Spring Trends: Pastels

Pastels!
Pastels!

With spring break luring around is the perfect time to start introducing the spring trends to my wardrobe. I have been coveting the pastels trend that was in many of the Spring runways, with lady like and simple forms is a totally wearable fashion. You can wear it all in one color or better yet mix up colors to make an unique look.

Check out the inspiration behind my illustration and how you can wear it on the looks below.

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Spring Cleaning: Organizing my makeup vanity area

My vanity makeup organization
My vanity corner makeup organization

I don’t consider myself a girl that hoards makeup, I go back to basics and try to have only the things I need.  I don’t wear crazy amounts of makeup but I do always leave the house with something on. Since I moved to our apartment (over a year ago) my makeup had been lying on a corner of the bathroom vanity inside makeup bags. Not seen all the makeup that I had many things where just growing old and never been used.

First I looked in Pinterest and started pining things that I liked to a board. From there I got the main idea of what I wanted to do to clean the space and make it look nicer.

Secondly I accessed how much make up I had and did a major cleanup. Starting with throwing out things I had no idea when I got them and started anew.  Usually beauty products say their shelf life in the box that they come in. A quick tip I do, is add a little sticker to the back of the product say, an eye shadow, and write down the date that it would expire after opening so if I opened ion 04/14 and the shelf life is 12M then I write down 04/15. That way I don’t keep anything longer than needed.

As for the organizing portion I decided to get an acrylic tray with divisions that would hold most of my makeup. For the brushes I used and vintage style apothecary glass vase with a lid and cored them with some glass pebbles, like the ones used for floral arrangements. The rest of my brushes I added to a mason jar.

To complete the décor look I got a vintage frame for which I drew a special illustration for it.  (If you would like one check out my store here to get one). Added a candle and an Amethyst cluster stone that has protection and calming effects, which you know we all need sometimes in this hectic life.

The Architect of Style illustration, Alixx Tea Time Candle & raw quartz stone
The Architect of Style illustration, Alixx Tea Time Candle &  natural amethyst cluster
Brushes
Brushes in a vintage style apothecary glass vase and mason jar
A tray to hold everything
An acrylic tray to hold everything

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Dressing Up Silk Pants

Wearing Silky PJ style pants
Wearing silky pajama style pants

You can call them pajama, parachute or harem pants, but in fact they are the best thing that can hit your wardrobe. These flowy and lightweight style of pants are super comfortable and they work perfect for those days when you don’t feel skinny. Now the real challenge lies in trying to wear them outside of the lounging comfort zone that is your couch and into the real world which in my case I wanted to wear them to work or to go out an have dinner.

I opted for a black and white small print silk pants with a little tapered leg (unless you are super skinny and tall avoid the wide leg at all cost), I threw on a black tank top and layered it with a small silk crop jacket. To finish the look I wore some pointy pumps to look taller and not slouchy, along with some gold color statement jewelry.

Would you wear this trend? Let me know how on a comment below.

How Cute are these bebe frames?
How Cute are these bebe sunnies?
Wearing Furor Moda Rings, bebe Ideal sunglasses, DIY canvas clutch, bee bracelet
Wearing Furor Moda Izzy Rings, bebe Ideal sunglasses, DIY Wicker clutch, Mud Pie Gifts Bee bracelet

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Welcoming Spring!

Spring is here!
Spring is here!

Spring is here finally, not like in Miami we can tell the difference in seasons but I can dress in more color prints and not feel so out of the ordinary. For this outfit I ventured to wear a slight crop top with a printed midi skirt from ASOS, and accessorized with a simple (yet statement) Koi bracelet from local jewelry and hat designer MYCA Couture. Check out her shop and also let me know what you think of my spring ensemble.

Pictures by David Pulgar Photography

ASOS printed Midi Skirt and Crop Top... is the way to go
c/o ASOS printed Midi Skirt and Crop Top… is the way to go
MYCA Coture Koi Bracelet
c/o MYCA Coture Koi Bracelet
And I redid my Ombre highlights
And I redid my Ombre highlights
Accesories: MYCA Couture Koi Bracelet, Prune Bag, Charles Jourdan D'Orsay Pumps,
Accesories: c/o MYCA Couture Koi Bracelet, Prune Bag, Charles Jourdan D’Orsay Pumps

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DONNA KARAN NEW YORK Spring 2014 runway show

Front Row Adriana Lima and Donna Karan
Front Row Adriana Lima and Donna Karan

Last week, I had the chance to attend an exclusive Saks Fifth Avenue and Ocean Drive magazine event featuring the DONNA KARAN NEW YORK Spring 2014 collection. I met with fellow blogger Susset Cabrera from Miami, Beats and Sazon and while sipping on some bubbly waited around the SLS South Beach pool where the models would strut by. We spotted celebrity model Adriana Lima (Victoria’s Secret) and I quickly went to her seat and ask to take her picture (see below for her sultry look).

