the party nail!

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! 



Ad Love

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


You go Glenn Coco! This Cavalli dress is totes amaze, and as usual, Coco Rocha making a face

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 

reviewing the september issues: Vogue

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.


This red dress photograph is stunning


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. 


Miss Turlington in her supermodel days


Models with most Vogue covers



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. 

Sounds like you had a great life Rose, your story touched my frozen heart




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.


Brave lips!



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. 

So gorgeous, if only I didn't have to give up my firstborn to own one of these dresses...




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!


small, strong and stylish: petite dressing!

Today I got an email from Anthropologie promoting their new "petites line". Hooray I thought, finally clothes that won't look like I've borrowed from a giant or from my mom! Contrary to what a lot of people think, petite does not mean celery eating skinny. Petite sizing has nothing to do with weight, instead it has everything to do with the length of your clothes and your proportion. Regular sized clothing is designed for women who are over 1.65m tall, so a ton of clothes  might not fit us smaller girls (I'm 1.59m). It has happened to me a ton of times, mostly at Zara: I try on a top and it just fits weird, no matter if I go up or down a size, it just doesn't hang right on me. That's because their clothes are designed with european women's proportions in mind.


All of these girls are 1.57m and shorter, photos via Pinterest and Anthropologie.com

How do you know if you're petite? A couple of tips:

1. You're 1.63m or shorter, and wear giant heels almost everywhere! Except to the beach. I hope your legs fall off if you wear heels on sand.

2. Your sleeves are always cuffed. Button downs, blazers... you always roll your sleeves. You do it not only because you like the style, but because they're always too long.

3. Your shoulder seams fit a little (or a lot) past your shoulders.

4. Jeans/pants are almost always too long.


Tips for petites:

1. If something doesn't fit off the rack, try taking it to a tailor. Here in El Salvador, I recommend fix n fit. It's not exactly cheap ($10 for hemming pants, $6 for a zipper, etc), but I've had the best results with them. You might be tempted to have your clothes fixed at Zara when you buy them, but they have THE WORST TAILOR EVER. This has happened to me TWICE: I've bought jeans and paid to have them hemmed there (it's $3), only to have them return the jeans to me with one leg a lot shorter than the other.

2. Most brands here in El Salvador do not carry petite sizing. However, you can find petite clothing at Siman. They've improved their selection a lot and they do carry stuff that doesn't look like it should belong in your grandmother's closet. I like their formal trousers a lot, they come in basic colors and make great formal office wear. 

3. Like I've said before, one of the brands that give me the most problems is Zara. However, their skinny jeans area AWESOME. They have just the right amount of stretch and the length is perfect. 

4. Avoid bulky garments! Stay away from bulky or highly textured fabrics, they make you look broader instead of taller. 

5. Look for pants and skirts that fit higher on your natural waist or higher. This will elongate your legs making you look taller! Try tucking in your blouse and adding belts.



Giant P.S.:

So I hadn't been around here for a few days! Truth is, I've been debating whether to keep on blogging or not. Last week I had a serious case of writer's block, and the days kept going by and I was feeling zero, nada of inspiration. I even shut down bloom's facebook page. I guess this is what's hard about blogging, keep going at it and having something to put out there almost every day. I've been swamped at my day job and have started going to the gym again (pilates, hooray!), so with my every day a lot busier than before, I've decided to downsize the blog instead of quitting. I.hate.quitters. If you want to follow the blog, check out the side bar on your left and subscribe to our mailing list! Pinkie swear that the list is private and will be used only to share blog posts. I've reopened bloom's facebook page, but it will be lighter on content, pinterest is still going strong!

weekend food: dips

Dip Night! Clockwise from the big white one: Cucumber Dip, Palitroque Sauce,
Tomato Salsa (recipe not included but I can give it to you if you want it)


You know that saying, "live every day as if it were your last?" Of course you do. Honestly, on a day like today, I don't like that saying. If I lived every day as if it were my last, I sure wouldn't be sitting here at my desk, drinking an iced tea, waiting for these last five minutes before I can go on my lunch break. No. You know where I would be? Probably New York, hunting down a hot dog food cart (I have a craving), or London hunting down a great fish and chips place. If money were tight, I'd probably be looking for a chori (a delicious fried hot dog for those of you outside El Salvador). In any case, you know what I wouldn't spend my days doing? Working at my desk. 

It's good timing that it's the weekend, and since we're on the topic of food now, I want to share with you three super easy dips. I had a couple of chips with the cucumber one yesterday for lunch, and it was no New York, but it was hm hm yummy.



CUCUMBER DIP

Ingredients:
1 medium cucumber
1 small container of natural yogurt (I use yes, but any brand works)
1 container of cream cheese substitute (dos pinos)
Dill (eneldo)
Crushed garlic
Salt, pepper, garlic powder

I recommend doing this one day ahead so that the flavors blend well together, but it works either way. 

