Leopard Print Sneakers - You know you need a pair!

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You probably know by now, that I don’t wear sneakers that often when going out or at work, but these sneakers have changed my mind! I never knew I needed a pair of leopard sneakers until Dre bought me this pair of Adidas for Christmas last year. I didn’t get to wear them much during the winter, but now that the weather is (kinda, Spring in NY is having an identity crisis) getting nicer, I find myself wearing them more and more. Not only are they super comfortable (hello Ultraboost!), but they can be worn with just about anything because leopard is a neutral!

From polka dots to denim, florals and stripes - when I say ANYTHING, I mean it. Here, I’ve paired them with a polka dot dress (I’ve linked similar ones below) and my floral print blazer from my shop, Vetu de Joy (currently on sale for $45!)

BLAZER  available here:   Vetu de Joy

BLAZER available here: Vetu de Joy

Since this pair is sold out, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite leopard sneakers. And I’m telling you, you NEED a pair! They can instantly spice up some jeans and a tee, or throw them on with a printed dress (like me!) for some extra fun.

BLAZER  available here:   Vetu de Joy

BLAZER available here: Vetu de Joy

What do you think? Will you be buying a pair? Let me know in the comments how you plan to style them (& tag me on your posts in Instagram!).

BLAZER  available here:   Vetu de Joy

BLAZER available here: Vetu de Joy

Getting #DressedinJoy this Spring

DressedinJoy-Mikaela Pabon

#DressedinJoy

with Vetu de Joy

 

I love the springtime and everything that comes with it. Sunshine, bare ankles and longer days. I can’t quite say that spring brings more color and prints for me, because I wear those all year long. Another thing that Spring means for me is the re-opening of my shop, Vetu de Joy! I took a mini-break from the shop because of complete overwhelm, but now that my travel schedule has completely cleared up and I’ll have more energy to give to my business, I’m giving you all an opportunity to grab these gorgeous statement pieces at a fraction of the price.

 
Photography: Denton Taylor

Photography: Denton Taylor

Our (very short) Day at Disneyland (+ 3 tips for your visit)

We had the best of intentions. Christian had already told me which rides he wanted to go on (he studied the map before we even left Brooklyn) and I was scoping out where we’d get the best treats. Our day started a little later than I wanted, but we still made it to the Toy Story parking lot at around 9:15am. We waited in a pretty long line to get on a shuttle to the parks, but then were finally on our way and made it to Disneyland by around 9:45. After a pit stop at the restrooms and picking up our media tickets (2 of our 3 one-day park hopper tickets were gratis, thanks to Disneyland but all opinions are my own), we were headed inside.

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Our first stop was to get our ears and have the kids’ hats embroidered with their names. It is only an extra $4.99 per hat for the basic lettering (which is still so nice)!

Choosing hats and the embroidery took about 30 minutes so we were finally off to have fun inside the park. We ran into Mickey, Pluto and Minnie right at the front of the Mad Hatter shop, which leads me to my first tip:

1. Wait for your fave character & follow them to their meet & greet spot. The characters come out of the big door right past the Mad Hatter shop and they’ll interact, hug, high five while they’re on their way to their meet & greet location. If you’d like to get an autograph and photos, it’s best to follow them so you’ll be first in line.

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Christian wanted to go to ToonTown first, but on our way there, we stopped to ride the Alice in Wonderland ride in Fantasyland. It was a bit dark and a little scary for Christian but we both enjoyed it. The wait was a short 30 minutes.

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Before heading to ToonTown, we wanted to let Elle get on her very first ride, so we took to the carousel, where we waited less than 5 minutes for our ride (which leads me to my second tip, below)! It’s hard to say whether she enjoyed it or not - she seemed a little confused about what was going on!

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2. Download the Disneyland app! The app has a map, along with ride wait times and you’ll be able to plan out where you want to go, which rides you want to get on and when.

We spent a little time over in Toon Town, where both kids got to run around and play, before going back to Fantasyland since Christian wanted to ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant (a fave of his from Magic Kingdom at DisneyWorld). This is, unfortunately, where things went downhill. While he and Dre were standing in line, I get a call from Dre that Christian is feeling sick and doesn’t look so good. I thought - he’s probably hungry, let’s go get some food. Which leads me to my third tip (that we didn’t follow!).

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3. Bring snacks! We had plenty of snacks at our hotel, but for whatever reason, didn’t bring any with us (besides Cheerios for Elle & my water bottle)! *smacks forehead* Fruit snacks, chips, water, granola bars - things that won’t go bad in heat.

My thought was, he’d eat, feel better, and we could continue our day. Boy was I WRONG! If you know Christian, you know he’s always happy, always smiling, always in a good mood. So to see him, at Disneyland - a place he’s been wanting to visit since going to Disneyworld last September - almost in tears because of his belly ache, hurt my heart to no end. I pretty much knew at that point that our day was over. We tried little things to make him feel better, like buying a bubble machine. His joy lasted long enough for us to walk into California adventure park, take a few pictures, and head back to the car.

I think I was the most devastated, because I know how badly he wanted to spend the day at the parks. And yes, I cried.

