June 2, 2015

Black and white

 

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So it’s #summertime. Everyone’s doing the whole “white outfit thing” and that’s great. Me, I can’t do the “whole white outfit” thing. I am curvy as hell. I’ve tried it before. It. does. not. work. on. me. Only time I did I was 20 and had a kick ass tan ’cause I had come back from the Dominican Republic (best vacay ever in my entire life). So what does one do in a situation like mine? Add a little black and “hints” of white, just to not be a “party pooper” ’cause i’m not doing the whole “white outfit thing and it’s summer” and I’m all set.

Here, I am actually wearing a black and white striped dress from Marshall’s I had bought 3 months before becoming pregnant. I used it during my pregnancy (with leggings, of course) and it was super comfy. Now that I have lost an entire human being, weight-wise, I can finally use it without the preggo leggings (yay!) but I had this top from Target  which I am super obsessed with ( I seriously wear it everywhere) and thought “hey, throw it on top” since my booty has been acting out a bit, just to kinda appease it a bit hehehe (my booty can get a bit cray at times!).

Basically, you have to know what works for your body type. All clothing is not made for everyone. I am not Gisele (damn it!) So I put in the work and make the clothes work for me. Not the other way around.  I love working out. Always have. Now, it’s a bit harder to get at least 15 min of strength training in with the little kiddo but I get it done. Because my body needs it. My mind needs it. And I gotta get back to at least half of what I was pre-pregnancy ’cause I bought a lottta clothes I couldn’t use during that time, damn it!!!

What has worked for you post pregnancy? What are your go-to summer clothing items? Do share!!!

Xoxo,

 

Raquel

V-neck Tank top-Mossimo at Target

Striped dress (under v-neck): Marshall’s (sold out) similar here

Coach bag sold out (2 seasons old) similar here

Sam Edelman sandals (sold out) similar here 

 

 

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May 24, 2015

Cool white and navy blue

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Nothing screams “summer” to me more than a plain white tank top. Tank tops are essentials no matter where you live (being cold or hot weather) because you can always dress them up or down, wear them to bed, underneath a jacket..I mean I could go on.

A crisp white tank top looks good with anything, let’s be honest. I like to make it the center of my outfit-a blank canvas- and pair it with dark navy denim. It looks so chic to me and by just adding one key accessory and sexy heels I feel like I can take on the world (supermom to the rescue hehehe). I remember having a brazilian roommate when I was in college and she always wore the simplest outfits (crisp white shirts with denim and a kickass belt, black tank tops with simple shorts and beautiful heels) and she always looked soo chic. Then again she was “Gisele” tall and beautiful and girlfriend could wear a paper bag and still look scorching hot. Aren’t brazilian women just out of this world gorgeous?!!! #obsessed. The point is less is more, especially come summer time and tank tops are THE summer wardrobe staple.

Anywho, It’s no secret (and maybe you’ve noticed) that I wear a lot of pieces from #OldNavy, #BananaRepublic and #Gap. Well I ain’t ashamed to say that they have had my heart since high school because everything I throw on from them fits my body just right. I am veeeeery curvy and their clothes just work for me. Even during my pregnancy I was rocking out stuff that was non-maternity and it still looked good (minus the denim, of course). I have neeever tried on a pair of jeans from the Gap that hasn’t fit me just right. They just work.

So, for this occasion, I paired this Banana Republic tank  with some dark Gap denim (old) and my favorite leopard heels for a little visit to the Orlando Aquarium. Y’all know that whenever I get a chance to wear my heels I’ll jump right in so it had to be done. I’ve linked some similar products here because most of it has sold out. And this necklace from Piperlime (WHY DID THEY LEAVE?!!! WHY?!!!!!!) will always have a special place in my heart…I bought it the day I learned I was pregnant and I didn’t know I was giving my self a pre-push present ha!

Best to all of you and have a rockin’ long weekend,

 

Raquel

Banana Republic racerback tank

Gap 1969 jeans (old)  similar here

Nine West leopard heels (old) similar here 

Piperlime necklace (old) similar here 

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May 17, 2015

Downtown strolls

 

 

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We absolutely love going downtown with our little cub whenever we get a chance. I know i’ve said it before but we really do love living here in Orlando. My husband’s and my work schedule are so hectic sometimes we only get to really interact in the late afternoons when he gets home from work and the time is so limited because little cub goes to bed at around 9:30pm. By the time he wakes up, dad’s already gone off to work, so it’s just me, him and his brother Max (our boston terrier). It’s hard sometimes because even though we meet people here and there, I haven’t really made any “mom friends” (why is it so hard to make “mom friends”? is it just me?) and our family members are so far away I am always trying to find places to take little cub so he can interact with other kids. I feel bad sometimes that it’s just me and him all day and he doesn’t get to socialize with other people (especially other babies/kids) because I believe this is important for his development, particularly for language acquisition. But then again, he is still 10 months old so I always say to myself “there’s still time for him to do these things”. I take him to music class every week, once a week and he gets a chance to interact with other kids there so that’s a plus.

