Easy Transitional Spring Style for Moms

Easy Transitional Spring Style for Moms Easy Transitional Spring Style for Moms Easy Transitional Spring Style for Moms Easy Transitional Spring Style for Moms

shoes: Prada | sweater: F21 | pants: Up! Pants Montréal | bag: Orox Leather

Spring in Chicago has been odd. One day we are enjoying beautiful weather and the next we are stuck in 45 degrees. It is confusing. Let’s not even discuss my serious procrastination of getting back in shape for swimwear weather. But even still, getting dressed in the morning has been easy. Here are three tips for easy transitional spring style for moms.

Balance

The best way to balance it out is to wear light colored pieces that are heavier but do not scream winter. I bought this sweater during the winter at Forever21 in the winter and have been wearing it this season on days that it has been oddly cold. But let’s talk about these pants that I cannot seem to take off.  

Fake It

 I’ll be the first to admit, while I have lost all the baby weight, my body isn’t wear I want it to be. With warmer weather approaching, I need something that is fresh and light but also hides that post partum body.  Up! Pants Montréal is a new collection of fashionable pull-on pants with shapewear capabilities. MOMS REJOICE! Flattering on nearly all shapes and sizes, the line is also pretty affordable with prices averaging $115! This is one small investment you’ll want to make. 

Simplicity

I loved jewelry while I was expecting but lately I’ve been very simple. This Frida Kahlo printed cuff is made out of recycled paper. My husband bought it for me at an art festive in Old San Juan years ago. A simple clutch is a great add on but this is anything but. This bag from Orox Leather is actually a tool roll up bag but with so many compartments, I am able to make it work as a clutch. 

What do you wear when the weather is chilly in Spring? 

 

 

 

Clean Your Home in 30 Minutes a Day

This lifestyle post is in collaboration with #CollectiveBias and it’s advertisers. All words, tips and ideas are my own. #MiFabuloso #CollectiveBias

How to Clean Your Home in 30 Minutes

Full disclosure: I hate cleaning but I love a clean home. Always have because it always felt that all I did was clean. As a kid, I fought it, just ask my madre she will gladly tell you how bad I was, and as an adult it isn’t any better but it has to be done. Which is why, I’ve come up with a few easy tricks that help me and could help you clean your home in 30 minutes a day when you really don’t want to clean.

Clean Your Home in 30 Minutes

Make a Schedule

Everyday is something different but everyday you have to take 10 minutes to clean up the most lived in areas of the home like the kitchen and the family room. The other twenty should go to a specific room. If it takes more than 20 minutes, you need to take a day and deep clean. This only works if you are maintaining not deep cleaning.

How to Clean Your Home in 30 Minutes

Supplies on Hand

It is easier when all of your supplies are at your disposal. Keep gloves, wipes, rags, and cleaning products all in one spot and in one basket. I like to use reusable rags instead of paper towels and always use a cleaner with a scent. My husband loves Fabuloso® in Lavender. Even on days when I don’t have time to fully clean, wiping the counters with this stuff makes the house smell fresh and as if I had spent more time cleaning than I really did. It also helps eliminate a lot of products as I use this to clean the bathrooms, the counters and my floors. 

How to Clean Your Home in 30 Minutes

Set the Mood

I hated Saturday mornings because our mother would blast the radio to wake us up and we had to get up and do our chores. I was tempted many times to tell my mother to kick rocks but then I’d be eating that and my own teeth for breakfast. Don’t ever sass a Latina mother. But now, I actually blast the radio when I clean and usually stick to her old spanish ballads. Those Saturday mornings I dreaded so much have become a nostalgic reminder to get things done and quickly. Reward yourself when you are done with a nice cup of tea or coffee, I prefer Cafe con Leche because obviously the Caribbean girl in me insists. 

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Be sure to head to Walmart to pick up this awesome multi-purpose cleaner from Fabuloso® for under $3 and make your life simpler! Also available, Fabuloso® Multipurpose Cleaner Limited Edition Spring Bloom which was already sold out everywhere by me. If you get a chance to pick that one up, let me know in the comments what you think! 

