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August 15, 2014 / Maris

Génesis Dávila Wins Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 2014!

Congratulations are in order for Miss Génesis Dávila!


Miss Dávila, previously a runner-up at the Miss PR Universe and Miss Intercontinental pageants, represented her family’s hometown of Arroyo. The 6-foot stunner will go on to compete at the Miss World Pageant, tentatively scheduled for December 2014 in London. Over 120 countries compete at the Internationally-renowned pageant, which is now in its 64th edition and boasts a televised audience of over a billion.

“Estoy súper feliz, entusiasmada, de sólo pensar que Dios me ha dado esta oportunidad,” says the 19-year old, who also noted she is single. “Este era el momento,  lo dije desde un principio, que estaba viviendo el mejor momento de mi vida.”

You can catch more of her post-crowning interview HERE. I can’t wait to see how her team will present her at Miss World!

July 28, 2014 / Maris

Moda Por Menos: Summer Style with ASOS New Look!!

Summer is almost halfway over, but the day parties, rooftop cocktails and  backyard BBQ’s are still going strong! With six weeks (including the birthday of yours truly) left till Labor Day I thought it would be a great time to do a MPM for some summer inspiration-and luckily BLF fave ASOS was here to help out! Scroll below for our guide to this seasons trends courtesy of ASOS’ newest addition NEW LOOK:



Bold mixed and tribal prints are showing up everywhere, and Rocsi totally WERKS this look! She lets her top do the talking by keeping her accessories neutral (plus, what else do you need to say when your legs look like THAT), and pairing it with denim cutoffs. You can turn heads at your next house party with this mixed print top (click pictures for links):



Pair with ASOS Low-Rise Denim Shorts and have fun!



White on white never goes out of style for summer, and Adrienne Bailon makes it pop by mixing textures (can I pause for a second to pay homage to Adrienne’s makeup artist? She STAYS flawless). Keep it simple at your next rooftop date (or in my case, an all-white birthday) with this crochet-accented dress:



Flowers optional!




Bailon again takes us to this summer’s love of prints by remixing it on bodycon dresses! There’s a day party in your future, and you know there’s someone you want to impress but not appear you’re trying too hard, so slip on one of these numbers with metallic sandals and pair with beach-y waves for effortless chic.






And last but not least, Rocsi shows us how it’s done when you have a hot summer date with a dare-to-wear cutout dress!


They’ve found a way to put a slit, hole or illusion panel in almost every article of clothing it seems this summer, and I have to say…I’m not that brave. So I found a cutout dress I can deal with:



Pair with a pop-of-color shoe and a bright lip and that’s all the bold I need!

So what are your favorite summer trends so far?

July 23, 2014 / Maris

Naya Rivera is Married!

In blink-and-you’ll-miss-it news,songstress and Glee star Naya Rivera is married!!

Photo courtesy of People Magazine.

Photo courtesy of People Magazine.


Fresh off the heels of her ill-fated engagement to rapper Big Sean, Naya tied the knot with actor Ryan Dorsey after a “whirlwind” 3-month romance (the couple started out as long-term friends of over four years) on July 19th in front of a small group of family and friends in sunny Cabo, St Lucas.

“We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife,” the couple told PEOPLE in an exclusive spread, which also saw the couple’s released wedding photos. “Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for.”

Well I guess when you know, you just know! Felicidades to the happy couple!

July 17, 2014 / Maris

I’VE GOT A SECRET (The Curvy Socialite & Ideeli)


Congratulations to BLF pal The Curvy Socialite on her partnership with Ideeli!! Be sure to check in for great Plus-Size offerings!


Originally posted on The Curvy Socialite:

In recent weeks I have been on this mission to “curate” my life. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting ready to start a new chapter (stay tuned my darlings….all will be revealed in due time) but I have been on a “de-cluttering” kick. Paring down and “lightening” up your environment is a great way to make room for new things. .

So part of this new chapter has me changing up my style a bit…”upgrading” my fashion sense so to speak. My very late “spring cleaning” has me at a point that my closet is nearly empty. Between what I have donated, given away or sold…there really isn’t much left in the wardrobe. This near Herculean (lol…see my reference to this summer’s certain blockbuster… I can’t wait to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the movie about the ancient Greek hero) task has me trolling…er..browsing the internet looking for…

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July 16, 2014 / Maris

The Imperfect Ally- Who Speaks for Us?

***This piece is in response to the backlash over THIS article by Damon Young of VSB. Read, and if you dare, share your story.


Before I hit the third grade, a family friend once joked that women needed to hurry up and get their first assault out of the way so they could get on with the rest of their lives.

Hey, what did you expect? I was born female. Walk with me for a bit.

My childhood birds and bees talk consisted of the standard mechanics with a caveat; the warning there are going to be people on this earth that believe your body belongs to them. It is your job to put distance between you and those people and alert adults accordingly. My life has been cultivated around maintaining that distance.

Everybody has a morning routine.  Mine also includes the walk to the train, where I have to allow the appropriate seconds to acknowledge the four men that block my way to the station every morning. Pleasantries are exchanged, my smile adjusted if I wasn’t “happy” enough that day; my daily performance art. The price I am told I have to pay for being “so pretty miss lady!”

I have only ever been inebriated to the point of needing assistance once in my life. Thankfully, that assistance came at the moment someone tried to lock me in an empty bedroom to “get away from the noise and talk some more”.

When I did go to the club my girls and I had a system; one to the bathroom, one holds the drinks. No one accepts a drink handed to them; we walk to the bar and accept it in person. We came together, we leave together. Everyone gets a text when we get home. Understand the rules?  Good, now lets have (not too much) fun!!

I have been told that I can’t live my life as a victim. That I can’t just not have fun. That walking around in fear is no way to live. That I need to drink this shot and live a little.

And every time I have been told this it has been from a man.

It is very easy to live your entire life without ever knowing what your neighbor’s is like.  Even easier to judge everyone else’s situation by your own circumstances. To say what you wouldn’t do in a scenario whose possibility is unfathomable in your reality. Stepping out of your privilege in into another person’s reality- even to briefly note by the grace of God go I- is an exercise most never partake in.

But some do-and it isn’t always perfect, and it isn’t always pretty. Not every lesson will be learned the first time. But if someone takes the initiative to meet me halfway, I’m going to do the same. Because we owe it to ourselves to utilize every teachable moment. Because while I’ve lived my life and can explain it better than anyone, sometimes it is better received from a different voice. Because silencing that voice simply because it doesn’t sound like mine does more harm than good. Because I am more afraid of what will happen when we stop discussing it at all.

Or maybe it is just because I believe every person that gains an ounce of understanding gets me closer to a day when I can walk out of my door and just…walk.


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