Wednesday, May 24, 2017

7 Charming Sisters - Conquer the World Necklace

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Last week my family headed to Cancun for a friend's wedding.  The weather was perfect, the venue was stunning, and the couple was beyond happy.  It was such a beautiful scene for a lovely event.  I hadn't been to a beach wedding in a very long time so definitely needed to find something to wear.  Since it was going to be in sunny Cancun, I wanted to wear something light to stay cool in the heat.  I wanted the dress to be simple yet formal, something bold yet demure.  I came across this yellow dress and knew I had the perfect necklace to make this outfit complete.  

I love wearing yellow and gold is the best compliment to it.  This floral lace overlay dress is soft and feminine.  his statement necklace from 7 Charming Sisters took this dress to the next level.  I love to accessorize and have fun with my jewelry and this necklace does not disappoint.  First of all, the name of this is "Conquer the World" necklace.  How can you not feel amazing wearing this, which I did.  The addition of this crystal, drop collar necklace took this dress from a pretty, beach wedding dress to a stunning, formal beach wedding attire!

The quality and feel of this necklace is superb and by looking at it, one would think that I paid an arm and a leg for it.  Luckily, 7 Charming Sisters knows that women want to be able to enjoy stylish, fashionable pieces at affordable prices.  This gorgeous necklace is only $47!  When I look good, I feel good and this necklace makes me feel good in so many ways.  First, its high quality and stunning and secondly, I didn't pay an enormous price tag for it.  Affordable fashion is important to me and with having a little one now, I am even more inclined to be budget savvy.  I'm a mom who wants to enjoy traveling and look good while saving money!  You can too, with promo code, 'Asto20', enjoy 20% off your purchase of regular priced merchandise on the 7 Charming Sisters site.  If you are looking for that piece to jazz up that special dress you plan on wearing this summer, you will, without a doubt, find what you are looking for on their site.  Their selection is eclectic and pleasing to everyone's style.  Hope you find that perfect piece!

Thank you for reading,

Andrea

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Make Me Chic - Blue Floral Dress

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Considering my love for maxi dresses, it's not surprise that I had to get one with a floral print.  This blue floral maxi dress from Make Me Chic is exactly that...chic.  I received this from Make Me Chic and it fits perfectly.  I have been completely won over by this site.  Each piece from there has been well made and has a great fit.  The deep blue of this dress was just what I was looking for to wear on my beach vacation in Cancun.  We recently went for a wedding and stayed at Finest Playa Mujeres where dinners are a dressed up affair.

I wore this dress for a dinner of Mexican cuisine at our resort and later in the evening at their rooftop bar.  It is a very sophisticated, yet playful dress that can be dressed up or worn casual.  This was made very well and the fabric is substantial but light enough for the sunny location.  I was very happy with this dress.  You can find so many great dresses on their site in addition to maxi dresses.  I especially like maxi dresses because I like to think they make me look taller :)  I had my large brimmed hat for those sunny hours and wore blue espadrilles to match.  I had such a great time on this trip and having a new dress to wear on vacation is always a plus.  I will share more about Cancun soon!

Thank you for reading,

Andrea

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Astoria Finds: Astoria Performing Arts Center

One of the great aspects of the City of New York is the amount of culture and arts that are available here.  You can see a different Broadway show every day of the week.  Fortunately, you don't have to go all the way to Manhattan to enjoy the arts.  Right here in Astoria, the Astoria Performing Arts Center is bringing amazing works of arts and talent to our local neighborhood.  Their mission is to bring high quality theater to Astoria, Queens and support local youth and senior citizens.  They produce premieres and revivals of plays and musicals and also develops new works through workshops and readings.  

I had the privilege of attending the revival of Raisin, the musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.  The original won the 1974 Tony for Best Musical and won a Grammy for Best Score.  APAC's production is the first reproduction since its initial run on Broadway.  The cast is incredible and makes this reproduction a treat to the eyes and ears.  This show was tremendous and the most moving performance I have ever seen.  This performance was compelling and had me spellbound from the first moment it began.  I highly recommend seeing this before it is over.  This will be on only for one more week and everyone should definitely make this a priority.  I am so thankful that the Astoria Performing Arts Center is bringing such quality and talent to our neighborhood.  Click here to find tickets!

