Monday, June 19, 2017

Business Casual Can "Bee" Fun!

Hello Lotuses! So, some of you may know that I work in "Corporate America" and it's no secret that I love fashion. I've never been one to be your basic pantsuit kinda gal, so I always look for a way to spruce up an office look. I used to be afraid of using bold prints for the office, so I'd wear fun heels, statement jewelry or a great bag. I've lost that fear many years ago and even though I keep it very business like, I've learned to have fun with it. This outfit is a major example of my office style. The pieces are from the latest Target collab with Victoria Beckham. The collection is very conservative and classy, while keeping super fun elements in the prints and bold cuts. I'm in love with these palazzo pants for so many reasons. The cut and fit are perfect, the lines are a way to show a semi-sporty look, which is so on trend, while giving the illusion of longer legs and the huge Calla Lily print is bold yet sophisticated. BTW, Calla Lilies are my favorite flowers! I paired them with a bee printed top, which I just thought was so cute! The neckline and cuffs are beyond cool and those are the kind of details I knew VB x Target didn't skimp on. I also layered a Leaf Necklace with my engraved necklace (both from Stella & Dot) and kept my earring simple with the Gilded Path Ear Climber I'm such fan of. I wanted to show you that you can have fun in a conservative workplace. Don't be afraid to show your personality!

Hola mis flores de loto! Algunos de ustedes ya saben que trabajo en  el mundo corporativo y a la vez amo la moda. Nunca me ha gustado usar un traje de pantalón muy básico, pero si hubo un tiempo que le temía a estampados muy escandalosos en mi ropa de trabajo. Aún así, buscaba la manera de añadir un accesorio llamativo como zapatos, joyería o un bolso divertido. Yo perdí ese miedo hace varios años y aprendí a divertirme más con mis atuendos de oficina. Este atuendo es un vivo ejemplo de mi estilo corporativo. De la colaboración más reciente de Victoria Beckham con Target, conseguí este pantalón palazzo y me encanta por varias razones. El corte está perfecto, las líneas a los lados le da un toque deportivo, lo cual está muy de moda y dan la ilusión de estatura alta  y el estampado del lirio cala (mi flor favorita) es muy elegante. Lo combiné con una blusa de estampado de abejas, que está bueno chulo! Me encanta el cuello y las mangas porque son muy diferentes y son detalles que esta colección se dedicó a resaltar. Con la joyería combiné un collar de múltiples hojas con una cadena delicada con mi nombre y las pantallas muy sutiles de Stella & Dot. Ya ven que no deben temerle a expresar su personalidad en un ambiente de oficina conservador!

What I wore/ Llevaba puesto:

Jewelry: Stella & Dot
Shoes: ShoeDazzle

Photography Credits:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Velvet in Warm Weather? Why not?

Hi loves! I'll be honest, when I think of velvet I think Winter, Holiday Season, to be more specific. I remember a green off-the-shoulder dress that my mother wore for a Christmas party in New York, back in the 80's, which I was obsessed with. I would go into her closet, and lean against the wall and spend the longest time just running my hands over it. I loved the feel, the warmth, and the color. It was my favorite piece in her closet, after the mink coat, for which I later on would come to lecture her. Recently, I went to shop at one of my favorite online shops, who houses a showroom out of San Antonio, Chic'tique and found these gorgeous velvet crop flared pants. It was the last pair, and I hesitated. It was the beginning of Spring and I thought "Well, I love them, but won't be able to wear them until next Winter!", Michelle of Chic'tique simply told me that we don't always need to follow the fashion rules. I'm not one to follow the rules, myself! The fit was perfect, so I got them. I've worn these babies so many times, they've become a staple in my closet this Spring. These particular pants aren't super warm and heavy, so they've worked for me so far. I paired them with a top from her latest Spring line and velvet strappy sandals. I love this combo! My advice, have fun with non-traditional textures and colors, even in the warmer weather. Fashion is made to have fun, and express your creativity! 

