Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Solo



Valentine's Day is one of my absolute favorite holidays. I say that every year and also about every holiday. I start to drop subliminal messages to my fiance around January 2nd. I'm giving him time to recover from just-passed holidays but also need him to start thinking/ planning for this special day. A day that means so much to me!
However, this year, he had absolutely no shame in telling me I'm celebrating alone. THE NERVE!!! Of course I caused a scene, slammed doors shut a couple times, demanded he take the day off, but after explanation/reasoning- he's a fireman, set schedule year in advance, and a hero- I let it go.
I thought about gathering my girls for a Galentines brunch, but I scratched that idea. Instead I decided to celebrate solo. A manufactured LOVE day, loving myself. Seemed right, felt right, and there was something so empowering about it.
What I did: Read magazines, drank wine, made a cheese plate, bought myself roses, put on a face mask, and listened to John Mayer alternating with Beyonce. And I have to say it was one of the best/most relaxing Valentines Day.

It was a fundamental belief  Valentine's Day had to be spent with people you love and shouldn't be spent alone. One should also plan to go out for a romantic dinner and buy something special for a special someone. I guess it's a blessing in disguise my man is working because I realized how empowering celebrating alone is. Self love is the most important attribute one should posses.

Monday, February 6, 2017

#GIVEAWAY

 You guys because I love you....deep love.  I've teamed up with Total Beauty Experience for my first ever giveaway! All three items were hand picked by me, only my favorite. Tried to incorporate top three important elements; entertainment [wine, hmmmmmmm], home, and beauty. TBE honestly carries such a good selection of products.

How to enter:
1.       Must follow Jaclyn_Andrade [Stylevolver] and Total Beauty Experience on Instagram
2.       Like Instagram photo
3.       Comment and tag at least 3 of your friends [or more]
4.       Must live in the United States to enter. 

Ways to increase your chances of winning: visit Total Beauty Experience [2929 Arden Way Sacramento, CA 95825] ask to enter Stylevolver giveaway. In addition, if you spend $40.00+ at TBE you receive a SWEET gift with purchase!!

***Items: Voluspa Candle [ all time favorite brand and every single scent smells amazing], Corkcicle [neatest wine gadget], and Moroccan Oil Smoothing Hair Mask.



Thank you Total Beauty Experience for your partnership.

Monday, January 16, 2017

How To: Table Spread



Before the month ends I wanted to share my table spread I created for New Years Eve. My fiancé and I hosted a NYE party at our place this year. It's so surreal to think that just last year we were in our tiny apartment [less than 700 sq ft] and now we have the opportunity to host a large group. #blessed.

I wish I would have taken more pictures, but I didn't think I would share this. However, I received a ton of compliments from my girlfriends and even the fellas. So I'd figure I'd share my tips: 

First, believe it or not I literally drew out a map of how I would set up the table. The reason is 1) I've never created a 'multiple-board' charcuterie board for a large group 2) wanted to make sure it was perfect and all things fit with enough room to seat people comfortably.
Second, CHEESE and MEATS. I had to make sure I did my research on cheeses. Already, I knew there were a few folks who were lactose. You want everyone to enjoy your creation. No? I went with a popular cheese such as Brie then an aged cheese like Gouda combined with Parmesan [so good].  Then choose your meats, crackers, some fruit, and spread [like a chili pepper jelly]. Easy!
Three, Candles and Greenery. I used to believe creating a good looking board was a little intimidating. Then I found the best trick; incorporate greenery! And whenever permissible candles. And viola you just elevated your board. Your guest will take notice, trust me!
Finally, serving dishes. I am a firm believer serving dishes are just as important as the food you out on them.

And that's all folks! Hopefully you enjoy this post. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Better Me with Core Power Yoga




In 2017, I want to be a better human, all around [resolution, eyes rolled back...twice]. I noticed and realized one huge deal; I need to be healthy. Not that I'm obese or want to be Adriana Lima but I could do better. I could do better all around. This year I told myself "it's not about being fit/skinny more than it is about being HEALTHY overall". I want to eat better, be more mindful, lose some pounds, just live a happy healthy life. Not to mention I am also gearing up for a WEDDING in June!!! Holy SHIT!!!

In efforts to do better, I teamed up with CorePower Yoga in Roseville, CA. Uber cool studio and really nice staff. This yoga practice really felt like it was more than just "yoga" I literally felt all my muscles working to the very core [pun intended]. I felt that sore that I strive for whenever I work out. Victory! 
Also,, Julie is studio manager and one of the sweetest humans. We did a brief interview about Core Power Yoga. Scroll all the way down! 

 

CorePower Yoga Background?
CorePower opened its first studio in Denver in 2002 to increase the widespread adoption of yoga by making its physical and mental benefits available to more people.  And, we continue to show the world the incredible, life-changing things that happen when you root an intensely physical workout in the mindfulness of yoga.  
What does CorePower Yoga offer that other yoga practices doesn't? Why would you recommend it?
CorePower delivers a workout that is physical and mindful - all in one efficient hour. Inside our yoga studios, something amazing is happening. We’ve held onto the magic of yoga, while upping the intensity factor for a more powerful, purposeful workout, allowing our students to discover their most powerful self. CorePower strives to make the whole experience welcoming – we have supportive instruction, a high volume of classes to suit a busy schedule, state of the art facilities and truly a place where everyone belongs. We turn doubt into security, strangers into friends and stress into sweat!

What is one of the greatest benefits of practicing yoga?

Yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self-image.  At CorePower Yoga we believe in working every muscle and every emotion. Along with increased strength and flexibility, our students often discover a renewed sense of focus and strength, both on and off the mat. 
Best pose for morning stretch?
Sun Salutations are a great way to wake up, get your blood moving and get ready for the day!

What advice do you have for aspiring yogis? 

All you need is an open mind and the desire to challenge your body! Some other helpful tips:
  • Find a studio near you, pick a class and check in 15 min early to meet your instructor and ask questions–no reservations required.
  • Bring a mat, water bottle and towel or rent/buy one of ours! Free mat and towel rental for first-time students.
  • Wear fitted exercise clothes, ideally that wick away moisture.
  • First-time students receive a free week!
  • Beginners should be looking for something similar to a CorePower Yoga 1 (C1), where you have the opportunity to explore the postures and fundamental principles of vinyasa flow. These classes are unheated and have no added humidity. If you are already accustomed to heated classes, Hot Power Fusion is also a great one for beginners.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Shop Local: Total Beauty Experience


One of my absolute favorite Christmas gifts to receive has to be beauty/cosmetic products! I feel super warm inside when I open a gift and it's a candle, a perfume on my wish list, hair products for curly hair, hand cream. You should see the smile on my face as I unwrap. 

This Christmas I partnered up with Total Beauty Experience. A local beauty store in Sacramento, CA to gather some gifts for some of my favorite people. 
First a little background on Total Beauty Experience. Owner Debbie opened her store in 1994, since then she has expanded her store size by almost 7,000 sq. ft! Her mission is to have the best selection, biggest inventory, most knowledgeable staff and excellent customer service. And boy does she deliver. TBE is a one-stop-shop. You can find something for everyone on your list, literally the biggest selection of products I have ever seen in one location. TBE even offers a full service hair salon, on site estheticians, manicurist and pedicurist, skin consultation, I mean the works! You have to see for yourself. They also offer a loyalty program, which allows folks to earn points faster than corporate businesses. Build those points while you Christmas shop! 

It was so hard to narrow down my gifts, there is so many options! I instantly gravitated towards my favorite brands but there were TONS of other products I've never seen before. Fortunately I had really great staff helping me make knowledgeable decisions. I still bought my favorites [sigh], but I ventured out a tiny bit with products for guys. For the fellas, I ended up getting hair paste- Mitch and a cool new brand Reuzel from Holland, Moroccan Oil curling cream for a special lady [wink], Tokyomilk hand cream for one my aunts, two Voluspa candles [my absolute favorite candle...ever] one for me and another for a friend. 
Hope all my local peeps give themselves an opportunity to check out this cool local hidden gem! 

Visit Total Beauty Experience at:
2929 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825


Thank you Total Beauty Experience for sponsoring this post.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

BEAUTY: What makes you feel beautiful?



 Let's talk beauty. Shall we?
 I'm sure we are all familiar with the ever so famous question; "when do you feel the most beautiful?"
I've heard multiple answers like; after getting hair done, after a workout, while dripping sweat, while wearing red lipstick, endless answers. What I love about this question, it's personal, it's unique, what's whatever you want it to be, and most importantly it should be honest.
My answer.....after getting my mustache waxed and my brows groomed. There is something so liberating, so magical, so sexy about an a unhairy lip and groomed brows. I literally feel like I can conquer the world. Like Beyoncé per say. It's the best feeling money can buy.

Funny story; I had no time to go to my usual wax bar. I settled, went to local nail salon asked for a wax, which is always super uncomfortable. Seems as though every single nail salon has the same protocol -you walk in and in front of everyone- they ask "what do you need?" and they don't just settle for "wax" you have to be really specific in front of like ten customers all starring at you. "LIIIIIPPPPP" damn it! So after I finally get to the chair. The lady helping me tells me to open my eyes and look at my strip as she proceeds to say "so hairy huh!". I wasn't even embarrassed, I'm lying I was totally embarrassed. The nerve she had.

If your a Sacramento, CA local my favorite place [I'm a member]: Sleek Wax Bar! So good.


So, please tell me.....What makes you feel beautiful?

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Women's Whiskey and Cigars


Whiskey and Cigars...Masculine and Cool…Jazzy and Smoky…Powerful and Floral...
Sets of synonyms that come to mind when I reflect back on this shoot. 
From the moment my girlfriend Haley asked me to be in this shoot, I started practicing my "cool girl" cigar and whiskey hold. I'm not joking. At some point I even started unconsciously doing it at work with my stir straw and coffee mug. I know this because my coworker called me out, the nerve. 

Once the shoot actually happened I felt super cool and bossy. I mean, whiskey and cigars. BUT I don't smoke [only tired smoking a cigar once in Tahoe when I got engaged…tangent]. 
In all seriousness, what was really cool, to me, was the concept. Women gathered around like men sipping whiskey, smoking cigars. Yet it was not totally manly instead feminine and empowering. Down to the very core. Women entrepreneurs gathered to build a campaign to market themselves. Not to mention every single human there was talented. 






















Photography: Milou+Olin Photography
Styling: Green Wedding Shoes [instagram account : @greenweddingshoes]
Rentals: Dog Wood Party Rentals 
Hair and Makeup: Kayci Stoots Subia
Linens: Latalova Linen Rentals
Event Planning: KMK Design
Florals: Scarelett and Grace
Deserts: Paper Heart Patisserie
Graphic Design: Moochie Creative [instagram account: @moochiecreative]