Monthly Archives: March 2015

Kaleidoscopic

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We’re a couple of days away from holidays, and just before we all head to our sweet relax destinations, I wanted to leave you all with one final look. I hope you like it, and I wish you all a very happy holy week!

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MBFWSV: Wrapping it up!

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Summer Dream by Almacenes Simán


It was a long, arduous run to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, but looking back now, with a glass of perspective, it was really all worth it. The Salvadoran fashion industry became the center of attention in a way that it had never been before.

All of the shows were up to Mercedes Benz standards, and each one of them gave us a little something to relish on. The international ones: Guishem, Glaudi, Maria’s Bag, and Maison Escarlata showed us a bit of what our industry should aspire to be. Almacenes Simán took us in a journey to their own Summer Dream, where fashion and beauty bond perfectly. Andrea Ayala, Monica Arguedas, and AGR Jewellery proved us that there is a lot of potential in our tiny country. And the students gave us the crazy more creative twist that proves that fashion is also an art form.

Out of the six main collections presented, I would like to pin point two: Andrea Ayala and Monica Arguedas (mainly because they have been a part of Fashion Week El Salvador for a while now). It is no surprise that I liked Andrea Ayala’s designs, but this time, it was different, she blew my mind. The collection felt grown, filled with elegance, beauty, and sophistication. Inspired by the changing colours of the sunset, Andrea Ayala presented us with ethereal pieces that I’m sure many of us can’t wait to get our hands on.

On day 3 of MBFWSV, we were amazed by Monica Arguedas’s collection: 2.17. It was memorable. I have seen a couple of collections by the designer before, but I was yet to be impressed. However, that night, was HER night. Down the runway came a beautiful display of colours, prints, and textures. The design was inspiring; the execution, flawless; and the hair and make-up were on point. Every detail was taken care off, and the final result was a strong and chic collection.

I leave you with a few images of MBFWSV 2015. x

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Distance means so little?

Could you be brave enough to refuse a dream for the person you love? I always asked this question. When you finish high school you already have a plan, or at least the idea of what you want your career to be. You begin to prepare yourself. You study hard, and have many objectives and dream jobs while you walk in your life achieving little and big goals. Suddenly you meet someone. Not just anyone, but someone who becomes really important in your life, whom you can’t live without. At the same time you get the scholarship you’ve been waiting for to continue studying abroad, or you get an opportunity to work in another city or country that would make it difficult to continue your relationship. It is not rare to listen these kinds of circumstances in the 21st century. We are more connected worldwide, and cultural interchanges are common. But what to do in this situation? Would you sing Jack Johnson’s song: “Back when all my little goals seem so important every pot of gold fill and full of distortion; Heaven was a place still in space not in motion but soon I got you, I got everything”?

One of the movies I enjoyed the most last year was “The Hundred-Foot Journey”, an American comedy-drama film directed by Lasse Hallström. The Kadam family runs a restaurant, and Hassan is the greatest chef of the Kadam Family. He falls in love with Marguerite, while Madame Mallory the owner of “Le Sale Pleureur” is trying to sabotage his Father’s restaurant. Marguerite teaches Hassan everything she knows, including all her tricks. Hassan having heard from Marguerite that Madame Mallory hires potential chefs by the taste of an omelet, prepares an omelet for her, and after tasting it, she offers him to work at her restaurant.

Thanks to Hassan´s cooking Madame Mallory’s restaurant receives its second Michelin Star, and he is offered a job in Paris. He leaves his family and Marguerite. He becomes famous, and popular. He has the career every chef would want, but at the end of the day he didn’t seem happy. He continuously thinks in his family and Marguerite, and after trying another Indian’s chef homemade dinner decides to return home. He reunites with Marguerite, and invites her to join him in a culinary business. It is true that if he would have never left the village, he wouldn’t have grown professionally. And he wouldn’t have been able to buy Madame Mallory’s restaurant. Maybe sometimes distance becomes an unavoidable phase in a relationship. I actually went to a wedding last weekend of a couple that were from different towns and had to travel more than 12 hours to see each other. You can manage with sacrifice to make it work out; there are always great weapons such as Viber, Skype, Facetime… But if you can chose where to live, what is most important?

I think a couple should take decisions together, and figure out what is the best choice for them as a team, if you are planning a lifelong love story, of course. And if you really love someone think what would happen in a few years if you can’t be next to that person, would it matter? It is selfish to stop the other person from reaching a dream; but it is also selfish to go after your dream no matter what, and no matter what the people next to you think. Fortunately Marguerite was available when Hassan came back to the village. Fortunately she forgave him for placing his career before her. What would Hassan have done without her after realizing he couldn’t bare living that way, although he reached more than what he thought he would? I love the end of this movie because it gives this lesson. When we step outside of ourselves and give the one we love the very best, we can be happier, because “to be happy, what you need is not an easy life but a heart which is in love”.

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Tribal

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We are at the doorstep of April, and really, all I can think of now are holidays! Although I will be heading to the cold, I know that many of you are probably planning to go to the beach. So I thought you would love to see a few more summer looks. I loved the tribal detail on this dress that adds a special splash of colour and that makes it perfect for the season.

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Hey, I’ve got a waist!

IMG_4112Not too long ago, I prepped a few conference talks on Styling and Personal Image. I love doing this as it is a perfect chance to go over a few of the key ideas, do’s and dont’s of dressing.

You have probably heard of the different body types, and how certain pieces tend to flatter every particular shape. If you have an eye for observation, you might have realized that, in my case, I have a very rectangular body: shoulders and hips aligned, and very little waist or none at all. This is why, for me, and for every other woman with a rectangular body, it is of utmost importance to create or accentuate the waist. A skirt like the one I’m using on this look is a perfect piece to define it, as it cinches the waist and creates volume on your lower body. 

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Life long vacation

I’m not trying to copy Prince Ea’s video. I saw it, it inspired me, and really I’ve been wondering the same question, are we working to live? Or are we living to work? It seems that in our daily life we are always running, and we never have time for anything. We leave aside the important things for the immediate things, and at the end of the day, was it worth it? Like Price Tag Lyrics say: “Can we all slow down and enjoy right now, guarantee we’ll be feeling alright”

Work should be useful. We need to earn money to eat, pay bills, study, and go on vacations. But work itself shouldn’t be our primary aim. It’s really important to grow professionally speaking, and aim higher, but focus on what is your purpose on doing your work, and think if you are happy and make happy those around you.

Sometimes we have the opposite problem and we hate our job. I love a song that says: “life is for the living, so live it.” If changing your job would be the ideal situation, then do it. But if that is not possible you can still enjoy your daily life if you own every second of it, if you actually live. Think of little things that can help you break your routine. Walk, or ride a bike, to your job, buy some snacks, listen to your favorite song, surprise a coworker with something he likes, and most importantly, smile. Luckily we don’t marry our jobs, and if right now you don’t have your dream job, be patient, good things come for those who wait.

When you love what you do you’ll end up doing what you love, it will be like a 24/7 holiday, better yet, how about an eternal summer?

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