Pick The Perfect Bathing Suit For Your Body

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Target — all opinions are my own.

Target is making every aspect of the spring swim experience from shopping to trying on, to mixing and matching, to summer styling, and to family beach activities – more exciting, enjoyable and entertaining for everyone.

Yeah I went there — I tried on bathing suits in February. We’re girls. Trying on clothes should be fun, but, for some reason, when it comes to a bathing suit, I start to cringe at the thought. Will my boobs stay in place? Does my stomach look okay? These are just some of the questions that come to mind when the fitting room session begins. This past Summer I turned down multiple pool party invites because I didn’t feel like my body was ‘swim suit’ ready. I know I’m not the only girl who has let Summers and vacations go by without stepping foot in some water and I hope that you will join me in stopping that today. What I’m starting to learn now is that perfection doesn’t exist when it comes to my body and that’s okay. I need to let go of that fear, because it’s getting in the way of me being able to fully enjoy life.

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Target has a huge selection of swimsuits to choose from at their stores and online. I faced my fear head on, grabbed some cute styles and headed straight to the fitting room. If you prefer to try bathing suits on at home Target has you covered with free shipping and free returns. You can try out tons of styles and return what you don’t like without any hassle. Not only does Target make the shopping experience easy, but they also have tons of selections to choose from. No matter what type of bathing suit you’re looking for, I guarantee you’ll find the style at Target. I’m also excited to share a pledge that Target wants us to participate in. Target is asking us to take the #NOFOMO pledge and have a fun, fearless Summer. I’m with them on that and want you guys to join me too!

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When selecting a bathing suit I look for comfort, how easily it’ll allow me to move around and how well the swimsuit will fit my body. Here are two key things you should keep in mind when going bathing suit shopping to make the experience easier:

  • Erase trends from your mind: Don’t worry about what’s ‘in’ at the moment. Focus instead on what looks good for your body type.
  • Pay attention to your favorite body part: Normally when we’re trying things on we put all of the focus on covering up what we don’t like. Switch things up and pay more attention to what you love about your body.

After my fitting room session I left with three bathing suits that I loved and can’t wait to wear this Summer. I’m taking the #NOFOMO pledge and will take up every pool party invite I get this Summer — and I’m getting in the water too! What will you do differently this Summer when you take the #NOFOMO pledge?

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Valentine’s Day Makeup | 4 Different Options

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner💘 Wether you’re going on a romantic date or hanging out with some girlfriends, I’ve rounded up four different makeup looks for you to try. Personally, I love shades of pink for Valentine’s Day so of course I had to incorporate this color into my makeup tutorial. This video in particular is a collaboration with my friend, here on YouTube, Nathalie Muñoz. Keep scrolling to watch her video next plus the other two looks.

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Romantic Mauve – Valentine’s Day Makeup

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Winged Liner Valentine’s Day Makeup

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Drugstore Valentine’s Day Makeup

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My YouTube Filming Setup – Lighting + Equipment

Yesterday I went live on Periscope (@melissaflores) to give you a behind the scenes look at my filming setup. Periscope is a pretty cool app. If you don’t have it on your iPhone I suggest you download it now. With Periscope you can watch live broadcasts, unfiltered, and conduct broadcasts of your own. I love the way you can connect with people all over the world and most importantly that I get to chat with you guys LIVE!

But, enough about Periscope, today’s post is about filming setup for your YouTube channel. Having the right lighting and equipment can really determine the quality of your videos. I’m always searching for ways to make my videos even better. The setup that I have today has drastically changed the quality of my videos. As promised here are links to everything I use:

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LIGHTING

2 Soft BoxesLimoStudio 700W Photography Softbox Lighting Kit — This set brings two soft boxes and two 85W bulbs.

Ring Light– Diva Ring Light ‘Nebula’ LED Ring Light — For the price listed you’re only getting the actual ring light without the stand for it — I purchased a separate tripod listed below. This is currently the latest ring light model on that website. Instead of an actual bulb, it has LED lights. I love this so much better because the LED lights don’t produce heat. I also love this model because you can control the brightness level.

 

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FILMING

Record YouTube Videos– Canon70D — That is the exact bundle I purchased with the 18-55mm lens. Amazon offers other bundles for you to choose from.

Record Vlogs + Photos– Sony a5100 — You can purchase it on Amazon or BestBuy. The pricing is always changing. Sometimes it’s cheaper on Amazon or vice versa. When I purchased the camera it was cheaper at BestBuy at that moment so that’s where I got mine from. Camera is available in black and white (I have the black one).

