July Favorites 2015 || Beauty, Fashion & More & Mini Life Update

My last favorites video was uploaded in April, I’ve since then found a few new things that I’m obsessed with.

There has also been a lot of changes in my life, so at the end of the video, I give y’all a bit of a life update. Beware, though, my baby girl totally interrupts at the end.

Here are my current obsessions:

To the Moon & Back.

Happy Hump Day:

20150725-_MG_7999First things first: I know the photos in this post are a bit different from my previous ones, that’s all thanks to one of my closest homies Oscar Rivera. His skills are insane. We are planning on collaborating weekly, so my outfit photos are going to be a bit more on the artsy side. What do y’all thing? Are you diggin’ them?

Check out his work HERE.

I was totally inspired by the moon with this outfit. This white moto vest has been in my closet for about two years now. I bought this piece about 2-3 weeks before I found out I was pregnant, so I haven’t had the chance to really style it. With being a mom & not fitting into my smaller sizes, this piece was just collecting dust in my closet. It’s definitely the main focus of my outfit. I was going for an edgy, astronaut look. Ha. Can’t even take myself seriously typing that.

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20150725-_MG_8070I combined my Brandy Melville black tie dye tank with my Neff x Jhene Aiko shorts because mixing prints is just one of my favorite things to do when it comes to fashion. I thought it was a fun way to rock the mono trend, while still keeping the funky feeling I normally aim for.

20150725-_MG_7977For shoes, I went with my black Steve Madden Ankle booties. I was originally going to rock a pair of mono heeled booties, but I wanted to keep this look relatively casual. These booties are one of my favorite pair of shoes because I can wear it with almost any outfit I put together.

Lace up booties is love. Lace up booties is life. 

As for my bag, if you’ve been following me, you would know that it’s my only black purse. My favorite thing about this bag, though, has to be the fact that its fringe. I love adding fringe to non-bohemian outfits, it’s the perfect way to add a bit of “chill vibes.”

Let me know what you guys think of these new photos!

How would you style an all white moto vest?

GC xo
20150725-_MG_8016Vest: Forever 21

Top: Brandy Melville

Shorts: Neff x Jhene Aiko

Shoes: Steve Madden

Purse: Brandy Melville

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DO Go Crying to Your Momma || Dear Glendaly;

Don’t worry.

Don’t worry about anything. I know that’s a hard thing to do, but I’m telling you, everything is going to be alright. You will find self-love and happiness. Just be prepared, it’ll come to you in the most unexpected ways.

Don’t be afraid nor question where your journey takes you; remember to always trust your journey.

Keep asking for it, keep craving it, keep thriving for it, and most importantly, keep fighting for it.

You’re a survivor. Though, it may not seem like it now, all of these raw and real things that are currently happening to you are all going to help you grow into an understanding, caring, thoughtful woman. We need more people like this in the world. We need you. 

Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Gandhi 

Take care of yourself. Don’t starve. Eat three meals a day and DO NOT be afraid to snack in between. Work out and take care of your body. It’s the only one you have.

Sleep more. Sleep as often as you can. You deserve it – you body, mind, and soul deserves it.

Don’t ever be afraid to cry. It’s not a sign of weakness, I promise. Those tears are a sign of strength, it takes courage to break down and open up.

Always smile. It’s everyones best feature.

Speak up. Speak up when you know something is wrong. Speak up when you have something you want to say. Speak up no matter what it is you want everyone to hear. Speak up because it’s your given right.

You are worthy of having happiness, and everything in the world that brings you happiness.

You won’t ever be able to love another until you are able to love yourself.

Know your limit and don’t ever be afraid to say no. Your health and sanity are most important.

It’s okay to be selfish, your happiness comes before anything and anyone.

It’s also okay to be confident – remind yourself daily of how truly beautiful you are, both inside and out.

Take yourself out on a date, and remember, it’s only awkward if you make it awkward.

No matter what you see on television, magazines and any other forms of media: having blonde hair, pale skin and being super thin isn’t the only form of beauty.

Wear whatever you want, however you want. Don’t be afraid to express yourself and don’t be afraid to show some skin. Some women feel empowered by showing skin, and some don’t – both are okay.

Laugh often. Share your food. Tell retail workers to have a nice day, even if they don’t respond.

Lastly, never worry about what people think of you. We are all beautiful, despite our imperfections. We are all alive. We can all feel. We can all love.

GC xo

My Everyday Make-up Routine: Drugstore Products Only | Summer ’15

I’ve been wearing a lot more make-up lately; I think it’s because I’ve gained a substantial amount of self love in the past few weeks. That, and I’ve been seriously enjoying improving my make-up game.