DIY Pedicure Set for Mother’s Day

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DIY Pedicure Set for Mother's Day

My mother has taught me many things in life, but what I remember the most is what influenced the direction of my career and a passion for all things beauty. When I was little, I would go with my mother to get her facials at the iconic Marshall Field’s on State St. in Chicago. My mother was big on taking care of herself and her skin, even if she had to budget on all else. She also taught me a lot of great at-home beauty remedies, like putting aloe in your water to clear up your skin or using olive oil in your hair as a moisture treatment. So this Mother’s Day, I’d like to give back to my mother with my own recipe for gorgeous, summer ready feet with my own at-home remedy and Amopé™ Pedi Perfect™ Electronic Foot File and Amopé™ Foot Cream.

Because my mother and I are huge coffee drinkers, there are always used coffee grounds that I use for either the plants or to scrub my hands after washing dishes. This time, I created a deliciously moisturizing scrub to help soften her feet to help aid the Amopé™ Pedi Perfect™ in gently removing hard skin. I call it “Cafe con Leche” Scrub, that means coffee with milk in Spanish  and is also our favorite coffee drink. It is super easy to make.

DIY Pedicure Set for Mother's Day

Cafe con Leche Scrub

3/4 Cup of used coffee grounds

1/3 Cup sugar

3-4 Generous tbs of coconut oil

Mix sugar and coffee together first to make sure they are well blended. Then add the coconut oil in solid form. Mix until you get a thick, almost chocolate-like consistency.

I put the scrub in a glass jar. One, it looks better and two, it will last longer and not dry out. I created this basket with the Amopé™ products, my scrub and a few polishes and nail files so that my mother can pamper herself anytime and have beautiful feet all summer long. This is the simplest, most affordable way to get soft beautiful feet effortlessly.

DIY Pedicure Set for Mother's Day

 I shared the blue Amopé™ Pedi Perfect with my mom for her basket, but I love that there is also a limited edition pink version available. The Pedi Perfect so easily and effortlessly removes any hard areas on your feet with its roller head. After my mom has scrubbed her feet with my Cafe con Leche Scrub, this is the perfect follow up before she paints her nails to make her completely ready for summer. This is the perfect way to pamper my mom and acknowledge the wonderful impact she’s had on my life and career direction.

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Amopé™ Pedi Perfect is available at Target for $39.99 and if you have the Cartwheel app, you can buy 1 gadget, get a FREE $5 Target gift card from 5/3 – 5/9. Please visit the foot care aisle and SideCap displays to find Amopé™ products.

 Share with me how you spoil the Mother in your life and be sure to like Amopé™ on Facebook.

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Spring Cleaning: Storing Your Winter Clothes

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This weekend after a fun filed Saturday, we cleaned out part of the garage and finally pulled out the rest of our Spring clothes from their storage area and put away our heavy winter pieces. To ensure our clothes stay fresh while in storage and after we pull them out, here are my tips for properly storing away your winter clothes. 

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Clean Bins and Bags

Spray down the inside of your storage bins as well as the outside before putting away your winter clothes. I know this sounds insane but think about the dust that may have gathered on your bins while stored away whether in the basement or garage. Also think about the dust that may have seeped in hence, why you’ll launder everything that just came out and all that will go in. If you are using bags, like I do, wash them first. 

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Wash Everything

My mother in law was big on a fragrant home, something her son is very use to and as a Latina married to a Latino man, adopting some of those little details he grew up with is very important. I prefer unscented everything but my husband prefers something fragrant, it reminds him of home. So for the pieces I pulled from storage, I add Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ In-Wash Scent Booster that I got at Walmart in Soothing Lavender but it is also available in Fabulous Field Flowers which I’d like to try next. This helps the fragrance in the clothes last 5x longer than with just laundry detergent which is perfect for storing your clothes for the season. 

