Monday, October 20, 2014

Oscar de la Renta

I was but browsing through a website when I came across the heart wrenching headline- "Oscar de la Renta dead at 82." I immediately felt a pang in my heart. Besides Coco Chanel, Oscar de la Renta has always been one of my most favored designers. He was, as we say, "un orgullo Dominicano"- a man that gave Dominicans pride. His designs, his aesthetics, the gentleman that he was will forever be in engraved in my heart and in my mind. I will forever more cherish the days I walked through the halls of ODLR offices in NYC as an intern, seeing his designs go from rolls of beautiful fabric to exquisite gowns. Also the night my sister and I sat at the 92Y just a mere 3 feet away from him and Fern Mallis. I mean, it was amazing.  

No further words can express what I feel at this devastating loss.

"I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes."
-Oscar de la Renta

Rest in peace, legend.




Saturday is my munchkin's birthday and to celebrate, she'll be hosting a bonfire. So excited! Last bonfire a few marshmallows were burnt and drizzle but it was a lot of fun. I'm sure this year will be delightful!

As far as an outfit, I've created a lookbook on my Keaton Row account of what I am considering on wearing. A sweater dress with knee high boots, floppy hat and simple accessories. Check out the look here: Keaton Row.

As far as a pop up of color goes, I'll be doing a bold lip and possibly bold nails (I'm more of a subtle nail color kind of girl).




#keatonrow #styling #stylist #fashion #fauxfur +Keaton Row

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fabletics & Boobies

I've been walking/volunteering for several organizations under the finding a cure for cancer umbrella. I've seen people struggle with living with cancer, the toll it takes on them and those around them. I know people currently in remission and I know those who have lost the battle to it (members of my family included). And now that many of the women in my life are (I'm sorry!) of a certain age, they along with many other women, need to realize the importance of getting checked. Touch your boobies women! Make an appointment and get a mammogram! It's never too early.

To support the cause, I'm signing up for a local awareness walk, courtesy of a little sunshine's school.
If you live in the New York/Yonkers are and are interested in walking with us, sign up here: Lancers Stride with Pride..

For the walk I took advantage of the Fabletics Boutique VIP deals & bought this fabulous outfit:
Check out their full collection here: Fabletics
Get your touch of pink. Touch your boobs (mammography). Look fab & walk for a cure!



#mammography #cure #pink #breastcancerawareness +American Cancer Society 
#positive +Fabletics +Fabletics UK +Fabletics ES

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Month of October

Oct. is of month honoring and celebrating. Every year, many celebrate Halloween, every year we honor Breast Cancer Survivors and Hispanic Heritage Month (which trickles in from September).

Back story of Halloween courtesy of Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead. Over the millennia the holiday transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades and sweet treats for children and adults.

Do I celebrate Halloween? Not since my Naughty school girl costume back in high school! I do love getting adorable pictures from of my baby cousins all ready to go Trick-or-Treating! Can’t wait for this year’s batch of pics! And if there’s a Halloween party, I’d definitely go. But be warned: I’d probably be the one dressed in all black with a shirt that reads “Costume.” *Hehe*

September 15th to October 15th is the time of paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our (USA) nation and society.

October isn’t just about black, blood red and orange. In honor of creating awareness for Breast Cancer, many transform their world (or themselves) into a pink paradise. In the words of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!”

So please, do what you can to help with this amazing cause. Together, we will find a cure!

Here are a few outfits honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

 Be safe. Have fun. Walk for a cure.



#breastcancer #gopink #pink #awareness #keatonrow #stylist #fashion #rosado #findingacure #hispanic #heritage #latino #american #makingadifference #october #halloween #boo #fun #trickortreat

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Repeat (?)

Am I repeating myself in posting about taking risks? Well if I am, wouldn’t that signify how much I advocate the act?

I live with a few “what ifs” but I don’t dwell on them because I know that life is full of opportunities. I firmly believe everything happens for a reason, even if that reason is yet to be crystal clear (rarely ever is but eventually things will just make sense, or we’ll attempt to make sense of them).

Don’t take life “for what it is” and take risks. You just don’t know what’s on the other side if you don’t at the very least take a peek.  

Believe the although there is a set “plan” for your life, you are in control of it.



Thursday, September 11, 2014


I remember sitting in my 5th grade class at St. Thomas Aquinas. The principal came on the loud speaker and told us to stop what we were doing, bow our heads and pray. That was it.
We were left confused, nervous and a little afraid. Slowly, classmates were pulled out of class, as parents came to pick up their children.
At lunch, the courtyard was almost bare. We barely smiled. We knew something terrible had happened but we couldn't fathom the magnitude of what was occurring in Downtown Manhattan.
School finally let out.
My mother picked my sister and I up. I was expecting my dad to do so but mom explained something had happened and the tunnels and bridges were closed off. My dad was working in Manhattan, had taken my little brother with him. There was no way of contacting him because the cell phone signals had gone out. We were nervous but not afraid. We felt in our hearts that they were okay.
When I got home, I turned on the TV. The news played on every TV channel that was still available. The Twin Towers had been struck by airplanes. I couldn't understand the concept. How could this have happened? I thought we were safe in America. Who could have done this? I thought America had all the criminals under watch and would stop them whenever they tried to harm the country. The images I saw that day of the Towers and of the people downtown, I won't reiterate here. They are images that I will never, ever forget seeing. I still get choked up watching the news today. It leaves my heart heavy, mournful and just sad to hear the names of the fallen being recited by their loved ones. Though I did not know anyone that perished that day, I will never, ever forget that fateful morning of September 11th, 2001.

This is a day of reflection and remembrance. Please be respectful of those who are mourning the lives of lost family members and friends. God bless everyone.

#godblessamerica #wewillneverforget



Image: My own. A view from New Jersey.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Here comes the fall...

Ta Tum ta tum. Ta tum ta tum…. Nope I am not getting married (hehe) I’m just uber excited fall is (almost) here!

My favorite time of the year calls for a serious closet overhaul! I'm thinking of hosting a closet swap with some close buds- wish me luck! I'll post more details about it as the date nears.

Below, my latest acquisitions from H&M (almost everything on sale!), some of which I can start sporting in time for my upcoming vacation. (Stay tuned for my packing list!)

Handbag $34.95      Denim Jacket $19.95 (!)    Sleep Mask $3.95    Crinkled Dress  $12.95    Both Cardigans (H&M Men's) $12.95     Fine-Knit (Striped) Sweater $9.95 (!)   5-Pack Socks $5  Scarf $12.95
Grand total- Less than $150 including taxes and shipping! A steal if you ask me!

Shop now! H&M is offering FREE shipping!

Can you tell I love H&M? =)


 +H&M  #hm #fashion #fall #summer #September