Monday, December 23, 2013

Love what I do...

For those who aren't aware, I am the official blogger for La Plaza Mall and basically it's my job to bring ya'll the latest and greatest of all things beautiful and happening at the mall! I also have this one blog which is my personal one and love to share all things that tickle my fancy ranging from my fave fashion picks, beauty products, baby love and everything in between. However, it was only fitting that after some heavy consideration that I would pursue my dream of becoming a stylist and wardrobe consultant. I own a Property Tax business where I am truly blessed to represent some of the most amazing clients and will continue to give my 100%! I have always loved working my booty off and have never been one to stay stag...I hear idle hands are the devil's workshop so I love to stay BUSY BUSY! With that being said, I have had the opportunity to work with several new styling clients and I could not be any happier...I can honestly say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE making people feel more beautiful than they already are and help guide them in developing their own sense of style! It is seriously such a rush when a client steps outside of their comfort zone to give different looks a try and when they walk away with an item and say "I would've never bought this, but I LOVE it"! Those words are like angels singing hallelujah!!! lol I offer several services that I will soon put up on my blog but if you're interested in revamping your wardrobe, just shoot me an email at
Here's what I wore this past week when I shopped with a client
 (one of the services that I provide)

Friday, December 20, 2013

First Trimester Must-Haves

I am well into my second trimester and I thought I would give you a little insight as to how I spent my first trimester. Like most women, you don't realize you're pregnant right away and I am no exception as my husband and I were getting our party on in Vegas (OOPS) while I was a month pregnant! One of the main reasons I had no idea or would possibly think I could be pregnant was because we were told we could never naturally have children (read up on our IVF experience). With that being said, the only thing that triggers my mind as to having any "suspicions" would be that we were chowing down at Holsteins (an amazing burger place in Vegas) and after I devoured a HUGE burger I told my husband, "is it weird that I could totally eat another half burger"?! He said I was crazy and we left. But my appetite was through the roof! Long story short, I was indeed pregnant and it's as though your body reacts instantly and let the morning sickness, headaches and all that jazz begin! Here are a few things that got me through the first trimester. 
I was SO dehydrated the first trimester and even the thought of drinking that clear liquid we like to call H20 made me SICK! Yay for these yummy Honest Kids organic juice drinks! They weren't too sweet which was great and totally quenched my thirst. Thankfully I am back to loving my water. 

Annie's Cheddar Bunnies, my ultimate go-to morning sickness snack. I swear I went through a few boxes of these in ONE month, my sickness lasted about a month and a half. I had this box on my night stand and would fill little Ziploc bags with these bad boys!

I was so blessed and thankful that I did not get any stretch marks on my belly during or after my first pregnancy and I'd like to thank this cream for that! I know alot of other products have come out on the market but I went with the OG Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula and didn't think twice to purchase it again this time around. (I linked the organic one)

If I could point out one of the MOST ANNOYING parts of my pregnancy that I have experienced (during both) it would be itchy skin. My goodness on some areas it looks like I got into a straight up fight with an alley cat due to my massive scratching! I ITCH like crazy and have even developed rashes on my legs and arms. Once again, Palmer's Itchy Skin oil to the rescue. I know itchy skin is very common but this is on another level. I would not recommend using this if you have a slippery bath tub unless you have a slip proof mat because it is crazy slippery (I feel it works best when applied to damp skin), thankfully I have a tile shower and I have yet to have any slippery mishaps (knocking on wood). My doctor also said to avoid super hot showers, scented lotions and soaps. 

I have yet to purchase another pair this go-round because I totally stocked up on these Be Maternity Seamless Leggings from Target during my last pregnancy! They are SO SO comfortable I can't even explain it. One thing I would say is you MUST get your size or they may slouch in the crotchy area. Did I just type crotch? LOL such a weird word...anyways. These will run you $25 which is a steal since you will probably never take them off! I also purchased some from Motherhood that are great but thicker. 

Last pregnancy I used prenatal gummies and half way through the bottle I couldn't stomach them anymore so I switched to these Nature Made Prenatal Multi +DHA which helps support fetal brain & development. They don't have a weird flavor or any odd side effects that I've noticed. 

Pregnant or not this is just me throwing in my fave beauty product but definitely helps enhance that pregnancy glow. I love my Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer and it doesn't leave you oily and helps even out tone and texture. 

The first month and a half I was pretty much in fetal position rolling around on my bed "dying" of morning sickness aka my ALL day HANGOVER, I had never felt this before except when ::cough:: I was actually hungover but man ALL MONTH LONG!? C'mon it was ridiculous. Last pregnancy if you're familiar with IVF, you're a tad shy of a month by the time they insert the embryos so I pretty much skipped this torturous part of pregnancy but ANYWAYS, my point is I didn't have time to sit around and blow dry my hair much less roll my hair and try to look glamorous so I picked up this little lifesaver in the form of a donut! This is the bun shaper and I found it at Nordstrom for only $6! Messy hair totally didn't care when all I had to do was wrap my hair around this...waaa laaa a FAB bun! Must get for those lazy days. 

