Women Entrepreneurs On Wednesday

#Womenwow (Women on Wednesday) is a movement taking place this December, where ever Wednesday is dedicated to supporting Women Entrepreneurs. Wendy Diamond, who also hosted the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Event at the United Nations, started this campaign in the efforts to bring more awareness and support to female entrepreneurs.

I had the honor and privilege to attend the United Nations event where worldly leaders and speakers gathered to share their perspective. Topics ranged from what is holding women back from success, why it is important for more women to be present in the government, and how a loan of $60 can change a woman’s life. The event streamed live in 114 countries, and in several universities. Making it a day of global awareness of what is truly happen to half of the world’s population.

The United Nations, Women entrepreneurship Day event

From the empowering event, here are the top statistic that were jolting to hear:

” 80% of women’s salary goes to kids while 30% of men’s salary goes back to children. When we invest in women, we are investing in the next generation”- Rodrigo Arenas, a member of the Guatemala government

“98% of women pay back their loans,” Vicki Escarra, Global CEO of Opportunity International

“We need more women in government. Half of the population is not in the conversation” – Atti Riazi

“During slavery it cost the equivalent of $4, 000 per slave, today you can buy a girl for $300. Women don’t even know they own their own bodies” – On sex and human trafficking. The best prevention is to have more women presence online.

United Nations Womenseday

The best advice from leading women:

“Let’s stop telling women there are road blocks, we are not going to make it. We are up against the same issues as men.” Christine Souffrant, Founder of Vendedy on the topic of what holds women back.

“They see the importance of it, and they know they can change it,” Heidi Messer, Co-founder of Collective[i] on what makes a person an innovator.

“Self-awareness, be authentic, never stop learning, workout because you’ll need the energy, don’t tell anyone your passions- make them bullet proof, and find a man who enjoys staying home to raise the kids” Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals on how to be successful.

“Being an entrepreneur is like jumping out of a plane and building a parachute on the way down,” Erika Karp, CEO of Cornerstone Capital on discussing the fears of being an entrepreneur.

“Just because you are captivated by the men in your group and what they are saying, doesn’t make your voice less important. When you think it, feel it, go ahead and say it!”- Jen Welter

United Nations Women entrepreneurs

 

The event and #WomenWow made me want to share my own personal story of being a female entrepreneur. After graduating college into a recession, I worked mediocre jobs to get by. It pained me to take jobs where I feverishly worked for another person’s dreams yet only paid slightly more than minimum wage. I decided to make a change. I wanted to create my own schedule, work in a field I was passionate about while still had time to work on myself emotionally and physically. I began freelance writing for startups, blogs, and young entrepreneurs. I still remember my first paid writing job and thought it was a dream! When I started, I didn’t think I could actually do it, I second guessed my talent and work. But with that first job under my belt,  it empowered me to continue.

I push forward with content writing, product descriptions, and blogging for other companies. Eventually, I began this blog to see what type of platform I could create for myself. I knew having a published voice meant power, having a readership meant power, and I knew as a society we needed more powerful women online sharing real opinions and advice. As a result, I had the opportunity to meet some of the most incredible individuals who inspire me, lift me higher, and spark creative solutions to problems we face as a whole. One of the many influencers who helped me was Heidi Nazarudin from Blogger Babes, who showed me how amazingly rewarding a blogger babes life can be.

I still continue to grow, learn, create, and this blog is the physical result of the never-ending evolution. In honor of #WomenWOW, I am preparing once more a new shift in direction for this blog, sharing empowering articles every Wednesday that will help women around the world to reach their fullest potential, or in the very least have a voice and outlet to turn to.

Let me know in the comments below what empowers you, and how you are supporting Women Entrepreneurs this month!

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Irresistible Me Review

Recently I received my first ever set of hair extensions. As a beauty blogger and fashion addict, I was giddy with excitement to get my hands on the luscious extensions by Irresistible Me. The process of ordering the set was simple. Irresistible Me has a video that demonstrates how to match to your exact hair color. The company also displayed real users and what colors, length, and weight they chose for extensions. I ended up with Royal Golden Blonde(#14) at 20 inches and a weight of 200 grams (the heaviest).

