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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