Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CELEBRATING FRIENDSHIP WITH DOVE + ROCKSBOX

 
 
 
 
 
Ah... nothing like getting back into the swing of things after having a baby! My daughter is 4 weeks old today and I cannot believe how fast the passed few weeks have went by. I was invited to attend a beauty event with Dove last night and it was the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and have a little "me" time. So I pulled myself together, wore my fave knee high boots and red lips and BAM! I was ready to go and enjoy a night of girly fun! And boy did I need it...so glad I was able to attend.
I got to invite a +1 and of course family over anything! I invited my little cousin to come an experience what it is that I do, since she has been my #1 supporter since day 1 of my blogging journey. I was so happy to be able to share the evening with her, we had so much fun.
The big announcement of the night was that Dove has partnered with Rocksbox for an amazing collaboration which I love! Nothing like two companies who care so much about making a woman feel amazing in their own skin and making that their priority. The founders of Rocksbox were there and their story was pretty inspiring. I love being in a room full of women that are inspiring and make me feel like I can too do anything I set my mind to.
Also, Dove introduced with their new Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant which will leave you feeling fresh + dry. No more of those annoying little white balls or wet feeling under your armpits. I can't wait to try mine. And they have some great scents too!
We also got to choose a piece from the Rocksbox collection - and I love my 3 layers necklace, I will be sharing that on my Insta soon! Above are some pics I was able to snap on my iPhone, sorry for the crappy quality but the lighting wasn't so amazing. Dove made the event super fun by having different stations set up, everything from the Rocksbox jewelry station to a makeup station where we had our make up touched up and even a "care package" station where I was able to send a little Dove package to a friend or loved one. How cool is that? And lastly, well the must-have at any party... a photo booth! I even had a sip of champagne! This breast feeding mama had a great time and I am so happy to be back and getting into the swing of things - finally beginning to feel like my old self again.
I hope you enjoyed this little recap. I cannot wait for the next event!
xo, 
E.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

INTRODUCING OUR BABY EMME

 
 

 



I am back... somewhat. I have been wanting to share our family photos with our new addition! And finally I have had a minute to do so. It has been an amazing four weeks at the Batista household. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl Emme on January 28th. She is perfect! She was born at 10:28 in the morning via cesarean (my second) but I will share my birth story on a different post and share my experience and all the details of that amazing beautiful day. It truly was every thing I wished for and can't wait to share!
For now I wanted to share our first photo shoot as a family of 4... um 5! including my furbaby Lola. She was not included in the photos because my mom happened to take her for the day on the day of our shoot, I totally regret that move and wish I had included her. But that is just ok because our photos turned out exactly as I pictured them (no pun intended) either way. Our photographer Cynthia from CYTB Photography was amazing. She actually did our spring photos last year and I was in love. Cynthia is great with newborns and families, I really love her simple elegance style - I expressed what my vision was for this shoot, I really wanted a very laid back, casual and in our element type of vibe for these photos. After all, we took these pictures just NINE days after Emme was born, and having had a c-section I really wanted a relaxed atmosphere. And I was so very pleased with the photos, Cynthia totally understood my vision and I couldn't be happier with the results. If you are in the New Jersey/New York area I definitely recommend her services to you, whether that's newborn sessions to toddlers or family shoots. This is the second time we worked together and hopefully not the last. And if you are like me and want to capture your family at it's best (at home) she does house calls, which are so convenient when you just have had a baby.
Feel free to contact her through her website  CYTB Photography and take a look at more of her portfolio or follow her Instagram (HERE) and Facebook page (HERE) for up to the minute photoshoot sessions and ideas for your family too! 
Thank you Cynthia for a great photo session! xo 
In regards to my beauty, fashion and mommy posts ladies, I have a few posts lined up that I can't wait to share with you all. So stay tuned for that as I try and get back into the swing of things around here. 
Thank you all so much for all the sweet messages and loving wishes for my family and I.
xo,
E. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

39 WEEKS | MATERNITY PICTURES

 
 
 
 


PHOTOGRAPHY BY MY HUSBAND
HELLO! 
I miss you all so much around here. 
I am officially just 4 days away from giving birth to my baby girl... 
... and I have to say I am so excited and just patiently waiting for Wednesday to arrive. 
I have been doing so much around the house and with B. Just enjoying our last few days as a family of 4.
I can't believe soon we will be 5! (Lola included).
We had a snow storm over night here in New Jersey and it was such a nice relaxing Saturday. While B slept I got into the mood of shooting my very last maternity pics. As you can see I am ready to pop and meet my daughter. Yikes! MY DAUGHTER. Sounds weird. I can't believe in just a few short days I will have two kids, like they are plural now. T W O. 
I am so grateful to God for giving me this blessing of being a mother. 
There truly isn't a better love or fulfillment in the world and I hope my kids know that one day. That I live for them. I cannot wait to see how this new journey goes. I know it won't be easy but I am simply grateful to even have this chance to be a mommy for the second time around. My goal in life is to make my kids happy. 
And I hope one day B reads this and knows that we gift him this sibling with so much love and pray that we are the best parents we can be to him and his little sister. 
Thank you so much to each one of you for keeping up with me on my Insta. I promise to post a photo of our baby girl whenever I get a chance this coming week so you can all meet her. 
Cheers to a new baby! And I hope you all have a great week, I will have a pretty busy one;)
xo, 
E.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MY SHEINSIDE STYLE

 
 
 
So as you all know I have been taking a little "maternity leave" from all my usual daily/weekly style and beauty posts to enjoy my son and prep for our baby girl's arrival. But I wanted to share a few of my Instagram snaps where I am wearing some of my picks for December wearing SheInside. I love this website because of the amazing styles and endless variety but best of all the prices. Every month I am going to bring you a few pieces from the store so you can get a little inspiration and check out their selection which I love.
xo, 
E.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO?

