Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Sales & Roundup

Outfit details: Top: Charlotte Russe (wearing an XS) also comes in black and only $25//Shorts: STS Blue Raw Hem Denim Shorts // Red Bandana: Target Dollar Bin exact one here//Bag: Gucci Dionysus//Shoes: Tory Burch Miller//Sunglasses: BP (My current favorite and it's only $12)


Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are enjoying this holiday this with your family and friends. Unfortunately, my husband has to work today so I decided to take the boys to the beach in Coronado earlier today. We also did my eldest birthday shoot this morning that I can't wait to share with you. I can't believe my baby will be turning 6 on Friday. I wore this gorgeous striped top with the most amazing sleeve ruffles from Charlotte Russe that is only $26.  I feel in the love with the ruffle sleeve details. It's a crop top so it is definitely a shorter length. You can wear with a cami or pair it over a tank dress. I'm currently wearing an XS for reference and it fits true to size.  I accessorize this look with my favorite red bandana that I found in the dollar bin at Target last year, I'm linking an exact one here. This is such a great look to also wear for 4th of July. I also love pairing it with my absolute favorite sandals from Tory Burch.  My shorts are from Express and they are currently on SALE. The color I'm wearing is make up and it is such a great neutral to wear with any look. I will totally get my money's worth with these sandals. My sister gave me a pair last year and I was hooked. I seriously want them in every color since they are super comfortable, chic, and flattering on and so easy to slip on and off. 
This holiday is such a great time to stock up on summer essentials. There are major SALES  that are going on right now. I rounded up my favorites from each SALE. Happy shopping! I rounded up my top favorites from Nordstrom's Half Yearly SALE on this blog post here and the LOFT sale is linked here with my favorite summer staples. 

Abercombie & Fitch-40%off entire store

Anthropologie-Extra 40% off sale items

Asos-20%of everything with code LIT20

Bloomingdales-Extra 25% select sale items with code BIGBAG

Charlotte Russe-All Dresses are 50%off

Express-Up to 50% off EVERYTHING

Forever 21-Extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30

Free People-Extra 25% off all sale items

LOFT-40% off with code vacay see my selection here (see my picks in this post HERE)

MACYS-extra 20% off code SUNNY

Nordstrom-Up to 40% off clearance ( see my favorites in this post HERE)

Nordstrom Rack-Extra 25% clearance

Old Navy-All tees, tanks, shorts and swimwear is 40% off


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Nordstrom Half Yearly SALE

I hope you are enjoying your Memorial weekend! I wanted to share with you the big SALES that are currently going on right now if you plan to do some shopping during this holiday weekend. One of the big sales is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I also dedicated an entire tab on my blog so make sure to click the NORDSTROM HALF-YEARLY SALE for more of my picks. I included some try-ons and pieces that are perfect for summer and on major sale. I love that these tops are versatile to wear for summer and under a cardigan or blazer for work. Without further a due, let's get started with the SALE!Almost everything I'm wearing here is marked down 40% off original price.



This gorgeous blouse fits true to size and I'm wearing an XS. I love it paired with shorts for summer or dress it up with a pair of crop pants for work like these ones here. 
It comes in 7 colors and currently on sale for only $27.

This gorgeous turquoise necklace is such a steal for SALE for only $40.80. The turquoise color is gorgeous and it originally retails for $68.This necklace instantly elevates any look and a great statement piece that is versatile to wear to work or a date night look. Turquoise is such a great color to wear for summer. 

These sunglasses are definitely a splurge but so worth it especially with the sale. It is currently 40% off and on SALE for $233.98 which originally retails for $390. The tortoise frame is such a timeless piece that you can wear all season long.

I have this tunic since last year and it still look spanking new. I've worn this tunic with jeans, shorts and it is such a great color to wear now and in the fall. You can't go wrong with this tunic. I'm wearing an XS and it's a bit oversized which I love. It's perfect for those days when you want to be comfortable yet put together. 

 My Favorite Tunic! It's such a great piece to wear with a pair of white jeans or some shorts. It is also a great piece to wear for work. It's only $27 and comes in so many colors. 

5. & 6. & 7. (See below) Perfect summer pieces that are great to wear for work or a weekend look. 

Outfit Details: Starting Clockwise: Outfit#1 Ruffle Bell Sleeve Top also comes in gray (wearing an XS)// Outfit #2: Cross Front blouse (Comes in 7 gorgeous colors and on SALE for only $27)//Outfit #3: Boho Swing Blouse  (wearing XS) Shorts: Sun & Shadows (runs big, wearing a size 24)// Outfit #4: Key hole tank

This perforated bag by Chelsea28 is such a great summer bag. I have the tote version and unfortunately my tote is sold out, but I wanted to show you the details of the bag. It is absolutely gorgeous. I am totally thinking about getting this one too because the quality is detail of the tote is amazing and this one is such a great purse to dress up for an evening out or pair with jeans for a more casual look. Eyelet details are trending everywhere this season and the good news is this bag is part of the 40% of sale. 
Outfit Details: See this post here.

