family, Favorites, Makeup, Uncategorized

February Favorites!

Hello Beautifuls! Happy Monday! Hope y’all start off your Monday’s off great! I know I’m a bit late on posting my February favorites but, I have been a bit busy. So, better late than never, right?!

Let’s get into the fun stuff! The first thing I want to talk about is a new hobby I’ve picked up and that new hobby is crocheting. This little hobby started because my husband volunteers at the USO and they give volunteer hours if you crotchet a baby blanket. So, we now we sit on the couch and crotchet. It’s my favorite thing to do, I love it so much that I wanted to make more than blankets. I started YouTubing some videos on crocheting different things and as you can see I went with it and starting making cup cozy’s and hair bows. It’s the most relaxing thing to do.

Moving onto some beauty products. This month I don’t have a lot of new makeup besides these two products. The first beauty item is this Maybelline setting powder. I have been on the hunt for a cheaper setting powder than my Chanel powder to use for an everyday look. This powder is amazing. It’s blend into the skin beautifully, couldn’t ask for a better powder for the price.

Second product is more on the high end side. I LOVE & can’t live without highlight. It’s about the most important part of my makeup routine ever. This Charlotte Tilbury highlight pallet gives me the most amazing glow and a little goes a long way. It’s just amazing. Period!

My following favorite is this pink ottoman I got for target for my beauty room. It was something I’ve been looking into buying for awhile. It’s not as big as I would have wanted but, first, I live in Japan and it’s hard to get big stuff shipped to me and second, it’s the perfect size for my room I have now. It just ties up the room and gives it a little bit more of a dimension.

Finally, I saved the best for last. This right here is a little beautiful pouch my sweet late grandmother gave me before she passed and it’s something I cherish so much. The reason it’s being mentioned now is because I just found it. Since moving to Japan and not having a lot of space for things we left some things in the storage room. Since, seeing tidying up with Marie Kondo we decided to get rid of things and live a little bit more organized. So while cleaning the storage I found my little pouch and cried tears of joy. This little pouch is now in my bag inside another bag(so it doesn’t get damaged) and will be changed into every bag I use. This way I always have a little piece of my sweet abuelita.

Thanks for reading I hope you enjoyed my February favorites! Till next time!!!

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fashion, Hauls, Luxury, Shopping

All Things Lux.

Hello Beautifuls and Happy Monday! May your coffee be strong and your Monday be short. Haha. I’m starting this amazing Monday with a little luxury haul and thought it would be cool to share some of my goodies with y’all. I don’t know about you but, Whether it be from the dollar store to luxury. I love me a good haul. So, let’s get on to the good stuff.

For the longest time, I’ve been playing it safe when it comes to makeup. What does that mean? It’s means all I would buy and feel comfortable in was nude or pinkish lipsticks. But, ever since Christmas time when I took the risk and tried a bold red lip, I’ve been hooked. So, it was inevitable that I would have to add a classic Chanel red lipstick to my collection. I’m obsessed with this, it’s moisturizing and bold. I love it! There’s a shade of red for every girl.

Following the Chanel love is this Megan Hess Fashion Book. Megan Hess has the most beautiful books on fashion. They are definitely something to add to either your library, coffee table, it’s just a beautiful addition to anything. I will for sure be buying more of these books. But for now I just have the Coco Chanel.

Moving on to a very heart breaking little haul. This was a bittersweet purchase, I just can’t believe such an iconic store is no longer around. I remember watching Sex and The City and seeing those iconic brown and white stripes or for more relatable reference, hearing the name on Gossip Girl. Okay, enough of the sadness on to the glorious stripes.

Ugh! Even the shipping boxes had the stripes. I was very happy that I was able to get a few things from Bendels before it closed. Of course, I had to get something that had the famous brown and white stripes, and since I’m obsessed with phones case and small wallets, I couldn’t help myself to get these two things from good ol Henri Bendels.

And finally, the last thing is of course another wallet and phone case. Haha. I know it’s addiction. So here’s my new Kate spade wallet with matching phone case. This is the coolest thing ever. The phone can attach to the wallet and not fall out. And being a mom, I sometimes don’t want to carry my handbag around so this is perfect for a quick trip to the grocery store or daiso. Haha.

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Confidence, fashion, Luxury, Outfits, Valentines Day

Valentines Day Outfits.

