I Wore White Too

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Happy Tuesday! What are you up to? I’m just starting to sort through the pics of Riviera Maya and because I’m not in my usual blogging environment at home, I’ve had some very silly technical difficulties. But, I am excited to show you a couple of Mami Fashion posts (deleted a third by accident!!! Ugh!) and decided to share what I wore for our 10th wedding anniversary  date night first. Cause I loved the choice. ;-)

The view from the pier at our hotel was absolutely stunning and like most photo shoots, the things that happen before and during a session are usually hilarious (more on that later!). For this one, let’s just say I forgot I had to walk on sand before getting here. No problem. I pulled my heels off and made my way up towards the pier. Unfortunately for me, resort professionals were taking some serious photographs of young couples, families, groups of friends, and everyone was wearing white (with the exception of a family who proudly wore Notre Dame Law School t-shirts). I bet everyone was taking their Christmas card pictures! Well, here at MFBS we are professionals too. And I wore white as well. It was my anniversary outfit darn it and we didn’t have much time before it got dark. The photographers told us it would only be “a few more minutes” and “only four more shots,” um…that wasn’t happening. I told Hubby to follow closely and while people rearranged themselves for yet another photograph, I ran past them and managed this little spot on the pier. Who was going to say something to us? No one, of course! But then, argh, I realized I forgot my clutch!

Oh well! Lighting is everything, right? I’m happy to report that no one was upset and eveyone got their images. haha! Here is what I wore:

Topshop Reptile Texture Jacquard Skort
Trouve top
Hunting Season clutch
Burberry sandals (out of stock but check THESE out for Fall ’14)
Necklace/Rings at Bungalow
Textured bangle set

images: My Friend Betty Says

10th Wedding Anniversary Weekend!

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Hi there! I took some time off! I don’t know when it was the last time I went without turning on my laptop for this long! Thanks for checking in!

If you follow my Instagram account, you will have noticed that Hubby and I went to Riviera Maya to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary! It was so nice to have so many conversations without being interrupted by three little monkeys! But I will confess that on our third day in Mexico, I missed my boys so much…I cried!!!! I was weepy and sad without them. The presence of other children at the resort made it hard for me. Tip and note to self: book an adults-only hotel when traveling without the kids. ha!

Although I missed the three boys terribly, Hubby and I needed to honor and celebrate a big milestone in our marriage. It is amazing to be able to spend so much alone time with someone I have known for half of my life and still enjoy it as if not a day has gone by. No marriage is perfect, so dedicating a little vacay to the relationship (even if you don’t have kids) is truly necessary. We had a blast!

Even though it was unexpected to have limited WiFi…it was awesome! Truly a special treat to be disconnected for the majority of our trip, so I missed what was happening or trending this past week! I did finish 2 books (this one and this one), stole one of Hubby’s and started my third. I also flipped through a couple of fashion magazines and read everything in my front seat pocket on the plane ride! Therefore, I apologize for the lack of links on this Monday post and please bare with me the next couple of weeks (the boys and I will be tourists in my Sweet Home Chicago!).

I leave you with these few Riviera Maya pics from my iPhone. More to come soon!

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Have a great week!

Mis Primeras Mañanitas with Fisher Price and GIVEAWAY

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Fisher-Price® and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

I will always carry the sweet memory of waking up to my mom fiddling with the cassette player on our birthdays. Pedro Infante’s voice will burst out of our boom box and fill the whole apartment with the famous Mexican birthday song, “Las Mañanitas.” My mom did it for all three of us and even if we were awake, we would wait in bed pretending to sleep and waited for the yearly serenade.

The memories are priceless and I am thrilled to write that Fisher-Price® is announcing the first-ever Hispanic dedicated program that will connect directly with millennial moms through the Mis Primeras Mañanitas campaign, which is centered on a key milestone moment in their child’s life – Baby’s First Birthday. “Las Mañanitas”, a song that highlights the love and optimism that a mom feels on her baby’s special day is important to so many of us modern mamis, and I’m excited that Fisher-Price® is helping us celebrate.

To help kick of the celebration, head over to Fisher-Price® Mis Primeras Mañanitas Sweepstakes to enter for a chance to win a party prize pack and a bundle of 12 toys! Here are some of the toys and prizes included:

A party kit (party invites, favors and decorations, and a customized cake!)
Fisher-Price® Baby’s First BlocksTM
Fisher-Price® Rock-A-Stack®
Fisher-Price® Laugh Brilliant Basics™ Corn Popper®
Fisher-Price® Little People ® Lil’ Movers™ School Bus….and more!

Mis Primeras Mañanitas will also serve as a resource hub to help moms access unique and creative ideas for baby’s first birthday party. Moms will be able to find decorating, recipe and gift ideas to help make their little one’s first birthday extra special. You know that your friend Betty will be checking all of those resources out!

