Posts Tagged ‘collection’

Beauty Tuesday: These Boots Were Made for … 

In Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 12/29/2015 at 04:44

4:44 ~ make a New Year’s wish!!!


Working Woman’s Wednesday: Dissertation Declutter

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/14/2015 at 19:00

Happy National Dessert Day!

Carrot Cake topped w/Cream Cheese & Pecans

C is for … Carrot Cake * Cream Cheese * Chopped Pecans

My peers who’ve preceded me in finishing their doctor of philosophy degrees can agree:

Cleaner and clearer are better.

That means: clean desks and clear minds

Plus clean PowerPoints to clear our minds!

Two of my esteemed classmates who graduated a few years ago and whose guidance I sought for my paper and slideshow both explicitly pointed out that I most certainly must cut back

Down to 120-140 slides, no more than 150!

As the ☼summer☼ drew to a close ~ during my most recent hurdle (that lasted four months as we entered fall term), my statistics ~ I already reached 300+ slides and reached 300+ pages of my dissertation

Yet that’s way too many to fit into a two-hour presentation (including professors‘ Q&A) ~ so I’ve reduced down to almost ½ so far!

Declutter Dissertation

This slide: an indicator that I measured a TON of stats! I ended up taking out 50+ slides last night … Shooting to eliminate more. Next issue: making sure that the fewer slides that I look less cluttered!

Just as I’ve had to minimize my clutter-bug and shutter-bug ways, I’m also de-cluttering / cleaning and clearing up my PowerPoint

That way, I can advance into the next round!

Beauty Tuesday: Fine Online

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 09/08/2015 at 22:00
Sweet Pea satchel | Belinda Selene Collection | MARKKIT

Special delivery: Introducing the Sweet Pea (I ♥love♥ the name ~ same as my *True Blue Pit Bull* may she ✌R.I.P.) satchel from the MARKKIT BelindaSelene Collection

As a birthday treat to myself

Sweet Pea satchel | Belinda Selene Collection | MARKKIT

I absolutely ♥adore♥ the sleek shine of the patent blush & smooth texture of the taupe suede … all in vegan leather #GoodForTheEnvironment (I also dig the packaging & tags in Tiffany blue + complimentary candy ~ pleasant sweet surprises ~ to add to my desk)

I added to my wardrobe from my YouTube gurus’ collections:

Sweet Pea satchel | BelindaSelene Collection | MARKKIT

The gold handle hardware matches up w/my gold wristlets complete w/satin polka dotted lining w/a large zipped pocket in the inside back + handy-dandy compartments to store keys, lipstick, etc. Carries well w/the adjustable crossbody & double snaps above zipper closure ~ what appealed to me the most initially was the bowling bag shape! This’d go great with the CK colorblock dress from my Nanay!


Special Delivery today … Oh, snap as I call my stats a wrap! Stats Cat wants to get in on the pacatge wrap!

Ghost & *Stars*

This navy blue & white number would pair well with the Sakroots crossbody that Mami Aya gave me for my bday!

I must’ve scored the last 1 because it no longer stayed in stock the day after!

Squirrel Tail

Soon-to-be Bday Grrrl Sweet Annie‘s easy to please: w/her squirrel tail & her likewise squirrel tail toy + dress packaging!

♪ #WeNeverGoOutOfSTYLE ♫

Speaking of ♫T-Swift, here’s her rendition of Friends‘ Phoebe’s ♫Smelly Cat♪ ^– check it –^

Beauty Tuesday: Post-Summer Post ~ S is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 09/01/2015 at 10:00

Welcome, September! With school in full swing, I still have ☼summer☼ season on the brain!

☼Sunkissed Summer☼

1. What is your go-to product for a sunkissed summer glow?

natural ☼sunshine: *FREE* Vitamin D!

2. What book would you recommend for a summer read?

Dulce Candy Ruiz‘s The Sweet Life to inspire anyone & Dr. Karen Kelsky‘s The Professor Is In for fellow grad students


Backyard Post-Bday Brunch to bask in ☼sunshine☼ + organize my HK planner & pleasure-read (intended ~ I ended up just working)

 both of which hit bookshelves exactly 4 weeks ago!

3. What’s your signature summer scent this year?

Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Summer Edition (since 2012) ~ I also store Sephora samples in my handbags

4. The sun is shining and it’s time to get outside! What’s your favorite thing to do?

simply bask in the ☼sunshine☼ through ALL of my senses ~ including the smell of fresh air

5. You’re on the boardwalk and starving! What’s your go-to summer beach food?

banana ice cream, paletas (popcycles) or raspas (snow cones) ~ anything frozen treat to beat the heat!

6. What’s your dream summery date?

watch a blockbuster & ☼sun☼ fun run or walk on the beach + chow down

7. After a day in the summer heat, what do you do to cool off?

chillax with my shows + consume cucumber ~ on my eyes & in H2O #DISPObustAFlow

8. How do you wear your hair in the summer?

braids for days

9. What’s your must-have nail polish for summer 2015?

this Tiffany Blue hue

Tiffany Blue hue

Fitting name for this shade

as Audrey Hepburn tribute

10. What shows do you recommend for summer?

my share of sizzling series: network nighttime dramas + home/real estate reality TV

11. Do you wear liquid foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer in the summer?

occasional base but more powder to offset sweat

12. Sunglasses or Hats?

Exhibit shown below

TAMUK sunproof hat

I tip off this hat & show school team spirit!

