Tuesday, October 30, 2012

{A Fall-ish Pop of Color}!


I love a good pop of color any time of the year! And fall is no exception. I purchased this sweater for $7 at the Gap! Yes, $7! You can accessorize any item and make it fab with a nice piece of jewelry! My necklace and this fab cuff from Spoiled Girlz Jewelry give my casual Friday outfit a little glam.





Necklace: Lola Blue, the closet
Sweater: The Gap
Clutch: NY&Co.
Cuff: Spoiled Girlz 
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Nine West

xo,
E.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

{Guest Blogger} What's Her Secret?


STYLE ESSENTIAL: THE SCARF
 Dear LBTC Readers,


     Want to know how to easily breathe new life into a boring outfit and affordably try out trendy colors and patterns? Follow the lead of style icons such as Jackie O, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn and add a scarf!

Read on for tips on wearing my three signature knots.
  
  Add a splash of color with the fake knot. Long and centered on the chest, this classic knot breaks up the expanse of blah and creates a vibrant focal point. The fake knot is a great way to showcase trending colors and patterns...without having to spend on a whole new outfit. Wear it with solid color dresses or to jazz up your button-down and bottom work-uniform.


"The Fake Knot" Outfit Details:
Dress: Max Studio (purchased on clearance from TJ Maxx for under $20!)
Scarf: Mantero (a gift from my mom)
Belt: Lauren Ralph Lauren, $50, similar here
Shoes: Report, $100, link here


     The bow tie is a great way to add a little borrowed-from-the-boys to your look. Masculine-feminine is perpetually trending, and it's not hard to see why. In general, pairing opposites adds interest...the bow tie can be that little bit of dissonance that takes your look from predictable to stylish. Add it to your suit or even to a collared shirt layered under a shift dress.


"The Bow Tie" Outfit Details
Jacket: H&M, similar here (mine is no longer available)
Shirt: Moda International (purchased for under $50 from Victoria's Secret)
Scarf: AK Anne Klein (about $5 at TJ Maxx)
Skirt: Armani Collezioni (thrifted for $15 at Lotus House buy it new here
Polk Dot Tights: Commando, $32, buy them here
Shoes: Vince Camuto, $110, buy them here



     The French knot is probably the direct opposite of the bow tie, as it's a sure fire way to add feminine flair to any look. Use the French knot to add a lady-like detail to your sport look. It's the perfect flirty accent with this season's figure-hiding boxy coats.


"The French Knot" Outfit Details:
Beret: Nordstrom, $24, buy it here
Faux Fur Vest, Lucky Brand, $120 (no longer available)
Striped t-shirt: Lord & Taylor, $25 (no longer available)
Scarf: Thrifted for $5!
Jeans: Urban Outfitters (on clearance for $10!)
Shoes: Sam Edelman, $65! on sale now here



     Looking for even more chic ways to tie a scarf? Check out this great site, with over thirty knots and how-to's for each! Want even more scarf-sporting inspiration? I'm loving Adrienne Shubin's board on Pinterest. Hey, and while you’re there have a look at mine, too. :)

Thanks for reading, gals! And a big thanks to the lovely Ms. Erika for letting me visit. Until next time!


If you enjoyed my post, please check out my blog at www.whatshersecret.com.



                                                                           





Monday, October 15, 2012

{Fall Style} Nude Faux Leather!

As we all know the leather trend is super hot right now. I wanted to show a different way of wearing leather, other than your usual rocker, black leather style. I put this little dainty girly look together and have to say I loved the feminine romantic look. Totally reminded me of Audrey Hepburn  the modern days! ; ) Must be that bauble...
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Como ya todas sabemos, el look de cuero esta de moda. No quize ponerme el mismo look "rockanrolero" de cuero negro... Y decidi ir con este conjunto super femenino, muy Audrey Hepburn, pero moderno! Las perlas hacen el look!











Top/Blusa: Forever 21
Faux Leather Skirt/Falda: H&M
Shoes/Zapatos: Guess (Marshalls)
Clutch/Cartera: NY & Co. 
Bracelets/Braceletes: Target + Vintage

I want to wear this outfit every day, I love all things pearly, girly, nudey-pinkish... and skirts! I thought it was perfect for a romantic date night. What's your go to date night style?
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Me encanta tanto este look que quisiera vivir en el todos los dias... Me encantan las faldas y todo lo super femenino. Es perfecto para una noche de cita romantica!

xo,
E.


