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MY HEART WENT BOOM

Brights for a rainy day

Posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2013


Best way to beat a rainy day? Wear the brightest thing in your closet! I found this little gem of a dress recently and decided to make it rainy day appropriate with some tights and some boots. But it can easily transition to date-night wear with some heels. 

What are some of your strategies for beating the rainy day blues?

On motherhood...

Posted on: Wednesday, November 20, 2013





Ten years ago my biggest worry was to asses the risk of missing my organic chemistry lecture in order to do nothing and hang out with my girl friends or my dorm sweetheart (spoiler...the risk was worth it as he is now my husband!).
Now my worries are much bigger and usually centered around the survival well being of my sweet baby O. Is she eating enough? Did she eat too much? Will she be cold? Did I overdo the fall layers? Is she happy? Am I a good mom? Those are just some of the thoughts that bounce around my head throughout the day. 
And in order to not go full on mental I have developed some good techniques, one of them (and a very important one) is sharing the journey with my fellow mama friends. And I am lucky that they are the same friends that I used to skip class with!
So when my best friend came into town and I got to actually meet her little one, it was a big occasion. I'm not going to lie, but it was tremendously surreal to be together as parents. That little scene above though was pretty magical.Our daughters have no choice but to be friends (best friends) and maybe one day they will also skip out on lectures to spend more time with each other.


PS. I am in no way or form advocating not going to class...and if baby O ever reads this in the future: get back to class!


Photo credits: Kaylin

What I wore

Posted on: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pendant: Sweet & Spark
Clutch: Gap (similar)


When it comes to my closet, we can break it up into two main categories: the basics & impulse buys. This pretty cardigan falls under the latter. I found it in a random boutique a few years ago and knew it had to be part of my closet (oh and it was on major sale so yay me!). I love throwing it over a basic t-shirt and jeans to add a little pop of color. In the winter I wear it over a long sleeved shirt or sweater for an extra layer.
What are some of your impulse buys that have become closet staples? 

This and that

Posted on: Friday, November 8, 2013

Things I am currently excited about:


1. Tights & tea weather. 



2. Saturday morning Farmers Market blooms 


3. New kicks (thank you DSW!) 


4. FFF: Favorite Forever21 Finds (seriously they are killing it lately, doesn't that sweatshirt look fun?) 


Have a great weekend! What are some things that are making you guys happy right now??

Pretty, shiny & new

Posted on: Monday, November 4, 2013



Hope you all are having a great Monday!
I am definitely having a hard time adjusting to this new time change (how can one hour make such a difference?) and have that Monday blues thing going on too. 
But I am determined to not let that get the best of me. So here are some pretty, shiny and new things that will get me through this day.
New pretty purse/clutch with the daintiest of earrings.

Shiny little reminders of my name. 

I found the purse in a random little boutique in my husband's hometown (love finds like that) for less than $25! It reminded me a little bit of the Bottega Veneta  weaved leather accessories, so I knew I had to have it. I have been wearing the initial studs on only one of my ears (is that weird?). When I was younger I was very much into the biggest earrings I could get away with, sometimes even making my own, but lately I am drawn to minimal jewelry and these were too sweet to pass up.






Dia de los Muertos

Posted on: Friday, November 1, 2013





Today I wanted to share my mom's "Altar de Muertos" which means altar to the dead. In Mexico, every November 2nd we celebrate "El dia de los Muertos" which is the day we celebrate our loved ones that have passed away. The belief is that our loved ones raise from the dead to visit us living souls and in Mexico it would be rude not to welcome them with food and some of their favorite treats from their previous life. 
Most families go and decorate the actual tombstones at the cemetery where their family members rest. They decorate and make altars with "flores de cempasuchil" (giant marigold flowers), "papel picado" (cutout decorative paper), sugar skulls, candles, food, and some of the favorite items/artifacts of their loved one. Some families even bring live music (mariachi band) to make it more festive. Basically the cemetery turns into a big block party and a celebration of life instead of mourning. 
For those of us who live far away from our buried loved ones, we create an altar to still remember them and make a place for them to visit us. My mom dedicates hers mainly to her dad and as you can see she fills it up with some of the things he loved (cigarettes, Coca-Cola, brandy).
I hope he enjoys his treats when he comes to visit. 

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!

All Hallows' Eve

Posted on: Thursday, October 31, 2013



Happy Halloween! I will be running around with our pirate princess today wearing this little ASOS number. I love finding dresses that can be worn in different seasons. For fall I am wearing it with tights and boots but when the temperature drops I can add more layers on top. I also want to experiment and try to wear it as a skirt by adding a top and cinching belt. Will have to report later how that turns out.

