June 12, 2018

Somebody Loves You

Hello there, welcome back.
After weeks of resting (and nesting) with no content on the blog I finally feel better and have a clear mind to write/share stories with you once again.

So much has happened in these past few weeks that have really changed me. I'll start with the good news; Baby James is still hanging in there but should be arriving next week. Surprisingly the closer I get to my delivery date the better I feel. Maybe it's the excitement of finally seeing him, holding him in my arms and of course the excitement of getting back to my workout routine which I've been missing very much.

Now for the not so great news that I'm sure many of you have already heard; Anthony Michael Bourdain's passing. If you've been a reader for long then you know how much I admired Anthony Bourdain. His death hit me so hard that it basically woke me up from my uninspired-lack of confidence-staycation. It really shook me. Have you ever experienced that? It's a numbing pain where your life becomes still and you feel it stop for a few seconds.. then your head basically comes back into it's place and all your priorities and dreams are reborn again. All your blessings are a little more visible and you hold your life a little tighter.

No Reservations, The Layover, Parts Unknown.. these were the only shows my husband and I would ever watch on TV. It's insane how someone who inspired so many to travel and write stories could do such an act. Another incredible woman we lost on the same week was Katherine Noel Brosnahan, also known as Kate Spade. 

All these tragic events are a simple reminder that everyone is fighting their own battles behind close doors no matter how happy or successful they may seem. Let's all be nice, respectful and supportive towards one another. Check up on those we love even if they seem to have it all figured out. 

I wanted to write this message before getting back into the flow of things. 
Have a great day and remember somebody loves you!

May 7, 2018

Getting Perfect Hair this Spring

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Who doesn't love bouncy, shiny, healthy and smelling good hair? I know I do!
 These next few products that I'm going to be sharing have done just that for me.

Hair is extremely important to me as it has become my security blanket over the years. Growing up my grandmother always washed, brushed and styled my locks. I never payed attention and she never verbally told me how much work it took to maintain hair healthy. After becoming an adult (which I refuse to believe) and years of practice I have found a few steps to keeping my hair looking and feeling it's best.

April 27, 2018

I'll Never Let Go

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Yet another Friday is here. Gee, where does the time go? Next thing you know baby J will be here (in less than 2 months) and things will change forever. It's a bit crazy when you think about how fast time goes by. To think that Hazel and Jayleen were once in my belly and now their 7 and 10 years old. I know all moms feel this way and it's hard to accept that our offsprings will one day have a family and life of their own. Call me crazy but I am already thinking about how sad I am going to be when my girls go off to college and even when they marry. Yes, I know I have a few loose screws but the reality is that it's going to happen in a blink of an eye. I have become so attached to my girls that it's incredibly painful to think about them growing up.

Now with baby J soon in the picture I pray that this fear diminishes just a bit. I hear boys are crazy with their moms and if they are crazier than my girls then I will start planning my next one.
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Aún otro viernes está aquí. Caramba, ¿a dónde va el tiempo? El bebé estará aquí (en menos de 2 meses) y las cosas cambiarán para siempre. Es un poco loco cuando piensas en qué tan rápido pasa el tiempo. Pensar que Hazel y Jayleen alguna vez estuvieron en mi vientre y ahora tienen 7 y 10 años. Sé que todas las madres se sienten de esta manera y no es difícil aceptar que nuestros descendientes algún día tendrán una familia y vida propia. Llámame loca, pero ya estoy pensando en lo triste que voy a ser cuando mis hijas se casen. Sí, sé que tengo algunos tornillos sueltos, pero la realidad es que va a suceder en un abrir y cerrar de ojos. Me he vuelto tan apegada a mis hijas que es increíblemente doloroso pensar lo rápido que ellas crecen.


Ahora con el nuevo bebé pronto en la imagen rezo para que este miedo disminuya un poco. He oído que los hijos son locos con sus madres y si son más locos que mis hijas, entonces comenzaré a planificar mi próximo baron.

