Home » Archives for Rena

Author: Rena

NYFW: Chromat AW 2018

Chromat never disappoints when it’s time to go down the runway and show the world what a diverse show looks like!

This fashion season proved no different.

The 2018 Fall (autumn)/Winter runway was, as usual, filled with diversity from the people at Chromat! Featuring models of ALL shapes, sizes and backgrounds strutting their stuff down the runway, I shouted “YASSS” so much while looking at the pictures online. 

So without further ado, join me in the excitement with LOTS of my faves (in slideshow form) from the runway show at New York Fashion Week! 

 



 

Embed from Getty Images

 



 
Embed from Getty Images

 
 
Embed from Getty Images

 

Embed from Getty Images

As if I couldn’t love the founder of Chromat, Becca McCharen-Tran more… she had to go and put Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and energy drinks as accessories down the runway!! Snacks are the new handbags y’all! 

 


Unboxing Day: Drink qii

Ever wondered what you can do keep your mouth its’ healthiest?! Besides brushing, flossing, and mouthwash splashing…

Here’s a new idea:

It’s qii (pronounced: chee)

“Introducing qii, the worlds first drink that tackles your oral health so you can unleash the power within. qii is formulated with XyVita which works by reducing your mouth’s acidity and risk of tooth decay while freshening your breath.”

I know what you’re thinking “Uh Rena, this isn’t coffee.” and I know but I don’t ALWAYS drink coffee…I love water, tea, cranberry juice and a good ol’ Mountain Dew when there isn’t a cup of java in front of me. Plus, this qii drink has some benefits!

Anything that can help your oral health sounds good to me! Especially when it’s something you can easily carry with you when you’re on the go or just chillin’. Bonus, it quenches your thirst too!

SO, how does it taste?

Not bad actually!

There’s currently two flavors, Classic Oolong Tea and Lemongrass Ginger Green Tea. I’ve had the opportunity to taste both…yes, I’ll always be the guinea pig for you guys. Of those two flavors, my favorite is the Classic Oolong Tea. It wasn’t really sweet at all and didn’t leave an aftertaste (which I was definitely worried about.) The Classic Oolong tastes like regular tea so yay! The Lemongrass Ginger Green Tea ehhh not my favorite and it definitely leaves an aftertaste. I LOVE ginger so that wasn’t it so it had to be the lemongrass flavor that wasn’t best FOR ME. If lemongrass is your thing then this flavor is certainly for you! Other than that, I’m absolutely glad this new drink brand is getting off the ground and promoting a healthy oral mouth!

Interested? Want to grab a qii with me?

Follow along here:  Twitter drink qii // Facebook drink qii

Read more about qii on their website and enter to win some FRREEEE qii! Yes FREE!

Disclaimer: I was given this product for free to try and promote.

Influenster x Maybelline

A makeup post? Can you believe it?

I know, it’s been a while. The two main reasons… 1. I haven’t been wearing much makeup lately so there hasn’t been a need for me to post and 2. I’m really forgetful these days and when I do get new goodies, it completely skips my mind to post! For that, I am sorry.




Let’s hop to it shall we…

If you follow me on social media (if you’re not, what are you waiting for?! helloooo Twitter/Facebook) anywho… I shared these products long before this review so you had an early preview if you follow along.

What did I share…

 

Influenster and Maybelline hooked us up with two new highlighters (yes, TWO!)

I’ve tested both of them on my face over a regular light foundation and I really only like the white one. Maybelline Master Holographic wears light enough to be worn for any occasion but catches the light enough to be seen. It can be layered to produce an even brighter highlight if you like. The tan/gold/bronze color Maybelline Master Chrome doesn’t wear well for my skin tone. It could be that I have more red undertones (thanks sometimes bothersome rosacea) which makes it look as if my skin is just oddly colored or dry.




Check out this quick video of both swatched on my lower arm. I’m no YouTube guru but I tried my best LOL! I even added a little music, well it’s a 20second video so it’s barely music (heads up if your speakers or headphones are on)

I lightly used the powder then layered 2-3 coats simply using a finger. It’s super soft and little goes a long way especially if you aren’t doing a full coverage face.

 

Hope you enjoyed!

 

 

 

Disclaimer mumbo jumbo: I was given this for free by Influenster & Maybelline. I was NOT told to give a review or post any feedback of the item. This was on my own free will 😉

Wednesday Wants: Rachel Roy

‘Tis the season for all things shiny and bright! 

These are two of my favorite things!

Yes, I typed and hummed a little tune at the same time 😉

 

First, this gorgeous red, black, and white striped FAUX fur coat which I am in love with! 

 

RACHEL by Rachel Roy

Striped Faux Fur Coat 

 

 

plus size jacket

 

You can find this Rachel Roy for $209.99 in sizes 1X-3X (currently on sale at Nordstrom so hurry if you want this fabulous jacket)

 

 

Now, my second favorite thing this weeks Wednesday Wants:

From Rachel Roy, this super cute bag charm! If you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank or just want something new to spice up your bag game…this is it!

