Monday, November 17, 2014

Obsessed: Fancy Framework


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Not having 20/20 vision has never looked better!
I for one think wearing glasses gives you a chance to make an additional fashion statement; and if I get called four eyes then I might as well werk what genetics gave me with style.

 Recently I've been drooling over the statement frames that Tom Ford, Oliver Peoples, Warby Parker, and Bonlook make. Each website has about 5 pairs of glasses that I like and I haven't manage to choose one so that I can get my new prescription filled.
Perhaps y'all could help me pick!
I love the retro 50's influence that these glasses have and think that by adding these funky colors to the tradition shape of vintage frames they are breathing new life to these classic styles.

Let me know what you think!
Do y'all prefer wearing glasses or contacts? or do you think it's fun to wear glasses too?!

keep it classy.

xoxo,
-paintedREDD

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Out & About: FKA Twigs Concert

Midterm week has finally come to an end, and I felt it appropriate to let myself finally have a little fun. So after a weekend of partying, I topped of the past few days going to an FKA Twigs concert. Let me tell you, this woman not only is super beautiful, her voice is amazing, and after watching her perform I am seriously thinking of taking a couple of dance classes because her moves were on fire!!! 
I mean everything about her was on fleek!!

Here are a few of my favorite shots. Thanks to my best friend Amanda's awesome Iphone 6 camera, and her amazing photography skills we were able to capture these amazing shots of Fka's performance. Check her more of her pictures out on her instagram and here!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Loving at the Moment

Happy Sunday y'all!!! October has been quite the chaotic month for me; between midterms and managing my personal life, academics, and working full-time I've been completely drained. Thankfully, even though I've been exhausted I've also been really focused and inspired lately - hence my consistent posting. It's been almost 2 years since I've posted this frequently and I'm happy to say that I have plenty more post coming your way. 

Here are a few of the products I've been loving this month:
  1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: with the change of season, comes a change in skincare and since Fall is now in full force my skin has been a bit dryer than normal. This facial cream not only moisturizes my skin, but keeps it feeling hydrated through out the day... yes, that means no flaking of the skin, easy makeup application, and an even skin-tone without the greasy residue that heavy creams usually have.  
  2. Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins: i'm a sucker so chocolate, and these sweet little pumpkins are a force to be recon with. With Double the amount of peanut butter, they leave you wanting more and more!
  3. Dr. Martens 1460 W in Purple Smooth : comfortable, stylish, and durable these boots are definitely winners! I've owned them for over a year and after finally breaking them in they are one of my favorite boots to wear. Whether it's raining, snowing, or sunny, these boots add a punk rock flavor to any ensemble. 
  4. Bourjais Bronzing Powder: who wouldn't want a bronzer that smells like chocolate? I've re-found my love for this product and really do think it deserve some recognition. This product not only smells good, it's also super good quality & recently I've found myself preferring this bronzer from my Mac and Benefit ones. 
  5. FKA Twigs LP1 & EP2: it's so so amazing!!!! I've become obsessed with FKA Twigs this year and these two vinyls/albums are wonderful!! I'm so excited to be seeing her perform live next week, and can't wait to share with y'all some pictures from the concert. Not only is she an amazing singer, dancer, or performer, her style is so unique and out of this world!! I think I love her mostly because of her fearlessness!  
  6. Petite Maison Boxed Candle - French Bourbon Vanille: such a lovely autumn sweet vanilla scent. 
  7. EOS Vanilla Mint Lip Balm: i've been waiting for a while for EOS to finally come out with a vanilla scent and this one is the mix of the best worlds, vanilla & mint!
keep it classy.

xoxo,
-paintedREDD

QOTD: What have your October favorites been? 
Did you watch any awesome movie that you would recommend? or perhaps a book or cd? let me know in the comments!

