Archives for June 2016

June 21, 2016

Romantic, boho vibes



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So am I the only one digging all the “coachella-esque” vibes summer is throwing around? I have always been a major fan of all things boho, gypsy-ish and I am so in love with this trend and happy that it’s stuck around for as long as it has. I know I’ve mentioned it before but I was so enamored with all things Stevie Nicks when I was a child – my mom only played her music 24/7, no biggie – that I feel we were kindred spirits and I may very well have been hardwired to love this trend ’til my last breath on this earth- cue the music.

Naturally, then, when I found this top, I decided to kind of “summer it up” but in a more boho-ish way, since it’s got a super romantic feel to it and it can come off very girly, which I wanted to veer away from. Pairing it with rust colored shorts was a cool addition since I feel the colors balance one another nicely. I also added these killer boots I recently purchased in the most beautiful dove gray color that seriously go with EVERYTHING and will transition well into fall, so..score!

I’m hoping to keep rocking this trend as fall approaches because I’m just obsessed with it so much. All I need is  cool music playing in the background and some wine to imagine I am somewhere in the desert living it up as stylishly as possible….A mom can dream, right?

‘Til next time peeps,

Raquel

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June 16, 2016

Namaste collective

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After the henna has dried and peeled from skin, you get the most gorgeous stain leftover!

 

I have been a fan of henna tattooing for the longest time – i remember having it done by a high school friend when Madonna’s “Ray of light” (ironic much?) video came out and henna was all the rage. Throughout my college years, I got it done a couple of times and I loved the way it looked on my skin. Henna is temporary body tattooing, consisting of dyes which are primarily plant based. Many cultures – mainly pakistani, muslim and hindi – incorporate this tradition for ceremonial purposes like weddings and engagements, for instance. It is a natural and beautiful way to temporarily decorate your skin.

How excited was I when I was recently contacted by the company Namaste Collective to review their at-home henna kits. It’s so funny because I had told my husband weeks before that I wanted to do a post featuring henna and this came at the perfect time. I love what the whole vibe of the company is about, and the fact that these kits are so accessible and are completely safe for new moms to use on their skin is an added bonus (pregnant/expecting, and breastfeeding mothers should consult with their doctors before using the product).

The process of creating the henna is very simple, where you mix water first to create a paste that is left untouched for 24 hours so the dye can come through well. Afterwards, a bit more water is mixed in along with the essential oil of your choice (this is not included in the kit, you must purchase it separately). I chose a sweet orange essential oil and was loving the scent I had on my skin after I applied the henna, so yummy. The kit comes with a bag to transfer the henna mixture from the zip bag provided to mix everything in but for me this was a bit of a struggle. I ended up using a medicine syringe to transfer the mixture to the application bottle because I was just making a mess. After this, I kept the mixture nearby in a bowl in case I needed to refill the bottle while I applied it mixture. Once you’re done, any leftover product you may have can be frozen to use later, which is awesome that none of the product goes to waste.

The best part was drawing on my skin. I had so many ideas on my head but I am by no means an artist- I couldn’t draw even if my life depended on it ha! The kit comes with a little booklet with a couple of design ideas and a pencil to trace the design on your skin, so I kind of took little bits and pieces of ideas to create my design. The process is super fun because you can let your creativity flow. But, be aware, the mixture stains very quickly so I suggest having a damp cloth nearby so that if you have any “oopsies” or wanna change the design, you can just wipe it off quickly before it starts staining your skin. It such a cool outlet for creativity and meditation  and I will definitely be using it every now and then when my boho side wants to come out and play ha!

So if you’re curious and want a cool accessory for your skin without the long term commitment, give it a try! I’m certain you’ll love it and have as much fun as I have.

