Fashion Health/Beauty


I am super excited for you to meet my friends Sara of Makeup by Sara Eleen  and Christina of Christina Chico Photography! We teamed up to bring you today’s post!

Makeup by Sara Eleen Love CheriaSara and I have been friends for as long as I can remember. She is one of the most creative people I know. The first time I ever painted on a canvas was on her front porch. I had no idea what I was doing, but she encouraged me to go for it and I have been trying to be fearlessly creative ever since. She has great eclectic style, a knack for finding cool things (if it’s cool or unique she’ll find it) and she just so happens to be my skin care guru. Unlike most make-up artists, Sara is also an esthetician. So not only can she make you look beautiful, she can help you stay beautiful.

Christina Chico Photography Love CheriaI met Christina last year when she shot David and I in a mock engagement photo shoot (yeah so many of you thought we were actually engaged….GOTCHA!) Right away I knew that she was special. She is one of those people who can get along with anyone. She has a GREAT eye, is super creative, and if you meet her, she will make you feel like a million bucks! Now that’s my kind of photographer!…lol!

We teamed up and decided that we wanted to show you a typical day look to night look. Sorry gentleman…this time it’s all about the ladies.  We went through clothes that I already had in my closet to show how simple it can be. Nine times out of ten you have a new outfit just waiting to be born! That’s why my bed faces my closet, so I can dream up ideas…lol

The base of today’s look is a black strapless jumpsuit that I got from H&M years ago. At one point in time all the people in my life referred to it as my uniform, that’s how much I wore it. From there all you need is a few more basics to pull a look together. Here is what we picked out (well not exactly, but you get the picture).

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The Day Look

Love Cheria Day Look

For the day look we’ve paired the jumpsuit with a boyfriend denim button up from Forever 21, my favorite leopard scarf from Zara, some Dolce Vida black booties and my oversized tote. This look is SUPER simple and functional. Just add a couple simple accessories and you are good to go.

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The Makeup

Love Cheria Day Look

Clothes is fun for me, but makeup is not my strong point. I mean I usually only wear three things on my face (BB cream, skin finish, and mascara). So I told Sara that I needed it to be easy, and she did just that and gave me a simple day look that we could build off of….well simple by a makeup artists’ standards…lol!

For the day look we have: Foundation: Glo Minerals Foundation, Contour: Glo Mineral’s Glo Pressed Base, Highlight: Mac Mineralize Skin Finish (Naked You), Eyeshadow: NYX Roll on Shimmer (Tan),  e.l.f Little Black Beauty Book  Palette, Blush: NYX Blush (Rose Garden), Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow (Brown), Lips: NYX Lip Liner (Peekaboo), NYX Butter Gloss (Tiramisu), Lashes: Ardel’s Natural Lashes. I know this looks like a lot but it really isn’t, it took her maybe 15 minutes to apply it.


The Night Look

Love Cheria Night Look

For the night look we paired the jumpsuit with a edgy faux leather jacket from Forever 21 with a pair of satin pumps that I got from H&M probably around the same time I got my uniform (lol), and a gorgeous chunky necklace from Zara (borrowed it from Christina, I told you she has good taste).

Love Cheria Night Look

The Makeup

Love Cheria Night Look

For the evening make-up Sara really did keep it simple! She added NYX’s Crystal Liner in gold to the eyelid and punched up the lips with Sugar Plum Fairy by Wet and Wild! Can you believe it? When was the last time you used Wet and Wild?? Love Cheria Shoot 2-4_-_christinachicophoto_s_Photos 9

We had so much fun putting this post together for you guys. I mean it was especially fun for me to have girl time and to play dress-up!  Special thanks to Christina for taking such amazing photos.  You must check out her website! She is fantastic! And ladies if you want to do a special shoot for a special someone she takes BEAUTIFUL boudoir photos with her other business, Sweet Kisses Boudoir. Another huge thank you to Sara for gussying me up! If you are looking to get your makeup done for any type of event, Sara is your girl. Or if you need a facial or want a skin care consultation I would HIGHLY recommend her! I used to have pretty bad acne from middle school all the way through college and Sara stood by my side until it was gone. Like Makeup By Sara Eleen on Facebook and keep an eye out for her new website!  As always thank YOU for reading, sharing and leaving all of your wonderful comments. You guys light up my life!


