Saturday, August 27, 2016

Cat Ears and Gladiators

Everyone who knows me knows that I am completely obsessed with my dressing child in denim, lol. Well today I added 2 little items to her wardrobe that turned her outfit from cute to fab in less than 2 minutes.

 I found these adorable little gold kitty ears at A'Gaci for 12 dollars, and she can't get enough of them! I paired them with her black and gold gladiator sandals, (which I purchased on and voila! 
The perfect denim outfit for my little princess:)

What are some things that you add to your denim on denim outfits to spice them up?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

3 Week Review of my Empire Bundles Colombian Wavy Extenstions

For the last 3 weeks, I have been rocking my gorgeous Colombian Wavy extensions from Empire Bundles. It has been a really good experience so far. There are 5 things that help me determine the quality of hair extensions. This hair is the the first hair that I've tried that has passed all of my tests with flying colors!

The Shed Test (100%)
I hear of so many women complaining about their extensions shedding. I understand how this can be a huge issue. I have actually worn extensions before that shed so badly, to the point where hair started turning up in mysterious places. (The shower, Eliana's toys, the kitchen cabinet, my underwear drawer, ect...) LOL. I can confidently say that these extensions don't shed at all. I was pleasantly relieved.

The Maintenance Test (100%)
A very important thing to me when it comes to hair is how often I have to comb or brush it throughout the day. If I have to spend the same amount of time maintaining my extensions, as I spend on maintaining my natural hair, then the extensions are not worth it to me.These extensions require little to no maintenance throughout the day, which is a major plus for me.

The Humidity Test (100%)
Living in Miami really takes a toll on my hair on most days, which is why I would prefer to wear extensions. It is pretty "interesting" when I am trying to run around to castings, and by the time I get to my first casting, I look like a frizzy mess. lol.The last thing that I need is for my extensions to be effected by the humidity as well. That would make wearing extensions completely pointless. These extensions don't frizz up on me. The way that I leave the house is pretty much the way that I can count on looking for the entire day. 

The Blend Test (100%)
It is verrrrrrrrrry important for any extensions that I put in my hair to look like just that: like an extension of my natural hair. My curl pattern is not really that tight, but it is not straight either. I need for the hair to blend perfectly, because I don't like full head sew ins. This hair blended perfectly with my hair, which I was extremely happy about. 

The Wash Test (100%)
Last but not least, I washed my hair 2 days ago, and it turned out beautifully. Of course, It does not feel as silky as it did when I first had it installed, but it still feels pretty amazing. On top of the fact that my drain was not clogged with hair when I was done. 

All in all, this hair is pretty amazing. I would recommend it to all of you ladies. Use my promo code: AzureeEmpire to get 5% off of your entire purchase.

Your crown awaits. :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Are you energetically responsible?

2016 has already been a year full of lessons for me. I took a break from my blog while learning one of the most important ones. Many people don't know the importance of being energetically responsible. I can tell you from my own experience that it is extremely important. It is very easy to remain in a positive space when things are going well.....but what about when they are not going so well?

 Recently, my husband was involved in a car accident. He is okay, but the situation was a bit discouraging for me for a few reasons. Because of the situation, and the events following the situation, I felt that I needed an escape. So what did I do? I started binge watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. Bad choice.

It is no exaggeration when I tell you that the show gave me trust issues, and made me feel even worse than I felt to begin with. lol. It's funny, but it isn't. If you've seen the show, then I'm sure that you will understand why.

It was only a matter of time before I was ready to trade in everything that I was passionate about, for a regular 9-5 job. It was pretty bad. It wasn't until I found myself getting upset about things that I normally would not even give a second thought, that I realized that something was wrong. I was not being energetically all.

Before things became shaky for me, I was starting my days with meditation and inspirational videos, followed by my daily trips to the gym. When things became shaky, I completely stopped all of those things. I only did what I had to do. I was carrying negative energy to my important meetings and castings. I just could not wait to return home and get lost in Pretty Little Liars.

What we fail to realize is that energy is everything. Energy rules our universe. Where attention goes, energy flows. When you give energy to negativity, then it is inevitable that you will attract even more negativity into your world. Energy is in everything, from the things we watch, to the things that we listen to, all of the way down to the people that we choose to associate ourselves with. A simple phone call from a person has the power to turn our entire day around. This is how powerful energy is. You have the power to turn your world around by giving your energy to positive things. Once I went back to my normal daily routine, I noticed the instant change in my life. We have to take responsibility for the events that occur in our lives by only entertaining positivity. This is called being energetically responsible.

