10 MATERNITY CLOTHES ESSENTIALS

12/13/2018


My baby is over 6 months and this post has been in my drafts for...well, over 6 months haha.
But no more excuses, let's do this!

I don't believe you should get a lot of maternity clothes. But  at the same time, I know you want to look cute and show off your growing bump while feeling comfortable.

My main issue with maternity clothes is that they fit RIGHT by the third trimester.  I personally love dressing in flowy things, so I had a lot of dresses and tees that worked until the end.  So let me share a few of the pieces I got that I loved and wore throughout my pregnancy.




1) Maternity jeans
Ok, I recommend getting two styles of maternity jeans depending on your style. It can be a pair of black skinny jeans + a pair of boyfriend jeans. I also ended up getting a pair of flared maternity jeans that I loved. You will find pairs with the elastic waistband and some without it. I think it's a personal choice, try them on and see what feels more comfortable.
Maternity jeans styles: Flared, skinny and boyfriend (from left to right).





2) Maternity leggings
I don't seem to have pictures of me wearing my maternity black leggings but they were a lifesaver for every day wear- like at home doing jigsaw puzzles while waiting for baby.  However, I also got this fun pair of plaid leggings that were as comfortable as regular leggings but they also made me feel chic and fashionable.






3)Maternity LBD
Oh YES! A little black dress is just a must-have in regular clothes as in maternity life.  You can dress it up and down. Wear it with a hat during the summer; or add tights and a jacket for the colder days. You can add a statement necklace and cute heels for a date night or a jean jacket to do errands. I wore this dress like crazy, specially when I didn't know what to wear.




4) Fun floral dress
I love a good floral dress, specially because I was in my third trimester during Spring. This dress was also one of my favorites. I wore it with leather jackets, jean jackets, by itself. It was such a fun dress and I always got compliments.




5) Another fun print dress
I've always love polka dots and they were a huge hit the season I was pregnant. Go for your favorite print: plaid, stripes, dots... With this dress, you are definitely building a cute maternity capsule wardrobe. And same, wear it with jackets, with sneakers, boots, heels...it works with anything!






6) Cute message tee
I love rocker tees and tees with messages. I saw a lot of "preggers" that were adorable but this one that said "Le Bump" stole  my heart. I also got a few tees in the plus size section of department stores...or even men's shirts work!


7) Swimsuit
I guess this is more for summer babies...but if you live in a warm-weather city like Miami it is a must. I wore a few of my bathing suits until the third trimester, but I loved sporting one that showed off my belly as it was designed for it!


8) Stretchy body-con dresses
I'm not a big fan of body-con dresses- not pregnant and not when I was super "fit". I just don't feel comfortable BUT they are the best way to show off your bump. This is the only body con stretchy dress I had and I wore it a few times. For these types of dresses to be very flattering, you should add another layer ( a jacket or a cardigan)...it ends up a classic "Kardashian pregnancy style" but I get why they do it: it's sexy, shows off the bump, and fun.

I chose this dress for our maternity shot because I felt it was the piece in my closet that REALLY showed the bump. Now looking back, I wish I would have worn more dresses like this one. It's true that it's nice to look back and be reminiscent.




9) Comfy Pjs
If there is anything I used like crazy during my pregnancy was a pair of PJs I got that said "Preggasaurius" and they had little dinosaurs on it. It was the PJ that I used in so many of my bump selfies.  You'll spend a lot of time in PJs napping (well, I did and you should too)



10) A dressier dress
This could be the dress for your BABY SHOWER or for any special event. But definitely plan to get one beforehand so you are not running around trying to find a cute maternity dress for an unexpected dressy event.


 WHAT DID I MISS? Let me know in the comments.

BUSINESS OF BLOGGING: Behind the Scenes of a Beauty Campaign

12/11/2018

I love sharing "Behind The Scenes" posts because you get to see a little bit of what goes behind a"the life of a blogger". Here are the official pictures that were published but I want to tell you ALL about it.

In April, I was reached out for a perfume campaign that would go live during "Mother's Day".  

Before even saying yes, since it had to do with my mom, I texted her and I asked her for her fashion/beauty icons when she was young (without mentioning it was for a campaign). In her top 3, she mentioned was Elizabeth Taylor, so it made sense and I said yes!! For me it's very important to only partner with brands that I truly believe in.

