Looks, Mommy Things

I See You!

This has been a bit of an emotional week for me. After 3 years of being a stay-at-home mom and dedicating my every minute to my little Lucie, I am transitioning into working mom territory! I’ve spent so many days fantasizing about this day. I’ve enviously side-eyed the dressed-up, put-together-looking working moms in my elevator as I am hauling my screaming baby and dog for our morning walk in my same disheveled yoga pants look I’ve been rocking all week. I’ve had countless moments of feeling fed up, exhausted, isolated, useless, and “ready” to return to work, but when I actually had opportunities, I freaked and realized I wasn’t ready to leave my baby’s side. I feel so beyond fortunate that I have had the privilege of dedicating myself to my baby for her first three years of life. I wouldn’t have had it any other way, no matter how many hairs I’ve pulled out of my head and extra wrinkles I have from exasperated crying! I admire moms that have worked from the start, and my heart goes out to the ones that have had no choice. I fully understand that we all have our different contexts and stories and that what is best for some is not best for all. But something that does make me sad is that I have felt more supported and celebrated about my decision to return to work than for my decision to be a stay-at-home mom. There is no bigger sacrifice you can make than to bring a life into this world and leave behind everything you used to know about yourself including your career, identity that comes with your career, money, and general day-to-day life, in order to dedicate yourself to a tiny being. I wish that our society understood, honored and appreciated not only the sacrifices stay-at-home parents make, but also the extent to which this benefits our children. So, here is a big shout-out to all you stay-at-home moms and dads out there. I see you, I appreciate you, and I celebrate you!

Wish me luck on my next adventure! I miss my baby already :’(.


Top: Clu | Shorts: American Eagle | Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff  (sale for $133) | Sunglasses: Chloe | Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff



Bargain Shopping, Looks

Color-Blockin’ Head to Toe

To know Zara is to love Zara. I find it pretty amazing that no matter what your personal style or budget, just about anyone can go into a Zara store and leave with something they love. I mean how many stores can you really say that about? They definitely know what they’re doing! Even the children’s clothing is to-die-for-cute. On my latest trip to Zara I left with an amazing pair of black skinny jeans (see last post) and this great blouse. I was attracted to it right away because of the unexpected semi-attached front black panel. Anything easy-to-wear with a little unexpected, quirky touch always catches my eye! Same reason I fell for these 6397 two tone pants. The black sweat-pant material in back makes them so super comfy! Another sample sale score from my trip to New York. :)


Top: Zara (similar herehere and here) | Pants: 6397 | Shoes: Pour la Victoire | Sunglasses: Chloe | Jewelry: Chloe and Isabel 


Bargain Shopping, Looks

Sample Sales – A Bargain Shopper’s Dream!

It was so so nice to be in chilly New York for the weekend! It was a very short trip, but well worth it. I had been in dire need of a break from this Miami November heat wave. I would honestly say that half the fun was just going through my ‘winter clothes’ and putting actual layered looks together. I recently purchased this super yummy and fluffy faux fur vest ($35) from Nordstrom Rack and knew I had to bring it. I love vests because they are such a great layering piece with many styling options. I wore it with one of my favorite quirky vintage sweater with an all- over panther print. I also recently found these skinny black jeans ($36) at Zara which fit like an absolute glove- if you’re in need of a black skinny, I highly recommend them!

So onto the highlight of my trip —> sample sales! As a true bargain addict, there is pretty much nothing I love more. For those of you that are not familiar, listen up! These sales happen when designers need to get rid of merchandise so they offer deep discounts (I’m talking at least 50% off) in order to make space for their new items. I went to the Rebecca Minkoff and another sale with various designers and was in discount-shopping heaven! I bought everything from a $50 pair of Rebecca Minkoff studded booties to a pair of 6397 jeans for $30 (originally $325). The only danger with these sales is that it’s hard to leave things behind when the prices are so good. The best sample sales are in New York so next time you’re in the city, do yourself a favor and look up what sample sales are going on!. My go-to’s for sample sale info are racked.com and lazarshopping.com.

You can thank me later!


Vest: Melrose and Market ($36.97) | Jeans: Zara ($35.09)| Sweater: Vintage | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell |

Handbag: Valentino | Sunglasses: Chloe

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