Are you energetically responsible?

Saturday, March 12, 2016

What's Your Motivation?

I listen to a lot of people talk, and it's crazy, but I hear so many people define their reasoning behind wanting to be successful as  "the need to prove people wrong". In a generation motivated by "haters" it is not very hard to see why many of us don't get to where we are trying to go. 

As I've stated in a previous post, the universe focuses on our intentions more so than our actual actions. Anything motivated by negativity will only yield a negative outcome. This is why it is important to make sure that we are doing things for the right reasons. 

We can use parenting as an example. If you strive to be a good parent, it should be because you want the best for your children....not because you don't want to make the same mistakes that your parents did. If your intention is negative, then your result will be negative. You will simply attract the exact outcome that you are saying that you don't want. This is why it is important to focus on what you do want, rather than what you don't want. Anything that you place emphasis on, the universe will bring into your life, be it good or bad. Energy goes where attention flows. 

Another example is when we want to be successful in our career endeavors. I'm sure that everyone wants to achieve all of their goals...but everyone does not have the same motivations. Have you ever heard the phrase, "success is the best revenge"? That's cool and all, but why are you motivated by revenge? You're motivated by negativity, which in turn, will bring even more negativity your way. 

It's important to be motivated by all of the right things. When we are motivated by positivity, we will attract even more positivity. +++++++++

What's your motivation?

Friday, March 4, 2016

Days by the pool....

One of the things that I love about being in Miami is the fact that I can lay out by the pool all year. There is nothing like endless summer days...they provide me with so much inspiration. Everyday is a vacation for me. What are some inspiring things about the places that you guys live in? 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Eliana's OOTD

Eating Habits

I get asked a lot of questions regarding my diet all of the time. Some people assume that I'm vegan. Some people are surprised that I even eat at all. So I will break it all down for you:

No, I'm not vegan, I'm just s very picky eater. 

I'm not really big on labeling things, but I am pretty picky about what I eat. I would have a vegan diet if I weren't so obsessed with seafood. Lol. But since I won't be giving that up anytime soon, I'm going to have to be ok with not being vegan. 

I never really get offended anymore when people ask me if I eat enough, simply because everyone who truly knows me, knows that I eat more than most people combined. No I don't make food choices based on my career. If I had to starve myself in order to look the way that I do, I would not be a model. I love food way too much. 

I'm just very particular about what I put into my body. So when you see me eating vegan cookies, it's only because they are my favorite. Oh...and I think that animal milk is disgusting, so I'd prefer cookies that aren't made with it. I hope this answers a lot of your questions. ❤

That 1 time that I was in a Robin Thicke video...

This video shoot was sooooo much fun!!!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Social Media Bullies

Good morning beautiful people!

I've been requested to do a blog entry on my feelings regarding how I deal with social media bullies. I don't have any feelings towards them at all, because I don't believe that I am bullied on social media. 

Firstly, a bully is defined as a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker. If you are on a person's page, saying anything negative, then it is obvious that you are the weaker individual, so that eliminates that aspect of it. Secondly, I will never be intimidated by a person's negative opinion of me. It simply doesn't work that way. 

I see crazy things written on my page all of the time. You guys would be shocked at the amount of people who don't get blocked on a daily basis. People even go on my page and talk about me like I'm not even there. Lol. They say things about my weight, about how my butt is fake (which is probably the dumbest thing I've ever read, being that I'm a size 2). They talk about how I'm never with my child, and the list goes on. The way that I deal with them is that I simply don't. Energy goes where attention flows, so I just choose not to pay them any attention..or I'll laugh about it with my friends...and it's been working out for me so far. :)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Swimwear Designer: Beijobaby

The Power of Intention

I'm sure that everyone is aware of the saying, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". That's pretty much the way that the universe operates, right? So..anything that we put out into the universe, we are guaranteed to get it back in return. Although that seems rather simple to understand, it is actually more complex than that. 

The universe doesn't operate based on our operates based on our intentions. Our intentions rule our lives, which is why people who pretend to be something that they're not never really get anywhere in life. 

Have you ever heard someone say, "I'm going to do this so I won't block my blessings"? The thing about that statement is that the motives behind it are all wrong. Their reasoning behind their actions are all wrong. We shouldn't do things with the hopes of getting something in return. We should do things if it is a part of our character. Regardless of what we do, our character doesn't change. If you constantly do good deeds, yet you see no reciprocation for your actions, the problem is that you aren't doing things for the right reasons. 