{Girl's Night} Casual Outfit!

I wore this casual, easy-breezy outfit for a fun girl's night in. We had wine and delicious Spanish food, the laughs with my girls are always the best! I thought this was a cute comfy outfit for a  night in and still stylish.




Monogram Necklace: BaubleBar
Top: Forever 21
Pants: H&M
Shoes: H&M

I love wearing my BDB Monogram Necklace from BaubleBar,they are my son's initials and a lovely sweet gift from my husband. My staple necklace :) 

xo,
E.

PS: Sorry for the dark pics, didn't have my husband at home to take them. So had to do it myself :) 

Friday, October 12, 2012

{Splurge vs. Steal} Little Black Shoes!

I stopped by the mall today real quick and of course walked into Zara! And found these babies there, they quickly reminded me of my black pumps I just purchased a couple of weeks ago at Forever 21 for just $27.80!

$79.90

$27.80

Awesome find, right? The only big difference is the gold heel which totally looks fab! But for $27.80 I'll keep mine :) Oh and did I mention how mine are totally comfortable too? For a 6" heel shoe, it's totally worth it. 

xo,
E.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

{Date Night} Peplum + Leather!

I wore this little outfit for a date night with my husband and thought it was the perfect ensemble for a chilly Friday night. As we all know by now, the leather look is totally in! and I love mixing up different textures and styles.
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Tuve una cita romantico con  mi lindo esposo, y decidi ponerme este conjunto - fue un Viernes con una rica brisa fria. Ya como sabemos el look de cuero esta totalmente de moda! y a mi me encanta mezclar diferentes texturas y estilos.





Necklace/Cadena: H&M
Bracelets/Braceletes: Nadri & BaubleBar
Top/Blusa: H&M
Pants/Pantalones: H&M
Shoes/Zapatos: Aldo

You gotta love H&M just realized my entire outfit is from there! I love fall for many reasons, the boots, the fun hues, and of course accessories like scarves, gloves... and those fab hats! 
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Recien  me di cuenta que mi look completo es de H&M - es que esta tienda es fabulosa, con sus estilos y precios! 

xo,
E. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Has there ever been a more {Stylish} and {In Love} presidential couple?

As we all know last night was the first presidential debate and though I am not going to speak politics on my blog. I would definitely like to point out the First Lady's exquisite taste in fashion. And what's most important, have you ever seen a couple more in love than these two? I am in love with them just looking at them. Forget where I stand politically. Mrs. Obama's style is to die for and her love for her husbands is undeniably immense. Very inspirational to a romantic like me.

So I decided to take some of my favorite photos of President Barack Obama and his fine lady, from THIS Tres Sugar article.
















Her style is so chic and elegant, yet so effortless. She is an inspiration to many women and wives like myself. Not only for her graceful figure and style but for the love that is so eminent that she has for her adoring husband and daughters.

xo,
E.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dove Vive Mejor Hablemos / Let's Talk Campaign! #DoveInspired

I love what I do, blogging about fashion and celebrity-looks is something I truly enjoy, ever since I was a little girl I looked up to models and beautiful actresses. But I can honestly tell you I didn't become truly confident with myself until about a 2 years ago when I became pregnant with my first child. I think what triggered my confidence was definitely the immense happiness I felt knowing I would be a mother, a fulfillment as a woman, to me. Once I gave birth to my son, I struggled with the extra baby weight as most women do, but once I was able to keep the weight off, I felt like a new woman, I embraced my curves, I felt confident and sure of myself. Of course I still hold on tiny insecurity but I can honestly say I have never felt more confident than what I do today. In fact, I started this blog last October, while on maternity leave. Being a mother has not only given me the most amazing happiness and love but also a new more confident and comfortable ME.