How To:

1. Peel your cucumber.
2. Using your peeler, slice the cucumber very finely and then chop those slices into very small pieces.
3. Salt your chopped cucumber (about 1 teaspoon) and leave it in a bowl for at least half an hour to rest. If you're in a rush you can skip this, but your dip will be thinner.
4. After the hour has passed, squeeze your cucumber to remove the excess water.
5. In a separate bowl, mix your yogurt with half the tub of your cream cheese substitute. I use the Dos Pinos In Line brand to make the dip lighter. I find it tastes just like regular cream cheese, but you can also use the real thing. Smash it well with a fork to make it smooth.
6. Mix this with your cucumbers + about a tablespoon of freshly chopped dill (you can add more) + 1 tablespoon crushed garlic. I use the one that comes pre-chopped in a bowl, but if you press it fresh, use one large clove.
7. I like my dip garlicky, so I add garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. 
8. EAT ALL THE CHIPS WITH THIS! This one goes better with bready chips like pita crisps, or plain tortilla chips.



TUNA DIP

Ingredients:
1 container of cream cheese substitute (dos pinos)
1 can jalapeƱo tuna
Garlic powder, salt, pepper

How To:

1. This one is by far the easiest one. Open up your tuna can and remove the excess water.
2. Mix your tuna with the whole container of cream cheese or cream cheese substitute
3. Add 1 teaspoon garlic powder + salt and pepper to taste
4. INHALE WITH CHIPS! This one goes great with any kind of chip.



PIZZA HUT HACK DIP (palitroque sauce)

Ingredients:
3oz. ground beef
1 bag of tomato sauce (I use naturas)
1 medium tomato
1 small carrot
1/2 small onion
Red wine vinegar (optional)
Crushed garlic
Oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper

How To:

So, I love Pizza Hut breadsticks (palitroques), mostly because of their dipping sauce. Lately, they have thinned out their sauces way too much, and they look more like meat soup than sauce. So here you go, my garlicky version :)

1. Start by chopping your tomato and onion into small squares, grate your carrot.
2. Spray your pan with cooking spray or use 1 tsp of oil, add your crushed garlic, onions, tomato and carrots. Cook them up a little in medium heat, until they start looking soft, this takes about 5 minutes. Remove them from the pan.
3. In the same pan, add the meat and season it with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook it until well done.
4. Mix together the meat with the vegetables, now add the bag of tomato sauce. To thin it out, take your same bag and fill it up halfway with water. Add this to the pan.
5. Add about 1 teaspoon of oregano + 1 tsp red wine vinegar if you have it
6. Lower the heat a little, and let it simmer (cook it until it starts to bubble). When to stop? If you like your sauce on the thin side, take it off the heat after about two minutes after it starts to bubble. If you like it thicker, let it cook a little longer, no more than ten minutes.
7. Before you take it off the heat, taste it for salt, pepper and garlic. Add more if needed and cook for an extra minute.
8. STUFF YOUR FACE WITH SAUCEY GOODNESS!

look of the day: it's easy being green



As summer is slowly coming to an end, I feel the need to wear all the color I can! I love these neon green jeans, and as always when in doubt, pair any colored bottoms with a chambray shirt! 

This look works great for day because of the flat sandals, but you can also wear this with heels and statement jewelry to take it to night. 

Do's and Don'ts with Rachel Zoe


One of my favorite time's of year in fashion is coming up: September issue season! I love that Glamour magazine is featuring on their cover one of my favorite fashion people, Victoria Beckham (more so because of her Spice Girls reunion). Bits of their issue are already appearing on their website, and my fave one so far besides Posh, was an interview they did with stylist/designer/thinnest woman alive Rachel Zoe. I watched a couple of episodes of her reality show, and I thought it was one of the most ridiculous pieces of TV I've ever seen. If you played a drinking game and did a shot for every time she said the word "bananas" on that show, you'd probably had to get your stomach pumped. Rachel is one crazy over the top lady, but underneath her seven thousand layers of fur, sunglasses and costume jewelry, lies a woman with a great eye for putting together gorgeous outfits. I thought most of her do's and dont's were spot on, so here are my faves!



DON'T wear pants the wrong length:

Look Ma, no feet!

From her show, I've learnt that this woman has completely lost her touch with reality, which is why it's not strange that she "jokingly" suggests you buy two pairs of the same pants and have one hemmed for flats and one for heels. The rule: unless your pants are ankle length on purpose, they should always skim the ground, and hit about a quarter inch above the bottom of your foot. If you're wearing skinnies, they should hit no more than a quarter inch above the top part of your foot. Don't wear them any shorter than this!



DON'T mix hardware:
So apparently, you can have too much of a good thing...

This is also a peeve of mine, which is why usually, all of my costume jewelry and watches have gold finishes and I own almost no silver. Don't mix different metals, if your bag has silver and your jacket and belt have gold accents, don't wear them together. Only Beyonce can pull this off. 




DON'T bedazzle:
THIS is what my nightmares are made of

I'm with Rachel on this one, NO crazy spikes and glitter and rhinestones all over your clothes, much worse if they spell something. On your ass. Please take them off.



DO think big picture:
High fives all around! These ladies look great!

