Well this past weekend I went wedding shopping and it was an experience that I will forever cherish. The day started off with a little rough start. Living here in New York, if your not running late to an appointment… well that would almost be a miracle in itself. Arriving at our first bridal shop I was a little disappointed. Their website clearly stated no appointments were necessary but when we arrived ( 30 minutes after they opened the doors) there was a 2 hour wait to see a consultant. I understand that if this is how they run their business, this should be stated on their website. That way when people like me who have never had a bridal shop experience show up and then are told to wait don’t get bummed out. Well as most brides, I had other confirmed appointments set up for the day so with much sadness we had to leave before even getting to try on any dresses. The next store we went to was a little better. We were a bit early to this location and they were able to help us promptly. The first question they ask you is “When is the wedding and what style do you like.” Of course I had no clue what I really liked until I began to trying them on. Our consultant was a very nice lady but honestly she was not listening to my wants. I think that she was so on guard and trying to protect me from my entourage that she was making us all a little uncomfortable. I was able to find a decent dress at this store. I use the word decent because although it was a nice dress and it had components of which I was looking for, it was clear that my search was not done. I do want to be clear that when I decided to go on this first wedding gown search, I was not planning on finding my dress. The point of this day was to find the style that best suited my figure, check out prices of dresses that I did like and just get to spend time with the ladies that I had invited.
After the second appointment we have one final bridal shop to visit before we break for lunch. We arrive at the third location which is basically a little hole in the wall boutique. From the outside you would never imagine the treasure that is located inside. The walls are blue Tiffany colored walls with cream colored sofa couches located in each end. At the end of one wall near the dressing rooms is a vintage look vanity holding veils, headbands and sparkly accessories. The selection of dresses is no where nearly as much as the last two stores we had just come from. I kind of started to get nervous because I feel like I have stepped into a store that may be over my budget. The quality of these dresses are basically screaming from the hangers they hang on. When we get there, there is only one other bride in the store and two consultants, the owner and the assistant. They greet us quickly and tell us to take a seat. “Who’s the Bride?” One of them asks and everyone points to me. She sits me down on the couch and she sits down “Indian style” on the floor directly in front of me asking me stuff about my wedding, my budget, what I like and what I don’t like. About 10 minutes being at this boutique the owner says she has something that I just may be looking for and directs me to the dressing room. I look at the dress she is bringing over on the hanger and it’s almost like I begin to blush. Inside the dressing room she is explaining how she will dress me and asks which dress I’d like to start with. I immediately point at the dress that made me blush. We wiggle my big hips and butt into the dress and to my surprise, the dress fits perfectly with some minor adjustments. This is a major relief because all the dresses would slide perfectly from my head down until it reached my hip area. From the moment she finished zipping my back I can feel the difference of this dress versus all the other dresses that have been on me earlier in the day. We walk out to the main area and everyone is literally in awe at this dress. I stand on the little platform in the middle of the room and can’t stop starring at this dress. Someone, I can’t remember who, brings over a veil and a small jewel incrusted headband and puts it on me. At that moment, tears begin to roll down my cheeks and I have my moment of realization. Shit I’m getting married and this is really happening! Everyone in my entourage is teary eyed, even the owner and the assistant. I never imagined that on the first day of wedding gown shopping I would find this dress that I had dreamed about since I was a little girl. (There was that slight stage in my life in which I didn’t want to get married, but that was quickly dismissed when I fell deeper in love with my fiancé) So what I would recommend anyone shopping for their wedding dress is to not settle for the dress that you like. Stepping into your dream dress is going to be a moment and feeling like you’ve never felt before. The next few pictures are a few of the dresses that didn’t make the cut. RIP dresses lol
So for the past few months, I am sure we all heard of the lack of diversity at the Oscars not only this year but just in general. I am not one who likes to focus on the negative but am also a realistic person so with that said, lets talk some fashion. I want to take a little look at the history of the Latinos that have been able to represent our culture at the Oscars, but most importantly, WHAT THEY WORE!! In this post, I will post about the woman (no discrimination gentleman) it’s just that I prefer to look at fancy dresses instead of black suits. Lets get right into it:
In 2003, Mexican actress Salma Hayek wore a Carolina Herrera gown for her leading role nomination in “Frida”. Salma to me is the prime example of the beauty of Mexican women and it clearly represents that in her elegance and classiness of a dress. Not only did Salma represent for Mexicans everywhere but she also brought along the Venezuelan- American fashion designer to the red carpet.
Rita Moreno shown above is a Puerto Rican actress wearing a dress designed by Filipino Fashion designer Jose “Pitoy” Moreno. In 1961, Rita won her nomination of best supporting actress in her role in “West Side Story”.