Friday, October 31, 2014

INSTAweekly

It's nice to know that although I've been having an insanely stressful and exhausting past couple of weeks, I still managed to find at least one thing to smile about every single day. 
Life is what we make of it, and the times we've spent complaining could've be used in a proactive manner to make us grow as people. 
I've found in life that everything I've fought for was worth it in the end; when you are gifted things on a silver platter they aren't as valuable as what you've struggled for. 
So stay strong my lovelies.

keep it classy.

xoxo,
-paintedREDD

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Out & About - Technicolored Nights

Sometimes life gifts you little signals to reassure you that you're on the right track; this rainbow house (Kolonihavhus) by Tom Fruin did just that for me. It added a pinch of magic to an otherwise low key night walking the streets of Brooklyn, and has helped inspire a new project I'm working on.
Life is full of up's and down's, and it's beautiful to see yourself overcome a situation you thought had no light. 
To new beginnings, more light in our lives, hope, positivity, success, and happiness.
I've been searching for all of these things, and think everyone deserves to have them present in their lives. 
...here's hoping that with perseverance, I'll achieve what I want. 

QOTD: What inspires you most in life? and when you are feeling down, is there somewhere in particular you like to go or do?

keep it classy.

xoxo,
-paintedREDD

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Out & About - Snap Shots from DUMBO, Brooklyn

New York ceases to surprise me! Born and raised in this amazing city, no matter which borough it is that I am visiting there is always something new and exciting to see.
Late one Friday night, my best friend Amanda (instagram: @apalaces_) and I were exploring the Dumbo scene in Brooklyn and found many interesting little restaurants, art exhibits, and murals. 
Examining the panorama, I found notes of classic old New York; the cobblestone paved streets, brownstone apartments, old factories, and the view of the Manhattan Bridge from the waterfront made for a quintessential NYC night adventure.
Exploring the streets of Dumbo, Amanda and I couldn't help ourselves when we saw this one mural painted on York Street - located under an over pass, two complimenting "Yes!" designs are painted parallel to each other. (both were painted in 2013 by Yuko Shimizu
I thought the mural would be a perfect backdrop for some pictures, and so the impromptu shoot began.  
OOTN Details: floral kimono - H&M, navy romper - Urban Outfitters, double layered skirt - Urban Outfitters, thigh-highs - Urban Outfitters, booties - Steve Madden
I ask myself quite frequently why I choose to pose with my arms straight out.. and Da Vinci's, Vitruvian Man, seems to be my inspiration. 
QOTD: What is your hometown? And what's the best thing about living there?
I love New York because everything is open till late at night, and the city is constantly moving. Fashion and art flourish in the city and I love that I get to witness all of these things on a daily basis.

keep it classy.

xoxo,
-paintedREDD

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Obsessed: Bustling Brassieres



Lets get started with my first episode of window-shopper-aholics anonymous; where I María lust over the many items I put in my online shopping cart but can not actually purchase because:
a.) my bank account will go negative if I buy it
or 
b.) my t-mobile bill is due and has surplus charges for the data usage. And even though my service was abysmal, like it always is, I need to pay this bill first before I get into any excess spending.
ohhh, the life struggles of a student budget....

The trend I'm focusing on today is brassieres, and although I'm not french I still call it this because it sounds that much more sexy... silly, I know.
But serious, lingerie this year has had so many new innovations, especially when it comes to the subject of bralettes and soft cup bras. I myself am a member of the itty bitty titty committee, and when I was younger I use to hate the fact that I wasn't as busty as my older sister, to the extent that I even thought about getting surgery. Not until recently had I started to embrace my size and really have enjoyed finding unique delicates that instead of enhancing my size with padding, actually highlights it with beautiful details and sexy lace.
Small as these brassieres are, they can really break the bank. These beauts can vary from $17 - $200 depending on where you look for them, but you can always find similar more affordable designs at places like: Forever21, H&M, and Urban Outfitters. All you have to do is keep an eye out for those designs and purchase them before they sell out. 


Wear these under a cute crop top (examples: 2 & 4) and it'll peak-a-boo at the base of the cropped top anding a little more dynamic to your outfit. 
Or hell, where it under a turtle neck. Regardless of if it's only you seeing what you got going on underneath, these brassieres will make you feel a little bit sexier and confident while fiercely walking down the street. In the end what ever you wear should make you feel your best.

It's crazy how trends always come back. Sex and the City & Carrie Bradshaw brought the visible bra trend into style, and now it's back will some new tricks up its sleeve.

