Top Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day

by Fleriser Bello @fleriserbello

Wondering what to get your dad for Father’s Day and just don’t know where to start?! Below are the top items to get on his special day.

1. Wallets – are the least thought-off gifts to buy on Father’s Day. We know it is one of most needed items on a day-to-day basis where dads often stay with one until it tears apart; sad but true!  On this Father’s Day, surprise your dad with these must haves that will simplify his day. Get rid of the black wallet and give him some color with this brown leather Perry Ellis New York Simple Bi-fold Wallet on sale at Macy’s for just $17.99.  If dad prefers a basic, and classic wallet, try the Tumi Bi-fold wallet also at Macy’s for just $80.00.

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2. Personalized Dad’s Gift and let him know he means the world to you!  Check out these items he will truly enjoy and never forget!  Engrave Black Duo Money Clip is one of the simplest and lightest wallet to carry by Things Remembered for only $25.00 – write a message or his initials.   If dad is tired of carrying loose money in his pockets, try the personalized Black Matte Money Clip that will help him organize his money for only $20.00.

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3. Shaving Kit – surprise your dad with a shaving kit that will leave his skin beautifully smooth and well treated. For those traditional dad’s, they will appreciate this old-school shaving kit that will remind them of the old times! The Art of Shaving Kit can be found at Sephora for just $60.00 – it’s a simple 4 step process treatment that tantalizes deep into the pores leaving the skin refresh.


4. Sun Glasses – get your dad a fancy pair of Ray Ban, Classic Cool sunglasses, perfect  for any occasion; wear it for work, to go fishing, camping or for a wedding. The all-day wear can be found at Sunglass Hut for $94.95.


5. Watches – dad always needs a watch to get around – so why not get him a cool and hip watch either in black, silver or gold.  Try out the following top watches from Diesel, Hugo Boss, and Bulova to wear daily or for an elegant occasion. Diesel Watch Men’s Gold-Tone Stailess Steel  can be found at your nearest Macy’s stores for $325.00. Hugo Boss Chronograph Black Rubber-Coated Leather Strap Watch can be found at Hugo Boss website or at Macy’s for $350.00. Bulova Mens Chronograph Marine Star Stainless Steel Watch can also be found at Macy’s on sale for $286.00.

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6. Netgear – NeoTV Prime Media Player with GoogleTV – is one of dad’s must haves! Let your dad watch and enjoy the different features on this mini-computer system all straight from his Platinum TV.  Enjoy live TV, Netflix, surf the web, watch Youtube videos, movies and more with the touch pad remote. This cool gadget can be found at Best Buy Stores for only $99.99. 

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Summer Lining: Best Eyeliners To Use During The Summer

by The Diana Sisters @3dbeautytweets

Summer is peaking its head around the corner so it’s time to get your eyes dressed for the occasion! What’s great about the summer is that there are many looks to enhance that radiant summer glow beginning with your eyes.

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One featured product that is great to use – especially in the summer are liquid liners. The liquid liner look has been a beauty focus this year and rightfully so! Liquid liners offer the precision and definition that your eyes deserve. They help to not only define the shape of your eyes, but also accentuate them.

Many women have mentioned that they are afraid of using liquid liner as it requires a steady hand. The truth is that it takes less than a minute depending on the look you want to create! The trick is to let your inner girl come out to play and to experiment. There are liquid pens such as Nars Stylo Liuqid Liner, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liner and Smashbox Love Me Paint Pen Eyeliner, which are great to use as they are easy to handle.

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There are dip ink well liquid liners with a dip applicator such as Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudge Liquid Eyeliner,  Almay Liquid Liner that are reminiscent of calligraphy pens, which give a little more control if needed. Double Zero, Estee Lauder 92317 almay-intense-i-color-liquid-eyeliner

Lastly, there are gel pot liners such as Bobbi Brown Gel Liner, MAC gel liner, L’oreal Gel Liner that are for the more advanced user as it requires a separate lining brush. The trick is to find the right type of lining brush that you control and create the line. We like Bobbi brown – as it has a pointy yet rounded tip so it is easy to draw and create a steady line. Wherever you are in your expertise from novice to expert – there is something for you!

