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Beauty QT Tuesday: Silver Lining

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 07/21/2015 at 13:05
G-Dub Gatas

G-Dub is forGray & White 😻🐈 Deuces ✌

I started going gray before I turned 30.

TMI, am I right?

  1. Going gray
  2. I’m >30yo

But I might as well keep it real about my age and aging process!

How’d I begin my silver streak👵🏽 in the first place?

  • My seasoned teacher colleague whose office was down the hall from mine had a head full of gray hair and suggested ~ actually, more declared ~ to me that this is a sign that we’re smart

👴🏽White👓 = 💡WISE!!!

My BFF and sis observed their own prior to mine. I first noticed it while I was doing my game day braids👧🏻 the post-season after my NBA D-League🏀 team won the 🏆NBA-DL championship

Now that I’ve found a few more stragglers as I’m growing out my hair to donate without chemicals after I graduate, I’m looking at the bright [light –> white] side ~ the silver lining, if you will (hence the pun)

At least I still have hair on my head!

Speaking of white, here in other news📰 …

🌠My impeccable style + my adjunct 🍎teaching🍏 income (lack thereof ~ yet happy to have a job) while I’m on sabbatical for doctoral school = 🍹champagne🍸 taste on a 🍺beer🍻 💰budget💸

Enter Mami Aya👩🏻 to the rescue!

My dear Nanay has been wanting to revamp my 💃🏽wardrobe, and with my 🎈birthday🎁 around the corner (hint hint), I took her up on her offer while mixing in pieces that I already have!

White Bottoms & Color Blocking + Silver & Gold = #BOLD

B&W

Since I wear white bottoms between Memorial Day & Labor Day, here’s what I wore to our evening/Vigil Mass at Church last weekend: my new *white HOT* slacks {Liz Claiborne Emma} paired with black off-the-shoulder blouse {*Express} over navy blue tank top {GAP} + black patent leather wedges {BCBG} + black & white color block handbag {Coach Hamptons} ~ I pay attention to every single detail, so the silver hardware on both my purse & sandals coordinate! [Alternate top: zebra striped cowl neck peplum {EXP*} 🇺🇸💒👠👒👜

Peachy Keen

Peachy Keen: My obsession with peach/coral has taken us by storm through this color block dress with taupe piping & white bottom {Calvin Klein} that looks dayum good with these nude patent leather cork wedges with gold trim {Antonio Melani, Dillard’s exclusive} ~ top it off with my rose gold heart tote {Guess?} + gold ♥heart♥ jewelry & we’re off! #PrettyInPink #GoForTheGold 🍑🌺👗👡💝👜👛🎀

Antonio Melani

My *new* nude (also available in black) patent leather cork wedges with gold trim by Antonio Melani can go with anything! ♥Love♥ the Tiffany Blue box & surroundings?

Cat Jewelry

My main ring & bracelet holder is this *Freedom* Cat!

“So, ok.” Happy 2-Decade ♥Anniversary♥ to Clueless ~ an inspiration behind my own teenage trendsetting! “As if!”

Beauty Tuesday: Midsummer Makeover 

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/14/2015 at 09:50

Greetings from my school!

Before I left this week for my grad photo shoot and meeting with my professor about the latest phase of my dissertation, I (finally) got my much-needed overdue haircut a week ago ~ one step closer to chopping off way more length to donate after I become Doctor!

Geana Mac's Salon pano

My long-time hairdresser‘s doing hair from home ~ so onto more G-Mac backcomb! #DISPObustAFlow 💆🏻

Geana Mac's  Salon

Ready to get my hair did by G-Mac ~ where it’s @! #DISPObustAFlow 💁🏻

haircut

Salon Selfie: Flat iron cut & style with a smile #DISPObustAFlow 💇🏻

When we hit the first spot to snap shots, we enjoyed eating Sunday brunch and seeing eye candy!

