October 29, 2017

MODERN MAP ART

A sunday at home is pure bliss for my family and I. We mainly just like lounging around and tidying up, given that our weeks are pretty hectic and have very little desire to do anything but eat and rest after a long work or school day. So when it comes to home decor, I definitely appreciate a clean palette with a splash of color here or there that is easy on the eyes – fresh and inviting – nice to look at and unfussy, just like a slow sunday.

I recently found Modern Map Art who specialize in all kinds of cool, unfussy prints for the modern home and a millennial take on maps which I can definitely get with. You can request for them to create a cool print of your favorite city, country you may have visited, hometown, really the possibilities are endless and beyond chic. The ordering process is effortless and you receive the product in a week or less. I absolutely invite you to check out their inventory as I am sure you’ll fall in love with everything they have in stock and will more than likely find something you’ll find for yourself or a gift for that special someone.

‘Till next time,

Raquel

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July 13, 2017

Summer coverups ft. Tobi

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I don’t know about you but when the summer months roll in I start to get a bit stressed out, mainly because my body is NEVER as summer ready as I hope it should be and also because it’s a bit difficult to find cute cover-ups that fit my body just right. How happy was I when I found these two dresses over at the Tobi website which basically saved my non-ready summer body from looking like a total disaster.

The white dress is super light and breezy and gives me all the boho feels. I paired it with my trusty espadrilles   that I love so much for a chic, poolside look.  A simple straw clutch completes the outfit.

For the olive dress, I decided to order it a size smaller than usual because my intent was always to wear it as a top. And honestly, I loved the fit of it once I tried it on. It’s a piece you can wear for night and day and looks super effortless either with sandals or heels, short or long denim. You can even add a belt and “blouse it up” a bit and it’ll look perfect.

On another note, today I celebrate another year of life and am so grateful for all the highs and lows I’ve gone through so far. No, I wouldn’t change a single thing, not even the mistakes and missed opportunities. Learning to accept what is has been a blessing in disguise and much to my surprise, something I look forward to because it’s forced me to see beyond what I originally anticipated. What life has in store for us is always wayyy better than what we originally asked for. Wouldn’t you agree?

What pieces do you love for summer? Simple ones are always the best in my opinion!

‘Til next time,

Raquel

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June 19, 2017

Worth more than you think…

It’s no mystery that we are constantly bombarded with information, images or situations that leave us feeling depleted-emotionally, mentally and oftentimes, physically. I, for one, have been many a times in a place where I feel completely dubious of my self worth which leads me to question myself to the point where I begin to falter. As you may imagine, the end result is never what I set out achieve in the first place. Incidentally, I have experienced feelings where I say to myself “maybe you are not worthy of achieving this”.

Faulty thinking has the ability to immediately side track us and place us in situations where we will feel uncomfortable and hesitant to continue our journeys, hopes and dreams. As a mental health professional I know this too well but I am not exempt of experiencing it as well. It is even more difficult when you come from a place where this type of thinking was continual.

Beyond what my academic background has allowed me to gain, not only for those I help but for myself as well, resilience has been the keystone to unlocking my hidden potentials and breaking down mental barriers that would have potentially precluded my attempts at any goal I set out for myself. Yes, I’ve been that girl who has fallen, failed miserably, quit. All the while being the girl who played Lauryn Hill”s “That thing” over and over again while singing “don’t be a hard rock when you really are A GEM, babygirl”. I am worthy. I decide. Period.

I hope wherever you are, whoever you may be, these words reach you. I know what being “in that place” is. Know that you deserve the world and nothing less. You are worthier than you think.

Xoxo,

Raquel

 

 

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May 11, 2017

Off the shoulder pink top ft. Shein

Ok, so let’s get a little cliché and talk about pink tops because A)it’s late at night and I can’t do anything else but procrastinate from all the other shit I need to get done and b)i’m digging all things pink. You have to understand I rarely wear this color but, lately, it’s just been a color I’ve been drawn to, mainly because I’ve finally learned/figured out how to pair it with items that don’t make me look like a Pepto Bismol bottle (which can happen very easily, trust me.)

This particular top from Shein seemed like a deviation from what I would normally wear but nevertheless I decided to take the plunge and purchase it- even if I did end up looking like a colostomy bag. Which I probably did. But I enjoyed it. At least my hubs said I looked pretty so there’s that. Little gold touches and simple black jeans kept things un-fussy, just how I like it. Too much fuss is no bueno.

There you have it peeps. We’ll see what other crazy shit I come up with on the next post.

Laterzzzz,

Raquel

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May 3, 2017

Floral mesh top ft. Shein

 

Seriously people: wtf is this Florida heat wave we’ve been hit with?!!! Good God it hasn’t rained IN A MONTH and i’m just about ready to jet off to the northern part of the states if this continues!