Alternate Reality 

Are you guys aware of the fact that the average person spends 20 years sleeping in an entire lifetime? At that point, our dreamworlds could be considered to be an alternate reality. We are pretty much just living out life through our subconscious minds. One thing that I've noticed is that regardless to how crazy my dreams may be, my character never changes. I am who I am, in every situation. In our subconscious minds, we are our truest selves, because our subconscious minds don't have the time to manipulate our characters into something that it is not. 

Have you ever considered that since we create our own realities, we could actually be manifesting things that we are putting out into the universe, via our subconscious minds? At that point, although it seems like we don't have very much control, we in fact have more control than ever. All we have to do is elevate our minds. 

4 Steps to having a healthy, peaceful, subconscious mind:


•Remember that it is always better to be kind, rather than to be right

•Always strive to help. In the 7 Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra states that your spirit seeks to help. The spirit asks, "How can I help?".  The ego asks, "What is in it for me?"

•Trust the process

•Always act out of love

What are some of the things that you do to keep a peaceful mind?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Nikita's Handmade Scarves

I don't know what it is, but I have this huge thing for creativity! Nikita Carabello is a super talented scarf designer, located in Miami, Florida. She makes these amazing handmade scarves, which are perfect for making a fashion statement on those chilly days. She has very reasonable prices!

Check her out:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My little Free Spirit

Anyone who knows me, knows how obsessed I am with being a mother. Everything about my child is amazing to me....and she continues to evolve daily. When I found out that I was going to become a mom, I really had no plan other than to raise a creative, free spirited individual. But perhaps that is because I am a free spirit....or maybe not.

I am most definitely a free spirit, which is why my parents call me a "black butterfly". But I haven't always been that way. I actually grew up extremely self conscious. My parents did a wonderful job, but I definitely had a lot of rules growing up. When you pair a strict household, with the lack of ability to express myself when I was in school,  It really left me with no other way to be besides self conscious. When I met my husband in high school, I thought he was absolutely insane. He grew up in a strict environment as well, but the difference between him and I is that he rebelled...I did not. I grew up very um....self aware. He could care less about what anyone had to say about anything that he did. We are both the results of growing up, having too many restrictions put on us. This, combined with the lack of creativity allowed in the school systems has the potential to set the tone for a person's entire life. This is why I chose differently for my child.

As often as people give me the "side-eye" when Eliana calls my husband by his first name, or when she tells a stranger not to touch her, I always receive compliments on how much of an amazing child I am raising. People ask me for parenting advice, but I really don't do anything spectacular. I just let my child be herself. It is really that simple. I never make her feel wrong for her points of view. I nurture her creativity, and I teach her to respect everyone....but self respect is top priority. Most importantly, she is taught to love herself. As a result of this, I have a very smart, compassionate, creative, free beautiful spirit that I get to spend everyday of my life with. One thing that I often consider is the fact that I am not raising her to be a child. Eliana is going to spend the majority of her life as an adult. so it is important for me to nurture her spirit, rather than attempt to keep her "in a child's place". 

I love beach days!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Morning meditation: People can only give what they have inside of themselves. So if a person treats you badly, send them love. They need it. They are obviously hurting inside. Namaste.

SXE Fitness!!

Super excited to announce that I've teamed up with @sxefitness to bring you guys an awesome discount on their sexy Brazilian workout gear! Their clothes hug my body like a glove, which is perfect during my workouts. Use my promo code: Sxeazu10 during checkout for your discount. Happy shopping. ❤️

Monday, February 1, 2016

Why Placing Emphasis On Material Things Will Be Our Downfall.

In a world full of obsession over materialistic things, it's no wonder why we are all so easily distracted. So much emphasis is placed on labels, cars, clothes, mansions, and all of these other disposable things. But what if I told you guys that none of those things even matter "in real life"?

I overheard a person tell someone that "you're vibrating on a lower frequency than me because you don't aspire to live in a castle...and I do. " There are so many inaccuracies in that 1 statement, but I will keep it brief. Just because a person aspires to have material things does not mean that they are more "in tuned" with the universe. It simply means that they are focused on having material things. 

The reality of the entire situation is that we are all spiritual beings, and this lifetime is merely one of the many phases that our spirits will go through. This is why it is important to do things that will feed our souls. 

