Coming down from a three day birthday celebration, which is something I haven’t done in a long time. Drinks (and dancing to 90s hip-hop) with friends, loved ones and a very special Hibachi lunch with my son. Today, I woke up like I’d been partying for weeks. My body is like um, you’re not 25, take it down a notch.
If you would’ve told me that I would feel (or even want to feel) sexy after 40 when I was in my 20s, I would have laughed. Anything over 40 seemed over the hill. But as they say, youth is wasted on the young and I certainly had a lot of thoughts back then that make me wish I could just give that young woman a hug. Had I known then what I know now, life would have played out much differently (let-me-tell-you).
Feeling sexy means something different to everyone. For me, it means owning your fabulousness and not caring what anyone says or thinks. I’m turning 44 this month, and I’m convinced we get better with age.
I’m ready to embrace summer in bright colors, patterns and flowy dresses. It’s a season that marks the beginning of a new chapter for me. After 6 years with #WeAllGrow Latina Network, I am off on my own as a digital marketing strategist, full-time blogger and artist. It’s an exciting time full of lots of new adventures! I’m officially calling it the summer of color. Taking this fresh white canvas and painting a new life for me and my family. I had an amazing time the last several years, but it’s time to take all that I’ve learned and grow even more as a person and professional in the digital space.
I have a lot in the works, so wearing easy peazy breezy clothes this season is top priority. Especially during the hot days coming up ahead in LA. I grabbed a few affordable pieces at Tobi for summer. I paired their Mary Mauve May dress (because I love baby doll dresses) with these heels and earrings from Target for easy on the pockets yet stylish look.
Another Monday style post on a Tuesday, but I refused to open my laptop yesterday and I obviously didn’t have enough foresight to plan and schedule the post in advance. I’ve been working on so much content, I still haven’t been able to master the scheduling part of blogging as of yet. I will get there though. Taking it one day at a time. Or should I say one dress at a time. Because, really, I think that’s all I want to wear this summer. Dresses. Like this a-line brick color beauty or this floral lace number.
My style posts usually go up on Mondays but I have a few things going on (sorry to be vague for now) and I’m also seeing a new chiropractor whose treatments are kicking my butt. The technique is QSM3 (Quantum Spinal Mechanics), which is basically a progression of NUCCA (national upper cervical association) — the type of chiropractic care I’ve been receiving for the last two years. My new treatment works on smoothing out the fascia, and is very gentle. But man, it knocks-me-out. I can easily nap for 4 hours afterwards and sleep just fine throughout the night. My body is begging for rest and TLC, and I’ve been making sure it gets it.
But not so fast. I have lots of content that I’m excited to share, including several summer looks like this floral and lace dress that’s perfect for a shower, birthday celebration, graduation or any summer event you have coming up.
I’ve been working hard to get at least 5 posts up a week. I wasn’t always able to do so before because of my list of work responsibilities coupled with parenting, life and home management didn’t allow me to be as consistent as I would have liked. theArtMuse was a side side hustle, as I worked at night writing articles for other sites. But my goal is to turn this into my everyday content driven work of art. I want to share every thing I’ve learned and all I’m experiencing in this crazy life we live. That includes my style journey. With every year that goes by, I change and so does my personal style. Just a couple of years ago, I have loved my shorts short and my dresses tight. I mean, I still love all that stuff. This Latina will be showing off her curves for as long as she can, but I’ve definitely been embracing different silhouettes a lot more, like this bell sleeve floral duster.
This former angsty Gen-Xer has officially embraced milennial blush. Because, why not. It’s so pretty! Ask me to wear pink when I lived in NYC, and the answer would have likely been no. It was black or nothing. But since moving to LA, I’ve embraced color a lot more (like this coral romper, bright coral top with yellow cluth and these green and yellow dresses). Give me all the color.
As you know, I love jumpsuits. I think they’re chic, flattering and are great for taking the guess work out of “what am I going to wear?”. Well, my friends, I found a new love. Looks like kimonos or anything kimono-esque is my new obsession. Birds and fauna on flowy fabrics? Yes, yes and yes.
I love wearing heels but I’ve had to limit the amount of time I keep them on. My feet get swollen, my back starts to hurt and I have to carry flats with me most of the time. Le sigh. Is it possible to wear high heels without pain?
Here is the one the outfits I wore to #WeAllGrow Summit 2017 in Long Beach (post coming soon!). I actually wore this on our first day to greet attendees who were headed out to field trips bright and early in the morning. I wanted something professional but comfortable to wear for this day. People are flying in from all over the country (and the world), I think it’s important that the team honor everyone’s time (and travels) by presenting well. Even if it means getting up at 5am to get this mane under control. When you’re the face of a company or in charge of an event, you should show up and show out so everyone feels welcomed and comfortable in your presence. When I need to be cool as a cucumber under pressure, I navigate toward the color blue.