OOTD: Embroidered Midi Dress

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I’m so excited to share this look with you all today! In particular, I’m excited to share the star of the OOTD this embroidered midi-dress, it’s one of my absolute favorite go-to dresses. I can seriously live in it, as it works for so many occasions; I can pair it with strappy heels for a dressier event, or throw on some gladiator sandals for the perfect causal brunch look. Not to mention it’s an exact dupe for one of my favorite, Free people dresses (I might even like the quality of this one a little more) and at only $36.99 vs $168.00 I really couldn’t say no.

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One of my my favorite colors to pair with black during the summer is camel. I love the contrast and warmth it brings to a black outfit, and the warm tone makes black summer appropriate. So I knew that my Steve Madden espadrilles, would be the perfect shoe for this look. Not only did they match perfectly with my, Jessica Simpson purse, but the wedge gave me some much needed height, to successfully pull off a midi dress. The finishing touch was to throw on my new hat obsession, this straw hat I indefinitely borrowed from my mom ( I mean does anything say summer like a straw hat)?

2017-06-15 06.54.37 3For jewelry I kept it super simple and minimal, layering my favorite Old Navy dangle necklace and a simple dainty gold chain, mom gifted me from her recent trip to Mexico. For earrings I kept with the dangle theme, throwing on these disc style gold earrings, that catch the light perfectly. On my hands, I went with my two favorite Madewell bracelets, my engagement ring (of course) and a bar Madewell ring as well. I wanted to keep everything simple, to not take away from the beautiful white embroidered flowers.

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This look, is something I will have on repeat so expect to see it in future posts hopefully you guys don’t get tired of it.

As always thank you for stopping by.

Share your favorite fashion, or beauty dupes in the comments below, I’d love to check them out.

DIY: Let’s make summer Clutches out of Placemats.

With Summer right around the corner, I’ve been looking for ways to add fresh new accessories to my summer style. And what better way to complete an outfit, then by adding a fun bag! So, instead of going out and spending $$$ on three new bags ( I spent under $10.00 for each one) I decided to revisit an old DIY I did a few years back, in which I turn placemats into clutches. Seriously you guys, this is such an easy DIY and the outcome looks boutique quality (even better there is no sewing!). With so many cute placemats out there, you have to give this DIY a try, I’ll be sharing three different styles in the tutorial (placemats are all from  Target)!

*Pro tip: When choosing out a placemat be sure it’s double lined meaning there is two pieces of fabric already sewn together; this allows you to skip adding a lining to the inside of the clutch ( Can you guys tell I like to do the least amount of work, lol) .

The Tribal Clutch

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For this DIY you will need:

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Step one:

Start by taking a seam ripper (in case an exacto knife lol) and cut all along the bottom and top seam, this will create an opening for the cardstock.

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Step two:

Next insert your card stock, making sure it is centered with the bottom and top seems. The cardstock will give the body of the clutch structure, and keep it from sagging once it’s filled with all your goodies.

Now lay your trim on top of the cardstock, at this point you should have a “sandwich” (placemat, cardstock, trim and placemat) add a generous amount of liquid stitch in-between each layer apply pressure to the edge to close everything up. 

Take the second piece of card stock and glue it along the opposite seam.

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*It should look like this, allow to dry for 5 minutes before moving on to the next step.

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Step 3:

The last step is to create the actual pouch area (the size of the pouch will be determined by how far up, you fold the palcemat).

Simply add a generous amount of glue to both sides along the seams, leaving enough space for a flap, hold everything in place with paper clips while its’ drying  (24 hrs).

*Pro tip: I used paper clips rather than pins, because pins tend to get glued making it hard to pull them out.

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Your  all done, the end result should look like this.

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Styling your clutch:

I love the bohemian vibe this clutch is giving off, I would style it with a pair of light denim cut-offs a simple white tee and my new favorite Steve Madden wedges. Keeping everything simple, and letting the print become the focal point for a relaxed boho outfit.

The Palm Clutch

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For this DIY you will need:

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Step One:

Start by taking in the sides of the placemat, do so until you can slide the bottom through the slits of the handle. Once I lined everything I used several clips to hold everything in place

*Pro tip: Hold off on adding glue, until you have everything set in place.

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Step Two:

The final step is to add a generous amount of glue to the pre-existing side seams, stopping an inch from the top. Add glue to the underside of the seam running along the handle as well.

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Step Three:

Line up the sides, and run your finger along the glued areas applying plenty of pressure secure everything with butterfly clips allow 24hrs before using. You’re all done!

