Outfits of May 2017

May was full of incredible adventures and, looking back, I still can’t believe how much I managed to pack in there.

My husband and I took a trip to California and the moment we got back, I attended a baby shower for one of my good friends (and the shower my lady girl gang from work!). I got my hair cut (!), worked a graduation, turned 29, and celebrated my birthday with family, friends, and my husband, who had a thrilling weekend planned for me.

Here’s what I wore. I originally wanted a Minnie Mouse-inspired dress to wear to Disneyland, but the one I ordered (sadly) didn’t fit. So I had to improvise. I wanted something cute and feminine, but I still wanted to be comfortable. This worked out well!

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Skirt: Forever 21
  • Shoes: DSW (Converse)
  • Minnie Mouse ears: Disney World

You can’t see this outfit up close, but I love these photos, so I had to include them! My husband, my parents, and I traveled on a deserted road to get to Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, so we stopped to snap some photos.

Outfit details

  • Dress: LuLaRoe Nicole
  • Shoes: Payless

This outfit served me well at Hearst Castle and at Montano de Oro beach. I DIE for this shirt, which is a reference to both the Coolio song and one of my favorite movies, “Clueless.”

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  • Shirt: Ross (I’m OBSESSED. Why don’t we have any in Massachusetts?!)
  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Shoes: DSW

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Shirt: Old Navy

Skirt: Forever 21

Shoes: DSW


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  • Shirt: H&M (my new fave shirt)
  • Jeans: Marshall’s
  • Shoes: Payless

How beautiful are the women in my lady girl gang?!

Outfit details

  • Dress: LuLaRoe Nicole
  • Shoes: Payless

This was the last photo of me with my long hair!

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Leggings: LuLaRoe
  • Cardigan: Forever 21
  • Shoes: Payless

New hair! It was a bit shorter than I asked for (I asked for my hair to stay below my shoulders), but I’m getting used to it.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Marshall’s
  • Skirt: Forever 21
  • Tights: WeLoveColors.com
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Skirt: Ross
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Dress: LuLaRoe Amelia (my first!)
  • Cardigan: Gift from my mom
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Jacket: TJ Maxx
  • Shoes: Payless

And here’s a peek at my incredible birthday weekend (and the days leading up to it). My husband planned a surprise weekend, which he revealed to me through a series of riddles given to me each day leading up to it. It was so incredibly creative and romantic and it got me even more pumped for a wonderful weekend. We visited an arcade; went out to dinner; stopped by a brewery; I got my nails done; we went to a vineyard; visited Mystic; and ate all kinds of delicious foods. My friends and family were wonderful to me, too. I’m so lucky.

xo.

Things I Bought That I Love: Winky Lux Flower Balm

Sometimes I just like to treat myself to something pretty. The Winky Lux Flower Balm is exactly that—a lovely lipstick that’s also fun.

It’s coconut scented (which is one of my favorites), and the clear balm reacts with your skin’s pH levels “uniquely creating the perfect shade of pink lips just for you,”, according to the website. If that’s not enough, there’s also a flower (chrysanthemum) in each.

The packaging is fun and I love that the lipstick looks like a pill. The $12 lipstick comes in pink, green, and yellow; I opted for pink.

Get yours here.

xo.

Things I Bought That I Love: Lillian Crystal Necklace

For a little more than a year now, I’ve been following Yasi, the fashion blogger Hello Gorgeous on Instagram. She’s definitely been a style inspiration to me and I’ve always been especially obsessed with her necklaces.

Recently, Yasi announced the opening of her store, Hello Gorgeous Boutique—which sells the iconic necklaces she wears!

I snatched up the Lillian Crystal Necklace, available for $28, from Hello Gorgeous Boutique. Get yours here.

xo.

Friday Favorites: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

It’s been a while since I did a Friday Favorites—but I need to talk about one of my all-time favorites, “Gilmore Girls.” The revival just came out today and I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS.

Spoilers ahead!

