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BELLA 360º + Highwater Rooftop Media + Influencer Event

That’s a wrap on @highwaternyc’s Media + Influencer Private Opening by @bella360.co ✌🏽

Thank you @novemberroseboutique @makar_collections for helping me look FABULOUS tonight ✨

We cute + we killed it tonight 💪🏽 @bella360.co🎉 @highwaternyc 🥂

 

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The feedback + praises are still pouring in. Can’t thank everyone who joined us enough 🙌🏽 thank you @davidwarrenimages + Rob Kim @gettyimages for capturing these special moments at @highwaternyc 💛

 

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You don’t need permission to:

• Say no without guilt.
• Ask for what you want or need.
• Take care of yourself.
• Do things out of personal interest or desire, not out of obligation or to please others.
• Feel safe to express difficult emotions and have disagreements.
• Feel supported to pursue your own goals.
• Take responsibility for your own happiness and not feeling responsible for someone else’s happiness.
• Be in tune with your own feelings.
• Know who you are, what you believe, what you like.
• Feel energized by your choices.

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There’s No Elevator to Success, You Have to Take the (Yellow) Stairs ⬆️

Rodrigo, we did it! Excelente mañana trabajando con @ro54d fundador de @54d.us para la próxima edición de @bellalatinamag 🤟🏽

That’s a wrap 💪🏽 fabulous morning in NYC working with @ro54dfounder of @54d.us for @bellalatinamag’s Wellness Issue 🙌🏽 stay tuned!

 

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To my 13 year old self, “Your dreams were never too big!”

Thank you @handbagdesigner for inviting me to speak to your class at @fashioninstituteofny 👩🏻‍🏫 so grateful + honored to speak about entrepreneurship, fashion, branding, media + my immigrant journey 🙌🏽

 

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The 3 stages of BELLA Bosses

1️⃣ Accept. It’s not in your control.
2️⃣ Let go. It’s not personal.
3️⃣ Protect your peace.

Si las paredes hablaran 😂 feliz de compartir con la jefa @madelineceballos @maka_usa @makacapilarhealth x @bella360.co 🙌🏽 cuanto respeto + admiración 💛 y con Dios seguimos 💪🏽

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Power Play NYC’s 2022 Gala

Today I am speechless, last night, I had a lot to say. Here’s my 2022 Media Influencer acceptance speech at Power Play NYC’s 2022 Gala:

 

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“Everyone has a story to tell but not everyone can verbalize it. I learned this early on in life when I used journals to chronicle literally everything that was happening to me.

I would write letters to family members + friends. To my mom especially after getting in trouble for something. And as an adult, it is how I believe I kept my long-distance relationship going with my now husband.

From my parents divorce at 7 years old + being the only Latin@s attending a private school while we lived in Dayton, OH, I remember writing about understanding that my skin color was something I would have to defend from that moment on.

Writing was just the best way I knew how to communicate.

At 13 years old, I had a clear vision of writing for a fashion magazine, sitting at my desk in the corner office of a high-rise building, typing away while occasionally looking up to catch the hues of the Manhattan skyline. At 13 was also the time I faced my childhood trauma of my sexual assault at the age of 5. In that moment, writing became my saving grace.

I wrote a book about it called “5 Steps to Fabulous” + when I told a friend about it her question to me was, “What makes you think you have the know how to tell others how to live a ‘fabulous’ life?” I mean, have you seen my outfit tonight?

In all seriousness, here’s the truth…when you’ve been abused, when you have lived managing depression, when you’ve been gut punched by a friend, you are only able to get to a better place when you share those stories out loud. Whether writing it or speaking it, you begin to connect with other people who have gone through similar things, and you no longer feel alone, unseen, unworthy.

Fifteen few years ago, I would have let that friend’s question break me. Today I know that I was divinely appointed + accept that my know how is my story. In sharing your story, you set others free.

I would first like to thank God for this humbling opportunity in receiving this award. Thank you to the PowerPlay NYC Board for seeing the value that my voice + company brings to the media space. Thank you to my incredible team whom I couldn’t do this without. People who are committed to the work we do at BELLA Magazine + aim to push the content boundaries + storytelling in order to allow those who look like us + who also don’t -to embrace who + what they are.

I believe firmly that in the media we have a responsibility with the messages that we are sending, especially to young women + BELLA aims to empower + be a positive agent of change. BELLA aims to be a reflection of the world we live in. I am so grateful to know that when I say, “you’re going to think I am crazy, but”…my team now smiles and says, “bring it.” Especially you two Lynette + Jennifer.

Thank you to my husband, my fiercest supporter + my 2 boys whom have sacrificed so much for me to be able to live this life where I still manage somehow to make them proud.

If you take away anything from my words tonight, please let it be my version of this quote from Theodore Roosevelt: “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,…because if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.

Thank you so much.”

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Be a BELLA Boss, but make it fashion ✨ client meetings at @buttonwoodnyc ✔️ where it’s at in NYC 🗽

 

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We Are All Legends ☺️

I am a legend because I own who I am + am here to serve 💛 sharing more BTS @soarnjwomen with an interactive social booth for @bellamag.co 💛 check out our stories to hear from these amazing women expressing why they believe they are legends too 🙌🏽

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The Real Flex Is Being In Love With Yourself 💁🏻‍♀️

The real flex is being in love with yourself 💁🏻‍♀️

Styled by @ceyloneboothegrooms ✨ @ The Knot Gala, 2022

 

 

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Give Your Best Anyway

You learn a lot about people when they don’t get what they want.

I know more than I say. I think more than I speak -and I speak a lot. I notice even more.

No matter how much we give, it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

True power lies in your reactivity. Keep it moving Chicas 💪🏽

📸 @theparkerazzi

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5 Habits That Can Ruin A First Impression on PIX 11

Thank you @pix11news for having our EIC @vanessacoppes on LIVE breaking down 5 habits that can ruin a first impression 📺

The business world has become much more relaxed over the years -and that’s  a fabulous thing! However -in some instances- it might not be as accepting as you think. People still make judgments on the basis of first impressions. People looking to partner, hire, or buy from you will carefully dissect you. The deeper the engagement or commitment at hand, the more they will want to know. It may not be fair (or even conscious), but some of our habits can trigger an adverse reaction.

 

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  1. Chewing gum. You may like the taste and the motion, but chewing gum while meeting someone gives an impression of immaturity.
  2. Excessive texting. When meeting people, if you can’t stop looking at your phone, or responding, you are sending a signal that you find no one more important than yourself. Try to be present in the moment, which has more value than you believe.
  3. Complaining. If you are always seeing the glass half empty, you are projecting that you are a dissatisfied human being. No one wants to work with an unhappy person. Happiness IS a  choice and you can shift the way you see things. 
  4. Self Rambling. A good story about how and why you got started in business can always be entertaining. But when it turns into a continual droning about nothing but you, it will send others running for the door as soon as they can.
  5. Body odor. Like bad breath, you may be unaware, and people struggle with telling you. Solution? Take showers, use deodorant, and wash your clothes. Also, use perfume with caution. Aromizing BO only makes it worse.