Valentine’s Day

    I hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day ūüôā I cannot believe the weather we have been getting. It makes me excited to know Spring is around the corner. I could really use warmer sunny days!¬†

    It has been some time since I shared my day with you. Every time I went to take my phone out to capture my day, I’d put it away. I wanted to just live in the moment and not stress about getting the perfect lighting, the perfect angle, and the perfect edit. But I am back with a game plan and ready to attack it. I have a Boston Trip coming up and I cannot wait to share it with you and introduce you to someone new!¬†

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    Thomas & I celebrated V Day two day’s straight this year. Wednesday night we went to dinner. As I am writing I just laughed a little because we made reservations at 4 different restaurants. The Italian restaurant we craved was completely booked as we decided to wait the last minute¬†(yes, our fault). We had no idea what type of food we wanted as Italian was out of the option. After calling all 4 places to reserve our table we decided to just go with our all-time favorite here in Worcester – Bocado Tapas Wine Bar.¬†I have raved about this place before, BUT even better now as I realized their menu has options for people who do not eat meat.

    We arrived a little early so they sat us at the bar to have a drink as we waited on the table.¬†To start off the night we ordered a pitcher of the Mixed Berry Sangria.¬†I think we took 2 sips and our table was ready, we didn’t wait too long. We sat at our table, looked over the menu, and started with the Bolas de Arroz Fritto.¬†

    The next dish that came out was for T, Hamburgesas de Wagyu.

    The dish after was Casamiento: sliced steak with rice, beans & vegetables, piquillo chimichurri sauce. I only ate the rice from the dish. I forgot to take a photo! The last two dishes were¬†Berenjena a la Plancha: grilled Japanese eggplant, roasted sweet potato vinaigrette, crispy garlic and T’s Lobster Raviolis. HOWEVER, the Eggplant dish never made it to our table and they really tried to charge us for it.

    After laughing so much at dinner we headed home. 

    What I Wore to Dinner

    The Jumpsuit is from Zara, I got this when they had the 70% off Sale. I looked on their website & I am not seeing it anymore. The Burgandy Pointed Toe Shoes are from GoJane and the Clutch is from OldNavy, both are very old and not available online.

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    On Thursday (day two) we both slept in as it’s his day off. We got ready and headed to Nu Cafe for breakfast. I don’t think I ever mentioned them before on the blog. Nu is located here in Worcester and they¬†have food for everyone. I love this cafe. I got an everything bagel with vegan cream cheese and a blue monkey smoothie:¬†blueberries, bananas, fresh apple juice, coconut milk & agave.¬†T got¬†an egg and cheese on an everything bagel with a coffee.¬†

    What I Wore For The Day 

    Outfit Details

    Top: Zara, got it the same time as the jumpsuit. I cannot find it online.

    Blazer: HM, very old! I actually saw this on Poshmark.

    Jeans: HM, old as well lol. FashionNova has a lot of different styles here.

    Booties: Forever21 here.

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    We arrived at Natick for the mall and the movies. 

    Our first stop was Gucci. I really wanted a new wallet/card case. My current card case is from Target (years old) and needed to be replaced.

    Thomas, I know your reading this post as you read all of mine. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! 

    I then headed to Victoria Secret/Pink for a few things and I downloaded an app called PINK NATION. With this app I received 1 free pantie, $1.00 Face Mask, 1 free cup with a pizza flot¬†(photo here) for the pool, and 1 free waterproof cell phone case. I was pretty happy ūüôā¬†

    Shopping was over and it was time for the movie, Fifty Shades Freed! T has taken me to see the three films around v day, it was something I waited for and it sucks that the 50 Shades are over ūüôĀ

    Once the movie ended we came home, changed into pj’s, and cuddled in bed watching tv.

    Enjoy your long weekend if you have Monday off ūüėČ

    Pretty Lingerie Makes It All Better

    Valentine’s Day is next week & I am so excited. I have always loved February 14th,¬†I am a hopeless romantic.¬†

    Every year Thomas goes ABOVE & BEYOND to make me feel special. He does every day even when I am being a brat.

