April 5, 2016

Post-partum skincare

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Post-partum skin is no joke. It’s such a roller coaster of hormones flying all over the place and, for me, it was a big crash once I had little Lucas. During my pregnancy, I had that “glow” thing down pat. I had never felt more beautiful: I’m talking thick, lustrous hair, skin like porcelain, the whole shebang. People would literally tell me “you don’t even look preggers!” and I would be all offended even, ha! Mind you, I worked out all throughout my pregnancy (even weight lifting and running, since I’ve practically done it since my teens) and never ate better, so that helped a lot.

The kicker: once I had my baby, all of that went to hell. Every momma can attest to the breastfeeding struggle that is hair loss (which I experienced; I have the bald spots to prove it) and for me, my skin also took a turn for the worse. It literally looked lifeless and oh-so dull. I began to see sun spots starting to appear which is NOT CUTE. I haven’t always had the best skin: I fought acne during my teens and that was no picnic. During my 20’s, I was less than cautious about sun protection and eventually, it caught up with me. So, I decided to do the best thing anyone can do in a situation like this: seek professional help!

I decided to consult with a dermatologist after I had weaned Lucas from the breast because I was aware that anything I could consume (even topically) could be absorbed through my skin and could affect him. Initially, and I will be very honest, I had scheduled an appointment for a consultation about starting out on injectables (i.e. Botox, fillers, etc.) because, aside from the splotchy skin, I was beginning to lose collagen -which is completely normal after having a baby in your 30’s. I was suggested I try a medium strength clinical peel (utilizing TCA) and here’s why: clinical peels aid in collagen production, no matter what age, because as dead skin cells are removed, skin is allowed to breathe and regenerate itself, including collagen production. You can buy the most expensive serum on the planet but if your slathering it on dead skin surface, well I’m sorry to say: you’re wasting your money. I can’t even begin to tell you how much my skin has changed because of this treatment/procedure. Sure, you’re gonna look like a mummy for a couple of days (you will peel like crazy and skin will be very sensitive) but the end result is amazing and your skin will glow like never before.

In conjunction with the peels, I’ve kept my skin in check and in optimal condition by including the following products in my daily skin care routine. Most of them contain glycolic and salicylic acids, which when used weekly, aid immensely in removing dead skin cells, exfoliating and allowing skin to glow and thrive.

Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Daily Peel: I had heard of this product so many times before and almost punched myself in the face for not trying it earlier. Two towelettes to use (waiting 2 minutes in between one another) which greatly aid in removing all that dead skin you have accumulated. Instantly, your skin feels a slight tingle and notice a little redness and if you really want that serum to do what it’s supposed to do, you better get these towelettes ASAP.

Pixi Glow Tonic : similar concept of the Dr. Dennis Gross towelettes, only this product doesn’t contain salicylic acid. The fragrance is very light and it’s a bit more gentle since it contains aloe vera. This product is perfect for those with oily skin and are acne prone because it exfoliates in a very gentle way.

Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair: My go-to moisturizer. I use every single day and can attest to it’s benefits and how effective it really is. At first, you may notice some discomfort (light peeling or itchy skin) so I would suggest using it every other day. My skin tone has improved immensely because of this product and even those stubborn forehead wrinkles have said buh-bye. The key ingredientS here are Vitamin C and Retinol, which aid one another in exfoliating the skin topically and allow for new skin to resurface daily.

Korres Brightening Sleeping Facial: This is the holy grail for me. After using the two minute facial peel, I slather this cream on before going to bed. The result: amazingly glowing, radiant skin. No lie. No joke. And the smell. HEAVEN. This one also contains Vitamin C and bonus wild rose oil which, together, help aid to eradicate fine lines and even out skin texture.

 

Hope this post has been helpful and don’t forget to add those exfoliating products into your beauty routine. Your skin will thank you!

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 4, 2016

Spring Wish List

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Hey guys! Here are a few items I am longing for this spring. I’m really longing for lighter colors, pastels, workout gear and anything light and airy. Hope you’re all having an amazing week.

1. Oribe Wave spray // 2. BaubleBar tassel earrings  // 3. Line & Dot dress // 4. Topshop sandals //5. Essie nail polish //6. Boots facial oil //

7. Nasty Gal shades  // 8. Steve Madden snapback  //9. Nike sports bra 

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February 23, 2016

Denim skirt

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Well, it’s back to warm weather down here in Orlando, Fl. and I am gearing up for spring. I have put away most of my warm clothes (of which I barely used, but oh well) and am enjoying wearing a bit more color and bright clothing these days. Well, I am really into citrus colors lately and seriously love how an orange, lemon-y yellow or lime green look against denim. So when I found this skirt  I instantly thought of pairing it with any of the aforementioned colors. I’m loving the “old-school”vibe this skirt has, so 70’s (I may or may not be uh-bsessed with that era) and it just makes me think of Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen circa 1970’s.  I’m loving how these vibes are coming back (especially high waisted, belted skirts) because they are so chic and, in my opinion, do a great job in showcasing a woman’s figure in the most feminine way. And of course, it’s denim, which can be paired with virtually ANYTHING and everything and you will do no wrong.

