Spanish Muse: November 2013

{Black} Friday Inspirations

November 29, 2013


Are you guys venturing out today into the wild madness that we so coolly call Black Friday?
I will not be participating this year, but have twice in the past. Neither was an experience worthwhile if I remember correctly, I was dizzy from lack of sleep and hurdle of crowds. I will however be participating on Cyber Monday and have a list of items I'm hoping will be on sale. In the meantime, have a great Friday and fabulous weekend!


images via google

Balayage ~ Before & After

November 27, 2013

Here is the before color:

 I was so excited for my hair appointment with Nikki at Slash Salon in Santa Monica.
 As I mentioned in my original post here, I've been dyeing my own hair for years and finally decided to see a professional colorist. Nikki was so wonderful and sweet, I was sitting in her chair for four hours and she went out of her way to make sure I was comfortable. With her help, I decided to go with a natural version of the balayage style. She reminded me that we can easily go lighter if I decide that is what I want, instead of going too light the first time and creating damage if it is not necessary. I'm really happy with the results, the overall color is darker and much richer, plus that red glow is gone too. I like the subtle highlights, which blend well with the new color tones.

Most Influential Runway Show

November 25, 2013

Runway is fun to watch, I like seeing how the designers have evolved and sometimes find inspiration, however I have never been as floored and inspired as the first time I saw Hedi Slimane's debut for Saint Laurent last year. I gasped at each look. It was the gorgeous love child of bohemian and rock. The perfect balance of glamour and indie, plus the 70's influence took it to a whole new level. This runway show continues to be the most personally influential show I've yet to see. I keep this tucked away in my inspiration folder and revisit it quite frequently. This wide-brimmed hat is always in the back of my mind and I continue to hunt for the perfect version, but have yet to come across anything that is even close to being the right one. 
This runway show is truly my wildest fashion fantasy come to life and I wanted to share with you guys.

Happy Monday!

Lace & Trousers

November 20, 2013

Just like I love mixing high and low items, I love mixing sexy with modest and masculine. It always feels so right. The ridiculous volume of these wide leg pants makes a great balance to the revealing top.

What kind of styles do you like to mix together?

Top: bebe
Pants: Moda International (thrifted)
Shoes: Ann Taylor
Bag: Vintage
Ring: BCBG Max Azria

Paint Splatter

November 15, 2013


I love a good pencil skirt.
Especially one that is high waisted and super fitted.
It's the perfect blend of sexy and demure.

I'm really loving the warm weather in LA, I mean, it's the middle of November?
I'm wondering if I'll even need my wool coats this winter?
Not that I'm really worried.

Skirt: Tracy Reese
Top: Cynthia Rowley via Marshalls
Shoes: Michael Kors via Marshalls
Bag: BCBG Max Azria
Bracelet: Henri Bendel

Feathers & Leather

November 13, 2013


I was floored when I found this perfect soft leather peplum top on the Marshalls clearance rack. I'm sure you've noticed that I have a small obsession with black leather, so this purchase was a must. It will be a great piece to use for the Holidays. It's versatile and can easily be worn as a shell over a long sleeve tee. The weather in LA is still warm, but you can easily winterize this outfit by adding black leggings and a warm wool coat.


Top: Trina Turk via Marshalls
Skirt: Steve Madden
Shoes: Vince Camuto via Marshalls
Blazer: H&M
Bracelet: Aldo

Heavy Metal

November 11, 2013

I love the idea of stacking jewelry... rings, bracelets and especially necklaces. 
I could easily see how it might be too dramatic for some,
but I like a strong statement, especially when it's balanced with simple items,
like my favorite leather skinnies and a flowy white top.

Happy Monday!

Top: All Saints Spitalfields
Pants: Topshop
Shoes: Fergie
Necklaces: Stella & Dot, Fossil, self designed
Cuff: Mexico
Rings: gifted