 
Hello my sweet sweet chicas! I am so sorry I have been MIA here for the passed 2 weeks. I am 37 weeks now and all I have been doing is prepping for the arrival of our baby girl. And to be honest it really has felt amazing to focus on my kids and family during this little hiatus from the blog. Sometime we just need to step back and enjoy all these little moments in life and I am so happy to be able to do what I love and take the time for me but still connect with you all. I have been very active on Instagram, so if you don't follow me on there I hope you will now as that will be my connection to you all for the next several weeks, since it will be easier to do that then do a full post during my maternity leave. But please know that I will be posting as soon as I can and have some time. That is why for now, I decided I will make Insta my main source and this the second, just until I get a good routine with the baby and all the new life changes coming our way. 
I wanted to share some of my Insta pics from the past couple of weeks, so that you too can see what I have been up to. everything from comfy prego outfits for my seriously insane nesting stage to my weird but delicious breakfast... my sweet girl's crib decor and my latest... sharing my son's school outfits! I just wanted to switch it up a little and give you guys a little variety on there. I love dressing up my son and can't wait to do the same with the new baby. As you can see my bump is loud and proud and I've been hanging out in super comfortable clothes. Especially the maternity jeans you see above! I was so excited when Motherhood Maternity contacted me wanting to send me some things. I chose a few pieces for me and the baby. But my favorite maternity piece has to be these perfect Jessica Simpson maternity jeans. They are so fabulous, they are skinny, ripped and perfect for a fashionable preggo mommy, I totally recommend them ladies. 
I can't wait to post pics of the rest of my amazing gifts from Motherhood Maternity, including the most adorable and cozy coat for the baby and a super fab and chic diaper bag, you are going to love it!
So this is it for now my lovelies, I truly hope you will stick with me during these next few weeks and get a little glimpse into my life as a mommy of 2 all through Instagram. I am feeling so blessed and excited and I wanted to take the time to thank you for all the kind words, amazing support and sweet love you share with me on all my social channels. Just 14 days to go until we meet our baby girl... 
With tons of love, 
Erika

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

CASUAL SATURDAY LOOK

 
 
 
  
Sunnies: Rayban
Cardigan: c/o SheInside
Leggings: via Target
Booties: Forever 21
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I've been a little MIA around and we can blame that on the holidays! I've been enjoying my time with my family and getting all things ready for my little lady due in just 4 weeks. So things have been pretty busy around here. But I am not complaining, I love it! I am both excited and nervous. Back to the outfit... I wore this for errands this past Saturday. I love love love this poncho style cardi from SheInside - I love the print. It's chic and casual and you can style it a few different ways. You can purchase it HERE for under $35! Add a red lip (which I've been doing almost daily) and voila! You are all ready to go even for a casual weekend look. I hope you all enjoy the last couple of days of 2014. I hope to get one last post up tomorrow but if I don't I am sending you all my best positive vibes and love and wishing you a happy and healthy 2015! Thank you for everything in this year, it has been an amazing blogging year for me and it's all because of you.
T H A N K  Y O U + C H E E R S !
xo, 
E.

Monday, December 22, 2014

RED LIPS BRIGHTEN UP ANY OUTFIT




  

Sunnies/Gafas: Chanel
Lipstick/Labial: Russian Red by MAC
Cardigan/Sueter: H&M
Tunic/Camiseta: H&M
Leggings/Pantalones: Burlington 
Boots/Botas: Forever 21
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Nothing like a great red lipstick to brighten up a gloomy winter day. 
Yesterday we had a few places to run to so I made sure I was extra comfortable and warm. It actually wasn't too cold so I was able to leave my bubble coat in the car. I love it anytime I don't have to wear my coat, being pregnant it actually makes me feel so much more uncomfortable when I have to put it on. Something about being five feet tall, 33 1/2 weeks prego and layering that makes me feel like a stuffed polar bear. I wore my all time favorite boots. I got these as a Christmas gift a couple of years back and wear them a lot and they are still in amazing condition, pretty shocking for Forever 21 faux leather boots! I love them! And of course I added a long cardi for an effortless chic look. Just 5 more weeks until we meet our baby doll! We cannot wait... 
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No hay nada como un lapiz labial rojo para alumbrar un dia super de invierno nublado. 
Ayer tuvimos varias cosas que hacer, por eso me asegure de vestirme super comoda y calientita. Pero me sorprendi al ver que no hacia tanto frio como lo creia. Pude dejar mi abrigo en el carro. No se ustedes, pero estando embarazo, con coat y varias capaz de ropa me hace sentir super incomoda. Puede ser tambien por lo que ya solo me quedan 5 semanas! No puede creer lo rapido que han pasado los meses. Tambien me puse mis botas favoritas, fueron un regalo de Navidad hace algunos anios. Siempre me las pongo y estan en excelente condicion. Super buena calidad para ser de Forever 21. Me encantan! Que tengan una semana feliz!
xo,
E.