Hola amores! Les voy a ser honesta, cuando pienso en la gamuza, me viene a la mente el invierno, Navidad para ser exacta. Recuerdo un traje verde, de hombros expuestos que mi madre se puso para una fiesta de Navidad en Nueva York en los años 80s, por el cual me moría. Yo entraba a su closet, me apoyaba de la pared y le pasaba la mano por un buen rato. Me encantaba como se sentía, el calentito y el color del traje. Era mi pieza favorita de ella, luego de el abrigo de visón (mink), por el cual luego le dí mi opinión sobre el uso de piel animal como un lujo, jeje. Recientemente, fui a visitar el showroom de una de mis tiendas en línea favoritas, Chic'tique y encontré un par de pantalones en gamuza. Era el último par y pensé "Bueno, me encantan, pero no me los voy a poder poner hasta el próximo Invierno!". Y, Michelle de Chic'tique simplemente me dijo que no hay que seguir todas las reglas de la moda. Yo no soy muy de seguir las reglas y el pantalón me quedó perfecto, así que me lo compré. Me los he puesto tantas veces, que ya está en mi rotación regular de Primavera. Estos son lo suficientes liviano que me los puedo poner y no me matan de calor. Los compré en conjunto con una blusa de su colección de Primavera y conseguí estos zapatos de gamuza también. Me ha encantado esta combinación! Mi consejo es que se divertan esta temporada con diferentes texturas y colores no tradicionales. La moda es para divertirse y expresar tu creatividad!

What I wore/ Llevaba puesto:

Top & Pants:  Chic'tique

Shoes: JustFab

Jewelry: Stella & Dot

Photography by: Joe Turner Photography

Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer Vibes Look featuring Fiesta Feet!

Hey hey! Is that Summer I see in the horizon? Well, it's quickly approaching and after spending a day at the lake for Memorial Day Weekend I'm definitely in the mood for more Summer fun! We've already made plan from now through Fourth of July weekend. We wanna have picnics, doggy playdates, road tripping, tubing on the river and laying out on the beach on the South Texas coast, so we plan on thoroughly enjoying ourselves. 
This outfit is perfect for a Summer BBQ, of which we're huge fans! The top is from Francisca Showroom, a South Texas based boutique that carries L.A. based lines that are absolutely adorable, which fit my Latina curves perfectly. They recently held a Summer Pop Up Shop at Revolución Coffee & Juice Bar, and I couldn't pass up the chance to stock up on some Summer must-haves! I'm all about the embroidery and statement sleeves this year, so this top was just perfect! All the jewelry and the "Good Vibes" clutch is from Stella & Dot. In case you haven't heard of this brand, it's a jewelry and accessories line that carries 100% unique designs that you won't find anywhere else. Most of the pieces are 2 in 1 and up to 5 in 1 designs so they're insanely versatile! The earrings actually turn into 3 completely different styles and the necklace is only a small piece from a layered necklace that can be worn 5 ways! I'm so obsessed with this line, I decided to become a Stella & Dot Stylist, so you can shop directly from the link below and you should totally take advantage of the major sale that's going on RIGHT NOW, where you can get $25 for every $50 you spend (to use on future purchases) from now through 6/19/17. Go check it out here:

Now I HAVE to talk to you about these shoes. These are Fiesta Feet! It's a local brand from San Antonio, but the shoes are handcrafted in Guadalajara, Mexico. My dear friend, Susie McKinley came up with the concept when she made the mistake of wearing heels while touring around the city, and came upon a traditional huaraches vendor in the market and the level of comfort she felt was unparalleled. They traditionally come in brown and tan, so she decided to make them fun with tons of color and different designs. Fiesta Feet are handcrafted in Mexico by a small group of artisans who are fairly paid and treated, and the company has pledged to donate part of the proceeds of the shoe sales to Kasa Kamami, an all girls foster home in Mexico. These are definitely the IT shoe of the Summer, as stated in Style Lush TV at the beginning of the year! I'm wearing the Confetti Popper Shoe and they are back in stock, so be sure to grab yours before they're all gone! The colors and styles vary, but these have to be my fave, then the Rose Gold loafers are a close second. 

