Beating the Winter Blues

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There is no doubt that in the tri-state area, we are ready for spring. Unfortunately, this bitter cold winter and snow did not get the memo. It is officially March and more snow is in the forecast! I don’t know about you, but I am in wardrobe funk. I can not wear dark colors anymore. No mas! As I can only imagine, many of you are ready to brighten up your wardrobe too.

There is always a fashion solution to lift your spirits without breaking the bank or spending at all. Here are 5 tips on how to put the spring back in your step and wardrobe while we wait for the temperature to climb!

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Sweater
Top
Skinnies
Necklace (sold out but LOVE this one)
Shades (Kate Spade c/o Simply Chic Styling)
Clutch
Pumps

Images: CR Photography

chloe + isabel GIVEAWAY

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Did you catch the stunning chloe + isabel earrings I wore for THIS post? I loved the “dramatic Rococo-inspired earrings, featuring hand-cut asymmetric glass in emerald and aqua hues. The clear crystal pave accents highlight the ornate fan-shaped petals.” Although they are clip-ons, I was surprised at how comfortable they are! I’ll never shy from this choice again.

The colors are perfect for spring and one lucky MFBS will win a pair of vintage chloe + Isabel Le Rococo Clip-On earrings. I’m so thankful to Tiffany, my chloe +isabel merchandiser, for being so generous with this giveaway!

P.s. When you enter the Rafflecopter below, it will ask you to visit Tiffany’s FB page. Please make sure to follow her (and MFBS too!) for the first 2 entries to count. You can earn up to 10 entries! GOOD LUCK!! xoxo

**BONUS ENTRY** What’s your favorite chloe + isabel piece from Tiffany’s boutique? Please share in the comments below!

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Simply Chic Styling

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Remember Elaine of Simply Chic Styling? She wrote an awesome post for MFBS and gave us 10 Working Mom Wardrobe Essentials. When I found out that I had two speaking engagements at the end of February and early March, I had to call her. I have been comfortably working from home and even though I am trying my best to show you smart and stylish outfits, I needed help for these two different presentations.

Elaine jumped right in. She helped me understand that because I will be in front of a room speaking, I needed to be comfortable, feel confident and of course, look my professional best. The problem for me was…time. I have become overwhelmingly busy, I usually don’t shop with something specific in mind. I get inspired by trends, window displays, and have my usual go-to favorite shops. Elaine recommended colors, suggested dresses instead of slacks, asked about my favorite stores and most importantly, knew my budget.  I had to be super honest with Elaine because she had to hit the ground running. We had no time to lose! Within days, she was emailing me with photos of potential dresses and the first one I ordered, I kept! Talk about teamwork! I loved how efficient and professional Elaine was. Most importantly, I appreciated that she really listened to my needs.

We went with this gorgeous, bright poppy Diane von Furstenberg dress (my first one!) from Nordstrom. Elaine showed me something I would have never gone for on my own. This 3/4 sleeve dress is super comfortable and the front and back neckline cutout calls for accessorizing with only dangling earrings and bracelets.

Because the presentation is in NJ before spring arrives, I think I’ll keep the black tights and my favorite Stuart Weitzman pumps. The tights can go as soon as the weather warms up and I’ll be able to wear the dress again with pointy nude pumps. Thanks Elaine! I’m feeling really confident and ready.

Images: CR Photography

A Hint of Spring

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I know! It’s super cold and STILL snowy out here, but I couldn’t wait to show you my new CAbi top! It is stylish, it is a perfect pop of color and it says, “Spring will be here before you know it!” We can dream, right?

The Split Back Pullover is perfect for layering NOW. I decided to pair it up with white boyfriend jeans, over a striped tank, and these neutral pumps. Skinny jeans and a light scarf over the lime green pullover would also make this top super adorable. The open back is a great detail, with just enough closure for great comfort. And it’s SO light! As the days warm up, the open weave will keep you cool. Definitely taking this baby to Cali next week!

It’s never too early to start planning ahead. Check what  you have in your closet and see what works. But this color and style of top will be so hot this upcoming season.  Are you ready for spring?

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Bitter Cold but Warm Weekend

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It’s been a long time! How is everyone? I’ve been a little busy bee over here! Did you have a nice Valentine’s Day? We certainly did. We started celebrating on Friday because our big boy turned 8 on Friday! Then we had a super loving night on Valentine’s Day with the boys at one of their favorite restaurants. AND today, my mom arrived from Chicago! The weather might be bitter cold out there (the coldest it has been in over 10 years here in NJ!), but it was a very warm and cheerful weekend with the people I love the most.

I’m getting ready for an exciting trip to Los Angeles for the #WeAllGrow Summit! I asked my mom months ago to please come out to be with the boys while I’m gone, and I can’t believe the date is next week! Sunny Cali, I can’t wait to see you again. NJ weather, please behave next week. I don’t want any problems while I try to travel out of here!

If you have the day off today and you have a little extra time, I hope you enjoy the latest reads I have found helpful, fun and interesting. If you ever find something you know I would love to share, send me an email! It’s there to your right>>>> Back by demand, here are your weekend links! Enjoy…

5 Simple Ways to Meditate for Better Sleep

15 Reasons Why Tequila is Actually Really F*&#!*$ Good For You

10 Processed Foods to Never Feed Your Kids

Have you seen the Maná and Shakira video? Gorgeous! The lyrics melt my heart…

7 Reasons Your Wife is Stressed Out All the Time

Top 5 Neighborhoods for Foodies in Los Angeles. Can’t wait!

Immaculate Details of Fashion Week (love #6 and #7!)

