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A group of influential bloggers post a “wordless” picture based on a theme every week and linkup to each other. It’s mighty fun. Check us all out to see our intrepretation and inspiration of the theme. Join in too.
This week the theme is “Change”. Next week’s theme is “Fun”.



DoveBridal at the Four Seasons


Dove Bridal Goodies


A few days ago I received a peculiar invitation to the¬†Dove &¬†Brides Bridal Brilliance event at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. It seemed strange to me because, I’ve been married for 15 years. I thought –> that’s weird but, why not? My cousin in Georgia, recently announced her engagement so, I took it upon myself to investigate it on her behalf.


There were so many brides-to-be there with their bridesmaids, friends, family and, some with their grooms to be. I think I was the only blogger there that evening. No worries, I thought to myself.

Once I worked my way into the event I quickly signed up for a Dove Deodorant PitiCure. No, I did not misspell the word. ūüėÄ LOL!! This was a first for me as well as for the many guest at the event.

The PitiCurists gently massaged my arms and scrubbed my elbows, followed by a wipe of my armpits. Once my pits were cleaned of sebum, the technician applied a fresh coat of the Dove Clinical Protection deodorant. I was informed by her that the Dove product she was applying on me, minimizes the appearance of underarm hair over time. “Are you kidding me!!” It has a delicate fragrance and I was pleased with the results. It kept my armpits feeling dry, fresh, and smelly pretty. The thought of less hair to shave, was very appealing to me too. I nearly fell asleep during my mini back massage. Ay! Mama!! It was too relaxing.

Four Seasons~Beverly Hills


Feeling dainty after my armpit facial PitiCure, I strolled through the beautiful garden patio. They had a few models dressed in gorgeous bridal gowns by Monique Lhuillier, walking about and answering the curious brides’-to-be questions. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres¬†flowed freely which I¬†happily¬†helped myself too¬†(that was my dinner).

Being among the lovely brides-to-be brought back memories of my wedding. We never went to any type of bridal event. I relied heavily on magazines to guide me through process. Yes, weddings are a massive undertaking not to be dealt with passively. Our little production was a great success thanks to our familias. Although thinking back, it would have been wonderful to have had the opportunity to indulge in bridal events such as this one. (Better late than never, huh?)

While waiting in line to have my mini manicure done from O.P.I., I spoke with some of the ladies around me. I met one mother of the bride who shared with me her joy and tug of losing her daughter to marriage though, she loved her son-in-law to be. Sometimes it’s tough for us mommas to let go. My boys are now in their teens but, watching nature take over them tugs at my heart too. (Yes, I know I need to cut the cord. Blah, blah, blah.)


Robbin's Brothers showcasing the BonnBons & guest being treated to a mini manicure courtesy of O.P.I.


The evening was also paired with fun and sassy jewelry from Robbin’s Brothers. They had a beautiful table that sparkled, lined with jewelery named BonnBons by Lori Bonn, displayed. They’re a type of slide charm bracelet you can put together piece by piece. The selections vary from gemstones to tokens and, more.


Bridal Gowns by Monique Lhuillier


At the end of the evening, two winners were announced. One person won a pearl neclace from Robbin’s Brothers and the other person won a gift certificate from Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Lucky gals!! As strange as the evening was for me, considering I am not getting married again or ever again, I had a great time being pampered.

Gracias Dove for inviting me to this lovely event and for all the goodies I had the joy of taking home with me. Plus for the refreshing & relaxing PitiCure via Spa Connections.

Robbin’s Brothers, it was a pleasure meeting you and I loved the BonnBons.

O.P.I., thanks!! I needed that mini manicure for my shabby nails after I peeled off my acrylics.

The above review on this post is unbiased. I have not received monetary compensation to write this review, although I may have received a party favor that may or may not have been part of this review. (The favor/goodies I received, were the same as for all the guest who attended.)


Latino2 Conference in LA

About two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Latino2 conference at the convention center in downtown Los Angeles. The mission of the group is dedicated to gathering Latinos in social media from across the nation. We, from the blogosphere, were amongst the many who were present. Other media related business folks were also in attendance as well as people from public relation firms & journalists.

