Clamato Ceviche Cocktail

Generally my blog focuses around fashion & style but every so often I like to mix it up a bit and share something different.  At home in our big latin family we love to cook….a lot! So we’ve partnered with Clamato and Wal-Mart to bring you this simple lent-friendly recipe that is sure ot be a hit in your household!

– Clamato (aisle 14 at Wal-Mart)

– 2 cups fresh cooked shrimp or mixed seafood
– 1 cup chopped tomato
– 1 cup chopped green pepper
– 1 cup chopped red onion
– 1 cup chopped celery
– Juice from 2 limes
– Juice from 2 lemons
– Zest from 1 lemon & 1 lime
– Salt and pepper to taste

Add pre-measured ingredients one by one to your seafood mixture, then add your Clamato, mix well and refrigerate at least 1 hour ….but tastes even better the next day! Serve with saltines and fresh avocado!

Buen Provecho!!! Enjoy!
***This post was sponsored by Clamato & Wal-Mart, receipe created and filmed by me.***


Full Embroidered Skirt Look

Shein Mini Skirt with Embroidery
Hey lovelies….sorry I’ve been totally MIA.  I’ve been super slammed with my day job and camera issues to boot but thankfully I’m back and I should have a more consistent posting schedule now!
Mini Skirt & Jules Smith Cuff Bangle from Rocksbox
Embroidered Mini Skirt Shein
Embroidered Mini Skirt Shein
Embroidered Skirt:  SheIn | Sunglasses:  BP Nordstrom (only $12!!!) | Block Heels:  LOFT Last Season (Similar Here & Here) | Blouse:  LOFT (40% Off!!!)| Earrings:  Kendra Scott via RocksBox | Bracelet:  Jules Smith via RocksBox | Cross-Body Bag:  Charming Charlie (Similar Here)
Anyway last post I showed you a few embroidered skirts and here’s one of them.  This one is from SheIn and fits like a glove.  It does run a bit small.  I’m usually 24 in Jeans and XS-S in skirts.  I actually got both the small and medium because I was unsure on the sizing.  The Medium was a tad big so I stuck with the Small for this design.  If you happen to get the other style (from Goodnight Macroon) definitely size up because that one runs small and I took a Medium in that style.

Embroidered Skirts are so gorgeous and can work for any season depending on how you style them and you all know embroidered anything is huge this season so you need to snag one of these skirts while you can!

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Embroidered Mini Skirt – Splurge VS. Steal

Goodnight Macaroon Embroidered Mini Skirt
Ladies it’s Tuesday ……..and I had a vacay day yesterday for my son’s birthday.  I’m so NOT ready to be back in the office and the fat that it’s 72 degrees outside in January is not helping at all.  Thank God I am out of work at 2:00 so I can enjoy some of this gorgeous weather.

Now that I have spring on the brain….Let me share with you one of my sick obsessions. EMBROIDERY! I know I’m not the only one either because it’s been all over the fashion world since last year and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon!

Now on to the mini-skirt deets! I know this post was titled as a “Splurge Vs. Steal”……but it’s actually more of a post on where to get the EXACT skirt for less.  First let me just make a confession.  I own all 3 of these! I know …..I have a problem and I’m OK with that, but I want to share with you a little secret.  You can get all fird any one of these 3 skirts for an amazingly low price.  Remember a few months ago I told you about how many big box retailers just purchase the same items from wholesalers overseas and they really aren’t exclusive to their brand?  Well here’s a prime example.
1. Goodnight Macaroon – Zara carried this one last year but I originally purchased this from Goodnight Macaroon Here.  The original price was $65 but I got it during Black Friday I believe and I only paid $20.  Right now it’s still on sale for $49 but you can get this exact skirt for around $25.00 because several retailers sell the exact same one.  Not because it’s a “knock-off”, but because this skirt is available at a wholesale price and many big brands but from the same wholesalers.  Now I love love love Goodnight Macaroon and will still shop there but I’m also about bargain shopping so if you like this skirt ……you can also get it from SheIn HERE and Romwe HERE!

One thing is that you MUST size up if you order this.  It runs VERY small.  I am 5’1″ and 108 lbs and I usually wear an XS or S and size 24 in jeans but I took a Medium in this and it was extremely tight as there is no stretch whatsoever.  Although the quality and thickness is fantastic! So size up 1-2 sizes if you can.

2. Forever 21 – So far Forever 21 is the only store I have seen this one in.  It’s nearly identical to the one from Goodnight Macaroon and you can get it HERE.  I just ordered it so I can’t comment about the size accuracy or quality yet but I will let you know once I receive it.

