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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April 26, 2016

Easy-breezy Floral shorts


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I’m so glad about the weather lately because it’s just be crisp and light and just everything. If I am not running around in leggings and sneakers (typical mom outfit, go figure) I love cute shorts and either sneakers or sandals so when I found these JCrew ones , I had to have them, especially with the price tag (niiiice!). Normally. I would wear shorts with sandals but I had gotten these AirMax’s  a while back and love them so much because they are super comfy and stylish at the same time so pairing these two together was a no brainer. It’s a different but fresh and sporty approach to wearing floral prints for spring.

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April 19, 2016

Flower dress (as a top!)




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Hey guys! Hope your week has started off on a great note. So here I am again with another flower print post and this one was quite interesting, style-wise. This “top” is actually a dress and I had ordered it in my size (M) thinking it would look super cute with a little cardi over it. How wrong was I. When I got it, I immediately opened it and tried it on and it was super short! I couldn’t return it since it was a final sale ($10!!!) so this is when I had to get creative. I love how it is billowy enough that I could cinch it with a belt or just use it a flowy top over jeans or a skirt but on this occasion I just did a half-tuck and let the back flow over the denim skirt. I honestly have never felt more comfortable and chic with an outfit all at the same time. I like it because you can go either casual (like I did here with sneaks) or a bit more formal with heels and you will look so put together. So this is an option for your billowy dresses that may be too short to wear and you have yourself a brand new top. It’s all in how you style it, ladies!

‘Til next time,

Raquel

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April 11, 2016

Neutral vibes

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Hey guys! I’m back with a new styling post. How I missed it so! Well, lately, I have been feeling the whole “neutral/monochromatic” outfits flying all over the season and this week I was looking at my Insta timeline and read over at the Zoe Report various tips to how your wardrobe can look more expensive than it actually is by applying and adding a few tricks to your wardrobe styling. One of them was sticking to a monochrome look because it “translates into a polished look that is undeniably chic”. This is absolutely, undeniably so. I had gotten this Forever 21 blouse and, originally, planned on wearing it with jeans. But later on, I remembered I had these Gap khaki pants and decided to try a neutral palette. It is both fresh, versatile and oh-so polished to dress in a neutral/monochromatic palette and it sort of gives me a sense of confidence I can’t explain. Initially, I was afraid it wouldn’t work with my body type, as I am very curvy, but the cut and color of the pants along with the neutral color of the shirt balance my curves along with the rest of my body, almost elongating it a bit. Adding simple, gold jewelry and a neutral color bag will balance everything out. I’m liking this concept for spring and summer because it is simple and sophisticated at the same time. It is one concept I will be incorporating into my daily wardrobe a little more from now on.

Have a great week guys!

Xoxo,

Raquel

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March 21, 2016

White flared jeans

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I’m gonna be as frank as I can be: I loved the chilly weather we got down here in Orlando (for like 2 weeks, tops), but I was secretly hoping it would get warmer just so I could wear my most beloved pair of jeans : white with a huge flare. I bought these jeans ages ago from the Gap (similar here) and I can attest to why Gap is the shiznit when it comes to denim. These babies have stood the test of time and, one pregnancy and funked up body later, they still fit like it was the very first time. I wear these babies and it is instant chic-ness, I can’t even. Even with a simple, mustard-yellow tee , adding the right accessories these jeans give me that “own the room” status every girl secretly craves. To me, this outfit is the epitome of laid-back, easy-breezy and polished. Perfect for transitioning into summer.

On another note, sooo excited for Easter! Omg, we took Lucas for his pics with the Easter bunny and they turned out so darned cute I can’t even deal. It was the funniest thing because I was absolutely stressing out, looking at all the other kids and how they were being so good about taking their pics with the bunny (seriously, not one of them cried) and thinking “Omg I hope Lucas doesn’t totally ball out when we sit him down when his turn comes up”. But that kid is something else. The guy taking the pics started making him laugh and he was just the little charmer, sat down next to the bunny and smiled with his sweet little grin, I almost balled out myself #proudmommamoment!

So I hope all you mommas (and poppas) are getting those Easter baskets ready for your little bunnies and wishing you all a great week!

Xoxo,

Raquel

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March 15, 2016

Spring florals

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“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking”…If you loooove fashion, you know that one by heart. So yeah, florals for spring. And pastels. I love it all. It’s time to soften up my color palette and I am soooo in love with this color combo I can’t even deal.  This Old Navy blouse has been giving me major life because of it’s billowy flow and effortlessness, perfect for light weather. And of course those shorts you can’t live without that are sure to be a summer staple you can pair with just about any damn thing. This outfit lets me live out my utter desire to attend all those fabulous music festivals (*ahem*Coachella *ahem*) that will be making their way via my Instagram feed so I am living my fantasy vicariously through my clothes since I can’t physically attend said festivities…for now, ha!