Boots - Steve Madden old (similar)
Tights - Target

Rebozo

Posted on: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

T Magazine



Hacienda Montaecristo for J.Crew


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To say that I am proud of my mexican roots is the biggest understatement of the year. The next understatement of the year would go to my obsession to all things J.Crew 
So imagine my surprise and serious heart palpitations when two of my loves combined in the J.Crew tumblr blog when THE Jenna Lyons listed mexican rebozos as one of her latest obsessions.
The rebozo is a traditional hand woven scarf that dates back to the colonial times. The exact origin is a little murky, but it is a piece that represents the blend of indigenous and european cultures and one that has spanned centuries and diverse social classes. My great grandmothers wore one everyday and had special "fancy" ones tucked in their closets for momentous occasions such as holidays and weddings. The everyday ones were usually made out of cotton blends and used as scarves, or most commonly to carry their babies. Basically they were the Baby Bjorn of their time (but you know without the yuppy connotations).
The special "fancy" ones were always made of silk and had more intricate patterns, especially on the fringe. A typical rebozo takes about a month to make, which means that the very elaborate ones can cost up to thousands of dollars. Which is why my dad's aunt (keeper of all of my great grandma's treasures) told me I could have some of the rebozos........only after she was no longer alive! 
Needless to say I will be styling all of my rebozos this fall and winter and stocking up on my next trip to Mexico.


Yountville

Posted on: Tuesday, October 29, 2013








One of the great things about living in Northern California is that you have access to some of the best attractions the state offers. Southern California might have Disneyland and slightly better weather, but we have the Napa Valley. Specifically, we have Yountville!
Yountville is named after George C. Yount, one of the first settlers of the Napa Valley and whom many believe planted the first vineyard of the entire region. It has recently become somewhat of a "foodie" holy land with it's impressive lineup of restaurants, four of which have Michelin stars.
A few weekends ago we decided to have a little getaway to Napa, but with a small child winery hopping was just not in the cards. So Yountville was a great alternative. We strolled through the main street and made our way to Bouchon Bakery where we proceeded to indulge in giant macaroons, croissants, cream puffs, and the "Thomas Keller Oreo"
True love is sharing a pastry with my mini me on a gorgeous day in the Napa Valley.

If you ever visit here are some tips:

WHERE TO STAY
Bardessono - Come for the gorgeous energy efficient architecture, stay for the indulgent spa. Also, only a few steps away from world class restaurants.

WHAT TO EAT
Bouchon Bistro - French dining by the master Thomas Keller
ad hoc - Another Thomas Keller creation, menu changes daily and is price fixed
Bottega - Michael Chiarello's italian flavors with a hint of California
The French Laundry - Among one of the top restaurants in the entire world (and another Thomas Keller gem). You must make reservations six months in advance (unless you are some sort of Kanye West and can pull some serious strings)

WHAT TO DO
V Marketplace - boutiques, art galleries, chocolate shops.
The French Laundry Gardens - stroll past the restaurant and cross the street to their private gardens. It is beautiful and we loved showing baby O where food comes from. Also, I didn't even realize there were so many varieties of kale and I even went to agriculture school!



Transition

Posted on: Monday, October 28, 2013





The transition to cooler temperatures and pumpkins (on everything) is one of my favorites of the year. By the time we actually experience a drop in temperature around these parts I am itching to bust out the boots and the layers. But I love that I can still get some use out of my summer pieces by changing some key elements. This white top was a summer favorite, but throw on some jeans and boots and you've got a great outfit to go pumpkin patching.  

What are some of your tricks for transitioning to fall fashion?



#scarfweather

Posted on: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cardigan - Target ($15!)
Jeans - Gap
Heels & Purse - Forever21
Scarf - Nordstrom ($18!)

Finally cold enough here for some scarf love! I recently purchased this cobalt beauty from Nordstrom and it has been on constant repeat. For my first scarf outfit of the season, I paired it with dark skinnies, black cardigan and grey heels. Since the color is so vivid, I wanted it to stand out against the dark background. It was the perfect outfit for sitting by the fire with a glass of wine on date night with my husband. 
PS. Date night....very rare but oh so needed!

It's a hoes down!

