Thursday, January 9, 2014

A is for the Adventure I am about to Commence.


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!!!!! 
I arrived early Wednesday morning to the Ahemdabad Airport after two connecting flights from Delhi and Bombay. But because of delays and plane issues it took me over 24hrs to get from the JFK airport in New York to the Ahemdabad Airport in India. Although the travel turned out to be quite exhausting, an even though my feet were swollen to about triple the size of my normal feet after the flight and our luggage was lost all is forgotten because I now have the privilege of being submerged into a totally foreign, different and beautiful culture. 
You might be asking, "why India?"
- and the only reason I can give you is that I love to be shocked and amazed and I felt that this country with its long and interesting history would serve as the culture shock that I wanted and would help widen my views on life and how I've been living it, especially in such a materialistic and media obsessed place as New York City is.

Immerse myself is what I want to do. 
Bask myself in culture is what I desire to achieve. 
Allow myself to be free is what I yearn for.
I need to understand life here without having someone literally explain it to me.
I want my third eye to open up and show me meaning.
  
I know no one in India, (except for the one friend that joined me here) 
I don't speak any of the native tongues, and have minimal knowledge of how exactly to greet people in this country. But what I do know is that I love spicy Indian food, I love the colorful customs these people have, and although the streets may not be the cleanest there is a sense of beauty in everything I look at. Weather it's the cows roaming the busy streets of Gujarat or the rickshaws weaving in and out of moving traffic and even breaking all road rules and driving the complete opposite way of moving traffic. Everything always seems to be so animated here.


(from left to right: sexy kankles at the airport in Dehli aka 1stop, flowers I was greeted with when I arrived at Ahemdabad, first view of Ahemdabad from luggage terminal)

I've been in India for two whole days and have enjoyed every minute of it thus far. Who knows this adventure might even have to be extended.

xoxo,
-M

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.

Even though I had to work, I was lucky enough to have friends that came to visit me during my night shift waiting tables. :) <3 Love you all!
Products I used: 
Face:
Foundation & Concealer:
MakeUp Forever HD Foundation #150

BareMinerals - Purely Nourishing Moisturizer Normal to Dry Skin 
Bobbi Brown - Creamy Concealer in Natural Tan
Tarte - Finishing Powder
Urban Decay - De-slick Setting Spray

Blush & Bronzer:
Nars - Laguna 
Benefit - Hoola 
Benefit - High Beam
MAC - Melba 
Beauty Rush - Gold Rush


Eyebrows:
Tony Moly - Tattoo Eyebrow Brown Liquid Liner 
Anastasia - Ebony Brow Duo Powder
Anastasia - Clear Brow Gel

Eyes: 
Urban Decay - Primer Potion
MAC - Vanilla
MAC - Cork
MAC - Honesty
Sephora  Liquid Liner - Noir Black
Too Faced Eye Shadow Duo - 
MAC Eye Pencil - NC15/NW20 
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner - Zero
Lancome - Mascara Base
L'Oreal - Telescopic Lash 
Sephora - Outrageous Volume Mascara
Ardell - #206 Double Up Lash
Red Cherry - #602

Cheetah Spots & Cat Nose:
Too Faced - Waterproof Eyeliner - Perfect Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner - Bourbon
Kat Von D Liquid Liner - Puro Amor
Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner - ElDorado

Lips:
Illamasqua - Pristine

QOTD : What did you dress up as and do on Halloween?

Also I would love to get some recommendations or request for my next few videos... Let me know in the comments below!
xoxo,
keep it classy,
paintedREDD




 Here are a few of my co-workers awesome costumes and makeup!!
These two looked fierce!!!!!




How could I not include a picture of my beautiful niece and brother in law. I love this little girl with all my heart and she was such a sweetheart getting her face painted by her Titi-Riri.. aka me!
<3


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



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Guess who's back..back again!

Hello again!!!
 I'm ultimatly the worse person at keeping her resolution; which was to maintain her blog and post at least twice a week... Unlike the other breaks I've taken from my blog and youtube this has be the longest of them all. 3 MONTHS!!! It's crazy to think it's been so long since I've posted, but I promise (really! I pinky promise) to post more frequently.
Now for the excuse, and I have no other excuse than to say I have been busy. It's true!
For the past couple months I've been working 2 jobs, been a full-time college student, and been dealing with some not so fun family situations.
But I just quit one of my jobs, after realizing I have no life or time because of it. So i'm back, and hopefully with many interesting posts for you guys...gals!

So I thought I'd ease back into zee blog with a shop-n-tell!!!
And this one is strictly accessories, which I have been trying to buy more of. 

So whats been attracting my eye?!? 

NEONS & Gold layering Bracelets

(neon dangle earrings & studded gold and enamel cuff : H&M )

Thursday, March 1, 2012

a little bit of Paris in New York

 Today I had the most amazing adventure with my friend Shelly. 
We hoped onto the 6 train and went to Manhattan; there we got Thai food and talked about girly things... IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!! (a much needed girls days)
The best part of our adventure was going to LADUREE an amazing pastry shop where they sell the most amazing, scrumptious, drool worthy French macaroons I've ever had.. and that includes the ones I learned to make while working as an apprentice pastry chef in a French bakery.

