Fashion

Mom uniform

My colors of choice are always white, black and grey.  Are they even considered colors?  As much as I try to incorporate color into my wardrobe I always go back to the basics.  I guess you just have to stick with what you feel comfortable wearing.  With that being said…here I am in a T-shirt and jeans.  This has been my staple “mom uniform”.

Before Carlota, I envisioned myself as a mom prancing around in my heels, crop tops and whatever else was  in season.  A year later, I find myself rummaging amongst my T-shirts daily deciding if I should wear the striped one, black or white.  I’ve come to terms that this is the new me.  Wearing pumps running after a toddler in the park is just not my reality, and I’m ok with that.  Some days I’m super casual and just throw on a pair of sneakers, and others I find ways to dress up my look with my accessories.  The best part about a T-shirt and jeans is that you look cool and chic without making it seem like you’re trying to hard….because let’s face it you probably aren’t!!

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Cardigan:  On Sale Here  and here //

Tee:  On Sale here  //

Jeans:  Here (Similar non destructed here)  //

Hat:  Anthropologie old(Similar herehere and here) //

Espadrilles: Chanel (Similar here, here and here) //

Bag: Here  //

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I hope you are having a great weekend.  We’ve been taking it easy over here taking Carlota to swim lessons, walks to the farmers market and the park.  I love these simple weekends with my little family.  Im just trying to soak in these moments as much as I can.

Here are a few of my looks this past week that didn’t make the blog.

Sorry for making this a short one….time to go play with my babe!!!

xox

Andrea

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Moto Pants:  Zara  (Similar here and here) //

Sweater: Banana Republic (Similar here) //

Sneakers: New Balance (Similar here and here) //

Sunglasses: here //

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Shirt: here (Dress version here) //

Jeans: J Brand (Similar here and here) //

Shoes: Chanel Espadrilles (Similar here, here and here) //

On Carlota

Onesie:  Old Navy (Cute pineapple shirts here, here and here) //

Pants: Gap (I really hope they come back in the fall – similar here) //

Shoes: Here (Less expensive here) //

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Dress: Here – Currently 40% off with code VROOM //

Sweatshirt: Here  //

Jacket: Here – Currently 40% off with code VROOM //

Boots: Here (Less expensive version here and here) //

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It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to!!

Carlota’s first birthday party was a pink and white paradise.  I’m so excited to finally share photos from that special day.  It’s so cliche, but that first year goes by in a blink of an eye.  My baby is now officially a toddler.  I almost feel like as soon as she hit that 12 month mark, she transitioned almost over night.  She’s a walking, talking babe and always in the fast lane.   I knew I needed to make her first birthday memorable…and it sure was!

We held the celebration at her favorite park.  She loves the outdoors, so we knew that would be a perfect location.  We filled the space with flowers and balloons to make it a pink and white wonderland.  I definitely went a little overboard with the balloons but it made our space magical. It was worth it.  The  best part was sharing the balloons with our guests and some of the kids at the park.  Seeing their faces when we gave them a huge bouquet to take home was priceless.

Carlota was very excited for her party.  She was running around playing and helping us set everything up.  When the party started, she was ready for her photoshoot and welcomed all her friends.  After about 30 minutes this baby was exhausted from all the excitement.  The group photos of all the babies was pretty comical.  Carlota was not having it at all.  The theme song “it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to”  kept playing in my head because that’s exactly how Carlota felt.  It was a good try….but I was foolish to think we could place  8 babies and have them sit pretty all together for a picture.

Carlota had her own little cake for the cake smash and again she was a little camera shy.  Not really feeling it she dabbled her fingers in the icing but that was about it.  Thankfully we had some photos of a cake smash she did for her group birthday celebration with the babies from our Mommy & Me.  Nothing is ever going to run exactly how you plan it and sometimes you just have to go with the flow.  I’m slowly trying to learn that.

We were very thankful to have so many people celebrating this special day with us.  Some of our loved ones were not able to make it but were there in spirit, and on FaceTime.  You can see a few more photos of her birthday here and Carlota playing in the mud while mama is setting up here.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing these memories with our family.

With Love,

Andrea

 

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Romper:  Mint Julep Boutique //

Jacket:  Here (Select colors on sale here) //

Boots Here (Less Expensive here) //

On Carlota

Birthday Hats:  Kutie Bow Tuties //

Dress:  It was a gift  (Similar here) //

Onesie: Etsy HoneyduClothing//

Shoes: here //

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Coachella Style

Coachella this year was amazing .  I haven’t had many nights out since Carlota was born.  Having 3 nights of drinks and adult time felt like a blast from the past.  It was great having 3 date nights in a row with the hubby and friends.  I did miss the babe but we had our own #BABYCHELLA daily at home before we went to the festival.  This year Carlota was all about denim and I was all about the romper.  I’ll post her looks soon.

In festivals my number one priority is comfort.  I always want to look cute, but I also need to make sure I’m not grumpy by the end of the night because my feet hurt or my outfit is uncomfortable.  I know that Instagram photo is important, but I also don’t want to miss out on enjoying my time because I’m not dressed appropriately.  You can still look cute while being comfortable all day.  What are your festival essentials??  Here are my looks:

My Day 1 look

Black is always one of my go to colors, and I loved the scalloped details on this romper.  Adding the bandana, belt and hat, gave this look a cowboy vibe.

