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Tween Time with Sofia – Volume 2

Sofia has become obsessed with Pink. Not hot pink (too edgy) or rosy pink (too grandma-ish), but that powdery baby pink that looks like cotton candy. She also LOVES Victoria’s Secret PINK, much to the disappointment of my wallet. During Black Friday, she used some of her tutoring money to splurge on some items while shopping in Aventura Mall and no surprise, everything she bought was pink.

I’m going to have to invest in a case load of Tide Sticks.

While shopping at Forever 21, she picked up this pink cropped sweatshirt. Since she is only 12 (MOM!!!! Why do you always have to point that out?), I did make her go up a size so that she was not exposing so much. She normally wears a Medium, but I had her get Large and it worked out perfectly. Slouchy enough for comfort, but not showing all her goods.

She also picked up this cream colored hoodie at Forever 21 Less. It’s actually a pajama top, but she said she was going to use it as a regular top. It’s not flimsy or see through and it cost about $12, so go for it, girl!

Needless to say, the bulk of her cash, and some of mine as well (She always manages to swindle me!) was spent in PINK. Every Holiday season they sell these boxed set with a sweatshirt top and leggings and normally it goes for $64.95, but PINK was feeling “generous” and reduced it to $54.95.

She also bought some of the body sprays that were on sale for $6 each. Sofia is addicted to body sprays and has quite a collection. Hey, not going to complain, I often times go into her room and spritz myself with one of her bottles.

It all evens out. I gave her life, she allows me to use her stuff. Everyone’s happy.

Now it’s time to gear up for Christmas. Sofia’s list of things she wants can circle the globe 3 times, so I am currently working on paring that down. She was kind enough to email me her list (save the trees!), which includes links to all the items on her wish list.

Don’t you just love this age? (Says this while pouring her 3rd glass of wine)

Till next time, my friends!


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Tween Fashion with Sofia

Fall is one of our favorite months in the Rodriguez household. Pumpkins, both the real and fake ones, are being picked and strategically placed around the house. We are prepping the house for Halloween and picking out costumes online. Something new is always popping up and now that Sofia is fully entrenched in middle school, we have lots more extra curricular activities to attend.

If it’s not a school function, like a dance or school movie night, it’s some outing with friends that requires a special outfit. I’ve realized that my little girl has entered that stage where things like “the perfect top to wear to the Haunted House” or ” I want something cranberry colored to wear to school on No Uniform Day” are examples of things I hear more and more each day. I suppose that’s normal with 12 year old girls, but it still shocks me how in less than 6 months she went from asking me to take her to the American Girl Store to Forever 21.

With that being said, our struggles have evolved. I find myself increasingly vetoing outfits that I deem too mature at these stores targeted to high schoolers and college aged girls, which leads to loads of huffing and puffing about how ” she is not a baby anymore!” But, ultimately it’s my credit card that takes the beating, so too bad. As my mom once told me, when you make your own money, you can buy whatever you want!

I knew that was eventually going to come back and bite me in the butt!!

Although, Sofia is not yet a teen, she is definitely a young lady. She’s tall for her age and not only has she physically outgrown stores like Justice and The Children’s Place, but her style has also matured. She likes stores like H&M, Forever21 and Garage.

For the upcoming Fall Dance at her school, we put together this mish mosh of brands. The top is from Garage. Bottoms are H&M. Shoes from Target.

The back is laced up, which we will probably wear over a cami.

Another recent purchase for an upcoming birthday party, is this top from Forever 21. She loves flowy, bohemian style tops and this was an instant love. We paired it up with the same jeans and booties. I did have to stitch up the straps a bit as they where a tad bit too long and exposed a little more than I was comfortable with.

She also loves makeup (I wonder where she gets that from?) and often goes with me to Sephora and helps me pick out makeup. As a matter of fact, a lot of my makeup gets handed down to her. These are a few items that I lets her wear for special occasions. Now don’t go hating on me for letting my 12 year old wear makeup. As I like to say… You do you and I do me.


Elf Brushes

Tartelette in Bloom Palette

Hard Candy Lap of Luxury Top 10 Satins

Maybelline Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Covergirl Clean Matte Pressed Powder

Elf Lip Balm Tint

Burts Bees Lip Crayon

Benefit Precisely My Brow Eye Pencil

Hope you all enjoyed this tween edition fashion show. If you want to see more, let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!


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Fall ModCloth Fashion Show – October

I was perusing the ModCloth app a few weeks back and was pleasantly surprised to see so many Fall and Halloween pieces. I love everything about Halloween. The pumpkins, costumes, trick or treating with my kids and eating their candy under the premise that I have to “check for razor blades”. Yeah, that’s definitely a ruse in case anyone was wondering.

They were also having a 40% off sale so I took advantage and threw in some pieces to make October a particular festive one.

For reference, I’m 5’10 and all the pieces are XL. Also, Sofia took the pictures so props to her for all the lighting and suggestion on how to pose.