3. Zara – I initially saw this last fall in Zara and I think it was listed around $50. It’s no longer in stock with Zara but you can still get it. Zara is a pretty big retailer when it comes to clothing but they also purchase from wholesalers so with that being said ….you know you can find this same exact store in other smaller stores as well.  You can even go right to the wholesaler online as some will let you purchase 1 piece alone.  I actually received this from SheIn as part of a sponsored post (coming soon) and you can get it directly HERE and from Romwe HERE.  FYI this one also runs super small so once again you need to size up 1-2 sizes as there is no stretch in this fabric.

I do have an outfit post coming up in the next week or so where I will show you how all of these 3 skirts look and how I style them in case you are interested but all in all I love all 3 so shop around or use one of the links I provided!

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So I never …EVER…..stick to resolutions, but I do try to set  goals for myself.  Usually I try to be realistic with them too.  For example.  I curse….Sometimes A LOT.  So last year I said I would curse less because let’s be realistic…If I said I would stop cursing altogether I’m setting myself up for complete failure in the first 5 minutes.  Well….I totally crushed that goal…IMO because I definitely don’t curse as much as I used too.  I think that’s also in part to being a mom and hearing my son use several choice words that convinced me to try to tame my own potty mouth 🙂 Hopefully I will continue to improve in that area in 2017!
2016 was also all over the place with ups and downs but it was the year that I will always remember when I decided to dive head first back into blogging but not as a mom blogger as I used to be………but as a fashion/style blogger which has always been a passion of mine.  I really decided to go for it and also decided to start our YouTube and growing my social media…..and I haven’t looked back. I actually decided in November 2015 to start YouTube but didnt purchase vlog cameras until March of 2016 then started the channel the following month.  So far it’s grown little by little but most because of my schedule and not being very consistent with it.  For 2017, I really hope to push myself even further so that so that I can post consistently on both channels we have as well as growing my other social media platforms.  So much so that I may just be able to get myself into a position to leave my current full time job by 2018.  So here are a few of my 2017 goals…..

  • BUY OUR FIRST HOME…..self-explanatory but we’ve worked super hard to get both our credits in the right position to be able to buy a home and now that my husband has consistent work I hop 2017 will be the year we stop renting!
  • HAVE ANOTHER BABY…..this is technically self-explanatory ya’ll and no I’m not crazy but I’m hoping we eventually add to our family. We have two amazing kids already plus I have wonderful step children but I would definitely like to have one more of my own.  Due to some health issues i wont get into here I haven’t gotten pregnant again but now that I know the issue I’m hoping to overcome it in 2017 🙂
  • TAKE 2 FAMILY TRIPS…..and this could even be a staycation. Last year we went to Puerto Rico which was an awesome vacation but expensive.  We want to take the kids there every summer to viist family but because we are going to try buying our home I don’t think PR will be in the budget ….but staycations are always an option.  We are 3 hours from coastal GA and 5 hours from Florida so the beach will definitely be part of our 2017!
  • GET ORGANIZED….as far as getting my house decluttered and actually using my planner HA!
  • EAT HEALTHIER….also self explanatory.  I generally eat pretty healthy and love salads and healthy fruits and veggies so I really just need to cut back carbs a bit.  But Dang I love rice and bread.
  • INCREASE MY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY….Last year I killed myself in the gym before vacay but totally stopped going after.  In all honesty going to the gym every day really burned me out mostly because of my full time schedule at work then the kids school schedule.  So this year I’m going to try at least running or doing a routine at home and maybe hitting a cycle class or two every week because I loved my spin class but going to the gym daily with kids is very difficult.
  • WEEKLY DATE NIGHTS…..definitely need more one on one time with my hubby kid free.  I love our munchkins but we need that husband/wife time
  • TREAT MYSELF…..I started doing this a bit in 2016 and plan on continuing in 2017 ….because every woman needs to treat herself.  We work hard and deserve it.
  • BE A BETTER MOM…..I know I’m a great mom and like most moms I sometimes beat myself up over what I could do better but my oldest daughter is 9……and in 9 more years she will be 18.  I need to make those years count and be more present because I don’t want her going off to college and I’m left with regrets.  I need to make weekly dates with my kids…without phones or social media….just me and them because I won’t get these precious years back.

