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Health & Fitness: My Twelve Week Weight Loss Journey

November 7, 2015

ReneRI started over twelve weeks ago on a weight loss journey with a goal to drop 20 pounds.  Since then, I have lost fifteen pounds, took six inches off my waistline, and have dropped  two dress sizes.  The outfit I am wearing is a size Jr. Large.  And this has been since being introduced to the FitLife Fitness Center here in Long Beach and the Herbalife fitness coaches who are passionate about helping the community get into a healthier way of living through staying active, clean eating and gaining more energy.

I have received tons of support from my friends and new friends who have been on this journey with me.  As I am continuing this journey, I am excited to let everybody know that my coach, Lenka, and I are on a mission to support others in gaining more energy, being more active, and learning how to eat clean so people can look and feel their best!

So we are launching an exciting 5 Day Eat Clean Challenge starting on Monday, November 9, for anyone to participate in and get a taste of the healthy active lifestyle!  Would you or anyone you know like to participate?  You can get in touch with me at

And/or if you or someone you know would like to explore the income opportunities of Herbalife and could use an extra $200 – $500 extra a month for the holidays by learning how to run the challenges with me, feel free to contact me at and my coach and I would love to talk to you about the endless possibilities?

Five Day ChallengeJoin us!!!  Herbalife has helped me to see things differently with regards to having a healthier lifestyle.


Style File: The Fall/Winter Season Series Kicks Off The Best Outfits for the Seasons

October 29, 2015

Jae MichelleWelcome to another edition of Style File as we kick off the fall/winter season series with a feature from Jae Michelle.  Today I happened to have been browsing around Facebook and came across this fabulous ensemble.  Thanks for letting us feature you, girl.

So, just because the summer months are far behind us, doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy some stylish fashion while changing up to keep warm as the temperatures begin dip down into chillier degrees.  There is no need to get away from what we enjoy about fashion the most — being daring and bold — because the industry has evolved so much that the possibilities are endless.

As Jae Michelle shows us in one of her best ensembles, there is a lot you can do with vibrant colors when you add a jean jacket, cut out white pants, and some killer color block high heels that just sets the right tone, and those heels are a definite must have in any shoe lover’s collection.  And anyone who knows me, will tell you I’m a sucker for a bad ass pair of high heels paired with the picture perfect ensemble, and I’m a sucker for well put together ensembles.  That’s just me.

The rules are continuing to change with regards to the “no white after Labor Day.”  This is because designers are turning the tables with “winter white” collections that have become a huge part of today’s fall/winter seasons.  I’d like to believe that white is the new brown of the fall seasons, and whether the old fashioned die-hard keepers of tradition like it or not, white after labor day is something that is not going away.

Jae Michelle’s ensemble is an excellent example of having fun with fashion during the fall/winter seasons.  Be stylish.  Be trendy.  Explore new possibilities and don’t be afraid to take it to the edge of no return.

Photo courtesy of Jae Michelle.

Announcement: RR Designs the Making of a New Brand

September 24, 2015

10928146_10204973629517149_2131273001_nJoin me as I embark on a new journey of fashion designing.  RR Designs is a labor of love and I hope everyone supports me as I bring my life long dream to life.

High Heel Shoes: The Mellina-3 From Shiekh Shoes

September 13, 2015

My Mellina-3-BI talk a lot about high heel pumps.  You’re probably thinking, “Oh, my God, not another post on pumps!”  Well, I have to tell you, I came across another pair that I thought were very nice and subtle and even sexy by Shiekh Shoes standards.  And anyone who buys shoes out of Shiekh Shoes knows that their selection tends to be out there.  But lately they have seem to be trying to cater to those whose taste borders on the less than extreme side and that’s fine, but when they step out with something that also borders on being chic, then we have to applaud their efforts.

