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Friday, January 30, 2015

British Styling :: Fair Isle + Wellies

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Cardigan: LOFT Waterfall Cardigan (sold out, similar)
Top: Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater (buy, similar)
Bottom: Citizens of Humanity 'Racer' Maternity Jeans c/o (buy, non-maternity)
Shoes; Hunter 'Tour' Rain Boots (buy, original Hunter style)
Bag: Chanel M/L Flap (buy, similar)
Necklace: Charlotte Russe (old, similar)
Watch: Michael Kors 'Lexington' (buy)
Bracelets: Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Bangle Set (buy)
Hat: Joules Fair Isle Pom Beanie c/o (buy, similar - on sale!, similar)

This was the last outfit that I wore right before I went into labor with Kennedy (it seems like forever ago!) and I'm so glad I was able to sneak in a last mommy and son photoshoot with Dylan.  A new-to-me brand that I've been obsessed with lately is Joules (you may remember these new favorite bow rain boots?).  It's a UK brand that's been around for three decades but has just recently crossed the pond over to the US.  I just love the brand's classic British style how they mix in a bit of fun with colorful prints and patterns.  They have pieces for the whole family so I couldn't help but dress up Dylan in a cute polar bear sweater and picked out a fair isle pom beanie for myself too!  

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on Dylan: 
Top: Joules BabyBear Knitted Jumper c/o (sold out)
Bottom: Gymboree Corduroy Pants (similar)
Shoes: Osh Kosh B'Gosh Oxfords (similar)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Welcome to the world, Kennedy Mei

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Meet the newest member of our family, Kennedy Mei!  

No later than 30 minutes after jokingly posting that our little lady didn't seem like she would be making an appearance on her due date, she decided to kick things into gear and I started having regular contractions soon afterwards,  Kennedy was born one day later on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm and measured 19" long and weighed 6 lbs, 13 oz.  She has been stealing our hearts every minute.


It's incredible the memories that I have from the past couple of days.  From meeting and holding Kennedy and learning all of her little sounds, to seeing Adrian give her Eskimo kisses and rock her to sleep, to the tender way that Dylan strokes Kennedy's cheeks and hair whenever he sees her, my heart is literally bursting with love over here.  Motherhood is really something else and I'm so privileged to experience it all over again with our sweetest baby girl.

Thank you everyone for all of your support on social media (you have no idea how much it means to me) and I hope to have a full birth story up next week once I get the details back from my doula (all those hours are a blur to me already).  We're finally back home today and slowly adjusting to a new normal around here.  I can't wait to share more soon but in the meantime keep up with me over on Instagram!


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Red Trench + Joules Bow Rain Boots // 40-Week Bump

For those of you who follow my Instagram, you may know that I actually gave birth to our baby girl, Kennedy Mei Valenzuela, yesterday at 10:15pm.  We're all doing really well and enjoying the time alone with our baby girl right now in the hospital before we're discharged tomorrow.  While I will definitely be posting on the blog soon with baby updates, I have a few looks left where I'm still sporting my baby bump that I plan on interspersing here and there.  I had this post mostly drafted up before I went into labor on Sunday night that I wanted to go ahead and share as I'm enjoying some down time now after having nursed Kennedy.  I hope you enjoy and in the meantime, please follow me on Instagram for more baby updates!

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Trench: Forever 21 (old, similar, similar)
Top: Forever 21 Striped Turtleneck (buy)
Bottom: Citizens of Humanity 'Racer' Maternity Jeans c/o (buy, non-maternity)
Shoes: Joules 'Evedon' Black Bow Wellies c/o + Invisible Heels inserts (buy)
Bag: Chanel M/L Flap (similar)
Necklace: Perry Street 'Lina' via Rocksboxget 1 month free using kileenxoxo (similar)
Bracelets: Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Classic Bangle Set (buy)
Watch: Michael Kors 'Lexington' (buy)
Sunglasses: Karen Walker 'Number One' (buy)

Having a fun pair of rain boots makes any rainy or cold day a bit better and this pair of Joules wellies are my new favorite!  They have a classic riding boot look in the front and a fun bow detail in the back that just make them so unique.  And while I don't always mix black and brown, I think this particular color combination here conveniently makes it easy to pair with just about any outfit!

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There's no better way to perk up the gloomiest of days than with this pop of yellow bows!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sephora Haul / Mini Review

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too faced kabuki brush

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In addition to the new beauty items that I picked up at the drugstore a few weeks ago, I also picked up quite a few things recently from Sephora.  I've been getting back into makeup lately after having been stuck in a bit of a rut and these new beauties definitely have me excited about makeup and skincare again!

I had just run out of my previous nighttime moisturizer and while I loved how hydrated my skin felt from using it, I wanted something that provided some toning / firming as I've felt like my face has started looking a bit bloated lately (most likely due to the water I'm retaining now that I've hit the 40-week mark of pregnancy...).  This moisturizer is actually an overnight mask so it's on the richer side, but I find that it's perfect for my super dry skin!  I slather it on at night and find that it pretty much completely absorbs into my skin within 5 minutes -- I haven't had any issues with the product transferring to my pillow.  The scent is very clean and fresh (reminds me of cucumbers actually) and personally I think it even helps me fall asleep at night!  After almost 3 week of using this product every single night, I actually have noticed that my skin has felt more supple and I don't see as much roundness in my face as I did before.  Given the fact that I'll soon be sleep-deprived taking care of a newborn, I'm definitely glad I have this cream to save me from looking as haggard as I know I'll be feeling.  The product is on the pricier side, but the tub is huge and no doubt will be lasting me a long while!