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Romper:  Bloomingdales  (Similar here and love this one) //

Belt: B-low the Belt  //

Bandana: Target (Also Here ) //

Hat:  Here //

Boots:  Here (Less expensive version here) //

Day 2 look

A simple tee and shorts with added bling!  I think I will be living in these shorts this summer.  They are my new favorites.

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Shirt: Chaser (Also here and similar here) //

Shorts:  One Teaspoon //

Necklace:  Mirina Collections //  Use discount code withlove20 for 20% off

Day 3 look

This was my favorite look and I couldn’t wait to wear the white romper.

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 Romper: Spell by Gypsy (Tank version here) //

Purse:  T J Maxx (Similar here and here) //

Bandana:  Target (Also here) //

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Festival Florals

I can’t believe Festival season is here already and Coachella weekend 1 starts tomorrow.  We will be heading down to Coachella Valley next weekend for the music festival and I couldn’t be more excited.  This year will be a different experience than others in the past and I can’t wait.

I’m just not ready to leave my babe behind for the weekend, so Carlota will be joining us in Palm Desert.  This means that late night festival afterparties will consist of baby snuggles and pajamas.  I wouldn’t want it any other way…..at least that’s what I keep telling myself.  Another exciting difference is that BCN will be serving in the VIP area.  For those who don’t know BCN is my brother-in-law and husbands restaurant located in West Hollywood.  It serves street fare from Barcelona and it’s delicious.  If you are going to the festival be sure to stop by and say hi!!

If you’ve ever been to Coachella you know the fashion is just as important as the music festival itself.  It’s almost like a fashion show at the Empire Polo Club.  There are Pinterest boards set up just for Coachella outfits.  With motherhood getting in the way I haven’t had too much time to think about my looks.  When I came across this floral romper by Mint Julep Boutique I knew it was going to be in the lineup.  I love the fit and subdue sexiness it evokes.  Pair it with a cute bra, a statement necklace, or a great belt and you are good to go.  I knew the romper was a must have because it can be so versatile.    You can give it an edgy look by adding a fedora, leather jacket and booties; or pair it with a dainty necklace, and sandals and wear it to the beach.  I wore it here for Carlota’s first birthday and I can’t wait to post all about that experience next week.

Who’s headed to Coachella this year?  Do you have a romper in your outfit line up?

With Love,

Andrea

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Romper:  Mint Julep Boutique //

Jacket:  Here (Select colors on sale here) //

Boots:  Here (Less Expensive here) //

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Mirror mirror on the hall

The architecture of the Walt Disney concert hall is spectacular.  Just look at these mirrored walls.  Its a blogger and photographer’s paradise.  (I think there were 5 different shoots along the building for the hour we were there).   If only LA traffic wasn’t as grid lock all the time, we would be here more often.  The less you have to drive, the better. Especially when you have a screaming baby in the back seat.  Thankfully, as Carlota has gotten older she has started to tolerate car rides……most of the time.  The problem has now become getting her fastened in her chair.  This is now a 5 minute challenge that consists of screaming, arching her back and squirming.  I’m sure you other mamas know exactly what I’m talking about.

Today’s outfit is one of my favorites.  A silk shirt, skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots; definitely one of my go-to looks.  I love the neck scarf and bow tie trend thats been getting a lot of popularity lately.  It’s a perfect accessory to transform your casual white shirt and jeans.  If you’ve been following my blog you will realize I’m all about having classic pieces in your closet that will last for years and adding “in trend” items to give a fresh outlook.  I frankly don’t have the closet space or the finances to constantly be shopping for new clothes weekly.  Instead I invest in pieces I know I will wear for years, and try to find the deals on items that I know may only last for a season.

What does your closet consist mostly of Trendy or Classic items?  Hope you had a great weekend.

With love,

Andrea

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Shirt: here (On sale here, similar here and love this) //

Bow: here (Similar here) //

Jeans: here (Similar here and here) //

Boots: here ( More affordable here) //

On Carlota

Dress: El Corte Ingles (Similar here and here) //

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No longer a baby!?!

In just over a week my little angel is going to be one!!!  ONE!!  I still don’t think I can wrap my head around this.  Today was graduation day.  How have I already experienced a graduation with her.  lol.  She graduated from our Mommy & me class and it was such a bitter sweet experience.  I am proud of the little lady she’s becoming and so sad that my tiny baby isn’t so tiny any more.  This class and the mama’s I’ve met have been such a support system for me.  For any first time moms, I couldn’t recommend joining a group like this enough.  Having friends and a support system of people going through the exact same things as you is amazing.  Especially that first year of sleepless nights, new emotions and many firsts.

Lately Carlota has been keeping my hands full.  There are just not enough hours in the day and unfortunately I haven’t had as much time to focus on my blog.  I don’t know how all the mama bloggers do it out there.

Normally you will see the both of us in jeans and a T-shirt but today we got dolled up.  This  shift dress is perfect for any occasion.  I could dress it down or pair it with these boots and hat for a hip night out.  Maybe I need to start planning some more of those soon so that I can wear it more often!!  This clutch is handmade by J c & e and I just love the details. Its perfect for sprucing a simple monochromatic look.

Thanks for stopping by.

With Love,

Andrea

 

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Dress:  COS   (Similar here summer version here) //

Hat: J crew  (Similar here and here) //

Clutch: J c & e  (Similar here and here) //

Boots:  YSL (Similar herehere and here) //

On Carlota:

Dress: Gap (Similar here, here and here) //

Moccs:  Freshly picked  //

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