Four Finds for Mother’s Day

Wondering what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Here are a few of my favorite things: This Bahia Mini necklace from Tous is a sweet gift from a daughter to her mama. And this Tous scrapbook, as part of its #tenderstories offering, is the icing on top. Knowing that I can add to it with kiddo just sweetens the deal.   What do we want? Macaroons from Laduree. When do we want ’em? Now.   Want to appeal to mom’s DIY side? I love this Natural Beauty Alchemy recipe book full of beauty treatments I can concoct in my own kitchen. All mamas want to be scent-sational. What I most love about Nejma 7 is how exotic the scent is. It’s floral, powdery, woody and divine. Find it at Macy’s.



The Joys of Motherhood

{Cooking supplies (muffin tin, roller, measuring utensils, oven mitt and whisk) and apron: c/o T.J. Maxx. Photographed by me.} Being a mom is not for the faint of heart. Being a mom and having a job is a juggling act that’s worthy of the center ring at the circus. Being a single mom, having a kid and multiple jobs, well, I’m just going to go ahead and call myself Wonder Woman who has a host of Calgon-take-me-away moments. When it comes to this balancing act, it’s all about maximizing my time. (Breakfast in the car on the way to school while I tie her shoes at red lights? Been there, done that—a lot.) So when T.J. Maxx asked me to share my #MaxxMoms moments in honor of Mother’s Day, I was happy to. Mills and I love to bake together. Plus, when we bake, it means breakfast for the week…Read More



Here’s Why I’m Smiling …

{Wearing: Headpiece: Soo Good. Necklace: Kore Boutique. Bikini Top: The Orchid Boutique (old). Pants: Market. Photographed by me.}   Contouring, the makeup revolution that suddenly gave women cheek bones for days, is not my bag. Despite numerous YouTube tutorials, helpful hints from makeup counter girls and friends, I’m pretty much a pre-schooler with a batch of finger paints when it comes to applying makeup. Contouring leaves me looking like a Halloween project gone awry. And then there’s the Miami heat. God willing I actually get a contour going somewhere, it slides down my face as soon as I step into the heat. #Fail Part 2. So as I inched past my 37th birthday and started to map out lines here and there in my face, I decided to hit up Dr. Epstein to see what he could do for me that the hands of time could not. Tuns out, he…Read More



Four-Letter Words

{Wearing: Black Flowy Dress: Wedges: c/o ShoeDazzle. Photographed by me.} Love—it’s a fairly interesting four-letter word. OK, maybe it’s not the one I constantly yell as I’m battling Miami’s sea of endless bad drivers, but it’s still a good one. In fact, last Saturday it turned into the theme of the day. My dear friend Annie Vazquez, The Fashion Poet, invited me to a lovely brunch with ShoeDazzle. It happened to be at Love is Blind. I just happen to LOVE that place. The two times I had been there before I danced the night away with a smile perma-glued to my face. And this particular day I got to celebrate another thing I love: shoes. Because real talk: it’s easier to love shoes than it is to love some people. After social hour and shoe talk with the girls (if you aren’t already a member of ShoeDazzle, consider…Read More



The Great Staycation

Sometimes you just need to get away. And sometimes the best getaway is going nowhere at all. Oxymoron? No, it’s called the staycation, and I recently indulged when life handed me a kidless weekend. Mills went on an Orlando adventure without me and with no one to care for, I decided to take care of myself. Novel idea, because as a mom, that rarely happens. Since I live in Miami Beach, where there’s a pool, a party and a perfect hotel just around the corner, I decided to stay put and do all the things I never do. With those intentions, a swimsuit in my bag and not a care in the world,  I checked into The Shore Club and I indulged in all the things one should do on a staycation, like … Pop a bottle. Who has champagne on a regular basis? Unless you’re on Lifestyles of the Rich…Read More



Beauty Board: Absolute Essentials

There are just some beauty products you cannot live without. Like, you’ll pay the overnight cost on shipping even if it’s three times the product just to make sure you don’t have to face the day without that one product. Turns out, I have seven (and that’s a whole lot of shipping). Here’s what I need to get by: ReVive Fermitif Hand Renewal Cream + Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen— Nothing bothers me more than dry, chapped hands. And nothing scares me more than old lady hands (I know you know what I’m talking about. Those dry, wrinkly hands covered in age spots). I fight both with Revive’s hand cream, which is easy to stash in my purse so I can apply whenever necessary. La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster— Wrinkles be damned! I am not going to let you win. Instead, I’m going to slather this on my face right…Read More



It’s an Earth Day Yoga Celebration in Miami

{Wearing: Bikini: Montce Swimwear at Blush Boutique. Bracelets: Touch Boutique. Photographed by Milly Jane Harris.} If you’ve happened over to my Instagram, you may have noticed I’m on another round of pose-a-day posts. Why? Because I’m gearing up for an awesome Earth Day event, which just happens to be this Wednesday. Come join me for Leggings Lounge at the Shelborne for yoga, beer, snacks and an overall good time, thanks to Think Red Inc, Shelborne Wyndham Grand, Morimoto, Lucky Buddha Beer and Athleta. The party kicks off at 7. Be sure to RSVP to: Can’t wait to strike a pose with you.



The Benefits of Being Vertically Challenged

{Wearing: Dress: Market Miami. Necklace: Kore. Shoes: c/o T.J. Maxx. Photographed by me.} Being short sucks. You’re constantly transitioning from human to spider monkey, jumping up on kitchen counters to reach things on the top shelf. Then, there’s the obligatory short person stool, where some raised platform situation allows you to hurl yourself upward so you can scale the shelves of your closet or medicine cabinet. And let’s not forget how we shorties own zero pairs of pants that haven’t been altered from here to the ends of time so they don’t drag the floor should you choose to not wear heels. BUT, there is one good thing I’ve come across as a vertically challenged human being, and I’m wearing it in this very post. Because God decided to grant me with legs that rival that of the Pygmy tribe, I can get away with wearing tops as dresses. In fact,…Read More



My Favorite Spring Trend

{Wearing: Top: c/o Marshalls. Jeans: c/o American Eagle. Necklace: c/o T.J. Maxx. Shoes: c/o T.J. Maxx. Photographed by Milly Jane Harris.} Long live boho! As soon as it starts to heat up outside, I gravitate toward my favorite trend: boho chic. Luckily, thanks to the popularity of festivals like Coachella, this season the boho trend is on point for spring. From fringe to beads to gauzy tops and distressed bottoms, it’s a hippie dippie kind of world and I’m all over it. I recently hit up T.J Maxx and Marshalls to shop the trend for a piece just for my blog. If course, it’s spring break so kiddo was in tow to help me make my selections. And she’s just as big into the boho craze as I am. We started at the jewelry counter at T.J. Maxx, where we spied this bib necklace, which has a festival vibe with…Read More