My sister is expecting her 2nd baby girl, yay!
every year her & my brother in law throw a beginning of the summer back yard luau. so this year we decided to combine their yearly luau with a baby shower, welcoming baby layla :)
i'm so happy with how everything came out, and even happier that my sister enjoyed her special day.
here are the pics, enjoy!
thanks for stopping by, love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
can you believe it? my baby is 9 years old now!
for aaden's 9th birthday, he wanted a soccer theme. so we had a backyard cookout with close friends and family. here are the pics:
aaden is obsessed with soccer! he brings his soccer ball to school every day. his favorite player is cristiano ronaldo.
as i've mentioned before, i like to keep things simple with my party decor, i truly believe that you can make a party look great, without hurting your pockets. so this time around i kept it super simple and reused a lot of party decor i already owned. i wanted it to be colorful, because aaden loves bright colors just like his momma ;)
there goes another memorable birthday party in the books! thanks to everyone who came & celebrated my baby boy! love you all!
goodbye happy soiree...
it has come time for me to say goodbye to happy soiree.
after so many years of blogging, I felt tired of following the standard blogger rules. There are so many people on the internet claiming to be the experts on how to make you an amazing blogger, telling you in order to be successful you have to follow all these standard blogger rules. after listening to these rules and allowing myself to get swept up in it all, i realized i had lost my way. i forgot why i started blogging. it wasn't fun anymore, and it stunted my creativity. + i struggle with anxiety and depression, and all the instagram stuff that comes along with blogging was really messing with my mental health. not fun. i really had to step back and take ownership for my feelings and get rid of the bad stuff, refocus on the good.
aside from that, i've been planning less and less parties, i've been using my energy to focus more on my family & school. so it really doesn't make sense to focus around parties anymore. I've been taking my time to really self reflect and live more consciously. + blogging the way i was got to a point where i know longer felt like my brand was really me. I DON'T WANT TO EVER FEEL LIKE MY ONLINE PERSONA AND ME IN REAL LIFE ARE 2 DIFFERENT PEOPLE. ALSO, I JUST CAN'T WITH ALL THE WHEN TO POST RULES, MY CREATIVITY IS A STUBBORN who does not like to be rushed. plus, after all in my offline life I rebel against ALL the "NORMAL" rules I think are ridiculous.
after lots and lots and lots of thinking (mostly anxiety driven thoughts) I have finally figured out what it was that I wanted for my blog. i want this space to purely be my creative outlet. kinda like a dear creative diary. I need a space where i can share inspirations, explore my creativity without feeling constrained to a theme or the typical bs that comes with blogging. after all this is my space, i paid for it and i can do whatever i want with it. this is my space to have fun and dive deep into my creativity and just share it with whomever is interested.
art has always been my first love. as a child i loved going to the art supply store. back in my day, we had pearls art supply in central square cambridge, that was my toys r us. i would beg my father to take my shopping there. I would spend so much of my time drawing, painting, creating books, photography, illustrating fashion -it was everything to me. once i became a teen, i put art behind me, thinking there was no way i could make a living off of art.
in my late 20's i started getting into reading blogs, to escape my unfulfilling office job. then i created my own blog & i realized it was graphic design that i loved. i went back to school and when i began my art classes i fell back in love with art + design. so now i juggle being a mom, wife, and a student designer.
sometimes it's hard but i feel like this is me honoring the hopes and dreams of the little girl who wanted to be an artist but got lost along the way. if you feel lost i encourage you take a moment and just try to find that little version of yourself and remember those big dreams you had + go after them!
here's to taking another path on my beautiful upside down crazy fun journey! thanks for following me even when i'm lost <3
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Modern baby shower
Nintendo Super Mario simple modern pajama breakfast kids birthday party!
Modern Golden Girls Cheesecake Party
FINALLY! Sorry this post took me a while to post, there were so many photos and memories to sort through.
Hopefully, you remember that we went to California for our son Aaden's 8th birthday. It was our first family trip on a plane. Part of the plan was to take them to Disneyland, if you missed it, you can see our family Disneyland photos here.
This post is loaded with everything we did and where we ate. I don't have any hotel recs because we were so fortunate to be able to crash at my best friends place in the OC.
We did a lot of driving! A LOT! Thank gawd for my husband, he did all the driving. I don't know what's happened but I have developed some serious highway anxiety. California highways are no joke, so I definitely didn't want to drive. We were so lucky that not only did my bestie & her bf leave us their apartment but also their cars!
I wish I had a tour map for you, on how we got around to all these parts of California during our 6 day stay. Other than our day at Disney, we didn't really have a plan and kind of just hit the road and explored.
It was important that we went places the boys would have fun, while also crossing some places off our bucket list.
Here are some of the places we wondered to:
- Venice- we went to the beach-- some parts of it were really nice & cool like their outdoor recreation center. My husband got a day pass to Gold's Gym (which was top on his bucket list, it's the 1st Gold's Gym so I guess it's a big deal lol whatever that's his thang). We also walked up and down Abbot Kinney Blvd. checked out some of the shops, restaurants (so many vegan spots by the way!), and we saw so many murals! Avery kept asking me to take pics of him in front of them-- totally my son!
