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Summer Swimsuit Favorites

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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After a long week of bed rest since being sick, my husband and I decided to head to the beach with the kids and enjoy the beautiful weather. It’s nice to live in Houston where we can take a quick trip to the beach and relax before another busy week!. Today I wanted to  share some one-piece swimsuits that caught my eye. I think they are all lovely to wear at the beach! They also look classy without  showing a lot of skin – which I like since I’m getting old 😉

Click the links below to see more details about these swimsuits!

1) One-piece Ruffle Swimsuit Polka Dots

2) Ballet One-Piece Swimsuit

3) Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit

4) Floral Print One-Piece Swimsuit

5) Beach Striped Halter One-Piece Swimsuit

6) Pink Off-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit

7) Laser Cut Black One-Piece Swimsuit  

8) Tropical Leaf Print One-Piece Swimsuit

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Good thing my almost 7-month baby bump can still fit into a normal one-piece swimsuit! Here’s a laser-cut halter one-piece swimsuit I got from Target. They are on SALE, so better check this deal out soon!

SIMILAR FLOPPY HAT

 

Which swimsuit do you like above? How are you enjoying the long weekend?

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Baby Bump Style + Favorite SALE Picks!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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(Beach bag from Abejas Boutique, similar here / Thin belt similar here)

I am soon reaching the end of my second trimester, and my baby bump has been showing a lot these past few weeks. I love this time in my pregnancy as I can still wear clothes that aren’t maternity clothes. Lately, I’ve been choosing dresses over tops and pants because I’ve been easily feeling warm. I know it’s only spring in Texas, but it feels like summer to me. That’s the pregnant life, along with chasing two toddlers around.

When choosing clothes while I’m pregnant, I like to get one size bigger than my usual and try to style it with a belt or other accessories.  I’m wearing an off-shoulder dress (in the images above) that I got from T.J. Maxx. It’s not a maternity dress, but it has a flowy style, so I thought it would be perfect to wear while I’m pregnant. It’s cute for springtime too! Here’s similar piece!

Don’t you think it’s cute to dress up with a baby bump? Here are a few of my favorite picks of dresses and accessories that are on sale! These are great, regular, non-maternity clothes that preggies like me can wear.

Reverse Flowy Dress

Mango Flowy Striped Dress

Mango Off-shoulder Dress

Old Navy Striped Dress

Steve Madden Thin Belt

Straw Beach Bag

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Valentines Day Style

Sunday, February 12, 2017

 

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We are now in my hometown of Marinduque in the Philippines. I wish my husband was here with me and the kids now, to enjoy the beautiful island and be together on Valentine’s Day. I’m excited to see him when he arrives in the next few days. Anyways, here’s a new style post for the girls who would like to try an off-shoulder dress. Product details below!

Sunglasses @classiqueapparel

Shoulder bag @thesatcheldiva

Dress @shortcutsapparel

Sandals @erinbyetsy

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First Birthday Photo Shoot

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Say hello to the precious Zoie who just turned one this month! These are the pictures I took from her first birthday photoshoot, together with her mom and dad. It was so sweet of her mom Charm to create and prepare props for her shoot. They made it so much fun and cute, just like Zoie! I love how Charm did the DIY cardboard sign saying “One”. Great job Mom and Happy 1st Birthday Zoie!

Photography by Em Smith (me)

What’s your ideal photoshoot theme for your little tot?

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:10

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Embracing Summer With Kids

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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Summer is almost over! We’ve been experiencing rain these past few days. Before I know it, it will be cold again! Even though summers in Texas are hot, we embrace them. We try to do some fun activities outside the house, to entertain my two little munchkins. Especially if we don’t have playdates with other moms and kids, these are a must. I wanted to share the simple ways we enjoy summer, without needing to drive.

 

MORNING SUNSHINE

I always try to bring my kids outside after breakfast to see the morning sunshine. Whether walking around the neighborhood, playing on the grass, going for a stroll, or biking I want them to go outdoors. I think it is healthy for them to go out at least twice a day to get fresh air and see nature. It is not quite as hot before 10AM, so that’s the perfect time to enjoy the morning sunshine with kids.

SPLASHING IS LOTS OF FUN!