Visit and receive FREE SHIPPING for all purchases between 6/2-6/10 just by using my special code: THEFASHIONLOTUS

Photos by Joe Turner Photography

*Product from Fiesta Feet was sponsored. All opinions are my own*

Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: Personal Styling by JustFab

Happy Happy Monday, everybody! Today, I'm sharing my experience with a new service provided by I'm an ambassador for the company, so I was able to get VIP access to their new Styling Service called PS by JustFab (Personal Styling). Even though I had early VIP access, I did pay for the service, so this is not a sponsored post. There is a $20 styling fee that goes toward the purchasing costs of any items you decide to keep, kind of like prepaying for the items. When you create your style profile, you're assigned a personal stylist that selects clothing and accessories for you. Once your wardrobe is curated, you have 48 hours to approve, decline, or switch out pieces from the selections. It's really great and NO COMMITMENT! There's more to it so please enjoy the video below to learn all about this Fab service! 

*I am a Brand Ambassador for JustFab, but I paid for the service and the selected items. All opinions are my own.*

Monday, May 8, 2017

Fitness at the Plaza: InBalance Brings Pilates to the Tobin

Happy Monday, lotuses! Now, I know that nobody is normally this excited about Mondays and much less when it comes to getting our fitness in check, but hear me out! Every week, usually on Fridays, we say things like, "I'll start working out on Monday.", right?! Well, here's your #MondayMotivation for you. It doesn't matter when you start, as long as you start. This is for YOU! Not for anybody else. Since I started working out at InBalance Studio, I've seen incredible results and have so much energy! The classes are so much fun, never boring and it's always something new. The best thing is that they do FREE community classes where they partner with different entities to give you a taste of what's happening at the studio. Hope Pedraza, owner of InBalance and Instructor, does not hold back! The community classes are the real deal, be prepared to work a sweat! I took my dear friend and new mom, Marlena, to their most recent event at the Tobin Center Plaza, where they partnered with University Health System for the Fitness on the Plaza series and we WORKED during the hour long Pilates: Rhythm & Flow Class. It had rained all morning so we moved the class indoors, with a beautiful view of the Riverwalk. Thanks for following my fitness journey with InBalance! I still have a little way to go to attain my goal, but I know I'll be there by Summer!
Check out the video below to see what the class was all about! It was a sweat-fest for sure!
Hope Pedraza (right) and me (left)

*This post is sponsored by InBalance. All opinions are my own*

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Birthday Spa at Home with Boohoo + Soap & Glory

Hello, lovely Lotuses! I'm so happy because I just celebrated my birthday and I had an amazing fun-filled weekend with my husband and my friends who came to visit from Puerto Rico. We showed them around town and drove to Fredericksburg, Texas' very own Wine Country. After an intense weekend of going to so many places, eating good food and enjoying libations, I found myself kind of drained, so I needed a "Treat Yourself Day" on Monday, the actual birthday. After sleeping in, I gave myself a spa experience, thanks to the spa care package I received from Soap & Glory and Summer is upon us and I just need to really take care of my skin. I wanna be able to wear that super cute swimsuit from Boohoo, but first my skin needs to be on point. First, I started my day by drinking two glasses of water. Then I went straight to the under eye masks. Believe me, I needed them. While they worked their magic, I tried the Body Butter and Hand Food. I suffer from severely dry hands, and this cream is amazing! They hydrate without leaving any greasy feeling, and it smells so good! After washing my face, I tried the 365 Moisture Lotion. I like it because it can be used for Day/Night, it smells incredible and it has Bio Peptides, which is all the rage in skin care. I was also delighted to find that Soap & Glory products can be found at Target, where I basically half a day finding fun decor for my Summer "home revamp". My care package was chock full of fab products for my Sunday Spa Days, so I'll definitely be using them throughout the rest of Spring through the Summertime. 

