July 4, 2015

Bohemian vibes

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Hello there loves!! God, I love to come and blog! I long for it all week (which is why I post at the end of the week after I’m done with work-work stuff)

Anyhoo, Happy 4th of July weekend to you all!! We don’t have any actual plans but we might end up checking out some local activities -there is so much to do here in Orlando, it’s crazy- so I will definitely keep you posted about what we finally decided to do. As you all know, our family members are back home in PR so it won’t be the same without them. I’m actually flying back home this next week there for work stuff with little Lucas but dad is staying behind because he has work. So bummed out about that.

So before I leave, I get to spend 4th of july weekend with my hubs and kiddo before mine and little Lucas’ b-day -we are both #Cancerians!- and one thing I love about this holiday is how laid back and chill it is. I’ve always had a huge love for anything #bohemian/gypsy-ish. This skirt from #Valija is an oldie but goodie.  I had been looking for a top that would compliment it and found this cute little number from Forever21 and I just fell in love. The color is right and the feel is so easy-breezy. This top will definitely be on major rotation this summer.

 

I hope all of you have an amazing holiday weekend. Sending you lots of good vibes…

 

Xoxo,

 

Raquel

I’ve linked some really cute, bohemian-like skirts here I absolutely love and thought you might too!

 

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June 25, 2015

Blush and gray


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I’ve been a little MIA from posting this past week, mainly because work-work has been super hectic (if only I had this blog to care to, all would be a dream..!!) and I’ve been so anxious to get back to blogging it’s been driving me crazy!

Today I am sharing with you guys my version of how to do #blush. It’s such a lovely, girly color and you could basically pair it with anything (if it’s light enough, I feel). This top is from H&M and the minute I saw it I fell in love. I’ve been using it with jeans and shorts a lot but I wanted to do something different with it. This particular tiered skirt I bought at #Marshall’s a month before becoming pregnant (and another one!) so I didn’t really get to use it until now. The combination of pale blush and pale gray is just lovely to me. Then add some rose gold and/or gold accessories and you’re all set. I could definitely see myself wearing this to work meetings. It’s a bit laid back but still office appropriate.

Hope you all have an amazing end of the week, loves!

xoxo,

Raquel

 

H&M top

Marshall’s skirt(old)

Marshall’s cork heels(old)

Forever 21 bag 

Loft sunglasses 

 

I’ve linked some more options below that you might like for gray skirts!!!

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June 14, 2015

Life transitions

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What’s life without a good food with the ones you love…a beer never hurts either…!!!

 


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We’re missing one kiddo in this pic but I know he’ll be with us sooner than soon!!!

 

 

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Becoming a parent was something I had been eager to accomplish for a while. I remember I wanted to have children two weeks after having met my husband. I remember as soon as I met him, he showed me pictures of his son (he has a son from a previous marriage) and the way his face lit up whenever he spoke of his little boy melted my heart. Over the years, I was able to experience first hand the bond he had with this boy. How his world revolved around this little person, how he worked so hard day after day to provide for him. I never considered being a parent before this. My career and my studies were my life. I feel these two people (my husband and my stepson) changed that mind frame for me. I started thinking “what the hell am I working so hard for if not to provide for someone other than myself?” I wanted to feel that connection, the kind everyone always told me “once you have your kids, it changes everything, you’ll see”. It scared me but I wanted it.

Throughout our marriage, we have had many ups and downs. Job losses, inability to conceive, deaths in the family, absent parents, supportive family members, unions, births. The whole she-bang. It wasn’t until about a year ago where we really hit hard times. We were faced with the decision to stay where we were and continue to struggle financially (my husband had lost his employment) or relocate to a place we had only vacationed before. It was hard on both of us but I know it was that much harder for him: he was leaving his first born behind. I don’t know if I would’ve been as empathetic as I have been had I not had my own child. I could never bear the thought of being away from my son. It kills me to even think about it. It saddens me as well the fact that my son and his brother are apart. My stepson gave me the chance to see what I could be as a mom and he fueled my desire to bring life into this world. Even after I was told I wouldn’t be able to.

The thing about all the aforementioned is that transitions are difficult to deal with. It’s difficult to accept that sometimes we have to break away (not forever, mind you) in order to find our own place, to be able to be better, grow, mature, thrive. I’m at a point in my life where I don’t feel the need to fight change. I’ve been afraid of it for too long. And maybe it’s hindered my ability to become something better. Someone happier. I’ve been through many difficult situations in life and I feel like I’ve had to battle my way to get to where I am, personally and professionally. I don’t feel the need to do that anymore. Because of my son. Because of my stepson. Because of my family. I feel that every fear I have ever had about anything I can now use it as fuel to push forward and face whatever’s in my way, head-on. Transitional situations don’t define us: they offer us the opportunity to choose. Will we focus on what’s left behind or what is lying ahead in order to be better for ourselves and the ones we love…?

