Who Said that Runway Outfits Were Out of Reach?

The Miami Fashion Week took place a few weeks ago, and the Swim Week is about to start. So I decided to compile some of the trends that I saw on the runways, especially the proposals of Custo Barcelona and Shantall Lacayo. And there’s nothing that I enjoy most than observing other girls’ outfits to get some inspiration. As I told you before, white is a color that you cannot take out of your sight this summer. One of the outfits that I liked consisted of a white high-waist skirt with a white cropped top and a long gray open shirt combined with a pair of black stilettos. Since that kind of fashion is usually considered a luxury – way too expensive for our recent graduate’s wallet – I came up with a budget-friendly outfit that follows that concept.

Let’s check it out!

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As you can see, the cropped top is a crochet type piece, which is really IN this season. Accompanied by a white “skort” – a skirt/short – and a pair of heels made of a colorful fabric. The pieces are pretty similar to the original outfit so you can get the essence of the style.

I got the crochet cropped top from Tiger Mist, an Australian online boutique. Lucky me, I bought it for $30 during a sale. The bottom I got it from Akira, a Chicago-based shopping store. This “skort” was even a better deal. I purchased it for $25.  And last but not least, I bought the heels in Steve Madden.

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This is just an example of how we can adopt runway trends and outfits in different ways without going bankrupt. The style is owned girls, not purchased.

Hope you find this helpful!

And stay tuned. I’ll bring inside details of Miami Swim Week!!

Much love.

 

 

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How to Wear a Bodysuit This Summer

What is promised is due. Last week I told you that I was going to choose a clothing piece and create three different looks with it. The piece I chose is a pink low-cut bodysuit. You may be wondering, “Why a bodysuit?” Keep reading and you will find out why. Since summer is almost here, I decided to play with the summer trends and incorporate them into the outfits.

Let’s begin!

Outfit #1

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This outfit consists of floral white pants with meshes along the legs and the protagonist of all my looks: the pink low-cut body. As I mentioned before, this attire includes a couple of summer trends such as high-waist and wide boot trousers. For the shoes, I selected a pair of Vince Camuto’s basic in a nude tone. Nudes and pastel colors are commonly used during spring and summer — take note, they are a MUST HAVE.  And bodysuits, let’s talk about bodysuits. They have been IN for a while now not only because they look great, but also because they are the most versatile clothing piece that you will ever have in your wardrobe. Bodysuits are chic, sexy, and simple.  They can be worn with a pair of jeans or pants – just like I am wearing them – or use them underneath of a camisole or blouse.

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Since spring is ending and summer is about to begin what better way to welcome this new season than with this outfit! Floral fabrics were everywhere in the Fashion Week runways, as well as the different tones of blue and pink. Florals+high-waist trousers+bodysuits= The perfect look to say hi to summer.

Outfit #2

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The second outfit looks a lot like the first one. The difference? There are not printed fabrics, only unicolor clothing pieces. Here I used a summer essential: white. White is a color that I wear with everything. From sneakers to sunglasses. Of course, I couldn’t leave it out of this post. This look is a little bit more elegant than the previous one due to the fall of the pants. Waist height and waist cinchers with a wide boot, sound familiar? The Zara’s white pants are an icon this season.

For the shoes, I used the same Vince Camuto’s nude heels because I believe they look nice with the pink tone of the bodysuit. And the band around my ankle stylizes the shape of my legs. This type of outfit can be used for many occasions, such as cocktail parties, happy hours or a fancy brunch with bottomless mimosas in Coral Gables. Your choice!

Outfit #3

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The third and last outfit is quite different. Here, I played with textures, line cuts, and low cuts. I wanted to create a greater contrast, so I wore black. A black leather high-waist short and a long black jacket. This type of short is a handy tool when you want to highlight your waistline, or in those days that your belly is a little more swollen than usual. It will keep you on point!

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On the other hand, the jacket adds elegance to the outfit but still is kind of casual. The heels are made of a colorful printed fabric. Orange, magenta, bright purple, beige and blue. This palette of colors goes well with the season. All of them are bright and trending. This look is all about summer evenings!

