where to start?….
I’m in a plateau in my fitness journey and I think it has to do with the way I’ve been eating. Although I’ve been trying to be very careful with what types of foods I eat, I’m now realizing that it is not enough to truly change the numbers on the scale. But I am happy to say that my weight is finally starting to hover around the number that I was pre-preganancy. For the short period of time that I’ve been a mother, I’ve been going easy with myself by being conscious to not say negative things to myself about my body or how awkward my belly looks hanging over my c-section scar.
I finally got the courage to test my confidence and put on this fitted midi length Forever 21 knit black dress with a scoop neckline and short sleeves that I randomly found as I was sorting through the racks inside a messy Forever 21 store on 34th street in Manhattan. It was the last one that I could see around and sadly, it had some damages but I didn’t care. I was so in love with the silhouette and especially with the versatility of having it closed all the way or leaving room for ventilation lol that I bought it with a little damage discount to knock off some dollas off of the original price. I took it home and it fit right in with the rest of my pieces, an easy comfy dress to mix and match with other pieces effortlessly.
Estoy en una meseta en mi viaje de entrenamiento y creo que tiene que ver con la forma en que he estado comiendo. Aunque he estado tratando de ser muy cuidadoso con los tipos de alimentos que como, ahora me estoy dando cuenta de que no es suficiente para cambiar realmente los números en la báscula. Pero estoy feliz de decir que mi peso finalmente está comenzando a rondar el número que era antes de la preganancia. Durante el corto período de tiempo que he sido madre, me he vuelto tranquilo al ser consciente de no decirme cosas negativas acerca de mi cuerpo o de lo incómodo que se ve mi barriga sobre mi cicatriz de cesárea.
Finalmente, tuve el coraje de poner a prueba mi confianza y ponerme este vestido midi 21 color negro Forever equipado con cuello redondo y mangas cortas que encontré al azar mientras clasificaba los estantes dentro de una desordenada tienda Forever 21 en la calle 34 en Manhattan . Fue el último que pude ver y, lamentablemente, tuvo algunos daños, pero no me importó. Estaba tan enamorado de la silueta y especialmente con la versatilidad de tenerla cerrada todo el tiempo o dejar espacio para la ventilación jajaja que compré con un pequeño descuento de descuento para quitar algunas dollas del precio original. Me lo llevé a casa y encaja perfectamente con el resto de mis piezas, un vestido cómodo y fácil de combinar y combinar con otras piezas sin esfuerzo.
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I started with a clean face and then used the Aveeno Daily Moisturizer to give my skin some life. My favorite part of the moisturizer is the scent because its refreshing and airy yet it helps with the prevention of breakouts! Then I continued with my color correction and concealer to smooth out uneven tones. For the first time, I also played with the NYC Bronze Face Powder that my mother often uses. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much of a difference it made as a last touch to the foundation routine. It adds a bit of color to my complexion especially right after I finish applying concealer & foundation.
Just a tab of tinted moisturizer and they were done 👍
The toughest part was getting the new eyelashes to get the shape of my eyes. Whenever you get a pair of faux lashes, the first thing before you wear them out is to break them in.. literally. It also helps to have a strong lash adhesive. Sadly, the one I’m currently using, the Revlon Precision Adhesive, works to a certain extent. I tend to apply the adhesive and then leave it for a few seconds to dry a little so it’ll become a bit sticky but what kept on happening was that the adhesive would dry almost immediately on the corners. When that’ll happen , it would take an extra 15 minutes longer just to make sure that the corners stayed put. So I’ll definitely be in the market for a new adhesive soon!
For the eyeshadows, I kept it very stubble & nude using the different shades shown in the Cast A Spell Beauty Book. For the next look, I’d probably add more eye shadow so it’ll be more noticeable.
The light green was the main touch. The light green liners from Milani Cosmetics and although it was a bit dry as I was reused it, the metallic color was still vibrant! I didnt have the heart to just throw it away cause I’d rather have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.
Anyways, I sincerely hope you enjoyed this look. Leave a comment to let me know how you would have used the green eyeliner differently and have a blessed day!
For this weekend adventure and mothers day, I visited the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens where they had a variety of plant species native to different regions of Asia. The colors were so vibrant and exciting to see that they almost felt hypnotizing lol. It was so pleasing to smell the aromatic lilac gardens because some had a great refreshing aroma that was so calming and refreshing. The more we lingered along the variety of species of lilacs the more I realized why many products in the perfume & cosmetics industry use hints of lilac.
There were many times where I was tempted to break a few of the flowers I was photographing and take them home.. but I didn’t, guilt got the best of me.
The outfit I wore was comfortable but the breeze made the weather feel chiller especially the later the day became (the temperature dropped like 20 degrees) and I only wished I had worn something warmer. I went with something casual that emphasized mostly the jacket. I’ve always wanted a jacket with flares towards the hips. I’ve never owned a trench coat before either so when i saw this coat… I knew that baby had to go home with me!
dress: thrift store gold
shoes: forever 21
NASTY GAL, NASTY GAL, NASTY GAL… I remember looking at their ads on Facebook and never really taking the time to explore their website back then. It wasn’t until all my girlfriends were taking about the clothes that I had to see what the hype was about. Then I read the #GIRLBOSS autobiography and I was completely taken away by Sophia Amoruso. When I went on my trip to California, I was so excited to find the Nasty Gal store in Santa Monica. I fell in love with these sneaker heals but didn’t get them right away and it wasn’t until I saw them on sale on the site that I knew these colorful sneaker heals (wedges?) had to be mine.
Jacket: Forever 21, Shirt: custom made, pants: Pacsun, sneakers: Nasty Gal, sunglasses: Ray Ban, bag: Versace