REMIX: 35 looks with OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS

5/15/2018



You can call me "attached"; but when you find a great piece, you should hold on to it.
It's like that saying "why fix it if it's not broken".

I got these boots who knows how long ago, probably in 2014. They are from Guess, I tell you because that's the number one question; but as you can imagine, they don't sell them anymore. At the end of this post, you can see similar versions at different price points.

There are many things that make these boots great:
- They have a chunky heel so it's not the typical sexy over the knee boot.
- They are very narrow, so they don't fall off my knees.
- Well, as you can see, they go with EVERYTHING.

I did a remix with them in 2016, it included 12 looks. But I haven't stopped wearing them, they especially make their appearance in the colder months.


WHAT TO WEAR TO YOUR BABY SHOWER?

5/14/2018


I've said it every time I talk about pregnancy style- all I want is to be comfortable. If we could, we probably would wear leggings and a big sweatshirt to our own baby shower

However, this is the occasion where all eyes will be on you and on your bump (and the perfect excuse buy something cute). Regularly baby showers are thrown during the last trimester of pregnancy. I celebrated mine at 32-33 weeks and I felt it was the perfect time time. There was cute bump to show  off and my energy levels were definitely higher than the latter weeks.

Per usual, there are many things you should take into consideration:
- Is it a outdoors or indoors?
- What's the theme? Is it glam, bohemian, or more casual?
- Is it a brunch, a sit-down lunch, or more of an afternoon get-together with light bites?

My first baby shower (you can see all details about it HERE) was outdoors so I knew I wanted a comfortable bohemian dress that went with the theme. Also I didn't want to wear any heels so I wore booties and a hat.  However, for my second baby shower. I knew I had to dress up a bit more since it was with an amazing group of 12 fashionable bloggers + itt was at a restaurant and a sit down lunch.

Now that you know the what, where, when. Let's talk outfit ideas!


WHITE/LACE DRESS


From Left to Right: Cara Loren, Barefoot Blonde, and Pink Peonies You can never go wrong with a white and/or lace dress. It shows off your bump beautifully and it has that angelic feeling of carrying a new life.  Go for a pop of color in your shoes (maybe hinting the baby's gender), and play with your hairstyle (buns and braids are a great idea).

If you are going for a body-con silhouette: make sure the fabric is stretchy enough so you will be comfortable all day. Breathable cottons are recommended.







MAXI DRESSES ARE YOU BEST FRIEND
Pregnant women look stunning in maxi dresses- and we sure are comfortable in them. These are a great option if you want to hide you swollen ankles and want overall comfort. You can wear your favorite sandals and look just as dressy as you would with heels.

Go for pastel maxis and floral prints. I also don't think it's necessary .but I think it's super cute when the mother is wearing pink/purple when it's a girl, and navy/blues when it's a boy. Also, the best way to show off your bump in a maxi dress is looking for dresses that cinch right above your bump.



ADD A KIMONO OR A DUSTER
You might be one of the "lucky" ones but pregnancy means gaining weight all over- and it's okay to be a bit conscious (I repeat, A BIT, you are stunning!! Looking for flattering silhouettes is not feeling shame the extra pounds).  Kimonos and dusters are a great way to keep the focus on the bump and keep it very flattering

They are also a great way to dress up jeans for a casual baby shower, or add a boho feel to any dress.



WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES

If the baby shower is in a garden, definitely stay away from heels. If it's a fancy sit down lunch, and you are not going to spend a lot of time standing up, go for your favorite heels.  I recommend shoes with a lower heel, a chunkier heel, wedges, booties, flats, or sandals.



What are you planning on wearing to your baby shower? or maybe share with us what you wore already? XOXO



“Friendly Beauty Ritual”- Beauty Lessons Passed Through Generations

5/08/2018
This post was sponsored by Ulta Beauty. All opinions are my own.


With #MothersDay right around the corner, I’m excited to partner with  Ulta Beauty  and talk about the beauty lessons passed through generations in our family. I got together with my cousins and started to reminisce while playing with all things beauty, listening to music, and laughing until we couldn’t laugh no more.

But let me introduce you to them first…say hi to # 26, #27 and #28…as in grandchildren! Yes, we are that MANY cousins- big Hispanic family for sure. My grandma had 9 children, 6 were girls and 3 boys. I cannot imagine all the fights in that house about who took whose dress or lipstick. But it was probably so much fun. 


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Con el Día de la Madre a la vuelta de la esquina, estoy súper emocionada de unirme a Ulta Beauty para compartir algunas enseñanzas del mundo de la belleza que han pasado generación tras generación en nuestra familia.

Les presento a la # 26, # 27 y # 28…¡las 3 últimas nietas de nuestra abuela! (y ¡sí! Somos muchísimos primos). Hace poco me reuní con dos de mis primas  favoritas y empezamos a recordar a nuestra abuela mientras nos consentíamos con productos de belleza, escuchábamos música y nos reíamos sin parar.

