3D-CSI-Wall-panels Happy Monday, friends!

Can you tell that these flowers aren’t real? If you can’t, it’s because they are the realest silk flowers ever; and they are being provided by the folks at CSI Wall Panels. When I was approached to share a review about these silk flowers, I was a little reluctant. I honestly don’t have anything against silk flowers, but I just prefer real, scent-filled, fresh ones. Nothing can beat that, right? But Admittedly there are amazing silk flowers out there, that will win your heart in a beat; and I have to say that the good folks at www.csiwallpanels.com . have some beautiful selections. Check them out! 


*This bouquet was provided for my honest review and all opinions are mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Hypnoz Glam.

Lots of love, 



Nicole Malo, founder and CEO of IAA Fashion, an innovative clothing line that specializes in a variety of stylish apparel and accessories, pride herself in offering glamorous and outstanding designs for women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and colors.
Nicole’s love and passion for fashion and everything that it stands for has led her to design some of her own clothes and alter a few of her dresses to fit her style and need. The talent behind the clothes she has designed and made for herself hasn’t been unnoticed, so this mother of 3 has made it her goal to create more pieces not only for herself, but for all out there who would appreciate and enjoy her style and creations. She went ahead and made them available to the public to purchase.
With a focus on high quality African fabrics, Nicole’s designs show unique styles portraying images about both her West-African root and culture at affordable prices.
When asked what has inspired the name IAA Fashion, Nicole has made it known that it was in honor of her children. She used the first initial of each of her kids first name to create a beautiful and memorable name for her brand. Now, if that’s not just beautiful! We all know the heart of a good mother when it comes to her children and what she can do for their legacy. 
Like I always say, when you support a small business, you are supporting a dream. All of Nicole’s creations can be custom-made. She also works with clients who have their own designs in mind but are looking for someone to create the final masterpiece for them. For more about this beautiful and talented designer or to contact her, visit her Business Facebook page here . You can also follow or reach out to her on Instagram.
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Thank you for reading and have a wonderful start to the month of July!
Love + Light, 
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Happy Friday guys,

If you’re following me on Instagram (which I think you should! 😉 ), you’ve probably seen a little bit of recap of my busy yet fun weekend activities on my feed and insta stories! One of the reasons why I love what I do, is that I get to experience new things, and meet some awesome individuals and also being able to share those experiences and my take with you guys. The biggest’s highlight of my weekend was the twin cities auto show, which I talked a little bit about here. I was fortunate enough to be part of a group of awesome influencers who were invited to the Toyota’s auto show VIP Preview. I have never been to an auto show before; and my first experience, even though it was work related, was a blast, and I’m looking forward to reliving the experience! Twin-cites-auto-show-recap-and-look

Among many wonders, I got to see and play with the totally newly redesigned Toyota Camry! Their Sport Pro Sequoia and luxury Avalon were also displayed and vastly complimented by the attenders.


With Lexus now being part of the Toyota family, I got to see a few high-end cars in the Twin Cities Auto Show’s Luxury Lane! Now, guess what was front and center… Go ahead… Just take a wild guess! As we all know, the Wakanda fever has been floating around these last few weeks with the Black Panther playing in theaters.

Believe it or not, I got to see up close and personal the Lexus LC500 featured in the movie during a car chase in Hong Kong! It was just a different feeling altogether looking at this masterpiece, the Black Tiger’s scratch marks and the bullet holes on the side… Enough said, just take a look for yourself!

I went live a couple of times on Instagram and on Facebook; and it was amazing seeing how many people were tuning in and how much interest they showed.

My local readers, if you haven’t been to the twin cities auto show yet, it’s so much fun with amazing new cars waiting for you to test-drive or just admire and take selfies with… but don’t just take my words for it! You still have today and the weekend to go check it out. As I mentioned here, the show is ending on March 18th and you can see all the information you need in this article.


It was no doubt a wonderful day, but I was tired and hungry (I had a “bloggers event” the night before and woke up early for the Toyota Auto Show VIP Preview ), so hubby and I headed straight to a favorite restaurant to enjoy some goodness; but you’ll know I was glad to snatch some quick outfit post pics before I get food all over myself. Just kidding. 😀 



By the way, if you’re wondering what you should wear to the auto show or similar events, I would suggest that you definitely keep comfort in mind, as you will be doing a lot of walking and browsing. I knew that prior to going to the event, but I still went with my striped heels and kept a pair of nice flats in my bag, just in case!Twin-cites-auto-show-recap-and-look

My feet were tired at some points, and you could hear that I was breathing heavily in one of my live videos on social media, but I was resilient until the end, and never got to change into those flats. Mainly because I was working non-stop and was taking pictures with the group and for myself.


Anyway, I’m glad I had the opportunity to participate in this campaign and hope you take something away from this recap. – On another note, what do you think of my outfit of the day? XOXO


Jacket:  c/o Just Fab | Skirt: c/o U.S | Shoes: Old. Try these | bodysuit: Also seen HERE| Try this one or this | Earrings: Here | Bag: Try this one or this.

