Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sneaker Pimp Street Style {Snapped}

Street Style, NYFW

It seems as though everyone including myself had been swept up by the high top sneaker trend craze during NYFW back in September. How long do you think until we are over it?

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How To: The Shaggy Bob Without Scissors

I am constantly struggling with the urge to cut my hair. Eventually, I cave and almost immediately start missing my length. I am in the process of getting my hair back to where it was and anyone who is growing out their hair knows how hard that "grow out period" is. So to compromise, I gave myself a temporary bob. After styling with a big barrel curling iron, I twisted my hair and pinned it under, leaving my short layers to hang giving the illusion of a shaggy bob. This will do for now, let's see how I feel next month.

Thanks to my mom who took these pictures in her kitchen as I was running out to brave the cold.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Coffee & Conversation: What to Wear

Coffee Date #1

coat | top | sweater | pant | scarf | socks | bag | shoes | jewelry

This is a great example of what to wear on a coffee date since one thing my husband and I are doing on a regular basis is going out on coffee dates. It is not the fancy, romantic idea of dating you see on TV but for us it works, we deal in real life. We do the fancy dinner thing but since our date nights are weekly, we opt for something simple like coffee and conversation. It is friendly on the wallet and more relaxing. It is something that I enjoy a lot and look forward to. We are able to sit down, unwind, and talk about  where we would like to travel, current events, politics or my husband's favorite topic, religion. Yes, I talk about more than just clothes and lip gloss. Not to mention, after a long day of work (usually wearing all black), I get to come home and change into something fun and no baby means I can wear heels. What do you date nights consist of?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Perfect Tweed Non-Jacket

So I decided that there were a few things missing from my closet and I knew I just needed a tweed jacket of any sort. After giving myself a budget of no more than $50 including tax, I searched online for the best deals and found this one at Target. Since, I did not want to pay for shipping, I grabbed my kid and headed to Target and found a Tweed sweater for under $9! They should still have a few so I would run, not walk over to check out the sale rack.

The Inspiration:

My Version:

button up: UK French from Sears | sweater: Mango from Jcpenny | leggings: Target | boots: Steve Madden | necklace: Jojo & Sofia

dress: H&M | leggings: Target | boots: Steve Madden | watch: Chanel | bracelet: THS 

Now I just need a white tunic like she does in the picture. Back to the sale rack.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Secret to Perfect Brows

 Here are a few tips for make up artist extrodinaire herself, Bobbi Brown. Every single image that she has put out features a model with amazing eyebrows. Her books are also filled with women that have amazing eyebrows. So what is her secret?

-Shape brows by removing only the hairs that appear between them; tweeze any stray hairs beneath the brows.

- Make sure the arch of the brow is 3/4 of the way out. Follow the natural line of your brows when shaping and grooming into place.

-Using an eyeshadow in the same tone as your hair color, fill in brows with the brow brush. Begin at inner corner and working outward, use small, light strokes.

-To visually "lift" the eyes, stroke color along upper edge of brow to accentuate the arch. Set in place with clear brow shaper.

-Tone down too dark brow color with a quick press of a powder puff dipped in face powder.

If a lesson is in order, head to your nearest Bobbi Brown make up counter. If you are in Chicago, head to the following artists.

Bloomingdale's Michigan Ave- Daniel Merced (check out more of his work here)

Macy's Watertower- Sara Amendola (Yes, as in my friend Sara)

Blue Mercury Lincoln Park- Becky Hill

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Disclaimer: The actual tips (word for word) and image come from All other wording and recommendations are my own.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

12 Pieces To Upgrade Any Wardrobe {Part 2}

So yesterday, I showed you 6 of my 12 pieces to upgrade my wardrobe and hopefully got you thinking what you can add to make better use of what you already have. Here are my remaining 6 must have pieces for a more stylish wardrobe .

July: Shorts

I'm not a fan of my legs. I have never been. I have gotten so use to wearing jeans, maxi dresses or even cropped pants that even the extreme heat that causes my clothing to stick to me has stopped bothering me. This year I say fudge* it. I need to be comfortable when hanging at the park with my little one.

August: A Bright Tote

I plan on going to the park a few times a week and the beach on Sundays. I need to carry a lunch for my family, snacks, wipes, change of clothes for all and I no longer carry a diaper bag. I want a tote. I want a big colorful tote.

September: Pant Suit

Nothing says power or in my husband's eyes "sexy" like a tailored pant suit. While I am not the corporate type gal, I still believe every woman should own one. Knowing myself, I would style it with a bit more edge and most likely wear it with sneakers.

October: Black Booties

Some may see this as a trendy thing and a lot are. I am looking for a classic pair to wear with skirts for work and jeans for play. I'm looking for a classic piece that still turns heads.
Image via Pressroom for Target

November: Long Leather Gloves

I've wanted a pair for as long as I could remember. The pair by Brian Atwood during the Target/ Neiman Marcus collaboration made me fly out and snatch them up. After bringing them home I found that I didn't love them that much for $50 and I returned them. Sure wish I found a pair now that they are 70% off.

December: Amazing Statement Necklace

This is the season that year after year women indulge in their love of all things sparkly. I will too.

Wish me luck as I try to find a reasonable deal for my monthly must haves otherwise my husband might just find that divorcing me just might be cheaper. What do you think your closet needs this year?

