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My Fall/Winter Favorites!

Cynthia Simpson

 VANS PERF LEATHER SLIP-ON  

 VANS PERF LEATHER SLIP-ON 

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I have been rocking these Vans Leather Slip-ons since the summer and I love how comfortable and easy they can go with almost everything in my closet. 

THE LAUNDRESS HOME SPRAY

THE LAUNDRESS HOME SPRAY

If you are like me and enjoy the smell of clean laundry, you will enjoy this linens, furnishing and room spray by The Laundress. Spray it on sweaters that have been put away for the summer, your bedding and even your sofa. 

Looking for the perfect V neck tee shirt? Well look no further. Madewell's tees are soft, with a relaxed fit and look great with jeans. 

Round shades are this seasons go to look. These are from Alter for only 20 dollars! You can't beat that. 

Cuyana's tote bags are the perfect size for work, play or a holiday getaway. I never leave home without it.  

Chloe is a classic perfume with a fresh smell that lasts all day. I can't get enough of this stuff. 

OPI "Java Mauve-A"

OPI "Java Mauve-A"

For a natural nude look I like OPI's Java Mauve-A. It looks great against my chocolate skin and has a light pinkish tint. 

12 ESSENTIALS FOR BONNAROO 2015

Cynthia Simpson

                                                                                     Bonnaroo Icon 

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This week I'm heading south to attend the Bonnaroo music festival! For those of you that are not familiar, Bonnaroo is a fun filled, four-day, multi-stage camping festival, held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. You can see performances from amazing artists along side thousands of other music enthusiasts. The festival also features craftsmen and artisans selling cool items, delicious food and drinks. There is a comedy tent, silent disco, cinema and a ferris wheel. There is also an iconic central fountain that is painted every year by a new artist. Bonnaroo here I come!  

One thing is for sure, Tennessee is HOT... like really hot in June, so packing clothes that are comfy and light is key. Here are my 12 essential tips you should bring that will keep you cool and stylish while you're at the farm. 

1. Sneakers - Bring shoes that you can comfortably stand in for 12 hours. You should bring a second pair or some rain boots in case it pours and gets all muddy. I love these Vans printed sunflower sneakers.

2. Backpack - Wearing a backpack will allow you to carry more and have better mobility through the crowds. Herschel's line of bags come in cute designs and colors. 

3. Sunscreen - Did I mention that it's hot in Tennessee? Protect your skin from the intense rays with Neutrogena spray on sunscreen. 

4. Lip balm - The heat can really dry out your skin, including your lips. I have full lips so there is no way I will leave home without some lip armor. I like Nivea's line of lip butter. It goes on smooth and hydrates instantly .  

5. Sunglasses - Bring two just in case you lose one. Lucluc has a great selection of shades that will keep you looking cool no matter what! 

6. Face/hand wipes- Between the all sweating and using those porta potties, face/hand wipes are a necessity. Sephora face wipes keeps your skin clean and looking radiant. 

7. Camera- When your phone dies you will wish you had your camera to take that once in a lifetime moment. 

8. Shorts- The great thing about  bringing shorts is you can wear the same pair pretty much the whole time just be sure to change your top! The trick is to find ones that won't ride up your crotch. These high waisted denim shorts will be your best bet.

9. Hat - A brimmed hat will protect you from the sun and complete your cozy chic look. 

10. Tank top- If you're like me and hate wearing bras, a bathing suite top is the way to go. Bring a cute tank top to use as a cover up if you don't want to walk around in just your bikini. Madewell is my go to for tanks and v-neck tees. 

11. Scarf - Scarves are so versatile. You can use it in the day to wrap your hair up away from your face and at night, as a shawl to keep you warm when it gets chilly. 

12. Face mist - I tend to have dry skin so I like to use Mac cosmetics face mist to keep my face looking dewy and moisturized throughout the day. 

WELCOME TO MIAMI

Cynthia Simpson

The count down begins! Before I jump the broom, I wanted to spend some much needed time with my girls. Miami was just the place to get away and soak in the sun. 
 

