Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Distressed Jeans

I was recently contacted by fellow blogger, Christina Coker of Champagne Taste, Beer Budget to participate in a segment for SA Live! at Neiman Marcus as a model. I thought "Me? A model??" She said, of course YOU! So, I went for it and it was one of the funnest experiences I've ever had! I got to pick out the clothes styled around a pair of Rag & Bone Dre Distressed Boyfriend jeans. I chose the Daria Loose Layered-Hem Tee by the same brand in soft pink. I felt that the soft look of the tee complemented the jeans very well. At first, they were going for an edgy, street style look and they brought me several shoe options, among them slip on sneakers and several heels. When they brought out a pair of Valentino Rock Stud heels in Blue, my heart skipped a beat! I had to wear them, they were perfect! It was the perfect pop of color for Spring, and the best combo of femme meets rocker chic. I couldn't stop dancing around in them! Then we chose the jewelry. Christina and I were really feeling  the natural stone. It was hard to choose, so we went for the layered look with necklaces by Panacea from the Contemporary section, CUSP. The entire time, I felt like a kid in a candy store! Plus, I was a total ham in front of the camera. It was great!

Recientemente fui contactada por compañera bloguera, Christina Coker, de Champagne Taste, Beer Budget, para participar como modelo en un segmento para SA Live! en Neiman Marcus. Pensé "Yo? Modelo?"Ella me dijo, "Si, TU!" Entonces decidí hacerlo y fue una de las experiencias más divertidas que he tenido! Me dieron a escoger un look que giraba alrededor de unos mahones rotos estilo "Boyfriend"de Rag & Bone. Escogí una blusa de la misma marca, el Daria Loose Layered-Hem Tee en rosa pálido. Sentí que la suavidad de la blusa complementaba los mahones muy bien. Al principio, ellos tenían en mente un atuendo estilo rockero y Street Style y me trajeron varias opciones de zapatos incluyendo tennis. Cuando trajeron un par de Valentino Rock Studs, pensé que me iba a desmayar! Tuve que ponermelos, estaban demasiado perfectos! Eran el color perfecto y una combinación femenina y rockera sin igual. No podía parar de bailar en ellos! Luego, escogimos los accesorios. Christina y yo estábamos enamoradas de todo lo natural y se nos hizo difícil de escoger, entonces decidimos que era mejor llevarlo en capas. Los collares fueron de Panacea, de la sección contemporánea CUSP. Todo el tiempo, me sentí como una niña en una tienda de dulces. Y, frente a la camara, me encendí como la Estrella del Norte. Estuvo super chévere!

Clothing, Jewelry and Shoes all provided by Neiman Marcus. I was not compensated for this blog post. All opinions are my own.

Thank you to Christina Coker from Champagne Taste Beer Budget and Jackie Willome Photography for the photos

Jackie Willome Photography

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On Wednesdays, we wear Pink

Coachella? More like NoChella! In San Antonio, we have Fiesta and it's 2 full weeks jam packed with events all over the city. Music, parades, festivals, food, crazy hats and fun fashion surrounds the city to make it the funnest time of year for us. The weather is really warming up and it's so important to be comfy, while sporting your coolest festival wear. I wore this high-low tee from Flawless Fashionista, cut-off patchwork denim shorts and booties. I just love the flow of this top and the comfort level is unparalleled. This outfit was so much fun to wear to Oyster Bake. So, get ready for festival season. There's a lot going on this time of year! What festival is popular where you live? Do you plan to travel to attend any? Share in the comments!

Coachella? Mejor dicho NoChella! En San Antonio, celebramos Fiesta y son 2 semanas llenas de eventos por toda la ciudad. Música, paradas, festivales, comida, sombreros locos y modas divertidas alrededor de la ciudad hacen que este sea la temporada más divertida aquí. La temperatura está empezando a subir, así que es de suma importancia estar cómod@ mientras te vistes de tu atuendo de festival más chévere. Yo llevo puesto una camisa asimétrica de Flawless Fashionista, cortos de mahón y botines. Me encanta como fluye esta camisa y su nivel de comodidad es increíble. Este atuendo fue bien divertido cuando me lo puse para Oyster Bake. Así que prepárense para la temporada de festivales. Va a haber mucho en esta época del año! Cuál festival es típico donde tú vives? Piensas viajar para atender alguno? Comparte en los comentarios!