Irresistible Me Hair Extension Review, Remy Royal Golden Blonde

Irresistible Me Hair Extension Review, Remy Royal Golden Blonde

Irresistible Me Hair Extension Review, Remy Royal Golden Blonde

Irresistible Me Hair Extension Review, Remy Royal Golden Blonde

Irresistible Me Hair Extension Review, Remy Royal Golden Blonde

The extension came international and took about a week and a half to receive the order. But when they arrived I immediately tried them on! The color match identically to my own hair. I was amazed! The extensions are made from real human hair, which helped create the perfect texture. What I love about the packaging is that there’s one small section that you can open to see if the color matches and if it doesn’t you can return your order for free! Super reassuring.

In total, I received one large clip fastened by 3-clips, two 1-clip-ins, two 3-clips in, and five  2-clip-ins. That’s 10 clip-ins. That’s a lot of extensions.

I quickly learned the best way to apply the extensions is to start at the base and evenly place the clip-ins throughout. This took some time and patients as I had never done anything like this before. With each try, it got a little bit easier and quicker. I think next time I am going to try to create tiny hidden braids to have the extensions to hook into easily and securely.

The overall effect of having the extension in were absolutely amazing. It was an instant transformation. I felt like a model with flowing, long, blonde hair. I love how they made me feel.

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Morning and Night Moisturizers

It is getting colder out there, meaning the skin is getting drier. Here are two of my all time favorite moisturizers that will carry you through the winter season.

Morning Time!

Before walking out the door, I use Origins A Perfect World that has 25 SPF-infused into its rich creamy moisturizer. The consistency is heavy, but my skin drinks it up. I can immediately feel the difference. I apply liquid foundation (tarte) over the moisturizer without any problems. Overall, product perks:

  • Super easy absorption
  • Not greasy (oil free)
  • SPF 25 (Protects against signs of aging)
  • Antioxidant using white tea
  • Natural Ingredients (No Parabens!)

Origins A perfect World Beauty Review

Origins A perfect World Review skin care regimen

Night Time!

After washing away the dirt of the day, I apply Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Moisturizer. It is a lighter moisturizer that smells like yummy creamsicles. I feel so pampered applying this product every night. Here are the perks:

  • Moisturizer with vitamins packed in (A,C,and E)
  • Smells delicious
  • Cruelty-free and paraben free (and sulfate free)
  • Super soft effects on skin while protecting

Ole Henriksen Nuture Me Review skin care regimen

Ole Henriksen Nuture Me Review Moisturizers

What is your Morning and Night Skin Care Regimen?

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It’s Perfectly Normal If…

Growing up reading Glamour Magazine I loved reading the section, “It’s okay if…” That little column made me laugh, relate, connect and laugh some more. To lighten the holiday stress as well as bring some giggles I wanted to bring a special version of that column to Rock.Paper. Glam. Here is some Holiday Humor

It’s perfectly normal if (the holiday edition):

  • You still pray for snow days in your 20’s.
  • The factor that determines where you buy presents is if they provide FREE gift wrapping. No one has time for that.
  • Listening to Pandora Christmas nonstop still makes you so giddy people ask if you are drunk. “Drunk on Christmas, y’all”.
  • You get excited by every holiday theme Starbuck drink, and afterwards realized you paid $6 for a coffee. Oh well!
  • Dreading picking up gifts for the whole family. All of the sudden 3 people seems significantly big.
  • Planning the holiday movie order in your head. Love actually or The Holiday first?
  • When Black Friday seems like a great idea, but so does sleeping in.
  • Opening up the biggest gifts first. I’ve waiting long enough!
  • Celebrating the first snow fall of the season with such delight, and then cursing every time it snows thereafter. It’s only good if you get snow days.
  • Realizing homemade hot cocoa is way better than every buying it in a cafe.
  • If at least one thing burns while cooking Thanksgiving day dinner.

