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?

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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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Metallic & Movement

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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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A Spring Look You Won’t Want to Miss

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Spring 2017 is the season in which you make your own statement! The ‘80s style adoption persists. We still see the inclusion of bright colors, such as red, fuchsia, yellow, electric blue and green, with a variety of folds, pompous sleeves, lots of layers, and different textures.

The greatest thing about trends is that you can mix and match as much as you want! So if you feel like having a sophisticated look or one that is more punk – ‘80s related – this is your moment.

I put together an outfit mixing some of these trends. The first piece of my look was a white cropped top from Zara’s Spring 2016 collection. As I mentioned in my previous posts, the minimalist and monochromatic fashion is still IN, and I believe it will remain a little longer. Then, I decided to play around with the pompous feature, so I included the red pants with a wide boot. The wide boot is being utilized again, especially in jeans. Nowadays, the skinny jeans are not as fashionable as before. What’s trending now is MOVEMENT.

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To get more into details, I added a gold chain belt that not only gives to my look a sophisticated touch but also enhances my waist line. An essential element of the ‘80s look is to highlight the women’s silhouette. This can be done by wearing belts or by using dresses and skirts at waist height. Also, it’s important to be consistent with the accessories. In this case, I matched the chain belt with my earrings and rings. The three pieces followed the same style and shared the same color palette.

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Moreover, the sky-high stilettos are a MUST HAVE piece for this season. Yves Saint Laurent took possession of this feature during the fashion week; the heels were out of this world. For this outfit, I used a pair of gold-platinum heels that also have a black strip surrounding my ankle. This detail enhances the shape of the legs; it’s basically the same effect that belts have on waistlines. I frequently ask myself, “What would I like to enhance or highlight today?” This question helps me to narrow down my options and facilitates my decision. In a matter of seconds, I already know what trends and accessories I want to use.

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This look is simple, monochromatic and sophisticated. It can be worn for many occasions, such as cocktail parties, drinks night, and even to go clubbing. Remember that you are the one who sets your own style. Don’t limit yourself. Make your own statement and make them look TWICE!

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Spring Essentials

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In 2014, Christopher Kane presented his collection at the New York Fashion Week — it was all about creativity and artfulness.  As usual, Kane made a provocative statement playing with nylon while creating new forms. The pink dress located in the right part of the image belonged to that collection. The sleeve is a long wave that surrounds the arm completely, and it had never been seen by anyone before.

Three years later, we see that this form has evolved into a tulip. More than that, the tulip shape is now a trend.

During the 2016 New York Fashion Week a lot of designers have presented their collections with this specific characteristic.

The Venezuelan designer, Carolina Herrera, incorporated this shape to her collection. She presented a series of strapless long dresses and skirts with floral prints that had the tulip form from waist down. The innovative thing? She also played with blue jeans — another clear statement of today’s fashion.

Moreover, Kaftan Usman was another designer who took possession of the petal trend. His collection displayed a variety of long skirts and pants with horizontal stripes in pastel colors. He also incorporated a vibrant orange to one of his sets. All of the pieces included the tulip form — no exception.

Moreover, here are a few trends that I’m sure you will like to incorporate into your spring wardrobe.

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As it can be seen, spring 2017 is synonymous with light blue, stripes and waistlines. Recently, fashion has gone to the 80’s and came back; now everything is about waist training and asymmetrical outfits. Once again we can see how trends change and evolve — always keeping their essence.

Next week, I will share a couple of outfits ideas using these trends!

Stay tuned!

 

 

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Non-tourist Guide in NYC

 

Have you ever been to a place in which everything seems new even though you have already visited it? I have, and I cannot stop imagining myself there… eventually.

New York is one of the most visited places worldwide. Not only because it’s a fashion capital, but also because it has so much culture and diversity that’s irresistible. I had the opportunity to go last weekend, and it was AMAZING. Since I have been in Manhattan before, I decided to spend most of my time in Brooklyn, especially in Williamsburg. Today, I will propose you a non-tourist guide around NYC. Here, you won’t find visits to the Empire State Building nor trips to the Statue of Liberty; this guide is for adventurers who love to be surprised.