A Lesson From a Child

My daughter loves toys, and of course, I buy them for her. But she does not care where they come from, she just likes what she likes. The other day we went thrifting, because I like vintage things. Eliana saw a car for her Barbie dolls that she immediately fell in love with. We purchased the car for her, (which costed 2.99, btw) and she held onto until we got back home. She wanted to show every person she came in contact with her new car. 

That's just the way she is....that is the way that I am. If we like something, then we like it. It doesn't matter how much it cost. But why should it? The fact of the matter is that when we have things for a certain period of time, we become bored with them anyway, no matter what the price of it was. It's just human nature. The reason this happens is because these things don't necessarily feed our spirits. They are for entertainment purposes. They feed our egos. They add no value to us when our time is up on this earth. If you spend your life focusing on these things, you probably won't get any closer to finding out your divine purpose. Placing too much emphasis on things that feed our egos will never end well, because our egos can never be viewed in a positive light, nor will they ever be satisfied. So why nurture something like that? That's like trying to nurture a leech. Certain things derive from ego, such as fear, greed, and the constant need for the approval of others. 

So what type of things actually feed our souls?

I have come across some things on my journey that have added more value to my life than any material thing that you could possibly think of. 

1) Meditation

I've made a promise to myself to meditate for at least 10 minutes everyday before I get out of bed. It gives me clarity, and gives me the opportunity to pay attention to the tone that I am seeing for my day. 

2) Reading

There are certain things that I've read that have actually changed my entire life. Some of the most inspiring books that I have read are The Alchemist, The Four Agreements, The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success. 

3) Enjoying Nature

There is some interesting awakening that I feel when I go to the beach, listen to the rain, or even go out for a walk. 

4) Passion

It seems pretty self explanatory why passion feeds your soul. But it has to be true passion. Your spirit connects with your true passions. When you participate in things you are passionate about, it creates a feeling of true happiness...and that is the goal, right? To obtain true happiness? 

The end result should indeed be true happiness. What are some of the things that feed your soul?
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Motivational Mondays!

I watch this video everyday, and I really wanted to share it with you guys!

I hope this inspires someone today. ❤️

Saturday, January 30, 2016

I'm crazy about kombucha!

If you follow me on Snapchat, then you probably have noticed that I'm always drinking Kombucha. This fermented tea is my current obsession, and if you tried it for yourself, then you would know why. Here are some of the benefits that I have experienced while drinking this tea:

1) Absolutely no bloating.
I'm really tiny, so not only is it noticeable when I eat something really heavy, but salt is definitely not my friend! Lol. Kombucha literally gets rid of all bloating in a matter of hours. 

2) Enhanced mood. 
There have been times when I've not been in the best of moods, I drank a Kombucha, and I was the happiest person on the planet. 

3) Glowing skin.

4) Great taste!
These drinks come in many different flavors, and they taste like soda to me. A few people have described it to have sort of a "vinegary" taste, but that depends on which brand you buy. Kevita is one of my favorite brands, and the ginger flavored one tastes just like a ginger ale! I buy them for about $3.00 at Publix or Target. 

5) Enhanced energy.
This probably has something to do with the caffeine that it contains. 

5) It honestly gets you a little tipsy. Lol!
If you're not a heavy drinker, and you drink a Kombucha, I can guarantee that you will feel a little intoxicated. 

Try it for yourself, and let me know how it works out for you. :)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Do we look to our agents for everything?

Hey guys! This is a topic that I talk about a lot, and I seriously could not wait to do a blog post about this. I have to say, that all of my bookers at my agency are beyond awesome, but as a model, the most important things to consider are the things that we do for our own careers. Don't get me wrong, having a good agency behind you is not only nice, but it's an essential....The bottom line is that we cannot expect for our agents to do absolutely everything for us and our careers. 

Models must view themselves as a brand, rather than just a talent. You have to push yourself, while your agency is pushing you. 

I come across so many models who claim that their agents aren't doing enough for them. It seems pretty silly to have so many goals and dreams, put them into someone else's hands, and say "Make it happen". Their entire lives aren't dedicated to accomplishing our goals. They are there to help. Our true success relies on our own, everyday actions. 

With all of that being said, I know that it seems nearly impossible to get yourself noticed by huge brands and casting directors, but the internet makes the world a lot smaller. There are so many social media outlets the give models the platform to be seen. It just takes work. 

We all have our own dreams and aspirations. Pairing a positive mindset with taking control of our own success will land us right where we need to be. 

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