Last but never least the good 'ol Tylenol for my month and a half hangover, 'nuff said. It helped. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Thanksgiving In Review...Part 1

I have not been to Colorado in such a long time so when our family decided to spend Thanksgiving over there this year I was ecstatic! I'd be lying if I said that I love flying, but the truth is... that is the ONLY downside to vacationing. My husband is the best and always invites me on trips and I'm constantly declining due to my new fear of flying. When I was younger I would hop planes out of town like there was NO TOMORROW and this fear came flying out of nowhere (no pun intended). My husband claims it's because I have so much to lose and he couldn't be more right about that. Ever since I got married, I have straight up melt downs on the plane, start sweating, crying, like I want to freak out like the chic on Bridesmaids and turn the plane around..and forget turbulance...I start hyper ventilating, it is the most ridiculous thing EVER. But on that note this trip was a little different. My whole life was on one flight: my husband by my side, my mommy, Mia next to us and my step kiddos that I love like my own all together and it gave me this inner peace that I had not felt in a long time while flying. It may also have something to do with the fact that Mia kept us busy from Houston to Colorado as she slept her first leg of the flight but nonetheless we got there and back SAFELY and had such an AMAZING time!!! (I will be doing a traveling with baby blog soon, because it was an adventure) LoL Here are some pics that sum up our big family vacation, part 1.

 Daddy and 2 of his girls...the oldest is skiing and the other baking in the oven ;)
Mia is wearing 
Jacket - Gymboree Similar (diff color)
Tights - Baby Gap
Boots - Uggs, Neiman Marcus
 (thank you to my beautiful IG friend and soul sister Amanda Garcia for Mia's boots!!! 
Mommy is wearing
Houdstooth Head Wrap & Scarf - Forever 21 (sold out)
Frost Free Vest - Old Navy (Girls 14-16)
Sweat Pants - Victoria's Secret
Snow Boots - Academy Sports 
(I got so many compliments on these bad boys, LOVE them)

 My handsome step-son David Julian aka DJ
My beautiful step-daughter Carlette aka Daddy's Twin (she looks just like the love of my life)!!!

One of the main reasons we all went to Colorado was to celebrate my beautiful niece Victoria's 21st birthday! She flew in from Penn State to join all of us and if it's one thing we hold close to our's first...ALWAYS! 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

My sister in law told me the other day that she had already purchased all the family's Christmas gifts and I said "What!? You're crazy, why so early?" It suddenly hit me that we're already one full week into December! Where does the time go!? Well my Christmas tree is now officially decorated and lit which means it's time to start stocking up on gifts. Here are my picks for gifts under $100! I am loving everything and hope that a certain Santa who is peeking over my shoulder gets the hint.ENJOY! - 
Crystal Stud Earrings, Rose Gold - Michael Kors $55
These are the perfect day to night set of earrings! I LOVE rose gold, these also come in silver and gold and have a beautiful matching rose gold watch if you love the trend as much as I do!
Stardust Statement Necklace – Banana Republic $89
This necklace is a show stopper. I picked this out for a client I was shopping for and I paired it with a beautiful red turtle neck, it POPPED and looked so, so classy!
Makeup Academy Blockbuster – Sephora Collection $49.50
I am a sucker for eyeshadows! This is pretty much heaven, all you need to do is invest in a great eye shadow primer (one of my faves is Urban Decay) and these colors will be sure to last!
Fringe Gloves – Marciano $68
There's nothin' like a classy, sexy pair of winter gloves. I have a pair similar from Marciano and I can't wait to wear them in Colorado! 
Harlow Sequined Envelope Clutch – BCBG $98
This clutch is a statement piece to complete the perfect holiday outfit. 
Metallic Infinity Scarf – Express $25
I am pretty much obsessed with scarves and metallic is a huge hit this fall/winter. Looking to dress up a LBD or a white tee, throw this on for some extra oomph!
Daily Trio – Bath and Body Works $25
I'm a huge fan in giving co-workers little gifts and I must have gotten that from my mom. She is SUCH A GIVER. Whenever we're out of town she's always managing to shop for little gifts for other people's birthdays, holiday gifts and even get well gifts. They don't always have to be expensive either, afterall it is the thought that counts. It's even better when they smell wonderful! Lovin' these uber cute trios from B&BW.
Coin Case – Tory Burch $95
Who doesn't love a little Tory in their life! This is so adorbs!
Vince Camuto Gift Set – Dillard’s $85
Happy Shopping Friends