Archives for October 2015

October 27, 2015

Pumpkin patchin’ it…

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I have a confession to make: I never imagined I would be one of those moms who would loooove taking their kids to things like pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating or any other kid-centered sort of activity. Don’t get me wrong: I didn’t have anything against them but just the thought of the whole process of such activities mentally drained me and since  I had participated in them before having children and didn’t really see what all the fuss was about. Boy, how things have changed. I had literally been hounding my husband to take us to the pumpkin patch so we finally went this weekend and baby boy was just over the moon with all the pumpkins and roosters and hens and ponies (we went to an equestrian academy type thing) running around. At one point he was trying to chase a hen and I was obviously running after him (you can only imagine this goofy scene). I can’t believe how excited I was to take him there so I can’t even imagine how I’ll be come trick-or-treat time (we bought him the friggin’ cutest costume so get ready for some Lucas overlaod soon haha!).

Anywho, as of now, the weather in Orlando is just throwing me off big time. It’s nice and cool during the early and mid morning but come afternoon it starts getting a bit warmer- and windy! Not really break-out-the-sweaters weather yet. So I had gotten these combat boots a while back and was pretty eager to wear them out because I have only been able to do so once since I got them. I seriously love these because they remind me so much of my teen years and the whole “grunge” days (Nirvana, Pearl Jam…the whole shebang!) when I had my green Doc Martens I would wear with EVERYTHING. They were just so badass. But now, it’s obviously different so my feeling with these types of boots is that you can soften them a bit by wearing them with boho pieces like this Forever 21 top (SOLD OUT!) and simple skinny jeans from Banana Republic. You can still look semi-badass but softened up ha! FYI these jeans are gonna be in heavy rotation in my wardrobe because they are the perfect cut of skinny for boot wearing, particularly, and cute flats. Right now, the weather is warm enough to wear them with sandals, even. But since it is fall, I would much rather prefer the boots ‘-) .

Well, thanks so much for stopping by and can’t wait to share the upcoming holidays (virtually) with you all!

Xoxo,

Raquel

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October 23, 2015

Time out…


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Me and my grandma (I was about 17 months)…Them cheeks, tho…

To say I’ve had a difficult week would be an understatement. Have you ever felt as if your life is at a complete standstill? This has been me for the past couple of weeks but this week it just worsened. Professionally, I have been feeling underwhelmed. And it’s taken a toll on me as woman, caregiver and wife. It’s difficult when this aspect of our lives affects us because we start to question our abilities and our worth. I start to think “I know I’m bringing something to the table but is it “feeding” me as well? ”

Add to this the fact that neither family nor friends are near and it has really hit me hard. Being away from the people I love and having a small child who is not having continuous contact with them is one of the hardest things I’ve experienced. Not even having been away from them when I was in college millions of miles away has been as hard. It’s so much more different now because I have a child and am completely on my own, just my husband and I. I will admit, at times, my faith has been put to the test.

I remember finding out I was pregnant. It was so unbelievably bittersweet because we had been married for four years and there came a point where I was told that I wouldn’t be able to conceive. So this became my reality. I would place all my efforts into my profession and career and forget about motherhood. “After all, it’s not in the cards for me”…Or so I thought. 3 months before becoming pregnant, my grandmother had passed and it was a severe blow for my mother and I. I had always had a connection with her that I cannot explain and when she became ill it only strengthened. I remember after she passed away, one night I woke up crying inconsolably and my husband kept asking me what happened. I couldn’t speak. My grandmother had visited me in my dreams and what she showed me made me shiver: a nursery with blue colored baby clothes lying around. To this day, I can still see it and remember it vividly. I kept saying to myself: “it was just a dream, you know you can’t conceive”.

3 months later we learn that we were expecting. I was in the middle of preparing for my psychology license and emotions were just at an all time high. I needed a breather. So many things in my life at once and I was feeling overwhelmed. What I had hoped and longed for for such a long time was here and I remember feeling so unbelievably grateful because before I would ask “why not me?” and I was finding myself saying “I can’t believe you CHOSE me”. I took a time out to put things into perspective. What I was about to do, the changes I was about to face were no longer focused on me but on this little life I had just been entrusted. It was no longer about me. It was about my son. It was about what he needed from me.

Time and again I remind myself of this. It doesn’t matter whatever I may be feeling, going through or experiencing. The fact that another person’s life depends on my actions, reactions, guidance, love, affection, etc. is so much bigger and echoes further than anything else I could ever complain about. I make sure to take a “time out” to put things into perspective, to be thankful, to ask for guidance for myself in order to give the best of me for what he needs, to regain strength and focus on what matters.

