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September 1, 2015

Real Life: Dark Circles & Exhaustion

Being a mom is great. But being a mom also means putting myself second.

I've always known that placing myself second would be most challenging since I love taking care of myself.  There's nothing wrong with doing things for me, but nowadays I rarely do. YES, I miss it. 
Ever since Noah came into our lives - we've been learning many things about him & ourselves.  For one, I was never a patient person. With baby, I find myself practicing patience even when I DON'T want to!  

The most challenging days are the ones where I just don't know why he's crying.  He isn't much of a crier to begin with,  unless he's tired or hungry. Go figure.  Other than that, he's pretty relaxed. When he's not hungry or tired & he cries, I get the most anxious.  I find myself trying "everything" I've learned to get him to stop, and the few times it doesn't ....I feel LOST.  I'm sure I'm NOT the only MOM to feel this way.... so, this is why I'm writing this today.  Real life has an interesting way of surprising us & making us face our our biggest fears.  Every single day I realize I'm facing new challenges & new fears while raising our son, and I can't stress enough... the importance of patience.  I'll be honest, I'm still trying to master the patience 'mode' myself.  

As I write this, another thought is running through my mind..... BUSINESS + BABY.  Believe it or not, I am still trying to manage my business while raising our son.  Yes, I have some p/t help with a nanny & family members, but I find myself letting go of one thing or the other.  Don't get me wrong, I love what I do,  but I also know that Noah will need more of my time at some point.  In my heart, I've always wanted to be a mom...but not an 'absent- mom' where work becomes more important than my family.  So many thoughts keep coming to mind about just quitting my work & focusing more on him for a few years.  Although he drains most of my energy, I love being around him & his BIG smile. He is such a blessing.

I'll be blunt, the thought of being a stay-at-home mom SCARES the heck out of me.  Hmmm, maybe I could just paint & care for him.  I definitely need a creative outlet of some sort.... I'd love to know if any moms out there quit their jobs to tend to their kids at home?  Would that be a life that would drive me crazy? OR would I embrace it?  How many moms out there are doing both??? Working & caring for their kids? or How many moms left work altogether to care for their children? -  I've been wondering about this.

-post by jen ramos


August 31, 2015

design: decorating your small entryway

The good thing about the entryway, is that no matter how small it is, it's possible to glam it up. A small console can go a long way with great accessories and some killer art. I love absolutely everything about those entryways below from the abstract paintings to the little furry stools and gold details. I think my heart is won by the monochrome one though, which one do you prefer??




1 Zincdoor // 2 Etsy // 3 Kathy Kuo home // 4 Target // 5 H&M // 6 Shopcandelabra // 7 Amara // 



-post by Monika


August 25, 2015

20% OFF AT MADE BY GIRL

In case you haven't heard, Made By Girl is having a 20% off SALE - starting today thru 8/30.
Get a cute print for you or a friend today! 

Code is: endofsummer


-post by jen ramos

August 24, 2015

Behind-the-scenes Photo Shoot Video

Earlier this year, we shot for Adore Magazine in my studio space.  

Photographer, Taleen Dersdepanian shot some amazing images of me in a flowery Milly Dress while Makeup artist Mayela Vazquez did my makeup. (which I loved).  I wanted to share this behind-the-scenes short promo video they shot during our photoshoot. Check it out below. 

Hope you had a lovely weekend!
 

Here's the video, it needs a little brightening... but you get the picture. Click on full screen to get a better view! ENJOY!




-photo by taleen
-post by jen ramos
-makeup by mayela vazquez



August 21, 2015

Summer Favorite: Lace Up Flats

Have you seen the "it" shoes all over instagram and on fashion blogs? I'm talking about the Lace Up Flats by M. Gemi - The Brezza from Italy.  Too bad, they're SOLD OUT.  I know, I know... they do have a hefty price tag (cha-ching)...but I bet they're made amazingly well!   I've always loved Italian shoes for their quality.

If you're not willing to dish out for the Brezza, there are many other options floating around online you may also like!  I found a few similar styles if you're also stalking this show like I am.  - I already have the Finest Ghillie Lace up flats from top shop, which you'll find in a few other colors & options if you search their site. 

So, tell me ladies - Are any of you stalking these shoes too?!?!?


Have a nice weekend everyone!! 