Raisin in the Sun APAC
Seated: Ebony Williams-Oliver (Lena Younger), Standing: Chinua B. Payne (Travis Younger) and Brandi Knox (Ruth Younger)

Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry
L-R: Ebony Marshall-Oliver (Lena Younger), Sarita Amani Nash (Beneatha Younger), Brandi Knox (Ruth Younger) and Warren Nolan Jr. (Walter Lee Younger)

Monday, May 1, 2017

SheIn - Polka Dot Maxi Dress

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Even though I am petite, I love to wear maxi dresses.  They are so comfortable and make me feel so elegant.  I also like that they elongate my body.  The off the shoulder trend is still here and makes this dress perfect for spring.  I received this polka dot maxi dress is from SheIn, on online retailer that sells affordable trendy clothing.  This is my second piece from that site and I am very happy with it.  Many people may find it hard to shop from sites that do not have a physical store but I have had positive experiences with them and have highlighted four reasons to shop at SheIn below. 
  • Affordable:  SheIn offers trendy pieces at great prices.  I believe it is important to invest in staples but if you want to wear a trend that may go out of style as quickly as it came in, it makes more sense to be economical about it.  Here you are able to try different trends without breaking the bank.
  • Free Shipping:  Shipping costs can add up and you end up paying more than expected for one piece of clothing.  SheIn offers free shipping and returns with no minimum amount and free express shipping for orders over $99.
  • On-Trend:  You can find every current trend on this site.  They cater to the young fashionable woman who wants to stay on top of the latest trends. 
  • Product:  For the low prices you pay, one might expect the quality to be poor but in my experience, each piece has been well made and fit perfectly.   The sizing dimensions are listed and you get a well made product in the mail.  
Lastly, I would recommend purchasing from this site.  I am very happy with this maxi dress and can't wait to wear it more often this spring.  This will be my go to maxi dress!

Thank you for reading,

Andrea

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Burgundy Leather Jacket

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You can never have enough leather jackets!  They are trendy and stylish and always make your outfit look that much better.  I bought this leather jacket while I was in Miami at Marciano and you won't believe how much I paid for it.  This was a $400 jacket reduced to $120!!!!  I couldn't believe my eyes it so I had to grab it.  Luckily for me, barely anyone purchases cold weather clothing in Miami which makes it end up on the sales rack for me to find.  This was such a treasure, I am so lucky to have found it at such an amazing price.

I was so happy to find this burgundy jacket that I went a little matchy matchy crazy with my outfit, but hey, why not.  Fashion is all about fun and following your own rules.  I paired it with my burgundy booties from JustFab as well as my new purse.  I'm still wearing mainly leggings since I don't quite fit into all my jeans as yet after the baby but these 7 FAM zippered leggings have a jeans style to them with a button and zipper closure.  Also, I have been simplifying my jewelry and chose to add a little sparkly with my Amrita Singh starfish pendant.  This outfit was simple and easy to put together and anyone can do the same with the items in their closet.  A light sweater, leggings, booties, and just through on your leather jacket and you are ready for the weekend.

Thank you for reading,

Andrea      

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bon Vivant New York - Spring and Sweets!

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Spring has sprung and Easter was this past weekend.  We had the second highest temperature recorded for Easter in New York and it was beautiful.  This is the time to pull out your floral attire and wear your spring colors while spending time with family.  In addition, it is time to indulge in sweets and the cafĂ©, Bon Vivant, has the best kinds to partake in.  Bon Vivant is the most adorable spot you will find in Midtown Manhattan, located at 238 East 58th Street.  Once you walk in, you are transported to a Parisian style cafe with the most delectable treats.  They specialize in petite fours and petite cakes.  The petite fours are bite sized cakes that are perfectly composed and the petite cakes are portioned for a single dessert serving.  The petite cakes are a larger version which offer a greater cake to fondant ratio allowing you to savor more of the great flavor.  Their flavors vary from zesty lemon, rose petal, and coffee cream, just to name a few.  They are rich in flavor and so beautifully decorated.  It is clear that a lot of effort and love is put into making and decorating each of their desserts.  These luxurious treats are great with a cup of coffee or tea or packaged for a gift to someone special.  Anyone would be happy to receive a box of these delicately adorned sweets.  They are the cutest edible gifts and are perfect for parties and celebrations.  I would highly recommend going to the cafe and indulging in a petite four paired with their Austrian coffee, listening to gentle music as you relax inside this well lit and charming cafe and take in all the charm Bon Vivant has to offer.      

