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Monday, September 18, 2017

How to Wear: Varsity Jacket in Fall



Athleisure wear is one of the hottest trends out right now. Whether it is track pants, hoodies, sneakers or a varsity jacket everybody can rock this comfy cool look. I haven't been able to find a pair of track pants that I love in my size anywhere so I opted for the varsity jacket look. Who What Wear dropped their fall Target line last month and I really like what they did this season. The collection is filled with looks for every type of woman. One of my favorite pieces was this varsity jacket and lace t-shirt. It looks cool and edgy and to dress the look up I wore black heels. One of my favorite ways to dress up tom boy pieces are with high heels. I love the contrast of mixing tom boy with feminine details. Its  fun and comfortable. 

The varsity jacket can be worn for casual, work or evening wear and here are some ways you can wear the look:

Office Chic:
The varsity jacket would add edgy and chic to your work style. To push the envelope pair your jacket with a smudged eyeliner look, statement necklace, pencil skirt, high heels and a blouse. For a chic look wear high waisted trousers and a plain white t-shirt with basic heels. If its a warm day you can wear a maxi midi skirt and wear your jacket over your shoulders. 

Sporty Style:
For a simple look wear your jacket with track pants, jeans, leggings and a formal t-shirt. For fall/winter pair your jacket with a fun beanie for that extra sporty look. Don't forget to wear your favorite pair of sneakers and a cool pair of sunnies. I like the Ray Ban Wayfarer for this kind of look. 

Glam Wear:
One of my favorite street style looks are varsity jackets paired with dressier pieces. You can wear your jacket with a slip dress or the classic little black dress (LBD). You can also try to find a jacket with a feminine touch like lace detail or a longer length jacket. Pair this look with an evening bag and polished hair and you look street style chic.

Fashion is a repeating cycle of out with the old, in with the new and back with the old again. The 90's trend made an appearance in 2014 and its back for fall 2017. Sometimes its a good idea to keep some pieces because it always comes back! Like the moto jacket and trench coat for fall the varsity jacket is making its name to the fall staple outwear piece. I personally love the plaid look or the letterman jacket. For me I want my jacket to be my statement piece and it needs to pop. Plus its so easy to wear and comfortable! My two favorite adjectives. 



Jacket: Target Who What Wear (click here) / Top: Target WWW (click here) /
Purse: Gucci (click here) / Sunnies: RayBans (click here) /






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Friday, September 15, 2017

Warm Weather in Fall




Sooo lets talk about this weather guys!!! I planned on giving you guys fall content this month but honestly this weather has been so warm that I have to dress according to the temperature. I am not complaining though. This is my kind of weather especially since it is my birthday month!!!! Whoop Whoop! Anyone else a Libra?!

My husband and I went to Boston on a beautiful day to explore and kind the gorgeous streets of Beacon Hill. The weather was so hot there was no way I was going to overheat and wear a sweater and boots. So I opted for this fun ruffle skirt from Chicwish and a feminine detailed bodysuit from Abercrombie and its on sale for $8!!!

Its so weird that we live so close to Boston and yet don't even visit that often. I forgot how beautiful and charming the city is. We walked so much from Beacon Hill to Newbury Street. Of course I shopped on Newbury Street and had a delicious cup of coffee at the Thinking Cup. I have always wanted to live in a big city. Its something about the energy that is infectious and my soul feels alive and happy. The best part is the walking! I love to walk around and see people and just be in the moment. I honestly have grown to despise driving. Its lonely to me and isolating. But hey that is me:)

The next post will be fun fall looks that I know you guys will love! I am always welcome to hear your feedback / comments / ideas guys! Please share them in the comment section or you can send me an email. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



Skirt: Chicwish (click here) / Top: Abercrombie (click here) /
Heels: Lulus (similar one) / Sunnies: Nordstrom  / Bag: Cult Gaia (click here) /








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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

NYFW Recap: Honest Story


Hey loves! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. My husband and I left NY Sunday evening and we were exhausted. I actually felt really sick Sunday with painful cramps. This year I went through a roller coaster of emotions during Fashion Week. It takes a lot of strategizing  and planning for Fashion Week. Its also an expensive investment for your career and can bring great connections. Paying for your stay, subway rides/ fare rides and food. We rented a Homeaway apartment in Washington Heights and it was really cute and conveniently close to the subway station. It was very far uptown from a lot of my events that were located downtown so in hindsight I should have gotten something closer. 

Saturday was my busiest day. I attended TAORAY WANG show at 11 am and it was my first time. The collection was stunning and there were a lot of big names in the fashion industry there. After that I went to the Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo collection presentation. The line was so long and at the point we were so hungry. Finding food can be frustrating especially for out of towners. I relied on Yelp to guide me on what restaurants were near us wherever we were. 