‘Til next time,

Raquel

 

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June 13, 2016

Gingham dress

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So I found this dress on a recent trip to Old Navy and almost died when I saw the price (hello clearance sale!), no way was this dress $10.00!! It seriously is the lightest, cutest, girliest dress for summer and the blue gingham print is a classic that never goes out of style and can be worn with literally anything over it. I decided on a sheer shirt to tie over it because I love the softness it adds to the dress but kind of gives a bit of an offbeat edge- you know me and tying shit around my waist haha! I love buying classic, non-over the top pieces that I can wear over and over, are affordable and simple because frankly: why waste money on pieces that are just gonna collect dust in your closet? Not this little number, for sure! It’s so important for me as a mom to buy dresses like these that I can dress up or down (mainly down but that’s beside the point ha!) given the fact that I am constantly chasing a little Energizer bunny. Simple is always – well sometimes – better.

‘Til next time,

Raquel

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June 8, 2016

Looking past the flaws (post partum edition)

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Post partum realness strikes like a hot spank. Any mom can attest to how difficult it can be to deal with the many facets of giving birth to a child and suddenly finding yourself at a loss for words to describe all the changes our bodies experience in the blink of an eye. It is incredibly overwhelming, unbelievably bittersweet and amazingly empowering – all at the same time.

I share this snapshot above with you all for a reason: for the past 22 months I have experienced major hair loss- due to having breastfed my son mainly, but also from the stress that accompanies post partum and that “new parent” groove you’re trying to get used to. I have been insanely self-conscious over the fact that I have had to deal with hair loss. When my husband took this picture, I said “Oh my God I can’t post this on social media! Look at that bald spot! It’s so embarrasing! I’m deleting it.” I remember my husband looking at me and saying “you’re beautiful, you’re a mom and you’re body has gone through so much. Give yourself some credit for all you’ve done because we sure do, everyday.” I swear I wanted to cry. It was all I needed to hear.

All my life, I was the girl with super thick, wavy and lustrous hair. It reached maximum, Pantene- level status during my pregnancy and the compliments were never ending. And my skin, don’t even get me started- best it’s ever been. Alas, all that went to hell once I gave birth and I have been feeling some sort of way about it up until now. I’ve been kind of tired of all the self- battering I continually put my mind through with how I am “supposed to look”. The pressure is at times ridiculous, especially with us moms. The skin, the body, the hair- sometimes it’s too much. So I decided I need a pause. I need to accept these changes, let them sink in, invite them to show me how to deal with them in a healthy way. I need to reset my train of thought or else it’s just a never ending cycle of insecurity. It’s difficult at times to put into perspective all that my body has gone through; the process is at times mentally draining and there are days I wish I had my old body back – fit, lean, un-flabby. Well, who says I can’t have that again someday? My reality right now is this: I will work for what I want but I will not obsess over it as I did before. It’s okay to be at peace with my new body because this new body is a testament to what it was able to do and the aftermath of the entire process brought me a gift greater than anything I will ever have: Life.

Mommas, remember to focus on being happy, being at peace with yourselves and just try your best. Treat your flaws with love and accept them with grace. You are more than these flaws and they do not define you. Find strength and courage in them and teach your little ones to do the same because one day they will need that same strength and they will thank you for having taught them to do so.

 

All my love,

Raquel

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June 2, 2016

off the shoulder lace & denim

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Hi guys! Hope you all had an amazing long weekend – we sure did. So it was just us being lazy (hello cat naps!) as well as visiting theme parks- we love taking Lucas to them, and living here in Orlando is such a blessing for us to be able to just go and do it at the drop of a hat. Also, there was a lot of Netflix binge-ing – I am obsessed with Unbreakable, #icantwithTitus! What are you guys watching lately?

So I am in total and complete love with this top  I recently found at H&M. I saw it, tried it on and had to have it (and the price is the best part). It is seriously so light and breezy and girly and just perfect for summer and hot weather. I decided to balance the girliness of this top with simple, wide leg denim (similar here ) because I feel denim is the perfect piece of clothing to showcase any type of clothing it is paired with. It had been raining the day we took these pics so you can see my bottom flare a bit wet haha (sorry ’bout that!). Obviously white pairs well with anything, but the indigo blue of these jeans just gives the whole outfit a boho-ish vibe I just love. Pairing the look with pastel colored jewelry keeps it looking fresh and summery.

Hope you guys have an amazing rest of the week.

Xoxo,

Raquel

 

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