Love Cheria



David and I have a new addition in our lives. Meet “Z” short for Zoe (it took us two weeks to come up with this name and after all of that I still prefer to call her by a nickname rather than the real thing). Z was a rescue through Adopt-A-Chow LA. She was a stray, on the streets of South Central Los Angeles. When they found her she had no hair and was ridden with ticks and fleas…so sad.New Puppy Z

David and I had been talking about getting a dog for months. Neither one of us could really commit to the idea, but when I saw this little one on Petfinder, I just knew I had to meet her.  I can’t really say that it was love at first sight, I mean she was adorable and all, but neither one of us could stop thinking about the commitment!  While we were vacillating we went ahead and started the adoption process since there was no obligation and no guarantee that they would even give her to us. New Puppy ZDavid didn’t get to meet her until I had already filled out the adoption application. He hadn’t even met her when we had our home visit (yes someone had to come out and check out our apartment to make sure it was suitable). It wasn’t until we went down to the vet in South Central, where she was being kenneled and I saw the two of them together, that I knew I wanted to take her home. I think for Z it was definitely love at first sight. She LOVES David. I mean she totally loves me but she LOVES David. They are kinda adorable together. New Puppy ZSo with fear and trepidation in our hearts we decided no longer to resist, and to take her home. The adventures of puppyland have certainly begun, it’s crazy, but most days the joy that she brings to our home makes it totally worth it. Z is four pounds…she is even smaller then she looks on camera. At the dog park we realize just how small. As far as we know she is full-grown. We don’t know exactly how old she is but we know that she is older than six months. “What kind of dog is she?” you ask; well we don’t know that either. On Petfinder she was listed as a Silky Terrier/Cocker Spaniel mix but then when we adopted her, her paperwork listed her as a long-haired Chihuahua. When we took her to the groomers they said they thought she was a Papillion. So we really have no idea! DO YOU HAVE ANY GUESSES?New Puppy ZLove Cheria

p.s. Yes that is Coach Taylor on my TV in the back. I’m finally working my way through Friday Night Lights.

Fashion Life


I feel like I just found an $100 bill in my jacket pocket!  For almost two years I have been debating getting this $169 leather tote by Madewell.  Wait, let me back up. I fear I may be setting your expectations too high. My story is not that exciting, I repeat, my story is NOT that exciting. It’s not like I magically came into possession of this bag or anything (I wish). Tote-Madewell

In May I was in Napa for my bff’s wedding. The morning of the wedding I ran into this store that was across the street from our hotel because I needed a belt. I don’t even know how to describe the store. It was kind of like a weird department store, almost like a combination between a Khols and a uniform surplus store. I feel like I was seeing juniors trendy clothing next to scrubs (this could be entirely inaccurate but that’s how I remember it). Anyway,  I stumbled upon this tote that reminded me of the Madewell bag. I bought it because it was only $25. Plus the lining is a beautiful coral color and has a cute little mid-sized pouch to match.


Last night I was perusing the worldwide web and I saw my bag on Lulu’s! The best part (worst part for you if you want to buy it) is that it was $59, more than double what I paid for it! Not only did I discover that I got a great deal on it, I also learned that the tote is reversible! Can you believe it?! Well I couldn’t! I have to be honest, I will be surprised if I ever rock the coral side, but I just love that I have the option! Anywho, I know this is a silly post, but I just had to share because I’m pumped about it! Happy Monday everyone! XO!

Love Cheria

Decor DIY


So I am really into this idea of blogging about super simple projects that I do. I think last time I called it a mini project. But today I’m trying something new for you Harry Potter fans out there! I decided to call this segment The Daily Project…you know like The Daily Prophet (I know, if you are a Potter fan then that required no explanation and you might even be offended that I spelled it out for you…LOL!). Well let me know what you think! Do you approve?  Anywho, this week The Daily Project brings you; how to frame a t-shirt. Enjoy!


1. Find a cute graphic tee

I got this one on sale at Forever 21 for $1.50!


2. Grab a frame

I got this one at Acts Thrift Store for under $2.00 I think…I can’t remember, it’s been a while.


3. Find a piece of cardboard to trace the frame

First I traced the inside of the frame, then took a ruler and added a quarter of an inch boarder around the original trace so I could place the cardboard in the frame properly.


3. Get to cutting!

An exacto knife would have made this so much easier, but my little hands suffered through it with scissors.


4.  Lay the t-shirt on top of the cardboard

Origionally I stuck the cardboard inside the shirt but the I discovered something magical…



5. Flip it upside down

I realized that I could probably save the whole shirt, in case I ever want to wear it! I mean the likelihood of that happening is slim, but you never know! I mean what if you did this with your favorite t-shirt? Wouldn’t you want that option?


6. Place the shirt/cardboard in the frame

This might feel a little tricky at first, but don’t worry, it will all work out.


7. Pull the edges of the shirt taut

Make sure to peak at the other side when doing this, to make sure that the shirt is smoothed out. When it looks right, grab some packing tape and tape down the residual shirt (super ghetto style but it worked for me!).


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7.  Hang that puppy up

For now I just hung it up in my closet, but I plan to put it on some shelves that I am going to hang in my bedroom soon. This pic of my closet is kinda sad…lol! I think it’s time to show it some TLC.

Love Cheria