 
  
Here are some behind-the-scenes selfies on site

Outfit 1

🌞Sunday Selfie: Ready to roll onto this camera roll! DSLR cam in tow as I’m about to row ~ check✅ 📷🎥👒👚🚢⚓️

Cap & Gown

🌞Sunday Selfie: Preview to my doc grad regalia ~ final reveal with my doctoral cap in my announcements after I successfully defend my dissertation! 🎓📜🎤🏤🌉

Dress 1

🌞Sunday Selfie: In between destinations … We’re painting the town! 🗿🎭🎨🌆🌃

Dress 2

🌞Sunday Selfie: Last but not least … From cap/hat hair to 1/2 down while makeup’s still fresh & not like a clown! #DISPObustAFlow 👗👛💄👄💋

Beauty Tuesday: Triple Play Tuesday ~ Nautical Ambition

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/07/2015 at 08:00

As I prepare for my potential promotion, I planned a new ensemble in light of our recent *Independence Day* and this ☼summer☼ season …

Nautical: * red * white * blue

JCP's

White pants {Emma Ankle} are suitable between *Memorial Day* & *Labor Day* + the red button down top made the cut {both by Liz Claiborne} topped with the navy blue & white 3/4-s cardi {by St. John’s Bay}

with the *stars* and =stripes=

Target

Sterling silver sailor steering wheels & yellow gold anchors for my ears pair well with this *star* denim tote bag (also perfect for the beach) with tan braided handles {by Mossimo} for my portfolios

 plus anchor and sailor steering wheel!

Apparently, my nautical inspiration extends beyond my outfit ~ after I set it out with accessories on ☼Sunday☼, I watched HGTV‘s Beach Flip premiere that also featured similar designs!

Accessories

Now should I wear a * red * white or * blue handbag & shoes?

Scratch wearing the white slacks ~ late-breaking, thunder-breaking: we’re getting another storm in!

Beauty Tuesday: Grad Edition ~ S is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 06/30/2015 at 04:00
Stats Cat

Is having my stats cat on my grad gear bad luck? I didn’t ask for it… She just jumped on before I tried it on!

Summer☼ ~ when Shifts & Skaters are in season!

Angel Annie

Leave it to this Angel Annie to always come throughall over the place!

Now that I’ve received {drum roll please} …

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2 lessons that I teach & practice: (1) Visualization ~ Walking across the stage (2) Self-Fulfilling Prophecy ~ Taking the steps toward reaching this goal

… my doctorate graduation regalia …

Dr. D

Business in the front … Party in the back!

… and accompanying dresses (including the one for my dissertation defense), these are my pieces that I plan to feature in my doctoral grad announcement photos in solid shades that I ♥adore♥:

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Shift Dress (more forgiving / less flattering straight silhouette) in Coral (to suit my stylist Dr. Garza‘s taste): Spaghetti Strap Slip underneath Crocheted Lace Overlay * Skater Dress (more figure-framing A-line short skirt) in Mint (close enough to fulfill my Tiffany blue obsession): Strapless Slip layered under Sleeveless Scoopneck Sparkly Silver Lurex Fishnet

✌Both Dresses by Charlotte Russe

Now if only I can pair

Coral & Rose Gold

This coral shift dress pairs well with these rose gold chunky heels {by Forever  21}! #PrettyInPink

But I could make do with my own!

Minty Fresh

I can rock out this mint skater dress with these just-as-*sparkly* stiletto heels {by A’Gaci O’Shoes}! #MintyFresh

Since I plan to drive around for my photo shoot, I’ll wear these comfy gladiators in between venues!

Gladiators

Both dresses coordinate with the stones in these gladiator sandals ~ which mi Cuñada and I both picked out for ourselves together!

S also is for …

Suits!

#SoFreshAndSoClean

Beauty Tuesday: Fall Haul

In Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, What's Hot on 06/23/2015 at 01:15

Happy Five-Year ♥Anniversary♥ to my Truck ☼SUNSHINE☼!!!

☼Sunshine☼

☼Sunshine☼ looks pristine!

She’s still as beautiful as can be and has sustained the pain beyond the rain, from sleet and snow to hurricanes and hail storms, without damage (knock on wood ~ as in my luxury wood dash trim interior)!

“It’s got 4-wheel drive, dual-side air bags & a monster [hit high-pitch] ♪sound♫ system!” ~ Alicia Silverstone as Cher on Clueless {mine makes the last 2-out-of-3}

Although we’re freshly into ☼summer☼, I tend to think ahead …

… Especially since I anticipate my dissertation defense.

While I’ve already planned what to wear on my BiG day right down to my footwear (yet still debatable), I’m wondering about plaid since it’ll be the look of next season.