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 Styling Tip:

I’m getting resort vacation vibes from this clutch, I would pair it with white denim skinnies, a white flowy top and an oversized sun hat for fun tropical weekend look. 

Fiesta Clutch

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For this DIY you will need:

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Step one:

Making all the mini tassels is time-consuming so…. I recommend watching an episode or two of you favorite show . For this size purse you will need a total of 14 mini tassels (one bundle of floss makes two tassels, just fold in half twice).

*I’m not showing this step, but will link a previous tutorial here.

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Step two:

Thread your needle and sew on one of your handles to the placemat.

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Step Three:

Fold the placemat in half, use paper clips to hold everything in place, then line second handle to opposite side.

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Step Four:

Pull the paper clips out, and lay placemat on a flat surface.

Arrange the tassels into your desired pattern, using a ruler to help space everything evenly.

Once you are happy with the pattern and placement, lift one tassel at a time and apply a dot of glue to the backside. Allow tassels to dry for 10mins, before moving on to the next step.

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Step Five:

Apply a thick layer of glue along the entire placemat, then use several paper clips to hold everything down and prevent it from popping back up. Allow to dry over night and you’re all done.

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Styling Tip:

This clutch is so fun, that I would go full rainbow pairing it with this embroidered Zara button up, my favorite denim shorts and my pom-pom gladiator sandals. This is the perfect outfit for a summer backyard party.

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I’m so happy with how these turned out, styled outfit pictures to come very soon. If any of you recreate this DIY I please tag me on I.G @lifeinmauve and use the #lifeinmauvediy and while you are there don’t forget to give me a follow :).

In the comments below let me know which one is your favorite, how would you style it?

XoX Nayeli

 

70’s summer vibes.

20170604181341_IMG_2369-01This past weekend I was crushing hard on the 70’s, I spent a majority of my weekend grooving out to Fleetwood Mac, and The Mammas and the Pappas while frolicking outside. Luckily for my slight 70’s addiction (or maybe not so slight) I’m pretty stocked on all of your flower child essentials, all perfect for a spring outfit. 

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To start off this vintage Forever 21 dress, (totally joking about the vintage part) was a recent rediscovery from my closet, I’ve had it for a few years and can’t seem to get enough of it. The fabric is light weight flowy and breathable all musts for a hot California day . It cinches in at the waist creating a very flattering shape the slightly oversized bell sleeves come down at and angle for optimum frolicking action. Is it me or is anyone else getting major dessert flower child vibes from the print? 

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 I kept my accessories minimal opting for an oversized straw hat and wicker vintage clutch a match made in heaven. Of course I live in my Karen Walker Super Dupers  year round they Shapes frames my face perfectly. 

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These Steve Madden espadrille wedges are a new addition to my closet, I now know why they are the shoe of the summer. I found mine at DSW for only $59.99 and let me tell you I’m running back for all the other shades, they are absolute perfection. The brown suede against the light rope scream summer and the strap make them easy to walk in all day long.

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I’m sure this outfit this going to be on repeat, all summer long.

What is your current favorite outfit be sure to share in the comment below. 

As always thanks for visiting and don’t forget to follow me on I.G @lifeinmauve for daily inspiration posts.

Peace and love

Nayeli

 

Mother’s Day Gift Idea DIY Engraved Bracelets

The challenge of finding Mom the perfect gift, that says “Mom you’re the best, and you mean the world to me” can be well, a challenge. I struggle every year to find a meaningful gift for the most important woman in my life, BUT what do you DIY for Mom as an ADULT? This year I decided give hand engraving a go, and let’s just say the result is beautiful, these bracelets are so lovely and dainty paired with your very own hand writing it’s the perfect personalized gift. I love these!

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For this DIY you will need:

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Step One:

For a wrap style bracelet, measure and cut 3, 42″ strands of floss then fold in half. You will be left with 6, 21″ strands. Repeat, you should have two set of 6, 21″ strands.

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Step two:

Once folded in half take a pencil and place it right at the center of your floss make a small tight knot, you should be left with a small loop around the pencil (repeat).

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Step four:

Take a small piece of your stamping tape and place it right over the loop (this stuff is very strong it keeps everything in place, it’s amazing!). Then separate the strands into 3 groups like this.  (repeat)

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Step five:

Start creating a simple three strand braid, down the entire length, make a small knot at the end set a side for now. (repeat)

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Step six:

Take a pencil and write out a sample of what you would like to engrave. I recommend practicing on a separate bar or disc,  it’s not very hard to use but it does take some getting used to (make sure you have fresh batteries). Then simply Trace over the pencil, I did a set of two, one with my Mom’s zodiac sign the second with her name.