Mommas, what we do is amazing. We will achieve so much more than we may ever imagine because we have been granted the greatest of gifts. I say to you: no matter what you are going through, remember to take your time. Time out. Breathe. Look at your little ones, hold their hands and march on, together. You’re gonna go further than you could’ve ever imagined. I promise you.

 

‘Till next time,

Raquel

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October 16, 2015

Relaxed chic

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If you’ve recently become a mom, I’m sure (or pretty sure) you’ll relate to me when I say this: some maternity clothes really transition well post pregnancy. In fact, you may have even bought non-maternity pieces just a couple of sizes bigger to fit your ever-expanding new frame and now, post pregnancy, they are working like a charm. Well, that’s the case with this little number.  I am showing you guys how I normally cruise through my weeks running errands (when I do leave the house to run errands) and throw on items I used during my pregnancy but have transitioned well post belly season. The exception? Accessories. Don’t get me wrong, I did use accessories during my pregnancy. It’s just that now I feel like I can wear more extravagant, elaborate pieces because during my pregnancy I tried to keep things as simple and comfortable as possible and the focus was on my bump, mainly. Well, now, that’s all changed. I have recently come across an amazing jewelry line called Mirina Collections  and ladies, let me tell you: if you want to up and glam that outfit, give it some life and spunk, you need to do yourself a favor and hover on over to their website. Their pieces are exquisite. You will not regret it.

This dress is something I would normally wear during the week- no heels, baby bag in tow, my trusty jean jacket around my waist and probably a pony tail. But, today I decided even though I wanna be relaxed I still wanna give this relaxed vibe a little “oomph”. And this necklace did the deed for me just right. Running around town with a little dude who you’re chasing after ain’t easy but, hell, I’m not about to look like a total hag while doing so. You can totally have a relaxed look going on but you don’t have to sacrifice looking chic while at it.

Since this dress is an oldie but goodie, I have linked similar ones for you guys below.

How about you mommas? Any pieces you still keep and rock post-pregnancy?

 

As always, thanks for stopping by, loves!

Xoxo,

Raquel

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October 8, 2015

Fall colors




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What is it about fall colors that brings a certain nostalgia and whimsy. I know I’ve said this before, but fall and winter are my favorite seasons. Don’t get me wrong, summer and spring are great but the aforementioned seasons bring me such joy and happiness. Maybe it’s because everything feels cozier, family members we haven’t seen in a while get together, the year is winding down and new beginnings are near.

In my last post, I showed you guys one of my favorite layering pieces -the denim jacket. This time, I am showing you guys how I like to pair deep dark colors with a lighter layering piece. This skirt is so absolutely reminiscent of fall to me, the colors are like a beautiful sunset during this time of year. I found this cream, linen blazer at Tjmaxx a while back during the summer and hadn’t used it because it was too damn hot, particularly because of the lining inside (it makes you sweat profusely). But now, for fall and winter, it is the perfect layering piece and I find that if I want to look put together this ups the game instantly and polishes any outfit completely. I love this particular look for a friday office look because you can look polished, still feel comfortable and have fun with fall colors. I definitely like to be minimal with accessories when wearing stronger colors like these because I want them to be the center and focus of my outfit. A bracelet, simple earrings or even the chain in your satchel could be a simple accent to tie everything together.

Hope you guys are having fun with your fall outfits as much as I am!

Xoxo,

Raquel

Old Navy Skirt // JCrew Painter tee // TjMaxx blazer similar here  // Aldo sandals similar here 

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October 1, 2015

Denim jacket

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A staple, weather-transitioning piece every girl should have is a good quality denim jacket. It is lightweight enough to wear during cooler summer nights and hefty enough to layer over chunky sweaters when fall and winter come around. For me, Gap is the epitome of denim. I particularly love denim when it is paired with neutrals. Everything looks put together, clean and elegant. Wearing either gold or silver (or both) jewelry will look particularly chic. Earth tones for me, are best, particularly for fall. So, as the weather cools, I can pull out this denim jacket, wear it around my waist as a cool accessory during the day and as the temps cool down and get chillier, cinch it with a  neutral- colored belt. The dress and boots pictured here are from last year so I am linking similar items below FYB.

 

As always, thanks for visiting,

Xoxo,

Raquel

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