10.19.2017

velvet hair bow

velvet hair bow

velvet hair bow

I love that this look more than I know how to say. Not only is it easy and chic, but it reminds me of my daily hair bows that my mom put in my hair when I was the same age as my daughter is now. These pins came up in my feed during Paris Fashion week that makes me feel that that makes is 100X more chic. 

The look is extremely easy to recreate with velvet hair bows from multiple retailers, including this blush one {$17}, this one {$14} and this satin one {$10}. Or, you can be like me and want multiple color options to recreate this look to match your outfit at a fraction of the cost, and get this multi color selection. Any that I don't use, I figure I can use for gift wrapping or my daughter to play with. 





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10.18.2017

smocked off the shoulder and interval treadmill training

smocked off the shoulder dress

smocked off the shoulder dress
smocked off the shoulder dress

smocked off the shoulder dress

smocked off the shoulder dress

smocked off the shoulder dress

dress : SMOCKED OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS  more sizes and colors here // necklace : SKINNY GOLD NAMEPLATE NECKLACE // necklace : ROSE GOLD NAMEPLATE NECKLACE // bag : CHANEL WOC // shoes : HERMES ORAN SANDALS




As I said on Insta Stories earlier this week, working out is a priority of mine and my special me time. I try to make it a priority everyday and for sure 5 days a week. I feel better, more present, more energetic and like a better mom with a little part of the day dedicated just to me. I want to start sharing my weekly workouts with you. They are nothing special and are easy for me to fit in between handling two cuties. 

In this post, I wanted to share one of my favorite intervals that I created for myself. I cannot get on the treadmill and trot along at one pace. It is so boring! So this interval keeps me busy, out of breathe and the workout passes by so quickly.

Note: I have been running most of my life and continuously through both of my pregnancies and within 3 weeks after. So these speeds are what I use. If you are a beginner, please start at a pace 1-1.5 mph slower than what I have below 

First interval:

0-2 minutes : walking at 3.8-4 mph
2-4 minutes : run at 5.8 mph
4 minutes : add on .1 mph every 30 seconds until you meet your max {I go to 8 mph}
Example:

4:00 :5.9 mph
4:30 6 mph
5:00 : 6.1 mph
5:30 6.2 mph 
and so on...

after you hit your max for at least 30 seconds, return to your warm up pace for 1 minute

Second Interval:

add on 0.1mph every 15 seconds
 until max 
hold max for at least 30 seconds

maybe your max for the first interval was 7 mph, try to make this one an improvement by adding on at least 0.3mph and hold the last sprint for 30 second. 
Return to base for 1-1:30 minutes

Third interval:

add on 0.1mph every 10 seconds
until max
hold max at least 30 seconds

Cool Down at base for at least 1:30 seconds, then slow down mph 0.2 mph every 20 seconds until walking. 


This interval is one of my favorites and makes the time go so quickly. I am dripping sweat when it is over and I feel like a new mom! Each week, and each day, the speeds and ease are different. One day, my max might be 8.8mph and another 7 mph. Listen to your body and high five yourself when it is over. Remember, every day is a chance to improve!




photos by Asha Bailey


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10.17.2017

my most worn lipstick

best light pink lips


This is one of the few lipstick that I have 1. almost worn to the bottom and 2. not lost before doing so! As you can tell, I am a lipstick fanatic and have an entire drawer for my endless collection of colors. But this tends to always be a favorite. It looks great on its own or layered on top of other colors to tone them down. I currently love it with this nude lipliner, but is looks just as great with my all time favorite lipliner in 'Edge to Edge' or for some more definition, with this wildly popular darker shade in 'Soar.'

10.16.2017

mommy monday

best under eye brightener


If I am having a day where I am wearing more than just mascara and lip gloss, I tend to use this mommy under eye combo. I think this makes me look immediately awake and my eyes brighter and 100% hides any under eye circles.

I start with this EYE BRIGHTER, using the applicator and dabbing some under each eye. I then go along the lower lash line, on the under part of the eye with this BRIGHT BROW PENCIL. I then use my finger to mix them both together and blend them towards the outer lower corner of the eye. If I need a little more coverage, or am not in a hurry, I will use a makeup sponge and dab all along the underpart of the eye, blending out to my check bone. This is especially helpful if you don't wear other concealer or foundation: by blending out to the wide part of your face, there isn't just a circle under each eye were there is coverage.