In this post:
Swimsuit & Makeup Bag: Boohoo
Hat: Marshalls
Pillows & Throw Blanket: Target
Necklaces: Rocksbox (Special Code JEANELLYBFF)

*This post is a collaboration with Boohoo and Soap & Glory. I received free merchandise in exchange for the post, but all opinions are my own.*

Friday, April 14, 2017

Lunch at Pharm Table

Happy Friday, loves! In my quest for healthy food options, knowing that I can't always bring lunch to work from home, I have found the most amazing café close to my downtown office. I actually learned about Pharm Table online, via Instagram through my foodie friends' pics. I was elated when I found that they were part of Uber Eats, so I ordered my first meal from them about 2 weeks ago. I tried the Quinoa Pizza, and it was delicious! So, when I had a meeting at our downtown office, I looked up to see what healthy restaurants were around, and what'll you know, Pharm Table was a 5 minute walk from there! Pharm Table offers weekly meal plans for your vegan, high protein, low carb, or cleansing needs. They also have delicious desserts like their vegan cashew "cheesecake" and chocolate truffles. They treat food like medicine, as it should be and it's all packed with flavor. From soups, to salads, to pizza and ceviche, they offer a wide variety of delicious healthy foods, all sourced from local farms.  For lunch, I had the zucchini soup and the ceviche with organic sweet potato mash, which is served on Thursdays and Fridays. They serve the food in interesting plates and bowls and all the tableware is sustainable, zero disposable plastics. I have to say, I really enjoyed my dining experience with them. Just really amazing, feel good, delicious food.

Quinoa pizza with shredded chicken. Ordered via Uber Eats.

Ceviche is served on Thursdays and Fridays

Monday, April 10, 2017

Inside the Dressing Room: Versona

Spring is finally in full Bloom and it's definitely time to update our wardrobe for the upcoming months. I had the opportunity to preview the 2017 Spring Collection at the Versona store at Huebner Oaks Mall. It was my first time visiting the store, I'd driven by it many times, but hadn't had the chance to step inside until now. I was surprised to see how big the store is and how much apparel they had! I honestly thought it was strictly accessories, but as it turns out, you can leave the store with you entire outfit from head to toe. The have clothing that takes you from the office, to happy hour, even for the weekend! They specialize in accessories and jewelry, also including shoes, bags, sunglasses, active wear and fun gift sets. It really is a one stop shop! What I loved the most about it was the prices. They are really affordable with dresses ranging in the $40 mark, and even sale prices starting at $11.99 (I LOVE a good sale!) and beautiful jewelry pieces that don't go higher that $45. I tried on pieces from the 2017 Spring Lookbook and loved so many pieces, that it made it really difficult to select what I was going to keep, but I know I'll definitely be coming back soon for more! Here's what I tried on.

Cutout Mock Neck Shift Dress
Haloed Filigree Earring
Seamed Ankle Pant
Belted Wrap Peplum Tank , Strappy Block Heel Sandals
Plunge Neck Ponte Top , Herringbone Linen Wide Leg Pants , Mixed Fabric Choker
Ruffled Asymmetrical Skimmer Top , Layered Chain Choker & Pleated Floral A-Line Skirt
Pleated Asymmetrical Peplum Top, Flower Clister Bib Necklace, Distressed Girlfriend Jeans, Textured Woven Strapped Shoeties
Glitter Speckled Tee, Distressed Girlfriend Jeans, Mixed Media Moto Jacket,
Graphic Polka Dot High-Low Top, White Distressed Girlfriend Jeans
Which pieces do you think I took home?! 

*Post is sponsored by Versona. Compensation was provided towards the purchase of products. All opinions are my own.*