Saturday, September 20, 2014

Welcome Baby Olivia

It's finally here: Baby Olivia is with us. Thank God because I just could not go another day being pregnant.

Welcome little girl: 9.13.2014 @ 11:11am; 7.39 pounds and a lot of hair

Sunday, September 7, 2014

38 weeks pregnant: getting ready for delivery

38 weeks pregnant

Mood: irritated and hungry
Symptoms: what does not hurt at this point?
Craving: anything sweet 

At 38 weeks pregnant I am in pain. Everyday I am more uncomfortable believing that I could not get more uncomfortable than the day before. I am also impatient. I am ready and feel that this baby needs to be ready too but I am wrong. I had no contractions, no symptoms this baby wants to come out. My hands and feet are swollen, my back is achy, right below my breasts I feel a burning sensation as the baby kicks on my rib cage. I get headache by the end of the day. I get excruciating pain in my right leg like a needle was punching from the inside out. This prevents me from taking long walks. I am hot. I am fat. I have hurtburns. I am exhausted.

At 38 weeks pregnant, I forget everything and have no concept of what is going on around me. I pee an average of 5 times during the night and I walk slow like a penguin because of the pressure on my pelvic. I gained 4 pounds in one week even though when you reach the last weeks you are supposed to stop gaining weight. I don't sleep really but flip like a fish in no water. I am fat. I am ready. I am exhausted. Strangers stop me to guess when the baby will pop out. Strangers talk to me about pregnancy. I must look like a balloon to be so noticeable. I can't lift or do any cores in the house without having to take a 3 hours nap. When is this baby coming out?

I distract myself sewing purses and scarves, but that is becoming to be a lot of work too. Anyway, if you have a chance check out my Etsy shop and pass along to friends who might like my little clutches. I will do a special post on my purses later on. 

faux leather zipper clutch on Etsy 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fall Trends 2014

Fall Trends 2014: It is that time of the year. We are getting ready to switch season and to get cozy with leather pieces, knits and high heels boots. Fall Fashion collections have been published in magazines - we have seen fall trends 2014 on models and bloggers. Now we need to decide what to buy and what to recycle from last year Fall trends.

Fall Trends 2014


1). Leopard: get in your closet now and polish that leather coat, purse or pair of shoes you bought last year. This is the second year leopard and print animal are in so save yourselves some $$.

2). Grey Knits: Get on Ebay or find your cashmere J.Crew sweater because knits are everywhere this Fall. From pants to sweatshirts to sweaters grey knits will be your best friend. Again no need to spend big $$ because everyone can score a knit grey sweater at Good Will or on Ebay. 

3). Ethnic clothes and purses: colors and ethnic prints are still part of every season now, but they are paired in the fall with warm and dark colors or wild fur like the one above. The World Market has plenty of cute ethnic accessories and clothes. Pair any of their items with some kick ass leather boots and a leopard cashmere pashmina and you are set. 


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Industrializing Fashion like Fast Food: Chanel, Moschino, McDonald's and Supermarkets

I have been wanting to write a piece on this past trend of commercializing high design fashion with popular mass produced and processed food. This is a subject very close to me. I love food and fashion. I eat organic, I dislike processed food and everything that is industrialized. A paradox in many ways since fashion, big brands have industrialized the industry of fashion. So what can we get out of this new idea of integrating high fashion into vernacular environments?

Many designers 'reinvent' the same trends all over again. If you think about it everything has been invented already and we as artists redefine base don our experiences what had already been exposed in front of us. This is very true for fashion. Chanel killed the brand with their adaptation of Andy Warhol having models showing off trashy Chanel clothes in a fake supermarket, like women who can afford Chanel actually shop at Wal-Mart or Publix. Moschino has taken even a step further by bombarding us with ugly McDonalds' giant sweater and bags like we are supposed to believe that these people who wear Moschino eat fast food every day. The New York Times did a piece on Chanel, interviewing Mr. Lagerfeld who stated that these days supermarkets have become a common part of people who wear Chanel. You can read more about Chanel and supermarkets here. I would like to know where Mr. Lagerfeld shops. Sure I own some designer pieces and I do go to Publix, but I  ain't seen those clown looking Chanel clothes in any supermarkets near me. Real people do n't all live in Paris, Milan, or New York.

Chanel, by Karl Lagerfeld, autumn/winter 2014, in Paris. CreditGio Staiano/

Some people believe this reinvention of fashion for the popular masses is genius, accrediting these designers to be superb and superior. Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, but my personal perspective is that fashion is a money machine that needs to keep up with societal, political, and economic changes. McDonalds in the past years has seen a decline in sales (see article here) and Chanel must have refocus their branding to a younger population given some of the latest trends totally in conflict with Coco Chanel and what the brand used to stand for - classic and elegant.

To me, it is obvious that these brands are desperate to 'be in the moment', to 'stay relevant and cool' in a society which is made up mostly by millennials who are artists themselves and seek authenticity. And I say this coming from a brand marketing perspective. Now, I love fashion and I love marketing. I don't see anything wrong with planning around a product, but it needs to integrate and merge together in a way that appeals to me as a consumer first, an observant, a marketer, and an academic scholar.

