Life Lately: From Illness to Motivation

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Life truly is a roller coaster ride. There are moments when you are enjoying the ride without a care in the world. Then there are moments that leave you feeling terrified. I certainly felt this way when I been admitted to the hospital last week.

Picture this: a girl in her twenties in absolute distress. She has a new job, a blog that is slow to grow and a life that she had not pictured for herself. Needless to say, in the past few months I have been working none stop. Not only to grow my online presence as a blogger but also to expand in my career professionally. While I am not in the place I want to be professionally or personally, I was determined to change things for myself. “The world is my oyster” I would tell myself. Because when you are in your twenties and have yet to start a family, life is full of endless possibility.

Nonetheless, despite what we may believe, we are not impervious. So when I found myself in the most terrible pain that I have ever experience in my life, I was furious. “How could this happen – I never get sick. I don’t get sick”. The fact that we are human becomes a reality when you are tied down to a bed struggling to find the strength to move.

What was the pain I was experiencing? Well, it was one of a kidney stone. But my issue was a bit more complicated than passing a stone. Most people are in excruciating pain when they pass a kidney stone. Only mine did not pass. Rather, it burst. As a result, a leakage in my kidney. So instead of my kidney passing urine out of my body, the leak was causing urine to enter my body. So my body was fighting off two foreign bodies at once.

To make matters worse, I had just started a new job. My initial worry was that I would lose my job for being out. Thankfully, my team has been one of my greatest support systems. They sent me flowers and spent every day checking on me. Shout of to my team for all your love and support – especially for making me laugh!

By my second to last day of coming home, I was finally able to start walking again. Pain medications were soon replaced with Tylenol and I was on my way home. I am happy to report that I am back to my old self. With a modified diet, I am able to eat normally. And best of all, I am able to start walking again.

This scary event revealed so many things: that I have an amazing boyfriend and dear friends, an amazing team at work and that I was limiting myself because of stress. Now that I have recovered, I feel more motivated now more than ever to exceed expectations at work and for myself as a blogger.

I am ready to go back to work this week. Additionally, I re-started my Pitch It Perfect class to start gaining some traction as a blogger. Being sick has taught me that we has humans are going to have moments where we need to be still. Nonetheless, now that I am rested and have my old strength back, I am ready for anything that comes my way. If you ever find yourself in a situation like mine, don’t panic. Life is about taking scary moments and turning them into moments of strength.

Wishing you all great health and happiness this week. Love you all and thank you for being the best online community a girl could ask for! If you want some additional gingham inspiration, be sure to check this post out. For everyone has been asking, I use the Unfold app to add some extra flare to my Instagram stories. I hope you find it useful!

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Top: Amazon // Skirt: OLD; similar here // Clutch: JCREW

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Cherry picked: Summer’s must have hue

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Summer is on its way and that means it’s time to break out the red! With Fourth of July on the horizon, cherry is a color you are definitely going to want to add to your wardrobe. This color is so easy to add to any look. Check out my suggestions below.

Cherry picked for work

Cherry picked for the beach

Cherry picked shades

Cherry picked earrings

Cherry print tops

The inspiration for this post was thanks to the Michael Kors bag that was given to me for my birthday. I have never owned anything by Michael Kors in my life so you can only imagine my excitement. The dress that I am wearing is sadly sold out. I am hoping Banana Republic re-stocks it again soon. Both times that is was available it sold out so quickly! I did find a similar off the shoulder floral dress that I hope you will love just as much. Have fun adding this color to your summer wardrobe! 😍

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Dress: OLD; similar here // Bag: Michael Kors; similar here // Lipstick: Revlon // Shoes: Marc Fisher // Earrings: SugarFix

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Celebrating my birthday: 27 Things I’m Thankful for

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1. My health

Good health is truly one of the greatest blessings. It is one I always cherish through exercise and a healthy diet.

2. Patrick

My soul mate is truly my best half. His kindness and zest for life continues to fill my life with joy even after 6 wonderful years of being together.

3. Summer adventures

I have a few trips planned for this summer. I have only ever traveled to a few places in my lifetime. The fact that I am going to be visiting some new cities has me so giddy!

4. My best friends

I don’t know what I would do without them. Without their love and support, I would not be the woman I am today.

5. My brother and sisters

As the oldest, they inspire me to be the best I can be. They are the foundation of all I do. I love you all so freaking much!

6. Pizza

You are not going to find better pizza than in NJ! Sorry NYC. But Jersey takes the cake 😉

7. My home

Growing up with little to nothing, I am grateful for the blessing of having my humble abode. Especially after a long day, no one is more eager to get to her bed and whine down.

