24 Nov

Steal a Moment

This weekend was full of boring chores. Nothing very excited so here is glimpse into an outing a had in the city a couple of weeks ago instead. I was able to jet into the city for the launch party of Seriously Distracted a new web series from POPSUGAR that was being hosted by fruitwater. The show stars the seriously funny Amy Sedaris and is a scripted comedy that follows the daily on goings of a PR firm.

I must admit that as I was writing this post I took a little break to catch the first episode that had just aired and I was hooked! I work by myself so it was nice to steal a moment with the ladies from Le Grande PR. Make sure you tune in on Tuesdays for new episodes.

Now back to my recap of the event.

The launch party was being hosted at 1 Oak  which is a beautiful nightclub in Chelsea.

I got to enjoy a nice leisurely train ride into the city and steal a moment for myself. After a day of squeezing in work with two little boys it was nice to have a little “me” time.

trainThe chic vibe of the venue started from the entrance. Normally I’m not a huge fan of neon signs, but this one just felt so appropriate and set the mood for a fun night.

1oakEvery fabulous event needs a step and repeat so we made sure to take a photo.

{The best part of this invite was getting to bring guests with me. Who doesn’t love a night out with their sisters!}

A signature drink also needed to be acquired. We all got a different one to do a little tasting at our table.


We got to drink our drinks, people watch, enjoy some yummy appetizers and take in the unique decor of the venue.

My favorite part of the decor had to be the wall of letters. It was filled with actual wooden letter cutouts that were layered throughout the entire wall. So cool! Plus the chevron floor done with two different stains of wood was pretty easy on the eyes as well. You can see more photos of the space here.


Since I was already out and in Manhattan I decided that a quick bite to eat was in order especially when I saw Artichoke Pizza was on the corner. If you live in the city or will be visiting anytime soon you must make sure to stop at one of their locations and have a slice or two. They have an artichoke pizza that makes me salivate by just thinking about it. We needed to try some other slices as well that night so we got a sampler and tried meatball pizza and vodka pizza as well. All 3 were our favorites!


Halfway through our meal I got the sweetest photo of my little men and immediately my pizza seemed a little less important and I just wanted to get on the next train to steal a moment with them before they headed to bed.


It’s always nice to get away for a little and be just Camila, but I must admit it’s even better to head back to reality and be the mommy, wife, sister, daughter, business owner, blogger, etc, etc, etc.

I know we are all busy and it’s important to remember to take a pause and steal a moment for ourselves. I love that it’s fruitwater’s new campaign, because whenever I see one of their bottles in my fridge I’m reminded to think of myself for a moment.

Follow fruitwater on Instagram at @fruitwaterbev and submit a photo showing the world how you make the most of your day by stealing a moment for yourself for your chance to win a $1,000 prize towards your next stolen moment! (Make sure to include #stealamomentsweeps and #fruitwater in your Instagram submission.)

This post was sponsored by fruitwater through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about fruitwater, all opinions are my own.

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21 Nov

Friday Finds…


This week …

-I got my hands on all of my photos from our family photo shoot. My sweet friend, Liz from Elizabeth Kristin Photography is amazing and I was literally teary eyed seeing all of the pics. Above is a sneak peek with Hudson looking oh so happy with us about all of the photos. Will share more photos next week!

-I can’t resist a good coat. I have a number of winter coats and I just keep feeding my addiction. How amazing is this new beauty I found. Hopefully Santa reads my blog.

-Adorable gift for your girlfriends for less than $15!

-I have always wanted to learn a magic trick. Nothing too fancy just something silly that would be fun to do at parties. Love these cute little magic trick boxes from World Market. The have a Magic drawer, Magic Guillotine, Magic X-ray vision, and Magic Handkerchief.

-Just picked up this cable knit pillow in raspberry.It looks so cozy, comes with the insert, is available in a wide array of colors and is only $29!

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20 Nov

Hammitt Handbag Giveaway

Before I had a house, buying handbags was my thing. I loved them ever since I was a little girl. I still remember this one little plastic handbag when I was around 7 that I would fill with “papers” aka those deposit slip forms from the bank that you can easily get your hands on while your parents are busy. :) I bought it everywhere with me and one day when we were at the park I left it on a bench to go on a swing and someone stole it! So sad! I still think about that lost bag. Since then my handbags are no longer plastic, but that little bag will never be forgotten.

As a home owner my splurges are now items for the house and not for myself. I still love handbags though so what’s a girl to do? Cross her fingers and toes that she wins one of these beauties from Hammitt Bags created for Sterns and Foster.

