Archives for May 2016

May 23, 2016

off the shoulder love

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Happy monday, beautiful peeps!! Hope you had an amazing weekend- we sure did! But, on another note: I finally gave in to the off-the-shoulder trend, y’all. you cannot walk into a store, or visit an online store nowadays and miss this trend. It’s come back in a big way. I used dresses like this when I was younger so much that I was kind of feeling a certain way about them and thought maybe they’re just not for me and I may look like a total goof wearing them but I found this one from the online store Mod & Soul and the print was so lovely that I just had to try it out.  Lo and behold, the fit is just lovely, very breezy and light and perfect for the upcoming heat wave of summer that will soon be upon us – and no I didn’t feel like a total goof wearing it, ha! I love that the cut of dress is straight so it’s not clingy to my body, which I can’t stand on a dress. This is absolutely one piece I’ll be wearing the heck out of this summer for sure.

I’ve linked other options below for you guys so check them out!

Have a great week,

Raquel

 

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May 16, 2016

Olive shirtdress

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Hey guys! It’s been a while since my last #outfitpost and boy was I missing to do one! Well, luckily over the course of mother’s day weekend, the hubs showered me with various little gifts and this super cute, lightweight shirt dress was one of them. And I have to say: I am so proud of him for knowing me well enough to pick such a versatile piece that I will most definitely be getting so much mileage from. I love how now during warmer weather I can just wear a light tank underneath but come colder weather (if ever ha!) I can wear a cozy turtleneck underneath with boots. The color is just the perfect shade of olive green, almost passing for a neutral gray. Again, it’s such a versatile piece of clothing, for everyday, work, going out. So many choices.

On another note, Lucas and I are getting back on track from a serious cold, like I had mentioned on my Instagram account. I rarely get sick but this time it hit us hard- high fever, phlegm, coughing, sinus pressure, literally everything. It sucks so bad to see him so sick because I feel so helpless. Needless to say, I have the best husband in the world, always looking out for us and taking such good care of us. I seriously dunno what I’d do without him.

Until next time,

Raquel

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May 7, 2016

Family time

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When they saw each other, it was absolutely magical and heartwarming!! They love each other so much!!

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The newest addition to the clan!! Sweet little Mateo!!!

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My lil brother (not so little anymore haha!), Missed him so much!!

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Mother’s day came a little early this year and I was so happy to be able to spend a day with my brother, sister-in-law and beautiful nephews in one of the best places : Magic Kingdom. We were so happy to have seen them, especially baby Mateo, who I hadn’t seen since being born and I swear he is the handsomest little thing ever! When Lucas saw his other cousin Gael, it was immediate happiness and joy, they seriously love each other so much and I had missed seeing him. It’s these moments that are so unbelievably precious, even if we see each other for a day, there’s always so much love and support because we are so far away from each other and sometimes a phone call just won’t suffice. Needless to say, it was a hectic day, since Lucas had a couple of meltdowns, due to the fact that he hadn’t had his nap and the boy gets cranky as hell if he doesn’t get his beauty sleep hahaha I can’t even. It’s enough to make a momma stress out but all in all it was such a good day and I am so incredibly grateful to have my family, their love and never ending support.

I hope you all have a great mother’s day!!!

Raquel

 

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May 3, 2016

The day he arrived…

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As I write this, I am tearing up with many emotions running through me right now. Becoming a mother is quite possibly the most beautiful, joyful and overwhelming experience I have ever gone through. Absolutely nothing and no one will ever prepare you for this. The surge of emotions, the feelings, the thoughts, the sensations: they are all over the place at a million miles per hour. Motherhood is beautiful and scary all at the same time.

The day Lucas arrived was filled with so much joy but at the same time it was very bittersweet. I had an emergency c-section performed, which was never in my plans, given the fact that I was absolutely healthy, he was positioned to come vaginally and he was healthy, so all was well with both of us. Never in a million years would I have thought I would have a c-section performed but situations happen and I trusted my doctor to make the right decision for me and my child because the fact was that his life was in danger with rapid heart palpitations. Something that has always bothered me about that procedure was how impersonal it was. In the midst of being so numb from all the pain medication administered I found a way to pray and stay centered and focused for what I was about to go through. I can still see and feel myself lying in the operation table, with the blocking sheet in front of me, hearing everyone murmuring and just calling out for angels to keep me and Lucas safe. I felt my late grandmother’s presence beside me. I felt safe, at peace. Lucas was born at around 9:30 am on a sunny July day. He didn’t cry right away and I immediately asked if everything was okay and I swear as soon as he heard my voice he let out the loudest shriek to which I just started bawling non-stop. I guess I was holding so much inside and we both just let it all out. I remember the doctor saying “he’s a little feisty one!”, to which I thought, “yeah baby, that’s my boy!”. They immediately brought him to me so I could see him but I was so drugged up and weak I could barely speak. This is one thing I regret was not being able to hold him straight away. I felt I lost a big moment of bonding that I will never get back. The days following his birth were just full of emotions. I barely slept thinking about him, watching him sleep, holding him staring at him non-stop. How beautiful were these moments and how privileged can anyone be to be handed such a precious gift? God’s work in my own hands. Everything I prayed for had surpassed my imagination and expectations. He was perfect. He was mine. And I am forever grateful.

A lot of people have asked me, “what have you had done differently?” and I say absolutely be more vocal about your birth plan and to trust your instinct because even though I had a set date to come into the hospital to give birth, I knew deep down Lucas wasn’t ready to be born. He was forced to come early and I feel this has been an indicator of how his personality is. I always remember a line from the movie “Stepmom” when Susan Sarandon tells Julia Roberts that her daughter “will come around on her own time; that’s how she is, she won’t let anybody rush her”. Well this is the same with Lucas. He cannot be rushed. He will arrive on his own time. At his own pace. And he will very much surprise you when he does because it will be loud and pronounced!

To all you mommas, I wish you a very beautiful day alongside your little ones and dear ones and hope you find happiness everyday in this amazing journey called motherhood. We are amazingly blessed to care for and protect these lives so always stay strong and focused because they depend on us to guide them every step of the way. You are everything to them. Don’t ever forget it.

With all my heart,

Raquel

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