 

Tassel Bag Clip

RACHEL Rachel Roy $34

 

What are some of your Wednesday Wants?

Gifts For Your Guy

It’s that time of year again! Time for packing the shopping malls in search of the perfect gift for that perfect guy. Easier said than done of course. Well, I’m always here to help you with your shopping trip. Today, is a special feature for a great site called GroovyGuyGifts.com and yes, they’re really GREAT gifts!

 

Below is just ONE of their great gifts:

 

 

Perfect Strangers (Engraved Shot Glass & Multi-tool Knife Set)

This is the perfect gift for the guy who probably already has everything. With this personalized touch, he’ll be glad to show this off to everyone! The set features a shot glass and your choice of a knife or multi-tool that comes in a keepsake wooden box. All of which can be engraved.

I personally, opted to receive the shot glass and multi-tool not engraved, only because I was unsure of what to put on it. (Of course, totally regretting it now…just means I need to make a purchase for myself in the coming months.) 

Speaking of other items, Groovy Guy Gifts has lots of cool items and great groomsmen gifts for those in wedding planning mode.

This wooden bottle opener can be engraved for everyone in your crew! Find it here: Snap A Cap

 

 

Full disclosure: I was given the opportunity to pick an item from the site, have it engraved and sent to me. 

Starbucks Zombie Frappucino

 



 

Coming for a Starbucks near you muuuhahaha (that’s my best scary laugh lol)

 

(photos via Starbucks.com)

 

 

UPDATE:

I TRIED IT!!!

You knew this would happen! So, the very next day, I decided to go out and try it (I also bought a caramel frappucino just in case this was god awful…gotta think ahead) The flavor was more mocha than green caramel apple to me. The apple flavor was more of an after taste but it wasn’t bad…I mean, it could’ve been worse. If you want to try it…go now…you have today (October 30th) and tomorrow (October 31st) ONLY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The colorful frozen treat is filled with apple and caramel flavors. Not sure if I’ll grab one because these aren’t flavors that I particularly love BUT and that’s a big but…I don’t want to have FOMO (fear of missing out). 

The Zombie Frappucino is only available between October 26th- October 31st so if you’re going to try it, you better hurry in to your nearest store and grab one!!

 

You’ll know if I grab one…let me know if you do!

 

 



Sophia Webster x Puma

If you aren’t fast enough, you’ll miss it! And missed it I did. 

One of my faves, Sophia Webster teamed up with Puma for another fantasy-filled-glitter-extravaganza that dropped this week!

All I wanted was this $550 varsity jacket in a XXL but of course it’s ALREADY sold out *super bummed face*. At least my credit card gets a break and my wallet gets a win! If you’re NOT a 2X, all other sizes are still available and I’m uber jealous…just kidding, get it girl!

Here’s a few more items featured in this collab:

Baseball Shirt $80

Flatform Sandal $150

 

 

 

 

 

Crew Jumper $80

There’s still more from this capsule collection and a few (very few) from the last collab on the site if you hurry.  In the meantime, check it out and tell me what you think…are you buying or passing?






Fave Fall Finds: Boots Edition

 

Whether you have small feet, wide feet, thicker calf muscles, or larger ankles…there is a boot out there for you!

So, it finally feels like fall…wait…scratch that…it’s STILL summer.

After going through a major heat wave in September…I’m talking about 90+ degrees in Michigan, we’re still in the 80’s and it’s October! This is making it feel like a very long summer.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for getting some vitamin D but I’m ready to add a few layers. 

The one thing this weather won’t stop: me from wearing boots! That’s riiiight, it’s boot season whether the temperatures says it or not. 

And since it’s that time of the year, I’ve been scouring the stores to find the perfect pairs to share with you guys!

 

 

Let’s go shopping, shall we?

 

Kinsey Heeled Boot ~ $79

Maia Flat Boots ~ $84

Sabine Heeled Boot ~ $84

If you get any of these boots, be sure to use my sign-up link here ~~~> www.justfab.com/invite/curvyrena

(prices go down TREMENDOUSLY if you’re a VIP and sign up for an account! I’m totally obsessed with JustFab!)

 

 

 

Faux Suede Ankle Boot ~ $69

Stretch Ankle Boot ~ $69

Over-the-Knee Boot ~ $89

Studded Ankle Boot ~ $69

 

 

 

 

LOUISE ET CIE VINN FAUX PEARL EMBELLISHED BOOTIE ~ $198 

&

VINCE CAMUTO PATIRA – QUILTED RIDING BOOT ~ $189

 

 

 

 

Faux Suede Ruched Boot ~ $75

Side Grommet Faux Suede Boots ~ $89

Elastic Calf Stretch Boots ~ $89

Over-the-Knee Heel Boot ~ $89

 

 

All of the boots featured ARE available in wide calf.

So if you’re looking for a wide calf boot, simply click any link and you’re good to go! Remember prices may down during certain sales so be sure to watch the stores (and their websites) for falling prices on boots.

 

Are there any other fall finds that you’ve spied recently?