Miami

I have officially declared the theme of 2018 is Joy. To me this equals lots of time with girlfriends and lots of travel.

On this edition of YOLO, Miami was spent with my best friend from the 7th grade. With 4 kids between us, it’s not easy to get alone time together. So when she mentioned a weekend jaunt in Miami, I was ready to go!

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We stayed in South Beach, the heart of it all and you guys, I just love it there. 

Stay

1 Hotel South Beach
I can't say enough about this hotel. By far the best part was the two KING beds to a room. As someone who rarely sleeps without what feels like 15 people on top of me, having a king bed all to myself is the equivalent of total freedom. Picture the final scene of The Shawshank Redemption where Andy is standing in the rain. 

Eat 

Poa at Faena
If you are looking for a scene and good food, this is the place. Katheryn and I went in with a plan. We didn't want to ruin our buzz with a long drawn out meal. We told the waiter we didn't want too much food and we wanted it quick. I'm pretty sure he doesn't hear this a lot in the restaurant but he was happy to oblige. We had a wonderful appetizer and some fried rice dish. Holy beezuses it was good. But onward and upward we went! 

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Brunch at Cecconi's - Ok guys. I have to admit I'm not great at brunch. When given an infinite choice of options I tend to pick the worst combinations and in the wrong order. However at Cecconi's it's hard to go wrong. Even though I chose seafood salad, lasagna, a bagel with cream cheese and tiramisu all on one plate, it somehow worked out. It's that good. 

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Shop 

The Webster
The Webster is a curated boutique of everything you want but can't afford. Whenever I go I just like to look around at all the pretty things and picture a life where I am able to buy them. Sound depressing? We can't be friends. 


Drink

Bagatelle 
This chic dinner spot that turns into a club around 11 really had me stumped. So stumped that I had to go both nights to see if I could figure it out. I mean where else do you find people dancing on tables next to a group of guys eating a steak dinner. All I know is the food is really good and the music and dancing is even better. Combine them so I don't have to move to a secondary location and you have my heart. 
 

The Living Room at the Faena 

The decor is what my dreams are made of. Leopard sofas, dark sultry fabrics, and sexy textures. I could just slink around this living room all night. The live music is always fun and the people watching is so good. We came here before Bagatelle and it the perfect precursor to a night of dancing. 

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That's it, ya'll. I love Miami so much, I will definitely be back soon. Until then, I'll be dreaming about that king bed... 

zzzzzz...

Andrea

 

New York

Girl’s weekends have been so important to my sanity in the past few years.  When my kids were younger and I first starting taking trips with girl friends I would feel so guilty about leaving my family. Yet over time I’ve come to realize that I need them just as much as I need to work out and eat healthy. An occasional getaway has really become part of my self care routine these days. These little jaunts give me a chance to rest and recharge so when I come back I’m a much more present and well-rounded mother.

This past weekend I went to New York with four of my girlfriends and it was such a blast. I love the energy of the city. It reminds me that anything is possible and that reinventing yourself is only a plane ride away. We spent the entire weekend laughing, shopping and dancing. I also spent the weekend trying to convince everyone to eat, as this is always my highest priority in life.

Have you ever tried to wrangle a group of shopping women to a table? It’s definitely like herding cats. They were the cats and I was the hungry lion.

Here is my round up of spots to check out :

Baccarat Hotel

Have you ever wanted to leave everything behind, delete all the contacts from your phone and start a new life because of a hotel room? Don't answer that. This hotel is so beautiful. The entire building is baccarat crystals and it is truly the place to people watch. There are so many instagram worthy spots. I did not witness a bad fashion moment expect for when I ran downstairs in my sweatpants to visit a nearby food cart. (See recommendation below.)

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Indochine

This is the spot if you want low lighting, sexy people and amazing food. We slinked in for dinner around 9:30 way after my normal mealtime and I inhaled all the things. The cocktails are fab and so is the food. My friend even had a bizarre encounter with a lady in the women’s restroom. Details to follow in my book....

The Blonde

Who loves 90’s hip-hop?! I do! I do! It’s like the DJ’s just knew what would get a group of 30-something moms to dance. They even played my all time favorite club song, " Pony" without me even begging.

Casablanca 

Truth be told I don’t remember a ton from this location, but I’m pretty sure I had fun because my feet hurt really bad when I got home. In fact, I took my shoes off in the lobby. Classy, I know.

