Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Where's Chakayla: 2014 Mommy, Life & Fitness Updates

Hello Loves! 

I am still alive, just living life! I am enjoying being a mother to my beautiful little one Emmanuel! 
He is now 5 months and getting into everything. I have been focused on raising him and allowing him to express himself freely. I vividly remember writing and posting my delivery story and now he is growing and becoming more and more independent! He is just a joy in our life!


Along with raising my son, I have found out some wonderful news! About three weeks ago, I accepted a full time, paid internship with a social media and PR company here in North Carolina! It is truly a blessing y'all! I have wanted to work and intern with this company for over a year now! You all remember my 2014 Vision Board ? Well one of my visions was that I wanted to have financial freedom for myself and my family and I am on the road to accomplishing that! 2014 has been so sweet so far and we are only three months into the new year! 

And the cherry on top.....

I also been experimenting with fitness and nutrition for about 8 weeks now! In those past weeks I have lost 9 pounds! I am going to keep going until I am as healthy as I can be! Emmanuel has inspired me to accomplish my dreams and achieving my goals of being more physically and nutritionally fit! I want to be able to run and play with him without getting winded, I am on my way toward success!  

2014 has been so sweet so far and I am looking forward to the rest of the year! How has 2014 been thus far for you?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mommy & Munchkin Style Feature: Keila & Gabriel

I would love to introduce you all to the beautiful Keila, blogger of Mommy in Milwaukee , and her adorably stylish son Gabriel! Fashion forward, beautiful and radiant, Kelia is the epitome mommy style. 

Kick back, relax and read more about Keila and Gabriel's mommy and son style story:
  

Where are some of your favorite places to shop for little man? 
I love Marshalls! They have the cutest two-piece outfits for boys there and a huge selection of boy clothing. Also, Etsy has adorable unique pieces that I add to mix up the basics in his wardrobe. Prior to having him I was worried there wouldn't be as much a selection for baby boy clothes. However, I've been really surprised with how much selection there is! 


 

 How do you find shopping deals for yourself and your son? 
I love bargain shopping but I also enjoy investing in key pieces in my wardrobe. I currently have an obsession with buying consignment pieces on Instagram! I've found quite a few reputable "IGshops" with high-end merchandise, at half the price. I also love my Marshalls,Target and Banana Republic. I find most of my clothes at these stores. I get a lot of "shopping dollars" for using my Visa card (from Gap & Banana Republic) at other places. I make sure to pay my weekly expenses that I normally would buy and in turn I get free money! I generally just keep an eye open wherever I go and luckily I always find a deal as well.



How does your personal style influence the way you dress your child?
I love dressing up and getting ready for the day. Regardless of whether or not I am heading out to dinner with my family or just running errands. It helps me feel better about myself and ready to take anything on! I also like to make sure Gabriel is also ready with his outfits as well. I am not a fan of ever going out with him in PJ's! 



What is your favorite part about motherhood?
I have so many favorites! I would have to say at this point I love seeing him thrive and learn new things. Whether it's discovering how to pull out tissue or say "por favor."

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mommy & Munchkin Style Feature: Kimiko & Honor

This edition of Mommy & Munchkin is an extra special one! Kimiko, owner of Honor's Boutique, is an awesome mother and entrepreneur spreading her love for fashion through stylish baby wear! Coming across her business Instagram page and seeing how her little baby Honor sports her turbans, I just knew this feature had to happen quick and fast! 

Enough of my blabbing, check out this awesome mommy & daughter duo:

How did you come up with Honor's Boutique? What inspired you?
     I came up with the idea of turban beanies first, back in July/August of last year, just a few months after I had Honor. It really all started by my desire to have a cute beanie for her since it was cooling down at night and most of the baby beanies out just weren't cutting it for me. So I went to the fabric store and bought 2 yards of two different fabrics and made a matching set for Honor and I. Once I made them, I got so many compliments on them and everyone was wondering if I could make more available for purchase. So after all of the amazing feedback I got, I eventually decided (in a few months time) to really make something of the turbans and open up an Etsy shop. In the beginning I didn't think much of it and thought it would just be a cute hobby, but it has turned into something much more than that for me. Now I'm doing something that I really enjoy doing, that I never knew I could be really good at.

 Though you are a baby boutique owner, do you still shop outside of your collection for your baby girl? Where are your favorite places to shop?
     Yes! Even though I own a headwear boutique, I still do shop at other stores for clothes for Honor. I love putting together a cute little outfit with one of my headband creations! Some of the places I shop for her are: Macy's, Babies r Us, Zara, Gap Kids, and Old Navy.

How does your personal style influence the way you dress your child?
     My own personal style is honestly just plain, and bland. I religiously wear leggings a cami and a cute shawl or sweater for the most part. Though I don't pay much attention to my wardrobe, I'm the complete opposite when it comes to Honor. I love playing dress up with her and putting her in cute little outfits. She's always dressed better than me! Lol - that's how it should be right?! I'm not one to really spend the money on keeping myself trendy. But with her, I go nuts!

What is your favorite part about motherhood?
     I think that my favorite part about motherhood is knowing that I'm needed by someone for everything. To know that by simply picking Honor up to hold her makes her whole world change. To see how much of an impact I hold in her life has to be the most rewarding thing ever. I never knew how much "power" a mother holds until I became one myself. To be able to console her in a rough time, or just put a huge smile on her face by looking at her has to be the best feeling ever. 