Then I apply any eye make I am going to wear, normally just this NAVY EYE PENCIL and some mascara and then I use this SECRET UNDER EYE BRIGHTENER with a brush {I like this slant blush brush} under each eye and out to the check bone. Finish with a little blush and I might as well be ready for a black tie!

kale pouch


While I am a mom that makes her own baby food, leans towards organic fruits and vegetables and doesn't give the kids sugar, these pouches, or "squishes" as Madrid calls them, tend to be a life saver. Whether it is dealing with hungry kids at the supermarket, in a rush to get out the door and I didn't pack lunch or snacks ahead of time, or when I have a hangry baby or toddler on my hands, these squishies are our go-to. Some brands have sugar added to them, but that is why this is my and Madrid's favorite.  I can rest assured that the kids are having kale and I have already proven that they don't stain.




My interior decorator is crushing it. Crushing. It! Beyond belief. As you have seen on the sneak peaks on Insta stories, she has an amazing eye and I lucky enough to now call her a friend. When she began styling the family room, I already had a ton of candles but I had to keep this one because the smell is amazing and she has already learned that I love a good champagne cocktail.


blush pink loafers



I love a good "mom" shoe. This can be anything from a sexy heel for date night to a baby chasing friendly sneaker. But as loafers are one of my go-tos, especially this time of year, I have to recommend this M.GEMI LOAFER. They are a bit of splurge, but beyond comfortable and form to your foot. They are chic and preppy and go with anything. From my days as a Nurse, I can rarely keep a shoe on all day, but these are an adorable exception!



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10.10.2017

brows and lashes



As you have seen on Insta-Stories, I tend to switch up my mascara game daily {today? nothing.} This one is currently on heavy rotation as I love the wand that makes pushing up easier while applying to give the lashes a little extra curl and thus the eyes more open. 

I know that brow gel is all the rage and this one is a blogger favorite. While at my weekly Target run a couple of weeks ago, I spotted this budget friendly option and decided to give it a try. I am hooked! I have showed y'all the difference and befores and afters of me applying it. It really makes a big difference in your overall makeup look but doesn't give you the super aggressive brow that is getting more and more popular {not for me}. 

These drugstore buys come highly recommended from me and my makeup drawer!







10.09.2017

mommy monday


blush cashmere scarf


This blush 100% CASHMERE SCARF is not only a mommy must have, but a fall must have! At only $60 and in five color options, you cannot purchase this oversized scarf quickly enough. It will sell out, I promise. I have already purchased the beige one as well and as the San Diego autumnal weather is currently not cooperating, my daughter loves wrapping up her lion or baby in it to get them "cozy cozy."  I am already having to fight her for the good stuff in my closet. Here is the ribbed version that comes in 3 colors and is also $59.99.



best sippy cups


While the cups that are popular in our house change month to month, these SIPPY CUPS for Leo and these TODDLER CUPS for Madrid are tried and true continual favorites. The sippy cups I use for milk and water for Leo and Madrid only drinks water out of her cups. {we give her milk upon her request, and serve it in a cup with these GLASS STRAWS}. While the toddler cups are leak resistant, they are not 100%, which works for a toddler, since Madrid knows to place her cup down when she is through. The sippy cups are 100% leak proof, to the point I leave one with water in Leo's crib. This is perfect for his phase, as he tends to simply drop his cup whenever and wherever he is through!

I purchase almost everything on Amazon, but I have seen both of these types of cups at my local Target if you want to add them to your list next mommy Target run!



best light pink polish


While I am huge fan of the ever popular gel manicure, as a mom, I have a hard time finding time to get one. I also notice that I almost worry more about it, as they stay on for so long, that a tiny chip will have me worried about the rest of them for the next two weeks. Therefore, I have recently re-fallen in love with giving myself a manicure. That way a simple chip can be easily fixed and I can change the color at bedtime or nap time. 

My at home tips are not quick and make your manicure an ongoing process, but this is what works for me: after doing the dishes, bath time or my own shower, I trim my cuticles and file my nails. Next time I am able to sit down and not have to do anything with my hands {bedtime, nap time}, I paint my nails in 2-3 coats of polish, letting each coat try completely {15-20 minutes} before the next coat. This may mean I get the filing and one coat done one evening and finish my manicure the following night. I don't worry about not painting the skin, because 1. my nails are extremely little and this is too time consuming and 2. I wash my hands a billion times a day and the nail polish on the cuticles will come off. My other favorite tip for this issue is to give your self a manicure on a day that you wash your hair and before you do so. Once your nails are dry, take your shower and wash your hair as normal. Before you get out of the shower, gently pick off the left over polish on your cuticles and it will come right off. 

