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What’s New: Mon Guerlain

Hi gorgeous people! About a month ago I was invited to a private preview of a new fragrance. It was a very busy February afternoon, and the surroundings of the Barceló Hotel were car jammed. After 15 minutes of desperately searching for a parking spot, I finally dashed into the foyer of the hotel, and up to its opulent Mezanine, were a selected group of people -ranging from press, to opinion leaders, to image consultants- gathered in animated expectation. Ten minutes later, the doors of a small, barely lit salon opened. Despite the various test tubes and erlenmeyer flasks, carefully arranged on tables and shelf units around the room, a white loveseat and various ottomans, encircling a lacquered coffee table, in the middle of the suite, gave the room a homely feel.

Once we were all settled in, the poised representative of Guerlain Latin America, a well suited gentleman, talked us through the brand’s new big release. Everything about it was exquisite. The inspiration, the product, the campaign; it was all beautifully curated to deliver us with an exceptional fragrance. What I was expecting to be a stifling, overly sweet essence, actually turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I sprayed a dash of Mon Guerlain on the back of my wrist and already my nosebuds could pick up the elegantly fresh, but lavish smell of the perfume. As each one of the attendees showered their wrists and necks with the iridescent pink essence, a rich lavender aroma, tinted with notes of vanilla, jasmine, and wood wafted daintily filling up the suite. By then, flutes of champagne and chocolate coated strawberries were brought about by a couple of black and white clad waiters. Later that evening, I was amazed at the long-lasting effect of the luscious perfume, which made me even more obsessed about it. I truly, wish you can all try the new fragrance which is now available at Almacenes Simán

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Victoria Beckham x Target!

Hush, hush to all the once critical, finger-pointing skeptics that belittled Victoria Beckham’s drastic move into fashion. With her recently launched look book for Target, she has proven her worth one more time. The Spring collection is a gorgeous concoction of gingham, scallops, and color, all sprinkled about in a size-inclusive array, making palpable that: “The inspiration behind this campaign was a world of possibilities-make-believe, imagination, and the unexpected,” as stated by Beckham. 

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Gift Guide For Dad

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¡Hola chicos! Ya casi es el día del Padre y quería dejarles una pequeña gift guide en la que trabajé con Simán. Son unas cuantas ideas de regalos para Papá. ¡Espero que les ayude!

¡Suerte con el shopping!

 

Pick of the Week: Catch & Release

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It’s been a long time since I haven’t published a pick of the week… so much so, that I should probably change it to “Pick of the Season”. However, every now and then, I find a piece that really merits a special mention. My pick today does not only have to do with fashion, but with social and environmental awareness as well. Beyond being a brand, Catch & Release is a philosophy that impels us to be responsible with our marine environments. The hook bracelets are a small way of reminding us that we should take care of the world that we have been given. Fishing is an entertaining sport, but why not practice it with responsibility? The little good deeds that we do today will help guarantee a better tomorrow. So let’s think about it, and try to protect the beauty that nature is!

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Heating Up

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You can definitely feel it now. The heat. In El Salvador, as we get closer to Holy Week, the nice weather turns into unbearable summer temperatures. So I will leave you with a cute, breezy outfit. 

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Roger’s Innovation Adoption Curve

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They say we are creatures of habits. And I have proven that, when it comes to fashion we are too. Have you ever witnessed a trend happen? When I was back in Uni, one of my professors taught us about Roger’s Innovation Adoption Curve. I was thinking that we can perfectly translate that graph to the way fashion works. The curve shows how people tend to react to innovations, or, in our case, to trends.

– At the beginning, you will have the Innovators, in fashion this would be the big icons, say Lupita Nyong’o, Giovanna Battaglia, Karlie Kloss, Chiara Ferragni, and so on… They are willing to take risks, have the highest social status, are social, and have close contact to scientific sources, or, in our case, designers.  

– Close behind them, you will find the Early Adopters. They too belong to high social status, and are big opinion leaders, but play it a little bit more safe than innovators.

Early Majority refers to those who are open to trends but will test the waters first. After a certain trend has been out for a while, an early adopter will give it a try.   

–  The skeptic ones come after, they are the Late Majority. These can also be referred to as the herd. They will not jump at every trend, and will only try it after the majority of society has done it. They are also probably scared of what others might say. 

Laggards. When I think of laggards, I, for some silly reason, picture them as lizards. I can see them watching society from their own tree, not moving, just skeptically watching and criticizing it with their big, see-it-all eyes. They hate change, and stick to their own ways. If they do try a trend, it will be a loooong time after it has been out.

Now, why am I bringing all of this up? In my lifetime, I have seen a fair amount of trends come in and out of fashion. And I have to admit I used to be more of a laggard than anything else. However I have moved out of said category, for no other reason than because fashion makes me happy. Nevertheless, I have also stayed true to what I like, and to what I don’t; to what flatters me, and to what doesn’t. I wanted to encourage you all to try new things. Yes, change may be scary; but most times it will bring something better and amazing into our lives. I used to be super skeptic about crop tops -I really don’t know why, because, hell!, they accentuate one of our best areas- but now, I don’t want to put them down! It is all a matter of making it work for you, your body, and your circumstances. So, why not just give it try?

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