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Learn more about what I do with Teens Go Green as the spokesperson and ambassador for CATA: Consumers Against Toxic Apparel, as my official wardrobe sponsor. Their affiliate companies' clothes are made of certified organic and natural fiber material, with the utmost integrity.

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11-23-17 Grand Canyon in CATA

Posted by Teens Go Green on December 2, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I was able to camp out at the Grand Canyon, and what an experience it was! I visited as a child, but didn't appreciate the beauty of it until then. National Parks of mountains and canyons are not something in Florida, but I love the shuttle stops of scenic views we were able to visit. The geology side of me was so excited to see the changes of rocks throughout the area. It was absolutely magnificent. I also loved their sustainable projects, with water filling stations, recycling and compost, and solar garbage compactors!

I never hiked trails before, so I wasn't exactly sure what to wear. But I made a great decision in wearing my CATA affiliate Earth Creations top throughout that day. It also looked great in pictures with the red and brown hues of the rocks!


Dream in Green Program Implementation Intern

Posted by Teens Go Green on December 2, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This semester I've had the pleasure of interning with Dream in Green, a non-profit organization that has environmental education programs in over 115 K-12 schools in Miami Dade County.

 

Through the years, I've been involved with their Living the Dream event and actually learned about it in my freshman year of college. I visited a participating high school and was inspired by how these students created so much initiatives in their school, from coral plants, gardens, recycling programs, and more.


In this picture, I was distributing the guidebooks and wearing my favorite CATA Silver Needle & Thread orange chevron jumpsuit. I love the comfort, pockets, and everything about it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Thanksgiving for the Homeless

Posted by Teens Go Green on November 18, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

On my birthday, I had an extremely busy day celebrating my sister's birthday, tabling at Orange County Recycles Day, and more. However, I was able to stop by the Sunday of Giving Thanksgiving Homeless event on the way.

I am grateful I can celebrate my birthday, and I am grateful I have a sponsor like Consumers Against Toxic Apparel to provide me organic and sustainable wardrobe I can proudly represent. However, many of the homeless can barely get the shoes they need, let alone want. I'm glad my friends and family were able to bring some to the homeless and work with some of the people there to find shoes they can use for the future.


I am wearing CATA affiliate Silver Needle & Thread white top and skirt. I love the sweet look but it's professionalism.

11-6-17 Northern Miami Dad Solar Co-Op

Posted by Teens Go Green on November 7, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I've always wanted to visit solar co-ops. I learned about it when I interned with the Orange County Environmental Protection Division, and I wanted to see what it's about and how Miami-Dade is going about with the plan.

I attended an info session and learned so much regarding solar panels and how Miami residents could get them easier. Not everyone can get solar panels, it must be houses with no trees with roofs facing the south or east when the sun hits it. Furthermore, the energy bill is usually less than $10 a month. So many people are not interested in solar panels because of the sustainability, rather the long term investment that will help save people money in the future.


I went to the event in my CATA affiliate Silver Needle & Thread organic top. It was perfect to attend the info session as it was simple and comfortable for an info session event.

11-3-17 Catwalk: A Night of Conscious Fashion

Posted by Teens Go Green on November 6, 2017 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This Friday I was able to take part in SEED Food & Wine Week and Debris Free Oceans fashion show focused on sustainable designers in Miami. I am so grateful to see what other designers are out there promoting sustainability. Many of them used upcycled and recycled materials. Going to the show I wore my Consumer's Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread jumpsuit. Its sustainability is in a different aspect, focused on organic and natural materials that can break down and will not release chemicals to be absorbed to the skin.


I love wearing this jumpsuit because it showed what other eco-fashions are out there and need to be showcased.


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Vegan Festivals in Orange Chevron Jumpsuit

Posted by Teens Go Green on November 5, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This past week I have attended the Central Florida Veg Fest in Orlando and the SEED Food and Wine Festival in Miami. Now I have to be honest, I was nervous because I'm not vegan. Growing up, I was raised to have meat everyday. As I've been preparing for Miss Florida USA, I've been trying to eat healthier. For those that are considering going vegetarian or vegan but worry, I suggest you first start by cutting beef. It's the #1 emitter of carbon and more harmful than car pollutants. Attending both these festivals, I've seen the awesome options and alternatives available by vegan vendors and companies. So technically, it was a cheat day with almond milk ice cream and 77% cacao chocolate, but it was so worth it!

Throughout both events I wore my Consumers Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread orange and white chevron jumsuit. It's super cute, comfortable, and has pockets to hold my items. It's made of 100% cerified organic cotton and was perfect for the plant based events I was attending. 