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There are many ways to use a liquid liner- either a natural close to the lash line look or a bold winged tip effect. Of course, if you want to take the look even further, you can tap into the artist in you and design your eye an “outline” around your eye lid- The best thingeye-studio-maybelline about liquid liners is that they come in great colors! Obviously black is a great staple and can be used anytime, anywhere! Don’t forget about Colors such as bright blue, Teal, green, purple just lighten and brighten the eyes and add summer fun to your face – not to mention a flirty look to eyes – try Eye Studio Lasting Drama by Maybelline that brings a variety of colors.

Go ahead and experiment this summer and pop those gorgeous!

Things I Learned From my Dad

by C. Mirriam Pascual, @serluz25

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Everything I needed to know in life I learned from my dad… sounds like a title of a book, it easily could be. Don Juan as many people call him today (Juan Yumba as his friends from youth call him and Juan Pascual as those that respect him call him) is my dad, a man wise beyond his years and very smart in all of life’s issues. A man with more education than many of today’s top scholars, yet his education comes from life and a very clear vision. I can’t believe the time has come for me to agree whole heartily with his teachings but here goes. My dad taught me so many life lessons that I have passed on to my daughters and grandson.

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Some of the most important lessons were:

Never trust a person that doesn’t look you in the eye. This is a winner!

The answer to most questions should be” let me think about it”. This was always the answer I got when I asked for something growing up and this is always the answer I gave my kids. It is the answer that saves me from unwise responses all of my life. My dad’s logic is when you are asked a question and you are quick to respond sometimes you may get yourself into situations you are not prepared for. By saying let me think about it you give yourself time to analyze your response to the point you are satisfied with it.

The dinner table is for family bonding, more so than for eating. At home we ate at the dinner table every night there was to be no television no distractions, it was a place to sit and discuss family issues, even when I wasn’t old enough to actually discuss anything, it was understood that the dinner table was for bonding. Today my dinner table is always set always inviting my family to sit and bond, Thanks Dad! Some of my most precious moments with my family have been around the dinner table.

Always smile it is your best asset and your greatest weapon. Again thanks Dad a smile has gained me the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing people and a smile has been my greatest weapon in tough situations in life.

Learn the art of holding doors. The correct way of entering and exiting an establishment standing aside, not blocking the isles, doorways…. These lessons cause me so much aggravation as a child, but more so as an adult because I can still hear him to this day… the correct way to enter an establishment is to wait on the right site for those that are exiting. Always look behind you and hold the door for the next person.
This is where I ask myself why others couldn’t have had a Don Juan teaching them these simple life lessons. When I am at work and a bigwig rushes in thru the door that I have opened for myself as I balance my breakfast, the security key, documents, countless packages and the door without so much as a backward glance. I want to scream you classless idiot! Did no one teach you how to hold the doors or at least not rush in while someone else opened it for themselves?

Never litter, Don Juan was always very strict about this one, you must contribute to the cleanliness of the community. There is no reason in the world to toss trash on the ground none! My daughters learnt this same way I learned… it was ingrained.

To be heard you do not need to raise your voice. People that need to scream to be heard usually have nothing substantial to say or have not learned the art of communication. It is a very unpleasant habit, and makes you look like an uneducated fool. Unless you need to yell fire to save someone’s life always use your inside voice.

As a kid I thought my dad had the craziest rules and most of the times I wanted to roll my eyes and say but Dad you don’t understand, you are just too old fashion and strict (of course with Don Juan there was to be no eye rolling ever)! Today I appreciate all of his lessons and wish there were more men like him who took the time to point out what having class and education was all about.

Thanks dad! Happy Father’s Day

7 Inspirational Books That Will Change – Tu Vida!

by Deyanira Martinez @deyamartinezl

Life is full of tribulations and challenges that it is important to recharge your emotional energy and spirit. Motivational speakers and self-help books provide readers with tools necessary to create and maintain a positive mindset and the energy to move forward when experiencing a major setback in life; whether in need of inspiration, a spiritual growth or get closer to God.