April 24, 2018

Pizza Making at Rosso NYC

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Rossopomodoro
West Village
118 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-2310

My girls love to cook and bake. They are constantly watching shows on the Cooking Channel and Food Network like Cupcake wars and their absolute favorite Netflix series which they've watched over 10 times, Zumbo's Just Desserts. So when we heard about Rossopomodoro (Rossonyc) offering kids pizza making classes we couldn't pass on the opportunity.

This service is fairly new so if you'd like to book a class or party just call the restaurant and let them know. It's super affordable and so much fun. The restaurant provides all the ingredients as well as an apron and a chef's hat. I mean, who doesn't want to be a chef for a day?

April 13, 2018

Maternity Style

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dress: JC Penney  |  jacket: NYDJ  |  shoes: Christian Louboutin  |  purse: Chanel  |  sunglasses: Henri Bendel  |  watch: Armitron

Mixing hi's and low's is one of my favorite outfit combinations. 
Since I've been struggling to find cute maternity clothes during this pregnancy, I have to rely on my trusty readers to recommend shops where I can potentially find fun items that aren't the obvious maxi dresses. 




April 12, 2018

Happy Birthday Jayleen

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Every passing year is bittersweet. Hazel turned 7 earlier this month and today Jayleen turns 10!! I’m really grateful for the young ladies these two are becoming but I’m also sad to see their not babies anymore. #happybirthday
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Cada año que pasa es agridulce. Hazel cumplió 7 años al principio de este mes y hoy Jayleen cumple 10 años. Estoy muy agradecida por las dos señoritas que se están convirtiendo, pero también estoy triste de ver que ya no son bebés.


April 4, 2018

Getting Out of a Creative Funk

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I guess you could say I've been in a creative funk lately. Waking up and doing anything at this point seems impossible. Some of it has to do with my complicated pregnancy and some with just personal issues. I honestly try to shake it off but at times it seems pointless. Nonetheless, I continue with my daily uplifting routine such as my shower ritual (read if you missed it here), breathing exercises and reading uplifting quotes. Here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes that I am currently loving and always put me in a better mood.

April 2, 2018

Happy Birthday Hazel

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I can't believe this little girl is already 7 years old. Where does the time go?
For her birthday I brought her over to CoolMess. This is a fun ice-cream making shop where you can also have savory meals. We went here for lunch and for dessert decided to make our own ice-cream. Our toppings were Oreo cookies, marshmallows and caramel. 

Hazel isn't the type to love sweets but when it comes to vanilla ice-cream she's all over it. I knew she would love this place. 

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March 27, 2018

My Way Of Spring Cleaning

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sweater: H&M  |  boots: Dr Scholls  |  bag: Etienne Aigner  |  sunglasses: Komono  |  coat: Marc Jacobs  |  earrings: Aldo  |  watch: Anne Klein

Yesterday I was feeling a little down and had major back pain from shoveling the snow last week. I know I shouldn't be doing this but I like to keep myself busy throughout the day. Anyways, Moe was really mad at me for doing so and recommended a few topics to write about on the blog that would keep me busy without having to do any lifting around the house. These were his exact words "Please don't do any heavy lifting. Use your strong mind and create something on your blog". One of his suggestions was doing a Spring cleaning post. I've seen these go around every year and they are all the same. They all talk about cleaning your house and organizing your closet. I wanted to provide something different.

March 26, 2018

I Have Big News!

Like many of you, I spend my precious hours browsing through hundreds of products online. In one site more than others, Amazon. I've been a member for 'who knows how long' and have bought kids essentials, gifts and home decor throughout the years. Just like you!

Since our recent home purchase I've been spending more and more time on Amazon. Not only are their prices unbeatable but you find everything you need in one place. 

Well, to keep this post short and simple.. I was recently contacted by Amazon. I mean, can you even believe that!? I certainly couldn't. Anyways, they basically wanted to give me my own Amazon shop. Ahh! 

I am happy to say that I have my very own Amazon shop Amazon.com/shop/nytrendymoms ( see it here ) and have earned the title of an #AmazonInfluencer. I can now share recommended items, share direct links (not third parties) to things around my house like my bathroom sink which I got many questions on, my sunglass and watch organizer and so much more.

