Heritage Month

Not sure how many of you out there know, but it’s National Hispanic Heritage month here in the US (September 15 to October 15). So I decided to dig into my roots for a little bit of outfit inspiration. My parents are both Cuban and my father claims that his side of the family is directly descended from a region in Spain,  Zaldívar, same as our surname.

According to the internet, this is what Zaldívar looks like:

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Zaldibar (in Spanish: Zaldívar) is a elizate town. I had to google this, it means many of decisions in respect to the towns were made by heads of the churches. Now, I don’t really have any clothes that make me think of churches and small towns. But I do have things that remind me of flamenco dancers and Spanish floral prints. DSC_0479



Photography by Norma Jean Sorto

Outfit details:
{Sheer Button-up Dress: Forever21}
{Floral Fringe Kimono: Love Culture}
{Glasses: Valentino}
{Hat: H&M}
{Gold Feather Necklace: Forever21}
{Watch: Anne Klein}
{Shoes: Wanted}
{Black Tights: Xhilaration}

Spanish Music for your ears:
TRIÁNGULO DE AMOR BIZARRO is a garage rock indie/noise/post-punk band formed in 2004.
I think I love this song the most. It’s almost shoe-gaze-ish

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The Alchemist

Sometimes you just need an escape from your busy work week with friends. This weekend, my mini vacation was with my friend Karen at the Alchemist in the Eucalyptus Gardens at Wilton Manors. Summer temps can be pretty brutal; sunnies and shorts required for this adventure.

The adventure begins with iced coffee and a Turkey & Swiss Slicer:
This iced coffee is killer! It comes with condensed milk and brown sugar… Also available with Almond Milk or Soy Milk

Then we explored the premises, we had to stop and smell the flowers!

And I got to photograph my lovely friend.
She’s wearing an American Apparel leotard, Gap shorts, Nasty Gal necklace, Henri Bendel purse, and Report booties.

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Karen took photos of me too!

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The Outfit

layout half{Crop Top: Billabong}
{High Waisted Denim Shorts: Machine Jeans}
{Cardigan: Love Culture}
{Sunglasses: Betsy Johnson}
{Sandals: Mossimo Supply Co}

Quirky song for a quirky day
Kero Kero Bonito is a trio I came across on the gorilla v bear blog. They’re based out of London and have some catchy beats.  Today, I feel fun like this song

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A Day In The Studio!

The awesome people I work with gave me the most amazing experience I could ask for as a new fashion blogger: they allowed me to use their studio. The fantastic Melina Deyá took a few photos of me in the outfit I pulled. I’ve never taken studio photos! It was quite a learning experience. I certainly didn’t know what to do with my body to make the photos come out properly. I’m really glad I got to work with all of these talented people. I learned some things I was doing wrong and a few things I should try.

A few common sense things I never thought of:
1)Don’t stand facing straight in the direction of the camera.
2) Even if you suck at smiling, do it more.
3)Lighting! And custom white balance…

For this shoot I pulled a sheer maxi kimono. I love the art deco print, it’s so playful. The colors on it remind me of summer and sorbet. Summer is for denim shorts and tanks! Since I was in the studio I didn’t have to worry about the mosquitoes or humidity.

Plus! I have a new hair color: Gun metal?

It was a great day.

MONICA112243MONICA112272 MONICA112298[Photos by Melina Deyá]

{Sheer Kimono: One Clothing}
{Denim shorts: Machine Jeans}
{Classic Tank: C&C California}
{Jewelry: Forever 21}
{Oasis Sandal: Dollhouse}
{Belt: Olsenboye}

Haunting Melody
This song is from  the new Zola Jesus album, Taiga. It’s called “Dangerous Days”. The melody reminds me of the print on the kimono. Her voice is so moving, I can’t wait for the rest of the album.

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California Dreamin’

Sun, clear skies, popsicles, and skateboards have me trying to catch the west coast vibe. My friend Michelle promised to teach me to skateboard! What better to do than wear a crop top, high waisted shorts, and flats. Backpacks make it easier to carry things around on this adventure. All that said, I should probably invest in a helmet…

Adventure Time!
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[Photo taken by: Monica Zaldivar]
DSC_0001{Tie Waist Daisy Crop Top: Fifty Street}
{Black High Waisted Denim Shorts: Cotton On}
{Black Vest: Love Culture}
{Circle Sunglasses: H&M}
{Teal & Silver Necklace: Forever21}
{Peace & Love Talisman Necklace: Pyrrha}
{Studded Canvas Backpack: American Eagle Outfitters}
{Black Suede Perforated Wingtip Shoe: Mossimo Supply Co}
{Hot Pink 26″ Cruiser: Globe}
{40″ Longboard: Quest}

West Coast Tunes
The west coast has some good music. I’ve been listening to Jenny Lewis, Best Coast, and Wavves. I can’t think of the west coast without Best Coast!