Because we were so hungry we decided to run and grab a quick bite to eat before the Banana Republic show. When we came back to the line it had doubled! We waited over an hour and I never got to meet Olivia Palermo which was a bummer because she is one of my favorite fashion influencers. The event ended and the store opened its door to the public for shopping. I was already in line for almost 2 hours at that point and figured to just check out the collection. It was beautiful. The collection is filled with military inspired jackets, feminine detailed sweaters and sportswear trousers. I wanted every piece but I held back because I had already spent a lot of money on our trip. I am currently eyeing this navy blue and red military jacket and hoping they still have my size in a few weeks. After that my husband and I were exhausted and we found a restaurant near by called Burger & Lobster. My husband ordered the burger and I ordered the lobster roll. It was my first time trying a lobster roll and it was amazing!!!!!!!! 

I was slowly getting in a bad mood so we decided to head back to the apartment. A much needed nap was necessary at that point. I was feeling sad that evening and I didn't know why. I felt ironically lonely in a city surrounded by millions of people. I went to the TAORAY WANG show alone and I kept finding myself feeling insecure again and comparing myself to others. It honestly is really hard not to. You are surrounded by beautiful woman from all over the world who come from different backgrounds and social economic status. Many are stunningly wearing head to toe designer pieces and just look amazing. I felt small next to them. At the moment, I can't afford designer pieces and its hard not to compare yourself during Fashion Week to women that can. I love and appreciate fashion so much and I felt insecure attending a show with those that have it because I felt that by not having those items I wasn't showing my love for fashion like them.

After a pep talk from my amazing husband I got a text from my friend Johnny Bell (NY Trendy Moms) to come to the Lulus Style Studio event as her plus one. It was the cure that I needed, some girl time with my favorite lovies. I went to the event and felt so much better. I have really grown a great friendship with my NYC/NJ friends. We had a great time and I even got to meet Michael Costello! He was so nice and down to earth! 
After that night I was smiling from ear to ear. Part of my desire to go to NY is to spend time with my friends. I see them for sometimes once a year but when we see each other we just picked up where we left off. I feel really grateful for our friendship. 

Sunday I attended Nina Tiari show and after that had brunch with Johnny Bell and Maria (CityLaundry) at a beautiful Thai Cuisine spot. It looked delicious but I couldn't eat it because of my stomach feeling weak and nausea. It was bittersweet saying goodbye to the girls but I was grateful for their company and time. I ended my trip in a better mood. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make the most of my time in NY for FW. Pressure to wear the perfect outfit to get photographed, pressure to take perfect pictures for my blog with my husband, pressure to make the right connections etc. By doing this I missed out in being in the moment and being grateful for the small milestones. My first time attending FW 3 years I didn't go to any shows and now I went to two. Its not a lot and Im not a big blogger but its progress and looking back I wish I wasn't in that mind state. I could blame it on my period hormones but I need to take accountability for allowing myself to fall into that funk. 
Im so thankful for the brands that believe in me and if this career is meant for me and I continue to work hard it will happen. Not overnight but when its my time. I believe in God's timing and need to have faith and appreciate my accomplishments. 

I wanted to share my experience with you guys because a photo on Instagram doesn't show it all and I want to be transparent and honest with you guys. I want to inspire you guys through my experiences and journey. If you guys ever need FW tips please send me an email or DM. If you have FW tips girl share the love please! LOL! I truly believe that when one blogger succeeds we all do! There is room for everyone in this industry so lets support one another. Thank you guys for your time to read this long post and listen to my rant! Its therapeutic and feels good to put it out there. 

Hope you all have a blessed day! 



Jacket: ASOS / Pants: H&M (click here) /
Boots: Zara / Sunnies: Nordstrom (click here) /
Hat: Top Shop (click here) / Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Rich Red /










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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Work Wear Fall Style


One of my biggest fashion challenges is one that I experience every Monday through Friday: What am I going to wear to work? Working in a business casual setting can limit you to wearing fashionable and trendy pieces. Fall has some of my favorite classic staples such as flannels, cozy oversized knit sweaters and rich earth toned trousers. It can be tricky to abide my office rules but still look chic and yourself! I plan on creating more work inspired looks for my 9 to 5 women to hopefully give you some ideas for the dreaded morning outfit decision. A little trick of mine that I am trying to incorporate is to pick out my outfit the night before. It helps avoid frustration and giving up and looking a hot mess. 