Hello Beautifuls! Valentine’s Day is 6 days away, I know romance shouldn’t only be one day but, it’s nice to have a reason to get dolled up and go out. So, today I’m giving y’all some ideas on outfits you can wear for this special romantic day. I will probably be celebrating Cupid’s day with my amazing husband before or after the day. Places will be extremely busy this day and being as we are in a foreign country and we aren’t very adventurous with food, I’m pretty sure the places we like will be packed. So, let’s get into some of these outfit that if you check my last post on makeup looks you will see which makeup look goes with the outfit.

This outfit is for a more chill and relaxed date. Probably the outfit that I will be wearing since I have to be running after a toddler, who has the quickest little feet ever! Even though, you gotta be able to chase a toddler doesn’t mean you can’t get all cute and dolled up. Here I’m wearing my favorite pair of jeans I bought at the MCX and my favorite bodysuit, also from the MCX. It’s a little chilly here in Japan. So, I topped it off with this pure cardigan from Forever 21 and my grey Ugg’s. Warm and cute.

Next outfit is probably one of my faves. Sweater and skirt are from H&M and can still be found online, btw. The knee high boots are from Target. This is super girly and still quite warm and somewhat comfortable to be able to be able to chase a toddler. This is a very Blair Waldorf inspired look and I’m here for it.

The last look is very sexy and boobalicious. This is absolutely not a toddler chasing approved outfit. But, dang I was feeling myself in this outfit. You can’t go wrong with a little black dress. The dress is from Kenneth Cole and the Cardigan is from a store here in Japan called GU. Completed the look with some heels I got from target and some pearls. So here is my glam bam sexy look.

So, there are my three Valentines Day outfit ideas. Which one was your favorite?

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Confidence, Luxury Makeup, Makeup, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Makeup Looks.

Hello beautifuls! How are y’all beauties doing? To be honest, I’m not doing so hot right now. Why, you may ask? Well, it all started with my toddler having a little bit of the sniffles and a runny nose. Lucky for him, it only last two days…. but the sniffles came on over to me and is kicking my butt. I have an annoying cough that makes my head hurt and along with that amazing feeling is a sore throat and basically no voice. It’s fun stuff when you’re trying to tell your toddler not to do something and no matter how hard you try to raise your voice, you still sound like a mouse. But, I’m not coming on here today to talk about my weak sauce of an immune system. No, today I want to share some makeup looks that range from chill to glam bam take me out on the town I’m feeling myself looks. Even though, I feel like absolute poop and not really in the take me out on the town feeling myself mood, makeup can always get my spirits up and it can help me hide my sickness. Let me tell ya, the power of makeup Issa strong! Haha. So if you like make up and want a little inspo for your hot Valentine’s Day date, hopefully, I can help ya out a bit. Btw, I’m not a makeup guru by any means, so if I can do it, you can too.

I’ll start off with all the products that I used to achieve these looks. They are mostly high end products, but you do not need these exact items to achieve these looks. Nowadays there are some amazing dupes for beauty products. Now let’s get onto the good stuff.

Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Surge. I usually use the Tatcha Water Cream but, this Clinique moisturizer has my face feel hydrated and soft. I would recommend giving this a try if you have somewhat of dry to combination skin like I do.

Primer: Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer. This has been my ride or die primer. I love it. It makes my skin smooth and let’s my foundation go on flawless. I haven’t used another primer since.

Foundation: NARS. Oh My Gosh. This foundation is amaze balls! My new favorite foundation. I just don’t know where to start, like it’s not cakey, a lot goes a long way, full coverage, oh I can just go on and on. It’s just amazing.

Concealer: No Surprise here, it’s the tarte shape tape. Haha

Contour: NYX Wonder Stick. Now I usually don’t contour every time I do my makeup, cause I ain’t got the time. I just put some bronzer and go. But, for special days when I want to look snatched I use the Nyx contour stick.

Setting Powder: Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder.

Bronzer: Chanel Bronzer

Blush: Charlotte Tilbury Blush.

Highlight: Charlotte Tilbury Gold Bar Highlighter. My absolute favorite part of my makeup routine.

Eyeshadow: Huda Beauty and the Morphe Jaclyn Hill pallet. Used the huda pallet for the first two makeup looks and the Jaclyn pallet for the last look.

Lipsticks: Chanel lipstick, Anastasia Beverly Hill liquid lipstick, and L’Oréal liquid lipstick.

Mascara: Chanel.

And finally setting spray:NYX Dewy Finish.

The first look is a more natural look with a nude lip.

Second look is similar but with more glitter and darker colors and a satin finish lipstick. This is pretty much. My go to look. What can I say I love my pinks!