    I feel like he knows that I am such a sucker for r o m a n c e he puts his heart into this day.

    Honestly, look what he did last year (click here). This year I know what we’re doing and it’s pretty casual; stay tuned for that.

    Valentine‚Äôs Day is all about love and looking sexy for your partner at the end of the night ūüėČ Ladies, you have asked where I purchase my lingerie and now I will tell all! Men, if you are here for gifting advice I will deliver! Please keep reading for my vday favorites and tricks to feeling sexy every day of the year!!

    For me when it comes to lingerie I try my best not to go overboard with spending the money on something I know I am not going to wear 24/7.

    You can have special pieces for certain occasions. Let’s start off with the luxury¬†lingerie.

    My favorite is¬†Agent Provocateur, click here it brings you right to their Valentine’s Collection. You can find something for a date night or breakfast in bed.

    Another place is Journelle,¬†click here.¬†I actually have never purchased anything from them. Their pieces are very casual¬†with a little hint of spice ūüėČ

    The last high-end place is La Perla click here.¬†Love love love their V Day Collection. Although it’s a very high-end store it does not hurt to look. When shopping from here a little trick is to check out the SALE Section.

    As for the affordable places, you can check out places like Victoria Secret, Adore Me, Macy’s, Forever21, FasionNova, Amazon, Target, & even Walmart. Yes, Walmart. I have seen some really cute pieces in store and on the website.

    If your really tight on money or don’t want to spend a lot of money you probably have items you have worn before, that you can spice up to look different. Here are some tricks. Look at your matching bra and panties set; you can get a garter belt, thigh high stockings, or a sexy bathrobe. The black robe above is from FashionNova (here).

    I know many of you ladies out there have a few bralettes. Here is another tip. Find a sexy thong or boy shorts in a solid color that match the bralette, do your hair, put on a tiny bit of makeup, throw on some heels and you have a little outfit without spending too much money.

    I hope you have a wonderful day well spent with your loved one(s).

     

    February 8, 2018

    I am the Solution

    “Her heart may be guarded. She may be hesitant when it comes to love, but the woman with the highest wall built in front¬†of her heart is often deserving of the greatest love.” – R.H. Sin¬†

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    Not everyone suffers from having a guarded heart, but I sure do. To be honest this is one of the biggest obstacles I struggle with. I love and dislike that my heart is guarded. I love it because it is very easy for me to remove people or things with no purpose in my life. I dislike it because it makes me guarded with the people I love the most. I can give out all of my love in a healthy way, but will not accept love from people unless it is on my terms.

    Example: if Thomas wants to hug or kiss me and I don’t want him to at that moment I tell him not to touch me. I put a rejection stamp on his heart. To be honest it hurts me that I do that to him because he would never reject me.

    Blossoms, you know I love opening up with all of you. I love to face my truths and I am grateful I have Roses and Champagne to do so.

    After speaking with all the wonderful women in my life and getting their feedback on being guarded I have come to a realization.

    I am going tear my wall down and accept the love from my loved ones.

    Picture this; there is a line down the middle I am on one side my loved ones are on the other. Every single person on the other side is waiting for me to cross over and love me deeply. I am going to cross over and accept the love. I want the love, but I have had my guard up for as long as I could remember (very young age) that I do not know what it is like not to have it up. The longer I keep the waiting, the longer I stay put, the sooner they all walk away.

    Why let them walk away when I am the solution? What is the worst that could happen?

    Some people will enter in and break something, but I am now strong enough to understand that those people are no longer purposeful.

    My wall is coming down in 2018. I know by doing this, only great things will come my way.

     

     

    January 11, 2018

    The Meaning Behind My Blog Name

    Do you ever wonder how people come up with their Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Blog names?

    I always do and I thought why not share with all of you the meaning behind Roses & Champagne.

