Tuesday, December 31, 2013

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1...

I know Ive been on a MAJOR hiatus, but this will all be changing very soon. There's been a lot going on in my life these past few months and I have not had the brain power to concentrate on my blogging. Some updates are...I finally bought a new camera! Yay!!! I welcomed my baby niece, Khloe, on 12/26/2013, and I'm getting married this coming year. I am very much looking forward to all the wonderful things 2014 will bring. Some of my goals for 2014 are to get more involved in the charities that I love, exercise and eat healthier and to LIVE more. There's a commercial for an upcoming TV show and a woman speaking says "Right now I'm just existing, I want to live". That message got to me and I'm deciding to take more chances, be more patient, allow myself to be more silly and simply LIVE. Cause if you're not LIVING, you're DIEING (Morbid, I know, but think about it)
So, as I say farewell to what was a nice year for me, I hope you, too, are saying goodbye to a nice year and that 2014 will bring you all the happiness, love, health and adventure you desire.
Cheers my friend's and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

What I Wore: Fall at Work

Happy Thursday everyone.
I am so sorry that I have not posted anything new lately. To be honest, I have been so darn busy lately. Planning a DIY wedding, home, family, holidays and work. I honestly do not have enough hours in the day. I also haven't been able to fix or replace my SLR which is a big bummer for me. I love taking pictures and one of my main focuses for this blog was to post my daily outfits and how I pair my favorite items.
Anywhoo, I hope you all are enjoying the cooler temperatures and are gearing up for an AMAZING holiday. I know I am.
Lots of AMOR,
Fall at Work


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lust v Must: Fall Boots

As soon as fall colors begin to make their way out and the breeze begins to cool down, I cant help but want to buy every pair of boots that I see. Unfortunately, the warm Miami weather stops me on my tracks and says "Woman, it'll only cool down to about 70 degrees this winter"and it is then that I realize that it really isn't worth spending hundreds of dollars on those suede Oxblood boots that I'll only have the opportunity to wear once, twice if I'm lucky. There are, however, a few styles that I do believe are pretty classic and much worth the investment. My favorite is a black leather riding boot. They're comfortable, versatile and I don't consider it a crime to wear them year round. Its not like Im wearing Uggs and my bikini (Sorry if Ive offended anyone). A few other pairs that I think are acceptable year round are a trendy going out bootie, a sexy knee high black leather boot, pair this with a short dress and BAM, Sassy,  a cognac boot, heeled or flat, pair this with denim shorts and a flowy top, and finally a plain black bootie that you can wear to work. Here Ive listed my favorite pairs in a budget friendly option and break the bank option
Whats your favorite boot style?

Lust/Must Fall Boots

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Have a Flappin Happy Halloween

Happy it’s almost Friday day!!
This coming weekend I’ll be putting my Halloween costume together for this year’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat-a-Thon with the hubs and munchkin.
(Call of Duty Special ops man and Spider Man)
I bought this costume last year for a friend’s party and unfortunately, wasn't able to attend.
It is super comfortable and makes me want to shake all over the place.
Oh and… it was only $20.00 at Wal-Mart
I’ve always been a huge fan of the roaring 20’s, which explains my love for The Great Gatsby. Not saying that, that is exactly how it was, but I can totally close my eyes and picture myself at one of Gatsby’s shin-dings.
Let me dream a la Baz Luhrmann people!
All the fun and beautiful clothing, the gangstas, the speakeasy party’s and the amazing sounds of Jazz.
This was an era of letting go of those uptight values and having a darn good time. During these years, a “new” woman was born. Tired of the male dominance (girls rule!), the flapper arose. Seems the flapper term came from the description of a bird flapping its wings and learning to fly, however, a flap was also used to describe a young prostitute. The “new breed” of young women was fearless, confident, drank alcohol, smoked cigarettes, danced and wore lots of makeup; behaviors that were deemed inappropriate for women in those times. Pfffft.
This new woman took risks and lived fast.

Needless to say, I'm excited to wear my red flapper dress and wear loads of makeup.

What will you be dressing up as for Halloween?