- Santa Monica Pier- Pretty self explanatory what we did there. But it was definitely one of our top favorite spots. Such a beautiful beach & pier. The boys played some games in the arcade as well.
- Disneyland- only the best day ever! Totally cried at the end at the fireworks show. *Dreams really do come true*
- Irvine Spectrum Center- super cool outdoor mall. There's a big ferris wheel in the center, you can't miss it! Wish we had malls like this in Boston, but you know we have something called snow and freezing weather <insert eye roll emoji>
- San Diego - Belmont Park- another beach/amusement park/arcade type of day. Super nice & Tacos errwhere!
- The LAB Antimall in Costa Mesa - loved loved loved it! Super cool artsy type of outdoor shopping.
- The CAMP in Costa Mesa- right across from The Lab, such a cool spot. It has the camping vibe with plenty of photo ops with little campers, that I believe are stores in the day time (we went at night). There's also lots of cool restaurants.
- Newport beach - balboa peninsula- yes, another beach lol super clean and family friendly. Lot's of yummy food spots. We had some delicious (& cheap $) baked donuts at Seaside Donuts Bakery.
COOLHAUS: deliciously awesome ice cream! Industrious decor, neon sign, big letter balloons and wine infused ice cream? SOLD! we tried the ladies night- which is a cream base ice cream with rose wine. Um rose? hell yes! My girl and I got it as a sammie with their double chocolate chip cookie. Loved it!
URBAN CUP: a Vietnamese cafe located right on Newport beach. A very cute and modern cafe. I only had the cold sea salt Vietnamese coffee, and OMG it was so damn good.
COYOTE GRILL: we stayed in the OC so we were right near this Laguna beach gem. My girl took us here for our first breakfast in Cali, and we were hooked. Beautiful view in the indoor/outdoor seating area. We ate breakfast and had bfast dranks here a few times. Everything we had on the menu was delicious. The staff was always super nice! Even the boys loved it here, and they are the toughest food critics.
GRACIAS MADRE: OMGAWWD SO DAMN GOOD! A vegan Mexican restaurant. So happy my whimsy girls took me here (& the next 2 places on the list). We had the Tacos that are made with bbq jackfruit carnitas, and when I tell you they're amazing--- they are amazing! I haven't had meet now for 5 months, but I definitely haven't forgotten what it tastes like. These tacos tasted even better than meat, so much so that I paused looked down and questioned whether they were really vegan. Also, the butternut squash quesadillas, brussel sprouts with coconut bacon, and guac.....all wicked delicious! For dranks: I had the snow cone drink called La Quincenera & the Paloma---- you guessed it both were de-li-cious! The restaurant is also very beautiful and insta-worthy!
ALFRED TEA: I mean it's an all pink tea room....and...there's a neon sign...so of course I loved it! I popped my boba tea cherry here, and there were no regrets! So yummy, I wish we had one or a few in Boston!
FONUTS: gluten free & vegan donuts....GOOD vegan donuts! I had the chocolate coconut donut and it was amazing! It was like eating a vegan almond joy (which are one of my fave chocolate bars). The boys had the red velvet & the glazed, yum! There were so many flavors that sounded delicious, it was so hard to choose a flavor!
EAT CHOW: we visited the Costa Mesa location, it was a really nice space surrounded by really cute shops. I had the po-boy sandwich and it was pretty damn good! I also had their El Corazo mimosa--- because it had passion fruit- duh!
CASEY'S CUPCAKES: we grabbed some cupcakes in this wicked cute shop while at the Irvine shopping mall. Although my eyes lit up over the shop and the super cute glittery cupcakes, I didn't actually try any. My boys did, but of course and they thought they were really good!
HELLO KITTY CAFE: while at Irvine Spectrum Center, we passed by the Hello Kitty Cafe truck. Obviously, I had to stop and see what all the hype was about. I'm not a huge Hello Kitty fan, but everything was so cute! I grabbed a pricey latte, and was instantly thrilled over all the aesthetics, but the taste wasn't that great. I think I should've grabbed one of the cute little box cakes instead. I tossed half off the pricey latte away-- womp womp.
more cali Faves:
We fell in love hard for California, and hope to one day live there.
One thing I really fell in love with was all the plants everywhere. Succulents, cacti, palm trees, purple bushes, flowers, everywhere! Omg I stopped every 2 minutes to take pics & sent them to my sister who is such a plant lady. LOVED it! I also felt like everyone has a little jungalow on their front porches. Jealous!
It was so great to see my best friend even it was just for day! Also, it was so much fun sharing the Disney day with my friend Justin and getting to meet his boyfriend (who is the sweetest guy ever!) Plus, finally meeting up with my whimsy girls, I can't even tell you how long we've been planning to meet up in LA! Love those girls so much!
