I dropped the ball. For a TON of reasons for the past month I've neglected this blog and another ton of things that make me happy and I'm so sorry. While I continue to put my thoughts together, this will be my last post on Bloom. Thanks a lot to you who've read it and kept coming back to it for inspiration. It's been a great adventure these past 5 months of blogging that I will never forget. If anything, they have only increased my interest in self expression through the web. I have a new blog project coming up, and I'll let you know when it's ready, hope you will join me there!
Last weekend, I had a life changing experience. Seriously. I had been actively searching for over a year for the best place in El Salvador to get my eyebrows groomed, and I have found it. Cue fireworks, angels singing and bouquets of flowers. After visiting over 10 different salons and spas to get my eyebrows waxed, I had grown very frustrated because no one understood what I wanted for my eyebrows. In this quest for the perfect eyebrow, I suffered horrible accidents. There was the one time, when the "brow expert", over waxed my brows and I was forced to wear eyebrow makeup for two months. There was another time, when the wax they used gave me a rash. And then there was the worst one of all, when the girl who waxed me burnt my face. No kidding.
About three months ago, I started hearing girls talking about "this cuban guy" who did eyebrow threading at a supermarket (!!!) of all places. "He's the best". "He totally changed the way my eyebrows look". "I'd never go anywhere else". So after years of turning to wax for my brows, I am proud to say NO MORE, I am a threading convert! The process takes about 10 minutes, and it does hurt a bit (more than waxing), but it is so worth it. Maybe it's because he's pulling each hair out one by one that you get an eyebrow shape like no other: defined, clean and not too thin. Seriously, YOU MUST TRY THIS!
It's $6 for every part you want to wax on your face (brows, mustache, cheeks, you name it!), and $25 for your legs.
The place is not a salon, it's just a guy with a very small booth at a supermarket. He's located at La Despensa de Don Juan Escalon (75 Av Norte, next to Burger King). You go inside and look for the booths next to the cash registers, he's the last one.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm, closed on Sundays.
Today I've decided that I NEED a pair of printed pants. They've been everywhere for New York Fashion Week, in every color, print and material. The difference from their cousins from this past spring, is that the prints are darker (burgundy, navy, grey), and the materials are a lot richer (so much brocade!, denim has gone darker too). I hope we get them at Zara sometime soon, pants are the only thing I won't dare shop online.
all pants from Net-A-Porter and therefore totally out of my budget, but so inspiration worthy!
And on it goes! I couldn't stop refreshing my instagram feed this weekend, so much pretty! Here are my faves from all over the place. In case you were wondering where I get the photos from, my fave sources can be divided into two groups: fashion magazines and fashion editors/bloggers. The Wall Street Journal + their contributors, and The New York Times are doing a great job covering the shows. From the editor/blogger side, I love the feeds from Man Repeller, Eva Chen, Krystal Bick, Fashion Critic and Fashion Foie Gras. Enjoy!
Clockwise From Top Left: The Russians! // Fashion Power Girls: Hanneli, Eva Chen, Mira Duma + Co. // Zac Posen + a few Supers // Advanced Style!
Clockwise From Top Left: Kelly Framel In Rebecca Minkoff // Fashion Bloggers! // Mr. Victoria Beckham // P'trique! #totesamaze // Mira Duma... THAT BAG!!!
Clockwise From Top Left: HRH of Fashion Anna Dello Russo // Fashion Dog 2! // Fashion Bloggers! //Alexander Wang's Niece... yes this child owns Chanel
Clockwise From Top Left: Love All This Green! // Some More Russians... Love The Prints // This Would Be Me in New York: Shopping!
Clockwise From Top Left: The IT Bag of the Season: PS11 // The Making of a Birkin Bag! // Bag by Rebecca Minkoff // Another PS11!
Clockwise From Top Left: This Wouldn't Be Complete Without Chanel // Rebecca Minkoff Bag in THE Color for Fall: Burgundy // Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend // Arm Fiestas!
Clockwise From Top Left: J.Crew Bag + Shoes // J.Crew Heels // Tommy Hilfiger Heels // Charles Phillip Slippers... So Pretty!
Clockwise From Top Left: Aristocratic-Messy Up Do at The Row // Up Dos by the Kerastase Team at Suno // Carolina Herrera: Grey Smoky Eye + Full Dewy Lips // Full Eyelashes at Zac Posen
Clockwise From Top Left: Gowns Gowns Gowns! Coco Rocha in Zac Posen Finale Dress // Can You Believe This is TOMMY HILFIGER?? // This One is Tommy Too // Carmen Marc Valvo in My Favorite Color... Cobalt! // Carmen Marc Valvo... So Ladylike!
