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US Open 2017

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The US Open 2017 starts today and is one of the biggest tennis tournaments of the year. I am so excited. I grew up in Flushing Queens so we have always been really excited for this tennis tournament every year and usually attend the pre matches.

The US Open is held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park, New York and will be held starting today, August 28, through September 10. The US Open is known for bringing together the world’s best tennis players along with great food, kids’ activities and musical performances. People all over the world travel to attend the US Open. Having attended the pre-matches in the past, it is always a packed and fun event.

Below are some US Open tips of you are attending this year:

1. Arrive early and pack light

If you are attending the US Open, morning matches usually start around 11:00 a.m. but gates open at 10:00 a.m. Remember to pack lightly so you can get through security quickly and easily.

US Open tip: the east and south gates are usually the quickest to go through.

2. Tour the Stadiums
Once you are in the US Open find your seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium. It is the largest tennis stadium among the Grand Slam events, and one of the grandest in the world.

At night you can head to the top decks of Arthur Ashe Stadium and look out over the grounds. You can see the fountains and the Unisphere from the World’s Fair creating the perfect instagram backdrop and picture perfect for that selfie.

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3. Don’t miss the food and drinks
The US Open is also known for its fantastic food and drinks. Once you are ready for lunch you can go to the Food Village for a quick bite to eat. That is where we ate and the fish tacos are amazing. You can also try several options for a sit-down meal such Aces, Champions Bar & Grill, Mojito, Patio Cafe or the US Open Club.

If its drinks you are looking for there are some several options such as the Heineken Red Star Café, with seating upstairs. For a quick refresher, try Baseline Cocktails, Wine Bar Food and the Grey Goose Bar.

4. Don’t forget to visit the practice courts
The practice courts is usually where you can see your favorite players practicing for their upcoming match. You are pretty close to the players so it is a great opportunity to see your favorite player up close and get some insta worthy pictures.

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5. Shopping
The US open also has a lot of shopping opportunities such as Ralph Lauren, Adidas and Wilson store.

Hopefully these tips and guides help you and you have a fantastic time.

If you would like to purchase tickets you can do so here.

All things US open, visit their site here.

Fashion, Lifestyle

Lace Spring Dress – Maternity Shoot

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Dress: Forever21   / Shoes: Jessica Simpson   / Headwreath: Custom made by my mom 🙂

Sharing a few pictures from my maternity shoot I did almost 2 months ago with this gorgeous lace spring dress. I love lace so much, it is literally my favorite. I want to wear lace all spring because it is so feminine and girly and exactly how I am. This dress is non maternity, and under $50 from Forever21. It is such a steal. Forever21 has really been having so many looks I am loving lately and such affordable fashion. I am going to get ready to do a big spring shoot all non maternity clothes (yay!), and can’t wait to share with you guys what I end up finding.

I can’t believe it has been almost 2 months since my maternity shoot and that my pregnancy is over. Aria is such a dream, she just eats, sleeps and poops haha. I didn’t get around to doing a bump update while I was pregnant, so below is a list of a few questions I was asked during my pregnancy to share with you guys.

Pregnancy FAQ:

  1. How much weight did I gain? 35 pounds
  2. Did I get any stretch marks? Nope and I only got them on my boobs with Lucas during the first trimester. With Lucas I used Bio oil to prevent stretch marks and with Aria I used this organic butter stretch mark I ordered off Amazon. The Bio oil worked great but I was so sensitive to smell with Aria I had to find something that had less smell.
  3. Did I get any morning sickness? Yes a ton, I lost 7 pounds in the first trimester and the morning sickness really didn’t go away until 16 or 18 weeks. I did end up having a girl and she had a full head of hair. So maybe the old wives tales are true?
  4. Did I get swollen feet or legs? Nope, not with either pregnancy.
  5. When did I start wearing maternity clothes in my pregnancy? Around 13 weeks I went into maternity jeans because they are so comfy. I never really liked the belly bandit for maternity jeans for me. For the other clothes I really tried hard to size up in non maternity clothes.
  6. Did I get heartburn with my pregnancies? I did with both, but it was a lot worse with Aria I had to really stay strict with what I ate, portion sizes, time of day or had to rely on tums to help a girl out.
  7. Did I face more mood swings or was I more emotional? Both, definitely a lot of mood swings, more than with Lucas and I am always pretty emotional but I was a bit more with this pregnancy.
  8. When did I start to show? I started to show sometime in the second trimester. I wasn’t “larger” the second time around, I was actually smaller I am not sure if it was because I was carrying a girl.
  9. When did I share the news? We usually share the news around the 12 weeks mark and try and get everyone informed by 20 weeks. We are superstitious so we like to wait until we are more into the pregnancy to share the news.
  10. Are you nursing? Yes, I nursed Lucas and I am nursing Aria. My boobs are huge!!

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Oversized Sweaters

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Sweater: Forever21 / Jeans:  Gap  / Boots: Old similar here / Bag: old similar here
I am loving oversized sweaters lately. It is part of my current maternity style, which of course also includes duster cardigans as I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Oversized sweaters are just so cozy and are a perfect maternity piece. If you aren’t expecting is is such a great winter piece. We only have a few more short weeks until Spring arrives and I am so excited!