Photography by Marlena Gonzales

What I wore / Llevaba puesto:
Top: On Wednesdays We Wear Pink Top from Flawless Fashionista 
Shorts: Trillium available at Zumiez 
Sunnies: ZeroUV
Hat from Charming Charlie
Booties: Shoedazzle
Hand Jewelry: Calla, exclusive design by Gabrielle de la Garza
Ring: Gorjana from Rocksbox
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Clothing was provided by Flawless Fashionista, but opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Liebster Award

OMG!! I've been nominated for a Liebster Award. This is so exciting! I've been blogging for some time and I've seen a huge growth since I really started to dedicate the time to this labor of love. Thanks to Jessica of the The Reinvention of Jessica for granting me with this honor! So what is a Liebster Award? Well, it's not an actual award, but a recognition of your peers. Bloggers that are starting out or that are still growing are elegible for this community based recognition and have the chance to pay it forward, as well.

Here are the rules:
  1. Thank the nominating blogger
  2. Nominate 11 blogs that are new and/or have small followings.
  3. Answer 11 questions from the nominating blogger
  4. Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself
  5. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer

Jessica's Questions for Me:
  1. How long have you been blogging? 2 years
  2. You have a plane ticket to anywhere in the world.  Where do you go? I would go to Bali Indonesia. My dream destination.
  3. What's your guilty pleasure? Watching The Real Housewives of whatever with a glass of wine and Ghirardelli chocolate squares (Milk Chocolate with Almond and Sea Salt)
  4. What's your favorite blog post you've ever written? The New Year's Day post in 2014: Happy New Year! It was my very first post using my my new DSLR camera my husband got me for Christmas. I was so proud!
  5. Who is your favorite fictional character? MacKayla Lane from the Fever Series. She's a total badass that discovers herself and her sexuality in the Urban Fantasy book series by Karen Marie Moning.
  6. Werewolves, vampires, or zombies? Vampires. I've been obsessed since Interview with the Vampire.
  7. What is your favorite movie quote? "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return" -Moulin Rouge
  8. If you could live in any fictional world (from any book, TV show, or movie), which one would you choose?  Why? New Orleans 1791 from Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire. Parties, fashion, and sexy vampires, that's why.
  9. What's your favorite comfort food? Pollo guisado y arroz con habichuelas (Dominican for Fricassee Chicken with Rice and Beans)
  10. Who would play you in a movie about your life? Anne Hathaway (with a Perm, lol)
  11. How do you handle writer's block? I step away from the computer and only return when I have something to write.
11 Random Facts About Me
  1. I'm double jointed.
  2. I didn't learn how to speak proper Spanish until I was 9, when I moved to Puerto Rico.
  3.  I'm really clumsy. I trip on my own feet all the time.
  4.  I'm terrified of cats. Ever since I saw a movie when I was a kid where a bunch of cats were eating this woman in a chair ALIVE, they scare the Hell outta me.
  5. I can't eat rice mixed with beans. I serve it on my plate, but it can't be in my mouth at the same time. It's a sensory thing, I suppose.
  6. I have a B.A. in Political Science, an M.S in Natural Resource Conservation and I work as a trainer for a technology company, plus as an Online Fashion Correspondent for Style Lush TV on the side.
  7. I'm a total beach bum, but now I live inland so boo-hoo.
  8. I drove without a license till I was 26. Never got a ticket, never got in any accidents.
  9. My husband and I were together for 10 years before we got married.
  10. I always have enough will power to not buy a jar of Nutella, because I know that if I had it at home I would probably eat the entire thing in one sitting.
  11. I actually enjoy an intense workout. I get really competitive so if I'm in a challenge or have a partner, I wanna beat everyone.
  1. How did you start blogging?
  2. What motivates you to get up everyday?
  3. What's your pet peeve?
  4. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
  5. What was your most embarrassing moment?
  6. What is your fashion Do?
  7. What is your fashion Don't?
  8. If you could have dinner with anyone (Alive, dead or fictional), who would it be?  Why?
  9. If you had a choice and unlimited funds, where would you live?
  10. What is your favorite quote?
  11. What is your ultimate goal in life?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Curly Cut