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

12 Pieces To Upgrade Any Wardrobe {Part 1}

This is the month where we make resolutions that usually never make it past March. In fact, the gym is usually empty within the first 5 weeks of the new year. While I vowed to shop less this year, I am a realist and know that cutting it out completely is not doable. Instead, I will shop smarter and focus more on things my closet needs and ways to upgrade my own style. Every month, I will focus on one item that could be an instant update to my wardrobe.


January: The Tweed Jacket/Sweater

This classic piece will be great for everyday. I could wear it with jeans for the cool factor (as pictured above) or with a little black dress for a more professional approach.


February: Amazing Trousers

I wear pants more than I do anything else and sometimes jeans just won't cut it. Finding a pair of trousers that are not only comfortable but a pair I won't want to take off will be tough but I'll take on the challenge.

March: The Non-Mom Jean, Mom Jean

Ignoring the fact that I just said "sometimes jeans just won't cut it," I'm going in for a new pair of jeans. I live in the same 3 pairs and while I love them, this mom just needs another she loves just as much and in a different wash. Right now it seems I wear the same pair everyday (and sometimes I do).

Source: via Yanira on Pinterest

April: Light Weight Sweater (In something other than black)

It is right around that time where I feel silly wearing these bulky sweaters when I can smell Spring in the air. Unfortunately, taking in the fresh, Spring air sometimes makes you shiver or even cough. So something light weight but still long sleeve will do. I also have nothing in my closet like this so much needed.

May: Boyfriend Button Down

Yes, the classic white shirt, blah, blah, blah. I need one (a new one at least) and I want one just a bit less fitted and a bit more relaxed. Style tip: I can wear as a beach cover up in the upcoming months!

June: A Day Dress I Can Live In

The one I can wear with jewels for date night, keds to run errands with my little one or with barefoot to sit on my balcony on Sunday mornings. Yes, I dress I won't take off.

Join me tomorrow for part two. What do you think so far?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

First Signs of Aging: How to Fight Back

Just last week, I did a review for Colgate and found that a brighter smile makes a younger looking woman. However, when I was showing off my newly brightened smile my eyes crinkled. I didn't say creased, I said crinkled. I'm looking forward to getting older, I love my body more and I enjoy life more but aging is another story. I don't want to be 20 again but I sure wouldn't mind looking 20. I could have easily edited the image but I chose not to. Why? Well because I am a firm believer in practicing what I preach and showing you the results. Here is what I am doing and what you should be too.

 Water: I know, you have to drink x amount a day but I can't and after a few days. I won't, I'll grab a Pepsi instead. What I can do is drink a glass first thing in the morning and one at night. It isn't 8 glasses but it's better than nothing.

 Treat: I've never been religious about putting on eye cream. In fact, when Artistry Beauty gave me Creme LuXury Eye, their most luxurious eye cream, I put it in my drawer and figured I'd use it when all my other creams finish. After just one week, my eyes looked refreshed, lifted and smoother. It is a bit of a sticker shock but after seeing the results, worth every penny. All other creams rest peacefully at the bottom of the trash.


Sleep: I do not get enough and every day I tell my husband that I am going to bed at 10 and by 1 am, I'm fighting sleep so I can play on Pinterest. There just isn't enough hours in the day but apparently, I'm not getting any younger either. So there you go.

If nothing else, find religion and pray for a miracle. Either that or learn to embrace nature.

Disclaimer: Artistry Beauty did not pay me for this post. The eye cream was gifted, the results real and amazing. You're welcome.

Monday, January 14, 2013

My Own Awards: Golden Globes 2013

I'm sure every everyone saw the Golden Globes last night. Every one but me of course. I watched bits and pieces of the Red Carpet and moved on because I was barely moved at all this year by the fashion trends I saw. If fact, what I liked and didn't like seemed to not coincide with the public opinion on twitter, for example the constant fanning of Anne Hatheway's perfect choice of a Chanel dress made me want to throw up. Seriously, I think everyone loved it because some one else did and everyone jumped on that train. Well I missed that train and while I didn't hate it, I wasn't moved by it either. It was a safe choice. I decided instead to hand out my own awards this year.

 Yeah, I like lamp shades. Considering what else was out there, she definitely did not come close to my worst dressed list. In fact, I like it. Yup, I said it out loud.


Even though we saw this on everybody last year, she rocked it this year.


Do I need to go into detail?


I've seen bridesmaid's dresses better than this and that is not saying much. 


 I feel like we see this dress all the time on her. Yes, your body is banging. We know. I'll give you a pass on the Jolie leg though because their were just a few that were a little more ridiculous.


There was a lot of black on the red carpet. This was simple yet stunning and I do not have a bad thing to say about it.


She is my style icon. I nearly cried when I saw this. Cried. 

It was cute the first day and we were a bit on the fence about it then. We are over it now, you should be too.


Now we all know how much I love my fellow Puerto Ricans and I do support J.Lo and her hotness to the fullest but girlfriend, no. I have grown up and learned that I can be hot wearing clothes too. Tell me when you get that memo. Neck up: Flawless but no surprise there.

Everyone and their mama wore red this year, a daring choice I might add. Jennifer Garner rocked it though.


You decide who is worse. 

And there you have it folks, my own awards show.

*All photos from the Huff Post.
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