Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Single Woman's Experience at the 2017 DFW Auto Show

This post is sponsored by SheBuysCars on behalf of the DFW Auto Show. All opinions are my own.

One of the most intimidating buying experiences that is routinely noted is the car buying experience.  It is right up there with purchasing a home!

And don't even get me started on what it means to be a single woman, like me, and how nerve-wracking it can be to know that you must buy a car.

It is a necessity.

It is a must. Ugh!

So imagine my pleasant surprise to be invited to preview events for the 2017 DFW Auto Show in Dallas with SheBuysCars!

Fun at the Preview Party: Genesis G90

I jumped at the chance hoping that it could shed some light on one of the most awkward experiences for most single women, especially if you are like me and have NO clue about how vast the different types of cars are out there!

This year the DFW Auto Show is being held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and my first impression was how thoughtfully organized the huge space was...you won't have to wonder what car brand to visit because it is laid out beautifully with bright lights and shiny cars!

Every car brand is represented and not only do they include some of their well known models but they also include some new reveals!

Park Place Motors Texas Team

This was the case with Park Place Motors, who revealed their new Bentley SUV at an onsite media event.

There are also plenty of theatrics and displays that really help you envision yourself not only in the vehicle but also how the vehicle can be used to meet your needs.

The Big Screen at the Chevrolet Equinox Station

Tundra Power: Two Kayaks, camping gear and packs! 

The most gorgeous car I saw was by Hyundai and this Caribbean Blue 2017 Tucson SUV Sport.  It was such a brilliant color it was easy to envision driving it down the highways of Texas' Hill Country and on to the beaches of Galveston this summer!

Hyundai Tucson

I spent some time in the Hyundai area because it was a brand that I was not as familiar with in a very good way because their vehicles seemed so much more approachable than some of the other car sections.

The Tucson is on my new favorites list and I'll be visiting them soon!

The award for the MOST unique car display was this Lego Batmobile by Chevrolet that took over 340,000 legos to construct!

Lego Batmobile by Chevrolet

So, I can truly say that one of the BEST parts of attending a car show is that if  you are at all curious about a new model, want to do a test drive or are interested in a brand that you'd like to preview without the pressure of being at a car lot, then you will love the DFW Auto Show!

The DFW Auto Show has onsite help, plenty of information and even car buying experts that can sometimes get you a better deal than your bank or dealership.

And what's even more, you get all the attention and theatrics that come with a brilliant show by the passionate people that represents the brands....it is quite infectious and has a way of easing a single woman's fears of the normal car buying process.

Helpful Info:
Dates: March 22-26, 2017

Times:
  • Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
  • $14 for adults
  • $7 for senior citizens 65 and older
  • $7 for children 6 to 12 years old; children 5 and under admitted free
  • $10 for active and retired Military members (ID is required)

Brands Represented at the DFW Auto Show

Have fun!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My Organic Beauty Obsession: Uma Oils



I have literally been searching for a face oil I can put my strong recommendation behind and after months...I have finally found one!

Uma Oils is not mainstream yet but recently it has begun to get some press in mainstream media, such as Marie Claire. However, beauty insiders have known about them for years because Uma has supplied such notary brands as Tom Ford and Estee Lauder with ingredients for their products!



Why Uma?

First of all, I love that Uma grows the ingredients for their wellness and beauty oils on their family's five generation 100-acre estate.  They also grow their ingredients in the ayurveda method of responsibly sourcing and harvesting the materials.

And in line with my own personal beliefs, Uma has a work force that is over 50% women whom they also provide child and medicare care to so they can work without fear of not being able to make an income for their family.

And if that weren't already awesome, the bottles of Uma Oils are hand painted by artisans...gorgeous!

See this short video about this brilliant company from its Founder...





So finally, you have my recommendation for the best face oil brand I could find that really does work...and the fact that it has responsibly sourced ingredients and company ethics that I can get behind makes this completely brilliant...it's simply Curva-Lish!

Spring Party Recipe: Wedge Salad Appetizer



I love entertaining and this little appetizer is an ingenious way to bring a traditional salad to bite sized Spring party in a unique way!

It is your traditional wedge salad compacted on a toothpick that makes it perfectly bite sized.

