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The Alejandra Skirt


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
 

 

Day Trip to Saint Tropez


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!

 

Versailles


Absolutely Breathtaking...

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.

London Calling


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).