bobbing for baubles.

necklace

| 1.  Melon Deco Strand, Baublebar | 2.  Small Domed Logo Stud Earring, Tory Burch |
| 3.  Crystal shapes bracelet, JCrew |4.  Enamel Stud Bangle, Baublebar
| 5.  Crystal and neon chevron bracelet, JCrew | 6.  Rose Omega Cuff, Baublebar |

I’m totally crushing over these pieces.  As you can see I love arm candy.  I stack bracelets of all sizes all the time, and I even mix up metals.  I love gold and silver together so I don’t mind contrasting metals.  I recently discovered Baublebar, they have the most cute and trendy pieces at such an affordable price.  My love for JCrew has grown this past year, their style seems to be gearing toward more modern elements with the JCrew twist.  So happy they are on their A-game.

I’m always looking for new shops!  Do you have any shops you’d like to expose me to?

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time…is on my side.

7FEE20B5-1FDA-43AD-BFDD-F74AA6861B35I find myself always looking at the clock.
As I reflect, I used to look at the time and I remember the feeling of anxiousness or excitement.  Counting down the seconds till I could get out of class or when I could meet my friends for a night on the town.  Minutes to when I could see my boyfriend or the seconds it took for him to open my car door. The feeling of having no cares in the world, no responsibilities, and just live by the moment decisions.   Time was on my side…I miss those feelings.
As I’ve aged through the years, I look at time now and those carefree feelings have changed.  Anxiousness has turned into panic and excitement has turned into stress.  Balancing my time has been such a struggle for me lately.  I feel as though I have lost my hidden talent to juggle many activities all at once.  In my head, I have an agenda of all the things I need to get done; I plan accordingly and before I know it I blink my eyes and time snuck up on me.  Then it surpasses me.  I end up chasing time and in the end I feel defeated by not accomplishing tasks I needed to do.  I apologize constantly for always being five minutes late (if you know me, it’s almost like it’s a part of my DNA), I’m embarrassed because half the time I look like a hot mess, and most of all I hate feeling scatter-brained.
But then, I have to remind myself….I’m human.  I have a perfectionist personality and I have to learn to let things go.  Or to better put it, realize that you don’t have to do everything all at once.  And most importantly, to not sweat the small stuff.  I think I put the pressure on myself to get everything I want done in one sitting and sometimes that’s just not possible.  Reminding myself to BREATHE has been super helpful.  Letting myself take a few minutes to regroup and weed out what is really important at this moment or if I could put it aside till I have more time is something that I’m still learning to do.   Making myself a list everyday allows me to visually organize my time and has been a useful tool to helping me find more BALANCE.
Balance has been so important in creating a healthy and happy relationship between my husband, baby, and work.   I’ve realized that most important thing in my life is my family.  As long as I can see my sons beautiful smile and have the support of my amazing husband, that’s the best feeling I could ever ask for.  Regaining confidence in myself is the next step, everything else will fall into place just as it should be.
Finding balance is hard and I’m still working on it.  But the good thing is,
I have time on my side….and my family.

stripes.

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{Asos black crop top | Asos Midi Skirt | Jimmy Choo wedges}
I love me some stripes!  My sister recently threw a lavish birthday party for my brother in law and requested guests to dress in black and white.  I didn’t complain as I love wearing that color scheme.  Not only is black so complementing to every body type but it’s just classic.  The 80’s have been makin a come back and I’m definitely jumping in and testing some of it’s beloved trends.  I’m not one to wear anything too showy or flashy but in this circumstance, why not?  So I busted out the mid-drift bearing crop top.  Gave just a peek of skin and paired it with a high wasted striped midi skirt.  There was so much going on with the stripes that I just accessorized with some arm candy and as always, nude wedges.  I loved twirling in this skirt!
lookblackand whiteblackandwhitefamily 5I go gaga when I see hubs in a nice button up shirt.  He cleans up well!  And I can’t forget little man, I dressed him in a classic linen shirt from Crazy 8 and paired it with a nice black skinny jean from H&M.  Seriously, I giggle with how cute baby clothes are these days!  I’m a photographolic!  I am obsessed with trying to capture every moment but their mostly of just Crew, Crew with dad, or Crew with me.  So I was so happy when we were able to capture some family pics!
family1family 3{Just wait…you know what’s comin…..}
family 4{OUCH!}

revamping the blog.