All of this is so close to my heart. I can’t stop thinking about my mom and those special mornings. To help launch the Primeras Mañanitas campaign, I’m hosting my own #FPMiPrimerCumple GIVEAWAY here on My Friend Betty Says! After you enter Fisher-Price® sweepstakes (you’ll get and additional entry here) enter for a chance to win a Fisher-Price® Laugh & LearnTM Crawl Around TM Car (Retail value $59.99) by following the steps in the Rafflecopter below. Do you have any special childhood birthday memories? Let me know in the comments below! Good luck!

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Vibrant in this Maxi Dress

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Hi everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far! I wanted to take a little time to send you greetings from Mexico! And to let you know: if you are traveling soon, pick up this gorgeous Mara Hoffman maxi dress. Mara Hoffman is a hot desinger and Lori from Dressed by Lori will assure you Mara Hoffman is the hottest one yet. An American designer known for her signature vibrant prints, Hoffman will help you feel as if you are on vacay year-round.

This maxi dress has a slimming silhouette, is just the right amount of bold and is super comfortable. I know you mamis like that! This dress just says, “I’m happy.” Although I miss my babies terribly (everyone says the first day is hard!), I’m happy to celebrate with hubby in style!

Don’t forget that Lori is having an amazing event tomorrow night! She is hosting Rosie Battista at the boutique, Wednesday, July 16th from 6pm-8pm. Below are the rest of the details for you…enjoy! P.s If you are not in the New Jersey area, don’t forget that you can always visit Dressed by Lori’s online shop or call her at 973-218-6206 (she’s super sweet!).

Mara Hoffman Maxi Dress (in store)
Evocateur Cuff (in store)
Vintage Ring (in store)
Enzo Angiolini sandals (old, but THESE are cute and on sale!)

images: CR Photography

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Weekend Travels

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Hi there! Did you have a good weekend? We drove all day on Saturday and made it to Chicago safely! The boys are sooo excited! It always melts my heart to see them interact with my parents; they just all pick up right where they left off. They are also thrilled to play with Coco and have a lot of things planned while Hubby and I spend the week in Riviera Maya!

On Sunday, we were able to catch the World Cup final with the biggest soccer fan I know. At an early age, my father was the person who taught me to enjoy the beautiful game. In only one day,  my dad and the boys have already played so much futbol! We ate, checked Panini albums and played with Coco during the final and were all very sad for Argentina’s loss.  :-(

What will we do now that the World Cup is over? hee hee! No worries, I have a few more soccer related stories in the links below! Enjoy!

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading To Baby ( I wrote this!)

5 Reasons Modern-Day Parenting is in Crisis

Haha! Thank you, Latinaish!

I believe that we will…be trademarked?

No tattoos for Ronaldo.

Next time you are in NYC, visit this landmark! (I wrote this too!)

GlossyBox (Thank you, Maria!)

This sale is good!

For nails: Dubs

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Have a great week!

Renewing Vows

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Hubby and I will be going on a little vacay soon to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary (!!).  So, I have been joking with our friends that we are renewing our wedding vows.  I have this perfect dress I found at Dressed by Lori. It’s simple but feels luxurious and the color got me thinking about a beach wedding. Now I just need to convince the groom! haha!

Joking aside, I would marry my hubby all over again. Sure, we drive each other nuts; three boys and lots of work will do that to a couple. Nevertheless, our arguements don’t last long, we never hold a grudge, we always talk things through and are lucky to be each other’s best friend. But, I won’t marry him again…right now. LOL! This is our second trip alone in seven years and to be honest, I would love for our three boys to be present when we decide to promise to each other all over again.

What do you think about renewing wedding vows? Would you do it? When? Would love for you to share! P.s. Here’s a good article if you are planning on it. 

Amy Matto Fiona Silk Dress (at Dressed by Lori)
Cuff (in store)
Pelle Moda Strap Sandals

Images: CR Photography

Just Read: The Book of Unknown Americans

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I have a really, really hard time writing about a book that I absolutely adore. I sometimes finish a book and continue to think about it for days, sometimes weeks. For some, I know exactly the place, the moment and time where I read it…even years later. Nevertheless, all of my books end up on the shelf and I hope that a friend will skim the titles in search for a good book and take one.  This one is different. How do I close a book and put it on my shelf when the topic is making headline news today? I can’t tuck away an experience my family lived 40 years ago, one that people are living through right now.

The Book of Unknown Americans ” just hits very close to home. I understood at a very young age that my parents didn’t feel like they belonged. I understood that they had to crouch in the shadows of society and not attract attention to themselves…and I never questioned it. I knew. My friends knew because they were experiencing the exact same thing. Lately, we have seen it all play out daily on the news. People are taking stands on whether or not to welcome refugee children in need, or turn them away because this country has enough problems.

Cristina Henríquez has written a novel that tells so many people’s story in a captivating and clear way…many people arrive in the United States for something better, because of a specific need or for basic survival. What many don’t undestand (or refuse to believe) is that not everyone who comes to this country has the same story. Everyone’s need is different and we don’t always understand that. So many can make a contribution, if given the chance.