I spent a beautiful spring day at Bon Vivant and my outift called for light pastel colors to match my pretty desserts.  This dress from Noir is light and airy and left enough room for me to fill my belly with this cafes scrumptious cakes.  My grey boots are always a great addition to any outfit and to keep the color scheme, I paired my Chloe mini Drew purse with it.  Simple accessories are what I am all about at the moment.  I have two bangles on rotation right now as well as one of my favorite rings.  This outfit is comfortable and perfect for a day of coffee and confections!  

Thank you for reading,

Andrea  

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Beach Days Are Coming

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Oh Miami, how I love thee!  While my fellow New Yorkers were dealing with February chills, I was spending my maternity time in Miami and made a point to to head to South Beach.  I just love it down there, the sun, the waves, the air...everything!  I know Peanut loved it too, I didn't have to bundle her up to go outside and she finally had the opportunity to enjoy fresh air.  Since she was born in November, I didn't want to take her outside in the cold very often before her two month shots.  As soon as she go those, we were on our flight to Miami.  I can't believe how hot it gets there in February.  Its hard to believe that I moved away almost 8 years ago from Miami.   Now I am just trying to find ways to get back more often to visit.

It is finally warming up here in New York and it will soon enough be time to hit the beach here.  Whether you are flying down to Miami Beach or staying local and heading to Rockaway Beach, beach attire can range from shorts and tops to long dresses.  You can always find me at the beach in light and airy maxi dresses like this one from Forever XXI.  If traveling down south, it is important to pack for Miami carefully.  It can get hot even by the water so it's good to find lightweight fabrics that won't stick to you.  Outfits for the beach are pretty simple and easy to put together and I prefer maxi dresses because they are easy to wear and can double as a cover up for your swimsuit.  Light colors are also preferable because darker shades of clothing will retain more heat.  You always need a pair of shades in Miami and these Gucci cat eye shades are my current favorite.  Dressing for the beach should be fun and easy.

Thank you for reading,

Andrea    

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

H&M Leggings

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Before heading down to Miami, I was enjoying 30 degree weather...lol.  It was cold but at least I had the right pieces to keep me warm.  I recently found these funky tights at H&M and they fit my postpartum shape well.  It was so cold and I didn't get out much with the baby but having these leggings made it easier to know what I was going to wear. 
Its still chilly here even now so having this go to outfit makes my mornings easier.

Thank  you  for  reading,

Andrea  

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Motherhood - My Journey so far

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I have mentioned before that I was never really a kid person.  I went back and forth about whether I wanted children but when I made the decision, I was completely in.  Once I became pregnant, my mindset completely changed.  I couldn't even imagine not having a baby and I was in love even before that first kick.  Then she was born, and words can't even describe how I feel.  She is the best part of my day and loving her makes me the happiest I have ever been.  I am so thankful to my husband for being so patient with me and allowing me to realize everything  in my own time.  His love is the very reason she is here today.

Now that I've gotten the mushy part out of the way, motherhood is amazing and before I gave birth, I heard and read so many stories about being a new mom but you really don't know what its like until it happens to you. Everyone's journey is different and these are some of the best things I've noticed about mine:

1.  I'm not always exhausted!  Yes, for the first two weeks, I found myself more tired than ever before but then we both got into a routine.  One of the best things that a friend of mine told me was that her children adopted her sleep patterns so I thought I would try to do the same.  When little Chloe would wake up in the morning, I would feed her and let her go right back to sleep.  I actually did this until noon each morning.  I like to sleep in and I didn't have to get up for work so I figured, why not.  This really kept me from being tired and we had the whole day to spend together where I wouldn't feel like a zombie.  In addition, around the time she became ten weeks old, she started sleeping through the night.  I know, I am insanely lucky!  I remember I just kept waking up to make sure she was still breathing because she was so quiet and slept about 7-9 hours each night.  I honestly got so spoiled, that when the four month regression occurred, I was not ready at all.  Fortunately, that did not last too long and she is back to sleeping well at night.

2.  Traveling is fun with her!  Once our little Peanut got her two month vaccinations, we headed down to Miami!  It was freezing in New York and we really couldn't enjoy it with her being so small.  I was able to take her home to see all my friends and family and we had a blast!  Everyone was so excited to see her and she loved the sunshine.  She hung out on the beach, went to brunch with us, and visited friends every day.  She is already a social butterfly and once I had a car seat and stroller, I never felt like it was difficult to go anywhere.  On the plane I fed her as soon as we got on and she slept through take off and landing.  My husband and I love to travel and so many people would tell us that we better do it before we have kids because it will have to stop once she is born but I completely disagree.  I believe that once you are prepared and plan accordingly, anything is possible.  She already has two more trips planned for the year! 

