Sparkle Bites: 5 Things You Should Know Before Making Your Own Havaianas

When you live in a tropical country where it’s okay to wear flip-flops practically anywhere, the Make Your Own Havaianas (#MYOH) event is huge. But for non-fashion girls like me, it can also be very overwhelming because there are so many decisions to make—like which strap color, sole color, strap size, and which pins you want to put on your very own customized pair. So if you’re planning on chasing down a #MYOH event (deets below—it’ll be held all over the country this summer), here are my tips:

1. Research before you go.
The whole point of the #MYOH event is, of course, that you can choose how you’re going to assemble and accessorize your flip-flops. This year’s theme is the 90s, so they have glow-in-the-dark pins, lots of video game-inspired pins, and you can even customize a lego-like block with your initials via 3D printing. There are a lot of choices, so I suggest you get a head start (and avoid getting options paralysis at the venue) by looking for photos on social media via the hashtag #MYOH2017 to see which designs you like.

Here's a look at some of the pins you can choose from at the event.

Here’s a peek at some of the pins you can choose from at the event.

2. You can actually choose the size of your strap.
When you buy Havaianas, they normally pair a 37/38 size for the sole with a 37/38 strap. But you can actually request for a bigger or smaller size for the strap if your feet are wider or more narrow—it’s really up to you what feels more comfortable. You just have to sign a waiver since this isn’t the norm, but peeps with irregular shoe sizes will appreciate this nifty hack. 

More tips + check out how I designed my very own Havaianas after the jump! Continue reading

What Are You Wearing To The Beach?

Choosing swimsuits has always been a challenge for me. It’s not just about the fit—it also has to make me feel confident and stylish at the same time.

I got to try designing swimsuits at the @CesaPh event. FYI: For me, high-waist bottoms are always the way to go!

I got to try designing swimsuits at the @CesaPh event. FYI: For me, high-waist bottoms are always the way to go!

But because I’ve been wearing this style for years, I thought I’d switch it up with a cute bikini. Here’s one of my faves from the latest Cesa’s latest summer collection:

Cute, right? It's an off-shoulder bikini, so it won't leave me feeling totally nekkid at the beach.

Cute, right? It’s an off-shoulder bikini, so it won’t leave me feeling totally nekkid at the beach.

Let’s face it, though. I’m a beauty girl, so aside from prepping my outfit, I also prep my skin for the beach. How? By doing a full body scrub in the shower! About 2-3 weeks before the getaway, I scrub at least once or twice a week to keep my skin soft. Not only does this get rid of rough spots and flakes, but it also ensures that I score a more even tan!

Cesa also has summer-friendly sugar scrubs and soap on a rope! My fave is the Coffee Biscuit since the scent wakes me up and it has actual coffee granules (Tyra Banks says this can help reduce cellulite!).

Cesa also has summer-friendly sugar scrubs and soap on a rope! My fave is the Coffee Biscuit Scrub since the scent wakes me up and it has actual coffee granules (Tyra Banks says this can help reduce cellulite!).

How do you prep for beach trips? And which swimsuit styles are you currently digging? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Hello Again, My Sparkly Loves!

I know, I know. I’ve been MIA on the blog…but I have a very good reason :p

I'm currently sparkling through Europe! :)

I’m currently sparkling through Europe! :)

This was taken on my first day in Paris. I arrived mid-August and I stayed in the city for a little over 3 weeks. It was fabulous, scary, exciting—and oh my gosh. You know how we rave about French women and their style? I gotta say, the men can totally hold their own, too. Ooh-la-la, they all put themselves together so well!

See what I mean? Spotted this cutie while I was in Strasbourg, France!

See what I mean? Spotted this cutie while I was in Strasbourg, France!

So basically, I’ve just been going around and trying to just live in the city (follow me on IG and Snapchat via @beautyandsparkl for real-time updates). I didn’t do too many touristy things since it’s my third time back, so I just explored on foot and had no itinerary. I’d wake up, check the weather, and see what I wanted to do. The biggest thing I loved about my trip? Just finding a random cafe to sit, sip wine, and just watch all the fantastic people walk by.