HOTEL
We stayed at The Jetset Franklin right in the heart of South Beach on Collins Ave. The hotel has loft style apartments that are fully furnished with a kitchen, perfect for large groups or families. They provide fresh bath and beach towels everyday and the people that work there are extremely helpful and accommodating. The hotel is a short walk from the beach and nightlife. 

When you walk into the lobby they have a cool café called The Hub, which serves gourmet coffee, delicious pastries and sandwiches. This was a bonus, especially after a long night out and about. 

Texas toast with honey and latte. 

Texas toast with honey and latte. 

                  Some cool artwork on a building off Collins Ave.

                  Some cool artwork on a building off Collins Ave.

Different shades of skin.

Different shades of skin.

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BEACH FUN
The beaches in Miami are beautiful and the water is so clear! If you are like me and love laying out in the sun, don't slack on the sunscreen even if you have darker skin. The sun can and will burn you regardless of this crazy idea that having more melanin means you are protected from the sun.  I really love CVS Sheer Mist Spray. It's oil free and doesn't leave a white film that some sunscreens leave behind. It's also really easy to put on and has a pleasant scent. 

Beach essentials. 

Beach essentials. 

Right to left. Terry, Pollyanna, Andrea, Erin Day, TiffB, Elina, and Amanda 

Right to left. Terry, Pollyanna, Andrea, Erin Day, TiffB, Elina, and Amanda 

My twin sister and I. 

My twin sister and I. 

Since I have been planning my wedding, I recently discovered the power of meditation. It has opened my mind and has given me a new way to focus on the things that are important in life. I am telling you, meditation is an amazing tool that will change your life and help you see things in a new light. The beach was a perfect place to get centered and in touch with myself. I will write a full blog post about what I have learned and how you can get into meditating. 

GREAT EATS
There are alot of great spots to eat in Miami; Havana 1957 on Española Way is one you have to try out! They have great food and tasty mojitos served in cute mason jars. 

El Pub, in Little Havana, is a Cuban restaurant with a diner type feel. They have large portions and the best Cuban coffee I have ever tasted. The sweet plantains and cuban sandwiches hit the spot after a relaxing afternoon on the beach.  

COOL SPOTS
Wynwood Walls is one of the coolest places in Miami where you can see large scale graffiti art work all in one place. The murals go beyond the walls and into the neighborhood displaying expressive creativity from local artist. This area gave me a Williamsburg feel with the outdoor seating areas and young hipster crowd.        

Wynwood

Wynwood

Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern

We stopped into the Wood Tavern for drinks at a really great price. The outdoor seating area, tasty tacos and life size jenga made this bar a place to remember. They even had portable cell chargers that you could carry around with you!  

Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern

Miami was a great place to have my bachelorette weekend and I really appreciate my ladies for taking the time to make me feel so special. Love you! 

A FRESH LOOK

Cynthia Simpson

Whether you  have a big event coming up or if you're just going to your corner bodega, we all want to look effortlessly beautiful.  
Having a routine skin regimen is key to keeping  breakouts at bay and finding makeup that matches your skin tone is just as important.

For your wedding day you want your skin to be glowing and glamorous but you still want to look like YOU.  
I had celebrity makeup artist Lynette Broom come over to give me a fresh take on how makeup can enhance your natural features and give you flawless look on your  wedding day!

For the eye shadow Lynette used Iman's tiger eye eye shadow "which she says, "Is one of the best bronze eye shadows on earth " and I totally agree.

Bobbi Brown black chocolate eyeshadow was used in the crease for depth and, Mac's orange eyeshadow on top of the brown crease shadow for brightness. She also used that same orange eyeshadow to brighten my cheeks topped off with  Nars Coeur Battant blush  that's a  bright fuschia pink.

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For my lips, Lynette made this colorful lip color compact. She mixed and matched different shades to make a unique lip color just for me! 

To complete this flawless look Lynette used Nars Casino bronzer mixed with Bobbi Brown in deep 4 for my foundation. 

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Makeup Tips!

1. Exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells.

2. Use orange colors on brown skin to add brightness.

3. Take your makeup of at night! I know it's super annoying when you just want to go to bed, but do it and your skin will love you for it.

4.Moisturize your skin and  drink plenty of water.

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