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So why make a bodysuit the protagonist of the three looks? The answer is quite simple, bodysuits go well with everything. And when I say everything, I mean it. Since they are tight, they go perfectly fine under pants, shorts, skorts or skirts. There are turtleneck bodysuits and others with a low-cut in the back. This is a clothing piece that you can wear in all seasons. For me, this one is a keeper.

This is how we can “recycle” our clothing pieces without repeating the same outfit even when using the same piece. Creativity is key.

Hope you like it! I would love to see some of your ideas!

 

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Why fashion repeats itself?

Hello, hello!

You know that I always tell you that fashion is not static, but the opposite — it evolves and then comes back again. Well, today I decided to explain in detail the reason why this happens, my personal perception. And teach you how we can recycle the past trends and use them in our favor.

I’m sure you have heard your mom saying, “I used to have one of those when I was younger,” Or even inherit some of her old clothing pieces. I know I have! There is a black and white blouse that I absolutely love, and every time I wear it people ask me where did I get it from. Funny, right?

This happens because fashion follows a cycle. During the seasonal runways, several styles and trends are being introduced to the public. This is the initial phase where the clothing pieces are presented for the first time. This stage is key because designers are waiting for the public’s response, and they want to see if their proposal was liked or not. In most cases, it is liked, even loved, so the game begins — we go into the second stage.

Now, the demand increases, the sales are higher, and the prices go up too. Suddenly, there are popular trends and styles that everybody wants to wear. Of course, adding our own personal glow; you know what I’m talking about. Once the peak has been reached, the trend goes down, and sales decrease until the pieces following that trend are taken out of the market. People got bored of them, or they simply were not IN anymore.

This stage is just a part of the process, nothing personal. But don’t worry, eventually, the same trend that was once forgotten will rise again. Now, a new cycle begins and a new trend is introduced. The market never stops — like a clock.

Since I know this, and I know that everything that goes away comes again, I don’t throw any of my old clothes. I rather keep it for later. That’s what I call recycling! Instead of buying the same shirt or short that I used to have but got rid of it, I save it until I can use it again. Don’t get me wrong. I’m always trying to add new and innovative clothing pieces to my wardrobe, but always things that I have NEVER shopped before.

I like to combine the old trends with the new ones and create a totally different look. It may result in an avant-garde outfit or an extravagant boho attire. Who knows? Always stay creative. That’s the best advice I can give you. Don’t limit yourself to textures nor colors. Play around! Have fun!

Here’s a challenge. Grab a clothing piece from your closet and create three different looks with the same piece. Let’s see how creative you can be!

Next week I’ll show you mine!

 

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How to create a productive morning routine

Lately, I have been feeling that I don’t have enough time to do all the things I need to do. Since I started to work from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., my schedule is upside down and I’m not being as productive as I used to be. The four essential things in my life are work, exercise, my personal project, and the people I love. Every single one of them is necessary to go to bed with a smile from cheek to cheek.

Balance was a part of my daily life, but now I have days in which I only go to work, others in which I exercise, and others in which I spend most of the night awake working on my content, trying to provide helpful and entertaining posts for you.

I have come to the conclusion that I’m not being organized and realized that I spent more time thinking about the things that I needed to do than actually doing them. I imagine that I’m not the only one struggling with time management issues.

It’s the 21st century, no day has enough hours! As a result, I changed my monotonous mornings for a brand-new productive routine.

STEP 1: Rise and shine, gorgeous

I wake up at 6 a.m., brush my teeth, wash my face, and run to the kitchen. Are you thinking the same as me? COFFEE! Mornings cannot start on the right foot without coffee. That’s a fact! Since I’m training in the mornings, I only eat a banana with almond butter, and after my workout, I prepare a big nutritious and delicious breakfast. Bananas are great as pre-workout. They fuel you with energy and don’t give you a feeling of heaviness in the stomach.

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STEP 2: Time to get serious

As I mentioned before, exercise is a MUST in my life. My day is not complete until I workout. It makes me feel relaxed and full of energy to keep up with my day. What I usually do now is either train at my house’s gym or go to a spinning class. If I train at home, I do weight lifting. Depending on the day, I will train legs, triceps, biceps, abs, shoulders or back. I firmly believe that all muscles should be trained – yes, ladies. You heard well. At the end of the day, we use every single one of our muscles, and we must strengthen them.

