3 Reasons Every Girl MOM Needs a Tutu!

[Disclaimer: This blog has been compensated by The Hair Bow Company. All opinions are fabulously my own.]

We are celebrating a lot more than back to school this month. You may have read in my previous post (here) my little one turned three, I made it to 1k on Instagram (which was huge for me), my blog was fully transferred – technical nightmare but I survived, and I officially went down to part-time to focus more on the blog- which is already paying off in strides. One happy momma here!

I partnered with the Hair Bow Company for this post to celebrate in style. My daughter is such a girly girl and her face lights up every time we match. She has such a magical mind right now and I want to feed her imagination as much as possible. There are a million and one articles on why every GIRL needs a tutu and here is why I think every girl MOM needs a tutu.

1. It’s a great distraction from the tablet
It seems children have become glued to her devices and the TV. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes this is ok in moderation but I like to find activities that keep my daughter a little more active and/or provide more education than some of those weird online videos. Tutus are great to play dress up and give you quality time together.

2. They make great photo props
It’s that time of year where we are prepping for the holiday season and what better way than to capture it with photos. These tutus are so cute and feminine. They add the perfect amount of drama to a holiday or celebration photo.

3. They are super versatile
Even if you’re not or have never been a girly girl, tutus can be worn for many occasions. They have become a staple wardrobe piece for the fashionistas thanks to Carrie Bradshaw. But can also be casual enough for a Fun Run. The options are endless.

The Hair Bow Company is local to the Houston area and offers many different styles and colors of tutus starting at only $3.85. You really can’t beat that price. If you visit their site, you will not be disappointed with the variety and selection of adorable pieces. If you have a Princess, know one, or know a Mommy that needs a tutu you know where to go!

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IKSH: White Hot Fashion Event

[This is a repost- the other post was lost in the transfer of my blog]

I am back on the blog this week after 2 weeks of migrating to a new host-yay. OMG I am not technical (but you guys knew that already). Still having issues with Safari but hope to have those resolved soon! I was super excited about sharing my event recap but had to wait until this was completed and it finally is! I had the awesome opportunity to style a Fashion Show for the IKSH White Hot Fashion Event at the end of last month.

IKSH (I Know Somebody Houston) is a service organization of women, for women; providing education, solutions, and opportunities for professional & personal growth. I was over the moon when I was asked to do the style piece for the event. Not only do I love Fashion, but I am a career woman and have always been an advocate for networking and helping women realize their true potential.

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Look for Play!

Look for Play!

Look for Work

Look for Work

Look for Vacay!

Look for Vacay!

I decided to style “real” women for my runway because I wanted to show things that would inspire average sized women. I selected 7 different white garments from Thinking Girls Boutique and Tutu Cute to make a total of 18 different looks. The idea was to style the same garments for work and for play. I really enjoyed accessorizing and presenting different ensembles for career, vacation, on-the-go, and play.

The event continued with Esbee Jewelry Consultant Suzanne Joffrion, esbe Designs, Stylist ID #246131, Celebrity Makeup Expert for Lamik, Kim Roxie and Alicia Waiters, a Bra Fitting Expert. Overall it was such a fun-filled fashion night of networking. If you are looking to join a group of Girlbosses in Houston, please visit the IKSH and come to their next event at the end of this month. Hope to see y’all there!

♥Val♥

Some of these photos were courtesy of IKSH and Positively Beautiful Life!

My Little One is 3! + Tender Nest Photography

My little one turned three this month and I’m just not sure I want her to grow anymore. She is at an age where she is understanding everything, having conversations and it’s just too much. My baby is not a baby anymore. I am going to be so cliché when I say they grow up way too fast, IT’S SO TRUE! She is becoming so independent and curious which is a dangerous combination.

I wanted to write her a letter on her birthday so we could remember this year and capture the sweet moments of her life.

To My Alybear,

Happy Birthday my sweet Princess! I hope you keep the same excitement and curiosity for life that you have now. I pray this world makes some significant changes and that you see everyone the same. You light up our lives and make life more fascinating. I love watching you discover things for the first time, it fills my heart. You have such a personality and you are just so loving. You love mommy to the moon and back and daddy to the sun and back. Some days you are so strong willed and I keep telling myself that is a good thing (I have no idea where you get that from- lol).

