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

Anyone who says they have the most perfect relationship with their mother can kiss my… just kidding. But seriously, how many times do we have some choice words to say back, perhaps roll our eyes, or sigh exasperatingly at what our moms have to say about how we live our lives? Just me? Yeah… I guess I can be a pain in the…

But the little lady that housed me in her belly and then spent her life giving me a life of lessons and unforgettable memories/experiences from her raising me into the adult I am today, is THE sweetest angel there is. She’s kind, loving, SO SMART!!! (sometimes too smart, it’s scary), beautiful, warm, compassionate, peaceful, selfless, calming, level-headed and so strong. Not only to us, and those she loves, but even a stranger on the street. She’s taught me what it is to be a decent human being in a world that can be mostly cruel and cold, she lives her life out by one of my favorite Commandments – Love thy neighbor. Not only has my family been able to experience and love the woman that loves God so completely, but so have the people that ever come in contact with her. I’ve never met, and probably never will meet a woman more generous with her love than my momma. Which is why this first post I’ve written in a while, is dedicated to the precious gem I call, Mom.

You know those commercials around the time that the Olympics air, summer or winter, usually from like, Cheerios or some milk commercial, where they show all the behind the scenes of the proud mamas? (the ones that get you right in the feels??) Well I always think about those around Mother’s Day, because oftentimes we get to where we are as adults and THEN look back at all the behind the scenes works our Moms did for us – wake us up early for school, make our lunches, make sure we eat breakfast, make sure we do our homework & work assignments, came to all of our games, dance recitals, concerts, school plays, taking pride in everything that we do, etc, and the list goes on…

I know, Moms are pretty rad right?? So I’ve compiled my TOP TEN REASONS WHY MOMS ROCK!!! (in no particular order)

  1. Let’s start with the first – she carried us in her tummy for months and then, had to endure this thing called labor where she has to push something the size of a small watermelon out of her body. Or hopefully she had a Stork deliver you, either way, they gave us the very life we breath, so thanks for that!
  2. Sweet notes they leave – in lunch boxes, and maybe now that it’s 2018 – in a text message or email – just letting us know how much they love us
  3. Always making sure her babies are fed.
  4. Providing unconditional love – would never understand that concept if it weren’t for mothers. What if I had turned out to be a huge eff-up?? My momma would still love me 🙂 (probs, I hope!!)
  5. Because – WHO RUN THE WORLD? – GIRLS! – Without mamas, how would we as ladies, know how to act and how would fellas learn how to treat a lady?
  6. Superhuman strength – emotionally (& sometimes physically! ever heard of moms lifting vehicles off a baby?)
  7. They always have your back
  8. Talk about a cheerleader!! I can’t imagine not having my mom at every home game and every dance competition
  9. Making holidays fun & bright
  10. THE ULTIMATE SLEEP SACRIFICE – and for this I am ETERNALLY grateful (because, boy, do I LOVE ME SOME SLEEP!!!!)

for this and SO many reasons more, I think it’s safe to say that we children are not worthy of YOU QUEENS!!!!

Thank you Moms of the world!

and to mine in particular, and my sister – who’s now a mother of her own – love you forever.

xoxo,

The Glam Greek

 

This world is harsh. But it’s nothing that a woman can’t handle, and the female anatomy is built exactly to withstand extreme trauma in order to create LIFE, and so is her heart.

“Birth is the epicenter of women’s power” – Ani DiFranco

As I’ve reached the age where I’ve watched my own sister become a mother, where girls I’ve grown up with are becoming mothers, it’s helped to shed some light on my own mom. Perhaps because the wildest revelation I’ve had in being able to witness such profound young women, growing to have such BEAUTIFUL babies and families is that one day they’re living their life knowing themselves as the only version they’ve known themselves to be for the past 20-something years and the next – they’re MOM!

Everything I am today I owe to the woman who lost so many nights of sleep, to the woman who worries about me and my well-being, to the woman who worked everyday AND drove us to our extra activities AND ran our household, to the woman who’s sacrificed SO much so that we may have everything we want, to the woman who believes in my dreams, to the woman who’s my biggest cheerleader, to the woman I want to make proud with everything I do and who I can become.

 

To all the mamas out there reading this, know that this is the best gift you can give to this world <3
For all those trying, for all those who’ve lost a child, for all those who hope to become mamas in the future, never lose hope and faith in God’s blessings.

To my mama, this post is dedicated to you <3

xoxo
The Glam Greek

What comes to mind when you think of Vegas – alcohol, partying, casinos strippers, no sleep, buffets, scandalous shows. Now think of doing all of this with your parents.

Since I was a kid, my mom & dad loved going to Vegas. They’d take off on a Friday evening after work and red-eye it back in on Monday morning. They aren’t big drinkers, but they love the city. I on the other hand would rather spend that kind of money on a trip elsewhere (preferably put that money towards somewhere international) but it’s nice that it’s a 4 hour plane ride from Houston and has ANYthing that tickles your fancy (or other things if you’re freaky – hey, it’s Vegas!)

Top : H&M || Overalls : XXI || Bag : Sole Society || Shoes : Adidas

Back at Christmas time, all my mom said she wanted was a family trip to Vegas for her birthday. All her kids are now over 21 and she’s ready to party with us. (TOTES kidding) So we started planning. Last time I went, was summer ’14; being in the desert, I felt like I was baking during the day. While it was still fun, the weather was very unpleasant, so I was looking forward to a Spring Break trip there this time to enjoy the light heat during the day and coolness at night.

I kept things as simple as possible since I was only taking a small carry on. Dresses and a pair of overalls, statement kicks and minimal makeup.

That first day was a doozey! Bae and I headed in early Friday morning to meet my sister and my cunado for brunch at Wicked Spoon, 6 bottles of champagne between the 4 of us and two 32 oz mojitos later, no pictures were taken (thank God!).

Day 2 was much better. I hydrated before bed, so I didn’t wake up with a hangover. But was I 100% Gucci? No. But nothing that a walk along the strip and some drinks couldn’t fix.

Current fave bag for traveling!

Out of the handful times of visiting Vegas, I had never been to one of the shows. Next time you visit Sin City – check out La Reve at the Wynn. It was an amazing production. And a great reason to dress up and debut one of my favorite spring trends – embroidered heels. And we all know how walking in Vegas can be, but these were surprisingly comfortable to walk in. (still doesn’t mean I didn’t get a GNARLY blister on my big toe)

Jacket : H&M || Dress : Asos || Choker : Top Shop

Shoes : Betsey Johnson

Here’s to keeping it classy in Vegas… this time.

 

xoxo
The Glam Greek