No matter how dark your days may be, there is still “light at the end of the tunnel.” So, get a libro, grab un cafecito and enjoy my top picks for this week that can magically set you free. Open your arms wide and receive the blessings – the best is yet to come.

becomebetteru1.  Become A Better You, by Joel Osteen
You can be happy and discover the inner potential within you. Pastor and New York Times best-selling author, Joel Osteen offers in this Christian book seven steps to become the best version of you and discover the gifts and blessing that God has in store for you. Whether you are religious or not, you will love this book and feel inspired. I am guilty of reading the book 3 times and I will probably read it once again.

warriorofthelight-book2.  Warrior of the Light, by Paulo Coelho
More than a book, this is a blueprint on how to live life without regrets and move on forward. This wonderful guide will give you key points on how not to “waste precious life time” on things and/or people that are not worthy – with so much depth, wisdom and meaning that will leave you repeating phrases for days!  You will definitely relate to most of the life lessons in the chapters.

fear3. Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway, by Susan Jeffers
A great self-empowerment book that will help to deal with fear and insecurity. Most people are afraid to make important decisions, ask difficult questions or have uncomfortable conversations. Whatever you are afraid of, you will find courage in the pages of this book to get rid of the victim mentality once and for all.


4. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelhoalchemist
This is one of the best-selling books in history; it has been translated into 56 languages and sold 65 million copies. The story of a boy named Santiago who travels in search of a treasure, along the way; he meets an alchemist who teaches him wisdom, to follow his dreams and listen the voice of his soul. You will be inspired by this wonderful novel.


5. The Secret, by Rhonda Byrnesecret
The Secret is a life-transforming book that helped people around the world to become happy, rich and successful by practicing the law of attraction. You have the power to attract everything your heart desires by just wanting it. The combination of positive thinking and the law of attraction could make your wildest dreams come true.  This is an incredible mind blowing self-help book, you will either love it or hate it, but you will definitely think about the law of attraction long after you finish reading the book.


6. The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield success
One of my favorite books,  after reading it, you will feel ready to conquer the world and reach the stars. Great principles on how to stay focus, develop discipline and get as far as you want in your personal life, career or relationship.


7. The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz4agreements
If you want to embrace life, be happy and live worry free; follow and practice these four agreements from the spiritual masters of the Toltec traditions:
-Be impeccable with your words
-Don’t take anything personally
-Don’t make assumptions
-Always do your best


Como empezar un dia Positivo

by Karen Rosario, @KarenRosario

Seamos sinceras amigas, hay días en que despiertas y aunque veas el cielo despejado tu actitud hace que veas nubes negras queriendo convertir tu día soleado en un día nublado. Pues dile que NO a esos pensamientos negativos!!!

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Aquí les doy un consejo para esos momentos de crisis que a veces tenemos las mujeres.

1. Lo primero que debes hacer es cambiar tu tono del despertador a una canción que te motive, con ritmo, alegre – entre nosotras a veces yo pongo un música disco de los 70’s y 80’s, aunque no es música de mi generación, te saca una sonrisa y empiezas a mover los pies y mientras caminas mueves tu caderas automáticamente, claro que puedes utilizar cualquier música que te motive a mover ese cuerpecito, si nena!

2. Lo siguiente que debes hacer es darte una ducha con algún shampoo para el cuerpo que huela rico como el Herbal Essence Body Wash, y mientras te bañas escucha música movida en la radio y canta – disfruta del momento.

3. El próximo paso es abrir tu closet y busca ropa con colores vibrantes, como amarillo, naranja, fucsia, verde intenso etc. Si eliges alguna blusa de estos colores combínalos con un pantalón o falda blanco o de color claro, aunque también funciona con jeans. Puedes también vestirte con un vestido de colores alegres y brillantes. Usa accesorios dorados, plateados o blancos pero que no compitan con tu vestuario, recuerde que se trata de sentirte positiva, y hay que tener cuidado en no desentonar con accesorios coloridos también.

4. Luego comienzas el día con la comida más importante: el desayuno.

5. En tu maquillaje usa tonos discretos, sombras cremas, colores claros, rubor suave, un maquillaje que se vea natural. Recuerda que lo vibrante y colorido ya lo llevas en tu vestuario. Suelta tu melena y el toque final, usa tu perfume favorito, ya verás cómo te sentirás con ánimos y segura. Ahora amiga, agarra tu cartera y sal a disfrutar de tu dia!



By Deyanira Martinez, @deyamartinezl

Ante una eufórica audiencia de más de 25 mil personas, Jennifer Lopez demostró porque es una de las hijas preferidas del Bronx. En este concierto gratuito, la diva boricua regreso al lugar que la vio nacer y a las calles que recorrió en su niñez.
El público estuvo abarrotando el lugar desde tempranas horas de la mañana y ocasionando severos congestionamientos de tráfico en las áreas cercanas a City Island en el Bronx.

