Archives for March 2017

March 27, 2017

Staying true to you…


“Keeping things real” is sometimes easier said than done, amiright? Social media nowadays has pushed us to a point where “fake it ’till you make it” becomes so entangled with reality that it literally obliterates any chance for us to show our true colors and, what’s worse, we start to believe we really don’t want to. Staying true to what drives us and who we really are is often times harder than we think but, a bit of effort on our parts and sometimes, even, a push in the right direction from life itself, will aid greatly.

For me, it really has been about trial and error. Through Instagram, I have come to realize who my audience really is (a very eclectic mix of fashion bloggers, mommy bloggers, fashion mommy bloggers and …my family ha!). And so, over the past two years I’ve come to realize that there are certain things  about me that appeal more to those who engage with me and that I really shouldn’t shy away from them.

For one thing I am as sarcastic and foul mouthed as can be and this is something I’ve tried to hide so much about myself but over the past few months I said to hell with it: this is who I am and why should I not show myself just as it is. Some people may not like it but honestly I am not for everybody. And that’s ok. I come from an upbringing where my mom would curse like crazy and my dad didn’t like it one bit. So there was a disjunctive about how I was supposed to behave and how I really wanted to express myself.

Another thing I’ve been focusing on is If I feel like sharing my thoughts on a particular subject, I don’t want to hold back on posting my views on a particular subject. A LOT of people might feel “offended” or “disagree” or their “douche-y” personalities might come through but I can’t let those things deter me from having a voice. This is a space where I can feel free to say what I want, in the most respectful and diplomatic way possible and so it is what I aim for.

It is a tricky journey, capturing your true self in front of a world of people that don’t know absolutely anything about you but are constantly judging your life based on a damn picture, regardless of the caption you use or however best you try to explain yourself through your Instagram stories. Go figure. You can’t always win with everyone but you can win with yourself. And that is good enough.

Until we meet again,

Raquel

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March 14, 2017

Palm Beachin’ it…


Hey peeps!

Hot damn! It’s been a minute, huh? Well, what can I say? I’m a busy working gal with a fiery toddler to boot and this whole “juggling time to the best of my abilities”thing ain’t easy. I don’t care who says “You have as many hours in a day as Beyonce”, girlfriend has a whole damn entourage to keep her sane, so no, she doesn’t do it all on her own, so no: we don’t have the same hours. She obviously has many more than the rest of us! ha…

Anyhoo, besides my super busy lifestyle and lack of hours to spare in the day for leisurely things, I AM on spring break as we speak, so the hubs and I decided it was about damn time we did a little “escapade” (yes, with our son in tow!), and hit the pedal to the metal out of Orlando for a day. We settled on Palm Beach, one of the quintessential southernmost cities in Florida because, honestly, everyone raves about how beautiful it is and let me tell you: they aren’t lying. The vibe is very chic and posh and the architecture is beyond breathtaking: spanish with a hint of art deco. Perfection. There are cute little corners and hidden passages all along the town and the gem of it all is finding your way down at the beach. Of course, some people may disagree with me on that one and say the stores on Worth Avenue are the real gems but that may be the case when I can actually afford to go into a Chanel store and actually purchase at least a key chain. I must say, when we first got there, we felt a bit out of place because we were the only ones walking around with a toddler and a stroller and my husband said to me “babe, everyone is looking at us funny”, I thought “nah, hunny, you’re just imagining things” but deep down I was wishing someone other than us would appear with a kid or two. They eventually did. And I almost ran over to kiss them! Hallelujah!! We ended up having a late lunch in Bricktop’s and it was just heaven! It is a must to visit this restaurant if you guys ever go. Definitely order the banana brioche french toast or the eggs benedict. You won’t regret it.

All in all, I really enjoyed it. Lucas absolutely went crazy when he saw the beach and my heart was so happy seeing him running around the sand and getting his feet in the water. We are definitely planning a second visit here and maybe next time with a wad of cash to spend on that Chanel key chain, ha!

‘Til next time,

Raquel

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