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November 23, 2015

Pre-black friday picks

pre black friday picks

Seriously, what is better than a good sale. Ok, well I guess a lotta things but that’s beside the point. Christmas is around the corner and it’s time to gear up for all those black friday goodie sales that are going to be EVERYWHERE!! I personally cannot stand going to the stores to score anything on sale at this time. I literally get sick just trying to fight for a damn sweater in a store full of pushy, annoying people or any other item my little heart may set it sights on so I am taking the safe route: Pre- Black friday online sales. I dunno about you but shopping from the comfort of my own bed is just the ultimate thrill for me these days (don’t tell my husband hahaha) *ahem, and don’t even get me started about when I see the Fedex truck pull up. Ahh the joys of online shopping.

So let’s get to it: Here are my picks from this year’s pre-black friday online sales!!

Forever XXI: Pre-friday Friyay sales (50% off select items/ free shipping on orders over $30)

1. Belted trench overcoat Cropped ribbed turtleneck 

8. Cropped ribbed turtleneck

Target (buy one get one 50% off clothing, shoes, and accessories, through Nov. 21)

3. Mossimo concho belt 

5. Merona jewel detail beanie 

Old Navy (30% off everything online, through Nov. 25.)

4. Plaid midi pencil skirt

6. Moto ankle boots

Urban Outfitters (30% off select sweaters, 25% off select bedding, 30% off select outerwear, through Nov. 25)

7. Lucca couture window pane plaid sweater 

Kohl’s (take 20% off with code FFTIME, through Nov. 22)

2. Seiko women’s solar leather watch 

 

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November 20, 2015

Guest blogger Breanna of “MombeyondMom” shares her DIY recipe for homemade deep conditioner

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I’v been blogging for a while, as some of you may know and throughout this journey I’ve been lucky enough to connect with some amazing women who are seriously rocking this whole blogging thing.

One of them is Breanna from @MombeyondMom and if you haven’t seen her blog you must do so ASAP. To me, blogging is more than just pretty images and writing content. It takes creativity and savvy to put yourself out there and I honestly love how she provides so many creative ideas for the everyday woman, mom (two beautiful girls, like herself!) and entrepreneur. She’s hands-on in everything she does and truly shows passion for what she provides for her readers.

I am sharing this post on how to make your own deep conditioner because I cannot wait to try it on my frizz-ball hair and the fact that I can do it at home and save a couple of bucks with well…enough said. Enjoy, peeps!

In general I have always been big on deep conditioner. For as long as I can remember I have used one. I typically use it once a week when I wash my hair because I put my hair through so much damage. (Yes, I only was my hair once a week.. that’s a whole other topic). When I was a teenager and in my early twenties I used to chemically straighten my hair, so I needed to put back as much moisture as possible. The older I got the more I started to fall in love with my curly hair so I no longer straightened my hair but I sure have no problem coloring my hair. So one way or another I am stripping my hair of its natural nutrients so I have to put it back in somehow.I also try to amp up my conditioning in the fall and winter because as winter starts to come around my hair typically gets dryer. The cold winter air typically dries out your hair. Then when you get inside you are usually blasting the heater and that only dries out your hair more. Because of all this you’ve got to stay on top of your conditioning in the winter. Otherwise you’re going to go into spring with dry brittle hair and nobody wants that!

For about 3 years I have used Ojan Damage Reverse Conditioner and absolutely love it. But I will admit it has a really funky smell. So last week I went to get out my deep conditioner and little did I know I was out and it never made it to my shopping list. Sigh. I was planning to blow out my hair and that just can not happen if I do not deep condition my hair before hand. So, I got to thinking and I  remembered seeing multiple Pinterest posts on deep conditioner. I didn’t bother actually looking one up. I thought I could make one up from memory. That’s funny considering I walk into the pantry and can’t remember why I am in there half of the time. Haha

I knew for sure I had seen mayonnaise in a post before, so I threw that in a bowl. I couldn’t remember what else technically went in these recipes so from here on I got creative. I thought I had remembered seeing avocado used somewhere in a recipe. I use avocado oil for my daily cooking. Double win, right? Put some of that in the bowl. Then I opened my essential oil drawer… I stood there for awhile. I went back in fourth on smell and or function. I landed somewhere in between and put in a few drops of Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil. Mixed it all together and threw it in my hair and carried on about my daily activities. When my little one was napping I hopped in the shower and washed my hair and then blowed it out straight. Let me just say this: I will no longer be buying a deep conditioner! Ever! My hair was so silky and smooth. I was so pumped.

I am pretty knowledgable about my essential oils so I knew that Melaleuca was good for the scalp for many reasons. It can fight off dandruff because it kills the bacteria that causes skin cells to over grow which causes dandruff. It also has moisturizing properties in it, that help it soothe the scalp. And it can also remove excess moisture and other impurities that keep your hair from shinning.

The rest of the ingredients I had to do a little research on and found that my intuition was pretty spot on. The mayonnaise is great for moisturizing. But the most important thing that it does is protect your hair. It forms a protective layer around the hair strands that protects it from sun and heat styling!! As I continued to research I found out that avocado oil does pretty much the same. I think I need to bottle this up and sell it! Ha!

INGREDIENTS:

3 tbsp mayonnaise

1.5 tbsp avocado oil

3-5 drops Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil

**this recipe can be cut in half for shorter hair, or doubled for longer hair

METHOD:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl

Allow mayonnaise to come to room temperature

Apply from scalp to ends and comb through

Leave on as long as you possibly can

Wash and style hair like normal

Cheers to pretty hair!