Hope you guys have an amazing and fashionable week!

Xoxo,

Raquel

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January 22, 2016

Style trend: Dresses over jeans (together!)

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Hey guys! Hope you’ve had and amazing week so far. I know I have! Well, there have been so many trends lately that I’ve been dying to try but one of them is the infamous ‘dresses over jeans’ one. I was reading my #Instyle mag the other day and this girl had on this button front long dress (worn as a vest… i die!) with jeans and boots and I just thought “I have to put my spin on this one”. Well, just to be on the safe side, I went with a trusty LBD but I decided to add one of my favorite sheer shirts (old; linking similar below) underneath because I thought i’d soften the whole black look a bit and make it a tad more romantic…ish hehe. I’ve had this dress for a year (linking similar below) and have worn it twice but I think I can most certainly get more mileage from it now because it’s very blouse-y and can easily pass off as some sort of flouncy top. I feel like this look can transition easily from work to cocktails on a friday -amiright?- because of the patent flats and belt.

What trends are you guys dying to try? I may take some more for a spin…so stay tuned!

Xoxo,

Raquel

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January 1, 2016

Starting anew

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It’s been an amazing year. One filled with many a challenge and difficult situation but we made it through. Being away from our families has been the hardest thing we’ve ever faced but sometimes we have to make sacrifices in order to grow and reach for the things we aspire to become.

I’ve went through a lot of personal situations during this year. I’ve learned to accept many particularities about many people I care about for the sake of focusing on the bigger picture. I’ve learned that I’m not the easiest person to deal with myself and I’m working on bettering my eccentricities for the good of 1)myself, 2)my son, 3)my husband and 4)family and friends. It’s hard to accept that which sometimes we don’t want to see but in the end it is essential if we truly want to grow and be instruments for those around us. I am aware of the things I need to leave behind and you can trust and believe that little by little I will evolve into the person my son and family need and deserve for me to be.

It’s funny because the other day, I was telling my husband how when I was pregnant with Lucas, I used to play a song by the Mexican band Mana called “Cachito” which in english translates into “ray of light”. Flash forward a year later and I am searching for a name for my blog and among the many cheesy options I had in mind, “Little ray of light” came to mind. This was not planned at all. I was telling my husband how ironic it was for me to have come up with this name for my blog, an ode to my son and how his arrival inspired me to go after so many dreams, projects, ideas…you name it. I chose this dress to welcome the new year for two reasons: I had bought it for his christening and since we moved to the States and hadn’t been able to christen him the dress was brand new with it’s tags still so you now how the saying goes “something new to welcome the new year”. And how appropriate that the dress’s color is a true “ray of light” yellow. I am definitely and believer of signs and these are all pointing towards the beginning of a wonderful new year.

Hope you all have an amazing one,

Raquel

 

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December 16, 2015

Weekday uniform

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Weekday uniforms. Don’t even lie. You know you have one. That one piece of clothing you can absolutely rely on over and over for just about anything: running errands, taking the kids to their doctor’s appointments, going to the salon…the list is endless.

I am a definite skirt lover (maybe you have noticed ha!) and this corduroy one from Gap (old, old, old) similar here is one of my favorites when the weather turns a bit cooler. I honestly love the color most of all because it’s so 70’s I can totally picture Jackie from That 70’s show rocking it with a huge collar shirt and tacky vest ha (don’t worry I won’t even try it). So I have recently added this light sweater from Mossimo at Target  to my uniform repertoire because, and I kid you not, I literally feel like I am wearing a pajama top. It’s so friggin’ soft and cozy, not heavy AT ALL and it comes in so many lovely colors as well. It is one of those weather-transitioning pieces that can easily be dressed up or down. This has been my motto when buying pieces of clothing: basic colors, basic cuts that I can get more mileage out of. As a mom-on-the-go, simple is always better, classic pieces go a long way. And a good, lightweight sweater and pretty color skirt will always work for me.

