Hello, you and hello, 2016! Wishing all my fashionably fresh squeezers a very happy new year! Here's to health, happiness and good style! Hope you all rung in the new year surrounded by loved ones and good champagne. Personally, I'm looking forward to kicking off another fabulous year with the blog, starting with this post right here. I'm excited to bring you a little bit of everything in 2016- from fun fashion mash-ups to tales of parenting- I promise to keep you entertained!
We're feeling some crispness in the air here in la ciudad de Mee-ah-mi and I'm taking full advantage of anything remotely cool, weather wise, to wear more fall-like pieces and looks. I think by now I've expressed my obsession with the color mustard, and in this particular case, I'm digging how it pairs with deep plum lips for a cool, rustic vibe. We (and by we I mean the killer photo team of Ra-Haus www.a-haus.com) took this pretty little number to the Freehand in Miami Beach (www.thefreehand.com) and shot it amidst the tropical greens and eclectic backdrop. I'm kind of getting some Taylor Swift feels with this look. Anyone else?!
I photographed this look a few weeks after having Rocco and as I look back at the photos, physically, I look so different. For starters, this was 'phase one' as I like to call it, of my new year hair transformation. I chopped off a good chunk of my hair, which felt very liberating and cathartic. It's not usually how I feel after getting a cut. I have a hard time letting go of length; but, as I've gotten older, I've become slightly more easygoing in that regard. We are currently at 'phase three' of hair, which is the lightening process and you'll see that very soon!
Beyond the physical, I see change in my approach to fashion. While the core of my style remains, I'm definitely stepping outside the box and trying out new trends and looks. One thing I've learned through my style evolution (because nothing is funnier than looking back on some of those questionable fashion phases), is that fashion is a reflection of who you are at a specific point in your life, who you're becoming, and who you want to be. Our experiences not only shape us mentally and emotionally, but they are also reflected in what we wear and how we present ourselves to the world. My wardrobe gives a glimpse into the life of a woman who is youthful with a joie de vivre, but also of someone who enjoys (although sometimes exhaustingly) a happy chaotic stream of activities, to-do lists, and adventures. Simply put, my clothes are an extension of how I feel, and my looks run the gamut from happy-go-lucky (happy face emoji to the tenth power) to emo-rollercoaster.
So just when you think that what you wear doesn't matter or you prefer to play the 'I don't care about clothes' charade (but really you do), remember that you're sending a message about yourself to others that needs no words (note to late teenage self: thong hanging out of crotch hugging Brazilian jeans was never ever a good look and never a good message to send. Ewww. Abuela was right).
I'm at a real content stage in my life; and, even with the day to day challenges of trying to 'balance it all' and figuring out the next steps and goals I want to achieve, the growing pains are fulfilling. I can't exactly tell you in what ways I've grown in maturity (and not just with the new haircut), but it's there and the essence of me is ever-changing and I love it.
This Forever 21 look gives me an extra pep in my step- from the colors to the silhouette of the dress. It's fun- easy as that. Paired with a kick ass kimono, some menswear oxfords, and a hat (always a hat), I'm ready to sashay my way into the bright lights of 2016!
Dress- Forever 21
Kimono- Forever 21
Hat- Forever 21
Oxfords- Ivanka Trump