Plaid

I already know that I can *rock out* plaid! Just what the future Doctor ordered: these Doc Martens! {FYI: I have my phone screen shot for a reason ~ to show that I maintain Airplane Mode to prevent distractions during my study}

Perhaps I can go with one of these trendsetting patterns for my graduation photos that I’ll send with my announcements. Come to think of it, I really am treating this like I’m tying the knot! Here are similarities:

Courtship of Dissertation –> Doctoral Degree Engagement –> Wedding
Proposal (Concept, Defense) Popping the Question
Wearing my Class Ring on my Left Finger *BLING* Wearing an Engagement Ring on the Left Finger *BLING*
Committing to my Research Topic Committing to Partner
Pre-Dissertation Coursework Pre-Marital Classes
Selecting Dissertation Dress* Selecting Bridal Gown
Selecting Grad Announcement Wardrobe Selecting Engagement Announcement Wardrobe
Getting into/Staying in Shape for Events  <– Same as the left –| 
Writing Dissertation (way longer to write and present) Writing Wedding Vows (shorter to present)
Walking Across the Stage Walking Down the Aisle
Getting Hooded Getting Hitched
Changing Name to Dr. ________________ Changing Name to Mrs. ________________

* Bearing in mind that I’m picking out how to dress for this milestone, I’m deciding between something stylish or timeless. Someday, as I flip through my Ph.D. grad pics to reminisce or show them to future generations, I must look put-together and NOT like a hot mess! ~ I definitely don’t want to reflect back and think

What was I thinking?

Like Ellen DeGeneres reveals on her throwback segments!

Despite the serious nature of my study and my own detail-orientation of my appearance for my final presentation, I can’t help but find fun in everything to lift my spirits, including with this clip:

Throwback: Papa Jun and Baby Me appear here on page 8 of the June 2015 issue of Blessed Living Magazine!

Beauty Tuesday: Black & Metallic

In Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/09/2015 at 23:31

This season, I sport more bright colors, especially pastels. However, during this week’s theme, I paired these pieces together that really complement each other:

Black & Metallic

Initially, the focal point was this Kardashian Kollection pencil skirt, which I paired with this black Express knit ruffled top underneath gun metal/braided-belted blazer + accessorized with this Coach Poppy Metallic Signature Sateen Glam tote & Fit Flops Rockstar Walk Star leg-toners with Swarovski crystal embellishments. {Gotta love my Dallas Cowboys desk chair, where I do my home office work}

Gotta love the black and metallic! Muted tones can be all the rage!

Mama Eufemia

Throwback: Last time I visited Mama Eufemia before our final days together in her death bed

Four years ago today, my Mama Eufemia passed away, but she’s always with me to this very day. During our final hour together, I shoul’ve been comforting her, but she was the one who still silently and lovingly consoled me. #YouAreMySunshine ☼ #AlwaysAndForever #SmilingAndShiningWithLOVEfromHeavenAbove † ♥ ✌

OLG

Our Lady of Guadalupe from mi Suegra when she went to México for her mother’s anniversary Mass

¡Feliz Cumplé a mi Suegra Lupe hoy!

I dedicate today’s Rosary to my paternal grandmother on her fourth anniversary (today) with the Divine Mercy ~ which I also pray with the Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays):

Tuesday Beauty: Spring-to-Summer Transition ~ Belts & Scarves + Slacks, Shorts & Skirts

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/26/2015 at 12:00

Happy 9th ♥Annie-versary♥ to ASIA & me!

Humane Society

The very photo on the Humane Society website that made me fall in ♥love♥ with ASIA in the first place: her #DeepBlueNeedYouEyes 😍 ♪♫

Now that Memorial Day🇺🇸 has passed, we who abide by fashion rules can wear white shoes👟 until Labor Day!

Welcome Home, ASIA!

At least ASIA ~ as a ⛄️snowshoe❄️ ~ always has her white shoes + she & Lil’ Sis ANNIE😻 have their pink & gray paws

Since we’ve experienced way more-than-usual ❄️cold⛄️ fronts and 💦rain☔️ this 🍀spring, I’ve still found myself wearing scarves, especially since the weather did a number on my health!

scarves

During 🍀spring🌷 cleaning, I switched my scarves (that include my Pashmina shawls ~ gold from my colleague, salmon from my aunt & fushia print from mi suegra ~ + multi-colored from Edwin & chevron-striped from my R.E. student for reading @ her parents’ 🙏🏽Church💒 💍wedding👰🏻) from my 💝heart💖 door hooks to storage in this Ikea bin for the still easy access off-season

