December 20, 2012

Happy Holidays

Things will and have been quiet on my lil blog here.  I appreciate the continued support and comments while I've been away.  I'll be back to my old blogging self after the holidays.  I plan on spending time with loved ones, celebrating my cousin's wedding in Puerto Rico, and, of course, Christmas!

I hope you have a happy and safe holidays and a very merry Christmas!

December 17, 2012

Weekend Through My Iphone

1.  My husband and I went to Jacksonville for the weekend to do ALL of our Christmas shopping.  We called it 'Christmas Extravaganza'!  My feet were killing my by the end but I am starting to feel like my old self again!  After a couple of weeks of pouting and moping around, I woke up and decided to snap out of it. I'm still feeling pretty sick and, for me, it's more like roller coaster sickness than just morning sickness.  It definitely makes work interesting and having to go in front of a judge during your first trimester should be outlawed ;-)  Nonetheless, I'm learning how to cope with the sickness and growing belly so I'm starting to feel better!
2.  My husband gave me an early Christmas from Kate Spade and I love it!  I've never had a wallet before which now sounds strange.  I should post a picture of what I was carrying before but it's too embarrassing so I'll just describe it.  Picture a zipper pouch the size of a credit card with a drawing of a dachshund on it.  Yeah...I needed a wallet.
3.   My love, Mia.  She was cold and did what any smart dog would do - bundle up :-)
4.  Apple Pie Caramel Apple with white chocolate and cinnamon get in mah belly!  Don't judge me for craving and devouring an almost $8 dollar apple...
5.  Any Workaholics fans out there?  Cee Lo Green...Reptar...So Tommy Pickles of me.

December 13, 2012

Berry Lines

Excluding a dress I accidentally purchased from the maternity section this summer, this sweater is my very first maternity purchase.  Even though this sweater was in the Gap Maternity section, I don't really see what makes it "maternity."  It fits a little looser and longer so those are the only differences I see.  In regards to maternity clothes, I only want to buy essentials and maybe a shirt or two that doesn't fit the "essential" mold.  However, I work every day from 8:30-who knows when so I'm realizing that my idea of just buying three things may not be realistic.

We took these photos early morning Saturday and it was super foggy which is why the pictures are sort of blueish.  These were also the only non blurry pictures...photographer/husband fail!  We were on our way out to go car shopping which my husband says was his "push" present.  He CLEARLY does not understand the concept of who receives a "push" present :-)

Sweater: Gap {non-Maternity}  /  Shirt: Forever 21  /  Jeans: Old Navy     
Shoes: Me Too  /  Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff  /  Jewelry: Ebay

December 11, 2012

Holiday Kilt

 First, I want to thank you ladies for the extremely kind and sweet comments!  I am forever in awe of how amazing you are and for your kindness that I wish I could thank you in person.

Second, I wore this to my mom's holiday party.  My mom posted a picture of the two of us online and, instantly, I received a text from my sister asking "ummm, why are you wearing a kilt?"  Sisters...they bring you back down to earth ;-)

Kilt Skirt: Lands End  /  Shirt: Charlotte Russe  /  Shoes: DSW  /  Jewelry: Kohls, David Yurman

December 10, 2012

New Norm

I'm so behind on reading all of your amazing blogs!  Every day I think as soon as I get home, I'm going to catch up on my reader.  It's one of my favorite things to do when I get home to unwind.  However, the new norm has been to get home from work, change in my pjs, and LITERALLY go to sleep.  Like 7 p.m ish sleep...then I wake up at 4 a.m and toss and turn until it's time to go to work again.  I'm told that the 2nd trimester gets better so I'm looking forward to feeling like myself again.  I know it sounds selfish to complain.  I really am grateful and excited for my little one to arrive in a couple months. This is just the tired nauseous Maria typing talking :-)

Shirt: J Crew  /  Vest: Banana Republic  /  Pants: TJ Maxx  /  Shoes: DSW  /  Bag: Kate Spade  /  Necklace: Ebay