Things I Loved

  • Lorelai and Luke finally (!) get (!) married (!). Teenage me is squealing. Almost-thirty me is also squealing.
  • That “it’s-always-been-you” moment between Luke and Lorelai. Because to Luke, Lorelai is the only person who’s ever mattered.
  • Lorelai’s favorite Richard moment. It was a good story. I’m glad she shared it with her mother.
  • Rory’s struggling career. When the original show aired, I related to Rory so much—a not-so-popular bookworm who yearned to be a journalist. I loved seeing someone I connected with on television. I loved seeing her chase after her dreams. In the revival, though, I liked seeing her struggle a little. She accomplished a lot, yet still felt she hadn’t accomplished enough. I liked seeing that. It’s hard out there. I liked that it was hard for her, too. I liked that she was flailing, insecure, and unsure of herself. I like that her life wasn’t what she had imagined. I liked that she felt she deserved better—because I get it.
  • The wedding. I wish we’d gotten to see the full thing (more on that below), but what we got was beautiful and perfect and made me real emotional. It was so incredible finally seeing two characters I’ve rooted for for years finally get their happily-ever-after.
  • Emily. Her grief was so palpable. Watching her go through the stages of grief felt natural. I keep thinking back to that scene where Richard’s in the hospital and Emily demands that he let her die first. It makes sense that, after 50 years of marriage, she would be devastated by his loss and that devastation would manifest itself in a multitude of ways—trying to purge, trying to start over, lashing out at people she cares about, starting fresh. She has to learn to live again, on her own. I enjoyed her arc (and that larger-than-life painting of Richard).
  • Richard. The entire storyline revolving around the loss of Richard was emotional and handled so well. I loved when Rory kissed Richard’s portrait with her hand and said hello. I loved the references to him and his drink carts. I thought the show honored Richard well.
  • The flashbacks. I thought they might be a little heavy-handed, but I loved the way they wove some of the older scenes into the show. I was touched when Rory returned to her grandparents’ empty home and could see them sitting at the table, and a scene later, watching him typing at his desk in the study. Talk about a punch in the gut.
  • Paris. I’ve always loved Paris (as infuriating as she could be at times) and I loved seeing her on my screen again. I only wish there had been more.
  • Emily yelling “BULLSHIT.” In the middle of a DAR meeting. And then quitting the DAR. And moving to Nantucket. And becoming a museum docent. And learning to be on her own.
  • The confirmation that Christopher is a terrible father. I already knew that, but I’m glad everyone else knows it, too.
  • Lane has a dad!
  • Hep Alien. Still doing their thing forever, please.
  • Lane and Zach performing at a secret bar. And THE SECRET BAR.
  • Townie stuff. I always love townie hijinx, so I enjoyed the town meetings, the town square festivals, and the Kirk endeavors (especially the movie and the Ooober).
  • A return to comfort. I’ve described this show to others as being like wearing a warm blanket. The revival was no different. And, after a not-so-great few weeks, I was grateful for the return to Stars Hollow.

