Mini Me Monday: Smiles 

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Girl bow: Target | Toddler Bow: Little Poppy Co | Dresses/Romper: Old Navy | Heels: Jessica Simpson & Disney | Toddler Shoes: Native

Mini Me Monday is here y’all. Photographing us girls in matching outfits is my favorite. It has never been this exact either. Surprisingly, (and thankfully!) I found these dresses and this romper last year while on vacation with family. On our family vacations there is always shopping! We decided to stop and look around an outlet Old Navy. It’s always just looking, right? Yeah right! Boy am I sure glad we did a little more than looking. Purchasing these mommy and me outfits has become a gift that keeps on giving. It has brought so many smiles every time we have worn this. I bet you are even smiling right now too!

Lyianna and Camrielle, I can’t tell you enough that the best thing you can ever wear is a smile. You may not remember but I will always remember, so let me tell you. When we wear these matching outfits we get a lot of sweet and encouraging remarks. We make a lot of people smile. I know fashion can be vain but when you have the right heart and context it can be a tool to bring joy. Lyianna, you ask me almost daily if we can wear the same thing and beg to wear these snow white high heels everywhere. You crack your daddy and me up. Camrielle, you love shoes too! You don’t talk a lot quite yet but you sure do know how to say shoes! Girls, thank you for making a mundane thing as getting you dressed everyday fun. Thank you for loving this as much as me even if it is just for right now. When you read this I know you will be smiling. I love you.

Blessings,

d

 

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Sunday’s Style in Mexico 

Dress: Gifted (TJ Maxx) | Sandals: Unlimited

I’m back y’all! A blog about my mission trip to Mexico City isn’t quite finished but check back soon. In the mean time, I thought I would at least do a few blogs on what I wore. I’m starting with this Mexican-inspired printed maxi. 

A good friend of mine was getting rid of this gem, can you believe that?! After quickly looking it over for any damage or malfunctions I found none. One girls trash is another girls treasure, right!? She later shared how it had just shrunk in length making it perfect for my height. 

At the time of adding this piece to my wardrobe my mission trip to Mexico was a couple months off. I may have had time to pack but I immediately knew how perfect it would be for the trip because of the print alone. Then I realized that the material was light weight which really sold me on taking it. I remember thinking how it would be perfect for my packing minimally goals and it was. I packed less than a majority of the men and boys on our trip y’all! I will do a what to pack for mission trip post another time, promise. 

You can probably see in the photos that the only issues I had wearing this dress was the bra ( go brawless with this style y’all) and have a more toned back ( nothing working out can’t fix) … 

until next time lovelies,

D

Mini Me Monday Match

 

 

 

Sunglasses: Nine West | Dress: Nordstrom Rack |Tshirt: Old Navy | Onesie: Baby Gap

Girls,

This trip wasn’t anything what we were expecting but it was good. After being thrust into the festivities of San Antonio and then the magic of Disneyworld we needed to rest. Rest and relaxation is exactly what this trip provided us.

As we drove into Corpus Christie it quickly became apparent just how much rest we were going to get. This city looked almost desolate! Even if there had been anything to do the weather was not permitting. Maybe this is why it may have been so dead? Anyways, with the combination of nothing to do and immanent weather we barely left the lodge. It was glorious. I will always cherish those sweet memories of having pajama parties,staying in bed all day. Boy can you sleep Lyianna just like your daddy. Camrielle, you seem to be more of a morning bird like me. Even with those early rises we both enjoyed napping over and over.

With all that sleep we did get restless on our last two days and daddy had us venture out. We explored the famous Padre Island. It was fun to drive the car right along the shore. Lyianna and daddy enjoyed the traditional sea shell hunt while Camrielle and I just watched. Even though it was overcast the ocean was soothing to listen to, feel and smell.

In staying on the water I knew to pack nautical ensembles. We didn’t really wear any except these and they matched. I will never pass up the opportunity to match girls. I absolutely love it!

