Do it with passion or not at all.

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First let me say, there is still hope that Pablo may turn into an Instagram husband. I literally dream of this. Lol! He took these pictures and I don’t think they’re half bad, si or no? Second, I am so happy to use some of my downtime during this holiday weekend and look back at my blog. It’s been 6 months since my last post! I stopped a little after my nanny quit and I just could not do it anymore. In fact, I was feeling resentful about all the things that were pulling my attention. So I’ve done some major rearranging in the past six months. The lesson here is that when you aren’t happy with with how things are going, you aren’t forced to accept things the way they are. Change things! Don’t get me wrong…I have been stuck plenty of times in my life where I’ve blamed everything and everyone. And there were times where patience was in order and I’ve had to buckle down and wait for the right timing. However, I am often asking myself the hard questions, and I am continuously rearranging aspects of my life to make sure that I still feel passion, joy, connection and peace. Sometimes, it’s as simple as trying a new exercise regimen and other times it’s more difficult, like letting go of things or people that hold you down or waste too much of your time.

It takes support to live this way, especially as a wife and mother, and I am thankful that my family is so supportive. But it also takes courage. To feel the fear of people’s opinions or even failure, and do it anyways!

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In 2017, I hope you find new ways to feel passion, joy, connection and peace. Cheers to rediscoveries and reinventions!

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details

Dress: Undeniable Boutique in Mosaic

Boots: Vince Camuto Melaya Boot (now 40% off!)

Clutch: South Moon Under (old)

Ring: Gift (Michael Kors)

 

Flare It Out

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Sometimes jeans can feel like a dime a dozen. Don’t get me wrong; I have my favorite old pair that are my security blanket whenever I wear them. Yet there’s something about a pair that make a bold statement. These Hudson flares, also worn here and here, are my statement jeans.

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I paired them with a white summer dress and plaid shirt a la Joanna Gaines, because whatever Joanna Gaines does is awesome. The end. I’ve linked my Hudson jeans and the rest of my outfit below <3.

Love,

Ana B

p.s. In case you don’t know who Joanna Gaines is.

p.s.s. Special thanks to Susannah of Alumbra Photography for taking these spectacular photos!

Make it Black and White

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There is a really simple way to look put together, and it’s wearing an outfit of black and white. I actually don’t do it often, but when I do I feel effortlessly chic. On the days when I am not seeing clients, I tend to stay in my gym clothes, so I’ve been on the hunt for ways to take my athletic wear up a notch. It’s such a plus to be able to walk into the grocery store, or grab some lunch after the gym without looking like a sweaty college kid. So many brands have caught onto this, and are now making transitional active wear.

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Photos by: Alumbra Photography

The one I’m wearing is an oversized white muscle tee and leggings by Kate Hudson’s Fabletics. I subscribe to them monthly and I get to pick from outfits already put together for a great price and great quality. I can also skip the month if I’m not interested in purchasing an outfit.

There are other great affordable options like these ones at Target and Kohls. The point is ladies; if you’re gonna wear your active wear all day long, you might as well make it cute! You’ll not only feel great about working out, but also look great while doing it.

A second post will be coming soon on “How to get your butt back into fitness mode after an all inclusive vacation to Mexico”, hehe! :)

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Faux Leather Jacket: TopShop

Outfit: Fabletics

Tennis: New Balance

Bag: Victoria’s Secret (Similar)

Things to Do In October

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October came in with a FURYYYY, didn’t it?! I mean the raining, the dark skies and the uh, hurricane warnings?! It’s definitely fall in Virginia, we can’t fight it anymore! There are ways to help make the transition to this cooler weather a little more enjoyable. Here are some ideas!
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ALL PHOTOS BY: ALUMBRA PHOTOGRAPHY

  1. Closet Rotation/Organization: There’s no point in sifting through all the summer clothes you can’t wear anymore. Find a few hours this month to do some closet reorganization. Put away your summer shorts and dresses, and make some room for all your light sweaters and fall inspired outfits. I enjoyed getting out my fall wardrobe and rediscovering some nice purchases I made this time last year.
  2. Donate and Recycle: It’s also a great time to make a bag for donations. If it’s too big, too small, no longer your style, or you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s probably time to donate. The kids clothes will also need a donation pile, as they grow out of everything so fast!
  3. Make a Purchase List: Once you’re Fall/Winter closet is newly organized, you can see what you need to invest in (rainboots anyone? new sneaks for the kids?)
  4. Visit a Pumpkin Patch: I still remember the first time I went with Diego.  It was just so fun! We’ve visited a few times since then and I’m definitely planning to visit with my tribe again.
  5. Join a Dance, Fitness or Martial Arts Class:  If you follow me on Instagram (@Love_AnaB) or Snapchat (AnaMetLeno), you’ll know how much I just love Zumba. I mean, latin music and a great workout?! I LOVE IT! Pablo and I also joined a Krav Maga self defense class together. It’s a great way to learn a new skill as a couple, all the while doing something physically active.
  6. Decorate for Fall: You can do it yourself, or buy it at Target, but a few Fall inspired pieces to decorate your home will make the transition more enjoyable. A few easy favorites of mine are pumpkin spice candles, a fall wreath for the door, and white or decorative pumpkins for the kitchen table.
  7. Get Your Baking On! I’m planning on trying these Pumpkin Protein Muffins for a healthier alternative.