Instead of just taking pictures with the perfume and mention it would be a great gift for Mother's Day, I got immerse in the concept. I saw two Elizabeth Taylor movies, I googled her story and her life.  I was so fascinated by everything: her obsession with jewels, her marriage, her work, the HIV/AIDS foundation, and more.






Before taking the pictures, I watched a several beauty tutorials on how to recreate her look. However, I also wanted to still be a version of ME inspired by HER. Since she loved blue eyeshadow to make her violet eyes pop, I went for a blue eyeliner wing (which she also sported for a while in the 50s). I liked that my makeup was definitely a classic old Hollywood look with a twist. I did my eyebrows a little bolder and more angular than usual. Last touch? Red lips of course!

Let's talk FASHION. I knew I needed a big statement necklace (hey I don't own diamonds, so this was the closest I had). I was inspired by a photo where she is wearing a fur shrug in bed so I added this jacket to recreate the style.



The brand wasn't specific about the content but they wanted different pictures for IG and Facebook and a mix of flat-lays, product shots, and portraits.  I liked this concept because it challenged me to play with the product.

There was also a little "issue". I was 8 months pregnant in April and due anytime in May. Since the focus of the pictures was beauty and the perfume, I didn't want my bump to be distracting somehow. It was so funny to see me trying to hide my bump  (you can see it in the pictures with Chiki, but those were cropped for social media). And with the fur jacket, most of my belly was out, it was hilarious!

But wait, not only I was worried about the bump in the pictures...I was worried that I would have to post them after giving birth since it wouldn't make much sense. Nico waited a few days after Mother's day, so it ended up being perfect timing.





When researching Liz Taylor's like, I saw she absolutely loved maltese dogs- she had several white fluffy pups during her lifetime.  I Instantly thought "Ok, I have to include Chiki in the pictures".

For this second set of pictures, I switched to a blue smoky and more of  pink shimmery lip. I was also inspired by some classic photos of her in a robe...I did my best to recreate how glam she was.



Do you want to see more of what goes behind a campaign?

Let me know!

10 things I learned traveling to NYC with a BABY

12/10/2018

First of all, I want to apologize for the lack of posts in the blog. I thought I got the hang of it when Nico was a newborn but as he got older, it definitely became harder to sit down and write. I absolutely love being a mom and the time I am free I've been trying to focus on my husband and friends.

But we just started sleep training and I'm excited to get back here, especially because I have so much to share.

Last month we traveled to NYC with a group of friends and I thought it would be fun to do a "10 things" type of list of all the things I learned in NYC with little baby. Like they say, if you can make it in NYC, you can make it anywhere. This is a specific post for NYC, we have done a few trips by now so I'll be sharing one with all my tips and tricks for general traveling!

So let's get this started:

1) Our stroller is HUGE
I have not even thought of this before this trip, but our stroller is HUGE in comparison to NYC strollers. We would go to parks and our stroller was twice the size of any other out there. 

When we came back to Miami, we got the Doona Stroller/Carseat almost instantly since we want to travel a lot with the baby. Official review of the Doona coming soon- so stay tuned.

2) Our friend's help was crucial
I know we would have made it work without our friends but we were so grateful they were there. Not all subway stops have elevators so going up and down the stairs with the HUGE stroller would have been HARD without the help of our friends. If you are traveling alone (or with your husband), make sure to plan ahead and check which subway stops have elevators.

3) NYC's ubers offer car-seats
Just in case you don't feel like taking your car-seat. You can request an Uber with a carseat. That option isn't available in Miami but it is in NYC. I think it costs an extra $5 per ride- but it's very convenient in case of any emergency. I personally prefer the subway but now you know!





4) Changing tables are hard to find
Most NYC restaurants are tiny and they are in the basement with a tiny staircase that leads to it (aka hard to walk down with a baby)...and changing tables were scarce. The good news, Starbucks have changing tables and there are Starbucks in every corner.  Instead of running around, I knew that Starbucks would be a good option when we needed to change him.


5) Dressing him in layers was tricky.
What if he is too hot? What if he is too cold? 
We live in Miami so the less layers...the better. I tried dressing him in layers that would be easy to take them off when we were indoors or in the subway and then puck back on.