 Flapper Attitude


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dresses Dresses Dresses

There is no other piece of clothing that makes me feel as girly as a dress does. Especially one with an A line silhouette which tapers out from the waist and opens up to a fun skirt. It is a very forgiving style, therefore fits all body types. Dresses, any style honestly, are my go to item for work. I don't have to worry about matching a top and bottom, and most mornings, I'm standing in front of my closet still half asleep.
Here are a few that I absolutely love.

Whats your favorite dress style?
Dresses Dresses Dresses



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What I Wore: Tropics at Work

Hello all and Happy Hump day!!
This is what I wore to work today. I know its a late post, but its been one of those days.
This Old Navy dress, which I happen to own in black as well, is one of the most comfortable dresses in the world. The nude JS pumps are super sassy and work appropriate. The side cut of the shoe (you can't really tell in this picture) makes them just a little sexier than your regular work pump. The nude belt, you cant go wrong with. Its super girly and versatile, then again, what nude accessory isn't? And that why I love Nude (accessories, of course)
I hope you've all had a stress free and successful day. Just 2 more days till the weekend and my sisters baby shower (I finally get a niece!!!)
Work 1

Old Navy Dress $ 10 on sale
Jessica Simpson Shirley Pumps $ Free (Used Birthday Gift Cards, but they run about $ 80)
Forever 21 Nude Bow Belt $ 8.99

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sunny & Blue

Happy Monday!!!
I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.
The outfit post below was inspired by items I already own and the Aztec-y print of the fabric to the left. Ive always loved the combination of yellow, especially Mustard Yellow, with anything Blue, and any shade of Blue. Like Sunflowers in a Blue vase. The contrast between the two colors is just so beautiful to me.
Whats your favorite color combination?
Have a Sunny day!!

Sunny & Blue


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Closet Frenzy = Closet Zen

Hi Guys!
Happy 1st of October!

Today marks the beginning of my favorite 3 months of the year.
Something in the air changes and it makes me so happy and I just want to cuddle and bake cookies.

So, a few posts ago I mentioned that I was in the process of organizing/updating my closet. Well, I literally spent an entire weekend going through my shoes, tossing out what I didn't wear and building shelves with my Hunni. After what seemed like a never ending task and a million shoe boxes to recycle later, I finished. Needless to say, I LOVE MY NEW CLOSET!!! All I really did was add  shelving for the shoes, get rid of about 15 pairs and add shelving for jeans, shorts etc, but it makes a difference. Especially in the morning when I'm fighting with boxes in order to grab a pair of shoes. I would still like to go through my clothes and donate what I no longer wear, but I need to recover from this project still.

Below, I are links to the shelving pieces I purchased in order to accomplish the update.
And... I will be planning a closet party with my friends. One mans trash is another mans treasure.

Upcoming projects: Get rid of clothes and organize my jewelry storage.
If you have any cool ideas, send them over.

Xo, Jessi


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Outing: YOLO** Girls Brunch

Tank Top: Navy Tank
Skirt: Handmade, Hand me down from my mom. This wrap skirt is literally 30+ years old
Shoes: Steve Madden Latelly ON SALE!
Location: Shore Club
Hair: Ombre done by me. I know its terrible and I will be getting it color corrected soon.

**I hate the acronym YOLO, but it was very well suited for this unexpected Sunday Funday.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Charity Event to benefit GIA Foundation for Rett Syndrome

Dear family & friends,

               For the past few months I have been on the search for connections, contacts, answers and help. For what you ask, well Maria-Claudia (my little cousin) who is 6 years old and lives in Cuba and was diagnosed with Rett syndrome at just a few months of age. If you are unaware of the syndrome, as I was before, Rett syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects the way the brain develops. It occurs almost exclusively in girls.

 Babies with Rett syndrome seem to develop normally at first, but symptoms surface after 6 months of age. Over time, Rett syndrome affects the brains functions that are responsible for cognitive, sensory, emotional motor and autonomic functions. These can include learning, speech, sensory sensations, mood, movement, breathing, cardiac function and even chewing, swallowing and digestion.  Unfortunately, in Mari’s case, she suffers from all the symptoms listed. Rett syndrome is a developmental disorder, not a degenerative disorder. These young girls will never have the ability to speak.