Les cuento un poco de mi familia. Mi abuela tuvo 9 hijos, 6 mujeres y 3 hombres. Yo no puedo imaginar todas las peleas en esa casa sobre quien le robó tal vestido o labial a la otra, pero al mismo tiempo todos lo que compartían. 

Preventing Stretch Marks During Pregnancy- PRODUCT COMPARISON

5/07/2018


A few weeks ago, I talked about "BODY IMAGE DURING PREGNANCY": about the pressure we feel to stay as small as possible, to not get stretch marks, to bounce back as soon as we give birth, etc. So before starting this article, I want to say it again: 

YOU ARE CREATING LIFE AND THERE ISN'T ANYTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THAT.

However, I'm not saying you should LET GO.   Loving your body means giving it the best it deserves.
You should definitely be active, eat your veggies, drink your water, have an extra delicious cookie, and why not? hydrate your skin to prevent or reduce stretch marks.  I just want you to enjoy this process, and not dwell in a few extra pounds or stretch marks because "society says so".


 There are many risks factors  when it comes to getting stretch marks- some are completely out of your control (genetics, carrying multiples, large baby, and excess of amniotic fluid) while on other factors, you have a bit of more control (diet, slow moderate weight gain, & hydration).

Butters, lotions, creams, and oils can help (especially with the itchiness and dryness)- but there isn't a magical formula.  I personally think they have worked for me, and it feels like a little moment to bond with my baby rubbing my belly.

I've gotten a few questions about the products I would recommend. So here they are : products I've used and tried + each one's pros and cons. 




Little Dates...with Timberland

4/30/2018
This post is sponsored by Zappos & Timberland – all opinions are my own.

Every time we go to my midwife, he says good-bye by saying something along the lines of "ENJOY, GO OUT,  take advantage of every little moment of YOU TWO because everything is going to change once baby is here".

We cannot be any more excited to take baby to all of our little adventures, travel with him, take him everywhere; but of course, after 12 years of being just US (and Chiki), we are taking the doctor's advice and we are just enjoying every moment as much as we can.

I'm already 37 weeks pregnant; this means that no matter where we go, being comfy is a priority. Reason why I was very excited to partner with Zappos & Timberland. I instantly new that these lightweight and fashionable  FlyRoam Go sneakers were the right pair for me- PLUS I got Gabe the matching pair because I knew he would wear them non-stop (and I was correct!).  Zappos has been one of my go-tos for so long (especially for shoe shopping) because of their fast and free shipping,  a great range of styles, and their incredible customer service.




BLOGGING BIZ: 10 mistakes I've made as a fashion blogger

4/28/2018



I love making little lists. So why not look back at the mistakes I've made as a blogger over the years?
Some of the points are a bit more serious than others where I'm just kind of laughing at the things I used to do.

I'm definitely STILL making mistakes. I'm far from perfect, but I love the process of learning and evolving along the way.


1. Not knowing my worth

I still struggle with fighting for my worth. I wrote more in depth about this topic in this article.

When I started I felt many brands took advantage of me. I was creating content for free and I was making sales for third partes without receiving a dime. For example: a local brand only let me borrow their clothes (meaning I didn't receive merchandise as payment either), I was never paid for brand awareness, I know the owner sold many pieces because of me but I never received a commission, I was reposted in their account (meaning they thought they had some rights to my content somehow), etc.

There is so much work involved in what we do, we have to put our foot down and make sure we know that your worth is more the number on your profile, it's your time, effort, talent, and creativity. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!


2. Not Dressing for the Job I wanted
Wearing the bags I was called on.

There was, and maybe still is, a website/forum where people would dedicate a lot of time to trash bloggers.  I'm not going to name it because it doesn't need any publicity and you girls do not need that type of negativity in your life. Thankfully, I was talked about there just once and they accused me of wearing fake bags.

 I never wore fake bags. I wore designer inspired bags in 2011-2012. They were from an online boutique that never claimed them to be designer bags (and neither did I). If you have been following me, you might remember them. They were Hermes, Chloe, and Balenciaga lookalikes.

However, seeing my name on that site for that specific reason made me open my eyes. If I wanted to be taken seriously in the industry, I had to stop promoting sites with obvious knockoffs of designer clothes, bags, and accessories.


 They say you have to dress for the job you want, not the job you have...and it's absolutely true! I'm not saying you should go ahead and get a $100k loan to dress in Valentino so Valentino will contact you to collaborate.  BTW, BryanBoy once said that he did exactly that. He got a loan and invested in designer clothes so he would work with high-end designer. This absolutely worked for him. But I don't recommend it!


Slowly I started investing in pieces; a few designer bags and shoes, and middle-range clothes. Guess what? Those knockoff brands stopped reaching out and now I was talking with that middle-price-point I was happy with.



3. Not Knowing How To Say No
At the beginning, I was so grateful with every opportunity I got that I would say YES to everything.  It wasn't because of the money, it was because I felt extremely grateful to be considered for all these things, for turning a little hobby into a job.

