Dec 21, 2017

Holiday Drink - Coquito

The weekend is upon us and I've already made our favorite Puerto Rican holiday drink - Coquito, ready to serve. Every other year, we try to spend the holidays with our family in Puerto Rico and  enjoy the fun festivities our beautiful culture has and not to mention, the delicious drinks such as this one, #coquito. However, this year we decided to spend the holidays at home so we can start our own holiday family traditions but of course, include our culture customs in the mix, ya know what I mean?

We are looking forward to eating pernil (pork shoulder), arroz con gandules (yellow rice with pigeon peas), and guineitos en escabeche (green banana salad) on Christmas Eve, opening presents on Christmas day, wearing our matching pajamas, while listening to Pandora station, "Navidad en Puerto Rico Radio" and mommy and daddy having a little coquito because that's how we do it. So, if you're looking for a quick delicious drink to try this holiday season, this one is just for you! See recipe below. 

Coquito - The Puerto Rican Egg Nog

Coquito is a coconut-alcoholic based drink Puerto Rican's love to drink during the holidays. It's an easy drink to make in 5-10 minutes. The following ingredients could serve 4-6. *for a non-alcohol drink, don't add rum.*

2 cans of coconut cream
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 can of evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 cups of Bacardi rum  
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

Add all ingredients into blender and blend until well mixed, 2-3 min. Pour into your favorite bottle and refrigerate until cold. Before serving into a glass, make sure to shake well, pour drink and then sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon for taste. Voila! You have yourself a delicious, easy drink to enjoy with family and friends.  

Dec 18, 2017

Favorite Christmas Decor

I can't believe Christmas is ONE week away! Can you believe it?! Time sure does fly. So for today's post, I thought I'd share with y'all this year's Christmas theme in the Vega's - Alpine Christmas. It's all about dreaming of a country christmas, a cabin, snow, wood, yes! However, let's be real, by the time I see would probably be late January or beginning of February because you know, #calilife but this will do!  

But in all seriousness, we love incorporating the color red and green to our farmhouse Christmas style décor. Last year, we went with an all white theme but there is something about green and red that screams Christmas, am  I right? We just couldn't resist and I'm sure Emily is all about it. But this year, is all about making memories. Speaking about Christmas, have y'all finished your Christmas shopping? I'm almost there! 

Dec 11, 2017

Winter Long Vest

When you're a mom, the first thing you think about when dressing up is comfort, right? I am right there with you! However, I have to make my outfit a little interesting just because. By adding a layering piece to my look, it made such a difference. I'm definitely planning on wearing this vest to the office so stay tuned on how I do a work style look for the girl on-the-go! 

Dec 4, 2017

How to style a Camo Tee

You can never go wrong with a camo tee. I took advantage of Francesca's sale buy one, get one at 40% off and snatched this tee without hesitation. It's the perfect print to wear for an everyday look, especially when you're always on-the-go! One of my favorite ways to wear this print is with a denim vest, casual yet, chic! but I love how I paired it with a green utility jacket this time around. 

Nov 24, 2017

Holiday Sales Must-Haves!

Happy sales weekend, everyone! Let me just say how much I LOVE online shopping. Phew, after trying out yesterday's black Friday sales in-stores, I can honestly say, I'm all about the #onlineshopping life. How awesome is it to sit in front of your computer, with your favorite drink (wine, please?), and just start adding items to your cart in the comfort of your home? I'm all about avoiding long lines. With that being said, let's get right to it... Here are some of my favorite weekend sale must-haves!

Target - Free shipping through 12/23 - 20% off Coupon

I'm all about the pj life and this set is on sale for $12! Can't beat that! It's the perfect pajamas to wear Christmas morning. And let's talk about this Chenille cardigan, (photo on top) I swear you guys, it's the comfiest cardigan I've owned and on sale for $25, yes please!
Old Navy - 50% Entire of purchase

I took one for the team and embraced the long line at Old Navy today, but it was all about baby girl. I got Emily a couple of things for winter but of course, here is a couple of things I would love for myself or that I already own. Old Navy is my go-to store these days, super affordable and mommy style approved.
Francesca's - 30% off Entire site!

If you'd like to stock up on sweaters and dresses, now is the time. Francesca's has the cutest pieces at an affordable price. If you're going to a Christmas party but don't want to splurge, they have the cutest earrings and clutches to complete your look. 

Nov 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Outfit 2017

Thanksgiving day is about spending quality time with loved ones and eating all the delicious food. And of course, taking pictures to treasure for years to come but first, comfort is key! Last year's thanksgiving, I wore this mock-neck dress so to keep the trend going, I am planning on wearing this mock-neck sweater and leggings because you know, a girl needs room to breathe! I don't know about you, but I'm planning on stuffing my face with everything. Will you be wearing a comfortable outfit this thanksgiving? 

If you're planning on going comfortable this thanksgiving dinner but still want to look cute, these oversize sweaters and cardigans will do just the trick. All under $50! 

Nov 13, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: PJ's for Her

One thing I love about the holidays is wearing comfy pj's while spending quality time with family and keeping things low-key. I love not worrying about what to wear and just relaxing in the comfort of our home. So to get you in the same spirit as I am, I thought I'd share my first holiday gift guide with y'all, pajamas for her! You are probably thinking it's a little early for shopping but I promise, now is the time to take advantage of sales - they are too good to pass!  
Holiday Gift Guide: PJ's for Her (Under $50)
Whether it's a pair of chunky socks, slippers, beanie or fitted pj's these items are the perfect gift for your favorite gal and all under $50! You can't beat that. Happy Shopping!