♥B

 

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November 17, 2015

Marsala ruffles…

 

Free People ruffle dress

Free people ruffle dress

Free people ruffle dress

Free people ruffle dress

Free People ruffle dress

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Free People ruffle dress

Free People ruffle dress

Free People ruffle dress

Free People ruffle dress

Free People ruffle dress

Free People ruffle dress

Isn’t it amazing when you find a piece of clothing that makes you do a major “happy dance”? Well I have. This dress from Free People is giving me serious life right now gearing up for Thanksgiving because, let’s face it, I will be stuffing my face with everything and I still want to look chic AND comfortable post stuffing. Ahhh the joys of dressing “for the occasion”. And the color!!! I mean is there anything more “fall appropriate” than a rich, dark mauve? And don’t get me started on the ruffles. Must. Stop.

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the weather in Orlando, FL. is really not lending itself yet to cold weather clothing so I can still get away with my favorite sandals (old) #yay! So come Thanksgving, this is probably how I will rock this boho dress. I’ve paired it with a festive little clutch (old, again) to give it a little “lux pop” and simple accessories (I prefer gold to make the color look richer). I like the fact that even though the dress may seem “busy” because of the ruffles and bell sleeves, it’s got that total boho vibe I live for and if I decided to pile on the accessories (the right ones) it will not be too much. Probably a bunch of necklaces, maybe some elaborate earrings or even a cool headpiece and a fringe bag…it would all look cool and boho chic…just not everything at the same time, mind you ha! Come colder weather, can’t wait to rock it out with tall boots and a vest. I’ll let you guys know how that works out.

Hope you guys have an amazing week,

 

Xoxo,

 

Raquel

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November 11, 2015

A little menswear…

Menswear for women

Menswear for women

Menswear for women

Menswear for women

Menswear for women

Menswear for women

 

Listen, I like a little variety and I love taking a little risk here and there with my clothing. Ask any of my friends (those who truly know me from way back when) and they will tell you I used to rock boy’s surf shorts like it was nobody’s business. While all of my girlfriends were buying their Roxy, Mossimo and Rusty surf shorts in the girl’s departments, I was stealing my brother’s shorts and loving every minute. Why do I like to borrow from the boys, you may ask? Well, it’s unexpected, for one. It is sexy, without being “in your face”; it leaves a lot to the imagination (I’m not a fan of  “putting it all out there”) and, it’s outside my comfort zone.

So now, I’m married. And I have an endless supply of male clothing at my disposal bahahaha (insert evil laugh..ok that’s corny..) and I will take advantage of this opportunity every chance I get because guess what? My husband and I are practically the same size clothes-wise. How lucky am I, huh? Don’t answer that. Anywho, one of the main reasons I love menswear is because I am pretty curvy and some menswear pieces (like denim and certain tees and shirts) are cut with enough room for the clothes to fit well on a curvy woman’s body. Of course, you have to consider the brand because this will not be the case with every brand clothing out there. For me, the juxtaposition between a feminine piece mixed in with a masculine one is one of the sexiest things a woman can rock. It gives me an extra boost to my confidence level I dunno why. The best way to achieve a balance when wearing men’s pieces is to offset the vibe with a few feminine pieces that are not so obviously feminine. A fringe bag in a dark, wine color, ikat print high tops will pull the look in and the cherry on top: a white, skin tight denim skirt. You’re good to go. Deuces…

So ladies try it out. Get in your man’s closet. Dig through his stuff. Don’t be afraid to put on those boyfriend jeans and rock ’em out with a sick ass pair of heels and crisp, white shirt. Put on that red lipstick and step out like it’s nobody’s business. Trust me, you’re gonna love it!

 

‘Till next time ,

Raquel

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November 2, 2015

Camo vest

camouflage vest/camo vest

camouflage vest/camo vest

camouflage vest/camo vest

camouflage vest/camo vest

camouflage vest/camo vest

camouflage vest/camo vest

camouflage vest/camo vest

camouflage vest/camo vest

camouflage vest/camo vest

camouflage vest/camo vest

Well, the weather here in Orlando has officially started to tick me off. It was starting to get nice, cool and crisp but these past couple of days..My God!! Hot mess weather, that’s what we got down here. Needless to say, I sadly placed all my warm weather staples back in my little storage so that when little Miss Orlando weather decides to cool off a bit I may be able to wear them. Hurry up damn it! Please and thank you..ha!

So let’s talk about some of the cooler weather staples I HAVE been able to wear these past few days. If you follow me on Insta, you may have seen I posted this little camo vest from TJMaxx (sold out!!) a while back and I hadn’t worn it yet because, unlike other vests I own, this one is a little thicker and heavier than the others so I was waiting for at least a cloudy-rainy day to break it out and strut around in it ha ha! Well by God I finally got my wish the other day and I rushed to my closet to wear it over this striped dress from Marshall’s (a couple of seasons old) and some booties to go shopping at Ikea (do people furniture shop anywhere else?!..JK).

Normally, I would’ve worn this vest with jeans but again, it’s so friggin’ hot outside still that denim was just not an option. One thing I love is that this vest is so versatile that it can be paired with just about anything. It’s almost an unexpected neutral! I also love that it pairs well with accessories like belts worn over it to give it a laid-back/Lara Croft- vibe (is that even a thing? Just sayin’) It can definitely be paired with other neutrals, earth colors and brighter/stronger colors and it still holds its own and pulls its weight style-wise. Heck, you can even girly-it up if you’d like with a lace tee…But we’ll leave that for another post. I love it!

As always thanks for stopping by,

xoxo,

Raquel

 

 

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