If you are like I am, the first thing that you think when you wake up is food; so let’s start there. One of the best places to have breakfast in this fabulous city is Eataly located at Flatiron at 200 Fifth Avenue. The concept of this place is great because it’s a market-style shopping in which you can buy fresh home-made pasta, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and chocolates, while you have lunch at the different Italian restaurants. And as far as I’m concerned, the delicious crêpes from the Nutella bar are for dessert!

Moreover, this awesome market counts with a rooftop restaurant that is sponsored by La Birreria. The greatest part of this rooftop is that it changes according to the seasons. For instance, the winter’s restaurant is called Baita, which recreates the Italian Alps. The place is decorated with green pines, rocking chairs and a huge cabin in the middle. This is a MUST stop to make. I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy Italian food.

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The next stop: Chelsea. Chelsea is well known for its artistic mood; it’s full of galleries, restaurants, bars, and lounges. My favorite place in Chelsea is the High Line Park. Before, it used to be just some old train track, but now is an elevated park with tree-lined paths and a bunch of greens and loungers to rest and enjoy the view. I have always been a fan of green parks and sunset walks, so for me, this plan is more than perfect.

Once you finish enjoying the view, you can take the elevator downstairs and go to the Chelsea market. The concept of this market is similar to Eataly, but at the same time, they are way TOO different. The decoration of this place is unbelievable; when you go inside you feel that you are underground. Everything is darker, there are pipelines everywhere; there’s even one that is “broken” and pours water.

The Chelsea market counts with a variety of restaurants with different types of food. There is one specialized in seafood – the lobster is great. There are hamburgers, vegetarian sushi, the #1 Tacos in NYC, Mediterranean food, etc. The restaurant in which I ate is called Giovanni Rana. This place is recognized for its pasta; they even have a pasta bar, and you can decide which type of pasta would you like to have (tagliatelle, tortellini, ravioli, etc.) and choose any sauce. Since I’m a salmon lover, I ate a salmon with grilled veggies and lentils. The combination of the three tasted like heaven, simply delicious.

 

Now, the sun is going down, so let’s start to prepare the plans for tonight. If you like to take risks, and you feel like crazy is your thing, then you definitely need to stop at Pana. Pana II Garden is an Indian restaurant that offers a whole different experience. The place is basically a hallway -just getting to your seat would be a challenge- full of colorful lights, flowers, and flags from all the countries. The environment is fun and amusing; it’s noticeable that people are enjoying themselves. The food is pretty good; I recommend the lamb tikka bhuna masala, the butter chicken and the lamb tandoori. I admit that the waiters are not the nicest people alive, but I believe is part of the experience, and maybe… if you are lucky, they could let you be the DJ of the place. And if it’s not on Snapchat… does it really happen?

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On the other hand, if you don’t feel like going wild for the night, you could just go to Sel Rrose. This lounge-bar place is amazing. The drinks are out of this world. Since I’m a wine person, drinks with champagne, red wine and prosecco always get my attention. My favorites are called “Lavender Piscine” and “The Hunter.” Sel Rrose is a place to have one or two drinks with a few appetizers while you enjoy the atmosphere and the music; that’s it. Otherwise, your wallet may regret it.

Sunday! Sundays are my favorite day because they mean brunch and mimosas. And what better way to spend a Sunday than with a bottomless brunch? Right in Williamsburg, there is a restaurant called Baby’s All Right that offers bottomless mimosas for $34 during 90 minutes. The environment of this place is kind of retro and hipster; the walls have blue paper-wall with a bunch of pictures and a DJ located at one of the corners. The entry that I ordered is called “Wake and Bake”; it included two poached eggs, spinach, toasts and smoke Gouda on the top with Hollandaise sauce. It tasted as good as it sounds.

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Later, I ended up at the rooftop of Withe Hotel. The view was amazing; you can see all NYC from there. I really loved the place and its atmosphere. So I said good-bye to New York with one hand – the other was holding my drink!

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Hope you enjoy it!

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