I personally don't know what I would have done with snow, so thankfully we experience semi-cold FALL days (aka delicious days!).




6) Stay Calm
I believe our babies feed of our energy. In NYC or any big city, there will be ambulances, police cars, alarms...these sounds can strike your baby. If you stay calm and act like nothing is happening, I think they won't be scared either. Nico fit right in like a little New Yorker.


7) NYC is very kid-friendly
A lot of people are afraid of traveling to NYC with kids because it is a fast-paced city. But I have to disagree, just like anywhere you can find activities that are kid friendly.
Some examples:
- Central Park (duh!): you can find a zoo, a carrousel, an ice skating rink, playgrounds, and more,
- Head to any museum. Considerations: Children's Museum of Manhattan and the Children's Museum of Arts.




8) The city kept Nico entertained
On the contrary to our trip to California, where we were mostly in a car driving around, Nico was so entertained by everything. The lights, the sounds, the streets, the people...everything was so fun for him.  Walk around, have fun...I'm sure your baby will have fun too!


9) You can find anything in NYC
If you forget anything, there's a pharmacy in every single street. We bought all the diapers and wipes there instead of adding so much bulk to our bags. We also ran out of formula and got that there too. So don't worry so much packing, because if you forget anything...you can get it by walking 3 min...or less!



10) The hotels feel smaller with a baby
We stayed at the Freehand and they don't offer cribs so we ended co-sleeping. I know some hotels offer cribs or pack-and-plays, call before making any reservations. But take into consideration that hotels in NYC are tiny and they feel even smaller with a baby and all the things you have to bring

Here I'm wearing:

ZARA camel coat
FOREVER 21 Ramones rocker tee
ZENNIS clear glasses
CLARKS USA black boots


Family Outings around Santa Monica in Rockport

12/05/2018
This post is sponsored by Zappos & Rockport – all opinions are my own.



A little over 6 months ago, we partnered with Rockport & Zappos...and they ended becoming such special photos because that was the day I went into labor! Now I'm super excited to work with them again, and Nico gets to be in the pictures with us! 

As you can see from the title, we are in Santa Monica!!!

 Gabe had a photography job in California so the whole family decided to tag along! It's so fun to explore the world with our little one! Traveling with our baby Nico has taught us to pack SMART.  I've learned to pack only what I need.  I used to bring as many shoes I could, now I'm happy with my pair of black booties and a pair of sneakers.

I mean, if you have been following me for a while you know I LOVE black boots. They are so easy to dress up or down; you can wear them with jeans or skirts; and during any season. To update my black booties, I got Rockport's Total Motion Valerie Luxe Boot. I loved the lateral zipper detail and the heel is only 3 inches- making it perfect to walk around but also feel oh-so-fabulous! They were the perfect pair to bring for the trip.

My husband, Gabe, loves sneakers and he wears them until the shoes "start walking by themselves" after so much use. Taking advantage of Zappos' fast free shipping and 365 return policy, I got the Rockport Colle Tie for him as a surprise.  And they were an instant hit! The premium leather gives them a dressier feel but Gabe says they are light and comfortable. They run a bit big so I suggest getting them half a size smaller.

We met with our friend Gara- who is also responsible for these awesome couple shots!
We walked around the pier, had lunch, and played a second at the arcade. 


For more of Rockport's classic dress styles to chic new boots, head to Zappos!













I'm wearing:

Gabe is wearing:





My Secret Spots in Miami- exploring my city in ROTHY's.

11/16/2018


Miami is such a magical city- with hidden gems in every corner. However, I feel tourists don't get to see the REAL Miami. 

When I was little and we would visit Miami, we would spend days inside a mall. And now I can't believe many tourist don't get out of Miami Beach. Yes, the beach is STUNNING but there is so much more to this city.

So today, as someone who has been living in Miami for 12 years, I'm going to show you three of my favorite areas in the city, + some recommendations about where to go in each area, while wearing the most comfortable shoes from Rothy's! 


About ROTHY'S

As a new mom who is always on the go, I really appreciate comfort more than ever. However, that doesn't mean I want to give up style. I'm absolutely loving these two pairs from Rothy's. They are SO cute and versatile, plus they fit like a glove. 

But wait, the shoes are also produced sustainably !! They are made from 100% recycled water bottles... isn't that incredible? The brand has already repurposed 11 million water bottles. That's so amazing and I hope many brands follow their footsteps (pun intended!)