But you know what happens when you don't say "no"? You start losing yourself.  And again, if you are not doing things that are 100% you, you are not connecting 100% with your audience and you will continue to attract brands and people that are not truly YOU.

I know it's hard; maybe you need to pay your bills, maybe you are like me and just get excited about any work opportunity. But saying YES to things that align with your work, aesthetics, values will only bring more, I promise.



4. Not Connecting With The Audience.
I think the biggest mistake a blogger can make is looking at their audience as followers instead of a community. This industry is a two-way communication system, we are not celebrities and you, as a "reader" shouldn't just listen to what we say or do. 

Nowadays, I take a lot of time to make sure I answer as many comments as I can and that I go to other people's profiles and check them out, stalk them, & give them love. But there was a time I didn't do this, at least not as frequent as I should have- and that was a BIG mistake.



5. Not Showing My True Self
When I started blogging, I would put on this " fashion mask".  I'm not saying I was "fake" but I thought people would ONLY care about what I had to say as a fashion blogger. This lead to only writing about fashion and not fully showing who I was.  People knew where I was going with that look, and what I did- but the true NANY and her feelings were still kind of a mystery.

I still struggle to show a lot of me. I don't know how silly I can be. I have a sarcastic type of humor that a lot of people do not understand- I have twitter for letting all my sarcastic self out.  I'm not an extrovert so getting off my shell was, and will always be, definitely hard.



6. Shooting in random places

Like I've said, I've always being a shy person. So imagine this situation, it's 2010, nobody knows what blogging is and I'm in the middle of the street with a dressier outfit than the regular gal: EVERYONE WOULD STARE.

Our solution? Go to an empty street that literally had cows and horses around and shoot there- that's where the above pictures where taken in 2012. I would stand in the middle of the street with sequins on. I cringe now but I thought I was killing it by then.


Fastforward to 2018 and now I think it's very important that the look you are wearing matches the place were you are taking the picture (unless you are a Vogue type of editorial blogger...but most of us aren't). For example, if you are wearing a gown: don't shoot in the train tracks or in a zoo. It simply does not make sense.  Let's keep it real.




7. Comparing Yourself to Other Girls in The Industry.
This one is really hard because, even if you know the theory, we are humans and we overanalyze what our peers are doing. I've seen many girls that started at the same time than I did hit the 1 million followers like it was nothing. I do feel stuck sometimes and I start to wonder "WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?". This also applies to comparing outfits, designer stuff, fab trips, etc.

This question can lead to stress and envy- but most important it can lead to a place where you stop enjoying what you do...and that's when trouble begins. At this moment, you start to think there is a formula to success. And it's happening, I go to my IG and I see girls doing the same thing over and over because they think that's what will make them rise. 

Remember to always stay authentic!



8. Not Collaborating With Other Peers
Stronger together. With Andrea Eraso (@ErasoAndrea), Valentina Tamayo (@MVTrends), and Gaby Aleixandre (@VoguishdDiet)

Ok I said not to compare yourself but that doesn't mean not acknowledging your collages. YOU ARE NOT COMPETITION. Each one has something unique to offer if you stay authentic. 

I get along with my fellow bloggers. I've bonded with a lot of them and consider them FRIENDS and CLOSE FRIENDS. But it wasn't until recently that I started collaborating with them in different ways. 

I started the "10 Questions With"- which I want to continue doing as soon as the baby is here. There I shot with friends and I asked them fun questions about their blog. Also I love sharing my experiences and making them sure they don't make the mistakes I've made.

Why not work together? I truly believe we are stronger together in this industry.


9. Not Looking Carefully at the Legal Side of the Industry (Taxes, Contracts, Rights, etc).
When you start making money, you start getting contracts. This means a lot of LEGAL TALK. If you are not sure about something, have someone look at your contract. It can be a friend, family, family friend, you get the drill.  Contracts can be very lengthy and complicated, and BIG things can be hidden in ways you will never expect.

This probably deserves another post but make sure to look into the Rights. Are you giving them fully rights of your content? Worldwide rights? Digital? for 6 months? for a year? indefinitely?  All of this has a substantial weight in the cost of your content.

Also look at exclusivity closely, terms of payment,  usage of your image and likeness, and termination clauses.

Never, EVER, sign anything without fully reading it and understanding it.

Also, taxes for freelance bloggers are confusing and complicated. Don't be afraid to hire an accountant, that peace of mind is simply priceless.






10. Not Delegating
As bloggers we start  by doing it all; and as we continue to grow, we might become overwhelmed with the amount of work in the different areas.  

As humans, we have to accept we are not the best at everything. It's ok to ask for help AND hire people that are specialists in other areas.


Like I've mentioned before, it is okay to delegate the legal side to lawyers; to hire an account for taxes and bookkeeping; to hire a web designer to take your blog to the next level; to a hire photographers; to hire an intern for overall assistance...invest in your blog!




So now it's your turn to share YOUR MISTAKES WITH ME! Let's laugh them out, move on, and learn from each other!

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