Check out my latest go-to make-up look; it’s all done with drugstore products.

What are your current go to make-up products this summer?

GC. xo.

Sporty Chic Meets Gypsy Soul.

Happy Hump Day:

pic1I’ve been in a dark funk lately. Don’t worry, it’s not because I’ve been sad or depressed about anything. Usually when I’m in a dark funk, it means everything is going well & dandy. Black is my happy color. Anyone else feels that way or is it just me?

I came up with this outfit a few days ago; I was feeling a bit adventurous and wanted to take a walk around Dumbo, Brooklyn. SIDENOTE: Dumbo is insane, it’s currently under construction but the view you get of the city is beautiful. Literally one of my favorite spots in Brooklyn. Here’s a picture:

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No filter. xo

pic4It was midnight when we decided to head out, so I didn’t have time to pick out an outfit. I decided to grab my Brandy Melville T-shirt dress – it’s such an easy piece to style & I’ve been rocking it almost everyday the past few weeks. As a cover up, I threw on my Brandy knitted cardigan. It was a bit chilly, but not super chilly, so it was a perfect fit that night. I feel like I’ve been wearing this piece a lot more now, then when I first bought it 2 years ago. It has definitely gained it’s spot as an essential in my closet.

For my bag, I decided to go with my black Brandy Fringe bag because, as I’ve said before, fringe is my life. To be honest, I actually don’t own any other black bag, so unless I wanted to add a pop of color, this would have been my bag choice regardless.

pic3As for shoes, I decided to go with my Nike Free’s.

I use these sneakers when I go to the gym, but I do occasionally have moments when I feel like adding a bit of sporty chic into an outfit.

For jewelry, I kept it pretty simple with pieces I wear all the time. I was really into the tattoo chocker trend 2 years ago, when the 90s was first coming back to style, but I’m beyond over it. I like the bracelet version because it’s not as ‘teen’ as the necklace, but still gives off some spunk.

This was a super simple, quick outfit I put together and I absolutely love the way it turned out. You could never go wrong with an all black ensemble.

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Anyone else into the sporty chic look?

Until Friday.
GC XO

pic7Outfit Details:
Shall: Brandy Melville

Dress: Brandy Melville

Bag: Brandy Melville

Sneakers: Nike

Tattoo Bracelet: Ebay

5 Shoes Every Young Mom Needs in their Closet

There are different types of fashion chicks in the world – there’s the bag girl, the basics girl, & we can’t forget the denim girl. I’m going to stop there because we all know, this list is endless. I do, however, proudly pronounce myself as a member of the ‘shoe girl’ community. I am a believer that shoes make or break an outfit, and I have styled countless outfits around my shoe choice.

Here are my 5 types of shoes every young mom needs in their closet:

Comfortable Everyday Sneakers: This is an essential for everyone’s closet, young momma, old momma or not a momma. In the world of young momma’s though, this type of shoe is an essential for everyday errands. I love me a good, heeled bootie, but realistically speaking, as a mom, you’re always on the go. It being grocery shopping, doctor appointments, park dates – you guys get the picture. For color, I’d suggest going for a black pair, It matches with everything, but if you want to spice up your sneaker game with a bit of sexy, go for a red pair. My personal preference are canvas sneakers, specifically Vans. They’re affordable, comfortable if you have flat feet like myself, and are the type of shoe that with time, grows into it’s own personality. They’re fun.

Quality Running Sneakers: Y’all can think I’m a fitness junkie for adding this type of shoe in my list, but my life changed the moment I owned a pair of quality running shoes. The main reason why I bought myself a pair of Nike Free kicks, was due to the fact that I was working a retail job during my pregnancy, had cankles and was in a desperate search to find comfortable shoes. I dropped 80 bucks on them with no hesitation. I didn’t use them much during my pregnancy, though, but I found when using them for their actual purpose, I felt unstoppable. If you are into working out, staying fit and healthy, which you should be, you have kids, take care of yourself for them, then invest in a good pair of running shoes. An added bonus? Rock them in an outfit for that cool, sporty chic vibe. Hint: stay tuned for Wednesday outfit post.

Black Ankle Booties: This listing is going to have 2 parts – sorry if this is considered cheating. I honestly can’t help my love. But it’ll make sense once I explain it: you need a flat pair & chunky heeled pair. I personally think a flat pair of ankle booties is another essential in every girls closet. Its a tad bit more dressier than sneakers, but can still be worn just as casually. In my fashion world, the same can be said about heeled ankle booties. I do prefer a chunky heel, because it’s easier to strut in compared to a thinner one and it’s the perfect shoe to make any cute, casual outfit more grown up. Ladies, you know what I’m saying.