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Step 7:

Lastly take your jump ring and run it through the loop as well as through the bar, using pliers close jump ring, then take your toggle and attach it to the end. Repeat to the other side your are all done!

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Here is the finish product, as you can see I made a second style using a charm bracelet and stamping discs. These are perfect, I love how minimal and chic they are.

Don’t forget to follow me on I.G for daily inspo pics @lifeinmauve for your daily dose of lovely.

Thanks for reading and Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Weekend Diary 1

20170430172724_IMG_1234-01Like most people I look forward to the weekend all week long, I look can’t wait to putting together a cute outfit, cheek out a new cafe or just spending the day outdoors. my family came to visit and celebrate El Dia Del Nino (kids day) so we decided to pack up picnic and take advantage of the beautiful sunny day.

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I have to say I feel really #blessed to have so many beautiful beaches, parks, and hiking trails near me (all perfect for a great Instashot ). We decided to head to one for our favorite spots, Lovers Point a cute little picnic area in Pacific Grove. We love that it has easy access to the beach but also has plenty of grassy areas to lay down a picnic blanket and enjoy the beautiful view.  On sunny days, it’s absolutely mind blowing!

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We spent a majority of our afternoon playing with the kids on the grass and running around. My nephew and son really enjoyed the sunny weather, we played freebie and enjoyed a delicious lunch with the sound of crashing waves behind us making the day even better.

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I knew we would be running around a lot so I needed a very comfortable and flexible outfit.  I opted for my new favorite off the shoulder striped top, paired with rolled up straight leg jeans and my lace-up  nude sandals from Payless Shoes ( check out my Spring shoe essentials)  it made for a light and airy spring outfit. On days that I need to be hands free my go to bag is my Kate Spade backpack it’s classic, and offers enough space that I can pack all of babies needs. Of course these days I try to capture every moment so I never leave the house with-out my camera.

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After lunch we went down to Cannery Row, and did a little more walking around and popped into Ghirardelli for a cheeky late afternoon treat. I totally recommend the Presidio Passion Strawberry Sundae, it’s amazing!

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It was a fantastic weekend, I’m already counting down the days until the next! I’d love to hear how you all spent your weekend, share it down below.

Let’s Talk Bras

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Gilligan & O’ Malley for Target

I feel like I have spent a majority of my adult life in the search of the perfect bra. Over the years I have tried several brands, styles, and have gone back and forth between padded and unlined. My search for a great fitting bra that also makes me feel sexy and confidant, has become even more of a challenge since becoming a new mom (a breast-feeding mom at that). It seem like nursing bras are all made to look like weird training bras. and give you uniboob (come on bra companies us moms  want cute and dainty bras too). Well, I have really exciting news! So exciting that I’m snapping pictures of my unmentionables, and sharing them all over social media… I found two really great bras, and I just have to share this discovery. Although it’s not an actual nursing bra, nursing is very do-able even better they can be found at Target ( can they do nothing wrong?) and it’s only $16.99! I have two styles that I’m obsessed with, like committed relationship obsessed.

To start I’m a 36D and have a lot of needs, I look for lift, support, flexibility (As a mom I’m constantly moving and can’t have anything jumping ship, you know what I mean) I also need it to be comfortable, durable and let’s not forget it needs to be cute. I know, it’s a lot of requirements but well-fitting under garments are VERY important, there nothing worse than having to constantly readjust. Style wise I go back and forth between wires and no wire, however I try to avoid padded bras I prefer a unlined bra (opposed to 20-year-old me, who loved an overly padded bra).

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Gilligan & O’Malley Unlined Lace Bra
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Buff Beigie, $16.99

I have two styles to share both from Gilligan & O’ Malley range from Target, but this one is by far my favorite I own a few different colors, and here is why I love it sooo much. It’s a fully unlined, wire lace bra (that’s a mouth full)  that has a slight stretch. Making it very comfortable to wear through-out the entire day or even sleep in. It comes in a wide range of sizes, even for us gals with larger breasts (size range 32B-40DD), the cups cut across at a slight angle giving the breast a very flattering shape. The built-in wire stops at the perfect point, high enough that it holds everything in from the sides, but low enough that you don’t have an annoying wire digging in at your side. Although this is not an actual nursing bra, I find the stretch and shape make nursing very do-able.

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Gilligan &’ Malley Unlined Lace Bra

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Ebony $16.99

The second color I own is this black number, which is just plain feminine and sexy no other way to put it. It’s completely outlined in lovely scalloped lace trim, which gives it a uber feminine feel. It works well under slightly sheer t-shirts, or t-shirts that have a deeper v ( lets face it showing your bra, is totally a fashion trend) the lace slightly peeking out looks really chic. A wider band hugs and smooths everything out making it undetectable under thinner fabrics. I can’t say enough good things about this one, I recently introduced my sister to it and she is just as obsessed as I am.

