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Simply Stylist, which is a Beauty & Fashion conference which brings like-minded women together, took place this past weekend in New York City. Attendees enjoyed a full day of expert panel discussions presented by influencers who are leaders in the worlds of fashion, beauty, blogging and tech. The networking events, mixers and workshops that were scheduled throughout the day were designed to help attendees connect and build lasting relationships with other style-obsessers, companies, brands and even potential employers.

If you couldn’t be there this year, no worries – check out all the fun below!

A general view of atmosphere at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother) Guests are seen at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother)Founder Sarah Boyd and Catt Sadler are seen at Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother) A general view of atmosphere at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother)Lauren Bushnell, left, and Catt Sadler speak at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother) Denise Caldwell, Lilliana Vazquez, Claire Sulmers and Gwendolyn Floyd speak onstage at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother) Guests are seen at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother)Claire Sulmers, left and Vanessa Simmons are seen at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother) Guests interact at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother) Guests interact at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother) Guests interact at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother) Guests interact at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother) A general view of atmosphere at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother) Annabella Daily speaks at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother) Guests are seen at the Simply Stylist New York Fashion and Beauty Conference at YOTEL on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Soul Brother)

This post is sponsored by Pottery Barn. All opinions expressed are my own.

Once Halloween is over it seems as if the holidays fly by us. In just a few weeks we have Thanksgiving, then the first day of Winter followed by Christmas and New Years Eve. Where does the time go? Last holiday season my son was only a few months old so this will be the first time he really gets to enjoy all of the craziness as well as traditions held by our family. In between all the get togethers and parties, I really enjoy just relaxing at home with the little one and my husband. The work week is hectic as is – throw in all the extra holiday stress of meal planning and present purchasing and I’m all for a quiet and cozy evening on the couch.

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Thanks to Pottery Barn I now am ready for those chilly nights at home. This Ruched Faux Fur Throw is amazing! It’s super plush and soft and perfect for cuddling up with my loved ones while catching a movie on TV or just relaxing on the couch with a warm lemon tea and a book. It’s also really chic and luxe so just tossing it over the couch gives it a little extra flair. And I can’t forget about these Faux Fur Booties! Not only are they super cute but they are extremely soft and comfortable.

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My son at the tender age of 14 months also seems to be a big fan of relaxing during the beginning of this hectic holiday season and absolutely loves wrapping himself up in our faux fur throw. I’m taking it all in too because I know how busy the work load will get soon during this time of the year. I think it’s super important to make sure you leave time for yourself during the week and just appreciate quiet time.

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How do you relax during the holidays?

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Simply Stylist is back in NYC for another inspiring beauty and fashion conference that connects career-minded beauty, fashion and tech lovers with beauty professionals.

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WHERE:
YOTEL New York
570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

WHEN:
Saturday, November 5th, 2016
10am – 6pm

Click HERE to check out the speakers + HERE to purchase a ticket.

Walt Disney World – The happiest place on earth!

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When Disney reached out to me to attend the Royal Welcoming of the First Latina Princess, Elena of Avalor, I screamed YES with no hesitation. I’ve been to Disney twice, once with my madrina and Tio Danny when I was about 7 years old and another time in High School when I had the opportunity to play in a Disney softball tournament. This was my first trip as an adult and I felt like I could really soak in this experience. I knew I was only going to be in town for about 30 hours so I was looking forward to making the best of it.

We stayed at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

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The property is absolutely beautiful and filled with charm. The staff was so friendly and very accommodating.

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Upon checking in, I received my Disney MagicBand and went on to explore my room as well as the property until it was time to meet up with some of the ladies to have dinner + dessert at Epcot.

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After checking into Epcot, we dined at La Hacienda de San Angel which served an authentic Mexican cuisine and killer margaritas. The best part of dinner had to be getting to know all the girls, great conversation and a ton of laughs. When we were done we headed to the Italy Pavilion for a private dessert party where we had front row seats to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, which is an incredible show that features fireworks, pyrotechnics, laser lights, fountains, and fire to create a visual production on the park’s World Showcase Lagoon. It’s an absolute must see!

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The next day I was up bright and early because I was so excited to get together with the group again and head to the Magic Kingdom for the Royal Welcoming for Princess Elena.

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Cinderella and Prince Charming appear on the stage of the castle, dándole la bienvenida (giving a welcome) to everyone to this magical kingdom and introducing their special guest from Avalor. Princess Elena arrives accompanied by a troupe of regal banner carriers and musicians and when asked to share her historia, Elena
picks up a guitarra and joins her musicians in a performance of the song “My Time,” recounting her magical adventures and triumphant return to Avalor.

It was truly magically to witness this and as a Latina, made me super proud! After the Royal Welcoming we headed to a Disney luncheon where we got to meet and interview all the important people behind Elena of Avalor and even got to meet the princess herself.

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This trip, while short, was an incredible experience and I’m so glad that so many of you followed along with me on Instastories (@pearls_and_paris) and Snapchat (pearlsandparis). THANK YOU Disney for a magical time.

As many of you know, my son is turning ONE in just a few weeks and so we have planned a Family Disney trip for mid October!!!! Make sure you stay tuned as I will be sharing every step of the way with you guys while there.

While this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Neutrogena and Latina Bloggers Connect, all opinions expressed are my own.

I’ve battled with random breakouts since Middle School. Being a teen and battling acne can be really tough so from a young age I always made sure to stick to a nighttime skin care routine and Neutrogena has always been my go to brand to keep my skin healthy and clear.

Now that I’m in my 30’s (yikes), I make sure to really stay faithful to my skincare routine.

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Neutrogena’s Pink Grapefruit line has become the line I use on a daily basis. The products in this line powerfully treat and help prevent breakouts and blackheads while delivering a refreshing blast of 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C.

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The best beauty tip has to be to always make sure you take off your makeup at night BUT sometimes after a late night, it’s the last thing on your mind. Thats when I pull out the Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes! These pre moistened wipes throughly cleanse your skin of impurities in one simple step.

On most nights though, I start off with the Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser. It’s gentle for everyday use and doesn’t irritate my skin.

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For those times when a pimple just pops up out of no where, I rely on the On-The-Spot Acne Treatment. It contains only 2.5% of Benzoyl Peroxide which provides maximum level of effectiveness with 70% less irritation.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Neutrogena. The opinions and text are all mine.