Spanish Muse: February 2015

Thalia Sodi for Macy's

February 25, 2015

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


Macy's celebrates the launch of the Thalia Sodi collection!
I've grown up listening to Thalia's music and watching her in telenovelas. She is a living legend in the Latin culture. I already love her personal style and am excited to see her Latina flair translate into a clothing line. I am thrilled to join Macy's to help celebrate the launch of this exclusive collection. 

Everyone is invited to attend and join me in celebrating with fashion, music and fun!

Date: Saturday, February 28th
Time: 2:00pm
 Location: Macy's in Montebello
Address: 2000 Montebello Town Center, Montebello, CA 90640

This will be a nationwide party, if you can't join me at the location above, maybe one of these works better:

Macy’s Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Feb 28, 2:00pm
Macy’s Willowbrook Mall, Houston, TX - Feb 28, 2:00pm
Macy’s Queens Center, Elmhurst, NY - Feb 28, 2:00pm
Macy’s Valley Fair, San Jose, CA - March 7, 2:00pm
Macy’s La Plaza Mall, McAllen, TX - March 7, 2:00pm

Get all the event locations and details here: http://bit.ly/MacysThalia15

p.s. You can also get a complimentary engraving with any Thalia Sodi shoe purchase!!!

See you there!

Black + Black

February 23, 2015






I love an all black look. 
It's classic, chic and the perfect backdrop to accentuate the special details of your outfit. 
These shoes are currently my favorite sandals. They are comfortable, high quality and versatile. They are currently on sale and you can take an additional 20% off with the code FASHION. See link below.

Happy Monday!

Top: Ann Taylor
Skirt: Armani Exchange
Fur: Vintage
Rings: T.J.Maxx
Shoes: French Connection

Go Red For Women

February 19, 2015

 




February is National Heart Month and I'm going red to support Go Red for Women. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. Macy's recognizes the critical need for support as a founding national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement. Macy’s has already raised more than $50 million in the fight against heart disease in women, but they are taking it a step further this month by giving you the opportunity shop exclusives while supporting a great cause.

Macy’s Exclusive Red Dresses

Macy’s introduces three new exclusive red dresses created by Calvin Klein, Kensie and Thalia. These limited-edition dresses are available at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com/GoRed, with 10 percent of the purchase price of each item sold from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28 (Calvin Klein and Thalia) and March 31, 2015 (Kensie) donated to Go Red For Women.


Ideology Capsule Collection Active Wear

Macy’s Ideology active wear line will feature a capsule collection of eight exclusive pieces that benefit the cause. From Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, 10 percent of the sale price of the graphic tanks, t-shirts, crop pants and sports bra will be donated to Go Red For Women


I took my "Workin' Out For My Little Red Dress" tee to the streets of San Francisco over the weekend. It's active wear that can double as street wear while promoting a great cause. A big win in my style book!


Tee: Ideology c/o Macy's
Belt: Lanvin
Skirt: Topshop
Shoes: Vince Camuto

Frothy

February 16, 2015





I've been on a kick of layering tops recently. The process is actually fun, it allows me to be creative while adding versatility to my existing wardrobe. Most of the process is simply experimentation; trying on a variety of tops over each other, but there are a few simple things that I consider in this process. I look for tops that have at least one thing in common, like the tops above, they both are have ruffles. I didn't think I would like the two different shades of cream, but once I tried them on together, it worked nicely. Length is also key, it works best if you layer a shorter piece over a longer once, adding dimension and visual appeal.

Have you tried layering tops like this before?


Tops: ABS Allen Schwartz, H&M
Jeans: Madewell
Shoes: Leon Max
Necklace: Stella & Dot

Romper

February 12, 2015

 



This romper is a gift from a friend. Although it fits well for the most part, it's made for someone much taller. The shorts portion was just too long for my shape. So I decided to belt it and pull it up slightly, more so on the outside so the middle is longer. I've noticed that when I do this, it gives the illusion that my legs are longer and leaner without showing too much skin. When I cut my jeans into cut-off shorts, I will take the same idea and cut them at a similar wide V shape.

Have you tried something similar before?


Romper: Sans Souci (gift from my friend Jenny)
Belt: Felisi for Ann Taylor
Shoes: Franco Sarto via Marsalls

Job Interviewing

February 9, 2015





Today I'm sharing my personal experience with job interviewing. I'm not claiming to be an expert, but I have been working for the last nineteen years and I've been on both sides of the table. I hope you find this post helpful, I wish I had known this when I was starting out. 