So, here we go.  My daughter and I were at the Westside Pavilion and as we were walking around, heading over to Charlotte Rouse, I side stepped into Shiekh Shoes because one of their selections caught my eye.  I’m a corporate women who believes that when I step out on my way to work, not only does my outfit have to pop, but so does the shoes I am wearing.

Mellina-3 Nude
These are called the Shiekh Mellina-3.  They feature a 4.75 inch heel with a lightly cushioned insole; they are styled with patent leather and a pointy toe and these are the first ones I’ve seen with white caps on the heel.  White caps, people!!!  Which is what attracted me to these shoes in the first place.

Online they sell for $35.  In the Sheikh stores they range from $34.99 to $44.95 — this is in two store locations I’ve been to.  Shiekh Shoes will do a price match if you find them at a lesser cost at another store.  They will just call that store where you saw them to verify the lower price.

Mellina-3 Nude3

Mellina-3 Nude2This is one of those colors that is a must have in everyone’s wardrobe.  Especially in a corporate setting. They come in a total of six colors

Shiekh Shoes will agree that these are great paired up with a nice suit, slim fitted jeans, a skirt, a really nice dress, or even a romper.

And this is what I used to wear back in the day when high heel pumps were getting their fair share of attention.  Just like when I used to have every color and style of nylons, pumps were coming into the rainbow of colors giving women more than a lot to choose from.

My Mellina-3-AAs for fit, they fit just nicely.  I wear a size 7 and prefer wide, so if a shoe fits too narrow, it’s going to be a half size up for me, but then I risk a too loose fit – thus having to chose carefully depending on how the shoe is made.  And let me tell you they look absolutely amazing on my feet with my best dress pants!!!

Updated 09/15/2015

Fashion: Trending the MSK Limited Pleated Blouson Hardware Maxi Dress

August 27, 2015

We all love a good maxi dress, and with the summer season soon to be coming to a close, let’s add one more to the equation.  Today’s maxi dresses are styled for lounging and social gatherings to more upscale and elegant events.

20150825_212003Recently I received a gift card to Macy’s for my birthday, which was last week.  It wasn’t until just a few days ago I decide to track off to Macy’s in Santa Ana where I stumbled across this very attractive maxi dress by MSK.  It’s been in the last couple of years that I’ve really taken a liking to pleated styles.  They are sexy, stylish, and are made for just about any occasions.

I fell in love the minute I saw it.  Dubbed the MSK Limited Pleated Blouson Hardware Maxi Dress, it spelled elegant all over it.  Hardware because of the neckline and closure.  I couldn’t find it online to get a better picture of it, but was not able to, so this is what you get, and it was the only one left.

There were others in solid print, but there was something to say about this particular one.  Best thing about it — it was a size 12 which was just perfect.  I started to walk away from it but the better part of me would not let me do such a thing.

The length, the halter look, the back clasp closure, and open back makes it more of an event type dress, especially if you pair it with the right shoes.

And the gold elastic neck closure is really what sold me on the dress, too.  It’s absolutely the perfect length.  Here is a closer look at the top of the dress to get a good for what it looks like.

Pleated Top-2

Pleated top

Pleated Bottom

I have other maxi dresses, but adding this one to my collection just adds an array of sunshine.  The color scheme in the pleats, the halter, the overall look.  Simply breathtaking and a step up from gorgeous.  I later learned after I’d gotten home that the dress had been recently returned.  It was a good thing I decided to go to Macy’s that day, otherwise I wasn’t going.  But something kept sending me that way.

Ok, I guess you’re wondering what shoes will I wear with this gorgeous piece?  Glad you asked.  So I immediately went on the hunt for the perfect shoes, because when I decide I want to make a huge fashion statement, I make a huge one.

I like some of Paprika’s shoes, so I decided what they had in orange.  I chose to get away from wearing white shoes because I wanted to bring up the look and colors of the dress.  Honestly it took me a few hours to decide on something and I believe I mad the right choice.

z_21428_1_0Because the dress is long and I’m short, I did not want to make any alterations to the dress, thus taking away from the allure of it’s overall look.