Maria Tash

When my girl @clarkandstone told me about this place I knew immediately I was leaving the City will a couple more piercings than I came with. This place is so legit. They use needles instead of the guns and it's a far cry from the acne covered teenagers who work at Claires. I don't think I was cool enough to be in there but luckily they let me stay. They do all the celebrities. Rumor has it they did Beyoncé’s belly button.

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The halal Guys on West 53rd    – I wish I could give you an exact location. But check out the picture and look for these guys. Street food is not created equal. This is one of the best.

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Well there you have it folks, that’s my roundup. And if there are any moms out there debating on whether or not to take a girls trip my advice to you is go for it, it's good for the soul! 

xx,

Andrea 

 

Day to Night Barbie

 
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I spent the first year of my daughters life in yoga pants with the cast from the Today Show. At the end of that year I knew I had to make some changes. One being that I needed to stop eating breakfast sandwiches from Starbucks and the other that I needed to start getting dressed in actual clothes. It's not that I don't rock athleisure from time to time it's that I love how expressing myself through fashion makes me feel. Since I don't have a lot of time, I love looks that transition easily from day to night. 

 
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Frame Diamond Print Dress // Rag and Bone Sneakers // Allsaints Leather Jacket 

I love this look because I only need to change my shoes and my lips. You can do it with any dress in your closet just pop on some sneaks for the day and change it up with booties for nighttime. Voila! 

xo

Andrea

 

Are you a Dope Ass Mom?

I have a slight obsession with flow charts, so when I teamed up with Becky at Chipper Things to create this fun chart I was so excited to share it with you guys. I can't wait to get mine and frame it and hang it over my desk in my office. Let this serve as a reminder that rarely do regular ass moms make history. 

Get yours here

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Vacation Essentials

I've been lucky enough to get away quite a bit already this year. From girls weekends to trips with kids ( I refuse to call these vacations) here are a few of my go to's for easy packing! 

Marysia Swimsuit

This swimsuit is a little pricey but I love how sexy it is and it's still a one piece. This is a great suit with kids because it keeps it all in while you're throwing them around the pool and they are tugging all over you. 

Janessa Leone Hat

This hat is so versatile. You can wear it to the beach or on a shopping trip in town. When you pack it fill up the hat part with all your socks and underwear, lay it flat then roll your clothes and pack around it. 

Clare V Alice Bag

This bag is a also a double duty beach to dinner item. It's also pretty roomy so for packing you can slip things inside of it and put it on the very top of your suitcase. 

Tom Ford Beauty Clutch Sized Lip Balm 

I don't know why , but I always end up bringing way more lip colors than I actually ever wear. I love this TF lip balm because it's small and perfect for travel and this particular color just goes with everything. 

Mirrored Sunglasses

I am loving the mirrored sunglasses trend. Mine are here but I also found this great pair and this pair! The best part, no make-up required underneath these bad boys! 

 
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Dope Ass Beauty Buys

 
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If you guys are anything like me your mornings can be crazy town. As much as I try to create a relaxing morning routine the fact is I have two people to worry about, other than myself. Creating a seamless morning isn't easy but it's so worth it. For me it starts with a no fuss make-up routine that leaves me looking like I got at least 5 hours of shut-eye. I am not a make-up expert by any means but I have on many occasion wandered into the beauty section and left with an entirely new arsenal of products. Read: I've tried almost everything. Keep reading to find out what I have landed on as the best of the best for an easy morning:

1. By Terry Eclat Opulent Nutri-Lifting Foundation

This is by far my favorite full coverage foundation for my dry skin. It's creamy but it doesn't stick or look cakey. This shit expensive ya'll but it's worth it. It also lasts a long time. 

2. Trish Mcevoy Eye Base

Sometimes I wear this even without any shadow as it just makes your eyes really pop. 

3. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Just the best concealer I've ever tried. 

4. Chantecaille Liquid Lumiere 

I am not contouring expert but pop a little of this above your cheekbone and when the light hits you the right way you look like Beyonce. 

5. Guerlain Eye Palette

I wondered into this store at a hotel I was staying at and fell in love. The colors in this palette are perfection, but all of their shadows are so beautiful and the color goes on flawlessly. 

6. Claudio Riaz Insta Face

I stumbled upon this product the last time I was at Barney's and I'm obsessed. Sometimes I even wear this alone and it takes all the guess out of contouring. It' really is an fool proof you guys. 

7. By Terry Lip Stain

This lip stain is my favorite product in my beauty bag right now. It takes me face from "are you ok?" to "Oh, it's That kind of day" in seconds. 