Until next time, thanks for stopping by and don’t be shy about sharing your thoughts!

 

XOXO,

 

Raquel

Banana Republic tank top 

Forever 21 bag

Here are some other cute options for green skirts and gladiator sandals I just love!

 

 

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June 10, 2015

Wish list: Summer must haves edition

first year must haves

It’s been a while since my last post and it’s been a crazy week. It’s so hectic with work and a little baby boy I hardly have time for myself. So I do apologize for the lack of posting.

That being said, my summer has hardly started. I will be traveling for work/play in early july so  there are a couple of items I have my eye on for this summer. I’ll be going back home to Puerto Rico and the climate there is just unbearable. So I’m looking into pieces that are easy, breezy but pretty and presentable as well. We don’t want to be looking haggish, now do we?

What are your top picks for looking stylish in the summer? Do share!

Here are some pieces I have my eye on for the summer:

1. Loft Round keyhole sunglasses: just ordered these, can’t wait to get ’em in the mail before I leave!!

2. Ann Taylor striped classic trouser belt: I am a belt junkie. They can completely transform an outfit and since I am pretty curvy I love how they accentuate my waist when I wear them with skirts, particularly. This one has summer chic written all over it.

3. White house/Back market straw clutch: I mean come on…does this bag not say “summer” to you? And in the season’s color. literally goes with everything.

4. H & M patterned kimono: I am soooo happy that the whole “boho chic/ gypsy girl” look is back for this summer. To be honest, when I dress in pieces like this it’s when I feel most comfortable. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve felt the need and pressure to look more “cleaned” up, more professional. I’m going back to my roots with this one. It’s too cute not to.

5. Tria hair removal laser 4x: Nothing’s more unflattering than a “hairy summer” ewwww!! I have had my eye on this little gadget for a while but the hefty price has held me back. Buuuut maybe this summer will be “the” summer I pull the credit card trigger and get this little gem. I’ve heard it’s worth it. We’ll see….

6. Citrus Verbena summer fragrance: If the name alone doesn’t incite you to purchase I dunno what will. This is summer in a bottle. Never overpowering, always fresh and alluring. Always have gotten compliments on this one. And it lasts forever.

 

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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 21, 2015

Little Green


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Our other baby boy, Max, had to make an appearance hehehe…He was getting curious about what we were doing!

 

I’ve always been a product junkie. Anyone who knows me, knows this about me. During my pregnancy, this product obsession basically became more acute. And. now that I am mom, well…you do the math. The thing is, now it’s different. Now, I am much more conscious of the products I purchase because I take into consideration how they can affect my baby and his well being. I’ve been lucky enough that little cub has never shown an allergic reaction to the products I use on him but still I always try to do my research on what’s best for his skincare needs.

I was so excited when Little Green contacted me to review their products. After they contacted me, I looked into their products and all the positive reviews their products have received so far so I couldn’t wait to try them (yes, I am one of those moms who “occasionally” uses her child’s products ;-)) I can honestly tell you, these products are IT. First off, the shampoo/shower gel: heaven. I can’t stand watered down shower gels or shampoos. To me, they don’t speak “quality”. This one is thick (love!), has a faint scent,  and lathers like heaven, so perfect for baby, my son loves it! Next, the body lotion (I swear I’ve been “borrowing” a little everyday after I shower hehehe) and I just love it because it is not greasy and again, the scent is just right, very faint. Finally, one little product we will be using a lot during winter time is their balm. Again it is not super greasy (I hate that) and yes, yes, yes! I have used it (hey I have to review the products, sheesh!) on my lips and I am certain that come cold weather it will be a lifesaver. Little cub gets dry patches in his elbows and knees so this will be thebomb.com to relief his delicate skin. And I can’t boast enough about the packaging: sooooo cute!!!

Honestly, the best thing about these products is the fact that they are paraben free (important to consider when purchasing baby care products), sulfates, gluten free (love…I hate gluten, bleh) and allergens. All their products are dermatologists approved so it makes me feel good about what I am putting on my baby’s skin. Mommas, if you are looking for quality products to care for your little one’s skin (heck and your own and as well) look no further. I guarantee you will not regret including these amazing products to your family’s skincare routine.

 

Until next time, stay classy and fresh,

 

Raquel

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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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