On the other hand, if I decide to go to spinning, the dynamic changes. Spinning classes focus on burning fat and are a great way to do cardio. For me, it’s really hard to spend 45 mins on the same machine doing the same thing, even if I’m listening to my favorite playlist. That’s why I try to take classes that motivate me to keep going and finish my 45-50 mins of cardio. Since I need to take a shower and go to work after my training session, I only train for 45 mins.

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STEP 3: Breakfast is served

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! I truly enjoy cooking it and devouring it, especially after an intense workout. I tend to have arepas for breakfast at least three times a week, not only because they are delicious, but also because they are a time-saving option. What I do to save time is preparing the arepa’s mix (corn meal, ground flax seed, and roasted plantain or butter squash) during the weekend. These aren’t the original arepas, but I like to personalize them by mixing different flavors and adding fiber. I make approximately 20-30 arepas, I pre-cook them, and then I wrap them with plastic wrap. Now, I only need to take one, put it in the oven…and ta-ta! Breakfast is served and ready to eat.

Then, I take the half hour that I have left and organize my day. I scratch the things that I’ve already done, I highlight the urgent ones that I haven’t done yet, and lastly, I add the ones that I’m planning to do. In that way, I can look at the whole picture — past, present, and future.

My recommendation here is to think clearly. Clarity is the new clever. Even if you don’t have everything figure out – current status – you will take things out of your way by only knowing what to do with a few.

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STEP 4: Playing dress-up!

I used to spend HOURS in front of my closet deciding what or what not to wear. Guess what? That CANNOT happen! Those are 20 mins, 50 mins, completely wasted! Now, I select my outfit the night before, and I leave everything ready for the next day — lesson learned.

I try to keep my makeup pretty simple. Some blush and highlighter on my cheeks, mascara, and a little color on my lips. That’s it! Looks professional and is not overwhelming.

This routine takes approximately 1 hour and a half, but I get to do everything I need to have a wonderful day. After work, I can have dinner with my boyfriend, or pamper myself and get my nails done, or simply keep working on my passion and plan my next move.

I highly recommend having a productive routine that keeps you focus and on time.

Here are 5 tips to start creating your own routine

  • Get as much as sleep as you can. Try to sleep at least 8 hours.
  • Go to bed early. In that way, you can take advantage of your mornings and have things ready sooner.
  • Develop a routine that meets your necessities. What’s important for you? What are you trying to achieve? Write down what you need to do and then organize it.
  • Set up alarms in order to control the time you spend on each task. After a while, this won’t be necessary. You will get used to following your routine.
  • Plan! Plan ahead your routine, not the minute after you wake up. In that way, you will be able to do it in zombie mode if necessary. That’s the best part of having a routine!

Let me know how it goes!

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Road Trip: Hopping three cities in a row

Remember last’s week post? The three options that I suggested for Memorial Weekend? Well, today I’ll share my choice — the road trip!

There is nothing more exciting than a road trip. The beautiful landscapes, the wind caressing my face and that feeling of anxiety in the pit of my stomach.

The first city I visited was Saint Augustine — the oldest city in the USA. St. Augustine is covered by a blanket of pink flowers and red tile roofs. Its architecture is from the Spanish colonial period; there are cathedrals, museums, and even a castle! The San Marcos Castle. That was my first stop.

When I stepped foot on the suspension bridge of the castle, I was amused. The view of the castle and the Matanzas Bay was out of this world. I had never seen such a blue sky. On the outside, the castle looked like a fort. It was built with stones placed on top of each other. On the other hand, the interior was hollow. The castle had a large courtyard in the center, and the rooms were located on the sides. In addition, there was a second floor with a wonderful view. The canons were launched from the top of the castle during that period.

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Once I finished visiting the castle,  I went to walk the place. There were tons of little restaurants and shops on the streets of St. Augustine. Everything looked so local, so cozy, very European. For lunch, I had the opportunity to eat in “The Columbia,” one of the most famous restaurants over there. This place captured my heart in the moment that I entered. It is literally a colonial house with tons of tables and chairs. It has a huge patio with a fountain in the center; I was lucky enough to sit there.

