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!

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