Trends: Sleeves as belts tied in the front, floral prints, cropped wide leg pants, sequines
Colors: Red, yellow, pink
Oscar De La Renta is included in the selection above. I interned for Laura and Fernando back in 2011. They have come so far and are continuing to keep Oscar’s legacy alive. I am honored to have worked with them. It is because of Laura that I am designing and continue to be in the fashion industry. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world!
Introducing the Alejandra Skirt
I have been wanting to design my own line ever since I was about five years old, when I started dressing my American Girl dolls in any fabric I could get my hands on, whether it was dish towels, headbands, or old bed sheets. I have always been obsessed with clothes because they were — and still are — a tool to help me express who I am. I was born in Spain but was raised in California. Growing up I was a little confused as to what culture I belonged to: American or Spanish. But clothing allowed me to express myself at a time when words could not. This line was heavenly influenced by the southern region of Spain: gypsies, flamenco dancers, and the bright colors I see every time I go to Huelva or Sevilla. Growing up, I spent my summers in the south of Spain watching the flamenco gypsies play music. Their long skirts, leather chokers, and big red flowers in their hair is pulled me towards them. The polka dot pattern that I use under the red skirt and on the black skirt is a very popular pattern that you would see in traditional flamenco skirts. I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to the people that made this possible. To Shamani, because without you none of this would have happened. Thank you for helping me create and for guiding me throughout this whole process. I love you! To Hampton, Thank you for taking most of the photos on here, creating my website, my logo, basically anything graphic wise, and for dealing with all my last minute requests, I owe you big time! ;), my family, especially my Mom and my Grandmother for being huge syle icons for me, my sisters for helping me design the pieces, my dad for taking us to the South of Spain every summer, And lastly to every single one of you who support me even if you don't purchase anything. For liking, sharing, commenting, or reading any of my photos/posts. You have absolutely no idea how much you mean to me. I never though any of this was even slightly possible and has become possible because of you. THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU
Let’s All Go Vote!
In honor of voting day tomorrow here is a red, white, and blue look. It is my first time voting as a recent US citizen and I truly believe this is the most important election yet. This election has impacted me so deeply as a woman, a human being, and a daughter of a family who immigrated to the United States who was then raised, educated, and given endless opportunities. We have a chance to vote when other countries do not. There is one day left. Lets all go vote!
a home should always express who you are...
Luxury can be often defined as extravagance, largesse, or flashiness, but to me luxury in a home to is simply about style and comfort. The more bohemian, the more conceptual, and the more out-there, the better. That is my personality, and a home should always express who you are. It is a place of freedom where you should feel the most comfortable.
This is what I tried to do while decorating my small apartment in Los Angeles. Everything is inspired by places I have traveled. Blankets, pillow covers, and throws were brought back from artisans all over the world or purchased at flea marketes (my favorite place to shop for home goods).
Below are tips that may help you bring your home to life:
Always paint the walls white. It makes the room bigger and brings in natural light.
Favor wood floors. If you find an apartment with carpet, check to see if there is wood underneath. If there is, go crazy and rip the carpet out! White walls and wood floors can never go wrong.
Don't be afraid to mix prints. While it is definitely possible to go a bit overboard, people can often be too averse to mixing and matching colors and patterns.
Plants are your friend. If you can't tell from the photos below, my plants are my obsession. It gives the room life (literally) and adds in beautiful, soothing shades of green.
Cover bad furniture. Do you have a couch that is so ugly you just want to throw it away? Simply cover it with a sheet in a color of your choice or an awesome tapestry and you have a new piece of furniture.
Give it character! You don't have to spend the big bucks to make your home reflect you. Buying a frame for $20 turns a poster into a piece of artwork worth of hanging in your living room.
I might as well have gone to heaven...
I was able to go travel to Costa Careyes, Mexico, and I might as well have gone to heaven. The tropical flora, beautiful vistas, and brightly painted, Mediterranean-style casitas were all snapshots of my dream home. Everything was complimented by wicker, palapa roofs, open spaces, and surfaces that invited you to walk around barefoot. There were organic elements abound, and you were never a far walk from the water. The pool overlooking the Pacific ocean was so beautiful that at first glance didn't seem real.