In “The Book of Unknown Americans,” Arturo, Alma and Maribel Rivera leave their happy lives in Mexico for only one reason; they make a journey to Delaware in order to help Maribel get well after she suffers a head injury. Arturo, the devoted, hard-working father, can’t seem to catch a break. Alma is brave and clever, but lives in fear and helplessness. Their neighbors are Latinos from different countries with their own stories to tell and Henríquez weaves it all in so beautifully. They are welcoming and encouraging to the Riveras. They have their own stories of love, success, failures and of their home countries. Some of these characters refuse to go unknown, regardless of what lies ahead. I’m hopeful that this novel will open the eyes of many, many who refuse to see.

This book begs for discussion! It’s truthful and real, yet unique. Read it with your book club, your teenagers, students and/or parents. I’m not keeping this one on my book shelf. I’ll make sure to pass it along. Have you read it? What did you think?? Please share in the comments below!

Image: CR Photography

Sparkling Weekend

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Did you have a nice 4th of July weekend? Who doesn’t LOVE long weekends? I have been so relaxed. I am getting really good at just putting work on the side when we are all on holiday and weekend mode. There’s always stuff to do (um, can you say laundry for 3 busy boys??). I never stop, but I am getting better at just enjoying the moment.

Our good friends, Vane and Luis are visiting from Chicago and we have been having so much fun with them. There has been a lot of pool time, eating yummy foods and drinking bubbly things. Vane and I snuck away for a massage, mani/pedis and a little shopping. And yes…we are still following the World Cup. It was heartbreaking for Costa Rica this weekend but thrilling for Argentina! Vamos todavia!

No one comes to visit without at least a quick trip to the city. We visited one of our favorite Mexican restaurants for Sunday brunch (El Centro!), strolled through Central Park and visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. If you are visiting New York City soon, you have to go to these places!

Nevertheless, one quiet morning I snuck away for a little reading. Here is what I found for you…enjoy!

New York Magazine: What do you really use your phone for?

Reinventing your life at 30, 40, 50…

Reading this.

This looks good too!

The ultimate makeup and beauty tutorial (thank you, Celeste!).

Oprah is on Instagram (!!!)

How to Motivate Yourself.

7 Things Every Woman Needs To Do for Her Skin!

What we wore:
Madewell Shiftdress
Tory Burch sandals
Madewell Tank
JCrew skirt (old but similar HERE)
Target sandals

Have a great week!

Be Gorgeous, Feel Amazing

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Look at what I found: the ultimate easy-breezy dress! This Karina “Audrey” is a classic. I love a v-neck in the front…and back. I also love a full swingy skirt and a super comfortable and soft feel. I love the idea of wearing this dress to the office (perhaps with a jacket or cardigan over it) and later taking this baby out to dinner. It’s also perfect for travel as it is light and fresh…just right on hot summer days. Dressed by Lori carries a variety of Karina dresses in different styles and a great selection of colors and prints.

I also wanted to let local MFBS readers know that Lori is having an amazing event on Wednesday, July 16th at 6pm at Dressed by Lori. It’s the Be Gorgeous and Feel Amazing event! Author and speaker, Rosie Battista presents a one hour WOWSA, interactive, educational and fun seminar/workshop, which includes a signed copy of her guidebook, “Sleeping Naked After 40.” Rosie’s passion and purpose is helping women feel better about themselves by teaching them how to eat and think better. I have met her and she is awesome!!! Please call Lori at 973-218-6206 for your seat at this very special and inspiring event. Tell her your friend Betty sent you!

Karina “Audrey” Dress (in store)
Vintage Necklace (in store)
Burberry Translucent Vinyl Sandals (more colors HERE)

Images: CR Photography

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Lace and Color at Dressed by Lori

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I can not get over this gorgeous aquamarine Shoshanna lace dress. Do you remember the romantic red one I wore for Valentine’s? I think I have a new favorite! Color sets the mood and I’m envisioning a perfect summer night, dining alfresco, wearing this dress while on vacation with Hubby. Plus, lace is so romantic, classic and simply elegant.

Now that you have seen two beautiful colors here, if you are local, you need to stop by Dressed by Lori (if you are not, you can always call or order online!) and check out the gorgeous spring and summer colors. She has a rainbow! Currently, all of the lace dresses are 20% off. I couldn’t decide which color was right for me, but all I kept thinking of while at Lori’s was the cool blue water I will see soon enough…

What colors are you currenlty craving? Do you have a lace dress in your closet? Please share!

P.s. Please check out a very cool upcoming event at Dressed by Lori by clicking HERE. I’ll be sharing more about it later this week. Thank you!

Shoshanna Lace in aquamarine (in store)
Diamer Double Drop earrings in jade (in store)
Ann Taylor Geri Suede heels (new colors here)

Images: CR Photography