Pumps & Wedges: These are the type of shoes you’d rock on special occasions – parties, weddings, dates. You can own one or the other, or both if you’re down with the shoe girl life, like I am, yes, I own both. In black. Proudly. Again, black would be my go to, but if you’re a feisty soul, go get that neon pink pair.

Flats: I’ll be honest, as much as I love shoes, flats sometimes rub me the wrong way. I’ve bought a few pairs in my life, but only one type has stuck. Those would be my Minnetonka Moccasins. Sadly, I currently don’t own a pair. My babies died about 2 months ago. R.I.P. I would rock flats on occasions where I want to be a little more lazy with my look. As an alternative, however, if you just aren’t about the flat life, I would switch this one out with nude oxfords. Though I do love me some black, it’s nice to have a lighter pair of shoes to casually throw into your wardrobe. You’d be surprised by how many outfits compliment a nude shoe.

2-Piece Set: Day to Night Look

Happy Friday:

I recently picked up this 2-piece set from the Jhene Aiko x Neff collaboration and have been dying to style it.

Needless to say, I had a ton of fun filming this & cannot wait to keep on styling these pieces.

Which outfit would you wear?

GC. xo

Orange is the New Black

Happy Hump Day:

pic4The week I started this entire blog, I randomly found a free blogging class on Craigslist. It was super unexpected and, to me, an omen that blogging is where I need to spend my time and energy. It was a great experience, and I met such awesome, beautiful people.

On the last day of class, the teacher, Melrose, spent time with each person individually to help them figure out their first blogpost. I had already posted up my first, so she was helping me figure out an idea for a future post. I loved the way she guided me in finding this idea. She made me listen to music and told me to pick out any words or phrases that stood out to me. When I was done with that, the next step was to write whatever came to mind when I read these words or phrases. I definitely plan on doing this exercise again; I thought it was a neat way to keep my creative juices flowing.

I was listening to Childish Gambino’s 3005 and the phrase “High off Volcano’s” played through my headphones. And from that phrase I free wrote until the idea of rocking a bold, orange lip came to mind. It was actually supposed to be an ombre red/orange lip, but I ain’t no make-up artist. I couldn’t pull that off.

The reason why this post was so backed up was because orange isn’t my typical lip color. Not only was I scared to rock it, but I just couldn’t come up with an outfit. I eventually did, and, as y’all can see, here it is.

pic3I wanted to rock an orange lip because it’s so out of my comfort zone. “Be bold & unafraid to flaunt your orange pout, Glenda.” Yes, that’s what I told myself. My necklace is a DeadGypsie Original. Natural & dyed wood with a natural buffalo tooth pendant. My lip color is ELF’s Orange Dream.

pic5For my outfit, I tried to keep it super simple. I added hints of red & orange because when I googled how to style an outfit around an orange lip, the main tip I found was actually to rock the color orange. Which is super bold and I’m not ready for all that. Maybe for a future post?

My top is vintage; it was my mom’s back in the day. I cut off the sleeves to make it into a muscle tank type thing. My shorts are American Eagle high rise shorties. I’ve grown an obsession with high-rise jeans & shorts thanks to the trend. I rock ’em proudly.

My bag is from Urban and it’s been with me for YEARS. Best clearance item I’ve bought from Urban [20$ SCORE!]. I don’t ever want to get rid of this bag. It’s one of those bags that just sums me up perfectly. It has beads, jingles when I walk, so I feel like a gypsy, and the color is just beautiful. You’d be surprised by how easy it is to style this bag.

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Y’all saw these shoes in last week’s post; they’re my nude Steve Madden Lace Up Booties. I’m obsessed with these, more than my black ones, surprisingly. They’re just a good shoe that matches with so many things. I love clothing pieces that I can rock more ways than one. Am I the only one who appreciates a good piece?

That’s all for today’s post. I’ll catch you guys on Friday.

Stay smiling beauties.

GC. xo

Outfit Detail: Pic1

Lip: ELF’s Orange Dream

Necklace: DeadGypsie

Top: Vintage

Belt: Urban Outfitters

Shorties: American Eagle

Shoes: Steve Madden

Bag: Urban Outfitters

7 Awesome, Life Changing Benefits I’ve Gained From Being a 21 Year old Mom

Being a young mom is tough – there’s a lot of pressure from society alone that makes it an unfortunate situation to be in. Not saying that it really is an unfortunate situation to be in, but we can’t deny that that’s one of the many connotations that come along with that title. I can totally understand and empathies with folks who feel this way. I was definitely one of them, and I would be a liar if I didn’t admit that. Being a mom during the prime of your young adult life is scary.

