Reflecting on 2017 & Blog goals for 2018

WOW can't believe another year has come and gone! This year my personal life has seen the BIGGEST, BEST, MOST SPECTACULAR change or addition- our son. The pregnancy though brought my career & blogging year to a screeching halt around when I started experiencing really bad morning sickness.

My Top 9 pics on Instagram (all baby related!)
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Sephora inside JCPenney Holiday Gift Guide

This year, due to the birth of my son, I became a last minute shopper (insert startled emoji here) BUT thank goodness I was able to check off the beauty lovers on my list thanks to Sephora inside JCPenney! If you’re in the same predicament I was in, Sephora inside JCPenney is a definite go-to to shop an array of high quality (and sometimes exclusive) beauty products. This Holiday season Sephora inside JCPenney became my salvation because aside from being able to shop for other gifts within JCPenney, the Sephora inside had great beauty, skincare and haircare product gift selections of notable beauty brands and at great prices!

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Today I’m sharing what I picked up, these great last-minute holiday gifts featuring these exclusive beauty products!



Take the JCPenney Holiday Challenge

The Holiday season is here and we are just 5 days away from Christmas! If you’re a budget conscious shopper like I am, I have a tip for you! I took the #JCPHolidayChallenge where I went into my local JCPenney with less than $100 and a list of people I still needed gifts for and came out with fabulous gifts that look like I paid more than I actually did! Another great thing about JCPenney is that it really is a one-stop shop with things for EVERYONE (kids, men, women, make up lovers, home décor, etc)

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Baby's 1st Christmas Tree Picking!

One of the benefits about having the baby right before Christmas is that we get to celebrate "baby's 1st" Holiday events, the downside is that he is so little he won't remember anything (lol), but he will look adorable in pictures! The hubby and I have made it our tradition to go get our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving and make a festive moment out of it, as you can see here, here, and here. At my baby shower, one of our family friends gave me the CUTEST newborn outfit that was perfect for our Christmas Tree Shopping Adventure. To get in the spirit, the hubby and I coordinated in plaid to capture this memorable occasion. 
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Oscar Julian's Birth Story

On a Friday night November 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm, our son Oscar Julian came into this world weighing a whopping 9lbs, 10 oz and measuring 22 inches long.

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Prior to giving birth, in preparation and out of sheer curiosity, I binged on reading birth stories and I learned that no birth story was the same. I wondered how my son's birth would be and secretly hoped it would be like one of those "ta-dah baby is here in like an hour" kind of thing, but NOPE his birth story unfolded in the span of 2 painful, sleepless and sometimes scary days!

Today I want to share my son's birth story for any mommies, mommies-to-be or anyone who is like me, a birth story lover... or maybe just curious about how I pushed a 9 lb 10 oz baby out!


5 Red Dress Ideas for the Holidays

'Tis the season for Holiday Parties and why not be bold and festive in a little red dress?! Red dresses can go from fun to chic to vavavoom depending on the silhouette and details of the dress. Here I have rounded up five red dress looks perfect for making a statement during the Holiday celebrations! From lace dresses, to floral to body-hugging options, these outfits can be worn for all sorts of occasions and make you feel great! I have also included links to various red dress options that are both affordable and can ship to your home in time for those parties!
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Best of Cyber Monday Sales

Happy Cyber Monday! Just like a good girlfriend would, I rounded up the best Cyber Monday Sales that are worth your time, I mean, the majority of the sites listed below are offering over 40% off their entire site! Can you tell I'm feeling giddy with excitement? I'm literally, going to publish this and start shopping away! The goal is to get more bang for my buck, get high quality items for less and get some good Christmas gifts for loved ones! 

I'll try sharing some of the items that I am shopping on my Instastories hereI have also been sharing items that I've worn on the blog that are on sale on my Instagram as well as some updates on our one week old baby so in other words, there's a lot going on over there in real time!

Enough about me... scroll down and treat yo'self and yo' loved ones! I have linked up the site so it's as easy as possible to shop and land on the sale (one click and you're in)!