I am wearing a Forever21 basic grey sweater and you really can’t go wrong with grey and black. Surprisingly, I am wearing a size medium. I love that I can get away with basic clothing at a larger  size, it is really helping keep my style trendy. However, with a few more weeks to go I have been wearing more standard maternity clothing.

I am really loving all of Forever21 clothes lately. They are so affordable and are really trendy and up to date with style. There are so many spring styles I love and I can’t wait until the spring when I can wear them after baby.

Halloween 2016
Fashion, Lifestyle

Halloween Weekend

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Nicolette: Sweater- H&M / Jeans – Gap / Boots – Old similar here / Tote: H&M
Lucas: Costume – Amazon / Shirt – Target

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween weekend. We did some trick or treating this year and Lucas was a train conductor and I was a witch. Usually I love doing big costumes and going all out for Halloween, but it felt so good to just relax this year and not go to big. But next year, I am already thinking of our costumes and I would really love to do something big. I use to spend my Halloween’s in the city and since we moved to the suburbs we hardly do that anymore. I want to next year at least do the Halloween parade in NYC and maybe some serious trick or treating for Lucas.

I wore this new H&M sweater as my “black” for being a witch, it is so comfy. I bought it as a random pick up, I didn’t even try it on in store and I have been wearing it non stop. It is definitely a must purchase. I also decided to buy this new tote from H&M. I have been looking for a larger black tote, something not too costly, but easy to throw everything when trying to get out the door. Camera, bottle of water, some food and cars for Lucas. I wanted it to be tote style so I can just open and grab what I need, I don’t know if any other Mama’s have a demanding 2 year old, but when Lucas gets hangry, watch out!

I hope everyone’s week is going great. We are in full force fall here and I really can’t wait until all things Christmas!

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Fashion, Lifestyle

Mother’s Day

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Chair: Pottery Barn Kids

Hi guys!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day. I am so lucky it was my second Mother’s Day to the most wonderful angel. We had swim class Sunday morning, which Lucas is doing great in, and then James made a huge breakfast when we got home. We made my favorite from Denny’s, moons over my hammy. Then I read a few chapters in the new book I am reading “The Girl on the Train” and then we did some shopping. Busy Mother’s Day! We celebrated with our family Friday and Saturday night, so it was great to have the full day for just us.

I am sharing some photos we took a few months ago when it was so cold and we couldn’t do outdoor pictures, but we had such a fun time shooting this. We love this new chair for Lucas, we got it from Pottery Barn Kids and it is so cute. We saw our nieces have a similar chair when they were Lucas age and they loved it. Lucas sometimes watches his Disney movies in the chair, or uses it to hide behind when we play hide and seek. He is literally the cutest baby and it is so amazing how they grow so fast, he doesn’t even fit in this outfit anymore. They grow so fast!

Brooklynbridge
Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel

Brooklyn Bridge

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Shirt: Boohoo / Jeans: Banana Republic / Jacket: Boohoo / Flats: Steve Madden

Sharing a spring fashion look I did a few weeks ago with my friend Arazelly  at the Brooklyn Bridge. I wore this look on Easter weekend but did a mini shoot with her for fun to officially shoot this look.

Arazelly is such a great photographer (as you can see from the pics) and as I am getting more into photography and this fashion blog thing, thought we would do a fun mini shoot by the bridge. If you haven’t been there is so much to do by Brooklyn Bridge Park. There is Grimaldi’s pizza, Jane’s Carousel, the park has so many activities itself especially in the summer like the kids water lab, soccer fields, walking and biking paths, etc…I also love walking in downtown Brooklyn near all the shops. If you are ever in NYC don’t miss going to Brooklyn and of course walking the Brooklyn Bridge (so beautiful!).

This past weekend we celebrated my husband’s 33rd Birthday with friends and family with a small BBQ at our house. It is finally getting warm and beautiful here in NYC and I am so excited for this weather. It is making me plan and book all of our summer trips. Do you guys have any great summer plans??

fitnessfashion
Fashion, Lifestyle

Fitness Inspiration

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I thought I would start off this week with a fitness inspiration board. In the fitness world they say “never miss a Monday” and boy is that true. I have fallen a bit off the workout bandwagon and I am ready to get back into it. To keep my motivation going I thought I would post this fashion inspired workout gear collage.

I am really in love with Nike Air Max right now and I really love fitness clothes that break out of the typical all black ensemble. Especially since spring is here.

I am restarting Insanity this week. I have been trying to do the full program on and off for some time now but I am ready to fully commit to the full 60 days and transform my body. I have been on such a personal weight journey, especially since I had Lucas, shedding the post baby pounds was not easy, and I am ready to be in the best shape of my life. It is actually one of my really big goals for 2016 so I need to make sure I reach them, because girlllllll we have goals to meet!

I did Insanity a few years ago, and I was literally in the best shape ever. The muscle you put on from this program is insane. So wish me luck! In addition to my Insanity workouts,  I will be adding in cardio a few days a week, but insanity will be my main workout. I am also thinking of Vlogging on my YouTube channel this whole process for the next 60 days to really make myself accountable. I already meal prepped for the week and if you guys are interested I can post what I eat and my progress over the next few weeks. I am so excited for this week to begin!