I don’t love KK but I LOVE her new haircut. Sigh. I’m not brave enough to chop mine off.

Loving THESE pants. And THIS romper!

Beauty: Loving L’Oreal’s Blow Dry It LongWear Spray

Top Image: CR Photography, Check out Beautycounter’s Lip Sheer shades HERE!

Have a great week!

So Much More for My Babies

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Last week, I attended a Johnson’s Baby #SoMuchMore event in New York City. I was able to meet the very smart and stylish mom and journalist, Lisa Ling (I hope you saw my IG and Tweets!), who honestly helped me put some things into perspective.

I have suffered from “mom guilt” when it comes to comparing how much time I was able to spend with my oldest, than with his brothers, who are 4 and 5 years younger than Diego. I did SO much with him. Everyday I read books with him, spent a great time cooking and making all his food from scratch, and would sing and play games with him while he was in the bath.

Today, managing and balancing my housework, freelance work, school volunteer time and 2 more boys…I have spent less quality time with my babies. When I listened to Lisa Ling and her distinguished panel of researchers from Johnson and Johnson about the benefits of interacting with children during bath time, I completely did a 360. The #SoMuchMore campaign is about enhancing rituals, including bath time, to stimulate baby’s senses and provide parents an opportunity to nurture baby’s ability to learn, think, love and grow. I realized it is time for me to put everything down, and rather than catching up on emails while Santi and Jordi play in the bath together, I decided I was going to step my game up. Here’s why:

1) Bath time is an opportunity to stimulate the senses! Touching, smelling, hearing and seeing multiple things during bath time is such a beneficial time for children.

2) It’s critical for babies development for parents to interact with them at bath time. Listening to bath time music or talking back and forth with baby can stimulate parts of the brain responsible for memory and language development. Studies show infants who are spoken with more have larger vocabularies by 24 months of age.

3) Science shows that touching and massaging baby helps their cognitive development. Research shows that infants who experienced routine touch and massage (a big part of the after-bath routine) were 50% more likely to make eye contact and 3X more likely to have an overall positive expression.

4) Scent strengthens emotional connection with parents, creating powerful memories. Smell in general can evoke powerful emotions, and a clean, fresh, after-bath smell appears to be no exception for parents in the US, especially Latino parents. We love that fresh baby smell!

5) The young brain is ready for multi-sensory experiences and babies love it! Today’s brain research is “golden!” Especially with all the new discoveries on the development of babies’ brains.

My two youngest are not babies anymore, but once I started to pay attention at bath time again, Santi was happily spelling for me, Jordi was picking out the colors I was calling out, and they were hugging and smiling a lot more than usual. I’m not proud to say that I dropped the ball during this special evening routine…but I am so grateful to have been reminded of the importance to stop, to be present and to enjoy these ever-lasting memories with my boys. Not only are their little brains benefiting from the bath time experience, but so is my heart. Soak up every moment of bath time with Johnson’s Baby.

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Excerpts from Romantic Novels

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Love is in the air! And thankfully, in print! This month is all about romance and nothing is more tender than the old fashioned written word. In our opinion, these romantic works are the best of all time. We have picked a few classic books that are due for another read and modern choices that will also stay around for a long time. They all have passion, are unique, and all say “love” in different ways. This Valentine’s Day, snuggle close to a love one and read some of these famous excerpts together.

1. “He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.” Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

2. “Lo que me dijiste no cambió mi manera de pensar y te repito que me encantaría ser el compañero de toda tu vida, pero quiero que pienses muy bien si ese hombre soy yo o no. Si tu respuesta es afirmativa, celebraremos la boda dentro de unos días. Si no, yo seré el primero en felicitar a Pedro y pedirle que te dé el lugar que te mereces.” Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.

Please read the whole post HERE! Thank you for supporting MFBS freelance opportunities!

Beautycounter GIVEAWAY!

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GIVEAWAY time! Perfect and just in time for Valentine’s Day, right? This is the Beautycounter gift giveaway I mentioned a few posts ago! It’s the newest lip color release and it’s receiving a lot of press for being a universally flattering shade of red. Packaged in a little black gift pouch with a playful custom tag that reads, “Have Fun and Put Some Red Lips On,” there is no doubt that you will love it. No one has to tell me twice…I’m putting my order in.

One lucky MFBS reader has a chance to win their own Scarlet Lip Sheer Gift thanks to my friend and Beautycounter consultant, Maggie.  If you haven’t had a chance to try these safe, effective and chic products, this giveaway is a perfect introduction to just that-stylish and oh-so good makeup for your skin.

All you have to do is follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below! If you can’t wait and want to start shopping now (yes, I know you!) check out all the other lip shades HERE. Good luck!

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fashionABLE

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I received this beautiful scarf as a Christmas gift! I couldn’t wait to share with you! It’s from fashionABLE and I plan to buy these products when I want to give a gift too. I was all over their site and learned this: A fashionABLE product creates sustainable businesses for women in Africa. They are committed to long-term solutions to fighting poverty, and their main focus is creating opportunities for vulnerable women. That means that your purchase creates jobs, so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy.

Their strategy is a win-win. fashionABLE works with women to help them start small business cooperatives, and they partner with and require manufacturers to also employ women with fair wages and fair hiring practices. I clicked through some of the women’s stories and it was truly inspiring. Obviously, I love fashion and shopping! And when I hear about companies doing good and giving back, I’m all over it!

What I have my eye on now? The ABLE scarf, this clutch, and this gorgeous blanket! I’m also obsessed with their very stylish and informative blog.

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Please take the time to visit fashionABLE and let me know if you end up picking anything up. I bet you will pick up a little inspiration!