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    When I was thinking of a blog name I knew I wanted it to be chic and feminine. I knew I was going to be sharing self-loving and lifestyle posts.

    I wanted the name to represent me but in a different way.

    After a lot of thinking and contemplating I came up with Roses and Champagne.

    Roses (rose) represents me due to a message I received when I was going through a dark path on my journey.

    As I explained in my post “Letting go is hard!” I was speaking with a woman Angela. Angela gave me the following message

    ‚ÄúI see a rose and a trashcan. The rose is you and it is closed very tight. The trashcan is for you to let go of everything and put it in the trashcan. When you start doing that; you/your rose will start to open.‚Ä̬†

    That message stays with me daily and just makes me feel amazing knowing how much I have blossomed.

    Also, another message the Universe provided me with is¬†‚ÄúTruth and Roses have thorns about them ‚Äď Henry David Thoreau‚Ä̬†

    The message was on a shirt that I saw shopping. I immediately thought wow that is deep. The crazy thing is I saw this message a little after receiving the message from Angela. Yes, roses now mean so much to me.

    ¬†Champagne¬†I feel also represents me. Well… it’s my all-time favorite alcoholic drink. I feel it represents me because once you get to know me I have such a bubbly personality.

    I started playing with the words champagne and rose. I loved the feminine vibe Roses and Champagne sounded so that is where we have come from.

    Many of my family members ask why I address my readers as Blossoms. Here is the reason why.

    Every day we grow into the people we are meant to be. We grow through everything we go through; the good and the bad.

    I strongly believe we all grow at different rates. 

    Therefore I love calling my readers Blossoms because we are all blossoming into who we are.

    Pour yourself a glass of champagne and blossom with me.

    January 9, 2018

    Learn Your 7 Chakras!

    HAPPY 2018 BLOSSOMS!

    I can feel it deep in my bones this year is going to be the year of growth for so many of you. 

    Growth in all different aspects of your life. Love, Wealth, Health, Happiness, and whatever else you are seeking.

    As we are in 2018, if you have not already taken time to write down your goals for this year, please do so.

    Why? Because when you write down your goals you tend to remember them more.

    You are more likely to achieve your goals. Also, you can reflect back and see what you have accomplished.

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    For me this year one of my goals is to heal and unblock a few of my Chakras. 

    Some of you may or may not know about the Chakras within your body.

    You have 7 Energy Chakras in your body.

    7.Crown 

    6.Third Eye

    5.Throat

    4.Heart

    3.Solar

    2.Sacral

    1.Root

    All of these energies flow through your body evenly. When a Chakra/Energy is blocked it can interrupt the energy flow process causing physical, mental, and emotional distress. *Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor I just share what I believe and resonate with.*

    1.Root Chakra 

    • Your Root Chakra is located in your tailbone.¬†
    • It provides security, survival, and overall makes you grounded.
      • Grounded as in it makes you feel safe and strong.¬†
    • When the energy is blocked it can leave you feeling anxious and hopeless.
    • To¬†unblock/heal¬†you can add the color¬†red¬†to your everyday life as red is the associated color.
    • You can eat red food such as berries.
    • You can wear a Garnet Stone.
    • You can say your affirmations “I am centered and grounded. I am eternally safe.”

    2.Sacral Chakra 

    • Your Sacral Chakra is located in your pelvis.
    • It provides creativity, confidence, and sexuality.
    • When the energy is blocked it can leave you feeling lonely and emotionally unbalanced.
    • To¬†unlock/heal¬†you can add the color orange to your everyday life as orange is the associated color.
    • ¬†You can eat orange foods.
    • Energize your space with the color orange.
    • You can say your affirmations “I am creative. I am confident in everything I do. I am open to touch.”