At the Paris Plages with my friend and event stylist, Beam. So much fun!

At the Paris Plages with my friend and event stylist, Beam. So much fun!

My first two weeks in Paris, I was with Beam and I was so tense-slash-paranoid-slash-uptight. I really had to push myself out of my comfort zone and it was lucky that I had someone there who had my back and not-so-gently nudged me in the right direction. Continue reading

Sparkle Bites: What I Learned From My BioBalance Visit With Hindy Weber

A few months ago, I attended (and co-hosted) an event for BioBalance Institute. I first heard about this place through my friend, Alyanna. She said she was going to the institute to help manage her stress and figure out how to take the right supplements for her body.

Learning about health and wellness with Hindy Weber and BioBalance's Dr. Stan Chua.

Learning about health and wellness with Hindy Weber and BioBalance’s Dr. Stan Chua.

I’m normally iffy about places that sell supplements or “wellness” in general because we’re at an age where everyone’s coming up with their own formula. But I actually trust Hindy’s dedication to healthy living (I mean, she did move to the province to grow her own food!) and Alyanna’s recos (seriously, this girl can make me buy anything because it’s usually worth it).

Taking the InBody test! It determines things like the muscle-fat ratio in your body, how hydrated you are, and how much fat is surrounding your organs.

Taking the InBody test! It determines things like the muscle-fat ratio in your body, how hydrated you are, and how much fat is surrounding your organs.

During the intimate event, I got to chat with Hindy and learned so many things about how BioBalance can help you take care of your body. They have several tests you can take to analyze what’s really going on in your body (check them out here), but my favorite would have to be the Nutrient and Metabolic test. It analyzes the specific level of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in your body (view the detailed list of what they’ll test here—you’ll see why it’s worth it!).

Post-gabbing session with Hindy! Our background? BioBalance's wall of supplements!

Post-gabbing session with Hindy! Our background? BioBalance’s wall of supplements!

Before BioBalance, I was guilty of self-diagnosing my supplements. When I needed to sleep, I’d take melatonin. Dealing with hair fall? Then load up on Biotin. But guess what? Your body might actually have enough of these nutrients and you just don’t know it! Or maybe, your body just can’t absorb what you’re feeding it either. You can’t really know for sure, so if you feel like you’re doing everything you can health-wise and aren’t getting the results you want, then it may be time to take an actual test.  Continue reading

Sparkle Bites: 3 Things I Like About Beauty Biz Bliss

It’s not uncommon for a modern woman to work, cook dinner, be the beautiful and charming date at her SO’s work event, and even be a mom. And I’m just grazing the basic roles here, so yeah, it can be a lot to handle.

That's why I was very excited when I learned that Frances, Martine, and Ginger were launching BeautyBizBliss.com! It's a website that helps bring powerful women together.

That’s why I was very excited when I learned that Frances, Martine, and Ginger were launching BeautyBizBliss.com! It’s a website that helps bring powerful women together.

“We talked about what we’re good at and what we’re poor at and realized we can help each other out,” says Frances. And when the trio realized that other women needed help too, they created a venue where like-minded gals can get together and form a tribe where they can share stories, swap business contacts, and help build each other up.

Try exploring their pretty website and join their mailing list for more info! Their blog posts are rich with insights + helpful how-tos.

Click on the photo to explore their pretty website and join their mailing list for more info!

During the Beauty Biz Bliss launch-slash-gathering, we were asked to share a bit about ourselves and what we do—and maaaaan—I was in shock. Women are multi-hyphenates now and work hard to chase all their passions. It made me realize that there’s this desire to “do everything”—like have the dream job, create online success, and have the family to come home to.

If that's your goal, then you could definitely use these three wonder women in your life.

If that’s your goal, then you could definitely use these three wonder women (who are also top mommy bloggers, btw) in your life.

Want to learn more about it? More deets (and the incredible swag bag I got) after the jump! Continue reading

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