Holiday Humor

  • Still believing in the magic and miracles of the holidays. I mean, how else do you explain a significant mood change in strangers.
  • Never fully understanding the point of candy canes, but still want them!
  • Driving around to see how everyone decorated them homes for the holidays and critiquing each one, even though you didn’t even put up lights.
  • Laughing with friends at the local diner after the family dinner is by far the best part of the holidays.
  • Knowing that life isn’t perfect, but there is so much gratitude in what you do have and for the people who love you.

Happy Holidays! Leave in the comments below what is perfectly normal for you during the holiday season.

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Holiday Gift Guide Sneak Peek

Next Friday I will be launching the first ever Holiday Gift Guide by Rock.Paper.Glam.! What should you expect exactly? Tons of gifts specifically geared towards those picky friends and family members. I’m sharing my top picks for the jet setters, the moms-to-be, the trendsetters, beauty queens, foodies, and rugged outdoorsmen to name a few. Whoever you may have on your shopping list, I’ll guarantee to have you covered.

I could go on and on over what else to look forward to, but why not give you a sneak peak from a page of the booklet?!

Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Woven Scarf, Nordstrom; 2. Felt Floppy Hat, Kohl’s; 3. Faux Fur Pom Pom, Macy’s; 4. Crystal Bib, Baublebar; 5. Watch, Cluse; 6. Dior ‘So Real’ Sun Glasses, Nordstrom; 7. Vegas Ring, Baublebar; 8 Faux Leather Jacket, Nordstrom.

You guys, you have no clue how excited I am to share this with you! Stay tuned for next Friday when the rest of the Guide will be available. Feel free to share with friends, and in the meantime shop holiday looks and gifts using the tabs above!

 

 

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Irresistible Me Holiday Look

The holiday’s are coming! Meaning plenty of photos opportunities at family gatherings, parties, and other celebrations. I want to take a moment to show what I use to add some punch to my hair because honestly nothing is better than a really great hair day.

For starters, I have thick curly hair that has a mind of its own. Therefore, many formal events I like to straighten my locks to keep each strand in place (at least try to).

Next, I like to add a little volume or style to my look. I recently received these amazing natural hair extensions from Irresistible Me, which not only adds the perfect amount of volume but also length! I am a sucker for super long hair. I feel like a pint-size model with flowing blonde locks. Each time I try growing it out long for myself I get tired of the maintenance and chop everything off.

When I got these extensions, I was super eager to give them a try. I ordered the royal golden blonde in 20 inches and a weight of 200 grams. What I noticed is how well the clip-ins blended with my natural hair color and texture. I was amazed how perfectly it matched.

The process of clipping the extensions in takes some getting use to, but once they are secured, I can feel a transformation. It is like putting on high heels, there is an instance change.

This look is perfect for a New Year’s Eve party, or a Christmas cocktail party. It is a very glamorous hairstyle that will guarantee stunning in photos. For more casual events, I would simply pull back my hair in a ponytail, or braid it. Let me know if you would like for me to demonstrate a more casual holiday look with these extensions in the comments below! Stay tuned for a full review of Irresistible Me.

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How To Fix Airbnb

After reading a new article stemming from a recent Airbnb stay resulting in a death, I immediately knew what my next Monday Travel article was going to be about.