8. Target

I would be lost without my Target runs. Where else am I going to get things I don’t need?

9. My wardrobe 

A little cliche for the fashion blogger but I am grateful for the fact that I can dress up whenever I want.

10. My Job

I love where I am in life right now in terms of my career. I have a full time job that is challenging and fun in addition to my side hustle. I wake up every day feeling inspiring and empowered!

11. Social Influence

While my social influence is small, I am grateful to each and every one of you. The positive message and kind comments mean more to me than you will ever know.

12. Spotify

Music continues to be one of the most important factors in my life. Listening to music allows me to escape when I need a breakaway the most.

13. Flowers

Spring is one of my favorite seasons because of all the blooms that we get to enjoy. I love seeing the Earth show off it’s wonderful colors. I have made a point to ge fresh flowers every week to have in my home.

14. The Influencer Podcast

Having a side hustle is not easy. I am so thankful I came across The Influencer Podcast. It keeps me inspired as a blogger and entrepreneur.

15. My hikes

Because I LOVE to conquer mountains figuratively and literally.

16. My car

Her name is Moana because she is blue like the sea. I pretty much live in my car 😛

17. My blogging community

Becoming a blogger has given me the blessing of connecting with some amazing girl bosses. I am grateful to have friends who are so loving and supportive.

18. Zumba

I feel free and carefree when I dance.

19. The fact that I am Latina

I love being Latina. My spanish roots keep me grounded and inspire me to be a great influencer to other Latinas around the world.

20. My background in music & art

Being a classically trained singer has brought me endless joy throughout the years. I take vocal lessons from time to time to keep my heart full.

21. Musicals 

I love how music and dance can take you away to a different time and place. I want to be one of the influencers who attends musicals in NYC someday 😉

22. TOMS 

Because a girl needs to slip into comfortable shoes + give back at the same time!

23. Photography 

My memory isn’t the best. That is why I love capturing special moments in photographs.

24. Petite-friendly clothing

Shout out to all the brands that offer petite sized clothing. Let’s hope more brands will continue to expand in shapes and sizes!

25. Traveling

I don’t get to do it often but when I do, I cherish every moment. I love how traveling makes you appreciate home.

26. My faith 

It keeps me grounded, reminds me not to be judgemental and keeps my heart full of love.

27. Kindness 

It makes a difference. Always shower others with love and kindness. The world needs more of it!


I love you all so much! Thank you all for your endless love and support that you shower with every day. I am so incredibly thankful for all of you.

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Dress: Anthropologie; similar here // Shoes: DSW

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Summer Style in Spring: Who What Wear Button Down Birdcage Skirt

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Happy Monday loves! It’s official, my birthday week has begun. In addition to celebrating my 27th birthday, I also get to celebrate my brother’s graduation day! He has finally completed his bachelors in Accounting and I could not be more proud of him. Seeing him graduate this Friday is the best birthday gift his big sister could ever ask for.

With spring being on the warmer side, I have had a chance to whip out some of my summer wardrobe. For this look, I decided to pair from favorite pineapple print top with this darling Who What Wear button down birdcage skirt. When I wear longer skirts, I always wear heels to give me some extra height. Instead of lipstick, I decided to use Urban Decay’s Hi-Fi lipgloss in Savage. Can you believe how pigmented it is?!

If you are in NJ this week, feel free to stop by Upper Montclair on May 17th at Stitch Boutique. You can see a sneak peak of what the store look like here. Be sure to let me know if you can attend. I do hope I get a chance to see some of you during the event. It is going to be an absolute blast!

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Top: J.Crew // Skirt: Target // Shoes: DSW // Lipgloss: Urban Decay

 

 

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Life Lately: Mean girls finish last

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Last week, I came across a post that my dear friend Lizzie from Lizzie in Lace posted on her Instagram. She explained how a “friend” had made a comment about how her content is uninspiring and “not creative”. Reading her post absolutely broke my heart. While we bloggers make it seem like we have an effortless life, the reality is that we are hustlers who are working none stop.

I want you all to understand one thing: behind every blogger is a human being. A person that has joys and fears just like anyone else. No one is obligating you to like my content or any other blogger’s content for that matter. If you do not like what someone is posting,  move on. Don’t be a mean girl. Mean girls is a movie, ladies. The movie should not be a way of life you should be taking.

It turns out Lizzie was not the only person who had to deal with someone maliciously criticizing her work. That same day, I had an internet troll of my own criticizing my website. They said that my website design sucked and that they could not navigate through it. Much like Lizzie, I tried not let that person’s comment bother me. But I am not letting someone else’s opinion stop me from doing what I love.