So, funny story (not really funny, though) : we had gotten a new camera lens (we shoot with a Nikon J1, no DSLR as of yet, can’t seem to part ways with this one since my dad gifted it to me) and just as we’re getting ready to shoot, the camera wouldn’t recognize the damn lens. Annoying.com so now to wait for a new lens alll over again. Anywho, the show must go on and these little set backs are just crumbs on the floor, right?

Hope you all have a rockin’ week,

Xoxo,

Raquel

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March 9, 2016

Mixing prints

 

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Hey guys! A new week is upon us with lots to do. Spring is in the air and I am so in the mood for fresh takes on my wardrobe I honestly can’t wait to share with you all. I am loving mixing prints – it’s a trend that’s been going on for a while now but I hadn’t come around to trying it – because I think it gives my spring wardrobe a little “refresh”, where I can take old pieces (like this dress I am wearing, similar below) and throw a classic striped tee over and make it completely “of the moment”. If you are new to the whole mixing prints thing, here are a couple of tips I want to share that have worked for me:

  1. Stick to earth or neutral colors i.e. pair greens with browns, grays with blush or pastels and keep strong colors as focal points to integrate everything together.
  2. Accessories help ground the look. Find a bag to tie the whole look together, whether it be of a similar color in your outfit or a neutral color. Gold, silver or rose gold jewelry will work best so not to distract too much from everything else and the whole look is not competing with itself.
  3. Be mindful of your body type. It goes without saying: not everyone has that Kendall Jenner silhouette, so if your like me (wiiide hips and smaller shoulders) try to balance the prints where it ‘softens’ your assets and not magnifies them i.e. if you have wide hips don’t wear stripes in this area, the busier print should be worn here in a cut that works with your silhouette and not against it (a-line cuts for wide hips, fitted cuts for straight body types).
  4. In my experience, the easiest prints to pair are stripes and polka dots. Both blend fantastically with florals, which for spring are a definite must prints.
  5. Attitude is everything. If you’re not feeling your look or are unsure of how it looks, it will show. Always be confident in your choice of prints because this is the key ingredient to making it look fabulous. When you exude confidence in your choices, that’s where you really shine!

Hope you rock those prints like a boss lady!

Xoxo,

Raquel 

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February 29, 2016

Black and blue


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What is it about a good pair of black jeans that just gives a girl all the confidence in the world? I sure as hell feel like a million bucks when I put mine on, even if I am wearing sneaks or sandals with them and, when the fit is right, you better believe I will strut my little heart out in them. I decided to pair these (similar below) with the oldest plaid shirt in the history of plaid shirts (ok, maybe not the history of plaid shirts..geez!) but, it’s old (similar below) because plaid shirts are making a huge comeback (as if they ever left, duh) and you’ll be sure to see them everywhere. You’ve seen me rocking this black vest before and I am so glad I purchased it a while back because I have truly gotten so much mileage out of it. It’s funny because it seems very lightweight but it does a great job in complementing sweaters for keeping warm in windy and colder days. I call that a win! And finally, I decided to add a satchel (which my husband gifted me for Valentine’s Day…awww babe you shouldn’t have ha!) and am so glad he chose this style because it’s super roomy -literally everything fits in this thing- and I’m kinda over cross-body bags right now. This one is very lady-like and I love it!

 

‘Til next time, guys…

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February 15, 2016

Blush pink


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So I had another post scheduled for this week but had to post this one because it was just the best Valentine’s day surprise for me and Lucas from daddy. We went to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and had the best day ever, just the three of us…and a couple thousand other people ha! But that’s beside the point. It was such a lovely day (nice and cool) and I had originally picked out something else to wear that day thinking we’d probably go to dinner like we usually do, but I had gotten this top  from Target in a couple of colors and this blush pink one was just the perfect color for Valentine’s Day.

I decided to use it as a layering shell because I just feel that wearing it by itself was just too plain (I always need to pile on stuff or layer…I can’t help it). So I decided on this Zara top (old, similar below) just because the combo of the colors is so romantic. I’m so into blush, olive and camel it’s cray!  I like this particular shirt because the material feels nice and light so I wasn’t sweating like a hog with all the walking around we did. To offset all the “girliness”, I went with ripped jeans and obviously sneakers because walking around in heels at a theme park is = not cute.

How did you guys spend your Valentine’s Day? Share below!

Xoxo,

Raquel

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