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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