I’ve had my fair share of renting nightmare Airbnb homes. My accidental rental of a drug den and real life ghost story luckily didn’t lead me to any physical harm, but I was horrified by the lack of quality control, liability, as well as misleading marketing. I thought this so-called miracle way to travel could use some improvements and here is how:

  1. Show the number of times a place has been booked compared to the number of times it has been reviewed. Many cases, when it’s a less than thrilling experience, people don’t review the place. I would like to know of the hundreds of people staying there, how many are providing a positive feedback.
  2. Update photos! The marketing techniques used on Airbnb are impeccable. Impeccably deceiving. I’ve rented apartments that looked like they were flooded with natural light, only to find a dark dingy hole in a wall. Updated photos that accurately portray the apartment is basic criteria.
  3. On that note, allow guests to upload their own photos when providing feedback. As a consumer I’ll see things that most people would forget to photograph. Not only will this help future guests to understand the rental better, but also provide helpful tips to the host on how to improve lackluster conditions.
  4. State the cross-streets or actual neighborhood. Again, descriptions can be misleading. From personal experience, I found an apartment titled  “Santa Monica getaway”, only to be located in a run down part of Venice Beach. By no mean is not the same location. Make sure the location is properly labeled to avoid confusion as well as disappointment.
  5. Lastly, inspections. There needs to a be a trained professional to inspect the condition, cleanliness, and safety of the home before it is rented for $300 a night. That’s just common sense. To keep the seamless application process everyone raves about, I suggest having homes not yet inspected listed as “in training”. These should be placed at a 10-20% below the market value, which provides an incentive to rent the home and for homeowners to have their place inspected.

On a serious note, my heart and prayers go out to the family who lost their father. I know this is a rare case, but none the less difficult. While there are many qualified Airbnb homes for rent, there does need to be a marker of quality and an issue of liability while Airbnb continues to grow.

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One Stop Holiday Shop

You may notice a few new things around here. That is because I am transforming the blog into the ultimate, holiday bazaar! “I love holidays, I love holidays, yes I do!”

When you realize there's less than two months until Christmas...
When you realize there’s less than two months until Christmas…

I blame it all on being born on Christmas.

You may ask, “So how is this going to be the one stop holiday destination?”

To which I respond, “Great question!”

First, you will notice a countdown clock to Christmas and Hanuka in the sidebar. Reminding you how many days are left until present time!

Speaking of presents, you will notice in the top menu a new tap called Holiday shop. Under this tap, there are drop-down menus featuring gifts for him, gifts for her, and gifts for under $50. Each will bring up a page of presents for everyone on your list.

There are also two other tabs named holiday decor and holiday fashion that will bring you to a page full of ideas to help you prepare for the season. Check back periodically as more items will be added!

That’s only the beginning! These next two months you can expect plenty of beauty tips and styling tricks for Christmas parties, office parties, brunches and New Years Eve galas. I will also have a special guide to remain sane during this time of year (we all have family that drives us nuts). Make sure to subscribe to stay in the loop for those future posts!

Searching your family and boyfriends web history to see what they might have gotten you..
Searching your family and boyfriend’s web history to see what they might have gotten you for Christmas…

Lastly, I will be sharing Black Friday and Cyber Monday codes that will help you dominate this year’s biggest sales. Nothing better than to saving a few bucks!

In all, I want to make this holiday season the easiest, most joyful time of year. If you have any suggestions on what you’d like to read during the holidays, let me know in the comments below!

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When people tell me they hate the holidays, I’m like…

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Just Faux You!

In the spirits of World Vegan month, I am sharing some super cute faux leather and faux fur jackets (plus accessories)! The days are starting to cool down, but it’s not exactly parka wearing weather yet. Faux leather jackets make the best in between outerwear while still looking chic. For evenings that are slightly cooler, try faux fur jackets. They will upgrade your outfit while keeping you toasty warm.

faux leather jackets for fall

Fall trends, outerwear

chic fall outerwear

Vegan leather jacket

The faux leather jacket I am wearing in these photos is from Lulu*s. It is currently sold out, but I found a similar look here and more affordable look here. One of my favorite faux leather brands that I have been following for years is BLANK NYC, which I’ve listed below. The way they drape the material is brilliant. Plus I find them to be relatively affordable for the quality they provide Feel free to click to shop!

Faux leather purses seem to be harder to spot, but I manage to find some gorgeous pieces from Nordstroms. I love these handbags because the quality and workmanship is perfection. What do you think?

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