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Subscribe to Style: 5 Reasons to try Rent the Runway

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Clothing subscription services are all the rage these days, and a lot of people think they’re just for bloggers or influencers. I found out about Rent the Runway’s unlimited service last year from Myliek Teele, and honestly, it took me a while to decide that it was for me. But once I did finally start my subscription, I realized just how useful the service is. From shooting blog looks, to going to events and even styling clients, I’ve found so many useful ways to use this revolving closet.

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If you’ve ever considered using a clothing subscription service, or even if you never knew they existed, I’ve compiled 5 reasons why you should give Rent The Runway Unlimited a try, even if you’re not a blogger or influencer. Be sure to read through to the bottom, because I’m sharing my special code for you to get $80 off of your first 2 months of RTR Unlimited.

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1. No more useless trips to the mall

Who needs to go to the mall when you can shop from the comfort of your phone or your computer, have pieces delivered to your door and drop them at UPS when you’re ready to let them go? With hundreds of pieces to choose from, there’s always something new to try.

2. Explore trends without the commitment

Ever wanted to try the latest trends (leopard print, ruffles, faux fur) and chicken out because you don’t want to spend the money on something that you’re not sure you’ll love? RTR Unlimited completely removes that fear! You can try any trend out there from the comfort of your home, and send it back if you hate it, without anyone ever knowing!

3. Cost Savings

So think about it… let’s say you rent 12 pieces each month for a year, that comes to about $12.50 per piece! As an example, the faux fur coat I’m wearing is $325 retail and the pants are $278 retail. Not to mention you don’t have to worry about dry cleaning or paying for shipping, since both are included in your monthly fee.

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4. Keeps you from spending on clothing unnecessarily

Rent the Runway is my automatic go-to. When I have an event to attend, a speaking engagement, when I’m styling a client, planning a street style shoot for myself, going on vacation or just need something cute to wear to work I always, ALWAYS check Rent the Runway first. I’m usually able to find exactly what I need without having to spend extra money on something I may only wear once - especially if it’s a special occasion.

5. Builds confidence

You guys know I’m all about finding the JOY in getting dressed. The clothing we wear can play a major part in how others see us and more importantly, how we see ourselves. When you look good, you feel good. With RTR Unlimited, you have the ability to try out new styles, even work with a personal stylist who will help you choose the perfect looks. This can help you figure out what works for you, therefore giving you more confidence in your style choices and making getting dressed easier and much more fun!

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So what do you say? Are you ready to give RTR Unlimited a try? If you are, I’ve got a special offer from me to you - get $80 off of your first 2 months, using the code MIKAELAP40 - when you get that first shipment, shoot me a DM on Instagram to let me know what you ordered!

One pair of pants, five ways

 
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You know that I love finding ways to wear the pieces in my closet over and over again. When I tried on these corduroy pants from Zara, I saw so many different outfits flash in my head and I wanted to share them with you!

 

CORDUROY PANTS: Zara (SOLD OUT) Similar: Nordstrom: https://rstyle.me/n/depn97cix3x J.Crew: https://rstyle.me/n/depphzcix3x

BLACK TURTLENECK: Uniqlo https://rstyle.me/n/deppj6cix3x

Floral Dress: Zara (OLD) but similar here: https://www.zara.com/us/en/long-flora...

MUSTARD YELLOW TURTLENECK: H&M (SOLD OUT) Similar: https://rstyle.me/n/deps9tcix3x

WHITE POLKA DOT BLOUSE: H&M https://rstyle.me/n/deptcncix3x

RED FLORAL BLAZER: Zara (SOLD OUT) Similar here: https://rstyle.me/n/deptgscix3x

PINK TURTLENECK SWEATER: J.Crew https://rstyle.me/n/deptjacix3x

STRIPED SWEATER: Target https://rstyle.me/n/deptuvcix3x

 

Elle turns One

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I can’t believe it, y’all. My girl is ONE. I had this idea that I wanted to write this long insightful post about her first year, but honestly, I don’t have it in me. The past year has been so emotionally draining that all I want to do is celebrate HER. Celebrate that we made it, that I made it, that our girl is happy, loving, strong-willed, beautiful, feisty, smart and funny and we love her to no end.

Dress:  Amazon  Floral Headband:  Amazon  Photography: ME (yay!) and  Jasmine Rose  (with lots of help from Baby Shark! LOL)

Dress: Amazon
Floral Headband: Amazon
Photography: ME (yay!) and Jasmine Rose (with lots of help from Baby Shark! LOL)

Even though, like the past year, this photoshoot was an extreme challenge, it was SO MUCH FUN! I had a ball planning out the details, picking out her outfit(s) and accessories, combing through Pinterest to find the perfect inspiration, finding the studio and finding the right decorations and putting it all together was so, so satisfying. I couldn’t be happier about the way these images came out.

I hope you enjoy! Please feel free to ask me any questions about the process in the comments.

The day didn’t go by without a few meltdowns. LOL

The day didn’t go by without a few meltdowns. LOL

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Vanilla Cake:  Brooklyn Sweet Spot  Decorated with silk flowers and eucalyptus leaves from  Michael’s

Vanilla Cake: Brooklyn Sweet Spot
Decorated with silk flowers and eucalyptus leaves from Michael’s

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Crown:  Amazon  Dress:  Circa81 Kids  Shoes: Adidas

Crown: Amazon
Dress: Circa81 Kids
Shoes: Adidas

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