My July favorites!

My July favorites!

Hello ladies! So am I seeing this right, We are walking into the third week of July?! I mean this summer is going so fast. I have a feeling it’s going super fast for me because I’m so nervous about Breaker starting kindergarten. I almost don’t want summer to end. I feel more nervous the second time around, I think because with David I worked so it was normal for me to be away from him during the day. Breaker’s been my ride or die since birth. I’m accepting applications for day time friends, LOL!

Ok so since we are into the middle of July and the middle of summer, I thought it would be fun to share some of my July obsessions. Some I’ve shared already and some are new!

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First lets get into my latest beauty obsessions! We all love skincare and makeup right?! So during the summer I focus more on my skin care. I need to take care of it, wash it good and moisturize. We should always take care of our skin but I really focus on it during summer. Not only because we sweat more but I don’t really like wearing makeup when it’s hot. So it’s important to keep that skin looking fresh. Another tip for summer makeup is I only use a tinted moisturizer during the day, If I’m even wearing makeup.I try to stay away from heavy foundation during summer. I’ll conceal my more troubled areas with concealer but I’m very light with it. I think lashes could really help with that summer look. If you have extensions great, If not These are my latest obsession I find the trio Ardell lashes so much easier to work with than strips. At least for me. Bronzer is a must and I know it’s pricy but my favorite summer bronzer is Chanel, Linked here. My other obsession is Dose of colors gloss in that’s cool. I’ve been wearing it since I got it and wearing it in this photo. Like I said less makeup is best in summer. If you want to spice it up put on a bright lip! As long as you look dewy and bronzed you are set!

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Ok if you all don’t know that Zara is my favorite store yet, Then that just means you need to read my blog more, LOL! So lately I’ve been living in these basic crew T-shirts from Zara. I love them, I wear them a lot! They keep me cool and they are easy to style! Not to mention they are under $8, Do I need to say anymore. I just got these colors and I have double in black and white, You can never have enough basic colors. Great summer Tee!

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My last obsession is my Mango smoothie! I’ve been making this everyday after my workout. I needed a change from my others. I’ve talked about my favorite protein Powder here and my workout I do everyday. Check it out. But today I’m sharing the recipe, So easy and yummy! This one doesn’t have greens so what I do is make myself a side spinach salad for dinner, Just to get my greens in for the day! If not add that in your smoothie, it will just be a green one.

1 cup of almond milk

handful of frozen mango no sugar added one

1 TBS of flax seed

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

you can add extra ice for thicker consistency

enjoy!

Hope you liked my post, So what’s your latest obsession? Till next post!

XO  Lisa

Happy 2nd Birthday to my Blog

Happy 2nd Birthday to my Blog

Hello my friends! How are you all doing? I hope you all are great. I seriously can’t complain. We’ve had a nice first month of summer break. The kids are so good. Besides me being in the kitchen a lot more, I think we all have a system. We’ve also been doing family night walks around the neighborhood which is great. I’m seriously in shock that we are in July already. July is special over here on the blog. I posted my very post on July 3rd. And today is my second year blog anniversary. I’m seriously so proud. I’m going to walk you down some of my blogging thoughts from the past 2 years.

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My first post I was nervous, excited and a little scared. But I was super confident I wanted to do this so that’s why I clicked post! I had so much to share, I was missing the fashion in my life and I was missing that outside contact. I had been a stay at home for 3 years when I decided to take the plunge. I talk more about why I started my Blog here.

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So fast forwarding to my one year. Now you would think I wasn’t nervous or scared, and you would think my confidence had gotten stronger. Oh no it was opposite. My confidence had dropped a little. Not with myself oh no, that I found and I won’t let that go ever! I didn’t have the confidence in the blogging world. I hadn’t seen much growth and I wasn’t enjoying it that much. I felt it was a chore rather than what I felt when I started. I hated the way I was feeling about my blog. But with the confidence I had in myself I kept on. And decided to take a different approach and just be a little more raw and share a little more of who I was. Rather than the latest outfits and what to wear. I mean don’t get me wrong it’s what I love to share but I decided to add more family and more of who I am everyday.

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And now fast forward to today I’m at my 2nd year of blogging and I’ve honestly changed my entire approach on this world of blogging. I decided to not care so much about the numbers. Because I still haven’t reached the growth I’d like. One of my vision board goals  last year was to get my first sponsored post. That hasn’t happened for me. I’ve reached out to companies and I either get a no because my follower count isn’t high enough or I just don’t get answered. But that’s ok, I tried. I don’ t let the No’s get me down. I started the blog to feel a void in my life I had missed. And it has done that for me, I’ve also got to meet some nice ladies that I would have never come in contact with if I hadn’t started the Blog. So for that I’m thankful and happy. I will continue to share from my heart and I know my time will come. Your girl has a dream to collab with a shoe company and have the Stylesencillo shoe! I mean I have goals, LOL! Again I want to thank all of you who take the time to read my post and follow my road of blogging. Even if I have only influenced one person, I can go on another year happy! Cheers to another 365 days of Stylesencillo.