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I spent the night in Jacksonville. The jazz festival was taking place at that moment in the main area of the city. The music was great. I must say that Jacksonville surprised me. This city has views that take your breath away. Especially during the night; all the lights from the huge buildings reflect on the river and create an awesome landscape.

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Next stop: Savannah! Savannah is a city full of history. The best part is that all the locals work hard to keep the historic side intact. Next to some bus stations, there are tiny horse figures that used to indicate the parking places for the horses — during that period horses were the means of transportation.

Walking around the place, I saw a French cafe located at the end of a black bridge. Cafe M is a little French coffee shop that offers a huge variety of croissants, quiches, macarons, and New Yorkers’ favorite, CRONUTS. The main area of Savannah is River Street. It has plenty of local restaurants, bars, and shops with an exceptional view of the river. Over there, the Georgia Queen Cruise departs. This is a cruise tour around the city that offers lunch, dinner, and brunch.

Moreover, The Bohemian is a five-stars hotel with a rooftop bar. I am from Miami, what can you expect? I’m always down for wonderful views and breathtaking experiences. Another thing that I LOVED about Savannah was the green color. There is green everywhere. Savannah counts with 24 squares with huge green trees, flowers, and fountains. My favorite one was the Forsyth Park. This is a great place to jog or set up a picnic and relax.

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Before driving back to Miami, I stopped in Saint Augustine for the second time. I couldn’t leave without trying the local vodka and wine, right?

The Saint Augustine Distillery is a small business with huge potential. They make their own bourbon, vodka, rum, and whiskey. I went for a tasting, and I ended up learning how to prepare a Moscow mule — my boyfriend’s favorite drink and definitely mine to be.

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On the other hand, San Sebastian Winery offers 14 different wines and serves white, red, and rose. Lucky me, I had the opportunity to try eight of them! The wine tasting was amazing. They had citric, sweet, and dry wines. Every single one of them could be the perfect companion for a special meal. Also, they gave us crackers to clear the previous flavors in our tongue and be able to taste the wine properly. Everything was well prepared. It was an awesome experience. Just careful on your way out, you might be a little tipsy after a few glasses.

This was the last stop of my fantastic weekend. The rest: five hours of driving with good company and great music.

Hope you like it!

 

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Metallic & Movement

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Hello, hello!

I hope you’re all doing well. Today’s outfit represents one of my favorite trends: gold and silver. I don’t know if you have noticed, but 2016 is not over, not just yet. Those who were able to see the runways during fall 2016 probably know that the silver-gold trend is still on point. That’s why I decided to incorporate it into my look.

In addition, the maxi dresses have been IN for months, and I have the hunch that they will remain a little longer. This outfit is risky and glamorous; let’s get into it!

First of all, the maxi dress is made of a silky fabric in a silver color. The under-knee dresses are everywhere now. They are a great and simple option to create an elegant and different outfit. Here, I played with the accessories. Since I wanted to create a contrast between silver and gold, I added the gold chain belt. This item not only enhanced my waistline but also highlighted the dress. Enhancing the silhouette is always a good idea. We are women; we have curves naturally. The key is learning how to be sexy without being tacky.

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Long earrings are back! This piece was a protagonist in the runways. The crystal earrings are a must have during the spring season. I use long earrings when I want to highlight the shape of my face – my cheekbones for instance. When using this piece, I do not recommend to wear necklaces; we may wear a simple thin choker, but I prefer the belt as the partner piece.

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For the final touch, I wore a pair of “Gladiator” heels. Why? Because I wanted to create a different outfit, not something that you see everywhere. Since all the clothing pieces of my look were elegant, I challenged myself to make it urban, more casual. So these heels came to my mind. We all know that the gladiator trend has been a total success. Now, there are gladiator heels instead of sandals… who would have thought that? Anyways, the point here is that the heels make the outfit pop up. When you look at it from head to toes, you see an unexpected addition. I could have played on the safe side and have grabbed a regular pair of heels, but I didn’t. Avant-garde styles are my favorites. From my perspective, mixing and combining styles are key in fashion.

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You are allowed to use everything that is within your reach to stand out. Fashion is not static; it evolves. Feel free to use and reuse any trend you like. In my case, I choose metallic and movement. That’s how I make them look twice!

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