Nov 10, 2017

Velvet Top For Fall

You guys, this is the first time I've ever owned a velvet top and I'm totally loving it! It's the perfect material to wear this fall and winter. This top comes in six colors and it's only $22.99 - score! And y'all know I'm all about the budget life, yes! If you're wondering what to wear for the upcoming holiday's, for sure velvet is the way to go. You can dress this top up by pairing it with a skirt, heels, and statement earrings. Although it's a simple style, you can wear it so many ways and y'all know I'm all about comfort because...#mommylife.


Nov 6, 2017

Easy Fall Look

I can't believe we're in November already. Where did time go?! I have Christmas on my mind, and I haven't even bought the turkey for thanksgiving, ha! But good news, it's officially fall in San Diego and one thing is for sure, my fall style is all about cute sweaters and comfy booties. It's definitely my mommy go-to style. I'm definitely making it a habit of incorporating more hats to my looks this fall/ makes such a difference! To think I wore this black hat two years ago when I was pregnant with Emily! It's only fitting...Happy Monday! 


Oct 18, 2017

Sweater Weather

I've always been a fan of sweaters. I love how I can wear it over a dress, with a skirt or even shorts...bottom line, it just works any way you style it! Typically, I go for the basic colored sweaters but this fall, I am expanding my options. Lately, I am loving the different style of sleeves, like the one I'm wearing - I found this beauty at Marshalls! From ruffles, cute ties, to bell sleeves, you name it...I need it! They can make such a difference to a look without trying so hard, right? All-in-all, sweaters are the perfect staple for fall. Do you have a style preference you'd like to try this season?  


Oct 16, 2017

Fall is here - How to Help Puerto Rico

Yes, fall season is here! But not quite for us west coast peeps. We are starting to feel the cool breeze creeping in (Finally!) but I love the fact that we can still get away with summer staples, like these go-to slip-on mule flats; you guys, I live in these! Because I'm a mom, I'm all about comfort but being stylish at the same time. I love that I can wear these flats with a pair of denim shorts or a skirt and still feel "dressed up" while not trying so hard, which is a win-win in my book!

On another note, you may be wondering why I've been MIA lately...see below.

If you've been watching the news lately, I'm sure you've heard my beautiful island, Puerto Rico, is struggling with the aftermath of hurricane Maria, and to be quite felt weird to post about fashion and style. Although, I thank God ALL my family members (including my husband's side) are safe, it breaks my heart to see the devastation it has caused the island. Imagine not having a roof over your head, water, or electricity for months! Can you imagine?! Some of my family members have lost it all but rest assure, we Puerto Rican's, are fighters and believe that God is always in control! We will overcome. 

How to Donate 

I'm all about sharing organizations that will provide direct help to those in needs; hence, the late post (had to do thorough research before I shared). 

Unidos Por Puerto Rico: United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Maria. 

B Strong:  Bethenny Frankel, Real Housewives of New York, her B Strong Program, are going above and beyond for the Puerto Rican people. She has managed to get over 20+ planes with thousands of goods to the island and has documented the whole process in her social media sites, which is what I love to see. She's a go-getter and doesn't let anything get in her way. I LOVE what she's doing for the Puerto Rican people! 

You Caring: Organized by Ricky Martin. The Ricky Martin Foundation team on the ground is already working with the local government, local volunteers and the First Lady of Puerto Rico to provide urgently needed food, water, clothing and medical supplies.

You guys, if you donate at least a dollar, you have no idea the difference you're making. Just place yourself in their shoes...just imagine...any little bit counts!


Sep 20, 2017

How to Style a button down shirt & 5 facts about me

You guys, I don't remember the last time I wore a button down, for real. Now that I'm getting older, my sense of style has changed drastically. Don't get me wrong, my go-to style is still comfort; however, I love exploring new options - hence, the button down shirt! It's always fun trying out new trends; nevertheless, I'm all about shopping on a budget. I found this stripe button down shirt at Marshalls and fell in love! Of course, there are so many ways to style it but I went for the denim skirt, it's so comfy and mommy style approved! If you've noticed, my obsession for slip-on mule flats is going strong. Momma's, this is what I call comfort at it's best! And just because, I'm sharing five facts you may not know about me down below!

Five facts to know about me:

1. Pastor's daughter. Yes, you read that right! My parents are pastors. I've been raised in church ALL my life; While I'm not perfect, I try to put God first in all of my life choices.

2. Where I would love to live? If  could, I would LOVE to live in Charleston, SC. When I attended the The Blog Society Conference, I fell in love with the city! It's  hospitality and history is what drew me in. I want to go back ASAP!

3. Death. You guys, even though I'm a believer, I'm afraid of death...I don't know why...But it just terrifies me.

4. Wing-eyeliner. I'm all about the wing-eyeliner. It's my signature look...Cute, simple, and to the point.

5. Afghanistan and Iraq. Yes, I served in the United States Army, and I deployed to both countries. Let's just become grateful for what you have. 

Happy Hump Day!

Sep 18, 2017

Plaid Shirt Dress

Happy Monday, friends! My weekend consists of running errands and spending quality time with my little, Emily. She's 18 months old and I swear, she's already in the "terrible two's." She definitely has the Puerto Rican attitude but momma is trying to keep her in check. My mom keeps reminding me how I was exactly like her...but I guess it's pay back - ha! Any who, the summer weather is slowly creeping away and I can start feeling the cool breeze. However, I do live in San Diego, so I can still pull-off easy breezy looks. I love pairing this plaid shift dress with my new slip-on mule flats. A simple look for the mom on-the-go! Y'all, I'm obsess with black and white but I love how this plaid shift dress comes in three different color options, which are perfect for fall. Just pair them with a pair of booties and you are set!

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