I picked these because not only do they go with the dress perfectly, but they match the neckline of it as well.  Bringing it all together.

Platform T-Strap high heel sandal with a zipper back closure and gold tone decor adds spice and flare to this look, just the way I like it.  Equipped with a half in platform and 5 inch heel is just what this dress needs to give me height and sex appeal.

It’s been a while since I purchased T-strap heels, so this is very fitting.

There is something to be said about a sexy pair of shoes — makes the entire ensemble pop with glamour.  Accessories?  I tried the dress on and decided I am not going to bulk it up with gaudy accessories.  No need to.  A nice hair style or up do, sassy makeup — all you need to be the one everybody will be looking at.  I’m either going to wear this to an event as we close out the year, or I’m going to save it for after I get married, or wear it to my 30 year high school reunion.  Whichever comes first.

z_21428_0_0Here’s another view of the shoes…gives you a another view of the T-strap and the platform, and the gold tone straps.

I found these on Amazon a little over $30 and with free shipping, and in my size.   This is a new style for me, so I’m excited to see how they’ll look when I try them on with the dress.

When I decide to put an ensemble together.  I take my time looking for the right pieces to bring it altogether.  It what makes it stand out nicely.




Fashion Reviews: Top with Lace Neckline

August 10, 2015

I recently purchased a white top with lace neckline from Ali Express.  My very first purchase was a tank top blouse white with a lime green underlining trim and a detachable tie belt.  Cute online, but here is why sizing is so important…it was too tight in the breast area.  Rather than returning the top, I am going to add lace on the side towards the top just under the arm to open up the breast area.

UT8fIBXXsJaXXagOFbXbSo this top I recently purchased….looked really nice online and was originally thought to go perfectly with a pair of white pants.  I intended to wear this to an all white party which I ended up not going to…long story.  Anyway, I received the top days before the party and let me know, it did not look or fit like the top in the picture.  I tried on the top.  Made several attempts to get it to fit right, but it just kept looking like I was wearing a top with a lace turtle neck.  The size wasn’t bad, but it just felt awkward.  The lace was all wrong and it did not look like the style in the picture at all.

The seller tried to rectify the matter as best possible, but it just did not work for me and I opted to get my money back.  The tip of the iceberg was the seller kept wanting to see pictures of how it looked on me rather than honoring my reasons for disliking the product entirely.  I politely told her that I did not have time to go through all that.  Granted I paid way less than $10 (abourt $5 and some change with free shipping), it just did not seem worth the time and effort to keep going back and forth over something I simply wasn’t happy with.

Bottom line is when you order from AliExpress, you have to make sure of your sizing right down to the very inch.  There are not too many sellers that actually sell US sizes on items you actually like and can ensure you are getting the best fit.  This is because many of the sizes are Asian fit so you have to order up in sizes at least two sizes from what you normally wear.  Depending on what it is, three sizes up if it’s available.

This was the last item I ordered from there because I just don’t have the time or the patience to deal with something if it is not what I ordered, not the right fit, or is not good quality.

In closing, when you are ordering only, take extra to make sure that what you’re ordering is the same thing in the picture.  Gauge your size carefully and order up if you absolutely have to.  A lot of these places do not offer free returns as the money you spend is valuable.

Will I order from this seller again.  No, I will not.  I never got the money back, and the seller did not do her job in satisfying my concerns.

Style File: White High Heel Pumps Still Charting the Top in Today’s Fashion

July 19, 2015

Chris 9681333Hello to all my shoe lovers out there.  Today in this edition of Style File I wanted to talk a little about the classic white pumps.  i remember growing up as a teenager, the white pump was mostly worn to church on Sundays, and they weren’t really that popular or trendy, not being that high on the list of fashionistas; and as far as I can remember there were a lot of don’ts with wearing them such as don’t wear them with dark colored nylons, don’t wear them with black or other dark colors, patterns and print ensembles if you weren’t offsetting it with white or white patterns or prints, and the list goes on, including don’t wear white after Labor Day.  And that is a rule that seems to be fading out quickly as the rules are consistently changing as fashion continues to shift gears where the color white is greatly concerned.