Just take a cherry tomato, two bite sized pieces of bacon and crisp iceberg lettuce and push the toothpick through the center of each.

Place on a tray, drizzle blue cheese dressing and sprinkle blue cheese chunks over the top.

Yum!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Honoring a Fashion Legend: Oscar de la Renta Stamp

Picture Credit: Amy Richardson


I missed the memo about the release of the Oscar de la Renta stamp issued by the USPS!

How gorgeous are these stamps!

They are already sold out at some post offices but I did track them down on Amazon!

Get these collector stamps before they are gone forever....don't miss your opportunity to own a bit of fashion history!

Description:

  • The stamp art includes 11 images-an evocative black-and-white portrait of de la Renta and 10 details from some of his most exquisite gowns.
  • 1 Ounce Forever Stamp
  • Sheet of 11 Forever Stamps

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Standing Fearless & Being Determined to Stand Your Ground

Photo Credit: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images
By  now I'm sure you've probably seen or heard about the "fearless girl" statue standing front and center of the infamous Wall Street Bull in New York.

State Street Global Advisors, an investments services company, is said to be responsible for installing the 5-inch statue in front of the charging bull as a statement towards Wall Street's lack of diversity in recognition of International Women's Day.

And speaking of fearless, I also loved this short video from Makers Women about female Wall Street pioneer Sallie Krawcheck, in which Krawcheck shares an experience that she had over and over from her male peers while being one of the only women on Wall Street...see video below:



This video and the "fearless girl" statue had me thinking about how we all have experiences, on our way to realizing our biggest dreams, where some bully, some competitor or some other adversary (that maybe even someone close to you) that tries to intimidate you into "abandoning ship" on living a life that you have worked so hard for...read my tips below on how to stand your ground and be fearless!

Tips for Standing Fearless and Being Determined to Stand Your Ground
Tip #1: Be Honest with Yourself About Your Situation
Be honest with what situation you are in that is threatening to cause you to operate in fear.  Is it a hostile work environment? Is it a bully boss? Is it your own self confidence in your work?

Be honest with your self and ask: What am I really afraid of and why am I afraid in this situation?

Use this honesty to be the first step in moving forward!

Tip #2: Know What You Want 
After you are clear on what the variables are in your situation, be able to ask yourself: What is it that I want?

It is a lot less likely to be intimated if you are clear about what it is you want.

Is this your dream job and always what you wanted?

Is your situation a major stepping stone to bigger goals?

Are the bullies more in fear of your potential than about whether you are really unskilled for the project?

Knowing what you want will allow you the empowerment to stand your ground by repeating to yourself that

Tip #3: Visualize You Are a Woman with an Iron Will
Wether you possess a steadfast will or not, fake it.  Trust me, you can literally visualize yourself towards being someone with a will that can overcome any situation, whether you really possess that skill or not.

Someone wants you to abandon that new product launch...don't back down.

Someone wants you to lower your price in negotiating your salary or product or service (when you know you are already offering 90% below the marker)....don't back down.

Someone wants you to taper your ambition so you can make them feel more comfortable...don't back down.

Tip #4: Be In It to Win It
As a coach, one thing I can tell you is that goals don't just happen.  It's almost like God (or the Universe) requires you to have to withstand a certain amount of testing before realizing a dream.

Why? I have no idea.

This testing comes in many forms and equally can come in the form of outside influences and variables that touch on a secret fear that we harbor.

You will not win (reach your goals) if you don't commit within yourself that you are not going to quit until you are successful.

You can't delegate it. You can't get enough motivation for it. You can't just cry about it.

You have to be committed to be in it to win it.

Tip #5: Celebrate the Wins
I don't care how small or trivial a win is as you strive for your goals...celebrate it!

Filed your LLC document....celebrate it.

Won a major milestone in a project...celebrate it.

Spoke up for yourself in a team meeting with your rude peers who tend to interrupt all the time...celebrate it.

And keep in mind, focusing on YOUR small wins every step of the way will keep you focused on gaining inches necessary in winning versus comparing yourself, being intimidated by what others point out as faults, etc.

Now go stand fearless and don't let anybody cause you to not stand your ground!

It's Curva-Lish.