12.31.2018

Looking back at 2018

Because 2017 was a slow year due to my pregnancy, 2018 felt like an action-packed year in all areas of my life: as a mom, as a wife, as a career woman, as a blogger and the list goes on. I started 2018 on maternity leave, adjusting to my new life as a mom. Once I started to feel like myself again and getting out there little things like getting my nails done, brunch with friends, and local blogging events really inspired and motivated me. In think I wanted to prove to myself I could still kick butt even now as a mom.
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When I came back to blogging this year, I realized the blogging landscape was totally different and the bar had been raised so high that the way I used to blog or instagram weren't going to cut it anymore. It was because of what I observed that I had to be strategic and efficient because I don't have that much available time in the day anymore to "mess around" like I use to. And with that in mind, after the baby went to sleep I worked on my blog "comeback" so to speak, and since I found it therapeutic I was so motivated! I want to highlight some of the great things that happened this year in my blogging life and want to add in that behind all of these highlights was a lot of late nights and hard work behind it.

SUPPORTIVE BLOGGER FRIENDS AND COLLABORATORS

I've always found a tribe in the blogosphere, but as I came back into what was now called the "influencer" world (maybe later I'll go into why I dislike such buzzwords as influencer and content) I realized it was like the wild west! I started to seek guidance from fellow bloggers and found a core group of girls who were so supportive, generous with their advice and were a great sounding board for ideas. Cheers to all of those blogger ladies who have been so supportive to me in 2018, who I collaborated with- you know who you are!
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COOL OPPORTUNITIES

I started the year with a clean slate when it came to working with brands because of being on maternity leave and focusing on our son. As you may or may not know if you're new, I have a full time career so brand work is not my bread and butter, however I will working with brands because I genuinely love them. This year I was blessed enough to host an event at Kendra Scott and Macy's, have a staycation at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, I was introduced to Lafayette 148 NY that is a wonferful and elegant brand and resumed my relationships with JCPenney, Chicwishcabi, Toyota, Lexus, Olay, Pixi, MAC, to name a few. I truly value their trust in me as a blogger and their continuous support.

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NYFW

I won't pour my heart out about what going to NYFW meant to me (because I did so here), but it was a HUGE deal for me. It was one big motha f'n check on the bucket list and I learned SO much about fashion, about NYFW, about other influncers, about myself- and in general the power of supportive family and friends. I attended three days of shows and in case you missed it you can catch the recaps here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.

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NOTABLE MISC

I wasn't sure how to categorize these mini achievements so I am categorizing these as "notable miscellaneous". 1. I was a finalist in Fohr's Freshman class, was in the last top 86 from over 1600 applicants. Even though I didn't get into the top 10 who were flown out to NYC, I was really proud of my application where I talked about the need for diversity in age, race, body size, etc in this industry. I was even more proud and grateful for the testimonials that were submitted by my friends and readers. 2. November 2018's monthly page views were the highest I have every had in my whole time blogging. I don't really know why, but I'll take that spike as note-worthy!
And with that, I conclude my 2018 blogging year highlights, obvi there were a lot of highlights in my personal and career life, but it's been very hard to quantify those, all I know is that the biggest achievement of all has been my life as a mother and watching our son grow. 

I will be coming back soon with my 2019 Blogging goals in the next blog post. For now, I wish you an amazing New Year!

Best {Fashionable} Regards,
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12.25.2018

Merry Christmas 2018: Family Pics & More

A typical Christmas for me goes like this: Christmas eve at my husband's mom's house surrounded by his family, Christmas morning at my sister's house with my mom and immediate fam, then in the evening we see our dad for an intimate gathering. It can be madness, but I wouldn't have it any other day! I am very thankful that baby Julian will grow up surrounded by family and his cousins!
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I leave you with some pictures we took for our Holiday cards. We have been matching in plaid for every session so I wanted to change it up this time around and get a little creative, so I bought this little green velvet bow tie for the baby so he could match my green velvet blazer and we all wore white shirts.
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And we can't forget about Mr. Coco our wonderful lil shih tzu. He's part of the family too and got in on the green velvet fun.
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"We have a runner!" This little boy has been keeping us on our toes! It's a workout when he's on the run!
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And with that, From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays!
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12.22.2018

Super last minute gifts

This one is for all of my super last minute peeps! Here are some gift ideas I posted about on Instagram, however if you have a local JCPenney by you, you can pick "store pick up" if the item is in stock!