QOTD: What's your current favorite trend? Are you obsessing over these ornate brassieres? or is it not for you?

keep it classy.

xoxo,
-paintedREDD

Monday, October 6, 2014

Once upon a time, I went to India


It has been over 8 months since I came back from India;
and looking through my hard-drive of pictures it'd be a shame if I didn't share these images & experiences with all of y'all.
Sitting in a cafe, in the LIC area of New York, I flip through the photos I took half a worlds away. It almost seems like fantasy that I once was in India riding on a scooter around Gujarat & visiting many of the sacred temples located in the western half of India.

This trip to India had been all I could dream about for the past couple of years,
and it was even more fulfilling then I thought it would be.
Not only was I able to meet some of the most genuine people in the world, but I was able to immerse myself in a culture completely foreign from my own and learnt how I reacted in certain situations where I felt completely alien.
Being in a country where I was handicapped by the language barrier, I quickly turned into a mime trying to communicate with people. All of a sudden a twitch of the lips or an eyebrow raise became a clue to me of what people were trying to say, and everyday was a constant game of charades.

Keeping this in mind, the first couple of days after I arrived in India I started to adapt.
There everything I saw seemed brighter, I could feel every cool breeze, and it was as if all my senses were heighten because of my lack of speaking. Instead of speaking or even trying to decipher what people were saying, I simply observed; and for once felt I'd completely let go of all my inhibitions and was just letting India show me it's beauty amidst all the chaos.

All of the amazing and even the terrible things I experienced during my trip made me feel alive. The simple fact that I wasn't living with all of these rules or a set routine was freeing. On this amazing trip I was able to step out of my comfort zone and gave myself a chance to grow through every uncomfortable or awkward situation I was faced with and overcame.

I feel so blessed to have seen the views, eaten the food, been welcomed into new families, and walked away with priceless memories.

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While abroad I took almost two thousand pictures; although I would love to share with you all the out of focus pictures I took I thought it would better to narrow down what I'd share with y'all - so I decided to show you the fondest memories of my trip.
Here we go....
① Rickshaw Rides
If you've never heard of a rickshaw I am here to enlighten you. These little suckers are the main mode of transportation under of course scooters. Yes, they look cute, and are super colorful.. but the drivers are no saints, and in India road-rage is a necessity to drive around in towns who have absolutely no roadsigns or streetlights.
With-in the first hour of my flight landing in India I rode in the back of one of these, and although small, natives will fill a whole schoolbus load of people into the back of these mini-automobiles.
I must say it's kind of a thrill to see how many people you could actually jam into the back of these.

  Yummy Streetfood 
By far one of my favorite parts of India was the food. I've always loved asian food, and my palate calls for spicy food, so I knew I would be fine. But "food" was always one of the first things people warned me about before leaving on my trip; thankfully my stomach was strong enough to digest... and if it didn't, I definitely came prepared with 2 jumbo size bottles of Pepto.

Not only was street food superrrr affordable, but my, oh, my was it addictive!!!
 You know that feeling you get when you eat chips.. when you feel full, but just really enjoy the crunchiness of the chips and just don't want to stop eating until the bag in empty. Yep, I know it's so good you can't stop!!!
Now I shall introduce you fellow peoples to PANI PURI!! 
(picture above, on the far right)
The best thing on earth, and it's spicy, crunchy, and VEGETARiAN!!! No one loses here!!! 

But the Indians don't stop at just savory/spicy foods, they are great a desserts too! Although not traditional desserts, in India there is a chain of cafes called The Chocolate Room, and they serve the most delectable desserts around.

I introduce you to exhibit A, B, C, & D!: 
...choc-o-gasim, Right?!

③ Birthday Tradition
Unfortunately, I do not have any picture for this one, but I still thought it worth mentioning.
Birthday celebrations in India are like most celebrations all around the world, there was cake and family present, and loads of laughter and happiness. 
The one thing that was different, was a tradition they have where each person invited to the celebration has to feed a spoonful of cake to the birthday girl/boy.
I knew about this tradition before I left to India, but watching it happen with almost 20 guest present made watching this tradition happen that much better.  
Funny fact : by the time everyone fed the birthday boy his cake more than 3/4 of the cake were gone... sharing is caring right?!