Things I Didn’t Love

  • Not seeing the full wedding. Logistically, I get why they couldn’t film it. But after all these years, I think we deserved both weddings: the elopement and the full, big wedding, with all of the incredible townies we’ve grown to love. I at least wanted Sookie there for the elopement. And Jess. I also wanted to see Lorelai’s wedding dress and I wanted the satisfaction of seeing Emily see Lorelai get married.
  • Not enough Sookie. There’s never enough Sookie, and I couldn’t be more disappointed that Sookie was only in one scene. It was a nice scene, sure, but I found Sookie’s disappearance and new job a bit unbelievable. SOOKIE ST. JAMES, one of the greatest chefs of all time, LEAVES COOKING BEHIND? And her best friend? And her business? And her goddamn husband and her family (maybe, since they don’t really explain how that all works)? It doesn’t feel right.
  • Not enough Paris. Mostly because there’s never enough Paris. But I really wanted more to her story. I didn’t love her freakout over Tristan (who was RECAST and also who never graduated from Chilton so never should have been invited to an alumni event). I wish the freakout had merely been about the being-back-in-high-school-and-having-old-feelings-resurface because that I can understand. But Tristan wasn’t even that big of a deal outside of season one and early season two. I also wanted more from her storyline with Doyle. Like, is Doyle just going to be a douche pandering to Michael Bay forever?
  • Not enough on Lorelai and Emily’s relationship. Although we got a decent amount of screen time on it—through therapy and the fights at the house—I didn’t feel satiated. I liked the authenticity in the sense that tense mother/daughter relationships are not ever really “fixed.” However, one thing I loved about the season seven finale was the moment when Richard, Emily, and Lorelai are saying farewell at Rory’s graduation party. Lorelai says she wants to continue with the Friday night dinners, even sans Rory. It warmed my little heart. But, in the new series, all of that’s disappeared. I know it’s because season seven wasn’t part of ASP’s vision, but I liked the progress of Lorelai’s relationship with her parents. So, I’m a little disappointed that the series had to end with Lorelai asking for money—again. And that it leads to a visitation arrangement—again. I get that it was supposed to mirror the first episode, but given all that’s happened over the years, I didn’t love it.
  • Not enough of Lane and Mrs. Kim. I really wanted to know more about what she was up to. How did her kids grow up? Were she and Zach doing well? (It seemed like yes, but a bit more would have been nice.) I liked to imagine her eventually running the music shop. I don’t know. I wanted something. I also wanted to see Mrs. Kim with her grandkids. There weren’t nearly enough Lane and Mrs. Kim moments. Justice for Lane, guys.
  • Not enough Jess. I’m not even a huge Rory/Jess shipper, but JESUS CHRIST. He’s doing so well and he’s all cleaned up and he looks so good and he’s clearly still into Rory.
  • Logan’s existence. FUCK YOU, LOGAN.
  • The cheating. What the fuck, Rory? I mean, yeah, OK, Rory cheats; it’s kind of her thing. But she didn’t even feel a little bad. Love yourself, Rory!
  • The Life and Death Brigade. I am full of so much hate for how much of the episode this shit took up.
  • That MUSICAL. It was 7,000 minutes too long.
  • ASP’s personal feelings inserted wherever possible. We get it, ASP. You hate technology and social media and millennials and fat people. But you love hats. Horrible, ugly hats.
  • Not enough, period. Goddamnit, guys, four episodes was not enough.

Questions I Had

  • Where was the beloved introduction? I wanted to sing along to that Carole King theme song I’ve heard a zillion times.
  • Is Rory kind of a bad person?
  • Is Paris also pregnant? (She says she missed a period!)
  • Did we really need that Jack Smith storyline?
  • Did Sookie move out of Stars Hollow?
  • Why did Emily say to Lorelai that she’d see her the following Tuesday for therapy in the winter episode, but then we don’t see them in therapy until the spring episode when flowers have already bloomed?
  • Who wrote the letter?
  • How is it possible that ASP intended for Rory to end up pregnant at the conclusion of the original series? Pregnant at 21? What? Why? And, how dare you?
  • Those were the final four words? (I preferred my husband’s prediction, which was, “Let’s get some coffee.”)
  • Will we get a season two? Please say yes. Because I’ve never had enough “Gilmore Girls” in my life.

I just really love this show and I’m happy it came back.

xo.

Things I Bought That I Love: Luke’s Diner Pin

What better way to celebrate the return of “Gilmore Girls” than with a Luke’s diner pin?

Well, you could also celebrate it with a Luke’s diner mug (for your husband); a Dragonfly Inn mug (for yourself); some coffee and Pop Tarts; and a marathon of the show with friends. (Check, check, check, and check.)

But the pin is pretty great, too.

It comes from You Silly Duffer on Etsy and is currently on pre-order for $8. The packaging it comes in is cute and the pin is even cuter. Get yours here.

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One Year in Our First Home

Somehow, it’s already been a year since my husband and I purchased our first home. We loved it as soon as we saw it because it felt so cozy. It was the living room we loved best—it had a chimney (which, truth be told, we have yet to use) and it was huge, which is great because that’s where we’d be spending a good chunk of our time. But, we liked the layout of the entire house, and the fact that it was so close to work and in a good neighborhood.