I hope we go again one day when we need a place to be quiet and rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more vacay…

Sunglasses: Steve Madden |Necklace: Nordstrom Rack | Jacket: JCPenney | Tank: Target | Jeans: H&M | Shoes: Nike

Sunglasses: Steve Madden |Necklace: Nordstrom Rack | Jacket: JCPenney | Tank: Target | Jeans: H&M | Shoes: Nike

 

Girls, we are at it again. You both are currently knocked out on daddy’s lap and chest. You couldn’t stay awake any longer despite all of the beautiful scenery that is passing us by. I have to say that you two are little troopers. Today we have taken two flights, a car ride and now on a train that is making it’s way down the pacific west coast. I’m still needing to breastfeed you, Camrielle, so I chose this tank today. These days they actually call it a “muscle tank” but as you can see I do not have those, yet. So in our nine days home from the last vacation I went shopping with you and came upon this graphic tank. I laughed out loud so hard that I drew in a few curious stares but you weren’t embarrassed. In fact, you smiled right back at me. Thank you for that because as you know my laugh is not exactly petite and cute.

The tank says it all,  “more vacay”. We are on another vacation. A mini vacation you could say but non the less it is more allotted time away from home and with each other. I laughed at this tank simply because it was fitting but I bought it because it cost me only $7 with tax. Yeah go mom is right! It was perfect for breastfeeding you as it was loose, airy and a top layer. I paired it with these white skinny jeans and stylish sneakers. Ok fine yes they are maternity skinnies but hey I have you to thank for that and your dad’s infamous insistence for me to wear anything but heels.
Anyways I admit that I was quite comfortable in this ensemble. I will definitely do more casual looks if I can feel this fancy for being dressed down.
Love you girls,
Mom

 

Cinco de Mayo Inspired

Sunglasses: Nine West | Top: Nordstrom Rack | Jeans: Levi's | Heels: Charlotte Rouse

Sunglasses: Nine West | Top: Nordstrom Rack | Jeans: Levi’s | Heels: Charlotte Rouse | Clutch: Manos Zapotecas

 

If it was not for my blog I would not know what day it was because as a stay at home mother that’s just how it goes. However, I have had tomorrow in mind for sure, Cinco de Mayo! All that to say Happy hump day! It is almost the weekend and a good weekend at that, lol

I am not Mexican but was born and raised in California where they have the best Mexican food (next to Mexico of course) and so that is where my love of the Mexican culture began. It is my favorite food. I have half sisters and many friends who are Mexican and they are some of the best people I know.  However, since my trip to San Antonio my love only grew with the culture and specifically with their fashion. After touring The Alamo, my family and I took a look around the gift shop for the usual keepsake. As I was checking out I looked up and in a glass case this beauty was just sitting there in all its glory. I had to have it! Thinking it was going to be hundreds of dollars I nervously ask the price. To my amazement it was only fifty dollars!

I typically do not spend that much money on any one item (ok maybe my shoes… ) but once I saw that it was a handcrafted piece made in Mexico I couldn’t pass up this deal. The tag even depicted the artisan’s name, Josefina y Paco. When paying for it I couldn’t help but wonder if the artisans would be just as excited that their beautiful art of this hand crafted clutch was sold. I love to support small business and the rising designers/companies. Purchasing this Mariposa Lupita Clutch does just that. Oh and if you click the link you can actually find it for an even better price than I did!

This clutch is one of those unexpected purchases that will become a staple piece and a gift that keeps on giving. I see myself using it through all seasons of the year. What better time than to bring my Cinco de Mayo inspired look today?

God bless,

d

 

 

Mini Me : Mariachi Style

Her Sombrero: Walmart | Top: Marshalls | Leggings: Macys | Sandals: Baby Gap

Her Sombrero: Walmart | Top: Marshalls | Leggings: Macys | Sandals: Baby Gap

 

Happy Tuesday! In honor of Cinco de Mayo this week I took it back to one of my favorite days while on vacation in San Antonio. The day we bought mariachi sombreros and walked around the city’s Fiesta.

I received a few emails from followers that shared their love of our “Mine Me Mondays” and how it actually brightened their Mondays. These emails really made mine and my daughter’s day. They also asked a some questions so I figured I’d answer them here.

Why do you match your daughter?   Well some may already know my love of photos and some of my favorite photos/memories from childhood are matching with my little sister. Yes, my mother matched us exactly from head to toe for years. I also grew up playing sports and being a cheerleader which was another time of everyone wearing the same thing. I just really have always loved the sense of unity it brought. So when I found out I was having a girl I immediately wanted to do mommy & me outfits for as long as she would allow me. 

How long have you been matching your daughter?   I have been matching with her since she was months old. About 4 years now. I don’t actually remember the exact month or day, sorry!

