Lessons from my Mother

A day late (okay, a couple days…) and a buck short, but a mother’s love is ceaseless, unwavering and forever. So, I do want to personally apologize and shout out to my wonderful mama; she knows, better than anyone on this planet that procrastination is my favorite sport, and that the timeline that I run on is arbitrary (in my defense, time is an abstract concept, so really who’s to say what is right and who’s clock is wrong, ALSO – life is short, so I will spend my time on this planet the way I want to).

In any case, honoring our mothers should be done ALL the time (see this Valentine’s Day posts for my feelings on that holiday as well…), not just on one day, so in honor of Mother’s Day this past weekend, whether you celebrate the Latino version on Friday or the American one on Sunday, it’s a long, love-filled weekend to remember, think of and honor your mother in any way you can.

Celebrating my final year of my twenties has been both a terrifying and liberating excursion – I’m finding my own way, finding my own footing in this crazy world, and especially my own footing as an adult in this crazy world. None of who I am today would’ve been possible without the love and guidance from my mother, so this year’s Mother’s Day got me to thinking about my favorite lessons I’ve learned from my mother and bonus lessons from mother figures in my life who are no longer here in person, but with me always in spirit.

  1. Mom is always right
    • I know I’ve said this before, because it’s true. You are the cornerstone of their being, your best intentions are always at their heart
  2. In your toughest and most trying times, give it ALL to God
  3. Learn to love yourself, God put you here as a blessing. Love yourself and show the rest of the world how to love you.
  4. BE the light and love the world needs.
  5. Live and Love selflessly
  6. It’s okay to beat to the sound of your own drum
    • “So you’re just going to jump off a bridge if everyone else does it?” makes so much more sense now that I’m older
  7. Men aint $hit!! (JK!) But for real, my momma taught me what being a “lady boss” meant before it was even a thing:
    • A man will not save you. A man will not teach you to love yourself. You need something done? DO it yourself. Don’t know how to do it yourself? Learn it. You are NOT a Damsel in distress.
  8. Looks fade, but a beautiful mind is forever
    • My mom stressed the importance of education over everything else, this turned out to be useful in my ugly duckling phase of life. Now I’m a smart freaking swan, with a degree
  9. Laughter. Laughter is absolutely the best medicine.
  10. Everything is going to be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.

Bonus Lessons :

  • Never leave the house or take a picture without applying your “lippie-stick”
    • Mi guelita linda
  • Always dress like a lady
    • Yiayia mou glykia
  • A positive attitude will take you farther than you ever thought you could make it
    • Nona mou, memory eternal

I’m too emotional for this!! I am so thankful for the lessons I’ve learned from the amazing women and mother figures in my life, especially the lessons I’ve learned from my own mother. This list is only a fraction of the many I’ve acquired over the years, but I can tell you all that I’ve learned stays with me always.

Mom – thank you for your love, your guidance, your patience, your support, your tenderness, your kindness, your fortitude, your courage, your determination and everything else you’ve given to me so whole-heartedly. I would be so lost without you, but know that you’ve given me the best foundation for which to live my life. Yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever, you are so precious to me.

What are some of your favorite lessons you’ve learned from your mother or the mother figures in your life? Do you celebrate Mexican Mother’s Day or American? Do you not celebrate Mother’s Day because you like to honor your mother every day in other ways? Hoping ALL the mothers – past, present, future, mother figures, grandmothers, tias, aunts, godmothers, hopeful mothers, yearning mothers, non-mothers, fur-moms, and every mother in between – had a WONDERFUL Mother’s Day 2019.

xoxo,

The Glam Greek

Go Texan to Festival Babe – Boho Revival for Spring

Happy April!

April certainly came in hot and fast. Actually she came in pretty chilly, the last weekend of March & first few days of the new month were down in the 40’s and highs in the 60’s, but I CANNOT COMPLAIN!

I feel like the boho look was made for the transitioning seasons – lightweight pieces like kimonos over jeans or denim cutoffs, suede, lace, embroidered details, chambray and layered florals with booties and wide-brim hats. Spring Break here in March almost always means we can take a dip in the pool or get some sun, but sometimes, winter ignores Punxsutawney Phil and stays around for a bit longer, so knowing what to wear while the weather makes up it’s mind between seasons can be a struggle, unless you can learn to embrace and enjoy both the western & boho inspiration.

I LOVED that Western Chic had a moment this past Fall of 2018. It felt like everyone was scrambling to create & find super chic western inspired boots and pieces to add to their wardrobe. Meanwhile, here in Texas, it’s as simple as going to Yelp & finding out there’s a boot store within 3.6 miles from your house. Although, you probably wont find Fendi western boots at a Cavender’s…

Compiling pieces for a western inspired look is incredibly easy when you live in a place where most people who aren’t from here ask if you ride a horse to school/work everyday (I’ve seriously been asked this question on multiple occasions), and as second-nature as “y’all” in conversation!