Being a mean girl hinders women from excelling – not just in the work force. If you chose to be a mean girl, understand what will come with your behavior: loneliness, lack of trust and the inability to progress in your career. Mean girls finish last by not only destroying the lives of others but also destroying their own lives in the process.

So what happened to that internet troll? I blocked them from my page. I have decided to surround myself only with people who inspire me – both in my personal and online professional life. And Lizzie? She had an outpouring of love and support from her followers. My fellow bloggers and influencers, if you ever find yourself facing criticism that is malicious, do not stand for it. We all work far too hard to have to deal with negativity in our lives.

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Dress: BB Dakota // Earrings: BaubleBar // Shoes: Marc Fisher // Lipstick: Urban Decay

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Stitch Boutique: Local treasure for elegant fashion + Gucci bag and Urban Decay giveaway

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There is nothing more exciting than seeing someone else’s dream come true. Being a blogger has given me the opportunity to meet with some amazing girl bosses. Last week, I had the wonderful privilege to meet Caitlin from Stitch Boutique of Montclair and Madison NJ.  If you are ever visiting Upper Montclair, you have to come visit Stitch Boutique. It is the more darling little store with a wide variety of brands.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to shop at department stores. But sometimes a girl needs to shop in a smaller, more intimate setting. Stitch Boutique was once an old bank. In fact, when you visit the store, you will find that the old vault has been completely redesigned. Along with lavish pieces from Cupcakes and Cashmere to Blank NYC, Stitch also features clutches, shoes and much more!

My dear friend Karen joined me for a shopping spree. We had an absolute blast picking out pieces to buy and of course, playing dress up! It was an absolute delight hearing about Caitlin’s story about her love of fashion as well as more about her store. Consider your small businesses in your town this spring. When you take the time to shop at one, you are fueling someone’s dream.

This week, I have also collaborated with some fellow bloggers to giveaway a Gucci bag and Urban Decay Lipglosses. Best of luck and thank you all for your continuous support!

 

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New arrivals from Urban Decay Cosmetics + Sephora Spring Sale events

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There are some cosmetic companies I cannot get enough of. Urban Decay is one of them! I find myself constantly falling in love with pretty much anything they produce. Their All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray is a part of my morning routine when I put on my makeup. (You can get it in a smaller bottle for $15 here). So you can only imagine how excited I was when they sent me FREE products from their latest launch. Dreams DO come true! This is a blog post that I am so excited to share with you all! Please note that I am writing this post not to brag by any means. I also want to disclose that this post was in no way sponsored. It is simply my gratitude to Urban Decay for sending me all these amazing products to try and share.

URBAN DECAY Backtalk Eye & Face Palette

This limited edition palette has the most beautiful colors! My favorite part about this palette is that the mirror is removable. The color are so bright and colorful – just the way to welcome spring! Another favorite product from Urban Decay is their eyeshadow primer potion. My oil skin makes it hard to wear eyeshadow without it smearing. That is why this primer is so important!

URBAN DECAY Naked Petite Heat

The perfect palette to take with you on the go! The colors in this palette are all have warm undertones. The warm colors have been elevating my smokey eye look that I do on a day -to-day basis. My favorite brush to achieve a smokey eye is MAC 224 brush. The way the brush is made allows for you to use it along the end of your crease without patting too much of the color on your eye.

URBAN DECAY Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss

I starting jumping up and down like a kid when I opened these. I LOVE lipglosses. Each of them having a cool, tingling sensation when you put them on. The best part: they are not super sticky. It goes on clean and it is so pigmented!

Each of these pieces are so amazing. The best part is that you can get them in a few week while enjoy a discount! Sephora is going to be having a spring sale for two weeks this April.

Be sure to sign up as a  Sephora Beauty Insider member (it’s free). Once you do, you are instantly qualified to shop the Sephora Spring Bonus— a once-yearly beauty event where you can shop the retailer’s top-converting makeup, skincare, and fragrance products at a starting point of 10% off.

Next, after you spend a certain amount on Sephora products, your Beauty Insider membership will be elevated to a VIB or Rouge membership for even more Spring Bonus benefits!

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First Access + Bonus Weekend Sephora Rouge Member Event, April 13–16: Sephora Rouge members get first dibs to shop this season’s top beauty finds at 15% off a full week earlier than Beauty Insider and VIB members!

Sephora VIB + Beauty Insiders Member Event, April 20–23: All VIB members will receive access to shop Spring Bonus products at 15% off, and Beauty Insider members will be able to shop the same at 10% off.

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