Beauty within

A couple of friends shared this on Facebook and I wanted to share it here as well.

We’re so quick to judge our own outwardly appearance that we  forget to see the beauty within ourselves.  And as the video says, you’re more beautiful than you think.  This is a beautiful campaign by dove and was really moving.

p.s.  Sketch artist from San Jose?!? Bay area represent!!!

Nessa Loves

I haven’t done one of these in a while.  I’m planning to do this weekly again.  For now, here are a couple of things I’ve been loving lately.  Since this faves list isn’t just for a week, it may be longer than usual.

FASHION

Statement flats.  This mama has been wearing nothing but flats lately.  The pre-pregnant me is probably laughing at me right now saying “just because you had a baby doesn’t mean you have to wear flats.” Alas Eva is so mobile and when bringing her around in a stroller or carrier, flats are a bit necessary.  The flats at Target have been on point lately, so I snapped up two.

I loved spiked shoes; however, didn’t want spikes all over and wanted something a bit more subtle.  These are perfect!

And then I wanted a punch of color, so I got coral flats with gold studs.  Love!

Side note:  I know flats aren’t comfortable and don’t do anything for the arch of your feet, so I insert my SuperFeetinsoles into all my flats per the recommendation of my doctor.  They’ve alleviated most of the pain I was having at the ball of my feet.

Uniqlo leggings/pants.  LOVE their leggings, especially the printed ones.  I have 3 pairs of the printed leggings:  red tartan, gray subtle houndstooth, and light blue floral (I’m hoping to feature all these pants in a lookbook post soon).  I really think I could buy every color and print they make.  Then I purchased their knit black leggings, which I LOVE because they’re not see-through like other black leggings.  I really wanted to buy their printed jeans but they didn’t have my size in the color I wanted at the store.  Perhaps I’ll get them online.  Decisions…

FOOD

Speculoos Cookies.  So happy Trader Joe’s brought these back.  Although I feel like these crumble easier than before.  (These cookies are a knock off of Biscoff cookies.)  These are so great to have with your afternoon tea or coffee.

Afternoon tea with Sepculoos cookies and Tazo Chai Tea with a touch of cream

Cinnamon Bread.  I’m OBSESSED with cinnamon bread lately.  The SemiFreddi’s cinnamon twist bread you can purchase from Trader Joe’s or from Greenlee’s are SO SO SO GOOD.  It’s my “sweet” snack indulgence.  YUM!

Naturebox.  I’m LOVING this snack subscription.  I’ve been trying to eat healthier snacks, so this has been helpful.  You are sent 5 full size snacks to try out.  Their dark chocolate almonds are delish!  Try it out!  You can get $5 off if you type in HEALTHY upon checking out.

BEAUTY

Haircut.  While my hair is a bit shorter than I’d like, it was so necessary.  My hair was getting  long and felt like it was thinning due to the postpartum hair loss.  Not to mention Eva yanks my hair constantly, so it was looking a bit limp and unhealthy.  I LOVED going to the salon.  A little me pamper time plus I just LOVE my hair stylist.  I’m still trying to figure out how to style it since it’s shorter than usual.  Although their hair is shorter than mine, my favorite look is curling it for some beach wave/boho look, a la Nicole Richie or Vanessa Hudgens.

Hair Inspiration

Loreal TruMatch Crayon Concealer.  I’m always on the hunt for a good concealer.  I’m hitting the big 3-0 soon plus this momma doesn’t always get a lot of sleep, so concealer is my beauty must have.  I love this concealer; however, I do wish they had a wider range of colors.  I had to purchase two to blend together to match my complexion, but I did get a BOGO deal, so I shouldn’t complain.

MOMMY MOMENTS

Eva learning how to clap.  Anytime we say “yay” or start laughing, she starts clapping and tries to sound out “yay.”  It’s amazing how excited we (the hubs and I) get when she learns something new, no matter how small it may be.  This age is so great.  Her curiosity can be tiring (she gets into EVERYTHING), but it’s fascinating to see her facial expressions as she takes in new things.  You start to appreciate how things are second nature for us, but for babies it’s all so new.