Key elements of a “Western” look :

  • Jeans/denim/Chambray
  • Western or western inspired boots (think pointed toe, buckles, studs!)
  • Embroidery
  • Florals
  • Flowy cardigans & kimonos
  • Lace detailing
  • Off the Shoulder anything
  • Suede
  • Wide brim hats/Cowboy hat
  • Handcrafted Jewelry (Hello Turquiose!)

Similarly enough, lots of these same elements can be used to describe a “boho” look, too! So if you have a bunch of items from the Houston Rodeo Season, or would like to try the western inspired look without looking too much like Annie Oakley, here are a couple of looks that are fresh, springy, incorporates pieces you probably already have in your closet, and can even be used for Festival Season!

White Jeans | Chambray Top | Western Boots

Seriously a thousand ways to wear this combo. First of all, white jeans just screams warmer weather & pairing it with chambray gives it that western/boho feel when paired with some western boots, a suede/felt wide brim hat. Pair with a belt of your choice – you can use a scarf instead of a leather belt, plus a tribal inspired necklace to truly give it a boho look. Or do as I did here and add a gold chain for subtle chicness.

Keep the hat, pair with a lacy off the shoulder blouse, leave the boots or replace with suede booties to take this up a Coachella notch.

Floral Top | Denim Skirt | Suede Western Booties

This top is flowy, and has an open back – two of my favorite things. I paired with a circle skirt instead of the traditional denim mini skirt, because I get A LOT more use out of this skirt than with the conventional mini skirt. Pair with suede western inspired booties and a pair of horse-shoe looking earrings.

Turn up the desert vibes with a pair of high waisted denim cut offs and western boots.

Floral Skirt | Chambray Top

A chambray shirt is an absolute staple in my closet. Sometimes I like to tie at the base of my blouse, so if I’m exposing a touch of skin, I like to button the blouse all the way to the top & add a statement necklace to bring a focal point towards my uber-ly covered chest.

Leave the skirt, pair with an off the shoulder crop top and lace up sandals to listen to your favorite music act.

Flowy Jumpsuit |Denim Jacket

Jean Jackets – they’re a staple, they can be found in abundance and they’ve been pretty much timeless for the last 3-4 decades, so they’re likely not going ANYWHERE, any time soon. 
If you’re ever in need of western inspo or boho inspired outfit – throw a jean jacket over a flowy piece, add some boho accessories like a long dangly necklace with a bunch of other short, dainty necklaces, a panama hat, add some booties and you’re ready for a Bob Dylan concert.

Nix the jacket, add the hat and leave the booties or pair with some sandals for that boho feel.

Flowy, Maxi Dress

I think I found the inspiration for this post in this dress alone.
I felt like Stevie Nicks once I completed this outfit.
Honestly, this was one of my rodeo outfits this year. But as soon as I pulled on my pair of boots with this maxi, I felt like I was heading to Woodstock or even a modern day music festival like Coachella. HELLO BOHO.
The pattern of this maxi is absolutely perfect for a boho inspired outfit, but any flowy maxi with boots or booties really gives that ethereal exoticism we often see with boho chic.

The best part of living in Houston, is that you can pair almost anything with western boots and no one raises an eyebrow. And the best part of Festival Season is that you can wear the style and you come off as trendy! It doesn’t look like boho will go anywhere for a while, so buy the boots!

xoxo

La Glam Greek

Pinks and Purple Fleurs for Spring

Happy March! Kali Sarakosti!

Took a drive down Kirby Drive the other day on the way to the Rodeo, and all the lawns along the way were completely in bloom! Pinks, whites, purple. Lent has started, the sun sets later… Spring is here!

I actually did these looks for Valentine’s Day, but when you think about it, the color scheme associated with that holiday are popular amongst floral choices. Pinks roses, purple violets, just like the flower tour down Kirby!

Last week, the weather dipped into the 30’s and the next couple of days will be only up to the 50’s, not uncommon, but definitely not the norm for this time of year. I love those late spring cool fronts, gives me one last chance to wear a darkish lip and actually feel the color goes with the weather. Not to mention the dark clouds, ayee… I’m ready for some sun!

Products

EYES
Huda Beauty Nude Eyeshadow Palette
Wanderlust Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow on the lid
Lilly Lashes in Miami
FACE
Mixed Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless foundation & Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation
LIPS
Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Veronica

This next look was so fun to do because it reminds me of my MAC days – fierce, fun & bossy. I decided to do a wing and add a pop of fun pink on the lips, an oldie but a goodie. It said Valentine’s Day, but also, “Hey Spring, where ya at though?”

