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My Pursuit of the Great Outdoors + Tipi Glamping

I'm really not much for camping but when I got invited to Pursuit Series at Hunter Mountain New York, my penchant for a new outdoor experience drove me to say HELL YES! Plus, it isn't quite "camping" when you're staying in an UnderCanvas tipi tent. Mine had 2 beds, a night table, chair and a pretty cool rug that I would totally put in my own apartment.

Pursuit Series isn't your ordinary camping excursion.  It's literally an outdoor adventure camp for grown-ups who like to be active, social, in nature and then have fun at night with drinks and music. I literally had an epic weekend in one of the most beautiful and scenic parts of New York. The only downside for me was bugs (like I said, I'm not a "camper") and the fact that it was a super hot weekend. But I loved every second of it!

This was Pursuit Series' 3rd event and I found it to be exceptionally well organized. I arrived a day and a half late only because I literally drove up to Hunter Mountain from JFK...

Holiday Shopping Event with Swarovski

I hosted a fabulous shopping event with Swarovski this month to share my favorite looks and styling tips with my friends and holiday shoppers. As you can see from the 2 pieces I’m wearing, I made sure to sparkle. The matching Tabloid necklace and cuff are my favorite pieces from Swarovski’s current collection. It tied my whole outfit together for an old Hollywood glamour look.

Our event took place at the Swarovski store at The Shops at Columbus Circle. It was amazing to have my friends, health & wellness community and followers through social media there to browse the collections, socialize and, of course, shop!

The holidays can get a little crazy with crowded and frantic shopping so it was nice to be able to host this event and curate pieces that would make excellent gifts for friends, family and that special someone.

We had plenty of bubbly and delicious bites for guests to enjoy.

Swarovski wouldn’t do it any other way!

These were some of...

Eggs, Latinos and Networking at GUSTO New York!

I had the honor of attending an event called GUSTO New York with my fellow Latinos and I'll admitedly succumb to the highest level of cheesiness by saying it was absolutely eggcellent! I partnered with American Egg Board to cover the foodie festivities, try all the yummy appetizers they served up (all made with eggs) and network. You really couldn't ask for a better invitation!

The event took place at the Hilton Midtown and was co-sponsored by LATINO Magazine and the American Egg Board. The private room was filled with professionals who are proud members of the Latino community throughout New York. Everything from the gourmet apps to the specialty cocktails were made with eggs. It was quite impressive! I loved the egg white foam in the Pisco Sours that were served at the bar. I may have had 1 too many, LOL!

Events like theee are so important to me because in my daily, busy life I find that it can be hard to preserve my heritage and culture. This is especially the case...

Working with Alex's Lemonade Stand + Win Tickets to Lemon NYC Culinary Event!

I always love sharing a heart warming story...although I must admit this one makes me tear up every time I talk about it even though it has a happy ending. Alex Scott is a little girl who had cancer all her life until the age of 8 when she passed away. During her fight with cancer she created a lemonade stand to raise money and awareness for cancer research that helped children like herself.

She created an incredible movement that was all over the news and in publications near and far. Other children and families joined in, creating their own lemonade stands to follow in Alex's footsteps. Sadly, Alex couldn't beat her disease (this is the part that hurts) but she left behind a legacy of goodwill, love and dedication for her vision that lives on as the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and Alex's Million Mile.

When I was approached about working with Alex's foundation, I immediately said YES. The story completely moved me and I felt like Alex handpicked me to share her...

The Special Olympics Event That Changed My Life

I knew I'd be terrified rappelling down the side of a building but wasn't expecting it to pull on my heart strings. Meeting Lindsey Hawkins at the bottom of my rappel had me all teary-eyed. Her passion and enthusiasm calmed me and left me wanting to know more about her. I blogged about my Over The Edge Rappel experience last year. I shared pics of my descent and was  proud to announce that I had reached my fundraising goal. However, the story for me was far from complete. I kept thinking about Lindsey and the moment she hugged me. So, I kind of hunted her down! Please watch my video above, which includes my interview with Miss Lindsey Hawkins. She's a Special Olympics athlete who's been with the organization for 14 years. She finds immense pride in this and told me that she plays every team sport that is offered through Special Olympics of Missouri (SOMO). She describes how she feels about the 14 years she's invested in sports at SOMO as "the heart and soul of an...

Escape to The Chase Park Plaza Hotel

One of the perks of my job is traveling the country, and I get so excited when one of my trips takes me back to the city I was born in: St. Louis, Missouri. Yes, it's the Midwest, but that's what makes it so great. There's so much to do and see...and in my case, EAT! That green stuff I'm chowing down on is a bowl full of charred shishito peppers. Don't ever underestimate St. Louis restaurants, because many match up to the quality you'll find in cities like New York and San Francisco. For this particular trip, I chose to stay at The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, which is located in the Central West End of St. Louis. My stay at "The Chase", as locals call it, was fantastic! Hence, the need to review it for any of you who are headed to STL and searching for a hotel in the area. The Chase is actually a historic part of St. Louis dating back into the 1920's. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Henry Kissinger and President Jimmy Carter all stayed here. When you check in, you walk...

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