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latest look using the too faced bronzer (applied with the kabuki) and dipbrow eyebrow pomade. undereye concealer blended with beauty blender.

other products used:
face:  hourglass primer, giorgio armani luminous silk foundation (shade 4),
cheeks: hourglass ambient light powder (radiant light)
eyes:  MAC eyeshadows -- satin taupe (lid), soft brown (outer crease), vanilla (highlight),
blacktrack eyeliner, benefit they're real mascara
lips: mac pro longwear lipstick (soft sell)

anastasia beverly hills dipbrow pomade

I've been filling in my brows using eyeshadow for years now, but I've had issues where the powder doesn't last all day (especially through a sweaty crossfit or yoga workout).  I had to play around with how to apply this pomade the first few times, but now that I have a technique figured out, I love it!  For me, I apply the product using an angled synthetic brush (mine is from Seva Beauty but similar to this one) and after lightly dipping the brush into the tub, I swipe it first on the inside of the cap.  Otherwise, I find that too much product will transfer initially to my brows and they end up looking a bit too "painted on.  The pomade is the perfect mix of color and gel to allow me to fill in my brows as well as shape them into place.  And although my brows are more of a black color naturally, I typically fill them in with a brown shade (I use this pomade in dark brown) as I find that it makes my face look less harsh and goes better with my warm undertones.

beautyblender sponge

This BeautyBlender sponge is perfect for smoothing out undereye concealer.  The sponge will remove any excess product and it blends product all the little crevices in my eye without applying too much.  My concealer doesn't settle into the fine lines under my eyes and the sponge really helps make the result look natural!

too faced chocolate soleil bronzer

I've been using the same Benefit Hoola bronzer for several years now and was excited to finally hit pan earlier this year,  This bronzer has just the right warmth to it (better than the Benefit one) and applies evenly over the hollows of my cheeks without a nice matte finish.  My skin tone is between a NC20 - NC25 and I think this bronzer is perfect for those with fairer skin.  There is a subtle chocolate scent to the packaging that I don't notice after I apply the product to my face.  

This is my new favorite body moisturizer as it's super moisturizing yet absorbs quickly.  I have it in the yogurt scent and find it understated and comforting!

I use this brush for applying the Too Faced Chocolate bronzer and love how versatile it is!  The bristles are soft and pliable, making even a light application of product simple to do.  The retractable feature actually allows me the option to only open it partially if I want a more sturdy application of the bristles.


Thanks for reading along and let me know if you have any questions and/or have tried any of these products for yourself!  


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Forever 21 New Arrivals + 10% Off!

Somehow I found myself browsing Forever 21 late last night (when I should have just gone to bed!) and ended up pleasantly surprised by their latest collections.  Since shopping around their website can be a bit time-consuming and tedious, I wanted to share some of the gems that I found!

Jackets:


I love layering with a good jacket as the weather starts warming up and found so many goodies in this department!  I think you can tell that I have an obsession with moto leather jackets right now but I think everyone needs a brown one (pick one, pick two) as it's classic and always pair perfectly with jeans and/or boots (like in my recent outfit).  I actually picked up the blush moto jacket as I love the soft feminine color contrasted with the edgier style.  To round out the casual pieces, you can't forget the denim jacket as well the utility jacket -- both are super versatile; I own both of these pieces from Forever 21 and love them!).  For the working gals, you can't go wrong with a good blazer.  I picked out a couple in a more business-professional style (this one and this one) as well as this one that would be great for casual Friday or even the weekend.  I also picked up this cropped trench coat as I love a good classic trench and hope that this one will be good for petites!


Baby Blue Outerwear:


I picked up a baby blue moto from Ann Taylor's last sale but unfortunately I found that it's too bulky on me and will be returning it.  I did find several baby blue jackets on Forever 21 though and may have picked up this one and this one to try out (bonus: they ship free with code SHIPFREE).  My baby blue obsession continues...

Dresses:


Floral prints will always have a soft spot in my heart so of course I fell in love with so many of the different style here.  While I could easily convince myself that I need all of these in my closet, I limited myself to just buying this floral sheath (defintely a close call with this floral dress too) and have it as my goal to be able to fit into it come this spring!  I absolutely adore this floral rose print maxi and it was definitely a tough decision between the two dresses.  Similarly, I love a good fit-and-flare style (good for postpartum tummies as well!) and this one with the striped pleated skirt would be perfect for spring / summer.

Shoes:


And finally, shoes.  I've purchased a few pairs of shoes recently from Forever 21 and have actually been quite impressed with the comfort level!  Their shoes have come a long way from a few years ago and I ended up picking up this gray pair but the red bow pumps are seriously tempting!


Forever 21 really hit it out of the park this time!  Many of these items also ship for free right now with code SHIPFREE (valid Saturday only).  And for 10% off, use coupon code 10CORYQ.  The code is only valid through Sunday though, so shop now!

Happy shopping and have a great weekend!


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