- model pic via my favorite fashion blogger shalince noel 

1. M. Gemi The brazza
2. loeffler randall lace up flats
3. lace up flats anthropologie
4. kingdom ghille pointed flats via topshop
5. finest ghille lace up flats via topshop
6. lace up via zara
7. christy leather point toe flats via aquazzura




-post by jen ramos


August 20, 2015

My Tibi Picks

Hello everyone! It's getting close to the end of the week & the weather here in NYC is SERIOUSLY humid.  I'm NOT a fan of humidity SO so when I need to shop for clothing, I end up shopping online instead of battling the sticky heat.

Enter Tibi ....this is one of those shops I go to when I want a great flowyyy skirt. I admit though, Tibi - although one of my faves, isn't always as affordable for me. I do love their shop, their clothing is always so chic & sophisticated. You'll definitely want to check them out! My top picks for late-summer at Tibi are below.

What do you think? Do you find yourself shopping online when the weather isn't ideal?

-post by jen ramos


August 19, 2015

Hello Jeans: Charge your phone in your jeans

Have you been out so long that your phone died?

Maybe you were checking your email or skimming through instagram - either way, when our phones runs low on battery, many of us get anxious! I know I do! -  Sometimes it even feels like a dead phone is being disconnected from the world.  Let's face it, many of us live on our phones.  We use it for almost everything.  Every chic & trendy gal wants to have a working phone when she's on the go! So, what happens when your phone is running low on battery? Let me introduce you to #Hello Jeans from Joe's Jeans

This newly released jean features new patent-pending pockets for your iPhone & a battery pack connected to a detachable USB cord that plugs directly into your phone.  How cool is that?  You can charge your phone anywhere, anytime without having to stop at those annoyingly packed charger stations! The jean is available is a variety of style & colors, including - gray, distressed, black, indigo and washed indigo. I admit, I'm buying the Mid-rise skinny in Kalia & I'll let you know how I like them.

In the meanwhile, you HAVE to watch how these work. Scroll down and watch the short vid.




Don't believe me? Check out this short promo video below for this Jean-ius idea.




-post by jen ramos



August 14, 2015

TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY

Tomorrow is August 15th, my birthday.  

Funny, I remember how much fun we had last year on this day.  I blogged about it here.
We were offered a stay-cation from the people over at Loews Regency at their hotel, which we LOVED....thank God, because we needed the rest. We were even allowed to bring our boxer Darla (miss her), she was happy & so well-behaved during our stay.  Last year around the same time, we also started our adoption process.  Mostly on faith, we went for it...not having all the funds quite yet, but believing that God would provide when the time came to hold our child.  God is fascinating, because he gives us hope & that hope leads us to our future. 

Just like in Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.



Today, I sit here in awe of the changes in my life this year.  This birthday is one I'll always remember ....because it is the first birthday I get to hold this little boy, our son.  My husband & I are so grateful.  So many birthdays went by where I prayed & blew out candles wishing for a child...and tomorrow my only wish will be that Noah would LOVE us as much as WE LOVE HIM.  For the big day, my husband has planned a few things, and as some of you may know - he's a complete charmer when he tries to impress me.  Don't believe me?  Here's what he did last year.  Getting gifts is nice - but knowing that you have LOVE, is best gift ever.

I keep wondering what the rest of my birthdays will hold for me.  If you ask me right now, I'd love to
  • travel more by road (not fond of flying)
  • continue to work on my marriage (keeping it strong)
  • get involved more with helping others in some way
  • maybe write a book & tell my story, inspire others
  • paint more 
  • keep working out & staying healthy
  • raise my son in a Godly way

"We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." - Proverbs 16:9 - so we shall see.

Have a great weekend everyone!




-post by jen ramos




August 13, 2015

Fashion: Reformation


Today, I want to introduce you to a shop I really love called Reformation

They're a fashion brand that supports & practices sustainability.  The company is fairly new, (created in 2009), and led by Yael Aflalo.  They design & manufacture limited-edition collections in their  own sustainable factory located in Los Angeles. I love this concept because the prices are more affordable while still obtaining a quality product. Smart. 

For me personally, I love this brand, they have a unique style & their collections are simple & sophisticated.  Here are a few of my faves from their shop.  Unfortunately for me, I wanted this Avalon top (in black), but it's sold out!  But,  I also love this Moraine top in black.  

What do you think of their collection?
 


-post by jen ramos


August 12, 2015

Stokke Baby

Have you checked out my instagram lately? 

I posted about this super cool baby carrier by StokkeBaby.  Love it. Of course, I chose the all-black one for Noah, and he seems pretty comfy in it. It does have a lot  of straps, but I suppose that's a good thing to keep the baby secure and snug right
 
It supports the baby and my back doesn't feel like it's giving out either. This carrier is hip & of course functional - I  recommend it. You can buy the same one here.