Clockwise From Top Left: Fashion Armies! Models at Zac Posen // Final Walk at Rag & Bone // Clapping at Zac Posen // Final Walk at Ruffian
Clockwise From Top Left: Fancy Fete by The Row at The Carlyle Hotel // Dripping in Jewelry at the Lulu Frost Presentation // First Collection By J.Crew Alumn Marissa Web New York // One Of Each Please! By Marissa Webb New York
Clockwise From Top Left: Tommy Hilfiger Takes a Dip in a Chevron Suit // I Need That Blazer! By Tommy Hilfiger // Love The Dress, Love The Shoes by Emerson // Both Photos Marissa Webb New York
Clockwise From Top Left: Donna Karan Does Black & White // A Nude Tulle Ballerina by Zac Posen // Sparkles at DVF // Tangerine Tango! By Zac Posen // I Wish I Had A Party To Wear This To (and the money to buy it)... By Zac Posen // Floral Zac Posen
Clockwise From Top Left: My Fave Look From Marissa Webb // More Marissa! // Street Style // Blue Print By Marimekko // Stripes By Equipment
I'm obsessed with nautical everything. It all started with stripes on my clothes, accesories, bed linens, you name it. My fixation with nautical themed things has grown past stripes and blue to something more literal: anchors. This weekend, finding myself with a little bit too much spare time on my hands, I decided to DIY a little something nautical inspired: an anchor pillow! This can take anywhere from 15 minutes up to an hour, depends on how
lazy crafty you are.
- An anchor template (google this)
- A pillow (or you can make your own)
- Needle and thread or if you can't be bothered with sewing, a glue gun
1. Google around a little until you find an anchor template that you like. My printer has decided to stop working, so I drew mine based on an anchor I found online. Cut your template.
2. Pin your template to your felt piece and cut it.
3. Take your anchor and place it any way you like on your pillow. You can then hot glue it to your pillow (the fast way), or sew it on your pillow using thread that matches your anchor exactly. I chose the sewing way, it takes a lot longer but your pillow will last longer that way. It took me about an hour to do everything while watching tv.
If you live in El Salvador, here's where I got everything:
- Pillow: 3 Puntos
- Felt, thread, pins: Almacenes Pacífico
- If you're in the market for a glue gun, Freund sells cheap ones.
Fashion month is my second favorite time of year (Christmas is my fave), and I especially love September because spring is my favorite season fashion-wise. Sadly, I have yet to be able to attend a Fashion Party, but a girl can dream through instagram. Here are my favourite photos of New York Fashion Week Day 1, and come back during the weekend for more about the shows!
Clockwise from top left: Crazy Balloon Lady Outside Lincoln Center // Olivia Palermo + Man Candy //
Clockwise from top left: The Courtin-Clarins Girls // A Very Fashionable Dog :) // Fashion Bloggers! // Minkettes With Their Rebecca Minkoff Bags
|Clockwise from top left: A Wall of Coach Bags // Proenza Schouler Dream Bag // Kate Spade NY Shoes + Bag // Osborn for Whit Shoes Spring 2013|
Clockwise from top left: Amazing J.Crew Shoes // TWO Celine Dream Bag Sightings // J.Crew T-Strap Shoes // YSL Tribute Heels // Tory Burch Cuff
Clockwise from top left: Arm Fiestas // Printed Heels by J.Crew // The Making of a Hermes Scarf // Technicolor Heels
All Photos: Kate Spade New York Spring 2013 Presentation
All Photos: Kate Spade New York Spring 2013 Presentation
Clockwise from top left: Jason Wu Finale Walk // Anna Wintour Photobombing a Jason Wu Stunner // Tadashi Shoji Maxi Dress // Rachel Comey Flamo Skirt // Rebecca Minkoff Blazer
Clockwise from top left: Fashion Week Invites (so jelaous) // Models + Teeni Tiny Jason Wu // Two Looks By Lisa Perry // Models at Jason Wu // Looks In A Row By Whit New York
Clockwise from top left: Lauren Moffat // Fashion Food: cupcakes + macarons // Hair at Ralph Lauren Kids
Long time no see! There's a lot going on this week, with fashion month officially going on right now, I so wish I were in New York. I payed a visit to my local beauty counter yesterday at first looking for the new Coco Noir Chanel perfume, and though I liked it, it just isn't me. It smells a lot like flowers, "dazzle of black and Venice", it comprises grapefruit and Calabrian bergamot, a heart of rose absolute, rose essence, jasmine absolute, narcissus and rose geranium leaf" according to Chanel, but I like my perfumes on the fresh side.
I then headed over to Givenchy to try their new perfume, Black Dahlia. When I think "Black Dahlia", I picture the murdered girl, not the flower, so I think it's an interesting choice of name for a perfume. After a little bit of googling, I've discovered the fragance is called Black Dahlia because the woman who wears it "is mysterious and leaves a lot to the imagination". Did you know that the dahlia flower is considered mysterious because it has no smell?
I think the perfume's great, it's woody and the total opposite of the fragance I usually wear, Chanel Chance (a "fun" fragance). When I smell Black Dahlia, I think of someone classy and sophisticated. The fragance is definitely great for a night out and special occasions. It is very expensive, a bottle starts for just under $100 at Siman, so I wouldn't wear it daily anyway at that price.
Accent nail. Cocktail mani. Party nail (my fave). Mix and match mani. Put a ring on it mani (for the recently engaged!). The blinger. Disco mani. They all sound fun right? They're all different ways of calling one same mani: one where every nail is the same color, except for the one on your ring finger. I'm not much of a nail art person, so I love this idea, especially when I can't choose a single color to wear. There really isn't a color combo you can't pull off, the sky's the limit! I especially like combos where the colors compliment each other. Check out the pics to see what I mean!