Till next post!

XO  Lisa

Target run!

Target run!

Hello Friends! How are you all doing?! I’m doing good. I can’t complain over here. My kids have been so good. Besides me feeling like they want food all day, I’ve actually enjoyed having them home with me. I’m just soaking it all in. I know once school starts I’ll miss them like crazy. And having them home stops me from going to target and buying unnecessary items, LOL! Because it’s too much trouble to get all of us out for a target run and these boys are homebodies.

So speaking of Target I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that I buy about twice a month. They last about a good 2 weeks and I like them all. They are totally random items they don’t even go together, LOL. But that’s what makes this post fun. It’s random but real life shit!

The first set of random items actually go together, I’m obsessed with tone it up protein powder. Like I’ve tried a few and this one is the best. I stick to vanilla because it just goes better with what I like in my smoothie, But I’ve tried the chocolate one and it’s bomb. They have other flavors as well. My go to protein bars are these from tone it up as well. They are actually really good and I love to have these in my pantry for those busy mornings. I just tried the protein bites for the first time and I really like to have these to, They are good for busy days or just wanting something sweet and trying to be good. Tone it up try them!

Ok so these are like random ass items. I for the longest used lady razors and I could never find one I liked. Until the one day I ran out and used the hubby’s razors, about 8 years later I’m still using them. Hand soap I mean we all use it and need it. I’m all about saving a buck and then Target came out with these I fell in love with this scent. Perfect hand soap for the kitchen. Last random item is this fresh gel toilet freshener. Um Hello I live in a house with all boys and a little one that’s still learning how to pee perfectly. So this is much needed, smells good and keeps the bathroom smelling fresh.

Lastly, we can’t forget the Mom juice, This Rose is good and pretty to look at. And you can’t forget your Starbucks to go! Hope you all liked this random post. Till next post.

XO Lisa

Vision board update!

Vision board update!

Hello ladies! We are half way through the year and Wow does time fly. I can’t believe we are approaching summer break, seriously it’s crazy. At the beginning of the year I posted my vision board goals. If you didn’t read that, here it is!

Well now that we are half way there I thought I would just talk about what I’ve accomplished and What I still need to work on. One of the main things was more family time. Like really get out and do more. Even if it’s just trying a new restaurant or visit a local museum. And we have done that. My oldest has been pretty busy with school and practice. So we will definitely get some more family time this summer. I really cherish family time. My kids are growing so fast.

Another big goal was to keep a healthy life style and that I’m still working on. I’ve done pretty good. I finally have a good at home workout routine. I’m learning more and more on what foods are just not ok with me. Getting older I’m more aware of what foods just don’t make me feel good. I’m really getting better at saying no to those bad foods. I do indulge because life is too short. But overall I’m at a really good balance with my healthy lifestyle. I feel great and thats what I wanted.

Making more time for loved ones and friends was also one. I have made more time for myself and that was important. I know when I need a break and I don’t hold back to tell the hubby. Him and I are still working on balancing that alone time with each other. It’s hard because we are so cozy at home. I think the thought of getting out sometimes seems like so much work. But I know we need it. I think we have a date night planned this month, LOL! I mean seriously we love being home. It’s a work in progress.

I have much more goals for my blog and myself working. I’m just a little lost on what to do. I need to put my kids first right now, so starting a new job is scary because I need to be available to them. My blog needs more attention and creativity and I pray I can get that done. Another work in progress.

Thank you for still following along and the support every week! Till next post!

XO  Lisa

My emotional rollercoaster called PMS

My emotional rollercoaster called PMS

Hello Ladies! Hope you all are doing great! Today’s post I wanted to talk about something we don’t always like to talk about. But I want to let other women know they are not alone and let some Men know to give their girls a break when it’s that time.

I think growing up people would talk about PMS and I was like I don’t get any of that. I’ve had it pretty easy until I hit about 37. I had my youngest at 35 and after that I can tell every year I felt my PMS would change. I’m talking about the emotions we face during PMS. Us women can handle the cramping etc. I mean that’s why God gave us the period,LOL. Men, ya I don’t think they would be able to handle it.

My emotions are on another level now that I’m 40. This weekend I even talked to some of my cousins and they seem to be facing similar emotions. And the sad thing is I know when they are coming and I know every month to expect these emotions. I even warn the hubby. I’m like it’s coming. I don’t like when he says ” Are you on your period” that’s the worst question to ask. I just say yes what’s your excuse, LOL!

But on to these emotions, I think for one week I have such bad irritability. I mean bad everything and everyone gets on my nerves. I feel so bad because I try to control that but I can’t at times. I really try to take moments alone to just meditate. It literally last for one week. Second week of PMS, Oh yes mine last exactly 2 weeks. I have horrible self doubt. I mean I feel very down with myself, I feel like I’m doing nothing with my life. Not to mention I hate my Instagram feed I’m like it’s awful etc. Thank goodness the hubby is there to tell me stop it’s fine, and reminds me I feel this way every month. I do hate that week the most. Because i know deep down it’s just these crazy emotions I get. Neither the less after that week I’m back to normal and all is good. But geez it’s exhausting. I loved hearing my cousins say they have these wild emotions too. So that’s why I wanted to share so if you are feeling alone or crazy, Don’t!