It's time to get that Spring hair makeover! I was way overdo for a cut! With curly hair like mine, it's so important to constantly cut and shape your hair to keep it bouncy and healthy. Finding a hairdresser for curls can be a daunting experience. I had gotten a few cuts when I moved to San Antonio, but it wasn't really up to par. In Puerto Rico, my hairdresser was a curly hair specialist (Irene from Wanda Montes) and my hair was exactly how I wanted it for years. I trusted her to the point where I just said "Do whatever you want" and loved it each time I stepped out, but I hadn't found that since I moved to Texas. Until now. I did my research, of course. I Googled "Natural curls hair salon in San Antonio" and found about 3. I always go by reviews and recommendations, so I found Harmoni Salon on Loop 410 and saw that it had tons of rave reviews. I booked my appointment and it was so full I had to book for a week in advance (that's always a good sign). They called me immediately after booking online and asked me a few questions about my hair and sent me to a web site to identify my curl type so they know what they would be working with. I was pleasantly surprised with the level of professionalism. The day of my appointment arrived. I've never been so excited to wake up at 7 am on a Saturday! My hairdresser was awesome! I showed her a pic of my hair inspo and she got to work right away. She knew exactly what she was doing and gave me recommendations on types of products I should use and the ones I need to stay away from. She also told me about things she could do in future visits. I was so impressed!

Ya es hora de tu makeover primaveral! Ya estaba bien atrás con mi cabello, me hacía falta un recorte hace tiempo. Con cabello rizo como el mío es importante recortarse con frecuencia para mantener el rizo saludable. Encontrar un estilista para rizos puede ser algo aterrador. Me había recortado varias veces desde que me mudé a San Antonio, pero realmente, no dio el grado. En Puerto Rico, tenía una estilista especializada en rizos (Irene de Wanda Montes) y mi cabello estaba exactamente como yo lo quería por años. Yo confiaba tanto en ella que llegué al punto de decirle "Haz lo que quieras" y quedaba brutal. No había encontrado algo así desde que me mudé a Texas, hasta ahora. Tuve que hacer mi investición, por supuesto. Busqué en Google "salon para cabello rizo en San Antonio" y encontré como 3. Siempre me dejo llevar de los reviews y recomendaciones, así que decidí irme con Harmoni Salon en Loop 410 y vi que tenían muy buena recomendación. Tuve que hacer mi cita para una semana despues, así de lleno estaba (eso siempre es buena señal). Me llamaron tan pronto confirmé mi cita en línea para preguntarme sobre mi cabello y me dirigieron hacía una página para identificar mi tipo de rizo y saber con lo que iban a trabajar. Fue una grata sorpresa su nivel de porfesionalismo. Llegó el día de mi cita. Nunca había estado tan emocionada por levantarme un Sábado a las 7 am! Mi estilista fue un éxito! Le enseñé una foto de inspiración y ella se puso a trabajar. Ella sabía exactamente lo que estaba haciendo y me dio recomendaciones de los tipos de productos que debo usar y los que debo evitar. Hasta me dijo cosas que podemos hacer en futuras visitas. Quedé muy impresionada!