Today in the world of fashion where shoes reign supreme. it seem like white high heel pumps have been given a new leash on life.  I have recently been spending some quality time with my daughter who moved back to Los Angeles after having lived in Las Vegas for the past year.  She expressed a deep interest in white high heel pumps by Steve Madden and Shiekh Shoes.  And each one with their own level of sleekness, look and style.

Chris White High Heels2She and I headed on over to DB Shoes and picked up a pair of Shoe Republic LA’s white high heel pumps.  And while the design, style and look has not changed all that much from the 80s and 90s, they still possess the classic look.

One thing I especially like about the classic pumps is that they still dress up a good pair of jeans and skinny jeans, or the classic capri ensemble.

Chris White High HeelsThe history of high heels goes as far back to the Victorian days when men wore high heels, which is why men wearing them today in the fashion in which they wear them does not bother me because it is basically history repeating itself.  The fact that they have evolved into the forms in which we see and love them today says a lot about the originality and creation of designers who have kept up the history for time to come.

The classic white high heel pump opened the door for designers to take a simple style and turn it into something new and different for women to further enjoy and add to their shoe collection.

Rene shoes-heels-sr-cuxiwhiteOne of my favorites are the white wrap around strappy high heel pump in faux leather from AMIClubwear.  What they did here was took a classic look and transformed it into a sexy, sleek style, added a buckle to boost the overall look and style.  To preserve the overall look of this shoe, and because I was not able to find it anywhere else, I would not recommend for daily (everyday) wear.

What I like about this style is you can dress it up with a number of ensembles.  Me being me, I would prefer something suited, a lacy ensemble, skirt ensemble, or a really pretty dress that would dress up these shoes.

It is easy to miscalculate what to wear them with as I have seen a number of fashion don’ts just with the wrong shoes and/or the wrong ensemble.

Rene shoes-heels-sr-cuxiwhite_2They come with both the right look and the right heel height measured at approximately 5 inches.  Comes with a scoop vamp, wrap around thick strap with a side buckle closure, smooth lining, and cushioned footbed.

The ankle strap pumps are still popular, but I am happy to see other pump-like styles climbing the ranks of high heels year after year and changing the face of how we see high heel pumps.  As far as the classic pump is concerned, trends will always have room for them because they are a huge part of the office scene where maintaining a professional appearance is key.

They can be found in an array of fabulous colors including nude, black, red and blue…the original colors of the classic pump family.  Colors gold and silver are also among the colors.

51uSdTZ-4zL._UY395_Let’s not also forget that the classic pump has opened doors the  platform pump which I can never get enough off.  The are fashioned with a sexy stiletto heal, half inch to an inch platform, cushioned footbed, and some come with a round toe and some come with a somewhat pointed toe.  Very chic.

Such is this style here with the peep toe, platform and stiletto heel.  Looking at the shoe I would have to say the platform is about an inch and heel is approximately five inches.

31fX-f8k1HLThe description says 4.3, but that that thickness of the platform, the heel has to be much higher than that.  I found these on, although currently out of stock, they are still saved on my account.

These are what I would consider strictly for dress attire because of their style.  On they are identified as wedding shoes, which they could be worn for special occasions.  I definitely don’t doubt that.  They are sexy and definitely as must have in your shoe collection.

51aL7pK8TUL._UY395_The trends of high heels are forever changing.  And although they look sexy and appealing, it is always recommended that you wear what is comfortable to you.  The 5-inch heel may look nice and appealing — if you are not comfortable wearing that height, you will run the risk of not walking in them properly, putting undue stress on your back and legs that can hurt you eventually.

These are my picks in the white high heel pumps.  What are your favorites?


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