My kids love to play in the water and get wet! Aside from bringing them to splash pads, I usually let them swim and play in the front yard before their afternoon nap. It’s a win-win because they have fun and can use up all their energy. This causes them to sleep longer (Mama’s Goal!). We used  this pool and put in under a tree for some shade. This pool is affordable and durable. It’s been almost 2 years now since we bought it, and it still looks great. You can also put something like this  Little Tikes First Slide to make this activity more fun!

DIGGING A HOLE

Since I became a parent, I was surprised at how nature offers a lot of entertaining toys for my two kids. They love picking up rocks, acorns, small branches, and are curious about the ants etc. Recently, their favorite activity, especially my toddler’s, has been digging holes. We have been reading a book called Sam and Dave Dig a Hole,and it’s funny to hear from my eldest son about how he wants to find the diamond underground… Well good luck, kid.

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Any favorite outdoor summer activities with your kid/s that you will miss this coming cold season?

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Feels Like Home: Moving Back to Houston

Monday, August 15, 2016

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Houston is the first place I lived when I moved to the United States. It was where I met new friends, and learned how to drive, not to be shy, and say, “Hi” to people passing by on the street. I made some improvements with my English too. For example, instead of saying, “Turn off the lights” I used to say “Brent, can you close the lights?” He would tease me and reply with, “It’s not a window.” Houston has been a big part of my adjustment with culture, language and style of living. When it came to culture shock, I had so many different experiences with it. I was shocked by things like the large food servings, big fast food drink cups, unlimited refills, etc. I saw other things that amazed me as well, things which are not a big deal for others, like the garbage disposal! I also remember my first year in Houston, I tried to make friends with our neighbors. I knocked on their door and the couple that lived there were so confused when I handed them some dessert. I don’t know if it’s uncommon in the U.S., but in the Philippines it’s common to bring food over to someone who has just moved into the neighborhood. It’s a friendly gesture and way of welcoming them. 

 

A couple weeks ago, we came down to Houston to check out possible places to live, and I’m so thankful that we found one that we like! Brent and I are SO excited that we are finally moving back there in the next few weeks. Due to Brent’s grad school, internship, and post-doctoral fellowship, we have been moving a lot! We’ve gone from Houston to LA, to Dallas, and now back to Houston again. I think we’re experts with packing our stuff now. 😉 Going back to Houston and having our own place to live with our children, are one of the things that we have been praying about for the past year. Now, God has answered those prayers!

 

Here are a few photos I snapped during our trip. We just celebrated our 5th year anniversary! I praise God for teaching us a lot of life lessons concerning love, understanding, and patience. What we’ve learned has helped make our relationship stronger, with unity and hope as a married couple.

 

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I found this J.Crew dress and Talbots handbag in thrift store. But here are other design items to buy for DRESS and HANDBAG 🙂

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5 years of marriage!

 

P.S. Hello Houston makeup clients, Em Smith makeup artistry is back! For bookings or inquiries, contact me 🙂

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Whale Themed Baby Shower Ideas

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Whale themed baby shower ideas also perfect for birthday parties! This theme will inspire you to create summer vibes for your baby shower or child’s party.

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Baby showers are always fun to attend; meeting new people, food, desserts, games, and opening of gifts. One of things that also make me excited are seeing themed decor. A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law Suki, had her baby shower and I was in charge of decorating. The theme was inspired by whales, which Suki chose. The first thing I always do when planning for decorations is going to my favorite site Pinterest.  It’s where I love to pin different ideas.

I made this balloon banner a couple of days before the shower because I was afraid that it would take lot of work and time. But it wasn’t actually that hard. Blowing the balloons was much more difficult than making the actual balloon banner! If you’d like to know how to create this, check out YouTube. There are plenty of tutorials there. 🙂

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This whale themed was mostly used with balloons and some DIY art work such as the painted whale hanging from the ceiling. This whale was made in an old cardboard and used acrylic. Here are the photos I snap during the baby shower.

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Baby Shower Favors/Giveaways. These were Hershey chocolates covered with blue paper. The center of the blue wrapping paper was cut out to show the word “He” to show the baby’s gender.

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A Bible verse about children.

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Guess the Size of Mom’s Waist. I was really surprised by some of the guesses for Suki’s waistline size… She is not having triplets or quadruplets. 😉

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Messages to the couple where guests wrote a note of advice or encouragement, for their new journey of parenthood.

 

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Cupcakes made by my sister-in-law Alia. Delicious! Am I the only one who feels excited about desserts in baby showers??!

 

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The couple opening the gifts for their baby boy.

