Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Easy Weekend Outfit + Candy Couture Shop Giveaway


I swear, the rest of my clothes must be so jealous of these pants and cardigan. I wear the cardigan a few times a week for work, and the jeans are easily my single most used item on the weekends. It's just so easy, you know? I dressed up the look a little bit with one of my prettiest summer heels that I've had forever, plus my new Candy Couture Shop necklaces. This shop is one of my favorites right now, so I was thrilled when Gina contacted me to send over some of her new stuff, like the versatile crystal necklace and beautiful blue druzy below.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Kitschy and Retro at the Beach!

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houndstooth and watermelon

Top: Target (at least 6 years old!) // Bottom: American Apparel // Shoes: Steve Madden via TJ Maxx (super old) // Bag: TJ Maxx // Sunglasses: Poshmark // Lipstick: Sephora lip stain as base + Revlon Candy Apple over it
Hi guys! So this is the last look from my swim shoot with Gen (other two here and here). I love any chance to get all kitchy and retro, especially at the beach. It's just so fun and playful-- totally feels like you're in a 60's beach flick, you know? Haha. I really loved this houndstooth + watermelon print mix, too. They're totally different prints but together they make for a quirky, retro beach look. My one regret in this outfit shoot was forgetting to add my dainty flamingo necklace! I mean, it doesn't get any more retro and kitschy than a flamingo! I remembered to wear it for the one-piece look but totally forgot about it for this outfit.

So that's it for the swim looks for this year, too! I thought I'd be going to the beach more often, given how much I went in the spring, but turns out we have this lovely flesh-eating bacteria thing going on right now that 10 people have died from. So I stopped going. Not interested in the risk. It took so much self-control not to go into the water that day! And now it's August, which only means one thing: JELLYFISH SEASON IS UPON US. So yeah, no more swim looks for me until 2016!

Thanks for visiting, everyone!
Hope you enjoyed this fun little number. :)

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Standing Out in a One-Piece

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Earnestyle: Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy One-Piece

SwimsuitVictoria's Secret // Shorts: Forever 21 (super old) // Hat: Free People // Sunglasses: c/o Italia Independent // Necklace: Taudrey // Bracelets: Lucky Brand, Loft

Here's beach outfit #2 of my photo shoot with Gen (@GenStreetStyle). It's been years since I last wore a one piece, probably since I was 10 or so. (I actually wasn't allowed to wear a two piece until I was around 12, 13. #growingupCatholicCuban.) However, I have since grown to really love and appreciate conservative style. I'd been looking for a one-piece bathing suit for a long time but couldn't make up my mind with all the great options out there. But from the minute I saw this one (blogged about it here) I knew I had to get it! The pattern is cute but the back is magical. Fit is a little loose, honestly, but I figure with the shrinkage when wet (lol) it'll be just fine. Here in Miami you still see like 10 bikinis for every one-piece, so the latter really gives you an opportunity to stand out or make a statement. This one-piece certainly did that for me. :)

What styles do you typically wear at the beach? Comment below!

Thanks for reading, and happy Friday!

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Red Lip, Classic Beach Style

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Hat: J. Crew // Shirt: Nautica // Bikini Top: Target // Bikini BottomVictoria's Secret // Lip color: Revlon Lip Butter in "Candy Apple"

Last month I took a lovely Tuesday morning off from work to meet up with Gen of the @GenStreetStyle Instagram account and Gen and Gus Photography and take these FANTASTIC beach pictures. It was hard to narrow them down-- I included almost every single one of them, haha. Fun fact: I left my white Urban Outfitters blouse that I had planned for this outfit at home and I was so upset with myself, and then I get to the beach and there is Gen wearing this crisp, white, linen button-front blouse that's even prettier than mine, and she totally offered to shoot me with it. What can I say, she is super sweet, and so very talented! Be sure to check out her Instagram for more street style shots with local Miami bloggers. Also, there's two more beach looks that we shot that day. Stay tuned!

P.S. Shot-out to my cousin who suggested the title "Hispanic Tay-Tay" for this blog post. 

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

July Recap + Some Personal Notes

Ever get the feeling that time is just passing you by?
July was full of activity but a lot of it felt quite lonely.
There's always so much more I wanted to do, so much more left for another day.
Somber words for this colorful July recap, but it's what I feel.
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I got an early start observing and analyzing people in my own family and tiny K-12 Catholic school. I was always introspective and slightly pessimistic/depressed. Hell, my 8th grade nickname was "Negative Nathy." 
Naturally, I became a therapist. 
There are many reasons that people choose to become therapists, and running from your own demons is certainly one of them. Through my training and experience working with people from all walks of life, I have been able to confront and resolve some of them, and encounter new ones as well. This blog is my creative outlet and a huge part of my self-care routine. It has helped me make new friends that I would have never met otherwise. It has taken me to various nooks and crannies all over Miami that I wouldn't have had a reason to visit otherwise. It gets my creative juices flowing and pushes me to test the limits of any self-imposed barriers. For example, taking your own blog pictures at lunchtime in the middle of Downtown Coral Gables is quite the test of stamina for an introvert like me. I've become better able to live in the moment in service of valued ends, despite any negative self-talk that may come up. Which is actually my approach as a therapist in a nutshell: to help people discover their own personal traps and move toward valued ends, regardless of distress. 
Still, I'm a perfectionist. And not the super productive kind, sadly. More like the kind that becomes so paralyzed with the fear of failure that she stops trying. That is one of my personal traps. My work-life balance has been way off in 2015, but everyday I work toward an appropriate balance. It helps that inside that ol' Negative Nathy is a Motivated Idealist, somewhere in there. 
So why did I write all of this in my July recap... Well, I'm a big believer in journaling (obviously). And as I stared at my parrot puppet selfie up above, which I use to help my kid clients understand the impact of negative self-talk and ways to counteract it, I thought I'd show a little of myself today. Because therapists are people with non-professional goals and aspirations too, and we suffer from the same life traps everyone else does. 
Anyway, thanks for reading. I hope you guys had a wonderful July, and I wish you many opportunities to grow, create, and live on your own terms in August and beyond.
Stay tuned for more on Earnestyle. I will be posting lots of outfits this coming week. :)
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