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Beauty Tuesday: Gold, Green & Spring

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 03/22/2016 at 06:00

Hello, ♣Spring! Happy Early †Easter!

T&Co eye

@TiffanyAndCo @Smithsonian #LensCrafters #UnboxWithMe #DrDispoMakeover #SpringIntoSpring #TiffanyAndCo #TAndCo #ReturnToTiffany #HeartTag #TiffanyBlue #TortoiseShell #eyewear #eyeglasses #TransitionsLenses #TiffanyAndCompany #TiffanyHeartTag #ReturnToTiffanyHeartTag #ReturnToTiffanySilverHeartTag #hearts #vision #spring #SpringBreak #NewYork #Since1837 #Smithsonian #CherryBlossom #earrings #bracelet from Nanay #Swarovski #silver #gold 💝💍👓🕶😎🌞🌻🌼🌸☘🌴🏝🏖🌇🌆🏙🌃🌉💋👊🏽

In spirit of the season, I softened up my style to ☼brighten☼ up my vibe:

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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!

PaCat

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 –^

Mellow Non-Manic Monday: Happy Trip

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Movie Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 08/24/2015 at 15:33

🌈Happy 1st Day of School!🌅

Before this Fall term and my Birthday, I was able to travel for my recent family reunion!

Golf Backyard

☼#SundayFunDay just what I need: brief breather from my doctoral dissertation #FreshAir #AllTheGolfBallsICanHit #UnclesBackyard = #BombDotComb #BirthdayTrip2015 #RnR #ReyesReunion + #SelfieSunday “Ate” Elaine at “Auntie” Mary Jean a.k.a. “Tita” Inday! Yes, I’m older than my gorgeous aunt & about to be more w/my bday next wkend! #Countdown2theBiG #MagandaKaTalaga #SundaySelfie #WorkingOnMySwing #GoingGreen #GoingWithTheFlow #ChillaxinMellow #DISPObustAFlow🌞🌼🌻🌅⛳️ 🎓💣👑💁🏻

If you’re a passenger on the road🚙 or in the 🌌air, my tip would be to tote👜 yourself with

  • 🎥Films (saved on your digital device or DVDs💽 if you have a portable 📻player)
  • 👓Literature (electronic📳 or in 📇print)
  • 🚘Travel🚗 💞workouts💓 (do with what you got or follow along videos)
Birthday Books

Regardless of my so-called 🌴R&R, as a mad 🔭scientist🔬 I couldn’t resist bringing 💼study📖 materials!

While many may be 🚢traveling🚤 around Labor Day since the 🌼summer-to-school🍎 transition, I’m taking every single off day to work on my 💻dissertation📇 ~ which was the story of my life throughout the second 1/2 of this past 🌿summer. Now that the we’re back into the swing, I’ve resumed teaching🎓 and really need to set aside extra time exclusively for my 📜paper

Before returning to the college🏤 for 🍁fall🍂 term, my parents flew✈️ me to visit family as my 🎈🎁💝🎂birthday🎆🎇🎊🎉 trip! Despite needing a  brief 🌴vacay getaway, I still reviewed👓 and revised✒️ my draft📝 every single day, whether in flight🚁 or during down time.

However, I still had plenty of entertainment🎬 on my 📱iPhone, laptop and hard copy📚 to keep me occupied while I was in the friendly skies🌐 or on my own:

Birthday Gifts

My birthday pick-me-ups before my trip

I would’ve added more movies🎥 to the mix, but not all of my apps📳 are up to par. Either way, I stayed occupied when I wasn’t 😲😵asleep😴💤 or visiting with my relatives ~ my Mami Aya‘s siblings for their reunion (that was the plan, but I ended up just referring to those at bedtime and did my dissertation during the day)!

Plus, I packed👜 light💡 with only one pair of shoes👡 to match my 👗outfits!

MD Vacay OOTDs

Paired both of these OOTDs with white sandals before Labor Day! Skirts and scarves galore! 👛🎒

And accessoried accordingly, of course!

Ahoy Anchor

My hat & scarf + earrings in anchor & sailboat steering wheel designs fit my trip theme nicely! 👒⚓️🚢🚤⛵️

If only I could take 🎓Grad📖 🐯Cat🐆 & 📊Stats📉📈 🐱Cat🐈 with me,

Pack Cat

They call me the Pack Rat … & I call her the Pack Cat! Along with my white sandals, I also packed my Guess? Beverly Hills white vachetta leather bag with rose gold hardware 😍😻🐯🐆🐅💼👜👒👡💝

They wouldn’t have fit into my carry-on luggage anyway ~ in which I followed my ☼summer☼ speech student‘s suitcase👜 demo speech🎤 tips!

Beauty Basics for on-the-go:

Fun ⌚️Times⏰ were in store ~ now I ☝🏽️aim🏀 to 🏆score!

