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This a compensated post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Unilever (Pond's, Caress, etc). My grandmother and I always loved their products so all of the opinions expressed here are all my own. ann-taylor-purse zara-dress theartmuse guess shoes the art muse During my last visit to NYC, I stopped by the Zara in midtown and was in black attire heaven. I had an awards dinner to attend that night and was not really happy with the dress I packed. Clearly the merchandise in chain stores across the country is different. The dress I'm wearing is not available at the store near me, which is way more colorful in its selections. I was casually browsing the aisles when I spotted this dress. I loved the silhouette - it's a classic cut and it suits my body type (which I talk more about HERE). It also fit in my suitcase so I couldn't think of reason to not buy it. I bet you if I were looking for this kind of dress, I wouldn't have found it. Isn't that the way things work? It's when you least expect it.

As you can see I like to keep things minimal with a few statement pieces. Less is more and I can't stress that enough, especially when you hit 40. Unless eccentricity is your thing and you own it, I love that too. However, I do feel if you're more like me and love a minimalist look -- a great haircut, a nice manicure/pedicure and skincare routine is essential. There's a big difference between minimalism and looking plain. ponds caress theartmuse #latinaredcarpet divina latina I've collaborated with Unilever's Divina Latina products line and was asked to write about what it means to be Divina Latina. Hmmm ... The first thing that came to mind were how the women in my family inspired me by taking good care of themselves. They all had different styles and personalities but their nails were polished, their hair was always done and they took great pride in the way they presented themselves to the world. Caring for your hair, skin and body inside and out is what being a Divina Latina means to me. Once you have that in place, you can throw on a dress and look red carpet ready any day of the week. It doesn't have to cost a lot either. In fact, if you're near a Walgreens, they're hosting beauty demos all over the country on October 26th. Check out this store locator to see if there's a participating store near you. One of the reasons I signed onto this campaign is because my grandmother lived on Caress and Pond's! She loved it, and now I do too. Have you tried Pond's Luminous Finish BB Cream? It's awesome and helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, which I get on my face all the time. If you haven't tried it yet, I would love for you to win today's giveaway and tell me if you love it too.

Leave a comment telling me what you do to make yourself Divina? Is it a swipe of red lipstick? A bubble bath? One winner will receive a $20.00 Walgreens gift card. The winner will be chosen randomly via random.org and will be announced October 30th.

We're also having a Twitter Party on Thursday Oct 24th, where there will more opportunities to try out the Divina Latina line of products (including pre-party prizes just for tweeting). Join us!