    3.Solar Chakra 

    • Your Solar Chakra is located under your ribs and¬†in the diaphragm.
      • It is connected to your digestive system.
    • It provides a sense of power and helps regulate your fears.
    • When the energy is blocked it can cause eating disorders, fears, and loss of control.
    • To¬†unblock/heal¬†you can add the color¬†yellow¬†to your everyday life as yellow is the associated¬†color.
    • You can add lemon to your water.
    • You can say your affirmations “I am healthy. I am not afraid. I can choose in any situation.”

    4.Heart Chakra 

    • Your Heart Chakra is located in the center of your chest around the heart area.
    • It provides compassion, connection, and love.
    • When the energy is blocked it can cause disconnections and rejections.
    • To¬†unblock/heal¬†you can add the color¬†green¬†to your everyday life as green is the associated color.
    • You can eat your green vegetables ( it’s important to do so anyway ūüėČ )
    • You can wear the stone, Jade.
    • You can say your affirmations “I am kind to myself. I listen to my heart. I love myself and others.”

    5.Throat Chakra 

    • Your Throat Chakra is located in your throat.
    • It provides leadership, expression, and communication.
    • When the energy is blocked it can cause insecurity and anxiety.
    • To¬†unblock/heal¬†you can add the color¬†blue¬†to your everyday life as blue is the associated color.
    • You can eat blueberries.
    • You can connect with the ocean. Visit the ocean more. Hang photos of the ocean.
    • You can wear the stone,¬†Lapis Lazuli.
    • You can say your affirmations “I speak for myself. My voice is strong. My voice is clear. I communicate my feelings with ease.”

    6.Third Eye Chakra 

    • Your Third Eye Chakra is located in between your eyebrows.
    • It provides intuitions, thoughts, and dreams.
    • When the energy is blocked it can cause judgment, lack of sleep, and lack of intuition.
    • To¬†unblock/heal¬†you can add the color indigo to your everyday life as indigo is the associated color.
    • You can wear the stone, Azurite.
      • It is crazy to me because I know my Third Eye needs healing.
      • I went to a Crystal Expo back in August and every booth that had Azurite my eyes were drawn to it.
      • My Third Eye was basically saying we need that stone.
      • The woman I was with was telling me you need this for a reason.
      • Azurite is the darker blue stone.
    • You can say your affirmations “I see and think clearly. I trust my intuition. I know the answer.”

    7.Crown Chakra 

    • Your Crown Chakra is located at the crown of your head.
    • It provides consciousness, wisdom, spirituality, imagination.
    • When the energy is blocked it can cause depression, confusion, and disconnection.
    • To¬†unblock/heal¬†you can add the color violet¬†to your everyday life as violet is the associated color.¬†
    • You can wear the stone, Amethyst.
    • You can say your affirmations “I am enlightened. I am at peace. I am light. I am me.”

     

    If you feel some of your Chakras Energies are blocked, try unblocking. If you need to start to add the color to your life paint your nails that color, wear that color in your clothing, add it to your home decor. 

    Unblocking your Chakras are very important. It allows the natural energies to flow and allows you to live a happy positive lifestyle.

    If you want to read more informative post like this, let me know. I am more than happy to help ūüôā

     

    January 5, 2018

    New Product: Dermaclara

    Hey Blossoms, Welcome Back to the blog!

    I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving & Mini Break ūüôā

    This past week I received a new product that reduces the appearance of stretch marks, lines, aging skin, scars, and more!

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    There are 3 easy steps to this. 

    Step 1: Cleanse with Claraprep 

    You want to dispense the Claraprep into the palm of your hands to create a lather. 

    You then cleanse the desired treatment area, rinse, and pat dry.

    Step 2: Treat with Clarafuse 

    Clarafuse comes in a tray which you remove and then peel it away from its protective backing. 

    You carefully apply the sticky side of the Clarafuse to the treatment area, try your best to avoid creating air bubbles.

    Leave it on the treatment area for up to nine hours or overnight.

    This can be washed with warm water and is reusable for up to 30 days depending on the skin.

    Note: You want to try to keep it away from humidity, sweat, dust, and debris. Replace the Clarafuse once adhesiveness wears off.

