I Couldn't Help But Wonder...

Apr 16, 2018

I Couldn't Help But Wonder...

Apr 16, 2018



I was doing some Spring shopping for Jeremy at Zara when I came across a flower brooch. It gave me some serious "Sex and The City Season 3" vibes. In that season, Carrie wears a lot of flowers as statement accessories. That and having my hair curly had me channeling Ms. Bradshaw.






top, pants & coat: Forever21; flower brooch: Zara; shoes: Lulu's
What is up with this weather? We had a little teaser this past weekend but it's back to "Sprinter", I guess. I took these photos with my good friend Daniel. It was a fun photo session full of jokes, which kept me distracted from how cold it was. Daniel has a photography page on Instagram (@luxure.jpg) if you'd like to check out his work. It's pretty awesome.

SHOP THE LOOK!

         

     
SHOP FLOWER BROOCHES:

White Flower Brooch
Flower Brooch (Assorted Colors)




Generation Z Yellow?

Apr 11, 2018

Generation Z Yellow?

Apr 11, 2018


sweater: Pretty Little Thing, pants: Boohoo, shoes: Lola Shoetique, bag: Zara

Te Molesta Mi Brillo?

Apr 7, 2018

Te Molesta Mi Brillo?

Apr 7, 2018


sweatshirt: MMMerch, skirt: Boohoo, boots: Forever21, clutch: ebay

I collaborated with the incredibly talented Milli of Milli Stephania Photography for these photos. She has an incredible eye for color and I learned a couple of things about posing from her. It was freaking cold that day but we managed to get some pretty great shots.

OOTDs & NOLA Recap

Apr 3, 2018

OOTDs & NOLA Recap

Apr 3, 2018


top: Pretty Little Thing, pants: Forever21, sneakers: ADIDAS Stan Smith, bag: Louis Vuitton Florentine pochette

Last weekend, I went to New Orleans to celebrate my birthday. I enjoyed myself immensely.  I stayed in the French Quarter at the historic Le Pavillon hotel.  The hotel is very beautiful with antique furnishings and French influence in its design. Despite the rumors of it being haunted, I did not encounter any ghosts. The hotel was conveniently located by Jackson Square and Bourbon Street, making it easy to explore. The photos taken below were taken inside the hotel. It will give you an idea how pretty it was.

*At the end of this post, there are links to shop for my outfits. For items that are unavailable, I provided similar options. Hope you enjoy this post!


dress: @edyth_couture on instagram, shoes: Christian Louboutin Jonatina sandals





top (worn as dress): thrifted, shoes: Christian Louboutin Jonatina sandals
As expected, we had a blast on Bourbon Street. Tourists and locals alike were very friendly. I enjoyed dining in the Garden District (with the exception of Muriel's) a lot more as it wasn't so busy and you get more bang for your buck over there. We went to the Blind Pelican for lunch and had some fantastic chargrilled oysters. You get a dozen for about ten bucks. 



Garden District


For my birthday dinner, we went to Muriel's in Jackson Square. And there I had a creepy encounter. After dining, we went to have a look around. The restaurant is said to be haunted, and the restaurant always has a table set for its resident ghost, Pierre Antoine. The restaurant also has a seance room. While in the seance room, I went to open a door and felt as if the door was being pulled from the other side. I assumed it was a heavy door, so I pulled harder on the handle. All of a sudden, the handle was jerked away from me and the door slammed shut. We were all pretty creeped out!


seance lounge in Muriel's

table set for the ghost, Pierre Antoine


Besides stuffing my face, I also did a couple of tours. A Swamp Tour & a Ghost Tour. Both were very educational and very interesting. I was lucky enough to have guides that have a passion for their particular subject. Overall, I had a terrific time in NOLA. I can't wait to visit again!

baby Bruce & me 

a Hurricane cocktail



hot chocolate and beignets from Cafe DuMonde

Louis Armstrong Park


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My Cake Smash Photoshoot

Mar 28, 2018

My Cake Smash Photoshoot

Mar 28, 2018



As I am turning thirty, I decided to have a photoshoot to commemorate this moment. While searching for ideas, I came across the adult cake smash theme. I found it to be super cute and decided to have that be my theme. I loved the "young at heart" message that it portrayed because at the end of the day: age is just a number. Jeremy is turning ten next month so he joined the photoshoot party as well. Entering the double digits is a big moment too!

top: Boohoo, skirt: Amazon, shoes: Christian Louboutin 






The lovely Melissa of  Ragdoll Films did a fantastic job commemorating these moments. I took these photos in the comfort of my home. We did the outdoor shots close to my apartment. The original plan was to go to the park but March weather was like "nope!" so we did some street shots instead. I think they came out great anyway. She is an absolute doll. Super patient and really wants to make sure to get some good shots. Getting the confetti shots took a lot of takes. You have to blow the confetti a certain way and  have a large amount  to make sure it shows in the photo. Our perseverance was rewarded with some pretty amazing shots.









Setting up the photoshoot was a lot of fun. I'd like to try my hand at styling more photoshoots. It was fun putting al these props together.  I purchased the "Hello 30" banner from Etsy and the cake was from Crystal of Slice of Heaven NYC. She makes truly amazing cakes which you can check out on her IG, @sliceofheavennyc.

I DIY'd a lot of stuff because that's how I roll.  For the signs, I framed some foam poster board and used chalk markers for the lettering. I took advantage of having nice penmanship and freehanded most of it.  The cake stand was homemade from a candle stick and plate I got from Dollar Tree. The cake Crystal made included the "H&J" cake topper. I made the "thirty" cake topper by using an online stencil maker and printing it out on card stock. I then used an X-acto knife to cut it out. I then covered it in glue and put gold glitter over it.






t-shirt: Etsy, skirt: Altazurra for Target

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

I'm On The Edge... Of Thirty!

Mar 26, 2018

I'm On The Edge... Of Thirty!

Mar 26, 2018

top: Boohoo, skirt: Amazon, shoes: Christian Louboutin
cake by: @sliceofheavennyc
Photos by: Ragdoll Films

Turning thirty is a huge milestone, for sure. For many, it's the age whee you are supposed to be an official adult with all your shit together. Women in particular, use thirty as a deadline for everything in their checklist. Mostly, it's expectations imposed to us by society. Get married. Have children. Buy a house. Start using anti-aging products. Blah, blah, blah. We have all these expectations on ourselves and to then get disappointed when they are not done by a certain time.

With my own birthday being days away, I did experience a little bit of anxiety. I was totally having the cliched birthday meltdown. There was a lot of deep thinking and making comparisons to who I am now versus the person the I was expecting to be by now. Then there was the worry about the loss of my youth.  To many people, thirty is "old". Did I waste time in my twenties? There's some things that only twenty-something-year-olds can get away with. At least, according to some people. So was I now expected to look and act a certain way now that I was entering my thirties?



But then, I came to my senses. Who says I have to be a different person? Sure I'm not where I want to be yet but I have come incredibly far. I'm raising a wonderful boy, I'm in the best shape of my life and I'm creating the path to becoming my own boss. A younger me would be proud of the incredible woman that I have become.

So at thirty, you will see me still wearing that mini skirt. I'll be the same Havolin who loves Cheetos and dances like a dweeb. I'll continue my Girls Night Outs. And I'll be wearing that eye cream because I want to--not because I feel like I have to.  I will be having just as much fun in my thirties as I did in my twenties. Even more fun, because I'm not as broke ;). My checklist will have a different set of accomplishments: continuing the pursuit of my happiness, conquering my feels and learning to self-love.

Thirty, Flirty and Thriving!


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