Here’s an honest list of things that immediately came to mind when I found out I was pregnant:

1. I can’t by myself clothes anymore.

2. I can’t by myself shoes anymore. [Yes, these two deserve their own listing. Feel free to judge me.]

3. I can’t smoke weed anymore.

4. I can’t turn up or get trashed, period.

5. I’ll have absolutely NO FREEDOM.

6. I can’t study abroad like I want to.

7. SCHOOL!? WTF IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH SCHOOL?!

8. I’m not fully happy with my current partner, having a baby can’t possibly be an option.

9. Babies are gross.

10. I’m going to be fat & have stretch marks. Body. Ruined. For. Life.

I’m going to end this list at 10 because I swear, this list can go on forever. I’ll be the first to admit – this list is pretty sad. The only thing that made sense for me to worry about was school & boyfriend issues, but all that extra junk? Pathetic. I’m a bit embarrassed writing this up, but I want my blog, and every post in my blog, to be honest. I won’t lie, it actually feels great letting all of these thoughts out. You should try it sometime.

My priorities in life did not include a baby. I never even held a baby up until the day I gave birth. Crazy, right?

Even though I was scared, I’m beyond blessed and glad that my partner and I decided to keep the baby. It’s been one hell of a ride – for both of us – but I see all of the positivity that followed our little blessing.

Here are 7 benefits I’ve gained from being a 21 year old mom in no specific order:

1. No, you can’t buy yourself clothes or shoes as often, but spending your money on making a little person look super fly, is just as satisfying.

2. My thought’s on getting ‘turnt’ in general: I love the feeling I get after having a few drinks & taking a few hits from a joint. Just keeping it real. But I never realized how time consuming getting wasted on the weekends really was, up until I didn’t do it anymore. It’s cool to occasionally get trashed with your homies, but the time you have is precious. Use every minute to it’s full potential, in whatever it is you think you need to work on. For me, that was, and still is, building my own brand & business. I’d much rather spend my weekends at home with my baby, and then working after-hours on my future.

3. I found my reason for life. I was a very distracted, undriven young woman before I got pregnant. I procrastinated at school & work, and literally half assed every project that needed to get done. Having my baby opened my eyes into a new part of life – the part of constantly growing and achieving health, wealth, success and happiness in every aspect of my life. That’s some powerful stuff, if you ask me.

4. Self Love. This is definitely my favorite benefit I’ve gained thus far being a young mom. I have a little girl who looks up to me. I’m her first and main role model. I need to show her self love, and self empowerment because I want her to be a girl boss. I’ve never been happier with myself, up until this moment of my life, and trust me, this feeling is complete contentment all the damn time. It’s life changing, promise.

5. Patience is my second favorite benefit I’ve gained thus far being a young mom. It has come in handy when waiting to cross the street, dealing with my partner and child, and even my health & fitness. Patience is necessary for a happy, successful life. I believe everyone should have this quality.

6. When you have kids young, that means when your kids are old enough to live their own lives, you’ll still be young enough to get down and dirty. Not that kind of dirty, but you’ll still have the time & energy to do all of those crazy things – like travel. I plan on traveling the world once my kids are old enough to live their own life. And that’s something I’m looking forward too. Oh, and you’ll be able to keep up with your grandkids, that’s always fun!

7. The most serious benefit I’ve gained from being a young mom? Appreciating life as a whole. No one really remembers the milestones they go through as a baby. You don’t realize how amazing life & growth really is until you witness it. The little things: watching my daughter crawl for the first time, walk for the first time, watching her examine and try to understand things that she touches, hears, see’s, it’s amazing. It’s something that I feel like I could never express with words – it’s something you have to witness to understand. Life is a beautiful thing, and being able to bring life into the world, no matter what your age is, really, is a blessing.

I’m a believer in things happening for a reason and I thank the universe everyday for bringing my little girl into my life. I never saw myself as a young mom, but am beyond proud to say that I embraced the challenge and fell in love with the experience. I’ve grown on so many levels since being a mom, and I will forever appreciate these experiences and lessons.

Until Wednesday.

GC. xo.

How I Lost 25 Pounds After Having My Baby.

Hey there, beauts:

It’s Friday, so ya know what that means? It’s video time.

I was asked by a lovely subscriber – who I actually know in my personal life & haven’t seen in forever – if I could do a video all about how I lost my pregnancy weight.

If you have any tips on how you diet & exercise, please leave them down below in the comment section. I’m always looking to learn new tricks!

I hope you learn a thing or two from my video. Enjoy. GC xo

P.S. Don’t mind the fact that I’m not looking super glam in this video. It be like that sometimes.