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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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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July 5, 2016

Blue boho dress ft. SheIn

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What is it about a lightweight maxi dress that is so enticing for summer days and evenings? Putting one on makes me feel like a goddess, more so than any other piece of clothing and, with the right accessories- preferably kept to a minimum- they can be just the right amount of polished perfection I may very well need to spend a summer day.

This  Shein maxi dress is just that dress for me. For summer, there is nothing chicer than wearing a flowy, lightweight and airy dress and this one is perfect for the woman who wishes to transition from day to night with the slightest ease with her wardrobe. This dress can be worn with flats (as I have, pictured here) but will look amazing with chic platform sandals or wedges for a date night or dinner with friends. The material and print are perfect for virtually any occasion (summer wedding, graduation, dinner party, even running errands!). I couldn’t be more in love with this dress and love getting compliments when I wear it. It safe to say this may very well be my favorite piece of clothing this summer.

Xoxo,

Raquel

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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 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 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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May 23, 2016

off the shoulder love

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Happy monday, beautiful peeps!! Hope you had an amazing weekend- we sure did! But, on another note: I finally gave in to the off-the-shoulder trend, y’all. you cannot walk into a store, or visit an online store nowadays and miss this trend. It’s come back in a big way. I used dresses like this when I was younger so much that I was kind of feeling a certain way about them and thought maybe they’re just not for me and I may look like a total goof wearing them but I found this one from the online store Mod & Soul and the print was so lovely that I just had to try it out.  Lo and behold, the fit is just lovely, very breezy and light and perfect for the upcoming heat wave of summer that will soon be upon us – and no I didn’t feel like a total goof wearing it, ha! I love that the cut of dress is straight so it’s not clingy to my body, which I can’t stand on a dress. This is absolutely one piece I’ll be wearing the heck out of this summer for sure.

I’ve linked other options below for you guys so check them out!

Have a great week,

Raquel

 

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May 16, 2016

Olive shirtdress

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Hey guys! It’s been a while since my last #outfitpost and boy was I missing to do one! Well, luckily over the course of mother’s day weekend, the hubs showered me with various little gifts and this super cute, lightweight shirt dress was one of them. And I have to say: I am so proud of him for knowing me well enough to pick such a versatile piece that I will most definitely be getting so much mileage from. I love how now during warmer weather I can just wear a light tank underneath but come colder weather (if ever ha!) I can wear a cozy turtleneck underneath with boots. The color is just the perfect shade of olive green, almost passing for a neutral gray. Again, it’s such a versatile piece of clothing, for everyday, work, going out. So many choices.

On another note, Lucas and I are getting back on track from a serious cold, like I had mentioned on my Instagram account. I rarely get sick but this time it hit us hard- high fever, phlegm, coughing, sinus pressure, literally everything. It sucks so bad to see him so sick because I feel so helpless. Needless to say, I have the best husband in the world, always looking out for us and taking such good care of us. I seriously dunno what I’d do without him.

Until next time,

Raquel

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