Products

EYES
Dolly Pink MAC blush (d/c) in the crease, Sugarpill Dollipop (bright pink – d/c) to deepen the crease, MUFE M928 in the outer crease (discontinued, but similar color here), Nylon eyeshadow by MAC in the inner corner. NYX Cosmetics Matte Liquid Liner) & faux mink lashes from Amazon (5 pairs, $14 and good quality!)
FACE
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation (linked above) + Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue for an extra matte look
I used the same Dolly Pink Blush from the crease for the cheeks
Gold loose pigment highlight by MAC Pro + L/E Amrezy Highlighter Anastasia Beverly Hills
LIPS
MAC products : Magenta lip liner + Candy Yum Yum & Pink Nouveau lipsticks

Ready for the flowers and sunshine, but stuck not wanting the hot, hot weather to return, and let’s not even think about the allergies and pollen that’s already covering the cars.

Happy Spring, babes!

xoxo,

La Glam Greek

Colour du Jour – February 2019

Alas, here we are at the end of February 2019, and it was a good 2nd month to the year!

If you’ve been around for the last 3 V-Day posts I’ve made (linked here, here and here), you know I’m not against the holiday regardless of my relationship status and that I really actually enjoy the holiday. Probably because my momma always made EVERY holiday, regardless of how big it was, ULTRA special. So I learned from an early age that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about showing love to your significant other, but to everyone, including yourself! J Which means, you can never be lonely if you always have yourself as a date.

But really, I just love the holiday because the associated colors are part of my favorite color palette!! 

Red, pink, blush, fushia, magenta…

I found these hot pink pants at Banana Republic while Christmas shopping, but with will and determination, I resisted the temptation… and lucky I did because I found the same pair online for $30. Yes, $30. And the color is everything my pink loving heart could dream of. I love that they can be dressed up, or dressed down. I paired it with some dad sneakers and a fitted blazer (because I didn’t already have an oversized blazer… didn’t want to buy into the trend, but I may just hit up a Goodwill on second thought) with a tee underneath to keep the business casual pieces from being too stuffy. Or with a pair of leopard platforms as an ode to the leopard craze Fall 2018, a leather jacket and a dark lip to give the pants more edge.

This blush gingham dress by The Confidante Collection is fun, flirty, romantic, and sexy all in one. I fell in love with the sleeves, and the unique color of the pattern. And the ruching at the midriff is incredibly flattering.
I love that this piece is versatile as well, being able to dress up or down. I styled it here with a blush suede jacket I found at Target, white sock boots (which were on clearance for $8 at Target) and then, back at it again with the dad sneakers.

Pink is such a cheery, fresh color and I love that with Valentine’s Day I get a good helping of lots of makeup, fashion, and decor in this fun hue. Makes me ready for Spring!

xoxo,

The Glam Greek,

The World Needs Love, and It Starts with You

There’s a lot of mess in this world. We pray for love and peace, but really, it starts from within.

Same goes for when someone feels like they cant find someone for them, or they attract the same dead-end type of relationships.

As Rupaul said it, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna somebody else?”

I’ve often thought about my own love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. I hate that people who don’t have a Valentine date feel more “aware‘ of their single status. But I love the colors, and I just love the L O V E !

And then I thought, for so long, Valentine’s Day is about telling your crush you like them, or hoping to have that cute guy you keep bumping into at the deli to notice you and finally ask you out! If Valentine’s Day is all about love, why can’t you be your own date? Why can’t it be about loving yourself first?

It’s not about being selfish, because self care and self love, makes you a better person. It makes you a better friend, sister, daughter, companion, mother, aunt, cousin. When you can love yourself, you create the vibe in which you surround yourself.

There are SO many ways that you can treat yourself like the partner you deserve :

  • Take yourself shopping
  • Treat yourself to a glass of bubbly at a swanky downtown bar
  • Draw yourself a bath, add bubbles or milk, honey and rose petals
  • Light some aromatic candles and take a hot, steamy shower
  • Find some really smell-good lotions and serums to apply after your bath
  • Clean Linens
  • WORK OUT! Yoga or a quick meditation. I know it may sound weird, but try it
  • Journal – write down 10 things you like about yourself. Can be as simple and random as, “I like my earlobes” but write 10 things you like about yourself.
  • Put on some makeup, do your hair, and take some selfies. Take at least 20 and find a few that make you feel like a boss babe

So many ways to show yourself love, I don’t even know if I touched the tip of the iceberg.

I cleaned ALL my linens. From my mattress pads, to my sheets, to my quilt, to my throw blankets and sham covers. I got a pretty good work out in. I fed my body well today. I shaved, because I don’t have laser yet :(, exfoliated all over in a hot shower today, used my deep conditioner in my hair, used extra serums and I used my extra moisturizing lotion. I made sure to light some candles and I jotted down a couple things I love about myself. One of which read, “I love that you get so obsessed with memes that you can watch them over and over and still laugh after watching it 18 times.”

Love yourself down to the simplest thing!

This Valentine’s Day, I hope you find some ways to show love to the temple that you live your life in every day.