New Brooklyn Hot Spot

One of my Spring resolutions is to spend less time on social media and have more real time encounters with inspiring women. Over the weekend I set up a nice brunch with a few women who I wanted to rub off energies with. We visited Scriptum located on 65 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249.

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March 22, 2018


SUNDAY, MARCH 25TH
9 AM - 3 PM


Head to Court 16 Long Island City as they celebrate the start of Spring with exciting activities on and off the court! With food provided by our friends at Indie LIC and Berg Bites, incredible special guests, and awesome prizes, it's time for the spring season.


The inaugural Family Weekend Happening at Court 16 Long Island City is open to all families in New York City. They'll have free classes for kids and Pickleball intro sessions for parents. RSVP below for an incredible day of tennis and family fun - make sure to tell everyone you know!

March 19, 2018

La Mer

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I've been on a roll when it comes to beauty posts lately and I'm really happy you are all enjoying them. Since quitting caffeine, controlling my sugar intake and no longer having any morning sickness I have been super inspired to write and shoot content for you guys. I honestly feel like celebrating since I thought the sickness would go on for the entire nine months of my pregnancy.

 You're probably super tired of hearing me say, "When you look good, you feel good" and that doesn't only apply to fashion but also beauty. There is no better feeling than waking up with beautiful skin. Being able to step out your house without a drop of makeup and getting countless compliments on your skin. Not only is this a confident booster for anyone but it also contributes to the flawless finish of any look. Hence, I'm all about new skincare products specially if their by La Mer.

March 15, 2018

Backtalk Palette from Urban Decay

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Urban Decay has released a new Eye and Face Palette named after their bestselling Vice Lipstick shade, Backtalk. They were kind enough to send it over for me to share with all of you. This new palette is a two in one palette. Eight eyeshadows, two highlighters and two blushes are divided by a double sided mirror. The magnetic mirror is also removable.

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The palette is full of nude-mauve, soft berry and muted rose shades, perfect for Spring. 

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I recommend using the palette along with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil to create a Spring/Summery look. Specially if you like a more dramatic look since the shades on the palette are quite light. I might do a tutorial on my Youtube Channel so be sure to subscribe

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Urban Decay is 100% cruelty free. This palette is Paraben free.

March 12, 2018

Beauty by POPSUGAR at Ulta

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POPSUGAR released their brand new all natural makeup line called Beauty by POPSUGAR yesterday. I shared a few of my favorite products from the line on instastories and a lot of you wanted me to share more thoughts on the line. 

I've always been quite skeptical when it came to natural makeup because I've had bad experiences in the past with formulas, pigmentations and smells. I'm happy to say this line proved me wrong in all aspects. I have been excited about this launch for weeks so when POPSUGAR sent over a package filled with products I was ecstatic.

This line was created to be healthy, with smart ingredients inspired by feedback from POPSUGAR's network of 100 million beauty junkies.

About Beauty by POPSUGAR
Imagine a line of cosmetics curated by Lisa Sugar, the founder and president of the #1 independent global media brand for women, based on the feedback of a monthly audience of 100 million and Lisa’s personal passion for beauty. That’s BEAUTY BY POPSUGAR, an original makeup collection that encapsulates everything that POPSUGAR is about: Female empowerment. Kindness. (The formulas involve no animal testing, ever) and healthy living. (No icky toxins here.) POPSUGAR is already a powerful resource for women. With this new venture, POPSUGAR enables them to live a full life in fresh ways, with positivity, joy, and style. 

Let me start by talking about the beautiful clean package. I love how each box has an inspiring message when you open it. You can just tell they put a lot of love and thought into each product. Every box shares information about the product, describes how to use it and has an ingredient list. At the top of all the boxes you'll find the product shade name along with a color preview.

Products I received:



A tinted, high-power gloss with tons of shine in a nonstick formula, and just a hint of nourishing shea butter and natural oils, too. 