 I have been shopping around to find pieces that I can wear to the office and feel comfortable in and one of my new favorite stores for classic pieces is Banana Republic. I was online shopping when I saw these pants on Olivia Palermo instagram. She is one of my favorite fashionistas. I love her classic feminine style. Luckily the pants were on sale and in my size. I paired them with this beautifully cut one shoulder blouse. I like the slouchy look but you have the option to tuck the shirt in and pair your trousers with a nice belt for a head to toe perfect look. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!  I am going to try to get one more post up this week before I leave for Fashion Week. This week will be hectic and on top of that I also woke up this Tuesday morning a nervous wreck watching the news of Hurricane Irma hitting Puerto Rico Wednesday. Antero and I have many family members living there and Im praying for everyone in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean islands and Florida. 

Lets count our blessings, be kind to one another and help out others when they are in need...





Pant + Top: Banana Republic (click here) (similar pant) / Sunnies: Ray Bans (click here) /









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Friday, September 1, 2017

Embracing my thirties and Transitioning my Closet


How should a thirty something year old woman dress? I don’t think there is a definite answer. I don't feel that your age strictly defines you and who you are. On the contrary, you dress for you. For me this question meant letting go of part of me. The girl I was and the woman that I am now. 

When I hit 30, organically my thought process began to change on its own. Guess we can call it growth. On a Saturday morning, I was cleaning out my closet space and I came across a blazer that I forgot I even had. It was my first blazer and I went down memory lane. I had a job interview the next day and in total Alana fashion I left shopping for an interview outfit for the last minute. I went to H&M and purchased the cheapest blazer I found that day. It was a short black blazer with pretend pockets on each side. I told myself this will do! 

In that moment, that blazer told a story of a girl that once was. In my early twenties I bought the first thing that I saw. No outfit aligned in my head, no plan of action, I just saw something I liked and if it was affordable I bought it. I was more about quantity over quality. If I went out that night with my friends I had to have a new outfit and it was usually from Charlotte Russe and under $50.

Your twenties are about scrabbling to find yourself and learning life lessons through both irresponsible and na├»ve experiences. Your twenties mature you, mold you and get you ready for the rest of your life. It’s an age that matters a lot more than we realize.

Having turned 31 I am in a more professional work setting. I am also married now. I want to give a more powerful statement about myself to the those around me and my blog readers. Clothes have a different meaning to me now. They must have a purpose beyond the print and color. I was desiring to redefine myself beyond just cutting my hair or losing weight.

However, it’s not easy letting go of your old self. It’s not as easy as some articles write that “you need to get rid of that” and “pieces you shouldn’t be wearing in your 30s”. For me it was not about the clothes, it was about letting go of the wanna be sexy girly girl whose style was all over the place and impulsively shopped with no care in the world. Now I have a “Wonder Woman” like vision in my head! I want to look confident, smart and fearless. But what does that look like?

My blog is a great catalog album that shows my transition. If you’re a blogger I suggest going through your blog and study your photos and appreciate your change. When I was ready on that Saturday morning I cleaned my closet and got rid of  garbage bags full of clothes, hats, shoes and handbags. Part of me felt great and part of me felt sad. I am a deep meaning kind of hoarder. I didn’t come from money and started working at the age of 14. My parents worked really hard to put my sisters and I in Catholic school but didn’t leave much money for clothes. In college I worked three jobs at once at one time. I worked at Champs Sports, CVS and bartending at night. Every piece of clothing that I bought I worked hard for.

In the same way that we go through an old photo album to laugh and reminisce at memories so should a closet “cleanse” be. I pulled out a off the shoulder cream American Apparel dress and grabbed my husband as we laughed and recanted the night of my 24th birthday. That was such a fun night. I also blurted out loud an “oh gosh” when I found a pair of jeans during my Britney Spears phase of low ride jeans and Piercing Pagoda jeweled belly button studs. The cleanse turned out fun.

Once I was done of what I was able to let go (don’t get me wrong my HS cheerleading jacket stays for life) I felt empowered. My closet was cut in half and there was new space for new pieces for the new me. I delicately and respectfully let go of my old me and felt at ease of letting go of my old clothes. What was left in my closet were sophisticated timeless pieces that I could wear multiple times in different ways. Eagerly I researched pieces to invest in: mid-rise to mom jeans in different colors, lace camisoles in white and black, sleek pointy pumps and knee length dresses. The first piece I carefully purchased was a Zara high waisted black tailored dress pant. Every time I wear them I feel smart and classy. The pant has pockets and I realize too now how much I love pockets!

