Thursday, February 27, 2014

ShoppingTips - Black & Gold

Balmain gold matador skirt, black fur & a gold studded 
Cèline cuff street style (image via La Modella Mafia)
Let's be honest: winter is dragging on. The autumn/winter fashion week's have not helped in the inspiration department, but, alas we must go on. So, in an effort to inject some glam into our lives without inappropriately dressing for the temps outside I give you a simple variation to the little black dress (& gold) look we can implement regardless of seasons inspired by a blast from the past Carrie Bradshaw Sex and the City look!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

QotD - Leopoldo López

Original image via El Mundo
As a news enthusiast & a Latin American my attention has been on Venezuela these past few weeks. Far from being a political activist, I am guided by empathy for our brothers and sisters that have lead lives of oppression for over 15 years. In the midst of these protests a hero has been thrust into the spotlight: Leopoldo López (if you do not know about him read a bit on Bloomberg's Businessweek).

Prior to being arrested López told the crowds: "El que se cansa, pierde" / He who tires, loses.

A simple phrase that can keep us going no matter what we are going through!

Monday, February 24, 2014

StyleInspiration - Blue & White Chinoiserie

Caroline Sieber at the Giambattista Valli Couture
fashion show SS 2014 (image via PurePeople)
According to Roopal Patel, vintage floral prints are in for Spring 2014. Now it may be due to an insatiable home decor appetite or just a whim but I am really feeling this concept! Recently Caroline Sieber stepped out for Paris Couture fashion week in a Blue & White Chinoiserie print that caught my eye. Now, if you have check Caro's Instagram you can see she is no stranger to the beauty of vintage florals as evident in this image which appears to be taken in her London home. That said, it is still admirable she made succeeded in the interpretation of a homey print into a modern and fresh reality when she attended the Giambattista Valli Spring 2014 Haute Couture show.

Now we can't all dress in Giambattista Valli but this little concoction below is my take on bringing a vintage floral print into your sartorial repertoire.

Friday, February 21, 2014

SpotlightOn - Decorist

Jonathan Adler inspired mockup (image
via Decorist)
I have lived in my apartment almost ten years (only second to my childhood home) and in September of last year I decided it was time to give it a refresh after spotting a deep purple sofa on sale at Crate & Barrel that I felt was missing in my life. Little did I know what I was getting myself into! I know see why interior designers make big bucks and remain in business. It is so hard! So kudos to the ladies and gentlemen that do this professionally. 

These months have morphed into an evolutionary & organic process whereby I am constantly looking for inspiration (Houzz is the best!) until it just clicks: you see what you like and, you go into the real world to find it or make it happen. For me this has meant hours on Etsy, bi-weekly trips to Marshalls & adventures into the world of framing and doing it yourself.  However, one of the biggest challenges has been envisioning how the object of my affection will look like in the space before making the purchase. You become stubborn or enamored but have no idea if or how to make it work.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

ShoppingTips - The Not Just for Valentine's Day look

Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana & Sarah Jessica
Parker Red & Pink Color Block (image via InStyle)
I love any excuse to concoct a perfect outfit. The problem here lies many times the imaginary event never occurs! However, Valentine's Day is a very real event which is just around the corner. And, if you are planning with your special someone, new or old, or simply taking to the town with your girlfriends the fact is you want to look awesome! 

So, whether your style is more Carrie Bradshaw than Giovanna Battaglia, below I make the case for why a pointy toe pump, mini bag & a sheath dress are the three items to make.that.happen.