Archives for September 2016

September 22, 2016

fALL VIBES and then some…


Hey guys, hope your weeks have been going well. Mine sure has been. Lots of good news and changes coming up ahead for me and my fam bam. But I’ll share those deets with y’all in a later post, so stay tuned!

Well, fall is officially here and my wardrobe is pretty psyched to get in on the action. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that last year’s fall and winter totally sucked ’cause it was barely cold (I mean ok I live in Florida but c’mon a girl can dream!) and I really wanted to wear coats and warmer clothing. So I know what you’re probably thinking : “then move to a colder state!”…not gonna happen. I’ll just stay here and keep complaining about how it never gets cold…’cause I live in Florida and I ain’t leavin’. It’s an endless, vicious cycle. And I love it…ha! So bear with me.

Well, my strategy this year is to just make peace with fact that I may not need to wear a heavy coat at all and just stock up on pretty, lighter knits like this one  which are super soft but pretty warm and awesome for layering under a denim jacket or trench. Of course fall is all about breaking out the darker colors so I am loving my trusty corduroy skirt from Jcrew I got a few years back (I’ve linked several options below) and I seriously love it because it’s stretchy, doesn’t feel clingy and makes me feel confident. Of course, it’s boot season and you know I had to break out my fave pair this season because they literally go with every damn thing, no joke.

Switching gears a bit, I wanted to share with you guys some things I am so obsessed with right now, just to get in the habit of conversing with you all a bit more and hope you share yours, too!

  1. If you follow me on Insta, you know by now I have a serious obsession with Sour Patch Kids. No, I had not tried them before because, in all honesty I thought they were yucky-looking and I rarely eat candy, save for a dark chocolate to kill my sweet cravings during the week. Ohhhh man, these things are addictive so don’t be surprised if I start looking a bit rounder than usual, it’s all that sugar I may be eating..ha!!
  2. The Secret Life of Pets. Christ Almighty is this movie so good!!! We can watch this movie ALL DAY and not get tired I swear to God!! It’s soo damn funny; the voices, the situations, the characters, the plot. And Jenni Kayne’s voice as Gidget – my spirit animal – is just the cherry on top!
  3. Nikkie Tutorials on Youtube– Ok so I can’t do my makeup if my damn life depended on it but I cannot stop watching this woman do her makeup tutorials on Youtube. She is downright GORGEOUS, charismatic and humorous I can see why her following is as huge as it is. Oh and her makeup applying skills aren’t bad either..ha!!!
  4. Mr. Robot– these series, y’all. Do yourself a favor and start watching it. Thank me later.
  5. The kids from ‘Stranger Things’– obsessed with the series but these kids just stole my heart. And one of the main characters is named Lucas!!!! How cool is that? Best boy name ever (I may be biased) and Millie Bobbie Brown is the cutest kid ever. I wanna hang with her. For reals.

Welp, that’s all for now. Hope you have a kick-ass weekend and I’ll catch you guys next week!




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September 13, 2016

I literally can’t

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I suppose we are all known amongst our loved ones and friends for a certain catch phrase we may always employ, sort of a like a tick we can’t stop. Well for me this one’s it: I can’t. I LITERALLY CAN’T. I can’t deal. Any variation of it works wonders for me. Even in my native language of Spanish I say it: NO PUEDO. NO PUEDO BREGAR. You get the gist.

So imagine my happiness as last week me, myself and I walks into Tarjay (don’t get me started), and I stroll my lil ass (pun intended) into the women’s section and lo and behold find this beaut just waiting on that lonely hanger for me to purchase and rescue it from it’s misery. My heart was full.

Naturally, I wanted to pair it something fun and I felt that jeans or shorts are kinda of an obvious choice for a t-shirt. I had purchased this skirt a while back and I honestly couldn’t find a top that I felt it went with until I bought the aformentioned tshirt. I found it was a cool juxtaposition as it’s a pretty ladylike skirt and the tee is so not what I would pair it with but sometimes two wrongs do make a right so, hey, there you go.

I’ve been seeing this low, slicked back ponytail everywhere and decided to try it for this occasion and let me tell you I was kinda scared ’cause i’m pretty self conscious about my square face and thought I’d look awful but I was kinda diggin’ it. Plus, my hubs was too so, WIN! Also, I am loving my new sunnies from Ilymix! They are so nice for fall and the icy blue color is giving me major life. You can us code ‘Raquel20’ on your next purchase and get 20% off on it!

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September 7, 2016



Pretty, pearly white teeth. So many of us wish to attain that perfect, pearly perfection but fail by trying products that are just promises. Me, for instance, I’ve tried almost everything. The strips, the toothpaste, the little glow machine thingy, you name it. The problem with a lot of these products is the excruciating discomfort they leaves behind which literally makes me cringe. If you have sensitive teeth, you know what I’m talking about.



Well, how lucky was I that a couple of weeks ago I found this amazing product from Smile Brilliant which has literally changed my teeth’s appearance dramatically. It is a personalized way of whitening your teeth where you are sent a kit with steps and products to create your very own dental impressions, which you can use as many times as you like, all from the comfort of your home. This is something that is truly great, specifically for someone like myself, who is a mom, works full time and has no time to be scheduling appointments for someone else to do this for me.


After you create the base for your dental impressions, you send them in the mail (the blue paste hardens and this is what they use to make your impressions). You get them back around a week later and you can start using the whitening and desensitizing gel as soon as you receive them.SMILE BRILLIANT TEETH WHITENING (6)SMILE BRILLIANT TEETH WHITENING (5)

I was honestly a bit scared at first when I applied the thin line of whitening gel to the impressions, thinking “Oh my God I hope this doesn’t make my teeth cringe” but it was so not what I expected and I only had mild discomfort after having the product on for about 25 minutes (you can leave it on for as long as 3 hours but it is advised to start with shorter time frames if discomfort ensues). After you whiten, it is very important to use the desensitizing gel, preferably before going to bed, as you cannot consume any drinks or food for 30 minutes after applying this gel. Over the course of two days, I whitened my teeth around 3 times and the results were impressive. I honestly believed I would never find a product that I could trust my teeth to without visiting a specialist which would not cause discomfort but I am so glad I found this product because it truly delivers on what it promises. Here’s a short video explaining the process if you’d like more info on the product. Also, check out these testimonials from others who have used and loved the product.



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