I love statement necklaces and chandelier earrings, but there’s also much to be said about delicate jewelry. Sometimes it’s all you need to add a touch of sophistication to your outfit.
How is it possible for a frayed hem to look chic? I spent my childhood avoiding it (because in the 80s we either cuffed our jeans or had the hem sewn), and now I’m wearing them with heels. Who knew? It’s kind of like the poncho trend. Oh, and the gaucho one. Reliving my youth one garment at a time.
Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate Los Angeles winters. I was one of those native New Yorkers who missed the feeling of real seasons, magical snowfall and the chance to bundle up in a nice warm coat. After my last few visits to the east during winter, I converted. Yea, no. My blood can longer handle it. I actually really love that I can get away with wearing a sweater coat all season long if I chose to. I still love snowfall, but I don’t miss the day after!
I typically share my more dressier looks on the blog because, well, I actually don’t have a real reason why. I guess I felt that if I was going to go out of my way to shoot pics, it should be more of an occasion. It’s been tricky fitting in shoots, work, parenting and life all in one week. But as the team grows bigger at my day job, I’ve been able to have more creative time in the evenings and weekends for my own passions.
Instead of going over what I want to do in 2017, I decided to come up with a word that embodies the way I want to feel. After a year of health issues coming and going, I can certainly say that the “ups” were the best in my life. I loved the days when I felt spirited, alive, inspired and sexy. the word that best encompasses the way I want to feel is vivacious.
Receiving a “Mal de Ojo” bracelet or azabache (typically has a black bead or hand) when you’re a baby is a tradition in my family. I still have the ones my grandmother gave me and the one she gave my son. The bracelet is intended to protect you from anyone who is envious or wants to inflict pain or harm on you. This belief goes back over 3,000 to ancient Greece and Rome, and is a symbol in many religions.
The evil eye amulet is supposed to offset negative energy by staring back at it.
But at the core of all these phases, lives a chick who loves her rock music, contemporary art and a whole lot of comfort. How does that translate in my clothes? Simple. Touches of leather, shades of black and fabrics that aren’t constricting – all under the umbrella of chic and edgy. Sometimes I play with color, different silhouettes or prints but for the most part I know what makes me feel good. And that took a lot of trial and error, and many fashion mistakes (like denim with pink embroidered flowers because the 90s).
2017 is upon us and I know one thing for sure, I’m walking right into it with confidence and style. The challenges of 2016 all came and left with a lesson for each and every one of us, and we cannot ignore the signs. Let’s use the current energy to manifest greatness. It’s time for more self-love. It’s time for more quality time with loved ones. It’s time to grow in our personal lives and careers. As we saw this past year, it can all be taken from us. We experienced that nothing is guaranteed. The world needs our good vibes, our drive, passion and love.
It starts with us.
There really is nothing like black lace and glitter for the holidays. About a month ago, I was hunting for a dress to wear to the Latin Grammy’s and absolutely fell in love with black lace cocktail number from Anthropologie. Why is that place so good? I knew many women would be wearing gowns and sequins, but I really just wanted this dress. I looked at this dress and said “this is the one.”
Posting an Instagram or writing a blog post seems trivial to me right now, but I need to get back into the swing of things. It’s been a rough week. The election results hit me like a ton of bricks, and every time I turn on the news it just seems like there’s one bad announcement after another. I have so much I want to say, but I’m exhausted by all of it. I’m still processing what happened and what this all means as a Latina mother and woman.
It’s very easy to get sucked into the news and the conversations that everyone’s talking about, but I’m slowly trying to find the balance between making a difference, shutting off the noise and resuming where I left off before November 8th.
My posts have slowed down a bit this month, as we’re knee-deep into another event coming up around the corner.
#WeAllGrowFAMILIA is happening on Saturday at Munchkin Headquarters, and the line-up of speakers is really superb. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a full-day workshop designed for millennial parents who are building online businesses.
I love hearing from mothers who are creating products and bettering the lives of families through their work. Authors, toy companies and executives are going to talk business and parenting, and I can’t wait to hear what they have to say.