ANN TAYLOR // 50% Off Everything + Free Shipping! Code: BESTMONDAY

*all sales info above subject to change depending on the retailer, however codes and info pulled as of Cyber Monday (11/27/2017) morning, therefore should be valid all day.


☮ & ♥,



My Maternity Photoshoot

As I sit here typing this, I am over 39 weeks pregnant, four days away from my due date and feeling nervous and anxious. It feels like it has been a loooong journey and we're soooo close to finally meeting our baby boy! In the meantime, I'm so excited to share my maternity shoot, shot by the very talented Cassema Photography based here in San Diego. I found her through instagram and was SO happy I did, she was amazing and I highly recommend her if you are seeking a maternity/newborn/family photographer! 

Here are some of my favorite shots!
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5 Ways to Wear: Over the knee boots

Autumn is here and I'm sure you have seen the flood of boot fashion come across your feeds, but if there is one type of boot that you should invest in this season it is the over-the-knee boot, why? Well, let me show you!

I bought myself this black pair last year and then wore them pretty much non-stop, to the point that I realized I had more than five outfit blog posts featuring them. They are so versatile and also just make an outfit look super sleek. Here are my top 5 looks with black over the knee boots, I have also linked up the ones I'm wearing and a few more of my favorites for your shopping pleasure. Like I said, great investment and so far have proven to come back in style year after year.
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1. Styled with a short shift dress and coat. // More pictures of this outfit here!
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2. With a flowy top, skinny jeans and a fall hat. // More pictures of this outfit here!
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3. Pair them with a matching moto jacket. // More pictures of this outfit here!
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4. Pair them with distressed jeans and a sweater. // More pictures of this outfit here!
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5. Style them with a long trench // More pictures of this outfit here!
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Let me know which outfit is your fave!


Brunch Outfit & 30 weeks pregnant update!

Ever since I regained my appetite from the dreadful first trimester, I have been obsessed with brunch dates! Eggs, pancakes and hot chocolate with lots of whip cream have kept baby and I very happy! On this day, we took my mom out for a nice birthday brunch at Candela's by the Bay in Coronado's ferry landing. Since I wanted to look cute, but still be comfortable with my belly pre & post brunch, this Tiffany Rose "Tilly Shift" Maternity Dress was perfect!
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Pregnancy Update (30-34 weeks):


Disney Wonder Cruise Media Tour Recap

I'm definitely a lover of all things Disney and now as a mommy-to-be I'm anxiously waiting for the day when my son will able to comprehend the magic of Disney a.k.a. the best day ever! Since we still have a way to go, this mommy-to-be will reap the benefits of researching all of the fun family Disney activities (hee hee), one of them being the Disney Cruise Line! Since the Disney Wonder was docked here in San Diego, I was lucky enough to get a Media Tour of the ship and I wanted to bring y'all along via this blog post!
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Elegant Maternity Outfit

This one goes out to all the pregnant ladies who get invited to a chic event (baby shower, wedding, etc) and are left thinking "what do I wear?!" Well, that was the case for me at least, especially because in the third trimester the belly is growing rapidly from day to day and the stretchy non-maternity dresses that I use to squeeze in have officially been benched.
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Thank goodness I found Tiffany Rose Maternity! Although they are based in the UK their US prices are reasonable and their selection of gorgeous maternity dresses is extensive! Here I am wearing the Alessandra Short Dress in Midnight Garden but it comes in 12 other colors/prints! The material is stretchy, yet high quality and it also is nursing-friendly (so I could still wear it after baby comes!)


My Chic Baby Shower

I'm so excited to share pictures of the very chic baby shower my sister (with the help of my family and friends) put together for me! My sister is a very talented party thrower- she's all about the details and taking the time to find the right vendors who can make her vision happen. She would ask me for my opinion on certain things, but for the most part I trusted her completely and I knew she would knock it out of the park, which she totally did. 

The color theme was light blue, white and gold and she wanted to have some golf references because 1) it was held on a golf course and 2) my hubby plays golf.