I love the packaging as well as the applicator. This product is so nice to have on your lips because it smells delicious and it isn't sticky on the lips. Best of all it isn't filled with toxins. I recently got this and it has already become one of my all time favorite lip glosses. This is definitely a must-have from the entire collection.

What if a matte color could nourish lips, too?
This lipstick makes it happen with color and a satin finish that's pretty and protective.

One of my instant reactions to this product was "omg, I need to carry this around all the time!". I became obsessed with the beautifully clean, lightweight crayon-like packaging. I was in love with the product even before I tried it on. I mean, the color and finish is beautiful and it feels like you're wearing nothing. This product is so easy and comfortable to wear through the day and the shade matches my everyday hue perfectly. 

For a truly healthy glow, POPSUGAR chose real ingredients: natural satin and pearlescent powders like Mica and Silica- For a natural, mermaid-worthy glow, all pressed into multi-colored compact that matches every skin shade. 

Another one of my must-have products from the collection. This color (Summer Lovin') couldn't have been more perfect for my complexion. It's subtle yet buildable and the compact has a mirror for easy on-the-go application.

A magic water that washes liquid color over lids and dries fast.

I was a little confused about product when I first opened it. The consistency is runny so you have to be careful when opening. I first tried it on my hand and it seemed nice but when I tried it on my lids I couldn't see it. I felt the shade wasn't right for me since I have very dark eyelids. I didn't want to just give up on it so I applied it under the Shimmer Putty Powder and fell in love with the color. It turnout to be a subtle metallic shade.

This sparkle-packed eye product may look dark, but it's buildable, so it can go super-sheer, high-impact, or anywhere in between. 

I love this shade for an everyday look. It's shimmery yet wearable and definitely buildable. I like it on its own but love it even more with the Liquid Metallic Eye Color underneath. 

These all natural, gold leaf infused papers are powder and fragrance free. Suitable for all skin types. 

These are perfect for a matte look. If you feel your face is too dewy or oily gently pat a single sheet anywhere there is excess oil. 

A high-impact formula with 2 brushes: thick for volume and length, thin for topline definition and bottom lash access.

Never have I ever seen such a perfect mascara for bottom lashes. It's almost impossible to smudge your bottom lashes due to the thin wand. I wasn't able to try the opposite side which is the thick wand because I currently have eyelash extension but it looks promising.

Overall I'm super impressed with this all natural cosmetics line. Congrats again to POPSUGAR on such a beautiful collection! 

You can shop the entire collection on beautybypopsugar.com or at Ulta.com and Ulta stores.

   

March 5, 2018

This Past Weekend

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Happy Monday my wonderful readers. This past weekend was all about fun activities with the girls and spending time with family. Since I knew we had a busy weekend ahead of us, After waking up on Saturday morning I headed straight into the kitchen (while everyone was still asleep) to prepare a natural air freshener. This smell infuses my entire house with warmth and love and tends to wake up my family. While growing up I woke up to the smell of coffee every single morning and now I make coffee just to smell it. It's nostalgic and comforting. This is what I am trying to create with my daughter, a nostalgic memory. 

NATURAL AIR FRESHENER
simmer

-cinnamon
-orange peel
-apples
-star anise

I add water to a small pot along with the ingredients above. I let it simmer and turn it off before heading out the house. If water evaporates add more water.

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After making my air freshener I go into the bathroom to brush my teeth, shower and cleanse my face. I have been using AHAVA Prickly Pear & Moringa Dry Oil Body Mist after each shower which I picked up at Ulta Beauty a few weeks ago. I love body and face oils and this one has been my favorite lately. Another product I live by and have been using for years is the Enzyme Cleansing Gel by Mario Badescu. I introduced this to my husband and he loves it as well. It's extremely gentle on the skin and leaves it feeling so nice and smooth. I follow with my moisturizer. I will admit that I take quite some time in the bathroom before stepping out my house. I mean, it's the only real place to be alone without interruption. Since the silence was feeling quite nice I took advantage to also paint my nails with a color I have been obsessed with lately, Mint Candy Apple by Essie. It's such a nice Spring color that look super nice on short nails.