cropped-crew-lu-blush.jpgWhen I first started blogging, I did it mainly for me.  I wasn’t worried about having any followers or impressing anyone.  But since I’ve started I’ve met such interesting creative people and that fueled my spark! It was a way to express myself and it has turned into a hobby of sorts.
So now I’m at a stage where I really want to dive in and take this seriously.  Therefore, leading me to this topic…upgrading my current blog I have now to a custom one.  This current theme you are seeing now is one of many that is free with WordPress.  I’m still new at this so I just learn as I go.  I know I’m missing important things on the blog, like social media buttons, contact page, and too many to list.  I really feel it’s important to have a visual site that really represents my personality and the message I want to get across.  I’m in love with my logo- still feel like it’s timeless and classic.  My girlfriend, Julie has been so awesome in helping me create a brand.  You can view my branding post here.  I’ve been surfing the web for ideas so I have a few color schemes I love…
RMY_Brandboard{via redmetyellow.com/blog– loving the color scheme}
Redmetyellow is a design team that I am crushing on.  They have such impeccable work and new modern ideas.  I am in love with how intricate their sites look and they also seem easy to navigate.  I contacted Megan, their web designer, and got an answer right away.  I think it is so important to have great communication with your designer as your outcome will just be that much better because you’ve expressed your vision.  I feel like your web designer should be able to get your ideas out of you and execute your vision to the best of their abilities.   Redmetyellow is a definite front runner for my new website.
October-Ink-Cara-Loren-Website{via Octoberink.com }
I stumbled across October Ink on Instagram.  They have designed some fellow bloggers’ sites and I am totally diggin their esthetic.  I love their light-fresh approach and feel they would represent my brand very well.  My hubs will tell you, I act on impulse.  But I really feel that October Ink would make sure I have something I won’t get sick and will be timeless.
BikinisPassportsBlogDesign{via Saffronavenue.com– Really enjoying this color scheme!}

Creating a custom site can definitely cost a pretty penny.  So I definitely have to put some good thought into this.  I want to be thorough as possible but time is also important, as I don’t want to take forever with a new launch of my blog.  Fellow bloggers, I’m asking for your help!  Any advice on how to choose a web designer?  How to come up with the look of your blog.  Do you think it’s important to have a custom site to define you?

Looking forward to your input!  Feel free to post a comment linking anything you’ve written about this topic!

weekend recap.

TKThis is TK…one of my three sisters.  We four sisters have a special bond, unexplainable.  I’ll highlight my sisters in future posts, till then I’ll fill you in on what happened in my world this past  weekend.  TK and I attended The Shine Project’s Beauty Bar event and it was so fun getting pampered.  I did a post about The Shine Project here…and if you haven’t read up on them you should because they are amazing.  Truly inspiring, Ashley (founder of The Shine Project) is creating such an awesome movement.
Beautybar{Sorry didn’t have many shots from the event, it was so windy that night.  This pic is from my iPhone}  We got to hear from some students, past recipients of The Shine Project Scholarship Fund and future applicants.  They were all so sweet and grateful!
crew swimWe also attended my friend’s son’s fourth birthday party.  And as you can see Crew got some water time fun in.  Let me tell you, he loves the water…maybe a future swimmer on our hands?  Ha!  So fun to watch him splash around thinking he is one of the big kids!
crewanddaddy{iphone pic}
crewleggings{iphone pic}
So excited that I got to work on my sewing skills this weekend.  I’ve never really had that much patience but I’m learning.  And the gratification I get when I have a finished product is just peachy!  I love love love baby leggings!  Not only do they look super cool but I feel like they would be so much more comfortable for the babes to crawl around in…

aztec leggingsheadbands{iphone pic}
Of course I had to get some girly stuff in there too.  Head bands are so cute on baby girls, I can’t stand it!
crew in leggings{iphone pic}
Crew rockin his baby leggings.  Seriously this kid is just too cool.

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

target does it again.

main pic How is it I walk into Target only to grab one thing and come our with a whole cart full?  Cause Target is amazing that’s why.  They have such amazing finds that are not only so adorable that I gotta have it but they are also budget friendly!  I could go on and on about the awesomeness you can find at Target but I’m going to go over one area in particular today.  The one dollar corner when you first walk in!  Yep, you heard me- most of the items you find in this isle are only a buck!  Now I tend to stock up my office with craft supplies, wrapping paper, note cards, etc.  I like to have everything on hand so I can put stuff together in a jiffy.  So when I was browsing through Target the other day, I felt like I was in a treasure chest!
uyen2uyen3{Some of the items I picked up are so random.  But I’m sure they’ll come in handy some day.}
photo{Little man, looking over my receipt making sure they charged me correctly 😉  He’s an awesome shopping buddy}

I’m sure the next time you’re in Target, you’ll be checking out that isle.

weekend recap {san diego}.