3.  There doesn't have to be mom guilt.  I am fortunate to have my in-laws taking care of our little Peanut while I am at work.  They are so great with her and she loves being with them.  So when I returned to work, it was sad the first few days watching my husband leave with her early in the morning but it was because I missed her.  I never felt bad about returning to work because I know it is best for both of us.  My work benefits us all by helping to provide and allowing me to thrive in my own space.    At the end of the day, I return home feeling recharged and excited to play with my munchkin!  She feeds off our energy and is one happy baby!!!
4.  My capacity for love grows more each day.  Everyone always told me this but I had to really experience it for myself.  Every morning, I am in awe that this little girl is my daughter and her smile melts my heart.  I think about her constantly and I am always looking at her pictures.  I just have this feeling of euphoria because of her.  I can't even imagine life without her.  Her smile fills me up and I never knew love like this before!  Having a daughter and being able to give her so much love is very important to me.  I want to be there for every moment, I want to constantly kiss her chubby cheeks or bite her toes.  I want to share everything that I have with her.  She is my everything!


Every mom's journey in motherhood is different and don't let other people's experiences affect how you think or feel.  Just enjoy your own experience and do whats right for you!  
Thank you for reading,
Andrea  

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Make Me Chic - White Floral Pleated Skirt

 Make Me Chic Pleated Floral Skirt

Time is flying by!  My little Peanut is already 4 months and I am back at work.  My time off for maternity leave was a great bonding experience and I am so fortunate to have been able to a majority of it down in Miami with friends and family.  I spent 6 weeks in Miami and now miss it more than ever.  However, while I was down in Miami, I made sure to fully enjoy the warm weather and be outside as much as possible.  While down in Miami, a friend of mine celebrated her upcoming birth with a brunch on South Beach.  I was so happy that I didn't have to pile on the jackets and sweaters.  It was great to be able to wear spring attire in February!  That is definitely a perk for South Florida.

One of my first purchases after giving birth was this gorgeous skirt from Make Me Chic.  This site provides the latest fashions at the most competitive prices and also has exceptional customer service.  For me, when it comes to trendy pieces, I prefer to not spend too much as trends are fleeting and this site is so affordable, it allows you to try new styles without breaking your budget.  Make Me Chic also offers handbags, shoes and swimwear.  With these low prices, one would be skeptical about quality but I can first hand say that this skirt is worth its price and more.  The fabric of this white floral pleated skirt is very heavy and the shape is perfect.  It looks exactly how it appeared on the site and it even more beautiful in person.  This skirt is such a statement piece on its own that I kept the rest of my outfit very simple with this spaghetti strap tank top and pink closed toe heels.  This outfit was perfect for brunch at the Setai to celebrate my girlfriends new arrival.  The sun was shining and the champagne was flowing.  Even Peanut enjoyed herself, she came everywhere with us while we were down there!  More to come about our time in Miami!

Thank you for reading,

Andrea

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

SheIn: Pink Sleeveless Coat review

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Pink, pink and more pink!  Yes, I love pink and I am loving this sleeveless lapel coat from SheIn!  This site is an online retailer that sells trendy and affordable clothes.  You are able to find a range of stylish pieces from bomber jackets to ruffled sweaters to long jumpsuits.  The prices are extremely reasonable and with their wide variety of clothing, anyone is bound to find something they like.  I have been in Miami for the past few weeks enjoying my maternity leave in the sunshine.  I figured it didn't make sense to be stuck in the cold so I headed home just in time to celebrate my birthday down here.  

This coat fits right into the Miami style and weather.  The day after I landed, my husband planned a birthday brunch on South Beach and I kept it casual with white jeans and a tank top but wore pink accessories to match the sleeveless coat.  With it only being two months since giving birth, it was nice to be able to fit into my jeans but they were still a little bit tight so this coat really helped to camouflage those areas that haven't quite bounced back as yet.  In addition, the coat looks exactly as I expected from the online shop and the material is quite heavy.  It feels like a solid, sturdy piece and the color is great.  I am very satisfied with this selection and would purchase from this site!  I may not be looking forward to heading back to the cold but this coat will look great in New York in the Spring.

Thank you for reading,

Andrea

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