9. Gilda Sandal
These sandals are perfect for summer and come in 5 gorgeous colors. My favorite one is the yellow one. It instantly adds a pop of color to your look and they are currently on SALE for $54.

10. Vigoss Thompson Ripped Cropped Jeans
These jeans are perfect for summer. If you are looking for a perfect light washed jeans these are great quality and on SALE for only $40.80 and these jeans fit true to size. It's the perfect pair of jeans to pair with any of the tops I selected for an effortlessly chic summer look. 

Have a great Memorial weekend! My family and I are headed to LA tomorrow to celebrate my cousin's birthday! I looking forward to seeing my sisters and my adorable niece. Have a safe holiday! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find this post helpful. Let me know if you have any questions about any of the items and leave a comment below if you picked up any items from the SALE. I love to hear what you picked out!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer Trend: Embroidery

Outfit Details: Free People Fleur Du Jour Mini Dress// Shoes: Effie Block Heel Sandal (color: tan suede)//Clutch: Rainbow Pom Pom Clutch//Hat: Brixton//Sunglasses: BP (sold out) similar option here//Necklace: c/o Blush & Bar//Rings: c/o Everly (currently on MAJOR SALE) Get 1 engagement style ring + 3 stackable rings for just $175 or 5 stackable rings for $175. Sale starts now and end on Monday.)


Happy Thursday! I wanted to share this gorgeous embroidered dress by Free People because it was literally love at first sight when I saw it. The detailing of the embroidery dress is so beautiful and vibrant.  The sleeve detail is very unique and the best part of the dress are the hidden pockets. I love that this dress is versatile to dress up or down and the quality and fit is amazing. I'm wearing an XS and it is a bit over sized which I love especially during the summer. Flowy pieces are a must have for summer since they are non-restricting and super comfortable to wear during the summer heat. This boho chic dress comes in 4 gorgeous colors. I also loving the blush color shown here
The dress is definitely more than I usually spend on dresses, but I truly believe that it is worth every penny, since I can wear it basically to any summer festivities.  I definitely plan to wear it all summer long. I paired it with my favorite studded heels by Dolce Vita for a fun look that you can wear for a date night, a summer wedding, or any festivities this season. These heels are my new obsession since they are super comfortable and very on trend this season. I love that they are neutral so I can wear it with so many different outfits. They also come in 4 different colors. What trends are you loving this summer?I also paired this look with my favorite rings from Everly. They are currently having a SALE right now that you don't want to miss. The sale starts now and will end on Monday. Make sure to check out the SALE here
Embroidery is definitely trending everywhere this season from dresses, shorts, denim, tops, jackets and handbags. It is literally everywhere this season. I love that this trend is something everyone can wear and incorporate into their wardrobe. I linked my favorite pieces below for those that would love to explore this trend.
What are your plans for Memorial weekend? I'm hoping to lay by the beach and do absolutely nothing. I also wanted to take the time to thank the men and women that protect our freedom everyday! I admire your strength and bravery and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thanks for stopping by! 



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Perfect Bathing Suit Cover up & SALE

Outfit Details: Swimsuit Cover up: Francesca's (sold out) identical one here and only $24.//Shoes: Pom Pom Sandals by GoodNight Macaroon// Earrings: Austin// Chelsea 28//Sunglasses: Rayban //Hat: Brixton


 Happy Sunday! This weekend definitely felt like summer and I have been enjoying every minute of it outside with my kids. We just wrapped up a playdate with my youngest who was invited to his first playdate at the pool. They had such a great time splashing in the water and the weather could not be more perfect. Speaking of pool, I wanted to share this gorgeous cover up that I got from Francesca's when I went to Disney World for spring break last month. I've been wanting to share this look with you and have been waiting for it to be restocked since it's been sold out for so long. I found an identical one available in all sizes and only $24 which is such a steal. I linked it here. I got so many compliments when I wore it to the pool. I paired it with my favorite pom pom sandals which are always a hit when I wear them. (I linked them here.) I love the pom pom detailing and it such a great accessory to elevate any look.  I wore it around the resort and it was such a great way to stay chic and comfortable during the heat. The fuchsia tassels add such a fun and summer vibe to the cover up and it is such a great piece to wear for Memorial Weekend.I can't believe it's next week. I also love that you can wear this top with shorts for a boho chic vibe.  I linked my favorite bathing suits cover up below that are currently BUY ONE GET ONE OR TWO FOR 50% off.  Now is such a great time to stock up on your favorite cover ups. I found a super cute cacti cover up that you should definitely check out here.  It such a fun piece to wear over a bathing suit or to the pool or beach. I've been currently obsessed with cacti especially since it has such a sentimental value to me. We lived in Arizona for two years and my youngest was actually born there and I missed it so much especially the mommy friends I made there. I hoping to visit soon.
 Can you believe Memorial day is next week? What are your plans for Memorial weekend? I hope mine involves being near the water or pool. Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by. Thank you so much for your support on my last post on the ups and downs of motherhood. If you didn't get a chance to read it, make sure to check it out here. I appreciate it and will definitely share more personal experiences on my blog. Have a great week ahead!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Ups & Down of Motherhood

