Spanish Muse: October 2014

DIY Halloween Costume ~ Black Swan

October 31, 2014











I had such a great time creating this costume. 
The only items I purchased were a plastic tiara, a bag of small feathers that were pre-dipped in silver glitter and a few bags of the large feathers, all from Michael's and my total was under $20. I did purchase the eye tattoos as well from Etsy here for $4.
The H&M skirt and Elie Tahari pumps I already owned, so I decided they were the best options for the costume. I ended up using an old Victoria's Secret lingerie bustier and decided to sew the large black feathers on that. I had to be strategic in placing them, especially in the chest area. I simply sewed both ends of each feather, one at time. I kept trying it one because it lays so differently on the body then it does on a flat table. 
The tiara was a child's size and silver with rhinestones and fur, but I removed the fur and simply covered up the tiara with the small dipped feathers. I sewed these into place too, I prefer sewing over gluing because they end up too flat with glue. The sewing allows them to flutter and move. I then used some black ribbon I had at home and created the arm cuffs by simply sewing four feathers on each one. Then I wrapped them around my wrist and cut off the loose ends. Additionally I took three small feathers, the ones with the prettiest ends and simply pulled off the excess feathers so that only the tips were left on the stem. Once I had my hair in a tight bun, I simply stuck them in, making sure they were secure. 
The temporary tattoos around my eyes is something new for me. I really love the way it looks actually. I first did my make-up then put those on last. Then I touched up my eyes to make them more cohesive with the tattoos. I have some photos of the process below. 



Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween!

Recipe ~ Avocado Lemon Salad Dressing

October 29, 2014


I love salad dressing, especially if it's ranch with a side of fries, however most of what I've bought at the grocery store has been a disappointment. They are usually too creamy and bitter or too sweet, the balance is always off. I recently tried a new recipe and absolutely love it. I've been making it each week and storing it in the fridge. You can check out the original recipe here, although I've made some adjustments below.

Ingredients
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • a few sprigs of parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • A dollop of agave nectar
  • Salt, pepper, cayenne

Place all of the above ingredients in your blender except the salt, pepper and cayenne. Blend the ingredients as well as possible. You will notice that it's a little tough to do this in your blender. You might have to use a spoon to push the dressing down to the bottom of the blender a few times. Once you have a smooth consistency empty the dressing into a bowl and add the salt, pepper and cayenne. I just add a dash of cayenne for a little kick, however it does need a good amount of salt to balance out the lemon juice. Keep adding until you love the taste. Also, this only makes about 6 servings based on how much I put on my salad. 


I added this dressing to a simple salad of mixed greens, sauteed shrimp, cucumbers, red onion and edamame. The dressing was the perfect topping to blend all the flavors together, but I do think this is a very versatile dressing that can work with your favorite ingredients. 
Enjoy!

Classic Boots

October 27, 2014





I've always been a fan of pairing shorts and boots. I get that this might look strange to some, enough to even ask
"I don't get it, is she hot or cold?"
I simply like the way it looks, I'm comfortable and it's kind of retro.

I've had these boots for almost 10 years now. I got them at Macy's. I've had to get them resoled and reheeled several times, but the leather just keeps getting better with age. I loved them so much in the beginning that I bought a 2nd pair of black ones, my backup. Ok... I also got them in brown. I sound like a crazy shoe lady? But they are so comfortable and the design is so classic they continue to work with my ever evolving style choices.

Sweater: Marshalls
Shorts: Zara
Boots: Alfani

Off The Shoulder

October 24, 2014





A few weeks ago, I finally made my way down to the famous fashion district. My cousin was visiting and she wanted to check it out. It was not what I was expecting. I knew it was an alley of some sort with shops. I was not expecting to walk into shops with dressing rooms, blaring music and even hardwood floors. I was expecting a gypsy type of atmosphere not the feeling of an outside mall.

The only things I ended up getting was this top, a pair of sunglasses and a really large mango. The mango was delicious by the way. This is one of my favorite styles of tops to wear. The off the shoulder look always feels feminine and glamorous. It also feels very sexy without showing too much skin.

Happy Weekend!

Top: Fashion District
Jeans: Rapsodia
Shoes: Calvin Klein

Witchy Woman

October 22, 2014





Yes the title is a reference to Seinfeld. One of my all time favorite shows. Ever.
This outfit felt very witch-like when I styled it and my mind automatically went to that episode and Elaine singing the song.

I found this dress at a thrift store and at first, I thought 'How on earth are you supposed to wear this? It's sheer from the waist down!' Then a flurry of thoughts came to me. I could wear it over tights, leather pants, shorts, a short skirt,  a dress... It's much more versatile than you would expect. The sheer skirt portion also feels super glamorous and feminine.


Dress: no label (thrift find)
Shorts: Marshalls
Jacket: Hinge
Belt: Zara
Boots: Sam Edelman via Marshalls

Scarf Pants

October 17, 2014

 




I've been so drawn to bright and bold prints lately even though we are officially in the Fall season. I love that this specific print has a black background, making them easy to style. I would normally get these tailored because they are too long on me, but the rolled cuff seems to blend into the wild print perfectly. 

Happy Weekend!

Pants: c/o Ana Ramirez
Top: H&M
Blazer: H&M
Shoes: Nine West

Design Inspirations - Console Tables

October 15, 2014







Oh how I dream of one day having enough space in our home for a console table. It serves absolutely no function but to look pretty and house a few items. They are so elegant and sexy. If I could have my pick, I'd go with the blue with the gold hardware.

Happy Wednesday!


images via elle decor and google

Ruffles

October 13, 2014






I just never tire of wearing all black. 
I love the stiffness of this scuba skirt and layered under this ruffled drop waist top, it adds so much volume that I feel like a walking layer cake. Cake topped off with a bedazzled necklace of course. 

Happy Monday!

Top: ABS Allen Schwartz via T.J.Maxx
Skirt: H&M
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Fergie

Contest Finalist!

October 9, 2014


I'm so excited to share this amazing opportunity!
Last week I shared with you my experience at the Get Chic with Chagoury event. I also shared that each guest submitted a design entry at a chance to collaborate with the designer, Gilbert A. Chagoury.  My design submission is above and was selected as a finalist in the contest!

I am grateful for the constant support I get on my blog and would appreciate if you voted for me. Voting is simple and it's on Instagram only. If you have an Instagram account, you can go to the Chagoury Couture account @chagourycouture and simply vote for my design, number 2 in the comments section.

The other two designs are very creative and beautiful. It truly is a great honor just to be nominated.

Thanks again for your continued love and support!

Get Chic With Chagoury!

October 3, 2014













I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Get Chic with Chagoury event this week held at the Chagoury Couture boutique and atelier shop. I was pleasantly surprised to have the opportunity to meet the designer, Gilbert A. Chagoury. I got a behind the scenes tour of his design room, along with a preview of his couture and ready to wear collection. Gilbert was warm and charming, it was an honor. 

The event featured fresh bites from the bánh mì shop, organic cold-pressed blends from L.A. Juice (in the absolute cutest glass bottles) along with a braid bar and manicure stations hosted by PRIV. At the center of the boutique was a colorful design station. Guests were invited to create their own design on beautiful Chagoury sketch paper. The design station was filled with gorgeous fabrics, pearls and sequins. Each design is a contest entry at a chance to collaboration with Gilbert on a one of a kind design for his capsule collection. What an amazing opportunity that would be! I felt like a child in a whimsical little world. I loved it.

I had a wonderful time and want to send a big heartfelt thank you to 

Cheers!