We’ve done a lot of work to the house since we first bought it. It was exciting to know we could personalize it exactly to our tastes (a freedom we definitely didn’t have in our apartments), but it’s also taken a lot of time and effort (and, let’s be real, money).

We painted every room, rearranged appliances, and spent the last year finding exactly the right furniture to give us the look we wanted.

We’re still not quite done—we have big dreams of redoing the kitchen and maybe even the bathroom some day, plus smaller to-dos, like creating a gallery wall up the stairs and organizing our sun room (not pictured below)—but we’re happy and proud of what we’ve accomplished.

This is our home.

xo.

Posting on Snapchat for a Living

Okay, so I don’t exactly post on Snapchat for a living. But, that is part of my job—and I’m excited to share that an article I wrote about Snapchat was published by Higher Ed Experts! The article provides tips for other social media managers, like me, who may want to launch a Snapchat account for their college or institution.

I loved that the article picked up a little traction on Twitter (so exciting to me!), and that a lot of my co-workers threw their support behind the piece by sharing it on their own social media accounts. I work with such a good crew. ❤

If you’re interested, you can read the article here. Tweet me @crysmaldonado to let me know what you think!

xo.

Outfits of July 2016

July has been a busy month so far. My husband and I have been keeping busy each weekend with things to do. We’re actively trying to make the most of our time by getting out and doing more (at least when we feel like it!). We’ve recently taken a day trip to the beach; saw “Ghostbusters” (which I LOVED!); ate delicious food at the New England Food Truck Festival; spent time with my parents before they moved to California; and visited an art show.

Here are a few things I’ve worn this month. (Spoiler alert: I’ve become a walking Old Navy billboard.)

Let’s start with this nail polish. Not an outfit, technically, but I did wear it.

IMG_0895How amazing is this nail polish?! It’s Rose Gold Holographic Nail Polish from I Love Nail Polish (ILNP).

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I wore this to my parents’ going away party as they prepared to move across the country to California. (They’re currently about halfway there!)

My little brother, my dad, my mom, and me. <3
My little brother, my dad, my mom, and me. ❤

Outfit details

  • Tunic: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless/Old Navy (Payless flats in the first pic; flip flops from ON in the second)

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Old Navy has been straight killin’ it with their dresses lately. I’ve gotten about five in all (seriously) and they’re my new go-to things to wear.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

And, I wore this to go get much-needed and much-deserved drinks with friend from work. On a Monday.

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Another Old Navy dress!

Outfit details

  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: DSW

I also wore my R2D2 dress from Disney to an art show… where I met this dog! Not really an outfit pic, more of an excuse to show off my new friends, Frankie.

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The best part about getting cardigans and dresses from Old Navy is that they match perfectly.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: CowCow via Amazon.com
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: DSW (These are Sanuk shoes, made from yoga mats, and they’re incredibly comfortable, even though they may not be the cutest.)

Bonus: Snaps.

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Outfit details

  • Dress: CowCow via Amazon.com
  • Shoes: Sanuk via Amazon.com

Still yearning to take better outfit pics, but maybe it’s time I accept it’ll never happen. 😉

Until next month!

xo.

Things I Bought That I Love: Polly Pocket Pins

When I was little, I loved Polly Pocket. I had a bunch of the teeny, tiny dolls, as well as the houses they came with. One of my favorites was a castle that actually lit up. (I think I spent more time turning that light on and off than I did actually playing with it.)

And, while these pins don’t come with a castle that lights up, they’re pretty damn cute.

Get your own here. (They’re currently sold out, but you get them on the next pre-order!)

xo.

A Gorgeous Sliding Barn Door for Our Home

My dad is a really talented person. He recently renovated both of the bathrooms in my parents’ home, one of which included a sliding barn door. It was gorgeous, and I gushed about it so much he and my mom offered to make one for my house, too.

They delivered the handcrafted door to our home on Wednesday and Bill and I love it so much. It’s the perfect addition to our new home (not just beautiful, but practical, too, as it helps insulate our house from the sun room).

But mostly, we love it because it was such a thoughtful gift from my parents. As they prepare to move to California, it means a lot to have a little piece of them here with us!

Thanks, Mom and Pop!

xo.