Around Orlando: Cruisin’ With Chevy

I’ve lived in Orlando for almost 5 years and I can’t believe that I am just now discovered that this city is actually…cool. Millions of people visit O-Town every year to head to Disney World and Universal Studios but what’s left to do for the locals? I mean, YES, I’d love to visit Disney every other day but come on…it’s not even an option.

I was beyond excited to be one of the selected bloggers to head on a Cruze the City Beautiful Tour with Chevy and fellow Central Florida bloggers. Um, thrilled doesn’t even define how I was feeling.

We arrived at central location, met each other, jumped in the cars and took off. We started off at a Scenic Boat Tour, had lunch at Prato (where I had the BEST casear salad of my life), made chocolate at Farris & Foster, took a walk in the Leu Gardens park, played n beauty stuffs at Sephora and finished the evening off dining at the delicious Fogo de Chao.

Yes y’all…we were going non-stop from 9am to 8pm and I would not have had it any other way. Oh! And the best part? We got to test drive various Chevy cars. From the Sonic, to the electric Volt, Malibu and Cruze, I ended up falling in love with the Malibu. I’m a gal who loves sedans and I prefer mine to mid-sized.

Lots of love to Joscelyn of Mami of Multiples and the Chevy team for providing us with such an amazing opportunity. See Chevy’s blog post highlighting our day.



While the attractions and meals were paid by Chevy, I was not paid to write this post.

March Meetup of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group

Soooo, guess who hosted the March meetup of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group? Meeeee! It was so epic, y’all. As much of as I love my girlfriends, sometimes talking beauty talk with them just….doesn’t work. And the same goes for blogging. But to be able to be around 20 beautiful and talented women who get the whole beauty obsession and blogging thing was just pure joy!

How crazy is it that we didn’t even think about taking a group photo until about half of the girls had already left? Ha! Autumn 2011 marked my first meetup with the beauty bloggers in Orlando. And even then, there were less than 10 of us. We had a grand time swapping polishes, chowin’ down on yummy food and networking. Months passed, a few tweets were exchanged between us gals and I said, “Let’s get the ball rolling for another meetup.”

And so we did.

I reached out to some of my favorite brands (as did some of the other ladies) to see if they were interested in providing product samples of us bloggers. Through Twitter and Facebook, I tried to rally up as many beauty bloggers that I could find – and on March 3rd, we had our meetup!

I forgot to take pictures. Yah. I was so annoyed with myself for not taking ANY pictures but between attempting to being a good hostess and rummaging through the hundreds of bottles of polish that we brought him to swap and trade, taking pics just didn’t happen. But tons of  thanks to Pamela because she took fantastic photos.

 We are already planning the next meetup and I can’t waiiiiit. If you are a beauty blogger, beauty enthusiast or makeup artist and are looking for other beauty lovers in your neck of the woods, put some feelers out there. I would have never thought we’d have a group of 20-something. Who knows? By the end of the year, we may have over 50 beauty bloggers at our next meetup.

See. Orlando is so much more than Mickey Mouse, y’all. We’ve got Premiere Orlando coming in June, The Makeup Show Orlando in November  and we’ve got a crew of some of the hottest bloggers around. Oooooh yeah.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Milani, Milani, Avon, Venomous Cosmetics, Cult Nails, tarte Cosmetics , Pure Ice, Overall Beauty, CVS Beauty and NYX Cosmetics.

As far as the fabulous ladies who were at the event – they are listed below.

-Ali of niftyBA!
-Judi of Judixo
-Stephanie of Imperfectly Painted
-Kari of OnceBitten
-Alyssa of Alyssa’s Nails
-Kimberly of Libby’s Pink Vanity
-Maria of Cult Nails
-Cat of Beauty by Beauty by Cat Blog
-Pamela of Pamela’s Closet
-Safia of Lipstick Mixtapes
-Courtney of Phyrra
-Toni of ToniizBeauty Blog
-Leandra of Nail Polish Therapy
-Rhonda of Nails Beautiqued
-Cristina of Let Them Have Polish!
-Margaret of The Glamazon’s Blog

Oh! And a quick pic of Kari’s gooooorgeous Fantasy Fire nails! Goooooorgeous.

Stay tuned for more beauty-related events in and around the Orlando area! And if you happen to be a beauty blogger in Orlando, Tampa or the surrounding areas, let me know!

Orlando Event: Fashion Quest 2012!

For a loooooong time, I didn’t think Orlando was considered “cool” when it came to beauty and fashion events. Well, scoot over Mickey because in a few years, Orlando will be known for more than just the home of Walt Disney World. If you’re in the Orlando area and looking for something fun to do this upcoming weekend, join me at Fashion Quest.

I’ll be on the scene to cover the event and hobnob with the many talented beauty and fashion folx of the greater Orlando area.

For more information, visit the event website.

Oh! And on Saturday, March 10th, a few of us beauty beauty bloggers (okay…more like 20) will be getting together for a meet-n-greet and swap. If you’re in Orlando and would like to join us, let me know at

See. I do have a social life off of the internet. 8)


Food Yum: Boston Market for lunch

Any fans of Boston Market? On days when Mama Clumps didn’t feel like cooking, Boston Market was always an option for my sister and I. After all, how many fast food joints can you find that DOESN’T serve burgers and fries? So as far as a healthier alternative, B.Market is definitely a better one.  Two of my co-workers wanted to grab some lunch and considering it’s a serious rarity that I don’t bring my own lunch, I decided to tag along.

Not a bad price for lunch, uh?


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Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza giveaway!

If y’all haven’t noticed already, I’m not JUST a beauty blogger. In fact, sometimes I wonder if I should even call myself that anymore.  I feel like “lifestyle blogger” is more fitting.. Don’t get me wrong, Clumps of Mascara will always be Beauty 1st, but the world is huge. And I love sharing photography, events, food and total randomness with you guys.

That said, who wants free pizza?

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Beauty basket ‘o deals from

Y’all know me. I love saving a  buck or two. I’m a drugstore beauty kind of girl who occasionally likes to splurge on the higher-end goods. And occasionally really means once a month tops. As much as I love beauty products, I’d prefer not to deplete my savings account trying to buy a lipgloss. If you’re a penny pinchin’ gal like me, a site like will be your best friend. And I’m not even kidding.

Try and guess how much this beauty basket cost. Seriously….guess.

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20+ Years of Lovin’ Disney

I’m the biggest Disney fan ever. And I do mean ever. If a Disney movie came out in the 90’s, chances are I know all of the words to the songs. I’ve been to both Disney World in Florida and Disney Land in California. I love Disney so much that I’m considering getting married (you know, after the whole proposal thing) at the Disney Wedding Pavilion. I recently went to Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and took a few pictures.

Hit the jump, fellow Disney lovers!

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Shellac Update

2 weeks passed and as promised I am giving y’all an update on my experience with the gel nail treatment. If you missed my initial post, check it out here.

After 2 weeks the nails were STILL shinning so as far as staying glossy and wet-looking, Shellac nails deliver. And that’s not all…

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