I'm so grateful that I have a new job and don't have to endure any more interviews for now. The process can be so stressful. I've had several interviews over the last few months and some were brutal. In one interview, I had planned to be there for an hour, but it turned out to be four. I was so hungry that I was starting to shake towards the end. They first had me do three hours of testing, followed by meetings with four different individuals. Those meetings were a blur, I really don't remember what I said. It's probably why I didn't hear back. I now know to always bring a snack and water. I've compiled my process for preparing for interviews into a list below. If this is information you have heard before then I hope it still provides for a good reminder.

1. Research. Always research the company, the person who is interviewing you and their top competitor. Don't stop at their website, read what others are saying about the company. I've sat at countless interviews and the question seems to come each time, "Tell me, what do you know about our company?". This is an answer you cannot fake, be prepared.

2. Dress. Keep your look simple, this is not the place to exercise your style muscle. The look above is my go to interview look. It's clean with no major distractions. I like to wear a suit every time because it says business. Your nail polish should not be chipped and I would skip the bright colors. I recommend sitting in front of a mirror before you leave the house, clothes have a funny way of moving once we sit. I've seen the fitted button-up oxford that looks great standing, but folds out between the buttons when sitting, giving me an eyeful of the bra underneath.

3. Bring Samples of Your Work. If you don't already have one, create a portfolio with samples of your awesome performance with your current and previous employers. Show how you decreased expenses for a project you managed or the brilliant idea that made your department more efficient. It's proof that you are as fabulous as you are claiming.

4.  Thank You Note. I know everyone knows this one, but I'm going there anyway. If you want the job, send a thank you card. A physical card stands out compared to an email. Have multiple cards waiting in the car, with stamps. I like to bring a notepad and make several drafts until I'm happy with it. Your note should be well thought out and should summarize why you are amazing and the best person for the position. This is the perfect place to let them know how enthusiastic you are at the possibility of joining their team. 

5. Stay Current. I think this is the most important and requires the most effort. This will make you stand out among the competition. First, regardless of what industry you work in, I think it's key to keep up with trends and industry news. Additionally, be aware of what technology others in similar positions are using and take a class, get certified if it's an option. It's an investment in yourself and your future. This can even apply to your current position, if there is a program or software that you are having a hard time learning or it's intimidating, take a class outside of the office and help yourself excel in your current position. 

What would you add to the list?


Top: Calvin Klein
Jacket: H&M

Pants: H&M
Shoes: Kate Spade Saturday
Bag: Vintage
Brooch: Vintage

Porcupine

February 4, 2015





I'm continuing to empty out my closet and focus on having a much smaller and well curated wardrobe. I've eliminated about 60 pieces (7 of those were shoes). I donated a few of the items, but most of it I was able to sell on eBay.  What I've learned so far is the less I have, the easier it is to get dressed. Eliminating the clutter is creating a better approach to selecting my wardrobe for the day because I don't feel overwhelmed with the endless choices. I also feel like I'm dressing better because I'm only keeping what I consider great pieces that are highly loved.  In addition, I'm being highly selective with any new purchases. I'll continue to share this process, as I feel it's been eye opening for me so far.

And how cute is this porcupine print top? My sister send it as gift last week. I not only love the print but the cut is flattering. It's a great piece that works perfectly with my existing pieces. 

Top: Rachel Roy (gift from my sister)
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Shoes: BCBG
Bracelets: Jessica Simpson, Kenneth Jay Lane
Sunglasses: Chilli Beans c/o Evocative LA

Oxfords

February 2, 2015





Happy February!
So I've been in the hunt for a perfectly polished oxford for my new job. It's an environment where everything is run based on maximizing efficiency and effectiveness and heels just don't fit that description. So I spotted these on the Lord & Taylor website but didn't want to pay full price, so I just kept visiting them online every few days. Then they went on major sale and I scored them at 70% off. Not only are they more beautiful than I expected but they just seem to go with everything. I'm really surprised that I've found a shoe I love this much that isn't a heel (ok yes there is a mini one inch heel). This shoe is a game changer. It's really shown me just how chic a great pair of flats can actually be and how it can diversify your existing wardrobe. 

I layered two tops over a skirt to give the effect of a dress. I then tried on several heels and it looked ok, but then I slipped on these oxfords and loved the look even better. 

What are your thoughts on oxfords? 

Lace Top: Bebe
Peplum: Ross
Skirt: H&M