December 7, 2012

Playing it Safe

Nothing too interesting going on with this except that it was comfortable but that's not too interesting either.  Have I stressed enough that I prefer comfortable over anything?  In fact, as soon as I get to my office in the morning, I immediately remove my watch and bracelets.  Some may ask what the point of even wearing them in the first place may be.  Habit, I guess.  I just prefer to be the most comfortable as I can be if I have to be at work all day.  I'm being honest here people...I'll show the good and not so great :-)

Sweater: Ann Taylor  /  Dress: Kohls  /  Shoes: DSW  /  Handbag: Kate Spade

December 5, 2012

Camo Houndstooth

My husband and I have been working a little later than usual so by the time we get home it's dark outside.  We aren't picture taking savvy enough to know how to take night time photos so pictures in the early morning it is for now.
I look thrilled and so much like a morning person, right? :-)
I purposefully bought this dress a size bigger so that I could grow into it the next couple of months.  I was drawn to the pattern which is a mix of camo and houndstooth I think.  I'm definitely becoming more and more a dress person because they are easy and comfortable.

Dress: The Limited  /  Handbag: Kate Spade  /  Shoes: DSW  /  Necklace: Elizabeth Cole 'Gemini'

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy!

December 4, 2012

Most Used

I remember thinking, "how often will I really wear a polka dot chambray top?"  Well, apparently lots and lots of times.  My Old Navy polka dot chambray top is definitely one of my most used items.  I love when I use a piece of clothing over and over again because I feel it was worth it.  At almost, $20 or so, this shirt is not only worth it but a great price as well.

Thank you so much for all your congratulations and well wishes on yesterday's post!  My husband and I are so excited about this new journey.  Yesterday, we had an ultrasound and saw the heart beating for the first time...heart melted...

Sweater: F21  /  Shirt: Old Navy  /  Pants: Loft  /  Shoes: Sole Society 'Kelly'  /  Handbag: Coach  /  Necklace: C Wonder

December 3, 2012

Great Expectations

I'M PREGNANT!  My husband and I are so excited to be expecting our first child in 2013!  Yesterday was my husband's 30th birthday and he really wanted to tell his friends and more family yesterday even though we've been keeping this a secret since we found out.

I took a little bit of a blogging break last week because I was feeling pretty crappy and dressing up decent for work just wasn't happening.  In fact, you can pretty much tell in the past couple weeks the days where I just wasn't feeling it...Exhibit A:

What does me being pregnant mean for this blog?  Nothing...except that my belly is going to get bigger.  In fact, it already has.  This will be my first child so I have absolutely no flipping clue about motherhood nor pregnancy.  I am reading books now but I would just sound silly trying to talk about my pregnancy on this blog but I know (thanks Carrie Bradshaw!)

I started this blog so I can look back on my last year of my 20s and transitioning to my 30s.  I want to look back and see what I was doing, where I was going, what I was wearing, etc.  Now, I can look back at my pregnancy and I just think that will be so neat.  I obviously will still be working so I'm looking forward to dressing to work with a big belly and see what I can come up with.  I follow some pretty fashionable mommy bloggers but I'd love some more recommendations!

Oh and I know the picture below is TMI but if you really want to know what type of person I am...I had to take 5 different tests JUST to make sure...type A, obsessive personality?  Yep, that's me :-)

November 27, 2012

Biking Through the Gardens

One of my favorite activities to do in Callaway Gardens is to rent bikes and ride all through the gardens.  We also went to the Festival of Lights this year which is just literally a winter wonderland of lights all through the gardens.  As you can tell, my sister, Adri, and I were in fall/winter heaven.  PS: My dad is going to kill me for posting that goofy picture of him :-)

Hoodie: Old Navy {in stores} /  Pants: Loft  /  Shoes: Target  /  Handbag: Coach

Adri's sweater is from H&M

November 26, 2012

The Lodge and Gardens

For the holiday, my family and I spent most of the week at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.  It was absolutely beautiful and the weather was perfect.  Best of all, my sweet little sister, Adriana, was able to make the trip from NYC.  It's always nice getting to spend time with her.  Since she lives in NYC, she's definitely used to the cooler weather and could get away without bundling up like I did :-)

Skirt: J Crew Factory  /  Sweater and Top: Loft  /  Scarf: Target  /  Handbag: Coach  /  Boots: Nine West

November 23, 2012

Currently Craving: Black Friday Deals

1. Anthropologie  /  2.  Michael Kors  /  3. Gap  /  4. J Crew  /  5. Sam Edelman  /  6. J Crew  /  7. J Crew

I hope you find great deals today and if you do, please let me know!

