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Up & Running with Support Creative Soles

This new beginning has been a blast! My Support Creative Soles podcast is fully up and running. I’ve had great guests so far, with in depth looks at topics that every creative or entrepreneur can relate to.

In the first episode, Regina Moretto – a photographer, fashion stylist and creative director – sat down with me to talk about Destiny, the law of attraction, the power of collaboration and how old-school sneakers are coming back. Catch our candid convo here, below:

Next, episode two dealt with balancing your life and your entrepreneurial hustle. To tackle this topic, I chatted with guest Lidia Ferrufino – creator and host of Livin’ Latina Live. Lidia is also a fashion blogger, an interior design assistant (which I found out during the show), a wife and a mother to a young son! We talked about how she had to mentally prepare for entrepreneurship after becoming a mother AND how she helped her own mom make the jump to launching her own brand.  This balancing act has become an even more important topic to me recently, since I got ENGAGED between episode one and two. Great to talk with a lady who is working to keep a similar balance.
You can watch that episode, here:

The Support Creative Soles podcast was created to highlight inspiring people in creative fields,  while offering support for aspiring creatives. Since you guys know that I love shoes, we also feature a few shoe stories to help kick-up your innovative journey.

Stay tuned for more episodes which will be available soon! Follow us on Instagram, join our community on Facebook , subscribe via Apple Podcasts, or tune in via iHeart Radio. Let us know who you would like to hear as our next guest.

And keep kicking it, you creative soles.

I said YES!

I said YES!

Well guys. . . he did it! My dearest love fully surprised me and popped the big question during our recent vacay in Mexico. I had no idea, truly. He got me good. And now, he’s got me forever. So this will be a new chapter. Wedding planning is all encompassing, so I certainly have lots to share about the whole process with all of you. Thank you so much for all of the warm well wishes and congratulations we have received already!



Livin’ Latina LIVE

livin latina

Recently I had the pleasure of being a guest co-host on Livin’ Latina Live, a Social Media Live Talk Show that has girl chat style conversations about various topics. This Houston based, Latina hosted show encourages participation and questions from it’s social media fan base as they are invited to tune in live via Instagram and Facebook live feeds. The atmosphere is positive, encouraging, open and non-judgmental – just like a conversation among girlfriends should be. It’s a cool concept, with a cool host – Lidia Ferrufino, who is a wife, mom, fashion blogger and half of the creative team behind House Of Alice Rose.

Here I am with Lidia, the host of Livin’ Latina Live

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Allow Me To Re-introduce My Podcast

Allow Me To Re-introduce My Podcast

I’m all about re-inventing, keeping things fresh, or just trying something new. Thankfully, that helps me keep my message delivery interesting even though the core of what I’m saying stays true to it’s original purpose. As I learn and grow on this journey of being an entrepreneur, my hope is to empower others with the knowledge I’ve gained and to inspire them to go after their own dreams. In all of that important work, I try not to take myself too seriously and remember that it’s important to have fun too. So, I’m excited to tell you about this new twist my podcast will include! read more…

LUX Marks The Spot

LUX Marks The Spot

You know, I’m always up for a trip to somewhere sunny. My latest adventure took me to Riviera Maya in Mexico. My sweetheart and I traveled to attend one of his buddies’ wedding. It is wedding season after all. The trip introduced me to a new haven, that offered luxury set against the beautiful backdrop of the region. UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera is an all-inclusive property that celebrates the culture of the beautiful region that houses it. Here is some of how I enjoyed my time there.

I spent a lot of time in and around the pool. Our room had a swim up pool, and I enjoyed taking laps right up to our patio area with hammocks. It quickly became one of my favorite spots. We slept in and ate an amazing breakfast. The food at the resort was delicious, and rightly so. The property features multiple restaurants on-site, including one with a rotating chef program currently occupied by Chef Christian Bravo – a contestant from Top Chef Mexico. There was also In- room dining, lounges and bars. My favorite spot was Cafe Inez. The menu has European inspired offerings with Mexican flair. With coffee, sweets and sandwiches . . . I could not stay away.

Of course, any trip I can share with John is special. We really enjoyed our trip. There was some excessive seaweed on the beach – apparently that is a seasonal issue – but having sooo much at our fingertips on the resort meant we didn’t feel we’d missed out on too much. The spa treatments were delightful as well. I opted for the Essentia Signature package.

Al in all, it really was a relaxing and enjoyable stay at a luxury resort in a gorgeous place. Who can ask for more?

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Share Your Glimmer

Stef Proj Glim Panel

This time last week was very special for me. I had the pleasure of speaking at an awesome event held by an organization called Project Glimmer. Their work helps to show young women, who need a little help to see it, that they are valued. See their mission statement and method here below . . .

Our mission is to inspire at-risk teenage girls and women to believe in themselves by letting
them know their community cares. We gift (new) beauty products and gently used/new jewelry,
accessories and wellness items during meaningful times of the year including Mother’s Day,
Graduation, Birthdays and the Holidays.

I participated in a panel discussion as part of Share Your Glimmer, A Day of Empowerment, a two day event series in San Francisco. Project glimmer explains that “The event brings confidence, inner beauty, and real life career skills via professional beauty & hair touch-ups, professional photo, resume/LinkedIn Professional Station and culminates with an inspiring panel discussion.” This particular event targets foster girls in high school or college and inspires them towards graduation. Without some intervention of encouragement or support, the numbers show this group off young people have disheartening odds. Project Glimmer quotes that only 50% of foster youth graduate from high school, 3% graduate from college and 1 in 5 will become homeless within a year of aging out of the foster care program. Through my platform, Follow My Feet, I speak often to young people, women, and people of color encouraging them to (1) visualize themselves in a passionate and purpose filled life and career and (2) continue on a path toward executing that vision in an actionable way. read more…

When Vacay Takes Your Breath Away

This time last month, I was in heaven. Well, not exactly heaven, but pretty close. Like most great guys, my sweetheart, John likes to spend time with his family whenever possible. For some springtime family fun away from home, we all met up for a family vacation. John and me, his parents, and his sister all jetted off to the sun & sand of the Dominican Republic. We stayed in a fabulous resort that will, no doubt, be my choice every time I find myself in Punta Cana from here on out. Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa is a lovely luxury resort that is adult only, modern and on trend. Photos from their website and online review sites, like the ones below, won me over . . . and I’m so glad they did.

We had a fabulous time! Of course, one of the best parts about traveling is getting out and experiencing some of the culture, food and entertainment that a new place has to offer. After beach-combing and sight-seeing, being able to come “home” to a place like Breathless Punta Cana was the best. The resort boasts a top of the line fitness center, 24-hour room service, several bars, parties by the pool, gourmet dining and an array of spa treatments. Since I travel a lot, I was glad to learn that Breathless has locations in Mexico and Jamaica as well. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from this picture perfect vacation!

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