Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11

I remember sitting in my 5th grade class at St. Thomas Aquinas. The principal came on the loud speaker and told us to stop what we were doing, bow our heads and pray. That was it.
We were left confused, nervous and a little afraid. Slowly, classmates were pulled out of class, as parents came to pick up their children.
At lunch, the courtyard was almost bare. We barely smiled. We knew something terrible had happened but we couldn't fathom the magnitude of what was occurring in Downtown Manhattan.
School finally let out.
My mother picked my sister and I up. I was expecting my dad to do so but mom explained something had happened and the tunnels and bridges were closed off. My dad was working in Manhattan, had taken my little brother with him. There was no way of contacting him because the cell phone signals had gone out. We were nervous but not afraid. We felt in our hearts that they were okay.
When I got home, I turned on the TV. The news played on every TV channel that was still available. The Twin Towers had been struck by airplanes. I couldn't understand the concept. How could this have happened? I thought we were safe in America. Who could have done this? I thought America had all the criminals under watch and would stop them whenever they tried to harm the country. The images I saw that day of the Towers and of the people downtown, I won't reiterate here. They are images that I will never, ever forget seeing. I still get choked up watching the news today. It leaves my heart heavy, mournful and just sad to hear the names of the fallen being recited by their loved ones. Though I did not know anyone that perished that day, I will never, ever forget that fateful morning of September 11th, 2001.

This is a day of reflection and remembrance. Please be respectful of those who are mourning the lives of lost family members and friends. God bless everyone.


#godblessamerica #wewillneverforget

XoXo,

2lipsinluv

Image: My own. A view from New Jersey.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Here comes the fall...

Ta Tum ta tum. Ta tum ta tum…. Nope I am not getting married (hehe) I’m just uber excited fall is (almost) here!

My favorite time of the year calls for a serious closet overhaul! I'm thinking of hosting a closet swap with some close buds- wish me luck! I'll post more details about it as the date nears.

Below, my latest acquisitions from H&M (almost everything on sale!), some of which I can start sporting in time for my upcoming vacation. (Stay tuned for my packing list!)

Handbag $34.95      Denim Jacket $19.95 (!)    Sleep Mask $3.95    Crinkled Dress  $12.95    Both Cardigans (H&M Men's) $12.95     Fine-Knit (Striped) Sweater $9.95 (!)   5-Pack Socks $5  Scarf $12.95
Grand total- Less than $150 including taxes and shipping! A steal if you ask me!

Shop now! H&M is offering FREE shipping!

Can you tell I love H&M? =)

XoXo,

2lipsinluv
 +H&M  #hm #fashion #fall #summer #September




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Now, in Spanish

Aprendi que hay personas que nunca perdonaran nuestros pecados contra ellos. No les importa lo que sufres por eso. No les importa cuantas veces buscas de su perdon. Suplicar no vale la pena. Tus lagrimas son perdidas en ellos. No las daremes mas. Ellos no ven, ni queiren ver, la persona que eres- solo te ven como eras una ves, aƱos atras. Lo que mas duele es cuando esa persona es familia y que pensabas que la familia siempre iba estar a tu lado, perdonando, creciendo juntos. Aunque pienses que sea injusto que esas personas sean cono son, no puedes hacer mas de lo haz hecho. Dios sabe lo que hace. Y por alguna razon, aunque quieras con todo tu ser, esas personas no tendran un espacio en tu vida, aunque en secreto, siempre tendran uno rinconcito en tu corazon...
Yo no puedo hacer mas. Solo relajarme y dejar que dios haga lo necesario. Resa por esas personas y dale gracias a dios por las que ven cuanto as madurado y quienes ven quien eres de verdad.

Amen.

XoXo,

2lipsinluv

Emmy's 2014- Quick Run Through of Fashion & Winners

Only the best…

Wins I am excited about:
Modern Family, Outstanding Comedy Series
Ty Burrell (also known as Phil Dunphy), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Modern Family
Jim Parsons, (Sheldon Cooper, Big Bang Theory), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series  

Trending Colors: Red, White & Blue (and thankfully, not all in one dress)
 White- Sofia Vergara (in Roberto Cavalli), Laverne Cox (Marc Bower), Lucy Liu (in Zac Posen), Lauren Parsekian (in Lorena Sarbu), Anna Chlumsky (in Zac Posen), Taylor Schilling (in Zuhair Murad), Camila Alves (for dress see “Best Dressed Couple” below, Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli Couture, Kate Mara in J. Mendel. And Kristen Wiig
Red- Claire Danes in Givenchy Haute Couture, Heidi Klum (technically coral but still in the same color family as red), Giuliana Rancic in Gustavo Cadile, January Jones (in Lanvin), Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Carolina Herrera, Kaley Cuoc, Mindy Kaling (in Kenzo), Gabourney Sibide, Jenji Kohan, Christina Hendricks, Minnie Driver.
Blue- Natasha Lyonne in Opening Ceremony, Debra Messing in Angel Sanchez, Anna Gunn in Jenny Packham, Mayim Bialik in Oliver Tolentino, Viola Davis in Escada

Dare I say, Most Improved (?)- Julia Roberts and Halle Berry both in Elie Saab. Sarah Silverman in Marni (matches the color of weed, which she revealed was in her clutch)

Best Dressed Couple - Matthew and Camila (again) His suit: Bespoke; Her dress, another favorite of mine, Zuhair Murad.