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Gilligan & O’Malley Floral Lace Bralette
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Crystal Pink $16.99

The next style is a true bralette that can be worn racer back or not, it comes in sizes XS-XL and is offered in 4 soft neutral shades. There is a delicate 1″ band of lace that  wraps around the entire bottom and curves in at the center front cinching me in. I don’t get as much support as a traditional bra but it still does a good job holding everything in place. The majority of  bralettes that I have tried are geared towards women with smaller breast, so I appreciate a brand that offers larger sizes that are  true to size and that are cute!

Share down below any of your favorite brands and styles ALSO Target has a 20% off sale until 04/29/2017! Talk to you all soon.

5 Spring Shoe essentials

“With no man in sight, I decided to rescue my ankles from a life of boredom”-Carrie Bradshaw.

Having a man in your life, doesn’t justify killing your ankles with boredom, so here is a little help my 5 spring  shoe essentials. They are sure to liven up yours and your ankles’ life ( best of all they are budget friendly, all under $70!) I’m Also sharing my favorite places to score great quality shoes, and still have enough for a cocktail or two. Enjoy!

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The Nikolle Mule, From Christian Siriano for Payless $24.99

The Mule Slide has become a stable for my shoe game, they are effortless and chic. I love the 2 1/2″ heel it add a little extra lift with out being uncomfortable, I can go all day with this without having any sore feet. The faux suede gives any outfit an instant cool girl vibe, I pair mine with distressed skinny jeans and a plain white tee for the perfect causal look. At only $24.99 you can’t go wrong.

*I recommend sizing up a half size.

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Tasha Chopout Block Heel from Brash for Payless $29.99

 Another great blocked heel and another great shoe from Payless! This Gladiator style sandal is must-have when I want to add a little extra interest to an outfit. The nude shades elongates the leg, while the full lace-up ties make a very comfortable and secure fit. I love to pair them with light ankle skinny jeans and off the shoulder tops for a fresh feminine spring look.

*run true to size.

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Kona Loafer Slide from Merona for Target $22.99

I LOVE these shoes, oh so much! Just like every other girl I’ve lusting over the Gucci Loafer for months and was on the hunt for a good dupe. I came across these from Target and I have to say, they have become my most worn shoe. First off the quality is amazing the faux leather feels and looks rich, the hardware is the perfect shade of gold,and well they just look soo chic! I love to play with juxtaposition by wearing a menswear inspired look, these are perfect with straight legged jeans and a crisp button-up.

*I recommend sizing up a full size

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Reesa Ankle Bootie, From Sam Edelman (Amazon) $59.95

My next essential is the classic Ankle Boot, these are a Chelsea style that hits right above the ankle the pointed toe really elongates the leg. Making them perfect for dresses, cut offs or pairing with a rolled skinny jeans. Like all my others shoes, I love that these have a short heel perfect for weekend adventures.

* I recommend sizing up a full size they run narrow through the toe.

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Hillers Blush Pump from Aldos ( DSW) $69.95

My last pair is these lovely pointed toe Blush Pumps, 100% suede with the perfect 2″ blocked heel they instantly dress up any outfit.  I love to pair these with boyfriend jeans a Military Jacket and a white tee, for an instantly polished look.

I highly recommend giving these shoes a try, if you have been looking to try any of these Spring trends.

Spring and Neutrals

20170315194411_IMG_0043-01Purse -Kate Spade Byrdie ( Crisp Linen), Purse Charm- DSW Chatherine Stein swan pom,  Jewelry Box- Nate Berkus office for Target, Gold Ring- Madewell,  Evil eye ear jackets- Amazon Saridjo,  Pins- Vintage score

With Spring only one day away, I’m looking to introduce a softer more romantic color palette filled with blush and neutral tones. When looking for simple ways to transition my winter wardrobe into a fresh spring one I always start with accessories. It’s an easy way to layer in new pieces when you are not quit ready to say bye to those cozy winter pieces.  This season I ditched my over sized oxblood tote for this small crossbody saddle style purse. With its lovely light neutral shade it’s the perfect everyday no fuss bag it goes with absolutely everything. Plus it’s the perfect size that won’t feel like your being weighed down so you can enjoy gorgeous days ahead. I like to keep my spring wardrobe simple and easy the less time I spend indoors  worrying about what to wear and more time I can enjoy the beauty outside.