Fashion: With places like Mexico, where you know you'll be in a bathing suit all day, the two main items I like to pack are pareos and hats. That is my summer uniform. Pareos are great because they serve multiple purposes. You can wear them as a skirt, a cover up, a top, and more. For example, you can wear the pareo as a skirt to the beach and then tie it up as a dress for lunch. Dresses are another easy item to wear over bikinis. Below I am wearing a black spaghetti dress that to my surprise fit in perfectly with the plants of Careyes.
This town made me want to move to the south of france immediately...
I just got back for my first Cannes Film Festival. Cannes was nothing but over-the-top elegance and glamour. In the middle of the week my sister and I decided to escape to explore the beauty of the South of France. We decided on Saint Tropez. This town made me want to move to a little town in Europe by the ocean immediately. The town was so cute, and actually reminded me a little bit of Charleston with the colored buildings and shutters. In my eyes, everything in this town was perfect. The ocean breeze kissed lightly as I ate my baguette sandwich (how is the bread so good?). As I walked around town a group of elderly ladies were making flower crowns and bouquets, which caused my heart to melt for a second. All of the stores smelled delightfully of candles and home goods and the colors combinations of the shutters, doors, and beams played off of each other perfectly.
On our way back to Cannes, we stopped at a farm to pick some strawberries. This little farm on the side of the road was just what we were looking for. It is hard to find places like this in the States. Instead of going to a farmers market every Sunday, locals come here to hand pick their own fruit, lettuce, and vegetables for the week, which is how I would love to live. You see exactly where your food is coming from, you are supporting your local small-town farmers, and you get to hand-pick everything yourself. I mean come on, what is better than that?!
P.S. These strawberries were the most delicious strawberries I have ever tasted. They were so sweet and juicy that I didn't even think about dipping them in chocolate, which I do pretty much every time I eat strawberries.
Fashion: I'm wearing printed pants from Zara, which I think are going to be a huge trend this summer, (these pants perfectly hug your body just the way all pants should), a white cotton t-shirt that I tied in a knot to cool down from the heat, and gold slip-ons. I am absolutely loving these slip-ons. I now want to buy them in every color. They are so easy and comfortable; you can wear them with dresses, shorts, and pants while still looking effortlessly chic and, most importantly, comfortable!
I would absolutely wear every single piece...
As Spring sneaks up on us, I am super excited to talk fashion. This Spring 2016 Ready to Wear fashion lines were by far my favorite I have ever laid my eyes on...seriously. Usually, when I look at pieces during fashion week, I think to myself, “Okay, that is amazing, but I’m not sure if I would wear that.” This year was completely different. I would absolutely wear every single piece over and over and over again. I would probably sleep in it, to be honest. Below are my favorites from designers that absolutely fucking killed it this season. The bright colors, the patterns, the embroideries, the beaded details, Gucci's entire collection instantly gave me goosebumps. Thank you designers for reminding me why I love fashion and styling so much. It is lines like these that make me so excited about what I do. I almost started crying of excitement when I saw everyones work. Every designer below made me have so much respect for the work and the field. It would be a dream to wear anything from these collections. I am in complete awe, so please please take a look below at the badass, genius, work of art pieces that is fashion.
All photos taken from Vogue
Sorry its been so long guys! I took on a new job as a fashion stylist and life has just been passing right by. Today I collaborated with a jewelery company I’ve been wearing for some time now. We shot photos for their new Spring 2016 Look Book. I love Suai Suai because they've created some awesome layering pieces that you can wear casually and also dress it up to go out. It was a beautiful 80 degree out in Los Angeles today, so I decided to walk around barefoot like I used to when I was little. I remember my mom yelling at me because I would come back home and my feet would be black. There's just something so liberating about it.
Now lets talk about the dresses. I am absolutely obsessed. They are so dreamy, silk with amazing beaded and gold stiched details. They make you want to twirl and dance around forever. I feel like a Gypsea Queen in them. Just like the jewelry, the dresses are also an item you can dress down with flat sandals during the day or add a heel for a more elegant look. The purse is designed by a friend of mine. She designs some pretty rad purses and clutches inspired by her interest in geology.