To honor the #transformationtuesday, Lizzy Caplan who wore Donna Karan Atelier. I could not tell she once played quirky Janis Ian in Mean Girls.

Cute- Sarah Hyland (in Christian Siriano) Zooey Deschannel in my all-time fave ODLR & Hayden Panettiere Wearing Lorena Sarbu, announced she is having a baby girl with husband, Wladimir Klitschko. But the Cutest- Aubrey Anderson-Emmons who plays “Lily” on Modern Family.
Ladies in Blue

Copy Cat Alert- Amy Poehler looking Queen Bey-esque, in a shimmering gown by Irish designer Don O’Neill.

Don’t love it but Don’t hate it either- Kerry Washington in Prada. Julie Bowen in Peter Som (she should have done another earring)

XoXo,

2lipsinluv

See images on-

#E! #enews #redcarpet #fun #emmys #2014 #modernfamily #mofe #bigbang #sheldon #phildunphy #stars #celebrity #beauty #fashion #prada #zuhairmurad #eliesaab #siriano

Monday, August 25, 2014

VMAs 2014

Synopsis of the most memorable moments of the VMAs and of course, the fashion.

Katy Perry. Riff Raff. No. No. No. No. No. No. You're not even officially a couple. What makes you think you can rock matching denim outfits like JT and Brit did in 2001?!

Did everyone forget who Usher is? He was mere inches away from fans but no one even budged. Actually they did but their attention was more on being on cam than the crooner. Hm, maybe they're too young for you bro.

Jessie J, Ariana Grande (a shocker was Big Sean and Ariana Grande holding hands back stage. Naya who?) and Nicki Minaj's performance was good. JJ and AG belted out their songs flawlessly and NM danced her a$$ off, literally. Her wardrobe malfunction did not stop her from performing so kudos to her!

Iggy Azalea took a nasty fall during the VMA pre-show. She quite possibly has a few bruises but thankfully, she wasn't hurt and rocked the stage with Rita Ora, both in similar cut-out, black, sparkly body suits.

Miley Cyrus showed us all she's more than just a wild card. The 21 year old acted far beyond her years when she sent a young man by the name of Jesse to accept her moon man and deliver a message that shook the entire audience. His message- creating awareness  A proud Miley Cyrus wiped away tears from the stands.

Beyonce. That's all I need to say... but not all I will say. Her medley of songs and emotional acceptance of the Vanguard Award reminded us why Queen Bey reigns supreme. How freaking cute is Blue Ivy though?! She bopped to her mother's music while watching from her seat, daddy Jay-Z's lap. Even he did a double take after little Blue did the "Flawless" hands.


Check out more images from the epic night on MTV's official Instagram and for a full spectrum of the show, go to MTV.com.

#mtv #vma #beyonce #arianagrande #bigsean #mileycryus #homelessness #awareness #instagram #ritaora #iggyazalea #justintimberlake #britneyspears #neverforget #usher #beyonce #blueivy #carters #jayz

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Runaway

It’s not about the destination.
It’s about getting away.
“No tienes rumbo.”
You have no bearings.
No worries.
No responsibilities.
You drop everything you know, escaping to the unknown.
People may worry
But you’re in hurry.
Your life is what you make of it.
The only rules are the ones you make for yourself.
Life is good.
Life is great.
Life is dangerous.
You have no shelter.
Earth is your address.
“Todo a su tiempo.”
Everything in due time.
A motto that keeps you alive.
Time flies, age catches up with you.
Aching feet from traveling far; a heavy heart for all you’ve left behind.
But still you trudge on.
You’ll always live to see another day
Because you are the runaway.

XoXo,

2lipsinluv

#runaway #hope #earth #responsible 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Experiences

I was fifteen when I met him. He was tall, dark (caramel) & handsome. The cutest guy I'd seen in real life at that time. I kept my cool, always. His cousin would comment on him, finally telling me he wanted my number. On the inside I was excited- what could this lead to? On the outside, I was indifferent. "Sure. But tell him to come to me." He did. We talked. I didn't give any of it much thought. October he asked me to be his girlfriend, at church. That's the only time I ever did see him: before, during and after Sunday mass or Saturday Youth Group (sometimes). By November he said he loved me. In my mind: "but you don't even know my last name."
After his "I Love you", on the outside: "Cool. Love you too." Words that I thought were real. He was a stranger that said he loved me. I was infatuated with his looks. It wasn't fair to either of us for us to say that to each other... 
Long story short, he went on his way and I mine. The deal breaker? My mother's advice: "If he doesn't come to officially meet the family, he isn't worth it." I tested that theory, on the doorsteps of my house. "Hey, why don't you come upstairs and meet my mom and dad?" He laughed. I grew serious but still smiling I repeated the question. "No," was his response, still laughing. Can't remember his exact words after that but that one word sealed his fate. Now he's just a random guy that I, during my most impressionable teen years, tried to date. 

Don't feel sorry for me. That clearly wasn't meant to be. It was written in the stars that we were not going to be anything more than strangers with undefined feelings, feelings that were not of real love.

 Fate has found me real love, eventually. <3 

XoXo,

2lispinluv