While searching for my ideal look, several of the hottest Spring 2015 hair trends served as inspiration. For curly hair, I was really into the shaping around the face.
Mientras buscaba mi recorte ideal, varias de la tendencias de 2015 me sirvieron de inspiración. Para mi cabello rizo, estaba inclinida hacia una forma que complementara mi rostro.
Inspo Photo via SunKissAlba

There's also the curly bangs, but I started off slowly, maybe I'll work my way up to a full bang.
También ví el estilo de la pollina rizada, pero me fui suave. Tal vez, en el futuro lo llevo a este nivel.
Photo via Pinterest
My inspiration for summer, if I can summon the courage to go way shorter.
Mi inspiración para el verano, si me atrevo a irme cortito.
Photo via Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge

When it comes to color, I've kept it at a Golden Brown (Garnier Nutrisse B3). Naturally, you want to go lighter for Spring/Summer. My hair tends to go red, so I'll probably get honey highlights, that will compliment my hair really well.

En cuanto al color, llevo un tiempo tiñéndome de Golden Brown (Garnier Nutrisse B3). Naturalmente, uno quiere aclarse el color durante Primavera/Verano. Mi cabello tiende a ponerse rojo, así que tal vez me haga contornos color miel, que complementarían mi color muy bien.
If you're considering these options for your Spring/Summer hair, my recommendation is to do your research. Don't be afraid to approach someone that you see on the street and ask them where they got there hair done. Read those reviews and take a picture of your inspo look with you to the salon, so they can get as close to that as possible. Be bold and have fun with it!

Si estás considerando hacerte estos cambios, mi recomendación es que investigues. No tengas miedo de acercarte a alguien cuyo cabello te gusta y preguntarle a qué salón va. Lée las reseñas y lleva un foto de tu inspiración para que el/la estilista pueda tratar de acercarse lo más posible. Se arriesgada y diviértete con tu cabello!


Photography by Marlena Gonzales

Friday, April 3, 2015

That 70's Vibe: Summer Edition

Happy Friday, my lovely Lotus Flowers! I'm so excited for the weekend! This week has been a doozy for me, and I really need to relax and unwind. This weekend look is one for the books! First of all, I got a haircut, and I'm really loving the framing around my face. I haven't had a really good cut in a very long time. My hair is healthy, bouncy and just love the style! I'm totally inspired by the 70's comeback that's happening this Spring. When I found these polka dot high-waisted palazzo pants at Marshall's, I found myself on, yet, another mission. I needed the perfect top. I located this light pink top in The Cube and it went perfectly with the shade in the dots. This outfit is perfect to take from day to night. At the office, you can pair it with a blazer or a cardigan, then lose it for cocktails and dancing!
Check out this outfit on my next episode of Fashion Round Up for Style Lush TV.

Feliz Viernes, mis bellas flores de Loto! Estoy tan emocionada por el fin de semana! Esta semana fue bien fuerte para mi, así que de verdad me hace falta tomarlo suave y relajarme. Este look es uno para la historia! Para empezar, me recorté el cabello y me encantó el estilo. Hace tiempo que no recibo un buen recorte y ahora mi cabello está saludable y con buena forma. Estoy completamente inspirada con el regreso de la moda de los 70's para esta primavera. Cuando encontré estos palazzos de puntos en Marshall's, me encontré nuevamente en una misión. Tenía que buscar la blusa perfecta para completar el look. Conseguí esta blusa en rosa pálido en el área de The Cube y combinaba perfectamente con el color de los puntos. Este atuendo está perfecto para llevar de día hasta la noche. Para la oficina, te puedes poner una chaqueta o un abrigo liviano "cardigan", despues te la quitas y estás lista para darte unos cocteles y bailar!
Vea como usé este atuendo en mi próximo episodio de Fashion Round para Style Lush TV.

Get the look:
Top: Marshall's (The Cube)
Palazzo pants: Philosophy. Found at Marshall's
Lavalier Necklace: Seasons with Allie
Earrings: Vintage
Sunglasses: Zero UV
Sandals: ShoeDazzle

Shot by Marlena Gonzales