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El condado de la salsa se vistió de gala, para recibir a JLO, quien se lució en el escenario interpretando sus más famosos éxitos, en medio de luces, humo, bailarines y cambio de vestuarios que resaltaban sus ya famosas y exuberantes curvas.
Este concierto tomo lugar luego de que diversas celebridades y figuras públicas manifestaran públicamente que la artista de ascendencia puertorriqueña se había olvidado de sus raíces y no era una representación autentica de los Latinos.


Rise Above

by C. Mirriam Pascual  @serluz5

With the death of Maya Angelou Wednesday May 28th 2014, we all should remember what a strong minority woman can do when she chooses to rise above her circumstances.

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Maya was born into all kinds of circumstances yet she rose above them all to leave her mark in the world, a world that would grow to respect, admire and remember her for her endurance, character, talents and ability to teach and help other women rise above as well.

Years of observing the strength of women have taught us that women were built to endure and rise above, it takes determination and preparation but in the end a woman who chooses to rise will rise in spite of anything that stands in her way.

While “we” rise above let’s do it with a hand extended back to help other women rise above as well. It should be our mission to assist other women on their journey to the top. This can easily be done by advising, encouraging, teaching what we have learned, listening and supporting one another. Places that we should consider helping others are our homes, our community, our worksite, our churches or place of worship and everywhere we can lend a hand.

The rewards to these actions are priceless and they always are paid forward. Let us teach our younger generations about the “Phenomenal Women” of this world and the mark they leave behind. Lets teach them how to develop character, how to maintain a graceful attitude and how teach and help others do the same.

HATER: When You Make Your Mark, You’ll Attract Some “Haters”

Maya Angelou’s “Hater” chronicles individuals who resent everyone else’s success and good fortune. With her impactful words the iconic poet and author reminds us, we are all God’s children, we all should embrace God’s gift in our lives and we all should accept and love one another.

A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all their time trying to make you look small so they can look tall.
They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever good enough!
When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters…
That’s why you have to be careful with whom you share your blessings and your dreams, because some folk can’t
handle seeing you blessed…

It’s dangerous to be like somebody else…

If God wanted you to be like somebody else, He would have given you what He gave them! Right?

You never know what people have gone through to get what they have…
The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don’t know my story…
If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too!
We’ve all got some haters among us!

Some people envy you because you can:
a) Have a relationship with God
b) Light up a room when you walk in
c) Start your own business
d) Tell a man / woman to hit the curb (if he / she isn’t about the right thing)
e) Raise your children without both parent being in the home

Haters can’t stand to see you happy.
Haters will never want to see you succeed.
Most of our haters are people who are supposed to be on our side. How do you handle your undercover haters?

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You can handle these haters by:
1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are (VERY IMPORTANT!!)
2. Having a purpose to your life:
Purpose does not mean having a job. You can have a job and still be unfulfilled.
A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be.
Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you.
3. By remembering what you have is by divine prerogative and not human manipulation.

Fulfill your dreams! You only have one life to live…when its your time to leave this earth, you ‘want’ to be able to say, ‘I’ve lived my life and fulfilled ‘my’ dreams,… Now I’m ready to go HOME!

When God gives you favor, you can tell your haters, ‘Don’t look at me…Look at Who is in charge of me…’

Don’t worry about it, it’s not your problem, it’s theirs..

Just pray for them, that their life can be as fulfilled as yours! Watch out for Haters…BUT most of all don’t
become a HATER!

‘A woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.’

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Quien recuerda a esta encantadora niña?

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Throwback Thursday!!

Este personaje lleno los días y las fantasías de todos los niños de los 80’s.

Que recuerdas de esta serie? Cual era tu personaje favorito?

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Ex-Presidente, Leonel Fernandez Saluda al equipo de Bellas Fashionistas!

Nuestra editora, Deyanira Martinez tuvo el privilegio de hablar con el ex-presidente de la Republica Dominicana, Leonel Fernandez cual brevemente hablo de la Republica Dominicana, y dio un saludo en especial al equipo de Bellas Fashionistas y sus seguidores. Chequeenlo aqui!

Author and Poet Maya Angelou has died.


Poet Maya Angelou has died at 86 after a long illness at her home in North Carolina.
Angelou wrote more than 30 books and receive dozen of honorary degrees, she was one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time, a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, producer, actress, filmmaker and civil rights activist.
Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty to become a cultural icon, gained fame and prestige for her first book, her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.

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