Fun things we did this year: you swam with the dolphins in Cancun, we had the 1st Q family reunion, you went baby bungee jumping, went to Peppa Pig Live with KariBaby, you finally enjoyed fireworks for the first time and beg to see them all the time, you rode a big slide by yourself for the first time at Schlitterbaun, and you got your first car.

You love: animals, Hello Kitty, Shopkins, jewelry, dancing, the beach, karaoke (only Let It Go from Frozen), dressing like mommy, and your Ipad.

You dislike: SLEEPING, going to school, and being inside.

Your dad and I could not imagine life without you and feel so blessed to have you in our lives.
Love,
Mom

I was fortunate to work with Anel from Tender Nest Portraits to capture these photos earlier this year. Anel is a mom of 3 and has one on the way (brave lady)! She was so easy to work with and because she is a mom, she was great with my daughter. We had so many good photos to choose from and that’s surprising with a toddler! She helped get her involved in the shoot to capture these moments. These photos are stunning and I am so happy she was able to stop time for a brief moment. If you are looking for a great children/newborn photographer check out her site here.

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A fun look with my heart on my sleeve!

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This week marks a pivotal moment in my blogging career so I am kissing this week goodbye with a smile! I put another Fashion Show on the books but this time, it was associated with my blog which was a major win for me and so much fun to do. I really love the art of fashion and being able to share that with others just warms my heart.

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This look captures my mood perfectly today which is cheerful and fabulous. I just want to encourage all of you reading this to keep following your dreams! I am in my mid-thirties and still chasing my dreams. It is never too late to keep the train going, as long as it’s headed in the right direction. All things do happen for a reason and we don’t always know why, but they get us closer to where we need to be. I am blessed for all the experiences in my life, some lessons I learned the hard way and this has shaped me into the person I am today. Some of these things help you become better prepared for your future, you just don’t realize it at the time.

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Shirt / Skirt / Handbag (similar) / Shoes / Watch / Glasses

I am really digging the off-the-shoulder trend for summer as you can see in my other post here . And this one has a bow which I love, it’s the right mix of femininity and sophistication. I added some color with red heels and matching firetruck red novelty heart bag. I love feminine accessories and a novelty bag adds a touch of charm to any outfit.

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Hope you guys had a fabulous week too. I start a new schedule for work next week which really gives me more time to dedicate to my blog. I hope you see my heart is in it, just like this bag! I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to blogging and I don’t mind being vulnerable, it helps me grow! Love you all and hope you are having a great weekend!

♥Val♥

This shoot was possible because of:

Photographer: http://www.stacyandersonphotography.com
Cotton Candy: http://www.toastfromthehost.com
Balloons: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TutusBowtiesEvents
Signs: http://www.myurbaninvites.com

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Casual Friday + GlassesShop.com

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It’s casual Friday, and the search is on for new and exciting ways to wear denim. I recently purchased a pair of overalls and thought I would change up my usual denim with something a little more fun. Overalls have been quite the fashion lately and I wasn’t sure I could pull them off without looking like I was twelve. Well, I took a leap of faith, and when in doubt, I added heels.

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I paired this look with some colorful sunglasses from GlassesShop. They took a classic tortoise pattern, mixed it up with teal and purple for a unique design. These glasses are as versatile as a classic tortoise pattern but really catch the light and create a distinctive look. GlassesShop.com has a large variety of sunglasses and prescription glasses to choose from, for a limited time, you can get your first pair for free. Check out their stylish collection here.

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Overalls have become as popular as jumpsuits this season and can really change up your casual Friday look. I love trying new things and exploring ways to change up work wear for the modern woman. Hope you all enjoy this look and check out GlassesShop for some cool new shades. Have a fabulous weekend lovies!

♥Val♥

This post was sponsored by GlassesShop, and I received these products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Work Wardrobe Wednesday: Color

It’s Work Wardrobe Wednesday and today we are discussing one of my favorite topics… COLOR! Adding color to your work wardrobe can sometimes be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. There are several ways to incorporate color without having to be so bold. The first step in this is identifying what colors look best on you.8438754955_cc5f597cabFirst things first, skin tone and undertones are two completely different things. One is the color of your skin, and the other is the subtle colors that lie beneath. Learning what these are and how to work with them to enhance your features has become somewhat of a science. I wanted to provide some guidelines and advice on how to determine this on your own. There are 3 different categories warm, cool, and neutral.

