Monday, March 13, 2017

#DominicanPower

We’re taking two of the most lucrative industries- sports and fashion- by storm! And by “we” I mean all my Dominicanos currently dominating the catwalks and the baseball field.

This weekend the Dominican team “delivers baseball to believe in with [a major] takedown of [the] USA team.” # klkconklk # platanopower

And in the less rugged (yet still as competitive) world of fashion, we have our heavy hitters- wearing size 0 and strutting their stuff on runways for the likes of Balmain, Prada and gracing the ads of Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney. Just to name a few.

“Dominican girls can embody both the classic beauty of black women and va-va-voom qualities of Latinas and so much more, they can be quirky or hard-edged or very soft, intellectual, androgynous, ultra-feminine,” she adds.

I don’t just see this as amazing for country but for Latino and Latinas everywhere. For minorities. For the LGBTQ community. For me. For you. There’s no time like the present to be proud of who you are and where you’ve come from. Even if you were born within the US, be proud of your roots. It’s beautiful to now see the diversity in the fashion world. More women of color, more Latino/as making a name for themselves in fields (both literally and figuratively) that once turned them away.

"The presence of Dominican women in fashion indicates the industry is realising the importance of diverse cultural balance in imagery, but we have a lot more work to do in making the playing field fair amongst all races and cultures," he says.

Read the entire article from The Business of Fashion, here

And in order to celebrate this momentous occasion, on Polyvore there was a contest for a weekend getaway. Here’s the outfit I created!

XoXo,
2lipsinluv

#latinosstandup #united #fashion #moda #modadominicana #dominicanblogger #bloggersconnect #models #modelos #bof #espn #sports #polyvore #contestentry

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Oscar’s got “Harvey’d”: Sorry “La La Land.” Although I didn’t get a chance to see the entire show, last night was an Oscar show for the books:

·         Auli’l Cravalho dazzled in her performance. She sings beautifully and she handled a slight hit in the face mid-performance with such grace. Hopefully, Hollywood doesn’t change her for the worse…) Watch her performance here.

·         When Janelle Monae walked on stage with Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer, I was in awe. She looked absolutely stunning in her Elie Saab gown (one of my favorite designers), a big change from her usual menswear inspired looks. Side note: what do these ladies do to keep their skin so beautiful? Taraji? Janelle? Octavia? Help a sis out. [Below are my pics for best dressed]

·         And the blunder to end all blunders: Things got pretty awkward when the “La La Land” cast (who was already on stage, Oscar’s in hand) had to forfeit the tiny gold men to the real winners of the night, the cast of “Moonlight” who won for Best Picture. Ouch. Read all about it here, courtesy of the NY Times.  

Best Dressed List- Oscar’s 2017

John Legend in Gucci and Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad

Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford and Jessica Biel in Kaufmanfranco

Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso

Octavia Spencer in Marchesa

Ava Duvernay

Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti

Naomi Harris in Calvin Klein

Auli'i Cravalho arrives in Rubin Singer

Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph and Russo #yasss

Breathtaking! Janelle Monae in Elie Saab

Chris Evans, best dressed male

Sunny Pawar


I promised myself that I'd watch the entire show tonight, especially Viola Davis’ speech. Check out the entire list of winners here.http://oscar.go.com/winners

Also- HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO MY FELLOW DOMINICANS! ¡A comer platano to’ el mundo!

XoXo,
2lipsinluv

#taraji #aulil #oscars #2017 #redcarpet #awardshow #celebrities #moana #moonlight #lalaland #emmastone #violadavis #fences #janellemonae #eliesaab

#dominicanrepbulic #independenceday #wepa #tato #klk #platanos
Images are NOT mine: gettyimages #wireimage #oscars

Friday, February 24, 2017

Premio Lo Nuestro 2017

¡Otro! ¡Otro! Last night the streets of Miami were lit with up stars- and I’m not just referring to the Premios Lo Nuestro aired yesterday and it was everything! Romeo won the “Excellence Award” and performed (though I will admit, the flying bit was cheesy), Carlos Vives won big with his song with Shaki and J. Balvin won “Male Artist of the Year” and “Premio Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year.”

