Saturday, April 11, 2015

My On-and-Off Love Affair with Free People

I first discovered Free People when I was about seventeen. At that point in time, I'm not even sure if Free People stores existed or not because there wasn't a store near my house, but the Bloomingdales at my mall sold some Free People items. I remember my Mom bought me a few things.  I loved them because they were so different. Since I attended a private boarding high school where the majority of the students dressed preppy (and I was anything but preppy), I especially appreciated the bohemian, carefree, and somewhat whimsical feel of the clothing. At the beginning of my time in high school, I wore the plaid skirts and the collared shirts, but sometime around junior/senior year I had my fashion revolution, which I think was partly inspired by Mary-Kate Olsen. I was anti-prep. Instead, I was into shopping for vintage clothes on Ebay, going to my local consignment shop to find one of kind items, and loving Free People, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters. I liked the idea of combining unique patterns and different colors, and laced through it all, you could usually find a bohemian vibe in my outfits. Sometimes I think I went a bit over the top, but what fun is fashion if you can't play around with it? Ohhh, I wish I had those old photos with me so I could scan them and show them to you guys.

Then I went off to college and my love for Free People really blossomed (Ironically, the owner of Free People was an alum of my university). At that point in time, I would say that the majority of my clothes were from Free People. I was obsessed. After graduating college, I went off to work in Spain which had a huge influence on my personal style. I really embraced the Euro-style and backed off from the bohemian threads a bit. There's still a part of me that will always be a little bohemian, but now I think my style is a bit more urban & sophisticated (well, sophisticated for me) which, in my case, I can only attribute to living in the city (urban) and getting older (sophisticated).

Now when I visit Free People or browse their shop online, it's hit or miss for me. Either nothing catches my eye, or EVERYTHING catches my eye. This Spring I've been falling hard for many of their pieces. There are some things that I've been admiring for a month or so now. Sounds a little obsessive, right? But, as we all know, Free People ain't cheap! So I really take my time thinking about whether I really "need" a piece or not, no matter how much I love it.

I thought it might be helpful for me to post my favorite items here, and you guys can help me choose which ones I need in my wardrobe! While I used to be attracted to the most unique items in the store, now I'm on the hunt for things that I can wear multiple ways and pieces that I can wear for years and won't tire of them!

So, here's the roundup...

Comfy & Casual Lounge/Layering Sets:

Button-Up Shirts:

Simple Tops:

Dresses, Tunics, Rompers:

Antique White?

...Or Bali Blue?

Cardigans & Vests:

(All photos taken from Free People website)

So, tell me.....What do I need? And, what can I pass on?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Change Will Do You Good

After a couple of years, I've finally taken the plunge back into the blonde pool! I love changing my hair up every once in a while. Such a great way to renovate your overall look!
It feels good to be back :-D

Color by La Chola Garcia Peluqueria (Buenos Aires)

Of course, the title for this post was inspired by this song...

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Little Bit Western

You know me...I LOVE dressing with a theme in mind. Yesterday, I decided to add a little western flare to my life. Here I thought summer was over, but the heat in Buenos Aires is back and I ended up wearing this sleeveless denim vest without a jacket all day. The vest is something I've had for years and has the cutest little lace-up detail on the back (not pictured) which, as we know, is back on-trend now! It always feels good having kept a clothing item for years (instead of selling it to consignment like I usually do) and it comes back in style! The pastel pink jeans were something I picked up when I was back in the States over the holidays. It was a spur of the moment purchase that I didn't even try on, but I felt that they were something different for me and it's fun to buy something you normally wouldn't, right?

I went for a natural makeup look, wearing Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, Milani Luminoso Blush, Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Pencil in Natural and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cappuccino.

Denim Vest - Bershka (similar here and here)
Jeans - American Eagle (here)
Boots- Clona
Bag - Gypsy Warrior (similar)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Memories from a Disposable Camera...

Good Morning, and Happy Friday! Sorry for my absence these past two weeks....
Tomas had a health scare and we spent all of last week in the hospital, but he got out on Sunday and he's feeling better! What lesson did we learn? Taking care of yourself is really important, no matter what age you are!

I had originally written a different post for today, a post about my experience working in the service industry, but I got a little off track and it turned into a long rambling post about work, life and the future. I still might post it, but I wasn't sure how many of you would actually want to read a post like that. I try to keep things pretty light here, so the idea of opening up more about myself in a post scares me a little bit. What do you think?


I was going through some folders in the house yesterday, trying to organize and throw away papers we didn't need anymore when I stumbled across these photos of Tomas and me. They are from when Tomas came to visit me in the United States for the first time in January 2011. For some reason, we had a disposable camera during that trip (I can't remember how or why), and I just found a couple of the photos that we took. 

I can't believe how young we look! Tomas was thirty and super tan (although these photos were taken in January, that's summer in Argentina) and I was twenty-three. Even though it was only four years ago, it feels like a lifetime! Ironically, when I found these photos yesterday, Tomas had on the same shirt that he was wearing in the photos! I guess some things never change!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for sticking with me! :-)