Wishing you a fantastic October <3.

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Sweater, booties and MK Bag: Ross 

Jeans: J Brand/Nordstrom Rack

Nail Color: OPI Muir Muir on the Wall 

Bracelets: Alex and Ani

Mexico on the Horizon

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Okay, so I know that summer is basically over and it’s starting to get a bit nippy in the evenings, but I have a trip to Mexico planned in October! Yay! Sans kids. Double Yay! This means I will be keeping some of my summer staples within reach to take on that trip. I haven’t been out of the country since I was a little girl! This didn’t even hit me until I had to renew my passport, which I’ve never actually used. It’s a sad situation and I feel terribly uncultured (insert frown emoji here). I vowed to Pablo that I would be visiting a new country every year from now on. So yea, there goes the kid’s college fund. Joking! There’s no college fund. AnaB-July-41AnaB-July-35 AnaB-July-36 AnaB-July-33 AnaB-July-37 AnaB-July-38 AnaB-July-47

Photos via Alumbra Photography // Stylist: Adriana Castanon

A couple notes on this outfit. These boyfriend style jeans are from Target and I wear them a few times a week if possible. I love their relaxed baggy fit and distressed style. They are perfect for running errands with kiddos or you can dress them up with heels like I did here! The kimono is a clothing piece that I will be buying more of since it’s great for layering and makes a simple jeans and tee outfit so much more interesting. Lastly, I was informed by my dear friend and stylist Adriana Castanon that my espadrille shoes are a new, more grown up version of the converse in that it’s casual, versatile and cute! I’m going to second that because I wear them every chance I get.

Love,

Ana B

Here are a few more photos of recent summer shoots with Susannah of Alumbra Photography!

Outfit Details:

Kimono, Shoes and Hat: Nordstrom Rack of Springfield Mall

Jeans: Target

Accessories: She’s Unique

Bag: Bishop Boutique

Summer is a State of Mind

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Hey fashion people, I have a bone to pick with you. Stop trying to make me rush into FALL, when we have a few more weeks of perfectly good SUMMER. And you know what? I didn’t get enough beach time. So I’ll just wear summer. On. My. Shirt. AnaB-July-54 AnaB-July-63 AnaB-July-65 AnaB-July-66AnaB-July-68

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Photo: Alumbra Photography // Styling: Adriana Castanon

Summer is a state of mind. Summer is relaxation, cold drinks, family time, get-togethers, relishing the great outdoors, bike rides, bug bites and SPF. I plan to take it all well into FALL, maybe less bug bites. So keep your booties and your chunky knit sweaters. I’ll be wearing those soon enough. But not quite yet.

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Shirt: Nordstrom Rack (Springfield Mall); Rings: She’s Unique, White Jeans: Target, Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Springfield Mall); Gold Bag (It’s a secret) // GET: OPTION 1 // WANT: OPTION 2

P.S. Currently up to shenanigans on my new obsession “Snapchat”. Find me there under “AnaMetLeno”.

Ms. Fancy Pants

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I’m a huge fan of breezy pants in the summer! As much as I love a cute dress, I’m more of pants kinda girl. These bright printed pants from H&M give me a tropical vibe, and I’m down to take that vibe with me anywhere! They sit a little high on the waist, so it’s easy to wear them with a cropped top with just a little bit of skin peaking through. AnaB-July-91AnaB-July-88 AnaB-July-87AnaB-July-85 AnaB-July-98 AnaB-July-97
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PHOTOS BY: ALUMBRA PHOTOGRAPHY

Also snagged these black wedge heels at Nordstrom Rack in Springfield Town Center, and they are my current go to black heels. Comfort is key for me, so I was happy when I walked around DC with them and didn’t regret it later.

I’m working with my stylist friend Adriana Castanon to put new looks together for you! If you’ve been reading my blogs for awhile, you know that we worked on a blog together before called DMV’s Got Style. She’s got such an eye for style! For example, she paired the silver clutch with this outfit, and it really brought the whole look together and made it pop. You’ll be seeing more of her styling work here and some projects together soon :).

Have an awesome week!