Do you find matching clothes from a certain store?   No, not really. Every now and then I do happen to be in a store and there just happens to be something in both our sizes so of course I buy them. For example, when shopping with my cousin the other day I found matching Fourth of July outfits for all three of us! For the most part we aren’t wearing the same exact clothes but rather same colors, styles, etc.

Do you plan on matching with your newest daughter too? In the beginning I did not plan on this but my daughter insisted that she match us so we tried and so far it has worked out here and there.  I like to joke that I have been promoted from “twinning” to “trippling”.

If you have granddaughter do you think you will match them? lol. Maybe? I don’t know depends on my daughters and of course my age!

Thank you again for the support and fun questions!

d

 

Sunday Kimono

Sunglasses: Steve Madden | Kimono: Maurcies | Dress: Marshalls | Sandals: Nordstrom Rack | Backpack: Marc Jacobs

Sunglasses: Steve Madden | Kimono: Maurcies | Dress: Marshalls | Sandals: Nordstrom Rack | Backpack: Marc Jacobs

Happy Sunday! So glad it is Sunday and I’m home. I am so happy to be home and relax. I also chose a more relaxed look for church today. I typically don’t wear sandals or shoes to church because I prefer heels. However, I had a reader request a less dressy church look, specifically without heels. I substituted these jeweled sandals for heels and made a plain dress pop with a patterned and colorful kimono. I did still choose to wear heels to church and switched into these for the rest of the day. I hope this helps you!

Enjoy the rest of you weekend!

d

The Alamo in Black

 

Good evening everyone. I pray that your day was better than ours. Our youngest came down ill and so we have been resting all today. Today is when we had originally planned to visit The Alamo but had to decided to do so last-minute yesterday. In making that decision I had to get dressed quickly.

It is always quick to throw on a maxi so I chose this basic look. I dressed it up a tad with these beaded sandals which made me feel a little more put together for the amount of time I had. I was also quite comfortable walking around while learning a little a more about Texan and Mexican history.

It was very surreal to stand somewhere I have only read and learned about in books. It was even more exciting that we were also educated on the fashion of the men during the battle at The Alamo. If possible and you haven’t already you need to visit!

Is there anything else anyone can suggest for my little family to do or see while we have a few days left?!

Good night,

d

Happy Pueblita Dress

Flower Crown & Dress: Walmart | Sunglasses: Steve Madden : Sandals: Nordstrom Rack

Flower Crown & Dress: Walmart | Sunglasses: Steve Madden : Sandals: Nordstrom Rack

 Happy weekend ya’ll! While in the midst of San Antonio’s annual Fiesta I am falling more in love with the Mexican culture. Next to their delicious food my favorite part is their fashion.

I specifically love their famous pueblita dress. It is comfortable, modest and breathable. The dress comes in many different colors. As many of you know in following us over the last couple of years my daughter and I love to match. Yes, I do mean WE. She now asks to pick what we wear and chose our yellow dresses. Her reason was because they were bright and happy. 

Once we joined the celebration downtown we found not be the only “tourists” who dressed up. We were even being thanked by many for participating and supporting their festival. I highly recommend that when you are traveling to partake in whatever traditions you can, it is a blessing not only to you but others. 
God bless,

D

Mariachi Fashion

 

Sombrero: Walmart | Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson |Tank & Denim YTop: Target | Skinny Jeans: H&M | Heels: Nordstrom Rack

Sombrero: Walmart | Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson |Tank & Denim Top: Target | Skinny Jeans: H&M | Heels: Nordstrom Rack

 

It’s day seven of the famous Fiesta here in San Antonio, Texas and we are enjoying the celebration. It has been a beautifully cultured experience for my little family. Last night we were serenaded by Mariachi bands at dinner. Many of you have experienced this but this was unique because the bands were on boats floating by on the river, known as the Ford Mariachi Festival.

You may least expect it when traveling but fashion is just a huge part of life even on vacation. I packed my bags with my own style but have been so inspired by the cultural fashion on this trip. The Mexican and Spanish sophistication here is so traditional and colorful that I have to endeavor by brightening up my wardrobe.

I have started with this Mariachi sombrero. It literally took me about an hour to decide on a color! To know me is to know that if I truly like something, I want it in every color. Guess what? I want one in every color, lol. This iconic hat is a statement piece in itself but with this shade of fuchsia it just pops that much more.

Have a great day,

d

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