From the show the dresses and skirts where flowy and ultra feminine with a deep simplicity that one gets to expect from any Donna Karan show. I specially loved the tribal prints and the combination of patterns and fabrics in some of the looks.

When the show ended we got to snap a picture with Donna Karan herself and you can see that on my Instagram.

All Pictures by me.

Flowy and Sandy tones
Flowy and Sandy tones
Earthy and soft
Earthy and soft
Tribal prints still going strong
Tribal prints still going strong
Denim-ing?
Denim-ing?
Also some blues
Also some blues
Pattern and textures play
Pattern and textures play
One last look
One last look
I got to snap a picture of Adriana Lima and she gave me this look
I got to snap a picture of Adriana Lima and she gave me this look
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Lucky green & looking for that pot of gold

So where is that pot of gold?
So where is that pot of gold?

When talking about St. Patrick ’s Day you think of leprechaun’s, rainbows and four leave clovers along with all the block parties for celebrating the Irish, while drinking green beer. For today’s illustration I took all of that as inspiration and made it into a classy fun gown, for those of us looking for that lucky strike and finding that pot of gold while looking fab and fashionable.

Also if you would like a Custom illustration I am running an offer this week for $25.00 off. This is perfect as a gift or to use as your blog header or avatar. Promo Code: PORTRAITSALE 

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Did someone say Orange?

A different kind of bold
Orange is the new Red

With spring around the corner I started looking into some of the beauty trends for the season. You know I love bold color lips so getting an Orange lipstick was on the top of my list.

I tried out with several brands from MAC to Tom Ford, and settled for an YSL Rouge Pur in Orange Imagine. I found that for my skin tone the best way to wear this fun shade was to stick to hues with red undertones. I also tried with neon/yellow tones,  but for me I felt like Nicki Minaj, going for a big wao! but I prefer to stick to the classics.

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Blogger Gals & Join me this Friday

Fashion Buddies
Fashion Buddies

The best thing of fashion month is seeing all the inspiring street style. It shows so many ideas on how to wear the current (and also some upcoming) trends. If you follow me on Pinterest, you would see that I pin a lot of street style. I truly love it, as I use it not only as an inspiration for dressing but furthermore as a muse to draw.

Also if you are in the Miami area fellow blogger Dee Trillo from The Haute Frugalista, is hosting a Fashionista Friday at the Dream Hotel  in Miami Beach, and I will be there drawing some fashion illustrations. So come on by and say hi! I may draw you. For more details and RSVP check here.

Remember to RSVP!
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A sneak peek into my home with Kleenex Style

Sharing a little bit of my day to day with Kleenex
Sharing a little bit of my day to day with Kleenex. How cool is this oval tissue box?

Today I am showing of a little bit of my personal space along with Kleenex Style Studio. When I think of tissues the first name that comes to my mind is Kleenex, this brand is so etched in my brain that I basically call all tissues Kleenex. I know I’m not the only one, as they where originally used as a facial tissue to remove makeup, it quickly became a famous household name.

The Kleenex brand is celebrating their 90th anniversary and for that they have launched the Kleenex Style Studio, which is a fun, inspiring way to discover the different styles and designs of tissue boxes, and I’m not talking of those that you may want to hide under a cover box.  There are some really nice designs and shapes. (Yes shapes, tissue boxes are not square anymore).

Check out Kleenex Style Studio website and browse the many designs that can compliment your space and your style, and let me know what you think on a comment below.

Pictures by David Pulgar Photography

Loved this color cubed designs of the Kleenex box with bright colors
Loved this Kleenex Expression color cubed design its bright and colorful like me
A quick type use a Kleenex to take off excess lipstick
And lastly a quick tip to make your bold lipstick last longer. Apply your lipstick and use a Kleenex to blot the excess and reapply more color.

And if you have some time to spare today, test your fashion sense for a chance to win a trip to NYC! By playing the “Catwalk or Kleenex” Quiz.

Thank you to Kleenex® for sponsoring today’s post.

 

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