Fashion is a form of comfortable art. For real women fashion needs to evoke confidence, comfort, fun, beauty, you name it....Real women do shop at grocery stores, run errands during the day, attend business meetings and then run to get the kids and take them to soccer practice. So the concept of fashion and commonality is not new.... but do we really look this foolish (as pictured by Chanel) when we are put in these common environments wearing a pink fur, a cropped top with holes, or/and a giant McDonald's red and yellow dress?

You can definitely wear designer clothes on the streets but don't lose your function in life, your identity, your common sense - The Independent wrote a piece on whether it possible to pull designer clothes off on the streets. See what you think - here -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

36 week pregnancy: Final Days of Pregnancy

36 weeks Pregnancy:

It's official. In 4 weeks this baby will come out. I am super excited, scared, thrilled, confused, and however you might feel. I am still clueless on the whole experience, more clueless on being a parent. We have not really discussed parenting style beside the fact that Shawn thinks he will be the cool dad and I will be the pain in the butt parent.

According to Baby Center at 36 weeks of pregnancy the baby is still packing weight (5 pounds so far), and is about 18 inches long.  At this stage the baby should drop, which means that your belly will drop too, but I have not noticed yet. Mine is super high and no indication of any lighting.
It is also common at this stage of pregnancy to feel less fetal movement as your baby has less room to swing and develops sleep pattern (Baby Zone). I must say I have to wake her up sometimes to make sure I get the kick count. Also because I freak out if I don't feel her moving. She had been very active during the past weeks and suddenly she is done with the dancing. I wonder if this is a reflection of her personality and who she will be.

At 36 week pregnant my belly is big and I can hardly walk. My legs are too fat so I have to walk like a duck yo prevent my legs from rubbing against each other. YES, that is what happens.

In this period you are also NESTING, a need to get your house ready for the arrival of the baby. I did not believe in the phenomenon but it is true. I have neglected my house in the past months and just felt that I needed to clean and get it ready in case my water broke. So, we spent the weekend literally cleaning every corner of the bedroom, and bathroom. Shawn finished the baby room and I folded all the baby clothes. My bag is packed for the hospital (see here for tips on what to pack) and I even got my nails done. I just don't want to worried about the house when I come back from the hospital. I want to enjoy that time.

I am a little concerned about the whole baby thing. I mean, I never changed a diaper in my life and the only time I held a baby she started crying. So, I am truly clueless on the whole baby experience. There is though this great book a friend gave us called Baby 411. It is very simple and kind of funny, but it gets down to the key things you need to know from breast-feeding to tracking the baby poop each day and week.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

5 ways to hide your muffin top

what to wear if you have a muffin top

You have been there, staring at your muffin top, trying to hide it by sucking in or using your hands to pull the skin on the back. You took plenty of aerobic and kick boxing classes to get rid off of that extra meat on your side and yet you are not ready to wear that little bikini and show off your hips. Let's be honest there are some women and men who just store fat on their waistline. They can be as skinny as Heidi Klum and yet they will always have some fat spilling on their side of their waistline. I am one of them. I store fat on my hips, pregnant or not, all my extra ice-cream and fries go right there. So today I want to provide some tricks on how to hide the muffin top. Please share your tips by commenting at the end of this post if you have more.

#1. Forget about wearing low rise tight jeans or actually any low rise pants or skirts. We are in luck because high rise pants are in and will stay in for Fall as well. Plus, they are more elegant and professional. Look for jeans or pants that are higher in the back than in the front. They give you support and hug your hips in the right place. You don't have to go really high waisted. The rule goes: if your side fat comes out your jeans than don't buy them.


Le High Flare high-rise jeans $210



#2. Same for skirts: pick skirts that follow your natural waistline. They can be of any shapes and length, just remember to get your size. The type of skirt below is very forgiving for any shapes. You don't have to spend $800 on a skirt. Any stores from H&M to Zara to Banana's Republic has these types of cuts. 


Embroidered honeycomb-mesh skirt $795


#3. Spandex - The variety of spandex in clothing these days is incredible. You can find tank tops, shorts, long body suits and slips. Spanx is probably best well-known for its variety of items that shape and hide imperfections. They are currently running a 10% discount when you sign up for the mailing list. You can find cheaper brands at Ross, TJmaxx or Marshalls. Sometimes, you can even find Spanx at these stores for half the original price. They go very quickly. 


#4. Choose the right top. How many times have you seen women wearing very tight cotton tank tops paired with skinny jeans and you just saw every inches of their fat spilling from too small of a bras or waistline? Make sure your tops are floaty. Baby doll tops are ideal (make sure the length covers your waistline). 

FULL TILT Floral Print Lace Inset Womens Babydoll

#5. A well fitted dress in the waistline that has a floaty skirt (1950s clothing style). These are easy to find in any stores, and of any fabrics. You can use belts to hide even more your muffin top. 


RESOURCES from other sites on what to wear if you have muffin top:
YouBeauty.Com - Clothes that Hide Muffin Top
Tiffany Hendra - 7 Tricks to hide the muffin top


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