Alessandra Gonzalez: Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle


Day of the Dead Photoshoot

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to collaborate on a photography project with my friend Melody (@Chicanalilly on Instagram) and her partner Hannye Flores (@ Hannyef12 on Instagram). The result, a very cool Day of the Dead photo shoot.

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition established hundreds of years ago. It is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November, and on those days people go out to the cemetery to "hang out" with their deceased loved ones. It is believed that during these days our loved ones that are no longer with us can cross to the physical world and be closer to us, the living. If you watched the Disney movie Coco, you know very well what I'm talking about. 

Take Control of Your Life in 2020

This blog post is being sponsored by Dignity Health.

Happy 2020. Welcome to a new decade! Today I want to encourage all of you to take control of your life and your wellbeing. Preparation is key to a successful year, and the first step is to have a plan of action that will help us take care of the most precious thing we have, our life. 
The deadline to enroll for medical coverage through Open Enrollment is January 31st, 2020. So, if you haven’t done so, do not let the deadline pass and sign up for a medical plan that can provide excellent coverage and reliable doctors that you can trust.  

Dignity Health has an excellent network of doctors. They also have a database that connects you with an Open Enrollment expert who can help you pick the right health insurance plan for you. Click here to learn more.

In 2018 I shared with you that my Mom was ill. This year, she had major surgery and has been going to doctor’s appointments every week. Having health insurance with excellent coverage gave us peace of mind, and allowed us to focus 100% on her recovery. That is one of the reasons why I encourage you to sign up through Open Enrollment if you have not done so. I want all of you to receive the care you need and deserve. 

With everything that we went through in 2019, I have learned that having good medical insurance guarantees you financial peace and helps you focus on your health and well-being. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “it is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”

Are you ready to take control of your life in 2020?

COVERGIRL Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palettes

These products were sent by CoverGirl for consideration. All opinions are my own.

What's better than having affordable and pigmented eyeshadow palettes? Well, that these palettes be Cruelty Free.

A few months ago, COVERGIRL announced that they became a 100% Cruelty Free brand. At the same time, they also released their new Full Spectrum line with new products such as eyeshadows, concealers, powders, and foundation. The eyeshadow products in this Full Spectrum line consist of 4 palettes with eight eyeshadows that have colors for all personalities. The price of each is $13.49 and they are easily found at many drugstores, Walmart, Target, Ulta, and more.

The eyeshadow quality on these palettes is awesome. The shadows are highly pigmented. They are a bit powdery; however, the pigment you get is worth it 100%. My two favorite palettes from this collection are Zodiac and Posh. My least favorite is Gravity; however, that may be because I don't really wear dark shades. Gravity's shadows did prove to be a bit more difficult to work with, but again, that could potentially be my lack of experience with darker shades. I also do not tend to wear vibran colors, but Zodiac made me want to play with its shades, which are colorful but also wearable. If you have to get one palette from this collection, Zodiac and/or Posh are must-haves.

Check out the swatches below!

Get Super Bowl Ready: Food Ideas & Grocery Checklist to Help You Score a Touchdown

This blog post is sponsored by Febreze. All opinions are my own.

The awaited Super Bowl game is happening this Sunday and I cannot wait to see who wins, if the L.A. Rams or the New England Patriots. Honestly, I had a tough time deciding who to root for, but I think I want the Los Angeles Rams to take the victory! Who are you cheering for this Super Bowl Sunday?

While the teams are preparing to give it their all, many of us are also prepping to host family and friends at our homes. Let’s face it, hosting is fun, but it can also entail a bit of stress. Today, I want to share with you some tips for hosting a successful Super Bowl Party. 

Brunch at Kensington Cafe: Denim Jacket and Pink Heels!

One of my 2019 resolutions is to explore more of San Diego and that's why when Kensington Cafe invited me to their restaurant I accepted without hesitation and I'm glad I did because I had an amazing and delicious brunch. I not only loved the cappuccino and delicious french toast, I enjoyed the ambience and everyone was super friendly. The cafe is conveniently located on Adams Avenue, a block away from the Kensington sign.

I also took advantage of their beautiful location and invited my photographer friend to take my outfit photos. This year, another one of my resolutions is to post more outfit photos. To be honest, sometimes I do not feel as fashionable as other bloggers; however, this year I want to focus on being myself and upload photos and content without feeling pressured to be, or look, like the rest.

 What are some of your New Year's resolutions? 
What do you want to do differently this year?

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

This post is sponsored by Amazon in partnership with Forward Influence. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
We are days away from Christmas and even though some people prepare themselves ahead of time, I know that sometimes that is impossible. But, do not worry! Today I’m sharing with you some last minute holiday gift ideas that you can buy on Amazon from the comfort of your home, without standing in long check-out lines, and without having to make time to go holiday gift shopping for those last minute gifts.

Plus, during the holidays Amazon is offering free U.S. shipping on hundreds of items. So, take advantage! I personally love when my wallet benefits!

Let’s start with the holiday gift guide!