Get your comfy shoes on...and let's start this little tour around Miami.


MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT

The basics: The Design District is a new neighborhood dedicated to innovative design, luxurious fashion, breathtaking architecture, art galleries, showrooms and dining experiences. 


FOR BRUNCH: OTL
What to order: some of my favorites are the overnight oats and the smoked salmon bagel...but everything is delicious!

PICTURE-WORTHY SPOTS
Walk it from corner to corner and you will find Instagram-worthy spots in every corner- from art installations to stunning architecture and art walls. 

Don't miss:
- Buckminster Fuller's "Fly's Eye Dome": it's a 24-foot Monohex geodesic dome that you can find in the center of Palm Court.
- Netscape: a 24 seat web of hanging chairs by Konstanin.


Eating at OTL with Nico.

Here I'm wearing the Rothy's Garnet Sneaker. I love the deep red color. It works with jeans, skirts, dresses.



Try the SMOKED SALMON BAGEL- OTL- Miami Design District











DOWNTOWN MIAMI

The basics: well, Downtown is our home. We have lived in the Greater Downtown Area since 2012. Downtown Miami is one of the oldest settled area of Miami, with early pioneer settlement dating to early 19th century.   Nowadays, it has become the fastest-growing area in Miami with the greatest concentration of high-rises in the region.

Every day there is a new restaurant in the area; walking around to shoot these pictures, we noticed there are many places we can't wait to try. 


I'm going to give you a few "where to eat" recommendations since this is our neighborhood, we definitely like eating around here.

FOR A PALEO INSPIRED PLATE: Jar and Fork 
FOR JUICES + PLANT BASED MEALS: Manna Life (the superfood arepas are DELICIOUS)
FOR THE BEST CEVICHE EVER: Ceviche 105. I'm a big Ceviche105 fan, the price point for the big portion is great + it's truly delicious. Try the Lomo Saltado
YUMMIEST PAD THAI:  Hibachi Grill and Noodle Bar.


PICTURE-WORTHY SPOTS
- If you want a city vibe, I recommend the corner of NE 1st Street with NE 1st Avenue.
- If you are looking to shoot at a rooftop, head to the parking garage on SE 1st street and SE 2nd Ave.

For a different type of plan: try an escape room. We did all the rooms at Fox in a Box in Downtown and we wish they had more!




Even though, the Downtown is pretty small compared to Downtowns around the U.S. Take the Metrorail to move around Downtown + Brickell.


At the parking garage on SE 1st street and SE 2nd Ave.





MIRACLE MILE - CORAL GABLES

The basics: Coral Gables was one of the first planned communities of the area. It was developed during the Florida Land Bloom of the 1920s and it has a characteristic architecture of Mediterranean Revival. In Coral Gables, I love the Miracle Mile area: a boulevard filled with restaurants, shops, boutiques, and art galleries.

In 2016, Miracle Mile began a design update with wider sidewalks and curb-less street edge..for a friendlier experience.

I feel like I've been giving a lot of food options...but hey, a girl's gotta eat.

FOR BREAKFAST & BRUNCH: Threefold Café.
If a place says "all day breakfast", I'm down!  Some of my favorites at Threefold are: sautee Mushrooms, Morning Monkey (an out of this world banana bread), and the pope benedict eggs.

FOR JUICES + ORGANIC TREATS: Green Life Organic Bistro.
As you can see, I have a thing for green juices. Oh and their carrot cake is delicious!


FOR FUN
- Miracle Mile is FILLED with bridal stores. Even if you are single or already married, it's always fun to pretend you are engaged and try on a few dresses! 
- Actor's playhouse at the Miracle Theater: if you want to take a break from the movies, heading to the Miracle Theater for a play or a musical is a good idea!
- For a fun photo opportunity like the one at the magazine stand: check out Books and Books.

p.s: If you are heading to Coral Gables for famous umbrellas, you are not going to find them! They were a limited time exhibit. However, there's more to see! So don't miss it!






Leopard is SO on trend right now but a pair of leopard flats never go out of style.   Plus they are a neutral that work with any print (like the camo print I'm wearing here!). Check them out at Rothy's by click here.


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Rothy's. All opinions are my own.
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