 

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Do Not Fold

Just like when I am packing for a trip and want to take only a carry on, I roll all of my clothes carefully to avoid serious wrinkles and to save on space. The last thing you want is a huge crease that has been digging into your favorite trousers all these months stored away and finding it difficult to get out when you start wearing them again. Save yourself the hassle and the space and carefully roll your garments before storing them. 

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Have you tried any of the Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ scents?  I’d love to hear which one is your favorite!

Oh and PS, select Suavitel® Liquid Fabric Conditioners will include Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ samples so be on the lookout because obviously.

This Week at Home

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Image via Brit & Co

This week has been a busy one for me. I’m writing for yet another publication on top of About.com and added the title of Interior Decorator to my ever growing list of job titles. While I am not switching up careers anytime soon, home decor has been one of those “hobbies” that I love to indulge in when I am not working. I’m happy to be currently working on my laundry room as well as a studio apartment by the lake here in Chicago for a soon to be single mom. They will live in her 2 room studio that is roughly around 500 sq ft. I’m excited to take it on and will be starting next week. I’m going to give a huge shout out to all the amazing brands that have sent out product for her as well as the mom bloggers who rallied to gather funds for her new space and for her to have a comfortable maternity leave. I’ll be talking about all of them in detail in the weeks to come. 

LINKS I LOVE

I was thinking about a peg board for my laundry room when I saw this. Perfect for the space.

I am loving the idea of small space living and this stunning cottage make-over has me drooling.

I’m trying some small DIY projects and this one caught my eye.  

 

MY WORK ELSEWHERE

While on the topic of DIY, check out this round up I put together for the perfect nursery

You can also DIY your own maternity wardrobe

Speaking of moms, check out my guide for the perfect gift

How to Create a Wrap-Up Braided Bun

How to Create a Wrap-Up Braided Bun

Anna Chlumsky’s wrap up braided bun for her “Living For Love” Broadway opening on Monday night was just as gorgeous as she. Created by Sarah Potempa, celebrity hairstylist with her namesake products available at Ulta. See below for the DIY step by step instructions for this stunning updo.  

How to Create a Wrap-Up Braided Bun

1) Start by creating a clean center part. Smooth all the hair from the roots to the ends with the SARAHPOTEMPA Ceramic Styling Iron.

2) Section out all of the hair from the left and right side and brush back in to a low ponytail, clipping out a circular section from the back of the crown with the SARAHPOTEMPA Darby Clip. Smooth the sides down with Aussie’s Miraculously Smooth Anti-Frizz Cream. 

3) Using the SARAHPOTEMPA Wrap Up, pull the ponytail through, pinch it closed, wrap it up and bend it into a perfect bun.  

4) Take the remaining section out of the clip and braid down. Secure with an elastic and wrap the braid around the bun and pin in place.

How to Subtly Mix Prints

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jacket & sweater: Mango (Bought in Barcelona, similar) | skirt: Target (similar) | shoes: J. Crew | watch: Nine West | sunnies: F21 | lipstick: Mac Rebel | bag: ℅ Robert Matthew

Mixing prints can be dangerous. In fact, a few years ago at fashion week, we spotted a fashion blogger going wild with the prints. While some may be able to pull it off, her bright floral top and leopard skirt were to harsh to call daring and ended up looking forced. With that being said, here are a few tips on how to make mixing prints actually work. 

Limit Your Prints

A striped bag, a snake print belt, a polka dot shirt is all just too much. Limit your prints to two at most. I opted for one. Striped but they vary in size and color. 

Use No More Than 3 Colors

Using a lot of colors can look cluttered and messy. Try to limit yourself to a few good color combinations. I like using colors that work well together like greys and pinks but obviously black, grey and navy are my go-to neutrals so I tend to stick with what works. 

Stay True

If tend to stick to more classic styles like I do, a trend like mixing prints could seem forced. Being subtle is a great way to try a trend without looking like you are trying too hard. You can even try something like a striped top and a printed scarf to play with the trend instead of going head to toe. 

What other trends are you willing to try? 

Special thanks to Desirée from Fashionligual for the fabulous photos.