Dress Like A Mom

 

All photography by Sharom Rosas.

I talk a lot about my transition into fashion since I became a mom. Nursing tanks is what I lived in for what seemed like the first 6 months of my baby’s life. I could barely sneak in a shower, let alone do my hair. That woman who wore four-inch stilettos on a daily basis and accessorizes her wardrobe according to color and pattern I lost. I love dressing up, so much that one of my mottos is “I’d rather be over dressed than under dressed.” I was known as the fashionista around the office. I wore tall platform heels until I was 9 months pregnant peeps! That’s a whole lot of love for shoes! I also have to be honest. Becoming a mom I thought I needed to dress more conservatively. A little more bland. Okay a lot more bland. Moms weren’t necessarily known to be fashion forward I’m afraid to say. Fast forward to a year later and I saw many stylish mamas on social medias! Rocking the stroller and the not so obvious diaper bag in this seasons fabric and heels! My beloved heels! That’s when I knew I have to find myself again. This mama was still fashionable folks, I just needed to feel confident again. Six months after that realization and I have gravitated toward fabulous brands to help me into my journey in fashion…as a mom! I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a store that gets this essential piece of who I am. A store that believes in breaking the stereotype. Moms ARE the most fashionable people we know! That store my friends in Evereve.

My Experience at Evereve

What a beauty! My first impression of the store was what a trendy boutique! “This has my name all over it.” I thought to myself. Elegant displays throughout. Large, wide isles that allowed me to navigate my stroller with ease. A children’s play area in front of the fitting rooms! Not to mention over sized fitting rooms to accommodate my son and I effortlessly. I was impressed y’all. Shortly after I arrived I was greeted warmly by an in store stylist that offered her assistance in my shopping experience. I of course, happily accepted. She swiftly and eloquently guided me through the clothes asking me questions along the way to pull items that fit my body and lifestyle. She was efficient and styled my fitting room so well that provided me with many beautiful options!

The Clothes

I must say this caught me a little off guard. You know when you try on clothes, half you rule out because it doesn’t fit so well? Well that did not happen here! I kid you not. Everything fit like a glove! The jeans…wow. they hugged my curves, lifted my mom butt and the high-rise smoothed my belly. The tops were perfectly long and soft, my gosh so soft. How was I going to select when I loved everything? I wanted a more casual feel so I had my stylist select accordingly. These outfits I can feel fabulous in and still chase around my toddler comfortably. No need to worry about pulling my pants up and tugging my blouse down. They were casual enough for the movies but gorgeous enough for brunch with my best friends. It was absolutely remarkable how perfect they were.

The Final Fashion Selections

I chose a lighter colored jean as my primarily focus was day wear. I have a feeling I am going to live in them for a while. The most soft, blush 3/4 sleeve sweater style blouse. You would have thought it was cashmere! I also chose a burnt orange sleeveless blouse with a looser, bell-shaped. Y’all know how much I love my copper, burnt orange and leather colors for fall. This one is so perfect because it’s still so warm in Arizona. It makes me feel like I can still enjoy autumn attire without roasting. Last but not least, and possibly my favorite; the ruffle sleeve blouse. Though it’s a more editorial look, it’s feminine, romantic and it’s cropped style actually elongated my physique. Now while I did not take home with me, I did fall in love with the most gorgeous velvet, olive blouse. I am still kicking myself for not getting it. I seriously contemplate on going back for it, ha ha. Velvet desperately needs to be more in my life.

So there you have it! I would love to know your thoughts. Which was your favorite? Visit your nearest Evereve store for your own exclusive shopping experience. Remember it was founded by a mom for moms! Follow them on social media and post a photo of your favorite outfit for a chance to win a $500 gift card! You can enter here and in their Facebook page.

Also stay tuned for more photos of these beautiful outfits!

Love,

 

Angelica

Smiling is Contagious

I have gone through many stages in life with my self-esteem. After motherhood, it took a while to really feel like myself again. Slowly but surely I found my step again. It may appear from my Instagram photos that I now have high confidence and while it’s certainly healthy, there has always been one thing I have been insecure about and that is my smile.

