The makeup recap: Seattle Edition

Hello Lovelies,

I’m not gonna lie. My makeup during our trip to Seattle was pretty simple. I tried to be conscious about that when I packed and I still managed to bring a few items that I didn’t use. I had this idea that maybe I could have time to do more involved eyeshadow looks,  but I also wanted to relax. In the end, the simple look won and I was perfectly happy with that!

The main thing that changed for my look in Seattle was the lip color. For my everyday work makeup I wear pretty neutral lip colors. So I decided I would dust off some of my bright lipsticks and take them for a walk around the city while I was on vacation. The color looks faded in some of the pictures but it it also a testament to the longevity of these lipsticks. Here’s a breakdown of the rest of my makeup.

I was going for a nice base and then alternated between black liner or a soft smokey eye.

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Simple every day look

Face:
Becca Blacklight Targeted Colour Corrector in Papaya
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Sand
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in Warm Medium
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Give me Sun
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat

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Soft brown smokey eyes and NYX lipstick in Prague

Eyes:
Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner in Trooper
MAC Eye Khol in Power Surge & Teddy
Loreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara in Blackest Black

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Soft glam for an evening wedding (I added Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes too)

Lips:
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Paulo and Prague
Dr. Lipp Original Balm for Lips

Lulu

Outfit Recap: Seattle Edition

Hello Lovelies!

I love basics and neutrals. When it comes to makeup I prefer to have a nice base, black eyeliner and neutral lip. Clothing? All I need is black and white. After becoming a mom I appreciate basics and neutrals even more. I don’t have time to fuss around with multiple eyeshadows and trying to match a mildly colorful outfit at 530am. So, I have been dabbing into the concept of a capsule wardrobe. The basic idea is that you give yourself a specified amount of clothing items to live with for one season, no more purchases until the next season comes around. Part of what you work on is a color palette you will work with. I am simplifying this A LOT but I hope to have a more detailed post for you soon.

Given that I am most happy with black and white it is not difficult for me to come up with a wardrobe. The best part is that this has mostly eliminated those days where I look at my closet and feel like I haven nothing to wear. I started working on this last Fall as a way to update my closet and finally get some much needed Spring clothing post pregnancy. The timing of our trip to Seattle was just perfect.

For my everyday items I decided to play around with gray – SO risky! I took advantage of the 40% discount at Gap and got me a few basics that can be dressed up or down. (NO, this is not a sponsored post.)  I added a couple of shirts in Navy Blue and got some bright pink flats that would match with everything I had purchased. Just in case I felt adventurous!

My favorite outfits are these two: These distressed black (straight leg) jeans with a comfy T-shirt and the pink flats. You can dress up this outfit by wearing heels and a nice jacket, or with ankle boots and a sexy top. The versatility is part of what makes my life easy and why I love outfits like this.

 

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Now, when it comes to special events I almost always go for black outfits. To me dressing in  black is so elegant and sexy at the same time. I picked this dress for my relatives wedding. I don’t love halter tops on me but this one is pretty comfortable. It is a super log dress and I like that because I don’t have to worry if I need to bend to talk to Alex or pick him up. There is a slit in the front that goes up above my knee – this adds a touch of sexiness to the dress.

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I used black stalkings and simple black heels, purely because I wanted to be 100% comfortable running around a toddler. I used some nice, strap heels and no stalking for a Holiday party back in December. I kept my hair pretty simple this time too as it ends up going up in a pony tail or messy bun eventually.

I hope you liked these outfits and some of the ideas behind having basics in your wardrobe.

Lulu

What are your favorite outfits?

Our trip to Emerald City

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Seattle Waterfront (view from our apartment)

Hello Lovelies!

If you follow me on Instagram (@braidedlulu) then you know that I was in Seattle this past weekend. It was a quick trip for a relative’s wedding but we had a great time! Seattle is special to me – the city has a vibe that I can’t quite identify. I am happy just walking around the city, taking in the sites and exploring the non-traditional touristy spots. The people are super friendly, too. For being a big city it still feel small, somehow. Bottom line, I love it there.

I know outsiders may think the rain can get boring, or is an inconvenience, but I find it to be very peaceful, nostalgic even. This trip was different as it was the first time we were with Alex and he was old enough to walk around. For that reason we focused on doing a few key things during the day that allowed Alex to have fun. I was worried the time change would be hard on him but he was up and running in no time. Good thing they have excellent coffee in this town.