That being said, we try to make it downtown as much as possible for park time and just strolling through the streets. The vibe here is so relaxed, the people are friendly…the atmosphere is just right. There are so many little restaurants to go to it’s hard to pick just one. We usually end up somewhere where they specialize in beer crafting ’cause that’s my hubby’s thing 😉 Later we always end up in the swings for the little one. He literally could stay there all day if we let him. He bawls out when we take him out and the stares we get are like “what are they doing to that child?!” Ohhh lawwwddd. This kid.

So that’s us on our free time. I hope you all have an amazing weekend…

Until next time,

 

Raquel

Banana Republic skirt 

Old Navy espadrille sneakers

Target 3/4 sleeve tee (old) similar here 

Target sunglasses 

Gap cardigan 

Old Navy bucket bag (old) similar here 

Old Navy onesie (sold out) similar here 

Old Navy baby leather sandals 

 

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May 13, 2015

Just go with it

 

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A recent trip to Ikea  with the hubs went something like this as we left the store : -Me: “babe, I looove that blue on the Ikea wall store”, -Hubs: “Yeah, it’s pretty cool”, -Me:” Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”, -Hubs: “No Raquel, we are not shooting pics for the blog with that blue wall as a backdrop”, -Me: (I just gave him “the look”..you know the one)…5 minutes later we were in the back alley of the Ikea store and found some kick ass stairs to boot! Improptu photo shoot! Yeah baby…Sometimes, you gotta take what life throws your way and roll with it. I felt inspired at the moment and just went with it. Plus, I had to show off my new Old Navy seersucker shorts for you guys; they’re just too cute not to! (Little cub passed out from too much shopping and was sleeping in his stroller…you’ll catch him in our next post!)

Until next time…stay classy and fresh!

Raquel

Old Navy shorts

Zara top (old) similar here in style here

Gap belt (old) similar here

Jessica Simpson gladiator sandals (old) similar here

Zara duffle bag (old) similar here 

Banana Republic necklace (old) similar here 

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May 9, 2015

Sriracha red for mother’s day

 

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Red. Such a powerful color. It evokes passion and fury, lust and courage. Red is the color that binds me and my son. We are both cancerians (he was born on july 18th and I on the 13th). Our birthstone is ruby red. Needless to say, he was my birthday present. The most perfect gift I will ever receive in my life. I see my son growing and evolving every day with such passion and determination. He has a wild drive, a fire within him I feel we both share. I pray he never changes (even if he drives me crazy!!). His nature is tempestuous and I adore it.

Becoming a mother is everything I thought it would be…and nothing I ever imagined it would be. Nothing prepares you for it. Absolutely nothing. A child brings forth his own eccentricities, personality, likes…everything. He will dictate the tone and pace of how things will flow. That being said, it is our responsibility as children’s parents to instill the values we wish for them to display someday. Their nature and drive and our love and patience is the perfect combination for their success. My child has taught me this. I am forever learning from him. And I am grateful for it.

In honor of all the aforementioned, I picked this little number from Old Navy. As soon as I saw it I was drawn to it. I love how it pairs down with a subtle color like olive. Add some nude heels and I’m good to go. Of course the best accessory is my little cub in his red Britax stroller. A simple outfit to celebrate my first mother’s day with the ones I love.

 

I wish for all you mothers out there a very special day full of love, blessings and endless happiness.

 

Xoxo,

 

Raquel

Top: (Old Navy)

Skirt: (old, Valija Gitana) similar here

Nude heels: (old, Aldo via Piperlime) similar here 

Crossbody bag: (old, Gap), similar here

Choker: (old, H & M) similar here

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

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April 25, 2015

A day at the park

 

 

 

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Weekends are for getting away, de-stressing and spending time together. Weekdays are so hectic and with a baby, it’s hard to completely unwind because you’re always on “alert mode”, especially now that little cub has started crawling, pulling himself up and scooting all over the place. Boy, does he have energy!!

We really love taking him and our dog to the park on weekends. Our boston terrier is so hyper and the outing really helps him unwind as well. Pets do need and benefit from fresh air and exercise so we try to take him out as much as possible.   We recently relocated from Puerto Rico to Orlando and I am so amazed by all the great places there are for sightseeing and activity. It’s more than just theme parks: there really are some cool places to go to! We love it here. The weather is very similar to what we’re used to from back home so it’s great (with the exception of winter: it gets very cold!).  So normally, we like to go to Eola Park on sundays, which is in downtown Orlando. It’s so chill: the people, the atmosphere, everyone is in “relax and have a good time mode”. We so enjoy this place and are so grateful to be in this area at this stage in our lives.

Hope you have an amazing weekend…

Valija Gitana skirt (old): similar here

Zara tshirt (old): similar here

Target flats (old): similar here

Forever 21 cuff (old): similar here

Invicta watch: similar here

Coach crossbody bag (old): similar here

Gap studded bangles (old): similar here

Gap onesie

Gap baby shorts

Target: Baby crab baseball cap

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