regretful of doing so.  4 years ago I had my hair cut in a wedge type shape and loved every moment of it but as I began to grow out I realized that I was able to retain that shape by molding my hair and embracing the shrinkage.  What I feature in the video below is the same technique, only my hair has not been drastically cut that way in so long!'

September 13, 2014

SCORPION CREEK

Jumper: Eight Sixty // Shoes: Forever21 // Hat: BCBGMaxazria // Glasses: RayBan // Watch: Skagen // "Ambrosia" Necklace: Vintage, Mother had it made when I was a baby // Bag: Fossil

Summer has passed us by but the heat still lingers.  I've darkened the colors of my wardrobe a bit but have not opted for anything full length up top just yet, I'd more than likely melt.  A typical Arizona fall remains warm through the end of October so my cozy cardi's will remain tucked away until then.  Today we had some fun exploring South Mountain's stone homes where the scorpions stay (I didn't see any) I remember when I was a little girl I would always get so excited to come here.

September 12, 2014

BRIGHT BLISS


Embracing the fact that we are reaching the end of our extremely hot days in the Arizona valley.  Clothes and shoes are from Forever21// Jewelry is Brosia Love, the hand piece is HERE // Frames are Nectar 

August 14, 2014

GONE GREEN


I just released the video with the deets on this hair! From the moment this hair touched my head, I knew that it was love.  The emerald green is so vibrant!  I would like to say that I am getting so much better with creating the natural parts.  In the video below, I tell you everything I do to create a more realistic part.  Looking at my earlier wig videos, I sure wish I'd adapted these little tips and tricks sooner!

August 7, 2014

July 11, 2014

Closet Clear Out With Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee





It's been a brutally hot summer which has led me to start spending a bit more time indoors.  It has actually been a good thing because it allows me to get more things done around the house.  I've decided to tackle my closet,

July 3, 2014

May 29, 2014

Summer Gardening with Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee #StarbucksIcedCoffee






Summer is here and one of my new found loves has been plants and gardening.  I like to dedicate a portion of my day to get my hands into some soil and harvest!  I began helping my grandmother with her new garden a few months back and have found myself slowly taking over.

March 23, 2014

SUNDAY PREP


Have you ever gotten to a point where your twist outs no longer seem to lay right?  My gosh, I suffer from this problem far too often.  One observation I have made is that my twist-out's don't come out as well when I put way too much time into them.  The parts are ultra visible, twist were made way too tight making the lower portion of the hair look tight while the root is puffy, it almost gives off the apparence of having split ends.  I've realized that my hair looks better when I do my lazy Celie twist with a flexi rod at the end! If you've been natural for a few years, you remember back in the TWA days, the more time you put into your hair the better it seemed to look? As it grows I really see that less is more.  See an example of my easy twist with the flexi-rod at the end in today's Sunday Prep video:




My hair doesn’t like when I use too many products so for this fresh simple style I am using water, Shea Butter throughout my hair and spraying Carol’s Daughter moisturizing conditioner on the ends.  I then applied flexi rods to the ends

Product List:

Hair
Carols Daughter Moisturizing Conditioner: http://bit.ly/1jnxr7R
Shea Butter

Face
Queen Helene Mint Mask: http://bit.ly/1ld2Tdj
Michael Todd True Organics: http://bit.ly/1mnp6pl




March 18, 2014

CREPE BAR


This morning Rob and I grabbed breakfast at Crepe Bar in Tempe, it was the first visit for both of us and we were 100% pleased.  The initial arrival was welcoming, it really gave off that downtown vibe which I really love.  The small menu made it easy to make a selection, we both had a breakfast burro crepe.  I had a Vanilla latte, he enjoyed a caramel latte that he added even more sweetener to LOL thats my Rob!  We snacked on some complimentary granola while we waited on our meal, it came out within about 10 minutes, it was amazing! I am big on presentation, the bacon added the perfect touch without feeling heavy. After we'd finished eating our main dish we had a complimentary dessert, I'm not certain what type of cookie it was-- it was delicious nonetheless, everything was RICH.  If you happen to be in the Tempe, AZ. area stop by 7520 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ. [Elliott & Rural Rd.]

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