November 22, 2012


This year, I'm giving thanks for:

1. This guy and that little girl...

My husband and I started dating in high school.  Since this time, we graduated from schools, moved away from home, passed bar exams, married, moved back home, traveled, started practicing law...we've been through so much and I can only hope that the next 60+ years are as amazing as the past decade and a half.  Together, we have an amazing life and family that will one day expand but for now, our cozy family of three (little Mia, the doxy) are as happy as can be.

2. These two crazy kids...

Aren't my mami and papi cute?!  They are funny, obnoxious (don't get offended, Mom!), caring, loving, and all the good things great parents are suppose to be.  Did I mention they are funny and not on purpose?  They taught and are still teaching my sisters and I so much that I don't think I will ever be able to repay them.  Love you guys!

3.  These silly little sisters...

They make me laugh, sometimes drive me crazy (as I probably do to them as well) but they are my little sisters and I love them dearly.  We've been through a lot but we are always able to laugh later.  I'm very proud to be your big sister.

4. That stressful thing I do every day called my job...

Yes, job, you stress me out but I can't imagine doing anything else...besides being independently wealthy of course ;-)  In all seriousness, it has always been my dream to practice law and now that I am, I have to remind myself sometimes that I am doing exactly what I've always wanted to do and that I'm blessed.  It might sound cliche but I enjoy helping solve people's issues.  I feel fulfilled and gratified and hope these feelings never go away.

5. YOU!

I first started reading blogs in 2010 when I was planning my weddings and stumbled upon a fashion blog.  I was hooked!  I thought about starting this blog back then but never got around to it.  Now, it is like my own little personal space that I never thought anyone would know about.  I never knew what the blogging community was until you, readers, welcomed me.  This is such an amazing community and I'm so happy to have connected with other bloggers and readers.  I look forward to coming home from work and checking my emails, comments, and your blog posts.  I've enjoyed "getting to know" some of you through your own blogs.  Basically, you are awesome :-)

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2012

Walk Like an Egyptian

So this is going to be the weirdest and most will think vain post ever but here goes.  Although these are pictures of what I wore to work, my post today is about my amazing co-worker, Mary, who now lives in Cairo.  Yeah, so the pictures having nothing to do with my post except it's what I wore to work and Mary used to work at my office...

Anyhow, when I moved back home to work at my firm, as soon as I walked through the doors, Mary and I clicked immediately.  We share the same sense of humor, tv shows, everything.  Soon, other co-workers joined our now little family which made going to work enjoyable.  After working together for two years, Mary, was accepted to graduate school in Egypt.  It was such an amazing opportunity but, selfishly, I was sad to see her go.  Thankfully, Mary has been blogging about her experiences as a way to help other students or foreigners looking to visit Egypt.  I've learned so much about Egypt through reading her blog and definitely hope to visit Egypt in my lifetime.

If you're interested, I highly encourage you to check out her blog Mary in Cairo.

Sweater: H&M  /  Shirt: Loft  /  Skirt: Ann Taylor  /  Handbag: London Fog  /  Shoes: Ann Klein via DSW  /  Jewelry: J Crew

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy!

November 20, 2012

Matching Couple

If you follow me on instagram, you probably already saw that my husband and I wore matching outfits.  It's something we like to do every once in awhile...just kidding :-)  We did both wear blue gingham but it wasn't done on purpose.  Given that we are both stubborn and happened to be running late, neither of us wanted to change.  Although, it would have been a lot easier for him to change his tie than me change an entire outfit AND I set my clothes out the night before...he totally planned it...

Shirt: J Crew Factory {Similar}  /  Blazer: JCP  /  Skirt: J Crew  /  Shoes: Aldo  /  Handbag: Louis Vuitton  /  Necklace: Ebay

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