Your hair and make-up matter as much as your clothes do. Getting dressed is a head to toe experience, so do think about your hair and style it somehow. It doesn't have to be salon-straight, try braids a ponytail or a top knot! 



DO copy people:
I wish I got stuff for free too...

She recommends keeping track of celebrities whose styles you like or have similar bodies to yourself and trying to copy what they wear, that way you'll have a better idea of what to buy when you hit the stores! Pinterest is your best friend for this!

If you want more tips, you can read Rachel's interview HERE!

zigazigahhhh!



Whatever they're doing to look this good, I need it. Bring on the crazy juice cleanses if necessary, I'll drink the water with cayenne pepper if I must! Right after I finish the candy bar I have stashed in my desk drawer...


the supers

Apparently you either loved or hated the mini supermodel segment of yesterday's Olympic Closing Ceremony. OK so "supermodels" do NOT scream "sports!" to anyone, but last night wasn't only about the athletes, it was a celebration of Britain's role in pop culture. Who hasn't heard of Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell?? I bet that almost everyone you ask has heard about them, even if it is for the drugs or the crazy phone-throwing ways. To me, that part of the show was great: the dresses were gorgeous, they looked ah-mazing and fashion is as much a part of Britain as their music and sports like football. Here's a closer look at their gorgeous dresses, and shots of the models in British Vogue. 

Top Left: Walking during the show / Center: Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen / Right: Karen Elson in Burberry
Bottom Left: Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen / Center: Stella Tennant in Christopher Kane / Right: Lily Donaldson in Vivienne Westwood

All photos from Vogue UK, read more about the models HERE!

garance dore for kate spade new york


garance dore for kate spade new york

garance dore for kate spade new york por euramirez 


Ugh, I hate it when this happens. Mid morning office break, make some tea, check my personal e-mail and "new arrivals from Kate Spade!", click on e-mail and bam! There it was, so perfect, so simple, so chic: THIS pullover. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. I officialy have problems, besides being a shopaholic... Problem 1: Expensive pullover. Problem 2: Apparently it's a katespade.com exclusive, and they don't take salvadoran credit cards. A half an hour of googling later, but no, no pullover anywhere

The collection is slowly making it's way on other retailer's websites, check out my faves below, seriously, it's lovely. Just looking at it makes me smile wider than photos of puppies and baby koalas. I want it ALL. It was about time that Garance scored a collab, she is one of the pioneers of fashion bloggers and an awesome illustrator. She's always posting photos of her very fashionable friends and being funny. Check out her website HERE! :)


Kate Spade dress
katespade.com


Kate Spade top
katespade.com


Kate Spade t shirt
katespade.com


Kate spade shoes
katespade.com


Kate Spade shoulder bag
katespade.com


Kate Spade magnetic jewelry
couture.zappos.com


Kate Spade bracelet
katespade.com


Kate Spade bracelet
katespade.com


Licorice
katespade.com

manterest?


sure feels this way... 

So, picture this: you're with your best guy, and you take out your laptop/ipad/kindle/whatever and which is the first site you check? NO, facebook is so five minutes ago. Pinterest, of course. As your manfriend sees this, he inmediately proceeds to roll his eyes, cross his arms and reach for the remote control. He knows he is now (or at least for the next 15 minutes) as good as invisible. If there are memes out there about this, I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this scenario. 

Why is it that women LOVE Pinterest while men just don't get it or hate it? I'm not even going to try to solve this riddle of the sphinx, I'll just settle with the thought that it's probably one of those "men are from mars, women are from venus things", who cares, let science (or at least someone else) solve this conundrum. I WILL though, give you a tip next time your brother/dad/significant other/random dude complains about Pinterest. Kindly direct them to either one of these two websites: Cracked and The Chive. They're both hilarious in their own way, and a great find for us girls too.



hi-la-rious! from cracked.com 


CRACKED:

This one's an oldie but goodie. Cracked is an online humor "magazine", that's been around for as long as I can remember. If your guy likes random funny stuff, pop culture and zombies, THIS is the site for him. It's nothing at all like Pinterest, because its focal points are both articles and photos, but even if your guy is a lazy reader, he'll love this. I like that it has new content every day and a ton of trivia stories.




I sent my boyfriend a pinterest invite over a year ago. He has never pinned a single thing. 


THE CHIVE:

I was introduced to this site by my boyfriend about three months ago, and it's GREAT. It features a ton of slide shows on a lot of topics like humor, food, technology, movies and a huge favorite: hot girls. You might roll your eyes every time you see your guy oggling a girl online (guilty), but stop kidding yourself and just face it that men love looking at hot women in teeny bikinis. Don't worry though, it's not like it's Playboy, and for every picture of a boob you find on this site, you will find about four others of mouth-watering sandwiches, people falling down, funny animals and even badass babies. 

Sample Reads: I Wish I'd Been ThereThe Best Thing In Life Are Sandwiches, You My Friend Have Made a Very Good PointBabies That Don't Suck  (told you!), and it wouldn't be a guy-site without some Kate Upton ...cue *eye roll*
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