But reality is that in the world we live in today more and more girls are feeling the pressure to be beautiful. Or at least what society's definition of what the word beauty is.  I am now a 28 year old woman but I remember the pressures of fitting in in middle school and even worse, high school. Thankfully I had the support of my amazing mother, my awesome aunts and older cousins, they made me feel loved and beautiful and were always there for me. So when I was asked to participate in Dove's initiative Vive Mejor Hablemos "Let's Talk", I didn't think about it twice.
 

Anxiety about being beautiful is beginning at an earlier age and is holding girls back from reaching their true potential. Did you know that according to research:
  • 72 percent of girls (ages 10-17) feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful[1]
  • Only 11 percent of girls (ages 10-17) are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves[2]
  • When girls feel bad about their looks more than 60 percent globally (age 15 to 17) avoid normal daily activities such as attending school, going to the doctor, or even giving their opinion[3]
These statistics are alarming to me. I have nieces and friends with little girls and I wanted to help spread the voice. Girls need to know that beauty is defined in many different ways and though looking pretty or wearing beautiful clothes can make you feel good, it is only temporary happiness. Ultimately you want to be a good person, excel in school, help others and educate yourself. That is a true woman's beauty. And we need to help Dove's Vive Mejor movement.

My blog is based on fashion, makeup and beauty products, yes. I enjoy it, I love looking through designers newest creations and recreating the looks, but my friends this is all outer beauty. Designer fashions is truly art, art is visual. Makeup, clothing, fake lashes, etc... are only 1 small part of what makes celebrities and people beautiful. Often times what truly defines their beauty is the charity donations, their humanitarian work, is a small trait of their inner beauty.

I would like to help young girls by telling them, they are not alone. More people than they know struggle with this daily, even adults. Beauty and confidence starts on the inside. If you are a well grounded, self-respected young lady with morals, your true beauty will show and people will respect you for being YOU. Here is what I would like to tell young girls like my nieces and cousins:
  •  Smile! Your smile is more powerful than you can imagine.
  • A kind gesture, such as saying "thank you" and "hello" or holding a door open for someone, can truly make a person look beautiful. 
  • Speak up! Talk to your mom, your sister, your cousin, about what's on your mind.
  • Be active! Do things you enjoy, ask your mom or dad to enroll you in a class. It may be dance, pottery, karate, swimming, soccer or tennis... But doing what you love and excelling at it can make you feel beautiful! And guess what? Others will look up to YOU. You will be the inspiration to other young women and believe me that will make you feel amazing.
  • Be confident in your skills. Whether you are an A+ student or a black belt in karate or maybe you are really good at baking with your mom or aunt, be sure of yourself. Embrace it!
  • Don't let others dictate what or who you are. If you need help defining what you want to be or what you want to do, ask someone who you feel comfortable talking to.
  • Communicate! I have 3 cousins whom I adore, they are like my little sisters. And I know they look up to me, so I try to be a helpful "big sister". Whenever we are having girl talk I often relate to their stories and remind them that I was once there too. I tell them my experiences and offer my best advice, whether it's about boys or school... to what they should wear to the next family party, I even do their makeup. And I truly love having that connection with them.


 
The Dove Movement for Self-Esteem opens up a world of opportunities for women to make a difference. And I want to be that difference. This is a serious issue concerning our children's future. You can too help by starting this conversation today with a young girl you know.

You may also participate in a Facebook chat with program expert, People en Espanol columnist and parenting expert Jeannette Torres-Alvarez this Thursday, October 4th from 7 -8 pm EST on http://on.fb.me/QoGMOY.




Disclosure: This is a sponsored  post written by me in collaboration with Dove and Latina Bloggers Connect. All information was provided by Latina Bloggers Connect.



1,2  Source: Dove Global Research The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited

[3]    Source: Dove Global Research: Rebuilding the Foundation of Beauty Beliefs

{Splurge vs. Steal} Blake Lively in Marios Schwab!

I found this picture of the gorgeous Blake Lively at the Charlie Rose Show (promoting her movie "Savages"). And she wore this Marios Schwab dress and completely reminded me of the outfit I wore to the Ford Fusion Event that I went to early last month.



Blake paired her dress with Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, while I went for the classic black pump, I added shoe clips with a touch of gold to spark things up a bit. See more pictures and details of my look that night HERE.

xo,
E.