  • TAKE OUTFIT PHOTOS TWICE PER WEEK…..Right now I when I go to photo shoots I shoot about 3-4 outfits at a time but in all honesty that doesn’t last me that long.  I need to shoot 5-6 outfits at a time so that I can post at least twice a week.
  • TEACH HUBBY TO USE MY DSLR…..This kind of goes with the previous goal.  Obviously I may not be able to shoot with my photographer as much or as often as I would like to so in between shoots I need to show my hubby how to use my Nikon so he can take my photos in between.
  • GROW MY INSTAGRAM TO 50K…..This year I hit over 13k and that was huge for me so I’m hoping to get to at least 50k by the end of 2017
  • GROW OUR YOUTUBE CHANNELS TO 10K EACH…..Obviously we all want to grow our social media platforms and youtube can be difficult but both of our channels are starting to grow slowly but surely and I have a feeling 2017 will be big for us in that area 🙂
  • LAND A SPONSORED TRAVEL POST.….I have done a fair share of sponsored fashion posts but yet to do any sponsored travel so I’m hoping to nail this goal in 2017.
  • BLOG/VLOG MORE CONSISTENTLY…..One of the biggest things I fail at is being consistent so for 2017 I’m going to try to post a blog/vlog 2-3x a week because one of the main way to grow your social media is by being consistent.
  • MEET NEW BLOG/VLOG FRIENDS…..Let’s face it.  It’s hard to make friends as an adult but lucky for our generation we now have social media and it’s a great way to meet new friends that are interested in the same things you are so hopefully I will meet up with a few other fashion-obsessed ladies in our area this year.  We recently made friends with a vlogging family from our area and it was super fun so hopefully we will do a lot more of that this year too!
What are your goals for 2017?

Winter to Spring Transition with SheIn

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Floral Maxi Dress Romper (SIMILAR) // Faux Leather Jacket // Black Tie Choker // Tie-Up Sandals // Denim Jacket // Gold Collar // Over the Knee Boots

Don’t worry…I’m very well aware we a thick of winter but once the holidays are over….I start planning my spring summer wardrobe & Shein is a great site where you can find great pieces for a great price.

One of my favorite pieces you can transition from winter into spring and even summer is the Maxi Romper. You have the length of a Maxi Dress but it’s open in the front with shorts underneath for a little added sexiness.  What I love about this is that the length paired with a a cute leather jacket will keep you warm in winter and then  it’s warm enough where you live you can throw on some cute lace up sandals and a night light denim jacket for an adorable spring look!
Also if you shop now you can get this amazing deals
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50% OFF $195 or more – START50

Happy Shopping Ladies

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Winter Whites …..

Fashion Blogger Erica Valentin

Atlanta Blogger Erica Valentin

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Styled ripped jeans
Blush Cable Knit Sweater / White Ripped Jeans /  Statement Necklace (OLD) – Similar (HERE) / Blush Patent Pumps (OLD) – Similar (HERE) / Micheal Kors Bag / Versace Sunglasses
Hope you all had an amazing New Year! Early in the day we met up with some other YouTubers/Vloggers that live in our area which was super fun because our kids are the same age… coming soon!  Then that evening my hubby and I took the kids out to eat at Cheesecake Factory but unfortunately the food was awful and cold.  That was the first time we ever had a bad experience there but we will definitely still go back because we love it so much and I think they were just terribly busy,  Afterwards we had a chill evening at home.  My little guy crashed as soon as we walked in the door and my daughter stayed up to watch the ball drop and she also annihilated me in Pie Face showdown…HA!  All in all is was a great NewYear’s spent with the peeps I love!
Now on to my outfit…….ya’ll know whites are totally acceptable after Labor Day nowadays and I’m totally a sucker for white and blush……and of course anything ripped!  My blush pink sweater is from Target this year but I also got it in Mint last year.  The pumps are old ….like 5 years old and I want to say they are from Payless but I can’t remember so I linked several similar pairs! 
Let’s make 2017 an amazing blog year and here’s to hitting goals and blowing last year out of the water!
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Holiday Style ft. Target & Kate Spade

holiday dress
Kate Spade Glitter Initial clutch

Green Dress // OTK Boots // Versace Sunglasses // Kate Spade Evening Belles Initial Clutch (Sold Out) – SIMILAR HERE // Oversized Cardigan // Rhinestone Necklace (Old) – SIMILAR HERE
The good thing about living in the South is that you are free to rock a cute holiday dress without freezing your butt off!  When we lived up near NYC I dreaded the holidays because I am always cold anyway so I really hated freezing in dresses. Now I love the fact that I can wear just about anything on holidays.  Although, this year has been exceptionally warm …even for Georgia.  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are supposed to have temps near 70! INSANE! 
I was planning to wear this dress with a cute leather jacket on top but Im sure I wont need a jacket if the forecast is correct.  I snagged this adorable lace dress from Target and it was the perfect find.  I’m super short ….5’1″ to be exact so it’s really hard to find short dresses that hit above the knee.  This one is a size XS and leaves a good few inches above the knee which I love!  I paired it with my Steve Madden OTKs….which are a dupe of these designer Stuart Weitzman ones and just as cute! 
My clutch is from Kate Spade and was originally around $400 but I got it during one of the 70% sales so you do the math! Because it’s so sparkly it’s the perfect little bag to take to holiday parties or even on a date night! One of my favorite parts about this outfit is my necklace…..super sparkly and it can dress up any outfit but also works for casual looks too.  The only thing is the stones have a tendency to flip around easily/  I actually found an almost identical one at J.Crew in store not online and I tried it on and it actually lays flat without moving around so I may have to head back to J.Crew to snag that one!
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Put Some Thought Into it…..with THOUGHTFULLY.COM

If you’re anything like me you love the holiday season as it’s a wonderful feeling to give something to friends and family, but usually by this time of year no one needs another salami and cheese gift set! Gift sets are a fantastic gift idea and THOUGHTFULLY.COM has tons of lovely gift sets catered to specific interests your loved ones might have so you are bound to find something for everyone in a variety of price ranges! 