④ Ahmedabad Kite Festival
Every year Ahmedabad in Gurjarat, India is home to one of the largest kite festival celebrations in India, and I was fortunate to be there for the festivities. From sunrise to sunset, for two days, everyone would go up to the rooftops of their homes and fly kites... and i'm not just saying 1 or 2 kites, a house hold minimum of kites was at least 50. 
It was beautiful to see all of the street vendors displaying the colorful kites and lanterns for the festival. 
And walking down the street you would see a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns where you could purchase multiple of these kits for less than $1. 
 The beauty I saw in all this was the idea of unity, everyone was flying kites, and eating together and celebrating life.
During those two days it seemed as if the world had stop for these people to simply enjoy their family and just relax and have fun.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A is for the Adventure I am about to Commence.

 I put up the alphabet worth of some of my favorite parts of India on my instagram: @paintedREDD
^^^
Follow me for more fun and to see what each of the letters stands for.

After 1 year of saving I've finally reached my goal. 
It's been my dream trip for 5 years to visit India and it's finally become reality and I Maria C Herrera get to enjoy all that India has to offer for three whole weeks!!!!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Get Ready with Me Halloween : Cheetah

Hey Dolls,
So I made it back within the month, so I think that's a success in itself.
I survived my horrible MIDTERM week and decided to treat myself from all the studying by filming a video before my shift at work.
The filming processes was a bit rushed but it was because I was rushing to get ready for my shift at the restaurant while babysitting my niece.

I decided to go twinsies with my niece and we both dressed up at cheetahs.
I thought the cheetah/leopard would be one of the easiest costumes to do because I could use things I already had at home to begin with and things that I would be able to wear again normally.
I spent the whole week after Halloween working so I didn't get to edit this till now; but I hope you will enjoy the video.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

POP of NEON!


So you guessed it, I've finally decided to get back 
into the blogging and YouTube game. I had been so busy the past years
 with college, two jobs, depression, lack of inspiration, and drama to actually keep up with my blog, but to tell you the truth I've really missed it. 
Blogging and making videos was my outlet for being creative at a time in my life where I couldn't really be creative at work because I have to stay within the lines of their criteria. But I'm feeling inspired and excited, and am hopeful that I'll be able to manage everything in my life so that I may continue this. 


On a new fun note, I want to start including Fitness, Lifestyle, Vlogs, and DIY posts on both my blog as well as on my YouTube channel. I hope y'all like the idea, and if you want to see something in particular request it in the comments!
I've missed you gals and guys!!!! 

Thanks to my supportive friends especially Amanda who pushed me to restart it all and helped me film this OOTD and also guest stared in the video. She's my bestest girl friend and has a fun and rockin' style! ^__^ <3 Love you MANDII!!!

Pop of NEON:
part 1:
Outfit Stats:
1. Neon Sweater & Printed Jacket - Zara 
2. High-Waisted Shorts - American Apparel 
3. Hat - Urban Outfitters
4. Cognac Boots - Vintage 
5. Ring - H&M
6. Bracelet & Watch - MK
Outfit Stats:
1. Navy Blazer - Ann Taylor 
2. Neon Denim - H&M 
3. Braided Belt - American Eagle
4. Glittery Flats - Gap 
5. Necklace - H&M
6. Cropped Top - H&M
7. Ring - Ecuador Trinket 
 Pop of NEON:
part 2:

Outfit Stats:
1. Tartan Pants - Zara 
2. Si Freak, si Chic Tee - Zara 
3. Shoes - Restricreo
4. Purse - MK
5. Watch - Marc Jacobs
6. Necklace - H&M
7. Glasses - RayBan
Outfit Stats:
1. Neon Pink Top - H&M 
2. High-Waisted Riding Leggings - Hue
3. Wedges - BCBG Generation
4. Purse - Coach 
5. Rings - Forever 21
6. Bracelets - H&M
 

QOTD: How who you style NEON? Write any request you have in the comments below!

Oh and remember, keep it classy!
xoxo,
paintedREDD