Check out a few more shots on my instagram.



-by jen ramos



August 11, 2015

My August Wishlist 2

Hello everyone, hope you're enjoying your Tuesday so far. I've been thinking about my birthday wishes (and yes, on a SUPERFICIAL-level), because the things I truly desire cannot be bought...but since this is my blog, and I ENJOY fashion, we'll start there.

So, August is my birth month. On the 15th I'll be a year older & with that I am posting a few wish lists so that my husband can see some of the things I like.  A lot of times I have NO CLUE what to get him for his birthday either, I admit. So every year I put together a few wishlists on my blog to help him out. This is actually my 2nd list,  here is my 1st.

Maybe you'd like some of these too for your Birthday if you're a fellow Leo like me?



1/    agnes sandal by joie
2/  current elliot skinny jeans
3/   booties via the outnet
4/ givenchy le rouge lipstick corail signature
5/   black nike
6/   DVF dress
8/    cassina dress via joie
9/   green pumps via schutz





-post by jen ramos



August 10, 2015

GAP BABY: MY PICKS

Baby Gap is one of my go-to places to shop when I'm looking for cute & whimsical baby clothing. Since Noah was born, I've shopped there & I love their selection!  They have the cutest illustrations on their jumpsuits and onesies. 

I find that a lot of baby clothing stores can be a bit tacky...meaning too bright & colorful. Not at Baby Gap, they're kids clothing are simple, yet still fashionable & fun!  These are my FAVE picks for both boys & girls this Summer. 


 

-Post by jen ramos




August 5, 2015

beauty: How-to-fake it with bronzer

Hope you all are enjoying your Summer! Hi, Monica here from Beauty Parler. You don't need a lecture from a beauty blogger about the dangers of suntanning. By now most of you know that the best way to fake a tan is using a bronzer. However, finding the right bronzer might mean buying a few to find the right shade and finish. Here are a few staples of mine that are just the right shade of brown without looking too muddy or red. A few are meant for more shimmer while others are great as a contour powder.

Which bronzers are your favourites?








-post by monica darosa  



July 31, 2015

summer style wishlist

Summer time is not my favorite season, but I do love shopping for Summer outfits.  Things like sandals and short dresses are a must-have.....I do tend to lean toward a more neutral look and black being my favorite go-to color ...I know, boring...but matches with almost everything. Anyhow, my Birthday is in August & so I rounded up a wishlist of cute Summer items.  Maybe they will inspire you to get some last minute shopping this season!



1. strap ballerina sandals via mango
3. mz wallace handbag
4. Tibi off the shoulder top via shopbop
5. LNA slasher dress
6. snake effect sandals via mango 
7. black & white striped dress via she in
8. black perforated espadrilles via rag & bone



-post by jen ramos



July 29, 2015

design: brass+mirror bedroom

Brass has been a big trend for a while now in interior design and I have to admit I still love it! But to make it more interesting why not to pair brass with mirrored finishes? I love how they work together in the space, creating a bridge between and old and the new, the vintage and contemporary. Antique brass and mirrors had their big come back and both look great in modern spaces, adding an interesting element and make the room so cozy. 

It's tricky to get it right but it's so worth the risk! I have put together a bedroom with this beautiful mirrored bed, soft textures and brass metallic details, aren't they great together? I hope you like it! xx Monika.








-post by Monika

July 23, 2015

Wooden Watches from Jord

Lately I haven’t worn a lot of jewelry so anytime I do, I want it to be unique, so when I saw these wood watches from Jord, it was something I needed to try.

So, Jord sent over my 1st choice, the Cora wood with a rose gold face, which is different than what I’d usually wear. Koa is a rich, toned wood from Hawaii and it’s particularly good with my skin tone. I thought at first that the band might feel bulky but it’s surprisingly light and actually feels really good on my skin.


The rose gold face, which isn’t a color tone I’d normally choose, fits really well with the Cora. The Swarovski crystal give it a little extra luxurious edge.

The fun part of trying out something that I normally wouldn’t wear is figuring out what outfits I can wear it with. I found that this watch works really well when you just want something off-the-wall and unexpected. While everyone is sporting either basic silver or gold, or one of the new smartwatches, I can show off my own style with this fashionable watch.


How genius is this packaging? ...comes in an all wooden box too! 

 


-images by jen ramos




Wood Wrist Watch

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