As always, thank you for reading and cheers to a fabulous weekend!

Love+ Light,




Happy Wednesday, beautiful people!

It’s been a minute, but I’m back with some exciting news! This weekend, I’m joining a group of awesome influencers for an exclusive preview of the Twin Cities Auto Show. How exciting! Toyota and Girls Guide To Cars are making this possible, and I’m super excited about this partnership! 

Now, when I say I’m very excited about the Twin City Auto Show, I’m actually saying that I’m super duper excited about Toyota and their presence and role at the show! Hubby and I can barely wait until Saturday! You may not know this about me, but I’m a RAV-4 girl! 😉 I had a blast driving my 2012 RAV-4 for a couple of years before trading it up for something bigger, family getting bigger and all! By the way, best trade-in value I’ve had on any of my trades so far!

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***These pictures are old and were previously featured  here.***

I’ve got my eyes on the new Toyota Camry for a little while now; and I can’t wait to test-drive it and my other Toyota products at the Auto Show! I’m probably going to be one of those car commercial test-drivers that would hug the car for hours! 😀 Don’t judge me; we’re talking the new Camry!


My husband has had his sight set on the Sequoia, the Tundra and … wait for it… the new Avalon! He loves himself big SUV’s, powerful trucks, and of course, swanky, stylish, and spacious full-size sedans! I can already picture the kid in the candy store! 🙂

Images via @toyotausa

Attending the Twin City Auto Show as a Toyota special guest is actually much of an excitement I can barely hide. 

Now, I’m sure you want to know how you can make your way to the Twin City Auto Show… Well, I’m must be your fairy godmother! You can enter the giveaway below for a chance to win one of the 10 pairs of tickets to the Twin Cities Auto Show and a grand prize of a $100 gift card. 

Come check out the Toyota wonders and other amazing cars such as the Lexus LC500 featured in the Black Panther Movie, at the Twin City Auto Show with me, or any day between March 10th and 18th. What better days and occasions to test-drive and shop for your dream cars or just enjoy a fun indoor activity in this Minnesota mud-season!? 

Click on the link below to enter the giveaway now:

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Contest rules:

Contest rules: Entries must be completed by midnight March 11, 2018. No purchase necessary; contest open only to US residents and subject to the laws of Minnesota. Winners will be notified by email by March 12, 2018. Winners MUST pick up tickets in person at the Twin Cities Auto Show, Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S., Minneapolis MN 55403, between March 12, 2018 and March 18, 2018. Winners may be asked to provide identification to receive their prize. Prize value $24 per prize, not exchangeable for cash or other items. Grand prize value is $124. A total of 10 pairs of tickets will be awarded and a total of 1 grand prize will be awarded.

The Twin Cities Auto Show runs from March 10-March 18, 2018, Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S., Minneapolis MN 55403.Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for teens and all tickets are half price on Wednesday. See the Twin Cities Auto Show website for more details.

Disclosure: This post is part of a program sponsored by Toyota. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Hypnoz Glam 

Love + Light,




It’s that time of the year again; believe it or not, the holidays season is upon us and the degree of magic in the air when Winter arrives is just… oh so magical! Fun, interactive and festive moments are what we yearn for at this magical time of the year! Some of my family’s traditions when the weather calls for fuzzy socks, hot chocolate, marshmallow, and furry blankets is to just cuddle up, read holidays and winter books, watch Christmas movies, and built snowmen… Something my kids joyfully noticed is that Eli, the little character in the book “Eli’s first Winter carnival” and his family, have in common with our family! 

Top-minneapolis-bloggerEli’s 1st Winter Carnival is a wonderful story of a sweet little boy’s adventures with his family and friends at a winter carnival. This being Eli’s first time attending the carnival, he just couldn’t contain his excitement. The carnival, as you can imagine, was full of fun activities that I will not quite unveil yet… 😉


Eli, the little protagonist, had so much fun with his family and friends, but the highlight of Eli winter carnival adventure was when… Well, I don’t want to be a spoiler. You should get this and discover all the exciting things that make this book so fantastic! 😉


Lisa Bowen, the author of this book, did a great job depicting a modern day, happy family life and fun outdoor activities with positive and fun interacting moments. Such a delightful book with beautiful illustrations; and so relatable! I immediately knew what the kids would want to have for dinner that night, when Eli’s mom has served them one of the most popular foods at my house for dinner… 🙂

Eli’s First Winter Carnival” is currently a top favorite around our house; and I honestly think this book will make a great gift for the littles ones. Get your copies now at amazon.

Spending that money on another gift? It’s ok, you can also win a free copy. Just head over to my Instagram to enter the giveaway that Lisa Bowen and I are currently hosting. The rules are really simple an you can be the lucky winner! Enter giveaway here 🙂 

***I was provided a copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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