And finally the glam bam look. This is more of night out look but, who am I to tell you when to wear a bold look. Heck I’ll go pick up some coffee in sweat pants with this look. Haha. This is the I actually had time to put on some red lipstick and not look like clown look. Just kidding. What can I say about this look… well it’s a Smokey eye with a bold red lip! And I love this look, it’s definitely out of my basic pink eye and nude lip look but, it’s a look. Haha

Well these are my three Valentine’s Day looks I have for y’all. I hope y’all enjoy. I will be posting valentines days outfits in the next couple days. So keep an eye out for that!

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Confidence, family, goals, Mommy and Me, Motherhood, My Toddler

Goals Update.

Hello Beautifuls! Hope y’all are having a great New Year so far and are crushing y’alls goals! This girl right here is on a roll! Some goals have been achieved, some are in progress, and some are going to start on fresh start February. Haha. If you go back to my last post, you’ll see all of the goals I’ve set up for myself this year.

The first goal that I’m absolutely proud of is the start of potty training my sweet baby boy… well, I guess he’s not a baby anymore. Queue the sad violin and ugly crying. Today, marked a whole week of potty training! He’s is doing so good, we have way more successful trips to the potty and very little accidents, only two a day to be exact. I had a few tricks to help this go as smoothly as possible. I made him a potty chart and I help him draw a star for every good potty break, I bribed him with candy stickers, gave him a lot of juice, and finally I would let him watch his favorite movie or cartoons. Let me tell y’all it’s has been going ALOT better than I thought it would’ve been. Even though, it’s all going smooth, it has to be the most exhausting thing I’ve ever done. We aren’t fully trained yet but, so far so good and that makes me one happy and proud mommy.

The next goal that I have started and I’m pretty obsessed with is my cleaning schedule and meal planner. This is a new goal and it’s all thanks to my bestie Sarah and the new series on Netflix tidying up with Marie Kondo. Now, I didn’t go quite drastic on my cleaning like on the show but, it sure did put a pep in my step to get my life together. I did get rid a lot of our clothes and got rid of things I no longer used or wanted and to my surprise my hubby was on board with this new way of living. The schedule has really been a life changer, I always felt like I was cleaning and nothing seemed to stay cleaned and it really discouraged me and just pissed me off. But, now it’s so much easier to keep up with everything and not feel overwhelmed. I highly recommend doing one if you’re feeling helpless.

The third to last goal I made was to read more books. To be completely honest, I’m not a big reader, I just want to lead my toddler by example to read more books. He already likes for me to read to him but, I want him to love it and hopefully he will be able to read himself soon. Also, I want to work on myself and not just Netflix and chill all the time.

My last goal is on the materialistic side. Thanks to my adorable baby brothers, who aren’t such babies anymore, they gave me the LV Confidental bracelet. I’m obsessed, it’s so simple but, yet so pretty.

So that’s all of the goals that I’ve achieved so far and it’s only January. I told myself that this is the year I accomplish all the goals I’ve set out for myself and so far I’m kicking this years butt.

Also, don’t get discouraged if you haven’t met the goals just yet, something is always going to try and get in your way. Just start them whenever, don’t wait til next year to start something. You can start next month, week or even the next day. It is up to you to take control of your life and make the changes you want.

What are some of the goals you set for this year?

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Christmas, family, Favorite Season, Present's, Shopping

Let The Loosing The Scissors & Tape Begin.

Hello beautifuls! Can y’all believe we are 11 days away from Christmas! I’m filled with excitement to see my sweet squishy open is presents this year. I didn’t go all out this year on the gifts like I did last year, the hubby and I agreed on going on a small vacation instead. So, our Christmas present is going to visit our close friends in Okinawa, Japan (it’s the Hawaii of Japan, haha). We are soo excited to see beautiful beaches and see our amazing friends in the spring. Even though, we didn’t go all out on gifts doesn’t mean theres nothing under our tiny tree. My parents obviously went all out this year and I can’t wait for him to open up his gifts. This year I didn’t just want to get him meaningless toys that I will be stepping on in the middle of the night. The hubby and I opened our Christmas gift a little early and have been using them ever since. So, my only focus was my squishy.

If y’all have a toddler and don’t know what to get them here are somethings I think are fun and easy way for them to learn and have fun.

1. Vtech activities table.

This turns into an easel for painting and has storage for more activities pads. Target is having a promotion on toys so, it’s the perfect time to grab this and some activities pages.