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I wanted to wear something elegant so I searched and ordered 3 dresses, I put them to a vote with my sister and mom and both agreed that this was the one! As far as shoes, I was having the hardest time because my feet swell now and none of my shoes fit any more! I ended up going to my nearest DSW last minute and bought these new silver shoes 1.5 sizes bigger than my usual size *startled emoji face*
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Life & Outfits Lately

Hello!! I've been sporadically attending events here and there (depending on how my pregnant self feels) and I wanted to share some of my fave pictures that hadn't made it to the blog! Here are some maternity and non-maternity outfits and snapshots that were share-worthy, especially because some of the pieces are now on mega-sale!

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a chic Hawaiian themed bridal shower, so in sticking with the theme I wanted something flowy, bright and of course bump-friendly! This dress definitely did that for me.
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Comfy Dress & Pregnancy Update

Happy Friday! I welcomed my third trimester last week and geez, it feels so close yet so far! I am due in 2 months and a half which feels like a long time in terms of dealing with this added weight and the symptoms, but a short time when I think of everything we still have to do to prep for baby! During this last stretch, I'm trying to not pack on the pounds like I did in the second trimester (when I regained my appetite) but I can't help it! Sometimes the highlight of my day is some good food! In times like these, I've been sticking to flowy dresses like this one and have been living in it most weekends.
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(see non-maternity options below!)



Maternity Style

At last, a new outfit post and officially my first maternity style look! I wanted to do these types of posts sooner, but as I mentioned in my last blog post my first trimester was bru-tal! Now I finally have reached a stage where I feel normal *knock on wood* and I was finally able to make it to a San Diego blogger related event! I'll show you more on the event on the next blog post but for now let's get to the outfit!

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I had picked up this long vest pre-pregnancy and had always envisioned styling it this way. Now that I'm 26 weeks pregnant, I amended the styling to include this comfy and stretchy maternity body con dress which worked out perfectly! Unfortunately this exact vest has since sold out, but I did want to show that the vest + body con dress formula is a perfect way to be in maternity wear and still look stylish! This is also a great option for an office setting (wearing it to work as we speak) I just swapped out the heels for nude flats and voilà!




We're pregnant! (& update)

It's been a few months since my last blog post which has been the longest I have deserted my blog for, and there's a good reason for it- I've been growing a lil baby inside my belly! My husband and I feel really blessed and thankful to share the news that we are expecting our first child!

The first ultra sound was such a trip! The hubby and I saw the flicker of the heartbeat and the baby in the very early stages. In the second ultra sound, the baby was "moving and grooving" as my Doc said and it was so cute and surreal. The third more detailed ultra sound was just amazing, seeing the baby extend its legs, open mouth, the profile of the head. After the ultrasound at week 19, I feel a new connection to my baby and I talk to "it" (gender to be revealed soon).

Week 6 through 17
It was all nerve and jitters from the time I saw a positive pregnancy test until week 6 when I experienced my first bout of "morning sickness". I had to say good bye to my coffee addiction and all the fun stuff in life (jk), no but really I am not taking any risks with sushi, alcohol, deli meat, soft serve ice cream. For the following 14 weeks it has been a roller coaster of morning sickness, food aversions and exhaustion. I will not go into details because this is meant to be such a happy announcement post, but being sick all the time literally knocked my off my feet, hence the reason for my abrupt disappearance. In addition, I was promoted to Manager two weeks before I found out I was pregnant, so my current situation has been me managing my symptoms to go into work to do my job, but after work I have become a hermit and just try to make it through the day with food in my stomach. It felt like having the stomach flu for about 3 months. I have hope that it will get better so I can start doing all the fun maternity things like prepping the nursery, reading books, and starting to buy stuff for the baby.

Week 20
I finally started feeling relief from food aversions and morning sickness. A part of me is still paranoid that a morning sickness episode will occur because they tended to happen out of nowhere so I'm still not going anywhere other than work and some very special occasions that I cannot miss. The best part of this stage is that I feel baby move ALL THE TIME! I'll be working and just feel the movements or kicks, and I get reminder, oh yeah there's a little person growing in me! My belly also "popped" out in week 20, and everyone at work started noticing that I was pregnant. My husband will sometimes be like "who it's big!" and we both trip out just staring at it in disbelief that we created this little being and that it will represent the combination of both of us.

