29 and Feeling Fine

MQ_romwe1MQ_romwe2MQ_romwe3Matching Set: Romwe – Shoes: Qupid (from MakailaJames.com)

Ok guys, this is it… the final year in my 20’s! I honestly can’t believe it and I’m so ready to make this year a memorable one. Being 28 was amazing as I started my blog, became a mom of 2 and started my new position as the “Musical Production Coordinator” at charter school I work at. It’s been rough having to leave 2 babies at home but I find comfort in knowing that I’m working hard to provide for them. What’s great is that I’m also doing something I absolutely love and am passionate about!

Alright, about that outfit though… the matching set is from an online store called Romwe and is only *drum roll please* $11!! Seriously, that’s like an unheard of. I have a few other matching sets and the top alone is literally triple the amount of that whole set. The material is thin but definitely comfortable. For super trendy clothing items, you don’t need to be spending a ton. Romwe has pages and pages of affordable clothing! Click the banner below to link you to some trendy pieces that are on sale🙂

The shoes are also from an online boutique called Makaila James. Those chunky heels are so comfortable and the cognac color goes with everything! MakailaJames.com also has a ton of other stylish clothes… check them out!

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OPI – “My Private Jet”

My Private Jet” is seriously one of my favorite OPI polishes of all time, especially for the Fall season! It looks pretty black from far but up close, it’s lighter with tiny specs of glitter. Oh and it’s also a dream to apply… super creamy and opaque formula. If you don’t already have this color in your nail polish collection, you need to go get it! It’s one of my go to’s for sure🙂

Happy Monday!!

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My Sunshine

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Omg, can you believe summer 2016 is coming to an end?! I sure can’t. This summer is definitely one for the books because I became a mom of 2🙂 It was nice having my maternity leave during the summer too.

It’s still super hot here in San Diego so Scarlett and I are taking advantage of our late afternoon walks and of course… while she explores, I click away like the mamarazzi I am. This tee from Trendy Bubs is so cute and comfy! The saying is so true.

This little girl is my tiny ray of sunshine (and Landon of course). It’s definitely not always sunshine and butterflies which I’m sure all moms can agree. There are moments where I want to pull my hair out haha. When things get a little (okay, a lot) cray cray, I just remind myself how blessed I am to have 2 beautiful children who truly brighten up my life. Yes, my hands are full but my heart is fuller  :)

Well, thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your loved ones! xo

P.S. Those acid wash jeggings though?! (insert heart eyes emoji here)

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The Softest Cold Shoulder Tee

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I just love plain shirts that have a little twist on them which is why cold shoulder tops are one of my fave styles. This one by Nation LTD is seriously the softest shirt EVER. Seriously. The fabric is perfection because it’s light and thin but not see-through… thank goodness! I’ve already worn this top a few times since I got it because it’s one of those pieces that you can just throw on easily and wear with different looks. It can be worn with jeans, shorts, skirts… you name it. I even wore it with work out leggings and tennis shoes last week when teaching dance. It’s so versatile and a great layering piece!

Btw, that moto jacket that I used as a prop for my pictures (haha) is another closet staple of mine! It can jazz up any outfit instantly🙂

This post was in collaboration with Nation LTD. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Ipsy “August 2016 Glam Bag” Review

MQ_ipsyaugust3-4What’s in the August 2016 “Sugar Highness” bag?

  1. Ciate London Painted Pots in Spinning Teacup
  2. IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner
  3. Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Neopolitan Palette
  4. Pacifica SUNDREAMS LOTUS INFUSED BRONZER in Sunkissed
  5. NEUMA neuStyling smoothing creme

MQ_ipsyaugust2Ciate London Painted Pots in Spinning Teacup

I just love receiving nail polishes in my glam bags, especially full size ones! This Ciate London bottle is so cute!! Definitely a unique nail polish bottle. The color is gorgeous and as you can see, it’s exactly how it looks in the bottle. The formula applies smoothly and it’s also thin which I like. You definitely need at least 2 coats to get it completely opaque and that’s how many I used. The brush is curved so it really helps applying on the corners of your nail. Overall, I loved everything about this nail polish. I am a new fan of this brand!

MQ_ipsyaugust10^ How it looks outdoors. Btw, my case is from CaseApp! I love the marble and I even customized it to have my blog URL on it🙂 Use code: “MAMAQ20” to get 20% off your order!

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This eyeliner works great! It’s highly pigmented. I wore it all day and it barely smudged… SOLD.

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The colors of this palette are soooo neopolitan… love! When I hear “neopolitan,” I automatically think of ice-cream hence the ice-cream cone I had to add in the picture lol. These colors are so pretty and they’re colors I would wear. They are pretty pigmented which is a plus!

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I usually use NARS bronzer in “Casino” and this one definitely goes on lighter but it works for the days I want to go more natural🙂 I’ve gotten a few products from this brand in past ipsy bags and I’ve noticed that they are usually on the sheer side.

MQ_ipsyaugust8MQ_ipsyaugust9NEUMA neuStyling smoothing creme

I applied this product on my hair when it was damp. It definitely helped tame the frizz that usually shows up after I blow dry my hair. I love products that smoothen out my hair! Oh and guess what? Their products are vegan and don’t contain any harmful toxins… major plus!

Overall, I’d say it was a pretty awesome glam bag this month!! It’s rare to get a bag of products you would actually use and this is one of those :) If you’re thinking about signing up for Ipsy, click here! It’s onlt $10 a month to try new products every month!

