September 22, 2016

fALL VIBES and then some…

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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!

Xoxo,

Raquel

 

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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

HOW I BRIGHTEN MY TEETH FT. SMILE BRILLIANT


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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.

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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.

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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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August 30, 2016

french girl style ft. MAKE ME CHIC



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I am certain that I’m not the only girl who loves a good striped dress (or striped anything, for that matter). Stripes can really go in so many directions, trend-wise, but for me, they are so reminiscent of that whole french girl vibe I absolutely dig. You know french girls can throw it down and the best thing about their style is how laid back and effortless they always look. This dress from Make Me Chic just had that french girl vibe and, although it looks super cute all on its own, I wanted to give it a twist with tattered jeans and high bun just ’cause I saw Clemence Poesy rock a similar look once and when I got this dress I thought to myself “I need to try this look out!”. Adding a little leopard print gives it a nice vibe, contrasting patterns and I absolutely loooove stripes and leopard together so this pairing was a no brainer. As always, accessories are a must but keep them to a minimum and let the clothes do the talking.

Hope you all have an amazing week!

Xoxo,

Raquel

 

 

 

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August 22, 2016

A DAY AT THE PARK FT. NUBY

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Park days are our therapy. It is a sanctuary for us where we get the chance to bond, get away from work, connect with each other as a family and decompress. I really love to see how Lucas bonds with Max, our Boston Terrier, and feel how lucky he is to have him and be exposed to animals because it has given him a learning opportunity to be mindful of other creatures and empathic towards animals. They have the weirdest but cutest bond, sort of a love-hate relationship, mainly because Max is a total diva, ha!! Regardless, we love seeing them together, bonding daily.

Anywho, as any mom would tell you, packing snacks and beverages is super important when going on outings with kiddos and lately I’ve been kinda sick of toting around with juice boxes in my toddler bag. I got this sippy cooler cup from Nuby a while back and Lucas has absolutely loved it. It’s not so big in size or heavy in weight that makes it hard for him to carry around while sipping from it and I love that the straw isn’t one of those kinds where he has to struggle to slurp from the straw. The best is that it keeps his juice cold for a pretty long time, practically all day, and I don’t have to worry about spills (as opposed to juice boxes). Another thing I love about it is that it’s easy for him to open the lid on his own and he doesn’t have to depend on me to open it for him whenever he wants to have a drink. The product is super kid friendly and that is a huge plus in my book.  To be honest, I’ve been thinking of getting one for myself because it’s a really convenient cup for on the go. When you find products like this that make your life that much easier it’s such a relief to have them around so I’m glad to count on good quality products my son and I love!

 

‘Til next time,

Raquel

 

*Thanks to Nuby for sponsoring this post. All opinions provided are my own.

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August 19, 2016

a little leopard print…

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I have great news for you gals: If y’all are crazy in love with animal print, specifically leopard, this is your season. This print is gonna be huge-ola for fall and I am so stocking up on this print because I honestly have always loved it, more than any other animal print.

This time around, I went to run some errands with the hubs and lil Lucas and decided on pairing this gorgeous H&M skirt  with sporty sneakers and a simple tank. Of course, you can glam this baby up with a killer pair of heels and load up on accessories but keeping animal print casual and sporty is so unexpected and fresh that I thought why not just give it a try. After all, I am running around with a toddler so it makes sense to look good and be comfortable while doing so, amiright?

In other news, Lucas will be starting daycare-preschool soon and I am a mess about it. It has been such a roller coaster of emotions because we have never been apart, save for maybe once or twice when I have had my mom or mother in law take care of him and only for a day. Many changes are coming ahead for me, professionally-speaking, and my husband and I felt it was time to allow him to experience socializing with other children his age so that we can both grow and meet our particular needs. I see him so enamored with learning, hungry to explore – as any child would be – and I feel that it would be selfish of me to take that away from him, especially after we visited the daycare he will be attending, he just loved it and felt right at home. As mothers, we always want to have our children safe by our sides because we believe no one will ever care for them like we do and, while this may be true, this may not always be a realistic or healthy view. I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s okay to allow time apart. He needs time to grow without me around, without coddling him and controlling everything but at the same time being there and reminding him that I will always be there to love and support him. It is the most emotional I’ve been in a while but this too shall pass and watching him grow, explore, change, develop, discover and be happy is all I could ever want and pray for my child. He is protected and guided and I am more than thankful.

