My Childhood Lookbook

I give my mother much credit for the way I dressed when I was younger. Many of the outfits I wore are on trend today. From friends and family, I hear many stories about bad haircuts and poofy dresses that haunt childhood memories. I can relate to the “dress fiasco”. I never liked dresses when I was younger. I cried and cried, but my mom was persistent, and so these pictures happened.

This was one of the rare occasions in which I didn’t cry. Don’t confuse the floral headband for a halo.

I don’t know if you would consider this animal print, but I do. That lion shirt looks pretty fierce to me!

Collared shirts look classy on any girl, but as for a Mickey Mouse collared shirt…that is classy taken to another level.

Red and yellow seem to have been my mother’s favorite colors at the time. Knowing her, this was coordinated.

My t-shirt might not match my expression in this picture, but those stripes go perfectly with Summer ’13.

I like to call this “The Diva Moment”. I had the wind in my hair, round shades over my eyes, and pink overalls hanging loose.

I must say that finding this album of “baby” pictures has struck a chord with me. All my outfits amuse me, but I’ve come to realize that my favorite accessory is my smile. As I’ve gotten older, I have come upon reasons to not smile. I’m sure we all have. Everyone feels heartbroken at one point or another, but everyone has their share of blessings. Its up to us to recognize them, and when we do, what more is there to do but smile.

Harmonizing Styles…

I have declared myself a Harmonizer! Fifth Harmony, the girl group formed by Simon Cowell on Season 2 on the X Factor, has captivated America’s heart…and its ears for that matter. With their killer vocals and fresh personalities, Fifth Harmony is destined for success. Once strangers, the girls have formed an unbreakable bond, reflected on and off stage.

Also notable is their fashion sense. Though united under one name, each member holds her own persona. Ally Brooke, the Texas native, now 19, is known as the little big sister. She loves to have a good time and is inspired by the 80’s. Hence, she won’t leave the house without a little neon. Normani Hamilton and Lauren Jauregui are both sixteen. Normani loves the glam of sequins, while Lauren gravitates towards leather with an edge. Camila Cabello and Dinah Hansen are the youngest of the group. Camila carries herself with a whimsical flare, accessorizing with bows and goofy faces. Dinah may be fifteen, but she is also the tallest of the group. Through her experiences on the X- Factor, she has learned to take charge of her presence and color blocking, currently her favorite trend.

What is great about this group is that not only are they singers but performers as well. They know how to entertain a crowd. On the X Factor, each outfit suited the tone of the number without sacrificing their individuality. It only took a few videos to realize how well they compliment each other. Who knew? Bright colors, leather, and bows can stand next to each other without clashing. Ok, maybe you shouldn’t put all of those elements into one outfit…Without clashing, take some of their signature pieces and see if you can add a Harmonizer flare to your next outfit!

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I know you are tempted. Click the link and listen to those harmonies!

http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialFifthHarmony?feature=

The Shopaholic Tag…

1. Would you consider yourself a shopaholic?

For the most part, I am not a shopaholic, but I can be. Even from a young age, I always held a tight grip on my money. I was the little girl with her birthday money stored in a jar. I cringed watching my brother spending his money on gum and video games. For a while, I resisted big purchases. I had much pride in my resistance, but often times, the temptations would build up. Bam! One stop at Limited Too, and all my birthday money was gone. Yes, I like to save money, but once I buy an item, it only leads to another…in bursts of purchases, I am a shopaholic.

2. How would you classify your style?

Defining my style has always been a struggle. When I wake up in the morning, I wear my heart on my sleeve, literally. The clothes I wear for the day always reflect my mood. In that sense, my style is spontaneous, yet at the root of all my ensembles, I am classic. If everyday were a good day, I would wear my white V-neck, paired with my Rockstar skinnies from Old Navy. Wearing those pieces, I always accessorize with a smile.

3. What store can you not leave without buying one item?

I can never resist a purchase at Old Navy. I walk in there knowing I will walk out with a bag of clothes. Sometimes, I buy one shirt, and other times, I buy five pairs of jeans. Nonetheless, something always catches my eye.

4. Where do you find the best deals?

Forever 21: the place to go when you want to test a trend without failing your wallet.

5. What designer are you willing to splurge on?

As of now, I have never splurged. If I were to splurge, I’d invest in a handbag or a nice pair of boots. I think everyday items are worth the extra cash.

6. Do you have a “go to” shopping outfit?

I hate changing rooms. If it were not for my mom’s strong resistance against mall trips, the changing rooms would never see me again. I would rather buy and then return. Having said that, I make the hassle a somewhat bearable experience by dressing in sweatpants and Uggs. There is nothing worse than jumping around in your jeans, only to have to put them back on thirty seconds later…

7. What is your guilty pleasure (aside from makeup)?

I love my hoodies! I said it… Yes, they are unflattering and baggy, but they are warm and super comfortable. When I get home, it’s the first thing I throw on.

8. What is one staple clothing piece you cannot live without?

At least twice a week, you will see me sporting my chambray shirt from Forever 21. I bought it two years ago, and it is still going strong. When I don’t know how to pull a look together, I turn to this shirt. It is comfortable, versatile, and a great representation of my style. Twenty dollars sure payed off!

9. What is a trend you hope never goes out of style?

I cross my fingers that high waisted items are here to stay! In shorts or pants, the trend adds a sprinkle of class with a dash of sass.

10. What is a trend that you loved that passed too quickly?

Why did the ombre trend have to fade? (Pun intended.) It was fun seeing pops of color in girls’ hair. Lately, girls have strayed from the dramatic style and have returned to their natural locks. Maybe when the warmer returned, the golden shades will make a come-back!

11. Who is your fashion icon?

My Godmother is my fashion icon. Born in Argentina, she gravitates towards neutrals and leathers, granting her outfits an organic vibe. Also take note that she knows how to shop under a budget. She never splurges but still manages to find pieces that compliment her style and wallet. I never go into the city without her because she knows how to bring home a bargain. Whether at the mall or out to dinner, you will never find her without her rings and favorite necklace.