I am also being more conscious of my body and what flatters me. I am petite and some trends don’t suite me like they would someone else and I am okay with that. I am 5’2 and baggy boyfriend jeans can shrink me at times or thick ankle strap heels make my legs look shorter. Each piece costs more money and I purposely buy pieces that I can wear with multiple looks. Some use “the rule of three” (can you wear that piece three different ways) and it works.

Am I going to make mistakes? Ahh duh! I am no Anna Wintour or a fashion stylist that has studied fashion for all its beauty and art. I am sure that this is just the first of many closet purges as I enter the next decades of my life. But like my first one, I will enjoy and appreciate the story that the pieces will tell of my old self.



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Monday, August 28, 2017

Gingham Summer



Hello loves.  I hope you all had a great weekend! My husband and I had a wedding on Friday and stayed the rest of the weekend at his Uncle home in Connecticut. Its always nice to have a weekend with family and relax. Of course I made it home in time to catch Game of Thrones Season Finale and what a finale it is! Oh my goodness it was the longest episode ever for the show and it was packed with answers to questions we've all had for a while. 
Anyways since summer is coming to an end I will finish August with my last summer looks because I want to have fun with fall looks in September. September is my birthday month and NYFW so I am all over the place right now! I found this gingham print skirt on Asos and I knew I wanted to pair it with a fun printed top. I found this Wonder Woman bodysuit on Boohoo. This look could have definitely been worn with white sneakers or mules as well. I really liked this look and hope you guys do too! 



Skirt: ASOS (click here) / Bodysuit: Boohoo (click here) /
Purse: Cult Gaia (click here) / Sunnies: Ray Bans (click here) /










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Thursday, August 24, 2017

LifeStyle Thursdays: Guilt Free Muffins!



Hello loves! 
For today's Lifestyle Thursdays I want to talk about food! 
I mean why don't I talk about food more often?!!!
When I was trying to lose weight before the wedding I went on a no carb diet for six months. I felt great! However.....after the wedding the moment some fresh bread entered my belly I was like no carbs what?!!!  I tried to have some cheat days and I would always end up with a bad stomach ache and bloating the following morning. After no cares given and several tummy aches I finally decided to go back to eating healthy but I wanted to try something new ( fyi I am constantly changing my diet). I went to Barnes and Nobles and found a Paleo diet book.  I was intrigued and curious about the recipes and this lifestyle. I purchased the book, went grocery shopping the following day and have been trying recipes now for the past two months. I want to add that I have a Type A personality which means that when I become obsessed with something I go all in and there is no stopping me! 
My poor husband! LOL!
Some of my favorite paleo recipes are the baking ones. I love making delicious desserts that are gluten free, grain free and also sugar free sometimes. This week I was craving muffins and opened up Pinterest and found walnut banana breakfast muffins. I decided to give it a go but added some semi-sweet chocolate chips and I loved the way they turned out. Moist and yummy! No sugar added except from the bananas and chocolate chips. They are a perfect hectic morning on the go snack or a after dinner with some tea snack! Plus I love how there isn't much guilt after eating these muffins. 

I don't always make paleo food such as sometimes I cook dinner meals with brown rice but I like switching it up. I also am not going gluten free extreme. When I first tried the diet and I was consistently staying away from gluten I would wake up with a stomach ache that felt like a cramp. I am not sure where that came from, hence I didn't go to my doctors so I stopped trying to purchase everything gluten free and my stomach is better now. I am back to feeling good, no bloating or stomach aches anymore. I actually hate using the word diet I prefer to say I am making healthier life choices for my husband and I. I have back off a little of being so obsessed with dieting and trying to train my mind and my impulses to just focus on health and incorporating vegetables and fruit into our daily lives. At one point dieting was all I was thinking about (hence you can check out my Pinterest and see my Paleo Pin Board I quickly made!) I guess the moral of my long rant is: Food is fun don't make it stressful! 

Pinterest Recipe:

2 medium ripe bananas (for extra sweetness very ripe is best)
1/2 a cup of coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4  brown eggs
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
1/4 cup of honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Instructions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 12 cup muffin tin.

2.) In a mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, salt and baking soda.

3.) In another mixing bowl, beat together with a fork the eggs, coconut oil, honey, mashed bananas,     and vanilla.

4.) Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for about one minute or until well combined. Then stir in the 1/4 cup of walnuts.

5.) Spoon the batter evenly into 12 muffin cups and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts on top.

6.) Bake at 350 degrees or 20 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

 VIOLA you have delicious guilt free muffins!!!!

For more information you can visit glutenfreehomemaker.com for the recipe. 


If you guys want to see more recipes let me know in the comment box!

Have a great day!



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