I enjoyed key note speaker, Brian Solis. He stated the importance of building relationships with your audience versus growing your community, (content vs quantity). The key to reaching your audience is to take the time to get to know them when using social media outlets such as Twitter or Facebook. The growth will follow the content.

They had several panelists discussions regarding the world of media and its reach within the realm of Latinos. Businesses are starting to notice the power of this rapidly growing market. Discussions from panelists included the following:

  • Mommy Bloggers, Elisa Batista, Liz Cerezo, Ana Flores, and Silvia Martinez invited the audience to a Q&A about the blogosphere. I could relate to many of the topics they covered, (being approached by PR folks, the differences between journalism & blogging, and much more.)
  • Giovanni Rodriguez talked about marketing to the Latino community. It is a largely diverse group which can make it difficult for some marketers to understand how to tap into the Latino market without clumping us into one stereotype. Rodriguez also discussed the difficulties of “friending” your family members on Facebook. Would you “friend” your mom? Grandparent? I sure wouldn’t. LOL!! I DO have a cut-off point. (Sorry momma.)
  • Jennifer Vides and her panel discussed methods to approach the Latino community. Do business websites dedicate a separate page for this market or do they create a whole website just targeting Latinos? They also discussed how advertisers can potentially create more noise by using social media outlets.
  • Elianne Ramos moderated the Q&A panel with Cross-Border Marketing Agency, VRTCCOM. They discussed the differences between marketing to Mexico versus marketing to Latinos in the United States. It surprised me to learn how much more Mexico has embraced the powers of social media over the American Latinos. Talk about buzz noise!!

Angel & Elianne

It was very exciting to meet my LATISM (Latinos in social media) buddies too. Actually, it was a bit weird and overwhelming. Elianne put it best~> “Looking at everyone here is like seeing the avatars from Twitter with legs.” OMGosh!! No kidding.

You can sometimes find me on Twitter chatting with the group on Thursday nights. I loved visiting with many of my other twitter friends as well as some of my bloggy amigas that I haven’t seen in while too (well, in real life that is.) Unfortunately our time was short plus I was distracted by my grumbling stomach.

My bloggy amigas!! Saray, Me, Dariela, Sylvia, Eva, Janis, Ana, & Lisa

Link ♥ to my bloggy amigas & amigo!!

‚ĚÄSaray from¬†Mother’s Utopia

‚ĚÄDariela from¬†Mami Talks

‚ĚÄEva from¬†Tech.Food.Life

‚ĚÄJanis from¬†Sneak Peek At Me

‚ĚÄLisa from¬†The Grant Hunter

‚ô£Angel Maga√Īa from¬†Cheleguanaco

Just scroll¬†‚ėĚ to¬†Mommy Bloggers for Sylvia’s and Ana’s link¬†‚ô•.

Investor & Business Coach, Bill Walsh

The evening was topped off with parting words from venture capitalist and business coach, Bill Walsh at La Fonda. As much as I wanted to nibble on my fingers from the hunger I was feeling, I had to listen to Mr. Walsh speak. After all, he had flown by private charter plane from San Diego to speak to the group.

Walsh addressed business investments, building traffic and, digital media. Walsh also spoke about the challenges small businesses have when looking for additional capital to fund their ventures. He stressed the importance of developing value in your business before approaching and pitching investors. I was also impressed when he said to never give up your dreams. Something I have done because, I feel as though time has passed me by. Maybe it’s time to make some adjustments to my future goals.

The Latino2 is a traveling conferencing that will tour various metropolitan cities throughout the United States. Next stop? New York!! I hope you will get an opportunity to attend one of these conferences, it was very informative.

After listening to Mr. Walsh speak, my friend Janis and I raced to¬†Tommy’s Hamburgers in the Rampart Village. The yummy greasy burgers were worth every calorie!! *slurps*


Yummy Caloric Rich Tommy's Burger