Monday, October 20, 2014

Baby Chic: Fall Layers

Dress: Carter's // Sweater: Guess // Boots: Carter's // Leggings

Fall is here and I've started to dress Catalina in layers to keep her warm on these cooler New York City days. Here she is in our garden for our first Fall Kids Fashion Outfit of the Day of the season.

Catalina is wearing a twill dress from Carter's. It's in an olive green hue, a staple color in fall fashion. The dress features pockets on the sides and two pockets on the chest with snap button closures. It's a great piece for your kids to wear in autumn.

She's wearing a pale pink and white striped Guess sweater over the dress. It came with a white belt in the same fabric as the dress but I switched it for the brown suede-like belt that came with the dress. It is super soft and features two pockets.

Another items I use a lot during the fall are stockings. The same goes for my little girl. Here Catalina is wearing white stockings. They're a great way to cover your kid's legs during the change of weather. 

We've finished this fall girl's look with these cute brown boots from Carter's. They're sturdy, affordable and quite fashionable. They're faux leather and have two buckled straps at the top of the boots. 

Catalin loves this weather almost as much as I do. How will you dress your little ones this season?

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Friday, October 17, 2014

New York Eats: Avocado Toast

There are so many famous New York City dishes. In this new series I'm calling "New York City Eats", I'll introduce you to a few of those dishes and show you how you can recreate them at home. I'm starting off this series with a simple yet delicious dish that will change your breakfast repertoire forever. I promise! 

Ladies and gentleman, Cafe Gitane Avocado Toast Recipe.

1 hass avocado (for 4 slices of toast)
lemon juice 
olive or avocado oil
chili pepper flakes
whole wheat toast (usually served on thick 7 grain toast)
salt and pepper to taste

Start cutting a ripe avocado in half and removing the seed.

Scrap all of the avocado fruit (yes, avocados are fruit!) from the skin and dump it into a small to medium mixing bowl.

Use a fork to mash the avocado. Add salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste. The lemon juice prevents the avocado from turning brown. It also enhances the taste of the avocado like nothing else can. But be careful. You're not making guacamole here!

Add a small amount of olive or avocado oil to the mixture. This will help you achieve the right consistency to spread the mixture on the bread.

Once you spread the avocado mixture to the bread, sprinkle some chili pepper flakes over it. And here you have the famous avocado toast! It's so good, even your kids will love it (without the pepper flakes, of course). Just take a look at Catalina's serving below.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New York Fall

Coat: Altuzarra for Target // Pants: Denizen // Top: Bill Blass New York // Sweater: Pink Rose // Boots: Coach // Bag: Longchamp // Makeup: Mac Cosmetics

I'm a true New Yorker in many ways - I don't drive, I know neighborhoods by their ethnic food of choice, I can get myself into any subway car no matter how full it is and I love dressing in black. Now that autumn is here, I thought I'd give you a glimpse of a typical fall outfit of the day you'd see on the streets of New York City.

It's no secret. New York City can be tough. That's why the ladies of this town need equally resilient gear for the season. Here, I'm wearing the Altuzarra for Target black trench coat. This is by far one of the best pieces from a designer collaboration in a very long time...maybe ever.

A classic trench coat is a must in everyone's closet. But having one that has some unique features is a win-win. This one is textured and has a subtle python print. It also has a full skirt for an added feminine touch.

Underneath the coat is a simple but versatile autumn look. I'm wearing black skinny jeans from Target and a black cotton top by Bill Blass. The top actually has a rectangular collar, which I thought was great under this cardigan.

This is my favorite cardigan. This retro Pink Rose sweater features a black and white gingham pattern. The collar is also very reminiscent of decades past with its deep, round collar. I also fins the small pockets on the bottom super adorable. 

The accessories for New York City women must also be durable to withstand the conditions of this urban jungle. This is gray leather Longchamp cross body bag. I absolutely love this bag and have worn it for quite a while. I love that it has multiple pockets to fit everything from my cellphones (yes, I have two!), metro cards, makeup, iPad and everything in between for my day-to-day. 


These boots are a very recent purchase. I murdered my Sam Edelman boots and it was time for a new pair. These black leather rider boots are by Coach. They're perfect for walk on a rainy days or even an afternoon of apple picking. I know because I did both this past weekend!