I always must sport ~O-O~specs~O-O~ anyway ~ I usually rock my Coach transitional lenses nowadays + still have my Fendi & Gucci frames*

13. What is your summer jam this year?

  • ♫Locked Away♪ (not that I’m doing anything to get locked up ~ I really dig the ♫beat♪ & ♫Adam Levine‘s ♪singing)

  • ♪Bad Blood♫ (so cliche, but I ♥heart♥ the graceful ♫Taylor Swift♪ ~ not to mention that you can’t take the ♪hip hop♫ out of this chick)

14. Do you have a summer bucket list?

mainly to finish my doc docs (paper & PowerPoint to prep to present for dissertation defense) ~ since I’m not completely caught up, my Plan B is to have them done by Labor Day now that Fall is upon us and the BiG Day draws near + added bonus: relatives reunion, check √

15. Bikini, tankini, or one piece? Show us your fave bathing suit this year!

I’ve already built up quite a two-piece collection through the years but wouldn’t mind adding a monokini to the mix ~ my fave of the moment: my VS chevron top & ombré bottom (see No. 5 “paleta” link for sippie selfie in said swimsuit)

16. What’s your favorite sweat proof product?

Banana Boat Baby Faces ☼sunblock

17. If you could create your own ice cream flavor, what would it be?

Champ Hoop Scoop ~ to score an ice cream dreamy combo of my faves:

S also is for …

Daily Grind

Filled up in August & as we approach September

Cross Pencil Sharpener & Eraser + Cat Notes

Champ Catechesis student’s First Communion reception gift goodies

$ Therefore, S also is for: Savings $


Floral Friday: Hilltop Home & Garden

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Floral Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/28/2015 at 04:44

During my bday vacay last week, I visited a home that is among my fondest memories:

my beloved soon-to-be (in 2½ weeks) Birthday Girl aunt’s estate!

Not only am I a fan, but apparently and rightfully so, her community also is as well because both



in ☼The Baltimore Sun☼ 

The highlight of my stay was when I sat in my Tita Fe‘s gourmet kitchen with Mami Aya, her siblings and their spouses ~ during which my MD aunts and uncles, who included

  • Tita Fe & Tito Rudy (my mom’s oldest sister and her husband)
  • Tito Robert & Tita Yollie (my mom’s youngest brother & his wife)

each endorsed me for my PhD ~ providing their sound advice that I’ll take with me as I progress toward my doctoral dissertation defense.

 4:44 ~ make a Bday/BTS wish!!! ✌

Soul Saturday: ¡Viva Selena!

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Musical Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/14/2015 at 18:30
Selena Shrine

Honoring Selena almost 20 years since her death (following my initial visit shortly after this shrine was built)

The end of this ♣March♣ marks two decades since our ☼Mother Earth☼ lost the late great ♥Selena Quintanilla-Pérez♥

Selena Shrine

Selena‘s spirit graces the shores of Corpus Christi, Texas

Yet this †legend† lives on as she leads her ✌legacy✌ through her ♪song♫!

Selena Shrine

Selena Immortalized

Her eternal beauty and sweet ♫voice♪ plus warm ♥heart♥ have gone immortal …

Selena Shrine

Selena, although short-lived on Earth, made her mark in ♪music♫ history

Selena‘s iconic style has inspired:

Selena ~ Dreaming of You

Selena‘s single, ♪I Could Fall in Love♫, among other soulful tracks, drew countless crowds to fall in ♥love♥ with her as she reigns from †Heaven†

Siempre Selena

¡Siempre Selena! ~ Selena always will hold a special place in our ♥hearts♥ ~ she definitely is ♪A Million to 1♫

R.I.P., Selena (April 16, 1971-March 31, 1995)

Study Saturday: ♣Spring♣ Cleaning

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 02/07/2015 at 16:00

The clearing of clutter continues …


Just a few books in my library

Since a book rep visited my campus, I took full advantage by bringing my slew of books from which I studied in college and grad school or taught in undergrad courses.


More books from my garage

Beauty Tuesday: Fab Collabs

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/21/2014 at 09:00

Whenever an up-and-coming designer collaborates with a market to release a RTW  limited edition collection for a broader audience, I, the stylista at ♥heart♥, jump at the chance to add exclusive pieces to my wardrobe! My next pursuit: Alexander Wang + H&M

Here’s my latest that is perfect for Fall …

Altuzarra for Target


Here are a few favorites from previous seasons (in descending order)…

Peter Pilotto for Target


3.1 Phillip Lim 3.1 for Target

Elaine | Pretty Fit Way

3.1 Phillip Lim Floral Paper shirt dress is something sweet to toast to!

Prabal Gurang for Target

Elaine J. Dispo | Top5.com

Prabal Gurang First Date tank top with black mesh overlay is versatile to make me smile ☺

Fashion Star for H&M