5 Tests to find out your skin undertones:

  1. Look at your wrist and determine what color your veins are. If they are green, you are warm toned and if they are more blue you are considered cool toned. If you think they fall in both categories, you may be neutral.
  2. What color jewelry looks better on you, gold or silver? Gold looks better on warm toned and silver on neutral.
  3. Put a piece of paper next to your cheek- does white or off-white look better? White is better on cool tones and off-white on warm tones.
  4. What colors do you normally get compliments on? This can really help if you are unsure.
  5. Do you tan or burn? Most of the time cool tones get burned.                                                                             joyful-warm-cool-colors-lbPkJ

Wow, it makes sense when you see something that looks great on a friend but you tried the same color and it didn’t have the same effect. Everyone has a power color and you can now easily find yours. Working this into your work wardrobe will become easier and you will look great! Having colors that compliment your skin tone can really enhance your features and make you look radiant. This not only applies to clothing and accessories but can work for makeup selection as well.

I had the opportunity to share this information and style the ladies of the TriCity Women’s Club. This event was sponsored by Dillard’s and I had such a great time working with this group of ladies to find their colors. When you determine what yours are, it’s like catching lightning in a bottle! Do you know your colors? Stay tuned for next weeks post on how to easily incorporate color for work.

♥Val♥

This post was a collaboration with Tri-City Women’s club but all opinions are my own.

“I Don’t Care, I Love It!” an Easy Weekend Look

IMG_1109_editedIt’s the end of the week and MAN was this a long one! I guess settling down from the hustle of traveling the last couple weeks has really taken its toll. I am heading into this weekend with one scheduled event and hopefully a little downtime but no promises I will actually stay still for more than an hour; I do have a 2-year-old.IMG_1117_editedIMG_1105_editedIMG_1150_edited
Earlier this week I posted a quick outfit for summer (here) and this post is similar. It’s a quick mom outfit with a little business in the front and party in the back. The shirt says it all for me, I Don’t Care I Love It! I think you have to create your own unique style and have that attitude. If you love something, wear it and share it!

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♥Val♥

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Summer Vacay Outfit – 10 mins!

IMG_0729Summer is flying by this year! We have been traveling a lot the last couple of weekends and it’s been great seeing family and getting to spend more time with mine. Summer is one of my favorites times of the year because so much time is spent by the pool and the beach.IMG_0728_editedWhen we travel, I always try and take quick outfits. The last place I want to be when we are on vacation is in a hotel room getting ready. One way I try and make my outfit fun is with accessorizing. I love novelty bags, big earrings, and crazy shoes.IMG_0717_editedIMG_0785_editedThis look took all of 10 minutes including putting my extra-long hair into braids. Braids are the only way my hair works by the pool or the beach, if not I look like a hot mess. I paired a simple outfit- white shirt with jeans with some bright accessories. The cute little gem of a bag and shoes are from one of my favorite brands for original items, Original Wear. See my other unique items from them here. I matched the turquoise sandals with some beautiful tassel earrings to complete my look.IMG_0753IMG_0769_editedHope your summer vacays consist of more family time and less getting ready! More time for sweet kisses and making memories! What are your quick tips for staying fashionable on vacay?

♥Val♥

Working Women Wednesday: Pros/Cons

It is Work Wardrobe Wednesday and this week we are changing it up a little- it’s Working Women Wednesday. Being a working mom has its daily challenges. I am always asking myself. Am I doing the right thing? Is this the right thing for my child and my family’s well-being? Am I spending enough time with my little one? This week I have teamed up with Connie from Momma of Dos to discuss the pros and cons of being a working mom.

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You miss out sometimes

Since you to spend a lot of time away, you miss out on some of the firsts for your child. I was there for daughter’s first steps and her first meal but I did miss some of her firsts. You  also miss out on playdates and cool classes that are offered during the day. And Why is toddler gymnastics only offered at 3pm on Mondays during the week?

You have to sacrifice some things

This goes for all moms, your house will most likely never be in order and it is ok to not care. You  sacrifice cleaning to have time with your child. I have come to terms with this. They say you can only manage three things well at one time and I have to choose sometimes to sacrifice, whether it be my fitness goals or laundry, somethings gotta give.

You are always tired

Managing expectations at work and home can be exhausting. You want to make sure you are present in your family’s life and also a great employee. You have to plan and stay organized all the time. I try and work in some healthy food choices, lots of caffeine, and an occasional workout to keep my energy up.