The bag  American made and handcrafted and is made out of buttery Italian leather with a luxurious suede interior and gold plated hardware. It retails for $760, but Sterns & Foster is currently giving away 20 handbags on their social media outlets.


Entering to win literally takes a matter of seconds. Head over hereif you would like to enter.

Abbreviated Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited by law.
Open to legal US residents (incl. DC), 18 years or older (19 years old in AL and NE, 21 in MS) at start of Sweepstakes. Promotion consists of 4 separate Sweepstakes the first of which begins at 12:00 a.m. ET on 8/13/14, and the last of which ends on 12/14/14, at 11:59 p.m. ET. To enter, go to Stearns & Fosters facebook page, “like” the page, and complete and submit the registration form. 20 prize winners will receive a limited edition Hammitt® Handbag. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of each: $760. One winner will receive a Stearns & Foster® mattress set (ARV: $1499). Limit one (1) prize per person/per household. Odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries received per sweepstakes. For complete rules and eligibility requirements, visit www.stearnsandfoster.com Sponsor: Tempur Sealy International, Inc.

This is a sponsored post by Tempur-Sealy and I’ve been compensated for my time in promoting this sweepstakes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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20 Nov

Treat Yo Self: PopSugar Must Have Box

I don’t know about you, but I love getting packages. The best ones are the ones I completely forgot I ordered. I tend to online shop for myself and clients and on occasion it’s like Christmas when a mystery box appears!

Of course what is even better than receiving a package I forgot I ordered is a receiving a package that is a complete mystery. I don’t love the idea of signing up for a monthly mystery box that only contains sample sizes of products so I have never tried out this service before. That is until PopSugar came out with their Must Have boxes that are filled with full sized goodies that have been curated from the editors of PopSugar.

pop sugar must have box

My November box arrived last week and I was pleasantly surprised with all of my items. It was filled with an assortment of items some that I had secretly wanted to treat myself to and some new items that I hadn’t tried out yet.

popsugar must have box

A monthly subscription is $39.95

All of the goodies in my box are worth a lot more.

Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel retails for $35
Sorial Wallet on a Chain retails for $49
Ambergris Shea Butter Cream by K.Hall Simpatic retails for $22
Set of Thoughtful Heart Stationary by Tiny Prints retails for $15 plus a $25 gift card to Tiny Prints
Wine Glass Writer 3 pack retails for $9.95
G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popped Corn retails for $3.69

That’s $159.64 of product/gift cards for $39.95! I think it’s a great holiday gift.


Along with monthly subscriptions you can also pick up individual boxes for special occasions like a baby shower or bridesmaid gift.

Want to treat yo self or someone else to one?

From now until Dec 2nd use the code NOV14SELECT to save $10 on a 3 month subscription.

POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.


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19 Nov

#Kipling Holiday Tour

Back when I was in High School the hallways at school were cluttered with bags that had a little monkey key chain on them. I quickly found out that they were from a brand called, Kipling and I needed to get my hands on one. I was lucky enough to get a backpack due to super nice parents and luckily all was right with the world. Oh the things that are important when one is young. I hadn’t thought about that bag in the longest time until I got the opportunity this week to check out the new line up from Kipling.

Their metallic line up is screaming my name yet again and I think this bag is a necessity. Kipling is currently doing a Holiday Tour and will hosting a pop up shop in Soho that starts tomorrow. It runs from the 20th till the 22th. I will be there with Jon and the boys on Saturday to test drive the new bag I want and enjoy the live performance! Do you live in the area and want to shop as well? Make sure you RSVP here and I will see you there!


Thanks to Kipling for sponsoring today’s discussion.

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19 Nov


One of my favorite projects from my Home Depot Style Challenge reveal is the lucite menus that I made for the dinner.

diy lucite menu

It was such an easy project to tackle and I think it made the most impact. We picked up some 8″ x 11″ acrylic sheets available at Home Depot. They were around $4 a sheet. Then we took a razor and scored where we wanted to make the cut. Then we put it on a flat edge with the scored line on the edge and the remaining part of the sheet overhanging and snapped on the scored line and the piece will break in half.

Now that you have your sheets cut to size it’s time to make them pretty!

STEP 1: Take the sheets outside and spray one side of them with spraypaint.



STEP 2: Once the sheets are dry simply bring them inside and remove the protective film off the side you did not spraypaint.


STEP 3: If you want to be able to use the menus again then pick up dry erase markers to use on the lucite. I wanted my writing to look bold so I used paint pens instead.



All done!


It was such an easy project and super inexpensive!

If you want to get fancy you can even do some patterns like stripes or a Greek key border.