I'm debuting my one of my new lipsticks in this post - FrankNFurter by MAC. This lipstick is from the limited-edition Rocky Horror Picture Show collection. It's a deep raspberry wine color that is perfect for the Fall. 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection Haul & Review

In this week's beauty post, I'm sharing my Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection Haul and Review. I purchased the Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Polish, Mrs. Mia Wallace Lip Liner, and Mrs. Mia Wallace Lipstick from the limited-edition collection. 

Watch the video below to each product and hear my thoughts on this collection celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of Pulp Fiction

Take a peek at the photographs below for a closer look at my Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection products. 

What do you think of the collection?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Walking in the Rain

Coat: SheInside // Top: DKNY // Jeans: dENiZEN // Boots: Altuzarra for Target // Hat: Banana Republic

Fall is officially here and so is the typical autumn weather. In this outfit of the day post, I'll show you a super easy yet chic fall look you can wear throughout the season.

Many of us rainy days. I use it as an opportunity to show off one of my favorite types of outerwear - the trench coat! This one is by SheInside. It features the classic trench coat cut and style, but with a modern twist thanks to the faux leather sleeves. I can't tell you how many compliments I receive every time I wear it.

I'm wearing black skinny dENiZEN jeans by Levi's from Target. Every woman should own a great pair of black skinny jeans. They're a staple in any wardrobe. You can dress them up or down, and will go great with just about anything.

It's no secret. I don't wear t-shirts. I'm sure that may sound inconceivable to some of you lovely readers but I just don't find the need for them. I love wearing t-shirt-like tops with embellished features that make them comfortable but special. Take this top for instance.

This beautiful DKNY top is a actually a simple tank top with a lace t-shirt-like overlay. It's incredibly comfortable so it feels like a simple tee but looks much more sophisticated. You all know how much I love lace so it's no wonder why I had to have it. I also love the hunter green color, which is perfect for the fall.

These Altuzarra for Target boots were made for walking! And that's just what I did this past rainy weekend. I zipped these brand new babies up and took them for a stroll near Kaufman Astoria Studios, here in Queens. Not only do these seductive babies go over-the-knees, but they also feature these great stapes that wrap around the knees.

I love wearing hats in the fall. This newsboy cap is one of my favorites and it's by Banana Republic. The wool keeps your head warm while the visor keeps the rain out of your eyes. Not to mention what a cute addition it is to any fall outfit

I kept my makeup super simple on this rainy day. Most notably, I'm wearing my Mrs. Mia Wallace lipstick and Mrs. Mia Wallace lipliner from Urban Decay's Pulp Fiction Collection. I'm also wearing the Mrs. Mia Wallace nail polish from the same collection. 

What do you wear on rainy days?

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pretty in Pink in Chicago (for Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

Dress: Ragged (Colombian Brand) // Sandals: Franco Sarto // Earrings: Colombian Artisan

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The color pink is used to raise awareness. I'm joining in the fight by wearing pink in this Outfit of the Day post.

I purchased this dress in Colombia a few years ago. It's by a Colombian brand named Ragged. I've kept it for all of these years because of its simple yet beautiful features. 

The light chiffon fabric makes this dress extra flowy. And I absolutely love the top of the dress. It gives off a very Latina vibe to me. Bright colors and ruffles always make me think clothing from Latin America.

The way the top falls across the chest, exposing the shoulders, is playfully sensual. Much like the Latinas who wear this style.

The keep with the pink theme, I'm wearing hand-made Colombian bright pink earrings. My additional pop of pink come by way of my hot pink lip color. This is from an OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) lip tar in the cool Nylon. 

Are you wearing pink this month?

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wear Your Children's Art!

Disclaimer: This necklace was provided by KidsCanDesign. I was not compensated to write this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

I'm so excited to share this amazing company. Kidz Can Design creates beautiful jewelry with using kids' artwork!

Foot prints, handwriting, photos and even your their school art projects can be made into wearable pieces for moms, grandparents, siblings and everyone in between.

Here are some photos of my lovely Kidz Can Design sterling silver necklace engraved with one of my daughter's first preschool art projects.

All I had to do was just take a photo of Catalina's project of choice and then send it along. In just a few weeks, I had this precious keepsake to wear around my neck.

How great is it that you can now show off some of your kids' work in such a sophisticated way. Does this beat posting something on the fridge or what?

Go to Kidz Can Design to learn more about the company and see all they can do for you and your kids' art.
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