Things that help. I try to slow down when I feel like this. I try to get out alone and away from the house. So a quick trip to target, the mall or mani/pedi. Getting away with a friend just to talk and escape your mind. My exercising helps a lot too. I say just try to keep positive around and just know it will pass.

Lots of love to all you ladies. Till next post.

XO  Lisa

My go to swimwear style

My go to swimwear style

Hello Everyone! Spring break is in full effect over here at my house. Boys are off for the week and I’m trying not to yell! No but really my boys are good but it does get hard since they are 10 years apart, The little one thinks everything the teenager does needs punishment, LOL! So all I hear is mom punish Dave or Mom I’m hungry, Like seriously!

With summer around the corner, I’m already looking for new swimwear. I’m pretty basic when it comes to picking out swimwear. And with being a mom and having the kids with me, that’s also something I keep in mind when shopping for swimwear. I remember when David my oldest was 2 We were in Jamaica and I went down the slide with him in a more low-cut bathing suit and lets just say they flew out, LOL! So I’ve learned to keep it comfortable, cute and kid friendly. I’ll keep the low cut for trips with no kids. So I’ve rounded a few that I like, and that can be styled with some cute accessories to look trendy and chic at the pool! Loving neon so I had to throw that one in, A pink is always cute, You have to have a black one I mean it’s a must. The leopard is so good, and I actually ordered it, it’s on the way! You can throw on some jean shorts. I like to place a tee over and tie it, if you’re walking around the pool area. A cute sheer duster  is always a must. Don’t forget some sandals. I like havaianas for the pool!

Accessories to give your swimsuit that extra cuteness. I love a good sunhat, Find one that’s neutral so you can wear it all summer with everything. A good bag that you can toss everything inside for pool and beach days, Moms you know how much we pack for kids. I think everyone needs a cute basket bag, So fun and chic. I always like to buy a more inexpensive pair of sunglasses for the pool and beach with kids. Just to be safe you won’t ruin your more expensive ones. I love me a cute layered necklace with a swimsuit and you can’t forget the scarves.  I love a cute head scarf, You can wear it so many different ways and also tie it on your shorts or basket bag for color. check out my video on instagram @stylesencillo for a short video on how I style a basic black swimsuit.

Well ladies happy swimsuit shopping, Hope you liked this post, Till next post.

XO  Lisa

 

My everyday must haves

My everyday must haves

Hello Friends! Hope you all are doing well. I’m doing great. I had the best 40th birthday celebration. The plus was having my mom home with me too. It’s crazy at 40 my mom became a grandma and for my 40th, my niece was old enough to celebrate my b-day with me at a bar, LOL!

So Now that I’m 40 it’s time to really keep those healthier habits. I’ve been doing pretty good for over a year now. I wanted to share my must haves. So pretty much the top few items I use everyday. And most I’ve been using for a year. So I’m confident enough to tell you they work.

First is health, Routine physical is so important. I get mine every year, along with blood work, pap and breast check. So important to keep up with your yearly physicals. Exercise, I can’t tell you how much having an exercise routine has helped me, Not only physically but mentally as well. I love the sweat app, it’s literally life changing if you can only work out at home like myself. I also love tone it up protein powder. I’ve been using this one for way over a year now. And so conveniently sold at target. Setting up a routine is great. Sticking to it is all you. Just know once you do it feels great.

Beauty would be second. My mom taught my sisters and I very young on taking care of our skin. Having a skin regimen is great. I know there are so many products out there to choose from. I honestly have used so many high-end and low-end. Some I didn’t like and some that were just ok. But for the last year these have been a big staple in my skin routine. I make sure to use toner everyday. Especially the days I work out and sweat more. Even though you wash your face and exfoliate, the Toner just removes whatever was left. I love the thayers which hazel toner and exfoliating cottons from target. Summer Fridays jet lag mask has been my bestie for the last year. I keep it in the fridge and oh my it has helped my skin not get dry patches from the weather. I also love the way it feels under my eye area. Rose water spray I’ve talked about before. I love this stuff. With summer coming and spending more time near water and in the sun, I always carry this spray with me to keep my skin hydrated. Ice roller, OMG! Love love this thing. Seriously helps with puffiness and one of the reasons I love it, is when I get migraines or I’m just feeling tired. Rolling this on my face is just so soothing. These have been my holy grails this past year.

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Hair I mean it’s important. Of course finding the right wash for you is important. everyones hair is different. But I’d say a good hydrating shampoo is key. And my all time holy grail for my hair is It’s a 10! I’ve been using this stuff for over 8 years It’s the best! Another thing don’t wash your hair everyday and get trims often. Don’t let a year go by without a trim.

So those are my beauty secrets, LOL! No but really, I swear by these everyday! Hope this helped if you’re looking into some new products. Till next post.

XO  Lisa