Art Basel is one of my favorite trips of the year, because it combines fashion, art, design, and, of course, Miami. Every time I go to Miami I tell myself that I will move there someday. We stayed at The Standard Spa, which is undoubtedly my favorite hotel in the world. It is tucked away in a jungle that overlooks the Biscayne Bay. You can walk around in your white robe at any time of the day, with no judgement (I am slightly obsessed with robes). Whether its the underwater music at the pool, the delicious food, or the heavenly spa, The Standard is absolute heaven. I can spend all day there lounging around and not want to do anything else.
I love going to Art Basel because of the breadth of amazing work on display. A color pattern in someones painting might give me an idea on how I’m going to style my next shoot, and the festival essentially becomes an endless sea of inspiration. On Thursday, we attended a book signing for Carlos Betancourt, who works with mixed media. I enjoyed listening to what his influences are and how he began his journey into art. We attended the convention center that is Art Basel’s main hub, but this year the street art amazed me more than anything else. Street art and street style is such an empowering thing, and it was on full display in Miami, especially in the Wynwood district. Personally, I would love it if every wall in the world was covered in street art. The world would be such a brighter place. For about five blocks in Wynwood, every single wall is covered with bright colors and murals by artists famous and anonymous alike. Street art is so special, because it gives everyone the opportunity to engage in art, and you dont have to pay for a ticket to go into a museum or an exhibit. For the past three days that I’ve been here looking at art, I feel like I have been exercising my brain, my curiosity has delved deeper, and my eagerness to create has grown stronger.
This place is absolutely breathtaking; every inch of it seems to be bedecked with layers of gilded gold. It is the embodiment of the word luxury. It is truly impossible to comprehend the scale of the magnificence until you have seen it first hand. The garden seems as it never ends, sprawling out in all directions, and peppered with mazes and secret passages. Strolling around, smelling the flowers, it is so serene that you can see why the French royalty constructed such an opulent getaway. At one point my sisters and I closed our eyes and pretended we were Marie Antoinette and her attendant maids walking around in layers of silk and lace, everything that accompanied her over-the-topflowing dresses. What a playground she had! And with the rest of France starving, you can see how she and her husband, Louis XVI sowed the seeds of their own destruction.
There were six installations installed by controversial artist Anish Kapoor, and my favorite one was a gigantic red box that looked a bit like a speaker. Kapoor explains it as a 'Sectional Body Preparing for Monadic Singularity (whatever that means).
When I travel I like to pack very light, a trait that my mom drilled into me as a child. As we are a family of six, traveling light was somewhat of a necessity as we made our annual transatlantic journies to Spain. To this day I will do anything in my power to ensure that I do not check a bag. I also love to do my shopping abroad, so for this trip I literally only brought this one outfit you see in my London post. That was it. I even had to borrow pajamas from my sisters. So reusing the same things is a must. In this post I am wearing the same Top Shop dress from my last post, except I have layered it with a Primark blue sweater tied in a knot. The great aspect about traveling is that your constantly surrounded by strangers, so no one knows if you outfit repeat except for the people your traveling with, which in this case are my sisters, so I couldn't care less.
Maybe My Favorite City
After a spontaneous, last minute decision I found myself touching down in London. The last time I was here I was very little, so I didn't remember a lot . I began my day waking up in the small but eclectic room at Soho House in Shoreditch Village. Across the street from Soho House lies an awesome outdoor shopping center, constructed entirely from discarded shipping containers, hosting different retail and food spaces called Box Park. Shoreditch is also well known for its abundance in thrift stores on every conner (as you can imagine, it took me a while to get through there). After my vintage heaven excursion I wandered into the world-famous music store, called Rough Trade Records. It is one of the raddest record labels featuring artists like Adam Green and The Strokes. Later, I made my way towards the center of London where I experienced the grand architecture and art of the British Museum. On Oxford street I stumbled into the amazing Tiger store. It is like an Ikea toy store! It also has a way of convincing you that you desperately need every single piece of merchandise in there. Finally I entered TopShop and immediately got lost (that store is humungo). I ended dinner at the very mysterious Chiltern Firehouse ( I recommend there oysters, crab donuts, and ALL of the desserts).