Spanish Muse: May 2014

On The Fringe

May 29, 2014


 


I couldn't help but feel like a super heroine in this outfit, that's probably what I liked about it. Normally, if I show legs then I cover up top, or if I'm more bare on top, then I like to cover my legs. I'm more comfortable that way, it strikes a good balance for me personally. However this outfit broke that typical rule. I think the super power feeling it gave me overshadowed my comfort zone.

Do you ever find yourself breaking your own fashion rules?

Top: Elie Tahari via T.J.Maxx
Skirt: Forever 21
Belt: H&M
Necklace: H&M
Shoes: Ann Taylor

Rose & Teal

May 27, 2014

 

 



  I love wide leg pants, but these must be the widest pair I own yet. There is so much volume and fabric, and I love the slouchy pockets. These are originally from Anthropologie, but actually scored these in a thrift store for $2. 

Happy Tuesday!

Top: Rory Beca via T.J.Maxx
Pants: Elevenses (thrift find)
Shoes: BCBG
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Bracelets: Jessica Simpson

Design Inspirations - Bold Couches

May 23, 2014











I love an eye full when it comes to interior design, these couches are bold and make a big statement. My favorite is the rich purple velvet couch, it looks luxurious and comfortable.
What do you think of these bold choices?


images: hilary robertson, elle decor, google, house beautiful,  annie schelchter

Embroidery

May 21, 2014

 



 

How gorgeous is this jacket?
It's a show stopper. The embroidery is so beautiful and intricate. I love the bright colors too.
It's sold out at Billabong, but I was able to find it here for 50% off and in every size!

Happy Wednesday!

Jacket: Billabong
Tee: Splendid via Nordstrom Rack
Shorts: Bar III (thrift find)
Shoes: Franco Sarto Artist Collection via Nordstrom Rack
Ring: Lucky Brand
Bracelets: Lucky Brand, Mexico


New

May 19, 2014


  



So I changed my blog name and have a new layout.
I honestly did like my old name, however it was just too closely related to the store name, from which I purchased these pants actually... 

I chose the name due to my Latin roots and just how much it influences my style. I've noticed that with age I've become more drawn to it. I feel like the culture; the music, food, language and even the architecture influence my style. My boyfriend was the one who pointed this out to me initially. I'm drawn to anything that has a Mexican or Spanish flare, so ultimately I think my heritage has become my personal style muse.

What do you think of the new name and design?
I love reading feedback.


Top: H&M
Vest: Double Zero (thrift)
Pants: 7 For All Mankind via Saks Fifth Avenue
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Bracelet: Mexico

Peacock

May 16, 2014







I've been really enjoying mixing more color into my wardrobe lately. I love the rich blue tone of this shirt and the accordion ruffles give it a great Spanish flare.

I realized after taking these photos that there's the illusion of a peacock with the cactus 
plant behind me :). 

Happy Friday!

Top: Loeffler Randall
Skirt: Armani Exchange
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Bracelets: Kate Spade, Henri Bendel, Kenneth Jay Lane, 

Nordstrom Rack, Madewell, Jessica Simpson

Aztec

May 12, 2014


  




I love the versatility of this kimono.  The colors are beautiful and I love the Aztec print embroidery. This piece can easily dress up an all black ensemble or be used as a bikini cover-up.

Happy Monday!

Top: Calvin Klein
Shorts: Forever 21
Belt: Lanvin
Shoes: Franco Sarto via Marshalls

Top 10 - Splurge Worthy Beauty Products

May 9, 2014

This stuff actually lives up to the hype. 
It's a badass dry shampoo that gives you major volume and sexy hair, but you have to like dry shampoo and know what you hair is going to feel like to appreciate this (your roots tend to feel a little gritty).  

I don't like to spend too much on lip gloss, but this is one is worth it for me. The texture and color are incomparable. This is the perfect shade of baby pink. I also like to use this over a hot pink lipstick, it gives me the perfect raspberry tone.

I'm addicted to bronzer, I used it every day.
This color is perfection, this will turn anyone into a bronzed goddess. It doesn't have too much sheen to it, which allows it to bring out your own skin's natural beauty.  

This is my favorite blush. It works so well on an olive skin tone and when you layer this over the bronzer I mentioned above, it gives you a glowing flushed tone. It's very pretty without going overboard.