TripodsRavelli Light Weight Aluminum Tripod — I have 2 of these tripods. When I film one is used to mount the camera and the other has the ring light attached.

 

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EDITING

Computer– iMac — Personally I recommend an apple computer because I love the editing capabilities. Before getting an iMac I used to edit on my MacBook Pro.

Editing Software– Final Cut Pro — I’ve been editing all of my videos on Final Cut for the past year. It’s a similar setup to iMovie so if you’re switching over from that it won’t be too difficult to pick up Final Cut Pro. Final Cut is pricey, about $300, but Apple allows you to download a free 30-day trial. I suggest getting the trial on the exact day you plan on editing so you can use it as much as possible and figure out if you want to pay for the software after the 30 days are up. iMovie is also great and FREE when you have an Apple computer. You can learn how to use both of the editing softwares by watching tutorials on YouTube.

Microphone– Blue Snowball Microphone — For voiceover recording I use this microphone. At the moment I don’t use any external mics while I’m recording regular YouTube videos.

Before purchasing anything, I always recommend doing your research and looking up other places to get the best deal possible. All of these items are pretty pricey, but I’ve invested in them in order to create the best videos possible. I hope this post was helpful for anyone who has a channel of their own. Continue to invest in yourself and your channel.

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Smoldering Eyes + Plum Lips Makeup Tutorial

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When I got the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in this gorgeous shade of plum, I knew that I wanted to create a look around it. Since the lip was so bold, I wanted the eyes to be fairly simple but still captivating. The smudged liner and wispy lashes combination was a perfect duo.

This makeup is great for a night out or even a Valentine’s Day dinner. All of the products I used are listed in the video. When you’re done watching, head over to my channel and subscribe :)

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Take Steps Towards Getting What You Want In 2016

The beginning of the year is a classic time for people to re-evaluate their lives and make big changes. But how do we go from wanting something to getting it? Here are some ways that you can be proactive in getting what you want.

Know what you want

It may sound obvious, but you need to focus in on your goals or you’ll lose track of what you’re aiming for in life. For example, it’s not good enough to say you want to run your own company. You need to flesh out that dream a little so that you can really begin to identify with it.

Visualisation is a helpful tool for this. Imagine what your flourishing business will look like in three years’ time – how will it look, where will it be, how will it affect other people’s lives. Having a detailed picture of what you want will help you reach your goal. You’ll then be able to recognise when something you encounter along the way will take you closer to your dream, or distract you from it.

Take action

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Like the Butterfly Effect, each small action can have affect your goals 

In order to move from knowing what you want to getting what you want you need to take action. This isn’t always easy to start with, but even a small step in the right direction will make a difference. For example, if you want to get a promotion at work, there’s no point just hoping it will happen. Tell your manager you’re looking to progress your career, ask them what you need to do in order to increase your chances for a promotion. Only when people know your desires can they help you achieve them.

Even the smallest step you take towards your goal will be significant, and action will also help you shed fears you have about making change as well as building your self-confidence. Staying stuck in a rut, on the other hand, will only serve to make you question your ability to achieve what you want and undermine your confidence.

Accept that motivation levels vary

Sometimes when you set yourself a goal to achieve, you have the right intention but you’ll find that you’re not always motivated to carry a plan through. That’s because our levels of motivation will vary from day to day, sometimes even from hour to hour. For example, if we say we’ll get fit by going to the gym every other day, and you then skip a day because you don’t feel like going, then you might end up giving up on the whole project. When you’re faced with a lack of motivation to do something, have an easier alternative that still pushes you towards the same goal. For instance, if you can’t face the gym, go for a brisk walk instead and go back to the gym the next day.

Stay focused on today

It’s sometimes easy to look forward to what you want in the future and not enjoy the present moment. But that’s no way to live. Yes, have ambitions and plans for the future, but don’t see today simply as a way of getting to tomorrow. One way to make the most of now, rather than putting too much focus on what’s already been and gone, and what might happen tomorrow, is to practice mindfulness by developing a greater awareness of your thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on you.

Mindfulness can help you in a number of ways. It can reduce stress and anxiety, it can lift your mood and help you feel in control of your existence. It can also help to declutter your mind so that you can sleep better.

Some people find that meditation is a good tool for achieving mindfulness, while others use yoga or tai chi. What all these activities do is encourage the participant to concentrate on their breathing and their body in order to clear their mind. Thoughts will still come to you, but you will learn to observe those thoughts rather than do battle with them.

Through mindfulness, with less focus on anxieties, you will be better placed to enjoy the current moment as you continue on your path to getting what you want in life.

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