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Sunday, October 26, 2014

My experience at Oprah’s 'The life You Want' weekend in Miami

By: Farrah Estrella
Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend in Miami
Hola Estrellitas!!

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend Oprah’s "The Life You Want” weekend event at the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami.

I was thrilled when I received the email that I was approved as media for this event. I was so overwhelmed just by being approved that I just couldn’t believe it. I have been a fan of Oprah since I was a young girl and to actually have the chance to see her that was unbelievable to me. I’m glad I did apply. I don’t get star struck but if there is somebody that would want to meet in my life, that would be her, Oprah.

The two day event started on Friday with “O Town”, an interactive experience outside of the arena where all guests attending the event had the opportunity to take photos, enjoy cooking demos, live music, check out the vendor’s booths, lounges and much more. That took place from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The weather in Miami was a bit challenging since it was raining and windy but we managed.






At 6:00 pm the doors to the arena opened and we had a chance to be seated and wait for Oprah to take the stage. 

Oprah came out to a standing ovation and a sea of lights thanks to the interactive wristbands we were given at check-in that light up and change colors. 

She talked about her life, growing up in Mississippi and her numerous accomplishments.  Even thought we were at a stadium that holds thousands of people, the evening felt intimate and it was like she was talking to you personally, one on one. The place was in complete silence except for the times that Oprah said the occasional joke, she was very funny actually. I’ve been told that it is always quite when Oprah speaks during this event on the first night.

We cried and laughed with her as she told us the story of her life. Like myself, I am sure almost everyone in the arena knows Oprah’s life story by heart. We have googled her and read her Wikipedia page a million times but hearing her story in her own words was priceless.


Oprah Winfrey Photo Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns

Oprah Winfrey Photo Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns

Oprah Winfey Photo Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns


Day two of the event on Saturday was from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Joining Oprah on stage were spiritual leader Deepak Chopra, life coach Iyanla Vanzant, best-selling author of “Eat, Pray, Love” Elizabeth Gilbert and Pastor Rob Bell.

Photo Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns

Aouthor Elizabeth Gilbert and Oprah in Miami Photo Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns

Pastor Rob Bell and Oprah in Miami Photo Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns

Deepak Chopra and Oprah in Miami Photo Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns

Iyanla Vanzant in Miami Photo Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns


SoulCycle instructor Stacey Griffith energized the arena during her customized routine for the event SouL15. SoulCycle is a premierefull-body,indoorcyclingworkout that is taking the country by storm.

SoulCycle Stacey Griffith in Miami Photo Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns

In addition, Paralympic Bronze Medalist snowboarder and “Dancing with the stars” finalist Amy Purdy also joined Oprah to present the Toyota’s Standing O-vation award to an outstanding individual from the city of Miami. 

The recipient was 77 year old retired teacher Estella Pyfrom, who used her live savings to create Estella's Brilliant Bus”, a bus with built-in computer stations that travels to sites in different communities. The Miami-based program was created by Estella to bridge what she refers to as the “digital divide,” the lack of computers and technology in schools of underserved neighborhoods. Her program has helped over 60, 000 children. 

She received a $25,000 dollars grant from Toyota and Oprah matched it with another $25,000. I learned so many things about life this weekend and I feel like I grew emotionally another 10 years.

Oprah Winfrey Photo Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns
Check out some pictures of the experience below and if you have a chance to go to this event in your city, you don’t want to miss it...it’s worth every penny.

TOUR STOPS:
Sept. 5-6               Atlanta, Georgia               Philips Arena
Sept. 12-13            Auburn Hills, Michigan        The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sept. 19-20            Washington D.C.                  Verizon Center
Sept. 26-27            Newark, New Jersey            Prudential Center
Oct. 17-18              Houston, Texas                    Toyota Center
Oct. 24-25               Miami, Florida                       American Airlines Arena
Nov. 7-8                  Seattle, Washington            KeyArena at Seattle Center
Nov. 14-15             San Jose, California            SAP Center at San Jose 


For more information on Oprah’s “The Life You Want” weekend visit www.oprahweekend.com.











Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blogger event at the new 'Cacique Lifestyle' store at Newport Centre

By: Farrah Estrella


Cacique Lifestyle store in New Jersey
The new Lane Bryant’s “Cacique Lifestyle” store located in the New Port Centre Mall in Jersey City, New Jersey held a blogger event today to celebrate its grand opening.

