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Mom Life: The Target Mirror Reality Check

Have you ever looked back and caught sight of yourself in a Target three-way mirror? Let me rephrase. Have you ever wandered into the cute Juniors section at the front and convinced yourself you still look young enough to pull off those trendy Mossimo and Xhilaration pieces? Well, if you’re over thirty, raising a small child, and favoring sleep over exercise (like me) I’m willing to bet you have. I’m willing to bet you know just how jarring that sight can be. And, oh, how irrevocably disappointing.

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Hello Again.

It’s been nearly two years since I decided to take a break from this blog. At the time, I was taking on new responsibilities at work, managing two large blogs (and basically stepping into my dream job as an editor). I was also trying to keep my freelance career going while raising a toddler and trying to buy a house (which we’ve been in now for over a year, thankfully!).

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See you later…

Tony Espinoza Photography | Bubbles & Ink Blog by Alicia Palma

I never thought I’d see the day when I’d want to walk away from this. I started this blog when I had absolutely nothing else to spend my creative efforts on. This silly little blog is the one thing that started me on the path to figuring out what the hell I wanted to devote my time to. This blog helped me figure out who I was, and who I so desperately wanted to be. And  here I am, five years later, not necessarily boasting one hundred percent clarity, but certainly enjoying a much better view ahead.

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Wantable Style Edit: June Edition

Wantable-Style-Edit-Review-June-2015

My second Wantable Style Edit came in, so here’s a look inside at their June box (you can view the first one here). I have to admit I liked the color palette much more this time around and I wish I could have kept the jumper but I think my thighs had a different opinion on the matter. (Alas, the pear-shaped struggle is real.) I ended up keeping the black BB Dakota top but instantly regretted it, so I’ll be selling it on consignment since I already wore it out. Still, I think they took my notes from the first time into consideration (no more junior sized dresses!) and sent a few things that were a little more my taste (except for that really unfortunate soccer mom dress). Based on this box, I made some notes and edits for the next and look forward to seeing what they choose. For now, pics (and Pomeranian cameos) ahead.

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Vixen for a Day

Official Vixen Workout | Miami + Bubbles & Ink Blog CoverGirl Event

Saturday afternoon found me reminiscing on the blur that was my early twenties: I hunted for parking around South Beach for about twenty minutes, touched up my makeup in the car, and stood in line on Washington Avenue to get into the hottest party. This time, however, it was the Vixen Workout that was holding a line to rival that of any tourist trap on the beach. And the twerking was in full force, as expected. My early twenties may be a distant memory, but I was able to channel all my cheer/dance/club girl days to get through one of the most intense workouts I’ve had in a while. Read on for tips on how to survive your first Vixen experience.

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How to Look Good in Photos

NOM Photography on Bubbles & Ink | How to Look Good in Photos

The holidays are upon us, which means there will be photo opportunities galore. And while some people have a natural gift for looking great in every picture, some of us need a little help in facing that camera. Like me, when I forget I should probably suck in my stomach after indulging in Abuela’s cooking a little too often. (But seriously, Abuela’s cooking is amazing.) Here’s a guest post from the lovely Natasha of NOM Photography to help everyone get in line and look their best. Read through to the end for a special discount code for readers of Bubbles & Ink. Happy holidays!

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Wanderlust: New York City

NYC-Buildings

It’s a funny thing, parenthood. It’s Saturday, we’ve got a babysitter for 24 hours, and the best and most exciting use I can find for my time is catching up on work and running errands. And this makes me perfectly happy. I was tinkering around on my site, making updates, when I came across this draft of images from my last trip to Manhattan in September 2012. It was fashion week, I was attending some very trendy events, and, newly pregnant, decided it was a good idea to fit into an obscenely tight pair of red skinny jeans. I regretted it almost immediately when, two hours later, I realized I’d forgotten to factor in my newly growing belly’s need for space when sitting. Thankfully, Lucy is now out and safely on the other side of the bump with no zipper marks to speak of.

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Miami Staycation: Food & Fun

You know, I almost didn’t post this but then I realized there was no way I could omit a Sinbad photo op. I mean, come on – it’s Sinbad! Though this post is a bit of a mish-mash of random (but honestly, very fun) things we did over the course of our Miami staycation, these moments reminded us why we are pretty fortunate to live in this city (now and then and only when there’s decent parking involved).

We rediscovered Monty’s South Beach, a location that not only has spectacular views but also boasts a bar-side pool, so as not to interfere with simultaneous oyster-shooting and tanning. We also discovered that Chili’s is no place for anyone over 30 (that black light pic is the only good thing that came out of that venture – our stomachs are still very upset at us). And we made a pit-stop at some generic Chinese restaurant where we were comfortingly addressed in broken English by a woman who actually had perfectly coherent language skills when addressing her staff.

But let’s get back to Sinbad. I mean, what really needs to be said? If you grew up in the 90’s (and I hope I’m not one of the few), then you can probably share in my Different World inspired glee (I was always rooting for him and Jaleesa). But even now, the guy is still really funny and just plain nice. It was one of those adolescent tv-dreams-come-true — good enough to round out one heck of a staycation and justifying that two-drink minimum at the Improv.

P.S. I wonder where he gets his wardrobe…

In this post: Amorium Jewelry Purple Skull Ring, His & Hers Converse Chuck Taylors