The Comfiest Kimono

mq_lularoe1mq_lularoe2mq_lularoe3mq_lularoe5Kimono: LulaRoe – Dress: Brandy Melville – Boots: Target – Necklaces: Love Myssa

Kimonos are one of my favorite things to wear because they’re perfect for layering. This particular one by LulaRoe is extremely soft and super comfy! When it comes to prints, I’m really picky but I looove this tribal print. I received a few other pieces from a LulaRoe consultant and they are equally as soft and comfy. I can’t wait to style them in future posts 🙂 Oh, and they even have a kids line (insert thumbs up emoji here)!

Have you guys ever heard of this brand or even own some of their items?! I took a look at their website and a lot of their pieces are all about simplicity and comfort. Check them out!

P.S. The San Diego weather was finally back this weekend! Yay!

*This post was in collaboration with a LulaRoe consultant. As always, all opinions are my own.

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The Timeless Crossbody Bag

2811279927952790277627682785dsc_2770Jacket: Make Me Chic – Pants: Old Navy – Shoes: Go Jane – Bag: Coach

The sun finally came out and I was able to take some blog pics! I wanted an “urban” feel so we found a cool little alley to take some shots at 😛

Any way excuse me while I obsess over my new Coach Dinky Crossbody Bag! It’s such a timeless bag so I’ll be able to use for years without feeling that it’s going out of style. I love the cognac color cause it can go with just about any outfit, which is always a plus. The quality is amazing too! The size is perfect and it can fit the necessities like your wallet, phone and a few make-up products. What’s awesome is that Coach sells chain straps to replace the strap it comes with. I might just have to get one of those to change up the look of the bag every now and then.

P.S. That oversized denim jacket is such a steal at Make Me Chic for only $30… love! Check out more awesome stuff from their site that I put on my Wish List 🙂

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LoveMyssa Handmade Jewelry

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So I received these two pieces of jewelry from LoveMyssa on Etsy last week and they instantly became my new faves! And what makes them even more awesome than they already are is that they’re handmade 🙂 I don’t know about you but I have so much respect for small business owners that make super cute stuff by hand and sell them on Etsy. I know firsthand all the hard work it takes because I, too, had an Etsy shop once and sold handmade baby headbands.

The quality of these pieces are amazing. I love the the simplicity of the choker with the added gold beads for detail. I could wear it with just about any outfit. And that gemstone necklace?! Obsessed. I literally want everything from this shop. Check it out for yourself and use code “XOXORaina” for 15% off your entire purchase… you’re welcome!

*This post was in collaboration with LoveMyssa. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Ipsy “January 2017 Glam Bag” Review

mq_ipsyjan1What’s in the January 2017 “Metropolis” bag?

  1. Ciate London GELOLOGY Top Coat
  2. Manna Kadar Cosmetics Paradise Blush
  3. Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in Desert Sunset #02
  4. pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed 5-in-1 mud mask + exfoliator
  5. theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama

mq_ipsyjan2Ciate London GELOLOGY Top Coat

I received a nail polish from this brand in my ipsy bag in the past and just loved it! The packaging, brush, application, formula… everything was point. When I saw that I got their top coat, I was so excited! I have a top coat that I’ve been using for years so it was hard to part with it for one manicure but I had to try it out for you guys. Let me just say that I love it!! This is definitely a good alternative to the one I normally use. Oh, and this is the full size bottle that retails for $19! Ipsy is only $9.99 so I already got more than my money’s worth with this top coat 🙂

mq_ipsyjan4Manna Kadar Cosmetics Paradise Blush

When it comes to blush, I’m open to trying out new brands since I’m not really set on a certain brand or color. This one is a beautiful shade! It’s very pigmented so you don’t need to put so much product on the brush for it to show on your cheeks. Love!

mq_ipsyjan6Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in Desert Sunset #02

Another product that I can’t get enough of are eyeshadows! I mean, the more the merrier right? I love having options when I actually do my eyeshadow. I am obsessed with this color. It’s similar to a lot of shades I wear on my lids and has the right amount of shimmer!

mq_ipsyjan3pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed 5-in-1 mud mask + exfoliant

Yay, a mud mask! I sure love me some face masks, especially with exfoliant. I enjoyed putting this one on and definitely felt some results as soon as I washed it off. It totally lives up to its description. Can’t wait to use it again!

mq_ipsyjan5theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama

This is one of my favorite brands that I’ve discovered from ipsy! I actually bought full size products of their liquid lipsticks when I got a sample size in a glam bag. I don’t usually wear bronzer but if you do, I recommend this one! It’s very pretty and sheer.