 Outfit Details: Floral Embroidered Maxi Dress//Earrings: Austin//Shoes: Steve Madden//Purse: Gucci Dionysus//Sunglasses: BP


Happy Thursday! I hope everyone had a great Mother's day weekend celebrating especially if you are a mom! I hope you had some extra pampering and some "me" time. I had the best day celebrating with my family. I'm so happy my husband was off today to celebrate with us. He had to work on Mother's day last year so I'm extra thankful and happy this year. We had breakfast at the Draft House in Pacific Beach which is one of our favorite restaurants for breakfast. We also went there for Easter. We love the food and you can't beat the ocean view. Surprisingly, it was not very crowded and we were able to enjoy our breakfast before the rush. After having breakfast we went home and changed and decided to go to Sea World since the weather was gorgeous outside. 

 I wanted to share this gorgeous dress from Chicwish that I bought a year ago and wore on my birthday when we went to Palm Springs last year. I get so many compliments every time I wear the dress. I wore it to my son's performance last week and since everyone loved it on me, I decided to wear it again on Mother's Day because it is so comfy and chic. Since I wanted to go for a boho chic look, I also added these amazing braids by JustBraydz by Chaya. I'm wearing the Five Strand Headband in my hair and I love that the braid blends with my hair and looks super natural. It is also super comfortable to wear. You can read more about these amazing braids here. 

In honor of Mother's Day, I wanted to share something that is very personal to me. I actually wrote this post on Mother's Day and wasn't sure if I was going to share it but I have been seeing motherhood portrayed as something easy, natural and effortless on social media lately that I had to speak up for moms that don't have it all together and the reality of being a mom especially being a mom of more than one child. Being a mother is the hardest job I had ever had. I was a stay at home mom for almost three years with my youngest who is 3 and I stayed home with my oldest son for a year who will be six next month. I can't believe how time flies. I still remember the day I brought them home from the hospital.

Being a mom did not come natural to me and my first born was actually a surprise. No one tells you how drastic your life changes when you become a mom. I always thought being a stay at home was easy. Let me tell you first hand that it is not. You are on the clock twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. My husband also works six days a week so it is extremely hard and we do not get much help since we lived away from my family. There is no manual on what is right or what is wrong.  I had my first born five days before I turned 30. My husband was also not ready which made it extremely hard. I also lived in New Jersey at the time and relocated after getting married. We lived and got married on Maui so it was a huge adjustment. I also did not have any family there and the closet family we had was my mother in law who lived about five hours from us in upstate New York. On top of being a new mom and with no family, my first born was also a very hard baby who never slept. I also had a hard time breast feeding him and had everything from mastitis to being engorged. I ended up feeding him formula which also made me feel like a failure because of all the stigma towards formula and breast milk.It was the worst feeling ever. 

My delivery of my first born also did not go as planned. I had an emergency C-section because I was in labor for 23 hours. I felt like such a failure because he did not come out according to my "birth plan" or what I had planned. He also had jaundice and was in the NICU after birth because of all the drugs that they gave me. I could go on and on about what went wrong. The point of my story is that I have learned that things don't always go as planned and that is OKAY.  Being a mom has made me such a strong person that I never thought I could be. The first year of my son's life was the worst and best experience of my life. I still tear up thinking about it and I wanted to share with you that sometimes social media portrays "motherhood" as something that comes so easy, natural, perfect and beautiful.  I want to tell you that it is absolutely NOT. I think any mom can tell you that life is NOT perfect. One example is my house. It literally looks like a tornado hit it 99% of the time. The dishes are unwashed, laundry not folded and meals are not planned. What I have learned through the years is that is all okay. What is important to me is spending quality time with my children. Seeing them laugh and being there when they fall. Now looking back, I can see how trivial things I used to stress about. 

If you are a new mom, mom to be, or a veteran mom, I want to tell you what a good job you are doing. We all need to hear that because I feel like so much gets unnoticed as mom and we don't expect it since it comes as second nature. More importantly, I've learned to not pass judgment on other moms. It's so easy to say that she's a "bad" mom because she does x, y, and z. You don't know what she has gone through or if she's having a bad day. Maybe she is doing the best that she can. Instead of being negative, we need to uplight each other with positive encouragement, because motherhood is not easy. Together as smart and intellectual women, we need to join together and tell each other what fabulous job we are doing. Because let's face it motherhood is a roller coaster. Sometimes there are good days and some times they are bad. There are some weeks you take day by day or other days you take minute by minute. We are all in this journey together. Being a mom is the most rewarding job and the most challenging. "The days are long, but the years are short." With that said, I hope you were pampered and extra love today. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share my experience as a mom. I hope it helped knowing that we are all in this together and it's okay that's our lives are messy and not perfect, because how fun would life be if it was exactly the same everyday? 

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