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Feb 7, 2016

Cover FX Make-Up | #Jointheclick

I had the pleasure of spending a fun brunch with Cover FX and the amazing Derek Selby, the Global Brand Ambassador.  So when it comes to coverage, I don't wear much (as seen below) because I never really can find my color. Then when I do it doesn't exist in powder, liquid, cream etc. I took one step into the world of Cover FX and my life was complete.
 I am G+60, which is a golden deep skin tone. There is a lot that went into the color theory that makes up the Cover FX line. They not only match their colors to real skin, but whether you have golden , pink, or neutral Colortone once you find your match, it's your match across products. You would think that this is standard practice but from my experience it's not. 

Feb 2, 2016

2017 New Elantra in San Diego

Hey February. New Month, New.... Elantra?
I spent all weekend getting a first hand feel for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra near San Diego California. Nestled in near Imperial Beach, Pier South Resort was the location for the awesome unveiling.
Winding roads, over 100 miles driven, and many photos later, we experienced 2017 Hyundai Elantra. When I look at the new Elantra its hard for me to put remember its... an Elantra. The features in the limited version I experienced really brings a little bit of luxury to this segment.
Starting at $17,150, the Elantra has an enhanced fuel economy, better ride quality and improved noise insulation. I drove over 100 miles down some winding mountains near coronado and I must say it was quite the experience! It was nothing like driving in flat Houston and a true test of this vehicle. Its super quiet and I envy the fact that there is no wind noise while driving it.

The updated exterior of this car has a nice hexagonal grille and modern led headlights. The front also features a functional wheel air curtain to help reduce drag, while looking sleek.
More features according to Hyundai:
Assembled in both Montgomery, Alabama and Ulsan, South Korea, the new Elantra distinguishes itself from the compact car class with segment-first premium features such as a hands-free Smart Trunk and Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology, plus additional convenience and safety items. The 2017 Elantra is available with a full suite of the latest advanced safety technologies including Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist System, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist. The Elantra is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

On to the interior...
How dope is it that it has both Android Auto and Apple Play? I connected my phone really fast, and the interface is similar to how your iPhone looks. Its very user friendly, the menu is not overly complicated, but at the same time it is equipped anything extra special. Because of the size, the Elantra is actually classified as a Mid Size car by the EPA.

The 8 speaker ClariFi system is very clear! I think my personal car just has the worst factory speakers so when I come across a great speaker I appreciate it. This is a new music restoration technology that really helps enhance all of the audio we stream from things like SiriusXM, Spotify or Pandora. I need it in my life.
This version also is complete with emergency breaking pedestrian detection, blind spot detection, lane assist, Dynamic Bending headlights, lots of airbags (including one for your knees), heated seats in the front and rear passengers and Alloy wheels. Thats a handful.
So may great features for an affordable price.

Thank you Hyundai for this awesome drive experience! The 2017 Elantra is beautiful.



Feb 1, 2016


This month I will be learning to be more focused on blessings than problems. I spent all weekend moving into a new home and with Hyundai experiencing the new Elantra, all while being sick! I finally needed some rest, so stay tuned tomorrow for my review and Drive Impressions. I can say that it was not what I expected from a compact car. A little luxury was brought to the compact car class! I love the new  Elantra. I drove almost 50 miles down windy mountains dear San Diego and I must say, I was impressed.
Aren't you dying to hear more about the new Elantra by now?


Jan 29, 2016


I might be cheating but this A-Z project has been challenging.

I am glad I have been able to find a thing in Houston for every letter. I have been planning on doing this post for a while and I am exhausted. 
SO XYZ is rolled into one! At a Aloft hotel in Houston, there is a bar called XYZ.
Its actually kind of cute, I've been to Aloft a few times for the platform it meet-ups. 

What a month y'all. Just this week has spurred a ton of change. I'm even moving right now... Literally. I would have a blog trip the day I am supposed to move to a new home! I think all of my affirmations on my vision board are getting there...There are a lot of "NEXTS" on the horizon.
I am on my way to San Diego for a Hyundai Media Preview of the all new Elantra. I can't wait to share it with you guys! I'll be spending 3 days in Pier South resort courtesy or Hyundai! Thank you Hyundai for my flight and accommodations I can't wait to share the new Elantra. 


Jan 27, 2016

Houston A-Z | W is for Max's Wine Dive

Two words. Chicken and Doughnuts. Thats really all you need to know about this place. I went for my birthday a year ago and it was kind of cute. The service wasn't that great but I had a pretty large party there.

You can visit their website to find a location as well as look at a menu. The Chicken and Doughnuts isn't all all of the locations but they have a chicken and waffle that is just as good.

What is with all of my food posts? I am a fatty at heart.

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