August 22, 2016

A DAY AT THE PARK FT. NUBY

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Park days are our therapy. It is a sanctuary for us where we get the chance to bond, get away from work, connect with each other as a family and decompress. I really love to see how Lucas bonds with Max, our Boston Terrier, and feel how lucky he is to have him and be exposed to animals because it has given him a learning opportunity to be mindful of other creatures and empathic towards animals. They have the weirdest but cutest bond, sort of a love-hate relationship, mainly because Max is a total diva, ha!! Regardless, we love seeing them together, bonding daily.

Anywho, as any mom would tell you, packing snacks and beverages is super important when going on outings with kiddos and lately I’ve been kinda sick of toting around with juice boxes in my toddler bag. I got this sippy cooler cup from Nuby a while back and Lucas has absolutely loved it. It’s not so big in size or heavy in weight that makes it hard for him to carry around while sipping from it and I love that the straw isn’t one of those kinds where he has to struggle to slurp from the straw. The best is that it keeps his juice cold for a pretty long time, practically all day, and I don’t have to worry about spills (as opposed to juice boxes). Another thing I love about it is that it’s easy for him to open the lid on his own and he doesn’t have to depend on me to open it for him whenever he wants to have a drink. The product is super kid friendly and that is a huge plus in my book.  To be honest, I’ve been thinking of getting one for myself because it’s a really convenient cup for on the go. When you find products like this that make your life that much easier it’s such a relief to have them around so I’m glad to count on good quality products my son and I love!

 

‘Til next time,

Raquel

 

*Thanks to Nuby for sponsoring this post. All opinions provided are my own.

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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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August 2, 2016

CHIC STYLE WITH JORD WOODWATCHES

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Happy week guys! This summer heat is really doing a number on me and I seriously need for the weather to cool down ASAP!

Anyhoo, I guess you all know by now how much I loooove accessories. They are key pieces that can seriously make or break any outfit and for me simple, timeless pieces are the ones that really hold a place in my heart, mainly because they let the rest of the outfit shine.

One key piece that every woman should own is a good quality watch and this one by Jord Woodwatches  is seriously so nice and light that I’ve been wearing it everywhere I go and get compliments on it like it’s nobody’s business. From the dark wood color, to how light it is – I can barely feel it on my wrist – to how cool it looks with my gold accessories, I am loving everything about it. It’s such a great conversation piece and one I can use throughout the day without feeling weighed down by wearing it. Their entire women’s collection is absolutely to die for and for me, as a mom, I want to own and use pieces that feel un-fussy, uncomplicated but are stylish and modern as well. These watches definitely fit all these categories.

‘Til next time guys,

Raquel

 

Wood Watches by JORD

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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 12, 2016

weekend getaway

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Hey guys! Hope your weekends went well and you all had loads of fun and relaxation with your loved ones. If you follow me on Insta, you may very well know we got away for a bit this weekend with our momma (my mother in law in tow) and wanted to take the opportunity to get away with her to somewhere fun.

We decided to stay at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort for the weekend and boy was it an awesome stay! This is one of the few hotels over at Universal Studios here in Orlando and the concept of the hotel is so cute – 50’s theme – that I absolutely fell in love with it. There are two pools- which Lucas was crazy about- a splash pad, bowling alley, a restaurant, the cutest bar I’ve seen in my life, dining hall, sand for the kids to play, fire pits..I mean these people thought of everything. Initially, we had decided to head out to the City Walk to eat (which is where all of Universal’s restaurants are located) but then we saw all the amenities in the hotel and decided to just chill and hang around because there was always something to do. At night, the hubs and I went for drinks (Lord yes!!!) and just chilled and relaxed at the pool terrace which was so perfect for a rainy summer night. During the day, we relaxed and played at the pools and splash pad and I was super stocked to wear my new bathing suit, since I haven’t worn a one piece since I was like 7, ha! But this one was tots cute and perfect for my mom-bod -yes that’s a term.  This is definitely a vacationer’s dream resort stay, especially with kids, where options are always welcome and necessary to keep them entertained. Our only complaint would be the limited parking space available for hotel guests, as we had to step out to go check on our dog at night and when we returned spent about 30 minutes looking for parking space. No bueno.

All in all, we seriously can’t wait to go back (ahem, let’s do it soon, babe)

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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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July 1, 2016

Schwarzkopf



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So many of you know about my hair struggles (thinning hair, bald spots due to breastfeeding, hair loss) but so many other issues arise in the hair department after giving birth that I have already lost count.

I was sent a couple of products a few days back by the Schwarzkopf team and they literally could not have come at a better time. I have had a long battle with frizz and unruly hair for the past two years and it had been driving me crazy. I usually get keratin shots done but after a while hair gets a bit fried from the procedure and the products you use to maintain the procedure are of utmost importance. Schwarzkopf 11-in1 Omega repair is a Godsend! I have used it twice since getting it and my hair feels like silk. The product smells like heaven and it penetrates the hair so quickly that it was a breeze to brush for untangling damp hair. I always blowout my hair after washing it and lately it was a struggle to get the brush through my hair. After applying it to my damp hair, the brush literally glided through and the feel of my hair was just on another level. I am absolutely in LOVE with this product and can’t do without it. I usually use a hot iron after I blow dry my hair to control frizz but this time there was no need because the product controlled it immediately. And the shine is unbelievable. This product is a must.

The other product I used was the Biotin Volume. Now, normally I would not use volume building products since my hair is very thick and builds up very easily but lately it has been the other way around, looking very limp and dull and I thought maybe giving it a little “oomph” wouldn’t hurt. Boy, was I right with this product. The powder is lightly dusted, after sectioning hair, at the roots. After, I just tossed my hair and flipped it up and down a couple of times and the volume was amazing. My hair wasn’t left feeling powdery or clumpy, simply the right amount of volume. I love that it also acts as a sort of dry shampoo and kind of sucks up the oiliness in the scalp – which I loathe, having very oily hair- and hair is left feeling clean, fresh and smelling amazing.

If your looking to shake up your hair routine, give these products a try and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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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