The store opened a few weeks ago but this party was a way to formally introduce the store to the blogging community.

The new concept store is the first ever in the country and it features the Cacique brand of lingerie, as well as activewear, loungewear and intimate apparel (bras and panties). The store is also going to carry future Cacique & Lane Bryant designer collaborations and the new ready to wear, runway inspired collection 6th & Lane.

The store is bright and beautifully decorated; it is very feminine and elegant. It features spacious and comfortable fitting rooms with adjustable lighting and design elements such as nice sitting area with modern furniture as well as small details such as fresh flowers and a robe in every fitting room.

It is definitely an experience that every plus size woman should have. We had some snacks and got a chance to receive a personalized panty with our initials on them. It was great to catch up with my blogger friends that I don't get to see everyday.

Check out some pictures from the event below as well as pictures of the store. What do you guys think? Do you like what you see? Shop Cacique online at www.lanebryant.com.





















Monday, October 20, 2014

Dominican Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

By: Farrah Estrella
Oscar de la Renta
Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away today in his home in Connecticut after a long battle with cancer. De la Renta, 82, was an icon in the fashion and art communities.

For over 50 years he has been dressing some of the most beautiful women in the world from first ladies such as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush to socialites, celebrities and even Vogue editor Anna Wintour. 
 
He recently appointed British designer Peter Copping as creative director of the Oscar de La Renta brand, igniting rumors that he will be retiring soon.

Born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic, he went to Spain at the age of 18 to study painting but instead fell in love with fashion. He landed a job working for couturier Cristobal Balenciaga and then worked with Lanvin before moving to New York to work for Elizabeth Arden.

 
In 1965 he launched his Ready-to-Wear label and never looked back. His fashion house now includes shoes, jewelry, perfumes, bridal, a home collection and of course the fashion lines.

 
He was known for his ultra-feminine silhouettes, his design style could be described as elegant, romantic and glamorous but WWD described it best when they said that his signature style was “tastefully extravagant, Paris-influenced, with an undercurrent of Latin pizazz”. 
 
Oscar de La Renta is survived by his wife Annette de La Renta and his adopted son Moises de la Renta.
 

Oscar de la Renta




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Spotlight on: Caite and Kyla Seo by Caite, Inc

By: Farrah Estrella
Caite

Hola Estrellitas!!

I discovered a big treasure right on my backyard this week “Caite, Inc.”, they are a women’s apparel line and wholesaler that is headquartered right here in the Tampa Bay area. 

Caite Inc. produces two lines of products the “Caite” line and the “Kyla Seo by Caite” line. The Kyla Seo line is name after the company CEO and founder's daughter.
The company is known for their signature knit fabrics and their rayon Lycra fabrics that have a soft and buttery feel to them, add an embroidered touch to that and you got Caite. Although many people in Tampa Bay may not have heard of the brand, Caite’s products are being sold in over 1500 specialty stores nationwide including catalogs and websites such as Modcloth and Soft Surroundings.

Caite’s clothing is cleverly designed to make you feel fabulous and comfortable, without breaking the bank. The clothing is affordable and it makes you look feminine and luxurious.

The best part for me about the brand is that they catered to women of all sizes, from a size XXS to XXL and 1X to 3X, we can all look beautiful wearing Caite no matter what size you wear. That is very important to me as you guys know my motto is, fashion for all.

 
Check out a sneak peek of Caite Spring 2015 Collection
 





 Check out a sneak peek of Caite Fall 2015 Collection








Kyla Seo by Caite Spring 2015 Collection








Kyla Seo by Caite Fall 2014 Collection




One last thing, Caite is getting ready to have a huge warehouse/sample sale from November 17th to 21st, 2014. Their clothing usually retails from $64 to $168 dollars but at the warehouse/sample sale everything will be $15 dollars, what a great deal!. I will keep you posted fashionistas about of all the details about the sample sale coming soon.

For more information on Caite visit their Showroom and Warehouse at:
Caite, Inc.
PHONE: (813) 962-0900
FAX: (845) 531-4814
14502 N DALE MABRY HWY #120
TAMPA, FL. 33618

 You can also visit their website at WWW.CAITEONLINE.COM.