Where can my followers find you to purchase your goods and to interact with you? 
     You can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/honorsboutique, Instagram @honorsboutique, you can check out my blog at honorsboutique.com and you can access our Etsy store through there; or you can use the direct link www.etsy.com/shop/honorsboutique. Also you can email me at honorsboutique@gmail.com


Monday, February 24, 2014

Keep up with Me!

When I am not blogging or making videos, I am always on my other social media channels. 
I update Instagram everyday of the week almost, so if you want more fun, fashion, and hearing my little angel speak follow me @classicraw. 


I also have a YouTube page where I have been talking about beauty, fashion, and natural hair! If you want more chit-chat about all my favorite goodies and topics, subscribe here: Chakayla on YouTube.

See you there!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mommy & Munchkin Style Feature: Cosette & Victoria

Instagram is a wonderful place to create virtual communities, and in my case I have created a mini mommy community! Cosette is one of the mother's that I have met who has been such a joy! A genuine mommy friend in her own right, Cosette takes extreme pride as a mother. Her daughter Victoria is just the cutest and a stylish reflection of her mother: 

Cosette is also a blogger, click the link here: I Loving Victoria

Where are some of your favorite places to shop for Victoria and yourself? 

"I live in a very small town at the moment with a very limited amount of stores where I find items that I love, I also like to save time and money so I shop at stores that have both clothes for me and for Victoria. At the moment, we are loving Old Navy, Target, TJ Maxx, JCPenney and Macy's. I have found these stores carry items I love with a variety of styles and in one stop. I love dressing myself in basics and accessorizing as much as I can. While I like to save my pennies I also do invest in special pieces in my wardrobe because I am in the legal field and I manage a law firm's PR so my image is very important. For special long term pieces I do shop at Nordstrom, Macy's and H&M. At these stores I find great items for Victoria and investment timeless pieces for myself."

Truly a stylish reflection of her mommy! Victoria is wearing: Burt's Bees Bottom, Cutie Pie Top (part of a 2 piece), Babyglam Accessories headband.

 Since your are a thrifty mommy, do your (or will you) shop the same for your baby girl?

"I am not thrifty in the sense of purchasing used clothing items for me or Victoria. I do purchase home items, art and othert things. I find that most of the time, I can find the same item new for a great sale price. I shop sales only everywhere I shop and I do the same for Victoria. I worked retail for years and I learned that it's just a waste of money when you buy full price for anything. I can go months without purchasing something because I refuse to pay full retail price. In Victoria's case I shop ahead of her size. Always the next size up and I scout clearance racks at Target, Kohls, Old Navy and Macy's. I have items for next summer already that I cannot wait to put on her."



                                  How does your personal style influence the way you dress your child?



 "I am still figuring out my new mommy style. Motherhood requires you to go from washing dishes to chasing your toddler to scrubbing the floor to dinner at your favorite restaurant. Additionally, I am a nursing mom and work at home and it's easy to fall into the sweats and t-shirt kind of 'style' but I refuse to waste my clothes and fabulous shoes in the closet. So for now my style just consists of a LOT of accessories so I can remove pieces and adapt to the situation. Victoria on the other hand, has always had her glamorous style since she was born. My mother always said pearls and heels before 10:00 AM and so we do. I try to follow that everyday with my daughter as well, so no matter what we have planned for the day she is always dressed ready to take on the world. I am a shoe lover, but let's be real her shoes never stay on so I resort to a lot of headbands for now to create that twist on her wardrobe. I strangely feel she has actually influenced my style. When I started becoming a professional in the legal field my wardrobe became so boring.  Nowadays, thanks to my work at home I have re-discovered pink, yellow, bright green, glitter and all the fun things I was missing in my life. Sometimes I let her wardrobe inspire mine and I have fun coordinating our outfits.  Somehow though, she always looks more put-together than I do, after all somebody needs to wash the dishes and her clothes!"

Baby Victoria is very fashion forward!
 What is your favorite part about motherhood? 

"I love everything about her. I cannot believe how much Iove I have for this lady. She is my world. Motherhood is having a little companion to do everything with. I currently live far away from my family and long time friends; and I did not realize how 'lonely' I felt when my husband was away until I had her. Because of her, I smile all day long. I have a friend to dance with, play with, listen to music with, work out, and do all the things I love. It is amazing how much my life has changed since she arrived. She is my 'sunny side up' baby and I promise you it's not only because of her birth position- she is my sun everyday here in gloomy Washington."



                                         Who says diapers and heels don't go perfectly together?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My Skincare Regimen II

Hello Beauties, 

Part II of My Skincare Regimen is up and ready for you to watch! 



If you did not get a chance to watch Part I click here: My Skincare Regimen I

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mixed Media

          Hello Beauties,

 Here is a quick post about this effortless outfit that I put together the day before! Since I am about three months postpartum, I feel wonderful and want my outer appearance to reflect that! With that being said I love simple basics like tees, cropped tops, and skater skirts now! 

Essentials basics extend your wardrobe beyond what you expected!

Wearing: Thrifted Blazer (Mega Thrift) | Cropped Top (Wet Seal) | Belt (Mega Thrift) | Skirt (Goodwill) | Polka Dot Tights (NY&Co)| Flats (Wet Seal)
     Are you beauties ready for spring?