Fashion Class is in Session

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Professor Raquel here. Today we are talking all about style and hopefully I can be some assistance if you are confused with what to do in a style crisis. Personally I think the worst thing a person confused with fashion can do is Google something around the lines of "fashion trends". No honey, please do not. Looking at the trends is helpful and all, but think about trends as the syrup on top of the pancakes. First you need a good foundation (your personal style) and then the trends are the extra nice flair. Therefore dressing head-to-toe in trends can cover up whatever your unique personal  style is which doesn't deserve to be hidden. So now the question is what is your personal style?

The Grind Never Stops

Monday, August 8, 2016

Photo Credit: Georgina Vaughan

Most would assume that summer vacay is equivalent to relaxing by the pool all day and having the occasional bonfire. In a way I wish, but then again I take that back because I enjoy being out and about all the time. I've been working on some fun projects, as well as getting back in the studio modeling. I desperately needed new comp cards, so my agent is sending me the new proofs soon. It's pretty crazy how fast your look can change without realizing it and I even got taller too. 

Oh, and don't let me forget that NYFW is in a mere month and I have a national pageant in a WEEK. I have a few last minute things to do to prepare for the pageant, but I'm super excited simply because nothing is better than being onstage. The best part about pageant prep is that it's a journey of becoming the best version of yourself inside and out. Preparing for interview turns into a life skill and you can answer basically anything with a fluid, short and sweet response. The list can go on including being in great shape, proper nutrition, keeping your skin/hair healthy and glowing, volunteering, and continuously representing your state title at events. Wearing the crown is the easy part of the job because the girl wearing it has to do so much before hitting the stage, and it is the most rewarding experience ever.

I'm feeling emotional that there is only one month of summer left before school starts again, but in away there are so many things I'm working on this month that I want the days to keep moving. In that case, follow your dreams people and Happy Monday! xo.

Summer DIY! Indoor Picnic + The Chic Essentials

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Picnics and pool BBQ's are fun summery occasions that are so easy to plan. Since they are much more laid back than a full blown party you can enjoy it a lot more because there is no need to constantly entertain the guests. Basically all you need is what everyone wants, food. Now food can make or break a party and it is crucial to know what type of crowd you are catering too. There is a huge difference between a graduation event versus afternoon tea "foods". Chobani and I teamed up to show you the best tips to throw a delicious and effortless party with a chic sha-bang, of course.

1. Think about the time you are holding the party and make sure it isn't the week where half of your guests will be vacationing across the globe. Also, mother nature isn't always the sweetest lady and rain can easily ruin your setup. For my picnic here there ended up being some unexpected bad weather along with humidity, so the fiesta was moved indoor which was no problem because you always need another plan just in case and we ended being even closer to the kitchen making things easier.

2. Like I mentioned before, know the crowd. It is so much easier to work with small groups, but if you are throwing a party for a lot of people you will need some more prep time. It is also good if you can find out if any of your invitees have any special dietary requests to see if you need to throw in any gluten free, soy free, lactose free, vegan, get the gist. 

3. Let us not forget the music. What is a party without a killer playlist? The best bet is to use iTunes radio or something along those lines and let your favorite hits play. Remember that the music does set the tone of the party and the vibe you want your event to give. Try to match it to the aesthetic of your set-up, so for the All American BBQ go with summer hits and for a tea party try out the classics.

4. The setup I have here is just what one side of the table would look like for two people because I figured the presentation would be easier to view this way before I set up the rest. This table is actually in the shape of a guitar pick and will hold the eight guests total. I'm totally obsessed with the room I picked because of the classy vibe thanks to the florals and mannequin. Once again, find the aesthetic you are shooting for and plan everything around that.

5. Now this was a small "chatty" type of gathering before having the actual meal. Healthy snacks are always easy because you can never go wrong with an assortment of fruits and veggies. It is the pre-party after all, so save the richer foods for the actual meal. Water is also the easiest option, but I took it a step further and went with Boxed Water simply because it's way cuter. 

6. Chips and dip. This is the #1 BBQ staple because it is the most hassle-free party snack there is. Chobani Mezé Dips are the best because they come in four flavors and this can work for any type of party. They are made with Greek yogurt, so if you love classic Chobani yogurt you will definitely love this. Oh, plus it has much less fat that hummus and many dressings, so this will not break your summer clean eating streak. Basically it tastes like it is filled with horrible and delicious preservatives, but it is free of all preservatives. Whooo! Your guests will thank you.

See I told you it was easy. Happy Partying!

Manus x Machina

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Manus x Machina. 

One of the most divine things my eyes have ever seen. I honestly can't even process how magnificent these creations are. As of now I would just like to assume that a magic wand zapped them into existence because the whole exhibit is like a fashion fantasy. Honestly it wasn't my intentions to go to The Met to see the exhibit even though I have been dying to. I just couldn't find the time, but it was fate that I ended up there on a group outing. The fashion angels must have been pushing me that way because I was memorized from the second I saw "the dress". Yes, the gold one with the twenty-foot train. Talk about flawless embroidery technique. The pictures are lovely and do it justice, but there is just something about the element in person. Down to the music playing in the exhibit everything was so precise.

I eat, sleep, and breathe fashion, but the most beautiful thing about this exhibit is that it is simply art. Sure that statement was a definite oxymoron, but the culmination from the centuries and advancements of technology makes perfect sense. Technology and culture all culminate to form fashion, and wearable technology is only going to expand in the future. The exhibition has a wide array of designers and some of our favorite icons (McQueen, Chanel, Dior...) are so recognizable and true to the DNA of their brand from decades ago to today.

Hand-crafted versus machine-made clothing is a very distinct concept. The fashion world moves like lighting and who knows where haute couture and prêt à porter production will end up. I think the rest speaks for itself. Don't you agree?