‘Til next time,

Raquel

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August 8, 2016

ALL BLACK FT MAKE ME CHIC

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You guys! Fall is coming soon and I am so excited!! I mean summer has been awesome but I am soooo ready for the weather to cool down. I know, I know I sound like a broken record but it’s just too damn much and I need a break from the heat. Momma’s getting old..ha!

Ok so what’s better than an all black look? I found this little number from Make Me Chic  and had to have it because as soon as I saw it I knew it would be super comfy and easy to pair with literally anything and I mean ANYTHING. When I got it, it was everything I knew it would be :simple, suuuper soft (it feels like a pajama!), not clingy -hate that – and flowy. I decided on doing an all black look for this occasion because I love the simplicity and chicness of not worrying about matching each and every piece in my wardrobe and all black just feels so badass and elevated that I had to give it a go with this dress.

I am loving this dress so much it’s not even funny and the best part is I can use it as a top come fall with jeans and tall boots or booties and it’ll look amazing.

Hope you guys have a great start to your weeks,

Xoxo,

Raquel

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August 2, 2016

CHIC STYLE WITH JORD WOODWATCHES

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Happy week guys! This summer heat is really doing a number on me and I seriously need for the weather to cool down ASAP!

Anyhoo, I guess you all know by now how much I loooove accessories. They are key pieces that can seriously make or break any outfit and for me simple, timeless pieces are the ones that really hold a place in my heart, mainly because they let the rest of the outfit shine.

One key piece that every woman should own is a good quality watch and this one by Jord Woodwatches  is seriously so nice and light that I’ve been wearing it everywhere I go and get compliments on it like it’s nobody’s business. From the dark wood color, to how light it is – I can barely feel it on my wrist – to how cool it looks with my gold accessories, I am loving everything about it. It’s such a great conversation piece and one I can use throughout the day without feeling weighed down by wearing it. Their entire women’s collection is absolutely to die for and for me, as a mom, I want to own and use pieces that feel un-fussy, uncomplicated but are stylish and modern as well. These watches definitely fit all these categories.

‘Til next time guys,

Raquel

 

Wood Watches by JORD

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July 26, 2016

Vacay Style

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Hey guys! Hope your weeks are going off to a great start! This summer has been a memorable one and I’m reveling in how much fun me and my fam bam have had – despite the intense heat here in Florida.

Well, we’ve managed to do a few stay-cations at some really great places -seriously, there is no better place to live than Orlando!- because there is literally always something to do on the weekends. On one of our little getaways, I was able to pack a bit lighter than usual thanks to this super cute halter top from Vacay  which is one of the most flattering tops I’ve ever owned.  I managed to mix and match it with other pieces I already own and it was great not having to lug around so much clothing like I usually do. The material is super soft (seriously feels like butter on your skin), very lightweight and breezy and the best part? Endless possibilities for mixing and matching with other pieces you may have in your wardrobe already. This top is super functional to transition from day to night, work to cocktails, running errands to dinner, anything goes. And if your traveling, it’s just a gem.

Vacay style is truly an amazing brand that I have come to fall in love with because their pieces are functional and easygoing for the everyday woman. You don’t have to be a jetsetter to wear their pieces; it’s all about looking put together, chic and effortless wherever you go with quality clothing you don’t have to worry about wrinkling or looking less than presentable. As a mom, I want to be able to have clothes in my wardrobe I can count on to wear at a moment’s notice that are easy to mix and match but also allow me to look polished without trying to hard. This brand has completely thought of these particular points when they created their pieces and I couldn’t be more in love with it. I mean I live for my yoga pants but sometimes momma wants a bit more polish, amiright?!

If you’d like to try pieces from any of their collections, use code “SC15” for 15% off your order. Trust me when I say that you will love it as much as I do!

‘Til next time,

Raquel

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July 19, 2016

Black and white

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Sometimes it’s good to just take it back to good ole basic colors. And what’s better than a black and white outfit? No complications, no fussiness, nothing over the top. Simple and clean. And yet, for some reason, a simple black and white outfit, worn with simple accessories, make me feel so chic and pulled together.

I got this top a while back and automatically thought “black jeans”, no other would do. I’m loving the fit of this top because it’s so light and perfect for this Orlando heat – it seriously is unbearable, I barely managed to keep my jeans on for the rest of the day, ha! Now that fall is approaching, I am loving this outfit with a denim jacket or cashmere cardigan worn over it. Since it doesn’t get cold down here too fast, either of these will do until colder weather really kicks in, if any, ha!

Have an awesome week!

Raquel

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