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details: Crop Top and Pants: H&M // Heels: Springfield Town Center Nordstrom Rack // Clutch: She’s Unique (worn here too) // Rings: She’s Unique

Summer Day to Night Look and Amazing Things

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A couple amazing things have happened to me lately. No. 1.  Nordstrom Rack moved into my neighborhood! I mean, I could just stop here. Cause yep, that’s pretty amazing. Anyone else a huge Nordies Rack fan?!  No. 2. I have fallen in love with my friend Katya’s jewelry boutique “She’s Unique” in Old Town Alexandria! “She’s Unique” has the best dainty jewelry around, including tons of midi rings which makes my vainy hands so much more feminine (I hope!) . I also scored a cute metallic leather clutch there, and I’m about to wear it EVERYWHERE! Please someone, invite me out so I can wear my new clutch. Chuck “E” Cheese doesn’t count.

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All Photos by: Alumbra Photography

Not sure if my outfits are boring for the summer, or just realistic, but a pair of jeans and a tank are my current go to. Ofcourse, you can switch out the jeans for some shorts. My legs are still hiding from a recent bout of excema (insert TMI here). But otherwise, it’s so easy to dress this everyday look with a white blazer and some rockin’ heels.

Hope you’re enjoying your summer! I am panicking at the moment trying to think of how to keep 3 boys from killing each other or me while school’s out, but that’s another blog post.

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Outfit 1: Tank: Target, Jeans: Joe’s Jeans/Nordstrom Rack, Sandals: Eric Michael, Jewelry: She’s Unique, Metallic Clutch: She’s Unique

Outfit 2: White Blazer (Nasty Gal Old/Cute Option/Cute Option, Black Bag: Bishop Boutique, Heels: Zara (old), Sunnies: Betsey Johnson/Nordstrom Rack

She’s Unique: 205 King Street, Alexandria, VA – 703.836.8863

 

 

Fitness and Meal Ideas for May

Hey there! Sadly, my last post was about two months ago! This is all due to Makeup by Ana B’s crazy wedding season! All my time and focus has been taken over by the business, so my little blog has been a bit abandoned. Bare with me though, because I don’t plan to stop blogging! And I appreciate you reading along when I do post :).

20150506_115645 (1)Nothing like some new fitness gear! I recently purchased the New Balance 711 Cross Training Shoe for about $54 and so far I love them!  I wore them to Zumba, and I felt better support and comfort than when I wear my Nike Frees. I also purchased a ton of these long and lean tank tops from Target in different colors, and they’re still having a sale on them if you buy online :). I wear them both for working out or for layering with every day outfits. 
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I’ve been pretty consistent with my eating and work out routine lately and I try to drink a green shake daily. I usually mix two servings of spinach, one serving of fruit, 1 cup of milk and a scoop of protein, or 1 cup of greek yogurt and chia/flax seeds with crushed ice. I try to keep fresh berries, pears and bananas on hand all the time for my shakes.20150420_183901

This is a typical meal my husband likes to cook for us! Grilled chicken seasoned with garlic and low sodium seasonings, grilled veggies, cottage cheese, and avocado. Quick and healthy!

20150422_19144320150425_18304220150429_194415I’m still cooking my way through my Skinnytaste Cookbook! Sometimes I need more than just a quick and plain dinner. Recently, I made these Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, which is a great vegetarian option and so delicious! I also made the Grilled Rosemary Lamb chops and Chicken Rollatini Stuffed with Mozzarella and Zuchinni with a side of quinoa. All of these are great options, but take a little extra work, which I know is hard with littles running around. So make sure to get some music going and get started early! 
20150429_145613I found this to be a satisfying snack or light lunch option: two boiled eggs, 1/2 avocado and toasted Ezekiel bread with a bit of pepper on top. I still try to eat three meals a day with two snacks in between. I am definitely not perfect and I like to indulge in summer treats (insert ice cream here!), but overall consistency with eating healthy foods most of time, cutting back on sugary drinks/snacks and working out 3 times a week definitely pays off!

I am not currently updating MyFitnessPal, but I do update my Instagram, Love_AnaB with more food ideas…and adorable pictures of my kiddos and some outfit posts, so please feel free to like, follow and say hello!  :)

Love,

Ana B

 

What’s black and red and animal-over?

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Did you like my blog post title? I came up with it all by myself! Ladies, sometimes you just need a pair of ridiculously tall, ridiculously loud shoes. These are mine. I bought them off Nastygal and they always make me wanna wear some black and red.

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ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ALUMBRA PHOTOGRAPHY

Also, I’m not over liquid leggings and I’ve had these for years!  Liquid leggings can be a bit unforgiving, but you can always pair them with an over-sized sweater, cardigan or long button up shirt for some coverage! I’m glad to say that none of these items were new purchases, haha! Just a closet shuffle and bam! A new outfit post :).

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Boots: Old (Cute and On Sale/SEXY!/A leopard sneaker! LOVE!)

Lipstick: MAC Relentlessly Red

Leggings: Old (Option)