These bite size treats are def one of my top eats of my life!!!
If you've never heard of LADUREE you need to go! They just opened the first store in the US a couple months ago in Manhattan, NY. (address: 864 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021)
And they actually import the macaroon goodness directly from Paris to New York fresh daily!
Everything about this pastry shop is adorable, so cute!! The bags are a pastel pistachio color, and the store provides a variety of boxes (different colors and sizes) to hold the macaroons... 
I got the lilac one of course, but there were so many different options I wanted them all.

 flavors I bought (left to right): Cherry Blossom, Lemon, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate, Pistachio, and Incroyables (which is an almond flavor macaroon with a marshmallowy filling)
 ★ Favorite flavors : Pistachio & Incroyables
you must try them!!!!
 the box, ThE bOx, THE BOX!!! SO CUTE!
 even the store front looked amazing, a fairy tale filled with macaroons!!
HEAVEN IS WHERE THE MACAROONS ARE!!!
Have you ever had LADUREE?! If so tell me your favorite flavors!
must have these goodies again soon.
I'm now def macaroon obsessed, and am considering applying for a job in LADUREE in a couple of weeks.
Hope you liked this post! Food porn I tell you!!
keep it classy.

xoxo, 
paintedREDD

Monday, February 13, 2012

Fashion Battle of Coasts : Lace

this weeks battle:
 Here's my second episode of the segment, Fashion Battle of the Coasts
You might be asking what this is, and I'll explain it quickly to you; my friend, Corey aka misspebblesss, and I are duking it out each episode styling a certain trend or article of clothing. (of course Corey being from California, and I from New York which brings in the coast aspects) This week of course being LACE! <3
To make it even more special, we decided to style lace for the day and night time!

DAY : LACE OOTD
my EAST COAST, NY take on Lace:
 For the day time outfit, I wanted to work more on layering lace
One of my favorite things to do, is layer lace pieces to make them more appropriate depending the time of day. So this a perfect time to pull out corsets, or bustiers and layer shirts over them to get the desired look.
Hopefully you can tell by the pictures, but this is exactly what I did. I love this corset I bought at Forever 21, and wanted to show it off, but not have it seem like i'm selling myself; so I covered it with a sheer button up. Cute I think! ^__^
1. Mesh Button Up - American Apparel, 2. Lace Corset - Forever 21, 3. Green Brief Case - Thrifted, 4. Green Trousers - American Apparel, 5. Heels - Jeffrey Campbell 

Corey's WEST COAST, CA take on Lace:
1. Faux Leather Jacket - Forever 21, 2. Lace Top - Allure Boutique, 2. Colorblock Skirt - Forever 21, 4. Boots - DSW
Corey is always fab, and this time I'm loving the rock-n-roll vibe her outfit is giving off! 
The mix of the super feminine lace tank with the leather jacket is perfect blend of hard and soft!!!
Love her outfit!


NIGHT : LACE OOTN
my EAST COAST, NY take on Lace:
 For the night outfit, I wanted to go out of my comfort zone. I'm usually not big on wearing dresses, but this one is one of my favorites dresses ever!! It is quite short, but i'm in love with the mod silhouette it's giving off!
I had to add the ankle socks to add a little more quirkiness to the outfit!!! 

1. Lace Dress - Forever 21 2. Ankle socks - Betsey Johnson, 3. Heels - Betsey Johnson , 4. Mesh Leggings - American Apparel, 5. Gold Wallet - Betsey Johnson , 6. Orange & Gold Ring - H&M
Corey's WEST COAST, NY take on Lace:
1. Red Lace Dress - Amiclubwear, 2. Black Bodycon Skirt - Forever 21, 3. Retro Earrings - Rachel Zoe, 4. Leopard Heels - Shoedazzle

WOW!!!! Corey is looking super hot, in this body conscious dress!! Love the combo of the red and black; perfect for Valentine's Day!!! 
And seems like we both gravitated towards the leopard print heels!! 
Fab outfit girly!

Check out Corey's blog : http://misspebblesss.blogspot.com/
Corey's Video video : http://youtu.be/jdLty_uOZGU

Tell us your thoughts!
Which outfit did you prefer?! 
day or night lace?!?!
Corey's West Coast California Lace outfits or My East Coast New York Lace outfits??
tell us down below in the comments, and don't forget to check out Corey's blog post, as well as both of our videos ^___^

Hope you liked this post.
Tell me how you would style lace for the day and night time!!
keep it classy.

xoxo,
paintedREDD


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentine's Day Nail Tutorial

VALENTINE'S DAY 
NAILS
I feel like I haven't done a nail tutorial in ages.... Well, that's probably because I actually haven't film a nail tutorial since Halloween! I need to get back on my tutorial filming game!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

January Favorites

It's that time again, January Favorites time!! :]
I've been kinda MIA for the past week, but I've just been going crazy with school and all the homework i've been getting. I just recently started college again, so am trying to get my schedule situated so that I can have time for work, school, and of course my lovely blog & youtube channel.

Any who, off to something that's not an excuse... Last month I did a bit of shopping, so for the future months i'll be having new things to review, and rave about. 
These are a few of the products i've recently been obsessed with!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Jeffrey Campbell : "TARDY"

I'm guilt, of being a shoe-holic!!!
My latest obsession has def been shoes; probably because I now feel trained enough to walk in them on a daily basis. (it took long enough for me to learn) I swear heels make an outfit look 10x better, and being 5'1'', with them on I can see over counters, and look people in the eyes instead of looking up!!! LOL.
Anyways just recently I order a pair of Jeffrey Campbell's (my favorite,  I get giddy just talking about them) off of envishoes.com and guess what, they were on sale!!!! 
HALLEJUAH, the prayers of a shoe-holic have been answered when you see a discounted price when checking out!!! This probably is because it means you'll still have enough money to buy another pair of shoes ;D
Clearly I have a problem!

Check Out My Video Review of the Shoes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09aWF8HEtO0
INTRODUCING : Jeffrey Campbell - "Tardy"
Any who, I bought myself a pair of Jeffrey Campbell - "Tardy" shoes in the Burgundy Suede color. I absolutely love these shoes. They are comfy just like most JC shoes; only problem is that they are a bit heavy with it being a giant platform shoe, and they probably could've add a little more cushion in the shoe but it's alright with me!