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18 Nov

Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge

Two months ago some mystery boxes arrived on my door step. They were orange on the outside (my favorite color!) and full of Home Depot goodies on the inside. You see I was picked to be part of the latest round of Style Challenges and this time we needed to tackle Holiday decor. I’m not a big holiday decorator so I knew this was going to be a real challenge for me.

Every blogger got a different room to tackle and I was lucky enough to get the wild card room. So it was up to me to pick what I wanted to do. I worked on it a couple of weeks ago and it’s finally live!

Head over to The Apron to check out the full reveal! I think I did a good job on tackling a holiday look without the traditional red and green color story.

Hudson was a huge fan of having the house set up for Christmas and the day after the photo shoot I found him helping himself to the s’mores station.


Stay tuned tomorrow for a quick and easy DIY project from the style challenge.

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17 Nov

Scenes from my weekend…

This weekend was full of laundry, laundry and no laundry. I’m not kidding. With a little baby and a little guy that is potty trained, but still has some hiccups we have loads upon loads of laundry and on Saturday we stayed while it was chilly outside we stayed inside and got it all done. From sorting to washing and putting it all back. Pretty boring, but at least it all got done.

In between loads I did get to rest my feet for a bit and watch some movies with the boys. .

{ My new favorite shade, The Perfect Cover Up by Essie on my toes.}

We did go out at night to celebrate Grandma Pavones’ birthday! Hudson must think that we have a birthday party every weekend, because last weekend was my mom’s birthday and before that we had celebrated Jon’s and his Dad’s birthday. The kid loves blowing out candles so he has been thrilled with all of the parties.


Of course birthday cake wasn’t enough for my sweet tooth and I enjoyed treating myself to my favorite ice cream! Yay for cheating on my diet on the weekends!!!!


On Sunday it was even colder out and shockingly we still had laundry to finish! We did enjoy a sweet early breakfast treat as we tested out the new croissant donut from Dunkin’ Donuts.So yummy!


We didn’t have any plans for the rest of the day when we got a happy surprise. My sister was going to be in town for a little so the whole family meet up for lunch.

My sister always comes bearing gifts and today wasn’t any different. She had worked an event earlier in the week and surprised with a treat from gift bag!

{Pick up your own set here.}

Asher was rocking some faux shoes today and enjoyed some snuggles with his Auntie.


After lunch I ran into Lowes to pick up some blinds and stumbled upon these cute curtain panels for only $12 a panel.


Both boys fell asleep on the way home and we took advantage and started a fire and got snuggle in front of it for about 15 mins before both of them woke up! Ah it was nice while it lasted.


The rest of the day was spent in our family room playing with the boys. Hudson took out every single car he owns and ran lots of races and Asher wanted in on all of the action. He loves grabbing Hudson’s head.


I ended the evening cleaning out my fabric closet. It was a mess and needed to be organized. It took a while, but was worth it. I even found some extra wide cobalt ribbon I had forgotten I even owned. Love when that happens! It works perfectly with a fabric I am toying with using in my office.


Our night ended in bed watching Home Alone before Hudson’s bedtime. How great is that movie! We all love it here. Especially getting to see their beautiful home. Talk about dream home!


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14 Nov

Friday Finds…


This week the cold that hit Hudson late last week got passed along to Asher and then to me. Not fun to under the weather with two little ones that don’t feel great and both want their mommy at the same time. I’m very happy that it’s finally Friday!

-I want to make oodles and oodles of these chocolate covered pretzels. Love the extra touch of sprinkles. So pretty!

-With the holidays upon us and endless get togethers that people will be attending I think these dip dye candles would make for the perfect hostess gift. Use code SPECIAL20USA to get 20% off.

-How pretty is this Hot Chocolate Station? Would love to host an outdoor hot chocolate bar with our outdoor bar.

-These shoes look like they were made for me. I’m in love! The two toned leather, the bow and they are flats! Perfection.

-Loving the pale pink, lilac and yellow color story that is going on in this pillow. So moody yet feminine.

Happy Friday!


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13 Nov

Treat Yo Self: Green with Envy

Green has always been one of my favorite colors. Other colors have come and gone as my favorite, but green has always been a constant with me. It always looks so fresh and vibrant and pairs well with so many other colors that I tend to use it quite a bit in my design work.

I was so excited when I saw all of the amazing options available at World Market:


No. 1: Counter Stool for $149.99
No. 2: Lacquered Desk for $199.99
No. 3: Set of 2 Round back Dining Chairs for $399.98
No. 4: Linen Kellerman Upholstered Bed for $1,199.99

Currently they are running a sale for 25% off all furniture until 11/27. Treat yo self!

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