 

 

budgetfriendly
Fashion, Lifestyle

How to be a Savvy Shopper

How to be a Savvy Shopper

I get this question so much from my girlfriends, how to be a savvy shopper? What is a savvy shopper? Luxury on a budget.

How do I buy so many items at discounted prices? My style looks expensive, but it really is budget friendly. Today I am going talk to you about a few guidelines I always use when buying clothes, shoes, jewelry etc… You can use these tips for a lot of other purchase types too (furniture, home décor, makeup, etc…)

1. Shop online
A lot of people are surprised by this, but 90% of my shopping is online. Online stores have the best deals. Sometimes online websites run 50% off specials online (i.e. Loft) and there is usually a larger selection with department stores online rather than in store, and you can easily “shop around”.

Make sure to always check the return policy when shopping online, as you are more likely to return the item without seeing it or trying it on first.

Below are some of my favorite places to shop online:
Macy’s
Old Navy
Target
Nordstrom

2. Never buy anything at full price
Always use coupons & wait for sales. This is a lesson I learned when I used to watch Suzie Orman. She said every single thing you buy should be at the sale price and this has helped me save so much money.

Macy’s always has sales, and I will always wait for a sale vs. buying it at full price. Holiday sales are really great too. I also use this mentality for other purchases such as home furniture and even buying a car. Everything always at the sale price!

In addition to sales, utilizing coupons is also great; you can find them online before buying a product. And don’t ignore the coupons that come through the mail either. Great ways to save on everyday items as well.

Amazon is also a great resource, I find makeup, cell phone cases and buy used books here (or order books from the library).

Coupon resources:
www.amazon.com
www.retailmenot.com
www.groupon.com
www.livingsocial.com

3. Shop outlets
I don’t utilize this enough, but shopping at Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, Banana Republic outlet stores, etc…gets you the same style and brand but at a budget friendly price.

I love that Marshall has name brand handbags for 50% the original price and Nordstrom rack has great wear to work dresses for such amazing prices (the other day I saw Calvin Klein dresses for $30). I don’t live as close to a huge outlet shopping center as I would like, but when I do go, I feel like I won the jackpot. If you can utilize this, it is great! Also, some factory / outlet stores also have websites and you can purchase these items online without having to go to a store. Remember to check the return policy!

4. Budget friendly stores
H&M, Zara, Forever21
These are my favorite. These are my go to when I want to wear whatever is trendy & hip but I do not want to spend a lot of money. I also love the jewelry, handbag, & sunglasses from these stores. They are really great for shopping the latest trend at a low price.

Hope you found this article helpful! How are you a savvy shopper? Let me know in the comments below, I love good shopping tips!

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Fashion, Lifestyle

Easter & Cherry Blossoms

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Shirt: Boohoo / Jeans: Banana Republic / Handbag: Liz Claiborne, similar here / Boots: old similar here

Hi guys! Sharing my Easter Saturday outfit (will have my Easter Sunday outfit on the blog later this week). I am so lucky because we get to celebrate Easter twice, Saturday with my husband’s family and Sunday with my family. That means Lucas gets twice the Easter egg hunts. I snapped a few pics in our back yard before we headed out to my sister-in-laws house. Lucas was napping so we went right in front of our Cherry Blossom tree and took a few photos. The lighting was a bit too bright because it was a gorgeous day, but tried to edit the photos as best I can. Good thing we are taking a photography class this Sunday! How much do you love Cherry Blossom trees? I am so lucky I get to look out into my yard and see this beautiful tree.

I am in love with this blouse from Boohoo (and under $40) it is so romantic, but also very delicate. If you have a toddler, be warned. The top though is the perfect spring top. It is light and airy, I wasn’t too chilly wearing it in 50 degrees. I had to try a matching romantic hair do to accompany the top. I am usually not too good at those types of hair dos, especially braids although I wish I was good at them, but I am getting better at “twisted” hair dos.

Who else is so excited about spring? What is your favorite part of spring?? Xoxo.

Lifestyle, Travel

Disney World

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Leggings: Old Navy / Sneakers: Nike / Gray Sweater: Forever21 / Mickey Shirt: Amazon / Minnie Ears: Amazon / Jacket: White House Black Market

Sharing our pictures from Disney World! It was a quick getaway for 5 days, but it was so much fun. Lucas LOVES Mickey Mouse so much so it was so great to see his face when he met Mickey Mouse. While we were on line he was smiling so much and then we got up close to Mickey he got so shy, it was so cute. He didn’t cry meeting any of the characters, we met Mickey, Goofy, Donald and then some characters throughout the parks like Snow White & Jasmine. Disney / Orlando is so big, I feel like you need weeks in Orlando to see everything. We can’t wait to go back.

Check out our first ever Travel Diary / Vlog down below. Any Vlogging tips would be greatly appreciated. I did an overlay with music because I felt like we would be just too boring without it, but let me know any good tips you may have!