I saw these two pieces and knew I had to buy them. First off, anyone who knows anything about me know I have a love of cats and purple, so this outfit pretty much sums up my life.

Oh My Gosh A Line Dress in Bats – $59.99. The dress is a little shorter than I typically go for. On me it’s about mid-thigh, so I will avoid bending over too much while wearing, however I must say that it’s quite comfy. I wouldn’t say the material is stretchy but the fit it true to size and the skirt is lined.

I paired it with this adorable Cropped Cardigan with Peter Pan Collar ($49). I also consider this cardigan to be true to size and it’s so cute! It also doesn’t have to be strictly for Halloween. I paired it with a black tank and my white jeans for work and got loads of compliments.

Did I mention it had spooked out cats embroidered on the collar? Meow!

I feel like I am channeling Wednesday Adams slightly more extroverted cousin with this look? Anyone else feel it?

My last purchase isn’t necessarily Halloweenie, but I still dig it. It’s fit my main criteria when it comes to fashion. It’s black and it has cute stuff on it. In this case, dinosaurs and a Peter Pan collar. Meet the Doubly Delightful Sleeveless Top in Black Dino’s $44.99.

I love everything about this top. It’s lightweight, whimsical and comfy. You can dress it up with a pair of slacks and a blazer or down with a pair of white or blue jeans. Throw on some red lipstick and you are all set.

I wasn’t actually looking at anything in particular, but isn’t this what the models on catalogs do? Look distractedly at something off camera?

I hope you liked my first fashion show. If so, shoot me a comment below.

Have a great day!


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ModCloth Sale and Mini Haul

I have a slight obsession with whimsical clothes. Seriously, if there an article of clothing that looks slightly retro, like from 1940’s or 1950’s, or something a like nerdy/hip librarian would wear, I’m in! So when I found out ModCloth was having a 25% off sale through August 16, I was totally stoked.

To be honest, I’m pretty simple when it comes to fashion. My closet is trending towards minimalism as I have made a habit of decluttering anything that doesn’t fit me or that I haven’t worn in 6 months or more. And don’t worry, I live in Florida, so weather doesn’t really affect whether I wear something only a few months out of a year. Typically, we are pretty warm, so no need to hoard the heavy sweaters and ski boots.

Nevertheless, I do like to update my wardrobe a few times a year. I mean, even if I tend to stick to the same style, doesn’t mean that every now and then I don’t add something new and since this is my birthday month, I decided to “treat yo self!”. Besides, “fall” and “winter” is coming and the temperature might actually drop into the 80’s here in Miami in the next few months. BRRRR!!!!

Typically I am a jeans kind of girl, but I still like to keep things nice and neat and pair them up with a cute top, like a collared button up, lace patterned blouse or a printed tee.  As I was perusing the ModCloth website, the first thing that caught my eye was this cute Cat Knit Sweater. I probably won’t get much wear out of this till December or January, but CATS!!!! For $29.99, I am adding it to the cart and hitting buy. I’m thinking that with a pair of skinny jeans and some ballerina flats, it will look adorable. It got a 3 out of 5 stars on the site, but with only 2 reviews, not too worried. It runs up to a size 4x.

Cat Knit Sweater

Also, with a cute pair of light blue skinnies or even, white ones, is this adorable pink collared knit top. The color is definitely wearable now in the summer and since I don’t subscribe to any fashion rules that prevent me from wearing anything light after Labor Day, I’m thinking it will still be worn way into the fall/winter/spring. I make the rules up in this house! No reviews on it yet, but for $24.99, I’m thinking I am willing to give it a go, so in the cart it goes.


Although I work from home, I do occasionally have to go into the office and to meetings, so I am thinking about this Navy A-line dress with bow details. I have it in my cart, but I am still hedging and haven’t purchased it yet. At $79.99, it’s a little steep for me, but does this not scream nerdy librarian from the 1950’s? I am thinking that this dress with my black patent leather heels with the cute ruffle and bow on the front were meant for each other.

Navy Bow Dress

I don’t just love ModCloth for the clothes. I actually get a kick out of surfing their website and finding some off the walls items. Life is short, so why not enjoy it, right? For that reason, I give you some random shit that I found funny and cute. I hope they make your day and if you do happen to buy one, please send me a pic. I’ll make sure to update you guys on any wacky purchases as well.

Also, don’t be surprised if a lot of these revolve around cats. I have an unhealthy obsession with the feline sort.

Illuminated Inspiration Candle in Jane Austen – $14.99

Culinary Curiosity Whisk – 14.99

Play by Playful High-Waisted Shorts in Retro Cats – $29.99

It’s the Hot That Counts Cotton Oven Mitt in Nerd – $14.99

Savor the Scenery Container Set – $39.99

Join Me Fur a Drink Flask – 14.99

Happy Shopping , my friends!


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