My boys had such an amazing time, they didn't want to leave. We created so many amazing unforgettavle memories. Even though we didn't get to do everything we wanted to do (pretty long list, not enough time + picky eaters) I couldn't have hoped for a better trip! AND the plane trip with 2 kids was not bad at all! So thankful for tablets!
So here's to next time, which will hopefully be soon!
'til then we'll be here in Boston, California dreaming!
The perfect day trip in ny!
I hopped on the bus from boston to new york, and spent the day restaurant hopping with my girl Nakia <3
we drank, we laughed, we ate, we drank some more…it was the best day!
As you know we took our son Aaden to California for his 8th Birthday, and the big surprise was that we were taking him to Disneyland!
Honestly, his reaction when we told him was kind of disappointing, he was just like ok....seriously? Whatever. But I think it was because he really had no idea what Disneyland really is.
When we got there we got the reaction we were hoping for. The boys eyes lit up and they were so excited! It definitely became one of their top greatest memories for sure!
I was also lucky enough to meet up with my insta bestie Justin (@misterjustindelgado) again!
& because Justin is the bestest he asked his friend Cojo, who happens to be a photographer, if she could follow us along for part of our day and capture all the magical moments.
I'm so happy to share the photos she took with all of you!
The day was so amazing....and totally worth how much Disney costs (even if it's a little crazy, just sayin..) ! Oh & we really lucked out that day, the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride opened, so everyone was in the adventure park, so the lines were short and the park wasn't packed. THANK GOD!
We took all the photos in ToonTown, and it was definitely the boys favorite part of the park.
My husband & my favorite ride was definitely: Star Wars- Launch Bay
Aaden: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Avery: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
We didn't get a hopper pass and do both parks because we knew wouldn't have time and didn't want to rush. We didn't even get to get on all the rides we wanted and we were there from 9am to 10pm. Even still it was the perfect day.
and.....I may have cried at the end of the night during the fireworks show with the whole dreams do come true thang....oooh Disney, you get me every time!
I feel so thankful that we were able to create these memories with our boys. I hope it's something they always remember (I will never let them forget it either way).
I'm also super thankful to Cojo for capturing these beautiful snaps ;) Especially because I rarely get to be in the family pics. Seriously, thank you so so much!
If you live in the magic that is California, and want to meet up with her for a shoot, you can find her here.
Again, special thanks to our family & friends who also played a big part in making this day possible for Aaden & Avery.
p.s. stay tuned for the post on all the deets from our California trip, coming soon!
A few weeks back, I was invited to the MassArt Illuminate fashion show, and it was nothing short of amazing! Hopefully, you got a caught it live on my Instagram stories! If not don't worry I gotcha covered with this post ;)
You also may have caught my outfit on my Instagram, but in case you missed it here's what I wore:
Would've taken the pic with a better background but I was running late, because this was right after my sons birthday party, so this is what ya get, sorry!
Special thanks to my girl Claudia for doing my makeup xo
Anyway, enough about moi....on to the show! It was SO spectacular, here are some of my favorite designs from that night:
Aside from the beautiful designs, I think the best part was seeing all the designers walk proudly down the runway along side their work. I think it is so inspiring the work they put into their dream. The creativity is just mind blowing. Special shout out to these amazing students!
Even the room; took place beneath an installation of 10,000 glass rain drops that was created by MassArt alumni.
I also, really loved all the diversity with the models. So many beautiful faces! I really give it up to the models because it didn't look like an easy job, but they did so awesome!
My top faves were; the colorful long coat, the floral pieces, the old ladies (because Golden Girl vibes duh) and the bee Audrey Hepburn dresses (especially the last one, that train tho--- AHMAZING!).
Also, those little kid models were so adorable!!
I am so thankful to MassArt for having me! It was such a fun experience.
& I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Boston blogger named Kira, who is the sweetest! So definitely check her out ;)
The show was sold out super early, so be sure to get your tickets early next year. Trust me you don't want to miss it!
also, Tell me which was your fave?
When it comes to my son Aaden, who is now sadly old enough to make requests for his birthday party themes, I try to meet him somewhere in the middle. I can compromise.... I mean it is supposed to be about him, so even if it kills my creative soul to do a generic theme party I have to try to meet him half way.
For his 8th birthday we planned on taking him to California, it would be our first family trip on a plane. We also planned on surprising him with Disneyland on his actual birthday. So naturally I wanted to do a California themed party-- but he wanted a Pokemon. The kid is obsessed! All he talks about his Pokemon, he has like a thousand cards. Sigh.
However, because we were planing on going on this big trip we weren't really trying to spend a lot of money on a birthday party. So it was more of a little cake cutting soiree, with close friends and family. But obviously I couldn't just do a cake....I had to add a little something for the wow factor.
Ok, maybe I'm a little obsessed with the balloon arches now....
I just picked up some bags of balloons at Party City in his favorite colors.
The Pineapple Piñata is from Target, as well as the paper plates.
The cake is from Stop & Shop
& I bought the little Pokemon on Amazon (as you can see from the pics he was SO happy when he saw them! teehehe)
Special thanks to our friends & family who came, we love you!