How I Get Ready For The Red Carpet

Hi babes,

As some of you know, I’m an entertainment reporter by day and a beauty/fashion fangirl by night. When I’m not gushing about the latest skincare products or talking about how much coffee I desperately need, I’m interviewing celebrities or writing about them.

I get a lot of questions about what it’s like to meet celebrities and what I do to prepare questions. A lot of people also ask me how I get ready – it’s no walk in the park, let me tell you. I want to share a few behind-the-scenes moments and the hustle that goes into it!

Red Carpet Interviews

When I know that I need to cover an event, I always try to get a good night’s sleep. It’s so important – have you not heard of the term beauty sleep? But seriously, I need my rest or else I’m stressed and panicked the entire day.  If I have time, I’ll hit the gym in the morning.

Also, what they say is true – the camera really does add 10lbs. Sometimes, the camera is so evil it will add more. I always start the day with coffee and I do extra research on the celebs attending the event. I make sure I’m up-to-date with everything happening in the world/trending topics on social media.

Red Carpet Interviews

People seem to forget this, and I don’t blame them since it’s the most boring part of the job, but I have to do my research. I can’t just show up to a red carpet and not know anything about the celebrities walking the red carpet. I need to know what projects they’re working on, what shows they’re binging, who they’re dating, etc. Celebrities like to show up unannounced – go figure! – so I have to make sure my phone is charged that way I can do research on the spot. Thank goodness for Smartphones!

Having a journal filled with questions and information is what keeps me sane. I always have notebooks lying around, even small ones, that way they fit easily into my purse when a question pops up while I’m out.

Red Carpet Interviews

Now to the fun stuff! The night before, I like to give myself outfit ideas. During the summer months, it’s HOT and I don’t play around. I usually opt for a dress. Okay, to be fair I always go with a dress. I’ll pick something that not only flatters me but that is comfortable to wear for a couple of hours. Most of these carpets are chaotic, so I need something that looks great and that I can easily move around in. Thank you Spanx for sucking everything in while making me stay comfortable!

Red Carpet Interviews

My boyfriend probably wishes I only had 3 heels because I’m taking up all of the closet space. For this post, I have 3 go-to shoes that are my ride or die. They are comfortable, cute, and worthy to meet celebrities. I’m a petite chica, so heels are always a must, especially when most celebs are amazons. I also hate getting blisters and sore feet. These shoes keep me from falling, cursing, and hating my shoe choices. LOL

Red Carpet Interviews

I love wearing my hair in waves or big curls. It just makes me feel glamorous and sexy, like Sofia Vergara. The reason I love wearing my hair in waves is because the heat (and unsexy sweat that happens when it’s 100 degrees in Cali) makes my hair frizz. When it’s straight, frizzy hair is not a cute look. I can’t have crazy hair when I’m meeting my celebrity man crush can I? HELL NO! With waves, frizzy hair just makes it look more tousled and I feel like a true Cali girl at the beach.

Red Carpet Interviews

I usually get a lot of questions about my makeup and how I make it last all day during an event. The truth is, nothing lasts 24 hours even if it claims to be. I always keep a small makeup bag in my purse and do touch ups when I have a break. However, I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way. I used to love wearing bold lip colors, like bright pinks and dramatic reds. I’ve learned that having lipstick smeared on your teeth while chatting with Mr. McDreamy is not cute and it’s totally embarrassing. Again, those red carpets are chaotic, so I don’t have time to keep applying lipstick.

Most of the time it dries up and gets crusty. That’s also not a cute look and it’s VERY embarrassing. Instead, I focus on my eyes. I love a dramatic eye look. Not only are the eyes the window to your soul but you don’t have to worry as much about it smudging everywhere. I rather a celebrity focus their attention on my eyes instead of my crusty lips. I keep mascara on hand and I always, always wear false lashes. Again, I love the drama!

Red Carpet Interviews

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I would love to hear your thoughts on this post! Share your favorite red carpet moments with me and leave any other questions you have for me down below! xoxo

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California Dreaming: Living in Los Angeles

Exactly one year ago today, during Easter weekend, I packed my bags and drove halfway across the country. I was following a dream and taking one of the biggest risks of my life. Would I make it in LA? Or would I come crawling back to Texas? I chose to leave my home, my family, and friends to pursue a career in entertainment journalism. I wanted to be the girl who interviewed celebrities at movie premieres. I knew that I needed to be in Hollywood.

It hasn’t been easy. AT ALL.

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The first day moving into our apartment.

James Cameron, the director of Avatar, lived out of his car when he moved to Los Angeles. Even though I haven’t had to rough it out like James, it’s still been tough. I don’t really like talking about it because I hate being a stereotype. I also don’t want anyone feeling sorry for me. However, if my year in review gives you the inspiration to follow your dreams, then I want to share my experience.

About two weeks before making the big move, my boyfriend and I didn’t know where we were going to live. I’m serious. We were almost homeless. No one in LA wanted to rent us a place because we hadn’t seen the apartment beforehand or because the landlords hadn’t met us. It was extremely stressful and I had so many breakouts (and breakdowns) during those two weeks. Luckily, we found an affordable apartment that was in a great area (by affordable I mean $1600 for a one bedroom/one bath. WELCOME TO LA!!!).