As the next school term approaches, I’ve already planned my work wardrobe for the 🌞summer🌼 📋speech🎤 class that I teach over a 📆month📅 ahead of time!

accessories

Belts & light scarves adorn my 💝heart💖 door hook + the 💍bling💎 hook rack also holds my good luck🍀 elephant🐘 mail📮 pouches + my DSLR🎥 & handy-dandy cam📷 bag👜 ~ my 💸$$$$$money-maker🏆

While I’ll wear dresses👗 or skirts almost everyday before play, I do have these bottoms for back up that pair well with seasonal 👚tops!

slacks & skirts

💼Work-appropriate business-casual bottoms in muted neutral tones & fun print patterns for 🍀spring🌷 & 🌞summer🌼 (clockwise⏰ from 🕡6:30): slacks with belts (GAP pink👛 striped Stretch with snap fly • EXP pencil striped ✒️📓Editor📇📰 with 3-snap fly • 💃🏻Fashion👠 🌠⭐️Star🌟💫 for H&M 🐶houndstooth🐾 with double-button snap-flap fly) | below-the-knee (Sofia by Sofia Vergara [SV] black Bermuda🌴 shorts with snap fly • Elle khaki Capri pants with double-button fly) | skirts ~ several of which have my fave feature {pockets} ~ in checkers (Esprit [next 3] gingham 🌹floral🌺 with zipper pockets & triple-button fly • black crosshatch mini A-line with pockets • black, white & blue crosshatch houndstooth) | pencil✏️ silhouette (GAP indigo wash denim with pockets & navy⚓️ blue sash🎽 • Mossimo khaki with wide belt loops and triple-button fly • SV [next 2] black sequined • black bandage) | 📈geometric📉 designs (Kardashian Kollection [KK, next 2] black & blue color block polka dot with 🎀bow-stitched pockets • silver with black animal🐱🐆 print & metal embellishment)

Oodles of OOTDs* coming my way every work day 👜 … after two weeks of grinding my 📜dissertation📖 at 🏡home🏠 (prep to run my 🔭stats🔬 ~ STAT) looking like a hot mess from all of the stress! #DISPObustAFlow

SIFE 2009

Throwback: I still sport these Gaucho Pants (here at Hilton Anatole in Dallas ~ for SIFE regional tourney)

SIFE 2009

Throwback: These Gaucho Pants absolutely are on point (here in Uptown Dallas ~ celebrating my Sam M. Walton Fellowship)

*This time around, I’ve arranged my outfit agenda by the week:

  1. Limited Edition👛
  2. Animal Print🐯
  3. Solids/Color Block🎱
  4. Stripes💈
  5. Abstract🎨
  6. Festive (post-Independence Day)🇺🇸

Beauty Tuesday: Fresh Piggies

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/12/2015 at 10:10

Just what the soon-to-be Doc ordered …

   Thanks to my R.E. student💒 who received her First Communion🙏 this past weekend, I have nice additions to my refresh my mani👋 set and nail💅 color collection!
I added a cross to the accent nails …   
This paint job🎨 matches my broach! 🌺

 Both my 🎈Bday🎁 Bestie👠 and I sported our new shades at First Communion Mass, where I 📷photoed!

Not to give too much away, but her dress👗 is very similar to the one that I plan to wear to my doctoral dissertation defense! 🎓

Beauty Tuesday: Saints School Spirit with Scarves

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/14/2015 at 08:00

 🔔Ring in spring🌾

  When I visited San Antone for school last month, I picked out pasalubong

along with tees for yours truly! Since I’ve resumed my Church duties and returned to work from bed rest,

I might as well recover from my cold by color-coordinating in pairing these tops with these scarves!

We can call these match-ups a 🍀Spring Fling👌!

Beauty Tuesday: Suit Up!

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/07/2015 at 11:00

Back to business …

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Now that we’ve entered the †Easter† season, I’ve continued to prepare for my dissertation defense

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Right down to what I wear!

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I actually sought consult from my personal stylist/classmate who finished his Ph.D. two years ago

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As of this month!

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I ended up scoring another A’GACI number that matches up with almost all-of-the-above ~ plus has this ☼spring’s☼ on-point trend: polka dots!

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Then I had to remind myself of this scripture that I came across during †Lent†:

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of †GOD† and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” ~ Matthew 6:25-27, 31-34