2. Activity pages.

The table includes some pages already, but they have more pages like animals, numbers, and so much more. These are also included in the promotion target is having on toys.

3. T-ball Bat and glove.

Jason will be 3 next June so, we will be putting him in t-ball. I couldn’t be more excited and my brothers are over the moon. Baseball is about the only sport that stuck. Since, we are planning on putting him in baseball, I though it was never too soon to get him a little bat and a glove. Hopefully he finds it enjoyable and would be interested in the playing with other kids and I would like to teach him the bat is to hit the ball not other kids. Haha.

4. Clothes!

You can never go wrong with clothes. My child is growing like there’s no tomorrow. So, he sure needs some jeans that don’t look like capris. Old Navy is one of my favorite places to shop for his clothes. They always have great sales and the clothes are really cute. My other favorite place is the MCX, the store on base.

5. Socks & Shoes.

Like, I said my child is growing like crazy so, socks and shoes are a great gift. I don’t know about y’all but, in my house it’s like his socks disappear into the air. Plus, it’s like a Christmas tradition to get socks. For his shoes I always buy his shoes a little bit bigger that way he can wear them for a little longer and let me tell you he wears the crap out of his shoes.

This year for Christmas we kind of wanted to pull a Christmas with the Kranks type of Christmas since, we were going away on a vacation. But, I love Christmas way too much to do that so it’s a small Christmas for us this year. Literally, it’s a small one for us. One Jason’s present is bigger than our tree hahaha! You can read all about that in my last post.

So, to all the moms and dads that are wrapping all those presents, good luck and I hope you can keep track of your scissors and tape. Happy wrapping!

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Christmas, Decorating, Favorite Season, Love, Memories

Decking The Halls & Filled With Joy of My Blogs Year Anniversary!

Holy Moly! I cannot believe I’ve had my blog for a year now. I’m so grateful for each and everyone of my followers and the amazing people that read my blogs! You guys are amazing. I just go back to the first blog I wrote and how scared I was to start my blog but, here we are a year later. I hope I’ll be doing this for more years to come. I just want to thank you all for the support. Now, let’s get into the holiday spirit and talk Christmas decor.

My house has been decked out for Christmas since the 1st of November, some may say that is way too soon but, I don’t care. I look forward to decorating for Christmas all year sadly, this is the first year that we won’t have a Christmas tree though. You can read all about our Christmas tree fail in a post I wrote last year. Since, then I’ve been a bit hesitant with buying a real tree again and well, living overseas you don’t have a wide range of choices for an artificial tree. We only have the MCX and the choices they have are super expensive and in my opinion, not worth the price. I’ve always had a real tree growing up, I love the smell and how green and full they are. Once, I’m back home I will be splurging on my dream artificial tree or trees… you know maybe one for every room. Haha. Some of the decor I already had from last year and some I found at my local thrift store or got at target. There aren’t a lot of places to shop for decor like back in the states there’s Marshall’s, tjmaxx, and of course target! Not everything they have is online and stuff I would love to buy won’t ship here. So, I had to do work with what I had. I’m loving all the neutral and white decor I’ve been seeing everywhere but, it’s something about the traditional colors like green and red that scream Christmas and I’m not ready to change colors at least, not now maybe when I go back to the states and I have options. For the time being this is how my humble home looks.

The green and red throw pillows I got at one of the Japanese dollar store. For a total of $4 I have cute pillows. These are our stockings from last year and the wreath I made last year as well. My placemats and the runner that’s on my coffee table are from target. The snowman I’ve had for years and the signs are from daiso.

This is probably my fave spot in the living room. This huge snow globe plays music and the bottom turns. I absolutely love it and it’s one Jason’s favorite things to look at. I have a picture of my squishy on his first Christmas, some nutcrackers from hobby lobby, and my recent purchase from target is this mercury glass tree. This little spot is so magical to me and makes me so happy.

The decor in my beauty room is a bit different, I wanted to make it a pink wonderland since, it’s the main color already. I wanted to mix the metals and have a pop of pink. The silver and white wreath and the tall golden tree is from the local thrift store.

The deer, nutcracker,the small rose gold mercury glass tree, and the candle holder in the middle are from target. I diy the white tree with things from the Japanese dollar store and finally a cute picture of my sweet baby boy.

I hope you all enjoyed this little tour of my home in all it’s Christmas glory. Once, again I want to thank each and everyone you for all the support and making this a great year!

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