Posted on: Monday, October 7, 2013









Put your hoe down, it's a hoes down! 
 This weekend we went to the 26th Annual Full Belly Farm Hoes Down with some of our best friends and we loved it. I learned that a hoes down is when the farm workers take a break from the harvest season (or...put their hoes down) and celebrate fall with beer, food and music.
My little baby O had her heart full with all the goodies she got to try and see. She loved all the carved jack o lanterns that line the entrance to the festival and she danced so much with her daddy she was asleep before we even got out of the parking lot. 
If you ever want to know what a farm party looks like with gourmet burgers, fancy beer, hay rides, (and even a circus!) then come on down to the Capay Valley next year and put your hoes down (or laptops/cell phones) for the hoedown. 






Pink Crush

Posted on: Monday, September 30, 2013

Majorly crushing on pink for fall, here are some of the things on my wish list:

It's still in the mid 70's over here but I am already dreaming about brightening up a grey day with this beauty.

No more back to school for me this fall (graduated 6 years ago whoa), but if I was I would be making a bold move with this satchel.

If there is a man that knows women, it's Mr. Ford. Unfortunately I am some years away from affording one of his gowns, but this little lipstick, I can handle.



Ok, so technically this isn't pink. But we can call it pinkish? Either way, I'm obsessed. It is currently sold out in my size so I will be stalking it online until it comes back.






Beating the monday blues

Posted on: Monday, September 23, 2013





Hello dream shoe closet!


What better way to cure the Monday blues than to talk about shoes?? I recently was invited to a private lunch at Designer Shoe Warehouse in the heart of San Francisco. How could I pass a shoe shopping date hosted by the fabulous Melissa (Savvy in San Francisco) , Maria (Kitties + Couture) , Kristen (Stylenik) and Kate (The Fancy Pants Report) ? 
For those of you that have never visited DSW's new SF location, it is conveniently located in the heart of the shopping mecca that is Union Square. To get the full experience, I recommend hopping on the SF Cable Car and taking it up Powell Street directly to shoe heaven. Upon arriving I was greeted by four full floors of boots, heels, flats, and accessories...my heart seriously went boom for this new space. I got to see some familiar faces and meet new fashion bloggers but most of all I was able to get a peek at the new trends for fall. 40,000 square feet of shoes can be intimidating so make sure to use their in house stylist to focus on a few trends that will be relevant in the months to come.

Here are the two new fall shoes  I ordered online (counting down the days for them to get here):

1. Oxfords
Very girl meets boy closet and still functional for running around with a toddler.
Oxford Pump

2. All about ankles
These can be dressed up for date night (hint hint husband reading this) or made casual with some boyfriends jeans and slouchy cardigan. 

Peep Toe Pump


Wedding season

Posted on: Monday, September 16, 2013





Dress - Zara
Wedges - Pour La Victoire (bought via Crystalin Marie)
Purse - Forever21 (similar)


We attended our first wedding as a family of three and we nailed it! Meaning we were some of the last people out on the dance floor at the end of the night. And yes that even includes our little baby O. She definitely got the dancing gene and the fearless gene, that little girl was burning up the dance floor and it just made my little heart go boom with pride. 
When I saw this dress online I just knew that I needed that flower print in my closet. It is also incredibly comfortable which is essential when you have to run after a toddler on the dance floor. I kept the rest of my accessories very neutral so they wouldn't clash with the print of the dress. The little purse is one of those great Forever 21 finds that  I will wear over and over. Since it was going to be an all outdoor wedding, I also decided to not wear much makeup so it wouldn't melt off my face in the midst of all the dancing. So to add a little punch I went with my favorite Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #400 .
It was a wonderful day with family and one that I will remember for a long time.

Things that make my heart melt...

Posted on: Thursday, September 12, 2013


Here are some of the things making my heart go boom lately...


1. Carrousels
When was the last time you rode the carrousel? They are the simplest of rides yet they bring so much joy to my baby O. The look on her face everytime she comes around to wave hello is precious and melts this mamas heart every single time. She is a constant inspiration to slow down and enjoy the little things, the ride if you will.



2. Musical mornings
Lately, we have been going through some separation anxiety in the mornings. How do you explain to a toddler why you have to go to an office every morning? I don't think I want to boggle her little mind with such things as healthcare coverage & 401K's just yet. It breaks my heart to leave her, but then we get the guitars out and have a sing along with grandpa about mommy going to the office and things don't seem too bad. 


3. Summer blooms
Is this not the most beautiful dahlia you have seen? Although I am definitely ready for some cooler temperatures and some layers and boots, I am in no rush to say goodbye to summer flowers. 


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