 Last year, I had the pleasure of finally meeting Mari. My heart melted right away. Her eyes say so much, yet she is unable to communicate. She’s a beautiful little girl and her condition is truly heart breaking. The scarcity of medical advances in Cuba has taken a heavy toll on her health. Since then, I have made it a personal goal to help Mari and her parents, in any way that I can. In my mission to find help, I found Gods Innocent Angels Foundation for Rett Syndrome (501c3). A beautiful foundation created in 2011 by Gisel “Gigi” Gonzalez and Teri Rios. Every year, GIA hosts a Halloween Extravaganza, themed “An Enchanting Evening in the Royal Palace”,  to benefit the foundation in raising funds for research and a center to assist children and families with this rare Autism spectrum disorder.

 I am very excited to say that I will be attending the spooktacular party which will be held at a private Estate on Saturday, October 12 2013 at 9:00pm. Ticket prices for General Admission are for a Donation of $ 50.00 or $ 75.00 at the door. There will also be VIP tickets sold for a $ 100.00 donation (no vip tickets will be sold at the door). Tickets include drinks, food, prizes and entertainment. Although I would love nothing more than to share this evening with you guys, I fully understand that we can’t always commit to these financial contributions and will include the information in case you would like to donate in the future or your own chosen amount. All denominations are accepted and 100% of the proceeds go to this charity event will go to the foundation.  

 Every penny counts for these little girls.
I have also included a beautiful video where you can see Gia, the beautiful little girl that inspired this foundation and a video from last year’s party.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me and please, please forward this information to your family and friends.

Please donate to God’s Innocent Angels Foundation and you will be giving a Rett Syndrome family the voice of their child.

Checks should be made payable to : Gods Innocent Angels Foundation and may be turned in to me or mailed to:
PO BOX 291858
Davie FL 33329
Email: godsinnocentangels@gmail.com

Jessica M. Castroman
I am Maria-Claudia’s voice.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Haullelujah - My wallet is hurting

How was every ones weekend? Fantastic I hope.
My weekend was great and although some of my plans shifted a bit, it was a total success.
On Saturday, I conquered a very stressful Ikea trip with my 7 month pregnant sister, my 2 year old angel of a nephew, my cray cray son and the reason my son is cray cray, my hubby. I'm in the process of updating my closet and needed to figure out the shelving situation. The design "idea" was inspired by the amazing Aimee Song and her brilliant closet. Check her out Here. I cant wait to finish (or start) this project and share my closet journey with you.
 (BTW, Measurements, numbers, and a pair of banana 3 and 32 year old is not a good combination at Ikea. Just sayin.)
Sunday was supposed to be a Girls Paddle Board day and due to the rain, it was cancelled and turned into a freakin shopping spree down Lincoln Road (Major Damage and I was loving it). We stopped at just a few stores, but we packed on the purchases. H&M, Lush, Forever.
I also took advantage and purchased a few birthday gifts, which I didn't picture because they aren't for me :0(
Lastly,  I won my first bid on EBay this weekend. Needless to say, I am now hooked and have purchased several statement necklaces. Ill also do a post on my EBay accessory bid wins once i receive them.
Any whooo... here are the goodies I scored and after reviewing them again for this post, I love them even more.
Did you go on a shopping spree this weekend?
PS. Can I just say that Target has beautifully designed clothes. I can shop there every day and for almost every occasion.
PSS My camera has been on the I don't feel like working train lately, which is why all my pictures are from a website or my iPhone. I'm hoping to get it repaired soon in order to start sharing my outfit posts and my own photography with you.
PSSS There is no link for item #4 because I purchased it online, and it is now out of stock.

1 // 2 //  3, 6, 7, 12, 13 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 14 // 15 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9/11 I will NEVER forget

