5 Things I Said I would never do as a new mom

April 24, 2015   
Here I am at 6 months pregnant! 

Let the dishes pile up in the sink, leave the house without makeup… are you kidding me? Let’s just say there were many things I said I would never do as a new mom. After having my baby, those things quickly went down the drain. Here are five things I said I would never do as a new mom, but totally do now.

#1 Be a Morning Person - I love sleeping in and thought I would never become a morning person. But it’s so weird/amazing how your body works and just gets used to waking up early. It’s like it knows that you have to get a job done. Nowadays I love waking up early. I’m also able to get so much more done in the day!

#2 I Wouldn’t Flood My Social Media with Pictures of My Son – When I was sans baby, I swore I would never become that mom that over-shares pictures of her baby. Now I just can’t help myself. He’s just the darnest cutest thing, and I want to share him with the world!

#3 I Would Never Leave the House Without Makeup – At a young age, my Colombian mom always stressed how important it is to leave the house dressing and looking sharp. You never know who you might run into, she would say. I told myself that when I had a baby, I would never leave the house without makeup. Seriously, who was I kidding!? I’ve left my house many times looking like one hot mess.

#4 I Wouldn’t Let the Dishes Pile Up in the Sink - I used to say I would never do this, but after having a baby, sometimes there’s just not enough hours in the day. Sometimes I don’t get to the dishes until the evening, and I try not to beat myself up for it.

#5 I Wouldn’t Get Upset if My Dogs Wake Up the Baby - I remember specifically watching the movie Marley & Me, and there’s a scene where Jennifer Aniston gets upset when Marley wakes up the baby. I remember thinking to myself, I would NEVER get like that. Dogs are dogs, that’s what they do—they bark. Fast forward to when my baby was just 2 months old. I was sleep deprived and had finally laid on the couch to get some shut eye while the baby napped. The Fedex guy came knocking on my door and my dogs went crazy barking and woke up the baby! I was soooo annoyed! Seriously Bear, did you really have to do that?

 Ugh! Are there things you said you would never do, but totally do now?

4 Ways to Remix the Betsey Johnson "Ready to Care Collection" from Kleenex

April 23, 2015   

Kleenex Brand Facial Tissue is getting a little fashion makeover! They recently partnered with designer Betsey Johnson to create a “Ready to Care” collection, featuring products and packaging inspired by her bold and eye-catching designs from zippers, animal prints, to vintage florals—we absolutely love it!

The designs are meant to inspire personal expression and the packaging itself is also multi-purpose. It can be used in untraditional ways, such as using the box as a makeup holder or perhaps to hold your pens in your home office.

Since April is National Decorating Month, I wanted to show you 4 unique ways to remix the collection and add a pop of color to your home. Plus, it’s also a budget friendly way to decorate and get organized.

Home Office: Kleenex Tissue Box as a Pen Holder 

If you’re looking for a fun way to store your pens or other items in your home office, the Betsey Johnson Kleenex Tissue box is perfect for doubling as a penholder. My office is pretty plain (it’s all white) so this “I Heart Betsey” design definitely helps add a pop of excitement, while helping me declutter my space.

Make-Up: Kleenex Tissue Box as Brush Holder 

I have so many makeup brushes; sometimes I even forget what I have (or what they’re for, for that matter). You can take your favorite Betsey Johnson Kleenex Tissue box and transform it into a versatile makeup brush holder. It’s also a great way to have easy access to all your brushes. I love the bright colors on this box and the lips also add a nice chic touch, perfect for your makeup vanity.

Bedroom: Kleenex Tissue Box as a Vase

Instead of a boring glass vase, why not mix it up and use it as a flower vase. You can use real flowers by putting the flowers first in a long tall glass, and then inserting the glass inside the box or you can opt for artificial flowers. I love the vintage, mod vibe of this box.

Kleenex Slim Packs as a Receipt Holder

I don’t know about you, but my purse is always overflowing with receipts. The Kleenex Slim Packs are perfect for storing all those receipts or even your business cards. It looks super chic!

What are some ways you would remix this collection? Be sure to share your ideas using #KleenexBetseyStyle or you can also visit the Kleenex Brand Facebook page to get more ideas and inspiration.

This post is brought to you by Kleenex Brand Facial Tissue. All opinions, as always are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to create fun and creative content for you!

What to Wear: Running Errands

April 22, 2015   

Whether I'm heading to the post office or running to Whole Foods, I like to keep things light when I'm running errands. One of my go-to's are soft knit dresses, like this one from Lou & Grey (LOFT's Athleisure line). I just throw it on and I'm instantly dressed. I paired it with these tan sandals from Madewell and this crossbody bag from 3LilyPads (we recently did a giveaway with them).

A cross bodybag is always a must and it helps keep you handsfree, especially if you're doing groceries and don't like leaving your bag in the shopping cart. Overall, just keep things simple and comfortable.

Tips for Finding the Perfect Bathing Suit for Your Body Type

April 21, 2015   

By Contributor: Liz de la Nuez

As I have matured I have become less a fan of swimsuit shopping. Every summer I go out looking for the perfect swimsuit that will give me the confidence to strut the beaches, however every year I come up short. It just becomes a daunting and usually disappointing trip to the store with me picking out something that I am never truly satisfied wearing. I have been repeating this summer routine for years. Then there are the body shape categories to decipher. Am I pear shaped, curvy, short torso or long torso? Geesh! Who can keep up? I realize that I am not alone in this nightmare. I know that most women do not enjoy bathing suit shopping. What I have come to terms with is that I need to embrace my assets and try to disguise the features that I am uncomfortable showing off. So here is a simple to the point guide to hopefully ease this year’s summer bathing suit shopping.

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Steal her Look: Jamie Chung's Coachella Style

April 20, 2015   

Jamie Chung was recently spotted at Coachella rockin' this Decadent dress from Ministry of Style, which retails for $138. We found a similar look for less for just $29 bucks at Century 29 and managed to keep the rest of the look for under $100 bucks.

Here's where you can steal her look for less:

White Dress, Century 21, $29 // Grey Fedora, Forever 21, $14  (or this one for $17)  // DV by Dolce Vita Ankle Boots, Amazon, $49

VF Travels: 5 Tips for Traveling with a 2 Year-Old to Disney

April 17, 2015   

I love going to Disney World any chance I can get, especially since I live in Florida (it's about a 3 hour drive from where I live). So last month, we decided to take a little getaway to Orlando with the fam. Last year, I wrote a story about tips for traveling with your toddler to Disney when Andres was just one. This time, he was two, but it's crazy how much of a difference that makes. This trip seemed much more relax than last time. For example, I didn't have to worry about heading back to the hotel for naps (he just napped in his stroller).

In case you're planning a trip to Orlando this summer, here are 5 tips that might help (plus some picture from our trip you might enjoy).

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