 

Have a good one, y’all,

Raquel

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November 17, 2015

Marsala ruffles…

 

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Free People ruffle dress

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Isn’t it amazing when you find a piece of clothing that makes you do a major “happy dance”? Well I have. This dress from Free People is giving me serious life right now gearing up for Thanksgiving because, let’s face it, I will be stuffing my face with everything and I still want to look chic AND comfortable post stuffing. Ahhh the joys of dressing “for the occasion”. And the color!!! I mean is there anything more “fall appropriate” than a rich, dark mauve? And don’t get me started on the ruffles. Must. Stop.

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the weather in Orlando, FL. is really not lending itself yet to cold weather clothing so I can still get away with my favorite sandals (old) #yay! So come Thanksgving, this is probably how I will rock this boho dress. I’ve paired it with a festive little clutch (old, again) to give it a little “lux pop” and simple accessories (I prefer gold to make the color look richer). I like the fact that even though the dress may seem “busy” because of the ruffles and bell sleeves, it’s got that total boho vibe I live for and if I decided to pile on the accessories (the right ones) it will not be too much. Probably a bunch of necklaces, maybe some elaborate earrings or even a cool headpiece and a fringe bag…it would all look cool and boho chic…just not everything at the same time, mind you ha! Come colder weather, can’t wait to rock it out with tall boots and a vest. I’ll let you guys know how that works out.

Hope you guys have an amazing week,

 

Xoxo,

 

Raquel

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October 27, 2015

Pumpkin patchin’ it…

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I have a confession to make: I never imagined I would be one of those moms who would loooove taking their kids to things like pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating or any other kid-centered sort of activity. Don’t get me wrong: I didn’t have anything against them but just the thought of the whole process of such activities mentally drained me and since  I had participated in them before having children and didn’t really see what all the fuss was about. Boy, how things have changed. I had literally been hounding my husband to take us to the pumpkin patch so we finally went this weekend and baby boy was just over the moon with all the pumpkins and roosters and hens and ponies (we went to an equestrian academy type thing) running around. At one point he was trying to chase a hen and I was obviously running after him (you can only imagine this goofy scene). I can’t believe how excited I was to take him there so I can’t even imagine how I’ll be come trick-or-treat time (we bought him the friggin’ cutest costume so get ready for some Lucas overlaod soon haha!).

Anywho, as of now, the weather in Orlando is just throwing me off big time. It’s nice and cool during the early and mid morning but come afternoon it starts getting a bit warmer- and windy! Not really break-out-the-sweaters weather yet. So I had gotten these combat boots a while back and was pretty eager to wear them out because I have only been able to do so once since I got them. I seriously love these because they remind me so much of my teen years and the whole “grunge” days (Nirvana, Pearl Jam…the whole shebang!) when I had my green Doc Martens I would wear with EVERYTHING. They were just so badass. But now, it’s obviously different so my feeling with these types of boots is that you can soften them a bit by wearing them with boho pieces like this Forever 21 top (SOLD OUT!) and simple skinny jeans from Banana Republic. You can still look semi-badass but softened up ha! FYI these jeans are gonna be in heavy rotation in my wardrobe because they are the perfect cut of skinny for boot wearing, particularly, and cute flats. Right now, the weather is warm enough to wear them with sandals, even. But since it is fall, I would much rather prefer the boots ‘-) .

Well, thanks so much for stopping by and can’t wait to share the upcoming holidays (virtually) with you all!

Xoxo,

Raquel

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October 8, 2015

Fall colors




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What is it about fall colors that brings a certain nostalgia and whimsy. I know I’ve said this before, but fall and winter are my favorite seasons. Don’t get me wrong, summer and spring are great but the aforementioned seasons bring me such joy and happiness. Maybe it’s because everything feels cozier, family members we haven’t seen in a while get together, the year is winding down and new beginnings are near.

In my last post, I showed you guys one of my favorite layering pieces -the denim jacket. This time, I am showing you guys how I like to pair deep dark colors with a lighter layering piece. This skirt is so absolutely reminiscent of fall to me, the colors are like a beautiful sunset during this time of year. I found this cream, linen blazer at Tjmaxx a while back during the summer and hadn’t used it because it was too damn hot, particularly because of the lining inside (it makes you sweat profusely). But now, for fall and winter, it is the perfect layering piece and I find that if I want to look put together this ups the game instantly and polishes any outfit completely. I love this particular look for a friday office look because you can look polished, still feel comfortable and have fun with fall colors. I definitely like to be minimal with accessories when wearing stronger colors like these because I want them to be the center and focus of my outfit. A bracelet, simple earrings or even the chain in your satchel could be a simple accent to tie everything together.

Hope you guys are having fun with your fall outfits as much as I am!

Xoxo,

Raquel

Old Navy Skirt // JCrew Painter tee // TjMaxx blazer similar here  // Aldo sandals similar here 

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