My highlight of the night (besides the fabulous fashion) was Lily Estefan accepting her “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Growing up, I used to watch her on Univision, first on Sabado Gigante, then on El Gordo y La Flaca. She truly is #goals or as we Spanish peeps would say #metas!

Although I missed the red carpet (no cable, delay in Live Stream set up) thank the people who created the internet because here are my favorite looks of the night, courtesy of the well, the internet:


Women-

Becky G looks like a freakin’ princess in this dress.
Photo: Johnny Louis/FilmMagic

Thalia’s dress was absolutely stunning (and designed by Dominican-Lebanese, Giannina Azar).
Photo: John Parra/Getty Images For Univision Communications 

Leslie Grace- this color is amazing.
Photo: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for Univision Communications  

Alejandra Espinoza
Photo: Univision

Why did I think Livia Brito was Kendal Jenner?! Either way, she looked beautiful!
Photo: Univision

Clarissa Molina, my fellow Dominican, ¡BELLA! (also wearing Giannina Azar)
Photo: Univision


Men-

Ricky Martin
Photo: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images For Univision Communications

Prince Royce
Photo: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images For Univision Communications

Luis Coronel
Photo: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images For Univision Communications  

New Segment for this award: Cutest moment
Photo: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky


XoXo,
2lipsinluv

#premioslonuestro #redcarpet #latinos #billboards #latina #fashion #style

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Live and Let Live

I read theSkimm every morning at work and I must say, today’s main topic is something, for lack of a better word.

Copied and pasted straight from today’s email blast:

“THE STORY- Yesterday, President Trump’s administration said it should be up to the states to decide where transgender kids can pee.


Now, I usually stay Switzerland on these issues but this debate is a heated one. I do know that everyone has their very strong opinions on the matter and I believe there is no right or wrong side. There is no way to please everyone.

The truth of the matter is we cannot overlook gender, identity. We cannot separate people because they are different than what we are “used to”. Times have changed drastically. We now have blurred lines that did not exist before and there will always be push back from those who don't want to accept these changes. 

As humans we’re a little more complex, a little more complicated, than any of us would like to admit and to try to tell others how to live is unjust and unfair. I know: life is unfair, yadda, yadda. But think about being and feeling like an “outsider.” Think about being someone who is confused as to who you are and are only trying to be accepted for everything that you FEEL you are, not necessarily what people choose to view you as. It's not easy. 

We're alike but we are also unique. As long as we are not harming anyone (or ourselves), we need to let each other live our lives. And if you’re “different” please know that you are not alone. We’re all quirky and weird, in our own ways. Some are just more open about it than others. And that’s ok. Know that there are many people suffering, they're afraid to be themselves because this society can be so harsh, rash and discriminatory. 

TRY not to judge others if you haven’t walked in their shoes. Where there is a will there is always a way. 
Let’s find the will to make way of life for ALL.

Live and let live. That’s what I have to say.

XoXo,
2lipsinluv

#liveandletlive #theskimm #stayinformed #equalrights 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Random Post

Under "Today's Hits" Radio on Pandora, I listen to Alessia Cara's "Here" followed by Lady Gaga belting out "Million Reasons." Then a commercial. Two commercials. Sure know how to kill a vibe. Next song? JT's "Can't Stop the Feeling." Great.

"I'm sorry if I seem uninterested. Or I'm not listening, or I'm indifferent;"
But
"If I had a highway I would run for the hills;"
"And under the lights when everything goes;"
"I got this feeling in my bones;"
"I ask myself what am I doing here?"

Can't hear myself think... Is this what being in your 20's is like? Doing random things for excitement, trying to feel complete. Try to fill a void but you don't even know what's missing.

Is it financial security? Is it more laughter? More sex? More love? More travel? Is this void truly from within? Or is it without?

Food for thought.