This is my fave way to wear an accent nail, try keeping the colors similar! I love the way pinks and reds go together, and you can wear either a dark shade on four fingers and a light shade on your ring finger or the other way around!
Top: try glittery sparkly nail polish!
Bottom: Like I said, I'm not a huge fan of complicated nail art, but stripes or polka dots sound like a good idea
Top: Nail colors don't have to be matchy! Almost any color will do, the thing is that YOU like it!
Bottom: You don't have to wear your accent nail on your ring finger, your index finger makes a great party nail too!
September issues are legendary for being Bible-thick. They are always significantly thicker than any other month's issue because they feature all of the new looks for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. It's so big because it's transitional, but if this is the case, why isn't march just as popular as september you might wonder? Because right after september comes the biggest and most important season of the year for retailers: holiday shopping! That's why the bulk of the september issues is made up not of magazine articles, but of ads! Some people might be annoyed of having endless pages of ads in magazines, but I've learned to love them. They keep on getting better every year! Here are my faves :)
Talk about flower power... this is stunning
The embroidery, the detail on the sleeves, it's like a modern day princess dress
I wish I had this dress in my closet and a party to wear it to...
J.Crew seriously understands me so well...
My closet is calling for that polka dot bag, my wallet shakes in fear
Dior's celebration of the 120 issues of Vogue, so ladylike
Celebrating the world's greatest love stories... this is too cute, it's just like the scene at the end of Breakfast at Tiffany's
|Can I be a geek? I'm a sucker for great color combos and fonts|
That dress... so elegant
Love all of these shades of blue, they remind me of the ocean
A smiling model sighting! So rare, it's like finding a unicorn
|The Cover, a 10 for making Lady Gaga look almost normal|
Fashion is in the air! One of the most exciting times in fashion is here: september issues are out, full of fall fashion goodness. This year was the first time time I haven't had the real 100 pound magazine in my hands, instead I'm reading them on my ipad, but from what I've read and photos I've seen on instagram, this year's issues were the biggest ones ever. It was hard to narrow down my faves from all of those pages, but here they are, my favorite things from all issues! I read Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar and Real Simple. Today, I'll start things of with my Vogue Top 5.
1. The Trivia!
Vogue has published 120 issues: I love Anna Wintour, she is one intimidating lady. In her letter from the editor, she focuses on the fact that this issue was Vogue's 120th and how because of that, this issue is a special tribute to everyone who works at the magazine.
Christy Turlington is half salvadoran: FYI, her mom was a flight attendant from El Salvador who married an american Pan Am pilot. I love it every time El Salvador gets a shout-out in an international magazine (for something good for a change...) Double love it if it's in Vogue.
The model with most Vogue covers is Lauren Hutton. She has 26. Compare with Gisele who has 11, and Cindy Crawford with 18.
2. The sense of an ending
This has nothing to do with fashion, and if I hadn't been reading this in a public place, I probably would've burst out in tears. Ann Patchett, author and Vogue contributor, tells the story of the passing away of Rose, her dog of sixteen years. Ann tells the funny story of how she found her, the slow decline of Rose's health, and how it felt to have been with her dog until the very end: "sometimes love does not have the most honorable beginnings, and the endings, the endings will break you in half. It's everything in between we live for." Cue the waterworks.
3. Fall beauty: vampy lips and smooth skin!
It's no secret that colors go darker for fall, from clothes, to accesories, to nail colors and of course, make up. Vogue is championing a "pretty Goth" look for fall: feminine, with an edge. What does this mean in real life? A dark mouth, dark cherry and blood red lips, like the ones worn at the Met Ball this year. The perfect partner to brave lips, is a great complexion, light on the blush and foundation. What about the eyes? Curled lashes + a ton of mascara. Think Lana del Rey.
4. Names you should know: Peter Copping and Erdem Moralioglu
That last name sure is a mouthful, but you've probably heard of his namesame label Erdem before. He and Mr. Copping, head designer for Nina Ricci, are featured in Vogue's list of 120 under 45 most important names in fashion right now. Why? Because they make the most beautiful, ladylike elegant dresses. Think lace, flowers, lingerie.
5. The socials
The fact that rich girls get invited to lots of things fashion is no mistery. Long gone are the days of the trashy socialite (ahem Paris Hilton), and now, "the socials" are a true fashion force. They are no longer famous for being famous, but instead have become famous for being power players in the industry, having jobs as editors, entrepreneurs, models and artists. They do it all, and do it looking damn great.
|No Hiltons or Kartrashians allowed here!|
Other random shots I loved...:
|Lauren Santo Domingo: social, owner of incredibly awesome (and uber expensive) shopping site Moda Operandi, ex-Voguette, mom and just generally awesome lady... can you tell that I love her?|
|Who can forget the walls of flowers for Raf Simon's debut with Dior... amazing|
|This Marni shirt is colorblock perfection!|