Backpacks are Back: 6 Backpacks Under $50

August 27, 2014   


Backpacks are not just for school girls anymore. They've been spotted on several celebs from Kourtney Kardashian (see this steal her look post) Mary-Kate Olsen and Rhianna to name a few. We rounded up some of our favorites for just under $50.


Where to Buy: 
1. Nosis Backpack, Aldo, $50
2. Colorblock Backpack, Romwe, $29
3. Lucky Brand Alameda Backpack, Amazon, $35
4. Faux Leather Backpack, Forever 21, $32
5. Leather Backpack, ChicNova, $36
6. Tribal Backpack, World Market, $29




Video: Cosmopolitan TV 'What to Wear on a Study Date'

August 26, 2014   

So I'm finally getting around to posting my latest Cosmopolitan TV 'Dress Code' segment here on the blog. This one is all about what to wear on a study date. Although if you're not in school, this look is also great for a date with the hubby or boyfriend. 

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Steal her Look: Kourtney Kardashian's Striped Dress

August 25, 2014   
Kourtney Kardashian is one stylish mama! Here she is wearing a striped dress, paired with a wide brim hat, leather slip-ons and a long cargo jacket. We recreated her look on a budget and opted for a shorter cargo jacket instead. Here's where you can steal her look:

Where to Buy:
Striped Dress, Boohoo.com, $19
Utility Jacket, Old Navy, $39
Mossimo Leather Slip-Ons, Target, $24
Wide Brim Hat, Forever 21, $14
Grey Backpack, Crate & Barrel, $49


My Finds: Accessories for Fall with T.J. Maxx and Marshalls

August 22, 2014   

Designer Shoes, $39.99

Today I took a little trip to my local T.J. Maxx and Marshalls to check out some of their latest accessories that can easily transition from summer to fall. I took advantage that my son was taking a nap and had the hubby watch over him. I love that you never know what you're going to find and going sans baby allowed me to carefully scour all the racks. Both T.J. Maxx and Marshalls carry designer merchandise and accessories perfect for transitioning into fall in style--I found some amazing handbags and shoes for way less than department store prices. Here are just a few I thought you might enjoy. 


Lately I've been seeing backpacks popping up everywhere (they're not just for school girls anymore). This one is from a high-end designer and the leather was soooo buttery soft. It retailed for $149 (originally $399). I like that you can go hands-free, perfect for those with kiddos. 


Radiant Orchid is the color of the year, and this designer bag is the perfect shade to add  a pop of color to your fall wardrobe. 


I've been looking for a pair of studs and absolutely loved these. They were also just $19.99. I can't wait to wear them. 



These are a nice alternative to ballet flats and were just under $50 bucks. I could just picture them paired with skinny jeans and a knit sweater. 



6 Tips for Summer Entertaining {Latin Style}

August 21, 2014   
Photo Chia Chong via Camille Styles


Summer is almost coming to an end (sniff, sniff) and lately I've been making it a point to have more family get-togethers outside. If you're looking to add a little Latin flair to your next outdoor get together, we caught up with our friend Carolina Buia, co-author of the book Latin Chic: Entertaining with Style and Sass to share some of her best entertaining tips before summer ends.

Tip #1 Let's Get Digital and Green- Today there are many free or low-cost on-line sites that will send out beautiful invitations via email. Some, like RedStamp.com and Paperlesspost.com, ship non-tech-savvy a snail mail invite. For a more interactive experience, check out smilebox.com where you can build a photo collage. The best part? It's a cinch to track who is in the mood to join your fiesta.

Tip #2 Decor- Decorate your backyard with flowers, candles, hanging lanterns and evocative tablecloths. Make every place seating feel special with Mexican paper flowers—which are eco-friendly and can be reused over and over again. Bring indoor furniture outside for extra seating, including kids' tables and chairs. Throw a swath of Mexican oil cloth on the kids' area for easy clean up. Of course, have a back up plan (as in, let's run inside) in case a storm decides to show up uninvited.

Tip #3 Put Together a Music Playlist- Don't just add adult songs, but throw in some hip, kids' favorites like Dan Zane and Friends' Mariposa Ole and any of the brilliant Spanish songs from his ¡Nueva York! album.

Tip #4 Kick Up Your Margaritas- Kick up your margaritas up a notch, by steeping serranos and jalapenos directly into your favorite bottle of aged tequila for at least three days. Garnish your glass with pink lava salt. And for the wee ones? Serve them some senorita virgin margaritas—basic lemon- or lime-aid made from water that has been boiled and steeped with strips of peeled, fresh ginger. Sweeten with superfine sugar, agave or honey. Rim their glasses with colored sugar.

Tip #5 Keep the Food Simple and Bountiful- I love simple tapas like tuna ceviche, mini-empanadas, and ham croquetas. When it comes to the main dish, think of a homey one pot meals. Some of our go-to's include paella Valenciana, the Nicaraguan rice and beans dish known as pinto de gallo or Brazil's delicious seafood stew, moqueca.

Tip #6  Don't Forget a Small Treat- Don't forget to serve a cafecito and a little treat, like suspiros (meringues). Served on a bed of espresso beans, they make for a beautiful and tasty finale. Let the kids dip suspiros in Mexican-spiced hot chocolate. Yes, you'll be sending them home with a sugar high, but also with a crescent moon smile on their faces!


VF's Baby Product Picks

August 20, 2014   



We've shared before some of our favorite beauty product picks, but lately I've been getting asked what products I like to use on my little one. So here are just a few products we are currently using.


1. We've been using Kimberly Parry Organics 'Little Prana' Bum Butter ($24)  since our son was 3 months-old and we absolutely love it. It's a diaper cream and until this day (thank God) he's never had a diaper rash. It's made with organic ingredients such as shea butter, olive oil, and lavender and smells really, really good.

2.Anytime we're out in the sun, we like using  Honest Sunscreen ($13).  It's also safe to use for kids under 6 months of age.

3. Our pediatrician recommend this Weleda  Baby Shampoo and Body Wash ($13), which you can find in most health stores such as Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. We use it as both his shampoo and body wash.

4. We've been trying to grow out my son's hair and this California Baby  Jelly Mousse ($9.99) helps keep his bangs out of his face.

5. During the summer our son's skin can get really dry, so we like using this Weleda Calendula Lotion. I also like Burt's Bees as well.

What baby products do you swear by? I'd love to know. 



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