Finish your at home manicure with this GEL SETTER TOPCOAT and your nails will look like you did have time to go get a gel manicure!



muslin sleep sack



I never quite got down a system or nap time and bedtime routine to use a sleep sack on Madrid {since we adopted swaddling late}, but I have used one on Leo everyday since we stopped swaddling. #MomTruth, I am not sure why but I hated hated swaddling, especially in the middle of the night. I cannot explain it, but I could barely bring myself to do it. 

The sleep sack, in my mind, sets the tone for bed. When I put Leo in his, he knows what is coming and that sleep time is happening. I always always have the same routine so he is all set: change his diaper, put on his sleep sack, turn on the SOUND MACHINE, close the blinds, breastfeed him in his glider with the song for the sleep that is happening {I sing different lullabies depending on the time of day. i.e., he gets a certain song at the first nap, a different one before his afternoon nap and a completely different one for bedtime}. 

I have found this to be helpful so I don't have to put him in pjs for naps, or if everything else goes array, like, when traveling, teething or sick, then at least I can rely on the sleep sack to 1. keep his cozy, 2. not overheat him {I always use these muslin ones} and 3. sets the tone so he knows when it is nap time and bed time.


monogrammed dinner napkins



Moving into a new home with a formal living room, my immediate thought was what kind of table setting I wanted. So I know that y'all are not surprised that one of the first purchases I made was for monogrammed napkins. I was originally going to get these ones at Target and take them to my monogram lady, but found these MONOGRAMMED DINNER NAPKINS on Etsy, that were cheaper and would be done faster! They were extremely helpful and I plan on ordering from them again, this time in white and I can't decide if with a gold, navy or beige monogram. The women I look unto for anything and everything monogram, Jane Hodges Scott, the founder of Leontine Linens, says that the LBD of a well set dining room table is a white dinner napkin monogrammed in gold!




10.08.2017

instagram roundup


best skinny cargo pants


These skinny cargo pants are beyond amazing and extremely flattering. I know that every blogger says that about every product that they want you to click on, but I'm telling the truth! They come in autumunal colors that will looks amazing with all your sweaters. I love my thunder gray color with chambray. 

I liked the utilitarian look with the classic feminine Ferragamo Varina flat, the different sides to my mommy life!





fall jewel tones



These fall ready jewel tones and gorgeous fall shoes have me checking the weather daily to see if fall is coming to San Diego. {plus, those booties are each under $100!}





one year old crown


I can't believe that our little one is One! I know that all moms say this, but time really needs to slow down! The second one grows exponentially faster than the first born. I came up with the analogy that a second born is kind of like driving. When you don't know where you are going, it seems like it takes a long time versus driving somewhere you know, the second drive goes noticeably faster. 

As I mentioned in the post from his birthday, he is the most amazing little man. He constantly is smiling, laughing and easy going. My husband calls him our little house plant because when he was smaller and we recently moved into our new home, we would put him in the Bumbo seat on the kitchen island and he would happily sit there. 

Birthdays were always a big deal in our home growing up and I love creating new traditions mixed with my favorite things from my childhood. I mentioned in my Insta story, I love this Etsy shop and they did an amazing job with the birthday decorations and I couldn't recommend them enough! She created a custom package and worked with me to provide what we wanted.






pink lace sleeve top



I did the extremely ambitious thing recently, and took my two little cuties shopping with me. We finished our errands quicker than I had planned {high five mommy moment!} and I asked Madrid where she wanted to go. She already loves looking at clothes, wonder where she gets that from..., so I took her into Anthropologie thinking she would like to look at all the colorful items. I forgot that at our local store, there is a BHLDN store within the store. She made a beeline for the bridal boutique and promptly started to pick her favorite dresses and accessories. {this was her favorite dress, whereas this was mine.} Again, I wonder where she gets that from...

Even little man got in the action as Madrid began to '"style" him, putting beaded bridal belts on him "like a princess" and pointy out her favorite dresses to him. The sales girls was so nice, amazing with kids and extremely patient as I tried to keep the kids from breaking anything. After I rounded them up, I spotted this white lace sleeve shirt and immediately had to have it. They didn't have my size in white, but then I noticed it also came in pink and I couldn't pay for it quickly enough. I didn't even try it on until the above mirror selfie, but I love it and have already worn it a couple of times. {and it is under $90!}



plaid peplum top


This top is the perfect top for me: navy, fall ready plaid, peplum and a grosgrain ribbon on the back. Unfortunately, since this Instagram post, the top has sold out, but I found this one that is even cuter with a buffalo check and large bow.  AND it is $13!









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10.05.2017

chambray flowers & our daily schedule

best chambray button down
skirt and sneakers outfit

chambray and skirt outfit


ruffle sneakers outfit

best chambray shirt

chambray and sneakers outfit










My version of, "I'm a mom but I want to look nice" outfit. These shoes are the ultimate mom shoe: comfortable and versatile but the navy ruffle is anything but boring.