 
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Well, there it is folks. It literally takes me less that 5 minutes to put all of this on in the morning which really frees me up to yell " brush your teeth" for the next 45. 

Dope Ass Moms : Ceta Walters

I'm starting a new series on my blog where I interview amazing mommas making a huge impact. There are so many moms who inspire me and my hope is to share these mommas with you!  You may recognize Ceta from my recent collab with Fisher Price. When I first met Ceta she quickly became one of my favorite people. In addition to raising her two adorable boys, Clark and Stone, she is also making huge waves in the fashion blogging industry. Basically, I'm obsessed and soon you will be too! 

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What is the best thing about being a mom? 

  • The best thing about being a mom is the unconditional love you are able to give.  You get to love them every day no matter what they do even when they are not their best.  

What is the hardest thing about being a mom?

  • Not being able to control who they are and will be.  I want my boys to have a voice and utilize their critical thinking skills.  However, there are days when I just want them to do what  I asked them to do without a debate or understanding. Lol.

How have you changed since being a mom?

  • I am risk averse. I want an ironclad full proof guarantee for basically everything in life since having kids.  I was such a risk taker before I had kids.  

What's the best piece of advice given to you?

  • The best advice given is to parent with grace instead of fear.  When you parent with grace, you allow your children to be human and not robots.  Let them make mistakes and be there to help them along the way.  When we develop grace-based parenting, we put the attention on them and not the outside voices/eyes we think are on us based on fear.

Who's your style icon?

  • What a great question!  I would have to say Sarah Jessica Parker's character on Sex and The City.  She always managed to beat to her own drum. Totally my personality.

How has your style changed since becoming a mom?

  • I don't think it has. I think I've stayed true to myself. I don't wear too many mini skirts with the boys because they are boys.  I'm always running around with them.  I live in high tops with them.  Without them, I'm in that mini skirt.   

What are three essentials you need every day?

  • Sunscreen, My cell, and Dior Show Brow Styler (I'm afraid to take the microblading plunge so I'll just draw mine on for now.)

What late-night food do you crave?

  • I love dried mango, Late July chips, and Tates Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

What do you do to relax?

  • Spa! Nothing says relaxation like a good ol' fashioned massage

How has motherhood changed your career?

  • Motherhood dictates what I can do as a career.  I am a stay-at-home mom first.  I chose blogging so I can still be present for my boys.  I love those little rascals even though they drive me up a wall.  I want them to see me before and after school.  I want to be the first to know how their day was.

3 words to describe yourself

  • Funny, Authentic, Loving

What's your favorite app?

  • Instagram! It comes with the blogging territory I guess.  

What 3 things in your bag you couldn't live without?

  • By Terry lipgloss, Powdered Sunscreen, Haribo Gummi Bears

Best advice you could give a mom with young kids?

  • Just let them be! Don't try and control them.  They don't want to put on their coats.  They will ask for it when they are cold. Turn off the outside eyes and only focus on the little ones that belong to your children.

If your life were a song, what would it be?

  • Oh my goodness!  You know how much I love music.  "I'm Every Woman" by Whitney Houston or Chaka Khan depending on your preference.   I'm a little bit of everything in terms of my personality.  I'm a tomboy, loyal friend, a free spirit, and a fun mama.  I chest pump my boys when they score in sports, I live for a girls night, and I love a Nike blazer high top.  I also live for a gala for an opportunity to dress up.

What's the secret of being a dope ass mom? 

  • The secret to being a dope ass mom is being you, unapologetically.  If people can't appreciate who you are, they won't when you change to fit who they think you should be.  
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My Favorite 2017 Halloween Costumes

What's scarier than Halloween? How about waiting until the last minute to find the perfect costume for your family. Forget kitty cats and cowboys and check out some of my favorite fun-sized costumes that will win over the whole neighborhood! 

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Gladys, Mildred...is that you? 

 

All beauty and a mildly irritated beast. Get the whole household into character with this spin on a Disney classic.

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...Except maybe Lucy and Ethel. "Lucy...I'm hooooome!"

I dare you to name two better icons than Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. 

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Jurrasic Park? More like hitting up Lincoln Park for trick or treating. Love this family who went all out!

Introducing the newest inmate to Litchfield Prison. You can bail her out for 25 Kit-Kats. 

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Da Bears! 

 

Just keep swimming all the way to P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney for the king sized candy. 

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Follow the yellow brick road...all the way home to eat your kids' candy. 

"One Million Dollars."