Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The best linen shorts for petites

I placed a big GAP order last month and ended up loving everything (which is very rare for me). I am sharing my most favorite item in this order - these linen shorts are the best. I've been looking for an alternative to denim shorts this summer and I have found it. I do have a few pairs of denim shorts that I love and rotate throughout the summer. However, I want something a bit dressier than denim shorts. If you enjoy wearing shorts but you don't like the feel of denim shorts, these paper bag shorts will be perfect for you. The material is so soft and comfortable to wear. Made from 55% linen and 45% cotton, they're breathable which is perfect for those hot summer days. They are high-waisted (which I love). These shorts have an elastic waistband which is perfect for those backyard BBQs =) I got a size 00 petite and couldn't have asked for a better fit. The length of the shorts is wonderful on my short frame. If you're looking for a pair of classic shorts that will last you for season after season, I highly recommend these. My linen shirt is also from GAP. It's not new. I have it for years. Outfit details: GAP shorts *size 00P* | GAP linen shirt *size XS* | Gucci Marmont sandals | VCA necklace | Cartier bracelet | Sunglasses
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Saturday, June 5, 2021

The most flattering dress for under $30

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Happy weekend, everyone! Hubby is taking the girls and a couple of friends boating today. The weather is absolutely glorious. I decided to spend my downtime at home. It's been a hectic work week. I wanted to quickly share with this dress with you because #1. It's incredibly flattering and #2. It's on sale for under $30. For reference I am 5'2", 105 lbs. and I got a size XS. It fit so well. If you're in between sizes, I'd recommend sizing up. The fabric was lovely soft yet the dress hugs you in all the right places. It even hides a bit of extra bulge in my mid-section and gives me a defined waist. This dress is available in another print but unfortunately, my size is sold out. I've checking the site for weeks but no luck. This is one of those dresses that makes me feel instantly put together. If you're looking for a super flattering summer dress, I can't recommend this dress enough. It's also on sale for under $30, run to get yours (don't walk). Outfit details: Dress | Sunglasses | Necklace | Sandals

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Happy Sweet 16 to my first born!

I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. My husband and I were so busy planning Courtney's birthday that we felt like the long weekend is gone in the blink of an eye. I can't believe my first baby is 16! As a parent, it was a special yet emotional day for me. I had big plans for her but knowing her, she would rather have a simple birthday celebration. It's a good thing that I discussed my ideas with her. She didn't end up liking any of them =) I spent 3 days making these 2 giant marquee numbers. Didn't turn out as nice as I would have hoped but she loves them regardless. Family and a few close friends came over for a cookout and it was just a perfect low-key birthday celebration.

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To my Courtney:

In my eyes, you are perfect. You're sweet, mature, smart, loving and most importantly, have a good head on your shoulders. When I decided to walk away from the first marriage, I was scared and confused. I wasn't sure of my direction in life but one thing I was very certain of is that you are (and always will be) my number one priority. At 16, you have everything you need to be successful in life. Thanks to the pandemic, we are slowly but surely building an unbreakable mother-daughter relationship. We hang out every night until I fall asleep. I am so thankful for you, each and every day. I teach you the right things but I don't control you. I let you make your own decisions but knowing the consequences. You're figuring out your identity and learning to stand on your own two feet. I teach you to love yourself first and most importantly, find your own voice and be authentic. Never let anyone tell you how to live your life. It's called your life for a reason.

For your sweet sixteen, I gave you the same ring I have. Inside the ring, it's engraved with "Love Always - MSCM" - our family initials. I wanted you to remember - There will be hard times, you'll make mistakes but no matter what the circumstances, your family will always love you and be there for you. Happy Sweet 16, sweatheart!

Love Always,
Courtney (1) Courtney (3)

Friday, May 28, 2021

Memorial Day Sales

Happy Friday, everyone! The long weekend is finally here. I am so looking forward to it. Wanted to share a few amazing sales are happening right now just in case you're interested.
CoachUp to 50% off select styles. My beloved Coach Cassie is 40% off. I am still pretty much in love with it. Such a gorgeous and functional bag. My other picks: Willis top handle *rarely on sale* and this turnlock backpack
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GAP: 50% off select styles. I placed a big order last week and some of the pieces arrived yesterday. Love what I got so far. I ordered my favorite dress in the floral version. Can't say enough good thing about it (see it on me). I also love this jumpsuit. The fit is amazing for a petite frame (size XS petite). I could have gotten away with an XS regular. I also ordered these high-rise shorts, this hoodie and this sweatshirt but they haven't arrived yet. Will keep you posted.
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Bloomingdale's: Designer sale is happening. My picks: Longchamp bags, Salvatore Ferragamo belts, Fendi sunglasses, the entire line of Jo Malone products and designer shoes

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

My favorite jeans are 40%

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My favorite pair of jeans is 40% off today. I actually own the exact same pair in 2 different washes. They fit great and feel amazing on. Most importantly, the length is great for a petite frame. No hemming needed. I got both pairs in a size 26W x 30L. They have a slim-straight fit through the leg with a slightly tapered ankle. If you are in the market for a pair of high-waisted straight leg jeans, give these jeans a try. You'll love them. Outfit details: Topshop jeans | H&M sweater | Sunglasses | Gucci sandals

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Hermes lipsticks :: Are they worth it?

Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. We took the boat out for the first time this year and spent a few hours on the lake yesterday evening. It was wonderful. Today, I have a lipstick review for you. If you're a regular reader, you know I am not a beauty junkie. I use the same beauty products for years and rarely switch up. However, if there is one beauty product that I am willing to try, it's lip products. On March 4th, Hermes released lipstick with 24 shades in matte and satin finishes. I purchased the Rouge Herm├Ęs Satin Lipstick in Rose Encens a couple of weeks ago. I am here today to share my thoughts just in case you're curious.

Monday, May 17, 2021

A T.J.Maxx find & what I got for Mother's Day

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Happy Monday, everyone! We had some incredible weather this past weekend. I pulled out this dress 2 weekends in a row. It's so comfortable, airy and chic. I love shopping at T.J.Maxx because you never know what you're going to find there. A few weeks ago, I had an hour to kill before picking up Courtney from work. I decided to swing by a nearby T.J.Maxx to check it out. They have so many cute pieces for Spring. Since I couldn't try anything on (the fitting room still closed), I settled for just this dress. Thankfully, it was perfect. This dress will be in heavy rotation this summer.

Monday, May 10, 2021

A wonderful Mother's Day

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{Courtney drew me this card}
Wishing all of the mothers out there a very happy belated Mother's Day! You all are rock stars! I had an incredible day with my family and friends. My heart is so full. This pandemic has brought us closer together. In honor of Mother's Day, I wanted to share something a little personal. When I was going through the divorce, a "friend" has said to me that I was being selfish and putting my happiness ahead of my daughter's. She said my daughter would be happier to have one whole family instead of 2 half-families (her words not mine). To be completely honest with you, reading these words 12 years later still makes my blood boil. Going through a separation or divorce can be very scary, painful and filled with contradictory emotions no matter the reason for it. You never know what goes on behind closed doors. Don't criticize someone until you've walked in their shoes and it's certainly not the place to voice your opinion about someone else’s divorce. All that is to say, after reading those words, I made a promise to myself that Courtney will always be my first priority. I'll put her ahead of my future children and my future husband. I will raise my children to stand up for themselves, to go after what they believe in and certainly would not rely on validation from others in order to live a fulfilled and meaningful life. I vow to build a strong relationship with my children. As long as they come to me when things get tough, everything will be alright.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

My international travel experience during the pandemic

I know most people are still hesitant to travel (especially traveling outside of the U.S). I am here today to share what it's like to travel internationlly during the pandemic. As someone who loves to go places, I’ve been itching to get back in the air and travel again. I found a good deal on spring break tickets to Los Cabos and my family went along with me =)
{Some footage from our trip using the GoPro 9}

To get to Los Cabos from Columbus, we had to flight to Houston then from Houston to Los Cabos. Same route for the return flights. Every single flight was full. We flew with Southwest. They are no longer blocking middle seats. Since hubby is an A-list preferred member, we got to board together. The boarding process was quick and seamless. It's mandatory that all passengers and employees to wear masks for the entire duration of the flight. The only exception is when actively eating or drinking. Southwest is serving a limited selection of non-alcoholic beverages and snacks on flights. You get 3 choices (Coke/Diet Coke, water and 7UP). All flights were on time and uneventful.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

March & April Recap

Happy Sunday, everyone! Since I didn't do a recap last month, I am going to combine both months in this post.
Highlights of the months:
  • Everyone in my family is fully vaccinated! I feel relieved. Even though I am optimistic about the rest of 2021, this pandemic is nowhere near finished. I am still working from home. No target date for returning to the office yet.
  • Courtney got her first job! I know I have raved about this girl many times in the past but I am truly proud of this kid. She is driven, focused, a hard worker and most importantly, she makes good choices. At 15 and half, she starts making her own money and standing on her own two feet. She's working hard everyday to remain a straight A student. She starts looking into her dream colleges. One of the most important goals for me as a parent is to raise independent and confident kids and I think I am getting there.
  • Our spring break trip to Cabo San Lucas: You can read more about it here. It was so much fun! We would definitely visit again in the future.
  • My raised-garden beds are finally arrived! I sent this picture to a local business and I am so happy that they were able to make them for me. Looking forward to grow my own veggies this summer.