Anyhoo, that being said, lightweight and comfortable clothing are keeping me alive – and sane – through this entire ordeal and I recently found THE cutest damn top for looking oh-so-chic and put together. I honestly can’t tell you how much I loathe tight clothing (unless it’s athletic wear) so anything light and breezy for me during hot weather is a must. And of course, running around with a flirty and energetic toddler boy is such a delight that I need to look not like a hazard so this top helps in that department as well.

I’ll catch you all laterzzzzz,

Raquel

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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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February 13, 2017

My funny valentine…

 

 

Hey guys!

So, yes. I know. It’s been a while since my last post and I honestly have to apologize for having have had it been so long since I last posted. I’ve seriously been super busy with work and just have had little to no time for scheduling any posts. But I told my husband we had to do something cute for Valentine’s Day. I just could not let this day pass by without a little post because it honestly is one of my favorite holidays. I am all for love, people, and these two dudes here are just about the perfect definition of what love is to me.

Valentine’s day has definitely changed for us since the arrival of our little dude but I honestly feel all for the better. His is at the cutest age ever where he is beginning to understand the celebration of holidays and festivities and it’s so cute when he asks “what’s that mommy?” anytime he sees special holiday decorations whenever we go to places like Target or Walmart or the mall. He really takes it all in and I cannot wait until he is in school and celebrates all these festivities with his teachers and friends.

How do you guys celebrate Valentine’s Day? Whatever you do, hope it is filled with love and laughter with the ones you love.

Xoxo,

Raquel

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January 9, 2017

Giving myself time…




Here’s a crazy thought: staying calm, cool and collected on the most anxiety ridden of days will be your claim to fame on 2017. Well, for me this a personal feat that I will be working to accomplish this year. You see, this is not me. At all. I am and have always been the anxious beast who sends channels her super anxious powers to anyone and anything who is willing to partake in it. And many a times, it can be quite debilitating.

In my case, I have learned to control it to a point where I can be productive enough to get what I need done. I am a perfectionist and extremely hard on myself. And as you can imagine, now that motherhood is in the picture, it has reached an all new exciting *not* level. Starting a new job in my field of school psychology has been a true blessing but has also contributed to me experiencing new levels of anxiety. Since I had been out of the field for so long (5+ years), I absolutely felt out of place and in need to catch up. Fast. You would think that someone in my field would know how to handle all the aforementioned but textbook knowledge can only get you so far when you experience these things IRL.

With all this said, I have decided to take a moment and give myself time. I am at a point in my life where it becomes tiresome to keep up with everything I believe everyone else expects of me. I suppose this is how I have been living my life for the past few years and it finally caught up with me.  My subconscious is finally saying “take control of what you want”. So I am. Mind you, it is no easy task but little by little I am discovering that unbinding myself from what I believe are other’s expectations of myself has allotted me a new perspective on how I want to view my life and how I want things to play out for ME. This is a new chapter. One that I can get on board and be content with. Up to now, it feels pretty damn good.

I appreciate those of you who wholeheartedly (and genuinely) reach out with words of kindness. They never go unnoticed and and I am grateful to connect with many of you who share your similar woes with me here on my blog and on social media and I wish to not only continue nurturing those relationships but also wish for you the very best in everything you have proposed to achieve for yourself. You will do it. No doubt about that.

‘Til next time,

Raquel

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January 3, 2017

roadtrip: st. augustine, fl.

Hey guys!

First post of 2017 and we’re off to exciting beginnings! Well, on the 1st of january, the hubs, Lucas and I went on a little roadtrip to St. Augustine after several of my work colleagues had insisted I go during winter break. My husband had been there before a long time ago so he said we had to go because it is such a pretty little town and very spur of the moment decided to jump in the car and head out there.

Initially, we wanted to go see the Castillo San Marcos fort that the town is so famous for but we got there around 2:00pm and it started pouring raining and had to wait in the car for like a half hour until it stopped. Once we were able to leave the car, we just decided to walk around the town and sightsee because it is literally the cutest little town I’ve seen in a while. There are so many cultures intertwined in the feel of the town (french, german, cuban, spanish, you name it) and there’s such richness to the vibe of the town that we really just felt so at ease just walking around and taking it all in. Needless to say, Lucas was loving it, too! I also love that so many families go there so there are other children walking around with their families and it feels like such a nice place to just chill, grab a bite (and a drink ha!) and just play tourist for the day. We decided we needed to go again soon because there are the cutest (not even kidding) bed and breakfast inns I have ever seen in my life and you can literally just wake up and go walk around all day because at every corner there is am adorable shop to go into or place to grab a yummy bite. We ate at this place called Barley Republic Irish Pub & Oyster House and seriously had some delish street pork tacos (the hubs had fish and chips which were insanely good). No pics on the food included here because our camera decided to die on us by the time we sat down to eat.

So if you’re planning on a trip to florida, make it a point to go to this part of the state because you will seriously not regret it.

‘Til next time,

Raquel

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