I wanted to share a typical day with you, as I do get a lot of questions on how I run the blog, a closet side business and be a full time, hands on mom. I do not have a parade of nannys and I can't call my mom or mother in law anytime I want them to take the kids. The kids' naps are a high priority, to the point that we have missed countless play dates and I have been less social than other moms in a couple of mom groups. 

7:00 am - Everyone up! Fernando normally gets Madrid and I attend to Leo since we are still breastfeeding. Madrid picks a dress to wear and I change Leo's diaper, but he stays in his pjs. Then we head downstairs to breakfast. We don't tend to sit around the table and chit chat: it is more of Madrid in one of our new counter stools, Leo in the high chair and me cleaning up from the night before, writing in the baby journals, feeding McKinley, starting laundry etc. as Fernando tends to breakfast for the little ones and himself. 

7:30 am - Everyone upstairs with dad! The kids love to play around the master bathroom while Fernando gets ready and I continue to clean, get laundry organized, get myself dressed for the day and make the bed. Then say goodbye to dad and continue to play!

9:00 am -Leo may eat more breakfast, then get a diaper change and some milk, if he will take it and down for a nap. This past weekend, I have begun {trying} to get rid of a breastfeeding, since we are still doing it four times a day. 

9:15 am -Leo {ideally} napping, then I head to the home gym to do a workout. Madrid reads, plays or lays on me while I try to do abs. 

10:00 am - With Leo still sleeping, we head to the office where Madrid continues to play, helps me organize {i.e. empty drawers} or reads and I try to get to a blog post or two, emails and shipping out packages. {I have a business that I help people clean out their closet and sell their unwanted clothes. Email me if you want to know more! More on that in this post and here! }

11:00 am - By now, Leo is awake so we get him ready and go out to run errands, head to a playdate or  a playground. The double cart at the grocery store is a favorite of both kiddos, so I use this to my advantage and head to get the groceries, lunch or dinner.

12:30 pm- I have either packed a lunch, we stop for lunch or head home for lunch for the kiddos. We play around, go to a playground or just hand with McKinley outside. 

2:00 pm - Naptime! I have a well orchestrated dance of getting both kids down in 15 minutes or less: Everyone to Madrid's room where we go to the bathroom and pick books for her to read. Leo romps around as I get her settled. Then off to Leo's room: get him changed and into his sleep sack, breastfeed him and put him down in his crib. From the beginning, we trained our kids to get put to bed sleepy but wide awake so that they could be confident in self soothing. I have never used a pacifier with either kid and don't give them a bottle to fall asleep with. Leo has hit the age where he is wide awake and sitting up in his crib when I leave the room, not crying, completely content and is asleep in about 10 minutes. Madrid is also happily reading to herself or talking with her stuffed animals and is normally asleep within 30 minutes. 

2:30 pm - I have lunch and head back to my office. I try to get a blog post scheduled a day, and get at least five clothing items listed on the Internet to sell for clients. This is my mommy saving time! I use this time to relax, focus on work and sometimes shower and start chopping dinner. 

4:30 pm- Leo normally wakes up first. I will play with him in his room or bring him to my office where he plays and I try to continue to get some work done. Normally it is just finishing up links for a blog post. 

5:00 pm - Madrid normally gets up between 5 and 6pm so we play in her room and start to brainstorm dinner. Then downstairs we go while I cook and the kids play. I try to get Leo starting to eat by 6pm since he is our little Frenchman and tends to eat happily in his highchair for an hour +. Fernando gets home about 6:30pm and if I am super organized, dinner is ready and on the table for him so we can eat as a family while the kids finish up. 

7-8pm - kids bathe, in pjs and down for bed! 
{a more detailed post about this since I love love love our nighttime routine; it is quick, fun for everyone and efficient!}

8:00pm - we clean the kitchen and get back to work, I finish laundry or we watch a show if we are currently hooked on one. We try to implement a rule that technology is off at 9pm if I haven't showered and by 9:30pm if I have, but we are bad at enforcing this rule, but we both know that it exists. Ideally we are both in bed by 9:45pm so we can talk and read and still be lights out at a decent hour. 

I realize that this schedule is heavily reliant on two sets of hands. 

This is what works for our family. We both discussed at length about the family culture that we wanted to create before we got married and long before we had kids. My husband's priority in the day, besides making everyone happy, is to spend time with the kids. I realize that not all dads are like this, but this is what works for us. Of course, there have been nights that he has to juggle them alone or I have to do the bedtime routine by myself. But it is a priority of both of ours to have more nights together the 4 of us than otherwise. Ideally everyone is happy and engaged, there are no tears or struggles and Fernando and I high five once the kitchen is clean!










