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Life under Quarantine

Life under Quarantine




Currently with COVID- 19 in NYC right now, I had to stop working and simply stay home.  Sadly, I can't enjoy the warm weather and enjoying the beautiful flowers blossoming nearby my home. There are days I miss taking out my youngest one to the park. During the day I have to home school my 4 years at home and I have to say it's been pretty rough.  I have to keep my 4 years old occupied, which includes worksheets, drawing, reading to her and baking with her.  We made Brownies, the Brownies were delicious, we got the brownie mix box. I. let my 4 years old to do all the work.  A few days later we made Banana bread from scratch, it tasted really good.  Lastly, we made chocolate cookies from scratch as well and it was really soft and chewy.  





Luckily enough Animal Crossing New Horizon came to my rescue. This game has been keeping me occupied as well.  This confinement has been very hard remotely being stuck at home, but I'm lucky enough I have TV to watch and internet to surf.  Imagine what's it like during the earlier era? Like Spanish Flu that lasted for 2 years, during that time people had no source of entertainment like what we have today. I hope every one of you stays well and be safe and please do stay home. This shall pass and let's stay strong. Here's my daughter rainbow drawing with a Unicorn. I also want to thanks those who are in the front line and risking their lives to serve others.  




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The Newest Edition Mulberry Purse

The Newest Edition Mulberry Purse




It's been a while ever since I blogged because of my work schedule I've been pretty occupied. I haven't gotten the chance to manage to update my blog.  Hopefully, I'll try to resume my daily blogging as much as I can.  Anyway, I recently purchase a new purse at Mulberry ever since Mulberry stated their exchange program. I decided to take the opportunity to trade in my bag for another bag because I rarely use my old Mulberry bag.  My old Mulberry bag was pink and it was hard to match outfits with and it was just giving me headaches when not using it.  I tried to sell it at Poshmark but I had no luck selling it. Also with their fees and customers trying to low ball the price, it wasn't worth it.  So on Valentine's day, I decided to see how much I could get back and I had my eyes on this certain bag.  The value of the exchange program offered me 25% back of the retail value of my old bag, which was $225 and I decided to get a bag that was on sale.  The sales rep stated that there's an additional 20% off on sale items that day.  So here's the beauty of this bag that I purchased, the Mulberry Amberley Satchel in Palm Green Silky Calf.  What do you think?


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My Tna BANCROFT RELAXED PARKA Review

My Tna BANCROFT RELAXED PARKA Review




In this post, I'll be reviewing the Tna BANCROFT RELAXED PARKA coat.  I finally decided to transition in getting a goose down coat since New York City weather can get extremely and brutally cold during the wintertime.  I decided to buy my goose down coat at Aritizia because I heard from my friend that the coats are pretty durable for wintertime.  I went to the store and tried a few on.  I tried the Tna BANCROFT PARKA, but I personally didn't like how the waist section cinch in by making it pretty tight on me. I feel that the Tna BANCROFT PARKA runs a bit on the smaller size.  Typically I wear a size Small but when I was trying on the regular Tna BANCROFT PARKA I had to get a medium.  I then tried the Relaxed fit and it was more comfortable than the Tna BANCROFT PARKA, it was certainly a more relaxed fit for me and the size does run bigger.  I first tried on a large because that is what they had left on the rack and it was overly super big for me.  The sales rep recommend me to try a size small, so she checked in the backroom to get me a size small.  I really like how the relaxed fit; fits on me. The Relaxed fit, certainly feel more relaxed and it wasn't tight on my waist and I can move around more without being to restricted.  Personally, if you want to invest a goosedown jacket from Aritizia I highly recommend that you try on at the store.  After trying it on, I decided to purchase because during Thanksgiving Black Friday sales can get hectic and certainly I'm not sure if this coat will ever go on sale since it's a newer style.  This coat was an early Christmas present for me.

Coat Description:

Engineered to deliver warmth to -30°C / -22°F

This parka contains 100% responsibly sourced goose down. This is the relaxed-fit version of the Bancroft Parka. It's a hooded, down-filled parka with large patch pockets and a shock-cord cincher at the waist. It's loaded with technical features and made with water- and windproof fabric.
Features
  • 100% responsibly sourced — certified to the Responsible Down Standard
  • Engineered to deliver warmth to -30°C / -22°F
  • 700+ fill power goose down
  • Two-way zipper
  • Magnetic closures
  • Removable faux-fur trim
  • Wire in the hood allows it to be shaped
  • Storm flaps for extra warmth
  • Shoulder straps for easy portability
  • Lined pockets for extra coziness
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • We developed our warmth ratings to help you choose the right parka for your climate, activities, and needs. Because everyone feels temperature differently, they are intended as guidelines only.
Materials & Care
  • Content: Shell: 85% polyester, 15% cotton; Lining: 100% polyester; Cuff: 80% merino wool, 20% nylon; Detachable faux fur trim: 50% acrylic, 41% modacrylic, 9% polyester; Faux fur trim: 100% polyester; Filling: 80% goose down, 20% goose feathers
  • Care: Machine wash
  • Imported

Test Drive Conclusion:
So I tested drive it recently and wore this on 30-degree windy day weather in NYC.  I only wore one long sleeve and that was it.  Very durable, keeping me warm at all times going through the wind, which was also windproof as well.  The coat kept me insulated at all times.  This coat felt like a sleeping bag keeping me warm throughout the day.  The pros of this goose down jacket it has the durability of keeping me warm at all times and it is also waterproof if it rains or snows.  The downside of this goose down it can be heavy and the zipper is hard to zip up at times.

I hope this review helps you in some ways if you ever want to invest in a goose down jacket at Aritzia.
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Summer Recaps

Summer Recaps



The summer days certainly went by quickly. I hope you all had a great summer. I certainly had a good summer, this summer I had the opportunity to travel a bit.  My vacation recaps were going to Mexico for a wedding and then to New Orleans.  I had to opportunity to finally try their Gumbo and Jambalaya in New Orleans for the first time. To be candid a lot of the food in New Orleans are very salty.  I'm not an enthusiast when consuming salty foods; the saltiness of the food was very unsettling to my stomach.  Besides devouring so much food, I made my way to visited the French Quarter.  Upon arriving at the French Quarter there were many historic and exquisite French buildings. The streets were so lively at every corner. In one narrow street, I made my way to an artist alley and took a picture of this amazing painting.  New Orleans reminds me of a piece of Paris, but with a twist of modern jazz. Also my last highlight, I would like to recommend that you should try their Beignets at Cafe Du Monde.  Hope you all had an eventful summer as well and thanks for reading.








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Mommy Vacay was Therapeutic

Mommy Vacay was Therapeutic



I got the opportunity to go on a mommy vacay for 2 days and it was certainly therapeutic for me. I took the opportunity to go to my cousin's wedding on my own and just to relax.   I didn't have to worry about the kids or supervise them at all times.  I could enjoy relaxing on the beach all day or catch up on my sleep.  It was rejuvenating and I enjoy this idea so much that I wish I could do this every year.  I didn't feel guilty at all and reassure myself that I needed a moment to myself to relax. I enjoyed every moment of it while I was there. I could mingle and chat without being interrupted by my kids.  

I stayed at Hotel Xcaret Resort, it's an all-inclusive resort, it was a nice relaxing resort and in the future, I'm considering to do this more so the kids can enjoy their water swimming activities. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to explore more, there were more things to do like visiting the ruins or ziplining.  Here are some pictures of the resort and I hope you have a fantastic summer.






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