So, let’s start at the beginning. We stayed at a fabulous apartment right by Pike Place Market courtesy of Airbnb and Katya (check her properties out!). This place had great views of the entire city and we were right in the heart of it all. A trip to Seattle is not complete without a visit to Pike Place Market. We were able to walk through the market early in the morning. Some of the vendors were working on setting up their shops – making flower arrangements, setting up the fresh catch of the day, or carefully laying out their handmade crafts. Alex was not amused but by the end of the trip he knew we were in the market when he saw the “big red letters”.

 

Where else did we go? The Sculpture Garden was about a mile away from our apartment so we walked there. The weather the first couple of days there was beautiful and it was nice to feel the breeze coming in from the bay. It’s a great place for kids to run around but lots of locals were also taking advantage of the weather. The Seattle Public Library has a really cool architecture and an amazing kids section. Your kids like science? Then the Pacific Science Center is the place to be. You can take a trip there on the monorail. The advantage is that the Space Needle is in the same area, along with other activities and shops. We also visited the waterfront, Golden Gardens Park and the Seattle Aquarium.

 

 

All-in-all, it was a great trip and we are excited for what our next visit will bring.

Lulu

Have you visited Seattle? What do you like to do while you’re there?

 

 

 

Our time in Puerto Rico

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Paradise – Playa Buye!

There are a lot of people that dream of island living. I am lucky to say that I was born and raised in paradise. Puerto Rico is home for me. Even though I moved out after college, I am always happy and excited to go back and visit. These trips are more meaningful now that Alex is in our lives. I want him to experience the things I experienced there, to learn about the culture and people that are part of his heritage.

Most people know of San Juan, the capital and center of the tourist experience in Puerto Rico. I am from the West side of the island – what the city folk call the countryside. The pace of living is slower there and there is less congestion. My hometown, Mayaguez, is on the coast. Growing up I got to see the ocean every single day of my life, to feel the nice warm caribbean breeze. At the same time there are mountains and farmland close by. We were able to do a quick trip back in February and I wanted to share some of the things we did and saw during our stay. Now that Alex is a bit older I wanted to re-expose him to these two worlds and all the fun that comes with them.

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Approaching the airport in San Juan.

First and foremost was the beach. I mean, that is a must! We went to a couple of beaches, all on the Southwest side of the island. The beaches on this part of the island have a calm tide  that I think is great for the little ones. Alex loved seeing the waves, the kayakers and the sail boats. His favorite activity, by far, was playing in the sand. He spent hours digging, looking for shells and, um…digging some more. Our favorite beach this trip was Playa Buye. It has nice trees along the coastline so you have shade to cool down and enjoy a family picnic.

We also got to spend a full day at my grandparents farm. This is by no means a hacienda but it’s been a part of my life that a cherish immensely. I spent my Summer breaks with my cousins running through fields of coffee, picking whatever fruit was in season and experiencing life without TV. My grandfather passed away a few year ago but the farm is still mostly the same. During this trip we took a long stroll through most of the farm – something I had not done since my grandfather’s passing. I was flooded with memories that I shared with Alex. He loved picking bananas directly from the tree, as well as oranges. He had fun chasing the chickens and throwing rocks. I guess boys will always be boys.

Another fun activity we did was to go to the Mayaguez plaza – Plaza Colon – and enjoy a nice scoop of ice cream. The area around the plaza always has a church and the alcaldia – this is where the town’s governor and department heads work. Each town has a plaza that is dedicated to a hero or saint – a patron. The locals gather at the plaza in the late afternoon and evening hours to enjoy community living. Some play dominos, some have coffee, and other enjoy ice cream from the local ice cream shop. The ice cream flavors are not traditional. Sure, they have vanilla and chocolate, but those are boring. Why not try guava or corn?! My favorite flavors are passion fruit and tamarind, so I got a little bit of both. Alex was adventurous and tried the grape ice cream. Mostly because it was purple and that is his favorite color.

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Passion fruit and tamarind flavored ice cream, Plaza Colon.

Time flew by and we were soon packing our bags to head back to the cold and snowy Northeast. Alex still talks about his time at the beach and we can’t wait to go back, sometime soon, I hope.

Lulu

Have you gone on any recent trips? Have you tried anything exciting during your visit? Please share.