On another note...
So yeah, I'm halfway through this pregnancy and have gotten through it with non maternity stretchy dresses, however I'm finally going to start shopping for some maternity wear and hope to share it on the blog soon. Thank you for all you who have stuck around and those who have wished me well on social media, I really appreciate it! Feel free to leave me any advice in the comments below, I'll take everything I can get since this is my first lil baby!

☮ & ♥,



Blush Delicate Lace

There's something about delicate blush lace that oozes elegant Spring. Even though I've been coveting this tone for quite some time, it feels like it's a more prominent trend this season. This dress I picked up from the Worthington line at JCPenney was perfect because it's an updated way to wear blush this season with the bell sleeves that are also a big trend. I not only linked this beautiful dress below but also the top form, both are elegant pieces at an affordable price point! Want to see more cute blush items? Click here!

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Going with the Flow-y Top

Happy Wednesday and to all my women out there, Happy International Women's Day! I wish I had planned a red outfit to post today to represent, but instead I'm sharing this look that I wore to lunch with my mom and siblings which in a way was a celebration of the most important woman of my life! We wanted to take mom somewhere nice, and we picked Coasterra Restaurant because of the stunning views and delicious food (see pics below). It was one of those chilly San Diego days where over the knee boots felt appropriate and this Chicwish flowy top ended up being perfect to conceal my post-lunch bod (hee hee). 
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Polka Dot Flare

Happy March! As I was looking through my recent blog posts I realized that I've been going with muted tones, blacks and grays which I attribute to this weird Winter we are having in San Diego. California has had a TON of rain which means that it's helped the drought crisis we had (and I won't feel guilty when I take a long bath- Lush here I come!)

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When the sun peaks out, I'm scrambling to get the Spring clothes I have waiting in my closet like this polka dot dress that I scored for under $30 hereAfter sporting off the shoulder dresses and tops last season I decided to hold off on buying anymore because I wasn't sure how long this trend would last, BUT I have been seeing it all over the place so I hit add to cart to a few pieces. I wore this to Kendra Scott Fashion Valley's Galentine Blogger Party and it was only fitting that I wear one of my fave Kendra pieces, this necklace that pairs well with off the shoulder silhouettes.




Turtleneck LBD with Jean Jacket

Happy Monday! Lately the gray skies (and now rain) in San Diego are having an effect on my choice of outfits because I've been sticking to muted colors and warm essentials! I'm not going to lie, this chilly weather makes me a tad bit sluggish, so when I have to go to an event, this turtleneck dress has been a savior because it's warm and stretchy (in case such events have yummy foods). I've worn it with different jackets, blazers and shoes so it looks different each time, yet my sluggish cold self is still feeling comfy! So if anything take this recommendation from me, get yo'self a high quality black turtleneck dress!
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Spring 2017 Trends with Neiman Marcus

As promised, here are the Spring 2017 Trend Report from Neiman Marcus interpreted by NM Fashion Valley's own Style Advisor, Alex Yáñez!

Ruffles & Flounces
We have seen this fun and flirty trend on and off the runway, but this season they are taken up a notch as can be seen in these ideas.
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Winter Outfit with Spring Vibes

What do you do when you have a Spring Trend Report luncheon and it's cold outside? You add touches of Spring to your otherwise Winter outfit! Well at least that was my solution for this year's Spring Trend Report at Neiman Marcus Fashion Valley (which I will cover in the next blog post)! Interesting enough, this time last year I was taking advantage of how warm San Diego was and wore this! This year I was so cold as I was getting ready that I decided to go with trousers instead of a dress, go figure!
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Striped Statement Skirt

Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day! The hubby and I decided to order take out and relax in our home to avoid the madness (which was perfect for us), but now that that's over with, it's back to non-themed everyday chic looks! 

The best way to describe San Diego weather is Hot N' Cold (like one of my fave Katy Perry songs, lol), but seriously one day it's raining, the other day it's sunny, so dressing up for this weather has been challenging.
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I knew I wanted to wear this cabi Grandstand skirt from the Spring 2017 collection, but the gray skies didn't allow me to take it all the way to Springtown, so I adjusted the look with a black turtleneck and moto jacket.
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