At the Central Florida Veg Fest, I had to change into recycled trash fashions, so the jumpsuit was easy to change out of and didn't affect my hair and makeup at the event.


With the SEED Food & Wine Festival, we walked around the whole area and get great samples and coupons of vegan food. Many things were held in my hand so I have to put my necessities in my pocket. This outfit was perfect for both events, and they both happened to be vegan.

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Dale! Miss Miami Dade County USA in natural fibers

Posted by Teens Go Green on October 21, 2017 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Excited to announce I will be competing at Miss Florida USA this December! I will continue to promote Teens Go Green through the #WeCanGreen campaign on social media and my incredible wardrobe sponsor Consumers Against Toxic Apparel

In this photo I am wearing my CATA affiliate Silver Needle & Thread natural silk wrap dress. It is one of my favorite pieces and fits to my body perfectly. I love the color and pattern of the fabric.

10-18-17 Ammons Middle School Visit

Posted by Teens Go Green on October 19, 2017 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Today I had the pleasure of speaking to middle school students about what I do with Teens Go Green and Model4Miracles. I remember when I was in middle school I had no idea I would be able to do everything I get to do today, and wanted them to focus on their goals and figure out their contribution to society. 


These kids were also working on service projects of their own, as part of the International Baccalaureate program. I actually went to high school with an IB Diploma, so I could really understand the academic pressure put on the kids while balancing extracurricular work.

 

While at the event, I wanted to make sure I was appropriate for the school as they wore uniform. I found my blue Consumer's Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread blue dress perfect for school and has a classy wholesome style.

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2/24/17-2/25/17 Voices of Hope and Jacksonville Science Festival

Posted by Teens Go Green on February 25, 2017 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In one weekend I've gone to four different cities North, South, and Central Florida. The first day I woke up at 2am preparing for my two speeches and packing for my trip to Jacksonville. But this was before my 6:30am modeling job in Boca Raton. So I had to leave Miami at around 4:30am because the traffic really is THAT bad, to later drive back to the airport to head to Jacksonville. As soon as I landed in Jacksonville, I got an Uber to Jacksonville University and prepped for my speech that night.


This was a part of the Jacksonville Science Festival, the Anne Frank's Voices of Hope Exhibit. I was able to share my story of making the youth's voice heard, through action and service work in Teens Go Green. But I was more amazed to hear what everyone else had been doing in their community. I was extremely moved by an art exhibit with paintings made by young students 12-17 years old. They had a program where incarcerated students could create paintings, and knowing that it would be displayed it was the only way their voices were heard. Some of these kids are tried like adults and sentenced to lifetime prison, so this will be the only way they could communicate. This program was the only time these kids could see outside a window two times a week. It breaks my heart to hear, but it's amazing what they are doing to brighten these kids' days.


I wore my custom Consumers Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread white business dress. I initially wore it for my pageant interviews, but I found it perfect for the occasion as it was stylish and represented environmentalism with its certified organic material. I love the fit and how classy it looks for any occasion.

Once the evening event concluded, we stayed by the beautiful Atlantic Beach! The following morning, before heading to the Jacksonville Science Festival my mother and I took a few photos by the beach.

We then headed to the Jacksonville Science Festival, which was a beautiful event where kids from all over Jacksonville presented their incredible projects. You could tell they were extremely passionate about what they did and it's so wonderful to see them so excited to share their projects with us. One kid showed up a solar oven he helped make with a black painted wooden box, and it was extremely impressive!

The main stage had some amazing experiments and explosions by the Museum of Science and History, it was like I was watching Bill Nye the Science Guy live. After the Proclamation from the City of Jacksonville, I gave a presentation on Teens Go Green.

I wore one of my favorite dresses by Consumers Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread. It was perfect for the casual event but so fitting and flattering on my frame. I also love how the color popped in my skin tone and was great to wear at the beach!

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12-15-16 Seasons Greetings in CATA

Posted by Teens Go Green on December 16, 2016 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The holidays are near, and if you don't know me, you must learn that I LOVE the spirit of giving that Christmas and the holidays bring.

Since 2009, my mother and I bring our Miracle titleholders to drop off toys to Arnold Palmer Hospital around Christmas time for Santa's workshop. Many kids have to stay in the hospital during Christmas, but Santa makes sure on Christmas morning each child receives a sack full of goodies that are personalized to their liking.

I wanted to wear something festive so I went for my Consumers Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread dress. The bright mint green color was perfect for the holiday season (and Florida "winter").

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