Fall 2019 Looks

Fashion has always been a passion of mine, but somewhere along the way, I lost confidence. This in turn led me to not feel cute enough to wear cute clothes. I can still clean up nicely here and there, but just had not been myself. I am still not quite there, and working on building back up my confidence. Working on within takes time, but in the mean time, I will fake it until I make it! With some encouragement from my sisters (and mom), who were kind enough to join me on this shoot, I have put together some fall looks that hopefully give some inspiration for your fall wardrobe!

The rule of wearing white after labor day is completely out the window. My top and pants are both from Zara. The white jeans are perfect for the mom bod as it sucked in my mommy tum really nicely. I love the ruffles of the top and the color screams fall. I added a felt fedora for a little added pop of color! The top was a bit pricey but they have one similar to it here, that is actually on sale! As I am writing this blog, and linking the items, I realize that I totally wore the shirt backwards….bare with me, this is my first style blog ha. But hey, you can wear it both ways :). The jeans appear to only be available in store.

Meet my big sister, Liz!

Blazers, especially plaid ones, are in this fall! And I am here for it! I love a good blazer. They can be dressed up or down . This one is from H&M. They a ton of plaid ones for a really sweet price. Also peep my sister’s shoes, from DSW, so cute. These were on major sale at DSW, and I was unable to locate online, but here is a similar one.

Meet my younger sister, Carrie! Part 1 of the twins.

ASOS is my favorite online store, hands down. They offer annual 2 day shipping and all returns are free. Once you order a few items and learn your size, you are good to go. The sizing is slightly smaller (IMO), so I usually size up on bottoms. This dress is from ASOS and is currently on sale. I love the cape in the back and the gold button touch. It is paired with leopard boots, which are definitely in for fall! Give me all the leopard.

Meet my other little sister, Amanda! Part 2 of the twin duo.

This fringe cardigan may be my absolute favorite out of all pieces. I never shop in Forever21 anymore, but that’s exactly where I found it. It looks like online only has bubblegum, featured is beige. This is paired with a black short sleeve body suit with high neck and a leather look skirt. This can be worn anywhere, work, out with friends, date, etc.

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Our mom made a cameo, isn’t she cute?

I want to thank my sisters and mom for being a part of my first style look blog post.

Which look fits more your style? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

As always, thanks for reading, XOXO! An extra special thanks on this one as this is a new direction for me.



My Versatile Apple Watch Band + Giveaway

I have never been a watch person, but as time passes, my appreciation for a watch grows. I not only value the functionality and convenience a watch adds, but I love using it as an accessory to style my outfits. I was invited to partner with JORD watches and was honestly blown away by the beauty of their unique wood timepieces and watch bands. As a busy, traveling mama, I rely on my watch quite a bit to help keep me on track. JORD is pronounced Yode, which is the Norse word for Earth. Their watches are a sophisticated mix of natural, reclaimed materials, sourced from all over the world.

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The color I’ve really been into the last year or two has been grey! It’s neutral and it compliments so many different colors. For my beautiful leather apple watch band color choice, I decided to go with grey for that very reason. It’s something that I can wear each day no matter the activity or the fashion choice.

Speaking of activity, over the years I’ve used different affordable apple watch bands for different reasons. What I like about the JORD watch band is I’m able to wear it for just about everything - working out, daily errands, date night and the moments I get to dress in my fun formal attire. My JORD watch band just fits it all.

So what sets this band/brand apart? In my opinion:

  • The band enhances the aesthetic of my Apple Watch 

  • It fits all aspects of my lifestyle

  • There are many color and style options. (Grey leather is fabulous). If you really want to add spice and pizazz to your look, they have unique wood apple bands and watches for men and women that are exquisite!

  • It’s comfortable and has good movements.

  • It’s of quality craftsmanship. Despite using it on a daily basis with my active lifestyle, the leather remains intact without fraying like other brands I have tried.

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Win $85 JORD Credit

Now here is the best part! I’m doing a giveaway with JORD! They are generous enough to give one lucky winner $85 that can be applied towards the purchase of an apple watch or a watch. Entering is super easy! All you have to do is head to this link, enter your name, email, and tell them what your favorite style is. The winner will be announced in about 2 weeks.


Portrait Paintings of Mi Familia

I LOVE painting people, but I secretly, want to be a landscape painter. Why? Because I feel like these make more sense on walls. Plus if I paint people, I want to paint the people I want from the picture I want. For me, painting people makes the most sense. I am able to capture the likeness slightly more than depicting the scenery in the landscape painting. The shapes are not as clearly defined sometimes in nature, so I can easily get lost. Please excuse the quality of some of the photography of the paintings.

First up is my FAVORITE painting to date. It is of my sister, Mandy. I spent the most time on this capturing the details.

oil on canvas 16x20.

oil on canvas 16x20.

Next up is my mom. What I love most about this painting is her eyes! She has the most beautiful eyes. The most challenging part was adding in the natural grey highlights she has and of course, hands. I think most budding artists can agree that hands are challenging.

11 x 14 on wood

11 x 14 on wood

This is my oldest sister Elizabeth. She is defending her dissertation for graduate school in this picture. I absolutely loved the photo so much that I had to paint it and I gifted it to her for her birthday. She proudly hangs it on her wall, which means the world to me.

16 x 20 oil on canvas

16 x 20 oil on canvas

This is my sister Megan. I plan to re-do this one. She deserves a better one, but I wanted to include her anyway.

16 x 20 Oil on Canvas

16 x 20 Oil on Canvas

This painting is of my cousin Amber, who is like a sister. I saw this picture on her instagram and had to paint it! She looks so beautiful, so symmetrical, and a little like Michael Jackson (which I LOVE). The original photo is black and white, so it was a challenge converting it to color. I did my best though.

10 x 10 oil on black canvas

10 x 10 oil on black canvas

Here are two portraits I did of my son, Ethan. I could paint him all day. Blake needs a painting still, but time is so limited these days. Both of the below paintings are oil on Masonite boards.

I did one of Paul and I, but it’s so bad, I will spare you the image ha.

I want to shout out my amazing teacher that has patiently helped me to learn to paint, his name is Charles Anderson. He is truly incredible!

Which one is your favorite? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for reading.

XOXO

Santa Fe Clock

Everyone needs an outlet or 2 or 5, would be great. For me, my outlet is drawing/painting. About 4 years ago, I decided to start oil painting. It has been a huge challenge for me, but in a good way. It gives me something else to focus on, even if it’s only for a couple hours per week. Since I’ve had my second baby, it’s been even less than that. Once we get a good routine going, I hope to make time for it more consistently. I like to paint what I see and often times on trips, I get inspired.

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I wanted to share a painting that goes along with my New Mexico post. I saw this beautifully colored antique clock located just outside the New Mexico Museum of Art and had to paint it. I am glad I did, because it turned out to be one of my favorite paintings. It took me roughly 10 hours, over 3 weeks, to paint. It’s 11 x 14 on oil. Unfortunately we moved recently, and this one somehow got lost. This photograph below is all I have left of it. I hope one day I will find it.

In the future, I hope to be able to sell art like above. I just need to get more efficient. Please stay tuned!

P.S. If you look in the Santa Fe section of my New Mexico post, you will see the image I took that I painted this from.