Penelope Cruz, a Spaniard actress got her Oscar in 2007 for her best supporting actress role in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”. Here she is wearing an amazing colored and perfectly gown for the occasion gown designed by Atelier Versace.
Catalina Sandino Moreno is a Colombian actress nominated in 2004 for her Best Actress role in “Maria Full of Grace”. She is wearing Roberto Cavalli for her 2004 Oscar nomination.
So there are a couple of other ladies to mention Adriana Barraza, Katy Jurado, Norma Aleandro, Berenice Bejo, Pilar Revuelta and Beatrice De Alba who have all been nominated in the past. The ladies above were my top dress picks for past red carpet moments. I can’t wait to see what the red carpet brings in 2016.
P.S. Spanish word of the day: Vestido= Dress
All of these dresses above are beautiful in their own way.
With Valentine’s Day being less than a week away now, lets get straight to the point. So I am giving you gentlemen a few ideas on what to get your special lady on that special day. I know that people say that Valentine’s Day should be every day and not only one day of the year and I agree but I still think that it is nice to get something on this day of the year. People do not have to go all out and spend all this money since companies do tend to increase their prices this day. There are actually a lot of nice finds out there, and a lot of them can be ordered online and shipped directly to your home. So down below, I will share my favorite items that I think are reasonably priced and are nice ideas to gift a lady.
So who wouldn’t like to receive some nice jewelry? These items here are simple, elegant and classics items that everyone women should have in their collection. I found that SWAROVSKI is a great collection with pieces that can be very affordable.
The next item that I will share can be a little tricky. Every woman has their own sense of style and guys, you really should ask the bestie’s opinion on this but I will give you some ideas for a nice bag to gift. These are the top three bags that I was able to find both affordable and easy to style bags:
The last item I want to share with you guys is something that I literally die for every time I pass by a window here in New York. SHOES. I love them and they do not always have to have a heel. Find out what your lady likes and if she prefers sneakers, then a nice pair of sneakers is very easy to find. If she prefers heels, just look for her shoe size and I will let you in on some go to shoes that every woman should have in her closet.
For the sneaker head, if she doesn’t own this shoe already do her a favor and add it:
For the heel lover, get her a nice statement heel like the one from Aldo:
The last pair are just some comfortable, need to get the job done type of shoes. I love TOMS!
Finally, if all else fails and you just didn’t have time to make it or purchase your gift, avoid walking in empty handed. No woman wants to hear you say that you do not have anything or you forgot. I know here in NYC there are tons of flower shops as you walk to your subway or head out to your nearest bodega. Feel free to purchase a nice card and some of her favorite flowers. These are my favorite:
I hope this was helpful and were able to get some ideas. Thank you for stopping by today and enjoy your day with your special lady.
P. S. Spanish word of the day: Belleza= Beauty. We are all beautiful inside and should share it with the world
So it is January 3rd, 2016 and this is officially my first blog post this year. I really didn’t have time to post anything due to a few things. I got lazy, I was busy and then I got sick. Being sick during the holidays has got to be the worst thing ever. Having to be around all the people and the food and you just sit there and slowly die. (Ok maybe that is just a bit much) During Christmas, the weather in NYC was far from being what the normal weather is like. Christmas Eve my wardrobe was a Christmas Tee from Areopostatle during the day which I found for like 7 dollars! I wore some sparkly pants that I got from H&M with black silk shirt and paired them with black classic Louboutins.
One of the more exciting events I was able to attend was the Jacqueline De Ribes exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum. One of the fashion icons of the twentieth century was known as a muse to most couture fashion designers. If you are interested in seeing her exhibit and some fabulous designs, I would definitely recommend you stop by this exhibit before it ends. The Art of Style will be open to museum guests until February 21, 2016.
Ok… I’m trying to sit here and think of what else my holidays consisted of…? Oh I know… the time we celebrated my boyfriend’s cousins birthday party! That was so much fun and it was absolutely fun to get dressed up for where we decided to go. Lets just say that I was able to put on my red lipstick and dance without a care in the world that night!
I wore my black basic tee underneath an amazing burgundy leather jacket I borrowed from my boyfriends aunt. (BTW, her closet is to die for!!) My scarf was basically a steal from H&M. My jeans that I didn’t get a good picture of were some 80’s style jeans. I love those jeans so I am sure you guys will get to see them in another post.
I ended my year spending time with my Aunt in Bowie, Maryland. She lives in the suburbs of Maryland and just about 30 minutes away from Washington D.C. By the time I got here, I was really sick and ready to end the year. I decided not to get dressed up this year and roll in the new year in my favorite silk pajamas.
Well, I think this blog has lasted enough and I will see you guys soon. Hope you enjoyed my little adventure during the holidays with me and I look forward to having a successful blogging year.