    Step 3: Enhance Results with Claraline 

    Dispense the Claraline onto the palms of your hands. 

    Apply it to the treatment areas as needed after following the two steps above.

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    I will be using this product on my hips as I have those hip stretch marks.

    To all my Mommy friends and friends who want to reduce stretch marks, lines, aging skin, and scars click here to read more and shop.

    At checkout use CODE: HEART20 for 20% OFF

     

    December 2, 2017

    Ipsy Glam Bag: November

    I cannot believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday, I am so excited. 

    Getting to eat amazing food…who doesn’t get excited about that? This year is going to be very different for me.

    This is the first year of being a plant-based eater. We shall see how this goes!

    I am also excited because you get to spend the day with a majority of your Family and I love great quality family time. It gives me warmth and a sense of peace.

    With that being said let me share with you the 5 products I received in my ipsy Glam Bag this month.

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    I’ve had ipsy for a little over a year now and haven’t cancelled the monthly subscription, that says something ūüėȬ†

    Some of you may know about ipsy, some of you may not. Let me give you the 411 really quick.

    Ipsy is $10 a month and you receive a Glam Bag that comes with 5 different products.

    Ipsy was created to inspire the uniqueness and creativity for everyone in their own way.

    Every month you receive a DIFFERENT Glam Bag with a positive meaningful message.

    This month I received a blue glam bag.

    What I love most about these bags are how they can be used for many different things. Travel, gifts, and an extra pouch for your purse/backpack.

    Crown Brush

    This brush is so soft and perfect for highlighting or blush. I love receiving brushes in my glam bags as brushes can get expensive.

    100% Pure Argan Oil 

    This oil is amazing and not to mention it is 100% pure, 100% organic, 100% natural. This heaven in a bottle can be used so many different ways. You can use it as a face/hand moisturizer and it does not leave you feeling greasy. You can also use it in your hair for split ends & hydration.

    I have never tried a cream highlighter and I think I was waiting to try this one! This color is beautiful – glows perfectly on the skin.

    They’re Real Mascara¬†

    Everything you want in Mascara is here! Lengthens, volumizes, and separates ! I am in love with Mascara I feel Mascara is the only thing I am good at when applying makeup. Maybe because it’s the first thing I learned in High School from my friend Kimberly – who is now a MUA and a Certified Esthetician. She helps me so much with SKIN CARE & MAKE UP! Her IG is (here) check her out!

    Tarte Blush 

    I am also a blush lover! I feel blush just makes your face look so pretty. Your face turns elegant & soft when wearing blush. I love the name of this blush, it is called Fiesty. When I was showing Thomas this and told him the name he said “oh fiesty.. just like you” ūüėČ “FUN FACT: It’s made with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon river.”

    Remember how I said every month you receive a positive meaningful message? Well, this month the message was ALL YOU. Ipsy wrote The way we see it, November is a time to reflect on what matters most. For us, what matters most is you.”¬†¬†This month they are spotlighting 5 real ispsters that do not have a large Instagram Following or Youtube Credentials, ipsters who just express themselves every day.¬†

    Blossoms, please leave a comment below on what matters most to you. What are you grateful for?

    It can something big or something small, just take a moment to reflect and share it.

     

    PS: If you are interested in the ipsy glam bag for only  $10.00 a month please click here.

     

    You can find all products listed above by clicking on their Product Name-All photos are mine. 

     

     

    November 19, 2017

    To Him

    Hey Blossoms, this one is for Thomas as he greatly deserves a little something for our 7 years. 

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     T, I am always writing you long messages, notes, and letters on our growth. I wanted to do something different and keep it nice and sweet.

    There are way more than 15, but here are the 15 Reasons Why & What I Love About You.

    I love you because of your patience with me.

    I love how positive and mellow your attitude is.

    I love you because you never switch up on me.

    I love you because you love me flaws and all.