White elephant gift exchanges can be the trickiest to buy for because you don’t know who is going to end up with your gift, but thanks to the novelty section at JCPenney I found some funny and functional gift ideas that are cool for both men and women! 🐘🎁🎊
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Like this Wine accessory gift set, or this folding chair that doubles as a cooler, or even the plaid picnic blanket that folds up into a bag (and that I couldn’t get Mr. Coco off of because he loved it so much)! Find some fun gifts for your upcoming gift exchanges here!
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HERE ARE SOME IDEAS

Holiday shopping on a budget doesn’t mean foregoing luxurious looking gifts, especially when you’re shopping at JCPenney. This elegant necklace from JCPenney’s Fine Jewelry is currently on sale for $25 from $125 and is a great present for a loved one or friend! Plus it comes in the cutest box so it’s one less present to wrap (woo hoo! 🙌🏼) Shop this great deal and more here!
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And in case you missed it, see some last minute beauty gift ideas with Sephora inside JCPenney on the blog post here!
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Best {Fashionable} Regards,
Paulina

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12.18.2018

How to Style a Teddy Bear Coat + Coat Ideas

There are some trends that I watch from a distance and contemplate on trying because I tend to play it safe with my wardrobe- teddy coats was one of them! I finally dipped my toe in the teddy bear coat pond with this gorgeous pink one and I couldn't help but "snuggle up" to the trend! This is also a great outfit idea for the last of the Holiday parties or into the New Year!
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12.14.2018

Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas with Sephora inside JCPenney

Please note that this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney, this post was created and written by me for lilbitsofchic.com and express my personal views and opinions. #SephoraInJCP

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I can’t believe it’s Christmas shopping crunch time and if you find yourself in a scramble like I tend to find myself in, here is a major tip: go to a one-stop-shop like JCPenney where you will find something for everyone under one roof! Today I’m zeroing in on the beauty lovers in my life (phew there are many!) I didn’t stress about it because there is Sephora inside my local JCPenney and I was able to check off lots of names.

Sephora inside JCPenney not only carries the big beauty brands like Kat Von D and Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, but they also have Sephora Favorites gift sets that have a variety of brands in one set at a great price. They also have a great variety of skincare and haircare product gift selections from notable brands.

Here are some of my most notable picks that are great last minute gift ideas:

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SEPHORACOLLECTION Midnight Wishes Eyeshadow Palette: At just $24, this palette of 16 matte, shimmer, and metallic eyeshadows is such a great deal for such great product. This is also a New Year’s Eve party-ready palette!

SEPHORACOLLECTION Wish Upon A Star Mini Brush Set: At just $15, this mini brush set is the perfect stocking stuffer for the beauty lover, traveling woman or woman on-the-go!

KatVon D Ink Well Long-Wear Matte Eyeliner: As a beauty enthusiast, you can’t go wrong with Kat Von D’s eyeliner, this one in particular is a long-wear matte eyeliner that I am a big fan of! Also a great stocking stuffer option!
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Sephora Favorites “Perfume Sampler” This set contains 13 samples of Sephora inside JCPenney’s most popular fragrances. Once the recipient of the gift chooses their favorite scent, they can take the voucher that is included to Sephora inside JCPenney to redeem for a full size perfume at no extra cost! Instead of guessing which perfume to get someone, you can basically just have them choose their own- pretty genius, right? PS, they also have a cologne version for Men! Both are in-store exclusives.

Sephora Favorites “Standout Stylers”: Everyone cares about their hair, but everyone also has different hair needs and this Sephora Favorites set includes the 7 top-selling hair essentials that work for all textures. The OUAI Wave Spray and DryBar Triple Sec 3-in-1 are included. This set is also an in-store exclusive.

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I narrowed my picks down to five, but I could have kept going because Sephora inside JCPenney has a wide array of different products, gift sets and stocking stuffers to choose from! If you still have names to check off (or impress), head on over to your local Sephora inside JCPenney! 


Happy Shopping!

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12.12.2018

How to style a Sequins Midi Skirt

Nothing says celebration like sequins, the coveted texture of the Holidays and for that I wanted to highlight how to style a chic sequins piece: the midi skirt! 

I'm happy to be doing this with the help of some of my stylish San Diego blogger friends who are bringing their own take on the piece (read on to see!)
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12.06.2018

Christmas Tree Picking Uniform

'Tis the season my friends and if you're new here, hi I'm Paulina and I LOOOOOVE the Holidays! If you've been here before, then you probably already knew that (hee hee). To initiate each holiday season, one of my husband and I's traditions is to go to our local pinery and pick out a Christmas tree- it's a great way to get into the Holiday spirit and jumpstart the decorating!

I have documented some of our Christmas Tree picking trips throughout the years on this blog and looking back it has made me realize 1) I've been blogging for a loooong time 2) There's a formula to my Christmas Tree picking outfit!
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This said formula includes: plaid + boots (Hunter boots specifically) + scarf + red lips. 

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12.01.2018

Cocktail Party Ready with Lafayette 148 NY

TGIF! It's Friday and did someone say cocktails?! Well even if they didn't here is my cocktail-ready outfit that I wore for a wonderful night out to celebrate the grand opening of Lafayette 148 New York's new flagship store inside South Coast Plaza. It was truly an evening of fashion as the theme was "The Art of The Occasion" which is very fitting for this time of year. It was also a night of philanthropy as some proceeds were benefiting Girls Inc. of Orange County. 
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