Hands down my  favorite mascara, ever. It took me years to find this one, it works perfectly for me. I've also learned to keep my older bottle of mascara and I layer them, I use my old mascara first to "build up" a layer (it helps to separate them and it's more gritty, it almost works as a primer) and then finish off with the new mascara.
I've blogged about this one before. This is the most perfect hair product if you have wavy or curly hair. When used along with a diffuser, it gives you the most perfect light curls. Most products I've tried either weigh down my curls or leave them feeling crunchy. 

This is the newest item on my list, I've only been using it about two months, but I really love it so far. I was previously using a loose mineral powder foundation, however it was discontinued. I just happened to come across the Bobby Brown counter and discussed the issues with my skin (combination, very oily t-zone, large pores) with the lovely sales associate. I also mentioned that I do not like foundation that looks caked on or thick, I like it to feel light and look natural in direct sunlight. The associate recommended this creme compact foundation. I was skeptical at first, but it's working really great on my skin. It gives me great coverage but it's not heavy and it lasts all day on my skin. I'm not having to apply anything to tone down the shininess as my day goes on either. Also, I like applying this with a brush rather than a sponge.

8. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer (I prefer the original formula)
This stuff is awesome and really does its job. This keeps my eye shadow and eyeliner in place all day. I also use this on my eyebrows under my brow pencil. I rarely put mascara on my lower lashes because within an hour I will have raccoon eyes, but for special occasions I've learned this works on my lower lashes to keep the mascara from running. I apply it lightly across my lower lashes, let it set, then apply a light coat of mascara and it really seems to keep it in place. 

This stuff is fantastic. This gives you major hold and volume without leaving your hair crunchy. It also smells wonderful. This is my go-to hairspray and worth every penny.
I love doing my own nails, but this changed my game completely. This dries your nails fast and leaves them with a shiny finish. You have to learn to use it right though; use a thin layer, otherwise they tend to peel or chip. Also, I would not use this over 3 coats of nail polish, only 2, otherwise it peels.


This is my follow-up list to my Top 10 Basic Beauty Products post.
I know these are super spendy, but I've learned over the years that if you buy cheap, you get cheap. I've thrown away money by trying to save money and it's not worth it. I've also learned that less is more. I don't need to have drawers full of make-up. I have one bag of make-up and it's all I need to feel my best and put my best face forward.


Wishing you a beautiful and Happy Mother's Day weekend!

Floral Maxi

May 7, 2014

 
      
 
   
I love a good maxi dress and I fell in love with this one when I found it at Crossroads Trading Company. I love the over-sized deep pockets and the light airy fabric. It also has a great bohemian vibe and the artistic bright colors are magnificent. I'm already looking for the next opportunity to wear this dress.

Cheers!

Dress: Closet Clothing via Crossroads Trading Co.
Shoes: Franco Sarto via Marshalls
Belt: Forever 21
Bracelet: Lucky Brand
Necklace: self designed

Papaya Margarita Recipe ~ Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

May 5, 2014


I am truly a fan of a good margarita made with a strong tequila, but I'm not of fan of all the excessive sugar they usually carry. Instead of using a simple syrup, I used agave nectar which is low glycemic. I also cut out extra sugar by skipping the triple sec. I've shared another margarita recipe before for the Guava Habanero Margarita, one of my favorites. I wanted to try a new recipe in honor of Cinco de Mayo and thought I would incorporate one of my favorite fruit; the papaya. I tried to make it as healthy as possibly without compromising the flavor. 


Ingredients
-1 lemon
-Agave nectar
-Papaya
-Ice
-Tequila (use your favorite, I like Patron)

Directions
1. Cut up your papaya into 1" cubes, you will need about 4-5 cubes per drink. Make sure the papaya is juicy, otherwise making this drink will be a challenge. I purchased mine from a local Mexican market, as they seem to have a great selection that is imported from Mexico. 
2. Add the papaya to a cocktail shaker, add 1 1/2 shots of tequila, squeeze half a lemon and add a tablespoon of agave nectar. If you want it sweeter you can add more nectar, but I prefer mine lighter. 
3. Next, muddle your ingredients thoroughly with a muddler. 
4. Add about 4 ice cubes, cover your shaker and shake vigorously. 
5. Take the squeezed lemon half and use it to wet the rim of your drink glass, then dip in salt or sugar (your preference). 
6. Pour your drink out through a drink strainer into your glass and finish it off with ice cubes.

¡Salud!