    I love going to sleep and waking up next to you.

    I love your smile, you know the one you have while reading this.

    I love your hands because every year they tell a different story.

    I love you because you’re constantly improving yourself.

    I love you because when you make me laugh I laugh with all of me.

    I love you because no matter what you don’t leave the house without kissing me.

    I love you because you are my home.

    I love you because you change out the cat litter (most of the time).

    I love you because you balance me out.

    I love you because you love me.

    I love you because you try your best.

    Tommy here is to 7 years & counting. Can’t wait to see what this year brings us!

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    November 5, 2017

    Natural Curly Hair

    Earlier this week I put a poll on my Instagram Story asking if you wanted to see how I achieve my natural curls.
     
    100% of you said yes! I asked, you answered, and now I am delivering!
     
    So here it is from the products I use and the way I style my hair. 
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    After washing my hair using the Coconut Curls Shampoo and Conditioner by OGX Beauty¬†I then spray It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in¬†Conditioner¬†throughout my hair and let it soak in for a few minutes.¬† Then it is time to brush out my hair.
    As I have curly hair it is always tangled and needs to be brushed thoroughly. I do not know why ninjas have to fight in my hair.

    I love this shampoo and conditioner as it was created for curly hair. I feel it has helped so much with strengthening my hair and also with the growth. *Not tested on animals*

    This is a must-have in my book. Spraying this in my hair before brushing out my knots helps tremendously. If I run out and do not have it, it takes FOREVER to de-tangle my hair. To be honest using this is like having little fairies in your hair detangling each strand after the ninjas destroy it. I recommend this for all hair types as it is a leave-in conditioner and helps keeps your hair hydrated.

    *Not tested on animals*

    Now it is time to define the curls. I use the Defining Cream by OGX Beauty. I use this cream instead of a gel I feel it is much healthier on the hair. Now to apply this you want to scrunch your hair. Scrunching your hair is helping shape the curl.  In the past, I used the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie but I feel it was too thick for my hair. It is such a great product but I feel it works better on thicker hair. I gave it to my sister as she has more ethnic hair.

    Once the cream is in then you want to use a blow dryer with a diffuser head, this is important. It is more important to apply a heat protectant spray before using the blow dryer; any spray works. After blow-drying, my hair is fluffy and curly. 

    Once my hair is blown dry I then apply PYT Argan Oil. The smell, texture, and shine it provides is amazing. I was actually gifted this from my MUA Friend Kimberly. I really wish there was a better way to describe the way something smells because the smell of this oil is amazing. I know a lot of people get worried about applying oil to their hair because they do not want it to get greasy, but this oil is a non-greasy. I recommend this as well. 

    *Not tested on animals*

    SO…. here it is Blossoms how I tame my natural curls.What are some ways you tame your mane? Let me know below.¬†

    PS: have a great weekend 

    xo

    October 13, 2017

    Rainy Humid Day Outfit

    Hello, My Blossoms! 

    How is your Monday going?

    I had the day off due to Columbus Day. Did you have to work or go to school today?

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    As our attire changes for the seasons I wanted to share with you an outfit for those Autumn Rainy-Humid Days. I don’t know about you, but its very hard finding an outfit you can wear to stay cool, but also comfortable in the rain.¬†

     

    In this look, I am wearing Vintage Jean Shorts from GAP. I actually found these during a thrift store shopping day. I have had these shorts for MANY years; they become more distressed with each wash and I love the look of them. Check out different style shorts (here).

    The white bodysuit is from Forever21. I do not see it on the website, but there are similar ones (here, here, and here).

    The black blazer I have had for many years as well, I do not remember where it is from. You can find many different style blazers (here).

    The booties are a very recent purchase from Boohoo. It was the first time I shopped at their store. These booties are so comfy I was very shocked. You can find them (here). I feel we all need a statement bootie for this season.

     

    What are some ways you dress for humid-rainy days? Let me know if the comments below.

     

    October 9, 2017