Have you ever notice when I smile I don’t show my teeth? Go ahead I’ll let you scroll through my feed, lol. Not one photo friends. I’m going to finally share something very personal and that it that I have a gap in the front of my teeth. I was so silly during my teenage years to not want braces. What I would do to go back! The reason I never got them was because I didn’t want the metal in my mouth. As an adult I figured, well I’ve gone this long without them. But the truth it, I wish I can smile confidently. I wish I was really smiling in my wedding photos. I wish I felt confident speaking in videos.

The Solution; Smile Direct Club

Well I’ll tell you I FINALLY decided to do something about it. I began the first step to my dream smile with Smile Direct Club. Smile Direct Club provides a treatment plan using invisible aligners at 60% less from their competitors. It works in a simple 3 step process; first you go in for a consultation. There they will take a 3D image of your teeth via scan or do an at home impressions kit like I did! Those impressions are reviewed by a dental professional who will create a treatment plan for you. Each aligner is the mailed to you monthly to begin carefully shifting and straightening your teeth! There is no need for dental office visits for this.

My experience

Since there is no Smile Direct Club near me, I requested an at home impressions kit and it arrived very quickly. I carefully reviewed the instructions and viewed a short video to ensure I properly created my impressions. It was fairly quick and easy. The kit included everything I needed down to the gloves! The kit also included a very convenient return label so all I had to do was peel it and stick it on top of the previous label and drop it off at my local FedEx office. I also took photos of my teeth and uploaded them to the website for the dental professional to view to assist in creating my treatment plan.

Use code ‘ANGELICA’ to get 50% your impressions kit or free scan! I am so excited about this, I can’t stop talking about it. I have been waiting my entire life and I am so happy I finally took charge and did something about it! I am going to keep y’all posted on my progress. Keep an eye out for that new  smile reveal in the months to come!

 

Love,

 

Angelica

*This post is Sponsored by Smile Direct Club. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

My Protein on the Go

As a busy mom, I don’t always have time to meal prep much less arrange my snacks so that they are ready to go when I am. Much, much, much less, that they are high in protein! So what’s an active mama like myself to do? I stock up on Dannon® Oikos® Nonfat Yogurt Drinks! I had already had the delicious Dannon® Light & Fit® so I grabbed both at my local Wal-Mart to ensure I have the best of both!
Dannon® Oikos® Nonfat Yogurt is a new yogurt that not only is delicious, but packed with 10 grams of protein! Yup you heard correctly 10! Furthermore it doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners, added sugars or fat! I love that I can just open my fridge grab my sons water and my 7 oz bottle of Dannon® Oikos® Nonfat Yogurt to place in my bag on the way out of the house! It’s perfect for when we’re in a rush and lets face it, it’s all the time, haha. My favorite flavor is strawberry though now I want to try them all. 😄 Perhaps I’ll grab a different flavor next grocery trip.
Dannon® Oikos® Nonfat Yogurt come in a convenient, 4 pack. I love this because I never worry about running out throughout the busy. They do need to be kept refrigerated. Seriously y’all it’s so smooth and full of flavor that you’ll want to drink more than one. The only thing stopping me is that it’s actually filling! It satisfies my crazy hunger as I am on the go whether it’s shopping with my family, going to the park or just running errands. Next time you’re at Wal-Mart grab some! I would love to know what you think. You won’t be disappointed, I promise. You can also get a dollar off them  here.
Love,
Angelica

Rocking the bold summer romper

Photography by Jill Shaw.

You want to stand out in a good way right? Rompers during the summer are essential. You can dress them up or down with your shoes or accessories. This particular Saraboo romper has this marble like print I personally see as more dressy. However because it’s still shorts, mostly likely I would wear to a daytime engagement. Therefore I would rock a steep, sexy wedge. This will elongate your legs and give you much height!

My favorite part about this romper is in t he details of course. More specifically the neck details. The crossed knot gives it the uniqueness you want without it being too much. You can find this exact romper here.

 

Love,

 

Angelica