Family naps.  The three of us took a nap for 2 1/2 hours one Sunday afternoon.  I woke up knowing we all needed to get up, but I really think all of us could’ve slept for another hour.  Lazy Sundays are the best.

Meeting fellow parents.  One afternoon we decided to bring Eva to the park after work and met a mom with her two daughters, one of them was Eva’s age.  We approached them as they were around the slide, which Eva wanted to go down, and chatted them up.  Before having Eva, my sister in law mentioned it was a bit easier to talk to other moms and dads.  We didn’t really get it, until now.  You’re all going through or have been through the same situations, so you sympathize with one another.  It’s nice to meet families with kids the same age, especially since most of our friends in the area are single/married with no kids.  Not only do we make friends, but so does Eva!  They were so nice that they even invited us to their youngest’s first birthday party.

DD playing in the ball pit (You’re probably saying “OMG, ball pits are so dirty.”  No worries.  We definitely sanitized her hands after she came out of there. Then when we got home we wiped her down and changed clothes.  We’re definitely germaphobes when it comes to our babygirl.)

December Faves

So I finally bit the bullet and went to the doctor to find out that I have an ear infection.  :-\  Totally caught it from my youngest niece, but I still love her.

It’s that time for my monthly favorites.

I love the month of December.  I love the holidays, so naturally my first favorite thing for the month is spending time with friends and family.  Christmas get togethers (tons of eating, qt, and gossiping 😛 ), lunch and dinners with friends, qt with my mom and sister plus going on a cruise with my in laws.  LOVE LOVE LOVE my time spent at home.

For the past two Decembers, the hubs and I were greeted with snow when we went home, which prompted us to shovel.  AGH!  Something that we both don’t enjoy and hate about now, but not this year.  So, YAY to no snow in VA.

After watching Dulcecandy’s and family friend, Dotlash’s reviews of the Lush color supplement, I had to pick it up.  Mix it with some daily moisturizer and blemishes aren’t as noticeable plus your face just looks and feels refreshed.  I LOVE it as much as my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.  But I do want to add that it doesn’t have the same coverage as Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer or that of a foundation.  So if you’re looking for something for more coverage, this may not be for you.

While at Lush, I also picked up some lip scrub which is so necessary right now especially with the cold weather.  It takes off the dead skin on your lips and makes it feel so soft.  Pair it with some great lip balm and you’ll have smooth kissable lips!

Griffin loop iPad stand.  My hubs and sister know I carry around my iPad into the kitchen to look at recipes while cooking.  Well they must have been talking to my sister in-law because she got me this loop iPad stand for Christmas.  I love it!  My case isn’t as sturdy as it used to be, so I have to rest my iPad on some sort of appliance or wall when in the kitchen.  Now this gadget is in my kitchen for the next time I use it to create some goodies for this blog!

Michael Kors watch in Rose Gold.  I’ve been on a hunt for this watch and missed the Nordstrom semi-annual sale when it was almost half off!  My sister and husband must have heard me talking about this watch non-stop that on Christmas day my sister gifted me with this beaut!  AWWWW!  She loves me.  I haven’t worn it yet because I have to resize it.  It’s pretty big on my tiny wrists but I still LOVE it.

Galaxy Nexus.  THE Google phone.  WHOOHOO!  I was so indecisive about getting this phone for about 2 weeks.  The husband kept asking me if I wanted it and if I did then we’d just get each other these phones for Christmas.  This was a pre-Christmas present.  The phone came out on December 15th and we fell in line but thankfully the hubs reserved us some phone the day before so we were only out there for a short period of time.  I LOVE it (along with all my gifts and December favorites).  It’s a pretty big phone and looks like I’m holding a mini e-reader sometimes because I’m so petite.  But it’s just AWESOME.  I use a lot of Google products to keep myself organize, so this phone for me was a bit more beneficial than an iPhone (which I totally contemplated about getting).

What were your favorite things for the month of December?  What were your favorite presents?  Comment below.