Guys, this bag was a HIT for me this month! I am so happy with all of the products. My favorite? It’s a tie between the top coat and the eyeshadow because those are the products that I would use the most. If you loved this glam bag as much as I did and want to try ipsy for only $9.99 per month, click here!

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Live Lokai

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Ok, am I like the last person to ever hear about these bracelets?! I got them from my super trendy cousin for Christmas and when I unwrapped it, I was like oh… what is it? It looks cool but I have no idea what it is besides the obvious, a bracelet haha. She said it’s a Lokai bracelet that’s “really in right now.” I was like ok great! Anything to keep this 30-year-old in with the trends sounds great lol. I looked it up and the meaning behind it is actually pretty interesting. This is what it says on their website:

“Each Lokai is infused with elements from the highest and lowest points on Earth. The white bead carries water from Mt. Everest, and the black bead contains mud from the Dead Sea. These extreme elements are a reminder to the wearer to find balance – staying humble during life’s peaks and hopeful during its lows.”

Sounds pretty awesome. Don’t ya think? As a full-time working mom, balance is something I continue to struggle with. I love wearing this bracelet which serves as a reminder. It is pretty pricey though, $18… but Lokai does give 10% of proceeds to charities! Check them out! They even have a pack of different colors! My cousin gave me the classic one which is clear with black and white. It’s so me, love it.

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Scarlett Rae!

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It’s crazy to think that my baby girl is now 2 years old! I mean, she has been in the “terrible twos” phase since before she turned one. Lol. Last year, I threw her a huge Under the Sea themed birthday party but this year we will be celebrating with close friends and family on her actual birthday. At the end of the month, we’re taking her to… wait for it… Disneyland!!! I cannot wait to see the joy in her face 🙂 I wanted to dedicate this blog post to the one who made me mommy. I want to look back on this post in the future and just remember how she was at this fun (and super sassy) age.

  1. She knows her colors: purple, green, blue, orange, red, yellow, pink, teal, black and white.
  2. She can act out the Trolls movie and name some of the characters.
  3. She loves to grab our hands and say “come on” to take us where she wants us to go.
  4. She’s starting to call me “Mommy.”
  5. She says “guy” when she doesn’t want to do something… for example “don’t want to, guy!” So random but we think it’s hilarious.
  6. She is obsessed with watching unboxing of toys on YouTube, specifically Elmo toys.
  7. She loves her baby brother Landon more than anything. She’ll let him climb on her, pull her hair, and yell by her face.
  8. She likes to take baths only when there’s bath toys and bathtub paint involved.
  9. She loves to say “aww” and put her hands on her face.
  10. She loves to pretend that she’s the Fox from the movie Zootopia and pretend to hit me while saying “Bunny!”
  11. She loves to draw… all over our walls.
  12. She loves to be put to sleep by either mommy or daddy kissing her arms or scratching her back.
  13. She finally switched to the sippy cup.
  14. She still sucks her thumb and needs a blankie to go to sleep.
  15. She loves to get her nails painted (with Piggy Paint nail polish).
  16. Her favorite things to eat are cheese, bananas, blueberries and strawberries.
  17. She loves to tickle while saying “teeckle, teeckle.”
  18. She is fearless and will climb anything.
  19. She likes to give “tight” hugs.
  20. She can say I love you but it sounds more like “Abu” and it’s the sweetest thing.

I can probably go on and on and on but thankfully I have a ton of videos and pictures to help remember this sweet age. Scarlett is such a joy and a blessing. We are so thankful for her! Check back for pictures from her birthday celebration(s)!

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