#DISPObustAFlow 🎤

👣FYI: Happy Trip was a saying from my Lola 💐Rosa🌹 ~ my beloved maternal grandmother👵🏼

DFW-BWI

Btw, in between flights, I treated my layovers like shopping sprees and strolled the terminals like I was on a mall walk! Honest & Benefit kiosks * Dallas Cowboys store * Mini *Starbucks$ Lovers♥

3:33 ~ make a Bday/BTS wish!!! ✌

Beauty Tuesday: PS is for … 

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 08/11/2015 at 00:40

Plaid🏁 • Polka Dots👙 | Solids🎱 • Stripes👔

Recently, I made it my mission to add a couple of new 🍁seasonal🍂 staples to my wardrobe

Countdown to Final Reveal

First, I sought a layering top to complete my ultimate presentation🎤 ensemble and went so far as to look for different colors🎨 and 🐆prints. I searched for a color-coordinating overlay, but did I want a solid🎱 sweater since I already had a patterned👙 dress? When I thought that I was getting warmer in reaching the 👓vision by shopping online, I imagined my striped sweater👘 that I scored earlier this summer ~ suprisingly perfect with polka dots in the same colors!

Tiffany Blues

Next, I needed plaid🏁 for the 🍁fall🍂 and found this snap-button shirt that pairs well with my new skater 👗dress & come to think of it, may match my new sneakers for the 1st day of school! I can pull off this kicka** look!

Pretty in Pink & Purple

Even when I wasn’t trying, when I went to my 🙏🏽Holy💖 💒Hour⏰ the other day, I made a masterpiece match with this 💐🌾spring/summer🍃 dress💃🏻 and striped👔 scarf🏂 that still could make a statement as we enter the cooler months!

For clothing in colors that already pop, I go for neutral/muted tones in the finishing touches, such as in these nude wedges & black Docs!

 Then I realized that I had my latest pursuits as classic pieces in my closets all along!

P also is for …

Period

Since it’s my time of the month ~ YES, I admit it, no shame in my TMI as I bring more FYI ~ I don’t want my cramps to interfere with my shut-eye or staying productive as I power through my paper (I’ve also wondered whether the “crimson tide,” as Clueless‘ Cher puts it, will hit when I present it, but I’ll have to deal when that time comes and look dayum good in the process) … However, when I felt fatigued and craved energy yet didn’t want my coffee to add to my bloat, I sought acclaim/affirmation for or at least alternatives to caffeine

  • This Women’s Health article advocates coffee and caffeine during our cycle!
  • This SheKnows article recommends reducing intake of caffeine, including in coffee, and reaching for dark chocolate while staying hydrated!

Therefore, I drank a little bit of coffee while more liberally downing my *Star* Water + indulged in 1 piece of my Dove Almond & Dark Chocolate Promises to tide me over as I typed away!

Also, I reminded myself that this flow wouldn’t mess with my flow. In fact, over a decade ago, when I worked at my my hometown gym, I wouldn’t empathize with fellow females who used their flow as an excuse not to witness their fitness ~ even when I felt crummy from cramping, I’d still exercise!

Well, this brand-spankin’ new member to our 26.2-mile club gives running while being on the rag a whole new meaning.

She even brings up chaffing, so speaking of which … enter {drum roll, please}

Powder

I’ve rediscovered this product that my mom had patted on my skin when I was a baby and had me keep applying it to maintain my hygiene as a child. When I ran my marathon, I realized how effective it could be to areas that experienced a lot of friction (which will remain unnamed) ~ now I use it more during this exceptionally hotter-than-usual ☼summer☼ whether I have a fun run in the ☼sun☼ or am just sweating bullets!

My personal preference: Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder with Cornstarch

To ease some tension on this taboo topic, please check out my beauty guru‘s rag time collaboration!

For more cramp & comic relief, this No Strings Attached scene (no tampon pun intended) shows a period ♪playlist♫ ~ now I wish that someone could bring me cupcakes (red velvet & other assorted flavors ~ I’m not picky) like this character did!

 

♪I keep bleeding … keep, keep bleeding ♥love♥♪~ ♫Leona Lewis♫ | Pretty picture (“crime scene in my pants”), right?

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: 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: 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):

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: Team Spirit

In Beauty Tuesday, Community, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Sports, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot on 09/16/2014 at 22:00

This past weekend, I sported colors to represent for games and Fight Night!

Game and Fight Weekend

Cooper Cougars (center) for Abilene crosstown rivalry in Friday Night Lights, green and elephant (left) for good luck on Fight Night, Dallas Cowboys (right) for NFL Sunday

  • I wore my letter jacket over my basketball polo that had denim to complement my jeans to root on the Coogs in my alma mater’s football game.
  • I went from Church to watch UFC and boxing in my green paisley dress from Mexico and my elephant handbag from my parents’ Asia tour to wish contenders good luck!
  • I repped both my Dallas Cowboys and former WR Miles Austin with my DC No. 19 dress on Game Day and Lisa‘s daughter’s birthday party ~ luckily, both teams won!

Beauty Tuesday: Travel Trends

In Beauty Tuesday, Health, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/10/2014 at 13:00

The top travel trend:

Pack light!

Some of us out there find that task to be difficult if we have many accessories and apparel that we want to coordinate. Yet if our essentials are light, we can add other options. Also, if they’re versatile, we can mix and match with statement pieces.

This week, I’m out of town for work. Even though this is a business trip, I wish to play after taking off for the day. I’m keeping my outfits casual, as I’ll take full advantage of my hotel amenities: hot tub in my room and indoor pool.

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* Bandeau Bikini Top with pastel chevron stripes by Victoria’s Secret

* Halter Bikini Top with black, white and gray camo by H&M

R&R‘s just what I need after hitting the road and the ground running as soon as I arrived to my post!

Splash happy!