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Transitioning into Fall

MQ_datenight1MQ_datenight4MQ_datenight2MQ_datenight5MQ_datenight6Top: Nordstrom B.P. – Pants: BDG – Shoes (old; found similar options): Aldo – Necklace: Nordstrom B.P. – Lipstick: MAC “Media”

I’m still not over the OTS trend so I got this long sleeve one from Nordstrom B.P. that I can wear throughout the Fall season! I love the ties on the sleeves and the “button up” look. I’m currently building my Fall wardrobe so I’m on the look out for pieces that I could wear often and in different looks. White is perf!

And I’m all over the choker trend right now. Love this gold “relaxed fit” one from Nordstrom B.P. as well! To dress up the whole outfit, I wore my Aldo ankle strap stilettos. Perfect outfit for a night out with the hubby!!

Have an amazing weekend everyone! What are some closet staples that you need to have for Fall?!

P.S. I can’t find the top any where online even though I literally just got it last week! So for now, I linked some similar ones🙂

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Denim Baby

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Ok, I’ve totally been obsessed with denim lately that I got Scarlett into it too lol. I mean, she doesn’t really have a choice right now! Isn’t this dress SO cute?! It’s no longer avail at Old Navy but I linked some super cute denim dresses that I would love to add to her wardrobe!

P.S. That mustard yellow crochet headband was from a small shop on Etsy that is now closed, boo!! I’m sure you can find some other crochet shops that make them though🙂

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Insta Update

I thought I’d do another update from my Instagram since I’ve been posting non-stop lol.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.12.54 PM“Nice to meet you.” (pound it) Lol. Onesie and security blankie is from Trendy Bubs🙂

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.13.19 PMI had to try the purple drink in honor of my purple nails! Nail polish deets here. Personally, I like the pink drink better!

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.13.32 PMI love this pic of my babies!! Glad I captured this right before she wanted him off of her lol! P.S. Those organic YumEarth lollipops are soooo freakin’ good.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.13.46 PMPokemon Go brought us to Coronado this beautiful afternoon. My hubby was on a mission to catch ’em all😛

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.13.59 PMHis and hers… mine was the one without the bun, sadly! Haha. In-N-Out is that good that I can still enjoy my burger without the bun!

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.14.18 PMScarlett is such a water baby! This $10 kiddie pool from Target is such a steal.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.14.31 PMLandon’s #TBT be like…

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.14.45 PMLovely afternoon at La Jolla Shores🙂 Obsessed with my Vanessa Mooney choker.

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Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.15.30 PMThe perf Tiffany & Co. blue polish! Deets here. Outfit post here.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.16.01 PMLandon turned 2 months on the 4th! Stop growing please!!!

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.16.14 PMKrispy Kreme donuts anyone?! The maple is my absolute fave.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!🙂

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My Baby Girl’s First Dance Class

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Seriously, I have been counting down this day since I found out I would be having a baby girl! As a dancer myself, I know how beneficial it is to start young. I love knowing that I’m giving her the chance to be the best that she can be. I truly hope she falls in love with dance the same way that I did. 

It was so special to be able to bring her to the studio I taught dance at for 4 years, Royal Academy of Performing Arts here in San Diego. They have expanded and moved to a new location since I last taught but there are still a lot of the same people I use to work with there. Since it’s summer, the classes are a hit or miss with students so Scarlett was lucky enough to have a private lesson with an audience (her daddy and baby bro Landon who slept the entire time in his car seat and my sisters).

*WARNING: There are a TON of pictures!* 

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This class is technically a “Mommy & Baby” class but Scarlett insisted on having her daddy participate since she’s such a daddy’s girl!

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The scarf entertained her like a minute or 2 then her teacher Ms. Loren had to bust out something else. Lol oh my daughter…

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The rose petals were probably her favorite thing to play with the entire class. It was used for arm exercises but Scarlett wanted to do her own thing. I guess that’s a perk of having the whole class to herself haha.

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She’s been so obsessed with bubbles so when the teacher, Ms. Loren, gave her a wand, she thought it was to blow bubbles lol.

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My heart melted the whole 45 minutes of class… I can’t wait to continue to take her to dance class! Oh of course, I’m looking forward to when she’s old enough to start learning actual technique and dance combinations! When she’s 3 years old, she’ll be able to move up to the next class and will perform with her daddy in the annual recital for the “Daddy & Me” dance! CAN’T. WAIT.

Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

Scarlett’s Outfit: Onesie: Old Navy – Tutu: Mad Grrl – Ballet Shoes: Bloch

Mama’s Outfit: Top: Free People – Sports Bra: Lululemon – Leggings: Zella – Shoes: Nike – Choker: Vanessa Mooney
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The Choker Trend

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 11.13.53 PM1. Vanessa Mooney – 2. Ettika – 3. Nordstrom B.P. – 4. JULES SMITH – 5. Bauble Bar (on sale) – 6. Topshop – 7. Nordstrom B.P. – 8. Shashi – 9. Kenneth Jay Lane – 10. Lacey Ryan

Ok I am obsessed with this trend right now!! Totally loving it since I used to rock chokers in middle school lol. I linked some of the chokers that’s currently on my wish list. Love them all!! Which one is your fave?!

P.S. Here is an outfit post from yesterday where I wore my new choker!
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