uyen21This pic pretty much sums our weekend.  My hubs and I have always LOVED San Diego and now we can enjoy it with our son!  I know, I know what you’re thinking…he’s so young.  Well I guess we are building memories for us.  These precious moments at his age don’t last for very long and I want to cherish every moment.  It was so fun to see him take everything in, and of course it was fun for us too!
uyen10{He loved this little spin ride}
PicMonkey Collage2{top left: At Sea World, one of my favorite pics- I just love Crew’s expression here | top right: he loves the camera | bottom left:  we call this the dad backpack- yep we’ve hit that point in our lives | bottom right: view next to our hotel}
The weather in San Diego this weekend was a bit chilly.  But that didn’t stop us from taking all the sights in.  We stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Mission Bay, loved that it was walking distance to Sea World but disappointed that they didn’t offer any type of shuttle service.  Other than that, the staff was super friendly and the accommodations were nice.  Couldn’t complain, I was on vacay!
PicMonkey Collage{too many pics to choose from, so I just made a collage of some or this post would be a mile long}
uyen17uyen18uyen19{our little monkey}

*Thoughts and prayers to Boston.

the shine project 2013 benefit.

PicMonkey CollageHave you heard about the The Shine Project?  I met Ashley, the founder and creator of The Shine Project at a blogging event a few months back and we instantly clicked.  She truly is the sweetest, motivated, fashionable gal that you just want to be around.  Ashley discovered the lack of programs for inner city youth and launched a non-profit scholarship program to improve the lives of at-risk teens through service, education, and family involvement.  This program teaches inner city students leadership skills to help them achieve their goals and succeed.  The money raised goes to these students to attend college and give back to society.

{I’ll be attending this event on Saturday, April 20th.  COME join me!}
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The Shine Project 2013 Benefit
Sponsored by: San Tan Ford and Frances
Date: April 20th from 6-9 PM
Where: Phoenix Fashion Week’s new Fashion Hub!

A girls night out and women only pay $60 a ticket to come get their hair, nails, makeup and brows done all in the name of charity.  Fun salons from around Phoenix like Saskia salon, are just some of the vendors coming to do services.
Music, food, raffles and silent auction will be there as well!
If you can not attend, please consider purchasing a ticket to donate to one of The Shine Project’s students so they can have a fun night out.  100% of the money raised will go to scholarships.
For more event info and to purchase tickets go to: www.shineproject.eventbrite.com and for any questions or to donate items contact Lindsay at theshineproject@gmail.com.

If you wanna wear change, check out her Threads line.  Cutest bracelets and better yet- proceeds go towards The Shine Project Scholarship fund.
PicMonkey CollageCheck our her THREADS shop by clicking HERE.

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{Me sporting my THREADS}

I heart H&M.

Obsessing with the new line that debuted from H&M.  Love that you can be trendy at such an affordable price point.  I personally feel that their quality has improved over the years and I have quite a few favorite outfits from them.  Here are some pieces that I have my eye on, click on the picture and it will direct you to the link.
hmprod{This black dress is so simple, and yet there is something so sexy about it.  Perfect for a night out on the town or a cocktail party}
hmprod{Lovely patterned dress is totally up my alley!  Love the beaded embroidery at the top of the A-line.  This is actually a flattering dress on most body types, and it defines the waist and can give you more shape.}
hmprod{I am a sucker for tulle and I am totally crushing on this dress.  Must find a fancy event I can attend to wear this and twirl in it!}
hmprod{Now onto casual attire.  I know this tribal print is trendy but you can definitely sport this for spring.  I would even pair it with a brighter solid color top, perhaps coral.}
hmprod{Simple, classic, and clean.  This look is one of my favorites because it’s so crisp and comes across so polished.  The beading adds just enough detail and I would even pair it with a flowy short sleeve white or blush top.}
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{I recently snatched up this gem.  I normally wear a two piece suit but thought this would be perfect for times when I take my little man to swim lessons or when I don’t wan’t to take in too much sun.  Still a full one piece but showing just enough skin}

Those are my “have to have” pics from H&M.  Wish they would open an online shop, but then again that would wreck havoc on my pocket book!

crew’s pad.

crews room 8Every mother dreams of a perfect nursery for their baby.  I started really designing his room when I was about 16 weeks pregnant.  I am proud to say that I painted the stripes all by myself (like a big girl-ha).  My handy hubby installed the crown molding which really finished the room nicely.  It was hard work but I am in love with how the room turned out.  I’ve included some links below to some of the pieces in his room.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me!
{Zinc letters- Anthropologie}
{Crib-Babyletto}
{Dresser- Ikea, similar}
{Chevron ottoman pouf- Aletafae}
{Sheepskin rug- special gift from his aunty TK}
{Lamp- Target}
{Antlers- Hobby lobby, I painted it white}
{Boxer print- Etsy}
{Alphabet print- Etsy, similar}
{Mobile, handmade by me}

crews room2 copy{Hubs insisted I keep the fan in here, If I had it my way- I’d prob go with a drum shade chandelier}
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