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10.03.2017

matte brown lip


matte brown lip



As y'all have seen in weekly outfit post and makeup posts, my go to lip colors tend to lean towards the rosey pinks: not too pink, not too rosey. When I spotted this duo sold together at a discounted price, I thought it was the perfect time to try a matte brown lip. While they are no longer sold as a set, I do recommend giving them a try. I have used the lip liner by itself and with other of my favorite lip shades. It is the universal lip liner.



10.02.2017

mommy monday





There is no secret from outfit posts and my LIKEtoKNOW.it that these CHLOE FLATS are among my favorite and most worn pieces in my closet. An investment, yes, but I love them so much I am about to invest in my 4th pair. They are soft as butter, extremely comfortable and I love that they go with everything. I love to slip them on when I have a more girly outfit on, or when I am trying to lead on that I have it all together. They are always something that I recommend to readers that are looking for the ultra timeless but comfortable flat and I know that they will be a part of my closet for years.




Last fall and winter, when Leo was a newborn, we realized that he had inherited my husband eczema. Poor little guy was so uncomfortable. Between the change in weather, being a newborn and cradle cap, poor little man was itchy all over until we found this STELATOPIA LOTION. I could tell a difference in his skin within one application and the CRADLE CAP SHAMPOO I used all over his body every other day, focusing on problem areas every other other day. 

If you are worried about the change in weather effecting your little ones, I cannot recommend this enough! This is in by no means sponsored, but this was a life saver last winter and I wanted to share. I have already ordered a new bottle of lotion for my little ones to use at the first signs of winter dry skin. I know that this lotion is not inexpensive, but it was the only thing that helped with my son's skin, and I tried many brands. Even organic virgin coconut oil didn't work as well and as fast as this lotion. When ever my kids have a skin alignment and no other brand seems to be working, I always turn to Mustela brand. {again, not sponsored, it just is the best!} If you don't like to order online, this is also available at most Targets, fyi for your next mommy run!


best striped tees


There are endless striped tees available for purchase and in my closet. I 100% consider them a part of my mom uniform. Whether they be short sleeve with a wider stripe, like this one, or a looser body with a peplum stripe, like this one, I find that the go with everything and are good for everything. From playdates to pizza dates, I saw that you never have enough stripes. {plus, I think they look so cute with this excursion vest, that is also a mommy staple of mine. }


best matte lips




This is my go-to lip combo and by far, the color I get the most questions about. I love to use the lip liner {in color 'Edge to Edge'} to fill in the entire lip for a matte dark rose pink look. To make the lip liner go on smooth, I will either start or finish the look with a swipe of my favorite Chap stick. I love this lip liner so much that I have multiple stashed in my purses and in the car. Again, a quick application of this makes me feel like a pulled together mom. And when worn with my huge sunglasses, no other makeup is needed!




I never understood the cult following of this soap until I bought some myself. I used to use another natural company's soap throughout my home, since we were purchasing their other household products. Now, I am a Meyer's soap convert! The scents are amazing and I love the way that my hands feel super clean and not dried out. With more bathrooms in our new home, I love to buy these in bulk so where ever the kids and I are at home making a mess, I know that the closest bathroom will be stocked! Again, NOT SPONSORED, but after washing my hands countless times before I have even washed my face, this soap is my favorite. My favorite scents are Basil and Geranium. 

10.01.2017

instagram lately


striped bow top outfit








gold chocker necklace


This was one of those 'mom' days where I was trying to feel pulled together by having on real clothes and a cute gold necklace party. In true mom fashion, the only makeup I had on was my daily SPF and my go-to chapstick. I love wearing my daughter's monogram and my son's name close to my heart. Paired with my favorite chocker makes the cutest chic and subtle statement. 


one shoulder ruffle dress


Original post here.

Does it get better than a navy ruffle one shoulder dress on sale??? Plus paired with my favorite navy accessories {hello navy Chanel and navy suede bow sandals}, this is outfit is just too good!





monogrammed diaper bag


This has been one of my most popular posts! Anything I can do to help other mommas traveling with little ones. I loved including kids' items in a LiketoKnow.it post!




blue ruffle top outfit


I took a break from only purchasing navy or white items for my closet and fell in love with this blue ruffle top and the monochromatic outfit in all shades of blue. The fabric of this top tempts me to wear it daily, but the sexy style makes is perfect for our date nights. 








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