9 11 heroes
Today, like every 9/11 for the past 12 years, I spend most of the day in silence, angry, sad, tearing up and reliving the fear I felt on this tragic day.
I was in a parking lot going over my resume, as I was just about to be interviewed for an administrative position with an airline company. I was listening to Y-100 when I learned of the first crash; it was 8:46 am . My immediate thought was, "OMG what a terrible accident". My head was filled with fear and sadness. I kept putting myself in the shoes of all those passengers and what they were feeling, knowing they were heading for what was possibly the end for them.
I walked into the office where I was to be interviewed, a little distracted, I did my best to concentrate on what laid ahead.
As soon as I returned to my car , I turned the radio on again. Expecting to hear "It’s all been an accident, a few hurt but everyone survived" I hear that there was a second crash. At this point, I think "this is def not an accident". Something was very wrong and I was very afraid...afraid of what was coming next. I immediately called my family to make sure they were ok and to ask if they knew what was going on. Everyone was at work and I didn’t want to be alone, so I drove to my best friend’s house. She had been watching the news all morning and went on to give me details of the attacks.
Our world was at war and I had so many questions and thoughts. Are there any survivors? There is a daycare in one of the buildings! and the biggest question, WHY?.
America the free had been invaded, attacked, and a lot of innocent people had just lost their lives. How cruel, how selfish and what dark hearts do these attackers have. No value for their own lives. No respect for the gift of life and willing to give it all up for WHAT?
Needless to say, and I know I am not alone when I say this, I was really scared. The months following the attacks were stressful for me. The sight of an airplane put me into a panic. I refused to fly or visit any tall buildings. However, there was something very beautiful developing, UNITY. It was beautiful to see everyone pitch in to do whatever they could to help.
America started to rebuild.
 Land of the brave. Firefighters, Police Officers, Emergency Medical Teams, and People. We are the land of Hope, Love, Opportunity and NO ONE was going to bring us down. Yes the pain remained  but together we stood.
So, here I am 12 years later hugging my son a little tighter, telling my family that I love them a few more times and thanking whoever it is that’s upstairs and the Universe for always keeping me and my family safe.
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but we are blessed to have today, so make it count. Release the negative, don't sweat the petty stuff and give love.
Grow into love no matter where life has taken you and always be kinder than necessary. Someone next to you is probably fighting their hardest battle and your smile is probably all it takes to give them one too.
Sending you all an endless amount of Love and Light,

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fall Wish List

Fall Wish List
I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and took advantage of some of the amazing sales out there. I did have a great long weekend, but I didn't do any shopping. Wahhhh True Story.
Instead, I did some online browsing and added a few items to my ongoing Wish List.
Usually, when I add an item to my wish list, it is a staple piece and more expensive than a Target run find, so I add it to my list and keep my eyes peeled for any possible savings.

 Do you have any special buys in mind for the upcoming season?

Update: I purchased the denim biker vest. It has an additional 20% off for Labor Day (Code: LDTREAT) and I scored free shipping for spending a little over $ 40.00.
The Mossimo blue floral print jacket is no longer available, but they do have a purple & black printed one and it is on SALE!!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

Mark your Calendars ladies.
9/15/2013, its on like Donkey Kong 
Before I start, I want to thank Target for all the Designer collaborations that have allowed little ol me to afford designer pieces. My favorite was always the Missoni collection but here come Phillip Lim with his AMAZINGNESS and Wham... Hasta la vista Missoni.
This collection is so chic and sophisticated. I love 90% of the pieces. The 10% being the Boom sweaters. The collection will feature men's and women's clothing, shoes and purses. Prices for apparel will vary from $ 19.99 - $ 299.99 and for accessories $ 19.99 - $ 59.99. The color palette is beautiful, including lots of Midnight blue, Black, Neutrals and some pop's of Green.
My favorite item of the collection is the Pashli look alike satchel. Since I cannot afford the $ 800+ price tag for the Pashli, you better believe that I am going to fight tooth and nail for the one included in this collection (Pictured below).
I hope you are able to score everything on your Phillip Lim wish list.
Good Luck!

Preview the collection Here


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sweater Season?

 Robot // Love  // Baroque
V  //  Geo  //  V Casual
Every year I tell myself that I will not buy another sweater for the Winter season.
Being that I live in Miami and Winter in Miami consists of a light cardigan (That you end up taking off by noon), jean's and a cute pair of sandals, it makes no sense to spend money on sweaters that you'll most likely never wear (guilty). Then I log into Forever21 and I seem to come down with the craziest case of memory loss. Just like that, my cart begins to fill up. Sighhh. There are so many adorable options and all at such great prices. All the ones I listed and linked above are under $ 30.00. Numbers 5 & 6 are already in my cart and I'm debating whether or not to eat lunch the rest of the week in order to pick up number 8 as well.
I hope you all have a great day and I have my fingers crossed for an unusually cold Winter this year in Miami.