XoXo,
2lipsinluv

Monday, February 13, 2017

59th Annual Grammy Awards

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Charli XCX

Carrie Underwood

Demi Lovato

Caroline D'Amore

James Corden and Julia Carey

Katherine McPhee

Kristin Cavallari

Elvana Gjata

Maren Moris


Before anything, my weekend recap: Spent my Saturday with my beautiful family, pigged out on homemade tacos (& had a couple glasses of wine) then celebrated a friend’s “Boy Bye/Early Birthday Party” in Nolita. So much, we got home at 4AM! And woke up yesterday at 1PMWHAT?! Lol yes! It’s been a while since I’ve done THAT! Nonetheless I’m glad I went and had a good time, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

Now yesterday was the 59th Annual Grammy Awards and if you read my blog (thank you) you know that I do not have cable and I could not miss it. Especially knowing that a very pregnant Beyonce and Mr. 24K Magic would be performing. My amazing boyfriend (I love you babe!) did everything he could to get CBS on our Firestick and I was able to watch it! Whoohoo!

Highlights of the night:

James Corden, hosting: I thought he was really good! It was a nice break from LL. Best moment though: the ad for a new show, “ Carpool Karaoke” on Apple Music.

Performances: BEYONCE. BEYONCE. BEYONCE! I mean what CAN’T this woman do?! She is amazing. Her performance was THE BEST. Everyone else killed it. This was a Grammy’s for the books. The best performances for me were Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban; Bee Gees tribute, performed by Andra Day, Little Big Town, Tori Kelly & Demi Lovato; Prince tribute: Bruno Mars and the Time; Bruno Mars, with his crew (wish they sang a few more songs).

Adele- Not sure what was happening with our crooner, who seemed to be very emotional last night. I mean, who can blame her: she paid [an emotional] tribute to the late, great George Michael (she hit restart on her performance a few minutes in) & won Album and Record of the Year, both whom she [emotionally] dedicated to Queen B, who was sitting front row (also very emotional).

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: Red Carpet Fashion! (Crowd goes wild!) My picks for best dressed:



If you missed any of it, catch up on https://www.grammy.com/.

XoXo,
2lipsinluv

Credit for Images: Getty Images

#celebrities #beyonce #grammys #redcarpet #fashion #style #bestdressed

Sunday, February 5, 2017

What to Wear, When You Just Don't Care: Super Bowl LI

After the looooong week both at work and at home, I’m so thankful for this weekend! I got my gang together for a Paint & Sip yesterday (Thank you #paintinglounge! Separate post to follow) and ta-ta-ta-dummmm- I’ve officially cleaned out my closet, both figuratively and literally. Thank you, Baby Jesus! I realized I have a slight shoe obsession and it needs to stop…. *hehe*

And now, it is SUPER BOWLSUNDAY! There goes Saturday’s “workout”!
Which team am I rooting for you ask? Tough call- they’re all so cute! No, I’m not talking about the New England Patriots, who are playing to win their 5th SB ring, or the underdogs, the Atlanta Falcons, who have the best offense in the NFL. I’m referring to Team Ruff and Team Fluff of the Puppy Bowl, airing at 3PM on Animal Planet. Now that’s the best (& cutest) pre-game ever!

For those of us who root more for Teams Ruff and Tuff more than we do the actual NFL teams, here’s a cozy and neutral (yet chic) outfit for today’s big games, inspired by mama J-Lo.


Get The Look: Winter Style

Get The Look: Winter Style by tulips04 featuring gold tone rings

Stay classy, stay beautiful my friends.

XoXo,
2lipsinluv


River Island long sleeve turtleneck
$12 - riverisland.com


Carven moto jacket
ifchic.com


FAY blue jeans
bluefly.com


John Lewis brown suede boots
$67 - johnlewis.com


Velvet clutch
$2,130 - modaoperandi.com



Miss Selfridge gold tone ring
missselfridge.com


Butterfly glasses
zaful.com



#superbowlli #superbowlsunday #jenniferlopez #zaful #modaoperandi #style #fashion #johnlewis #accessorize #missselfridge #velvetclutch #bluefly #fayjeans #riverisland #carven #motojacket