Your child will always be sick

In my case, my child is always sick. Being around a bunch of other children every day and sharing germs it’s bound to happen. The winter months are worse and not to mention mommy usually get sick as well. To try and minimalize this we stay fully stocked up on Elderberry and Fairy Tales hair care.

You have guilt

Growing up in a Latina family this one plays a huge role in my life. My mother didn’t work out of the house and her mother didn’t either. Not only do I have the mom guilt inflicted on myself when I hear my child calling for mommy but also the guilt from my family of not being the “traditional mom “and raising my own child. The expectation was naturally for me to have kids and stay home. Not to mention being able to have dinner on the table every night. This to me feels like such an ancient way of thinking but every time my grandmother visits she is more worried about my husband’s eating schedule than anything else.

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You are a positive role model

As a working mom or SAHM we want to be positive role models. By working, I feel I am having a positive impact on my daughter. I am teaching her about managing many things, keeping a schedule, and creating a legacy.

You have a little independence and so does your child

You get to have adult conversations and have responsibility outside of the home while your child learns independence. This gives them a sense of accomplishment and confidence.

You get a break

I get to have my 10-minute drive time from childcare to work where I can have a moment to myself. It doesn’t sound like much, but it can really recharge me. I can sing at the top of lungs if I want too but most days I just enjoy a moment of silence. It’s amazing what that can do for your sanity- lol.

You help with the financial future of your family

You are able to financially assist with your household. You are able to save and contribute to the financial stability of your family’s future including college education.

You treasure time with your child

Having a full-time job and blogging takes a lot of time away from my family. I do treasure the time we spend and try and make things special for my daughter.

 IMG_0838_editedAs a working mom, you can have it all. By this, I mean your definition of it all. I do sacrifice some things in my life but feel working at this time is right for me and my family.  By working, I am hoping to influence the future of the working mom. Whether you work or stay at home, we are all on this mom train together trying to make it, so keep chugging along. Thanks Connie for joining me this week, check out her post here !

♥Val♥

If you are interested in the Work Wardrobe Wednesday Series outfits click here.

Cheerios DIY + Secret Life of Pets

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Mornings in our house are always crazy. I am running 90 to nothing, even when I get everything ready the night before. I have just come to the realization that I need to give myself a little extra time to chase my toddler around my house. During the week, we don’t always have the time to sit down and eat breakfast. One of the ways I try and make mornings faster is choosing quick meal options.IMG_0962_edited

I have tried pre-made breakfast options but my daughter loves cereal and Honey Nut Cheerios are her favorite. I am sure the other mamas out there can relate. Cheerios are like the mom staple when it comes to a child’s diet and one of the first things we introduce in the weaning stages. They are made with real honey, oats and are gluten-free. They are a great alternative to candy rewards for potty training and I heard make great toilet targets for the boy moms out there.

I have come up with a breakfast DIY for the little one in your life. This not only feeds them breakfast in a new and fun way but it also provides entertainment while mommy gets herself put together for the day. That combo is a great one for me especially since morning can be challenging sometimes.

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As an added bonus, this month Honey Nut Cheerios has partnered with Universal Pictures to feature an in-pack giveaway of characters from the upcoming movie The Secret Life of Pets. You have the chance to collect 6 different key chains from the movie. My little one was delighted to receive Snowball and immediately turned the keychain into a bracelet. She cannot wait to see the movie which is in theaters nationwide on July 8, 2016 and every time we see the commercial she reminds me again.

IMG_0956_editedDIY Layered Snack Necklace 

Supplies:

  • Cheerios (Honey Nut, Multi-Grain, or Regular)
  • String
  • Scissors
  1. Cut a long piece that will fit over the child’s head
  2. Cut 2 smaller pieces for the layers
  3. String Cheerios across the bottom until the spot where you would like the layer to start.
  4. String Cheerios on one of the smaller pieces and tie to both sides of the longer piece – leaving no room in between last Cheerios and layer
  5. String a couple of Cheerios on each side and repeat step above
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This DIY is so easy to do in advance, great for the mom on-the-go, nice as a party favor, a fun craft to do with your child, or even a great snack to wear to the movies to see The Secret Life of Pets.  Cheerios has partnered with me to offer all my readers a $1 off coupon here. And if you love The Secret Life of Pets you can create your own PetEmoji online here .

Even the baby needed her own Cheerios Snack Necklace- LOL. I hope you find this craft as convenient as I do as a busy mom! Have a safe holiday weekend and hope you make it out to see the movie, I know we will!

♥Val♥