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Balloons to add accents on the other side of the living room. I used thread to attach the balloons together. On the bottom right is one of the guest’s baby girl. She is sooooo cute!!! My kids love her!

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Another dessert made by my mother-in-law. I love how she made the waves so nice and neat.

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Meet the mom-to-be, Suki! If you have seen my blog post about “Smokey eyes for Asian Eyes”? That’s her! You can also check out  behind the scene photos of her wedding where I did her makeup. I can’t believe she’ll be having her first child next month!!

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Me and Suki! 🙂

If you’re having a baby shower, what theme would you like to have? For pinterest ideas and inspirations, check out my boards HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

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6 Easy Steps To Create Glitter Nail Polish

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Glitter Nail Polish Tutorial – An easy and fun glitter nail art tutorial that can be worn for summer. Nail tips and products to help you achieve healthy-looking and smoother fingernails.
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Since I am a freelance makeup artist, I always have body glitters in my makeup kit. I use them for my creative makeup work with my clients, like for Halloween events. This time, though, glitter won’t be used on the face but on nails! I’m turning this body glitter into a cool summer sparkle nail polish. Not only is it easy to do yourself, it’s fun too!

Before applying the nail polish, prep your nails. If you have dry and brittle nails like I do, or if you want to maintain healthy-looking nails, I have a recommendation for you! Use a nourishing oil like Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil on your nails. Massage and leave it overnight to soften your cuticles and keep your nails from breaking. I often like to opt for shorter nails as when my nails are long, they become more dry and prone to breaking. This is especially true as I wash the dishes by hand a lot. he Vitamin E Oil not only strengthens and nourishes your nails, it helps with nail growth too! Plus, it has been salon and dermatologist tested.

Here are 6 easy and fun steps to make your own Glitter Nail Polish: DIY_do-it-yourself_nail_art_polish_glitter_tutorial_sally_hansen_summer_smoothies_fingernails_4

1 Before applying the nail polish, prepare your glitter in a small container that has space for your fingernails to dip in., In this tutorial I used a lipstick cover (yep, my thumb can fit there!:) ).

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2 Next, apply a base coat of nail polish to your clean nails. I use Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1, which also can serve as the top coat. DIY_do-it-yourself_nail_art_polish_glitter_tutorial_sally_hansen_summer_smoothies_fingernails_6

3 Apply the first coat of colored nail polish on the fingernails. I chose a bright orange color (Hot Tamale) since it’s summer. DIY_do-it-yourself_nail_art_polish_glitter_tutorial_sally_hansen_summer_smoothies_fingernails_7 4 Apply the second coat on one fingernail first and immediately dip your finger into the glitter and roll it around to cover the nail polish. Do this for each nail, one at a time so the nail polish stays wet and the glitters stick on.

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5 After you are done putting glitter on all your fingernails, wash off your hand in running water to remove any excess glitter. DIY_do-it-yourself_nail_art_polish_glitter_tutorial_sally_hansen_summer_smoothies_fingernails_9 DIY_do-it-yourself_nail_art_polish_glitter_tutorial_sally_hansen_summer_smoothies_fingernails_10

6 To lock the glitter in, apply a clear top coat. Again, I use Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 nail polish. I’m impressed with this product as it offers all-in-one convenience, serving as a base and top coat, helping nail growth, strengthening nails, and giving nails a nice shine. It also has a patented formula which includes avocado oil, sea salt, pomegranate extract, and calcium. These ingredients all help to keep your nails moisturized, prevent staining, and give a healthy and smooth appearance. It is long-wearing too!

NAIL TIP: To dry your nails more quickly, have a small bowl of cold ice water ready next to you. Then, simply dip your nails into the bowl and keep them there for 2-3 minutes. DIY_do-it-yourself_nail_art_polish_glitter_tutorial_sally_hansen_summer_smoothies_fingernails_11 nail_polish_base_top_coat_clear_nourishing_mouisturizing_oil_soft_cuticle_strong_nails_em_smith

Here’s where I grabbed my Sally Hansen products at Walmart while I’m doing my errands. Stop by and let me know how Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 and their Vitamin E Oil works for you! 🙂

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Have a great week everyone, and stay hydrated!

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Welcome to Hello Island Mama! I love to share about motherhood, makeup, DIYs, home styling and faith. Based in Houston, Texas. Originally from Philippines. Thank you for your time to read and don't forget to subscribe above! - Em

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