Wavves – Hippies is Punks

 Best Coast – Only place

Jenny Lewis – Just One Of The Guys

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Fourth of July!

Like any other American, the 4th of July holds a special place in my heart. It’s that time of year where we can randomly shout AMERICA (or ‘Merica  depending on where you’re standing and how many drinks you’ve had!) and no one really questions your sanity. It’s also that fabulous time of year when we’re allowed to blow up things and light small explosives.

I am particularly fond of Americana so I always have trouble picking just one outfit.

Option #1 Baby, It’s Hot Outside!
I like this option for hanging outside in a park with your friends watching fireworks. It’s summer, and it gets pretty hot and sunny, so shorts and a hat are just common sense in the blinding Florida sun.
layout 1 {Classic White Tee: C&C California}
{High Waist Denim Short: Machine Jeans}
{Red Backpack: Vintage}
{Floppy Hat: Forever 21}
{Strappy Leather Heels: Report Signature}
{Necklace: Forever 21}

Option #2  Indecisive Family Conundrum
I like this option for relaxed family gatherings, especially with the family can’t decide whether they want to stay inside or outside. I don’t know about your family, but mine keeps the A/C running. I always need pants or a cardi to step foot into their houses. It’s always fun to take family photos, so I’d take my instant camera.
layout 2{Loose Red Swing Top: Free People}
{Distressed Denim: Machine Jeans}
{Cylindrical Leather Purse: ASOS}
{Open Toe Tan Leather Heel: Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn}
{Instant Camera: Fuji Film}

Option #3  Red, White, & Blue
I think this is the most blatantly patriotic combo, but that’s okay, it’s the 4th of July, we can do that sort of thing. I like layers because A/C can be viciously chilly despite the sweltering 99 degree walk from the car to the location where the fun will be had. The best part about having layers is that they can be removed. I chose a denim jacket layered over a loosely knit sweater for this very reason. For my convenience the large red bag can hold the denim jacket should I get tired of it. This bag can also hold my camera, Nintendo DS, iPad, possibly a skateboard… well, you get it.   layout 3{Denim Jacket: JouJou}
{Navy Short Sleeve Sweater: Express}
{White Denim Shorts: Wallflower}
{Tan Vegan Leather Gladiator Sandals: BC Footwear}
{Large Red Leather Bag: Big Buddha}

American Tunes:
Texan Band, Spoon, is releasing a new album soon!
This song is called Rent I Pay

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Fringe Benefits

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[Photos by Juan Neira]

{Crochet Fringe Pancho:  Passport}
{ Four Pocket Front Tie Anorak: Ashley by twenty six international }
{Destroyed Denim: Machine Jeans}
{Necklace: Free People}

{Oxford Heels: American Eagle}
{Bracelet Cuff: Forever21}
{Belt: Vintage

{Skull Ring: Macy’s}


All of these summer time festival festivities are keeping fringe on my mind.  Summer knits and playful crochets allow for great ventilation in the sweltering heat. I choose to pair it with these destroyed denim pants instead of shorts to keep as many bug bites away as possible.  I love the juxtaposition of preppy oxfords with the chill nature of the crochet and denim.


Slow Melodies 
Way by Ruby the Rabbitfoot


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Everything is Black & White

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DSC_0084  DSC_0063 DSC_0061 DSC_0053[Photos by Juan Neira]

{Chiffon Printed Pant: SANS SOUCHI}
{ Fedora, Boho Ring, Sunglasses, Clutch: Forever 21}
{Cropped Top: Love Culture}{Necklace: Express}
{Lace-Up Wedges: MIA}
{Bangle: Vintage}
{Lipstick: Revlon Fire & Ice}

 I’m obsessed with crop tops for summer! They’re amazing for this hot sticky Floridian weather. These bold print chiffon black and white pants are perfectly breezy. I love hats and sunnies to keep the evil sun at bay. The gold accessories add a little pizzazz to the black and white.

Bring it Florida sun! We’re ready for you, summer.

Sweet Sunny Vibe
Cate Le Bon (Ft. Perfume Genius) – I Think I Knew




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Color Inspiration: Orange is the New Black

orange is the new black[Photo taken by: Monica Zaldivar]

{Tank – Urban Outfitters}
{Shorts – Love Culture}
{Bikini – Forever21}
{Necklace & Sunglasses – Forever21}
{Bag & Towel – Target}

I’m loving the show Orange is the New Black and the color trend. Orange stimulates the senses. It also represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination. It’s such a warm color; this is why it’s one of my favorites. I could just picture biting into an orange creamsicle or drinking a chilled mimosa.

Yummy Summer Jam
Caviar – Tangerine Speedo


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