 For the Champagne lover…
photo props thoughtfully
Who doesn’t love a nice bubbly glass of champagne???  With New Years right around the corner you will most likely either be hosting a bash or invited to one! Bring the host one of these lovely sets as a thank you and they are sure to love the gorgeous gold-trimmed stemless champagne glasses!  Guests will also love the photo props…perfect for those tipsy Instagram photos!  This set includes 4 stemless champagne glasses, photo props, rock candy stirrers, Gold dot coasters & confetti poppers perfect for ringing in the New Year.

For the camper/coffee lover….

coffee gift set camping gift idea

Get cozy with your significant other on  your next camping trip with a warm fleece and a nice hot cup of coffee!  This set is would be perfect for the nature-loving couple that loves to be outdoors.  Perfect for a camping trip or a fall picnic, this set comes with a brewing block, filters, coffee, 2 adorable mugs and a cozy fleece!  It would even be perfect for those lazy weekends where you just want to cuddle up on the sofa!

For the meat-lover……
thoughtfully steak gift set
Ladies if your man is anything like mine he could probably live on meat alone! But hey…..I love a good steak too! This is set makes a great gift for any manly-man! What’s really cool about this set is that you get a genuine lava stone to cook your steak on as well as the wood serving block! You also get 4 bottle of steak sauce in two flavors, two dipping bowls and a steak knife and fork.  I might even want this set for myself!

We were lucky enough to receive one of their Moscow Mule Sets…..the quality and packaging is simply lovely.  Everything you see above is included and you just supply the Vodka!  We plan on serving up these yummy cocktails for New Year’s but we may do a trial-run on Christmas first!

So if you are still in need of gift…..check out THOUGHTFULLY.COM because no matter who you are shopping for… lovers, coffee lovers, selfie-queens, aspiring chefs, hot-sauce fanatics… are sure to find the perfect set to everyone this Christmas season! You can also still get Christmas Delivery for only $5.99 and take 20% off your order using coupon code GIFT20! Don’t forget to share your memories on social media using hashtag #GIFTTHOUGHTFULLY!

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YouTube Tuesdays – 12/20/16

Hey guys welcome back to another edition of YouTube Tuesdays! I had to take a twi-week break because I just had some craziness going on and it was somewhat of a total blog break but I’m back again and can’t wait to see your channels and vids so link away!!!! Also make sure to check out the featured channel this week below…..
Life Meets Family

This family is also from Georgia and live super close to us and we just met via the wonder of social media!  Their kids are the same age as ours too so hopefully we can meet up IRL soon! Check their channel out and be sure to subscribe …..they have lots of fun challenge videos with their kids too!

Rules for Participation (Optional)

1. Subscribe to your hosts channels HERE & HERE
2. Subscribe to this weeks featured channel HERE
3. Add your videos old or new & your channels to the link up
4. Try to subscribe to a few new channels
5. Share participants videos on your social media channels
6. Please only link up your YOUTUBE content or channel…not blog posts!
7. Please refrain from political, religious or sexually explicit content
Remember the rules are NOT required but more so guidelines.  We are all here to help eachother grow so try not to leave your links and leave….take the time to support others in the linkup as well.
Also if you are interested in being a featured channel for next week let me know in the comments! Happy linking!

Lace Up Sweaters & GearBest

Tie-Up Sweater
Lace-Up Jumper
Tie-Up Sweater
Lace Up Sweater (Similar Here)// Leather Bag – (Similar Here) // Ripped Jeans // Versace Sunnies
H&M Fringe Boots – (Similar Here) // Beanie Hat – (Similar Here)

Have ya’ll ever heard of GearBest?  So a few weeks ago they reached out to me to collaborate…….and I had never heard of them but so far I love what I see.  Their platform is very similar to that of Amazon where you can buy home goods, electronics…..and now apparel!

Their apparel section has tons of cute stylish pieces for both Men and Women!  I just received this gorgeous chunky knit Lace Up Sweater and it’s a perfect fall/winter piece! They also have a similar one HERE and HERE.  It’s super warm and the oatmeal color pairs perfect with just about everything!

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