Today, June 14th 2013, ‘I’m twice a quinceañera’!!! At some point last weekend as my 20’s were coming to an end and my 30’s were rapidly approaching, I was thinking of all the lessons I’ve learned throughout my life from the women who have influenced it but most importantly my mother. The phrases I share with you today may be very well known to some of you, especially my Latina readers. These messages started to be instilled in me from the moment I was born and resonate in my head whenever need be. These lessons have shaped my personality, the way I carry myself and more than anything my style. On my birthday, this is my gift to me and to you! ¡Que vengan los 30!
I dream big, but when I dare to dream bigger my wardrobe is filled with pieces crafted by the most talented designers. So come next fall these coveted ‘Latino designers that dominate the runways’ will take over my closet to put the -ísima….right where it’s supposed to be.
Narciso Rodríguez- Cuban American
A classic dress silhouette with a an exciting hemline and multidirectional print.
There’s nothing better to heal my ‘afro-caribbean’ body, mind and soul than relaxing at the beach surrounded by: white sand, clear turquoise ocean waters, their salty smell and the sound of calm waves. Enough said, there’s really not much more I can write about my recent trip to Providenciales, ‘in the Turks & Caicos Islands’. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!
As you may already know I’ve been dreaming of Spring lately. Perhaps because I was getting myself ready for a mini vacation that includes stops by Miami and Turks & Caicos. I’m in serious need of some island time. I simply can’t wait! But before I disconnect for a few days, I thought I’d share with you my weekly shoe pick for those members of the secret society that wear larger sizes.
The ‘Jiris Pump’ by Vince Camuto. Isn’t she fabulous?
Since it doesn’t feel quite like Spring yet in NYC, this shoe has just enough color to start easing us into warmer weather. Although if you follow me from any place warmer or are planning on heading down south like me, you can start rocking styles like this right away without a problem. You’ll look fabulosísima!
Fabrics have touched my life like no other material. Last month Ann Hamilton’s installation ‘The Event of a Thread’ reminded me of that at the Park Avenue Armory. My love affair with fabrics started during my childhood. I used to hide between aisles of fabric roles dreaming of magnificent dresses while my mom and grandmother were shopping at Caribe Fabrics (imagine Mood Fabrics in PR circa 1990). Over time I’ve realized that I see the beauty of fabrics first, once I touch it and get a sense of its hand feel I can imagine its potential. What’s better than remembering all this while being immersed in a field of swings and become part of an art installation while moving a fabric and bringing it to live. It felt just like draping!