The night I interviewed Gina Rodriguez at the Chateau Marmont.

The night I interviewed Gina Rodriguez at the Chateau Marmont.

When I first arrived, I was really nervous. I don’t have any family in California. I only knew a handful of people, and most of them had already made their own friends and connections. It was a weird couple of months. Even after a year, I’m still not used to LA. To be honest, there are times when I don’t think I made the right decision. Sometimes I feel like I came to LA too early in my career. There are moments when I feel incompetent. Even worse, I still get insecure. However, I’ve learned that you can’t compare yourself to others. You just can’t. The more you focus on other people, the more you set yourself back.

The worst feeling in the world is thinking that you’re so great at what you do, and then you meet about 1,000 people who are just as great. I feel like Homer Simpson when he tells Bart, “No matter how good you are at something, there’s always about a million people better than you.” It can definitely feel like that when you live here. I have to remind myself that I’m just as good, if not better, as anyone else. My motto is – “Why not me?” If I don’t believe in myself, what makes me think someone else will? This is a tough business, so you have to give people a reason to take a chance on you.

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California Dreamin’

I’m not gonna lie, until Feb. 2016, money was tight. Thank the Lord for blessing me with an incredible job!!! But for a whole year, I was pretty much broke. I felt like a loser most of the time. I didn’t have the money to go out for brunch or hit up clubs with friends. If anything, when I did do those things, it was considered a luxury. People asked if I saw any “cool” places in LA, but the truth is I didn’t have the money to explore. Thank God my parents helped me. I don’t think I would’ve survived without their support. Money was so tight I had to prioritize my spending – Did I want to spend money on $8 drinks or did I need to use that money for tampons? I know people have it way worse, and again, I feel blessed that my parents helped me, but I definitely had to limit my spending. I wasn’t living a glamorous life AT ALL.

I learned so much about myself this past year. I appreciate the little things, and feel so blessed to have a job where I don’t have to worry as much. I’m not banking, but I’m definitely not penny pinching.

I’ll never forget that I was able to meet and interview Gina Rodriguez. I ran into Jamie Chung at my grocery store, and saw Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis at my UPS store. I also attended the same event as Kim Kardashian, and worked at several star-studded parties. I even got hit on by Jeremy Piven. Those are just a few cool experiences I’ve had, and I can’t wait to make more memories.

A year later, I’m feeling so blessed to work with incredibly talented and fearless people. My bosses seriously inspire me everyday. I’m proud to say that I’m actually an entertainment writer. I’m doing what I love and it makes me so happy. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my boyfriend, parents, best friend, and every person who kept encouraging me. I truly appreciate everything y’all have done for me.

At Pump Restaurant!

At Pump Restaurant!

Things I’ve Learned (and I’m still working on):

  1. Don’t compare yourself to anyone!
  2. Be confident in whatever you do.
  3. Help others because you will need help.
  4. Follow your dreams, no matter how challenging it can be.
  5. It’s okay to cry – but crying isn’t productive, so you have to make up for lost time.
  6. Always be kind.
  7. Keep challenging yourself.
  8. Keep working on your craft.
  9. Never stop looking for the perfect tacos.
  10. Dream big!

Despite facing several challenges my first year in LA, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

xoxo

Glam Look for Your Oscars Viewing Party

Hi dolls!

I’ve been so busy this awards season that I haven’t had any time to create content for y’all. Sorry!!! However, I thought it would be fun to share an easy, totally simple glam look for your Oscars viewing party. We all want to look like A-listers on that red carpet (at least I do), so why not vamp up your makeup while watching the star-studded event? I just wanted to share a fun look for you guys that way when Leo DiCaprio wins, you’ll applaud in style. 😉 This look can also be worn during date night or a girl’s night out!

Enjoy! Xoxo

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Dress up your look with glitter, red lipstick, and long lashes! Seriously, so simple yet sooooo glam!

Eyeshadow: L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow (Iced Latte): $7.99

Eyelashes: Younique 3D Fiber Lashes: $29 – I mentioned these fiber lashes in my previous post and absolutely love them! It almost looks like you have fake lashes on!

Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational (Siren in Scarlett): $7.99 – I mentioned this lipstick in my previous post and it’s such a gorgeous shade!

Besitos! xoxo

 

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

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Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

Glam look for your Oscars viewing party.

 

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What do you guys think about this look? Share in the comments below! xoxo

Celebrity Encounters: Ongoing List

I’ve heard a rumor that if you live in LA long enough, you don’t really run into celebrities. It’s safe to say that I haven’t lived here long enough because I’ve been spotting celebrities everywhere, kinda. Luckily, I’ve kept track!

Laurence Fishburne 

Adam Levine

Pharrell Williams

Christina Aguilera

Blake Shelton

Breckin Meyer

Fred Savage

Kathleen Turner

Eric Stonestreet

Jessie Tyler Ferguson

Sofia Vergara 

Ed O’Neil 

Rico Rodriguez

Wanda Sykes

Michael Ealy

Katy Findlay 

Aubrey Anderson

Courtney Stodden

Doug Hutchinson 

Bob Odenkirk 

Shannyn Sossamon

Mindy Kaling 

Chris Messina

Ike Barinholtz 

Nick Kroll 

Jason Mantzoukas

Ben Bailey

Whitney Cummings