BACK TO BASICS by Erin of Busbee Style

by Aquila Mendez-Valdez on August 29, 2014

Today’s guest post is from my good friend Erin, who is a personal stylist, fashion blogger, and mother to two blonde little darlings in Boerne, Texas.  She, in my humble opinion, has the perfect combination of class and edge to her personal sense of style.  She usually writes at Busbee Style, but today she’s sharing her wardrobe basics with us! Read all about it below after you marvel at how lovely Erin is!

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The sound of a basketball in Mexico.

by Aquila Mendez-Valdez on August 25, 2014

2014 FIBA World Cup Championships Mexico

{Orlando with a group of schoolchildren in Xalapa, Veracruz}

On a chilly winter evening in Xalapa, Veracruz, Cora and I pulled into the arena parking lot for yet another basketball game.  Orlando would be playing that evening against yet another rival, for yet another hopeful victory, while suffering through bumps, bruises, and bad knees.  When your toddler is cranky and you’re dragging her to sit in a cold gym for the 800th time, it’s easy to wonder if this is all worth it.  Is it worth the pain and time apart our family has to endure?  Is it worth the road trips, the ice baths, and the number of times my daughter has asked, “Where’s daddy?” [click to continue…]


The time we met David Yurman…

by Aquila Mendez-Valdez on August 22, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a blurry picture yesterday of David Yurman sitting on a stage.  You may have thought, “Who’s David Yurman?” like my husband.  Or, you may have supposed, “That’s not really David Yurman.”  In both cases, I wouldn’t judge you.  However, for a little fashion blogger like myself to be in the presence of such greatness yesterday, courtesy of Neiman Marcus, was a HUGE deal and I was pleasantly surprised to discover just how down to earth the aforementioned Yurman and company were. [click to continue…]

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10 Tips For Flying Internationally With Kids (From Moms Who’ve Been There)

August 18, 2014

As Cora and I prepare to make the voyage across the sea to Spain and see Orlando play in the FIBA World Cup for Mexico, I can’t help but start to feel that anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach.  It happens every time we’re about to fly, whether it’s to Indiana or Mexico.  […]

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Fall Fashion Preview with Neiman Marcus

August 14, 2014

Fashion trends are simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting.  One the one hand, if you happen to be sporting a look that is then dubbed a “trend”, you have the uncanny sense of pride that perhaps you’re doing something right.  On the other hand, if a trend finds its way from the runways to the streets and […]

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Blue and Lace Nail Art Tutorial: A Modcloth Collaboration

August 11, 2014

Do you still subscribe to the old adage that blue and black should never be worn together? I used to adhere pretty religiously to that fashion restriction all throughout high school and most of college.  It wasn’t until I started seeing it on runways and on the streets that I finally dared to wear the […]

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Office Chic in the Texas Heat

August 8, 2014

Is it weird that one of the main things I love about being a working woman is being able to get dressed every morning? I actually love professional attire and I feel pretty comfortable in a suit or a pencil skirt.  Where that gets a bit challenging is in the Texas summer heat, when even […]

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A Peek Inside The Do Seum

August 5, 2014

Growing up in Indiana, we had one of the world’s best children’s museums just an hour away in Indianapolis.  You might not believe me, but this museum is listed at the tippity-top of all the top 10 lists when it comes to spaces for kids to discover and learn.  Think I’m pulling your leg? Click […]

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An Oily Situation

August 1, 2014

Do you remember VO5 hot oil treatments for your hair? Back in the day I thought it was the coolest thing to soak your hair in hot oil for an hour and then magically discover your hair has become perfectly coifed like The Little Mermaid or Pocahontas. Most of my hair aspirations are derived from […]

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Cora’s Birth Story: Part Two

July 29, 2014

If you didn’t get a chance to read Cora’s Birth Story: Part One, click here and then come back.  I’ll wait. Done? Ok, so when we left off, we were finally heading to the birth center around 8 pm on the evening of Friday, January 13th, 2012.  As a side note, it was surprising to […]

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