February 27, 2018

Miami Recap


Our family is back to it's normal schedule. The girls are back to school, my husband is back to work and I'm back to writing content for you guys. If you don't know, last week my family and I visited Miami, Florida for a few days since we thought it would be the perfect time to travel before the baby arrives. We stayed at the Grand Beach Hotel in Surfside. We loved it so much! It was such a family friendly hotel with great pools, attentive staff and it's location right on the beach. We also loved how the hotel was located only a few steps from restaurants and shops. 

February 6, 2018

The Lastest Q&A

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I'm so excited to be sharing this Q&A with all of you. I've gotten so many questions about my pregnancy that I decided it would be easier and more helpful to just answer all of them here.

February 2, 2018

Easy Mexican Recipe

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Ever since my stove was installed a few weeks ago and after finding out we're expecting a baby, all I've been talking about on social media has been food.. and do you blame me? I was stove-less and without a kitchen for over 4 months and eating out didn't turn out to be as fun as I initially thought. I literally became sick from all the Italian, Bengali and American food I ate.

Now that my stove is installed and my kitchen is 90% done I simply want to live in it. I enjoy cooking so much it's a bit concerning. One cuisine I will never get sick of eating and cooking is Mexican cuisine. I LOVE all the fresh ingredients each recipe uses as well as the spices and not to mention how Mexican people wear their cuisine on their sleeves. It's addicting. I believe I was Mexican in another life and if you don't like Mexican food we could never be friends. 

January 25, 2018

Thunder Bun

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There's no better way to bond with your girls than to go grab something to eat.
Schnippers is one of our favorite burger spots in the city so when we heard about their new eatery, Thunder Bun we couldn't wait to try the menu out.

Thunder Bun is located on 1 New York Plaza New York, NY 10004 (on the Concourse level). Opened from 11am-7pm Mon-Fri.

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January 18, 2018

What to do on Valentines Day?

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Here comes the desperate time of year again; Valentines Day! The time when you don't know what to get that special person in your life. You don't want to be a cheapskate and you also don't want to break the bank. You simply can't get the question out of your head; What to do on Valentines Day?

Did you know that many people stay single to avoid these crazy times (believe me, I know a few). Keeping it 100% with ya'll.. I'm on the fence about the whole thing. Yes it's fun wearing red every year, receiving chocolates/ flowers and getting a 'Happy Valentines Day' from strangers. Yet, I believe you shouldn't need a specific day to celebrate love. You should celebrate it everyday.

Despite how I feel.. today I will be sharing some fun things that I personally experienced throughout the years and highly recommend doing for Valentines day. Hopefully it helps some of you make some V'day plans.

January 9, 2018

2017 Highlights / Family Roadtrip

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Last Summer I partnered up with Chevrolet to go on a family Coastal Road trip driving their 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. Our goal was to end up in Portland, Maine. We were clueless when it came to adding stops to our trip, restaurants to eat in, scenic areas to stop, hotels to stay, etc. While going through my phone I realized I had downloaded an app a few months back which would help with our dilemma. & just like that using the Roadtrippers app we found our fist stop, Walnut beach. I knew I wanted to visit the beach since my daughter, Hazel is a rock collector. So I thought, wouldn't it be fun to stop and find some souvenirs to bring back home?

January 4, 2018

Bathroom Renovation / Revealed

I'm super excited to finally share my bathroom renovation with all of you. As I promised, not only am I sharing photos but I'm also sharing direct links to where I purchased everything. I know a lot of you are thinking of revamping your space and hopefully this serves as inspiration.

 When we first purchased our house the bathroom wasn't in terrible conditions although it was a little too pink for my taste and backdated. Our home was built in the early 1920's and was partially renovated in the 50's. I didn't hate it at all. Maybe if it was an apartment I was renting, I wouldn't have mind but since it's our first home in which we will be living in for many years to come, I think the change was necessary. As you can see below, the bathroom was in great shape. The previous owner even changed the vanity a few months before selling us the house.


My inspiration for this room was